(Kennebunk, ME) Friday, June 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm is the opening evening of Third Friday ArtWalk Kennebunk. The ArtWalk is an independent endeavor comprised of eight downtown establishments including artists’ private studios, art galleries, the Brick Store Museum and the Kennebunk Free Library. It began, and continues to be, an event designed to celebrate the extraordinary talent of the visual artists of Downtown Kennebunk. All Third Friday ArtWalks are free and open to the public.

An important goal of the ArtWalk is to offer the public an opportunity to discover Kennebunk’s creative spirit and the eclectic mix of artistic talent and skill encompassing painting, pottery, photography, basket weaving, illustrating, picture framing, paper cutting and so much more. During these monthly evening receptions, art enthusiasts can begin the ArtWalk at any location and set their own pace where they can meet the artists, view current exhibits, and also see works in progress, all while sampling a variety of refreshments.

This Season’s Eight Venues

New to the ArtWalk this year is Michael Fillyaw Photography (18 Partridge Lane). Michael is a fine arts nature and landscape photographer and his subject matter includes the fishing villages, marshes, mountains, forests, and farmlands of New England. He has received awards for many of his photographs at the Maine Photography Show, Lyceum Gallery, University of New England, Brick Store Museum and the Art Guild of the Kennebunks.

Sun Burst Clay Works (12 Parsons Street just off Mechanic Street) is the home and private studio of Dennis Andersen. Working in clay for over 20 years, Andersen enjoys every process involved in producing his fine pieces of pottery. From the movement of the clay to the making of the glazes, he creates functional pottery that people can use every day.

Claudia Hopf Studio Workshop (corner of Mechanic and Fletcher) is the home studio and workshop of Claudia Hopf. Known for her water colored paper-cuttings called scherenschnitte, Hopf’s space also includes woodworkings by her son. Animals of all kinds, flowers and people doing everyday things are the focus for Hopf’s pieces.

The Brick Store Museum (117 Main Street) will have two art shows on display this June. “Visual Storytelling: Celebrating Maine Illustrators,” featuring 16 Maine-based children’s book illustrators’ works of art, and “Memory In Black & White,” a photography exhibit featuring over 35 turn-of-the-century photographs of Kennebunk taken by Albion Moody. A new family art studio and chalk board wall inside the galleries invites visitors to create their own works of art!

An exhibition entitled, “Mostly Maine”, by Angus Macaulay will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library at (112 Main Street) in the Speers Gallery during the month of June. Macaulay’s exhibit is compiled of work completed over the past two decades of the Moosehead Lake region, Mexico and our coast and features the use of intense colors and the play of light upon them.

The Shutter Gallery (5 Nasons Court in the Blue Wave) is the cozy and colorful open studio of photographer Deb Desmond Meserve. Deb has been a professional photographer creating and exhibiting for over 25 years. She is currently working in both traditional and digital photography, as well as crossing over to include mixed media pieces involving photographs with encaustic wax medium and pastel.

Frame Works Gallery (41 Main Street) has been framing for over 20 years, and features local, Maine and New England artists and artisans. The gallery has an eclectic array of fine art, pottery and jewelry items, and recently has been enlarged further to include the international Fair-Trade Market.

Also new to our walk this year is Kennebunk Basketry (70 Fletcher Street). Kathryn Polletto, proprietor and artist, has been weaving baskets for over 30 years. Her free-form traditional designs use materials such as, white ash, hand-pounded black ash and other natural materials. She dyes many of her baskets allowing her to offer a variety of colors.
(**Kathryn is unable to be open for the June ArtWalk, but please make sure to stop at her private studio during the July, August and September dates)

blk_org_artwalk_collage-3Each of the participating venues has rack cards with maps and a lawn sign indicating their location. Detailed information is available online at artwalkkennebunk.blogspot.com or on Facebook. Upcoming dates of the 2015 Third Friday ArtWalk Kennebunk are July 17, August 21 and September 18. Parking is available at the public lots at Garden Street, Park Square and Grove Street as well as at all individual gallery locations. For more information, please call 207-423-6323 or email [email protected].

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