Museum of Art announces new members of the board

The Portland Museum of Art recently announced new members to its board of trustees: Scott M. Black, Harry W. Konkel, Samuel A. Ladd III, Frank G. McGinty and S. Donald Sussman.

In addition, the following officers were elected: president, John F. Isacke; chairman, Hans Underdahl; vice president, collections, Rosalyne S. Bernstein; vice president, Anna H. Wells; treasurer, Robert S. Nanovic; assistant treasurer, William J. Ryan Jr.; secretary, James A. Houle.

For a list of board members, visit www.portlandmuseum.org/about.


Peaks Island artists holding three Saturday art walks

While most Peaks Island artist studios are open to the public by appointment year-round, each summer, monthly island-wide Saturday Art Walks offer the opportunity to view, discuss and buy work in the spaces where the artists produce objects and ideas. Art Walk continues the last Saturday of each month — this Saturday, on July 31, and again on Aug. 28. Studios will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Information and maps are available at www.peaksisland-artwalks.org.

Participating artists include Peg Astarita, potter; Jane Banquer, printmaker/painter; Cole Caswell, photographer; Jessica Townes George, painter; Lavendier Myers, painter; Martha E. Morris-Gibson, basketmaker; Kathleen Newell, multimedia crafts; Tim Nihoff, multimedia artist; Suzanne Parrott, fiber; Norm Proulx, painter; Kathie Schneider, photographer; Betsy Stout, jeweler; Robert Van Der Steenhoven, sculptor; Diane Wiencke, painter; and Adam Daley Wilson, painter.


Penobscot closing season with new play festival

Penobscot Theatre, Bangor’s professional theater company, concludes its 36th season with its fourth annual new play festival, Northern Writes.

The festival begins Wednesday and runs through July 2, with performances and readings of close to two dozen theatrical works in development.

Highlights include a reading of the first musical in the history of the festival, a new play by Joe Musso, an evening of theater performed by area youths, and an afternoon of short plays, all written by Maine-based playwrights.

An all-festival pass costs $35, and day passes cost $5. Call 942-3333 or visit www.penobscottheatre.org.


Portland Harbor and Maine Maritime museums merge

Portland Harbor Museum has merged with Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, a move that helps ensure that the collections of the Portland museum are preserved and the city’s maritime stories continue to be told.

“It is a rare occurrence in the nonprofit world when a museum seeks out another museum to entrust with its collections to ensure those historical treasures are well cared for,” Amy Lent, executive director of Maine Maritime Museum, said in a prepared statement. “The trustees of Portland Harbor Museum deserve a huge round of applause from the people of Portland for taking such visionary action.”

The merger took place June 1, and the transfer of artifacts and other parts of the collection will be completed by late July. Mark Thompson, executive director for Portland Harbor Museum, has accepted the position of regional director for southern Maine with Maine Maritime Museum.

Although Portland Harbor Museum’s physical space is closed, programming activities in Portland will continue with events scheduled in the next several months, including a guided tour of Fort Scammell on Aug. 8; a book discussion by noted maritime novelist James L. Nelson on Aug. 27; a lecture about maritime disasters by Chester Hopkins, former vice president of Marine and Terminal Operations for French Line; and the annual ChowderFest on Oct. 1. The events will be conducted in various locations around the city. Further information will be available at www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.


Sochor to discuss her work at Waterfall Arts on June 28

Artist Lesia Sochor will talk about her work at 7 p.m. June 28 at Waterfall Arts Belfast, 256 High St. Sochor’s current series of oil paintings focuses on spools of thread and their connected narratives.

Sochor was inspired by her mother-in-law’s sewing drawer, and realized how sewing connected her to her female ancestors and that the familiar utilitarian spools stirred recollections and family stories.

Her work will be exhibited at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland from June 28 to July 17.

Admission to the talk is free. For information, visit www.waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.


Roscohegan Island will host one-day writers workshop

Writers of all ages and experience are invited to share their interests at Roscohegan: An Island Workshop for Writers, a one-day event from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 17 at Georgetown Historical Society.

Known to American Indians as Roscohegan, Georgetown has drawn artists, photographers and writers for many years. The area’s natural beauty inspires creativity, and its history and island culture provide a sense of solitude and deep connection to people and place. The first part of the day includes a stroll along Robinhood Cove led by keeper-of-local history and storyteller Gene Reynolds, and lunch with artist and author Dahlov Ipcar.

After lunch, author Eve LaPlante will share her journey from journalism to historical non-fiction. Participants will then choose among three workshops: editor Lynn Betlock discusses writing family history articles; authors Jane Freeberg and Emily Herman share their experiences about writing for children; and poet Nancy Arbuthnot leads a session for writers of poetry.

Pre-registration is requested before June 30. A $10 fee includes lunch and refreshments.

For information, call 371-9200, send an e-mail to [email protected], or visit www.georgetownhistoricalsociety.org.


L/A Arts Gallery 5 seeks works for plein air show

L/A Arts Gallery 5 will host an exhibit organized by the Western Chapter of Plein Air Painters of Maine beginning in October.

Submissions are being sought for the exhibition, which is called “Plein Air! Works Painted on Location” and conceived as a celebration of a summer spent artistically capturing the beauty of Maine.

The exhibition will honor the region’s plein-air tradition. Artists are encouraged to submit up to four different works. For details, visit laarts.org/visual/gallery-5.htm or contact Michael Ranucci at [email protected]

The submission deadline is Sept. 5.


O’Brien MacKinnon selected to join Pemaquid art group

Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, a resident of New Harbor, has been juried in to the Pemaquid Group of Artists. As a new member, she is one of 29 artists exhibiting this season at the gallery at Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point.

MacKinnon works principally in acrylic and oil. Her work has been shown at River Arts, Bristol Library, Round Top Center for the Arts and the Damnariscotta River Grille.

Pemaquid Art Gallery exhibits the work of artists residing on the Pemaquid peninsula. In addition to MacKinnon, 2010 exhibiting artists include Barbara Applegate, Debra L. Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Thomas Block, Arline Brennan, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Lynn L. Gifford, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Maggie Macy, Maude Olsen, Cecelia Phillips, Denise Rankin, Paul Sherman, Pande Stevens, Ernest T. Thompson, Jr. Sarah Wilde and Philippine Van Zwoll.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call 677-2752.


Sculptor, photographer and painter to discuss works

Sculptor Celeste Roberge of South Portland, painter Cassie Jones of Brunswick and photographer Todd Watts of Blanchard will discuss their work at 2 p.m. today at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. Their work appears in CMCA’s 2010 Biennial Juried Exhibition. The center is at 162 Russell Ave., Rockport. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


Mahoosuc Arts Council seeks new board members

The Mahoosuc Arts Council is seeking to add new board members from the greater Bethel area. The council is looking for people who are interested in supporting the advancement of the arts and humanities in the adult communities and school systems of greater Bethel through community and educational programming in performing and visual arts.

The board will host its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Foothills Grille on Main Street, Bethel, and urges people interested in getting involved to attend. Call 824-3575 or e-mail [email protected]


Children’s Choir auditions being held at Corthell Hall

The Southern Maine Children’s Choir will hold 2010-11 season auditions Tuesday and Wednesday at Corthell Hall on the campus of the University of Southern Maine, Gorham. The choir’s new director is Paul McGovern, who has more than 20 years of teaching experience, both in K-12 schools and at the college level.

He currently teaches at Portland and Cape Elizabeth high schools.

Any young musician who will be a senior or younger in the fall is invited to audition. Each participant should be able to sing on pitch with a pleasant tone quality, maintain their own part when singing in harmony, and have a well-behaved tonal memory.

To schedule an audition time, visit www.usm.maine.edu/mus/youthensembles.


Summer painting lessons deadline is drawing near

The deadline to sign up for summer painting workshops offered by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation is fast approaching. Workshops are under way, and will continue through the summer and fall. Six Maine artists will instruct in watercolor, acrylic and oil.

The classes, instructors and dates:

Plein-air watercolor, Mark Mellor of the Oak Street Gallery, Monday to Friday.

Plein-air oil painting, Ron Parry of the Parry Gallery June 28-July 1.

Acrylics to look like oils, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, July 13-14.

Plein-air painting, watercolor or oils, James A. Taliana, July 19-23.

Still life “fresh” oil painting, Gail Morrison, Aug. 3-5.

Plein-air oil painting, Ron Parry, Aug. 9-12.

Experimental watercolor, Monique Parry, Aug. 16-18.

Plein-air oil painting, Ron Parry, Sept. 13-16.

Watercolor floral, Monique Parry, Oct. 13-15.

To register, call 882-7165 or 633-2703.


Waterfront Park exhibit to feature photography only

The Boothbay Region Art Foundation recently announced that its annual [email protected] Park on Sept. 4 will be dedicated exclusively to photography.

“We have found a strong calling for more photography exposure in Maine. It’s probably true across the country due to the popularity and relatively low cost of good digital cameras and the ease of their usage.

“And also, the normally lower cost of photography on average as compared to paintings,” said Jim Taliana, spokesman for [email protected] Park and founder of the Maine Photography Show.

Photographers who want to participate in the show should e-mail [email protected]


Theater seeking volunteers for the 2010 summer season

The Theater at Monmouth is seeking volunteers for the 2010 summer. The theater is looking for volunteers to help with ushering, parking and operating the concessions and gift shops. Volunteer benefits include the opportunity to see the shows for free, and earning credit to use for purchasing tickets for friends and family or to use at the concession stand and gift shop.

Anyone interested in volunteering should attend the volunteer meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call 933-9999 for more information.