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The Great Works River is a tributary of the Salmon Falls River, which runs between Maine and New Hampshire. We like to think the name also refers to the artistic flowering of the region.

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Support local artisans! This area has an incredible wealth of independent artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers. This site is dedicated to them.

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Helena

Helena of Art Nouveau Squid makes absolutely wonderful jewelry, boxes and small sculptures out of polymer clay, enlivened by mica powders, crystals, and the like. Each item is made by hand without molds and so each piece is different, even if it's part of a series. Last year, Helena had a series of hatpins featured as part of the Stephen Jones Hats exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Poor Howard

Seacoast musician Poor Howard is back with a new album of original and classic Blues songs. Visit Poor Howard's website to hear sound samples. But don't miss the chance to hear him in person or in a show with harmonica virtuoso Mike "Bullfrog" Rogers! You've got to hear what Howard can do on a 12-string. And if that isn't enough, Howard's often offbeat humor and stage presence makes his live performances something you really won't want to miss.

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The Grand Design tells the true story of a group of Scots-Irish immigrants who, in 1741, were callously abandoned on Grand Manan Island with winter approaching. Most died, but some were rescued in part because of the actions of the Passamaquoddy people. Julia Lane researched the story and wrote the music. Griff Braley, of Heartwood Theatre, directed the World Premiere full-stage adaptation of the story. Versions ranging from "Reader's Theatre" to a full theatrical version have been performed from Grand Manan down to North Carolina, and in Damariscotta as part of Wabanaki Days.
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notes graphicThe Violin: Its History and Making is the life's work of Master Violinmaker Karl Roy, retired director of the Mittenwald School of Violinmaking in Germany and founder of the Violinmaking Program at the Violin Craftsmanship Institute in New Hampshire. Local violinmaker Claire Curtis assisted him, and with Alvin Tom King edited the book. No other book compares with this one; it is destined to be the new classic work in the field. A must-have for violin afficionados.
Purchase The Violin book

Dunkirk Studios' romantic short (42 min), Boundaries of Attraction, was an official selection at IndieFest USA, and was nominated for best short film. Director Jamie Fessenden's previous works have been horror films, notably The Sacrifice and its sequel The Resurrection (not yet released). Although Dunkirk Studios works on a shoestring (no-budget, not low-budget) with volunteer actors, these micro-indy film have real plots of surprising depth, and Fessenden's score is truly professional.

city graphicWriter Mark Jacobson of New York City, while not exactly local to the Great Works area, is a good friend and a fantastic writer. The Universal Studios film American Gangster is based on Marks' writings about gangster Frank Lucas. Check out Mark's other writings, listed on his website!