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Our region includes twelve communities in Midcoast Maine: Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Arrowsic, and Georgetown.


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Arts Downtown & All Around, December 8 - 10, 2006

The 9th Annual Arts Downtown & All Around, the midcoast region’s premier open studio and art show weekend, gets off to an early start on the evening of Friday, December 8 with many galleries and studios open from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with the Second Friday Art Walk. Receptions, readings, music and openings across the region including “Project M,” a student exhibit at the Southern Maine Community College, Bath campus, are part of the evening.
Bridget Spaeth in her studio

The weekend continues Saturday and Sunday with more than one hundred artists showing and selling their work. Hours continue 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on December 9 and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on December 10. More than fifty art sites are open in seven midcoast communities, including downtown galleries, open studios, and large group shows in Bowdoinham, Harpswell and in Brunswick. Arts Downtown & All Around is sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance. Complete listings and maps are available in a printed program available across the midcoast before the event and online here.

Established in 1998, Arts Downtown & All Around offers the public a rare opportunity to explore artists’ studios. The event is presented by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, with support of sponsor L.L. Bean, The Alfred M. Senter Fund, Downeast Energy & Building Supply. This year’s activities also include a prize drawing for gift certificates. 


Printable Maps for Arts Downtown & All Aroundnatasha kempers cullen in her studio


Art sites are open Saturday, December 9, 10am to 5pm unless otherwise marked. “F” indicates that the site is open 5-8 on Friday.  “Sa” indicates that the site is open 10-5 Saturday.   “Su” indicates that the site is open 11- 4 on Sunday. Numbers refer to sites on maps. 


1    Topsham Public Library: Small Works by Natasha Kempers-Cullen.  Works are collage construction art quilts.  On exhibit Nov 6-Dec 31.  On Sat, Dec 10 the artist will talk about her work and the exhibit. (See schedule.)  25 Foreside Road. 725-1727. Sa

2   Stephen Petroff Open Studio. Paintings on paper, workspace, “scrapbooks” and more. Upstairs at 40 Main St.  725-1047.  F, Sa, Su

3  Border Trust Business Center.  Readings on Sunday. (See schedule).  Su


Fort Andross - Studios
4   Mildred Johnson Open Studio. Assemblages, collage, mixed media. Fort Andross, 14 Maine St. (Use Northern Mattress entrance; 2nd floor).  319-4201; wxjohnsohn@msn.com. F, Sa, Su

5   Ed McCartan Open Studio.  Experimental works, combining abstract and realistic forms, symbolism.  Fort Andross, Mill 2, 14 Maine St. (Use Northern Mattress entrance; 2nd floor).  449-0208, http:// www.artists-in-residence.com/edsart/ F, Sa, Su

6   Cabot Mill Gallery Holiday Show  featuring unique and affordable works of art by Allison Price and friends.  Ornaments, cards, jewelry, paintings, prints and sculpture. Opening Reception: Friday.  Fort Andross, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, Mill Two Entrance, 1st door on 2nd floor.  837-9108.  allisonprice@gwi.netF, Sa, Su
Barn by Bill Tomsa

7   Simply Divine Brownies: Photography of Gary Pennington & Dave Higgins. Free samples.  Fort Andross, 14 Maine Street, Suite 2nd floor, Mill 2 Entrance.729-0111.  www.simplydivinebrownies.com. F, Sa, Su

8    The Applecart Press, LLC. A specialty printing enterprise that blends digital graphic design and typesetting with the traditional process of letterpress printing.  David Wall.  Fort Andross, 14 Maine St. Unit 0100-1 (ground floor).  373-1690; www.applecartpress.com. F, Sa, Su

9    Penobscot Bay Porch Swings, LLC.  Handcrafted contemporary sailor hammocks and porch swings, custom made from Sunbrella material with many choices of pillows and colors. Fort Andross, (Northern Mattress entrance; 2nd floor, off group show).  729-1616; wwwpenobscotbayporchswings.com F, Sa

10  Full Circle Dance Studio Suite 0101 Fort Andross (under Northern Mattress) Friday 5-6:30. (Performance at Curtis Library, 7pm Friday evening.  Saturday.  729-FULL (3855) www.fullcircledancestudio.com F, Sa

11  Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery:  “…Go Beyond—A Visual Journey” Photography by David McLain.  Explore photographic canvases by Maine resident and National Geographic photographer David McLain that illustrate the core passions of Frontier’s “come in…go beyond” mission. All proceeds from the sale of photo-canvases and signed prints support future projects at Frontier.
Radiant Energy quilt by Catherine Worthington

11 “Rock, Paper, Planet—A Trip Afar with Richard Lee” Artist Richard Lee’s collection of journals, paper-media and rock collages transport visitors to destinations as far away as Afghanistan, Central America, Cuba and beyond. Lee will be available to discuss his journeys and creative. Fort Andross, 14 Maine St. Mill 3, Brunswick.  725-5222. Use main entrance. www.explorefrontier.com The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  F 9am-11pm, Sa 10am-11pm, Su

12 Fort Andross Group Show
Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Mill 3.  Ground level.  Use main entrance.  Take hall to left to Frontier Cafe, Cinema, and Gallery.  Go through cafe and down stairs to Group Show.  Down the hall from Applecart Press.

Michael Branca.  Artwork ranges from fantastical oil paintings to landscapes to conceptual assemblages. His work addresses (dis)connectedness with nature, finding beauty, joy and humor in the unexpected. 443-4718.  www.mikebranca.com.  F, Sa, Su

Peg Brightman.  Sculpture. Sa

Jeanne Brooks.  Prints and note cards for sale of pastels, watercolors and drawings. 833-6333. jinbrooks@verizon.net Sa, Su

Christine Cole.  Mixed media, including rustic wood pieces, adobe sculpture and leather bags.  725-5104, ccole@suscom-maine.net  F, Sa, Su

Debra Csenge.  Oil and acrylic works including recent small plein aire paintings of Utah and Maine.  Prints, black and white photography.  729-5825, dcsenge@gwi.net F, Sa, Su

Designs by Aura Ever.  Bags, pillows, art cards and unique one-of-a-kind pins, eclectic and fun made with bits and pieces of everything: antique buttons, Swarovski crystals, and more.  Sa, Su

Jennifer Kinney.  Relief Paintings created from poly-fiber medium, wood, and oil paints.  These paintings are tactile, colorful, experience of abstract art that resembles details pulled from nature, the oceans, tide pools, and aerial views of the earth.  Yes, you can touch this work!  www.easternrivergd.com; 737-2812. F, Sa

Margaret Leonard.   Paintings on paper.  833-6051; mfl@gwi.net; www.gwi.net/~mfl. F, Sa, Su

Kate Maringer:  Clay for Kids Workshop (Saturday only): Kids areInvited to explore artistic approaches and use their imagination with clay. Creative play is what makes artmagical!  I will also have some of my own artwork to show and to sell. Sa

Harold Roberts and Nan Kilbourn-Tara. Soda fired functional and decorative stoneware in rich saturated colors.  443-5585.  coryellclay@gmail.com F, Sa

Bill Tomsa.  Small format paintings.   Small format acrylic paintings from 4” x 4” up to 9” x 12”; a wide variety of subject matter. 729-7089; tomsart912@aol.com. F, Sa, Su

Catherine Worthington:  Textile Art, Art Quilts. One of a kind hand painted textile art, jewelry, gifts & cards.  729-6836; cmworth@verizon.net. F, Sa, Su

Downtown Brunswick
looking at a painting at spindleworks

13   The Window Tree Gallery and Frame Shop.  Paintings of urchins, mussels, barns, boats, Morse Mountain and more by some of our favorite local artists.  44 Maine St.  729-4366. www.thewindowtree.com. F, Sa

14  F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies: Four Maine Views:Painted Landscape Collage by Robin Brooks.56 Maine St.  729-4050.  www.FWHorch.com F, Sa

15  Bayview Gallery: Annual Holiday Exhibition.  A selection of work from our gallery artists. 58 Maine St.; 729-5500;  www.bayviewgallery.com.The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  F, Sa

16  The Frank Brockman Gallery: Terrebella (Beautiful earth).  Philip Carlo Paratore, Painting and David Hamel, Photography. Opening, Friday eve. 3rd floor walk-up at 68 Maine St.  729-5389; bro@gwi.net. F, Sa

17  Spindleworks Annual Holiday Show & Sale!  Unique gifts including scarves, books, ceramics, jewelry, t-shits, paintings, sculpture and more!  Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St.  725-8820; www.spindleworks.org.  The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. F, Sa

18 Little Dog Coffee Shop.  87 Maine St., 721-9500. paul@littledogcoffeeshop.com. The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. F, Sa, Su

19 Bridget Spaeth Open Studio.   "Rubric," A studio show of paintings and drawings. The Lincoln Building, (2nd floor) 98 Maine St.  F, Sa             

20 Clay Play.  Senter Place, 124 Maine St. 725-0397. www.clay-play.com. The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  F, Sa, Su 12-4

