The first-ever Orleans Art Week festival kicks off Monday. What to know.

The Orleans Cultural District is launching its first Orleans Art Week of events and activities across the city to celebrate local creatives and businesses.

The week, which runs from April 20 to 27, features more than 30 events, ranging from workshops to gallery events to concerts and more.

“This is just a homegrown event in Orleans to celebrate the people who live in the area, work in the area, the creative people in the area and to support that,” said Bonny Campbell-Runyon, president of the Orleans Cultural District.

Exhibitions such as the Orleans Arts Exhibit at Garvey Rita Arts and Antiques, concerts and outdoor events will fill the day on April 20, with the Addison Art Gallery officially kicking off the festival at 4 p.m. Kicking off, a new exhibition featuring works by Paul Schulenburg, Karri Allrich and other artists will debut alongside art demonstrations, book signings and music by Natalia Bonfini, according to a release for the event.

Each day brings a new series of exciting events, including Art Trivia Night at 7pm on April 22nd at the Barley Neck Inn, a ukulele pop-up show with Tim Sweeney and Friends at 10am on April 26th at Sparrow Store, and Story Hours at 10am. :30 on April 27 in the Snow Library. The festivities end with a closing reception at the Addison Art Gallery on April 27 at 3 p.m.

“Part of our mission is to support the creative economy and the creative people in this city and create events that will bring people joy, where they can come together and create,” said Campbell-Runyon. “There are never enough of those.”

The Cultural District also sponsors several workshops, such as a floral pastel class with Rosalie Nadeau and a drumming workshop for high school students, throughout the week at the Old Firehouse Community Center (44 Main St. in Orleans.) Workshops range in price (from $5 to $25 ) and participants can register online at the Orleans Recreation Department.

“(There’s) something for everyone (from) kids to 99-year-olds,” Campbell-Runyon said.

Because Art Week overlaps with Earth Day, several Earth Day-themed events also take place. That includes the launch of Eco Arts, a year-long community arts initiative founded by Creative Cape Cod that is committed to fostering conscious creativity within the community.

“The Cultural District has provided seed money for the Eco Arts project from the beginning,” Campbell-Runyon said. “For the art week event they’re hosting, they took bittersweet, cut it and made it into balls. They use materials that are invasive and extract them from the environment.”

Kick-off is on April 21 at 1pm on the Town Green. Visit for a complete list of events taking place throughout the week.

Frankie Rowley covers entertainment and things to do. Contact her at [email protected].

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