Celebrate local artists, start some holiday shopping, and take in a number of free shows and activities on Saturday, when this year’s second and final Newburyport ArtWalk takes place throughout the city — and beyond.

For the first time, ArtWalk will feature the participation of a number of individual artists, who will open their studios to the public.

Those artists include Sara Demrow-Dent, who will display new work in acrylics, charcoal and ink at 39 Temple St.; Liz Filipancic, who will have various artworks, handcrafted jewelry and handmade children’s fleece ponchos at 51 Hill St.; Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord and Sandra Kavanaugh, who will show calligraphy, multimedia art and pastels at 311 High St.; and Susan Spellman, who will spotlight illustrations and fine art at a converted garage at 23 Arlington St.

Over the line in Newbury, Carol Baum will show paintings and sculptures in the barn behind her house at 48 Hay St.

Additionally, an abundance of art and art-related activities will be waiting inside several galleries and shops from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here is a sampling of the offerings on the self-guided tour, starting on Graf Road, going through the downtown and ending on Water Street:

Newburyport Framers: A group show called “Hear Me Roar” will benefit the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, which works to end domestic violence. Featured artists are Donna Baldasarri, Wendy Borger, Sarah Burrows, Cathy Connor, Sara Demrow-Dent, Phyllis Dolobowky, Patricia Langley, Maria Malatesta and Marisa Peters. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

Alan Bull Studio: Alan Bull will display a wide range of paintings, from portraits to local landscapes to scenes from his travels.

Paula Estey Gallery: Festivities will start Friday with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for “ShapeShifter,” an exhibit featuring works by Cynthia August, Liz Desmarais, Fontaine Dubus, Sam Kimball, Bonnie Lake, Bonita LeFlore, Heidi Newfell and Dave Magdelenski. Shaman Marc Clopton will give a talk at 6:30. Reserve a spot by calling 978-376-4746 or emailing paula.estey@yahoo.com.

Valerie’s Gallery: Guest artist Joan Kocak will greet visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. and talk about her latest mix of photography and encaustic art that layers wax over images.

Sweethaven Gallery: An opening reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. for “Woodcuts: A Journey in Printmaking,” featuring giclée prints of Connecticut artist Sandra Swan’s woodcuts from the past 40 years. Gallery owner and photographer Greg Nikas will show local landscapes and more.

Firehouse Center for the Arts: The gallery is filled with the serene photography of Ron Wybranowski, highlighting the natural beauty of the world.

Pam Older Designs: Artist Kale Baker will be on hand from 1 to 5 p.m., exhibiting her abstract paintings of nature, and guests can also browse custom-made jewelry and artful accessories.

Indigo Artist Studio: Owner Mary Arthur Pollak will give monotype process demonstrations by request all day. Her abstract style is inspired by coastal landscapes.

Newburyport Art Association: A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. for E. Tobin Eckian, who will give a demonstration of how she creates her mixed media and hand-stitching on painted wall quilt scenes filled with spirit animals and messages of peace and strength.

Other participating locations are Sisters We Three and Paper Moon Artisan Gallery. Partner businesses include Plum Island Coffee Roasters, the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, Pam Older Designs, Jim Bragg of Coldwell Banker, Re/Max on the River, Souffles, Beach Plum Flower Shop, Middle Street Foods, Commune Cafe and Strem Chemicals.

Gallery guide brochures and walking maps are available at all venues, as well as in Market Square, in the passageway between State and Inn streets, and online at www.newburyportartwalk.com.


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