LEWISTON — Music abounds at this Friday’s Art Walk LA. Performances include: Chicks With Sticks at Dufresne Plaza, Maine Music Society Chamber Singers next to Ben’s Burritos, Ramblin’ Chops & The Revelator at Bear Bones Beer, pianist Lexi Wegiel at She Doesn’t Like Guthries, and singer/songwriter Chris Robley at Poise Yoga and Foot Sanctuary. There also will be a surrealist puppet performance by Inventing Trees at Rinck Advertising.

In Auburn’s Festival Plaza there will be a live sculpting demonstration by Riverside Woodcarving and performance excerpts by Community Little Theatre from their upcoming show “Shrek.” At One Great Falls Plaza L/A Arts is hosting Community Masterpiece, a free family friendly art-making event. There will also be a Pop-Up Photo Op where visitors can “Be a Masterpiece” and take selfies as the “Mona Lisa” or other famous works of art.

“With 27 venues showing the work of 30-plus artists, Art Walk LA is a great Friday night downtown,” L/A Arts Director Louise Rosen said. 

This is Art Walk LA’s seventh year in Lewiston and second year in Auburn, bringing free, public exhibits from artists in all media. Now taking place on the third Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m., Art Walk LA has also expanded its run to December to include the holiday season.

“At the L/A Arts Gallery at 221 Lisbon St. we are delighted to be opening two new shows from local artists and artisans: New paintings from Jeff Jacques and an exhibit of craft works from members of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine and other African makers. Jacques is an abstract expressionist painter living and working in Lewiston, and will be showing many of his newest, large- format acrylic paintings. 

The women artisans of the Somali Bantu community are skilled weavers, using palm fronds to make handled baskets called dambils and oval mats called salis. Beautiful examples of both will be on display along with unique garments, instruments and other items from several other African countries including Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan, curated by collaborator from Sudan, Mahasin Arbab.”

“There will also be demonstrations of henna hand-painting and African-inspired hair design. People will enjoy seeing how this delicate work is done,”  Arbab said.

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