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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Nashua’s ArtWalk Weekend kicks off

By DEREK EDRY
Staff Writer

An array of artists was on display Saturday at the first day of City Arts' 12th annual ArtWalk Weekend.

The two-day event is Southern New Hampshire's largest art festival, with more than 125 artists and entertainers, all within walking distance of downtown. ...

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An array of artists was on display Saturday at the first day of City Arts' 12th annual ArtWalk Weekend.

The two-day event is Southern New Hampshire's largest art festival, with more than 125 artists and entertainers, all within walking distance of downtown.

Artists exhibited and sold their work at a variety of venues, including galleries, art studios, restaurants and shops along Main Street, in the nearby Historic Millyard District, and the newly opened home of the Picker Collaborative Artists.

Artist Sam Aman, of Holliston, Mass., painted on Main Street while passersby studied his work, which included a depiction of the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha.

"New Hampshire is kind of my getaway spot," Aman said.

A bit further down the street, children stood in awe as Tom Doucet's R2-D2 droid rolled down the sidewalk while he operated the remote control. Doucet is one of the owners of MakeIt Labs, New Hampshire's first and largest makerspace. He said the droid, the parts for which took him four years to find, looks so real because the information needed to make it came from George Lucas himself.

Meanwhile, inside the Riverwalk Cafe, artist Meridian Azura, of Dover, showed off her mixed media art, which she said focuses on the divine feminine.

"I like working with the divine feminine, because it brings attention to women's issues and the empowerment of women," Azura said.

One of her pieces showed a woman standing in the snow in a long purple dress under a barren tree. Her hands were extended, and below them, plants were beginning to grow.

"I think art drives the community," said event-goer Sam Brown, of Newmarket. "Events like this allow for the community and local businesses to shine. And local artists get to display work they spent hours and hours on."

The ArtWalk also coincided with iUGO's Nashua Zombie Bike ride, in which participants dressed up like the living dead and rode around the city.

Festivities continue today from noon-4 p.m.

There will also be ArtWalk "Foodstops," which will offer rest and respite for weary ArtWalkers. Stop in one of the participating restaurants to have a drink, lunch, snack or dinner. Later, stay in town for ArtWalk after Dark and enjoy the evening with music, dining and theater.

Visit www.cityartsnashua.org/artwalk- 2016-overview for details. The ArtWalk program/map showing all artists, events and parking is available at downtown venues.

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-6589, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek.