NEW HOME FOR SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION GALLERIES AND SHOP
“THE BRIDGE AT 211” WELCOMES SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION
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 www.SalemArts.org 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.