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Salem Arts In The News

February 2020: Salem Arts Association Moves to Derby Street Neighborhood - Salem Gazette

November 2019: Autumn Member Showcase - Salem Access Television (SATV)

October 2019: Dark Arts Exhibit - Salem Access TV (SATV)

September 2019 - Picturing America and Dark Arts Exhibitions - Salem Access Television (SATV)

August 6 2019: Dan Breslin Solo Show - Salem Gazette

June 2019 - Salon Des Refuses Salem Access Television (SATV)

May 2019 - Roots Exhibit at Salem Old Town HallSalem Access Television (SATV)

April 2019 - Member Showcase Exhibition at Salem Old Town HallSalem Access Television (SATV)

March 2019 -  Young at Art, Ellen Hardy, Paula Beaulieu, and Scholarship Fundraiser ExhibitSalem Access Television (SATV)

December 2018 - Fall Member Showcase 2018 - Salem Access Television (SATV)

October, 2018 - Two Exhibits: Untold Stories and Dark Arts 10-5-18 - Salem Access Television (SATV)

August, 2018 - Land & Sea, Raymond Gilbert Solo Exhibit - Salem Access Television (SATV)

July, 2018 - Go Away Exhibit - Salem Access Television (SATV)

January, 2018 - Salem Cultural Council 2018 Grant Recipients - Salem Cultural Council

December 28, 2017 - Reflecting on 2017 Events in SalemSalem Gazette

November 2017 - Salem Arts Association Member Showcase - Salem Access Television (SATV)

July 17, 2017 - Salem Arts Association: ReVision Opening Reception - Salem Access Television (SATV)

May 5, 2017 - ReVISION Exhibit Opening and Awards - Salem Gazette Video

March 9, 2017 - Salem Arts cuts ribbon on new digs - Wicked Local Salem

March 5, 2017 - Grand Opening Festivities on Salem Access Television - Salem Access Television (SATV)

February 22, 2017 - Salem Arts Announces New Move - Salem Gazette 

February 18, 2017 - "The Bridge at 211" Welcomes Salem Arts Association - Creative Salem

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  • Sunday, June 02, 2019 12:30 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts Association proudly presented scholarships to Sophie Collins and Emma Currier-Dougherty.

    Emma Currier-Dougherty was awarded The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship. Emma will attend UMASS Amherst to study fine art. Emma has been active in many of Salem High School's programs including Drama, Chorus, and Art Honor Society. Emma was also active with Raw Art Works in Lynn.

    Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor.

    Presenting for the Paula Beaulieu Scholarship was her son Matthew Beaulieu and Salem Arts Board Vice President Judith Coughlin.

    The Ellen Hardy Scholarship was presented this year to Sophie Collins of Salem High School and plans to attend Salem State University to advance her acting and theater skills. In addition to being featured in many theater productions she has also participated in the school's chamber singer group, A Capella singers,  Marching Band, and National Music Honor Society. 

    Ellen was a profound influence on the Salem artistic scene through her involvement with the Salem Public Arts Commission, the annual Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Arts Association, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of Salem Arts Association.

    Attending the presentation at Salem High School, Along with our winners Sophie Collins and Emma Currier-Dougherty, was Salem Arts Association Board Members James Bostick (president), and Judith Coughlin (Vice President), along with friends and family members.

  • Friday, May 18, 2018 8:35 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    With great pride Salem Arts Association presented scholarships to Elizabeth Embick-Porter and Connor Heenan at Salem High School. 

    Connor Heenan was awarded The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship. Connor will attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to study fine art and design. Connor has been active in many school programs including yearbook, band/music programs, Honor Society, and has shown work in a special exhibition at the Endicott College gallery. Connor was the recipient of the 2017 Art Speaks Award. 

    Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor.

    Presenting for the Paula Beaulieu Scholarship was her son Daniel Beaulieu. 

    Elizabeth Embick-Porter Received The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship. Elizabeth will be attending the film program at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque to study art and filmmaking. In addition to her studies at Salem High School Elizabeth has also participated in the Raw Art Works Reel 2 Reel film program for the past five years. 

