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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.

Teri Canelle Eramo Demonstration - September 25

on Sun, 08/21/2016 - 1:35am

The September demo will feature tonalist painter Teri Canelle sharing her approach to painting a landscape in oil.

An award-winning commercial artist by trade, Teri’s love of quiet light and deep shadows on the landscape drew her to oil painting in the captivating Tonalist method. She believes that with each painting she does, she expresses not just "an image", an image that relates to the viewer. Pastoral scenes and marshes call to her and are her favorite subject matter to paint.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she also studied with Master Tonalist painter Dennis Sheehan at the

August Newsletter

on Mon, 08/15/2016 - 12:37pm

The midsummer newsletter is here!

Get your "hot" art news from the GHAA in our August newsletter - link is below.



on Tue, 07/05/2016 - 11:58am
Our popular Saturday art workshops will not meet in July or August.  They will resume on September 24 (9 - 12) with artists Mark Hayden and Joan Rademacher as mentors and  Mimi Johnson as monitor.
Thank you for your support of this program. Happy summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall!!!

GHAA Art Festival 2016 - September 10

on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 12:44pm

There is still time to register!!

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 Exhibition at the Merrimac Public Library

on Wed, 06/15/2016 - 12:14pm

The GHAA Members Exhibit is at the Merrimac Public Library through August 21.
There will be a public reception from 2 - 4 PM on Sunday, August 21 (with art pick-up at 4 that day). We're excited to have an art show in this beautiful and spacious venue. A bonus is the accommodation of 3-D art work in locked glass cases in the main library. A hearty thank you to Barbara Blake, Marianne Dunsford, and Catherine Dullea for a wonderful display or our members' art!

Hope you can stop by and see this wonderful show of members' work.

Jason Polins Demo - June 26, 2016

on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:52am
Jason Polins' demo on June 26 was a memorable event. He developed an alla prima oil landscape on the Buttonwoods grounds, with a view to the Merrimack River. The attendees sat in the shade with cold drinks, cookies, and watermelon. A lovely breeze off the river made the sunny warm day enjoyable. It was interesting to watch Jason adjust colors and temperatures and shadows as the light changed over two hours.

In Memoriam

on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:04am
The GHAA mourns the passing of Dena Carbone on May 30 at the age of 103. She attended the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly and was an accomplished and well-known artist in oils, watercolors, and pastels. A longtime member of the Greater Haverhill Art Association, she initiated the GHAA art workshops in 1982 and served as the director until 2011. The workshops continue the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the First Church of Christ in Bradford, her lasting legacy in the GHAA.
(above portrait of Dena Carbone by Margery Jennings)

GHAA Annual Open Art Exhibit May 27-June 18

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

Our Annual Open Art Exhibit continues until June 18 at the Buttonwoods Museum.

The awards were presented at the public reception on June 4: Best of Show - Something Emerging by Nicole McLean, First Place -  Autumn Feast by Leo Lambert, Second Place -  (Maybe) Forever by Ann Jones, and Third Place -  Three's a Crowd by Rose Carney; Honorable Mentions were Old Trail at Mt Wachusett by Joan Breen, Untitled Portrait by Cindi Deimantas, The Grape Pickers by Ted Dzialo, Chalice by Elaine Insero, Retro Shapes by James McCarthy, Untitled by Nicole McLean, Everest by Jessica Murphy, and Winter's

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.