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Art Exhibits

exhibitsThe public is welcome to view, peruse, and even purchase a wide range of works by talented local artists. For most exhibits, artists who reside in, work in, or are members of an art association in Essex County are invited to enter their original works for consideration in the Festival. Each exhibit is judged and most are juried by two or three judges with expertise in their respective fields. The judges first select works for showing during the Festival (juried); and then choose award recipients for Best of Show, Outstanding Work, and Honorable Mention (judged). Some exhibits also have special recognition awards.

Most of the art is available for sale. Purchasing a work benefits both the artist and the Festival, which receives a commission on all sales. Prices are listed in the printed Festival Program, which is available at all exhibit locations. For details on how to purchase a work, please see the Exhibit hosts. If you are interested in submitting work check out Info For Artists

Exhibit Descriptions

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Crafts

Playing Card Box, by Susan J.A. Redfield

Playing Card Box, by Susan J.A. Redfield

Furniture, pottery, blown glass, weaving, musical instruments, cut paper, bead embroidery… the exciting world of art and function.

Crafts is a juried exhibit of original handcrafts of traditional or contemporary nature.

Exhibit Location: Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St.

Chairpersons: Holly Aloha Jaynes and Barbara Rafferty

Exhibit Judges

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention

Drawing

Playtime, by Daniel Cardone, Festival 2011

Playtime, by Daniel Cardone, Festival 2011

Since we were children, we had that creative impulse every time we had a pencil or crayon in our hand… see artists who have mastered the skill

Drawing is a juried exhibit of original drawings in charcoal, conte crayon, pencil, pen and ink, and other drawing materials.

Exhibit Location: Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St.

Chairpersons:Linda Herrmann and Maggie Smist

Exhibit Judges:

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, Lee Smith Memorial Award

Film Festival

Poster Short Film Festival 2015

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For the premiere we wait for Mother Nature to dim the lights for the first showing in at one of the most scenic theaters you’ll ever be, Crocker Park. Thereafter additional showings are as scheduled in the Abbot Library. Enjoy a show of as many short films we can fit in 90 minutes.

The Short Film Festival is a juried exhibit of original short films in comedy, drama, animation, documentary, music video, performance/experimental categories.

Exhibit Location: Abbot Library, 235 Pleasant St.

Chairpersons: Mike Evers and Laurie Stolarz

Exhibit Judges:

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention

Mixed Media

Venice after the rain

Venice, After the Rain, by Maria Lakhman, Festival 2011

The newest of our exhibits, it is the answer for all those artists whose choice of mediums and creative ideas just “didn’t fit” the traditional descriptions… the art is different and exciting.

Mixed Media is a juried exhibit of original artwork in two or more traditional or nontraditional media in a single composition, with an emphasis on but not limited to paint, collage, drawing, image transfer, assemblage, paper maché, textiles, wax and found objects.

Exhibit Location: St. Michael’s Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead

Chairpersons: Ted Tobey and Kalie Winkeller

Exhibit Judges:

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention

Special Award Don Howard Award

Painting

Antique Copper Pot by Nordia Kay, Festival 2009

Antique Copper Pot by Nordia Kay, Festival 2009

One of our biggest exhibits covering the whole range of the painting, join the people who come to see some of the best painters on the North Shore.

Exhibit Location: Abbot Hall 188 Washington St.

Painting is a juried exhibit of original work in oil, acrylic, and watercolor.

Chairpersons:
Adrienne Maley and Amy Hourihan

Exhibit Judges:

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, Edward D. Carey Memorial Award

Painting the Town

Artist Painting the Town Marblehead

Painting the Town

The painting will be done on June 30th the day before the start of the Festival, rain or shine, come watch the creative process as painters capture the scenes of Marblehead before your eyes.

Painting the Town is a juried exhibit of original plein air work to be started and completed on the day of the event. Plein air is a French expression for painting outdoors. Entry does not need to be dry at time of submission. Plein air artists who enter this exhibit will be strategically located throughout downtown Marblehead. Painting will take place on June 30th.rd.

Location: Marblehead Arts Association, King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St.

