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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. 


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Upcoming Events


"Jennifer's Body": A Solo Exhibition by Emily Kwong

July 5 to 29

Artists Reception Friday July 12 5-9 pm.

With the huge influence that instagram culture has had on today, the new definition of beauty has been defined by filters and lip fillers in hopes of gaining enough attention to be the next Kardashian.Women in particular, are meant to look unnaturally beautiful, a sight to look at and praise regardless of the physical pains and labors it took for them to get there. In this upcoming body of work I explore this notion unnatural beauty. Of what gets to be defined as unattractive. What could be consider attractive if thrown in the right light. Baggy eyes? Large Nostrils? Sagging skin? If treated like any well sought out feature of the human anatomy, could it be considered a beautiful trait rather than something to hide?


FREE Workshop: The Shape of the Face

Join Emily Kwong for a discussion about her work, creative process, and an interactive learning experience to learn about facial proportions while creating your own 3D face mask constructed with recycled materials.

Sunday July 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM


FEATURED ARTISTS!


Reception: Friday, July 12 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Exhibit  July 6 - 28


David LaChapelle


David LaChapelle is an oil painter and professional photographer. In this exhibition he focuses on oil paintings of marine and other natural subjects. His expressive brushwork and colorful palette create evocative natural scenes and have won awards. David frequently works in plein air drawing inspiration directly from the landscape in front of him. As a native of Boston’s North Shore David is familiar with the New England landscape but his travels have also inspired tropical beach scenes and paintings of other exotic subjects.


Michael "Grimdrops" Grimaldi



Times are chaotic - so sit back, relax and and enjoy some puns. From classic dad jokes to pop culture themed puns - goofy double entendres have been a recurring theme in Grimdrops' work. He welcomes eye rolls, smirks, and the occasional snicker. The goal with this show is to put a rubber band around people's heads and get them to snap out of reality for a few minutes - better yet, leave people with a few new dad jokes that they can annoy their friends with. 

Artist Statement

Grimdrops works in a variety of mediums on a wide range of projects from icon design to large scale murals. Visual problem solving is the goal when working with clients but his personal work is more focused on bringing a smile to people's faces and/or getting a laugh out of them. Lately, murals and live art have been at the forefront of Grimdrops' career. Whether working digitally or traditionally - the work is clean and bold and his most recent work often has an added scratched and distressed texture giving a new piece a weathered look. There's no deep meaning behind this decision - it just makes the piece more visually interesting in certain cases.


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" including work not accepted in the Salem Arts Festival Exhibit, other exhibits and other innovative and avant garde work.

Live Music by JOHNNY FIRESEED & THE JUNKYARD DOGS

Original EARTH ROCK, GREEN PUNK and JUNK FUNK


Opening Reception: Friday June 7, 5-8 PM

Exhibition Dates: June 8 – July 28, 2019

Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.


2019 Season Overview


June


“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



June 

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



July 

"Jennifer's Body"
Emily Kwong - Solo Show

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

Exhibit  July 5 - 28




August

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



September
"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 - Friday, August 30, 2019

Exhibit  August 30 - September 29

Picturing America - Our 13th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibit - August 30 - September 29, 2019




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 - Friday, August 30, 2019

Exhibit  August 30 - November 3

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



October

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 5 through November 3, 2019



November

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





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