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Paint Bangor Day

September 5, 2012
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One day event attracts artists of all kinds

BANGOR - The city of Bangor will be on display this weekend as artists gather to capture the Queen city's character, curves and colors during Paint Bangor Day planned for Saturday, Sept. 8. It's an event that's been promoting the arts and the downtown area for years.

"It's open to anyone," said Ulrike Guthrie, president of the Bangor Art Society. "People are welcome to go anywhere in Bangor, but what's great is if they bring their easels and go downtown because it's visible."

There is no work of art that is created ahead of time. Everything is captured that day and then stamped at the Bangor Public Library before the pieces are taken home by the artists or over to the University of Maine Museum of Art on Harlow Street for auction by 3 p.m.

"Fifty percent of the proceeds of each painting sold at auction goes to the individual artist, 25 percent to University of Maine Museum of Art and 25 percent to the Bangor Art Society," explained Guthrie.

From paintings to drawings and photographs to sculptures, all forms of art used to depict this historical city in Penobscot County are welcome.

"With many different artists using different styles and interpretations to capture Bangor, we often see in these paintings something we had never seen before, or see something in a new way for the first time," explained Tanya Pereira, business development specialist for the city of Bangor. "Paint Bangor Day also draws attention to the wonderful community of artists in the region and shines a spotlight on the talent our region houses."

Last year, approximately 100 artists participated in the event.

"I would love to have 1,000 people. I'd love for it to become a really big event like Paint Eastport, but it depends on who shows up on that day," said Guthrie.

Many will even see young children taking part in Paint Bangor Day.

"It literally is for all ages and all skill levels," explained Guthrie. "It doesn't have to be perfect art. The point is to get out, notice our town, and depict it in some way."

For more information on the Bangor Art Society, log on to www.bangorartsociety.com.

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