NEW GLOUCESTER

Native American market, demonstration on Aug. 28

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum on Route 26 will host the Maine Native American Summer Market & Demonstration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28. Admission is free.

The event will include hand-woven ash splint and sweetgrass baskets, traditional etched birch bark vessels, stone sculptures, wood carvings, cedar flutes, jewelry, traditional storytelling and demonstrations.

The 20 featured Native Americans are among the finest artists representing the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes. The event is organized in cooperation with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance.

For information, call 926-4597 or visit www.shaker.lib.me.us.

OGUNQUIT

Ogunquit museum receives $40,000 for improvements

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art has received a $40,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation of Portland, which has agreed to fund the museum’s efforts to improve the visitor experience, beginning with the development of a master plan for the OMAA building, grounds and parking.

Funds may also be used for implementing that plan, particularly in the area of outdoor parking, lighting and signage and interior guest amenities, including the replacement of the front desk and gallery benches.

In applying for grant funding, museum director Ron Crusan noted that the Ogunquit museum is the only art museum that serves the population from northern Massachusetts through southern New Hampshire and southern Maine.

The application further detailed efforts the museum has made in achieving the goals of its 2008 strategic plan, including efforts to increase members, corporate partners and visitors; to raise awareness of the museum in the community and surrounding region; and to enhance visitors’ experiences and programs.

HIRAM

Historical society to raise barn consciousness

Hiram Historical Society hosts “Hiram Barns: Agricultural Cathedrals,” an exhibition of photographs, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The program also includes a slide lecture at 3 p.m. with John C. Porter, a dairy specialist and author of “Preserving Old Barns,” and a barn tour from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at Brookside Farm barn, 6 Hiram Hill Road. The Yankee barn was built before 1820. Old building tools will be displayed.

The historical society is at 20 Historical Ridge. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted. Call 625-4762.

NEW HARBOR

Oh Buoy! silent auction on Aug. 15 at artists gallery

Members of Saltwater Artists Gallery are creating decorated buoys for their Oh Buoy! silent auction, set for Aug. 15 at the Saltwater Artists Gallery on Route 32. The event is in conjunction with Old Bristol Days. Call 677-2490 or visit www.saltwaterartists.com for information.

BRUNSWICK

Painting demonstration offered at Bayview Gallery

Deborah Rubin will lead a watercolor-on-clayboard painting demonstration at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 as part of the Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival. Her demonstration will be at Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine St. It’s free, but participants should register by calling 729-5500.

Rubin depicts colored floral compositions and architectural-based landscapes in watercolor and occasionally acrylic and gouache. She holds a BFA from the University of Illinois, and lives in western Massachusetts.

Clayboard is a hard surface covered with an absorbent clay ground. When properly sealed, the finished paintings do not need to be framed behind glass as do traditional works on paper. Rubin will demonstrate techniques for working on this surface, and will be available to answer questions about the materials and processes. 

Theater Project will host yard sale on Saturday

The Theater Project, 14 School St., will host a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Supporters of the theater are asked to brings items to donate and to shop at the sale. Call 729-8584 for details.

WESTBROOK

Dance center moves into new site in Dana Warp Mill

Drouin Dance Center of Westbrook has moved into a new 6,000-square-foot facility on the second floor in the Dana Warp Mill.

The dance center will celebrate with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Prospective and current students may meet instructors, register for dance classes and purchase dance wear. Classes are offered in a variety of disciplines for beginner through advanced levels.

For information, visit www.drouindancecenter.com or call 854-2221.

AUGUSTA

Wildlife show, competition coming to Augusta Armory

The Maine Wood Carvers Association annual wildlife show and competition will be Sept. 18-19 at the Augusta Armory.

About 200 carvers from New England and Canada enter the competition each year, and about 30 vendors and carvers display carving-related wares. In its 24th year, the show features hourly carving demonstrations and displays of between 400 and 500 carvings.

The armory is at 179 Western Ave. The show is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19. Admission is $4; free for ages 17 and younger.

KENNEBUNKPORT

Historical society names new executive director

The board of directors of the Kennebunkport Historical Society has appointed Susan C.S. Edwards of Kennebunk as the society’s executive director.

Edwards has 35 years of museum experience, and has been a resident of Kennebunk since 1986, when she moved to Maine to become director of the Brick Store Museum.

Most recently, she served as director of historic resources for the Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest conservation and preservation organization. She has had several national appointments, including serving as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C.

She also served on a national team appointed by the American Association for State and Local History to develop a standards and excellence program for small and mid-size history organizations.

In her new position, Edwards will be responsible for managing the society’s campus of buildings at 125–135 North St. and the 1853 Nott House at 8 Maine St.

For information, call the Kennebunkport Historical Society at 967-2751 or visit www.kporthistory.org.