She’s back: It’s that time again – time for guest columnist Caitlin Cass, the school reporter at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta, to offer readers her interesting, well-informed take on the lively arts scene at her school.
The Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta invites Maine artists to submit a design for this year’s official festival T-shirt. The deadline to submit a design entry is Monday, June 19. A $500 prize will be awarded to the artist whose design is selected.
Damariscotta River Grill, located at 155 Main St. in downtown Damariscotta, is now hosting artists Valerie Jeanne Borgal, Marc Poirier, and Sarah Lynn Richards, through Monday, June 12. Each painter brings a very distinct style, medium, and subject matter to the show. All work on exhibit is for sale.
The 2003 play “Eurydice,” written by prominent New York City playwright Sarah Ruhl, is – as New York Times reviewer Charles Isherwood put it – a “devastatingly lovely” modern take on the myth of Orpheus, only from the point of view of his wife, Eurydice. Heartwood Regional Theater Company’s upcoming production of “Eurydice,” opening Thursday, April 27 at Lincoln Academy’s Parker B. Poe Theater, does great justice to Ruhl’s lovely, moving work about love, death, memory, and the power of language.
Watercolor mosaicist: “He’s got all these little islands of color that you can only see up close, but from a distance they make up a cohesive picture.” Those are the words of local painter Polly Steadman, gushing over the work of Damariscotta watercolor artist Paul Sherman at the well-attended April 21 opening reception for Sherman’s show currently on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions, 11 Water St., Damariscotta.
St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, conducted by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Sean Fleming, will present Maurice Durufle’s beautiful “Requiem” at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7 at the Second Congregational Church, 51 Main St., Newcastle.
It is always nice when businesses use their publicly accessible space to display art. Kudos to First National Bank in downtown Damariscotta for doing just that with the colorful wood-assemblage-on-board pieces created by seasoned Newcastle artist, designer, and architect Jack Hanson. Hanson’s “Maine Icons” exhibit is on display inside the bank through the end of April.
Damariscotta artist Marnie Sinclair announces the opening of her solo show “Balance & Imbalance,” running from April 21-May 19. The show is a collection of sculptures and paintings that reflect her love for nature and her concern for the impact that climate change has on the environment.
“By far the greatest number of my poems speak from the heart of a child. That’s probably why students relate to them so well; but adults do too, which makes me suspect that the child we were is still very much alive within each of us.” – South Bristol poet Arden G. Thompson, in the introduction to her 1989 book “Watching Ants.”
River Company announces its 20th season with four exciting productions: “Love Letters,” by A.R. Gurney; “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” by Christopher Durang; “Rhinoceros,” by Eugene Ionesco; and the annual fundraiser, “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens.
To help welcome spring, the art on the walls of the Pemaquid Watershed Association office, located at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta, features a variety of artists, subjects, styles, and mediums. The office-gallery’s show is hosting the art of 15 members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists through Friday, May 12.
Damariscotta artist Keith Plummer is a busy guy these days. I was lucky to pin down a recent phone interview with the talented bone-and-metal sculptor as he was in the midst of reopening his landscaping business for the season, installing a show at Art Space in Rockland, and getting ready to go on vacation with his family, which includes his wife, Great Salt Bay Community School writing teacher Anne Plummer.
Local photographer Anna Shaw’s current show on the walls of Shapers Fitness Gym in Damariscotta, like the one she exhibited there last year, is a delight for gym-goers as well as for visitors dropping in to see the art. Unlike last year’s show, though, which worked around the theme of memory, nostalgia, and place, Shaw’s new show is a simply a collection of pieces that she likes.
As I promised before I left on vacation, Great Salt Bay Community School reporter Caitlin Cass is debuting her monthly column-within-my-column in this issue of The Lincoln County News.