Arts in the Park
BELFAST — Belfast will be buzzing 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, as the 16th annual Arts in the Park gets underway downtown at the waterfront. Ninety artists will participate. The selection of artwork will include photography, pottery, jewelry, fabric art, paintings, garden sculptures, twig furniture, stained glass and much more. The artists are from Maine, New England and farther afield.
Musical entertainment line-up for the weekend is:
• Rusty Hinges, 10 a.m.
• Bay Fiddlers, noon.
• River City Harmonizers, 2 p.m.
• 195th U.S. Army Band, 10 a.m.
• Blue Hill Brass Quintet, noon-4 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.artsintheparkbelfast.org/.
ROCKPORT — Bay Chamber Concerts and Community Music School will present the 2011 Young Stars of Maine Prizewinners Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at the Rockport Opera House. The concert will feature the winners in seven prize winning categories and is free and open to all.
For more than 50 years Bay Chamber has awarded prizes to aspiring young Maine musicians. This year the following prizes of $1,000 each were awarded:
• The A. H. Chatfield Jr. Piano Prize, Jessica Chen, piano, Bangor.
• The Ezra Rachlin Fun with Music Prize for Excellence, Michal Harris, piano, Brunswick.
• The Jean and Harvey Picker Senior Prize, Maya French, violin, Swanville.
• The Elsie Bixler Junior Prize, Gianluca Pane, violin, Wilton.
• The Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize, Gabriel Terracciano, violin, Portland.
• Kathie Johnson Chamber Music Prize (Shared): Fiona Boyd, violin, Thomaston; Teal Vickery, viola, Cushing; Duncan Hall, cello, Camden; Sam McKenna, piano, Appleton.
Works by Bach, Faure, Sibelius and more will be featured on the program. Following the performance, concert-goers, friends and family are invited to a reception for the musicians.
WISCASSET — Wiscasset Family Medicine will present the third annual Fiddle Day at the Farm, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the Morris Farm Trust. Old Grey Goose will headline the day and Doug Protsik will introduce a line-up of Maine fiddlers including Katie Newell and the Newell Family Band, plus many other local musicians. Mid-coast fiddlers of all ages from the Maine Fiddle Camp will perform.
Tickets are $10, free to children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets for Fiddle Day at the Farm, visit http://www.morrisfarm.org/, call the farm at 882-4080 or email email@example.com.
The public has decided this year’s Best Film category winner for the Image Gazer Film Festival 2011 held June 16-19 in theaters in Deer Isle, Blue Hill, Bucksport and Ellsworth. The winner is “Pick,” directed by Benjamin Hayden.
The public also voted for Best Films in four main genres during the festival. The winners are:
• Best Short Film, “Flash Phenomenon.”
• Best Student Film, “Pick.”
• Best Drama Film, “Moon.”
• Best Documentary, “Zeitgeist Moving Forward.”
These films will tour in the area:
• Saturday, July 2, Camden Opera House, Camden.
• Sunday, July 24, Colonial Theatre, Belfast.
Tickets are $15.
For more information and film festival schedules, call Dylan Howard at 669-5506.
Maine Coast Carving and Art Competition and Show
BELFAST — The 23rd annual Maine Coast Carving and Art Competition and Show, sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association, will take place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 9-10, at the Boathouse on Commercial Street. This show displays the work of 50 carvers, artists and photographers from the New England area. All forms of carving from decoys to caricatures will be on display. Artwork and photography is limited to wildlife and Maine Coastal scenery. Entrants must register entries noon-6 p.m. Friday, July 8, or 7-9 a.m. Saturday.
Judging will take place on Saturday morning with the floating decoys judged in the harbor, weather permitting, around 11 a.m. The public is invited to view the judging process. Judges work from rules set up by the association and judge each entry individually. There are different judges for different levels of ability — youth, novice, intermediate, open and masters.
The association was formed in 1988 with 10 charter members from the nearby area. This group has grown to include members from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the entire state of Maine. Carvers, artists and photographers in the area to compete. Entry fees are $5 youth; $7 novice, intermediate and open; $12 master.
A raffle will be held with the drawing to take place at 3 p.m. Sunday. Raffle items are “Pair of Loons,” a pen, ink and watercolor by Fred Hartman of Whiting; and a carving of a loon by Charlene Nelson of Jonesport. Tickets are $1 or six for $5.
There is no admission charge to the show. For more information call Ellen at 338-5309 or Karen at 789-5363.
Art quilt show
The art quilt group Frayed Edges includes Sarah Ann Smith of Hope, Kate Cutko of Bowdoinham, Kate Daniels of Rockport and Deborah Boschert of Crofton, Md., (formerly of Topsham). The four fiber artists and long-time friends use fabric, thread, stitching, paint and other unexpected material and images in their latest collection of art quilts inspired by the theme “Letters.” The collection will be on display through July 31 in the Jean Picker Room at the Camden Public Library. An artist’s reception will be held 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9.
The centerpiece of the collection is a set of four triptychs designed especially for the exhibit. Each artist created a triptych — two small art quilts with a third larger piece in the center. The artists embraced the theme “Letters” in many different ways. Some have used letters as a graphic element, others have explored images of letters in envelopes, journals and comic books.
The artists’ work has appeared in juried art shows, books and internationally published magazines. The group includes members of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild, Studio Art Quilt Association and the International Quilt Association.
APPLETON — Carolyn Brown is the featured artist for the month of July at the Appleton Library, 2916 Sennebec Road. She will be available to discuss her art work at reception 6-7 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the library. She also will give a slide show presentation at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the town’s Historical Society meeting.
Brown will present historic Appleton photos and information about the “Then and Now” photo history project offered in her photo class in conjunction with the Penobscot Marine Museum. Both events are free and open to all. Brown teaches art at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. For more information, call 785-5656 or visit http://www.appleton.lib.me.us/.