BAR HARBOR—The beauty of Bar Harbor was first captured on canvas in the mid-1880s by noted American painters. Nearly 200 years later, Bar Harbor still supports a lively arts community and for eight days each June, the history and future of art in Bar Harbor is celebrated with the Legacy of the Arts festival, a village-wide gala of art-related events.
The 13th annual celebration is scheduled for Sunday, June 19, to Sunday, June 26.
Every year, the Legacy of the Arts Festival honors an artist who has made a special contribution to the community life of Mount Desert Island with the Acadia Arts Achievement Award. In the past, this award has gone to poets, painters, theater directors and many others, but this year for the first time, the award goes to a couple, painter and art teacher Carol Shutt and potter Rocky Mann.
Throughout the week, art will be on display across the community in lodging establishments, museums, galleries, retail shops and restaurants. Daily exhibits will include holiday ornament-making demonstrations, art shows and artist’s receptions. Other events will include cooking classes at Ambrosia Cooking School, a demonstration of traditional Passamaquoddy clothing at the Abbe Museum, a needle felting workshop, several historical talks and tours, an evening at ImprovAcadia, a demonstration of plein air painting, concerts, dance lessons, and garden tours.
A highlight of this year’s event, according to organizers, is the Art Walk, on Friday, June 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. This is a free, self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues throughout downtown Bar Harbor. Maps of the Art Walk will be available online and at participating venues.
Also scheduled is a juried outdoor art show comprising the best works of regional artists. Numerous genres will be represented by more than 30 artists who will offer original works of art for sale. The show is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine on the Bar Harbor Village Green.
Concerts will provide a variety of music. First is Flash in the Pans at Agamont Park, which claims to be one of the largest community steel drum bands in the United States. Ms. Shutt and Mr. Mann will be honored during the concert.
Other outdoor performances throughout the week will be on the village green Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.
On Monday, June 20, Ned Ferm’s Completely Bassless Trio, featuring Ned Ferm, Beau Lisy and Mike Bennett and their “soulful blend of sounds from around the world.”
The Swallowtail Fiddlers will perform on the village green on Wednesday, June 22, with jigs, polkas, waltzes, and slow airs from Ireland, Scotland and America. New Relm, a country-rock, bluegrass trio, will take to the village green bandstand on Thursday, June 23, with a “high-energy, danceable show for all ages.” The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra for Young Musicians will perform at the Criterion Theatre on Thursday, June 23, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Also on the festival’s itinerary is “An Afternoon of Chamber Music and Tea,” presented by the Bar Harbor Bed and Breakfast Association at the historic Mira Monte Inn from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. The event includes afternoon tea and chamber music performances by the Graebert Duo and the Arthur Russell Strings program faculty. The ticket price is $20 and all proceeds will benefit Arthur Russell Strings, a chamber music program for young adults.
This year’s festival is presented by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, with the help of the Bar Harbor Inn and Spa, Our New England Country Store, Cleftstone Manor, Down East Magazine, and The Swan Agency/Sotheby’s International Realty.
For all the latest developments about the 13th annual Legacy of the Arts festival, visit barharborinfo.com/events/legacy_of_the_arts. For more information, contact Lauren Rupp at 288-5103, extension 112 or [email protected].