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Midcoast arts news, Aug. 11, 2011

Northport Music Theater

NORTHPORT, Maine — “Bugsy Malone Junior,” with book by Alan Parker, and music and lyrics by Paul Williams, will leap off the silver screen and onto the Northport Music Theater stage for the summer musical theater camp show for children age 10 to 13. The show will be performed 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. Tickets are $8, $5 children 10 and under, at the door or online with a credit card at http://www.northportmusictheater.com/.

Twenty-three children will present the wild and wacky musical, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the 1920s gangster flick.

The show is directed by Bucksport Middle School musical director Mary Cuskelly. Stage manager is Tara Woods, costumes and sets by Emily Widdoes, photography by Marti Stone, and Ruth Gelsinger, accompanist .

Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling 338-8383.

Painting demonstration at the library

ROCKLAND, Maine — Catinka Knoth will demonstrate drawing and painting midcoast Maine lighthouse and boat scenes at 11 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 15, 22 and 29, at Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St. Participants make their own lighthouse and boat drawings in color. The workshops are free and open to public, with materials supplied, and hosted by Friends of Rockland Library. For more information, call Knoth at 596-0069 or the library at 594-0310.

Participants will see how to paint a watercolor of Marshall Point Light. Knoth will show how to lay in a graded wash for sky and to depict the tower, pylons and walkway by making the “negative” shapes of the sea that shows behind these objects. This is a subject that needs no preliminary drawing.

Silent auction

PORT CLYDE, Maine — In memory of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Barbara Ernst Prey will hold a silent auction of her limited edition print “Patriot” during her current exhibit, “Open Spaces” at Blue Water Fine Arts, Main Street, to benefit Tuesday’s Children, an organization that helps children who lost parents in the attacks that day, as well as to global terrorism. The print auction will run through Thursday, Aug. 11. Her annual exhibit, “Open Spaces,” will run through Sunday, Aug. 21. For more information, call 372-8087 or visit http://www.bluewaterfinearts.com/ or email inquiries@bluewaterfinearts.com.

Grant for film festival

The Quimby Family Foundation of Portland awarded the Camden International Film Festival a $10,000 grant to support the seventh annual edition of the festival, which will take place Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Recognized as one of the top 25 festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, each year more than 60 films from across the globe are screened throughout Camden and Rockland.

The grant will be used to support the ongoing development of the festival into a year-round organization. Funds also will support and strengthen the Points North Documentary Forum, the conference component of the festival.

Recently, the festival was awarded grants by the Unity Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission. Camden International Film Festival was recognized by the IRS as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in June.

Passes for the festival are available at http://www.camdenfilmfest.org/ .

Art workshop for children at the museum

ROCKLAND, Maine — Local artist and former teacher Marianne Swittlinger will introduce children to the art they can make with recycled products such as bottle caps, cardboard, shells and more 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at the Coastal Children’s Museum, 75 Mechanic St. Children will make two fish, one to take home and the other to hang and decorate the museum’s Gulf of Maine Touch Tank.

The workshop is free to members and included in the price of admission to others. For more information visit http://www.coastalchildrensmuseum.org/. Email info@coastalchildrensmuseum.org or call 596-0300 to sign up for the workshop or to obtain more information.

Art classes

BELFAST, Maine — Waterfall Arts has scheduled these classes:

Photographer Anna Strickland will teach all ages how to do cyanotype photograms noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Montville campus.

Emily Brown will teach Drawing in Black and White 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21 for all levels of experience. $90, materials list provided. Brown’s new exhibit, “Drawings and Re-Collections: the Maine Drawing Project,” is on display through Sept. 28 in Waterfall Arts Clifford Gallery.

For more information, to register or request a scholarship application, call 338-2222 or visit http://www.waterfallarts.org/.

Jazz concert

ROCKPORT, Maine — The final concert in the summer series will be presented by the Breakers Jazz at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Rockville Community Chapel.The group, in its third season, is conducted by Marlene Hall. The group has played at many venues in the area, including Seasoned Citizens Prom, Bob Gagne Cancer Fund Dinner, Maine Lobster Festival, and the Farnsworth Summer Series. Community members, high school students, college students and music teachers are members of the group. The Breakers plays a variety of big-band music.

Lemonade and home-baked goodies will be available for purchase on the lawn during intermission. Donations will be accepted at the door with proceeds going toward continuing renovations of the chapel and to pay down the loan needed for the new roof and repairs to the belfry. For more information, visit http://www.rockvillemechapel.org/.

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