Maine Playwrights Festival open for submissions
PORTLAND — Acorn Productions announced that they have begun accepting scripts for this year’s 18th annual Maine Playwrights Festival, the state’s long-running incubator for new plays by local playwrights.

Anybody living in Maine is eligible to submit a new play between eight and 30 minutes in length for consideration in the festival. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 26.

“We’re excited to not only to showcase local playwrights’ work, but also to provide ways for writers at lots of different levels to develop their craft as playwrights,” said Daniel Burson, the festival’s artistic director. “We’ll be adding workshops and performances of scripts by area high school students alongside our regular slate of productions, staged-readings, and playwriting classes.”

The 2019 Maine Playwrights Festival will be comprised of two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays performed at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage from April 25 to May 4. The Festival anticipates selecting five to eight 8 plays for production this year. The selected playwrights will receive extensive support revising their pieces during a workshop phase before the plays go into rehearsals.

In addition to the festival productions, several playwrights not selected for inclusion in the full festival will also be offered the opportunity to workshop their plays with professional playwright-in-residence Michael Kimball. Acorn is also offering a playwriting class for writers of all experience levels starting on Oct. 13, giving playwrights a forum to polish their scripts for submission.

Writers who are interested in submitting a new play for consideration or registering for the class should visit for complete information and to download a script submission form.

The Maine Playwrights Festival has evolved through the years from a set of dramatic readings at Acorn’s old studio on Congress Street to a full series of performances by some of Maine’s best-known playwrights. Each year, playwrights from across Maine submit between 50 and 75 scripts to the festival, and a committee of local theater professionals reads them and selects a small group of plays for production at public performances in the late spring.

Over the years, the festival has showcased scores of Maine playwrights, many of whom have subsequently had their work produced at theater festivals all over the country.

‘Remembering Wally’ show at Pemaquid gallery
DAMARISCOTTA — Wally Margaret Huber Schweighauser would have been a 105 years old on Sept. 3. She loved oysters, whistling with the birds and rock gardening. She yodeled, spoke three languages and wrote stories, and he created art.

Her artistic creations were a direct reflection of the life she lived. After emigrating from Switzerland to Canada in 1937 with her husband Hans, Schweighauser learned to forage and live off the wild land of the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal. Living with an artist father who painted the walls of their drab flat with lively brushstrokes of color and who was also a prolific artist, was an additional inspiration for her love of creating She started creating art when she was 18 years old.

After their four children were raised and out of the home, Schweighauser, well into her 50s, set up shop and began fulfilling the call to paint that had been yearning in her heart most of her life. Living in Duxbury, Mass., classes were started locally, and she loved it. She was given a gift of a few night classes in 1966 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Those two years of night classes turned into day courses that she attended enthusiastically for four years.

Once started, she couldn’t stop. Schweighauser attended many workshops, With all the teaching she received in Boston, she was expressing herself in oil, watercolor, stained glass, clay and more.

Schweighauser lived art every day until she died. Whether it was gardening, watching fireflies in her backwoods, doodling, cooking, forming a figure in clay or slathering paint on a canvas, she lived art. Sometimes you don’t get to know a person and love them even more, until they are gone.

Schweighauser will have art on display at the Pemaquid Watershed Association Gallery continue until Oct. 18.

Dancing exhibit on display until October
BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Gold/Smith Gallery is featuring painting about dancing and jazz by resident artist and gallery owner John Vander.

The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 28.

The core of this exhibit are six large paintings from a series that was shown last year at Museo Marino Marini in Pistoia, Italy. The exhibit is accompanied by 15 small collages of dancers dancing.

Vander thinks that a parallel tone, as defined by Duke Ellington, is the best metaphor for his work. While his pictorial images are not realistic, they still have figurative associations. They are in fact a metaphor of reality, a parallel reality filtered by his eye, part of his experiences and his emotions, according to a press release.

For more information, call 633-6252, email [email protected] or visit

Woodcut prints at Green Lion
BATH — White-line woodcut prints, inspired by Maine’s shoreline, will be on display at the Green Lion Gallery through Oct. 20.

Kim and Philippe Villard began working with white-line prints in the late 1980s and have been prolific practitioners since, creating countless individual prints as well as many artists’ books. The white-line technique originated in Provincetown, Mass., around 1914, pioneered by a group of half a dozen artists including BJO Nordfeldt and Blanche Lazzell, who worked extensively in the technique.

Collaboration between themselves and with others has always been an integral part of the Villard’s creative process. In their woodcut prints, Philippe Villard draws and carves the lines on a wood block and Kim Villard does the hand-printing. In addition, the Villards collaborate with regional scientists and experts in natural history to produce their fine art prints and handmade artists books.

Images in their lyrical collection range from abstract microscopic images to representational regional scenes.  Their art is frequently developed in tandem with scientists and environmental organizations such as Boothbay Region Land Trust, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. The resulting woodblock prints reside in Special Collections at both Bowdoin College and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

For more information, visit

New guest artist show
BATH — Centre St. Arts Gallery, will host a show by guest artist Marcia Brandwein until Nov. 1. The gallery hosted a wine and cheese reception as part of Bath’s Third Friday Art Walk earlier this month.

Brandwein is a 30-year summer resident of Pemaquid Harbor. Her paintings and drawings are colored and inspired by shadows and reflections.

“I graduated from Pratt Institute as an illustrator, which is apparent in my drawings. My career was spent creating textiles for the home furnishing and hospitality trade. Painting, with its freedom of expression was always a plan when the time was right,” Brandwein said in a press release. “My style is impressionistic and bold in execution. Working in plein air is challenging, adding to the boldness of my work. I use each painting as a learning curve for my next.”

The gallery is from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday in September. Beginning Oct. 1, the gallery will be closed on Tuesdays.

For more information, call 442-0300 for more information.

Maine musicians to recreate ‘The Last Waltz’
BATH — On Saturday, Sept. 29 local musicians will gather to recreate this classic “The Last Waltz” concert at the Chocolate Church Arts Center.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

According to a press release, The Band was one of the most popular and influential rock groups in the world. Their last concert was so iconic that Martin Scorsese filmed it and released the documentary call “The Last Waltz.” The concert attracted featured guests such as Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and other rockers from the 60s and 70s.

Maine musicians from bands like The Boneheads, Maine Dead Project, Colwell Brothers, the Fogcutters and Dave Mallet’s back-up band will perform songs from the film while in character.

While a full Thanksgiving dinner will not be served — 5,000 guests attended the pre-show dinner on Nov. 25, 1976 — ticketholders in Bath will hear songs like “Caravan,” “Baby, Let Me Follow You Down,” “Such a Night” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” among many others.

Advanced tickets are $15, and tickets cost $17 at the door.

For more information, contact executive director Jennifer DeChant at 442-8455.

Art Harvest show at Stable Gallery
DAMARISCOTTA — Art Harvest is the final art show on Stable Gallery’s 2018 season and includes nine local artists in the main gallery while another 30 artists are displaying their works in adjoining spaces.   

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show runs through Oct. 19, the gallery’s last open day of the year.

The September show features Daisy Greene’s acrylic paintings inspired by the towns, woods and sea of eastern Maine. Hati Modr’s is showing oil paintings with the sights and shadows of Monhegan Island.

Stephen Vowles creates wooden bowls and rolling pins, and Janet Percival knits hats and mittens. Roz Welsh is displaying a wide variety of silver jewelry, and she also creates 3-D paintings.

Lori Watts is showing a range of ceramic bowls, butter dishes and vases, while Nicholas Downing has metal utensils and hooks. Jennifer Litchfield is offering oil and acrylic paintings of sea and forest scenes, and Bill Bellows has two sided, woven wool rugs with geometric patterns.

For more information, call 563-1991 or visit

New art show highlights Monhegan
DAMARISCOTTA — The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is hosting the Monhegan Days art show, the fourth show of the gallery’s 2018 season.

The show runs until Oct. 7.

Monhegan Island has been a mecca for painters and photographers for over 100 years. The majesty of the plunging cliffs, crashing waves against the shore and the quiet charm of the village roads have become icons in Maine art.

The exhibit features new work by oil painter Will Kefauver and the work of 24 guest artists, and it includes images of Monhegan Island’s cottages, harbors and nature.

Six of the guest artists — oil painters Evelyn Dunphy, Mary Mabry, Joyce Smith and Linda Wacholtz and photographers Scott See and Deb Vendetti — are new to the gallery with this show.

The returning guest artists are oil painters George Baker, Stephen Busch, Chris Essler and Sally Loughridge; acrylic painters Dale Dapkins, Hannah Ineson, Polly McGrory and Dita Ondek; photographers Steve Dunn, Michael Fillyaw, Jennifer Hickey and Ronn Orenstein; watercolorists Lydia Kaeyer, Jan Kilburn and Kathy Lane; linocut artist Deborah Kozak; pastel artist Barbara Vanderbilt; and ink-on-Yupo artist Helen Warner.

The gallery is also calling for artists to participate in the upcoming “6 x 6” art exhibit, the fifth show of the 2018 season.

The show will open Oct. 12 and run until Nov. 4. It features work that is 6 inches by 6 inches.

Each submitted work must have an image size of 6 inches by 6 inches and be an original creation. All mediums will be considered, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, photographs, sculpture and hand-pulled prints. Several artists selected for the show will have the opportunity to present six of their works, which will be displayed together.

To enter, submit up to five works in .jpg format via email to: [email protected] The deadline for submission is Sunday, Sept. 30. There is no fee for entering, but a $15 fee will be charged to for all accepted work to help with exhibition costs.

The artist may price the work as they like, but the work should be priced for sale. All sales and sales taxes will be handled by the gallery, as will shipping, if necessary. In the event of a sale, the gallery will retain a commission of 35%.

An artists’ reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

For more information, call 226-0974 or visit