Photography show and sale to include consultations

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Harbor Park in Boothbay Harbor will host “Exclusively Photography,” a celebration of the fine art of photography.

Prize-winning photographer Greg Currier of Camden will be among dozens of Maine photographers participating in the show and sale.

“The art of photography is more about capturing the varying nuances of light than about recording an object or scene,” Currier said in a statement. “Each season brings its own types of light influenced by the angle of the sun, the humidity in the air, the temperature, reflections off the surroundings, etc. Add to this the daily and hourly changes in light due to the weather, and you have a rich palette of colors and effects that paints very different pictures of the same scene.”

Currier is an author as well. Two of his books, “The Colors of Lobstering” and “Reflections of Maine,” published by Down East Books, will be available for purchase.

People seeking professional advice may bring two or three examples. Private consultations will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Capital Area Camera Club tent.

“Exclusively Photography” is presented by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation. For information, call 633-2703 or visit


Spindleworks artist has self-portrait in D.C. show

Nancy Bassett, an artist associated with Spindleworks, is among 70 artists whose self-portraits will be on display in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 13 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the American Network of Community Options and Resources.

The organization, founded in 1970, is an association of groups that support community integration for people with disabilities. The artwork will be on display at the Smithsonian’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

Bassett has been an artist at Spindleworks for many years. She is primarily a weaver, although she likes to paint and draw as well.


New director on podium for Boy Singers’ Lower Octave

The Boy Singers of Maine has a new director of the Lower Octave, the Boy Singers’ chorus for young men of middle- and high-school age.

Rick Dustin holds a master of music degree in choral conducting from the University of Maine, Orono. With 16 years’ experience teaching music in Maine high schools, Dustin has directed both the choral and instrumental music programs at Yarmouth High School since 1997.

He also is active in the Maine Music Educators Association, has been a piano accompanist for the Maine All-State Choir Festival, and has been selected as guest conductor at the MMEA District 3 Junior High Choir Festival. He serves as the choral conductor at Second Baptist Church of Bowdoinham.

Dustin replaces Patrick McCarthy as director of the Lower Octave. McCarthy, who directed the choir for nine years, recently left his teaching positions in Maine to perform professionally with Ball in the House, an a cappella singing group based in Boston.


Three-day program explores Down East stories, traditions

Woodlawn Museum, the Wilson Museum and the Penobscot Marine Museum have announced a three-day program to explore Down East culture, Sept. 15-17. The cost of the seminar is $300 for people who register before Wednesday.

Seminars on Downeast Culture is a collaborative project among the museums. Participants will explore the traditions and stories of Down East Maine through keynote talks, interactive lectures and hands-on experiences.

Scholars Robert Mussey, Earle Shettleworth Jr., Julia Clark, Roger Dell, Frank Wood and Bill Schwind will lead the discussions. Participants will also have an opportunity to cruise Penobscot Bay aboard the Schooner Bowdoin, built in 1921 to carry expeditions to the Arctic.

For information, visit, or Registration is limited to 50 participants. To register, email Woodlawn Museum at [email protected] or call 667-8671.

Orchestra receives grant to dive into ‘Waterways’ project

Maine Pro Musica, a Maine community orchestra founded by its conductor and music director Janna Hymes, has received a grant of $7,500 from the Maine Community Foundation to support Maine Pro Musica’s initiative “Waterways.”

“Waterways” will ultimately become a multimedia orchestra piece to capture the history and folkways of Maine’s relationship to water — to the coastal enterprises, to the inland woods and rivers, and to the future of wind and wave power.

This initial funding is to be used for the research and development phase of the project, and will include training for the artists and community participants to help them find the history, the community water-based enterprises, and the transitions taking place as new ideas and potential developments expand across the state.

Maine’s newest professional orchestra, Maine Pro Musica began in 2008 and is poised to expand from three or four concerts a year to seven or eight. For information, visit or



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