Festival of Art 2018

Taking the long view

Jun 06, 2018
Paul Larrabee’s "A Porch Study" is an oil on canvas painting.

Belfast — Maine’s population famously leans to the upper end of the age spectrum … and if the annual Festival of Art in Belfast is any indication, those 50-and-older citizens are not retiring from creative expression.

This year’s Fest kicks off Thursday evening to run through Sunday afternoon, June 7 through 9, at the University of Maine's Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3. The UMaine location, home to the festival-producing Senior College at Belfast, offers wall space, display cases and more to fill with a wide variety of artworks.

Some 153 artists have registered to show their work in this year’s exhibition. The Festival of Art is non-juried and opens its entry arms wide; visitors will see work by both professional and amateur artists, in a variety of media. The first peek Thursday night, June 7, will be accompanied by live music, thanks to the Belfast Bay Fiddlers and guitarist Eric Bishop. The opening reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and includes light refreshments; and wine from the nearby Younity Winery & Vineyards.

Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, the Festival of Art may be enjoyed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; viewing hours the last day, Sunday, June 10, are noon to 3 p.m. Admission for this, the 16th annual exhibition, is free.

There is no keynote presenter this year, but Saturday afternoon offers the opportunity to explore the life and career of the one of Maine’s most celebrated artist elders. Filmmaker Richard Kane will kick off a summer screening tour of his recent Maine Masters portrait of award-winning poet, illustrator and artist Ashley Bryan of Little Cranberry Island at 2 p.m. (see story linked below). The Sedgwick filmmaker will introduce his 73-minute documentary, as well as engage with viewers in a Q&A afterwards.

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