Arts news June 30

Posted June 26, 2011, at 9:29 p.m.

Folk art exhibition

ROCKLAND — Rockland artist Kitty Smith unveiled a new exhibit at the Thomaston Public Library with an installation of folk art depicting patron saints. The display includes icons of nine Christian saints and each incorporates elements of Maine’s natural history. The icons are mounted on 160-year-old Maine spruce wood and decorated with shells and jewelry.

The display is part of the library’s Community Displays program, which invites area artists and residents to put up displays of their work or things they have collected. There are no restrictions on who can put up a display, although the library does ask that people obtain a library membership, free to Thomaston residents. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Summer Music Festival

ROCKPORT — Bay Chamber Concerts will launch its 51st Summer Music Festival at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the Rockport Opera House with “Opening Night.”  Chamber music masters Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin, and Menahem Pressler, piano, will perform duos by Mozart, Schubert and Cesar Franck to kick off the summer concert season. The concert is offered in memory of Anne R. and Richard W. Davidson.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-concert talk featuring the musicians and Bay Chamber Artistic Director Thomas Wolf at 7 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the opera house.

Tickets for “Opening Night” are $50, $8 youth age 18 and under, and include a champagne reception after the performance at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, down the street from the opera house.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.baychamberconcerts.org/ or call the box office at 236-2823.

‘Grease’ is the word

ROCKLAND — Tall pompadours, poodle skirts and lots of mid-century attitude will be the watchword at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at The Strand Theatre as it celebrates the sixth anniversary of its re-opening with the new sing-along version of the classic film musical “Grease.” Cosponsored by the Saltwater Film Society of Midcoast Maine, the 1978 film will be screened in a new 35mm print, with the addition of sing-along subtitles for each musical number, making it easy for the audience to join in. “Grease” is based on the classic Broadway musical celebrating the music and popular culture of the late 1950s.

Before the film, the Saltwater Film Society and the Strand will present a free block party, with food, fun and surprises at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8.50 seniors over 65 and children under 12. For more information, call 594-0070 or visit http://www.rocklandstrand.com/.

First Friday Film

ROCKLAND — The Farnsworth Art Museum and The Strand Theatre will present the July First Friday Film, “Bill Cunningham New York” at 8 p.m. Friday, July 1, at The Strand Theatre. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion led by Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell.

The film is part of a series in collaboration with The Strand Theatre in Rockland presented monthly on first Fridays focusing on artists and the visual arts. Tickets are $7 museum members, $8.50 others, available at The Strand box office before the film. For more information, call the museum education department at 596-0949 or visit http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education.

‘New Work by Faculty’

ROCKPORT —“New Work by Faculty,” an exhibition of fine furniture, sculpture, painting and drawing, will run through Sept. 9 at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Route 90 and Mill Street.

Various media, styles and techniques will be on display.

Participants from Maine are Aaron Fedarko, Camden; Linden Frederick, Belfast; Stephen Gleasner, Appleton; Mason McBrien, Union; Brian Reid, Rockland; Kevin Rodel, Brunswick; Tim Rousseau, Appleton; Pete Schlebecker, Camden; Libby Schrum, Camden; and John Whalley, Damariscotta.

The exhibition also may be viewed at  http://www.woodschool.org/.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning.  For more information, call 594-5611 or email cfc@woodschool.org.

Poster contest

UNITY — Each year the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association holds a design contest to select the image for the Common Ground Country Fair poster. Maine residents and MOFGA members regardless of residence are eligible to participate.

The 2011 Common Ground Country Fair poster features a colorful depiction of fresh and freshly canned veggies by Maine artist, Dacia Klinkerch. Klinkerch grew and canned the produce depicted. She used the crops for a still life oil painting and later adapted her painting to create the more graphic style that MOFGA’s poster contest requires.

The contest for the 2012 poster is now open. The winning design will be featured on the 2012 fair poster, website, T-shirt and promotional literature. The winning artist will be featured in MOFGA’s newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener and will receive $1,000.

Artists may submit two entries that must arrive in the MOFGA office by 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. For guidelines, including technical specifications, visit the Poster link on the fair page at http://www.mofga.org/ or contact the fair office at commonground@mofga.org or 568-4142.

‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

BELFAST — Belfast Maskers will open “Dancing at Lughnasa” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 30, with a special preview night price of $8.

The play illustrates the story of five sisters in a small village in Ireland in the 1930s at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. Matthew Ames is director of the show.

There will be no show on July 4. Tickets are $8 on Thursdays, $15 other nights; $10 teens, $5 children 12 and under, though the material is not recommended for children. Tickets are available at the park one hour before shows by calling the box office at 338-9668 or at Yo Mamma’s Home, 96 Main St.

Belfast Maskers will join forces with American Legion Post #43 to present a Fourth of July Salute to the Troops at 7 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the American Legion Hall, 143 High St. There will be a sing along with songs from throughout United States history. Suggested donation of $10 will go to The Canteen Fund at Togus Veteran’s Hospital. The fund helps to provide personal, health and hygiene items for veterans there.

‘Innovation and Innovators’ concerts

VoXX: Voice of Twenty, the midcoast-Maine-based, a cappella ensemble will present its annual high summer program three times in early July. The group, formerly known as Ave

Maris Stella, specializes in early music as well as more contemporary work, and the “ Innovation and Innovators” series will explore the work of musical pioneers through the ages, such as Hildegard von Bingen, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre.

The concert schedule is:

• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, Pascal Hall (former Elan Gallery), 86 Pascal Ave., Rockport. 236-4272, http://www.pascalhall.com. Reception to follow.

• 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, Belfast Armory, Route One, Belfast.

• 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland. 780-0118, http://www.maineirish.com.

Tickets are $10, available at the door. The group’s new CD will be available for purchase. For more information, call 236-9413 or visit http://www.voiceoftwenty.com.

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