Library Love 3
Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on August 9th, 2017
I’m having my twenty-first Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon”! On Friday, August 11th, I will be setting up my easel at Twice-Told Tales (11 Pleasant Street, Brunswick) and painting from roughly 10:30am-6:30pm. At the end of the day, the completed painting will be raffled off, and 50% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Friends of Curtis Memorial Library. Raffle tickets can be purchased in person for $5 each or 3 for $10. I will also have a “pop-up” show of my art at Twice-Told Tales and 10% of all my art sales (excluding magnets, but including totes) from this show will be donated to the Friends of Curtis Memorial Library. Thanks to everyone’s support, in twenty months of doing these “Paint-a-Thon”s, I’ve been able to raise over $3200 for various local and national charities. Please consider helping me to keep that running total climbing: support independent art and a good cause while having fun at the same time! Plus, Twice-Told Tales has a fantastic selection of beautiful used books at very reasonable prices. If you haven’t taken a peek at the newly remodeled space yet, now’s your chance to stop by.
Brunswick will be hopping on Second Friday! Here are just a few examples of what’s on tap:
*The Morrell Meeting Room at Curtis Memorial Library hosts Perspectives, a photography exhibit by John T. Meader (featuring original ambient music by welos2).
*Frontier hosts The Extinction Event, featuring nearly 100 works by community artists as well as Spindleworks artists.
*Bowdoin College Museum of Art hosts “Family Night,” featuring interactive opportunities with the exhibits as well as live music from the Royal River Chamber Players.
*Pejepscot Historical Society kicks off Chamberlain Days 2017 with a reception and live music.
The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Friday, so get out and enjoy it! I would love to see you there!
Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on July 26th, 2017
Yesterday was a gorgeous day – blue skies, sunshine, perfect temperatures – and I was fortunate enough to have a bit of free time right in the middle of it. As incongruous as it might sound, I decided to spend part of this picture-perfect summer day at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, checking out an exhibit that’s all about death. It’s called The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, and as you might have guessed, it’s pretty intense.
The two rooms devoted to The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe are filled with all kinds of different works (engravings, prints, books, sculptures, jewelry, and paintings) on loan from a wide variety of collections (the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harvard Art Museums, to name a few). Yes, the subject matter seems dark (especially on a sunny day in late July), and yes, some of it is downright creepy, but if you go to this show, I’m sure you will find yourself staring in wonder at the intricate details and marveling at the beauty in so many of these pieces. Luckily, there are oversized magnifying glasses on hand in case you want to take a closer look at anything!
The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe runs through the end of November, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is always free and open to the public.
shake your booty
Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on July 12th, 2017
Recently, I was invited to see Motor Booty Affair perform at Cook’s Lobster & Ale House in Harpswell. I figured it would be a bit of a goof (disco is not usually my thing – I’m more of a rock & roll chick), but I said yes, thinking it could be a fun evening out with some girlfriends. What an understatement…I had a blast!
Spanish Fly says “hi”
Motor Booty Affair had me moving from the moment they took the stage, and I wasn’t the only one. The dance floor filled up quickly, and it stayed that way during the entire performance. Even though they played two sets with a short break in between, I didn’t want the show to end! Don’t let the giant wigs and the platform shoes fool you: these guys are good musicians who know how to lay down a groove, have a good time, and keep a crowd on their feet. If the Mothership lands near you, climb on board!