Over the coming months Insights will serialize Coastal Maine in Words and Art: Gallery Fukurou’s Reflections by Maine Writers, 2019.

It is our hope that these these unique coastal stories and the art that accompanies each one will inspire and spark your imagination, while they reach a wider audience.

This month we are highlighting:
Sailing by M.E. Brinton ART: EAGLE RISE
Time by Mark Aufiery ART: VANISHING POINT
Slipstream of the Moon by Ed Peele ART: MOONSTRUCK

Background on the book:

In the spring of 2019, the Solon Center for Research and Publishing launched a contest for relatively unknown writers to create stories that would accompany art photography which depicted Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions.

A wonderfully overwhelming 88 stories were submitted for the contest. In the end seventeen writers were chosen with their 28 vignettes. Limited to 800 words, their stories have surprising depth, insight, candor, irony, wit and humor. Anyone who has every visited Maine’s coast will be able to relate to them. They’ve been able to put humankind’s instinctive emotional connection with the sea into words.

Polar Bear and Company, of the Solon Center for Research and Publishing (SCRP) published the book and a gallery exhibit/booksigning was held at SCRP’s Gallery Fukurou in Rockland, Maine in September 2019.

The Maine Humanities Council provided a grant for the project that enabled the Solon Center to donate books to libraries across Maine. MHC is a statewide non-profit organization that uses the humanities, “as a tool for positive change in Maine communities.”

Please ask your local bookstore to order it in for you or, if need be, purchase it HERE. All photographic art is available through Gallery Fukurou at info(at)soloncenter.org.

The Solon Center for Research and Publishing is happy to announce a similar project slated for this year, which has been delayed by the pandemic.