Integrating art and community

Feb 24, 2013
Photo by: Amy Wilton Kathryn Oliver is showing work made of wood, acrylic and paper during March at the Good Tern Natural Foods Co-Op’s Café Gallery.

Rockland — The Good Tern Cafe Gallery will feature work by Kathryn Oliver of Camden for the month of March. Good Tern Natural Foods Co-Op and Café, 750 Main St., is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oliver began drawing and painting as a small child. She is primarily self-taught, believing in creative play as her most effective vehicle into exploration of new media. These have included painting, ceramics, textiles, papier-mâché, landscape and garden design and graphic design.

Oliver also has explored the performing arts as playwright, dancer, producer, director and stage designer. As a developer of theater for child and adult performers, she is founder and artistic director of Terra Diddle Collective, a community performance group that includes professional artists and community performers of all ages.

"As an artist, I seek to integrate art and community. I believe that art both strengthens a community and enlivens individuals. Through the universal language of myth, animated by visuals, music and dance, we can awaken imagination and cultivate a place where miracles become ordinary; inspiring and transforming our everyday lives," she said.

Inspired by the works and teachings of Joseph Campbell, she is interested in highlighting the archetypes of the human experience and creating story lines and images that evoke connections. With an intent to expand art beyond the walls of the home and into our shared communities, she finds herself immersed in the world of theater, currently collaborating on a show called “Leap.” This multimedia performance combines visual art, modern and world dance and live music into a work of dance theater that brings to life the words of Rumi and other timeless poets.

For more information about Oliver and her work, visit and To contact the Good Tern, call 594-8822.

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

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