38 Arts Shows

Back in the day — when Gorham Island was a private residence, and Main Street had 2-way traffic — a couple of downtown merchants had an idea:  Let’s put on an arts show!

38 years later, it’s still going strong.

Artwork -- or street performer? You decide.

Now called a “fine arts festival” (sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and complete with website), the event — set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow — has morphed into something pretty big.

It’s moved from the Main Street sidewalks to the middle of the road.  It expanded to Brooks Corner.  Now it’s moved to the back side of the stores:  Parker Harding Plaza and the now public Gorham Island.

A handful of artists (who paid just $25 to enter) has expanded to 140 (who pay much more).

In addition to oils, watercolors and charcoal, exhibiting artists include photographers, print makers and sculptors.

There are now street performers:  mimes, stilt walkers, living statues, balloon artists and face painters.  There’s music, refreshments from Blue Lemon, Da Pietro and Oscar’s.

But one part of the arts show has never changed.  And probably never will.

It will be hot as hell out there on the pavement.

5 responses to “38 Arts Shows

  1. When I win the lottery, I’m buying giant metal frog sculptures for everyone in my family.

    • The Dude Abides

      What a sensational idea. What is the significance of the metal frogs?? Why not giant squirrels???

  2. Ugh! Why on the hotttest weekend of the year??

  3. The Dude Abides

    Dang, I sort of liked the idea of it right smack dap in the middle of Main Street. I wish they had something like that every weekend. Folks could just wander around free of cars. Where the hell is Gorham Island?

  4. Hot but what a perfect day. As I said to one of the artists who was bemoaning the sunshine. It sure beats the hell out of shoveling snow off the roof !