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.”
Members of the public are invited to join the community at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm in Somerville for the second annual Fiddlin’ in the Field concert and contradance. Held under a tent overlooking the back fields, the concert provides a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the land while celebrating community.
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle invites visitors to its 32-acre campus for Salad Days, an annual celebration of local food and handcrafted ceramics, on Saturday, July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This art- and craft-filled festival features a picnic buffet of fresh salads prepared by area chefs, and guests enjoy their meals on handmade ceramic plates they can keep.
Original watercolors by artist Richard Butterfield can be seen at the First National Bank, at 223 Main St. in Damariscotta, for the month of July. Butterfield has been a serious watercolorist for over 30 years and is grateful for the gift of painting. He spends the summer in Jefferson and winters in Williamsburg, Va.
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.
Gleason Fine Art’s July show, “Kevin Beers: Points of Light,” began June 28 and will run through July 31, with a reception for Beers on First Friday, July 6, from 5-7 p.m. As always, the public is invited to stop by the gallery, have a glass of beer or wine, and chat with Beers, one of the gallery’s most engaging artists.
“Down Along the Cove,” an original project written and directed by Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s artistic director, Griff Braley, closes this weekend with three evening performances in the Parker B. Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle Thursday-Saturday, July 5-7.
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.
Inn Along the Way is pleased to help Edgecomb author Lisa Steele-Maley launch her new book at a garden party in its barn on Thursday, July 12 from 5-6 p.m.
Landscape painter Thomas C. Adkins will hold open studio hours Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 13 from 4-7 p.m., when members of the public are invited for cocktails and to meet the artist at 102 Back Shore Road, Round Pond (Bristol).
Movies are now playing at Harbor Theater seven days a week at 7 p.m., and also there are Sunday afternoon matinees at 2 p.m.
Wiscasset Middle High School is proud to join with the Wiscasset Art Walk by showcasing local works in a pop-up art gallery at 64 Main St. in Wiscasset on Thursday, June 28 from 5-8 p.m.
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.