Farnsworth museum catalog wins illustrated book award

The Farnsworth Art Museum has won an award for its exhibition catalog “Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope.” The catalog was chosen as a winner in the illustrated book category in the 53rd annual New England Book Show.

Farnsworth art director Mary Margaret Sesak designed “Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope.” JS McCarthy Printers of Augusta printed the catalog. The museum published it, and Yale University Press of New Haven, Conn., distributed it.

The book includes essays by art historian John Wilmerding and Farnsworth chief curator Michael K. Komanecky, as well as photographs by Walter Smalling.

The New England Book Show recognizes outstanding work by New England graphic designers, printers and publishers. Winning books are selected for their design, quality of materials and workmanship. The winning entries will be displayed at a celebration dinner at the Boston Athenaeum in May.


Specialist in wood turning plans demonstration at store

Clive Brooks, a wood turner from Robert Sorby, an English manufacturer of wood-turning tools, will lead a wood-turning demonstration at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware Store. The event is free and open to the public.

Brooks will host the demonstration 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. May 22 and 1 to 4 p.m. May 23. Rockler is located at 200 Gorham Road. For details, call 761-4402.

Store manager Molly Petit said wood turning is a growing hobby. “Access to the specialized tools and supplies needed to get into turning has improved in terms of both availability and cost,” she said. “We’re seeing many more new customers coming in buying lathes and turning blanks.”

Rockler is a specialty woodworking store that sells tools, lumber, hardware and supplies for building, repairing or refinishing furniture, cabinets and other items made from wood.


PORTopera dinner supports ‘Hansel and Gretel’ shows

To celebrate its 16 years of presenting opera in Maine, PORTopera will host its annual dinner, dance and auction on June 4 at the Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland.

Titled “Into the (Enchanted) Woods,” this year’s fundraiser will support the company’s July 29 and July 31 performances of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Reservations are available through the PORTopera office by calling 879-7678.

Entertainment will be provided by mezzo-soprano Heather Johnson, who will sing the role of Hansel in July. Since performing with the company in “FigaroFest” in 2001, Johnson has become a favorite at the New York City Opera and appeared in productions at Glimmerglass, Opera Theater of St. Louis and many other companies.

Other event highlights include the Bob Charest Band, presenting an evening of favorites for dancing, and a German-themed menu designed and prepared by the team of chefs at Sable Oaks.

Auction items include a weekend at a Manhattan penthouse apartment and Grand Tier tickets to the Met’s “Carmen,” starring Kate Aldrich of Maine; two “walk-on” roles for young people in “Hansel and Gretel” this summer; and a $1,200 package of tickets and/or membership passes provided by many Portland-area visual and performing arts organizations.

Tickets to “Into the (Enchanted) Woods” are $125 per person ($1,000 for a table of eight), and black tie is suggested.

All art to cost $100 or less at cooperative’s spring sale

Peregrine Press will host a spring sale, with all pieces of art priced at $100 or less, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Bakery Studio Building, 61 Pleasant St. The sale coincides with May’s First Friday Art Walk.

Peregrine Press is a 30-member fine arts printmaking cooperative established in 1991. Visit for details and more information. 

Theater schedules auditions for paid roles in three plays

Good Theater will host auditions May 12 and 17 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., for a variety of roles in three plays scheduled for next season. All roles are paid, and actors should call Good Theater at 885-5883 to set up an appointment and for more information. A variety of roles are available.

The plays include “August Osage County,” a black comedy and family drama with 13 available roles; “Moonlight and Magnolias,” a dramatic comedy with four available roles; and “Bedroom Farce,” with eight available roles. 

Student art show features paintings, jewelry, drawings

Portland Arts and Technology High School will hold its annual student art show from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the school at 196 Allen Ave., Portland. Students will exhibit and sell a variety of works, including paintings, illustrations, jewelry and mixed media. Admission is free, and the public is invited. 

Kotzschmar group awards scholarships to six students

Each spring, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ awards scholarships to students in Greater Portland who are pursuing a musical education.

The Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Scholarship was established in 1911 to provide financial aid to students. The scholarships are open to all Greater Portland residents age 10 to 25 who are studying organ, piano, orchestral instrument or voice.

Applicants are judged on musicianship, age-appropriate technical skill level, musicality and deportment. The award committee consists of prominent musicians selected from one or more musical organizations in Portland.

Kotzschmar, who died in 1908 and is remembered for leading the city in its musical awakening and development, taught hundreds of piano and organ students over the course of 50 years. He also composed music and conducted instrumental groups in Portland and throughout Maine.

The 2010 Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Scholarship winners are: Kelsey Krull of Cape Elizabeth, voice student of Bonnie Scarpelli; Christopher Staknys of Falmouth, piano student of Roberto Poli, New England Conservatory, Boston; Henry Jones of Yarmouth, violin student of Yasmin Craig Vitalius; Nell Britton of Cape Elizabeth, piano student of Robert Glover; Aaron Pettengill of Saco, violin student of Robert Lehmann; and Henry Kramer of Cape Elizabeth, piano student of Robert McDonald, the Julliard School, New York.


Opera house invites public to its meeting, cleanup days

Opera House Arts invites all regional community members to its 11th annual public meeting from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 15, as well as to its annual spring cleanup days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and again on May 29.

The public meeting is hosted by Opera House Arts’ Community Advisory Board, founded in 2002 and co-chaired by Larry Estey and Tricia Small. Its members provide Opera House Arts with leadership of and input on programs, facilities and operations.

For information, call 367-2788 or visit


Lodge at Moosehead Lake brings artists to the scenery

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake has one of the most beautiful and panoramic views in all of Maine, and from June 25-27, four artists will stay at the lodge to capture the beauty in acrylics, oils, gouaches and watercolors.

Guests staying at the lodge can watch the work develop, and a public viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27. Artists will also bring other pieces for display. Works will be available for sale.

Artists include Evelyn Dunphy of West Bath, Michael Boardman of North Yarmouth, Carolyn Walton of Freeport and Bruce MacDonald of Boothbay.

The lodge is 2.5 miles north of Greenville, at 368 Lily Bay Road. For information, visit


Crafts association gears up for annual gathering, awards

The Maine Crafts Association will present its 2010 Master Craft Artist Award to fiber artist Katharine Cobey on May 15 during MCA’s annual celebration at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle.

The Master Craft Artist Award honors excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, singular voice in an artist’s body of work, and a career spent in service to the field. The award includes lifetime membership in the MCA and an exhibition at the Center for Maine Craft.

Several additional awards will be presented during the annual gathering, which begins at 5 p.m. For information, visit



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