Eastport Arts Center will add a slate of exciting new offerings in February, kicking off with a  Groundhog’s Day Retro Record Hop, with music from the 1950’s to the 1980s, on Friday, February 2 from 6-9 pm. The community gathering welcomes all ages to attend; a $5 admission will be charged, with ages 17 and under admitted free; refreshments will be available for purchase.

The new EAC Sketchbook Project, an immersive workshop series designed to ignite participants’ creativity and forge connections between artists, will begin an 8-week session on February 3, and will meet Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am through March 23. With purchase of a $30 EAC sketchbook, participants will receive weekly sessions with experienced instructors, a booklet of inspiring prompts, access to online video tutorials and resources, and an invitation to participate in a post-session exhibition at EAC. 
As part of the project, the Center will provide free sketchbooks and instruction for students of the Edmunds School, Cobscook Institute, Shead High School, Eastport Elementary, and the EAC Homeschool Co-op.

Quoddy Voices community chorus will resume weekly rehearsals February 7 and meet Wednesdays, 6-8 pm, through the spring, when performances are scheduled for the first weekend of May. Director Gene Nichols invites all who’d like to sing to join the group; no audition is required. New singers should email their intent to him at gnichols@maine.edu.

A Beginner’s Introduction to Fiddle with Alice Schuth, an 8-week course designed for adult students starting from scratch, will begin February 8, and include loan of a quality fiddle for the course duration, plus sheet music, practice videos, etc. Course fee is $200, and space is limited to five students. Please register or send queries by email to info@eastportartscenter.org.

Alice Schuth

EAC’s monthly Open Mic night will continue on Friday, February 9 from 6-8 pm, with an evening sponsored by Mike MacPhee, a realtor with Due East and huge supporter of the open stage events—this is his 4th sponsorship! All are welcome, performers and spectators alike, and no admission is charged, though donations will be gratefully accepted. Those interested in performing may sign up at the event for a slot, 10 minutes maximum; shorter acts are also very welcome. A limited number of slots for participants with special needs will be reserved for advance signup. Please send any inquiries by email to info@eastportartscenter.org.

Micah Winship performs at EAC Open Mic, April ’23.

Stage East will begin a new Directing Workshop on February 12; the group will meet every other week on Mondays through May 20, from 6-8:30 pm. Led by experienced director and longtime Stage East President Brian Schuth, the workshop aims to bring together people who are serious about learning to direct or about deepening their directing practice by doing hands-on exercises. Interested participants should obtain a copy of Directing for the Stage by Terry John Converse (and read the first chapter in advance of the first class). In addition, they are asked to contact Schuth prior to the first session, by email at brian@schuth.com or by phone at 207-853-0823.

On February 17, local artist Meri Fern will lead a workshop in Mosaic Mirrors; space will be limited and details are forthcoming. Inquiries and notes of interest may be emailed to EAC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Perkins, at nicole@eastportartscenter.org.

As a reminder, EAC’s ongoing activities are continuing in the new year, including the weekly-through-mid-April Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series, and offerings from EAC Films on the big screen in the Center’s theater (follow this link for the first wave of info about February’s screenings—The Religion Move, a documentary by Alan Kryszak and Shakespeare in Love!). Recurring events include World and Contemporary Dance on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 4-5 pm; Gentle Flow Yoga with Katie Melancon, online and at the EAC, Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 am; KinderArts Movement & Music for ages 5 and under with caregiver, 10-10:45 am Thursdays  at Sunrise Opportunities, Calais, and Fridays at the EAC; Artful Conversations, hosted by Eastport Gallery member Jen Maffett, Wednesdays at 2:30 pm via Zoom; and EAC’s Homeschool Co-op on the first and third Fridays of each month, 1-3 pm. New to this list, a Mindful Movement & Meditation session with Caroline Coleman will be offered Fridays, 10:30-11:30 am. Details about all of these offerings may be found via the main events page.

EAC hosted a special party for our KinderArts participants last February; the group continues to meet weekly in Calais and Eastport.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional.