Strokes of summer

A reception this Saturday night from 6 to 8 will celebrate two new exhibits at the Newburyport Art Association: the Band of Brushes’ annual show, running through Aug. 18, and the popular “8 Cubed” show, open Aug. 9-31.

The plein air group is displaying oil, pastel and watercolor paintings, including pieces done in Jackson, New Hampshire, and Monhegan, Maine, while “8 Cubed” features a variety of works on canvases that are 8 inches by 8 inches.

The galleries at 65 Water St. are open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Walk in the park

Immerse yourself in “Nature’s Therapy” this Sunday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Maudslay State Park. The park interpreter will lead a slow, mindful walk to observe and contemplate nature using all the senses.

There will also be “Stories of the Past” walking tours on Saturdays, Aug. 10, 17 and 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and “Evening Strolls” on Wednesdays, Aug. 14, 21 and 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Walks meet at the park headquarters, 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. Parking is $5 for Massachusetts residents and $10 for out-of-state vehicles.

Night music

The annual West Newbury Community Bandstand Concert Series continues tonight with singer-songwriter Don White.

Upcoming shows include a Tom Petty tribute by The SpaceHeaters on Aug. 15, progressive rock and jazz piano pop by Unnamed Colors on Aug. 22, and “Big Sky” sound with Way Up South on Aug. 29.

The free concerts are held from 6:30 to 8 at the bandstand behind 381 Main St. In the case of rain, shows are moved into the Town Annex.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets.