Launch celebration Aug. 11

Midcoast works on new Sculpture Trail

Aug 07, 2018

Boothbay Harbor — The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce has launched a year-round, public art sculpture trail featuring the works of sculptors from Maine and New England. The trail comprises 18 sculptures with varying artistic styles, media and subjects.

Midcoast artists with work on the trail include Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor, who has two carved granite works; and Jay Sawyer of Warren, who has two StudioJBone welded metal works on the trail.

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. The sculptures currently are 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 and 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 said she 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 an It’s All About Sculpture launch celebration at the Boothbay Railway Village on Route 27. Tickets for the 5 to 8 p.m. event are $25 each and include two drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A sculpted birdbath 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 an inaugural Food Sculpture Competition. 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. To obtain a Sculpture Trail map or purchase tickets for the meet-the-sculptors launch celebration, call 633-2353. The Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce is located at 192 Townsend Ave.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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