The sun glistens on the Sheepscot River, the lines at Red’s Eats and Sprague’s lobster shack on the pier look hungry and expectant, and the galleries and shops entice visitors to the final Wiscasset Art Walk (WAW) of the season on Thursday, Sept. 26, 5-8 p.m. And, for a special end-of-season surprise, professional juggler Andrew Silver offers proof that all the Village is but a stage!
Variety artist Andrew Silver has just returned from a year-long adventure as a performer with Aida Cruises, making stops in cities all across the Mediterranean. Now back in hometown Westbrook, Andrew’s next stop is Wiscasset Village where he will perform for the delight of WAW visitors.
And if, as Shakespeare claims, all the men and women are merely players, with exits and entrances, then many additional players will be on hand to greet residents and visitors from away. Art students from the Wiscasset Middle and High School will be exhibiting their creations in the Weaving Project, 64 Main St., while local community groups and vendors will inhabit the newly expanded sidewalks to offer a glimpse of life in Wiscasset, then and now.
Visitors may get lost in other times and places as they peruse the beautiful art in Wiscasset Bay Gallery and Sylvan Gallery. Shops are in their glory now as they transition into the new season with fresh wares. BIRCH, a shop for home furnishings, welcomes the coming darkness with a jolly collection of holiday trimmings. According to co-owner Brad Sevaldson, “The gnomes are back!”
And the Weaving Project issues a final call to all creatives to take part in a season-long community art project, ending with this the final WAW of 2019. Volunteers help visitors create simple braided strands – from a wealth of decorative materials – who then add it to the growing wall-sized tapestry being built on a base of orange construction fencing. The tapestry, made by many hands, will be making appearances in the coming year throughout the community.
Wiscasset Art Walks are held on the last Thursday of June, July, August, and September, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the Village.
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.