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DYER LIBRARY/SACO MUSEUM JANUARY & FEBRUARY CALENDAR
DYER LIBRARY/SACO MUSEUM JANUARY & FEBRUARY CALENDAR

Exhibition schedule is current as of December 31, 2010. Schedule is subject to change. Please call to confirm dates.

NOTE: The Dyer Library and Saco Museum will be closed on Saturday, January 1 in recognition of New Year’s Day and on Monday, January 17 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

NEW SACO MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

January 15 through February 26, 2011
UNCONVENTIONAL PORTRAITS: Photographs by Charles E. Moody
Maine's key role in the development of photography as an art form is well established. Late 19th- and early 20th-century photographers gravitated toward this state's unique blend of idyllic landscapes and modern industrial scenes. Yet Maine had its native photographers as well. Some transcended the documentary abilities of the medium to create photographs of astonishing quality, capturing the beauty, humor, and contrasts of this idiosyncratic state. Photographer Charles E. Moody of Saco, Maine, was one of the latter. This special exhibition, a collaboration between the Dyer Library/Saco Museum and McArthur Public Library in Biddeford, Maine, celebrates Moody's unique achievements and sheds new light on the remarkable archive of his negatives, lantern slides, photos, and camera equipment in the collections of both institutions. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. Unconventional Portraits: Photographs by Charles E. Moody will be on view January 15 through February 26, 2011, with an opening reception at the Saco Museum on Friday, January 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

January 15 through February 26, 2011
RECENT ACQUISITIONS
Our summer 2009 exhibition, "A Treasured Ten," delighted audiences with an array of art and artifacts that entered the museum's collection in the first decade of the new millennium. But we didn't stop there! The museum has continued to collect actively, and this special show will highlight some of the standout acquisitions of the past year and a half. Among these are a 19th-century wedding gown, antique hooked rugs by Biddeford entrepreneur Edward S. Frost, and a large collection of glass and ceramics by New England manufacturers, generously given by the former Jones Museum of Glass and Ceramics.  FREE Public Opening Reception: Friday, January 14, 5:30-7:30 at the Saco Museum


ON VIEW AT THE DYER LIBRARY

There is no admission fee charged to visit the community gallery at the Dyer Library, located in the hallway just beyond the main circulation desk.  For more information about the community gallery or to display your work, contact Laura Vickery at lvickery@dyer.lib.me.us or (207) 283-3861, ext. 102.

January 2011
PAINTINGS BY JUDY MAY
Judy May is a local Saco painter, who will be presenting works on canvas.

February 2011
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT WYMAN, JR.
Local Saco photographer, Robert Wyman, will be displaying landscape photography.
 

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

All programs and events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.

WATERCOLOR CLASSES WITH JUDITH KINSMAN
Learn from one of southern Maine’s most acclaimed watercolorists!  Classes meet in the Deering Room of the Dyer Library on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.  Cost: $75 per 4-week session ($70 for Dyer Library cardholders).  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Please contact Camille Smalley at (207) 283-3861, ext. 115 or education @sacomuseum.org to sign up.
Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26 and February 2, 9, 16, and 23.

LAUGHING WITH LOIS: PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
Bring your 3-5-year-old to the library every Tuesday morning for a reading adventure.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Tuesdays, January 4, 11, 18, and 25 and February 1, 8, and 15, 10–11:15 a.m.

POKEMON CLUB
Open to all ages and levels of experience!
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Tuesdays, January 4, 11, 18, and 25 and February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 3-4 p.m.

TERRIFIC TODDLERS
This special program for kids 18 months to three years includes finger plays, songs, and stories just for them. Make it part of your routine and join us every Thursday morning!
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27, and February 3, 10, and 17, 10–11:15 a.m.

KNITTING GROUP
Knit, crochet, embroider, hook rugs—just bring yourself and your latest project!
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20, and 27 and February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 3:00-5:00 pm

BOUNCING BABIES
We welcome our very youngest Library patrons (up to 18 months) every Friday morning for baby bounces, songs, and stories in the Deering Room, with time for grown-ups to visit together afterward.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Fridays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28 and February 4, 11, and 18, 10–11 a.m.

OPENING RECEPTION FOR UNCONVENTIONAL PORTRAITS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHARLES E. MOODY and RECENT ACQUISITIONS
Come and get a first look at our two great new winter shows! Reception is free and open to the public.
Saco Museum
Friday, January 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“PHOTOGRAPHY AT A CROSSROADS: Charles Moody and Early Art Photography in Maine”
This lecture by Susan Danly, Curator of Graphics, Photographs, and Contemporary Art at the Portland Museum of Art, will explore how Maine was a center for photography in the late 19th and early 20th-centuries. Photographs by Saco’s own Charles E. Moody (the subject of the Saco Museum exhibition Unconventional Portraits: Photographs by Charles E. Moody, co-organized by the Saco Museum and McArthur Public Library) will be interwoven with renowned masters of the medium who worked in Maine: F. Holland Day, Gertrude Käsebier, Paul Strand, Clarence White, and others. This lecture and the accompanying exhibition are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council.
McArthur Public Library, 270 Main Street, Biddeford, http://www.mcarthurpubliclibrary.org/
Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 p.m.
FREE!

