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Arts Night at the Library

The Arts Nights at the Library series for winter-spring 2007 has a new theme and expanded venues. This year the series moves to four regional libraries and presentations will be on the theme of Stories of the Five Rivers. This popular series began as a collaboration between Brunswick Area Arts & Cultural Alliance and Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick and expanded to include presentations at Patten Free Library in Bath. Arts Nights at the Library are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Alfred M. Senter Fund and support from participating libraries.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 6:30p.m. at Patten Free Library, Bath
400 Years of Craft and Industry along the Kennebec.
Presenters: Brenda Cummings and Robin Hansen.
Made possible, in part by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council

Wednesday, March 7, 2007, 6:30p.m. at Bowdoinham Public Library
Presenters: Frank Burroughs, author of Confluence; Heather Perry - photographer, Confluence, and Buster Prout, boat builder and storyteller.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 6:30p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick

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Arts Night at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, 6:30pm, explores universal themes in a presentation called “Riversong, Riverstory.”  The evening features singer/songwriter Matt Loosigian and storyteller Sarah Halford.  It is sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance and is the third in the Arts Nights series to examine stories of the Five Rivers.  This free evening program is sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance and made possible with support from the Curtis Memorial Library and the Alfred Senter Fund.  For more information, please visit www.fiveriversartsalliance.org.

People have utilized rivers for our food, transportation, and water needs since the dawn of human civilization and we remain linked to their meandering, gushing flow.  A metaphor for power, grace, unity, peace and time, the river has inspired poets, composers, and spiritual seekers through the ages. 

Sarah HalfordStoryteller Sarah Halford and singer/songwriter Matt Loosigian will weave a tapestry of the stories, teachings and emotions that rivers have long inspired.  Matt’s voice and guitar blend and flow as he sings songs of lives shaped by the relentless power of the river.  This will be an energized and entertaining evening of story and song for older children and grownups. 

Rivers are at the center of the three stories Sarah will tell. The stories are respectfully drawn from Irish, African and Abenaki cultures in which rivers are alive and full of mystery, and whose gifts are essential for everyday life. Through timeless themes, these stories explore human nature and our relationship to the natural world.

Sarah Halford is a storyteller living in Brunswick. She hails from England and her retellings of traditional tales often feature Celtic stories from the British Isles. She also creates original stories by weaving personal events with universal themes and offers workshops on myth and ritual.

Matt Loosigian is a dynamic, spirited performer who has performed throughout New England singing at fairs, festivals, schools, and libraries and churches weaving messages of environmental stewardship, peace and compassion with humor and silliness. Born in Waterville in 1980, Matt says, “I’ve been singing since I first laid eyes on this beautiful world.” In 2005 Matt launched EarthJams and started singing with kids and families around Maine and New England.

The event will be in the Morrell Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library, which is located at 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Refreshments will be served. Coffee is provided courtesy of Little Dog Coffee Shop. Arts Nights at the Library are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Alfred Seter Fund. For more information, please call Five Rivers Arts Alliance at 798-6964.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007, 6:30 p.m. at Topsham Public Library
Alison Freemangave voice to tales of the sea and river life.Colleen Moore and Cindy McNett recounted their experiences on and around Merrymeeting Bay as photographer, artist, amateur naturalists and competitive flat water and outrigger marathon paddlers.

Moore and McNett both live in Topsham.Colleen Moore describes the source of their artistic inspiration.“We are partners in many races including National Championships, which we have won together for the last 3 years. Our practices start very early in the morning, before dawn, so we can get our workouts in before work....The beauty of the Bay area is at its peak at that hour, very morning being different than any other. From the first morning, I had to start taking photos.Cindy McNett, also inspired about the beauty of the Bay, started painting scenes of the Bay as she remembers them from our early morning workouts.” Together Moore and McNett will show their work and talk about their experiences on the water.

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Alison Lee Freeman is a 21st century chantey singer with an extraordinary voice easily heard over gale force winds.In performance the vivacious balladeer mixes traditional songs of the sea with newly renovated folk songs and stories about life along the five rivers.Join in on the chorus for a journey back in time and learn history the old-fashioned way through entertaining songs and stories.Freeman, also known for her original “Saab Story” (as heard on NPR’s “Car Talk”) lives in Georgetown and performs across the northeast including a recent Newfoundland Folk Festival. Refreshments will be served. This is the fourth and final in this year’s Arts Nights series with a theme of storytelling of the Five Rivers using a variety of media.This free evening program is sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance and made possible with support form the Topsham Public Library and the Alfred Senter Fund.The event will be in the library’s conference room, located at 25 Foreside Rd., Topsham.

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CONTACT: Five Rivers Arts Alliance 108 Maine St. Brunswick, Maine 04011 (207) 798-6964 info@fiveriversartsalliance.org

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