Connected \\ June 4, 2021
Salem artist Meg Nichols turns Salem windows into watery world
Meg Nichols and other artists on the North Shore associated with the Creative Collective, painted Jersey barriers in restaurants all over the North Shore like this one on Derby Street. Photo by John Andrews.
Courtesy Meg Nichols.
Q: What do you like about Salem's creative community and where do you see it going?
A: Having lived in New York City and in other areas of Massachusetts, Salem has the best creative community I've ever experienced! The fact that it is not just made up of artists, but includes entrepreneurs and small businesses of all types makes it abundant with opportunities. Salem feels like a place where you can try new things, be non-traditional, and "let your freak flag fly," as they say. I think it will continue to grow because more people will put themselves out there when they see creatives from all walks of life and stages of their careers, experiencing success, however one defines it. I also think it's impossible to ignore the positive effect that the creative community and economy has on quality of life to residents with public art, entertainment, hospitality, etc and the benefit it brings to business with things like creative branding, custom signs, murals.
Photo by John Andrews of Creative Collective.
Q: How has the last year of lockdown and reflection been helpful to you as an artist?
A: I was able to take virtual classes that I had not previously had the bandwidth for and that gave me the confidence to put my work out in a more public setting. The community of sign painters, muralists, hand letterers and educators that I was able to connect with last year changed the course of my creative career dramatically. I'm not sure that I would have felt so connected offline as well if it had not been for Salem's public art projects that kept me outside, working with other artists and community members. Like many people, this year also showed me what was really important and caused me to make some life changes to pursue what really drives me - art!
Photo by Henry Rutkowski