A Nordone Christmas: Damariscotta artist and musician Kathi Nordone has been busy lately. She recently concluded a series of performance dates at The Bradley Inn in New Harbor. Then she moved into artist mode and operated a booth selling her original Christmas cards at the Central Lincoln County YMCA’s Holiday Bazaar.
Currently, she’s showing (and selling) her artwork at Kefauver Studio & Gallery, at 144 Bristol Road in Damariscotta, as part of “The Little Holiday Show.” The show also features the work of a number of other local artists, including watercolorist Jan Kilburn, oil painter Liliana Thelander, and sculptor Marnie Sinclair. In addition to her pretty watercolors, Nordone is offering cute little “chipadee” ornaments – small circles of wood with festive paintings on them – at the gallery, as well as her “Christmas Love” greeting cards.
Nordone also informed me that she is sketching custom Christmastime portraits, of both people and buildings. Nordone’s “Precious Face” portraits go for $20 (per face), and her “Precious Home” and “Favorite Place” portraits run from $25-$40.
New gallery doing well: I received an email the other day announcing that Down East Gallery, at 146 Boothbay Road in Edgecomb, had a great first season.
“We are very grateful for the support this first year and thank all of you who stopped by to visit the farmhouse gallery, take in the scenic vistas, or enjoy music and arts in the post-and-beam barn,” wrote gallery owners Brad and Danielle Betts.
Down East Gallery is offering holiday specials, such as 20 percent off on all paintings, a special on holiday miniatures, and an artisan pop-up gallery featuring items made of clay, glass, wood, metal, stone, and more. The 3-D wood sculptures of Andre Benoit are among the pieces offered at the pop-up gallery. (Benoit is currently showing his creative, entertaining work at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 170 Main St., Damariscotta.)
Down East Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 23. Find the gallery online at downeastgallery.wordpress.com.
DIY Christmas cards: South Bristol artist Joy Vaughan is offering a silkscreen workshop at her studio from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Attendees will learn to make greeting cards.
Or, as Vaughan put it in her email: “What can you expect from this workshop? You will leave with satisfying images on cards that you can then send to friends. You’ll meet interesting people; you’ll exercise your brain in a new way. You’ll learn a technique or two. You’ll be surprised by something that happens while here.
“Many people remember learning silkscreen and being frustrated by the tedium and exactitude of it. Joy will show you a much more free way to create a silkscreen print.”
The cost for the workshop is $75, which includes all materials except cards and envelopes, which are 10 cents each.
Contact Vaughan at email@example.com or 644-8267.
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