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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 3:55 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Kensington-Stobart Gallery 


    From the Collection of Jim McAllister 

    Kensington-Stobart Gallery in Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel announces an exhibition of works featuring paintings, fine art posters and works on paper from the vast collection of local historian Jim McAllister. Jim has been collecting art for more than two decades and is planning to sell much of his inventory in an attempt to reclaim living space in his domicile and shed his growing reputation as a hoarder. Twenty very reasonably priced pieces are now available for sale and others will be added over the course of the next month. The initial offering includes an oil painting of South Street in Rockport by Rosa Silva, works by Cape Ann artists Max Kuehne, Ann Fiske, and Charles Allan Winter, a pair of fine art posters, a number of watercolors related to the Massachusetts coast, and an eclectic assortment of other pieces. 

    All are invited to stop by the gallery to view and enjoy this varied collection. The show runs from January 27th through February 29th

    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 exhibition is free and open to the public. 

    For additional information, contact: 

    Sandra Heaphy, Director 

    Kensington-Stobart Gallery 

    At the Hawthorne Hotel, On the Common 

    Salem, Massachusetts 01970 




  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:50 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Montserrat College of Art (Beverly MA) is offering area residents an opportunity to brush up on their art and learn a new skill this spring through Montserrat’s Continuing Education classes during the months of February, March and April on Montserrat’s campus, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. Subjects include Digital Photography, Portrait Painting, Drawing for Beginners, Oil Painting and Figure Drawing.

    The Continuing Education program provides expert instruction within the visual arts for the North Shore community and beyond. It is designed to allow teen and adult participants time and instruction to delve into a new skill or subject. Small program sizes and a supportive environment allow students of all levels a conducive environment to explore, learn new skills and sharpen existing ones.

    Montserrat’s spring courses are ideal for teen and adult art enthusiasts of all backgrounds and professions to start the New Year with new skills and insights.

    For more information about Montserrat’s Continuing Education program, visit or contact:, 978.921.4242 x 1202 to learn more.

  • Thursday, December 24, 2015 8:09 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Call for Creative Entrepreneurs for Salem’s Artists’ Row 2016

    Applications due by noon, February 12, 2016. Season runs May 19-November 1, 2016.

    Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is looking for creative entrepreneurs to participate in the twelfth season of Artists’ Row, a City of Salem Arts Space Initiative. Artists’ Row is located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and continues to this day to be an important public plaza and pedestrian way.

    Artists’ Row is a seasonal program (May 19 –November 1, 2016) that provides space for artisans interested in building their audience through daily engagement with residents and visitors to Salem. The variety of activities considered for Artists’ Row spaces are to include all types of uniquely produced or crafted products that have appeal to a wide audience. Possible categories are handcrafted products, artwork and artisanal food products. The City is particularly interested in activities that will contribute to a lively activated passage that serves as an entryway to one of the central public spaces in downtown Salem.


    •   To create a lively atmosphere and add to the diverse cultural offerings available for residents and tourists visiting historic downtown Salem.
    •   To give individuals or partnerships an opportunity to share their unique products and artisanal practices with the public in an engaged retail environment.
    •   To offer cultural enrichment to the public in the form of free workshops given by participants about the materials and practices of the unique products sold.


    •   All creative entrepreneurs regardless of race, gender, belief, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disabilities are eligible to apply.
    •   Participants of Artists’ Row will offer an interesting and diverse array of art and handcrafted products and use art to animate and engage community and neighborhood spaces.
    •   There are four (4) stalls available for licensing through this program:  Stall #1, #2, #4 and #5 (refer to attached map for stall locations and sizes).
    •   Monthly Rental Fee: Stall #1 - $200.00. Stall # 2 $175.00. Stall # 4 - $150.00. Stall #5 - $100.
    •   No commissions are charged and participants retain 100% of sales from their products.
    •   City staff will offer assistance in finding resources to support participants’ businesses including practical business skills and financial management.


    Open to the public May 19 –November 1, 2016.


    By or before 12:00pm (noon) Friday, February 12, 2016. Hand deliver or mail completed applications to the Department of Planning & Community Development, Attn:  Deborah Greel, City Hall Annex, 120 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970. The application form must be completed in its entirety and is available at


    A public site visit and informational meeting with program goals, expectations for operations and submission requirements, is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 11am (or by appointment). Those interested in participating in the program should arrive at Artists’ Row (24 New Derby Street) at that time and date.



    •   All work MUST be created by the individuals participating in the program and must be original handcrafted works or products. Mass produced or manufactured works are not acceptable (sales representatives and agents are not eligible).
    •   All prices for artwork or handcrafted products MUST be visible to the public. Participants are responsible for collecting sales tax.
    •   Selected participants are responsible for transporting all products, support material and equipment to and from the site, and for all installation, display and sales.

    License Agreement:

    •   Art stalls MUST be open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hours: From noon to 6:00pm, Monday, Wednesday & Sunday. Noon-7pm, Thursday – Saturday. Participants are encouraged to stay open more than the required days and times.
    •   Selected participants will be required to sign a License Agreement with the City of Salem.
    •   Selected participants are required to provide a $500 security deposit for the use of one stall. The security deposit will be refunded at the end of the season if the stall is returned to the City in a reasonable condition and all program requirements are satisfied.
    •   Selected participants are responsible for securing his or her own Liability Insurance. The City of Salem is not responsible for damage to work caused by the elements, theft, or vandalism.
    •   Selected participants shall be responsible for payment of electricity, and if desired, phone and internet service.
    •   Selected participants MUST attend mandatory monthly meetings with the City’s Program Manager, which typically occur the first Thursday of each month at 10:00am at City Hall Annex, 120 Washington Street, 3rd floor conference room.
    •   At the end of the 2016 Season, participants are responsible for removal of all their work, equipment, furnishings and for cleaning art stall prior to final inspection by the City’s Program Manager. All participants MUST vacate stalls by November 9, 2016.

    Community Engagement/Programming:

    •   All participants MUST provide a minimum of twelve (12) FREE workshops, demonstrations, and/or performances to the public throughout the 2016 season.
    •   Participants are responsible for staffing, supplies, marketing and outreach for the programming. Collaborations with other participants to present workshops and performances that tie into Salem events are encouraged.
    •   Participants are encouraged to think of fruitful partnerships with local businesses, cultural institutions, and non-profit organizations in order to achieve their community engagement goals; the City will support them in reaching out to potential partners. 
    •   Vending Program on the Row: The City invites juried artist/vendors for a fee to showcase and sell their work at designated days and areas on Artists’ Row. Products include fine art, including but not limited to photography, sculpture, digital prints and handcrafted products made by the exhibiting artist, artisan, crafter, and designer. 


    •   Selected participants are responsible for the costs associated with the fabrication and installation of an exterior business sign. Exterior business signs can only be installed on the existing sign pole and the design and layout of the sign MUST be reviewed and approved by the City of Salem Redevelopment Authority and its Design Review Board, prior to fabrication and installation. 
    •   Selected participants will be encouraged to present a proposal to the Program Manager for temporary exterior enhancements to their stalls. These could include features such as seating for the public, plants and garden elements, decorative lights, unique displays related to the products being sold, or other components that contribute to a lively and appealing environment between New Derby and Front Streets throughout the season. (Features need approval by the City of Salem Redevelopment Authority and its Design Review Board.)
    •   To promote Artists’ Row businesses and workshops/performances, and events, examples of marketing materials may include but not limited to: posters, rack cards, social media, and press release to local media.
    •   Every Thursday from June 19 – October 20, 2016 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm vendors associated with the Salem Farmers’ Market set up in various exterior locations at Artists’ Row. It is anticipated that up to six (6) such vendors will be accommodated without interfering with artist’s dedicated outdoor vending space, during market days.


    The final selection of Artists’ Row participants will be based on the following criteria:

    •   Quality of products and uniqueness of materials and/or methods.
    •   Appropriateness and scope of appeal for Artists’ Row setting and an audience of diverse ages and backgrounds.
    •   Variety of products among the four spaces within the City’s goal of selecting diverse representation of cultures, products, or styles.
    •   Quality of interactive workshops and/or performances for the general public.
    •   Potential of participants’ work to contribute to a lively atmosphere in a marketplace area and be a vibrant part of daily life in the City.
    •   Ability to work well with other participants in a group setting.


    The Public Art Commission will evaluate proposals and select participants for the 2016 Artists’ Row Season. Notification will be sent no later than February 23, 2016.


    •          Saturday, January 9  – 11am           Site Visit
    •          Friday (noon), February 12             Submission Deadline
    •          Tuesday, February 23                       Notification to Applicants
    •          March/April                                     Stall Preparation & Signage Review
    •          Thursday, May 19                            Opening Day
    •          Tuesday, November 1                      Closing Day
    •          November 2-9                                    Clean & Vacate Stall


    Applicants MUST attach the following items to the Application, in order to be considered for the Program:

    •   Detailed description of work you are presenting/selling, the number of participants in your groups and the proposed name of your enterprise.
    •   Professional resumes of all participants
    •   Description of the free community workshops, demonstrations, and/or performances you plan to provide to the general public. Must provide a minimum of twelve (12) with appeal to all ages and backgrounds.
    •   Physical plans for the stall you are looking to occupy, including the equipment you would be bringing into the space and any proposed interior improvements.
    •   Ten Photographs or digital photographs of artisanal products or artwork to be sold from each participant of the stall. Each photo includes:
      •   Name of product
      •   Suggested Retail Prices and corresponding number from photo list.

    For information regarding the Artists’ Row Program, please contact Deborah Greel at the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development at 978-619-5681 or or visit

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  • Sunday, December 20, 2015 11:46 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    SculptureNow is accepting proposals from established and emerging artists for its 19th consecutive, annual exhibition of large-scale, outdoor sculptures at The Mount, the historic museum/estate of Edith Wharton, in Lenox, MA. The show is scheduled to open on June 1 and close on October 31, 2016. 

    The postmark deadline is February 8, 2016

    Visit for more information 

    Existing and new sculptures may be submitted for consideration. Innovative and interactive works are encouraged

    Up to 30 sculptures may be selected. There is no application fee.

    The exhibition will include invited and juried sculptors. Invited artists in past exhibitions include William Carlson, Nancy Graves, Tim Prentice and George Rickey.

    Works should be suitable for long-term, outdoor exposure, fabricated and installed in a viewer-safe manner, and of an appropriate outdoor scale.  Sculptures which have been exhibited within a range of 50 miles from The Mount in the last 3 years, and sculptures that need refinishing may not be accepted. Sculptures which differ significantly from submitted images will need approval prior to installation.

    Artists who require installation assistance should detail their requirements when submitting a proposal. All sites are on grassy areas.

    SculptureNow and The Mount will provide installation/de-installation support, liability insurance and insurance for the sculptures. A reception, including an artists-guided tour, is scheduled for mid-June.

    Self-guiding maps of the exhibition will be available at The Mount, on the websites of SculptureNow and The Mount. 8,000 exhibition cards will be distributed throughout the Berkshires and beyond. Monthly, artists-guided tours will be scheduled.

    The Berkshire region of Western MA is well known for its rich cultural venues and beautiful nature, attracting visitors from New York, Boston and beyond.

    The Mount, in the heart of the Berkshires, is both a historic site and a center for culture, Open to the public from May through October, every day, it attracts more than 40,000 visitors annually, who enjoy the exquisite grounds, the gardens, the estate, and the great performances of music, theater, and literature.

    The SculptureNow exhibitions at The Mount have become a sculpture destination for collectors and visitors and have been favorably featured by Sculpture Magazine, NPR’s WAMC, the Boston Globe, Art New England, Berkshire Magazine, the Berkshire Eagle, MassLive and numerous other websites and publications.

    For additional information and application forms please visit  “IN THE WORKS”, or email,

    or call 413 623 2068.

    For more information about The Mount, please visit

    Prospectus and application forms are available for download here.

    See information about The Mount sculpture show, the 2016 prospectus and 2016 application form here as a pdf or a Word doc.

  • Friday, December 18, 2015 10:30 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

     CALL TO ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS – Request for Qualifications (RFQ) 

    Public Art Installation in Salem, Massachusetts, Summer 2016 

    $7,000 budget 

    Submission Deadline: February 12, 2016 

    The City of Salem seeks qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a site-responsive public art installation in the heart of downtown Salem during the summer/fall of 2016. The public art project will be a prominent feature in the kick-off of the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, an annual three-day celebration of all the arts that will begin June 4, 2016. Artists and designers working in any media, including light, are encouraged to submit qualifications. The City is particularly interested in installations that have an impact when viewed across the site and that are effective at night as well as during the day. 

    Salem is a growing, culturally diverse city with a rich literary, architectural, maritime, and immigrant history, including its role in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials. In the 19th century, it was one of the most important seaports in the country. Today it is lively destination that draws people from around the world. 

    The site for the public art project is the area surrounding Old Town Hall from Essex Street on the north side to New Derby Street on the south side. It includes a section of the Essex Street pedestrian mall, all of Derby Square, and Artists’ Row. Except for Front Street at the lower end, the site is a pedestrian-only zone. Retail shops, restaurants, businesses, and residences are located throughout the area. The architecture includes historic colonial buildings as well as newer structures. In addition, various landscape and hardscape features could be integrated with the public art project, such as bollards, steps, lamp posts, brickwork, and trees. Notable topography from the bottom of the plaza at Front Street to the top of the hill at Essex Street creates a dramatic space around Old Town Hall. 

    The City of Salem public art project is an opportunity to create a unique experience for the thousands of visitors and residents who enjoy downtown Salem in the summer and fall. In addition to the Salem Arts Festival, several other events, as well as a weekly farmers’ market on Derby Square Plaza, mark the season and draw crowds to the City. 

    From this RFQ, three to five finalists will be invited to submit concept proposals. Each finalist or finalist team will be paid a $150 stipend for proposals. One proposal will be selected for installation. The selection committee is particularly interested in artists or designers who show promise of creating a project that: 

    • Unifies the series of public spaces within the overall site 
    • Is durable and easily maintainable for four months in exterior conditions 
    • Responds to the physical, historical, and/or social attributes of the site 
    • Reflects high level of quality in design and fabrication 
    • Offers the potential for community interaction 

    The budget for the Salem Arts Festival public art project is $7,000.00, which must cover all costs. 


    • February 12, 2016 All electronic submissions due 
    • March 4, 2016 Finalists selected 
    • Late March 2016 Finalists present concept proposals in person 
    • April 1, 2016 Final selection announced 
    • April-May 2016 Final development of project 
    • End of May 2015 Installation 

    Please submit the following: 

    • Resume/Bio with contact information and website (if applicable) 
    • Statement of Interest (50 words or less) 
    • Example of work: 
    •  Title 
    •  Location 
    •  Ten Jpeg images of completed work 
    •  Material/Medium 
    •  Dimensions 
    •  Brief Description of the project 

    How to Submit: 

    Submissions should be emailed to Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem, If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please re-send or call Deborah at 978-619-5681. 

    For more information, please contact Deborah Greel: 

    Visit for more information about the Salem Arts Festival. 

  • Thursday, December 17, 2015 12:04 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Brookline Arts Center is inviting Massachusetts ceramics artists to submit conceptual works in clay for a show in our gallery in March 2016.

    Call For Art: Conceptual Clay, Hot Art
    March 18-April 22, 2016
    Juror: Emily Zilber, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts
    Entry Deadline: January 22, 2016, 11:59pm
    Entry Fee: $30 for 1-3 submissions, $45 for 4-6

    Ceramics are one of the longest lasting indicators of culture. With this in mind, the Brookline Arts Center invites Massachusetts based ceramic artists to submit their most conceptual works in clay. We are looking for work that provokes thought through use of color, shapes, unexpected details and unique functionality. Works could include a range of abstract sculptures, vessels as art or interdisciplinary installations.

    Eligibility: All ceramic artists residing in Massachusetts are eligible to submit work. Up to six pieces of original artwork can be submitted.


    For more information contact

    Katia Christakis
    Development and Administrative Assistant

    t: 617-566-5715
    f: 617-738-8760

  • Tuesday, December 01, 2015 7:38 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts Association Observes World AIDS Day today with this memorial to the profound loss of creative talent caused by the AIDS epidemic. Please stop at the gallery and reflect on our window display today.

    Declaration of loss...

    Today we stand together, Today we stand in silence.

    Today we mourn the loss of painters, photographers, dancers, printmakers, actors, filmmakers, singers, choreographers, poets, sculptors, authors, musicians, designers... all the artists who have died from AIDS.

    Today we collectively grieve the loss of future work from recognized artists, as well as the absence of countless artists yet to be.

    Today we declare our loss.December 1 is a day without art, an international day of observance which focuses attention on the profound impact AIDS has had on artists and the world’s art community.

    A day without art celebrates the lives of our colleagues and friends while mourning their loss in our creative communities.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015 3:15 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Enjoy even more art by more of our artists as we bring in additional work just for these special days. Please join us!


    DECEMBER 5 & 6 and DECEMBER 12 & 13

    Music by James Eric Rogers on piano December 5th

    and accordian by Tom Persinos on December 12 th

    RSVP to our Facebook post

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 11:08 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Create a piece of Arnold Arboretum history…enter our contest to design the 2016 Lilac Sunday t-shirt!

    The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University invites artists of all ages to submit their designs for Lilac Sunday 2016. Lilac-themed t-shirts have been a tradition at Lilac Sunday for many years, and continue to be a highly anticipated and popular memento of this event.

    Submission Guidelines:

    • Designs must be original artwork for the front of a t-shirt, suitable for men and women. Color of t-shirt to be determined by the Arboretum staff, but suggestions on color are welcome.
    • Designs must be 2- to 4-color for t-shirt screen printing (white is considered a color).
    • Competition is open to all ages.
    • Each artist may submit up to three designs.
    • Deadline for submissions is December 15, 2015.
    • Please submit a digital file of your design (.pdf, .eps, .ai, .jpg, .psd). Illustrator vector format is preferred. Winning artwork must be delivered as vector artwork or as high-resolution (600 epi) scan at the final print size.

    Winning Artwork

    Winning artwork becomes the property of the Arnold Arboretum. Colors and fonts may be altered at Arboretum discretion. Artwork may be used in other promotional materials for Lilac Sunday, possibly including but not limited to day-of-event signage and temporary tattoo. Submissions will be evaluated based on how well they reflect the spirit, history, and beauty of Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. The competition will be judged by Arnold Arboretum staff. The winner will be announced in January 2016. The winner will receive ten t-shirts, a 1-year household membership to the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum, and have their name credited, if desired, on all promotional materials.

    Send us your designs!

    Send submissions (digital file only; see criteria above):


    Or mail: Lilac Sunday T-shirt Design Competition, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130 

    Click Here for More Information

  • Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:46 AM | Kimberly Underhill

    The Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church is featuring an exhibition of artwork by local artists Judy Beals, Janet Juel Cook and Patricia Dunbar.  The show will open with a reception on Sunday November 8th from 11:15am-12:30 p.m. and run through Thursday January 14th.  The Cloister Gallery at St. Andrew’s Church is located at 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. The Gallery hours are M-Th 9am-4pm, F 9am-12pm, Sa 8:30-11:30am, Su 8am-12pm.  The Gallery is handicapped accessible.  For more information, please call 781-631-4951 or visit 

    Judy Beals has adventured into watercolor, acrylic, encaustic, collage, print- making, and pastels.  Her subject matter focuses on the layers of our earth:  water, earth, and sky and the spirit and energy that connects them.  Janet Juel Cook draws her inspiration from her native North Shore area.  Painting in oils, she depicts familiar outdoor scenes of the ocean, beach, still life, landscapes, and children playing by the shore.  Patricia Dunbar is a life-long designer, with an interest in typography, drawing, photography, and painting.  Pat paints with transparent watercolor as she loves watercolor for the clear colors, the transparency, and the washes that can be built up to create interesting surfaces.

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