Sidewalk musician Rick Turcotte will play blues and country during Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, Sept. 30. Bob Bond photo

WISCASSET — True to the spirit of the 2021 Wiscasset Art Walk season, the final event scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, will feature community art-making, working artists, music, and picnics to go.

The evening’s sidewalk activities aim to activate inner artists, stimulate taste buds, and enhance community connections. Two hands-on community art projects invite visitors to jump right in.

Artist Celia Ludwig will provide the guidance, brushes and paint for the summer-long community murals-making which visitors have used to document their summer sojourns with hand-painted lobsters, boats, seagulls, and other iconic seacoast images.

Continuing with the coastal theme, Jan Whitfield’s collected oyster shells become the canvas for making decoupage treasures. She plans to demonstrate how to use simple papers to make elegantly decorated shells — with an added edge of gold leaf.

Also on the sidewalk, and under a tent, multi-media artist Susy Perrine will construct a garden structure from twigs throughout the evening.

Complementing the creative sidewalk activities, musicians Rick Turcotte and Chris Lannon (half of Married with Chitlins), will play blues and country tunes.

Nearby, Wiscasset’s new oysteria, Brother Shucker, will set up on the sidewalk to shuck for visitors. Sarah’s Café and Treats will offer picnics-to-go for hungry WAW strollers.

The prix fixe picnics should be ordered in advance by calling or visiting the restaurant’s website with pickup during the evening. Bistro tables and chairs, set up on Middle Street, are for the convenience and comfort of visitors.

Village lobster shacks, Red’s Eats and Sprague’s, are open through the evening.

Wiscasset Village sidewalks are also the venue for local vendors: the Garden Club of Wiscasset’s freshly-picked bouquets and Cottage Lavender’s fragrant wreaths and sachets. In addition, there will be visiting artists and displays from local community groups.

Moving indoors, the art galleries along Main Street will be accompanied by accomplished musicians during viewing.

New in 2021, the IndustrialME shack on the Creamery Pier offers unusual hand-crafted home goods.

Concern about increasing COVID-19 incidence means the village is following CDC recommendations: visitors are advised to wear face coverings in indoor settings, and most village shops are requiring masks, sanitizing, and distancing.

Wiscasset Art Walk 2021 is made possible by the Lead Sponsors Donna and Frank Barnako and First National Bank. Major sponsors are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carriage House Gardens, Cod Cove Inn, Fogg Art Restoration, Industrial ME, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Newcastle Realty, Peter H. Eaton Antiques, Red’s Eats, Rock Paper Scissors, Sarah’s Café, and Sherri Dunbar /Tim Dunham Realty. Sidewalk activities are sponsored in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wiscasset Art Walk is a program of Wiscasset Creative Alliance.

For more information about Wiscasset Art Walk, visit wiscassetartwalk.org or email [email protected].

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