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 www.sistersylvester.org.

"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. 

On September 5th the weather was warm but not as hot as the music Yard Sale was playing. Yard Sale, the three - man bluegrass/ old- time band played at our third Music and Pizza and completely killed it. By the end of the performance the tent turned into a hoedown; dancers were swinging, tapping and stomping their feet, dancers were doing the dosey-doe and getting down. Yard Sale's songs were about relatable things like romance, having little money, dreaming big, and enjoying the simple things in life like a cold beer and good friends. 

Coinciding with Yard Sale was Claire Sherwood's and Lauren Sandler's exhibition opening in Cary House Gallery. Their work was harmonious; the overall aesthetic of the exhibition was monochromatic, involving domestic and feminine objects. Claire portrayed her life through a series of every day house hold objects which she created using clay and white wash glaze. She arranged them in natural groupings, the way they might be stumbled upon in real life. She even made an entire sink basin completed with pipes and faucets that had a small ceramic toothbrush and toothpaste set upon it.. Lauren made objects that resembled natural forms like rocks, then decorated them with culinary embellishing that looked like pipping of deserts. 

Alzheimer's Iron Pour

August 16th 2014

The Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project is a cross generational community arts project with the focus of raising awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and using art as catalyst to comfort  grandchildren, caregivers and elderly affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. Team members certified in the Alzheimer’s Association “Memories in the Making Watercolor Class” volunteer with the elderly to create watercolor paintings. The paintings are then interpreted into sculptures by glass and iron artists. We host workshops and events to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. Through this process fading memories become eternal artworks.

At the Alzheimer’s Iron Pours, sculptures will be cast by artist based off paintings created by the elderly. Sculptures created by the elderly during nursing home visits will also be turned into cast iron through sand molding. Additionally, relief blocks will be carved by Grandchildren affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, who will create their own artwork based off of memory. Cast Iron art will be created by artists working at Salem Art Works as well as guest artists of the Alzheimer’s Glass and Iron project. All costs will be covered by the project. (artists are currently responsible for their own sand fees).

Mother F*ing Nature Performance

A third person report on mother*ing nature at SAW

Artist Moheb Soliman curated a recent group residency where five Montreal, QC artists came down to SAW for two weeks to work individually under a common theme: briefly put, the place of nature in modernity and identity. They found the Salem Art Works grounds in a profound state of transformation--heavy landscaping, clear-cutting, brush-hogging, trail-blazing, and other such terms of Man v. Nature were evident at every turn. Moheb and company found the circumstances very ideal and stimulating in fact for their critical explorations about mother nature, mothering nature, and other possible relationships to the non-human living world as supreme "other." The residency involved engaging with a set of texts and materials, daily meetings and discussions, independent work in a group studio, and a slow, winding, steady course towards a final show. Artists developed diverse pieces of dance, music, performance art and participatory art, poetry, and theater. These were presented through a sort of mock-tour of sites all around SAW's property, activating and inhabiting strange spaces and ones taken for granted. The show was a very true and yet surprising culmination of what the group of six had experienced at this very uniquely natural-cultural space, through the lens of the residency. The concepts and the context were terrifically complementary, and there was a real sense of presence, sensuality, and experimentation in the work they showed. Reports of a beautiful, outrageous, powerful, and quiet too, time, were shared by all: Moheb, Ximena Holuigue, Mary Williamson, James Irwin, Victoria Stanton, and Maya Kuroki. 

Salem2Salem Abroad

By Jenny Hillenbrand

Who is here?
25 artists are participating in the Salem2Salem project this year. Together they work in a variety of fields: writing, music, video/ animation, performance, sculpture, and painting. The artists come from all over the US and Germany for the most part, with a few exceptions such as several artists from Romania, Switzerland, and England. There are also administrators from Germany and the US who work both onsite  and remotely to coordinate and organize activities, documentation of the experience and the final exhibition. Outside presence of people include workers doing renovations, maids tidying common spaces and rooms, tourists exploring the property, locals walking on the side streets with dogs or biking, cooks in the cafeteria, local artists in the surrounding area, and four cows who "chow down" on grass  across the street. 

What is happening here?

