The Witchery is a creative space located on Pickering Wharf in Salem, MA. Gret McGilvray founded the Witchery in 2016 as an art and performance space. It has since grown to include daily crafting (broom making, bookbinding, open crafts) and tarot readings.
The Witchery supports trans rights and donates to NAGLY (North Shore Alliance for LGBTQ+ youth). We also feel strongly about our beloved Salem seas and send monthly donations to Salem Sound Coastwatch. We are also a proud sponsor of the annual Massachusetts Poetry Festival, and 100% of proceed from our 'leather by the pound' sales are donated to the Northeast Animal Shelter, and the North American Wolf Foundation.
Our goals for the future are to find more locally grown, ethically sourced crafting materials and supplies, as well as to connect with our community to bring diverse talent to our live performances.
Contact us with ideas, suggestions, or if you'd like to join our crew of creative folks here at The Witchery!
Wheel o' Fate: Folk Arts & Witch Crafts is a mother-daughter project, opening in Edinburgh, Scotland in the spring of 2023. We offer not only broom making and bookbinding classes, but also fibre arts workshops! Our new shop is located at 63 Causewayside, Edinburgh, just down the road from Summerhall, a vibrant, cultural village in the heart of the city.
While Edinburgh, Scotland is home to the world's largest international art festival, it also has a tragic witchcraft history. "In Scotland, from the 16th to 18th centuries, between 3000 and 4000 people were tortured, convicted and executed as witches. The situation in Edinburgh was particularly tragic, with more people strangled and burnt at the stake on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade than anywhere else in Scotland." (Forever Scotland).
Today, Edinburgh is seeing a resurgence of modern-day witches and witchcraft. We hope you get a chance to visit this very magickal city, and our new shop Wheel o' Fate!
Gret is a solitary witch, published poet, crafter, musician, composer, creative director and mother of 2 adult children (and numerous snakes that have since slithered into the great beyond). She currently spends her time working on shows, words, making brooms, binding books and communing with the dead. Gret has had numerous experiences that suggest there is more to this world than meets the eye. She loves to express this through music, performance and crafting.
Bruce is co-owner of The Witchery and our guitarist extraordinaire- He creates brilliant soundscapes for The Witchery's live shows and is the lead guitarist in our band Calamus. Bruce grew up overseas where he was exposed to a variety of lifestyles and musical genres. He has a passion for improvisational jams and spontaneous musical explorations.