On Friday evening, September 9th at 7pm River Arts in Damariscotta is presenting a program examining the role and function of art in times of crisis. This evening of painting, poetry and music is dedicated to the history and tradition of Protest Art in America will be introduced by Bruce Brown. The New York artist Leonard Meiselman will give a lecture describing his response to 9/11 by painting the American flag at Ground Zero. Myles Jordan, cellist, will play Bach, and poet, Peter Felsenthal, will read a poem in commemoration. The event is free and open to the public.
Portland native Bruce Brown has been a strong presence in the Maine art scene for more than 20 years. Brown is curator emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, in Rockport, where he served from 1987 to 2006 and later as an interim director.
Leonard Meiselman received his art education at the Cooper Union, the Skowhegan School of Art in Maine and the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. After living in Florence, Italy, he returned to the United States and now maintains studios in New York and Maine.
Myles Jordan trained as a cellist at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada, the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies in England, and in Master classes through Jeunesses Musicales, Schloss Weikersheim, Germany. In 1981 he immigrated to the United States to pursue graduate studies at Julliard.
Peter Felsenthal currently leads the poetry program at River Arts. His latest poetry book More Scents Please is available in local bookstores. His photography can be viewed in shows around the region.
River Arts, open 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday and 12 – 4 on Sundays, is located at 170 Main Street, Damariscotta. The mission of River Arts is to nurture appreciation, encourage participation and provide opportunity in the arts. For information about the many classes, events and opportunities at River Arts, visit www.riverartsme.org or call 563-1507.