Call To Artists
The 13th Annual DAMARISCOTTA PUMPKINFEST & REGATTA is approaching. This is a CALL TO ARTISTS for our past and new volunteer artists to contact me for painting and carving the giant pumpkins for this year’s festival. Many of our volunteer artists have already contacted me in recent weeks requesting to paint and decorate another pumpkin for this year’s festival.
PLEASE CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. WE NEED MANY MORE ARTISTS FOR THE 2019 PUMPKIN FESTIVAL.
IMPORTANT DATE FOR 2019 VOLUNTEER ARTISTS:
FRIDAY, October 11, 2019 – This is the date that our volunteer artists will paint, decorate and carve their assigned pumpkins located throughout the streets of Newcastle and Damariscotta. The 2019 PUMPKINFEST festival dates ate Friday, October 11 through Monday, October 14.
Please join our team of volunteer artists for the 13th Annual PUMPKINFEST and be a member of our team for painting and carving the amazing pumpkin art that our artists create each year. I hope to hear from you soon.
John Bristow, volunteer — Artists committee
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest T-shirt Design Winner Chosen for 2019 Festival
Congratulations to our 2019 winner of the annual T-Shirt Design Contest–Heather Chouinard of Edgecomb.
Heather’s design was selected from among 42 entries that were submitted by 40 artists, the largest number of artist participants to date for the annual Pumpkinfest T-shirt Design Contest. The judges were the Pumpkinfest volunteers who attended the June 20 Pumpkinfest planning meeting. The winning design won a $500 prize.
Heather Chouinard’s inspiration for the Pumpkinfest design was to create an image that appears as a crest or a seal, with muted and rich New England colors.
Heather grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia and attended Savannah College of Art and Design where she received a BFA with a focus in metals and jewelry. Around that time, she met her now-husband, Dennis, who is originally from Maine. They lived in Florida for several years and relocated to Maine with their young son in 2016.
Heather regularly works with metalsmithing, painting, illustration, and sewing. One of her specialties is drawing detailed portraits of people and pets, and she completes a few commissioned portraits each year. In 2018 she created a line of colorful, hand painted wood jewelry that she sells online, at local festivals, and in several Maine shops.
Heather and her husband recently opened Midcoast Craft in Wiscasset. It is a craft gallery, working studio, and class space where she sells her handmade jewelry and teaches multimedia workshops. You also will find Dennis’ pottery and a curated selection of work from other artists in the gallery.
Public Art Program
Each year, local Maine artists more than meet the challenge of decorating sixty to seventy Atlantic Giant Pumpkins which are displayed in downtown Damariscotta & Newcastle during Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™. The results are extraordinary and bring thousands of viewers from New England and beyond. Energetic and creative Maine artists are again sought this year to transform the new crop of giant pumpkins into whimsical, fabulous works of art.
Click here for a printable ‘Pumpkin Trail Guide’ enabling you to tour Damariscotta/Newcastle and see all of the decorated Atlantic Giant Pumpkins displayed there after they are deployed on the Thursday before Columbus Day weekend for the next two weeks.
The giant fruits are delivered on pallets, and are available for carving, painting and decorating on Friday and Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. The pumpkin’s size, subject to the vagaries of Mother Nature, ranges anywhere from “Jack-O-Lantern” (about 200 pounds), to “Great Pumpkin” (about 400 pounds), up to “Maxima” (600-1,200 pounds). They stand about four feet tall, if September has favorable growing conditions.
Please join the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™ “Squashbucklers Team” and make the Giant Pumpkins come alive.
Interested artists may read “tips and techniques” related to painting either Atlantic Giant Pumpkins or Hay Bales, by clicking on the following links.
To sign up or if you have questions, contact us at email@example.com.
T-Shirt Contest Entries
Each year the call goes out to submit designs for the annual T-shirt contest. Many talented entries are received each year, below are entries submitted in 2016 and 2017; although not chosen as the final winners, each design is a great representation of the spirit of Pumpkinfest and the local community of Damariscotta.