Great American Downtown is excited to announce the 2016 Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival! This event will take place in Downtown Nashua on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-5pm and on Sunday from 12-4pm, and will feature area artists, artisans, and musicians. The event will serve as a celebration of the roll out of the City Arts Nashua ARTventures temporary sculptures, as well as the Downtown Nashua Street Piano Project. A dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30am at Bicentennial Park, alongside the Main Street Bridge.
On Saturday the festival will sprawl along Main and Pearl Streets in the open air, as well as at participating retail locations, with artists works on display and for sale in shops along Main and Pearl Streets, and at the NAAA ArtHub at 30 Temple Street. Renaissance Glassworks and the All American Quilt Co., located at The Picker Building at 99 Factory Street, will have open hours from 10am-3pm that day as well. Musicians will be filling the air with festive tunes, and Gate City Piano Karaoke will be having a special al fresco session from 12-2pm at Bicentennial Park as they break in one of two open air Downtown Nashua Street Piano! Sunday May 1st will bring another great day for the Arts in Downtown Nashua, with the Artists on Review exhibition kicking off at 30 Temple Street!
Downtown #NashuaStreetPianos Roll Out, Saturday
Join Great American Downtown, North Main Music, Mayor Donchess and Guests at 10am at Bicentennial Park (along the Main Street Bridge) for a dedication of the two publicly playable street pianos. The #NashuaStreetPianos project is the culmination of 8 months of preparation, dreaming, enthusiasm, and expression, made possible with the support of the City of Nashua as well as many generous businesses and individuals. The dedication will feature, a performance by North Main Music’s instructor Sibvon Rose and A Capella Students Darcy Hinkle, Lauren LaBonte, and Kalina Melia, remarks from the Mayor and program organizers, and will be followed by a performance by cast members from the upcoming Actorsingers rendition of Spamalot!
The Downtown Nashua Street Pianos Project is organized by Great American Downtown & North Main Music.
Piano partner, Darrell’s Music Hall
Viva Sponsors: Cindy Rosenwald & Peter Klementowicz, Paul Hebert, NPL Director, Renaissance Nashua LLC, The Lannan Company, Inc., Alexis Dabilis -The Basement, Pompanoosuc Mills, Enterprise Bank, Elizabeth Grady – Nashua, Persian Rug Gallery, and Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission.
Gate City Piano Karaoke, Al Fresco, will take place at Bicentennial Park from 12-2pm.
ArtVentures Nashua, Community Produced Public Art, Saturday
Saturday’s 10:30am gathering at bicentennial park will also serve as the dedication/celebration of the ArtVentures sculptures/spring programming.
ARTventures Nashua is a public art program that facilitates temporary art projects, performances, and special events to create a more fun and pedestrian friendly environment for shopping, dining, culture and entertainment in Downtown Nashua. ARTventures Nashua is a program of City Arts Nashua and is funded by the City of Nashua Downtown Improvement Committee. The program iinspires collaboration, positive media attention, tourism, public safety, community engagement, civic pride and economic investment in Downtown. ARTventures Nashua Projects were developed by artist Jerry Beck in collaboration with artists, youth, and community members. For more information on this program visit CityArtsNashua.Org
Sights & Sounds Spring Arts Festival Saturday Venues/Artists, Saturday
Cava De Vino, 14 Canal Street
Wine Tasting (proper ID required)
Margo Thach, Nature, portraits of people and pets. Acrylic/oil on canvas
Main Street Bridge:
Scontsas Fine Jewelery & Home Decor, 169-173 Main Street
Alyssa Bean, Canvas quotes, paintings, drawings
League of NH Craftsmen, Live Art Demonstrations, 95 Main Street:
Claire Collins – sewing/quilting
Karen Mitchell – metal jewelry
Robert Dorr – hand embroidered jewelry
Cardin Jewelers, 125 Main Street:
Ken Fiery, Classical Landscapes, Seascapes
Nashua Area Artists Association, ArtHUB, 30 Temple Street
Over a dozen area artists with work on display, visit this site to view gallery membership
WineNot Boutique, 170 Main Street:
Craft Beer and Wine Tasting (proper ID required)
Kevin Kelly, Positive Street Art Pen PAL Instructor 10a-2p
Fresh of Nashua, 178 Main Street:
Sarah Russell, Positive Street Art Education Coordinator 10a-2p
JaJaBelle’s Cafe & Bakery, 182 Main Street:
Magaly Rios, Coffee and Coloring 10a-2p
Pompanoosuc Mills, 186 Main Street
Our City Live Art Battle artists
Nashua Coin and Collectibles, 202 Main Street:
Deborah Sutton, Oil Paint on Canvas, Specializing in Pet Portraits and Landscapes
Purple Finch Properties, 204a Main Street:
Kelly Griffin, Acrylic painting, Pencil drawing
Designwares, 206 Main Street:
Alyssa Jameson, Charcoal/Pastel
Beckonings, 221 Main Street:
Barbara’s Bauble, functional fused glass art
Persian Rug Gallery, 227 Main Street
Elizabeth Clark, Acrylic Paintings
Nashua Historical Society Open House, Saturday 10am-12pm
The Nashua Historical Society, located at 5 Abbott Street, will also be hosting an Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Both the Abbot House and Florence Speare museums will be open for tours. Beaver Brook Association, the local chapter of Audubon Society and two of our Board Directors will have tree oriented items for viewing. Kevin Fredette, Gate City Tree, will be dedicating a memorial plaque placed under a newly planted Martha Washington Hawthorne tree and two Maple tree slices being conserved for a new history exhibit will be on display.
Sunday Event: Artists on Review, 30 Temple Street 12-4pm
A great weekend in Downtown Nashua, jam packed with art, will wrap on Sunday with the “Artists On Review” pop up gallery opening reception at the 30 Temple Street Atrium and NAAA ArtHub! Sunday’s events will take place from 12-4pm, and will feature sculpture, paintings, photography, hand made furniture and other works by over 50 area artists and artisans! The event, organized as a collaboration between MG Associates, City Arts Nashua, and Nashua’s International Sculpture Symposium will be a great opportunity to explore a wealth of work from local creatives, take in some music, and socialize in a festive atmosphere. A special thank you to RJ Finlay for their support in hosting this event at their 30 Temple Street building. The Artists on Review exhibition will run from May 1-6th.
Join in, bring along your friends and family, and let’s celebrate the arrival of spring and even more public art in Historic Downtown Nashua, NH!