Frances Perkins’ FDR book reissued as Penguin Classic

The Frances Perkins Center has announced the reissue as a Penguin Classic of “The Roosevelt I Knew,” Perkins’ memoir of her years working with Franklin D. Roosevelt. Perkins was secretary of labor during Roosevelt’s 12-year presidency.

Originally published in November 1946, Perkins’ book was the first definitive biography of Roosevelt, covering their years together from their first meeting in 1910 until his death in April 1945. The book was a best-seller.

The reissue will be available Tuesday at the Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta and other local stores, as well as through online booksellers.


Designers’ work featured in art walk salon display

A display that showcases some of Portland’s most creative contemporary artists and designers will be in the spotlight at a downtown hair salon for the First Friday Art Walk.

The exhibit, at O2 Salon on Congress Street, is a collaborative effort among clothing designer Diana Duane, jewelry designer Hannah Tarkinson, hair and makeup artists Jennifer Leigh and Tasha Zwickerhill, and photographer David Zwickerhill.

In the windows of the salon, located at Congress Square in the State Theatre building, four “live mannequins” will model dresses designed by Duane and jewelry by Tarkinson. The hair and makeup will be done by Leigh, owner of O2 Salon, and her colleague Tasha Zwickerhill.

Images from a recent fashion photo shoot by David Zwickerhill will also be shown in the salon. The photos feature the same models in the same dresses and accessories, in a warehouse setting. More dresses from Duane’s collection will be on display as well.

The artists involved in the exhibit have diverse backgrounds. Duane is owner of Golden Apple Clothing, and also is the leader of the Smoke and Mirrors Circus, which performs monthly at Geno’s. Tarkinson, who designs jewelry and accessories under the name Ponomo, recycles leather and old jewelry to create new items.

Prior to opening her own shop in 1999, Leigh — a graduate of Maine College of Art — worked for many of Portland’s leading salons. Tasha Zwickerhill, who has been in the beauty industry since 2007, also works on photo shoots with her husband David, owner of Zwickerhill Photography.

O2 is at 605 Congress St. The First Friday event runs 5 to 8 p.m. 

PMA fetes new honorary trustees Bernstein, Osher

At the Portland Museum of Art’s annual meeting on Tuesday, the museum’s board members, staff and guests celebrated the appointments of Rosalyne S. Bernstein and Peggy L. Osher as honorary trustees.

Ceremony guests included U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, state Rep. Mary Nelson and members of the staffs of Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. Together, Bernstein and Osher have given almost 100 years of service to the museum as trustees, volunteers, committee members and in other capacities.

Osher’s service began in 1961. She was a member of the selection committee for the museum’s Charles Shipman Payson Building and the founder of the Friends of the Collection at the Portland Museum of Art. She also served as chairwoman of the museum’s education committee for more than a decade.

Bernstein started her career on the museum’s board in 1964. She served as president from 1979 through 1981. She co-chaired the steering committee for the campaign to raise funds for the construction of the Payson Wing. Her leadership as chairwoman of the collection committee has strengthened the collection over the past three decades. 

One-man show tells story of ubiquitous labor activist

Harlan Baker will appear in his one-man show “Jimmy Higgins: A Life in the Labor Movement” at 8 p.m. July 9 at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd.

Baker plays fictional labor activist Higgins on the eve of the 1960 presidential race, being interviewed by a college student about his life. He recounts his days as a newspaper boy in Ohio during World War I, his meeting with Eugene Debs and other radicals opposed to American participation in the war, his experiences in the LaFollette campaign for president in 1924, and his experiences as a labor reporter covering the union-organizing drives of tenant farmers and autoworkers in the 1930s.

The play premiered at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in April 2008 and has been performed at colleges, union halls and theaters throughout New England.

Baker is an adjunct lecturer in theater at the University of Southern Maine and a former state legislator. He has acted with many local companies, including Portland Stage, Mad Horse, the Stage at Spring Point and Acorn Productions.

The play was recently performed in Madison, Wis., at the dedication of the Madison labor history mural. This performance is being staged in support of the effort to restore the Maine labor history mural to Augusta.

Tickets cost $15 ($12 for seniors and students) and can be purchased at or by calling 899-3993. 

Beer-tasting party to benefit St. Lawrence Arts Center

The St. Lawrence Arts Center will host an annual beer tasting for Allagash Victor Ale at 5:30 p.m. July 21. Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings will perform. The evening includes beer tasting, food, music, pingpong and a short film, all to benefit the arts center.

Victor Ale is part of Allagash Brewing Co.’s Tribute Series Ales and the “buck a bottle” campaign to benefit local nonprofits. Allagash contributes $1 from every bottle of Allagash Victor sold to help realize the mission of the St. Lawrence Arts Center.

Victor Ale was inspired by its feminine-named predecessor, Victoria Ale, made with chardonnay grapes. For Victor Ale, the brewers used more than 100 pounds of red chancellor grapes that were crushed on site and added directly to the mash.

Allagash has donated more than $20,000 to the St. Lawrence through sales of Victor Ale, which was first created in 2007.

Tickets are available at


Martha Stewart collection of maps to be exhibited

A selection of maps collected by Martha Stewart will be exhibited this summer at College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery.

The show, “Charting a Story: Martha Stewart’s Maine Map Collection,” will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday July 8-23.

Stewart’s maps reflect a chronology of Mount Desert Island, including changing roads, the introduction of the railroad and its loss, the introduction of airports, and the advent of Acadia National Park.

Among the approximately 30 items being exhibited will be Osgood Carleton’s map of the District of Maine, published in James Sullivan’s book “The History of the District of Maine.” The map was the most detailed of the region to that date, and was included in the first comprehensive history of Maine.

Also in the exhibit are topographical maps, nautical charts and a reproduction of one of the earliest known maps of Maine’s coast — when it was still New France. This reproduction of Samuel de Champlain’s 1606 map is from 1932.

The collection was fostered by Raymond Strout, a Bar Harbor frame maker and collector. It is curated by Rebecca Woods, the Blum Gallery’s summer director.

For information, call 801-5626 or 288-5015.


Matthew Russ landscapes exhibit opening July 7

Maine landscape painter Matthew Russ will exhibit recent work from the Kennebec Highlands and other areas surrounding the Belgrade Lakes at the new Maine Lakes Resource Center on Main Street in Belgrade Lakes Village.

The exhibit will open with a reception and talk at 7 p.m. July 7, and will run until the end of July.

Russ is a 1996 graduate of Colby College and a resident of Waterville. He draws inspiration from the landscape of the Kennebec Highlands, where he paints in the field year-round, often backpacking into remote sites.

For information about the artist, including images of recent work, visit

A percentage of sales from the exhibit will benefit the Maine Lakes Resource Center, a 3,500-square-foot building in Belgrade Lakes Village. The center will focus on making conservation a tradition in the region. For information, visit

— Compiled by Bob Keyes, Staff Writer