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Salem Arts Association Has a New Home.

by Dinah Cardin (April 2020)

When describing his playful multimedia art pieces, artist Paul Nathan says, “There’s a certain...happiness." A dynamic collage features a parade more suited for New Orleans passing in front of the Salem Custom House. “They are light and joyous, but not simple,” says Nathan. This could be a good description for Salem itself at times.

A story full of serendipity has been unfolding on Derby Street in Salem. It started when Nathan retired from his work as a lawyer a couple years ago and turned his law office (an 18th-century yellow clapboard building near the water) into the Paul Nathan Gallery and Museum, where he could sell his original artworks and greeting cards stamped with his work. But he wasn’t seeing enough foot traffic. Then one day, when Salem Arts Association president Jim Bostick wandered in. a friendly conversation sparked a historic moment for the arts in Salem. Fast-forward to April of this year and the SAA has a new 2,600-square-foot home across the street from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and near landmarks like the House of the Seven Gables and Mercy Tavern.

In contrast with the Rockport Art Association, which began in 1921, Salem’s is the youngest on the North Shore, formed in 2007 by a group on Artists’ Row. The Salem Film Fest and Salem Jazz and Soul Festival were starting up at the same time. The SAA now has a membership of more than 300, representing artists living all over the North Shore.

The organization has been housed in several locations, the most recent being a former Universalist church on Bridge St reet. “Our openings were incredibly well attended. It was a really good feeling. But after the opening, nothing” says the organization’s vice president and exhibition curator. Heather Stewart, who lives in Lynn and focuses on Realist paintings.

Stewart is thrilled to have a more permanent home with 11 galleries, space for classes and workshops, and maybe even an artist-in- residence program.

“I consider this a story of growth,” says Bostick, who works as a photographer and designer. One common goal is to bring back the community “clubhouse" feel that existed on Artists’ Row, when musicians would just turn up on a Friday, says Bostick, the new location includes a patio filled with potential on Kosciusko Street. Sunlit galleries are named after a few of the 50 wharves where goods were offloaded from Salem ships traveling all over the world, A first-floor gallery is named in memory of active Salem artist Ellen Hardy, considered the driving force behind the association. Bostick credits Hardy with saying “The word arts has an s for a reason." Keeping this in mind, the association is looking into expanding their offerings, even turning their basement into a black box theatre. “Ellen is smiling down on us.” says Bostick of his friend, who died in 2017. “None of this would have happened without her.”

The SAA has gained traction with a busy calendar of events, like their annual show inspired by a chosen exhibition at PEM. In Oc­tober, there is a fitting Dark Arts exhibit And in the spring is the playful Salon des Refuses, a tradition that started last year, featuring works turned down by the Salem Arts Festival. Now, when an artist’s work is rejected, the city hands them a flyer for the Salem Arts show, says Bos­tick, adding that this opportunity is a tradition going back to the French Academy.

On April 3, the public can attend the first member showcase in the new location. “I feel really strongly about letting people show their work," says Stewart, who has acted as juror, curator, and critic for exhibitions at prominent galleries in the region.

Bostick is coming to the end of his three- year term as president and is happy to hand off the SAA stronger than he found it. Some of that is due to hard work and some to the magic of Salem. In the meantime, the building also houses a small gallery just for Paul Nathan's work. “I think it s a win-win all around," says Nathan. "I see tills as an adventure. The more people you have, the more energy."

September 2020 - Salem Arts Announces Two New Exhibits - Northshore Magazine

July 2020 - Salem Arts Grand Opening Member ShowcaseSalem Access Television (SATV)

May 2020 - Salem Arts Association Launches Virtual ExhibitNorthshore Magazine

May 2020 - Gallery, Never Opened Due to COVID, Launches Online - Salem News

April 2020 - Arts On The Move - Salem Arts Association Has a New Home - Northshore Magazine (download PDF)

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)

March 2018 - Inspiring The Arts - Salem Magazine (Download PDF)

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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  • Monday, January 28, 2013 1:03 PM | Deleted user

    All in the Eyes

    Feb 9–Mar 10, 2013
    Opening Reception: Feb 10, 2-4 p.m.

    In portraiture, their expressions, inner beauty and strengths are what are deemed most important and hopefully inherent in each image. Drawn from ideas of strength, rage, beauty and humanity that are in each of us and make us the people we are, may be also seen in nature. Each subject is defined by ever-changing moods, unique emotion, and their own style, grace, and color. While they might not be perfect, the subtle qualities beneath the surface that shine through are what make each meaningful to me.

    Elisabeth has created her own photography business connected to her photographic interest; portraiture. Elisabeth s personal photographic work explores portraiture. Her work has been shown in many national group shows. Recently in Gallery Z s AFROCENTRIC: From the Perspective of Black Women, and Marblehead Artist Association s New Member Show. Also multiple solo showings in the New England area. Recently, October 2011, Neville had a collaborative show with her late Father at The Griffin Museum in Winchester MA., with her photography and his sketches. Eidetic Image . Elisabeth has also been closely involved with many artists associations, national and international. Presently she is a member of the Marblehead and Salem Artist Association, Artists Under the Dome initiative, working for the rights of Artists involved with the Copyright Alliance.

