Recent Events 2010

4th Annual Extravaganza
this year a 7 week event!
November 5- December 24, 2010

Opening Reception Friday November 5, 5-8pm
Open daily 10am-6pm, Fridays in December until 8pm.
Christmas Eve only until 3pm.

Holiday Extravaganza

Aarhus Gallery announces its Holiday Extravaganza small works show with 70+ Maine Artists, Craftsmen, Poets and Musicians: 50 days

The annual HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA kicks off early this year and runs from November 5th through December 24th This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond are represented in a dazzling variety of mediums, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, turned wood, fiber, assemblage, cards, calendars, ornaments, new Glass Plate images, jewelry, music and more!

Artists who have shown at Aarhus over the past year will be featured, along with some newcomers and the usual Aarhus partners.

Artists include: Suzanne Anderson, Daniel Anselmi, Jes Anthonis, Bernice Arthur, Sam Bartlett's Stuntology, Kate Bauman, Dan Beckman, Phyllis Buchanan, Linda Buckmaster, Kimberly Callas, Paula Cannon, Kathleen Colton, Mj Viano Crowe, Dean's Sweets, James Deane, Liz Deane, Gabriella D'Italia, Ingrid Ellison, Carole Ann Fer, Sallie Findlay, Kathleen Newton Foote, Annadeene Fowler, George Fowler. Free Seedlings Band, Elizabeth Garber, Carol Gater, Ellen Goldsmith, Davidson Graves, Dave Hurley, David Jacobson , Jeffrey Jelenfy, Kevin Johnson, Jody Johnstone, Judd Jones, Susan Jones, Mia Kanazawa, Lynn Karlin, Mark Kelly, Michelle Kelly, A. C. Kulik, Cate Lamb, Valerie Lawson, Marc Leavitt, Betsy Levine, Joel Lipman, Richard Mann, Barbara Maria, Kate McLeod, Holly Meade, Cathy Melio, Heléna Melone, Jonathan Mess, Metaphor Bronze, Ed Moffitt, The Montville Project, Hanako Nakazato,Toki Oshima, Leila Ostby, Ben Potter, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Mike Rich, Bob Richardson, Rebecca Rivers, Jay Sawyer, Erin Seegers, Louise Shorette, Lesia Sochor, Karin Spitfire, Jessica Stammen, Tandem Glass, Mary Trotochaud, Troy Howard Middle School Garden, Nance Trueworthy, Larry Unger, Walter Ungerer, Simon van der Ven, Glen Veevaert, John Vincent, Patricia Wheeler, Ellen Wieske, J. Fred Woell, Seth and Tyler Yentes, plus the Glass Plate Image Archive.

Chocolate Tasting and Music at Åarhus Gallery

Friday Dec. 3rd, 5-8

Dean's Sweets Maine Made Chocolates to be tasted December 3rd

Here’s a little treat you might be interested in at Åarhus, an evening of chocolate tasting and browsing music, Dean’s Sweets of Portland AND the hip solo piano of Tom Luther, December 3rd from 5-8pm. What a line up! But that’s not all, you can also peruse the Extravaganza of small artworks and gifts for friends and loved ones. Or pick up that perfect thing for yourself that no-one else is sharp enough to know that you really, really need. All the while, (except for a break here and there) Tom’s jazz keyboard is spicing up the nooks and crannies with original compositions and other urbane razzamatazz. Then tantalize your taste buds and take the tour of the tasting table for a tiny taste or two of dark chocolate truffle and try, Tequila, Sea Salt, Cayenne... They’re great. They’re extraordinary. And available in boxes of four and eight. Wow!

