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Event Coordinator Opening

Looking for an individual who wants to work with Engine, a nonprofit art space startup that wants to expand its events to include more music, theater, talks, etc. This independent contractor position compensation is based on success of promotions.

Job Summary:
Reporting to the Executive Director, event coordinator is responsible for developing, organizing, planning, booking, and coordinating events for Engine. The breadth of events may range from gatherings such as private events, company parties, performing arts, community events (dances, etc.) that contributes to the community development mission of Engine while preserving its values. Candidates must possess business development, creativity, organization, and negotiation skills with strong attention to detail.

Responsibilities:

  • Tasks for event coordinator job includes:
  • Meeting with clients to determine event details
  • Manage event budget
  • Booking artists/acts or coordinating with renting parties
  • Providing artist contracts
  • Manage event marketing
  • Overseeing an event while it’s in progress
  • Develop and maintain lead database
  • Those who excel at these aspects of the job may seek promotion to an events manager job

Requirements:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in tourism, hotel, or hospitality management, or in marketing, or sales
  • Self-starter, with strong organizational, project management, and communication skills
  • Strong writing skills and social media skills are a must.
  • 2 years experience with fundraising events, and marketing practices.
  • Willing to work evenings and weekends to manage event execution

Compensation: 50% of net event revenues

Engine is a public interest non-profit founded in 2010 to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford.

To apply: Send cover letter and past experience to director@feedtheengine.org

THE SYRINGA TREE RETURNS

 

COURTNEY WOOD RETURNS TO ENGINE IN THE SYRINGA TREE

A story of an abiding love between two families, one black, one white, and the two children that are born into their shared household in the early 1960’s South Africa.  Seen first through the eyes of a child, six-year-old Elizabeth tries to make sense of the chaos, magic and darkness of her experience. The story of these families’ destinies spans four generations, from early apartheid to present-day free South Africa. Performed as originally conceived, all 24 characters are portrayed by one actress, Courtney Wood.

Two performances:

Friday August 19 // 7:00pm (doors at 6:15pm)
Saturday August 20 // 7:00pm (doors at 6:15pm)

RESERVE TICKETS (Engine Members receive $5 discount on ticket price)

General seating. Seats are limited. Please reserve online or purchase prior to the shows in-person at Engine or by calling 207-370-9130.

​Actors note:
It is a privilege to present The Syringa Tree. I love learning about other people and places through my acting.  As an actor, I have always found fascinating the process of inhabiting a character. In this story, making a strong bond with the principal character Elizabeth has been especially revealing and satisfying. I hope this work gives the audience greater access to the important history of South Africa and the lessons that can be taken about the struggle for freedom through Elizabeth’s experience. –Courtney Wood
A word from our sponsor, the Huss Group PR: Huss Group is redefining public relations and public affairs and is excited to be teaming with Engine to produce The Syringa Tree, a one-of-a-kind theatrical event in which Courtney Wood plays 24 different characters, distinguished only by their voice and mannerisms.  Creative solutions to our clients’ communications needs are at the heart of everything we do at Huss Group.

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“CURRENT EVENTS” OPENS JUNE 30

CURRENT EVENTS by CYNTHIA DAVIS
with BODY ELECTRIC by Sally Wagley

Engine’s upcoming opening on June 30 Current Events features work by Harpswell artist Cynthia Davis. Included in the exhibition will be Body Electric, Winthrop artist Sally Wagley’s embroidery on fabric. Both artists use embroidery in non-traditional ways, with Davis stitching fabric onto paper with underlying drawings and Wagley using embroidery to create drawings of the human form. The opening runs from 5:00–8:00pm at Engine, 128 Main Street in Biddeford, and coincides with the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk. The exhibition will run through July 22.

Engine is focusing its curatorial interest primarily on exhibitions centered on innovation, design, design to market and creative endeavors in all genres that harken to Biddeford’s heritage in the industrial and textile design and makers fields.


CYNTHIA DAVIS ARTIST STATEMENT FOR CURRENT EVENTS

Mapping the nodes: exploring the textures of impressions and the forging of words with water.

There are three main nodes in my work. The first is mark making, writing, and drawing. The second is images of maps and map making utilizing the technique of collage. The third is the creation of curtains, veils, webs, and nets.

In this work, I use mark capturing and patterning with thread to visually express the textures of sense experience, conversations between the interior and the exterior, and impressions of the in-between. The tension between mark and page becomes the surface for reading and revealing the fleeting, elusive, and transitory moments between lost and found.

