Art to Inspire & Heal
The Pentucket Arts Foundation hopes everyone has been staying strong and healthy during these challenging months. In times that are so uncertain and scary, it can be difficult to keep our heads up and to keep moving forward. Though we may feel alone, it's important to remember that we are all going through this together.
We believe in the transformative power of art to heal, nurture, and to bring people together, in both times of crisis as well as peace. Art is a medium through which we discover our similarities as well as celebrate our differences with the people around us and the world in which we live.
To this end, we'll be posting weekly "discoveries" this summer, in the hopes of inspiring our creative community and highlighting the beautiful and creative ways that people are creating art around the world.
Retired longtime arts educator and founder of Pentucket's fine and performing art program, Ellen Burke Hart shared with us her recent submission to Moore ArtShare, a digital collection of creative works from the Moore County community in Pinehurst, North Carolina. The exhibit documents how residents responded to this strange time we find ourselves in.
"Through the COVID experience, I have taken great comfort in my little gardens and planters. Gardening kept me connected to nature, and in a time when “normal” was no longer and each day held uncertainty, my little garden was a mantra of sorts. Nature knows what it needs to do and my little tomatoes grew from flower, to little green balls to tasty little additions to my salad. The garden provided distraction and comfort, so I decided to use various garden plants as subject in watercolor studies."
Join us in supporting the Arts!
Voices of West Newbury
A heartwarming public art film starring long time residents reflecting on local traditions and lore. This 30 minute documentary debuted at our "Past is Prologue" exhibit during the summer of 2019.
This past summer, the Pentucket Arts Foundation earned one of a coveted handful of creative partnership grants from the Essex County Community Foundation. ECCF in partnership with the Barr Foundation is funding 11 projects from Lynn to Newburyport as part of the Creative County Initiative (CCI) -- a groundbreaking collaboration designed to elevate the region’s arts and culture sector and support creative expression and the local creative economy.
For more information about the Creative County Initiative, visit www.eccf.org/creative-county and
EssexCountyCreates.org , a new online arts calendar and resource hub for
Essex County's creative sector.