2017-01-20 / Community

Community News

Presenters sought for Feb. 9 Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha Kennebunk is looking for presenters for the next event, Feb. 9 at Atlantic Hall in Cape Porpoise. Submissions must include name, telephone number, two to five images of the presentation, biographical information about and presentation information.

Email all submissions to pechakucha. kennebunk@gmail.com. The submissions are due by Jan. 26. Pecha Kucha nights are informal gatherings for people to share ideas, work and thoughts, often with diverse subjects from finding a muse, to clothespins, to the art of creating a wedding cake. Stories are told using a rapid pace presentation format of 20 images, 20 seconds each.

For more information, contact Ruth Dater at ruthdater@yahoo.com.

Kindergarten registration scheduled

Kennebunk Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration for the school year 2017-18 on Friday, Jan. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children that will be 5 years of age by Oct. 15, 2017, are eligible to register for kindergarten.

For more information or to request a registration packet, call Linda Mattuchio at KES, 985-4402.

February’s features artist announced

An exhibition titled “Perceptions in Wax” the encaustic works of Joanna Gould will be on display at the Kennebunk Free Library in the Speers Gallery from Feb. 1 to 28.

Gould is a Maine artist working in the ancient wax encaustic technique. Fusing oil pigments and found objects with layers of translucent beeswax and damar resin, she creates works of art which have been described as dreamlike and mystical with a purest light. Highly influenced by place, her paintings are lyrically obtuse. Light and dark dance with seasonal hues and shapes suggesting nature in its most modest form.

Encaustic means: burning in, and any true encaustic painting involves heated wax and a process of fusing the layers. The pigment is suspended in the wax medium, and heat acts as the invisible solvent, much as turpentine acts as an evaporating solvent with oil paints. Once the wax is molten, the colors are mixed on a hot palette and when applied to the pictures are fused with heat to bind and set them.

Gould started her creative career more than 15 years ago studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston. Her professional design career started in corporate branding and evolved to publishing and then advertising. She later studied Landscape Architecture at The Arnold Arboretum Landscape Institute at Harvard University and at Boston Architectural College. For the past six years she has proudly taken on the role of a full-time mother and wife.

Upon building a home and family in Maine, she has explored different artistic mediums to feed her creative soul. Four years ago she attended a private workshop exploring encaustic painting and the myriad varieties that use this ancient medium. She has been exploring, experimenting and playing in wax ever since. She is a member of Maine Women in the Arts and Sanford/Springvale Art Association.

Teachers offered museum memberships

The Brick Store Museum welcomed students from third-, fourth- and fifth-grade at RSU 21 in 2016 for a variety of curriculum based field trips at the museum. As it continues to work with local schools and teachers to expand its educational programming and outreach, the museum’s director, Cynthia Walker, recently announced that the museum will offer free individual memberships to every teacher in York County.

“As an educational institution, the museum respects and values teachers. Their work has lasting effects on students’ abilities to understand the world. Because of this inspirational work, the Brick Store Museum is launching a program to offer free memberships to all York County teachers,” Walker said.

Museum staff members and trustees believe that this small effort for teachers aligns with the museum’s commitment to life-long learning, community engagement, and providing access to all.

“The origin of the word ‘museum’ comes from Ancient Greek, in reference to a place dedicated to the Muses – inspirational goddesses of various forms of culture, arts, and sciences. Museums are places to be inspired – and teachers certainly inspire students every day in their classrooms,” Walker continued. “We are celebrating the link between museums and education.”

The membership program is open to any current York County teacher from preschool (and family childcare) to grade 12 in a public or private school. To take advantage of the program, teachers are asked to visit the museum at 117 Main St. in Kennebunk or visit www.brickstoremuseum.org/education.

Genealogy Group open forum set for Feb. 4

Bring brick walls, genealogy issues, dilemmas and problem-solving skills to the next meeting of the Kennebunk Free Library’s Genealogy Group on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. This will be an open question and answer forum for all levels of genealogy skills. Genealogists and family historians learn from and with each other - so come join in the fun and share your experiences!

Future Genealogy programs are on March 4 when Cynthia Walker from the Brick Store Museum will discuss their resources and on April 1 when Clay Feeter will present “Beyond Your Wildest Imagination! Making the Drama of Your Ancestors’ Civil War Years Jump Off the Pages.”

The Genealogy Group is free, open to the public and meets nine times a year and welcomes all new guests.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Gypsies give seniors insight for the future

Atria Kennebunk residents embarked on a journey through the senses at a gypsy fair featuring three caravan crusaders; Madam Gwafar, Tsula and Dyanah.

The gypsies met with participating residents to share secrets of success, living with intention, and creative ways to seek enrichment. Residents were asked to fill out their deepest wishes and desires for the current year, and were told they would read them in a years’ time to see how they’ve evolved.

The time capsule event is sweeping the nation in many different ways at all Atria communities as a way to help residents attain awareness of their goals and how to reach them. With the help and encouragement of Atria’s Engage Life programming, these goals are indeed possible.

The project is part of Atria’s new 2017 Wisdom of Curiosity planner and will be used as a helpful tool to guide residents to exceed their own expectations.

Madam Gwafar read residents their tea leaves under a canopy of magical talismans, whimsical fabrics and tapestries and offered sentimental words of tranquility and enlightenment.

Gypsy Tsula cleansed away fears of residents so that they are able to commit to their new found goals. She accomplished this with sacred rune readings, Peruvian rose water, peacock and turkey feathers, and gem crystals.

Dyanah serenaded residents with her ukulele of delight to bring about wondrous transformations for the residents of Atria.

Library announces upcoming schedule

Teen Anime Afternoon: Talk about anime, learn to draw favorite characters, watch favorite anime films and TV shows on the projection screen and everything anime on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event will be held in Hank’s Room at the Kennebunk Free Library from 4 to 5 p.m. It is open to students and teens in grades 6-12.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Tail Waggin’ Tutor: Jack, a Tail Waggin’ Tutor, returns to Kennebunk Free Library 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to sit with Jack, and experience the pleasure of reading to a non-judgmental listener. Children often relax in a manner they might not when reading to an adult or sibling. Practice gained by reading to a dog has been shown to help students increase reading fluency.

Jack is a certified therapy dog, and will be accompanied by his favorite humans, Ursula and Kate Roese. He also volunteers at the Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

No preregistration is needed to participate. The program is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to all. For more information, call 985-2173.

Teen Gaming on Fridays: Play video games at Kennebunk Free Library on a projector screen. Wii gaming console, controllers and games will be provided. Role-playing games, table-top games and personal device games are also welcome. The event will be held in Hank’s Room, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, 17 and 24. There will be no Teen Gaming on Feb. 3 due to preparations for WinterFest. Open to grades 6-12.

For more information, call 985-2173.

Author shares story: Writer and artist Steve Hrehovcik had big Broadway dreams – but life had other surprising plans for him.

Hrehovcik will share how patience, pluck and persistence made him an expert on survival, and opened up unexpected career paths for him, when he reads from his memoir, “Rebel Without a Clue,” at Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m.

During the presentation, Hrehovcik will also share tips on creating and publishing ebooks. “Rebel Without a Clue” is available through the Kennebunk Free Library’s digital collection on MaineInfoNet. Library patrons can access MaineInfoNet through Overdrive, available online at maine.overdrive.com.

Hrehovcik has written more than 700 feature articles for a number of newspapers, magazines, and business publications about everything from historical events and art exhibits to theater reviews and humorous personal anecdotes. A screenwriter, playwright, and poet, Hrehovcik has also written a comedy travel show featured on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. He is currently working on a musical comedy. He also leads a monthly writing group at Kennebunk Free Library.

“Rebel Without a Clue” is also available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, iBooks, and Kobo. For more information about Hrehovcik and his work, visit kennebunkartstudio.com, or email him at steve@kennebunkartstudio.com.

Groundbreaking for Mothers Wing is Jan. 23

At 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, Ouellet Construction Company of Brunswick and the Graves Memorial Library staff will break ground on the Mothers Wing addition. The public is invited to attend.

The library has been the recipient of donations for this project from more than 400 generous individuals and families, and several foundations. It has raised nearly 70 percent of the funds necessary to complete the Mothers Wing. Help is still needed. Donations may be made by check, credit card, or a gift of stock.

Please mail checks to Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library, P.O. Box 391, Kennebunkport, ME 04046.

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