There is a little known gem with an exceptional space and friendly and knowledgeable staff – it must be placed on the to-do list of places to go:
Museum of African Culture
The Art is exceptional and there is a great bit of history to read that accompanies each piece, this is a wonderfully curated show for all ages!
Recently, I visited the museum’s current exhibit “Cameroon: The Spirits of the Grassland” with a group of students for an impromptu sojourn and not only was the staff knowledgeable about the exhibit, the friendly young woman was eager to answer all types of questions posed by the students. Museum goers who travel with packs of kids know this is often, unfortunately, not always the case.
The Exhibit it FREE!
This bit of information about the museum is a quote I took directly from their website:
“The Museum of African Culture was founded by Oscar Mokeme and Art Aleshire August 8, 1998 in Portland Maine. It is the only institution in northern New England devoted exclusively to sub-Saharan African arts and culture. There are over 1,500 pieces in the collection of the Museum, ranging from large-scale, elaborately carved wooden masks to smaller scale figures, cast copper alloy (bronze) figures, textiles, utilitarian objects, ceramic, bone, ivory and composite objects.”
FMI Visit: http://www.museumafricanculture.org/'
It certainly has been awhile since I found a “Good Deal” in the arts world. USM is always on my radar, and although the productions are always fantastic, sometimes it’s hit or miss for an exciting season. Fortunately for theater lovers “Doubt”opens
February 7th at
The Portland Performing Arts Center on Forest Ave.
“Doubt” won a 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and 2005 Tony Award for Best Play
Here’s the Real Deal …..
The Wednesday February 12th 5pm Matinee is only $5.00 for all seats
For more information about the production:
JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 22, 2014
REFLECT: CONVICTS’ LETTERS TO THEIR YOUNGER SELVES
Installation, part of “Reflect”
I am always digging for art, searching for experiences that make you see something in a new way, think about things differently or cause you to turn for an inward glance of the self. Often, people send me leads and today was that type of day. A friend sent me an email and told me about an exhibit she recently experienced with her husband. In her note my friend said “it was extremely moving”. I had to see it. I hopped in my car and immediately headed to Biddeford. I was not disappointed.
I entered the “Engine” on Main Street in Biddeford and stood for a moment to take it all in. The work is an unbelievable project by photographer Trent Bell. This project is what I consider, as a social documentary artist myself, the perfect blending of two crafts, writing and photography. What brings it to a level of artistic genius is the writing from his actual subjects, incarcerated men, and Bell’s own spectacular photography.
The exhibit itself is something I could write a great deal about, however, I am going to stop here and ask you to experience it for yourself.
Here is the link to the Gallery:
To read more about the work - here is an excellent article:
As always, come back and post your comments.
Greetings lovers of art and music. The Art of Maine wishes you a very happy holiday season.
During a time when we enjoy friends, family, gifts and lots of good food, sometimes a change of setting is nice, right? Well I found a perfect place to meet up on Friday night.
This Friday at The Hive in Kennebunk there is a FREE special performance by Ken Morse. Originally from Maine, Ken who now makes his home in Colorado, is here for a special one night performance. So take a break and enjoy a night out – meet some friends, enjoy some food and drink and relax with fantastic music! – See yo there!
Acoustic Sets with Ken Morse and Friends
Friday December 27th, at 8:00 PM
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED UNTIL MONDAY DECEMBER 23rd @ 6pm
Legends, Stories and Tales of Christmas
This one hour performance is a perfect night out to listen about magical German spiders, how the Christmas tree became an evergreen and why mistletoe and poinsettias are so important to the season. Come in from the cold and share some of the magic of Christmas.
Tuesday December 17th 6pm remind us about the magic of Christmas
The Hive Maine Street Kennebunk
The event is FREE and OPEN to the Public
There is nothing that beats getting out and experiencing live theater, that hour or so to transform you away from the cares and stresses of the world. Alas, there are many beautiful stories this time of year: A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Nutcracker, what would the season be without trying to fit in at least one classic? In searching for something to do with friends for a girls night out and with the family, on a different night of course, I came across The Art of Maine’s newest hot spot to watch.
190 US Route 1 Falmouth, Maine
December 5 – 22
The Gift of the Magi
In a world of giving iTunes, tablets and gift cards, here is a wonderful Christmas story written by O Henry; a timeless classic that still has meaning today. Directed by Michael J Tobin, The Footlight’s Gift of the Magi is one thing to put on the don’t miss list!
But….let me tell you the real deal ……..
Thursdays - Pay-What-You-Can-Night
So FMI about their entire season:
Readers – I welcome you back to The Art of Maine after a bit of an artistic hiatus. As always there is much happening in both the Visual and Performing Arts from Portsmouth to Portland and just a bit beyond and I am excited to be back in the trenches looking for them. – Remember, some of our best finds come from you, so if you find a gem to share on the visual and performing arts scene, please let us know!
Onward! – The Holiday Season is officially upon us and when thinking about managing the stress of shopping and commitments to friends and family, remember to take time out for you! There are many options of things to do and see, but how do we stay within our budgets? One idea - Check the local paper for church and school performances, they often provide a night of inexpensive entertainment with some fine local talent. Another – Art galleries are a great place to meander through a visually pleasing space, escaping the outside noises of the season, and you may do a bit of shopping too!
Finally – I want to share the BIGGEST find I have come across so far!
The Hive in Kennebunk Maine is offering NO COVER until December 15th! – Check out the website for some great FREE music featured over the next couple of weeks - Jazz, Bluegrass and the Drumbalaya Drum Circle – I am putting them all on my calendar – I hope to see you there too!