Some of the textures we see in nature are fascinating. Yesterday, during a walk on Sears Island, I found this rock and found the striations quite striking. It’s actually quite a large rock, possibly what is called a glacial erratic, a non-native stone deposited on the shore here when the glaciers receded. Imagine the various minerals that must have come together in molten form millions of years ago. Pictures never do justice to things like this, but here it is anyway!
And I found this exquisite feather on the railing at the Searsport town pier early one morning. Notice the tiny droplets of dew!
We’ve had such a stretch of really wonderful weather here in Searsport this summer. Although our lawn is a little parched, the calm mornings have been wonderful for kayaking and other adventures. Have you ever visited the observation tower high above the Penobscot Narrows bridge? Stunning views from more than 400 feet above the river. Worth the 10 mile trip from the Shores!
Debbie Dutton travels all the way from Texas to spend summer in Maine! We’re so happy she’ll be Artist in Residence next week, she always has the most interesting projects!!
Deb has had myriad experiences in various artistic and creative areas. As a semi-retired graphic designer, her time spent in her studio these days is mostly hers to create what she loves. Paper, pens, pencils, watercolors are her favorites. She loves doing calligraphy and is on the board of the Houston Calligraphy Guild so she’s constantly learning and being challenged.
She creates really magical stuff! She’ll be teaching calligraphy and sharing some of her favorite projects at “The Shores
You don’t have to wait until winter to visit with Santa at Searsport Shores!
He visits every August and again during Fiber College of Maine in September.
Steve has practiced a “tradition of giving” since he was a child and continues to make wishes come true for individuals and charities. He describes his life as a hodgepodge of experiences, farmer, cowboy, canoe guide and nuclear engineer are just a few on his long list of accomplishments.
Here’s what Santa Steve has to tell you:
The most current project for my Cartooning Art is my Santa Coin expansion. For many years, I have been gifting North Pole Santa Coins to children and adults alike when ever I meet them in person.
For some children that are afraid of Santa, the coins are a great ice breaker. The North Pole Santa Coins are real coins minted specifically for me and the North Pole. I am the artist which creates the concept of the coins and then my elves have an opportunity to review the art and make suggestions for improving the coin. Once the review process is completed, the art goes to the engraver who makes a die for each coin. We produce about 5,000 coins at a time with half being gold and half being silver. The back of the coins is always the same, “The Tradition of Giving, One Wish,” but the front of each coin has a specific theme with words that exemplify the theme.
The first coin was the “Santa” coin with a simple message of “Happy Holidays.” The second coin was created for the North Pole Princess who is my Chief Elf of Operations. The third coin was the Mrs. Claus coin with a message of “Holiday Cheer.” The forth coin was for all of my elf helpers and is the North Pole Elf coin with a message of “Friendship.” The fifth coin was created because I have received so many requests for a coin for a person’s pet. The Reindeer coin has Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on it with a message of “Companionship.” The last coin of the original series was the Military Family coin to show solidarity with all of our military families that sacrifice so much to protect their country’s citizens.
I wanted to make a coin to commemorate all of the first responders that have given so much to their communities, but our budget for minting coins was completely used up. So I created a Kickstarter project to fund the next three coins. These coins are the First Responder Coin, the Holiday Music Coin and the North Pole Village Coin. I have the art for the next three coins, but once again the minting budget is depleted so we will have to wait while we save our money. The next three coins are the Christmas Tree Coin, the Cookie Coin and the Snowman Coin.
During his week as artist in residence Santa Steve will be teaching macrame, cartooning and chainmail. The most popular type of macrame today is “Survival Bracelets.” Students have so much fun with them and they are quick to make, they end up making bracelets, anklets, dog collars, and leashes. Steve will have a knot sampler project and resource books available. If a student would like to try more complex knots, time for that will also be available.
You might also like to try your hand at creating chainmail jewelry.
Melinda Hoffman loves mobiles…she also paints! We are so fortunate to have her visit “The Shores” to spend some time together creating magical mobiles.
Here’s what Melinda has to say!
…We are going to explore small books…I prefer Golden Books and we will be making them into mobiles. So to the upcoming campers, who will be at Searsport the first week of August…bring a favorite Golden Book. I will also ship in a stack of books that I pick up cheap. Now I am coming from South Carolina…just to be with you and the beautiful coast of Maine.
If you want a current subject mobile…Golden has Star Wars Golden Books…that do make into great mobiles…but you’ll pay top dollar ($4) for one…resale nonprofits can be a good source. (Read further for more books you might want to bring)
Now, if you’re really coming prepared…bring some trinkets…little light things to add to the mobile…I love the tops of Pez candies…even Walgreens has a display of the candies…and I found the best Star War figure heads. If you are thinking that this sounds a little like homework…let me say, as artists…we do our homework, we plan for our installations…
We will also fold books…simple…yea right. My 100 year old mother, folded the tissue pages of the New Testament…reading as she went. Took her weeks but what a lovely mobile we made out of it. So, get to a resale shop that has books and think…lots of pages…the thinner the paper the better, in my opinion.
We will do some basic folding of books from one piece of paper. I will attach some pictures of a book competition we did here in Greenville, SC. We modeled it after a European project and you will add this to your arsenal of book making. This is a wonderful journaling, scouting, personal space concept that you will enjoy.
Of course it never rains here in Maine*, but if you should happen to be camping and it should happen to rain – and you like fine wine – you might consider heading to the Cellardoor wine tasting room in Lincolnville. It’s less than 20 miles from The Shores and it’s a delightful drive no matter which route you choose. Wine samplings and tours are complimentary, and the 200-year-old farm is so picturesque. When my wife and I were there with friends, we were offered a list of wines that were available that day for sampling. As I recall, we each were able to choose five wines to taste and they were presented to us in the appropriate sequence, by a very competent and knowledgeable server, who described each selection
I’m a fan of the drier wines and in the end I purchased a bottle of Pinot Noir in the shop, which also carries a wonderful assortment of home goods and wine-related accessories.