Greater Portland Landmarks offers home, garden tour

Greater Portland Landmarks will offer a private home and garden tour in the Deering Highlands and Coyle Park neighborhoods of Portland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18. Seven homes and three gardens will be included.

Architectural styles range from Greek Revival to Shingle and Craftsmen styles. Highlights include artists’ studios and architecture by John Calvin Stevens.

Houses on the tour include a restored Shingle Style cottage from 1896, where two artists have integrated their studios and collections into the light-filled space; a house rescued by the owners from 1960s remodeling and restored to its mid-19th-century glory; a Shingle Style house with a dramatic central hall, billiards room and a three-season garden; and a home that Stevens designed for a member of his family.

Advance tickets cost $30 for Landmarks members and $35 for non-members, and are available at Landmarks, 93 High St., Portland. Day-of-tour tickets cost $40 for members and $45 for others at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St. The tour begins at the church.

Call 774-5561, Ext. 102, or visit portlandlandmarks.org.


Former Wyeth conservator to give lecture Wednesday

As part of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Achieving American Art lecture series, Joyce Hill Stoner, professor of material culture at the University of Delaware, will give a lecture titled “The Message Is the Medium” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Strand Theatre.

Stoner will present Andrew Wyeth’s use of egg tempera, including his insights into the medium as “dusty” and “lonely,” with associations with “mummies and dead flies.” Stoner was Wyeth’s conservator for the last 12 years of the artisit’s life, and often discussed with him his painting techniques and his intentions for the final appearance of his paintings. Wyeth consulted regularly with Stoner on her treatments of his works, and he painted her portrait in 1999.

This lecture is the fourth in a six-part series, “Andrew Wyeth and Post-World War II Art,” examining the art of Wyeth — particularly the 30 years (1938-1968) that he worked at the Olson House in Cushing — in the broader context of American art.

This year’s series serves as a lead-up to the Farnsworth’s summer exhibition, “Andrew Wyeth, Christina’s World and the Olson House,” which opens June 11 at the museum’s Wyeth Center and runs through Oct. 30.

The lectures will be given at the Strand each Wednesday through June 8. Tickets at the door are $15, or $12 for Farnsworth members. For information, call 596-0949.


York Art Association hosts its second fiber arts show

“Fabulous Fiber,” the second annual fiber arts show hosted by the York Art Association, opens June 3 and runs through June 26. Entry is open to members and others.

Submissions must have been completed in the last three years and qualify as a quilt, rug hooking, weaving, wearable art, fabric painting or soft sculpture.

Mixed-media fiber artist Wen Redmond will judge the show. Redmond will present a gallery talk, “Fiber Art — Breaking the Barriers of Traditional Quilt Making and Entering the Realm of Art,” at 6:30 p.m. June 23.

As part of the show, members of the Seacoast Association of Fiber Artists will exhibit a slice quilt, created by two groups of fiber artists from Maine and New Hampshire who duplicated sections of a seascape photograph in fiber. The slice quilt will be on display at the York Art Association, 394 York St., York Harbor, for the duration of “Fabulous Fiber.”

There will be an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. June 5.


Mahoosuc Arts Council named to receive grants

The Mahoosuc Arts Council has received two grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts. NEFA approved a $1,600 grant to support the presentation of ARTiculation, a group from Boston presenting an inventive combination of theater and urban poetics.

The performances were presented to the Telstar middle and high schools and to the public at Gould Academy in April. The group also held a workshop with Gould students.

The second grant, for $1,200, supports a performance by the BoSoma Dance Company on Oct. 18 at the Bingham Auditorium in Bethel. BoSoma is a Boston-based contemporary dance company. For more information, visit www.mahoosucarts.org or call 824-3575.


Historical society to present five programs, exhibition

This summer, the Freeport Historical Society will present five public programs and an exhibition, “Diggin’ History — Piecing Together Pettengill Farm’s Past.”

The programs will tell the human story and offer insights into daily life at the 200-year-old saltwater farm on the Harraseeket estuary. No fewer than seven archaeological surveys of the 140-acre farm have been undertaken over three decades.

The exhibition will be at Harrington House, 45 Main St. It opens June 7 and continues through Oct. 7.

Interactive activities for families will include a “dig” sandbox with fake artifacts, exercises on interpreting objects, mystery artifacts that invite children and adults to identify the function, and copies of original documents to read. Participants will gain insight into the archeological process. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $3.

Children’s archaeology programs are scheduled throughout the summer, and guided tours are scheduled for June, July and August at the farm. Tour tickets cost $10, or $5 for members. Visit freeporthistoricalsociety.org for details.