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Family Arts & Science Festival- Postponed Until Spring 2014

| August 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Due to planning and participation concerns, we have decided to postpone the Family Arts and Science Festival.

It will not be held on September 7, 2013, but instead we are hoping to hold the event in May.

We felt it was important to run a quality event and feel this postponement will allow that to occur.

We will keep you informed as we solidify a date.

Entries open for the 5th annual Yarmouth Art Festival,Oct. 16-19, 2013

| August 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Artists from around Maine will exhibit at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church

Entries are open beginning Aug. 14 and close at 6 pm Sept. 20. Artists will be notified on Oct. 1 about works that have been juried in to the show. Click “Rules” on the festival home page for information on how to enter.

Please click here for the 2012 Show Catalog

Artists: Click here to jump right into submitting your work. 

The fourth annual Yarmouth Art Festival will be held Oct. 17-20 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church at 396 Gilman Road in Yarmouth.

The juried show, created in 2009 as a new venue for Maine artists, will feature painting, sculpture, photography, etching and digital media. At least 150 pieces will be available for sale, with proceeds helping support St. Bart’s community service programs.

Jurors for this year’s show will be announced in September.

The show will be open Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artists’ reception, including music and refreshments, will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission will be free for both the festival and the reception, with donations accepted.

9th Annual Peace Fair in Brunswick

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up, Don’t Give Up the Fight” inspired this art poster in honor of the 9th Annual Peace Fair coming up in Brunswick on Saturday, August 3.

PEACE FAIR 2013 POSTER © Mary Becker Weiss


The theme of the Fair this year is “children ask the world of us.”

The poster, created by Brunswick artist Mary Becker Weiss, is now on permanent display at the office of Five River Arts Alliance.

Free posters will be available at the Fair on Saturday.

Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival – August 17

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments


Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival (BOAF). This event will feature more than 100 juried artists and artisans displaying painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphics and drawing, photography and fine crafts. There are still spots available.

If you are an artist and are interested in registering for the BOAF, click here . We are also looking for additional demo artisians. FMI, contact the festival co-chair at

Family Arts & Science Festival- Call for Volunteers & Workshop Leaders

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival – August 17

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments


Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival (BOAF). This event will feature more than 100 juried artists and artisans displaying painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphics and drawing, photography and fine crafts.

There are still spots available. If you are an artist and are interested in registering for the BOAF, click here. They are also looking for additional demo artisians. FMI contact the festival co-chair at

“Art in the Park” Artist Reception

| April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments


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“Art in the Park” Artist Reception

The “Art in the Park” program, entering its fourth year, will feature a woven twig sculpture by artist Susan Perrine.  The sculpture will be unveiled in Johnson Park on Water Street, May 3rd at 5:00pm, as part of the Gardiner Artwalk, and will be displayed through October.  The public is invited to a reception beginning at 4:30pm at Circling the Square Fine Art Press before the unveiling at 5pm that will kick off the Artwalk which begins at 5:30pm.

Susan began weaving twig sculpture as a way to teach weaving on a large scale. Susan Perrine’s work reflects on her connection to the natural environment. She states, “I grew up on a farm and have always spent a lot of time outdoors, walking the fields and woods near home. I try to use methods and materials to reflect the connection I feel towards the natural environment.” Susan will be showing at Artwalk after the reception in the park where her sculpture will reside.

The public will have an opportunity to participate in the actual construction of the piece, which will be made from locally sourced materials.  Perrine uses her sculptures to teach about the art and craft of weaving at many different scales.  Her twig structures are an easy way to demonstrate how simple materials, when aligned carefully can create useful and beautiful works of art.  The public build will take place on Saturday, April 27th, from 11am-1pm.

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“Art in the Park” is provided by a grant from the Harry Faust art Fund and is supported by the City of Gardiner , Gardiner Main Street, and the Maine Arts Commission.   “This year’s sculpture is incredibly unique in its form and materials.  This program allows us to encourage discussion about the arts and the importance of an active downtown,” says Patrick Wright, Executive Director of Gardiner Main Street.

The Gardiner Main Street program is one of four original nationally accredited Main Street™ programs in the state of Maine.  The program uses a comprehensive approach to strengthen Gardiner as a regional focal point for commerce, culture, and community.  Gardiner has recently been honored as a recipient of a two year grant partnership with the Orton Foundation to strengthen the community through a project called Heart and Soul Community Planning.  For more information about Gardiner Main Street, visit

Family Arts & Science Festival- September 9,2012, 10am – 4pm on the Brunswick Mall, Maine Street

| August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments


Local Arts and Sciences come together in celebration of  50 years since Rachel Carson authored “‘Silent Spring” and invite you to share in the “SENSE OF WONDER” for the natural world.


