New Poetry From Colin Sargent

Admittedly, I have never been a true lover of poetry – WAIT! Just hold on – before, I was never a lover of poetry. I was one of those people tortured by the terrible instruction of teachers untrained in sharing the true beauty of poetry. I come from a generation where memorization was important and the complete deconstruction of every word was necessary to really understand what the writer meant.

As the years passed, I started to see something new and to ask -  What about loving poetry for what is is? What about letting the beauty of the words so perfectly crafted take you to a far away place, or conjure up an emotion you want to feel?

Reading poetry is tough sometimes, but listening to poetry is beautiful all of the time and fortunately here in Maine poetry events are very popular. On April 2, The Hive rekindled poetry with a spectacular spring event For the Love of Poetry. Featured poet Kevin Sweeney of Portland energized the audience with his wonderful and witty verse. Guests were also entertained with the poetry of David Weiss, Marla Backwell and Oliver Payne.

Portland’s acclaimed Colin Sargent will be the featured poet

May 7th at 7pm the  Spring Thaw Poetry Event

at The Hive, Kennebunk, Maine

Colin Sargent, Ph.D is a novelist, playwright, and author of three books of poetry: Luftwaffe Snowshoes, Blush, and Undertow. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he has been awarded the Maine individual artist fellowship in poetry, a Stonecoast MFA in creative writing, and a Ph.D in creative writing from Lancaster University in the UK. His screenplay Montebello Ice is under option at Gideon Films. The Portland, Maine resident is founding editor and publisher of award-winning Portland Magazine as well as a board member of the literacy organization Maine Reads. Museum of Human Beings is his first novel. According to Publishers Weekly, “Playwright Sargent’s debut novel is a stylish look at the fate of Sacagawea’s baby son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau… An impressively rounded portrait of the laid-back, introspective, nomadic Baptiste, this novel will satisfy fans of American history.”

During the Spring Thaw event you will also hear the works of Charles Eastland, Pete Lee, Jeri Theriault, and Linda Aldrich.

Poetry events are free and open to the public. The evening begins at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Grab a friend and make plans to sit at a table, enjoy some refreshments and Jazz by local musician Sal Hughes. Come, escape the stress of the day, allow the beauty of poetry to transport, transform and renew your spirit during The Hive’s Spring Thaw Poetry Event

Wednesday May 7th @ 7pm

The Hive 84 Main Street Kennebunk, Maine


African Mask Exhibit – Fantastic!

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:

Matinee Seats for “Doubt”

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:

A Very Moving Photo Exhibit

JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 22, 2014


Installation, part of "Reflect"

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.


Free Acoustic Music on Friday!

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!

RESCHEDULED EVENT – Robichaud stars in Legends, Stories and Tales of Christmas


Local actor Tyler Robichaud performs this week in


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


The Gift of the Magi

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.

The Footlights

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: