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Art and Culture

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.

Shipping News

Since opening its Portland, Maine, office several years ago, the Icelandic company Eimskip has been shipping more and more goods to and from Maine in its container ships. Two artists recount their ride from Portland to Reykjavik on one of those vessels.

The Appledore of His Eye

American impressionist painter Childe Hassam spent many summers painting on Appledore Island, producing some of his most wonderful work.

Moore In Maine

Painter John Moore assembles many parts on the canvas to create a layered and compelling whole.

True Fresco

Maine artist Barbara Sullivan puts a contemporary twist on the age-old art of fresco work.

Coming of Age All Over Again

A new wave of young craftspeople and farmers are setting down roots, starting up businesses, and promoting sustainability on Blue Hill Peninsula and in other Maine communities.

Nadeau of the North

Artist Ed Nadeau taps into his Franco-American heritage and a sense of Maine to create stories of life lived near the edge. In the spectrum of Maine artists, Nadeau is something of a rarity: a narrative painter who mixes fact and fiction. Many of his canvases conjure stories, some drawn from family and personal experiences, others “ripped from the headlines.”

Influenced by Nature

Charles Eliot was a noted landscape architect who helped create the land trust model that led to the formation of Acadia National Park. Sailing vacations to Maine with his family when he was young helped inspire his later work.

Joel Babb's Real World

Painter Joel Babb is a consummate realist. His landscapes of Boston, sometimes based on photographs and sketches made from the air or tall buildings, are considered among the finest achievements of their kind. In recent years, he has turned this same attention to detail onto natural settings in Maine.

The Shakers

The 2014-2015 Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland’s exhibit “The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World,” featured works from the Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, and several major museums. Some 200 objects were on display, including the minimalist furniture, boxes, and other household items for which the Shakers are renowned.

I Should Have Named Her Serendipity

Who doesn’t want an exact model of their boat? A besotted Concordia owner describes how he was able to track down a miniature replica of his yawl, built by one of the country’s finest model makers, Rob Eddy.