Thank you to all our sponsors! We’ve had a terrific show of support this year.
Help us to restore the Harbor Muses of Belfast Maine
Did you know the Belfast harbor Muses started an Art instillation for Arts in the Park.
Originally there were seven faces that appeared at low tide and disappeared at high tide in the harbor of Belfast Maine but blizzards, ice storms, driving wind and daily submersion have all taken a toll. Ron Cowan’s Harbor Muses “The Long Breath” have watched over the Belfast Maine harbor since 2000 but have slowly been taken by the sea until only two remain. We are raising funds to restore all seven of these nationally recognized works of art. If you can’t donate please share the link. https://www.gofundme.com/zuwgf35g
This past weekend we were blessed with some of the finest days of the summer so far, and the people came and came to attend Arts in the Park, and as they made their way to and from the event, the town was busting at the seams. This was the 20th annual event and was more successful than ever thanks to the support and help from many. It is with very mixed feelings that the committee has decided that this will be our last year to organize the event. However, we are very happy to tell you that Friends of Belfast Parks will be placing Arts in the Park in the very capable hands of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce and the Belfast Parks and Recreation Department.
First and foremost the artists, 80 of them, who set up, unpack, smile and chat with thousands of people, some who buy and some who don’t, then pack everything up again – without them there would be no Arts in the Park. THANK YOU! Also, I would like to pay a special tribute to the all-volunteer Arts in the Park committee, who work together in a happy and cohesive way all year long and then spend the weekend joyfully and tirelessly assisting artists and visitors alike – without them this event would not be the great show that it is. Our Artist of the Year, Ron Cowan, has been a regular at Arts in the Park from year one! His muses have graced the show and been an integral display for all these years. Then there are the musicians –the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, who get people up dancing and tapping their toes; Aurora Jazz Project who, in their words, “can swing like no one’s business, dial up some serious funk, and turn jazz classics on their head so many times that when the dust clears 15 minutes later it’s hard to tell where it all began”; Leaky Boot Jug Band, self proclaimed “Waldo County rabble rousers”; Dave & Fran Plus; the amazing People of Earth, who play anything from rock to reggae, and Downeast Brass, who closed out the show . The food vendors who kept us happy in other ways – Ye Olde Fish ‘n’ Chips, The Good Kettle, the Uproot Pie Co., Stone Fox Farm Creamery, and the Game Loft. Thanks to the city for letting us use that beautiful park on the harbor and waterfront, Kathy Pickering, harbormaster and her crew, Norm Poirer and Parks & Rec., the Public Works department. Our security guys, Doug and Wayne; Ray Estabrook, and the Game Loft kids who help during the weekend and with clean-up; Caleb and Jason – for their help setting up tents on; Dennis Urick for all the heavy-lifting and installation of signage. Thanks to John Holmes for allowing us use of his property for artist parking, and to Malcolm Gater, our “parking sheriff” who so ably organized the vehicles during the event. Jim LeClair, who makes many posts on Facebook and other media outlets and is always looking for ways to increase our visibility! Our sponsors for their donations and contributions, without them we wouldn’t have the music or be able to publicize the event as widely: Bangor Savings Bank, Belfast Co-op, Belfast Harbor Inn, Camden National Bank, City Drawers, Colonial Theatre, Consumers Fuel Co., Coyote Moon, Cross Insurance, Cultured Canines, Front Street Shipyard, Insight Video Productions, Interiors by Janis Stone, Key Bank, Little River Veterinary Hospital, Mainely Naturals, Mainely Used Cars, Old Stuff, Penobscot Bay Dentistry, Searsport Shores Ocean Camping, Smart DataMap Services, Viking, Inc.
For the countless hours and all the work given generously, a huge thank you to all the volunteers who pulled it all together: The Arts in the Park Committee who work tirelessly for 10 months – Edie Buron, Barbara Plummer, Carol Gater – we can now enjoy some R&R. On the weekend Kate Bartlett, Judy and David Beebe, Carol Good, Marsha and Jerry Kaplan, Sherry Krum, Dale Kuhnert, and Fran Torreson, and finally, thanks to those who support the event each year by coming and shopping, eating, listening to the music – we need you. All proceeds will go to Friends of Belfast Parks to be used for improvements of our city park facilities.
Another family business Timberstone Rustic Arts features the “Maine Rock Guy” who says “I love a lot of things… like the beauty of Maine stone and the feeling I get while on the beaches and in the forests of Maine. The shapes and forms I see inspire me to create my line of natural stone products and Rustic furniture.
I love my two sons, Ben and Blaine who help me create our line of beautiful natural products. Together, we gather the natural material with which we make our stone and twig products.
I love creating graceful and useful products for your home, office and gardens. These items are carefully crafted and will last for generations to come. Enjoy our products !”
Linda Mahoney lives in Northfield, Massachusetts and works in the Japanese Moku Hanga style of color woodblock printmaking. Much of her imagery is derived from watercolor landscape sketches that she does on site in Downeast Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Images are drawn and carved in reverse on woodblocks. Water based paint and rice starch is the ink and the press is a hand-held baren. Multiple blocks are carved for each image, usually one for each color.
Artists like this make Arts In The Park FUN!
Zachary Honan Lipman paints to translate his imagination to canvas. His paintings are about animals, humor and the desire to create work that is fun. Zach would like his paintings to bring out the whimsical and unique reminders of how many interesting things there are to look at in this wonderful world.
Maine’s beauty, from the tiniest acorn to the towering pines, inspires the art and jewelry of artist Victoria Baker Sperrey of Tree-to-Sky Studio. Visit her booth at Arts in the Park on July 11 & 12 to see what you’ll find: hand-sculpted jewelry in precious metals; pen and ink drawings on driftwood; wearable art pieces cast from bits of nature. Choose from her large collection of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces, or let her create a custom piece just for you!
The 20th Annual ARTS IN THE PARK in Belfast; a fabulous festival that runs from 10-4 on July 11 & 12 with an amazing assortment of art, continuous live music, and a variety of food. It all takes place in Belfast, Maine at Heritage Park, downtown on the waterfront. Don’t miss it!
Herman Meisner of Ducktrap Photo says “My formal training is in biochemistry, as a University research professor…but I believe that photography has similarities to my long-time profession, in that, much like the outcome of research, a successful photograph is achieved in only a small fraction of cases. The few surviving examples are self-satisfying, and may also be to you.”
He studied photography at Maine Media Workshops; Cape Cod Workshops; also for many years at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, with Peter Faulkner, whom he credits with “teaching by example what good and not-so-good photographs look like.”
He says that he tries to view his surroundings acutely, and recreate the varied images that presented themselves, capturing the feeling that was inherent at that moment in a still photo. “I take many of my images during poor weather; snow, fog, cold, wind, and rain create certain scenes not often found in picture-postcard conditions. I like to think that black and white photos capture the feeling, or mood, of these moments and add to the realism- or is it surrealism?-of the scene.”
Herman’s photos will be available at Arts in the Park July 11th & 12th on the Belfast Waterfront.