Over 150 pieces of art work, 33 talented artists, and 11 performances at 10 venues along Downtown Lisbon Street in Lewiston will help launch this year’s Dempsey Challenge on Friday, October 12 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
The first “Dempsey Challenge Community Celebration” has been planned and coordinated by Art Walk Lewiston-Auburn, L/A Arts and Captive Elements Art House. In keeping with the spirit of the event, the evening’s theme will be “hope, healing and survival.”
Artists participating in the Dempsey Challenge Community Celebration include Terry Grasse, Helen Warren, Penny Hood, Scott Ainsworth, Jane Pronovost, Angie Blevins, Laura Tasheiko, Matthew Barter, Linda Nichos Phillips, Isaac Marston, Joanna Reese, June Roberts, Lois Hill, Herenya Wiley, Corey LaFlamme, Priscilla Cross, Maria Castellano-Usery, Anne Breau, Erika Jordan, Darylann Leonard, Tegan Lake, Stephanie Berry, Jeffrey Jacques, Tookie Bright, Anne Labbe, Don Bernard, Dinah Harris, Pat Collins, Louella Hood, Megan Patry, Mary Schmaling-Kearns, Nel Bernard and Paul Baribault.
The venues for their art works will be Captive Elements Art House (223 Lisbon Street), L/A Art (221 Lisbon Street), Lewiston Public Library (200 Lisbon Street), Forage Market (180 Lisbon Street), the Lamey-Wellehan Building (110 Lisbon Street), Rainbow Bikes (97 Lisbon Street), The Vault (84 Lisbon Street), Androscoggin Bank (30 Lisbon Street), the Atrium at Bates Mill (35 Canal Street), and She Don’t Like Guthries (115 Middle Street).
Live music and spoken word artists scheduled to perform include the Edward Little Debate Team (spoken word), the Youth Orchestra of Lewiston-Auburn, The Band Apollo, Bryan Laurier, Carolyn Currie, Kristen Short, Pan Fried Steel, Felix Weatherbee, Temple Rocks, Barbara Oliver and Mark Nordberg and Broken 51.
In addition to the exhibitions and performances, several Lewiston-Auburn restaurants and businesses will offer special promotions and-or food and beverage tastings. In an effort to create an economic impact on a selected, locally-owned business, a “cash mob” will meet at 5 p.m. in Journal Alley. L/A Magazine will host a “Peloton Project Welcome Party.”
To top off the evening, an official “after-party” will take place at Gritty’s, 68 Main Street in Auburn, featuring Courage Ale on tap and live music by the Jason Spooner Trio until midnight.
At the Atrium at Bates Mill: 6:15, Youth Orchestra of Lewiston Auburn; 6:45, Broken 51.
At Callahan Hall, Lewiston Public Library: 6:15, Pan Fried Steel; 7:15, The Band Apollo; 7:45, Temple Rocks.
At the DownStage at L/A Arts: 5:00, Spoken Word by the Edward Little High School Debate Team; 6:15, Kristen Short; 7:00 Bryan Laurier; 7:45, Carolyn Currie.
At the Community Gallery at L/A Arts: 5:00, Barbara Oliver and Mark Nordberg (Baroque Strings).
At BatesDowntown at 22 Park Street: 5:00, Felix Weatherbee.