“Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style” at the Peabody Essex Museum

The latest exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style delves into the iconic artists’ work in relation to her personal fashion and aesthetic. The exhibition comes to PEM from the Brooklyn Museum where it was organized by guest curator Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University. It is the first exhibit on O’Keeffe to display her paintings side by side with portraits of the artist and never-before-seen handmade garments.

Tony Vaccaro, Georgia O’Keeffe with “Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow” and the desert, 1960. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Courtesy of Tony Vaccaro Studio.

O’Keeffe’s clothing when displayed in a collection of her portraits and artwork presents a deeper understanding of her public persona for contemporary viewers. As Austin Barren Bailly, organizing curator and PEM’s George Putnam Curator of American Art notes, “O’Keeffe considered her clothed body as another canvas on which to proclaim her modernism… The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe, exploring how she expressed her identity and artistic values.”

Image by Brittany DiCologero.

The pieces showcased follow O’Keeffe’s style evolution from the early 20th century when she resided in New York, to her later life when she embraced the Southwestern landscape of New Mexico. While her interest in colors and subtle design features changed geographically, the exhibit shows how she always worked certain motifs into her sense of style with sharp lines, solid colors, and understated geometric details.

Image by Brittany DiCologero.

The portraits in the exhibit create a complete image for how O’Keeffe preferred to create her personal looks based on the locations of the shoots and her signature black-and-white style. “O’Keeffe drew no line between the art she made and the life she lived,” guest curator Wanda M. Corn explains, “She strove to make her life a complete work of art, each piece contributing to an aesthetic whole.” Many of the photos shown were designed and taken by her husband Alfred Stieglitz, who is known for photographing iconic artists including Ansel Adams and Andy Warhol.

Image by Brittany DiCologero.

O’Keefe’s interest in her own aesthetic draws parallels with today’s audience through the use of social media, where we are often able to curate our appearances and craft certain images of ourselves. Collections and curatorial staff who worked on the exhibition were fascinated with how images from the Brooklyn exhibition on social media created another kind of branded appearance based on the users taking the photos. Join the discussion and share your vision of the exhibit on social media by using #PEMOKeeffe.

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, 1929. Gelatin silver print, 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 in (8.6 x 11.6 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1980.70.247. © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is on view at the Peabody Essex Museum December 16, 2017 – April 1, 2018.

Holiday Gift Experiences in Salem, MA

We’ve covered local holiday gifts by price and by recipient, and this week we’re wrapping up our gift guide series with a list of Salem experiences you can give this holiday season.

Food & Dining


The Cheese Shop of Salem offers three different levels of membership for three months of wine, cheese, or both. The Wine Club includes four bottles of wine with detailed tasting notes for $80/month, the Cheese Club includes four cheeses (about 1/3 lb. each) with delicious accompaniments and detailed tasting notes for $60/month, and the Ultimate Club includes all items from the Wine and Cheese Clubs for $130/month.

For another wine club, visit Pamplemousse where the Inquisitive package includes three bottles for $30/month and the Wine Lover package includes six bottles for $60/month. Wine may be picked up instore on the first Saturday of the month, instruct your gift recipient to visit between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm for the store’s weekly wine tasting.

Salem Spice

Need to spice up dinner to go with the wine? Visit Salem Spice for salt box gift sets, made specially for the holidays. The salts included come in a variety of flavors including Jalapeno Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, and more.

Another gift idea for foodies may be a gift certificate to a local Salem restaurant. Gift certificates are available for each downtown restaurant, and some even come with incentives to purchase (in the form of deals like “spend $50 on a gift card and get a $10 gift card for yourself”). Click here to view a complete list of downtown restaurants. Gift certificates are also available for both the Salem Waterfront Hotel and the Hawthorne Hotel, and they may be used on dining or towards room reservations.

Museum Memberships

The House of the Seven Gables

Gift a membership to The House of the Seven Gables and have your loved ones enjoy unlimited admission to the museum and hour tours, special rates on lectures, exhibits, and events, discounted admission to the annual gala, Taste of the Gables, and access to member-exclusive events like author meet and greets, behind-the-scenes tours and more. Membership at the Gables also includes a special invitation to Celebrate the Fourth of July with the perfect view from the Gables Seaside Lawn.

Members of the Gables also receive 10-20% off in the museum shop—if you are thinking of becoming a member yourself you may even be able to save some extra money on holiday shopping! Lastly, gifting a membership to the House of the Seven Gables helps to support the site’s dual mission of education and preservation.

Phillips House

Another membership option for history buffs may be found at Historic New England. A membership to Historic New England includes admission to two historic houses in Salem, the Phillips House and the Gedney House, along with dozens of other homes across the New England states, programs and events that are free to members, and more while supporting a mission to preserve the region’s history.

Art lovers will love a gifted membership to the Peabody Essex Museum, which includes free admission to the museum along with invitations to exhibition previews and receptions, admission to PEM/PM evening parties, curator-led gallery talks, and member-exclusive museum shop sales and event. The sponsor level and above also includes admission to over 660 North American reciprocal museums, and all levels support PEM’s mission to “celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind and stimulate the senses.”

Psychic Readings & Healing Sessions


Give the gift of spiritual guidance with a certificate for a psychic reading from HEX: Old World Witchery or OMEN Psychic Parlor & Witchcraft Emporium. Both shops offer readings in Tarot, palmistry, spirit mediumship, clairvoyance, astrology, and past lives. For guidance on love, gift a reading and love potion from Crow Haven Corner with Lorelei, Salem’s famous love clairvoyant. Additional readings like Animal Energy Tarot Readings, and healing sessions including reiki, shamanic rituals, and chakra balance are available through HausWitch and NOW Age.

On the Water

Schooner Fame

Though it’s a little too cold to go for a sail during the holidays, you can always purchase a gift certificate to enjoy a maritime experience when the 2018 season starts back up. Both Schooner Fame and Mahi Cruises offer gift certificates for cruises and events beginning in May 2018. Sea Shuttle offers season passes, which can be used for Salem Sound Tours during the season in 2018.

Don’t forget that many of Salem’s retailers have online shops! If you can’t make it downtown before the holidays, visit our Shop page for a complete list of stores with their websites and contact info.

Find Gifts for the Whole Family in Salem, MA

Still shopping for the holidays? Salem’s shops are here to help with gifts for him, her, the kids, and even pets!

For Him

Clothing & Accessories

For high-quality winter weather clothing items like jackets, vests, hats, gloves, and more, visit Avalanche Company Store. Additional men’s clothing options can be found around downtown Salem with Ocean Chic Boutique’s recently launched men’s collection, an assortment of ties from the Peabody Essex Museum Shop, and Emporium 32’s variety of men’s accessories including aftershave, soaps, mustache combs, brass tie clips, formal and casual hats, and more.

Books & Gifts

Literary fans can find gifts for him at The Marble Faun Books & Gifts, which stocks books featuring literary cocktail recipes and Shakespearean editions of Star Wars. You may also find gifts for the beer or spirits enthusiast in your family with gift cards, apparel, or glassware from Notch Brewing and Deacon Giles Distillery.

Home Décor

Decorate a man cave with a locally-made fish print from Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints, or gift a printing class to learn how to create fish prints. Additional nautical décor and pieces based on a series of rotating art exhibits may be found at the Peabody Essex Museum Shop. For the history buff, shop at Waite & Peirce and find items based on Salem’s maritime history, or pick up a candle from the men’s collection at Witch City Wicks.

For Her


Shop for jewelry for her around Salem at local boutiques and jewelry shops like Clever Diva, RJ Coins and Jewelry, and the Peabody Essex Museum Shop. For a gift you won’t find anywhere else, check out RJ Coins and Jewelry’s Roman Glass sterling collection, which features pieces all made with 2,000-year-old glass excavated from archaeological sites in Israel.


From memorable souvenir tees to contemporary sweaters, clothing for her may be found at a variety of different retailers. To remember a trip to Salem, pick up a tee or sweatshirt from Witch Tee’s, Salemdipity or Trolley Depot. For a more high-fashion gift, look to J. Mode or Curtsy, or shop for beachy fashions at Ocean Chic Boutique and Waterbar.


Give the gift of relaxation with bath salts, candles, and soap. Shop for rose and lavender soaps at The Marble Faun Books and Gifts or pick up an all-natural soap or clay facial mask from Artemisia Botanicals. Include some ritual bath salts and candles from HausWitch Home + Healing, and you’ll have the perfect gift for an at-home spa day

For Kids


Pick up a historical children’s or young adult books at Wicked Good Books, or at a favorite attraction like the Salem Witch Museum Store or The House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop or let the kids’ creativity run wild with a coloring book from the Peabody Essex Museum. Planning on coming back to Salem or visiting some National Parks? The Salem Regional Visitor Center and Waite and Peirce stock Junior Ranger passport books so the kids can collect stamps and complete activities for each park they visit.

Toys & Games

Classic board and card games with a Salem twist, replica colonial games, puzzles, and more may all be purchased at local attraction gift shop and Waite & Peirce. Find gifts for family game night, add a new plush animal to the kids’ collection, or plan to work together on a puzzle after your holiday celebrations.


Salem’s shops include gifts for the youngest members of the family as well. Shop for little ones with baby toys, clothing, and accessories at Curtsy, or pick out a Salem onesie from a variety of colors at Coon’s Card and Gift Shop.

For Pets


Shop for pets at Coon’s Card & Gift Shop/Penelope’s Pet Boutique, and find a variety of dog toys and clothing for your furry friend at home. For locally-made dog biscuits, visit New England Dog Biscuit Co. and pick up a box of holiday dog treats. Shopping for a cat instead? New England Dog Biscuit Co. also carries cat toys and treats.

For more shopping tips this holiday season, check out our holiday gift guide by price.