SEARSPORT, Maine – Penobscot Books in Searsport has been known for its extensive collection of some 50,000 books on Art, Architecture, and Photography. Now, it has opened an expansive, new â€˜ASIA ROOM,â€™ which offers Antiques and Collectibles from the Far East, focusing on Japanese Imari porcelain, Hibachi, Statuary, and Chinese blue and white porcelain.
The owner, Howard La Rue, took over a year to build and furnish this new space, in which he has hoped to provide a quiet, Zen-like atmosphere appropriate to the thousand and more fine quality antiques displayed there.
Howard and his wife Kate opened Penobscot Books in 1995, where they sought to combine their attention to the creative impulse with fine quality books. The original three room building has been expanded several times over the years, providing space for sections on Maritime books, Poetry, Decorative Arts, Western and Eastern religion, Zen, fishing, liturgical art, and Remington bronzes. Now, it has expanded east with both antiques and books on Japanese and Chinese arts and culture, including a large selection on Japanese Gardens and Japanese Architecture.
The La Rues and their four children lived in Japan in the 1950s. Their classic Japanese home, which overlooked Sagami bay, was recently destroyed by a typhoon. Howard wanted to create something memorable, honoring both their former home and their time spent there, along with their love of the Japanese people, there culture and art. The Asia Room is the result.
In keeping with this emphasis, 15% of all sales (in 2011) from the new room will go toward disaster relief in Fukushima, Japan. And as a celebration of the new room, customers will also find a discount of 10% on purchases throughout the rest of the store during July and August.
The bright yellow store, located in the village of Searsport, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10a.m.-4p.m. Telephone 548-6490. The public is cordially invited and will be warmly welcomed.
Contact Name: Howard La Rue
Telephone Number: (207)548-6490