Ellis-Beauregard artists on WRFR

Oct 10, 2017

Rockland — The Oct. 17 show of “The 21st Century Bohemian,” hosted by Teresa Piccari, will feature a roundtable discussion with the four recipients of the Ellis-Beauregard Artist Residency program. The program airs Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. on WRFR-LP, 93.3 Rockland/99.3 Camden.

Bethany Engstrom (installation artist), Megan Brady (painter), Vaishu Ilankamban (woodworker) and Michael Gorman (playwright) will discuss their work and the community, fulfilling part of the residency’s mission to "encourage, expand and sustain the imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts."

Their six-month residencies began Aug. 1. Each artist has a studio at Lincoln Street Center and receives a monthly stipend of $1,000. They are each expected to engage with the community through their art.

Brady is a painter from Camden, and Engstrom is an installation artist from Belfast. Gorman splits his time between Maine and New York City, where he is the playwright in residence at La MaMa Theater. In June, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art hosted a staged reading of his “The Honor & Glory of Whaling Part 2: The Chase, a trilogy.” Ilankamban is a woodworker who recently attended the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport.

Piccari said she will be talking with the artists about the experience of being in Rockland at a time when the arts are really being celebrated and have helped to revitalize the city; and getting their perspectives on that. After two months in their residencies, she will check in with the creative works they have in progress and also about the collaborative atmosphere that is being fostered among them and other artists with studios at Lincoln Street Center.

Piccari is a local writer and proprietor of The Village Scribe, a professional copywriting and editing service. She offers workshops on writing and creativity and works with artists of all genres as a creative coach. She has written “The 21st Century Bohemian” creativity column, appearing in Inner Tapestry, for a decade. For more information, send email to 21stBohemian@gmail.com or visit the Teresa Piccari Writer page on Facebook.

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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