Dates of Exhibit: Oct. 5-Nov. 4, 2018 (photos taken Oct. 13)
Location: Salem Arts Association, The Bridge at 211: 211 Bridge Street, Salem MA
Cost: Free, donations are appreciated
- Only open during the weekends
- November / December hours 12:00 – 5:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays
Parking: plentiful after Halloween. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation during Halloween.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes, the gallery is handicapped accessible.
Website: Dark Arts At Salem Arts Association
Salem Arts Association
Highlights: art with a “dark theme”
First, let me wish you all a very Happy Halloween! To celebrate this special day I thought I would post photos from my recent visit to the “Dark Art” exhibit in, where else, Salem, MA.
Halloween meets art at the aptly named, “Dark Arts” exhibit at the Salem Arts Association building in Salem, MA.
Several artists, chiefly from Salem and other North Shore (the coastal area between Boston and New Hampshire) have their work displayed at the Salem Arts Association 211 Building.
The Salem Arts Association building is tucked away off Bridge St. So you do have to keep your eyes open for it if you’re passing by. In fact, I missed it a few times myself before I found the walkway located on the opposite side of the MBTA station.
The works of art vary widely from photographs, watercolors and mixed media among other types of art. I have not posted them on any order other than the order they were posted in the building.
If you haven’t seen these treasures, you have until Sunday, November 4 to see them! You can find the hours and directions to the Salem Arts Association in the details above.
At the time that I took these photographs all of the works of art were for sale if you’re interested.
Daniel Breslin of Salem, MA, earned second place with his work III. He used encaustic media (a hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added) and objects on wood to make this art.
Katherine Miura used oil to paint Ugly Jack.
Copper Beech is a pastel painting by Janet Schwartz, originally from Westborough, MA.
Steve Negron, of Lynn, MA, used acrylic to make “Lupe No Longer Enjoyed Hector’s Undivided Attention.”
RIP Maybe is a digital photograph by Patricia Dunbar.
Zenovia Limberakis made Sanctified Ouija Board II. It is an assemblage.
Daniel Bresin made Electrux Rectifier (Beast) from encaustic and objects on wood.
Struck A Nerve is an encaustic and mixed media work made by Rebecca deVries.
Rebecca also made Metamorphosis out of encaustic and mixed media materials.
You’re Future Told is a paper and wood work of art by Cynthia Mikula Smiszek.
From left to right are Paul, Merry and Peter. They are all mixed media works of art by Lisa Folger. This work won an Honorable Mention recognition.
Raven Skullis a piece of jewelry by Kiki Taron Kinney.
Silent Vigil is a painting by Michelle Briggs.
Barry Spatz won Honorable Mention for his graphite pencil drawing called Salem Nocturne.
This photograph of the famous Laurie Cabot was taken by another famous person, David La Chapelle
Brian Best won an Honorable Mention for his work American Ghoul Doll out of mixed media.
Halloween Junque Journal is a work of paper by Cynthia Mikula Smiszek. Cynthia won first place for this piece.
The Treasure Of A Mind is a found assemblage by Martha Bergeron.
Robert Kolsky made Gothic Sailboat out of mixed media.
Frank Nagorka used mixed media and assemblage to make Marie Antoinette Barbie. Frank is originally from Westfield, MA, and currently resides in Lynn, MA.
The multi talented Lee Ann Rubin created Aftermath out of acrylic and latex on wood.
Maris Prost created Pyramid out of mixed media.
Sunrise Shadows is a photograph by Peter Grimshaw.
The Warning is an acrylic painting by Emily Kwong.
Emily also painted this watercolor painting, These Violent Delights.
Jack Walsh of Salem, MA, made October Moon out of glass.
Lee Ann Rubin also made this acrylic painting called They Come When I Call.
Sacred Tools III is an acrylic painting by Heather Meri Stewart.
This tribute to the accused Salem witch Sarah Good who was hanged in 1692 is a pastel painting called You Deserved Better by Janet Schwartz. Janet placed third with this work of art.
Another work by Lee Ann Rubin, Everybody Wants To Rule The World is an acrylic painting.
Robert Kolsky’s Dark Art is an acrylic painting.
Closer To God is a mixed media and assemblage work of art by deVries.
Nightmare is an acrylic painting by Maria Prost.
Mandragora officinalis (diptych) is an acrylic painting by Heather Meri Stewart.
Dale Lewinski made this print called “Chakra Tree.
This digital photograph by Patricia Dunbar is called Night Lights.
Welcome Great Pumpkin is a digital photograph by Patricia Dunbar.
Pat Chase made this encaustic work called Dark Beauties.
Karen Hosking won an Honorable Mention recognition for her photograph Midnight At The Gazebo.
The Green Door is a mixed media work of art by Mary Taddie.
Heather Meri Stewart made this acrylic painting called Monsanto.
Celtic Cats is a pen and ink work of art by Sheila Farren Billings.
Emily Kwong made this watercolor painting called I Had A Dream You Were King In Another Life.
Wendy Snow-Lang made this work of art Salem’s Black Cat And His Little Red Friend from prismacolor pencil.
Chris J Lang made the Gourd Goblin out of mixed media on wood.
Burial Hill is a photograph by James Bostick.
Death is another photograph by James Bostick.
Memento Mori For Edgar Allen Poe (sic) is another photograph by James Bostick.
Splitting Headache is a mixed media work of art by Erin Survalis.
Which work of art is your favorite? I loved them all. But, I voted for The Gourd Goblin. I loved the color scheme and the theme of the work.
I did it again. After vowing to not take too many photos of the costumed visitors in Salem this year, well, that promise lasted about half an hour. There were just too many cool costumes this year in Salem.
Rather than posting all of the people in their creative and amazing Halloween costumes in one blog post, I am going to try to post a few of them at the end of my Halloween themed posts. This means you may have some Halloween themes “left over” posts into November. I will also probably have to post one with all of the costumed visitors in one post as well. There are just too many to post in one blog post. Here are a few of the more cool costumes I have seen in my visits to Salem this month. And a few dogs too, of course.
Alvinnn! And the rest of the chipmunks made it out to Salem. Look at those tails!
What a super cute family!
He didn’t talk much. But she said it was okay to take their photo.
Another great looking couple. I hear he can be a real pain in the neck, though.
Another cute family!
Brandon The Shape Shifter always comes up with such cool costumes on Halloween. I can’t wait to see what he wears today!
While I was looking for cool stuff to photograph, I saw a bunch of police and other law enforcement teams with their dogs. Claude, a 5 year old Black Lab really stood out to me.
Look at those big brown eyes on Millie, a 5 year old Chihuahua!
I will be posting many more photos of Salem during the Halloween season in the upcoming week or weeks. I hope you all read along!
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