Talking art at the grill: On Wednesday, Oct. 25, I caught the opening reception for the new art show up at Damariscotta River Grill, featuring the work of painters Susan Parrish Carter and Anne Cronin. Cronin is an accomplished watercolorist in her 80s, and Carter, who lives in Rockland, has a unique style that includes painting intricate landscapes on layers of glass.
Harbor Theater presents “Stronger” on Thursday and Friday afternoon, Nov. 2 and 3 and “Battle of the Sexes” starting Friday evening, Nov. 3.
The Medomak Valley Players group proudly presents “Peter Pan” for its fall musical offering. This enchanting tale will be staged Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 9-11 and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m., and Sundays, Nov. 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.
kdb of the Wilderland: There’s a really nice exhibit of encaustic paintings and photographs up at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office-gallery, at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta. The creator of those wildlife-focused pieces is Bath artist “kdb” Dominguez, whose “Birds of the Wilderland” show runs through Monday, Nov. 20.
The Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest and most prestigious a cappella group in the U.S., will perform twice in Maine over Veterans Day weekend. The first performance will take place at STAGES Youth Theater in Portland at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. The second will take place on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church in Newcastle. The 2017-2018 Whiffenpoofs group features Eli Daiute, who graduated from Lincoln Academy in Newcastle in 2014.
Storytelling and poetry writing is good for the writer and the reader. People like to hear stories and read poems that they as readers can identify with. Although writing groups can help veterans recover from war trauma, their purpose is to help individuals find themselves and not be seen as therapy for the writers. No such claim is made for the upcoming storytelling workshops at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship St., Waldoboro.
Harbor Theater in Boothbay Harbor presents “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” on Thursday and Friday afternoon, Oct. 19 and 20, and “The Trip To Spain,” starting Friday evening, Oct. 20.
Art comes to me: Sometimes I go in search of arts-related topics to write about and sometimes they just fall into my lap. This week has been a case of the latter.
Oil paintings by Carolyn Gabbe, of Nobleboro, are on display this month at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship St., Waldoboro. Birds, landscapes, and still-life arrangements adorn her beautifully rendered canvases. The show was featured during ArtWalk Waldoboro on Oct. 14 and will continue throughout the month.
As fallen leaves begin to skitter across the roads in the region, other things are beginning to skitter inside the old Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Webs are being woven. Objects and creatures of uncertain age are emerging from long-forgotten dust-laden boxes. The music so common to the opera house stage now sounds suddenly not quite as inviting. Preparations for Thursday, Oct. 26’s annual Halloween Potluck and Scary Readings event are underway.
Cultural awareness: On Wednesday, Oct. 4, I attended the afternoon screening of the documentary film “Maineland” at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. “Maineland” follows two well-to-do, amiable Chinese high school students, Stella and Harry, as they attend boarding school at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, coming of age in a culture very different from the one in which they were raised. The 90-minute 2017 movie, which took three years to film, is directed by filmmaker Miao Wang, who moved to the United States from China when she was 12.
Wiscasset artist and gallery owner Keith Rendall will give a talk on the art-marketing scene in Lincoln County at a gathering for anyone interested in promoting the arts on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. This event will be held at Maine Art Gallery, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. It will also provide an opportunity to learn about the revitalized Maine Art Gallery organization and its role in the business of art.
Ever wonder how a song is written? Does a composer write the melody first and then a lyricist set the words to the notes? Or is it the other way around? In the case of songwriting team Suzy Hallett (lyricist), of Nobleboro, and Aaron Robinson (composer), of Alna, it was the latter.
Ceramic arts in the ‘hood: As readers of this column know, well-known local potter and ceramics teacher Liz Proffetty recently opened Neighborhood Clay, the new clay studio and retail space on upper Main Street in Damariscotta. The last time I was at Neighborhood Clay was before it opened, when Proffetty was taking much delight in the expansive, well-lit space still under construction.