Nan is a woman of many talents, a person who has reinvented herself several times since I first met her…children’s librarian, crafts person, retailer extraordinaire. I showed up for coffee today and at the spur of the moment she let me take photos of some of the collections she lives with daily (but we hadn’t planned ahead for this, so no telling what I would have found if I came with an “announced mission.”)
Nan opened a terrific store in 1992 with her business partner Mary Grace West, THE ARBOR, mainstay of homes and weddings and birthdays and good aesthetic sense in Salem for nearly 20 years. (If you somehow missed The Arbor on State, better check it out at 367 State Street.)
Well, I got started taking a few photos of some of the art works of mine that Nan and George own
and we went from there. So here goes…collections interestingly arranged and arrayed
and over the tub:
…and collections have to be stored and organized so I got to peek into the closets
…books and ginger jars…
…a room with a view…
…and one last collection, identical to the collection I have at home of the very same items!!!
Go see Nan at the Arbor on State…
First Wednesday downtown was “dog week” this month. Since the newspaper carried numerous pictures of dogs and NO pictures of art, I’ll skip right to the art.
Artist Kay Worthington was the featured artist at The Arbor on State, showing her wonderful small, imaginative, and sculptural pieces as well as some pretty terrific tables she has been making this spring. Sales were brisk:
and then down the street at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery was a show of works on paper by two women. The work was displayed interestingly hung on little IKEA hanging things–very immediate and nice. Laura Mack, painter and collage artist, monoprint maker, teacher, etc. displayed some collages, and monoprints and collage combined that are terrific. (I’m looking forward to 2 months of collabortive work with Laura this summer in Project Space 2!) Not great photos sorry–it was crowded–go see the show:
Showing with Laura is Katherine Dunn with slightly larger work, also unformatted which I liked as you could really see the pieces: