Eastport Arts Center

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Summer Workshop Series: On Your Marc … Get Sip! … Go! A sip ‘n’ paint exploration of the animal art of Franz Marc

A sip ’n’ paint event inspired by Expressionist painter Franz Marc will be offered from 7-9 pm, Thursday, June 27, at Eastport Arts Center. Organizer Sue Riddle, who has named the event ‘On Your Marc … Get Sip … Go!’ notes “I am drawn to Marc for his fabulously colorful animal paintings—which are just juicy, glorious things. In one article I read, it mentioned that he wanted to see animals from their perspective, but he also wanted to use colors as symbols of certain qualities and emotions.”

Participants in the event (a follow-up to Riddle’s Sip ’n’ Klimt, inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt, held last year) can choose to copy directly from a Marc painting or create a tribute based on an animal photo brought from home. Another option is to attempt to recreate or continue one of Marc’s ‘lost’ works, referencing images from Marc’s sketchbook, created in the field near the time of his death in World War I. All materials will be provided for the sipping painters, as well as things to sip (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks.

Riddle is a San Francisco native who moved to Maine four years ago. She volunteers at Eastport’s Peavey Library and has also been leading craft classes there as an excuse to buy more washi tape. She is currently learning about spinning yarn, rediscovering her love for birding and keeping a sketch journal.

The event is intended for adults only; fee is $20. Space is limited; please preregister with Alison Brennan at (207) 454-8822 or alison@eastportartscenter.org.

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.

The Working Waterfront: Paintings by Jim Riccio Opening Reception

EAC’s Washington Street Gallery will present ‘The Working Waterfront’, a show of paintings by artist Jim Riccio through June 30, with an opening reception on June 15 from 4-6 pm. The reception will feature live music by Sánchez and Squibb.

Riccio, known for capturing the subtle beauty of nature, works in watercolor and oil, and presents in this show an array of images of lobster boats and other water vessels, and fishermen. More information and images may be found at Riccio’s website, www.jimriccio.com.

Washington Street Gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or by appointment. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and http://www.eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible.

‘Everything I Can Remember,’ A Women’s Reception

A women’s reception and event titled “Everything I Can Remember” will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 2-4 pm, at Eastport Arts Center’s Washington Street Gallery. “It will be a time to celebrate who we are, and to bear witness to our experience,” notes organizer, Alberta Hunter.

The focal point of the day will be the creation of a book bearing witness to attendees’ negative experiences at the hands of men. Each woman will be given a sheet of paper on which to anonymously list every incident she can remember. No names will be used. Pages will be incorporated into a book that will be housed at the Peavey Memorial Library.

This event will coincide with the opening of the women’s exhibition, The Flip Side of Our Experience, which will be on view through June 1 at the gallery. The show will feature works created in response to the following statement: “Being female comes with its perks. But too often women are subjected to abuse at the hands of the males of our species.” The show will have a closing reception on Saturday, June 1 from 3-4 pm. The opinions of the organizers and artists of this show do not necessarily represent those of the Eastport Arts Center.

Washington Street Gallery is open during EAC events, or by chance or by appointment

