Painting party may ease pain of Hallowell Water Street rebuild

HALLOWELL — Painting the pavement of Water Street just before it’s rebuilt may seem like a waste of time and materials to some.

But a leader in Hallowell’s cultural community — envisioning the painting as part of a party on the city’s main thoroughfare — said that and other artistic tie-ins could beat back negative feelings about a big future project on the city’s main thoroughfare. The road is also U.S. Route 201 and is heavily traveled.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Hallowell City Hall. Families with children are encouraged to attend, and there will be an art activity table suitable for people of all ages.

“It’s going to be the act and not the result,” said Deborah Fahy, executive director of the Harlow Gallery, a downtown art nonprofit. “It’ll be kind of a block party.”

Artist Marty Pottenger, the director of Art at Work, an

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