On Thursday, July 13, Heartwood Regional Theater Company will open the enchanting and beloved musical, “Into the Woods.” In their Tony Award winning book and score, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine bring everyone’s favorite storybook characters together in this timeless yet relevant piece. One of Sondheim’s most popular works, “Into the Woods,” is a musically sophisticated epic fairy tale about wishes, family, and the choices we make.
A feast of approximately 80 pieces of artwork – from photographs to paintings to pottery to assemblage pieces – populates the current member show at River Arts gallery in Damariscotta. While this may sound like a lot to digest – and, in a sense, it is – the number of pieces on display at the gallery is less than would have been displayed in the past, thanks to the keen organizational eye of Alice de Mauriac and her husband, Julio Sanchez-Banos, who began hanging all of the River Arts shows last fall.
The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center is known as the hub of research and innovation, and for one week in the summer, it is also an art studio.
Gold/Smith Gallery will feature the art show “Insect and Man,” by Paolo Tesi, from July 1-26. On July 7, from 5-7 p.m., a long-distance interview live from Pistoia, Italy will be held with Tesi via the internet.
“Art in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset on Saturday, July 8 and will continue through Friday, Aug. 4. The exhibition explores the pluralistic nature of the art world in the 20th century, with developing styles that include cubism, expressionism, realism, and abstraction.
Getting into the arts at Buzz Maine: Things are happening over at Buzz Maine, the cool cafe and collaborative co-working space at 133 Main St. in Damariscotta. B
If one Googles the term “fine art,” one comes up with two definitions: 1) “creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content,” and 2) “an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.” The work of Wiscasset artist and master printmaker R. Keith Rendall qualifies as fine art on both accounts. His meticulous copper-plate etchings of landscapes are fascinating; his paintings are colorful, imaginative, and playful; and his massive woodcuts of wildlife are no less than stunningly beautiful.
The Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta is calling for artists to participate in “The Garden Show” art show, which will run from July 28 through Aug. 13. This show will depict the Midcoast’s most beautiful blossoms and gardens, so submitted works should be in keeping with that theme.
Midcoast Conservancy is excited to announce the sixth annual Live Edge Music Festival on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Four Maine bands will rock the barn at Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson with a fabulous lineup of local music. A limited number of advance tickets are on sale now and come with an enticing offer.
On Sunday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at the historic Bremen Town House on Route 32 in Bremen, Castlebay will present “Bygone Ballads,” a program of traditional songs from Maine, including some from Bremen and Bristol history. This special performance is free of charge and will follow the Bremen Historical Society business meeting and community potluck dinner.
Linda Shepard made traditional quilts for years before taking lessons with Susan Carlson in fabric collage. “Using fabric for the palette allows for a playful and liberating way to work with this medium,” Shepard said. “The technique is much like making a mosaic. I let the imagery and design elements build spontaneously, intuitively, without the interference of a predetermined result. In this way, I am often surprised by the direction a piece takes.”
Boothbay Harbor native Tim Sample’s unique New England style of humor has gained him a national following. When introducing Sample on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Charles Gibson referred to him as “the man who wrote the book, literally, on Maine humor,” while legendary newsman Charles Kuralt called Sample “Maine’s Humorist Laureate.” In celebration of Windjammer Days, on Thursday, June 29, Sample will bring his stories and humor to the stage of the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
McKane’s Maine: Talented Wiscasset filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane is accepting preorders for his forthcoming film, “Speedway Maine,” a 110-minute feature documentary due out July 1 that tells the story of more than 100 years of auto racing in Maine. The film features current footage from raceways around the state, and also “showcases scarcely seen films from the 1940s through the ’90s,” McKane said.
The work of Walpole painter Susan Bartlett Rice is beautiful. In early 2017, Rice displayed a small collection of winter-inspired paintings at the Bristol Area Library. She currently has a fairly large exhibit of landscape and wildlife paintings on the walls of Savory Maine Dining & Provisions in Damariscotta. This is sure to delight her fans – and to create new fans for her lovely work.