June 26, 2011

Arts Dispatches

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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

Baker plays fictional labor activist Higgins on the eve of the 1960 presidential race, being interviewed by a college student about his life. He recounts his days as a newspaper boy in Ohio during World War I, his meeting with Eugene Debs and other radicals opposed to American participation in the war, his experiences in the LaFollette campaign for president in 1924, and his experiences as a labor reporter covering the union-organizing drives of tenant farmers and autoworkers in the 1930s.

The play premiered at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in April 2008 and has been performed at colleges, union halls and theaters throughout New England.

Baker is an adjunct lecturer in theater at the University of Southern Maine and a former state legislator. He has acted with many local companies, including Portland Stage, Mad Horse, the Stage at Spring Point and Acorn Productions.

The play was recently performed in Madison, Wis., at the dedication of the Madison labor history mural. This performance is being staged in support of the effort to restore the Maine labor history mural to Augusta.

Tickets cost $15 ($12 for seniors and students) and can be purchased at lucidstage.com or by calling 899-3993. 

Beer-tasting party to benefit St. Lawrence Arts Center

The St. Lawrence Arts Center will host an annual beer tasting for Allagash Victor Ale at 5:30 p.m. July 21. Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings will perform. The evening includes beer tasting, food, music, pingpong and a short film, all to benefit the arts center.

Victor Ale is part of Allagash Brewing Co.'s Tribute Series Ales and the "buck a bottle" campaign to benefit local nonprofits. Allagash contributes $1 from every bottle of Allagash Victor sold to help realize the mission of the St. Lawrence Arts Center.

Victor Ale was inspired by its feminine-named predecessor, Victoria Ale, made with chardonnay grapes. For Victor Ale, the brewers used more than 100 pounds of red chancellor grapes that were crushed on site and added directly to the mash.

Allagash has donated more than $20,000 to the St. Lawrence through sales of Victor Ale, which was first created in 2007.

Tickets are available at stlawrencearts.org.


Martha Stewart collection of maps to be exhibited

A selection of maps collected by Martha Stewart will be exhibited this summer at College of the Atlantic's Ethel H. Blum Gallery.

The show, "Charting a Story: Martha Stewart's Maine Map Collection," will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday July 8-23.

Stewart's maps reflect a chronology of Mount Desert Island, including changing roads, the introduction of the railroad and its loss, the introduction of airports, and the advent of Acadia National Park.

Among the approximately 30 items being exhibited will be Osgood Carleton's map of the District of Maine, published in James Sullivan's book "The History of the District of Maine." The map was the most detailed of the region to that date, and was included in the first comprehensive history of Maine.

Also in the exhibit are topographical maps, nautical charts and a reproduction of one of the earliest known maps of Maine's coast -- when it was still New France. This reproduction of Samuel de Champlain's 1606 map is from 1932.

The collection was fostered by Raymond Strout, a Bar Harbor frame maker and collector. It is curated by Rebecca Woods, the Blum Gallery's summer director.

For information, call 801-5626 or 288-5015.


Matthew Russ landscapes exhibit opening July 7

Maine landscape painter Matthew Russ will exhibit recent work from the Kennebec Highlands and other areas surrounding the Belgrade Lakes at the new Maine Lakes Resource Center on Main Street in Belgrade Lakes Village.

The exhibit will open with a reception and talk at 7 p.m. July 7, and will run until the end of July.

Russ is a 1996 graduate of Colby College and a resident of Waterville. He draws inspiration from the landscape of the Kennebec Highlands, where he paints in the field year-round, often backpacking into remote sites.

For information about the artist, including images of recent work, visit matthewruss.com.

A percentage of sales from the exhibit will benefit the Maine Lakes Resource Center, a 3,500-square-foot building in Belgrade Lakes Village. The center will focus on making conservation a tradition in the region. For information, visit dockstodoorways.com

-- Compiled by Bob Keyes, Staff Writer


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