Community News and Events

Birds! exhibit at Markings Gallery

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Birds! exhibit at Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street

With spring upon us ( soon!)  and the sounds of birds becoming more apparent, it’s a good time to focus on birds and  related elements created by talented Maine artists.

Markings  has new offerings by Bath naturalist, teacher and wood carver Wayne Robbins.  His carvings capture the essence of many types of shore birds in native and exotic woods. Jim and Holly Galante from Falmouth are exhibiting playful critters made from found and recycled materials. Their pieces can stay out year round and make your gardens very special.

Other bird related pieces include ceramic sculptures by Bath artist Carolyn Judson, sculptural birdhouses by James Brewer, carved granite bird baths by Obie Buell, and a sterling silver peace bird pin by Peggy Johnson.

Open daily 10-5 closed Tuesday/Wednesday

FMI 443-1499 or

Natives Are Restless at the Chocolate Church, 804 Washington Street

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Assembly of local luminaries collectively known as The Natives Are Restless will take the Chocolate Church Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. March 28 and 29

This is a musical collaboration of song writers and musicians who gather and present their favorite tunes for performance, featuring many original songs. This concert has grown beyond the original motivation creating a venue for artists to realize their vision of their music fully produced in a live format the way they are able to make it sound in the studio.

This talented group comes together to lend complete instrumentation and backing harmonies to each other’s songs in what has become a much anticipated late winter, cabin fever reliever at the Chocolate Church

Also scheduled to perform are Peter Alexander and his band, Liz and Chris Lannon, Red Beans and Rice, Earl Bigelow’s Cilantro

Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets for seniors and students cost $10. All proceeds benefit the Chocolate Church.

FMI call 442-8455

Jerry Blodgett, Bertie Koller, and Scott Woodruff featured at the March 14th Round Top Coffee House

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
On Friday, March 14th, the DRA’s Round Top Coffee House opens up its stage to the talented hosts of three other Midcoast open mics: Scott Woodruff of the Lion’s Pride Open Mic Night in Brunswick, Jerry Blodgett of the Side Door Coffee House in Brunswick, and Bertie Koller of the Sheepscot General Open Mic Night in Whitefield. These three aren’t just icons in the local music community; they’re also excellent musicians. Be sure to come out to hear what these great singer-songwriters have to offer.
Bertie Koller draws his original songs forth from a place of observation, experience, and imagination. Influenced by the raw, straightforward approach of early American blues and folk, Bertie has created a place for himself in the gamut of songwriters and musicians, past and present. His songs are lyrical and rhythmic episodes of love, heartache, prophecy, reflection, the sun, moon, rivers, and rain.
Scott Woodruff may be known in certain circles as the host of the Lion’s Pride Open Mic but he has been playing guitar and singing in bands since he was a teenager.  Early this century he decided to shed the comfort of being surrounded by bandmates and venture into the uncharted territory of solo performance as a singer/songwriter. His music relies on simple melodies and reflective lyrics with influences from artists such as Mark Knopfler, Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, Neil Young and John Hyatt.  Scott currently is in the process of recording at Jud Caswell’s Frog Hollow Studio, and will perform several songs from his soon-to-be-released CD.
Jerry Blodgett is a long time resident of the Brunswick-Topsham area and has been a frequent performer at the Side Door Coffee House as well as The Chocolate Church in Bath and the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. Jerry grew up in rural downeast Maine during a simpler time, with fewer cars, fewer phones, and fewer cares. He writes and performs songs of Maine long ago, Maine today, and the journey in between.
Now in our sixth year of hosting this event for the people of Damariscotta, the DRA Round Top Coffee House open mic is held on the second Friday of each month. The DRA invites musicians, singers, poets and other performers to sign up and demonstrate their talents during the open mic portion of the Coffee House. The stage is open to everyone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The open mic runs from 6:45 to 8:15, with a 15-minute break before the feature act from 8:30 to 9:30. The open mic is a series of eight-minute, two-song slots, and is designed for individual or small group performances. Performers should be able to walk up on stage and set up quickly. To be assured of a slot, performers should show up to sign up promptly at 6:30.
Coffee and snacks are available. A plate or two of home-baked goods or a volunteer shift at the open mic earns free admission.
Rising Tide Community Market sponsors the DRA Round Top Coffee House by providing refreshments for each show. Rising Tide is proud to sponsor this opportunity for the Damariscotta community to hear some great music from local talent and from around the region.
The DRA Round Top Coffee House is held at DRA’s Round Top Farm, 3 Round Top Lane, just off US Route 1B (Main Street) in Damariscotta, with onsite parking. The venue is across the street from Hammond Lumber and next to Women of Substance.
Admission is $7 ($4 for Seniors, free for kids 12 and under). For more information call Heather Hardy or Jason Anthony at 677-2354 or the DRA at 563-1393.

