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 was held Sept. 14, 2019.
Fine art photographers Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx were on hand to explain their work. The reception ran 5-8 p.m. Over 80 people attended!
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 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 mainehumanities.org.
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 mainewine.com.
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