Local Artists Sheila Farren Billings, Peggy A. Farrell, and Karen Hosking are showcasing their artwork this May at the Gallery at Grosvenor Park. Exhibition lasts from May 2-28, and the opening reception is May 3rd from 3-5 PM.
About Susan Dodge
Susan Dodge is a lifelong artist who was educated at Massachusetts College of Art in the 1980s graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985.
Born and raised in Marblehead, her family history in the town goes back many generations. After graduation from Mass Art, Susan eventually moved to Key Largo, Florida. While going to art school in Boston in the 1980s, it was an exciting time for her. The beauty of the tropical Florida Keyes holds a special place in her creative language to this day. Susan eventually returned to Massachusetts in 1992 to be closer to her family and raise her daughter, Nadine. She began to work at a signature pottery studio called Julie Keyes Designs and truly enjoyed being a part of a vibrant young artist community and having her first studio. Eventually Susan created the Artful Dodger signature and created murals, tiles and signature pottery of her own - selling in galleries all over the US and the Virgin Islands.
Susan also pursued a business career and after working in sales and marketing at the Hawthorne Hotel, she decided to return to school at the age of 48. She earned a certificate in digital graphic design and five years ago she began work as a design assistant at Pearse Street Consulting -a new media firm that develops social networking websites. After five years with the company, Susan now holds the new position of Vice President at Pearse Street while continuing to paint and creative works at her home studio.
Susan lives and works in Salem with her 15-year old son Luke. Her daughter, Nadine Dodge, is a Fulbright scholar at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand where she is studying Environmental Policy. In her free time, Susan Dodge enjoys time with her family, teaches art in the hills of Jamaica, restores her historic home in Salem, and paints on the Coast of Maine and Massachusetts.
“I am an artist, always, in whatever I do. There are places in this world that hold my heart. When I visit them we remember who we are. I have been visiting the coast of New England, from Provincetown to Marblehead to down east Maine, since I was a child. These places bring me to the roots in my being and a sense of peace in myself. My newest body of work is a series of ‘plein air’ paintings of watercolors and gelatin prints. For me they capture a moment of beauty of the most favorite spots of the coast. These paintings represent our roots that run from the edge of the coast under the rocks and then back to the sea. As human beings connected to the earth, the roots and the rocks keep us grounded to this earth. They remind us of who we are. There is a circle of life rising from the dirt and then falling back to the ground. It’s the in between that matters; particularly how we reach and stay connected to who we are. “
Closing reception to take place on Wednesday, October 1st, 6-8 pm.