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Editors’ Choice 

Marine Arts Gallery, Marblehead

What’s Unique: After 47 years, next to the Peabody Essex Museum, the Marine Arts Gallery has moved to Marblehead. Weeks after brothers and co-owners Peter and Phil Kiernan opened the space at 26 Atlantic Avenue, they were already selling paintings. One cyclist saw Sergio Roffo’s Cape Dunes while he was riding by and purchased it immediately.

Standout Qualities: Featuring the finest works by 19th-century and contemporary marine artists and beautiful still life and floral works.

Fun Fact: A painting by artist Jack Lorimer Gray, which belonged to art collector Russell Knight of Marblehead, was donated to the PEM upon Mr. Knight’s death 15 years ago. Gray had given a painting to John F. Kennedy, which hung in the Oval Office in 1960 and now resides in the Kennedy Museum in Boston. Now, a second Gray will make its way to Washington D.C.

26 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, 781-631-0100,


Readers’ Choice 

Newburyport Art Association’s Sam Sargent Gallery, Newburyport

Standout Qualities: Founded in 1948, the association brought together artists under the leadership of Sam Sargent, a painter and art teacher. Named after this accomplished native of Newburyport, the gallery is a gathering place of local artists and art lovers. A beautiful spot to buy paintings of North Shore scenes or an unexpected piece, this is a must for any visit to Newburyport. 

Fun Fact: Each year, the Newburyport Art Association hosts its annual party & art auction, which includes live and silent auctions with art and non-art packages, as well as exciting raffle items. Guests partake in creative libations and local brews. This is a sold out event every year.

65 Water St., Newburyport, 978-465-8769,