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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

  • Monday, June 27, 2016 2:52 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association recently presented The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship to Jacqueline Muise, a 2016 Salem High School graduate. Jacqueline will be attending the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in the Fall.

    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 Beaulieu, Paula’s son, presented Jacqueline with an art print created Mrs. Beaulieu.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship is a perpetual one which is awarded each year for $1000 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. 

    Salem Arts congratulates Jacqueline and wishes her great success. 

    Photo caption: 

    (l. to r.) Mary Szeman Best, SAA President, Jacqueline Muise, Dan Beaulieu, Rebecca deVries, SAA Vice President & Education Chair.

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 5:28 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Mark Shasha

    Outdoor Painting Workshop

    Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    $150 members/$175 non-members
    All Levels Welcome!

    Join award winning American artist, Mark Shasha for two days of painting. The workshop begins in the galleries of the King Hooper Mansion to view and discuss Mark’s work. Mark will answer “how to” questions and speak about his methods.
    After a lunch break, proceed outdoors to either Chandler Hovey Park on Marblehead Neck or Fort Sewall in the historic district, for an afternoon “Paint Out”. Mark will provide guidance and constructive criticism as artists work from nature.
    Visit the calendar listing on for more information and a list of materials.

    King Hooper Mansion • 8 Hooper St. Marblehead • 781-631-2608 

  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 5:10 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) invites New England artists to submit work to “A Visual Feast”, a six-week exhibition at:

    The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck
    6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
    Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm.

    Ellen Wineberg

    Deadline for Submissions
    June 22, 2016 – 11:59 pm

    Exhibition Dates
    August 4 – Sept 11, 2016

    Opening Reception
    Saturday, August 6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

    More Info...

  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 10:30 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    WHAT: “Art of the Sea and Science”

    EVENTS: Art exhibition, silent auction, lectures and performance series

    WHEN: June 17th through July 30th

    WHERE: North Shore Arts Association 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930

    ADDMISSION: Open free to the public with suggested donation of $5 for lectures and performance series

    CONTACT INFO: NSAA at 978.283.1857 or



    June 17-July 30 “Art of the Sea and Science” exhibition

    June 17-July 30 Original artwork on Paint Factory Slates silent auction

    June 26 (12:30-1:30) “Why Whales” lecture with Dr. Iain Kerr

    June 26 (2-4pm) Reception open free to the general public

    July 7 (7pm) “Sea Change-Reversing the Tide” performance with

                            Dr. Roger Payne and Lisa Harrow (noted British actress)

    July 23 (3pm) “The Intersection of Marine Science, Conservation, Activism

                            and Art” lecture with Karen Ristuben




    American writer, artist and philosopher E. Hubbard said "Art is not a thing, it is a way." The historic North Shore Arts Association of Gloucester celebrating its 94th year,

    reflects this philosophy with its "Art in Action – Connecting Communities" focus this season, by hosting a groundbreaking collaboration with Gloucester's marine conservation/research group Ocean Alliance, now headquartered in Gloucester's iconic Paint Factory, and historic Rocky Neck Art Colony.


    Supporting the Ocean Alliance mission to protect and preserve our oceans and marine life and North Shore Arts Association and Rocky Neck Art Colony’s mission of supporting the arts, an "Art Exhibition of the Sea and Science" will be on display June 17 through July 30 in the galleries of NSAA. Although works of all genres will be on display, the main focus will be works depicting the sea and Cape Ann.


    A very unique component of the exhibition will be a show and silent auction of works painted on old roofing slates removed from the historic Paint Factory building. These historic slates donated to NSAA by non-profit Ocean Alliance provide the substrate used by NSAA Artist Members to create original paintings, each approximately 12"x24" depicting a myriad images. Bids for the silent auction may be placed June 17 through July 30 by visiting or contacting NSAA. One hundred per cent of silent auction proceeds will go to fund the ongoing restoration of the NSAA's gallery building and Ocean Alliance's Paint Factory headquarters.


    The collaboration also offers an extraordinary series of Ocean Alliance and Rocky Neck Art Colony lectures and performances. This special programing was made possible through partial funding by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The first of the series will be marine conservation/research group Ocean Alliance presenting a lecture "Why Whales?" by CEO Dr. Iain Kerr on Sunday, June 26th, 12:30-1:30pm followed by a reception, open free to the public 2-4pm.  A dynamic performance/poetry reading, "Sea Change: Reversing the Tide" will be presented by President of Ocean Alliance Dr. Roger Payne - whose profound discovery of whale songs has been a major force in their protection - and his wife, noted British actress Lisa Harrow on Thursday, July 7th at 7pm. Rocky Neck Art Colony President and arts and marine conservation advocate Karen Ristuben will present a lecture “Intersection of Marine Science, Conservation, Activism and Art on Saturday, July 23rd 3pm. All lectures and performances are free with a suggested donation of $5.


