Moviemaking as a business is heavily male-dominated, which is why it is fascinating at times to see a film created from a different sensibility. This week, “The Beguiled” showcases the talents of director Sofia Coppola. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and Coppola won the Best Director Award, making her the second woman to ever win in that category, 56 years after the first female director won. Let Coppola entrance you with her storytelling!
Loughridge out and about: I received a press release recently announcing that on Friday, Aug. 11, from 4-7 p.m., The Brunswick Inn, at 165 Park Row in Brunswick, will host a reception for South Bristol artist Sally Loughridge, “whose original paintings have graced the inn’s Carriage House for the last few years.”
Philippe Guillerm Gallery in Waldoboro will have this month’s vernissage on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 4-7 p.m. with the unveiling of sculptor Philippe Guillerm’s collection of inks on paper, titled “From Our Sea”
Belva Ann Prycel has an exhibit of evocative landscape paintings at the Pemaquid Watershed Association office-gallery through Friday, Aug. 11. The theme of her exhibit is “Images and Visions.” The exhibit consists of nearly 40 oil paintings, both large and small in scale, depicting the changing light and atmospheres of Maine. New track lighting was recently installed in both rooms to allow the show to be fully appreciated no matter the weather or time of day.
The acclaimed documentary “Food Evolution” will screen for two performances only at Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 2 and 7 p.m. Amid a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion, and confusion, “Food Evolution,” directed by Academy Award-nominated Scott Hamilton Kennedy, explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food.
Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opened two new shows on Thursday, July 27: “Henry Isaacs: New Work” and “Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan.” The two shows run through Tuesday, Aug. 29.
Our series of Thursday summer broadcasts from the National Theatre in London has concluded and we have booked three very special items for Thursdays in August: a look at the Beatles, a look at GMOs, and a look at a Shakespeare classic, fit for the times, “Julius Caesar.” Then of course, we also have some terrific films in the lineup as well. Be sure to drop by and pick up the entire August schedule so you don’t miss anything.
Dahmen gets well-deserved props: I had the pleasure of spending time recently with Newcastle artist Jane Dahmen at the cafe at Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta (a pleasure on two counts). Dahmen, as some people know, was recently named in Maine Magazine’s fifth annual 50 Mainers issue as one of 50 residents of the Pine Tree State that are “leading by example.”
Kefauver Studio & Gallery in Damariscotta is calling for artists to participate in its “Rock ‘n’ Wave” art show, running from Aug. 18 through Sept. 10. This show will celebrate the rugged coastlines and crashing surf of Midcoast Maine, so submitted works should be in keeping with that theme.
Tom Raymond began turning wood bowls in high school and bought his first lathe in 1949. Turning was put on hold while he was in the U.S. Navy and then worked full time as an engineer. Raymond began full-time woodworking after retiring to Damariscotta in 1995. The contrasting wood colors in his segmented designs are unique.
Gold/Smith Gallery in Boothbay Harbor is proud to present the newest works of John Wissemann from July 27 to Aug. 30. There will be an opening reception for Wissemann at the gallery from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at which can meet the artist and enjoy this marvelous collection of creativity.
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For the Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. These longtime pillars of the bluegrass world were recently invited to record for Smithsonian Folkways. On Friday, Aug. 4, Grammy-nominated Seldom Scene will be seen and heard on the stage of the historic Opera House at Boothbay Harbor.
As we head into August, in the heart of the dog days of summer, we have celebrations, movies, musicals, and plays. Add to these the twins of air conditioning and ice cream from the concession stand and who could ask for anything more?
Good to have friends: Fans of The Harbor Theatre, the cool little one-screen movie theater in Boothbay Harbor, will doubtless be pleased to know that, contrary to what had previously been announced, the theater will not be closing down later this year. As the theater’s website notes, the Friends of The Harbor Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will be stepping in to purchase and operate the theater effective Oct. 1, after the current lease runs out.