For the last 26 years, Ellen Brown has transformed Lincoln County News calendars – the popular free ones featuring photography of local scenery by the LCN’s Paula Roberts – into elaborate family scrapbooks. Each visually interesting calendar-turned-scrapbook is chock-full of photographs, poems, bits of schoolwork, colorful artwork, and quotes – mementos of the lives of Brown and her close family members.
The 100th column: LCN web and graphic designer Amber Clark recently pointed out to me that this particular column is my 100th. I began writing “Lincoln County Artsbeat” two years ago, back in early 2017 – Jan. 5, to be exact.
Happy 2019: The coming year promises to be a good one for this California transplant. I’ve been in Maine – in Lincoln County – almost three years and have scoped out a number things I like to do here on a regular basis. And there are still a lot of things I have yet to check out.
The work on display in fiber artist Cathie Stebbins Peterson’s “Woolscapes” show ranges from her framed, almost-photographic depiction of a horseshoe crab in hand-dyed wool, silk, and nylon sparkle to a colorful abstract piece created with dyed wool and alpaca fleece called “Inch By Inch” to the downright craft-y, in the form of Peterson’s knitted shoulder wraps called “Hugs.”
Arts-focused cafe opens in downtown Waldoboro: The mouthwatering smell of pumpkin scones being baked permeated the air as Charlotte Davenhill, the owner of Tidemark Gallery & Cafe in Waldoboro, chatted with me last Friday afternoon, Dec. 14.
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.