More than 20 art venues invite you to enjoy leisurely visits through the intimacy of their downtown galleries, showcasing a wide variety of work such as painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media.
Venues for opening receptions on this night include the following:
Åarhūs Gallery: Mike Fletcher of Jackson, guest artist for the month of August. Primarily a painter, Mike refers to his work as visual poetry, without rhyme or reason. Using mostly found imagery including vintage wallpaper, as in his “Insomnia” series, he creates montages in paint to entice the viewer into a dialogue of nonsense, or if they are willing, personal introspection. And then there are the cupcakes, an iconic image that he has used extensively for a decade. Mike’s work has been shown throughout New England and has been collected by celebrity authors, restaurateurs and musicians.
The Belfast Co-op Cafe and Gallery: http://www.clarityandcompany.com ” Clarity, which is Robert & Su.Sane Hake, who have painted together for over 20 years, side-by-side, working on the same canvas at the same time.
The Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer: mixed-media artist Karen MacDonald: “All That We Has.”
High Street Studio & Gallery: Susan Tobey White’s new series of “Children, Games, and Twirly Skirts,” inspired by memories of a time past.
Art Alliance Gallery: core and featured artists, including Bruce Grantham (kiln-fired glass creations), Beth Henderson (multimedia sculpture), Judith Fischer (oil painting, fine weavings, and water colors), Tom Ingram (one-of-a-kind Gyotaku fish rubbings), and Janice Zisk (black and white sketches).
MAINE FARMLAND TRUST GALLERY “Listening to the Land,” with watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings by the Maine Master Joseph A. Fiore, 1925-2008. July 13-Aug 8. ) HYPERLINK “http://www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.com” www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.com)
Tango will perform at the corner of Main and High Streets. Martin Gottlieb, pianist, and Kristen Burkholder, vocalist, specialize in the great American songbook: the years between 1920 and 1960 when most jazz standards, classic showtunes, and torch songs were born. You can count on hearing your favorite songs of love and summertime during their performance. Tango has been playing up and down the coast of Maine for six years in concerts and fundraisers, out on the streets of Belfast during summer art walks, and for private parties. Burkholder also performs with The New Vaudeville Revue in Belfast and Her Majesty’s Cabaret in Bangor. To find out more about Tango and their upcoming calendar, please visit www.tango-cabaret.com.
Shana Bloomstein will be dancing in the streets. Shana, originally from Freedom, Maine, began moving in pre-school with Lisa Newcomb and never stopped. She danced professionally as a teenager with Arthur Hall, Sara Yarborough and in Stella Dance Theatre. She continued her studies of dance at Hampshire College, where she met performing artist and educator Nia Love (Fullbright Fellow). Shana moved to NYC to join Love for 4 yrs as an original member of Blacksmith’s Daughter Dance Theatre Co. Shana has performed and collaborated across the country with Jesse Phillips-Fein and Sarah Sibley. Her travels have taken her abroad as well; including studies in Senegal, West Africa. Shana currently works full-time as a physical therapist assistant and LMT and teaches dance and yoga to both children and adults. She is an improvisational artist and choreographer currently working on a new project entitled “behind closed doors.” She currently teaches at the Belfast dance studio, Unity College, and as a guest at local elementary schools and the Robinson Ballet Co. She is currently performing both as a solo artist throughout the state, as well as with the Dance/Drum collective Djump! and in the Terra Diddle Production: The Earth Maiden. She is a Mother of two incredible children, Dawud and Nnenaya.
The balance of Belfast’s studios and galleries will also welcome you to their art spaces, including Waterfall Arts, Marc Leavitt Studio, 75 Main Street Studio, Brambles, Raven’s Nest Gallery, Northern Lights Gallery, Lauren Veale Jewelry Studio, Beyond the Sea, Image Box Photos, Parent Gallery, 960 Studio, Galerie Dufour, Dina Petrillo at The Post Office Studio Workshop, and Susan A. Cooney Fine Art Studio.
The walks take place 5:30–8:00 p.m. every Friday in July and August and first Fridays in June, September, October, and December. For further information on all participating galleries, openings, and special events visit belfastartwalk.com.