‘War on Peace’ workshop, talk

Oct 05, 2012
Photo by: Harlan Crichton Harlan Crichton’s series In the Shadow of the Burning Dog includes a portrait of Forrest Brown.

Belfast — As part of the “War on Peace” exhibit at Waterfall Arts, photographer Harlan Crichton will give an artist’s talk Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Crichton’s photographs of recent veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are on display through Nov. 21 in the Corridor Gallery of the arts center, 256 High St.

Crichton, a Waldo County native, graduated this year from the Maine College of Art in Portland. He will show earlier work and discuss his process and the creative evolution that led him to create this series, In the Shadow of the Burning Dog. Admission to the talk will be by donation at the door.

In another event related to the “War on Peace” exhibit, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Operation Breaking Stereotypes and Waterfall Arts will offer a free workshop called Inspiring Citizenship and Student Performance for Maine middle and high school educators. The workshop will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Waterfall Arts.

The intent of the workshop is to frame course content in a meaningful real-world context to guide students to become informed, courageous citizens. A selection of Rob Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth series portraits are on exhibit through Nov. 21. Apart from being inspiring and stimulating paintings, they have, over the past decade, proven to be accessible and effective classroom tools, especially in the visual and performing arts, social studies, history and English/language arts disciplines.

Operation Breaking Stereotypes is a nonprofit service-based organization working with schools in Maine, Boston and New York City to help students address ethnic, socio-economic, gender and racial stereotypes through writing, reading, music, photography and personal connections. Since its founding in 2002, OBS has worked with more than 1000 Maine, Boston and New York City middle and high school students, facilitating exchanges between diverse groups of learners.

Presenters at the workshop include Shetterly; AWTT portrait subject Florence Reed; and Karen MacDonald of the King Middle School in Portland. Space will be limited to the first 40 teachers and administrators who wish to attend.

Waterfall Arts, now in its 13th year, is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information about the “War on Peace” exhibit, Crichton’s talk, the educator’s workshop and additional events and classes, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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