April is full of great events happening in Belfast and the surrounding area! While we notice the patches of Earth being exposed and spikes of green pop through, come out and join others for inspiring classes and workshops, dancing, poetry, musical performances and more! Below are some of the highlights of this month’s activities. For a full event calender please go to belfastcreativecoalition.org!
Art Show Openings:
Waterfall Arts’ Open Call Show, Photography: the Poetry of Maine’s Fog, Rain, Snow and Ice opens with a reception for the artists on Friday, April 3rd from 5 to 8 pm. The show is part of the statewide Maine Photo Project and photographers of all ages have submitted diverse work on this year’s theme.
Everyone is welcome to attend the opening and enjoy the variety of subject and style on the walls. Some of the work is for sale; a portion of the proceeds benefit Waterfall Arts’ education and exhibition programs. The exhibit will be up through May 15th and can be seen Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 pm and by appointment
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery heralds the arrival of spring with a group exhibition, Bearing Fruit, showcasing four artists in whose work the “organic” image plays a central role. The show runs from April 3 – May 8, with an opening reception on Friday, April 3, from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Also this April, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will feature Buckwheat, a solo exhibition of “en plein air” pastel paintings by Thérèse L. Provenzano on the second floor gallery. The pastel paintings depict the buckwheat fields in Wallagrass, Maine belonging to the Bouchard Family Farm of Joseph and Janice Bouchard, known among Maine’s local food consumers for their silky buckwheat flour. Buckwheat, and the exhibit on the ground floor, Bearing Fruit, will open together on Friday April 3rd, with an artists’ reception (open to the public) from 5-7:30pm. The show will be on display until May 8, 2015.
April is National Poetry Month!
Come celebrate poetry with Belfast’s Toussaint St Negritude on April 3rd from 2-3 PM, whern he will present the Pen Side Lecture Series, Free Radicals: The Creative Rights Movements of Poetry & Jazz, in the 3rd floor Conference Room. Then (still on April 3rd, 2015) at 7-8:30 PM, bass clarinetist Toussaint St. Negritude presents OUR TONES SUPREME, a concert of multiple tones of poetry & jazz, featuring performances by The Jacob Fricke/Tom Luther Duo, Joshua Kauppila, The Acetones, & Judi Erickson. This program will be in the lovely Gammons Room of the Belfast Free Library – with full piano. All Free but any Donations towards the 2015 Belfast Poetry Festival are roundly welcome.
On Friday, April 3, 2015, join Belfast Flying Shoes Contradance for an evening of contradancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church Street in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler and with music by the All-Comers Band. All musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps. The Contradance begins at 8:00 pm and runs until around 11:00. This month, Nils Fredland will call the dances, with music by Maivish whom taps a deep current of musical tradition that spans from the British Isles to North America.
Classes and Workshops:
For young artists, Linda Stec leads the ever popular Wonders of Clay on Wednesday afternoons beginning April 29th, and teaching artist Bridget Matros presents an all-natural Earth Arts Camp during April School Vacation April 20th to 24th. The Bridge after school program will start a new session in April, check the website for details.
For adults and older teens, Mike Fletcher teaches a five week Still Life Painting with Acrylics class on Monday evenings beginning April 13th. Adventures in Printmaking with Gwen Tatro begins Wednesday, April 8th. Cory Upton-Cosulich and Adam Bogosian return with Ceramics All Levels on Tuesday evenings beginning April 14th. Open clay and print studio hours with experienced monitors available for technical assistance are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Saturday morning Life Drawing Group continues to meet from 9:30 to noon every week. Join the fun!
Rustic Overtones are performing at the Unity Performing Arts Center, Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Rustic Overtones are a seven piece rock band from Portland Maine with a discography that spans 20 years. The bands unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic music of the 60’s and 70’s.