21  Gulf of Maine: Artists’ Books.  Window display of handmade artist books, curated by Richard Lee.  Gulf of Maine Books, Reading Saturday evening (See schedule.) 134 Maine St.  729-5083. Fr, Sa, Su

22  Mary Alice Treworgy Open Studio and Sale. Oil paintings of local buildings, Tuscany, Monhegan, and the figure by Mary Alice Treworgy and manipulated black & white photographs by Peter Dreyer.  136 Maine St., Room 5. (2nd floor.) 729-3542; maryalice@treworgy.com. F, Sa

23  M.M. Legassie Jewelry Design.  A metal Craft Studio specializing in one of a kind jewelry, heirloom restoration and updates, Hosting Artist Paul Hollingsworth, creator of vibrant hand painted canvas rugs. 136 Maine St., Room 6 (2nd floor).  504-6734; www.mmlegassie.com. F, Sa, Su

24 Robin Brooks Open Studio.  Works on paper and canvas, landscape collage, new watercolor monotypes and works in mixed media collage. 136 Maine St, Room 8 (2nd fl), 232-9734, benjamin@gwi.netF, Sa, Su

25  Wyler Gallery. Join us for cider and cookies throughout the weekend.  150 Maine St.  729-1321. The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.   F, Sa, Su
Kathy Curry watercolor at Gallery Framing

26  Maine Street Art. Group show: Bradbury Mountain Arts Group.  Arts and craftwork of 14 artists of the Bradbury Mountain area.  Maine Street Art, 141A Maine St.; 721-0244; www.mainestreetart.com.  Music on Friday p.m. (See schedule.)

27 Peter Pan at The Theater Project, 14 School St. Performance of (See schedule.) The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

28 LOCA: Left of Center Artworks.  A gallery with an eclectic mix of wearable, usable and fine art. 10 Pleasant St.; 729-8151.

29  Gallery Framing: Favorite Places.  Oils, watercolors & acrylics by Kathy Curry. 12 Pleasant St.  729-9108; galleryframing@yahoo.com.  F, Sa, Su

30  Abracadabra: Deck the Walls: Art for the Holidays.  Featuring The Tree of Art: Affordable miniature original art pieces by various artists.  Holiday Open House Friday. 11 Pleasant St.  725-0386. www.11pleasant.com The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  
F, Sa

31  Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St. Performance Saturday night. (See schedule).

32  Pamelia Edgerton Photographs of Syria and Lebanon 2006. Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St.  725-5242. (See schedule for dance performances.)handicap accessible symbol F, Sa  Su

33 The Knitting Experience.  Featuring local artisans’ fiber, knitted garments, and handcrafted knitting accessories.  14 Middle St. (Next door to Curtis Library.); 319-7634; www.theknittingexperience.comF 10-6, Sa, Su 12-4

34 Sarah Brayman Open Studio. Mixed media documentary artwork focusing on community and the changing environment.  Featuring: recent photographs and The Memory Table Trays, an installation of over sixty trays, about a group of seniors in North Carolina.  10 McKeen Street.  729-4515.  sebrayman@me.acadia.net Sa, Su


35 Evelyn Dunphy’s Christmas Open Studio.  Beautiful small original watercolors and many different prints. Sip a glass of cider, sit and visit a while.  Everyone who brings a non-perishable food donation for Bath/Brunswick Food Bank will receive a gift certificate towards any purchase. 596 Foster Point Rd.  443-5045. www.evelyndunphy.com. F 6-9pm, Sa 10am-4 pm, Su 1-4pm


36 "Aht" at the Grange: Arts & Fine Crafts by Harpswell Artists, An Eclectic Collection
Ash Cove Pottery, Susan Horowitz and Gail Kass, functional stoneware pottery
Joanne Becker, photography
Bittersweet Design, Christina Beebe, decorative painting, & fine art
Meta Carlson, handbags
Susan Carlson, fabric collage quilts, prints, and books
Tom Conway, basket weaving
Sylvia Dyer, oil paintings and prints
Donnette Goodenow, photography
Island Candy Company, Melinda Harris, chocolates
Dianne Morgan, painted fabric and jewelry
Jim Nelson, books and furniture
Patti Palmer, tiles
Linda Pierce, jewelry
Sandi Ste. George, mosaics and home portraits
Widgeon Cove Studio, Georgeanne and Condon Kuhl, papermaking, and jewelry. 
Merriconeag Grange Hall, Route 123, Harpswell. 6 miles from lights at Bowdoin College, Brunswick.  Café Grange: serving soups, sandwiches and desserts.  833-5665 or susan@susancarlson.com
Fri. 2-8pm, Sa 10-5, Su 10-5


37 Bowdoinham Guild of Artisans Exhibit and Sale.  Nineteen artisans: furniture, pottery, fiber, paintings, jewelry and more. Reception and sale with music Friday; Saturday includes kids art area and storytelling. Bowdoinham Town Hall, 13 School St. (From Rte 24 turn onto Rte 125. School St. is 2nd left.) 666-5531. www.bowdoinham.com/Home/S00B141FF-00B1420A  The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  F 6-8pm, Sat. 10-5

Steven Bunn Furniture Maker              
Sam Cook, Jewelry
Sara Cox
, Ceramics/Fabric     
Tony Cox
, Photography/woodworking   
Kate Cutko, Art Quilts/Cards
Mark Donovan
, Woodwooker/Sculptor
Richard Evans III, Metal Sculpture      
Kathy Goddu,  Japanese textile art, stained glass, silk scarves.             
Martha Lentz, Photography  
Sue Linkel
, Oil Painting/house portraits 
Martin McDonough,
Kathleen McGee
, Handmade glass beads            
Barbara Moskol,
Jane Page-Conway
, Photography         
William Stanton
, Oil Painting/portraits   
Kate Steinhacker
, Oil paintings            
Mary Stride, Fiber art           
Susan Tuttle, Collage            
Gracia Woodward
, Collage   


38 Arrowsic Island Pottery Open Studio. Our studio/gallery will be open to the public.  We’ll have special sale items, a gift drawing and refreshments.  344 Old Stage Road.  (1-1/2 mi. on Rt. 127, left on Old Stage Rd., 1-1/2 miles on left.) 443-5858; www.arrowsicislandpottery.com. The image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. F, Sa, Su


39 Sarah Greenier Galler. Art gallery and studio of Bath artist Sarah Greenier.  Marine, coastal and Monhegan oil paintings and fine art prints available.  Oil painting demon-strations.  428 Middle St. (go ¾ mile south of Rt. 1 on High St. & follow signs). 443-3936. www.sarahgreenier.com F, Sa, Su Monhegan Lupine at Sarah Greenier Gallery

40 Wayne Robbins Carvings. The gallery and studio will be open and will serve light refreshments.  Be sure to sign up for the whale door prize.1302 High St.  (From Rt.1 take High St. exit.  Go north 1.5 miles.  Studio on left.) 443-2287; www.waynerobbins.com.

F, Sa 41 The M Project, drawings by Shawn Allaire, Stacy Bisson, Kristin Cleveland, Dana Crane, Quinn Colbert, Melony Fields, James Ouelette, Susan Perrine, Nathan Shaw, Susan Thidemann, Sarah Vosmus and Natalie Wade.  University College Lobby, 11 Park St.  Take Washington St. 1.5 miles from Rt. 1; left on Park St.  Friday 5-7pm only.

42  Danielle Lambrechts Open Studio.  Oil, acrylic, watercolor-all about colors.  1321 Washington St.  386-3267.  danielel@verizon.net  F, Sa, Su

43  Claudette Gamache Gallery:  A Holiday Art Show.  Meet the artists.  Reception Friday, 5-8.  Refreshments and music with Fran Vigneau at the piano.  1016 Washington St.  443-9978.  www.claudettegamache.com F, Sa, Su

44  Contemporary Maine Monotypes: The Maine Print Project.  Chocolate Church Arts Center Gallery, 798 Washington St.; www.chocolatechurcharts.org.  442-8455.  F 10-4, Sa 10-4

45  Tom Paiement & Maret Hensick: Open Studio. Paintings and drawings.  199 Water St in Bath.  (Go into parking lot between Sunburst Guitar and Tom Paiement studio sign.  Go up large steel staircase behind Subway shop.  Look for “Studio” with arrow.)  650-4719.  F, Sa, Su

46  Judson Pottery Open Studio.  Pottery, sculpture, paintings and drawings.  52 Front St.  443-6941.  Sa

47  Cafe Crème. Ruthanne Harrison.  Corner of Front & Centre Sts.  443-6454.  F, Sa, Su
claudett gamache

48  Harcourt & Rice Massage Therapists.  Window display of participating artists in Arts Downtown & All Around.  Experience the "art" of massage Saturday, 10-2: 10 minute free chair massages.  At 1:30: Informal discussion on the benefits of massage.  9 Centre St. Sa

49  Lynn Koenig Open Studio. Fine art prints from original artwork, photo restoration and fine art photography. 122 Front St. Suite 221, Bath.  522-7397.  www.TheFineArtPrintGallery.comlynnkoenig@gwi.net  F, Sa, Su

