“Salem Art Works is truly special. They want you to create art, sing your song, & share your spirit. I’m so grateful that I could be a part of sucha beautiful community of artists that nurtures self-expression. I had a great time performing with my band, My Pet Dragon, as we headlined SAWFest 2012.” – Reena Shah
Salem Art Works holds a number of events throughout the year. From studio visits with resident artists to a mid-summer music festival, we offer something for everyone. True to our mission, events include a mixture of contemporary visual and performing arts, representing both our regional and global communities.
Music by Diagenesis with Music From Salem
Date: May 30th
Time: 8:00 pm
Diagenesis was formed when Heather Barnes, soprano, and Jennifer Bewerse, cello, met in July 2010, during the soundSCAPE performance and the composition exchange in Maccagno, Italy. While walking between rehearsal locations and working together in a chamber ensemble, they formed a mutual artistic admiration and became fast friends. In their first years as an ensemble, Diagenesis has been able to commission and premiere many new works, perform in diverse venues from concert halls to community centers, travel to six states and two countries, and were recently recipients of the Myrna Loy Center Grants to Artists Award.
The Art of Acoustics
Date: May 31st
Time: 5:00 pm
Live Music & Pizza
Dates: June 8th, July 6th, August 3rd, August 31st
Time: 6:30 pm
Each month we convert Barn 1 into a music cafe where we join regional musicians for an intimate evening of performance. Grab a slice of homemade pizza, baked on – site by SAW staff, then sit back and enjoy the sounds of homegrown music. June 8th will feature MaryLeigh Roohan, July 6th The Midnight Society, August 3rd Molly Durnin, and August 31st Josh Patrick Sheridan.
SAWFest: Salem Art Works Music Festival
Dates: July 20th
Time: Doors at 5:00 pm
Fee: $20; $5 for children 12 and under
Spend an evening enjoying a diverse lineup of musicians on SAW’s picturesque grounds. Our annual music festival continues for its 7th year this July, featuring bands The Rustic Overtones, Wild Adriatic, The Ballroom Thieves and Elijah & The Moon. Visit our SAWFest page for more details and to purchase tickets!
Self-Guided Studio Tour
Dates: July 6th & August 31st
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Visitors are invited to take a self-guided tour of artists’ studios and workspaces. Tour all or some of the SAW studios, meet current resident artists, and discuss their artistic process and thinking.