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I Am Not a Stranger: Portraits by Séan Alonzo Harris

September 16 – October 26, 2019

Waterville, Maine—Presented by Waterville Creates! in partnership with the Colby Museum,
I Am Not a Stranger: Portraits by Séan Alonzo Harris, is an innovative and participatory exhibition featuring individual photographic portraits of community members who live and/or work in Waterville. Waterville Creates! and the Colby Museum of Art will present the full suite of approximately fifty photographic portraits at Common Street Arts Gallery and the Colby Museum.

There will be two concurrent exhibition openings on Thursday, September 19 to celebrate the exhibition. Common Street Arts will host its opening from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and the Colby Museum will include the opening of I Am Not a Stranger as part of its Fall Open House celebration that same evening from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Other venues that will participate and include a selection of community portraits are: Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville Public Library, Waterville Opera House, Waterville City Hall, Chace Community Forum, Beth Israel Congregation, Alfond Youth Center, Goodwill, United Methodist Church, Re-Books, Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity, Waterville House of Pizza, South End Teen Center, and Yardgoods.

Like many cities in the United States, Waterville has welcomed new residents in recent years, including more people of color and new Mainers. Using a combination of individual portraits and personal narratives, I Am Not a Stranger will create channels for storytelling, capture local history, and build bridges across difference.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about Waterville and hearing from folks about their individual histories and aspirations. It will be interesting to reveal the shared characteristics that connect and unite us as a community,” says artist Séan Alonzo Harris.

“Through his work, Séan is able to facilitate moments of visual and narrative exchange between members of our community,” says Patricia King, vice president at Waterville Creates! “This is an opportunity to challenge assumptions and make new connections, and we are thrilled to undertake this project with so many of our local partners, especially the Colby Museum.”

“This is a truly collaborative effort that invites participation and engagement across the city of Waterville. There will be a free printed map that will guide residents and visitors to the project’s multiple venues, generating new relationships throughout our community,” added Beth Finch, Lunder Curator of American Art at Colby College.

The Sterrs Gallery at Common Street Arts is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Hathaway Creative Center, 10 Water Street in Waterville. The Colby Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (and until 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays during the academic year) and Sunday from 12:00– 5:00 p.m. To learn more about the I Am Not a Stranger exhibition, please visit: www.commonstreetarts.org.

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! enriches lives and grows the creative economy by supporting and promoting high-quality, accessible arts and cultural programs and institutions. Learn more at www.watervillecreates.organd learn more about our ongoing community capital campaign for the Paul J. Schupf Art Center at www.downtownartscenter.org.

About the Colby College Museum of Art

The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. We manage these resources for the benefit of the Colby College community, the region, and the nation, and we aspire to display works that embody the highest standards of achievement. For more information, visit www.colby.edu/museum.

Common Street Arts presents Prints at the Scale of People

May 30 – June 30, 2018

Waterville, Maine — Common Street Arts, the programmatic arm of Waterville Creates!, is pleased to present Prints at the Scale of People, an exhibition of printmaking that explores oversized examples of the medium. On view at Common Street Arts from May 30 – June 30, 2018. An opening reception for the new exhibition will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

This exhibition features dynamic works by Stephen Benenson, Rebecca Goodale, Anna Hepler, and Elizabeth Jabar, showcasing a wide range of printmaking techniques to offer new perspectives on the potential of prints that reflect the human experience at “life size.” Composed on a single sheet of paper, or through an additive approach of many small-scale prints joined together, works in the exhibition are as large or larger than the human form with dimensions that evoke those more traditionally associated with painting, sculpture, and installation art.

About the Artists
Stephen Benenson is a painter who has lived and worked in Portland, Maine for the past decade. Stephen received his MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art in 2014 and maintains a studio at the Space Studios building. His practice focuses on experimental application of geometry and color, juxtaposed with references to art history and children’s drawings.

Rebecca Goodale is a book artist, whose work can be found in numerous public collections throughout the United States including the local collections at Bowdoin College Library, the Maine Women Writers Collection, and the Portland Museum of Art. Her awards include A New Forms Regional Initiative Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts, and a Mellon Grant for the Humanities at Bates College. She was a Resident Scholar for the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska in 1995, currently teaches Design and Book Arts for the USM Art Department and is the Program Coordinator for USM’s Kate Cheney Chappell’83 Center for Book Arts.

Situated between two- and three-dimensional, Anna Hepler’s poetic sculptures, installations, and works on paper reflect her fascination with structures both fixed and ephemeral. Using labor-intensive methods, Hepler reconstructs the form she observes around her, then plays with their dimensionality, creating geometric shapes that she inflates and deflates, transforming flat strips of plastic and fabric into bulbous protrusions, and producing cyanotypes and prints from her three-dimensional works. Hepler is especially taken with a latticed, spherical shape, which loosely resembles Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome, and which she revisits in many of her works.

Elizabeth Jabar is a feminist printmaker who explores a range of personal-political issues in her work including cultural identity, representation, equity and maternal ethics. Her practice is located in the studio, the classroom, and the community where she co-creates collaborative and participatory projects with students, colleagues, and community members. Her hybrid works on paper and cloth display a highly personal visual language that incorporates motifs from popular culture, folk art, religious traditions and textiles. Elizabeth’s printed objects and environments embody printmaking’s democratic tradition of resistance and collective power while reflecting her commitment to art as a tool for social change.

For more information about the featured artists and their works, visit: http://www.commonstreetarts.org/event/prints-at-the-scale-of-people/

The Common Street Arts gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00pm. Beginning in June, the gallery is open until 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays. To learn more about the Prints at the Scale of People exhibition at Common Street Arts, visit: http://www.commonstreetarts.org

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! promotes increased awareness of cultural opportunities and events while supporting enhanced programming and operations for its community partners and audiences.  Waterville Creates! provides marketing, administrative, and development services to arts and cultural institutions in the greater Waterville area. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org

Common Street Arts presents Side by Side – New Work by Cassie Jones + Will Sears

Presented by Common Street Arts April 11 – May 19, 2018

Waterville, Maine — Common Street Arts, the programmatic arm of Waterville Creates!, is pleased to present Side by Side: new work by cassie jones + will sears, an exhibition celebrating the work of two contemporary Maine artists at Common Street Arts from April 11 – May 19, 2018. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

This exhibition will feature work by two contemporary Maine artists–each with a distinct and compelling approach to color and form.  Cassie Jones’ work explores her interest in the natural world leaving the viewer to ponder the complexities of nature as part of the visual experience.  Will Sears’ assemblages are inspired by his interests with graffiti, sculpture, and his work as a sign painter.  Sears’ recent work involves sawing his own hand-painted, pre-weathered wooden signs into pieces and reassembling into abstract patterns–taking the viewer on a unique graphic journey through the 20th and 21st centuries. Each week has different programs and activities taking place in the gallery designed to encourage creative expression and exploration; for a complete list of the scheduled projects and programs, visit www.commonstreetarts.org

Featured free events during Side by Side at Common Street Arts:

Artist Talk: Cassie Jones + Will Sears

Come hear the artists talk about their work and methodology

Thursday, April 26 @ 5:30 – 6:30pm

Danika + the Jeb

join common street arts for this free musical performance

Thursday, April 26 @ 7:00 – 8:00pm

Paper Pop-Ups in the Gallery

Learn unique and fun methods of 3d paper construction with visiting artist, Tamar Ettigen

Saturday, April 28 @ 1:00 – 2:30pm

The Common Street Arts gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00pm. The gallery is closed Sunday through Tuesday. To learn more about the Side by Side: new work by cassie jones + will sears  exhibition at Common Street Arts, visit: http://www.commonstreetarts.org

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! promotes increased awareness of cultural opportunities and events while supporting enhanced programming and operations for its community partners and audiences.  Waterville Creates! provides marketing, administrative, and development services to arts and cultural institutions in the greater Waterville area. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org

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March is Youth Art Month (YAM) at Common Street Arts

YAM Exhibition Presented by Common Street Arts February 28 – March 31, 2018

Waterville, Maine — Common Street Arts, the programmatic arm of Waterville Creates!, is pleased to present Youth Art Month (YAM), an exhibition celebrating our community’s youngest painters, illustrators and sculptors at Common Street Arts from February 28 – March 31, 2018. This year’s Youth Art Month (YAM) theme is “building community through art” and is an opportunity to showcase the creative endeavors of area youth while highlighting the beneficial effects of artistic practice as part of the educational experience. Each week has different programs and activities taking place in the gallery designed to encourage creative expression and exploration; for a complete list of the scheduled projects and programs, visit www.commonstreetarts.org

Youth Art Month at Common Street Arts celebrates visual art created by k-12 youth in the greater Waterville community. This month-long celebration will emphasize the value of the visual arts that are often overlooked as part of a standard core curriculum. Common Street Arts is pleased to participate in this year’s theme and will present a large scale interactive map of Waterville and surrounding communities for children and families to explore and evolve. An opening reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00pm.

Featured free events during Youth Art Month at Common Street Arts:

Creating the Kennebec Valley

Come add to our Kennebec Valley “community map” of places you love

Saturday, March 10 @ 1:00 – 3:00pm

 

Kids Art Yoga

Kids 4-10 years old and their parents are invited to join us for yoga inspired by the art in our gallery

Saturday, March 24 @ 1:00 – 3:00pm

 

Hip-Hop Dance in the Gallery

Learn the fundamentals of a variety of hip-hop dance forms with folks from Pushed Learning + Media

Saturday, March 31 @ 3:00 – 5:00pm

 

The Common Street Arts gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00pm. The gallery is closed Sunday through Tuesday. To learn more about the Youth Art Month exhibition and creative exploration at Common Street Arts, visit: http://www.commonstreetarts.org

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! promotes increased awareness of cultural opportunities and events while supporting enhanced programming and operations for its community partners and audiences.  Waterville Creates! provides marketing, administrative, and development services to arts and cultural institutions in the greater Waterville area. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org

Ebb + Flow – Reflections on the Kennebec River

Presented at Common Street Arts August 1 – September 8, 2018

Waterville, Maine — Common Street Arts, the programmatic arm of Waterville Creates!, in partnership with members of the Waterville Area Art Society, the Harlow Gallery, Common Street Arts and the Wesserunsett Arts Council, will host Ebb + Flow: Reflections on the Kennebec River, a new exhibition opening at Common Street Arts on August 1, 2018. Members of these organizations have been invited to participate in the exhibition by submitting a work that relates to the Kennebec River and the vital role the river has played for centuries throughout the communities of Skowhegan, Waterville, Hallowell, Maine. The deadline for member artists to submit is May 1, 2018; for submission requirements, please visit: https://watervillecreates.submittable.com/submit

The exhibition explores the Kennebec River as a natural resource that has served as a defining feature of the towns and cities that surround it. This magnificent waterway has sustained communities for generations through its role in supporting Maine’s transportation, logging, forestry, textile and paper industries-as well as its more leisurely role in providing and sustaining recreational pursuits including boating, fishing, and swimming. The exhibition will reflect the significance of the Kennebec river and its importance as a unique natural feature that has shaped the history of the central Maine region.

“One of the primary goals of Waterville Creates! is to provide networking and creative opportunities for artists—this exhibition is a wonderful way to respond to one of our region’s important natural resources and expand connections across the Central Maine area for artists”, says Patricia King, vice president of programs and operations at Waterville Creates!

The Common Street Arts gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00pm. To learn more about the Ebb + Flow: Reflections on the Kennebec River exhibition including submission requirements for artists, visit: http://www.commonstreetarts.org

About Waterville Creates!
Waterville Creates! is a non-profit on a mission to promote, support, and grow greater Waterville’s arts and cultural scene. Collaborating with regional arts and culture institutions and their supporters, together we are strengthening our community as a vibrant creative center, increasing access to creative opportunities. Learn more at http://www.watervillecreates.org

Events

Vacationland Wonderland Exhibit: Artist Reception

Meet and Greet the Artists!
Friday, December 13th, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Music by Adam Babcock
With tea and coffee by Enchanted Herbs & Teas

This exhibit features
• oil paintings by Esta Rae Knapik
• oil landscapes by Marylu Wellwood
• wood carvings by Jonathan Leach
• acrylics by Jim & Gisele McLear
• encaustic ornaments, mixed metal & bead ornaments,
etched copper meditation feathers, and beeswax paintings by Ann Rhinehardt
• jewelry and cards by Greta Joseph of La Sagato – A Studio
• sweater critters by Barbara Hayward
• oils by Charles (Chuck) Ott
• gift cards by Gale Davison
• handcrafted handbags by CE Nilles
• sweater mittens by Stephanie Roscoe

Displaying at The Last Unicorn Restaurant:
• acrylics by Pat Binette

Displaying at Enchanted Herbs & Teas:
• oils by Kevin James

Displaying at Selah Tea Cafe
• prints and scarfs by Mimi McCutcheon – Raven Ridge Studio