Saturday, June 14, 2014

ArtWalk @Sweethaven Studio

Sweethaven Studio & Gallery, located at 25L, Inn Street, will be open this ArtWalk weekend and has many 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 If you have any questions or would like more info about his work, he can be reached at or 978-465-7656.            
Pictured left: "Hellcat Marsh" - Plum Island at Sunset

Newburyport artist Karen Blackwood, a New Hampshire native, received her BA in the Studio Art program at the University of N.H. with continued studies at the Art Students League in N.Y. and the Institute of Art in CA. After spending the earlier part of her professional life as an Art Director for a major New York City ad agency, she moved to California, picked up her brushes and dedicated herself to painting. Trained in the classical tradition, Karen painted portraits and figurative work before focusing on landscapes. As a member of the California Art Club, Karen's new passion for landscapes bloomed among a group of plein-air painters inspired by the rich tradition in California Impressionism. The clubs renowned members include Granville Redmond and Edgar Payne. Like the California Impressionists, Karen feels light is a defining factor, and it is the atmospheric quality of the light that she captures in her paintings. Her work is a desire to convey an emotional response to the landscape and to attain that perfect state of being that sometimes comes from painting it. Her work can be viewed at
Pictured right: "Breaker at Sea"