Oct 13-14: Brush up on Nashua’s ArtWalk 2018 arts extravaganza weekend

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Elizabeth LeBlanc is one of more than 100 artists whose work will be showcased during City Arts Nashua’s upcoming 14th Annual ArtWalk in Nashua.

NASHUA, NH – City Arts Nashua’s14th annual two-day ArtWalk will be held this year on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 12 to 4 p.m.

A celebration of the arts and culture in southern New Hampshire, ArtWalk brings artists to the center of Nashua to share, sell, and show their works inside and outside many downtown businesses. A perfect time of year to enjoy the arts against the backdrop of the colorful foliage of New Hampshire.

This year more than 25 businesses will host 100+ artists, including six businesses new to participating in the weekend event. Some venues will host many artists in one place.

ArtWalk also includes musical performances, live painting exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations. Art lovers of all ages will enjoy this great, free, family friendly event!

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Here’s a cool piece right out of Douglas Huntley’s sketchbook. He’s going to be showing his work at City Arts Nashua. Courtesy

HIGHLIGHTS of the weekend include: 

  • Free trolley service, from the Nashua Transit System, around downtown. Maps will be available to all downtown Nashua exhibit and demonstration locations. Many areas to park downtown, which will be marked on the maps.
  • A walking route to the venues and to public art around the city is sponsored by Orangetheory Fitness and a bike route to the same locations is sponsored by VeoRide.
  • Food trucks will be situated at the Picker Collaborative on Pine Street and at 30 Temple St., two of several large exhibition and activity hubs for ArtWalk.
  • Follow The Quilting Bee truck will be at 30 Temple St. to demonstrate quilting and have a pottery exhibit from Adam Chouinard on view
  • Live painting with Eric Escobar, an area artist.
  • A cornhole tournament at Picker Collaborative, with all of its resident artists and live music there.
  • Art technique demonstrations with Nashua Area Artists Association members at their ArtHub gallery inside 30 Temple St.
  • Positive Street Art and their team will be working on a mural in the rear parking lot behind Martha’s Exchange on Main Street
  • Nashua Historical Society will have a special exhibit of the photo collection of Alderwoman June Caron, and house and museum tours
  • New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Photography Club will be participating, as well as the Boys and Girls Club with arts and crafts for kids, the Nashua YMCA with rock painting, and Nashua South High School’s Art Honor Society with face painting and caricatures, and the Gate City Charter School will hold a silent auction.
  • The Nashua Community Music School will hold a “Recycled Percussion Obstacle Course” at Library Plaza.
  • Musicians Evan Goodrow, Cow Hampshire Folk and Baza will perform.
  • Make-It Labs will hold activities.
  • Graffiti Paintbar will have autumn-themed make it – take it artwork to create.
  • Peacock Players will perform Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh Kids.”
  • Allegro Dance Academy will hold an open house.
  • Bollywood Dance Academy will be performing at 201 Main St., a hub of Artwalk where several artists will also be exhibiting works. This central location will eventually be where the Nashua Performing Arts Center will be housed.
  • The Rotary Club West of Nashua will host a Duck Derby at the Main Street Bridge, restarting what had been a tradition years ago, this year
  • After dark, Riverwalk Café and Stella Blu are among the downtown eateries who will have live musical performances. At Stella Blu, there will be a specialty cocktail celebrating ArtWalk, the recipe created from the City Arts Nashua’s Arts Award Luncheon’s live auction item, “Mixology 101.”


The Nash Foundation, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 30 Temple Street, Great American Downtown, The Nashua Telegraph, The Nashua Chamber of Commerce, Nashua Arts Commission, with Orangetheory Fitness Nashua and VeoRide, among the new sponsors this year.

ABOUT City Arts Nashua

City Arts Nashua was formed in 2004 and is a volunteer arts services organization with a 501(c)3 IRS non-profit designation. Its mission is to enrich the quality of life by providing leadership to support and strengthen arts and culture in the Nashua, N.H. region. City Arts Nashua helps expand and provide visibility for greater Nashua’s artistic and cultural community. It promotes, advocates, networks, produces events and projects, fundraises, and provides fiscal sponsorships. In addition, City Arts Nashua works closely with the Nashua Arts Commission, with local arts individuals and groups, community organizations, business, government and with State and national arts organizations. City Arts Nashua produces ArtWalk, Nashua’s most celebrated art event every fall, now in its 14thyear, and the Meri Goyette Art Awards and Luncheon, recognizing contributions to the arts of non-artist community members, going into its 6th year. City Arts Nashua successfully led the effort to restore three important murals in Nashua, including, in 2016, Margaret’s View of Nashua by renowned artist Lucienne Bloch; in 2013, Vivian’s Dream, by Nashua mural artist Barbara Andrews; and, in 2015, the Yankee Flyer Diner by Nashua native and former Artist Laureate of New Hampshire, James Aponovich. In addition, City Arts Nashua is the fiscal sponsor of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, now going into its 12th year, the only such international sculpture symposium in the United States.

Go to City Arts Nashua for more information. 

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