Friday, December 9, 2016

Doors 7 PM | Show 8 PM

General Admission $10 (ONLINE) | $12 DOOR

*The show is general admission. Engine is a mix of seating and standing room. Online purchase of tickets in advance of the show does guarantee seating. Please be sure to arrive early if you’d like seating.

With the release of his 1997 sophomore album Devotion + Doubt, Richard Buckner moved beyond any simple classification of singer-songwriter, creating an utterly original lyrical, layered country/folk-tinged music perhaps best described as Avant-garde Americana. Two decades later, Buckner is still expanding the range and possibilities of his voice and vision.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon recently dedicated his new album 22, A Million to Buckner, saying: “Richard Buckner has 13 albums and every one of them is perfect.”

Engine is honored to host Richard Buckner for an intimate solo acoustic performance. Jarid del Deo of Unbunny will play an opening set.

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handmade-on-mainEngine is expanding its in-gallery retail and gift shop, Handmade on Main, this holiday season to include works by local artisans and will have its Grand Opening on Plaid Friday, November 25. Opening weekend hours will be 9am-6pm on Friday and Saturday and regular Engine hours after that.

Handmade on Main features guest curators Gabe Sutton, Megan Rochelo, and Meredith Radford for this holiday season. Artisans include GKS Furnituremakers, Meredith Radford Design, Honey Tribe Jewelry, Liz Muse Designs, and others to be confirmed.

Plaid Friday was conceived by three local businesses in Oakland, California as an answer to Black Friday’s focus on national chains and big box stores. The originators wanted to shift focus to encouraging shoppers to spend their money at unique local shops.

And why did they choose plaid? Because it represented how Oakland’s local neighborhoods are a fabric of colorful, diverse, interesting independent businesses woven together. We in Biddeford, Maine, feel that Plaid is an incredibly relevant name…it’s the state color! (jk) Truly, though, the weaving together of independent businesses and craft is so very Maine. Biddeford with its rich textile history of producing “drill” fabric and its emerging maker scene, is a perfect place to expand the Plaid Friday movement.

Anyone who stops in to shop wearing plaid will get a big hug from us at Engine. And quite possibly a freshly baked cookie.

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Time® Magazine Cover Story on Depression and Anxiety Features Project AWARE Youth

A dozen teens involved with Project AWARE shared their stories about anxiety and depression with TIME Magazine. The article, appearing as the November 7th cover story, features three of the youth including Faith-Ann Bishop, writer / co-writer of four Project AWARE films. Her movies, based in part on personal experiences with depression, anxiety, and self harm, include The Road Back and a better place. In 2015, about 3 million teens ages 12 to 17 had had at least one major depressive episode in the past year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 2 million report experiencing depression that impairs their daily function. About 30% of girls and 20% of boys–totaling 6.3 million teens–have had an anxiety disorder, according to data from the National Institute of Mental Health. The TIME article states “One of the most powerful things Faith-Ann did to escape the cycle of anxiety, depression and self-harm was to channel her feelings into something creative. As part of the Project AWARE teen program in Maine, she wrote and directed a short film about anxiety and depression in teens called The Road Back. More than 30 kids worked on the project, and they became a support system for one another as she continued to heal.” Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine coproduced the 32-minute movie. For her part, Faith-Ann (pictured on TIME’s cover) wanted to make a difference not only for her peers, but also for parents. She offers “Please talk to your kids and family members about depression, anxiety and self harm. Raise awareness. The best thing you can do is educate yourself and help others feel less alone.” Susanna Schrobsdorff, author of the story and an editor at TIME, contacted Project AWARE after seeing, a better place. online. She was hoping to talk with teens willing to share their story. Project AWARE teens met with Susanna at Engine in Biddeford Maine and shared their wisdom and truth about how these issues impacted them. All of these young people wanted to make a difference and provided important background for the story. Programs like Project AWARE can change lives by offering teenagers a supportive, non-judgmental community that fosters creativity and collaboration. Projects have involved hundreds of teenagers who have created over 20 PSAs and 12 short movies about issues they have faced including bullying, self-harm, suicide, anxiety, depression, opiates, underage drinking and more.

Subscribe online to TIME® Magazine and read the article or pick a copy up soon at your nearest newsstand.

For info on Project AWARE, contact Carl Lakari, Coordinator
Tel. 207-282-5598 Cell: 207-671-9248 E-mail:
Project AWARE Website
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Doors open at 6:30pm and talks start at 7:20pm. Admission $5. Engine members free. Cash bar.


David Arenstam
Kim Bernard
Tanya Fletcher
Juliette Karlsen
Sam Paolini
Tonya Shevenell

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FINDINGS : Personal Archeologies

Juliet Karelsen & Greta Rybus

“It’s possible…to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman’s earrings—with immense, even startling power.”

Raymond Carver

When painter Juliet Karelsen’s father died in 2013, Karelsen was left to disassemble the New York City apartment he had lived in for nearly fifty years. When photographer Greta Rybus’s 91-year-old grandmother moved into assisted living this year after decades in her family home, Rybus traveled to Montana to help.

“Findings”—opening at ENGINE on 128 Main Street in Biddeford on Friday, September 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.—presents the lingering reverberations of these two artist’s experiences observing, sorting, and collecting the objects left behind when a loved one has passed away or slipped into the grasp of dementia. “Findings” runs through November 26.

When we hold our deceased father’s worn wooden-handled tennis racket or our ailing grandmother’s chipped plastic thermos, these seemingly commonplace objects take on meaning far beyond their everyday use. Our unconscious instinct to attach meaning to the memory-soaked objects of our loved ones is startlingly powerful.

As Karelsen sifted through her father’s saved possessions—both the banal and family heirlooms—items that resonated with her were set aside to either keep or photograph. Karelsen both honors and reckons with these saved objects by rendering them in crayon, graphite, paint, paper, cloth, embroidery, and needlepoint.

When Rybus helped her Grandma Jane pack up the house three generations of her family had lived in, they went through the cupboards and shelves together. They lingered over all the things she had saved, the things used by the generations before her, as a way to commemorate the legacy of everyday objects, the inheritance of story, and the substance of generations past and present.

Karelsen studied painting at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across the county, as well as in Europe. Rybus holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Photojournalism from the University of Montana in Missoula. About her work, she says, “I’m interested in documenting the full spectrum of the human experience: the struggle and joy, the light and darkness.” This is her first gallery exhibition.



Juliet Karelsen

Greta Rybus