Tuscan painters at Boothbay gallery
BOOTHBAY HARBOR — Karen and John Vander have been representing artists from the Tuscany region in Italy for 28 years. The pair have curated an exhibit featuring six artists for the Gold/Smith Gallery that will run until Sept. 5.

Artists include: 

– Francesca Bettaccini, who paints with oil on board creatures from her imagination. She also loves birds, and some small paintings are of the feathered animals. This is her first exhibition in the U.S.

– Laura Bianchi, of Pisa, is a hyper-realist who paints portraits of people and has shown her work at the Gold/Smith Gallery for 25 years.

– Carlo Albucci, an oil painter. 

– Marco Minozzi is a Florentine oil painter whose subjects are vistas of past, present and future landscapes. This is his first show in the U.S.

– Claudio Stefanelli of Pescia

– Lorella Ciampelli of Livorno

The gallery is at 8 McKown St. in Boothbay Harbor. For more information, call 633-6252.

Songwriters on Stage at Frontier
BRUNSWICK — Maine Songwriters Association will present Songwriters on Stage at The Frontier on Sept. 4. The Similar events will be held the first Wednesday of every month through May 2019. 

This month, Scott Woodruff hosts and performs with Ed DesJardins, Jenny Van West and Ronnie Mocciola. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at explorefrontier.com or at the door. 

Scott Woodruff is a Midcoast singer-songwriter who said he’s been influenced by artists such as Mark Knopfler, Bruce Cockburn and Bob Dylan. 

Ed DesJardins moved to Maine full time in 2003. He is a solo performer, concert promoter and a multi-instrumentalist, sideman, producer and recording engineer. He has released two full-length studio albums and performs with a group of friends several times a month throughout the area.

Portland-based singer-songwriter Jenny Van West’s released her Happiness to Burn in April, the follow-up to her 2015 album Something Real and 2016 EP Honey & Hive. Van West foundeded the Maine Immigrant Musical Instrument Project and the International Open Mic. 

Ronnie Mocciola is a native Mainer who has been writing songs since he was 19 when he started writing for friends’ bands and continued while traveling throughout the U.S.  Almost all of Mocciola’s songs are set within a Maine landscape. His musical influences include Robert Hunter, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Prine and the Beatles. He said he began writing songs for others to perform desperately wanting to follow the career footsteps of the Grateful Dead’s lyricist Robert Hunter. However, he said a switch has flipped and he’s ready to perform his own music. He performs at small pubs, restaurants and breweries in the greater Portland area.

For more information, contact Kathleen McGee at 666-3598 or [email protected]

Candlelight charity concert in Walpole
WALPOLE — The 22nd annual concert at the pre-revolutionary Old Walpole Meetinghouse is set for Sunday, Sept. 9. The show will feature the DaPonte String Quartet playing under the glow of flickering candles. 

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and only available in advance.  

The event is a fundraiser to replace the roof shingles on the meetinghouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes a hand-carved pulpit and for the concert, guests will sit in the building’s original pews.

The DaPonte String Quartet is comprised of Lydia Forbes and Ferdinand Liva on violin, Kirsten Monke on viola, and Myles Jordan on cello. This year’s performance features works by Franz Josef Haydn, Alfred Pochon and Franz Schubert.

The quartet has performed in 20 states and at Carnegie Hall, has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and toured in France, Scotland and Canada. The group has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, Music Teachers National Association, Chamber Music America and Maine Arts Commission. 

“The Meetinghouse has the best acoustics of any venue we play,” Liva said.

For more information, call 882-7744 or email [email protected] 

Group show at ICON
BRUNSWICK — The 6th annual contemporary art show Summer Gathering will open at the ICON gallery on Sept. 1. It will run until Sept. 29.

There will be an artists’ reception from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.

This show features sculptures, drawings and paintings of 17 artists: Steve Bartlett, Meghan Brady, Tom Chapin, Ellen Golden, Martha Groome, Duncan Hewitt, Cassie Jones, Jeff Kellar, Lynda Litchfield, William Manning, Garry Mitchell, Munira Naqui, Brooke Nixon, Duane Paluska, Claire Seidl, Andrea Sulzer and Mark Wethli. 

For more information, call Duane Paluska at 725-8157.

Gentleman & Scholar Comics art exhibit at Freeport library
FREEPORT — Freeport Community Library is hosting an interactive art exhibit with Gentleman & Scholar Comics for the month of September. 

Jim Couture and Turner Huston are illustrators from Yarmouth and Topsham, respectively. They write and draw their own comic books and publish together under the name Gentleman & Scholar Comics. Working in various media including pen and ink, brush pen to digital art, they produce off-beat comics such as “Anti-Joke Theater,” “Another Day, Another Dollar,” and “The Punchin’ Bag.” 

Their work has been featured in local comics magazine One Page Stinkers as well as comic shows across New England. 

For more information, visit freeportlibrary.com or call 865-3307.

Award winners announced in Brunswick
BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick Downtown Association (BDA) announced the award winners from the 12th Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival held Saturday, Aug. 18 in downtown Brunswick.

Best in Show: Stephen Previte, Hollis, New Hampshire 

1st Place Painting: Ryan Kohler, Ryan Koher Paintings, Skowhegan

2nd Place Painting: Irene E. Rothe, Auburn

1st Place Mixed Media: Ann Rinehardt Fine Artist, Vassalboro

2nd Place Mixed Media: Erik Minzer, Minzner Fine Art, Newcastle

1st Place Photography: Josh Axelrod, Josh Axelrod Photography, Roxbury, Vermont

2nd Place Photography: Benjamin Williamson, Benjamin Williamson Photography,  Brunswick

1st Place Craft: Lacey Goodrich, Lacey Pots, South Portland

2nd Place Craft: Jeffrey Lipton, Jeffrey Lipton Pottery, Litchfield

1st Place Graphic/Drawing: Kathleen Buchanan, Grey Seal Press, Rockport

2nd Place Graphic/Drawing: Greg Stones, Greg Stones Art & Illustration, Greenville

1st Place Jewelry: Janet Moller, Dancing Stone Studio, Rockport, Maine

2nd Place Jewelry: Lee Centeno, Leep Jewelry/Lee Centeno Designs, Harpswell, Maine

For more information, call 729-4439 or visit brunswickdowntown.org.

The Times Record was a sponsor of the festival.

Harpswell Aging at Home announces lunch dates
HARPSWELL — Harpswell Aging at Home is preparing for the new season for Lunch with Friends. The free lunches are scheduled at various locations around Harpswell and will run from September through the spring.  

So far, scheduled dates include Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13 at the Merriconeag Grange; and Sept. 18, Oct. 16 and Nov. 20 at the Orr’s Island Schoolhouse. 

Lunch with Friends is open to all Harpswell residents. The events begin at noon.

For more information, contact Surrey Hardcastle at 833-0092.

Garden club meeting upcoming
BATH — The Bath Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Winter Street Church.

Barbara Joy Hare will give a presentation on speaking Southern Spain that will include photos of landscapes, as well as many of the flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables from the region. There will also be a short business meeting.

For more information, visit bathgardenclub.org.

Community chorus invites new singers
FREEPORT — The Greater Freeport Community Chorus, directed by Virgil Bozeman, will begin rehearsals for its winter concerts on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Freeport Performing Arts Center at Freeport High School.

Registration will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with a rehearsal to follow. Rehearsals are held on Sundays from 6:30-9 p.m. 

Concert dates are Dec. 8 and 9.

All singers are welcome, but the chorus especially needs tenors and basses. The Greater Freeport Community Chorus is an adult, mixed-voice group whose members are residents of about 20 Midcoast towns. No audition or previous experience with choral singing is required. 

Membership dues are $70 or $125 per couple. New singers are welcome to attend up to three rehearsals before deciding whether to join and pay dues, and registrations will be accepted prior to any of the first three rehearsals.

For more information call 666-8817 or visit gfccsings.org.