February 26, 2010

Arts Dispatches


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Farnsworth to open third in series of print exhibitions

On Saturday, the Farnsworth Art Museum will open the third in a series of exhibitions featuring prints from the museum's collection. ''The State of Printmaking Since 1940'' considers conceptual and technical trends in American printmaking since the beginning of World War II. The exhibition will be on display in the museum's Crosman Gallery through April 18.

A range of techniques is represented, including prints in relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, photo-mechanical art and alternative processes. Works by Milton Avery, Leonard Baskin, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Larry Rivers, Andy Warhol, June Wayne and others have been selected for this exhibition.

In conjunction, at 1 p.m. Feb. 10, curatorial assistant Jane Bianco will lead a gallery talk, which is free with museum admission. Space is limited to 20 people. For information or to reserve a spot, call 596-0949.


Maine Studios' series offers feedback to performers

The Maine Studios announces a new weekly series, Open Stage, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays at 235 Presumpscot St., Portland. The first Open Stage begins at 7 tonight.

Performers can sign up ahead of time or at the show. They will have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback. Individuals and groups are welcome. This is for theater, comedy, improv, poetry, spoken word and multidisciplinary performing arts. Admission is a suggested donation of $2.

For information, contact Liz McMahon at Liz@MaineFilms.org.

British poetry to be celebrated Monday at PSC

Portland Stage Company Affiliate Artists present British Poetry Night at 7 p.m. Monday on the mainstage at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave. The works of English poets from classic to modern and well-known to obscure will be showcased in a lively evening of readings and music. Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

Vacation-week theater camp at Old Port Playhouse

The Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., will offer a theater performance camp for kids during school vacation week, Feb. 15-19. Kids between the ages of 10 to 16 may enroll, and the camp will conclude with a production of ''Next Stop: Broadway! A Journey of Songs & Scenes from the Great White Way.'' Also, the Old Port Playhouse School of the Arts will host an open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The school will begin its first educational series the week of Feb. 22 with classes and workshops for children, teens and adults. For information about either program, call 773-0333.

Society to screen DVD on Passamaquoddy language

At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., will screen portions of filmmaker Ben Levine's new DVD series that documents the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet language. Drawn from conversations recorded in Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, ''Language Keepers'' captures the natural Passamaquoddy language in everyday use. Spoken by about 50 people from three different communities, the conversations range from humor and storytelling to oral history and personal reminiscence, and to conversations about everyday experiences, past and present. The program will include a screening of excerpts from the film and comments from key players in the project.

Levine's last film, ''Reveil: Waking Up French,'' explored the decline and renaissance of the French language in New England communities. This event is free and open to the public. For information, call 774-1822 or e-mail info@mainehistory.org.

Comedians to stand up for injured servicemen

Maine comedians Bob Marley and George Hamm will join former Portlander Hugh Chatfield at New York's Gotham Comedy Club on Tuesday to amuse and inspire Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with injuries. Chatfield arranged this event when he read of modern war brain injuries referred to as ''the signature injury of modern warfare.''

Chatfield is rehabilitated from a 1987 brain injury. He conceived and scheduled this event with help from the Gotham's owner and event manager, numerous government organizations, and the Wounded Warrior Project in New York. The show is open to injured veterans and service members only. Reservations are required. Contact ltownell@gothamcomedyclub.com.

Leah Robertson named to post at Portland Symphony

The Portland Symphony Orchestra has appointed Leah Robertson as the orchestra's new associate director of development and special projects. She will oversee the operations of the symphony's fundraising and donor stewardship strategies. Robertson previously served as development coordinator for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, where she was responsible for development communications, board support, donor stewardship and its successful Lunch & Learn series.

From 2004 to 2006, Robertson served as development assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. A graduate of Colby College, she was on the 2003 women's crew team that won an NCAA championship.

Bruce Brown to discuss art of photographer Sean Harris

Bruce Brown, interim curator at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, will discuss the work of photographer Sean Harris at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Susan Maasch Fine Art, 567 Congress St. Harris is showing at Susan Maasch through Feb. 25, along with painter Joseph Begnaud.

Harris has been taking photographs in Maine for many years. Begnaud teaches at Maine College of Art, and this is his first solo exhibition in Portland.

Regular winter hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.


Deadline approaching for Maine Photography Show

The deadline to enter the Maine Photography Show is Feb. 1. All entries may be submitted online; visit www.mainephotographyshow.com for details.

More than 100 images will be selected for the show. This year's judge is John Paul Caponigro, internationally acclaimed photographer, lecturer and instructor.

There are four categories -- color, black-and-white, student (18 and younger) and this year's themed category, water -- and $1,000 in prize awards will be presented to the winners.

The exhibition of fine photography is sponsored by Maine businesses and culturally minded patrons, including First Bank and the Boothbay Region Greenhouses, both charter sponsors. LeeAnn LaFleur, the chairwoman of the 2010 show, encourages other sponsors. For information or to contribute, call Jim Taliana at 633-2815.

The Maine Photography Show will open April 17 and run through May 8 at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, 1 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor.


Sculptor/glass artist to speak at Waterfall Arts

Artist Richard Remsen will speak at Waterfall Arts in Belfast at 7 p.m. Monday. Remsen operates the Foundry in West Rockport, a sculpture studio specializing in bronze as well as blown and cast glass.

His talk will focus on the process of metal casting in conjunction with the Clifford Gallery's current exhibit of antique wooden foundry patterns that were used at the Waterville Foundry around 1900. Remsen will discuss the history of metal casting through the ages, the Maine foundry scene circa 1900 and the foundry process, and show examples of his own foundry work.

Remsen studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and received a bachelor's degree in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 1974. As an artist, Remsen studied glass blowing with Dale Chihuly, Fritz Driesbach and Dan Dailey, and apprenticed with Dominic Labino.

The lecture series at Waterfall Arts features engaging and inspiring presentations by regionally and nationally recognized artists, poets, writers and thinkers, followed by discussions.

Admission is $7 at the door; high school and college students admitted free. For information, call 338-2222 or visit waterfallarts.org.

n In addition, Waterfall Arts has announced that Kat Richman of Appleton will be its new director of finance and operations. She held a similar position at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport.

Richman joins Martha Piscuskas of Liberty as co-head of the organization that operates out of the former Anderson School in Belfast and the Kingdom in Montville. Piscuskas was named the director of programming in November. They replace executive director of operations Giff Jamison, who is leaving his position to work closer to his home in Harpswell.

Also, Cathy Melio of Stockton Springs, an artist and former CMCA staff member, will join Waterfall's program committee.

-- Compiled by Bob Keyes,

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