Waterville Main Street
Waterville Main Street
44 Main Street, Suite 202
Waterville, ME 04901

Telephone 207-680-2055

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letterThe Waterville Area Art Society, Waterville Public Library & Waterville Main Street are proudly co-presenting the 2016 Maine Open Juried Art Show at the spectacular Waterville Public Library in Downtown Waterville. Now entering its 26th year, the Maine Open Juried Art Show attracts over 90 artists representing over 50 Maine communities in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and other media. The show seeks to provide a venue for artists to display their work, inspire artistic excellence, and showcase Waterville as a hub for creative enterprise. Over $2500 in prizes are to be awarded this year.

Judges are:

  • Waterville Native Bruce Hutchison received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. After graduation, he returned to Maine and settled in the Portland area where he has been a freelance illustrator for 35 years.. Some of Bruce’s clients include AT&T, Busch Gardens, Doubleday, GQ, L.L. Bean, National Geographic, NBC, Timex, Williams Sonoma, and Wired.
  • Andrew Gelfand is the Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow at the Colby Museum of Art, where he co-curated the exhibit Robert Adams: Turning Back, on view through June 5th. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and has previously worked at the Harvard Art Museums and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco; and
  • Kimberly Bentley is an artist who works with ceramic, metal, fabric, found objects and beeswax. She teaches drawing as an Adjunct Professor of Art at York County Community College. Kimberly has also been working for museums as an Arts Educator since 2011, including Colby College. She received her MFA in 2005 from Vermont College of Fine Art. She shows her work at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine and has several community sculptures throughout Maine, including Waterville.

The show will run from March 20th to April 22nd with a reception held on March 22nd from 6-8pm. The form for artists is available here to print and mail or submit online. The registration fee may be paid using your credit card with PayPal. If you elect to use PayPal, please fill colbymuseumartborderout the form, submit and then click the Add to Cart button. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 680-2055 or maine.state.credit.union.logo.name.onlyemail June at info@watervillemainstreet.org The Maine Open framemakersnewlogo10214Juried Art Show is sponsored, in part by Colby Museum of Art , FrameMakers and Maine State Credit Union.

Located on the banks of the Kennebec River, Downtown Waterville is home to a unique mix of shops, restaurants and services. Shoppers will find a wide array of products, including women’s clothing, home furnishings, jewelry, Maine-made products, toys and books, and much much more. Dining options are equally as diverse, offering authentic Lebanese and Mexican cuisine, Asian Shop-Local-smlspecialties, Indian, eclectic American fare, delicious pub food, and fresh seafood, not to mention great bagels, sandwiches, and coffee.

Downtown Waterville is also home to numerous arts & cultural assets, including the magnificent Waterville Opera House and the Waterville Public Library, and a year round calendar of outstanding events, such as the Maine Open Juried Art Show and the Downtown Waterville Farmers’ Market.

watervillecreateslogov2Waterville Creates! is a collaborative consortium established to work directly with community arts, creative, and cultural institutions to enhance and strengthen the vitality of Waterville. At the heart of this initiative is the promotion of Waterville as a major arts destination for Maine residents and visitors to the state. Through increased collaboration and with its primary arts and cultural entities, Colby College Museum of Art, Common Street Arts, Maine Film Center, Waterville Main Street, Waterville Opera House and Waterville Public Library.

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Did You Know?

For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $45 stays in the local economy, creating jobs and expanding the city's tax base. For every $100 spent at a national chain or franchise store, only $14 remains in the community.