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Gleason Fine Art opens “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.”

Andrea Peters, Spring Fantasy, oil, 24x24”















Beginning Thursday, May 10, Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens its new spring show: “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.” The show runs through Tuesday, June 12, with a reception for Andrea and Christine on Saturday, May 26 (Memorial weekend), from 5 to 7 pm. As always, the public is invited to join us for a glass of wine and the chance to meet Andrea and Christine.

Talent often runs in families, and so it does in the Peters family of East Boothbay. Andrea Peters, who has shown with the Gleasons for more than two decades, paints with confidence, exuberance, and an infallible sense of color. In “Awakenings,” the gallery will be presenting collectors with a stunning series of new paintings, some of them 4 feet square.

Peters’s spontaneous, gestural style works perfectly with her chosen oil paints. “Oils—I love them!” Exclaims Peters in a recent article by Lisa Kristoff of the Boothbay Register. “They have such flow. I can capture my energy or the energy of the place, the very spirit of the place with oils.”


Christine Peters, Silver Flower Moonstone Necklace Chain















Many people will remember Christine Peters as Gleason Fine Art’s long-time gallery manager. Christine’s smile, energy, and willingness to tackle anything made a lasting impression on everyone she met. As with her mother Andrea, Christine excels at everything creative. When the former sculpture major began experimenting with making jewelry, she knew she’d found her medium. Naturalistic, feminine, and uniquely her own style, Christine’s jewelry soon began to be noticed. It wasn’t long before her jewelry began to be juried into some of the most prestigious fine-craft shows in the country.

With “Awakenings,” the gallery brings together Christine’s and Andrea’s remarkable creations for the first time in years. For both mother and daughter, the show’s title, “Awakenings,” is especially poignant because 2017 was a difficult year for both. Christine fought her way through a cancer diagnosis and its aftermath, emerging stronger than ever. Andrea, who has dealt with the effects of MS for years, had to face the added burden of a parent’s worst nightmare—a child forced to confront cancer. Andrea too has come through it all with renewed energy and an even stronger urge to express her joy in the natural world around her through art.

“Awakenings” opens May 10 and runs through June 12 at Gleason Fine Art gallery in Boothbay Harbor. Please join the gallery staff and both Andrea and Christine Peters on Saturday, May 24, from 5 to 7 pm to celebrate the creative output of this remarkable mother-daughter duo. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at, or check out the gallery’s web site

Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds and Connie Hayes: Windows

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host two exhibitions in the month of May: Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds and Connie Hayes: Windows

Opening Friday, May 4th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, visit us online at  or call 207-596-0084

Scott Kelley, Icebergs, Hermit Island, Antarctica, Watercolor on paper, 22 1/2″ x 30″

Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds

May 4, 2018

“We sailed from Punta Arenas, Chile aboard the USRV Laurence M Gould, and on our third night as sea, approaching the Bransfield Strait about 2:00 AM, I saw it: my first iceberg. The sky and the water were black, but the southern horizon glowed with the intensity of an arc light: the ice from the White Continent, still hundreds of miles away, fluoresced through the pall like a beacon, drawing us south.” – Scott Kelley

Connie Hayes, Green Climber, Oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

Connie Hayes: Windows

May 4, 2018

Connie Hayes’ recent body of work explores the shifting views and visual framework of windows. Inspired by the windows in her 1850’s home and on the island of Vinalhaven, these pieces blur the interior and exterior into engaging patterns that bring us into the artist’s space.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents SPRING ART FACTORY

SATURDAY, MAY 5th 2018 from 11 a.m. – 3p.m.
FREE and open to the public.

UMMA welcomes all ages to ring in spring with UMMA’s Annual Spring Art Factory. There will be several stations set up in the lobby and classroom of the museum. Stop by any time between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to create your own paintings, prints, and paper crafts. All supplies are included, and guided instruction is provided.

Art Factory is FREE and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of WBRC Architects & Engineers.

Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center Announces 2018 Residency Awards

Jefferson. Early this April, a jury panel consisting of Stuart Kestenbaum, Susan Larsen and Ariel Hall awarded eight recipients with a 4-6 week residency at Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson.

In its third year, the Center received 66 applications for its summer arts residency program. The categories included visual arts, literary arts and performing arts. This year one residency placement was reserved for an indigenous artist and one for an international or out-of-state artist.

Thu Vu, from Vietnam, was awarded the international visual arts residency. Vu first came to Maine from Hanoi Fine Arts College in 1998 as an exchange student; she attended Maine College of Art in Portland. Vu creates light sculptures made out of paper and natural materials. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the USA.

Thu Kim Vu, Light Sculptures

Clif Travers was awarded the visual arts residency for a Maine indigenous artist. Travers grew up in the mountains near Sugarloaf. One of his current bodies of work, The Medicine Cabinets, grew from three years of interviews with people around the country. Travers asked each person: “What would you consider to be a social malady that could be easily cured by regular folk?” The resulting “cabinets” are all connected to nature and show the malady, as well as the imagined cure.

Clif Travers, Medicine Cabinet

The remaining four visual arts residencies were awarded to Carol Douglas, Michel Droge, Estefani Mercedes and Maxwell Nolin.

Douglas, who grew up on a farm, describes herself as a plein-air landscape painter whose primary interest lies in the relationship between humans and their environment. Droge, by contrast, is an abstract painter- her work reflects a poetic connection to the land, climate change research and the philosophy of the sublime.


Carol Douglas, Finger Lakes Vineyard

Michel Droge, Breathing Lessons

Mercedes is an activist artist with deep connections to Maine. She is interested in local Brooksville archives that connect to the Argentine dictatorship. Through radical justice, film photography and copyright law, she hopes to restore missing violent histories and silenced voices by building publicly accessible archives.

Estefani Mercedes, Untitled

Nolin is a young emerging portrait painter who most recently made a living as an organic vegetable farmer. His portraits often feature fellow farmers; however, he writes, “I have yet to fully immerse my subjects in the natural landscape. This seems to be where my interest lies and where my work is heading.”

Maxwell Nolin, Toot and Roger Raw

The Fiore Art Center’s literary arts residency was awarded to Maine writer, Jodi Paloni. Paloni is currently working on her second book, a novel-in-stories, which takes place in the sixties and seventies on a farm similar to the Center’s Rolling Acres Farm, and tracks three Maine women from their girlhood to contemporary midlife.

Finally, the performing arts residency was allocated to Heather Lyon. Lyon was born on a farm in Maine. Her art practice is site responsive and she plans to create new performance work at the Fiore Art Center, “responding to this unique place where the connections between art and farming can be explored and lived.”

Each year, the Center hires a seasonal resident gardener, who lives on the farm for five months and grows food for the residents. “We’ve been lucky to find gardeners who also have their own creative practice, and enjoy being immersed in our residency program setting,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, co-director of the Fiore Art Center. This year’s gardener will be Rachel Alexandrou, from Alna. Her organic gardening experience spans a decade, and she is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in sustainable horticulture at UMaine, Orono, with a minor in studio art.

Rachel Alexandrou, Kale in Decay

Those interested can find more information on application details, summer visitor hours and Open Studio Dates at

The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making. The Center’s purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. The Center offers exhibitions and public educational events, engages in research and development of new farming practices and hosts residencies for artists on a working farm in Jefferson, Maine. The Fiore Art Center is a program of Maine Farmland Trust. The late Joseph Fiore was an artist and active environmentalist who, with his wife Mary, generously supported Maine Farmland Trust for many years. For more information about the Trust please visit


7th Annual Maine Pottery Tour

Maine is home to many clay artists – potters & sculptors, all working with earth, water, air & fire to make beautiful, useful, and intriguing objects. It takes a certain kind of person to work in clay – patience, perseverance and a sense of humor help! And although each potter works with the same basic ingredients, each leaves a strong trace of their own personality in the clay and glazes, and the firing methods they chose.

On May 5th & 6th, you have an opportunity to meet the creative people who throw the pots and fire the kilns. The Maine Pottery Tour celebrates its 7th year with 43 studios welcoming the public to meet the artists, peek in the kilns, and shop for pottery and other fine handmade work. Maybe even try the wheel yourself!

There are three legs to the tour: the Central Maine leg, the Coastal leg, and the Southern Maine leg. For a complete list of participating studios, please visit . There you will find links to studios and an interactive map to plan your pottery road trip.

On the Coastal leg of the Tour, there are 10 stops:

van der Ven Studios 257 Main St, Lincolnville
Camden Clay Co. 42A East Fork Rd, Camden
Fireside Pottery 1478 Camden Rd, Warren
Neighborhood Clay & Liz Proffetty Ceramics 590 Maine St, Damariscotta
Pottery Farm 943 Belfast Rd, Knox
Jean Hardy 185 Back Belmont Rd, Belfast
Belfast Clay 132 High St, Belfast
Everyday Pottery 103 Northport Rd, Belmont
Prescott Hill Pottery 261 Prescott Hill Rd, Liberty
Barbara Walch Pottery 33 Knox Station Rd, Thorndike

CONTACT: Betsy Levine Prescott Hill Pottery

CMCA Wins Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence

Crowds gather in CMCA Courtyard following Summer 2017 Distinguished Lecture by artist William Wegman

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has won the 2018 Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, the highest honor given by the Maine Office of Tourism. Received at the tourism industry’s annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 4, in Portland, the award recognizes CMCA’s contributions to the statewide economy and its efforts to create an exceptional year-round experience for its visitors.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to see CMCA and the arts in Maine recognized for their important role in Maine’s cultural economy. We set out to create an extraordinary experience in Rockland – this award recognizes that achievement.”

Speaking to an overflowing reception inside the State of Maine Ballroom at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Director Steve Lyons of the Office of Tourism reiterated CMCA’s incredible transformation. “The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s dedication to celebrating Maine’s present day cultural assets has taken them from a small local facility to an exciting global platform for Maine’s arts community, and a major draw for cultural tourism in our state.”

Among the crowd was Gordon Page, Director of Rockland Main Street, who echoed Lyons’ praise. “CMCA demonstrates daily a remarkable ability to impact tourism in a proactive manner.” Speaking about his own work to strengthen Rockland’s local economy through Rockland Main Street—a non-profit focused on connecting and amplifying the efforts of local businesses—Page called CMCA “an important part of the ongoing revitalization of our City.”

Discussing CMCA’s role in the local economy, Sam Vail, CMCA’s Director of Development and Marketing, praised the $35 million impact that has been attributed to the organization. “When people visit CMCA, the impact ripples outward. They shop downtown, run errands, grab a meal, or all of the above.” Vail emphasized the importance of CMCA being a destination for locals, as well as tourists. “We strive to add value to people’s lives – year round. That’s how we serve as a real community asset.”

CMCA accepts the tourism award at an important juncture for how the arts are viewed in Maine’s economy. As the state continues to grapple with the challenge of attracting a new generation of workers, business leaders have begun to engage the arts community as a resource. “Maine’s arts and cultural sector is our best weapon for building a 21st century economy,” writes Julie A. Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission, “one that retains young people and attracts creatives, innovators, and investment to our state.”

Currently, estimates show 11,000 individuals hold creative occupations in 2,582 arts-related businesses across the state. Additionally, recent studies link the impact of the art non-profit industry alone to a $150.5 million influx into the state’s economy.

“This award represents the growing respect people have for Maine’s artists,” says Vail, who credits the legacy and skill of Maine artists for helping CMCA gain national attention. When asked about CMCA’s strategy for the future, Vail was quick to answer. “Our goal remains the same: provide everyone who visits CMCA with a unique and enriching experience. That’s it.”

With the number of tourists visiting Maine rising for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, Vail feels optimistic about the approaching summer season. “Maine is popular – that’s a good problem to have.”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

For more information about CMCA, visit:

The Maine Crafts Association will open MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) will open MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND, a retail gallery and resource center in the historic Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA) building, known as Mechanic’s Hall, in downtown Portland, Maine this summer! The new MCA space will promote craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly benefit Maine craft artists through sales of their work.

