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