The artist in winter: Walpole oil painter Susan Bartlett Rice currently has a lovely exhibit of 10 of her winter paintings on display at the Bristol Area Library. A mixture of landscape and wildlife paintings, the cheery show brightens the section of the library where it hangs.
GSB raises the bar: I recently heard about the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature, a new website for artists of all kinds at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta. Its mission, as stated on the site, is “to provide a performance platform for the GSB learning community.
Coastal Kids Preschool in Damariscotta recently received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, making the school a Maine Roads to Quality level-four program, the highest designation offered by the state’s early care and education professional network.
Upon entering the brand-new location of Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop at 17 Backstreet Landing in Damariscotta, one immediately feels welcomed. The spacious, warmly carpeted interior features row upon row of books, with ample space between rows so as to not seem crowded. Tucked into corners of the various rooms of the new book shop are pairs of chairs for cozy sitting and conversation, including two inviting chairs and a table in front of the shop’s working fireplace, and tiny, kid-sized chairs in the roomy children’s section. In what used to be the kitchen of the former restaurant, chairs encircle a large table in what has been cleverly designated as the book shop’s cookbook section.
World of watercolor: I recently had the pleasure of spending time with Damariscotta painter Jan Kilburn, whose eponymously named gallery is part of the four Bristol Road Galleries. Kilburn’s gallery, which is attached to the front of her house, is a well-lit space that is loaded with Kilburn’s lovely watercolor paintings, giclees, and prints of mostly Midcoast landscapes, many of those Monhegan Island scenes. It is the same space in which Kilburn teaches Monday-morning painting classes from 9 a.m. to noon.
Learning to paint: I received an email from a reader after I mentioned in this column that talented Damariscotta artist Will Kefauver gives painting lessons, asking that I include more information in the future about other local artists that offer lessons. This column is going to do just that.
When Sumner McKane performs the live musical accompaniment to his most recent film, “The Northeast by Eastern,” at Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater on Saturday, Jan. 28, it will be a milestone in the 40-year-old filmmaker, composer, and musician’s life.
Local gem: I had the opportunity to meet Damariscotta singer-songwriter Kathi Nordone recently when she stopped by The Lincoln County News to chat with me
The Carey Gallery, the little art gallery at the rear of Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta, is currently hosting an intriguing little art show consisting of seven collaborative paintings by South Bristol artist Joy Vaughan and Newcastle artist Katharina Keoughan. Aptly titled “Snow Fence Paintings,” this show features paintings that have their genesis in pieces of bright-orange plastic snow fence.
Watershed connections: As readers may have heard, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, at 19 Brick Hill Road in Newcastle, was recently awarded a $35,000 Art Works: Creativity Connects grant to support a series of public programs in collaboration with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. I recently asked Claire Brassil, Watershed’s program and marketing coordinator, to elaborate on what the grant means for the center in 2017.
Welcome to a brand-new year and a brand-new column, Lincoln County Artsbeat. In this weekly column, I intend to report on arts happenings of all sorts, from visual-art exhibitions to live music and theater to noteworthy films, readings, and more.
The current art show on the walls of the two floors of the Damariscotta River Grill features the work of three talented female artists, Lee Rowan, Joy Linder, and the late East Boothbay oil painter and watercolorist Lina Burley
Rita and Dana Simmons celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Dec. 3 at the same Bremen church where they were married in a candlelight service 50 years ago.
A profusion of eye-catching artwork by a who’s who of local artists is what’s on tap at “The Little Holiday Show,” on the walls and shelves and inside the glass cabinets at the Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta through Friday, Dec. 23.