Wilde and scenic: There are two things that I find crucial to a good art-viewing experience (in addition to, of course, the presence of good art): adequate lighting and a quiet room. The current exhibit of paintings by Walpole artist Sarah Wilde in the West Gallery of River Arts in Damariscotta, “On the Wilde Side,” hits it on both counts – well, all three, if one counts the fact that Wilde’s art is very good.
Walkers can now ponder classic poetry on a stroll through the woods, thanks to Lincoln Academy librarians Cathi Howell and Jennifer Betts. Over the summer, the Lincoln Academy maintenance crew built and installed signposts and then Howell and Betts added the laminated pages of Robert Frost’s “Poetry for Young People” along the cross-country trails behind the LA baseball field.
Members of the public are invited to join artist Libbie Winslow for a paint night on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Medomak Arts, 13 Friendship St., Waldoboro. Winslow will guide an acrylic painting session of a seasonal scene of radiant sunflowers. Participants will go home with an original painting to frame or give as a gift.
Mixing work and pleasure: On the morning of Thursday, Aug. 31, one of my colleagues here at The Lincoln County News, reporter Maia Zewert, and I took a 50-minute Hardy Boat trip from New Harbor to spend the day on Monhegan Island, which is part of Lincoln County and, therefore, part of the paper’s coverage area.
The art studio and gallery of painter Alice Boynton is tucked away at the end of a wooded trail near the north end of Monhegan Island, 10 miles off the coast of Maine, but still part of Lincoln County. Like everything else on the picturesque island, the journey to the destination and the destination itself are equally charming.
Stable Gallery’s wrap-up art show of the 2017 season will begin Friday, Sept. 8. The show, titled “Art Harvest,” celebrates the autumn season’s bountifulness. Colorful paintings, lush hand-knitted mittens, painted silk scarves, and wooden bowls are among the many pieces on display.
Maine’s landscapes are some of the most beautiful in the world, and so are Maine’s people. Some of our best-known landscape and abstract artists, including Roberta Goschke, Petrea Noyes, Chris Augusta, Barbara Vanderbilt, and David Peloquin, will bring another aspect of their skills and talents to Tidemark Gallery for ArtWalk Waldoboro on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 4-7 p.m.
Lincoln Theater in the limelight: As readers have no doubt noticed, Lincoln Theater in downtown Damariscotta has been closed for a number of days while the theater’s wood floor is sanded and revarnished. It will reopen in all its new glory on Friday, Sept. 8 with the screening of the 2017 film “The Big Sick.” Based on a true story, the film, which stars Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan, is about a Pakistan-born comedian who falls in love with an American grad student. Movie-rating website rottentomatoes.com gives it a whopping 98 percent approval rating on its Tomatometer.
Damariscotta artist Denise Rankin’s work is nothing if not fine. The painter and Shaker basket maker excels in both of her chosen mediums. Luckily for art lovers, Rankin’s whimsical, carefully crafted paintings and equally painstakingly crafted Shaker boxes and trays are on exhibit at The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta through mid-September.
It is a rare treat when fine craftsmanship, artistic sensibility, and history join together in a piece of functional furniture. Currently showing at The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta is a custom table with these features by Louis Charlett, of New Gloucester.
Wildwood Studio, at 309 Main Road on Westport Island, will hold a new fall course aimed at unlocking the deeper, often hidden, meaning of one’s life. This course for women will use both journaling and images inspired by the Tarot.
Two fine oil painters, Mary Mabry, of Waldoboro, and Will Kefauver, of Damariscotta, are showing their work at Pemaquid Art Gallery this season. Both are skilled at landscapes as well as portraits and figurative subjects. Relatively recent additions to the gallery — Mabry is a guest this year and it is Kefauver’s third season as a member — their work adds to the professional quality of artwork seen at the gallery, located on Pemaquid Loop Road in New Harbor (Bristol).
The show went on: Pouring rain on the evening of Friday, Aug. 18 did not stop the Walter Weymouth concert at Sheepscot General in Whitefield from happening. What was intended to be an outdoor concert became an intimate indoor concert inside the picturesque hay-filled Quonset-hut barn on the Sheepscot General property.
The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, at 144 Bristol Road in Damariscotta, is calling for artists to participate in its “Monhegan Days” art show, running from Sept. 15 through Oct. 9.