The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History on Monhegan Island. Founded by artists and islanders in 1968, the museum draws visitors from all over the world to its outstanding collection and historic architecture, including a working lighthouse built in 1850.
A.J. Clark in the house: Every now and then, there’s the proverbial gem hidden right before one’s eyes. Or in the case of Amber Clark – aka A.J. Clark, her self-described “art persona” name – in plain sight in the office next to mine here at The Lincoln County News. Clark is the LCN’s web and graphic designer. She is also the brains and talent behind a new art-focused stream on live-streaming video platform Twitch.
The period of Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28 will be the first days the Saltwater Artists Gallery, on Pemaquid Point Road in Bristol, will be open to the public. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, the Maine Pottery Tour marked its seventh year. During this statewide annual celebration of Maine ceramicists and their art, members of the public have the opportunity to travel from one participating pottery studio to another to meet the artists, take in their beautiful and varied wares, and, in a number of cases, try their hand at a little pottery-making themselves.
Rice at PWA: Walpole oil painter Susan Bartlett Rice’s current show, “Blooms and Loons,” at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office in Damariscotta, is a special treat. Not only does the exhibit, which runs through Friday, June 8, feature a collection of Rice’s striking outdoor-focused paintings in more than the usual two rooms of the PWA’s office-gallery, it also boasts an 8-by-10-foot mural on the outside of the building.
The Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta announces a busy 2018 season. Gallery owner Will Kefauver will produce seven art shows featuring his latest work and the work of his guest artists. As a member of the Bristol Road Galleries group of artists, Kefauver will present a “Garden Day” event on Saturday, Aug. 4, with guest artists painting en plein air in the gardens behind the gallery. In addition, Kefauver will teach painting in oil or acrylics to adults and teens.
Beginning Thursday, May 10, Gleason Fine Art, at 31 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor, opens its new spring show: “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.” The show will run through Tuesday, June 12, with a reception for both artists on Saturday, May 26, on Memorial Day weekend, from 5-7 p.m. As always, the public is invited to join in for a glass of wine and the chance to meet Andrea Peters and Christine Peters.
LA student art at River Arts: Wow! I attended the closing reception on Thursday, April 26 for the recent show at River Arts gallery in Damariscotta featuring the multifaceted art exhibition of Lincoln Academy art students, and I’ll just say it again – wow!
DanceMaineia will have its annual spring performance at the Camden Opera House this year. This Midcoast dance school is run by Whitefield resident Melanie Pagurko and her passionate daughters. Dancers range from the 2- and 3-year-olds in Creative Movement up through many different levels of ballet, jazz, and hip hop for kids of all ages and abilities, and even all the way up to an exciting adult group of dancers.
The next Damariscotta Open Mic at Savory Maine will be a benefit for the Damariscotta Mills Fish Ladder Restoration project. The open mic will take place on Wednesday, May 9 at Savory Maine, 11 Water St., Damariscotta. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for delicious local food and organic beer, wine, coffee, and tea. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase all night and Savory Maine’s full menu will be available.
A panel of Maine art professionals recently selected three artists to participate in the 2018 summer Monhegan Artists’ Residency program on Monhegan Island: weaver Sarah Haskell, of York; printmaker Jude Valentine, of East Machias; and educator and painter Raegan Russell, of South Berwick.
The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset will again provide a venue for promising artists from seven local schools with an exhibit, the Youth Art Exhibit, beginning Saturday, May 5. The gallery will be open weekends from noon-4 p.m. until the closing day for the show, Sunday, May 20. An opening reception will be held on May 5 from 2-4 p.m.
Painting in snowstorms: Samantha Merrill held up a small acrylic painting of an ocean scene. “This I painted during a snowstorm when I had nothing else to do. I wanted something with waves and it just kind of happened,” she told me recently.
Members of the public are invited to the upcoming Van for Vannah fundraiser, part II, on Friday, April 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Mobius Inc. in Damariscotta.
The Maine Community Foundation seeks proposals to its Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund for projects and organizations that promote traditional handcrafts in Maine.