SPRING FLING at the Chocolate Church

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments



Bowdoin College Museum of Art Acquires Antique Camera Owned by Winslow Homer

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

 Late 19th-century Mawson & Swan camera expands BCMA’s extensive Winslow Homer Collection and will be featured in 2015 exhibition on Homer and photography

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) has acquired a late 19th-century Mawson & Swan camera originally owned by the renowned American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). The quarter-size dry plate camera, manufactured around 1880, is a significant addition to the Museum’s robust collection of archival material and over 100 vintage photographs related to Homer’s life and work. It will also serve as the centerpiece for the BCMA’s upcoming special exhibition on Homer and photography, planned to open in August 2015. The camera was donated to the BCMA by Neal Paulsen, a long-time resident of Scarborough, Maine.

“We are so pleased to receive this exciting gift, which complements our current holdings of Homer’s work and documentation perfectly,” said Frank Goodyear, Co-Director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. “The camera highlights Homer’s varying artistic interests, and helps to illuminate a lesser-known side of one of America’s greatest painters.”

Sold by Mawson & Swan, a photography business in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, the camera was designed for the serious amateur rather than the studio professional, and was notable at the time for its portability and ease of use. The camera produced images that were approximately 3 x 4 inches. Homer purchased this model in 1882, during a two-year residence in Cullercoats, a small fishing village in north east England that is less than ten miles from Newcastle-on-Tyne. The date – “Aug 15, 1882” – and the artist’s initials are inscribed into the camera’s wooden plate holder, likely by Homer himself.

Homer spent his final decades living with his extended family on a large estate in Prout’s Neck, Maine. He constructed a studio on the estate as well, and it was here, where Homer painted some of his most iconic works that capture the beauty of the Maine coastline and the power of the sea. The Winslow Homer Collection at the BCMA includes photographs taken at the artist’s home in Prout’s Neck, Maine that are similar to those produced by the Mawson & Swan camera. The BCMA’s exhibition will bring forward many of the photographs in Bowdoin’s collection—together with loans—and will allow scholars to continue to investigate the compelling and complex history around Homer’s work in photography.

Paulsen acquired the Mawson & Swan camera from his grandfather Weston H. Snow in the 1950s, and exhibited the camera at Scarborough High School for more than two decades. Snow, an electrician and a great admirer of Homer’s work, acquired the camera from Homer’s nephew Charles L. Homer in exchange for electrical work. The Museum’s acquisition follows a major recent gift to the BCMA from the celebrated collection of Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogel earlier this year and further strengthens the Museum’s dynamic acquisition program.

Spring is Coming at Points of View Art Gallery!

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival: Call for Artists

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Invitation from Arts Are Elementary!

| March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments


Arts Are Elementary invites area artists to submit
an application for an artist residency for the 2014/15 academic year.
AAE provides an artist residency for every K-5 classroom in Brunswick.
Applications may be found on our website at
Please feel free to contact AAE ED Kristi Hatrick at or 725-1232 with any and all questions.

Camille Davidson Solo Exhibition “Favorite Pieces”

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments


Felicity Sidwell will be showing the month of March at Summer Island Studio

| March 3, 2014 | 0 Comments


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Felicity Sidwell will be showing the month of March at Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans located in the Tontine Mall the heart of downtown Brunswick, 149 Maine Street.

Sidwell grew up in England and came to the US with her husband in 1971.  She studied art at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, Ct. while raising their three boys (and sheep and chickens) on an old New England farm in Newtown Ct. They moved to Maine in 2006 and now live in Brunswick, Felicity has a summer gallery in West Point, Phippsburg.

Sidwell is fascinated by the effect of changing light on our perception of mood in a landscape.  The muted colors of a summer haze, the energy of a clear, windy day, the peaceful golden light of fall on the salt marsh next to their home and the shapes and colors of the frozen bay in winter.  Painting the coast of Maine on location, “en plein air” and in studio work is an exciting journey, according to Felicity and a challenge and delight as she attempts to capture the essence of a scene and communicate that feeling.

Summer Island Studio – Gallery of Fine Artisans

located in the Tontine Mall the heart of downtown Brunswick, 149 Maine Street.

Telephone 373-1810

open 9:30am to 5:30pm,

contact Patti L. Baker.


Please join us all month; the show is called “Paintings that take you there”.

Pecha Kucha in Lewiston

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lewiston – Lyceum Gallery is hosting another Pecha Kucha Night on Friday, March 14 at 6:00.

