FARMINGTON — The Emery Community Arts Center on the University of Maine campus in Farmington is offering three exciting fall events. All will take place in the Emery performance space and are free and open to the public.
Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m. Screening of the film “I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan”
Directed by Maine filmmaker Richard Kane and artist Robert Shetterly, the documentary film tells the story of a 90-plus-year-old artist who leaps and bounds in his heart like a child, yet is a creative genius spiritually. deep. Ashley is a poet and illustrator of 50 children’s books, creator of magic puppets and stained glass from found objects inspired by her African heritage. He lived on the remote Cranberry Islands in Maine until his death at age 98 in February 2022. He has used art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith and create a loving community. . The story of his life and the art he creates from this source of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.
Wednesday, November 2, 7 p.m. Recital by Aaron Wyanski, assistant professor of musical composition at UMF, music for solo piano with original works and music by Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Fiona Apple
Wyanski is a composer, pianist and educator whose work explores memory, perspective and vulnerability. His music has been commissioned by the Amaranth String Quartet, Roger Zahab, and percussionist Michael Jones, among others, and he has been artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
An active educator, Wyanski has previously taught at the Hartt School (University of Hartford) and Sweet Briar College. He holds an DMA in composition from The Hartt School, an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BM in jazz studies from Purchase College (SUNY).
Thursday November 10, 7 p.m., Screening of 22n/a Annual Entertainment Show
This 22nd edition includes an international collection of animated shorts, which address both the anxieties and the hopes of a world facing a seemingly endless series of existential crises. All are inventive, their tone ranging from whimsical to profound; their techniques, from stop-motion to hand drawing and computer science.
Nine of the films are new and come from Europe, Asia and North America. The program culminates in a remarkable 4K digital remaster restored by the Academy Film Archive of Frederic Back’s Oscar-winning 1987 classic, “The Man Who Planted Trees.”
The entertainment show of the shows is unrated and some topics are mature in nature and not intended for young children. For more details, visit Animation Show of Shows.
The Emery Community Arts Center is an innovative and experimental venue for the arts in western Maine. It includes an exciting 2,500 square foot, 109-seat multipurpose performance space with dynamic vertical pocket doors that open to an outdoor performance area and a 1,600 square foot Flex-Space Gallery for traditional exhibits, new media and performance art. A dramatic interior hallway provides additional exhibit space and connects the center to the UMF Alumni Theater.
The Emery Arts Center gallery is located on Academy Street in downtown Farmington. The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. closed on Sundays and holidays. Please check Emery’s website for updates at https://wpsites.maine.edu/emerycommunityartscenter/.
For more information, contact Ann Bartges, Director of the UMF Emery Community Arts Center at [email protected] or 207-778-7461.