    MARBLEHEAD ARTS ASSOCIATION
    8 Hooper Street
    Marblehead, MA 01945
    P 781.631.2608
    F 781.631.7890
  • Thursday, January 17, 2013 4:37 PM | Ellen Garvey (Administrator)

    Creative Economy Association of the North Shore
    presents an evening of networking and to view the exhibition 
     
    Absent | Present 

    on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 pm   
     
    at Montserrat College of Art Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly, MA  
     
    The evening will feature an update from Massachusetts Creative Economy Industry Director Helena Fruscio, and a short gallery talk by Curator Leonie  Bradbury.  
     
    Please rsvp to Elizabeth Gianino
    at elizabeth.gianino@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x1121


    Kate Gilmore, Sudden as a Massacre, 2012, video (still) 
  • Monday, January 14, 2013 10:05 AM | Deleted user
    Artists And Authors

    The Salem Arts Association 3rd annual "Artists and Authors" will be held at the Hawthorne Hotel, for more information about this event please visit the "Call to art" page and download the .pdf to submit your application. We look forward to seeing your there.
    Exhibit Date:
    February 28, 2013 from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Artists must arrive by 5 p.m. and be set up completely before the 6 p.m. opening.
    Breakdown will occur directly after the event at 9 p.m. Tables will be provided by the
    Hawthorne Hotel.


    Exhibit Location:
    The Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom, Salem, MA

    Go To "Call For Art Page"




  • Monday, January 07, 2013 2:20 PM | Ellen Hardy
    SSU and the Mass Poetry Festival have asked SAA to have an exhibition during the Festival this year May 2-5, 2013. Mass Po invites all Festival participants throughout the state to discuss 10 poems each year. Five are chosen from poets who have passed away and five poems are chosen from living poets. Often a living poet will attend the Festival.

    The Salem Arts Association members are asked to respond to one of the 10 poems with their artwork. Location for the exhibit will be announced. Artists should be prepared to show their work on their own easels if we get a location not suitable for hanging on the wall. A full packet with the CALL FOR PROPOSALS will be posted in February. Deadline will be early April.

    Artists who would like to submit artwork for the Mass Po program (which may or may not be part of the exhibition), please email to <EGH.ARTS@gmail.com>

    Links to the 10 poems—

    Common Threads 2013: TEN PASTORALS (10 poems about the outside)

    1. Patricia Smith: What to Tweak
    http://www.wetdryvac.net/November3rdClub/2007/08-07/poetry/smith.html

    2. Matt Miller: Tuggin’
    http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/poem/2010/01/tuggin_.html

    3. Andrea Cohen: To Whom It May Concern
    http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/238392

    4. Frank O'Hara: Autobiographia Literaria
    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/autobiographia-literaria/

    5. Jack Gilbert: Cherishing What Isn't
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104158053

    6. Robert Frost: Range-Finding
    http://www.online-literature.com/donne/750/

    7. Martha Collins: [white paper #38]
    http://witness.blackmountaininstitute.org/issues/volume-24-number-2-2011/white-paper-40/

    8. Lloyd Schwartz: Leaves
    http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/20166

    9. Afaa Michael Weaver: Leaves
    http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/poem/4813

    10. Stephen Jonas: To a Strayed Cat (to be included in February packet)

  • Monday, December 17, 2012 12:17 PM | Deleted user

    Hamilton-Wenham Library is looking to fill approximately 30 spaces in their popular public displays for January. The library is also interested in finding artists to display work for future months.            

    Contact: Rebecca Shea,  Administrative Librarian
    Hamilton-Wenham Public Library
    978-468-5577  x20  
    www.hwlibrary.org

  • Monday, December 17, 2012 12:12 PM | Deleted user

    LynnArts Photography Exhibit:
    Take Your Best Shot

    A Curated Show, open to any artist 17 and older

    Saturday, January 26-Friday, March 8, 2013

    Opening reception: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 2-4pm

    Juror: TBD

    Entry Fee: $5 each piece, max of 4 pieces/artist. Non-refundable
    Ribbons Awarded

       

    GUIDELINES
    Please visit
    www.lynnarts.org for complete guideline information.

    Media: An image originally created through photography or containing photography; altered images are welcomed.  

    Size limitation: There are no size limitations for this show, except entry through a standard door.

    Conditions: Work submitted for consideration must be in physical form and delivered to LynnArts during the stated drop off times. Do not transmit work electronically or submit on CD, etc. All work must be original, ready for hanging or display.

    Additional Prints: Artists who submit work to be juried are welcome to bring up to six (6) shrink-wrapped prints for the gallery bin. These prints will be for sale during the stated exhibit dates. There is no additional fee; only artists submitting work can be bring prints. LynnArts retains 50% commission on each print sold during the exhibit.

    • Drop-off: Thursday, January 17, Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19.
    • Work not accepted: Wednesday, January 23, Thursday, January 24 or Friday, January 25.
    • Accepted work: Saturday, March 9 or by special arrangement.

    Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10-4, Thursday, 11-7, Saturday, 11-4. Gallery hours are

    subject to change, please call before visiting.

    Commission: LynnArts, Inc. retains a 25% commission on all work sold during the exhibit.

    The Juror: TBD

  • Saturday, November 03, 2012 5:29 PM | Deleted user
    Paula Beaulieu

    Eleventh Annual

    Open Studio & Show

    Point of View

    Featuring recent watercolors and oils

    From Holland

    On paper and canvas

    November 17-18, 2012

    1pm–5pm

    All paintings 20% off

    The Studio

    2 Emerald Ave., Salem

    (978) 744-8550




    The Eleventh Annual Open Studio & Show by Salem artist and art educator, Paula Beaulieu, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18 from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at her studio, 2 Emerald Ave., Salem, MA. The Show entitled "Point of View” "was inspired by her Spring trip to Holland to visit the world-renown Keukenhoff gardens and flower fields and to experience the beauty and light of the Dutch countryside. Her signature painting in this show captures the only windmill in the world that still grinds ores into powdered pigments for paint. It is surrounded by the beauty of the Dutch sky. Some of the small works in the show, including one of Serd Kerk, South Church in Amsterdam, were painted “en plein air” from unusual points of view, including those of the flower fields.

    The show includes not only paintings from her trip to Holland but a varied array of subject matter in watercolor, oils, acrylics, and mixed media on paper and canvas. In honor of the eleventh anniversary, all paintings will be 20% off. Prints are also available. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. The public is invited.

    This is not only the Eleventh Anniversary Show of the artist in her studio in Salem, but she is also celebrating the eleventh anniversary of her business, Connect With Your Creativity. Paula provides hands-on art workshops for people from 3 to 101 helping them connect with their innate creativity. The Salem public schools, Salem State University, Salem Recreation Department, Salem Council on Aging, The Peabody Essex Museum, and the House of the Seven Gables have all benefited from her programs. She also provides programs in many other local communities and in her studio as well. For a complete listing of current art programs see her website at www.connectwithyourcreativity.com.


    The Last of the Pigment Grinders
    Watercolor on 260lbs Arches Paper
  • Saturday, November 03, 2012 5:24 PM | Deleted user
    Kensington-Stobart Gallery in Salem’s Historic Hawthorne Hotel announces an exhibition of works by Salem artists who are connected by neighborhood affiliation, personal relationships, or both. Participating artists include Charlie Allen, Katy Bratun, David Decker, Julie Shaw Lutts, Barbara Burgess Maier, Trip Mason, and Racket Shreve.The show runs from Friday, November 2 through Sunday, December 2. An artist reception will be held on Friday, November 9 from 6-8 p.m. and a gallery talk, “Artist Friends and Neighbors--A Hundred Years Ago” by Jim McAllister is planned for Tuesday, November 27th at 7:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the gallery talk and admission is free. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-5pm. For more information call, The Kensington-Stobart Gallery at 978-825-0022. This event is free and open to the public.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012 5:43 PM | Deleted user
    Though the summer has passed and the Halloween hubbub is ending, the Salem Arts Association (SAA) will continue to offer art exhibits, retail artwork, music, and workshops to visitors and residents of Salem through the fall and holiday season.

    The SAA will maintain its Retail Gallery and exhibition space at 24 New Derby Street on Artists' Row through December 20. On view in the exhibition space will be Salem-themed and holiday-related art works.

    On Thursdays, the SAA space on Artists' Row will be open during the Salem Winter Market, held in Old Town Hallundefineda great opportunity for one-stop holiday shopping.

    The SAA is also excited to be taking part in Salem First Friday, a Salem Main Streets initiative. In addition to having its retail and gallery space on Artists' Row open on First Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., the SAA will be featuring its artist members at the Row and around town.

    On First Friday, November 2, the SAA will feature artist Paula Beaulieu at Artists' Row and Patricia Dunbar at Coldwell Banker at 7 1/2 Church Street.

    The SAA will also be open on Artists' Row every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.


    Salem Arts Association: Fall and Winter at Artists' Row
    • Artists' Row, 24 New Derby Street, Salem, MA
    • Thursdays, 3–6 p.m.
    • Saturdays, noon–6 p.m.
    • First Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:30 AM | Deleted user
    Winter Market

    The Winter market is here! This year in place of the annual group show the Salem Arts Association will feature "Salem Themed" works of art and "Holiday Related" artwork, in addition to that we will also have our regular retail gallery visitors can enjoy!

    For more information such as dates and times please visit our
    "Call For Art" page.

    We hope to see you at the Winter Market extravaganza!

    S.A.A.


    Take-In is on Thursday, November 1, 3–6 p.m., on Friday,

    November 2, 4–8 p.m., or on Saturday, November 3, 12–6 p.m

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