The art of the Christmas market: Some of you may have noticed that my column was not in the paper last week. That’s because I took a little vacation to Germany for nine days to visit my son and his family, who live in northern Bavaria. I chose December so that I could go to Christmas markets, something that Germany is rather famous for. Until this trip, I had never visited Germany in December.
Loznicka retrospective: I attended the Nov. 24 opening reception for well-known New Harbor artist Marlene Loznicka’s retrospective show on the walls of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty in Damariscotta.
One can smell Michelle McCutcheon’s art exhibit yards before entering the West Gallery at Damariscotta’s River Arts, where McCutcheon’s multimedia installation currently resides.
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Veggies in the limelight: I moseyed on over to the Central Lincoln County YMCA last Friday, Nov. 16 to check out the art on the walls of its lobby area. I say mosey because it was snowing, and driving and walking slowly is what is called for in such circumstances. Plus I kind of like the word.
The art of restoration: As a columnist writing about the various arts in Lincoln County, I often get tips about people and places that I should check out. Recently, I got steered in the direction of Damarine Antiques, located at 263 Bristol Road, Damariscotta.
Quilting as fine art: One might ordinarily think of quilting as a craft, a practical endeavor requiring skill that results in a useful handmade item: a nice, warm quilt. An additional practical angle of quiltmaking is that one can make use of bits and pieces of leftover fabric.
Damariscotta yarn boutique Pine Tree Yarns has been hosting a wonderfully generous campaign since June – which is running indefinitely – whereby one can purchase a hand-knit item from a designated basket for a donation and that donation will go to the Ecumenical Food Pantry in Newcastle.
It takes a special kind of actor to perform musical theater, one that can both sing and act. In the case of “Man of La Mancha,” the Heartwood Regional Theater Company and Lincoln Academy youth-theater collaboration that opened at LA’s Parker B. Poe Theater on Oct. 26, it also requires an ability to deliver comedic lines when called for.
Immersion in abstraction: I went to see the new “Abstraction” exhibit at River Arts in Damariscotta on opening day, Thursday, Oct. 25. I wanted to immerse myself in abstract works of art – nothing figurative, nothing obviously representing something from real life.
All about the 6-by-6: I popped into Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta last Thursday, Oct. 11, hoping to find exactly what I did find: painter and gallery owner (and super nice guy) Will Kefauver and a whole lot of excellent art. I caught Kefauver while he was busy hanging the gallery’s new “6 x 6” show, set to open the following day. The show, as the name implies, features pieces that measure 6 inches by 6 inches – little squares of artistic goodness.
Stuart’s stories: Twenty-seven seconds into Charles Stuart’s beautiful new short film “Sheepscot River Stories” we see two preteens jump from the side of a low rural bridge into the Sheepscot River on a sunny day, a just-audible squeal of delight coming from one of them before the camera pans up to take in a wide shot of the grandeur of the river and the deep-green woods on the horizon.
Wally’s art: There’s an art exhibit currently on the walls of Pemaquid Watershed Association’s office-gallery in Damariscotta titled “Remembering Wally.” It is a retrospective of the artwork, in various mediums, of the late artist Wally Margaret Huber Schweighauser, who would have turned 105 on Sept. 3. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 103.
Multitasking artmaker: South Bristol painter and silkscreen artist Joy Vaughan is getting ready to host a public sewing event on Saturday, Oct. 6 in front of the kNOw S.U.P. office in downtown Damariscotta, right next door to Midcoast Kayak. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., she and 25 volunteers will be taking turns manning four sewing machines on which they will sew dozens of canvas bags to give away to anyone who wants one.
The artistic life of Joe Lugosch: Last Thursday afternoon, I entered the cozy studio space of jewelry designer, jewelry maker, and actor Joe Lugosch at Peapod Jewelry in Edgecomb to find him at work on a carved-wax prototype of a maple leaf pendant.