RUMFORD — Kaleidoscope has been called River Valley’s Party for the Arts. It is 49 Franklin’s organized array of visual and performing artist who gather to mix and mingle with each other, family, friends, and neighbors in a community of art appreciation and celebration.
The next event takes place on Friday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. at 49 Franklin’s Mystic Theater.
Kaleidoscope veteran Katherine “Kitty” Coolidge is home from college and will be featured on piano and vocals accompanied by Derek Volkernick. Coolidge’s renditions of modern pop and rock favorites are not to be missed and her soulfully sweet voice will calm the savage beast in anyone. Also taking the stage is the interactive classic rock and jazz duo “Unorganized Hancock.” The audience may figure these guys were born too late when they hear the passion and stylings of brothers Miles on vocals and guitar, and Garrett keeping the beat on his teddy bear stuffed bass drum. The boys have integrated a jazzy/interstellar rockabilly feel into their performances and they know how to deliver.
Also on stage will be James Robert Clark with his original songs and music. Often referred to as sometimes melancholy, sometimes redemptive, Clark’s moody selections are sure to evoke emotions.
While performers take turns on the stage a variety of visual artists that have included walk-ins, members of the Teaberry Arts Council, Gaskyl Productions, and the Penecook Arts Center work a variety of mediums and projects throughout the room. On display for this event will be a preview of some of the Totally Artsy Containers which will also be shown at area businesses and will be available for silent bids up to a live auction at the Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 10.
There is a cash bar and theater snacks will be available for purchase. There is no admission fee to enter, but busker-style tips are appreciated.