The Chelsea Art Walk has re-booted and will host multiple events this summer under the Art Walk banner instead of having one big day, said coordinator Joe Greene.
The first event this year will take place this Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, from noon-6 p.m.
The first event will be titled ‘Playing in the Garden’ and will be focused at the Chelsea Community Garden, 130 Ellsworth St., and will also feature a Pop Up Art Show at the Pearl Street Gallery, 100 Pearl St. – which is only a few blocks from the Garden. (open between 2-6 p.m.)
“Instead of having everything on one weekend, we have decided to spread it out,” Greene said. “A lot of our members work the event. So, the 20 or 30 working the garden wouldn’t get to see the play and the people at the music show can’t go to the gallery. It also takes the pressure off having to get everything done at once.”
Greene said they have a manager who has been hired to coordinate the re-booted event, Angelina McCoy and two new folks at the Garden helping too – the Gaspar family.
Meanwhile, Dan Cortez will be coordinating the music and theatrical event, which will be titled Fiesta Verano and will take place later, on June 23.
“We did things all at once for eight or nine years and it worked great, but it was really difficult,” Greene said. “If someone worked at the event, they missed all of it. So, we have repositioned it.”
“Outsider Art Outside” is
street art on canvas, not
See how Chelsea natives
Chris Martinez and William
Palacios redefine street art
at the Pearl Street Gallery
patio, Saturday June 15th
and 16th from 12 – 5 pm.
The Chelsea Art Walk will
take place this weekend at
at least 11 venues around
The Chelsea Art Walk has only gotten bigger and better, and with two sunny days on tap this weekend, organizers are expecting a large, enthusiastic crowd for the two-day, citywide event.
Organizer Joe Greene told the Record that there will be at least 11 venues participating around Chelsea on June 15 and 16 from noon to 6 p.m. – including two new venues of the Residence Inn and the Mystic Brewery.
“We’ve got all our popular venues back, which includes the historic Bellingham-Cary House that is a step back in time,” said Greene. “I liken it to going to Old Sturbridge Village without leaving Chelsea. We always get the crowds around the New England Sculpture Service – one of the few locations on the coast where you can get a bronze sculpture cast. Their claim to fame is casting the bronze ducklings for the artist who did the ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ sculpture on the Boston Common. So, they’ll be doing some live pourings there. Of course, we’ll be presenting at some other favorites like Pearl Street Gallery, City Hall and the Gallery at Spencer Lofts.”
On a solemn note, Greene said this year’s Art Walk is in memory of long-time resident and artist Michael Limberakis – who died suddenly earlier this year. He had also run the stained glass business World Glass from Beacon Street for years.
“In homage to our lost pal Michael Limberakis, the Residence Inn has agreed to be one of our new venues and to exhibit Michael’s work,” said Greene. “It will be the last time you’ll ever be able to see his work. It will be special.”
Another new venue is the Mystic Brewery, which will be running its regular Saturday tours and tastings, but will also exhibit a wide variety of art and sculpture in the brewery over the weekend.
Pearl Street Gallery will celebrate ‘Beauty’ in what looks to be a spectacular presentation by several artists in that space. Greene will be presenting a series of black and white film photography works in the space.
Then, a totally unannounced and unadvertised show will hit the Art Walk for the first time – a presentation of street art at the Pearl Street Gallery Patio by two Chelsea young men, Chris Martinez and William Palacios.
“For the first time ever, we’ll have a pop up art show on the walk – unannounced,” said Greene. “We’re calling it outsider art outside, or even street art on the street. In any case, it’s a couple of local kids who will be painting street art graffiti on canvas outside. They are serious artists and they want to show the public that street art is not about painting on walls. They want people to understand they’re good kids and it’s about making art and not destroying property.”
For detailed information, log on to www.chelseaartwalk.com.
Those currently participating are:
•Pearl Street Gallery, 100 Pearl St.
•Gallery @ Spencer Lofts, 60 Dudley St.
•New England Sculpture, 214 Arlington St.
•Gallery @ City Hall, 2nd Floor
•Bellingham-Cary House, 34 Parker St.
•Gallery @ Chelsea City Coffee Shop, 173 Washington Ave.
•Apollinaire Theatre, 189 Winnisimmett St.
•Chelsea Community Garden, Ellsworth/Hawthorn
•Residence Inn, 200 Maple St.
•Mystic Brewery, 174 Williams St.
•Chelsea Square Drum Circles, Stebbins Fountain