Artists' Residency: “Works In Plein Air at The House of the Seven Gables” - 5th Annual Artists’ Residency with Salem Arts Association Members

  • Saturday, May 20, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970


  • En Plein Air and Beyond Artists Residency registration is only open to current Salem Arts members.

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Works In Plein Air at The House of The Seven Gables” 
5th Annual Artists’ Residency with Salem Arts Association Members

FREE - For Salem Arts Members Only


We invite our members to set up on the grounds during the peak season of the Spring flowering at the Gables; to be inspired, and reflect that inspiration in their art work and medium of choice. 

Plein Air inspiration is a way we can interact with all  the elements,  we as artists will represent Light and Air.  

We will also be working among the visitors from all over the world which lends a lot of spontaneity to the authentic Plein Air experience. 

Classically, En Plein Air is associated with painting; but we invite our artists on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to sketch, paint, photograph, write and do all things art related without the need to pay admission.

At the residency's end, we will have a one night to  exhibit the works of this year's residency at the House of the Seven Gables and then we will bring the  exhibit to the Salem Arts Association Gallery to be available for viewing during  the Salem Arts Festival and through the month of June.  

  • The residency will be held on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables
  • From May 20th until May 31st  during their hours of operation 10 a.m. until  5 p.m. 
  • The exhibit and reception will be held On June 1 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • We encourage and ask all participants to bring something to eat or drink for the reception. 
  • The House of the Seven Gables is located at  115 Derby Street, Salem, Ma.  Parking is available
  • There's a list of guidelines that need to be reviewed and adhered to for the duration of the residency.


Work Sought:  

If you sketch, paint, draw, photograph, write or would otherwise like to create art about or in response to the House of the Seven Gables, you are encouraged to treat yourself to this wonderful opportunity.  It can be painting or it can be your unique take on it!



  • You must be a current Salem Arts member.
  • Registration is FREE using the button on this page 

Residency Dates:  

  • Saturday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • During their normal hours of operation of 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

The following guidelines will apply:
  • You will need to sign in at the H7G each day we attend and wear nametags.
  • You will need to protect the grounds from our art materials with drop cloths.
  • You will be able to use provided tables, but not the iron tables which are for H7G visitors.
  • You may use your own easels or other tools.
  • You will be able to show & sell our work during the Salem Arts Festival at the Salem Arts Association Gallery and participate in our reception at the House of the Seven Gables.


Art Exhibit and Reception:

There will be a one night reception and exhibition of the art work created on June 1st from 6 to 8PM. After this evening the entire exhibit will be moved to the Salem Arts Galleries at The Bridge at 211 (211 Bridge Street) where it can be viewed during the Salem Arts Festival and through the month of June.

All participating En Plein Air artists are invited to join in the exhibition to be held at the House of the Seven Gables during the Salem Arts Festival following our En Plein Air Residency. 

  • Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Art drop-off: Participating registered artists may drop off for the exhibition on May 31 during regular H7G hours (10am-5pm)
  • All work for exhibition must have its own easel (table or floor)
  • All submissions must be dry and ready to display.  
  • All exhibiting artists need to supply table easels and free standing easels to exhibit their work for the evening of the exhibit since their will be no hanging of art work in the exhibit room.  
  • Work needs to be dry; No submissions will be accepted After May 31st (firm).
  • Open to the public at 3 pm
  • Reception with food and beverage 6-8 pm


The House of the Seven Gables and Salem Arts are not responsible for any property loss or damage.  Artists must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage.




Open Air Painting On the grounds of The House of the Seven Gables with Sue Grillo

Sunday May 28th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

In conjunction with the residency, there will be a Plein Air painting workshop hosted by multi media artist Sue Grillo, one of the hosts of the plein air residency for the past 4 years. 

Sue Grillo will encourage you and help you feel comfortable with the Plein Air experience by imparting some of her techniques and her own experiences with Plein Air painting. 


Please refer your questions to our event Co-chairs Sue Grillo and Heather Stewart.

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