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Ashley Bryan’s Memoir “Infinite Hope” Available October 15

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

For four decades, Newbery Honoree and Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ashley Bryan kept his military experiences in World War II a secret. The author and illustrator of children’s books such as Freedom over Me and  Can’t Scare Me, was 19 when the U.S. Army drafted him. Pulled from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, Bryan encountered something entirely foreign to him: segregation. “The sky, the sunlight–they enclosed us all equally. But the United State’s policy of segregation… separated white people from Black people. While I had experienced prejudice in my lifetime… I had never experienced segregation before.” 

Infinite Hope is Bryan’s account of the war and the people, art and determination that carried him through. Bryan’s tour of duty started as part of the army’s all-black 502nd Port Battalion, where “we were given training in automatically responding to orders and in acting as a group… it bored me terribly. To survive this boredom, I drew and drew….” Bryan wasn’t mechanically inclined–it wasn’t long before his comrades were doing his work and shooing him off to read or draw.

When the battalion was deployed overseas, they found acceptance and equality in places like Belgium and Scotland (where Bryan even had the opportunity to study at the Glasgow School of Art). No amount of kindness from the Scottish, however, could soothe the atrocities the black soldiers faced on the beaches of Normandy. “Black soldiers were ordered to use their mess forks to probe sand for anti-personnel bombs…. The fallen soldiers were buried in temporary mass graves, and it was again the Black quartermaster soldiers who were assigned this grim task…. Black soldiers were often removed first; the news media there did not want to show Blacks in their newsreels.”

Despite the threat of death and the ugliness of racism, Bryan explains, “What gave me faith and direction was my art. In my knapsack, in my gas mask, I kept paper, pens, and pencils…. It was the only way to keep my humanity.” Just as creating the art was an escape for Bryan, viewing it in Infinite Hope is an escape for the reader. Sketches and paintings he mailed home enrich this autobiography and show the depth of its subject.

Juxtaposing the historical photographs with Bryan’s work contributes to the reader’s understanding of both the artist’s perspective and his wartime experiences. And letters he wrote home to his friend Eva offer personal glimpses into his wartime thoughts and feelings. All together, these elements create a striking exhibition of a master artist and national treasure. Infinite Hope is a must for every library, public and personal. Whether readers enjoy history, literature or art, this book captures the intersection of them all in the life of a man who has made a lasting impression on the world. — Jen Forbus , freelancer

Archipelago Opens for “Maine Life”

“Maine Coastal Village” by William Hallett

Archipelago introduces its new fall and winter gallery show, “Maine Life,” on Friday, October 4 with a special opening reception, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. This show exhibits art that reflects life in Maine and adds beautiful craft and design elements to our living spaces, and features splashes of color, rich landscape scenes, textiles, and stained glass home decor.

“Night Wonders” by Linden O’Ryan

New to Archipelago are Hillary Hutton’s handwoven rugs with eye-catching designs, William Hallett’s vibrant interpretations of coastal Maine scenes, and cement tile reliefs by Betty Heselton. Archipelago favorites also on exhibit include Kathleen Buchanan’s collagraphs, Linden O’Ryan’s watercolors, Leecia Price’s encaustic and cold wax pieces, Richard MacDonald’s stained glass sconces and mirrors, and Rocky Mann’s saggar pottery.

Pottery Piece by Rocky Mann

“Forest Fox” by Kathleen Buchanan

Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Both the store and gallery are currently open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

New Works at D’Alessio Gallery

Join D’Alessio Gallery during Bar Harbor’s Art Walk on October 4th from 6-9pm and see how Gustav Klimt’s works have influenced Russell’s multi-media works on paper or canvas with india ink, acrylic, gold leaf and gold dust.

Chocolates & Spirits served.

“A self-expression of colors, concepts, & textures using a collection of my photographs, paintings, drawings, thoughts, and impressions. I have entwined technology with my traditional media of acrylic, collage, and ink drawings and I then transcend these original images beyond their origin to be viewed in a new dimension.

Frequently I find myself adding silver leaf, copper leaf, gold leaf or gold dust. On several works I have added bits of inspiration from the painter Gustav Klimt. Multiple, multiple layers later, these works are created on canvas, or fine papers. All are archival originals.” 

Artist Russell D’Alessio

Tidemark Gallery Celebrates Fourteenth Birthday

Monarchs and Milkweed, painted wood, André Benoit

It’s a party, from 4 to 7 on Saturday, October 12, at Tidemark in Waldoboro featuring guest artist (back by popular demand) André Benoit. The humor and whimsy of his dimensional wooden sculptural assemblages are built upon a depth of serious art-making knowledge and skills.

Markings Gallery Opens for “Tracking Spirit”

Nancy Marstaller

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, ME, is pleased to present “Tracking Spirit,” an exhibit of shamanic fiber art by Nancy Marstaller, Susan Mills and Sara Palumbo for the months of October and November 2019. Their work is inspired by nature and the spirit world, and uniquely expressed through felted vessels, elementals, wall hangings and hand-painted fabric flag strings. Tracking Spirit opens on Monday, October 21st with an artist talk and reception on Friday, October 25th at 5:30pm.
Nancy, Susan and Sara stepped through a doorway into an unseen world of deeper meaning and imagination at a young age. Their fascination with nature has been woven through their lives and manifests in their artistic work today.

