The Maine
An artful dialogue about the wonders of the state.

Won’t Be Long Now

photograph by John Ames

Won't be long now.

Portrait Of Scott

photograph by John Ames

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Living in Maine is not easy. This lovely man cuts lawns for many folks here in town. He works incredibly hard in all kinds of weather, is always cheerful and scrupulously fair in all his dealings. He is an example to all who know him.

Tuesday Tune: Swarm

photographs and text by Brian Willson

Cedar Waxwing (Beech Hill Preserve, 24 August 2014)

This the kind of lovely August Sunday that found me working all morning at the kitchen table, running errands in early afternoon here and there, riding my bicycle up to Camden for a specific bottle of beer and a certain chocolate and walnut brownie at Megunticook Market, and hiking Beech Hill Preserve with my dog before the sun went down. I.e., a damn nice kind of day.

It was nice for the Beech Hill waxwings, too, on account of a big fly hatch. I’d watched waxwings for the past week or so perching in the trailside birches and occasionally fluttering off to grab a flying insect or two before returning to the same tree. But I hadn’t yet seen the kind of big swarms like I did last year about this time—the kind they’ll take to hovering in, just hoovering up flies. Until today.

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I didn’t see it until we reached the summit. The swarm was thick and churning and seemed to be stuck to one area just at the tip of the tallest tree in the spruce grove, where—sure enough—several waxwings were hanging out. This time, though, they didn’t have to flutter off and hover: the flies were thick enough that they were lighting on the branches the birds perched on. All they had to do was dip down and have a bite. Thoughtful.

Returning into the late-afternoon sun, we encountered loose clouds of flies along the trail, flitting and flashing in the bright backlight. We came down along where I’d watched a Yellow Warbler, a Red-eyed Vireo, an Alder Flycatcher, and some other waxwings hunting for tiny winged things. As we’d stood there quietly, a humming bird buzzed over and hung there in the air for a moment, sizing us up. In the distance, a Blue Jay screamed.

Tonight is lusciously cool.

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Beech Hill List
Beginning at 5:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Cedar Waxwing**
2. American Goldfinch
3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Song Sparrow
5. Gray Catbird (v)
6. Eastern Towhee
7. Blue Jay (v)
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Yellow Warbler
10. Red-eyed Vireo**
11. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
12. Alder Flycatcher
13. Mourning Dove* (v)
14. American Crow* (v)
15. Northern Cardinal (v)

Elsewhere

16. Tufted Titmouse (v)
17. Herring Gull
18. House Sparrow
19. American Robin
20. Canada Goose

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Lola

painting by Lily Hamill

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Lola, 10″ x 10″ acrylic on wood panel

Besides running one of Midcoast Maine’s epicenters of fitness, Lily Hamill paints dog portraits by commission. She’s “ruff” and tough.

Free For The Taking

an ongoing search by Shannon Thompson

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Tomorrow Night Don’t Miss The…

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For more info, email c.walton@thegoodsupply.org or call (207) 607-3121.

Can’t make it tomorrow night? Visit Summer Work, a pop up art exhibit by Jessica Ives and Margaret Rizzio at The Good Supply, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am – 6pm, through August 31st. If you enjoy the Tuesday 207 or Dear Maine features on The Maine you will enjoy this show!

Contentment

photograph and text by Jonathan Ives

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Standing at the edge of the float, watching my diamond jig dance in the black water was making my neck hurt. “You gettin’ a few?” a man asked, and I turned to see Kendrick standing beside me. He was short, with a small brown mustache. Despite the summer heat he was dressed in a red flannel shirt and blue Dickie work pants, his hands buried deep in the pockets. The oversized baseball cap he wore made his head look small. “Just a few Pollock, but no Mackerel yet,” I replied and went back to making the silver hook dance in the darkness.

We stood together in silence, me jigging my rod and Kendrick looking with a calm stillness down the harbor. Eventually I reeled in and picked up my tackle box, ready to call it a day. “I’m headed back up to Damariscotta,” I said and turned to walk up the ramp. “Damariscotta,” The old lobsterman said, as if he were saying it for the first time. “I don’t think I’ve been up there in twenty years.”

I stopped in my tracks, surprised by his comment. At the top of the Pemaquid Peninsula, Damariscotta was only twelve miles away from the harbor, and was the one town that separated it from the rest of the state. I was shocked. “You haven’t been uptown in twenty years?” I asked.

His face became as surprised as my own. “What do I need to go up there for?”

His question stuck with me as I drove away, thinking about staying in Bristol for the next twenty years of my life. There was a grocery store, post office, gas station, library, lumber yard, and ice cream stand. What else does one man need to be truly happy?

Tuesday 207

The regular Tuesday 207 painting auctions are on break for the month of August while Jessica prepares for and celebrates the opening of Summer Work: Jessica Ives & Margaret Rizzio at The Good Supply in Pemaquid.

You’re invited to the artists’ reception on Friday, August 22nd. Come see a dozen brand new, barely dry 207 paintings alongside some favorites that have been posted on The Maine during the past year. A selection of Jessica’s larger oil paintings and assemblages by Margaret Rizzio, another artist featured on The Maine, will also be on view. The official press release follows.

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‘Pop Up’ Art Exhibit at The Good Supply 
Summer Work: Jessica Ives & Margaret Rizzio

Pemaquid, ME (August 7, 2014) An exhibition of new paintings by Jessica Ives and mixed-media assemblages by Margaret Rizzio will be on display for the last half of August at The Good Supply in Pemaquid. The public is invited to join the artists at a reception to be held from 5:30pm – 7:30pm on Friday, August 22nd at The Good Supply’s post and beam storefront.

Ives, a Damariscotta resident and graduate of The Cooper Union School of Art, creates oil paintings inspired by the outdoor adventures — both locally and statewide — that she shares with her husband and friends. Summer Work features a large selection of her 4×4 inch “207 Paintings” appropriately named for the state’s area code. Swimmers, sailors, paddlers, hikers, bikers, climbers, and other outdoor adventurers are captured in jewel-like moments that shine with the artist’s gratitude for life lived in Maine. A selection of larger paintings will also be on view. Ives celebrated a successful solo show at Bowdoin College earlier this year and exhibits regularly with Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor and Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth.

Born and raised in Blue Hill, Maine and now living in Camden, Rizzio received her MFA from SUNY Purchase and quickly returned home to pursue a life of art. Her current work uses a wide range of mediums — vintage ephemera, found objects, repurposed frames — that embrace the passage of time and the beauty of physical objects in a screen obsessed era. Summer Work will include various size assemblage pieces and a series of unique postcard collages. Last summer Rizzio sold out her solo show at Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle. She continues to exhibit at Turtle and at The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast. She will be presenting about her work and her mail art subscription service at the Pecha Kucha Midcoast Maine event in Camden on August 15th.

Ives and Rizzio have collaborated on pop-up events and exhibitions in the past and are thrilled to team up with The Good Supply owner Catherine Walton on this unique community exhibition to bid summer adieu. The Good Supply, an up-and-coming rustic boutique housed in a recently restored 150-year old barn in Pemaquid, is known for its utilitarian work from Maine artisans. This pop-up event marks the store’s first 2D art celebration.  “The Good Supply’s foundation is in the art world, and given our mission to build community this collaboration is a dream come true,” says Walton. Ives and Rizzio couldn’t be more excited to participate in The Good Supply’s unique space, spirit of hospitality, and mission to support the work of local artists.

Summer Work: Jessica Ives & Margaret Rizzio, will be on exhibit at The Good Supply from Tuesday, August 19th  – Sunday, August 31st, with an opening reception on Friday, August 22nd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Art is available for purchase.

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Founded in 2012, The Good Supply’s mission is to cultivate creativity and community by supporting those who make by hand.  The business storefront is located in The Good Supply barn at 2106 Bristol Road in Pemaquid, Maine.  Storefront hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Artisan wares can also be viewed and purchased online at thegoodsupply.org. For additional information please contact Owner and Head Curator, Catherine Walton: (207)607-3121 or c.walton@thegoodsupply.org