Meals are served in a cafeteria from 8-8:30am for breakfast, 12:30pm -1:30pm for lunch, and 6:30pm to 7pm. Meals are available only during this time but there is a kitchen and lounge with sink, drinks, refrigerator, and plenty of places to sit. There has been four articles written about the residency, stay tuned! There was a grand opening with performance, reading, singing, collaborating, presentations about the artists, and speeches from several notable figures. Activities are scheduled for artists to participate in including a BBQ last night, field trips to historical sites, museums, artists studios, gallery openings, and to the lake in the morning. Artists can choose to participate or stay behind to work in the studio.

Some projects I have become aware of is an internet cafe with expresso and coffee ground reading, independent travel on bike to paint en plein air, site specific research, a collaborative involving drums, small wooden wind instruments made from scrap wood and piano parts, and individual projects in animation, involving drawings and sculpture, writing, painting, music rehearsals, and offsite black smithing. 

With the use of the facilities, studios, fieldtrips, and meals I have experienced a sense of deep and casual conversations about making work, life, family, friends, and travel. There is a sense of community forming and also a strong sense of independent focus. From the looks of it, many are interested in incorporating performance or collaboration into their work. This experimentation is creating an excellent dialog and energy amongst everyone. 


This residency is taking place from August 5th to the 25th. There will be an exhibition opening on the 22nd along with a variety of planned activities which are also significant. Our hope is that what is begun hear will carry on into the next year and beyond, to keep with the nature of collaborative, experimentation and reflection.


Room and board, and studios are located in a boarding school which typically houses 200 11th and 12th graders during the school year. The housing is set up that men and women stay in different buildings here, but that every building is open during the day. Artists are staying in about four buildings together in groups. The campus is located north of the town of Goldbach, and is a few miles from Lake Constance. Not much beyond residencial spaces are within walking distance but there are several bikes to get around on, along with cars. We are also just a few miles from the Schloss Castle. Lake Constance really reminds me of the fingerlakes in NY and a little bit like a lake town in general. There are Vineyards, boating, small lake homes, small shops, slow meandering travel by car and bike, and faster more direct roads leading to and from each city/town. 


The purpose of this residency is to establish a place and time for artists to share space, ideas, and work with one another. The hope is for them to establish a sense of community and collaboration which is ongoing after they leave. What will specifically happen is still unknown, but the purpose and structure is clear.


Most artists are working in their rooms, some are constantly in the studio together. Even when everyone is together they listen to music privately and focus. One artist said something along the lines of ...I was alone in the studio and everyone went on a field trip. I didn't realize how much I was getting used to working with other people. Having them around I felt more focused and worked harder because of the energy. When they were all gone for the day I was in the studio for about five hours, and the last three I just couldn't wait for everyone to get back... it was like waiting for your family to come home! 

Cynthia Rosen At The Farmers Market

By Julia Johnson

Every Saturday Salem Art Works has a booth at the Salem Farmers Market. We have a table filled with promotional flyers, catalogues and SAW merchandise to sell. We also bring an artist to feature at the booth. This past week, we brought Cynthia Rosen, She is exhibiting her work in The Cary House Gallery,  with ceramicist Regis Brodie. Cynthia brought a "pein air" set up to paint the farmers market. ("En pein air" is a French expression for painting outdoors; it translates to "in the open air"). Her demonstration was a popular attraction at the market, and she chatted with the audience while she painted.

Cynthia paints abstract "pein air" pieces, with bold blocks of color, mostly blues and warm tones that define the space. She paints with confident strokes of color and assertive scrapes of paint that come together to create a truly beautiful landscape. Using a pallet knife and brush, she paints dry landscapes such as desserts and cities, and lush, complex, forests and mountain ranges. All of her paintings depict solitude and feel intense because of the sharp edges and details. Her paintings make the viewer feel as though they are right in the landscape; engrossed by the beauty of nature. Resembling stained glass, her crisp lines are deeply invigorating. 

"The Old Seguaro Theater" ( Wicken, AZ)

"The Old Seguaro Theater" ( Wicken, AZ)

Music and Pizza with Erica Russo and The Good Sport

We had our first Music and Pizza of the season and it was a booming success.  Erica Russo and the Good sport from Western MA, played for us. Their songs and lyrics were poetic mastery which told stories about travel, love, family, life, home. Their sound was folky, upbeat, jumpy, relaxed but intentional. The whole band jammed and rocked, complimenting each other instinctually. Erica Russo the singer / songwriter had a soft, light voice completely unique. The audience was entranced by the band, eating their pizza, and nodding their heads to the music. After the performance the band sat down with the audience around the stage and were asked questions from the intrigued Music and Pizza guests. The question and answer session gave insight about the band's music career. The band members consist of Erica Russo, who plays guitar and sings, Billy Leva, who plays the drums, Ryland Hall, who plays the bass, and John Zurek, who plays the saxophone. The band talked about how some of them they meet at Mass Art, how they write music and jam together, what it's like to travel and tour, and what it's like to be an emerging band that's getting popular and finding success.

