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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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  • Saturday, August 31, 2013 10:26 AM | Deleted user

    8/31/13 and 9/1/13 Take-in times for Mini Marvels Exhibit

    Please join us for the Mini Marvels exhibit September 5th till the 29th!

    Reception will be held on September 14th 4pm-6pm all are welcome!


    All artists are invited to submit 3 to 5 pieces size limits are 8"x10" including frame
    For more information about the show please download the "Call to art" or visit the "call to art" web page and read about details for the exhibit.

    The art show will be held in the Salem Arts Association Building / gallery section stop by Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday's to view artwork in the gallery and shop around in the retail store. We have over one hundred artists and an eclectic versatile collection of art ranging from traditional oil paintings to urban style art.

    If you have any questions regarding the art exhibit please email webmaster@salemartsassociation.org or stop by the S.A.A. building.

    Want to join the Salem Arts Association? Visit our "Join Us" page.


  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013 12:54 PM | Ellen Hardy

    SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION

    P.O. BOX 226

    SALEM MA 01907


    CONTACT:

    ELLEN HARDY, President

    <EGH.ARTS@gmail.com>

    508-783-6591


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 20, 2013

    SALEM MASSACHUSETTS




    September with Salem Arts


    The Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce the 7th annual PEM INSPIRATIONAL SHOW, The Gift,which is sponsored by the SAA and inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum's Fabergé Revealedexhibition.  This year, participants will delight you with their interpretation of The Gift: What is the definition of a gift?  What is the meaning of a gift?  Some artists might even create a "gift" with interpretations in various media. 


    At the Peabody Essex Museum's Fabergé Revealedshow, you will see some amazing gifts there that were created for the aristocracy. The name Fabergé is synonymous with refined craftsmanship, jeweled luxury and the Russian imperial family.  This exhibition explores the ideas of luxury, innovation, entrepreneurship and imperial patronage while providing insight into Peter Carl Fabergé's life, business and legacy.


    Last year, the Salem Arts Association presented Off the Top of Your Head,the 6thPEM Inspirational show inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum's Hats: An Anthology of Stephen Jones.  Visitors were delighted with over 45 pieces, some of which included real milliner's hats!  Within our community lies extraordinary talent, and the PEM INSPIRATIONAL brings out the best in our local artists.  This show is open to all artists - not just members of SAA.   


    The Peabody Essex Museum has generously awarded its 181 Essex Street space to SAA for our September exhibition.  The curator of Fabergé Revealed, Dean Lahikainen, the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art for the Peabody Essex Museum, will judge our 7th PEM INSPIRATIONAL SHOW.


    Also at the SAA gallery on Artist's Row during September: A new exhibition titled Mini Marvels, containing work that is 8" x 10" or smaller.  This exhibit will delight viewers of all ages with a variety of media and art that has been created in a small space.


    Whether you're an artist or an art lover, Salem Arts in September will inspire and delight you!

    Visit both of our locations!




    The Gift

    7th PEM Inspirational Show

    Salem Arts Exhibition

    181 Essex Street

    Salem, MA  01970


    September 6 –29, 2013

    Hours: Thurs–Sun, Noon–6pm


    Public reception: Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 5–8 pm.

    Music by B.J. O'Reilly



    Mini Marvels

    Salem Arts Exhibition

    24 New Derby St., Bldg #2

    Artists' Row

    Salem, MA  01970


    September 5– 29, 2013

    Hours: Thurs-11–7 pm

    Fri-Sat, 10 – 6pm

    Sun, Noon–6 pm


    Public reception: Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 4-6pm.

    Music by Dave Bailin


    Contact: 978-745-4850 or visit salemartsassociation.org






  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:00 AM | Deleted user


    August 1- September 1, 2013   Reception August 10th 4-6pm


    SALEM ARTS PHOTOGRAPHY


    The Salem Arts August exhibit will be "Salem Arts Photography" for more information about the exhibit please visit our "Call to art" page. Download the submission form for the call and enter into the show!

    Salem Arts Association

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013 1:15 PM | Deleted user

     


     July 4- July 31, 2013   

    Opening Reception

    July 13 from 4-6 pm

    Faces of Salem

    UPDATE:

    Salem Arts is still receiving work for the FACES OF SALEM show because drop-off times were inconsistent.  Please contact <EGH.ARTS@gmail.com> through July 3rd if you have an entry. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

    The Salem Arts Association Faces Of Salem exhibit is almost here! Join us for the opening reception meet artists from the show and enjoy the amazing artwork!

    For more information about the exhibit please visit our "Calls to art" page. If your an artist you can submit work to be in the show by downloading the entry form located at the bottom of the calls page.

    We hope to see you at the Faces Of Salem art exhibit!

  • Friday, June 14, 2013 11:07 AM | Deleted user

    Salem Arts Association Artist Call for the

    Grand Opening of OPUS ART GALLERY

     

    Opus is passionate about supporting our local artists and we are pleased to be showcasing your work within the larger Salem community. The Opus Art Gallery is one way we have found to not only support local artists, but to connect your work with the Salem Arts Association and the Salem Education Foundation and create a win/win for the entire community. The theme of the first show is “OPENING” a  group exhibition of Salem Arts Association members that will hang for the month of July 2013. Subsequent shows will be solo artist exhibitions. If you would like to be considered for a future show please indicate a preferred month with your JPG submissions.

    For more information on this call please visit our "Call to art" page for details, dates & times.

    Thank you!

    SAA

  • Friday, May 31, 2013 2:16 PM | Deleted user

    Call for Art! 2013 Season

    We want your artwork

    for Sale at the SAA Gallery Artists’ Row Retail Shop.

    Take-in

    Friday May 31 5PM-7PM

    and

    Sat June 1 11AM-1PM


    The SAA Gallery is located at Artists’ Row on New Derby Street in Salem. Parking

    is available adjacent to the Gallery in Klop Alley.

    Please bring items for drop‐off only at the stated times in the call.

    Members of the retail committee who can sign work in will be there only at these times. Otherwise a special appointment must be made with a Retail Committee Member.

    At other times, the person gallery sitting may not be familiar with the Take-In process!

    For more information on take-in of artwork for the SAA retail store visit our "Call To Art" page

  • Tuesday, April 02, 2013 12:19 PM | Deleted user

    Applications should be completed and submitted by April 8. Applications can be found and submitted via the Salem Arts Festival website, www.salemartsfestival.com. While the festival prefers electronic applications, applicants are welcome to pick up and drop off hard copies of the form at Salem Arts Festival/Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970 by the March 31st deadline.


    The Salem Arts Festival has announced an invitation to local artists to submit their work for festival exhibition consideration. Now in its fifth year, the Festival will take place from June 7-9, 2013. Thousands are expected to attend this annual event which lights up Salem’s downtown corridor with an art show, street fair and live performances.

    "We welcome visual artists, musicians, poets, dancers and more to submit" said Festival Committee Chair Laura Potter. "Salem is a fantastic venue to showcase local talents, and both emerging artists and established artist are encouraged to apply." The deadline for submission is set for March 31st

    This free family-friendly festival celebrates all the arts: painting, installation, digital art, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, culinary, etc. All events take place in downtown Salem, within walking distance of public transportation.

    The 2013 festival will consist of:

    • a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall
    • an outdoor stage venue for performance and dance at the East India Fountain
    • an indoor performance space in Old Town Hall
    • a juried street fair on Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Derby Square
    • a community arts space for open exhibition and participation (screening process required)
    • film screenings

     

    Selected artists will have an opportunity to sell their work at the Old Town Hall gallery (with 10% of proceeds going to Salem Arts Festival) and at the juried street fair (all proceeds go to the artists.) The community arts space welcomes all artists – children to adults - and encourages public participation.

    Applications should be completed and submitted by April 8. Applications can be found and submitted via the Salem Arts Festival website, www.salemartsfestival.com. While the festival prefers electronic applications, applicants are welcome to pick up and drop off hard copies of the form at Salem Arts Festival/Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970 by the March 31st deadline.

    The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations which provide support and jurors for the festival, including the Salem Arts Association, Salem State University’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts, the Peabody Essex Museum and Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

    For more information, please see www.salemartsfestival.com or contact Laura Potter at salemartsfestival@gmail.com or (978)744-0004 (x15).

    Matt Caruso (Office Hours 10-3pm Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri)

    Acting Main Streets Manager

    Salem Main Streets

    265 Essex Street

    Salem, MA 01970

    Phone: (978)744-0004 x15

    Fax: (978)745-3855

    www.salemmainstreets.org

    www.salemfirstfriday.com

    www.salemfarmersmarket.org

    www.salemartsfestival.com

    The Salem Main Street Initiative is a preservation-based, volunteer driven strategy for commercial district revitalization.  The Initiative is modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Program.  Main Streets works because it involves all interested stakeholders in the downtown and provides a comprehensive strategy of work, tailored to local needs and opportunities of the community.

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:15 AM | Deleted user
    ARTISTS at the 7 Gables
    Salem, Ma. House Of Seven Gables

    Date: 18 Apr 2013 9:00 AM EDT

    ARTISTS at the 7 Gables:

    The Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce a collaborative effort, with the House of the Seven Gables, April 18th-25th.  It is an en plein air or outdoor art event. 

    Reception: Friday, April 26th, 5-8 PM

    We hope to see you there!

    April 18-25, 9:00 am -5:00pm  Salem Arts En Plein Air at The Gables

      April 25, Overnight storage of artwork, easels or display ( not paints and mediums) In Gables AV room

       April 26, 5:00pm-8:00pm Artists Reception

      • All sales split 50/50 with Gables
      • All set up and take down done by Salem Arts


      Non-Members Register Online

      Participation is free to Salem Arts and Gables members.  $20 fee for non-members to cover the cost of advertising and event fees. Please register by Friday, April 12th.  Non-members, either register online or send your admission fee in the mail, payable to


      Members Registration

      If your a member and wish to register please send your info to Laura Dandaneau, photography.laura@gmail.com.


      Salem Arts Association, P.O. BOX 226, Salem, MA. 01970 Attn: Artists at the Gables

      Register Online!

    • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:24 PM | Deleted user
      SAA member, Sheila Farren Billings is taking part in an Art Show at Salem Old Town Hall March 22-24, 2013. A reception with silent art auction, live music and refreshments will be held on March 22, 7-9 p.m. All proceeds benefit iSanctuary, a non-profit that helps restore the lives of girls and women who have been victimized by human trafficking. Sheila's donation is an original painting "Seasons", a tree through the four seasons on a metallic background. Acrylic, 16"x20", framed.

    #SalemArts

    978-745-4850

    © 2007 - 2020,  Salem Arts Association is a 501(c)(3 )non-profit organization

    159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970