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Greenhut Galleries Presents New Works by Ed Douglas

Portrait Thirteen (The Gardener II), oil on linen, 36″ x 28″

 

In May, Greenhut Galleries in Portland, is excited to present a solo exhibition of new works by long-time Greenhut artist, former Maine College of Art drawing and painting instructor and Art Department Chair, Ed Douglas.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 2 5-7 and the show runs from May 2 – June 1.  Well-known poet Maine, Jonathan Aldrich, has written beautifully about his friend’s work:

Ed Douglas is a master of color. Like Matisse, one of his favorite painters, he works until he gets it right. Sometimes we can see where he has thinly, or partially, painted a fresh color over a previous one — part of the long process he adheres to, a process inviting the viewer to realize an intended aspect of the painting. Sometimes we notice an odd patch of color, seemingly discordant until we understand that the created tension in some way balances the whole. Energy and light emerge from his best paintings.We sense this quality even from far away.

Ed is often drawn to series. He has painted purely non-representational designs, but also a great series of primitive standing stones, of graveyards, of quarries, of flowers. For some time now his work has turned to human figures, people busy at their business, or a single person looking out at us, or a nude threesome simply (it seems) standing around — but always more abstract and designed than we might expect.  Although Ed is a very serious artist, his work rarely strikes us as tragic or sad. (The graveyard series may be a kind of exception.) Unlike many abstract expressionists, his view is truly positive and even compassionate. In fact, I find an underlying humor in some of his latest work, subtle and perhaps not striven for. In social life he loves a joke. (I can image a dialogue:  Me: “What’s that strange little patch for?” Ed: “It’s for sale.”)

 

Musicians, Oil on panel, 12″ x 11.5″

 

Thus, while we may be initially attracted to a Douglas painting for its subject matter, this is not the painter’s wish, nor is it our own when we understand what we are looking at. The painting, when completed represents only itself. One viewer once complained, “The arm in that paintings seems too high.” Ed answered, “That’s not an arm. It’s paint.” And he meant it. The painting is the painting, and if it does not represent anything external, it would be the sensation(s) he experienced from something he had seen or imagined, or even the act of creation itself. For Ed, sensations are the key. Let’s just simply say that Ed Douglas’s finest paintings are sensational.

 

The Very Model of a Modern General, 23″ x 22.5″

 

Born in 1935, Ed Douglas began his fine arts education at the Rhode Island School of Design earning a BFA in 1963. He earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with Bay Area giant Richard Diebenkorn. From 1973 to 2000, Douglas taught drawing and painting at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and for most of his tenure there, he also served as Chair of the Art Department. Douglas has been a Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. In 2013, he was an invited guest lecturer and art critic at Colby College. Ed’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Dayton Art Museum, Dayton, Ohio, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois, the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Papendrecht Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands, as well as in private collections in the United States, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, and Greece. Ed Douglas maintains a residence in Maine spending summers in Essex, New York.

2019 Residents at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

 

Jeanne Paterak, Seaweed, copper and embossed paper

Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center is anticipating its fourth year of summer residences at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. This year, the Art Center will welcome visual, literary, performing, and for the first time, academic writing residents. A resident gardener will also live on the grounds for the summer. The 2019 residents were thoughtfully selected from a pool of 75 applicants with the help of jurors Sarah Workneh and Carl Little. The academic writing resident was selected by Andrew Marshall and Ellen Griswold.

 

Aubrey Chali, The Custodian, acrylic

 

Six visual artists will be in residence at the Art Center this summer: three from Maine, two from out of state, and one international artist.

Mildred Bachrach describes herself as an artistic pluralist who uses a variety of techniques and materials to explore the concepts of personal and environmental trauma. She has lived on a farm in Detroit, ME for over 40 years and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. J.E. Paterak is an artist with childhood ties to Jefferson, ME whose parents built a cabin on a nearby lake. Paterak will be continuing to build a body of work called Intimate Universe wherein she is striving to draw attention to the “awesomeness and delicacy of what emerges from the soil beneath our feet.” Tessa G. O’Brien from Portland, ME makes paintings that reference light, revel in color and play with architectural space – specifically traditional timber frame structures. While at the Art Center, she will explore the property and surrounding area, recording found compositions and painting them.

 

Genevieve Cohn, Toil and Treasure, acrylic on canvas

 

Genevieve Cohn is a painter and educator currently living in Boston, MA. Originally from a small town in rural Vermont, Genevieve’s work considers the relationship between women and nature. Eleanor Conover is a painter whose work responds to site-specificity and the human relationship to environmental space. Eleanor was raised in New England and currently resides in Tennessee, where she teaches at the School of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Aubrey Chali, from Zambia, explores the realms of human culture and nature with its lavish hues and rich textures, resulting in the creation of mixed media paintings inspired by our natural world.

