Saturday, October 31, 2015

“Trucks, Stripes, and Monotypes, Three Artists” featuring Alan Bull, Maria Malatesta and Mary Pollak, at Indigo Artist Studio for the November ArtWalk.

Alan Bull will be exhibiting new truck paintings featured on his 2016 calendars. Originally from Maine, Alan has been based in Newburyport for most of the past 25 years and is best known for his paintings of the agricultural landscape of New England.  His work has been seen in feature films, on album covers and in print media including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Boston Globe and House Beautiful as well as on Houzz and The Martha Blog.  2016 Truck calendars will be available.

Boston artist, Maria Malatesta will be showing a selection of her Stripe Series. which she describes as “bands of color carefully painted in horizontal layers, reflecting colors found in the natural world.”   She is also known for her large Expressive paintings inspired by movement and color of nature.  Maria’s work has been shown in many shows in the Boston area and the North Shore, including Chameleon Gallery.  She teaches at Montserrat College.   

Fibers, wire, wax, drawing materials and a variety of papers are included in the new mixed media monotypes of Mary Arthur Pollak to be shown during the November ArtWalk Weekend. 

The studio/gallery  at 53 Middle St. is workspace for Pollak which includes an etching press used to create her monotypes.  In addition to featured gallery the studio offers monotype cards, small works and a variety of framed and shrink wrapped pieces.
Refreshments will be served during the ArtWalk Weekend. Indigo Artist Studio is open during ArtWalk hours of 12pm-7pm on Saturday, Nov. 7 and 12pm-5pm on Sunday, Nov. 8. 

The gallery is open by chance or by appointment throughout the year at 53 Middle St., Newburyport.  Call 978-500-0564 or email

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Walsingham Gallery brings Gyotaku to Nbpt. ArtWalk

The Walsingham Gallery presents 

a demonstration on the art of

Gyotaku printmaking with Jean Kigel 
Saturday, November 7th from 12-4 pm.  
Gyotaku is the art of fish printing that originated in Japan centuries ago as a way of documenting the size of the catch. In modern times, gyotaku has evolved into an art. Kigel studied this method in Japan and will demonstrate the unique and rather involved process of this art form during Newburyport ArtWalk. 
This event is free and open to the public. 
Refreshments will be served. New works by the artist will be on display.

WHAT Gyotaku (fish printing) demonstration  WHERE The Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac Street, Newburyport  WHEN Sat. Nov 7, 12-4 p.m.  INFO 978-499-4411;

Pictured: "Free Spirit" by Jean Kigel.

Meet the Artist, Luke Chen, at Valerie's Gallery

Potter Luke Chen Featured at Valerie's Gallery during November ArtWalk
Newburyport, MA, Oct. 19, 2015 - Valerie's Gallery will celebrate the Newburyport ArtWalk with a special in-store appearance of ceramicist Luke Chen from Rhode Island on Saturday, Nov. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. The public is invited to stop by to see the latest works in the gallery, meet the artist, and enjoy light refreshments.
"We are always happy to have the artisans we represent on hand to discuss their craft, and Luke's imaginative pottery is truly one of a kind," said Valerie Stainton, owner of Valerie's Gallery, which has locations in Newburyport, MA and Portsmouth, NH. "His handmade, functional platters, bowls, cups and teapots feature whimsical birds, berries, flowers, maple and ginko leaves - sure to brighten any tablescape or room."
Mr. Chen was born in a little farming village in the southern part of Taiwan, where his family that encouraged his artistic endeavors. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, originally as a painter. He discovered pottery and now is a studio potter living in New England.  He is owner of  Three Wheel Studio in Providence, RI, a ceramic studio and gallery which features a mix of fun, eclectic, and unique pottery made by him on site as well that of other artists. More of his work can be found at
"Clay is a very forgiving medium," said Chen. " For an undisciplined artist such as myself, it suits me perfectly! I can translate almost anything within my imagination using my hands and clay. Sometimes with great success, sometimes with amusing end results.  Either way, it only makes me want to explore the endless possibilities of clay-making even more," he added. 
Mr. Chen sees beauty everywhere. I think that is very evident in the wide variety of work that he creates," Stainton noted.

Visit 36 Liberty St. Studios for Nbpt. ArtWalk 2015

36 Liberty St. Studios 

Tobin will have new work on display and holiday cards. 

Photographer Kiki Larouge 
will host an open studio 
and serve champagne 
as part of her 

Beauty + Bubbles 

that celebrates Contemporary Portraits of Women. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Sweethaven Gallery presents "TREESCAPES", Photographs by Joan Kocak

Oct. 24 thru Nov. 22, 2015
Opening reception: Nov. 7  12 ~ 5pm                                                             during Newburyport ArtWalk          

Light refreshments will be served

A former graphic designer turned photographer, Joan Kocak’s fine art prints are exhibited in galleries in New England, as well as the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, and have been published in numerous photography magazines. 

Enchanted with all forms of photography; analog, digital, alternative process, toy cameras, Polaroid and her dad’s old Ikoflex, she enjoys experimenting with them all. A native of the Northeast, her images are infused with a deep connection to the land and water of the area.

“The locations where this series ‘TREESCAPES’ were shot have great significance for me, and remind me of specific people in my life, both here and gone. These images are meant to convey a sense of aloneness and quiet reverie. They were shot in beloved forests and woodlands and attempt to capture the stark simplicity of trees, their grace and wisdom. Trees seem to harbor the great secrets of life; they offer a soothing knowingness just
walking amongst them. I’m particularly fond of shooting in fog, and many of these images were shrouded in it.”

In this series, a process of subtly combining layers of photographs of previously shot textures (such as dirty snow, peeling paint and cracked pavement) was used to add a painterly feeling to the original photograph. They are printed on Hahnemuhle German Etching papers, a heavy archival paper that has somewhat of a traditional watercolor paper look. Each work is a signed and numbered limited edition of 50.

For more images visit:

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!