L/A Arts announces Ashley Bryan Days in LA

L/A Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine has announced a new initiative, “Artist Days in LA.” The first edition will be a tribute to award-winning author, multi-media artist, and storyteller Ashley Bryan whose most recent book, Freedom over Me, about the imagined lives of eleven slaves, is the recipient of the Newbery Medal Honor.

“Ashley Bryan Days in LA” will unfold over a two-month period beginning in April, with in-school puppetry workshops by Figures of Speech Theatre, inspired by Ashley Bryan’s storytelling and puppets. On Saturday, April 29th the Emerge Film Festival (taking place throughout Lewiston/Auburn April 27, 28 & 29) will screen a feature documentary about Ashley Bryan’s life and work by filmmaker Richard Kane, titled “I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan”. On the weekend of May 6th, the Atrium Gallery at USM’s Lewiston Auburn College will open an exhibit of large format images of Ashley Bryan’s puppets, alongside the work made by the students, in an exhibit running through June 2nd.

In a joint announcement, Lewiston and Auburn Mayors Macdonald and LaBonte stated, “The Twin Cities are pleased to proclaim the first ‘Artist Days in LA,’ beginning with a tribute to Ashley Bryan, a man whose many artistic achievements have inspired generations. ‘Artist Days in LA’ will contribute to an enduring impression of our cities’ respect for the important role the arts play in the growth and well-being of the community and its citizens.”

Said L/A Arts Director Louise Rosen, “Ashley Bryan is a national treasure, and his much-beloved books have touched children and families everywhere.  As seen in the documentary film, he is a prodigious artist in many media, from stained glass to paint to collage, as well as poetry and song. Ashley’s wonderful found-object puppets sparked the idea for us to work with Figures of Speech Theatre to develop in-school workshops. It made absolute sense to collaborate with the Atrium Gallery at USMLAC, as Dean Joyce Gibson serves on our board. It’s a beautiful gallery and will be a joy to have the resulting student work exhibited alongside large format images of Ashley’s. A special exhibit of his book art was first presented there a few years ago, and he received an honorary degree from USMLAC in 2013. LA has a deep association with artists and artisans, and Artist Days in LA confirms the spirit of that association going forward.”

Maine Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of “Ashley Bryan Days in LA.” Additional sponsorships are available.

FMI: director@laarts.org, 207.782.7228

Artist Days in LA: Ashley Bryan Days

Events & Activities

Children and students with ID admitted free to all events!
April 29 | Emerge Film Festival Programming
11:00am Free book reading “Freedom Over Me” by Ashley Bryan
Rinck Advertising – street level stage | 113 Lisbon Street | Lewiston

12:15
Followed by a reception in honor of Ashley Bryan, sponsored by the Maine Film Office
Rinck Advertising – 2nd floor cafe | 113 Lisbon Street | Lewiston

1:00pm
Free panel discussion “The State of the Arts in Maine”
Rinck Advertising – street level stage | 113 Lisbon Street | Lewiston
A panel discussion with sculptor Charlie Hewitt, filmmaker Sian Evans, musician Sean Morin. Moderator: Louise Rosen, Consulting Director, L/A Arts

3:30pm
Screening “I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan”
Franco Center | 46 Cedar Street | Lewiston
Followed by a q&a with filmmaker Richard Kane and Ashley Bryan

May 6
1:00 – 3:00pm Opening Reception
Student work inspired by Ashley Bryan
Exhibit of found object puppets and video of shadow puppets
Exhibit runs until June 2
The Atrium Gallery | USM Lewiston Auburn College
51 Westminster Street | Lewiston


About Ashley Bryan
Ashley Bryan first came to Maine after serving in WWII, to attend the Skowhegan School of Art. He settled here permanently in 1988 after retiring as emeritus professor of art at Dartmouth College. Although not published until he was forty years old, he has written and illustrated over 50 books, based on African folktales, or inspired by African-American spirituals and lives.  He has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Fulbright Fellowship and the prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder and John Newbery Medals. He  lives in Islesford, on Little Cranberry Island.

About the Emerge Film Festival
The mission of Emerge Film Festival is to build awareness of independent films and to support a diverse cross-section of filmmakers, from established to “emerging” artists, from Maine, the U.S. and the world. We aim to promote the motion picture arts and to provide educational arts and culture opportunities for student filmmakers, the Lewiston/Auburn community and beyond.

Additional Programing at Auburn Public Library

L/A Arts announces the Fire & Ice Café / Cabaret at the 2017 Auburn Winter Fest!

Dates: January 27-29

Location: 1 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, Maine

Join us Friday through Sunday, January 27 – 29 for live music, fine art and crafts for sale (just in time for Valentine’s shopping), and a menu of Asian-French fusion inspired food and drink from Chef Zach Pratt of Boba! Kids and families can enjoy craft activities during the afternoon, while adults get to experience great food and live music in the evening and a special Sunday brunch.

