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EAC Summer Workshop Series: Garden Stone Casting with Richard Klyver

Eastport Arts Center’s Summer Workshop Series continues from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, July 6, with Garden Stone Casting. Instructor Richard Klyver will help participants to create a low relief mold in wood of a Maine wildlife or plant image. A concrete mixture will then be poured into the mold to form unique garden stepping stones. If preferred, a vermiculite mixture may be used to create a piece suitable for hanging. After learning this technique, participants will be able to use their wooden mold for more casting at home.
Multimedia artist Richard Klyver is perhaps best known locally for the bronze mermaid who overlooks the walkway downtown, created in what is perhaps the northernmost outdoor bronze foundry in the world. Much of Klyver’s art has been inspired by his extensive travel in Africa in the 1960s, during which he drew, painted and sculpted animals and people, and began his teaching career. One highlight, while visiting Gombe Stream in Tanzania, was drawing the chimpanzees studied by Jane Goodall, who though frequently photographed, weren’t otherwise ever drawn. The lexicon of works from his impassioned journey are still being produced today.

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Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band Concert and Dance Party

Prepare for banjos, fiddles and brass! Tongue in Cheek Jazz Band, Baltimore’s premier hot jazz band, is headed to Eastport Arts Center for a concert and dance party on Friday, July 5, at 7 pm. The touring quintet, which features Bridget Cimino on vocals, Zach Serleth on plectrum banjo, Matthew Andrews on violin, Ed Goldstein on tuba, and Sami Arefin on resonator guitar, prides itself on 1920’s/30’s style hot jazz which is both historically accurate and virtuosic, with a unique musical texture from the choice of instrumentation. Reflecting the band’s influences from Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of France, “Clouds Fall Over Maine,” the group’s third studio record, launched last week, and includes their first original song. From ragtime to big band swing to the hot jazz of 30’s Paris, Tongue in Cheek strives to blend tradition and innovation in their music. The EAC show will feature cafe seating plus plenty of room for dancing, and audience members of all ages are welcome. Tickets are $15, and are available at the door or on the EAC site. Refreshments will be available.

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Opening Reception for A Painter’s Retrospective: Works by David Orrell

Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery will present A Painter’s Retrospective: Works by David Orrell, for the month of July. An opening reception, including live music by Sánchez & Squibb, will be held on July 5 from 3-5 pm. “A small box of artist’s oil paint given to me on my tenth birthday catapulted me into the art world,” reminisced Orrell. “I set myself up on Wadsworth’s dock and painted the red gasoline pump. Encouraged by this, I followed with another from the South End bridge looking toward Shackford Cove, known then by artists as ‘Motif #1’. My Grandmother was so enraptured by my effort that she hung my tiny landscape over her couch. In 1949 my family moved to Massachusetts. After graduation from high school, I had little choice in life but to go on to art school at the Worcester Art Museum, where I discovered my penchant for teaching. After 35 years as an instructor in public schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut, I retired with my wife to my home in Eastport, where it has been a great joy to have been a part of the art community for over 26 years.”

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Eastport First Friday Art Walk

On July 5th, August 2nd and September 6th downtown Eastport will holding First Friday Art Walks.  Ann Dalton Studio, The Commons, Eastern Maine Images, Eastport Art Gallery, Eastport Breakwater Gallery, Full Fathom Five, Ben Georgia Gallery, Sea Side Stones and the Tides Institute and Museum of Art all will be open until 6:00 for the Art Walk.  Art, Food and Fun.

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Oil Painting with Maggie Rose – Intermediate to Advanced

This workshop is for those who have oil painting experience, or who have taken a previous course with Maggie. Artists are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and execute work with more complexity. Techniques and methods to broaden the understanding of representational painting will be explored through daily introductions to contemporary painters. Emphasis will be placed on exploration and the “big picture” aspects of creating a complete whole, no matter the chosen technique. Subject matter is up to each individual. Working from life and/or photographs are equally encouraged. The option to develop one piece or several are up to the individual. Participants are encouraged to arrive with a variety of possible ideas to explore. Discussions on all aspects of oil painting will develop in the moment based on the work being created.

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Medicinal Plants Workshop

Have you ever wanted to learn about the different medicinal uses for plants in the Downeast Lakes region? On Thursday, July 11, DLLT is thrilled to welcome local herbalist Amy Zipperer for an interactive walk and workshop.  A registered nurse and the owner of Dogwood Herbs, Amy will lead a walk around Grand Lake Stream to identify often overlooked common species that have incredible medicinal values.  After the walk, we’ll head back to the Grand Lake Stream School Building to create a medicinal skin product that everyone will be able to take home!  If you weren’t able to attend Amy’s presentation in 2016, don’t miss out this year!  This event is free and open to everyone.  For more information, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100.

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Race For Grand Lake Stream

Kicking off the “Grand Lake Stream America” festivities, DLLT is pleased to host the annual “Race For Grand Lake Stream.”  This 3-mile road race begins at Big Lake Landing, and follows tree-lined Water Street back to the village of Grand Lake Stream.  Registration will take place on the DLLT lawn from 8-8:45 am, and a bus will transport runners to the starting line for a 9 am start time.  The cost is $12, and all registrants will receive a t-shirt.  For more information, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100

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StudioWorks Artists-in-Residence Talk

StudioWorks Artists-in-Residence Marc Mitchell and Onya Hogan-Finlay & Kim Kelly will host an open studio and artist talk on Wednesday, June 26 at 7 pm at StudioWorks, 48 Water Street, in Eastport. Marc Mitchell is an artist/curator that received a M.F.A from Boston University. His work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, as well as featured in New American Paintings in 2014, 2017, and 2018. At StudioWorks, Mitchell is studying the region’s maritime history and industry. His studio work includes paintings, making related digital prints and compiling/documenting research done in Eastport. Onya Hogan-Finlay is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist and educator. Kim Kelly, born in the US, is an artist and sustainable landscape designer. Together they are a two-person, bi-national queer-identified collaborative team. At StudioWorks, they are also studying the maritime landscape. Their plans include designing and disseminating an artist multiple with letterpress packaging (MIST herbal tisane), interactive activities for members of the public, and lead experiential, site-responsive research in and around Passamaquoddy Bay.

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