Monday links are curated from near and far and feature some local highlights, creative and inspiring motivational posts, some local news highlights and occasionally a surprise or two! A little attempt to help you start your week off positively creative!



Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

While on my break, I didn’t completely abstain from drinking. Rather than drinking much hard liquor, my drink of choice was hard cider. Although there are some pretty good brands of domestic (I like Woodchuck and Angry Orchard) and imported (such as Magner’s and Woodpecker) hard cider, I am lucky to live around the corner,…

Footcandy in Salem

And now for the shoes. While I didn’t find the latest PEM blockbuster material exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain to be particularly probing, it was definitely aesthetically pleasing, and I enjoyed the insights into the production and collection of shoes. For me, the other exhibition themes of transformation, status and seduction did not seem quite as well-developed…

Is Social Media a Useful Marketing Tool for Artists?

What is art? Well, if Edgar Degas was right and art “is not what you see” but “what you make others see”, then art can be anything. However, what if the vision someone else has isn’t quite what you expected? And what if this vision is bound by a ton of T&Cs?

Art for the public – The Boston Globe

A look at how artists around the world are transforming shared spaces. Photographers captured recent exhibitions and permanent works on display in various locations for all to experience.

Montserrat Alumni Kayla Whelan | Montserrat College of Art

After Montserrat College of Art Kayla Whelan ’16 won The White House’s 2016 Christmas Tree Ornament Design Contest, she was invited to attend the ‘ 2016 Official White House Christmas Ornament Design Celebration’ reception in Washington, D.C. Learn more here!

The artist with a super-computing mind

The Art et Marges museum in Brussels has spent the past 25 years showing the work of “outsider” artists. The ones who are self-taught, or work either in isolation, or in workshops for mentally disabled and psychologically fragile people. Do have a look when you’re in the Belgian capital.

Poetic Pictures from Japan

Japanese culture inspires lots of artists. Photographer Ksenia Vysotskaya recently traveled to the “Land of the Rising Sun”. During on summer, he caught the poetry of landscapes and culture. Artist captured life instants field of peace and wisdom. Reality was frozen the time of pictures.

Home for the Holidays Gables | The House of the Seven Gables

Join us at our Home for the Holidays Open House event on Sunday, December 11 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Design Restaurants around the World

From Beijing to Ukraine, from Mexico to Hong Kong, a selection of design restaurants from some important architecture studio such as YOD Studio of Commercial Design, Atelier E. or Sans-Arc Studio. YOD Studio of Commercial Design. Project: Shade Burger. Site: Poltava, Ukraine. Photography by Andrey Avdeenko. YOD Studio of Commercial Design.

Help Give the Gift of Music this #GivingTuesday 11/29/16

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is a registered 501(c)(3) Massachusetts nonprofit organization whose sole mission is the support of music-education programming on Massachusetts’ North Shore. Help us give the gift of music this #GIVINGTUESDAY. Ways to donate!

Peabody Essex Museum – Google Arts & Culture

Over the last twenty years, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) has distinguished itself as one of the fastest growing art museums in North…

New cafe breaks ground in Peabody,in more ways than one

For 26-year-old Salem resident Amanda Summit, Northeast Arc’s new Breaking Grounds Cafe in downtown Peabody has offered a chance to work with people, make coffee drinks and learn new work skills on her way to independence.

The Salt of the Earth – Official Trailer

A journey with Sebastião Salgado. Out now on DVD – Watch it on iTunes – For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvations and exodus.

Fantastic Beasts (and where to find them)

When I need to find fantastic beasts I know precisely where to go: straight to Conrad Gessner’s five-volume Historiae animalium (1551-1558) or to its English variant, Edward Topsell’s History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents (1658), both of which are illustrated extensively and digitized. Why do I need fantastic beasts?

289 Derby St: Let’s Invest in a Lot

Well, the Carnival has been over for weeks, and 289 Derby Street is once more a parking lot. But, it could be a lot more. Should it be private development or public space? Public Space, of course! The following is from my letter to Salem Councilors in support of the Carnival Lot for public use:…

The Salem City Seal – Salem, MA

The Salem City Seal’s design is based on a very important aspect of Salem history, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. With a merchant dressed in colorful robes standing next to palm trees on an island, and a ship in the background under full sail, the seal is actually representative of Salem’s spice trade history.

Dar Williams meets Morse

I had no intention of ever writing a song. Sure, I’d hauled an ancient guitar that once belonged to my father-in-law out of my basement to mess around with following an unexpected surgery in January 2015. But that was it-just messing around, keeping my bored fingers busy.

Raw Art Works Opens “In a Word” at Blue Ox – Lynn Happens

Spread the love8Shares11.15.16 Earlier this evening Raw Art Works supporters and alumni gathered at the Blue Ox to celebrate the opening of In a Word. In RAW’s 2013 exhibit, “In a Word,” our young artists unearthed words not commonly used and created new words that described issues, situations, and qualities that our current words do…Read more…

Photos from the Lydia Pinkham and LynnArts Open Studios Saturday – Lynn Happens

Spread the love58Shares11.21.16 Lydia Pinkham’s annual open studios were Saturday and Sunday this past Weekend, and LynnArts held an open studios cross-promoted with Lydia Pinkham on Saturday. One artist commented that they saw more foot traffic in their Lydia Pinkham studio Saturday than they had seen in their former Somerville location during their open studios….Read more…

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Record comeback for vinyl spurs 33 1/3rd Thursdays in Lynn, Mass.

Locals of this Boston suburb know the rest. But could the famed ” City of Sin” become the “City of Spin?” On Nov. 17, music lovers of all ages ambled into the White Rose Coffeehouse in the heart of this former shoe manufacturing mecca.

Art or hate? Salem State University shuts down controversial show

Editor’s note: The Salem News is publishing a photo of the painting of Ku Klux Klansmen that has caused concerns at Salem State University, because this is a story about art that cannot be easily understood without seeing the art in question.

Museum begins renovations on Essex Street buildings

SALEM – The Peabody Essex Museum is moving forward on its $49 million expansion, but work on another project next door is quietly rolling along as well. Over the last few decades, the museum has acquired three properties from 173 to 181 Essex St., located immediately next to the museum’s Asian Garden.

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