Yesterday was a gorgeous day – blue skies, sunshine, perfect temperatures – and I was fortunate enough to have a bit of free time right in the middle of it. As incongruous as it might sound, I decided to spend part of this picture-perfect summer day at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, checking out an exhibit that’s all about death. It’s called The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, and as you might have guessed, it’s pretty intense.
The two rooms devoted to The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe are filled with all kinds of different works (engravings, prints, books, sculptures, jewelry, and paintings) on loan from a wide variety of collections (the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Harvard Art Museums, to name a few). Yes, the subject matter seems dark (especially on a sunny day in late July), and yes, some of it is downright creepy, but if you go to this show, I’m sure you will find yourself staring in wonder at the intricate details and marveling at the beauty in so many of these pieces. Luckily, there are oversized magnifying glasses on hand in case you want to take a closer look at anything!
The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe runs through the end of November, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is always free and open to the public.
Recently, I was invited to see Motor Booty Affair perform at Cook’s Lobster & Ale House in Harpswell. I figured it would be a bit of a goof (disco is not usually my thing – I’m more of a rock & roll chick), but I said yes, thinking it could be a fun evening out with some girlfriends. What an understatement…I had a blast!
Spanish Fly says “hi”
Motor Booty Affair had me moving from the moment they took the stage, and I wasn’t the only one. The dance floor filled up quickly, and it stayed that way during the entire performance. Even though they played two sets with a short break in between, I didn’t want the show to end! Don’t let the giant wigs and the platform shoes fool you: these guys are good musicians who know how to lay down a groove, have a good time, and keep a crowd on their feet. If the Mothership lands near you, climb on board!
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you might remember the Little Free Library project I worked on this winter…and if you’re not, let me fill you in! I painted one of five Little Free Libraries auctioned off as part of Curtis Memorial Library’s “Booked For The Night” fundraiser back in March (in case you missed it, you can read about it here and here). I was so thrilled when I found out that my Little Free Library was headed to Crystal Spring Farm, I signed up for a CSA– my first one!
Well, in mid-to-late May, my Little Free Library was officially installed in its new home, and in early June, the first CSA pick up of the season happened. I’ve been loving all of the fresh produce that has been in the farm share so far (lots of salad greens, broccoli, carrots, beets, herbs, and even strawberries), and it’s been great to see all the book traffic at the Little Free Library, too! Scroll down to see the current selections that are available…if you spot a title you like, stop by and grab it before it’s gone; if you need to clean up your bookshelves at home, consider making a deposit at Crystal Spring Farm!