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Midcoast art news, Aug. 18, 2011

Annual art exhibit

SEARSPORT, Maine — Searsport Historical Society will hold the fifth annual art exhibit “Local Artists — Local History” at 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, upstairs in Union Hall.

This year the society has lined up 50 local artists and will display an even broader assortment of original work — including a weathervane maker.

Each year the art show committee, led this year by Mary Brann and Faith Garrold, selects a resident of note to interview and feature as a special exhibit. This year they’re creating a retrospective of Wayne Hamilton’s photography.

Hamilton began his career while still in Searsport schools and has become a key figure on the waterfront as harbor master and a local businessman with his marine store, Hamilton Marine.

From early family photos on Cottage Street, he realized that he had an eye for capturing what he saw and proceeded to gain the technical expertise to present it effectively. Visitors will see some of his early equipment and hear more of his artistic journey in “Through Wayne’s Eyes.”

Barefoot Ball benefit

JACKSON, Maine — On Saturday, Aug. 20, there will be a Barefoot Ball fundraiser 8 p.m.-midnight at the Jackson Community Center with live music by two Waldo County-based, original rock bands: Steel Toe Booty and The Rugged.

Steel Toe Booty is reuniting for this event — Cody Tibbetts on guitar and vocals, Kelly Ravin on drums and vocals, and Tim Valliere on bass.

Newly formed Jackson band The Rugged is composed of Travis Lloyd on guitar and vocals, Cody Tibbetts drums and vocals, and Tim Valliere on bass.

Show some toe to be eligible for door prizes. Concessions include fresh pizza and hot dogs. Attendees may bring beverages.

There is no cover charge, but donations will benefit efforts to establish a Jackson community-oriented nonprofit. This event is for age 21 and older.

For info, contact Jenny or Cody Tibbetts at 722-4228.

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