NEW VIRTUAL GALLERIES
Salem Arts Association takes this opportunity to bring the galleries to you. In response to the Global Coronavirus Pandemic we strive to continue to deliver on our mission " To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts. " Please enjoy our virtual versions of these exhibitions.
Our first Member Showcase Exhibit in the new galleries offers the diverse styles and artistic disciplines of Salem Arts members. Also featuring the Paul Nathan Gallery. More than 200 artworks by 80+ regional artists are included making this our largest exhibition ever.
We're excited to inaugurate our new galleries with a monumental showcase of member artworks.
Young at Art
The Salem Arts Association is excited to offer “Young at Art”, a showcase of artwork from local teenagers. This collection of artworks is created by students from Salem public, private, charter school students, and members of Salem-based organizations between the ages of 13 -19.
This exhibition has been installed in our new "Pickering Wharf Gallery".
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.
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.
Opening Soon 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