Linda Shepard made traditional quilts for years before taking lessons with Susan Carlson in fabric collage. “Using fabric for the palette allows for a playful and liberating way to work with this medium,” Shepard said. “The technique is much like making a mosaic. I let the imagery and design elements build spontaneously, intuitively, without the interference of a predetermined result. In this way, I am often surprised by the direction a piece takes.”
Boothbay Harbor native Tim Sample’s unique New England style of humor has gained him a national following. When introducing Sample on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Charles Gibson referred to him as “the man who wrote the book, literally, on Maine humor,” while legendary newsman Charles Kuralt called Sample “Maine’s Humorist Laureate.” In celebration of Windjammer Days, on Thursday, June 29, Sample will bring his stories and humor to the stage of the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
McKane’s Maine: Talented Wiscasset filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane is accepting preorders for his forthcoming film, “Speedway Maine,” a 110-minute feature documentary due out July 1 that tells the story of more than 100 years of auto racing in Maine. The film features current footage from raceways around the state, and also “showcases scarcely seen films from the 1940s through the ’90s,” McKane said.
The work of Walpole painter Susan Bartlett Rice is beautiful. In early 2017, Rice displayed a small collection of winter-inspired paintings at the Bristol Area Library. She currently has a fairly large exhibit of landscape and wildlife paintings on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta. This is sure to delight her fans – and to create new fans for her lovely work.
The Bristol Road Galleries group in Damariscotta is participating in the Twin Villages ArtWalk in two ways this year. All four galleries on Bristol Road will be open and, in addition, the work of all four artists will be on display in a tent at the Damariscotta River Distribution at 68 Main St., Newcastle. The Bristol Road Galleries is a collaboration of four artists: watercolorists Jan Kilburn and Kathleen Horst, oil painter Will Kefauver, and sculptor Marnie Sinclair.
In New England native Patricia A. Smith’s debut novel “The Year of Needy Girls,” a small town in Massachusetts is thrown into a frenzied witch hunt when a local boy is brutally murdered, an event that quickly turns upstanding members of the community like Deirdre Murphy and her partner Sara Jane Edmonds into targets of suspicion.
A recently restored 1959 wood carving by the late Damariscotta artist Maurice “Jake” Day, of “Bambi” fame, will soon go on display in the Damariscotta town office, Town Manager Matt Lutkus said Wednesday, June 7.
For the second year in a row, Aris Farm, a 44-acre working horse farm in Walpole, will be the setting for an evening of original plays presented by four members of a theater group from Winston-Salem, N.C.
Braley off Broadway: I chatted recently with Lincoln Academy Director of Communications and Community Engagement Jenny Mayher about the arts scene at Lincoln Academy, and she eagerly told me about the success of LA drama teacher Griff Braley’s three-week-long Eagle Term class called “Just Off Broadway,” which wraps up Friday, June 9.
Damariscotta River Grill will host three new artists with three distinctly different styles and mediums to welcome the summer art season. The show will open Monday, June 12 and will be on display through Monday, July 24. One can meet artists Lonie Laffely Ellis, Elaine Fletcher, and Diane Noble at the Art at the Grill opening reception, Wednesday, June 14, from 4-5:30 p.m. Enjoy beautiful art while savoring an array of delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Join artist Libbie Winslow for yet another paint night on Thursday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship St., Waldoboro. Winslow will guide an acrylic painting session of a seasonal scene of a blossoming cherry tree glowing in the moonlight. Participants will go home with an original painting to frame or give as a gift.
A new theater company invites the public to a free, one-night-only performance at 29 Route 129 in Walpole.
Celebrating America through art: I had the pleasure of spending time with Damariscotta artist Franciska Needham last week as she was readying her Water Street gallery for its May 27 season opening featuring her exhibit titled “America the Beautiful,” which runs through Friday, July 14.
The Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta presents the opening reception for the “A Taste of Pemaquid” art show. The reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, June 3, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The show runs through Sunday, June 25.