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Tristram Lansdowne was born and raised in Victoria, a small city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island on the coast of British Columbia. He grew up within sight of the Olympic mountain range in Washington state, and started painting landscapes when he was in high school. He relocated to Toronto to complete his undergraduate studies and began making work about the post-industrial urban environment he found there. He lived and made work in Toronto for ten years before moving to Providence, Rhode Island to pursue an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, which he completed this past June. After his residency at SAW he’s planning on relocating with his RISD classmates to New York.

Tristram has a multidisciplinary practice, which includes watercolour, sculpture, installation and print, and is focused on themes related to landscape and architecture. His current focus is on the histories of Modernist architecture and design. He currently has an exhibition up at Wil Kucey Gallery in Toronto based on Le Corbusier’s house projects from the 20s, 30s and 40s, and is composed of a series of paintings and an installation that has transformed the gallery into a living room-time machine complete with talking houseplants. In addition, his work has also recently been exhibited at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Boston Centre for the Arts, Microscope Gallery and Nancy Margolis Gallery.  He was a semi-finalist in the 2011 RBC Painting Competition and in 2013 his work was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada. He is represented in Toronto by Wil Kucey Gallery.

“Right now I’m working with images of contemporary Modernist home design. A lot of it comes from publications like Architectural Digest and Dwell Magazine. While I’m at SAW I’m making watercolours that reconfigure this imagery in various ways. I’m experimenting with perspectival manipulations, colour distortions, collaging, and looking for other ways to deconstruct it. Many of the images are 3D renderings, even though they look like photos at first. One of the reasons I’m working with this subject is that I’m interested in how the implications of Modernist design have changed over the past century. What does it mean in terms of taste and value now? How has digital imaging affected or been affected by these aesthetics? I came to SAW so that I could work intensively in a quiet place to develop this work as much as possible, and to get out of the city for a while. I thought it might be a good place to sort through my ideas and make work post-school.
I really love the atmosphere at SAW. It’s provided an amazing combination of a focused DIY work environment and a generous, laid back community. Its rare to walk into a place and be told, “feel free to set up and work anywhere you want to, and use whatever tools and equipment you need.” As the most recent addition to the place I really appreciate how welcoming everyone has been. Plus the day I arrived the "SAW Olympics” were held, which consisted of nine grueling events all over the property, such as log toss and karaoke race. It was a great way to start off the residency.”



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Alyce Barr lives and works in Brooklyn, New York as an artist and a public educator. After studying sculpture, ceramics, and metalsmithing at Rhode Island College, Alyce was awarded a Robert Smithson Sculpture Fellowship to for graduate study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Shortly thereafter she became involved in education, working as a teacher and then as founding head of a public secondary school. Most of her recent work is in ceramic: sculpture and functional ware. Prior work includes photography, drawing, and painting.

Alyce is building a Cairn, composed of rocklike wood-fired ceramic heart forms. The cairn is a real and metaphoric boundary marker, located at the beginning of a path into the wood and away from the top of one of SAW’s hill pastures. Metaphorically, the cairn marks several boundaries and events in her life, the passing of her mother, a major change in her work, and the border of time past and time not yet recorded.

For four decades Alyce has been exploring and working with the heart shape. Originally inspired by the work of Jim Dine, she chose hearts for their universality in both nature, e.g. leaves, flowers as well as popular and historic iconography. As forms, She is attracted to hearts because they have a line of symmetry and have varied viewer expectations that she works with and against, for example altering or disturbing the symmetry or creating a rough surface where one might expect a smooth one. Sharing some of the properties of stone, they will react slowly to the forces of erosion. Unlike stones, they are hollow - often a deception to the viewer, and another irony she considers as she makes and builds with these units.

Alyce explains: clay comes from the ground; it is changed by fire. Left long enough, fired clay will erode like stone. She attempts to further interact with the land and the weather, for her work to change over time, potentially to be reshaped by the heaving ground or passing humans or animals. Reminded by the stonewalls she walked along since as a small girl. She expects passers by might take some of the pieces. This will change the overall shape and size of the cairn. While periodically returning for a visit to record these changes in a series of photos. She remains open to the possibility of engaging in a traditional cairn building practice of adding to or rebuilding the cairn as it shrinks or disassembles.

“Over a period of two years, I make the hearts from stoneware and porcelain clays. They were fired at SAW and in other wood kilns in NY and California. To build the cairn, I fill my backpack with hearts, again and again, hike up the steep hill and lay them out. I sort, resort and pile – imagining their future in these woods. As a sculpture park, SAW offered me the ideal setting to complete and install a piece that has lived in my mind for the past two years. During my residency, I also worked on a two other series: A series of large scale (15-22” in diameter) hand-built wood-fired bowls intended to collect and serve large community meals, bowls that reflect the bounty of a harvest and celebrate bringing groups of people together for shared meals. Forms were designed for specific kinds of food: cooked and uncooked, hot or cold, liquid or hold dry. A new collection of punctured hearts - exploring the properties of deflation and impalement. These will be displayed as wall pieces that include forged iron hardware.
I spent my childhood in a small town in the southern Catskill Mountains. My imagination formed while playing on big rocks in the woods behind my house or under the open sky where light was never blocked by buildings. I remember walking, looking up, and asking big questions about how people came to be or what it was like in China. Though I’ve spent my entire adult life in urban settings, most of it in Brooklyn, I still look to rural settings to open and stretch me, to grow my sense of the possible and to ground my thinking. SAW has that same big open sky, that upstate tree, field and mountain light and the broad space that inspires possibility and wonder.
The ceramics studio at SAW is big and open. The facilities are simple: tables, shelves, a couple of wheels, an electric kiln and of course, two wood kilns. What appeals to me most (other than the wood kilns) is this simplicity – the bare bones and the wide open nature of the room, without crowdedness and the many gadgets and tools of many modern ceramics studios. What I’m looking for is a place where I can spread out, make my biggest pieces and most extended series, where I can lay many pieces side by side to truly see a full series develop.
While at SAW I had the opportunity to create wax models for cast iron hearts to later incorporate in a Cairn. Adding iron units will change the weathering and erosion process, and will make the piece evolve differently. While wax and clay are both plastic materials, they behave differently and pose distinct challenges and demands to a maker. I was reminded how important it is for me to have my finished pieces reveal something about their formation and express the properties of their material(s). I very much appreciate the instruction and support that enabled me to do this work in such a short time.
Salem Art Works is a place where artists with greatly varied skills, experiences, and ideas come together to do their own work in varied media. At the same time they produce an energy that expands outside that individual and private process to push and inspire each other, to offer technical expertise and artistic criticism, to ask questions and to support each other’s artistic exploration.
I left SAW with ideas for new pieces, extensions of series in progress, and a better sense of my potential to execute this work. It was important for me to write the Cairn sculpture proposal. I’d been thinking about this piece for over a year, hoping to find a place to where I could build and display it. The sculpture park border seemed ideal – and writing about the piece helped me move it beyond the idea stage. When I arrived at SAW, I needed to select a location for the piece and that made me consider further how it could relate to other sculptors’ work. Ultimately, I decided to relate my sculpture to the tiny house – making mine viewable from the door, calling to a path into the forest. This possible element of placement hadn’t been one I had considered as deeply before my time at SAW.”




Bill Graziano is a retired high school art teacher with time and energy now to creating his own art. Sculpture has always been his greatest interest with enjoyment of working with a variety of materials and techniques. For the past five years, he has been working with metal, employing traditional artist/blacksmith techniques and attempting to express poetic ideas sculpturally about nature. Bill was born in Newark, New Jersey. He first studied watercolor painting at age 10 with the noted architect and artist, Frederick Griffin. He attended Arts High School in Newark, studied Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and received an MA in teaching from Montclair State University, and did graduate work in sculpture at the University of New Mexico and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Bill taught at Pascack Valley High School for 40 years teaching Art. In addition, he worked as a Studio Assistant to the sculptor, Paul Suttman, working with bronze casting. Currently, a member of the Art Students League and working with James Garvey in his Art Metal Forging class. Bill displays his sculpture in the Hudson Valley of New York, recently having a two person show at the Pomona Cultural Center in Pomona, New York and exhibiting in group shows, SUNY Orange Community College and the Art Society of Kingston, in Kingston, New York. The director of the Pomona Cultural Center, Tjok Gde Artha in a statement about Bill’s show, said, “…he opens the way to creating an expressive abstraction of patterns, imitating life rhythms and motions in nature. His work is not the prevailing conventional wisdom of environmental conditions, but rather a convergence of artistic personality.”

“I have been interested in art communities and art residences for some time and had never had the opportunity to participate. When I first heard about Salem Art Works, I wanted to visit and see if there might be a possibility to do some work here. Last Fall, I visited and was impressed with the staff, the facilities and the “spirit of the place.” Surrounded by nature, a beautiful landscape, an amazing sculpture park, it seemed anything was possible. I hoped to enlarge the scale of my sculpture and thought I might be able to accomplish this here.
I have enjoyed the people, the place and the community of a diverse, creative and talented group of artists. The opportunity to learn, be inspired and work without interruption has been terrific. I feel that I found new possibilities for my work and have had a great time doing it. In addition to making a large sculpture, I’ve discovered the possibility of incorporating glass into my work by way of the glass shop here at SAW. SAW is a unique place. It is all about realizing “dreams,” sharing experience and being surrounded by beauty.”



Presently living in New York City Joel spent many years immersed within the rocky mountains of Montana and was raised along the coast of New Hampshire. He spends his time equally at home sailing in the salt air, climbing ten thousand foot peaks and navigating the urban environment in the city. He received a BFA in ceramics from Montana State University in 2008 and an MFA from Syracuse University in 2013. Not limited to the confines of the gallery, much of Joel’s work exists in the public sphere, occupying liminal spaces within the postindustrial ruinated urban-scape. Utilizing specificities of context to access more universal ideas, his work is concerned with, memory, identity, authority and place. Truly an interdisciplinary artist his projects span and blend together street art, video, photography, cast iron, digital fabrication and ceramics. As an artist and educator Joel has taught at Oxbow School of Art in Saugatuck Michigan, Syracuse University in upstate New York and currently is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

“During his time at SAW Joel will be working on a large scale sculpture of a specific mountain in Montana, to be cast in Iron. As part of his larger project "In another life," the mountain terrain was generated using google earth to get actual elevation data, then manipulated in 3-D modeling software. Utilizing digital fabrication techniques on the CNC router the master pattern will be carved in foam, then used to make sand molds which the molten Iron will be poured into.
One of the things I enjoy most about SAW is the creative energy within the community. When everyone is working and talking about art together a certain fervor is created, that is stimulating and energizing. I imagine a sailboat metaphor, Salem Art works becomes the wind pushing along the artists. If you can harness and direct this collective energy great things happen.”


