Friday, December 02, 2016


Holiday Pop-Up Shop December 2, 2016, 12:00 pm, Common Street Arts

Common Street Arts is pleased to present is 5th annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop at its NEW location at 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine. During the weeks leading up to the winter holidays, we will transform the gallery into a marketplace filled with handmade items created by artists and craftspeople around the state. The most memorable holiday gifts will be available at Common Street Arts. Exhibition: Gallery hours for this Pop--Up shop are; Tuesday-Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm, closed Mondays, November 15-December 22,2016.

David Twiss: Installations December 2, 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 December 2, 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)] December 2, 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

Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread December 2, 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 December 2, 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 December 2, 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.


Kringleville December 2, 2016, 12:00 pm, Common Street Arts

Welcome to Kringleville A holiday tradition in historic downtown Waterville, Maine. Thousands of families from the central Maine region look forward to Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival in downtown Waterville. For many years, with the help of Waterville Main Street, community volunteers create a fun family holiday experience that lasts from Thanksgiving to Christmas, harkening back to our Franco-American and Lebanese families who have had a strong heritage in our area. Is this your first time visiting? Here’s what you can expect: Our annual Parade of Lights kicks off the season the Friday after Thanksgiving. Over 35 floats created by community members and organizations file down Main Street, from Union to Spring Street. Once Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Castonguay Square, the festivities begin! Visit with the Kringles at their holiday home in The Center, at 93 Main Street, most evenings and Saturdays. They delight families at no charge. Photographs by Central Maine Photography are available for purchase. At The Center you can expect a warm, inviting waiting room, where families register with their Elf host and can relax with children’s activities, grab a cocoa nearby, or shop downtown Waterville while they await their turn. Each child who visits Santa Claus at Kringleville will receive one free storybook, courtesy of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Marden’s. Early childhood literacy is a priority of the local business community as it ensures the academic development of the future workforce. Shocked by the revelation that many children in our region do not even own a single book, the Mid-Maine Chamber and Marden’s are excited to invest in this project and proud to advance this effort for the children of our area. For Santa's Schedule, visit this link:


Rhymetime for babies, toddlers and their grownups! December 2, 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

A Christmas Story: The Musical  December 02, 2016, 7:30 pm

This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as "Ralphie to the Rescue!", "A Major Award," "Sticky Situation," "Up on Santa's Lap," "Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana" and the inevitable "You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!" A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven't. $24 for adults, $22 for youths and seniors, $49 Family Pack in 2nd Balcony (2 Adult/2 youth)

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