The Dog Days of August are so named because they coincide with the time that Sirius, the brightest star visible from anywhere on earth rises with the Sun. The 20 days before and after the star and sun are in conjunction (this year it is July 23) are considered “Dog Days.” Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major or “the greater dog.” In ancient times, the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians thought that this extra brightness in the sky caused the summer heat. But summer is just summer.

Whether you are swamped by summer heat or socked in by this summer’s fog you can keep your cool by heading to Eastport Gallery to see some work by some doggone talented artists. And if you feel like checking out some art without leaving your easy chair visit our online gallery at

The Eastport Gallery is located at 109 Water Street in Eastport’s historic downtown. Hours in July and August are daily from 11 am to 5 pm.

Dog Friends” by Diana Young