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ART EXHIBIT – "The Fifth Dimension" by
Elizabeth S. Palmer
11/17/2014 through 12/31/2014:
This exhibit reflects Palmer’s artistic calling to bring feelings and other subconscious knowings into consciousness. The “Fifth Dimension” refers to a level of higher vibrational frequency that allows the unseen to be expressed in ways it cannot be expressed in the denser vibration and gravitation limits of the Third Dimension, where reality is defined by duality. Using color and light to make her paintings vibrate and dance, Palmer seeks to rise above simply reconciling opposites such as light and dark and sharp and soft and attempt to elevate the "ordinary" into the realm of the "extraordinary," leading viewers to discover what she calls the "imprisoned splendor" in the natural world. "If I can inspire at least one person to look at something differently, especially reverently, then I will have succeeded as an artist."
Palmer minored in studio art at Colby College and also earned an Associate’s Degree in Studio Art at UNH. She is an active member of River Arts in Damariscotta and the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation. Palmer will donate 35% of sales to support the PWA mission of conserving the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.
To view the exhibit, visit the Association’s office from 9:30-4:30 weekdays, located at 15 Courtyard Street, above Salt Bay Café in downtown Damariscotta.
PWA First Maine Affiliate of KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL: PWA celebrated official affiliation with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 28, at the Education Center at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park. PWA is the very first Maine Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.
A team of volunteers hand-selected by PWA for their dedication to litter prevention and their skillset completed survey and analysis projects that qualified PWA for acceptance as an Affiliate. The team included Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland, Joan Panek, Louise Riley, and Linda Shaffer.
The people, L to R, are Sue Smith (the KAB trainer), Lynne Gilbert, Joanna Holland (as the Anti-Trash Queen), Donna Minnis, Peggy Drake, Louise Riley, Linda Shaffer, Joan Panek, and Susan Foster
PWA’s “Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful” initiative will bolster PWA’s work to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Pemaquid Peninsula by promoting a clean, litter-free environment.
ANNOUNCING PWA LOON LOVERS: There is a now a new way for you to show your support of PWA’s work. The Loon Lovers Membership Program is designed for those who appreciate the ease and convenience of paying their PWA membership dues via an automatic recurring monthly charge to a credit or debit card. The success stories for monthly giving programs are countless, and the benefits are huge for both the non-profit and the donor. See our Membership page for more information, also page 9 of our Spring Newsletter (see below)!
PWA Watershed Watch Summer 2014 Newsletter Hot Off The Press: Read all about what's happening at PWA! Download your copy from our Newsletter Page and enjoy!
“Wings Over the Pemaquid River”, a 6½ -minute video of spectacular aerial photos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weBQsjqYxSc
Tips for viewing the video on YouTube: Play the video with your speakers on and with the image at full screen and high resolution. Adjust resolution by clicking on the Settings "gear" icon at the lower-right of the screen.
Tackle Exchange Program in PWA Office: Lead poisoning is the number one cause of death of adult loons in New England, and was linked to the death of a loon in Pemaquid Pond this past July. Symptoms may be severe and fast and include disorientation and lethargy, making diving and flying difficult, and ultimately leading to death. Loons may ingest lead sinkers or tackle when eating fish which have tackle attached or have ingested sinkers themselves, or when lost sinkers are ingested along with rocks from the lake bottom when loons fill their gizzards with rocks (gizzards are organs that help birds to grind up food without the use of teeth).
PWA has started a tackle exchange program in the office, where anglers can exchange their lead sinkers and jigs for non-lead alternatives, for free, and they are making plans for more educational seminars on this topic for next spring
Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1966, it was not until the late ’80s that Pemaquid Watershed Association formally became a Land Trust. In 1988, the PWA Board of Directors made the bold decision to move PWA to the next level as an organization and take on the role and responsibility of maintaining land in perpetuity. now owns 8 nature preserves and holds 13 conservation easements.
Thank you to all the private property owners who have chosen to protect their land by donating the land - or a conservation easement on the land - to PWA. The protected properties are a legacy that will be
• Lake or Pond?? We often are asked why is Pemaquid a "Pond" rather than a "Lake" ... or more generally, what is the difference between a Pond and a Lake? Here is some infomation from The Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program to shed some light on that question!
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• Outdoors Tips: Enjoy all that our area has to offer - but be aware of potential challenges.
- Ticks may be out early this year and active late - be careful outdoors at home and away. Take a look at the Maine State Site for some good information on ticks and lyme disease.
• ANNOUNCEMENT: Hilltop Stop Redemption on Mills Road in Newcastle (next to Lincoln County Publishing) is now accepting bottle returns with proceeds directed to PWA. Just let them know to send your redemption amount to PWA. It's that easy. They are open Mon-Sat from 8-5. They also do business pick-ups (to arrange, call 563-1520).