CUSHING — Arts in the Barn continues with an exhibit entitled “Trip the Dark Fantastic: Alternative Perspectives” Friday though Sunday, July 30 through Aug. 1, at 17 Hathorne Point Road. The opening reception is Friday, July 30, from 5 to 7 p.m., and work is on view  Saturday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This show by Midcoast Maine artists James Abbott, Sue Michlovitz and Deedie Steele includes photographic prints, books and three dimensional collages and sculptures.

Abbott’s eclectic work hints at narratives, celebrates sacred geometry, and uses color in a subtle, industrial palette. He said, “I seek to awaken eyes and minds to objects that might not otherwise have been noticed, and to thoughts that might have remained buried. But above all, my work is about having fun.” Abbott began his commitment to an artistic life when he picked up a camera 50 years ago. Since then he has pursued other careers, but was able finally, 20 years ago, to focus solely on making images and objects that give him (and others) pleasure. This journey has taken him far from the two-dimensional plane of a photograph, and now he uses many diverse materials, found objects, and ephemera in boxes, three dimensional collages, and sculptures.

“Outsight Insight #2” by Sue Michlovitz.

Michlovitz is a visual artist from Camden whose mediums are photography and book arts. Her images convey scenes that may go unnoticed by others. She composes the images to create new perspectives of what she sees. She makes prints, installation pieces and books to share her visual stories. She began an interest in studying photography after being on this earth for more than half a century. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts at Maine Media College in Rockport in May 2021. Michlovitz is a member of the Mid-Coast Maine Book Arts group.

“Star Light” by Deedie Steele.

Steele is primarily a landscape photographer working both with digital and alternative processes. She looks to the elements of nature to express the spiritual nature of the landscape. She started her photography as a teenager in the darkroom. In recent years, Steele has been inspired by mentors and photographers through her summers at Maine Media Workshops and College.

Arts in the Barn is a program of the Cushing Historical Society, a non-profit organization. Learn more at