Hi Everyone,

We have quite a bit to highlight this edition!

Shannon would like to highlight that Aida held her paintbrush for an entire art class. This is a great achievement! Aida made three paintings during the class. Her work will be among those featured in the upcoming Gateways Art Show (see below for more information).

Jenny would like to highlight that after Frankie was serenaded on his special day at lunchtime, Christian approached Frankie to personally say "Happy Birthday."

Read on for more... enjoy!


Highlights at a Glance:
  • Gateways Art Show, presented by Jamie from the Met School... Journal Exchange participants to meet their matches
  • Cider House Rules... the run has begun
  • YART Sale Preparations are underway... We need your help!
  • Artists' Exchange welcomes Detta and Derek
  • "Beautiful Faces" and "Royal Engagement" were great successes!
  • Artists' Exchange Day Programmers to Participate in Raku Firing
artists' exchange highlights
may 7, 2010
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The Cider House Rules:
The Run Has Begun...
Cider House Rehearsal
"The Cider House Rules" has officially opened... don't miss it!

An enormous cast of 63, which includes Black Box Players Bob Macaux, Catherine Fay, Erika
Gardner, Ken Benoit, Derek Montecalvo, Chris White, David Smith and Greg Smith as well as Tom Chace, Sandra Barrett and Mark Carter, and Black Box's young actors Alex Rotella, Kayla Quirk, Ailey Wilder and Aubrey Olstead, has been rehearsing for months to craft a story that spans seven decades told via a cast of 130 characters.

Set in rural Maine in the first half of the 20th century, what begins as the story of a young boy born in an orphanage matures into a coming of age tale fraught with tension and ultimately explores the meaning of family, love, duty and sacrifice.

Join us for the story of how far one man goes to find the place where he belongs.

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Part I: Here in St. Cloud's
Wed. May 5           7pm
Thurs. May 6         7pm
Sat. May 8             7pm
Sun. May 9            2pm

Part II: In Other Parts of the World

Thurs. May 13       7pm
Fri. May 14            7pm
Sat. May 15           7pm
Sun. May 16          2pm

Part I: Here in St. Cloud's
Wed. May 19          7pm
Fri. May 21             7pm

Part II: In Other Parts of the World
Sat. May 22            7pm
Sun. May 23           4pm

Join us for a Gateways Art Show!
Presented by Met School Intern Jamie and His Mentor Shannon

art showGateways Art Show
Thursday, May 20th

Artists' Exchange Galleries

A gallery show featuring work from Artists' Exchange Day Program Artists.

Before the event, Journal Exchange participants will also meet their matches and have a special dinner with their families. The journals from their exchange will be on display, so be sure to check them out, as this is a unique and amazing project.
YART Sale Preparations are Underway... We Need Your Help!
Christina is hard at work securing vendors, donations, permits and getting promotions out. Karen and Shannon are developing workshops to run during the event. We need your help! This event has the potential to be a very helpful fundraiser for Gateways, provided we have lots of things to sell. This is a great opportunity for each group home to go through their things and pull out some unwanted items to sell at the YART Sale. Staff are encouraged to do the same within their own homes. Contact Christina to arrange drop off or pick up of items.

We'll need lots of help on the day of the event, too, so save the date!

yart saleSunday, June 13th
Rain Date Sunday, June 20th
8am - 2pm
Artists' Exchange
  • Yard Sale Vendors
  • Artisan Vendors
  • Re-Use Workshops
  • Upcycled Art Showcase
  • Food & Drink
Mark your calendars for a fun-filled day celebrating the art of re-use.
Black Box Theatre Actors Nominated for Motif Theater Awards!

Congratulations to the following Black Box Theatre Actors who have been nominated to receive Motif Theater Awards... please vote for them!

Alex Rotella, Best Lead Actor, Homer Wells. The Cider House Rules
Tom Chace, Best Supporting Actor, Dr. Wilbur Larch, The Cider House Rules
John Carpentier, Best Performance by a Child, Curly Day, The Cider House Rules

Voting Ends Monday, May 10th!

Click on the Motif logo below to vote:

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Artists' Exchange welcomes
Derek and Detta

derekDerek has been a welcome addition to our Black Box crew, immediately taking on a role in "The Cider House Rules" like a pro. Rich was thoroughly impressed with the natural talent and ability of this bright young man.

Derek brings a maturity and sense of humor that is a welcome and is highly positive influence on his fellow actors and friends.

Here he is looking spiffy at the "Royal Engagement."

dettaMeet Detta!

Detta has already begun exploring all kinds of new experiences since she joined our family here at Gateways and Artists' Exchange. Equipped with a wonderful sense of humor, she is well on her way to making many new friends.

Here she works on a watercolor in her second class. Detta has already learned how to mix colors  with the help of Sandra, her art teacher.

We look forward to getting to know her better.
"Beautiful Faces" and
"A Royal Engagement"...
Two Memorable Evenings

Catherine and family
"Beautiful Faces" was a very special evening for everyone involved. It was a culminating event for Gigi, Christina's Met School intern, who interviewed and photographed 15 portrait subjects, wrote donation requests for mats, frames and food, and who matted, framed and hung the portraits accompanied by thoughtful and heartfelt bios for all to enjoy. The portrait subjects were very happy with their photographs, and their family and friends were thrilled to share in an evening celebrating their individuality, which was beautifully showcased by Gigi.

Special thanks to Gigi for creating this event, and to all the guys and gals who agreed to participate.

Thanks to the event's sponsors: Aardvark Picture Frame, RI Picture Frame, East Side Marketplace and Panera Bread.

Thanks to Karen, Shannon and Jenny for helping out, and thank you also to everyone who attended.

prom pic"A Royal Engagement" was a wonderful evening. Everyone was dolled up and looking spiffy as they gathered, mingled and danced the night away.

Thanks to Miranda, the Met School intern who created the event.

Thanks to Toni & Guy for styling the royal attendees.

Jenny, Miranda's mentor, would also like to thank Mike Dionne for his help in setting up.

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Day Program Artists to Participate in Raku Firing

In a two week process in June with visiting artist Kate Champa, Day Program Artists will explore and witness a unique art form called Raku.

Raku pottery is created with a specific ceramic firing process that uraku vaseses both fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs. The piece is first bisque fired, then it is glazed and undergoes a firing process. The raku firing process requires a special raku kiln that is fueled by propane and reaches temperatures of about 1800F.

Typically, pieces removed from the hot kiln are placed in masses of combustible material (e.g. straw, sawdust or newspaper
) to provide a reducing atmosphere for the glaze and to stain the exposed body surface with carbon.

The process is very exciting and fun to watch. This will be an enriching and inspiring experience for our artists.

Thanks to Elaine for making the connection with Kate Champa, and to Karen for making this happen.