Canneries talk at Waterfall Arts

Jul 26, 2012
An historical photo shows the Liberty Cannery boiler.

Belfast — To complement its current “David McLaughlin: the Art of Salvage” and “Cannery Photography” exhibits, Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., will host a public talk on Maine canneries exploring the history and future of local food processing plants in Maine Friday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Speakers include Paul Frederic, author of “Canning Gold: Northern New England's Sweet Corn Industry,” local historians, food processors and farmers. In his book, Frederic examines how sweet corn canning helped shape the economy, landscape and people of rural Maine during the "corn shop century," 1860 to 1960s. Like many, the Liberty Cannery was active from the early 1900s to 1960. The buildings were unoccupied until David McLaughlin bought them in the early 1970s and repurposed them for his salvage and sculptural work.

Upcoming is a David McLaughlin, the Artist panel discussion Friday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. by artists who knew McLaughlin and appreciated his art work including Nina Scott-Hanson, Alan Crichton and others. The last day of the “Art of Salvage" exhibit is Friday, Aug. 24. The gallery will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day and selected tools from the exhibit will be for sold at affordable prices.

The McLaughlin exhibit and related events are sponsored by Harvest Energy and Rockport Mechanical, the Maine Community Foundation, Cold Mountain Builders, the Davistown Museum and Liberty Tool, Liberty Graphics, Darby’s Restaurant, Bittersweet Landing Boatyard and the Lookner Family Foundation.  For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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