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Bowdoin College

June 24, 2019

The Arts are happening

Bowdoin College has a plethora of opportunities during July to engage in the arts. Some of the offerings are listed below.

Audubon ‘Birds of America’ Page-Turning Summer Social.        July 12, 2019
Time:10:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Location:Hawthorne Longfellow Library, Special Collections

Join Special Collections & Archives staff for an extended summer page-turning event of John James Audubon’s double-elephant folio edition of Birds of America. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the festivities start with a page-turning and guest speaker, followed by the opportunity to make your own bird-of-the-month keepsake pin. Join us in the Library’s Media Commons at 11:00 a.m. for a screening of the 56 minute PBS documentary Audubon (2017) with refreshments. At 12:30, return to the Special Collections & Archives reading room for another page-turning of Birds of America. Free and open to the public; drop by for any or all parts of the event.

Family Art Night at the Museum of Art
July 12, 2019
Time:4:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Location:Museum of Art, Pavilion
Vodoin students offer a veriety of activities for families, based on the exhibitions on view.  Presented as part of Second Friday Brunswick, as an inclusive series of events intended to provide an opportunity to engage with the arts all within walking distance of Maine Street.
Free and open to the public.

Art and Music: a Family Program with the Bowdoin International Music Festival
July 13, 2019
Time:10:00 AM — 11:00 AM
Location:Museum of Art, Pavilion
Faculty and students from the Bowdoin International Music Festival lead a family program about music and the fine arts within the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Free and open to the public.

Gallery Conversation: “When What is Old is New Again”
July 16, 2019
Time:12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Location:Museum of Art, Pavilion
Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director, leads a discussion of the exhibition Emerging Modernisms, American and European Art, 1900–1950, exploring the enduring relevance of modernist provocations and innovations for artists and audiences today.

Music at the Museum
July 18, 2019
Time:11:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Location:Museum of Art, Pavilion
Faculty from the Bowdoin International Music Festival perform in conjunction with the summer exhibitions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Limited seating. Free tickets required.

Children’s Hour at the Museum of Art
July 25, 2019
Time:5:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Location:Museum of Art, Pavilion
Bowdoin College students lead creative activities relating to the exhibitions on view for children and families.
Free and open to the public.

Student Composer Concert
July 27, 2019
Time:2:00 PM — 3:15 PM
Location:Museum of Art, Pavilion
Students from the Bowdoin International Music Festival perform original pieces inspired by works on view.
Free and open to the public.

Gallery Conversation: “How to Master a Contemporary Art Obstacle Course”
July 30, 2019
Time:12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
Location:Museum of Art, Pavilion
Contemporary art tests viewers’ abilities to look intently, think boldly, and express themselves creatively. Discussing selected works on view in Art Purposes, curator Joachim Homann dares participants to take up the challenge and invites them to share questions and observations.
Free and open to the public.



June 20, 2019

Opportunity to dance in June and July

Chrissy Fowler is one busy person – dancing into and throughout the summer. In fact, Chrissy is all about dancing! She spent the weekend of June 15, 16, and 17 at the Maine Fiddle Camp playing music, listening to more music, dancing, singing, laughing, eating tasty food, watching the snapping turtles, admiring the flora & fauna, and more. Chrissy is a ball of energy!

Below is a schedule of many other fun dancing and music events scheduled.

Saturday, June 22: BAR HARBOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Big Moose at Jesup Library, 6:30 p.m. First house is a community dance for all ages, especially families. Info: 288- 4245.

Saturday, June 29: BANGOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Spintuition at the UU Church on Park St. 7:00 p.m. intro, 7:30 dance. Info:

Friday, July 5: BELFAST – Calling the Belfast Flying Shoes (BFS) Community Dance with the All-Comers Band, 6:30 p.m. Calling the BFS Contras with Riptide, 8:00 p.m. Info:

Saturday, July 6: VINALHAVEN – Calling an outdoor Community Contra Dance with Velodipede and the Vinalhaven All Stars (Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill, plus community musicians sitting in). Dancing in the Carver harbor parking lot, Main St., in downtown Vinalhaven, 6:30 p.m., free! Donations accepted, to benefit Vinalhaven Partners in Island Education. (Rain location: Vinalhaven School, 21 Arcola Lane). Transportation info:
Saturday, July 11: GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Pixie Lauer, Tom Judge, Susan Groce, Nick Appolonio, and others, at the Longfellow School, to benefit the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society. Info:
Friday, July 12: ISLESBORO – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bennett Konesni and Benjamin Fosses at the Islesboro Historical Society, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Get to Islesboro on the MDOT ferry, possible Quicksilver back to the mainland after the dance (check with Chrissy for list & availability). Info:
Sunday, July 14: BAYSIDE – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bluebird at the Bayside Community Hall at 813 Shore Road in Northport, 7:00 p.m. workshop, 7:30 p.m. dance. Info:
Saturday, July 27 (rain date July 28): Calling a Community Contra Dance with Lisa Newcomb, with music by the Don Roy Trio (Don & Cindy Roy were awarded the 2018 NEA Heritage Arts Fellowship – wow)!, 4:00 p.m. at City Park in Belfast. Part of the Belfast Flying Shoes “Dancing in the Park” outdoor dance series. Info:

Midcoast Music Academy

June 19, 2019

Spring recital

Midcoast Music Academy’s spring recital is coming up at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland.

Sunday, June 23

1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – two different performances

Come on down to one the most highly anticipated studio events! It is always an energetic, exciting event full of great music and talented students. Due to ever increasing enrollment at the studio, as well as the addition of several new ensembles and group classes, MCMA will be holding a two-part performance:

– Part One features students performing solo and takes place from 1:00-2:30.
– Part Two is comprised of ensembles and groups of students and is from 3:30-5:00.

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teaching Artist Leaders Tom Luther and Joe Cough both teach at MCMA and will be participating as well.

Midcoast Music Academy is grateful to the Strand Theatre for their continued support in hosting MCMA’s student recitals.


Summer Teacher Workshop

June 16, 2019

Wabanaki in Maine

This workshop for middle and high school teachers will explore contemporary and historical issues of importance to the Wabanaki people and non-Native Mainers. The workshop includes a screening of DAWNLAND, as well as a visit to Maine Historical Society’s exhibit HOLDING UP THE SKY.

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. Now, for the first time, they are telling their stories. DAWNLAND is a documentary film about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans in U.S. history.

Participants will receive a discount on the purchase of the film, learn to use the film’s companion online learning resources, and receive orientation in primary and secondary source analysis, gaining valuable insights into interactive teaching and discussion techniques that can be applied in the classroom.

Presenters include Dr. Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project’s Learning Director and author of the Dawnland Teacher’s Guide and Adam Mazo, Director of the Upstander Project and Co-director and Producer of Dawnland. This FREE workshop will be held at Maine Historical Society on Thursday, June 27, 9am-3pm. Advanced registration is required.

Location: Maine Historical Society
Cost: FREE
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To register or FMI call 207-774-1822 x214 or email or contact Kathleen Neumann at


AFTA Resources

June 14, 2019

Americans for the Arts

AFTA has tons of resources on their website. Like many outstanding sites there are too many resources to locate. Over the next few weeks I will provide resources on the blog that you can include in your summer independent learning or perhaps use when coming together with colleagues for collaborative learning. I encourage you to share them with others. And don’t hesitate to email me at with resources that you find useful so I can share them with others on the Maine Arts Education blog.

AFTA has a collection of videos called “Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts”. Who to use each video ‘with’ and ‘what for’ is included with each description to help you determine if they will work for you. They provide the length of each video and they are each downloadable. The four videos range from 42 minutes to a documentary that is 7 hours and 19 minutes long. They are filled with stories, facts and figures to use for advocacy, and voices of learners of all ages.

They are creative documents that are very well put together. Please check them out at THIS LINK


Pumpkinfest T-Shirt Design

June 9, 2019

Last call to artists – decline, June 17

The deadline for submitting an entry to the Pumpkinfest T-Shirt Design Contest is approaching quickly. Monday, June 17, 2019 is the deadline to submit an entry for this year’s contest.  The winning design will be printed on this year’s official 2019 Pumpkinfest t-shirts and other apparel.  The artist who creates the winning design will receive a $500 prize.

To be eligible for submitting an entry for the $500 prize, the artist must be a Maine resident (year-round or summer), including students attending Maine universities and colleges.  To be considered, the artwork must be received no later than the deadline of Monday, June 17, 2019, and must follow these guidelines:

  • Be original, professional quality artwork (no photographs).
  • Include the words “2019 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™”.
  • Represent the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta’s family-friendly and festive nature.
  • While color is encouraged, the design should avoid elements that do not reproduce clearly,   such as watercolor or shading.
  • The finished design should be 12″ x 13″ in size.

Designs must be submitted as…

  1. Hard copy, postal-mailed to: Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, P.O. Box 1101,

Damariscotta, ME 04543-1101, and/or

  1. Electronically in JPG format, emailed as an attachment to… or saved onto a thumb drive and postal-mailed.

The winning design’s creator will be contacted by a Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta representative.  At the conclusion of the contest, all of the submitted original designs will be return mailed to the artists.

If you have any questions please email John Bristow.


