A panel of Maine art professionals recently selected three artists to participate in the 2018 summer Monhegan Artists’ Residency program on Monhegan Island: weaver Sarah Haskell, of York; printmaker Jude Valentine, of East Machias; and educator and painter Raegan Russell, of South Berwick.
The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset will again provide a venue for promising artists from seven local schools with an exhibit, the Youth Art Exhibit, beginning Saturday, May 5. The gallery will be open weekends from noon-4 p.m. until the closing day for the show, Sunday, May 20. An opening reception will be held on May 5 from 2-4 p.m.
Painting in snowstorms: Samantha Merrill held up a small acrylic painting of an ocean scene. “This I painted during a snowstorm when I had nothing else to do. I wanted something with waves and it just kind of happened,” she told me recently.
Members of the public are invited to the upcoming Van for Vannah fundraiser, part II, on Friday, April 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Mobius Inc. in Damariscotta.
The Maine Community Foundation seeks proposals to its Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund for projects and organizations that promote traditional handcrafts in Maine.
Loving the LC arts scene: I am on a roll. Or, rather, Lincoln County’s arts scene is on one.
Neighborhood Clay, home to Liz Proffetty Ceramics, will be one of the Lincoln County stops on the upcoming Maine Pottery Tour on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
River Company is looking for local players interested in auditioning for a summer production of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta.
Downtown lowdown: Things are quickly heating up on the downtown Damariscotta art scene. In my last column, I wrote about amazing artist (and very nice person) Phoebe Dean, who recently began working at Buzz Maine. Now, I am just as excited to tell readers about self-taught Thomaston wood artist Rob Jones and his wife, Barbie Jones, who opened Wooden Alchemy last Wednesday, April 4 in the Main Street space formerly occupied by River Gallery.
Local concert organist Jay Zoller will play an organ concert to benefit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 11 Glidden St., Newcastle. The concert is free to the public, but donations will be accepted for the animal shelter.
Starting Tuesday, April 17, there will be an exciting new show featuring the artwork of Walpole painter Susan Bartlett Rice both inside and outside at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office-gallery, 584 Main St., Damariscotta.
The Pemaquid Group of Artists announces a call for artists to exhibit this coming season at Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park, Bristol. The gallery is celebrating its 90th season in operation this year. The residency requirement has been expanded to include all of Lincoln County. The gallery, open from early June until Columbus Day, is located at Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, which is a popular attraction for thousands of visitors in the summer in Maine.
“The family fishermen are going the way of family farmers,” says one man interviewed in “Dead in the Water,” the new documentary film by Southern California filmmaker David Wittkower showing at Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor on Monday, April 9. Shot in New England coastal towns, the film chronicles the struggles of New England fishermen to remain viable in an age of what some might deem excessive federal regulation of the ground-fishing industry.
Getting to know Phoebe Dean: Delightful barely begins to describe my recent experience of spending time talking with 21-year-old self-taught artist Phoebe Dean. In addition to being very accomplished in the art of drawing, Dean is also a barista at downtown Damariscotta coffee bar and co-working space Buzz Maine. She is the one responsible for making the cool-looking new signage tacked onto the front counter at Buzz.