Charles Stuart’s brand-new documentary film “Into the Light,” set to screen Saturday, Feb. 17 at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, is “a riveting story and an uplifting film about the stigma and shame surrounding mental health in this country,” said the 73-year-old Nobleboro filmmaker in a recent interview at a local cafe.
Art of the square: “I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since we first met at my art display at the Bristol Area Library,” Walpole artist Susan Bartlett Rice told me in a recent email. Indeed, a year has gone by since Rice’s last Bristol exhibit, and now she has a new exhibit at the same library, which runs through the end of February.
Welcome, McGrory & Wolf: I had mentioned to several people last year, after attending ArtWalk Waldoboro, that the art scene in Waldoboro seemed to be picking up steam. The addition of Valerie Greene Studio, for one, to the excellent local lineup was exciting.
The full parking lot at the Alna town office the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 31 was an indicator that the meeting of the Alna Board of Selectmen might be a lively one, and it did not disappoint.
Art and hobnobbing at the Grill: Last week, I stopped by the Wednesday opening reception at Damariscotta River Grill for the new art show there, featuring the work of 16 local artists in the Pemaquid Group of Artists.
Whitefield Elementary School teacher Karen McCormick’s classroom was abuzz with activity on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 19, when members of the Whitefield National Junior Honor Society and volunteer seamstresses from the community gathered after school to make fabric hearts for delivery to the neonatal intensive care unit at Maine Medical Center in Portland. The event was part of the honor society’s Preemie Project, which is in its third year.
Catching up with Lincoln Theater: I was having lunch the other day at King Eider’s Pub in Damariscotta with a couple of my LCN co-workers and had the pleasure of running into Lincoln Theater Executive Director Andrew Fenniman there as I was leaving. We started chatting about what’s going on at the theater, a conversation that needed more time than I had (since I had to get back to the workplace), so I asked him to please lay it out for me in an email.
Repurposing with style: I recently checked out Union printmaker Kathy Felch’s “Upcycled and Repurposed” show in the Hall Gallery at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus, 35 Miles St., Damariscotta.
A public meet-and-greet event with the three stars of the DIY Network show “Maine Cabin Masters” will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22 in the bar upstairs at Damariscotta River Grill, 155 Main St., Damariscotta. The event will feature light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Glidden Point Oyster Farms in Edgecomb is the focus of an upcoming episode of the popular DIY Network show “Maine Cabin Masters,” now in its second season. “Oyster Farm Shack,” which was filmed in Lincoln County over the course of several months in spring of last year, will first air Monday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m.
For 40-plus years, Newcastle painter Helen Warner largely devoted herself to a nursing career. Retirement afforded her the time to focus on her watercolor and oil painting. Her nature-focused oils and watercolors were the subject of a summer 2016 exhibit at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office-gallery in Damariscotta.
Joy Vaughan and the art of journaling: South Bristol artist Joy Vaughan currently has an intriguing show up in The Carey Gallery at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta consisting of 53 pages from her daily art journal. A number of them, as one might guess, have writing on them.
Nature is art outside my window: My office window here at The Lincoln County News in Newcastle looks out onto the trailhead of the Great Salt Bay Preserve Heritage Trail. Every now and then, after an extended period of looking at a computer screen, I like to walk across Mills Road and down the trail a little way, through trees that are currently standing in fairly deep snow.
The music on Lena Rich’s engaging new full-length CD falls somewhere between indie rock and indie folk, as the 19-year-old Edgecomb singer-songwriter pointed out in a recent interview – hence the album’s title, “Something in Between.” “Something in Between” is also the name of the CD’s title track, a catchy, insistent rocker about an unsettled love relationship.
Whitefield Elementary School parents expressed concern about the school’s leadership and response to incidents of bullying and a Whitefield representative to the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit Board of Directors floated the idea of withdrawal from the district during a board meeting at Chelsea Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 14.