NASHUA - Greeley Park was flooded with color Saturday morning as the Nashua Area Artists Association kicked off its 60th annual art show.
The Greeley Park Art Show is the largest outdoor fine art show in southern New Hampshire, and the only outdoor exhibit with a history that stretches back 60 years.
The traditional summer event gives 50 to 60 local artists a chance to display and sell their work.The show also gives visitors the opportunity to talk with individual artists about their subjects, styles and techniques.
"It's been a good turnout so far, better than last year, when it rained," said NAAA volunteer Dan Gleneck early Saturday afternoon. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
The show includes both an adult and a student art competition, and has raffles to raise money for annual scholarships awarded to two local high school graduates who plan a career in art.
NAAA member, artist and former show director Sandra Peters said the show plays an important role of bringing artists and local residents together and fostering the NAAA mission of spreading a passion for art.
Nashua resident Chelsea Solis, who was at the show with her son, Wyatt, 7, said she comes every year.
This year Wyatt, who took advantage of a special "student art" table where kids could pay $10 for a canvas and a pallet of colors, was hard at work on a painting of monsters.
The NAAA has recently moved into a new home at the Hunt Memorial Building, where the group hopes to continue developing different ways to bring art to every corner of Nashua.
"We are a community arts organization," said Peters. "We want to connect with as many different people as we can."