BIO: Cynthia Davis currently resides in Harpswell, Maine. She holds a MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in Fibers, and a BFA in Printmaking from the Portland School of Art now know as the Maine College of Art. Her advanced studies in art include attendance at University of Southern Maine, University of Colorado, Boulder, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy.


SALLY WAGLEY ARTIST STATEMENT FOR BODY ELECTRIC

The human body has always been a subject of great interest to me, as it is to most of us. The body emerges from another, larger body. The body moves, takes nourishment, and excretes.  It breathes in and it breathes out. It sweats. It grows and changes. The body covers itself with clothes. The body preens; it admires itself; it critiques itself. It attracts and is attracted to, seeking out other bodies. It performs feats, it accomplishes, and it disappoints. It mates with other bodies, producing new, smaller bodies. The body rests. The body enjoys the prime of its life.   The body matures, and it mellows, and it slows. The body softens and puckers. It bends and changes its shape. The body takes on a quality of translucence. The body dies and becomes food.      

My work is a mediation on all of the above, intimately examining the minutiae associated with the body and its processes. While celebrating all that we think of as conventionally beautiful, I also seek to celebrate the signs of aging and bodily decline, through appreciation of all the nuances of the body’s changing shape, texture and color.

My most recent work is a series drawn from images in a classic anatomy text from the early 20th century. What started for me as research in connection with a figure drawing turned into an enchantment with these scientific renderings: images of a male figure as it assumes various poses:  inclined, contracted, extended and flexed.    

I found I was also drawn to the text of the book, which explains in extensive (and tedious) detail what happens to each and every muscle as the figure moves. Sentence fragments, removed and taken out of context, become a kind of found poetry, or literary collage, as a companion to each image.

In a world dominated by painting and other traditional media, I anticipate the question:  why fiber? why needle and thread? To which I respond, why not? Sewing is what I do and what I have always done, having learned it from my mother who learned it from her sisters.  It lends itself particularly well to the depiction of muscles and other soft tissue because muscles, like thread, twist, stretch, become lax, knot and tear.

BIO: Sally Wagley lives in Winthrop, Maine, and practices law in addition to sewing.


 

BIDDEFORD-MONTREAL OPENS JULY 28

ARTIST LARRY WEYAND RETURNS TO HER HOMETOWN OF BIDDEFORD, MAINE FOR HER FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION IN THE STATES

Montreal, Quebec artist Larry Weyand has been chosen to present her multimedia installation, Biddeford-Montreal, at Engine in Biddeford, Maine, located at 128 Main Street, from July 28 through August 18, 2017. An opening reception will be held on July 28th from 5-8pm to coincide with the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk.  Biddeford-Montreal deals with issues surrounding the loss of jobs for mill workers in the area.

Growing up splitting her time between Biddeford and Montreal, Weyand attended Concordia University (Montreal), earning a BFA in Animated Film (2009) and in Fibres and Material Practices (2013).  She is currently working towards her MFA at Concordia University.

During the fall of 2016, Weyand returned to Biddeford to conduct research and interviews with mill workers from the Pepperell Mills, a former textile-manufacturing hub in New England. Due to off shoring of American manufacturing in 1970, these skilled workers were left unemployed and their personal histories speak to the small town abandonment seen widely across North America. Weyand has mirrored these stories with those of artisans, D.I.Y. specialists and used-clothing store employees in Montreal, Quebec to culminate in the multimedia installation, Biddeford-Montreal.

Through this project, Weyand gives these workers’ voice and stories a new chance to be heard. Along with the audio segments recorded from interviews, Weyand has created compelling dioramas and miniatures to accompany the listening and learning experience. Transforming the gallery into a homey and welcoming learning space. Visitors are invited to sit in the cozy up-cycled furniture while they listen to the audio segments through headphones, and interact with the corresponding tiny visuals.

Entrance is free and light refreshments will be served. Biddeford-Montreal can be experienced during the Engine’s regular opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 1-6pm and Saturday 11am-4pm.

Engine: Propelling the Creative Community is a non-profit community arts organization, which focuses on fostering and integrating the arts, design, education and creative entrepreneurialism as significant community values. Engine strives to present exhibitions and programs that reflect Biddeford’s heritage in the industrial and textile design and makers’ fields.

For further information about Larry Weyand’s work, please visit her website at http://laurence-weyand.squarespace.com.

 

Contact Information:

Tammy Ackerman

Engine: Propelling the Creative Community

Executive Director

director@feedtheengine.org

(207) 370-9130