BUCKSPORT – Bucksport has seen a lot of changes since the mill closed, now there’s a new lighthouse that’s inviting visitors to check out the town and the artwork it holds.
“I think artwork speaks to us in our hearts, different things speak to different people.” Said Katherine James, owner of the newly opened “Lighthouse Arts Center.”
“It’s just we’re working from our hearts, we’re working from a different side of the brain than normal people, we’re not normal.” Said the water-colorist.
These art covered walls were a result of faith. James added “I don’t believe in luck, I believe God is in control and all of this … is … what it’s about.”
A gallery, not even a few weeks old, is now the home to quality collections from around 70 different artists in the state. “It’s all worked together like a fitted plan.” James said.
But not only is this gallery a work of faith, it’s also the work of a hard-working community.
“This place was jam-packed for two-and-a-half hours…you couldn’t even walk through the room.” Said James about it’s opening night last weekend.
Nearly 300 people crammed into this two story art gallery to get a glimpse of this carefully crafted collection.
“It’s bringing in people from all over Downeast Maine and throughout the State of Maine.” state Bucksport Economic Director Richard Rotella.
“This was a beam that was uncovered during renovations. We’re not sure whether the name is James Buck or James Buchanan the 15th president.” pointed out James.
Whether it’s to look at it’s unique pieces, to take one home, or to learn about different kinds of art, James hopes people from Bucksport and beyond will come to her gallery to get a glimpse of what art and life is really about.
“It helps us, pause in our busy lives, you know how busy we are, and it helps you think oh wow there’s more to life than just all this stuff.” concluded James.