All posts by Karen Olson

Karen Olson

About Karen Olson

Karen Olson is a photographer, writer, and artist working in metal. Her blogs offer a global perspective, a celebration of art and culture. She 'lives like a tourist' in Midcoast Maine where she makes her home and finds inspiration for art and life in her travels. Follow her creative passion with Renuko Style at renukostyle.com and Coastal Collage, a Bangor Daily News Blog at coastalcollage.bangordailynews.com Karen's photography portfolio can be found at seeingartineverydaylife.com

Beach hopping – Costa Rica style!

Playa Flamingo - Coastal Collage

Endless Summer OK gang, before I take off to points south I’m going to leave you with a sure fire vacation plan for this year or next. Notice the heading? Endless summer. That’s right! This plan is guaranteed to make you forget there ever was a winter,¬†for sure man!! Book a 9 day trip to […]

Surfs up!

Surfs up at Play Grande - Coastal Collage

Costa Rica Travel, North Pacific Coast, Playa Tamarindo and Playa Grande First up in my Costa Rica travel series is the Tamarindo area on the Pacific North coast. Looking for guaranteed sun and 85-90 degree weather, this is it! Tamarindo is absolutely a surfers paradise. There are at least 30 – no maybe 50 surf […]

Winter survival kit: get out of town!

Photo by Chalffy Chan

  Best cure for cabin fever – get out of the cabin! Whether it’s on a plane… Or on a train… Or on a really cool motorbike… Get out of town before you go stir crazy! Ok, easier said than done you say. All that planning and worrying and stuff and stuff. So I am […]

Tell your story – With dance!

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Powerful, mindful, energetic, driven. Kea Tesseyman has taken her thirteen years as a dance instructor together with her positive life viewpoint and created an exciting dance company. Kinetic energy Alive Productions, Kea’s original company, harbors Power Performance Dance and Short film events, home to her method of storytelling with dance and film. Now in it’s […]

Is art dead?!

at the gallery - Coastal Collage

  If so, who is the perpetrator of this heinous crime?? No, seriously, art in Maine can’t be dead. Midcoast area artists and galleries abound. Huge crowds show up for Rockland Artwalk. Art and craft shows are plentiful throughout the year. Artists from all over the world come to Maine to drink in it’s beauty […]

Winter survival kit: photography projects

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Winter’s chill winds are upon us! What’s a mother to do?!! Maybe you are not the type of person who enjoys trudging through the snow on snowshoes, and skiing and snow boarding, ahh, no, not so much. So let’s add to our winter survival kit – tools to help us survive the darker days and […]

Fiesta’s and chocolate and a girls night out!

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Coming up this weekend in Belfast and Camden Friday evening, December 5th, in Belfast at Aarhus Gallery An Evening of Chocolate Tasting, Art and Music Friday December 5th, 5-7 pm   Tom Luther’s unique hybrid blend of original music will be on hand at Aarhus Gallery to enhance your gallery browsing and chocolate tasting experience. […]

Fine art, fine craft, gourmet food at Point Lookout

Jewelry by Dan Bennett

Art and food in Midcoast Maine a the Artfull Gifts Show in Northport this weekend! A broad spectrum of exceptional Maine-made craft, art, and fine food gifts awaits shoppers at the festive ArtFull Gifts Show. Featuring the work of 50 select exhibitors, the show also includes free demonstrations, delicious Maine-made foods, and live music, all […]

Maine: a community of creatives

Long maxi dress - Maddock Stitches

Mainers are makers and doers. We are a community of creatives. This time of year there are literally hundreds of arts and crafts shows across the state attesting to the fact that we support each other in our making and doing. ln the Midcoast area alone we find makers of soap, sausage, cheese, pottery, woolens, […]

The corner store, redesigned

Farm fresh eggs - Coastal Collage

Terra Optima Farm Market, Rockland, Maine   It has been a little over a year since Cheryl Denz opened Terra Optima Farm Market. Cheryl has been a farmer all her life. This retail store directly connects farm to table.   Cheryl thoroughly enjoys feeding Rockland in a very literal sense. “Rockland is wonderful! I love […]