Dear SAW Friend
This year we have stretched further and supported more artists then ever before. SAW is becoming more of an intrinsic voice in our community. The Cary Hill Sculpture Park is fully activated by a gradual road up to the top and five miles of connected trails through our woods. Everyone has been able to enjoy the exciting new sculptures, beautifully designed fire pit, stunning views, and direct connection to nature. With all this expansion and growth, we truly have you and your generosity to thank.
One of our 2014 Fellows, Rose Oakman, is running her Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project. She had three iron pours during her time at Salem Art Works, creating artwork for Alzheimer’s awareness. The Intercollegiate Iron Pour was the largest event that happened at SAW this year, with many returning, well seasoned metal casters, and first time pourers who came together for the collaborative iron pour and festivities.
Music and Pizza attracted guests from all over the region. The crowd relaxed, enjoyed home made pizza, and danced to blue grass, folk, electronic and blues music. This year’s performers were Erica Russo and the Good Sport, Bells Roar, Yard Sale, and Anthony Fallacaro.
Exhibition Openings in the Cary House Gallery, Barn 1, Barn 2 and Barn 3 completely activated SAW’s property and showcased the artistic diversity that passes through Salem Art Works each year.
During our Spring and Fall sessions of Art 101, SAW staff presented in classrooms at local High Schools, and then brought the students to our working facilities. With a larger selection of workshops to choose from, we provided teenagers hands on experiences in welding, blacksmithing, glass blowing, polymer clay, watercolor painting, and silk screen printing. Both public and private schools visited SAW from all over Washington County and the Capitol Region for field trips. The students enjoyed demonstrations given by artists on site, and went on tours of the grounds that sparked their interest and imagination.
In one of our other favorite youth programs, Lunch Learn and Play, Annie Daley filled the Salem Community Court House auditorium with laughter, joy, sentimental memories and curiosity. Local Salem kids were able to develop a theme for their shadow puppet performance titled “Where I Come From.” They made cardboard puppets representing memories of home. The puppets were brought to life with light and shadows.
Across the Atlantic in Salem, Germany, our International program Salem2Salem brought together numerous cultures in an artist residency. 30 Artists from the United States, Germany and surrounding European countries created work for an exhibition that was installed in the library at Schule Schloss Salem, where the Salem2Salem participants lived and worked. Artists enjoyed the solitude of their studios, while many artists connected and collaborated with each other.
With each passing year, Salem Art Works becomes more defined. We continue to accommodate the ever growing number of resident artists and offer ourselves to the immediate community and Upstate New York region. Our ceaseless commitment is to ensure a thorough and complete experience to the individuals and groups that utilize and enjoy our 119.4 acres and facilities. Please help us celebrate what we have all accomplished and be an active participant in SAW’s future.
With your financial support you have inspired artists, generated their innovation and allowed them to passionately work night and day. All art pieces you see at Salem Art Works exist because you made it possible. Please renew your sponsorship today. Your gift can help us continue to provide these amazing opportunities. As a supporter you get 10% off merchandise, event tickets, workshops, and receive V.I.P. Invites to parties, tours and sneak peeks to openings.
Give your tax-deductible donation today to SAW before the end of the year!