The Searsport Historical Society is calling for participants for its sixth annual art exhibit, “Local Artists — Local History,” Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19 in Union Hall. The show is intended to provide the local community with a continuing opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the richness of the creative talent right here.

The show is open to all amateur and professional visual artists in Searsport and the surrounding area. Because of space limitations, only two pieces of original artwork per exhibitor can be accepted. There is no entry fee for artists and admission is free to the public.

Artists who wish to exhibit must complete and return the entry application by Monday, July 30. Those interested may sign up and get their application form at Gallery 37 on Main Street/Route 1 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Additional information or entry forms may be requested from Mary Brann at

Searsport has been home to many noteworthy artists over the years, ranging from impressionist painter Waldo Peirce and the locally acclaimed Dolly Smith; to Lionel Sylvester, the relatively unknown engraver for the U.S. Treasury Department. No less than 40 active painters, sculptors and multi-media artists currently live and work in the area.

As has become custom, the show will have a special exhibit of work of a local citizen. This year’s features artists is watercolorist Anne Spencer, who has lived in Maine for 40 years and pursued her love of watercolor nationally and internationally.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or