Gabriella D'Italia

September 28-October 24, 2010
Opening Reception Friday October 1, 5-8pm

Material Index: In Consideration of Counting, In Memory of Necessary Omissions
88” x 86”, 20 yards cotton sateen including all trimmed ends and cut remains, cotton batting, thread

"Material Index, diptych"
commercial cotton, cotton batting, embroidery floss, beads, thread, paper, foil, hardware 36" x 55" x 1"

"Material Index, diptych" (detail)
commercial cotton, cotton batting, embroidery floss, beads, thread, paper, foil, hardware 36" x 55" x 1"

Gabriella D’Italia grew up in Morristown, NJ. After receiving her BA in Philosophy and the History of Science and Mathematics through the great books program at St. John’s College, and living several years in Boston, she moved to Newburgh, Maine. She renovated a one-room schoolhouse (The Bell School), designed costumes for The Penobscot Theatre and Maine Shakespeare Festival, founded and runs a quilting business, The Spring Street Co., taught several fiber workshops including, “Freedom through Limits” for the Maine Crafts Association at Haystack, served several years as Board Chairman for The Maine Highlands Guild, is a juried professional member of The Maine Crafts Guild, received the Merit Award for her work “Red Finery” at Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland, honorable mention for her work “White Finery” at National Fiber Directions 2009, acceptance and publication in the Quilt National ’09 International Biennial exhibition and catalog, received a fellowship to the Mildred’s Lane residency program under Mark Dion, Robert Williams, and J. Morgan Puett, and is a recipient of a 2010 MAC Good Idea Grant. Recent shows include: The UMMA I-95 Triennial Invitational Exhibition, Bangor, ME, "An Ordinall of Alchimy" Organized by Mark Dion and Robert Williams for Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn, NY, and the CMCA 2010 Biennial, Rockport, ME.

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An evening of Maine actors reading Maine writers
Saturday, October 23, 7pm
$7 suggested donation

Actor Peter Conant reading a story by John Manderino at as if stories at Aarhus

The Fall 2010 performance of as if stories, an ongoing series of readings of short stories by Maine writers performed by Maine actors, will take place on Saturday, October 23 at 7 p.m. at Åarhus Gallery in Belfast. The evening will feature two compelling stories: “God Is Dead” by Ron Currie, Jr., read by Tom Maycock, and “Elwood’s Last Job” by Elaine Ford, read by Lisa Goodridge.

Ron Currie is the author of the novel Everything Matters, named one of the “Best Five Books to Share with Friends” by National Public Radio, and a collection of stories, God Is Dead, which won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. He was born and raised in Waterville, Maine, where he still lives.

Tom Maycock has performed with the Belfast Maskers and played The Old Man in Yeats’ Purgatory at the Loeb Theater in Cambridge. He hails from New York, but has lived in Belfast for thirty years. His day (and night) job is as a family doctor.

Elaine Ford is the author of five novels and a collection of short stories, The American Wife, for which she received the Michigan Literary Fiction Award. She is professor emerita at the University of Maine, where she taught creative writing and literature. She lives in Harpswell.

Lisa Goodridge has performed with the Belfast Maskers, the Assembled Players, and the improv group “Playing in Traffic.” She had a radio astrology spot on WABK in Gardiner, Maine, for ten years, and has taught French to adults and children for over forty years, currently at the Appleton Village School. She lives in Appleton.

The mission of as if stories is to showcase the work of Maine writers – the known, the lesser known, and the great unknown – by bringing their stories to life in live readings by Maine actors. Please join our growing and enthusiastic audience, meet writers, hear their stories, and surround yourself with engaging art and stimulating conversation. Suggested donation is $7 and includes light refreshments.

Cinder Conk

Sat, October 9, 2010
$10 suggested donation
light refreshments will be served

Aarhus Gallery is pleased to welcome back the nuanced raucousness of Balkan/Gypsy folk dance music and raucous Yiddish celebration anthems of Cinder Conk.

You may have heard them at Belfast's first annual Free Range Music Festival in April. Matt Rock is an accordion activist committed to promoting spiritual development through free-reed music. Xar Adelberg is an orthodox bullfiddle pilot committed to a revolution.

Listen and Enjoy!

Robert Shetterly

August 31-September 26, 2010
Opening Reception Friday September 3, 5-8pm

A Short History of Warnings
acrylic on panel, 24”x24”, 2010

These paintings come from two very distinct periods in my life --- from when I believed my obligation as an artist was to be as honestly ambiguous as I could be about the baffling mysteries of life, to revel in the blindalley narratives that must be solved by each person imaginatively & idiosyncratically. And many of them come from a more recent time when I have been dedicated to doing didactic work because the earth is in such a precarious situation, because governments have failed to care for nature and people have failed to require that of their governments.. These recent paintings are not didactic but they do reflect that mood. What's curious to me is how similar they are to the earlier paintings. Art allows itself to be used for teaching as well as exploring. One can go back & forth and remain the same. We paint not to express ourselves but to find out what it is we want to express.