Also featuring live ice sculpting and metalworking demos and fashion shows by local teens, this will be a unique weekend event you won’t want to miss!

Read more and order tickets on the event page»

Fire & Ice Café/Cabaret are part of this year’s Auburn Winter Festival.

Full Event Listings Here

 

Student gallery for Dia de los Muertos open at L/A Arts’ downtown gallery

Come celebrate Dia de los Muertos with us and the Spanish language students of Lewiston Middle School! This year’s Day of the Dead teaching artist residency has wrapped up, and the student found-object shrines to lost loved ones are on display at L/A Arts (221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston). Join us Wednesday, November 9 from 5:00-8:00 PM for the free opening reception. Includes refreshments!
The student artwork will be on display at L/A Arts until Nov 15 during regular business hours (M-F 9:00-5:00).

A huge thank you to all participating students. A special thank you goes to LMS Spanish teacher Jennifer Goodine and teaching artist Natasha Mayers for their hard work in making this residency possible for the sixth year in a row.

Continue reading “Student gallery for Dia de los Muertos open at L/A Arts’ downtown gallery”

September Art Walk updates

Looking for info on October 6’s Thursday Art Crawl? Click here for the full rundown.

 

Local artist Alexandra Hood works on an acrylic painting as part of a live art demo at Auburn’s Festival Plaza during Art Walk Lewiston Auburn.

Local artists and the public alike are in for a cider-sweet finish to Art Walk LA’s regular Friday events this September 30. The event will feature dozens of new and returning local artists’ work, lively music and other entertainment, and plenty of opportunities to connect with friends. Make it to both sides of the Androscoggin for the complete experience.

Don’t fret: September 30’s event isn’t the end of the season. A special 2016 bonus Thursday Art Crawl on Thursday, October 6 will follow. The Art Crawl will coincide with the Maine International Conference on the Arts taking place in Lewiston Auburn and include the Maine Craft Association’s 2016 Craft Apprenticeship Program gallery showing from 4:00-7:00 at LA Arts and a special art walk through Lewiston from 7:00-8:00. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon. Continue reading “September Art Walk updates”

Louise Rosen: LA Arts Consulting Director

4 August 2016

Lewiston, Maine

L/A Arts announces appointment of Louise Rosen as the agency’s new Director.

The board of directors of L/A Arts, the arts agency for the Lewiston-Auburn area, has confirmed the appointment of Louise Rosen as Consulting Director.

Said Board Chair Judy Vardamis “We are fortunate to have a leader of Louise’s caliber during this time and look forward to Louise’s in-depth association with L/A Arts and the cities of Lewiston and Auburn.” Continued Vardamis, “Louise will work closely with the Board and community members to assess and focus all activities of L/A Arts. In conjunction with the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council she will launch the important expanse of work being funded through the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts; Our Town grant to begin development of an “artist-maker economic model for the L-A area.” Rosen will also direct the design for the implementation process of the new L-A Cultural Plan, funded through a Maine Arts Commission grant and matching support from the Auburn and Lewiston city governments.

Said Rosen “The L-A area’s combination of visionary, sustainable development initiatives, compelling preservation goals and a legacy of arts and artisanal endeavors makes for a tremendous range of opportunities in education and enterprise.”

In addition, Rosen has been tasked to reshape the agency’s Arts in Education initiative and revamp its sponsorship and membership programs, defining enhanced benefits for sponsors and members. She commented, “The L-A community is wonderfully creative and diverse. I’m so pleased to be able to help support its rich cultural life, amplifying arts and culture as an economic driver and sharing it with a wider public.”

Louise Rosen has been working internationally in independent media and the arts for over 25 years and has extensive experience in business affairs, fundraising, programming, marketing and operations.

William Low, L/A Arts board member and Curator of the Bates College Museum of Art, said “Louise has an instinctive sense of our community. She understands the potential here that can come from the growing diversity of the population, the area’s manufacturing history and the roots of Franco culture in Maine.”

Louise previously served as Executive Artistic Director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival for four seasons, growing the festival from a largely single city/venue event to statewide status built on cross-cultural community and financial support. As a longstanding figure in the international film community, she teaches and speaks at conferences and film festivals, including Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, DOK Leipzig and Sheffield DocFest. In Maine Louise was the Founding Director of the Points North Documentary Forum, a professional development initiative for filmmakers, at the Camden International Film Festival and former Vice Chair of the Maine Film  Video Association.  Louise is on the Advisory Board of the Independent Feature Project/NY and is a Trustee of the Maine Media Workshops + College.

In 2015 Louise was profiled in Maine Magazine’s “50 People – Bold Visionaries Defining Our State” and that same year was a selected speaker for Maine Live 2015, a day-long series of TED-style talks hosted by Maine Magazine and Bank of America.  She lives in downtown Brunswick.

FMI:

judyvardamis@gmail.com

L/A Arts: 207 782 7228