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.
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
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
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.
SHOW DATES & DEADLINES
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
“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.
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.
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
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”.
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.
IMAGE CREDIT: DUNE SHADOWS, PASTEL, BY LUCIA MOSKAL WINNER OF BEST IN SHOW & BEST IN PASTEL
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!