Photo Gallery – Red Herring Morris Dancers present a Kettle of Fish – Salem MA

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On June 16th the Boston-based Red Herring Morris Dancers came to Salem, MA for the 2018 Kettle of Fish, an annual event where Morris and Rapper teams from all over New England come to Boston and the surrounding areas for a weekend of dancing, singing, and general noisemaking.


Images in America: House of the Seven Gables Book Release

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The House of the Seven Gables museum was packed to the brim this past Monday with those intrigued by Salem’s fascinating history. The audience included students who had taken classes in Emmerton’s settlement house in the 1940s, tour guides who had been employed at the house in the 1970s, and other curious North Shore residents [….]

Telling the Untold Stories of Life and Labor at the House of the Seven Gables

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By Joey Phoenix The 2017 iteration of the House of the Seven Gables annual exhibition series Life and Labor: Over Four Centuries at the Gables, is open now at the historic museum and landmark, telling the stories of workers on the property, in Salem, and throughout New England from the 17th the 20th centuries. The follow-up [….]

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Local Artists Blend Chaos with Zen in Kokeshi

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By Joey Phoenix When restaurateurs Tim Haigh and Larry Leibowitz begin a new project, they don’t go about it all willy-nilly. Kokeshi Salem is just about to introduce it’s brand of Ramen to the North Shore. They have a plan. A good plan. When they opened local favorite Bambolina in 2015, they didn’t settle for [….]

Salem's So sweet Ice Sculpture 2017

Salem Event – Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculptures 2017

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The 2017 Salem’s So Sweet Ice Sculpture Install and lighting by Retonica was a huge success! Thanks to Salem Main Streets, Destination Salem and Salem Chamber for bringing this wonderful annual winter festival to downtown Salem. Regardless of the plans, Mother Nature had, and the unpredictability of New England weather there were droves of people out [….]

Tidal Shift: Redirecting the Current of Public Space

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By Joey Phoenix Third Places are at the forefront of our communities. They are integral to the culture, the life, the ebb and flow of our cities. Yet, they’re often underutilized and taken for granted. That is, unless they have advocates. In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “A Clean Well-Lighted Space,” two waiters argue over whether [….]

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Photo Gallery – New England Holidays at the House of Seven Gables by Joey Phoenix

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The House of the Seven Gables was built by a Salem sea captain and merchant named John Turner in 1668 and occupied by three generations of the Turner family before being sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll in 1782. An active captain during the Great Age of Sail, Ingersoll died at sea leaving the property to [….]

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An introduction to Tidal Shift.. A Salem Public Space Project

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Making Waste Worthwhile with Salem Public Space Project By Joey Phoenix Pictures by John Andrews Photography for Creative Salem  We’ve all been there, stuck in traffic on a busy street, when suddenly a something slightly grey and otherworldly slips into your field of vision. Once your eyes focus you see it clearly for what it [….]

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Photo Gallery – Walk with ME by Art Speak Salem – Photos by Joey Phoenix

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This year ArtSpeak partnered with the 5th wall Immersive Theatre Company and many other local artists and musicians to create “Walk with Me” – an evening celebrating liberation and debunking some myths about human trafficking; namely: 1) It happens elsewhere. 2) It happens to other people. 3) Liberation means pop the champagne! Actually, no. This [….]

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The Greater Salem Ballet Company – A Dance Family On Pointe

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By Joey Phoenix Images by Vicki Hendrix  Salem’s very own A Performing Arts Academy, tucked away on Swampscott Road in Witch City’s southwestern corridor, is home to a number of dance classes geared towards those aged 3-18. The wooden floors, pink surroundings, and mirrored walls provide a rehearsal and practice space for any young student [….]

VIDEO – Salem Chamber Haunted Happenings Grand Parade

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Video by Joey Phoenix for Creative Salem. The Salem Chamber of Commerce cordially presented the 21st Annual Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on Thursday, October 6, 2016. This year’s event featured the theme “100 Years of Parks and Play”. This time honored kick off of the Halloween season was full of color, [….]

Loneliness and Creativity: Embracing Silence, Finding Community

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); By Joey Phoenix Images by Timothy Donovan Photography unless otherwise marked  “The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence.” – Adrienne Rich Why is it that creative people often have such intimate relationships with feelings of isolation and loneliness? It’s probably because [….]