Getting into the arts at Buzz Maine: Things are happening over at Buzz Maine, the cool cafe and collaborative co-working space at 133 Main St. in Damariscotta. B
If one Googles the term “fine art,” one comes up with two definitions: 1) “creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content,” and 2) “an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.” The work of Wiscasset artist and master printmaker R. Keith Rendall qualifies as fine art on both accounts. His meticulous copper-plate etchings of landscapes are fascinating; his paintings are colorful, imaginative, and playful; and his massive woodcuts of wildlife are no less than stunningly beautiful.
McKane’s Maine: Talented Wiscasset filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane is accepting preorders for his forthcoming film, “Speedway Maine,” a 110-minute feature documentary due out July 1 that tells the story of more than 100 years of auto racing in Maine. The film features current footage from raceways around the state, and also “showcases scarcely seen films from the 1940s through the ’90s,” McKane said.
The work of Walpole painter Susan Bartlett Rice is beautiful. In early 2017, Rice displayed a small collection of winter-inspired paintings at the Bristol Area Library. She currently has a fairly large exhibit of landscape and wildlife paintings on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta. This is sure to delight her fans – and to create new fans for her lovely work.
For the second year in a row, Aris Farm, a 44-acre working horse farm in Walpole, will be the setting for an evening of original plays presented by four members of a theater group from Winston-Salem, N.C.
Braley off Broadway: I chatted recently with Lincoln Academy Director of Communications and Community Engagement Jenny Mayher about the arts scene at Lincoln Academy, and she eagerly told me about the success of LA drama teacher Griff Braley’s three-week-long Eagle Term class called “Just Off Broadway,” which wraps up Friday, June 9.
Celebrating America through art: I had the pleasure of spending time with Damariscotta artist Franciska Needham last week as she was readying her Water Street gallery for its May 27 season opening featuring her exhibit titled “America the Beautiful,” which runs through Friday, July 14.
In 1998, an enormous pile of charred and decaying wood that was the remains of a beautiful four-masted schooner named the Hesper was taken from the Wiscasset waterfront, where it had sat since 1932, to the dump.
Damariscotta artist Marnie Sinclair, whose art gallery and studio is one of the four Bristol Road Galleries, is known for her bronze sculptures, her pastel drawings, and, increasingly, her environmentally focused artwork. Since April 21, Sinclair’s work has been on display at the home of her friend Deb Poor, who turned the lower floor of her beautiful two-story house in Newcastle into an art gallery for Sinclair’s show, which is titled “Balance & Imbalance.”
The energy was running high at the May 2 dress rehearsal for Hearts Ever Young’s upcoming annual show – this year titled “Love That Song” – at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. Local pianist Sean Fleming, the group’s musical director since 2012, led the large cast of men and women through a lively program of vocal and dance numbers, beginning with show-opener “Another Op’nin’, Another Show” from the popular musical “Kiss Me Kate.”
New blood at River Arts: “I’m new to River Arts,” said Pemaquid painter Alice de Mauriac when I caught up with her recently in the West Gallery of Damariscotta’s River Arts.
Tiny houses made of leaves, moss, pine cones, and rocks were recently constructed inside the glass-top jewelry cases at Peapod Jewelry in Edgecomb.
By 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, a small crowd had gathered near the flagpole at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. The occasion was the celebration of the recent completion of a Wabanaki birchbark canoe in the school’s Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center, a project that was led by Wellington master canoe-builder Steve Cayard.
She’s back: It’s that time again – time for guest columnist Caitlin Cass, the school reporter at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta, to offer readers her interesting, well-informed take on the lively arts scene at her school.
The 2003 play “Eurydice,” written by prominent New York City playwright Sarah Ruhl, is – as New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood put it – a “devastatingly lovely” modern take on the myth of Orpheus, only from the point of view of his wife, Eurydice. Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s upcoming production of “Eurydice,” opening Thursday, April 27 at Lincoln Academy’s Parker B. Poe Theater, does great justice to Ruhl’s lovely, moving work about love, death, memory, and the power of language.