Archive for November, 2015


Paintings by Cindia Sanford at Sweethaven Gallery

November 28th through December 30th

Opening reception—Saturday, December 5th, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Gallery hours—Wed., Thur., Fri., and Sundays, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

25L Inn Street, downtown Newburyport, by the fountain, 

down the stairs. Look for our OPEN flag and

A-Frame sign at the top of the stairs.



White, oil on canvas by Cindia Sanford,



Cindia Sanford developed her love of nature as a child in the forests and fields of Lancaster, Massachusetts, and later, in the marshes, rivers, and beaches of Scituate. At the age of seven she began learning oil painting from her mother, who was an art teacher and exhibiting painter.

In 1976, after receiving a BFA in painting and printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, Cindia began exhibiting her landscapes of New England marshes, woods, gardens, and meadows.

She has also studied with William Flynn at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and attended intensive summer workshops in painting with Wolf Kahn, John McNamara, and Richard Sheehan at Bennington College.

Cindia’s paintings have been widely exhibited, including galleries on Cape Cod and the Islands, Newbury Street in Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, the Berkshires, and Carmel, California.

She lives in Merrimac, Massachusetts, where she continues to be inspired by Plum Island and the Great Marsh, and to enjoy tending the perennial gardens she began planting in 1986.


As a child I spent many precious hours with my grandfather, exploring the forests and fields surrounding his home in Lancaster, Massachusetts. I learned to move quietly among trees, to listen, to feel, to see.

The perfume of sweet fern, the haunting song of a wood thrush, the bitter / minty taste of a wintergreen leaf found on the forest floor. An ancient uprooted tree with gnarled roots pointing to sky. Much is sensed, yet unseen. A ripple just below the surface, a rustling in the shadows.  Something undefinable passing through. My emotional and spiritual connections with the land are founded in these memories.


Opening reception—Saturday, December 5th, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Cindia will be in the gallery to answer your questions.

Light refreshments will be served.

Newburyport ArtWalk 2015 

Nov. 7th & 8th

Please join us at Sweethaven Gallery for the last
Newburyport ArtWalk of 2015.

Saturday 12pm – 7pm & Sunday 12pm – 5pm
We are located at 25L Inn Street, downtown Newburyport, by
the fountain, down the stairs. Look for our OPEN flag and
A-Frame sign at the top of the stairs.

The gallery is pleased to feature the work of photographer Joan Kocak for this ArtWalk.

Her show will be up until November 22nd.


Photographs by Joan Kocak

Meet The Artist 

Opening reception – Saturday, November 7th, 12 pm – 5 pm. 

Joan will be in the gallery to answer your questions.

"Concord River" ©2014 Joan Kocak

“CONCORD RIVER” © 2014 Joan Kocak

 A former graphic designer turned photographer, Joan Kocak’s fine art prints are exhibited in galleries in New England, as well as the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, and have been published in numerous photography magazines. Enchanted with all forms of photography; analog, digital, alternative process, toy cameras, Polaroid and her dad’s old Ikoflex she enjoys experimenting with them all.

A native of the Northeast, her images are infused with a deep connection to the land and water of the area. “The locations where this series ‘TREESCAPES’ were shot have great significance for me, and remind me of specific people in my life, both here and gone. These images are meant to convey a sense of aloneness and quiet reverie. They were shot in beloved forests and woodlands and attempt to capture the stark simplicity of trees, their grace and wisdom. Trees seem to harbor the great secrets of life; they offer a soothing knowingness just walking amongst them. I’m particularly fond of shooting in fog, and many of these images were shrouded in it.”

In this series, a process of subtly combining layers of photographs of previously shot textures (such as dirty snow, peeling paint and cracked pavement) was used to add a painterly feeling to the original photograph. They are printed on Hahnemuhle German Etching papers, a heavy archival paper that has somewhat of a traditional watercolor paper look. Each work is a signed and numbered limited edition of 50.

For more images visit:

Sweethaven Gallery also has many landscape images of Newburyport & Plum Island by local photographer Greg Nikas. Greg began his photographic career as a landscape photographer and shows his work exclusively at Sweethaven Gallery. Please go to to view his work. If you have any questions or would like more info about his work, he can be reached at, or 978-465-7656.



 “NEWBURY TREES” © Greg Nikas

Eash ArtWalk is free and open to the public. Galleries will showcase special exhibitions, artist demos, lectures, tours and some of the finest visual art in the region… all within easy walking distance in our beautiful, historic downtown Newburyport. For more ArtWalk information, please go to, or

Light refreshments will be served.