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Mid-Coast Currents 10/19/12

Producers/Hosts: Host: John Zavodny & Sara Trunzo
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Issue: people, events, and ideas in Mid-Coast, Maine

Program Topic: The social and political activism of Rob Shetterly and Kenny Cole.

Key Discussion Points:
1. What is “American’s Who Tell the Truth?”
2. How can art help make political and social change?
3. Where can people see the works of Kenny Cole and Rob Shetterly for themselves?

1. Robert Shetterly´s paintings and prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993. He is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.

For more than ten years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

2. Kenny Cole may be the “hardest working man in the Maine art world.” His artist’s resume includes literally hundreds of entries, including recent solo shows at the Meg Perry Center and Space Gallery in Portland. And until the end of October, “Even Now the Reaper Draws His Wages” is on display at the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Recent group shows include the Bridge Gallery in Chicago, and the Brooklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Kenny is currently in The Biennial Show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Until December 2. Kenny has been the recipient of multiple grants including grants from the Maine Arts Commission, Maine Community Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Portland critic Nicholas Schroeder writes: “for work so unapologetically political, so dedicated to finding new ways of revealing dark secrets, there sure are a lot of pretty colors.”

3. Martha Piscuskas (589.4339 OR 338.2222) | is the Programming Director at Waterfall Arts in Montville and Belfast. Martha is an artist herself making interactive installations and community performances, including JUMP: War, a performance on November 3 in Belfast. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University, and a BFA from the Maine College of Art.

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Talk of the Towns 9/9/11

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: The role of the arts in economic development

Mid-Coast Currents 6/17/11

Producer/Host: John Zavodny
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: The Mid-Coast Art Scene

How has the art of Steve Mumford made an impact on perceptions of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?
What is happening at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in summer 2011?
What programs are available at Waterfall Arts in summer 2011?

Suzette McAvoy, Executive Director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland Maine; Martha Piscuskas, Program Director of Waterfall Arts, Belfast Maine; Steve Mumford, Iraq war veteran, he has periodically returned to the region, producing drawings and watercolors on site that document the daily lives of local citizens and US soldiers.

Voices 7/27/10

Producer/Host: Cathy Melio

The monthly “Fear No Art” edition of Voices

Voices 4/27/10

“Fear No Art” Edition

Host: Cathy Melio

Topic: Maine’s “Imagination Intensive Communities”

What are the “Imagination Intensive Communities”?  What was the statewide “Arts Census”?  How can people access the census data?

Guest: Argy Nestor, Arts Specialist at the Maine Department of Education

Voices 3/23/10

Producer/Host: Cathy Melio

“Fear No Art” monthly feature

Topic: Contemporary Art in Maine
What opportunities do Maine artists have for exhibiting contemporary art?  What sort of artwork is in the UMMA collection?  Where can people in the midcoast hear live music?
Guest: George Kinghorn, director of the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor

Voices 1/26/10

Producer/Host: Cathy Melio

The monthly “Fear No Art” edition of “Voices”.

Voices 4/28/09

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributors: Cathy Melio, Linda Washburn
Segment 1: “Artist’s Voice”, produced in collaboration with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art
Segment 2: The second annual Midcoast Maine Women’s Health Conference, to be held May 15-16, Point Lookout, Northport, Maine:
Linda Washburn (Women’s Windows) interviews Holly Noonan, spokesperson for the conference, regarding it’s history and this year’s program. What activities will participants find at this year’s conference? What are the primary health concerns of Maine women?
What grassroots resources are available to women who want a proactive role in their own health care? What does the future hold for women’s health care in Maine?
FMI: Holly Noonan, spokesperson for the Midcoast Maine Women’s Health Conference, Contact info for the Conference: 930-2694; womenshealth@wchi,com, For Holly:
(This interview, in an expanded version, originally aired on “Women’s Windows”, a program combining women’s music and spoken word, which airs every Sunday from 8-10pm on WERU)