Archive for the ‘Visual Arts’ Category

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December 2, 2016

Sweet Tree Arts – Friday, December 9

Brendan Taafee performs at Sweet Tree Arts, 4 Church Street, Hope. He will bring Crankies and Ballads from Appalachia and Africa. Learn more about Brendan by CLICKING HERE.

 

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Wondering what Crankie art is?

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Gallery Walk

November 27, 2016

The Art of Ed

From the blog, The Art of Ed, Why Your Next Critique Should Be A Gallery Walk. Check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Below are some possible jumping off questions suggested from the post:

  • What do you think is the message of my piece?
  • What does the symbolism say about me?
  • What do you feel is the biggest strength in my composition?
  • How could I use my negative space differently?
  • What do you think I can improve most for next time?
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Maine Art Education Association News

November 18, 2016

Members opportunities

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If you are a member of the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) you are invited to exhibit in the upcoming exhibit at USM: “PORTALS”. The exhibit will be at the USM Art Gallery, 5 University Way, Gorham, January 26 – March 2, 2017.

The artist registration deadline is (via google form): Wednesday, January 18. Artists may drop off their work on Friday, January 20 from 3 – 5 PM and Saturday, January 21 from 12 – 4 PM.

The Opening Reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 28 from 2 – 4 PM (Gallery opens at noon)
There will be an Artist Talk beginning at 2:30 and Studio Workshops noon – 2 PM.

CLICK HERE for the link to register.

RECOGNITION DEADLINE

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Suzanne Goulet, MAEA Art Teacher of the Year, 2016

Do you have a colleague who teaches visual art who should be recognized? Please consider nominating them for a Maine Art Education Association award.

The deadline for nominations, form and cover letter this year is December 31, 2016. The remainder of the nomination packet, two letters of recommendation and vita deadline is January 15, 2017.

The information and form is located at http://www.aeforme.org/MAEA/Member_Recognitions.html.
There are several categories so please consider nominating a deserving visual art teacher.

CATEGORIES

  • Maine Art Educator of the Year
  • Secondary Educator of the Year
  • Elementary Educator of the Year
  • Middle Level Educator of the Year
  • Higher Education Educator of the Year
  • Supervision and Administration Educator of the Year
  • Retired Art Educator of the Year
  • Outstanding Service to the Profession
  • National Board Certification Recognitions
  • 2016 Pre-Service Student of the Year

The award ceremony will be the same weekend as our MAEA Spring Conference in Westbrook.

If you have any questions please contact the Maine Art Education Association recognition chair Holly Houston at holly_houston@yarmouthschools.org.

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Teapots & Textiles

November 12, 2016

Maine Fiberarts exhibit

Exhibition: September 28-December 17, 2016
Reception: Sunday, November 13, 2-5 p.m.

cmacchi_merylruth-3447Topsham — “Teapots & Textiles,” ceramic teapots and art quilts by Cumberland resident Meryl Ruth, is on view at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham through December 17. A Reception will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 2-5 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. Ruth will be on hand at that time to talk about the many processes involved in her work.

cmacchi_merylruth-3462Meryl Ruth is know both nationally and internationally for her whimsical ceramic teapots and enjoys emulating the look and feel of fabric in her ceramic work. Says Ruth, “My mother’s passing a few years ago jumpstarted in me a shift in perspective regarding fabric. It dawned on me that my first love—fabric—was a medium I wanted to work with more directly, through sewing, quilting, fabric paint, silkscreening, airbrushing and hand painting. This passion for the fiber arts derives from my fondest childhood memories of my grandmother. I spent hours watching and learning from her as she sewed on her treadle sewing machine. This very vivid memory eliciting love, grace, peacefulness, and warmth is recreated each time I work in the medium.”

cmacchi_merylruth-3467Ruth worked as an art teacher for twenty-eight years, many of those at Deering High School where she taught techniques that she uses in her work. These include: photography, silkscreening, appliqué, airbrushing, weaving, free motion stitching, and quilting.

