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    Art Alfresco on the Lawn
    AAN hosts Nation’s oldest Sidewalk Art Show
    Saturday, 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 2021 Sidewalk Art Show at the AAN’s Visual Art Center, 24 Amelia Drive on Saturday, 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 Sunday, August 15.
     
    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 AAN artistic director Robert Frazier. “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.”   
     
    “Since we were unable to use the Atheneum’s garden due to the on-going Covid 19 situation, last summer we relocated to the green lawn at our Visual Arts Center and the space has worked quite well, and a big plus is there is more parking than in town,” said AAN artistic director Robert Frazier. “Still going strong ninety-one years later, the Sidewalk Show is a great way to meet some of the island’s local artists and find some special art,” added Frazier.
     
    The AAN Sidewalk Art Show is Saturday, 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 Sunday August 15.  
     
    To learn more about the AAN, visit the new website at www.nantucketarts.org. For further information about the carefully crafted 2021 programs and events, please call 508-228-0722
                                                                 
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