Friday, November 20, 2015

North Shore Arts Association Looks Back at a Stellar 2015 Exhibition Season Coming to a Close

John Terelak, "Evening Light"'Fifty Years At the Easel'

As the North Shore Arts Association brings its 2015 Exhibition Season to a close, we extend a heartfelt "thank you" to our loyal patrons and supporters, our outstanding artist and associate members, our colleagues and partners at Ocean Alliance, Rocky Neck Art Colony, Rockport Art Association, SeARTS, Marblehead Arts Association, Mrs. Nan Blue, Nella and Steve Lush, Mr. John Terelak, Mr. Frank Kaminski of Kaminski Auctions, the Antique Appraisal Day appraisers, Colleene Fesko, Virginia Salem, James Callahan, Peter Murphy and so many more artists, individuals,  business and corporate entities, each contributing in very special ways, to make the NSAA 2015 Exhibition Season a resounding success!
We are already hard at work planning a full roster of exciting and groundbreaking exhibitions and events for 2016:

  • A joint venture between Ocean Alliance of Gloucester and the North Shore Arts Association culminating in a fundraising art exhibition and science-based lecture series investigating the health of the world's oceans and the sustainability of the amazing creatures who inhabit this endangered environment. Ocean Alliance has donated 86 original roof slates from Gloucester's historic Paint Manufactory building to used  by NSAA artists as canvases in the themed exhibition with both non-profits sharing equally the proceeds of the fundraising event.
  • NSAA is pleased to have been  selected to host the annual New England Watercolor Society Exhibition which brings together the myriad talents of NEWS artist members, many of whom are also NSAA artist members, and NSAA will be the venue for the NEWS sponsored Mary White Watercolor Workshop, led by the internationally renowned watercolorist, Mary White.
  • The North Shore Arts Association will present an exhibition entitled "Icons of Cape Ann" which will celebrate the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Cape Ann and that of our own institution as we approach our centennial year.
  • The North Shore Art Association Annual Fundraising Auction to be held on Massachusetts' "tax free" weekend.
  • The Antique & Arts Appraisal Day, with the return of the fabulous appraisal team of Colleen Fesko, Virginia Salem, James Callahan, and Peter Murphy!

    See you in the Spring!

    Special Exhibition Highlights from the 2015 Season:

    Bob Blue, "Gloucester Morning"
    Bob Blue Retrospective Exhibition 'Gloucester and Beyond'

    Jim Gibbons, "Looking Out"
    'New Artist Members Exhibition'

    Donald Allen Mosher, "Low Tide, Corea"
    'In Memoriam': A Tribute to Past NSAA Members

    Nella Lush, "Family Roots"
    'A Forty Year Collaboration' Steve Lush and Nella Lush

    Jody Regan"Watercolor Sketch"
    'North Greets South Paint Out'

    Jack Jones, "From Back Beach"
    'Selections From the NSAA Museum Collection'

Jeff Weaver, "The Work Float"
NSAA Annual Fundraising Art Auction

John Terelak, "Snow Evening"
John Terelak Solo Exhibition ' Fifty Years at the Easel'

Tom Nicholas, N.A.,  "Snow Country"
'The Artist's Greats Exhibition'

Appraiser Colleene Fesko
NSAA Antique Appraisal Day 'Ordinary or EXTRAOrdinary?"

'NSAA Holiday Festival of Fine Arts & Fine Crafts'

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

North Shore Arts Holiday Festival showcases the Best of the Best this weekend Nov. 14 & 15!

