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.”
Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta is calling for artists to participate in its “Rock ‘n’ Wave” art show, running from Aug. 18 through Sept. 10. This show will celebrate the rugged coastlines and crashing surf of Midcoast Maine, so submitted works should be in keeping with that theme.
Tom Raymond began turning wood bowls in high school and bought his first lathe in 1949. Turning was put on hold while he was in the U.S. Navy and then worked full time as an engineer. Raymond began full-time woodworking after retiring to Damariscotta in 1995. The contrasting wood colors in his segmented designs are unique.
Gold/Smith Gallery in Boothbay Harbor is proud to present the newest works of John Wissemann from July 27 to Aug. 30. There will be an opening reception for Wissemann at the gallery from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at which can meet the artist and enjoy this marvelous collection of creativity.
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For the Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. These longtime pillars of the bluegrass world were recently invited to record for Smithsonian Folkways. On Friday, Aug. 4, Grammy-nominated Seldom Scene will be seen and heard on the stage of the historic Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
As we head into August, in the heart of the dog days of summer, we have celebrations, movies, musicals, and plays. Add to these the twins of air conditioning and ice cream from the concession stand and who could ask for anything more?
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.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is playing this week at The Harbor Theatre.
Award-winning author Diane B. Saxton will hold a book-signing at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop, 158 Main St., Damariscotta on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.
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.
Doublet Design, located on Wiscasset’s Creamery Pier, is hosting the second in the SHED Talks at Dusk series on Thursday, July 27, 8:30 p.m., following the Wiscasset Art Walk. Local ceramic artist Juliette Walker will exhibit and discuss her work with the public.
Time is running out to see Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s production of “Into the Woods.” One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular works, “Into the Woods” is a musically sophisticated epic fairy tale about wishes, family, and the choices people make.
Linda Porter has written a children’s book, “Angus Tapangus from Kangamangus, a Good, Good Boy,” and will do a reading and book-signing at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop, located at 162 Main St. in Damariscotta, on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m.
Paul Sherman and Liliana Thelander are two of the talented artists whose work can be seen at Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol this summer. They both use familiar objects and landscapes as jumping-off points for meticulous compositions that are exciting and personal rather than simply photographic.
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.