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Three exhibits continue at the George Marshall Store Gallery

Julia Zanes, “Sun Dress.”

As summer gives way to autumn, the George Marshall Store Gallery continues its 25th anniversary celebration with three new exhibitions.

Pam Brown, Gail Spaien and Julia Zanes combine sculpture with paintings of imagined worlds and interiors; “Animalia,” by Michael Stasiuk, presents creatures both big and small; and “Quotidian Views,” by Grant Drumheller, includes gouaches and oil paintings that depict travel and people engaged in work and leisure.

Pam Brown, “It’s a Trap.”

There are numerous visual connections between the paintings by Portland artist Gail Spaien, Vermont artist Julia Zanes and the copper wall sculptures by New York artist Pam Brown. “Cottage Bonsai #4,” by Spaien, dominates the front wall of the gallery. The painting depicts the interior of a seaside, summer cottage filled with tables and chairs, books and flowers, and a dog curled up on a rug. Through the window are stylized ripples of the ocean, and oval shaped clouds float above. Although busy with many patterns, there is a zen-like quality to this series of paintings.

Julia Zanes’ work is rooted in storytelling. Through color, collage and various pictorial devices, she leads one into the artist’s world of fairytales and myths. Zane’s paintings are rich in symbolism including many examples of redemption motifs that are designed to break evil spells. The artist explains, “If all other efforts fail, love always prevails.”

The flowers and vines found in Zane’s paintings are repeated in the copper wall sculptures by Pam Brown. The artist collects remnants and salvaged materials from abandoned factory sites and then, using a process similar to needlework, assembles them. Instead of the traditional fabric and thread, she darns together the found sheet metal with wire. These elegant pieces float on the white gallery walls and the copper and brass patinas blend with the colors in the paintings.

Michael Stasiuk, “Racoon.”

A menagerie of animal sculptures made by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk are exhibited throughout the gallery. By combining found materials — mostly wood, metal and assorted fragments from broken chairs and toys — Stasiuk creates playful, nostalgic sculptures. The creatures in “Animalia” range in scale from a 5-inch aardvark to a 5-foot giraffe. Stasiuk’s many years of teaching and collaborating with both children and adults has kept his whimsical sensibilities intact, delighting the viewer with his imagination.

Grant Drumheller, “Tossing the Catch.”

Figures feature prominently in much of Grant Drumheller’s work. His paintings reflect ordinary life by capturing crowds in a city park, fishermen on their boats, people digging for clams, or quiet domestic life and the private world of a home’s interior. His exhibition makes everyday activities something to celebrate. There is a freshness and brightness in the small gouache paintings on paper — elements that he brings to his newer oil on linen canvases. After decades of teaching, the artist seems very content and productive in his new-found retirement years.

The exhibitions continue through Oct. 18. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Appointments can be made on the gallery website or by calling curator Mary Harding at 207-752-0205.

George Marshall Store Gallery is at 140 Lindsay Road, York. See www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com for more information.

‘Caren-Marie Michel: Maine’s Four Seasons’ opens at Littlefield Gallery

“Schoodic Point, Acadia,” by Caren-Marie Michel.

“Maine’s Four Seasons,” a solo show of seascapes by Caren-Marie Michel, is on exhibit at Littlefield Gallery from Sept. 14 through Oct. 13.

Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland and is a lifelong Maine resident. Michel’s work explores the urban, industrial and pastoral images of Maine and documents the ever-changing landscape in paint. Michel is a devoted plein-air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada. Michel often portrays a location through series capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. Michel is treasurer and past president of Westbrook Arts & Culture (Maine), past president of the Pastel Painters of Maine and past treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Michel is treasurer of the Warren Memorial Foundation and a Director of the Cornelia Warren Community Association.

Michel studied painting with Esther Barney in Portland for six years and earned a BFA in painting from Portland School of Art in 1978 (now Maine College of Art), where she studied with Bill Collins, Ed Douglas and Johnnie Ross. Michel returned to painting and exhibiting in 2000 after a 16-year banking career. Michel’s work has been selected for juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Washington.

“The Downeaster” and “Got Paint” were included in “2018 Paintings of Portland,” by David Little and Carl Little (Down East Books). Michel’s work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book “Art of Katahdin” (Down East Books, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery (2013).

In 2015, Michel’s work was on display in the Maine State Capitol in Augusta as the Artist in the Capitol solo exhibition through the Maine Arts Commission. Her first international solo exhibition, “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown in 2013 at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

In 2008, Michel was commissioned to paint three large landscape paintings for the new Mercy Hospital Fore River building’s main lobby in Portland, Maine and has been commissioned for work at Maine Medical Center and other Maine Health Care facilities.

Dan West’s bronze and driftwood-inspired sculpture will also be featured at Littlefield Gallery in this celebration of the ever-changing beauty of Maine’s coast.

Littlefield Gallery is at 145 Main St., Winter Harbor. Call 207-838-4174, or email info@littlefieldgallery.com for more information.

Two shows will open in October at Hole In The Wall Studioworks

Dave G. Hall, “Morning In The Rocks.”

Dave G. Hall will show “Into the Woods,” and Kate Winn, “Flights of Fancy” at Hole In The Wall Studioworks.

Kate Winn, “In The Shelves.”

Show dates are Oct. 9 through Nov. 16, with an outdoor reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

Hole In The Wall Studioworks is at 1544 Roosevelt Trail (Rt. 302), Raymond. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 207-655-4952, email jlmastro@maine.rr.com or go to www.holeinthewallgallery.net for additional information.

Two Pemaquid Art Gallery artists are united in new directions

 

Two member artists of the Pemaquid Art Gallery, Jan Kilburn and Hannah Ineson, couldn’t be more different in the art they now create but are similar in working in new mediums, or at least mediums which are new to their fans, and are proving to be highly successful with these new directions.

They both show in Mid-Coast Maine and both are well known in other locations where they spend the winter and/or teach, Ineson in Southwest Florida and Kilburn in New Hampshire. They are both also much-in-demand teachers of their art and love teaching.

With the physical space of the Pemaquid Gallery closed this season due to Covid-19 precautions, then gallery is highlighting member artists throughout the season, whose work can be viewed and purchased online at pemaquidartgallery.com.

Jan Kilburn is a watercolorist from Damariscotta, and has a studio on the Bristol Road, which is part of a group of four galleries called The Bristol Road Galleries. She is primarily self-taught but has also studied with several great watercolorists and teaches much sought-after courses in watercolor in both mid-coast Maine and Dover, New Hampshire. Her prints and notecards are available in many mid-coast Maine locations. Her watercolors resonate with color, lyricism and a light beauty and warmth which express her desire to create “a peaceful place to which to escape” —much needed in these difficult times. She exploits the unexpected effects of watercolor in a masterful way and the viewer feels her love of the medium in the beautiful washes, varied edges and graceful sweep of her brushstrokes. 

She has recently started oil painting, studying with fellow Bristol Road gallery owner and Pemaquid member artist Will Kefauver, and her oil paintings carry on the same lightness of spirit, love of color and dancing movement across the paint surface as do her watercolors. The atmosphere they depict is welcoming, joyous and sparkling, providing yet again a peaceful place for the viewer to contemplate.

Hannah Ineson describes herself as a restless artist. She has 40 years of award-winning watercolor and oil painting under her belt, dividing her time between summers in Damariscotta and winters in Southwest Florida where she teaches at the Marco Island Center for the Arts and was Artist in Residence in the Everglades Big Cypress National Preserve. She teaches in the summer at her studio in Damariscotta and shows her work there, and also has taught in Mexico for Elderhostel, Wisconsin and many other locations. Her card and print designs have been popular in both Florida and Maine. She also teaches watercolor journaling, now on Zoom, and has self-published the Guide to Sketch Journaling with Watercolor.

Her new direction is pottery (clay art) and she creates a variety of useful ware as well as sculpture and decorative pieces. She says she chose learning a 3D craft for her own pleasure and finds clay well suited to her skills and enjoyable for its versatility. She loves texture and surface treatment, of which clay offers endless opportunity with which to experiment, and her clay work is almost all hand-built. Her pieces are charming, useful and beautiful, with playful impressions and textures in richly colored glazes.

‘Distilled’ photography show at Cove Street Arts

“Distilled” in an exhibition of the photography of Cynthia and John Orcutt, curated by Bruce Brown.

The Orcutts expertly document fragile places (both natural and manmade) by simplifying the subject through composition and technique, drawing the essence of the subject into the final image.

The photographs are made with a commitment to distill the subjects of our images to their most simple and direct content, to separate them from features that complicate or minimize their graphic qualities and allow us to extract their true substance. Seeking to achieve the greatest clarity of expression through the most advantageous combinations of lighting, position, camera technique, and weather, we strive to communicate the essence of a particular place or structure.

The show runs through Oct. 17.

Cove Street Arts is at 71 Cove St., Portland. Call 207-808-8911 or email info@covestreetarts.com for more information.

Seven artists portray glimpses of their reality in Maine Art Gallery Show

Contemporary realism is the focus of the current online exhibit presented by Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery. The show, originally scheduled to be seen in the gallery at this time, has been rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus. However, one can get a preview of the full show by visiting www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org. The images will be available for viewing until Oct. 5.

“I hope the viewers will get as much enjoyment from the show as I did in selecting the artists,” said Elaine Pew, curator of the exhibit. “Each of them presents their vision of reality in their own unique way.”

Carolyn Gabbe paints in the tradition of the Old Masters of the Renaissance.

Melissa Greene expresses a poetic vision of the ways that women and animals interact with the natural world on her exquisite pots.

Winslow Meyers is very precise in defining his space with a lyrical, soothing palette.

Mat O’Donnell’s work has an edge to it. He asks the viewer to complete the story on his canvas.

Daphne Pulsifer uses classical sculptural techniques to render her bronzes of figures and animals.

