Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our Current Show

Congratulations to the winners of our current show at Grosvenor Park Gallery!

Outstanding work in painting:  Janet Cook, "Atlantic Beach, NC"  (oil)
Outstanding work in Photography: Herb Goldberg, "The Dog Walker" (b/w photo)

Honorable Mentions: Di Athas, "Red Flamingos" (oil); Ruth Rooks, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (watercolor); Pat Marshall, "Regatta" (oil); and Marina Zeller, "Encore" (photo).

This show will hang until August 1st!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

SAA Scholarship Recipient

Meet Scott Powell

Scott is a senior at Swampscott High School, and recipient of our Anne Kemelman Memorial Gift and Scholarship. Pictured below, presentation of scholarship by Ruth Rooks (Anne's daughter) on the immediate left of Scott, and Barbara Gherzi (SAA president) on the right. Also pictured are proud parents Robert and Amy Powell. Scott will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall.

Another opening, Another show

Members Ruth Rooks (left to right) Robin Samiljan, and Barbara Gherzi celebrate the recent opening of the Peggy Farrell and Jan Condon show at Grosvenor Park Gallery. Ruth and Barbara bid Robin adieu in light of her upcoming move to Chicago.

Upcoming show opportunities

Our summer show, at Grosvenor Park Gallery, will open with a reception, on Sunday, June 30th from 3:00 to 5:00.  Take-in for SAA members will be on Friday, June 28th from 8:00 to 10:30. This will be a judged show, with prizes and ribbons.

Another show opportunity this summer will be at Brush Strokes gallery in Marblehead, the Annual Summer "Open" Show. For more information click on the link below:

Monday, January 7, 2013

Award Winners, Grosvenor Park show

Caleb Stone was our judge at the SAA winter show which opened yesterday. Pictured below are the award winning pieces.

First place - "Darling Clementines" by Ellen Grandpre

 2nd place - "Strider and Unicorn" by J. J. Cook

3rd place - "Mohegan Headlands" by Pat Flahery

Honorable Mentions:

Ruth Rooks, "In For Repairs"

Rick Cloren, "Dory's Rest"

Richard Pohl, "Sally in Sienna 1"

The show runs until the end of the month and is free and open to the public. For hours and more information contact Grosvenor Park directly.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Retrospective Show opens today!

Write up in the Swampscott Reporter and

WHAT Exhibit by Swampscott Arts Association members
WHEN Jan. 4-29
WHERE Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead
INFO Call 781-631-1481
The Abbot Public Library in Marblehead is exhibiting work in a variety of media by members of the Swampscott Arts Association in the Virginia A. Carten Gallery. This retrospective show celebrates the Association’s 30 years of serving its local communities with art exhibits and demonstrations, and will be on view Friday, Jan. 4, through Tuesday, Jan. 29. All are invited to the opening gala on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 2-4 p.m.
The Swampscott Arts Association currently has 72 members, bringing together artists from several local communities including Swampscott, Marblehead, Lynn, Salem and Nahant. Many of the artists represented in the show are well known. Outstanding photographers Peggy Farrell and Herb Goldberg, along with award-winning artists Dr. Richard Pohl and K. Jean Fisher among many others, join longtime members Doris Avedikian and D. L. Kaulbach. It is with pride and pleasure that Swampscott Arts presents what promises to be “the best of the best” in artistic talent on the North Shore.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SAA Winter Shows

The Swampscott Arts Association will be exhibiting in two locations this winter, starting with the annual SAA Winter Show being hosted in the Gallery at Grosvenor Park in Salem. The opening reception will be Sunday, January 6, 3 - 5pm. The show will run from January 5 - January 30, 2013. Additional show details are listed on announcement card above.

The second winter show, "Retrospective", will be hosted at the Abbot library in the Virginia Carten Gallery in Marblehead, January 4 - January 29, 2013. Opening reception is January 12, 2 - 4pm.

January will be a busy and exciting month for the SAA. Try and make time to visit both of these shows to start off the new year celebrating with many of our local artists.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

SAA Autumn Show Winners

The Autumn Show in the Swampscott Senior Center brought together much of the SAA membership despite bad weather preceding the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. 

Pictured left to right - Gail Gallop, Judy Moynihan, Marge Snow, Ginger Zeller

Jeannette Yeaple, Liz Murphy, Brenda Rangel

Ann Kimmelman, Joanie Johnson, Judy Moynihan, Marilyn Cloran, Rick Cloran

Peggy Farrell, Ginger Zeller, Herb Goldberg

Winners included: 
1st - Marilyn Cloran, photo, "Reflected Tree"

2nd - Barbara Gherzi, acrylic, "In Coming from Egg Rock"

Honorable Mentions: 
Ruth Rooks, watercolor, "Dusk"

Karen Hosking, photo, "Magnolia Plantation"

Jeri Rabchenuk, oil, "Happy Spirits"

Many thanks to our judge, Norman Laliiberte.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

SAA News, Fall 2012

Fall Demo - Marty Riskin

What has Marty Riskin been up to for the last 50 years? Ad agency art director with years of successful graphic design experience. Working from his own Boston art studio designing countless design campaigns, games, calendars and promotions of all kinds. He has illustrated over 250 books and created editorial cartoons for dozens of local newspapers. His real calling is painting in oils, acrylics, watercolors and drawing. Not only does he paint, but he teaches painting as well and is good at it. His friendly "hands-on" style gets great results with both beginners or accomplished students.
Marty's demo is free and open to the public.
October 11, 7pm at the Swampscott Senior Center, 200 Essex St. rear, Swampscott, Ma.

Member News

Congratulations to Janet Cook. She was juried into the PEM Compliment show, "Off the Top of Your Head". Show runs through Sept. 30 at the Andrew Stafford House in Salem.

Rick and Marilyn Cloren were honored at the 67th annual Conference of the New England Camera Club Council. They also announced the Greater Lynn Photographic Association is running a photo course on Oct. 20, Nov. 3, and Nov. 17, 2012. More information is available at

Kudos to Ruth Rooks for winning Best of Show at the small works exhibit at the North Shore Arts Association.

Ron Harrison will be showing New Works in Watercolor at Grosvenor Park in Salem, opening October 7, 3 - 5pm.

Brenda Rangel is part of the Artist Anonymous group exhibiting at the Virgina Carten Gallery in the Marblehead Library. Her Tuesday painters group is also showing in the medical center at 4 Centennial Dr. in Peabody through October 6.

Robin Samiljan is offering an encaustic workshop at Brush Strokes Studio in Marblehead this October. For more information visit