The Cushing Historical Society will continue its Arts in the Barn summer exhibition series with a show of work by photographer George Hoyt and ceramic artist Dan Seigel in the society’s barn on Hathorne Point Road. Their show will open with a reception Friday, July 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. and continue Saturday and Sunday, July 31 and Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hoyt has received many accolades from Cushing residents for the sensitive photographs of themselves, their neighbors, and local scenes he has exhibited in previous shows. His focus this year is on Cushing’s horses, certain to be portrayed with the same sensitivity as was shown their owners and neighbors. Upwards of 30 photos of the town’s equine residents, some now deceased and one a well-known steed constructed of wood, will be included in the show.

Hoyt’s interest in photography began in the 1950s while he was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. He retired to Cushing in 1990 after a career as a college administrator at Ball State in Indiana and renewed his interest in photography by taking courses at the Maine Photographic Workshops in Rockport.

Seigel took up ceramics in Maryland as a change of pace from his career in research at the National Institutes of Health. Since retiring in Cushing, Seigel said he has haunted museums for inspiration and participated in several ceramic workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle. Seigel constructs his pieces of stoneware clay with safe glazes. He said both the functional and the decorative pieces that will be in the show tend to be more sculptural than his previous work.

Admission to the show is free. For more information, call 354-0430 or 354-0148.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to