The Maine State Museum has on display one of the finest collections of Maine-made and Maine-related glass ever assembled.
“Reflections of Maine: Glass from the Maine State Museum” tells the story of Maine people as seen through the variety of glass objects they used. From tableware and milk bottles to elegant lamps and a glass fire extinguisher, the collection extends to extremely rare glass beaded works of local Indian art.
Glass manufacturing is also outlined and pieces of Portland Glass, made by the only production glass company in Maine, will be well-represented. The company failed in 1873 after only a decade of operation. Large stained-glass windows will be backlit to reveal their colors.
The reuse of glass has changed over time, but one family’s recycling business, the E. Klaman Bottles shop in Portland, is featured in the exhibit. The way Maine people made, acquired, used and reused glass tells much about domestic and commercial life in Maine since the Colonial period.
The exhibit will remain on display through 2006. For more information, call the museum at 287-2304.
Puppeteers representing Japan, England, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Australia and the United States have converged for this year’s World Puppets Portland to continue through Sept. 16 in downtown Portland.
These puppet artists will engage the audience with imagination and invention by creating forms through hands, objects, shadows, masks, fabrics, lighting and sound. Puppetry also embraces a broad range of the arts, including drama, music, sculpture, stage design and literature.
“A Master’s Eye: Puppets of Japan,” an exhibit featured at Maine College of Art, is also part of this year’s festival. Bunraku puppets and puppet objects collected by Toru Saito, master carver, will be on display through Sept. 30.
Local puppeteers John and Carol Farrell of Figures of Speech Theater will perform the award-winning “She Who Loves” in the festival, and will give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at their giant puppet creations.
For more information, call 772-6828, and for tickets call 842-8000.
JACKIE AND CAMELOT
A special exhibition on Jacqueline Kennedy’s fashions during the White House years will open Saturday, Sept. 15, at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum on Columbia Point in Boston.
Selections from the JFK Library and Museum will feature the original clothing and accessories worn by the former first lady at state events, as well as personal documents, photographs and film.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students and $8 for children ages 13 to 17 and can be obtained by calling 617-695-2JFK or by visiting the Web site www.nextticketing.com/jfk.