Yarmouth Art Festival to benefit community programs

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YARMOUTH — The first Yarmouth Art Festival will take place this weekend at St. Bartholomew’s Church to highlight Maine artists and benefit local community service programs.

The event, co-chaired by Joe Michaud and Laurie Hyndman, will feature nearly 115 pieces by 45 artists. Local contributors hail from Yarmouth, Falmouth, Cumberland and Freeport; others will come from as far as Raymond, Fairfield, Palmyra, Waldoboro and Casco. The artwork includes their photography, paintings, sculptures, pottery, furniture and digital media.

“There is a lot of talent in the area,” Michaud said. “We are so happy with the response we received.”

Although artists are able to show their work at different venues throughout the area, Michaud said this is an opportunity for all of the artists to share their work in a group.

Anne Macleod, one of the members of St. Bartholomew’s who will contribute to the art show, said the event will include unique artwork and benefit many local community services.

“This is a way to share our work with others,” she said.

The art pieces range from $75 to $1,000 and were chosen by jurors Chris Thompson and Kevin Tierney. Thompson is an associate professor at the Maine College of Art and Tierney, a resident of Falmouth, is an art enthusiast and founder of an online art marketplace.

For each piece sold, Michaud said, 30 percent will go help support the efforts of St. Bartholomew’s food pantry and St. Elizabeth’s Pantry in Portland. St. Elizabeth’s helps provide items not covered by food stamps to those in need. In addition, proceeds will help provide Christmas stockings for children at Opportunity Farm in New Gloucester, Thanksgiving baskets for families, and support to send a group to Guatemala with the Safe Passage organization.

St. Bartholomew’s is at 396 Gilman Road, and the festival will open with an artist’s reception Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be music and refreshments available. The gallery will open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Every piece is for sale and admission is free, although donations will be accepted.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net

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n-yarartfest101509.JPGArtist Anne Macleod hangs her painting “Damariscotta Lake” on a panel a few days before the first Yarmouth Art Festival. She and 44 other artists will showcase their work at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Gilman Road from Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 15-17. Proceeds from sales of the artwork will benefit community services throughout Cumberland County.