The Artists Trail, a new joint project of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, has designated 15 specific scenic sites to introduce the unique and rugged beauty of the Rangeley Lakes Region to artists of all genres. The trail is also supported by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation, according to a news release from RFA.

The Artists Trail also features an online gallery for artists and photographers to post their images created on, along, or of the designated sites. It is a way for visitors to easily view a collection of original art and images of the region and quickly connect with artists.

The trail includes specific sites such as Height of Land, Bald Mountain and Cascade Stream Gorge as well as scenic routes such as the Dead River between Rangeley and Stratton and Rangeley’s National Scenic Byway.

To introduce the project, the organization will sponsor a variety of events this summer. Two plein air workshops have been scheduled: July 23-26 with George Van Hook (all media) and Aug. 13-16 with Michael Vermette (watercolor). Each workshop is two-and-a-half days of instruction over a four-day period open to adult artists of all ability levels.

Two juried exhibits at the Lakeside Contemporary Art Gallery will feature work created along The Artists Trail.

Open to all, The Western Mountain Photography Show Sept. 14-30 and The Artists Trail Fine Art Exhibit Oct. 5-Nov. 2 will feature photos and original art created along the Trail.

For more information about the workshops, exhibits or The Artists Trail, visit rangeleyarts.org, or call 864-5000.


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