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10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
616-0292 https://www.watervillecreates.org/common-street-arts/

September 2017

Fresco Workshop

September 30, 2017, 10:00 AM2:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$30

Join artist Barbara Sullivan for a hands-on exploration of the medium of fresco painting. Students will develop an understanding and working knowledge of true buon fresco (painting into freshly laid wet plaster). Learn the many steps involved, how to prepare substrates, arriccio, and intonaco layers of plaster and how to grind pigments like the old masters. Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 13 + up. Cost: $30 (all materials included/lunch provided) Location: Common Street Arts, 93 Main St.,…

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January 2018

Conversation with Guitar + Violin Makers

January 20, 2018, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Discover the art of being a luthier, a person that builds and repairs stringed instruments. The craft of making stringed instruments, or lutherie (sometimes spelled luthiery), goes back to the 15th century, and involves knowledge of wood working, tone, carving wood, varnishes, and much more. Come see and touch some of the parts and pieces of these instruments, hear stories of this craft, ask questions and then hear the instruments played! Elaine Malkin and Gail Lipfert, of Bien Sur, will play traditional…

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Life Drawing

January 24, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate in the life drawing program on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. This program provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, etc., and CSA provides the chairs, model, and camaraderie. Sessions are open to all levels of experience and are with without formal instruction. The cost is $5; scholarships…

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Dwell: Stories of Waterville

January 27, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Join one of our favorite history teachers, Jessica Graham, as she regales us with stories of Waterville’s fascinating past.

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February 2018

Youth Art Month Opening Reception

February 1, 2018
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Free

Celebrate the visual arts crafted by the local K-12 youth! This year the theme is "building community through art". It is a lovely opportunity to showcase the creativity of the local youth while highlighting the beneficial effects of the arts in the educational environment. The exhibit will emphasize the value of the visual arts that are often overlooked as part of a standard core curriculum. The exhibit runs February 28 – March 31 at Common Street Arts. Time TBA

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Make a Blanket!

February 3, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Free

Project Linus has a mission to provide warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need, through handmade blankets. Learn to make a blanket for a Project Linus recipient, and one for you to keep for free! Donations to Project Linus would be appreciated and are encouraged. CLICK TO REGISTER.

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Beginning Pottery Class

February 6, 2018, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

Our 6-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with learning clay basics and expand to cover creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. skills that will be covered include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration/glazing. Students will also assist with loading of the kilns to understand the process. The instructor will work actively with each student as they navigate all the basic aspects of…

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Life Drawing

February 7, 2018, 5:00 PM8:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

This program provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, etc., and CSA provides the chairs, model, and camaraderie. Sessions are open to all levels of experience and are with without formal instruction. Scholarships available. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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A Sweet Pairing & Shopping Pop-Up

February 8, 2018, 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Come meet the Specialty Food and Beverage Producers of Central Maine as they offer something special for your taste buds. If you love something, buy it as a gift for this Valentine's Day.There will even be a food truck on hand for you to purchase yummy meals for dinner as well as for Valentine's Day- like quiche, turkey pot pies and more! The local producers sampling and selling are: Oats Any Time Jen-gerbread: Just People for People Tree Spirits The…

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Children’s Maker Space

February 10, 2018, 12:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Common Street Arts and the Children's Discovery Museum pair up to host a children's maker day. The idea of a "maker space" is to explore creative ideas and build fun things in a place filled with tools and materials! You and your family are welcome to drop in and try some of our challenges in the gallery. Take apart a computer, try out a ball maze, build simple bridges of balsa wood and more! While we are promoting this for…

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Art Date Night for Adults

February 14, 2018, 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$25

Surprise your significant other, or friends, with an art night to celebrate just being yourselves, in love with the world. Come create a memory in the shape of a cool clay decal mug and try printmaking! There will be wine, cheese, soup and yummy bread available for all the love bugs, or friendly souls. Cost: $25 per person. Please register!

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February Break Art Camp Begins

February 19, 2018, 9:00 AM12:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$120 – $160

This week-long art camp explores the things we love about winter: seeing animal tracks in the snow, viewing the Northern Lights, building things out of snow, and going into the warmth inside to create and play! Monday: Winter Tracks in Town Tuesday: Northern Lights Paintings and Clay Beads Wednesday: Clay Wall Monsters with Denae Thursday: Clay Wall Monsters with Denae Friday: Snow Slime Making and Snow Experiments For children ages 6 -12. Cost: Half Day: $120 (9 AM – Noon…

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Celebrity Life Drawing

February 21, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Join Common Street Arts for their series that captures the poses of local "celebrities." This month's celebrity model is Jordia Benjamin, Mirken Coordinator of Academic and Public Programs at the Colby Museum of Art! All are welcome to attend from seasoned artists to beginners. This program offers a unique opportunity to hone artists' drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants must bring their media of choice. Cost: $5 Please register!

