Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Photographer Jim Fenton's Work Takes Wing at Sweethaven Gallery

Wildlife Biologist Captures Incredible Images of Birds Up Close and Personal
Newburyport, MA, July 22, 2015 - Sweethaven Gallery is featuring the photographs of Haverhill-based photographer Jim Fenton in a new exhibit entitled "The Avian Spirit ~ An Intimate Look," which runs from August 15 through September 13, 2015. The public is invited to see the work at 25 L Inn Street in Newburyport during regular gallery hours: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sweethaven Gallery is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
"What I attempt to bring to viewers is the essence of my subjects and the emotions that I experience from allowing myself to feel their energy," explained Mr. Fenton. 
Trained in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Fenton has been a nature photographer for the past 6 years and works with Nikon Equipment. His images have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and websites. He is self-taught, with his talent springing from a love of nature in his teens and early twenties. His photography took a back seat to the responsibilities of raising a family and working until 2004, when he was able to pursue his passion full time.
A member of the Merrimack Valley Camera Club, he has received a number of awards, including Photographic Society of America "Best of the Best" awards for 2009 and 2010, and "Best of the Best in the International Projected Image" category in 2012. In 2014 and 2015, he was awarded "Photographer of the Year."
While Fenton was an Artist in Residence for the Goldenrod Foundation in Plymouth, MA, in 2007 and 2008, he recorded the nesting piping plovers and terns and documented the seasonal use of this important barrier beach by migrating shorebirds. The culmination of this work was a two-year show called "Flight Path" at Plymouth Plantation.
He is a frequent lecturer to camera and birding clubs and also offers consultations on gear selection as well as individual or small group field instruction. To see more of his work, please visit

Monday, June 22, 2015

Cool Blue: summer show opens at Paula Estey Gallery...

THE GALLERY is located at
3 Harris Street
Newburyport, MA
Come to the Party this Thursday for your free gift!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Newburyport ArtWalk 2015 debuts with great weather

Alan Bull
hard at work...
...Outside Indigo Artist's Studio

Many galleries reported a high volume of foot traffic on both days, and multiple art sales.

36 Liberty St. Studios hosts a Pop-Up Event, May 16, to support Nepalese disaster victims

Please join us on MAY 16th from 5-8PM at Kiki Larouge Photography for a night to help those in need in Nepal. This recent tragedy has devastated the small Himalayan country and the 8,400 death toll continues to rise. It's estimated that it will take 5 to 10 billion dollars to help Nepal and its citizens begin to recover, heal and rebuild. A tragedy of epic proportions. Talk and presentation about Nepal at 6PM. Fundraising for three charities:  Maiti Nepal, Shikshya Foundation and small Grassroots on the ground TBD. KLP will be showing works from her anti-human trafficking series "Bought & Sold". There will also be artwork from the children at Maiti's hospice, Handicrafts made by the women and girls at Maiti, a raffle and refreshments. For more information, call the studio at 617.875.7339.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Things Happening At Connor Summers Gallery

The Connor Summers Gallery is very pleased to announce the addition of three contemporary and established artists to our stellar group. Janice Eaton Updike, Marcia Hermann and Gordon Przybyla have been working regionally and nationally for many years, and are respected and admired by their peers and collectors alike. We are especially pleased to be able to share their work with you for ArtWalk. 

Janice Eaton Updike is a graduate of Montserrat College of Art, and is well known for her pastel compositions of still life, and landscapes. 

Marcia Hermann majored in painting at Montserrat College of Art as well. Her tongue-in-cheek paintings are derived directly from her life.   ☞

Gordon Przybyla renders the human form into, at times, ethereal beings using mixed media on paper and canvas.

And, of course, we continue to carry 
the sculpture of Michael Updike and the paintings of Cathy Connor.

The first ArtWalk of the season should be great fun, and a great opportunity to see some 
wonderful art. Connor Summers Gallery will be open from 12~7pm on Saturday, May 2, and from 12~5pm on Sunday, May 3.
Light refreshments will be served, 
and generous discounts on our archival framing services will be available for any art purchased during ArtWalk.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Valerie's Gallery Features Two Ipswich Artists As Part of ArtWalk on May 2nd

Valerie's Gallery will host a special event where customers can meet two talented artists from Ipswich, MA. Colleen Kidder, an artist and jewelry designer, and Anke Ueckert-LaPlante, jewelry designer, will be on hand to discuss their craft  from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday , May 2nd. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Anke Ueckert-LaPlante is a jewelry designer who has always loved to create things, whether it be gardening, clothing, craft, or sterling silver jewelry. Born in Germany, she moved to the U.S. in the early 1990s. She  came out with my own line of jewelry that is inspired by nature and being close to the seashore. "The shape of a flower's petal or the wings of a dragonfly mirrored in sterling silver speak to me of nature and the beauty of our Earth," Uekert-LaPlant explained.

Colleen Kidder is a an artist interested in many forms, such as textile and jewelry design. During ArtWalk, Valerie's Gallery will feature her oil paintings and beaded jewelry. "I am an Impressionist painter who ponders patterns. Color, line, and design energize me, and creativity is what feeds my soul," Kidder said. 
Kidder studied painting and drawing throughout the 1970's in New York and Vermont. From 1976 to 1986 Colleen lived in Boston, where she studied textile and jewelry design, eventually starting her own business wholesaling products. After moving to Ipswich in 1992, she opened a shop called "Eliza Gray's Goods," where she sold unique home furnishings as well as her own art work until 2003. Landscapes that inspire her art include Monhegan Island in Maine, the Tuscany of Italy, the fields, farm life and seascapes near her home.
ArtWalk runs from 12-7 p.m. on Saturday and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. A free brochure/map of all venues is available at participating galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the passageway between State State and Inn Street and at ArtWalk Partners' locations.

Sisters We Three will surprise you

From the beginning, we wanted Sisters We Three to be appealing to anyone walking in the door. We think we accomplished that goal as we have a very diversified collection of hand-made items from chocolate sea salt caramels to fine art including oil paintings, watercolor, acrylics and photography, to name a few. 

The detail on Karen Lynch's photograph of ‘The Wave' makes you feel like you are being sprayed by the water. Elizabeth Gilday makes one of a kind semi-precious stone pendants encased in sterling silver. Tracey Skibitzki Pesche paints fish and hearts in whimsical patterns and bright colors. 

We could go on and on about what our over 180 artists create. You will just have to come in and see for yourself. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ArtWalk @ Sweethaven Gallery

Please join us at Sweethaven Gallery for the first Newburyport ArtWalk of 2015.
May 2nd & 3rd / Saturday 12 pm - 7 pm & Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
We are located at 25L Inn Street, downtown Newburyport, by the fountain, down the stairs. 
Look for our OPEN flag and A-frame sign at the top of the stairs.

We will be serving light refreshments both days, along with Ovedia Artisan Chocolates for your sweet tooth! If you haven't tasted their chocolates, you're in for a real special treat.          

The Gallery is very pleased to feature the work of Newburyport artist, Sue Charles for this ArtWalk. 
Her show will be up from April 30th - May 16th.

MEET THE ARTIST - Sue will be in the gallery Saturday and Sunday, 12 - 3 to chat and answer any questions you may have about her work, or art in general.

Sue knew she would be an artist at the young age of nine, and in 1981, she graduated with a BFA in Painting from the BU College of Fine Arts. Her home, the Northeast coast of the Atlantic, is also her subject. To see more of her work, please visit her web site,
Sweethaven Gallery also has many landscape images of Newburyport & Plum Island by local photographer Greg Nikas. Greg began his photographic career as a landscape photographer and shows his work exclusively at Sweethaven Gallery. 

To view his landscapes of Newburyport, click here and here for landscapes of Plum Island. If you have any questions or would like more info about his work, he can be reached at or 978-465-7656.                                                                          

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Valerie Isaacs @ Middle Street Foods

House on 70th St
oil on canvas, 16 x 20
Painter Valerie Isaacs will show paintings of Plum Island boats and cottages at Middle Street Foods (25 Middle Street) during May. Drop by for a demonstration of oil painting basics, outside the cafe from 12-3 on Saturday May 2, during the Newburyport Art Walk.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Newburyport ArtWalk's 1st Pop-up Event of 2015 at Kiki Larouge Studio

Join Kiki Larouge for the studio's first Newburyport ArtWalk Pop Up Event on Saturday April 11th, 2015. Images and tales from her latest adventures in PerĂº will be revealed and regaled accompanied by Pisco Sours (while they last!) This recent five and half week journey traversed the diverse and culturally rich country from the mountains and majestic Machu Picchu in the Andeans to the desert sea side landscapes of Paracas and culinary capital city Lima. 

Studio will open at 5PM and Kiki will unveil images and talk about her travels at 6PM. Brief Q&A to follow.

Limited space available. Please RSVP if you'd like to join us: 617.875.7339

The studio is located at 36 Liberty Street, 2nd Floor, NBPT