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You’re invited!

Friday Nov 22

6:30 – 8 pm

Public Library in Cushing, Maine.

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I’m giving a climate talk coordinated with an international movement Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps / 24 Hours Of Reality where thousands of trainees like me will make climate presentations in their local communities.

This one is different. It’s a celebration of our natural world and art’s ability to shine a light on important issues in unique ways, to kindle hope, inspire, motivate, as a conscientious form of action and so much more. We’re calling it Transcending Climate Grief Through Art. We’re going to talk about the power of art to inspire, kindle hope, motivate, as a conscientious form of action and so much more.

In 10 minutes, I’ll update you on the current state of our climate.

For the next 45 minutes, Ellen (poet) and Vic (sculptor) Goldsmith will join me as we each spend 15 minutes celebrating an artist working in our mediums who has inspired us environmentally and share how these issues have impacted us as artists.

Then we’ll open this event up to you for your questions, comments, or anything else you’d like to share. It’s a community event. You’re community.

After the event, some of us will move to The Block Saloon in Thomaston for a drink.

I hope you can join us!

John Paul

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If you can’t make it, I’ve collected resources on my website that will offer you many ideas about how you can make a difference.

Join

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I’ve been involved in the environmental movement my whole life and it’s never been this bad out there. It’s important that, in our own ways, we all act now.

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You can learn a lot from watching how other artists work, especially if they’re working in another medium. Figuring out how you work in similar ways to produce your own authentic works is an exercise in creativity itself. And creativity is like a muscle, the more you work it the stronger it grows.

You’re sure to be inspired by these 6 masters.

Anni Albers

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Helen Frankenthaler

Hannah Hoch

Donald Judd

Jacob Lawrence

 

Find more How To Be An Artist posts here.

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There ‘s lots of great art in Maine!

Experience it by visiting these six museums (north to south).

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Waterville

Colby Museum of Art 

A collecting and teaching museum focussing on American art. It houses and displays the largest collection of John Marin and Alex Katz’ paintings as well as Richard Serra’s works on paper.

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Rockland

Farnsworth Museum

There’s always something new and old on view at the Farnsworth. The museum has one of the nation’s largest collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth, which is extended by the Olson House (Christina’s World) in nearby Cushing.

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Rockland

Center For Maine Contemporary Art

A contemporary arts institution, presenting a year-round program of changing exhibitions featuring the work of emerging and established artists with ties to Maine.

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Brunswick

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Assyrian reliefs in Maine? And much more! The Bowdoin art collection includes Antiquities, European,and American collections including memorabilia from Winslow Homer’s nearby studio.

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Portland

Portland Museum of Art

Significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine, the museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming, from special events, family activities, and community conversations to PMA Films, curator talks, and tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

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Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Celebrating its origins in Ogunquit’s art colonies it acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets American art.

Looking for more fun things to do?

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Rockland

Maine Lighthouse Museum

One of the largest lighthouse museums in the United States.

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Thomaston

Owl’s Head Transportation Museum

Its mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and operate pre-1940 aircraft, ground vehicles, engines and related technologies significant to the evolution of transportation for the purpose of education. Special events offer car rallies and air shows.

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Bath

Maine Maritime Museum 

It sits on a 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River in “The City of Ships”. Daily cruises visit some of Maine’s most iconic lighthouses from the water and get an up-close look at Navy vessels under construction at Bath Iron Works.


Find more museums in Maine here.

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Come visit us Aug 3 and 4 !

Every year I unveil new images in my gallery.

For the first time my wife is joining me.

And you can see our collaborative works.

Tour our working studios.

View rarely seen portfolios and studies.

Participate in artists’ talks at 2 pm each day.

Find out more here.

Plus visit 7 other Cushing artist’s studios. 

Sign up for my newsletter for alerts on new exhibits.

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You can learn a lot from watching how other artists work, especially if they’re working in another medium. Figuring out how you work in similar ways to produce your own authentic works is an exercise in creativity itself. And creativity is like a muscle, the more you work it the stronger it grows.

You’re sure to be inspired by these 8 masters.

Henri Matisse

Mark Rothko

Francis Bacon

Edvard Munch

Willem de Kooning

Keith Haring

Joan Mitchell

Agnes Martin

 

Plus enjoy 33 Ways To Be More Creative.

Find more How To Be An Artist posts here.

Find more in my social networks – Facebook and Twitter.

Get more great curated content with my newsletter Insights.

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Georgia O’Keeffe

We all learn a lot from each other.

Artsy has featured a number of useful lessons that can be learned from great artists.

Think of this less about learning to be an artist and more about learning to be more creative.

You’re sure to learn something useful in these six posts.

5 Lessons Creatives Can Learn from Andy Goldsworthy

How to Be an Artist, According to Georgia O’Keeffe

How to Be an Artist, According to Louise Bourgeois

How to Be an Artist, According to Wassily Kandinsky

How to Be an Artist, According to Josef Albers

How to Be an Artist, According to Paul Klee

Remember, superstition is optional – but just for fun check out the strange superstitions of great artists.

The Superstitious Rituals of Highly Creative People, from Salvador Dalí to Yoko Ono

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Josef Albers

 


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