A different perspective: One of the several hats that I wear here at The Lincoln County News is that of copy editor. I edit the many press releases that the paper receives. Recently, one from Gold/Smith Gallery in Boothbay Harbor caught my attention.
Art and reverence: I get tips on a fairly regular basis about cool art that I should check out, tips that I take seriously and that I appreciate. Recently, I was told by two people whose artistic taste I have a great deal of respect for — Newcastle ceramicist Liz Proffetty, who heads up Neighborhood Clay in Damariscotta, and Bremen painter Michael Blaze Petan – to take a look at the current show, “Convergence,” up in the West Gallery at River Arts in Damariscotta. They both thought that I would like it.
‘Re-visioning’ local theater: I recently got to hang out in the cafe at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta with Torie DeLisle and Mallory Adams (and Adams’ very cute and cooperative baby, Willow). Many people know DeLisle as the development director at Skidompha Library and Adams as president of the River Company Board of Directors.
Fantastic Ms. Fox: Bristol painter Judy Nixon recently gave me a heads-up about the art show currently up in the Hall Gallery at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta featuring the work of Durham artist Annette Fox.
Thumbs-up weekend: So, it’s fair to say that I had an excellent weekend. It began Saturday morning, May 19, when I got myself out of bed very early to head down to Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater from my home in Whitefield to watch the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the big screen at 7 a.m. (I am an unabashed Anglophile, with a particular fascination for the goings-on of the royal family. Don’t ask me why; that’s just the way it is.)
Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit voters approved all 18 articles up for consideration during the budget-adoption meeting Thursday, May 17 in the Chelsea Elementary School gymnasium.
The town of Alna’s petition to amend the RSU 12 Reorganization Plan to restrict K-8 school choice will go to voters in the district’s seven towns June 12.
A.J. Clark in the house: Every now and then, there’s the proverbial gem hidden right before one’s eyes. Or in the case of Amber Clark – aka A.J. Clark, her self-described “art persona” name – in plain sight in the office next to mine here at The Lincoln County News. Clark is the LCN’s web and graphic designer. She is also the brains and talent behind a new art-focused stream on live-streaming video platform Twitch.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, the Maine Pottery Tour marked its seventh year. During this statewide annual celebration of Maine ceramicists and their art, members of the public have the opportunity to travel from one participating pottery studio to another to meet the artists, take in their beautiful and varied wares, and, in a number of cases, try their hand at a little pottery-making themselves.
How many times have you driven past Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro and wished you could grow plants as pretty as the ones sold there — and keep them alive and thriving?
Rice at PWA: Walpole oil painter Susan Bartlett Rice’s current show, “Blooms and Loons,” at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office in Damariscotta, is a special treat. Not only does the exhibit, which runs through Friday, June 8, feature a collection of Rice’s striking outdoor-focused paintings in more than the usual two rooms of the PWA’s office-gallery, it also boasts an 8-by-10-foot mural on the outside of the building.
LA student art at River Arts: Wow! I attended the closing reception on Thursday, April 26 for the recent show at River Arts gallery in Damariscotta featuring the multifaceted art exhibition of Lincoln Academy art students, and I’ll just say it again – wow!
Visitors to Peapod Jewelry, in Edgecomb, will notice that changes are afoot. In addition to the newly installed beach-themed displays in the shop’s jewelry cases, one also notices that the showroom seems cozier – and there is a large demarcated space near the jewelry-making studio that appears destined for some purpose.
Painting in snowstorms: Samantha Merrill held up a small acrylic painting of an ocean scene. “This I painted during a snowstorm when I had nothing else to do. I wanted something with waves and it just kind of happened,” she told me recently.
A discussion of Alna’s petition to amend the RSU 12 Reorganization Plan to restrict K-8 school choice in Alna dominated the RSU 12 Board of Directors meeting at Chelsea Elementary School on Thursday, April 12.