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Salem Arts Association is proud to present a special solo exhibition by Salem artist John Wathne. Wathne's works interpret a wide variety of subjects featuring on urban and rural landscapes. These works capture the viewer with fantastic depth and illumination. 

About John Wathne:

I am a self-taught artist who has painted for most of my life, having developed my skills through trial-and-error, and techniques through experimentation.

Always fascinated by the visual world around me, I have the opportunity to travel quite a bit throughout New England and the northeastern US. With my “day job” being a structural preservation engineer, I tend to see the world around me as an intricate 3-dimensional maze of shapes and colors that meld themselves into fascinating, geometric land- or city-scapes. I photographically document what inspires me and attempt to portray it in 2-d on canvas, often subtly re-arranging the scenery in order to best express what it is about it that moves me.

I live near the ocean in Salem, MA with my wife, Deborah Greel, in a small Victorian home filled with artwork, books, model trains, our ratty little dog, lots of love and no television.

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Special Closing Reception:  Friday, September 8, 2023, 6:00-8:00PM

Our artist, John Whatne, has generously offered to donate proceeds from sales during the closing reception to Salem Arts Association as a unique fundraising event. 

This Closing Reception will feature original music by Christine Baze

Reception: Friday,  August 4, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Exhibition Dates: August 5-September 9, 2023

Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Salem Arts Association
159 Derby Street 
Salem, MA 01970  
Phone: 978-745-4850 

Weekends 12-6pm

Closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving
and New Years Day 
Parking: on street when available


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