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Family Arts Festival

Saturday, September 22, 10 – 4 on the Brunswick Town Mall

Join in the fun on Saturday September 22 for the eleventh annual Family Arts Festival, 10a.m. – 4p.m. on the Brunswick Town Mall, between Maine St and Park Row.  Come one, come all for a day of art, music and community.  drumming circle at the family arts festival Art-making for all ages includes clay, sculpture, painting, 3-D collage, watercolor and photography.  Several intergenerational art workshops are added to the festival this year.  Artists are invited to “paint the town” as part of the day.  Woodworking demonstrations are also planned.  Performance highlights include Bowdoin College’s famous a cappella group, the Meddiebempsters. 

Sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, the festival is free and invites everyone to participate in hands on art making activities, and to enjoy great music and dance. 

This year the festival offers a series of intergenerational workshops on the theme of “Our Town” offered by artists Kat Logan, Patricia Boissevain, Mildred Johnson and Jane Page-Conway.  Instruction is offered in these and many art projects for all ages.  These workshops are made possible by a grant from the Nathaniel Davis Fund. 

Festival support is also provided by Centerline Construction,

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Hannaford Supermarkets, and the Alfred Senter Fund.
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The festival is free; donations are welcome and encouraged.

Rain site is Brunswick Jr. High School gymnasium.

Check back for more details!

For more information call 207-798-6964.

The Family Arts Festival is sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance.  It is made possible by generous donations from members, businesses, and grantors. A iPod raffle will take place to support the festival. Winning ticket drawn at 4pm!

Schedule of events

Lawn performances

10 am. - Shotakan Karate demonstrations on the lawn

11am -  Gemini Dancers will perform Latin and hip hop

Noon - 4pm   Drumming Circle with Spindleworks. Join in the drumming circle. On the lawn, under the trees.

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The Meddiebempsters will perform! More details to come!

Workshops Children’s Tent

10 - 2 Arts Are Elementary workshop

10 - 4 ArtVan sculpture workshop

10 - 12 Bookmaking with Susy Perrine. 

12 - 4 Festival Mural with Middy Thomas.  Help create a mural of the   festival tents, people and activities.

1 - 4  Lightning Portraits with Charlotte Agell.  Sign up for a quick and clever portrait.

To be arranged...face painting

Watercolor workshop with Linda Murray

Art-making Workshop with Bridget Spaeth

Face Painting with student volunteers

T-shirt Printing with Catherine Worthington. Print a design on your   own t-shirt or create a flag!

Clay Creations with Kate Maringer.  Come join in and get your    hands mucky in clay. Shape, shift and mold it into a magnificent muck monster masterpiece.

Playing with Clay with Nancy Laitala

charlotte agell draws portraits

Adult tent - Art making workshops and demos

This year the festival offers a series of intergenerational workshops on the theme of “Our Town.” These workshops are appriopriate for teens - adults and for younger children accompanied by an adult.

10-1 Plein air Watercolor, with Kat Logan. Artists are invited to bring their faviorite media and "paint the town." Kat Logan will offer sketching and watercolor instruction at 10 am and at 11 am.

10:30 - 12:30 Altered Photographs, with Jane Page-Conway. Using poloraid cameras and film, participants can take portraits and alter by hand tinting with paint and markers.

1 - 4 3-D Collage with Patricia Boissevain and Mildred Johnson. "our Town" collage in three dimensions.

Our Town workshops are Made possible by the Nathaniel Davis Fund.

Woodworking demonstrations with furniture maker Lynette Breton and others. Check back for details.

Family Arts Festival Raffle

Raffle tickets for an iPod nano are on sale: $1 each; 6 tckets for $5. Winning ticket will be drawn at the Family Arts Festival. Tickets may be purchased at the Five Rivers office, 108 Maine St., Brunswick. Call 798-6964.

The Family Arts Festival is supported by Alfred Senter Fund, Co-sponsors: Hannaford Supermarkets, Centerline Construction, Northeast Bank, Thornton Oaks and the Eveningstar Cinema.

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CONTACT: Five Rivers Arts Alliance 108 Maine St. Brunswick, Maine 04011 (207) 798-6964 info@fiveriversartsalliance.org

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