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SECOND FRIDAY ARTWALK SEASON OPENS MAY 9
Artists, Musicians, Street Performers, and so much more
BRUNSWICK—Downtown Brunswick will sport a festive atmosphere for all ages as Five Rivers Arts Alliance offers Second Friday ArtWalks May 9 through October 9, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Each ArtWalk features artists exhibiting in multiple venues with opening receptions and new exhibits each month, along with more than 25 musicians and a variety of street entertainers.
Spindleworks and The Woodside One Wheelers will kick off ArtWalk entertainment at 4:30 p.m. on May 9. The All Species Parade, a Spindleworks event now in its fifth year, will start at Green Street, proceeding down Maine Street to Bank, Federal, and School streets, returning to Green. Anyone may participate in the parade which draws several hundred participants, says Elizabeth McGhee, executive director of Spindleworks. Its gallery at 7 Lincoln Street will also be open during the ArtWalk.
The Woodside One Wheelers, W.O.W., initiated in 2006, offers children the opportunity to learn skills and boosts self confidence. Perched on unicycles, they juggle and perform other circus skills in parades both locally and up and down the east coast. Last fall they performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade and at an NBA basketball game.
Throughout the season, more than 20 art venues hosting more than 100 artists will exhibit along Maine Street, Park Row, Pleasant Street and Fort Andross. The assortment of art includes paintings, pottery, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, textiles and more.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant Street, new to the ArtWalk, will host multiple artists in its new Great Hall, as will The Brunswick Inn in their Tavern and Breakfast Rooms. Through the “Adopt an Artist” program, a number of Maine Street businesses will host different artists each month. Businesses include: Cool As A Moose, Local/Wylers, The Mix, Timeless Cottage and Enoteca.
Each month’s ArtWalk will include a variety of musicians and performing artists. During the season, the Theater Project will perform skits along the sidewalk, the Maine State Music Theater will send singers strolling along the sidewalks prior to the evening’s show, the Woodside One Wheelers will be returning, and the Hidden Ladder Collective from Portland will bring their interactive shows to Brunswick.
The ArtWalk Youth Ambassadors, dressed in brightly colored costumes, will hand out gallery maps and treasure hunt maps that even children may use. “This is our opportunity to get kids involved in art,” says Bridgett McAlonon, who is working with the youth.
The Brunswick Explorer will again provide free “Hop-On, Hop-Off” service throughout the exhibit areas during each ArtWalk. The bus loop will run from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art along Park Row, down Maine Street to Fort Andross, returning to Maine Street then to Gilman, Union and Pleasant and back to Maine.
“I am a firm believer that the arts are essential to a healthy downtown. Art invites more community events and ultimately more traffic to all local businesses,” says Patricia Porell, Proprietor of Timeless Cottage, Maine Street. In previous years, “I have seen a measurable increase in foot traffic on the evenings that have been designated as ArtWalk nights,” she says.
Recent statistics from the Maine Arts Commission noted that artists and arts organizations add over $300 million to the state’s economy and contribute to the vibrancy of the community’s lifestyle.
“ArtWalks generate excitement in the community that attracts both a wide variety of artists and art appreciators,” says Judith Long, Points of View Artists. “We especially appreciate the outlet for our artistic expression and an opportunity to share our work with the community.”
Five Rivers Arts Alliance thanks the more than 35 sponsors of the 2014 ArtWalk, including multiple restaurants which help make the ArtWalks possible.
Hallowell, Maine — 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 Down East 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.
This November, the Harlow Gallery will exhibit a selection of works by artists featured in the book, and are inviting submissions from Maine artists inspired by the majestic Maine mountain. Submissions are being accepted via email through October 1, 2014 and will be reviewed by a curatorial committee including Art of Katahdin author and artist David Little, author and editor Carl Little, and staff from the Harlow Gallery.
The exhibition will be on view at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine November 7-29, 2014. The public reception on Friday, November 7, 5-8pm will featuring a book signing with David & Carl Little.
Info for Artists
1. Deadline for email submissions is 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
2. Original fine art in any media is welcome, including hand-pulled prints, photography, sculpture, and fine crafts, including ceramics, glass, and fiber art.
3. Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the Harlow. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time.
4. The entry fee is $10 for members of the Harlow Gallery/ Kennebec Valley Art Association or $20 for non-members. Non-members may join the Harlow Gallery when submitting and pay the member rate. Each artist may submit up to 4 works of art for consideration (please note that the fee is per artist, not per work of art).
For complete information about submitting your work, and to learn about more opportunities for artists in 2014, please visit the Harlow Gallery online at www.harlowgallery.org.
Architectural Historian and Topsham resident Scott Hanson will present an illustrated talk on the Mills of the Androscoggin. Focusing primarily on the industrial development of the river in Brunswick and Topsham over more than 250 years, the talk will explore the importance of mills in the development of towns and cities along the Androscoggin and the cultural impacts of related historical events. For more details, click here.
The Centre St Arts Gallery at 11 Centre Street, is enrolling students for the Michael Vermette Plein Air II workshop May 17-18, 2014. The workshop is for watercolor and oil painters, advanced beginner and beyond. The cost is $200 and students provide their own equipment. The instructor may collect an additional small fee for additional materials. To sign up for the class, call 207-442-0300 or visit the Centre St Arts Gallery at 11 Centre St, Bath. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.
Michael will give an introductory talk on Friday, May 16 and show several works, which will be for sale.
The first day will be at an outdoor location to be determined, for sketching and note taking. The second day will be in the studio as students work on a larger, finished work.
Michael E. Vermette is a full-time artist and part-time teacher, working in Oil, Watercolor, and Pastel for over forty years. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Laura Coleman and the Beverly Awards at the 12th and 13th Biennial North American Open Shows of the New England Watercolor Society. Michael was the 2011 Baxter State Park Artist-in-Residence. Michael leads several plein air painting workshops in Maine and New Hampshire in watercolor and oil painting throughout the year. He is a Monhegan Artists’ Residency Fellow and was twice an Artist-in-Residence at Acadia National Park. His watercolors, oils, and pastels are in private collections throughout the country and internationally. In Maine, his works appear in various galleries, including the North Light Gallery in Millinocket, the Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island, the Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth, and The Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth.
2014 2nd Friday ArtWalk Brunswick
“Something Different Every Month”
This year’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk in Brunswick is more exciting than ever and will be offering something different every month.
The Art Venues are along Maine Street from the Bowdoin College Musem of Art and Fort Andross and along Pleasant Street from Maine to Union Streets. The vast assortment of art includes paintings, pottery, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, woodwork, textiles and more.
There are over 20 venues, with more than 100 artists found in artists’ studios, galleries, group shows, & museums.
There is also a NEW ‘Adopt an Artist’ Program with Maine Street businesses hosting a different artist each month throughout the ArtWalk season. This is another opportunity for the public to meet the artists, ask questions, learn about art, share ideas about art. Sparking discussion, encouraging folks to want to try painting or drawing, or pottery, or jewelry making… that’s a wonderful thing!
This year, there will be more than 20 different musical groups playing throughout the season, in the downtown area, both indoors at various venues, as well as outside next to the sidewalk.
Also NEW this year, we are including other performing art groups in this year’s monthly celebrations, including:
- The All Species Parade kicking off the season in May
- The MSMT (Maine State Music Theater) with strolling singers in June
- The Theatre Project Group entertaining us in June and August
- The Hidden Ladder Collective busking on the sidewalk some months
- The Woodside One Wheelers busking on the sidewalks other months
- The ArtWalk Youth Ambassadors helping with maps and directions to ensure an opportunity to see the most of everything each month.
And just to ensure that downtown visitors will have an opportunity to see as much as possible, the Brunswick Explorer bus will be circling the town, giving rides along the route on both Maine Street and Pleasant Street. It had always been said that you couldn’t see the whole ArtWalk in one evening, but maybe this year you can!
Each ArtWalk will be a happening this year with a different emphasis each month to keep it fresh and different. Come join in the fun!
Local Artist, Camilla Davidson will be hanging the month of April at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located at 149 Maine Street in the Tontine Mall.
Please join us anytime to enjoy and see exciting work in Encaustics. Contact Patti Baker at 373-1810 or email Patti@sisgallery.comcastbiz.net. Hours are 9:30a to 5:30p
Camilla has been described as a painter who paints “Poetic Renditions of Nature”. First a situation, the light, the color, and the textures move her; and then she does quick spot sketches, a lot of looking and feeling. Davidson says she then develops the “poetry” in her studio with paint until she feels what it was like to be in that particular place; she says the canvas/panel must echo the sensation back to her. Camilla then says she has a dialogue with her tools and paints until she feels rewarded with an image that “represents” what she was feeling viscerally at that particular place and time. This “conversation” she has while painting is of the utmost importance to this process and is how she creates.
Linda Murray returns May 9-11 for a 3 day Watercolor: Decalcomania workshop for $195.
This technique presents many creative possibilities to the watercolor artist.
The workshop will begin Friday, May 9 from 5-7 pm, and return Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 – 4:30 pm.
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 1 – 3pm, Topsham Public Library will hold a reception in the Crooker Gallery kicking off our annual photography exhibit.
The Joy of the Lens is our annual juried photography exhibit which features original photography by year-round Maine residents, both amateur and professional. Prizes will be awarded in categories including Nature and Landscapes/Seascapes, People, Animals, Digital Darkroom, and Details and Macro.
Music will be provided by Bill and Kate Gray on violin and guitar. Refreshments will be served.
The exhibit will hang in the Crooker Gallery from March 30th through May 10th. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite work for the People’s Choice Award, to be presented at the close of the exhibit. As always, our programs are free and open to the public.
Meet the Author – Milena Banks at the Patten Free Library, 33 Summer Street
Local author Milena Banks will speak about and sign copies of Riding the Tiger at Patten Free Library on Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30pm. Banks’ debut novel received a starred review in Kirkus, which also voted it one of the top 5 best self-published books of 2013 and called the cover—which the author painted– “the most compelling” of all self-published titles of 2013.
Serbian-born Milena Banks has always been fascinated by other cultures. It shows in her sweeping debut novel, Riding the Tiger, which chronicles multiple generations of interconnected lives in Hong Kong. Kirkus called it a “spectacular novel of colonial China that should put this first-time author on the map.”
The idea for the novel came during Banks’ extensive travels, when she moved from Japan to Hong Kong. “I’d gone to finishing school for Japanese women, studied Japanese, become a Buddhist—just to get my head in the mindset. By the time I left, I thought I was Japanese,” she says. “I came to Hong Kong with that exhausted mentality, and hated it.” It was hot and noisy, she says, and many people were rude. “I locked myself in my apartment and thought, ‘I can’t stay here for three years in the air conditioning. I wanted to be in a Merchant Ivory film’—totally unrealistic, of course.”
The year she moved there—1997—was tense for Hong Kong, as the country shifted from British to Chinese control. Everyone was “freaking out,” Banks says, “wondering, ‘Where had the past gone? Where was it going? What was this Chinese identity?’ ”
Eager to find out what had happened to old Hong Kong and better understand its colonial legacy, she joined a local ladies’ club (which featured a picture of Queen Elizabeth II on its entry hall table) and began studying microfilms of old newspapers.
Opening: Friday, April 4, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday -Saturday noon to 6pmLocation: 160 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347
In April the Harlow Gallery is showcasing the work of 38 Maine artists working from the human figure.
A Body of Work is on view at the Harlow April 4-26, 2014 with an opening reception on Friday, April 4 from 5-8 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Auburn: Andrea Eusden.
Augusta: Lisa Lancaster.
Belfast: Charles Dufour, Gilbert Welch.
Bryant Pond: Gail Rein.
Durham: Anita Clearfield.
Falmouth: Judy O’Donnell.
Farmingdale: Jeff Auger.
Farmington: Sandra Stanton.
Freeport: Meghan Anderson Nathanson.
Gardiner: Allison McKeen.
Gorham: Matthew LaPierre.
Hallowell: Nancy Bixler, Sarah Dunn, William Haley, Joe Klofas, Lindsay May, Sally Wagley.
Harpswell: Heather Desiree.
Lewiston: Ryan Connell Garvey.
Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes.
Montville: Leslie Woods.
Mount Vernon: Pamela Hetherly.
New Gloucester: Deborah Anne Hall.
North Monmouth: Carol St. Pierre.
Oakland: Michael Smith.
Saco: Tanya Fletcher.
Springvale: Mary Bullock, Jean Noon.
Topsham: Robin Brooks.
Waterville: Magdalen Abe, Bruce Habowski.
West Gardiner: Dianne Chicoine, Kay Morris.
Windham: Lynda Wilson.
Winthrop: Don Kerr, Eileen Kerr, Penny Markley.
A Body of Work has been made possible by the generous support of Harlow Gallery Season Sponsors: The Bank of Maine, Capitol Dental Care, Dead River Co., Great Gatherings, the City of Hallowell, Mr. Brooks Harlow, Jr., the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank and the Vallee Brothers.
Five Rivers Arts Alliance will host a conversation with Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission on Tuesday, April 1 at 7PM at the Frontier in Brunswick. Julie will speak about the strategic cultural planning effort currently underway at the Maine Arts Commission as well as the revamped grants program that the commission is offering. Julie says, “I am looking for ideas and feedback from local artists to be included in the Commission’s strategic plan.” She will also address the role of local arts councils and the Maine Arts Commission in serving the cultural needs of communities throughout the state.
This meeting with Ms Richard is open to the public for a $5 admission charge and free to all Five Rivers Art Alliance members. New memberships will be available at the event. Five Rivers Arts Alliance’s mission is to strengthen Maine communities through the arts, by increasing awareness, knowledge, education, appreciation, participation, and support for the arts and other cultural activities.
The Frontier will host a Happy Hour from 5-7PM before the meeting with special discounts available for those attending the event. The Frontier is at 14 Maine Street, Brunswick in the Fort Andross building.
Before joining the Maine Arts Commission, Julie Richard held the position of President & CEO of the West Valley Arts Council in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, South Carolina. Julie is noted for her ability to take organizations to the next level and has done that wherever she has worked. She has extensive experience in development, strategic planning, arts education and organizational development. Julie earned BS degrees in Psychology and Music (Voice) and a MA in Business (Arts Administration) all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Maine artists are invited to show their work in historic Bath during this year’s 3rd Friday Art Walk;
The first of five Art Walks is June 20; the last is October 17; hours are 5PM to 8PM.
An open studio tour is scheduled on the July 19 & 20; hours vary according to studio.
Indoor group venues are open in Bath City Hall auditorium & the Bath Customs House lobby.
Artists may display outside on the wider sidewalks and the Customs House lawn when Maine summer weather beckons.
The fee is $60 for the season, whether exhibiting once or all 6 events.
All artwork must be original or reproductions by the original artist.
Paid entries received before April 1 will be listed in the 2014 brochure which will be distributed from Bar Harbor to Boston.
Brochure listings include artwork photo, work description, contact info & locator on Bath area street map.
Bath Art Walks are well publicized on line & in all coastal newspapers.
Pat Chandler will teach a two-day Pastel Portrait workshop,
Saturday – Sunday, April 12-13;
Call for Art: On the Edge
opening May 9, 2014
Frontier Café, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick
Spindleworks will host an open call exhibit to coincide with the All Species Parade, set for May 9, 2014 in Brunswick Maine.
As with the parade, the exhibit On the Edge is meant to draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species, all of which are affected by our actions and inactions.
This year artists are invited to submit work in any medium, focusing on species worldwide that are endangered.
We welcome diversity of artistic expression to reflect the diversity of this delicate class of species. This will be the fourth exhibit in the series, which has drawn artists from across Maine and across the country.
Once again Spindleworks has chosen the Coastal Humane Society as the beneficiary of the exhibit. 20% from each sale will be donated to this important and well loved local organization.
***Entry forms and additional information are downloadable from the Spindleworks website, www.spindleworks.org .
Deadline for entry forms and fee is April 25th, 2014