Silk Screen Prints by Kat Casey

1 Mar
"If Chairs Could Fly" Butterfly and Series: Butterfly and Bird (Silk Screen Prints) by Kat Casey

“If Chairs Could Fly”  Series: Butterfly and Bird (Silk Screen Prints) by Kat Casey


"If Chairs Could Fly" Butterfly and Series: Butterfly and Bird (Silk Screen Print on Hand Made Dupioni Silk Pillows) by Kat Casey

“If Chairs Could Fly” Series: Butterfly and Bird (Silk Screen Print on Hand Made Dupioni Silk Pillows) by Kat Casey


"If Chairs Could Fly" Butterfly and Series: Butterfly and Bird on Display at Arcworks Community Art Center

“If Chairs Could Fly” Series: Butterfly and Bird on display at Arcworks Community Art Center

Kat Casey’s prints and printed pillows are apart of the exhibit “CHAIR: Group Art Show” at the ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster Street in Peabody. The show is free and open to the public and runs from February 13th until April 12th.

Kat Casey is a senior and the Editor-in-Chief of Red Skies. When she isn’t writing, she is usually indulging in the arts.


Renewal and Metamorphosis: Russian Photographs

4 Feb

“The medium of photography excels at universally communicating the individual reality and imaginative artistry of other countries and their peoples” – Navigator Foundation

By: Tyson Dion

 “Renewal and Metamorphosis” is comprised of emotionally charged pictures from Russian photographers. The photographs themselves are expressive enough, but when you add the presence of the Foundation’s director, Murray Forbes, they become incredibly captivating, due to his intoxicating passion for these images. Forbes has intimate knowledge of each and every photograph in the exhibit, which he shared during a lecture to roughly 50 or 60 students and guests at Salem State University last Tuesday.

russian4The original exhibition contains 117 images while the Winfisky Gallery has a selection of only 26, still showcasing a great range of style and approaches of Russian Photography from World War II until the early 1990′s. “We have Russian artists who are famous in literature, art, music, the ballet and many other fields of arts but who are also very powerful in photography. This is Russian culture. It reflects today. It reflects the last 50 years,” says Forbes.

 Forbes informed the group that Russia does resemble America in some ways. Both countries have vast land that was acquired, settled, or occupied after 1800. However, this is where the commonalities seem to end. The first few images in the exhibit are used to express the emotions Russians felt during World War II. On February 2, 1943, the Battle of Stalingrad ended. It lasted roughly six months and historians believe approximately one million Russians died. Seeing the images of war and the aftermath through the eyes of Russian photographers shows how these cultures are quite different.

Looking out over a crowd of mostly college students, Forbes challenged them to become russian3more valuable citizens. Acknowledging the college experience as a time to become educated and informed, he spoke of something more important, something beyond, called civilization. “We ought to reflect that when you go to college and whatever you do thereafter, part of the real object and a valuable by-product of going to college, learning, is to come closer to civilization,” he told them. “To know something about it.  To see into it. To have it in some way.”

Hopefully the crowd heard the calling.

“Renewal and Metamorphosis: Russian Photographs from the Navigator Foundation” is on view at the Winfisky Gallery in the Ellison Campus Center through February 7th.

Tyson Dion is a senior at Salem State University.

Photography by Via Perkins

5 Dec

Via Perkins was enchanted by a cemetery in downtown Salem when she visited during October. “Win Them Anew”  shows an item she found which was placed within the graveyard. “Gravestone Vines” is of a beautiful gravestone, the engraving of which has been worn away, and vines have now taken over.

Win Them Anew by Via Perkins Copyright 2012

Win Them Anew by Via Perkins Copyright 2012

Gravestone Vines by Via Perkins Copyright 2012

Gravestone Vines by Via Perkins Copyright 2012


About the Artist: Via Perkins graduates in the spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. She is a Massachusetts-based artist of many mediums. She seeks to create evocative art, which sparks emotion, draws out deeper thought, and starts a dialogue.


Visual Art by Kristy McGarr

22 Oct

“Birth Revisted”

“Behind the Scenes”

“Into the Night (I Heard You Calling)”

“Into the Wild”


“Jungle Up”

Kristy McGarr is a Art Major concentrating in Graphic Design at SSU.

Here Lies the Ocean

26 Apr

Ken Reker taught “Sculpture Form & Design” (ART 203) this spring which is a foundation level, three-dimensional design class for art majors. One of the projects within the course is an “assemblage” work. “Assemblage” is a sculptural process that utilizes found objects and various other materials that are not necessarily for art making purposes, such as recyclables. The spring semester offers an opportunity for the Art and Design students to put their work on display outside in the John L. George Courtyard of Meier Hall.

This year’s project ties into the Geography Departments EARTHDAYS 2012, Sustaining Our Oceans: Key To Earths Future. The sculptures were required to address issues of environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on the sustainability of our oceans.


Scott Dalrymple, TREE OF THE SEA

Alycia Dell’Orfano, UNTITLED

Brad Haddock, UNTITLED




Angel McRae, HELP!


Michael Rowe JR Jr, RUMINANT


Jennifer Van Rite, HERE LIES THE OCEAN

Victoria Venturo, PARADISE

Tyler Wile, WALRUS

Contributors Note: Kat Casey loves to hang out in the courtyard and always wondered where the sculptures came from year after year…now she knows!

“O Deer”

2 Apr

"O Deer" by Nicole S. Fishkind

Contributor’s Note: Nicole S. Fishkind hopes to graduate next Spring (2013) and she enjoys writing, singing, and photography.

Myself in Dots

29 Feb

"Myself in Dots", drawing, pen & ink.

 Description: Pointillism (a post-impressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes) has always been a passion of mine and I have been doing various pointillism works since 2004. Instead of paint, I used a .05 fine tipped pen. This particular self portrait took about 6 weeks to complete, the hair being the most painstaking part, because of the precise position of each dot and the layering/pressure needed to create the different shades. It takes a lot of patience but it is a fun way to pass the time, give it a try!

A close-up image of Kat's piece.

Contributor’s Note: Kathleen “Kat” Casey was an ex-Art major, an ex-Theater major and now is a current English major with a concentration in Professional Writing. She is the Senior Editor of Special Projects at Red Skies and believes everyone should stop by a Red Skies meeting or submit their work! She plans to graduate in 2020.