The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce recently launched a year-round, public-art sculpture trail featuring the works of sculptors from Maine and New England. The Trail consists of 17 sculptures with varying artistic styles, mediums and subjects.
Boothbay Harbor is the first town in Maine to initiate a curated sculpture trail that offers the gift of public art to residents and visitors to the Midcoast region. The sculptures are currently concentrated in the downtown corridor of Boothbay Harbor and within easy walking distance to one another. Each sculpture is for sale and all proceeds go directly to the artist. Trail markers are located at each sculpture site and provide contact information on the artist and a description of the piece. A Trail Map available at the Chamber guides visitors through the harbor’s streets, byways and across the harbor’s iconic footbridge to each sculpture site.
As the momentum of the Sculpture Trail evolves and expands, it will take visitors to the far reaches of the Boothbay peninsula, showcasing the natural beauty and diversity of the Region. Chamber Director, Patricia Royall, believes this is a great way to encourage visitors to get to know the Boothbay Harbor Region and perhaps dine and shop while walking the Trail.
On Saturday Aug. 11, the Chamber will host “It’s All About Sculpture” Launch Celebration. The Celebration will take place at the Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Rd./Route 27 in Boothbay from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A sculpted bird bath by sculptor Dan Ucci, will be raffled off with all proceeds going to benefit the Sculpture Trail.
Adding some fun to the evening, regional chefs and caterers will compete in the First Annual Food Sculpture Competition. The criteria: Must be edible. Get creative and have fun! The winner of the Food Sculpture Competition will receive a $200 prize. Participating chefs include: Dick Reid of the Thistle Inn, Kelly Patrick Farrin from The Carriage House Restaurant, Lenworth Poorman from Ocean Point Inn, Caterer, Kate Maringer and Somijit Lim from Oceanside Golf Resort. The Chamber is still accepting applications for the competition until Aug. 1.
To obtain a Sculpture Trail map or purchase tickets for the “Meet the Sculptors” Launch Celebration or register for the Food Sculpture Competition, contact the Chamber at 633-2353. The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce is located at 192 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor.