Archive for the ‘Visual Arts’ Category


Car Talk

November 26, 2014

Three-Speed Potter’s Wheel

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 12.10.50 PMHow many of you listen to NPRs Car Talk? I can see many hands in the air across the state of Maine right now. If you are a regular listener you probably heard this weeks recorded show #1447 entitled “Three-Speed Potter’s Wheel”. A caller needed some assistance in following directions that he had read in a magazine about making a potter’s wheel out of car parts. Specifically an old car transmission. One of the funny lines is: “Reverse could come in handy next time he mis-throws a pot!”

It is not only funny, as all of Tom and Ray’s recorded shows are, but also a fascinating idea to hear about. We talk about STEAM, this would be a great collaborative integrated lesson/unit that would dig deep in both the engineering and art world. And, talk about 21st century skills! Problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and much more would be needed and developed. And on top of that it would be practical and real-life hands on learning.

Screen Shot 2014-11-22 at 12.10.02 PMEven if you don’t decide to do this with students I highly recommend that you listen to the recording, if you missed the show on Saturday morning. It is great, classic Tappet brothers. You can access the recording here




Shining the Light of Truth

November 16, 2014

Falmouth High School

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 8.54.26 PMNancy Durst teaches visual arts at Falmouth High School. Her advanced students just finished another intense unit on Genocide. Included in their studies students also learned about cleansing here in Maine that specifically impacted the Wabanaki Tribe. After hearing numerous presentations from Genocide survivors from Darfur, Rwanda, and Maine, each student created a piece of artwork that they felt they most needed to express.  Students photographed the artwork, added a public service announcement, and printed them off poster size.  The original pieces will

be displayed aside their public service announcement November 20th, 5:30 at USM Hannaford Hall.

Genocide and ME: Shining the Light of Truth, Nov. 20 in Portland


College Fair

November 10, 2014

National Portfolio Day – Boston


Flanked by two representatives from Lesley University are L to R Boothbay High School art teacher Manon Lewis, senior Courtney Brewer, and her Mother Patricia Brewer

Every year, and always on a Sunday, in the fall, Manon Lewis, Boothbay High School art teacher takes a group of interested students to National Portfolio Day in Boston. This is a “college fair” for students who plan to attend (or are simply interested in) colleges that offer majors in the fine arts, design and architecture.

Art schools from across the country have representatives who evaluate and give input to students who offer up their portfolios. In addition, it can simply be a way for younger students to pick up catalogs and other information about various schools. The event used to be held, on alternating years, at the various art and design colleges located in Boston. But, over the years, the event has become so well attended (and huge), that it can no longer be housed on a college campus and is now held at the Hynes Convention Center. This year it was held on October 19th.

Manon travels with her students on the Concord Trailways bus from Portland to Boston and then take the “T” from South Station to move around the city.  Many of her students attend several years running in order to work up the confidence to have their portfolios critiqued. And on several occasions, Ms. Lewis has had students accepted to colleges “on the spot”, on the basis of the work in their portfolio. This is almost as exciting for me, as it is for them! This year one of my students was accepted for the major of “Animation” on the merit of her portfolio, at Lesley University.  Her mother also came with us to Boston and was as thrilled as her daughter! (see photo)



Exhibit at MDOE

November 6, 2014


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Veteran and National Board Certified Art Educator Genevieve Keller has provided the Maine Department of Education student artwork for display. The DOE is located on the 5th floor of the Cross Office building next to the State House and the art can be viewed during office hours. In addition Genevieve created a slide show that you can view electronically by clicking here.

Genevieve has been teaching for 11 years and earned her certification in 2013 in Early and Middle Childhood and Visual Arts. In addition, Genevieve is an accomplished artist! You can view her work at Not only can you view her art but see a great example of using a blog to share art and information.

Congratulations to Genevieve and her students for their accomplishments!

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Imber’s Left Hand

November 1, 2014

Jon Imber’s story documented by Richard Kane

Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 8.47.06 PM“Director Richard Kane’s bittersweet and deeply moving film,” Maine Sunday Telegram, March 30, 2014. In the summer of 2012, painter Jon Imber was diagnosed with a fatal degenerative disease, ALS. Imber’s Left Hand tells the story of this artist’s courageous and sometimes darkly humorous response to such a sentence. The film traces his adaptations, from switching from painting with his right hand to his left, and then to both hands as the condition progresses. Adversity only makes him more determined to paint, and paint he does: more than 100 portraits in a four-month span.

You can see the trailer at

The viewing of the film will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on Sunday, November 9, 3:00pm. Question and Answers will take place with Jill Hoy, painter, Richard Kane, film director, and Ron Hoffman from Compassion Care, ALS founder. To purchase tickets in advance tickets (suggested), please click here and for more information as well. Tickets: $14.00, $12 for members.

Photo taken from Richard Kane’s film, Imber’s Left Hand.



October 25, 2014

A book by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 8.38.59 AMWendy MacNaughton is a visual storyteller – “she of extraordinary sensitivity to the human experience” and  editor Isaac Fitzgerald “catalog the wild, wicked, wonderfully human stories behind people’s tattoos.” combine to create Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them (named after their popular Tumblr).

The book includes sixty-three stories from tattoo wearers. The introduction states:
“As long as I live I’ll never tire of people-watching. On city buses and park benches. In small-town cafes and crowded elevators. At concerts and swimming pools. To people-watch is to glimpse the mysterious and the banal, the public face and the private gesture, the strangest other and the most familiar self. It’s to wonder how and why and what and who and hardly ever find out.

This book is the answer to those questions. It’s an intimate collection of portraits and stories behind the images we carry on our flesh in the form of tattoos…

Each of the stories is like being let in on sixty-three secrets by sixty-three strangers who passed you on the street or sat across from you on the train. They’re raw and real and funny and sweet. They speak of lives you’ll never live and experiences you know precisely. Together, they do the work of great literature – gathering a force so true they ultimately tell a story that includes all.”

Read more about it and view some of the tattoos on the Brain Pickings site at


Tim Rollins at Colby

October 23, 2014

Speaking on November 13, Colby College

Based in New York, Tim Rollins is an artist and educator who works with K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). Rollins and K.O.S. develop work out of critical engagement with texts, an example of which is the Colby Museum’s recent acquisition Darkwater (after W. E. B. Du Bois), 2013, acquired in honor of Colby President Emeritus William D. Adams.

Please join Tim Rollins and members of K.O.S. on Thursday, November 13, at 7 pm in Given Auditorium for the Colby Museum’s Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture.

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TIM ROLLINS and K.O.S. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – On the Raft (after Mark Twain), 2011 matte acrylic, book pages on canvas 96 x 72 x 1.5 inches 243.8 x 182.9 x 3.8 cm LM14598

Tim Rollins is an artist, teacher and activist who began his career as the assistant of the conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth. In 1979, he founded Group Material in New York. In the early 1980s, he taught ‘at risk’ students with learning disabilities at Intermediate School 52 in the Bronx and went on to create the Art & Knowledge Workshop. His highly acclaimed collaboration with the members of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) continues to this day. Rollins combines lessons in reading and writing with making artworks. The source material laid out and studied by the students generally relates to literary or musical classics, such as works by William Shakespeare, George Orwell, Ralph Ellison or Franz Schubert, but can also include comics or legal documents. Their collaborative work takes the form of drawings, photographs, sculptural objects and paintings on canvas and paper. The backgrounds of works are often comprised of pages of books pasted into a grid. The results blend elements of Minimalism with an interest in the revival of painting that took place in the 1980s and in art that is socially and politically engaged. He has said: “What we’re doing changes people’s conception about who can make art, how art is made, who can learn and what’s possible, because a lot of these kids had been written off by the school system. This is our revenge.”

Tim Rollins and K.O.S. have been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Whitney Biennale in New York in 1985, 1991 and 2006 and Documenta in Kassel in 1987.

Tim Rollins was born in Pittsfield, Maine, USA, in 1955. He lives and works in New York. The original K.O.S. members dispersed and now live in several different American cities. Some have gone on to become artists in their own right. Tim Rollins continues to work with young people via the K.O.S. project.

The schedule of events for Colby College is located at


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