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Midcoast arts news, Sept. 23, 2011

Beyond Rugs!

ROCKLAND — On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Farnsworth Art Museum will be opening a new exhibition titled “Beyond Rugs!” The exhibition is organized by guest curator Mildred Péladeau, author of “Rug Hooking in Maine 1838-1940,” and Farnsworth Assistant Curator Jane Bianco, and will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through February 2012.

“Beyond Rugs!,” which follows last year’s successful “Rug Hooking in Maine and Beyond,” explores the way the traditional art of hooking is evolving. No longer destined for the floor, hooked rugs today may be wall hangings, sculpture, or components of mixed media. Through the imaginative use of unconventional materials, such as recycled plastics and newspapers, plant fibers, and brilliantly dyed threads, the artists have taken the art of rug hooking to a new and exciting place.

In association with this exhibition, there will be a lecture by fiber artist Liz Alpert Fay at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, in the Farnsworth auditorium. For more information, visit the museum’s website at farnsworthmuseum.org/education, or call 596-0949.

Hope author to speak

CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library will host author Tracy Ann Lord of Hope, at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 29. Lord’s book, “Good Catch,” has just been published by Camel Press. The story is set in a Maine fishing camp and features a comic romance about a Miami businesswoman who loses her job but finds her heart in the Maine woods.

Lord hails from the hills of Hope and is a ninth generation Mainer. She has been an award-winning journalist, teacher, director and actor, audio-book narrator, corporate caterer, public relations person, and proprietor of a baking business called Humble Pie (“living in Maine, you find out all sorts of surprising talents and skills!”).

Puppet Day

ROCKLAND — Rockland Public Library will host a children’s craft workshop with local children’s author / illustrator Melissa Sweet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. All budding artists are invited to hear local artist Sweet talk about her latest book, “Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade” and to participate in a puppet activity. This event is free and includes all materials.

Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books from board books to picture books and nonfiction titles. Her collages and paintings have appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Madison Park Greetings, Smilebox and for eeBoo Toys, which have garnered the Oppenheim and Parents Choice Awards. She has written and illustrated three books: “Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” “Tupelo Rides the Rails,” and “Carmine: A Little More Red,” a New York Times Best Illustrated, 2005.

For more information, contact Jean Young, children’s librarian, at 594-0310.

Drum circle

WASHINGTON — To celebrate the turn of summer into fall, drummers will gather at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Gibbs Library. Led by Jody King, the drummers will meet during the international 8,000 Sacred Drums event and join in this rhythmic prayer to Mother Earth.

At this drumming event, special guest Elder Thaayrohyadi of the Council of Otomi Elders, who is the Founder of the International Indigenous University in Temoaya, Mexico, will attend. The drumming at Gibbs Library is performed simultaneously with drumming groups all over the world. The intention of the 8,000 Sacred Drums is to bring people together to receive the Native American wisdom teachings and to heal the individual, the community, the nations, and all peoples, and to put them into a harmonic relationship with the cosmos. In tribal America, this is referred to as The Closing of the Hoop of All Nations.

The event is free and open to everyone. A few extra drums are available. No experience necessary. Gibbs Library is located at 40 Old Union Road. For more information, visit gibbslibrary.org or call 845-2663.

One-woman play

ROCKLAND — At 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Oct. 6, the Rockland Public Library presents the play “Etty.”

“Etty” is a touring one-woman theatrical play based on the diaries and letters of Etty Hillesum, a young woman in Amsterdam during the German Occupation in the early 1940s. Adapted and performed live by Susan Stein, directed by Austin Pendleton, and using only Etty Hillesum’s words, Stein’s adaptation brings us to 1943, when Etty, a young Jewish woman, is about to be deported out of Holland. As she prepares for the three-day journey eastward, she digs deeper into her soul to understand this piece of history and root out any hatred or bitterness, believing that humanity is the best and only solution for survival.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice. Call the library at 594-0310.

3-D photography talk

ROCKLAND — At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, the Sail, Power and Steam Museum (75 Mechanic St.) will explore the world of the 3-D photograph. A talk by John Root, anaglyph photographer, will describe the details of creating and processing the three-dimensional photograph. Slip on the glasses and be instantly astounded by the 3-D depth and reality of a variety of maritime and natural subjects.

Ample time for questions and answers and the glasses are free to take home. Come early for free coffee, cookies and good seats. Talk is free, donations always welcome.

For more information on the Sail, Power and Steam Museum and its programs, call 596-0200, email ssmuseum@midcoast.com or visit the website at www.sailpowerandsteammuseum.org.

Film festival grant

CAMDEN — The Camden International Film Festival has recently received a $2,500 grant from the Unity Foundation to support the seventh annual festival, which will take place from Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The Unity Foundation’s mission is to support sustainable, mission-driven nonprofits through capacity-building initiatives, programmatic grant making and nonprofit management education.

The CIFF is a Maine based 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and highlight nonfiction cinematic storytelling. 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. CIFF was officially recognized by the IRS as an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in June, 2011.

Awarded funds will be used to support a portion of the pass sales for several Unity College students to attend the Camden International Film Festival, and take part in a special course offered through Unity College and the University of Maine.

Songwriters workshops

CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library will again host a monthly, informal Songwriters Workshop this fall and winter. The group will meet 6-8 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the second floor meeting room, beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The sessions are an opportunity for songwriters to get a regular, supportive, and respectful response to their work in progress. There is no fee for the sessions, but call Ken Gross a the library to register, 236-3440.

The songwriters will continue a tradition of preparing their work for presentation at the June Coffeehouse at the library. Songwriters in the past have found the sessions to be very helpful in providing regular feedback as the songs progress, and have found the monthly meetings to be a great advantage in helping provide the discipline to keep writing.

The sessions are round-robin style, with each writer taking a turn listening and providing positive and respectful responses, and in turn performing their own songs. For more information and to register, email Gross at info@librarycamden.org. Drop-ins are also welcome.


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