Since 1987, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine has celebrated and explored the unique culture and active lifestyle of living on the Maine coast. Their team of Silver Editorial Excellence Award–winning writers, photographers, and illustrators showcases Maine’s unique ecology, cuisine, and art through tightly crafted prose and vivid images in each issue. Readers travel to popular and lesser-known cruising grounds, peek at the work of yacht designers and artisan boat builders, and step aboard vessels ranging from dinghies to yachts to doomed cardboard rafts. The magazine’s life-on-the-water coverage also extends to the architecture of homes and gardens lining the coast and relives the historic events that built the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Time4Printing's craftsmen conjure up full-color paper supplies and advertisement aids, imprinted with a pre-fashioned image or a custom Time4Printing design using soy ink, a naturally derived ink that reduces the environmental impact of printing. Notoriously shy cars can find their voice with a carriage-clinging 18"x24" vehicle magnet ($54.99), ideal for advertising home businesses or providing a subtle reminder of which car is yours, or raise awareness about a favorite pair of pajama bottoms with front UV glossed 4"x6" flyers ($99.99/250). Time4Printing prints orders in their private printing warehouse and ships the packages anywhere in the U.S. Items arrive on doormats within approximately 5 to 10 business days depending on the shipping method and urgency.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.
What began as a casual collaboration between two artistically inclined friends during a party, turned into a paper goods empire committed to elegant products that respect the environment. Beginning with Catherine's calendars and Annie's note cards, the two combined their print resources and 30 years of collective design experience to launch their eponymous line, now sold in stores across the nation. Annie's and Catharine's designs grace the pages of calendars, journals and notepads, and fine art card sets, which make great gifts for creative friends and discerning cork boards. All their products are crafted in the United States from recycled materials or paper, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the duo's favorite philanthropic organizations.
Taking pictures of people is easy. Capturing personal connections, however, is a more difficult task. Fortunately, Focus Photography's principal photographer, William von Wenzel, is up to the challenge. In addition to his ability to capture real, candid moments, his experience recreating traditional darkroom techniques with digital technology allows him and the Focus Photography staff to create family and senior portraits, baby pictures, and couples photographs with striking contrast and dynamic lighting. Afterwards, Focus Photography presents customers with artful, digitally-retouched images that showcase personality and human connection instead of artificial poses and superimposed bunny ears. The team helms in-studio and on-location shoots, and can also document special events such as weddings.