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Barridoff Galleries Hosts Fine Art Auction at MECA

Posted: 2014-04-02

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UPCOMING BARRIDOFF GALLERIES FINE ART AUCTION AT MECA

To be held Wednesday, April 30 a the Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, ME

 

Barridoff Galleries will hold its semi-annual auction, featuring works from Maine artists, as well as works from all over the world. Previews for this sale are Tuesday, April 29 from 6-8pm, and on the day of the sale from 10am - 5pm. The sale begins at 6pm and is open to the public.


This Spring sale offers works from Albert Bierstadt, Willard Metcalf, William Zorach, Alfred Chadbourn, Marsden Hartley, Stephne Etnier and many more.

To view a full catalog, visit www.barridoff.com.

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For more info, please contact:

Barridoff Galleries
Robert & Annette Elowitch
50 Market Street
South Portland, ME  04106
fineart@barridoff.com
207.772.5011

MECA Offers New Courses in Culinary Arts

Posted: 2014-03-28

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New Community Programming Offers Foodies of All Backgrounds, Interests, and Skill Levels an Opportunity to Learn from the Best

Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art has recently announced the addition of culinary arts programming via the Continuing Studies Department. In recent years Portland and the state of Maine have become national leaders in the food scene. “Portland attracts foodies from all over the world. We are in the midst of a culinary boom and live in a city that values great food and drink. As an institution dedicated to educating artists for life, incorporating culinary arts into the curriculum is a natural next-step for the MECA,” says college president Don Tuski, Ph.D.

To help orchestrate this new realm of programming, MECA has engaged the expertise of Culinary Consultant and former Executive Vice President of The International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute), Christopher Papagni, Ph.D. According to Papagni, “Some of the best of Portland's culinary scene has been selected for this first round of MECA classes. Keeping up with new food trends and the rapid growth of artisan talent in Maine, will insure dynamic programming for a long time to come.”

This summer MECA will offer courses on various aspects of the culinary arts industry such as pastry baking, food writing, microbrewing, cheese education and farm to table dishes and culture. The programs range from one-day workshops to six-week courses. Here is a preview of culinary arts programming offered at MECA for the first time ever this Summer:

Pastry Perfection
Tara Smith from Standard Bakery will share her mastery with students over the course of three classes. Students will learn techniques, tips, and tricks to bake a selection of irresistible baked goods to serve from dawn to dusk. >> Learn More

Farm to Fork Workshop
From the Portland-local restaurant Vinland, owner and chef David Levi will teach students about the quality, healthfulness, and ecological stewardship of buying and cooking local food. Students will use summer produce from Greater Portland’s organic farms, seafood, foraged foods, and pasture-raised meats and dairy products to prepare beautiful and delicious meals using solely local ingredients. >> Learn More

All About Cheese
Sarah Wiederkehr from Winter Hill Farm will explore the history, complexity, and diversity of cheese with students over the course of a three-hour workshop. Students will learn about the different styles of cheese, optimal pairings, and how to determine quality and best techniques for storage.  >> Learn More

The Art + Craft of Food Writing
Susan Axelrod of MaineToday.com will mentor students on how to join in on Maine’s culinary conversation by exploring food writing and blogging. Students will learn how to write restaurant critiques, food feature pieces, and how to submit work to publications. >> Learn more

Microbrewing
From Bunker Brewing Co., Chresten Sorensen will help students learn the ins and outs of brewing their own beer. Sorensen will focus on the four elements of brewing (water, yeast, malt, and hops), brewing practices on a commercial vs. home-brewing scale, and the historical emergence of small independent craft-brewers around the world. >> Learn More

For more information on MECA’s new culinary programming, please contact Director of Continuing Studies, Courtney Cook at 207.699.5061, ccook@meca.edu, or visit: meca.edu/cs



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MECA Announces SUMMER OF ART Essay Competition for Youth (9-12) & Teens (13-17)

Posted: 2014-03-25

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MECA Wants to Know: What Would a Summer of Making Art Mean to You? How Do You Feel This Experience Would Benefit Your Creative Growth?


Portland, Maine – For the first time ever, MECA will be hosting an essay competition for two lucky students -- one youth (age 9-12) and one teen (age 13-17) to receive a free summer art pass. Students of all skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to participate to win a summer of free art education from the Maine College of Art. Painting, graphic design, photography and more—MECA offers a comprehensive range of summer arts programming.
 

ESSAY QUESTION:
What would a summer making art at MECA mean to you? How do you feel this experience would benefit your creative growth? 
Feel free to talk about any art you've made, would like to make, or any art that inspires you in your answer.

CATEGORIES: 
YOUTH Category: Ages 9 - 12
TEEN Category: Ages 13-17

DEADLINE: 
April 25

ELIGIBILITY & RULES
All contestants must adhere to the age requirements of each category. Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others. The essay must be 250-500 words.

HOW TO ENTER:
Once you've completed your essay, fill out our Online form (www.meca.edu/essaycontest -- see 'Apply Now' tab). Submitting the form requires parent authorization. So before you send in your essay, be sure to explain what the competition is all about and make sure that your parents are in full support!

JUDGING: 
Each entry will be judged based on originality, clarity of thought and motivation, and expressiveness in writing. Winners will be contacted by phone during the first week in May '14.

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For more information please contact:  Raffi Der Simonian | 207.699.5010 | rdersimonian@meca.edu

L.L. Bean Uses Anne Ireland Painting for Summer Catalogue Cover

Posted: 2014-03-25

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One of Anne Ireland's (MECA alum 94') paintings will be used on the cover of L.L. Bean's Catalogue for this upcoming summer season. This will be Ireland's second cover for the Maine brand—the last being in 2011. L.L. Bean publishes a Maine artist four times a year, each season. Ireland currently has an exhibit in Charles C. Thomas Gallery at MECA. 

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MECA Associate Ceramics Professor Lucy Breslin Awarded Residency in Denmark

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Congratulations to associate ceramics professor Lucy Breslin for being recently awarded a residency at the highly respected and well-known international Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center located in Denmark. Breslin will spend the month of July this summer working a series of pieces that will honor the Danish poet, Inger Christensen.

For more on the residency program 

For more on Breslin 



MECA's Art Education Program Presents a Lecture with Amy Cousins

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Amy Cousins is coming to MECA on March 26 to present her Assessment Lecture, From Overwhelmed to in Control: Connecting the Dots of Assessment. Amy is connected to the Art Ed Program, MAEA, and Maine's Assessment Initiative. She is also a part of the initiative and a presenter on "Power Standards," a pared down way of assessing using the learning standard.

Amy's lecture starts at 4:10pm in Osher Hall. 

MECA's Art Education Program Presents a Lecture with Amy Cousins

Posted: 2014-03-20

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Amy Cousins is coming to MECA on March 26 to present her Assessment Lecture, From Overwhelmed to in Control: Connecting the Dots of Assessment. Amy is connected to the Art Ed Program, MAEA, and Maine's Assessment Initiative. She is also a part of the initiative and a presenter on "Power Standards," a pared down way of assessing using the learning standard.

Amy's lecture starts at 4:10pm in Osher Hall.

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