Calls for Art

Here you will find opportunities to submit artwork for inclusion in our gallery exhibits or other calls for arts.

If you would like to post a call for art on this page, please email publicity@salemarts.org

CALL FOR ART: Fall Member Showcase

Salem Arts Association is excited to close our 2017 exhibition schedule with a showcase of our member artwork. All current Salem Arts members are invited to bring on your best work. Lets show the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.  

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Call For Artists and Artisans: 

Application Deadline is October 15th!


Holiday Artists’ Market  at Salem Old Town Hall

Salem Arts Association in collaboration with the City of Salem Public Art Commission and Salem Main Streets invites local artists and artisans to participate in this year’s Holiday Artists’ Market in the Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA.

The Holiday Artists’ Market will be Sunday, November 26, 2017, from 10-5pm with spaces of approx. 8’x 6’ for juried vendors with their artwork and creations. Spaces start at only $60 rental.

Go to SalemArts.org/Holiday-Art-Market for the application, vendor guidelines, and payment levels.  All can be submitted online.  Any questions, email us at info@SalemArts.org

All applications need to be submitted by October 15th

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Upcoming Deadlines:

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  • Friday, September 22, 2017 1:12 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    CALL FOR ART

    Salem Arts Association is excited to close our 2017 exhibition schedule with a showcase of our member artwork. All current Salem Arts members are invited to bring on your best work. Lets show the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.  


    Call for Art “Salem Arts Membership Showcase”

    Salem Arts Association is excited to close our 2017 exhibition schedule with a showcase of our member artwork. All current Salem Arts members are invited to bring on your best work. Lets show the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.  

    Submission Criteria: All current member artists may submit artwork in a variety of 2D & 3D media for the juror’s consideration. This Membership Showcase encourages artists to submit artwork of any subject matter, medium, style, or inspiration.

    Submission Fee: $5.00 per artwork; artists may submit up to three artworks.

    Submission Form: Please download the gallery submission form below and provide all required information requested, and follow instructions on the form. Printed copies must be submitted with your submissions.

    Gallery-Exhibition-TakeIn-Form.docx

    Gallery-Exhibition-TakeIn-Form.pdf

    Exhibition Jurying: Exhibit Chairpersons and Salem Arts Gallery Committee will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality and space available. Every effort will be made to include as many submissions as possible. 

    Awards: Our guest judge (TBD) will select submissions for awards.

    ·      1st Prize: $100

    ·      2nd Prize: $75

    ·      3rd Prize: $50

    ·      Plus Honorable Mention


    IMPORTANT DATES:

    Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, October 29, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday October 30, 5 - 8:00 PM

    Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by Wednesday November 1, 2017. 

    Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, November 4, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

    Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Exhibition Dates: November 3 – December 10, 2017

    Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday December 10, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

    This will coincide with our annual meeting and celebration featuring live music and pot-luck buffet for our membership.

    Rules & Regulations: Please be sure to read the Artist Agreement and ensure you accept the agreement on your online member profile page.

    Volunteer Requirements: All exhibiting artists are required to volunteer 3+ hours per month when your artwork is on display in the gallery or the gallery shop. Please sign up for a gallery host time slot or make arrangements for alternate volunteer opportunities. 

    Click here for volunteer information and sign up.

    Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:46 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    A CALL FOR ART & CRAFTS: The Witchery is seeking local and regional artists who wish to sell their work on consignment at our new location on Pickering Wharf. We are especially looking for (but not limited to) affordable prints, or smaller paintings & mixed media work, relating to The Tarot, witches, witchcraft, Salem history and architecture, the darker side of nature & the elements, metaphysics. For crafts, we are looking for (but not limited to) handmade incense, oils & brews, candles, soaps, poppets & other witchy dolls, spells & spell kits, brooms, witch hats, and other witchcraft & divination-related items. Contact: Gret, 339-203-1307, gretmcgil@gmail.com, TheWitcherySalem.com



  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:07 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Holiday Artists' Market at Old Town Hall in Salem MA

    November 26 2017 from 10:00 am until 5:00 PM

    All applications need to be submitted by October 15th


    We are pleased to invite you to join us as a vendor at the Artists’ Holiday Market happening on November 26, 10am-5pm, at the Old Town Hall in downtown Salem, MA.

    Below you will find an application for participation along with the market guidelines. As indicated in the guidelines, we are requesting all vendors to bring their own tables and display props to define their selling space and to add to the visual ambiance of this seasonal market. Once we have received and reviewed your application and payment, you will receive an acceptance email and your space assignment (around October 23).

    We are planning a festive market with live music and a seasonal theme.  We are looking forward to seeing a lively market with all kinds of opportunities for our customers to browse and shop for treasures for self, friends and family.

    We urge you to check out our website and Facebook pages for updates.  Please share us on Facebook and include the marketing promotional materials that you send out or post. The more we cross promote, the more successful the market we’ll be!  


    CLICK HERE TO APPLY


    Here is a useful blog that we came across: 

    Shades of Blue Interiors - How to Sell Out: My Tips for Running a Booth


    Vendor Guidelines for Artists’ Holiday Market

    The Salem Arts Association in partnership with Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem Public Art Commission invites artists and artisans (aka vendors) to showcase and sell their work at the Artists’ Holiday Market, 10-5pm, on Sunday, November 26, 2017, in historic downtown Salem at the Old Town Hall at Derby Square (entrance off of Essex Street).

    The Artists’ Holiday Market will feature a quality selection of vendors of artwork and handmade artisan products including photography, jewelry, clothing, paintings, handbags, etc.

    All artists regardless of race, gender, belief, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disabilities are eligible to apply.


    PROGRAM CRITERIA

    • Date and Time: November 26, Sunday, 10am-5pm (indoors only)
    • Vendor Fee Per Event: $60 for Salem Arts members and Creative Salem Members, or $120 for non-members. 

      • Fee includes a non-refundable application fee of $15.00. Should any proposal be rejected a refund, minus the application fee, will be issued.
    • Vendor space is approximately 8 x 6 with vendors providing their own tables, chair, lighting, temporary shelving, props, etc. Vendors may rent more than one space to create a larger selling area (i.e. 16 x 6) by registering a second time. Limit of two spaces.
    • Vendors may share space at the market, however all parties must be included in the application details and be approved. Vendors are not allowed to bring in outside vendors who have not been approved by the Salem Arts Association.

    VENDOR SET-UP

    Vendors must provide their own tables, lighting, and display surfaces. (access to power is limited so consider using battery powered accent lights) • Vendors will be notified of the set up time on the day of the market after acceptance. Vendors may not break down their selling space in advance of the closing time of 5 pm.

    (Vehicles must be moved before 10am. Parking is available in parking garage.)


    PROGRAM OVERVIEW 

    Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be granted after the application deadline of October 15, 2017. A non-refundable application fee of $15.00 is excluded from the refund. 

    Publicity: All paid vendors will be listed on the Salem Arts Association Website and Facebook page as well as the City of Salem and Salem Main streets calendar pages. We encourage all vendors to list the Artists’ Holiday Market date on their own website/Facebook page to increase publicity of the event.

    Liability: The Collaborators for this event, Salem Arts AssociationSalem Main Street and the City of Salem Public Arts Commission, are not responsible for any damage or theft of personal belongings or merchandise, or loss of any product. Please be careful and responsible for your selling area and we recommend that vendors carry their own insurance. Any accidents caused by a vendors set-up of or goods will be the responsibility of that vendor. Artists’ Holiday Market is not responsible for any personal injury during the market events.

    Sales Tax/Permits: All vendors are responsible for abiding by all tax laws, including sales tax collection, licenses, permits or insurance as required by law to conduct your business.  Artists’ Holiday Market is not responsible for collecting sales tax for vendors from customers.

    Media Release/Consent: All Vendors agree to allow Artists’ Holiday Market permission to display all business information and photos on its Facebook page and website. Further, all Vendors grant permission for Artists’ Holiday Market to publish any photos or video taken during the Market for the purpose of promoting all future Salem Arts Association events. All photographs, negatives and videotapes will be the sole property of the Salem Arts Association and its collaborators.


    APPLICATION, PAYMENT, & NOTIFICATION:

    • To apply, please read our guidelines thoroughly and complete the application form. Please provide the following in your application:
    • Details about your products, display, and participants.
    • Links to your online information and examples should include at least three – five photos for review. 
    • Payment submitted.

