Events

Art Kits for All- Distribution at Waterville Farmers’ Market

This week’s kit features watercolors and includes projects incorporating a wax resist and sea salt. Kits will be distributed at the Waterville Farmers’ Market from 3:00-5:00 p.m..

Waterville Creates! in collaboration with community partners, including the Colby College Museum of Art, the Kennebec Montessori School, Waterville Public Schools, and the Family Violence Project has launched the very successful Art Kits for All program. This network of local non-profits powers the Art Kits for All program, generously providing volunteers and supplies to keep this popular relief program accessible to all.

In direct response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Art Kits for All is an innovative, collaborative program designed to keep our community’s families engaged and connected to the arts.  By providing free art supplies and instructions, this program offers high-quality, accessible art experiences in a completely reimagined way.

The art kits are assembled at the Common Street Arts’ classroom studio and the Colby Museum’s Mirken Education Center, both currently closed to the public. Masks are worn during kit assembly and all art materials are disinfected to remove any risk of contamination. The kits are prepared and sealed a week prior to the distribution date to further minimize any transmission risk.

Art Kits for All can be sponsored for as little as $10, to donate visit: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/waterville-creates/art-kits-for-all

Generous support is provided by our Ambassador Sponsors: Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities, Kennebec Savings Bank, and MaineGeneral Health and Advocate Sponsor: Bangor Savings Bank. Additional support has been provided by United Way of Mid Maine.

 

On the Road with Waterville Creates! Waldoboro Part 2: Textile Artist Sara Hotchkiss

In part 2 of our On the Road series to Waldoboro, we will explore the work of textile artist, Sara Hotchkiss.

Hotchkiss loved fabrics and textiles from a very young age and began sewing and knitting for her childhood dolls. Her grandmother taught her the link between color, shape and texture, and the art of keen observation. She attended Skidmore College and the University Without Walls to study painting, drawing, design, color theory and weaving. Hotchkiss has been a weaver ever since!

Hotchkiss borrows from the rag rug tradition where strips of many cotton fabrics (prints, solids, checks, and textures) — the weft — are woven row by row to achieve evocative color striations. The hand-manipulated tapestry technique allows her to join one fabric strip next to another and as the rows and color sections progress, shapes – stars, leaves, hearts, flowers and diamonds – emerge. Although time consuming, the process is fun and the results are stunning!

More information on Sarah’s work can be found here.

Tune in to our Facebook Page at 3pm on Thursday and look for our Facebook premiere! The video will also be saved in our video section for viewing at any time after the Facebook premiere.

Generous support for this program is provided by our Ambassador Sponsors: Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities, Kennebec Savings Bank, and MaineGeneral Health and Advocate Sponsor: Bangor Savings Bank.

 

Art Kits for All- Distributed at George J. Mitchell school!

This week’s kit features watercolors and includes projects incorporating a wax resist and sea salt. Kits will be distributed at the George J. Mitchell School in Waterville.

Waterville Creates! in collaboration with community partners, including the Colby College Museum of Art, the Kennebec Montessori School, Waterville Public Schools, and the Family Violence Project has launched the very successful Art Kits for All program. This network of local non-profits powers the Art Kits for All program, generously providing volunteers and supplies to keep this popular relief program accessible to all.

In direct response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, Art Kits for All is an innovative, collaborative program designed to keep our community’s families engaged and connected to the arts.  By providing free art supplies and instructions, this program offers high-quality, accessible art experiences in a completely reimagined way.

The art kits are assembled at the Common Street Arts’ classroom studio and the Colby Museum’s Mirken Education Center, both currently closed to the public. Masks are worn during kit assembly and all art materials are disinfected to remove any risk of contamination. The kits are prepared and sealed a week prior to the distribution date to further minimize any transmission risk.

Art Kits for All can be sponsored for as little as $10, to donate visit: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/waterville-creates/art-kits-for-all

Generous support is provided by our Ambassador Sponsors: Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities, Kennebec Savings Bank, and MaineGeneral Health and Advocate Sponsor: Bangor Savings Bank. Additional support has been provided by United Way of Mid Maine.

 

On the Road with Waterville Creates! Part 1: Soap Making with the Long Winter Soap Company

This week we will visit the town of Waldoboro and the Long Winter Soap Company!

Long Winter Soap Company is owned and operated by Amanda Nelson and her husband Lucas McNelly. Amanda began the business when her first child reacted badly to the chemicals in regular soaps and detergents. She began to experiment with making her own soap and it blossomed into a business. With humor and ingenuity, the company grew and the brick and mortar shop opened in 2017, with her husband Lucas working on shipping product and creating lip balm! We will visit the shop and learn how soap is made For more on Long Winter Farm visit: https://longwinterfarm.com/

Visit our Facebook on Thursday at 3pm for the video premiere, or anytime after that on our videos tab on Facebook!

Generous support is provided by our Ambassador Sponsors: Colby Center for the Arts and Humanities, Kennebec Savings Bank, and MaineGeneral Health and Advocate Sponsor: Bangor Savings Bank.