Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Ice harvesting was a thriving industry in 19th century New England. Using large, jagged-toothed saws, workers would cut heavy blocks from frozen rivers, lakes and ponds, pack it in sawdust and sell it around the world. Then came electric refrigeration, and ice-cutting became all but obsolete. But there are still a few places where the tradition is carried on.

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On a recent Saturday morning, a small group of art students met at a Maine College of Art (MECA) studio in downtown Portland. They got to work setting up different crafting stations and tables covered with art supplies - fabric scraps, feathers, crayons, hot glue – and displaying on the walls and tables questions and prompts about diversity and community.

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A new exhibit at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art explores the remarkable of life of Rufus Porter. Porter is well-known as a folk artist who painted murals in homes around New England in the early 1800's. But he was also an inventor with many ideas - including a flying machine - and a publisher, who founded Scientific American, which remains the longest-running magazine in America.

Miller Pearsall / Bangor Daily News/file

Roman Catholic Church officials in Maine are planning to remove and preserve historic stained-glass windows from a church at the Passamaquoddy tribal community at Pleasant Point.

The National Endowment for the Humanities will help renovate a historic library in southern Maine that dates to the 19th century.

Mical Hutson

When "Almost, Maine" opened in Portland in 2004, the play was well-received and would go on to receive mixed reviews in New York a few years later. Today, it's one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, particularly in high school and community theaters. “Almost, Maine” playwright John Cariani, who grew up in Presque Isle, joins the cast of the latest production at Portland Stage Company in celebration of Maine's bicentennial.

'Your Songs Will Live On. You Will Be Missed.' Rick Charette Leaves The Stage

Dec 27, 2019
John McLaughlin / Bangor Daily News

Beloved Maine children’s singer Rick Charette and his Bubblegum Band played their 29th annual holiday concert at St. Joseph’s College earlier this month. It was a sold-out show, standing room only. As always, the price of admission was a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.

Credit Office of the Senate Curator, United States Senate

Two-hundred years ago tomorrow, a hurdle arose on Maine's path to statehood. It had a name: Alabama.

American Folk Festival Ends After 18 Years On Bangor Waterfront

Nov 27, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

The American Folk Festival said Tuesday that the 2019 edition of the 18-year-old festival was its last, and that the organization would dissolve at the end of the year.

Image courtesy of the artists, Dave Clough, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Two Maine artists have been tasked with using up to $1 million to create their first permanent public artwork.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

At the age of 92, Jacqueline Moore of Portland has published a book of poetry called “Chasing the Grass.” In it, she explores themes about the natural world’s beauty and vulnerability, especially against the backdrop of human disruption.

via Aaron Robinson

Maine composer Aaron Robinson says he was 16 or 17 when started playing the piano and taught himself the "Maple Leaf Rag."

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Nearly 130 years ago, an anthropologist visited Calais and recorded songs, words and stories from members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. For years, these field recordings, some of the oldest in the world, were largely hidden from public view.

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The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, established more than 60 years ago, has received a nearly $2 million Legacy Gift from arts philanthropist Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, a member of the Museum's Board of Directors who grew up in Portland.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

Maine is officially celebrating its bicentennial. Maine Public’s Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spent some time with Herb Adams, a former state representative from Portland who is also known for being steeped in the state's history.  Adams sheds light on how the state came to be nearly 200 years ago, and the event's connection to the battle over slavery.