The fifth year of the Damariscotta-Newcastle, a.k.a. Twin Villages, ArtWalk continues on Friday, Aug 18. From 4-7 p.m., local galleries, studios, craft stores, restaurants and more keep their doors open for shopping and browsing. This is a free, self-guided event.
There are colorful poster/maps in stores throughout the Twin Villages, and brochures with smaller maps and listings of participants for quick reference. Look for the yellow flags that denote an ArtWalk participant.
n addition to a variety of visual-art mediums, some venues will offer music, others will offer light snacks and drinks. The event increases community awareness of diverse local art, makes shows more inviting to the general public, and fosters the creative economy. Among the 19 locations open this year, participants include The Lincoln Home, Newcastle Realty, Gifts at 136, Damariscotta River Grill, Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty, Studio Roz, Savory Maine Dining & Provisions, The Stable Gallery, Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Jan Kilburn Gallery, The Sinclair Gallery, Kathleen Horst Studio Gallery, Pemaquid Watershed Association, River Arts Gallery, Stars, and Milling Around.
New this year at Damariscotta River Distribution, across from Milling Around and the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce, will be at several tents of art. In August, the artists there will include: representative art from the four Bristol Road Galleries; Susan Bartlett Rice, painter; and Susie Stevenson, fiber artist.
Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop will be open, with artists’ works scattered throughout the beautiful shop including Carol Wiley, Roberta Goschke, Kim Hetherington, and Midge Coleman. Also new this year will be several artists showing at the Twin Villages Church,15 Courtyard St., Damariscotta-above Salt Bay Café, across from Best Thai.
The art walk has been organized by an informal coalition of art connoisseurs, business owners, and nonprofit leaders, and has an eclectic range of participants. The villages invite the local community and visitors to enjoy the galleries, artists and artisans, musicians, specialty shops, and restaurants, as well as views of the Damariscotta River.
The final date for ArtWalk 2017 is Sept. 15.