Boucher wins three awards in ‘Through the Lens’ contest

Portland photographer J. Felice Boucher won three awards, including a first-place honor, in “Through the Lens,” a juried fine-art photography contest and exhibition at L/A Arts’ Gallery 5, 49 Lisbon St. The exhibition is on view through July 16.

“Through the Lens” will be an annual event to showcase fine-art photography in Maine. Jurors were Heather Frederick, founder and director of Vox Photographs; Bill Lowe, curator at the Bates College Museum of Art; and Meg Weston, former president and chief operating officer of the U.S. photograph finishing operations of Konica Corp.

Boucher won first place in the computer-composed category, second place in color and second place in black and white.

A Lewiston native, Boucher attended Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art), and has owned a commercial photography business for 18 years.


Stories by the Garden sets lineup for book presenters

Friends School of Portland has announced its summer 2011 presenters for Stories by the Garden. The program exposes young children to local children’s book authors and illustrators.

Friends School, 1 Mackworth Island, Falmouth, will host Stories by the Garden at 11 a.m. Wednesdays for six weeks beginning this week. The events are free and open to the public.

Past presenters have included National Book Award-winning author Phil Hoose, Katie Clark, Annie Sibley O’Brien, Scott Nash, Jamie Hogan, Reza Jalali and Sarah Thompson. This year’s dates and presenters are:

Wednesday: Amy MacDonald, author of “Little Beaver and the Echo,” “Rachel Fister’s Blister” and the upcoming “Little Beaver and the Big Front Tooth.”

•  June 29: Beth Cadena, author of “Supersister.”

•  July 6: Jeannie Brett, illustrator of the just-released “My Cat, Coon Cat,” and “L is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet,” and author and illustrator of “Little Maine.”

•  July 13: Silly songs and stories with Ellie Chase of Little Music Maker.

•  July 20: Dramatic storytelling, songs and movement, and recycled art with Lindy Shapiro, global storyteller and author of the upcoming “Moon Mangoes.”

•  July 27: Cathryn Falwell, author of “Pond Babies,” “Scoot!” and “Turtle Splash!”

For more information, visit friendsschoolofportland.org or call 781-6321.


Saturday Art Walk season nears for Peaks Island

While most Peaks Island artist studios are open to the public by appointment year-round, three times each summer an islandwide Saturday Art Walk offers the opportunity to view, discuss and buy work in the spaces where the artists produce objects and ideas.

This year, available media are painting, printmaking, photography, pottery, fiber, basketry, multimedia crafts, assemblage and sculpture.

Each art walk is the last Saturday of the summer months from 3 to 7 p.m. Information is available at the GEM Gallery and the Inn on Peaks or at peaksisland-artwalks.org.

Participating artists for the 2011 season include Peg Astarita, potter; Jane Banquer, printmaker and painter; Lavendier Myers, painter; Martha E. Morris-Gibson, basketmaker; Kathleen Newell, multimedia crafts; Tim Nihoff, multimedia; Janii Peterson, fiber artist; Norm Proulx, painter; Robert Van Der Steenhoven, sculptor; Diane Wiencke, painter; and Adam Daley Wilson, painter. 

Rosenblum hired to program events for Space Gallery

Space Gallery has announced the hiring of Nick Rosenblum as its new events programmer.

The position is integral to the nonprofit contemporary gallery, as the person is responsible for programming concerts, theater performances, readings, presentations and other events that fit into Space’s mission of presenting contemporary and emerging arts, artists and ideas.

Rosenblum, 30, has lived in Portland since 2006. He worked for several years with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network as a Web producer, in addition to curating events for several underground venues in both Portland and Providence, R.I. He is a 2004 graduate of Brown University.


Brokaw presentation is first of year for Bowdoin series

Brunswick resident James A. Brokaw II will talk about Vienna’s musical institutions and the classical music canon at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick.

The lecture is the first event in the Bowdoin International Music Festival’s Extra educational series, which runs through the end of July. All Bowdoin Festival Extra events are free and open to the public. For information, visit bowdoinfestival.org.

Brokaw taught music history and theory at various colleges and universities in the Chicago area before relocating to Brunswick. He completed his dissertation, “Techniques of Expansion in the Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach,” in 1986 at the University of Chicago, where he studied with Robert L. Marshall and Ellen T. Harris.

An active member of the American Bach Society as well as the Neue Bach Gesellschaft, Brokaw is well known as a reviewer and translator, and is the author of several significant articles on Bach’s keyboard and organ works. Brokaw has also contributed program notes for the Bowdoin Festival’s Friday concert series.