Tuesday, March 24, 2009

First ArtWalk of 2009 is Saturday, April 4

April ArtWalk, Saturday April 4, 2009
Gallery Receptions 3 – 7 pm

Don’t miss Newburyport’s first Artwalk of the season on Saturday, April 4, 2009! 13 galleries will be participating in this popular event, featuring receptions from 3 – 7 pm. Stroll through downtown, enjoy a glass of wine and delight in an evening which celebrates the magic of the visual arts!

For more information, please visit the Newburyport ArtWalk’s website @ http://www.newburyportartwalk.com and our new blog @ http://artwalknewburyport.blogspot.com

Participating Galleries:

1. Bridge Gallery, One Water St
2. Chameleon, 18 Liberty St
3. Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market St
4. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Sq
5. Indigo Artists’ Studio, 53 Middle St
6. Lepore Fine Arts, 58 Merrimac St
7. Nantucket Stock Exchange Too, 117 Water
8. Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St
9. Sisters We Three, 57 Pleasant St
10. Somersby’s Landing Sculpture Park, Waterfront Park
11. The Churchill Gallery, 6 Inn St
12. The Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac St
13. Valerie’s Gallery, 26 State St

Here are a few of the highlights of the April 4 ArtWalk:

1. Bridge Gallery,
1R Water St. features emerging artist, Kristine Picard-Driscoll during the month of April. The public is invited to a reception in the artist’s honor on Saturday, April 4 from 4-7 pm Musicians Donna Ricci and Ed Cassazza will play classical guitar for the event which coincides with Newburyport’s spring ArtWalk. Picard-Driscoll holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Visual arts from Bradford College. Predominately an oil painter, she also works in pastel. Her work exudes a simple charm and strong sense of place. A resident of Plaistow, NH, she has recently joined Bridge Gallery, a cooperative of local and regional artists. Gallery Hours: Noon – six daily, except Tuesdays and Wednesdays 978-462-2740

2. Chameleon, 18 Liberty St, | is an ever-changing collection of fine art, jewelry, objects and whimsy. Join us in welcoming a few new artists to the gallery: Brian Brogan, Sara Demrow-Dent, Scott Gruppe, Erika Marquardt, Steve Negron, Lee Rowan and Susan Sanford. 978-463-7623 www.chameleonarts.com

3. Indigo Artists Studio, 53 Middle St | Landscapes on the Edge" is the theme for the first ArtWalk of the year. The monotypes of Mary Arthur Pollak and oils of Lillian M. Coolidge will be on exhibit. Landscapes from mini jewel-like oils and vibrant patterns of minerals and stones and monotypes including triptych waterscapes and mixed media encaustics will be featured. Wine and cheese and the studio artists will be welcoming guests to Indigo Artist Studio from 11am to 7 pm on Saturday, April 4. 978-500-0564 www.indigoartstudio.com

4. Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Presents the 11th Annual Budding Artist Show, an exhibit of local Junior High and high School Students in the Sargent and Hartson Galleries. Awards will be announced at 4:00pm. Member Daniel Horne exhibits his Oil paintings as the NAA Featured artist in the Laura Coombs Hills Gallery. 978-465-8769 www.newburyportart.org

5. Sisters We Three, 57 Pleasant St: an artisan shop which carries an eclectic mix of fine art and handmade goods from all over New England. 978-462-4500 www.wesistersthree.com

6. The Churchill Gallery, 6 Inn Street: Spring Artwalk features new work by gallery artists, and welcomes artists Mary Alayne Thomas and Rodney Woods. Mary’s eloquent watercolor and encaustic works are inspired by 19th century illustrations. Rodney's timeless figurative works, sometimes described as Symbolic/Magic Realism or Emotional Realism, “offer the spectator an unexpected opportunity to discover something about themselves or the world around them.” Gallery Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 12:30 – 5, Wednesday – Saturday: 10 – 5, Sunday: 12:30 – 5 978-462-9891 www.thechurchillgallery.com

7. Valerie's Gallery. 26 State St | "Matthew Smith: Then and Now" -- Rare, earlier works by printmaker Matthew Smith, some of which depict whales with swirling waters and aurora borealis skies, will be featured. Matthew will also be at the gallery introducing his newest works as part of this show which runs through April. 978-499-8444 www.valeriesgalleries.com