---- Robert Shetterly
August 2010
Brooksville, Maine

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Jonathan Mess

August 3-29, 2010
Opening Reception Friday, August 6th, 5-8

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Jonathan Mess studied art at the University of Toledo and received a BFA in studio art at the University of Montana. In 1999, Jonathan moved to the western foothills of Maine, where he taught art at Leavitt Area High School. In 2004, he was commissioned to create a major installation at the Bates Mill Complex for the Governor's Conference on the Creative Economy. Looking for a new challenge, Jonathan left Maine in 2006 to pursue an MFA at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He completed his degree in May of 2008 and returned to Maine, this time to explore the MidCoast region while keeping a studio at the Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick. Jonathan currently teaches art at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle.

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George Pearlman

June 29 to August 1, with an opening reception Friday, July 2, 5-8 pm.

Åarhus Gallery Third Ånniversary Show

Mark Kelly    Wesley Reddick    KevinJohnson     Annadeene K. Fowler
Abbie Read    Ingrid Ellison    Richard Mann     Willy Reddick

June 2-27, 2010
Opening Reception Friday June 4, 5-8pm

Åarhus Gallery Celebrates its Third Anniversary

Triptychs, trilogies and hat tricks! Åarhus Gallery is celebrating its threeness and all are invited to share in the merrymaking and triplicity with an opening reception for their third anniversary show. With many thanks and warm regards to the community, friends, supporters and visitors, the eight Åarhus partners humbly request the public to join them, Friday evening June 4th from 5-8, to meet the two new partners Ingrid and Abbie, see new work, have refreshments, crackers, cheese and try Mark Kelly’s famous hummus. Meet and converse with local artists, writers, actors, musicians, poets, art appreciators and a whole bunch of normal people too! All are welcome, in triplicate.

The show runs from June 2 through the 27th and features artworks by Åarhus partners: Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene K. Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick.

Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, will resume summer hours with this show starting June 2nd, and will be open daily 10am-6pm.

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An evening of Maine actors reading Maine writers
Saturday June 26, 2010 at 7pm
Suggested donation $7 ~ refreshments will be served
Featuring two short stories about immersing and emerging

“Strokes” by Gail R. Henningsen
from The Gettysburg Review (Gettysburg College)
performed by Kristen Burkholder

“Five Tuesdays In Winter” by Lily King
from Contemporary Maine Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories
edited by Wesley McNair (Down East Books)
performed by Lincoln Clapp

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast proudly presents the third installment of as if stories, a live-performance series of readings by Maine actors of short stories by Maine writers, on Saturday, June 26th, at 7:00 pm. The evening will feature two stories about immersing and emerging: “Strokes” by Gail R. Henningsen, read by Kristen Burkholder, and “Five Tuesdays In Winter” by Lily King, read by Lincoln Clapp.

Gail Henningsen’s stories have appeared in The Bellevue Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, Passages North, and other literary journals. Kristen Burkholder has performed in numerous plays throughout Midcoast Maine, including at the Penobscot Theater in Bangor and the 15-Minute Play Festival in Belfast. She also writes for and performs in the New Vaudeville Revue, sings standards with the piano/vocal duo Tango, and is lead vocalist for the jazz quintet Luna Madidus.

Lily King is the author of the novels “The Pleasing Hour” and “The English Teacher,” and has published short stories in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train and other literary reviews. Lincoln Clapp resides in Belfast, where he has appeared at The Playhouse Theater, most recently in “Wild Mushrooms.” He is also a singer/songwriter.

The mission of as if stories is to showcase the work of Maine fiction writers – the known, the lesser known, and the great unknown – by presenting their stories as if they were true, with live readings by Maine actors in front of adult audiences. If you enjoy good stories well told, please join our growing and enthusiastic audience for an entertaining and enlightening evening. Meet the writers, hear their stories, immerse yourself in great art and engaging conversation, and emerge, if nothing else, a little farther along the road to understanding this perplexing journey we call the human condition. Suggested donation of $7 includes if that’s not a good deal!

