Newburyport; An American Perspective

For Review;February, 2006

 

Newburyport: An American Perspective

Update; August 22, 2018
This original presentation was in 2006.

‘A Contemporary Concourse – Where the Old Meets the New’

 

Collectable Stamp Made in the U.S.A.

 

‘Newburyport: An American Perspective’ is an evolving, multi faceted contemporary art and social exhibit developed by local visionary artist Jon-William Brown. It is aimed at incorporating a photographic and literary retrospective depicting Newburyport’s historical role and significant contributions to the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. It is also intended as a progressive, socially conscious blueprint, designed to serve as a model in establishing a new modern day sustainable community paradigm based on fundamental personal, educational, trade, and community values that originally sculpted small town America. This multi-dimensional show consists of an Art and Photography Exhibit, Pictorial and Literary Compilations, Special Historical Slide Show by Ted Kyrios, and Speaking Presentations hosted by Jon-William (Group Dynamics and Fluid Management) on Personal Transformation and Health, Child and Adult Education, ‘Sustainable Business’ and ‘Corporate Transformation’, and featured discussions on ‘Cultural Creative’, Sustainable Community Development. This exhibit is currently being presented throughout Newburyport over the next two months, eventually collaborating with the Yankee City Theater Project, ‘Newburyport; 1956-2006; Searching for the Soul of the City’, for presentations on May 25-28th at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. .

 

Current Photography – Art Exhibit

March 11, 2006 – April 30, 2006

Stella’s of Middle Street

25 Middle Street, Newburyport, MA

Next Open Art ReceptionStella’s of Middle Street – Complimentary Desserts

Sunday April 9, 2006 – 2-4 PM

 

Slide Show/Speaker Presentations, Yankee City Theater Project

Firehouse Center for the Arts Auditorium – Saturday, May 27, 2006 4-7 PM

 

 

 

 

Newburyport: An American Perspective

‘A Contemporary Concourse – Where the Old Meets the New’

Contact: Jon-William Brown – Tel. 978-417-1987
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email: jon@spiritofnewburyport.com -Musical Presentation by Michael Whalen -“Forever Wild”, a ‘Celebration for the Preservation of America’.

Newburyport: An American Perspective is a multi faceted contemporary art and social exhibit developed by local visionary artist Jon-William Brown. It is aimed at incorporating a photographic and literary retrospective depicting Newburyport’s historical role and significant contributions to the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. It is also intended as a progressive, socially conscious blueprint, designed to serve as a model in establishing a new modern day community paradigm, integrating personal, educational, business, and social transformations and ‘Culturally Creative Sustainable Community Development’. This multi-dimensional show consists of an Art and Photography Exhibit, Pictorial and Literary Compilation from Newburyport Residents, Special Historical Newburyport Slide Show, and Speaking Presentations.

 

The exhibit began with Jon-William’s contemporary photographic Giclee series consisting of architectural, residential, and commercial settings of modern day Newburyport. He then introduce his latest collection of digitally restored photographs originally taken by local historian Theodore Kyrios, also of the same settings during the 1970’s restoration project. These images are printed as color, black and white, and sepia toned Giclee’s as well. A retrospect of a transformed community, bogged down by high unemployment and social distress, to the modern day ‘Mecca’ of business and cultural interaction that remains today. Jon-William , Theodore Kyrios, Alex Adrian and other associates of the Newburport project will be present at the next Open Art Reception on Sunday, April 9, 2006 at 2-4 PM at Stella’s of Midle Street to introduce this collective series of work and talk more about the history, techniques and applications behind this collection, as well as the collaboration on the Yankee City Theater Project in May.

 

‘Newburyport: An American Perspective ’ also seeks to serve as a social message and sounding board by incorporating a literal compilation of personal stories and editorials by Newburyport residents and their varied viewpoints submitted in e-mail, editorial and letter form. Jon-William plans to publish results of pictures, stories, interviews, and documentations of this exhibit in a book with the name of the exhibit. It is an attempt to embrace and preserve some of the town’s most cherished memoirs, greatest accomplishments and contributions to American values, as well as a perspective of the current state of the town and union. It is the artist’s way of bringing about a collective social message both positive and negative, with the intent to remember who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. It is also intended to confront some of the most current and pressing issues facing our country today such as personal disempowerment, rampant development and globalization, social unconsciousness, political and corporate corruption, corporate outsourcing, and continued degradation of civil liberties in exchange for security, that may all be contributing factors to the so-called ‘decline of American values’.

The multi-dimensionality of this exhibit began on ‘opening day’ with a Photographic Slide Show and Speaker Presentation segment at the Newburyport Libraryon Saturday afternoon, February 25, 2006. Here, Ted Kyrios, who is now a retired teacher of American History in Newburyport, continued his contributions to the show by offering a historical photographic slide show, taking the viewer on a journey through American History, highlighting some of Newburyport’s most significant contributions to historical and modern day society. The presentation continued by incorporating public speakers to present their seminar workshops aimed at integrating personal, educational, business, and sustainable community transformation. Jon-William hosted the presentation with a demonstration on group dynamics and fluid management. Local business ownerAmy Bacheller, of HEAVEN in Newburyport, spoke on Personal Transformation, and Health. Local educator Manny Muros of the ‘ Yoga Center of Newburyport ’, spoke on Child and Adult Education. Local speaker, musician, and seminar facilitator Alex Adrian on ‘Sustainable Business and Corporate Transformation’. The presentation concluded with a discussion on ‘Culturally Creative, Sustainable Community Development’ based on “models of human spirituality manifesting in eco-communities, merging the environmental, economic, and social elements of humanity into a sustainable community development”. The presentations will continue throughout the city over the months to come with specific dates and places to be announced shortly.”

Newburyport: An American Perspective ’ is a contemporary concourse designed to serve as a model for establishing a new modern day paradigm in personal and community development. It is an expression of the current state of the American Dream, a dream that the artist feels was once the pride and aspiration of all Americans and the envy of the rest of the world. It is a social call for a community movement, to once again answer the call as wayfarer’s, and lead a restoration of the American Dream through personal and community empowerment, at a time in which world events threaten to destroy the very fiber of the American way of life as we know it.

Come join us in a celebratory event of the enduring American spirit that can spark a social consciousness that has the potential to reek across our nation once again, ………………………………..like that of burning teas.

“Pause O Restless Passerby – Hear Ye The Lively Stir of Trade

Whilest Echoes Of Freedom’s Fury – Rise Above The Reek of Burning Tea

Mingling With The Brisk Breezes Off the Sea” – Market Square Monument

 

 

 

Please submit e-mail, editorials, poetry, and letters for the
‘Newburyport: An American Perspective’ publishing

to jon@spiritofnewburyport.com

John William Brown

42 Federal Street

Newburyport, Ma 01950

 

978-.417.1987

 

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Cushing Wharf Marina Village Proposal

For Review; May 5, 2008

Draft 050508
Preservation and Development Proposal
‘Cushing Wharf Marina Village’

Phase 1 – Historic Marine District

1. Establish an historical marine district consisting of the following properties;

a. 45, 49, 51, 55, 61, and 65 Water Street

b. Custom House

c. Lighthouses (Newburyport Front and Rear Range)

d. Coast Guard Station

e. Cushing Wharf (Newburyport Harbor Marina)

Phase 11 – Cushing Wharf Marina Village

2. Connect to main waterfront boardwalk linking all registered marine related historical landmarks from the Custom House to the Coast Guard Station, creating the Cushing Wharf Marina Village. The village would then feature paid public access with guided tours of;

A. Custom House Museum.

B. Clipper Ship (i.e. Coast Guard, Friendship, Mary L. Cushing replica) to be seasonally docked at a Cushing Wharf dedication.

C. Restored Range Lighthouses (including beacons), both Front and Rear.

D. Restored Counting House and Sail Lofts at 51 and 49 Water Street creating;

E. Cushing Wharf Museum, dedicated to the preservation and educational interactions of the Cushing Wharf Marina and its contribution to the Cushing House Museum and the Historical Society of Newbury.

Phase 111 – Marina Art and Anthropology District

3. Creation of a SELF SUSTAINABLE Art and Anthropology District within the Marina Village to serve as a co-creative, living, interactive, exhibitive and educational center, dedicated to the historic and present contributions of Newburyport and America.

I ______________________, of ________________________

Do hereby support the initial drafting of the ‘Cushing Wharf Marina Village’ proposal and call upon all private and public entities for further evaluation
and implementation. ____ (Check) Please send additional information and updates.

Name: _______________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________E-Mail___________________________

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Newburyport Artist Shanty Program

August 22, 2018

The Town Commons Featured Article
Newburyport Artist Shanty Program

Click Here
https://www.yumpu.com/en/embed/view/vpl3g7GFNOjcC1Dm

Additional Information

Initial Application for Grant

Creative County Initiative – Public Art or Creative Placemaking (use appropriate application portal)
Project Name*
Name of Project Character Limit: 100
Newburyport Arts and Culture Shanty Program

Project Description*
Describe your project concept.* Character Limit: 500
We will design and build several artist shanties to serve as affordable studio, gallery, and performance space for local artists and artisans. The shanty program will be an integral component of the Newburyport Cultural District’s summer program. It will start with a ͞community build͟ in which business partner, builder Ben Becker, leads community members in building 4-6 shanties of various sizes
and painted in vibrant colors. They will be placed on city-owned property near the waterfront.

Describe your project objectives. What need(s) of the arts & culture sector and the general community will be met?**Character Limit: 500
This will meet goals stated in our 2017 Master Plan: Goal CR-2 – Increase awareness of Newburyport as a destination for arts, tourism, and cultural affairs; and Goal CR-3 – Support a rich variety of cultural opportunities and activities for all groups and individuals in the City. The Shanty Program will help local
artists, artisans, and cultural organizations increase recognition and sales, and will increase visitors to Newburyport, thus increasing its reputation as a cultural destination. Describe the expected outcomes of your project. What change(s) do you expect will result from your project?** Character Limit: 500
The anticipated outcomes are: a positive cultural experience for those participating in the ͞community build͟ of the Shanties; increased recognition and sales for artists, artisans, and cultural organizations; increased number of visitors to the area; a creative way to use City-owned waterfront land; and an improved reputation as a cultural destination. Changes we expect will be a more attractive space; improved relations throughout the arts community and between the arts community and the City.
Project Partnership* Please identify your public artist, the lead applicant (501c3 status required), at least one municipal partner, and at least one business/corporate partner. Additional partners may be added if the project is invited to the full application process. All partners must demonstrate a meaningful connection to the project and its objectives. Character Limit: 200
Lead applicant: Firehouse Theater
Municipal partner: City of Newburyport
Business partner: Ben Becker, a local builder who will help get the program off the ground
Total Estimated Project Cost* There is no match requirement, but additional sources of funding are strongly encouraged. Please list any additional sources of funding that have been identified, committed, or secured. Character Limit: 50
CCI/ECCF Funding Request not to exceed $30,000. Character Limit: 10
CCI – $30,000

Artisan Revival Support Letter

2018 Inn Street Artisan Revival logo

June 22, 2018

Creative County Initiative – Public Art or Creative Placemaking

Carol Lavoie Schuster

Vice President for Grants & Services

Essex county Community foundation

175 Andover Street, Suite 101

Danvers, MA 01923

 

Re: Newburyport Arts and Culture Shanty Program

 

Dear Ms. Lavoie Schuster,

 

We are pleased to support Newburyport’s Arts and Culture Shanty Program and to serve as a community partner in this project. We believe the Shanties will improve the creative culture in Newburyport, enhance the waterfront area, and engage the entire community. They will provide affordable space for artists and artisans which is in short supply in Newburyport, and recognize the arts as a vital part of the local, co-creative, sustainable economy.

Due to our substantial experience in artisan management and cultivation, our role as a community partner will be to help with artisan outreach and marketing, as well as utilization of the Shanty Program itself. The Shanties bring to mind Newburyport’s history as a fishing/clamming/shipping community; yet at the same time celebrate a culture that is supportive of the local, small business that embraces the arts and serves as a vital component of a ‘Historic Cultural District”.

We are looking forward to being a part of this effort.

Sincerely,

John W. Brown

Artist/Owner

Spirit of Newburyport

42 Federal Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

Artisans Revival Coordinator

http://www.artisansrevival.org

 

Shanty Support Letter

2018 Inn Street Artisan Revival logo

August 6, 2018

 

The Honorable Donna D. Holaday, Mayor

60 Pleasant Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

 

John Moynihan, Executive Director

Firehouse Center of the Arts

One Market Square

Newburyport, MA 01950

 

Dear Mayor Holaday and John:

 

It was good news to me to learn that the Essex County Community Foundation has awarded a grant to Newburyport to launch an artist shanty program in the city. This will be an important addition to the cultural fabric of Newburyport and the region.

 

As a long time, established artist and businessperson in Newburyport, I am writing to offer my assistance and expertise, along with the Artisan’s Revival core team, in helping you execute this program. Together we have much experience in design, construction, operation, and implementation of such programs due to our extensive involvement with past projects, including Boston Winter last December.

You know that I enthusiastically endorsed the proposal through a letter of support and we stand ready to continue to help bring the project to a reality.

Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you.

Sincerely,

 

John W. Brown

Artist/Owner

Spirit of Newburyport

42 Federal Street

Newburyport, MA 01950

Artisans Revival Coordinator

http://www.artisansrevival.org

 

 

Reviving the Arts on Inn Street

Newburyport Daily News – August 1, 2018

Reviving the arts on Inn Street

Due to an overwhelming amount of work related to the Artisans Revival and the maintaining of my own business, I have not been able to post any updates regarding the progress of our shows.

 

For now I will simply continue to post the web sites involved and related news articles.

 

Artisans Revival – http://www.artisansrevival.org

Artisans Revival Facebook – www.facebook.com/artisansrevival

Newburyport Daily News – August 1, 2018

Reviving the arts on Inn Street

 

Portrait of an Artist

About John William Brown

I have been creating images ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. Right from the very beginning, I was always experimenting with mixed media that included pastels, watercolors, oils, graphic printing, photography, writing, music, etc. If there was an avenue for expression, I wanted to use it. One of my earliest frustrations as a fine artist was the inability for me to produce what my imagination could conjure up in a timely and economic manner. I wanted to create. I wanted to do it good. I wanted to do it quickly without sacrificing quality. Then I wanted to reproduce it. I never found solace in the belief that artist have to starve or find another way of making a living. To me, there had to be a way that an artist could produce himself effectively, be cost efficient, and do it successfully.

In order to do this I needed to find a way in which I could reproduce my prints without having to invest the hundreds of dollars it would cost to create master four color offset plates for each and every design. In 1976 I had already invested into a complete color darkroom with the help of a high school friend, and began experimenting with photography and hand painted photos. I then began using a process called  ‘xerography’ (color xerox copying the photos) and hand painting the surfaces with watercolor paints. Because of the powdered pigments used in this process, the watercolor paints would blend nicely on the surface of the paper.  I would then re-photograph the image onto a slide and reproduce the images in my darkroom using the ‘cibachrome’ process.

In 1978, after back-packing across America, I decided to apply to Massachusetts College of Art. Since I skipped my ‘portfolio’ high school preparation classes, I had no idea how to effectively submit a portfolio for college acceptance. Since I was into everything from film making to fine art printing, and had already developed a non-conformist style using innovative, yet non-traditional techniques, my portfolio was more like a suitcase, rather than your traditional one page, 12 slides of ‘still-life drawings’. Oh how drab. Needless to say I received my portfolio back unopened and rejected. I then set forth to develop and market my work on my own through any and every avenue available to me and have never stopped since. This image entitled ‘Harbor” (above left), was first created in 1978. A few years ago I re-scanned it and now reproduce it digitally, some thirty years after it was first created.

And yes. It was an image in the portfolio.

Due to an extensive early career as a photographic technician in Boston, Massachusetts during the 1980’s and 90’s, I witnessed the digital revolution transform the photographic industry. Then the field of fine art. As an artist by nature I saw the potential for incorporating the subtle ‘impressionistic’ quality of a watercolor painting with that of the detailed photographic image.  By using digital imaging programs, like that of photoshop, I was able to effectively achieve this vision. Contributing to this artistic approach with the new technology during this time was the development of the Iris  printer by Iris Graphics in 1987 in Bedford, Massachusetts. An early developer of the technology in the fine art field wasGraham Nash, of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young . The sale of his collection in 1990 by Sotheby’s became an important milestone in establishing the market for fine-art photography. Proceeds of the sale funded charitable causes and provide the means for Nash to co-found Nash Editions, a digital fine-arts printmaking firm that used some of the most advanced scanning and printing equipment in early days. The company continues to operate today. This fine art process is also known as the Giclee print.

In 1996 I purchased my first computer and began to learn everything I could about digital imaging and writing computer language. A year later I published my first virtual gallery web site, SunSpirit Gallery.Com and created several collections while perfecting the photo/digital/art technique utilizing the latest materials and printing applications. In 2002 I began to apply these techniques to the Newburyport Cityscape collection.

At the risk of redundancy, however vital, here is a paragraph from my latest manuscript;

“I remember my last artistic venture in Boston during the summer of 1996. I had spent months developing a specific printing interaction of the brand new digital applications first introduced to me by my brother. It was similar to that being developed by Graham Nash of Nash Editions, and his Boston apprentice, Singer Editions, on ‘D’ Street, incorporating the first usages of the ‘giclee or iris’ printing method for fine art. I had done some watercolor painting and this was the effect I was looking for. A method that was to eventually go on and revolutionize the fine art printing field.