Festivities held on the BRUNSWICK MALL,

Maine Street, Brunswick

Bring your curiosity, joy, and energy to participate in:

  • ART:

    • Recycle, Reuse, Revision with a mixed media collage
    • Dye the Midnight Sky Workshop
    • Drawing from Nature’s Treasures
    • Journal Entries
    • Community Mural
    • Weaving
    • Sun Prints on Fabric
    • Build a Rocket

    • Celestial Maps and Codes
    • Astro Photography Exhibits
    • Magic Stones
    • Sidewalk Astronomy
    • Touch Tank
    • Hands on Nature Activities
  • MUSIC:
    • Peter Alexander
    • Nancy Sferra
    • Shanna Underwood
    • Kat Logan & Jim Loney
    • Heather Harden & Gifford Jamison


Bid on Art from LOCAL ARTISTS including pieces from:

  • Maria Castellano-Usery
  • J. Kigel Barnes
  • Prentiss Weiss
  • P. Boissevain
  • kdb
  • Tom Conway
  • Penobscot Bay Porch Swings
  • S. Thompson
  • Karl Saila
  • Many Russel
  • Monika Kirtland

Bid on Local Business Gift Certificates including:

  • The Gelato Fiasco
  • Gulf of Maine Books
  • The Great Impasta
  • LA Arts
  • Little Dog
  • Thai Villa
  • Monarch Massage

………..and more coming in every day!


See you there!





| August 15, 2012 | 0 Comments




Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival – August 18
The 6th annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival (BOAF) will take place on Saturday, 9 am-5 pm.
This event will feature 80+ artists displaying
  • painting,
  • sculpture,
  • mixed media,
  • graphics and drawing,
  • photography and
  • fine crafts,
along with 30+ children’s events and art demonstrations, such as
  • woodworking,
  • basket weaving,
  • spoon carving,
  • face painting,
  • hula hooping,
  • henna tattoos,
  •  jewelry making, a
  • transparent painting wall,
  • and more.

Bands Performing in front of Bank of America

  •  10:12 JimmyJo & the Jumbol’Ayuhs
  • 12-2 Sean Mencher
  • 2-4 Backwoods Road Band

Roving musicians throughout the day include T’Acadie, Broad Band, No Banjos, Sharon Pyne, Backwoods Road.

Dave Bullard presents a number of Singer Songwriters at the Gazeebo on the mall, 12-4.

Hope to see you there!!!

A huge thank you to this year’s sponsors:
  • Bowdoin College,
  • Downeast Energy,
  • Five County Credit Union,
  • Good Day Maine Fox23,
  • Hannaford,
  • Little Dog Coffee Shop,
  • Mid Coast Health Services,
  • Peoples United Bank,
  • Riley Insurance,
  • The Bank of Maine,
  • The Nathaniel Davis Fund,
  • The Times Record,
  • Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, and
  • WCLZ.

Without their generosity, this event would not be possible. For a full listing of current festival artists, visit

Family Arts & Science Festival- September 9th …..mark your calendars

| August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

On September 9, 2012, from 10-4 Five River Arts Alliance (“Five Rivers”) will present its 16 th annual Family Arts Festival on the Brunswick Mall.

For the first time, the Five Rivers will join forces with Cornerstones of Science to revitalize the Festival as the Family Arts & Science Festival, celebrating the confluence of art and science.

The Festival will feature Five Rivers Arts Alliance artists offering workshops and demonstrations related to the appreciation and concern for nature. Cornerstones of Science will have astronomers with telescopes, rockets to launch, an exhibit by Astra-photographers and more. The festival will have “discovery zones” along the following themes: Earth, Sky, Our Sense of Wonder: Community Mural.


The festival is pleased to present local musicians, selected for their affiliation with the arts and science, that will be performing on the gazebo:


All events are free of charge.


8th Annual Peace Fair – August 4

| July 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

8th Annual Peace Fair – August 4

Join PeaceWorks:

  • on the Mall in Downtown Brunswick Saturday starting at 10 am
  • for arts activities for children and adults;
  • performances by local musicians; poetry writing and
  • a Conversation Cafe where discussion will focus on ways to build a compassionate and sustainable society.

This family friendly event is free of charge.

Throughout the day representatives of 30+ Maine non-profit organizations will be available to discuss the work they do to encourage peace building in its many forms – from the personal to the global.

FMI visit or call 371-2077.

Yarmouth Clam Festival this Weekend!

| July 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
















Get all the details at their website: CLAM FESTIVAL

3rd Annual Damariscotta Fine Crafts Show this Weekend

| July 13, 2012 | 0 Comments












2012 Damariscotta Show at YMCA

Where & When:

Central Lincoln County YMCA525 Main St.
Damariscotta, Maine

Saturday, July 14, 2011
from 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday, July 15, 2011
from 10 am to 4 pm

The Maine Crafts Guild’s 3nd Annual Damariscotta Show will be held all indoors at the Damariscotta YMCA. The finest in high-quality Maine craftsmanship will occupy the large open space as approximately 50 craftspeople display their work at this new venue, just across the road from the old Round Top Farm. Admission: $5 adults; children under 12 free.


| July 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Will we see you in HARPSWELL this weekend?


Saltwater Celtic Music Festival @MMM &Thomas Point Beach

| July 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Kickoff the Area Festival at the Maine Maritime Museum with:

Aoife Clancy Concert, Friday, July 13, 6pm

The 2nd Annual Saltwater Music Festival at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick is Saturday and Sunday, July 14 & 15,

but MMM will host an opening concert at 6 p.m. the evening before featuring legendary Celtic music diva Aoife Clancy.

An Irish lass from the small town of Carrick-on-Suir, in County Tipperary, Ireland, her musical career began when her father, Bobby Clancy of the legendary Clancy Brothers, placed a guitar in her hands and, soon after, brought her to perform with him in pubs. She was a member of the acclaimed Irish American group, Cherish the Ladies, and she has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and Cincinnati Pops orchestras. Don’t miss her incredible performance. If you plan to attend the Saltwater Music Festival and purchase your tickets here through MMM, a portion of the price goes to support the Museum.

A Double Billing: The ALl Species Parade & A Natural Order

| April 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
What: The All Species Parade
When:  May 11, 2012
Where: The Brunswick Town Mall
Time: gather at 4:00pm, parade at 4:30pm
What: A Natural Order
When:  May 11-June 30, 2012
Where: Frontier Café, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick
Opening Reception: May 11th, 5-8pm
Spindleworks and Arts Are Elementary present the 3rd Annual All Species Parade, followed by A Natural Order, an exhibit celebrating the diversity of living species.
The public is invited to watch or join in the parade which will start on the Brunswick Town Mall. Costumes and puppets representing real species (from frog or bird, to flower or elephant!) are welcome for this colorful celebration of our living planet.
Folks of all ages and walks of life are encouraged to participate. The only rules are:
  1.  No motorized vehicles,
  2. No banners or words and please:
  3. No live animals (leave Fido at home!).
Music is also a welcome addition to parade. Interested participants and onlookers should gather at 4:00 on the Town Mall for a 4:30 start.
The parade will process down Maine Street towards the river, take a right on Bank street, another right on Federal and back to the Mall via School Street (lasting approximately ½ hour-45 minutes).
After the parade, please join Spindleworks and Arts Are Elementary at Frontier Café during the first ArtWalk of the season to celebrate the opening of A Natural Order.
This exhibit which will feature artists from Maine and beyond is a fundraiser for the Coastal Humane Society. 20% of sales from the exhibit will benefit the vital local non profit.
Be sure to make an evening of May 11th, with art openings throughout town and fine dining at every corner, there is no good reason to stay at home!

Bath celebrates “Mayfair” Saturday, May 5th

| April 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Bath celebrates “Mayfair” Saturday, May 5th

Bath will celebrate the Rites of Spring on Saturday, May 5th, during Main Street Bath’s 10th annual Mayfair event.

The day will begin with yard sales from 8am – noon in City Park on Washington Street and at private locations city-wide.

Participating yard sales will have flyers with address and item listings to help guide shoppers in their hunt for bargain.

The rain location for non-profits will be the Elks Club on Lambert Street.

Other deals can be found from 9am – 3pm in the Big Tent Sale in downtown’s municipal parking lot on Water Street, and at sidewalk sales at downtown shops all day long.

Free family activities include:

  • sidewalk chalk art drawing with Bath’s Art Van from City Hall, and
  •  Maypole dancing with live music on the lawn of the Customs House from 11am – 2pm.

Bath’s new trolley will be unveiled at 10am in front of City Hall at 55 Front Street and offer free rides to the public from 10am-3pm.

At the Bath Train Station and Visitors Center, there will be a petting zoo of baby goats as well as Main Street Bath yard sale items.

Shoppers and families can take part in a Downtown Scavenger Hunt as they enjoy the festivities. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gift of Bath gift certificate.

