Damariscotta-Newcastle ArtWalk this Friday
The fifth year of the Damariscotta-Newcastle (Twin Villages) ArtWalk begins Friday, June 16. From 4-7 p.m., local galleries, studios, craft stores, restaurants and more keep their doors open for shopping and browsing. The Damariscotta-Newcastle Art Walk is a free, self-guided event. Look for the yellow flags that denote an ArtWalk participant.
Among the 17 locations open this year participants include The Lincoln Home, Newcastle Realty, Gifts at 136, Damariscotta River Grill, Legacy Properties-Sotheby's, Studio Roz, Savory Maine Dining and 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 (oysters) across from Milling Around will be four tents of art. In June the artists there will be: representative art from Bristol Road Galleries; Tania Hennessey; Nickolas Downing, blacksmith, from Stable Gallery, will be doing demo; and Susie Stevenson, fiber artist. Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop will be open with artists Carol Wiley, Roberta Goschke, and Kim Hetherington.
In 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. 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 ArtWalk is held on the third Friday on the month June-September. The villages of Newcastle and Damariscotta 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.
Banner sponsors this year include Colby & Gale, Mid-Coast Energy Systems, Renys, and First National Bank. Ad sponsors include: River Gallery Fine Art, Damariscotta Pottery, The Bristol Road Galleries, King Eider’s Pub, Weatherbird, Bill Crocker-Realtor, Lincoln Theater, Cherry Gallery, Phelps Architects, Artsake Framing Gallery, Salt Bay Art Supply, Round Top Ice Cream, Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop, The Shady Lady, and Rising Tide Community Market.
There are colorful poster/maps in stores throughout the Twin Villages of Damariscotta-Newcastle and brochures with smaller maps and listings of participants with them for quick reference and visits beyond ArtWalk nights. Additional dates for Art Walks include July 21, Aug.18, and Sept. 15.
Additional information can be found on the ArtWalk Facebook page (TwinVillagesArtWalk). For information about participating as an artist or performer, please contact event coordinators Kathleen Horst, firstname.lastname@example.org, Kim Traina email@example.com, or Jill Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-563-1735.