BAR HARBOR — Summer Festival of the Arts is celebrating 40 summers of inspiring young artists and performers this year. In honor of the anniversary, the organization is planning a gala evening of performance, art and reminiscence at Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor on July 28 and a series of other events.
The gala will include a silent auction featuring unique art from a variety of SFOA-associated artists. Included in the auction is a quilt crafted with SFOA T-shirts from different years of the festival.
The evening before the gala, July 27 at 7 p.m., SFOA will host an informal alumni meet-up at Cherrystones in Bar Harbor.
Current summer camp participants will showcase their work at Mount Desert Island High School on Friday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Work from students ages 8 to 14, and three weeks of classes, including Improv Theater, Origami, Poetry Slam, 3D Photography and Irish Fiddling, will be showcased.
For adults wanting their own artistic inspiration, a special session of intensive classes is also planned at ArtWaves in Town Hill.
From July 23-27, painter Judy Taylor, dancer Jeremy Cline and author Jenna Beaulieu will lead special classes in honor of the SFOA anniversary.
Tickets for the gala are $55. Visit www.sfoamaine.org or call 244-3855 for tickets or more information about any of the events.