Library Love 3

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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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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!

library love recap

My 10th Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon” was on Friday, September 9th, and it was a whirlwind of a day! I was at Curtis Memorial Library from just before 9am to just after 8pm…on paper, it looks like a long day, but from my standpoint, it went by ridiculously quickly!

Melissa Hall and Michael Gorzka let me in early so I could set up in the lobby and start painting by 9am, and then I was off to the races. I hadn’t done much sleeping in the days leading up to Friday’s Brushstrokes With Impact™ “Paint-a-Thon,” but running on pure adrenaline sometimes has its perks: I actually finished “Black-Eyed Susan” early! Instead of painting right up to my 5 o’clock deadline, I was wrapping things up around 4:30…and then, it was time to head over to the Morrell Meeting Room for my opening reception.

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“Black-Eyed Susan”

The opening reception that night was filled with friendly faces and awesome music. A new five-piece band was formed out of a jam session, and they have a great name, too: Fat Boy Drive In!

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for your listening pleasure: Fat Boy Drive In!

Michael Gorzka was working overtime that day, for sure! Here’s a video he shot in the morning:

…and here’s a video of the winning raffle ticket being drawn that night:

I’m grateful for the entire staff at Curtis Memorial Library for making me feel so welcome (special thanks to CML volunteer Jo-An Jacobus for helping me to number my work just as the opening reception was beginning), I’m grateful to everyone who bought a raffle ticket, and I’m grateful to everyone who came out to see the show and say hello. You are all appreciated!

If you weren’t able to attend the opening reception, you’ve still got a little bit of time: my artwork will be up in the Morrell Meeting Room through Tuesday, September 27th. If you can’t get to the library before then, here are some photos!

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