Save the dates! More as if stories will be performed on September 11 and October 23, 2010. as if stories is an ongoing series of short story readings. For story submission guidelines, click here.

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Patterns of Nature

May 6-30, 2010
Opening Reception Friday May 7, 5-8pm

Clint Fulkerson, Entrance. 6”x5”, ink and colored pencil on vellum

Onion skin under the microscope appears as a funky quilt pattern of rectangles. Meandering animal tracks in the snow may be the purposeful and unmistakable pattern of the red fox. The structure of a root system can be the pattern of success for an entire botanical kingdom, but can look like just a big mess. The patterns of nature are omnipresent, and are the source of inspiration to many artists, some of whose work will be featured at Åarhus Gallery with an exhibition entitled ‘Patterns of Nature’.

The show will feature the works of:

"Patterns of Nature" will be on display May 6th-30th. A reception Friday May 7th from 5-8pm is open to all and will be a fine opportunity to meet the artists and let them know how beautiful, wacky or wonderful their work is.

Grid Works

April 1-May 2, 2010
Opening Reception Friday April 2, 5-8pm

Andrea Martens, Sprawling Confinement, 2007; Intaglio (dry point) on handmade paper, graphite, charcoal on canvas; 58" x 74"

Grids are handy for organizing things like streets in New York, or screws, nails and buttons in nifty plastic containers. Grids are good for grilling veggies or playing football on. Of course there’s the NationalGrid for delivering electricity, but it’s not really in the shape of a grid. Grids help us track and plan our lives by the day, week or month and they help hold concrete together. The game of checkers?....grid. Grids are everywhere, even in nature and they can be curiously appealing, in fact sometimes the darn things acan look quite beautiful. Åarhus has lined up a mesh of artists that use grids in their work in one aspect or another and the Åarhus partners will find a way in edgewise to show their griddy work as well.

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Love Levers

Åarhus Gallery is proud to present as if stories, a live-performance series of readings by Maine actors of short stories by Maine writers, Saturday evening, May 1st at 7:00. Love Levers, features three stories about the propelling force of love and friendship: “It’s What It Feels Like” by Andrew McNabb, read by Michael Fletcher, “Taughannock Falls” by Bill Roorbach, read by Derek DeJoy, and “Instructor, Composition Skills” by John Manderino, read by Peter Conant.

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“It’s What It Feels Like” can be found in Portland writer Andrew McNabb’s collection of stories, The Body of This. His award winning stories have appeared in numerous literary venues including The Missouri Review and Words & Pictures Magazine.

Bill Roorbach, a resident of Farmington, has received an NEA fellowship, an O. Henry Award, and the Flannery O’Connor Award for his collection of stories, Big Bend, from which “Taughannock Falls” is excerpted. He has published a novel, The Smallest Color, and two volumes of nonfiction, most recently Temple Stream. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s and many other periodicals.

John Manderino’s story is from his third novel in stories, Reason For Leaving. He has published two previous novels, Sam and His Brother Len and The Man Who Once Played Catch with Nellie Fox and is working on his fourth. He teaches college writing and provides coaching and editing services to other writers.

Michael Fletcher has assumed numerous roles with several mid-coast theater groups including, The Camden Civic Theater, The Belfast Maskers and the Assembled Players, where he played the part of Vladimir, in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’. Michael makes his living as a carpenter in Jackson, Maine.

The multi-faceted Derek DeJoy has credits in radio production and acting in Boston, Seattle, St. Petersburg and Portiers, France. Reading ‘Taughannock Falls’ will be his Belfast debut. Derek makes his living as a carpenter in Belfast, Maine.

Peter Conant has been a stage actor for many years, performing with several companies including, Belfast Maskers, The Assembled Players and the improvisational group Playing in Traffic. He is a regular cast member and writer for the New Vaudeville Review, portraying up to nine different comedic characters per show and has most recently been seen at the Playhouse as the over wrought father in ‘Wild Mushrooms’. Peter makes his living as a carpenter in Appleton, Maine.

The mission of as if stories is to showcase the work of Maine fiction writers – the known, the lesser known, and the great unknown – by presenting their stories as if they were true, with live readings by Maine actors in front of adult audiences. If you’ve ever been read to before, you know the magic of the suspension of disbelief. So pry yourself (and a friend) out of your gardens, to Åarhus for as if stories we’re sure you’ll love it. Suggested donation $7, includes if that’s not a good deal!

Save the dates! More as if stories will be performed on June 26, September 11, and October 23, 2010.

as if stories is an ongoing series of short story readings. For story submission guidelines click here.

Suzannah Park and Nathan Morrison

Sunday April 25th, 2010 from 2:00 to 6:00pm

Åarhus is pleased to present the illustrious musical talents of Suzannah Park and Nathan Morrison for a two hour workshop plus a one hour concert, Sunday April 25th from 2:00 to 6:00pm.

These two young singers of Village Harmony fame, stretch the boundaries of traditional music with their command of varied world ethnic singing styles. Their concert program and workshops include traditional and contemporary American shape-note songs, Appalachian and gospel harmonies, early American Swing, traditional sacred and secular songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bosnia and Bulgaria as well as South African songs and dances. Performing primarily a cappella, the couple accompanies some numbers with guitar, banjo or piano.

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Suzannah and Nathan first joined their musical talents over 12 years ago in the group Northern Harmony, a singing group based in Vermont. They currently live in Asheville, North Carolina and are spending this spring touring the west and east coast.

Suzannah Park comes from a family of three generations of traditional musicians and storytellers and has been performing for most of her life. Her mother the respected local musician Jennifer Armstrong lives here in Belfast. Suzannah has taught singing for many years and for the past nine at Village Harmony camps as one of their most popular teachers. She has recently been the featured singer and musical advisor for Revels Christmas performances, in New Hampshire, Texas and Massachusetts. Her powerful singing voice and charismatic teaching style makes her an extremely valuable teacher and a pleasure to hear.

Nathan Morrison is a fine tenor, banjo player and jazz piano man and has toured extensively with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony. His fine tenor voice and relaxed teaching style together with Suzannah, creates a joyful experience for all and makes the old standards come alive.

World Music Workshop 2-4pm $20 for workshop. Morrison & Park Concert 5-6pm $7 for concert. Come to both the workshop and concert for $ 25. There will be a one hour break between the workshop and the concert, attendees are welcome to bring snacks.

April 24th, 2010

The first annual Belfast Free Range Music Festival will take place on Saturday, April 24th, 2010. The all-day festival will feature over twenty bands and solo artists representing a wide range of genres. In addition to a wonderful local and statewide representation, musicians will be traveling into town from all over the East Coast and as far as Seattle and San Francisco.

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Performances will take place across six venues in the downtown area: Aarhus Gallery, The American Legion, The Belfast Free Library, The Colonial Theatre, Roots & Tendrils, and Waterfall Arts. After a long winter of being cooped up, festival-goers will get out and around downtown, ranging freely from venue to venue, taking in live music and the company of others.

Lineup includes; The Jazz Mandolin Project (with Jon Fishman), David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Tiger Saw, The Free Seedlings, David Dodson, Mary Ann Driscoll, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Travis Lloyd Band, Wesley Hartley and the Traveling Trees, The Fofers, Luna Madidus, South China, Lazarus, Unbunny, Shawn Mercer and the Boondock Blues Band, Uke of Spaces, Cinder Conk, Good Kids Sprouting Horns, Gully, Caethua, Travis Cyr and the Strings of Calamity, Class Machine, Mahdi Army Orkestars, Calvin and the Free Will Agents, and Rural Electric.

This inaugural music fest follows in the footsteps of Belfast’s multi-dimensional musical past and present, from the wild live scene downtown in the 1970s to our fair city’s contra dances, musicals, concerts and festivals of today.

The festival lineup, schedule, pass info and more can be found on the Free Range Music Festival website: Pass prices are as follows: all access passes are $20, general passes are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Passes can currently be purchased online. Beginning April 2nd, passes can be purchased at the following downtown locations: Aarhus Gallery, Wild Rufus Records, The Green Store, and Roots & Tendrils. There are a limited number of passes so buy early!

