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This month in the Britton Gallery

Valdemosa, Majorca (high fired enamel on copper), from the current show, A Life Line of Color by Dottie Hayes (through August 30)
In the Howard Room Cases

Jonathan Fisher's artists box, mostly containing concave pieces of broken dishes on which he mixed his paints, from the current exhibit, Jonathan Fisher: Art, Spirit and Nature. (through August 30)
In the Larchwood Children's Cases

Petrified wood from northeastern Nevada, from the collection of Leda Beth Gray (Through August 31)
In the Main Reading Room 

Bitter Strength, from the special exhibit, Master Sculptor: Edward J. Fraughton, (through Saturday August 23)
Ongoing Youth Events
Pre-school Storytime for kids up to age 4: Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:00 AM   
Playgroup for Babies and Toddlers up to age 3: in the town park or if it rains at the Library, Wednesdays 10:30 AM to Noon 
Ongoing Adult Events
Beyond Labels Discussion Group: Mondays, 10:30-12:30 Click here for topics.
Book sales in the basement "Book Nook": Every Saturday through August 23, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
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 Events This Week...
  • The Library's monthly series of free "Art Adventures" continues THIS THURSDAY! August 21 at 7:00 PM with a slide program by boat builder and designer, Robert Stephens on What Makes a Beautiful Boat? eventsThe event is free and everyone is welcome. More info here. 
  • Kids ages 8 to 16 are invited to "Minecraft and Pizza!" at the Library THIS FRIDAY! August 22 at 6:00 PM. Sixteen-year-old author Sean Fay Wolfe will read from and talk about his first book in a trilogy about the game Minecraft. Pizza will be served! More info here.
  •  Don't miss our last of the summer weekly books sale THIS SATURDAY Aug 23, from 10 AM to 2:00 PM! It will be the last  opportunity to make an offer on antique and classic sets. Donations are always welcome (please check here for details), Of special need are children's picture books, and books on history!
Author Reading: Think Local, Think Global
Local author Ron Singer will offer a faceted program, Think Local, Think Global, at the Library on Thursday August 28 at 7:00 PM. SingerFor the local part of the program he will read from  his book of poetry, Look to Mountains, Look to Sea, about Deer Isle and Weld, Maine, written over four decades, and illustrated with paintings and photographs by Elizabeth Yamin.

For the global part of the program, he will read from his forthcoming book due out this fall, Uhuru Revisited: Interviews with African Pro-Democracy Leaders, which is based on interviews with pro-democracy leaders in six countries. The book addresses issues such as redressing economic inequality, freedom of the press, and corruption and governance. Singer will also read poetry and fiction stemming from his African sojourns.

Ron Singer writes in multiple genres. His poetry, satire, stories, essays, reviews, and articles have appeared in many newspapers, magazines and e-zines, and he wrote the librettos for two operas, one of which is Deeds, an opera about Maine real-estate swindles. In addition to Look to Mountains, Look to Sea and Uhuru Revisited, his books to date include a poetic memoir, a serial picaresque, three novellas, a collection of ekphrastic writings, a serial thriller about a serial killer, and a serial farce. Singer's work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.

This event is sponsored by the Library. Books will be available for sale and signing. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.
September Art: The Peninsula Painters
During the month of September, the Library will showcase artwork from more than 50 local artists, in a show titled
The Peninsula Painters.peninsula All of the artists represented in this show participated in the Library's Paint the Peninsula fundraiser in July, during which they made and sold paintings in a short time frame on the same day. 
Isle Au Haut Triptych by Corey Paradise

For this exhibit artists will be showing pieces more characteristic of their usual work, created on their own studio time.  The exhibit will include a range of paint media and subject matter in a rare group show of so many artists connected to the Blue Hill Peninsula.
Maine Magic by Fredericka Marshall

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Friday September 5, 4:30 to 6:00 PM. For more information contact the Library at 374-5515.
Mayher and Mayher: Wooden Fish and Clay Pots
Brooklin artists Caroline and Bill Mayher will show their work in the Howard Room Cases at the Library during the months of September, October and November.Mayher The title of the show is Mayher and Mayher: Wooden Fish and Clay Pots.

Caroline, a lifelong potter, studied pottery in the Japanese tradition with Henry Okamoto and Makoto Yabe and taught at the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York and Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts before moving to Maine full time in 1995.

After a career as a teacher and counselor, Bill began carving fish and shorebirds from the salt water-cured driftwood he finds along the edges of offshore islands.  Besides his new-found sculptural career, he is a regular writer for WoodenBoat, a contributing editor at Maine Boats Homes and Harbors, and a founding partner of the classic boat website,  He also shows his work at the Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland and the Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill.

About carving fish, Bill offers, "When I am working on a fish I encourage the weathered aspects I find in the salt water-cured wood I gather on islands--its wabi sabi quality-- reminding us that everything is in flux, impermanent, fragmentary."

The exhibit is in the Howard Room cases, available for viewing during Library hours subject to the meeting room schedule. The public is invited to an opening reception September 5, 4:30-6:00 PM.  For more information call the Library at 374-5515.
More From A Life Line Of Color By Dottie Hayeshayes
In honor of her 90th birthday, we are very pleased to host A Life Line of Color, by Dottie Hayes for our August art show. The show will be up through August 30-- so there is still time to see it! These are just a few of the wonderful pieces on display.
Cardinal at Waterfall, high fired enamel on copper

Market in the Square, Soller Majorca, watercolor

Fish, enamel collage

Don't hesitate to call us for more information at 207-374-5515.
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