BRUNSWICK – Artists, musicians, dancers and craftspeople invite the public to listen, learn and share their creativity from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the 12th annual Family Arts Festival.

The day promises new sounds, traditional entertainment and art-making on the Brunswick Town Mall (or green) off Maine Street.

The festival, which is free, began 12 years ago as a celebration of community and the arts.

Attendees will get to see Kelley Corbett’s Dorset sheep and learn to spin and dye wool; explore the possibilities of “Sun Prints,” an early form of photography, with Bowdoinham artist Jane Page-Conway; and create armor and crowns with ArtVan artists.

They’ll also be able to sit back and listen to Dixieland jazz, Beatles’ covers by Bath’s Apple Scruffs and blues delivered by the Blues Buzzards. There will also be opportunities to dance to Cuban soul music by Primo Cubano; catch the hottest in break dancing and hip hop from Full Circle Dance studios; and for the younger set, join in “Music Around Us” with Jennifer Yazwinski or enjoy an afternoon drumming circle with Spindleworks artists.

This year, cultural nonprofits will offer information about their programs and hands-on activities for children and adults. They include Merrymeeting Arts Center, Pejepscot Historical Society, Topsham Public Library, Curtis Memorial Library, Dance of Two Cultures and Arts Are Elementary.

Workshops for adults include Sunburst book-making with Leilani Law, bracelet braiding with Julia Gleason and “Paint Brunswick,” plein air watercolor instruction with Kat Logan.

Complete details and a schedule of workshops may be found at www.fiveriversartsalliance.org.


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