Samuel James kicks off SPArC Lecture Series with blues performance

Portland singer-songwriter Samuel James will perform at Saint Joseph’s College on September 27, the first event in this fall’s Speakers, Performers, Artists and Culture (SPArC) Lecture Series.

The music of Samuel James has been described as a cross between Bill Withers, James Brown and Tom Waits. He has performed from Maine to California, and has played shows across the globe, including in England, Germany, France, Norway, Belgium, Poland and Turkey. James was the winner of Portland Phoenix’s 2012 Best Music Poll in the R&B/Soul/Blues Act category. James will perform at 12 p.m. on the college’s central lawn.

SPArC continues on October 24 when Lauren Fensterstock, a Maine-based visual artist, writer and curator, visits for a 6 p.m. lecture in room 128 in Harold Alfond Hall. Fensterstock’s work draws from the history of garden design to explore cultural position in the perception of natural environments. Her artwork has been featured in exhibitions at the John Michael Kohler Art Center, The Contemporary Austin museum, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Design, and the Portland Museum of Art, among others.

On November 13 Mauricio Handler visits the college for a 12 p.m. presentation. Handler is a marine photojournalist, natural history filmmaker and an expedition leader. For many years he was a part of National Geographic’s premier underwater photography team. Handler’s presentation will take place in room 224 in Harold Alfond Hall.

Hosted by Saint Joseph’s Art Department, SPArC stimulates artistic discourse in the Lakes Region by creating an interdisciplinary platform that brings creative professionals to campus to share their work and lead discussions. All SPArC events are free and open to the public. For more information on the series, contact Chris Sullivan at

September 18, 2013
Contact: David Svenson at 207-893-7723 ·