BELFAST — Waterfall Arts is set to reopen to the public with the opening of its summer exhibition on Friday, June 18. While programming never ceased during the 15 months of pandemic uncertainty – in fact, it flourished in new and diverse ways – the public-facing part of this art center was closed for the safety of its staff, tenants, and community members.
On Friday, Waterfall Arts opens to the public with a free opening reception for a historically important exhibition to the Belfast community, Photographing Belfast’s Waterfront: Then & Now. The opening event, from 5 - 7 p.m., will feature a poetry reading of works themed around the Belfast Waterfront, planned in collaboration with the Office of the Belfast Poet Laureate.
The public is welcome to view the exhibition on Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., from June 19 through August 29 (staying open for the final Sunday). Remote visitors can enjoy a virtual tour of the gallery with the show’s curators, coming soon on the Waterfall Arts website.
“We know it has been a trying time for our community, but we feel stronger than ever before,” says Executive Director Kim Fleming, in a news release. “Our parking lot construction and sitework are nearing completion, just in time for the exhibition opening. Last Friday, we were excited to bring back the Belfast Art Market–taking its tried-and-true place alongside the Belfast Farmers Market–and this week we’re excited to bring the public back into our building, which serves the community at large.”
As Waterfall Arts moves into the summer season, the organization is excited to usher in new ways to make art, experience art, and support local artists. As always, there will be more all-ages events, kids and families programming, in-person and online classes and workshops, and a dedicated staff and volunteer community to welcome the community back. Waterfall Arts will see the return of Artist Residencies with multidisciplinary artist Nina Elder in July, with her environmentally-focused talks, workshops, and artmaking called “The Fray.”
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in downtown Belfast. This year’s exhibitions at Waterfall Arts are made possible by Down East Magazine, Marshall Wharf Brewing and Whitecap Builders. Additional support is provided by foundations such as the Onion Foundation.
Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to arts enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. We welcome the public to engage in the arts through classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, public art projects, open studios (in clay, glass, print, and darkroom photography) and more. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222.