Maine Fiberarts’ show includes over nineteen ceramic teapots and one made of fiber. The teapots are inventive and humorous sculptures that have won Smithsonian, Niche, Viewers’ Choice, and other awards and have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Spotted leopards, detailed pugs, French horns, and a curvaceous Marilyn Monroe, are all rendered in clay. The show also includes sixteen quilts. Finally, a few of Ruth’s sketchbooks and drawings mark the progression of work from inception through to final form.

cmacchi_merylruth-3473Founded in 2000, statewide nonprofit Maine Fiberarts promotes the work of Maine fiber artists, craftspeople, farmers, and entrepreneurs. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11-4; Saturday, 11-2. Along with revolving exhibitions, the group just published a photo book about “Fiber Art Masters: A Visual Tour to Maine Artists’ Work and Studios,” and is currently producing a printed Fiber Arts Midcoast Mini Tour. To learn more about the current show, visit http://www.mainefiberarts.org, call 207-721-0678, or visit the Topsham gallery.

Contact:
Christine Macchi, Executive Director
Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Stree, Topsham 04086
Phone: 207-721-0678 or 207-449-8573, cell

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The Craft School Experience

November 12, 2016

Podcasts

screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-10-18-29-pmMany of you know the Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum who served as the Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for 26 years. Stu is now the interim director at Maine College of Art and he is working with The Craft School Experience, a consortium of five craft schools, listed below. All of them have fabulous learning opportunities!

From The Craft Schools website: Craft schools across the U.S. offer an educational opportunity like no other. Here, you’ll find internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused study, and time for exploration in beautiful residential settings. Those of us who have be fortunate enough to spend time making art at Haystack know how true the statement is about the place.

Stu has interviewed five artists so far in a continuing series of podcasts available by CLICKING HERE. The interviews are very interesting and a great resource to share with students who are interested in learning about the lives of artists and/or are considering being artists themselves. The artists and information on them, taken from The Craft School Experience website is included below.

Roberto Lugo is a potter living and working in Vermont. He grew up in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia and began his creative life writing graffiti. Roberto is a professor at Marlboro College, and he talks about the different languages of academia, the pottery room, and the community where he was raised and the challenges and joys of truly communicating across cultures.

Rowland Ricketts is an indigo grower and artist based in Bloomington, Indiana. He studied traditional indigo making and dyeing techniques in Japan, where he was living after college and where he met his wife, Chinami, who is a weaver.

Vivian Beer is a furniture designer and the winner of HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge. Its about learning how to blend traditional making with new technology, and how her time on the tv design contest showed her that not only can great design be made more cheaply, but it should be.

Sonya Clark is about family, roots, textiles, and the joys of making art in a community.

Tim McCreight is a jeweler, teacher, publisher, writer, and activist.

Sculptor Tom Joyce trained as a blacksmith when he was a teenager. His art work can be found in museums across the country, including the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City.

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In Today’s News

November 10, 2016

Student artist debuts in SoBoArts show

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Marshwood art teacher Jeff Vinciguerra and student Sarah MacDonald look at some of her pottery.

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Sarah MacDonald’s passion is making clay pots, and she dreams of a successful career as a ceramics artist. MacDonald, a senior at Marshwood High School, is getting a crash course in entrepreneurship, learning how to exhibit and sell her work.

Read the entire article from seacoastonline by CLICKING HERE.

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Portland Museum of Art

November 10, 2016

Educational opportunities

Great stuff happening in the near future at the Portland Museum of Art that you don’t want to miss!

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  1. Portland’s first ever Moby-Dick Marathon Reading. On Thursday, November 17, the PMA kicks off a four-day, marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. The book will be read (and perhaps on some cases, performed!) aloud by curators, artists, fishermen and women, writers, students, business leaders, special guests, and more. CLICK HERE for more details.
  2. shrunken-treasures-cover_scott-nashPMA Family Day with Scott Nash. Illustrator, author, and designer Scott Nash visits to share drawing tips and tricks. These workshops encourage kids and their grown-ups to experiment with unique sketching techniques—including some that Scott even uses when imagining and illustrating his books such as Shrunken Treasures. After the art-making, visit the exhibition Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent’s Moby-Dick to explore how various artists and writers across time have represented the iconic story of Moby-Dick. CLICK HERE for more details.
  3. Now on view Kent, Matisse, and more… In the 1930s the pioneering French artist Henri Matisse began to produce book illustrations and artist books. Over the next two decades, he completed a dozen book projects, working with a variety of printing techniques to explore the relationship between image and text—both visually and thematically. This exhibition, provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program, presents four of Matisse’s art books, revealing the artist’s dynamic and multifaceted relationship with literature, creativity, and visual expression. CLICK HERE to learn more.matisse_brand
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