Lewiston will be alive with the arts this weekend as it celebrates one of its busiest events of the year.
Now in its 51st year, this year’s Lewiston Art Festival will feature work from more than 175 professional and student artists from 13 states, with some coming from as far away as Alaska, Florida and Texas.
Artists will compete for prize money awarded in eight categories including; painting, photography, graphic arts, sculpture, artistic crafts (ceramics, wood, fiber, glass) and jewelry.
The two-day event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday along Center Street between Fourth and Eighth streets.
On Saturday, patrons are invited to watch the chalk fly as 13 teams of talented student artists representing schools from across the region converge for the KeyBank Chalk Walk Competition. The challenge this year is to create a mural using this year’s theme, “Interconnectedness.”
In keeping with our commitment to foster the development of young artists, College Alley will again feature the work of high school and college students in the Frontier House parking lot, providing them with an opportunity to gain exhibiting experience without adhering to the more stringent requirements for professional artists.
In an effort to decrease the environmental impact of the Festival on this historic Village, organizers will continue to recycle at the event. Food vendors on the street are required to use recyclable service ware in order to reduce the amount of waste generated at the event and organizers encourage all Lewiston businesses to recycle during the Festival weekend.
A series of “Art Carts” have been decorated by students from Lewiston Porter High School and Thomas P. Asklar’s fourth grade art club students at Country Parkway School. The carts will all be on display at the festival and will encourage everyone to do…