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Send in the Clowns

July 13, 2019

Frank Sinatra and Oldies but Goodies

This is a great resource with many performances from years gone by. A connection to history and comedians from a different time period. I’m sure many of you are old enough to remember some of these comedians, perhaps not while they were alive but when we see them on TV or in the movies. Here are just some of them in this YouTube video: Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, Red Skelton, Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye, Art Carney, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Carol Burnett, Mickey Rooney, Abbott & Costello, Jimmy Durante, George Burns & Gracie Allen.

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Visible Discourse from Maine’s Western Foothills

July 12, 2019

Union of Maine Visual Artists

Artists Diana Arcadipone, Don Best, Nikki Millonzi and Judith Schneider

Union of Maine Visual Artists, Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland, ME

September 6 through September 28, 2019

Opening First Friday, September 6, from 5 – 8 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday: 12 PM – 5 PM, Tuesday -Thursday: 10 AM – 5 PM,             Friday-Sunday: 1 PM – 4 PM

Visible Discourse is an exhibition that celebrates Maine’s natural and diverse environment; the wildlife, woodlands, lakes and ocean that draw visitors to Maine from around the globe. This exhibition is a collaborative installation by four artists living in Oxford County: Diana Arcadipone, Don Best, Nikki Millonzi and Judith Schneider. Four distinct voices visually explore their surroundings and collectively celebrate the beauty of Maine. These artists share works inspired by the magic and collective energies of the Oxford Hills, an area with a rich visual and performing arts culture. One well known artist claims the local art springs from “something in the water.”  The juxtaposition of this work celebrates the beauty of Maine and offers a poetic contrast and respite from the historic vitality of urban Portland. Through this presentation of work, the artists hope to advocate for the need to preserve the natural beauty that exists throughout Maine as well as help the viewer perceive new ways to “make sense of things”.

Diana Arcadipone

Diana Arcadipone creates artworks on and of paper. Her passion for making art with natural materials and mixed media emerged from an early devotion to traditional craft techniques such as papermaking, book arts, basketry, and textiles. Trained as a painter and printmaker, Arcadipone’s work is informed by primitive art, folk art, traveling, and the natural world; it is the intersection of these influences that defines her work.

Don Best

Don Best works mainly in wood. He carves, paints, assembles, burns, and hand colors his work, which often uses animals as its subject and theme. Much of Best’s recent work has been reliefs, which give him the opportunity to use his drawing, painting, and sculpture skills to create engaging narratives. Shadow boxes become stages for his carved animals. Best’s work has a playful quality that makes it accessible to people of all ages.

Nikki Millonzi

For Nikki Millonzi, nature, the arts and the world around her all help her to make sense of things. She loves and cherishes the natural world so political activism is important to her. This year Nikki felt an increasing need to express the interconnectedness of life on this planet. Using newspaper and ink her installation We Are All In This Together helps us resonate with this underlying unity.

Judy Schneider investigates place and memory through the physical properties of landscape. By collecting and analyzing nature – dissecting it by color, form and line and then reassembling it, she finds meaning. Scale, density and layering are important. How the images find their natural edge and how memories form present a nice duality.  She is in pursuit of what is physically present, woven with memory, dreams and how the energy of “place” is conveyed.

For more information, contact Judy Schneider, Curator Judywestschneider@gmail.com

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Teaching Artist

July 11, 2019

Huey

Film maker and teaching artist Huey has several screenings and broadcasts coming up this summer. Huey is one of the teaching artists on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster. Check out the information below. 

Surveyor of the Soul
July 14, 7PM, Concord Museum, Concord, MA.  
Q&A with Huey and Laura Dassow Walls , author, Henry David Thoreau: A Life 
Free and open to the public. Part of the Thoreau Society’s Annual Gathering so limited seating for the public. To reserve seats go to  
https://concordmuseum.org/events/film-screening-surveyor-of-the-soul/
August 1, 7PM,  broadcast on Vermont PBS.   The film will also be available during the month of August to stream for online viewing at https://www.vermontpbs.org
August 21, 7PM, Monson Arts, Monson, ME. Free.  Q&A with Huey
https://monsonarts.org/uncategorized/summer-2019-public-programs/
Thoreau took the stagecoach through Monson on his way to Moosehead Lake in Greenville for his trips that he writes eloquently about in The Maine Woods.
August 20, 8PM & August 25, 3:30PM broadcasts on Maine Public Television’s August Pledge Drive.  Become a Maine Public member and get a DVD of Surveyor of the Soul.
Wilderness and Spirit: A Mountain Called Katahdin
September 5, 6PM, Maine Historical Society, Portland, ME. Free. Q&A with Huey.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition, Holding Up the Sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art
More info, trailers, order DVDs at  http://www.filmsbyhuey.com
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America’s Got Talent

July 10, 2019

Kerr James

This 12 year old from Glasgow told the judges on America’s Got Talent that she admires Freddie Mercury. Listen to his voice and you be the judge.

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RAMS Art Project

July 9, 2019

Great work Anthony Lufkin – 2018 Knox County Teacher of the Year

Art Educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Anthony Lufkin teaches grades K-6 in MSAD #40 and with students at the Rivers Alternative Middle School. This spring the middle school students took on an amazing project. They focused on social and health issues that impact individuals and communities. Students quickly got into a deep level of learning and the connection with these topics and issues on the brain. The topics were challenging ones and each students selected a topic to research and create a response artistically. Two other teachers worked with the students along with the Farnsworth Art Museum. This is a great example of students engaged in and taking the lead in their learning. Take a look at this video and gain an understanding of an amazing project for middle schoolers.

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G/T Opportunity to Present

July 8, 2019

Step up and share your ideas at the statewide Gifted & Talented conference

Please contact Diane Knot at diane.knott@gorhamschools.org for a ‘request to present’ form.

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America

July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

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