Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Blog Site

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Lubec Arts Alive 2010 Event Info

Starfish, Lubec Arts Alive, Beach Art

Kickoff Event
Lubec Arts Alive 2010

Please join us for the
Premiere Screening
A film by Jon Wing Lum

Friday, July 23, 2010
at the Christian Temple Church
Main St., Lubec
7:00 p.m.

Please join us for the kickoff!
This beautiful thirty minute film by Jon Wing Lum captures the event from beginning to end with footage of the portrait project, mural, Hamilton Cove environmental art, doorway installations, poetry reading, and the artists at work.

Free Admission. Refreshments will be served.

Special Thanks to Pastor Alan Andraeas and Christian Temple Church for their time and use of their space for this event.

UMVA Artists featured in the film:
Natasha Mayers, Robert Shetterly, Kenny Cole, Barabara Sullivan, Rose Marasco, Richard Brown Lethem, Diane Dahlke, Karen Adrienne, Siena Mayers, Mary Bernstein, Jill Lavetsky, Alan Crichton, Harlan Crichton.

Lubec Arts Alive 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Mowry Beach, Lubec, Maine
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Rain date: Sunday, July 25th

Sculpture and Outdoor Enthusiasts
Create environmental artworks from natural found objects: driftwood, sea glass, feathers, seaweed, shells, stones, etc.

Plein Air Artists
Bring your materials and paint or draw!

Bring your instruments and voice to serenade us while we create!

There are two entrances to the beach:
1) Park behind school and follow the marked Downeast Coastal Conservancy trail
2) Follow Pleasant Street to the end and park in the lot just beyond the Water Treatment Plant.

There will be an Info booth will be set-up at Flatiron Corner, across from the Quik Shop.

Special Thanks to the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, who maintain and protect the land and trails at Mowry Beach.
Jennifer Multhoop, Mowry Beach Steward

Questions or clarification, Email:

All photos for this blog entry were taken by and are copyrighted by:
Goodman/Van Riper Photography

Seaweed Labyrinth and Stone Line, Lubec Arts Alive, Beach Art

Piling Stones, Lubec Arts Alive, Beach Art

Found Object Sculpture, Lubec Arts Alive, Beach Art

Seaweed Goddess, Lubec Arts Alive, Beach Art

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Faces and Stories of Lubec: The 2009 Portrait Project opens at the Lubec Memorial Library April 14th, 2010

Portrait of Ron Pesha, Acrylic by Richard Brown Lethem

Portraits from the summer 2009 Lubec Arts Alive will be on exhibit in April 2010.
to view all portraits that were created during the 2009 event, follow this link:

Faces and Stories of Lubec

The Lubec Arts Alive 2009 Portrait Project

Portraits in acrylic, oil, charcoal, photography, and pencil by:
Robert Shetterly, Richard Brown Lethem,
Diane Dahlke, Alan Crichton, Rose Marasco, and Jill lavetsky

April 7 - June 2, 2010
Lubec Memorial Library
Lubec, Maine

Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 14th
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Open to the Public • Refreshments will be served

The Portrait Project was a component of Lubec Arts Alive 2009. Over twenty Lubec townspeople (past and present) were either painted or drawn by artists-in-residence from the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Through artistic and written documentation, this project tells a story about our town and some of the people who live here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Lubec Arts Alive 2010

Check back for updates on this summer's upcoming event!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lubec Arts Alive 2009 A Huge Success!

The finished mural mounted at the Lubec Historical Society

It was a great week!
Check out our flicker site to see lots of photos from the event! Thanks to all the artists, volunteers, and sponsors for making our first Lubec Arts Alive a huge success!

Click here to visit our Flicker site with 200 photos!

Lubec Alive with Art
By Karen Burke 8/22/09

Alive with Art was the theme last week in Lubec. Billed as a Downeast Community Art Event, and envisioned by local Lubec art teacher Shanna Wheelock, with the help of Maine artist Natasha Mayers, a virtual explosion of creativity was unleashed in this small community. “Lubec Arts Alive 2009” came about as a result of collaboration between the two and the Lubec Historical Society, in particular Ron Pesha .

A mural, 8' x 12' feet consisting of three panels, was designed by artists with input from community members. The creative depiction of Lubec, includes historical images, past and current industries, wildlife, boats, plants, trees and even a blueberry pie. The colorful graphic depiction of lively Lubec was drawn and painted in five days by member of the Union of Maine Visual Arts (UMVA) and local community members. The mural project, situated in the Grange Hall, was open to the public. High School students, long time elderly residents, local artists and many others participated in painting the impressive mural which will be mounted on the Lubec Historical Society building.

The portrait project, which now includes over 30 portraits of those who have made a contribution to Lubec past or present was conducted by UMVA members including nationally known artist Robert Shetterly, Diane Dahlke, Alan Crichton, Rose Marasco and Richard Brown Lethem. Jill Lavetsky, artist-in- residence composed a stunning portrait of long time resident Barney Rier who recently passed away. It is hoped that the images will be maintained by various organizations in Lubec, who nominated many of the subjects and the collection brought out from time to time for public display.

Installations of doorway art on Water Street took place during the week. Whimsical and colorful sea creatures, creative sardine can displays and expressionist painting now decorate three buildings on Water Street, including Annabells, Lubec Landmarks and Diane’s Glass at the Peacock Factory.Thursday afternoon many folks gathered to generate sculptures at Hamilton Cove, made from natural found objects. Led by local artist Jean Bookman Fincke a labyrinth was built as well as fantastic birds and goddess like creatures.

The public was invited to participate in Iconic sign making at the Grange Hall each day. All ages participated in designing and painting signs, which range from the abstract to reproductions of sardine can labels. Many of the signs were on display and sold at Flatiron Corner on Friday. The proceeds will be used to cover expenses of Lubec Arts Alive.

Other UMVA artists participating in the week included Kenneth Cole, Karen Adrienne, Barbara Sullivan, Sienna Mayers and also Harlan Crichton Mary Bernstein from Amherst Massachusetts.
A team of six committee members, including Jean DeVeber, Jean Bookman Fincke, Claudia Mahlman , Karen Burke, Ann Rosebrooks, and Shanna Wheelock organized the event including the many volunteers who worked to cut and prime boards, provided space, tours,supplies and food, interviewed portrait subjects and donated funds. Volunteer photographers and film makers documented the week-long event. Local hosts provided housing for the artists who volunteered to come to Lubec and share their talents.

Shanna Wheelock, when asked what role the event had in the community stated, “Lubec Arts Alive documented and celebrated our community's rich history and people through the arts. It has been a true grass-roots effort with everyone pitching-in to make it a success, from the artists who volunteered their talents, to the businesses who provided food, and local individuals who donated time, lodging, and financial support. We had a dedicated committee here in Lubec and an all-star cast of artists from all over the state and beyond. This year’s event will no doubt provide a model for future community art projects for the UMVA as well as our own town. It has truly been a pleasure to work with everyone involved.”