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Volume 40 Issue 10 • July 8-14, 2010
now in our 40th season

See the Creativity

The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) will offer a new series of artist demonstrations and one-day Portable Studio exhibitions on Wednesdays at the Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery at 19 Washington Street.  The demonstrations and one-day shows are a great opportunity  to get to know some of the island’s finest artists and take a peek into their creative processes.

"The Portable Studio is an excellent way for visitors to meet our artist members," says AAN executive director Cecil Barron Jensen. "A common interest and love of art will connect our patrons to the artists, making their visit in our gallery more meaningful. We hope people will stop by and chat with our artists this summer and learn about Nantucket art."

Visitors can watch individual artists demonstrate techniques including ceramics, marbling, and painting. Portable Studios give the public the opportunity to view multiple pieces by each participating artist in a mini, one-day exhibition. In both cases, visitors will have the chance to connect with the artists and ask questions in a casual and friendly setting. Artist demonstrations will begin at 11 a.m. and last for a little over an hour.  Portable Studios will open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m.

“Portable Studios offer an intimate look at an artist’s creative process,” said Robert Frazier, gallery director. “You may discover that a noted painter also designs beautiful jewelry, as is the case with both Sharon Woods Hussey and Julija Mostykanova. You may learn that new photography member Caroline Coolidge is the daughter of painter Jil Coolidge, and see their work side by side. The Wednesday programs are all about getting to know our artists and enjoying the opportunity to visit with them.”

The next day of Portable Studio and Demonstrations is Wed., July 14, featuring a demonstration of painting and collage by Ann Warren. The Portable Studios that day will be by Morgan Beryl, ceramics; William Welch, painting; and Chris Bourbeau, painting. On July 28, August 11 & 25, additional Portable Studios and Demonstrations are planned.

Founded in 1945, AAN has a long history of promoting the work of its member artists, presenting classes in the visual arts, and preserving Nantucket art in its historic Permanent Collection.  To learn more, visit  508-228-0722.


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