Haverhill’s Art Walk to feature painting, music, exhibitions

April 29 – HAVERHILL – Painting, musical performances, and a variety of exhibits and demonstrations will highlight this year’s Art Walk, an indoor and outdoor cultural celebration.

The Art Walk begins on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and lasts every second Saturday of the month through September.

Corporations and organizations throughout the downtown riverside cultural district – including local restaurants Triana’s, G’s and The Peddler’s Daughter – will host exhibitions, demonstrations and interactive experiences.

The attendant will open their 43rd Washington St. art space for studio hours with artist-in-residence Andy Li, who focuses on “the power of now”. His work reflects everyday life and the moments of greatness that we perceive at the moment.

Flower designer Kerrie Sesto will have an exhibition in Stem, a cannabis retail store in the former Sons of Italy building. Faith Benedetti will be across the street in Columbus Park hosting a community hula hoop and spin jam event. Artist Denise DeLongis Chesky will have an exhibition at The Winged Rabbit on Wingate Street.

Evens and Oddities, which hosted the successful Odd Fest at Winnekenni Castle in Fall 2019, invites visitors to experience taxidermy art and taxidermy art at 42 Emerson St. Storefront, just around the corner from Washington Square.

The Burgess Building at 143-145 Essex Street hosts activities such as opening hours at the neon artist Nick McNight’s studio and an encaustic activity with Lisa Hertel. Encaustics is the ancient art of painting with hot beeswax, embedded in brilliant pigments.

“This unique and eclectic medium has recently re-emerged and many museums and galleries are now offering modern encaustic,” said Hertel. “As a demonstration, I’m doing a kid-friendly version of encaustic using crayons and a pancake grill. It only takes a few minutes to get several sheets of encaustic art, and almost any age can do that.”

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Visitors can stop by for an open house at RISE Movement Studio, 145 Essex St. Artist Jeff Grassie will be at the Essex Street Gateway Mural at 5:30 p.m. to speak about the public artwork on the outside wall of the Wicked Big Cafe building. People taking a stroll along the boardwalk overlooking the Merrimack River find outdoor painters and musicians.

Art Walk cards designed by local artist and graphic designer Jessica Furtado are available at all participating companies and on the Art Walk Facebook event page.

This program is coordinated by Hailey Moschella in collaboration with the Creative Haverhill organization to support the local art scene. Creative Haverhill supports the city’s art and culture with the aim of developing high-quality spaces as platforms for communal and cultural expression.

The Haverhill Art Walk is supported by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and its Cultural Districts program.

Submissions from artists, musicians and performers who are interested in participating in the Art Walk will continue to be accepted. Learn more at creativehaverhill.org/haverhill-art-walk. All businesses along the route that span the streets of Washington, Wingate, and Essex are invited to participate and can email Hailey Moschella at [email protected] to participate.

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