ARTWALK 2010: A YEAR OF EXPERIMENTATION – Engine

ARTWALK 2010: A YEAR OF EXPERIMENTATION

Biddeford ArtWalk experienced some highs and some not-so-highs in 2010, as coordinators strove to find the right formula for turning out ArtWalkers. Early in the year, in the coldest of cold months, January through April, the event took place primarily indoors at the North Dam Mill. With a monthly craft fair added to the bill, attracting 20-25 vendors each month, crowds surged to around 300-400 per the final Friday event. Hallway Gallery artists hung their new work and artists in the mill hosted open studios. Sales were made. Fun was had. In May, we took it easy and began the transition back outdoors to various venues including the Heart of Biddeford, LACAVA and Oh Baby! Cafe…in June, we tried our hand at an outdoor craft fair in Mechanic’s Park…

It was nice. We had a special appearance by some of the cast  members from Hair and absolutely fantastic weather. But we felt a bit spread out in such a big park so we moved up Main Street to a little pocket park, Shevenell Park. The crafters seemed to like the cozier setting and proximity to other businesses. We tried this for July, August and September. The attendance was lighter, probably due to so much going on during the summer months. In October, we returned to a regular ArtWalk, with various venues participating again, including a reincarnated Franklin Street Art Space, which is now home to Engine, for the time being.

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