Festival of Art features 120 Maine artists

May 16, 2019
“Colorful Corals” by Sandi Cirillo.

BELFAST — The 17th Annual Festival of Art, sponsored by Senior College at Belfast, will be held Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2, at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave.

The opening night reception and first viewing is Thursday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The work of 120 Maine artists will be exhibited, the Belfast Bay Fiddlers will provide the music, and light refreshments will be available. There is no entrance fee and the event is open to the public.

Regular exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. A special screening of “J. Fred Woell: An American Vision,” the documentary film by Richard Kane, is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, in the auditorium of the UMaine Hutchinson Center, and open to the public for free.

Sandi Cirillo is the Featured Artist at this year’s Festival of Art. A fiber/mixed media artist for more than 25 years, Cirillo specializes in creating artwork which pleases the eye and craves to be touched. A retired educator, she now offers workshops in the Northeast and North Carolina, and also teaches drawing and fiber classes for Senior College at Belfast. She exhibits her work locally and nationally and her artwork is in many private collections. Cirillo resides in Searsport where she has her studio and teaches many different workshops that are listed on her website, especially-for-ewe.com.

The Woell documentary celebrates the pioneering metal artist who created jewelry with wit, satire and searing political commentary. Woell rejected gold and gems in favor of detritus and discards and launched a new wave of artists using found objects as social commentary. Woell was Assistant Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 1988, 1973 and 1974. He taught metalsmithing there for more than 20 years. He was the winner of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and his work is in the permanent collections of major museums around the world.

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