Arts Institute of Western Maine expands board, lists performances


FARMINGTON — The Arts Institute of Western Maine welcomed six new board members at its recent annual meeting. Joining the board are Andrea Keirstad, David Haeger, Joan Haeger, Anne Smith, Philip Keith and Alexandra Bennett.

The present board also includes Diane Kruchkow, president; Camilla Cai, treasurer; Sarah Maline and Emily Bilodeau, secretaries; Misty Beck; Karyl Condit; Sandy Keith; Milton Kidd; Bruce McInnes; and Andrew Wright.

The board also paid tribute to longtime boardmember Dan Woodward, who is retiring from the board this year.

AIWM is a nonprofit organization which brings performing arts to the Farmington area. During the past year it’s brought in the very popular Mastersingers, mime Michael Cooper, pianist Laura Kargul (playing a tribute to Liszt), local folksinger Ruth Hill, local groups Northfield, the Time Machine, and helped sponsor the operatic world premiere of PORTopera’s Cafe Vienna.

Upcoming concerts will feature noted violinist Anatole Wieck on Feb. 18, a performance of works by Olivier Messiaen on March 10, jazz musicians Brad Terry and Paul Sullivan on April 21, Maine Mountain Chamber Music featuring special guest Suzanne Nance on June 16 and dancer/mime Karen Montanaro this fall, among others.

AIWM also works closely with the Emery Center and other groups in the area to coordinate and publicize arts events. It is a member of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. For more information on AIWM, check the website and its Facebook page. AIWM is an affiliate of the University of Maine at Farmington.