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Nantucket Arts Festival 2012 exhibition

Nantucket Arts Festival's 21st Year!

Nantucket Arts Festival 2012 view of exhibition
Nantucket Arts Council exhibit

Celebrating its 21st year, the Nantucket Arts Festival kicks off on October 4th with the traditional out-of-the-box art exhibit at the Preservation Institute in a show entitled Encountering the Unexpected – Entertaining the Unfamiliar; Exploring New Directions in the Visual Arts.  The Festival, a signature event of the Nantucket Arts Council (NAC), promises to embrace the arts with  programs created by a number of island organizations, many who have participated before in this special week-plus-long event, and some new to the excitement and fun.

The Opening Exhibit brings together island talent by asking for the unexpected, and our artists continue to rise to the challenge.  Each year the show, carefully hung under the watchful and experienced eye of NAC President Emeritus Reggie Levine, and for 2013 includes the return of Christie Cure, draws hundreds on its opening night, and more throughout the week as the doors of PIN remain open to visitors.  It is unique not only in theme, but as a true celebration of artists and their capabilities.  As a special bonus at this year’s Opening, the celebration will extend into Centre Street with street performers and other frivolity.  Finally, participating artists will share about their work during our scheduled Artists’ Talks every weekday of the Festival from 1-2pm at PIN.  Check out the NAC website at for daily speaker information.

The backbone of the Festival is our solid roster of annual participants – Artists Association of Nantucket, Nantucket Atheneum, Nantucket Community Music Center, The Dreamland Theater, Egan Maritime Institute, Nantucket Historical Association, Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket Baroque, Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, among others.  This year the list extends to include two new and fascinating additions, White Heron Theatre and Nantucket Theatre Institute’s Playwright’s Workshop, and the Nantucket Short Film Festival which highlights local film makers’ productions.   The line-up promises to entertain and amaze us all.

Look for your program guide at all the usual places – including the NAC website -- and make plans to join your friends for a week-long celebration of the arts on Nantucket.  Hope to see you on Friday night at the Opening!

Patty Roggeveen is Chair of the Nantucket Arts Festival.