Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The program is for students entering grades 3 through 9.
Swampscott Summer Theater offers a great introduction to the arts. This summer the Swampscott High School Drama Club will present Annie Kids, a condensed version of the Broadway musical, as part of its twelfth year. The musical theater program for students entering grades three through nine will be held July 9 to Aug. 8. "We love the idea that kids get the chance to sing, dance and act on our stage before their freshman year," said Jim Pearse, director of Swampscott Summer Theater. "It's a great way for kids to feel comfortable at the high school before they begin their four years at SHS," he said. For more information or a brochure call director Jim Pearse at 781 596 8830 ext. 5702 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . This …
Friday, May 31, 2013
Nicholas Mancini will show his work at Brush Strokes Gallery in Marblehead from June 1-29.
Nicholas Mancini's art is changing. The 26-year-old painter from Swampscott will display his new work at the Brush Strokes Gallery in Marblehead from June 1-29. Brush Strokes is where he has his studio and where his opening reception will be on Friday, June 7, 7 - 9 pm. This is Nicholas' second area show. He last showed his work two years ago at Gaga Gallery in Swampscott. His work has changed since then. In June 2011, he was a year removed from graduation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and back just six months from studying in Norway. He spent time in Florence, Italy, too. He said time away, travel, leads him to see his home in a new way when he returns. The works he will show next month were painted in Swampscott …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Hadley School children and their parents also made a memorable mosaic.
The Clarke School children pointed to and then touched ceramic pieces they had added to the mosaic. There, on their school hall wall, 25,000 tiles made a large, colorful scene — children sailing on an adventure. Many hands were on deck for the mosaic making. Mom hands, dad hands, and, mostly, kid hands. The entire school, k-4, was involved, under the direction of artist Joshua Winer, said fourth graders Isla Herring and Anna Nazarenko. Each person placed about 83 tiles, they said. Isla especially liked sticking the tiles in place. Classmate Elizabeth Green liked making the boat with its many colors. Classmate Jordan Allen said the mosaic leaves a good memory about the school. The memory's materials were simple things: sand, grout, cement…
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Readers uploaded their unique ideas, what do you think of their visions?
We asked, you answered and we received some great entries in our request for your creative PEEPs displays. We've gathered the nine best entries. Here they are for you to take a look, judge and tell us which one you think is the best. So, scroll through our photos, pick your favorite and tell us in the comments section below. Identify your choice by giving the photo number, visible to the upper right of each photo. The winner gets bragging rights of the best creative use of PEEPs this Easter season. Happy viewing and thank you everyone for your submissions!
Saturday, March 23, 2013
If you've got a creative streak and a passion for PEEPS, share it with us.
[Editor's note: The period for entries is over. Soon we'll put together a post with all the entries so you can vote on your favorite.] PEEPS, the famous (or infamous) marshmallow candies, aren't just for eating (or marveling that anyone would eat them) anymore. Crafty PEEPS creations are apparently all the rage, from the White House front lawn, to re-creations of children’s books, historical settings and other unusual situations. Think you can invent something fun with PEEPS? Now's the time to show us. Here’s how to get involved: Happy creating!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Marblehead's Hungry Betty's restaurant hosted an art/social activity that is trending across the nation, painting parties.
Hungry Betty's restaurant served artists in its dining room Monday night. Not the starving variety, mind you. These were newcomers to art. But they were quickly drawn into the pasttime provided by The Painter's Pub, a traveling art party that combines lessons, comraderie, creation and food and drink in an unconventional art setting. Erika Sandstrom's art venture is part of a national trend that has swept across the South and Midwest but only recently taken root in New England. Taken root firmly, however. "We're not leaving," said Mary Kaye Leonard of Marblehead. Mary Kaye, one of the participants, mixed paint on her palette. She then started painting birch trees on a winter landscape patterned after a mountain home she owns in Bartlett, …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
A fire in the walls at the downtown Marblehead art gallery has closed its doors while smoke, water and fire damage gets repaired at the gallery. Swampscott firefighters helped battle the Jan. 24 fire.
The past year hasn't been pleasant for Bang Tin Art Gallery but the days ahead look brighter with a March reopening planned for the downtown gallery. Fire ignited in the walls of the circa 1900 building on Jan. 24 — a result of frozen pipes, said owner Petrisse Briel. Earlier this week, there was only a faint odor of smoke in the gallery section, which was otherwise bright with its well-lit bamboo flooring and white walls. Workers pounded and sawed above the first floor, repairing the route fire traveled in the old-fashioned balloon or open construction walls — lacking the barriers afforded by platform construction. The building sustained water, smoke and fire damage and left two upstairs tenants without their apartments while the work …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Swampscott High School art teacher Anita Balliro directed plein air painting lessons Saturday at Fisherman's Beach. Swampscott fishermen provided compelling subjects for plein air artists who set up their easels along the shore.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Information for this article was provided by Anne Driscoll Artists again dipped their brushes in paint at Fisherman's Beach when the Swampscott Yacht Club hosted a Beach Painter Plein Air Art Program on Saturday. Anita Balliro, an art teacher at Swampscott High School, directed the painting program, presenting lessons in art and history. Swampscott fishermen provided compelling subjects for 19th century plein air artists who set up their easels along the shore. These artists, such as William Partridge Burpee, C.E.L. Green, Edward Burrill and Charles H. Woodbury, were accomplished American Impressionists working in Swampscott and Lynn, although many had trained in Paris. Saturday's outdoor painting program was a follow up to a Fish Tales …
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The library will present a free art class for 5th-12th graders on April 30.
Local art teacher, Susan Fader, will be presenting a mixed media collage class at the Swampscott Public Library on Monday, April 30th at 5:30 pm for 5th through 12th graders. Space is limited. Call 781-596-8867 ext. 304 to register beginning on April 17th. Admission is free and all materials will be provided. The Swampscott Public Library is at 61 Burrill Street, Swampscott. These activities made possible by federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
A Swampscott resident from the early 1960s took a photo of this oil painting in a Swampscott shop window all those years ago. He wonders if anyone knows anything about the artist, Clement, and the painting's location.
One summer day in 1961 Patrick Bourque saw an oil painting in a Swampscott store window and the painting is still working on his imagination. He was 18 at the time and his parents had a house at 2 Superior St. Patrick's memory of the store is vague. It was within easy walking distance of Lynn, and had a big picture window. Even though it had the painting in the window it may not have been an art gallery. That's all he remembers about the store. His memory of the painting, however, is clear. He has a photo of it. At the time, on the back of the photo, he wrote "Swampscott" in pencil and "by Clement" in colored ink. Now Patrick wonders if anyone knows who Clement is or was, and if they know where the painting is. If anyone does, please …