Artists Association of Nantucket offers a wide variety of special events throughout the year from free outdoor art shows and live art auctions to elegant benefit dinners.
Join us for our popular fund-raising events, including Spring Sweep, the 2020 At Home Dinner & Auction, Wet Paint / Fresh Works.
You may also wish to participate in our public programming events including artist demonstrations, the historic Sidewalk Art Shows, and the Plein Air Nantucket Festival.
Though some may be affected by Covid-19 restrictions, here's our full calendar of events.
2020 At Home Dinner & Auction
- Saturday, July 18
- Stay-at-Home Gala
The Artist Association of Nantucket will honor beloved Nantucket artist Robert Frazier at this year’s special At Home Dinner & Auction on July 18. This year, the Auction is a stay home festivity. We encourage you to buy tables and tickets in order to support the Artists Association. If you will be on island, we invite you to gather a small group of friends, enjoy a lovely meal, and watch our live-stream gala in celebration of 75 years of AAN and the achievements of our dynamic artist community.
For more information about the Auction host levels, please contact Tracey Sears.
For a preview of the 2020 Live and Silent Auction, please view (when available).
Wet Paint / Fresh Works 2020
- Sunday, October 11
- Silent Auction and Live Auction Preview, 3 p.m. FREE
- Live Auction, 5 p.m. FREE
- Benefit Dinner, 6:30 p.m.
- Nantucket Yacht Club
Wet Paint / Fresh Works features an exciting one-day event where the art is WET and FRESH! In the days leading up to the event, visitors and art lovers are invited to peer over the shoulders of AAN member artists as they fan across the island to complete their work. The just-finished art is then delivered to the Nantucket Yacht Club for a fun and lively sale. A benefit dinner follows the auction.
The auctions are free; tickets to the Benefit Dinner are available here. For more information about Wet Paint / Fresh Works and purchasing tickets, please contact Maggie Lengyel.
Sidewalk Art Show 2020
- I - date to be announced
- Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Dr.
A change in venue, new date to be announced. A beloved tradition dating back to 1930, the Sidewalk Art Show is the oldest of its kind in the U.S. and is a wonderful opportunity to meet twenty of Nantucket’s finest artists. The conversations will be memorable as you stroll past rows of fine art, under blue skies and a canopy of green in downtown Nantucket.
Rain date will be the Sunday of the same weekend.
For more information about the Sidewalk Art Shows, please contact Liz Hunt O’Brien.
Plein Air Nantucket 2020
- Tuesday–Sunday, June 16-21 - no sign up required, no fee
- Plein Air Paint Out, Brant Point, June 17, 10 a.m. onward
- Frank Swift Chase Awards - no reception in 2020
- Fresh art hangs at Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street
This year — no sign-up required, no fee to participate, no stamping of canvases. Great fun at a distance! Open to all painters, the outdoor painting festival features artists in the landscape and their new wet works hung for sale each day in the windows of the AAN Gallery. Our annual Paint Out at Brant Point beach, June 17, starts at 10 a.m. Rain date 6/18.
Paint Nantucket! – Cancelled !
- Monday, June 15, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Downtown Nantucket
Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. This one-day Plein Air Event may be rescheduled for fall 2020.
C. Robert Perrin Master Artist Demonstrations
- Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street
POSTPONED. In tribute to C. Robert Perrin, a longtime artist member, AAN hosts three Master Artist Demonstrations per season. The demonstrations are held in the same style that Perrin did his, with lots of friendly conversation while the artist is at work. The demonstrations include refreshments. New members are welcome to join the night of the demonstration.
For more information about the 2020 Perrin Master Artists Demonstrations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Artists Association of Nantucket has a long history of collaborating with other local nonprofit organizations and businesses in the Nantucket community. Sharing resources is one of the best ways to bring the arts and culture to island residents. From exhibitions shared with the Nantucket Historical Association to children’s classes with Nantucket S.T.A.R. to art therapy classes with the Fairwinds Center to participating in the One Book One Island Week with the Nantucket Atheneum and many island nonprofits and businesses, AAN realizes the importance of working together to provide creative public programming. For more information about collaborations or to suggest a collaboration, please contact Liz Hunt O’Brien.
Spring Sweep 2020
We changed format for Spring Sweep 2020.
We did a successful on line auction of almost 300 artworks by AAN artists.
One of the best opportunities to launch or expand your collection of Nantucket art is at Spring Sweep. Artist members may bring an unlimited number of pieces to this popular silent auction. The deals go quickly. Free and open to all.