Dentremont in Percent for Art final round

Congratulations to Christine Dentremont for her call back for public art. Christine submitted a proposal for a Percent for Art project in a Portland school and has made it to the next (and final) round of proposals. This project would be a permanent installation, and her presentation for this round is the second week of March. We send our well wishes with her and our hopes that her adjudicators will reward her for her winning artistry.

Speaking of Christine, Jeanne Hoyle has informed us that “After two years in our library, the jelly fish mobile creation of Christine Williams Dentremont was recently taken down by Christine, Howard, and Sage. It will be strange to walk in the library and see a ‘naked’ clerestory. Thank you for 2 great years with your creation!” Other people commented on this exhibit: “They’d become an institutional favorite.” “It fit so well, added serenity and island ambience.”

“I sure will miss their gentle floating in the rarified atmosphere way up there and their mysterious and curious bubbling sound.” Thank you for inspiring us with your art, Christine.

Astrid Curtis was a vibrant and delightful presence among us. Although she moved from the island to live with her daughter in London a few years back, her indelible stamp remains on the island. We extend our condolences to the family and many friends of Astrid upon her passing earlier this month. There will be a service on the island this summer to celebrate her life. Cards may be sent to her daughter at the following address: Justina Curtis, Flat 1, 3 Grasmere Road, Streatham, London S.W. 16. United Kingdom. Rest in peace, dear friend.

We also extend our sympathy to the loved ones of Pamela S. Orcutt, who died in Biddeford on Feb. 7. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Friends of Swan’s Island Lighthouse (FOSIL) at

Donna Wiegle has informed us that “Island Institute is accepting applications for their 2018 Aquaculture Business Development program. Last year, Jason Joyce and Josh Joyce participated and are now growing oysters in the lobster pound. This is a great opportunity to learn about new opportunities in aquaculture.” Island Institute’s Stephenie MacLagan added: “Want to get into shellfish or seaweed aquaculture? Our business development program application window is open: Completed applications are due by March 16, 2018.”

Happy birthday to Mia Violet Davis, Wyatt M. Tapley, Betsy R. Philbrook, Kenny Ranquist, Meri Lynn Rainford, Kim Colbeth and Bev McAloon. Anniversary blessings to Leonard and Jackie May, Jim and Sharon Stone, and Joe and Denise Boisvert.

Kimberly Haller

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