Orpheum Local Artist Series Features Amy Middleton

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

Topics: Local Theater , local artist , local film

Artist and teacher Amy Middleton.

     On Friday, May 13 at 5 p.m. the Chatham Orpheum Theater will celebrate local artist and Chatham Elementary School teacher Amy Middleton with a free Local Artist Series event.
The event will begin with a meet and greet followed by a screening of a documentary film about Middleton, and the evening will finish with a Q&A session with the artist. Middleton’s art will be showcased, along with the artwork of her students.
     “Amy Middleton couldn’t be a more gracious and wonderful person,” said Orpheum Theater Executive Director Kevin McLain. “The event will include the screening of a short documentary shot and directed by (theater manager) Geoff Bassett. The film was shot at the elementary school, and Amy’s students are included along with their artwork. Their art will be on display at the theater, along with Amy’s. It’s a wonderful event for the students, the teachers and everyone in the community.”
     Middleton said this is her first showing at the Orpheum. When she was approached by Colleen Murphy with the idea, she was positively thrilled.
     “The Orpheum is a very special place for my family, as we go to many movies there,” Middleton said. “I’m so grateful that it was restored back to a theater. I distinctly remember seeing ‘The Bad News Bears’ there in the summer of 1976.”
     Middleton explained that in addition to her position as art teacher at Chatham Elementary School, she also teaches privately and at both the Creative Arts Center and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. She is also the director of christian education across the street from the Orpheum at the First Congregational Church.
     “I’m so happy the Orpheum wanted to showcase the work of my talented students,” Middleton said. “Teaching art is one of the greatest joys of my life. It’s a privilege to work with children who jump right into making art with great creativity, imagination and perseverance. I think folks will be pretty blown away by the quality of their work. They are the real stars of the show and I’m so happy to be hanging my work alongside theirs!”