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  • 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 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 May 1-June 30, with a process to purchase.
    Congratulations to all the accepted artists!

    2020 Fine Art Auction & Party

    | Uncategorized | March 17, 2020

    New date announced…

    Saturday, September 26, 2020

    We are excited to announce that we have successfully rescheduled The 19th Annual Art Auction & Party to the days surrounding September 26, 2020. This fine art auction supports all programming including exhibitions, education, & community outreach.  This sell-out event has grown to become the NAA’s most important fundraiser and a popular evening for the Newburyport & surrounding community – great art, food, and company. Though this year the event will be held virtually, we are excited to announce that there will be a three week exhibit of all auction works in the lower galleries.  We plan on small artist receptions and a few surprises!

    More than ever- the community needs this event to celebrate art and the artists that create it. Over 80 artists have already donated artwork in all medias and price ranges.

    Please mark your calendars and plan to join us to celebrate the arts!

    To add your name to receive information about the NAA and the 19th Annual Art Auction & Party, click here. To volunteer for a committee or to assist in the days leading up to or the day of the auction, please click here.

    Deb Pare & Paige Baumann

    Co-Chairs, NAA Auction

    2021 MassArt Summer Studio & Scholarship Applications

    | Uncategorized | March 13, 2020

    2021 MassArt Summer Studio Scholarship Applications will be accepted in February 2021. Please watch for announcements when the application period is open. A unique pre-college studio art program for students entering grades 11 and 12, generously provided by The Hemphill Family Foundation.  This is an intensive 4-week program for the artist who is serious about their work.  For more details, click MassArt Summer Studio.



    Each year the NAA awards the Ruthanne Arbeit Memorial Scholarship to a Newburyport High School student; the Sam Sargent Scholarship, the Laura Coombs Hills Scholarship, the Hemphill Family Foundation Scholarship, the Susan Keller Scholarship, and the Ron Emmerling Scholarship.  Local graduating seniors planning to pursue art, art education, and/or arts management are eligible to apply.  Application guidelines are available in the guidance offices.  Students from the Amesbury, Ipswich, Newburyport, Pentucket, and Triton districts are welcome to apply.  Note applications will be accepted in February 2021.  Any questions, contact the NAA at naa@newburyportart.org


    Vote For Us

    | Uncategorized | February 11, 2020

    We have been so honored to be chosen by YOU as Readers Choice for Best of North Shore, Art Gallery since 2015 AND Editors Choice since 2018!! We would love to have your vote to keep it going…  To vote, click on the image, Choose PLAY category, then ART GALLERY  You will find us listed among the nominees.  Thank YOU for considering…  Voting is open until May 1, 2020

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