Caricatures Art Show Thrills Attendees

Enjoying the success of Tom Brennan's "Humor in the St. Croix Valley" art show, held at Camden National Bank on Thursday, August 10th, are (left to right): Sonya DePriest, Tom Brennan, Keitha Smith, Tim Sample, and Lana Faulkner. (Submitted photo)


By Lura Jackson


Art shows are rarely graced with the sounds of raucous laughter, but at the unique event held at Camden National Bank on Thursday evening, humor was the decided theme. “Humor in the St. Croix Valley” – being a collection of caricatures of local celebrities, including Tim Sample – attracted the largest opening crowd to attend a Tom Brennan art show since 2007. 

Tim Sample himself provided ample entertainment to the assembled gathering, accompanying his famed storytelling ability and humorous anecdotes with an acoustic guitar. As the crowd responded with laughter, more and more curious guests came in from the street. After his performance, Brennan presented Sample with a caricature of himself. “We think it is fantastic that you & Mrs. Sample have chosen Calais to call home,” expressed Brennan. “Welcome to our community – we’re glad to have you with us!”

Among the other featured caricatures were three women who each received a special unveiling of their personal portraits to commemorate their contributions to the local community. Lorraine Mitchell, Joyce Maker, and Lynne Jones Quinn were all recognized for their various roles, and each responded with joyful favor to Brennan’s depictions. Mitchell is a professional legal secretary for John Mitchell while also being very active with the Lioness Club. Maker has been a school committee member and is now an active state legislator, and Quinn is known throughout the valley for her many and varied baked creations with whimsical flairs. 

The attendees to the show were presented with an array of delicious free refreshments thanks to Camden National Bank manager Keitha Smith. The art show will remain on display at the bank through the month of August and Smith invites all who are interested to come and see Brennan’s works. The bank is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.