Final day of season at gallery
DAMARISCOTTA — The Stable Gallery will close for the year on Friday, Oct. 19. After that, the eight artists who manage the gallery will turn their attention to getting ready for the 2019 season.

Jon Luoma, a painter and one of the managing artists, said quality and variety keeps him coming back to the gallery each year.

For Roz Welsh, a painter and jeweler from Damariscotta, Stable Gallery is a special place that is open and friendly without giving up on professionalism. She said it’s good to be part of something that is bigger than any one part.

“It’s family,” said Mary Hall, another jeweler from Damariscotta. “Some artists have been with us for all our thirteen years. Still, each year is different, as we strive to keep finding talented artists to include.”

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 19.

For more information, call 563-1991.

Bowdoin International Music Festival names operations director
BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin International Music Festival has named Grace Bell as the festival’s new director of admissions operations.

“I’m honored to serve as the Director of Admissions and Operations at such an exceptional music festival,” said Bell, who has been with the Festival for the past year as development associate.

Bell, a native of Blue Hill, grew up attending concerts at Kneisel Hall, which inspired her cello studies and love of chamber music. Before joining the festival, Bell worked in development at Bates College for four years. At Bates, she worked with alumni volunteers to plan and execute class giving and engagement strategies and managed marketing, logistics, and programming for reunion events. Bell received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 2013.

“I look forward to working with our dedicated board, faculty, and staff to advance the Festival’s commitment to extraordinary music education and to continue its tradition of artistic excellence,” said Bell. “Chamber music has always been an important part of my life, and it’s a privilege to be part of an organization that supports and inspires the next generation of chamber musicians and composers.”

“We are very excited to have Grace on the Festival team leading our admissions efforts. Her experience and skills will undoubtedly lead to a successful tenure,” said Daniel Nitsch, the festival’s executive director.

Author to speak about KKK in Maine
BATH — Author Mark Alan Leslie will talk about his book, “The Crossing,” during an event on Oct. 23 at the Patten Free Library. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

The new novel explores the clash between faith and community and the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920s. The book tells the story of a fictional, tight-knit town in western Maine where a charismatic Klan leader draws a large following when he targets Catholic immigrants, Jews, blacks and illegal alcohol. The town’s cross-section of Protestants and Catholics becomes embroiled in the ensuing mayhem that is exacerbated by the arrival of a crew of French-Canadian lumberjacks.

Leslie, a Maine native, is the winner of six national magazine writing awards, and he has written 11 books, including three historical novels and two modern-day mystery/thrillers.

Local celebs to interpret Beatles lyrics at poetry slam
BATH — The Chocolate Church Art Center is hosting its second annual Celebrity Poetry Slam on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the annex of the arts center.

The evening focuses on Beatles lyrics and recognizes the legendary four-member rock band as masterful poets, said Chocolate Church executive director Jennifer DeChant. There will be no singing and no music. Instead local elected officials, business owners, community leaders and media representatives will perform their favorite Beatles’ song through creative interpretation.

Comedian Johnny Ater, who was the grand champion of last year’s event, will emcee. The audience plays an important role because the “applause-o-meter” rating after each celebrity is combined with the scores of the judges based on best style, interpretation and performance to determine the winner.

Performers include Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry; freelance journalist Allan Kozinn, a self-proclaimed  Beatles expert; Jonas Werner, who owns Azure Café in Freeport; and Bath city council chairwoman Mari Eosco.

Tickets are $15 in advance at $18 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Chocolate Church Art Center.

For more information, visit chocolatechurcharts.org or call 442-8455.

New show at Kefauver
DAMARISCOTTA — The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, recently opened its new “6 x 6” art show, which features work in a variety of mediums that are all 6-by-6 inches. This is the fifth show of the gallery’s 2018 season.

The show features new work by oil painter Will Kefauver and the work of 13 guest artists, including wood sculptor Bruce Goodwin and photographer Joan Omang.

“I love the 6-by-6 format,” Kefauver said. “These pieces become little jewels on display and the energy of the piece can feel more concentrated, and the viewer develops an up close relationship to the work. Many people find small pieces just fit that small niche in their home or office. Artists love them and find they’re a good vehicle to explore new ideas.”

The show runs until Nov. 4.

For more information, visit kefauverstudio.com, call 226-0974 or email [email protected]