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).
Eagerly awaiting next year: I had the very good fortune of being able to attend the sold-out opening-night reception and screening of two films at the inaugural MidCoast Film Fest at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta on the evening of Friday, July 26. I also checked out the three-day film festival’s Maine-focused short-film program on the afternoon of Sunday, July 28.
Something for everyone: Last Thursday, July 18, was a rather hot day in Newcastle, a perfect day to drive from the LCN office down the Pemaquid peninsula, where it was a little cooler, to visit Saltwater Artists Gallery and take in the work of the 25 well-known area artists showing there.
Haying season is here, and memory brings me back to those days when my husband, Jim, and I were farming in Bristol. This is an activity critical to weather, and all our attention was focused on forecasts and all the folklore we knew. Following is a typical day of hay harvest.