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This is one of the paintings by artist Kathleen Gray Farthing that visitors can view at the Chamber Gallery of Art from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, 210 E. State St., Salem. Visitors can also view the art from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 14 through April 7. (Photo provided by the Chamber)

SALEM – The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce offers its walls to showcase art on a monthly basis, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. today with the works of Kathleen Gray Farthing.

Visitors can also view Farthing art from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, March 14 through April 7.

There is no cost to browse the artwork displayed at the Chamber Gallery of Art, where the mission is to increase the artistic presence in Salem and “to provide a platform for artists to showcase their creations that honor the past, respond to the present, and inspire the future.”

“The Chamber Gallery of Art is an excellent example of the chamber and the foundation of the chamber. When a member has an idea, the boards listen. Since I became Executive Director at the end of 2018, the chamber and the chamber foundation have always found a way to be involved in the arts, whether it’s organizing an art exhibition in 2019, making volunteering at Salem Second Saturday’s pARTy in 2020 or sponsoring ‘Chalk the Block’ in 2021″, said House Executive Director Lori Jewell.

In a press release describing how the idea started, Jewell shared that Lucky 7 Studios owner Jennifer Adams moved to Salem in 2016 and was saddened that there wasn’t much of an artistic community or local gallery for artists to share their work.

She became the monthly coordinator for Salem Second Saturday’s Art Party to bring artists and the community together at least one day a year. She felt that wasn’t enough, so when the bedroom moved to its new location at 210 E. State St., she couldn’t help but notice the new white walls and asked to use them for a community gallery.

“We are proud to bring a chamber member’s vision to life as the gallery serves the chamber’s mission to foster, promote and develop the advancement of the commercial, financial, industrial, professional and civic interests of Salem and the Greater Salem area”, said Jewell.

“A very appropriate and fitting line from the movie Field of Dreams – ‘if you build it they will come’ springs to mind as we embark on this new adventure,” said Adams.

The first featured artist, Kathleen Gray Farthing, appeared for a Friday night meet.

“I am grateful for the support of the chamber, its members, the chamber foundation and so many others who have stood aside to applaud the whole time. I am even more grateful to have the opportunity to be part of this artistic movement in the future”, said Adams.

George WS Hays, president of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, said the foundation was delighted to partner with the chamber “to provide the necessary equipment to properly display art for the enjoyment of the community. An additional opportunity for local artists to share their talent adds and enhances the overall vibe of Salem and will help attract more people to our unique small and large town.

Victor Maroscher, owner of the chamber building, said “It took me a full second to say YES when Lori and George first asked me if I was endorsing and helping to support the new bedroom art gallery project. This is just another outstanding example of the good work, outreach and leadership that the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce provides to our business community. I’m happy to be part of it. »

The upcoming exhibit will feature artwork made by local high school students, with students from United and Salem invited to participate. Jewell said she was excited about the gallery.

The program of shows open to the public will be:

— From April 9 to May 6, High School Display, (private Meet the Artist Local High Schools reception on April 8)

— From May 8 to June 9, Grant Menough, (Meeting with the artist Grant Menough, private reception on May 7)

— From June 11 to July 7, Daniel Rauschenbach, (Meeting with the artist Daniel Rauschenbach, private reception on June 10)

— From July 9 to August 4, Sheri L. Liebschner (Meeting with the artist Sheri L. Liebschner, private reception on July 9).

According to the Chamber Gallery of Art catalog, the Chamber Gallery will continue to accept artist applications on a rolling basis. The committee will meet again in June to select the second group of inaugural artists for individual exhibitions in August, September, October, November or December.

Applications for a solo exhibition can be submitted by:

— online application at

– by sending an e-mail to [email protected] for more information

— calling the room at 330-337-3473.

Committee members include Jewell, Adams and Real Surrounding Beauty owner Ryan Boyce.

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