The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust

Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, located on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta, presents an exhibit of sculpture, photography, prints, paintings, and poetry exploring themes and aspects of the Holocaust. The exhibit, featuring Maine artists and writers, runs from October 3 through December 3. An opening reception on October 17, 4-7 p.m., will feature the exhibit’s poets reading from their works and Maria Wagner playing “Soliloquy for Solo Clarinet” by Elliot Schwartz.

Exhibit organizer, artist Leonard Meiselman, has been planning and working on this exhibition for over a year. “I am continually amazed and fascinated by the ongoing outpouring of memoirs, documentaries, paintings, and poems – and now an opera and a new major film – 69 years after the Holocaust ended. Artists, writers, and filmmakers are still finding some essential energy in Holocaust themes,” he says. “Why does the Holocaust draw this amount of obsessive attention?”

Meiselman, a life-long artist, thought he had left New York City three years ago to live in Wiscasset and paint the trees in Maine, but found himself painting Holocaust images instead. “In this world of suffering and political turmoil in which we find ourselves today, it is meaningful to dwell on this chapter of the last century – to remember what happened and how it happened by gradual degrees and incremental infringements on human rights. I suspect that for my generation of artists and poets, it is about coming to terms with our history, our heritage, and our identity.”

As an organizer of The Dilemma of Memory, along with David Greenham, Program Director, Holocaust and Human Rights Center, and poet Lee Sharkey, Meiselman said he was deeply gratified with how the artists and poets came together to create this exhibition. This is a group of mature artists, he explained, grappling with similar ghosts and shadows: “I’ve experienced a wonderful sense of fellow-feeling, of finding other artists struggling with some of the same issues that haunt my work as an artist.” Meiselman asserts that the artists taking part in The Dilemma of Memory intend to make a statement: “It is both beautiful and terrible to live with the presence of a history of human suffering and to feel, somehow, that one can redeem the victims from anonymity.”

Participants in the exhibit include photographer Judy Glickman; sculptor Robert Katz; painters George Mason, Leonard Meiselman, and Bob Moskowitz; printmaker Dorothy Schwartz; and poets Tony Brinkley, Mark Melnicove, Lee Sharkey, Martin Steringesser, and Anna Wrobel.

The Dilemma of Memory: Maine Artists and the Holocaust is supported by Bath Savings Trust, UMA Senior College, Dr. Julius Ciembroniewicz, and J.S. McCarthy Printers. For directions and more information about the exhibit, visit hhrcmaine.org.

A Gala Evening Celebrating Survival and Choice

Pink Runway Project

The Pink Runway Project charity event will be held on October 18, 2014 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. This inaugural event will feature a New York fashion week style show with original pieces created by Maine fashion designers, including Michael Shyka, modeled by breast cancer survivors that have undergone breast reconstruction. This formal gala will also feature live music and performances, a silent auction, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres from local chefs. Above all, the night will illuminate touching and inspiring tales of breast cancer survival and regrowth.

The Pink Runway Project is a new and exciting approach to provide awareness about breast reconstruction options in order to empower women to make informed choices. Proceeds from this informative and glamorous event will be donated to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and the BRA organization. Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day, or BRA Day, occurs annually in October and is an initiative designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding breast cancer reconstruction. The third annual BRA Day will take place on October 15, 2014. BRA Day USA is a collaborative effort between the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons, breast centers, nurse navigators, corporate sponsors and breast cancer support groups.

Maine Breast Cancer Coalition’s Support Service Fund provides financial assistance for breast health or breast cancer related needs to qualified Maine residents. The Fund assists low-income, uninsured and underinsured people, including those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, whose particular needs are not covered by other assistance programs. Since the fund was established in 2000, MBCC has awarded grants totaling nearly $1,400,000 to more than 2,900 Maine residents.

The Pink Runway Project is Maine’s first and only charity event to bring awareness to the breast reconstruction options available to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Many women, who are bravely battling breast cancer and are facing life-saving surgery, must also grapple with the reality of losing their female identity. And, unfortunately, research reveals that 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer are not being informed of their breast reconstruction options. The goal of the Pink Runway Project is to ensure that all breast cancer patients are fully informed of and given access to all of their reconstructive options.

This event coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Day (BRA) and will feature a keynote presentation by Barbara Musser, a leading voice on reclaiming female self image after breast cancer. Barbara is the founder and CEO of Sexy After Cancer and is the author of Sexy After Cancer: Meeting Your Inner Aphrodite on the Breast Cancer Journey. A 25-year breast cancer survivor, speaker and educator, she teaches classes and holds retreats for women and couples about cancer, love and intimacy.

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Tickets will go on sale September 1, 2014. For more information please visit the PinkRunwayProject.com.

If you’d like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Heidi Harrington, please call Sharon Anderson at (207) 947-1894 or email Sharon at sharon@bangorplastic.com.

Diane Green Hebert in the IEA Members Show in NYC

Mars Hall Gallery

“Poetry Bleeds Rust” Diane Green Hebert has been selected to exhibit her encaustic mask, “Tarquin the Proud”, in the IEA Members Show in NYC. The mixed media piece combines her expertise in handmade kozo paper, ceramic masks and encaustic. The show is sponsored by the International Encaustic Artists and was juried by Jean Dierdorf. “Tarquin the Proud” “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Oct. 1st thru Oct. 29th, 2014 Reception Oct. 2nd, 5-7 p.m. National Association of Women Artists Gallery 80 Fifth Ave., Suite 1405 NY, NY Curated by IEA Exhibitions Director Lola Battzell.

Maine Craft Weekend opens October 11

Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 11 + 12, 2014.

Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday!

For more information or questions please email Marie Sugden at marie@mainecrafts.org or call (207) 588-0021.

David Estey publishes “Whoop and Drive ’er” memoir

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David Estey has published a unique, illustrated memoir - an affectionate, humorous memoir of colorful family, friends and situations while growing up in Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle, and Belfast. It is called “Whoop and Drive ’er” – Growing up in Aroostook County, Maine.

You may have heard me tell some of the stories over the years. Friends have urged me to write them down. They begin with memorable subjects from Aroostook County: my family, in-laws, friends, classmates, and many other small-town characters and situations, while growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s.
 
It’s not just about Aroostook. I go on to include funny or unique characters and experiences after moving to Belfast, incidents in high school, raking blueberries, making art, funny expressions, and so forth. Then I describe going to RISD, studying art in Italy for a year, spending two years in the army, doing public affairs for IRS, dealing with the news media, living in the South, moving back to Maine, and navigating the art world. The book is endorsed on the back cover by Carl Little, distinguished poet and author of several books on Maine painting, and Kathryn Olmstead, editor of Echoes magazine and a columnist for Bangor Daily NewsCarl wrote, in part, “In this entertaining and often moving memoir … vintage photographs and Estey’s portraits and paintings are the perfect accompaniment to a storyline that will leave you laughing and inspire a tear or two.” Kathryn wrote, in part, “David’s memoir is laced with humor and filled with anecdotes that make it a tribute to small-town America.”
 
I’ve designed the 144-page memoir as an attractive art book, seven by ten inches, with 41 related photos or drawings and paintings I did over the years, some you may have seen and some not. I think it would make a wonderful keepsake or Christmas gift for family, friends and classmates; others who know me or the characters and situations I’ve described, and perhaps even total strangers.
 
Despite production and promotion costs, I’ve kept the price at a bargain $19.95 and I may never break even. It has been a labor of love, so I mainly want to get it into people’s hands and have them enjoy it. By mid-October, it will be available at Left Bank Books and other local stores, at maineauthorspublishing.com and amazon.com (where you can look inside), or a copy signed to you directly from me now. Simply send a check to me at 16 Pierce Street, Belfast, ME 04915. I’ll even pay the sales tax and shipping, if you can’t come by to pick it up.

Cafe received this advance email note and unsolicited testimonial – “I have looked at it and  couldn’t put it down at “Beyond the Sea” and can’t wait for his signing there Saturday Nov. 1.  I love his sense of humor, the illustrations and photos and his sense that he really needed to get this into a book.  Good job, David!”             Dianne Horton

Book discussions & signings are scheduled for:

Penobscot Marine Museum Store, Main Street in Searsport, on Thursday October 16, 7 to 9 p.m.

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, on Saturday, October 18, 1 to 3 p.m.

Beyond the Sea, at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, November 1,1 to 3 p.m.

Fall Family Festival at the Farnsworth

Farnsworth Art Museum

On Saturday, October 18, from 3 to 6 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum’s sculpture garden will be transformed into the Fall Family Festival grounds. There will be free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. Families will be able to have a tin-type picture taken and will be able to watch the movie It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in the museum auditorium.

