How did it get to be NOVEMBER already??!  
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November 2018
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KAA Gallery, 8 Coleman Ave, Kittery Point ME  
Phone: (207) 451-9384  
SPEAKING OF NOVEMBER. .. . the gallery will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be OPEN on Friday, November 23, so do your Black Friday shopping at your local art association!
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 "Weather or Not"
all-member show
Featuring:  Spotlight Wall artist Roddy Cole
Now through December 2 
Th e artists of the Kittery Art Association present their newest all-member show, "Weather or Not", opening November 8 and on display until December 2. Come see how each artist interprets this theme of weather. Or not!
And, our member Roddy Cole has the Spotlight Wall upstairs, so you'll want to be sure to see this special presentation of a sampling of her work. From her bio: "I studied art for a few years in college and put my paints aside for 34 years. When our children approached college age I pulled out my paint box (decorated with an impressive array of hippie stickers) and voila, most of my oil paints were still very usable!..... Discovering my own style has been the most challenging work and I am excited to continue to grow my skills."

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"In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
NEXT UP-->The Holiday Show and Sale
All-member show

Dates:   December 6, 8, 9 and December 13, 15, 16  
This is the show and sale -- the one you've been waiting for all year -- hundreds of small pieces of art perfect for holiday shopping (one for her, one for me...one for him, another one for me...).

We know that good things come in small packages, so think small scale, beautiful, unique, affordable and suitable for gift giving! Small Paintings. Fiber art. Pottery. Jewelry.  Cards.  Mittens.  Hats.  Scarves.  Ornaments.  Decorations.....

Artists Drop Off:   Monday, December 3
Artwork Pick Up:   Monday December 17
KAA is now a proud member of the York Region Chamber of Commerce!
Next up  in music....

Bill Staines returns to the KAA November 23!

Bill Staines
Legendary folk singer-songwriter Bill Staines will perform at the Kittery Art Association on Friday evening, November 23rd, at 7:30pm. For over forty years, Staines has criss-crossed the United States singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses. 

A New England native, Staines became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960's and, for a time, emceed the Sunday hootenanny at the renowned Club 47 in Cambridge. He quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. In 1980 and 1981, the annual Reader's Poll of The Boston Globe selected him as a favorite performer.   Staines weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances, and his original music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon. 

A number of Staines's songs have been recorded by other artists including, Peter, Paul, & Mary, Nanci Griffith, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others. He has recorded over twenty albums, and many of his songs have been published in songbooks, including  The Songs of Bill Staines and  All God's Critters Got A Place In The Choir . Radio and TV appearances have included  A Prairie Home Companion , M ountain Stage, The Good Evening Show and a host of local programs on PBS and network TV. 

The KAA show opens at 7pm for conversation and refreshments. There is 
a suggested donation of $15.00 at the door, and seating is limited. 
8 Coleman Avenue. For information, call 207-451-9384. 
Russian  Matryoshka Nested Doll Painting  for the whole family December 2 at KAA!!

Storytelling  and Hands-on Workshop  with  Marina Forbes, Russian Artist

Traditional Russian artist and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer a unique workshop on the rich Russian folk tradition of Matryoshka (wooden nested doll) painting. The workshop is scheduled at the Kittery Art Association, 8 Colman Ave., Kittery Point, ME on Saturday, December 2nd from 2 - 5pm and is open to adults, teens and  families with children 6 and up.  

This is a great opportunity for adults and families to work together and learn about Russian crafts and culture. Participants will hear the story of the Matryoshka doll and will learn about her traditional Russian dress and customs. Traditional Russian painting techniques and floral and berry designs are also introduced. The goal is to produce a finished piece of Russian folk art on wood. Students can work on 7-piece, 5-piece, 3-piece or 1-piece matryoshka sets. Throughout the workshop, students will be listening to traditional Russian music, and, during a brief break from the painting, there will be a demonstration of a few steps from a traditional Russian "matryoshka dance." 

To pre-register or for more information please contact Marina Forbes by phone, (603) 332-2255, or by e-mail   marina@anylanguage.org.

New Board of Trustees members Beth Newkirk and Jon Stryzmish already appear to be on the job!
Did you miss the ANNUAL MEETING?

If so, you missed a good time.  Members came together to share food and drink, to talk art and to laugh and take care of business.  Much gratitude was expressed to our hard-working volunteer board and members who give of their time and efforts to sustain and grow Kittery Art Association.

Things you should know:  Deborah Cotter's term as president has ended, although she will continue as a Trustee for 2019.  Leaving the Board are Dianne Dean and Betsy Wish, and we are VERY thankful they have both said they aren't going very far!  Coming on to the Board are members Beth Newkirk and Jon Strymish.

Jon is a lifelong bookseller, currently the buyer at Book and Bar in Portsmouth.  He has maintained a lifelong interest in classic black and white photography, and in his own photography says he likes to "steal as much of the vibe of older styles of jazz photography" as he can reasonably get away with.  Jon, a resident of South Berwick, is also deeply interested in live music.

Beth, who lives in Durham, you may know as the person who organized gallery sitters and volunteers for opening receptions during the artist drop-off days.  She is a retired elementary schoolteacher who set three goals for herself when she left the classroom:  "1.  Take better care of my health (isn't that everyone's goal?). 2. Volunteer in meaningful ways.  3.  Be a learner."  Of watercolor painting, Beth loves the "almost meditative nature of mixing colors and brushing paint on paper....the final product is less important to me than the act of painting."

KAA Committees
We Need YOU!

The 2019 program year at KAA is approaching, and committees are forming to allow a broader inclusion of members in the many activities of our vibrant arts community. 

Building stewardship, arts programming, garden enhancement, publicity and music offerings are categories inviting your active participation!
Beach Pea Baking Co. Exhibit
Featuring KAA artist Rosalind Fedeli

Rosalind Fedeli will be exhibiting from Nov. 1 through the end of December.  Her work is mixed media, where she implements various found objects, fabric and paint in her work.  

From the artist:  "These small paintings of Leaves and Foliage have all been created in the past year.....in primarily oil.  I enjoy the process of contemplating the shapes and textures; my parents were 
landscape architects so it sort of comes as a natural subject.  I have recently moved to a small home/gallery/studio in York Village.  I am a prolific  artist, completely involved in my ever style  changing work."

Beach Pea Baking Co.  is located at 53 State Road in  Kittery, ME.

If you are interested in  having your artwork  displayed a t this  totally cool & hip little establishment  right here in Kittery, contact Betsy Wish at  bjwish@gmail.com !    A very few slots are still available for 2019.
Monday Figure Drawing
Mondays, 10 am to 1 pm 

Bess Cutler figure
Join us on Mondays at the KAA for our Figure Drawing sessions!  The group will meet all four Mondays in November.

Cost remains at an affordable $10, or if too few people, fee is split among artists. 

As always, please bring your choice of medium.  Bring an easel if you need one.  Chairs and drop cloths are provided.  

For more info, please email us at information@kitteryartassociation.org or give us a ring at (207) 451-9384. 
Join or Renew your Membership at KAA
You can still  Join or Renew for 2018 - it's NOT too late...
nor is it too EARLY to renew for 2019!!

Check out some of the Perks of Becoming a Member of the KAA...

KAA in summer
* one full year of membership at the ridiculously low price of just $35 individual, $70 family, $5 youth (18 and under),
* access to an awesome little non-profit Art Gallery filled to the brim with spectacular art by top-notch local artists,
* generous framing discounts at not one but TWO local framers!

...not to mention the fact that you'll be hobnobbing with some of New England's finest artists around!

We also have other levels of membership if you're so inclined, such as $100 sponsor, $500 advocate, $1000 benefactor. 

