North Shore Art Association Goings On

On Sunday, July 2nd, the North Shore Arts Association will celebrate the opening of the 2006 Exhibition II with a wine and appetizer party at their 11 Pirate’s Lane Gallery. The 2006 season is off to a busy start and Exhibition I has been well attended. That Exhibition will end on June 30th to allow time for the second exhibition to be held.

The opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 pm and is free and open to the public. This Exhibition offers sixteen awards to those artist members whose work is accepted and runs through August 11. The public is cordially invited to attend the reception or to come at a time of their choosing. The gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. The quality of work being exhibited has grown steadily in the past several years and is attracting artists and art collectors from all over the country.

In addition to Exhibition II the Annual Small Paintings exhibit will open on July 2nd and run through July 23rd. This is traditionally a very popular exhibition particularly among visitors from other areas who wish to buy fine art but prefer not to travel with a larger painting.

The first of NSAA’s art auctions will be held on Saturday, July 8th. These auctions have grown both in attendance and in the quality of art offered. Eighty to one hundred paintings will be available for auction. A preview party featuring appetizers and wine begins at 5:30. Admission at the door is $10. Come early to get your bidding paddle, preview the work, and enjoy the buffet. The auction, with Frank Kaminsky as auctioneer, begins at 7:00.

Buying art at auction is an excellent opportunity to begin an new, or add to a growing, collection. The Cape Ann area is well regarded for the exceptional painting done here. Past auctions have featured paintings by artists such as Charles Movalli, Donald Allen Mosher, Dale Ratcliff, Robert Grupp’, Betty Lou Schlemm, and Jeff Weaver. Collecting art has proven to be a sound investment and art auctions are frequently opportunities to purchase work by established and emerging artists at excellent prices. The NSAA art auctions are fun, fast-moving and usually have the added benefit of spectacular sunsets over Gloucester Harbor viewable from the upstairs balcony. The public is invited to attend both the Exhibition reception and the auction.

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