At 7 a.m. on Monday, April 17, an amazing thing happened: a male vermilion flycatcher was sighted at Maine Audubon’s Hog Island in Muscongus Bay in Bremen. What is additionally amazing about the first verifiable sighting in Maine of this brightly colored little bird that normally inhabits such places as Texas, Arizona, and Mexico is that it was a webcam operator in Germany who first spotted the bird.
Watercolor mosaicist: “He’s got all these little islands of color that you can only see up close, but from a distance they make up a cohesive picture.” Those are the words of local painter Polly Steadman, gushing over the work of Damariscotta watercolor artist Paul Sherman at the well-attended April 21 opening reception for Sherman’s show currently on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions, 11 Water St., Damariscotta.
It is always nice when businesses use their publicly accessible space to display art. Kudos to First National Bank in downtown Damariscotta for doing just that with the colorful wood-assemblage-on-board pieces created by seasoned Newcastle artist, designer, and architect Jack Hanson. Hanson’s “Maine Icons” exhibit is on display inside the bank through the end of April.
Nobleboro beekeeper, master gardener, and certified horticulturist Jean Vose will share her extensive knowledge of honeybees and other pollinators – and the gardens one can plant to attract them – during two talks she will give at Ladies Day on Saturday, April 22 at Damariscotta Hardware.
“By far the greatest number of my poems speak from the heart of a child. That’s probably why students relate to them so well; but adults do too, which makes me suspect that the child we were is still very much alive within each of us.” – South Bristol poet Arden G. Thompson, in the introduction to her 1989 book “Watching Ants.”
Damariscotta artist Keith Plummer is a busy guy these days. I was lucky to pin down a recent phone interview with the talented bone-and-metal sculptor as he was in the midst of reopening his landscaping business for the season, installing a show at Art Space in Rockland, and getting ready to go on vacation with his family, which includes his wife, Great Salt Bay Community School writing teacher Anne Plummer.
Local photographer Anna Shaw’s current show on the walls of Shapers Fitness Gym in Damariscotta, like the one she exhibited there last year, is a delight for gym-goers as well as for visitors dropping in to see the art. Unlike last year’s show, though, which worked around the theme of memory, nostalgia, and place, Shaw’s new show is a simply a collection of pieces that she likes.
As I promised before I left on vacation, Great Salt Bay Community School reporter Caitlin Cass is debuting her monthly column-within-my-column in this issue of The Lincoln County News.
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.