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50th Anniversary Gala Set for Maine’s Longest Running Artists Group

With a theme of “Express Yourself” the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) will host a 50th year Gala on August 3, 2024 at Merrymeeting Hall, 27 Main St., Bowdoinham from 6 to 11 PM.  Titled “The Carlo Pittore Costume Ball and Art Auction”, this art party celebrates community and camaraderie in the spirit of Carlo Pittore, the force behind the founding of the UMVA in 1975. Pittore’s studio was in Bowdoinham.  The band “BookHead SweetTooth” from Belfast will supply the live music (  A pot luck plus wine and beer are also planned for the event.  Suggested donations range from $10-$50 at the door.  This fundraiser will finance and support UMVA’s new updated website providing more value for members.  Sponsors include Rising Tide Brewery, Maine Gallery + Studio Guide and WERU Community Radio.

Pittore, the subject of the film CARLO … and his Merry Band of Artists, produced by Richard Kane as part of the UMVA Maine Masters project, will premiere at the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) mid-July (TBA). Other screenings include July 25th at the Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro, August 8th at the Lincoln Theatre in Damariscotta, as well as at NOMAD in Fort Andross, 14 Main St, Brunswick, ME on August 1 and 4 as part of the Gala activities.  See the trailer:

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