The literary arts residency, which focuses on poetry this year, was awarded to Maine poet Michelle Menting. Menting’s current project explores the relationship between humans, our built environments, and the natural world and all its beings. During her residency, she will focus on themes of migration, interconnectedness, and adaptation, and how these ideas pertain to wildlife, farming, permaculture, and climate change.

Sara Trunzo is the recipient of the performing arts residency this year. A former organizer, farmer, and non-profit professional Trunzo is now a singer-songwriter illuminating rural stories. She calls Unity, ME home, but lives and works seasonally in Nashville, TN and on tour. Her songs are informed by the landscape, community, and transformation.

Dr. Sonja Birthisel will be the first academic writing resident at the Art Center. Sonja recently finished graduate school at the University of Maine, where she is currently employed. This summer, she will be working on several papers about climate change and its impacts on Maine agriculture.

This season’s resident gardener will be Laurie McDonnell. From tending urban landscapes to nurturing her own small farm, she has relished the opportunities she has had to partner with the land. She looks forward to cultivating her memoir and critical essay writing practice as she cultivates the gardens at Rolling Acres Farm.

In addition to hosting the residents, the Art Center will be opening a new Fiore Wing to the public this spring. Co-Directors Dewey and Witholt Abaldo are excited about the renovated garage turned art display space that will, for the first time, be able to house the entire collection of Joseph Fiore’s work on site.

The Art Center will also be working with Kerry Altiero from Cafe Miranda to host a wonderful summer evening fundraiser, where guests can expect artful pop-ups and delicious food. This dinner will take place on August 10th at 4:30 PM. Tickets will become available for purchase this spring.#####

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts. The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment. The Center hopes to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community – by hosting exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by offering residencies for artists, writers and academics on a historic farm.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit that works to protect farmland, support farmers and advance the future for farming. More at MaineFarmlandTrust.org

For more information about the Trust please visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Birds are Back at Markings Gallery

 

Artic Terns by Wayne Robbins

 

Osprey sitting attentively in their wondrous nests…. robins and cardinals intently looking and calling for mates… herons and egrets negotiating the edges of swollen ponds and rivers…..

The birds are back and provide endless variations of interpretation for many artists at Markings Gallery and an exciting focus for the month of May.

In the words of Abigail Robbins,  “Birds are amazing.  I watch them endlessly, their shapes, their flight patterns, their living habits.  Looking at birds with their gestures and body language, gives me infinite inspiration for sculptural forms.

I find the medium of papier mache versatile. I can shape and reshape until I am satisfied that the sculpture is close to the idea I have in my head.”  Abigal’s sculptures capture the essential elements in her birds; the owl, the crow, and the raptor.

Wayne Robbins (no relation to Abigail) is well known for his wood carvings of the birds that inhabit Maine’s woods, fields and marine environment.  Working with a diverse variety of woods, such as linden, butternut, and walnut, Wayne carefully selects just the right piece to carve Puffins, Auks, Terns, Screech Owls, Sea Ducks, and Chickadees, to name just a few.  Some of his carvings are hand stained to enhance the colorings and markings of each species.  Many hours and thoughtful observation go into these sculptures.

Sue Stasiowski brings her unique artistry with needle felting to create marvelous interpretations of a wide range of birds.  A little Oriole’s orange coloring has such depth because of the unique way Sue has for combining multiple colors of fiber. That orange is made of a masterful blend of yellows and several shades of orange.  The mixing on his wings is a painterly mix of black, white and wisps of orange.

Several other artists at Marking’s Gallery incorporate birds into their repertoire—

Janice Wright with her fierce eyed herons on relief tiles and painted bowls, Kirsty Sandoy’s felted bird ornaments, Carolyn Judson’s expressive clay birds, Nan Kilbourn-Tara’s delightful small tile bird paintings.

Marking’s Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, Maine

Gallery hours Thursday thru Monday 10am to 5pm (Sunday 10am to 4pm) closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Maine Craft Portland Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

Maine Craft Portland unveils an alternative bridal show not to be missed! Over 20 craft artists have created one-of-a-kind ceremonial adornment, accessories, and jewelry that embody new ideas to present bridal with a twist!

This 2-month long exhibit will showcase unique offerings for the discerning contemporary looking to get hitched in distinctive true to you style. How about matching hand stamped leather belts, lovers’ knot bracelets, or a silk skived unisex Kurta? These dazzling, ready to wear pieces, like all offerings at the Maine Craft Portland retail gallery were handcrafted by talented Maine-based craft artists.

Exhibition Dates: May 3 – June 29th
First Friday Art Walk Receptions
May 3rd, 5-8pm Opening Reception with jazz pianist Sonja Florman
June 7th 5-8pm Musical guest Owen Kennedy from Pineland Fiddlers

The Gallery at Somes Sound and the Myers Family, Wendell Gilley Museum presents an exhibition

Annual Spring Open House & Carving Show
A Trio of Treats!
 
Featuring Member’s Carving Show, 

Master Carver Harold Haertel,
and Artist Paul Rickert’s Susan Abbott Myers Collection 
 
Master Carver Harold Haertel was a contemporary of Wendell Gilley.  An exhibition curated by Mr. Haertel displays his beautifully crafted carvings and decoys.
 
In collaboration with the Gallery at Somes Sound and the Myers Family, Wendell Gilley Museum presents an exhibition of paintings by acclaimed Artist Paul Rickert collected by Susan Abbott Myers (1935-2017).  
Sunday, May 12th  |  12:00 – 4:00 pm
4 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor

Art Space Gallery opens for Works by Margaret Creighton

Art Space Gallery, at 405 Main Street, Rockland, opens its doors for the new season on Friday, May 3, 5-8pm for First Friday Art Walk. Gallery hours in May, Friday & Saturday, 11-4.

New member Margaret Creighton, of Yarmouth, shows her paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastel, inspired by the mercurial moods of nature. Realistic depiction of colorful clouds, dreamy yet lifelike, seem to move over serene land and seascapes, evoking memory and mystery. Returning members of this 15 artist cooperative will have exciting new pieces on display in sculpture, paintings, woodwork, metal, and jewelry. Be sure to visit our new “Gift Nook” with small crafts, cards and little artworks, to find Maine souvenirs and treasures.

Tidemark Gallery + Cafe opens for “The Miller School Portrait Show”

Self Portrait of a Representative of Grade 2, Miller Elementary School

 

Tidemark Gallery + Café in Waldoboro resumes regular hours: Wed-Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-2, on May 1.

The Miller School Portrait Show reception will be Friday, May 10, from 4pm to 6pm.  Student artists and their teacher, Nathan Fogg, will be there to meet and talk about their work. This school/community collaboration is an exhibition of student self-portraits in pastel, mixed media, prints and clay sculptures. The idea is to showcase student art in a professional gallery setting where it may be enjoyed by everyone, both inside and outside of the school community.  The art work will be on display at the gallery throughout the month of May. It is outstanding and well worth a visit — or several visits.

We’ll be posting more information on Tidemark Gallery + Café facebook and instagram.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art offers “Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic”

“Inhalation XXXVIII”, 2011, Archival Pigment Print

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is offering a thought-provoking and educational lecture series in conjunction with the exhibition Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The second event in the series, “One World,” will take place on Sunday, May 5, at 3pm, and features respected photographer John Paul Caponigro in conversation with Peter Neill, founding director of World Ocean Observatory. “One World” is an in-depth discussion between two experts in their fields, illustrated by a slide presentation of Caponigro’s stunning photographs of the Polar Regions. The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

John Paul Caponigro is a pioneer among visual artists working with digital media. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change. Respected as an authority on creativity, photography, and fine art printing, he is a highly sought-after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, MIT, Google, and TEDx.

Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory and serves as host of World Ocean Radio, a weekly podcast about the health of the ocean. In 2016 he received an appointment with the Climate Change Institute and represents the W2O as a Research Associate; he previously served 20 years as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York; is co-founder of The Sound School and The Harbor School; and has dedicated his career to marine affairs. His most recent book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society, is available wherever books are sold.

Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change in the Polar Regions, the artists in “Melt Down” bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.

 

Sunday Salon “One World”

“Melt Down” will be on view at CMCA through June 9. For further information about the exhibition and accompanying programs, please visit cmcanow.org.

ArtLab for All Ages Saturday May 4, 2 – 4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the spring season during May’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 4pm.

Come celebrate the colors and vibrancy of Spring! With print making, painting and sculptural materials, create bouquets and wearable insect medallions, looking to the thoughtful work of the artists in our Melt Down exhibit who inspire awareness and appreciation for nature.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, 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 The Bob Crewe Foundation, The 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.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 WinterStreet, Rockland, Maine. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm.

The Caldbeck Gallery Presents Gallery Artists’ “Back to Nature”

PLENTY, 1989, oil on canvas, Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

 

The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open its 38th summer season on First Friday, May 3, with a group show.  This exhibition enjoys a fun and free interpretation of its title, “Back to Nature”, with paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photographs by gallery artist Anne Alexander, Katherine Bradford, Alan Bray, Lise Becu, Sam Cady, K. Min, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, Melanie Essex, Jeff Epstein, Kathleen Florance, Maggie Foskett, Nancy Glassman, Bayard Hollins, Janice Kasper, Fred Kellogg, Koichiro Kurita, Kristin Malin, Chris Osgood, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Dennis Pinette, Michael Reece, Barbara Sullivan, Todd Watts, Dan West, Susan Williams, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig.

The reception will take place on First Friday May 3, from 5-8 pm.  The gallery is looking forward to seeing everyone out and about again, and to the kick off of 2019’s “Rockland, Art Capital of Maine” adventures.   “Back to Nature” has been on view for much of the winter, and it will run through May 10.

Spring gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 12 – 4, and by chance and by appointment. For more information, please call the gallery at 207 594 5935, or email caldbeck@midcoast.com