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Our second writing contest announcement in conjunction with an exhibit at Fukurou is coming in May 

This May, the Solon Center for Research and Publishing announced its first literary/art journal. Stories from authors published and unpublished will debut in INSIGHTS – Literary/Art Journal. We’ll host exhibits here, and have contests. Please go HERE to read more about the inaugural issue.

Fukurou means owl in Japanese as well as prosperity and health. The owl in Ancient Greece often is associated with Athena, the arts and wisdom. Our gallery represents Maine artists, and fosters cross-cultural connections with Japanese artists and others. We host exhibits, booksignings, have lectures, workshops and other events. Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company. Democracy flourishes when creativity is allowed freedom of expression.

Our programs align with the Solon Center for Research and Publishing projects. The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Maine Public Benefit Corporation that helps build community in Maine and beyond through educational, literary, scientific and artistic means, with publications, research, exhibits, events and other initiatives. We work to help the humanities flourish. The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is also a platform where people from diverse disciplines can examine issues of cultural and environmental importance, while developing connections. We invite you to explore our website and come for a visit!

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Soto’s Song: Travel with Soto on his mystical journey through an imagined reality, where he gains perspective and listens to the wisdom in the air, water, fire and earth. Embraced by nature he is able to find truth within himself in his song. With that reality Soto’s loneliness dissipates as he is able to live in the present, without worrying about the past or the future.

The quality printed art book retails for $20.00, which includes shipping inside the U.S.A. ISBN: 978-1-882190-90-4. First print edition- 2021.

When the gallery reopens, after the pandemic, we will host a reception that accompanies an exhibit/book-signing. Stay tuned and stay hopeful for the future!