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One-Woman Show With Alan
October 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on October 26, 2019 at 3:00 pm
Local artist barbara toothpick will present One-Woman Show With Alan on Friday, October 25 at 7 pm, and Saturday, October 26 at 3 pm, at Eastport Arts Center. Featuring 17 costume changes, three life-sized effigies, original music and paintings, toothpick’s show depicts her quest for what she can trust in an ever-changing world. Toothpick describes the show as “a romp” and notes, “It’s not preachy and telly, it’s showy and do-Eeeeeee!” It is directed and produced by Sarah Dalton-Phillips and Helen Swallow. Toothpick’s quest encompasses her reflections on the body, the solar system, poetry, visual arts, “the stern patterning of music,” her learning to become a team with mate Alan HorseRadish and raising children, and her view of all individuals. The multidimensional show will evoke “the delightful roller coaster road” she and Alan have traveled in pursuit of their artistic creations.
Working in the interface between painting (acrylic and watercolor) on triangular canvases, composing soundscapes with visual scores, and poetic writing of all kinds, barbara toothpick’s work was recently seen in 2018 in a show at the University of Maine at Machias (with Alan HorseRadish). This year her work has been on view at Eastport Gallery, the Tides Institute, and Eastport Art Center. She currently has a book in the Philadelphia Center for the Book’s show at City Hall in Philadelphia. For the past three years, she has produced Play Theater in Philadelphia. Under the name Barbara Bodle Kirschenstein she earned BS and MA degrees from Ball State University.
While attending the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Alan HorseRadish painted large acrylic paintings but soon changed to watercolors, creating heavily saturated seascapes and faces. He has shown his paintings at the University of Maine at Machias, the Tides Institute, and many places in Philadelphia. Under the name Alan Kirschenstein he earned a BA degree from the University of Pensylavania.
The show is being offered by donation as a benefit for Eastport Arts Center. “It’s a payback for all the things folk from Washington County taught us,” noted toothpick. Following the EAC presentation, toothpick and HorseRadish will present the show as part of a Music as Meditation Series at Christ Episcopal Church, North Conway, NH, on November 3; and at Plymouth United Church of Christ, Madison, WI, on January 11-12.
The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. The work of the EAC has been funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.