AUGUSTA, ME – APRIL 28: Show-goers look at a self portrait by Maranacook student Ruslan Reiter on Friday April 28, 2017 during Raw Space Art Walk in downtown Augusta. The Raw Space Augusta Art Walk, showcased visual and performing arts in downtown AugustaÕs vacant storefronts and offices, was held for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. The event brought together juried selections by 28 artists; student artists from Maranacook Community High School, Edward Little High School and Kents Hill School; musicians; slam poets; and work by students in the University of Maine at AugustaÕs architecture program and the Capital Area Technical Center, who will show their work or perform on Water Street. ÒIt turns downtown Augusta into an arts haven for a night,Ó said Michael Hall, executive director of the Augusta Downtown Alliance. ÒIt brings people together over a creative element.Ó At the same time, he said, the event gets people through the doors of vacant spaces and shows what the buildings look like with people in them, Hall said. After last yearÕs event, artist Peter Precourt leased a space for his Pop-Up 265 gallery at 265 Water St. Plans to open the Cushnoc Brewing Co., at 243 Water St., the former StacyÕs Hallmark, also have been announced. ÒI think this is going to be one of our best events ever,Ó Hall said. ÒWeÕll get the parents of the high school students, and the exhibits for UMA and the Capital Area Technical Center will bring their friends down.Ó (Staff photo by Joe Phelan/Staff Photographer)

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