Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Newburyport ArtWalk Weekend premieres April 21st & 22nd...

The group of seventeen galleries that participate in this popular art-focused event have expanded the schedule to a full weekend of gallery activities in 2012. The increased interest in the 2011 ArtWalk led to this positive change. Also new this year will be bright new ArtWalk banners and location signs...Enjoy!

Art buyers come early and appreciate the opportunity to view many of the region’s most collected artists in one weekend. For the tourist, the local and the out-of-towner, the ArtWalk is a perfect example of Newburyport at its best, providing a relaxing stroll through the different galleries, art exhibits, local shopping and dining in the many restaurants that line Newburyport’s brick paved streets and sidewalks.

The tour includes sculpture along the waterfront, the brick-paved Inn Street Market Place, as well as innovative forward-thinking exhibits at galleries and studios in some of the city’s architectural gems. Music and refreshments at many galleries add to the vibrancy and color of the weekend. Demonstrations by painters, photographers, and silversmiths provide entertainment all over town.

"Hanging Out" by Mary Arthur Pollak of Indigo Artist Studio

During your stroll, be sure to make these part of your art experience:

Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, has two amazing shows displayed during ArtWalk. The Spring Member show runs until May 5, 2012 and is filled will exciting, fresh art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, sculpture...something for everyone! Sunday, April 22nd, is the last day to see Karen Jones amazing show, "Moving to Abstraction."

Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac Street, will kick off the ArtWalk season with a demonstration of encaustic painting by artist, Jim Inzero, on Saturday April 21st. The demonstration will involve a blowtorch, wax, and hot iron which is sure to raise the temperature of all art lovers a few degrees!

Indigo Artist Studio, 53 Middle Street, reprises their oil painting demonstrations on Saturday with Lillian Coolidge. On Sunday, an interactive monotype demonstration with Mary Arthur Pollak from 2-3 pm. Indigo’s gallery features "New Work for Spring" with monotype, mixed media and oils by the studio artists.

Firehouse Gallery, Market Square, in the Firehouse Center for the Arts, presents Newburyport Artist Paula Estey in April with a show of her recent mixed media work, a new departure in style for the popular artist.

The Spirit of Newburyport, 10 Prince Place, a production studio and art gallery, celebrates a Grand Re-Opening at its new location. Artist/photograapher, Jon-William Brown, a photographer of Newburyport images, will be on hand to demonstrate his new production studio for giclee printing. Light refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided to accompany the milestone celebration.

Somerbys Landing Sculpture Park, at the west end of the boardwalk next to The Black Cow Tap and Grille, invites you to an Opening Reception from 3 - 6 pm on Saturday April 21st. Come meet a few of the sculptors and celebrate our 9th annual show of large scale, contemporary sculptures by New England artists. If it rains, the reception will be in the Firehouse Center for the Arts at Market Square.

Bridge Gallery, 1R Water Street, features a new exhibit, "Art and the Word," hanging from April 4-30. The gallery will also be hosting students from Newburyport High School as part of the NHS Ekphrasis Project 2012. Students studying poetry with Deborah Szabo will view the exhibit and write poems inspired by what they see. The public is invited to a reading on Saturday April 28th at noon.

Sisters We Three, 57 Pleasant Street, welcomes Jaqueline Wells, the newest vintage jewelry artisan to be represented by the gallery! The gallery will be featuring her work during the ArtWalk.

Valerie's Gallery, 26 State Street, is having local acrylic artist, David Magdalenski, from 3-6 pm to discuss his new collection of paintings. David's work is bold, filled with amazing color and speaks to many audiences.

Looking for a Map???
The ArtWalk map is available at participating galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the middle passage way between State Street and Inn Street, as well as many inns and restaurants.

Don't Feel Like Walking???
Public transportation is available. The MBTA’s Newburyport station is located at the southern end of the Rail Trail, a 1-mile scenic walk to Newburyport’s waterfront. Two galleries are located less than half a mile from the station. Taxi service is available at the train station or by calling (978) 499-9990. Public metered parking lots are located near Market Square. There is also on-street parking throughout downtown.

"Barcelona Corner" by Marjet Lesk at Bridge Gallery

Acrylic Painting by David Magdalenski at Valerie's Gallery