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March 2018

Youth Art Month: Opening Reception

March 1, 2018, 4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Free

Celebrate the visual arts crafted by the local k-12 youth! This year the theme is "building community through art". It is a lovely opportunity to showcase the creativity of the local youth while highlighting the beneficial effects of the arts in the educational environment. This month-long  exhibit will emphasize the value of the visual arts that are often overlooked as part of a standard core curriculum.  Common Street Arts is pleased to participate in this year’s theme and will present…

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Life Drawing

March 7, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate in the life drawing program hosted by Common Street Arts. This program provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, etc. CSA provides the chairs, model, and camaraderie. Sessions are open to all levels of experience and are without formal instruction. Scholarships available. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Beginning Pottery Class

March 8, 2018, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

Our 6-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with learning clay basics and expand to cover creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. skills that will be covered include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration/glazing. Students will also assist with loading of the kilns to understand the process. The instructor will work actively with each student as they navigate all the basic aspects of…

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Let’s Go! Creating Waterville

March 10, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Join us outside to draw or write on our Towns Along the Kennebec community wall, and for a fun yoga StoryWalk! Inside Common Street Arts classroom, create a map of homes and places we love in our towns, a 3D house, and sample healthy, kid-friendly snacks. Fun for all ages! Bring you Family Fun Series passport and after participating in three or more events, be entered to win a $500 L.L. Bean gift card! Passports are available online or at…

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Woodcarving Workshop

March 10, 2018, 1:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$35

Join expert wood carver and printmaker, Doug Frati, for a Wood Carving adult education class! Learn how to make simple chalk drawings on wood, and the proper use of knives and chisels to uncover your new masterpiece. Tools will be supplied. Maximum 15 students. Registration required.

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Making Space for We: Building Bridges Through Art and Social Action

March 15, 2018, 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Designed to build community capacity for public art projects, establish a common understanding of best practices, and develop a shared language for community discussion, Waterville Creates! and the Colby Museum are co-hosting a series of public discussions on public art and creative place-making. The series begins with Elizabeth Jabar, associate dean and director of public engagement at the Maine College of Art. Jabar will discuss the role of the citizen, artist, designer and the power of community partnerships in fostering…

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Clay Slab Creations

March 17, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Join Common Street Arts for an afternoon focused on crafting unique clay creations. Participants are invited to represent themselves in a visual format. What makes you, you? What do you find inspiring? Channel the answers into a unique clay creation that represents you! Learn slab building techniques as you mold something new. All ages are welcome, but 8+ is recommended. Registration in advance is required as space is limited. Cost is $15.

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Celebrity Life Drawing

March 21, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Join Common Street Arts for this skills-focused series that captures the poses of local celebrities! All are welcome to attend, from seasoned artists to beginners. This program offers a unique opportunity to hone artists' drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants must bring their media of choice. This month's celebrity model is Ayrca, a professional tarot reader working with Enchanted Herbs and Teas in downtown Waterville. Cost: $5. Registration Requested.

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Kids Art Yoga

March 24, 2018, 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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School Street yoga instructor, Stephanie Pinnette will be at Common Street Arts to lead a free kid yoga class! Stephanie specializes in yoga for children and will use some of the fabulous youth art on display to help inspire the yoga poses. Kids ages 4-10 and their parents are welcome. Free; pre-registration is required.

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Hip-Hop Dance in the Gallery

March 31, 2018, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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The wonderful folks from Pushed Learning and Media join Common Street Arts for the afternoon! Learn from award-winning hip-hop dancer Oliver “Sydesho” Arias, who currently teaches hip-hop dance choreography at Brown University. Work on the fundamentals of a variety of hip-hop dance forms, including breakdancing, popping and locking. Please register for this event to reserve a spot. This event is most appropriate for ages 13 and older.

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April 2018

Clay Studio Open House

April 7, 2018, 12:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Free

Have you always wanted to enroll in a clay class but were unsure about what might be involved? This is a great opportunity to explore and ask questions of the studio manager, Denae Ferguson. There will be moments to roll up your sleeves and try various techniques with instruction by Denae. Stop in and see what the clay studio has to offer! All ages are welcome!

