Contact: Wendy Fisher
City Arts Nashua celebrates its fabulous 15th ArtWalk!
Plus – all new this year: KidsWalk! at ArtWalk for kids, teens & families, anniversary weekend reception and a mini psychic fair
WHO: City Arts Nashua
WHAT: 15thAnniversary ArtWalk and KidsWalk!
WHERE: throughout downtown Nashua, N.H.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 – 6-8 p.m. – free reception at and/with St. Joseph Hospital
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 – 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Celebrate Nashua’s vibrant arts scene during this milestone year! ArtWalk, a free weekend event, will be throughout downtown and is better than ever before!There will be several hubs around downtown where there will be many artists, musicians, actors, other kinds of performers, plus food trucks, along with many participating individual stores and other indoor and outdoor locations.
A full schedule of the entire program and a map will be available, including the public sculptures around downtown and the murals that City Arts Nashua has restored over the years.
Hubs where many activities, performances and artists will gather will include but are not limited to:
• The Picker Artists Collaborative on 3 Pine Street
• 30 Temple Street, including at ArtHub gallery inside
• The former Alec’s Shoes at 201 Main Street
• The Nashua Public Library on Temple Street
• The Hunt Memorial Building at 6 Main Street
• St. Joseph Hospital Atrium, 172 Kinsley Street
• Nashua Telegraph lobby, 110 Main Street
• Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street
A snapshot of the schedule for the weekend:
•New! ArtWalk Anniversary and Kickoff Celebration! Friday, October 18th– 6-8 p.m.– there will be a free 15th anniversary celebration and kick-off to the weekend. It will be held at St. Joseph Hospital’s atrium: there will be live entertainment, live art-making, food and beverages, a new ArtHub exhibit that is part of the hospital’s new “Healing through the Arts” initiative, along with some of the artists.
•New! Mini Psychic Fair! Saturday, October 19th– along with our traditional celebration of artists in our beautiful downtown area, we will be hosting a mini psychic fair with five popular local visionaries, at the Hunt Building between 11am – 5 p.m. Our annual Psychic Fair and ArtWalk are two of our most popular events, and we’re bringing them together to celebrate the Psychic Fair’s 10thanniversary in March 2020 also.
•Nashua Historical Society – Artisan Fair on Saturday, Book talk “Haunted hikes of New Hampshire” with author Marianne O’Connor on Sunday.
•League of New Hampshire Craftsmen: demonstrations of many kinds of crafts and arts both ArtWalk days at their 98 Main Street gallery.
•MakeItLabs will hold hands-on and creative activities in Bicentennial Park on Saturday next to the river on Main Street.
•Eric Escobar will create his giant ArtWalk mural live on Saturday at 30 Temple Street
•New! KidsWalk!! Takes place both Saturday and Sunday during ArtWalk hours. This year we have created a bigger experience for kids and teens, and families in general. Some KidsWalk! activities will be at the Hunt Building, others will be at Picker Artists, Nashua Public Library, and other venues downtown.
Some of the many fun hands-on and creative activities planned during KidsWalk! include:
•Quilting station at All American Quilt Company at Picker Artists – kids will design quilt squares and a professional quilter will stitch the squares together; the quilt will be auctioned off at our 7thMeri Goyette Arts Award Luncheon in Spring, 2020.
•”Starry night slime station”, a “mini squishie station”, a “you rock” rock painting station, puppet making, popsicle stick animal creations to be held by Gate City Charter School, “create your own stuffed sushi” to be held by The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua
• Drumming circle and recycled percussion obstacle course, both to be held by Nashua Community Music School
• Student art exhibit titled “What is AMAZING?” will be held all weekend at The Nashua Telegraph lobby with entries due Oct. 17, a raffle will be held for all participants. Puppet making will be hosted by Painted Turtle Art Studio.
– Student art exhibit titled “What is AMAZING?” will be held all weekend at The Nashua Telegraph lobby with entries due Oct. 17, a raffle donated by Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center will be held for all participants.
Saturday & Sunday overall– live entertainment, live artist demonstrations, exhibits, meet-the-artists, and dance/theater group performances throughout all downtown venues. A “selfie station” with props will be held both days for kids and adults at Camaraderie, 175 Main Street.
Some of the musicians, performers and entertainers during the weekend will include:
• Pianist Pamela Hines
• Pope Pickin’
• Bitter Pill
• Gate City Karaoke
• Fake Leather Jacket
• Two for Dinner
• Robert Allwarden
• Blue String Marionettes
• Nashua Theatre Guild
• Cow Hampshire
• Sunflower Fusion
ArtWalk After Dark will include signature ArtWalk cocktails, live music and entertainment. Some participating venues will include RiverWalk, Stella Blu and CodeX. There are also various downtown performances to enjoy in the evening with Symphony NH, Nashua Choral Society and The Peacock Players.
Allegra Boverman Photography
Elizabeth Grady Nashua
St. Joseph Hospital
The N.H. State Council on the Arts
Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce
Nashua Arts Commission
Great American Downtown
The Nash Foundation
About City Arts Nashua:
City Arts Nashua was formed in 2004 and is an all-volunteer-run arts services organization with a 501(c)3 IRS non-profit designation. Its mission is to enrich the Nashua area’s quality of life by providing leadership to support and strengthen arts and culture. 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 celebrating its 15thyear, and the Meri Goyette Art Awards and Luncheon, recognizing contributions to the arts of non-artist community members, now in 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 has acted until very recently as the fiscal agent for the proposed Nashua Performing Arts Center, and served for 11 years as the fiscal sponsor of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, the only such international sculpture symposium in the United States.
For information, the schedule, map, and more about City Arts Nashua’s work and mission: