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Art Exhibits

July 16, 2018

Visit Maine museums this summer

Maine is fortunate to have several amazing art museums and other venues to view art work by outstanding artists. Some of my favorite artists and art work are on display throughout the summer and into the fall. I hope that you take time to visit one or more of the following and consider taking your students to the shows. Check them out. Please note: these are not the only shows at these locations nor are they the only locations and shows taking place this summer. Support your local art venue!

  • Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston) – Amazing Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar created art until she passed earlier this year. “Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries” includes a wide variety of her art work. Read the story of how she impacted a Maine child who now as an adult curated the show. June 1 – October 6
  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art (Rockland) – Brunswick artist John Bisbee is an inspiration to all, especially those who are dyslexic. In his first solo show “John Bisbee: American Steel” in 10 years, he forges and welds nails in amazing ways. It is a powerful show. In a recent article from the Portland Press Herald John tells about his present work – stretching himself in many ways and even including text. June 30 – October 14
  • Monhegan Museum of Art & History – Celebrating the museums 50th birthday with 80 of the artists who came to the island to create and were awed and inspired by its indescribably light and rugged beauty. July 1 – September 30
  • Portland Museum of Art  – “Painter and Poet”. At a young age, Ashley Bryan noticed the lack of children’s books with African American characters. Through his work as an artist, author, and educator, he has committed himself to filling that void in black representation by creating books about the African and African American experiences. The show includes drawings, paintings and puppets. Consider taking your students to see Ashley’s amazing art work, sure to inspire. Ashley is a kind and gentle giant who lights up a room when he walks into it. At age 95 he continues creating. August 3 – November 25
  • Farnsworth Art Museum“Stories of the Land and Its People”  includes artwork created by 162 students in grades 4 and 7 from Appleton, Lincolnville, and Hope Schools. A wide variety of work that is based on the study a variety of subjects including Maine studies, science, environment, poetry, and geography. May 20 – September 9
  • Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville) – John Marin exhibit “Modern Wonder” includes a wide breath of Marin’s work. He looked at towering skyscrapers and bustling streets of Manhattan and rollicking waters and windy coast of Maine and saw great forces at work. June 5 – August 19

Become a Docent

January 4, 2017

Colby College Museum of Art

  • Do you enjoy talking and listening to children?
  • Do you long to be part of a team of lifelong learners?
  • Are you interested in becoming more knowledgeable about art as well as how people learn?
  • Are you available to volunteer some time on weekdays between 10am and 1pm?

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-10-18-24-pmIf you answered “yes,” to these questions, we want YOU to join the team of docents at the Colby College Museum of Art!

The Colby College Museum of Art welcomes thousands of visitors each year, including schoolchildren from all across Maine. Volunteer docents provide invaluable support in engaging these visitors and bringing the Museum’s significant collections of American art, folk art, and contemporary art to life for them.

No previous knowledge or experience is needed to become a docent, only a love of learning and sharing your time with children and adults. Docents enjoy benefits including access to Colby College classes and libraries, social gatherings and field trips with fellow docents and museum staff, and the opportunity to inspire a lifelong love of art in thousands of young students who visit the Museum each year. As a docent, you will be surrounded by art, improve your public speaking skills, and be an essential part of a team that is deeply committed to art and to the Central Maine community.

An intensive one-week training course with instruction in art history, teaching, and storytelling techniques is scheduled for Monday, January 16 through Friday, January 20, 2017, from 10am to 4pm each day. To sign up for training or for more information, please contact the Colby Museum’s Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs Margaret Aiken, at 207.859.5623 or


Colby College Museum of Art

January 15, 2016

Opportunity – dance and music

Colby College Museum of Art School Program: Big Dances for a Small Stage
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27
Experience big dances for a small stage led by Colby students and inspired by Peter Soriano’s dynamic and colorful wall drawings. Limited to grades 6-12, space is limited, for reservations call 207-859-5623.
Co-sponsored by Theater and Dance Department and the Museum

Colby College Museum of Art School Program: Colby Musicians Perform
Tuesdays, February 23, March 1, March 8, 12-12:30pm
Bring your students for a noontime concert by Colby student musicians, and a “Meet the Musician” question and answer session. Musical selections and instruments will vary. Space is limited, for reservations call 207-859-5623.
Co-sponsored by the Music Department and the Museum


Colby College Museum of Art

July 17, 2013

Maine is fortunate

Screen shot 2013-07-16 at 9.14.50 PMColby College in Waterville and the state of Maine is fortunate to benefit from the generosity of Peter and Paula Lunder. For many years they have collected artwork and the Lunder collection totals more than 500 objects valued at more than $100 million The collection includes John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder, and Georgia O’Keeffe to name a few. The collection has been presented to Colby College Museum of Art and an addition to the museum was built to house the work. This past Saturday a celebration took place as the doors opened to the public and the newly renovated museum exhibits 260 pieces of artwork.

Don Reutershan, the Department of Education’s World Language Specialist attended the opening on Sunday and this is what he shared: “I was amazed by both the size and variety of the new Lunder collection.  The afternoon celebration – which included a full barbecue under a huge tent, music by the Cowboy Angels, and an ice cream stand with at least 8 delicious flavors – was a very festive and most appropriate way to open this incredible addition to the Colby Art Museum.  I look forward to returning very soon to spend more time viewing the collection, room by room, and taking the 2-hour audio tour that not only describes many of the paintings, drawings and sculptures on display but also includes specific connections to literature and music.”

Screen shot 2013-07-16 at 9.16.15 PMColby College Museum of Art’s Matt Timme who is the Mirken Curator for Public Programs invited me for a tour last week and I was thrilled to see the exhibit and hear so many of the details. I love the fact that the Lunder’s view this as a gift to Maine. Lauren Lessing, Mirken Curator of Education has been successful obtaining funding for buses to bring as many students as possible to visit the museum. Now with the renovation and a lively studio space for students I am certain that the museum will be busier than ever with classes visiting. It was fun to hear her stories about working with the Lunder’s on how to use a piece of art or collection of art in an educational format. I was so appreciative to have the opportunity to visit.

Early in June Waterville Senior High School art teacher Suzanne Goulet joined colleagues on a visit to the museum. In Suzanne’s words: “The expansion demonstrates a dedicated vision of education and sharing. Larger galleries allow works of scale and expanding of the donated collection combined with Maine connections provide for comparison. The collection now includes an outstanding American Southwest painting collection (my favorite is the Pueblo of Acoma (Sky City). Additional creative spaces are traditional and digital studios, an incredible education resource room matched with a Colby staff that is dedicated to quality education experiences for all of Maine students, and of course…..a spectacular architectural design that gives the exploring visitor the feeling that you are part of a vessel with a destination – Central Maine, please.
Thank you to Matt Timme for the tour and to Lauren Lessing for the invitation. Colby Museum is a special community asset with an education mission……Please investigate what they have to offer.


Matt Timme – Mirken Curator for Public Programs (Colby), Suzanne Goulet – Waterville SHS, Robin King – GJ Mitchell ES (Waterville), Lisa Ingraham – Madison ES, Katrina Billings – Winslow HS, Lisa Wheeler – Hall-Dale MS

I hope you will find time to travel to Waterville to visit the museum. The admission is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 5:00 p.m., Sunday’s noon to 5:00 p.m.. On Thursday’s during the school year the museum is open until 9:00 p.m.

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