Wiscasset event will feature the art of a musical instrument maker


Jonathan Waldo, musician and string maker, will present a retrospective solo exhibit at the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 26 at the Hasenfus Gallery, 64 Main St., Wiscasset Village. Waldo will demonstrate the instruments, including the Arabic oud as seen in the photo, and speak with visitors. Photo by Roxanne Rollins

WISCASSET – Selected pieces from Jonathan Waldo’s 42-year career in making musical instruments, furniture and art will be on display from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 26 at the Hasenfus Gallery, 64 Main St. , during the Wiscasset Art Marcher.

He will demonstrate some instruments during the evening.

“My instrument making starts with creating the design, then I build the instrument from scratch. With the exception of the mechanics, I create all of the components of the instrument, ”Waldo said, according to a press release from Wiscasset Art Walk.

Waldo says he feels joy when he makes an instrument because it is in the service of the musician, the music and the materials. “Every step in the process of making custom musical instruments is essential to creating a world-class instrument. I only make one or two instruments at a time so that I can devote my full attention to each step of the process. My intention is for each instrument to be an extension of the musician and a beauty in itself, ”said Waldo.

Waldo, who grew up in Washington, DC, lives and works in Mid-Coast Maine. He has been a featured musician at many Wiscasset Art Walks where his artistry in playing classical guitar and Arabic oud complemented local gallery exhibits and thrilled viewers. Waldo has also taught in the Art Van program in Bath, at several colleges in Mid-Coast Maine, and in various workshops. In addition to running his own musical instrument and furniture workshop, he works with the Von Huene workshop in Brookline, Massachusetts.

In addition to the upcoming Wiscasset Art Walk exhibition, Waldo has exhibited at the Corcoran School of Art, the Boston Early Music Festival exhibitions, and the Amherst Early Music Festival Exhibition.

The Wiscasset Art Walk 2021 is made possible by major sponsors Donna and Frank Barnako, the Maine Arts Commission and the First National Bank. The main sponsors are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carriage House Gardens, Cod Cove Inn, Fogg Art Restoration, Industrial ME, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Newcastle Realty, Peter H. Eaton Antiques, Red’s Eats, Rock Paper Scissors, Sarah’s Café, and Sherri Dunbar / Tim Dunham Realty.

Wiscasset Art Walk is a program of the Wiscasset Creative Alliance.

For more information visit wiscassetartwalk.org or email [email protected].

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