August 18, 2016

Why Charter Buses are Safe When Taking Seniors to Tour Penobscot Bay

Charter buses are the safest ways of traveling around from one location to the next. It’s safer to charter buses than to travel by car or airplane. As long as the charter bus company doesn’t take shortcuts when dealing with the seniors, you won’t have a reason for worrying about their safety. People hired to drive the buses are professional drivers. Consequently, there’s no reason for worrying about their competence as they take you to various parts of Penobscot Bay. It is reliable The drivers are a reliable lot because: They have CDL, which refers to Commercial Driver’s License They have passed physical requirements They meet health requirements The law requires the company providing charter bus Cleveland services to go through the stringent verification procedures put in place by the Department of Transportation in case it crosses state lines. Furthermore, the company has to satisfy specific insurance requirements as well. Therefore, the seniors have no reason for worrying about their safety since they know the law guarantees them this and that the insurer protects them while on charter buses. Driver fatigue isn’t an issue The law requires the drivers to work a certain number of hours each day. This ensures they never suffer driver fatigue, which could lead to accidents. Driver fatigue is one of the most notorious contributors to the road toll. Crashes related to driver fatigue are twice more likely to be fatal. If you’re tired and fall asleep while driving, you won’t be able to brake in time. Fortunately, the law protects drivers of charter buses thus ensuring they don’t experience this. Regular inspection puts companies on toes The federal government has put measures in place to ensure that charter buses go through intense inspection at least once each year. The check determines whether the bus is roadworthy. The inspection also checks the driver’s qualifications. The hours the driver has served while driving the bus also come into consideration during the inspection. With this level of inspection, it is difficult for the drivers or charter bus companies to embrace complacency, which compromises safety. Fatality rates are too low In the United States, coaches are responsible for less than 0.1 percent of the total number of road deaths each year. This makes them safer than traveling by air or road. This provides the seniors you’re transporting to Penobscot Bay with the assurance they need for their safety. However, all bus companies aren’t the same. Many unscrupulous operators are renowned for the shoddy ways they run their operations; hence, the importance of choosing wisely. The unscrupulous operators are known for: Skimping on insurance Hiring unqualified drivers Operating buses that are not roadworthy Therefore, what you need to remember is that it’s safe to travel to Penobscot Bay in charter bus Cleveland. You don’t have to worry about the qualifications and competency of the drivers. The drivers and buses are insured and regularly inspected to provide quality, reliable services every time you need them. Seniors will enjoy traveling in buses that don’t expose them to the possibility of ending up in fatal accidents. Charter a bus for your seniors today.
September 18, 2015

HIOBS 50th Anniversary Celebration Unites Maine-Inspired Artists

Posted 25-Jul-2014 The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School (HIOBS), a Maine-based nonprofit educational organization, is celebrating its 50th year with an Anniversary Bash, a benefit dinner and art auction, on Friday, August 22 at Point Lookout Resort in Lincolnville, ME. Endorsed by renowned art critic and writer Carl Little, the auction will feature artwork from more than 30 notable artists with ties to Maine and HIOBS, including: Eric Hopkins, one of Maine’s most renowned artists, whose work graces collections around the world, and who is also an alumnus of Outward Bound, Kevin Beers, named one the 60 most important artists in Maine, Joyce Tenneson, considered among the 10 most influential women photographers in the history of photography, Lois Dodd, an elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and of the National Academy of Design, and T. Allen Lawson, master landscape artist acknowledged by Plein Air Magazine as an artist certain to show up near the top of lists of “the painters most admired by other painters.” Other artists and photographers include Joel Babb, Sam Cady, Dan Corey, Phillip Frey, Jill Hoy, Alison Hill, Janice Kasper, Colin Page, John Santoro, Marianne Smith, Emily Trenholm, Susan Headley Van Campen, Greta Van Campen, Jessica Ives, Mary Bourke, Monica Kelly, David Little, Ed Nadeau, Chris Pinchbeck, Peter Ralston, Barbara Goodbody, Rick Perry and Cooper Dragonette. On August 9, about 20 of these artists will participate in the 50th Anniversary Art + Auction Invitational. Artists will convene on Hurricane Island—the 180-acre Penobscot Bay island where HIOBS was founded by Peter Willauer in 1964 and is currently home to the Hurricane Island Foundation’s Center for Science and Leadership—to create original work en plein air to be auctioned at the Bash. Eric Denny, Executive Director for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School states, “We are honored to have such a talented and diverse group of artists contributing to our event. Many of them have been directly impacted by HIOBS as a former student or staff member.” The public is invited to purchase tickets for the Bash and participate in the auction by visiting A silent auction will begin over cocktails and continue through much of the evening on August 22. The evening will culminate with live bidding for a handful of selected pieces. Proceeds from the artwork will support getting students on HIOBS courses. The Hurricane Island Outward Bound School has been changing lives through challenge and discovery since 1964, when it was established on the coast of Maine as the first sea-based Outward Bound school in the U.S, and now runs sailing, backpacking and canoeing courses in Maine and Florida for students ages 14+. HIOBS is part of the US network of independent Outward Bound schools whose wilderness expeditions help people discover strength of character, an ability to lead and a desire to serve. Outward Bound was founded in 1941 by educator Kurt Hahn, to train young British sailors to survive lifeboat situations by demonstrating through open boat sail training that there is more in them than they thought possible.
August 23, 2015

