Approximately 20 people turned out for a free afternoon talk on Friday, Aug. 10 by author Rivera Sun at the Midcoast Outreach and Peace Center at the Friends Meetinghouse in Damariscotta. Sun has written a number of books, including “The Dandelion Insurrection” and “The Roots of Resistance.” She was invited to speak by Coastal Senior College’s Challenge of Change dialogue group.
Low-key celeb in our midst: The list of musical artists that play an instrument designed by Nobleboro stringed-instrument designer extraordinaire Ned Steinberger is literally a who’s-who list of musical talents. Avant-garde legend Laurie Anderson, jazz musician Michal Urbaniak, bassist/cellist Tony Levin, South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo, and bassists Eric Mingus (son of Charles Mingus) and Jamaaladeen Tacuma are just several names on a fairly lengthy list (viewable at thinkns.com) of highly accomplished musicians who prefer Steinberger’s unique, finely crafted, headless electric instruments – violins, cellos, and basses, both bass guitars and uprights.
One only has to venture down School Street in Damariscotta a short distance off Main Street to see the work of mixed media artist Lyndon Delano. His work can be viewed at two venues on the street, in fact. Delano currently has an art show up at Shapers Fitness Gym, which runs through the month of August. He also recently started a small gallery at her home, across the street from Shapers.
Waldoboro artist Philippe Guillerm is widely known for his beautiful wood sculptures featuring found wood meticulously carved to resemble musical instruments. Guitars and members of the violin family are favorites of his.
Floorcloth revival: Walpole painter and herbalist Susan Connery had put some literature about painted floorcloths in a cabinet about 25 years ago, telling herself, “I want to do that.”
Boats!: It is definitely the time of year for boats. On the water, on boat trailers on the way to water – and at “The Boat Show” at Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta.
William Emrich, a summer resident of Damariscotta from Tampa, Fla., recently released a new book, “Have Racquet, Will Travel,” published by Haley’s, of Athol, Mass. It is the retiree’s second book, the first being “Wild Maine Adventure,” his 2016 book that tells the story of how he fulfilled a dream by building a secluded off-grid cabin on a pond in the Maine woods.
Voigt in the spotlight: I got to spend time recently with Whitefield actress Elise K. Voigt, the delightful person who plays the role of Maria in the upcoming Bath Shakespeare Festival and Camden Shakespeare Festival productions of the well-loved Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night,” directed by Stephen Legawiec. This is Voigt’s second season with the festivals, having debuted last summer in their productions of “Much Ado About Nothing.”
The Monhegan Museum of Art & History first opened its doors in 1968. “At that time, it was just a few rooms on the first floor of the lightkeeper’s house,” said Ed Deci, who has been the director of the museum since 1983.
A fun new little art gallery: “You’re going to love it!” Those were the words of local artist Elaine Eskesen, speaking exuberantly on the phone after telling me about the new art gallery inside Pine Tree Yarns, her little shop in downtown Damariscotta.
The paintings of longtime Monhegan summer resident Joan Harlow offer an intimate look at life on the island. From “Bedroom Curtain,” a peek outside through the bedroom window of Harlow’s Monhegan cottage, to “Kitchen Doorway I” and “Kitchen Doorway II,” to outdoors-focused pieces such as “Wrangling the Sheep” and “Jamming on the Porch,” Harlow’s artwork gives the viewer a strong sense of what it must be like to live on Monhegan Island, to engage in various island activities or simply to enjoy watching them take place.
Congratulations, Lincoln Theater!: I traveled out to Monhegan Island last Friday, June 22 and took in a fair amount of art – the new shows up at The Island Inn and the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, and the pottery, sculptures, and jewelry at Edison Studio.
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.