Ceramic arts in the ‘hood: As readers of this column know, well-known local potter and ceramics teacher Liz Proffetty recently opened Neighborhood Clay, the new clay studio and retail space on upper Main Street in Damariscotta. The last time I was at Neighborhood Clay was before it opened, when Proffetty was taking much delight in the expansive, well-lit space still under construction.
Damariscotta artist Bernice Masse Rosenthal is a “seasoned recycler,” as she puts it in her artist’s statement accompanying her new exhibit in The Carey Gallery at Skidompha Library. As such, she has amassed a wealth of discarded wooden items and wood scraps, some of them from her days working as a volunteer “friend” at The Carpenter’s Boat Shop in Pemaquid. “I can never resist any interestingly shaped piece of wood, big or small,” she writes. Rosenthal recycled a number of these interesting pieces of scrap wood, turning them into the 20 wood-assemblage pieces currently hanging on the walls of the cozy library gallery.
Anyone interested in exhibiting work in the Hall Gallery at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus in Damariscotta during 2018 is asked to please bring three framed pieces, a short biographical statement, and a price list to the Arrowsmith Building, on the corner of Route 1 and Belvedere Road in Damariscotta, on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. for jurying.
Local band Misery Gulch — “The Gulch” — will perform at the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta on Monday, Oct. 9 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the back parking lot behind the Colby & Gale service station on Main Street in Damariscotta, near the Damariscotta River.
Stephen King’s “It” plays Thursday, Oct. 5, followed by the start of the new, nonprofit Harbor Theater programming, beginning with “Columbus” on Friday, Oct. 6 and three screenings of the documentary “School Life,” coming Oct. 12 and 13.
The end of the season is coming up on Monday, Oct. 9 at Pemaquid Art Gallery, located on Pemaquid Loop Road in New Harbor (Bristol). A wide variety of talented artists have shown their work in this 89th year of consecutive gallery seasons.
Farrell riding high: In June of last year, Newcastle photographer Chesley “Chet” Farrell had a show of his work in the cafe at Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta. His pieces were impressive – lovely depictions of the local landscape, for the most part. Notable, though, was the fact that Farrell’s work was largely unframed. That is because the photographs that he had gathered up to exhibit at the time were basically all he had left after a fire at his home and he had to put together a show in a bit of a hurry. He did a fine job.
Damariscotta artist Mark Lazzari is a self-taught painter of landscapes. He will exhibit his work at Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta work from Thursday, Sept. 28 through Nov. 6. The public is invited to a reception to meet the artist on Friday, Oct. 6 from 3-5 p.m. at Savory Maine, which will provide delectable sweet and savory finger foods. Wine and beer will be available.
Thursday, Sept. 28 will be the final Wiscasset Art Walk of the 2017 season, and unexpected happenings will make the evening fresh and fun. Attendees can enjoy art, music, camaraderie, and food trucks from 5-8 p.m. throughout Wiscasset village.
On Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m., Lincoln Academy and Lincoln Theater will screen the award-winning film “Maineland” and host a discussion with several of the school’s resident and day students.
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.