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Salem’s So Sweet 2019 (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visit: February 9, 2019 (annually, the second weekend of February)

Location: Salem, MA

Cost: Free

Handicapped Accessible: Yes

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights: ice sculptures

Summary: As part of the Salem’s So Sweet celebration, 23 ice sculptures were placed throughout the city.

Website: Salem’s So Sweet

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Salem’s known for a lot of things.  But, sweet isn’t usually one of the words that come to mind.  However, sweet has become an annual theme in Salem.

The 17th annual Salem’s So Sweet event kicks off with a wine and chocolate tasting gala Friday, Feb. 8.  The sculptures were placed at different historical places and businesses throughout the city of Salem.

I figured today would be the perfect day to post about this sweet event, especially since some of the sculptures have a romantic theme.

I am showing the ice sculptures in the event in the same order they are listed on the attached map.  I tried to photograph them all when they were lit up.  But there were a few I was not able to photograph at night.  There is a big difference in the way the sculptures when they are lit up.  I plan on photographing them only at night in the future because of this difference.

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The first sculpture of a cat was located at The Witch House.

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This heartfelt sculpture of Hellboy was one of five sculptures located at Lappin Park.

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This photo frame sculpture, also located at Lappin Park, was a popular sculpture.  A lot of people would pose in the frame while another person took their photo.

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There was some snow during my visit to Salem.  This snowflake sculpture was also located at Lappin Park.

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Valvoline Instant Oil Change sponsored this sculpture.

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SSU (Salem State University) Graduate Snowman was, of course, sponsored by Salem State University.

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I love the warm colors of the lights used to illuminate the sculptures, especially since it was so cold out during the event.  These kissing fish were located outside of Turner’s Seafood.

There were also a group of sculptures located on the famous Essex Pedestrian Walkway.

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This wicked good sculpture was located outside of Coon’s Card And Gift Shop.

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This “piggy bank” sculpture was located outside of Rockafella’s.

You might think that since I frequent Salem I have dined at many of their establishments.  You’d be wrong.  In fact, I have only been to a few restaurants there (I used to like Victoria’s Station).  I also liked Murphy’s Pub & Grill which has also closed and is becoming a “tequila bar.”  In A Pig’s Eye was a pretty good restaurant too.  I’m sensing a trend here.  Maybe it’s best I don’t eat at the restaurants there. I may be a curse.  But, I’m not much of a “foodie” or eater in general (although when I do eat, I eat my whole plate and then some).  I would much rather be taking photographs than eating and  I always think I may miss some cool photo opportunities while I’m eating which would really bother me.  Besides, I just don’t get very hungry when I’m out in the field.  I’m too focused on my job.  I rarely eat at all when I go out on shoots.  I have heard good things about some of the places in Salem though.

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This sculpture of Cupid was located at Adriatic Restaurant and Bar on Washington St (I haven’t eaten there yet so they’re safe from my “curse”).  I especially like how the lighting in the city complemented the lighting from the sculpture.

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“Boy and Girl” was located in front of Maria’s Sweet Somethings on Front Street.

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I actually missed two sculptures during my initial visit to Salem.  Actually my camera batteries died (the cold weather affects camera batteries dramatically).  So, I grabbed this photo the next morning.  This sculpture of wine glasses was located at Stella’s Wine And Bar I especially like the subtle little details in the sculptures.  Are those fangs or claws in the wine glasses?

This Mary Poppins sculpture had lights that changed colors.  This sculpture was located near the Trolley Depot on Essex St.

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This dove was located near the entrance to the Witch City Mall on Essex Pedestrian Walkway.

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This Chinese Dragon Robe was located outside of the Peabody Essex Museum on Essex St.  This sculpture was representative of their Chinese Empress exhibit.

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This “I Found My Heart In Salem” sculpture of the Tin Man was located at the Salem Witch Museum.  This seems to be a theme with the Witch Museum.  Last year they had a sculpture of Dorothy’s shoes with the phrase “There’s No Place Like Salem.”

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This sculpture of a baker, which was the only sculpture that didn’t light up, was located at Coffee Time Bake Shop on Bridge St.

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This sculpture, “Roots”, was located outside of the Hawthorne Hotel.

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This butterfly ice sculpture was located on Union St at the Joile Tea Company 

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This beer mug was located in front of The Notch Brewing Company.

