Article in the Bangor Daily News: Coastal Maine in Words and Art Exhibit/booksigning opening Sept. 14 at Fukurou Gallery in Rockland

ROCKLAND — The Solon Center for Research and Publishing writing/art project in conjunction with an exhibit at the center’s gallery, Fukurou has culminated with the publication of “Coastal Maine in Words and Art.” A book signing with the authors will be held Sept. 14 at Gallery Fukurou, 20 Main St. Fine art photographers Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx will also be on hand to explain their work. The reception runs 5-8 p.m.

Their art depicts Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions. Our writers told stories with depth, insight, candor, irony, wit and humor about them. Anyone who has every visited Maine’s coast will be able to relate to them. They’ve put humankind’s instinctive emotional connection to the sea into words.

The writers herald from across Maine. Some have been published before, but for the vast majority this is their first book publication. Our writers are: Mark Aufiery, Eola Ball, S.M. Belair, M. E. Brinton, Donna Chellis, Diana Coleman, Steve Feeney, N.T. Franklin, Lee Heffner, Donna Hinkley, Khristina Marie Landers, Rosemarie Nervelle, Ed Peele, Lynn Smith, Sandra Sylvester, Lee Van Dyke, and John Holt Willey.

The gallery edition of the book will be sold for $20 during the exhibit. In retail outlets the gallery edition is $28. Another edition being published retails at $18.95. Both will be available on amazon at local Maine bookstores, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram.All proceeds from the sales of books and art will be placed into a fund for next year’s exhibit of the same kind.

The Maine Humanities Council has provided a generous grant for our project that will enable us to donate books to libraries across Maine. MHC is a statewide non-profit organization that uses the humanities, “as a tool for positive change in Maine communities.”  For more information, visit

Cellardoor Winery of Lincolnville graciously donated their delicious wine that captures the essence of Maine for the opening night reception. Cellardoor is a special local winery with a philosophy of giving back to their community and the State of Maine. Their logo, based on a Hobo symbol carved into their farm’s barn door by a traveler who left it as a signal to others that they too would find hospitality there, is the winery’s guiding spirit. As their website states, “when you see our Hobo symbol, know that you are in a safe and friendly place.” For more information, visit

More about a photographic artist in the book—

Yohaku Yorozuya (aka Takafumi Suzuki) is professor at Nihon University in Tokyo, where for many years he led the Department of Photography at the College of Art. He is the assistant dean and professor at the University of International Fashion in Tokyo, with branches in Osaka and Nagoya. He is a director of the Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography, as well as a member of Kokugakai (Society of Masters of Modern Japanese Art), the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and the Photographic Society of Japan.

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. SCRP is also a platform where people from diverse disciplines can examine issues of cultural and environmental importance, while developing connections.

Fukurou is SCRP’s gallery and represents Maine artists, and fosters cross-cultural connections with Japanese artists and others. We work to help the humanities flourish in communities across Maine. Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company. The Solon Center’s Gallery Fukurou. For more information, visit

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