Honey, harp and holy fun at Wiscasset Art Walk

Posted:  Friday, July 28, 2017 - 7:15pm

Lucia Droby helps make the Wiscasset Art Walks happen, but early in the July 27 installment, the Wiscasset shop owner was a shopper. She found something special, made from something old.

She got a necklace from Massachusetts jewelry designer Ania Kowalska-Davis, set up outside Beelicious on Main Street. Droby said amber has always been precious to her Polish family. Kowalska-Davis said the two pieces of Baltic amber on the necklace were 40 to 60 million years old. Air bubbles cause the irregularities inside amber, the designer said.

She does most of her shows in Maine and is a Mainer in her heart, she said. When she crosses the Piscataqua River Bridge from New Hampshire into Maine, she becomes a different person, with all of her troubles gone, she said. People here appreciate nature’s majestic beauty without trying to change it, she said. Her designing centers on simple elegance, she said. “There is beauty in simplicity.”

Beelicious owner Monica Carrington invited Kowalska-Davis to take part in the art walk. They met when Kowalska-Davis stopped into the store with her son and both were speaking Polish, which is a part of Carrington’s heritage. She thought having the designer out front would help her store add to the art walk’s flavor, she said, noting honey has an amber color like the jewelry.

Employee Kim Welborn was offering wooden spoonfuls of samples of honey from Georgia, New York and Dragonfly Farm in Nobleboro. Welborn, smiling, said she enjoys the art walks. “It’s nice to be social, and meet your neighbors, and people from away,” Welborn added.  Carrington also looks forward to them, because everyone’s happy and people come in to see the products, she said.

New Wiscasset homeowner Jennifer Morgan, sister to Chewonki Foundation President Willard Morgan, visited Sylvan Gallery. She said she likes the energy downtown during the art walks, and the shops being open in the evening for them.

Wiscasset native Sarah Sutter, who taught high school art for years in Wiscasset, was in town on break from her job teaching high school art in Tokyo, Japan. She visited R. Keith Rendall Fine Art where she chatted with its namesake-owner. Later, Virginia “Suki” Flanagan of Alna resumed her harp-playing in the gallery. Married with Chitlins’ Liz and Chris Lannon of Wiscasset played Americana music on the other side of Main Street with Boothbay’s Rick Turcotte of Rick and the Ricochets. Inside Sylvan Gallery, Jonathan Waldo played guitars of his own making.

Near the end of the three-hour event, First Congregational Church of Wiscasset member Nancy Roby and Pastor Josh Fetterling, switching from a yellow hat with orange polka dots to a multicolored wig, said they had had a lot of takers for their photo booth where children and some adults donned fun wear and got to leave with free mini photos. This was not a fundraiser, just a way to take part in the art walk and help the community have fun, they said.

Roberta Goschke of Waldoboro was plein air painting as the day’s light dimmed near the top of Main Street. She likes painting Wiscasset for its architecture. And it’s beautiful here, she added.

Remaining art walks are set for 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 28.