FITCHBURG -- Spray-painted pyramids and celestial bodies, paint-drip forests and gritty black- and-white statements on the effects of war.
These are just a sampling of the work that artists from Fitchburg's Revival Gallery have completed for The Nines Festival, a new music and art festival coming to Devens on Saturday.
Seven artists associated with the gallery have spent countless hours creating 30 4-feet-by-8-feet wooden-panel artworks that will be on display at the festival, to be held at Willard Field from 1 to 11 p.m.
"For the Revival Gallery, and ourselves as individual artists, it's going to be really good exposure for us to help push our visions and what we want to do as professional artists," said gallery co-owner Camilo Neves.
He's hoping the opportunity will open up other mural jobs for him and his fellow artists, and that it will eventually lead to a steady stream of work, so they can support themselves doing something they love.
Gallery co-owner Eric Beaulac called festivals "some of the best examples of the archetypal market."
"It's not just a store, and it's not just a performance. It's interactive," he said. "There's people sharing food, there's people giving away free performances. All of these elements come together in a festival that you really can't find too many other places."
The Revival Gallery artists will also be doing live painting at The Nines, and they will have a number of pieces of original artwork, prints, jewelry and
Stephens will also be hula- hooping and fire performing for the first time at the festival.
Many other local artists are involved with the festival, including some from Fitchburg's Rollstone Studios.
The Nines Festival is a collaboration of Ayer-based 3Rivers Arts and Great Northeast Productions, which is known for producing all of the festivals for the jam band Phish from 1996 through 2004, as well as the annual Mountain Jam, a four-day music festival held in upstate New York each June.
The Nines features a broad range of musical artists, including Explosions in the Sky, Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit, Shuggie Otis, Matt Pond, Walk Off the Earth, Kid Koala, K. Flay, Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys and Air Traffic Controller.
There will also be a comedy tent featuring six comics chosen by the Comedy Studio's Rick Jenkins, as well as a 21-plus beer garden.
General admission tickets are $55 and "Patron of the Arts" VIP tickets, which include close parking, fast-lane entry, an official event poster, a shade tent, private viewing area and private, air-conditioned bathrooms, are $115.
Both may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-653-8000, at all TicketMaster locations, or cash only at the Enterprise Bank Acton branch through 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets will be available at the venue beginning at 11 a.m.
Children under 10 will be admitted for free.
For more information, visit theninesfestival.com.
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