The rain did not keep people away from the July 29 Wiscasset Art Walk. Shoppers darted in and out of the downpours and many braved the rain to sit and enjoy the music of Downeast Brass.
The rain meant some activities had to be moved into Hasenfus gallery. The venue was abuzz all evening with people contributing to the community mural, talking with Scrapwood Renaissance artist Eric Graffam and painter Jessica Chaples, and participating in the art project of the evening, decoupaged oyster shells with Jan Whitfield. The oyster shells were a hit with all ages participating in the craft in which a decorative napkin and modge podge transformed the shells into beautiful designs.
Celia Ludwig once again worked with the community mural. She said there was a particularly meaningful painting on the mural this time, pointing at a smiley face near the bottom of the mural. She said the young lady who painted it told her she’d lost her father last January and one of the last things he’d said to her was to spread happiness and always smile. Since then, she always adds a smile to whatever she can. She included her father’s initials below the face.
Downeast Brass was stationed under a tent and braved the elements to entertain with everything from Disney favorites to “Dancing Queen.” Dwight Tibbetts, on trumpet, joined the crowd as he played, urging listeners to enjoy the tunes.
The Sylvan Gallery was busy with the opening of a new exhibition, “Neil Hughes and Crista Pisano: Interpreting Landscapes – Two Points of View.” The artists spoke about their work; red dots beside the titles of paintings showed several had already sold.
Walk attendees also enjoyed boxed picnics from Treats. Those could be ordered earlier in the week. Most businesses along Main Street stayed open for the duration of the event and saw many customers.
The art walks are the fourth Thursday of the month, from 5 to 8 p.m. through September.