Exploring ‘the Monster’ in film and literature
BATH — Patten Free Library’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” continues with a lecture by Professor Ray Boisvert at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. In addition, the library will screen “The Elephant Man” on Oct. 24 and “Gods and Monsters” on Nov. 7.

Oct. 31’s talk will focus on the novel. Boisvert will explore topics raised there, along with some contemporary manifestations, including letter writing; creating life without women, the importance of touch/interpersonal contact and ugliness/strangeness.

Boisvert’s presentation is illustrated with slides, music and with clips from the 1931 Boris Karloff film, and it touches on issues that are still relevant today.

Boisvert, a Lewiston native, holds a doctorate in philosophy from Emory University and taught for 34 years at Siena College in upstate New York. He has written on American philosophy and the philosophy of food. He produced an academic piece about Frankenstein for NPR and published the article “Frankenstein and Moral Philosophy” in the magazine “Philosophy Now.”

For more information, visit patten.lib.me.us.

River Arts looking for artists
DAMARISCOTTA — River Arts in Damariscotta is inviting artists throughout Maine to submit artwork for the its upcoming Holiday Shop show.

River Arts will be setting up a holiday showroom featuring original artwork of all types for holiday sales. There is no entry fee for inclusion. Works can be fine art as well as decorative or functional fine crafts.  River Arts will be accepting original works including painting in all media, photography, prints, sculpture, fabric, weaving, glass, pottery, jewelry, wood or stone carving, ornaments, cards, mixed media and more. Books by Maine authors will also be accepted.

Holiday Shop will be open from Nov. 15 until the end of the year. Artists may submit artwork beginning Nov. 1. Pieces must be priced at $100 or lower, and River Arts will retain 35 percent commission on all sales. 

For more information, call 563-1507 or email [email protected] River Arts is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

River Grill hosting new artists
DAMARISCOTTA — Damariscotta River Grill is hosting a show featuring artists Judy Conlan, Patti Corscaden, Sarah Lynn Richards and Cory Stafford. The show runs until Dec. 3.

Conlan moved to Bath after her retirement. She paints in oil, watercolor and recently, acrylics. In her work, she said she finds beauty in what others would find ugly or mundane. Instead of painting beach roses in bloom, she paints the beach after the season has gone by and loves the character of old buildings, corners of rooms, interior doorways and hallways.

“I feel I am at my best when I reach an unconscious level and the painting takes over,” Conlan said. “In those moments, all I have learned and experienced unconsciously comes through and I am able to apply that knowledge and inspiration collected over many years.”

Corscaden of Newcastle has been exploring her creative nature through silkscreening and collage for many years. She said she is amazed by the process of choosing a screen size, lining up a test paper, applying a few different colors of paint at the top of the screen and then squeegee-ing the length of the screen to create as many as four prints with the paint.

“Each print has a similar, yet uniquely different appearance,” Corscaden said. “I have found a freedom of expression by creating art to honor my artist self now and for the young girl who was not able to find that expression.”

Richards, from Bristol, uses watercolors, 23-karat gold leaf and her imagination. She said she is drawing from her knowledge of the anatomy of the horse, the comical aspects of amphibians or the graceful beauty of a hummingbird in flight.

Stafford lives in Whitefield and is self-taught and inspired by nature. The works are oil on canvas with a profusion of color.

For more information, call 562-2992.

Edgecomb Church to hold fall supper
EDGECOMB— Edgecomb Community Church will be holding a benefit supper for the town’s fire department on at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The menu will include macaroni and cheese and meatloaf, salads, rolls, pies and other desserts. Dinner will be served until 6 p.m. or until the food runs out.

Admission will be by donation.

Also, the Edgecomb Community Church Thrift Shop will be open at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit edgecombchurch.org.

Local musician performing at Frontier
BRUNSWICK — Pete Kilpatrick will play the Frontier on Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10. Tickets for both shows are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Kilpatrick, a singer/songwriter from Brunswick, said he grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Kilpatrick picked up an acoustic guitar when he was 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process.

After completing high school, Kilpatrick put off college to focus his energy on a full-time career as a musician, and he wrote and recorded his first album, Half Way Home, in 2003. Between networking and a near constant performing schedule throughout New England, he began to develop a following that continued to grow over the years.

The next 10 years in Kilpatrick’s career saw the release of six additional albums — with over 40,000 albums sold — a brief record deal with Epic Records and over 1,000 live performances. He has performed alongsider Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, David Gray, Ray Lamontagne, Guster and many others.

Kilpatrick said 2018 has been a memorable year. In late January, he performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, alongside Brett Dennen and O.A.R. He also spent parts of February and March opening shows for Grammy winners Marc Cohn and Blues Traveler. Kilpatrick is currently writing for his eighth studio record, which he is aiming to release in 2019.

For more information, visit explorefrontier.com.