African connection

SEPT 18 While the horrifying realities of genocide, hunger and disease in places such as Sudan, Congo and Sierra Leone are still very much present in the minds of most, three Bowdoin College students have set out to show people another, brighter side to life in Africa. Aisha Woodward, Anna Karass and Steven Bartus traveled to the west African nation of Ghana last summer to document the work of the Maine Ghana Youth Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the Kissehman neighborhood of Accra, Ghana’s capital city. Upon returning to Maine, the three created a documentary titled “Under the Mango Tree,” a 20-minute film about the efforts of MGYN and its director, Mollishmael Gabah. The film will receive its world premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Gibbs Library on Old Union Road in Washington. Woodward, Karass (above, left, with an MGYN child) and Bartus will be on hand to give a short talk and answer questions about their movie, which they made with grant funds from the David Projects for Peace Foundation. For more, visit

International artistry

Sept 20-21 The pursuit of art can take you to lots of far-flung places. And, in the case of the Two Countries, One Bay Art Studio Tour, set for this Saturday and Sunday in Washington County and southern New Brunswick, it takes you back and forth across the American and Canadian border several times. The tour, now in its second year, brings together artists from the Maine towns of Calais, Robbinston, Lubec, Whiting, Eastport, Pembroke and Perry and the New Brunswick towns of St. Stephens, St. Andrews, St. John, St. George, Chamcook, Deer Island and Campobello Island. For two days, intrepid art fans can follow a map and visit the 50 artists involved in the tour, all of whom work in a variety of media. Artists range from St. Andrews stonemason Ken Waiwood’s turned-stone bowls, to Robbinston couple Mark and Arlene Wren’s stained-glass creations; from Campobello Island-based Michael Chesley Johnson’s landscapes in pastels and oils, to Bonnie Beard of Lubec, who paints scenes from her hometown (“Island #1,” oil, pictured here). The event, organized by the Tides Institute and Museum of Art, the Bertha Day Art and Craft Gallery, and by Johnson, the artist, kicks off at 9 a.m., both Atlantic and Eastern times. For more, visit