New blood at River Arts: “I’m new to River Arts,” said Pemaquid painter Alice de Mauriac when I caught up with her recently in the West Gallery of Damariscotta’s River Arts.
Tiny houses made of leaves, moss, pine cones, and rocks were recently constructed inside the glass-top jewelry cases at Peapod Jewelry in Edgecomb.
By 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, a small crowd had gathered near the flagpole at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. The occasion was the celebration of the recent completion of a Wabanaki birchbark canoe in the school’s Cable-Burns Applied Technology and Engineering Center, a project that was led by Wellington master canoe-builder Steve Cayard.
She’s back: It’s that time again – time for guest columnist Caitlin Cass, the school reporter at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta, to offer readers her interesting, well-informed take on the lively arts scene at her school.
The 2003 play “Eurydice,” written by prominent New York City playwright Sarah Ruhl, is – as New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood put it – a “devastatingly lovely” modern take on the myth of Orpheus, only from the point of view of his wife, Eurydice. Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s upcoming production of “Eurydice,” opening Thursday, April 27 at Lincoln Academy’s Parker B. Poe Theater, does great justice to Ruhl’s lovely, moving work about love, death, memory, and the power of language.
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.