The Marblehead Arts Association featured over 100 works of art by artist members to kick off the summer season as well as On the Road, a solo exhibit by Mark Shasha. An opening reception was held on a Thursday evening, June 29th with 150 artists and art lovers in attendance. The Summer Member Exhibit was judged for prizes by Benjamin Gross Professor of Art at Salem State University and Peter Morse of Gordon College for Photography. The MAA also hosted the Painting the Town Exhibit of the Marblehead Arts Festival in the Emerging Gallery on the second floor July 1- August 6. Learn more at http://www.marbleheadfestival.org/events/summer-festival-events/painting-the-town/.
Award Winners: Summer Member Exhibit
Roderick O’Flaherty, Reflections and Textures – Haven St. South End, Fine Arts Judge’s Award
Diane McLeod Packer, Eve, Fine Arts Honorable Mention
Andrew Anderson-Bell, Queen’s Anne Lace Series #3, Fine Arts Honorable Mention
Elaine Abrams, Trinity at Copley, Jean Fisher Award for Excellence in Watercolor
Larry Dunn, Upwards, Photography Judge’s Award
Jerry Wishnow, Bag Men, Photography Honorable Mention
Robin J. Foudray, Victoria Island, Photography Honorable Mention
Mark Shasha Solo Exhibit, On the Road
Over the past year, Mark has been working in far off places away from his North Shore home base. He has been inspired to paint plein air in such well known locations as Tucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Monhegan, ME and Spain. He was recently chosen, one of twenty artists total, to be Artist in Residence this year for the Forgotten Coast Cultural Center in Apalachicola, Florida and has travelled to more than 200 schools and libraries to blend art and literacy by reading and teaching hundreds of thousands of children. In honor of his “Outstanding Contribution to the Education of Young People” he was awarded the Shining Star by the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.
Mark also was able to spend time in May painting remote corners of the “Forgotten Coast” such as Appalachicola, Port St. Joe and Caribel. When asked why these areas of Florida are called “forgotten”, Mark reminds one that the early map makers of the sunshine state left the northern panhandle area off the map and program funded by the state of Florida ever since it has been known as the “forgotten coast”.
In conjunction with his solo exhibit, Mark will offer a demonstration/workshop on Friday, July 7 and an artist talk on Thursday evening July 13 at the Marblehead Arts Association. He will culminate his exhibit with a closing reception on Thursday evening, August 3rd from 6-8 pm.
About the Artist:
Mark Shasha is an award-winning American artist, author, illustrator and educator. After graduating from RISD in 1983, Shasha found work as an illustrator at Boston area newspapers and magazines. His books such as the children’s classic, “Night of the Moonjellies” (Simon&Schuster 1992) have been read by millions. After publishing his first children’s books, Shasha was invited to schools across the country to introduce children to writing and illustrating. He developed original and wide-ranging sessions full of music, art history, math, and ideas about the creative process. Though he loved working with children, Sasha returned to creating art. Today his paintings, drawings and prints are found in public and private collections around the world and have appeared in museums and galleries for more than three decades. He is also recognized as one of New England’s definitive local artists. Mark Shasha’s numerous awards include the Guild of Boston Artists Silver Medal and Rockport’s Antonio Cirino Award. His work has been seen in more than 70 exhibitions in museums and galleries nationwide including the venerable Guild of Boston Artists, Lyman Allyn Museum of Art, Martime Museum of New London, Storyopolis Hollywood, and The Society of Illustrators in New York. He is also an actor, singer and songwriter. Shasha has also appeared on television, film and video and has been the subject of National Public Radio programs over the years. As an actor, Mark has played dozens of characters in local dramas and musicals including Willy Wonka in recent years.
Currently he resides on the North Shore of Boston. To learn more about Mark visit: http://www.markshasha.com/