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Spring Bonnets and Wild Art Hats

April 7, 2018, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Believe it or not, spring has sprung! At least it has at Common Street Arts! Join the fun of building some colorful, spring themed, wild creations to wear on your head! You can create your own fabulous spring bonnets and art hats in the CSA classroom. There will be prizes for the most creative creations. All ages are welcome and can drop in anytime from 1:00-4:00 p.m.! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Opening Reception for Side by Side: New Work by Cassie Jones + Will Sears

April 12, 2018, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Come celebrate the new exhibition with us! It will feature new work by two contemporary Maine artists, each with a distinct and compelling approach to color and form. The reception will feature wine, spirits, and snacks provided by Meridians of Fairfield. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., Thursdays until 6:00. This exhibit runs through May 19.

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Celebrity Life Drawing

April 18, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Join Common Street Arts for this skills-focused series that captures the poses of local celebrities! All are welcome to attend from seasoned artists to beginners. This program offers a unique opportunity to hone artists' drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants must bring their media of choice. This month's celebrity model is Anuli Iloabachi, Assistant Director of Admissions at Colby College. Please register.

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Artist Talk with Cassie Jones and Will Sears

April 26, 2018, 5:30 PM6:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Cassie Jones and Will Sears discuss the process and inspiration for their new work on view in Side by Side at Common Street Arts. This conversation will help you explore the creative minds and the processes of Jones and Sears. Learn more about how each artist employs distinct methods to investigate color and form through their artistic practice. A reception will follow. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Danika and the Jeb

April 26, 2018, 7:00 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Following the Artist Talk with Cassie Jones and Will Sears at Common Street Arts on Thursday night, there will be a wonderful free music performance by the passionate and talented Danika Holmes! Danika + the Jeb are known for being a dynamic, uplifting, and fun band that creates powerful music through soulful writing and elegant musical phrasing. Join us in creating a new memory! We look forward to seeing you for this entertaining hour of music with Danika and the…

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Paper Pop-Ups

April 28, 2018, 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Learn unique and fun methods of 3-D paper construction with visiting artist, Tamar Ettigen! Create one-of-a-kind pop-up cards and discover how to craft paper into incredible structures. Participants will create works inspired by artists Cassie Jones and Will Sears, whose work will be on display in the exhibition, Side by Side. Ages 8 and up. Please register. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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May 2018

Life Drawing

May 1, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Now on the first and third Tuesday of every month! Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate in the life drawing program hosted by Common Street Arts. This program provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, etc. and CSA provides the chairs, model, and camaraderie. Sessions are open to all levels of experience and are with without formal…

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Felting Workshop

May 5, 2018, 10:00 AM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$40

Mixed media and fiber artist Susan Mills, will guide you through the process of wet felting using merino wool, soapy water, and a palm sander. The possibilities are endless for the creation of your own magically unique handbag, vessel, or wall hanging. Participants will create one large or two smaller items. Students are encouraged to bring their own felting fibers as well as non-felting items such as feathers, sticks, shells, and stones that will inspire your creation and to be…

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Intro to Wheel Throwing

May 5, 2018, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$27 – $30

Have you ever wanted to try throwing on a wheel without the commitment of a six week class? This introductory afternoon class will involve the basics: centering clay on a wheel, throwing clay, and making a simple object. Beginners are encouraged to try this class to discover the magic of pottery! Ages 15 and up. Please register.   CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Cool Cats in the Gallery

May 12, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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The Waterville Area Humane Society will have kittens and cats available for adoption and doubling as models for drawing sessions in the gallery. Participants are welcome to keep the drawings or donate them to the Humane Society for display in their lobby space. People with interest in adopting a cat or kitten are also welcome to visit during that time.   If you adopt a cat that day, Loyal Biscuit will have a congratulations basket for you with some free…

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Celebrity Life Drawing: Peter Garrett

May 15, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Join us for celebrity life drawing series capturing the poses of local “celebrities” at CSA. This month’s special guest model is Peter Garrett. Peter Garrett has lived in Winslow half his life, though he doesn’t sound like it (he’s British). He met his wife in Bermuda and, after adventures here and there, insisted she take him home to the 100 acres of her childhood. An earth scientist by training, hydrogeologist by profession, he is now retired.  He became well known…

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Art Happy Hour

May 24, 2018, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$35

Relax after work and do something creative and fun! Paint your own pottery and create mandalas with Common Street Arts. Participants will create one painted mug or bowl while learning to make mandalas–a meditative and creative activity to explore and unwind. Delicious snacks and beverages included. For ages 21+. Cost: $35. Click to register.

