Friday, May 29, 2009

Salem Arts Festival and other events

Hello everyone... I have been extremely busy getting ready for shows and exhibits. The following is just three places where my work will be on exhibit in June.

The Salem Arts Festival Kick-Off Celebration

Salem Main Streets announces the first annual Salem Arts Festival, to be held in downtown Salem, Mass. from June 5 - 7, 2009. Start your summer with free, family-friendly entertainment and activities.

SALEM, Mass. -- The Festival features a collaboration of world-class artists and will include interactive events for children. Downtown Salem performance locations include Old Town Hall, with additional activities planned for Pickering Wharf.

On Friday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m., the Festival begins with a "Kick-Off Reception" at Old Town Hall. The reception includes a juried art exhibition as well as an Arc Works Exhibition. These exhibits will showcase the work of local artists. During the exhibit visitors will be entertained by the eclectic sound of the East West Trio, a jazz, funk and blues band.

At 7 p.m., Accumulation Dance, a Boston-based, contemporary dance company will be performing; and at 8 p.m., Rebecca Hains, a professor at Salem State College, presents Gilbert & Sullivan arias.

The reception will provide a sampling of Festival entertainment. Jennifer Bell, manager of Salem Main Streets, describes the Salem Arts Festival as “a something-for-everyone festival, with talented, top-rate performers and artists."

Salem Arts Festival Reception Schedule - All events are free

Friday, June 5, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Opening Reception

Juried Art Exhibition includes work by Matthew Altieri, Phillis Beinart, Andrew Carr, Pat Collins, Ellen Hardy, Eija Heward, Oana Lauric, John Plunkett, Janee Rudolph, Racket Shreve, Loretta Spinelli, Cathy Stacy and Joe Victory.

Arc Works Exhibition

Presidential Inauguration 2009 Photos – First Class Petty Officer Mark O’Donald will exhibit photographs culled from his assignment as a photojournalist with the Navy Reserves, covering President Obama’s inauguration.

5:30–7 p.m.
East West Trio -- jazz, funk & blues
East West Trio members Tom Pendergast (guitar), Dave Mercure (bass) and Takuma Anzai (drums) are all graduates of Boston's Berklee College of Music.

7:00 p.m.
Accumulation Dance, Contemporary Modern Dance
Accumulation Dance will present a series of solos, duets and trios. Their introspective choreography showcases their fluid and graceful movement style. The company is joined by Salem State College alumni Tennille Hahn. For more information visit their website at

8:00 p.m.
Rebecca Hains, soprano; Gilbert and Sullivan arias.
Rebecca Hains, soprano, presents a recital of Gilbert and Sullivan arias. Selections will include highlights from The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and other Gilbert and Sullivan operas, with songs that range from the humorous to the romantic. Hains
will be joined by baritone Tom Frates and accompanied by pianist Thomas Dawkins.

*Schedule & exhibitors subject to changes.Visit the website periodically for updates and for the full festival schedule.

About the Salem Arts Festival

The Salem Arts Festival will promote the arts in downtown Salem through a collaborative festival for residents and visitors providing opportunities to highlight the existing artist community and encourage general community participation in the arts.

The Festival will run Jun 5-7, 2009 in Salem at a variety of venues throughout the downtown including a juried art exhibit, gallery shows and live performances. The Festival will include elements for the sophisticated art patron as well as for the art novice, including interactive events for children.

The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets, the Salem Arts Association, Salem State College, Gordon College, Peabody Essex Museum, American History and Music Festival™ and others.

For more information about the Salem Arts Festival or Salem Main Streets please go to

While you are in Salem why not go to
The Art Corner, 264 Washington St., Salem where another piece of my work was excepted and will be shown in the Wild Kingdom Exhibit. This show is June 1 - 30th, 9am-5pm.

I am also showing at the Peabody Museum, 35 Washington St., Peabody. This show is titled: The Historic Interpretation Exhibit which is from June 6 - Aug. 2, 12-3 pm. I have picked our country's flag to interpret. Personally... I am extremely proud of this one. I not only had to interpret the historical flag from the Civil War era, but had to photograph and then write about my interpretation. This exhibit to me was/is very moving and emotional. I am extremely proud of my country's flag and of everything I have done with my photography thus far... this is by far my favorite event. The photographs in this exhibit will be available for sale in October at the closing reception. If you would like more information regarding the Peabody Historical Exhibit go to

I hope you will get a chance to see my work and the work of other artist. Artists are a different breed of people - we put our heart and soul into our art work. We love what we have been put on this beautiful earth to do. Art, for me and many other artists, is our passion and we want to share our art, our love, our passion with others.

Peace and Love,


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Successful Marblehead Art Walk

I had a very successful first year doing the Marblehead Art Walk. My work was on display and for sale at Marblehead Used Book Store. First off I would like to thank my dear friends Diane and Chris for helping me on Opening Night. They not only helped with the setting up, but more importantly helped to keep me calm. Knowing that I had close friends close by my side if I needed anything really helped keep me relaxed. Hugs to them. While I'm on the subject of friends and support, etc. Quite a few friends came by to see me over the weekend. On Sunday four friends really surprised me and came by that I haven't seen in a few years. That was a huge surprise. It is so nice to know that friends support me and love my work. I really do thank everyone who came all the way to Marblehead. I know it's out of the way. And for those that wanted to like my mother, but I told them not to because it's just too far - thanks for wanting to. Hopefully I'll be showing in your neck of the woods soon. Joel, the owner of Marblehead Used Book Store was extremely pleased with the Marblehead Art Walk. My photography and my outgoing personality brought him quite a bit more business than he usually received on an ordinary weekend. Marblehead Local Access TV also interviewed me and then asked Joel if he would like to be interviewed which I nodded to him - Yes, of course you do. Just love that free publicity. And, I have some even more great news - I will be hanging my work on a permanent basis at the Marblehead Used Book Store, 59B Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Joel also asked if I would make him up some bookmarks with my different photographs on them so that he could hand out to his customers with the Book Store information on it. So, those two things worked out from this Art Walk for me. Joel has great prices on used books, CD's and DVD's so you really have to check out his store... and soon he will be having some great photography for sale. So.... like I said.... it was a great weekend.

Peace and Love,