DYER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Meets the third Wednesday of every month in the Board Room at the Dyer Library.  Contact Joann Farrell at 286-9987 for information about this month’s title!
Board Room, Dyer Library
Wednesday, January 19, 1:30-3:00 p.m

BOOK TALK AND BOOK SIGNING: “The Saco River”
Authors David Robinson and Elizabeth Tanefis will be present to talk about their new title from Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History Series.  Books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors.  This program is co-sponsored by the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath: http://www.mainemaritimemuseum.org/
Saco Museum, Main Gallery
Friday, January 21, 6-8 p.m.
FREE ADMISSION!

WINTER KINDERKONZERT: “The Nature of Woodwinds”
Discover the musical sounds of nature as the Portland Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet compares elements of music (tempo, rhythm, and melody) with elements in nature (seasons, weather, and wildlife). This event is by pre-registration ticket only (tickets are $4 per person); these are available by calling Heather Sumner of the Portland Symphony Orchestra at 207-773-6128 ext. 308 or viewing http://www.portlandsymphony.org/content/tickets/browse-performances/kinderkonzerts-2/ for more information.  Concerts are 35-40 minutes in length and are geared for ages 3-7.
Saco Museum
Monday, February 7, three concerts at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1 p.m.

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION BROWN BAG GRANTS WORKSHOP
Hosted by the Maine Arts Commission, this brown-bag workshop has been designed to help individual artists and arts organizations to learn more about the grant opportunities available to them through MAC. Bring your lunch and your questions to the Main Gallery of the Saco Museum, where you'll have the chance to see the special exhibition Unconventional Portraits: Photographs by Charles E. Moody, funded in part by a Community Arts and Humanities grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. All are welcome to this FREE program!
Saco Museum
Monday, February 14, noon to 2 p.m.

GALLERY TALK: Unconventional Portraits: Photographs by Charles E. Moody
Saco Museum director Jessica Skwire Routhier will share images and stories about the amazing photo archive that is the subject of the Saco Museum’s current exhibition.  This FREE program is hosted by the Saco Area Historical Society; all are welcome.
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Tuesday, February 15, 3:30 p.m.

DYER LIBRARY BOOK CLUB
Meets the third Wednesday of every month in the Board Room at the Dyer Library.  Contact Joann Farrell at 286-9987 for information about this month’s title!
Board Room, Dyer Library
Wednesday, February 16, 1:30-3:00 p.m


FAMILY PINHOLE CAMERA WORKSHOP
Learn how to make your own pinhole camera and take photos like the ones in the Saco Museum exhibition Unconventional Portraits: Photographs by Charles E. Moody!  Registration is required; please call (207) 283-3861, ext. 114 or e-mail lvickery@dyer.lib.me.us for more information or to sign up.  FREE!
Deering Room, Dyer Library
Thursday, February 24, 11 a.m.


DYER LIBRARY/SACO MUSEUM  INFORMATION
 
Located side by side on Main Street, the Dyer Library and Saco Museum serve as a lively center of culture and education for Saco and surrounding communities. Since 1881, Dyer Library has served the changing educational and cultural needs of the Saco area. In addition to maintaining a strong and growing collection of books, periodicals, and reference materials, the Dyer Library offers extensive archives and a wide array of community programs. The Saco Museum, founded as the York Institute in 1866, boasts an exemplary collection of more than 11,000 objects, including superb collections of documented local furniture and other decorative arts, textiles, and costumes. The museum is well known for its rich collection of paintings from the Saco River Valley, including the largest and finest collection anywhere of portraits by deaf artist John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854).

LIBRARY HOURS
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30am - 5 pm; Tues and Thurs: 9:30am - 8pm; Sat: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.
 
MUSEUM HOURS AND ADMISSION
Extended Hours for Festival of Trees: Sunday-Wednesday: noon to 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays: noon to 8 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Friday, November 26: 5 to 7 p.m.; Tuesday, December 7, noon to 3:30 p.m.; Friday, December 31: noon to 5 p.m.  Closed November 29, December 24, and December 25. Admission is FREE throughout the Festival of Trees thanks to the generous sponsorship of local businesses and individuals.

Regular Museum hours and admission: Tues, Wed, Thurs 12 – 4 pm; Friday 12 – 8 pm (FREE from 4 – 8 pm); Saturday 10 am – 4 pm; and Sunday 12 – 4 pm (June-December only).  Admission: Adults $4; Seniors & Students $3; Children (7 – 18) $2; Children 6 and under – No charge.  DL/SM Card holders and their guests – No charge.  Group tour rate available for groups of 8 or more.  Group tours must be scheduled in advance.

MUSEUM SHOP
The Museum Shop carries a wide selection of Maine-made crafts, ceramics, and jewelry as well as books, cards, and seasonal items. No admission fee to visit the shop.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is located at 371 Main Street (Route 1) in historic downtown Saco, Maine.  From the Maine Turnpike, take Exit 36 onto Route 195.  Take Exit 2A, Route 1 South (Main Street). The museum and library are about 8/10 of a mile down Main Street on the left. Turn into the parking lot: the museum is on your left and the library is on the right. Free parking.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
(207) 283-3861 general information
Website: http://www.dyerlibrarysacomuseum.org/
Email: lrounds@dyer.lib.me.us (for library information) or museum@sacomuseum.org (for museum information)  or education@sacomuseum.org (for program information).