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 Annual Benefit Art Auction & GalaWet 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. Here's our full calendar of events.

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    2019 Summer Art Auction & Gala

    • Saturday, July 13
    • Great Harbor Yacht Club

    The Artist Association of Nantucket will honor beloved Nantucket artist Carol Keefe at the annual Summer Art Auction and Gala on July 13. The annual event will be held at the Great Harbor Yacht Club and celebrates the achievements of our dynamic artist community.

    This year’s chairs Scott Peltier and William Bainbridge Steele invite you to join this special evening by purchasing Host Tables or Tickets now. General Admission tickets are now available for purchase. For more information about the Gala host levels click here and to purchase tables or tickets, please contact Maggie Lengyel.

    For a preview of the 2019 Live and Silent Auction, please view (when available).

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    Wet Paint / Fresh Works 2019

    • Sunday, October 13
    • 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.

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    Sidewalk Art Shows I and II

    • I - Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • II - Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Nantucket Atheneum Garden, 1 India Street

    Artists Association of Nantucket offers two outdoor art shows every summer. 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 for each show will be the Sunday of the same weekend.

    For more information about the Sidewalk Art Shows, please contact Liz Hunt O’Brien.

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    Plein Air Nantucket 2020

    • Tuesday–Sunday, June 16-21
    • Plein Air Paint Out, Brant Point, June 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Frank Swift Chase Awards and Reception, Sunday, June 21, 6 p.m.
    • Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street

    Outdoor painting festival with new wet works hung for sale each day at the AAN Gallery. Paint Out at Brant Point beach, June 17, starts at 10 a.m. with public welcome. Rain date 6/18. Frank Swift Chase Awards at the June 21 closing reception, 6 p.m., AAN Gallery. Artist details available here. Our Plein Air map with photos is available here.

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    C. Robert Perrin Master Artist Demonstrations

    • Wednesday, July 17, 6-8 p.m. - Mollie Webster
    • Wednesday, August 7, 6-8 p.m. - Jenna Darkow
    • Wednesday, September 11, 6-8 p.m. - Lori Garrabrant
    • Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street

    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 Perrin Master Artists Demonstrations, please contact

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    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 children’s classes with Nantucket S.T.A.R. and 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.

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    Spring Sweep 2019

    • Preview Party: Friday April 19, 5-7 p.m.
    • Silent Auction: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street

    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.