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Salem Arts Association offers fun and creative events throughout the year at the gallery and around Salem. Exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, and other events are always open to the public. We hope you join us. 

Salem Arts Association is located at "The Bridge at 211" in Salem Massachusetts. Find our entrance on the Ash Street side of the former Universalist Society facility. 

Upcoming Events

2019 Season Overview


“Works In Plein Air at The House of The Seven Gables” 
Exhibit: “Works En Plein Air at The House of The Seven Gables” Through June 30 

7th Annual Artists’ Residency with Salem Arts Association Members

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. 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.

Reception at H7G: Thursday May 30 from 6 to 8 PM. 

Gallery Reception: Friday June 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit June 7 - 30


Salon des Refuses

In 1863 the most prestigious exhibition in Paris, the Paris Salon, rejected art work in the new Impressionist style.  Manet, Courbet, Whistler and Pissaro were among the rejected artists.  In protest they exhibited their work in their own exhibit, the now famous "Salon des Refuses," which brought their beautiful and innovative work to the public - and made them famous.

In recognition of the fact that a lot of wonderful work doesn't get accepted into art exhibits we are holding our own "Salon Des Refuses."  

Call for Art: Sunday, June 2, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 
Call for Art: “Salon Des Refusés” Art Drop Off Sunday, June 2, Monday June 3

Reception: Friday June 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Opening Reception - "Salon Des Refusés" Exhibit - Friday June 7, 5-8PM

Exhibit June 7 - July 28
Exhibition: Salon des Refuses - June 8-July 28, 2019

Note: Salem Arts Festival June 7-9


"Jennifer's Body"
Emily Kwong - Solo Show

Reception: Friday, July 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit  July 5 - 28


All of the Arts are Sisters

Nietzsche wrote that "all of the arts are sisters."  We invited artists to submit work about or inspired by dance, music, theater, poetry (or any writing), or the visual arts or that incorporates visual elements from them (e.g., words, letters, musical notes, musical instruments) or otherwise explores this theme. 

Call for Art: Sunday, July 28, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 
Call for Art: “All of the Arts are Sisters” Art Drop Off Sunday, July 28, 12-3pm

Reception: Friday August 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Opening Reception - "All of the Arts are Sisters" Exhibit - Friday, August 2, 2019, 5-8pm

Exhibit  August 2 - 25
Exhibition: All of the Arts are Sisters, August 3 - 25, 2019

Don’t Talk Politics or Religion

 Dan Breslin – Solo Show

Reception: Friday, August 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit  August 2 - 25

"Picturing America"

13th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition

Salem Art Association presents an exhibition by local artists inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum collections of art and the exhibition of "A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection". 

Call for Art: Sunday, August 25, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Call for Art: "Picturing America" Our 13th Annual PEM Inspirational - Local Artists Explore the Peabody Essex Museum

Reception: Friday September 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Opening Reception - 13th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibit

Exhibit  August 31 - September 29

Picturing America - Our 13th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibit 

Photo Noir

Salem Arts Association presents and exhibition of photography that celebrates black & white photography and Film Noir. 

Call for Art: Sunday, August 25, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Call for Art: Photo Noir Exhibit

Reception: Friday September 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Opening Reception - Photo Noir Exhibit

Exhibit  August 30 - November 3

Exhibition: Photo Noir Exhibition, August 31 - November 3, 2019


Dark Arts

Salem Arts Association Presents “Dark Arts”. We invited our Salem Art Association members to explore Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween. 

Call for Art: Sunday, September 29, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Call for Art: "Dark Arts" Art Drop Off Sunday, September 29, 12-3 PM

Reception: Friday October 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Reception: "Dark Arts," Friday October 4, 5-8 PM

Exhibit  October 5 - November 3

Exhibition: "Dark Arts" - October 4 through November 3, 2019


Member Showcase

Salem Arts Association is excited to announce a Member Showcase exhibit at Old Town Hall showing the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.

Call for Art: Sunday, November 3, 12:00 to 3:00 pm 

Call for Art: Member Showcase - November 3, 12-3

Reception: Friday, November 8, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Opening Reception - Member Showcase Exhibit

Exhibit: November 8 - December 15

Exhibit: Member Showcase

Past Events

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