Revamped Newburyport ArtWalk Offers Fresh Take on Cultural Scene on May 4

Take a self-guided tour, check out galleries, meet the artists, and celebrate fresh beginnings

Newburyport, MA, April 24, 2019 – The first Newburyport ArtWalk of the year returns on Saturday, May 4 from 11-6 p.m. with a new look, some new participants and many favorite local artists on hand. The public is invited to take a self-guided tour of the Newburyport galleries and partner sites in a casual reception environment. The Spring ArtWalk features special exhibits, artist discussions, demonstrations and more. Enjoy ArtWalk’s free events, browse artwork in traditional and contemporary styles, shop, dine, and explore this historic port city’s Cultural District. A full schedule of events is listed below.

There have been some updates to the overall event. This year, ArtWalk will only be held twice – on May 4 and November 2, with pop-up events throughout the year. A new logo, branding and brochure was created by Lisa Riordan to better reflect the variety of artwork that flourishes in our community. Participating venues will have a sign in their window and teal balloons tied outside. Banners and yard signs will help guide visitors to the galleries.

Programming also was revamped so that visitors can better plan to attend the special events held at various galleries around the city on May 4. The members of the ArtWalk group have coordinated the timing of their demos and visiting artists so that there is minimal overlap during the day. This allows visitors to see the work in progress rather than just the completed work.

A free brochure/map is available at an information table in the bullnose, participating galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the passageway between State and Inn Street and at ArtWalk Partners’ locations.

Among the special activities planned for May’s ArtWalk are:

Newburyport Framers: Celebrate Spring with the opening of “Bloom” with painting, photography, pottery, and flowers from Singing Brook Farm in Groveland. Art by Maria Malatesta, Wendy Borger, Marisa Peters, Donna Baldassari, and Patricia Langley. Cap off the Artwalk with our Artist reception on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. 3 Graf Road, Newburyport

Indigo Artist Studio: On view at Indigo Artist Studio are 30 new carborundum prints in variations of pattern and color representing seasons by artist and owner Mary Arthur Pollak. Elizabeth Lorayne, an author and artist, will be demonstrating her process of collagraph printing at 11 a.m. during Artwalk. 53 Middle Street, Newburyport

Alan Bull Studio: Alan Bull will host a painting demonstration at noon and will also be on hand to discuss his new children’s book called “Augustus and Me.” With words by Jan Rose and watercolors by Alan Bull, the book about the history of Orient, NY, will be published soon. 3 Graf Road, Unit 18, Newburyport

Valerie’s Gallery: Meet two guest artists at Valerie’s Gallery: Painter Cara Gonier and jeweler Catie McCool from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Gonier will give a painting demonstration at 1 p.m. McCool will be demonstrating some of the techniques that shape her one-of-a-kind jewelry at 3 p.m.  26 State Street, Newburyport

Firehouse Center for the Arts: Join us at the IFS Art Gallery at the Firehouse from 1-3 p.m. for the opening reception of The Colors of the Sea by John Ellis. Ellis will also be showing some of his tools, materials, and unfinished work to explain his unusual creative process in various mediums and styles. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet Ellis (and his paintings. Market Square, Newburyport

Pam Older Designs: Shop custom-made jewelry and artful accessories and view work by artist Amy Brnger from 3-5 p.m. during ArtWalk. 42 Merrimac Street, Newburyport

Sweethaven Gallery: Discover one of a kind photography of local landscapes and more from Sweethaven owner Greg Nikas. He will be joined by photographer C. Max Schenk, whose exhibit “As I See – Nature and Focus” is on display from May 1 – June 2. Meet them at the opening reception from 2-6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. 25L Inn Street, Newburyport

Newburyport Art Association:  The 22nd Annual Regional Juried Show will be on display from May 3- June 1, 2019. In addition, Ryan Kelley, a talented sculptor and wire artist, will provide a demo at 2 p.m. Well known for his distinctive wire tree sculptures, Ryan’s art includes large-scale metal sculptures, custom metal wall art, wire art affixed to stone bases, 3-D art installations, and much more. 65 Water Street, Newburyport

Paula Estey Gallery (PEG): PEG features a group of new artists’ work that includes brilliant landscapes, abstracts, and photographs. The biggest change is our focus on becoming A Center for Art & Activism. Owner Paula Estey will give a gallery talk at 4 p.m. about the exciting upcoming programming.  3 Harris Street, Newburyport

Special Events Schedule during Newburyport ArtWalk on Saturday, May 4

11:00 a.m.          Indigo Artist Studio  open 10-6

                           Elizabeth Lorayne Collagraph Demo at 11 a.m.

12:00 p.m.          Alan Bull Studio  open 10-6

                           Painting Demo at 12 noon

1:00 p.m.            Valerie’s Gallery open 10-6

                           Cara Gonier Opening Reception 1-4 p.m.

                           Painting Demo at 1 p.m.

1:00 p.m.            Firehouse Center for the Arts open 11-6

                           John Ellis Opening Reception 1-3 p.m.

2:00 p.m.            Newburyport Art Association  open 10-6

                           Wire by Ryan Demo at 2 p.m.

2:00 p.m.            Sweethaven Gallery open 10-6

                           Max Schenk Reception 2-6 p.m.

3:00 p.m.            Valerie’s Gallery open 10-6

                           Catie McCool Reception 1-4 p.m.

                           Jewelry Demo at 3 p.m.

3:00 p.m.            Pam Older Designs

                            Artist Amy Brnger 3-5 p.m.

4:00 p.m.            Paula Estey Gallery open 12-5

                           Gallery Talk by Paula Estey on Art & Activism 4 p.m.

5:00 p.m.            Newburyport Framing open 10-6

                            “Bloom” Opening Reception 5-7 p.m.

About ArtWalk

The Newburyport ArtWalk events are held twice this year on Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, November 2, 2019. They are free and open to the public. A collaborative of galleries host special exhibitions, artist demos, lectures, tours, and visual art all within easy walking distance in historic downtown Newburyport. Local restaurants, cafes and coffee shops also display original art on a rotating basis. ArtWalk 2019 participants include: Alan Bull Studio, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Indigo Artist Studio, Newburyport Art Association, Newburyport Framers, Paper Moon Artisan Gallery, Paula Estey Gallery, Sisters We Three, Sweethaven Gallery, and Valerie’s Gallery. ArtWalk partner businesses include: Beach Plum Too, Commune Cafe, Jim Bragg of Coldwell Banker, the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Middle Street Foods, Pam Older Designs, Plum Island Coffee Roasters, Re/Max on the River, Soufflés and Strem Chemicals. For more information and the latest updates, please visit www.newburyportartwalk.com and www.facebook.com/NewburyportArtWalk.

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