Morning Gloom with Bright Breaking Sun - a Memorial Day Tradition

It looked like it was going to rain on our parade, but the weather broke just before the fife-and-drum band started marching. The yellow rain jackets always lend nice color punches to the photographs. 

When your town is one that was established in 1613 you can count on certain historical traditions. Here in Castine we love our annual Memorial Day parade and our Fourth of July children's parade. The Memorial Day parade begins at our cemetery, winds down to the town common and finally we all follow the music down to the waterfront where children help to consign a commemorative wreath to the deep blue sea. 

Today was the first day August brought out his "bike" for an adventure - here he is crazy with joy:

We arrived just in time for the fife-and-drum band - that's their stockings to the right of Jasper and August.

Elias and August enjoy a good romp down to the waterfront.

Elias reaches for August's hand to cross into the middle of the road. There's Dottie!

Glowering Clouds, 40% Chance of Rain, Opening Night!

It was the kind of day typical of spring that with every new hopeful spring we become amnesiac about - in May it storms off-and-on all the time. We use our space heaters, we layer, we expect weather disaster at all times because in May the weather forecast is MEANINGLESS. Clouds suddenly blast up Penobscot Bay and unexpectedly down the river and have their way with us. And then they leave. On the other side of the coin there are always storms forecasted that never show up. This is true of June too. 

I am not a meteorologist. If you are - please excuse my liberties. 

The Grand Opening Night of gallery b. was fabulous. So much fun! We were packed for hours and so happy to see so many friends and well-wishers after a long winter. We had delicious food from Markel's Bakehouse, beautiful flowers from Ruthie Eaton and so much good art.

The rain held off. 

Ruthie and Kenny Eaton

left to right I see artwork by Susan Parish Adam, Kara Taylor, Gayle Lewis, Louise Bourne, Liddy Fitz-Gerald (above), and Hannah Bureau. Also I see those incredible green olives from Max at the Blue Hill Wine Shop 

Here I see artwork, left to right, from Goody-B. Wiseman, Susan Parish Adam, Kara taylor, GBW again and Gregory Dunham. Great opening wine and THOSE OLIVES  from Max at the Blue Hill Wine Shop and food from Markel's Bakehouse. YUM.


It was wall to wall with great people and I forgot to take pictures during the thick of it!

Louise Bourne

Here is Louise Bourne! She made this incredible 12 foot set of paintings of the islands off of Cape Rosier:

World Without End, oil on canvas by Louise Bourne, 14 Cups and a Pitcher by Eila Remelius, Ringlet by Basha Olson

I see a few Tenneys, Steve Lieser, our ceramicist - Eila Remelius Wiseman, Amy Loomis, Brooke Tenney, Jasper, and Christian Booth

Marianne Lee, Gil Tenney and Temple Blackwood and a Liddy Fitz-Gerald in the background.

And here comes Terry Jennings, Liddy Fitz-Gerald and Stephan Fitz-Gerald! Liddy made this:

Liddy Fitz-Gerald, All the Lonely People

Last folks in... Artwork, L-R, by Louise Bourne, Eila Remelius, Temple Blackwood, Bradley Wiseman, Kara Taylor, Josh Adam, Susan Parish Adam, Julia Parish, and Lyn Mayewski.

BLOCK PARTY! Nah, just winding down and out onto the street. I see Susan Parish Adam, Wyllis Terry, Julia Parish, Elias Lieser, Kevin Olson, and Larry Oster. 

Gloaming falls on the end of the party at gallery b.

Thank you everyone for coming out to say hello and celebrate with us. And thank you so much to the artists without whom we would be nothing: Susan and Josh Adam, Louise Bourne, Temple Blackwood, Hannah Bureau, Tim Christensen, Heidi Daub, Gregory Dunham, Liddy Fitzgerald, Marie Forrestall, Renee Forestall, Missy Greene, Lyn Mayewski, Gayle Lewis,  Basha Olson, Julia Parish, Roddy Scheer, Nisa Smiley, Kara Taylor, Cynthia Winings, Goody-B. Wiseman, Eila Remelius and Bradley Wiseman. 


It's Springtime so we started a gallery.

May 22, 2014

The longest winter ever to have taken place in the history of our souls is stubbornly departing and the first flowers of spring are showing their heads. We spent the winter hatching a gallery and it's about to be born. Please welcome gallery b. into your hearts and minds and the neighborhood - Castine, Maine. 

I love this place, I did the majority of my growing up here and I returned 5 years ago after living away in California and Canada and etc. for the last 20 years. It is my intention to operate this gallery to not only exhibit exquisite art from all places but also to establish, cultivate and record the great legacy of cultural production that has happened and is happening here in Castine and on the Blue Hill Peninsula. 

April and May are the busiest months around here: people planting their gardens, preparing their boats, making their art and launching their galleries. gallery b. will be taking the place of the old Tarratine Gallery. Because I also had a hand in Tarratine Gallery I can fondly bid it adieu while promising that it is likely that the things people loved about Tarratine Gallery will persist in our new iteration. 

Out with the old:

And in with the new:

And then came Cullen of Fairwinds Florist in Blue HIll to make the flower boxes sing with beauty:

And Jasper and Ruthie and I hung art and painted and arranged and labeled and arranged and laughed and labeled some more until we were ready to open gallery b. Our Grand Opening Night would follow the next evening.


And Jasper and I take an exhausted launching-our-gallery selfie:

See you tomorrow, May 23, 2014 from 5-7 PM for our opening party!