Saturday, August 10, 2013

August ArtWalk: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th

Newburyport is home to many artists, art lovers, and creative adventurers. Many artists have fallen in love with Newburyport and have made it their artistic home. With the subtle beauty of reflected light, the crisp salt air, acres of textured marsh, and architectural vignettes of earlier times, this area has become a magnet for painters, sculptors, photographers and the like for the same reasons that Rockport and Provincetown became art colonies in previous centuries. Many an art collection have begun with just one piece, whether a quiet painting of an autumn marsh or a brilliant print of lovers entwined...whatever your artistic passion, the Newburyport art scene is sure to have what you are looking for...


Alan Bull
Showing at Sweethaven Studio

Artist, Alan Bull, will be showing work at Sweethaven Gallery at 25 Inn Street Marketplace (downstairs). It will include a selection of musical paintings, featuring the Zach Field Drum Studio, Parrish Percussion Project and several new sketches and paintings that highlight musicians from the Wednesday night jazz sessions at 10 Center Street Restaurant and August Chamber Music Festival.

Zach Field Drum Studio Painting by Alan Bull

22 Liberty Street

“Fields”, Expressive Landscapes by Maria Malatesta

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17th, 3-7p

Rockport artist and Montserrat College of Art teacher, Maria Malatesta, will have a solo exhibition of work, “Fields”, Expressive Landscapes opening at Chameleon, 22 Liberty Street, Newburyport, MA on August 17th. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and to meet the artist from 3pm to 7pm at Chameleon.

Maria has said, “Painting is more about the art of making the work and the acceptance of uncertainty. Painting is trusting instinct, to plunge into the unknown and allow the process to carry the work and unveil the rhythm of the paint.” She continues to say, “This group of paintings is inspired from nature. While the landscape is always there, the process and expressive quality of the paint take precedent over the depiction of any particular place. I want the paintings to be experiential. I want them to be somewhere that feels familiar even though these are not real places.”

Ms. Malatesta received her Diploma and Fifth Year certificate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Bachelor of Science from Lesley College, Cambridge. She has been represented by Chameleon since 1999.

48 Market Street

New art by Cathy Connor, Michael Updike and the late Jim Mickelson will be featured during the August ArtWalk. Their unique collection spans the contemporary art scene in a focused, thought-provoking, and unique way. They owners will also be available to discuss framing options for all your art needs.

Imagine This by Cathy Connor

Baleen Whale stone carving by Michael Updike

Sailboats by Jim Mickelson

Market Square

"Peggy's House" exhibit by photographer, Robert Loren Lerch
Artist Reception: Sunday August 18th from 3:30-5:30

This exhibit presents the life of an old house through vignettes of interior details, images that convey a sense of time, and of many lifetimes. The wood is worn with repeated use but is carefully painted; a door stands ajar tempting the viewer to enter the room; a hallway appears as a passageway through decades of time. Eastern Massachusetts is home to a treasure of houses dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries. This exhibit will engage the public to look at the idea of house in a new way.


Broom Door by Robert Loren Lerch

53 Middle Street

Ipswich artist, Sarah Winderlin, joins Mary Arthur Pollack at the studio as guest artist for the ArtWalk. Originally from upstate New York, Sarah received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a BA in American Studies from Tufts University. She is influenced by the color and light of her day to day surroundings. "Through layers of paint, paper and wax, it is my goal to capture a complete moment--be it a slice of the ever-changing light on a hill, the movement of the sky, or the endless humor and beauty of my greyhound and chickens."

Pollack's monotypes balance on the edge of abstraction and representation and are inspired by the color and light of the North Shore and Maine. Her frequent travels and collected materials influence the content and subject of her mixed media pieces in paint and wax. Indigo Artist Studio is her working, printing and exhibiting space.

Rust by Mary Arthur Pollack

Chickens by Sarah Winderlin

65 Water Street

Group exhibit, "A Brush With Beauty," is on exhibit from now through August 19th. The Band of Brushes, a local plein air painting group, are a dynamic group of women and men whose love for painting outdoors shows in their work through their brushstrokes, their colors and their passion. The group meets every Tuesday to paint at different location throughout the North Shore and Seacoast New Hampshire.

Another fascinating show to come in and see is "Eight Cubed," a group exhibit of paintings done on 8" x 8" canvas. A unique variety of media, interpretations, and styles make this show one not to be missed. The show runs from August 8th through September 1st.

25 Inn Street (downstairs)

Sweethaven Gallery will be open for the third ArtWalk of 2013 - August 17th & 18th - Sat. 3-7, Sun. 1-5. During ArtWalk weekends, galleries and studios host a variety of free activities including music, demonstrations, refreshments and more. Touring Newburyport galleries and artists' studios is your opportunity to see, learn about, and shop for art you like. On exhibit at Sweethaven Gallery are the landscape images of Newburyport & Plum Island by local photographer Greg Nikas. Greg began his photographic career as a landscape photographer and shows his work exclusively at Sweethaven Gallery. His landscapes can be viewed at - click on the Newburyport Prints For Sale & Plum Island Prints for Sale links in the Portfolio section. If you have any questions or would like more info about his work, he can be reached at or 978-465-7656.

Photograph by Greg Nikas

Valerie's Gallery 26 State Street   
From 3 to 5 pm on Saturday, August 17th, Valerie's will be hosting jeweler, Ron Cravens, a New Hampshire resident.  Ron has been a member of the League of NH Craftsmen for nearly 40 years working in sterling silver, gold and gold-fill with semi-precious stones. During the Meet the Artist event, Ron will be displaying a large collection of his jewelry -- from bangles and cuffs to earrings and necklaces, all handmade.

Handmade by Ron Cravens

47 Merrimac Street

The Walsingham Gallery will be hosting a painting demonstration with Janis Sanders on Sunday, August 18 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Janis Sanders’ distinctive style is immediately recognizable. He fills the sky with an infinite blue-purple, verging on periwinkle, and describes the landscape below with mustard, chartreuse, sage, and dark blue-green. He relies on his palette knife to create a variety of textures, but also pays close attention to light, the angles of shadows across architectural elements. He intentionally exaggerates the contrast between light and shadow. The illumined face of a structure is brilliant against the deep purple shadows around the corner. There is an immediacy to his painting technique and yet the buildings in his paintings - a lone barn on a hilltop, two fish shacks on a wide beach – are iconic, as if they have been imbedded in the landscape since the beginning of time. In his own words, he explains this goal, “I attempt for a brief moment to connect to the vast play of light and shadow that flows across our enormous expanse of universe, and humbled, say in paint, the spirit, the spirituality, of place.”

Late Light by Janis Sanders