Douglas Smith celebrates life through paintings that convey a sense of time and place and quality of light.

Susan Tobey White presents a series of paintings that tell the story of lobster women at work.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. More information is at www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. The gallery is closed for the 2020 season.

Craft Classifieds: September Issue

[SOURCE & SELL] ‘Craft Classifieds Edition’ is a facet of the Maine Crafts Association’s [SOURCE + BUY] project.

This resource is free for MCA members and nonmembers.

Are you buying, selling, trading, hiring, or renting? Perhaps it’s time to clean out your studio and find new homes for some tools or equipment? Looking to hire a craft artist for a repair or custom job?

Craft Classifieds are updated every month and currently accepting advertisements.

Go to https://mainecrafts.org/source-sell-craft-classifieds-edition to browse items or to list your own. Listings will be updated again on Sept. 1.

MCA Essay Series: ‘What Maine Craft Means to Me’ by John Baldacci

John E. Baldacci

Artists tell us who we are as a people. They reflect our spirit and define our soul. Maine is very unique, we are not like anywhere else. As governor, I identified and supported our creative economy, which linked this talent to our economic engine. Maine has world-renowned writers, photographers, painters, poets, builders, basket makers and many, many more. We have a storied history, amazing present-day craft artists and an unfolding future of people coming to Maine to create.

Personally, we try to seek out and support our Maine artists. We celebrate holidays, anniversaries, birthdays and sometimes simply support what inspires us.

Our family holiday card comes to mind. The holidays have always been a time for us to share a family photo, taken by professional Maine photographers, to connect with family and friends. It was a way to follow us — especially Jack, as he grew up throughout the years.

In our Blaine House years, in addition to the annual photo, we added original holiday commemoratives made by Mainers to celebrate the season. These included many different designs, creations, artwork and unique gifts. We showcased Maine artists and craftsmen at our two Inaugurals, many trade missions, meetings, retreats and Maine Day at The Big E Agricultural Fair.

I encourage everyone to shop locally. Invest in Maine artists and craftsmen.

Governor John E. Baldacci served two terms as the governor of the State of Maine from 2003 to 2011. Prior public service included serving as U.S. Representative for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District from 1995-2003. Governor Baldacci joined Pierce Atwood in 2012, following an appointment as the Director of the Department of Defense’s Military Health Care Reform Initiative, working for the former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Clifford L. Stanley, where he was tasked with a full-scale review and evaluation of military health care and wellness.

What Maine Craft Means to Me Essay Series invites you to explore the many intersections and layers of craft, people and time in Maine through the words of those with deep connections to our state and our field. Each week, a new essay will be shared.

Summer group show continues at Caldbeck Gallery

Caldbeck Gallery is presenting an evolving exhibition featuring gallery and invited artists throughout the summer.

View the e-catalog at https://mcusercontent.com/c6bdac10295726afaab4a2246/files/4b369b1a-7653-4ccb-b80b-26150d6da577/Summer_Group_Show_2020_ecatalog.pdf.

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, email caldbeck@midcoast.com, go to www.caldbeck.com, or call 207-594-5935.

Robin Swennes will exhibit ‘For the Love of the Blues’

“Cordon Bleu,” by Robin Swennes.

Robin Swennes will exhibit “For the Love of the Blues” at Casco Bay Artisans, 68 Commerical St., Building A, Portland, from Sept. 10 to Oct. 11.

In her own words:

I must have a thousand photos of blueberries that I use for reference when I paint. They can look so different—whether it’s that frosty periwinkle blue color that is almost a dust that can be swept off the berry by the touch of a human hand, or when they are bruised with deep purple indents, or when some of the skin is peeled back and a rust color comes peeking through. It’s because of those different appearances that each painting I do becomes a one-off that I can never exactly recreate. Light, or lack of it, can create highlight tones we take for granted, but I try to exploit and expand upon them. Our brains know the berries are blue, but when you really start looking, there really are numerous other colors dancing around.

Years ago, somebody mentioned the idea of fractals in nature to me and it opened my eyes to start looking for examples. They are everywhere if you just look. Blueberries are perfect, little, tasty orbs that keep repeating on the bush — for a limited time in Maine — so they are precious. I find myself wanting to slow time down to capture them for a bit longer. A painting can do that and will remind you that nature will gift you with these gems again in the coming year when the days get hot and sunset comes late.

I have never had much of a sense of smell, so I rely more on my other senses. I may not know how blueberries smell, but I can tell you that they’re divine when heated up with a brownie from Standard Baking Co in Portland or paired with a fresh, still warm, homemade chocolate chip cookie. It probably goes without saying that every time I start another blueberry painting, I end up making more than a few trips to the kitchen to get some good chocolate and sprinkle some berries over it. How precious the short blueberry season in Maine is to me!

For inquiries into the works or any other information, please contact gallery owner Jennifer Swarts at jen@cascobayartisans.com or gallery manager Jess Lauren Lipton at CBArtMarketing@gmail.com.