Let's Be Leonard

Let’s Be Leonard is a rock ‘n roll jazzy style band out of Upstate NY with a daredevilish, looney jam band quality reminiscent of Phish. On stage you might see the trading of instruments from one member to another. A full-fledged caravan, all five band members quit their jobs invested what money they had into equipment and a pink school bus, and have been living together in a music-centric collective lifestyle since late 2015. They are the darlings of their hometown, Saratoga Springs, NY, where local radio station WEQX 102.7 FM has kept the singles from their debut album COW.

The Leonard's goofy and expressive playing of catchy, original music has grabbed attention from around the nation when they made their first national tour this past spring. The group has been sticking largely in the Northeast this past summer and have been working to make their second album this Fall at Salem Art Works. Later in the fall they will be touring out west to California and back, visiting some family and seeing some new land in between shows.

Let’s Be Leonard was a musical sensation performing at Salem’s Music on the Hill event early this summer. They decided to take up an offer to spend time in the community of Salem Art Works in order to facilitate their new recording of an album. Intrigued by the open spaces, an organic quality has influenced their new album with a different sound than the Leonards are used to. Accommodating and relinquishing the natural echoes of barns, open air, background cricket noise and the everyday work noise of tractors and sporty people and by letting things happen.

Let’s Be Leonard was a musical sensation performing at Salem’s Music on the Hill event early this summer. They decided to take up an offer to spend time in the community of Salem Art Works in order to facilitate their new recording of an album. Intrigued by the open spaces, an organic quality has influenced their new album with a different sound than the Leonard group is used to with the ability to make music outside from a studio and their typical live performance style of recording. Working through all the hours of the day and night, accommodating and relinquishing the natural echoes of barns, open air, background cricket noise and the everyday work noise of tractors and nearby people at work, the Let's Be Leonard group was able to record their songs by allowing the fusing of noise and by letting things happen.
Salem Art Works promoted unintentional collaboration for the Leonards during discussions about sound and music and sharing in the artistic process. They found living on the site to be inspiring and the people empowering mentioning the communal aspect and vibrancy is a reflection of how the artists works together.



Matt Griffin, Guitar, Singer

Chris Cronin, Bass, Singer

Connor Dunn, Saxophone

Karl Bertrand, Guitar

Paul L. Guay, Drums

Evan Marre, Sound Guy

Thank you & stay tuned for more from Salem Art Works!

Photographs by Chelsea Thew

Published by Chelsea Thew


Greetings Friends and Family! 

We are now moving into late summer and have phased into Session Two.  We are pleased to announce and introduce to you our new Artists in Residence.  We encourage and thank your support; so check us out and see what our artists are doing at Salem Art Works!

  We hope to see you soon!



Sophia Baraschi-Ehrlich

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Sophia Baraschi-Ehrlich is an artist from Chelsea, NYC, focusing on painting, drawing, and graphic design. She recently graduated from Skidmore College in May 2016 with college honors, art honors, and as a member of the National French Honors Society.

At the age of 12, Sophia started taking figure-drawing classes at the New York Art Students’ League under the instruction of painter, Barbara Adrian. She has continued her art practice throughout high school and college and has also taken courses at the New York Studio School. Sophia has shown work at Case Gallery in Saratoga Springs in 2013, Spring Street Gallery in Saratoga Springs in 2015, and her artwork was chosen to represent the Beatlemore Skidmania charity event in November 2015. Her art was most recently exhibited at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs in 2016.

“I chose to come to Salem Art Works because the community creates an environment in which artists are encouraged to explore new mediums. Up until this point I have focused mostly on painting and drawing in my artwork but I have always had a strong curiosity of working in three dimensions. My grandfather and mother studied sculpture when they were in school, and people always told me that the way I drew was very sculptural. It wasn't until I took a sculpture class during study abroad in Paris that I realized what I had been missing. Sculpture came more easily to me than painting ever did and the physicality of the solid object freed up my two dimensional work as well. Unfortunately, I was not able to delve deeper into the three dimensional aspect of my art during college which is why I decided to come to SAW. I knew that at SAW I would be able to work more with my painting, but what really drove me to come here was the opportunity that I would have to integrate more sculpture into my art.
As I had thought, the community at SAW has been one that has really inspired me to explore. Since I am fairly new to most sculptural mediums I have had many questions about how to create things. But I have been pleasantly surprised to find that every staff member and resident has been extremely enthusiastic about helping me out - answering questions, demonstrating different methods, etc. At first I was a little shy about my lack of knowledge, but everyone has been so genuinely interested and helpful that they have made me more excited about my ideas! I am very grateful to be surrounded by such a community which fosters curiosity and passion for art - no matter what it may be."


Laurène Gitton

Born and raised in Paris, Laurène Gitton earned a B.A. in Fine Art and contemporary critical studies at Goldsmiths College in London. She has since developed various works around installation, sculptures and video, creating spaces and sets that are meant to be experienced and activated by the viewer. She is interested in the disruption of the gaze, and in the constant viewer's focus adjustment.  For the past three years, she has been involved in stage design for theater, and fashion assisting several set designers on major broadway musical shows at the Chatelet Theater in Paris. Currently, she is completing a life long degree in figuring-life-out since 1987.

“I mainly work on installation that can gather any type of sculptures, images and video, but I look forward to playing with new materials here. I am thinking about making small sculptures with ceramics and wax which will eventually come altogether by the end of this session. Salem Art Works was recommended by a friend of mine for its a strong sense of community on every level.
I am very excited this place is so hard-working and insanely human at the same time. We have the freedom to push ideas, make mistakes, and achieve what we can without pressure, but instead, all support from the crew here. I came for the good people, good vibes, and good art.”


Lauren Koch

Lauren Koch is a world traveler whose roots run deep in the Appalachian foothills of red, Georgia clay. She was homeschooled K-12th grade and graduated cum laude from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Sculpture and Printmaking, and an Art History minor this past Spring, 2016. Lauren is a sculptor, a printmaker, and a classically trained musician who enjoys songwriting and playing folk instruments. Participating in three study abroad programs at UWG, Lauren visited France, England, Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, and Italy where she first exhibited internationally.

Having a wide spectrum of interests—Lauren is a foundry-rat at heart who loves mold making, pouring molten metal, grinding, chasing, and patination processes. With other interests in textiles, fabrication, metal-smithing, wood working, ceramics, photography, drawing, painting with acrylics, watercolors, and writing. Lauren often incorporates textures and patterns in her work and can knit, crochet, weave, sew, spin yarn, and harvest natural colorants for dyeing. When Lauren is not busy creating artwork, you can find her teaching community art classes and volunteering at sculpture or printmaking events.

“I was searching for residencies to apply to after graduation and several of my professors and a guest artist, Mary Neubauer, recommended I check Salem Art Works out. Having never been to this region before I thought it would be cool. Especially because I enjoy experimenting and trying new things, Salem Art Works has several opportunities for me to do that here. My focus will be working in the foundry, fabrication, and with wood.
My experience so far at Salem Art Works has been a friendly atmosphere and plenty of sharing of ideas and techniques. It's a great experience meeting up at meals to talk together and work through problems. It's like having a big family.”


Grant McFarland

Havre de Grace, Maryland, is a small town on the Chesapeake Bay where Grant McFarland is from about an hour north of Baltimore. Recently graduating from University of Maryland, College Park in May 2016 with a B.A. Grant has spent the last five years transitioning from a history major, to a graphic designer, to a sculptor. Prior to graduating, he showed at the Department of Art Honors Program and in local galleries, and won first prize in the graduating senior show at Maryland. In the next year he plans to look for opportunities to show his work around Washington D.C. and begin applying for graduate programs.

Primarily using steel and wood, Grant McFarland also experiments with additional materials including concrete and tar paper. Influenced by structural elements in the everyday environment, furniture, functional objects, and architecture often play a geometric role in his work. He continues to use angles and lines that are imitated and repeated within forms.

“Right now, I'm working on a large scale sculpture to install in the sculpture park at Salem Art Works. I'm using wood, steel and concrete to create something in the vein of my existing work, referencing architectural and mechanical structures. I first heard about SAW from some friends at school. So far it's been a great experience, from the people to the facilities to the location.
The community here has to be the best part. Everyone has something to provide, and everyone is required to work. The environment is so laid back and quiet, but so open and creatively nourishing at the same time. You're never lacking a sounding board if you need one.”


Chelsea Thew

Chelsea Thew was born in upstate New York, close to the Canadian border, west of Lake Champlain, and in the backyard of the Adirondack Mountains. The natural wonders that compass the region of scenic sights stimulated her exploration in her youth. Dispersed in the region are also small, isolated towns with farms, empty land, often a relatively small demographic, and many old and dilapidated mining and manufacturing buildings. The prevailing social impact on these communities continues her exploration and influence her sculpture and photography. In 2014, Chelsea earned a B.F.A. from SUNY Plattsburgh concentrating in photography, sculpture, and business.

Chelsea makes images with her camera that reflect the life and continuation of growth, or sometimes the lack thereof in towns that have a history but no present sense of industrialization. Her sculpture functions in a minimalistic style using mediums such as fabricated steel, concrete, and fabric to portray ideas of an interdependent relationship between materials in a precarious nature. She often challenges the viewer's experience with a struggle of balance and compromising support, and tests the typical characteristics and context in which one is used to seeing these mediums.

“I pursued a residency at Salem Art Works in order to facilitate creating a larger than life size sculpture. I'm mostly interested in using the steel and wood shops, but it is a great feeling to know that I potentially can spend time to use any medium from any of the shops. The piece I have begun will incorporate a large, circular and billowy-casted concrete shape that will suspend a steel enclosed hexagon in air. Often times in my work there is an element of the unexpected so I am prepared to change my design as it goes. After installation, I plan to make a series of smaller sculptures and this is when I plan to move away from my comfort zone to be challenged with new materials!
Because most of SAW's accommodations are outdoors, I find myself adapting to a more fundamental way of living - you know, with the basics on my mind: Food, Warmth, Sleep, and Work. Dinners are special about SAW as in any community. But for us, it is a time when everybody comes together to eat warm, delicious food cooked by peers, usually after a long satisfying day of work, and there's this understanding and time for engaging and sharing with people.
Every night I fall asleep under the stars and there is something incredibly peaceful about it - even when the dogs keep me up howling at night; it also forces me to be attuned to the weather so that I am warm and my tent is dry.
Last thing I want to say is how inspiring and good it feels to be part of a such a compassionate, generous, and diligent community. After a day of being here, SAW becomes home."




Rachael Barker

A sculptor and metalworker from England, United Kingdom, Rachael Barker studied Fine Art Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art. Since Rachael's graduation in 2008, her concentration has been in researching and making metal. Working full time as a metal workshop technician both at Norwich University of the Arts and most recently at Manchester School of Art has allowed her the opportunity to explore metal casting. Resulting in recently using the medium to produce very small, intricate casts.

Rachael's sculptural practices include the exploration of architectural space and overlooked objects. She transforms and translates space into sculpture enabling a new interpretation or understanding of the space or object often by a shift in scale which enables an interaction on an intimate level. By taking part in the Emerging Artist program at Salem Art Works, she hopes to create new work engaging existing aspects of her practice to relate to the site at SAW.

“I chose to come to Salem Art Works because the residency program looked excellent. Having somewhere to live and work amongst a community of artists at different stages in their career sounded like an exciting opportunity. Whilst at SAW, I want to focus my attention on making sculpture. I recently quit my full time workshop technician job in England in order to pursue more freelance sculptural endeavors. Taking part in the emerging artist program offered here is a chance for me to kick start my new adventure.
I enjoy most the communal aspects about SAW, meeting people from all over the world and getting to see their artwork. The downtime between working is excellent: swimming in the river and enjoying the rural landscape. I am excited to take part in my first iron pour, having cast bronze and aluminum, but never seen a cupola in action before.”


Carole Hallé

Carole Hallé is a sculptor living and working in Brooklyn.
Born and raised in France, she started her professional career as a dancer.
She then studied drawing and sculpture at the Art Students League of New York and the New York Academy. She has been awarded a Merit Scholarship at The Art Students League of New York, the Nessa Cohen grant for sculptors and print makers, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Grant. She has been selected for a studio residency by the Royal Drawing School at Dumfries House and is currently doing a fellowship at Salem Art Works.

“As my drawings and sculptures kept getting larger and larger, I started entertaining the idea of making outdoor sculpture and came to Salem Art Works to start my first experiment. The body of work I have been making over the past five years explores how organic shapes, abstract but reminiscent of the human body, can evoke our sense of vulnerability, alienation, engulfment and other human predicaments. In this piece I am making here, I want to explore the relationship of the sculpture with its environment. With this focus in mind, once finished and installed at the edge of the woods, I want to experiment with growing moss over the sculpture to blend it with its surroundings.
I am most impressed by the energy of this place. People are friendly, serious and motivated. Coming from the city, I so appreciate the open spaces such as the studios, communal kitchen, the hill and fields.”




Alison Causer is a New York City based artist originally from Toledo, Ohio. Her work is currently focused on the investigation of visual spaces between observation and imagination while drawing from nature and Baroque paintings. Her work has been exhibited within New York City and throughout the U.S. Currently Alison conducts lectures and workshops for the New York City Park Service and Art Student League of New York. She graduated from The Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) in 2005, where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Shortly after moving to Brooklyn, New York she enrolled at The Art Students League of New York where she continues her studies and studio practice.

“During my time at Salem Art Works I'll be focusing on developing my visual language and taking the time to really absorb nature. I was randomly introduced to SAW from an artist friend, Carole Hallé. We drove together from the city and as soon as we turned into the driveway I knew I wanted to spend time here. My focus is to paint large scale (and as much as possible) and observe nature; living in the New York City I don't have the opportunity to do either of these things. I might explore with some paper clay, lime plaster and oil paint - we'll see.
The energy at SAW is great. Everyone is focused on art making and serious about their investigation and processes. I also love being around sculptures. I guess I'm drawn to their bad-ass-I-can-build-anything-maker-quality in them. It's great! There is something magical about making art in nature, and the landscape here is killer.”



    Alden grew up in a small town called New Hope in Virginia. He's currently attending Bridgewater College going for his B.A. in both art and applied physics. As soon as Alden learned to weld at the age of 13, he hasn't stopped making sculpture since. Influenced by collage and dabbling in all art mediums, Alden focuses on using found metal, particularly farming machinery. He prefers a surrealistic style and attempts to recreate machines in his own sculptures. Alden's art has been juried in shows at Bridgewater College and Art Fields in South Carolina, to name a few.

    “While here at Salem Art Works, I'm going to be working on my senior thesis project for my B.A. My thesis is based around combining my engineering degree with art and creating sculptures that make paintings. I usually make metal sculptures so the combination of mechanization and paint art is a new idea to me. It will be a fun learning experience. I traveled here with my good friend, Alex Soler, who told me about SAW and I thought it would be a great way to stay focused and work on my art.
    My favorite part of SAW is the commune-style of living. It reminds me of working at a summer camp and the great memories that are made having a small, self-sufficient community."



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    Janice Sloane, is a mixed media artist who lives and works in New York City. Her work explores themes of the body, it’s impermanence, plastic surgery, ritual objects and the process of healing. She draws inspiration from medical photographs, painting and african sculpture.

    In her work, we often see the head-holder of the spirit, soul and mind. It is a fascination and she explores this part of the body and it’s complexities through ink drawings, photography, and sculpture, using skin - like pieces of vinyl halloween masks, hair, fake fur, pins, glitter and plastic bags.

    Janice has exhibited at Radiator Gallery, SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW, The Parlour Bushwick, Scope Art Fair, The Last Brucennial, The Nightclub, Miami, Newman Popiashvilli Gallery, Galeria La Refaccionaria, Mexico DF, X Teresa Actual, Mexico DF, El Centro de La Imagen, Mexico DF, White Box , Neue Galerie Graz. DF, ZKM Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, Tel Aviv Artist Studio Gallery, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece, Museo de Arte Carillo Gil Mexico DF, Museo Universitario del Chopo Mexico DF, Brooklyn Museum among other spaces.

    Her work has been reviewed in selected publications such as Sensitive Skin Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Mileno Supplemento Cultural, Mexico DF, The Herald, Mexico DF, Art New England, NY Times, Ethik & Unterrich, El Periodico del Arte, Harpers Bazaar, Mexico and Uno Mas Uno, Mexico. She has participated in the Salem2Salem artist residency at the Schloss Salem in Salem, Germany and Salem Art Works in Salem, NY. Her works are in several private collections in New York and Mexico, the C-Collection in Vaduz, Lichtenstein, and the Neue Galerie Graz, Austria.

    “My work deals with themes which include skin, plastic surgery and the impermanence of the body. All my materials came in my suitcase... Glitter - which is now all over everyone at SAW, India ink and acrylic paint. I've been drawing and making prints of heads. I want them to look like they just happened instead of labored. I work quickly and edit fast as I go a long.
    I came to Salem Art Works for the first time as part of the Salem2Salem artist exchange residency program. I immediately felt at home. I was impressed with their warmth, willingness and support to make your work happen. Since that year I keep coming back to this beautiful place. The people I see here feel like family. It's a great place where I can detox my mind from the city, have some peace and focus on my work. I am making works on paper - easily portable to bring back on the bus.”

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    K. Alex Soler

    Born in rural Virginia, Alex Soler has been doodling since she was able to hold a pen. She attended Bridgewater College in Virginia and received a B.A. in art. Post graduation she worked at the Equestrian facility at Bridgewater for two years before attending University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she recently graduated in 2016. Her work seeks to recreate rare and momentary exchanges using delicate found steel and recovered objects. Her sculptural drawings are inspired by almost twenty years of working and interacting with horses and the land they live on. After her time at Salem Art Works, Alex plans to return to teach introduction to sculpture and intro to digital media at NCAT.

    “After having the pleasure of learning from Anthony Cafritz while I was working on my MFA at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I was excited to experience the place he helped to shape. The space, people, and facilities were a major attraction for me having just graduated. While I have been here, I have focused on pushing my use of materials and experimenting with new processes under the knowledgeable and varied guidance of the various excellent staff members. With little emphasis on the artwork produced, I am allowing myself to simply experience and react intuitively and to continue to load my skills bank.
    SAW has incredible natural views, motivated staff, and an emphasis on community that is difficult to find elsewhere. I am most looking forward to applying again to return for a longer stay. I want to keep the momentum going and hope a longer residency can allow for a more developed exploration and reflection on my creative work."


    Upstate Air 4x10 Artists


    Samantha Combs has always expressed herself through all kinds of artistic forms. Her childhood memories growing up in a quaint neighborhood in Queensbury, NY, include building cabin structures out of scrap wood, and holding theatrical plays and cooking shows including edible and non edible ingredients found in a backyard. Painting is Samantha's tool: to decompress, find well being, and to self-express. She graduated magna cum laude in 2014 from SUNY Potsdam with a B.F.A. in painting and a B.A. in psychology.

    Abstract expressionism and performance based art are wherein her research, interests, and influences lie. Engaging more gestural and intuitive brushwork has become her artistic philosophy. In order to express and engage her psychological interests, she often uses her body as a function in performance art.

    Recent shows include but are not limited to: SUNY Abstract Show, NYC; Art Attack, SUNY Potsdam, Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs, and a solo exhibition at the Fulton Street Art Gallery in Troy, NY. Samantha is an art enrichment teacher at a nearby Elementary school where she implements project-based learning with students.

    “I will be continuing to work on a series of mixed media paintings that focus on abstract portraiture during my time at Salem Art Works. SAW has spacious grounds and many great facilities of which I plan to use to experiment with new mediums and concepts.
    I can already tell from my first night here that all the artists are loving and supportive, making it much easier to experiment. I plan on using the music studio space to sing and play music. I would also like to take advantage of SAW's grounds to put my performance ideas into action.”



    Photo provided by Artist

    Photo provided by Artist

    Born in 1989, Lindsay Keys was raised by her mother in rural Salem, NY (pop. 1000), where making art became her escape from the mundane. Following her first high school drawing and painting course, and with support of her teacher, she committed to pursuing art at the college level.

    Despite not having formal training, she knew she was falling for photography. She enrolled at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and spent the majority of her undergraduate career in the darkroom. As she developed her own practice, Lindsay also worked as the lab assistant.

    Upon graduating in 2011, she moved to New York City to begin freelancing in photography and film production. Her various gigs have included assisting photographers, producing music videos and narrative films, working in editorial, and creating original still and motion content for clients.

    Most recently she traveled with and photographed Bernie Sanders' campaign during the 2016 primary season. This experience has opened a door to the world of creative activism, which she will carry on through the creation of her first social impact documentary about Lyme disease.

    “I'm splitting my time between taking photographs, mostly portraits of fellow artists, and revisiting the work I made while here in 2014. I was strictly shooting on film then, and am still editing the negative scans. It's a very long process! I'm hoping to tie up some loose ends so I can begin to shift my focus toward making new work.
    As someone who grew up in Salem, coming to Salem Art Works is a unique opportunity for me to check in with my roots. The facilities and lifestyle provide the time and space for reflection and focus, which is hard to find in my daily life. SAW brings artists together from around the country and world, and establishes relationships that last beyond the residency."



    Rebecca Macomber was born and raised in central Connecticut. She was highly influenced and encouraged by both parents: her mother, a fiber artist, and father, a potter. She fell in love with the medium of glass in high school and followed her passion throughout college at Rochester Institute of Technology, learning and absorbing as much as possible in those four short years.

    Since graduation, Rebecca has worked for a couple different artists, and is inspired to make her own work and participate in craft shows when she can. Unfortunately, being a glass artist is difficult to make into a full time career, so she balances a couple careers; her passion to be a glass artist and an ultrasound technician.

    “I'm going to be finishing up a sculpture that I started many moons ago. Other than that I'm not too sure. I have some ideas I want to work out.
    I'm very excited to work on what I want for an extended amount of time. To just be an artist. I have a "regular job" but this is what I would rather be doing with my life.”



    Nick is an artist living and working in Glens Falls, NY. He lives in the part of town where he grew up, on the East End, characterized by its blue collar restaurants and remains of what was once a booming industry town. A stretch of abandoned train track runs through his neighborhood along the old warehouses that he explored once as a kid. He remembers the grit, rust, and miscellaneous debris like a yellow pharmacy bag crumpled and caked with dirt.

    From a young age, Nick had an inherent pull towards art and an intuitive understanding of how it ties into the unconscious and reflects spirituality. Post high school graduation is when Nick started creating his work seriously. In order to support his art habits, Nick has worked in various positions in restaurant kitchens over the years to pay for residencies and materials. His years of hard work have helped to shape his approach to being an artist into a more holistic perspective when making a painting, sculpture, or when using other processes. After Salem, Nick will be attending an art program at SUNY Purchase.

    “I have come to Salem working on paintings and smaller sculpture. I have no specific project, but will instead be working and observing to see what comes out.
    I've been coming to SAW for around four years and what I love most about this place, besides it being an incredible setting to focus intensely on your work, is the people. Over the years I've made great friends who have become like a second family to me.”

    Published by Chelsea Thew

    Photographs by Chelsea Thew


    Meet The Residents!

    We would like to introduce the current Artists in Residence from Session One! Get to know who they are and learn about what they've been up to here at Salem Art Works!

    Intern Artists

    Ashley Goldstein

    Ashley is 23 years old and a native South Floridian, currently living in West Palm Beach. Ashley became a mother at the age of 16 and uses art to express, explore, and educate others about the hardships of teenage motherhood, her family life as a direct result, and navigating the in-between world of childhood and adulthood while raising a son. She is currently studying Photography at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Her work, including sculpture, focuses on abuse, relationships, the physical body in relation, and memories. Ashley incorporates body language and symbols to express a concept through visual dialogue and believes that the process and purpose of materials in which we use to create in any medium is important to the concept.

    “I am working on a sculpture for the iron pour. In this piece I am expressing the sporadic nature of memory in relation to my teenage mother experiences that have brought me to become an artist. I am building a platform that has hand sculpted symbols to convey different parts of each memory, creating a story to connect the four panels. On top of this platform hands or a female figure will cradle a glass form. During my residency I hope to build a network with the other residents, refine my mold making skills, and learn the craft of glass blowing. I plan to take these experiences and further my career in the artistic community.
    The best part about being at SAW is being in a supportive and dedicated community of other working artists in different stages of their careers. Everyone is full of ideas and it creates inspiration among one another so it's interesting to see what comes out at the end.”


    David Fricke


    Originally from west Tennessee, David received his BFA in Sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston this past May 2016. Before he moved to Boston, David developed an appreciation for darkroom photography. Using his father's old equipment, David built his very own darkroom in his bathroom. This first love eventually flew him to Boston to study photography at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. His path changed when he decided to leave AIB and found his second love, Carpentry. David worked as a carpenter for four years before attending Massart. The skills and processes he learned from cabinetry, built-in furniture, and construction, lead him to pursue his new love of sculpture. David works in a variety of materials from wood, glass, and ferrous metal creating large sculptures.

    “I am constructing a large scale interactive public sculpture utilizing turned wood and forged steel that encourages auditory interaction.
    Having group meals at SAW means I actually eat well, with all of us rotating as cooks each night. There are enough shops and space to build damn near anything! Also there is always coffee, endless streams of coffee.”


    Maddy Jason

    From Buffalo, New York, Maddy moved to Rochester, NY in 2013 to attend Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) working towards her BFA in Fine Arts Studio as well as a minor in Psychology. Maddy’s artwork has been a combination of making silicone-rubber molds of skulls/bones of deer, possums, and raccoons, to then reproduce and manipulate them into a variety of mediums including plastic, beeswax, iron, and bronze. She has also experimenting with several printmaking techniques such as mono print, copper-plate etchings ext. The most rewarding process for Maddy is cast iron, and was recently awarded a scholarship from the Central New York chapter of the American Foundry Society.

    “I am currently working on sculptures that incorporate animal bones that will be cast in iron and glass. I've collected some pieces of old, junked cars from the nearby scrap yard to combine with my cast iron sculptures. I've also worked with ceramics to be fired in the Anagama kiln here, as well as working in the glass and blacksmithing shops.
    I love the mountains, woods, and rivers around Salem. Taking a walk around the woods and hills at SAW or going for a swim at the river is fun to do with a group.”


    Michael Messer

    Michael completed his BFA at UNCG December 2015. Michael is a sculptor, potter and illustrator. His work explores selfhood and relation to the exterior world through the use of philosophy, cultural and religious studies, and the social sciences. He assisted with the Coraddi (UNCG’s art and literature magazine) working on promotional events, and designed two playing card decks, one of which was published last year, and the other is in the process of publication.

    “My main project here is wheel thrown ceramics. I'm practicing throwing with some hand built aspects, as well as learning to operate a Wood Fired Kiln, Raku, and pit firing. I'm also trying new methods of surface treatment, including burnished Terra Sigillata, flashing slips, and Saggar firing. While I'm here, I'm also learning woodturning on the new lathe, from whole blocks as well as segmented turning. 
    'During my residency thus far, I've most enjoyed swimming in the river, the excellent group-cooking meals, and the view here is phenomenal. You can also see the Milky Way at night, which is a first for me. 
    When I return to North Carolina, I hope to join the talented community of potters in Seagrove, NC, and assist them in firing their wood kilns.”



    Rob Hackett

    Rob is a DC-based sculptor and printmaker from Pittsburgh, PA. Across two- and three-dimensions, Rob’s work questions notions of space, navigation, and the corporeal effects that arise at their intersection. He received his BA in Studio arts and Economics in 2012 from the University of Pittsburgh and his MFA from the University of Maryland in 2015.  He has been featured in recent exhibitions at museums and galleries including Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC (2015); VisArts, Rockville, MD (2015); Ground for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ (2015); and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (2013). 

    “I'm currently working on a sculptural archway that can be walked through and used as a vantage point to overlook the park and the mountains across from the park. This endeavor is a big change for me as someone who always produces indoor work. I plan to finish and install the sculpture while also working on some drawings and two dimensional pieces.
    The best part of SAW is the incredibly immersive experience that it provides. It is an "always on" environment that supports its participants in numerous ways.”


    Sophie Najjar

    Sophie was born and raised in State College, PA and is currently a rising senior within the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University, earning her BFA in Drawing & Painting and a BA is Geography. She primarily works in acrylic paint and different drawing media, but has recently expanded her interests into woodworking. Specifically, she is interested in repurposing, modifying, and reimagining reclaimed wooden furniture that has been discarded. Sophie’s recent accomplishments include completing her first year BFA candidacy reviews, learning how to make dovetail joints, and finally escaping the clutches of her hometown to come to Salem for the summer.

    “Most of my work here merges real and imagined landscapes, and at Salem I want to take advantage of all the curious, serene, uncanny, and paradisiacal moments this landscape has to offer. I'm particularly interested in working in new scales and sensibilities of drawing and painting. Above all, I hope to observe and take in as much as I can, and use this space as a time for compositional and conceptual exploration. 
    I love the range of what this place has to offer. I'm learning about gardening and cooking and living in a tent while at the same time painting and drawing, having studio visits, and watching people participate in so many different art-making processes.  The union of life and art here is pretty incredible and it evidences why such a union is so valuable.”

    Emerging Artists

    Brie Flora

    Brie is an Artist from Boston, MA preparing to move down south working with three other artists on a new artistic endeavour. She graduated with departmental honors from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in May 2015 with a dual degree in Jewelry & Metalsmithing and Art Education. Her first year out of college she began teaching beginner/intermediate Jewelry classes and weekend workshops at Metalwerx, Lexington Arts and Craft Society, and Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She has aslo worked for Monique Rancourt as an assistant jeweler for the past four years. Brie co-curated two contemporary Jewelry exhibitions; "67 Facets" held during the Society of North American Goldsmiths, SNAG Boston conference (2015) as well as the Radical Jewelry Makeover, RJM Massart show (2015).  Brie curated her very own exhibition "ALLOY", held at Lincoln Studios in Waltham, MA (2015) including work of three other artists who work with ferrous metals . Brie primarily works in non-ferrous metals, creating sculptural body adornment, hollow forms and vessels. She is interested in pushing the formal ideas of adornment, and creating objects that relate to the human body in unexpected ways as well as playing with functional vs. nonfunctional objects.

    “Coming from a Jewelry and Metalsmithing background, it has been exciting and challenging to work in a space that isn’t meant for the type of work I’m used to doing. I have been rigging up a make shift “jewelry” studio down in the blacksmith shop, making the most out of what they have to creating some raised copper forms. But my main focus has been to work with materials and shops that I am not as acquainted with. My big project while I am here is designing and building my own Jewelers bench out of Beech and Birch plywood, with adding elements of blacksmithing and iron casting that will be found in the drawer handles and tool hooks. I have also been experimenting with plaster casts and concrete in relation to the human form to create a series of “site specific adornment” that will act as a portrait of another Artist and their work here at SAW through photographic documentation.
    It has been refreshing to live on such a beautiful property, being forced to spend most of your days outside has brought me close to nature again. From living in the city the past seven years, this experience has been very needed. The first night we had a clear sky, and I saw the Milky Way for the first time since I was little and was blown away by its beauty. The SAW community is awesome. Hanging out, listening to music, and playing pool in the "Cribby" with the other Resident Artists has been a lovely way to chill out, build new friendships and contacts at the end of a long day.”


    Frank Spigner

    Frank is an artist, composer, and technologist who has been actively creating an evolving array of works in the form of sculpture, installation, music and sound works, and electronic media. His work has appeared at such venues as Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, New York’s The Stone, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Judith Charles Gallery, Issue Project Room, Basilica Hudson, and Silent Barn among others. His performances include numerous collaborations such as performing the works of John Cage at the National Academy Museum & School with composer-performer, Du Yun, performing the work of composer, Joel Thome, at the International Music Therapy Conference, and working with sound art pioneer Liz Phillips on several installations and multimedia works. Much of his current work takes on an inter-media approach, often involving the melding of several different mediums such as interactive audio-visual installations, welded metal sound sculpture, kinetic sculpture, homemade synthesizer circuitry, and socially mediated public works. He studied Music Composition and Visual Arts at SUNY Purchase and is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Columbia University.

    “During my residency, I have been working on a few metal sculptures including freestanding pieces and mobiles that use movement as a primary descriptive element in the work. I have been doing some creative coding and computer based works while experimenting with materials I don't often use such as clay and glass. I am also working towards a new piece which will be a metal sculpture and will include sonic and kinetic elements that I will use for an upcoming show in the city in August
    I have enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with artists who are experts in their creative practices and to work with materials that I haven't previously worked with, such as glass and marble.”


    Kelly Wilton

    Kelly Wilton is a sculptor from Arizona where she received her BFA at Arizona State University in 2012.  Exploring the ideas of inferred memory through objects and landscape with their relationship to the idea of home, Wilton creates multi-layered installations using cast metal, found objects, plastics, kinetic work, video and sound.  She has shown in galleries nationally and internationally, including Phoenix, Rochester, Brooklyn, London, Latvia, Scotland, and China.  Her research in foundry, along with working as an wax artisan at Bollinger Atelier, has culminated in being a panelist speaker at the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Pedvale, Latvia, and at The National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art at SLOSS Furnances in Birmingham, Alabama.  Recently she did a residency at the Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. Kelly completed her MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology, focusing on large-scale sculptural installation work.

    “I’ve been focused on expanding on my MFA thesis work and utilizing the opportunity to try new techniques that I haven’t been able to do previously. I’m creating a large iron casting of a CNC map of the Phoenix Metropolitan area to pair with cement castings of clothes to be the mountains surrounding the Valley of Phoenix. I want to be able to install it outside on the hill so you have the combination of viewing my memories of home with the landscape that surrounds SAW. I’ve also been exploring wood fired clay work since I’ve never done that type of firing before. Creating more humorous work of fat little creatures in cat poses has been refreshing in being able to take a break from my more conceptual work.
    SAW has been such an amazing place to get started on creating work outside of school. The freedom that we have here to create work has enabled me to be more relaxed about art making while still having the push to make by being surrounded by so many talented people. I’ve been able to work in materials that I haven’t had the opportunity before and create a whole new body of work. SAW is this little paradise to make, play, explore, and make so many new friends. I also can’t leave out Toby, who has become my surrogate cat here with plenty of shoulder chilling while I’m away from my cats."

    Fellow Artists

    Gabrielle Duggan

    Gabrielle was born in Buffalo, New York and has a Master of Art and Design in Fibers and Surface Design from North Carolina State University. Her work has been exhibited at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Cameron Art Museum (NC 2011-2012) as well as at Ponyride (MI, 2016), and the Indie Grits Film Festival (SC, 2015). She was the recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council’s Regional Artist Project Grant (2011), Artspace’s Regional Emerging Artist Residency (2013-2014), and the Governor’s Island Art Fair Residency (2014). She has taught Textile Art and Design as Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University (2014-2016), and is preparing for a two person show in Manhattan, NY (2016).

    Gabrielle Duggan's work is rooted in fundamental principles of fiber work, yet deviates widely from the discipline in materials, scale, and context. Her installations and performance pieces challenge traditional gender expressions, labor value systems, and address larger social issues through the use of tension, repetition, and by twisting the multiple meanings imbued in the medium itself.

    “I am presently making an installation in Barn 3 of construction tape. This is a nice 'spatial workout' for me. I intend to weld more, particularly after this weekend, to translate some of these forms to metal. My goal is to create modular frameworks within which I can create contained installations incorporating magnets. I am also sampling different pattern/color results with the construction tape in 2D, and am finishing up prints from and framing a 'webword' diptych I brought with me.
    Everything is so nice here. I like that people are doing their own thing and working together on big things, and that it all meshes pretty nicely considering there are so many individual minds involved! There's a nice sense of teamwork and respect, and I am so glad the setting is so environmentally-oriented. For instance, there's a groundhog that lives under my tent platform, and I have found 6 four-leaf clovers in the 5 days I've been here."


    Jemila MacEwan

    Jemila is a Scottish-born interdisciplinary artist based in New York. She received a Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia. Her practice is guided by a desire for reconciliation between our cultural past and present. Her work is often characterized by the reconfiguration of the body and familiar objects into uncanny beings. She has exhibited at Arquetopia (Mexico), Governor's Island Art Fair (New York), the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York), the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Place of Assembly, Melbourne) and the Gertrude Street Projection Festival (Australia).

    “My recent body of work has included painting and sculptural work depicting volcanoes, glaciers, lakes and rivers. This work engages with the sensual, bodily qualities of geological flux: vitality, movement and transformation. It is inspired by the history of alchemical allegories as a philosophical melding of mythology and science together as a method for finding meaning. This allows the poetic and the scientific to support one another in generating meaning from multiple positions of knowledge.
    I have come to Salem Art Works specifically to create a body of work for the large anagama woodfire kiln firing. The pieces I am firing are predominantly volcano and crater forms. Ceramicist Jordan Becker has been guiding my understanding of the wood-firing process. I have been learning how to consider the passage of energy, heat, air and ash as it blasts through the kiln at over 2300 degrees F (the same temperatures reached by molted magma and lava). Understanding and yielding to these natural forces is ultimately what completes the work. In contemplating woodfired ceramics one is reading the elemental language of energy, matter and form. This is my first time working in the woodfire process and I hope the discoveries made through this process will inspire future projects.
    Saw has a wonderfully supportive, productive and social atmosphere. There is enough space to really create big if you wish, and the staff and residents are incredibly. And if you want to try something new like foundry pouring or glass work the staff and residents are there to help. generous with their knowledge and time. The environment of Salem is beautiful – I live in Brooklyn, NY so having the opportunity to go swim in a clean river or go for a walk in the woods is  revitalizing and not something I usually have access to. I discovered I love living in a trailer! It is nice and homey and at night I am surrounded by fireflies!”


    Justin Mastrangelo

                                                 *Photo provided by Artist

                                                 *Photo provided by Artist

    Justin Mastrangelo is an artist, art educator, designer, and printmaker raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Justin earned his BFA and MA from the State University of New York at Oswego and has previously worked as a commercial graphic designer and industrial silkscreen printmaker. Justin is an Adjunct Professor of Art at the State University of New York at Oswego and Cayuga Community College. Justin is the 2016 Syracuse Salt Quarters Local Artist in Residence. He is a recipient of the Gifford Foundation’s “What if… Grant“ which has supported his “Art Cart” and “Syracuse Coloring Book” projects.

    “During my fellowship at SAW I focused on creating work for the wood fire kiln and gaining more experience in the wood firing process. My time at SAW allowed me to dedicate time to the practice of ceramics and gave me a potter’s wheel. During the three week residency, I created a total of sixty-five pieces of various sizes that were fired in the kiln and became confident in my abilities on a pottery wheel
    Being at SAW is an awesome experience because of the amazing people drawn together as a creative community during a residency. Collectively, SAW empowered me to take steps forward in my creative process and the community has always supported and collaborated with me to create successful outcomes within my two residencies. Living with a community of artists has given me unforgettable experiences that have shaped my perspective of what the world can be and how I see my life taking shape in the future. SAW and the town of Salem, New York provide a warm and welcoming landscape for artists to explore and be inspired by.”

     *Published by Brie Flora and Photographs by Ashley Goldstein

    Chris Garcia

    Chris Garcia is a sculptor who works with figurative forms in ceramics. He researches famous figures, paintings, and stories to recreate the people as characters in clay. He attended Bennington College for his undergraduate degree and received an MFA at the University of Arizona. After his academic studies, he traveled to many different countries, 

    attended artist residencies, exhibited work in solo and group exhibitions, and he has written for several magazines including Ceramic Art and Perception Magazine, A Journal of Literature and Art, Ceramics Technical Magazine, and Clay Times Magazine. He currently resides in NYC and teaches upper level high school ceramics, drawing, 3-D, and 2-D design at The Calhoun School. 

    Chris applied for the fellowship program at Salem Art Works to broaden his audience and work in a supportive and creative art community. He wanted to return to a rural setting and found inspiration from the local Salem Cemeteries. His proposal was to research and recreate local character’s buried in the cemeteries to retell their stories. He said “The graveyard dates back to 1766 and it remained as Salem’s only public burial grounds until the Evergreen Cemetery was established in 1859… 

    I am also fascinated by the potential inspiration from the Revolutionary Cemetery”.  When he arrived he met with Al Cormier who guided him and let him to the local publication “Tales and Legends from Salem” which is illustrated by Heather Bellanca, and edited by James Alcott. With the help of the Salem Community, Salem Art Works, Al Cormier, and the abundant local thrift stores, Chris created a series of 8 figures. Each figure has a true story of a local figure. The sculptures and stories are on view at the Bancroft Library in Salem NY, located on Broadway St & Main St. Please contact us should you have any questions by calling 


    -Jenny Hillenbrand


    Stories and Figures by Chris Garcia

    Tales and Legends from SalemThe eight sculptures in this series were inspired by the local publication: “Tales and Legends from Salem”, which was illustrated by Heather Bellanca, and edited by James Alcott with additional consultation from W.A. Cormier. 

    The book has several stories that I felt lent themselves to be interpreted in sculpture. For me, these tales really were fun to read and even more fun to re-create in clay, cloth, and other mixed media.

    I would like to thank the folks at SAW for providing me with space, time, materials and support over the month of my Fellowship.

    I would also like to thank Al Cormier for his generous guidance in helping me find these stories.

    And, lastly, to the people of Salem for providing me with food, drink, entertainment, reading material, exhibition space and materials for my sculptures, and for always making me feel welcome in town. This is truly a special place that I will always fondly remember.

    -Chris Garcia

    "Dr Asa Fitch" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    "Dr Asa Fitch" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    Dr. Asa Fitch

    Dr. Asa Fitch (1809–1879) was a natural historian and entomologist from Salem.In 1838, he began to collect and study insects for New York State. In 1854 he became the first professional entomologist of the New York State Agricultural Society. This made him the first official occupational entomologist in the United States. Fitch is also known in the entomology world for discovering the Rodent Botfly Cuterebra emasculator in 1856. 

    "Old Grimes" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    "Old Grimes" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    Old Grimes

    In the mid-1800’s, there was a man named John Grimes who lived at the top of a hill. Down from the hill, there was an Inn that also served as a tavern and as a stop for stagecoaches. Old Grimes, as he was known, would visit the Inn daily and order drinks. A group of young men who also regularly frequented the Inn, known locally as “The Jolly Six”, decided one night to play a prank on Grimes. They plied him with his favorite drink until he passed out drunk. Once he was incapacitated, The Jolly Six sat him down on a bench in the center of the tavern, covered him with a white cloth, and then pretended that they were at a wake. As stagecoach passengers arrived, the group sang a song about Old Man Grimes and then paraded him around the Inn before the astonished travelers. The joke continued until Grimes woke up and returned to his home up on the hill.

    "The Witch of Salem"  Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    "The Witch of Salem"  Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    The Witch of Salem

    In 1777, Salem, NY had its one and only Witch trial. The alleged culprit, Margaret Tilford, was accused of hexing a neighbor’s cows so that their cream could not be churned into butter. The farmer consulted a fortune teller who told the man that the cows had been bewitched by “A short, thick, black-haired woman who had a red-haired daughter.” The description fit only one person in the small community, and Margaret Tilford was shunned by her neighbors and local children were forbidden to play with the Tilford children. Eventually, the church became involved and an investigation took place. There was never a formal declaration of innocence or guilt, so the Tilford family continued to endure the accusations and censure of their neighbors for the rest of their lives.

    "Jane McCrea" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    "Jane McCrea" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    Jane McCrea

    In 1777, a group of ten or twelve Native Americans working for the British made their way through Salem Village. The raiding party was discovered and two or three were killed before the rest fled. One of the Native Americans was an Iroquois chief who decided to take revenge on the colonists for shooting his men. He took a group of braves and killed a family as they sat down to lunch, and then later came upon Jane McCrea who was on her way to get married. She was in her wedding dress and was said to have red hair that was so long that it nearly touched the ground. The raiding party shot and scalped the woman and then traveled with her scalp to Fort Anne. It is said that at the encampment, her fiancé recognized her scalp as it was displayed as a trophy of war.


    "The Gray Man" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    "The Gray Man" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    The Gray Man 

    The Gray Man is believed to be the Ghost of General John Williams, a Revolutionary War veteran and prominent resident of Salem and Washington County in the 1770’s. After the General’s death in 1806, there were numerous sightings that described a nebulous figure of a man dressed in gray. He usually appeared in doorways or descending a staircase. Sightings of the Gray Man continue to this day at the Salem Academy where students have reported seeing a mysterious misty figure in the halls of the school.


    "the Haunted Chimney" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    "the Haunted Chimney" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    The Haunted Chimney

    In the year of 1840, in a valley named Perkins Hollow, six miles east of Salem, there was a woman named Margaret Thompson. She was described as an eccentric woman in her early forties who was unmarried and lived with her family. She was a very large woman with a very big appetite. It was said that she could eat a full meal and then finish off a two quart bowl of bread and milk.One day, Margaret Thompson mysteriously disappeared. It was widely believed at the time that she had been murdered by her mother and brother. Tired of having to support her, they killed her and burned her remains in the fireplace. Neighbors had reported seeing strange black smoke curling from the chimney and the smell of burning meat wafting through the town.Her ghost is said to haunt the ruins of the home’s old chimney and that Margaret Thompson still roams through the swamp in Perkins Hollow where she is held responsible for stealing and eating cows that occasionally go missing. 


    "Old Head Allen" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    "Old Head Allen" Ceramic, Mixed Media, 2015

    Old-Head Allen

    Dr. Abram Allen was a local physician in Salem in the early 1800’s. After being caught and charged with the crime of “violation of a burial” he was better known as “Old-Head Allen”. A doctor in Rupert, VT had been called to treat a man who incurred a severe head-wound after a tree fell on him. Dr. Allen and another doctor from Salem were called in as consultants. The three doctors all agreed on surgery to relieve cranial pressure, but they did not agree with Dr. Allen when he recommended a second operation. The patient died three days later. Dr. Allen was convinced that the man would have survived if they had done the second procedure. To prove his point, Allen exhumed the body and severed the man’s head. He returned to his office with the specimen where he did a post-mortem operation. He was overheard by a local woman as he was working on the head saying: “Well that proves it. Now we’ll bury it.”Dr. Allen was charged for the crime and fined $250. He apparently gladly paid the fine, regarding the sentence as the ideal advertisement for his practice.

    'Salem2Salem' art show from U.S, Germany and more

    By Patrick Daley

    Chronicle Staff Writer 

    On Cary Hill - Artists in the Salem2Salem exchange program at Salem Art Works, atop the Cary Hill Sculpture Park at SAW. 

    On Cary Hill - Artists in the Salem2Salem exchange program at Salem Art Works, atop the Cary Hill Sculpture Park at SAW. 

    "The artists coming through here are the lifeblood of this place, its identity," says Salem Art Works (or SAW) founder and director Anthony Cafritz. "The more varied the groups, the more artists that come through, the stronger SAW becomes."

    And so, works by 22 artists - from Germany, France, Switzerland and the U.S. - will be showcased for the public on Saturday evening, August 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at SAW, the dairy farm turned art center and sculpture park in Salem. It's free.

    It's the culmination of the three-week Salem2Salem exchange program aligned with Schloss Salem, an art center in Germany. Mr. Cafritz, along with artists Peter Lundberg, Barbara Carris and and Barbara's husband, Bill, developed the idea for the program after a trip to Schloss Salem. 

    In its sixth year, the exchange alternates between SAW and Salem, Germany each summer. Artists are invited, a process overseen by Dr. Stephan Feucht of the Cultural Department for the Bodensee area in Germany, SAW Associate Director Denise Anderson, and Mr. Cafritz.  

    "There's an atmosphere of collaboration," Mr. Cafritz says. "It celebrates all media, and taking chances in new ways of working." 

    Salem2Salem  allows freedom to create in a new environment around other artists, with option of taking advantage of the many instructors SAW regularly hosts. "We try to empower the individual to go beyond their boundaries," Mr. Cafritz says. "Push what you know." 

    Meet the Artists

    By Rebecca Allen

    Emerging Artists:

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen


    Yerin Kim: San Francisco, CA

    Yerin Kim is a Korean born artist from San Francisco, CA. Her work explores the relationships between human beings and how social hierarchies develop within societies. She is a mixed media artist and works with a variety of different materials that require human interaction and/or involve the senses. While working here at Salem Art Works she has begun a project that is a reflection of her experience as a part of the community. She is currently installing a walk way made up of ceramic stepping-stones made by the community members of SAW. The pathway itself is designed in the shape of path is the Chinese writing symbol for human,. The Path is  a metaphor for the artist’s experience as an individual within a community.

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Zach Dietl: Rochester, NY

    Zach has just received his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and is an artist based in Rochester, NY. Zach works with a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional media. His work explores how he relates to the world around him and vice versa by creating open-ended works of art with multiple possibilities. Here at Salem Art Works he has been working with wood and rope to create sculptures that investigate the idea of possibility and chance.

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Justin Mastrangelo: Oswego, NY

    Justin is an artist and art educator in Oswego, NY and primarily works as a designer and print maker. His medium of choice is screen-printing and he enjoys the technical aspects of his work. His works are made up of geometric shapes and patterns that explore the ways in which images are broken down using pixels or even the deterioration of the silkscreen. Since arriving at Salem Art Works Justin has been able to explore his creative process more thoroughly and also been involved in creating merchandise for different events at SAW.

    Intern Artists:

    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson

    Roshawn Hill:

    Roshawn Hill is a mixed media artist from North Carolina who works mainly with ceramics. Roshawn’s work explores religious themes while also experimenting with color and mark making. While working at Salem Art Works, Roshawn has been experimenting with iron casting as well as working with the Anagama kiln.

    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson

    Peter Myers:

    Peter is from Oswego, NY and creates films using puppets and stop motion animation. His work explores different aspects of the human condition by creating characters and different narratives within his films. He has been working with Ewelina and her paintings to create collaborative films while here at SAW.

    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson

    Emma Levitz:

    Emma is an artist from Boston, MA and works with cast iron and body casting. Her work explores form and the human body as well as psychology. While at Salem she has been making work using found metal objects and been fabricating pieces that speak to each other through points of connection. She has also experimented with stone carving and worked with the Anagama kiln.

    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson

    Daniel Koy:

    Daniel is an artist from New York City; he works with a variety of materials to create pieces heavily focused on design. He is a scuba diver and much of his work tries to capture the way color and light appear underwater. While working at SAW he has been blacksmithing and recently been trying to use glass as a way of trying to create his seascapes.

    Lisa Stephens:

    Lisa is a performance artist from Florida who uses her body to explore ideas about vulnerability and showmanship. Lisa has a deep fascination with freak shows and body mutations and uses her performances as ways of exhibiting the body’s uniqueness. She will be conducting a performance during Music and Pizza on July 11th.

    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson

    Michelle Kwiecien:

    Michelle is an artist from Saratoga, NY and she works with paper as well as cast iron. Michelle creates her own paper as well as books and uses paper as patterns for her cast iron pieces. Michelle has been experimenting with beeswax while at Salem Artworks as well as creating works that explore transparency and light.

    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson


    Christopher Spinozzi:

    Chris is an artist from West Chester, NY that works with ceramics and cast bronze. His work combines found and hand crafted elements to create pieces rich in texture. He is currently working with more cement and fiber elements and creating pieces that explore ideas about gravity and weight while at SAW.

    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson

    Rebecca Allen: Rebecca is an artist from Rochester, NY who works with cast iron, stone, and recyclables. Her work explores ideas about consumerism and how different societies are affected by plastic waste. During her stay in Salem she has been learning blacksmithing techniques and developing her skills stone carving.

    Fellow Artists:

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Adrian Landon: Brooklyn, NY

    Adrian Landon is a Brooklyn, NY based artist that works in sheet metal forming. His work is focused on the process of cold hammering steel to create human figures as well as horses. He is also interested in the mechanical aspects of metal and how much the world uses metal as a building material. Since his arrival at Salem Art Works he has created his own pneumatic power hammer as well as creating one full size horse sculpture. He is currently working more abstractly to challenge himself and to focus more on his process of manipulating the steel without heat.

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Ewelina Bochenska: Brooklyn, NY

    Ewelina is a Brooklyn based painter born in Poland who has also spent time living in England, Ireland and Japan. Her process is intuitive and open-ended. For her, painting is like writing a poem, which has to be re-written many times before the final composition can be found. She has been greatly inspired by the different sculptural processes available at Salem Art Works, such as iron casting, glass blowing and ceramics, seeing them as a metaphor for painting. During her residency she created a series of large-scale works as well as casted in iron and collaborated with Peter Yoors Myers on his stop motion animation From Dust. 


    By Julia Johnson

    By Julia Johnson

    Alessandra Bettrume: Switzerland

    Alessandra is a Swiss artist that creates installations and objects that have political and social themes. While working at SAW she has been continuing her piece “International Coffee” and working on another piece “International”. Her work with international coffee explores the way in which we seek and find answers through different forms of communication. She reads coffee grounds and creates pictures to answer unspoken questions between her and her participants. “International” is another part of her “International Coffee” installation and will function as a seat with different directional points like a compass.

    Independent Artists:

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Chris Garcia: Manhattan, NY

    Chris is a ceramic artist and high-school teacher based in Manhattan, NYC. He works using the wheel as well as sculpting figurative works by hand. Chris has an interest in history and creates his own representations of historic figures as well as characters from New York City’s Times Square. During his time in Salem he has been working with the town historian and creating 8 sculptures based on odd characters from throughout Salem’s history. Each sculpture will feature a custom made outfit that Chris makes himself.

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Gary Joseph Cohens: Manhattan, NY

    Gary is a ceramic artist based in Manhattan, NYC. He primarily works with the wheel while also adding hand built elements to his ceramic pieces. His work investigates functionality and the symmetry within ceramic works and is inspired by 15th century Korean and Japanese pottery. He is currently working at Salem Art Works with the Anagama kiln and creating a series of decanters that are thrown then contaminated with hand built elements.

    Nick Squadere: Glenns Falls, NY

    Nick is a mixed media painter. He creates collages by working on the floor making multiple paintings and also uses found objects and fabrics in his paintings. He then picks different parts sewing them together and then stretches his canvases. He works mainly abstractly and uses a lot of patterns and found materials and also writes poetry.

    Paul Wallace:

    Paul has spent the past few years at SAW working on creating a robotic machine to make his work. This year he has been experimenting with different forms and making objects which he plans to use for a large wall piece. Paul’s earlier work disassembling toys and putting them back together in interesting ways has influenced the forms he makes. He uses a lot of turbine and wing forms as well as other mechanical forms.

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Drew Petrilli: Rochester, NY

    Drew is a fiction artist that mainly writes short stories. He has already written one story and plans on writing a longer piece while at SAW. Drew also enjoys working with the other artists here at SAW and is inspired by the art around SAW. He also plans on creating a longer work that connects multiple viewpoints through a single character and will beginning work on that while here at SAW.

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Florin Strejac: Romania

    Florin Strejac is a Romanian based artist from Transylvania country. He is primarily a stone carver and works with a variety of different stones as well as making 2-dimensional pastel works on paper. His work combines organic shapes with mechanical shapes to show off the technical processes behind his stone carvings. Florin is inspired by graffiti as a human part of the monuments we erect and this dichotomy between human achievement and human nature is a large part of his work. Since working at SAW he has created several marble sculptures using marble from Vermont as well as one large monumental marble sculpture.

    By Rebecca Allen

    By Rebecca Allen

    Caroline Bugby: Brighton, England

    Caroline creates large scale abstract outdoor sculpture. Her most recent piece "Dengue Fever" is installed in North Bennington, Vermont. She is inspired by painters and paints her steel sculptures with bright, vivid colors. The forms Caroline creates are inspired by film and urban-scapes in America as well as fast food. Since working at Salem Artworks Caroline has created multiple steel sculptures and been able to create larger sculptures.

    Kelly Cave: Princeton Junction, NJ

    While at Salem Artworks Kelly has created large scale sculpture using re-bar and other found materials. She primarily works with metal and fibers. Her work uses symbolism to explore memory and the idea of remnants and what is left behind. While at Salem Artworks she has created a large scale sculpture using steel, fabric, and has recently started experimenting with cast concrete. Kelly's most recent sculpture "Orphans" is now installed in North Bennington, Vermont.


    Dane Winkler: Averill Park, NY

    Dane Winkler is currently finishing his last year of grad school at the University of Maryland. He creates large scale interactive sculpture using steel, sound, and light. He has also recently been working with video in his installations. His work explores the differences between city and country life by juxtaposing elements from both within his work. While at Salem Artworks Dane has been living in a house he built and brought with him here. He is also continuing work on his piece "Moon Lasso" which is installed at here at SAW.

    Recap of the Sculpture Park Party

    by Julia Johnson

    I would say the Sculpture Park Party was successful, the goal of the party was to let the public know that the sculpture park has changed with the addition of the new road, that it's easier to access, to walk / drive  up whenever you like, to use the fire pit, the trails, and to camp. Also, to let the public know the sculpture park will be adding a lot more new and interesting sculptures with this upcoming season. 

    The weather / wind was a surprise and something we didn't expect, but I thought the crowd was really tough, good troopers and still had a good time. With this party SAW pulled off things that we have never done before, the shuttle, scavenger hunt, serving beer, and stages with performers on the top of the hill, so that was interesting to see how it played out. Seeing the North and South Dakotas play under the DiSuvero with the sunset in the background made it worth it! It was defiantly something special. (I thought). 

    This year the Sculpture Park Party, was our big music event, last year it was Barn Bash to show off the renovations of Barn 1 and Barn 3. We still have Music and Pizza series this year and the Intercollegiate Iron Pour that will have a Iron Pour Performance on the sculpture park. 

    Surreal at SAW

    By Patrick Daley

    Chronicle Staff Writer

    June 11th, 2015

    Have you ever gotten the feeling that you're stuck in a dream? Inside a Movie? I was feeling that way much of the day this past Saturday at Salem Art Works' Sculpture Park party. 

    A few friends and I made the 45-minute drive from Glens Falls toSalem to see the North & South Dakotas perform, check out the revamped sculpture park and camp at the 120 acre art center that formerly operated as a dairy farm. Despite some high winds and cool temps, the setting had the roughly 200 visitors' spirits high.

    With the North and South Dakotas' tight country harmonies issuing from beneath a massive abstract sculpture by Mark di Suvero and the setting sun coloring the hills of Washington County ("God's Country," as my brother says) and the Green Mountains of Vermont, i thought, "is this real life?'

    Following the concert, we warmed up to our fellow campers (hailing from Troy, Schenectady, Clifton Park) around a large fire and then a group of us followed the train tracks to the Salem Tavern, where we shot pool and listened to a SAW artist spinning vintage records. I felt like i was at Martini's Bar in It's a Wonderful Life

    Sunday morning was pleasant, and SAW staff cooked up a hearty breakfast of bacon, waffles. home fries, eggs and fruit in the communal outdoor kitchen. All told, we spent very little money and had a whole lot of fun. we made friends from far away as switzerland, Australia and England. 

    It still fells like most visitors to SAW are somehow "in the know." And as much as I'd like to keep it for myself, I owe it to SAW founder and director Anthony Cafritz, julia Johnson (my Chronicle point person) and the entire SAW staff to tell you, Chronicle readers: Get out to Salem Art Works.

    Make the beautiful drive out for a special event, or a pop in to the Cary Hill Sculpture Park on any given day, year round, from dawn until dusk. just call ahead if you want to camp or if you'd like a tour.

    The Inherent Narrative

    Dates: February 12-April 16, 2015 with an opening reception on February 12 from 6-8pm. 

    Located at the Dearlove Gallery

    SUNY Adirondack

    640 Bay Road,

    Queensbury, NY 12804

    Participating Artists Names: 
    Denise Anderson, Jordan Becker, Michael Bonadio, Anthony Cafritz, and Zac Ward 

    Inherent Narrative Curatorial Statement

    This collection of artist represents different ways of exploring a faceted approach to the investigation of the narrative.

    This collection of work in this exhibition embraces a myriad of methods, processes, and approaches to the alchemic use of materiality attempting to journey into story telling and the abstraction of the human condition.  These artists, all coming from different loci and orientations, strive to voice and echo deep-courted narratives.

    These artists push their own personal limitations and concepts to where they are in fragile, uncommon ground engaging in the attempt to fully speak from a vulnerable and passionate moment.  This exhibition is a lens to this collective process shared by all the artists.

    Written by Denise Anderson

    Denise Anderson

    My art practice embodies the characteristics of a collector, a self-imposed score keeper of cause and effect, and of an artist who embraces the act of inventory as a process of making. All of these preoccupations and interests are the framework from which I develop a body of work. The processes of seeking and acquiring, categorizing and sorting, list making and documentation, are intrinsic elements in my work. As a young child I became acutely aware of my environment, my relationship to my surroundings and the reality of reaction to actions. As a practicing artist today this cognitive awareness is the foundation of my studio practice and the perfect bridge to my earlier fascination of environmental concerns.

    Jordan Becker

    Some people say a wood kiln is a time machine that speeds up time for the objects being fired in the kiln. The environment in the kiln erodes, layers, stresses, cracks and begins to break down the pieces. Unloading wood kilns, and spending time with these pieces I have started seeing planets, stars, comets and celestial patterns. This has brought me to a place of explorations in this past years work. Seeing and making these piece have helped me appreciate the systems that exist that allow us to walk around on this fired orb. There is beauty and violence on a scale that our eyes behold everyday, and there is beauty and violence beyond our atmosphere that we cannot see. Im not really sure why I am drawn to this relationship, possibly to find more clarity on what is beauty and what is violence. I feel like the kiln is a window through the atmosphere helping me see further out and bring some ideas back.

    Michael Bonadio

    My work is inspired and intrigued by images and influences of the past. I appropriate well-known symbols to set up scenes and stories loaded with personal poignant relevance. Often times, drawn towards child-like innocence and wonder, these references become a tool to relate to a broader human experience shared by many, rather than one alone. The first exploration of the new and unexplained is intriguing. The wonder and dissolved mystery that comes with the end of childhood is universal and hopes to appeal to the similarities that exist within one’s spirit and soul.

    No two people share the exact same life experiences. Though the stories will differ, there is often a common thread that unites us and allows people to relate on a broader spectrum. The details may not be the same, but the situations are usually similar: everyone has encountered death; heartbreak is inevitable; even absolute joy and the recognition of happiness are emotions shared by people worldwide, despite location and upbringing.

    I value the tangible process of creating these tableaus and often have my materials act as vehicles to reference a greater romantic symbolism that is both old world, yet still relevant.

    Zac Ward

    Sculpture has become an expression that has enabled me to productively respond to everyday life.  Ideas in forms and color representing reactions I have with life as an artist submerged in the landscape.   Boat forms, and shelter like objects have become a recurring theme that describes the historical paths leading to my observations.  Sculpture involving the public has always been the reason for my making art.  It isn’t always available to make and display work this size but the need festers until one day the idea gets transformed into a sculpture.  Displayed for a viewers reaction, interaction, and contemplation.   If these sculptures were poems they would be short tasty colorful and stinky prose in every language that resemble my observations of everyday life here in America.  Not everyone likes over cooked carrots but some can swallow them, but growing the carrots is the making of sculpture to me.  It is our surroundings that create the meat of an idea or a wonderful carrot.  This is my sculpture I hope it is not too overcooked.

    Anthony Caftritz

    I have always been so curious of what is not seen; the interworking of things, exploring if there is hidden meaning in everything we touch, see and imagine.

    I look for what is not there- ideas, space and beliefs that are always present but never known or fleeting.

    What is around us.  What we create.  The color we see is phenomenal.  To combine material and push the temperature of hue and ideas beyond the discernable reach is the origin, drive and underpinning of my efforts as an artist.

    Music & Pizza with Anthony Fallacaro

    By Julia Johnson.

    Our last Music and PIzza of the 10th season was in Barn 1, on the 2nd floor. This space was a great spot to have Anthony Fallacaro perform because it was a beautiful warm night. The garage door in Barn 1 was open and the audience spilled out onto the bleacher seating to chat with one another, eat pizza and mingle.  Open on site, the crowd wandered and explored the grounds. In the Cary House Gallery, we had an exhibition of artwork by Claire Sherwood and Lauren Sandler. In the  front half of Barn 2 was our annual Artists in Residence exhibition. An innovative lighting set up amplified  the artwork, making the pieces seem to pop off the walls. From the ceiling of the barn a metal installation hung and glistened in the light. Sculptures stood by them selves or on pedestals. Installations were put up and paintings hung on the walls. With multiple mediums in the show, the exhibition highlighted the range of artists that come here for our programs. In the show we had prints, paintings, photos, fiber, culinary arts, masonry, iron, wood, cnc machine cuts, welding, blacksmith forging, graphic arts, and video projections.

    In the other half of Barn 2, The  Alzheimer's Glass and Iron Project installed a show. The Alzheimer's crew makes visits to surrounding nursing homes to make watercolor paintings with the elderly suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. After the watercolor sessions they give the paintings to an artist who works in either glass or iron. The artist makes a piece inspired by the painting created. The art work is then exhibited with the original watercolor and sold / exhibited for Alzheimer's awareness. In Barn 2 the glass and iron pieces were displayed on pedestals, and were surrounded by the watercolor paintings that inspired them, making a beautiful pairing. 

    These exhibitions combined with Anthony Fallacaro's performance was a prefect way to conclude the season. Anthony Fallacaro brought with him a entire sound system for EARS, of Queensbury, and was accompanied by a drummer and bass player, making for an awesome performance. His songs, were of a sweet, danceable, pop - rock nature with a little bit of blues mixed in for good measure. Anthony was a very personable as well;his love for entertaining made the audience feel comfortable, and he picked music that vibed with their mood. Overall, his songs serenaded the whole room, rocked the barn with classic favorites, and making every one get up and dance! After the show he sat down with the remaining audience and talked about his career as a musician and how it started at an early age. He reveled his smart marketing habits and talked about how he was focused on the capitol region. He spoke about how being a well versed musician with many instruments can help you to write music and jam with other musicians. 

    At the end of the night the audience gathered in barn 2 to cheer on Harry Orlyk while he "de-taped" his giant painting that hung by the entrance. Harry had been working on the painting all summer. After the applause Harry answered questions form the audience about his process and the significance of the piece. 

    Kipuka Theater Presents "The Wedding of V + L"

    Final Performance: Sunday, Sept 28 at Sunset

    There is a man and a woman who live a devious life, which is, of course, always beautiful, as such things are. They live in the forest of a dream, untethered from time, passionately yet dangerously entwined.

    "Ball & Bjornsdottir's The Disastrous Tale of Vera and Linus is a surprising, playful and haunting collection of stories and schemes. As we returns to the source of our inspiration, with a combination of experimental performance crafting and the poetry of Vera & Linus, Kipuka Theater presents a new and  evolved theatrical work, originally created at Salem Art Works in July 2013." - Kipuka Theater

    Eamon Fahey as Linus
    Kym Bernazky as Vera
    Albert Anderson as Linus
    Shelli Jean Grant as Vera
    Eusebio Arenas as Linus
    Louisa Debutts as Vera

    Kipuka Theater's  creative team includes Andrew Valentine, Caitlin Michener, and Lani Sidman. This work is dedicated to the memory of Terayama Shuji and Tenjo Sajiki.


    "Kipuka Theater put on an amazing performance. The Artists in Residence started at the top of the hill and followed the performers all over the SAW grounds. The actors took advantage of SAW's landscape by incorporating sculptures, equipment, objects, and even the anagama kiln into their performance. With amazing costumes, props and scenery, the actors made the audience participate, question, feel uncomfortable, laugh, cry, eat cake, drink champaign and become entranced by their beautiful and shocking performance. Fantastic performance, what a treat. BRAVO!" - Julia Johnson













    8th Annual Intercollegiate Iron Pour

    By Julia Johnson

    Heat, flames, sparks, sweat, hard work, and the distinct smell of iron are what hot metal casters live for. This weekend during the Intercollegiate Iron Pour there were seven furnaces on site, and hundreds of students and iron - enthusiasts up to Salem Art Works for the event. As the sun set on Saturday and each furnace dropped, the red - orange glow of the iron complemented the colors of the fall foliage illuminated by the changing light. In the dark, the last furnace bottom dropped, and Ron Bakerian played the bag pipes to concluded the iron pour. The iron crew congratulated each other with warm hugs, high fives, and handshakes. The most rewarding part of the Intercollegiate Iron Pour is that iron veterans with years of wisdom pass on their knowledge by teaching less seasoned casters and first time pourers their techniques. 

    Friday started with registration and the Meet & Greet. Marjee Levine and the Mass Art Crew performed "Prometheus' Disco", a hot metal and flame performance. The Mass Art Crew performances are theatrical and geared toward audience entertainment. This year, the theme was a colorful and high energy fire dance. Performed at night, to the sounds of disco and dub, the performers danced for the audience, spun colored flames, and poured exploding metal. The minimal visuals make the flames, sparks and explosions, pop and excite. 

    Saturday started with a hearty breakfast. Then at 10am, Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, spoke in the upstairs of Barn 1 with a slide show about the history of cast iron, ancient iron processes, and iron masterpieces. Anne talked about her interest in the Berlin cast iron collections and other unique cultural castings. At 2pm the furnaces were hot. While the pour was happening, the Renegade Exhibition Show was being installed. The merchandise tent was packed with crowds watching the silk screen designs get printed on leathers and shirts. The scratch block station was in full effect, with molds being ran over to the pour floor. In front, we had sausage and burgers on the grill drawing in the crowds who lined up for their meal. Across the road was a blacksmithing demo by Ron Bakerian who showed onlookers how to make forged tools. Dung mold demonstrations were presented in Barn 1. 

    Individuals were smashing iron all morning until the first tap. They separated charges into two buckets, one for iron and one for coke.  (the fuel that heats the furnace). Eager casters and students grouped and teamed up for their jobs. Students who were new to casting were introduced by working as the "safety crew." They used shoves of sand to control fires, block radiating heat from molds, and protect sand/ metal from getting into unpoured molds. They then graduated to "skimmers" taking the slag out of the iron ladle. The ladle has two operators, the "dead end and the live end". The "dead end" holds the ladle steady and follows the lead of the "live end". The "live end" controls the ladle, listens to the "mold caption" and is the one pouring into the mold. The "mold captain" calculates how much iron is in the ladle, tells the crew which mold to pour into and coordinates which team will pour. More experienced casters are on the furnace crew. They maintain the furnace with charges of coke, charges of iron, tapping it, boting it, timing, and maintaining the slag hole. The iron pour was a long hot day, with tons of molds on the floor. After the pour, bonfires were shared by the pleased and relaxed casters.

    On Sunday, after another hearty breakfast, the students cracked open their sand mold to see how the iron poured. Cast iron is a beautiful material that forms around the mold and if poured correctly can pick up a ton of detail. The proud artists showed off their pieces and headed home. 

    GOOD POUR GUYS! See you next year!

    Intercollegiate Renegade Show

    The Renegade Show was a pop-up exhibition held on the 2nd floor of Barn 1 during our Intercollegiate Iron Pour. Teachers, students and other independent artists were invited to bring work to display in this one day showcase; castings, prints, sculpture and paintings are all temporarily installed in this space. The Show was curated by two of SAW's intern artists, Elana Webb and Neal Flynn. View the art pieces below in the photo gallery.

    Sister Sylvester

    Sister Sylvester's Performance" Make Like It’s Yours: Experiments in Radical Hospitality."

    Accompanied by three actors and three designers, Kathryn Hamilton will develop and direct a new performance piece which will span multiple mediums. The performance will build upon her last performance “The Screens”, and will utilize various spaces at SAW moving the audience while teetering on the line between a play and an exhibition.

    Kathryn Hamilton is a British director who received an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Originally from England, she has traveled and performed in the US and internationally. To see samples of her work and learn more about her recent projects, please view her website at

    "Make Like It’s Yours" begins from two considerations of hospitality: Jean Genet’s instruction that a guest must steal from their host to break the bond of debt through transgression, and Derrida’s 1996 lectures on hospitality, "Foreigner Question" and Step of Hospitality/No Hospitality”. The piece itself will be a series of experiments in radical hospitality, with a form inspired by 1980’s avant-garde art on T.V. shows like Kęstutis Nakas, Your Program of Programs’, and Christoph Schlingenseif’s U3000, a broadcast from the Berlin subway.

    Music & Pizza with Bells Roar & Yard Sale

    By Julia Johnson

    Bells Roar on August 1st

    Yard Sale on September 5th

    Sean Desire of Bell's Roar played at one of Music and Pizza's busiest days yet. Families picnicked in the yard, lounged around the tent and enjoyed the music. The pizzas came out, slowly but surely, and guests jumped at the chance to eat them. Both artists Cynthia Rosen and Regis Bordie were at the opening, chatting with visitors about their show. The exhibition was a beautiful merge of similar looking gestures, lines, edges and texture. 

    Sean's voice was spot on, clear and strong. She sang with her beats that were playing from the speakers and had a crowd full of listeners bobbing their heads. Bell's Roar is a combination of beautiful, soft vocals and electronic trance composers.  Between songs, Sean talked about the stories behind the songs as well as  things that inspire her as a musicians. After the set, Sean spoke with the audience in a Q & A discussion about what it's like to be a musician and where she plans to play next.