This Friday the ArtWalk season kicks off in Brunswick. Lots of exciting things happening.
Two new group show sites this year.
The first at The Brunswick Inn (on Park Row).. will feature 5 artists specializing in jewelry, wood carving, glass work, and more.
There will be a cash bar, live music by Married with Chitlins and a good time had for all.
Great first stop after the All Species Parade which will start and finish at the Mall between Park and Maine.
The 2nd new group showing space is at the St Paul’s Episcopal Church on Pleasant Street…. Artists with medium in watercolors, acrylics, mixed media, oils, and more.
Hati Modr will be painting live and will be there to talk to guests about her process and inspiration. Live music by Pretty Girls Sing Soprano..
Pleasant street will be hopping with additional shows including: P.O.V. at the Brunswick Business Center, Gallery Framing, Curtis Library’s Morrell Room, and the New Gallery at 11 Pleasant Street.
Music at Curtis is by 12 year old Liam Swift..who writes and plays his own music!!!
Maine Street’s activities include participating businesses hosting music and arts:
Local, Gulf of Maine Books, Cool As A Moose, Gelato Fiasco, Big Top, Timeless Cottage, Bayview, The Mix, Enoteca, Maine ArtWorks.
The Montsweagers of Woolwich will be playing in front of Bank of America, Carter Ruff will be playing at Cool As A Moose, Caroline Cotter will be playing in front of Gelato Fiasco. More Music info here
Don’t forget the Tontine Mall with Summer Island Studio and the String Beings playing Celtic Harp!
Spindleworks has their show at the Frontier this month so will not be open at their studios this month. And while you are at Fort Andross stop by to see LobstArt Studios and Michael Patterson… just follow the artwalk foot prints that mark the way!
You might be wondering how you can see the whole thing…. do what the Woodside One Wheelers will be doing!
The Brunswick Explorer will be providing free Hop On- Hop Off service through out the entire artWalk…just look for the artwalk flags with the balloons to find the pick up and drop off locations.
And speaking of the Woodside One Wheelers... 10 kids on unicylces performing at different spots during the artwalk…You can find them at two of the Pick up- Drop off Spots: Jenny’s Station and School and Maine. They will also be performing at the Patio on the Pleasant Street side of the library (right across from the post office).
WOW! Right? Come out and join the fun . We will see you there.
Follow the Footprints! Full Brochure here
Without them this event would not be possible.
Points of View Artists celebrate 10 years of collaboration
Points of View Artists opens the 2014 Artwalk season with TEN!, a celebration of their first 10 years of collaborative work. The show runs from May 5 through May 30 at Points of View Art Gallery, 18 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. A reception to meet the artists takes place on Friday, May 9 from 5 to 8 pm.
Old on New, watercolor by Tim Banks
Untitled 4, mixed media by Ann Slocum
Points of View Artists formed 10 years ago after taking Kathleen Boldt’s popular Merrymeeting Adult Education drawing courses, “Drawing: Learning to See” and “Drawing with Color”. This common experience provided the inspiration and excellent foundation that launched each of the artists on an exploration of the “artist within”. Since then, the artists have explored other art media, such as pen and ink, clay, watercolor, soft pastel, collage and printmaking. Each artist will be showing work that reflects the growth he or she has achieved during their 10 years together. As a special treat and an expression of gratitude from the group, Kathleen Boldt will join the members of Points of View Artists to show some of her work.
Kathleen Boldt (second from right, standing) joins other founding members of Points of View Artists in hanging a show at Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick in 2005. Pictured are Barbara Snapp (seated), and (standing, from left) Pat Hix, Harriet Lindemann, Bonnie Dickey, Judith Long, Kathleen Boldt, Barbara Bean.
TEN! Is showing at Points of View Art Gallery from May 5 through May 30. FMI: 207-373-9300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And in the Garret Gallery on the third floor of Points of View Art Gallery…
Pat Hix and Harriet Lindemann present Garden Path. Pat Hix is well-known for her delicate images of trees and flowers – often cut paper images laid over a watercolor background. Harriet Lindemann creates work that ranges from the realistic to the abstract with a fascinating mix of techniques. Both are founding members of Points of View Artists.
Robin’s Nest, watercolor by Harriet Lindemann
Come help us celebrate!
Reception: May 9, 5-8 pm
Points of View Gallery
18 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
Susan Wood (formerly Rayfield) is returning to Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans just in time for Brunswick’s 2nd Friday Artwalk in May 2014. Artist Reception and Artwalk Festivities will be held from 5pm – 8pm. Live Music and hor’sdoerves will be served. For more information, please call Patti Baker at 373-1810.
Susan paints in a variety of ways, depending on how the subject strikes her. Her friends say, wisely, pick a palette and stick with it; ditto medium, method and style.
But she finds that she cannot do that, and so present in this show; bright cliffs of Monhegan Island in Oil and Cathedral Woods on Monhegan in pearlescent pastels.
There is a painting of backlit cows and two portraits of dogs being dogs – the iconic Maine Black Lab playfully bearing a stick to its owner, an inquisitive dachshund name Scout.
Susan’s work has been seen in many exhibitions, is in corporate collection. She is an author of 6 art and photography books, published in New York City,her home town.
Currently, Susan lives and paints in her studio in Harpswell.
Great way to kick off the ArtWalk Season.
Plan an evening in Brunswick! Pick up a brochure and map — stroll, visit, chat, explore all the creativity that will be out and about for the evening.
What: All Species Parade!
When: May 9, 2014, 4:30pm
Where: Town Mall, Brunswick
Come one, come all to the Annual All Species Parade! Once again, to celebrate spring and the diversity of natural species on our planet, Spindleworks and Arts Are Elementary are hosting a community wide parade. Everyone is welcome to join in, dressed as or carrying a representation of their favorite species.
Creative visual interpretations of species are welcome and it is requested that live animals, motorized vehicles(aside from motorized wheel chairs), and slogans or words are left at home. Those interested in participating should gather on the town green at 4:00 for a prompt 4:30 start.
The parade will head down Maine Street towards the river, take a right on Bank Street, another right on Federal Street, and a final right on School Street back to the town green. The parade will end just as the first ArtWalk of the season begins.
The theme of Species will continue with the exhibit On the Edge at Frontier Café (14 Maine Street), hosted by Spindleworks.
The exhibit will draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species, all of which are affected by our actions and inactions. The reception will run from 5-8pm.
SECOND FRIDAY ARTWALK SEASON OPENS MAY 9
Artists, Musicians, Street Performers, and so much more
BRUNSWICK—Downtown Brunswick will sport a festive atmosphere for all ages as Five Rivers Arts Alliance offers Second Friday ArtWalks May 9 through October 9, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Each ArtWalk features artists exhibiting in multiple venues with opening receptions and new exhibits each month, along with more than 25 musicians and a variety of street entertainers.
Spindleworks and The Woodside One Wheelers will kick off ArtWalk entertainment at 4:30 p.m. on May 9. The All Species Parade, a Spindleworks event now in its fifth year, will start at Green Street, proceeding down Maine Street to Bank, Federal, and School streets, returning to Green. Anyone may participate in the parade which draws several hundred participants, says Elizabeth McGhee, executive director of Spindleworks. Its gallery at 7 Lincoln Street will also be open during the ArtWalk.
The Woodside One Wheelers, W.O.W., initiated in 2006, offers children the opportunity to learn skills and boosts self confidence. Perched on unicycles, they juggle and perform other circus skills in parades both locally and up and down the east coast. Last fall they performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade and at an NBA basketball game.
