Outdoor festivals are good for the art
Memorial Day marks the start of summer. There will be picnics, parties and lots of post-pandemic celebrations this year.
It’s also time for outdoor art – the chance to go out, enjoy the warm weather, shop, and support the artists and designers among us.
Near you, the Western Avenue June Outdoor Art Market will be held Saturday, June 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Western Avenue Studios and Lofts, 122 Western Ave. Find 50 artists and creators from the WAS community, plus a local food truck and local farmers.
You are bound to find something for yourself, that special someone in your life or dear old dad for Father’s Day. Art, food, local eggs, fruits, vegetables, jam – even hot sauce. What more could you ask for this summer?
Further afield, celebrate arts, culture, creativity and community at the 13th annual Salem Arts Festival, June 4-6. The free, family-friendly event will feature art, music, dance and theater performances throughout downtown Salem. This is the first arts festival on the North Shore since the easing of restrictions in the event of a pandemic. Look for outdoor shows, on-site artwork for all ages, artisans and makers selling creations, pop-up art exhibits, a live wall slam, and temporary public art installations. For more information and the schedule, visit www.salemartsfestival.com.
JAPANESE DAZZLERS: Lowell’s New England Quilt Museum shares a distinction with just two other American museums – they welcome the highly anticipated return of “Quilts Japan: The 15th Quilt Nihon”. On view until September 11, the exhibition featuring 36 award-winning quilts premiered at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum before traveling abroad. It features the most original and extraordinary works of the biennial Japanese Handicraft Instructors Association competition, which sponsors the largest international quilting competition in Japan and one of the most prestigious in the world. For more information and to view quilts online, visit www.neqm.org/quilts-of-japan-details.
BEYOND THE SEA: The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem welcomes the summer with “In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting” from May 29 to October 29. 3. Press Release Notes: “For over 200 years artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry, and transformative power of the sea in American life. The oceans play a key role in American society no matter where we live, and the sea continues to inspire painters today to capture its mystery and power. The exhibition is more than portraits of ships; it helps visitors experience the sea as a way to reflect on American culture and environment and to ask what it means to be “in American waters”. On display are works by historical and modern artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Amy Sherald, Kay WalkingStick, Norman Rockwell, Hale Woodruff, Paul Cadmus, Thomas Hart Benton and many more. For more information, times and tickets, visit www.pem.org.
FANTASTIC PHOTOS: The Boston Press Photographers Association is launching its first outdoor exhibition in its 95-year history until June 6 in Copley Square. Over 100 award-winning images and stories from 40 photographers in the association’s Photo of the Year competition are featured on 10 photo cubes measuring 6 feet by 6 feet. Categories include one-off news, general news, news reports, sports, sports, portraits / personalities, images, animals, politics, racial justice, pandemic, news reports, news reports, sports reports , the team and the photographer of the year. Reuters’ Brian Snyder won the award for best show. For a full list of photographers and awards, visit www.bppa.net.
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