If you are planning to visit MidCoast Maine, festivals are a great way to have fun, enjoy great food and drinks, and enjoy local traditions. Take a look at upcoming MidCoast Maine events in Rockland and Camden, and then book oceanfront lodging at The Craignair Inn by the Sea.
|Wed||March 1, 2023|| Art Show Opening Linden O'Ryan |
Artist, Linden O’Ryan, will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from March 1 – 28.
Linden O’Ryan is a Maine watercolorist creating artworks of nature inspired, imaginary landscapes of the heart. Her artworks have an inspirational and whimsical quality, using nature motifs expressed through color and movement.
|Thur||March 23, 2023|| Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner at The Causeway|
Spanish tasting night with Guest Chef Bobby Will of Salt & Steel. Entrees will be paired with Spanish wines coordinating with Pine State Beverage.
|Sun||March 26, 2023|| Maine Maple Sunday|
Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy the great State of Maine and everything that it has to offer, including Maine Maple Syrup. Most sugarhouses offer maple syrup samples and demonstrations on how pure Maine maple syrup is made. Many farms offer games, activities, treats, sugarbush tours, music, and so much more.
|Wed||March 29, 2023|| Art Opening Doug Houle|
Artist Doug Houle showing in the Craignair Gallery from March 29 – April 25.
His focus has always been painting New England’s buildings, objects and landscapes, creating dramatic images using light and color. In the last several years Douglas has worked hard to establish his artwork in and around the Maine art scene. “Through my painting I have chosen to highlight the architecture and objects of small town New England. I am drawn to the charm and nostalgia around these spaces and objects. Whether the places are frequently visited or passed by, they surround a town’s people, giving recognition to the historical relevance they have in our communities. I like to create a mood in my paintings that will remind you of a time gone by, and light and color are crucial for these pieces. Working primarily in oils, I leave the underlayer of my painting showing through the planes and edges, which helps to develop a level of interest in the surrounding work. Objects absorb and reflect all sorts of color and how that is manipulated impacts the mood. The light that each color creates is there to invite you.”
|Thursday||April 20, 2023|| Cuban Tasting Night|
Cuban tasting night featuring authentic Cuban cuisine and Maine beers from Bissel Brothers Brewing.
|Wed||April 26, 2023|| Art Gallery Opening Katherine Cartwright|
Artist, Katherine Cartwright will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from April 26 – May 23.
Katharine A. Cartwright’s majored in fine art at Linden Hall School during her teen years, and later at Kutztown University, The College of Charleston, and The Maryland Institute College of Art. Throughout her career in art, Kathy’s work has appeared in international exhibitions winning top awards and are included in hundreds of private and corporate collections. Her work is also featured in notable publications including Pratiques des Arts, Art Scope Magazine, Visual Language Magazine, Best of Worldwide Watermedia, and A Walk Into Abstracts. In 2019 her paintings were exhibited in the State House in Augusta, Maine. More recently she served as the artist consultant for the newly installed exterior mural at the Mid-coast School of Technology in Rockland.
|May 10 - 31, 2023|| Birding in Mid-Coast Maine|
From mid-May to early June, migrating shorebirds are on the move in Maine.
|Wed||May 24, 2023|| Art opening for James Zoller|
Artist James Zoller art opening at the Craignair Gallery from May 24 – June 20.
James Stephen Zoller is a self-taught Maine artist who has been painting for over 25 years. Growing up in San Antonio, Texas and traveling throughout Mexico heavily influenced his early style. He was inspired by the colors typically used in Mexican arts and crafts. Many of these vibrant colors continue to be used in his imaginative still-life paintings today.
|Fri - Sat||June 16 - 17, 2023|| Jazz in June|
Two days of jazz events including headliner evening concerts at the downtown Camden Opera House
|Wed||June 21, 2023|| Art Show Opening Sally Loughridge|
Artist, Sally Loughride, will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from June 21 – Jul 18.
A year round resident of South Bristol, Maine, I am continually intrigued by the rugged, organic beauty around me. I am drawn to the juxtaposition of natural elements – sky, sea, and land – and the rich contrasts in color, value, texture, and temperature these intersections bring. Observing nature closely connects me spiritually to the Earth and heightens my sense of social responsibility toward it. The process of painting is humbling and deeply satisfying. I hope to stir the viewer’s memory, feeling, curiosity, and commitment to respecting the natural world.
|Fri||July 7, 2023|| Great Schooner Race|
More than two dozen tall ships gather for an exciting all-day race. This year marks the 46th anniversary of the Great Schooner Race, North America’s largest annual gathering of tall ships!
|Sat - Sun||July 15 - 16, 2023|| The North Atlantic Blues Festival|
The blues music festival features national blues performers and is considered one of the most prestigious on the East Coast. The festival is held at the Public Landing in Rockland, Maine.
|Wed||July 19, 2023|| Art Show Opening Whitney River|
Artist Whitney River will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from July 19 – August 15.
Whitney River’s poetic drawings and paintings invite the viewer to share her appreciation for the intricate details found in nature. Through close observation and realistic rendering of organic forms, River creates meditative compositions that evoke the human experience.
|Tue - Sun||August 2 - 6, 2023|| Maine Lobster Festival|
What do you get when you mix the world’s greatest lobster cooker, 20,000 pounds of lobster, a sea goddess coronation, a big parade, top notch entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, talented crafts people and vendors, cooking contests, marine tent and MORE?!
|Wed||August 16, 2023|| Art Show Opening Kevin Beers|
Artist Kevin Beers will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from August 16 – September 12.
I only paint things for which I have a strong emotional attraction. I’m drawn to the landscape and plein air painting. I grew up in the Hudson Valley, an area with a rich history of landscape painting. The artists of the Hudson River School, the first school of American painting, worked in my backyard. I expanded my stomping grounds to include Monhegan Island, a small island off the coast of Maine also prominent in the history of American art.
|Wed||September 13, 2023|| Art Show Opening Robert Steinmetz|
Artist Robert Steinmetz will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from September 13 – October 10.
Robert Steinmetz was born on Long Island, New York, USA in 1937. He graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1961 with a B.Arch degree from the College of Art, Architecture and Planning. Since he had no formal art education or training, his primary artistic background consisted of years spent making presentation drawings of his architectural designs. He has learned the intricacies and peculiarities of watermedia painting by a “trail and error” process over time. Since 1992, his paintings have been selected by juries for inclusion in over 30 local, national and international watercolor exhibitions, including the Shenzhen Biennial in China in 2013. He has won awards in over 20 of those shows, including several “Best in Show” awards. He has been elected to “Signature Member” status in America’s two most prestigious watercolor societies, The American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. He also enjoys similar status in the North East Watercolor Society.
|Wed||October 11, 2023|| Art Show Opening Christos Calivas|
Artist Christos Calivas will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from October 11 – November 7.
|Wed||November 8, 2023|| Art Show Opening Gwyn Sylvester|
Artist Gwyn Sylvester will be showing in the Craignair Gallery from November 8 – December 5.
Gwyn has lived Maine since the 1990’s. Her art is based on seeing, perceiving and responding to the power of nature and the quiet beauty in the world. Creative ideas are set in motion during relaxed concentration while sketching, doodling and/or painting outdoors, en plein air, from still life or live models. In the studio she tries to enhance and refine natural patterns and light by layering intense, transparent colors with semi-opaque softer “veils” of paint.
|Thur||November 23, 2023|| Thanksgiving Dinner|
Enjoy a multi course Thanksgiving meal at The Causeway.
|Wed||December 6, 2023|| Art Opening Anne Cox|
Artist Anne Cox showing in the Craignair Gallery from December 6 – January 3.
I have a professional background in landscape design. Currently I continue to develop and tend the landscape and gardens surrounding the Hedgerow Market and Gallery, in Martinsville. I also grow the organic vegetables that we sell at our seasonal market.
Since moving here in 1997 I have designed, installed, and tended many gardens in the midcoast area. In 2007 I began designing and hooking rugs, many of which have received Viewers’ Choice Awards at the Green Mountain Rug Hooking Guild shows, and in 2018, I was a featured artist at one of the shows. I started painting, mainly in oil, in 2015. In both the rugs and the paintings I am working to understand and reflect the patterns and beauty of the world I encounter. Hedgerowdesign.com for more info.
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