Platters of food from various restaurants and even homemade delights with plenty of wine, beer, and cocktails are all part of Art 'Round Town in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the first Friday of each month.

Art 'Round Town via Facebook
Art 'Round Town via Facebook
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This party is year-round with summer and fall being the most popular time to amble from gallery to gallery according to Ceres Gallery owner Elaine Miller.

"Just look for the open signs and people milling around and having fun at the participating galleries and come on in.  We're all about being casual and having fun."

Elaine says that not only is she so passionate about these casual, entertaining, family and pet-friendly art walks, but getting to know vacationers and locals. Yes, even well-behaved pets are welcome to stop by for water and a treat.

Elaine Miller/Ceres Gallery
Elaine Miller/Ceres Gallery
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Although Art 'Round Town is technically from 5-8 pm, Elaine says that closing time isn't set in stone.

"We've stayed open until 11 some Fridays.  Eating, drinking, meeting people, listening to music in the galleries.  So yes, many galleries stay past 8 if the owners and artists don't have to get home."

About 8-12 galleries are involved at any given time.  Most are along the quaint walk through downtown Portsmouth.  There is a map so that you can drive to those galleries off the beaten path, maybe a mile or so away from the downtown cluster.

Elaine Miller/Ceres Gallery
Elaine Miller/Ceres Gallery
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Elaine adds that this is your chance to chat with local and regional artists, grab a bite and drink, and join the party without feeling intimidated.  She agrees that art can be that way, and wants Art 'Round Town to dispel that.

"We're welcoming, just like walking into a friend's home, no pressure, just fun.  It's a party.  Throw on your jeans and stop by."

Elaine Miller/Ceres Gallery
Elaine Miller/Ceres Gallery
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For all the information you need, click here. Most info goes up a couple of days before that first Friday of the month.

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