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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call (207) 354-0605 or (615) 430-8147, or visit haynesgalleries.com.
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. http://www.cmcanow.org/about/vision-statement 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 cmcanow.org 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.
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 www.merrimackmortgage.com
Amanda Corson has joined L.S. Robinson Co. insurance of Southwest Harbor Posted 15-Jul-2014 Amanda Corson has joined L.S. Robinson Co. insurance of Southwest Harbor as a personal insurance account executive. A Bar Harbor native, Corson is a graduate of MDI High School and the University of Maine in Orono. She holds the ACSR (Accredited Customer Service Representative) and AAI (Accredited Advisor in Insurance) designations and brings 17 years of insurance experience to L.S. Robinson. Outside of work, Corson enjoys gardening, running and supporting her children’s activities at MDI High School. She lives with her family in Trenton, where her husband Steve is the fire chief. L.S. Robinson Co. has served the insurance needs of Mount Desert Island families and businesses since 1932. An independent agency that is now part of the employee-owned Allen Insurance and Financial, L.S. Robinson also offers health & life insurance and financial and retirement planning services from offices at 339 Main Street in Southwest Harbor. Call 244-7246 or visit LSRIns.com