The Katahdin Paint-Out and Trails End Festival

Caren-Marie Michel paints plein air

North Light Gallery in Millinocket is holding “The Katahdin Paint-Out” with an Open House from 10 – 6 p.m. Sat. Sept. 14. The paint-out is part of Millinocket’s “Trails End Festival,” a long weekend celebration of food, music and art.

According to North Light Gallery owner Marsha Donahue, many artists are signing up because the book “The Art of Katahdin” by David Little, and the show at the University of New England based on the book have drawn a lot of attention to the Katahdin region. “Artists are asking ‘How do I get involved up there?’ This paint out is one way.”

Ten artists are currently making their pilgrimage to paint Katahdin in the paint-out hosted by North Light Gallery. The artists will paint in four locations; Church’s Camp “Rhodora” on Millinocket Lake, made famous when Frederick Edwin Church painted his views of Katahdin in 1878, and at a few sites along the Golden Road, such as Compass Pond, Abol Bridge and the Cribworks, which all have dramatic views of Katahdin.  Jen Hall at Church’s Camp “Rhodora” welcomes tours and can be reached at 731-1243. Directions to all sites and maps are available at North Light Gallery.

Camp scene by Frederick Edwin Church, 1878

The work produced by the artists on Friday will be on view for sale during the open house on Saturday, Sept. 14. North Light Gallery is also celebrating the grand opening of Affordable Custom Framing with refreshments and the musical styling of popular blues guitarist Mark Miller.

From Sept. 13 to Sept. 15, Millinocket is the scene of the Trails End Festival, a celebration of the area’s unique natural beauty with food, music and art.  A schedule is available at trailsendfestival.org .  The Trails End Festival is loaded with hourly events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday including a short AT hike, a Chili Cook Off, a Walk/Run, Sat. Morning Parade, Maine Dixieland Band, Pie & Cake Auction, Moonlight Kayak Paddle, Pub Crawl, Classic Car & Cycle Show, and closes with the Mallett Brothers Band on Sunday.

“The Katahdin Paint-Out” and the “Trails End Festival” make it an ideal weekend to visit Millinocket. Visitors can see the artists at work Friday and then stay for the chili cook-off at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Millinocket. The artists are planning to march in the parade Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and then stay and paint outside every day.  North Light Gallery welcomes more artists to join in and to contact the gallery to participate. For more information visit artnorthlight.com.