For more information about Erica Russo and the Good Sport visit their website here: www.ericarusso.com

Abstract Assertions, the work of Ewelina Bochenska and Victoria Palermo

By Julia Johnson

This exhibition is a pop of color that jumps off the walls and pedestals. One of the first things you notice about the exhibition is its composition of neon blocks of color and lighthearted quirk. But don’t get this exhibition wrong, on further inspection, this exhibition carries a lot of weight with it's intellectual construction, and deep, rich color compositions. The sculptures by Victoria Palermo resemble architecture; you can imagine these sculptures are little modern houses.  These pieces point to modern designs, similar to the Rietveld Schröder House, these pieces have bright light infused plains, mostly right angles and sooth, crisp lines. Victoria added a few curve balls to her pieces, for example, artificial turf, a few acute and obtuse angles that slightly kilter the square form. Paired with Ewelina the two make a stunning union.

Victoria Palermo "(my )little complex", and "Untitled"

Victoria Palermo "(my )little complex", and "Untitled"

Ewelina Bochenska "Substance of Space"

Ewelina Bochenska "Substance of Space"

Ewelina Bochenska's paintings are similar to Victoria's because they are groupings of colorful layers of transparencies on top of one another. The paintings have texture and the strokes define the gesture of her movement. With globs of paint raised off the canvas, Ewelina’s painting has volume and grit to her pieces. Her color pallet consists of deep blue tones and a coral red. Some of her paintings for example, “It Was Evening All Afternoon”, is almost all dark blue, with only slivers of yellow. Upon inspection as you look deeper into the painting you can find the slight differentiation and intricate lines, and larger chucks of color cradling the configuration.  Another painting that is quite opposing to the rest of the suit is “Ephemeral”, that is smaller in size, this painting has no blue only light pastel colors. This painting is a small light whisper but stands strong among the bolder pieces. The feeling of her work is a perfected fusion, of color, gesture, and texture.Over all Abstract Assertions is a cohesive blend of bright color, solemn structure, quirkiness, and seriousness, smooth and rough, crisp lines and organic abstractions. 

Ewelina Bochenska " It as Evening All Afternoon"

Ewelina Bochenska " It as Evening All Afternoon"

Ewelina Bochenska "Emphemeral"

Ewelina Bochenska "Emphemeral"

Meet Our Fellow, Beverly Acha

Beverly Acha was one of our 2014 Summer Fellows. She came to SAW to focus on her paintings, but found herself experimenting in all sorts of mediums. During her 2 month residency Beverly painted, made drawings, poured iron, made molds, worked heavily in ceramics, took a glass blowing workshop and said that wanted to try textiles and fabric next. In an interview with Beverly she stated that, "The really good thing about being here is the layout of the campus. You can really do different things in different places. It allowed for flow, I felt that in my practice and in my work, I was really influenced by that. Knowing that I could walk to ceramics or bring my work to my studio, or walk up the hill for a break, or even go to the river...the campus makes it feel like you have the opportunity move around." 

Watch the video below about Beverley explaining her experimentation process during her residency at SAW. For more Information about Beverly visit her Website here: http://www.beverlyacha.com

Beverly Acha was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received a BA from Williams College in Studio Art and American Studies, with a concentration in Critical and Cultural Theory (2009), and an MFA from Yale University in Painting and Printmaking (2012). She is the recipient of a Salem Art Works Fellowship (2014), Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Travel Grant (2011), Frederick M. Peyser Prize in Painting (2009), Berkshire Art Association Fellowship (2008 and 2009), and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (2007). In 2010, she was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Cambridge, Pittsfield, and Seoul, Korea. Acha currently lives and works in New York City.

Miriam Sagan's Writings

Note: Miriam Sagan was a participant in Salem Art Works Writing Residency. Below are a few pieces of what she wrote during her time here. 



She is the author of over twenty-five books, and lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is a founding member of the collaborative press Tres Chicas Books. She is a graduate of Harvard with an M.A. in creative writing from Boston University,  In 1982 Miriam moved from the Boston area to first San Francisco and then Santa Fe, where Miriam has made her home since 1984. Her books include including Searching for a Mustard Seed: A Young Widow’s Unconventional Story, which won the award for best memoir from Independent Publishers for 2004; her poetry collections Rag Trade, The Widow’s Coat, The Art of Love and Aegean Doorway; and a novel, Coastal Lives. Miriam directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College.  


Check out her blog here: http://miriamswell.wordpress.com/


Here are some notes from my blog I kept at Salem Art Works.
Miriam Sagan

Working on a piece called “Diurnal Diary.”
My daughter, artists Isabel Winson-Sagan, provided me with suminagashi. I am making one piece per hour for a total of 24–poetry or journal entries on the marbled paper.

Materials:24 suminagashi poems1 suminagashi with stamp art/photoshop1 page of raw diary writing just for fun1 embroidered hankie with an acrostic of my name1 embroidered doily1 “flag” I made of stamp art and embroidery on an old laced hand towel
possible add ons:antique crocheted doily2 antique embroidered crocheted squares
I started writing the poetry links in blocks of hours, so there would be some continuity. Then got out of whack, and am now missing 7 pm, 4 am, 5 am, 10 am, and 11 am! Need to get them done and put on the paper in slightly over 24 hours. And somehow keep the flow.


Sample text:

10 am
I know those crowsmust be marriedby the way she scolds himeven about the weather

10 pm
hard rain walkingthis isn’t Zunihow could I have forgottenisland of Manhattana million umbrellas


I was able to complete the text and have 24 pieces to hang in the Pop-Up show on Friday night.
After that, I recorded: So now my thinking is changing about the outdoors piece. I’ve got a new version, with text typed. And did something that looks quite interesting–did only 12, pairing the hours, 1 am and 1 pm and so on. Currently I like the effect. Will see.
The Diurnal Diary piece looked great hung in the pop-up show, but is illegible as it is in my handwriting. So I did a fast and dirty one typed and hung it on a laundry line in a little glen as an outdoor version.

Got some interesting suggestions:
taking the paper out of plastic envelopes—this makes sense, although sometimes people encourage me to preserve the sheets—I’m really unsure
stamping the text
embroidering the text
hanging more “laundry” (little antique-y pieces) interspersed—or hanging my own embroideries etc. Great if there is time
hanging the pieces scattered 


What Have I Learned?
I’m unclear about destruction
I can’t work ONLY quickly
You’re always/never really working in public
You don’t have to be aware of a threshold to cross it
Time is moving in more than one direction, but it is moving
“Get over your fear” is not the final piece of advice
Creative stress requires carbs



Adrian Landon's New Install

Adrian Landon who was an exhibiting artist from last year in the Cary House Gallery, came up this past weekend to install two new sculptures in our sculpture park. The Cary Hill Sculpture Park is going through a lot of refurbishing lately, and adding the dung beetles on the hill is a perfect symbol for the change happening in the park. Dung beetles are collectors and cleaners, so as the beetles fictionally travel through the park slowing picking up scraps and discarded junk they are helping clear the property just like the bulldozers and brush hogs who have been actively finishing the trails and roads. 

Adrian Landon

Adrian Landon

Dung Beetle: fabricated, sculpted and painted stainless steel. 

Dimensions: 4 ft. high, 3.5 ft. wide, 3 ft. long.

Weight: 100-200 lbs.

Dung Ball: actual found and fabricated objects (fire hydrants, lampposts, street signs, ... as mentioned above) fabricated steel objects, all welded and attached to a hidden inner steel  pipe dodecahedron structure (a geometric sphere made of 12 pentagons, refer to image “dodecahedron”).

Dimensions: about 7-8 ft. high/in diameter.

Weight: 1000-1500 lbs.

Total dimensions: 10 ft. long, 7-8 ft. high, 7-8 ft. wide. 

Total weight: 1100-1700 lbs.

Adrian Landon

Adrian Landon

The dung-beetle or scarab, an insect native to temperate zones and found in most parts of the world, is known for collecting mainly cow dung in fields by rolling it into a ball and across the land, burying it into the ground, and consuming it. This process provides many benefits to the environment such as nutrient recycling, soil structure and natural fertilizer, livestock hygiene and natural manure disposal. The dung beetle is an essential part of the ecosystem that most people might not know about. It is also a sacred Egyptian symbol of the cycle of life and the sun. In this case, the giant dung beetle is collecting man-made objects from the city streets, cleaning up the human impact on the earth. The concept refers to our increasingly serious impact on the environment through pollution and garbage, and the importance for us to learn to recycle and become more sustainable.

The goal is to provide the public and this public space with an interesting, educative and exciting large-scale sculpture addressing today’s pressing environmental issues in a fun way. The beetle being part of nature and the contents of the dung ball being completely urban will make the sculpture very relevant to the park’s urban outdoor environment and interact with the public and surroundings. - Adrian Landon, 2014


"I was born and raised in New York City and attended the Lycée Francais. My father is a violin maker from France and growing up around all the intriguing shapes of the instruments had a significant influence on my creativity. My father also had an art gallery with my mother who is from Holland.

After studying Industrial Design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, traveling and working out in the American West and learning the trade of violin making and horseback riding with my father, I studied metal sculpture at The Arts Students League of New York. I remember that for a very long time I have had a strange curiosity for metal. My metal shop is currently located in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York.

It is all about the process, about shaping, forming, manipulating the element, putting my energy into it, using my hands, my body, to wrestle the metal, and making sure people can see it. Steel is my main medium and my main tools are the anvil and hammer." - Adrian Landon, 2013

Adrian Landon

Adrian Landon

H.W. at the Salem Tavern

By Julia Johnson

Last Thursday night at the Salem Tavern The Loft Boyz from Tannersville, NY (Hunter Mt.) Came up to open for H.W.,  the Salem Art Works house band.

The Loft Boyz played their original songs that sound like screaming ramblings that you MUST bang your head to. Their songs best capture a emotion or feeling, either frustration, nostalgia or just the urge to rage. Their truly unique sound  is somewhere between punk, undertones of ska, and hazy rock. The Loft Boyz consists of the Soranno brothers, Matt and Adam, Adam Anderton and Frank Cabrera. Watch the video below, featuring three of their songs. "Traffic", "Dueces" and "Way Home". 

When H. W. took the stage it was a burst of energy and theatrical gestures, H. W. is mash up of personalities and sound that somehow just works. The unique aspect of H.W. is how the band’s players switch instruments, and each individually write songs. With each instrumental transition, like a kaleidoscope, as the switch occurs the identity of the songs change. Some songs are deep soulful poetic lyrics, then others are trance inducing melodies and words. H. W. has pieces that sound familiar and sweet, but all of there music is filled with amped up, juicy rock and roll. The band consists of Adam Sorrano, Chase Winkler, Chris Zirbes, and Anthony Cafritz. For hours H. W. played their original songs with gusto and energized dancing and playing. Something to be noted is that all of the members of H. W. are working and practicing artists at Salem Art Works. Perhaps it is their creative intellect that that makes H. W. such a original and emotionally intuitive band.  The video below showcases a few songs from the performance at the Tavern. Featuring ""It's No Use", "Screamin' Across the Sky", "Blow Truth", Believe It", and "Surface".

Way to go boys. Way to nail it on the head! 

4 Exhibitions Open On Site

By Julia Johnson

On July 11th at Salem Art Works we had four exhibitions activating almost all of our buildings and barns on site. In our Cary House Gallery we have “Abstract Assertions” a show of Ewelina Bochenska and Victoria Palermo. Their work is a mix of colorful relationships and form compositions. 

Ewelina Bochenska (b. Lodz, Poland) graduated in 2011 from Goldsmiths College, University of London with a B.A. (Hons) in Art Practice. "My painting practice is an incessant search for new color relationships, in order to evoke a mood that touches ones deepest sensibilities. I am fascinated with the materiality of paint, its visceral quality and the ambiguity of my brush mark. When I paint it is important for me to feel how every brush mark creates space, and how I make the space tangible through unearthing various color and form relationships that conjure abstract emotion, and stir the imagination." - Ewelina Bochenska

Victoria Palermo is an artist based in upstate New York.  Working in both two- and three-dimensional modes with scale ranging from vest pocket to too-big-to-fit in a pick-up truck, she favors a variety of media—including living plants, rubber, carpet, wood, and colored plexiglass. "Combining materials of colored transparency with various media, I make constructions that may imply studied determination one moment and happy coincidence the next.   I depend on the viewer’s involvement to complete the work; walking around the object should lead to an elastic perception about its form and composition." - Victoria Palermo

This exhibition is open until July 27th, 2014.

Victoria Palermo &Ewelina Bochenska in Cary House Gallery. 2014

Victoria Palermo &Ewelina Bochenska in Cary House Gallery. 2014

On the 2nd floor of Barn 1, “Clay Ash Paper Paint” a husband / wife exhibition of Dan Greenfield, who specializes in large anagama fired ceramic work and Anne Richter, who paints abstractly from reality and is influenced from Picasso’s paintings. Installed in the newly renovated former hayloft of Barn 1, the work boldly stands out from the rustic barn beams and walls.

"I make abstract sculptures with clay as the medium. The sculptures are objects that do not seek to represent, imitate or interpret any aspect of the world around us. They are complete, in and of themselves, and their energy, power and beauty   can be experienced in a direct, unmediated way, with no extraneous references. The sculptures also reveal my creative and making processes, and the unique transformation of clay when fired for many days in a kiln with wood as the fuel.  They tell the story of their creation."- Dan Greenfeld

"I am a painter. My tools are shape, color and line. My imagery evolves from the making process. Some of my paintings begin with drawings I do directly from nature. For example each summer I focus on a plant, once, in a borrowing from Picasso, I chose a cherry tomato plant. How poignant his thirty-some paintings are of the only plant in his wartime studio in Paris, a barely surviving withered tomato plant. Picasso gave me license to explore one plant over and over again. Last year I did drawing after drawing of a lettuce plant going to seed and this year it was the thorny Rugosa rose.  The drawings begin with close observation, and then spin off into their own non-reality when they become paintings." - Anne Richter

This exhibition closed on July 12th, 2014

Dan Greenfeld and Anne Richter in Barn 1, 2nd Floor. 2014

Dan Greenfeld and Anne Richter in Barn 1, 2nd Floor. 2014

In Barn 2's large exhibition space we have a pop-up show, "This Time Around", filled with an eclectic group of work from our artists in residence. This exhibition showcases the variety of mediums that SAW artists work in. Featuring 17 artists this exhibition showcases a range of aesthetics and crafts. Artists included in the show are Tyler Rhinehart, Shannon Swenson, Harry Orlyk, Walter Dunnington, Julia Johnson, Anthony Cafritz, Adam Sorrano, Caroline Bugby, Molly Dressel, Kara Hall, Miriam Sagan, Michael Bonadio, Chase Winkler, Jenny Hillenbrand, Zac Ward, Jordan Becker and Gary Humphreys.

This exhibition is open until July 20th, 2014.

Molly Dressel, "Untitled", This Time Around in Barn 2, 2014

Molly Dressel, "Untitled", This Time Around in Barn 2, 2014

In Barn 3, “ Growth Under Pressure” is a themed exhibition of artists in residence. The artists were challenged to use materials found around Salem Art Works, with majority of the work consisting of raw cut wood, old beams from our barns and shale dug up from the landscaping work that is under construction on the sculpture park. The work all speaks to one other with a consistent aesthetic.

"GROWTH UNDER PRESSURE is an exhibition rooted in the landscape and geology of Salem. Salem’s natural beauty speaks for itself, something that is evident to anyone who hikes up the hill and gazes out over the peaked and rolling green landscape. Fortunately, this beauty is more accessible than ever because Salem Art Works is constructing a road making the hill drivable for all vehicles, an action that had an unpredicted side effect. 

The artists in this exhibition found this construction to be fortunate because it showed them the veins of beauty upon which SAW is built. They discovered inspirational shards of rock in the trenches gauged out by bulldozers.  Between shale underfoot and the ever present trees before their eyes, the elements of wood and stone emerged as an opportunity for these artists to come together and find their places in this landscape. "

 - Cha Tori Salem, NY 2014

This exhibition is open until July 20th, 2014.

Kara Hill, Monstrum Versetur, 2014

Kara Hill, Monstrum Versetur, 2014

The public is welcome to visit and take tours of all 4 exhibitions and the SAW property. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm or by appointment. Guided tours are available, please schedule of time with the SAW Office. (518)421- 1907, or info@salemartworks.com