We will need to follow the protocols prescribed by the governor, common sense and our respect for others - particularly those that are vulnerable populations. Our volunteers and guests will need to wear masks. The number of people allowed in the space will be limited. Read More
Artists and Supporters are welcomed!
Joining Salem Arts Association entitles you to many benefits. You can participate in our exhibits, receive discounts on workshops and events, even save at local businesses.
All are invited to join! Artists performers, writers, art lovers too. No matter how you define your creative spirit there's a membership for you.
Support The Arts
We need your support now more than ever.
Due to current restrictions we are unable to host events where most of our operating costs are collected. Please consider donations of any amount. In January, after 13-years, we moved into our new home in the Derby Street Historic District.
Your support ensures we thrive in our new galleries.
Over $4000 in prizes - 31 Chances to WIN!
Win great prizes every day during December. Each day we'll give away something special. Win artwork and crafts created by our members, Items donated by local businesses including dining, entertainment, services, even a harbor cruise.
How to Win:
The more entries you buy the more you could win!
On display November through December 20 we offer the following exhibitions
Salem Arts Association is excited to close our 2020 exhibition schedule with a showcase of our member artwork.
It's a great opportunity to consider the gift of art for your friends, family, or to treat yourself to something beautiful.
Our current Salem Arts members are exhibiting their best work showing the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.
"The aspect of the venerable mansion has always affected me like a human countenance... It was itself like a great human heart, with a life of its own, and full of rich and sombre reminisces."
Holiday Artists' Market Weekends at Salem Arts Association Galleries.
Weekends from November 15 through December 13, 2020, Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 PM
The Salem Arts Association invites artists and artisans to showcase and sell their work at our Holiday Artists’ Market at Salem Arts Association Galleries. The Holiday Artists’ Market Weekends will feature a quality selection of vendors of artwork and handmade artisan products. We are looking forward to seeing a lively market opportunity with all kinds of various creative styles for our customers to shop your handmade treasures for self, friends and family.
Jeannine Pelkey Photography on Sunday Nov 15 & Saturday Dec 12
Photographs, notecards, wristlets, coin purses, mousepads, backpacks, coasters
Jill Feron, Studio Feron on Saturday December 5
Small trinket dishes, coasters and canisters, note cards, prints, as well as paintings. All very fun and colorful.
Fawquett Design Studios on Saturday December 5
Unique, hand-made statement necklaces crafted from natural materials.
Genevieve Morton • Sail Viva on Saturday December 5
Small handbags, tote bags, crossbody bags, and pouches made out of sailcloth.
MizLizzee Photography on Saturday Dec 12
Prints, Notecards, Jewelry, Ornaments, Mugs, Pillows and hats
Holiday Artists Market Details
Paul Nathan Gallery
We're proud to host the largest collection of Paul Nathan artworks in the world. Nathan's unique process starts with acrylic paintings which are then photographed and composed as collage creating a whimsical and wonderful world uniquely their own.
Paul Nathan has occupied this location since the mid-1980's and through his generosity and vision as an artist Salem Arts Association enjoys presenting our galleries in this space with Paul.
Shop Salem Arts Online
From Our Galleries to Your Home
We're proud to offer affordable, hand-crafted, and locally made creations from artists across the Boston Northshore region and available in our Salem Massachusetts historic location. Salem Arts offers a wide variety of artwork and crafts perfect for home decorating and memorable gifts.
If you can't visit the gallery in person we hope you'll enjoy browsing at our online shop.Shop Online
North American Reciprocal Museums Program Benefits
Salem Arts Association Members, Artists and Friends, may now receive extra benefits of our participation with the North American Reciprocal Museums Program known as NARM. Enjoy access to 1,000 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program. Join our "Artist Master Circle" or as a "Friend of Salem Arts" at Steward or above and receive NARM Benefits PLUS 10% off at our shop and more from local merchants. See a list of NARM Members where you can get free admission and discounts, including here in Salem at PEM and House of the Seven Gables.
2020 Fundraising Goal - Your Gift Makes a Difference!
Please consider a contribution to the Salem Arts Association as a tax-deductible donation to the continued growth and cultural provenance of the City of Salem. We are very grateful for any help to make this a bigger, better creative place to be! When you donate you may choose to support our mission or let us know in your comment if your donation is specifically for the Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship or the Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship.
NOW OPEN on Derby Street!
Our new home is at 159 Derby Street – a wonderful location and loaded with historic charm. Right next to the Salem Maritime Historic Site. Just down the street from the House of the Seven Gables. Our new neighborhood also shares popular restaurants, shops, Pickering Wharf, and nearby Blaney Pier with the Salem Ferry and cruise ship docks.
This property is owned by Attorney turned Artist Paul Nathan. Paul is a retired lawyer and working artist who had converted his former law offices, two years ago, to a gallery to show and sell his work. You can imagine the challenges of maintaining a single person gallery, so Paul was thinking about what might be next. What’s next is that Salem Arts will move into the space, taking over most of the first and second floors with Paul maintaining a room as his own gallery.
The property’s 300-year history has housed shipwrights, a prestigious paper-stamping operation, and several other businesses and tenants. We’re very proud to become the latest stewards of 159 Derby Street.
This change gives Salem Arts Association the opportunity for an exciting, vibrant, energetic renewal, putting us in wonderful shape for the future.
Paul Nathan's Message to All of You
“I purchased this building in 1987. Around 2012 I began ‘pivoting’ from lawyer to artist. It is a wonderful building. It has historic charm. It sits on the corner of an absolute gem of a public park. The Custom House, the Friendship, the wharf, pedestrians. I can go on and on.
People smile when they walk in. The building just feels good. I would like to continue enjoying it as long as I can. But there is NO REASON I cannot share that pleasure. And in walks Jim Bostick and my new friends on the board of Salem Arts Association.
I look forward and welcome you all.
So let’s get a ‘wiggle on it.’
Let’s make the building a wonderful destination.
Let’s have fun.”
- Paul Nathan