UMaine in Farmington plans to celebrate Arts Week April 18-23

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The University of Maine Farmington’s annual Arts Week celebration is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, April 18-23.

Art Week events will feature work by students in the visual, performing and literary arts; musical performances; and artist talks. A National Science Foundation study found a direct line between arts and culture and innovative thinking, one of the top 10 soft skills sought by employers, according to a university press release.

All events are free and open to the public.

Night of the Arts events will run from 4-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 and will take place at multiple university venues. This special evening of events is a prelude to the university-wide symposium, which takes place on Wednesday, April 20.

• Pixel Hunter Student Film and Animation Festival, 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, Emery Community Arts Center, Academy Street.
A collection of experimental short films and animations created by UMF students. These films are unrated and may contain adult language or content.

• An improvised music concert (Arts Night), 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, Nordica Auditorium, UMF Merrill Hall, 224 Main St.
A selection of improvised music will be composed on site by UMF students.

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• “Cirque du Surreal” – Surreal Fashion Show and Micro-Salon (Arts Night), 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Emery Community Arts Center and UMF Art Gallery, 246 Main St.
A presentation of works of art and a live fashion show by the students of class ART224A-Surrealism: the permanent revolution of Elizabeth Olbert.

• Senior Performing Arts Project Presentations (Arts Night), 6:00-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, Emery Community Arts Center
As a prelude to the Symposium Day, the Nuit des arts will highlight senior performing arts projects. The day will include back-to-back art, sound, culture and theater presentations at the Emery Community Arts Center immediately following the Grote Scholarship announcement at 6 p.m. and continuing into the evening.

Kennebunk’s Eli Mowry will discuss his directing project – “Senior Prom” by Robert Means.

Farmington’s Mollie Smith will present her costume design project – ‘Ever After’.

Charity Webster of Dixfield will present a live musical performance of the original composition “My Children – Imagination to Life”.

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Tristan Huntoon from the canton of Madrid will present a live musical performance of the original composition “The Sublimity of Metal”.

Simoane Lowell from Belgrade will present a reading performance of original poems “This is a title if you want it”.

Farmington’s Audrey Bradbury will present an original “Have Felt” performance.

• “Who We Are, What We Do”: talks by senior artists from the exhibition, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, Emery Community Arts Center and UMF Art Gallery
The seniors in the visual arts program will discuss their art exhibit for seniors. This exhibition represents the culmination of their research synthesis and features Alan Baker from Etna, New Hampshire; Abigail Cloutier of New Gloucester, Theo Estêvão of Old Orchard Beach; Audrey Keith of Chesterville, Drew Monteith of York; Gardiner’s Aaron Montell; Emma Pierce of Gorham; Alexis Ramee of Troy; and Alexus Valeriani of Portland. Each student will discuss the concepts they have explored and the topics that inform and shape their work, ranging from environmental activism, surrealism and horror to issues of identity, diversity, equality and personal growth. .

• A Reading by the Students in Advanced Fiction, 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, Emery Community Arts Center
Current semester students of Advanced Fiction Writing will each read a three-minute excerpt from a work in progress. Throughout the month of April, the students will lead their own workshop “Portrait of the artist” in which they describe a source of inspiration (visual arts, music and cinema) before presenting their fiction. For this symposium event, each student will choose a projected image to accompany their reading.

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Participating students include: Ava Anderson of McCamey, Texas; Theo Cerami of Holderness, New Hampshire; Carrie Close of Farmington; Augusta’s Josh Hoffman; Karly Jacklin of Mount Vernon, Ohio; Anastasia Mertz of Reno, Nevada; Elliot Morelli-Wolfe of Hebron, Connecticut; Ally Pickarts of Littleton, Colorado; Em Platt of Sunapee, New Hampshire; Jay’s Terri Potvin; Jocelyn Royalty of New Haven, Connecticut; Saco’s Katie Sewell; Campbell Tankersley of Bowdoinham; Amy Wiggins of Norridgewock; and Jared Wood of Greene.

• An Evening of Performance, 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 21 and 22, Emery Community Arts Center

A Performance of Actors in Monologue (selected monologues from Advanced Acting).

Senior Prom – a one-act play by Robert Means and directed by Eli Mowry.

Students of Advanced Acting Perform Monologues and “Senior Prom” – a one-act play by Robert Mearns and directed by Eli Mowry in a project for Advanced Directing.

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UMF Chorus Performance, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 23, Nordica Auditorium, Merrill Hall
Doors will open at 7:10 p.m. The show is free and open to the public. The UMF choir will sing a cappella contemporary choral works from around the world, including England, Newfoundland, Brazil and the United States. The UMF Chorus will conclude the concert with a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical, “Sweeney Todd.”

For the university’s current COVID-19 policy for visitors, go to maine.edu.

Arts Week is sponsored by the Arts Division of UMF. For more information, contact Ann Bartges, director of the UMF Emery Community Arts Center, at [email protected] or 207-778-7461.

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