Review: Bernice Masse Rosenthal Transforms Scrap Wood into Striking Art

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.