June 26, 2011

Arts Dispatches

NEWCASTLE

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From Martha Stewart’s collection, a map of the “District of Maine” (from James Sullivan’s book), by Osgood Carlton, 1795.

Courtesy College of the Atlantic

Frances Perkins' FDR book reissued as Penguin Classic

The Frances Perkins Center has announced the reissue as a Penguin Classic of "The Roosevelt I Knew," Perkins' memoir of her years working with Franklin D. Roosevelt. Perkins was secretary of labor during Roosevelt's 12-year presidency.

Originally published in November 1946, Perkins' book was the first definitive biography of Roosevelt, covering their years together from their first meeting in 1910 until his death in April 1945. The book was a best-seller.

The reissue will be available Tuesday at the Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta and other local stores, as well as through online booksellers.

PORTLAND

Designers' work featured in art walk salon display

A display that showcases some of Portland's most creative contemporary artists and designers will be in the spotlight at a downtown hair salon for the First Friday Art Walk.

The exhibit, at O2 Salon on Congress Street, is a collaborative effort among clothing designer Diana Duane, jewelry designer Hannah Tarkinson, hair and makeup artists Jennifer Leigh and Tasha Zwickerhill, and photographer David Zwickerhill.

In the windows of the salon, located at Congress Square in the State Theatre building, four "live mannequins" will model dresses designed by Duane and jewelry by Tarkinson. The hair and makeup will be done by Leigh, owner of O2 Salon, and her colleague Tasha Zwickerhill.

Images from a recent fashion photo shoot by David Zwickerhill will also be shown in the salon. The photos feature the same models in the same dresses and accessories, in a warehouse setting. More dresses from Duane's collection will be on display as well.

The artists involved in the exhibit have diverse backgrounds. Duane is owner of Golden Apple Clothing, and also is the leader of the Smoke and Mirrors Circus, which performs monthly at Geno's. Tarkinson, who designs jewelry and accessories under the name Ponomo, recycles leather and old jewelry to create new items.

Prior to opening her own shop in 1999, Leigh -- a graduate of Maine College of Art -- worked for many of Portland's leading salons. Tasha Zwickerhill, who has been in the beauty industry since 2007, also works on photo shoots with her husband David, owner of Zwickerhill Photography.

O2 is at 605 Congress St. The First Friday event runs 5 to 8 p.m. 

PMA fetes new honorary trustees Bernstein, Osher

At the Portland Museum of Art's annual meeting on Tuesday, the museum's board members, staff and guests celebrated the appointments of Rosalyne S. Bernstein and Peggy L. Osher as honorary trustees.

Ceremony guests included U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, state Rep. Mary Nelson and members of the staffs of Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Together, Bernstein and Osher have given almost 100 years of service to the museum as trustees, volunteers, committee members and in other capacities.

Osher's service began in 1961. She was a member of the selection committee for the museum's Charles Shipman Payson Building and the founder of the Friends of the Collection at the Portland Museum of Art. She also served as chairwoman of the museum's education committee for more than a decade.

Bernstein started her career on the museum's board in 1964. She served as president from 1979 through 1981. She co-chaired the steering committee for the campaign to raise funds for the construction of the Payson Wing. Her leadership as chairwoman of the collection committee has strengthened the collection over the past three decades. 

One-man show tells story of ubiquitous labor activist

Harlan Baker will appear in his one-man show "Jimmy Higgins: A Life in the Labor Movement" at 8 p.m. July 9 at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd.

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