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Art and Culture

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The Art of Leaving a Legacy

A handful of Maine artists have left legacies to promote future artists.

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bedazzled

"Night Stories" is both a book and two art exhibitions, pairing the work of writers and artists.

Way Back When 147 — Summer Colonies

Bayville in East Boothbay was one of many post-Civil War summer colonies in Maine.

Maine Master: Philip Barter

From lively narratives to stylized landscapes, downeast painter Philip Barter is a Maine master.

Bigfoot, libidos, telephones?

Bigfoot, libidos, telephones? There’s a museum for that. Learn about some of the state’s more eccentric and museums.

Island Life

When an artist couple wanted to build his-and-her studios on a remote island, they turned to Houses and Barns by John Libby.

The Draw of Water

Water is a vital element for painter Marguerite Robichaux, a seasoned fly fisher who often combines painting and fishing trips, who captures the rivers and lakes of Maine.

An Artistic Flatboat

Two Maine-based artists have built a shanty-style housefloat and plan to motor it down the Mississippi, creating art as they go.

Bears, Boats, and Boules

Cynthia Stroud creates bronze bears, painted boats, and more in her Brooklin, Maine, studio..

Moving to Maine

There is only one person in the United States who builds replicas of historic bassoons. She lives in Maine with her partner in a former cannery that they have turned into an avant-garde music venue.

Metal Magic

Stop by Bar Harbor artist Melita Westerlund’s warehouse studio and you will find her wearing industrial protective gear and wielding industrial power tools. Her final product is far from industrial, though.

Christmas Bird Count

Annual Christmas Bird Counts promote science, camaraderie, and conservation worldwide. Rare birds and behavior have been a hallmark of the event in Rockland, Maine.

Good Reads — Issue 143

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Inside the Frame

The people who make the art often get our attention, but who stretches their canvases and who makes their frames? Meet a husband-wife team that creates gorgeous frames, and a pair of talented canvas makers.