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Community News – The Brick Store Museum is home to the Cambodian artist

Thanks to the collaboration of the Khmer families in Kennebunk, the Brick Store Museum welcomes the Cambodian artist Yary Livan, with an exhibition of his traditional ceramics. Livan is one of only three master potters known to have survived the 1975 Khmer Rouge genocide and the only one known to live in the United States.

The artist’s exhibition of traditional Khmer ceramics in the contemporary Patsy Bauman Gallery of the Brick Store Museum will run until 31 July. Courtesy photo

Livan began his studies in 1971 at the Royal University of Fine Arts in the capital Phnom Penh, where he majored in pottery and painting and focused on traditional Khmer ceramic forms and ornaments. In 1975, the Khmer Rouge regime took power in Cambodia and began a systematic genocide, targeting mainly artists, writers and intellectuals and ultimately killing two million Cambodians. Livan survived by using his knowledge of pottery to build wood-burning kilns needed to make roof tiles.

He spent most of the 1980s and 1990s moving from one refugee camp to another, arriving in the United States in 2001 and obtaining political asylum in 2002. In the same year, Livan became a visiting artist, pottery program, Office for the Arts at Harvard. That year he received the Mima Weissmann Award for Study of Ceramic Arts.

Since 2005, Livan has taught pottery courses at numerous Lowell schools. In 2012 Livan received an Artists Scholarship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and also became an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College.

The Khmer Traditional Ceramic Artist exhibition in the museum’s contemporary Patsy Bauman Gallery will run until 31 July. In addition to the exhibition, a demonstration and documentary event is scheduled for Saturday 9 July at the Brick Store Museum during which the artist will discuss his work, traditional food will be served and the documentary on Livan’s work of art will be shown.

The show is sponsored by BBSquared and community members. To help support the effort, visit www.brickstoremuseum.org.

Ocean Survival Adventure offered at the Kennebunk Free Library

Kennebunk Free Library offers an Ocean Survival Adventure program on July 5 at 4:00 PM Attendees can try their hand at Morse code, create a water filter, build a small raft, and more. The event is designed to make young and old work together. Everyone is welcome, but the activities will be best enjoyed by children aged 6 and over.

Ocean Survival Adventure is part of Oceans of Possibilities, the library’s summer reading program. For more information on summer programs, visit the library’s website.

Crafts from the ocean zone

Kennebunk Free Library is continuing its deep dive with Ocean Zone Crafts. Throughout the summer, explore the ocean areas with a new boat every two weeks. Complete a craft while visiting the library. The crafts will be set up to be completed at the crafts table in the nursery. Participants will learn about the five ocean zones and create something to take home. Ocean zone crafts in July include:

July 5-16: hermit crabs from the Twilight Ocean Zone.

18-28 July: Sea anemones from the Midnight Ocean area.

29 July-August. 6: Jellyfish from the Abyssal Ocean Zone.

The event is free and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 985-2173.

Friday Fun in the library

Visit the library every Friday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th July from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Every Friday there will be different activities to do, games to make and crafts to make. The events are free, wheelchair accessible and open to children aged 10 and over.

● July 1, Pokeymans Project: upgrade your art skills by drawing some Pokemon.
● 8th July, full day boat pickup: no meetings will be held in preparation for the KFL road race. Stop during the day to say hello and collect some pride looms to take home and sea turtle crafts. These will be available while supplies last in the Walker Room.
● July 15, Zine Making: Interested in learning more about zines? Get involved in the counterculture and create revolutionary zines in the library. Supplies and examples will be available, but feel free to bring whatever inspires you.
● 22nd July, Bookbag and Bookbag: learn how to reuse old objects to create origami bookmarks and bookbags with T-shirts. T-shirts will be provided, but feel free to bring a favorite old shirt to reuse.
● July 29, Trivia – Deep Sea Edition: Ready to test deep sea knowledge? Visit for a Kahoot match. Make sure you bring a phone or other device that connects to the internet.

For more information, see Miss Emmaline downstairs in the nursery or call 207-985-2173.

KW Arte Contemporanea hosts Reflections

KW Contemporary Art has announced that it will present Reflections, a new collection of works by Audra Weaser.

According to a June 15 press release, “Weaser’s longtime love of water and nature is evident in his paintings. Growing up in Southern California, Weaser was fascinated by the ocean and the ebb and flow of the tides. In the exhibition, Weaser reflects on the play of water and light between them and on our interpretations of these ephemeral moments. The moving, glittering surfaces reflect the outside world in an abstract state that Weaser represents in a new pictorial way to provoke our emotional response. These surfaces allow us to glimpse our inner states, creating a dynamic space between reflection and projection “.

The inauguration reception will be held on Saturday 2 July from 5 to 8 pm and is open to the public.

KW Contemporary Art features a roster of artists ranging from emerging talent to established mid-career artists from around the world. The gallery is located in Lower Village Kennebunk, near Dock Square and above the Spaces Interior Design store.

Celebrate pride at the Seashore Trolley Museum

The Seashore Trolley Museum celebrates Pride this weekend Saturday and Sunday, June 25-26 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm Visitors are invited to take a ride in decorated trolleys on the museum’s heritage railway, family activities and the museum’s regular interactive program of exhibitions and displays.

The Seashore Trolley Museum celebrates Pride on Saturday, Sunday 25-26 June from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit www.trolleymuseum.org. Courtesy photo

On Saturday, live entertainment will be provided by Dana Pearson Music (10-11, noon-13) and the Collective Motion Arts Center (11-11: 30). Burgers and hot dogs will be available for lunch. On Sunday, Mow’s Munchies and Pink Waffle food trucks will be on campus from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Three dollars for each admission ticket sold over the weekend will be donated to Out Maine. Proceeds from a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses will also benefit Out Maine. For more information on Out Maine, visit ‘LGBTQ + Youth at

Supporters of the event are Daytrip Society, Daytrip Jr., The Inn at English Meadows, AWOL Kennebunkport, Kennebunkport Captains Collection, Alisson’s Restaurant, Bitter End Wells, HB Provisions and Hurricane Restaurant.

Located at 195 Log Cabin Road in Kennebunkport, the Seashore Trolley Museum is the world’s first and largest museum of electric railways and transportation. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday until Halloween. For more information, museum hours and COVID-19 policies, visit www.trolleymuseum.org or call 207-967-2800, ext. 113.

The Seashore Trolley Museum celebrates Pride on Saturday, Sunday 25-26 June from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, visit www.trolleymuseum.org.

Lupins in Kennebunkport. photo by Cynthia Fitzmorris

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