Art Tours 2018
“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
― Thomas Merton, “No Man Is an Island”
Where would the world be without the artist?
Through his or her imagination, skill, and curious nature, we experience beauty.
We are extended an invitation ... to explore ... to experience the world through each artist’s eye … it’s an individualized departure from reality that takes us where our imaginations lead us.
Art is food for the soul.
Throughout the summer months into September and early October galleries in the Boothbay region, Wiscasset and the twin villages of Newcastle and Damariscotta hold art walks. Each one has its own variations - special receptions, featured artists, music, dancers, food - with one thing in common: the celebration of art!
Participating in the Boothbay region’s first First Friday Art Tour on Aug. 3 are …
* Boothbay Region Art Foundation, 1 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor - reception 5-7 p.m.
* Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor - reception 5-7 p.m.
* Head of the Harbor Gallery 129 Commercial St., Boothbay Harbor - reception 3-5 p.m.
* Ae Home, 93 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor - reception 5 - 7 p.m.
* Paradise Studio, 70 Paradise Point Rd., East Boothbay - reception 2-5 p.m.
* Studio 53, 53 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor - reception 5-7 p.m.
* Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery, 185 Townsend Ave., Suite K, Boothbay Harbor - reception 2-4 p.m.
* Black River Gallery, 16 McKown St., Boothbay Harbor - reception 7-9 p.m.
* Dickinson Art, 38 Beacon Hill Rd., Southport - reception 2-5 p.m.
~ An abbreviated history of Boothbay region’s art tours by Lynne Seitzer ~
In the Boothbay region it all began in 2000, five to eight galleries hosted receptions for an event called Art Along The Avenues. The dates were set up to coincide with the art receptions of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation's show calendar.
This was followed by hosting art tours on the last Friday of each month, known as the “Last Friday Art Tour” but, it was not highly successful.
In 2002, the decision was made to adapt to the nationwide “First Fridays."
Since then, the First Friday Art Tour often has 16 or more galleries participating in the afternoon and evening hours - studios and galleries offer new exhibits, have guest artists on hand, hold demonstrations, art talks and refreshments.
The Boothbay Region Art Foundation serves as an umbrella for the art outreach, education, and opportunity to show artwork in a professional setting.
Art walk/tours in 2018 are on June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5
Park your car for the evening and stroll the Village’s open doors and bustling sidewalks. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the Village.
Enjoy a delightful summer evening as you park your car and stroll the charming Village of Wiscasset. View the incomparable art and meet the artists, sip some wine, and sway to the sounds of our strolling minstrels. Be sure to visit the Village collection of one-of-a-kind shops - from high antiques to folk craft; vintage books to mid-century furnishings; personal luxuries to gifts for loved ones back home. Treasures await!
This year’s walks are on June 28, July 26, Aug. 30, Sept. 27; 5-8 p.m.
This is the sixth year of the Damariscotta-Newcastle, a.k.a. Twin Villages, ArtWalk held the third Friday of June through September.
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.
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.