More than twenty island artists will show and discuss their work this Saturday, August 24, when the the Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) holds it’s second Sidewalk Art Show of the season. From 10 am to 3 pm, the garden of the Nantucket Atheneum (entrance on India Street) will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery, displaying everything from paintings to textiles. The outdoor art show is free and open to the public, with a rain date of Sunday, August 25.
“The Sidewalk Art Show is a one of AAN’s most popular traditions, and we are delighted to be hosting this second show of the summer season in the lovely gardens of the Atheneum,” said Cecil Barron Jensen, AAN Executive Director.
Founded in 1930 by artist Maud Stumm, the Sidewalk Art Show was historically held in August over the period of a few days, and was open to professionals and amateurs alike. “In 1960 AAN took the reins of the event and it has become one of our signature offerings,” added Robert Frazier, AAN curator of exhibitions.
“Over the years, the Sidewalk Art Show venues included such locations as Straight Wharf and the old town building however the present location in the garden of the Nantucket Atheneum has become a perennial favorite. It’s a wonderful backdrop and affords a relaxed atmosphere in which to meet and talk with AAN artists and purchase their work,” said Frazier.
In addition, the AAN is also hosting a Sidewalk Art Show pop-up exhibition in the front window of Young’s Bike Shop, Steamboat Wharf. “We are delighted to be able to promote the Sidewalk Art Show on Broad Street,” said Jensen. “Plus it gives us a chance to introduce our artists and the history of the show to a whole new audience on Nantucket.”
For details about AAN 2013 programs and events, visit www.nantucketarts.org or call 508-228-0722.