Winter Member Exhibit: The Marblehead Arts Association featured the work of its Artist Members to kick off the 2017 holiday season. Intended to coincide with the holiday decor of the King Hooper Mansion by the five garden clubs of Marblehead, this exhibit is a community tradition. This is an inclusive exhibit, neither juried nor judged, with a diverse offering of paintings, photographs, works on paper, mixed media and 3 dimensional pieces including craft. During the run of the exhibit, there was an opportunity for visitors to cast a vote for a favorite piece with a People’s Choice ballot. This was one of the larger exhibits of the year at the MAA, with over one hundred pieces on display, and all the work was for sale with holiday gift giving in mind.
During December, the MAA also presented the third annual Pieces of Eight. This fundraiser exhibit is in keeping with the MAA’s long-standing history of offering small works called Hooper’s Treasures. For the third year in a row, the MAA offered small works at affordable pricing. The works were hung in the Parlor gallery using a grid format which creates a visual impact of a larger art installation. All paintings and multi media were priced at $100 and all photographs were priced at $50. Many well known local MAA artists participated by offering several pieces. These small works proved to be popular gifts for art lovers and fellow artists alike during the holiday season. Although this was a fundraiser for the MAA, the artists retained their usual commission. The MAA portion of the proceeds will go to support the exhibits, programming and operations of the Marblehead Arts Association.
Centennial Park Exhibit:
October 30 – January 6
The MAA filled the galleries of Centennial Park at the Muscloskeletal Center in Peabody for a satellite exhibit of member artists work. The Centennial Gallery is an open atrium space with lots of light and two floors of wall space. Many MAA artist members participated with over 60 pieces in the show. An Opening Reception was held on a Thursday evening in November and the building is open to the public weekdays, 8 am to 6 pm.