Felting Workshops with Audra Christie: Beads and Vessels

Eastport Arts Center will offer back-to-back wool felting workshops with Audra Christie on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, from 12:30-4:30 pm. Wet Felted Fiber Beads will be Saturday’s offering; Wet Felted Vessels will follow on Sunday; attendees may pick one of these workshops or attend both to score a 25% discount.
In Wet Felted Fiber Beads, participants will learn how to create felted, spherical beads from raw wool fiber, then transform the beads into earrings, necklaces and other forms of jewelry. Attendees will also explore how to felt “sushi roll” beads with multiple colors of wool and transform those beads into various forms of jewelry.
In Wet Felted Vessels, each participant will create a 3-dimensional wool vessel. Wool fibers will be layered around a foam resist, wet with slightly soapy water, then rubbed and rolled to tangle and bind the fibers together to form the felt. To shrink and full the forms, attendees will squeeze and manipulate them to make them more dense and thick.
“Felt-making is a very physical activity,” notes instructor Christie about the vessel workshop. “Most of the work will be done while standing. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet!” Those curious about felting but wishing for a less rigorous experience will find it with the bead workshop.
Christie is an artist and educator living in Cherryfield, Maine. Her artwork, which takes many different forms including public installations, bingo and community dinner ‘happenings’ and a mobile fiber art studio, explores a variety of themes including ethics, craft, localism, conviviality, and the rural and community. She has taught numerous felting workshops for Schoodic Arts for All, Eastport Arts Center and Adult Ed programs in Washington and Hancock counties. More information about Christie can be found at www.audrachristie.com and AUD Art (www.facebook.com/AUDart/).
Both workshops are appropriate for beginners or those with experience felting, and are designed for ages 12 and up. Space is limited, and enrollment will be first-come, first-served. Most materials are provided; fee is $40 for either workshop, or $60 to do both; sliding fee scale available by request. To reserve your spot, please email chris@eastportartscenter.org, or call (207) 853-4650. Registrants will be provided with a list of common household objects they’ll need for felting (towels, scissors, etc.) The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC workshops are partially funded by the Maine Community Foundation’s Belvedere Handcrafts Grant

April Vacation Arts Camp: OUTER SPACE with Sara Myrick

EAC will offer an outer space-themed arts camp during April Vacation week featuring an array of artistic activities. “Art creation need not be limited by your immediate surroundings,” says Sara Myrick, instructor for the camp. “Inspiration can be found beyond even the farthest reaches of our galaxy and imaginations!” Myrick teaches K-12 art full-time in the Eastport schools, and has led many workshops at the EAC. She is also owner of Coastal Whims, a home-based art business celebrating her love of nature and handcrafting.
The camp is for ages 6-13, and camp fee is $10. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please email alison@eastportartscenter.org.

Block Printing on Fabric (two-part workshop)

Eastport Arts Center will offer a two-part workshop in Block Printing on Fabric on Saturday, March 2, and Saturday, March 9, from 12:30-4:30 pm. Instructors Susan Lehnen and Sasha Lehnen-Spencer will guide students in an exploration of printing on fabric using hand-cut stamps. Participants will create their own symbols to experiment with, and, in Lehnen’s words, will “play together with color and design to get a feel for these techniques and to create unique works of textile art.” The course will include discussion of textile stamping in a historical context as well as the development of symbolism within the cultures who cultivated these techniques.

Susan Lehnen is an artist and teacher. She has three grown children and lives off the grid in the Perry woods with her husband Bill, their 2 dogs and 4 cats. She holds a BFA from Michigan State and an MS in Synaesthetic Education from Syracuse University.

Sasha Lehnen-Spencer is a lifelong art maker. She received her BFA from Maine College of Art with a concentration in sculptural ceramics. Sasha explores many mediums, with clay and fabric as her favorites. Her business, Foxy Fix-It, offers alterations and adornment for clothing and housewares as well as sewing alteration instruction. She regularly teaches classes in up-cycling, ceramic hand-building, and with her mother Susan Lehnen teaches fabric surface design techniques.

This workshop is intended for participants ages 12 and up. Workshop fee, which includes materials and covers both sessions, is $60. For those who need it, all of our workshops are offered by sliding fee scale, thanks to support from The Belvedere Fund. Preregistration is required; please email alison@eastportartscenter.org, or call (207) 454-8822 to reserve your spot or for additional information.  The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.

Life Drawing Workshop

The Eastport Arts Center will resume its Life Drawing Workshop on January 16. The group will meet each Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on the first floor of the Arts Center.
Participants in the two hour weekly workshop will approach drawing the figure through a series of short exercises that lead to an hour long study, using the drawing medium of their choice. Learning to draw the figure has long been the foundation of learning how to draw. Through history it has been both an academic exercise and a demonstration of mastery. The arts center’s emphasis is to offer a learning experience for beginners, and for more experienced artists an opportunity to hone their drawing skills.  Instruction is offered when requested. Students and artists may sign up for four weeks at a time; however drop-ins are also welcome. The workshop fee is $12 per session, or $40 if a participant signs up for four sessions.  Participants must bring their own drawing or painting supplies.  For further information, please call Joyce Weber at (207) 853-2358, or e-mail at jpweber@roadrunner.com.


The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.