Solon Center'Coastal Maine in Words and Art reading at the Camden Public Library

Coastal Maine in Words and Art reading at the Camden Public Library


Unique stories written to accompany art on exhibit at Fukurou Gallery in Rockland

By Ramona du Houx

Last spring the Solon Center for Research and Publishing held a contest to give unknown writers in Maine an opportunity to be published in a book with photographic art that depicts Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions.

The result of the contest was pleasantly overwhelming with 88 stories submitted. In the end the 27 stories were published to accompany 23 images in Coastal Maine in Words and Art. Seventeen writers told stories with depth, insight, candor, irony, wit and humor. Anyone who has ever visited Maine’s coast will be able to relate to them. They’ve put humankind’s instinctive emotional connection to the sea into words. 

On September 14th at the Solon Center’s Gallery Fukurou, 20 Main Street, in Rockland hosted a book/art reception which welcomed eighty-two people. Fine art photographers Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx, whose art is in the exhibit, were on hand as well as fifteen authors who wrote stories in the book. 

In order to give the authors an opportunity to read their stories The Camden Library, 55 Main St, Camden, ME 04843 is graciously providing space for them. At least five of the writers, who herald from across Maine will read their stories aloud to the public on Sunday, October 13th, at 2:00 pm in the Picker Room at Camden Public Library.

Books will be available to buy and be signed.

 This event is free and open to everyone.

 The writers confirmed to read are: Eola Ball, Lee Heffner, Donna Hinkley, Khristina Marie Landers, and Sandra Sylvester. Lee Van Dyke might read as well.

The original art work that inspired their stories will also be at the library on October 13th, and then back on exhibit at Gallery Fukurou.

The gallery edition of the book will be sold for $20 at the reading (normally $28). The book is available on amazon at local Maine bookstores, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram. All proceeds from the sales of books and art will be placed into a fund for next year’s exhibit of the same kind. 

The Maine Humanities Council has provided a grant for our project that enables the Solon Center to donate books to libraries across Maine. MHC is a statewide non-profit organization that uses the humanities, “as a tool for positive change in Maine communities.” 

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Maine Public Benefit Corporation that helps build community in Maine and beyond through educational, literary, scientific and artistic means, with publications, research, exhibits, events and other initiatives. SCRP is also a platform where people from diverse disciplines can examine issues of cultural and environmental importance, while developing connections. 

Fukurou is SCRP’s gallery and represents Maine artists, and fosters cross-cultural connections with Japanese artists and others. We work to help the humanities flourish in communities across Maine. Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company. The Solon Center’s Gallery Fukurou.

 Cover of Coastal Maine in Words and Art - titled Vanishing Point by Yohaku Yorozuya. The back cover is Moonstruck by Ramona du Houx.