Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Events Calendar

<< September 16, 2014 >>
"Art in the Park" Artist Reception
The "Art in the Park" program, entering its fifth year, features a grouping of sculptures by artist Anne Alexander. The sculpture is currently on view in Johnson Park on Water Street, and will be displayed through October. Anne Alexander's sculptures are carved from logs using power tools such as chainsaw, pneumatic carving tools, and grinders. As part of the Gardiner River Festival, the artist will be demonstrating her techniques and will have a booth at the Art and Craft Fair. A reception with Anne Alexander will be held at Circling the Square Fine Art Press at 3pm. "As an artist, I am concerned with inspiring emotional or kinesthetic responses in the viewer. I also wish to enhance one's awareness of his/her body, size, and surrounding space as it relates to the natural world, explains Anne Alexander. "My work is successful to me, when it causes these reactions in many ages and types of people. Small parts of nature are the source of ideas and inspiration. Natural forms are abstracted and enlarged to create works which suggest themes of regeneration, growth, life cycles, and stages of maturation." "Art in the Park" is provided by a grant from the Harry Faust art Fund and is supported by the City of Gardiner, Gardiner Main Street, and the Maine Arts Commission. "This year's sculpture gives us the opportunity to see artwork displayed throughout the park, giving the community an opportunity to engage with the sculpture," says Patrick Wright, Executive Director of Gardiner Main Street. Harry Faust was a creative photographer and avid supporter of arts in local communities. He owned The Framemakers in Waterville, and upon his death, he left funds to support art in communities. Gardiner was one of the beneficiaries of five years of support through the Harry Faust Art Fund. Artist Reception Date: June 21, 2014 and Exhibition on view: Through October 31, 2013. The Gardiner Main Street program is one of four original nationally accredited Main Street programs in the state of Maine. The program uses a comprehensive approach to strengthen Gardiner as a regional focal point for commerce, culture, and community. For more information about Gardiner Main Street, visit For a schedule of events related to the Gardiner River Festival visit- Cost: Free and open to the public.
Event Location: Johnson Park Water Street Gardiner, ME 04345
Gardiner Art Show - Maine: Always in Season
Maine: Always in Season. The seasons in Maine have captured the imaginations of Jim and Fran Townsend since their relocation here from Vermont nearly 15 years ago. Totting cameras and equipment, this husband and wife team of photographers/artists has traveled from coast to mountains in all seasons. As they wander Maine, the couple ascribe to the idea that at any time and place, within 100 yards, a person can find something to photograph or paint. The public is invited to join us for the opening reception on September 5th from 5:30-9pm. Jim, a self-described Red Barn-o-holic, turns his lens on everything from animals to rusted cars. Jim has been a life-long landscaper, stone mason, musician and photographer. He describes his relationship with photography this way, Photography is not my life, but it may be my religion. His range of work encompasses his belief that newer genres of photography require different styles and perspectives, and that the art of creative photography is enhanced by the availability of modern digital cameras, filters and processes. HDR photography is Jim s newest interest, turning traditional imagery into modern works of art. Fran s pastel work leans more toward the natural landscapes and streetscapes of Maine. For Fran her paintings capture not only a landscape, she explains, A painting should evoke a memory of a moment once experienced. She grew up in Vermont, where living, working and playing were inherently connected to the weather, the seasons, the land and the life cycles of plants and animals. Her paintings reflect the subtle colors, shifting light and varied textures in nature. Beyond the opening reception of Maine: Always in Season, the show can be seen during regular business hours- Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 12-6 through November 1st, 2014.
Event Location: Monkitree 263 Water Street Gardiner, ME
The Spirit of Maine Exhibit - Memorial Circle ( 9 am to 9 pm )
Five Maine Photographers to exhibit work at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. The Kennebec Valley Art Association is pleased to present The Spirit of Maine, a mini art exhibition in the former ATM space at 45 Memorial Circle in Augusta. Featuring work by five Maine photographers, Scott Ainsworth of North Monmouth, Lisa Bryant of Jay, Brenda Giasson of Lewiston, Alana Ranney of Farmington, and Jim Walker of Auburn. On view August 18 - October 3, 2014 the installation is open 9am-9pm daily, can be viewed from outside the building, and is lit at night. The five photographers from five small western towns in Maine communicate the spirit of Maine through their dynamic photographs from across the state. Scott Ainsworth of North Monmouth, Lisa Bryant of Jay, Brenda Giasson of Lewiston, Alana Ranney of Farmington, and Jim Walker of Auburn all share a passion for capturing and sharing the essence of Maine life and its natural scenic beauty. For more information about the artists, please visit them online. Scott Ainsworth: Lisa Bryant: Brenda Giasson: Alana Ranney: Jim Walker: For more information about the exhibition contact Deb Fahy at the Harlow Gallery at or 207-622-3813, or visit
Event Location: The Harlow Gallery 45 Memorial Circle Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Deborah Fahy (207) 622-3813
The Waponahki Student Art Show ( 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. )
A Collaboration of Maine Indian Education and the Abbe Museum. The Waponahki Student Art Show brings together a wonderful variety of art created by Native American students from early childhood education through high school. Using a wide array of media, these young artists incorporate traditional beliefs and values with the modern, multi-cultural world around them. - See more at:
Event Location: Abbe Museum Downtown Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Pat Boucher (207) 288-3519
Viles Arboretum Art Symposium
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 626-7989
CDM - Family Reading Partnership w/Hazel Mitchell ( 11:00 a.m. )
September 16th 11am: Author Cathryn Falwell will read her stories and provide a fun craft.
