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    Artists Association of Nantucket Press Release


    Date:         August 8, 2019

    Contact:     Peter J. Greenhalgh, AAN Gallery Manager



    AAN hosts Nation’s oldest Sidewalk Art Show

    Art Alfresco in the Atheneum Garden

    Saturday, August 24   9 A.M. – 2 P.M.



    The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) is pleased to invite the public to its second Sidewalk Art Show of the season—in the dappled summer sun of the Nantucket Atheneum garden, 1 India Street—Saturday, August 24, with NEW TIMES, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Over twenty AAN’s artist members will be available to discuss art and sell their works. The outdoor art show is free and open to the public.


    Founded in 1930 by artist Maud Stumm, Nantucket’s Sidewalk Art Show is the oldest in the nation. Originally held for a few days in August, it was open to professionals and amateurs alike. “In 1960 AAN took the reins of the event and it is now one of our signature offerings and we are proud to be part of such a historic and popular island tradition,” said Robert Frazier, AAN curator of collections. “It predates the Artists Association by fifteen years.”


    In her book, From Clotheslines to Canopies: A History of Outdoor Art Fairs in America, Kathleen Eaton states that, “the earliest art fairs of record in America that are still in operation began during the start of the Great Depression.  The first, founded in 1930, was the Nantucket Sidewalk Art Show—a small local event based on similar street fairs found in Europe.”   


    “Still going strong eighty-nine years later, it is a great way to meet some of the island’s most popular artists, who are pleased to discuss their art and explain their work process,” added Frazier.


    The AAN Sidewalk Art Show is Saturday, August 24, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. in the Nantucket Atheneum garden on India Street and is free and open to the public. Rain date is August 25.  The Sidewalk Art Show is generously sponsored by our friends at Sylvia Antiques, Bruce Beni at Lee Real Estate, and Seaman Schepps.


    To learn more about the AAN, visit the website at www.nantucketarts.org. For further information about 2019 programs and events, please call 508-228-0722


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