Wonderful Wizard of Oz Exhibit Opening at the Farnsworth Museum

From farnsworthmuseum.org:

Farnsworth WiIzard of Oz“On Saturday, October 14, 2013, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in downtown Rockland, Maine, will open an exhibition entitled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, drawn from the largest collection of Oz material in the world. The exhibition will run through Spring 2014 in the museum’s Crosman Gallery.

Lyman Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, quickly became one of the country’s best-selling children’s books. It was eventually translated into several foreign languages and gained worldwide popularity. Its greatest success, however, was the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, in which she made the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow a national hit. In 2014, on the 75th anniversary of the film, Warner Brothers will rerelease The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. To celebrate the anniversary, the Farnsworth will present an exhibition that will help bring to life one of America’s most beloved movies and all its characters. The show will include one of Dorothy’s dresses, the only surviving complete munchkin costume, examples of the many illustrated versions of Baum’s books, movie posters, and a remarkable array of Oz memorabilia, all from the Willard Carroll and Tom Wilhite Collection.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 13,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead, the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.”

Major N.C. Wyeth Exhibition Opens at the Farnsworth Art Museum

Every Picture Tells a Story: N.C. Wyeth Illustrations From the Brandywine River Museum

April 27, 2013 – December 29, 2013
Wyeth Center
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine

From farnsworthmuseum.org;

“The exhibition, based on the holdings of the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is composed of 30 paintings by N. C. Wyeth that span four decades of his work, from early western pictures through Robert Louis Stevenson classics to later illustrations in experimental styles. The paintings were reproduced as illustrations for book and magazine stories and are linked by the concept of narrative that lay behind their creation. The exhibition also includes a selection of books and magazines to enable visitors to see original publications, the size of the illustrations, and the quality of the reproduction processes. This exhibition is organized by Christine Podmaniczky, Associate Curator for the N.C. Wyeth collection at the Brandywine River Museum and author of the N.C. Wyeth catalogue raisonné.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 13,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead, the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit http://www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.”

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Camden Harbor Arts & Crafts Show

This event is a Hartstone Inn guest favorite! 

From their website:
Show Information
The 35th Annual Carol Sebold Summer Harbor Arts Juried Arts & Crafts Show will be held at the harborside in Camden, July 16th and 17th from 9am to 5pm. Bring your family and friends for this two-day celebration of the arts in and around downtown Camden. The event is free and open to the public. Featured fine works include watercolor, oil, acrylics, and pastels blend with spectacular photography, sculpture and mixed media, as well as exquisitely designed jewelry, metal and woodcraft, pottery and fine-crafted furniture.

The Lucky Dog Gallery in Rockland, Maine

written by Mary Jo Brink

My parents are visiting this week so Michael and I are playing tourist!  No visit is complete without a visit to our favorite shop in Rockland, Maine –  Lucky Dog Gallery.  We met one of the owners, Hal Hagy, several years ago at Camden’s Art in the park festival.  Hal had left the world of corporate photography and relocated to Maine to focus on the Maine coastline and nature, his amazing photography stood out from the others at the show and eventually led to us working with him when it was time to photograph the food for Michael’s book: Inn The Kitchen with Michael Salmon.  Hal’s wife Janel creates beautiful original stoneware and clay art.  They opened their gallery in Rockland several years ago and have invited many friends to also display their work.  If you have a difficult person to buy for or are looking for a “one of a kind keepsake” to remind you of your Maine vacation, I would head to the Lucky Dog Gallery!  Part of the fun is meeting their new rescue puppy Willow; she will be waiting for you by the door.

"Arts in the Park" Belfast, July 9 & 10

Belfast is right next door to Camden so this is a fun outing for our guests at the Hartstone Inn!  For more information, visit their website here.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art

For our Hartstone Inn guests who enjoy art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is wonderful place to visit on your next trip to Camden, Maine.  It is located right next door, in downtown Rockport. 

Here are some frequently asked questions from their website:

What kind of art do you show?
Our specialty is contemporary art of all media made by artists who live or have lived in Maine, either part-time or year-round, or who have studied or have other strong connections to the state. Occasionally we include work by artists without a connection to Maine in group exhibitions, but only when doing so enhances the exhibition. Many of our exhibitions broaden notions about what art is and break established boundaries among different forms of artistic expression.

How did CMCA get started?
In 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art began as Maine Coast Artists, a small artists’ cooperative. Since then, it has evolved into the state’s leading institution for the advancement of contemporary Maine art. We changed our name and logo to reflect the statewide scope of our activities. By making new connections and keeping old ones, CMCA has built a strong base of supporters that spans generations and interests, making our institution the diverse and respected place it has come to be.

Do you charge admission?
Admission for members and children is free. A $5.00 donation for nonmembers is suggested. CMCA is a nonprofit organization and donations are gratefully accepted to further our mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine.

Do you sell art?
Yes. We are a nonprofit institution, not a commercial gallery, and the choice of artwork to be displayed is unencumbered by commercial interests, but we provide artists with the opportunity to sell the art that is on view in CMCA’s galleries. In return, we retain a small commission for every successful sale to help support our programming.

Click here to view their current exhibitions.


Driving Tour – Belfast (part 1)

Mary Jo and I spent the afternoon and early evening exploring Belfast, Maine, a short 18 mile trip north of Camden on Route 1. Belfast is a small seaside village (population of around 7,000) and it has some very interesting stores, restaurants and scenery. A few years ago Belfast ran a “bearfest” in the village, where people decorated fiberglass bears in various ways and they were then displayed around the community before being auctioned off. There was a bear riding a bicycle, one up a telephone pole, a

flying bear, picnicking bears, hulu dancing bears and the list goes on. Every time you turned the corner, another bear appeared. The bearfest continued for three years from 2000-2002 and they are currently in “hibernation” but a newer exhibit is currently on display where the artists

use bicycles and bicycle parts. The fish bike was a favorite of ours so I had to take a picture (look for my little red convertible in the background).

Next, we crossed the large bridge over the Passagassawakeag River (try saying that!) and headed a mile up the road to Young’s Lobster Pound. We had 2 pound lobster’s on their outside patio (right on Belfast harbor) and sipped Gruet (it’s BYOB) sparkling wine from New Mexico. The seagulls sang, the sun was sinking in the sky and we had our own little moment of heaven. They do lobster’s well here.

Stay tuned for Belfast part 2 where we will explore “Darby’s Restaurant” and some of our other favorite Belfast attractions.

Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show


If you’re coming to the Maine coast in August (hopefully you are coming to stay with us in Camden) the 7th annual Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors show is worth a visit and is happening in Rockland from August 7-9, 2009. Mary Jo and I went to the show last year (for a Hartstone Inn Cookbook signing) and it was a fun filled day of activities. Many food and beverage vendors to keep your belly full in addition to numerous marine and non-marine related vendors. Following is a description of the event from their website:

“If you love the coast of Maine, you won’t want to miss this show! Come see Maine’s finest artists, architects, boatbuilders, furniture makers, craftsmen, designers, marine gear vendors, and musicians. There’ll be a model yacht pond, live music, a children’s area, exhibits, fine food, the running of the 7th Annual World Championship Boatyard Dog® Trials, and more! As the only in-water boat show in the state, with more than 70 boats in the water and 150 exhibitors on land, there is something for every member of the family.”

Friday & Saturday: 10-6:00 p.m.   Sunday: 10-4:00 p.m.
Price: $10, kids under 12 FREE.  Two and three-day passes available.
For further information call:  800*565*4951  or visit the website: www.maineboats.com/boatshow

Merryspring Nature Center – Spring Calendar

Merryspring Nature ParkMerryspring is a non-profit, privately-owned 66-acre park and education center in Camden and Rockport, Maine, with nature trails and gardens open to the public every day free of charge. http://www.merryspring.org

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES – Space is limited.  Call 207-236-2239 to pre-register.

Drawing with Lynn Travis – Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., April 23 & 30, May 7 & 14, $90 members/$100 non-members. Work in pencil and charcoal with guidance from an acclaimed local artist.

Watercolor with Lesia Sochor – Thursdays 9:00a.m.-noon, April 30 – May 21, $135 members/$150 non-members. Study watercolor with a noted watercolorist and illustrator.

Passamaquoddy Medicine Walk & Talk with Fredda Paul and Leslie WoodTalk, Saturday, April 25, 2-4:00 p.m., $ 15 members/$ 20 non-members (arrive at 1:30 to view displays and ask questions) Walk, Sunday, April 26, 1:30-4:00 p.m. rain or shine, $ 20 members/$25 non-members. Explore native medicine traditions, focusing on spring-gathered medicinal plants, with a Passamaquoddy healer and historian of traditional medicine.

Preserving the Harvest with Kathy Savoie of the Maine Extension Service – Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Home Economics Room of CHRHS, $15 members/$18 non-members. Get ready for the summer’s bounty by learning how can and freeze your fruits and vegetables.

Dividing Daylilies and Iris w/ Susan Shaw – Saturday, May 2, 10:00 – 12:00 a.m.  Rain Date: Saturday, May 9, $5 members/$10 non-members
Learn to make divisions from a renowned hybridizer and former president of the Maine Daylily Society.  Take home a division from Merryspring’s own gardens.

Carver Hill Gallery

Mary Jo and I came across this new gallery during a summer drive and fell in love with it. Carver Hill features an impressive collection of art, most of it created by local artists and artisans. Located a short 5 minute drive from the Hartstone Inn, the gallery is easy to get to.

A beautifully restored estate with a center chimney Cape, furnished like a gracious home, is the setting for this unique Gallery filled with fine art paintings, sculpture, exquisite hand made furniture, rugs, pottery, and jewelry. The Gallery also serves as a showcase for home interiors, displaying a custom kitchen, tiles, floors, faux painting and more.

Hours – Open Year Round
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11am to 5pm

Saturday 10am to 5pm
Sunday 11am to 4pm
Closed Tuesdays until June 15th, after which we are open 7 days a week into Autumn.