Art Walk LA May 2016 Artists and Venues

This year’s Art Walk LA is looking to be bigger and better than ever! Check out the list below of participating artists and venues for May. Read more about the event or about participating artists and businesses.

  • 84 Court Restaurant (84 Court Street, Auburn)
    • Nel Bernard
  • Argo (64 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Mike Breau
    • Denny Bourgoin
  • Auburn City Hall (60 Court Street, Auburn)
    • John G. Mitchell
  • Auburn Public Library: Not participating this month
  • Avant-Garde Maine (182 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Kevin Barry
  • Bear Bones Beer (43 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • ArtVan
  • Café LA 49 (Spring Street, Auburn)
    • Julie Breau, Heather Gagne, Karl Maren, and Carol Boldt
  • Canna Care Docs of Maine (79 Main Street, Auburn)
    • Bridget McAlonan and Delian Valeriani
  • Cell53 (347 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Jennifer Locke
  • Chill Yoga (178 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Ellen Hodgkin
  • Designs By Skip (144 Main Street, Auburn)
    • Designs By Skip artwork
  • Downtown Handmade Vintage / The Hive (277 Lisbon Street, 2nd Floor, Lewiston)
    • Jennifer Gammon
    • The Hive Resident Artists
  • Dube’s Flower Shop (195 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Farwell & Longley Student Work
  • Forage Market (180 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Alexandra Hood
    • Peter Bucklin
  • Fuel Lewiston / Sidecar: Not particpating this month
  • Gil Poliquin Hearing Aid & Optical Center (50 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Lisa Marshall
  • Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub (68 Main Street, Auburn)
    • Katie Theriault
  • Hardy, Wolf & Downing (186 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Jillian Elder
    • Ken Harvey
  • Heritage Collectibles (189 Main Street, Lewiston)
    • Elisabeth Salberg
  • J. Dostie Jewelers (4 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • C E Morse
  • Kait Lavin Photography (154 Court Street, Auburn)
    • Teresa Cavendish Barbosa
  • Kimball Street Studios (191 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • John Stass
  • LA Arts (221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Don Bernard
    • George Ramos
    • Lewiston Middle School Honors Art Students
    • Tree Street Youth Students
  • Lamey Wellehan (108 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Samantha Judd
    • New Beginnings Youth Artists
    • Emma Oinonen
    • Franklin Alternative High School Students
  • Lamey Wellehan – Grants Gallery (109 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Grow L+A Artists
  • Lewiston Public Library (200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Erica Christensen
    • Peter Moran
  • Maine Gourmet Chocolates (170 Main Street, Auburn)
    • Corrie Bernatchez
  • Paul’s Clothing & Shoe Store: Not participating this month
  • Poise Yoga Studio (351 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Gary Stallsworth
    • Papi Musese
  • Quiet City (277 Lisbon Street, 2nd Floor, Lewiston)
    • Courtney Schlachter
    • Eli Schlachter
    • Mackenzie Holland
  • Roger’s Haircutters (94 Main Street, Auburn)
    • Sheila Patrick
  • She Doesn’t Like Guthries (115 Middle Street, Lewiston)
    • Maria Castellano-Usery
  • The Brand Collective (162 Main Street, Auburn)
    • Brandon Goding
  • The Cupcakery (97 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Mathew Nicholas
  • The Studio (291 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Marie Deforge
    • Mike Thurlow
  • The Vault (84 Lisbon Street, Lewiston)
    • Len Farinas
  • Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar (168 Main Street, Auburn)
    • Corrie Bernatchez
  • Wicked Illustrations (140 Canal Street, Lewiston)
    • Student Art Show

We Love Our Art Walk LA Sponsors!

Thank you to our Art Walk LA sponsors! Without your support, this community arts event wouldn’t be possible.

Underwriting Sponsor

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Berman & Simmons is the leading plaintiffs’ law firm in Maine, with 17 attorneys representing clients in a wide range of matters including personal injury, medical malpractice, defective products, and other serious injury cases.

Established in Lewiston in 1914, the firm has been protecting the rights of Mainers for more than 100 years. Its founders made an impact by standing up for mill workers and other members of the working class. A century later, that tradition carries on. Berman & Simmons is known for creativity and fearlessness when representing clients against powerful interests.

Although the firm now serves clients statewide, Berman & Simmons has never wavered from its commitment to the people of Lewiston, Auburn and Androscoggin County. Each year, lawyers and staff members dedicate hundreds of hours and make financial contributions to local charitable organizations. As a fixture on Lisbon Street, Berman & Simmons is also an important employer for the region. Learn more at

Curation Sponsor


Additional Sponsors

  • Austin Associates, P. A.
  • Busytown Bikes
  • Hardy Wolf & Downing
  • Leary & DeTroy
  • Lighting Concepts
  • Linnell Choate & Webber, LLP
  • Lisa Laliberte – State Farm Insurance Agent
  • Martin Bailey Allstate Insurance
  • Mechanics Savings Bank
  • Norman, Hanson & DeTroy
  • Norway Savings Bank
  • Optometric Associates
  • Rainbow Bicycle
  • Paul’s Clothing & Shoe Store
  • Wicked Illustrations Studio and Gallery

Thank you!

Interested in a sponsorship? Call LA Arts: 207-782-7228.

LA Arts Executive Director to resign, search for new director begins

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LEWISTON/AUBURN: After running the organization for three years, Executive Director Joshua Vink is stepping down at the end of July. “It’s been a great ride, I’m so appreciative for the opportunities I’ve had to serve this community with work that I believe strongly in. I’m proud of the foundations we’ve established and the goals we’ve reached, and am hopeful for a bright future for L/A Arts and the arts and cultural landscape in the Twin Cities.” In his tenure, Vink took the organization in new directions, mainly around streamlining its work to four core programs: Arts in Education, Art Walk L/A, Ice Festival L/A, and Arts Agency Initiatives. The board of directors has announced that a search to replace Mr. Vink will begin in early May.

“I have always seen our work as the local arts agency as a support entity for the arts, advocating, collaborating and celebrating the wonderful artists and institutions which add such richness and vibrancy to Lewiston Auburn”, Vink says. This is seen through the emphasis on Arts in Education the organization has developed, the expansion of Art Walk into Auburn, installing the L/A Rattle sculpture by Charlie Hewitt on Lisbon Street, and working with local partners to develop Cultural Plan L/A. The organization is also beginning a new initiative with the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council (LAEGC), the Maine College of Art (MECA) and Museum L/A called Downtown Creative Industries, which aims to give creative artisans and entrepreneurs business development and exhibition tools to help them start their own businesses and maker spaces.

Vink sees a future in Lewiston Auburn for the continued growth of these programs, but only through strong collaborative partnerships and robust Arts in Education programs. I hope to see the continuation of this approach, both developing artistry in young people and supporting our current professional artistic class to build and highlight the Twin Cities’ wonderful people and assets”.

Vink will be teaching at a college in New York in the fall.


Executive Director (Lewiston/Auburn, ME)

LA Arts seeks a full-time Executive Director for the 43 year-old local arts agency in Lewiston Auburn, Maine.

Position will begin mid-July, 2016.

Vision Statement

The vision of LA Arts is to enrich the lives of people in our community by sponsoring partnerships, programming, and experiences of the arts in all forms.

What We Do

Working with government arts agencies, city governments, businesses, and local arts and cultural organizations, LA Arts creates opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts; organizes arts programs and initiatives; supports the work of local artists and arts organizations; and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for our community.

Organization History

LA Arts began in 1973 as a program of the Lewiston Public Library, soon joined by the Auburn Public Library, focused on bringing professional arts performers to the community to provide residencies in the public schools and give public performances.  In 1988 the organization, renamed LA Arts, was designated the local arts agency by the governments of the Twin Cities.  Its work has moved away from presenting public performances, which it leaves largely to its sister arts organizations in the community (with which it forms the consortium Arts and Culture L/A).  It works in three areas:  (1) Arts in Education (residencies in the public schools, professional development workshops for teaches, poetry slams and other community-wide programs for students); (2) Community arts events (monthly Art Walks in warm months, symposia, annual Ice Festival, public art commissions); and (3) Arts agency initiatives (development of the L/A Cultural Plan; support of Arts and Culture L/A).

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

The Executive Director of LA Arts will be responsible for the overall management of the organization and implementation of its programs. Duties and Responsibilities include;

  • Work with Board of Directors to evaluate and build support for existing programs and initiatives. Interpret LA Arts’ goals and services to various public entities.
  • Work with Board of Directors in ongoing strategic planning process in order to evaluate and assess existing programs and initiatives. Devise and implement new programs as necessary that realize unaddressed parts of our Vision and the Cultural Plan.
  • Responsible for researching and writing grant applications in order to maintain and increase existing grant revenues in support of initiatives.
  • Enlist the support of the two city councils, businesses, schools, non-profits, individuals, volunteers, and granting agencies in our work.
  • Recruit, develop and secure major donors and maintain and increase existing business and individual membership base.
  • Develop an ongoing fundraising program to expand income. Participate in all fundraising activities including speaking engagements, membership activities, etc.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in the arts, art management or related field, Master’s degree preferred. Minimum three years administrative experience in the non-profit or general arts sector. A background in financial management and fiscal responsibility including: budgets, and basic accounting, in the context of strategic development and growth of programs;

  • Experience and ability to work closely with a Board of Directors to develop governance, policies, strategic planning, fundraising goals, and committee work for the organization.
  • Experience with grant writing and proven track record with successful grant implementation and evaluation.
  • Experience with arts marketing and promotion including: direct and general advertisement, social media & websites, and print/ad/press releases.
  • Ability to build and facilitate a base of volunteers from the community who support the organization.
  • Ability to work with organizations and individuals across Lewiston and Auburn to complete and implement the Cultural Plan.
  • Knowledge of the evolving cultural milieu of the Lewiston/Auburn area and a passion to lead and contribute to the thriving arts and culture of these communities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, maintain professional standards, and a willingness to work in a creative, dynamic environment.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references by June 15th, 2016:

Executive Search Committee
LA Arts
221 Lisbon Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

Or email materials to:

No phone calls please.

Double Marketing Opportunity – Sponsor Art Walk LA

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Businesses, don’t miss this chance to gain double exposure while supporting local arts and community. Sponsor Art Walk LA at the Curation Supporter level ($500) and get a free $500 sponsorship at an upcoming LA Metro Chamber Breakfast.

That’s $1000 worth of marketing for half the price!

Art Walk LA Curation Supporter Sponsorship:

  • on the Art Walk LA web page
  • in Art Walk LA thank-you print ad
  • before Art Walk LA performances
  • in Art Walk LA promotional ads
  • on Art Walk LA indoor maps and signs

LA Metro Chamber $500 Sponsorship:

  • Logo and sponsor listing on event page
  • Recognition in breakfast emails
  • Info read at the breakfast, can highlight your business, events, specials, etc.
  • Ability to distribute materials on the breakfast tables
  • Ability to hang a banner at the breakfast
  • Spotlight table to display materials

For more info or to become a sponsor, contact LA Arts: 207-782-7228.

Note: Sponsor must be an LA Metro Chamber member to redeem this offer. Date and time for the breakfast will be scheduled through the Chamber of Commerce and based on availability.

Our mission: Inspire and engage a vibrant community through arts and culture