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February – March
Bess Welden’s play, Death Wings, was named the State of Maine winner of the 2020 Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights. Read more about the competition and all the winners here. Congratulations, Bess! North Shore Readers Theater in Newburyport, MA will stream a zoom-recorded reading of MADELEINES followed by a talkback on Saturday, March 13 at 10:00 AM EDT. Register for the free event here.
Works by Greta Bank, Gregory Jamie, Julie Poitras Santos, Deborah Wing-Sproul and Ryan Adams feature in a group exhibition, Untitled, 2020: Art From Maine In A _______ Time, at the Portland Art Museum from Feb. 12 – May 31. The exhibition presents a survey of contemporary Maine visual arts engaging with the psychic destabilizations and general upheaval wreaked by the pandemic.
Nicole Duennebier’s solo exhibition Floral Hex is on display at 13Forest Gallery in Arlington, MA from Feb. 27 – April 16. The show features a collection of 16 paintings Nicole has been working on since the beginning of the pandemic and injects a moody, subversive sensibility into the Dutch still life tradition.
Maia Snow’s installation Green Flash will hang in the window of Space Gallery in Portland from Jan. 8 – Feb. 19. The green flash is a rare optical phenomenon sometimes glimpsed around sunset or sunrise, and Snow’s work is an exploration of the parallels between queerness and fleeting atmospheric effects. Snow, who divides their time between Austin, TX and Portland, celebrates the complexities of queer sexuality, gender, and the non-binary body in their work.
Carolyn Gage has had a busy year! She recently published a collection of six plays entitled The Island Collection and completed a new play about pioneering geneticist (and Nobel laureate) Barbara McClintock, In McClintock’s Corn. The new play explores McClintock’s work on genetic diversity and her personal relationships in light of our understanding of her today as a woman with autism. Carolyn also produced a website about the historically famous lesbians who had homes on the island where she lives: “The Lesbian History Trail of Mount Desert Island.”
Sandell Morse’s memoir, The Spiral Shell, a French Village Reveals Its Secrets of Jewish Resistance in World War II, was released last spring by Schaffner Press. The book grew out of several residencies Sandell undertook in the French village of Auvillar, where she befriended local residents and learned about the townsfolks’ unheralded resistance efforts during the Vichy regime, which in turn shed light on her own complex family history. Order a copy here.
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