Throughout the season, more than 20 art venues hosting more than 100 artists will exhibit along Maine Street, Park Row, Pleasant Street and Fort Andross. The assortment of art includes paintings, pottery, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, textiles and more.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant Street, new to the ArtWalk, will host multiple artists in its new Great Hall, as will The Brunswick Inn in their Tavern and Breakfast Rooms. Through the “Adopt an Artist” program, a number of Maine Street businesses will host different artists each month. Businesses include: Cool As A Moose, Local/Wylers, The Mix, Timeless Cottage and Enoteca.
Each month’s ArtWalk will include a variety of musicians and performing artists. During the season, the Theater Project will perform skits along the sidewalk, the Maine State Music Theater will send singers strolling along the sidewalks prior to the evening’s show, the Woodside One Wheelers will be returning, and the Hidden Ladder Collective from Portland will bring their interactive shows to Brunswick.
The ArtWalk Youth Ambassadors, dressed in brightly colored costumes, will hand out gallery maps and treasure hunt maps that even children may use. “This is our opportunity to get kids involved in art,” says Bridgett McAlonon, who is working with the youth.
The Brunswick Explorer will again provide free “Hop-On, Hop-Off” service throughout the exhibit areas during each ArtWalk. The bus loop will run from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art along Park Row, down Maine Street to Fort Andross, returning to Maine Street then to Gilman, Union and Pleasant and back to Maine.
“I am a firm believer that the arts are essential to a healthy downtown. Art invites more community events and ultimately more traffic to all local businesses,” says Patricia Porell, Proprietor of Timeless Cottage, Maine Street. In previous years, “I have seen a measurable increase in foot traffic on the evenings that have been designated as ArtWalk nights,” she says.
Recent statistics from the Maine Arts Commission noted that artists and arts organizations add over $300 million to the state’s economy and contribute to the vibrancy of the community’s lifestyle.
“ArtWalks generate excitement in the community that attracts both a wide variety of artists and art appreciators,” says Judith Long, Points of View Artists. “We especially appreciate the outlet for our artistic expression and an opportunity to share our work with the community.”
Five Rivers Arts Alliance thanks the more than 35 sponsors of the 2014 ArtWalk, including multiple restaurants which help make the ArtWalks possible.
2014 2nd Friday ArtWalk Brunswick
“Something Different Every Month”
This year’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk in Brunswick is more exciting than ever and will be offering something different every month.
The Art Venues are along Maine Street from the Bowdoin College Musem of Art and Fort Andross and along Pleasant Street from Maine to Union Streets. The vast assortment of art includes paintings, pottery, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, textiles and more.
There are over 20 venues, with more than 100 artists found in artists’ studios, galleries, group shows, & museums.
There is also a NEW ‘Adopt an Artist’ Program with Maine Street businesses hosting a different artist each month throughout the ArtWalk season. This is another opportunity for the public to meet the artists, ask questions, learn about art, share ideas about art. Sparking discussion, encouraging folks to want to try painting or drawing, or pottery, or jewelry making… that’s a wonderful thing!
This year, there will be more than 20 different musical groups playing throughout the season, in the downtown area, both indoors at various venues, as well as outside next to the sidewalk.
Also NEW this year, we are including other performing art groups in this year’s monthly celebrations, including:
- The All Species Parade kicking off the season in May
- The MSMT (Maine State Music Theater) with strolling singers in June
- The Theatre Project Group entertaining us in June and August
- The Hidden Ladder Collective busking on the sidewalk some months
- The Woodside One Wheelers busking on the sidewalks other months
- The ArtWalk Youth Ambassadors helping with maps and directions to ensure an opportunity to see the most of everything each month.
And just to ensure that downtown visitors will have an opportunity to see as much as possible, the Brunswick Explorer bus will be circling the town, giving rides along the route on both Maine Street and Pleasant Street. It had always been said that you couldn’t see the whole ArtWalk in one evening, but maybe this year you can!
Each ArtWalk will be a happening this year with a different emphasis each month to keep it fresh and different. Come join in the fun!
Maine artists are invited to show their work in historic Bath during this year’s 3rd Friday Art Walk;
The first of five Art Walks is June 20; the last is October 17; hours are 5PM to 8PM.
An open studio tour is scheduled on the July 19 & 20; hours vary according to studio.
Indoor group venues are open in Bath City Hall auditorium & the Bath Customs House lobby.
Artists may display outside on the wider sidewalks and the Customs House lawn when Maine summer weather beckons.
The fee is $60 for the season, whether exhibiting once or all 6 events.
All artwork must be original or reproductions by the original artist.
Paid entries received before April 1 will be listed in the 2014 brochure which will be distributed from Bar Harbor to Boston.
Brochure listings include artwork photo, work description, contact info & locator on Bath area street map.
Bath Art Walks are well publicized on line & in all coastal newspapers.
CALL FOR ART!
Final deadline – March 7, 2014 (must be received in FRAA office by the date indicated)
Sponsors- It takes a great deal of community support to bring this event together and we would not be able to do it without your support. Your donations help support the entertainment and marketing for this event.
Please find the sponsorship application here to fill out with information regarding your business which will be included in the brochure that reaches throughout the local communities as well as along the train route down into Boston.
The summer ArtWalks in Brunswick help to build awareness for all the events, businesses, restaurants and local talent that is part of our community.
3rd Friday Performance Art Jam at the Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street
The Art Continues AFTER the Walk Stops…3rd Friday >>PERFORMANCE<< Art Walk Jam!
Now that the weather has turned cooler, let’s continue the 3rd Friday tradition of Art Walk but turn to performing arts. Each third Friday evening we will feature a local headliner band with 2 opening acts:
October 18: Peter Alexander Band
November 15: Robby Simpson Band;
December 13: Work Truck
Buy Local/Listen Local. Dancing in the aisles strongly encouraged.
In the Main Gallery on the 1st floor
In the Main Gallery, Points of View Artists will present Animal House, an exploration of the weird, wacky, wild and engaging world of animals.
Artwork of all media from pen and ink to sculpture is represented. This exhibit is a group show with work from all 17 Points of View artists – including new members Joe Godleski and Jackie Melissas.
Animal House will last from September 30 through November 1. It is the last exhibit at the Gallery for the 2013 Artwalk season and promises to be a howling success.
Friday, October 11,
5 to 8 pm.
Bonnie Dickey and Pat Hix will show work created by Pencil and Brush. Bonnie specializes in the use of colored pencil to create portraits of animals and people. She has also added collage to her repertoire.
Pat Hix has been creating art for most of her 80-some years. Most recently, she has been using watercolor pensil and brush work to paint wispy scenes. She often embellishes these landscapes with cut paper trees.
Bonnie and Pat will also be at Points of View Art Gallery for the reception on Friday, October 11
from 5 to 8 pm.
Art and Music from Fort Andross to Bowdoin College and many many places in between….. weather should be great …and you can even hop on and off the Brunswick Explorer bus to help you get from one end to the other… See more ..Enjoy More..
Music playing at:
Summer Island Studio
Curtis Memorial Library
Cool as a Moose
The Gelato Fiasco
98 Maine Street
Brunswick Explorer service during Artwalk Hours 5-8. Please find the loop they will follow:
- Ft. Andross (more than 12 open studios, plus The Frontier Cafe)
- Right turn out of Ft. Andross on to Maine St. (South) for 3 ½ blocks
- Right turn into Bank of America Parking Lot , letting people off for artists and music at 98 Maine St., and other Maine St. galleries, studios and music listed in ArtWalk brochure
- Exit Parking Lot through drive through (If bus does not fit under drive through, exit lot by turning right on to Maine St. to Cumberland St.)
- Right on Cumberland St
Left in 1st block in to parking lot (dropping people off in front of condos – covers 3 locations: 18 Pleasant St., Curtis Library Morrell Meeting Room (w/music), and Gallery Framing)
Left out of Parking Lot, past Fire Station to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St. to Station Ave.
