Salem’s Artists’ Row Market Day Launch Party Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10 AM–7 PM

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. It’s the perfect time to shake off the winter blues with the shops on Artists’ Row at our season grand opening Market Day Launch Party!

On Saturday, May 6, 2023, Artists’ Row will come alive with activity for all ages. Starting at 10 AM visitors can meet local artists in their ‘natural habitat’, participate in free hands-on art making activities, sign up for workshops, listen to live tunes, grab a bite to eat, and even do a bit of shopping.

Those looking for whimsical upcycled gear and creative custom work should go no further than Shindig! Studios, a unique immersive pop culture shopping experience.

Another familiar stall to visit is ChagallPAC, an interdisciplinary art studio and gallery space. As part of this event ChagallPAC will showcase free performances outside of their studio with Nada Brahma Kirtan at 1 pm and cellist Gil Selinger at 6 PM.

About Artists’ Row 

Artists’ Row is at the heart of the City, centrally located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby St., across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. It was originally built as a marketplace and continues to be a thriving public plaza and pedestrian way. Artists’ Row consists of four artist ‘stalls’, a restaurant, and a public restroom and The Artists’ Row Initiative is a seasonal program run by the City of Salem’s office of Arts & Culture that provides space for artists and artisans looking to build their audience and/or business through daily engagement with residents and visitors to Salem. salem.com/artists-row

About the Studios 

ChagallPAC is an interdisciplinary art studio & gallery space, where you can shop for art, handmade artisan crafts & jewelry, and even see live music! Featuring 15+ local artists, who run the shop! ChagallPAC features reiki-charged jewelry made with healing crystals, vintage and magical, handcrafted wire jewelry, acrylic pour paintings, hand-carved wooden sculptures, handmade wands, terrariums, original photographs, mosaics, mirrors, decorative items, curiosities, and objets d’art. Discover a collaborative and artistic space that is the amalgam of multiple artists’ imaginations! Learn more at: chagallpac.com 

Joining the two veteran studios are the newcomers Robbersdaughter and Melon Rose, sharing a studio space. Robbersdaughter will be offering site specific botanical installations and immersive event designs, while Melon Rose offers distinctive and creative floral services. This floral power duo will be generating experiences, installations, goods, workshops, and more and visitors are strongly encouraged to pop in and see what this new studio has to offer.

Also new to Artists’ Row is the 2023 Public Artist in Residence, Claudia Paraschiv, who will be working to create the Tree of Care + Wonder / Árbol del Cuidado + del Maravillas, a large-scale sculpture of a whimsical tree featuring migrant stories and a magical canopy! This communally crafted piece will transform the streets in Salem into community spaces of art and friendship while, throughout the year, local artists (poets, visual, musicians, dance, and theatre) will collaborate to produce civic-art events centered on migration stories, food memories, local history, and novel visions of how a future city might take care of and bring wonder to its residents. While the kickoff is on May 6th, Claudia will be offering free events and workshops that are accessible to people of all abilities from May to September.

After your exploration of all the wonders the talented tenants of Artists’ Row have to offer, those seeking some much-needed refreshment are invited to pop over to The Lobster Shanty, the Row’s very own cult-classic watering hole for a bite and a pint!

Melon Rose + Robbersdaughter are a symbiotic, flower power duo generating experiences, installations, goods, workshops, and (of course) flowers from their workshop in Salem. Come visit the studio + shop, or pop onto our sites online to learn more about what we do. www.melonrose.co  www.robbersdaughter.com 

Shindig! isn’t just a store, it’s a pop culture experience! Have fun as you shop upcycled clothing, custom pins, patches, original art and whimsical sculptures. You’ll probably find something you never knew you needed. Whatever else you do in Salem, make sure to swing by Shindig! Pop into to our shop in Unit 4 on Artists’ Row and get shindiggity with us! Open 6 days a week 12:00-6:00pm (weather permitting), closed Tuesdays. shindigstudios.com 

Lobster Shanty is now open from noon until Midnight seven days a week for both dine-in and take out service. Outdoor seating is always available along with a new expanded menu! lobstershantysalem.com 

Public Artist in Residence, Claudia Paraschiv is an architect and public artist living in Salem with her family. She founded Studioful Design, a practice for architecture, community art, and neighborhood design.

Contact: PAiR@salem.com More info: @SalemPublicArtist + studiofuldesign.com 

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