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Arts news May 12

Summer art classes for children

ROCKPORT, Maine — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will offer eight different art workshops for children ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 10 this summer, led by professional artists and educators who know how to talk about art with children.

The workshops take place in CMCA’s brand-new ArtLab, a fun-filled, hands-on studio classroom, made possible in part by a grant from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation. With access to CMCA’s contemporary art exhibitions, children also will learn what to look for in museums and gain inspiration for their own art.

For information about the workshops, artist teachers and schedules and fees, visit l. To request a brochure, e-mail or call 236-2875.

Watercolor exhibit

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Jan Kilburn’s watercolors will be on exhibit through June 17 at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office suite. Kilburn will donate a portion of exhibit sales to support the association’s mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. For more information, visit

Variety show

ROCKLAND, Maine — Mid Coast Maine Has Talent … Or Not!” is a variety show presented by Donna Daly of the Strand Theater and Paul Benjamin of the North Atlantic Blues Festival as a fundraiser for Rockland Main Street Inc. at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at the Strand.

Performers for the night include Al Gardner singing Elvis, singer Lizzy Dickerson , singer Lynn Frey, Ervin Robinson singing “Driving Old Memories,” comedian Ben Perry, Annika Charland and Sydny dancing, and Elise Bell will sing solo and with the Downtown Divas. Hosting the show will be Benjamin and special guests. The house band for the evening will be Breakers Jazz.

Do you have talent? Want to perform? Call Benjamin at 596-6055.

Community chorus concert

ROCKPORT, Maine — The 130 singers of the Midcoast Community Chorus under the direction of Mimi Bornstein are preparing for a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Strom Auditorium, Camden Hills Regional High School.

Singing music of hope, healing, transformation and peace from a wide variety of musical and cultural traditions, the chorus has sold out every concert for the last three years and performed with the Paul Winter Consort in a February concert produced by Bay Chamber Concerts.

The concerts benefit nonprofit organizations that address local needs or injustices in the community. Past beneficiaries have included The Knox County Health Clinic, New Hope for Women and Five Town Communities That Care. This year’s beneficiary will be the Maine Farmland Trust, a statewide nonprofit organization working to make farming in Maine more vital and viable.

Midcoast Community Chorus has raised more than $25,000 for nonprofit organizations in Maine since its founding in 2008. MCC is a non-auditioned, multi-generational chorus with singers coming from throughout the midcoast area. Tickets for the concert will be available for purchase Monday, May 16. For more information, visit or call 975-0582.

Call for artists

LEWISTON, Maine —The committee for the Auburn Art Wall project has opted to reopen the submission process with the broadened theme of “the natural world.” Digital submissions by email, or on CD or DVD will be accepted from Maine artists who have a year round or seasonal Maine address. There is no submission fee. Submissions should be sent to: L/A Arts, 221 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME 04240  Attention: Auburn Art Wall; or by email to, put Auburn Art Wall in the subject line. Submissions must be received no later than Monday, May 16.

Alumni art show

CAMDEN, Maine — Maine Media College and Camden Public Library will present the Maine Media College Alumni Show, an exhibition of college students’ work that runs through Tuesday, May 31. The opening reception will take place 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the library.

Thirteen graduates, alumni from Camden, Hope, Rockland, South Freeport, as well as California, Colorado, New York City, Chicago and Texas, will exhibit their work in the library’s Jean Picker Room.

Theater auditions for adults and children

BROOKS, Maine — Marsh River Theater will hold open auditions for its upcoming season 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 11-12, and Sunday and Monday, May 15-16, at the theater.

Auditions for children age 5 to 13 will be held 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the theater for a production of “Seussical the Musical.” Children need only attend one audition session.

For more information,  call 722-4110 or visit

Care and feeding of artwork

WISCASSET, Maine — Professional art restorer Peter Fogg will present a talk for owners of original art. The talk, “The Care and Feeding of Your Original Artworks,”  will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St. Admission is $20, $10 gallery members. For more information ore to register, visit or call 882-7511.

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