I created one of the first complete lines of greeting cards done without 4 color offset plates, introduced via my first web site at the Bayside Expo Gift Show in 1996. People who were familiar with conventional printing methods marveled at the revolutionary process, not only because of the product itself, but the financial implications as well.

For the first time in history, an artist had the opportunity to create quality fine art reproductions from electronic files and produce limited edition prints at a fraction of conventional cost, as well as obtaining many other valuable attributes, ………including infinite creativity. I believe all of these elements have still yet to be fully embraced.

Now, some thirty years after the first experimentation’s, the technique of combining creative digital imaging, painting, and detailed photography, used in conjunction with this printing process that produces subtle variations due to the interaction of specially developed ink and fine art watercolor paper, is now what I refer to as ‘Digital Impressionism’. What is most important to me is not the media, techniques, or methods used,..but the VISION. Its the same vision that exists for me today with using a computer, as it did thirty years ago without it. But now its different. The digital revolution has changed the rules. The ability now exists for an artist to produce their own designs AND quality reproductions at a fraction of the cost used in conventional methods no matter what media is used. For me, technology is used for creative purposes. The computer is as unlimited as the imagination itself. Combined with the internet and web site development, an artist, for the first time in history, whether or not they are a painter, a writer, a musician or whatever, has the capability to produce themselves in all phases of production, including MARKETING. This is a very significant step towards dismissing the ‘starving artist’ mentality adopted by traditional society, and paving the way for any creative individual to empower themselves at making a living at what they do best. Create.

About the Studio

The Spirit of Newburyport collection  features the exclusive limited edition Newburyport print series and gift products . It seeks to capture the essence and spirit of this quaint historic seaport. The synthesis of New England cityscape charm and contemporary fine art digital applications makes this extensive unique collection one of the first of its kind. It is an integration of the old with cutting edge digital design and printing technologies.

Located on the North Shore, Newburyport was first settled in 1635 as part of “Newberry Plantation,” now Newbury. It would be set off and incorporated as a town in 1764, and then as a city in 1851. Situated near the mouth of theMerrimack River, it was once a whaling,shipbuilding and shipping center, with an industry in silverware manufacture. The seaport declined after President Thomas Jefferson’s Embargo of 1807 and the War of 1812 (although a port forprivateering during it), which helped preserve Newburyport’s charming early appearance.

Originally from the northshore of Massachuetts, John spent the best part of fifteen years developing a certain technique that fused digital photography with painting, digital imaging, and printmaking. His motto is, ‘I’m an artist by nature and a photographer print-maker by trade”. He produced and worked on several projects incorporating this technique before moving to Newburyport in April of 2002. He then spent three years applying the technique to his first extensive cityscape editions which became the ‘Spirit of Newburyport’ print collection in which he debuted at local art shows during the summer of 2005. He then had his first gallery showing at ‘Off The Wall‘ in October followed by an appearance at the Newburyport Harvest Festival. He did several more shows during the holidays including a local city tour in the winter of 2006, and a presentation at the Newburyport Library entitled ‘Newburyport; An American Perspective” on creative sustainable communities featuring ‘Market Square Transformation’, a co-creative project with local teacher historian Theodore Kyrios.

The Spirit of Newburyport opened its first signature gallery on April 29, 2006 at 49 water Street during Newburyport’s first ArtWalk of the season. In August, Mayor John Moak purchased one of Jon’s designs, ‘Market Square Summer’, to present to Senator Ted Kennedy at the Yankee Homecoming presentation as a ‘gift’ from the city. In June of 2007, Jon was commissioned by the Essex Street Inn for the decor of its new ten room inn and business conference room addition. The Inn also uses Jon’s depiction of the Essex Street Inn on its own web site. In September, Jon was commissioned by the director of the Malden YMCA for a rendition of its brand new multi-million dollar facility. On April 23rd, 2016, John will be celebrating ten years in business as the Spirit of Newburyport during the first Newburyport Artwalk of the 2016 season, as he did ten years ago in 2006.

In his early days in Newburyport, John was a volunteer coordinator with the Newburyport Artwalk and helped to create and  produce its first web site at www.newburyportartwalk.com. He continues to work within community organization projects and was a core founding member of Transition Newburyport in 2009. He continues to lobby his visions for the ‘Cushing Wharf Village Marina‘ as part of on going preservation efforts of Newburyport waterfront developments, as well as his Inn Street Artisan Market proposal. A collaborative piece with retired Newburyport history teacher Ted Kyrios ‘Market Square Transformation’, was recently donated (2007) to the ‘Newburyport Preservation Trust’ and used for raising funds for its organized preservation efforts.

John continues to try and find ways in which his work can support not only himself and his family, but other sustainable community projects. One such project is the latest event to Yankee Homecoming, The Inn Street Artisans Revival 2016.

This event is now celebrating its 3rd annual event at the time of this writing. John feels the most satisfaction out of his latest collaborative project, The Artisans Revival. http://www.artisansrevival.org

The capturing, time spent with his son, and return to Boston during the Boston Winter Show to Market his ‘Tall Ship 2017’ line was a highlight of his career.

Please stay tuned for further postings regarding this event and developing business plan, or please contact Jon-William @ 978-417-1987, or write jon@spiritofnewburyport.com

The Artisans Market

Major Elements of the Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden
Inn Street Artisan Market

OLD PROPOSAL: The heart of the artisan market would consist of a collaborative gallery/production studio in the sub level space of Inn Street. An expansion of city licenses could create a set of push-carts and kiosk for the artisan cooperative to display their products outdoors along the perimeter of the courtyard, creating a small scale outdoor market setting. The location and setting would serve as prime retail for the artisan and craft market to draw the best talent in the area and serve as a destination point for downtown Newburyport. The unique back entrances and windows of the State Street retail business would benefit and compliment the sub-level art galleries and courtyard market

 

NEW PROPOSAL: Updated 1.8.19 Newburyport Artisan Village {Market} core located in Byron’s Courtyard, consisting of tiny artisan studios. i.e. Tracy Square 12-1 thru Jan 13 in conjunction with a Parks Department Initiative where proceeds are regenerated into the restoration of re-bricking, tree beds, and garden projects in specified courtyards.

Merchant Community Garden

The Inn Street Artisan Market Proposal allows Newburyport the opportunity of designing and incorporating an Artisan Merchant Sponsored Community Garden by restoring its tree beds and expanding them into garden beds,  based on the principles of Permaculture. Rain barrels could also be incorporated into the tiny studio structures. This principle of gardening and greening could serve as a model for transforming a “brick and cement backdrop” (Palette) Inn Street into a garden like recreational/educational, and experiential area, designed to demonstrate the vital link between local sustainable ecology and local, co-creative arts based/culture economy.

 

Performing Arts Stage
The optional third component of the Artisan Market proposal includes a small-scaled ‘Inn Street Stage’ in the area that currently hosts performing art events during Yankee Homecoming festivities. This stage can be used to offer musical entertainment of local musicians, poetry recitals, readings, and theater performances on a co-ordinate schedule. The placement of the stage as well as the artisan pushcarts could be done in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce events during festivals and other organized events to include the market and contribute to entertainment and organizational venues.

Artisan Market

9-30-12 (Revised – 1-23-13)

Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden;

An idea whose time has come…

North Shore’s Art Throb (www.artthrob.com) publication employs diverse platforms, from traditional print to cutting-edge digital, in an effort to incubate a regional movement of sustainable communities invested in the arts, a local economy and cultural engagement.” – Art Throb Mission Statement

A sustainable creative economic movement that developed in SoWa Boston and Cambridge is now spreading to Salem and Beverly and the northshore. These projects beg the question; “It is time for these plans to be extended, enhanced and implemented into a Newburyport Artisan Market and community Garden within the proposed area of Inn Street? With the plans now being publicly revealed for the waterfront and frog pond, The Inn Street Market can be the next ‘jewel in the crown’ to be added.

Here’s the Vision…

Last August in its premier edition, ‘Art Throb’ magazine published an extensive interview with Salem’s Mayor, Kim Driscoll, that outlines the plans for an urban renewal and master art plan for downtown Salem, including the area of ‘Artist Row’ and the pedestrian walkway (similar to Inn Street). These plans have been in the works since 2010. Over $100,000.00 in grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (plus other

sources) has now been received for both Salem and Beverly (via Monserrat college of Art) for implementing such plans immediately.

The following are a collection of Internet links that are now being assembled for local dissemination in Newburyport to serve as a precedent to a foundation and blueprint to draft a formal proposal for the Inn Street Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden Project in Newburyport.

If you have any interest in this project please forward the information to pertinent sources or contact one of the listed sources for informational exchange or direct personal participation in one of the upcoming meetings and or presentations that are currently being planned regarding this project.

For full articles please click on the following links;

Art Throb’s August Publication;

MUST READ!!!

Salem Urban Renewal;

Project slated for 2013 completion including major art plan implementation to downtown and pedestrian walkway.

http://issuu.com/north_shore_art_throb/docs/39480_august/1?zoomed=&zoomPercent=&zoomX=&zoomY=&noteText=&noteX=&noteY=&viewMode=magazine

Salem News;

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1720494668/More-public-art-coming-to-Salem-thanks-to-grant

Montserart and Beverly receive funds for similar projects;

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1301511631/Beverly-Montserrat-chosen-for-75K-grant

http://www.salemnews.com/local/x1301511631/Beverly-Montserrat-chosen-for-75K-grant/print

http://www.montserrat.edu/blog/tag/grant/

Greater Newburyport receives $20K in Cultural Council grants

http://www.wickedlocal.com/newburyport/newsnow/x346785403/Greater-Newburyport-receives-20K-in-Cultural-Council-grants#axzz2AXyiW9mQ

Major Elements of the Artisan Market and Merchant Community Garden

The outline consists of three main elements evolving around a pushcart artisan market, a merchant community garden, and a performing art stage, with the main components dispersed around the Inn Street Courtyard. (The proposed vision would be similar to a cross between a small scale Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston and a Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls.)

 

Please see pictures of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts here;

http://littlebangtheory.wordpress.com/2007/09/23/a-bridge/

Inn Street Artisan Market

The heart of the artisan market would consist of a set of push-carts for artisans and crafts vendors available to the local region by expanding the current limit of three reserved licenses to eight or more creating a small scale outdoor market setting. (This could be expanded on an experimental basis). This would allow five additional pushcarts to be strategically placed within the confines of the proposed Inn Street pedestrian courtyard (Very similar to artist row of Salem and part of the master art plan for the Salem urban renewal project). The carts can all be designed to establish continuity that would best represent the ambiance and character of the environment. The licensing fees could be increased to serve as a major financial windfall to the city and maintenance upgrade to the area. The location and setting would serve as prime retail for the artisan and craft market to draw the best talent in the area and serve as a destination point for downtown Newburyport.

The logistics of how such a market could be conducted can be evaluated once the vision and plan is accepted for study and implementation.

Incorporation of surrounding retail outlets ‘TO the market’ would be an important contribution and element ‘OF the market’. Because of the unique layout and structure of the back exits of State Street Retail, these establishments could utilize the now UNDERUTILIZED and POSTER COVERED back entrances AND WINDOWS that empty out on the Inn Street courtyard. By granting licenses for the retail stores to set up tables and tents on the back entrances would enhance not only their exposure and sales but to the festive environment of the market to serve hand in hand. Bottom level Inn Street Courtyard business’ would also serve, compliment, and benefit from the expanded licenses and market courtyard. Local alleyways connecting Inn Street and State Street can also be presentational and artistically enhanced to serve as major pedestrian walkways connecting State and Inn Streets.

Merchant Community Garden

The Inn Street Artisan Market Proposal allows Newburyport the opportunity to not only incorporate the pedestrian walkway master art plans and design implementations that other cities have developed, but to enhance the movement one step further, by designing and incorporating a Merchant Sponsored Community Garden based on the principles of Permaculture. This principle of gardening and greening of Inn Street will serve perfectly as a palette and backdrop for such alternative landscape designs that are created and designed to be implemented into small-scale urban areas. By taking advantage of the layout, the area can be transformed into a garden like recreational area, designed to provide additional benches for sitting, creating a relaxed atmosphere within the market area itself.

Avoiding major re-construction cost, increasing a financial contribution, enhancing the area to better serve as a recreational space, implementing, and demonstrating the vital link between local sustainable ecology and economy, this vision of the Inn Street Artisan market has an opportunity to serve, expand and demonstrate as an alternative educational model for future movements to other urban city settings dedicated to a regional movement of sustainable communities invested in the arts, a local economy and cultural engagement .

What is a Perma-Garden?

Permaculture is revolution disguised as organic gardening.”- Graham Bell, from Permaculture – A Beginner’s Guide

“Permaculture is not organic gardening, and I am not a gardener. What I am is a permaculture practitioner who uses organic gardening, and many other tools, to design systems that work to water, feed, warm, house, and provide community, not to mention: make a garden.”

So if permaculture isn’t just gardening, then what is it?

Permaculture is not the rain that falls, nor the roof that collects it or the catchment systems that stores it. Permaculture design is the relationship between these things. Permaculture is the match maker, creating passionate love affairs between rain and plants, humans and animals, and ultimately achieving systems that produce enough natural resources to provide for their own maintenance and reproduction.

 

 

Vital Link between Ecology and Economics

Ecological And Economic Reality — The Relationship Between Ecology And Economicshttp://www.countercurrents.org/clugston230811.htm

Sustainable Economics

http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/edumat/sustecon/lessons/lesson1.html

 

Performing Arts Stage

The third component of the Artisan Market proposal includes a small-scaled ‘Inn Street Stage’ in the area that currently hosts performing art events during Yankee Homecoming festivities. This stage can be used to offer musical entertainment of local musicians, poetry recitals, readings, and theater performances on a co-ordinate schedule. The placement of the stage as well as the artisan pushcarts could be done in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce events during festivals and other organized events to include the market and contribute to entertainment and organizational venues.

 

Exhibits and Presentations for the Inn Street Artisan Market;

By Jon-William Brown, proprietor and operator of the Inn Street Kiosk for the Spirit of Newburyport.

Public presentations of the Inn Street Market and Merchant Community Garden proposal and diorama (scaled 3-d Model) depicting the Inn Street ‘Burning Tea’ Artisans Market and Garden concept in Newburyport are currently being planned for the Newburyport Public Library.

 

 

Proposal Notes to be expanded on;

Inn Street (‘Burning Tea’ (Historical reference to the ‘reek of the burning teas’ in Market Square) Artisan Market and Perma Gardens)

* Utilization of Catwalk and Brick area for perma-cultured based flower, herb, medicinal and edible gardens, sponsored by local community and merchant participation.

* Creating and demonstrating VITAL ecological and economic community oriented re-vitalization and destination point for downtown Newburyport.

For more information please contact;

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ” Henry David Thoreau

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*Inn Street Artisan Market
and Merchant Community Garden Proposal

Below is a video of a 64th scale diorama model
created by Joe Cmar as a ‘Thanksgiving Gift’
for the Spirit of Newburyport.
Model is being used to depict and envision
an Inn Street Artisan Market
and Merchant Community Garden.

Press Release; ISAR Memorial Day

 

For Immediate Release;                                                       John Brown; Artisans Revival

May 13, 2018                                                                            978-417-1987

johnbrown@artisansrevival.org

 

Inn Street Artisans Revival Memorial Day Spring Fest Art Show May26th, 2018

Approved by a unanimous city council vote and stepping out beyond the shadows of Yankee Homecoming, the Inn Street Artisans Revival will kick off its 2018 ‘independent season’ with a special ‘one day’ Memorial Day Spring Fest on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. An expanded schedule for several more shows will run through the remainder of the year.

The Artisans Revival Memorial Day show will feature over ten local talented artisans that will exhibit their wares from metal smiths to watercolor paintings and photographs. The season’s premier will open with return favorites Steve Perlmutter, Ryan Lonergan of Third Shift Fabrications, Amy Sciuto of ‘Amy’s Creations’, Plum Islander artist and co-chair of the Inn Street Artisans Revival, Sandra Turner, and the Artisans Revival founder John Brown of the Spirit of Newburyport.

The shows will also feature newcomers to the revival such as John Davis of Vermont Rocks, Kym O’Brien ‘Hidden Hearts’ hypetufa’s, and the Sea Glass Jewelry of Renee Vartabedian. Watercolorist David Ten-Ecyk will make a special presentation, along with Seaside Design’s Dave Valle.

The Inn Street Artisans Revival Memorial Day show will be the first of seven shows in an expanded 2018 schedule, including the next ‘Inn Street Artwalk’ on June 23rd and 24th.

The Inn Street Artisans will return to their roots to celebrate their special nine day extravaganza show during the 3rd annual Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival, which by the way, has incorporated the one day Market Square Craft day on Tuesday July 30th, 2018 under their umbrella of creative supervision.

In 2013, Newburyport became the nineteenth community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to receive a ‘Cultural District’ designation. It is the Artisans Revival mission to raise awareness of the invaluable contributions to a co-creative city economy by utilizing local artisan small business.

You can get more information and see all the latest Artisans and show dates at the new Artisans Revival website at www.artisansrevival.org

Artisans Revival – A Plea for Art

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” 
~ Francis of Assisi



Dear Friends of the Artisans Revival,



We are making a difference. Things are changing. Can you see it? Can you feel it? I know I can. The past couple years I have been slowly seeing the change. Subtly at first, but increasing in its vibrancy. From the walkway of Inn Street to the Arts Association, people are gravitating to the message.
But we are not there,….yet. There needs to be a real ‘revival of the arts’ in Newburyport.
It has come to the attention of those that are most responsible for this to happen, that ever since Newburyport became the latest designated ‘Massachusetts Cultural and Historic District’,..that something was amiss. Something didn’t seem quite right.
 
The Arts in Newburyport have been in decline.
 
There are those that may disagree with that statement. You may not have seen this as much over at the Firehouse. Maybe you have. You may not have seen this as much over at the NAA. Maybe you have. But I can tell you this. There was a time in Newburyport that the ‘art’s didn’t just flourish in two or three places. Art was the fundamental basis of its Culture.
 
Whether you were a painter of oils, watercolor, whatever….there were many. If you were a photographer it didn’t matter. If you wrote, played music, sang, it didn’t matter. It was plentiful. From Middle Street Cafe to Inn Street, there were galleries galore. Art was the fundamental driving force of what made Newburyport what it was. What it is.
 
I had a conversation the other day with a business owner in Newburyport. We talked about how a business will open, spend a couple years, four or five at most, then gone. This is how it works now. He told me this is what is now the ‘norm’, what is expected. They will come in, invest, make their money and before they lose it all, move on. They cannot sustain due to many elements including the business model, high rents, profitability, etc etc.  The norm now is make your cash while you can, then get out.
 
My questions are, what kind of business model is this for Newburyport? What does this do for Newburyport’s sustainability? Is it even sustainable in the first place? Is there any other interest amongst business owners other than making a quick buck then moving on? Where is the long term interest in the city, its history and culture? What is the city actually doing to incorporate into its business model the latest designation of historic and cultural ‘district’?
 
Im sure there are some that care. I’m sure there are some that see the need for something more than a restaurant or another womens boutique. There’s nothing wrong with restaurants, or womens boutiques. My question is, how many can you have in such a small centralized location?
 
We got to talking about other avenues for sustainability in Newburyport. Ways to build off of what Newburyport was, and what it needs to get back to its roots. We talked about where he lives in Boston and how he visits Sowa. How it serves him and his wife for most the art and trinkets they purchase for themselves. For those that are not familiar with Sowa. Check it out. (www.sowaboston.com) This is what you will read in big letters if you click on the link.
 
BUILT ON THE MISSION TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES, ARTISTS, AND ENTREPRENEURS



The SoWa Art + Design District is a vibrant community of artist studios, contemporary art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiquesdesign showrooms, and restaurants unified by a passion for creating and curating exceptional artworks, products and experiences. Once known as a region of neglected warehouses in Boston’s South End, the SoWa Art + Design District has experienced a dramatic renaissance, blossoming into a world-renowned arts, retail, and lifestyle destination. Developed to support and preserve Boston’s talented artists and entrepreneurs, SoWa connects visitors with a dynamic group of makers and thinkers, and offers a platform to showcase their work at now-famous events such as the SoWa Open MarketSoWa First Fridays and the SoWa Art Walk. 



For years now other cities like Salem and Beverly have been leading the way in designing their Master City Plans around the arts. While Newburyport, and those that now dictate who comes and goes, has been terminating small business owners leases and pricing them out of the market to make way for the more ‘upscaled commercial chains’. Now, even those commercial chains cant make it more than a couple years because business is just not there anymore. Look up Newburyports Master Plan and let me know if you see anything in it that remotely relates to developement of the ‘arts’. I try talking to people and just like my experiences of late dealing with the licensing commissions and the likes it almost as if I am speaking a foreign language. Art they say? As if its a four letter word. Yes,…ART. There was some talk about turning the Brown school into a loft for living artist and studios. That lasted how long? Even though I knew at the time it was just throwing a bone to the wolves because it by no means was a sufficient enough space for doing what it may have envisioned at one time for artist.



I remember when I first brought up the idea for replacing the corporate sponsors of Yankee Homecoming on Inn Street with artisans. Even though they had no choice but let me give it a try, they really thought it was going to fall on its face and not even come close to pulling what the commercial and corporate sponsors did. Some people still cant believe we booted McDonalds out of town or even understand why.



We may not yet have topped out on what they brought in, but let me tell you something. Sometimes…money is not everything. When you can bring more business, more enjoyment, restore intent and vision to what it was suppose to be……then sometimes you just have to give something a chance to be successful and sometimes you have to measure that success in ways beyond the all mighty dollar.



This is what the Artisans Revival is doing for Newburyport. This is what Salem and Beverly is doing for their cities. Just this past month Mayor Holaday was a guest at the Creative County Initiative Arts and Culture Summit at Monteserat College, sponsored by the Essex County Creative organization. (www.essexcountycreates.org). While the Chamber of Commerce and New England Developement have been levying their complaints against me and my art cart on Inn Street these are the types of things these cities have been doing for their communities and I have been touting here in Newburyport for years now. If you were to read far enough into my year round proposal for an artisan market on Inn Street,(http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html) you would see that I have been touting these movements by the likes of Mayor Karen Driscoll of Salem for years now, at very least since 2012,…but even long before then.



Enough. Its time to bring these initiatives to Newburyport. This city used to be the wayfarers of such initiatives. Now this city acts more like the deterent of such. Why? Because of whom? There IS Movement. Isee it. I see it in people like Paul Swindlejurst and Elena Bachrach with their work in The Newburyport Arts Association. I see it in the work being done by gallery owners Paula Esty and Studio Eight. But,..the working artist of Newburyport go much deeper than just the Firehouse and Art Association. You will find many of them down on Inn Street this summer because we have pushed back. We stood up and held our ground and drew a line in the brick. We said this is where it ends and begins anew…again, for ALL.



This just isnt about crafts. Its not just about the metal smiths or the leather makers. Its not just about the photographers or the painters or even just the musicians.



Its about Artist. Its about Newburyport.



Monday night at this months City Council meeting I have submitted a formal request and special event application for expanded Artisan Revival shows on Inn Street. My co-chair Sandra Turner of PlumIslander Art and myself will be their to lend our public input prior to the meeting. If you have a burning desire to speak your mind regarding the ‘state of the arts’ in Newburyport, this would be an ideal time to do so. We are NOT there to be negative or to speak out on what the city of Newburyport has NOT done for the arts lately. We are there to be a positive force in what more can be done for the state of the arts in Newburyport. We are not there to complain. We are there to offer solutions.



When I made my submittal for the first independent art show to be done on Inn Street outside of Yankee Homecoming in years last September, I remember City Council member Robert Cronin stand up and ask,..but, what about the brick and mortar business’? With all due respect to the question, allow me to answer that.



Last Spring a petition was brought forward to City Council led by retail owner on Inn Street, the Elephants Trunk, Claudia Harris to ban festivals from downtown and move them elsewhere. By the time we were done demonstrating how the city needs to bring the ART back into festivals and what a little bit of management could do,…Claudia Harris was writing me a letter of recommendation for more art shows on Inn Street. Not only that but one of the most heart warming experiences I have encountered so far with the Artisans Revival was seeing the community collaboration between the people of the Save the Pink House set up next to the Elephant Trunk, while Claudia promoted her new line of dresses and ties incorporating the artwork of local artist Rod Emmerling during last years Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival.



Jack Frost was smiling down from the heavens. This my friends, is what it is all about.



If you can be at city hall on Monday night, be there. You dont need to speak. Just raise your hand in support if I have a chance to ask if anyone else is here in support of the expanded Artisans Revival shows on Inn Street. Better that way actually instead of taking up more of the city councils time then necessary. Better yet, you dont even have to be there. Just send me a short email in support and I will be happy to print it out and take with me as demonstrations of voices beyond the city hall council chambers.



This is a plea for Art to be incorporated into the Master City Plan for the City of Newburyport, the lastest city to be designated as a historic and cultural district in the State of Massachusetts.



Lets help make us worthy of it.



 

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Artist/Owner
Spirit of Newburyport
42 Federal Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-417-1987
www.spiritofnewburyport.com

Artisans Revival Coordinator

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival
http://yankeehomecoming.com/event/inn-street-artisans-revival/

Inn Street Artisans Revival – Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/InnStreetArtisansRevival/
Spirit of Newburyport Blog – Revival Updates
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/
Merchants, Business Leaders High on Yankee Homecoming
Newburyport Daily News;Dyke Hendrickson Staff Writer Aug 8, 2017
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/merchants-business-leaders-high-on-yankee-homecoming/article_c466770e-7bef-11e7-a615-433ce3bda4bf.html
Artisans Bring Lively Revival to Inn Street
By Jim Sullivan Staff writer Aug 1, 2017
As I See It: Jack Garvey – ‘No No Nantucket’
Newburyport Daily News Editorial 2017;
As I See It: Jack Garvey – ‘No No Nantucket’
A Call to Inn Street Artists
Worth The Price of Admission
Home Grown Festival; Newburyport Daily News Aug 2016 
Yankee Homecoming 2016 Chairman Plans New Events
Newburyport Daily News – July 2016
Artisan Revival Library Presentation 2016
Inn Street Blues; McDonalds Effect of Corporate Sponsorship
Tribute to Jack Frost; 2013 Yankee Homecoming Yearbook
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/01/Proposed Inn Street Artisans Market
http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html
Peddle Meddling 2010; Newburyport Current
Prolific Artist Has More In Store
Newburyport Current; March 3, 2006
http://newburyport.wickedlocal.com/x902748313
Newburyport; An American Perspective 2006
A Contemporary Art Exhibit – Where the Old Meets the New
http://sunspiritgallery.com/NAP_PressRelease1.htm
Reflections on Ten Years of the Spirit of Newburyport #1
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/reflections-on-ten-years/Reflections on Ten Years of the Spirit of Newburyport #2
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/reflections-on-ten-years-part-2/

Artisans Revival 2018 – Update #3

Dear Friends of the Artisans Revival,

You are receiving this update because you are planning on participating, have participated, or shared an interest in the Artisan Revival events. If you would no longer like to receive these updates, please reply with REMOVE in the subject line. Thank you.

This update is a little overdue. I appreciate your patience and I apologize for the delay. There is a lot to process. We are taking on a lot, and I have a lot to share with you. By the way things are going, this year will bring an established artisans force to this city that has not been seen for quite some time. This could not happen without all your support.

This update is going out to a lot more people than just a month ago. We are growing exponentially. This update will bring a lot of clarity to what we are doing and where we are at. If anyone has any questions after this update, please feel free to contact either Sandra or I directly. If I haven’t made it clear, please be aware that Sandra Turner of PlumIslander Art and Design is now officially the co-chair of the Yankee Homecoming Artisans Revival shows that now coordinate both the Market Square Craft Day AND the nine day Inn Street Artisans Revival marathon show. Her support and contributions have been invaluable to not only the Yankee Homecoming shows but to the expanded Inn Street Artisans Revival 2018 scheduling. We are also on the lookout for a couple additional volunteers this year to help out with non profit and agriculture participation in this years show. On behalf of all the artisans,….Thank You Sandra!

Here are the main topics that I will be covering in this update:

* Clarifications

* Transient Vendor’s License (TVL) of Newburyport

* New Applications for all Artisan Revival 2018 shows

* Inn Street Artisans Revival 2018 schedule.

* Yankee Homecoming Market Square Craft Day AND

   the nine day Inn Street Artisans Revival marathon. 

* Artisans Revival Chalet Holiday Show in November/December

* Non-Profit 501C3 for an Artisans Market and Management Company.

O.k. First;

* Specific Clarifications

Before I get into any new developments for 2018, please allow me to clarify a couple specifics that I have seen developing since the last update.

  1. Regarding my entries on the TVL’s, or Transient Vendor’s License. This license is needed for doing business outside in Newburyport (specifically Inn Street) daily in the city of Newburyport. …but has NOTHING to do with the Artisans Revival shows. In short, NO,..you do not need to have a TVL in order to do an art show with the Artisans Revival. I will get into this more when I get into updating the current status of the TVL process in this update.
  1. When making out donation checks for the shows, please be aware of the specifics that are outlined in the new applications for ALL shows. When dealing with Yankee Homecoming shows (Market Square Craft Day and the nine day Inn Street Artisans Revival marathon) make your checkspayable to Yankee Homecoming. When you are making a donation check for any of the expanded Inn Street Artisans Shows OUTSIDE of Yankee Homecoming,those checks are made payable to John Brown. In the near future, this will too will change once the non-profit is set up. In the meantime, I am personally overseeing any of the costs (Insurance, web site, detail, etc) involved. For now, please follow the directions as they are outlined in all specific applications.

If you have not recieved the new 2018 Applications for both the Yankee Homecoming shows and the expanded Inn Street Artisans Revival shows, please contact me directly.

If you have already sent in your application for any show, you will be contacted directly shortly. Deposits and follow ups will be made asap. Please be patient as we get adjusted.

  1. The first show on April 21, 22nd, of the expanded Inn Street Artisans Revival schedule, has now been canceled. The weather, application timing, permitting, and general interest for this show has all played a factor in postpoing the first show of the season. The general consesus is that the launch of the Artisan Revival 2018 will be the Spring Fest on Saturday, May 26th. More on this below regarding the expanded Inn Street Artisans Revival 2018.

O.k. Next;

* Transient Vendor’s License (TVL) of Newburyport

Even though the TVL has nothing to do with the artisan shows on Inn Street or throughout Yankee Homecoming and has caused a little confusion, by the time all the dust settles you will understand better the method behind my madness and why I have pushed and included the TVL process with these Artisans Revival updates. A short recap for newcomers. Last year, the TVL city ordinace was being re-written in order to limit any and all local participation of small business (due to complaints regarding my cart operation and Metsys by New England Developement) The last thing they want to see is a bunch of local business ‘artisans’ on Inn Street. Last year we demonstrated that their are a few of us that disagree and have different intentions for Inn Street. In so doing, instead of ridding us like they have for the majority of mom and pop local business’, we got the current TVL’s in the city ordinance to add TWO ARTISAN DESIGNATIONS. That means that no matter what or who, Newburyport will reserve two of the four available TVL for the Downtown Overlay District, (Specifcally Inn Street) for TWO ARTISANS. At least until someone comes along and thinks they can just rewrite the laws again.

This developement of adding an artisan designation for TVL’s is a big deal. And as time goes on I will explain more, so that this becomes clear for all to see and fully understand. After nine years of being granted a TVL for Inn Street, I can now see where a lot of misunderstanding and lack of progress comes from.

So with that said, I am pleased as punch to announce that BOTH artisan Designated TVLs for the city of Newburyport have been filled for the 2018 season. After eight long years, I will not be the only artisan on Inn Street. I find it amazing that it has taken this much time for another artisan to be granted a license and an opportunity granted for another to sell their work on the streets of downtown Newburyport.

And this is only the beginning.

As mentioned, there are four TVL available for Inn Street. Two for artisans and two for food. All indications is that one of the final four is being applied for, and most likely granted, at next months licensing commision meeting. In short, it looks like three of the four TVL’s are being secured for the 2018. That means there is still one licesne available for the daily commercial operations on Inn Street for 2018. This does NOT mean that the third license can not be granted for an artisan. The idea at this point would be to solidify space between the artisans, food vendor, and accompanying musician from time to time, until more TVL’s are granted.

To me,…THIS is the core of the eventual, permanent, year round Artisans Market that WILL BE in Newburyport when we are finished.  It started with one. There are now two. There will be more.

If you have any interest in being granted a 2018 TVL for the city of Newburyport, please contact me directly, or see my last update.

Next;

* New Applications of all Artisan Revival 2018 shows

New applications have been completed for all the Artisans Revival 2018 shows. You can obtain these applications if you havent already by contacting Sandra @ Plumislanderart@gmail.com or myself @ jon@spiritofnewburyport.com directly. These applications will eventually be available via download at our new website at www.artisansrevial.org, the Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival event page; http://yankeehomecoming.com/event/inn-street-artisans-revival/, or via our facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/ArtisansRevival/

In the meantime I would like to take this opportunity to announce the new Artisans Revival domain web site;

www.artisansrevival.org This web address will host the future home of the Artisans Revival 2018. I will have more information on all this in future updates.

* Notice that we will be offering non prime, as well as smaller table only, spaces at reduced rates. I would also like to make notice at this time that as long as there is an open space at ANY Inn Street Artisans Revival expanded show, NO ARTISAN will be turned away due to financial hardship. If you are an artisan that is just starting out, or having financial difficulty, contact me directly and we may be able to work out an agreement that will enable you to have an opportunity to test market and exhibit your wares, and or exchange volunteer service, in exchange for exhibit space during any show that has not been sold out.

* Inn Street Artisans Revival 2018 schedule.

The initial Inn Street Artisans Revival show that was originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday April 21-22nd to coincide with the first Artwalk of the 2018 season has now been canceled.

There just hasnt been any consistent weather pattern to allow this type of show outside on Inn Street during this time of year.

I have now gained all signatures required on the special event application and will be submitting it back to the city clerk next week. I am also collecting letters of recommendation from local Inn Street retailors to include in this special event application. We are targeting the April 30th Newburyport City Council meeting for permit approval.

I would like to thank all those that have come forward, booked shows, and contributed donations in order for this special event application and expanded show schedule to take effect. Without your participation, financial support, and cooperation, this venture would not be possible.

I have one more thing to ask of you. If you can, please show up at 7:15 at the Newburyport City Hall council meeting on the evening of April 30th, 2018. There you can register for public comment and show your support for the expanded Inn Street Artisan Show schedule and approval for our special event application. All you need to do is sign your name on the clipboard, and when your name is called, stand up to the mic and state your name and address, then share your support for the Inn Street Artisan Special event application. Thats it. If you want to say more you can. This will go a long way in guaranteeing this event to take place.

In the meantime, I will be notifying specific members of the city council and licensing commission that have backed the Inn Street Artisans and will be asking for sponsorship. City councilman Gregory Earls showed up at the TVL meeting in support of the second TVL artisan designated application this past month, and personally shared his support to me for this event.

The first show of the Inn Street Artisans 2018 expanded schedule is now Saturday, May 26th. Remember, the reason that this show has been scheduled on this particular Saturday is because the Spring Festival that is run by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce is on Sunday and Monday May 27th and 28th. If you book this potential ‘third day’, its possible that you may be able to retain the same space on Inn Street (If you so desire) during the two day Chamber of Commerce Spring Festival. Even if you have to move, its still an opportunity for three days of retail during this Memorial Day weekend. Chances are, if we make a strong enough showing,..no one is moving anywhere for three days.

The Inn Street Artisans Revival will then continue on with its original intention on doing its next show simultaneously with the Newburyport Artwalk in June. There are still plenty of spaces available for all shows.

If all goes accordingly this year during the artwalk artisans shows, we will then sit down with the organizors of the Newburyport Gallery Artwalk and see if there is an option of being incorporated into the Artwalk map and brochure for 2019. I have already spoken briefly to Elena Bachrach of the Newburyport Art Association, who is organizing the artwalk this year.

This is the proposed, completed expanded Inn Street Artisan Revival show schedule for 2018 that will be posted on the web site in time;

  1. Artisans Revival Spring Fest

Saturday May 26th, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Artwalk Weekend

Saturday and Sunday

June 3, 4th 2018

 

  1. Artisans Fourth of July Show

Saturday and Sunday

June 30, and July 1st, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Artwalk Weekend

Saturday and SundayAugust 18th and August 19th, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Labor Day Show

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Harvest Fest

Saturday October 6th, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Artwalk Weekend

Saturday and Sunday

November 3rd and 4th, 2018

Next;

* Yankee Homecoming Market Square Craft Day AND

   the nine day Inn Street Artisans Revival marathon. 

As announced in my last update, the Artisans Revival is now coordinating the Yankee Homecoming Market Square Craft day as well as the 3rd annual, nine day Inn Street Artisans Revival marathon. We have had a great response on this and looking forward to including some of the finest crafters in the area that have been doing this show for years, as well as attracting even more local, high quality, crafters that are interested in doing these shows. Again, if you are interested in doing these shows please contact Sandra or myself for an application.

There are still plenty of good spaces available for both Yankee Homecoming shows. If you have already sent in your application, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED. I will be following this update up with direct notifications and verifications of all applications recieved, shortly.

As usual, there are some planning and dealing behind the scenes as always and I may have some future announcements regarding these shows down the road. Stay tuned. Again, many good spaces still available for both Yankee Homecoming shows.

* Artisans Revival Chalet Holiday Show in November/December

We are still moving forward with this intention. As a matter of fact, upon being granted my ninth TVL for 2018 by the licensing comittee, I submitted plans for a transportable “mini chalet” that meets the newburyport TVL guidlines in order to replace my aging ‘Art Cart” on Inn Street. I need to return to the May meeting. If accepted, my goal would be to role out the first proto type this August during Yankee Homecoming Inn Street artisans Revival.

* Non-Profit 501C (3) for an Artisans Market and Management Company.

Plans, interest, and personel are still be gathered. Anyone who has requested additional information on both these intentions are being placed on a specific mailing lsit and will be contacted when the time comes.

Thats it for now.

Ive included a few new ‘reference links’ below. For anyone new to these updates and the Artisans Revival, you may find additional information below, or see all posted past posted updates since 2016 on the Spirit of Newburyport Blog link below. Notifications will be made once new information is uploaded to the new Artisans Revival web site.

Again, if I’ve forgotten anythng or if anyone needs aditional information, please dont hesitate to call or write.

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Artist/Owner
Spirit of Newburyport
42 Federal Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-417-1987
www.spiritofnewburyport.com

Artisans Revival Coordinator

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival
http://yankeehomecoming.com/event/inn-street-artisans-revival/

Inn Street Artisans Revival – Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/InnStreetArtisansRevival/

Spirit of Newburyport Blog – Revival Updates
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/

Merchants, Business Leaders High on Yankee Homecoming
Newburyport Daily News;Dyke Hendrickson Staff Writer Aug 8, 2017
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/merchants-business-leaders-high-on-yankee-homecoming/article_c466770e-7bef-11e7-a615-433ce3bda4bf.html

Artisans Bring Lively Revival to Inn Street
By Jim Sullivan Staff writer Aug 1, 2017

http://www.eagletribune.com/news/artisans-bring-lively-revival-to-inn-street/article_cece0325-c4c4-541c-9f1d-f0dcacf715f9.html

As I See It: Jack Garvey – ‘No No Nantucket’

Newburyport Daily News Editorial 2017;

As I See It: Jack Garvey – ‘No No Nantucket’

http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinion/columns/garvey-s-view-no-no-nantucket/article_47675171-2394-5cee-b0cf-e327c45e6b30.html

A Call to Inn Street Artists

Newburyport Daily News Article Jul 2017
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/a-call-for-inn-street-artisans/article_4f6a348a-222d-5aed-86ec-cc422fba562b.html

Worth The Price of Admission

Newburyport Daily News; Aug 2016
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/worth-the-price-of-admission/article_0db33431-497c-5f00-b29f-f65ee85fea13.html

Home Grown Festival; Newburyport Daily News Aug 2016

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/a-home-grown-festival/article_41967352-f702-5ce5-9da0-dc97b289499c.html

Yankee Homecoming Planning its 60th Year
Newburyport Daily News; July 2016
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-planning-to-celebrate-its-th-year/article_e262e870-d34f-5201-a42b-47137ef3874f.html

Yankee Homecoming 2016 Chairman Plans New Events

Newburyport Daily News – July 2016

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-chairman-plans-new-events/article_ffbcae5c-32cd-50ed-b0aa-a7447113677b.html

Artisan Revival Library Presentation 2016

https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/artisan-revival-library-presentation/
Inn Street Blues; McDonalds Effect of Corporate Sponsorship

Newburyport Daily News – Aug 2015
http://www.newburyportnews.com/homecoming/inn-street-blues/article_e1cde82d-7d50-512a-9ea3-10e1f983097e.html

Tribute to Jack Frost; 2013 Yankee Homecoming Yearbook
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/01/

Proposed Inn Street Artisans Market
http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html

Peddle Meddling 2010; Newburyport Current

http://newburyport.wickedlocal.com/x192072451/Peddle-meddling

Prolific Artist Has More In Store
Newburyport Current; March 3, 2006
http://newburyport.wickedlocal.com/x902748313

Newburyport; An American Perspective 2006

A Contemporary Art Exhibit – Where the Old Meets the New
http://sunspiritgallery.com/NAP_PressRelease1.htm

Reflections on Ten Years of the Spirit of Newburyport #1
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/reflections-on-ten-years/

Reflections on Ten Years of the Spirit of Newburyport #2
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/reflections-on-ten-years-part-2/

Artisans Revival 2018 – Update #2

Dear Friends of the Artisans Revival,

You are receiving this update because you have participated in or shared an interest in the Artisan Revival events. If you would no longer like to receive these updates, please reply with REMOVE in the subject line. Thank you.

I have some additional information to share with you regarding the Nbpt TVL process as well as the expansion of the Artisans Revival shows. Plus a major announcement regarding the Yankee Homecoming Artisans Revival!

In this Update you will here about:

* 2018 Inn Street Transient Vendor’s License – Last Call

* Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival –

   Expands to Incorporate ‘Market Square Craft Day’ (State and Pleasant Streets)

* Revisions to the expanded Artisans Revival 2018 schedule

* ANNOUNCEMENT: Artisans Revival Chalet Merchant, Marketing, and Management Group Meeting;

   Beginnings of a 501C Non-Profit Company

2018 Inn Street Transient Vendors License

Last call for applying for an Artisan Designated Newburyport Transient Vendor’s License. Below are the application and revised ordinance for Transient Vendor licenses for the City of Newburyport.  The Licensing Commission will review all transient vendor applications at the April 4, 2018 meeting (7PM Green Street Police Station).

 

Please read the ordinance carefully as license fees and locations have been updated.  Should you have any questions feel free to email, call (978-904-1478) or stop in at office hours for the Licensing commission (Wed. 12-1:30pm, Thurs. 5-6:30pm) in the Building office.

 

Application:

 

https://www.cityofnewburyport.com/sites/newburyportma/files/uploads/transient_vendor_app_2018.pdf

 

Updated Ordinance:

 

https://library.municode.com/ma/newburyport/codes/code_of_ordinances?searchRequest=%7B%22searchText%22:%22transient%22,%22pageNum%22:1,%22resultsPerPage%22:25,%22booleanSearch%22:false,%22stemming%22:true,%22fuzzy%22:false,%22synonym%22:false,%22contentTypes%22:%5B%22CODES%22%5D,%22productIds%22:%5B%5D%7D&nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH9LIPEBURE_ARTVIITRVEHAPE

 

Or Please contact Lynn Varney for more information.

 

Lynn Varney

Assistant to the Licensing Commission

Website: www.cityofnewburyport.com/licensing-board

City of Newburyport

PO Box 550

Newburyport, MA  01950

978-904-1478

In summary there are a few important updates for this process;

  1. License fee has increased from $750.00 to $1,000.00 for the year. This is an 80% increase since last year.
  2. Insurance has gone from a 1 Million Dollar General Liability to a 2 Million Dollar General Liabitlity Insurance Policy.
  3. There is now a $50.00 application fee. When inquired about this, I was told it was because they are now including a ‘legal ad’, similiar to liquor applications. Whatever that means.

So basically, instead of the city helping to assist in making it easier and more rewarding for artisans in the city of Newburyport to sell their wares on the street, they are actually making it more expensive, and more difficult! If it wasn’t for the push by a few local artisans last year in getting the ‘artisan designation’ for a TVL to be included in the city ordinance revision, there would be absolutely no incentive for an artisan in this city to sell their wares on the streets in Newburyport whatsoever!

As stated many times in prior updates, the long term goal of these ‘Artisan Designated Licenses’ would be to establish the groundwork for a year round Artisan Market in the city of Newburyport. In my next update, I will be getting into a lot more of the history, specifics, and current actions that are now being undertaken in order for this goal to be realized.

Major Announcement!

* Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival –

   Expands to Incorporate ‘Market Square Craft Day’ (State and Pleasant Streets)

The Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival show has now been expanded to incorporate the ‘Market Square Craft day’ that has taken place each year on Tuesdays during Yankee Homecoming. This year, it will take place on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 and will span Inn, State, and Pleasant Streets under the supervision of the Artisans Revival!

There will be some significant adjustments to State and Pleasant Streets to incorporate this show. Stay tuned for more information as it comes available.

* Revisions to the expanded Artisans Revival 2018 show schedule

In my last update I announced the expansion of the Inn Street Artisans Revival show schedule for 2018. After some more thought and input, we have now revised this schedule. We have also revised the payments on these shows to make it more affordable and worthwhile for artisans. Base price for shows are $100.00 a day. The Artisan Revival Artwalk shows have now been expanded to include weekends (Saturdays being the scheduled Newburyport Gallery Artwalk Shows), with the second day at half price! Three day shows (Labor Day weekend) will include the third day free! Keep in mind that the Spring and Harvest Fest shows have been scheduled in order to align with the Chamber of Commerce Festivals on Sunday and Monday of the same weekend. This has been done in order to give artisans the ability to exhibit on Inn Street all three days of the Holiday weekends (Memorial and Columbus Days). More information will become available regarding these shows in time. Please email or call for any questions.

Here is the revised schedule;

Artisans Revival 2018

Inn Street Show Schedule

 

  1. Artisans Artwalk Weekend

Saturday and Sunday

April 21st and 22nd, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Revival Spring Fest

Saturday May 26th, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Artwalk Weekend

Saturday and Sunday

June 3, 4th 2018

 

  1. Artisans Fourth of July Show

Saturday and Sunday

June 30, and July 1st, 2018

 

  1. Yankee Homecoming Artisans Revival

Inn Street – July 29th thru August 4th 2018

Inn, State, and Pleasant Street; Tuesday July 31, 2018

  1. Artisans Artwalk Weekend

Saturday and Sunday

August 18th and August 19th, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Labor Day Show

Saturday, Sunday, and Monday

September 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Harvest Fest

Saturday October 6th, 2018

 

  1. Artisans Artwalk Weekend

Saturday and Sunday

November 3rd and 4th, 2018

 

  • Artisans Artwalk weekends are simultaneous with Newburyport Gallery Artwalks on that Saturday.
  • Artisans Spring and Harvest Festivals precede Newburyport Chamber of Commerce art festivals on Sunday and Mondays of same weekend.
  • All shows are on Inn Street with an expanded show during the Tuesday of Yankee Homecoming which incorporates State and Pleasant Streets
  • A Possible Holiday Artisans Inn Street Chalet Show may take place from November 30 thru December 16th, 2018. More information once it becomes available.

* ANNOUNCEMENT: Artisans Revival Chalet Merchant, Marketing, and Management Group Meeting;

   Beginnings of a 501C Non-Profit Company

This idea has been in the making now for many years now. I believe it is ready to take the next step. If you are interested in having a seat on the Board of Directors for the Artisans Revival Merchant, Marketing, and Management Company, OR, interested in the goals of this non-profit, please contact me. This is a brand new venture with the ultimate goal of creating and managing a year round artisans chalet market and management company. A very important element of this non profit will be aimed at assisiting artist and artisans in production and marketing of their work. Formal invitations will be sent to all that have shown interest. More information will be available as this developes.

* All Proceeds from the Artisans Revival shows will go to benefit the goals of the Artisans Revival Merchant, Marketing, and Management non-profit company.

That’s it for this update. Please dont hesitate to call or write with any questions, comments, or suggestions! Also, keep in mind that all Artisans Revival Updates are posted on my Spirit of Newburyport Blog;

https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/

And all pertient history of the Artisans Revival is included in the links below.

Best Regards,

John William Brown
Artist/Owner
Spirit of Newburyport
42B Federal Street
Newburyport, MA 01950
978-417-1987
www.spiritofnewburyport.com

Artisans Revival Coordinator

Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisans Revival
http://yankeehomecoming.com/event/inn-street-artisans-revival/

Inn Street Artisans Revival – Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/InnStreetArtisansRevival/

Artisans bring lively revival to Inn Street
By Jim Sullivan Staff writer Aug 1, 2017

http://www.eagletribune.com/news/artisans-bring-lively-revival-to-inn-street/article_cece0325-c4c4-541c-9f1d-f0dcacf715f9.html

Merchants, business leaders high on Yankee Homecoming
By Dyke Hendrickson Staff Writer Aug 8, 2017

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/merchants-business-leaders-high-on-yankee-homecoming/article_c466770e-7bef-11e7-a615-433ce3bda4bf.html

Newburyport Daily News Editorial; As I See It Jack Garvey

‘No No Nantucket’

http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinion/columns/garvey-s-view-no-no-nantucket/article_47675171-2394-5cee-b0cf-e327c45e6b30.html

Newburyport Daily News Article; A Call to Inn Street Artists
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/a-call-for-inn-street-artisans/article_4f6a348a-222d-5aed-86ec-cc422fba562b.html

A Community Call to Action
https://wordpress.com/post/spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/1214

Newburyport Daily News; Yankee Homecoming Planning its 60th Year

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-planning-to-celebrate-its-th-year/article_e262e870-d34f-5201-a42b-47137ef3874f.html

Newburyport Daily News Article – Worth The Price of Admission
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/worth-the-price-of-admission/article_0db33431-497c-5f00-b29f-f65ee85fea13.html

Newburyport Daily News – Home Grown Festival

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/a-home-grown-festival/article_41967352-f702-5ce5-9da0-dc97b289499c.html
Yankee Homecoming Chairman Plans New Events

http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/yankee-homecoming-chairman-plans-new-events/article_ffbcae5c-32cd-50ed-b0aa-a7447113677b.html

Artisan Revival Library Presentation

https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/artisan-revival-library-presentation/
Spirit of Newburyport Blog
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/

Tribute to Jack Frost
https://spiritofnewburyport.wordpress.com/2016/01/

Inn Street Blues
http://www.newburyportnews.com/homecoming/inn-street-blues/article_e1cde82d-7d50-512a-9ea3-10e1f983097e.html

Inn Street Artisans Market
http://spiritofnewburyport.com/Artisan_Market.html

Newburyport; An American Perspective
http://sunspiritgallery.com/NAP_PressRelease1.htm