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Community News – Brick Store Museum Welcomes Cambodian Artist


Thanks to the partnership of the Khmer families of Kennebunk, the Brick Store Museum welcomes the Cambodian ceramist Yary Livan, with an exhibition of his traditional ceramics. Livan is one of only three known ceramic masters to survive the 1975 Khmer Rouge genocide, and the only known living in the United States.

The exhibition of the traditional Khmer ceramic artist in the Patsy Bauman Contemporary Gallery at the Brick Store Museum will continue until July 31. Courtesy picture

Livan began his studies in 1971 at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, the capital, where he majored in ceramics and painting and focused on ceramic forms and ornamentation. traditional Khmer. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge regime seized power in Cambodia and began a systematic genocide, primarily targeting artists, writers and intellectuals and ultimately killing two million Cambodians. Livan survived by using her knowledge of ceramics to build wood-fired kilns needed to make tiles.

He spent most of the 1980s and 1990s moving from one refugee camp to another, arriving in the United States in 2001 and granted political asylum in 2002. That same year Livan became a guest artist , Ceramics Program, Harvard Arts Office. That year he received the Mima Weissmann Prize for the study of ceramic arts.

Since 2005, Livan has taught ceramics classes at several Lowell schools. In 2012, Livan received an artist grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and also became an assistant professor at Middlesex Community College.

The exhibition of the traditional Khmer ceramic artist in the museum’s Patsy Bauman Contemporary Gallery will continue until July 31. In addition to the exhibition, a demonstration and documentary event is planned for Saturday July 9 at the Brick Store museum during which the artist will discuss his work. , traditional dishes will be served and the documentary on Livan’s work will be shown.

The exhibit is sponsored by BBSquared and community members. To help support the effort, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Ocean Survival Adventure offered at Kennebunk Free Library

The Kennebunk Free Library offers an Ocean Survival Adventure program on July 5 at 4 p.m. Participants can try their hand at Morse code, make a water filter, build a small raft, and more. The event is designed for children and adults to work together. Everyone is welcome, but the activities will be best enjoyed by children 6 and up.

Ocean Survival Adventure is part of Oceans of Possibilities, the library’s summer reading program. For more information on summer programs, visit the library’s website.

Ocean Zone Crafting

Kennebunk Free Library continues its deep dive with Ocean Zone Crafts. Throughout the summer, explore the ocean areas with a new craft every two weeks. Make a craft during a visit to the library. Crafts will be set up for completion at the craft table in the children’s room. Participants will learn about the five ocean zones and craft something to take home. Ocean Zone Crafts in July includes:

· July 5-16: Twilight Ocean Zone Hermit Crab.

· July 18-28: Midnight Ocean Zone sea anemones.

· July 29-August. 6: Jellyfish from the abyssal ocean zone.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985-2173.

Friday Fun at the Library

Visit the library every Friday on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each Friday there will be different activities to do, games to play and crafts to do. Events are free, wheelchair accessible, and open to teens 10 and older.

● July 1, Pokeymans Project: Develop your artistic skills by drawing Pokémon.
● July 8, all-day craft pick-up: In preparation for the KFL road race, no meeting will be held. Stop by during the day to say hello and pick up take-out looms and sea turtle yarn crafts. These will be available while supplies last in the Walker Room.
● July 15, creating zines: want to know more about zines? Get involved in the counterculture and make groundbreaking zine at the library. Supplies and examples will be available, but feel free to bring anything that inspires you.
● July 22, binders and bookmarks: learn how to reuse old objects to create origami bookmarks and t-shirt binders. T-shirts will be provided, but feel free to bring a favorite old t-shirt to reuse.
● July 29, Trivia – Deep Sea Edition: ready to test your knowledge on the high seas? Visit for a game of Kahoot. Be sure to bring a phone or other device that connects to the internet.

For more information, see Miss Emmaline downstairs in the children’s room, or call 207-985-2173.

KW Contemporary Art welcomes Reflections

KW Contemporary Art has announced that it will present Reflections, a new collection of works by Audra Weaser.

According to a June 15 press release, “Weaser’s lifelong love of water and nature is evident in his paintings. Growing up in Southern California, Weaser was fascinated by the ocean and the ebb and flow of the tides. In the exhibition, Weaser reflects on the interplay of water and light between them and our interpretations of these fleeting moments. Shimmering, moving surfaces reflect the outside world in an abstract state that Weaser depicts in a new painterly way to provoke our emotional response. These surfaces allow us to glimpse our inner states, creating a dynamic space between reflection and projection.

The opening will take place on Saturday July 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is open to the public.

KW Contemporary Art features a roster of artists ranging from emerging talents to established mid-career artists from around the world. The gallery is in Lower Village Kennebunk, near Dock Square and above the Spaces Interior Design store.

Celebrate Pride at the Seashore Trolley Museum

The Seashore Trolley Museum is celebrating Pride this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to rides in decorated trolleys on the museum’s heritage railway, activities family activities and the regular interactive activities of the museum. exhibitions and presentations.

The Seashore Trolley Museum celebrates Pride on Saturday, June 25 and 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.trolleymuseum.org. Courtesy picture

On Saturday, live entertainment will be provided by Dana Pearson Music (10 a.m.-11 a.m., 12 p.m.-1 p.m.) and Collective Motion Arts Center (11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.). Burgers and hot dogs will be available for lunch. On Sundays, food trucks Mow’s Munchies and Pink Waffle will be on campus from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Three dollars from every admission ticket sold over the weekend will be donated to Out Maine. Proceeds from a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses will also benefit Out Maine. For more information about Out Maine, visit ‘LGBTQ+ Youth at https://outmaine.org

Supporters of the event are Daytrip Society, Daytrip Jr., The Inn at English Meadows, AWOL Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport Captains Collection, Alisson’s Restaurant, Bitter End Wells, HB Provisions and Hurricane Restaurant.

Located at 195 Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport, the Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s first and largest electric railroad and transit museum. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday until Halloween. For more information, hours, and the museum’s COVID-19 policies, visit www.trolleymuseum.org or call 207-967-2800, ext. 113.

The Seashore Trolley Museum celebrates Pride on Saturday, June 25 and 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.trolleymuseum.org.

Lupines in Kennebunkport. Photo by Cynthia Fitzmorris

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