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  • The Artists Association of Nantucket Presents 10th Annual Plein Air Nantucket Festival May 11–June 16

    The Artists Association of Nantucket
    Presents 10th Annual Plein Air Nantucket Festival
    May 11–June 16.

    Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) is pleased to announce that the Plein Air Nantucket Festival, founded by AAN artistic director Robert Frazier, is shifting to a six-week festival. Running Tuesday, May 11 through Wednesday, June 16, the festival is open to all painters at any skill level, and will feature artists painting out and about on the island while enjoying socially distant painting with peers. Their new wet works will be hung in the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street beginning on May 28.

    A huge proponent of en plein air painting, Frank Swift Chase taught outdoor classes starting in 1920 through the early 1950s, and the core of his regular students became the founders of the AAN. In this spirit, AAN annually hosts Plein Air Nantucket and will still present the Frank Swift Chase awards – juried prizes given to artists who participate in the festival.

    This year the annual Paint Out at Brant Point will take place for two days, June 9 & 10 starting at 10 A.M. with a rain date of the 11. Artists will be painting in a socially distanced way, and the public is invited to watch them from a safe distance. A PDF file of Plein Air locations will be available on our website.

    Unlike previous years, interested artists are not required to sign up nor get their canvases stamped, and there is no entry fee, however Chase award eligible artworks need to be 16 x 20” or smaller. There is no designated painting area, although all artists should be respectful of signage and not violate private property restrictions. The majority of the work should be painted on location and brought to the gallery upon completion.

    The Frank Swift Chase Awards will be posted in the Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery on June 16, and Plein Air works will be on display in the gallery May 28 – June 28.

    The Plein Air Nantucket Festival is graciously supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, through its Festival Program.

    The Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, located at 19 Washington Street in the heart of Nantucket’s Cultural District, is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. (Closed Sundays & Mondays until late May).

    To learn more about the AAN, visit the website at www.nantucketarts.org or contact Bobby Frazier for Plein Air information: bobby@nantucketarts.org For information about the AAN’s 2021 cautiously crafted classes, call 508-228-0722


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