- Right at Station Ave, letting people off at the arcade for artists and music.
- Proceed on Station Ave to Union St.
- Left at Union to McKeen St.
- Left at McKeen to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St. to College St.
- Left at College to Park Row
- Left at Park Row (letting people off at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art)
- Continue to end of Park Row to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St.
- Immediate Right at stop sign (before Church) on to Bath Rd.
- Immediate Left just after Church on to Maine St
- Proceed 1 block and bear Right to get on to Park Row (letting people off between Brunswick Inn and Ameriprise)
- Continue on Park Row to end
- Left on to School St. to Maine St.
- Right at Maine St. and back to Ft. Andross.
See you there!
Linda Murray of Bath will be showing the month of October at Summer Island Studio-Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Malla in the heart of downtown Brunswick.
Artist Reception and Open house will coincide with Brunswick’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk on October 11th from 5pm to 8pm. Wine, cheese, horsdoerves will be served. LIVE MUSIC this month will be Steve Quigley of Harpswell. Any questions please call Patti at 373-1810.
Stop by and meet Linda Murray. Have her tell you a bit about the process of her work.
Murray’s is influenced by the Abstract Expressionists who work in a improvisational style. Their emphasis is on the process with an organic approach of letting an image evolve without the weight of a preconceived notion of outcome to weigh it down. She finds it exciting to witness a new visual idea emerging from the surface. Often the idea seems to transcend language and be of a spiritual nature.
Linda begins each image whether abstract or a tree root with a wet-in-wet process where paint is applied to the wet surface allowing pigment to push and pull and merge into new hues. After pigment is applied she often introduces resists or apply a technique called Decalcomania where she lays down various plastic material and manipulates it to form wrinkles and shapes. (Decalcomania is a technique first used by the surreal painters in the 1920s and 30s.) Once the wet-in-wet application is dried the plastic material is removed revealing rich textures and forms. Editing out, adding line, deepening values or lifting pigment then develops the image. Murray often adds gouache to watercolor or pours fluid acrylics to enhance contrasting textures and values
The tree images in this exhibit are all taken from life. While the surrounding landscape may be fictitious, the tree exists somewhere that she has been. The abstract images however are from my imagination. While they may remind me of a place perhaps underwater or celestial they evolved out of contemplation and listening to the painting adding or taking away until there is nothing left that seems to need adjustment.
Where: Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant Street, Brunswick
Don’t miss the last Bath ArtWalk of the season.
Just some of the works you will see along the way:
Come and see the ART and meet the Artists on Opening Night!
Friday September 20th, 5-7pm
“The Maine Woods” A mysterious place, filled with majestic Trees, Ferns, Lichens, Granite Outcroppings and an amazing array of Wildlife. This rich and vibrant Eco-System will be the focus of this Exhibit. We will be honoring the spirit of this mystical part of Maine.We will be featuring Paintings, Encaustics, Photographs and Wooden Sculpture.
Featuring Artists: Britta Bruce, Lois Strickland, Lee Cheever, Linda Cullivan, Michael Branca & kdb-Karen Dominguez
Chocolate Church ART Gallery
804 Washington St.
September 20th-November 2nd
As a part of the Brunswick Art Walk on Friday, September 13, Gulf of Maine Books (134 Maine Street, Brunswick) will host a 7 PM author event with Brunswick novelist Richard de Villers Seymour, who will read from his new historical novel “Beyond – Popham Colony: The first English settlement in New England.
As little is actually known about this earliest of colonial settlement, and much is speculated, Richard Seymour has created a novel from historical fact, woven with adventure and romance, exploring the story from both the English and the First Peoples experiences.
Please come out for the art walk, and join us for this special event. The event is free, and open to the public. For more information please call Gulf of Maine Books – 729-5083.