Things to Do in Belfast, Maine – Be Inspired! August 1 through 8

Things To Do In Belfast, Maine – Be Inspired! Events happening in the Belfast area from Friday August 1st through Friday the 8th; highlights include: Art: Guest Artist Marc Leavitt at Åarhus in August Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Belfast artist Marc Leavitt as their guest artist for the month of August. The show runs from July 29th through […]

Things To Do In Belfast, Maine – Be Inspired!

be inspired bcc logo Events happening in the Belfast area from Friday August 1st through Friday the 8th; highlights include:

Art:

Guest Artist Marc Leavitt at Åarhus in August

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Belfast artist Marc Leavitt as their guest artist for the month of August. The show runs from July 29th through August 31st with an opening reception on Friday August 1st, 5-8pm. Marc Leavitt is an artist who investigates, examines and studies, images, text, signs and music, with a paint brush and color. His research manifests as multilayered abstract paintings, but only after days, sometimes weeks of analysis of color relationships which in turn require more visual discussion and particularization. Marc’s paintings and works on paper have been placed in U.S. and international collections and featured in Architectural Digest and other publications. Selected local juried exhibitions include, the ‘I-95 Triennial—From Connecticut to Maine’ at the University of Maine Museum of Art, and CMCA’s ‘Art to Collect Now’. Åarhus invites the public to meet the artist and share in his meditative observations of color, language, and the grid in his first solo exhibition with the gallery. Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11am-5:30pm and Mondays by chance. For more information visit www.aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

Meet the Quilters of Gee’s Bend at Penobscot Marine Museum

Gee’s Bend quilters China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo Quilts, whose non-traditional quilts have been called by the New York Times “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced,” will be at Penobscot Marine Museum on Saturday, August 2nd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the opening of their exhibit “Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine.  This exhibit, sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will be at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main Street, Searsport, Maine, August 2nd through September 7th, 2014.

History/Community:

Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation Workshop for Teachers & Local History Enthusiasts

Old Towns/New Country: The First Years of a New Nation, A workshop for teachers & local history enthusiasts sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Penobscot Marine Museum Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7, 2014 Searsport, Maine, 8:30am — 3:30pm. This two-day workshop will explore how to use local resources—documents, artifacts, landscapes, and the rich expertise in every town—to examine historical issues with a national focus. We will concentrate on the period just after the Revolution and the concerns and conflicts, hopes and fears, experiences and expectations of the people living in the Penobscot Bay and River area at a time of uncertainty, fragility, and possibility. The workshop is open to teachers, librarians, archivists, members of local historical societies, and all interested local history enthusiasts. There is a $25 charge to cover lunches on two days; program and material costs have been generously funded by the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation. Educators can earn 15 PDPs and 1 Graduate Credit (for an additional fee) from Framingham State University. For more information, or to register, please contact the education department ateducation@masshist.org or (617) 646-0557.

Film:

Friday Night Flicks at the Belfast Free Library – The African Queen

The summer of 2014 marks the centennial of the beginning of the First World War. Over the century, many great films have been made set during the war and reflecting on the issues raised by one of history’s greatest cataclysms. In commemoration, the Belfast Free Library’s free film series, Friday Night Flicks, will present eight cinematic representations of the war. All films will be shown at 7 pm in the library’s Abbott Room, and are presented free of charge. The African Queen, on August 8, is true Hollywood classic, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn as a mismatched couple who set off on a preposterous mission to sink a German gunboat in the wilds of East Africa. Bogart won the Academy Award for his performance.

Music:

Liberian Education Fund Summer Concert

Food, drinks, and music from singers/musicians such as Noura Al-Matrouk, Merther, Belfast Bay Fiddlers, and several more! Come support students’ education in Liberia by joining us at Steamboat Landing (the park next to the Boathouse) on August 3rd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. For more information, call 207-323-6241.

Dance:

‘Women’s Works’ at Rockport Opera House
Dancer Shana Bloomstein and collaborators will perform the show ‘Women’s Works’ on Aug 1 & 2nd at 7pm and Aug 3rd at 5 pm at the Rockport opera house! Tickets are $15 and are available at Bella Books in Belfast, HAV II in Camden, or at the door.
Women’s Works is an annual performance project presenting original “modern” dance created by female choreographers primarily from the Mid-Coast Maine region in collaboration with NYC educator and choreographer Jesse Phillips-Fein along with many talented guest artists, poets and musicians from all reaches and walks of life. Women’s Works focus is on the female experience and the lens from which we witness and view the world.  This offering is done in a way that is not limiting but instead broadens our understanding of the multiple perspectives within the identity of “woman”.
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