Pecha Kucha Night (PKN) is a high energy evening of creative folks sharing creative ideas. Each presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds each. That’s six minutes and 40 seconds to energize the audience with their ideas, project, art work, creativity. No one monopolizes the mic and no one gets bored.
This month’s the presenters are:
• Tammie Grieshaber, Boston Flower Show
• Jan Barret, Evolution of an Innkeeper:  Debut to Swan Song
• Josie Sherwood, Time Travel
• Bob Rand, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
• Jared Luzier, Idea to Reality
• kdb, Long Legged Beauties and Where They Live
• Tom Buzinski; Lobstories
PKN was started in Tokyo by Klein Dytham Architecture in 2003 as a way for young designers to meet, network and show their work. The 20×20 concept was so energizing and so popular that it has expanded to many situations.  Pecha Kucha Night is now a trademarked event in more than 600 cities globally. It is a REAL social networking evening about interaction, direct feedback, eye contact, and so much more energy than we can get from a computer screen, yet enough structure that everyone gets involved.
The evening begins with informal networking at 6:00pm. Presentations begin at 6:20. A $5 donation is appreciated.

2014 Brunswick 2nd Friday ArtWalk- APPLICATION

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brunswick ARTWALK


Welcome all Southern Midcoast Maine artists to 2014 Brunswick 2nd Friday ArtWalk!
We are looking for interested artists to participate in our summer ArtWalks running from May through October.
New to ArtWalks? Please see our last year brochure for further information.
Below please find pertinent dates, benefits, and application & application instructions.
Any questions, please contact our office at
Deadline dates:
Early bird deadline with discount – Feb 28, 2014 (must be received in FRAA office by the date indicated)

Final deadline – March 7, 2014 (must be received in FRAA office by the date indicated)

Artists Pick up all the information Here!

Musicians please find your application  here.

Sponsors- It takes a great deal of community support to bring  this event together and we would not be able to do it without your support. Your donations help support the entertainment and marketing for this event.

Please find the sponsorship application here to fill out with information regarding your business which will be included in the brochure that reaches throughout the local communities as well as along the train route down into Boston.

The summer ArtWalks in Brunswick help to build awareness for all the events, businesses, restaurants and local talent that is part of our community.

Watercolor Workshop @ Centre Street Gallery in Bath

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Marsha Donahue returns for a three-day Watercolor workshop beginning:

Saturday, March 8 through Monday, March 10.

Three days tuition is $350; two days tuition is $250.

Watercolor Classes at Centre Street Gallery

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Continuing Watercolor with Linda Murray begins:
Wednesday, March 5, for nine weeks, from 2 – 5 pm;
cost $195.

Marlene Loznicka Shows at SIS This Month

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Marlene Loznicka was born in York, Maine and now lives on the Pemaquid Peninsula where she has her studio and gallery.

Beginning to draw and paint at an early age, she was influenced by her father, also a painter, who studied at the Ogunquit Art School when it was a well-known artist’s colony.

Loznicka moved south with her family as a teenager and came back to Maine twenty years later where she has lived ever since.  She was totally inspired by the Maine landscape and began spending a lot of time painting and teaching on Monhegan Island.

Last summer she was chosen to have a one person exhibit at the Island Inn, the show ran the entire summer.  She still spends two weeks painting on the island every summer.

Marlene is currently working in oils, encaustic, and watercolor, developing her style through simplicity and abstraction.

She frequently works en plein air as she feels that this helps her to have more of an emotional and spiritual feeling about the subject rather than just a depiction of nature.  Marlene’s paintings are about light, atmosphere and color.

Young at Art: celebrating artists in grades K-8

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


Young at Art: celebrating artists in grades K-8

The public is invited to Young at Art, our 11th annual exhibition of children’s artwork, when area students in grades K -8 have their work on display in the professional setting of the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.  Each year the gallery invites art teachers from elementary and middle schools from throughout the greater Augusta area to select their best student art to be featured in this community-wide celebration of talented young artists. Schools serving the following communities are participating: Augusta, Chelsea, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Manchester, Readfield, Richmond, Monmouth, Palermo and Windsor.

The exhibition, on view March 8-29, 2014, is free and open to the public. Hours at the Harlow Gallery are Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6pm.
The public is invited to the opening reception on Saturday, March 8 between 12-5pm. Light refreshments available.  Please join us in celebrating the youngest artists in our community — families with children especially encouraged to attend.  Artists and their families and friends are requested to attend according to the following schedule to avoid overcrowding:

12 – 2pm – artists in kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade

2-4 pm – artists in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade

3-5 pm – artists in 6th, 7th & 8th grade

Ice Festival- Lewiston/Auburn

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments




Don’t miss the event that all of your friends were talking about last year! For the second year in a row, L/A Arts’ IceFest Lewiston Auburn has partnered with DaVinci’s Eatery, Roopers and J Dostie Jewelers to present an event that surpasses the fun and excitement of their inaugural  year.  IceFest will be a three day extravaganza of frosty beverages, larger than life ice sculptures, live music and a delicious sampling of bite-sized hors d’oeuvres from some of the areas favorite restaurants! The event will be capped off with a free, Family Day on Sunday with loads of fun activities to entertain the whole family. This year, we have raised the bar, literally, and are offering six ice bars and over 20 ice sculptures from local and regional sponsors.  Additional features include live ice sculpture demos, 20+ partnering restaurants, fire spinners, live music and if we get enough snow, a return of our massive igloo!


IceFest Lewiston Auburn will take place the weekend of February 21st and run through the 23rd. The evenings of the Friday the 21st and Saturday the 22nd are 21+ events (ID required at the door) beginning at 5PM and continuing until 9PM. Sunday, February 23rd is a free family day, beginning at 11am and finishing at 3PM. IceFest Lewiston Auburn will take place in Fountain Park, Bates Mill Complex at 150 Mill St (behind DaVinci’s). Tickets can be purchased at L/A Arts office at 221 Lisbon St, through their box office at 782-7228 or online at


February 21 

Day 1


Grab your warmest wool mittens and  your most fabulous coat and join L/A Arts for the opening night of IceFest L/A. Friday night is sure to get the party started with flowing drinks, delicious  snacks and some of your favorite tunes along side amazing fire spinners!  The festival kicks off at 5pm and the music and drinks will flow until 9pm!


February 22
Day 2


Day 2 of IceFest L/A is sure to impress. Saturday includes the same great drinks, scrumptious treats, ice sculptures and fire dancing. Saturday night will also feature a very special live performance by Three Point Jazz. The local music group will perform sultry jazz standards and originals that are sure to keep your feet moving and blood pumping through the night.


We will also be hosting a special VIP hour on Saturday! VIP hour is from 4-5pm and includes access to all of the IceFest amenities, and bars without the long lines, live music, and a super cool ice carving demonstration! Tickets are $25 and space is limited, only 50 tickets are available so get them fast!


February 24 
Day 3- Family Day


Grab the entire clan and share in the fun with a free family day on Sunday, February 23rd. Keep the kids cozy and warm inside with hot cocoa, cider, coffee and sweet treats for the young and old(er) inside the Bates Mill Atrium thanks to the generosity of Platz Associates.  A pair of Maine based artists will entertain with renowned storytelling artist Antonio Rocha and dynamic interactive solo singer/songwriter Martin Swinger who will get everyone in the mood to sing along.  Finally, outside in Fountain Park there will be live ice carvings to marvel at and games and activities sponsored by Camp Jordan YMCA and The Boys and Girls Club of Auburn/Lewiston that are sure to keep everyone happy that they braved the cold.

Voices of the Sea

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

‘Voices of the Sea’ 3rd edition casts wider net

In 2012, Maine Maritime Museum launched a program to showcase the talents of men and women who earn a living working Maine’s waters. Voices of the Sea gives these hard working mariners the opportunity to provide a glimpse into the trials and beauty of their workaday world through music and poetry. Now in its third year, Voices expands its impact with two programs on two successive nights in two Maine cities with working waterfronts and adding maritime working images to the programs.
Bath – Friday, March 14; 7 p.m.
Long Reach Hall, MMM

Members $15; nonmembers $17; children $10
Hosted by John McDonald, Maine’s Storyteller, with  appearances by Bath’s own Kevin Gilmore, poet Sally Woolf-Wade, musician Bob Bowman and others.

Catherine Worthington Fiber Art Exhibition and Artist’s Talk at Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


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From February 22nd to March 25th, the Crooker Gallery at the Topsham Public Library will be featuring a Fiber Art Exhibit by Catherine Worthington.

Catherine creates colorful textile paintings with themes of nature, flowers, pears and poppies.

Her landscapes celebrate her surroundings by depicting the Maine woods, the sea, pine trees or street scenes using bold bright colors.

Catherine creates her own fabrics by painting or silkscreening, and often finishes the work with French knots, beads, and other embroidery techniques.

She has a BFA in textile design from University of MA and is a member of Five Rivers Arts Alliance, Maine FiberArts, Maine Crafts Association, Designing Women and Surface Design Association.

Catherine will also be giving an artist’s talk on Saturday, February 22nd, at 11:00AM, also at Topsham Public Library’s Crooker Gallery.

As always, our programs are free and open to the public.


The Topsham Public Library is located at 25 Foreside Road in Topsham. For more information, contact the library at 725-1727 or at

Cabin Fever???

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Get out to a class! Enjoy the community and the sharing…

Sunday, Feb. 16
Figure Drawing
2-4 pm
Centre St Arts Gallery
11 Centre St, Bath