Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1st Annual Holiday Open Studios

On Saturday, December 3rd the thirty artists of Porter Mill opened their doors and welcomed the public in to ask questions, explore the studios, purchase art and eat cookies. The turnout was wonderful - a big thanks to all who came! 


Special thanks to our friends at Marino's Cafe for providing our guests with some of their fabulous cookies and hot cider! 

Our next Open Studio Event will be held in June of 2012. We will continue to have gallery openings the first Thursday of every month and studios are open by chance and appointment as well.

Monday, December 12, 2011

1st Annual Small Works Exhibition Opening Reception

Thank you to everyone who attended Thursday's Opening Reception for the 1st Annual Small Works Exhibition Juried by Maggie Cavallo. We had a great turn out! Thank you also to the North Shore Bartending Service for providing and serving a variety of wonderful wines.  Big thanks as well to the artists that submitted work to the exhibition, and to those who participated - the show looks exceptional. And finally, thank you to our Juror Maggie Cavallo who, from two-hundred images, put together an exciting, interesting and cohesive exhibition.

Below are a few photographs from the evening!
The exhibition is on view through January 19th. All works are for sale and available to take home with you when purchased. The gallery is open most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 - 2:00 and by appointment. To schedule a visit email

All photographs are copyright Jeffrey Ferreira.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Juried Small Works Exhibition!

Elise Towle Snow, Heap of Hedgehogs , Watercolor and hand carved stamp, 8" x 10"

Please join us for the Opening Reception of the 1st Annual Small Works Exhibition juried by Maggie Cavallo, on Thursday, December 1st from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Gallery at Porter Mill. Enjoy almost fifty small works of art, refreshments and a complimentary wine tasting courtesy of the North Shore Bartenders Association. All works of art are available for purchase and can be taken off the wall, and home with you that evening - a perfect time to do some holiday shopping for the art lover on your list!

Participating Artists:
Sara Benson
Jenny Brown
Laura Clark
Randa Dubnick
Cathy Durso
Morgan Dyer
Adrienne Ginter
Lisa Hersey
Sarah Johnson
Tricia Jones
Mari LaCure
Nicole Lariviere
Brian Lewandowski
Siobhan McDonald
Steve Negron
Leighton O'Connor
Mary O'Malley
Michelle Arnold Paine
Suzanne Papin
Amy Friend Roberts
Chelsea Sams
Campbell Seamans
Sarah Smith
Elise Towle Snow
Christopher Stepler
Stacy Thomas-Vickory

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See you there, and don't forget about our Open Studios on Saturday, December 3rd from 2:00pm - 6:00pm.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Upcoming Holiday Open Studios and Small Works Exhibition

We hope you will join us to help celebrate the holidays and support the local arts! The thirty artists at Porter Mill will open their doors and invite the public in to see their latest creations and to ask questions.

If you would like to submit work to the Small Works Exhibition, please click here

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Open Call to Artists

Hi Everyone,

CLICK HERE for the Open Call Prospectus for the upcoming exhibition in the Gallery at Porter Mill. This is a Juried Small Works Exhibition that will be hung in conjunction with the Holiday Open Studios at Porter Mill. Please see the prospectus for details. This is a great opportunity to be a part of the Porter Mill community and expose your artwork to the wide and appreciative audience the Open Studios attract. 

(Our beloved gallery)

Submissions are due Wednesday November 16th.

Please email Bea Modisett at with any questions.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

An Open Studios and Grand Opening Celebration Success Story!

On Saturday, September 24th over two hundred guests visited the Studios at Porter Mill to celebrate the Grand Opening of the North Shore’s newest artist studio building. Over twenty artists, including painters, photographers and printmakers, opened the doors of their studios to the public and shared their art, and the spaces in which they create. As day transitioned into evening we continued the celebration by enjoying art, food, drinks and music in the large, first floor gallery. Below are some photos that document the amazing time that was had by all.

Guests visiting Mary O'Malley in her studio.
Illustrator Adam Ziskie in his studio.

Guests discuss the work of Sandy Belock-Phippen.

Danielle Dugan and Jesse Potwin's studio.

Painter Jessica Michelson Berger in her studio.

Painter Laura Clark in her studio with visitors.

 Artist Kristine Roan visits Jordan Elquist in his Porter Mill Studio
 Small works on the wall of Bea Modisett's studio.
 Local artists attending the Reception of Inaugural: The Artists of Porter Mill
 SWAY provided us with sweet, sweet music
 Salem artist Sara Ashodian with Porter Mill artist Christine O'Brien
 Porter Mill artists Siobhan McDonald and Ken Goldstrom at the opening.
 Local artist and curator Bradford Rusick makes an appearance. 

 Beverly artists Mary Bucci McCoy and David McCoy at the opening reception

We had a blast!

Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate, thanks to SWAY for the groovin' tunes, thanks to Luigi's for the tasty pizza and thanks to the artists of Porter Mill who made this building come alive!
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All photographs from the Open Studios are courtesy Dan Wagner. Thanks Dan! 

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Porter Mill Artist Elisabeth Neville @ Griffin Museum

"Star" by Elisabeth Neville

Elisabeth Neville and Joseph Neville
Eidetic Image
September 8th through November 27th.
Opening Reception: October 11th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

"These images are made up of a series of lives and souls. Each portrait is based on the knowledge I gain from each subject. Their expressions, their inner beauty and strengths are what are most important and hopefully inherent in these images. How they live, how they love, how their strength drives them; these are the intangible qualities that are visually conveyed in these photographs." - Elisabeth Neville

For more information about the exhibition and Elisabeth's father Joseph click here. 

Congratulations Elisabeth! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Inaugural: The Artists of Porter Mill (Installation)

One of the biggest tasks of getting ready for the Open Studios and Grand Opneing was installing forty-eight pieces of art by twenty-six artists! Big thanks to artists Laura Clark and Jordan Elquist for being such a huge help! Here are a few shots from the day...

Sandy Belock Phippen's triptych and a number of small works
Andrew Houle, Ken Goldstrom and Jay Lapham 
Laura looks on as Jordan works to hang the first piece.
It's up! 

Stay tuned for images of the final installation and the opening reception of Inaugural: The Artists of Porter Mill