Three Sunday Talks in August Celebrate Merrymeeting Bay Clay

The Merrymeeting Arts Center announces 3 August events: Sunday talks on archaeology, geology, and a writing workshop – as part of the summer 2015 “Bay Clay, Bay Brick, Bay Pottery” Project.

Cathance River Bridge, Bowdoinham

The center has an exhibit up in its main gallery through September 13 that features work by 24 area ceramic artists (one working with Merrymeeting Bay clay) and a great deal of historical information on area brickmaking provided by the Bowdoinham Historical Society. The gallery is open 10am-1 pm Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 pm.

All three Sunday events are free, part of a Community Outreach Grant received from the Maine Humanities Council & Maine Arts Commission that funded the project. All will be at the Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main Street, Bowdoinham (grey building with red roof by river in Bowdoinham village).

* Sunday August 16 from 2-4 pm.  Archaeologists Jay Robbins and Bill Burgess of Richmond will talk on“Our Shard Heritage: Little Pieces of Pottery Found Around Merrymeeting Bay”

* Sunday August 23 from 2-4 p.m. Dr. Arthur Hussey will give a talk and powerpoint presentation on “Geology of Merrymeeting Bay” with some reference to the bedrock geology and emphasis on the Late Quaternary Period when the so-called “clay” was deposited.

* Sunday August 30 from 1-4 pm.  Gary Lawless, poet and co-owner of Gulf of Maine books in Brunswick will give a writing workshop on “Poetry in Clay, from Babylon to Bowdoinham” which should include writing on a Merrymeeting Bay clay tablet. Writers of all ages are welcome. Please call to reserve a place.

For more information see or call 207-370-5002

Bay Clark, Bay Brick, Bay Pottery

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