AR Girls showcased

Second annual Waterfall Arts open house

Oct 12, 2018
The AR Girls is a digital storytelling program launched this summer at Waterfall Arts.

Belfast — Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., invites the community to drop by and experience all the community art center has to offer during its second annual open house Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be free art making activities for all ages, studio tours, music and more.

Visitors will find activities and demos happening in all of the community studios — the Print Studio, Clay Studio, Photo Darkroom and the Bridge Studio, home to Waterfall Arts’ many youth programs. The Waterfall Arts Life Drawing group, the longest-running life drawing group in the area, will be set up with a costumed model in the Dance Studio.

The Clifford and Corridor galleries will be open for viewing “It’s All Relative,” Waterfall Arts’ current exhibition featuring works by local artists Joe, Tony and Max Ascrizzi.

The AR Girls program will be doing project demos and answering questions about the program in the basement performance space. The AR Girls program launched this summer with a two-week intensive. The digital storytelling club worked with community members to create interactive digital stories, communicating topics that are important to their community. AR Girls participants will be showcasing their work at 2:15 p.m. during the open house.

Many of Waterfall Arts’ studio tenants, who include artists, musicians and teachers, will open up their studios to showcase their work/highlight their programs, too. Jono’s Place will be running activities in its studio, and members of the Belfast Fiddlers will be performing around the building.

Waterfall Arts also is home to Belfast Community Radio. WBFY-LP will have the station studio open for view during the event, so people can stop by and see how their local radio station works and view the new production studio.

Waterfall Arts was founded in 2000 as the Arts Center at Kingdom Falls on an expansive 11-acre rustic site in Montville. Founders and local artists came together to offer arts experiences for all ages and skill levels inspired by the natural beauty of the woods, streams, ponds and waterfalls on site. In 2005, the mayor and city council of Belfast, looking to re-purpose the 1930s Governor Anderson Elementary school building, encouraged the organization to expand from Montville and establish a year-round arts center. In 2006, Waterfall Arts officially opened its doors in downtown Belfast.

Now the most comprehensive nonprofit community arts center in Midcoast Maine, Waterfall Arts offers resources to students, professionals and arts enthusiasts of all ages, including exhibitions, art classes and workshops, events, performances, open community studios, public art projects, and long-term studio space to artists and teachers. For more information, call 338-2222 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or


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