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Welcome to the website of the Greater Haverhill Arts Association, the cornerstone of the area’s blossoming art scene. Since 1971 the GHAA has provided artists and enthusiasts with a sense of community as well as opportunities to share their art.


Our various artist members work in every medium: acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and printmaking. A number of them accept commissions for landscapes, still lifes, or portraits (people, pets, buildings).


One of the ways we support artists is to offer twice- monthly workshops for learners of all ages and skills. Another is to present painting demonstrations by esteemed professional artists. Both opportunities are open to the public.


Our mission is to promote art and artists and to keep art integral to our lives and accessible and affordable for all.

GHAA Annual Open Art Exhibit May 27-June 18 **PLEASE NOTE RECEPTION CHANGE!

on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:26am

The GHAA Annual Open Art Exhibit returns to the Buttonwoods Museum on May 27th!

All member and non-member fine artists in all fine art media are elgible to enter. Entry deadline is May 20th.

There will be a public reception on Saturday, June 4th 3-5pm with music provided by guitarist Kevin Johnson and awards will be given. This year there will be four awards: Best of Show $125, 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75, and 3rd Place $50; the juror is Lisa Esposito, Director of the Firehouse Gallery in Newburyport. More details and an entry form may be found

GHAA Art Festival 2016 - September 10

on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:44pm

The 2016 GHAA Art Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever!

Come join us in the Bradford Common for a lovely day of art (and musical accompaniment). If you are interested in exhibiting, you can download the forms and more information below. Hope to see you on September 10th!

GHAA May Newsletter

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:55pm

What is in the local art news for the merry month of May? .Be sure to find it all here! Check out the newest news from the GHAA by clicking the link below.


2016 Student Art Exhibit - May 1-15

on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 9:11pm

Our Annual Student Art Exhibit can be seen through May 15 at the Buttonwoods Museum. The awards were presented at the public reception on May 1. Middle school awards were given to Mackenzie Cronin, Tyler Langlois, Ciara McCarthy, Jessica Murphy, and Alexander Shirley; honorable mentions were given to Emily Gale, Gabriel Michaelman, Saisidharth Seyyadri, and Quinn Tierney. High school awards were given to Molly Balentine, Dimarnae Deveau, Chloe Hammond, Kate Keery, and Jayalakshmi Seyyadri; honorable mentions were given to Jessica Dickinson, Kate Keery, Effie Shilhan, and Samuel Shirley.

Jonathon Nix Demonstration - April 24

on Tue, 03/29/2016 - 3:17am

Artist Jonathan Nix and professional art model Thea Rowen gave us an excellent introduction to drawing the figure from life. The demo covered everything from lighting to posing, from gesture warm-ups to sustained poses, from materials to techniques. Jon works in the traditional style that has been the mainstay of figure drawing for 2500 years, but his approach is distinctly his own - from his regard for the unique model to his choice of charcoal and pastels for rendering. It was an inspiring session and a memorable afternoon.

March 20 - Jeff Ventola Pastel Landscape Demonstration

on Sat, 02/20/2016 - 10:36pm
On March 20, Jeff Ventola gave an inspiring demonstration of pastel landscape painting. We truly appreciate his sharing of his expertise and answering our many questions.
Jeff Ventola is an award-winning oil paint and pastel artist from Southern New Hampshire. He's only been painting since 2008, however he's been an artist his whole life. He enjoys subjects of all kinds particularly those that challenge. He especially loves sunsets and the beach, and works with those subjects as often as possible. 
His choice of medium depends on mood...If he wants to challenge himself, he works in oils

January "Paint-In" at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses!

on Mon, 01/18/2016 - 6:24pm

The GHAA and Nunan's Florist & Greenhouses on Route 97 in Georgetown hosted a "Paint-In" in the main greenhouse on Sunday, January 10, 17, and 24, and then an exhibit/sale on January 31. The Paint-In's were well-attended and the exhibit was a great success! We look forward to joining forces with Nunan's again next year.


Artist Demos at Buttonwoods Festival of Trees

on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 3:08am
Members of the GHAA once again shared their expertise in informal demos during the Festival of Trees.
On November 29 Andrea Holbrook and Rosanne Bartlett demonstrated their art. On December 6,  Debbie Shirley painted tomatoes, while on December 12 Susan Kneeland worked and on December 13 it was Joan Turner and Ann Jones sharing their talents.
Hope you had a chance to visit the Festival and see your colleagues at work!

The much-in-demand GHAA ArtisTree was on display at Buttonwoods Festival of Trees again during the holiday season. Many people vistied the Festival and bought lots of raffle tickets for the opportunity to win miniature artworks by dozens of GHAA artists adorning our specially decorated tree. Thanks to everyone who participated!

The GHAA exhibit at the Haverhill Public Library was a wonderful show - over forty works in a variety of mediums. The public reception on November 8 was a great success. Everyone was entertained by the vocals and guitar of Mason Kothman. The beautiful seasonal arrangement by our sponsor (Nunan's of Georgetown) was raffled as the door prize, and was taken home by a very happy Joan Turner. Annie Carriere and Nancy Varnum have helped with Hospitality since September - we thank them for their volunteering!