April 22, 2022

Salem invites you to join the Artist’s Row Spring Market Day Launch Party!

by Felicia Cheney

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Saturday, April 30th & Sunday, May 1st from 10am–7pm on Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby Street, Salem MA

The snow has melted, warm days are upon us, and the annual grand opening of Artists’ Row Market has arrived. Enjoy the sunny weather and join the local artist and community at the Artists’ Row Market Day Launch Party!

On Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st 2022 Artists’ Row will come alive with FREE activities for all ages!  Starting at 10 am visitors can meet local artists, see them in their natural habitat, participate in free hands-on art making activities, sign up for workshops, listen to some live tunes, grab a bite to eat and even do a bit of shopping!

Join new Public Artist in Residence Maia Mattson to create native seed bombs. These small, biodegradable balls made from air dried clay and filled with a pollinator loving, native seed mix are a fun way to support out local pollinators. Workshops on both days from 12:00-4, free and fun for all ages!  Complimenting this engagement, Beverly Bees will have their observation hive on display to help educate about the importance of protecting our pollinators.

Throughout the weekend ShinDig will offer free make your own button workshops, a makers grab bag table, and their usual array of upcycled lovable oddities!

Chagall PAC will be hosting a variety of activities from artist Sadie Nadeau, of Sadie’s Beads, will host a FREE make-your-own-earrings beading workshop from 2-4pm; to Dennis Shafer’s sound painting workshop from 4-6pm; and an outdoor performance by Annie and the Fur Trappers filling the Row with music from 3-5pm.  Later that evening Dennis will be joined by fellow ChagallPAC director Diana Norma, in their Interactive Poetry and Performance Workshop from 6-8 pm at CultureHouse Salem, located across the street in Old Town Hall.

Festivities on Artists’ Row will continue Sunday, May 1st, with the ChagallPAC student recital at 12pm as well as a return of Sadie’s Beads, ShinDig’s, and Maia Mattson’s wonderful hands-on workshops!

ChagallPAC offers up an eclectic array of handcrafted jewelry, fiber arts, poetry books, painting and so much more at their booth so passerby can get a taste of all this amazing collective of artists has to offer.

The Chagall Performance Art Collaborative (Chagall PAC) is a community of artists committed to collaborating across disciplines and exploring the ways we experience art. We believe art is never the same in any given moment, but rather evolving and continually being shaped by the imaginations of those who come into contact with it.  We create performances that involve audience participation and expand to the newest reaches of contemporary performance art. ChagallPac is located in Unit 1 on Artists’ Row.  They are currently open Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm and starting April 30th, the shop will be open every weekday 12-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm. Visitors can also enjoy live music outside on Artists’ Row every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. Learn more at: chagallpac.com

Beverly Bees will have experts available to answer your honeybee questions, an observation hive for visitors to view honeybees at work as well as a variety of hand made locally harvested beeswax candles and skincare. Watch them make beeswax candles and purchase some raw local honey from Beverly Bees’ hives.

Beverly Bees is located on Artists’ Row in Unit 2. They offer handmade beeswax candles, award winning honey and bee skin care from their very own bees! Watch them make candles in hundreds of
shapes and designs from pillars, tapers, votives, pumpkins, skulls, wolves, dragons, witches, zombies and more! Get delicious local raw honey fresh from the hive to tantalize your taste buds or handmade
beeswax lip balms, lotions, and salves to delight your skin, and smell the sweet honey aroma of their handmade beeswax candles as they burn. Learn about bees, beekeeping, bee removal, how to help
save bees and so much more. You can even view live bees in the shop’s observation hive as a fun bonus! They are currently open Wednesdays – Fridays 11am-6pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm and Sundays 12pm-6pm.  Buzz in for a sweet time. Stings not included. 

Shindig!, along with visiting artists from TRIANGLE, will be setting up an expanded version of their shop including more upcycled, artist-embellished oddities, antiques, one of a kind fashion, patches, pins and more! 

Shindig! is all about fun! Inspired by pop culture and design, Shindig! creates and collects fun and unique jewelry, art, clothing, and other things you might not be able to live without. Family owned and operated, Shindig! is a small operation that’s dedicated to creating cool things with as little waste as possible. Pop into to our shop in Unit 4 on Artists’ Row and get shindiggity with us!
Open 6 days a week 12:00-6:00pm, closed Tuesdays. 

Maia Mattson
, the new Salem Public Artist in Residence on Artists’ Row, is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in botanical installations made from locally grown and foraged plants as her primary medium. As Salem’s 2022 Public Artist in Residence, Maia will facilitate monthly nature-based art making workshops that will explore the many connections between nature, art, and human impact. The series will culminate in a community activated garden tour of the city. Learn more about the project and upcoming workshops on instagram @stixsense. 

In addition to the above, the longtime Salem favorite The Lobster Shanty is now open from Noon until Midnight seven days a week for both dine-in and take out service. Live entertainment resumes this year on Saturday evenings and outdoor seating is always available along with a new expanded menu! lobstershantysalem.com

Artists’ Row is at the heart of the City, centrally located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby St., across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. It was originally built as a marketplace and continues to be a thriving public plaza and pedestrian way.  Artists’ Row consists of four artist ‘stalls’, a restaurant, and a public restroom and The Artists’ Row Initiative is a seasonal program run by the City of Salem’s office of Arts & Culture that provides space for artists and artisans looking to build their audience and/or business through daily engagement with residents and visitors to Salem.  salem.com/artists-row

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