We know - it's the time of year for readers' polls and online voting! But it's not just us - the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research (run by Boston Phoenix art writer Greg Cook) has its annual New England Art Awards, honoring both artists and those who curate shows, but also those who write about art.
There are several Maine artists and shows on the ballot, so check out the whole thing - but please pay special attention to the nomination of Annie Larmon's review of a Lauren Fensterstock show at the Ogunuit Museum of Art
You've probably seen the 2010 calendars around town, featuring work by Portland poets, photographers, and cops. Their sales benefit the family of Sgt. Rick Betters, who died of natural causes earlier this year.
One of the local poets involved is our own Megan Grumbling, and she and all the writers will be at a free reading on Monday, December 14, from 6 to 8 pm at One Longfellow Square.