GARDINER — ArtWalk Gardiner will kick off its 12th year from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, in artists’ studios, galleries, shops and other venues along Water Street. The event will feature unique works of art ranging from paintings, drawings, fine art prints and photography to textiles, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics.

First launched in 2005 by Artdogs studios and a handful of other area artists, the mission of ArtWalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, ArtWalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of visitors to Water Street to enjoy these festive evenings.

Original works by dozens of local artists, including: Karen Adrienne, the Artdogs, Nancy Barron, Lynn Braff, Ken Carlson, John Carnes, Bonnie Colfer, Matt Demers, Hélène Farrar, Whitney Gill, Darcy Good, John Gregoire, Greta Joseph, Katherine Kollman, Kala Ladenheim, Allison McKeen, Rosemarie Morse, Julie Peacock, John Polhemus, Tanya Russell, Robert Saunders, Christine Sullivan, Anne Valley, Bill Wilbur, Diana Willette, Paul Willett and Tina Wood. Artists from Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Monkitree, SpinOff Studio, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner will also hold group exhibitions.

The ArtWalk will also include free refreshments, artists’ demonstrations, and live music by Brian Kavanah and Stan Davis of Hurry Down Sunshine. Visitors who collect signatures from 12 participating artists throughout the evening will be eligible for a drawing to win a $100 art voucher to spend on artwork of their choice at the next ArtWalk.

The Gardiner Farmers’ Market will host a seedling sale in the Johnson Hall mini-park, and “Upstream” will offer a variety of activities for adults and children at Johnson Hall Theater.

The artists of SpinOff Studio will debut its new play, “Into Clear Waters” at 8 p.m. at 405 Water St. Local artists Matt Demers and Allison McKeen will also host an after-party for participating artists and their guests at their Water Street studio loft later in the evening.

For more information, email [email protected]

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