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Prints at the Scale of People Opening Reception

May 31, 2018, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Common Street Arts is pleased to present Prints at the Scale of People—an exhibition of experimental printmaking that explores oversized examples of the medium. Composed on a single sheet of paper, or through an additive approach of many small-scale prints joined together, works in the exhibition are as large or larger than the human form and their dimensions evoke those more traditionally associated with painting, sculpture, and installation art. The participating artists—Stephen Benenson, Rebecca Goodale, Anna Hepler, and Elizabeth Jabar—use a…

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June 2018

Seussical Craft Day

June 2, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Make Dr. Seuss art for Seussical the Musical! The Waterville Opera House and Common Street Arts are teaming up to decorate Castonguay Square with Dr. Seuss objects, which you can help create. There will be Dr. Seuss "shrinky dinks" to color and bring home with you.

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Beginning Pottery Class

June 6, 2018, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

Our six-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with learning clay basics and expand to cover creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. Skills that will be covered include: centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decorating/glazing. Students will also assist with loading of the kilns to understand the process. The instructor will work actively with each student as they navigate all the basic aspects of…

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Art in the Park

June 7, 2018, 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Art in the Park, a free program hosted by Common Street Arts, is designed to foster creativity and community among residents and visitors to Waterville.  Art in the Park takes place each Thursday and works with area teaching artists to develop unique arts programming - providing workshops and special family-friendly activities for free.   This week's Art in the Park free guided art activity is the making of paper face sculptures!   Click for more info.

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Make a Clay Slab Mug!

June 9, 2018, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$25

Build an easy “slab” mug for your morning coffee or tea!  Learn how to cut out the shapes, attach them properly, and add surface details by applying underglazes and using stamping techniques. Mugs will be ready for pick up 2 weeks after the class. These mugs make a great gift for Father’s Day! REGISTER

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Art Happy Hour

June 14, 2018, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$35

Relax after work and explore your creative side with the fun gang from Common Street Arts! This week, join us to paint your own stylish pottery and create fabulous (and functional!) mosaics. Such the blast. Participants will create one paint your own mug or bowl while learning the art of mosaic design - like adult coloring, these are creative activities to explore your hidden talents and unwind in fine company. Participants are welcome to bring a small object to add…

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Celebrity Life Drawing: Alan Sanborn

June 19, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate in the life drawing program that provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists alike. Hone your painting, drawing or sculpting skills in a supportive environment, we have a delightful group of regulars. Participants bring their media of choice. CSA provides the chairs, model, and camaraderie. This week's celebrity guest is Alan Sanborn who has lived in Canaan, Maine for most of his life. He and his wife, Sam, moved to…

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Tuesday Teapots

June 19, 2018, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$185

Make your own teapot and extras in this fun exploration of all things teapot! Students will learn how to wheel throw all elements of the teapot including vessel, spout, lid, knob, and assemble all pieces into a functional piece. Participants will explore different shapes, sizes, and decoration. Wheel throwing and clay experience is necessary for this class. Registration required. The class will meet Tuesdays, June 19 – July 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Class is limited to six; registration…

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Knit Hats for Babies in Need

June 23, 2018, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Join Common Street Arts to learn how to make knit hats for babies in need! The American Heart Association is raising awareness about babies born with heart defects. Volunteers from around the country are helping by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies at participating hospitals. Join the experienced knitters to learn the easy pattern of hat making. All hats will be donated to local hospitals. Help raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects by celebrating the littlest…

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Nature Gelatin Prints

June 30, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$10 – $25

Craft one-of-a-kind monotypes using low-tech, accessible and non-toxic materials! This unique method of printmaking allows you to create luminous, multi-layered images using plant materials and found objects! This is a spontaneous, fast-paced medium, which is very adaptable and accessible. Kids are welcome but must sign up with a parent. Please register. Cost: $25 for adults, $10 for kids. (Scholarships are available for kids.) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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July 2018

MIFFONEDGE

July 14, 2018July 21, 2018
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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MIFFONEDGE volume 6 features audiovisual works that immerse the senses and invite you to step outside your everyday perceptions. Virtual reality works by VJ Suave, and meditative nature works by Susan Bickford are merged together to create this interactive exhibition! Come explore. Click for more info.

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Sculptacular Art Camp

July 16, 2018, 9:00 AM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$120 – $160

Campers will learn the incredible art of creating in 3D! Discover the art of sculpting in various media including: cardboard, clay, wire, aluminum and paper-mache. Give your emerging artist the experience of creating art in 3 dimensions, an important experimentation for engineering, science, and art! For ages 8–12. Camp runs July 16-20. Cost: $120 for half days, 9 a.m. – Noon $160.00 for full days until 5 p.m. (afternoon at Alfond Youth Center) Scholarships are available. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Tilt Brush workshop for kids

July 16, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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VJ Suave teaches students to draw in a virtual 3D environment using Tilt Brush. Click for more info and to register.

