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 & AuctionWet Paint 2020.

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.

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    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 At-Home Auction telethon: click here

    To browse and bid online from July 16 through July 21 in the 2020 Silent Auction: click here

    To browse our 2019-2020 Yearbook: click here


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    Sidewalk Art Show 2020 – August 22

    • August 22, 2020
    • Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Dr.

    A change in venue to the Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive — 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 a bevy of Nantucket’s finest artists.

    Free to the public. Come one come all, Saturday, August 22, 9:30 to 2:00 p.m. safely spaced and monitored on the lawn at 24 Amelia Drive. Rain date will be the Sunday of that 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 - 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.

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    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.

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    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

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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 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.

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    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.