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Get creative in Brunswick at the 15th annual Family Arts Festival.
Get creative in Brunswick at the 15th annual Family Arts Festival.

Get your creative juices flowing on Saturday, September 17 for the 15th annual Family Arts Festival.  The daylong event features more than 20 art workshops, music and dance for all ages.  Whether young or young-at-heart, take the opportunity to spend the day outside creating a giant inflatable sculpture, one-of-a-kind print, collage, a puppy parade in clay, wearable art, paper airplanes, masks, new art out of old recycleables, and much more.

The festival is held 10a.m. – 4p.m. under tents on the Brunswick Town Mall, just off Maine Street in Brunswick.  Musicians, craftspeople, and artists of all kinds come together for a day of art for the whole family. The festival offers hands-on art making for all ages, music all day long, and karate demonstrations.  The event is free and is sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance.  Donations are welcome and a donation of $5 for a family is suggested.

This year you can help create a Giant Inflatable sculpture between 12 noon and 2 pm.  For the first time, Big Brother Big Sisters Bath-Brunswick will partner to help create this sculpture at the festival. Printmakers Robin Brooks, Donna Parkinson and Sarah Vosmus team up for a “Bubble & Print” workshop. Children and adults are invited to create wearable art from “Extreme Hats” to “Jewel Jams.” 

Create a collage, a clay creature for a “Puppy Parade,” a celestial map.  Learn tips on how to draw from the Right Side of the Brain with Hati Modr.  Mike Patterson leads weaving workshop all day.  Owners of new Shift Store, Corie Washow and Rob Schulz, team up to offer Recycled Stuff = Art.  Using unique connectors they will turn your trash and recyclables into cool creations.  Many more local artists and the arts groups participate.  Nonprofits Maine Fiberarts, Arts Are Elementary, ArtVan and Merrymeeting Arts Center will offer workshops.  Complete details can be found on the alliance’s website

Festival stage offers Bath Municipal Band’s big band sounds as well as folk and blues by Kat Logan and Jim Loney return of last year’s sensation Daisy Lee. 

In the event of rain the festival will be held at the Brunswick Jr. High School Gym on Columbia Ave.  Schedule and details are available online at:


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