    To learn more about these three iconic non-profits visit and


    About the Lecturers and Performers

    - Dr. Roger Payne, Ocean Alliance President and Founder

    Dr. Roger Payne states, "I am so disappointed that the Arts and Sciences are taught separately – both the Arts and the Sciences lose. They should be co-mingled." Ocean scientist Payne embodies the best of the Arts and Sciences functioning together to do something probably neither could have done separately.


    Ocean Alliance CEO Iain Kerr shares, "Because Dr. Payne is a musician. . . because he is an artist/scientist, his training allowed him to identify, and make the most profound discovery about humpback whales. That whales sing songs!"  Prior to his discovery in 1967, along with Scott McVay, whale sounds were a mystery. Payne knew, however, that "a song is a rhythmically repeated collection of notes" and was able, because of his music training, to identify the particular songs of individual whales that he later confirmed can be heard over thousands of miles of ocean.


    Having worked aboard the sloop "Clearwater" in support of Pete Seeger's efforts to clean up the Hudson River in New York, Payne is considered a pioneer in his field. In the hope of sharing the work of artists/scientists, recordings of whale songs were placed aboard American Satellites Voyager I and II. Drs. Payne and Kerr have also stimulated interest in conserving our oceans and marine life by testifying before congress and presenting before the United Nations.


    About SEACHANGE: Reversing the Tide (performed by Dr. Roger Payne and his

                wife noted British actress Lisa Harrow

    What is the most consequential contribution of science in the past 100 years? Is it E=mc2, the structure of DNA, decoding the human genome, plate tectonics, the computer revolution, putting a man on the moon, the development of nuclear weapons? None of those directly affects the lives of every human being on earth—most indigenous peoples are simply unaware of all of them. However, respect for the hundreds of species that make the world habitable for us, and with which we interdepend is utterly consequential. Indigenous people were first to guess at it but scientific discovery during the past 50 years has proved it. And the consequence is that discovery is—if we ignore the destruction of the wild world until it can no longer keep the world habitable, our species will not survive. 

    The evidence for and the consequences of this broad claim are explored in

    Seachange: Reversing the Tide.  In this hour long presentation Roger Payne and his wife, actress Lisa Harrow combine the knowledge of science with the wisdom of poetry to argue compellingly that man is not the overseer of Life on earth but an integral part of Life’s complex web and conclude 

    that the most consequential scientific discovery of the past 100 years is the realization that our species’ survival requires that we attend not just to our own wellbeing but to the wellbeing of the entire web of Life—nothing else we can ever do will be nearly as consequential as understanding that point. The audience emerges with a clear understanding of humanity's role in the natural world and of the urgency of our need to start living sustainably.


    Since 2004, Roger and Lisa have presented SeaChange:Reversing the Tide  to audiences in universities, film festivals, schools, churches, conferences, libraries and other public spaces,  off-Broadway, the UN, and in people’s living rooms, throughout the US, as well as in New Zealand and the UK. 


    Currently, a team of New Zealand/Canadian documentary makers are raising the funds from international sources to make a film of the piece, which they are calling Pale Blue Dot after Carl Sagan’s book, an extract from which are the last words of SeaChange.


    "SeaChange moves its viewers. The strength of its ecological convictions derives from well-marshalled facts of the reality of our despoilment of the planet, and the emotional impact of the poetry the piece uses. Most importantly, Harrow and Payne turn away from despair, to what is to be done."
    Roald Hoffman, Nobel laureate, chemist and writer


    "Thank you, both of you, for that haunting and lovely stage piece. You had me thrumming all the way home."

            - Lawrence Weschler, 

              Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU


    Dr. Iain Kerr, CEO Ocean Alliance

    "I think of our planet as Planet Ocean, not Planet Earth because almost three quarters of the planet is ocean."  A self described adventurer who loves ocean science, Kerr was granted a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Southern Maine in honor of his 20 years of ocean research in over 21 countries.


    On a trip out of Gloucester harbor in 1993 on a whale watch boat he saw the Paint Factory.  Recognizing that such an iconic building, with its long maritime history, might capture the hearts and minds of people thereby stimulating their interest and involvement in ocean and whale conservation, he realized it would be a valuable place to headquarter Ocean Alliance.  As a result, the organization contacted the Annenberg Foundation which ultimately provided all the funds necessary to purchase the Paint Factory.  Kerr emphasizes that, since the building is mortgage free, all donations go to the ongoing restoration of the Paint Factory buildings.


