Opportunity for Waldoboro artists, artisans

Mar 08, 2013
The Waldoboro Area Arts Map organizers are, from left, Sara Hotchkiss, Marcia Drenzyk and Anne Heywood.

Waldoboro — Local artists and artisans are invited to participate in the first 2013-2014 Waldoboro Area Arts Map (WAAM). Last year, artist, author and art educator Anne Heywood decided to pursue the creation of an arts map and guide after several of her out-of-state studio visitors expressed an interest in visiting additional artists’ and artisans’ studios in the Waldoboro area.

Sought are artists and artisans who work in oil painting, drawing, pastels, sculpture, fiber arts, watercolor, pottery, photography and more.

Heywood teamed with residents Sara Hotchkiss, fiber artist and handweaver; and Marcia Drenzyk, graphic designer and owner of Chestnut Hill Design Group, to explore creating the first Waldoboro Area Arts Map, a brochure that both residents and visitors may use to discover and locate the many diverse artists and artisans working in the greater Waldoboro area.

Some of the benefits to participating in the 2013-2014 WAAM include the ability to advertise one’s art or crafts through a low-cost two-year high-quality brochure dedicated exclusively to the arts in the Waldoboro area; connecting with thousands of potential customers through the WAAM’s distribution at the Maine Turnpike Authority facilities of Yarmouth and Kittery, which have the highest rate of visitors per year of all MTA facilities (the brochures also will be available through the Waldoboro Business Association information racks); receiving 200 full color brochures to distribute from one’s place of business and to provide to nearby businesses to stimulate traffic; driving customers to one’s business’ website and extend its Internet presence with the WAAM web page featuring individual work; and getting and giving mutual support to Waldoboro area artists and artisans through the WAAM distribution at other WAAM members’ places of business and various Waldoboro area places of businesses.

“There is strength when we are unified,” said Heywood. “By supporting each other we can make our individual arts businesses stronger and help define Waldoboro as an arts destination.”

For complete information and application details, visit waam.weebly.com and download a brochure or call 832-4133.

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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