Left Bank launch for poet, painter

Nov 08, 2013

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., will host the launch of a beautiful new book called “Maine (Island Time)” Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. This remarkable coffee table edition is the result of a collaboration between two artists: Michael Weymouth, painter and photographer; and Elizabeth Garber, Belfast-area poet.

These two gifted people met up in 2010 when they conceived the idea of matching Garber's lyric poetry with Weymouth's artistic images of Maine island life. The result is a multi-sensory journey to one of Maine's remote coastal gems, Great Spruce Head Island.

Weymouth runs a branding design firm from Massachusetts, but retains roots in Maine, where he was born and raised. His intimate photography alternates with striking images in oil and elegantly simple watercolors. These in turn are paired with Garber's thoughtful musings on island locales. Broad seascapes give way to a quiet focus on inland details, as Garber and Weymouth join other artists at The Big House, the summer home of artist Fairfield Porter and his brother, Sierra Club photographer, Eliot Porter.

This handsome book transports the reader out to the island where, as Garber writes, "Forests surge with moss, sun-filled meadows court me, words drift like watercolors onto wet paper." The public is warmly invited to this event, a chance to meet both Weymouth and Garber and hear them describe the experience of artistic collaboration. To reserve books or a seat in advance, call 338-9009 or stop by Left Bank Books, which is open daily.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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