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Explore Newburyport’s thriving art community through special exhibits, artist discussions, painting class demonstrations and more during the third ArtWalk of 2016 on Saturday, August 20 from 11-6 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely self-guided tour that winds through Newburyport’s historic downtown to more than 20 galleries and partner sites that are celebrating the beauty and culture of the North Shore.

The public is invited to take part in ArtWalk’s free events, browse a variety of artwork in traditional and contemporary styles, shop, dine, and soak in all that the Cultural District has to offer. The last 2016 ArtWalk will be held on November 5th. Throughout the year, there are also spontaneous individual gallery and group pop-up events. To learn about all the latest activities, visit

A free brochure/map of all venues is available at 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 August’s ArtWalk are:

Connor Summers Gallery: Connor Summers Gallery is pleased to have new still lifes and pastels by Janice Eaton Updike. The public is invited to meet artist from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Additionally, the gallery will be showing work by Michael Updike, Gordon Pryzbyla, Margaret Bernier, Marcia Hermann and Cathy Connor. 48 Market Street, Newburyport.

Indigo Artist Studio/Alan Bull Studio:Big New Work” will be featured at Indigo Artist Studio on August 20.  Indigo introduces the monumental woodcuts of Maine artist, printmaker, Keith Rendall.  For most of his career, Rendall has created large-scale prints, woodcuts and etchings of creatures found among the waterways of Maine.  Using beautiful Japanese papers and framed with his own hand-carved frames, these unique prints are not to be missed. Mary Arthur Pollak’s new carborundum prints, influenced by the plants and patterns of the tidal waters, exemplify spring and summer in Maine.  These pieces are created by a process using carbon dust mixed with glue and applied to plexi to make the plate.  They are each uniquely printed with oil based paints on rag paper. In addition, Newburyport artist, teacher and illustrator, Alan Bull will show his latest large paintings and his popular 2017 truck painting calendars will be available to order.  Refreshments and great art from 11-6pm. 53 Middle St., Newburyport.

Valerie’s Gallery: Meet two of our artists, Maggie Bokor and Colleen Kidder, at the August ArtWalk. Maggie Bokor, an artist from South Portland, ME, who creates elegant sterling silver jewelry, will be here from 1-5 p.m. Ipswich oil painter Colleen Kidder will be on hand from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stop by to meet these talented artisans. 26 State Street, Newburyport.

36 Liberty Street Studios: Take in the dreamlike paintings with collage elements of artist E. Tobin Eckian on the first floor. Guest artist Sam Kimball will also showcase his paintings at 36 Liberty St.  Upstairs on the second floor of this shared studio space is Portrait and Fine Art Photography by Kiki Larouge.  36 Liberty Street, Newburyport.

Firehouse Center for the Arts:Earth, Wind, Fire and Water,” an exhibit of photographs by Robert Chiller and members of the Chiller Photo Project, is on view at the Institution for Savings Art Gallery at the Firehouse until September 11, 2016.  The show represents a  diverse group of photographers whose areas of specialty include architecture, abstract imagery, still life, landscape, portrait, and event photography.  The members of the Chiller Photo Project have been collaborating under their mentor and teacher, Robert Chiller, for close to a decade. Come see photography by Sandra Chaisson, Maryann Newman. Nancy Richards, Roxanne Ritzel, Diane Sweeney, Terence Sweeney, Eleanor Wilson and Contributors Korty Church and Debra Woodward.  Market Square, Newburyport.

Newburyport Art Association: On Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1-4 p.m., artist Steven Lush will be leading a demonstration and class on “Unlocking the Mystery of Watercolor.” He will cover the process of working with watercolors as well as reviewing tips about materials specific to the medium. All are welcome to watch or sign up to participate (Members  $15, Non-members $20). Lush, whose painting style is “painterly” in that he adds detail in the process, works in watercolor, oil, gouache and occasionally pastels. His marine art is included in the permanent collection of the US Coast Guard’s “Heritage Collection” at the Academy, New London, CT., the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Is., NY, the Customs House Maritime Museum, Newburyport, MA., and Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT. 65 Water Street, Newburyport.

Sweethaven Gallery: J. Ann Eldridge’s intaglio prints & drawings will be on display at Sweethaven Gallery in “Etchings from a Rural Life” through Sept. 18. Ann is a state-juried member of the League of NH Craftspeople. Her work can be found in galleries around New England and she participates in a number of juried retail shows. Sweethaven will host an opening reception with light refreshments served from 12-6 p.m on Aug. 20. 25L Inn Street, Newburyport.

Spirit of Newburyport: John William Brown has a gift for capturing the Port City’s natural beauty. For the August ArtWalk, he is featuring his Newburyport Harbor with Mural Series of digital images from 2016. 32 Water Street, Newburyport.

Paula Estey Gallery (PEG): Love-Locks,” an exhibition featuring  contemporary art by painter Jennifer Jean Costello with PEG artists Miranda Updike, Kate Sullivan, Jessica Hachmeister, David Stone, Regina Valluzzi, Pat Forbes and Joanne Tarlin, has been extended for ArtWalk. 3 Harris Street, Newburyport.