 

Sara Palumbo

Their work is inspired by nature and the spirit world, and uniquely expressed through felted vessels, elementals, wall hangings and hand-painted fabric flag strings. 

Susan Mills

Nancy Marstaller grew up spending much time outdoors exploring the land and playing in the woods near her home. She recalls, “Creating villages of stick figures with twig homes, libraries full of bark books, stores filled with berries and acorns.” This explorative and creative spirit continues to inspire her work today. A few years ago she noticed that more and more people seemed to be taking in and often overwhelmed by negative news and ideas, even though there is so much good in the world. She started making flag strings inspired by images from nature: “ I imagine seeing these flag strings fluttering in the breeze and sending out positive energy- as a way to counteract the negativity.” Nancy works with watercolor, pencils, collage, printing, and fabric. Her prints on fabric are inspired by what she sees, dreams, and how she wants to dance in the world.
Susan Mills remembers, “One day when I was a little girl playing in the woods outside my home, I found three bird feathers and tied them onto a tree with some sticks and leaves. I stared at my installation for a while, transfixed by its beauty and the ritual I had performed to set it apart from nature.” She continues to live in that sense of ritual today. Her artistic work is her way of recording her inner journey and embodies her search for a new myth and metaphor. Susan believes that “in healing the split between our inner and outer worlds, our bodies and souls, we heal both ourselves and our planet.” Susan believes we are all individuals, yet all connected. And when one of us takes a journey, it affects us all. Her most current work represents the four worlds, Upper, Middle, Lower and Dream. She portrays the Upper World in blacks and whites, the Middle in browns and gold, the Lower in volcanic reds and greens and the Dream in blues.
Sara Palumbo grew up camping with her parents and would sit for hours communing with the salamanders, crafting imaginary villages in the moss and floating in the creek. “I was mentally collecting and cataloging nature’s treasures. I spoke with the spirit of each piece of nature I encountered, creating my own language and understanding that there is life in everything.” Sara spent much of her childhood living in this enchanted vibration filled with stories and glimpses of an otherworldliness that she could never express in words or through her hands until she found felting. Each of her felted pieces is a unique, one-of-a-kind wall hanging. They are abstract in nature, and Sara sees them as living beings in the world. Co-creating them is a heart-centered practice for her. She feels blessed to be able to express her personal shamanic experiences and teachings in these tangible forms.
Join us for a magical evening on Friday, October 25th at 5:30pm for a gallery talk and opening reception with Susan Mills, Nancy Marstaller and Sara Palumbo!
Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
More information about these artists can be found at www.markingsgallery.com, www.susanmillsstudio.com and www.sarapalumbo.com.

Tracking Spirit opens on Monday, October 21 with an artist talk and reception on Friday, October 25 at 5:30pm.  Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Kefauver Studio & Gallery Opens for “Small Works”

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, announces the opening of the “Small Works” art show, opening October 11th and running until November 10th.  Work will be presented in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor, sculpture, photography, gouache, and pastel. The show features new work by oil painter Will Kefauver, and the work of his juried guest artists. 

Guest artist John McKinley lives in California and is new to the gallery with this show.  In addition to being a fine artist, he is also a children’s book illustrator, having illustrated the popular “Ready Freddy” series for elementary students, published by Scholastic, that now has over 13 million copies in print. Past clients include Children’s Television Workshop, the National Wildlife Federation, the Los Angeles Times, and Ogilvy & Mather, to name just a few.  

McKinley has seven mixed-media works, each 6” x 6” or 7” x 5”, in the “Small Works” show.  The subjects include dogs, cats, and one compelling dragon, with one thing in common: Each animal has a piercing gaze, focused directly on the viewer.  

 The complete list of guest artists for this show will be published on a future date.

 The opening reception will be held on Sunday, October 13th, from 4:30 – 6:30.  Refreshments will be served, and there is free parking. Many of the guest artists will be present to meet visitors and discuss their work. 

 

Camden Falls Gallery Presents “Last Splash of Color”

Table for Six, Jan McElhinny

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 7 th and final exhibition of 2019. “Last Splash of Color” Featuring Ann Trainer Domingue, Jan McElhinny, Jennifer Van Cor, Aline Ordman, Susan Graeber, Janis Sanders, and Ryan Kohler. There will be an opening reception Thursday, October 10, 5-7pm during Camden’s Art Walk.

Camden Falls Gallery’s final show of the season is entitled “Last Splash of Color”. The show features works by some of our galleries’ top Colorists. These featured artists are known for their vibrant use of juxtaposing colors in contemporary styles. Rooted in and inspired by, their natural environment, these artists take to their own course and colorful journeys. They create  lively, vibrant, abstracted, and sometimes comical interpretations of what they see. They are moved by their subjects to record their muses on canvas. If you’re feeling weary about the longer nights and the darkness that befalls this season, stop by for a boost, as we’ve cranked up the color notch to get you over the hump and into the next season.