    This is the first year fo the Ellen Hardy Scholarship. Ironically today is Ellens birthday. Ellen was a profound influence on the Salem artistic scene through her involvement with the Salem Public Arts Commission, the annual Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Arts Association, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of Salem Arts Association.

    Presenting for the Ellen Hardy Scholarship was her Mother Lois Hardy, father Paul Hardy, Her husband Kenneth Weaver, Brother Paul Hardy, and two sisters Cheryl Hardy-Faraci and Patricia Hardy. 

    Attending the presentation at Salem High School, Along with our winners Connor Heenan and Elizabeth Embick-Porter, was Principal David Angeramo, Art Department Chairperson Lynne Mullen, Salem Arts Association Board Members James Bostick (president), Judith Coughlin (Vice President), and Joanna Shellenberger (Treasurer).

  • Monday, June 26, 2017 11:56 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association is very pleased to announce the The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship. Ellen Hardy was the driving force behind the Salem Arts Association of many years as an early member and as president through 2015. Ellen was instrumental to our growing organization's success and we celebrate her contributions to the arts in Salem.

    We at Salem Arts Association were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Ellen Hardy following her battle with cancer. Ellen was an early Salem Arts Association Member and led the Association as president until 2016. Her mark on the Salem Arts community is profound and she has touched the creative spirit of countless people. Even more profound was her multi-disciplinary artistic talents as a painter, photographer, and performer. Her legacy will be marked by many. 

    Among Ellen's countless contributions to Salem Arts was her work to shine a spotlight on Salem's Artist Row during it's earlier years. She worked tirelessly to make the Salem Arts Association the centerpiece of "The Row" through her event planning skills and friendships with Salem's artists and performers who turned our little shanty into a vibrant social experience. 

    Ellen was the instrumental catalyst who worked closely with the Peabody Essex Museum to secure our gallery and retail space at 179 Essex St. where we enjoyed huge success that eventually lead us to our current new home at The Bridge at 211. 

    In addition to Ellen's dedication to the Salem Arts Association she was a prolific artist. Her multi-disciplinary skill ranged form photography to Painting in En-Plein-Air, collage, construction, and even performance art painting with her beloved ensemble "The Avant-Guardians" and her  "Art Attack" performance events. 

    Salem Arts Association owe's a deep debt of gratitude to Ellen Hardy's perseverance and dedication. While we will miss Ellen's enigmatic spirit her legacy will live on through the success of our growing organization. 

    On behalf of our Board of Directors and our membership we thank you Ellen. We are pleased to honor your legacy with this scholarship.

    Ellen Gibson Hardy (May 18, 1952 — June 18, 2017)

    An artist at heart, Ellen forged a career in the Art, Graphic Design, and Publishing world. She founded her own company, Hardy House, which was a full-service Art and Design business of which she was the proprietor for over 19-years working with the likes of MIT, Harvard, Yale, and many other educational and professional organizations. During the years as president of Hardy House she began to exhibit her own artwork at galleries throughout New England and taught Graphic Arts at the Cambridge Adult Center for Education and at Phillips Academy where she also served as Director of Publications for over 14 years.

    Ellen was a profound influence on the Salem artistic scene through her involvement with the Salem Public Arts Commission, the annual Salem Arts Festival, and Salem Arts Association, which she advocated heavily for. Ellen served for several years as a member and president of Salem Arts Association.

    Award Purpose and Eligibility:

    The Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship will award one or more scholarships of $500 each spring to a senior-year student attending any Salem school (public, charter, or private) who is pursuing visual arts education either through a university program or through an art school in the fall following their graduation. Visual arts, graphic design, performing arts, music, acting, or other areas of creative expression will be considered. Ellen Hardy was a founding member and served as President of the Salem Arts Association through 2015. She was very active in contributing to the Salem Arts Associations success and was also a prolific artist and performer herself. We are honored to offer this scholarship program in her memory.


    If you wish to make a donation in Ellen Hardy's name please indicate in your comment the you wish funds to go to the "Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship" when visiting our Donation Page.

