Main Street’s flower-filled fountain… boats bobbing in Nantucket harbor… longer days and moon-lit bays… our island’s beautiful early summer afternoons: see them all expressed on canvas in the Artists Association of Nantucket’s new exhibit Nothing But Blue Skies. The exhibition opens on Friday, May 26 in the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery at 19 Washington Street.
“Nothing But Blue Skies is an exhibition designed to showcase the beauty of the island as it bursts forth with its summer flora and fauna. Being one of the most comprehensive venues for local art, our broad cross section of artist’s work includes everything from jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, ceramics, glass sculptures, mixed media, photographs, and some textiles,” said AAN gallery director Peter J. Greenhalgh.
Also opening on Friday, May 26 is AAN’s Think Big exhibit in their Big Gallery, upstairs at 12 Straight Wharf. “This exhibition will premiere large works by our members that are too large to show in our Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, with a focus on abstract pieces,” said AAN artistic director and curator Robert Frazier. With its lofty ceilings and extra-long windows, the Big Gallery lends itself beautifully to showcasing larger works in many different mediums. “We are looking forward to seeing what our artists bring in to jump-start the summer season,” added Frazier.
AAN’s mission is to foster the work of its artists, showcase and preserve Nantucket art through its historic Permanent Collection, and offer varied classes and workshops in the visual arts. “We have welcomed several new artist members into our organization, which now features close to three hundred local artists, whose work is highlighted in numerous exhibitions throughout the season. We’d be delighted to discuss with you our artists and their work, and I invite you to stop by the gallery anytime,” added Greenhalgh.
A stone’s throw from Main Street, the AAN’s Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery is an award-winning gallery on Washington Street. Nothing But Blue Skies will be on display there through Monday, June 19. Think Big will be on display until June 26 upstairs in the Thomas Macy Warehouse, 12 Straight Wharf. Both galleries will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm until May 31, when their hours will expand to Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.