Sunday, August 12, 2012

ArtWalk August 18th & 19th...

Newburyport’s 2012 Summer ArtWalk Weekends, a free, community art event…

August is a month filled with sun, surf and scenes painted and displayed all over Newburyport galleries and shops. It is a wonderful time to walk the brick-paved sidewalks, engage in the community and seek out all the amazing creative talent this seaside city has to offer. The Newburyport ArtWalk’s third art weekend is this upcoming August 18th & 19th and is sure to be as big and bold as the previous two Artwalk weekends.

"Stormy" by James Karlovich
36" x 36"
Walsingham Gallery

"From the Boardwalk" by Colleen Kidder
Oil on Canvas
Valerie's Gallery

Art by Olivia Shea
Represented by Chameleon Gallery

These are but a few of the many galleries that will be featuring new artists, new exhibits and live entertainment:

Indigo Artist Studio, 53 Middle Street, is a gallery and a working studio for artists Lillian Coolidge and Mary Arthur Pollak. Both artists’ work will be on display and the artists will be there to answer questions and talk about their art.

Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market Street, is displaying new work by Michael Updike. His hand carved images have received much admiration from collectors, and the gallery owners feel fortunate to represent him and present these new pieces. Also on display are mixed media landscapes and other paintings by Cathy Connor.

Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac Street, presents a painting demonstration by artist, Jim Karlovich, on Saturday, August 18th from 3-7pm. Renowned for his masterful wave paintings, Karlovich describes his inspiration for the series in these terms, “I become transfixed watching waves emerge, feeling their power, translucence, and the individual character of each one. I go back to this subject often, because I feel that my paintings convey the personality of each wave I select.” Refreshments will be served.

Chameleon, 18 Liberty Street, features the work of our newest and youngest artist, Olivia Shea, as well as new work by Donna Baldassari, Gordon Przybyla, Ted Rabidoux, Sara Demrow Dent, and many others. Chameleon features an ever changing collection of fine art, jewelry, objects and whimsy. The gallery will be serving sweet and savory treats throughout the weekend.

Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, has a lot of exciting shows happening during ArtWalk weekend. August 18th is the last day to see the Abstract and Experimental Artist's show, "Driven to Abstraction." August 19th is the opening day for the Band of Brushes show, "Inside/Outside," with a reception from 3-5pm open and free to the public.

Firehouse Gallery, Market Square, in the Firehouse Center for the Arts, features Janice Colby whose paintings are as bright and happy as an August day in New England. The medium (acrylic on canvas) employed by the artist lends itself to the colorful explosion of feeling that lands on her canvas. There is exuberance, a quickness to the work that adds to the breezy summertime quality conveyed in these paintings. Artist’s reception: Saturday August 18th, 4 – 6pm.

Alan Bull Studio, 18 Graf Road #18, shows Alan Bull’s recent monochromatic style paintings of Maine and several nautical scenes. Also on display are pictures of his new downtown mural, "Newburyport," along with accompanying source material photographs.

Valerie's Gallery, 26 State Street, will be host to one of our well-known local painters, Colleen Kidder, from 3-5pm on Saturday August 18th. With broad brushstrokes and an impressionistic style, Kidder captures the light and evokes a mood in her landscapes and seascapes. Light refreshments will be served throughout.

"The Edge" by Mary Arthur Pollack
Indigo Artist Studio

The ArtWalk map is available at all art galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the middle passage way between State Street and Inn Street, and many restaurants and inns and online at

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 riverfront. Two galleries are located less than half a mile from the station. There are opportunities to leave the Rail Trail and discover a gallery, or charming streets lined with old homes and gardens. A taxi service is available at the train station or call 978-499-9990. Public parking lots are located near Market Square and there is convenient on-street parking throughout the downtown area.


WHAT: Newburyport ArtWalk Weekend

WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 3–7 PM & Sunday, August 19, 12–5 PM

WHERE: Newburyport, MA

TICKETS: This event is free and open to the public. More information online at