During the Wiscasset Art Walk 2019 season, locals and visitors took part in a community weaving project. The result, a wall-sized woven tapestry, is now on view at Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Road. You can’t miss it. As you walk in the door, it’s hung in the entry area near tables and chairs where people eat, visit, and settle in with their laptops.
Parks and Recreation Interim Director Duane Goud said he knows a lot about the tapestry after watching the recent selectboard meeting on YouTube at which the project was recapped and displayed. When asked to host it at WCC, he immediately found a place because, he said, it represents a community-wide effort.
More than 100 guest artists participated in braiding strands of colorful materials and then adding them to the wall piece. Wiscasset provided the orange barrier fencing for the background structure, and crafters and businesses donated the colorful fabrics, ribbons and assorted doo-dads for the braiding. Guest artists came from Wiscasset and neighboring towns, the New England region, Florida, Colorado and California, and from even more distant places like Mexico, Canada, UK and Germany.
The community tapestry will be making more appearances throughout the community in the coming months with invitations from Wiscasset Public Library, First Congregational Church and Wiscasset Middle High School. Locations will be announced for this fanciful display of a community working together to create something fascinating and meaningful.
Lead Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2019 are Donna and Frank Barnako. Major Sponsors are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carriage House Gardens, Emotions in Writing, Fogg Art Restoration, Peter H. Eaton & Joan Brownstein Antiques, Red’s Eats, and Wiscasset Woods Lodge; with additional sponsors BIRCH and Rock Paper Scissors.