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Committee asks artists to think small for new year’s first Art Stroll

1/9/14 | By Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

BERLIN—At least 30 local artists will be featured as part of a Second Friday Art Stroll that will serve as the beginning of the year kickoff for a near month-long exhibit that will be hosted by The Globe Restaurant from Jan. 10 until Jan. 27.

The Globe is located at 12 Broad Street and the Art Stroll event will be from 6-8 p.m.

The theme for the exhibited pieces will be “Small Things” and the participating artists were challenged to restrict the size of their creations to a canvas no larger than 16 inches by 20 inches. All pieces will be labeled with the artists’ names, and the title, medium and price of the artwork.

In addition to showcasing talented local artists, the event will also serve in part as a fundraiser for the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee.

Austin Widdowson, founder of Refresh Media, the newly reinstated Arts and Entertainment Committee had had been operating on an out of pocket self-funding basis by the committee members.

According to the committee’s call for artists, 20 percent of the sale price of the pieces will benefit the committee. Artists will also have the option of submitting their artwork for a separate silent auction to benefit the committee as well.

Widdowson said the funds raised would help underwrite future projects and promotions such as murals, sculpture installations throughout the town, and merchandise like t-shirts, cozies and posters.

Among the artists who will be featured at the event work in a variety of mediums and genres be:

Brianna Pleasant, Adam Weir, Greg Morehead, Matt Landon, Ian Postley, Bostik Johnson, Evan Fitzgerald, Alan Reynolds, Diana Richmond, Alexandra Poerden, Patricia Backer, Hosanna Lafazia, Zee Sage, Samantha Betts, Donna Yaxnucci, Erik White, Matt Dove, Brian Robertson, Mark Huey, Stephanie Karn, and Widdowson.

 Widdowson said the theme “Small Things was a play on one of the town’s hashtags #MDsCoolestSmallTown, on Facebook. The other, #AnchoredInTheArts, is the hashtag for the Arts and Entertainment Committee, he said.

Berlin has won a third place nomination in the online Budget Travel’s Coolest Small Towns 2014 contest, and Widdowson is encouraging as many people as possible to cast their votes for  when the voting begins at the end of January. The final 10 winners will be announced mid-February, according to the contest sponsors. 

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