Artists Association of Nantucket offers a wide variety of special events throughout the year from free outdoor art shows to online art auctions to our painting festival.

Join us for our popular fund-raising events, including Spring Sweep Online 2021, the 2021 Gala Dinner & Auction in summer, and Wet Paint 2021 in the fall.

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.

Some may be affected by Covid-19 restrictions.

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    2021 Gala Dinner & Auction

    • Saturday, July 17, 2021
    • 2021 Gala Dinner & Auction

    The Artist Association of Nantucket will honor a treasured artist at this year’s special Auction on July 17, 2021. We encourage you to buy tables and tickets in order to support the Artists Association.

    The exact 2021 format is yet to be defined.

    For more information about the Auction host levels, please contact Tracey Sears.

    To browse our 2019-2020 Yearbook: click here


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    Sidewalk Art Shows 2021

    • Dates: TBA
    • Locations: TBA

    Look for future announcements of dates and times.

    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.

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

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    Plein Air Nantucket 2021

    • May 11 to June 16 - no sign up required, no fee
    • Plein Air Paint Out, Brant Point, June 9 & 10, 10 a.m. onward
    • Frank Swift Chase Awards - June 16
    • Fresh art hangs at Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street

    This year we are shifting to a six-week festival running May 11 through June 16 — 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. their new wet works hung for sale each day in the AAN Gallery starting May 28th. Our 10th annual Paint Out at Brant Point beach: two days – June 9 and 10, starts at 10 a.m. and open to all artists, rain date June 11.

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    Paint Nantucket! – Cancelled !

    • 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 2021, watch for updates.

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    C. Robert Perrin Master Artist Demonstrations

    • Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington Street

    In tribute to C. Robert Perrin, a longtime artist member and nationally recognized watercolorist, AAN hosts at least two Master Artist Demonstrations per season. The art demonstrations are usually held in the same style that Perrin did his.

    Though as-yet 2021 Perrin events are not scheduled, you can can request more information. 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 Silent Auction – Online 2021

    • March 31 to April 5
    • Online auction of works by AAN artists

    We continue online for Spring Sweep 2021 — Just Add Water

    In 2020 we held a successful online auction of almost 300 artworks by AAN artists. In 2021, we will continue with this format. Starting March 31 and April 1 for viewing, and going live at 6 AM April 2nd for bidding, then running through Easter weekend, with bidding ending 4 PM on Monday, April 5.

    Preview HERE

    Sweep Logo by Zoë Markham, our 2021 artist honoree.