Designated as the fifth cultural district on the North Shore by the Massachusetts Cultural Council late last year, Newburyport has a long history of inspiring artists and craftsmen with its historic architecture, beautiful beaches, abundant parks and natural landscapes, and New England heritage. Residents and visitors alike can stop by participating galleries to find new works -- paintings, photographs, sculpture, multimedia, jewelry, antiques and more -- in a wide range of traditional and contemporary styles.
“Newburyport is a fun and easy destination to see a variety of top notch art. Combine the ArtWalk tour with dinner out for a lovely evening out. Meet an artist, be with like-minded patrons, learn something new… it’s a low-key way to discover the art without feeling pressured,” said Valerie Stainton, owner of Valerie’s Gallery and ArtWalk participant.
Paula Estey, owner of Paula Estey Gallery and another advocate of ArtWalk explained: “When we support our local creativity, we are literally supporting the vitality of the town. Wander the galleries and studios, we see new art, meet old friends, and energize your appetite for beauty. It’s like a neighborhood block party right in your own backyard.”
Plan your route with a free brochure/map available at participating galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the passageway between State State and Inn Street and at ArtWalk Partners’ locations.
Some of the special activities planned for the August 16th and August 17th ArtWalk are:
-- Paula Estey Gallery (PEG): This working studio of Paula Estey represents six contemporary artists and shows featured artists for two-month slots. There will be a reception for photographer Jay McCarthy, exhibiting his large format prints, on Saturday night from 6-8 p.m., with a special musical treat by the Chuck Walker Trio and refreshments. On Sunday, there is a reception from 2-4 p.m. and a talk at 3 p.m. by August Featured Artist Beverly Rippel about her Cap Gun Series.
-- Newburyport Art Association:
-- Firehouse Center for the Arts: As part of the City of Newburyport’
-- Valerie’s Gallery: Guest jeweler Liz Frame will be at the Gallery on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. to meet customers and discuss her one-of-a-kind, fun "bohemian vintage" pieces using many different found objects from modern resin components to vintage buttons. In addition to making jewelry, she also makes music with her popular group Liz Frame and the Kickers.
-- mythoughtlessness Gallery & Fine Art: This new gallery features an art sale of works by Ann Lang Mun Co, from photographic prints and framed works, to jewelry and poster illustrations, along with porcelain art from the School of Jimdezhen in China.
-- Ivy Lane: Discover fine art and illustrations, along with antiques, collectibles, vintage finds, hand-painted furniture and new home décor.
-- Chameleon: Works by several regional artists, such as Judy Robinson-Cox, Julia Purinton, Marcia Hermann, Edward Rabidoux, and Jeremy Barnard, will be on display along with paintings, sculpture, housewares and other assorted whimsy.
-- Indigo Artist Studio/Alan Bull Studio: Monotypes by Mary Arthur Pollak and Alan Bull will be featured.
The 2014 Newburyport ArtWalk Weekends are free, quarterly events open to the public. A collaborative of galleries showcases special exhibitions, artist demos, lectures, tours, and visual art all within easy walking distance in historic downtown Newburyport. Local inns, restaurants, and coffee shops also display original art on a rotating basis. ArtWalk 2014 participants include: Newburyport Art Association, Nantucket Stock Exchange, Indigo Artist Studio, Alan Bull Paintings, Lepore Fine Arts, Chameleon, Valerie’s Gallery, Sweethaven Studio & Gallery, Firehouse Center for the Arts, The Walsingham Gallery, Somerby’s Landing Sculpture Park, Connor Summers Gallery, mythoughtlessness Gallery & Fine Art, Sisters We Three, Ivy Lane, Paula Estey Studio & Gallery, and Signature Art Works. ArtWalk partner businesses include: Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Atomic Cafe Coffee Roasters, 17 State Street Cafe, Middle Street Foods, Chococoa Baking Company, Brass Lyon, RR Traders and Essex Street Inn. For more info, please visit http://artwalknewburyport.blogspot.com/