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Arts Fest 2014 Exhibition with Featured Artist Leighton O’Connor


Beverly, MA – The jurying is complete and the artists for this year’s Arts Fest Community Exhibition have been chosen.  Endicott College is proud to host Arts Fest 2014:  Community Art Exhibition, a true community collaboration.  A total of 47 artists who live in Beverly, go to school in Beverly, or are affiliated with a Beverly Arts Organization have their works on display all summer in celebration of Beverly Main Streets, Arts Fest Beverly.  Each year a call to artists goes out in March, and this year we were pleased with the many wonderful works submitted. Paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, collage and fashion, all make up this exciting exhibition highlighting Beverly’s creative residents with many of the works for sale. 

The Arts Fest Exhibition is located in the Grillo Gallery and Desnoyers Overlook at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly from now through Friday, August 15, 2014.  Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm and Friday, 9 am to 1 pm.  A reception will take place on Friday, June 13, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. to celebrate the exhibition and the official kick off of Arts Fest Beverly that will take place on Saturday June 15 on Cabot Street, Beverly.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

Each year an artist is chosen who exemplifies the spirit of Arts Fest, and this year we are pleased to announce that Beverly artist Leighton O’Connor is the Featured Arts Fest Artist.  Leighton will have a prominent spot at the Arts Fest Community Exhibition at Endicott, and be recognized at the reception on Friday, June 13, and his images have also been used for print and web promotion for the exhibition. The works chosen from the studio of Mr. O’Connor cover a range of years and subjects.  Leighton is well known for his beautiful nautical themed images of the North Shore and the surrounding areas, and for this exhibition, the viewer will also see works from his travels to Alaska, The America’s Cup, the Galapagos Islands, and Ecuador.  For the first time Beverly Main Streets will be selling a limited edition signed featured artist t-shirt. A white t-shirt with one of Leighton’s images will be for sale the night of the reception at Endicott on June 13, and at Arts Fest on Cabot Street on June 14th at the Beverly Main Streets Table, please stop by and check them out.

If you have any questions regarding Arts Fest 2014: Community Exhibition, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or Our website is: for further information on future exhibits and lectures opportunities.  Arts Fest Beverly:  Community Art Exhibition is in conjunction with Arts Fest Beverly, a free outdoor festival in downtown Beverly on Saturday, June 14, 2014 that is fun for the whole family!  The festival includes over 100 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids' activities, art-on-the-spot creations, great food and more! For more information on Arts Fest Beverly, please contact Gin Wallace, Executive Director of Beverly Main Streets,









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