Paradigm Blues and the Hermon High School Treble Makers

Back by popular demand we have Paradigm Blues, the awesome blues rock fusion band performing at Stillwater Artsapalooza at The Family Dog at 7p.m. and The Roost at 9 p.m.

Paradigm Blues plays a mix of new and classic blues. They cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys, John Mayer Trio, and more. The members are all current University of Maine studens. Chris Young is a Psychology major, he plays Bass and sings Lead Vocals. Kevin Hanselman is a Computer Engineering major, he plays Guitar and sings Backup Vocals and Scott Alexander rounds out the band on drums and is an Electrical Engineering major.


Another group of performers back again are the Hermon High School Treble Makers.  Hot off their recent Show Choir State Championship win they will be performing their award winning set list Gold: Moments of Light.  Gold is a combination of stories from the students’ lives combined with inspirational music.  The set list includes MoTown hits, 80s rock, rap, musical theatre, and a few pop tunes.  The Treble Makers will be performing at Old St. Mary’s Church at 8p.m., don’t miss this remarkable group!

Stillwater Artsapalooza 2013

Stillwater Artsapalooza is a festival of performing and visual arts that involves over 50 local artists and is on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 6:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in downtown Orono.  Artists will be performing and displaying their work at 16 downtown Orono venues including the Church of Universal Fellowship, The Store, Verve, The Family Dog, Parks Hardware, Thai Orchid, Harvest Moon, The Roost, Bear Brew Pub, Orono Public Library, University Inn, DeGrasse Jewelry, Orono United Methodist Church, the Keith Anderson Community Center, Orono Fire Station, and Old St. Mary’s Church.  Admission is free.

Stillwater Artsapalooza is a fun-filled way to kick off your summer by seeing and hearing some of your favorite local artists and groups perform or display their work!  Artists featured at this event include Bangor Story Slam, Good-Time Sound, Ann Ross Dance, The Artesani Family and Friends, Old Time Machine, Daniel Lesser, Nathan Lesser, Sanford Phippen, The Six Basin Street All Women’s Dixieland Band, Colin Graebert, Jessie Walker, St. Huckleberry, Stillwater Community Arts Young Artists: Paige Bacon, Max Birgfeld Davis, Anna Ellis, Allison Elston, Lily Muscatell, Brooke Nason, Daniel Perkins, Natalie Smith and Rory Sullivan, The Hermon High School Treble Makers, Sunset Strip Band, Larry and Leslie Latour, Old Town Parks and Recreation, Kathi McPhee, Chris and Dan Crocker, Divisi, Joshua Trombley, Brass Menagerie, Orono High School/Orono Middle School Jazz Combo, The University of Maine Preschool, Paradigm Blue, Clara Ahn, Rosie Upton, Brandon Ross, Rich Kenefic, Jim Chasse, Kathleen Ellis, Francois Amar, Jason Canniff, Cheryl Daigle, Joshua Elwood, Megan London, Sunset Strip Band, Fiona Luray, Katie Quirk, Nancy Leavitt, Teddi Jann Covell, Hermon High School Theatre Program, 581 jAm Band, Nestor Gonzalez, Travis Baker and many more!  So mark your calendars and come on out to Stillwater Artsapalooza on Saturday, June 22 from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.!  For more information please visit or contact Cami Carter at

Stillwater Community Arts thanks key sponsors of this event: 

The Orono Health Association and University Credit Union


2013 Young Artists Showcase

Are you a high school aged visual, performing, literary or multi-media artists who lives in Alton, Bradley, Carmel, Glenburn, Greenbush, Greenfield, Hermon, Levant, Milford, Old Town, Orono, Stillwater, or Veazie?

If so then Stillwater Community Arts is sponsoring an opportunity for you to earn a scholarship toward your art and have your very own showcase at Minsky Recital Hall at the University of Maine in our Young Artists Showcase!

The Young Artist Showcase is a wonderful opportunity for high school aged visual, performing, literary, or multi-media artists to have a chance to perform/display their work in a highly publicized showcase in the Orono-Old Town area.

APPLICATION PROCESS:  Young Artist candidates may audition in person on the dates indicated or submit materials to be reviewed by the selection committee via a DVD or CD.  Auditions will be held March 28 at 2:15p.m. at Hermon High School and April 10 at 2:30p.m. at Orono High School, and then at Old Town High School at 3:45 p.m..

Categories for Consideration:  Performing Artist; Visual Artist: Literary Artist; and Multi-Media Artist.

Materials to Submit: Young Artist 2013 Application and a one page explanation of your art,  how you started, what inspires you, and your plans for the future.   If you decide to submit via a DVD or CD, please write your name, school, and category on the disc itself to ensure it is identified correctly.

Applicants will be judged on their talent, creativity, and ability by a panel of professional artists and patrons of the arts.

Artists will be notified by the end of March 2013, if they have been chosen as a Stillwater Community Arts Young Artist.

If you have any questions, please direct them to  Please send your completed application form, your one page explanation statement,  and the work you want to be showcased by March 15, 2013 to:

Stillwater Community Arts, Young Artists Showcase
P.O. Box 292
Orono, Maine 04473

You may also drop off your application material at the Stillwater Community Arts Office, 82 Main Street, Orono, Maine, Monday – Friday,  9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Young Artists will be notified of the results by Monday, April 15, 2013.

Stillwater Artsapalooza Schedule

Stillwater Artsapalooza, a performing and visual arts festival, will happen on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. in downtown Orono.  Two weeks prior to the event you may pick up an updated Stillwater Artsapalooza schedule and map at any of the participating venues.  Thank you to the Orono Health Association and University Credit Union for sponsoring this fantastic event.  Don’t miss this fantastic event!  Admission to all venues and performances is FREE!

University Inn:
6:00-6:40 The Underscores- Orono Middle School Jazz Band
7:00-7:40 Six Basin Street All Women Dixieland Band
8:00-8:40 Larry and Leslie Latour – folk rock

Verve: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Good-Time Sounda cappella
7:00-7:40 Park Street Pickers
8:00-8:40 Fiona Luray- folk singer
9:00-9:40 Story Slam

Keith Anderson Community Center
6:00-6:40 Mary Drew Dance
7:00-7:40 Robinson Ballet
8:00-8:40 Chris and Dan Crocker- Swing Dance
9:00-9:40 Ann Ross Dance– Latin Dance

Lissus Pizza: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Brass Menagerie
7:00-7:40 Travis Baker-poetry/theatre
8:00-8:40 Orono Speech and Debate

Orono Pharmacy:
6:00-6:40 Greta and Oliver-folk music
7:00-7:40 Fiona Luray- folk singer

The Store: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Larry and Leslie Latour- folk rock
7:00-7:40 Good-Time Sound- a cappella

The Roost: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Pat Sylvia- eclectic guitar and vocal
7:00-7:40 Molly Webster- vocalist
8:00-8:40 St. Huckleberry Band- hard celtic rock
9:00-9:40 Harbour Blue Band- rock music

Bear Brew Pub: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Sean Hiatt- alternative rock
8:00-8:40 Paradigm Blues- blues/rock fusion
9:00-9:40: Sean Hiatt- alternative rock

Orono United Methodist Church
6:00-6:40: Jenn Chaloult-vocalist
7:00-7:40 Old Town High School Theatre- Grease: the musical
8:00-8:40 Stillwater Community Arts Young Artists and Friends
9:00-9:40 Organ Recital

Ted Curtis Law Firm: Visual Artists
Julie Miller
Teddi-Jann Covell
Beverly Antonitis
Eva Szillery
Ency Whitehill and James White

The Old St. Mary’s Church:
6:00-6:40: Hermon High School Play
8:00-8:40: Hermon High School Show Choir plus Cat McElvain, Abby Cummings, Paige Bacon and August Eaton
9:00-9:40: Lampstand- alternative rock

Orono Fire Station:
7:00-7:40 Blast Addicts- rock music
9:00-9:40 Blast Addicts- rock music

Harvest Moon: menu items available
6:00-6:40 Rich Kenefic- guitar
7:00-7:40 The Artesani Family and Friends-vocal music
8:00-8:40 Greta and Oliver- folk music

Church of Universal Fellowship
6:00-6:40 Simon Bilyk-violinist
7:00-7:40 Orono Middle School play
8:00-8:40 Good-Time Sound– a cappella
9:00-9:40 Nestor Gonzalez, Colin Graebert and Friends- musical theatre

Church of Universal Fellowship Gathering Place:
Stillwater Community Arts Silent Art Auction
Old Town High School Art

Orono Public Library:
Old Town Parks and Recreation Art Display
Orono Parks and Recreation Art Display
6:00-6:40 Kid Hour
7:00-7:40 Sanford Phippen and the Puckerbrush Review
8:00-8:40 Sanford Phippen and the Puckerbrush Review
8:45-9:30 Sandra Hutchison– poetry and stories about China

Paradigm Blues at Bear Brew for Artsapalooza

One of the new bands we have this year at Stillwater Artsapalooza is an awesome blues rock fusion band named Paradigm Blues.

Paradigm Blues plays a mix of new and classic blues. They cover songs by Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys, John Mayer Trio, and more. The members are all current University of Maine studens. Chris Young is a Psychology major, he plays Bass and sings Lead Vocals. Kevin Hanselman is a Computer Engineering major, he plays Guitar and sings Backup Vocals and Scott Alexander rounds out the band on drums and is an Electrical Engineering major.  They are set to play at the Bear Brew Pub at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday at Stillwater Artsapalooza.   Don’t miss a chance to welcome them to the Artsapalooza line-up!

Swing Dancing and Show Choirs at Stillwater Artsapalooza!

Dan and Chris Crocker are local educators (Dan is the Dean of Enrollment Management at Eastern Maine Community College, Chris teaches Spanish at Orono High School) who have been part of the  greater Bangor area dancing scene for over 12 years. Performance swing and lindyhop dancers, this athletic, energetic and dynamic duo share their love of dance by volunteering their time to such worthy events as the Dancing Like the Stars Project Graduation performances, dance exhibitions, dance choreography for Orono High School musicals, Stillwater Artzapalooza and other fundraisers. If you haven’t seen them dance, don’t miss this opportunity to watch them go head over heels. And make sure you bring comfortable shoes, ‘cause you’ll get to learn a few moves and then share the dance floor with two of the area’s best!  Dan and Chris will be moving and shaking at Stillwater Artsapalooza on Saturday, June 23 at the Keith Anderson Community House from 8:00-8:40, don’t miss the fun!

The Hermon High School Treble Makers are hot off their first year as the new Hermon High School choir!  They scored a 1 rating at the District 5 competition and competed at the Maine State Show Choir Competition in late March.

They are a vibrant, exciting group and perform songs ranging from Billy Joel to Lady Gaga to contemporary musical theatre.  The Hermon High School Treble Makers will be performing at the Old St. Mary’s Church from 8:00-8:40.  Come enjoy an entertaining evening of fun, upbeat songs performed by some phenomenal high school artists!

Sandra Hutchison reads about living in China at Artsapalooza

We are lucky to have had Sandra Hutchison agree to join us at Stillwater Artsapalooza!

Sandra Lynn Hutchison is the author of a book of poetry, The Art of Nesting (GR Books, Oxford: England, 2008) and a memoir about living in China during the Tiananmen Uprising, Chinese Brushstrokes(Turnstone Press, Winnipeg, 1996). She has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including a Jane Kenyon Poetry Scholarship from Bennington College and an Emily Dickinson Poetry Award. Her memoir about China was selected as an editor’s choice Best Book in Canada and has been included in the high school curriculum there for the past decade. Hutchison’s poetry, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Oxford anthology of stories about China, Chinese Ink, Western Pen (Oxford University Press, 2000). She writes a column for the online magazine In Culture Parent and serves as poetry editor for Puckerbrush Review. She teaches English and Maine Studies at the University of Maine.  Sandra will be reading her stories at the Orono Public Library beginning at 8:45 p.m.  Don’t miss this chance to hear an award winning writer talk about her cultural experiences.

FALL into the ARTS workshops are here!

Stillwater Community Arts is happy to offer the following workshops on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.!  All workshops are $15 and last 90 minutes unless otherwise noted.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. 
Registration is confirmed upon receipt of payment in full.  To register for the workshops please contact Cami Carter at or send a Registration Form with a check for the total amount owed made out to Stillwater Community Arts to:

Stillwater Community Arts
P.O. Box 292
Orono, Maine 04473

10 a.m. Workshops:
Beginning Embroidery:
Learn the fundamental techniques for successful embroidery.  Using embroidery wools (crewels), hand dyed on a farm in Medford we will stitch a Tudor Rose.  This class will run for both sessions with a lunch break in between.  All materials included in the price of the class. Limit 10 participants.  Michele Goldman

This workshop will focus on teaching the basic three ball cascade. Breaking this seemingly complex art into easy-to-learn steps, this workshop will have everyone on their way to becoming a juggler! More advanced jugglers are also welcome, and will learn more complex patterns and tricks. Open to all ages.  Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. at Old Town Elementary School. Zach Field

Latin and Swing Dancing:
Shake, rattle, and shimmy.  Enjoy Latin flavor by learning basic steps of Merengue, salsa, and samba, taught in a line dance format.  Follow this by learning easy swing steps including basic turns, charleston and dips. Partner required for this portion.  No previous dance experience needed. Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. at Asa Adams Elementary School. Ann Ross

Seaglass and Shells Jewelry Making: 
Preserve your summer memories by learning to wire-wrap seaglass/shells into pendants. Materials fee includes tools and materials needed to make 3 pendants.  Beginners welcome. Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. at 54 Gilbert Street, Orono. Materials Fee $5. Limit of 6 participants.  Ency Whitehill

1 p.m. Workshops:
Balloon Mania:
Balloon sculpting made easy!  From the simple dog, to the complex motorcycle, this is the chance to learn how to create simple balloons into exotic animals and amazing shapes. Basic balloon twisting skills are covered as well as more advanced techniques.  Open to all ages.  Workshop is offered at 1 p.m. at Old Town Elementary School. Zach Field

Crystal Pendant Jewelry Making:
Capture the healing power of crystals by wire-wrapping a water-quartz crystal pendant for you and a friend!  The class will have you make two crystal pendants. Beginners are welcome. Workshop is offered at 1 p.m. at Ency Whitehill’s studio at 54 Gilbert Street, Orono. Materials Fee: $5.  Limit of 6 participants. Ency Whitehill

Workshops offered at both 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.:
Beginning Bookbinding Workshop:
Come to this beginning bookbinding class and learn about the single signature binding and its variations. The single signature book is a gathering of papers, folded in two and sewn through the center. Each student will make several hand sewn book models and learn how make simple bookbinding tools to start their own bindery at home. No experience necessary, must be able to use a sewing needle or be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a pencil, a pair of scissors, glue stick, and an apron (optional). Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Asa Adams Elementary School. Materials fee: $2.00 Limit of 12 participants. Nancy Leavitt

Beginning Print Making:
Learn the different types of printmaking. These printmaking techniques will include fun and simple printing approaches as well as ones that take a little more thought and time. Everyone will go home with several prints ready to frame. Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Old Town Elementary School. Materials fee: $3.00 Limit of 10 participants. Pam Dunphy

Encaustic Painting:
In this fun workshop participants will receive hands-on instruction on how to make and use Encaustic painting, the ancient medium of the Egyptians. Included are materials for the workshop ( waxes, pigments etc.) and hands on use and manufacture of this beautiful wax medium. Other topics covered: proper painting surfaces, explanation of types of waxes, brushes, hot-plates, general painting techniques, including collage and polychroming sculpture, and a discussion of the use of the medium throughout history. Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Asa Adams Elementary School. Materials fee: $3.00 Limit of 15 participants. Ed Nadeau

Improvisational Theatre:
This workshop will teach you how to think on your feet, perform scenes without a script and provide an understanding of the basic fundamentals of improvisational acting through performance and observation in a theatrical workshop environment. Ages 14 and over. Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Asa Adams Elementary School. Limit of 20 participants.  Telly Coolong

Stomp the Yard:
Be the Beat!! Using buckets, garbage cans, water jugs, sticks and body percussion we will create rythms and steppin’ choreography to rock the house. If possible please bring your own drum sticks or two sturdy sticks from nature 8-10” long and 1/2-1” in diameters. All ages. Workshop is offered at 1 p.m. at Asa Adams Elementary School.  Ann Ross

Storytelling, Song, and Signing:
A chance to learn the art of American Sign Language with music and stories. Open to all ages. Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Old Town Elementary School. Ana Caballaro

Watercolor Painting:
A basic watercolor class for all ages. that will include mixing and blending colors You will work on landscape and/or flowers. Workshop is offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Old Town Elementary School. Materials fee: $3.  Janice Hambelton

FALL into the ARTS workshop day

As Stillwater Community Arts moves forward from the fabulous success of Stillwater Arstapalooza, we are excited to announce the first FALL into the ARTS workshop series.  On Saturday, October 1, Stillwater Community Arts will offer a series of 90-minute arts workshops at 10a.m. and 1p.m. Sign up for one of our fabulous workshop offerings:
• balloon sculpting                            • beginning print making

• beginning bookbinding                        • crystal pendant jewelry making

• beginning embroidery                        • encaustic (wax) painting

• improvisational theatre                      • juggling

• latin and swing dancing                      • origami garland making

• seaglass and shell jewelry making            • stomp the yard dance (percussive dancing)

• storytelling, song, and signing             • watercolor painting.

All workshops are 90 minutes, cost $15 and will take place at Asa Adams Elementary School or Old Town Elementary School, unless otherwise specified.  Workshops will be filled on a first come, first served basis. For more information pick up a brochure and registration form after September 1 at any of the following places: Orono Parks and Recreation, Orono Town Office, Old Town Public Library, Asa Adams Elementary School and the Church of Universal Fellowship, or email to have a brochure emailed to you.  If you have more questions or would like to register “paper free”, please to contact Cami Carter at or 401.274.6221