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    Sunday April 20
  • 7:30 pm

    Snowlion Repertory Company presents "The Elephant Piece" @ Portland Stage Company Studio Theater

    A tribal dream of harmony and community is abruptly shattered by a band of roving vaudevillian miscreants who raucously sweep in and stage a faux "minstrel show" to gorge themselves on stories of violence and chaos, and thus the musical The Elephant Piece launches the audience on a journey into musical mayhem and absurdist spectacle that ultimately touches the heart and gives hope that our species might just survive its own destructive nature. Snowlion Repertory Company, known for bringing new musicals to the stage, announces the New England premiere of The Elephant Piece by Darryl Curry. The Elephant Piece, developed in a collaborative workshop some years ago with Snowlion Rep co-founders Al D'Andrea and Margit Ahlin, had its premiere in New York City. Given the recent upsurge in news about elephants and the ongoing threats they face, Snowlion Rep has chosen to present the New England premiere production of The Elephant Piece at the Portland Stage Studio Theater opening Friday April 11. The Elephant Piece is a musical fable that follows the exploits of the charmingly dysfunctional "Hackers" who chase after the last elephant on earth, each lusting for a piece of the elephant in the belief that it will make him or her whole. The gleeful greed of the singing and dancing Hackers collides with the innocent everyman Paul, who tries to shield his young son from the harsh realities of the modern world. But it is the unconditional love of this child and the innate wisdom of Elephant that proves a powerful force that catapults the play to its final dramatic conclusion. This musical tale is a funny, biting satire full of elephant lore, song-and-dance flights of fancy, and surreal imagery that blends to make an expressionistic carnival more relevant than ever as the majestic elephant once again faces unrelenting devastation by poachers.Please note: Mature themes. view event

  • Monday April 21
  • 8:00 am

    April Vacation Two-Day Makers Day Camp @ Maine FabLab at Engine

    Hop on a chartered school bus for a field trip to the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA, to participate in the mini-Chain Reaction event. 12 seats available on the bus. Reservations required by April 16. Bus departs Engine at 8am and will return at approximately 3pm. Please pack a brown bag lunch and snacks for your campers. To register, go to: http://www.mainefablab.org/#learn MAINE FABLAB @ ENGINE, is located in the heart of Biddeford, Maine, is a non-profit arts organization. Engine's mission is to make arts-driven programming, cultural development, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. http://www.mainefablab.org / http://www.feedtheengine.org view event

  • 8:15 am

    Val Bennett @ Slates Restaurant

    Local Singer- Songwriter Val Bennett has performed both solo and with various bands in the New England area. She has written 4 albums including Sad Girl Songs, and co-wrote The Plaid Dragonflies Cd. Val will be perform originals which range from Adult Contemporary, Blues, Jazz, Country and Rock. She will be joined by Pip Walters playing fiddle, mandolin and singing backups, Justin Walton on lead guitar and backup vocals, Alfred Lund on drums and percussion and Heidi Hedstrom on cello.Tess Zardus and Trish Thompson on backing vocals. view event

  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    April Vacation Camp at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport @ Wolfe's Neck Farm

    April Vacation Camp at Wolfe's Neck Farm gives children in grades 1-5 an opportunity to have fun, play and learn during an exciting time of year when the Farm is beginning to wake up from winter. Each day we spend time caring for all of our animals in the barn, including our spring lambs and goat kids. Other activities include learning how to grow shiitake mushrooms, making mini greenhouses to take home and exploring the Farm's 626 oceanfront acres. Register online for 1-5 days of fun on the Farm! view event

  • "In and Out of the Garden:" Paintings by Leslie Anderson @ Daunis Fine Jewelry

    recent paintings that capture, in part, what it's like to be surrounded by blooms and married to the man who grows them (Dan Nygaard). view event

  • USM's Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" @ Unum Great Reading Room at Glickman Library

    Through May 1. This show is part of a traveling exhibition of more than 100 artists' books made by international artists from 24 countries. The books and broadsides in this exhibit were made in response to the March 5, 2007 car bomb that exploded on Al-Mutanabbi Street, the ancient street of booksellers, poets and writers, located at the literary and cultural heart of Baghdad, Iraq. The exhibition, curated by Beau Beausoleil and Sarah Bodman, aims to bear witness to the events on Al-Mutanabbi Street and to collectively affirm that the right to a free exchange of ideas and culture in public space is never to be taken for granted. view event

  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    April Vacation Camp @ The Long Barn Educational Initiative at Broadturn Farm

