Pay Attention

On display at the Klahr Center now through April 14th! 

“The most effective art that I do might be in my hometown. For every 4th of July parade in Whitefield (since about 1985) we make a float about current, potentially divisive issues, like global warming, tax cuts for the wealthy, clear cutting, our addiction to oil, Gulf oil spill, etc. We always provoke laughter, thought, and puzzlement. We find that humor and creativity disarm people and get them to pay attention.” – Whitefield Artist Natasha Mayers

Join us Tuesday, March 28th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for a chance to view the exhibit and engage in a conversation about artmaking in these divisive times. Snacks and beverages are available starting at 5 p.m., and the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Free admission!

Since 1985 Natasha Mayers and other artists and friends from the area have been participating in the Whitefield 4th of July parade focusing on themes that are important to them. This is as complete a list as exists:

2015 – TOO BIG TO FAIL, NOT TOO BIG TO JAIL
2014 – MAINE, THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE
2013 – DRONES, SURVEILLANCE2012 – BUY LOCAL
2011 – MARRIAGE BETWEEN MAIDEN MAINE AND BIG BUSINESS
2010 – BP OIL SPILL
2009 – LIBERTY MEN SAVE PEOPLE FROM BANK FORECLOSURES
2008 – OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
2007 – HONEYBEES ARE DISAPPEARING
2006 – GLOBAL WARMING
2005 – WHITEFIELD UPPER CRUST SOCIETY THANKS RESIDENTS FOR THE NEW TAX CUTS
2004 – WHITEFIELD HONORS PETROLEUS, GOD OF GREASE AND WAR
2003 – HOMELAND INSECURITY
2002 – BUSH ENERGY “STRATEGERY”
2001 – SLUDGE
2000 -?
1999 – EDWARDS DAM REMOVAL
1998 – PAINTED POLES
1997 – ?
1996 – CLEARCUTTING
199? – RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
1993 – TAX CAPS/ DUNCE CAPS
1992 – COLUMBUS QUINCENTENNIAL
1989 – CENSORSHIP
1988 – LAWN CHAIR BRIGADE
1987 – PLAYED KAZOOS IN A MARCHING BAND
1986 – KEEP THE NATIONAL GUARD IN MAINE, NOT IN HONDURAS
1985 – CHAINSAW MARCHING BAND

Thanks to Natasha Mayers, Anita Clearfield, Carolyn Eyler and the USM Art Galleries, and, from Natasha:

“Thank you to everybody who has taken part, made props, jumped in to help at the last minute, invited others, transported floats and props, taken photographs, brainstormed ideas, made costumes, painted, played music, and added to the hilarity of the day. This is an incomplete list from very incomplete records…”

Alex, Alvaro and friends, Andrew, Jess, and Julia Ackerman, Cynthia Ahlstrin and David and Raynor and friend, Alessandroni-Sanders family, Nancy Barron and daughters, Marlene, Eli and Ethan Barter, Nate Best, Peter Brady,  Robin Brooks, Leslie Burhoe, Malcolm Burson, Katherine and Tyler, Brannon, Curry Caputo, Emmett and Zephyr Lani-Caputo, Robin Chase, Anita Clearfield, Darrah Cole, Kenny Cole,  Doreen Conboy, Jim and Sally Crissman, Kelly Dorgan and Michael, Bob Eskridge, Carolyn Eyler and Michael Gallant, Kate and Chris Delvecchio and Richard Lee, Charlene Donahue, Kelly Dorgan, Jean Fergusson, George Fergusson, Simon Frost, son and sister,  Elizabeth Fergusson, Sumner Fernald, Jessica George, , Gina, Carol Godfry,  Eleanor Goldberg, Steve and Louisa Gorrill, Lucy Gottlieb, Rachel Green, Patti and Becca Hamilton and Bard Owl Creamery interns, Kit Hayden, Chris Higgins, Melissa Hunnibell, Karen Jackson, Cindy Jewett, Bambi Jones, Becky Jones,  Pete Jumars, Genevieve Keller, Bertie Kohler, Phil and Suzanna Lasker, Glenn Leisching, Annie Lunt,  Ben Marcus, Art Mayers, Noah Mayers, Siena Mayers, Laurie McDonald John McDowell, Mark Melnicove, Michael and Marci and many other Hidden Valley Farm interns, Austin Moore, Tracy Moskovitz, Peggy Muir, Cathy Murray, Howie and Karen Nielsen, Lianna Nielsen, Christy Mitchell, Brian O’Mahoney, Eliot O’Mahoney,  Nick Paliughi, Libby Renish,  Ellis and Alice Percy and son, Katie Perry, Lucia Robinson, Shale Rosen and Brooke Wilkerson, Pagurko girls, Natasha Salvo, Macci Schmidt, Caeli Shaddis and sons, Jean Sousa,  Mya Spalter, Gary Spalter, Lauren Ball Spinone, Anna Smith, Joe and Krista and Pippa and Milo Stanley, Bob Steneck, Kristin Stone,  Sarah Wineberg and Rob Stenger, Deadra and Nate Taczli, Dan Tishman, Dan and Karyn Townsend, Jim Torbert, Nora Tryon, Doug W. and son and friend, Carl Weinberg and grandkids, Catherine Wilson, Kira Wright.