Salem Art Works

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Founded 2005
Salem, United States


SAW is a multi-faceted arts community and sculpture park located on a 120 acre former dairy farm in Salem, NY. This 501(c)(3) not-for-profit provides living facilities and space for a wide variety of creative arts endeavors from glass blowing, blacksmithing, and metal fabrication to ceramics, silkscreen printing, writing workshops, dance, and more. Founded in 2005 by Anthony Cafritz and friends, it was designed by artists for artists to support a more free form experimental working environment where fellow artists can interact in a less formal, less structured learning/working relationship than mainstream academic institutions offer. We embrace all media. SAWs mission is to provide a unique alternative arts learning/experimental environment to support young, emerging, and established artists in the creation of new and progressive work in addition to promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art within the Lower Adirondack and Southwestern Vermont regions

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Located in rural upstate New York in the town of Salem, NY--SAW is a 5-minute walk into the center of town and situated on acres of open spaces, trails, and views of the Green Mountains of Vermont. The town of Salem offers several shops including a hardware store, farm supply store, thrift stores, antique and boutique shops, fabric and upholstery store, galleries, tavern, pizza shops, and a gas station/convenience store. Items not found in town can be ordered and delivered quickly so that Artists don’t need to leave unless they want to. Artists' receive meals and camping or indoor room. Workspace options include large pole barns with wall space, tables, easels, chairs, and basic shelving; farm houses indoor space for artists who can't work in the barns or electronics; and facilities which include blacksmithing, metal fabrication, sand molding for metal casting aluminum or iron, ceramics, glass blowing and casting, woodworking, stone, silkscreen printing and CNC machine.

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