Salad Days celebration July 8
Many area residents have found a summer recipe they can’t resist: a salad buffet of fresh dishes prepared by local chefs and served on earthenware plates they can keep. On Saturday July 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., hundreds of Mainers and visitors will join in the 23rd annual Salad Days celebration at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle.
Artist Kurt Anderson has created more than 550 plates painted with creatures, characters, and critters for guests to choose from. In addition to getting a delicious meal and handcrafted plate, visitors can enjoy pottery demonstrations, tours of Watershed’s historic art studios, a raffle with dozens of ceramic art prizes, and lively music by Jerks of Grass, Michele Roy and Will West.
There will be two opportunities for those inclined to shop: a pottery sale featuring works by more than 20 artists from Maine and around the country and a sale featuring creative handmade beer steins.
The Pots on Wheels! van, a mobile project space that brings pottery to underserved communities, will offer visitors a chance to play with clay. Other participating nonprofits include the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, and Society of Arts and Crafts. Studio Potter magazine will also be on hand.
Funds raised during Salad Days support Watershed's community education and residency programs for clay artists. Admission is $40, which includes the meal and a handcrafted plate. Visitors coming just to the pottery sale are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased on site that day or online at www.watershedceramics.org.
“Salad Days joins artists near and far with the Midcoast community, and is generously supported by many local restaurants, farms and businesses,” says Francine Rudoff, Watershed’s executive director. “We’re especially grateful to this year’s Tent Sponsors, Jeffrey Spahn Gallery, J. Edward Knight Insurance, and Ames True Value Hardware.”
For directions to Watershed and details on Salad Days, visit http://www.watershedceramics.org/events/salad-days/ or call (207) 882-6075