Salem Art Works (SAW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art center and sculpture park located in rural Upstate New York. Founded in 2005 by artist Anthony Cafritz, Salem Art Works is dedicated to supporting both emerging and established artists in the creation of new and progressive work, as well as promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art within the region.
Season And Hours OpenJUNE-SEPTEMBER: Tues-Sun, 9-5pm. Closed Mon./ OCTOBER-MAY: Mon-Fri 9-5pm. Closed Sat & Sun
About This Building And Site
Founded in 2005 by artist Anthony Cafritz, SAW is located on a former dairy farm. The barns and outbuildings now contain studios, galleries, and advanced sculpture facilities in wood, metal, ceramics and glass. The Cary Hill Sculpture Park features over 90 works of modern and contemporary sculpture. SAW typically hosts 20-30 artists at a time during the summer months. Focusing on cultural events, education and artists programs, SAW links the people of Washington County to a wider artistic dialogue.
Don't Miss This When Visiting
Cultural Events Series: Every summer, SAW presents the work of exceptional individuals from around the Northeast. SAW’s stage has featured award-winning composers, internationally known artists and experimental performance groups as well as local musicians and theater groups. Demonstrations in glass and iron, lectures and panel discussions are scheduled throughout the summer. SAW also has two galleries on campus which feature work by visiting, regional and nationally known artists.
Educational Workshops: Offered in fully-equipped, on-site studios for youth and adults, SAW's workshops focus on traditional and modern techniques in glassblowing, welding, iron-casting, jewelry, painting, drawing and ceramics. Classes include demonstrations, one-on-one instruction and guided work-time, and are led by knowledgeable regional artists. During the fall and spring, SAW offers Iron and Glass 101 to regional high school classes. This workshop gives students hands-on experience forging iron and manipulating hot glass into functional and sculptural forms.