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The gallery was donated by Robert and Carol Amos Grillo, members of the class of 1955. Exhibitions have included artists from Beverly Arts Fest, Express Yourself, Inc., the annual Student Invitational Exhibit, and the Senior Thesis Exhibit. Also presented periodically are special mural projects by guest artists. The mission of this gallery is to provide space for faculty, students, and the broader communities, for juried exhibitions, group shows, and receptions, while enhancing the quality of life for all to study, enjoy, and to educate. This gallery is free and open to the public.

James Chisholm 
Reflections: ocean waves, inland streams

Artist Talk and Reception
Tuesday, November 28
4:30 p.m.

James Chisholm, is a master of color, light, texture, and form.  Reflections: ocean waves, inland streams shows his ability to capture the landscape in a particular moment that is rich with all the light, sensations, depth of field, and movement contained within.  Much of his process involves working en plein air in all varieties of weather.  Chisholm welcomes the impact of these conditions on the watercolor sheet, where extreme cold, heat and moisture such as rain and snow leave traces on the painting itself that in turn become part of the work.

Mr. Chisholm’s artist statement reads, “I prefer to paint the landscape on site.  Once a specific place is decided on, I visit the area and make a few specific studies. From these I select the most interesting one on an intuitive basis. The same approach is used for selecting the size of the canvas or paper. I then start off and continue until I feel the painting has coalesced to completion; a moment the painting seems to be "right". Then it’s done.  All of the above requires knowledge of painting technique, and lots of experience.”

The exhibition Reflections: ocean waves, inland streams includes works from his plein air outings at Ipswich River, Garden Street, Cross Street Cornfield, and Summer Street all located in Topsfield MA; Millbrook Pond, in Boxford; and four large india ink studies from east Gloucester’s rocky coast.  A small collection of watercolors and pen and ink drawings of North Shore “scapes” will also be included.

Jim Chisholm attended Northeastern University in Boston and majored in Industrial Relations, then went on to graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.  He then completed his Master of Science in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art.  Mr. Chisholm’s work can be found in the collections at  Harvard University’s Grossman Library, North Shore Community College, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Jim has over 38 years of teaching experience which include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University Extension, North Shore Community College, and at Endicott College.

Please join us for an artist’s talk on Tuesday, November 28 in the Carol Grillo Gallery at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College.  The exhibition, artist talk and reception are free and open to the public.

Contact Information:

Kathleen Moore
Coordinator of Visual Arts and Gallery Director

Hours of Operation:

Academic year: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.—7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2—4 p.m.

Summer Hours starting May 22, 2017: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.—5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.12 noon. No weekend or evening hours. Closed on July 3 and 4.

Fall Hours starting November 15 – December 14: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 2 – 4 p.m. 

December 14 – February 8, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. no weekend or evening hours. 

Galleries are closed on November 22 – 26, December 22 – January 3, and January 15.

Closed on holidays, school vacations, or school closings. Call for hours and inclement weather closings.

Gallery Images

James Chisholm-Leaning-Tree
James Chisholm - East View Ipswich River
James Chisholm - cropped view of Ipswich River