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.
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.