New Art and Demos Throughout Wiscasset Village

WAW 2014 Closes with Live Music Jam

Although the Wiscasset Art Walk 2014 season is coming to a close, new exhibits and demos are planned to delight, inspire, and challenge visitors from near and far during the September 25 event, from 5-8pm. Spend the evening strolling Wiscasset Village’s galleries, unique shops, and historical sites, and be sure to stop at Mac’s Place at the end of the evening for a joyous musical event to close the season. 

Sarah’s Café hosts artist Petrea Noyes with an exhibit of her remarkably contemporary paintings. “My creative process is exactly the same as it was fifty years ago, but my tools and equipment have changed,” explains the artist. Instead of oils and acrylics, Noyes now works with a digital drawing tablet which she describes as “magical.” She uses her tablet to clone (copy sections from one source to another), paint and draw (with pixels), and build her pieces, not unlike building a conventional collage. Her software consists of Picture Window, Adobe Essentials, and Painter X. She draws on the tablet while watching the piece evolve on her computer screen: she clones repeatedly to build unexpected shapes and combinations, and dramatic color changes are instantaneous and highly controllable. When she completes an image she finds compelling, she then prints it with a 44 inch Epson archival inkjet printer on specially coated high quality canvas, stretches the piece on deep profile stretcher bars, and coats it with acrylic gels or varnishes. 

Wiscasset assemblage artist John Sideli will be showcasing, for the first time, his new series of wearable art. Sideli’s brooches and necklaces are constructed of found and repurposed objects using wood, paper, vintage Bakelite, machine parts, buttons, beads, fishing tackle, shells, and all manner of curious items. According to the artist, “The emphasis is on color and whimsy.” 

Tandem Glass, located in Dresden, makes a guest appearance at Treats with an assortment of their unique hand-blown glass, just the right accompaniment to Treats’ wine tasting in progress. 

At 106 Main St., Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts will be showcasing some of their one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces while current resident artists demonstrate wheel and hand-building with clay. 

New to the Wiscasset Art Walk music roster this month is Twisted Strings, Michele Roy and Will West, an acoustic duo playing old and new tunes with traditional Celtic roots on fiddle, guitar, and Irish bouzouki. Roy and West give fresh interpretations to tunes grounded in the traditions of the form. You’ll find these wandering troubadours playing on the sidewalks of the Village, but, at the end of the evening, around 7:30pm, Twisted Strings will be joined by Married with Chitlins for a foot-stomping jam session at Mac’s Place to close the 2014 Art Walk season! 

Twisted Strings and Married with Chitlins end the evening!

Twisted Strings and Married with Chitlins end the evening!

Major Sponsors for the 2014 Wiscasset Art Walk season are The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, and Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing.