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  • Featured Interest & Discussion Groups

    The NAA provides a gathering place for artists interested in meeting with other artists working in particular mediums. A variety of interest groups meet at the NAA and have the opportunity as groups to show their work in the galleries.  Meetings are open to non-members but in order to participate in the summer exhibitions, artists must be current members of the NAA.  Please keep in mind that each Featured Interest Group has developed its own mission & guidelines regarding participation, membership, and exhibition opportunities.

    Painters’ Discussion Group 

    This group is open to NAA members who create 2-dimensional work in a variety of media and styles. Participants are invited to bring either a finished piece or a work in progress. Space will be limited to allow each member adequate time to present and discuss their work. Feel free to bring a lunch if you like. To join or request more information please contact Marion Eldridge, [email protected] – (978) 834-5123 or Jim Tinguely, [email protected] – (978) 363-2291.


    Abstract  and Experimental Artists

    Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at the NAA, 7-9 pm.
    Group Leader is Muriel Angelil.
    Contact Muriel for more information.
    To learn about AAGNE, click here






    Band of Brushes

    The Band of Brushes is a Plein air painting group that meets on Tuesdays off-site of the NAA, April – October. There are ten exhibiting members. However, anyone can be placed on their master list for notifications of weekly painting sites. For information on being added to the master list, please contact Christine Molitor Johnson for more information.



    Newburyport Ten Plein Air Painters

    Sailing by Daniel J Shaw Group meets Thursdays  off site of the NAA.  For information on the group or painting sites, contact Susan Luca at Susan Luca.






    Newburyport Upriver, John Stephen Hatch

    Monthly discussions of photographic technique, technology, and related processes. Critique sessions. Annual group show at the NAA.

    Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at the NAA, 7 – 9 pm.
    Group Leader is John Stephen Hatch.  For information on joining PHIG, contact Tim Heatwole at Tim Heatwole or  John .

    PHIG is looking to update their email list. Please email John or Tim if you want to be on the group email distribution list






    Arab women and girl

    Group meets the third Tuesday of the month at the NAA, 7-9p.m.

    Annual group show at the NAA
    Group co-leaders  are Barbara Kedesdy and Julia Bethmann.
    Contact  Barbara or Julia for exact schedule or more information.






    Members of the NAA Watercolor Interest Group meet monthly to pursue our love of watercolor — its beauty as well as its various approaches and techniques.  We learn,  paint, grow, and exhibit together.  Monthly meeting  fourth Monday of the month, 3:15 – 5:15 PM at NAA unless other wise posted. Contact: Peggy Poppe,   or ask to join our group Facebook page by clicking Watercolor Facebook  



    Keep Art Accessible For All! Donate to NAA New Dawn Capital Campaign

    In operation since 1948, the NAA is a corner-stone of the greater Newburyport vibrant arts scene with over 600 artists and members from around the region.  Our mission includes art exhibitions, arts education, and community outreach, especially to students and adults with disabilities, to keep the arts accessible for all.

    When the COVID-19 crisis forced us to close our doors from March to October, there was a void felt in both art and community. Thanks to the efforts of the NAA Board and our committed supporters, we re-opened to the public on November 6th with The Power of Art: Members Open Show, featuring stunning work by over 90 of our member artists.

    As we approach the end of the year and the final weeks of our “NAA New Dawn” campaign, please consider making a donation to help us meet our $50,000 goal to cover operating expenses. With your generosity, we will be able to continue our vital work for many years to come. Thank you!  To Donate,  click Count Me In!

    The Newburyport Art Association is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization.