3rd Friday Art Walk returns to Bath

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BATH — The City of Ships once again becomes the city of the arts this summer, as it rolls out another round of art walks the third Friday of each month.

The season’s first Bath 2018 Art Walk, to be held Friday, June 15, from 4-7 p.m., runs from the corner of Centre and Washington streets, southward to City Hall at the corner of Front and Centre streets, and eastward to Front and Summer streets.

Subsequent walks will be held July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21.

A brochure is available at the Main Street Bath office, 15 Commercial St., and at various downtown retailers, as well as at visitbath.com/events/artwalk.

Art is showcased at Mae’s Cafe & Baker (160 Centre St.), the Neighborhood United Church of Christ (798 Washington St.), Tom Paiement’s studio (Centre and Water streets), the Centre Street Arts Gallery (11 Centre St.), Markings Gallery (50 Front St.), Judson Pottery (52 Front St.), City Hall (55 Front St.), Springer’s Jewelers (76 Front St.), Soggy Dog Designs (92 Front St.), the Kat Mead-Von Heune Studio (100 Front St.), Green Lion Gallery (104 Front St.), Country Farm Furniture (148 Front St.), Lisa Marie’s Made In Maine (170 Front St.), and Patten Free Library (33 Summer St.).

The Pine Tree Society, 149 Front St., is hosting a display Sept. 21.

Martin Swinger will perform music at the corner of Front and Centre on June 18, followed by Nancy Sferra on July 20, Gifford Jamison Aug. 17, and Tim Goad Sept. 21.

The art walk grew nearly a decade ago out of a regional effort, according to Claudette Gamache, an artist and one of the event’s organizers. Whereas prior years included studios not within walking distance, prompting the use of the city trolley, this year’s offerings are all within a small radius.

“This year, it worked out that we’re just keeping it as an art walk,” Gamache said in an interview Monday.

The event is “really about supporting Bath, and the arts, and the history,” she noted. “… There are so many talents here.”

Being featured among the galleries has allowed Gamache – a painter of landscapes and seascapes, and an art therapist – to meet a lot of people, many from out of state.

“The art walk is about teaching, and learning, and advertising about yourself,” she said. “There are so many levels. But I believe in the painting and expressing of the soul, and hopefully the person (buying the artwork) experiences the same.”

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.