Friday, May 22, 2020

Missing the North River Arts Festival - May 2020

"Street Party" oil by Jody Regan
The North River Arts Society reluctantly cancelled its 44th Annual Festival of the Arts this year: a block-party-style celebration of our creative community. Local artists, including Girls Just Wanna Paint, do plein air demonstrations of their work on the street. We miss the joy of painting together at this wonderful celebration, and the North River Arts Society is missing its biggest fundraising event of the year.
We hope you can support the organization, and we look forward to seeing you there next Memorial Day weekend.
"That's Entertainment" North River Arts Festival poster 2011 by Jody Regan

I love painting on the street each year at this weekend-long party, especially talking with the children who are curious about what is happening on my easel.  I hope to be back together with them next year.

 Jeannie, Kelley, Sally and Mary having fun painting at Festival.

My painting from 2 years ago of a little girl at the festival, and one of my pieces that got in the juried show last year.  There is such an ache for the camaraderie and wonderful work, food, music and crafts that we saw every year! - Kelley MacDonald

Cheers to NRAS.... Festival Spirit and Joy lives on in  our hearts
Page Pearson Railsback

"South River Marsh"

"Cleaning the Catch"
I received awards for both of these paintings at The North River Arts Festival. Very pleased and proud to be recognized by this stalwart organization. 
Please support our group if you can.

      Festival Memories!
                    Nancy Howell doing a demo, me selling my clocks in the artisan area 
and the first puppet parade!   
Sally Dean

"Missing the Puppet Project" by Pamela Copeman
I am missing the NRAS Arts Festival this year because my granddaughters are living just up the street now and I was so excited to introduce them to this artful tradition.  With that said, I will donate to North River Arts Society this year with the high hopes of attending next year with my family. xo

Moonlit Hydrangeas-Margaret Farrell Bruno

My granddaughter critiquing the art and near my painting 1st on left.

I was honored to wear many hats at the North River Arts Society over the last 30 years, including President for two years, which entailed directing traffic for art work drop off one year. Festival holds a special place in my heart. I was poster artist for Festival when expecting my 2nd child 28 years ago, which gave Jeannie Horan heart palpitations worrying I may go into labor before I got all those posters signed. And now my grandchildren enjoy the music, fun, art, activities and food at Festival. My whole family will miss it dearly this year. Keep NRAS in your hearts and if you can donate to help the Society through this difficult time, I know it will be greatly appreciated. Let's help NRAS live on. It has given so many cherished friendships, great memories and of course, artful enrichment for young and old.  
This painting, "Lilacs and Clementine" by Jeanne MacFarland  won the Katherine M. Wolfe Memorial Award for Floral Composition at the 2017 North River Festival of the Arts.              

My first entry into the North River Arts Society Festival in 2008, "Edward Hopper's House in Truro" was accepted and won the Katherine M. Wolfe Award. What a fond memory during an otherwise wonderful weekend at the Festival. This event is always inspiring and a happy time, and I am grateful that we have this great resource each year. Looking forward to next year's!

"Festival Colors" from Tori Brega's jewelry booth

"Face Paint Ninja" work in progress by Tori Brega

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