Art Walk LA Friday, August 18 celebrates student artistic achievements

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2017

It will be a busy weekend in LA, filled with fun and excitement, beginning with Art Walk. We’re proud to support Lewiston High School’s 21st Century Program, presenting work at three locations.

LHS 21st Century Leaders will be showcasing their work from the Summer 2017 internship program. Celebrate “Leading through Art” students as they unveil their community unity mural on the side of the Poise Yoga Studio building at the corner of Lisbon & Cedar Streets as well as student readings titled “Say Her Name!” of original stories and poems about notable women of color. At Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall Art Walkers can view a documentary film entitled “The Unheard Voices of Lewiston” created by students through the “Design your Own” internship.

In Auburn’s Festival Plaza there will be an impressive “trifecta” of events to kick off the Great Falls Balloon Festival weekend. The Red Table Picnic, sponsored by Auburn Recreation, encourages the community to celebrate their proud “Red Eddies” history by holding a red-themed picnic from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Also in Festival Plaza, the Great Falls Balloon Festival will be presenting two bands: 6:00 – 7:15pm Polarized Acoustic Duo  and 7:30 –  9:00pm Rubber Band.

At One Great Falls Plaza in Auburn (corner of Court & Turner) enjoy Family Friendly Programming: Nancy Beaule reading from her latest children’s book and the shared art-making event, “Community Masterpiece”. Also a Pop Up Photo Op “Be a Masterpiece”.

In Lewiston, the Downtown Lewiston Arts District is hosting their annual Selfie Contest. Three businesses (Poise Yoga and Foot Sanctuary 351 Lisbon St; The Studio 291 Lisbon St; Wicked Illustrations 140 Canal St) will participate. Visit each location, enjoy the art and lite refreshments, take a selfie inside the business, post it to their Facebook page and you will be entered to win a painting from Wicked Illustrations and Yoga from Poise! At Dufresne Plaza steel drum orchestra Tinpanic will be playing at 7:00pm.

Parking is free after 6pm with ample garage space on both sides of the river.

Photo attached:

Some of the 21st Century “Leading through Art” mural team with L/A Arts staff taking a break from installation work.

Download the full August listings here!

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For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017

Live performances throughout this Friday’s Art Walk LA, July 21 5-8pm, two new shows at the L/A Arts Gallery

Art Walk LA organizer L/A Arts has announced “Music abounds at this Friday’s Art Walk LA. Performances include: Chicks With Sticks at Dufresne Plaza, Maine Music Society Chamber Singers next to Ben’s Burritos, Ramblin’ Chops & The Revelator at Bear Bones Beer, pianist Lexi Wegiel at She Doesn’t Like Guthries, and singer/songwriter Chris Robley at Poise Yoga and Foot Sanctuary. There will also be a surrealist puppet performance by Inventing Trees at Rinck Advertising.”

In Auburn’s Festival Plaza there will be a live sculpting demonstration by Riverside Woodcarving and performance excerpts by Community Little Theatre from their upcoming show “Shrek”. At One Great Falls Plaza L/A Arts is hosting Community Masterpiece, a free family friendly art-making event. There will also be a Pop Up Photo Op where visitors can Be a Masterpiece and take selfies as the Mona Lisa or other famous works of art.

Said L/A Arts director Louise Rosen “With 27 venues showing the work of 30+ artists, Art Walk LA is a great Friday night downtown.” 2017 is Art Walk LA’s seventh year in Lewiston and second year in Auburn, bringing free, public exhibits from artists in all media. Now taking place on the third Friday of each month from 5-8pm, Art Walk LA has also expanded its run to December to include the holiday season.

Said Rosen “At the L/A Arts Gallery at 221 Lisbon Street we are delighted to be opening two new shows from local artists and artisans: New Paintings from Jeff Jacques and an exhibit of craft work from members of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine and other African makers. Jeff is an abstract expressionist painter living and working in Lewiston, and will be showing many of his newest, large format acrylic paintings. The women artisans of the Somali Bantu community are skilled weavers, using palm fronds to make handled baskets called dambils and oval mats called salis. Beautiful examples of both will be on display along with unique garments, instruments and other items from several other African countries including Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan, curated by our collaborator from Sudan, Mahasin Arbab.” Arbab added “There will also be demonstrations of henna hand painting and African-inspired hair design. People will enjoy seeing how this delicate work is done.”

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Images Left to Right
Chicks with Sticks
Dambils Basket from the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine
Jeff Jacques’ “Redemption” Acrylic on Canvas

 

 

Bonus art walk: Thursday Art Crawl on October 6

If you thought the September Art Walk was the end of the season, don’t fret. A special 2016 bonus Thursday Art Crawl on Thursday, October 6 will follow. The Art Crawl will coincide with the Maine International Conference on the Arts taking place in Lewiston Auburn and include the Maine Craft Association’s 2016 Craft Apprenticeship Program gallery showing from 4:00-7:00 at LA Arts and a special art walk through Lewiston from 7:00-8:00.

Over a dozen venues will be exhibiting the work of area artists, with drinks and snacks along the way.

Continue reading “Bonus art walk: Thursday Art Crawl on October 6”

September Art Walk updates

Looking for info on October 6’s Thursday Art Crawl? Click here for the full rundown.

 

Local artist Alexandra Hood works on an acrylic painting as part of a live art demo at Auburn’s Festival Plaza during Art Walk Lewiston Auburn.

Local artists and the public alike are in for a cider-sweet finish to Art Walk LA’s regular Friday events this September 30. The event will feature dozens of new and returning local artists’ work, lively music and other entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to connect with friends. Make it to both sides of the Androscoggin for the complete experience.

Don’t fret: September 30’s event isn’t the end of the season. A special 2016 bonus Thursday Art Crawl on Thursday, October 6 will follow. The Art Crawl will coincide with the Maine International Conference on the Arts taking place in Lewiston Auburn and include the Maine Craft Association’s 2016 Craft Apprenticeship Program gallery showing from 4:00-7:00 at LA Arts and a special art walk through Lewiston from 7:00-8:00. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon. Continue reading “September Art Walk updates”

Interactive installation art will kick off September 30’s Art Walk LA

Begin this last Friday Art Walk LA at 4:00 PM with Maine installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis’s MEMORY at the Bates Mill Complex (35 Canal Street; enter Atrium doors under clock tower and take elevator to 4th floor; please don’t park in Bates lot). It takes 45-60 minutes to become part of her nine large-scale interactive works before she closes her doors for the day at 5:00 PM.

Then, head to the rest of Art Walk LA from 5:00-8:00 PM throughout Lewiston and Auburn’s downtowns.  Continue reading “Interactive installation art will kick off September 30’s Art Walk LA”