Other downtown activities include:

  • opening day of the outdoors Bath Farmers Market at Waterfront Park from 8:30am-noon;
  • a 5-year anniversary celebration at The Library Bookstore on Front Street from 10am – 4pm, with a children’s story-hour at 10:30am, door-prizes, and refreshments;
  •  a Cinco de Mayo celebration with drink specials, free munchies, party favors and more from 4pm to 7pm on the Kennebec Tavern’s riverfront patio; and 
  • Enter the Haggis in concert at the Chocolate Church Arts Center at 7:30pm.

There will also be a 5-mile Trail Run, “The Murph” along Whiskeag Trail to help raise funds for Fields for Our Future, with registration from 8-9:30am at the Bath YMCA on Centre Street.

For more information or to download a list of yard-sale vendors, visit the Main Street Bath website at or call us at 442-7291.

Mayfair activities are generously supported by our event sponsors, Maine Hosting Solutions, MW Sewall, Key Bank, Café Crème, Edward Jones Investments, Now You’re Cooking and the Kennebec Company, and by our season event sponsor, Bath Savings Institution.

Earth Day Celebrations at Sea Side Studios

| April 14, 2012 | 0 Comments
Earth Day Celebrations at Sea Side Studios, 97 Commercial Street, Bath

Earth day Event, Friday April 20th and Saturday April 21, 2012. Come join us for a celebration of Mother Earth!

Event Includes:

  • Shamanic energy healer Jaclyn Ouellette
  • Earth Mandela
  • Fire & Drumming ceremony
  • Acoustic music
  • Face painting
  • Time capsule
  • Seed planting station
  • Native American history story time

For More Information call: 442-8239

Family Arts Festival is a celebration of community and the arts

| September 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sat, Sept 17, 10am – 4pm

15th Annual Family Arts Festival
In 1996, we held our first Family Arts Festival on a beautiful September day on the Brunswick Town Mall. The tradition continues!

Each year we bring you new faces, workshops, and performers for a day of art, music and dance making.

We are grateful to artists and performers for making this festival possible. And thank you for coming; have a great day!


Silent Auction

Please take a look at great silent auction items at the bottom of this page. Silent Auction will be held during the Family Arts Festival.  All proceeds support the festival.  You do not need to be present to win.

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Family Arts Festival Sat, Sept 17, 10am – 4pm

| September 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

Family Arts Festival is a celebration of community and the arts

15th Annual Family Arts Festival
In 1996, we held our first Family Arts Festival on a beautiful September day on the Brunswick Town Mall. The tradition continues! Each year we bring you new faces, workshops, and performers for a day of art, music and dance making. We are grateful to artists and performers for making this festival possible. And thank you for coming; have a great day!

Silent Auction

Please take a look at great silent auction items at the bottom of this page. Silent Auction will be held during the Family Arts Festival.  All proceeds support the festival.  You do not need to be present to win.

Gazebo Stage

Music begins at 10. Check back soon for additional information.
10:00     Shanna Underwood Trio. Bringing out the folk and blues aspects of Americana music with homegrown instrumentals and deep, rich vocals.
11:00     Bath Municipal Concert Band. Best entertains the festival with a performance celebrating American music, Broadway favorites and a touch of Salsa!
12:00     Daisy Lee. Daisy performed last year during open mike. This year she has her own repertoire. Click here for video of performance. 
1:00       Jim Loney, Kat Logan & Will Brown. Folk, traditional and blues.  Festival favorites!

2:00       Red Beans & Rice. Dave Hunt and Carter Ruff play blues, originals and recycled classics.

3:00       Jud Caswell. “Jud Caswell captures the American experience through carefully crafted songs while instantly setting a tone of “we’re all friends here” with his audiences. He is truly a new songwriter to be treasured.” – Scott Hayward, Tupelo Music Hall.

On the Lawn

10-12   Mysterious Mime Kay Mann makes an appearance!

10-4   Festival Mural.  Add your impressions to this group effort.

10-4    Face Painting with out enthusiastic and artistic volunteers.

Workshops Children’s Tent
10:00-12:00   Puppy Parade with Elaine Reed. Using Model Magic (a self hardening clay like material) we will use the pinch pot method to create little sculpted critters ( puppies, kittens, etc.). These little critters take about 20 minutes to make and can than be carefully transported home. The actual drying time is about 1 hour.
10:00-2:00   Collage with Maria Castellano-Usery and Patricia Boissevain. Choose a theme, and choose from many materials at hand, and you are on your way!
10:00-1:00    Wearable Art with ArtVan crew. Join Jamie Silvestri and volunteers to create something new to wear created from recycled materials. Make your own headband, vest, bracelet, you name it.


10:00-12:00 Recycled Stuff = Art with Shift Owners Corie Washow and Rob Schulz. Using unique connectors we’ll turn your trash and recycleables into cool creations.  Bring your own materials to build with – along the lines of cereal boxes, paper plates, the cardboard tubes from paper towel/toilet paper, yogurt containers, egg cartons, milk jugs,etc.! 

10:00-12:00  BookMarks with Topsham Library volunteers. Decorate a bookmark for your favorite book.

Image: Festival Mural

10:00-4:00  5×5 Masterpiece with Arts Are Elementary.   Come join Arts Are Elementary and create a “5×5″ masterpiece – a mini version of the locally familiar “10×10″.  A variety of mediums available at this station to inspire young art minds – come use paints, markers, or pencils on foamboard to make your own masterpiece and then border it with a handmade “frame”.  Will be ready to hang in your very own home exhibit!  We estimate 5-20 minutes for this project.

10:00-12:00  Bubble & Print. Learn this print technique from Robin Brooks, Donna Parkinson and Sarah Vosmus.  All ages welcome!

12:00-2:00  Giant Inflatable Creature with Susan Perrine and Big Brothers-Big Sisters. A giant inflatable creature will be built onsite during the festival. Show up at noon and join an impromptu group of artists who will design and build a giant inflatable art object. Using simple materials, recycled plastic and duct tape, we will construct an object that will hold air and with the help of a large fan will inflate to enormous proportions.  Image, right: Inside the Giant Inflatable

12:00-2:00    Light Catchers with Bridget Spaeth. Create luminescent art of light and color with paper and inl.  For ages 7 and up or younger artists with a parent.

12:00-4:00    Extreme Hats with Linda Blanton and volunteers. Create your personal festival statement with this workshop of remarkable toppers!
2:00-4:00     Jewel Jam Wearable Art. with Aura Ever. Bracelets, medallions, crowns and masks are created out of cardboard colored duck tape, sharpies yarn, string and ribbon and jewels….all we need are scissors, tape and imagination!
2:00-4:00     Family Hoop Jam with Amanda Walden from Spin Art.  Amanda will have hula hoops in various sizes available for the whole family to try. Come and give them a spin!
2:00-4:00    Masks Make a face-a cat a monster a flower power mask-Your imagination is the only limit.

Adult tent – Art making workshops and demos
10:00-4:00   Weaving Demonstration with Michael Patterson. Patterson, whose studio is in Brunswick, offers demonstration weaving technique and patterns.

10:00-4:00   Learn more about local cultural nonprofits at info table, including The Theater Project, Maine Maritime Museum, The Chocolate Church, Bowdoin College Craft Center, Maine Fiberarts, and more.
10:00-12:00   Wrapped Rocks. Wrap your favorite rock in linen thread. Maine Fiberarts Director Christine Macchi shows how to crochet these one-of-a-kind keepsakes.
12:00-2:00   Henna Tattooing Demonstration with members of Lewiston Somali community and LA Arts
12:00-2:00  Celestial Star Maps with Rebecca McNulty from Dragon’s Eye Ventures will share an old fashioned method of making nearly invisible star maps of the celestial seas.  Recommended for young adults and adults. 
2:00-4:00     Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Hati Modr
.  Using these techniques helps everyone learn to draw!

2:00-4:00   Oil Pastels with Lee Cheever. Create your own Maine coastal scene and learn pastel techniques.

Images: Mask-maker at work, Light catcher at 2010 festival.



The Family Art Festival celebrates its 15th year this fall.  It is sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, with support from Town of Brunswick, Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, Midcoast Health Services and the generous donations of many local individuals and businesses.  Workshop Sponsors include: Atlantic Regional Federal Credit UnionHannaford Supermarkets, Hammond LumberT. Kevin Sullivan, D.M.D., El Camino, Gulf of Maine BooksMaine Home Realty, Riley Insurance, and Scarlet Begonia’s.

Five Rivers Arts Alliance Membership!
Membership and individual contributions are more than one third of Five Rivers Arts Alliance’s budget. If you are not a member already, join today! We are offering a discount, or a free t-shirt today! Your membership supports this festival and many more events, including ArtWalks in Bath, Brunswick and Topsham, member Meetings and Pecha Kucha Nights. We think that the arts play an essential role in our communities, in life-long learning and in our economy and your membership support our work to strengthen our communities through the arts.




Silent Auction
Local artists and businesses have supported the festival with donations. Many have donated gift certificates and merchandise for our first Silent  Take a look. Make a bid. There are great items for you, or someone you know.  We are grateful for donations from: