A talk about Andrew Wyeth paintings

ROCKLAND — The Friends of the Rockland Library will present “The Leading Paintings of Andrew Wyeth,” an illustrated talk by Victoria Wyeth, the only granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth and the niece of Jamie Wyeth, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the library. The event is free and open to all, but donations to the Friends of Rockland Public Library will be accepted.

The Friends announced that tickets are now available for Victoria Wyeth’s illustrated talk, “Andrew Wyeth: Friends and Family: Portraits over the Years,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Oceanside High School Auditorium, formerly Rockland District High School to benefit the Friends of Rockland Public Library. The benefit talk will not repeat the content of her library talk on Aug. 2. Tickets are $25 and $22 for friends members and students. Tickets are available in Rockland at the library, the Reading Corner and the Grasshopper Shop, and in Camden at Sherman’s Books.

For more information, call the library at 594-0310.

Weekly Art Walk

BELFAST — The weekly Belfast Friday Art Walk will continue 5:30-8 p.m. July 29. Recent works by more than a 100 artists will exhibited in art studios and galleries with refreshments to cool visitors at most venues. Art Alliance Gallery is home to several local artists of various media and will be one of the reception-hosting galleries. The other is High Street Studio and Gallery, where “Home Port Cookbook” author Wil Holtham and the book’s illustrator, Susan Tobey White, will do a book signing. Many of artists are present during the art walks and enjoy discussing their work with interested patrons.

Downtown visitors will be entertained by local favorite musical duet Tango, consisting of pianist Martin Gottlieb and singer Kristin Burkholder performing the American songbook. Also on the downtown streets will be the meditation dance known as 5Rhythms, featuring Belfast’s Anna Witholt-Abaldo accompanied by Sarah Wilde, Kari Luehman and Gail Edgerly.

For information on the art walks, visit http://www.belfastartwalk.com/.

Shape note singing

UNION — The ninth annual Maine All-Day Shape Note Singing will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in the Old Town House on Route 235 (Town House Road). The event is open to all, with no charge. A potluck dinner will be served at noon. Tunebooks will be available for loan and purchase.

Shape Note singing is a form of four-part, unaccompanied community singing popular in Colonial New England, sung in Maine until the time of the Civil War, and in the rural south and west well into the 20th century. The music consists of hymns, tunes and anthems, with notes printed in various shapes indicating their pitch. Singers sit in four sections facing each other, an arrangement called the “hollow square.” They take turns choosing and leading (if they wish) songs to sing. The tunebook used on Saturday will be “The Sacred Harp,” 1991 Denson edition.

The second annual “American Vocalist” singing will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the same location, using both “The Sacred Harp” and the shape note version of “The American Vocalist,” a tunebook originally published in 1848 by the Rev. Daniel Hale Mansfield of Hope. A potluck dinner will be served at noon. Copies of a newly edited edition of Mansfield’s book will be available for loan and purchase.

For more information, visit http://www.maineshapenotesinging.org/MaineAllDaySinging.php or call 594-5743.

Art for Equality silent auction

ROCKLAND — Artists Alan Magee, Eric Hopkins, David Scriven Crowley, John Wood, Susan Beebe, Jonathan Frost, Jared Cowan, Alan Clark, Ann Stein-Aaron, David Allen, Nicole Marie and other Maine artists have donated pieces to Art for Equality, a silent auction to benefit EqualityMaine’s effort to secure marriage equality for gay and lesbian families in Maine. The auction will be held during the First Friday Art Walk in Rockland 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the David Scriven Crowley Gallery, 409 Main St.

Benefit auctioneers

NORTHPORT — Kaja Veilleux and John D. Bottero of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will serve as auctioneers Sunday, July 31, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art fundraiser auction at Point Lookout, U.S. Route 1 in Northport.

The event, “Art to Collect Now,” will feature works by 100 of Maine’s best artists.

Tickets, which include dinner and a bidding number, are $125 each; $1,000 table of eight. Preview of auction art is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The auction will begin around 7 p.m. For details, call CMCA at 236-2875 or email info@cmcanow.org.

An exhibition of the art to be sold at the auction will take place Sunday, July 31, at CMCA, 162 Russell Ave., Rockport.

Wyeth talk

UNION — Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of artist Andrew Wyeth, will present “Andrew Wyeth: Friends and Neighbors” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the historic Old Town House, Old Town House Road, near Union Common. It is a fundraiser for Vose Library. There will be a reception afterward with wine, cheese and savories. Tickets are $15 per person, available at the Vose Library, 392 Common Road, Union; Rock City Cafe and Books, 328 Main St., Rockland; Yo Momma’s Home, 96 Main St., Belfast; and Maine Coast Book Shop/Cafe, 158 Main St., Damariscotta.

Book Festival

BELFAST — Belfast merchants and Our Town Belfast will hold a Book Festival Friday through Sunday, July 29-31. Six bookstores, and many shops will participate. The event will include book signings by authors and illustrators; authors giving readings, talks and question-and-answer sessions; cookbook authors and cooking demonstrations; craft book authors and demonstrations; children’s books readings and signings; and bookbinding demos.

Event participants include The Old Professor’s Bookshop, Beyond the Sea, Artisan Books and

Bindery, Waterfall Arts, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, Belfast Free Library, Belfast Historical

Society and Museum, Coyote Moon, Aarhus Gallery, The White House Inn, City Drawers, The Purple Baboon and more.

For more information visit, http://www.BelfastBoundBookFestival.com or email Nanette at Info@BeyondTheSeaMaine.com or Dorothy@OurTownBelfast.org.

Call for artists

SEARSPORT — Searsport Historical Society is calling for area artists to show original works at its fifth annual show, “Local Artists: Local History,” to be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, in Union Hall. Deadline to participate is Monday, Aug. 1. For more information, call Mary Brann, 548-2142, or Faith Garrold, 548-2487.