Beginning at 5:15 p.m., a parade will take place on Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoestring Theater, which will be teaching an after- school workshop the week leading up to the festival and parade. Grab a noisemaker, borrow a mask, and join in the fun! Immediately following the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden for the lighting of the pumpkins. In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. Please call (207) 596-0949 with any questions or see farnsworthmuseum.org/children-family-programs.

Farnsworth Art Museum

Marnie Sinclair “Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art”

Marnie Sinclair

“Nature has always inspired my art. I find her perfect balance, color combinations, textures, and designs especially intriguing, motivating me to try a wide variety of artistic expressions to speak to her grandeur.”

Marnie Sinclair’s traveling sculpture exhibit Making Sense of Climate Change Through Art attempts to ” incorporate Nature’s extreme beauty with a bit of tension from our careless abuse of our only home.” Marnie is looking for venues to display and discuss “balance, art and climate change,” followed by her movie,”Nature’s Spin Through Art,” which uses sculptu her sculptures to illustrate the story of climate change as told by three experts in the field, Bill McKibben, 350.org, George Woodwell, founder of Woods Hole Research Center, and Jerry Sullivan, retired Physicist from NOAA.

"Nature's Spin Through Art" on YouTube

“Nature’s Spin Through Art” on YouTube

Marnie Sinclair, from Damariscotta, ME, is a process artist who works in many different mediums. Sculpture is her preferred choice and she is currently working in copper trying to solve the many variables of kinetic sculpture. She recently moved from Martha’s Vineyard, MA where she was a videographer who created many videos about water issues on the island. She is an environmental activist who’s art work often reflects her concerns about climate change and how we are living in a non-sustainable way that impacts all life on the planet. Her three dimensional and two dimensional work has been shown extensively in the Boston area, as well as on the Vineyard.

Her bronze animal sculptures can also be seen at the Ducktrap Bay Trading Co. on Main st. in Camden, and she has recently joined the Pemaquid Group of Artists as a guest for the year, showing her oil paintings. That gallery is across from the Pemaquid lighthouse in Lighthouse Park, in Bristol, Maine. Marnie is also a member of The Bristol Road Galleries, a 4-gallery consortium of artists who are close neighbors.

9 Maine Artists in the Howard Hill Exhibition

The Harlow Gallery in partnership with the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT), presents a very special benefit art exhibition October 12 – November 1, 2014 at Slates Restaurant located at 167 Water Street. in Hallowell in celebration of the KLT’s pending acquisition of the Howard Hill property in Augusta.

A public reception at Slates on Sunday, October 12 from 5 - 8 p.m. will coincide with the opening of a related exhibition celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Kennebec Land Trust across the street at the Harlow Gallery. Welcome comments from Deb Fahy, Executive Director of the Harlow Gallery and Brian Kent, KLT President are scheduled for 6:30pm at the Harlow Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served, cash bar.

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Howard Hill consists of 164 wooded acres that serve as the scenic forested backdrop for Maine’s State Capitol. This ambitious project is part of KLT’s 25th Anniversary “Conservation Across Generations” campaign, and 50% of art sales from the show will benefit the Howard Hill project, with some artists donating 100% of sales to the project. An open call earlier this year invited Maine artists to create art depicting or inspired by the Howard Hill property environs, history and views from or including the hill. The work to be included in benefit exhibition was selected by a a group of jurors including Norm Rodrigue and Jane Davis from the Kennebec Land Trust, and Deb Fahy, Allison McKeen and Elena Kirillova from the Harlow Gallery. Artists whose work was selected for exhibition include:

Nancy Bixler of Hallowell
Angie Blevins of New Sharon
Ramona du Houx of Solon
Penny Markley of Winthrop
Nancy McGinnis of Hallowell
Robin Miller of Augusta
Johanna Moore of Farmingdale
Jane Page-Conway of Bowdoinham
Judith Schuppien of Pittson

Established in 1988, The Kennebec Land Trust works cooperatively with landowners and communities to conserve the forests, shorelands, fields, and wildlife that define central Maine. The Trust protects land permanently, offers opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy the natural world, and works with partners to support sustainable forestry and farming. KLT has partnered with landowners in 21 communities to protect more than 4,800 acres on 60 properties through land donations, fee purchases, and conservation easements. Volunteers have constructed 37 miles of trails on KLT land and developed informative brochures and maps of KLT properties that encourage visitors to learn about and enjoy Kennebec County’s natural landscape. Most properties are open to the public for walking, hiking, hunting, fishing, enjoying nature, and creating art! For more information, visit them online at tklt.org.