Event Location: Children's Discovery Museum 171 Capitol Street, Suite 2 Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-622-2209
This event is sponsored by: Target
Toddler Open Time ( 9:30 - 11 am )
The Playland features several bounce houses for your child s enjoyment. In the gym, there is a variety of climbing blocks, ride-on toys, and other fun, age appropriate toys. Ages: Birth-6, Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 9:30am - 11:00am - Adventure Playland Bounce Houses Tuesday and Thursday; 9:30am - 11:00am - Open Gym III. Cost: The program is free to those with a Preschool Membership ($35.00 annually). Non-Member drop-in fee is $4.00 for the gym and $7.00 for Adventure Playland. A member of the Alfond Youth Center staff will be on hand but children must be supervised by their parents. Snacks are allowed but we do ask that no items containing peanuts or peanut oils be brought into our facility. The program follows the Waterville School System schedule. On days when there is no school, the program will not be open. Date: 8/4/2014 - 6/30/2015
Event Location: Alfond Youth Center 126 North St., Waterville, ME 04901
For more information contact: fax 861.8016 207.873.0684
Farmer's Market - Mill Park ( Tuesdays 2 - 6 p.m. )
Our customers find a variety of Maine-grown, Maine-made, and Maine-purveyed goods. Shop every Tuesday afternoon for vegetables, natural meats, milk, cheeses, yogurt, breads, baked goods, preserves, fruit, herbs, plants, ice cream and more. Hours: Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Date: 5/6/2014 - 11/25/2014
Event Location: The Pavilion @ Mill Park 1 Water Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: (207) 626-2352
The Center for Maine Crafts ( 9 am - 8pm. )
Event Location: The Center for Maine Craft W.Gardiner Svcs Plaza, Rt 126 off Routes 95 and 295.
For more information contact: 588-0021
Lithgow Library - Toddler Time ( 10:00 AM )
Bring your toddler (1 to 3 years) to this lap sit program. Sing songs, hear stories, and learn nursery rhymes while interacting with your child and other care providers. Meets each Tuesday.
Event Location: Lithgow Library, Youth Svcs 45 Winthrop Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: Find us on Facebook! 207-626-2415
This event is sponsored by: Lithgow Library
Western Maine Story Telling Festival
September 14-20 will be the Western Maine Storytelling Festival at the Franklin County Fair in Farmington. Western Maine Storytellers will be presenting programs in the Red School House throughout the festival.
Event Location: Franklin County Fair Red School House Farmington, ME
For more information contact: 207-778-4662
Viles Aboretum - "Sculpture Symposium" ( 7:00 am - 400 pm )
Viles Arboretum cordially invites you to celebrate sculpture with 10 days of acclaimed artists mixing creativity, inspiration, & nature's themes with stone & artistic finesse. Sculpture Symposium runs September 12-21. Nature....always playing on a trail at Viles Arboretum!
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, Maine
For more information contact: 207.626.7989
This event is sponsored by: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
~ VILES ARBORETUM TREES SPROUTING BOTANICAL LABELS ~ To anyone visiting the Viles Arboretum, keep your eyes open for our all new botanical labels cropping up on various specimens throughout our preserve. Board member Hillary Schultz has been working hard at producing labels with our brand new embossing machine purchased through a generous grant from the Cricket Foundation and the Davis Conservation Fund. These tags will record each specimen s unique accession number, our arboretum way to track our specimens, and they will also indicate genus, species and family. The Viles Arboretum is centrally located in Augusta, Maine on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and with botanical collections from around the world, and offers an ever-changing selection of inspirational exhibits, educational and practical programs for the general public and for schools. We focus on interactive, creative and hands-on teaching with a focus on botany and natural history. Our goal is to unlock everyone s natural ability to understand the nature of our world through your own eyes and by using your own intellect. Our presence contributes significantly to the quality of life in and around Augusta and beyond and our newly installed Art Trail presents the largest publically accessible display of outdoor art sculpture in Maine. You can learn more about the Arboretum and its programs, or how to become more involved by checking our website at, checking our Facebook page or simply by stopping in or calling us at 626-7989.
Event Location: Viles Arboretum 153 Hospital Street Augusta, ME 04330
For more information contact: 207-626-7989
W.S. Cohen Community Ctr - Gentle Yoga Class ( 9:00-10:15 )
Gentle Yoga with Nancy Valley, Certified Instructor will resume in the fall.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777
W.S. Cohen Community Ctr - Rug Hooking ( 9:00 a.m. )
Rug Hooking meets around 9:00am. Bring you own supplies. Cost is $3.
Event Location: Spectrum Generations W.S. Cohen Community Center s Hallowell, ME
For more information contact: 207.626.7777