Bangor in Bloom

Bangor isn't exactly the land of black ties and evening gowns. But every once in a while, there's an event that makes us want to break out our fanciest frocks and most dapper duds.

Bloom is one of them.

The celebration takes place on Saturday at the University of Maine Museum of Art and will feature the work of Michael Shyka of Orrington. Shyka left Maine for years to work in fashion design and had his own studio in Miami before returning to his hometown. His style is distinctive -- especially in these parts. Shyka is known for the diaphanous dresses and scarves he creates from brilliant, almost tropical, handpainted silks. They're the perfect antidote to these shorter days and longer nights.

So are the sounds of A Train, one of our favorite local jazz ensembles, and the food at these things is always fabulous. Even better, all proceeds benefit the museum's exhibition and educational programs, including our favorite, Museums by Mail, which brings art to children in rural areas, where it may be cost-prohibitive to take a field trip to a museum or gallery.

So break out your evening wear and Bloom where you're planted.

Bloom takes place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St., Bangor. Tickets cost $45 per person, $80 per couple, a portion of which is tax-deductible. For information, click here.

In the interest of full disclosure, the Mavens are on the host committee of Bloom.


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