This sailboat and these roses in ice were located at the Salem Waterfront Hotel

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This sculpture was located next to Bunghole Liquors.  Hey I didn’t name the place.  The sign for the store is probably one of the most photographed places in all of Salem.  Of course this is actually a term used with wooden barrels.  But it has a much different meaning for some other people apparently.

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“Candy” which was located across the street from the Ye Olde Pepper Companie.  There was actual candy in the dishes to the right and left of the vase.

Dogs loved the ice sculptures also.  Sophie, a 5 month old mixed breed dog, had a fun time looking for the sculptures.

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You can view the sculptures from the 2018 Salem’s So Sweet celebration here

 


Christmas In Salem (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visit: December 1, 2018 (event held Friday until Sunday, 11-30 to 12-2, event is usually held the first weekend of December)

Location: Salem, MA

Hours: Most homes were open 10 until 5

Cost: $35 per person (discounts may apply to seniors, military personnel and children)

Parking: There are several parking lots in the area (specifically on Congress St and New Liberty St)

Handicapped Accessible: Some homes are not handicapped accessible because of their old designs

Dog Friendly: No

Website: Christmas In Salem

Highlights: tours of historic homes, decorations

Summary: An annual event that allow s visitors to tour the inside of historic homes throughout the historic Salem, MA, area

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How many times have walked by the many historic homes of Salem, MA, and wondered what they look like on the inside?

The Christmas In Salem event in Salem, MA (held annually the first weekend of Dec) lets you see for yourself.

The 39th annual self-guided tour, which began at the House Of The Seven Gables, included tours of 15 homes.  Some of the homes featured on the tour are historic buildings run by the park service, some are actual home residences.  Tickets can be purchased on the day you visit, or (and I highly recommend it) you can purchase your tickets in advance online.  There is also a trolley that can take you to some of the homes.

One of the perks of the tour was the photography policy was relaxed and photography was allowed at most of the homes and buildings, even in buildings where photography is not usually allowed (namely, the House of the Seven Gables).  In fact, it is one of the reasons I finally made it to the House of the Seven Gables.  They usually don’t allow photography in that building.

As there are so many buildings included in the tour (15 in total, but only 11 that allowed photography), I will give a brief description and background of each building with links for additional information when available. I took a variety of photos from each building, depending on the size and beauty of the building.

As mentioned above, there are 15 homes or buildings (with a “bonus” second tour of your favorite home or building). You may also split up your visits so that you can go on 2 separate days rather than trying to visit all of the homes or buildings in one day.  I will list all of the homes and buildings in the order they are listed on the tour map you are given when you check in at the House of the Seven Gables.

House Of The Seven Gables (houses 1 and 2 on the tour)

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The House Of Seven Gables has always been one of my favorite historic homes in all of  new England.  I have always loved the narrow, almost secret passageways and its history.

The House of the Seven Gables has The verse written on the wall in the first photo is from Hawthorne’s work The Marble Faun.  Some of the tour guides, such as the woman shown in the final photograph, read holiday stories or or other related works.  The woman shown in the portrait is Susanna Ingersoll, Hawthorne’s cousin.

There was also a Christmas tree in one of the rooms at the home.  Fun fact (except for those alive at the time): Christmas was banned by the Puritans in the MA colony from 1647 until 1681.  Rather than being a time for celebration and festivity that included some of the pagan origins associated with the holiday, the Puritans thought the holiday should be a time for fasting and humiliation.  Another fun fact: the first Christmas tree, similar to the tree shown below, in America is said to have been in the home of Cambridge resident and Harvard College professor Charles Follen in 1835.

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There was a wine tasting area, as well as a place to view the food and toys of this era.  The food shown below on the far right of the table is a common delicacy of that time, cod.

The outside of the House of the Seven Gables is as pretty as the interior.

Another fun fact: Although he visited his relatives at the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (aka House of the Seven Gables), Nathaniel Hawthorne never lived in the house.  He was born on Union Street.  But, it may not seem that way when you visit.  The Union Street house where Hawthorne was born was purchased by The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association and moved to the museum campus in 1958.

This building, located a short walk from the Salem Witch Museum at 14 Mall St, is one of the homes where Hawthorne lived in Salem.  This building is not included on the tour.

The third home on the tour, the Captain William Lane House, and the fourth home, the Josiah Getchell House, did not allow photography.

The fifth home of the tour was the Thomas Mogoun House, 58 Derby St.  As you will notice from the photos from the homes and buildings in the photos is that while they do have the original, or close to the original frame and structure, they were indeed more contemporary inside, unfortunately.  I was hoping to see rustic beds with hay instead of mattresses.  No such luck.

