Archive for the ‘Visual Arts’ Category


RECYCLED from the waste bin to the wall

June 15, 2019

Appleton Library

Phot courtesy of Appleton Library

Appleton Library located at 2916 Sennebec Road will host an Art Reception on Thursday, June 20 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for our Art Show: “RECYCLED from the waste bin to the wall.”  Twelve local artists submitted their artwork created from re-purposed objects.  The show features the works of Kathryn Adamsky, David Allen, Peter Conant, Eric Darling, Gene DiLorenzo, Jackie Dunham, Elisabeth Goodridge, Claire Horne, Vera Morrison, Abbie Read, Owen Shugard, and Lisa Mossel Vietze. The art show would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of Jackie Dunham, the curator,  and Elisabeth Goodridge. 

For more information email Julie Sells at or call 207-785-5656.


Happy Retirement

June 11, 2019

Maine is fortunate to have such marvelous arts educators!

We know that what a teacher offers can have an enormous impact on student development day to day AND over their lifetime. As educators retire at the close of another school year, 2018-2019, I invite you to join me in THANKING them for their years of service and dedication to students across the state.

I certainly appreciate your commitment and I wish each of you a healthy retirement and many, many years of laughter and love! Yahooooooo!

The following visual and performing educators have contributed a combined 371+ years to teaching visual and/or performing arts education!

  • ANGELIKA BLANCHARD, Manchester School and Windham Primary, Visual Arts
  • DAWN BODEN, RSU#3 Unity/Thorndike, Elementary Music, 35 years
  • JOY DREW, Wentworth School, Scarborough, Music, 27 years
  • VICKY MORGAN-FICKETT, York Middle School, Visual Arts, 15 years
  • MARY GANNAWAY, Elementary Music, Sanford, 43 years
  • SUE NELSON, Elementary Music, 21 years
  • NANCY NEUBERT, Sanford Junior High School, General Music and Chorus, 39 years
  • WENDY SCHLOTTERBECK, Leavitt Area High School, Visual Arts, 34 years
  • CAROL SLADE, SAD #17, Elementary Visual Arts, 20 years
  • BONNIE TAYLOR, K-4 Falmouth, Visual Arts, 23 years
  • RICK OSANN, Bonny Eagle High School, Theatre and Visual Arts, 15 years
  • LISA MARIN, PreK-12 Moosabec Community School District and Union #103, Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Visual Arts, 23 years
  • JIM SMALL, Madison High School, Visual Arts, 38 years
  • VANESSA WHITE-CAPELLUTI, Wells High School, Visual Arts, 38 years

If you  know of a teacher who is not on this list please be sure and email me at with the information and I’d be glad to add them. Thanks!


In Today’s News

June 5, 2019

Connecting children in Biddeford and Iraq

In today’s Portland paper there is an article about an artist who painted two murals – one in Biddeford and one in Iraq with a person of connecting children in both countries. The Biddeford one includes a boy on the phone and the one in Iraq a girl on the phone. Read the article HERE.



Doodle 4 Google

June 5, 2019

Biddeford Middle School’s John Gatchalian

Art teacher Liz Ames is very excited but I’m sure that John Gatchalian and his family are more thrilled! At an assembly at John’s school, Biddeford Middle, the 7th grade artist was recognized for his art work by Google and named the winner for Maine in the Doodle 4 Google contest. Liz said: “He is a fantastic art student that has shown through his actions that perseverance & creativity pays off”.

The next step is the online voting. You can participate but only until Friday, June 7, by going online at If John is one of the top 5, he will win a $5000 scholarship and will be flown to Google Headquarters. Liz is certain if John wins that the scholarship will be used for art school.
You can learn more about it at THIS LINK from the coverage on newscentermaine.
You can vote at THIS LINK until this Friday, June 7.

Monhegan Residency’s Announced

June 2, 2019

Going to the island

Artist: Jennifer Calivas

MONHEGAN—The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) has announced their choice of three Maine artists for the 2019 summer residency program on Monhegan Island: Jennifer Calivas, Dozier Bell, and Katherine Cargile. Calivas and Bell will spend five weeks in June and September, respectively, and Cargile was awarded the two-week residency in July, established for artist-teachers who serve the K-12 grade levels in Maine.

A recent MFA graduate of Yale University, Jennifer Calivas is a Maine-native currently living in Brooklyn. Her work uses humor and the uncanny to talk about her personal experiences as a woman and about the broader history of the subjugation of the female body, with a particular interest in the photographic history of female hysteria. She plans to work in the Monhegan landscape to stage photographs and to create a performance that will be based on documentation of female “hysterics” in the 19th century.

Artist: Dozier Bell

Waldoboro resident Dozier Bell is an established painter whose work of the past several years has focused on the natural world as filtered through the lens of her childhood impressions of Maine’s environment and her interest in nature as represented in the art of 15th-16th c. German artists such as Altdorfer and Dürer, and in German Romantic fables, where the landscape itself is a participant in the drama. Bell has never visited Monhegan and is looking forward to having “a more direct and extended experience of the ocean and its atmospheric effects.”

Katherine Cargile is a veteran middle school art teacher from Lewiston, Maine, who is highly interested in literature, history, and visual culture studies, and works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, appliqué quilting, and paper-mache sculpture. She explains, “There is a feeling of mystery, timelessness and myth about the island that will contribute to my narrative work as well, as I intend to do some imaginative studies based on my experiences.”

Artist: Katherine Cargile

The three were selected by a jury that included photographer Margo Halverson, chair of the graphic design program of the Maine College of Art; the Portland painter and art instructor John Knight; and Leith MacDonald from Rockland, who is an artist, arts administrator, and author of the recent book, Island Inspiration, Monhegan’s Art Colony, 1895-2000.

Established in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program supports the creative growth of dedicated Maine artists by providing them time and space in which to work free of interruption and constraint in the inspiring environment of Monhegan Island. Long a haven for innovative artistic practice, the island offers a dramatic setting and a compelling community of visual artists, fishermen, and gardeners who provide an unusual and distinct perspective on the modern world. For more information about the residency, see




June 1, 2019

Oceanside High School art club

The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation is pleased to present Entwined, curated by Oceanside High School’s Art Club students. The exhibition is the result of a year-long curatorial collaboration between the Foundation and Oceanside High School. Guided by Ellis-Beauregard Foundation program director Leith MacDonald and Oceanside art teachers, Jared Cowan and Lily Hyde, Art Club students had access to Ellis-Beauregard Foundation’s art collection and worked hands-on with the art and database, developing the skills necessary to bring an art exhibition to life: art handling, establishing a theme, selecting and placing appropriate work, didactics, checklists, registrar methods, framing, wall text, invitations, press release, opening reception. The group also took field trips to Mass MoCA, Clark Art Institute, Portland Museum of Art, Maine College of Art and the University of New England Art Gallery and Library speaking with docents and curators, gaining an inside look at the curatorial process.

“This exhibition explores the connections between John David Ellis’ and Joan Beauregard’s paintings. Entwined is the emerging theme of two souls entwined in concept and color. The exhibition is an exploration in color and how the Oceanside students perceive color combinations. John David Ellis and Joan Beauregard have created pieces with stark color differences. Many of the pieces can be considered abstract; conceptual and changing depending on who is looking at them. Collectively, entwined, the pieces open the possibilities of the human mind – bursting with color and free of the boundaries of rules “ comments Jose Pereira.

An opening reception for Entwined will be at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, 11 Knowlton Street, Rockland, June 7, from 4-7 p.m. After the reception the exhibition will be available by appointment only. For more information contact Donna McNeil.


Egyptian Studies

May 25, 2019

Technology and images

Tutankhamun took over the throne in Egypt as a 9 or 10 year old after his father King Akhenaten died. If you are an elementary teacher or perhaps have a child of that age, can you imagine them ruling a country?

The Egyptian pharaoh ruled during the 18th dynasty, the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. He is popularly referred to as King Tut – his full name is Tutankhaten. He ruled only until he was about 18 years old and it is still a mystery as to why he died at such a young age. Scientists do agree that he was not a healthy young man.

Having visited Egypt back in 1973 with my sister I was most interested in what the technology provided. The 7 minute video embedded below will provide a quick history lesson. In 1922 his King Tut’s tomb was discovered. It wasn’t until 2006 that 2000 CAT scans were taken of his mummy and an image has been produced along with putting together other information about the young king.

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