Getting into Trees, Aline Ordman

Featured in the show are an amalgamation of artists who are known for using shapes, colors, and an array of practices and techniques to create wonderful playful artwork. These artists push the boundaries of color patterns, and make joyful combinations of wild, bold, and uncommon paintings. 

Yellow House on Harbor, Susan Graeber

As part of a larger strategy to establish Camden as a strong presence in the Maine art-scene, Camden Falls Gallery is proud to join forces with our long time friends and neighbors at the Small Wonder Gallery, the Page Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, Iron Bound, and DAAC Designs. With the successful launch and the enthusiasm generated by Camden’s first art walk, we are excited and look forward to our next art walk on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

All the Things, Ryan Kohler

Begin your experience at the Public landing where Camden Falls Gallery and Small Wonder are located. Continue your journey with an easy stroll up to Bay View Street, where you’ll find Page, Carver Hill, Ironbound and DAAC Designs Galleries.

October ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try their hand at monotype printmaking in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Join us to explore the endless and expressive possibilities of the painted monotype. Working from a variety of still images and the animations of Andrew Elijah Edward’s Monochromatic series, learn to use oil-based inks on glass to create monochromatic imaginative and dream-like landscapes from your mind’s eye.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by Bob Crewe Foundation, Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend

The 3rd Annual Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend (October 5-6, 2019) is being held in conjunction with Maine Crafts Association statewide celebration of craft and American Craft Week. Ellsworth will once again be at the forefront as a Featured City and will be promoted as a destination for cultural activities in Downeast Maine. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit three craft hubs at Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street, SevenArts @ 192 Main Street and a new offering this year; a Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street. 

Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street: Ken and Linda Perrin will demonstrate their glassblowing craft to the public, while creating a hub of fine arts activities. Along with the pottery, weaving, and jewelry demonstrations you can watch the Atlantic Art Glass team create blown glass pumpkins. The studio of Atlantic Art Glass will be turned into a “glass pumpkin patch” as the molten glass is pulled from the furnace, blown and hand formed on the end of a blowpipe. The glass pumpkin patch is for visitors of all ages.

SevenArts @ 192 Main Street: In addition to their vast selection of handmade work for sale, this local artisan gallery will offer workshops – Gold leafing with Wendilee Heath O’Brien is Sat. October 5 from 1-3pm and on Sun. October 6 from 10am-3pm Anna Pazereckas will teach adults and children how to sew their own headband. There is a $5 fee for materials.

Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street: New in 2019,this hub will offer demos in metal, clay, fiber and wood. Additionally, a craft show willoffer a marketplace to purchase handmade work, while an open makerspace will provide a place for community members to work on unfinished projects and learn new techniques from each other. This hub is made possible with a generous grant from the Belvedere Traditional Handcraft Fund via the Maine Community Foundation.

Heidi Stanton-Drew, of The Artful Aide and Chair of Heart of Ellsworth’s Cultural Committee says, “We are incredibly excited to add a Community Craft Hub to the event’s offerings this year. The hub will be a vibrant space on Main Street filled with opportunities to learn about processes, purchase handmade work and get hands-on experience from fellow community members.”  She continued, “These experiences are sure to forge new connections and spark interest in the value of handmade in our lives.”

In addition to the three craft hubs, Fogtown Brewing Company will also be a hub of activity offering live music with their 2019 Musicians in Residence, Shirt Tail Kin at 7pm Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Pottery demos, a brewery tour and a songwriter’s workshop are all on tap for Saturday, October 5.

 Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend is an event celebrating the creative community in Ellsworth. Participants include galleries, artists, retail shops, eateries, breweries and non-profits in the urban core, offering studio tours, sales, artist demonstrations, live music, and a community craft show. 

Full event calendar is available at: heartofellsworth.org. For more information, please email: cara@heartofellsworth.org.

 

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents GreenDrinks

This October, join us in celebrating Artober at the University of Maine Museum of Art, in Bangor with the Home Brewers of Greater Bangor for ARTOBERFEST!

UMMA’s Fall 2019 exhibitions will be open for viewing: Entangled: Nina Jerome, Way Stations: Joan Belmar, Studio Visit: New Works by Six Painters, and selected photographs from the Museum Collection.

On October 8 from 5-8, the Home Brewers will be serving up a creative variety of their own creations.  Greendrinkers can vote for their favorite beer and the top 3 brewers will win Buoy Local gift cards!

Greendrinks will be serving red and white wines vinted at Central Street Farmhouse for our gluten free or non-beer drinking friends.

As always, Greendrinks is a free family-friendly event, so bring the kiddos! There is a suggested $5 donation, and we ask that you bring your own drinking vessel. If you forget, we’ll have compostable cups available for $1, and custom glassware for $5. Proceeds from the event go toward helping Bangor Greendrinks provide grants to fund worthy projects that help make Bangor greener. See you there!