Art Walk

June 8, 2019

Waldoboro, June 8, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

ArtWalk Waldoboro celebrates its fifth year anniversary with the first event of this 2019 season on Saturday, June 8th, 4 – 7 pm. Participating venues include art studios, galleries, and other businesses, all with their own unique celebration plans. Art Walk supports are the Town of Waldoboro and First National Bank of Waldoboro.
Pam Cabanas at the Customs House
908 Main Street
Artist Pam Cabañas exhibits her paintings and drawings at the Customs House, a unique and historic Waldoboro venue, for this event, courtesy of Markham and Read, Attorneys-at-Law.
Pam sees her "paintings as reflections of my awkward dance through life, love and Maine. I hope the work is evocative of mood and emotion.
Philippe Guillerm Gallery
882 Main Street
The Philippe Guillerm Gallery hosts its first show of the season, “Lets Think About Our Planet”, a collection of 2018/ 2019 Sculptures and Paintings by French-born artist Philippe Guillerm, whose work is greatly influenced by his sailing season in the Caribbean Islands where he is always in search of special pieces of driftwood that he will transform, many times onsite, into wonderful pieces of art.
The Waldo Theatre
916 Main Street
The Waldo Theatre offers tours of the theatre, freshly popped popcorn, and a rotation of established and up-and-coming performing artists this ArtWalk season. For the June ArtWalk they are welcoming back local Waldoboro musicians Joe and Lindsay Cough as the first in their 2019 series. This couple offers a range of eclectic and synergistic talent: Joe is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, conductor, and educator who specializes in French melodies and uses his spinto tenor vocal technique across many musical genres and Lindsay is an accomplished
singer and Norwegian hardanger fiddler.
Tidemark Gallery & Café
902 Main Street
The Tidemark Gallery & Cafe kicks off 2019’s ArtWalk season with a show of new paintings by Doug Frati, pieces with a simple elegance originating from life’s enjoyment and observation. The Tidemark’s artists are local, the art is carefully chosen, and the same goes for their coffee, pastries, sandwiches and salads.
Heywood Gallery
912 Main Street
The Heywood Gallery features American Realist Anne Heywood’s expressive landscapes, still lifes, and pet portraits for the June ArtWalk, offering to everyone who purchases an original piece of art a chance to enter into a special drawing for a $200 Gallery gift certificate. Heywood has recently been honored with inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals in their Top Educators and Top Artists categories.
Medomak Arts
13 Friendship Street
“Boats, Planes, Trains, Bikes, Carts, Donkeys, Skis and Any Mode of Transportation You Have Ever Seen” is the theme for the new exibit on display at Medomak Arts during the June ArtWalk. These depictions by local artists will capture your imagination and challenge your vision of transportation.
Waldoborough Historical Society
1164 Main Street
The Waldoborough Historical Society will be open extra hours from noon to 6 P.M. on Saturday, June 8th for ArtWalk. Historical art and new photos of the German Church will be on exhibit in the Hauck/Bailey Building as well as several Waldoboro signs from the past hanging in the Richard Wallace Barn. No admission fee.
Barstow Farms Country Store
777 Main Street
Along with fresh meats, eggs, milk, and cheeses from their farm and other local farms, Barstow’s offers special “Carry and Go” menu items for the June ArtWalk Waldoboro, including ArtWalk Crab Dip with toast points, ArtWalk scallops wrapped in bacon, and ArtWalk Barstow Burger made with their own farm raised burger. Photographs of Jan Griesenbrock are also on display in the store.
Moody’s Diner
1885 Atlantic Hwy/Route 1
In 1927, it looked as though Waldoboro, Maine might be getting some automobile traffic from folks headed north up US Route 1. It seemed like a good idea to build a couple of cabins to see if we could find any weary travelers looking for a clean, inexpensive place to stay the night.
Now, ninety years later, we are very pleased to have served over a million people in our motel and diner. Moody’s Diner is an official participant in the 2019 ArtWalk.Moody Pie will be $2.99/slice from 4-7pm on June 8th during the ArtWalk.
Morse’s Sauerkraut & European Deli
3856 Washington Street
It has been over 100 years since that first barrel of sauerkraut was cut, and though its production has remained the same, Morse’s has grown. For this June 8th ArtWalk Day, from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, Morse’s restaurant is offering an ArtWalk special, the Reubenesque Sandwich, a plump & pleasing pile of turkey bacon & sauerkraut on toasted rye with slaw & pretzel. The store with Morse’s own sauerkraut, deli items, and other delicious offerings is open until 6:00 pm.
The BugTussleAnnex
251 Friendship Street
The BugTussleAnnex Co-Working Space in the heart of Waldoboro’s Historic Village District is opening for the June ArtWalk with tours of the Annex , including information about membership and day passes for those needing Internet access while visiting the Midcoast area. The BugTussle will host its first Art Exhibition next month for the July 13th ArtWalk.
Narrow’s Tavern
15 Friendship Street
The best little Tavern in Maine is open for the June ArtWalk with a Late Night Menu until 11pm. The Narrows is a place to go to swap stories, have a beer, enjoy a meal, play cribbage, and listen to music. The burgers, haddock Ruben, and nachos are considered some of the best around.


East Forty Farm
2361 Friendship Rd
East Forty Farm is a diversified family farm, producing Lakin’s Gorges Cheese, raising pork and duck and offering classes and monthly suppers.
Located on the Medomak River, you can stroll the grounds to see the livestock and walk to the shore. The farm store will be open on ArtWalk evenings. You are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy sitting under the grape arbor as the sun sets.
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