    We will take into careful consideration product variety, originality and quality of goods to provide a variety of high quality vendors for each market.

    Once we have received and reviewed your application and payment, you will receive an acceptance email and your space assignment (around October 23rd).

    If your application is not accepted you will receive a full refund of your application fee. 

    Applicants accepted to sell at the Artists’ Holiday Market will be notified by email as soon as possible. Application and payment must be made by the date specified, October 15, 2017.

    To register offline download the registration form and mail with payment to Salem Arts Association, Attn Holiday Artists' Market, P.O. Box 226, Salem MA 01970


    CLICK HERE TO APPLY


    Questions? Email info@salemarts.org




  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 5:09 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)


    Call for Art: “Faint of Art”

    Local Artists Explore the Fear Factor!

    September 1 through October 29
    Opening Reception: Friday September 1st  from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

    Salem Arts Association Presents “Faint of Art”. Our annual PEM inspirational that allows local artists to interpret concepts of fear, suspense, and horror. Inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibition of “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection”.

    Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open non-members and current Salem Arts member artists who may submit work in any medium for the juror’s consideration. This exhibit encourages artists to submit images that adhere to our theme of “Fear, Suspense, and Horror”.  

    Submission Fees: Salem Arts members fee is $5.00 per image submission. Non-members fee is $10.00 per submission. Artists may submit up to three pieces.

    Creative Salem members pay the Salem Arts member fee discount.*

    Submission Form: Please download the gallery submission form and provide all required information requested, and follow instructions on the form. Printed copies must be submitted with your submissions.

    Exhibition Jurying: Salem Arts Gallery Committee representatives will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality, presentation/framing, and space availability.  

    Awards: Our guest judge will be a Peabody Essex Museum Curator TBD. 

    ·      1st Prize: $100

    ·      2nd Prize: $75

    ·      3rd Prize: $50

    ·      Honorable Mentions


    IMPORTANT DATES:

    Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, August 27, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, August 28, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by August 30, 2017. 

    Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, September 2, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Exhibition Dates: September 1 – October 29, 2017

    Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, October 29, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, October 30, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.


    Rules & Regulations: Please be sure to read the2017 Artist Agreement and ensure you accept the agreement on your online member profile page. Non-members must also agree to our agreement provided at the gallery.

    Presentation and framing: All submissions must be properly framed, matted, appropriately wired (no saw tooth hangars), and ready to hang. Wired images must have a tight wire positioned within the top quarter of the image height. All submissions will be inspected at take-in to assure they adhere to gallery standards. Submissions not meeting our standards will be rejected.

    Sales and Volunteer Requirements: Exhibiting member artists are required to volunteer 3+ hours per month when your artwork is on display in the gallery or the gallery shop. Please sign up for a gallery host time slot or make arrangements for alternate volunteer opportunities. Click here for volunteer information and sign up.

    * Non-member artists are not required to volunteer but are subject to a 40% sales commission. Member artist sales commission is 20%.

    Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.

  • Friday, June 30, 2017 10:37 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    CALL FOR ARTISTS – PUNTO URBAN ART MUSEUM 

    DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY AUGUST 11

    North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC) 

    Salem, MA 01970 

    www.northshorecdc.org 

    Description 

    Our vision is to create a world class urban arts district in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, one that embraces its rich immigrant and architectural history and presents a dynamic opportunity for the neighborhood’s future. 

    We are developing the Urban Art Museum by creating a walkable, curated arts district of the highest quality in Salem’s Point Neighborhood. The Punto Urban Art Museum will feature 50+ murals in a three-block radius in the Point, immediately adjacent to all that downtown Salem already has to offer to over a million tourists per year. Bringing a fraction of those visitors to the Point neighborhood stands to be a transformative economic development boom to immigrant-owned businesses. It will also begin to break down the invisible barriers between the Point and the rest of Salem by creating a destination within the Point for people to visit that is beautiful for residents and visitors alike. 

    The North Shore CDC team is thrilled to invite local and emerging artists to join the Punto Urban Art Museum. The selected artists will have the opportunity to display their art as part of the same project as a very exclusive and highly talented group of urban art leaders leading the street art movement at the national and international scale. 

