This is what I’m talking about: “I love to hear from readers.” I sign off my column each week with those words. And I mean it.
And I am happy to say that some readers respond. One of those people is Round Pond oil and woodcut artist Sally DeLorme Pedrick, whose recent letter I photographed for this column.
Pedrick sent me, in an autumn-evoking burnt-orange envelope adorned with four colorful stamps and nice handwriting, a two-page letter and an invitation (also burnt-orange) to her upcoming art show and reception at her studio.
Pedrick told me that she reads “Lincoln County Artsbeat” every week. (Thanks!) She said, “I hope that you will stop by in Round Pond to see the current show.” (I will!)
Pedrick’s studio is called The Library Art Studio at Munro Brook, so named “because most titles are from literature,” she said. It is located at 1467 State Route 32, Round Pond (Bristol). The opening reception for her new show, “A Mirrored Age,” featuring the mirror images of woodcuts, will take place from 3-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3. Call Pedrick for more details: 529-2345.
Dwelling in the creative zone: I subscribe to Dwell, a magazine focused on modern architecture and design. The theme of the November/December issue is “Visionary Design,” and it features, among other interesting articles, a piece on modern blacksmithing in Alberta, Canada and a story about an 850-square-foot 1950s-era house in Culver City, Calif. singlehandedly, creatively, and beautifully renovated by a woman on a tight budget.
Dwell Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron’s words introducing the issue struck me, as they can apply to anyone attempting a creative project, not just one related to building or renovating a house:
“The biggest mistake is believing that something daunting must be impossible, or – this is even worse – that you are not up to the task.
“Making an impact is not guaranteed. Mistakes are OK. If you’re hoping for admiration from others, try to let that go. Caring what others think is poison to the creative mind. Trust your gut, and please yourself first. Others may not like your style, your choices, your ideas. Who cares? Your project is not for them. It’s for you.
“There are many voices that will tell you why something can’t be done. Never allow your own voice to be among them.”
Tidbits: We have a new column from Skidompha Library in Damariscotta starting in this week’s LCN, “Skidompha Skoop.” Great name and interesting column.
Sheepscot General, at 98 Town House Road in Whitefield, is hosting its Holiday Bazaar on Friday, Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m., featuring gifts, crafts, and food. This event also coincides with Sheepscot General’s Pizza Night, which draws in a throng of people every week for the amazingly delicious pizzas that are turned out. In addition to a large array of possible toppings, there’s always a special pizza (corn chowder pizza, anyone?) that has never failed to cause this columnist a huge amount of bliss.
I got a call the other day from a friendly man from Ireland named John B. O’Leary who told me about the great live music at Sarah’s Cafe in Wiscasset. O’Leary raved about blues musician Dave Gagne, who performs at Sarah’s on Mondays from 5-8 p.m. Check it out!
(Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or write me a letter in care of The Lincoln County News, P.O. Box 36, Damariscotta, ME 04543. I love to hear from readers.)