Friday, October 12, 2012

October 20th & 21st...ArtWalk Weekend!!!

Newburyport’s 2012 Autumn ArtWalk Weekend is a free community art event: October 20 - 21.
The autumn colors paint the Newburyport’s streets creating quiet moments, colorful escapes and a bounty of inspiration for artists and art lovers. The art galleries have a full season of art in a variety of media and styles from an amazing group of local and out of town artists—all poised to draw you inside, inspire your own creativity and possibly go home with an amazing memory that will last for years for to come. List of activities written below images...

"Morning Row - Essex River"
by Caleb Stone
Walsingham Gallery

by Donna Lucia Baldassari
Chameleon Gallery

Inner Eagle
86" x 49" x 34", bronze
by Peter DeCamp Haines

Beaded Work by Douglas W. Johnson
On Display at Newburyport Art Association

"Signs of Life"
by Mary Arthur Pollack
Indigo Artist Studio

Activities include:

Alan Bull Studio, 18 Graf Road #18. Alan's studio will be closed for this upcoming artwalk, however, his paintings can be seen at the following locations: Chococoa Baking Company at the Tannery; Ten Center St. restaurant; Orange Leaf Yogurt at Market Square and Salon Bellisimo on Water St. His paintings have appeared in Architectural Digest, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, House Beautiful and many other publications.

Bridge Gallery, 1 Rear Water Street, next to the entrance to the waterfront parking lot, is a cooperative gallery of area artists, featuring sculpture and contemporary as well as representational landscape, still life and figurative paintings. Many of the artists will be on hand to answer your questions.

Chameleon, 18 Liberty Street, features a vast and varied collection of fine art, jewelry, objects and whimsy, serving sweet and savory treats throughout the weekend.

Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market Street, is pleased to be showing Michael Updike' s Crow and Raven stone carvings for the October ArtWalk, part of a "must see" exhibit for Fall.

Firehouse Gallery, Market Square, in the Firehouse Center for the Arts, presents a solo show, Home and Away, the paintings of Julia Purinton. The artist will be in the gallery Saturday, October 20th, 3 – 5 PM to meet visitors and talk about her creative process. Refreshments will be served.

Indigo Artist Studio, 53 Middle Street, is a gallery and a working studio for artists Lillian Coolidge and Mary Arthur Pollak. A selection of new landscapes and mixed media pieces will be on display as well as unframed work, both large and small. Wine and cheese reception on Saturday from 3-7pm.

Lepore Fine Arts, 37 Liberty Street, specializes in artists, particularly American, working in the period 1850 to 1950. A visit to this gallery is well worth the stroll along one of Newburyport’s narrow lanes.

Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, currently is displaying art from the Fall Members Juried Show: Digital Art, Drawing, Oil, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Watercolor through Saturday October 20th. Doug Johnson, whose exhibit The Fine Art of Beading, is also on display.  He will demonstrate his beaded art process on Saturday October 20th from 2 – 4 pm.

Sisters we Three, 57 Pleasant Street, features an eclectic mix of fine art and handmade items. Enjoy this delightful shop overflowing with 2D and 3D art and craft from more than two hundred artisans.

Somerbys Landing Sculpture Park, on the waterfront, hosts a year-long exhibit of contemporary outdoor sculptures by New England and national artists. Walk along the Merrimac River boardwalk, behind the Firehouse Center for the Arts, to west end, near the Black Cow Restaurant.

Spirit of Newburyport Gallery, 10 Prince Place, features exclusive limited edition Newburyport prints of artist/photographer Jon-William Brown. His work captures the essence and spirit of this historic seaport.

Sweethaven Studio and Gallery, lower level at 25 Inn Street, Greg Nikas is a photographer who lives and breathes photography. He will never admit it, but he has over twenty years experience photographing people and places and that experience is evident in his work on display in his charming studio. Inn Street is always a fun walk and finding Greg’s studio is a worthy goal. He’s hospitable and welcomes visitors.

The Walsingham Gallery, 47 Merrimac Street, presents a reception and painting demonstration by artist, Caleb Stone, Saturday October 20th from 3 to 7 pm. Stone was raised in the art colony of Rockport MA, and exposed to plein air painting at an early age by his father, the famous modern impressionist artist, Don Stone, N.A.

Valerie's Gallery, 26 State Street, hosts a special Open House featuring many of the gallery’s local artists on Saturday, October 20 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Artists for this informal meet and greet represent all media: pottery, jewelry, photography, painting, carving, and furniture painting. Refreshments will be served.


The ArtWalk map is available at all art galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the middle passage way between State Street and Inn Street, the brochure rack at the Firehouse Center for the Arts 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. 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.


Calendar Listing

WHAT: Newburyport ArtWalk Weekend

WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 3 – 7pm & Sunday, October 21, Noon – 5pm

WHERE: Newburyport, MA