Friday, July 31, 2015

August Happenings at the North Shore Arts Association!

Thank You, one and all!

By the time you read this, the NSAA Annual Fundraising Art Auction will be a  fete accompli and a gallery full of successful collectors will have wrapped up some wonderful purchases of original, one of a kind artwork! We thank our Patrons and Sponsors, who generously donated their time and  funding for the event, our Artist and Associate Members who donated their beautiful artwork, and the new and returning collectors who made some great purchases and supported the NSAA Building Restoration effort in the process. Fundraising efforts for the restoration at 11 Pirates Lane are ongoing and donations can be made on the NSAA website donor page, or by calling Gallery Manager, Linda Cote, at 978-283-1857. Thanks to all for your generous support and for making the NSAA Auction Gala a great success!

Two Juried exhibitions are coming to NSAA in August; Exhibition IV "Small Works" an artist member exhibition which opened July 30 and runs through August 29th.
Many giants of the art world including Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer painted much treasured and highly prized small art works.  The appeal of small works is manifold with flexible display options:  the work can be clustered in and around other pieces; or placed in tiny, sometimes awkward spaces; or hung in discreet groupings, and easily placed on small easels atop a side table, and often lower price points are also an advantage.  The main appeal, however, is to enjoy an intimate and condensed expression of the artist's focused vision.
Always very popular, the Associate Members Show opens on August 6 through August 29th. This season we are offering two separate Associate Member exhibitions, the first of which is a juried event and showcases the work of our talented and dedicated associate members, whose energy, hard work and spirit are vital to the success of our organization. Look for many of these same Associate Members names among the list of New full Artist Members to be announced in the fall after the New Member Jury meets!
Opening Reception for both Exhibitions will be held on Sunday August 23, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., with refreshments served. As always, the public is very welcome!

Just in time to take a vacation break and try something new NSAA is offering three great workshops this August:
Susan Guest-MacPhail, Mixed Media, August 8th and 9th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The workshop is designed to help you loosen up and 'paint' with paper. Sue leads the first session in how to create very interesting colored papers using a variety of new techniques including gelatin printmaking. During the second session students will be encouraged to rip and cut them up, and use them to create either realistic or abstract collage works. Guaranteed to bring your "inner child" out to play!  Go to to sign up or call 978-283-1857!

 Caleb Stone, Oil and Watercolor, Outdoor on Monhegan Island, August 15, 16 and 17th.
Paint on beautiful Monhegan Island! Each day will begin with a meeting at the Trailing Yew Inn front yard and then going to a painting location. Mr. Stone will demonstrate how to capture a strong composition and strong design. He will demonstrate how to make good value and color choices necessary to capture the feeling of light and atmosphere. Students will begin their painting with an assist from Mr. Stone in order to answer any questions. At the end of each day there will be a group critique to help participants improve and learn.Go to to sign up or call 978-283-1857!

Mark Shasha, Oil, Outdoors, August 29 & 30.Capturing the Living Landscape. 10:00 -4:00 p.m. Painting in oils outside is tricky enough, clouds, wind and sea refuse to stand still for the artist.    During this two day workshop, award winning artist Mark Shasha will help you tackle the problems and share his insights from 30 years of experience.  Mark will discuss composition, traditional materials, and methods to help you conquer the challenges and reap the rewards of capturing the natural color, light and mood of a landscape.
Go to to sign up or call 978-283-1857!

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