Arts festival to Pop the Cork 2 in Rockport for 10 days in June

Posted May 20, 2009, at 7:28 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:37 a.m.

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — Midcoast Maine will be host to a 10-day arts festival next month celebrating Maine’s role in American art.

Cellardoor Winery will kick off the 10 days with its second annual Pop the Cork event in support of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport on June 18.

The bookend event to the festival is the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine in America Summer Gala honoring Robert Indiana on June 27, for which Cellardoor Winery has signed on as the lead sponsor.

Pop the Cork 2 is a multi-venue extravaganza celebrating arts, culture, wine and food in support of the art center’s Distinguished Artist Exhibition, “YOU ARE HERE : Linden Frederick, Studies and Paintings.” The exhibit celebrates long-time Maine resident and nationally renowned realist painter Linden Frederick. Proceeds from Cellardoor’s Pop the Cork event will benefit the arts center.

Last year, the Farnsworth Art Museum was the beneficiary of the first Pop the Cork.

“I was raised to appreciate the value and importance of charitable giving, and it’s a belief I carry over to my operation of Cellardoor,” said Bettina Doulton recently.

“I believe businesses and citizens bear some of the responsibility of helping our arts communities thrive. I am particularly excited about hosting Pop the Cork 2 to benefit CMCA this year, and I am proud to lend Cellardoor’s support. All of my and Cellardoor’s donations are made with the hope that I am not just writing a check, but can see a lasting benefit for the next generations — for education and community. Hopefully our support will encourage other organizations to get on board in support of the arts as well.”

Doulton also has supported the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, the Maine Community Foundation and other Maine-based nonprofit organizations.

Cellardoor’s Pop the Cork 2 will be held at multiple Rockport venues, including the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Tickets are $75 each. Call 236-2654 or e-mail tickets@cellardoorvineyard.com.

Tickets for the Farnsworth’s Maine in America Summer Gala may be purchased at 596-6457, ext. 117, or e-mail kstone@farnsworthmuseum.org.

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