New LA Arts exhibit: Works by the Art Teachers at Lewiston High School to be featured.

The Gallery at LA Arts is exhibiting Homework: New and Recent Works by the Art Teachers at Lewiston High School, from December 15 – January 20. An opening reception, coinciding with the final Artwalk of 2017, is scheduled for Friday, December 15th from 5-8pm, at LA Arts, 221 Lisbon Street, in Lewiston.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Jody Dube, ceramics; Nathaniel Meyer, painting, Kyna Pitula, drawing and painting; and Sarah Stocker, photography. The Gallery at LA Arts is open Monday – Friday from 12-4pm and Saturdays from 11am-3pm. Closed Wednesdays and Sundays. The gallery will also be open for Sparkle Sunday, December 17th. The exhibition will run through the month of January.

Jody Dube is a Lewiston native with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine. Jody has been teaching Ceramics at Lewiston High School since 2001 and he received the Maine Art Education Outstanding Service to the Profession award in 2017. Jody’s work reflects the long-standing vessel tradition in ceramic art, with emphasis on sculpture and form over function and utility.

The passage of time and the issues of decay and renewal are central to the imagery and conceptual content for his ongoing series of cups and vessels. Jody is also involved in composing music on guitar and bass. In his teaching, Jody seeks to open students up to making art as a means of centering themselves and finding peace and focus in an increasingly chaotic world.

Jody Duby. Ceramic cup.

Nathaniel Meyer, based in Portland, Maine, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Lesley University College of Art and Design. Recipient of the 2015 Monhegan Artists Residency, he has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally. In addition to painting, Nathaniel records and performs traditional string band music and teaches Drawing and Painting at Lewiston High School.

Nathaniel Meyer, Ziggurat, oil on canvas, 2016

For Kyna Pitula, art is a way of life, not a hobby. She has Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from University of Maine Orono and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Southern Maine. Pitula has used her practice of drawing and painting to integrate her love of art with her need to help others. The experience of using art as a vehicle for therapeutic healing has added depth to her work and has given her a solid foundation for teaching the students at Lewiston High School. Pitula has gained insight and new ideas through her students and feels that she has become more successful as an artist and a teacher through their enthusiasm and energy.

Kyna Pitula,. Earth. Watercolor, colored pencil, ink

Sarah Stocker has been a teacher in the Lewiston School Department for the past nineteen years. She has developed a high school photography program for students, teaching both traditional film and darkroom skills as well as digital photography. Mrs. Stocker is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and holds a degree in Photographic Illustration. She worked as a freelance photographer in advertising in the New York metro area prior to moving to Maine and teaching photography. She resides in Arrowsic, Maine, with her husband Tom Stocker.

Sarah Stocker. Barber Hill 3, photograph

 

Celebrate a Festive October Art Walk LA – Friday, October 20, 5 – 8pm

This Friday’s Art Walk LA will offer a range of arts experiences, indoors and out. Auburn’s Festival Plaza will feature The Veayo Twins Trio, followed by a meet and greet. At One Great Falls Plaza, directly opposite Auburn City Hall, the annual Boys & Girls Club Photo Contest will be on display (also showing in Lewiston). Visitors vote for their favorite images, the top 13 will appear in the 2018 Boys & Girls Club calendar.

Highlights of Art Walk LA events in Lewiston include:

Androscoggin Bank – the work of photographer and digital artist Bonham Johnson – attending from Atlanta, Georgia

The Vault will feature wood carvings by Dan Burns

Bear Bones Beer – OktoBEARfest presents spooky, autumnal-themed creative work from employees and family members. Includes: Wishbone Handmade Jewelry, Cracked Cauldron fair-trade, locally- roasted coffee beans and works from DuForge Studio. Plus live music from Morgan Foss.

Quiet City Books will present works by Daniel Rennie

Hardy Wolf & Downing – Boys & Girls Club Photo Contest. Visitors vote for their favorite images to appear in the annual calendar.

Art Quilts Maine at Kimball Street Studios

Guthries will present works by Terry Grasse and music by Chris Robley, The Hive’s featured artist will be Jennifer Gammon

At the L/A Arts Gallery – “Remnant”, by Celeste LaForme and “Journeys of the Hand: Artisans from Africa”.

Closing reception for the Breast Impressions exhibit at The Studio, a fundraiser for the Dempsey Center

Said L/A Arts Board Chair Jim Parakilas “We invite you to come downtown and enjoy a fall evening with Art Walk LA. Share the arts with friends and family, stroll LA and sample live music, fine art and crafts, and stop in at local restaurants along the way. Take a night out with the arts.”

Other exhibition and venue details can be found at laarts.org

Parking is free after 6pm with ample garage space on both sides of the river.

Art Walk LA Friday, September 15, 5 – 8pm “Embrace the Fall” in Lewiston and Auburn!

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2017

In anticipation of good weather on Friday, Art Walk LA will be featuring a busy schedule of events, indoors and out. Auburn’s Festival Plaza will host the annual Red Table Event, a community picnic. At One Great Falls Plaza, directly opposite Auburn City Hall, visitors can enjoy “Be a Masterpiece” (Mona Lisa, Girl With a Pearl Earring or Van Gogh), a pop up selfie booth, and the “Community Masterpiece” art project. At Auburn Public Library fiber artist Cheryl Whitmore will be displaying her quilts and the Maine Music Society Chamber Singers will be performing at 7:00pm.

Highlights of Art Walk LA events in Lewiston include:

At the L/A Arts Gallery – “Remnant”, a new exhibit by Celeste LaForme, a visual and installation artist working in oil, graphite, gouache and organic materials. The exhibit will feature wall-hung work as well as window installations utilizing grass, mint, flowers, and insects.

Kimball Street Studios – preview exhibit “Infinite Canvas: Comics and Fantasy Illustration”, a wide range of work from Maine-based comic and illustration artists, coinciding with the upcoming Great Falls Comics Expo.

Photographer and digital artist Bonham Johnson – attending from Atlanta, Georgia for an exhibit of his work at Androscoggin Bank

Steel drum orchestra Tinpanic – performing at DuFresne Plaza

Children’s author Nancy Beule – reading from her new book at Rinck Advertising

Fiber artist Ashley Wilkins at Avant Garde

Said L/A Arts Consulting Director Louise Rosen “Art Walk LA is all about free arts experiences for the whole family. With a range of venues on both sides of the river, there are wonderful opportunities for a night out with the arts. Many venues/artists offer light refreshments and once you’ve worked up an appetite Art Walking, the nearby restaurants will be happy to see you.” Other exhibition and venue details can be found at laarts.org

Parking is free after 6pm with ample garage space on both sides of the river.

 

 

Art Walk LA Friday, August 18 celebrates student artistic achievements

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2017

It will be a busy weekend in LA, filled with fun and excitement, beginning with Art Walk. We’re proud to support Lewiston High School’s 21st Century Program, presenting work at three locations.

LHS 21st Century Leaders will be showcasing their work from the Summer 2017 internship program. Celebrate “Leading through Art” students as they unveil their community unity mural on the side of the Poise Yoga Studio building at the corner of Lisbon & Cedar Streets as well as student readings titled “Say Her Name!” of original stories and poems about notable women of color. At Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall Art Walkers can view a documentary film entitled “The Unheard Voices of Lewiston” created by students through the “Design your Own” internship.

In Auburn’s Festival Plaza there will be an impressive “trifecta” of events to kick off the Great Falls Balloon Festival weekend. The Red Table Picnic, sponsored by Auburn Recreation, encourages the community to celebrate their proud “Red Eddies” history by holding a red-themed picnic from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Also in Festival Plaza, the Great Falls Balloon Festival will be presenting two bands: 6:00 – 7:15pm Polarized Acoustic Duo  and 7:30 –  9:00pm Rubber Band.

At One Great Falls Plaza in Auburn (corner of Court & Turner) enjoy Family Friendly Programming: Nancy Beaule reading from her latest children’s book and the shared art-making event, “Community Masterpiece”. Also a Pop Up Photo Op “Be a Masterpiece”.

In Lewiston, the Downtown Lewiston Arts District is hosting their annual Selfie Contest. Three businesses (Poise Yoga and Foot Sanctuary 351 Lisbon St; The Studio 291 Lisbon St; Wicked Illustrations 140 Canal St) will participate. Visit each location, enjoy the art and lite refreshments, take a selfie inside the business, post it to their Facebook page and you will be entered to win a painting from Wicked Illustrations and Yoga from Poise! At Dufresne Plaza steel drum orchestra Tinpanic will be playing at 7:00pm.

Parking is free after 6pm with ample garage space on both sides of the river.

Photo attached:

Some of the 21st Century “Leading through Art” mural team with L/A Arts staff taking a break from installation work.

Download the full August listings here!

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For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017

Live performances throughout this Friday’s Art Walk LA, July 21 5-8pm, two new shows at the L/A Arts Gallery

Art Walk LA organizer L/A Arts has announced “Music abounds at this Friday’s Art Walk LA. Performances include: Chicks With Sticks at Dufresne Plaza, Maine Music Society Chamber Singers next to Ben’s Burritos, Ramblin’ Chops & The Revelator at Bear Bones Beer, pianist Lexi Wegiel at She Doesn’t Like Guthries, and singer/songwriter Chris Robley at Poise Yoga and Foot Sanctuary. There will also be a surrealist puppet performance by Inventing Trees at Rinck Advertising.”

In Auburn’s Festival Plaza there will be a live sculpting demonstration by Riverside Woodcarving and performance excerpts by Community Little Theatre from their upcoming show “Shrek”. At One Great Falls Plaza L/A Arts is hosting Community Masterpiece, a free family friendly art-making event. There will also be a Pop Up Photo Op where visitors can Be a Masterpiece and take selfies as the Mona Lisa or other famous works of art.

Said L/A Arts director Louise Rosen “With 27 venues showing the work of 30+ artists, Art Walk LA is a great Friday night downtown.” 2017 is Art Walk LA’s seventh year in Lewiston and second year in Auburn, bringing free, public exhibits from artists in all media. Now taking place on the third Friday of each month from 5-8pm, Art Walk LA has also expanded its run to December to include the holiday season.

Said Rosen “At the L/A Arts Gallery at 221 Lisbon Street we are delighted to be opening two new shows from local artists and artisans: New Paintings from Jeff Jacques and an exhibit of craft work from members of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine and other African makers. Jeff is an abstract expressionist painter living and working in Lewiston, and will be showing many of his newest, large format acrylic paintings. The women artisans of the Somali Bantu community are skilled weavers, using palm fronds to make handled baskets called dambils and oval mats called salis. Beautiful examples of both will be on display along with unique garments, instruments and other items from several other African countries including Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Kenya, Somalia, and Sudan, curated by our collaborator from Sudan, Mahasin Arbab.” Arbab added “There will also be demonstrations of henna hand painting and African-inspired hair design. People will enjoy seeing how this delicate work is done.”

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laarts.org
207.782.7228
director@laarts.org

Images Left to Right
Chicks with Sticks
Dambils Basket from the Somali Bantu Community Association of Maine
Jeff Jacques’ “Redemption” Acrylic on Canvas