Aarhus Gallery Festival Schedule

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11:30am CINDER CONK (Maine)
For centuries, people have harvested the blackish fungus called CinderConk for its potent healing properties. Though intrigued by riotous Balkan/Gypsy folk dance music and raucous Yiddish celebration anthems, Cinder Conk is wholeheartedly Midcoastian. Matt Rock is an accordionactivist committed to promoting spiritual development through free-reed music. Xar Adelberg is an orthodox bullfiddle pilot committed to a revolution. (You may recognize the bass player, Xar Adelberg, from the hot jazz trio Ameranouche.)

Photo: Jon Donnell

1:30pm SOUTH CHINA (Biddeford, Maine)
South China was born in 2002 as a marriage, musically and literally, of Jeremy Robinson (Baritone, Electric, and Acoustic Guitars, Accordion, Vocals) and Jerusha Robinson (Cello, Piano, Vocals). Their individual backgrounds in experimental rock and classical music produce a sound that feels sparse and improvised, evoking a slightly dark and dream-like state, like trying to recall something that is just beyond the edges of memory. They draw listeners into their intimate world of Maine winters, bittersweet moments, subtle humor, and bizarre dream imagery.

Photo: Nicholas Labbe

Northern Maine wonders, Travis Cyr and The Strings Of Calamity, play “Acousta-Funky-Folk-Grass”...or...Cerebral Folk Music. Whatever you call it, the music is a genuine reflection of the land they live: quiet, gentle and peaceful, yet vast, dark and strong. Combining vividly honest and poetic lyrics with aggressive, fast paced acoustic guitar-work, these songs break a LOT of strings!

Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb

Sounds Like Old Times Concert

CD release party Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 7:30pm.
Suggested donation $10 ,refreshments will be served.

Mining old phonograph records for gold is the current joy of two Maine musicians, Dave Peloquin, of Windsor, and Bob Webb, of Phippsburg. They have been singing traditional folk songs for more than 40 years. Two years ago, they discovered their common interest in the earliest commercial recordings of folk and "country-western" artists. The result of their collaboration is a compact disc album, "Sounds Like Old Times," which will be debuted at the gallery concert.

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Peloquin and Webb take a faithful, but retro look at commercially recorded rural music from the 1920s to the early 1950s, including songs by Jimmie Rodgers, Alton and Rabon Delmore of the Delmore Brothers, Woody Guthrie, the Mississippi Sheiks, and Hank Williams. Using guitars, five-string banjo and occasionally a mandolin, they offer a new sound that is actually decades old. They sing songs for good times and hard times that honor, without slavishly recreating recordings they and their parents and grandparents once enjoyed on 78-rpm records.

Both men are seasoned presenters. Each has performed solo, as well as in a variety of musical groups. They are well-known around New England and in Europe for their presentations of traditional music of the sea, but the concert won't feature shanties or sailors' songs. "We enjoy singing and teaching about songs under sail," Webb said. "But we're playing a different sort of music. It was astonishing to discover that Dave and I share a real affection for early rural recordings. We've been listening to those songs, separately, since the 1950s."

Bob is an accomplished five-string banjo player. He gave a standing-room only concert of solo banjo tunes and songs at Åarhus Gallery during 2009. For more information about Dave and Bob, long on to

The new CD, "Sounds Like Old Times" will be available at the concert.

2nd annual "44N 69W: Radius Belfast"

Opening Reception: Friday March 5th, 2010, 5-8pm

March 4th through the 28th, 2010

Aarhus Gallery to Donate to Food Banks and Celebrate Art in the Community

Please join Åarhus Gallery for an opening reception Friday March 5th, 5-8pm for the second annual '44N 69W: Radius Belfast'. An all encompassing show running from March 4th through the 28th, of work by Maine residents of any age or training, living within a thirty-mile radius of Belfast. From potters, painters, and welders to musicians, knitters and mobile makers, artworks celebrating and illuminating this vast creative community will be on view and for sale with 20% of proceeds going to food banks within a thirty-mile radius of Belfast. Last year over one hundred and fifty pieces of art were exhibited to the delight of hundreds of visitors, friends and loved ones with consequent sales enabling a generous donation to the Good Shepard Food Bank. This year, a $5 fee to submit work will be donated directly to local food banks increasing the help that we all know is critical to the health of our community.

