USM art professor awarded Provost’s Research Fellowship

University of Southern Maine art professor Rose Marasco has received the second annual University of Southern Maine Provost’s Research Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year. The fellowship will allow Marasco to continue her photography project, “New Work: New York.”

For the project, Marasco will use a pinhole camera and 4-by-5 color film to capture the architecture and urban environment of Manhattan.

A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and a small aperture, requiring lengthy exposures. These long exposures will show the bustling people in Manhattan streets as transitory while the constructed environment will be in focus. Marasco conceived the project while demonstrating for her students the process of making a pinhole image.

The outcome of the fellowship will be exhibitions in New York and USM’s Art Gallery in Gorham.

Marasco has held visiting artist, jury and curator positions, and has exhibited throughout the United States, Latvia and France.

The USM Provost’s Research Fellowship is designed to allow a tenured professor the opportunity to spend time on research, creative work and scholarly attainment. The research fellows are chosen through a competitive process. 

Dancers invited to audition for ‘Victorian Nutcracker’

Portland Ballet will hold auditions Sept. 10 for “The Victorian Nutcracker.” Auditions will begin at 11:30 a.m. for ages 12 and older and at 1:30 p.m. for children ages 7 to 11 at the Portland Ballet Studios, 517 Forest Ave.

This is an open audition. To register, dancers ages 12 and up should arrive between 11 and 11:30 a.m., and children ages 7 to 11 should arrive between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

“The Victorian Nutcracker” will be performed at Merrill Auditorium on Dec. 23. For information, e-mail [email protected], call 772-9671 or visit portlandballet.org. 

Tickets for single shows available at Portland Stage

Tickets for single performances in the upcoming season at Portland Stage Company are now available for purchase.

The season opens with “The Morini Strad,” Sept. 27-Oct. 23, and continues with “God of Carnage,” Nov. 1-20; “The Santaland Diaries,” Nov. 25-Dec. 18; “The Snow Queen,” Dec. 2-24; “Trouble Is My Business,” Jan. 24-Feb. 19; “Hidden Tennessee,” Feb. 28-March 18; “Heroes,” March 27-April 22; “Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh,” May 1-20; and “2 Pianos 4 Hands,” June 1-July 1.

Tickets are available by calling 774-0465 or at portlandstage.org

Municipal band from Italy giving two concerts in Maine

The municipal band from Nepi, Italy, will perform in Portland Aug. 16-21 as guests of the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band.

The band will give a free public concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Fort Allen Park and a benefit concert for the Joan Beaudry Memorial Education Fund with the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band at 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at Biddeford Pool Community Club.

The visit concludes an international band exchange that began last year with two concerts in Italy by members of the Italian Heritage Center band.


Painter Robert LaHotan subject of gallery talk

A gallery talk about painter Robert LaHotan will be presented by the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation at 4 p.m. Thursday at Yvette Torres Fine Art, 21 Winter St., Rockland.

Isabelle Storey and Patricia Bailey, president of the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation, will speak. Storey, of Sedgwick and Boston, met LaHotan in 1962 on her first visit to Cranberry Island with photographer Walker Evans.

The talk is in conjunction with the exhibit “Robert LaHotan, The Early Years — Cranberry Island, Maine — New York City,” running through Aug. 14.


Historical society receives grant to develop collections

The Freeport Historical Society has received a $64,000 Museums for America grant for collections stewardship. Museums for America is one of the grant programs of the Institute of Museum Sciences.

Executive director Christina White said the grant will allow the society to produce a plan to guide development of its collections, a core component of its strategic plan.

Freeport Historical Society’s collection, which consists of a variety of artifacts and archival materials, lies at the heart of its mission. These materials are shared with the public through exhibitions, programs, lectures and other activities, and by making them available to students, journalists, geneaologists and researchers.

— Compiled by Bob Keyes, staff writer