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Story Slam

March 18, 2019

Sweetland Arts – Hope

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Aroostook County

March 18, 2019

Celebrating YAM

For many years the Aroostook County art teachers, all part of the Northern pARTners, have collaborated for a Youth Art Month celebration. This  year is not different – they have put together an exhibit at the Aroostook County Mall. The artists’ reception was on March 8 and the room was packed. Thank you to the Aroostook County Art Teachers for your commitment to this annual art show and the good work you do everyday across The County!

The exhibition in Aroostook County Mall runs from March 1 through March 31, 2019.

Who participates in the Northern pARTners? 

  • Jane Hutchison – Easton Schools, Kindergarten to High School
  • Beth Cummings – MSAD #45/Washburn, Elementary
  • Ellyn Whitten-Smith – MSAD #1/Presque Isle High School
  • Julie Nadeau – MSAD #1/Presque Isle Middle School
  • Lena Tingley – RSU #39/Caribou Elementary and Middle
  • Jessica Goodwin – Caribou High School
  • Ruth McAtee – MSAD #1/Presque Isle Elementary
  • Stacy Ramsey – MSAD #70/Hodgdon, Kindergarten to High School
  • Susan Beaulier – MSAD #32/Ashland, Kindergarten to High School
  • Theresa Cerceo, , Sonya Michaud – MSAD #33/Frenchville & St.Agatha
  • Wanda Jackins – MSAD #42/Mars Hill, Pre K to High School
  • Anderson, B. Brissette, J. Sandstrom, K. Davenport – Caswell Elementary
  • Sarah Love- EUT/Connor
  • Joanna Doughty- MSAD #20/Fort Fairfield
  • Jessica Goodwin-RSU #39/Limestone
  • Classroom elementary and middle school teachers – Union 122/Woodland Consolidated

 

Is the student artwork from particular schools or grades? 

There is a large assortment of artwork that range from Pre Kindergarten to 12th Grade. There are approximately 300 to 350 students who participated in displaying their work.

Exhibit March 8th to March 30; where is it?

Aroostook Centre Mall – 830 Main St, Presque Isle, ME 04769.

Across the Label Shopper store inside the mall

How was artwork chosen?

The teachers’ selected the best works from their classes.

Where and what time can people view the exhibit?

Monday to Saturday’s: open 10 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Where was the March 8 reception?

The reception was at the mall. Each school invites the artist and their family to celebrate their success.

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In Today’s News

March 17, 2019

40 Maine high school’s competed

READ about it in today’s Portland Press Herald – Maine high school jazz fest red hot and cool!

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Careers in Art Series for Kids

March 17, 2019

Folk Art Studio at Fiber and Vine

The fourth children’s workshop in the Careers in Art Series for Kids, Felt-Stitch-Weave will be led by Kimberly Hamlin at The Folk Art Studio at Fiber and Vine, 402 Main Street in Norway on Saturday, April 13th.  This workshop series is designed to expose children to the myriad of processes and professions for visual artists and aims to open pathways for kids to consider making as a worthwhile activity and even imagine a dream that becomes a viable profession one day. For this workshop, please register by April 6th.

Workshop Description: Learn to use fiber in all sorts of ways! We’ll begin by combining colorful wool roving, wool locks, silk fibers and yarn to create our own fabric. We will then use simple hand stitching techniques to embellish our projects. Students can choose to fold their fabric into a wallet/pouch or keep it flat as a wall hanging, either way everyone will go home with a 100% unique piece of fiber art! In between tasks, kids can take a break and try weaving on Kim’s community loom project. This piece will be finished and on display at Cafe Nomad, 450 Main Street, Norway, ME during the month of June.

Kim Hamlin is a fiber artist, designer and dancer living in Western Maine. Kim co-owns and manages Fiber & Vine, a spacious and creative fiber shop that also specializes in wine. Kim has been teaching children dance and other creative arts for over 10 years. She believes in building solid technical foundations and supporting individual creativity and expression.

The Western Maine Art Group, The Folk Art Studio, and Fiber & Vine have partnered to bring this workshop series to the Oxford Hills. Through a generous grant from The Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Credit Union, and the Rotary Club, scholarships are offered for those with financial need.  Workshops cost $35 each or $10 for scholarship recipients. Workshops are currently presented for two age groups: 10 am – noon for children ages 6 – 8 and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm for children ages 9 and up.  For information, scholarship requests, and registration, contact fiberandvine.com.

 

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A Night of Poetry

March 16, 2019

Everyone welcome!

The Maine Council for English Language Arts has added a new event to its annual conference at Point Lookout: an evening of poetry at the Summit! On Thursday night, March 21 from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. join us for an evening of poetry and conversation featuring Maine’s Poet Laureate. Enjoy a reading by Stuart Kestenbaum, connect with writers and educators, relish appetizers and beverages, and share your own poetry or a favorite poem. What a delightful way to take off the chill of a late winter evening! Cost to attend: $55.00. FOR MORE INFORMATION! 

ABOUT STUART KESTENBAUM

He was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine for 27 years, where he established innovative programs combining craft and writing and craft and new technologies. He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance.

Thanksgiving (Deerbrook Editions), Prayers and Run-on Sentences
(Deerbrook Editions), and Only Now (Deerbrook Editions), and a collection of essays The View From Here(Brynmorgen Press). He has written and spoken widely on craft making and creativity, and his poems and writing have appeared in numerous small press publications and magazines including Tikkun, the Sun, and the Beloit Poetry Journal. He was appointed poet laureate of Maine in 2016. Former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”

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Burnt Island Summer Workshops

March 16, 2019

Summer workshops

Two professional development opportunities are being offered this summer on Burnt Island. Learning on an island in Maine – waahooooooo!

  • Burnt Island Workshops including Innovative Learning through Nature, Inquiry, and Mindfulness – June 25-27
  • Lighthouses across the Curriculum – July 16-18, and Visual Literacy through Gouache – July 30-August 1. LEARN MORE!

 

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Portland Stage

March 15, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing

Opportunity for students in Grades 7-11!

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