50  Susan Perrine-Hand Woven Textiles-Open Studio. Featuring three do-it-yourself weaving stations; bookmark, belt & placemat.  Beautiful handwoven gifts. 10% of December sales will go to Oxfam.  Studio 40, 100 Front St. 443-8041; niagarari@gwi.net. Sa, Su

51  Paintings by Brenda H. Nelson.  Each painting is projection of inner material outward.  Nelson invites the viewer to project onto her paintings their own impressions, all interpretations are correct.  Prodigal Sun Cafe, Front St.  386-5056. Sa 10-2, Sun 10-2

52  Made in Maine artists and products. Lisa-Marie’s, 170 Front St.  443-2225.  F, Sa

53  Minerva’s Bounty:  Thomas Merriam:  New Work, and Kennebec Art Club Holiday Show.  New watercolors by Tom Merriam, on exhibit Dec. 8-10, reception Sunday 1-3 pm; Kennebec Art Club Holiday Show, opening reception Friday 5-7 pm with music by Alison Freeman.  Minerva's Bounty, 190 Front St., Bath; 443-3110; www.minervasbounty.comThe image “http://www.aphsa.org/include/Images/handicap.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.  F, Sa, Su

Bob Santerre with pitcher

30   Author Talk with Paul Betit, author of Phu Bai & Kagnew Station. 5p.m. at Abracadabra Fine Arts Gallery, 11 Pleasant St. www.jstwrite.com; 729-3600.

31    Moving Spirit Dance Performance. Intergenerational company dancers, dedicated to creating and performing dance for sacred spaces. Directed by Peg Brightman. 5 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. 

43   YMCA Festival of Trees - Chocolate Church Annex.  5: 30-7:30 pm. The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath.  442-8455; www.chocolatechurcharts.org.

31 Gemini Dance Company.  Dance performance of hip hop, jazz, and Latin styles by local teens. Directed by Tami Palmiter.  7-8 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. 729-3291; geminidancer@gwi.net.

27  Peter Pan at The Theater Project.  Play by J.M. Barrie. A Young Company Production directed by Lee K. Paige Suggested ticket price: $10.  14 School St., Brunswick.  729-8584. 7:30pm.


YMCA Festival of Trees. Chocolate Church Annex. 10am to 1:30pm. The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath.  www.chocolatechurcharts.org.

31  Just Write Books Author Talks All Day with Brian Barlow, Robert Thomas, H. R. Coursen, Susan Young and Ren Bernier at the Curtis Memorial Library’s Seminar Room.
10-11  Only One Childe, by Brian Bohun Barlow
11-12  Phu Bai & Kagnew Station, by Paul Betit
Noon- 1 Break
1-2      Full Moon on White by Robert Thomas
2-3     Brute Strangers, Country Matters and other books by Herb Coursen
3-4      Lessons from a Golfer, by Susan Young
4-5     Ren Bernier will give a talk about WW II jeep history and jeep restoration.
; 729-3600.

1  Natasha Kempers-Cullen will talk about her work and her “Small Works” collage and art quilt exhibit.  11am at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Rd., Topsham. 725-1727.

wayne robbins woodcarver

27  Peter Pan at The Theater Project.  Play by J.M. Barrie. A Young Company Production directed by Lee K. Paige Suggested ticket price - $10. 14 School St., Brunswick.  729-8584. 7:30pm.

21  Reading and talk by Franklin Burroughs and Heather Perry about their new book Confluence-Merrymeeting Bay.  7pm.  Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine St., Brunswick.  729-5083.

30  Yuletide Harp Concert. Celtic harpists Deborah Friou & Julia Lane perform seasonal music from the British Isles to celebrate the Yule.  $12/$10 seniors & children at the door, or call 725-6678.  7:30pm at Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick.  725-6678, or castlebay@castlebay.net

44  An Evening with Dar Williams.  7:30 p.m.  The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath.  Tickets: $22-$29. 442-8455; www.chocolatechurcharts.org.

Events On Sunday  

3   Just Write Books Poetry Reading, followed by a Poetry Slam. 1 - 4 pm, at Border Trust Business Center, 2 Elm St., Topsham.  www.jstwrite.com; 729-3600.

27  Peter Pan at The Theater Project.  Play by J.M. Barrie. A Young Company Production directed by Lee K. Paige Suggested ticket price: $10.  2pm.  14 School St., Brunswick.  729-8584.


Arts Downtown & All Around is supported by The Alfred M. Senter Fund, sponsor L.L. Bean,
and co-sponsor Downeast Energy & Building Supply.

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CONTACT: Five Rivers Arts Alliance 108 Maine St. Brunswick, Maine 04011 (207) 798-6964 info@fiveriversartsalliance.org

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