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  • 23 Apr 2015 3:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thursday, April 23, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Brown Bag Lunch Series with Gina Brooks, Maliseet.
    For the final program in the Brown Bag Lunch Series, join Maliseet artist Gina Brooks for a discussion on porcupine quill and moose hair embroidery. Both quillwork and moose hair embroidery require an incredible amount of patience and attention to detail, and neither art form is widely practiced among the Wabanaki communities. An artist that works in many mediums, Gina is one of the few that still practices both art forms. Join her for an artistic analysis of the quill and moose hair pieces featured in the Abbe’s 2015 exhibit Coming Home, and hear her explanation and demonstration of the embroidery process.
    Abbe Museum Downtown Location. Free and open to the public. For more information: / (207) 288-3519

  • 21 Apr 2015 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Children’s birchbark panel etching workshop with David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy.
    Join Master Canoe Builder and Birchbark Basket Maker David Moses Bridges, Passamaquoddy, for this etching workshop as a part of our Coming Home exhibit program series. Birchbark has always been an important resource for Wabanaki people; it was used in the construction of wikuwams, canoes, baskets, and even rain garments. Like other Wabanaki inventions, birchbark creations were often highly decorated with etchings. In this workshop, David will teach children how to etch their own birchbark panels to take home with them at the end of the day. Supplies are limited; contact to reserve a spot.
    Abbe Museum Downtown Location. Fee is $25 per person. Registration required, recommended for families. For more information: / (207) 288-3519

  • 15 Apr 2015 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Wednesday, April 15 , 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Basket Comparisons with Master Basketmaker George Neptune, Passamaquoddy, Museum Educator.
    Basketmaking is an art form that has been practiced in Wabanaki cultures since pre-contact times. With multiple influences coming into play throughout history, the art form itself has undergone many changes, whether through aesthetic trends or the introduction of new mediums. Adapted from our popular Basket Comparisons school program, those in attendance will learn about the basketmaking process, the materials used, types of baskets, and decorative weaves, as well as learn how to estimate the age of a basket. Using both historic and contemporary hands-on examples, you can use this knowledge to gain more information about your own basket collection.
    Abbe Museum Downtown Location; free and open to the public. For more information: / (207) 288-3519

  • 02 Apr 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alexandra Exter (1882-1949), a member of the Russian avant-garde, produced innovative set and costume designs for plays and films, including Aelita (1924), directed by Yakov Protazanov. Colby Professors Addis Mason and Elena Monastireva-Ansdell will introduce the film. 

    For more information click here.

  • 25 Mar 2015 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Wabanaki Women’s Dialogue and Panel Discussion.
    In the first half of this program, join Museum Educator and Kikehtahsuwiw Curator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy, and other museum visitors in a dialogue focused on the roles of women in Wabanaki and other cultures. Following the dialogue, a panel of Wabanaki women will discuss the Kikehtahsuwiw exhibit and how the traditional role of women in Wabanaki cultures informs their contemporary work within the Passamaquoddy community.
    Abbe Museum Downtown Location. Free and open to the public. For more information: / (207) 288-3519

  • 21 Mar 2015 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Longfellow Chorus performs "The Telegraph Polka" and selections from the comic opera Evangeline, a spoof of Longfellow's famous epic poem. Tickets are on sale online for this concert at the John Ford Theatre, 284 Cumberland Avenue, Portland ( ). It will include period dramatic overtures, polkas, gallops, marches, waltzes, comedic songs, and “musical novelties”, including a working telegraph from the collections of 19th-century Willowbrook Museum in Newfield, played as a percussion instrument. Also featured will be performers from Gym Dandies Children's Circus of Scarborough, doing unicycle maneuvers to Charles Koppitz's "Velocipede Galop."
  • 19 Mar 2015 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thursday, March 19, 2015, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Brown Bag Lunch Series with Donald Soctomah, Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer.
    Join us for the second program in our Brown Bag Lunch Series as Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Donald Soctomah. The Abbe’s 2015 exhibit, Coming Home, features several etched birchbark pieces made by Tomah Josephundefineda famous birchbark worker from the Passamaquoddy community at Indian Township. Often featuring depictions of Passamaquoddy oral histories, Joseph’s work was sought after by museums and private collectors all over the worldundefinedeven Franklin D. Roosevelt owned some of Joseph’s pieces. Soctomah is an expert on Tomah Joseph’s history and work, and has even written a children’s book about the birchbark worker’s friendship with FDR, called Remember Me.
    Abbe Museum Downtown Location, free and open to the public. For more information: / (207) 288-3519

  • 17 Mar 2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Tuesday, March 17th, Noon

    The Telegraph: The Victorian Twitter

    with Charles Kaufmann, Creative Director of the Longfellow Chorus, and Robert Schmick, museum director of 19th Century Willowbrook Village

    Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland

    The talk will explore the telegraph as the original social networking device, and how it inspired Charles Koppitz’s own “Telegraph Polka," one of many musical numbers to be performed by the Longfellow Chorus at the John Ford Theater on March 21. FMI:

  • 14 Mar 2015 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Winter in the Dawnland storytelling and craft activity with Museum Educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy.
    For the final program in the Winter in the Dawnland Series, join Museum Educator George Neptune, Passamaquoddy, to hear Wabanaki stories about Koluskap and the creation of the Wabanaki people. When Koluskap came to this land, there were no people here; so, he took an arrow and shot a brown ash tree. From that tree, the Wabanaki people were born. To this day, Wabanaki people use strips of brown ash to weave their baskets. In the second part of the program, you will also have the opportunity to weave with ash and make your own woven bookmark to use while you wait for next year’s Winter in the Dawnland Series! Supplies are limited, so email to reserve a spot.
    Abbe Museum Downtown Location. Registration required; recommended for families. For more information: / (207) 288-3519

  • 14 Mar 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Create visual poems using collage techniques featured in the current exhibition, "Listen to this page. Works by Bern Porter from Colby Special Collections". Poet Mark Melnicove will lead this free workshop.

    Space is limited and preregistration is required. To register, please call 207.859.5613.

    For more information click here.

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