    The OA organization is a pioneer in developing benign research tools for studying our oceans, the most recent iteration being drones – which they have dubbed "Snotbots" – which gather specimens from the spray spouted through the blow holes of whales.  Award winning actor Patrick Stewart has long been a friend to Ocean Alliance and was instrumental in garnering funds for the "Snotbot" research program. This research method is hailed for its non-invasive approach to studying the health of whale populations.  


    When asked what is meant by "Alliance" in the OA title, Kerr said it "reflects the idea that, along with collaboration from many other scientific organizations, all of humanity needs to be allied to preserve our oceans."


    Finding Gloucester reminiscent of the small fishing village in South West England where he grew up, Kerr and his wife chose to make their home East Gloucester.  


    Karen Ristuben, Artist and Marine Conservation Advocate

    After a conversation in 2009 with Iain Kerr, CEO of Ocean Alliance, about the challenges of preserving our oceans, Ms. Ristuben became actively involved using her artistic energies to build awareness about marine conservation.  Fascinated with the qualities of reflectivity and transparency, she adopted working in glass as her artistic medium.


    Then, looking out at the ocean from her Gloucester home she "realized how reflective and transparent" the water is.  Also she began noticing the accumulation of plastics on the sand in front of her house. Inspired to take action, Ristuben developed a dynamic performance/lecture using the arts – music, photography and her own videos – creating an art piece as a vehicle to communicate information about the toxic effects of plastics pollution on our oceans. She states, "If there's something in the world that needs attention - if you present it within an aesthetic framework – it becomes compelling, and they will be engaged and more likely to learn and become an agent for change.  Without an aesthetic element the offering is two dimensional.    


    Presenting a performance translates the issues through artistic media which then asks a viewer to be a part of it, to experience it, and be touched by it – which then leads to audiences to inquire - what can I do?

    Ristuben suggests that people get involved through something that they know and care about that surrounds them.  She was surrounded by the sea.  She says, "One can be most effective when talking about something from your own perspective. It allows others to do the same. It gives permission to bring your own life into your art."  


    A longtime resident of Rocky Neck and current Rocky Neck Art Colony President, Ristuben sees new excitement and possibilities for forming new working partnerships, especially under the banner of the Cultural Districts, between local arts and scientific communities on Cape Ann.

  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 8:22 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)


    Featuring the Works of David Shear

    The Kensington-Stobart Gallery

    June 16, 2016 through September 6, 2016

    Artist Open House, Thursday, June 16th, 5pm – 7pm

    The Kensington-Stobart Gallery is pleased to feature original works by North Shore native, David Shear.  Recognizing his artistic inclinations early on, David's mother introduced him to all of the area's finest art museums and inspired him to pursue his artistic talents to include painting and sculpture.  He has trained under impressionist Kay Orr and has attended workshops on advanced abstract painting at centers such as the Woodstock School of Art.  He has collectors nationwide; and his work is exhibited in many fine homes and in commercial settings such as law firms, medical centers, restaurants, and designer galleries.  He has enjoyed representation by fine art galleries in Dallas, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City and Santa Fe.


    You are invited to meet the artist by attending the upcoming open house where you will be able to appreciate his remarkable talent. 

    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.

  • Monday, May 23, 2016 9:53 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts Association Internship Program 
    For current Salem State University students and/or graduates

    Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce its internship program open to any Salem State student or graduate who is interested in working for and learning about a non-profit arts organization, including exhibitions, educational workshops, and events in the community. Internships are a great opportunity to network while getting professional experience and references for future work opportunities. SAA has internship openings for Summer 2016, as well as Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Please see the information below. For any questions, contact Mary Melilli, Chair of Art + Design, Salem State University ( or email us at

    How to apply

    To apply for the Salem Arts Association Internship Program you must email the following information

               Submit a resume outlining your experience and work history.

               Submit a cover letter briefly explaining why you’d like to be a Salem Arts Intern and if you have any relative expertise or knowledge.

               Indicate whether you are seeking a Summer, Fall, or Spring internship.

               State which afternoon(s) you are available to be present at the gallery: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

    Internship details

               Internships are non-paying, however complimentary one-year memberships will be granted to all interns. Membership benefits include being able to sell your art through SAA and participate in exhibitions, events, and workshops.

               Internship duties include overseeing the exhibition space and art sales on Essex Street one or two times a week from 12noon to 6pm, preferably on Saturdays and possibly Thursday, Friday, or Sundays. The internship also includes hands-on experience in a chosen area of expertise, such as graphic design, curating shows, web design, membership drives, public relations, event coordination, education, marketing, etc.

               All interns will report to the Salem Arts President and/or work closely with a Salem Arts supervisor/mentor to tailor an internship that matches career interests.

               Interns work for 120 hours total in a given three-month period.

               Internships can be used to receive academic credit, provided all University criteria are met. Internships that receive 3 credits have the same responsibilities as internships that don’t receive credit.

               Only current Salem State University students and/or graduates are eligible to apply.


  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:14 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Please join us Tuesday evening, May 24, 5:30 - 8 pm at the Lynn Museum/LynnArts, as we welcome creators from around the North Shore to downtown Lynn for an evening of networking and information on how cultural districts like ours are contributing to economic development in Gateway Cities.

    5:30 - 7 pm Program > Including presentations from MASSCreative, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Governor's initiative on innovation, entrepreneurship
    and technology.

    7 - 8 pm Networking Reception > cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres

    R.S.V.P. to Drew Russo at

    P.S. Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone who may be interested.

    CEANS - Creative Economy Association of the North Shore was founded to bring the emerging creative sector on the North Shore together in a more intentional way for education and advocacy. They have developed a particular interest in Lynn's growth as a hub for creative activity, particularly in the Downtown Lynn Cultural District.

    CEANS and the Creative Economy Network of the North Shore, under the leadership of Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, invite you to an informative evening of networking and learning

  • Thursday, May 12, 2016 2:08 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    This is exhibit news from Corbino Gallery, at BrushStrokes Studio, 14 Prospect Street, Marblehead, MA 01945.  

    We are excited about starting off the season with a Michael D. Schrenko EXHIBIT From May 5th - May 29th!  Dr Schrenko, a primary care physician, who  offers a mélange of new age expressionism with a variety of different mediums-oil, acrylic, watercolor, bronze and silver. The reception is this Sunday, May 15th from 3PM – 5PM.

    In addition, Judy Schmid will be exhibiting in the lower gallery. She will be displaying her new abstract and portrait encaustic work. 

    The Marblehead Art Walk will be taking place on Saturday, May 14th from 10 – 5 and Sunday 10-5! To coincide with this event our resident artists will also be showing in their studio spaces: Marian Carey – Acrylic landscape artist; Peggy Farrell – Photography; Marty Riskin -oil, acrylic, watercolor, illustration; Mary Taddie, Mosaics and tile; Jack Corbino – oil; Geri Corbino - Acrylic

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 11:49 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    To all artist. 

    On April 26 the Lynn council approved for Central Sq Mt Vernon st the use of artist tents every Saturday and Sunday starting June 4. 

    We have 10 new tents ready for use. Please call to reserve for FREE June and 50% July with regular rental price for August. 

    We need painters, jewelry, crafts and musicians to make this a success. 

    Please pass it on to every known artist website or group. 

    My direct line is 888-214-4888


  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:53 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Montserrat College of Art would like to welcome the public to a free artist lecture by renowned New York-based interdisciplinary artist Matthew Ritchie on Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Cabot Performing Arts Center, 286 Cabot Street, Beverly, doors open at 6 p.m. Following the lecture will be an Artist Reception with Ritchie’s work on display in Montserrat’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex Street, 8 – 9 p.m. This event is sponsored by Eastern Bank and registration is requested by contacting will also be the keynote commencement speaker and honorary doctoral recipient at Montserrat’s graduation ceremonies the following day.

    Ritchie’s paintings, installations and narrative threads delineate the universe’s formation as well as the attempts and limits of human consciousness to comprehend its vastness. His work deals explicitly with the idea of information being “on the surface,” and information is also the subject of his work. Ritchie's practice as a multimedia artist whose installations challenge established modes of contemporary art making provides an inspiring model. At a time when information becomes available at ever-expanding rates, his work both provocatively highlights that capacity and innovatively redefines visualization, installation, and modes of connectivity among a compelling range of sources.

    Matthew Ritchie was born in London, England, in 1964, and lives and works in New York. He received a BFA from Camberwell School of Art, London, and attended Boston University. His artistic mission has been no less ambitious than an attempt to represent the entire universe and the structures of knowledge and belief that we use to understand and visualize it. Ritchie’s encyclopedic project (continually expanding and evolving, like the universe itself) stems from his imagination, and is catalogued in a conceptual chart replete with allusions drawn from Judeo-Christian religion, occult practices, Gnostic traditions, and scientific elements and principles. See Ritchie’s work at

    For more information and to register for this event, please contact Montserrat College of Art Galleries at, 978-867-9624.

    Montserrat College of Art is a small, private, residential college of visual art and design, founded in 1970, by artists, for artists, educating the creative problem solvers of tomorrow. The college offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing education classes and three galleries exhibiting works by international, national and regional contemporary artists, intended to offer art education beyond the Montserrat classrooms through a series of public lectures, gallery talks, catalogs and events.

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