Benoit at Sotheby’s: Sue Jones over at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Damariscotta called me the other day to give me a heads-up about a cool new show that is running there through the end of April 2018: Boothbay Harbor wood-sculpture artist Andre Benoit’s “Abstraction and Representation Within and Outside the Drawer” exhibit.
I have not yet viewed Benoit’s exhibit in person, but I have seen photographs of some of his pieces and they are whimsical and fun to look at. Benoit uses found wood and wooden objects – from the beach, from dismantled houses, and from broken furniture – to create his assemblage work.
Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 170 Main St., Damariscotta. Check out Benoit’s work during office hours, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An opening reception will be held for the show on Saturday, Nov. 25 from noon to 3 p.m., during the Villages of Light celebration.
A poem about giving: The following poem was written by Alberto Rios, who was named Arizona’s inaugural state poet laureate in 2013:
When Giving Is All We Have
One river gives
Its journey to the next.
We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.
We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it –
Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:
Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.
You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me
What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give – together, we made
Something greater from the difference.
A quote about giving thanks: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – President John F. Kennedy
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