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Find Hidden Gems at the Newburyport Art Association Holiday Gift Show & Sale

By Emily Cowan, Newburyport.Com Correspondent

NAA Holiday Gift Show & Sale

For many years now, the Newburyport Art Association (NAA) has been hosting its annual Holiday Gift Show & Sale to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase original artwork as holiday gifts and support NAA artist members.

At this year’s sale, find  2-D artworks (framed and unframed) and 3-D items (fine crafts, jewelry, textiles, etc.), plus cards, calendars, books, and handmade holiday ornaments. And don’t assume these fine artworks are out of reach as you budget your family gifting; works are priced (or sized) to make the purchases more accessible than they might be at other gallery exhibitions throughout the year, according to NAA Executive Director Elena Bachrach.

“The Holiday Show & Sale is designed with holiday gift shopping in mind,” says Bachrach. “We hope our artists are successful in selling their art & craft, and we will measure success based on number of visits to the galleries and happy holiday buyers.”

As you shop, don’t forget to use your Newburyport VIP Card/App for 10% off your purchase. No card? No problem: The Newburyport Art Association, as a VIP program fundraising partner, also receives $10 for every $25 VIP Card/App purchased through NAA.

Bachrach notes that this year’s sale is largest yet, boasting three galleries full of original works submitted by NAA artists. All NAA members are welcome to submit up to two 2D artworks and four bin works (unframed), while 3D items are submitted by invitation.  This process differs from other NAA shows, which are either “open” or “juried.” The 3D items on offer are curated by NAA to ensure a varied and high-quality selection of holiday gift options.

The NAA gallery and gift shop, conveniently located in downtown Newburyport across from The Tannery and next door to the Lighthouse, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday 1-5pm. NAA will also host two evening receptions to coincide with the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce’s Invitation Nights on Fridays, December 1 & 8, 6-9pm. The Holiday Gift Show & Sale will close on Sunday, December 24, at 3pm.  NAA will reopen with the Winter Members Juried Show, Friday, January 12.

NAA is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the creation of art, art education, and community outreach.  Through gallery shows, art classes and workshops, and various special events, NAA provides a warm and supportive environment in which to look at, think about, and experiment with the process of creating art.

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