2015: Art With Roots


Works Created From and Inspired by the Salem Oak


The Salem Oak has been celebrated for centuries as the site where Englishman John Fenwick struck a treaty with the Native Lenni Lenape in 1675 for the land that is now Salem City, NJ. The mighty oak still stands in the Friends Burial Ground, the hallmark of a town steeped in history.


In 2013 Abe and Bonnie Warren acquired the cuttings of the Salem Oak from the Friends. The cuttings were from years of trimming done to protect and extend the life of the mighty oak. The load filled nearly two pick-up trucks, and consisted of some large branches, many smaller ones and several chunks about the size of firewood. Much of the wood is in fragile shape, but it can still be used to create a variety of pieces to honor the oak.


Art with Roots: Works Created From and Inspired By the Salem Oak was a collaborative exhibit at many locations during the 2015 Salem County Arts in Bloom tour, using the Salem Oak to produce a variety of art pieces to honor the historical significance of the tree. While the oak is large in size, one of the largest white oaks in the state, its significance lies more in its long history in relation to Salem City, Salem County, and New Jersey.