Paradise City Art Buzz – March, 2016

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March, 2016

Paradise City Marlborough is March 18, 19 & 20 and we can’t wait to check out all 175 remarkable artists, selected for their originality, diversity and excellence. Three of these outstanding exhibitors can be found in this month’s Art Buzz, where we profile a furniture maker who gives beautiful new life to repurposed wood, a painter who lays down vivid color with palette knives and a jeweler known for her stunning, spherical ‘beaded beads’. Get your coupon online and be sure to save the first weekend of Spring for Paradise City!

Ken with Cabinet

Ken Salem: Living on the Edge

Ken Salem’s education in traditional furniture making began in his childhood home in the heart of New England. Home was the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts, where Salem grew up surrounded by the best examples of traditional woodworking. It was an atmosphere which fostered a deep respect for both the woodworking craft and artisans who practiced it. His early mentor was George Watson of the Smithsonian who was involved with the restoration and preservation of the Inn. Watson guided Salem through the process of dismantling barns to salvage first growth hardwood.

Prior to becoming a maker of hand-made furniture, Ken was a financial advisor in Boston for 15 years. Life changed when his father fell ill and Ken returned to the family business to help. It was during that time that he decided to give up the wild ride of Wall Street and embark on a calling that had lain dormant for years – hand-crafting beautiful furniture that would be treasured for generations.


Don Reed: The Illusion of Light
46789-p3Sometimes an artist is so articulate that it’s best to present his story in his own words. Painter Don Reed tells us about his creative journey in a beautiful and compelling narrative.

Barbara Packer: Spheres of Influence
Beaded BraceletBarbara Packer’s journey to jewelry making was quite a long and circular road. After first studying color and design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the School of Visual Arts she became an internationally acclaimed quilt maker…


Art Buzz features member artists of Paradise City. If you exhibit with us and would like to become a member, please email us.