First Friday Art Walks abound!


Bar Harbor is having their very first Art Walk Friday, August 3, from 6-9 p.m. “Bar Harbor is full of visual, wearable, performing and literary arts, and twelve of the finest galleries and shops in town are participating,” says Linda D’Alessio of D’Alessio Gallery. On display will be both traditional and contemporary art by some of Maine’s best artists, and MDI’s new Shakespeare company will perform at a pre-event celebration.

A Pre-Art Walk event will be hosted by Steven and Susan Raab in the beautiful gardens at The Kedge, 112 West Street, Bar Harbor from 5:15-5:45. The event will introduce Bar Harbor’s new Harborside Shakespeare Company, which will perform scenes from its upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet on the balcony of this historic West Street home. Open to the public, find your place on the lawn, enjoy punch and snacks, and meet and talk with the actors before you pick up your walking map and begin your tour. Walking maps will also be available at all participating shops, galleries, and the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center on Main Street.

Stonington Galleries First Friday features an artist’s reception at Isalos Fine Art from 4 to 7 pm August 3. For more information, call 367-2700 or visit isalosfineart.com

Martin Gottlieb, pianist, and Kristen Burkholder, vocalist perform at BelfastARTS Walk

BelfastARTS Friday Gallery Walk continues Friday August 3 with more than 20 art venues who invite you to enjoy leisurely visits through the intimacy of their downtown galleries, showcasing a wide variety of work such as painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Entertainment will be “Tango” who will perform at the corner of Main and High Streets. Martin Gottlieb, pianist, and Kristen Burkholder, vocalist, specialize in the great American songbook, and Shana Bloomstein will be dancing in the streets.

Some venue highlights:  at The Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer: mixed-media artist Karen MacDonald: “All That We Has,” at High Street Studio & Gallery: Susan Tobey White’s new series of “Children, Games, and Twirly Skirts,” inspired by memories of a time past, and at Maine Farmland Trust “Listening to the Land.”

BelfastARTS walks take place 5:30–8:00 p.m. every Friday in July and August and first Fridays in June, September, October, and December. For further information on all participating galleries, openings, and special events visit belfastartwalk.com.

Arts in Rockland organizes Art Walks and Receptions on the First Friday of each month.  Look for banners flying in front of the many participating galleries, including Harbor Square, Eric Hopkins, The Landing, Dowling Walsh, Jonathan Frost, Carver Hill, CRAFT and Art Space Gallery.

Boothbay Region’s galleries are all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Peninsula. Follow the Art Trail Map provided inside the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide. Participating galleries and studios are Ocean Point Studio, Allen David, Boothbay Region Art Foundation, CoCo Vivo Fine Art, Gold/Smith, Head of the Harbor, Joy To The Wind, Paradise Studio, and Studio 53 Fine Art.