    For more info, or to apply, please visit our Salem Arts Scholarships page. or email to

  • Monday, June 26, 2017 11:31 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association is proud to announce the presentation of the Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship to Camryn Connolly, a 2017 Salem High School graduate, attending Boston College as an art major in the fall.

    caption: June 25 presentation of the Paula Beaulieu Scholarship. Left to Right is Salem Arts President Mary Best, Scholarship winner Camryn Connolly, and Matthew Beaulieu, son of Paula Beaulieu. 

    • Winner: Camryn Connolly
    • Age: 18
    • School: Salem High School
    • College she is attending in the fall: Boston University

    After review of her impressive artistic talent and skills, Dan and Matt Beaulieu, the sons of the artist for which this scholarship was established, felt Camryn was especially deserving of this scholarship.

    At 4PM on Sunday, 25 June Camryn Connolly was presented with her Scholarship check for $1,000 by the Beaulieu brothers. The Salem Arts has hosted this event for several years and is proud to once again facilitate the award of the Beaulieu Scholarship to a Salem High school senior.

    Camryn has been very active during her high school years with sports, peer mentoring for freshman entering High school and the National Art Society, among many other worthwhile endeavors. As Camryn enters the arts at Boston University this fall we are sure she will quickly set herself apart with her artistic pursuits.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship was established by the Beaulieu family in honor of their late mother. Mrs. Beaulieu was an artist and art teacher in the Salem and Reading school systems. Along with the scholarship, Dan and Matt Beaulieu, Paula’s sons, will be presenting Camryn with a check for $1,000.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship is a perpetual one, which is awarded each year for $1,000 to a student pursuing the visual arts either through a university program or through an art school. All of the visual arts will be considered. Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor. 

    The Salem Arts congratulates Camryn and wishes her great success. More information can be found on the Salem Arts Website.

    About Salem Arts Association

    The Salem Arts Association is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization. Our mission is “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts”. Our membership is open to artists working in all media and all disciplines are welcome, as are arts lovers, enthusiasts, and patrons.

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


  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 5:10 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)



    The Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce our move to a new home at “The Bridge at 211” in Salem, MA. This facility will provide the Salem Arts Association with excellent gallery exhibition space, a gallery shop, workshop area, and event facilities. Salem Arts was founded in 2007 and this year celebrates our 10-year Anniversary. We’ve grown to currently serve over 200 members, including more than 100 regional artists who will exhibit their artwork in our galleries and shop. This new facility offers Salem Arts members, and the public, unprecedented exhibition and learning opportunities. Plus our new home allows Salem Arts to take advantage of performance and event space available at “The Bridge” and better deliver 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.”  

    Salem Arts President Mary Szeman Best says “This is a very exciting time for the Salem Arts Association. On our tenth anniversary, we look forward to helping make The Bridge at 211 a must-see cultural destination. We also anticipate a very active and creative year for our organization.”

    While this is a new location for the Salem Arts Association, the 19th century building is a Salem landmark that was previously home to the First Universalist Society of Salem. Now known as “The Bridge at 211”, the former church, this new nonprofit organization has set out on a mission to become a hub for artistic, cultural and social events.

    Dale Yale, Executive Board member of The Bridge at 211 welcomes Salem Arts Association to help deliver on their combined mission.  “As someone who’s been emotionally connected with the 211 Bridge Street building since the early 50’s, I am excited to join forces with such an important member of the community as the Salem Arts Association as “The Bridge” turns a new corner. We’re eager to share our repurposed “hub” with them, celebrate their upcoming 10th anniversary, and move forward together in partnership.”

    Initial stages of our move have taken place over the past few weeks. Preparations for our 2017 calendar of exhibitions and events are in progress and will be released to the public as details are finalized. The following events will kick off our 2017 season in the new galleries.

    • Grand Opening and Salem Arts Member Showcase Exhibition Reception will be held Saturday March 4, 5:00 to 8:00 PM. This exhibit will feature a cross-section of artists and mediums representing the depth and breadth of our Salem Arts membership.
    • Regular gallery hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 6:00 PM.
    • Salem Arts is hosting a Monthly Artists’ Meet-Up at Opus Underground on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Opus is located at 87 Washington St. Salem, MA.
    • Check our events calendar at for membership information, upcoming workshops, and events.

    When visiting the Salem Arts Association at 211 Bridge Street please find our gallery entrance on Ash Street. Admittance to the gallery is always free.

    About Salem Arts Association: Salem Arts Association is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization. Our mission is “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts”. Our membership is open to artists working in all media and all disciplines are welcome, as are arts lovers, enthusiasts, and patrons.

    About The Bridge at 211: The Bridge at 211 is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to create a hub for artistic, cultural and social events in a 19th century Salem landmark. Our board is planning programming to entertain, engage, educate and enrich the community, in music and the arts, while honoring the building's rich heritage and forming partnerships with like-minded organizations. That programming will include continuing to provide a home to a number of community service groups. 


  • Saturday, December 31, 2016 12:21 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Windows of Salem is a new series of hand drawn, digital illustrations from
    photos taken in Salem by Salem Arts Member Elissa Von Letkemann.

    These artful keepsakes are great for visitors and locals alike Letkemann is now offering a lovely 2017 calendar and a line of cards that are a unique option for shoppers. In the calendar, each month you'll enjoy a new, detailed, hand drawn illustration of a window in Salem, Massachusetts. Unrelated to the fascinating but over-saturated themes of witchcraft and maritime history, these are a fresh contemporary view of Salem today. And you are supporting Salem businesses with Windows of Salem! These cards are designed in her Salem studio and printed at a boutique Salem print shop.

    Check out this ETSY shop to purchase Elissa's beautiful work.

    And follow Elissa Von Letkemann Art & Design on Facebook too. 

  • Monday, October 17, 2016 5:15 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    “What Is Past is Prologue: The Role of the National Archives” - with The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, guest lecturer.

    The Board of Directors at Hamilton Hall is pleased to announce that this year’s Americana Lecture on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 pm will be free of charge and open to the public. 

    We are honored to welcome The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero as our guest lecturer. His topic will be “What Is Past is Prologue: The Role of the National Archives,” and will be held in Hamilton Hall at 9 Chestnut Street Salem. 

    While the event is free, you must reserve tickets in advance by calling the Hall at 978-744-0805 or emailing A limit of two tickets per request please. 

    About Hamilton Hall: 

    Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire and named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. One of the oldest continuously operating assembly halls in the United States, for over two hundred years, Hamilton Hall has hosted many outstanding social and cultural events including weddings, lectures, and dinners for heads of state. 

    About David S. Ferriero: 

    David S. Ferriero was confirmed as 10th Archivist of the United States on November 6, 2009. Early in 2010 he committed the National Archives and Records Administration to the principles of Open Government—transparency, participation, and collaboration. Early in his tenure, Mr. Ferriero celebrated the contributions of "citizen archivists," and he encourages public participation in identifying historical Federal records and sharing knowledge about them. 

    A native of Beverly, MA, Mr. Ferriero previously served as the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL). Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation's major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Northeastern University and a master's degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science. Mr. Ferriero served as a Navy hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War. 

     Hamilton Hall 

    9 Chestnut Street 

    Salem, MA 01970 


    October 13, 2017 

    Press Release 

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 11:59 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)


    A moderated discussion panel of professional artists Presented by Loading Dock Arts Education, a program of Loading Dock Arts, Inc.

    facilitated by: Dr. Joe Miglio

    Associate Professor – Berklee College of Music

    Dr. Joe Miglio, will bring his comprehensive knowledge of the overlap between art and business to the table of panelists; and will query the panelists on artist identity, income generation, and personal marketing strategies.

    Following an introductory session, artists will share their experiences of promoting their art: diversifying across venues; making marketing choices; expanding social media outreach, and focusing their selling practices.

    Audience members are invited to participate in questions and discussion.

    Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7-9 PM

    The Onyx Room

    Western Avenue Studios – 122 Western Ave., Lowell, MA

    $10 in advance, $12 at the door

    Seating Limited to 75 persons – reserve your seat today


    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

    Loading Dock Arts, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support and professional

    development for artists and to promote the visual arts in the greater Lowell community.


    About Our Panel

    Angela Ales is a painter and teacher born in Colombia. She moved to the U.S. in 1984. She graduated from Cooper Union and received her MFA from the Miami International University of Art and Design. She has participated in over 30 expositions in North and South America.

    Adrien Bisson is a headshot and commercial portrait photographer. He has a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and spent many years in software engineering. His passion for photography began in his youth and has now brought him full circle.

    Tracy LeVesque is a painter born in western Massachusetts. She studied Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and received her BA from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She believes that nature is the only true mentor for the artist.

    Joe Miglio , Moderator, is an Associate Professor of Music Business/Management at Berklee College of Music. He has presented at many national conferences on topics such as artist identity and income generation, personal brand marketing strategies, and innovative design.

    Barbara Poole is a felt artist, designer, teacher and felt maker. She has a background in painting and creates garments to adorn the wearer. She sees her clothing and accessories as embodying the Bohemian lifestyle and describes her work as BoHo Chic.

    Ilene Richard is a painter and children’s book illustrator. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and majored in Illustration, Graphic Design and Jewelry Design. She has also studied at the DeCordova Museum School and at the Museum School in Boston.

    John Welch is a woodworker and woodcarver. An avid cook, he was looking for a way to combine his love of cooking with his love of woodworking and began carving spoons in 2013. He now also makes cutting boards candleholders, and housewares from beautiful wood sources.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:25 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts Association is home to many talented artists whose artwork can be found in our own gallery. It's also true that Salem Arts members work can be seen throughout New England. This month our neighbors at Marblehead Arts Association will feature three of our Salem Arts Association members in their galleries and in the artisan shop. 

    On display starting August 13 through September 25 in the galleries of Marblehead Arts are two feature solo exhibitions by our own Karen Hosking and Mary Taddie.  Peggy Farrell's work is featured in the Artisan Shop. 

    Be sure to attend the opening reception this Sunday, August 14, 2-4 pm.

    "Photo Center" by Karen Hosking

    Karen Hosking's solo photography exhibit explores "Americana".  In Hosking's view “Americana can be defined in many different ways.  For me, it means places and things that exist today that could or did actually exist in the past. I love bumping into establishments that existed decades ago, and continue to exist in the same form performing the same function.”

    In addition to Salem Arts Karen is a member of a number of local arts associations. Her photographs have won numerous awards in local and regional competitions and shows. She is interested in a variety of photographic styles including creative, black and white, scenic, architectural and fine art. Her goal in photographing is to engage with the viewer and capture a moment or a scene in a way that allows the viewer to see it in a new way.

    Karen Hosking will also host a "Photo Review and Photoshop Q&A" at Marblehead Arts Association. Bring your photos for review and critique. A computer will be available to demonstrate and answer questions about Photoshop, Sunday, September 18, 3-5 pm

    "Fish Gone Wild" by Mary Taddie

    Mary Taddie brings her skill in the arts of Ceramic Tile, Marble, and Italian Smalti techniques to her solo exhibition entitled "Catching The Wave". 

    Moved by the works of ancient Italian and Byzantine artisans, Mary Taddie creates unique and exciting Mosaic Wall Art and jewelry. Her creations use the same techniques and Venetian glass used over 500 years ago and employ a range of mosaic styles from ancient to modern. Mary’s finished pieces can be jewel like pendants as small as one square inch or murals and functional art as large as fifty square feet.

    She nips, chisels and cuts recycled material like travertine, marble, ceramic tile and slate using her specialty tools and wet saws while experimenting with adhesives, substrates and grouts.

    Join Mary for her artist demonstration "Materials and techniques used to create mosaic art", Sunday, September 18, 1-3 pm at Marblehead Arts Association

    Peggy Farrell, Salem Arts member and Board Member, is currently featured in the Artisan Shop. Her work in the shop includes her photography and cards. 

    The Marblehead Arts Association is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion, at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead. Six galleries of exhibits by association members and guest artists change every six weeks and education programs and special events are offered throughout the year. The MAA Artisan Shop features one-of-a-kind crafts and fine art including jewelry, pottery, glassworks and textiles by 7 of our artisan members at affordable prices under $250. New work for sale by 7 member artisans turns over every three months. The Mansion is available for private parties, meetings, weddings and other events. MAA winter hours are Wednesdays through Fridays and Sundays noon – 5pm and Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm. For more information on this exhibit as well as our exhibit calendar, events, programs and classes, please call 781-631-2608 or visit our website;

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:29 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and the Salem Public Art Commission (PAC) announce “TradeWind,” a public art installation in Derby Square, running July through September, 2016.

    A call for artists and designers for this site specific installation around Old Town Hall and Derby Square brought in eighteen proposals. The team of op.AL, a trans-disciplinary practice from New York, formed by Jonathan A. Scelsa + Jennifer Birkeland, was selected by a PAC appointed Artist Selection Panel.

    A talk by the artist is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th at 4pm on site in Derby Square with an opening reception at 6pm in Old Town Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

    “Salem has such a rich and important historic connection to the sea,” said Mayor Driscoll. “The concept for ‘TradeWind’ pays creative homage to that connection in a way that is playful, thoughtful, and expressive. I greatly look forward to the work’s installation near Old Town Hall and the continuation of our highly successful public art installation program.”


    Artist Statement

    Water and wind built Salem. Water carried the fishermen in their boats to the shores of Salem to settle. Wind enabled Salem’s merchant ships to sail across the ocean. From these ships of the East India Company treasures and trade were brought and sold at Town Hall, building a seaside village into a city. 

    To honor and celebrate the role that these elements and Town Hall have played in the growth of the city, we have created a dynamic installation of spinning houses, combined to form the shape of Salem Town Hall. These individual houses are made in two colors: Caribbean Blue and Saffron Yellow. The blue invokes the exotic waters of far-flung lands that provided importers with treasures and spices – such as jewelry and saffron – referenced in the yellow houses. 

    In the daytime these objects will showcase the fluid and changeable effects of wind while serving as a tribute to the fact that cities only exist as the sum of their parts. At night, they are lit from within projecting onto the face of town hall, giving observers the privilege of glimpsing something that predecessors could not: growth.

    This installation is both a nod to the past and a glimpse towards the future and a celebration of generations of individuals who have built and continue to build Salem. 

    Artist Bio

    op.AL is a trans-disciplinary New York practice, formed by Jonathan A. Scelsa + Jennifer Birkeland, seeking creative design solutions utilizing optics as a means of engaging the oppositions between Architecture and Landscape resulting in design solutions that strive to dis-integrate the subject-object relationship conventionally within the two disciplines. Jonathan is a Design Critic in the department of Architecture for University of Pennsylvania + the Rhode Island School of Design and Jennifer is a Visiting Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

    Stephanie Imbeau is an installation artist based in New York whose practice investigates the way individuals seek community, personal security and a place to belong. She uses representations of protective structures as anthropomorphisms to explore this universal human impulse. These basic forms of shelter also provide the framework for a conceptual mapping of the barriers drawn to create safety and claim meaning using physical spaces.

    Hiroshi Jacobs is an artist and architect living and working in Washington, DC. He is a Lecturer in Architecture at The Catholic University of America, an architect with STUDIOS architecture, and the founder of HiJAC, a trans-disciplinary design & research collaborative. His designs and artwork have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including Surface Magazine, Businessweek, Harvard GSD Platform, DesCours New Orleans, La Biennale di Venezia, (e)Merge, and the Harvard Arts First Festival. Hiroshi was selected as an outpost of OfficeUS for the American pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale, and was recently highlighted in DC Modern Luxury’s Best of DC 2015 Issue. Hiroshi has held academic faculty positions at Tulane University and in the Career Discovery program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

    The team would like to thank and credit the following individuals and institutions who generously supported the construction of the project: District Design Lab, The Rhode Island School of Design Department of Architecture, The City College of New York Architecture Department, Andrea Kelly, Giacomo Sartorelli, William Allured, and Erin Wythoff.

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