Visit the Membership page on our website for more information about how you can join in on the fun here at our quaint little art gallery in beautiful Kittery Point, Maine.
KAA 2018 Exhibit Schedule

Our current exhibit, Weather or Not features Roddy Cole as our Spotlight Artist, so saunter on into the KAA and see all the various rainy, sunny, snowy, colorful, tranquil, dark, light, representative, abstract, creative and skilled takes on this theme... whether or not you think you have the time! 
2018 Exhibit Schedule
Goodness, the year is almost over -- one remaining show:
December 6, 8, 9 & 13, 15, 16 - six days only!
  All Member Show
"Holiday Show and Sale"
KAA's 2018 Music Events Schedule
Join us for Magnificent Music!  
musical notes
November 23
Bill Staines concert 
at Kittery Art Association

December 14
Special Holiday Concert
with Susie Burke, David Surette, and Kent Allyn  
First Congregational Church of Kittery Pt.
23 Pepperrell Road, Kittery Point, ME  
Doors open at 7:00 PM 
Concert begins at 7:30 PM 
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For more information about all the benefits of becoming a member here at KAA, visit the Membership Page on our website.
KAA membership cards also include a 20% discount at two local framing shops, D. Pratt Framer, LLC in Kittery, ME, and C.C. Moore Fine Art Framing in Portsmouth, N.H.  What a deal!
Additional Local Art Events
See below for other art venues happening on the Seacoast and beyond

CALL TO ARTISTS!  KCC Art Show in Honor of Sarah Mildred Long Memorial Bridge
Exhibit Start Date:  Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, at 6 PM.

photo by Bill Moore

Stop the grumbling!  The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge was late, but it's here...and every time it saves you a few minutes getting from here to there, you should celebrate its completion!
With that in mind--in cooperation with the Visual Arts Committee at the Kittery Community Center--KAA member Bill Moore is helping to organize a night to honor the demise of the old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge and the arrival of the new structure with a special presentation in the STAR Theatre and an art show in the Morgan Gallery starting at 6 PM on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
This event is open to the public, and you're invited!  And if you happen to have a photo or a painting of the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge you'd like to share, Bill would be happy to consider it.
We know this event is a long way off at this point, but much time is needed in order to carefully consider each photo and/or artwork submitted.   
In any case, if you're interested in having your photos or artwork included in this special presentation, please contact Bill Moore at hemmmingwa@gmail.com.  Do it now!
KAA Member Marina Forbes Offers 
"The Art of Icon Painting"

Russian icon maker, teacher and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer "The Art of Icon Painting"   workshop  in Portsmouth at St. John's Episcopal Church (101 Chapel St, Portsmouth, NH 03801)  on Saturdays: November 10, 17, December 1 from 10am to 1pm and Sunday, December 9 from 2pm to 5pm. It is a hands-on  four 3-hour sessions studio workshop for students interested in learning how to create traditional Russian icons, one of the world's oldest and most respected forms of religious art. The program will include a detailed discussion and demonstration of traditional materials and methods of icon making. Then, under the direction of the instructor, students will create their own icons using a combination of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. Students will learn about board and painting surface preparation, gessoing, image rendering, pigments, brush strokes techniques, detailing, highlighting, gilding, Old Slavonic lettering, and varnishing.

No painting experience is required for my Icon Painting class. Experienced artists will also feel very comfortable in my workshop.  

The  icon of Mother of God of Vladimir (wood, gesso, egg tempera, 23-k gold) is by Marina Forbes.

For more information, please contact Marina Forbes directly at 603 332-2255,
 by e-mail at marina@anylanguage.org or please visit  MarinaForbes.com

The Kittery Art Association, a charitable organization incorporated by the state of Maine, sponsors a variety of public events in support of local artists and writers of all ages.  
Membership is $35 and expires each December 31.
Membership applications are available on our website, or feel free to pick one up at the KAA Gallery located at 8 Coleman Ave., Kittery Point, ME.  We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for supporting the Arts!  
Kittery Art Association
8 Coleman Ave., Kittery Point, ME 
  Phone: (207) 451-9384
Email: information@kitteryartassociation.org