This Saturday, June 30, the Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) will hold it’s first 2018 Sidewalk Art Show in the dappled summer sun of the Nantucket Atheneum garden, India Street. More than twenty AAN’s artist members will be available to discuss art and sell their works. The outdoor art show is free and open to the public.
First of the season, but not first ever: founded in 1930 by artist Maud Stumm, Nantucket’s Sidewalk Art Show is the oldest in the nation! Originally held for a few days in August, it was open to professionals and amateurs alike. “In 1960. AAN took the reins of the event, and it is now one of our signature offerings. We are proud to be part of such a historic and popular island tradition,” said Cecil Barron Jensen, AAN executive director. “It predates the Artists Association by fifteen years.”
In her book, From Clotheslines to Canopies: A History of Outdoor Art Fairs in America, Kathleen Eaton states that, “the earliest art fairs of record in America that are still in operation began during the start of the Great Depression. The first, founded in 1930, was the Nantucket Sidewalk Art Show—a small local event based on similar street fairs found in Europe.” “With an 88-year history, the sale has quite a following and is a great way to meet some of the island’s most popular artists, all of whom are pleased to discuss their art and explain their techniques,” said Robert Frazier, curator of exhibitions.
The AAN Sidewalk Art Show starts at 10 am on Saturday, June 30, and continues till 3pm.
To learn more about the Artists Association and their many classes, programs, and exhibitions, visit the website at nantucketarts.org.