McAndrews named theater’s producing artistic director

The Theater at Monmouth has announced the appointment of Dawn McAndrews as the theater’s new producing artistic director, succeeding David Greenham, who is stepping aside in October.

McAndrews is an experienced director, producer, educator and dramaturge who has worked at theaters across the country, including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage and Portland Stage Company, and as artistic director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

Regional credits include “The Winter’s Tale,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “At Twilight” and “The Mousetrap” at the Theater at Monmouth in 2009.

She has served as an arts education consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Shakespeare Theatre Association, and the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative’s Ford Foundation Initiative, among others.

McAndrews assumes the post of producing artistic director in October. Before starting her full-time duties, she will direct the theater’s fall musical “On the Twentieth Century.”


‘Curtain Up!’ will preview city’s 2011-12 theater lineup

The diversity of Portland’s theater community will be on display at “Curtain Up!,” a preview of the city’s many theater companies during the 2011-12 theater season.

The free event will be at Congress Square from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 as part of First Friday Art Walk.

Fourteen theaters will participate. Most will perform brief excerpts from their shows to introduce themselves. Art Walk participants will receive a Theater Sampler card, including information about each company and ticket discounts.

“Curtain Up!” is produced by Acorn Productions, American Irish Repertory Ensemble and Lucid Stage. Other participating theaters include Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, Dramatic Repertory Company, Fenix Theater Company, Good Theater, Lorem Ipsum, Mad Horse Theater Company, New Edge Productions, Open Waters Theater Arts, Portland Playback Theater, Snowlion Repertory Company and STAGES Academy.


Artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin to speak at Saco Museum 

At 6 p.m. Friday, artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin will speak with Saco Museum visitors about her 2010 residency at Great Spruce Head Island and the artwork that resulted. She will discuss the role of drawing from nature in her artistic process.

The free event coincides with Biddeford Artwalk, and is offered in collaboration with the Maine Drawing Project.


Deadline for submissions to art festival is Sept. 23

Entries will be accepted through Sept. 23 for the third annual Yarmouth Art Festival. The juried show, created in 2009 as a new venue for the Maine arts community, will be Oct. 19-22 at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road.

The festival welcomes submissions — painting, sculpture, photography, etching and digital media — from any artist age 18 and older who maintains a residence in Maine. The fee is $15 per person for the first piece, $10 for the second and $5 for every additional one.

Submissions are accepted online and must include a digital image of each entry. Participating artists are responsible for delivering their work to the show, and sculpture exhibitors are requested to place their own pieces. For an entry form and rules, visit

Net proceeds help support the St. Bart’s community service programs.


Gerald Smith takes top prize in Arts in the Park show

The winners of South Portland’s 32nd annual Arts in the Park show and sale, held Aug. 13, were:

Best in show ($800), Gerald Smith; second prize ($600), Catherine Meeks; third prize, ($500), J.C. Airoldi; fourth prize ($400), Philip Lamson. Best in show, photo ($500), Christopher Zydek.

Merit awards ($150 each, unranked): Melissa Post Van Der Burg, Shirley Lewis, Joseph Barrett, Barbara Batchelder and Enrico Della Pietra.

Student prizes ($30 each): Michelle Roberts, Rachel Ryan, Bianca Brown, Zachary Griffin, Emily Adams and Grace Keiter.

Sponsor’s Choice prizes ($400 each): Oana Lauric, Barbara Batchelder, Monique Sakellarios, Gregory DePrez, Jennifer DiMarzo, Dick Fischer and Leah Sallow.


Lindemann’s ‘Reflections’ will help promote art sale

The artwork of local artist Harriet Lindemann will represent the fourth annual 10 X 10 Benefit Art Exhibit & Sale on Sept. 30. Lindemann’s bold and bright, abstract, pastel image titled “Reflections” will be used on the poster and all promotional materials for the event. It was one of 50 images submitted for consideration.

Two other Brunswick artists received recognition as runners-up: Carol Verhey for her fabric collage piece and Maria Castellano-Usery for her acrylic piece titled “Lemon.” These images will be on exhibit and for sale at the show next month.

Lindemann began exhibiting her art in Maine in 2004. She is affiliated with Points of View Art Gallery in Brunswick. Her work has been exhibited in juried group shows at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, Eleven Pleasant Street Gallery, Maine Street Art, Topsham Public Library and, most recently, River Arts in Damariscotta.

Lindemann’s winning entry is among 300 works of art by 125 participating artists from across Maine. All artwork will sell for $200. The artist receives $100, and $100 benefits Arts Are Elementary, a local nonprofit organization that provides artist-in-residence experiences to all Brunswick students in grades K-5. To learn more about Arts Are Elementary’s upcoming programs for 2011-12, go to

The fourth annual 10 X 10 Benefit Art Exhibit & Sale will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30 at two venues next door to each other on Pleasant Street: the Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library, and the Parish Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. For information, visit


CODA Chorus seeks tenor, bass voices for fall season

CODA Chorus will soon begin rehearsals for the fall season in preparation for the annual Christmas concert. CODA welcomes new singers, and is especially looking to add voices to the tenor and bass sections. Ed Larson directs.

Rehearsals start at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Winthrop United Methodist Church. New members should arrive at 6:30 p.m. to pick up music. For information, call 623-9433.