Celebrate local art, culture and Halloween at ARTober 2017

A painting by artist Jo-Ann Lee Fleishman. Fleishman’s, William Michaud’s and Jenny Webber’s art will be on display during an Artists Reception at West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse at 6 p.m. Oct. 6.
West Market Square Artisan Coffeehouse.

Throughout the month of October, Bangor residents can enjoy “the many colors” of the city as it  prepares to host ARTober Bangor 2017.  Produced by the Bangor Commission on Cultural Development and the city, ARTober will feature a series of events celebrating the Arts, cultural events and organizations within the community.

The kick-off event for ARTober is the grand opening of the Bangor Arts Exchange at 193 Exchange Street. From 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, this free event will feature performances from various Bangor Arts Organizations including The Focus Group, Bangor Ballet and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra and works from local artists will be on display.

The final Artwalk of the season will also take place Oct. 6 throughout the downtown area.

ARTober events range from “Paint and Sips” at Specialty Sweets to oil painting demonstrations and an instrument petting zoo. Highlights from ARTober include the Maine premiere of Penobscot Theatre Company’s production of “Misery”, Bangor Arts Society’s Paint Bangor event, a viewing of the film I Know a Man… Ashley Bryan at the Gracie Theatre, and Masterworks Concert: Symphonie Fantastique with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra at the Collins Center for the Arts.

The Masterworks Concert program will open the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s 122nd season featuring guest pianist, William Wolfram. The concert will open with a rendition of Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, followed by Franz Liszt’s Totentanz and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique. The concert will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22.

In the week leading  up to Halloween, ARTober will be hosting a plethora of spooky-themed events in preparation for the holiday.

Fork and Spoon, at 76 Main St., will host a series of craft nights for people of all ages. The eatery will hold pumpkin, skull and Halloween banner craft nights from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 11 and 25 respectively. Snacks and drinks (including wine) will be provided and are included in the ticket price of $24.95. Those not interested in an alcoholic beverage can send a message at the ARTober website to enroll for the events at a reduced rate. Instructions and materials will be provided at each event.

Bangor residents can then get costume ready Oct. 21-22 as the Maine Jewelry and Fine Art Shop hosts the Halloween Special Effects Makeup demo and workshop. The demonstration will show techniques and applications for special effects makeup by artist and jewelry designer Amanda Colburn. This free event is 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 at 100 Harlow St. From 12-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, Colburn will also host the makeup workshop where she will teach on the basic techniques of using liquid latex and household items to create realistic cuts and scars for scary looks at $35 per person. A hair blower and mirror is necessary. For more information, call the store at 941-8600.

Local belly dance troupe, The Haus of Paradigm, will perform Paraween X: SYZYGY,  their yearly Halloween dance experience, on Saturday, Oct. 21. Attendees can expect extravagant costumes and fully choreographed dancing from nine dancers around the performance’s “goddesses” theme. The show will be held at the Lancaster Room at Hollywood Casino at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be found at or in person at AO LUXE, the henna and threading salon at the Bangor Mall.

Coinciding with ARTober, Downtown Bangor will host its Trick or Treat Festivities on Oct. 28. Free and open to all ages, trick-or-treaters can stop by at the University of Maine Museum of Art for candy and a tour of Halloween themed displays from 2-4 p.m..

After the event, attendees can stop over at the Bangor Arts Exchange for the KinderConcert: Halloween Hijinks at 4 p.m., where the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Juniper String Quartet will perform some spooky classics. The event is also free; however, a suggested donation of $5 per family is appreciated.

To see a full calendar of ARTober’s regular and Halloween-themed events, visit

Beal College, UMA Bangor, the University of Maine McGillicuddy Humanities Center, Eastern Maine Community College and Husson University are sponsors of the celebration.

For more information about ARTober, visit

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