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  • Art Alfresco on the Lawn AAN hosts Nation’s oldest Sidewalk Art Show Sunday, August 14 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. At the Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive

    The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN) is pleased to invite the public to its second 2022 Sidewalk Art Show at the AAN’s Visual Art Center, 24 Amelia Drive on Sunday, August 14, 9 A.M. – 2 P.M. Over twenty AAN artist members, each with their own “art wall,” will be available to discuss art and sell their work. The outdoor art show is free and open to the public. Rain date is Monday, August 15.

    In her book, From Clotheslines to Canopies: A History of Outdoor Art Fairs in America, Kathleen Eaton states, “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.”

    The Sidewalk Art Show was founded by artist Maud Stumm, predating the Artists Association by fifteen years. 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. We are proud to be part of such a historic island tradition,” said AAN artistic director Robert Frazier

    “Still going strong ninety-two years later, the Sidewalk Show is a great way to meet some of the island’s local artists and find some special art. Last summer we relocated the show to the green lawn at our Visual Arts Center and the space worked quite well, with an added plus that there is more parking than in town,” added Frazier.

    The AAN Sidewalk Art Show is Sunday, August 14, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the AAN’s Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive and is free and open to the public. Rain date is Monday, August 14.

    To learn more about the AAN, visit the website at nantucketarts.org or follow our Instagram @ackartists. For further information about the 2022 programs and events, please call 508-228-0722

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