Please join us for the Bridgton Community Band here in our Courtyard on Wednesday, July 17th and July 24th, 7:00-8:30! This is a wonderful opportunity to explore our little corner and set up your chair to enjoy some beautiful music. We will be expanding pedestrian areas for more people to stroll on our beautiful Main Street.
Are you looking for something new to try that is fun, easy and fulfilling?
Come out and play! Join me, local artist Heather MacLeod, and let’s explore SoulCollage® together.
SoulCollage® is a surprisingly joyful and satisfying process of creative self-discovery for all. No background in art or specific artistic talent is required. If you know how to use scissors and glue you will succeed in this workshop. All collage images and materials will be provided by the facilitator. You will be introduced to the basic process of SoulCollage® card making and then be encouraged to rip, snip and paste recycled magazine images onto 5 X 8 inch cards. You will make several meaningful cards to take home with you. You will be amazed by what you create! Your cards will beautifully reflect your individuality and showcase your innate wisdom. The experience of creating SoulCollage® cards is empowering and transformative. Later, you may decide to continue the process and learn how to create your own personal mindfulness practice with your cards. Just bring your scissors and yourself!
Have you ever thought about keeping a journal? Not the kind you write your thoughts and feelings in, but an “art journal.” You’ll learn how to document your days with basic drawing, painting, and pasting. Join me, local artist Kim Dubay, and I’ll show how I create a journal that’s personal and meaningful. Please bring: a permanent fine tip black pen, some double-sided tape or glue stick, a blank journal, and any personal papers or photos you’d like to include. I’ll bring some basic art supplies to share, no expensive art supplies needed. *I will have some high-quality journals and fine-tip pens available for purchase if you don’t have these, or would like to upgrade your supplies.
Please pre-register here:
Join other teens in revamping the Bridgton Library’s Teen Room. Paint the ceiling tiles! Also help put up other new decorations and name our newest addition to the library…
Join other teens at the Youth Library to share writing pieces, manga drawing, and poetry (sharing optional!), and then create your own journal with an original cover!
When was the last time you got art in the mail?
Original Mail Art is easy and inexpensive to make and send. Give old paper new life as snail mail. Come have fun making one-of-a-kind cards out of stuff that would normally get tossed into the recycle bin. Learn how to make your own personalized postcards, greeting cards and even envelopes! Transform ugly cards, junk mail, discarded books & magazines into artistic creations worthy of postage. Entertain and amuse your postal worker. Impress and charm your friends. The best way to get good mail is to send good mail, so start making and mailing your own Mail Art!
The author of The Guerilla Art Kit, Keri Smith, explains guerrilla art in her own words… “as any anonymous work (including but not limited to graffiti, signage, performance, additions, and decoration) installed, performed, or attached in public space, with the distinct purpose of affecting the world in a creative or thought-provoking way. (p. 11)”
I have always loved hiding (and finding) out that I’ve made around the communities in which I’ve lived. I’d like to share that joy with others as we make some simple crafts together. Painting rocks and creating Artist Trading Cards are just a couple of the projects we’ll make, along with some simple crafts from Keri Smith’s book, mentioned above. Many of these can be done at home with supplies you would already have on hand.
During the last 30-45 minutes of class we’ll go out into town to leave our creations! It’s so much fun to do this activity with others who see the value in brightening someone’s day in an unexpected way! Join me and fellow students in “taking our ‘art’ to the street of Bridgton!”
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lizzie Millett was born in Waterford, Maine, in 1861. She and younger sister Hattie escaped from their troubled childhoods and, each in her own way, built successful lives. Lizzie’s struggles to achieve personal and professional success in “a man’s world” of business are struggles that, in some forms, continue for women today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Spencer, after living forty years in downtown Boston, resides in South Waterford, Maine. His home is a former water-powered box mill on City Brook, where he writes at a desk perched above a breached split-granite dam. His avocations are writing, reading, gardening, and enjoying his wife’s fabulous cooking.
Please join us Saturday, August 31st 1-2:30. Pre-registration requested but not required.
Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World by Peter Chapman
Paul St. Cyr, the third author in our series, currently resides in Westbrook, Maine and writes on the “American Civil War as more than battles in well-known locations, but as stories of common men and women who demonstrated the dedication, determination, and true grit of common men and women.” His two novels, Innocent Pride and Aftermath, capture the story of a young Confederate soldier’s journey.
Registration requested but not required.