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2018-01-09 / Arts & Entertainment

Regatta Row Street Art Fest 2018


These “Canoe Paddle Chairs” and end tables, will be displayed on Bainbridge sidewalks throughout May after local artists add their special touches. The project is part of a revitalization effort spearheaded by the Jericho Arts Council. 
Contributed Photo These “Canoe Paddle Chairs” and end tables, will be displayed on Bainbridge sidewalks throughout May after local artists add their special touches. The project is part of a revitalization effort spearheaded by the Jericho Arts Council. Contributed Photo Call For Musicians!

On Saturday, April 28, the Jericho Arts Council (JAC) will produce its fourth Regatta Row Street Art Fest, to bring attention to regional artists, musicians and businesses. Twenty artists will create their art on either an Adirondack-style, “Canoe Paddle Chairs” or on the new and original “end tables,” to be displayed on Bainbridge sidewalks throughout May. Bainbridge, like dozens of other towns and villages in this area, is attempting a grass-roots revitalization of the community. This is an efforts to support artists and musicians while encouraging the public to enjoy and respect the Arts.

The JAC is looking for individuals or groups of musicians to come help by playing background - predominantly acoustic - music for the Street Art Fest. Each individual or group of musicians will be playing near one of the 20 chair exhibits. Although most of this music will not be amplified/electrified, we understand that in some cases that some low key amplification and access to electric may be needed. Upon advance request, whenever possible, power will be provided.

This evening is based on the volunteerism of the artistic community. Musicians can opt to put out a hat for donations and are encouraged to distribute cards or advertisements. The Jericho Arts Council will promote the musicians’ names in their publicity, online and in flyers. Refreshments and a modest stipend will be provided for musicians.

The Street Art Fest kicks off at Bainbridge Town Hall, 15 N Main Street, on April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. In case of rain the event will move into the town hall theatre, gallery and lobby. Artists will be meeting the public (about 400 attended last year) near their art. Local merchants will have sidewalk displays where they “give back” to the community with small gifts, free food, beverages and coupons.

Musician and artist applications and details are online at www.jerichoarts.com. Questions and applications can be directed to the JAC Gallery Committee “Regatta Row 2018” at jacarttrail@gmail.com. Applications are due by Feb. 15 but are requested ASAP to hold a spot. Questions and applications can be directed to the JAC Gallery Committee via Nancy Kitchen at 908-347-0091 or jacarttrail@gmail.com. Steve Eisenberg, of Village Woodworks in Bainbridge will be the Regatta Row liaison with the musicians via paper929@gmail.com.

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