For Immediate Release

Contact: LA Arts

(207) 782-7228


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

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





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

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

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!


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.”


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