Jeremiah Gill, shown here painting at Portland Head Light, will be the featured artist at Gallery 302 from May 8 to June 18. Contributed / Jeremiah Gill

Gallery 302 exhibition

Guest artist Jeremiah Gill will be exhibiting his paintings at Gallery 302, 112 Main St., from May 8 through June 18.

Gill loves capturing the beauty and energy that exists everywhere – in people, at the ocean and in the landscape. His paintings usually begin with an “ah-ha” moment and then develop their own unique worlds as he tries to capture the feeling of his initial inspiration.

“Big vistas, cozy cottages, shady nooks – they can all entrance us when the light is right and we suddenly awaken,” Gill said.

In lieu of a reception, an online interview with Gill will be aired at 7 p.m. May 20 on the Gallery 302 Facebook page. To learn more, visit gallery302.com.

Farmers market moves outside

The popular Bridgton Farmers Market is moving back to its summer site on the green behind Renys on Depot Street. The market celebrates its 26th year, welcoming five new vendors and hosting live music beginning in June. Summer hours are Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., although some vendors will be leaving at noon. Pandemic protocols are enforced. For a list of vendors and information about pre-ordering, go to the market’s Facebook page or email [email protected]

Blood drive

Now that life is returning to somewhat “normal,” the American Red Cross reminds everyone that the need for blood remains high and those who can are encouraged to donate – you might just save a life.

A blood drive is scheduled in Bridgton from 1-6 p.m. Thursday, May 13, at the Masonic Hall on Harrison Road (Route 117). The process is safe and follows all CDC COVID-19 precautions.

To schedule an appointment download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.

Get growing!

It’s that time of year again and local garden businesses are open and ready to help you make the most of the summer season.

Paris Farmers Union, on the corner of Portland and Sandy Creek Roads (647-2383), has plants, soil, tools and fertilizer to get started. Mark’s Lawn and Garden, 688 Portland Road (647-0980), has plants and Lake Region Nursery, 718 North High St. (Route 302) (952-0370), is returning for one more season to offer locally grown plants, trees and shrubs. Kimball’s Greenhouse (my favorite) is not actually in Bridgton – it’s at 52 Mason Hill Road, South Waterford (583-4501) – but it’s worth a visit for the wide range of flowers and vegetables on offer and because the location and views are beautiful. Wherever you go, get out there and get growing!

Perri Black may be contacted at [email protected]

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