Music and Poetry Saturday and Sunday in Waldoboro Village

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On Saturday, 27 September, 6:30 p.m., there will be a folk, blues, jazz jam at
Old Number Nine, Friendship Street, next to the drug store in downtown
Waldoboro. Everyone is welcome to bring their acoustic instruments, snacks,
beverages and talent.

On Sunday, 28 September, 2:30 p.m., Old Number Nine will also host an open
reading of poetry and/or prose, followed by a potluck supper of finger foods and
salads. Stephen Randall Parmley will read from his collected poems, “Gaia
Sutra.”

Contributions will help support the Medomak Arts Project — MAP — A Public
Benefit Corporation, in its aim to foster the creative arts in the Medomak
region. For more information, please call 790-0527.

Awards, Publication for Bayview Artists!

Bayview Gallery is proud to announce that Mariella Bisson has won a major two-year Fellowship in Painting from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Established in 1985 by Lee Krasner, wife of Jackson Pollock and a significant painter in her own right, “for the purpose of providing financial assistance to artists of established ability.” A hearty congratulations to Mariella and we look forward to bringing you the fruits of her labors as we receive them!

Mariella Bisson at Bayview Gallery

“Fawn’s Leap, Pale Moon” by Mariella Bisson

Wendy Newcomb creates luminous and brightly colored paintings of the lakes, harbors and mountains of Maine. The first of two covers she has done for L.L. Bean are in your mailboxes right now!

Janet Laird-Lagassee (one of our most awarded painters) has announced that her miniature watercolor painting “Matchless” has been awarded the Best of Watercolor Award at the Artistic Designs Gallery Juried Miniature Show in Brownsburg, Indiana and “Pumpkins No. 60″ was awarded Best of Show at the Heartland Art Guild International Miniatures Art Show at the Miami County Historical Society Museum in Paola, Kansas! In addition, “Wood Pile” earned the Fine Art Miniature Distinction Award at the Roswell Fine Arts League/New Mexico Miniature Arts Society International Juried Show at the Roswell Museum and Arts Center in New Mexico.

Janet Laird-Lagassee at Bayview Gallery

“Matchless” by Janet Laird-Lagassee

 

 

Kindling Fund – Grants for Artists Informational Meeting at Waterfall Arts

The Kindling Fund

Nat May, Director of SPACE Gallery will present information about The Kindling Fund on Tuesday, September 30th at 6:30 PM at Waterfall Arts. He will present a brief overview of the artist grant program and take questions about the guidelines and application process.

SPACE Gallery in Portland created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. The Kindling Fund values risk and experimentation, unconventional engagement, and critical dialogue, and encourages collaborative efforts to reach new audiences, increase public interaction, and create new models for presenting artists’ work.

The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative space/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to): public art projects, intervention or site specific installations, one-time events or performances, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, online projects, artist residencies, series of screenings, curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice, lecture or workshop series, multimedia, video and photo projects, or unconventional exhibitions.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast; for more information visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222. For further information about The Kindling Fund, visit kindlingfund.org.

PMA Opens Family Space: Playing with Collections

Portland Museum of Art

Just in time for the new school year, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has opened a family exhibition PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections. The PMA collection includes more than 18,000 objects and is made up of many kinds of art: painting, sculpture, prints, photography, glass, ceramics, and furniture. Families are invited to closely examine objects from the PMA’s permanent collection and to sharpen their looking skills by making comparisons. They can curate their own collections and use the gallery cards to explore the PMA collection and to apply these looking skills to other works of art. Located in the PMA’s McLellan House and based upon play, fun, and curiosity, this lab of hands-on activities and games is designed for families to experiment and create their own art. PMA Family Space: Playing with Collections is on view through February 28, 2015.

Be a part of the LIVE audience for the BCC Inspire-a-thon

Come be part of the live audience for the Belfast Creative Coalition’s first INSPIRE-A-THON, an old-fashioned telethon that will be broadcast live over BCTV2 and streamed live over the internet from Troy Howard Middle School stage on Sunday, September 28 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Co-hosts Chris Quimby and John Burstein will be coordinating all the action of the live performances, while the 2014 Cultivate Preview Party will be happening in the school’s gymnasium and an animal exhibit with horse rides on the grounds.

Inspire-a-thon

Breanna Pinkham Bebb on Ukelele, photo by Lorain Francis

Many of you remember what fun it was to see kids, grandkids, colleagues and neighbors share their talent live from a local TV station’s studios to support a worthy cause. Before the big celebrities, before the national sponsorships, it was all about showcasing the skills, inventiveness and abilities within one’s own community. This time, live operators will be taking pledges through the bank of cell phones.

As a live audience member enjoy comedians, musicians, poets, martial arts, fashion yoga, mimes, fencing, dancers, and visual artists. Brief video segments will be interspersed between the live, on-stage performances. Visit the Art Table, pet a llama and enjoy samples of fine art, handmade products and homegrown food at the Cultivate Preview Party. Prizes will be given out through out the day – so stick around!

To that end, the INSPIRE-A-THON will be an all-encompassing event: a showcase for local talent, a preview of the 2014 Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail in October, and to serve as a membership fundraising drive for the Coalition. For more information go to BelfastCreativeCoalition.org or email info@belfastcreativecoalition.org.

RSVP on Belfast Creative Coalition’s Facebook page under the – Inspire-a-thon Event.

Inspire-a-thon is made possible by BCC’s funders, sponsors and partners:
Troy Howard Middle School,Camden National Bank (Children’s Art Table), Unity Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Seeger Solutions Photography, Waterfall Arts, Chris Quimby I-Cracked iPhone Repair, and the City of Belfast.Thank you to our media sponsors:Courier Publications and BCTV2. And special Thank you to the totally inspired coordinator of the Inspir-a-thon and BCC board member, Elaine Bielenberg.

Call For Artists: Inspired By Katahdin

Harlow Gallery

“Spring Comes to Katahdin” by Judy Taylor

The Harlow Gallery invites Maine artists to submit work to the upcoming exhibition “Inspired by Katahdin” to be presented in partnership with brothers David & Carl Little in November 2014.

Artist and author David Little has long been inspired by Maine’s tallest mountain, so much so that he wrote a book, Art of Katahdin: The Mountain, the Range, the Region published by DownEast Books in 2013. The book follows a historic timeline using art inspired by the majestic mountain, as well as a collection of Katahdin literature, photography, graphics, maps and more, and was edited by Carl Little.

Submissions are being accepted via email through October 1, 2014. The exhibition will be on view November 7 – 29, 2014. The public reception on Friday, November 7, 5 – 8 p.m. will feature a book signing with David & Carl Little.

Other Opportunities in the Area:

The Augusta Downtown Alliance’s Design Committee and key community partners host the third annual Light on Water Art Walk on Water Street in downtown Augusta on Thursday, November 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Many businesses on Water Street are interested in hosting various artists, musicians, and performers for this event.

Fall Workshops at Engine: Professional Development for Maine Creatives & Artists.
This series of workshops were developed to support artists, artisans, designers and other creatives and supplement their creative practices. From workshops to multi-session classes, creatives will learn and hone their skills to better suit their growing practices and businesses.

Pastel Painters Of Maine members and the public are invited to attend a panel discussion, “Parameters of Pricing Art – A Panel Discussion,” with gallery owners Keith Oehmig and Beth Newman, and artists Suzanne deLesseps and Peesh Rewak McClanahan. This free meeting will be held Thursday, October 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Patten Free Library Community Room in Bath. The focus of the presentation will be on elements artists and gallery owners weigh when pricing fine art. Variables may include an artwork’s size, medium, cost of materials, time expended, the artist’s sales record, appeal of a type of art, state of the economy, and many more. Subjective and ethical aspects of pricing art will also be explored.

Mainely Brews Restaurant in Waterville is looking for exhibiting artists.
Located in the historic Post Office building in downtown Waterville, Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse offers first-rate food, the finest ales, and the best live music in Central Maine. The tavern-style set up and friendly staff create a warm and welcoming environment. Artwork will hang in a function room called The Vault. This roomy dining area with pub-style seating and full windows is an ideal place for the whole family, private parties and business functions. The Vault can accommodate 18-25 framed pieces and has an art hanging system with security locks. Art must be PG-13 and artist must provide a price list and number sheet. Mainely Brews would like to sell art off the wall, as is.
For complete information contact Luke Duplessis at 692-7955 or mainelybrewsrestaurant@gmail.com.

