Community Art and Artifacts Turn Sidewalks into Gallery Space
Color, color everywhere – and all of it meant to be drunk deeply. Guest artists in pop-up galleries and sidewalk displays by local community initiatives add even more variety to the Village collection of galleries, antique venues, and shops. Doors open wide to local residents and visitors from away during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 30, from 5 to 8pm.
Wiscasset artist Leonard Meiselman, a self-described intuitive artist, exhibits ‘Black and White’, a collection of large oil paintings, in the former Rendall Fine Art Gallery at 65 Main St. The artist will talk about his work at 6:30pm. Across the street in this season’s POP-UP Gallery at 64 Main St., Wiscasset artist Donna Barnako exhibits ‘Pigments of My Imagination’, a collection of new abstract paintings. The artist will be on site to talk informally with visitors.
Also making guest appearances for the evening are several sidewalk presentations including an exhibit of healing art displayed by New Hope for Women, the regional resource for women who have been abused. The art represents the emotional pain and psychological struggle of women processing their experiences with domestic violence. Lincoln Country Historical Association will display local artifacts, costumes, and toys along with historical and contemporary photographs of the historical buildings which the organization stewards. Wiscasset resident and India-trained Mehndi artist Krishnabai Lescault will be using the body as her canvas as she adorns visitors’ hands or other accessible body parts with intricate patterns painted with henna.
And then there’s wine tasting at Treats, live music on the sidewalks and in the galleries, two lobster shacks, Red’s Eats and Sprague’s, and family-friendly Sarah’s Café. Check out the impromptu bistro on Middle St. with Mexican food truck El Rodeo Go.
Park your car once in one of Wiscasset’s five public parking lots and spend the evening strolling the Village, enjoying all the sights and sounds, meeting artists and friendly shop owners, visiting the historic Nickels-Sortwell House for a brief guided tour, and checking out the Museum in the Streets panels all around town. And when the views of the Sheepscot River beckon, enjoy the breezy ambiance of the Creamery Pier where you’ll find more live music, Doublet Design studio, a potter’s wheel-throwing demo, and the Chamber of Commerce welcome booth.
Above: Summer Cottage by Neal Hughes at Sylvan Gallery