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On the Road with Waterville Creates! Part 2: Tandem Glass in Dresden Mills

Many of us are lamenting the limitations of travel this summer. Thankfully we live in a state of extreme beauty with many fascinating places to visit. Here at WC!, we realize there are numerous destinations off the beaten path where we can explore Maine’s incredible art, artists, and natural landscape. The On the Road series is designed to explore areas that are art destinations in their own right and/or sites where we can create our own works of art.

Since 2006 Terrill Waldman + Charlie Jenkins have been creating unique hand blown glass in a saltbox barn on the shores of the Eastern River in mid-coast Maine. Each artist has over 30 years of experience with this beautiful and challenging medium. Their individual works have been shown nationally. In addition to their own glasswork and their in-tandem collaboration, they design and fabricate custom blown glass for artists and architects. Join us on our visit to the Tandem Glass Gallery located in a 2000 square foot space in Dresden Mills, Maine.

For more info on their work: https://www.tandemglass.com/

Tune in to our Facebook Page at 1pm Friday and look for our Facebook premiere! The video will also be saved in our video section for viewing at any time after the Facebook premiere.

On the Road with Waterville Creates! Part 1: Dresden’s Pownalborough Courthouse

Many of us are lamenting the limitations of travel this summer. Thankfully we live in a state of extreme beauty with many fascinating places to visit. Here at WC!, we realize there are numerous destinations off the beaten path where we can explore Maine’s incredible art, artists, and natural landscape. The On the Road series is designed to explore areas that are art destinations in their own right and/or sites where we can create our own works of art.

The Pownalborough Courthouse stands on grounds that were at the time of its construction in 1761 the site of Fort Shirley, one of the first inland forts built by the British on the river. The courthouse has a roughly square three-story main block, framed in wood, covered by a hip roof, and clad in wooden clapboards.

Construction began on the courthouse in 1761, and the county’s first court session was held in the unfinished building later that year. In addition to housing the court facilities, the building also served as a tavern, an inn, a post office, a fencing hall, a dance hall, a church, and a meeting house, and had living quarters on the third floor. Famous past visitor’s include John Adams, Benedict Arnold, and midwife Martha Ballard. 

It is now open seasonally as a museum dedicated to local history. 

Tune in to our Facebook Page at 3pm Thursday and look for our Facebook premiere! The video will also be saved in our video section for viewing at any time after the Facebook premiere.

On the Road with Waterville Creates! Part 2: Artist Nick Rossi

Many of us are lamenting the limitations of travel this summer. Thankfully we live in a state of extreme beauty with many fascinating places to visit. Here at WC!, we realize that there are numerous destinations off the beaten path where we can explore Maine’s incredible art, artists, and natural landscape. The On the Road series is designed to explore areas that are art destinations in their own right and/or sites where we can create our own works of art.

On this segment, we will visit metalsmith Nick Rossi. Thanks to movies like Rambo and The Princess Bride, Rossi became fascinated by knives at a young age. He began working at a retail cutlery store at the age of 15, where he was introduced to craftsmen that made handmade knives. Nick is a full time Bladesmithing instructor and Program Coordinator at the New England School of Metalwork in Auburn, where people from all over the world learn the craft of forging knives.

Nick is a rated Journeyman Smith in the American Bladesmith Society and member of the New England Bladesmith’s Guild. His favorite thing to make is kitchen knives, because Nick’s second favorite thing to cook.

For more info on his work: https://nickrossiknives.com/

Tune in to our Facebook Page at 1pm Friday and look for our Facebook premiere! The video will also be saved in our video section for viewing at any time after the Facebook premiere.

On the Road with Waterville Creates! Part 1: Viles Arboretum

Many of us are lamenting the limitations of travel this summer. Thankfully we live in a state of extreme beauty with many fascinating places to visit. Here at WC!, we realize there are numerous destinations off the beaten path where we can explore Maine’s incredible art, artists, and natural landscape. The On the Road series is designed to explore areas that are art destinations in their own right and/or sites where we can create our own works of art.

This week we will visit the Viles Arboretum located in Augusta, Maine and comprised of 224 acres of land with a long history of farming. In the early 1800s, this area was owned by several neighboring farms.The Arboretum currently has 20 botanical collections with plans for additions in the future. Each of the current collections are clearly marked on the grounds and each has an interpretive panel providing informative and engaging information.

In addition to plant collections, the Viles Arboretum has sculptures creating a bridge between botanical collections and the natural environment. The goal is to introduce visitors to the interplay between art and nature, enhance the educational experience, and create a public space for inspiration.

Tune in to our Facebook Page at 3pm Thursday and look for our Facebook premiere! The video will also be saved in our video section for viewing at any time after the Facebook premiere.

On the Road with Waterville Creates! Part 2: River Roads and Langlais Art Trail!

Many of us are lamenting the limitations of travel this summer. Thankfully, we live in a state of extreme beauty with many fascinating places to visit. Here at WC!, we realize that there are numerous destinations off the beaten path where we can explore Maine’s incredible art, artists, and natural landscape. The On the Road series is designed to explore areas that are art destinations in their own right and/or sites where we can create our own works of art.

In Part II of our adventures in Skowhegan bring us to River Roads gallery and the Langlais Art Trail!

River Roads is a gallery + gift shop featuring the work of more than 20 Maine artists and craftspeople from the central Maine area. We will talk with a few gallery members and learn more about different media and disciplines. For more info on the gallery:

Langlais Art Trail

This trail is devoted to displaying and sharing the spirited art of Bernard Langlais (1921-1977) across his native state of Maine. The Langlais Art Trail can be enjoyed from Portland to Presque Isle and Skowhegan has several outdoor sculptures to enjoy. For more info on the trail: http://langlaisarttrail.org/

Tune in to our Facebook Page at 1pm Friday and look for our Facebook premiere. After we air the video, you can find it on our videos tab on Facebook.

On the Road with Waterville Creates! Part 1: Maine Grains and Downtown Skowhegan

Many of us are lamenting the limitations of travel this summer. Thankfully we live in a state of extreme beauty with many fascinating places to visit. Here at WC!, we realize that there are numerous destinations off the beaten path where we can explore Maine’s incredible art, artists, and natural landscape. The On the Road series is designed to explore areas that are art destinations in their own right and/or sites where we can create our own works of art.

This week we will travel to Skowhegan to visit an old jail turned community space, grist mill and restaurant! Also, we will feature some locations on the Langlais Art Trail which winds throughout the State of Maine.

Maine Grains

Did you know Maine farmers used to grow wheat? Maine Grains and the Grist Mill serves bakers, brewers, chefs and families freshly-milled, organic and heritage grains sourced from the Northeast. By re-localizing grain production and milling, Maine Grains supports the health and livelihood of the farmers and communities in the area.Their traditional stone milling process ensures nutrient-packed products that are full of flavor and perfect for natural fermentation baking and cooking. We will visit them and share some of their recipes!

 

Tune in to our Facebook Page at 3pm Thursday and look for our Facebook video premiere!