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.
The next principal of Whitefield Elementary School was the principal of Nobleboro Central School for a decade and has long connections to Lincoln County.
Loving the LC arts scene: I am on a roll. Or, rather, Lincoln County’s arts scene is on one.
Downtown lowdown: Things are quickly heating up on the downtown Damariscotta art scene. In my last column, I wrote about amazing artist (and very nice person) Phoebe Dean, who recently began working at Buzz Maine. Now, I am just as excited to tell readers about self-taught Thomaston wood artist Rob Jones and his wife, Barbie Jones, who opened Wooden Alchemy last Wednesday, April 4 in the Main Street space formerly occupied by River Gallery.