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Prepare for Into the Forest at Common Street Arts
New exhibition opens: September 13
Opening reception: September 14 from 5-7pm
Common Street Art is pleased to present work by Maine artists Barbara Sullivan and Juliet Karelsen in the exhibition Into the Forest: Flora, Fauna, Lichen, Moss on view from September 13 through October 28, 2017. This exhibition will explore the themes of our natural environment, preservation, conservation, and biological diversity. Central Maine is a region where residents have the potential to directly interact with the natural landscape through nature walks, birdwatching, hunting, and fishing, among other explorations-and the work of Barbara Sullivan and Juliet Karelsen offers a unique and candid artists’ perspective on our local environment. For more information on the exhibition and associated programming, visit the Common Street Arts website below!
Tim Christensen in the Center Gallery– The Center for Maine Craft presents an exhibition of prints, books and clay work by Tim Christensen, October 5 – November 19, 2017. The exhibition will feature new works created during and in response to the artist’s 2017 journey to Sydney, Australia via container ship. “In my work, I document the natural systems, as I understand them, that I see in my surroundings here in coastal Maine. On my travels to Australia, I will pass through areas rarely encountered by artists, and I will similarly be recording what I see there, although in this case will be etching on copper (as raw porcelain and freighters don’t always get along!). I am seeking to make a permanent record of my observations, of the life, the sky, the sea, in the spirit of 30,000 years of potters have before me. Sgraffito has always been a medium in which the potter and the historian become one and the same. I feel that this spirit is still valuable, and increasingly so, as our world changes at an increasing rate. My work with sgraffito in wood kilns, with their chaotic turbulence, records both the natural systems as I understand them, and the chaos or disorder which is rapidly transforming them.” – Tim Christensen ABOUT THE ARTIST Tim Christensen has been working in clay since 1999, and teaching the medium since 2002. His iconic etchings, on porcelain sculptures and vessels, of the plants and animals inhabiting the woods and waters of Maine, are collected world-wide, and seek to record the rapidly changing natural systems upon which we all rely. He sees himself as a participant in a 30,000 year tradition of potters recording human history, and our relationship to the natural world. His work has appeared in such publications as Ceramics
Members $10 advance, all others $20 advance. Tonight is the night to be on hand to get an early glimpse of the season’s gingerbread house creations, while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks, amidst the stunningly decorated Opera House. Bid on a few silent auction items that you can’t live without. Be there when the 2017 Gingerbread Spectacular Awards are announced. Listen to the music, dance if you wish. Dress up, dress down. Anything goes at this amazing holiday party for everyone. All proceeds benefit the Opera House. There is no more spectacular party setting in Maine this season, don’t miss it! Generously sponsored by The First National Bank.
Come check out this year’s gingerbread creations at this Opera House tradition. This annual display of gingerbread houses large and small, with a few cabins, castles, lighthouses, and mythical structures thrown in for good measure shows off the heart of the community. Professional bakers and grade school builders all compete in this hilarious annual event with prizes awarded for Most Ingredients Used, Best Holiday Spirit, Most Obsessive Compulsive, Best Landscaping and, of course, Most Spectacular among other awards. The confectionery creations are on display beginning Friday evening at the Dough Ball Preview Party and then throughout the weekend from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. No admission fee. Donations welcome. Dozens of wildly creative edible construction projects, music & entertainment, cocoa, a great bake sale, and the magical gingerbread structures make this the most fun weekend of the year, all set within the gorgeously decorated Opera House. Words do not do it justice, it must be seen to be believed. Mark your calendars and bring your family and friends to this special holiday tradition. Interested in creating an entry for this year’s Spectacular? Please call 207-633-6855 for details. This weekend of holiday magic is generously sponsored by The First National Bank and we are particularly thankful to the staff of the Boothbay Harbor branch.