The Hippo


Aug 17, 2018








 65th annual Greeley Park Art Show

Where: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua 
When: Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission 
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Artists in the park
Outdoor art show returns to Nashua


 By Angie Sykeny
The Greeley Park Art Show holds special meaning for Nashua artist Sandra Peters. It’s where she sold her first painting and won her first art award in the 1970s. She has participated in the show most years since then, as an artist vendor and some years as an organizer; this year, in addition to having a booth, she will judge the show’s youth art competition. 
“We give our hearts and souls to our art, and if it wasn’t for the art lovers and other artists who come to these art shows and appreciate what we do, what would we have?” Peters said. “That’s what keeps us going with our dream and is why we love what we do.” 
Now in its 65th year, the annual two-day, outdoor, juried art show will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, in Nashua. It will feature 60 artists from 28 cities and towns in New Hampshire and Massachusetts who work in a wide variety of media, including oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, glass, pen and ink, jewelry, pastels, sculpture, pottery, woodwork and photography. 
Peters will exhibit her abstract and figurative paintings which she does with acrylic, watercolor, oil or mixed media, often using modeling paste, plaster and palette knives to give them bold textures. 
“I move around a lot in my art with different colors and textures and media,” she said. “Whatever is in my head, I try to put into my paintings, so I do a lot of different things.” 
Each artist can, if they so choose, enter one of their pieces in the art show competition on Saturday. The judges, who are well-established artists, will look at color, composition, use of the medium and other criteria and announce first-, second- and third-place, honorable mention and best-in-show winners in each medium. 
On Sunday morning, young artists ages 6 through 18 are invited to bring their artwork to be judged in the Emerging Art Student Talent Show. An awards ceremony will be held in the afternoon, where winners in different media and age categories will be announced and awarded ribbons and prizes of art supplies. 
“We want to encourage kids to keep on going with the arts and to explore their creativity,” said Lauren Boss, president of the Nashua Area Artists’ Association, which hosts the event. 
The show is also an opportunity for people to talk with artists and learn about their methods. Some of the artists will be demonstrating their art at their booths. Boss, who will have her own booth exhibiting her glass work, will have glass pieces from various stages of her process on hand to show attendees, to help them better understand how she creates her art. 
“We don’t just sit there, hiding behind our tents. We are there to interact with people and answer their questions.” Boss said. “People appreciate it more when we tell them about the work that went into that piece that they’re taking home.” 
The show attracts around 1,000 people each day and will have amenities like a watering station for dogs and a coloring tent for young children. Attendees can also participate in an interactive splatter painting activity, the end result of which will be put onto large pieces of canvas and displayed at the Nashua Area Artists’ Associations ArtHub gallery at a later date. 
“We’re always trying to add new, extra things to the show and improve on it and make it better for the artists and the people who attend,” Boss said. “We want them to stay for the day and make it a full-day experience.” 

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