Chairpersons: Jean Guastaferri and Peggy Farrell

Exhibit Judges:

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention

Photography

Pemaquid Dawn, by Rick Cloran, Festival 2010

Pemaquid Dawn, by Rick Cloran, Festival 2010

Many say the Photography Exhibit is our most popular and competitive show. Black and white, and color, original and Photoshopped all of them impressive.

Photography is a juried exhibit of original black-and-white and color photographs. This year, the Photography Exhibit returns to Old Town House which is now handicapped accessible.

Location: Old Town House, Market Square, Washington St.

Chairpersons: Stan Rich and Sheila Rich

Exhibit Judges:

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, Samuel Chamberlain Memorial Award, Photojournalism Award

Printmaking

Go with the Flow!, by Linda Goldberg, Festival 2011

Go with the Flow!, by Linda Goldberg, Festival 2011

Printmaking is having of resurgence of interest. The numbers of submissions have increased as new artists have found a satisfying technique.

Printmaking is a juried exhibit of original work in etching, engraving, drypoint, silkscreen, lithography, monoprint, woodcut, wood engraving and other accepted forms of printmaking.

Location: Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St.

Chairpersons: Linda Herrmann and Maggie Smist

Exhibit Judges:

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention

Sculpture

A Friend to Lean On, by Jack Walsh, Festival 2010

A Friend to Lean On, by Jack Walsh, Festival 2010

Sculpture is a juried exhibit of original art which has been cut, carved, chiseled, cast, welded, or molded in any medium into three dimensional form.

Location: St. Michael’s Church, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead

Chairpersons: Vera Mourad and Maia Yulov

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, Beverly Seamans Memorial Award

Senior Art

Senior Art Exhibit

Senior Art Exhibit

Senior Art a non-juried exhibit of original work in the categories of crafts, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture by persons sixty five (65) years of age or older.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St.

Chairperson: Barbara Naeser and Valerie Pearson

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, Louise Remick Brown Award , Ruth and Bob Sinclair Photography award

Student Art

The Clock Strikes Twelve, by Laura Hackney, Festival 2011

The Clock Strikes Twelve, by Laura Hackney, Festival 2011

Student Art is a judged, non-juried exhibit of original work in the categories of calligraphy, crafts, drawing, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This exhibit features the work of students in grades 5-12 attending public or private schools in Marblehead, nonresidents in school or taking lessons in Marblehead, and Marblehead residents attending private schools out of town.

Chairpersons Jordan Fowler

Location: Old North Church, 35 Washington St.

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, Deborah and Jack Highberger Award and Nordia Kay Award

Writers' World

Writers' World discussion group

Like to read? Need to rest while you’re viewing the exhibits? Go to the Writers’ World Literary Cafe, have a bite to eat and read this years submissions.

Writers’ World a judged and juried exhibit of original work submitted by Adults. The categories include poetry, fiction and non-fiction essays. Literary Arts Workshops are held throughout the Festival in different skills and topics.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St.

Chairpersons: M.P. Carver, Laura Smith and Carol Thompson with Sandra Winter (Workshops)

Awards: Best of Show, Outstanding Work, Honorable Mention, Marcia Doehner Award , Georgette Beck Award

Youth Art

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Youth art
is a non-juried exhibit of original work in the categories of crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. This exhibit features the work of students in preschool through grades 4 attending public or private schools in Marblehead, nonresidents in school or taking lessons in Marblehead, and Marblehead residents attending private schools out of town.

Chairpersons Jordan Fowler
Location: Old North Church, 35 Washington St.

Awards: Honorable Work Ribbon

Exhibits by Location

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Abbot Hall

Abbot Hall Small

Crafts
Drawing
Painting
Printmaking

St. Michael's Church

saint michaels church

Mixed Media
Sculpture

Old North Church

Old North Church Small

Student Art
Youth Art

Unitarian Universalist Church

Unitarian Universalist Church

Logo Exhibit
Senior Art
Writers’ World

King Hooper Mansion

kinghooperPainting the Town

Old Town House

Old Town House Market Square

Photography