• In June 2010, Saco artist Diane Bowie Zaitlin attended a residency at Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay. In “Point of Departure” at the Saco Museum, she provides a view of her creative process and the power of influence. The exhibition will be on view beginning Saturday through Sept. 4. A public reception in conjunction with the concurrent exhibition “Voyages and the Age of Sail” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the museum.

During her residency, Zaitlin experimented with media. Her photographs document the sources of her inspiration. Also shown are drawings, collages and encaustic paintings produced both during the residency and in the months to follow. A common thread of influence unites the wonderful colors, textures, patterns and moods of the artist’s island experience.

Friday’s reception is free. Regular admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students and children ages 7 to 18, and free for ages 6 and younger. The Dyer Library/Saco Museum is at 371 Main St., Saco.

Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


• The Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland, will open for the season today. Tours of the mansion, known for its Italianate architecture and well-preserved original interiors, will be offered daily, and will take visitors through two floors of the 150-year-old house.

In addition to being open for tours, the Victoria Mansion is celebrating Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-8, with a 20-percent discount sale at the museum shop in the Carriage House.

The mansion is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday through October. It will be closed Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 17, and free for children ages 5 and younger. For information, visit victoriamansion.org or call 772-4841.