Belfast oil-enamel painter Jon Byrer’s current show on the walls of The Carey Gallery at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta is a lovely reminder that spring is on its way. None of Byrer’s large landscape paintings feature snow. Instead, they offer colorful glimpses of the world as it will look shortly – full of flowers, rushing water, and beautiful skies.
As I write this column, I am wearing green because it is St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. March 17 also marks one year since I started working at The Lincoln County News. I arrived in Maine a year ago March 16 from California, having never set foot in the Pine Tree State before that. But I have to say that I have gotten to know my way around fairly well, especially around the vibrant arts community that exists in Lincoln County. I look forward to the year ahead.
The Lincoln Home in Newcastle was abuzz with local schoolchildren the evening of Wednesday, March 8 as they tugged on parents’ hands to show them their artwork, which hangs in two hallways of the home.
The magic of Mary Poppins: The Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta was the scene of a most energetic and entertaining run-through on the afternoon of Sunday, March 12 of Lincoln County Community Theater’s upcoming production of “Mary Poppins – In Concert.”
One of the nice things about taking in an art show at the Damariscotta River Grill in downtown Damariscotta is that the two-story restaurant has a lot of wall space on which to display a lot of art.
Photographer extraordinaire: I recently had the pleasure of spending time talking with Jefferson photographer Michael Sevon. I learned about Sevon from Anne Plummer, who teaches writing at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta and also oversees the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature. Sevon’s truly fine work is featured in the GSB Alumni Gallery section of the site.
The large number of cars in the parking lot of the Central Lincoln County YMCA in Damariscotta was a clue to the excellent turnout for a four-hour event on Sunday, Feb. 26, when approximately 70 volunteers assembled to pack 20,000 vitamin-fortified meals for distribution to Lincoln County food pantries to help alleviate food insecurity.
Letting in the light: “We had an amazing tour of the window restoration work this morning,” was the first line of an email I received from Lincoln Theater Executive Director Andrew Fenniman on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He and theater board member Ted Silar had just come from visiting Bagala Window Works in Westbrook to see the progress on the restoration of seven of Lincoln Theater’s 14-foot-tall windows. I visited Fenniman at the Damariscotta theater the following day to chat about the project.
Local artist Polly Peckenham’s show of what appear to be linocut prints, along with several color photographs, on the walls of the cafe at Damariscotta’s Rising Tide Community Market is definitely worth a good, long look over a bowl of hot soup or a cup of organic coffee. Her prints, which are not labeled as to their technique, are eye-pleasing. Some are one-color prints and others feature two or more colors, a testament to Peckenham’s skill at printmaking.
Flying Seeds video release: I recently sat down with local musician and empathic healer Emily Sabino to chat about the new video that she and her husband, multi-instrumentalist Lenin Sabino, released on Valentine’s Day. Emily’s mother, as many readers may know, is Newcastle painter Jane Dahmen.
The Carey Gallery at Skidompha Public Library can be counted on for hosting excellent art shows – and the current show on its walls is no exception. The exhibit, which runs through Tuesday, Feb. 28, features the artwork of a number of seventh- and eighth-graders attending Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta.
The artist in winter: Walpole oil painter Susan Bartlett Rice currently has a lovely exhibit of 10 of her winter paintings on display at the Bristol Area Library. A mixture of landscape and wildlife paintings, the cheery show brightens the section of the library where it hangs.
GSB raises the bar: I recently heard about the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature, a new website for artists of all kinds at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta. Its mission, as stated on the site, is “to provide a performance platform for the GSB learning community.
Coastal Kids Preschool in Damariscotta recently received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, making the school a Maine Roads to Quality level-four program, the highest designation offered by the state’s early care and education professional network.
Upon entering the brand-new location of Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop at 17 Backstreet Landing in Damariscotta, one immediately feels welcomed. The spacious, warmly carpeted interior features row upon row of books, with ample space between rows so as to not seem crowded. Tucked into corners of the various rooms of the new book shop are pairs of chairs for cozy sitting and conversation, including two inviting chairs and a table in front of the shop’s working fireplace, and tiny, kid-sized chairs in the roomy children’s section. In what used to be the kitchen of the former restaurant, chairs encircle a large table in what has been cleverly designated as the book shop’s cookbook section.