Barbara Ernst Prey: American Contemporary July 21-August 31

Blue Water Fine Arts is proud to announce the most recent works by the internationally celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey July 21-August 31. “American Contemporary” is Barbara Preys most recent body of spiritually driven landscapes. Her work encompasses the traditional in a contemporary light.</br>In this exhibit she explores the depth of the American landscape and her own personal relationship with nature, and illuminates these concepts by using her euphoric color palette and impeccable painting techniques. Her paintings challenge the viewer to step back and take into consideration their own identity, as well as their personal connection to their surroundings. While the work is predominantly American based in subject matter, the aura Prey produces throughout her work can be appreciated on a global scale. The exhibition proves Preys place as a significant American artist furthering the genre of American driven landscapes. As one of the key figures of 21st century landscape painting, Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Members are chosen for their established record of distinguished service and achievement in the arts. Previous members include noted artists Leonard Bernstein, John Steinbeck, Richard Diebenkorn and Isaac Stern. Her painting Lineleader, is currently on exhibit at the National Endowment for the Arts in the office of the Chairman. With work in the White House’s permanent collection, her appointment to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a long list of important private, public, national and international collections, her place as a significant American artist is secure. She is adjunct faculty at Williams College Within the exhibition are some of Prey’s most important and distinguished works which deliver not only Preys fine understanding of identity within America, but also her dramatic color palette and intricate brush work. The show also features a new collection of her large-scale works. Her painting Hydrangeas is featured at the new Bush Presidential Library and Center. The approach to the work highlights ones personal reflections on identity through a contemporary American landscape. It allows the viewer to be transported to the moments of dusk in which illuminate the beauty of both nature and man made American architecture. Another excellent example of Preys haunting work is Meeting House, which invites the viewer to reflect on an interior structure while still allowing a glimpse at nature. An interior of one of the early American meeting houses, this work references light and spirituality in an age of technology. Preys brushwork positively thrives within this piece, her attention to shadow, depth and color truly proves why the Heckscher Museum Director Michael Schantz said, “Barbara Ernst Prey [is] one of America’s most gifted watercolorists…Barbara’s flawless technique ranks her among the most important artists who ever painted in the medium.” Another highlighted piece is Walking on Water. This stunning work depicts worn fishing boats which have a natural beauty and strength to them while working seamlessly in harmony with nature. The intensity of color within this image illuminates one perception of the ambience around them, while drawing the viewer into the story behind the vessels. The American Contemporary show at Blue Water Fine Arts brings together some of Barbara’s most powerful works both conceptually and aesthetically. Her reflections on the contemporary American landscape will be recognized on the time line of art history. Sarah Cash, curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, writes, “Among the foremost artists at work in the United States today, Barbara Ernst Prey has painted powerful, vibrant views of her surroundings for nearly forty years. The artist continues to take the watercolor medium, which has an august role in the history of American art, to innovative places. The New York Times writes, “Prey is going where artists Rauschenberg and Warhol have gone before.” Prey was recently honored when NASA commissioned her to paint four paintings for their collection. The x-43, the fastest aircraft in the world, was included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Museum Exhibit NASA|ART: 50 Years at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. NASA invited her to be the artist spokesperson for the exhibit and she was featured on The CBS Evening News. Her other NASA commissions include: The Columbia Tribute, to commemorate the anniversary of the Columbia tragedy; the International Space Station, which is on exhibit with her painting Columbia Tribute at the Kennedy Space Center; and the Shuttle Discovery: Return to Flight. Prey joins an elite group of American artists who have been invited by NASA to document the history of space exploration including Norman Rockwell and Robert Rauschenberg. Prey is an artistic ambassador for the United States, chosen to participate since 2004 in the United States Arts in Embassies Program. At the U.S. Embassy in Paris she was the only living American painter exhibited with prominent American masters Homer, Ryder and Sargent. The U.S. Ambassador to Spain requested a special exhibit of her paintings for the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. Her artwork is on exhibit in many U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide including: Prague, Seoul, Baghdad, Abu Dhabi, Bogotá, Mexico City, Athens, Cairo and Rangoon. Prey was honored with the Senate’s “Women of Distinction Award”, a tribute to outstanding New York women. She joins previous honorees Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt. She was invited as “one of the top players in today’s American art world” to moderate the panel Women at the Helm of American Art in New York with Museum of Modern Art Curator Laura Hoptman and Guggenheim Curator Nancy Spector. As one of the leading artists of her generation, her paintings are included in some of the most important public and private collections around the world including The White House, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art Dartmouth College, The Taiwan Museum of Art, New York Historical Society, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Reader’s Digest Collection. Her work is owned by private collectors including President and Mrs. George W. Bush, Nobel Laureate Dr. and Mrs. James Watson, Ambassador and Mrs. Craig Stapleton, Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks. As a spokesperson for American Art, she was invited to lecture at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. for the Winslow Homer exhibit, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for the John Singer Sargent exhibit, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid on American Art and at Dartmouth College. She is an art blogger for The Huffington Post. Prey graduated from Williams College where she studied with Lane Faison and has a masters degree from Harvard University where she was able to continue her art history studies. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Henry Luce Foundation grant for her work which enabled her to travel, study and exhibit extensively in Europe and Asia. Prey’s artwork has been featured and discussed in numerous books, publications, radio and television programs including The CBS Evening News, The New Yorker, The New York Times, BBC Worldwide,The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, Newsday, The Boston Globe, CBS Sunday Morning, Larry King Live, PBS, NPR, Paula Zahn Now, CNN News Sunday, AP and Reuters Newswire, The New York Post, Huffington Post, The Daily News, The International Art Newspaper, Harvard Magazine, Artforum, ArtNews, Forbes and NBC’s Extra. Exhibition: July 19-August 31 Opening Reception: Sunday, August 3 from 6-8 PM Gallery Location: Main Street, Route 131, Port Clyde, Maine 10am-5pm, and by appointment For press information and photos: Chelsea Church (516) 316-7477 207-372-8087 PO Box 338, Port Clyde, Maine 04855 Email:
December 6, 2014

American Pickers Comes to Maine

The American Pickers show is headed to Maine in the coming weeks in the hopes that they can feature some amazing private collections on thier program. If you are interested or think you have something that the show would be jazzed about, please see the contact info below. About American Pickers:  Cineflix Inc. produces a documentary series called “American Pickers” which explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’. The fourth season premiered in December 2011 on the History Channel. The high profile show follows two of the most skilled pickers in the business ‘Mike Wolfe’ and ‘Frank Fritz’ as they embark on an epic road trip across the US. The show offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground who are on the frontlines of the antique industry. The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques – treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia. The series follows the highs and lows of the trade as our team gets their hands dirty in the search of weird and wonderful hidden treasures. The show examines how determination and amazing instincts drive the pickers to salvage the good junk from the bad junk. On the adventure our team meets fascinating characters along the way each with a story to tell about the history of their collection and their own lives. Mike and Frank bring the past to life and recycle America as they go. On the way, we explore how our pickers strike the ultimate deal and discover just what it takes to renovate and re-sell a newly found antique in a competitive market.
May 16, 2014

Art Talk and Impressionistic Style Demos at Haynes Galleries

Art lovers and fans of plein air landscapes are in for a treat this summer at Haynes Galleries. Roger Dale Brown will give an artist talk and a live demonstration on Saturday August 2 from 10 am to noon at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston. The event is in conjunction with his solo exhibition “Roger Dale Brown: Painting Maine,” which opens July 31 and runs until August 30. Both the artist talk and exhibition are free and open to the public. During his talk, Brown will recount stories from his numerous painting expeditions including a trip to Maine’s midcoast which will take place just a few days prior to the talk. He will also give a live outdoor demonstration, weather permitting, so guests can see and experience Brown’s award-winning plein air style in person. Brown will describe each step as he takes it, each brushstroke as he applies it. By the end of the talk and demo, it will be clear why Brown’s work has been so sought after. His views of Maine’s rocky shores, boats bobbing in harbors, and iconic lighthouses are the result of Brown truly seeing what is before him and recognizing the colors and shapes that make up each vista. In turn, the work feels real, like you’re standing there on the sand with the warmth of the sun on your face. Brown and his wife, fellow painter Beverly Ford Evans, spend a significant portion of their time traveling, searching out vistas to capture on canvas. They’ve traveled to Maine the last three summers, always returning for more. Brown says he’s mesmerized by the charm, history, and natural beauty of Maine. Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main St., Thomaston, and is open from June through September. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or by appointment. For more information, email, call (207) 354-0605 or (615) 430-8147, or visit
June 16, 2013

Bangor Savings Bank Supports CMCA’s Building Fund

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation recently pledged $10,000 to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s capital campaign in support of CMCA’s new building and move from Rockport to Rockland. The new building in Rockland, designed by architect Toshiko Mori of New York and North Haven, will provide additional gallery and classroom spaces for the 62-year-old organization. Since 1952, CMCA has introduced the work of hundreds of contemporary artists, many of them well known today, to audiences in Maine. It is the longest running nonprofit arts institution dedicated to contemporary art in the state. On behalf of CMCA, Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, chair of the CMCA board of trustees, expressed her appreciation and gratitude for Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s generous gift. She added that “their support will help CMCA expand its educational mission and its ability to introduce the work of Maine’s outstanding contemporary artists to new and larger audiences.” Amber Heffner Cosby, Camden branch manager of Bangor Savings Bank, said “this grant award signifies our commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve. We are pleased to help fund CMCA’s move to its new location in Rockland.” Together, the bank and its foundation invest more than $1 million annually into the community in the form of nonprofit sponsorships, grants, and partnership initiatives. For more information about CMCA’s capital campaign and plans for the future, visit or call Suzette McAvoy, director, at 207-236-2875. The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. Galleries are open Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5; free for CMCA members.
March 24, 2013

Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc Announces Camden Office

Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc Announces Camden Office Posted 28-Jul-2014 Merrimack Mortgage Company, Inc is pleased to announce that they have opened a new office in Camden, Maine, NMLS 1206948. This is Merrimack Mortgage Company’s fourth branch in Maine; current branches include Portland, Augusta, and Bangor. Joining the company at this new location are Co-Branch Managers and Loan Officers Pam Fowles, NMLS 612432 and Jo Geddis, NMLS 638359. Pam Fowles has been in banking for over 20 years, and a mortgage lender for the past 15 years in local community banks. Pam is a lifetime resident of the MidCoast and lives in Rockland with her husband and family. Jo Geddis has been in banking and lending for 10 years. Prior to returning home to MidCoast Maine, Jo lived and worked across the country during her career with Samsonite Corporation. Jo lives in Owls Head with her husband and sons. After working together for a local bank for the past 8 years, Pam and Jo decided the time was right to join a New England-based company that focuses only on residential mortgage lending. They are pleased to be able to continue to offer conventional and government loan options as well as a wider variety of specialized mortgage products. Founded in 1983, Merrimack Mortgage Company (MMC) continues to be a leader in residential mortgage lending throughout the Northeast. As one of the region’s largest independent mortgage bankers, our reputation as a premier service provider has been the key to our success. In the past 31 years, many lenders have come and gone; few having been around as long as Merrimack Mortgage. Our success is attributed to our core strategy of providing a high level of customer satisfaction at a competitive price. The Camden branch is located at 45 Mechanic Street. For more information, please visit