YCCC is excited to announce the lineup for the fifteenth season of the YCCC Visiting Artists Series (VAS.) Every year, artists are invited to give a one-hour lecture, presentation or demonstration highlighting their work. All events are free and open to the public and will be held on the YCCC Wells campus in the Hannaford Lecture Hall.
Alice Carroll, jewelry designer and metalsmith will be on campus on Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. Alice Carroll has a 30-year career as a jewelry designer and metalsmith. She received her BFA from Maine College of Art and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. She was selected to be an Artist in Residence at Penland School of Crafts. She developed a jewelry line that she sold wholesale across the country. Her work in large scale metal includes forming vessels and wall hangings in copper and bronze. She has served as the Head of the Metals Department at Heartwood College of Art and has taught at several locations including Sanctuary Arts, River Tree Arts and Kennebunk Public Schools. She continues to produce and sell her work, and uses her classes as inspiration. She considers teaching classes to be an art form, and enjoys every moment in the studio with students. Her work can be seen in a variety of locations, including The Ogunquit Museum of American Art.
On Wednesday, October 10th at 5:30p.m artist Robert Shetterly will be our guest speaker. Robert Shetterly’s portrait series “Americans Who Tell the Truth”—a celebration of historical figures who have changed America with their brave words—has been displayed at venues across the country. Since 2003, the exhibit has visited 26 states, with sites ranging from the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City and the Superior Court in San Francisco to grade-school libraries and coffee shops. A book of the portraits, published in 2005, won the top award of the International Reading Association for intermediate non-fiction. An accomplished and diverse artist, Shetterly has created editorial page drawings for the Maine Times newspaper, illustrated National Audubon’s children’s newspaper Audubon Adventures, and contributed illustrations to approximately 30 books. Shetterly’s paintings and prints can be seen in collections across the U.S. and Europe, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a Maine People’s Alliance Rising Tide award, a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Southern Maine, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellowship.
Odaiko New England (ONE), one of the premier Japanese Taiko drumming groups on the East Coast joins us on Monday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m. By combining Japanese aesthetic sensibility with the American spirit, ONE has forged its own distinctive style and voice. In Japan the sounds of taiko are infused into various aspects of daily life. From Shinto and Buddhist rituals to celebratory festivals, taiko is said to be the voice and spirit of the Japanese. Its rhythms reflect the sounds of nature, the changing of the seasons, a mother’s heartbeat. The sound of taiko is palpable and its language is universal. It speaks across boundaries of race, class, culture, and religion, and appeals to people of all ages.
The 2018 VAS concludes with The Adam Ezra Group on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. The Adam Ezra Group has a national following, both for its music and its activism. Ezra has been compared to Bruce Springsteen and Bono for his talent and stage presence, and the group’s 2011 debut album, Ragtop Angel, shot to the top of the Amazon charts, peaking just behind John Mayer and Sarah Bareilles. The group has toured with such notables as The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Dwight Yoakam, and the Gin Blossoms, and has won numerous honors, including “Band of the Year” at the 2013 New England Music Awards. Ezra’s diverse background—he has served in the relief effort in Kosovo, practiced environmental geography in South Africa, and worked as a farmer in Canada—informs his music and inspires the band’s social activism. Through its non-profit organization RallySound, the group helps organize live musical events that inspire communities and encourage grassroots action.
This year’s series has been supported by a generous grant from the Onion Foundation.