Loughridge out and about: I received a press release recently announcing that on Friday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m., The Brunswick Inn, at 165 Park Row in Brunswick, will host a reception for South Bristol artist Sally Loughridge, “whose original paintings have graced the inn’s Carriage House for the last few years.” This, it seemed to me, was good news, given the fact that Loughridge, as many of her fellow artists know, suffered a stroke while driving in August of last year, resulting in a catastrophic motor-vehicle accident that resulted in many months recovering from many fractures. “Consequently, I was not able to paint as much during the winter as usual or to attend to show opportunities,” Loughridge told me. “But now I am back to painting with vigor. Art continues to serve a very healing role in my life.”
“Exhibiting widely in the Midcoast for over 16 years, Sally paints natural scenes that resonate emotionally and visually with her,” the press release continued. “She is particularly drawn to shapes and shifts of light and shadow, whether falling on blueberry barrens, rock formations, or intersections of sky and sea.
“In a sense, I always have a show there!” Loughridge said of The Brunswick Inn. “My paintings have filled the common area of the Carriage House of The Brunswick Inn for the last four years. Additionally, there are also usually four or five pieces hanging in the main living area of the inn itself. There are now 18 paintings in total in these spaces.”
Loughridge said she was asked to show there about four years ago by another artist who had previously exhibited there. “Since then, the inn’s owner, Eileen Horner, has asked that I continue to show my work there. Over these few years, I have sold many paintings there. I enjoy having these oil and soft pastel paintings hang in such an elegant-yet-comfortable setting.”
In Lincoln County, Loughridge is currently showing her fine artwork at Pemaquid Art Gallery and South Bristol Fine Art & Antiques. She also has work up at Mast Cove Galleries in Kennebunkport and she will have a number of pieces on exhibit at Archipelago in Rockland throughout the month of September.
Stop by The Brunswick Inn on Aug. 11 and say hi to Loughridge. I know she will be happy to see everyone who comes by.
Learn more about Loughridge’s art at sallyloughridge.com.
Another reason to love Lincoln Theater: Lincoln Theater Executive Director Andrew Fenniman recently told me about something very cool that the theater now offers. “Certified aides with identification are provided free admission to movies when accompanying a client,” he wrote in a recent email. “For live performances, free admission is also provided, based on seat availability.” If a show is sold out, the theater reserves the right to give priority to paying customers. Call 563-3424 with any questions.
McKane rocks the track: By now, readers know I am a big fan of Wiscasset filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane. McKane’s recently released film, “Speedway Maine,” will debut at Wiscasset Speedway on Friday, Aug. 4 at a 6-10 p.m. event featuring a large movie screen on the track, race cars and memorabilia, food, and live music from the Dyer Neck Gang. Sounds pretty much like a must-attend event to me.
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