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.

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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

 

Rent a bike at Art Walk – July through September

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Art Walk LA this July through September, make traveling between Lewiston and Auburn just a little bit easier by renting a bike!

Rainbow Bicycle (97 Lisbon Street, Lewiston) will be renting out bikes during the event. In order to rent a bike, you will need to provide an ID and pay with a credit card. Bikes can be picked up and paid for at Rainbow Bicycle at 5 p.m. and dropped back off at Rainbow Bicycle at 7:45, before they close at 8 p.m. A bike helmet and bike lock will be included in the $10 cost for renting the bike.

For more information, contact LA Arts at (207) 782-7228.