All posts by Karen Olson

Karen Olson

About Karen Olson

Karen Olson is an 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

Coffee, hoop, beer

Hoop workshop, Rockland, Maine - Coastal Collage

Rock City Cafe, Rockland. A group of hoop enthusiasts are in town for a workshop. Beth Lavinder, up from Saxapahaw, North Carolina (yes that is a great name for a town!), will be the instructor. Saxapahaw is just outside of Carrboro, one of the earliest mecca’s for hooping. Today I get to peer into the […]

Summer’s not over yet!

Pemaquid Beach _ Coastal Collage

Gallery openings for week of Sept 8-14 Emery Community Arts Center, University of Maine at Farmington                 Hydrologic: Making sense with water – Art and science connecting on behalf of our most important element   Sept 12, 5-7    111 South St, Farmington, Maine ‘Hydrologic’ is an exhibition about our […]

Squash blossoms for the everyday table

Female squash blossoms

It was late summer, 1979. My husband and I were just getting started with our house painting business in Connecticut. We landed a three story home owned by a very hospitable older Italian woman. She kindly asked us to have lunch in the garden with her. I was impressed by the garden, so beautiful and […]

Need a gift? Stop in at 136!

Gifts at 136, Damariscotta

Martha Kalina, former director of Knox County Human Society, had a vision. If she was going to open a gallery, it was not going to be just any gallery. Her vision paid off. Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta has received quite a bit of attention lately. The gallery won Downeast Magazine’s readers choice two years […]

Daylilies: plan now for next spring

All aboard for Columbus

This week I want to share with you these gorgeous lilies. The photos were taken at Merryspring Gardens just a couple of weeks ago. Although daylily bloom time is just about over, I thought the pics would be great for next years perennial garden planning. Let’s start out with this brilliant red-orange one, “All aboard […]

Mary Trotochaud open house and garden tour

Stoneware birdbath and bird feeder by Mary Trotochaud

Everyday Pottery is the work of Mary Trotochaud.  She forms functional stoneware pottery on the wheel, created for everyday use. “Every day I look out my studio windows to the colors of Maine. The blue of the summer and winter skies, the green of the deep woods and the riot of colors of flower beds […]

I’d rather be in Paris!

Don't send bail

“It’s the art, it’s the food, it’s the architecture! I’d rather be in Paris ’cause I don’t understand the language. It makes life simpler.” Dona Bergen of Mars Hall Gallery just can’t get enough of Paris. It’s the place to be for an artist and gallery owner, like no other place. Come along on a […]

Outsider Art in Tenants Harbor

Before the Mast by Toni Small

Art created outside the boundaries of official culture.* No contact with art institutions or the mainstream art world. Extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, elaborate fantasy worlds. First coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972, the term ‘outsider art’ now has diverse meanings. A synonym for art brut (French for “raw art” or “rough art”), […]

Reflections of an old school, homeschool mom

Exploration at Salt Lake City by Melinda Prophet

It’s decision-making time again. Do you send the kid back to school or bite the bullet and homeschool? Tough choice, either way. It has been 10 years since my last homeschool outing. I have seen the outcome of a variety of homeschool philosophies. Analyzing my methods and other homeschool methods, I ask, did they work, […]