GARDINER — Maine artist and musician Shana Barry will bring her multimedia family music show, “Special Secret Island” to Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Aug. 15.

The performance offers families story-songs on guitar and ukulele, projected animations and visits from the multicolored furry Fofers who live on the secret island of Fof.

On her recently released family album, “A Pink Whale and a Very Tall Tree,” Barry sings about the Fofers and their enchanted island. The Fofers row their boats on the bay, ride their bikes down Rollercoaster Road and climb magical trees, up into the clouds, where they discover the Cloud Fofers. They explore the forest, meadow and shore, befriending the wondrous plants and animals who share their world.

The earliest incarnations of the Fofers were 3-foot tall soft and furry dolls. While creating the Fofers dolls, Barry began to imagine the world they inhabited, which led to writing the songs for “A Pink Whale and a Very Tall Tree.” She self-recorded the album at home in Eastport and taught herself animation so she could create videos to accompany the songs.

“Fof is definitely influenced by growing up on Peaks Island,” Barry said. “I spent most of my time outside in the woods or on the beach, exploring and experiencing the natural world. Fof was inspired by that childhood island but is really the island of my dreams.”

“Her creations — the Fofer dolls, the animation, the music — all were woven together to transport a large audience of all ages to that magical island off the coast of Maine. I have never seen a group so attentive,” said children’s librarian Jean Young of the Rockland Public Library.

“Special Secret Island” will be presented at 1 p.m. at the performing arts center, 280 Water St. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children; children under 3 admitted free. Tickets will be available at the door. Visit Fofers.com for more show dates, animations and art projects.


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