Arts in Bloom Weekend!

May 5, 6, and 7

see below for all start times

Waterville Creates and partners

multiple venues

Arts in Bloom weekend

Join us for a fun and creative celebration of spring! Kicking off with May’s First Friday festivities, this year’s Arts in Bloom is a multi-day affair featuring art making, live music, movies, story walks, giveaways and more. Presented in partnership with community partners, activities will be held in locations throughout Waterville.

Most events are free, anything ticketed is noted below. All ticketed events are eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund.


Friday May 5 First Friday and Arts in Bloom!

 At the Waterville Public Library (73 Elm St)

10:30-11:30am Rhymetime for Babies, Toddlers, and their Grownups!

(Drawing for a $25 dollar gift certificate to the Children’s Book Cellar afterwards)

 At the Paul J Schupf Art Center (93 Main St)

4-6pm Maine Children’s Home DYI Stress Ball Creations

4-7pm Reception for The Great State of Illustration in Maine

4-7pm Book giveaways at Ticonic Gallery desk

4-7pm Creative carts with Melissa Sweet inspired collages with Waterville Creates

4-7pm Flowers, Flowers, and More Flowers! Create flower art inspired by Ashley Bryan/Paula Wilson: Take the World into Your Arms with Colby College Museum of Art

5:30pm Remarks for The Great State of Illustration in Maine

5-6pm Green Screen Photo Booth with images from Illustration Institute

At Greene Block + Studios (18 Main St)

6:30- 8:30pm Join Halcyon for Tipping Points – a 60-minute multimedia performance combining live string quartet music with synchronous film! Panel discussion at 6:30pm, performance at 7:30pm

At Children’s Discovery Museum (7 Eustis Parkway)

7pm Madame Marie Cormier and Michael Pullen in a performance of For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay

For more info and for tickets go to:

Saturday May 6

At North Street Community Trail

10am Story Walk Opening at North St Community Trail with the Waterville Public Library and the Children’s Discovery Museum, Book: Imagine a Wolf by Lucky Platt

At the Waterville Public Library

10am-3pm Pick a Model Magic Flower kit

(anytime during open hours, while supplies last.)

At the Paul J Schupf Art Center

11am-1pm Flower Still life watercolor painting with Deena Ball

11am- 4pm Book giveaways all day at TGS gallery

11am-7pm Visit the Colby College Museum of Art’s Joan Dignam Schmaltz Gallery of Art to pick up seed packets, ready for planting in the spring and summer months.

2-4pm Walk and Sketch with Deena Ball

2-4pm Tim Christensen Sgraffito Click below to save a spot!

3-4pm Home/Stretch: a collaborative performance

a celebration of the new home for the arts in downtown Waterville, and an invitation to create connections between stories and experiences! Featuring collaborative performances and engagements from Colby students, and led by artists and Colby faculty Matthew Cumbie and José Martinez, Home/Stretch moves through and around the Schupf Arts Center to explore local history, ideas of home, and what it means to belong.

At the Colby College Museum of Art (campus location, 5600 Mayflower Hill)

1-3pm Saturday Art Adventures- Try out a family-friendly Spring-themed art activity!


Sunday May 7

At The Paul J Schupf Art Center

10am Maine Film Center presents a free screening of A Bug’s Life

To reserve a spot:

12pm Maine Film Center and Colby College Museum of Art presents a free screening of Showing Up followed by a panel with Lunder Institute for American Art Residential Artist Fellows

8pm Waterville Opera House presents a live concert with Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer

This event is sponsored by MaineGeneral Health, Kennebec Savings Bank, ProMoving Service, and The Morning Sentinel/ Kennebec Journal

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