Waterville Craft Weekend – WABI

Waterville Craft Weekend

As part of a statewide recognition of Maine craft, Waterville Creates! is announcing its plans for a weekend of craft related activity Oct 2-4. Plans call for activity at the Waterville Opera House, Colby College Museum of Art, Railroad Square Cinema, Common Street Arts, Castonguay Square and Head of Falls.

The weekend begins with a Maine Crafts Association Invitational: Glass Exhibition opening reception on Friday October 2 from 5-7PM at Common Street Arts Gallery.  This showcase of handmade fine glasswork includes Tandem Glass, Atlantic Art Glass, David Jacobsen, Gola Glass and Hope Murphy.  The show will run from September 29 to November 15. The Lynne Connor Trio will perform at this opening event.

Also on October 2 PechaKucha Night Waterville V.18 will be presented at the Waterville Opera House beginning at 7:00PM.  The theme for this volume of 20×20 storytelling will be craft and craft beer.  Immediately after the PechaKucha presentations there will be a performance by Mes Amis a Gypsy Jazz trio led by guitarist, vocalist and composer Steve Lynnworth.

On Saturday October 3 from 10AM to 5PM at Castonguay Square there will be an array of craft artists demonstrating the making of their craft in this park located on Main Street and Common Street in downtown Waterville. Details of the artisans will be released closer to the event.

Also on Saturday from 10 AM to 12 PM, the Colby College Museum of Art will host tours and a Making Faces Workshop.  This exercise in making your very own mask will be held in the Mirken Education Classroom, is free and open to all ages, but preregistration is required.

On Saturday evening, October 3 at 8PM, country artist Kevin Libby now of Rumford will perform tunes from Free Man Yet, the culmination of more than 18 years of reflecting and writing new works.  Libby’s album cover describes his work as “classic honky tonk style with the seasoning and genuineness that can only come from life’s experiences.”

At Railroad Square Cinemas on both Saturday and Sunday, October 3 &4, the Maine Film Center will feature Art in the Lobby: A Labor of Crafting, Work by Ashely M. Lessner from 11:30 AM TO 9 PM.  Lessner says of her work, “I am interested in pointing out and investigating the undervalued nature of women’s and working class labor by combining crafting techniques and materials that are not typically used in traditional crafting.”

Also on view at the Waterville Public Library will be the works of ceramic artist Tim Christensen, print artist Scott Minzy and metal artist Derek Glazer.

On Sunday, October 4, Waterville Main Street will host the 13th Annual Harvest Fest from 10AM to 4PM. This daylong event features hayrides, scarecrow making and pumpkin carving and will include entertainment from civic and social clubs and include local vendors.

For more information about this weekend celebrating Maine Craft, please visit www.watervillecreates.org <http://www.watervillecreates.org> or contact Waterville Creates! at 616-0292.