Please join us to welcome Theresa Wall Duggan of Art & Discord Photogrpahy Studio and enjoy work from her series "Visions of the Sacred Feminine".
Reception is Sunday July 10 form 5:00 to 7:00 PM
This exhibition will be on display July 1 through July 30.
I am a fine art photographer and digital artist, primarily using photography compositing and digital painting techniques to create images inspired by paintings, especially from the Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age. I also use my experience with costume and set design to create the fantasy worlds in which I place my characters.
I try to find beauty in dark places, and also explore the shadow which creeps into the light, creating images with an indistinct element which offers a hint that something is not quite as perfect as it seems.
One of my current personal projects, The Human Archetype Project, explores characters found in religious texts, mythological stories, and the tales of cultural heroes throughout the world. I am fascinated by the threads in these stories which connect cultures over many generations and across the globe. The archetypal characteristics found in many of these tales depict many universal ideas and my work explores the idea that these strands of Truth are what bind humanity together.
Please join us to welcome Theresa Wall Duggan of Art & Discord Photogrpahy Studio and enjoy work from her series "Visions of the Sacred Feminine".
Join us on Sunday June 5 to meet Kimberly Reed and share in her latest paintings. Kimberly joins us from Savannah Georgia.
Artist Reception on Sunday June 5 from 5-7 pm
Exhibition runs through June 2016
Artist Statement And Bio
My name is Kimberly Reed and I have been a painter since graduating college in 1981 from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and I have been a tattooer for 23 years, recreating beautiful, organic images from nature. I have been fortunate in my career to have had solo shows as well as to participate in group shows, competitions and live performance art painting over the years. My preferred medium is oil on canvas. My earlier years consisted of very large, visceral, powerful canvases. Lately, I have been painting small works, spending only a short time on each, keeping them loosely rendered. I would say my work is a marriage of expression, impression and abstraction, pulling out the essence of each subject matter…what you ‘see’ is what you get!
For this show, ’17 Hours’, I have created 17 small works, dedicating approximately an hour for each one, sort of an exercise in discipline and immediate satisfaction. I find these small works quite cozy and comfortable, mostly at home wrapped in a sizable mat and fun frame!
For more information about Kimberly Reed visit milkmadeart.com
or email email@example.com
Laura began taking photos at the young age of 9 and has taken a camera with her, along the road of life ever since. She was initially exposed to the arts through her family, of both visual and musical artists. Later, she was influenced by the work of Arnold Newman, Dorothea Lange and Robert Doisneau.
Despite her early exposure to the arts, she was largely self-taught until adulthood. During a photography course, at the Maine Media Workshops, she had a fortuitous meeting with the legendary photographer, Arnold Newman. He encouraged her to 'know your subject'. She tries to follow his advice while she shoots.
Prior to pursuing her artistic goals, she worked as a flight attendant for a major U.S. airline. Her sensitivity and awareness of other cultures helps her develop a rapport with her subjects and allows for the unguarded moments to be displayed.
Chris Dowgin will be having a show for the month of April at the Pig featurng illustrations from his various books that heavily feature Salem locations and its locals in a whimsical if not warped way... There will be original works, books, and prints available on the 10th and throughout the month for purchase.
On the 10th come early and make sure you can grab a limited edition print or even an original before they all get sold! We will have some light appetizers and look forward to some special guest stars. Then afterward stay and hear some great music and remember to always support your local economy!
Rebecca deVries is a Salem artist who works exclusively in mixed media collage and assemblage. A Fine Arts graduate of Montclair State University, her career has been centered in the arts as a Creative Director and Product Developer for several corporations until 2012 when she and her husband opened The Scarlet Letter Press & Gallery, a local print shop in Salem. Rebecca currently serves as the Vice President of the Salem Arts Association, now in her second term. Her work has been exhibited in several Salem galleries over the years and she has participated in the Terror Fantasies Art Show, a pop-up Halloween-themed gallery exhibit in October, for over 10 years. In 2015 Rebecca was honored to win “Best of Show” in the Mixed Media category at the Marblehead Festival of Arts. Recently she has studied under Michael deMeng, a master of assemblage art. Rebecca’s work, often described in one word – “creepy”, is much deeper. She finds extreme comfort working with old items, including discarded photographs and hand-written letters. “I hope my artwork inspires viewers to look beyond the ordinary objects and vestiges used within my pieces to realize that even the lifeless still retains life.”
Inspired by her Nana’s home in native New Jersey which to this day remains “the most magical place in the world”, began Rebecca’s love for antique items. A ravenous collector of paper ephemera, Victorian cabinet card photos and old books, she coupled her vintage collections with her fine arts background and her art style was born. Although knowledgeable of digital platforms, Rebecca has always worked in traditional collage, preferring scissors and glue to computers. Her work rarely has a theme, as she works on inspiration of the imagery and verbiage she collects. Often after completing a piece she can see a reflection of symbols and emotion that was conveyed within the piece without any intent. “I have always considered my artwork my therapy and this in evident in many pieces, but it is always realized after the fact. After losing both of my parents within 3 years of one another I have relied on my creative process heavily to lighten the burden of tremendous grief”.
INSPIRATIONS: attics, basements, Joel Peter Witkin, the smell of a fireplace, Dead Can Dance, my daughter Oonah, the full moon, striped socks, E.A. Poe, Halloween, rummage sales, my husband Josh, the Haunted Mansion in Disney, Vincent Price, the wind, the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, love letters, thunder, cello, pumpkins, rusted metal, creaky floors and the notion that beloved family is watching over me.
Meet collage artist Brian Gordon and help celebrate his latest exhibit.
Brian Gordon has had two previous shows here at the Pig's Eye. His work has been written about in the Boston Globe, ArtThrob, Patch.com, Dig Boston (article and issue cover). His work is sold both privately and through the Art and Giving Gallery (50% of each sale goes to fund pediatric cancer research). Owners of his work include Boston Magazine, Absolut Vodka, James Beard Recipients Jamie Bissonnette and Barbara Lynch, Top Chef Winners Kristen Kish and Stephanie Izard, Tavern Road, Alden & Harlow, Naco Taco, Puritan & Co., Toro (Boston and NYC), Girl and the Goat (Chicago), and Stir.
"If you don't know Brian then you most likely know his work. His collages are legendary in the culinary world.”
- Front Burner Social Media
"Collage Artist Extraordinaire"
"What's going on in his brain?!"
- a twelve year old (at his show in September 2015)
“For me, collage is a boundless medium…not just because of the endless supply of material to build one but also for the viewer, as well. Each time I set out to make a collage my central purpose is to create a world that houses an endless amount of narratives. Each collage supports the cohabitation of images (clipped from magazines, medical texts, valentines, etc. spanning the last 150+ years) that originally were completely unrelated to one another; and the stories of these worlds I construct are brought to life through the unique interpretation of you the viewer. Through the act of interpretation, collage can serve as an incredible vehicle for those seeking to expand their process of associating detail in the world. And the more we train ourselves to be open to finding how objects can relate to one another serves to improve our overall executive functioning. Someone once told me that there is no wrong way to make a collage, so by that logic there must also be no wrong interpretation of one. I am so close to completely doing away with titles because I do not wish to take away from how a person might individually engage with my work.
When I really think about it, a work of art dies in isolation but can continue to live through its relationship with the viewer. It was the visual poet William Carlos Williams who offered that “art should always be in a process of generating more art.” If that is truly the case then your interpretations, whatever comes to you as a result of looking at the art in this room (your thoughts in words, associated images that appear in your mind, connections to bits or whole pieces of music...etc!), contributes to what Williams described. It is your relationship to art that keeps it alive: that, to me, is the real, living art.
Please join us to celebrate the artwork of Jim Vaughey at In a Pig's Eye. Our September exhibition "Paper Menagerie" features an animal kingdom of very creative and fantastic proportions.
About this show
“Go, then! Go to the moon-you shellfish dreamer!”
- do you see what I did there?
I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. But I fear being under the water, and dissecting even the worm made me a little nauseous. That is a big inspiration for this show. (Marine Biology, not me having trouble keeping my lunch down.) For this exhibit, I spent the year experimenting; I’ve tried to use various techniques, the most successful are shown here. Creating these, and coming up with solutions to problems that came up along the way was blast. I hope you enjoy these as much as I had creating them.
“Go, then! Go to the moon-you selfish dreamer!” is a quote from the Glass Menagerie.
Please join us to celebrate the artwork of Sara Ashodian
Sunday June 7 - 5-7 pm
Sara Ashodian has exhibited widely in the New England area for many years while also volunteering time to various arts endeavors. She has worked in a variety of media from clay to sculpture to encaustic developing technique along the way. She has served on the Salem Cultural Council and with The Salem Arts Association.
This past winter of discontent she was lucky enough to escape (in a Ford Escape) to a kinder winter in Paducah Kentucky spending 3 months as an Artist in Residence. While there this body of work developed from experimentation with a liquid acrylic pouring medium. The work began as a layering process with the medium and a manipulation of the paint with various tools and dispersing agents. This led to further experimentation utilizing the medium as a leveling agent and allowing the pigment to move by adjusting the angle of the substrate. The result is multilayered and textural with suspended elements. Enjoy the exhibit!
In a Pig's Eye is proud to present the paintings of Kevin Kusiolek.
The exhibit will be on display May 2-30, 2015
An artist's Reception will be help Sunday May 3, 5-7 pm.
We hope you'll join us to meet the artist.
Prints of Kevin Kusiolek's work will also be for sale during the reception.
Kevin Kusiolek is a local artist and has worked out of his Salem studio for the past 4 years. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Kevin resided in Maryland where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010 from Towson University in Studio Art.
"My current work consists of my observations from life, usually urban areas, and recording them onto a surface. My cityscapes are void of people; creating my own unique world, while attempting to relay a sense of motion. The work becomes a personal response to nature and the environment in which I live and breath. I have a vague idea of how I want my paintings to turn out, but as soon as paint touches canvas, everything changes. Decisions are made instinctively and boldly. Each brushstroke is intentional, attempting to make the perfect mark every time. Since I am only human, I hardly ever make the perfect mark the first attempt, but I allow these mistakes to show through subsequent layers. Splashes, drips, and gestural marks coat the surface. My process gives the viewer a more personal and direct relationship into the creation of the work. Each Fragment and stroke of paint combine to recreate my depiction of the world I inhabit"
In a Pig’s Eye Presents “Salem Harbor Station - Unplugged”, a photography exhibit featuring images by several notable North Shore photographers.
The exhibit will be on display April 4 through May 2, 2015.
Artist’s reception will be held Sunday April 12 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
In July and December of 2014 groups of local creative professionals were invited by Deborah Greel, Salem’s Public Art Planner, and Josh Turiel of Salem City Council (Ward 5), with coordination of Footprint Power staff and management, to tour the aging facilities at Salem Harbor Station as demolition began. The guided journeys through Salem Harbor Station allowed the group, including local photographers, painters, poets, musicians and more, to realize a rare glimpse of the inside of the power plant, views from the roof, and even a trip to the top of the large tower looking down from about 550 feet. The goal was to capture as much of the facility before it’s gone. It was a rare creative opportunity.
This collection of photographs, curated by photographer James Bostick of Salem, represents a fraction of the artwork inspired by the access to Salem Harbor Station. This exhibit showcases a variety of perspectives submitted by Seven North Shore photographers. Some capture the scale of the buildings and endless views, others focus on more intimate details of the plant interior and equipment, and each captures a unique point of view.
Photographers participating in this exhibition include James Bostick, Salem photographer and designer; Ron DiRito, Chair of Photography and Video Department at Montserrat College of Art; Ellen Hardy, Salem Arts Association President and Salem Art Commission member; Karen Hosking, Salem photographer and Psychologist; Louise Michaud, Salem photographer and owner of Pictures from the Sky; Kim Mimnaugh, Photographer and teacher at Salem State University; and Josh Turiel, Salem City Council, Councilor Ward 5.
Presenting this collection at In a Pig’s Eye is an honor for the popular pub. The restaurant has stood in the shadows of Salem Harbor Station for over 45 years. Employees of the power plant have been frequent patrons over the years.
LA LOTERIA runs from February 1st through February 28th at In a Pig's Eye.
Artist's Reception: Sunday, February 8th at 5:00 PM
La Loteria is a series of re-imagined Mexican Loteria cards. The standard game cards present each as a straightforward representational image. This re-imagined collection captures the rich and deeply layered visual, sensual, and symbolic imagery inherent in the Mexican art tradition.
Hand painted one-of-a-kind silk scarves, men's ties, photographic prints, and oil paintings. Music by B.J. O'Reilly.
In a Pig’s Eye Artists’ Market features a variety of paintings, mixed media, and photography by eight local artists including Sara Ashodian, Tali Baskind Marotz, James Bostick, Sabin Cannon, Brian Casey, Pamela Goldberg, Ellen Hardy, and Jim Vaughey. The Artists’ Market allows work to be sold throughout the run of the exhibition.
A special Artists’ Market Reception on December 7 from 5-8 pm offers a sale of additional work by each artist as well as additional local talent with crafts and jewelry available just in time for holiday gifting.
Exhibit dates: November 15 through January 2
Artists’ Market Reception: December 7 from 5-8 pm.
Location: In a Pig’s Eye, 148 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970
On display through October 2014, The Tarot Photo Project presents "The Court of the Tarot" featuring the Knaves, Knights, Queens, and Kings of the Tarot.
Please join us to cerebrate the newest Tarot Photo images by James Bostick on display at In a Pig's Eye in Salem, MA. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, and the bar will be available for cocktails.
Artist's Reception: Sunday October 12, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
Artwork/Posters/Images (ONLY ONE WILL BE ALLOWED PER EVENT FOR BASIC LISTINGS)
In a Pig's Eye is featuring the photography exhibit "Randoms" by John Andrews for the month of September. Closing reception will be held September 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
Quickly becoming one of Salem's most well known photographers, John is the mastermind behind Social Palates and the social photography project We Are Salem. He also recently launched CreativeSalem.com, a website dedicated to Salem artists, musicians, and its community. His subject matter ranges from portraits and social events to nature and landscapes; his keen eye allows him to successfully capture a multitude of moments and emotions. Don't miss this opportunity to view work by Salem's own rising star of photography.
Join us to meet local Salem artist Matt Altieri and enjoy his new exhibition "Hawaii On My Mind"
Sunday August 3, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
This exhibit combines traditional oil paintings of Salem and the New England area with experimental mixed-media artwork inspired by Hawaii.
The Exhibit will be on display through August 2014
Date Sunday June 22 2014
Time 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Location In a Pig's Eye, 148 Derby Street, Salem MA
This exhibit commemorates the 100 year annivarsary of the Great Salem Fire, June 25, 1914, and features historic photographs taken during the fire and days following.
The images featured are from two notable collections of Salem fire artifacts owned by Thomas Brophy Sr., A career Salem Firefighter, and by Nelson Dionne, a keeper of Salem history and author. These images are also part of a book coming out this summer titled: " SALEM FIREFIGHTING: A Timeline of the City of Salem's Fire Department" published by Hardy House.
This exhibition was produced by James Bostick with assistance from Ellen Hardy of Hardy House. Images on display may be purchased with a portion of the proceeds donated to a local fire charity.
A special reception and discussion will be hosted on Sunday June 22 from 5-8 pm.