Art comes to me: Sometimes I go in search of arts-related topics to write about and sometimes they just fall into my lap. This week has been a case of the latter.
Oil paintings by Carolyn Gabbe, of Nobleboro, are on display this month at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship St., Waldoboro. Birds, landscapes, and still-life arrangements adorn her beautifully rendered canvases. The show was featured during ArtWalk Waldoboro on Oct. 14 and will continue throughout the month.
As fallen leaves begin to skitter across the roads in the region, other things are beginning to skitter inside the old Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Webs are being woven. Objects and creatures of uncertain age are emerging from long-forgotten dust-laden boxes. The music so common to the opera house stage now sounds suddenly not quite as inviting. Preparations for Thursday, Oct. 26’s annual Halloween Potluck and Scary Readings event are underway.
Cultural awareness: On Wednesday, Oct. 4, I attended the afternoon screening of the documentary film “Maineland” at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. “Maineland” follows two well-to-do, amiable Chinese high school students, Stella and Harry, as they attend boarding school at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, coming of age in a culture very different from the one in which they were raised. The 90-minute 2017 movie, which took three years to film, is directed by filmmaker Miao Wang, who moved to the United States from China when she was 12.
Wiscasset artist and gallery owner Keith Rendall will give a talk on the art-marketing scene in Lincoln County at a gathering for anyone interested in promoting the arts on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. This event will be held at Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about the revitalized Maine Art Gallery organization and its role in the business of art.
Ever wonder how a song is written? Does a composer write the melody first and then a lyricist set the words to the notes? Or is it the other way around? In the case of songwriting team Suzy Hallett (lyricist), of Nobleboro, and Aaron Robinson (composer), of Alna, it was the latter.
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.