Community of Contemporary Artists exhibit in Salem

Submitted by Jerry Halberstadt on Sun, 09/16/2007 - 21:38

About 700 people visited the art exhibit in the historic Old Town Hall of Salem, with comments reported like "how special the event made our trip to Salem!"
The theme of the show was SALEM BY SALEM, an exhibit celebrating Salem by Salem residents, people who work in Salem, and members of the Salem Arts Association. I was pleased to have two photos on exhibit among so many fine works, and to meet other artists.

The show was only open for two days plus the opening, but attendance was strong. Garl LaPerl and the staff and volunteers of the Salem Art Association did a great job of promoting the show on the internet and with a professional poster; hanging the show by some 50 artists; and hosting the crowds. There was work in several media, on many different subjects. The show was hung to bring together works on similar topics or with similar design or color. It was fun to browse and a good experience to be able to meet and chat with other artists, and I found several artists whose work I particularly appreciated.

I admired the work by Henry Zbyszynski, who like me has taken up digital photography after a lifetime of working in film. Hank took the
photograph at the show that shows me chatting with Gary LaPerl about the show, the artists, and the growing presence of contemporary art in Salem, thanks to Gary and the Association. For people who missed this show, the Salem Arts Association continues to exhibit work by members at Artists Row, close to the Old Town Hall.
The saas-C sign is at the entrance to the Association gallery at Artists Row.