Have lots of fun for a really good cause: The Maine Marimba Ensemble‘s upcoming concert on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at Darrows Barn at DRA Round Top Farm in Damariscotta looks like a really fun time. And the ticket price – $10 at the door – will go to benefit the Meals on Wheels program at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center in Damariscotta.
At first glance, one might understandably think that the main impetus for making “The Home Road” – the brand-new film by Portland-based filmmaker Tonya Shevenell screening at Lincoln Theater on Saturday, Sept. 23 – was to create a historical documentary about the life of Shevenell’s great-great-great-grandfather Israel Shevenell. Israel Shevenell was the first permanent French-Canadian settler in Biddeford and the town’s first French voter. He arrived in Biddeford after walking there from Quebec, Canada to find work in the spring of 1845.
On Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m., the Maine Marimba Ensemble will perform a concert titled “Magic of Marimba,” featuring traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on an assortment of handmade marimbas at Darrows Barn, DRA Round Top Farm, 3 Round Top Lane, Damariscotta.
“The Everyday Gardener,” an exhibition of large paintings by Maine artist Lynn Travis, is on view at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, at 132 Botanical Gardens Drive in Boothbay, through Oct. 31. The gardens and the exhibit are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local printmaker Deborah Kozak will have a collection of her linocut prints on display at Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta from Sunday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 28. These original limited-edition prints — primarily made by the reduction process in which a single block is repeatedly carved — reflect the beauty of Midcoast Maine and include several seascapes and floral works.
Wilde and scenic: There are two things that I find crucial to a good art-viewing experience (in addition to, of course, the presence of good art): adequate lighting and a quiet room. The current exhibit of paintings by Walpole artist Sarah Wilde in the West Gallery of River Arts in Damariscotta, “On the Wilde Side,” hits it on both counts – well, all three, if one counts the fact that Wilde’s art is very good.
Walkers can now ponder classic poetry on a stroll through the woods, thanks to Lincoln Academy librarians Cathi Howell and Jennifer Betts. Over the summer, the Lincoln Academy maintenance crew built and installed signposts and then Howell and Betts added the laminated pages of Robert Frost’s “Poetry for Young People” along the cross-country trails behind the LA baseball field.
Members of the public are invited to join artist Libbie Winslow for a paint night on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship St., Waldoboro. Winslow will guide an acrylic painting session of a seasonal scene of radiant sunflowers. Participants will go home with an original painting to frame or give as a gift.
Mixing work and pleasure: On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 31, one of my colleagues here at The Lincoln County News, reporter Maia Zewert, and I took a 50-minute Hardy Boat trip from New Harbor to spend the day on Monhegan Island, which is part of Lincoln County and, therefore, part of the paper’s coverage area.
The art studio and gallery of painter Alice Boynton is tucked away at the end of a wooded trail near the north end of Monhegan Island, 10 miles off the coast of Maine, but still part of Lincoln County. Like everything else on the picturesque island, the journey to the destination and the destination itself are equally charming.
Stable Gallery’s wrap-up art show of the 2017 season will begin Friday, Sept. 8. The show, titled “Art Harvest,” celebrates the autumn season’s bountifulness. Colorful paintings, lush hand-knitted mittens, painted silk scarves, and wooden bowls are among the many pieces on display.
Maine’s landscapes are some of the most beautiful in the world, and so are Maine’s people. Some of our best-known landscape and abstract artists, including Roberta Goschke, Petrea Noyes, Chris Augusta, Barbara Vanderbilt, and David Peloquin, will bring another aspect of their skills and talents to Tidemark Gallery for ArtWalk Waldoboro on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 4-7 p.m.
Lincoln Theater in the limelight: As readers have no doubt noticed, Lincoln Theater in downtown Damariscotta has been closed for a number of days while the theater’s wood floor is sanded and revarnished. It will reopen in all its new glory on Friday, Sept. 8 with the screening of the 2017 film “The Big Sick.” Based on a true story, the film, which stars Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, is about a Pakistan-born comedian who falls in love with an American grad student. Movie-rating website rottentomatoes.com gives it a whopping 98 percent approval rating on its Tomatometer.
Damariscotta artist Denise Rankin’s work is nothing if not fine. The painter and Shaker basket maker excels in both of her chosen mediums. Luckily for art lovers, Rankin’s whimsical, carefully crafted paintings and equally painstakingly crafted Shaker boxes and trays are on exhibit at The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta through mid-September.
It is a rare treat when fine craftsmanship, artistic sensibility, and history join together in a piece of functional furniture. Currently showing at The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta is a custom table with these features by Louis Charlett, of New Gloucester.