    Currently, there are 12 large-scale outdoor murals as well as 12 large-scale indoor murals in our loft-gallery as part of the Punto Urban Art Museum. We plan to add up to 30 additional works between July and September 2017. We want to make this an annual event in the Point neighborhood to continue layering in new works of art. This year’s murals and public art will be celebrated during a Block Party on Saturday, September 30th in the Point Neighborhood. 

    Artists selected for this project will be assigned a 8’ x 8’ concrete panel on Peabody Street in Salem. This 20-panel contiguous wall extends through a large portion of this highly visible street within the museum district. Peabody Street connects with two other very busy commercial corridors: Lafayette and Congress Streets, augmenting the visibility and walkability for this portion of the project. Artists will work alongside of one another. The location will be available and set up for artists to start working on Thursday, September 28th. Artists will have Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning to complete their instillation. 


    About North Shore Community Development Coalition 

    North Shore CDC’s mission is to invest in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. We are a regional community development organization which invests in high quality affordable housing, civic engagement and other programs to improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods we serve. Our history working with art and civic engagement in the Point neighborhoods dates back to the late 1970s. Call for Artists Urban Art Museum Summer 2017 


    The Punto Urban Art Museum project has been solely funded by North Shore CDC’s fundraising efforts and the generous contributions of private donors. 


    PROJECT CRITERIA 

    Who can apply? 

    Anyone may apply. Either solo or in small teams. 

    Timeframe: 

    Execution Time: September 27, 28, 29 (Wednesday-Friday). Final work must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, September 29th. 

    Painting Surface: Concrete wall 

    Artwork Restrictions: 

    Artwork must fill or substantially fill the space provided, which is 8’ in width and 8’ in height. All artwork should be done directly in the space provided. 

    Medium/Materials: 

    Spray, paint, wheat paste, paper, clay, plastic, found objects. Any medium used should be capable of lasting for up to at least 12 months on an outdoor concrete wall. Walls will have primer before selected artists’ work commences. Artists are responsible for acquiring their materials and tools. 

    Stipend and Awards 

    $100 stipend for supplies for each accepted submission. $500 (1st place), $250 (2nd place), $100 (3rd place) Honoraria for the top 3 selected completed works as judged by the Jury. $150 prize for popular vote by the Block Party audience. Judging will take place on Saturday, Sept. 30th from 3 to 8pm. Required presence on Sept. 30th for jury announcement. 

    Murals 

    If accepted, by submitting your entry you give the exhibitors the right to publish your images for publicity purposes. All murals become the property of the NSCDC. 

    Rules and Regulations for Submitting Artists: 

    1. AGE: Must be over 18 years of age 

    2. SUBMISSIONS: may come from artists anywhere, but a preference will be applied to local artists 

    3. DISPLAYED WORK: All displayed work must be representative of the digital images submitted as an entry. If the physical work brought for display does not reflect the jpegs submitted, the work may be rejected. 

    4. TYPE OF WORK: All works should family and kid-friendly and should not include nudity nor anything overtly Halloween-themed 

    5. APPLICATIONS: Applications must be completed in full and emailed by August 4, 2017. Disclaimer form will be released upon acceptance of art work and must be resubmitted to NSCDC by August 30 or artist will relinquish space to next available applicant. 

    6. SET-UP: Each artist is responsible for set-up, and clean-up of his/her art work space each day. Load-in / set-up times are provided in the confirmation letter sent to you prior to the event. 

    7. BUSINESS CONDUCT: Artist must maintain the highest degree of professionalism prior, during and upon tear-down of event. 

    8. RELEASE: North Shore CDC and the Punto Urban Art Museum organizing committee, any participation sponsor will NOT be responsible for any injury, loss or damage that may occur to the artist or to the artist’s property from any cause whatsoever prior to, during or subsequent to the period covered by the exhibition contract; and the artist signing this contract expressly releases all of the foresaid from, and agrees to indemnify each of them against any and all claims from such loss, damage or injury from participation in the event. 

    9. SALE OF WORK: Sale of artists’ work is not permitted during the Block Party event. NSCDC will neither be responsible for any payments nor distribution or shipment of works. 

