Peg Worth Honored with Bench Dedication + Scholarship Fund

Peg Worth on the bridgePeg Worth on the Armistice Bridge in Belfast.

There is a new granite bench, first on the left as you walk east across the Armistice Bridge in Belfast, that was dedicated to Peg Worth on Friday, January 15, 2016. Worth, the late artist and realtor, was honored by a group of her friends and family this past summer by raising money to create a scholarship fund at Waterfall Arts, primarily for young art students.

Called “Peg’s FUNd,” the unusual capitalizations are used to indicate simply that Peg was an optimistic and creative person who loved to have fun, to make art and support artists. An art auction of Worth’s own paintings as well as her extensive art collection raised $13,100 to create Peg’s FUNd and install the granite bench on the walking bridge with a bronze plaque honoring her. The group plans to continue fundraising to ensure the FUNd continues to honor Peg and help young people have fun and make art.

A candlelight ceremony was held on the bridge to dedicate the bench and plaque in Peg’s memory. At the ceremony, one of the FUNd organizers, Mike Cunning presented the check to Waterfall Arts founder, Alan Crichton.”Both Waterfall Arts and young Waldo County artists are very grateful to Peg Worth and to Peg’s FUNd organizers,” said Crichton. “Peg was an enthusiastic and creative spirit. Her generosity and willingness to help others were quietly legendary. In honor of that spirit, Waterfall Arts intends to double these initial funds through a series of fundraising events this year, so that young creators for generations to come will remember Peg as a fellow artist and a friend.”Waterfall Arts invites all who remember and admired Peg to visit the bench and think of her. To contribute to the Peg’s FUNd or for more information, please call Waterfall Arts at 207-338-2222, e-mail info@waterfallarts.org or visit waterfallarts.org.Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center. 2016 marks its tenth year in Belfast; offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong business sponsor, Revision Energy, individual donations and charitable foundations. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast.