The Hippo


May 25, 2020








Nashua hosts ArtWalk. Courtesy photo.


When: Art studios are open Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Headquarters is at 30 Temple St., at RJ Finlay and the ArtHub Gallery; other venues include Nashua Historical Society, Riverwalk Cafe, Riverside BBQ, Darrell’s Music Hall, The Framery, League of NH Craftsmen, Twill, Healing in Color, Studio C, Cardin Jewelers, Wine Not Boutique, S. Grigas Studio, Fresh of Nashua, Pompanoosuc Mills, Maison de l’Art, Tangled Roots Herbal, Hollis Arts Society, Beckonings, Just Lights and Picker Collaborative Artists
Contact: Visit for a detailed schedule and full list of participating artists; follow @artwalknashua
See the Picker artists’ new home
About a year ago, longtime Picker Building owner Jack Bolger announced to his tenants — fine artists, craftspeople and creative entrepreneurs — that he was going to retire and accepted an offer from Clocktower Place Apartments to buy the building.
For these artists, the future was uncertain, but many have managed to remain together, and ArtWalk 2016 is their first opportunity to showcase their new space at 3 Pine St., just across the street from the original 99 Factory St. facility.
Jewelry artist Gail Moriarty and glass artists Mark and Kathleen Frank are leading the venture; they formed Picker Collaborative Artists, and the rest of the artists in the building — Cindy Goodman, Albert Wilkinson, Sid Ceaser, Bonnie Guercio, Cindy Loranger, Darold Rorabacher, Tanya Prather, Patricia Ahern and Chris Lehmkuhl — will be subtenants. 
Moriarty said via phone the move-in date is Oct. 12, just a couple days before ArtWalk. Regardless, the artists will be ready to go; at 99 Factory St., there will be a red tag sale with free or marked-down items, and visitors will be able to buy new work and take tours at the new Pine Street place, which is in the midst of construction.
“The Picker Building is where we all met, and where we started our friendship and our community. … So we wanted to keep it in our name,” Moriarty said. “ArtWalk is very important to us. It’s been really near and dear to our hearts, and no matter what condition the building is in, we have to participate. … We’ll have products, as we always do, for sale.”
After the announcement last fall, this was the first building Moriarty looked at, and after seeing about 22 other possibilities, she knew this old mill was the one. She called the owner, Gate City Fence, last spring.
She was in full-blown “contractor” mode during her phone interview from the site; floors were going down, walls were going up and bathrooms were being installed. She said the artists have seen great public support, from anonymous donors to community members bringing coffee and doughnuts during this construction stage, but they’re still looking for more. (Its GoFundMe page is 
She was unable to pinpoint a finish date but has put all her energy into this. The plan is still to hold the group’s annual open house just after Thanksgiving.
“I’m out of business until I move,” she said. “We’re self-employed people, so we have to get back up as soon as we can.”

Lively weekend
New ways to experience ArtWalk

By Kelly Sennott

 Nashua’s 12th annual ArtWalk is Saturday, Oct. 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 16, from noon to 4 p.m., and as usual, visitors will find artists — over 100, more than ever before — exhibiting and selling work at various downtown venues.

But this year’s ArtWalk presents new ways to experience and see the art. Judy Carlson, vice president of City Arts Nashua, the organization spearheading the event, said these changes come in response to artist and participant comments from 2015.
There was a call for an event closer to the holiday buying season — many didn’t have enough art to show in early September — and better advertising beforehand. In response, City Arts Nashua doubled its advertising budget, upped its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presence and hired project manager Jillian Ketchen part-time to organize. Ginnie Lupi, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts director, also suggested making it more active.
“She said people nowadays love art, but they also love experiences. So we went into ArtWalk this year and wanted to make it more experiential,” Carlson said via phone. 
Now, you can view art while eating at designed ArtWalk “food stops” — El Colima, Giant of Siam, Riverside Barbecue, Portland Pie, Fratello’s, The City Room Cafe, JajaBelle’s and the Thirsty Turtle, all which will feature artists — or by taking part in a Pokemon-themed scavenger hunt, which is now a regular monthly-meet-up organized by Great American Downtown.
“The last [Pokemon] event was attended by about 70 gamers,” said Paul Shea, executive director of the Great American Downtown. “We conducted weekly meet-ups throughout the summer, but we thought it would be best to switch to a monthly format. This time, the stops will coincide with more artistic venues.”
The Peacock Players present Willy Wonka at the Janice B. Streeter Theater Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the candy man himself will be making an appearance between performances at the children’s art events on the library plaza. (He has also hidden a golden ticket in one of the ArtWalk programs; the winner gets two free tickets to see the show.)
Visitors will find a variety of free workshops and demonstrations for kids and adults downtown, plus live mural creation events, an adult coloring crawl, puppet shows and concerts. And the last Farmer’s Market of the season was extended to Oct. 16 in honor of this annual event, during which the winner of the downtown business scarecrow competition will be announced and Doctor Gasp! will perform. Afterward, there are a variety of ArtWalk “after dark” collaborative events to choose from.
The goal, as always, is to promote both the creative and downtown Nashua economy. Shea’s liking what he’s been seeing.
“We’ve gotten to the point that, on any given weekend, there may be several fair-sized events going on. Most weekends, that’s the case. It’s a pretty exciting time,” he said.

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