Making pottery in the neighborhood: An exciting thing is happening in the Lincoln County world of pottery-making. Well-known local potter and ceramics teacher Liz Proffetty is on the verge of opening Neighborhood Clay in Damariscotta, a pottery studio that will offer lessons and open studio time as well as a retail space for the sale of artists’ work. Neighborhood Clay will open its doors on Friday, Sept. 1. One can already sign up for classes online.
Jean Kigel weekend show: On Friday, Aug. 4, I got to have a sneak preview of Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel’s upcoming “Eastern Views” art show, which will run from Aug. 11-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Kigel invited me to tour the show, which occupies most of the rooms on two floors of her Waldoboro home at 176 Winslows Mills Road, aka the Brick House Gallery. The opening reception for her 19th annual “Eastern Views” show will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, featuring drinks and snacks (and Kigel!) in Kigel’s lovely, expansive, art-filled house.
The cozy Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta was the setting for River Company’s afternoon presentation on Sunday, Aug. 6 of the comedic Christopher Durang play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the third in a series of six performances. The play is directed by Allison Eddyblouin and dedicated in the program “to the memory of Charlie Waterman,” the co-founder of River Company who passed away July 30.
World-renowned mezzo-soprano and Damariscotta native Kate Aldrich insists she does not get mobbed at, say, Renys or Metcalf’s by Lincoln County residents wanting her to sign autographs. But in bigger cities around the world, Aldrich has been pursued after performances by “fangirls – a very colorful type of person, to put it kindly and mildly,” she said in a recent phone interview from the Alna home she shares with her husband and 6-year-old daughter. “In Asia, it’s crazy.”
Loughridge out and about: I received a press release recently announcing that on Friday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m., The Brunswick Inn, at 165 Park Row in Brunswick, will host a reception for South Bristol artist Sally Loughridge, “whose original paintings have graced the inn’s Carriage House for the last few years.”
Dahmen gets well-deserved props: I had the pleasure of spending time recently with Newcastle artist Jane Dahmen at the cafe at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta (a pleasure on two counts). Dahmen, as some people know, was recently named in Maine Magazine’s fifth annual 50 Mainers issue as one of 50 residents of the Pine Tree State that are “leading by example.”
Good to have friends: Fans of The Harbor Theatre, the cool little one-screen movie theater in Boothbay Harbor, will doubtless be pleased to know that, contrary to what had previously been announced, the theater will not be closing down later this year. As the theater’s website notes, the Friends of The Harbor Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will be stepping in to purchase and operate the theater effective Oct. 1, after the current lease runs out.
Brunswick artist Barbara Bean, a retired clinical social worker, spent a great deal of her pre-work years drawing. During her 30 years as a social worker, she encouraged children with developmental disabilities to draw as a means of self-expression. Since her retirement, Bean has been expressing herself in her home studio for many hours a day. Some of the beautiful results of her long hours indulging her passion for drawing – and painting – currently hang on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta.
Mason on display: I had the pleasure of spending time recently with highly accomplished Nobleboro artist George Mason, who happens to be one of the founders of the fantastic Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle. Mason, who has a background in ceramic architectural tile, was readying dozens of his “relief tapestries,” as he calls his lovely, partially encaustic work, for his open house and studio sale coming up on July 15 and 22 in the huge, light-filled room of the beautifully renovated former church that he calls home.
ArtWalk Waldoboro kicked off for the season Saturday, July 8. Like last year’s ArtWalk, this year’s version features Philippe Guillerm Gallery, the Heywood Gallery, and Tidemark Gallery. But this year, some new stops have been added, most notably Valerie Greene Gallery and Long Winter Soap Co., which, by the looks (and fabulous smell) of it, seems to have mastered the art of soapmaking.
Process art at Shapers: Lil Garcia over at Shapers Fitness Gym in Damariscotta gave me a call the other day to tell me about the new art on the walls of the inviting little gym on School Street. Eight of Lise Aubry’s abstract pieces line the walls of the gym, giving gym-goers something colorful and intriguing to look at as they break a sweat on the treadmill or the elliptical trainer.
“The Boat Show,” a themed art show that opened Friday, June 30 and runs through Sunday, July 23 at Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta, is totally focused on boats and things having to do with boats, as the name of the show implies. It features 22 artists, including gallery owner and painter Will Kefauver.
Every once in a while, an artist comes along whose work captures something about the world in such a refreshing, enlightening way that one is forced to simply stop and look and just say “wow!” The paintings of Bremen artist Michael Blaze Petan fit into this exclusive category. Petan’s must-see “My Neck of the Woods” show currently hangs on the walls of the West Gallery at River Arts in Damariscotta through Wednesday, July 12.
It’s all about the windows: On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 20, Lincoln Theater celebrated the recent installation of its beautifully restored 14-foot windows with a well-attended reception at the theater.