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Free Exhibit - ROBERT McCLOSKEY: The Art of Wonder 09/24/23 at 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Free Exhibit - ROBERT McCLOSKEY: The Art of Wonder

Curtis Memorial Library is hosting a free exhibit of nearly 70 original illustrations from Robert McCloskey’s iconic Maine-based children’s books – ONE MORNING IN MAINE, TIME OF WONDER, BURT DOW DEEP-WATER MAN, and turning 75 this year . . . BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL, as well as the Boston classic MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS.
The exhibit is open during library hours, and includes special programming throughout, including readings from Sal McCloskey herself, and drawing workshops led by co-presenters the Illustration Institute.  Supported by the STK Foundation, Sherman’s Maine Coast Book Shops, L.L.Bean and Bath Savings Bank. Images on loan from the May Massee Collection, Special Archives, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas. See full schedule at
Lemont Block Collective Featured Artists Weekend 09/24/23 at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Lemont Block Collective Featured Artists Weekend

The Lemont Block Collective, 150 Maine Street in downtown Brunswick, will feature three local artists during an open house weekend, September 21 through 24. Underwater photographer Jonathan Lavan, Driftwood artist Chris Toy, and Tiffany Method glass artist Deborah J. Ripley are each Collective members and Mid Coast residents.

The Lemont Block Collective is an artist-run gallery featuring work from 23 Maine-based artists and makers. Begun as a pop-up in the Fall of 2020 by Cleo Vauban, in the newly renovated Lemont Block building, the Collective remains too successful to close. This September event launches the “Featured Artist Weekend” series of monthly spotlights on Collective artists.
On the 21st, naturalist, educator, and underwater photographer Jonathan Lavan will be the keynote speaker, introducing the audience to underwater photography and the world travel associated with it, in words and pictures. His work is on display at the Collective in multiple formats. The presentation will begin at approximately 5:30pm.
Retired educator Chris Toy will host on the evening of the 21st. Many will know Chris as an accomplished chef and cooking instructor, or perhaps as an international educational  consultant, or as a Maine Guide. At the Collective, his mesmerizing mobiles and ‘stabiles’ made of driftwood, shells and other found materials are contemplative, beautiful and popular.
Former Community Health Educator Deborah J. Ripley turned to stained glass as a “bucket-list” hobby, late in life. Working with her hands, creating, and watching art come to life brought great joy and pleasure. She soon discovered an aptitude for the work and has continued pushing her own boundaries in 2- and 3-dimensional glass projects, expanding her skill set in both abstract and representational directions. On a sunny morning, the Collective is a-light with the beautiful results, in our east-facing windows. 


Join us at the Lemont Block Collective, on Thursday, September 21, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and meet these Maine artists. The Featured Artist Weekend continues through 4pm Sunday the 24th, with expanded displays by these artists and increased access to the artists themselves. For more information, please call the Lemont Block Collective at: (207) 371-0115

Walking Tour: Pennellville’s Shipbuilding Past 09/24/23 at 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Walking Tour: Pennellville’s Shipbuilding Past

Pejepscot History Center‘s Walking Tour Series

Pennellville’s Shipbuilding Past with Nancy Pennell

September 24, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Learn the fascinating story of shipbuilding in Brunswick on this walk through the Pennellville Historic District on the southern end of town. Nancy Pennell, a family member and longtime former resident of the area, will be your expert guide. Several Pennell family homes are included on the tour.

Participants meet at starting point; driving directions and parking information provided upon registration. Please check-in with tour leader at least 10 minutes prior to tour time.

Tours are limited to 20 unless otherwise noted. PHC maintains a waiting list for each tour in case of cancellations. Most tours are 75-90 minutes, though tours outside of downtown may go slightly longer. Please dress accordingly for the weather and wear sturdy shoes, sunblock, and/or bug spray as needed.

PRE-REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED: $8 PHC Members, $12 General Admission (ages 12+), Free for children ages 0-11. Register online at or call Pejepscot History Center at 207.729.6606.

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