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MIFF Celebrity Life Drawing

July 17, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Draw a MIFF celebrity! Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate in the life drawing program hosted by Common Street Arts. This program provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants bring their media of choice: charcoal, pastels, paint, clay, etc. and CSA provides the chairs, a costumed model, and camaraderie. This week's model: Alana Simões The celebrity drawing session is open to all levels of experience and…

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Art Happy Hour (MIFF style)

July 18, 2018, 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$25

Relax after work or before a movie and explore your creative side. Create cool art using 35mm film with Common Street Arts. Participants will fashion a fun candle votive and prints using 35 mm film–an activity designed to explore your creative side. Delicious snacks and beverages provided. Click for more info.

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Tilt Brush Workshop for Adults

July 20, 2018, 4:30 PM6:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Free

VJ Suave teaches students to draw in a virtual 3D environment using Tilt Brush. Click for more info and to register.

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Puppets and Lights Art Camp

July 23, 2018, 9:00 AM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$120 – $160

Young artists will be encouraged to use their imaginations to create a puppet character. The puppets will be created and sewn with foam, felt and fabric. Participants will learn to light it up with “wearable” electronics! For kids ages 10–17. Camp runs July 23-27. Cost: $120 for half days, 9 a.m. – Noon. $160 for full days until 5 p.m. (afternoon at Alfond Youth Center) Scholarships are available. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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River Story Day

July 26, 2018, 11:00 AM6:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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  11:00-6:00 p.m. Common Street Arts and artist Maggie Libby invite viewers to interact with Libby’s public art installation, River Stories, which celebrates the Kennebec River as a natural resource and as a central element for industry and recreation in Central Maine. As part of the River Stories project, Libby asks participants to erase portions of her charcoal drawings that explore the Kennebec River history, ecology, and beauty with pieces of Hathaway shirts.    From 4:00-6:00 p.m. join roundtable discussion with…

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Clay Camp

July 30, 2018, 9:00 AM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$120 – $160

Clay is a wonderfully versatile and expressive medium for young artists! Campers will make art with clay using a variety of wheel, slab, pinch pot, and hand techniques. Discover how glazes work and produce clay creations that are kiln-fired and that will last for generations. For kids ages 8–14. Camp runs July 30 – August 3. Cost: $120 for half days, 9 a.m. – Noon. $160 for full days until 5 p.m. (afternoon at Alfond Youth Center) Scholarships are available.…

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August 2018

Reflections on the Kennebec River Reception

August 2, 2018, 4:00 PM6:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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This exhibition is a collaboration between the Waterville Area Art Society, Harlow Gallery, Wesserunsett Arts Council and Common Street Arts.  The artists included in this show were asked to respond to the Kennebec River and its importance as a natural resource for the towns and cities that surround it.  This magnificent waterway has sustained communities for generations through its role in supporting Maine’s transportation, logging, forestry, textile and paper industries—as well as providing a more leisurely role in sustaining recreational…

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Art in the Park

August 16, 2018, 4:00 PM6:00 PM
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Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Passionate about the river, fish, or the ocean? Come make a mini river life "aquarium" in the Castonguay Square with us! We'll use glass mason jars, and recycled and found materials to recreate the beauty of our favorite waterways in miniature form. Art in the Park, a program of Common Street Arts is designed to foster creativity and community among residents and visitors to Waterville.  Art in the Park is a free, weekly program that takes place in Castonguay Square…

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Art Happy Hour – River Embroidery!

August 21, 2018, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$35

Need a relaxing evening after work with other social creatures? Kick back and explore the textile arts by creating an embroidered river scene with visiting artist Dina Jeannotte. Yes, your river can have penguins. Why not? Delicious snacks and beverages are provided. All materials are included, just bring your creativity! Click for more info  

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October 2018

Opening Reception: Face to Face

October 4, 2018
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Face to Face is part of the multi-faceted project, Making Migration Visible: Traces, Tracks, & Pathways, which brings together a dynamic group of contemporary artists whose work engages the theme of migration. Click for more info.

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Folded Paper Portraits

October 13, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$20

Try your hand at paper quilling- the art of rolling, folding, looping, overlapping, curling, and otherwise manipulating paper into a unique design. Come create a unique portrait! Click for more info and to register.

