By Katie Lovett Features Editor
Newburyport Daily News
---- — Numerous galleries and artist’s studios in downtown Newburyport will offer entertainment and activities during this weekend’s final Art Walk of the season.
Each gallery taking part in the free self-guided tour will be marked by balloons and Art Walk signs.
Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the 16 participating galleries will open their doors to the public, offering lectures, music, demonstrations and artist receptions. On Saturday, the Art Walk will run from 3 to 7 p.m., and on Sunday, the walk runs from 1 to 5 p.m.
Among the activities:
The Firehouse Gallery is hosting a solo show, “Home and Away,” by artist Julia Purinton. Purinton, who lives on the North Shore, will be at the gallery on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet with visitors.
Valerie’s Gallery on State Street will hold an open house with 11 of the artists who have pieces at the shop. The artists, who work in various media, from pottery and jewelry to photography and paintings, will be at the store from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
“I think our artists will enjoy seeing each other,” owner Valerie Stainton said.
Stainton said the final Art Walk tends to draw larger crowds. “I think people tend to come to the last one because it’s the last one,” Stainton said, “and they’ve been meaning to come all year.”
The Walsingham Gallery will host an artist Caleb Stone on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. as he gives a painting demonstration for the public. Stone, who grew up in Rockport, was introduced to plein air painting by his father, modern impressionist artist Don Stone. Stone has received numerous awards, including the New England Heritage Award, The Wood Award for excellence in watercolor, and the Land and Light gold medal.
The Connor Summers Gallery, 48 Market St., is currently showing a collection of stone carvings by Newbury artist Michael Updike.
Indigo Artist Studio, 53 Middle St., is a gallery and a working studio for artists Lillian Coolidge and Mary Arthur Pollak. Both of their work will be on display and the pair will be available to answer questions, demonstrate and talk about their art and creative process.
Doug Johnson will be demonstrating his beaded picture-making skills on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St.
A full list of all of the galleries and their programs and an Art Walk map can be found at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, the middle passage way between State Street and Inn Street, the brochure rack at the Firehouse Center for the Arts and online at www.newburyportartwalk.com. Brochures are also available at all of the participating galleries.