Solon Center | Contributed

ROCKLAND — The Solon Center for Research and Publishing writing/art project in conjunction with an exhibit at the center’s gallery, Fukurou has culminated with the publication of “Coastal Maine in Words and Art.” A book signing with the authors will be held Sept. 14 at Gallery Fukurou, 20 Main St. Fine art photographers Yohaku Yorozuya and Ramona du Houx will also be on hand to explain their work. The reception runs 5-8 p.m.

Their art depicts Rockland and the coast in its myriad situations, moods and emotions. Our writers told stories with depth, insight, candor, irony, wit and humor about them. Anyone who has every visited Maine’s coast will be able to relate to them. They’ve put humankind’s instinctive emotional connection to the sea into words.

The gallery edition of the book will be sold for $20 during the exhibit. In retail outlets the gallery edition is $28. Another edition being published retails at $18.95. Both will be available on amazon at local Maine bookstores, in the gallery, and worldwide through Ingram.All proceeds from the sales of books and art will be placed into a fund for next year’s exhibit of the same kind.

The Maine Humanities Council has provided a generous grant for our project that will enable us 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.”  For more information, visit

More about a photographic artist in the book—

Yohaku Yorozuya (aka Takafumi Suzuki) is professor at Nihon University in Tokyo, where for many years he led the Department of Photography at the College of Art. He is the assistant dean and professor at the University of International Fashion in Tokyo, with branches in Osaka and Nagoya. He is a director of the Japan Society for Arts and History of Photography, as well as a member of Kokugakai (Society of Masters of Modern Japanese Art), the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and the Photographic Society of Japan.

Fukurou is SCRP’s gallery and represents Maine artists, and fosters cross-cultural connections with Japanese artists and others. We work to help the humanities flourish in communities across Maine. Our books have themes of long-term intrinsic value and are published through our imprint, Polar Bear & Company. The Solon Center’s Gallery Fukurou. For more information, visit