From granite for some of the country’s most significant public buildings to slate for roof tiles, commercial quarrying and stone working has thrived in Maine since around 1800. The sector’s evolution affected transportation by both sea and rail, while technological advances changed the industry in significant ways. Today, Maine stone artists and artisans still use many traditional techniques to create everything from garden benches to world-renowned public architecture.
Join us in August 2017 for a month-long celebration of the history, art and culture of Maine’s stone industry.
Schedule of Events
August 1 – 31 Exhibit Built with Stone: The Story of Granite, Slate, and Limestone in Maine
Through August 21 Don Justin Meserve Sculpture Raffle
Thursday, August 3 Illustrated Talk: Portrait of a Granite Schooner Captain
Saturday, August 5 J.C. Stone Open House
Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6 Slate Carving Demonstrations with Jon Doody
Tuesday, August 8 Illustrated Talk: Remembering Cabot Lyford, Maine Master
Wednesday, August 9 Illustrated Talk: A Brief History of a Billion Years of Earth Time as Recorded in Maine’s Rocks and Minerals
Friday, August 11 Opening Reception for Museum Members, Sponsors and other invited guests
Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 20 Sculpture Symposium (Artists Working)
Tuesday, August 15 MCSS Artist Talk with Andreas von Huene
Thursday, August 17 MCSS Artist Talk with Dick Alden & Mark Herrington
Monday, August 21 Tour Dragon Cement Plant
Monday, August 21 Closing Gala Celebration with the Artists
Tuesday, August 22 & Wednesday, August 23 Making Stone Leaves Demo with Obie Buell
Wednesday, August 23 Our apologies but the 8/23 Panel Discussion:Bringing Artists Together has been cancelled.
Thursday, August 24 Illustrated Talk: The Art & Architecture of Stone
If you prefer, click to download a PDF of the entire Maine Coast Stone Symposium event schedule.
To view works and to read participating artist bios, click on the participating artist name below:
Dick Alden, Boothbay
Lise Becu, Tenants Harbor
David Curry, Union
Mark Herrington, Franklin
Isabel Kelley, Portland
Miles Chapin, Arrowsic
William Royall, Southport
David Sywalski, Trenton
Dan Ucci, Pittston
Andreas von Huene, Arrowsic
William Jacobs, Richmond
David Randall, Wayne
These twelve Maine artists will be joined by Kamu Nagasawa, a special guest sculptor from Japan. Mr. Nagasawa’s participation is made possible through the support of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium.
The Maine Coast Stone Symposium is funded in part by an Arts & Humanities Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maine Humanities Council.
Maine Coast Stone Symposium is made possible with the generous support of our partners: