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Open House at Orr’s Island Arts Center

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Arts Center plans June 29th Open House

ORR’S ISLAND – Captain Morrill’s Community Art Center will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 29th featuring artist Dennis Wilkins, Maine musician Marley Dutton, an exhibit about Malaga Island, and a silent auction to support of the programs of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC).

Captain Morrill’s is the realization of a childhood dream for owner Steve Black to create an environment in which local residents and others come together to celebrate their common interest in the arts. “Believing as I do, that creativity is an innate characteristic of all human beings, this community arts center offers a place where artists and art lovers of all ages celebrate creativity in all its varied forms.”

The event will feature a discussion and art work by Dennis Wilkins. His art can be described as mostly non-representational and abstract in nature. Some of the art on display is intended to provoke the viewer’s thoughts about the role of consumerism in our culture.

In keeping with the goal of encouraging young artists in the greater Harpswell area, Marley Dutton, 18, of Great Island will perform original guitar pieces as part of the afternoon open house program. Marley, a 2013 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School, will pursue his passion for music by entering The Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA this fall. Both classic and progressive rock have been his strongest musical influences.

In addition, the day will include an exhibit about Malaga Island. The exhibit, In the Shadow of Memory: The Dispossessed of Malaga Island, is and outdoor installation created by father-daughter team, Steve and Annika Black. The exhibit seeks to convey the human toll of the forced expulsion and destruction of the poor, mixed-race community on Malaga Island by the State of Maine in 1912.

The community art center is open in the summer months Thursdays through Sundays from 11 – 4 or by appointment, and features a variety of arts and community programs. The silent auction came about through discussions with Black, who is a member of the Board of the HHRC, and other supporters of the HHRC’s work.

From its home, the Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), the HHRC presents a wide variety of films, discussions, exhibits and special events for members of the UMA community and the people of central Maine. In addition, outreach programming is presented for several thousand Maine students each year. Programs, which are provided free of charge, connect the lessons and roots of the Holocaust, civil rights, and human rights issues to present day challenges and encourage thought and discussion. Programs at the Klahr Center include “Were the House Still Standing: Maine Survivors and Liberators Remember the Holocaust,” and other films, discussions, and performances in the Alfond Exhibition Hall, an intimate 100 seat venue. Each year also features a variety of exhibitions on topics. Past exhibits have focused on the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnamese people, the Lebanese Community in Waterville, art and craft works by recent immigrants in New England, and Maine’s POW camps during World War Two. The HHRC also regularly hosts meetings and events by many groups including UMA, Senior College, and a variety of regional organizations. Our varied programs reflect our mission: “Through initiatives in education, exhibition and activism, we engage and inform the people of Maine about the Nazi Holocaust, other genocides, and broader issues of human rights abuses in their historic and contemporary context. We encourage individuals and communities to reflect upon their ethical and moral responsibilities in our modern world.”

Admission to the silent auction at Captain Morrill’s Community Art Center is free and the event will culminate with a special party on July 27th. For more information visit or email