PORTLAND

Candidates for governor series at Aucocisco Galleries

Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., continues its series of talks by gubernatorial candidates, Meet the Governor: Maine 2010 Gubernatorial Candidates on Maine Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy. The speaking series focuses on issues related to arts and culture in Maine.

The brown-bag lunch series will continue through May, providing the public an opportunity to talk with the candidates and ask questions related to Maine arts, culture, and the creative economy.

Eliot Cutler and Peter Mills spoke last week. This week, Paul Lepage will speak at noon Tuesday, and Donna Dion will speak at noon Wednesday.

Additional forums will be scheduled later, and listed at www.meetthegovernor.com. That site also includes videos of the candidates speaking about the issues. 

Workshop by comic book artist Jay Piscopo is May 22

Maine comic book artist Jay Piscopo will kick off the Maine Comics Arts Festival with a free kids comics drawing workshop from 10 to 11 p.m. May 22 at Portland Public Library. Piscopo is the author and illustrator of “The Undersea Adventures of Capt’n Eli” graphic novel series. Admission is free. For information, visit www.portlandlibrary.com.

In this hour-long interactive workshop, children ages 7 to 12 can try their hand at cartoon art. For a look at the workshop, visit www.captneli.com/schooldemo.php

Ballet school auditioning for CORPS program Saturday

The Portland School of Ballet will host an audition class for its pre-professional CORPS Program from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Portland Ballet studios, 517 Forest Ave., Portland.

Guest teacher Arthur Leeth, affiliate of the Boston Ballet, will conduct this two-hour audition class. The class is designed to determine if interested dancers are eligible for the Portland School of Ballet’s intensive dance program, CORPS, or Collaboration Outreach Responsibility Performance Scholars.

Dancers participating in this program will receive transcript credit from participating area high schools.

Each dancer must be high school age or an exceptional 8th grade dancer, have been accepted into a nationally recognized and auditioned summer dance program, and maintained strong grades. Accepted dancers must be able to attend class from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily.

A fee of $15 for students from facilities other than Portland School of Ballet is required, along with a resume of training and performance history. Female students will need to bring pointe shoes.

Interested dancers should call Portland School of Ballet at 772-9671, to register. For information, visit www.portlandballet.org

USM’s Marasco honored as distinguished professor

Rose Marasco, professor of art, has been named the University of Southern Maine’s third distinguished professor. The appointment, among the highest accorded by the university, was awarded in recognition of her scholarship and impact on both a local and national level to the field of photography and photography education.

The announcement was made at USM’s annual Author’s Wall Reception on April 27. Marasco was nominated by former provost Mark Lapping, USM’s first distinguished professor. The appointment is recommended by USM’s council of deans to the provost and the president.

Marasco received her MFA in 1991 from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, N.Y. Since then she has taught at the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art), the University of Southern Maine, and as an artist. For more than three decades, Marasco also has been a prolific artist who has exhibited her work widely in group and solo exhibitions.

Marasco lives in Portland and served as a member of Portland Mayor Jim Cohen’s Creative Economy Steering Committee. She is a founding member and treasurer of Portland Artists Dwellings and Studios (PADS) and contributed the concept of “artist live/work space” to the city of Portland’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan for Housing.

BRUNSWICK

Pecha Kucha Night looking for creative ideas, proposals

Brunswick-Five Rivers Arts Alliance seeks artists, entrepreneurs, designers and performers to submit work for Pecha Kucha Brunswick, Volume 4, scheduled for 6 p.m. June 7 at Frontier Caf?14 Maine St, Brunswick. Pecha Kucha Night is a fast-paced event that brings together artists and community members for an evening of images and ideas.

Pecha Kucha Brunswick will present 20 images for 20 seconds each. Artists, inventors, architects, designers, writers and planners are invited to submit proposals for Pecha Kucha Night Brunswick. The submission process is simple. Present your art, design, ideas, business, or vision for the future in this focused community presentation.

Individuals interested in presenting should submit the following info by May 19 by e-mail to: [email protected]: name, phone number, e-mail address, web address, mailing address, two to five images of artwork, and information about you and what you would like to present.

For information, visit www.pechakuchaportland.org

Single tickets are available for Maine State Music Theater

Single tickets are available for Maine State Music Theatre’s 2010 season. Shows in the lineup are “Always … Patsy Cline,” “My Fair Lady,” “Chicago” and “Spamalot.”

The season begins June 9 and runs through Aug. 28. This season will be the last for artistic director Charles Abbott. He’s been in the position 20 years.

Single tickets are available at the theater offices at 22 Elm St., by phone at 725-8769 or online at www.msmt.org online

Brunswick’s 10×10 benefit seeking art submissions

The artists of Points of View Art Gallery and the volunteers of Arts Are Elementary invite Maine artists to submit original artwork to Brunswick’s third annual 10 x 10 Benefit Art Exhibit & Sale. All accepted work will sell for $200. The artist receives $100 and $100 benefits Arts Are Elementary, a local nonprofit that provides artist in residence experiences to all Brunswick students in grades K through 5 at Coffin, Jordan Acres and Longfellow Elementary Schools.

The 10 x 10 Benefit Art Exhibit & Sale is Oct. 1.

The application deadline is June 1. Artists may submit up to three pieces, and each piece must be within a 10-inch square format. There’s a $10 fee per artist, for up to three pieces. Payment can be made online at www.10x10brunswick.org.

Applications are available by contacting Catherine Worthington of Arts Are Elementary at 729-6836 or by e-mail at [email protected]

HALLOWELL

Harlow Gallery hosting discussion on abstract art

Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., will host a discuss about abstract art at 7 p.m. May 27. The speaker will be Ed McCartan, winner of the 2009 Kennebec Valley Art Association show. Admission is a $3 suggested donation. McCartan has painted and taught studio art and art history in upstate New York and Brunswick. He has a studio at Fort Andross. His work incorporates botanical, spiritual and expressive imagery.

On view through May is Art2010, the association’s 15th annual juried show showcasing 53 Maine artists.