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University of Maine Hutchinson Center at Belfast invites all Maine visual artists, 50 years of age and older, amateur and professional, to participate in the 2015 Festival of Art to be held May 21-24, 2015.

For the past twelve years, this four-day exhibit has included work from new artists, well-known accomplished artists, those artists who are striving to build their reputations, as well as those who only wish to share their work with an appreciative audience. At times, there have been up to 170 artists participating in this event, and over one thousand visitors to the exhibit.

There will be a number of festivities around this 13th annual event, including an opening reception on Thursday, May 21 with live music and a presentation by David Estey on Saturday, May 23.

About This Year’s Featured Artist

The featured artist for the 2015 Festival of Art is David Estey, an award-winning painter, currently of Belfast. A Maine native, Estey also lived, taught and exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic States and North Carolina, and has degrees from Rhode Island School of Design and George Washington University. He studied painting in Rome, Italy and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts for 14 years. His art has run the gamut from realistic landscapes, portraits and figure drawings to abstract expressionism – and now total improvisation. More of his work can be seen at

Acceptable Art & How to Submit

All types of visual art are welcome: painting, sculpture, woodcarving, jewelry, fabric art, pottery, and photography are just a few examples. Each artist may submit one piece original piece of work. Work must be suitable and ready for display, and pieces cannot be assembled on site. Artists will have an opportunity to sell their work if they wish.

The registration period for artists is March 1 through March 31, and materials and information on how to submit may be requested by contacting The delivery date for all artwork is May 20, 2015.

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