If you like folk art, Maine is the place to be this summer.
Eleven museums have put together the “Maine Folk Art Trail,” a joint exhibition for which each institution has created a show from its own collection. The trail is actually a loop, starting on the coast in York and ending up, inland, in Lewiston.
By car, the itinerary would comfortably take about three days. (A map and directions are at mainefolkarttrail.org.) The exhibition includes the full panoply of examples: weathervanes, quilts, painted furniture, hooked rugs, portraits, pottery and paintings by Grandma Moses.
Abbe Museum marks 80th year
BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a creative fund-raiser party on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and outdoor festivities on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, the actual birthday. The public is invited to get to know more about the Abbe’s years of achievement by visiting the museum this summer and taking part in the anniversary celebration.
Fulfilling a mission of promoting understanding and appreciation for Maine Native American culture, history and archaeology, the Abbe Museum maintains a collection of Wabanaki artifacts and material culture, and presents exhibitions and programs for the public year round.