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Art and Culture

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

Painter Abe Goodale Comes Home to the Sea

This descendent of Charles Dana Gibson pays homage to Maine fishermen in remarkable watercolors

Governor Baxter and the Making of a Historian

Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth explains how early encounters with Gov. Percival Baxter inspired his career.

Precisely Maine

Greta Van Campen and Mary Alice Treworgy practice a modern-day Precisionism in their paintings.

A Few Ideas for Winter Reading

From the bookshelf

Canine Quarters at Sea

Photographer Ruth Montgomery, Way Back When

Janice Anthony

A brilliant realist, the painter seeks out out-of-the-way places that speak to her sense of place.

The Bygone Era of the Prim & Proper Bathing Suit

A look at how people hit the beach in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Colin Page

Painter Colin Page captures light and life in color-filled canvases.

A Wide-Angle View of Maine as it Came of Age

A remarkable exhibition of lithographic landscapes of the Pine Tree State at Bowdoin College provides a panoramic record of Maine’s towns and cities.