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Big Spring Open Studios May 6+7 (Rain or Shine)

Spring is in the air and so is the excitement for our annual Spring Open Studios at Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery in Exeter, NH Saturday and Sunday, May 6th & 7th.

Can you join us?

Art Up Front Street Studios and Gallery is more than just a studio space, it's Exeter's first artist studio collective located in Uptown Exeter near the railroad tracks. It's a community of artists sharing their work and process with the public. The gallery features resident artists Anne Marie Kenny, Rose Bryant, Ree Hall Katrak, Natalie Marquis, Shannon Hays, and Jessica Furtado, each with their unique style and medium. Plus, this spring, we are joined by THREE guest artists! Bruce Jones, Jeff Whittum and Gabrielle Smith Grossman!

Two days of arty goodness

Saturday afternoon the delightful sounds of Fiske'n'Fell Clarinet Duo will fill the studios. Lite bites and bevs will be available for you to sip and wander while you refresh your heart with color, sculpture, photography, paintings, prints, charming illustration and assemblages.

Take a peek in each studio to see the latest art in the works. Drop by and chat with our guest artists. We are so happy to have them join us! Check out the map below for what's in store May 6+7.

What you will find

INDUSTRIAL QUILTS: Anne Marie Kenny works with recycled computer parts, natural fibers, copper patinas, wire and metal materials such as brass and copper mesh plus hardware cloth. A conversation about the history of some of the materials she uses is a must.

SHANNON HAYS DESIGN: Shannon Hays creates charming assemblages out of hand-textured papers into light-hearted child-themed illustrations and collage.

JESSICA FURTADO: Jessica Furtado combines photography, pressed flowers, and paint pours into inventive, thought-provoking collages. One of her most popular collections is her small charming "mini moods".

GABY GROSSMAN (Guest artist!): Paints with a colorful loose brush stroke to create paintings, plus prints and cards.

NATALIE EVE MARQUIS ART: Natalie Marquis creates richly hued paintings of the natural world using spirit animals as inspiration.

BRUCE JONES (Guest artist!): Bruce Jones paints scenes of Exeter and the seacoast. This year he is adding a twist with work influenced by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

REE HALL KATRAK MIXED MEDIA: Ree Hall Katrak is a mixed media artist creating intuitive abstract paintings on canvas, paper, and wood panel. So many sizes of fluid color art work on which to feast your eyes.

ROSE BRYANT ORIGINAL PAINTINGS: Rose Bryant is an abstract painter of landscapes, flowers, and water imagery using bold saturated color.

JEFF WHITTUM SALVAGED METAL SCULPTURE (Guest artist!): Jeff Whittum will be showcasing his upcycled salvaged metal birds, insects, fish, and more. Conversation with him about his process is a must.

Meet a friend and make a day of it in Exeter

Spring Open Studios offers a unique opportunity to meet the artists, see their work, and learn about their creative process.

There will be plenty of seating outside for meeting up with friends, enjoying libations and light bites. Hanging out after getting your treat from Enna Chocolate just up the street will be a perfect way to enjoy the moment. Try out one of several charming cafes after your art experience or head down to the parkway for a lovely walk along the river.

Parking is free and available on the street or in the left side back parking lot. Our event is open to the public and has become one of Exeter's fun arts and culture traditions. We can't wait to see you.

UPDATE: Just added (4/28) Specials for the weekend below:


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