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Felting with Susan

October 20, 2018, 10:00 AM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$49

Mixed media and fiber artist Susan Mills will guide you through the process of wet felting using merino wool, soapy water, and a palm sander. Make your own handbag, vessel, or wall hanging. Click for more info.

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Tea Towel Embroidery

October 20, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$30

Bring a photo of you or a friend to embroider onto a tea towel. Instructors are Serena Sanborn and Yvonne Brown. Click for more info.

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Pumpkin Portraits

October 27, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$20

Tired of the same old design year after year for your pumpkin? Come spice things up with Common Street Arts at our pumpkin carving and painting event! We’ll be using printing tools to transform the bland orange surface into a unique pumpkin portrait. This event is in conjunction with our exhibition Face to Face: Portraits by Rabee Kiwan. We will create unique portraits on paper, tea towels, and pumpkins. We recommend this series for adults, but children are welcome when accompanied…

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November 2018

Life Drawing

November 6, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate in the life drawing program. Life Drawing provides a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants bring their media of choice. CSA provides the model, chairs, and camaraderie. Open to all levels of experience and are without formal instruction. Scholarships available. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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The Art of the Proposal

November 8, 2018, 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Are you an artist who is ready to apply for artist calls, grants, and residencies? Do your eyes glaze over in panic when you read the proposal submission requirements? If so, this workshop is for you! Join Anne Marie Purkey Levine for this informal workshop where she will walk you through the nuts and bolts of creating a strong proposal – including how to structure your letter of interest or proposal narrative, project budget, and tips for examples of past…

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Coloring Silk Scarves

November 10, 2018, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$35

You can never have too many scarves. In fact, you may be missing a color for this season. Join Common Street Arts to learn how to create natural dyed silk scarves with instructor Vickie Limberger. The class will use leaves, flowers, and other natural elements to make these fabulous dyed scarves. Just in time for the holidays! Reserve your spot: 12 student limit. Click for more info.

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6th Annual Holiday Bazaar Opening Reception

November 13, 2018, 5:00 PM7:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Common Street Arts will be transformed into a unique marketplace filled with distinctive gifts created by talented artists and makers throughout the state of Maine. The 6th Annual Holiday Bazaar represents an opportunity for Maine artists to exhibit their work in a curated gallery setting and offers visitors a unique holiday shopping experience. Regular Hours for the Bazaar: November 14 - December 23, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Click for more…

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Barbara Sullivan Wreaths Pop-Up

November 17, 2018, 11:00 AM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Still missing the finishing touches on your holiday decorating? Having trouble finding the perfect wreath to give your friends and family members? Join Common Street Arts for a special Holiday Pop-Up featuring Barbara Sullivan's fresh Balsam Fir Wreaths! Shop early and shop local this year. 30" wreaths for $44, 24" wreaths for $38, 18" garlands for $46. Cash or check only. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Tee Shirt Tote Bags

November 17, 2018, 1:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$30

Make simple and stylish tote bags from old t-shirts. These totes make a great gift - especially those shirts from adventures. Bring in your old shirts from sporting events, sports team uniforms, concerts, and those fun one-time events that you volunteered at. Refreshments will be provided. Limit: 12 students. Please register. $30/person. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Celebrity Life Drawing

November 20, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Join us for celebrity life drawing series capturing the poses of local “celebrities” at Common Street Arts! This week is Veronique Plesch! Click for more info.

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Little Chair press pop up

November 24, 2018, 11:00 AM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Little Chair press of Portland will be in the CSA studio with an awesome mobile printing press! Print your own t-shirt, hoodie, or tea towel with fun and playful Waterville themed designs. Prices will range from $8 for a tea towel to $25 for a shirt. All proceeds will benefit Common Street Arts scholarships for kids and youth.

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Beginning Pottery

November 28, 2018, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

Come explore the world of clay! This six-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with clay basics and expand to creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interests. Skills that will be developed include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration as well as glazing. The instructor will work actively with each student. No experience necessary. Class continues on Wednesdays through January 9, except no class…

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December 2018

Celebrity Life Drawing with Veronique Plesch

December 4, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to participate. This program provides an unique opportunity for artists to hone their drawing skills. Participants bring their media of choice. CSA provides the model, chairs, and camaraderie. Sessions are open to all levels of experience. This week's local celebrity is Veronique Plesch. Plesch was born in Argentina and raised in Switzerland. She has been living in Maine since 1994, when she joined the faculty at Colby College to teach Art History. We are…

