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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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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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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!

Sea Dog, See Art

My husband Terry and I were at Sea Dog in Topsham recently for a quick, warm lunch. We were sitting at a tall table in the bar area, and my eye kept being drawn to the art all the way across the restaurant in the back buffet room. We decided to investigate on our way out, and we were both floored by what we saw. I was ooh-ing and aah-ing, and I asked the staff members working the room if they knew anything about the artist. They smiled and said, “Yeah, it’s our manager’s work! Isn’t it awesome?” I took a ton of photos (after asking permission) and made a mental note to reach out for more information. A Facebook message to Sea Dog resulted in an email from the artist himself, Seth Hale. Here’s what he had to say about his work:

“I draw and paint in my free time. I don’t do it for money, just myself. All the paintings that are at Sea Dog – I have given away to the staff for free. I will say they represent about 4 years of work. There are a mix of oils, watercolors and acrylics. I put a lot of planning into the image I paint or draw. I try and use photos I’ve taken or a combo of photos for reference. A lot of the time I’ll overlay pics of graffiti and an image of a woman.”

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Seth’s show will only be up for a little while longer (“by Easter”), so if you’d like to see his work in person, don’t delay! You can also follow Seth on Instagram@webster746.