Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SAA Holiday Get Together

SAA members got together to celebrate the season, and review the year. We also looked ahead to the up-coming Winter Show at Grosvenor Park, opening on the 9th of January. Those pictured include current and former board members and friends.

And the feast was enjoyed by all!

Monday, November 8, 2010


A MEMBERS' WINTER SHOW will be presented at Grosvenor Park Gallery, 7 Loring Hills Ave. in Salem, from Jan. 8 through February 3. Opening reception is on Jan 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Gallery hours 9 am to 7 pm, Mon. through Fri. , and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends.


OUR NEXT DEMO: Robin Samiljan will present on encaustic art technique! This ancient form is new again, with the advent of electric heating elements and increasing interest in the art world. Robin is now a certified art teacher in MA, having passes her MTEL's. Congratulations, Robin. You are invited - membership not required - to attend, on Tuesday, November 16 at Marian Court College, Mercy Center Gallery, Little Point Road, Swampscott. No admission fee, but we do pass the hat!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall show recap

Dedication to Millie Quill, beautiful artist and long time member.

Board members Judy Moynihan and Marilyn Cloran look closely at the first place winner, "Dad" by Noreen Nelson.

Awaiting the award announcements.

Honorable Mention: "Sunflower Frenzy" , photo by Marilyn Cloran.

Our most senior member, Gladys Poor, and her 3rd place winning watercolor,
"Eastern Point, Gloucester"

Honorable Mention, "Massachusetts Politics", an oil painting by Richard Pohl, MD.

Our beautiful fall show opened on Sept. 23rd, and judges Elaine Daly and George Martin had a difficult time picking winners from the 50 plus entries. The award winning selections were:
1st place: Noreen Nelson, "Dad", multimedia collage
2nd place: Robin Samiljan, "Tall Trees", encaustic
3rd Place: Gladys Poor, "Eastern Point, Gloucester", watercolor

Honorable mentions: "Spring Awakening" an oil painting by Amy Roberts, "Sunflower Frenzy" a photo by Marilyn Cloran, "Massachusetts Politics", an oil painting by Richard Pohl, and "Alley Steps" a watercolor by Jerilynn Morgan. Also awarded: The Marian Court Award: "Summer nd Clouds" a pastel painting by Carmela Martin.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fall Schedule, 2010

The Fall Show: We opened on Sept. 23rd, and the show will run to Oct. 18th, at Marian Court College (MCC). Viewing from 2:30 to 7:00 on weekdays.

Our second demo: Oct. 12th, from 6:30 to 8:00, at MCC, Mercy Center. This will be a critique session, led by artist/teachers Virginia Hill and Bob Oliver. Artists are invited to bring a works in progress, and your questions about how to finish the piece! No charge, but we do pass the hat to defray costs.

Our third demo: Nov. 16th: Robin Samiljan will explain the encaustic process. Robin has consistently won awards with this process in our shows. She teaches at Monserrat College.

Our Holiday Party: December 15th at the Nahant Country Club. Members and their guests will be welcomed at this gala event, which is also our annual meeting!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Our first demo of the season "Soup to Nuts"was a great success. Attended by over 30 members and friends, many questions were asked and answered about using a grid, matting and framing, and photography for submissions.............We are now gearing up for the October demo, "A Critique Session" on how to improve or finish paintings. Members and friends are invited to bring a works in progress, and information on intention and questions about the work. Paintings will be selected randomly for the critique. Well known local artists and teachers, Virginia Hill and Bob Oliver will direct the session. Date and time: Tuesday, Oct. 12. 7:00 t0 8:30, at Marian Court College.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

First Fall Workshop

First Fall Workshop: Our first demo/workshop will be on Sept. 14th at 6:30, at Marian Court College, Mercy Center, beginning at 6:30. "From Soup to Nuts" will offer info on how to transfer an image to a canvas using grids, by Ron Harrison, how to mat and frame, by Wendy Snow-Lang from Art Corner in Salem, and how to photograph the finished work for submissions, by award winning photographers, Rick and Marilyn Cloran. Open to the public! Free admission, but we do "pass the hat"!

Fall Show

Members, remember to bring your art to take-in on Tuesday, Sept. 21 between 2:00 to 4:00, and 6:00 to 7:30. Judging will happen on the 22nd, and we open on Sept. 23rd at 6:30. Membership dues will be accepted at take-in. If you're not a member, here is a chance to join. Show drop off is at Mercy Center, Marian Court College, 35 Littles Point Road, in Swampscott.

Class Update

This just in: Ron Harrison will begin his art class on Sept. 16th at the Tabernacle Church in Salem. Refer to previous post.

And one of our favorite teacher/artists, Paula Beaulieu, has many offerings. Go to her link: http://www.connectwithyourcreativity.com/

Robin Samiljan's class is scheduled to begin Sept. 23rd. Refer to the link: http://www.montserrat.edu/continuing-ed/evening-classes.php

Friday, July 30, 2010

Local Classes We Know About So Far

The following classes are being offered this fall in our area:

Ron Harrison
Ron Harrison will offer watercolor classes at Tabernacle Church in Salem, starting Oct. 7. The class is from 9:30 to 11:30 on Thursdays, and costs $20 a session. Call Liz at the church at (978) 744-3164. The group is congenial, and you can meet the artist at his web site thru the link above.
Virginia Hill will present "Watercolor for All" at the Danvers Senior Center 25 Stone Road, in Danvers, on Wednesdays, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 22. Class runs from 1:00-3:00, and the cost is $55 for Danvers residents/$75 for non-residents. Registration begins Aug. 19 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Call Paul Corcoran at (978) 762-0208 EX 104 (program coordinator). Class is limited to the first 28.

Robin Samiljan will offer a watercolor class at Montserrat, for 8 weeks, from Sept.23 to Nov. 18, on Thursday nights, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. She will include instruction on understanding and using watercolor, with focus on landscapes and balance, and the dichotomy of realism versus impressionism. For additional information, go to the Montserrat web site.

Our Annual Summer Picnic

President Barbara Gherzi welcomes members and guests to the annual SAA picnic, at the home of board member, Ruth Rooks. The food was delicious, and we stayed till the mosquitos came out. Thank you, George and Ruth, for your warm hospitality.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Summer show recap

President Barbara Gherzi announces awards

SAA is proud to announce the following winners for the Summer Show, 2010: Honorable Mentions to Fiona Buchanan, "Figure Study" in oils; Jerilyn Morgan, "View from High Street" in watercolor; and Marilyn Cloran, "Reflection Sunset at Annisquam", a digital photo. Third place was awarded to Ruth Rooks, "Sunset on the Beach", watercolor. Second place was given to Rick Cloran, for "Boston on the Fourth", a digital photo. The first place ribbon went to Clayton Curtis for his pastel, "Still Life with Crab." The Marian Court Award was given to Robin Samiljan for her encaustic image transfer, "Pathway". The Lucy Winant Award was won by Carmela Martin for "Maui Sunset", a watercolor.

Three award winners, Robin Samiljan, Clayton Curtis and Carmela Martin

Mercy Center, exhibit space, Marian Court College

A lovely reception was sponsored by Marian Court College. The exhibit will be on view at the college, 35 Littles Point Road, in Swampscott, until August 9th. Viewing hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. weekdays.

FYI: Three of the paintings in the exhibit have been sold!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Welcome to the SAA blog. If you want a place to show your art, you are invited to join us. If you are looking for workshops and demonstrations, we offer several a year. This summer, we are featuring "small"works of art in our summer show, which opens Thursday, July 22, at 6:30.

Our home is Marian Court College (MCC), a beautiful seaside campus on Littles Point Road. The fall show, at MCC, will open on Sept. 22nd. And our first workshop/demo., on 9/16, will feature presentations on using a grid (from image to canvas), matting and framing how-to, and photography for the submission of finished works. We're calling it "from soup to nuts!" Workshops and demos are open to the public. Exhibits are open during school hours.