Upoming art show- Friday, Dec. 4th!

What: Opening reception of 30//30//30 exhibit
When: Friday, December 4th from 5pm-8pm
Where: Roots & Tendrils; a multi-use arts space which can be found at 2 Cross Street, Belfast, Maine.

Currently my entire household (save for the canine and feline members) is laid up with the flu (swine or otherwise, all we really know is that we are tired, achy, whiny, and it sucks), so I'm going to keep this short and to the point.

This Friday, December 4th there is an opening reception for the 30//30//30 exhibit at Roots & Tendrils in Belfast, Maine. The exhibit features 30 works, by 30 artists, all under the age 30, including one piece by yours truly. The gallery has kindly included my photograph, Quiet Movement, in this show.

The opening reception runs from 5pm to 8pm, in the super charming little city of Belfast. Come early to check out the downtown area! I'll be there- I hope to see you!



"a celebration"- they weren't kiddin'!

The organizers of Alive in Lewiston pulled off a beautiful family event on Friday night. Good music, good food, and even better vibes from all the attendees and hosts.

A few pictures from the night:

Thank you to the Lots to Gardens organization for hosting such a great event!


The CozInk Collective is (finally) on YouTube

I don't really know why it took me so long to create a YouTube channel for us. You know how sometimes you have a reason for doing, or not doing, something and then as time goes on you forget what your reason was? I think at some point I had a reason not to make one, but I don't remember anymore, and it seems silly for the collective not to have a presence there.

So, I give you the CozInk Collective YouTube Channel!

It currently has 10 videos, comprising past shows from Old Man Forest and Arborea. I'm working on uploading more videos, from Jan Mayes and from the L/A Comp release party in 2008, and of course I'll continue to update it with NEW stuff as it happens and I can be there to take video.


Old Man Forest at Guthrie's, Nov. 14th

There is more video to upload, so there will probably be another post tomorrow sometime. In the meantime, check out the brand spanking new CozInk Collective YouTube channel! http://www.youtube.com/user/CozInkCollective

(pictures & video by grace)


Alive in Lewiston! A celebration of local food, music, and art

CozInk peeps Old Man Forest will be playing at the Alive in Lewiston event, and CozInk Paper Goods will be present as well, with note cards out for sale, and some Lewiston-inspired photography on display!

About Lots to Gardens: Lots to Gardens is a youth and community driven organization that uses sustainable urban agriculture to create access to fresh food, and to nurture healthy youth and a healthy community. We teach people how to grow their own food, provide affordable access to fresh food, and involve youth as leaders. We help families and youth develop skills and build power for lifelong and community-wide change.

Come out and enjoy some local flavor while supporting a great organization!


Join neighbors and friends for a night of delicious food, colorful art, and toe-tapping tunes at
Alive in Lewiston: A Celebration of
Local Food, Music, and Art
Friday, November 20th 6:30 pm
Each season Lots to Gardens invites community members, friends, and partners, for an evening of live and local music, locally made art, and a delicious homegrown meal prepared with food grown in community gardens and farms found throughout Lewiston and Maine. This years featured meal will be prepared by our Chef in Residence, Scott Johnson, from the Blair Hill Inn in Greenville ME, and will be made with
hearty autumn fruits and veggies.
Come celebrate la vida local at this fun, family event!

Tickets will be available at the door. They will be sold on a sliding scale from $5-$50 with a suggested minimum donation of $10 for individuals and $25 for families. Please pay what you can.

Proceeds from the event will go to support Lots to Gardens' Programs.

If you think you'd like to attend or would like more information about the event and the work of Lots to Gardens' and the Nutrition Center please contact us at
lotstogardens@gmail.com or 207 513 3844.


Leaves of Life

Artwork by Hanna Tuulikki

June 23rd was the official release date for 'Leaves of Life'.

Leaves of Life is the essential collection of songs by some of today’s most creative Indie Folk musicians. This record brings together unique and contemporary artistic voices to create an evocative and stunning collaboration; with all proceeds from the sales of this record going to benefit important relief programs in Africa, and other communities in great need around the world.

Curated and produced by Buck Curran of the Alt-folk duo Arborea, Leaves of Life features 19 exclusive songs by artists Alela Diane, Devendra Banhart, Marissa Nadler and Black Hole Infinity, Fern Knight, Shanti Curran (Arborea), Rio en Medio, Larkin Grimm, Mi and L’au, Starless and Bible Black, Silver Summit, Micah Blue Smaldone, David Garland, Citay, Big Blood, Mica Jones, Eric Carbonara, Ora Cogan, Cursillistas, and Magic Leaves…along with the beautiful art work of musician Hanna Tuulikki. This project hopes to further inspire people around the world to join in vital artistic and social efforts to make a better life for all of us.

In addition the digital release of the compilation will include special bonus tracks by Jozef van Wissem, Laurent Brondel, Denise Dill, and Plains.

To purchase the cd in the U.S. please visit Darla Records


For purchasing in Europe visit here


All proceeds from the sale of this record go to the World Food Program!

if you would like more information about the world food program please visit: www.friendsofwfp.org

Please help us get the word out about this record compilation- every cd that sells will help!!!

-Buck & Shanti

and the participating shops are.... !

A few days ago, I told you that several Etsy Maine Team members have pledged 15% of their sales from 11/13-11/19 to Preble Street. "Several members" has now turned in to FORTY SIX shops! Here is my email below- feel free to copy and paste it and cross promote!

The Etsy Maine Team is a group of Maine artisans all selling their work on the online marketplace Etsy.com. The team supports, cross promotes, runs promotions, and often takes a few weeks a year to donate a portion of their sales to a worthy cause.
This month, 46 members of the Maine Team are taking one week and donating 15% of all their sales that week to Preble Street, in Portland. The Preble Street organization includes soup kitchens, drop-in shelters, a food pantry, social work services, supported housing, and many other resources for Maine people struggling with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty. You can learn more about them at www.preblestreet.org
Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might want to shop local and support a great cause at the same time. From 11/13 to 11/19, all of the below shops have pledged to donate 15% of their sales to Preble Street:











Folk Art/Skrimshaw





Vintage/Supplies/Digital Arts


Dolls & Miniatures/Plushies

Paper Goods




Home D├ęcor/Ceramics/Pottery

Thanks for reading!


Joint CozInk Show at Guthrie's- Nov. 14th

Arborea is staying busy close to home! Buck and Shanti are playing a show tonight (Nov. 6) at 7:00, at the North Star Cafe in Portland, ME. Portland is a busy town tonight, too, so if you want to head down early, this is the monthly First Friday Art Walk in P-town! Art walk starts at 5ish, and then finish off the night with some live music and good eats at the cafe. Find the cafe online here, and at 225 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.

Also this month, Arborea and Old Man Forest (the latest incarnation of Jessy, Denise, and Jordan's band- formerly known as Tight Light Flight and Sunwell... yes, they are very indecisive) are playing a joint show in their hometown! She Doesn't Like Guthrie's, at 115 Middle Street in Lewiston is hosting both bands live at 9pm on Saturday, Nov. 14th.

Come on out and support local music!