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ArtWalk Weekend

Where: Downtown Nashua 
When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 15, noon to 4 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission 
More info: cityartsnashua.org




Meet the artists
Nashua hosts annual ArtWalk Weekend

10/12/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Merrimack painter Lea Stabler is one of more than 125 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work at City Arts Nashua’s 13th annual ArtWalk Weekend, happening Saturday, Oct. 14, and Sunday, Oct. 15. 

Stabler said he has always enjoyed art but only started getting serious about it two years ago. This will be his first year at the ArtWalk and his second public art event ever; his first was Nashua’s Greeley Park Art Show, where he showed charcoal abstracts. Now, he paints with color acrylics to create what he calls “energyscapes” — abstract pieces comprised of strokes and patterns driven by the feeling he gets from a person or place.   
“I started exploring color to see if I could get more feeling from it than I did with the charcoal,” he said. “What I’m attempting to do is capture something that isn’t visible or speakable, only felt.” 
During the ArtWalk, Stabler will be set up at the 30 Temple Street office building alongside several other artists. His featured art will consist of both originals and prints. He will also bring one or two pieces from a series he’s currently working on that includes energyscapes inspired by individual New Hampshire mountain summits. 
“Art is still very much a journey and a process for me,” Stabler said. “Honestly, I wasn’t getting into art with the idea of showing it, but for where I am in my process right now, [the ArtWalk] appealed to me. I want to see what the reaction to my art is and see where that takes me.” 
For the ArtWalk, artists will be housed at various downtown venues and paired with downtown businesses. Artists who have their own studios in Nashua will open their studios to the public for the weekend. 
“It’s a nice experience to be able to walk into a studio and meet the artist in the space where they actually work.” City Arts Nashua program coordinator Nona Alexander said. “It’s a way to really connect the arts community with the general community and give everyone an opportunity to experience local art.” 
Art media represented will include various kinds of paintings, mixed media, wood burning, photography, 3-D projection art, ceramics, jewelry, paper mache, furniture, fabric arts and more. 
“There’s definitely a wide variety of art to experience, and it’s convenient because it’s all right in downtown,” Alexander said. 
In addition to the artists, the event will feature live music, menu specials at Nashua restaurants, an auction, a puppet show, a drum circle and more, as well as opportunities for people to create their own art through various arts and crafts activities and at classes offered that weekend at the League of NH Craftsmen Nashua Fine Craft Gallery. Activities will include wire wrapping, Zentangle, rug hooking, bead weaving and more. 
“You get to be more involved at the ArtWalk, versus a regular art show, where you just walk around and look at the paintings,” Alexander said. “There are so many things that you can participate in and do hands-on.”





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