Damariscotta painter Will Kefauver currently has a solo exhibit on the walls of the cafe at Rising Tide Co-op. That is a bit of a big deal as Kefauver, who owns and operates Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta and is the president of the Pemaquid Art Gallery Board of Directors, normally exhibits his work alongside that of other artists.
The new exhibit on the walls of both floors of Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, titled “Points of View,” features the eye-catching photography of Bob Bond and Brad Sevaldson.
Rural beauty in Waldoboro show: There is a nice little art exhibit up at the Waldoboro Public Library through the end of September, featuring the pastel, oil, and acrylic work of Waldoboro artist George Hayes. Hayes is a former technical illustrator and graphic designer who studied painting and drawing at New York’s Wallkill River School of Art.
One is not even inside the front door of Damariscotta’s Stable Gallery, which is currently featuring an exhibit titled “Lights and Shadows,” and one already is immersed in the beauty of this eclectic show.
The revived art of the painted photograph: In early August, as readers know, I visited Monhegan to take in the wealth of art offerings on that lovely little island. I happily focused much of my time on the current exhibit at the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, “A Life Made in Art: Maud Briggs Knowlton,” which I reviewed for the LCN.
Elderkin the great: Last week I had the distinct pleasure of spending a morning in Boothbay Harbor with Southport artist June Elderkin. We met at the art gallery (upstairs) at The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, where Elderkin currently has a wonderful show of her paintings.
When someone emphatically describes a performance as “the best show ever,” as one individual did to this reviewer on the night of Thursday, Aug. 15, referring to LCCT’s production of “A Grand Night for Singing: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein” at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta, one pauses and asks oneself, “Really?”
Art imitates life imitates art: On Aug. 2, a gorgeously sunny Friday, I traveled by Hardy Boat from the Bristol village of New Harbor out to Monhegan Island, a 50-minute journey that is worth it just for the ride across beautiful Muscongus Bay, let alone what awaits on the sweetly scenic island itself.
“Wharf Hill, Monhegan,” a watercolor painted in 1927 by the late Maud Briggs Knowlton, could just as easily have been painted in 2019, as it is so perfectly representative of Monhegan Island’s timeless beauty.
Art of empowerment: Last Friday, Aug. 2, was an interesting, art-filled day for me. I spent the day on Monhegan Island taking in, among other arts-related things, the exhibit currently on the walls of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, “A Life Made in Art: Maud Briggs Knowlton” (more on that fine show in next week’s paper).
Eagerly awaiting next year: I had the very good fortune of being able to attend the sold-out opening-night reception and screening of two films at the inaugural MidCoast Film Fest at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on the evening of Friday, July 26. I also checked out the three-day film festival’s Maine-focused short-film program on the afternoon of Sunday, July 28.
On the afternoon of Thursday, July 25, state Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, presented Whitefield writer and longtime Lincoln County News columnist May Davidson a legislative sentiment in honor of her recent 90th birthday and the June publication of her new book, “Whatever It Takes: Seven Decades of True Love, Hard Work, and No Regrets,” from Islandport Press, islandportpress.com. The sentiment was co-sponsored by Rep. Chloe Maxmin, D-Nobleboro.
Something for everyone: Last Thursday, July 18, was a rather hot day in Newcastle, a perfect day to drive from the LCN office down the Pemaquid peninsula, where it was a little cooler, to visit Saltwater Artists Gallery and take in the work of the 25 well-known area artists showing there.
History in watercolors: There is a charming art exhibit up on the walls of the community room at Sheepscot General in Whitefield by Whitefield historian and watercolorist Lucy Martin. As she told me recently, the show is largely based on “old-time black-and-white or sepia postcards,” and features watercolors of historical locations in Whitefield, framed in local-pine frames made by her husband, Herb Hartman.