One of the more serene and peaceful places on the tour was the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church at 64 Forrester St.  A choir of men and women were singing traditional Christmas songs (not contemporary or radio songs of course).  I really could have stayed and just listened to them because of their beautiful voices.  I didn’t take any photos inside of the church and this is actually a photo I took of the church from 2015 when I first began my blog.

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The seventh home on the tour was the Ives-Webb-Whipple House at 1 Forrester St.  This house, which was built originally in 1760, was being shown and is still on the market.

The house was staged very tastefully.

The Captain John Hodges House at 81 Essex St was the 8th home on the tour.

The 9th home on the tour was the Richard Manning House located at 10 1/2 Herbert St.

The 10th building on the tour was the Immaculate Conception Church at 15 Hawthorne Blvd.  Although there was some pretty and interesting architecture and decor in the church, I didn’t take any photos there.

The 11th building on the tour, the Captain Simon Forrester House at, 188 Derby St, and the 12th home, the Benjamin W. Crowninshield House at 180 Derby St, did not allow photography.

Another building I had walked past countless times without visiting until this year (I stopped in during the summer and hope to post that shoot…someday) is the 13th building on the tour, the Salem Custom House at 176 Derby St.  Interestingly, Nathaniel Hawthorne worked here for some time.  He worked on a little book you may have heard of during his tenure there.

The 14th home on the tour, The Derby House at 168 Derby St was not available for tours during my visit.

The 15th and last home on the tour was the Captain Edward Allen Mansion House at 125 Derby St.

Not all of the historic homes are available for tours and the particular homes that are available for tours may change from year to year.  Since many of the homes are fairly small to average size and only so many people can enter a home at one time, the wait can be long to get into some houses. But the homes are all located near each other and the map lists them in a way that is makes them easy to find. I was able to hit each home in about 4 to 5 hours.  If you’re not in the Christmas Spirit, the mix of historical background and Christmas decor is sure to get you into it!

Similar places I have visited:

Witch House (Salem, MA)

Strawbery Banke Museum

 


Halloween 2018 (Salem, MA)

 

Date Of Visit: October 31, 2018

Location: Downtown Salem, MA

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Another year and another Halloween in Salem, MA, in the books.  Although I’ve loved s

As always, the families that dress up and visit Salem are my favorite.  I love how they all get into the spirit of the day.

 

The girl to the right dressed as a lady bug in the photo below is holding my card.  I can’t think of a better advertisement.

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There were also some famous people in Salem for the big day!

 

One thing that never ceases to amaze me are the creativity people use while designing their costumes.

 

You’re not seeing double.  These two sets of Sanders sisters dropped by for a group photo.  Seeing that the theme of this year’s Haunted Happenings was the movie Hocus Pocus (some of the scenes for this film were filmed in Salem and the nearby area) it was appropriate.

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Rapunzel let her hair down.  Literally.

 

I’ve always thought there were two Halloween celebrations in Salem.  The day time celebration, which tends to be more family friendly and the night time celebration which has a more edgier and festive atmosphere.  Also, the costumes and props often have lights that illuminate the Halloween night.

 

As usual, I saw many dogs in Salem on Halloween.

Rocky is a 5 year old pit bull mix.  His coat, one that I see very often on pit bulls, is called a Brindle.

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Cannoli is a 7 year old German Shepherd.

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Until next year, or next week, Salem.

Below is a short video from Salem during Halloween

 


Halloweekend (Salem, MA)

Dates Of Visit: October 28, 2018

Location: Salem, MA

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Halloween always seems to creep up on me (no pun intended).  There are always so many fun, cool and interesting costumes each year that I visit Salem for Halloween.  These photos were taken the weekend before Halloween (also known as “Halloweekend”).  Since Halloween was on a weekday this year, Halloweekend is even busier in Salem than Halloween.

There were costumes of all kinds from scary to fun and everything in between.

Jason and Michael double teamed the Scream guy!

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Looks like the tables have been turned, Jason and Michael.

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Is there another Halloween sequel in the works?  Halloween 86: Michael Meyers Jr!

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But where’s the Tin Man?

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This lady had some cool face paint.  We both thought it was funny that, although smiling is the normal inclination when you are about to get your photo taken, she couldn’t smile because it might mess up her makeup.