    Full Day Program for 6-10 year olds April 21st-25th, Mon.-Fri., 9am-3pm 5/wk members, 5/wk nonmembers ?Shake off those winter blues and get ready for Spring! Broadturn Farm is the place to be! The week will be filled with caring for the animals, starting seedlings, working in the greenhouse, preparing the soil for our very own 'pizza garden', exploration of the farm's fields and forests, and arts & crafts inspired the natural world. Put on your boots and join us! view event

  • 9:00 am

    Paintings by Anne Ireland '94 @ Maine College of Art, Charles C. Thomas Gallery

    Through June 4, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Maine College of Art alum Anne Ireland grew up on a saltwater farm in Maine, where she returns every summer. Ireland's work reveals the ongoing dialog she has with the Maine landscape. Reflecting a complicated and ardent relationship with color, Ireland strives to capture the emotion present in hayfields, stands of pine, and ever-changing skies. Her intent is to "transform the iconic into the newly discovered, transporting the viewer to a place that is at once familiar and foreign, a place that asks questions and demands answers, a place of infinite possibility." view event

  • Leah MacDonald: "The Nudes" @ Susan Maasch Fine Art

    Through April 28. Hand Painted Silver Gelatin Photographs withEncaustic and Pigment. And Sheep Jones: Recent Paintings of the Figure and Architecture. Also, New Works in Cyanotype: Brenton Hamilton. Sculpture: Jonathan Mess and Riv Pyne. view event

  • Leah MacDonald: "The Nudes" @ Susan Maasch Fine Art

    Through April 28. Hand Painted Silver Gelatin Photographs withEncaustic and Pigment. And Sheep Jones: Recent Paintings of the Figure and Architecture. Also, New Works in Cyanotype: Brenton Hamilton. Sculpture: Jonathan Mess and Riv Pyne. view event

  • Jennifer Boilard @ Mainely Frames and Gallery

    Through April 20. Boilard is a self-taught multi-medium artist. Her creations are landscapes or scenes from life, made with watercolor, acrylic, oils, and soft pastels. view event

  • "Drawn from the Earth" Abbott Meader and Nancy Meader @ June Fitzpatrick Gallery

    through April 26. drawings, paintings and raku view event

  • 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

    Train Museum Open School Vacation Week! @ The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum

    Join us at the museum for a train ride during April School Vacation Week! Open April 21-27 (9:30am-2:00pm). Trains on the hour 10am-1pm. view event

  • "Working Through" by Jamie Ribisi-Braley @ Monkitree

    Through June 7. The body of work communicates not only working through the process of creating art but also working through chronic pain that can sometimes make creating art a challenge. Many artists know the feeling of wanting to pack in the brushes but for Jamie it goes further, "As I'm working through the process, I'm also working through chronic pain that makes it difficult to be in the studio as much as I need to be. Namely, migraines dampen my studio practice. Working on these abstract pieces, full of turmoil and quick paced lines of repetitive mark making, is a way for me to work around the pain and let it all hang out." As part of working through her process, Jamie creates small sketches which will be included in the show. These studies allow the artist to work through color schemes, composition and movement while remaining finished pieces in their own right. "In my studio there are always at least two paintings going at the same time as well as some small oil sketches on paper or tiny canvases". To Jamie, her process is also a statement on how she wants her health to be. She is in control, whether it is reinventing the color and composition, or taking a previously finished painting and completely painting over it. Her process demands that she starts fresh and takes control while she is "searching for the point when it all feels better." After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Boston University, Jamie Ribisi-Braley has consistently shown in group shows throughout Maine and beyond. This is her first solo show. view event

  • 'It's Not So Black and White IV": Jane Herbert, Pam Cabanas, Wyatt Barr, Petrea Noyes @ Richard Boyd Art Gallery

    'It's Not So Black and White IV' an annual exhibit at Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens on Friday, April 4 at 10:00 am. The exhibition explores works by four artists predominantly using the colors black and white or values of the colors black and white to create variations in tone from deep hues of black to silvery grays. On exhibit are paintings in a variety of styles from traditional to contemporary in acrylic-on-canvas by artist Jane Herbert, landscapes in ink-on-paper by Pam Cabanas, portraits and drawings in ink by Wyatt Barr, and a contemporary digital work in ink-on-canvas by Petrea Noyes. The exhibit is on view free to the public from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily through April 30, 2014. There is an opening reception at the gallery on Saturday, April 5 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. For additional information about the exhibit please contact curator Pamela Williamson by phone at 207-712-1097, via email at info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboyartgallery.com . Image: Jane Herbert, 'The Milky Way', Acrylic-on-Canvas Copyright (C) 2014 Richard Boyd Art Gallery All Rights Reserved. view event