Catch it while you can: On Wednesday, Sept. 4, I caught the very last day of Jefferson artist Carol Wiley’s exhibit titled “Figures and Shapes” in the West Gallery at River Arts, located at 241 Route 1 in Damariscotta.
In the early 1940s, World War II battles in the Pacific would often leave U.S. soldiers stranded at sea for days, and lacking drinking water posed a serious threat to their survival.
I’m sure if someone had seen me, they would have called the police. As it was, I had already walked around their house talking to myself, and now I was tookus over teakettle, hanging out of their garage window, my legs flailing like an air dancer trying to sell you the latest cellphone.
On Thursday, Sept. 5, I was invited by Sen. Susan Collins to give witness and testify at the United States Senate Aging Committee hearing on the TICK Act: An Urgent Public Health Response to Tick-Borne Diseases.
Rural beauty in Waldoboro show: There is a nice little art exhibit up at the Waldoboro Public Library through the end of September, featuring the pastel, oil, and acrylic work of Waldoboro artist George Hayes. Hayes is a former technical illustrator and graphic designer who studied painting and drawing at New York’s Wallkill River School of Art.
I was mucking around in my marsh one fall and found bright turquoise seeds floating down the stream. Beautiful! But what plant?
The revived art of the painted photograph: In early August, as readers know, I visited Monhegan to take in the wealth of art offerings on that lovely little island. I happily focused much of my time on the current exhibit at the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, “A Life Made in Art: Maud Briggs Knowlton,” which I reviewed for the LCN.
We noticed an article in last week’s The Lincoln County News, “Time marches on for Damariscotta’s historic town clock.”
Elderkin the great: Last week I had the distinct pleasure of spending a morning in Boothbay Harbor with Southport artist June Elderkin. We met at the art gallery (upstairs) at The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, where Elderkin currently has a wonderful show of her paintings.
Blue jays are bold and brash backyard birds. Their vibrant blue color and distinctive personality make them a striking sight. In Lincoln County, blue jays are common, year-round visitors. Although some blue jays migrate, many do not. It is unclear as to why some blue jays move, and others stay in a preferred location. In backyards, blue jays prefer oak and beech trees. They are also found in forest edges, gardens, wooded parks, and in more developed areas.
“Craig loves his dog.” I looked down at my notes, and discovered that I had scrawled this down, and then underlined it several times.
(A conversation and poetry reading among donkeys and flies.)
“I like to let them sit in the sun so the wings get a bit crispy before I eat one,” said Lucia, the smallest of the donkeys.
Art imitates life imitates art: On Aug. 2, a gorgeously sunny Friday, I traveled by Hardy Boat from the Bristol village of New Harbor out to Monhegan Island, a 50-minute journey that is worth it just for the ride across beautiful Muscongus Bay, let alone what awaits on the sweetly scenic island itself.
Art of empowerment: Last Friday, Aug. 2, was an interesting, art-filled day for me. I spent the day on Monhegan Island taking in, among other arts-related things, the exhibit currently on the walls of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, “A Life Made in Art: Maud Briggs Knowlton” (more on that fine show in next week’s paper).
A few years ago, the Columbia broke loose from its mooring and went aground off of the back side of Louds Island and there it still sits. While my grandson thinks that it is the coolest thing that he has ever seen (he is convinced that there are dead bodies aboard), I am sure that the land owners on the island are not thrilled about the whole situation. No one seems to quite know what to do about it and there is concern about fuel in the tanks (or dead bodies aboard).