What’s for Dinner? Suppahtime at Waterfall Arts

Waterfall Arts

Everyone is invited to Suppahtime, an AAAAH event, on Friday, September 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. AAAAH is an acronym for Affordable All Ages Art Happenings with multi-sensory, immersive party-events for everyone, brought to you by Waterfall Arts and Bridget Matros, producer of memorable amusements for the masses. These events are part of Waterfall Arts’ community outreach, designed to give everyone access to cool, one-of-a-kind events

This one, SUPPAHTIME, is the no-holds-barred community dining experience you’ve been waiting for YOUR WHOLE LIFE. Mainers love pot lucks and community dinners… but most have unwritten rules about playing with your food. That’s no fun! Join us at our super-long dinner table where it’s ok to get a little wacky with your edibles! First course: make anything you like with one ingredient: Play Dough. Second course: “real food” pot luck. Bring something to share! Dessert: What can YOU create on YOUR plate, with a few sweet items? Prizes for most artful, structurally sound, and least appetizing creations!

AAAAH events, with all their wacky, creative fun are $5 for adults at the door, $3 for kids under 13, and crawlers get in free. All ages are welcome.

For Suppahtime, bring some supper-food to share, with a label. At this green event, we’ll supply the plates and silverware but you must WYOP (wash yer own plate). Don’t worry… that part will be interesting too.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information visit waterfallarts.org or call (207) 338-2222.

First Annual “International Hope Day” Set to Kick Off in Maine

International Hope Day on facebook

The First annual “International HOPE Day,” the brainchild of New York art publisher Michael McKenzie, is scheduled to take place with a series of events and unveilings in New York, Munich, Miami and Maine on Saturday, September 13th. Featuring artist Robert Indiana’s HOPE, the first annual event will take place on the artist’s 86th birthday, which he will celebrate on the island of Vinalhaven in Maine. The artist is scheduled to make a public appearance from noon – 1:00 p.m. outside Star of Hope, his longtime residence and studio on Main Street, where he will sign commemorative posters and prints featuring the HOPE image, and pose for photo opportunities alongside a large HOPE sculpture that was installed for the event.

In coming up with the concept for “International HOPE Day,” McKenzie was acting upon an announcement by Indiana in 2011 stating that his goal was “to cover the earth with HOPE and bring hope to every country in the world.” Following the template of “Earth Day International,” McKenzie envisions an event that gains momentum with each passing year and is non-denominational, crossing all faiths and creeds, ages and beliefs, and serves as one day of inspiration to bring hope in its essence to every corner and concern of the globe, just as Webster defined it, Hope is the desire for something positive to happen and the belief that it will.

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In addition to the events in Maine, a monumental 10’ high, two-ton metal HOPE sculpture in Indiana’s signature colors of red and blue will be installed on the corner of 53rd and Broadway in New York City. The installation will take place in advance of HOPE day, on Thursday, August 11th, with a team of HOPEFULs on hand to greet media from noon to 4:00 p.m. Similar installations and events are planned for Munich, Caracas and Miami and will be featured All profits from the sales of HOPE memorabilia will be distributed to a variety of charities, including Vinalhaven Medical Facility and Partners In Education (PIE). As HOPE day grows, additional charities and sponsors will be named, all of which will eventually tie into the permanent creation of The Robert Indiana Museum at the Star of Hope.

Indiana, who is best known for his iconic LOVE image from the 1960s, felt the need in the new millennium which brought so many changes, from the September 11, 2001 WTC attack to the stock market crash and war, to create and introduce the image of HOPE in 2008. The artist has referred to HOPE as “the long-awaited sibling of LOVE.” “Robert Indiana has been on the forefront of societal change since the sixties,” said McKenzie, “when spreading the message of LOVE was the antidote to growing pains in the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights and Peace movements. Forty years hence, Indiana at once acknowledges progresses made, while still perceiving the struggles of many in this time of war and economic hardship. ‘International HOPE Day’ is a call to looking forward and striving for a better For further information and interviews with Mr. Indiana and Mr. McKenzie, contact Kathleen Rogers, KLR Communications Inc. (207) 667-0733, Ext. 11 or email kat@klrcomm.com.

Portland Museum of Art Launches New and Enhanced Website

PMA press release

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to announce the launch of the museum’s new website and online presence, PortlandMuseum.org. Offering users a fresh way to interact with the PMA, PortlandMuseum.org is at the forefront of how museums’ collections, resources, and missions are presented online. Modern and clean, the interface is designed to function flawlessly across all platforms—desktop, tablet, and smartphone—and is filled with beautiful art and engaging content.