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Holiday Card Making

December 6, 2018, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$12

Join Common Street Arts as we use stamps and make prints to create seasonal holiday cards for loved ones. Dress for mess for this one! Admission is $12 per session. Scholarships available. Click for more info

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Winter Paint Night

December 13, 2018, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$35

Join us for a winter-themed paint night! Need a great holiday gift or another fun art work for your walls? Come paint with us! Inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night, we will create a winter-themed painting which we are calling Snowy Night! No experience necessary, all materials will be provided. Instructor, Yvonne Brown is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art. Cost: $35.00 CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Magpie Creative Pop-Up

December 15, 2018, 11:00 AM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Maggi Blue is a creative who wears many hats. She is a graphic designer as well as an artisan who works in glass, metalwork, and ceramics. She lives with her husband and son in Midcoast Maine. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Holiday Card Making

December 15, 2018, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Come spread the love. Join in the festivities at Common Street Arts by making seasonal holiday cards for loved ones. Use stamps, markers, prints, and other techniques to make the perfect personalized cards! Dress for the mess. All ages are welcome. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Celebrity Life Drawing with John Meader

December 18, 2018, 5:30 PM8:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$5

Seasoned and aspiring artists are invited to Celebrity Life Drawing. A unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to hone their drawing skills in a supportive environment. Participants bring their media of choice and CSA provides the chairs, model, and camaraderie. The special local celebrity model chosen for this event is John Meader of Northern Stars Planetarium. John is the owner of the portable planetarium. He has been teaching astronomy to kids since 1979. John is a Registered Maine Guide…

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January 2019

Beginning Pottery Class

January 10, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

A six-week pottery class that will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The fun starts with clay basics and expands to creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. Skills that will be developed include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration as well as glazing. The instructor will work actively with each student. Class continues Thursdays through February 21. Cost: $175. Limit: 6 students. Registration required. No experience necessary. CLICK HERE FOR…

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Reimagining Castonguay Square Exhibition

January 14, 9:00 AM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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This exhibition integrates three-dimensional design concepts created by teams of citizens during a public design charrette held in November 2018 with historic images of Castonguay Square from the Waterville Historical Society. The exhibition opens Monday, Jan 14, 2019 at 9 AM and runs through 5:00 PM Saturday, Feb 16 Common Street Arts Location: 10 Water Street, Suite 106, Waterville Click for more info    

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Hand Building with Clay

January 15, 5:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

"Hand building" is working with clay by hand using only simple tools, not the pottery wheel. Before potters employed the wheel, they were creating beautiful pots and clay forms by hand. During this six-week class, we will cover the three most common forms of creating hand-built pots: pinch pot, coiling, and slab techniques. Students will fire and glaze the works they create. No previous ceramic experience needed. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Castonguay Square Redesign Charrette #3

January 16, 5:30 PM7:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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For Charrette #3, the design team from Beyer Blinder Belle and Mitchell & Associates will present to the community three design options for Castonguay Square based on earlier input provided by community members. The goal of this presentation will be to prioritize concepts and design elements within the three options to be combined in a single conceptual design direction. Refreshments will be available, this event is free and open to the public. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Introduction to 3D Printing

January 19, 1:00 PM3:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$15

What can you print with a 3D printer? How does it work? This introduction to 3D printers will show you some basics, including software used for printing. Each participant receives a 3D print of their own inspired by the Castonguay Square Redesign project! Instructor: Stephen LaRochelle Cost: $15 CLICK TO REGISTER.

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Defining Space

January 26, 1:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$25

Space is everywhere and humans have the opportunity to define it with intention and creativity. In this four-hour workshop students will work individually in 2-dimensional (paper) and 3-dimensional (wooden blocks) formats. Constructive group critique will be incorporated into the classroom. This is a great way to develop your artistic skills. Cost: $25 Instructor: Oliver Solmitz REGISTER

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February 2019

After School Art Club

February 7, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$14

After School Art Club is back! Each Thursday afternoon will feature a fun activity that will engage children's imagination and creativity. For kids ages 7-12. This week's activity is snow sculpting! Children will use unique tools to create fun works of art. Click for more info

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Beginning Wheel Class

February 11, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

This six-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with clay basics and expand to creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. Skills that will be developed include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration and glazing. The instructor will work with each student as they navigate all the basics. No experience necessary. Class begins February 11 and continues on Mondays through March 18. Registration is required.…

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Winter Maker Camp

February 18
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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February 18 - 22 Cost: Half Day 9-12 $125 Full Day (12-5 at Alfond Youth Center) $160 Learn the basics of 3D printing in our new maker space, discover Inuit-inspired art, carve snow sculptures, create snow animals, and explore a mini-maker space day -- all in one week. Guest artists include Johnna Stoltz and Jon Moulton. Ages 8-12. Please register. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION  

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Northern Stars Planetarium for Adults

February 23, 3:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$25

Explore the stars indoors with the wonderful John Meader and his incredible blow up planetarium! Anyone who has had the pleasure of being in a program in the Northern Stars Planetarium knows that John is an amazing storyteller and a real treat to witness! The adult show will include beer and wine. Cost: $15 per person (Limit 40) Must be 21+ to attend. Click for more info.

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March 2019

Beginning Wheel Class

March 6, 5:30 PM7:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$175

This six-week pottery class will teach students the basics of throwing clay on the wheel. The class will start with clay basics and expand to creating mugs, bowls, plates, and other objects based on student interest. Skills that will be developed include centering, shaping, trimming, handle making, and decoration and glazing. The instructor will work actively with each student as they navigate all the basic aspects of wheel throwing. Click for more info

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After School Art Club: Create Your Own Comic

March 14, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$14

The theme of Youth Art Month is “Your art, Your Story”. To explore the realm of art and stories we will create cool comics of one story we each love to tell about our lives. Learn the art of comics and how artists choose images and text for creating great comics and graphic novels. Ages 7-12. Healthy snacks provided. Cost: $14  Scholarships available. REGISTER

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Grandparent and Grandchild Day

March 16, 1:00 PM2:30 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Bring your grandparents, grandchildren, great aunts or uncles to create and celebrate! Create art and tell your story! Bring an old photo or object from the past and share its story with your family and friends. Registration required. Click to register.

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After School Art Club

March 21, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$14

Cardboard Challenge! What can be created just using a cardboard box? We think the possibilities are endless! Join us to create a castle or fantasy home made of cardboard and tape! Ages 7-12. Healthy snacks provided. $14 Scholarships available. Click to register.

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Wizard of Oz Craft Day

March 23, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Poppies and rainbows and Shrinky Dinks – OH MY! Follow the virtual yellow brick road to the land of Oz! Create beautiful poppies and rainbows out of tissue paper and craft your own stylish Oz themed Shrinky Dink keepsake! Your design could be featured in promotional advertising for the upcoming Waterville Opera House production, The Wizard of Oz.

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After School Art Club: Paper Airplanes

March 28, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$14

The art of a good paper airplane can be an engineering challenge for any age! Come try out different airplane designs, including ones used in NASA programming. After making your plane, add your own decorations to make them even more unique. Ages 7 - 12. Registration required. $14. Scholarships available. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Art Yoga for Kids

March 30, 10:00 AM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Bend, stretch, and move inspired by the art on display in the Youth Art Month exhibition. This is the third year in a row for this popular event, creating yoga poses based on art works. For ages 6 - 10. Adults welcome. Free, but registration required. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Introduction to 3D Printing

March 30, 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$15

What can you print with a 3D printer? How does it work? This beginner’s introduction to 3d printing will provide a basic overview, including learning about software used in the process. Participants will receive sample prints to take home. Instructor: Stephen LaRochelle (Ages 15 and above) Click for more info.

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April 2019

Egg Drop Challenge

April 4, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$14

How do you drop a raw egg drop from a great height so it doesn't break? Use materials in new and inventive ways and work with teammates to solve the problem together. Ages 7 - 12. Healthy snacks provided. Registration required. Cost: $14. Scholarships available. CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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After School Art Club: Wire and Nylon Sculptures

April 11, 3:00 PM5:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$14

The popular funky-sculpture making class is back. Make unique sculptures using wire, nylon, and paint. Ages 7 - 12. Registration required. Cost: $14. Scholarships available. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Create a 3D Toy

April 13, 10:00 AM12:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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Children will celebrate the small joys of inventing and creating with family at Common Street Arts! In collaboration with the Family Enrichment Council, we offer a free interactive toy-making event with 3d printed elements from our studio. This program is designed to bring children (and their adults!) a little joy as we raise awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Healthy snacks will be served. All ages welcome, although children under 6 years will need a parent to help create a toy. Free. Donations will…

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Learning to See

April 13, 1:00 PM4:00 PM
Common Street Arts, 10 Water Street, Suite 106
Waterville, ME
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$25

In this class, instructor Oliver Solmitz will introduce the formal values of art: space, shape, line, color, texture, and pattern. Participants will use their own cell phones or digital cameras to see the world from a formal standpoint. Cost: $25. Registration required. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION,  

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