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Behind the scenes at art festivals

              What people don’t see as they walk through the booths As my alarm jolted me at 5:30 AM  Saturday, I felt like I had just laid down to sleep. That’s because I had, I crawled into bed only 3 1/2 hours before! Yes, last minute matting and wrapping prints had […]

Who Needs Food When Your Eyes Can Feast On Art

                        People Can Focus on Paintings to Whet Appetite The Bangor Art Society is privileged to be showing eighteen members’ paintings under the dome at the Maine State Capitol building in Augusta all summer! If you are riled up about politics or trying to lose […]

What to Do When You Lose A Loved One

Sadness and Summer Time Blues                           How many people think their dad is like superman, invincible, and will never leave? I don’t care how old you are, I thought my dad would never die, and neither did he! So when it happened, despite […]

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

“When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” -Walt Whitman Is the title of an elegy poem by Walt Whitman written in 1865 after President Lincoln was assassinated. It’s also the line my husband recited to me on our first date. (He’s and English teacher at Orono High School and he knows his poetry and how […]

How To Survive Mud Season in Maine

Welcome to Maine’s “Mud Season“: the time of year between wintah and summah! As I was dashing into Lord Hall at the University of Maine last evening, trying to avoid the rain, the heel of my shoe caught in the soft soil and stuck in the mud. Luckily, my bare foot avoided the same fate […]

The History of the Color Green in Maine

“Top of the Morn’in to Ya!” Today is the day for the “wearing of the green”, an Irish St. Patrick’s Day tradition for many “Mainahs.” As a former Baxter State Park artist in residence I love green and find that this hue presents itself in most of my work. Therefore, I decided to highlight this […]

What Are Big Girl Panties and Who Wears Them

  As a female professional artist, business owner, and book illustrator nothing aggravates me more than seeing the short sighted phrase, “put on Big-Girl panties” used toward women. Just what does this mean? I will “frame” the following response with factual references and personal experiences for everyone to learn from. Statues Don’t Wear Underwear Erected on Wall […]

Best in Snow! OOOps I mean Show!

I like everyone else in the Bangor Area, I spent Valentine’s Day shoveling out of the brutal snow that was dumped on us Monday and Tuesday! It was piled so high around the windows, doors, roof-tops and vehicles that people are still digging out two days later! At the University’s Recreation Center Parking lot, some kids […]

Who Stole Tom Brady’s Shirt?

Prior to the game last Sunday, I held a painting party in my home in Orono.  The Super Bowl was on my mind, but I had selected the standard subjects for my “students” to copy, a vase of pink flowers or a snow covered Katahdin. When neither ladies were thrilled at my suggestions, jokingly, I suggested, […]

Want to Change the world? Buy Art!

Bangor Art Society: 142 Years Young! May 2015, I was elected as President of the Bangor Art Society. After research, I discovered that our Bangor Art Society is THE Oldest Art Society in the Nation, founded on February 6th, 1875 when several people met in the office of Dr. H.F. Tefft on Main Street in Bangor. “Jeremiah […]