The first Downtown Bangor Art Walk of the season kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday, June 18. Unlike the torrential downpours of the June 2009 Art Walk, the weather forecast this year — at least for now — calls for clear skies and temperatures in the 75-85 degree range. Perfect for a leisurely stroll through the growing list of galleries and studios now open in downtown Bangor. The event is free and open to all; maps of participating studios and galleries can be found throughout downtown.
Boyd Place Gallery, 21 Boyd St.
“In Your Face: Caricatures, Cartoons and Characters” features the works of longtime Maine cartoonists and pencil artists. The Bangor Daily News’ George Danby, Chris Peary and Josh Alves will have works on display, as will the late Vic Runtz, a former BDN editorial cartoonist. Other artists include Sally Field, Maurice “Joe” Marshall, Steve Meyers and Mark Ricketts. Bangor High School art teachers Sarah Tabor and Angeli Perrow also will participate with their students.
170 Park Street Galleries
Jodi Clayton’s One Lupine Fiber Art workshop and gallery is on the first floor, alongside the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, featuring photographic portraits by Jim Harney. Upstairs, find “Spao et Ageiro: A Visual Conversation,” by fiber artists and sculptors Samantha Jones and Susan Smith, storyteller and artist Daniel Straine’s “Whose Shoes” and Carol Colson’s watercolor prints.
Norumbega Hall, 40 Harlow St.
The University of Maine Museum of Art features its current exhibitions, as well as a sneak preview of “Ceremonies of Mud: New Paintings by Alfredo Gisholt” and an installation by UMaine intermedia master of fine arts students. Eastern Maine Development Corp. features the works of photographers Emily Leonard Trenholm and John Kastelein.
31 Central Street Studios and 9 Central Street Studios
Environmental artist Kris Sader and birdhouse creator David Dail, hosted by photographer Cheryl Daigle, bring Maine’s outdoors inside. Instrument-maker Nathan Slobodkin and photographer Liz Grandmaison display their work. The artists at 9 Central Street keep the Bangor art scene hopping with their unique blend of paint-ers, photographers, sculptors and ever-changing works of art and conversation.
WRBC Architects and Engineers, 44 Central St.
WBRC Architects-Engineers has been instrumental in bringing downtown Bangor buildings back to life, including Norumbega Hall. They will display the work of Orson Horchler’s architectural drawings of downtown Bangor architecture.
Main Street Music Studios, 49 Main St.
The recording studio and classroom will present the paintings of Ulrike Guthrie and Mya-Lisa King.