The NSAA Holiday Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts is almost here! We are excited to welcome the participation of such fine artisans as: Trudy Allen, Dorothy Arthur of Dot's Pots, John Bassett, Robert Bliss of Bliss Ceramic Studios, Judith Bly, Friedl Brosch of A.F. Brosch Woodworking, Susan Burton, Jane Danikas, Elaine Daly, Jackie Ganin-DeFalco of Cape Ann Designs, Michael Foley of M.S. Foley Stoneworks, Ellen Garvey, Deborah Guertze, George Hilton, Michele Kenna, Susan Kenna, Lisa LeVasseur of belle + me designs, Carmela Martin, Fran Nola, Valentin Zev Rejman, Susan Riach of Susan Riach Designs, Ronald Ross, Gail Roy, Laurie Cox Schreiber, Pat Toches, Jim Trudeau of Wheelworks Pottery, Anna Vojtech, Paige Wallis, Beth Williams of Beth Williams Studio, and Chris Williams of Chris Williams Sculpture.
Celebrate the upcoming Holiday season with artists, neighbors, and friends and share the fun of shopping locally. Your purchases will support Cape Ann and New England artists and artisans as well as the non-profit North Shore Arts Association! See you November 14th & 15th at the NSAA! Meanwhile, more tantalizing sneak peaks:

Dorothy Arthur of Dot's Pots
Upon retirement after 26 years teaching the Visual Arts in the Salem Public School System, Dorothy returned to her lifelong interest in clay. In 2011, Dot's Pots was born and Dorothy began working on a series of lanterns that combined her interests in ceramics and architecture. The ideas for the motifs of the lantern cutouts were inspired by the various window styles of historic Salem, MA buildings including Old Town Hall, Hamilton Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, St. Peter's Church, Custom House as well as homes on Federal and Chestnut Streets. Trips to New Orleans, Italy and Ireland have expanded her collection of Architectural windows into a Travel series.
Dot's popular Nature Lantern series currently include dragonflies, leaves, vines, ocean creatures, and seasonal themes. House plaques, baby plaques and birth announcement ornaments have been added to her production as well as new kitchen wares including olive oil bottles and cruets of all varieties .


Judith Bly
Judith Bly has had a life-long interest in creative expression. Her parents collected art and had an antiques shop in their Bronx home. After years of water color painting, Judith discovered bead design as a new way of realizing her artistic needs. She is a self-taught bead designer, having informally studied various art media and craft. Judith is a retired psychotherapist living in Rockport and also exhibits at the Newburyport Art Association gift shop.

Ellen Garvey
"A glassblowing class was an escape from my demanding career in high tech. It wasn't long before I was hooked! So now I spend my time in the glass studio experimenting with the forms, colors, and techniques of this challenging medium. It's an endless process with unlimited possibilities and a lot of excitement. Now the other side of my brain is in the driver's seat!"

Jane DanikasPresenting fine jewelry and gems!

Elaine Caliri Daly
Offering ornaments and angels!

George Hilton of George Hilton Creations
Master craftsman George Hilton, a retired Lynn, MA Fire Lieutenant, draws on his own extensive personal and professional experience to create the stunning works of art that bear his name. An avid hunter and fisherman, George was a licensed taxidermist for twenty-five years. He was renowned in the industry for his remarkable ability to capture and recreate the essence of wildlife fish and game. Expert Harry Kenerson, sportsman's journalist, once said of George Hilton in his featured article, "He mounts the best rainbow trout I have ever seen."
In the 1990's when Jurassic Park was all the rage, George created a sensation by hand painting and mounting dinosaur head. "Hilton Heads" soon caught the attention of The Sharper Image and George's dinosaurs were chosen as the featured item in the Christmas Catalogue. CEO Richard Thalheimer of The Sharper Image wrote of George's works of art "Few handmade collectible have generated as much admiration and conversation in our offices."
Now George has applied his extraordinary talent to create stunning works of art to carving and painting wooden birds. Because each life sized bird is crafted one at a time, each bird is an original and comes with a certificate and brief history of the species itself. The process of handcrafting each bird is a laborious one, but once the final touches, including glass eyes, are added, if they looked any more real, you'd have to feed them.

Michele Kenna
Presenting fabulous wall hangings and more!

Susan Kenna of Art Felt Creations
I am involved in the ancient art of needle-felting. All my items are made of pure wool. To make a necklace, I begin with a small tuft of wool and begin to felt it on a foam pad with a wooden handled needle. I keep poking the felt until I form a small bead. I continue to felt the bead until it is dense. When the bead is finished, I take other pieces of colored wool, and needle into the bead a design. Each bead is individually made and then designed. My necklaces have as many as 11 beads, but I also make necklaces with a single wool bead. I string my necklaces on sterling silver or round leather cord. I use sterling silver or vermeil toggle clasps. My purses and handbags are done the same way, using large amounts of wool layered 5 times to make the piece well-built and strong. I also use felt punches which have 10-12 needles per punch to felt the wool. After the piece is finished, I needle-felt a design into the finished produce. The piece is then wet felted to make the wool dense. All purses and handbags are lined and have either a zipper or snap closure.

Carmela MartinOffering works on tile and vibrant color!

Fran NolaHandcrafted angels to bless everyone on your list!

Valentin Zev Rejman
Zev Rejman creates distinctive, handcrafted metal art and jewelry, using silver, gold, bronze, and copper toned brass, in unique and original patterns inspired by life and nature. He applies the latest etching techniques to create a palette of shapes and textures. Zev founded Etched Vintage Art Studio, Inc., and helped in pioneering the chemical milling etching process on metal sheets. Rejman's designs are steeped in the historical evolution of countries from around the world. The etched designs are characterized by rich surfaces and textures, and convey vivid depictions and unique perspectives.

Susan Riach of Susan Riach Designs
Having the great fortune and gift of an artistic spirit and while completing metalsmithing classes, I realized that designing, forging, hammering, and sculpting little pieces of wearable art was to be my passion. My unique hand forged and hammered jewelry creations in sterling silver, are bold, strong, and contemporary, yet make a simple, classic, and elegant statement complementing the flow and contours of the body.
I take my inspiration from the organic and architectural elements which surround me, and design from the simplicity of the soul.
So as I strive to bring you exceptional pieces designed and fabricated one at a time, by my hands, from my studio in Salem, NH, I hope you love my work as much as I enjoy creating it for you. I invite you to visit my website to view my collection of neckpieces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings.

Ronald RossOffers one of a kind hand made ornaments!

Gail RoyShowcases her superb hand felting and fiber arts!

Laurie Cox Schreiber
Beautiful hand painted floor oil cloths and more!

Pat Toches
Unique pottery and ceramics, both practical and works of art!

Anna Vojtech
Anna has illustrated various books for children, mostly folktales and stories about nature. Her pictures are full of flowers and animals, or giraffes and elephants, or of little birds and chipmunks. Folktales are also about people, their nature and their spirit. Through her illustrations Anna has brought readers closer to our Native American heritage as well as the traditions of other nations. Nature has always been a strong source of inspiration for Anna. She spent years combing through the forests and meadows searching out rare wild flowers. Parts of her extensive collection of botanical paintings were published in various magazines, and as a book "Wild Flowers for All Seasons". They have been exhibited in the USA, Canada, and England.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Wealth of Talent on Display at NSAA Holiday Festival Nov 14 & 15!

Trudy Allen
Among the many media she's mastered, NSAA artist member Trudy Allen of Gloucester brings her love of experimentation to her recent work, exploring the unusual medium of Alcohol inks applied to non-absorbent materials such as ceramic tile and Yupo, a synthetic, 100% recyclable, and waterproof paper, to create intense, vibrant colors and exciting results.

Susan Burton
"I've been working for eighteen years primarily as a painter until I discovered the wonderful world of gourds! After some reading, research and MUCH experimentation, I was hooked! The use of hard shell gourds has a very rich history in early primitive cultures and the challenge is creating fresh designs while honoring the past. I use a palette of mostly natural earth tones, using leather dyes and wood stain. This approach lets the natural beauty of the gourd surface to still be apparent. The carving (some are deep bas relief) or incising is accomplished with dental and machinists burs."

Robert Bliss
NSAA artist member Robert Bliss is a self-taught sculptor, an art that began in his childhood and continues to this day. After years teaching sculpture and having received much acclaim and many awards for his work in sculpture, Robert decided to try his hand at making decorative tiles because it was a satisfying way to capture nature. He is inspired by the ocean and its shore. He sculpts the original work in clay, makes a mold, hand presses the tiles, and lets them dry thoroughly before firing. After the bisque firing Bob and his wife, Karen, glaze the tiles and then they are fired a second time bringing out the beautiful, glossy, ocean-inspired color. Bliss Ceramic Studio production encompasses custom hand-sculpted ceramic tiles, ceramic pendants and sculpture in the round.

Jackie De Falco
Sea glass collecting has been a tradition of seaside residents and visitors for years but it's only in the last few years that collectors have begun to come together, compare "finds" and demonstrate their creativity in displaying or using the sea glass. Jacqueline hopes to share the beauty of sea glass through elegant, wearable art. The idea for Cape Ann Designs evolved after a year of creating and selling hair accessories under the name Beach Glass Barrettes by Jacqueline. Cape Ann Designs evolved from there-to reflect the indigenous nature of the artwork and the desire to make the connection between the natural beauty of the region and sea glass. After the first year, with input from customers, partners, and experienced designers the line was expanded to include a full range of hair accessories and jewelry. Jacqueline will also design custom pieces from her collection or yours!

Michael Foley
Working as M.S. Foley Stoneworks in Gloucester, the majority of Michael Foley's hand carved stonework is in local granite, and to a lesser extent, Berkshires and Vermont marble. He's had gallery exhibits and shows on Cape Ann, and in Nashua, NH and is an award winning artist member of the North Shore Arts Association. "Geometry and the love of natural materials are the driving forces behind my work. As a lifelong carver and career machine design engineer, I find beauty in both the gifts of the earth, as well as the wisdom of mathematics, which helps us to see our humble place in the universe. My sculptures, in their small ways, attempt to transform the fusion of these beauties into expressive forms, frozen in time, but warmed by each human hand which reaches out to touch them."

Deborah Geurtze
An artist/printmaker, Deborah Geurtze produces intricate etchings and monotypes that reflect her deep connection with nature, a force that directs both her life and her work. In describing her work, the artist notes, "Wilderness-its patterns and complexity-are a continual source of inspiration. My panoramas explore the ever changing natural world and give expression to themes of passage-from dark to light, along a country road, from man-made to overgrown, chaotic splendor."
Deborah attended Rhode Island School of Design and studied printmaking with Robert Bero at the State University College of Potsdam, NY. After teaching abroad at the American School of Tangier, Morocco, and at Vail (CO) Mountain School, she returned to upstate New York where she worked for 25 years. In 2011 Deborah moved to Rocky Neck.

Paige Wallis
A multi-talented mother of two, NSAA artist member, painter, illustrator and gifted costumer/milliner, Paige Wallis states, "I'm primarily a two dimensional artist/painter and up until fairly recently I'd never been much for head adornment. But, in 2012, I had the privilege of attending the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco and instantly fell in love with the art of it all. So much incredible-and incredibly inspiring!-music, performance, art, and fashion! My eyes were opened to just how much fun hats, fascinators, and various other over-the-top fashion accessories can be to make and wear. Look for Paige Wallis' table at the Festival where she will be presenting her one of a kind hats and fairy houses, as well! Prepare to be enchanted!

Lisa LeVasseur of belle + me designs
When Lisa LeVasseur and Anne Malvaux got together one day in the early summer to share some sauvignon blanc and make fun of the latest fashion trends, they decided to sit outside and take in the calming view of the ocean from Anne's front deck. The only problem was the weather. It was somewhat windy and there was a bit of chill rising off the water. Anne ran inside and grabbed a scarf and offered one to Lisa. Lisa said she would love to wear it but didn't want to cover up her gorgeous hand-crafted necklace just purchased earlier that day. The two ladies looked at each other and in that instant, of both necessity and vanity, their idea for belle + me scarves was born.With belle + me scarves, you don't have to choose comfort over style. Now you can have both because Lisa and Anne have created an exclusive line of beautiful scarves that come with the jewelry already on it! But don't worryThey also make the jewelry element easy to remove so that you can take it off one scarf and put it on any other scarf of your choosing, ultimately creating many different looks using just one piece of hand-made jewelry!Their tag line "Fun. Flirty. French." says it all!

Jim Trudeau of Wheelworks PotterySince 1985, Jim Trudeau of Wheelworks Pottery has specialized in wheel-thrown functional pottery finished in beautifully colored, durable glazes.
Jim Trudeau of Wheelworks Pottery holds a degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University and displays his work at art exhibitions and galleries throughout the United States. Visit Jim at the NSAA Holiday Festival November 14th and 15th to see a fine selection of pieces that reflect the process and rhythm of wheel throwing.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Coming Nov. 14th & 15th: NSAA Holiday Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Artisan Crafts

"Vasija del Buhiti"
Sandra Golbert
Sandra creates sculptures, collages, quilts, watercolors and artists' books. She makes her own handmade paper and paints silk with cold water dyes, using these materials to construct her artwork.
"My work is in Fiber, mostly hand-made paper, wood, and hand-dyed silk with surface design. I began working in fibers 50 years ago, as a child, when I designed and made dolls' clothes! Then I went on to design costumes and clothing for "real people", and in 1959, my designs appeared in Vogue Magazine. When I no longer lived in the US, I could not work as a "seamstress/designer" since I was considered an alien, I began to put my fibers on the wall instead of the body, making intricately embroidered wall hangings and sculptures.
Urged by my friends, I entered juried exhibits and to my surprise, was accepted in a great many of them. Since then, I have worked steadily on my art, "supporting my habit" by working as a free-lance costumer, designer, office clerk, theatre producer, puppet-dresser, photo stylist, baby-sitter and anything else available to me.
Through the years, I have received many grants, two residencies and much help from my children so that I might continue my work.Two of my pieces were chosen to be in an exhibit called "9x3x3" at the American Craft Museum in New York City and I have a piece in the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University in New Jersey which houses the permanent collection of the National Association of Women Artists. This collection contains eminent artists such as Mary Cassatt, Louise Nevelson and Judy Chicago. A few years ago, I was elected to be on the board of this entity, as well. My work can be found in many countries, but mostly in residences, corporate offices and hotels in the United States, the Caribbean, South America, and in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I was born." See more of Sandra's artwork at

Friedl Brosch in his workshop
A.F.Brosch Woodworking

Alfred Friedrich Brosch, or as most know him, "Friedl" is a master cabinet maker, a museum quality restorer and an accomplished sculptor. He is a talented craftsman, residing on the North Shore, with a passion for creating, beautiful, unique and quality custom woodwork.
Friedl was born in Australia and raised in Austria. Aside from 143 Main Street in Essex, he considers Austria "home". There he earned both his cabinetmaker and his museum-quality restoration credentials through the exacting, old world guild system.
Friedl designs both contemporary and classical furniture by commission, or duplicates classical furniture, right down to its finish. He works closely with his clients, working up multiple sketched until he coaxes their ideas into a reality. A small sampling of his areas of expertise include: inlay work, gold leafing and hand carving.
Friedl builds furniture of all types, dining table, coffee tables, chairs, secretaries, servers, etc. He also custom designs and builds kitchens, bars, vanities, fireplace mantels, built in cabinetry, and anything else his clients request. See more of  Friedl's artistry at

Karen Harris
"I am an artist/designer with a limited production studio in upstate NY, where much of my work is concentrated in the decorative arts. The Shangri-La Collection, a series of decorative bowls, is especially appealing to collectors of art seeking a signature style of understated opulence.
Enthralled with the art of papier mache and its chameleon qualities, and challenged by its textural characteristics, my experimentation evolved into this unusual combination of texture and color filled with unique permutations unattainable in any other medium. The sphere shaped bowls are made entirely from a pulped method of papier mache, a process that requires six weeks to accomplish. Although delicate in appearance, the bowls are surprisingly sturdy.
The exterior surface work consists of heavy metallic textures and uneven edges that dramatically contrast with lustrous shell interiors. Various touches of leaf, patination and multilayered techniques embellish the bowls. They are primitive, sophisticated, and suggestive of precious artifacts.

"Piazza San Martini"
John Bassett
"Flat, not round, my work might be called glass relief. I'm happy in the rich, associative world of recycled glass and other found objects. I find myself focused on that most conventional quality of glass-its transparency. I like to make things that amuse me and may entertain others. I like things that are funny. If my glass makes someone laugh, that's good. I use recycled materials, including bottles, plates, wood windows, and construction scrap to make residential sized panels and commissions.|
I'm self taught and worked most of my life as a carpenter. My uncle, Richard Bassett, was an artist and encouraged me to paint and draw when I was young. A clever and generous man, Joseph LeBeau worked for my grandmother and made wonderful toy machines from scrap wood, popsicle sticks, recycled nails, and left over house paint. He gave these toy machines to any kid who wanted them. I think I learned from Joseph LeBeau the joy of making things, the possibility of using recycled, discarded materials, the possibility of making something from nothing and the fun of sharing.
 "Hannah Jumper Series: The 7th Wave"
I've made panels and sculptures from scrap glass since 1979. I've used glass in many ways and combined it often with discarded windows and construction lumber. I don't know of other people now doing most of this with glass. I'm interested in the many ways scrap can be used and am always interested in meeting other recyclers. If there is consistency in what I make it is in the reuse of old stuff. I'm interested in the richness of shape and texture of glass produced by slumping and fusing. I'm doing glass that can be shown on interior walls and doesn't need strong backlighting. This wall mounted glass is supported by armatures of wood or brass. I'm interested in light, structure, line, texture, balance, and color in that order. I also do panels for windows and commissions."

Chris Williams in his studio
Chris Williams
"I want the figures I create to look like they've just been caught in a moment of stillness. When you turn your head, they lumber off to the woods or fly away. Working in metal, there is always a dynamic tension between the stiffness of the material and my own force. I have a sense of where it should go, and I use my strength and tools to shape it, and the metal fights back. It is that tension captured in the bent and twisted metal that gives each piece a pulse. These sculptures steal time. In our fast-paced world, people walk around with eyes glazed over. Coming upon these
"Bear Cub"
pieces at airports or stadiums or even on suburban lawns they are pulled out of their hurried lives; they are literally stopped in their tracks by their encounter with a moose, a rhino or a playful greyhound. What started out as a fascination with welding has become a journey of creativity for me. As I explore new directions working in this medium, I hope my work will continue to create moments of heightened appreciation for life's wonders and surprises for others as well."

Beth Williams
Combining glass, gold, and silver, Beth creates contemporary, elegant jewelry highlighted by the rainbow of colors and textures inherent in her glass rods. Having been a studio metalsmith for many years prior to focusing on glass, Beth's designs balance all the elements in her materials, resulting in pieces that the owner can wear with comfort and pleasure. Pure gold granules and silver threads accent the surface of Beth's lampworked beads reflecting her signature style that has been recognized in publications and juried exhibitions across the country.
"Exploring the qualities of glass and color are what drive my work; using light and transparency in surprising ways along with layering color on color helps me to create unusual contemporary beads and jewelry.
"The Dream Pod Group"
Inspiration comes from my gardens, the ever-changing light on the ocean, the seascapes that surround me...anywhere colors collide in nature. Pure silver and gold accents add a final tactile quality, allowing my pieces to be as interesting to touch and view as they are to wear."

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Volunteers Needed! The Holiday Fine Art & Fine Crafts Festival

The NSAA Holiday Fine Art and Fine Crafts Festival
is almost here. With well over 30 exceptional artisans displaying and selling their unique items, the event promises to be well attended and fun for all. Save the dates: November 14th and 15th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WE NEED: VOLUNTEERS! Have fun and pitch in to help make this event a success. We need greeters, volunteers to man the refreshments tables, volunteers to assist at the contribution tables, such as the mini canvas/easels and our beautiful gift tag tree, and anyone who can spare a few hours on Friday, during set up, or Saturday or Sunday when the Festival opens to the public!
We also need artists and associates who are willing to donate their time
and talent to create handcrafted gift tags and mini-paintings. The supplies for gift tags are easily found at craft supply stores such as A.C. Moore or Michaels' in the crafts/stamp aisles. A package of 20 tags costs approx. $2.50. Designs can be in any medium and holiday themed or for any occasion. Thank you for your enthusiasm and contributions.
If you've taken a mini-painting and easel, finish them up and mail them in, call for a pickup, or bring them into the gallery. We need them back- now is the time!!
To volunteer call or email Trudy Allen  (978) 865-3361
This has been a terrific season at North Shore Arts Association, help us end it in style!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Help the Artists of North Shore Arts Save a Historical and Cultural Icon in Gloucester, MA!

As the North Shore Arts Association looks forward to its 95th anniversary, we are confronted with the need for a major restoration of the exterior of our historic waterfront home, the Thomas E. Reed Building, built ca. 1900 on Wonson's Wharf in Gloucester's Inner Harbor and home to the NSAA since 1923.
Your gift helps the NSAA reach the first $25,000.00 step on the way to a larger target of $100,000.00, the amount needed to address the buildings most urgent needs: to restore and weatherproof the original windows, clapboards, and barn doors and to prime and paint the exterior.
We are asking all of our membership, our patrons, and the community of Gloucester to contribute to the restoration campaign either through the NSAA GoFundMe website, on our website donation page at, or by calling the North Shore Arts Association at 978-283-1587 with your pledge.
Your contribution today will raise public awareness to the plight of this historic landmark, and will help NSAA to reach matching fundraising goals as it launches "The Second Century Campaign", a major fundraiser dedicated to the protection and preservation of this iconic wood framed structure on Gloucester Harbor.

The non-profit North Shore Arts Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization is one of the oldest and most illustrious art association in the country, with over 300 artist and 300+ associates and patrons.

Help us save a piece of Gloucester history and enable the NSAA to further its mission to advance, promote, and preserve the fine arts through exhibitions and educational and cultural programs benefiting the local community and the general public. Thank you for your generous support.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mini Project: Little Paintings, Big Impact!

Thank you to all the North Shore Arts Association artists and associates who are contributing mini-paintings for the NSAA Holiday Festival of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts (November 14th and 15th). The paintings that are coming in are extraordinary.  Clearly, you're having fun with the challenge of making a truly tiny painting and we invite those artists who haven't yet picked up a 2x2" mini-canvas and easel, to stop in at the NSAA and ask for one or two..or three- they're addictive!
Send us a digital image of your finished mini easel painting to or to You'll inspire your fellow artists who may have "artists block" and together we'll  start to build anticipation among our holiday shoppers. The Holiday Fine Arts and Artisans Festival is shaping up to be a great event! Thanks again for your generosity and support of the NSAA!

Here are a sampling of new mini arrivals- add yours to the list!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Associates Member Exhibition II Winners

Associates Member Exhibition II, painting by Dennis McQuillen

Associates Member Exhibition II , painting by Marie Mancinelli
The North Shore Arts Association is proud to announce the opening of the Associates Exhibition II which will run from October 1st through November 15th . Our talented and accomplished associate members are a valuable asset to the NSAA and we take this opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments, enthusiasm and commitment. Congratulations to Award Winners, including Marie Mancinelli, Dave Drinon, Robert Williams, Karen Berger, Nancy Jarvis, Bob Gewecke, Galvin Gewecke, and Dennis McQuillen.
A "Meet the Artists" reception will be held on Sunday, October 4th, from 2 to 4 p.m.  Musical Guest Mark Arnold will be with us.
The North Shore Arts Association's galleries are open, free to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Associates Member Exhibition II, painting by Karen Berger

Associates Member Exhibition II, painting by Nancy Jarvis

Associates Member Exhibition II, painting by Robert Williams