2020 Regatta Row Street Art Exhibit Starts Saturday

By: Catherine Sasso

2020 Regatta Row Street Art Exhibit starts Saturday Best in Show winner "Celestial Alien Sun Worshipers" painted by Russell Luscomb. (Photo by Catherine Sasso)

BAINBRIDGE – On the Fourth of July Bainbridge will host the Jericho Arts Council Regatta Row 2020 Art Trail.

Though the 2020 General Clinton Canoe Regatta in Bainbridge has been canceled some local events are still taking place.

For the next 30 days the public can walk the streets of downtown Bainbridge to view the chairs. The mini canoe paddles painted by local students will be hanging in storefront windows.

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"We have to have a soft opening this year because of COVID. The official opening will be fourth of July. We just wanted to make sure we got the awards and things like that all set so that when we officially open the exhibit people can see the awards in excellence or best in show," said Chairperson of Regatta Row Rachel Hares

The theme of this year’s chairs is Sunrise and Sunset. Hares explains that this theme was chosen to give the artists some more room for creativity.

"In the past we've done things like Bainbridge or the outdoors. So we wanted to simplify it this year and give the artists a little bit more of a choice of what they want to paint. Sunrise and Sunset can be interpreted in so many different ways so we just wanted to give the artists a little bit more creativity and a chance to express themselves," said Hares.

Hares said the corona pandemic lead to the cancelation of the Canoe Regatta Race and many of the events that usually go along with it.

On July 2, The Jericho Arts Council held the judging for the 6th annual Regatta Row 2020 Street Art Exhibit. The council sponsored 20 chair submissions from 22 artists, some artists collaborating with each other to design one chair, and Golden Artist provided paint to the artists.

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