If art is your passion, then Wiscasset Art Walk (WAW) on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 5-8 p.m., is the place for you! Wiscasset Village will be humming with exceptional exhibitions and accomplished artists painting live during the evening.
Sylvan Gallery, 49 Water St., is celebrating 19 years as a fine art gallery representing a select group of contemporary, award-winning New England artists. For this special anniversary exhibit, new work includes a series of nocturnes by Neal Hughes; Robert Noreika’s Cribstone, an oil painting of the Bailey Island stone bridge, also known as Cribstone Bridge; new paintings by Crista Pisano which she completed during the Castine, Maine, Plein Air Festival in July; and new work by Wiscasset artist Susannah Haney. Gallery owner Ann Scanlan, a fine artist currently exploring the theme of animals in local rural farm settings, knows all the artists she represents. She’ll be on hand to talk with visitors about the paintings on exhibit and the stories behind them.
For 35 years, Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main St., has been specializing in fine 19th through 21st century American and European paintings. The current exhibit, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism & Modernism, features paintings by artists from America, France, and Italy including the charming work of American artists Leon Kroll (1884–1974) and Suzanne Demarest (1900-1985). Gallery owners Keith and Cordelia Oehmig will be delighted to talk with visitors about their featured artists and the remarkable collection of paintings their gallery exhibits. Keith’s own paintings, often of iconic local seaside and landscape scenes, are prominently displayed.
The Maine Art Gallery has invited artists to paint en plein air in the Village during Wiscasset Art Walk, and the public is invited to look over shoulders and watch as visions unfold on canvas. Some of the regional artists participating are Lisa Kyle, Stephan Giannini, Renee Lammers, Ian Bruce, Geoffrey Bladon, and Tony van Hasselt. This is the kick-off for the gallery’s three-day Paint Wiscasset event which culminates on Saturday, Aug. 31, with a reception and art sale at the gallery,15 Warren St., from 5 - 8 p.m.
For WAW visitors who would like to make their own art, the Weaving Project, 64 Main St., welcomes children and adults to participate in the on-going process of creating a large, collaborative art piece. Visitors are encouraged to create a braided strand from an array of colorful and sparkly materials and then weave it into a wall-sized community tapestry. The tapestry is being built on a grid of orange construction fencing, so appropriate for Wiscasset’s summer of ubiquitous orange barrels!
Wiscasset Art Walks are held on the last Thursday of the summer months from 5-8 p.m. The final 2018 WAW will be on Sept. 26. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the Village.
Lead Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2019 are Donna and Frank Barnako. Major Sponsors are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carriage House Gardens, Emotions in Writing, Fogg Art Restoration, Peter H. Eaton & Joan Brownstein Antiques, Red’s Eats, and Wiscasset Woods Lodge; with additional sponsors BIRCH and Rock.