Thursday, November 5, 2009

Arts & Antiques Month in Salem!

November is a perfect time to explore the museums, galleries, and antiques shops in historic Salem, Massachusetts. Salem's rich history has endowed the seaport with incomparable architecture, museums, and collections. Take a moment to rediscover Salem's history through the special events and ongoing exhibits of Arts & Antiques Month.

Special Events

Fish Girl, Engraving Print Portfolio, Salem State College Center for the Arts

Engraving 2009 Print Portfolio | Salem State College Center for the Arts

Through November 5 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

A portfolio exhibit of world-class engravers including Rudy Pozzatti, Evan Lindquist, Jack Orman, and Will Fleishell, who engraved Lincoln on the new five-dollar bill. Salem State College, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center. Gallery Hours M-F, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or by appointment. Free. For more information call: 978-542-7890 or visit

Gadgets & Gizmos | The Phillips House

November 8 | 10:30 AM

What are those odd-looking gadgets in the cabinets at the Phillips House? Who made them? Who used them? Explore the kitchen at the Kitchen of the Phillips House, Historic New EnglandPhillips House and learn about domestic technology in the early 20th century on Sunday, November 8, 2009. This specialty tour will consist of a tour of the Phillips’ dining room, china closet, and kitchen and will provide information about the family and their curiosity about the burgeoning technology around 1920. After the tour, visitors will be able to try out antique kitchen gadgets similar to those in the Phillips House. The tour starts at 10:30 a.m. at 34 Chestnut Street in Salem. The cost is $5.00 for Historic New England members and $10.00 for nonmembers. Space is limited and advance registration is recommended. This program is part of Historic New England’s Year of the Kitchen celebration.

Behind the Canvas | The Phillips House

November 8 | 3:00 PM

As part of Destination Salem's Art and Antiques Month, the Phillips House offers a special tour highlighting paintings by American and European artists on display in the house. Learn about both the artists and the Phillips family's passion for collecting.

Weekend Festival: The Art of Fire: Glass Beads and Josh Simpson’s Work | Peabody Essex Museum

November 14-15 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Josh Simpson Mega Planet, Peabody Essex Museum

Spend a weekend with New England glass artists as they demonstrate their skill with small “lamps” of fire and talk about the beads they created in response to objects in PEM’s collection. Meet world-renowned glass artist Josh Simpson, whose Mega Megaplanet is on view in the American Art Gallery, learn to play marbles, listen to glass harmonica music and make a beaded bracelet. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am-5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at

Annual Faculty Art Exhibition Artist Reception | Salem State College

November 18, 2009 | 6:00 PM

This annual show includes faculty works in printmaking, painting, glass, sculpture, photography and other media, with artists Haig Demarjian, Benjamin Gross, Mark Malloy, Ken Reker, more. Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette Street, November 10 – December 10. Gallery Hours M-F, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or by appointment. Free. For more information call: 978-542-7890 or visit:

Peabody Essex Museum’s 37th Annual Antiques Show

37th Annual Antiques Show | Peabody Essex Museum

November 28-29, 2009 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

A Thanksgiving tradition, this year The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Annual Antiques Show will feature nearly 30 dealers from New England and across the United States showcasing exceptional silver, furniture, paintings, porcelain, jewelry, and decorative accessories, the Annual Antiques Show supports PEM’s educational programs, which serve thousands of children and families each year. Show is included in Museum admission. Get a first look at the annual Preview Party on Friday, November 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $125 in advance/ $150 at the door

Sunday Jazz Brunch | Peabody Essex Museum
Sunday, November 29 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs & Carpeting for a lively champagne brunch and an opportunity to learn more about collecting antique rugs. Great jazz, food, door prizes and more! $25 per guest. INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit

The House of the Seven Gables
Ongoing Exhibits

The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables constitutes its own national historic district on The National Register of Historic places in Salem, Massachusetts. The property features the 1668 Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, which is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England. Made famous in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The House of the Seven Gables, today exploration The House of the Seven Gables and its neighboring properties provides insight into the lifestyles of Salem's upper class in the 17th and 18th centuries. 54 Turner Street. INFO: 978-744-0991 or

Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel | Peabody Essex Museum

Explore more than 80 dramatic ensembles from the personal collections of legendary tastemaker and style icon Iris Apfel. Known for her eclectic mixing of haute couture with costume jewelry and exotic baubles, Apfel has inspired bold developments in the fashion industry through her spirited irreverence and pitch-perfect taste. Now in her 88th year, she continues to challenge visual culture with radical juxtapositions of disparate influences. These spectacular and unexpected wardrobe combinations are exhibited with inventive staging and playful displays that underscore Apfel's inexhaustible creative spirit. INFO: 866-745-1876 or

Iris Apfel, Rare Bird of Fashion at the PEM

Valérie Belin: Made Up | Peabody Essex Museum

Internationally-acclaimed photographer Valérie Belin comes to PEM for her first solo show in the United States. Featuring 17 exquisite, monumental images, Valérie Belin: Made Up explores a photographer’s ability to manipulate perception of artificiality and reality. In her images of mannequins, models and still lifes, Belin’s work treats the iconic and the banal equally and displays both on a disarmingly large scale. Belin’s mid-career retrospective was received with enormous popular and critical praise across Europe – she is rapidly becoming a leader in the world of photography. Valérie Belin: Made Up was organized by Phillip Prodger, PEM’s Curator of Photography. INFO: 866-745-1876 or

The Collections of the Peabody Essex Museum

To engage the mind and spirit, the PEM collection offers outstanding works primarily from the 1700s to today: paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, textiles, architecture and decorative objects. Our African, American, Asian, maritime, Native American and Oceanic art emphasizes the lively conversation that occurs through creativity across time, place and culture. INFO: 866-745-1876 or

Self-Guided Walking Tours

The McIntire Historic District Walking TrailThe McIntire Historic District Architectural Walking Tour brochure cover

Salem is well known for the beauty of its architecture. This one hour long self-guided tour will show you around one of the most spectacular areas of the city. Brochure is available at the Salem Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, or you can download and print at here.

Architecture in Salem

This guide introduces the differences between four centuries of architecture in the city, and highlights outstanding examples of architecture that are open to the public. Brochure is available at the Salem Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, or you can download and print at here.

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