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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.

 

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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 Perspectivesa photography exhibit by John T. Meader (featuring original ambient music by welos2).

*Frontier hosts The Extinction Eventfeaturing 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!

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Looking for a pleasant distraction from what’s been getting you down? Here’s some random art to put a smile on your face! I wonder how many smiles this little non-smiley face gets in one day? I know it certainly got one from me!

 

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Here’s an interesting bit of random art right on Pleasant Street in Brunswick: instead of painting directly on a sign or a wall, this artist decided to attach their work to a signpost with some wire. I love this idea!

 

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These trees can be found in Portland…

 

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…and this tree is inside the Shaw’s in Falmouth!

 

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Here is a great series of murals celebrating the different neighborhoods in Portland…

 

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…and there’s that banana again!

 

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Everyone loves a teddy bear, even war heroes. My hat goes off to whoever thought Joshua Chamberlain might be in need of a cuddle with a plush toy.

 

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Does random art like this make you as happy as it makes me? Do you have any photos or stories about random art that you’d like to share? Please include your thoughts in the comments…and while you’re at it, give Acts of Random Art a follow on Twitter and/or Instagram!

 

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Have you ever wondered what makes a portrait a portrait? The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has a very interesting show on display right now called This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today. It is a thought-provoking exhibit of paintings, sculptures, mixed media, lithographs, drawings, and more, all of which challenge the viewer to expand his or her idea of what a portrait “should” be.

 

The use of words as images is a common theme here, and two of my favorites from this show were Mel Bochner’s “word portraits”: Self/Portrait and Wrap: Portrait of Eva Hesse. I love the rhythm and the distinct mood he creates in each piece through his mark-making and composition.

 

Mel Bochner, Self:Portrait

Mel Bochner, Self/Portrait

 

Mel Bochner, Wrap- Portrait of Eva Hesse

Mel Bochner, Wrap: Portrait of Eva Hesse

 

Struggling to read Glenn Ligon’s Untitled (I Am An Invisible Man) left me feeling unsettled and as if I was trying to peer into a dirty, smudged window, while the absurdity of plastic flowers in a basket on an exercise bike (Eleanor Antin’s Yvonne Rainer) made me laugh out loud. Robert Rauschenberg’s Autobiography (complete with an astrological chart on top of a skeleton) was enormous and wonderfully overwhelming.

 

 Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Am An Invisible Man)

Glenn Ligon, Untitled (I Am An Invisible Man)

 

Eleanor Antin, Yvonne Rainer

Eleanor Antin, Yvonne Rainer

 

Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography

 Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography

 

This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today runs through October 23rd. Have you seen this show? If so, what did you think? Please share in the comments section!