NEWCASTLE

Salad Days will benefitWatershed’s programs

The 16th annual Salad Days will take place at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fundraising event draws up to 500 visitors for an afternoon of local food, ceramics, kids’ interactive projects, music and a pottery sale. Admission is $30, but admission to the sale only is free.

Salad Days offers participants the opportunity to select one of 500 individually crafted earthenware salad plates by artist Sean Patrick O’Connell.

Lunch includes salads made from produce grown at Morning Dew Farm and Hatchet Cove Farm, bread from Borealis Breads, beer from Redbook Brewery, vegan beer from Geary’s brewery, all-natural handcrafted soda from Maine Root, Watershed-made deserts, watermelons from Yellowfront Grocer and a variety of salads donated by the Newcastle Inn, Treats, Fernalds Country Store, Romeo’s Pizza, Rocktide Inn and Restaurant, Cabot Catering, King Eider’s, Paco’s Tacos, Sarah’s Cafe, Damariscotta River Grill, Snow Squall Inn, Rising Tide Community Market, the Anchor Inn, Newcastle Publick House and others.

The Jerks of Grass will perform. The Watershed campus opens at 10 a.m., plate selection starts at 11 a.m., and the lunch buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m. The pottery sale, live music, kids’ activities, wood kiln opening and raffle, and open artists’ studios continue until 3 p.m.

A related gallery reception at George Mason Gallery, 123 Borland Hill Road, Nobleboro, will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The Watershed Resident Summer Exhibition, “Surface Embraces Shape,” curated by Anne C. Wollman, features seven past Watershed resident artists, including local artist and Watershed co-founder George Mason.

Funds earned during Salad Days support Watershed’s community outreach programs, including the Mudmobile, a clay studio on wheels that brings workshops to schools and community centers.

Watershed Center is off Route 1 on Cochran Road. For information, call 882-6075 or visit www.watershedceramics.org.

DAMARISCOTTA

‘Local Color 2010’ to featurepaintings by 16 Maine artists

“Local Color 2010” opens Friday at Round Top Farmhouse, property of the Damariscotta River Association on Business Route 1 in Damariscotta. It is an exhibition of new paintings by 16 Maine artists: Laurie Asche, John Boeckeler, Judy Conlan, Molly Delaney, Glenda Drum, Phyllis Guss, Pamela Hansen, Judy Holliday, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Susan Naughton, Lea Peterson, Denise Rankin, Gina Riddiford, Karen Rutan, Liliana Thelander and Sarah Wilde.

The exhibition runs for five days, and will open at 10 a.m. Friday. There is a reception for the artists from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, and the show continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and then runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11-13.