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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!

winging it

On Friday, April 14th, I had my seventeenth Brushstrokes With Impact ™ “Paint-a-Thon,” and this time around, the host and the cause were one and the same: Curtis Memorial Library! I set up my easel in the front lobby (along with a “pop-up” show of my work) and painted from 9:30am to 5:30pm. During that time period, I met some new people, I had a lot of interesting conversations, I got paint all over myself, and – oh yeah – I started and finished an 8″ x 8″ acrylic painting (entitled “Books Give You Wings”)!

 

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my pop-up show

 

As always, the helpful, friendly staff at Curtis Memorial Library made me feel very welcome! I didn’t stop to take pictures of my progress, but Digital Services Librarian Mike Gorzka was kind enough to document the day’s events (thanks, Mike)!  Here’s the video he shot where I discuss my mission for the day (boy, I sure do talk with my hands a lot):

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photo credit: Mike Gorzka

 

Thanks to everyone’s support, together we were able to raise $102.50 for Curtis Memorial Library. In case you were wondering, the winner of “Books Give You Wings” was Heather Goulette of Monarch Massage! Heather is a dear friend (as well as a collector of my work), so it’s nice to know that another one of my paintings will be going to a good home. Yay!

 

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“Books Give You Wings”: finished!

make a difference

Do you care about supporting living, independent artists? Is food insecurity something you’d like to reduce? Here’s your chance to make a difference for both of those things: this weekend, I’m having my fourteenth Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon”! Thanks to the kind support of Morton Real Estate (R), on Saturday, January 28th, I will be setting up my easel at 25 Stanwood Street (right next to Believe Fitness Center) and painting from roughly 9:30am-5:30pm. 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 Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program‘s “Backpack Program”. Raffle tickets can be purchased in person or online (here’s the link: https://www.paypal.me/BrushstrokesByMaria) for $5 each or 3 for $10. I will also have a “pop-up” show of my art at 25 Stanwood Street and 10% of all my art sales (excluding magnets) from this show will be donated to MCHPP‘s “Backpack Program”.

Food insecurity is a growing problem in Maine (and beyond), but if we work together, we can help to make things better. Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program is a cause that Curtis Memorial Library supports (with help from library patrons as well as the “Making It In Maine” grant), and I am happy for the opportunity to do my part. I hope to see you on Saturday!