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an evening of Maine actors reading Maine writers

Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 7:00pm.
$7 suggested donation and refreshments will be served

featuring two short stories of love and personal firsts

"Ernie's Ark" by Monica Wood
performed by Larason Guthrie
Collected in: Contemporary Maine Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories
edited by Wesley McNair (Down East Books)

"The Blender" by Martha Fenton
performed by Beverly Mann
Collected in: Mota 3/Courage edited by Karen Joy Fowler (Triple Tree Publishing)

Left: Beverly Mann, Right: Larason Guthrie

Neicy at 90:

A retrospective of Bernice Arthur with friends

February 4- February 28, 2010
Opening reception Friday February 5, 5-8pm

Bernice Arthur, Anecdotes and Illustrations of My Favorite Clothes and Not So Favorite (detail) 1991-2002

Neicy, has entered the building. Bernice "Neicy" Arthur that is. She's lived in Belfast for three years now having followed her children up from the Boston area, and turns 90 in February. For her birthday, Åarhus Gallery is having a retrospective show of her life's work. Topping out at 4' 10" she's an eccentric jolly bundle of artistic talent, wit and humor. Her artistic expression runs the gamut from superb pencil drawings depicting life in Boston and New York from her medical secretary days during WWII, to paintings, writing and found object sculpture, during her child rearing and art teaching years. She has continued prolifically right up to her funky colorful collages that she creates today. Bernice has taught workshops on creativity and is the author of several magazine articles and two self-published books. This interesting show will include work by many of Bernice's artist friends, young and...not so young. Work by her son Al Arthur, her daughter Willy Reddick and the other Åarhus partners will be on view as well.

Bernice's friends will include: Daniel Anselmi, Dan Beckman, Paula Cannon, Mj Viano Crowe, Judith L. Davis, Ingrid Ellison, David Estey, Annadeene Fowler, Davidson Graves, David Hurley, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Marc Leavitt, Phil Mancini, Beverly Mann, Richard Mann, Cathy Melio, Georges Nashan, Abbie Read, Alison Rector, Wesley Reddick, Michael Scott, Patricia Shea, Louise Shorette, and James Strickland.

Be a mench, see the show already!

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Friday, February 26, 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation, refreshments will be served

The band known as Agharta Jazz returns to the Åarhus Gallery for its one year anniversary show, and celebrates with a name change. Luna Madidus is the new moniker for the ensemble comprised of Kristen Burkholder (voice), Mike Whitehead (Trumpet,Flugelhorn), Tom Luther (Piano), Doug Kennedy (Bass, French Horn), and Jeff Densmore (Drums). "Åarhus is a wonderful space that we love to play in. It has a great vibe and a really warm sound" says the band's pianist and composer, Tom Luther. Luna Madidus will be bringing their spirited, unique, and vibrant original modern jazz sound to the Åarhus Gallery on Friday, February 26 at 7:30 pm.



Saturday, February 13th, 2010 7:30pm
$10 suggested donation. Refreshments included.

Seth and Tyler Yentes of Whiffletree are an interesting, hard working couple of guys...

Head out to North Branch Farm in Monroe and you may find these young gentlemen restoring a barn or walking behind the whiffletree of a horse drawn plow. Head to Åarhus Gallery Saturday February 13th at 7:30 and whiffletree takes on a new meaning as these two talented renaissance men tickle your fancy as 'Whiffletree' the violin and cello wielding musical group.

“Whiffletree is a classically trained duo with traditional and folk leanings. They use their agrarian and rural roots to create original acoustic music ranging from rich and spicy to tender and sweet. ” Seth and Tyler's music is upbeat, confident and beautiful, and will warm the shackles of this long winters grip. A ten dollar suggested donation at the door includes hot cider, tea and snacks. CD's will be available for purchase.

Here is a link to Whiffletree's myspace page: