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.
On Wednesday, June 7 at 10 a.m., New York Times bestselling author Linda Greenlaw will once again speak at Skidompha Library, at 184 Main St. in Damariscotta, as part of its Chats with Champions series. Greenlaw will discuss her newest mystery, “Silver Hitch,” the third in her Jane Bunker series.
Carlo Albucci is a Florentine painter focused on very curious happenings. He paints the ironic, the iconic, and surreal, poignant, and comic events – sometimes all together in one painting.
A special summer exhibit, “Dungeons and Dragons: Seafarers and Tattoos,” opens on Saturday, June 10 at the Lincoln County Historical Association’s Old Jail Museum on Federal Street in Wiscasset. The setting is very appropriate for this exhibit, since the seafarers adorned with tattoos were often “guests” of the jail.
Damariscotta bone artist is UK-bound: Up-and-coming local sculptor Keith Plummer, who appeared in this column back on April 11, announced on May 18 that he was accepted as one of 25 finalists for the Visual Art Open contest, an annual international art competition based in Chester, England whose primary goal is “to reveal and promote unknown artists who are yet to establish their profile in the contemporary art world,” as the contest’s website, visualartopen.com, puts it.
Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” playing this week at The Harbor Theatre.