We just wrapped up a new book on Dahlov Ipcar’s art. “She paints animals,” I thought when we first began. Now, at the end, I can only say, “Wow!” She doesn’t just paint animals, she brings them to life in her signature style.
Her colors are not anything you’ll see in nature, but they work and work well, the colors and patterns so intense the images seem to almost vibrate.
For a preview, check out this clip of Dahlov and her work from the Maine Masters Series. Of course, having spent more than seventy years painting in Maine, and still painting nearly every day, Dahlov has become much more than a Maine master, she is a state treasure, and it was a joy to put this book together.
Below is the entire text of a letter to the editor from Roland Martin, Commissioner of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in response to the words and actions of George Smith, who blogs for this website.
To the Editor:
In a January editorial entitled “Maine’s Deer Wintering Area,” George Smith takes to task the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for not complying with a legislative Resolve that required Gardner Land Company to enter into an agreement with the department to continue management of winter habitat for deer on certain parcels of land that is consistent with the management agreement between the department and the Department of Conservation in effect on March 30, 2006.
It feels like spring in Maine. Skies are sunny, temperatures are moderate. I drove by my old house in Portland a few days ago and noticed some of the tulips starting to come up. At least I think they were tulips. From the windows of my office here at Down East I only see yellow grass, bare trees, and blue skies, but it all has a hint of spring to it anyway.
Maine tends to get a bit more quiet after Labor Day, but there's still plenty going on this weekend and for the month of September. Here are three festivals and fairs to check out over the long weekend. For more events go to downeast.com/calendar
Why are there no good snowstorms this year? Because of global warming? Because of El Niño or La Niña? No, there’s a simpler explanation—the Blizzard Wizard has lost his snow spell! In this fun story, the Blizzard Wizard tries time and again to create the perfect snowstorm to make children happy. After several failed but funny attempts, he finally finds and casts his missing snow spell—at a most unusual time and place!
Includes real blizzard weather facts.
Author Michael Sanders and Photographer Russell French were interviewed by the Huffington Post about their new book Fresh from Maine: Recipes and Stories from the State's Best Chefs. The book leads you on a culinary tour through Maine exploring the most wonderful restaurants and highlighting some of the best chefs Maine has to offer. In their interview, our very own editor-in-chief, Paul Doiron, is mentioned.
And in other news, Down East features editor, Kathleen Fleury, appeared on the Food Network on December 8th as one of the judges in a whoopie pie throwdown for Bobby Flay's show Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Bobby faced off with Carol Ford and Karen Haase of Cranberry Island Kitchen to see whose whoopie pie would reign supreme.
Check out the University of Southern Maine School of Music's online auction. They've got great gift opportunities (including some of our favorite Down East books) and it all supports a good cause.
There is no denying the bittersweet nature of this time of year - the heat of the sun at its peak, blueberries being raked off bushes and finding their way into pies, jams, and even salad dressings, local businesses bustling with customers local and from away. The days are long and the nights are full of mischief. But still, there is an unmistakable hint of what is to come: the lone falling oak leaf, autumn catalogues in the mailbox, the sudden arrival of another school year.