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.
Gifts at 136, an award-winning Maine-made gallery at 136 Main St. in downtown Damariscotta, will continue its popular “Meet the Artist” series from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 with Sue and Roger Bisaillon, of Farmington, otherwise known as Blue Moon Clay Carvers. “Meet the Artist” is free and open to the public.
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.
Each year art students across the country are invited to submit work to the Scholastic Art Awards competition. This year, 17 Lincoln Academy students submitted work, and six were honored with awards.
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.
The Carey Gallery at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta presents the “Snow Fence Paintings” show, featuring work by Katharina Keoughan and Joy Vaughan, through the month of January. Vaughan and Keoughan are both well known in the area as teachers and painters.
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
Douglas Smith, of Rockland, will be exhibiting his paintings in the Hall Gallery at LincolnHealth — Miles Campus in Damariscotta from Sunday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.
Mobius Inc. in Damariscotta will hold an art show featuring a variety of artwork created by individuals enrolled in the organization’s Creative Expressions program.
The Medomak Arts Project, a local arts nonprofit organization located at 9 Friendship St. in Waldoboro, has several interesting events planned for the month of December. On the community calendar is a watercolor paint night, a jazz concert brunch, a potluck dinner, and a community caroling gathering.
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.