    10. BLOCK PARTY: Be available for Block Party event on Sat., Sept. 30th from 3-8pm. 


    Application Requirements/Checklist: 

    Applicants must attach the following items to the Application in order to be considered for this mural project. If more than one artist is participating on one mural, they must all include their names on the application. 

    Resume or Bio with contact information and website (if applicable). 

     Written narrative of no more than 300 words to evidence significant breadth of experience and personal background. This may include a description of your commitment to using art as a tool for challenging stigma and supporting your community, however you define it. 

     3 digital images (JPGs) of previous work which are representative examples of the work you would like to submit. Artists may submit a digital sketch of their concept for the space, but are not required to do so by this Call for Artists. JPGs should be approximately 8 x 10 at 144 ppi or 1152 pixels x 1449 pixels. 


    Proposals should include the artist’s signature (or identifying mark) as it would appear on the mural. All submitted applications become the property of the NSCDC. 

    Applications will be ineligible if they involve: 

     A breach of intellectual property rights (i.e. somebody else’s idea) 

     Trademarks, brands or business names, logos or copyrighted images 

     Anything that is harmful to a third party 


    TIMELINE: 

     August 4th, 2017 Deadline for Applications 

     August 28th, 2017 Notification to Applicants 

     Sept. 27, 28, 29 Installation Date – Paint on location 

     Sept. 30 Block Party & Judging (required presence on Sept. 30th) 


    Application Submission 

    Download application at www.northshorecdc.org 

    Email completed application to rosario@northshorecdc.org 

    Title: Full Name/Punto Art Submission 


    PUAM 062917.pdf

    Call for Artists Urban Art Museum.pdf

  • Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:01 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)


    Call for Art: “From The Hip”

    Photos of Life at Street Level

    Salem Arts Association presents “From The Hip”, a Photography exhibition of images from the street. The streets are filled with stories. We’re challenging photographers to present the candid stories you find and capture at street level. Show us your moment of truth!

    Hip shooting, which was named after gun fighting, is a photographic style described as shooting photographs from waist level without using the viewfinder of the camera to centralize the subject. Photographers have been creating “Street Photography” for decades “shooting from the hip”. It’s an art form best known from photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Garry Winogrand (1928–1984), Vivian Maier (1926-2009), Robert Doisneau (1912-1994), Walker Evans (1903-1975), and others.

    Here are some tips to consider:

    ·      Set your exposure in advance

    ·      Close down your aperture

    ·      Increase your shutter speed

    ·      Pre-focus or Autofocus

    ·      Use a wide angle lens

    ·      Hold the Camera By the Lens

    ·      Seek Out Design Elements and Interesting Light

    Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open non-members and current Salem Arts member artists who may submit photographs for the juror’s consideration. This exhibit encourages artists to submit images that adhere to our theme of “From the Hip – Life at Street Level”.  

    Submission Fees: Salem Arts members fee is $5.00 per image submission. Non-members fee is $10.00 per submission. Artists may submit up to three photographs.

    ·      Creative Salem members pay the Salem Arts member fee discount.*

    Submission Form: Please download the gallery submission form and provide all required information requested, and follow instructions on the form. Printed copies must be submitted with your submissions.

    Exhibition Jurying: Salem Arts Gallery Committee representatives will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality, presentation/framing, and space availability.  

    Awards:  Our guest judge will be John Andrews of Creative Salem. 

    John Andrews is an award-winning, community based creative professional based in Salem, Massachusetts. An entrepreneur, social media expert and visual story teller, John has assisted with a wide variety of projects and services to benefit the creative-gig economy which provides both traditional and new marketing services. From hosting pop-up events like the Creative Assembly, aligning with large non-profits brands like the Peabody Essex Museum and capturing some of the largest events in New England during Halloween festivities, his work has been shared on Huffington Post, MTV, LogoTV, CNN and local stations. John Andrews is the CCO at Creative Salem, a local collective that focuses on connecting the community and businesses to the creative economy and local artists. Over the past five years Creative Salem has fostered hundreds of creative individuals and initiatives.


    ·      1st Prize: $100

    ·      2nd Prize: $75

    ·      3rd Prize: $50

    ·      Honorable Mentions

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, July 30, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, July 31, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by August 2, 2017. 

    Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, August 5, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Exhibition Dates: August 4 – September 24, 2017

    Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, September 24, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, September 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Rules & Regulations: Please be sure to read the 2017 Artist Agreement and ensure you accept the agreement on your online member profile page. Non-members must also agree to our agreement provided at the gallery.

    Presentation and framing: All submissions must be properly framed, matted, appropriately wired (no saw tooth hangars), and ready to hang. Framed photographs must be matted and under glass. White matting is preferred. Non-framed images will be accepted if presentation quality meets gallery standards. Wired images must have a tight wire positioned within the top quarter of the image height. All submissions will be inspected at take-in to assure they adhere to gallery standards. Submissions not meeting our standards will be rejected.

    Sales and Volunteer Requirements:Exhibiting member artists are required to volunteer 3+ hours per month when your artwork is on display in the gallery or the gallery shop. Please sign up for a gallery host time slot or make arrangements for alternate volunteer opportunities. Click here for volunteer information and sign up.

    * Non-member artists are not required to volunteer but are subject to a 40% sales commission. Member artist sales commission is 20%.

    Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:07 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)
    Works In Plein Air at The House of The Seven Gables” 
    5th Annual Artists’ Residency with Salem Arts Association Members

    FREE - For Salem Arts Members Only

     

    We invite our members to set up on the grounds during the peak season of the Spring flowering at the Gables; to be inspired, and reflect that inspiration in their art work and medium of choice. 

    Plein Air inspiration is a way we can interact with all  the elements,  we as artists will represent Light and Air.  

    We will also be working among the visitors from all over the world which lends a lot of spontaneity to the authentic Plein Air experience. 

    Classically, En Plein Air is associated with painting; but we invite our artists on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables to sketch, paint, photograph, write and do all things art related without the need to pay admission.

    At the residency's end, we will have a one night to  exhibit the works of this year's residency at the House of the Seven Gables and then we will bring the  exhibit to the Salem Arts Association Gallery to be available for viewing during  the Salem Arts Festival and through the month of June.  

    • The residency will be held on the grounds of the House of the Seven Gables
    • From May 20th until May 31st  during their hours of operation 10 a.m. until  5 p.m. 
    • The exhibit and reception will be held On June 1 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    • We encourage and ask all participants to bring something to eat or drink for the reception. 
    • The House of the Seven Gables is located at  115 Derby Street, Salem, Ma.  Parking is available
    • There's a list of guidelines that need to be reviewed and adhered to for the duration of the residency.

     

    Work Sought:  

    If you sketch, paint, draw, photograph, write or would otherwise like to create art about or in response to the House of the Seven Gables, you are encouraged to treat yourself to this wonderful opportunity.  It can be painting or it can be your unique take on it!

     

    Eligibility:


    Residency Dates:  

    • Saturday, May 20 – Wednesday, May 31, 2017
    • During their normal hours of operation of 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

    The following guidelines will apply:
    • You will need to sign in at the H7G each day we attend and wear nametags.
    • You will need to protect the grounds from our art materials with drop cloths.
    • You will be able to use provided tables, but not the iron tables which are for H7G visitors.
    • You may use your own easels or other tools.
    • You will be able to show & sell our work during the Salem Arts Festival at the Salem Arts Association Gallery and participate in our reception at the House of the Seven Gables.

     

    Art Exhibit and Reception:

    There will be a one night reception and exhibition of the art work created on June 1st from 6 to 8PM. After this evening the entire exhibit will be moved to the Salem Arts Galleries at The Bridge at 211 (211 Bridge Street) where it can be viewed during the Salem Arts Festival and through the month of June.

    All participating En Plein Air artists are invited to join in the exhibition to be held at the House of the Seven Gables during the Salem Arts Festival following our En Plein Air Residency. 

    • Reception: Thursday, June 1, 2017
    • Art drop-off: Participating registered artists may drop off for the exhibition on May 31 during regular H7G hours (10am-5pm)
    • All work for exhibition must have its own easel (table or floor)
    • All submissions must be dry and ready to display.  
    • All exhibiting artists need to supply table easels and free standing easels to exhibit their work for the evening of the exhibit since their will be no hanging of art work in the exhibit room.  
    • Work needs to be dry; No submissions will be accepted After May 31st (firm).
    • Open to the public at 3 pm
    • Reception with food and beverage 6-8 pm


    Insurance:  

    The House of the Seven Gables and Salem Arts are not responsible for any property loss or damage.  Artists must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage.

     

     

    Workshop: 

    Open Air Painting 

    On the grounds of The House of the Seven Gables 

    with Sue Grillo


    Sunday May 28th from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

    In conjunction with the residency, there will be a Plein Air painting workshop hosted by multi media artist Sue Grillo, one of the hosts of the plein air residency for the past 4 years. 

    Sue Grillo will encourage you and help you feel comfortable with the Plein Air experience by imparting some of her techniques and her own experiences with Plein Air painting. 





    Residency: Saturday May 20 through Wednesday May 31, 2017

    Workshop: Sunday May 28, 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  "Open Air Painting On the grounds of The House of the Seven Gables with Sue Grillo"

    Reception:  Thursday June 1, 6-8PM at The House of the Seven Gables

    Exhibition: June 2 - June 25 at the Salem Arts Gallery (The Bridge at 211)


    Questions?

    Please refer your questions to our event Co-chairs Sue Grillo and Heather Stewart. events@salemarts.org


  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 5:33 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem Arts is offering a solo exhibition to one artist member. 

    Submissions must be delivered by 6:00 PM on Sunday May 28. 

    Exhibit dates are June 30 - July 30 2017


    You may submit your application to be considered by providing the information requested below.

    Members of the Salem Arts board of directors will jury submissions. 

    Interested artists must hand-deliver their application to the Salem Arts Gallery at 211 Bridge Street. Email or Snail-Mail submissions will not be accepted. 

    How to enter:

    1.    Provide 10-15 JPG images of your current work on a CD-ROM disc or flash drive

    1.    Minimum image file size should be 1024 pixels in width or height for each sample image

    2.   Images must be labeled with the artists first initial, last name, and the file number. (Example jdoe-1.jpg)

    3.   A numbered list of the images must be included. This should be printed and included with your proposal statement and exhibition description. Do not just include in in your disc or drive. 

    2.   Submitted images should be recently produced and not have been exhibited previously at Salem Arts galleries. 

    3.   Submitted images must be representative of the quality, medium, and content to be exhibited. 

    4.   The exhibition will be awarded based on the work that is submitted. It is expected that some, if not all of the submitted work to be included in the exhibit. 

    5.    The majority of the artwork should be for sale; Salem Arts encourages gallery sales and receives a 20% commission on all work sold.  

    6.   New and/or additional work may be added to an accepted exhibit proposal but should be discussed with the gallery chairperson.    

    7.   Provide the following printed on 8.5x11 letter size paper with your digital image submissions.

    1.    Resume/Vitae containing your background, contact information, email address, phone, and website.

    2.   Written description of your proposed exhibition, theme, content, and any special needs for display.

    3.   The numbered list of images provided in your digital samples. 

    Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

    Artists will be notified on June 1 of the juror’s decisions. 

    If your exhibition proposal is accepted:

    1.    A fee of $100.00 will be required for the use of the gallery. 

    2.   The awarded solo exhibition will be in the larger gallery room on the right. This gallery offers approximately 45 linear feet of wall space. 

    3.   Exhibit dates are June 30 Through July 30, 2017

    4.   Installation will be done between June 27-29. Times may be negotiated with the gallery chairperson. 

    5.    Work must be removed from the gallery on Monday July 31.

    6.   The artist is expected to host an exhibition reception. Reception date must be negotiated with the gallery chairperson.

    7.   The artist is expected to host a workshop or gallery talk event in the gallery during the exhibition. Date may be planned with the gallery chairperson.

    8.   Salem Arts will promote the exhibition on our website and social media.

    9.   Salem Arts will provide 100 postcards and 10 posters. Design assistance will be offered with collaboration from the selected artist. 

    Questions should be directed to the Gallery Chairperson, Jim Bostick, by emailing to gallery@salemarts.org


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  • Wednesday, May 10, 2017 4:41 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Call for Art: “Uncommon Threads”

    NOT your Grandmother’s Sewing Circle!

    Salem Arts Association presents “Uncommon Threads”, an exhibition that redefines the use of fibers in art. This exhibit goes way beyond the quilting of old. In this exhibition we challenge the artists to discover new inspirations using fibers, fabrics, textiles of any kind, and inventive weaving.

    Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber, such as fabric, plastics, wire, thread or yarn, as well as other less likely components. It focuses on the use of materials and the artist’s skill and labor as part of the works' significance, with priority of aesthetic value over utility.

    We welcome your artistic interpretation of the theme from assemblages to installations, wall hangings to wearable art. Let your imagination go!


    Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open non-members and current Salem Arts member artists who may submit artwork in a variety of 2D & 3D media for the juror’s consideration. This Membership Showcase encourages artists to submit items that adhere to our theme of “Uncommon Threads” using fiber arts and textiles as your inspiration.

    Submission Fees: Salem Arts members fee is $5.00 per artwork. Non-members fee is $10.00 per submission. Artists may submit up to three artworks.

    Submission Form: Please download the gallery submission form and provide all required information requested, and follow instructions on the form. Printed copies must be submitted with your submissions.

    Exhibition Jurying: Salem Arts Gallery Committee representatives will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality and space available.

    Exhibition Jurying: Salem Arts Gallery Committee representatives will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality and space available.

    • 1st Prize: $100
    • 2nd Prize: $75
    • 3rd Prize: $50
    • Plus Honorable Mentions

    IMPORTANT DATES:

    • Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, June 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, June 26, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by June 28, 2017. 
    • Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, July 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    • Opening Reception: Friday, Friday July 7, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
    • Exhibition Dates: June 30 – August 27, 2017
    • Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
    • Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, August 27, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and Monday, August 28, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    Rules & Regulations: Please be sure to read the Artist Agreement and ensure you accept the agreement on your online member profile page. Non-members must also agree to our agreement provided at the gallery.

    Sales and Volunteer Requirements: Exhibiting member artists are required to volunteer 3+ hours per month when your artwork is on display in the gallery or the gallery shop. Please sign up for a gallery host time slot or make arrangements for alternate volunteer opportunities. Click here for volunteer information and sign up.

    Non-member artists are not required to volunteer but are subject to a 40% sales commission. Member artist sales commission is 20%.

    Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.


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  • Saturday, May 06, 2017 2:28 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)


    SALEM ARTS FESTIVAL – CALL FOR GALLERY ARTISTS

    The 2017 Salem Arts Festival has announced an invitation to local visual artists to submit their work for the juried gallery at Old Town Hall during the 9th annual festival on June 3 through June 5.

    The juried gallery will be selected by an on-site review process again this year, which will be held the weekend before the festival, May 26 through May 29.

    Over 5,000 people regularly attend the family-friendly Festival, transforming downtown Salem, MA into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase a wide range of talents: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, and more!

    Artists this year may submit up to 3 pieces; at least two of which must be for sale. Dates/times for drop off at Old Town Hall (32 Derby Sq.) will be May 26 from 5-8pm and May 27 from 9am-noon. Applicants will be informed of jury decisions by Sunday morning, and works not accepted must be picked up by Sunday evening or Monday afternoon.

    Hung artwork may not exceed 36″ in any direction (including frame) and must be wired to hang – no sawtooth hangers. Larger artwork must have an easel or a stand. While installations are welcome, be mindful that Salem’s historic spaces come with some limitations.  Accepted work will be presented at Old Town Hall during the Salem Arts Festival (June 2 through June 4).

    For full details of requirements and regulations, please see the admission form at http://salemartsfestival.com/juried-gallery/.

    This special exhibit is to be judged and juried for prizes by a panel comprised of individuals from the Salem arts community and beyond.

    The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations which provide support for the festival, including the City of Salem, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Arts Association, and Creative Salem. 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 Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org or (978)744-0004 (x115).

    Contact Kylie Sullivan
    Salem Main Streets
    (978)744-0004 (x115)

    www.salemartsfestival.com
    kylie@salemmainstreets.org

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