Friday, October 28, 2016


David Twiss: Installations October 28, 2016, 12:00 pm, Common Street Arts

Come experience the hauntingly beautiful work of David Twiss in this site-specific installation at Common Street Arts. Two installation locations, larger installation in the Common Street Arts Annex and one in the front window 93 Main street. From the artist: “My work as a print-maker has lead me to some interesting discovery’s about how I chose to create as well as how I show artwork. I have found that while I enjoy the traditional process of relief printing I don’t have as much interest in the flat works on paper, knowing this about my self I started treating what resembles printed matter less as a something to be framed and seen through a piece of glass and more as a sculptural object to be installed using the wall as my matrix and then spilling on to the floor. This way of creating allows me to pull the viewer into the narrative and make them part of the scene.” -David Twiss

In the Studio: Picasso’s Vollard Suite October 28, 2016, 10:00 am

The Vollard Suite (1930–37) is the most significant prints series made by Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Containing one hundred etchings, a selection of which are on view at the Colby Museum, it was commissioned by the art dealer Ambroise Vollard in Paris. Inspired by his work in sculpture, Picasso made the relationship between artist and model in the sculptor’s studio the suite’s central theme. This relationship is one of the most symbolically charged in the history of art. Many male artists have regarded the studio as a masculine space of creativity and have viewed the female model’s body as a source of inspiration and a symbol of their ability to transform life into art. Picasso draws from these art historical precedents and the world of classical mythology to explore the nature of creativity. In the suite, Picasso’s studio is a sanctuary for aesthetic contemplation, self-discovery, and artistic mastery. In this imagined space, Picasso scrutinizes the philosophical and psychological underpinnings of his relationship to the model and, by extension, to art. Melding various styles, media, and art historical references, Picasso destabilizes fixed notions of artist and model. Both are shown in various physical and mental states as figures caught in a free-flowing process of creation. He mythologizes the artist’s creative power to direct his ever-changing relationship with the model, life, and art. Despite the suite’s expanded sense of creativity, Picasso is still grounded in an art historical tradition in which creativity is a gendered activity that the male artist enacts on the female body. Featured Image: Pablo Picasso, Minotaure aveugle guidé par une filette dans la nuit (Blind Minotaur Led by a Little Girl in the Night), 1934. Etching, 15 3/16 x 19 13/16 in. (38.7 x 50.4 cm). Colby College Museum of Art. The Lunder Collection, 006.2016. Photo by Gary Green. © 2016 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Rivane Neuenschwander: Zé Carioca e Amigos (Zé Carioca contra o goleiro Gastão) [Joe Carioca and Friends (Joe Carioca vs. the Goalkeeper Gastão / 1961)] October 28, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Between 1941 and 1943, Walt Disney and a team of his employees made several trips to Latin America. A manifestation of the “Good Neighbor Policy” initiated by the Roosevelt administration in 1933, these visits were designed to bolster pan-American alliances. However politically unifying Disney’s encounters were meant to be, they yielded curious, even contradictory results: in a string of films released beginning in 1942, his animators introduced José, or, more familiarly, “Zé,” Carioca, the “Brazilian jitterbird.” A cigar-smoking, soccer-loving parrot from Rio, Carioca embodied multiple cultural stereotypes, serving, in the words of Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967), “to crystallize the national image of the malandro (rascal).” Since 1961 the character of Zé Carioca has starred in a series of wildly popular Brazilian comic books, which Neuenschwander grew up reading. This complex figure—conceived as an instrument of capitalist diplomacy but by now also a national symbol—has inspired several bodies of work by the artist since 2004. For the series to which this piece belongs, she scrubs images and text from the original Carioca comics, leaving intact only the narrative’s graphic architecture. She then enlarges these comic-book panels and transfers them to a wall, inviting members of the public to write or draw directly onto them. With this gesture, Neuenschwander substitutes self- and collective expression for ideology masquerading as popular culture. Image Featured: Rivane Neuenschwander, Zé Carioca e amigos (O rapto da donzela) / Joe Carioca and friends (The Abduction of the Maiden), 2005. Wall paint, chalk, eraser, wood tray, dimensions variable. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, USA. Photo by Whitney Curtis

mud. works in clay by maine artists October 28, 2016, 12:00 pm, Common Street Arts

