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  • The Virtual Auction is NOW OPEN!

    | Uncategorized | September 26, 2020

    Bid Early, Bid Often, Bid Generously!  Visit the Gallery at 65 Water Street to see these Auction items live, or view them online. The Auction is  open NOW through Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 PM

    Click Here to go to the Auction site and thank you for supporting the NAA!



    NAA Virtual Auction Preview!

    | Uncategorized | September 20, 2020

    Check out this fun trailer for the NAA Virtual Auction– Now Open Online for previews!  Make sure to stop by the gallery to see the art work, adn get ready to BID on Sept 26th!

    19th Annual NAA Art Auction & Exhibition

    | Uncategorized | August 31, 2020

    19th Annual NAA Art Auction & Exhibition

    September 19th – October 3rd

    September by the Sea


    Marsha Zavez, Testing the Waters

    We are thrilled to present over 100 stunning artworks, exciting packages and a fabulous Maine Getaway raffle.

    For the first time we are having an Auction Exhibition in our newly renovated galleries from September 19th – October 3rd.

    Come preview all the beautiful art during our VIP Reception or visit the gallery when our doors open to the public!

    The Auction will go live online, Saturday, September 26th and end Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 PM.

    Please join us to support the Newburyport Art Association, the artists and the community programs we sponsor.

    Cheryl Dyment, Overflow


    View the Auction site

    Karen Jones, Golden Pot

    Looking for more images of the Auction Artwork?? Online Preview available September 6th

    The Band of Brushes Presents our Annual 2020 NAA Show!

    | Uncategorized | August 24, 2020

    The Band of Brushes Presents our Annual 2020 NAA Show:

    Creative Persistence  

    August 24- October 24, 2020

    Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the exhibit has been re-created as a virtual show and an online experience.

    View the show at www.bandofbrushes.com

    The Band of Brushes is a group of artists who paint together ‘en plein air’, a French expression meaning in the open air, throughout the spring, summer and fall, working to capture the elusive light of day. The Band of Brushes is one of the Newburyport Art Association’s Featured Interests Groups.

    These artists share a love of nature and plein air painting in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic mediums. They meet weekly to paint outdoors at beautiful North Shore and seacoast locations.

    Call for Entry! Fifth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Garden Exhibition

    | Uncategorized | July 28, 2020

    The NAA invites all sculptors to submit works to be considered for the fifth year-long exhibit at the Range Light Community Sculpture Garden. This almost 3000 square foot garden resides behind the historic NAA along the extremely popular Newburyport Rail Trail and is seen and visited by hundreds of people every week. Each year the sculptures delight and amaze all that are drawn to this beautiful community.

    Fees: $0 to enter

    Deadline: 08/16/20

    Sculptors are invited to submit 1 to 3 pieces.
    Group Exhibition from September 13, 2020 – September 3, 2021

    Eligibility: International; NAA member or non-member

    Fifth Annual NAA Community Sculpture Garden Entry Form


    • Sculptures must be resistant to New England Weather. This is an interactive garden- works must not be a public safety hazard.
    • The NAA Curatorial Committee will jury submissions and supervise installation.
    • Artists are responsible for installation and suitable bases if needed. All accepted works must be delivered to the NAA by the artist or their representative. A $50 stipend per sculpture will be provided to help offset installation expenses.
    • NAA insurance coverage includes replacement value and liability from injury caused by a sculpture.
    • All works must be available for purchase and the NAA will receive 40% commission on each sale. The selected works will be installed for 12 months and sold works will be removed at the conclusion of the exhibit. Interested buyers will secure their purchase with a $500 non-refundable deposit. The NAA and artist will receive their commission percentage of the deposit when the sale concludes at the end of the exhibit.
    • A maximum of 3 entries may be submitted by digital image via the NAA website “Enter a Show” page, Fifth Annual NAA Community Sculpture Garden Entry Form. Please include two views of each piece in a JPEG format (300 dpi, Max. 5MB) and label as follows:  Last name – Title – Dimensions – Materials – Price
    • Once notified of acceptance in the exhibition, the artist will be sent the Loan Agreement which will need to be signed and returned to the NAA upon acceptance.
    • Retail price, replacement value, artist biography/resume`, and any pertinent press or other information must be supplied by the sculptor upon acceptance into the exhibition.


    Evan Jespersen

    Warren Moskowitz

    Ryan Kelley

    Kimberly Scott

    Belle Struck



    Submission Deadline              Friday, August 16, 2020

    Acceptance Notification         Friday, August 22, 2020

    Installation                              September 4 – September 6, 2020 from 11:00am-5:00pm

    Opening Reception                 Sunday, September 13, 2020 from 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Pick Up Dates                          September 3 – September 5, 2021 from 11:00am-5:00pm



    Warren Moskowitz, Board President


    “New Perspectives” – the NAA Photography Interest Group’s New Show!

    | Uncategorized | July 13, 2020

    “NEW PERSPECTIVES”, the NAA Photography Interest Group’s Annual Show and Sale opens July 15th! Due to the Coronavirus crisis, it has been re-created as a virtual show and an online experience from July 15 through August 31.  Explore it at (link opens July 15th) naaphotogroup.smugmug.com
    The Show features 23 NAA member photographers exhibiting 134 photos showcasing a wide variety of work in traditional and contemporary formats.
    There are individual galleries for each photographer.  The photographs can be viewed in total, individually, or in each photographer’s gallery, and can be searched by artist. Biographical information is included for each photographer, as are suggested prices for their photos in a variety of sizes and finished formats. Go to naaphotogroup.smugmug.com
    Most photographers offer a range of sizes and finishes, by individual arrangement. All sales should be transacted directly with the artist who created the photograph. The NAA and the Photo Group have no liability for any sales issues. Please see the contact information within the artist’s gallery.
    Enjoy the Show!

    2020 Annual Membership Meeting

    | Uncategorized | May 27, 2020


    The NAA Board of Directors held the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, June 30th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Given the pandemic social distancing protocols, the meeting was conducted virtually.    We enjoyed providing you the NAA highlights from 2019 and updates regarding the “New Dawn” of the NAA.  

    Please see 2020 NAA Bylaws and 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes here.  NAA Bylaws       2020NAA Board Annual Meeting 2019 Minutes Final


    Warren Moskowitz, President; Jean Trim, Vice President; Wendy Smith, Treasurer; Deb Pare, Secretary; Paige Baumann, Lori Clark, Sara Demrow Dent, Evan Jespersen, Ryan Kelley,  Jason Harris, Lisa Purinton

    Joan Gessner

    | Uncategorized | May 7, 2020

    We want to share the sad news of the passing of Joan Gessner, an accomplished artist and teacher of Amesbury, MA and a long time member of the NAA. She had been a watercolorist for almost 40 years.

    In 1997 Joan began teaching students at the Newburyport Art Association. She was a well-loved teacher that taught her students the process of creating art from mixing colors to the wonder that a paintbrush does more than create strokes of color. She eventually purchased a home in Amesbury where she named her studio Gessner Studios with the motto a place where dreams become reality. She taught her students that life was short and that they needed to fill every minute of it with the things they love and believe in. Joan loved to travel around the world and learn about the richness of all different cultures.  She incorporated these experiences into her own personal paintings. She spent her retirement passing on her hard-earned talent to her students, both children and adults. She offered classes to those who wished to raise their consciousness thru painting. Throughout her life she received numerous awards for best of show and first in Watercolor awards. Most notably was the People’s choice award at the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans with her painting entitled “The Quilt”.

    “A Perfect Day”

    | Uncategorized | April 30, 2020

    Congratulations to Budd and Stephanie Kelley,
    our raffle winners for
    A Perfect Day, by Sue Charles

    We thank the Kelley’s and everyone who donated to the 2019 Annual Appeal and became part of our story!

      The NAA is home to artists and non-artists, residents and visitors alike, who become members and support this community because we appreciate all that a vital art organization brings to the quality of life in the community it serves.

    NAA Updates to Covid-19

    | Uncategorized | April 28, 2020

    Looking forward to a new dawn!

    The NAA is currently closed to the public.
    We look forward to re-opening and welcoming our artists and
    art community back at a future date.

    In the meantime, stay safe, strong,  and healthy.

    image credit:  Dawn at Parker River, Kathleen Bennett

    Message from Sara Demrow Dent, Board Member and Artist Advocate
    April 29, 2020  click here

    Message to our Members from Warren Moskowitz, President, Board of Directors
    April 21, 2020 click here

    Message from Warren Moskowitz, President, Board of Directors
    March 27, 2020  click here

    2020 Annual Regional Juried Show Accepted Works

    | Uncategorized | April 6, 2020



    Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don’t see a different purpose for it now. ~ Dorothea Tanning


    These words have more meaning than ever as we grapple with the new realities of self-isolating at home for the good of not just ourselves but our community.  In this vein, we are pleased to have come up with an online show to showcase the works in our annual Regional Juried Show to not just honor our artists but provide a little escape to someone who needs it.

    We have had record sales in this virtual show.  The show will be ongoing.

    We are thrilled to announce the juror’s decisions of accepted works and awards for this prestigious show.   Thank you to our juror, Ruth Greene-McNally, Curator & Collections Manager, Ogunquit Museum of American Art for her hard work.  We thank all the artists for their submissions.  It takes a level of bravery to put your art and creativity into the world to be judged.  There were 512 submissions of which 149 were chosen, in 11 different media.   For the complete list, click here

    The show will be online ongoing, with a process to purchase.
    Congratulations to all the accepted artists!

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