Quaker Artists


FQA_PosterSalem Friends include multiple local artists. The meeting endeavors to nuture this creative outlet. From time to time our annex has been utilized as an exhibit space. In 2015, the Art with Roots project, featured works of art created from and inspired by the historic Salem Oak which stands in our graveyard.

Most recently, the South Jersey Chapter of the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts hosted a day at the Lower Alloways Creek meeinghouse in Hancocks Bridge. Artists were invited to gather and spend the day creating new works with the theme Encountering the Quaker Muse. Six artists, each in a different discipline, created new
art, all of it inspired and based upon the experience of being in and around the building. This group also exhibits regularly at Friends Village.

Salem Quaker artists include Molly Carpenter, Dana Gayner, Deborah Waddington Smith, Frances Smith, and Mary Waddington. Each of these artists have participated in the Arts in Bloom open studio festival. Other artistic Friends include musicians and those working with textiles.

Molly Carpenter, is a sculpturess, working in a variety of mediums.art logo

Dana Gayner creates acrylic paintings, semi-precious jewelry, handmade books and clay figures.

Deborah Waddington Smith is known for her standing and bas-relief scuplture in bronze, terra cotta, and cast stone.

Frances Smith exhibits her photographs from around the world and her handcrafted jewelry.

Mary Waddington is widely known for her photography inspired by humility and respect for nature featuring regional watermen, trappers and farmers.