The playing of Chris Lannon, left, and Rick Turcotte returns to Wiscasset Village during Wiscasset Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Wiscasset Art Walk photo

WISCASSET — The Wiscasset Art Walk set for 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 aims to offer visitors an assortment of activities, from award-winning artists to the reflections on loved ones lost to drug use.

Sylvan Gallery on Water Street hosts award-winning artists Crista Pisano and Neal Hughes, fresh from travels as plein air painters. The gallery features an exhibit of their new work, and the artists will talk about the plein air competition circuit and the qualities that make their fresh art so successful, according to a news release from Lucia Droby, Wiscasset Art Walk coordinator.

Making plaster hands to reflect care for those affected by substance use will be a 716 Candles Project art-making activity during the Wiscasset Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Merrymeeting Adult Education photo

August’s Wiscasset Art Walk coincidentally falls on the date of International Overdose Awareness Day, and so WAW has invited the 716 Candles Project, in partnership with Healthy Lincoln County, to share insight and the human side of substance use with the Wiscasset community.

716 Candles is a multi-site, multi-day program which, in Wiscasset, will feature hands-on making of paper cranes, an international symbol of hope and peace. “Show of Hands,” the forming of plaster hands to reflect care for those affected by substances, under the guidance of Merrymeeting Adult Education’s Maggie Morgan, also illustrates art making as a means to healing.

An exhibit of photos, “Lights of Lincoln County” by Charles Richards, displays the faces of those impacted by drug use.

Also on the sidewalk during this evening is the musical twosome of Rick Turcotte and Chris Lannon.

Near the conclusion of Wiscasset Art Walk, a candlelight procession, organized by 716 Candles, will gather at 7:10 p.m. in the Railroad Avenue parking lot and walk to the Sunken Garden as a communal expression of love and hope and personal reflections. Anyone impacted by addiction, and their friends, families and allies, are invited to participate.

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