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If you forgot to put on your makeup, there were face painters there to help you ouy.

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I love the creativity of the costumes people wore.

Scooby and friends are always a popular costume

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Theses costumes are inconceivable!

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Meanwhile, down at Fraggle Rock…

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I hadn’t realized that Halloween was so popular with the WWE! (Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Ric “Nature Boy” Flair from left to right for those of you who are not fans)

These ladies were already ready for Christmas!

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When I take photos, especially of pups and smaller people, I often kneel or bend down lower so I can shoot them from eye level or include the entire figure I am photographing.  I have also noticed that when I do this some people, especially children, will copy me and get low as well!  It always makes me smile.

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Sometimes things can get out of hand during Halloweekend.

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As much as I love all of the costumes during “Halloweekend” the kids costumes are always the best.  It’s great seeing them enjoy the Halloween festivities.

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The best photos during Halloween in Salem are often the shots you get at night.  Many people wear costumes or have props and accessories that light up and look very cool during the evening hours.

Some of the colors of Salem at night during Halloweekend.

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Dogs enjoy Halloweekend also!

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Mr. Man is a 10 year old Greyhound.

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I found Waldo.  Well, actually, his name is Wally, a 5 year old Shiba Inu.

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Blitz, Juno and Daisy (from left to right) were all dressed up in the Harry Potter gear!

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This dog had a ball during Halloweekend!


2018 Pumpkin Patch Decorating Contest (Salem, MA)

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What would Halloween be like without decorated pumpkins?  That is a question I ask myself each Halloween.

 

Every Halloween I make sure to view and photograph the Pumpkin Patch.  It’s a Halloween tradition.  Yet, every year I go I am always expecting that it will not be there.  And I am sure that will be the case one year.  But, for now, the pumpkins are on display every year at Salem Common during the Halloween season.

 

Over 100 local Salem students, including some from Carlton School, Bates School, and YMCA, participate in the contest.  They are grouped by age group

Pictured below are some of my favorites.

 

The pumpkins are usually on display until Halloween.

Not only were pumpkins were dressed up for Halloween.  People and their pets were also dressed up as their favorite characters.

It turns out she really did miss the scarecrow most!  I’m glad they’re back together again. 

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I wasn’t sure who these people were dressed up as.  But, I thought they had cool costumes.  It turns out they are dressed up as characters from the television show, Dr. Who.

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Skeletor and He-Man mixed it up on the streets of Salem!

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“I’m David Pumpkins, man!”

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There were a lot of cute couples dressed to kill!

 

Sometimes the best costumes are the ones that include a group of people or family.

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I loved the face painting and hats on these costumed revelers.

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Even though this may look like a statue or decoration it is an actual person or hay person.

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These people look like they put a lot of time working on their costumes. 

 

Elvis has left Salem.

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This Lady bug is Holly, a 3year old pitbull lab mix, all the way from Nashville.

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Jerry’s Fright Fairs (Witch City Consignment, Salem, MA)

Date Of Events: October 13 and 28, 2018

Location: Witch City Consignment, 302 Essex St, Salem, MA

Highlights: art, memorabilia and other horror related items for sale

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The Witch City Consignment shop had two fairs: Freaks, Antiques And Uniques which was held October 13 and 14 and Jerry’s Fright Fairs which were held the last two weekends of the month.

The “boo-tique” specialized in art, dolls and masks among other types of horror related products.  There were two levels of vendors with dozens of artists at the shop.

Toni Gangi’s The Monkey Biz specializes in art with a twist.

Move over American Girl, Kat sells cute little dolls at Kats Creepy Creations.

There was lots of art by a variety of artists at the fair.

Oneail FX sells masks and effects for all of your Halloween needs.

The Witch City Consignment store also sold their own wares.  Everything from figurines and old magazines to holiday decorations (with a heavy emphasis on Halloween decorations of course).

The shop featured not only horror themed products.  There were also artifacts of a bygone era.

Sometimes you come across items that peak your interest, even if you wouldn’t want to buy them for your own use.  I always find things like these old photos to be so interesting.  I wonder where are these people now?  What were they really like and what is their story?

I had to take a close up of this Halloween decoration since my we had the very same decoration while I was growing up.  I wonder if it’s the same one.  It’s wonderful to think of how one random decoration can make you flush with nostalgia.

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Of course, during my visit to the fair there were lots of people and dogs in costume for Halloween.

Dogs were dressed up for the holiday as well!

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Sawyer, Super dog on the left, is an 11 year old Beagle.  Jack, dressed as Batman on the right, is a 10 year old Cavalier.

The appropriately named Lucifer is a 10 month old Siberian Husky.

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Astra is a 8 month old Samoyed.

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I met Faith, an 8 year old, Pitt Bull and American Bulldog mixed breed dog.

 


Dark Arts (Salem, MA)

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

Hours:

  • 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

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Highlights: art with a “dark theme”

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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.

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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.

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Katherine Miura used oil to paint Ugly Jack.

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Copper Beech is a pastel painting by Janet Schwartz, originally from Westborough, MA.

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Steve Negron, of Lynn, MA, used acrylic to make “Lupe No Longer Enjoyed Hector’s Undivided Attention.”

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RIP Maybe  is a digital photograph by Patricia Dunbar.

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Zenovia Limberakis made Sanctified Ouija Board II.  It is an assemblage.

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Daniel Bresin made Electrux Rectifier (Beast) from encaustic and objects on wood.

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Struck A Nerve  is an encaustic and mixed media work made by Rebecca deVries.

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Rebecca also made Metamorphosis  out of encaustic and mixed media materials.

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You’re Future Told is a paper and wood work of art by Cynthia Mikula Smiszek.

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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.

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Raven Skullis a piece of jewelry by Kiki Taron Kinney.

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Silent Vigil is a painting by Michelle Briggs.
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Barry Spatz won Honorable Mention for his graphite pencil drawing called Salem Nocturne.

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This photograph of the famous Laurie Cabot was taken by another famous person, David La Chapelle

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Brian Best won an Honorable Mention for his work American Ghoul Doll out of mixed media.

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Halloween Junque Journal is a work of paper by Cynthia Mikula Smiszek. Cynthia won first place for this piece.

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The Treasure Of A Mind is a found assemblage by Martha Bergeron.

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Robert Kolsky made Gothic Sailboat out of mixed media.

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Frank Nagorka used mixed media and assemblage to make Marie Antoinette Barbie.  Frank is originally from Westfield, MA, and currently resides in Lynn, MA.

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The multi talented Lee Ann Rubin created Aftermath out of acrylic and latex on wood.

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Maris Prost created Pyramid out of mixed media.

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Sunrise Shadows is a photograph by Peter Grimshaw.

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The Warning is an acrylic painting by Emily Kwong.

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Emily also painted this watercolor painting, These Violent Delights.

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Jack Walsh of Salem, MA, made October Moon out of glass.

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Lee Ann Rubin also made this acrylic painting called They Come When I Call.

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Sacred Tools III is an acrylic painting by Heather Meri Stewart.

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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.

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Another work by Lee Ann Rubin, Everybody Wants To Rule The World is an acrylic painting.

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Robert Kolsky’s Dark Art is an acrylic painting.

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Closer To God is a mixed media and assemblage work of art by deVries.

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Nightmare is an acrylic painting by Maria Prost.

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Mandragora officinalis (diptych) is an acrylic painting by Heather Meri Stewart.

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Dale Lewinski made this print called “Chakra Tree.

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This digital photograph by Patricia Dunbar is called Night Lights.

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Welcome Great Pumpkin is a digital photograph by Patricia Dunbar.

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Pat Chase made this encaustic work called Dark Beauties.

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Karen Hosking won an Honorable Mention recognition for her photograph Midnight At The Gazebo.

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The Green Door is a mixed media work of art by Mary Taddie.

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Heather Meri Stewart made this acrylic painting called Monsanto.

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Celtic Cats is a pen and ink work of art by Sheila Farren Billings.

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Emily Kwong made this watercolor painting called I Had A Dream You Were King In Another Life.

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Wendy Snow-Lang made this work of art Salem’s Black Cat And His Little Red Friend from prismacolor pencil.

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Chris J Lang made the Gourd Goblin out of mixed media on wood.

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Burial Hill is a photograph by James Bostick.

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Death  is another photograph by James Bostick.

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Memento Mori For Edgar Allen Poe (sic) is another photograph by James Bostick.

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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.

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Alvinnn!  And the rest of the chipmunks made it out to Salem.  Look at those tails!

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What a super cute family!

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He didn’t talk much.  But she said it was okay to take their photo.

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Another great looking couple.  I hear he can be a real pain in the neck, though.

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Another cute family!

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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.

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Look at those big brown eyes on Millie, a 5 year old Chihuahua!

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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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