Events & Activities

The Salem Museum’s Speaker Series is moving from the third Monday of the month to the second Thursday. For the foreseeable future, speakers and other programs will be on Zoom, Facebook Live, or YouTube.

Appreciating the Art of Walter Biggs: a Conversation with Eric Fitzpatrick
Virtual Event: Thursday, August 13 at 7 pm
Join the Zoom Meeting: waiting room opens at 6:45 pm

Walter Biggs

This event is limited to the first 100 participants. A recording may be available later.

The Salem Museum resumes its Speaker Series with a live, online event to celebrate the artistic genius of Salem’s best known painter, Walter Biggs. Growing up in Salem, Biggs went on to achieve national acclaim in New York as an artist and illustrator. Eric Fitzpatrick, one of Roanoke’s most prominent artists today, will use paintings in the Museum’s collection to explore Biggs’ genius at work.

Walter Biggs (1886–1968) is still well-known today for his illustrations in books, magazines, and advertisements, but “he was more than a storyteller,” says Fitzpatrick. “Biggs painted with courage and confidence, and was respected by his peers. He achieved national prominence and recognition.” As an artist, Fitzpatrick sees more in Biggs’ paintings than would a more casual observer. In this session, Fitzpatrick will explore Biggs’ use of color, contrast and composition, and share his insights as an artist into Biggs’ works.

During the program, the Museum will also be digitally “unveiling” two paintings by Biggs that were recently donated to the Museum’s extensive Walter Biggs collection.

Eric Fitzpatrick

With a professional career spanning over 40 years, Eric Fitzpatrick is a well-known and widely respected Fine Artist working in oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels and sculpture. He has been an adjunct professor for Virginia Tech and Hollins University, and has taught painting and drawing repeatedly in Italy’s Tuscany region for the University of Georgia Abroad. His travels, life and work have been the subject of various TV offerings, including video documentaries by Washington and Lee University and Blue Ridge Public Television. Fitzpatrick’s paintings can be found in corporate and private collections in over 17 countries around the world.

This virtual event is generously underwritten by the William & Margaret Robertson Endowment Fund.

It’s the Bee’s Knees! Salem in the Roaring Twenties
Main Gallery Exhibit:  Ongoing

The Salem Museum takes a look back at life in our hometown a century ago with a new main gallery feature exhibit. The exhibit includes personal stories, artifacts, and photographs that explore everyday life—and the nightlife—of the Roaring Twenties. Icons of the decade are also included: a still that produced a lot of moonshine in the ‘20s and several flamboyant flapper dresses from the Museum’s collection. Read more…