In collaboration with Maine Crafts Association and in conjunction with Maine Craft weekend, Common Street Arts will present works in clay by Maine ceramic artists from throughout the state. This exhibition will be on view from September 29 - November 5. “Clay artists always have their hands in mud!” Clay is transformative and can take many shapes and forms. Mud dug from the earth is transformed into works of art, from dishware that we use in our daily lives to surrealistic sculptural forms that come from the creator’s deepest creative source. At Common Street Arts Gallery mud exhibition, we will present both functional pieces and form (sculptural) pieces from over twenty artists around the state of Maine including: low fire, stoneware, wood-fired, raku, traditional, contemporary, and creative works taking all shapes and styles. Tiles, busts, pots, and globes. We could go on but really you should see it for yourself! The mud exhibition will display wheel thrown forms, hand-built sculptures and vessels, as well as altered functional forms reconfigured into sculptural works. Some statements from our exhibiting artists: “… clay produces a visceral response in me that I could not ignore. I would like to say clay chose me but I know I was drawn to the way it smelled and the way it pushed and pulled to the weight of my body.” “The creative process relies on generating intuitive connections between the clay and the maker.” “pieces inspired from natural surroundings and travels” “…(clay) is and art form that represents conversation between maker and user, and enters the home with the ability to affect and interact with the inhabitants on a daily basis.” Get dirty. Come experience mud.

Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread October 28, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

Born in Culiacán, Mexico, Teresa Margolles works in photography, video, sculpture, and performance. Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread expands on her exploration of violence through a new series of textiles involving the unprecedented participation of artist-embroiderers from Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.
Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread was organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, and curated by Patrice Giasson, the Alex Gordon Associate Curator of the Art of the Americas.

Image featured: Teresa Margolles, american Juju for the Tapestry of Truth, 2015. Mixed media on a textile imprinted on the spot in Staten Island where Eric Garner died while being placed under arrest. Created with the participation of members of the Harlem Needle Arts cultural arts institute: Michelle Bishop, Sahara Briscoe, Laura R. Gadson, and Jerry Gant. Produced with the support of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, New York. 66 x 98 in. New York City, United States. Photography by Jim Frank. Courtesy of Teresa Margolles and Galerie Peter Kilchmann

A Usable Past: American Folk Art at the Colby College Museum of Art October 28, 2016, 10:00 am, Colby College Museum of Art

A Usable Past features highlights of the Museum's extensive holdings of folk art of the United States, including many artworks from the American Heritage collection of Edith and Ellerton Jetté--one of the earliest collections to enter the Colby College Museum of Art.

Image featured: Thomas Chambers, Landscape, c. 1830. Oil on canvas, 24 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. Colby College Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ellerton M. Jetté, 1956.086

Highlights from the Permanent Collection October 28, 2016, 10:00 am

This exhibition showcases the reinstallation of the Museum’s permanent collection galleries and the integration of works from the Lunder Collection with the Museum’s core holdings, including recent gifts from the Alex Katz Foundation, and select loans. Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, this display reflects the Museum’s ongoing commitment to a comprehensive representation of American art from the nineteenth century through the present.

Image featured: Colby College Museum of Art, Arthur-Vining Davis Gallery. Photo by trentbellphotography.


Halloween party for Teens!  October 28, 2016, 3:00 pm

Join us at the Waterville Public Library for a spooky party in the teen room! Activities will include face painting, crafts, pumpkin painting, and more!


This event is free, and open to attendees between the ages of 11 and 18. For more information, please call (207) 872-5433, or email


Rhymetime for babies, toddlers and their grownups! October 28, 2016, 10:30 am, Waterville Public Library

Babies are born ready to learn! By singing, clapping, and sharing stories with their grownups, children from birth to age 3 gain valuable skills and knowledge for later learning success. Join us at the Waterville Public Library for a half-hour of active fun every Friday morning from 10:30 to 11:00am!

Theatre + Music

Young Frankenstein  October 28, 2016, 7:30 pm

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius Mel Brooks adapts his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation - Young Frankenstein!

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Shows: October 21, 22, 28, 29 at 7:30pm, October 23 and 30 at 2pm
Tickets: $23 Adults, $21 Youth/Senior
Click here to purchase tickets!

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