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Posted by Teresa Hanafin  November 16, 2008 06:00 PM

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Salem Open Studios Tour
Arts & Antiques Month in Salem includes an Open Studios Tour from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 22) in three places: Old Town Hall, artists' studios, and retail stores. This year, the work of several photographers will be showcased, along with paintings, mixed media, jewelry, fiber, glass, and sculpture.

The details:

Exhibiting and selling at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, will be photographers James Bird & Vicki Ryer, Gary LaParl, Alison Sargent, and Cathy Stacy. Opening their live/work studios are photographers Patricia Dunbar at 6 Andrew Street, Jeffrey Dykes at 57 Wharf Street Suite 3F, and Marth Everson at 50 Grove Street. And The Art Corner at 231 Washington St. will display photos by Judy Robinson-Cox.

A downloadable map and more information is available at the Salem Arts Association website.

Rockland Open Studios
After a yearlong diaspora, the 4th Floor Artists, a band of 50 area artists, will show off their new digs along with their creations at the group's 17th annual Open Studios this coming weekend (Nov. 22-23).

The group formed in 1990 when space became available on the fourth floor of a former Rockland shoe factory, the F.L. & J.C. Codman building on Plain Street. Eventually they numbered more than 100 and occupied the entire building, but in 2006 a developer bought it. The artists dispersed, with some finding space in two other former factories in Rockland -- the E.T. Wright building, 379 Liberty St., and the American Sandpaper factory, 83 East Water St. Others followed, and the new 4th Floor Artists are fully settled at their two new digs.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, they will show off both locations, display their art and crafts, demonstrate their work, provide refreshments, and sell some items. The artists include painters, printmakers, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, graphic designers, interior designers, architects, fiber artists, woodworkers, potters, and performing artists. Parking is free.

For information, call 781-792-1705, visit the 4th Floor Artists website, or email

"Summer in the Valley" contest
For its second annual summer photo contest, The Trustees of Reservations asked photographers to fan out across its Charles River reservations and capture interesting images. The winning "Summer in the Valley" photographs first were displayed at the Rocky Woods Visitor Center in Medfield, then at the Medfield Library in October. This month, you can see them at the Dover Town Library.

The library's exhibit, entitled "Nature in the Charles River Valley," will be on display until Nov. 30 as part of the library's Artist of the Month series. The display features the grand-prize winner, a photograph by Edmund Prescottano, as well as 20 others by winners in individual age categories.

The winning photos also are posted on the Trustees' website.

Images of a Farmer's Life
Nearly three dozen photographs that depict the life of Alex Waitkevich, a farmer who emigrated to Norfolk from Lithuania in 1905, are on display at the Norfolk Public Library this month. The photos, which were donated to the Norfolk Historical Commission earlier this year, are part of a larger body of work by Frank Siteman, a commercial photographer who spent time in Norfolk as a young man. Waitkevich bought an old house and 21 acres of land on Campbell Street, where he raised his family. The photos depict the simplicity of Waitkevich's life, and his friendship with Siteman. Call 508-528-3380 for details or visit the library website.

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