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Jul 19, 2019








This year’s Greeley Park Art Show occurs Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17. Courtesy photo.

Attend the Greeley Park Art Show
Where: Greeley Park, 100 Concord St., Nashua
Admission: Free
Saturday, Aug. 16: 10 a.m. opening; 11:15 a.m. marionette show by puppet master Teresa Moler; noon, judges begin for adult art competition; 12:30 p.m. live painting demo with Yong Chen; 2 p.m. marionette show with Teresa Moler; 3:30 p.m. awards ceremony for adult art competition; 4:30 art competition pickup; 5 p.m. close.
Sunday, Aug. 17: 10 a.m. opening; student drop-off between 10 and 11:15 a.m. for children/student competition; 11:15 a.m. marionette show with Teresa Moler; 1 to 4 p.m. student art competition tent viewing; 2 p.m. marionette show by puppet master Teresa Moler; 3 p.m. raffle announcement (raffle is open both days); 4 p.m. NAAA scholarship and student arts award ceremony; 5 p.m. close.
Painting With Friends: 
Carlo Ripaldi Tribute
It occurs Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be like an ongoing Paint Night (without alcohol); visitors of all ages can participate in this painting activity sponsored by the Ripaldi family for a $10 donation, which helps to cover the cost of paint, canvas and instruction. The event’s proceeds will go to Nashua Area Artist Association scholarships and other NAAA art education programs.

Kids shine at Greeley Park
Opportunities for all ages in art show’s 61st year

By Kelly Sennott

If you’re 6 or older, you can have work decorating the Greeley Park Art Show grounds. 
“We had amazing artwork in the student show last year. Often, the kids’ stuff is better than the adult stuff,” show co-director Sandra Peters said in an interview at the new Nashua Area Artist Association studio at 30 Temple St., Nashua. 
The annual show, now in its 61st year, is the big event of the season for NAAA adult and student artists. This year’s exhibition will again feature an adult competition (on Saturday, Aug. 16) and the Emerging Artists Student Talent (EAST) show (Sunday, Aug 17).
Anyone age 6 to 18 can present work in the student show, and submissions aren’t due until the morning of the show, when they must present at least one piece of fine art to be judged. Categories include 6- to 9-year olds; 10- to 12-year-olds; 13- to 15-year-olds; and 16- to 18-year-olds. The winners receive prizes, often art supplies.
This year, NAAA organizers talked quite a bit in interviews about getting more kids involved. There aren’t a lot of opportunities in New Hampshire for young artists — never mind those as young as 6 years old — which is why Merrimack art educator and NAAA student division director Audra Saunders always encourages her own art students to submit work to the Greeley Park Art Show.
“We’re one of the few shows [for kids], as far as I know,” Saunders said in a phone interview. “My students are always asking me if I
can find them opportunities, to get them out in contests, and I don’t really see a lot out there.”
This year’s $1,000 scholarship winner, Jessica Silva of Merrimack, was a student of Saunders’; the 18-year-old will be an illustration major at the New Hampshire Institute of Art next year, and she’s been submitting work to Greeley Park for five years, where she’s earned a first- or second-place ribbon or honorable mention each time.
Silva didn’t find out about the show through Saunders; it happened when she and her mom randomly drove by the Nashua art show on a Sunday morning five years ago.
“When we saw there was a kids’ contest, we ran home really fast and brought [my work] over right before deadline. I entered an anime drawing of a girl with bunny ears and got first place,” Silva said in a phone interview. “Most [student] contests are on the smaller scale. And there are more people who go here, so it’s great for younger artists to get the exposure. It has much bigger crowds than other contests.”
She and the other scholarship winner, 18-year-old Devon George, who will attend Montserrat College next year, will each have their own display booths. George is a Nashua native and, having been homeschooled all her life, also enjoys seeing and being seen.
“Because I’m homeschooled, I don’t get a lot of exposure, to see what other people are drawing, and it’s interesting to see what other people are doing,” George said in a phone interview. 
She and Silva both talked about the inspirations they encountered at each show, whether it be experimenting with a new medium, new subject or new technique.
“Most of the time when I go, when I get home, all I want to do is draw for the rest of the day,” Silva said. 
NAAA has been putting more in its student opportunities; in addition to the larger EAST show last spring, Saunders hopes to be able to raise more scholarship money for young students, particularly because art school is so expensive — not just tuition, but also materials. Before Saunders, NAAA hadn’t had an educator on the board for a while. Saunders hopes more art educators will become involved.
Donations this year came from all over the city, and visitors will be able to participate in a raffle (with all kinds of items, mostly gift certificates), try a painting class held in honor of Carlo Ripaldi and see a live painting demo with professional artist Yong Chen. 


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