Rockwell Kent art
PORTLAND, MAINEJune 23-Oct. 16
The Portland Museum of Art premieres ''Rockwell Kent: The Mythic and the Modern," a landmark exhibit of works by the influential American (1885-1971). It also marks the 100th anniversary of his arrival in Maine when he began living and painting on Monhegan Island. Two years later, his first Maine paintings received critical acclaim in New York. A restless adventurer, Kent traveled to other remote areas in Alaska, Greenland, Tierra del Fuego, and Newfoundland, where he found inspiration for powerful seascapes and landscapes. He also made his mark with jazz-age drawings published in Vanity Fair and other magazines. Guest curator Jake Milgram Wien brings together 130 paintings, drawings, and prints. Some works from US and Russian collections are reunited for the first time in over 50 years.
7 Congress Square.207-775-6148.www.portlandmuseum.org.
DAYTON, OHIOJuly 1-3Dayton has been celebrating its diverse cultures for more than two decades. What began in 1980 with five concerts during the year evolved into Ohio's only full-time professional presentation of traditional and ethnic performing arts. The annual CITYFOLK Festival grew from three years of hosting the prestigious National Folk Festival beginning in 1996. After the National finished, CityFolk continued with its own free concerts, dances, and workshops with acts from near and far who reflect the area's Appalachian and immigrant heritage. Among performers are Mountain Heart, Rosie Ledet, Alpha Yaya Diallo from Guinea, the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, Noel Quintana and The Latin Crew, and the Dayton Jazz Orchestra. A variety of ethnic food booths will satisfy any hunger. The city's annual July 4 fireworks on Sunday night sparks the grand finale.
Riverscape MetroPark at North Patterson Boulevard and East Monument Street. 937-223-3655. www.cityfolk.org.
AGAWAMThrough Oct. 31
Off Route 159 (Main Street).413-786-9300. www.sixflags.com/parks/newengland/index.asp.
Folk art market
SANTA FE July 9-10
Last year's debut of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market was such a success that the Museum of International Folk Art and the New Mexico Foundation are doing it again. More than 90 juried artists from 35 countries, chosen from more than 200 applicants, show and sell their traditional art. Chinese paintings on glass, Georgian jewelry, baskets from Botswana, Malaysian ikat weavings, Syrian textiles, and South African beadwork are among the original arts passed from generation to generation. The festival, held on the museum plaza, also features global entertainment and world food selections. Festival admission also includes access to the world-famous museum of folk art where special programs are planned. A pre-festival concert takes place on July 6 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on Museum Hill (free shuttle from downtown/State House area).
Catsup Bottle Fest
COLLINSVILLE, ILL.July 10
''It's the town's Eiffel Tower," says Judy DeMoisy, who spearheaded the campaign in the early 1990s to save the world's largest ketchup bottle from demolition. Completed in 1949, when a lot of ketchup was called catsup, the landmark -- and roadside water tower -- duplicates a bottle for Brooks Catsup, a local product now made in Canada (and called Brooks Rich & Tangy Ketchup). The 100-foot-tall bottle sits on a 70-foot stand. In a recent telephone interview, DeMoisy said the town started the Catsup Bottle Summerfest Birthday Party & Car Show Bash seven years ago. The party, with birthday cake for everyone, oozes through downtown and includes a classic car cruise, bicycle ride, theater performance, music, and old-fashioned games such as hula hoop, musical chairs, and water balloon toss. There's also a blind Brooks Tangy Catsup Taste Test and a Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup contest and crowning.
Main Street. 618-345-5598. www.catsupbottlesummerfest.com.
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