The Hippo


May 25, 2020








60 years strong
Greeley Park transforms again into art haven

By Kelly Sennott

8/15/2013 - Once you sell a painting, you’re hooked — just ask an artist.

After 60 years of Greeley Park art, Nashua Area Artists Association artists say there’s still nothing quite like the pride of selling an original work. It has been and will continue to be the driving force in keeping the annual art show going for Augusts to come.

“The paintings that you paint and that you send out into the world, they’re like your children,” said NAAA member Monique Sakellios in an interview at the Hunt Building last week. She’s been involved with the Greeley Park Art Show since 1981.

“They go to different families and start lives of their own.”

Artists from all over the state will sell and show their work at the Greeley Park Art Show in Nashua this weekend, at which time Nashuans can again expect the green to be crowded with tents, paintings and people who love art. 

The event begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with an opening by NAAA President Jacqueline Barry. Judges Jack Ebel and Beth Patterson will begin judging at noon (divisions include oils, watercolors, acrylics, photography, digital art, pastel, drawing/illustration and 3-D), and the winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Puppetmaster Teresa Moler will also perform on Saturday (time TBD).

Sunday brings the student competition: students will register and drop off their work in the morning and scholarship/award winners will be announced at 4 p.m. Sunday’s entertainment includes two more marionette shows by Teresa Moler at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and music by George Parker from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. NAAA will sell raffle tickets all weekend long, and prizes include those donated by local restaurants and businesses. Proceeds go to the NAAA scholarship program.

New this year is a NAAA scholarship fundraiser that Carla Ripaldi Sullivan calls “A Tribute to Carlo.” In remembrance of the late Carlo Ripaldi, Sullivan will set up a kids’ art area, where, for a $10 donation, parents can drop off their children while they walk around. These proceeds will go to a 2014 scholarship.

For the most part, the scenes at the 2013 Greeley Park Art show will be similar to those you saw last year, the year before. 

But, as was true on the 30th, 40th, and 50th anniversary, the 60th Greeley Park Art Show has NAAA members looking back through old scrapbooks stuffed with photos and yellowing newspaper clippings. Before the 1980s, artists showed their work on wooden snow fences that zig-zagged around the park. The quality of the art is much higher now, said NAAA member Marilene Sawaf.

For artists who grew up with the show, there’s often a nostalgic affection associated with it. Many NAAA artists, including those involved in planning the yearly event, began their artistic career at Greeley Park. 

“Everybody loves the Greeley Park Art Show,” said NAAA member Sandra Peters. 

She might be a bit biased. 

“Way back when, I won my first ribbon here and sold my first painting. I was so proud,” Peters said. 

It was in 1971 and she was a teenager. She was new to the art scene then.

For Marilene Sawaf and Monique Sakellios, artists and relatives by marriage, NAAA was an introduction to the American art scene. They were born in Europe and took part in their first Greeley Park Art Show in 1981. (Sawaf remembers this very clearly because she won the second-place ribbon; she is still a bit upset she didn’t win first.)

 NAAA member Harriet Winchester also remembers attending the event with her family as a kid. She joked over the phone that her boyfriend — soon to be husband — was very impressed when she won “Best in Show” in the mid-1970s. They had begun dating that summer. 

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