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Cultural events: lectures, discussions and performances via UMaine

Saturday, January 24 Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day. Co–hosted with the Maine Folklife Center and the UMaine Museum of Art. For more info, please contact Pauleena MacDougall on FirstClass ( or at 581-1848. Free bus transportation will be provided from Orono to Bangor to support student participation. Sunday, February 8 Pre-performance lecture and discussion by Laura Artesani, Professor of Music

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Maine Animal Coalition Animal Rights Flag Design Contest

OBJECTIVE: To design a flag to serve as a visual representation of the animal rights movement. ELIGIBILITY: Contest is open to residents of the United States who have reached the age of majority in their state at the time of entry. CONTEST DATE: The Contest starts on October 15,2014 and ends 11:59 p.m. EST February 15, 2015.

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Special Saturday opening at Constellation Gallery DEC 20th from 10am – 8pm.

With art from all across Maine in the exhibit the Constellation Gallery a special Saturday opening is scheduled for December 20th from 10am until 8pm. The Constellation Gallery’s, home of (MAC), call for art received entrees from all over Maine. As a result MAC’s “Miniatures” exhibit is the collective’s largest exhibit ever, with over 110 original works. The show runs […]

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Portland Artists Announce Holiday “FunkFest for FairPoint Strikers”

WHAT: Benefit Concert for Striking FairPoint Workers, Tickets $10 at the door WHEN: Monday, December 22, doors open at 8:30 pm, show starts at 9 pm WHERE: Empire, 575 Congress Street, Portland A lineup of some of Portland’s most prominent musicians is holding a “FunkFest for FairPoint Strikers” on Monday, December 22, at Empire music hall. The evening will be headlined by the eight-piece band Model Airplane. Adam Waxman and Joe Farrell and special guest Kenya Hall will also perform. The announcement of the benefit concert at Empire marks the latest surge in public support for the FairPoint strikers. Since the strike began on October 17, the workers’ relief fund has received nearly $150,000 in donations. “The community support we’ve […]

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Winter Festivities in Belfast Kicks off two evenings of art openings

Photograph by Neal Parent, Parent Gallery Come kick off the holidays in downtown Belfast with festive cultural and retail enticements the weekend of December 5th and 6th! With two evenings of art openings and street performances as part of Belfast Art’s special holiday art walk offerings, the monthly First Friday Contra Dance, and Our Town Belfast’s annual Early Bird Sale […]

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Maine Artist Collective puts out an extended “Call for Art” to bring in artists from all corners of Maine

On The Bangor Daily. The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artist Collective (MAC), has put out a “Call for Art” throughout the great state of Maine for the upcoming Miniatures Show from November 21st to January 27th. Artists will have the opportunity to show downtown Portland from November until January, during two art walks with receptions — one on […]

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Haystack to host evening programs, exhibition

Originally published in Compass, July 10, 2014 Haystack’s second of three summer exhibitions, Combat Paper, a veteran-run arts organization based in New Jersey, will lead workshops in writing and visual arts for invited veterans at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs, July 14-18. The two-day exhibition, which follows the workshops, will feature some of the work made during those workshop sessions. The programs are supported by a grant from the Broad Reach Foundation of the Maine Community Foundation. The work will be available to view at Haystack’s Center for Community Programs from July 19-20, The Center, located at 22 Church Street in Deer Isle village (across from Bar Harbor Bank), will be open Wednesday, and Friday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m. for the […]

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Theater at Monmouth’s 45th season

The 45th season of the Theater at Monmouth opened with the family show on June 28 and will conclude with a musical in the fall. The theater’s season will include two plays by Shakespeare, for the celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday this year. June 28-Aug. 21: “Tales from the Blue Fairy Book” adapted by Dawn McAndrews from the collection by Andrew Lang. July 10-Aug. 22: “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare July 17-Aug. 23: “A Woman of No Importance” by Oscar Wilde July 24-Aug. 24: “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare July 31-Aug. 23: “What the Butler Saw” by Joe Orton Sept. 18-28: “The Sorcerer” by Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert

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America is always on the move, the exhibit at the Constellation Gallery reflects our independent spirit

This article first appeared on Maine Insights, by Morgan Rogers The Constellation Gallery, home of the Maine Artists Collective, is pleased to announce their Movement exhibit for July. America is a forever-changing nation– always on the move, this exhibit reflects the country’s independent spirit. The exhibit will have works from 11 different artists on display, with their creations to marvel […]

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Maine Art Collective in need of help with a new home for it’s gallery and educational programs

From Maine Insights by Ramona du Houx. The Constellation Gallery offers people a chance to experience art from a variety of disciplines and styles. The diversity on display in the exhibits and studios are exactly what the collaborative of artists likes to offer. The recent exhibit, Dreams, had 14 different artists, displaying 27 artistic expressions of dreams that stirred one’s imagination. There was something for everyone, which made the exhibition stand out. Many galleries often have solo shows that require the viewer to devote themselves to one artist’s vision. Here there were14 different flavors to choose from. This collaborative approach is key to the mission to Portland’s only non-profit art gallery collective. “We’re a collective helping to build the creative […]

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Old Port Festival in Portland, now a three day celebration, a huge success

With glorious summertime weather and an expanded three-day schedule of events to stimulate and engage any festival-goer the Old Port Festival was a huge success this year. Families enjoyed science presentations at the park on Exchange Street designed for kids as well as a rock- climbing wall near the City Hall and the traditional parade on Sunday featuring the Shoestring […]

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Maine Literary Awards announced in 17 categories

Portland Press Herald reporter Bob Keyes was acknowledgedfor his commitment to covering the state’s literary arts with a distinguished achievement award from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Maine Literary Awards were presented in 17 categories, including fiction, crime fiction, nonfiction, memoir and children’s books. The alliance will announce the winners in a mailing to independent bookstores across Maine that also will include stickers that booksellers can affix to winning books. The winners included Roxana Robinson for “Sparta” in fiction; Al Lamanda for “Sunrise” in crime fiction; Lincoln Paine for “The Sea and Civilization” in nonfiction; Peter Korn for “Why We Make Things and Why it Matter” in memoir; Lynn Plourde for “You’re Wearing THAT to School?!” in children’s; Maria […]

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Paste Paper & Translucent Layer Paper workshop at CSA in Waterville

Taught by Earth-Art-Maine artist Cynthia Ahlstrin $40 +$10 materials fee. Suggested ages 16+ Get ready to push up your sleeves and have fun making paste paper! Explore the wonders of a simple method of using paint, glue and water to create original decorative papers that can be used in book binding as well as a multitude of other expressive projects.