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Art and Culture

Good Reads

A few new books about Maine.

En Plein Mer with Amy and Seamus Hourihan

Aboard their Gunboat 55 catamaran Thirst, Amy and Seamus Hourihan find watercolor subjects along the coast of Maine.

Alan Magee’s Conversation with the World

Through paintings, prints, and songs, the artist Alan Magee responds to civilization and its discontents

Monson Arts: Cultivating the Muse

Artists and writers find space, time and community on the shores of Lake Hebron.

David Wolfe: Master Printer

Master printer David Wolfe helps artists and publishers realize their visions.

The Multifaceted Creativity of Daniel Minter

A Portland-based artist brings empathy to his vision of history and the world

Some book ideas for winter reading

Novels, history, boating, and invention

Siri Beckman

Printmaker Siri Beckman’s sense of place—and line—makes for memorable impressions.

Cig Harvey

Photographer Cig Harvey’s images turn small moments into gasps of wonder.

Michael Torlen

In his series “Ocean Blues,” artist Michael Torlen reflects on the fate of our water planet.

George Hathaway

Portland’s prolific marine artist, George Hathaway, got his start painting furniture.

Michael Vermette

Michael Vermette has become one of Maine’s foremost plein air painters. His most recent subject was the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.

Whimsical Art Inspired by True Stories

Artist Ed Parker paints whimsical maritime scenes that at first glance appear to be simple works of carefree fantasy, but on closer examination reveal the results of painstaking research.

Yvonne Jacquette Finds Art in High Places

Pushing the bird’s-eye view tradition to new heights, Yvonne Jacquette paints landscapes based on studies made from elevated outlooks: planes (small and large), helicopters, tall buildings, and the tops of mountains.

A Tipsy Rooster and Horse Whispering

The writer recalls the time the family’s rooster got drunk, and his grandfather’s winning ways with draft horses