Searsport Historical Society is hosting their fifth annual art exhibit, “Local Artists – Local History” on the weekend of Aug. 20-21, from 1-4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, upstairs in Union Hall. Mark your weekend calendar to come enjoy a unique assortment of original works of neighbors and friends, sit a spell and mingle with local artists and friends.

Since Searsport has been home to so many noteworthy artists — Waldo Pierce, Dolly Smith, Lionel Sylvester, Gertrude Gordon and Norma Rubin — it’s not surprising that this year they have about 50 local artists lined up to display a broad variety of current original work at this annual summer event.

Each year the art show committee co-chaired this year by Mary Brann and Faith Garrold, selects a particular citizen to interview and feature on the Union Hall stage. This year they’re creating a retrospective of Wayne Hamilton’s photography.

A Searsport native, Wayne began his career while still in Searsport schools and has become a key figure on our lovely waterfront (harbormaster) and businessman (Hamilton Marine). While Wayne is usually quiet spoken and modest, he is a true entrepreneur and we are delighted to have captured some stories from his earlier businesses including concessions, wedding photography and boat photography.

From early family photos on Cottage Street he realized that he had an eye for capturing what he saw and then proceeded to gain the technical expertise to present it effectively. See his equipment and hear more of his artistic journey — Through Wayne’s Eyes. Learn something new about an old friend.

Mark your calendar for Aug. 20-21 and come spend Saturday or Sunday afternoon at the show and enjoy a cool drink and conversation over complimentary light refreshments.