STANTON BIRD CLUB CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY

For Immediate Release

Contact: LA Arts

contact@laarts.org

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L/A Arts Gallery, 221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine

Sunday, February 3rd, 2-4pm

(Gallery Hours 12-4 Tuesdays-Fridays and 11-3 Saturdays)

The Stanton Bird Club and L/A Arts have joined together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bird Club.  On Sunday, February 3rd from 2pm-4pm there will be an open house at the L/A Arts gallery at 221 Lisbon Street with music, food and an opportunity to enjoy the exhibition of paintings, drawings, and prints, Dan Cake: A Tribute to the Artist in the Year of the Bird. The public is invited to attend.

The Stanton Bird Club began in 1919 when a New England naturalist came to Lewiston-Auburn as part of a Chautauqua community lecture and challenged the community to start a bird club.  In fact, he would not get off the stage until the audience agreed to start a club and elect officers that evening.

This was at a time when there was a national concern with the declining population of birds due to the commercial trade in birds and bird feathers.  The year 1918 saw the passage by Congress of the International Migratory Bird Treaty Act to protect birds which made it illegal to kill migratory birds or collect any parts of these birds including feathers and nests.

The focus of the Club from the beginning was to increase the protection of wild birds and stimulate an interest in bird life.  The founders also had a dream of creating a model bird sanctuary and a desire to perpetuate the memory of Bates professor, Jonathan Stanton who was well known throughout New England for his knowledge of birds and the natural world. His bird collection, which is now housed at the Maine State Museum, was one of the finest in the northeast.

During its early years, the Club established its tradition of holding both evening meetings with speakers on the wonders of the natural world and field trips. At that time, field trip destinations were limited by the available transportation, with members often taking street cars to get to good birding spots. Speakers have included well known ornithologists Roger Tory Peterson and Owen Sewell Pettingill.

Perhaps the largest undertaking by the Club was the establishment of Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary in 1921 as a result of the original gift of 45 acres of land by Bates College Professor Alfred Anthony. The Sanctuary, in Lewiston, has been open free of charge to the public since it was first created and now encompasses 450 acres.  The Bird Club also stewards over 850 acres of land including its ownership of Woodbury Nature Sanctuary, located on the Monmouth/Litchfield town line.  For the last thirty years the Club has been known for its educational activities at Thorncrag involving both school-age and college students in the community.

The public is welcome to attend this celebration.  Please call 524-2060 to register or email the Club at stantonbirdclub@gmail.com.

The exhibition, Dan Cake: A Tribute to the Artist in the Year of the Bird, will be open through Saturday, February 23rd at the L/A Arts Gallery, 21 Lisbon Street, in Lewiston. Since 1973, L/A Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and art organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at www.laarts.org.

 

 

 

 

Downstage Music Presents Forêt Endormie

Forêt Endormie is the genre-melding chamber ensemble led by guitarist and composer Jordan Guerette, known widely for his work with American black metal luminaries Falls of Rauros. Formed in 2016 in the “Forest City” of Portland, Maine, Forêt Endormie draws as much from the forms and fantasies of 20th century French composers Erik Satie and Olivier Messiaen, as they do the melancholic Neo-folk of Tenhi and Sol Invcitus and heavy minimalism of drone pioneers Earth.

Chris Robley is a singer-songwriter and award-winning poet who’s made his home in the mill town of Lewiston, Maine.

His orchestral indie-pop and folk music has been praised by The LA Times, The Boston Globe, NPR’s Second Stage, Performer, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.”

Robley’s poetry has been published in POETRY Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry, and more. He is the winner of Boulevard’s Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers, a recipient of a Maine Literary Award in poetry, and was selected by Robert Pinsky as a finalist for the Dorset Prize.

Billy Carr: (performing solo for this event)

Fast, loud, slow, quiet, ecstatic, unhinged, demure and restrained. Thorny runs, hazy chords, free-floating grooves, infinitesimal spasms, dribs and drabs of this and that. A baby, an ugly pig’s head, a dancing monster, a yellow raincoat, a high grav forty, and a thousand cakes. They’re all just fairy tales. They’ve been called “avant-garde easy-listening,” “dad-rock for the post-punk kids,” and “not like the other folk.” Sounds about right.

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