When LCCT, the resident theater company at Damariscotta’s Lincoln Theater, held its general auditions in the fall, it was searching for talented people interested in investing their talents, time, and energy in creating wonderful live entertainment for the community, including its upcoming production of “Mary Poppins — In Concert.” It turns out that Mary Poppins herself it not the only one with a mysterious background and hidden stories. Take, for example, one of LCCT’s newest cast members, Zora Margolis.
One of the nice things about taking in an art show at the Damariscotta River Grill in downtown Damariscotta is that the two-story restaurant has a lot of wall space on which to display a lot of art.
Photographer extraordinaire: I recently had the pleasure of spending time talking with Jefferson photographer Michael Sevon. I learned about Sevon from Anne Plummer, who teaches writing at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta and also oversees the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature. Sevon’s truly fine work is featured in the GSB Alumni Gallery section of the site.
The Damariscotta River Grill will welcome spring on Tuesday, March 21 with a profusion of colorful photographic flower and nature studies by Joan Atkinson, Kathryn Simpson Bean Davis, and Lisa Mossel Vietze.
River Arts in Damariscotta offers more than 50 art classes year-round in its studio on Route 1. Classes range from drawing, painting, fiber, ceramics, stone-carving, collage, encaustics, and photography.
Letting in the light: “We had an amazing tour of the window restoration work this morning,” was the first line of an email I received from Lincoln Theater Executive Director Andrew Fenniman on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He and theater board member Ted Silar had just come from visiting Bagala Window Works in Westbrook to see the progress on the restoration of seven of Lincoln Theater’s 14-foot-tall windows. I visited Fenniman at the Damariscotta theater the following day to chat about the project.
Local artist Polly Peckenham’s show of what appear to be linocut prints, along with several color photographs, on the walls of the cafe at Damariscotta’s Rising Tide Community Market is definitely worth a good, long look over a bowl of hot soup or a cup of organic coffee. Her prints, which are not labeled as to their technique, are eye-pleasing. Some are one-color prints and others feature two or more colors, a testament to Peckenham’s skill at printmaking.
Flying Seeds video release: I recently sat down with local musician and empathic healer Emily Sabino to chat about the new video that she and her husband, multi-instrumentalist Lenin Sabino, released on Valentine’s Day. Emily’s mother, as many readers may know, is Newcastle painter Jane Dahmen.
The Carey Gallery at Skidompha Public Library can be counted on for hosting excellent art shows – and the current show on its walls is no exception. The exhibit, which runs through Tuesday, Feb. 28, features the artwork of a number of seventh- and eighth-graders attending Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta.
Maine poet Gary Lawless will receive the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize from the Maine Humanities Council. A resident of Nobleboro, Lawless owns and operates Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, an independent bookstore he opened in 1979 with his wife, Beth Leonard.
The artist in winter: Walpole oil painter Susan Bartlett Rice currently has a lovely exhibit of 10 of her winter paintings on display at the Bristol Area Library. A mixture of landscape and wildlife paintings, the cheery show brightens the section of the library where it hangs.
GSB raises the bar: I recently heard about the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature, a new website for artists of all kinds at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta. Its mission, as stated on the site, is “to provide a performance platform for the GSB learning community.
World of watercolor: I recently had the pleasure of spending time with Damariscotta painter Jan Kilburn, whose eponymously named gallery is part of the four Bristol Road Galleries. Kilburn’s gallery, which is attached to the front of her house, is a well-lit space that is loaded with Kilburn’s lovely watercolor paintings, giclees, and prints of mostly Midcoast landscapes, many of those Monhegan Island scenes. It is the same space in which Kilburn teaches Monday-morning painting classes from 9 a.m. to noon.
Gifts at 136, an award-winning Maine-made gallery at 136 Main St. in downtown Damariscotta, will continue its popular “Meet the Artist” series from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 with Sue and Roger Bisaillon, of Farmington, otherwise known as Blue Moon Clay Carvers. “Meet the Artist” is free and open to the public.