Exhibit to showcase work of 20 women artists in Maine

Thos. Moser Showroom in Freeport will showcase the work of 20 artists in “Celebrate Women Artists in Maine featuring Jill Hoy and Anne Ireland.”

Artists showing new work include Liz Armstrong, Missy Asen, Linda Bail, Sissy Buck, Michelle Hero Clarke, Michele Dangelo, Julie Freund, Sheila Geoffrian, Laurie Hadlock, Vanessa Nesvig, Judy Taylor and Lynn Travis.

The show also includes the work of Chris Beneman, Carmen Elena Menjivar, Madeleine P. Hopkins, Holly Ready and Mardie Weldon.

An opening reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, 149 Main St., Freeport. Call 865-4519 or visit


Mad Horse Theatre calls for Family Fun Day crafters

Mad Horse Theatre Company is putting out a call for crafters for its Family Fun Day on Sept. 17 at the Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a large parking lot surrounding the facility for food, games and face-painting. The charge to participate is $25, and participants must provide their own tables and displays. For information, call Mad Horse at 730-2389.


Peninsula Potters Tour and Sale features 15 artists

The ninth annual Peninsula Potters Tour and Sale featuring the work of 15 area potters will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 11. A range of styles will be presented, from colorful earthenware and durable stoneware to elegant porcelain.

A pictorial guide and tour map is available at the Blue Hill, Deer Isle and Ellsworth chambers of commerce, and at many of the local galleries and studios.

The eight participating studios include Mark Bell Pottery, Brooklin Pottery Co-op, Red Door Pottery, Greene-Ziner Gallery, Mountainville Studios, R-Place Studio, Bunzy Sherman, The Potter and the studio of Barbro Chapman. All locations will feature new work, and many galleries will have guest artists.

The Peninsula Potters is a guild of nationally recognized and emerging artists who have settled in the Penobscot Bay area and established working studios. For information, visit or call Bunny Gorski at 359-4434.


Pumpkinfest & Regatta seeks decorating artists

The 2011 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta is looking for artists to help decorate the giant pumpkins used in the festival.

Last year, Maine artists carved or painted almost 50 giant pumpkins, which were displayed from Wiscasset to Newcastle and Damariscotta.

This year’s festival begins with the Volunteer Grower’s Weigh Off on Oct. 1. The pumpkins will be delivered on pallets on Oct. 6. They will be available for carving, painting and decorating Oct. 7 and 8.

To sign up, contact Nancy MacKinnon at 677-2257 or [email protected]


After-school boatbuilding available for local teens

The Maine Maritime Museum will launch an after-school boatbuilding program for local teenagers, funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

The after-school program will take place in the museum’s boat shop. Under the guidance of boat shop manager Kurt Spiridakis, up to 10 eighth-grade students each semester will learn basic woodworking skills and work with local wood artists, including carver Wayne Robbins, model-maker Jerome Morris and furniture master Thomas Moser, as they explore the medium of wood. Scholarships are available. For information, contact Spiridakis at 443-1316, Ext. 334.

The commission approved the museum’s grant application under its SMART Grant program. SMART grants help fund projects that take place in or around schools, occur during regular or after-school hours, and provide experiences in the arts by giving primary and secondary students opportunities to work with master teaching artists.


Maine State Ballet to have open house, auditions

Maine State Ballet will hold an open house for students and families from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at its studios, 348 Route 1, Falmouth. Fall classes begin Sept. 12.

Maine State Ballet’s School for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization offering dance training in ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater to more than 500 students.

Open auditions for “The Nutcracker” will run Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, ages 7 and 8 audition from 4 to 4:45 p.m.; ages 9 and 10 from 5:15 to 6 p.m.; and ages 11 and 12 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

On Friday, ages 13 to 15 audition from 4 to 5 p.m., and ages 16 and older audition from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Girls should wear ballet slippers and a black leotard with pink tights. Boys should wear black ballet shoes, a white T-shirt and black tights.

The audition fee is $10. For information, visit or call 781-7672.


Artists invited to paint on land proposed for park

Artists are welcome to paint in an area proposed as a new national park on Sept. 16-18. Artists will be taken to one of a couple of locations on Roxanne Quimby’s land to paint.

A $25 fee covers bag lunches and a reception at the North Light Gallery on Sept. 17, where work will be displayed. Visit for details.

Interested artists should send an e-mail to [email protected] by Friday or call 723-4414.