New show by Thornton Oaks artists
BRUNSWICK — Thornton Oaks Retirement Community is hosting the opening reception of Home Spun, an exhibit by resident artists, at 4 p.m. on Dec. 5. The event is free.

The resident art show, featuring a variety of mediums, will be on exhibit through January.

For more information, call 373-4600 or email [email protected]

Festival of Trees returns to Boothbay Harbor
BOOTHBAY HARBOR — The Boothbay Region Garden club is celebrating the 16th year of its holiday gala, the Festival of Trees, which will run from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the Opera House. The festival is a signature event within the Boothbay Lights celebration that takes place through Dec. 31.

This year’s Boothbay Lights theme is Merry and Bright. Local shops will feature sweets, gift items, holiday greens, centerpieces, small holiday trees, gardening items, edible birdhouses, jewelry and home goods.

Raffles this year include a themed tree raffle featuring the tree, lights and all the ornaments. In addition, the silent auction will feature decorated Christmas trees and gift items donated by local artisans and businesses.   

The festival opens at noon on Friday, Nov. 30. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Admission and parking are free.

River Arts show give viewers chance to ‘Remember, Reconnect, Restore’
DAMARISCOTTA — “Remember, Reconnect, Restore,” a solo show in River Arts’ West Gallery featuring the work of Waterville artist Michelle McCutcheon, will run until Dec. 13. An opening reception is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.

McCutcheon uses multidisciplinary approach to create her nature-inspired art. She incorporates natural materials — like pine needles, river grass, bark, porcupine quills, bone, antler, leaves — into sculptural wall art, assemblage, ecoprints and wearable art. She uses traditional techniques, such as coiling, weaving, carving, beadwork and the use of encaustic wax.

River Arts is located at 241 U.S. Route 1. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call 563-1507 or visit riverartsme.org.