Short-film exhibition offers program mixing old, new

Asbury Shorts, New York’s longest-running short-film exhibition, will bring the Short Film Concert to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

This is the third time Asbury Shorts has presented at Fryeburg. It screens new and classic short films at venues across the country. The Fryeburg program will include popular films from the past, along with new films selected from the top film festivals across the country.

Highlights from the two-hour program include “Our Time Is Up,” a 2010 Oscar nominee for Best Live Action Short Film from the Los Angeles comedy director Rob Pearlstein. In this film, therapist Dr. Leonard Sterns discovers he has six weeks to live, and adopts a new method of treatment: being brutally honest.

Tickets cost $10; $7 for students. Call 935-9232 for information. The program is recommended for ages 16 and older.


State Music Theatre ready to sell individual 2011 tickets

Individual tickets to Maine State Music Theatre’s 2011 season go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets will be available online at, in person at 22 Elm St., Brunswick, or by phone at 725-8769. Season tickets already are available.

Maine State Music Theatre’s 53rd season includes four mainstage musicals, three special concert events and two children’s musicals. The mainstage musicals include “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” “Annie,” “Xanadu” and “The Wiz.” The special events include the Tony Award-winning musical “Spring Awakening” in concert, the Maine folk duo Schooner Fare and the return of Tony Award-nominee Euan Morton.

Children’s programming includes a musical version of the popular book “Click, Clack, Moo” and an interpretation of the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast.”

Maine State Music Theatre’s performances are at the Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus, 1 Bath Road.


Show on how the states got their shapes features Maine

In a new TV series premiering on The History Channel this week, host Brian Unger explores why states look the way they do geographically. “How States Got Their Shapes” premieres at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Maine figures prominently in the debut episode. The theme involves how water has shaped states and the history hidden in the blue, squiggly lines on the map — how the Founding Fathers might have made a mistake along the Georgia-Tennessee border; how that boundary could actually change because of water; why Maine has so much, and Nevada so little.

The show repeats at 8 p.m. Wednesday.


New-media talk to explore art of time-based painting

Maine Center for Creativity board member Raphael DiLuzio, a professor of new media at the University of Maine, will present a new-media lecture at 1 p.m. today at the Paul Creative Arts Center at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The lecture, “Time-Based Painting and Other New Media,” is free and part of the museum’s Sunday Salon series.

DiLuzio’s practice is centered in visual image-making, primarily in the relation between traditional studio art and digital time-based media. His interest lies in reconnecting a traditional praxis in painting with technology. The result is live digital performances as well as time-based projected paintings, installation and visualization.

DiLuzio has showcased visualizations, given live performances, and participated in panels, lectures and presentations across Europe and the United States, as well as Japan and Cuba. In 2007, he performed “Light House” in Casco Bay on the front of FPL Energy’s plant on Cousins Island in Yarmouth.

Most recently, his newest works were exhibited in Belarus, Geneva, Barcelona, Slovenia and Rhode Island.

Diluzio received his professional certificate in computer graphics and animation from the University of California, and his bachelor’s degree in drawing and painting from California State University the same year. He also completed work in painting and drawing in 1988, receiving his master’s from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.


Symposium offering tours, talks on role of studios in art

On Saturday, the Portland Museum of Art will host the symposium “Art On-Site: Studio Practice in 21st-Century Art.”

The symposium will feature two presentations by guest artists, who will discuss the role an artist’s studio plays in the creative process, comparing 19th-century studio practice to contemporary creative practice. The symposium also will offer the opportunity for an insider’s guide to local artists’ studios. The symposium is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are $75 ($50 for members).

The symposium will begin with a lecture by artist and author Joe Fig, whose decade of interviews with artists resulted in his book “Inside the Painter’s Studio.”

David Row, a painter and 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial juror, will discuss how place relates to practice with illustrations of his New York and Maine studios.

After breaking for lunch, the symposium will tour Portland studios, including those of Joe Kievitt, Lauren Fensterstock and Aaron Stephan, and Charlie Hewitt, as well as The Artist Studio Building, where many artists will be in their studios and will answer questions.

For more information about the symposium or to buy tickets, visit


Event features works of art in music, clay, photography

From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nasson Community Center’s Little Theatre will host local artists for “Expression of the Arts.”

Acoustic musicians include harpist Gail Wilbur; violinist Cara Anderman; singer-songwriters The Silver Lining, Gwen and David Benoit; and a high school jazz combo. Visual artists include Ann Doiron, Chantel Cote, photographer Zach Krall and clay artist Julia Darragh. Spoken word will be performed by students and local poets.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is a suggested donation of $3. The event is sponsored by Sanford High School Red & White Club.


Tides Institute and Museum hosts letterpress printmaker

Letterpress printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. will be the visiting artist at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art, 43 Water St., from May 9-13. A reception begins at 6 p.m. May 13, followed at 7 p.m. by a screening of a documentary on Kennedy’s work, “Proceed and Be Bold!” For information, call 853-4047 or visit


Painter to discuss interaction of art creativity and nature

Maine painter Eric Hopkins will discuss “The Nature of Creativity and the Creativity of Nature” at 2 p.m. today at the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.

Known for his paintings with broad strokes and bright colors, Hopkins captures the forces and patterns of nature in watercolors, oils, blown glass and photography. A native of North Haven, Hopkins is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School. For information, visit or call 967-2778.