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September 12, 2013

A fall full of art

NAA kicks off season with exhibits, workshops and more

With a cornucopia of exhibits, classes and community programs planned, the Newburyport Art Association has a lot on its plate this fall.

The season officially kicks off with the Fall Members Open Show, which starts tomorrow and runs through Sept. 28. The non-juried exhibit features all kinds of media, with most members contributing one to two pieces.

That show will be followed by two juried exhibits, with pieces selected by juror Lauren O’Neal, the director of the Lamont Gallery at Phillips Exeter Academy. The first show, from Oct. 4-26, will focus on digital art, drawing, oil, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor. Part two, from Nov. 1-23, will include acrylic, fine crafts, mixed media, pastel and photography.

Wrapping up the fall season is the Holiday Gift Show and Sale, which runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.

Members will also have a number of solo and joint exhibits throughout the fall, including “Broad Perspective,” a photography show by Jay McCarthy that opened yesterday, and “Mix It Up,” which opens Wednesday and features work by artists Susan Kneeland and Anne Recchia.

McCarthy, who is the president of the NAA board of directors and a longtime member, says photography is something he’s been “dabbling in for quite some time.”

Living in Newburyport, surrounded by “so many beautiful photographic opportunities,” has inspired him.

“I try to capitalize on that as much as I can,” McCarthy said.

“We’re lucky to have such a vibrant and large art association in town,” said Ann Ormond, president of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce. “There’s always something to do, always something to go to down there.”

This fall, the NAA is also working on bringing art outside the Water Street building that hosts its exhibits. A sculpture garden is planned in the space behind the building, next to the courtyard that was built last year.

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