Nashua to host Art Walk festival this weekend

Union Leader Correspondent
October 11. 2018 9:00PM
A woman gets her face painted at a previous Art Walk festival in the Gate City. This year's Art Walk takes place Saturday and Sunday in downtown Nashua. (Courtesy of City Arts Nashua)

NASHUA — An arts extravaganza will take place this weekend with more than 100 local artists exhibiting their work throughout the downtown area.

Fine art, entertainment and culture will be on hand for the 14th annual Art Walk, the city’s premier arts festival scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

“I am very excited about this year’s Art Walk, and so are the many participants,” said Tara Kalish, project manager for Art Walk 2018. “It is really a wonderful event that really brings together the art community in the region and art lovers in the area.”

About 30 venues along Main Street and neighboring roadways will be featuring exhibits from independent artists, in addition to the Nashua Public Library, 30 Temple St., the Main Street Bridge, Pine Street and more.

Various pieces of artwork, including canvases, pastels and sculptures will be sold during the weekend art festival, along with photography, crafts, jewelry and quilts.

“There is a nice collaboration of businesses and artists working to make this successful. It will offer something for the entire family,” said Kalish.

A cornhole tournament, live painting exhibits, mural work, food trucks and dance teams will also be on hand for the large celebration of the arts in the Gate City, which is hosted by City Arts Nashua.

Free trolley service is available to help transport visitors to the various venues, as well as a walking route sponsored by OrangeTheory Fitness and a bike route sponsored by VeoRide, according to Kalish.

“Between the two days, we usually have about 1,000 attendees,” she said, adding the artists would love to share their talents with even more visitors this year.

Included in the events are a performance of Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh Kids” from the Peacock Players, an open house at Allegro Dance Academy, a recycled percussion obstacle course at the library plaza, a duck derby, rock painting and more.

Art Walk was originally created 14 years ago to raise awareness that Nashua has become a destination for the arts in New Hampshire, according to organizers.

Musical entertainment will also be on hand for the festivities, in addition to workshops, demonstrations, special art classes, face painting, caricatures and a silent auction.

Some of the area artists who will have their work on display include Debbie Auclair, Tony Attardo, Ken Fiery, Don Higgins, Tanya Prather and Katie Roberts.

Fine artisan jewelry, photography, mixed media, still life, pop art and hand crafted furniture are just some of the items that will be featured throughout the two-day event.

For a full schedule and itinerary of the festival, visit

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