PortlandMuseum.org makes it easy to explore events, exhibitions, and the museum’s extensive permanent collection, providing a new, online home for the PMA that keeps pace with the museum’s national reputation as one of the best regional museums in the country.

Functionality and design highlights include:

• a strong focus on art and images.
• responsive design, which ensures an optimal experience regardless of device.
• dynamic content throughout the site, which provides relevant content where you’d expect to see it and helps you discover information that you didn’t even know you were looking for.
PMA Blog—a place to get the inside scoop on all things PMA.
• enhanced video and audio integration, which brings the PMA to life.
• advanced search functionality, which provides unprecedented access to the museum.
• built for integration of the ongoing collection digitization project for PMA 2016.

The website was designed by Might & Main, an award-winning branding and design firm in Portland, Maine.

Reception for Kimberly Callas at UCCPA

Kimberly Callas Artwork

“Green Man” by Kimberly Callas

A reception for Maine artist Kimberly Callas will be held at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA) on Tuesday, September 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Pecha Kucha style Artist Presentation at 6 p.m. Pecha Kucha presentation style is of Japanese origin and features 20 slides that are shown for 20 seconds each (six minutes and 40 seconds in total).

An exhibit entitled Portrait of the Ecological Self by Callas is featured at the Leonard Craig Art Gallery, UCCPA, from August 15 to September 12, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Her story will be featured in a WABI-TV Channel 5 segment during the first week of September.

The gallery is located at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), 42 Depot Street (off Route 202) in Unity, Maine.

A 2013 grant award by The Puffin Foundation provided support for the development of Portrait of the Ecological Self. The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.
The exhibit examines the question of whether there is an ecological self, or a place within each individual that is in tune with nature. The concept of the ecological self allows one to think in terms of the self as interconnected with all of nature.

Callas was also influenced by the events of September 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.
“I witnessed the attack and collapse of the World Trade Center while walking to my studio,” Callas stated. That and the war in Iraq led Kimberly, her husband and young child to relocate to Brooks, Maine, where they hand built an in-ground, stone house that is off-the-grid and heated solely with wood.

Callas has been rigorously trained in classical figurative sculpture. Her work has been exhibited both in the United States and internationally.
More information about Kimberly Callas and her work is available online at kimberlycallas.com.

Starting in 2007, Unity College made a dramatic statement by becoming the first in the United States to divest from investments in fossil fuels, thereby igniting a growing national movement in higher education to ensure the sustainability of the planet.

Through the framework of sustainability science, Unity College provides a liberal arts education that emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Through experiential and collaborative learning, our graduates emerge as responsible citizens, environmental stewards and visionary leaders.

“Fine Art Connoisseur” lauds Zoey Frank at Haynes Galleries

Zoey Frank Portfolio

“Pink and Grey” by Zoey Frank

Read what Fine Art Connoisseur is saying about Zoey Frank’s new show “Exploration and Discoveries“:

At 27 years of age, Zoey Frank is an emerging talent in the world of contemporary representational art. A selection of recent work displays the early manifestations of Frank’s artistic voice.

“Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” runs September 4 to September 27 at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Participates in Open Lighthouse Day

Barbara Klein

Bristol artist Barbara Klein and other Pemaquid Gallery artists will demonstrate painting on site at Lighthouse Park during the September 13 Open Lighthouse Day Event.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists will be an active participant at the Open Lighthouse Day event on Saturday, September 13 at Lighthouse Park. The celebration of the Pemaquid Lighthouse and its historical significance will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the park during these hours will be free to the general public.

Local artists and members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists will be painting on the site during the event and will be happy to answer questions from observers. Refreshments will be served to visitors at the Gallery, which will be open for its customary hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include: Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra L. Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Pemaquid Falls, Julie Babb, Pemaquid, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, Trudi Curtis, Damariscotta, Bill Curtis, Damariscotta, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Viola Glendinning, South Bristol, Claire Hancock, Damariscotta, Kay Hannah, Bristol, Jean Harris, Damariscotta, Jane Herbert, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Phyllis Loney, Round Pond, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol, Marlene Loznicka, New Harbor, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, New Harbor, Maggie Macy, South Bristol, Judy Nixon, Bristol, Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Marnie Sinclair, Damariscotta, Pande Stevens, Damariscotta, Ernest T. Thompson, Jr., Bristol, and Bob Vaughan, Bristol.

For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752.