Mechanic’s Hall, in the vibrant Arts District—across the street from Maine College of Art, blocks from the Portland Museum of Art, and home to an art supply store—is only made more ideal by the fact that the Mechanic’s mission dovetails with ours. MCMA programs and events will strengthen our efforts and income opportunities. Additionally, as a building tenant, MCA will have access to the Mechanic’s Hall library, ballroom and classroom spaces.


The MCMA building was completed in 1859 and is on the National Historic Register. It served as Portland City Hall after the infamous city-wide fire of 1866. It also housed and served meals to Union troops during the Civil War. An entire wall of historical, floor-to-ceiling hardwood and glass cabinets be will a beautiful feature in the MCA retail space. Thankfully, the building’s historical preservation status has protected the cabinets through the various tenants and uses of the space. The cabinets will become a dominant display and aesthetic component of the MCA space. They were built in the late 1800’s for a jewelry retailer and now offer an exciting design challenge to incorporate with contemporary craft displays.


The Mechanic’s Hall retail space became available in January 2018. The MCA began a fundraising campaign in February to fund the project and signed the lease in April. The next couple months will be spent renovating the space, hiring staff, ordering inventory and preparing for grand opening this summer!

The project is guided by the MCA strategic plan implemented in January 2017. Desired location, income potential and landlord have been carefully researched, considered and nurtured by the MCA Executive Director and Board of Directors.


Since 2008 the MCA has operated the Center for Maine Craft, a retail gallery and resource space in West Gardiner, Maine. The Center grosses close to $600,000 annually by exhibiting and selling the work of 315+ Maine craft artists and makers. The experience managing this successful and impactful Center positions the MCA for success in our second location.


All work represented at the new space will be made by current MCA members living in Maine. The MCA expects approximately 70% of the vendors to be different from our vendors at the Center for Maine Craft. Inventory will be sold on both a consignment and wholesale basis. Inventory mix and orders will be coordinated by the new store manager beginning in April. There will not be a jury process for the first phase of ordering; but, once we have our feet under us a jury process will commence to attract and identify new vendors. To express your interest in having your work carried at Maine Craft Portland please fill out THIS FORM


The MCA is raising $100,000 start-up capital to open new space. On February 15, the Windgate Foundation announced a matching grant of $50,000. The MCA has received contributions totaling $45,000 from our amazing and supportive network of board members, arts supporters, foundations, Portland businesses, MCA members, friends and family. We currently seeking $5,000 to complete the fundraising phase of this exciting new effort!


Art House Picture Frames presents Sarah Baldwin

Art House Picture Frames

A lock of hair saved in a box and a bottle of ink. Beginning with the Brother’s Grimm Fairy tale Rapunzel, artist, Sarah Baldwin explores stories with the common themes of forbidden food, desire, punishment and the element of magical hair. Through a multi-sensory re-telling of these stories, she invites you to examine constructed identity and the idea that desire causes the experience of suffering. Come see and taste the forbidden food of Rapunzel, Maud and Rom Say Sok. Artwork on display from 5/1/18 – 6/30/18. Opening Reception on Friday, May 4, 2018, 5-8 PM.

61 Pleasant Street, Portland ME

Art Show and Talk at the Camden Library

“Gratitudes in Poems and Paintings”

May 2 -31, 2018
Reception: May 11, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Camden Public Library

Linden O’Ryan will begin a talk at 4:00pm on May 11. She will discuss the evolving creative process of her art work over the last 20 years. 20% of sales will be donated to the library. Refreshments will be served.

Greenhut Galleries presents Matt Blackwell and Kathi Smith

Greenhut Galleries presents a two person exhibition.

Matt Blackwell and Kathi Smith
May 3 – 27
Opening reception Thursday, May 3th from 5 – 7pm

Matt Blackwell artist talk Friday, May 4th at 2pm
Kathi Smith artist talk Saturday, May 12th at 2pm

Matt Blackwell

Matt Blackwell’s vibrant mixed media paintings burst with color, texture, and reverberations of the improvisatory bang of their creation. Blackwell is a fearless and prolific artist. His work, which is narrative and rooted in Americana, is wicked quirky, and floridly imaginative. In it, we see the artist’s flair for the uncanny, an irreverent wit, and a keen appreciation for the myriad absurdities of being, but Blackwell’s empathy for his often eccentric protagonists is always apparent. Though some pieces are inspired by the music of singer/songwriters like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Lucinda Williams, or by scenes from everyday reality, in Blackwell’s America, delirious and carnivalesque inversions of order occur on the regular. Bears stand upright and escort glamorous women to undisclosed locations, gleefully maniacal, Day-of-the-Dead-looking characters speed their pink cartoon of a car around the feet of a great colossus of a moose (whose antlers seem light and airy, like fairy wings), as it stands motionless amid a crowd of random and assorted human and supernatural beings gathered in a forest clearing. As critic David Brody puts it, “Blackwell’s figures are both fantastic projections of psychic roles and notes on everyday weirdness. . . [his] fondness for the Twilight Zone is in cahoots with the ambiguity of his narratives.” Place is important, with most of Blackwell’s imagery drawn from places that meaningfully intersect with his own biography: Maine, upstate New York, and New Mexico. Artists Fintan Boyle and Jennie Nichols describe Blackwell as “something of a regionalist chronicler. As such, the paintings are a form of notation or witnessing. But if the footing is in regionalism there is also a Hogarthian cocked eye on the lookout for the right scene that will give us regionalism’s crusty experience as a cautionary lesson for the wider world.”

Blackwell on his process: “My work is a combination of observation, memory, and painterly process. Although narrative, the work is quite often propelled forward by formal and painterly concerns, abstraction. I often use groups of figures to convey my narratives. However, they exist as a reason to push paint around. Sometimes I have a clear agenda on my narratives, other times it comes about through painterly process. Sometimes the narrative is clear, other times its ambiguous and left to the viewer to draw their own conclusion.”

Matt Blackwell holds a BFA from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art)(1977) and an MFA from University of North Carolina (1988), where he received the Holderness Fellowship for Excellence. In 1980, he was the recipient of the Marguerite Zorach scholarship in painting to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and in 2015 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art (see the aforementioned Moose there), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), and the Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA), as well as many private collections.

Kathi Smith

Kathi Smith’s lush, expressionistic paintings are known for their loose, confident brush strokes, and their complex and sophisticated interplay of textures, gestural marks, and rich, abundant color. As art writer Marcia Santore notes: “Her surfaces are worked and reworked, brushed, rubbed, dabbed, scuffed and pressed, built up in layers, scraped down again, scratched through, into a surface defined by texture and traveling marks, touched by brilliant color.” Thematically, location holds a place of primacy. Smith is most inspired by scenes in which she finds herself lost in the act of looking: “Complicated spaces with an abundance of information intrigue me, and I consider it my task as an artist to find order within them.” Though her work is representational, she is always, in her words, “flirting with abstraction. . .There’s a balance between the literal and the conceptual. For me, painting is about seeing, experiencing, and articulating the world (things, spaces, places) around me. . .using observation, perspective, point of view and perception to translate the world I find myself in.”

Kathi is currently interested in “the role of the landscape in developing any one person’s sense of self, and, when conjured through sensations, such as color, light and touch, how powerful the visual memory of a place can be.” Introducing an implied “self” with a sense of identity in relation to a particular landscape necessarily inscribes it with a narrative quality. As Kathi says, “I look for narratives within the landscape. I find them in backyards, abandoned spaces and in those spaces in between that are often overlooked.”

Most of Smith’s paintings are started on location from direct observation, but are then brought to her studio, where she continues working on them. “Through this process, the paintings become a blend of both real and remembered worlds, more evocative of the subject matter than descriptive.” Kathi’s recent paintings are visually compelling landscapes relevant to her personal history, emotionally inscribed with sense memories of her family’s homestead in Nova Scotia, her hometown in western Maine, and Maine’s Great Cranberry Island. As such, their narrative holds an intimate, first person point of view: “I find familiarities in these places, where a particular light, color, or texture in the landscape will evoke a memory, then becoming my subject.”

Kathi Smith holds a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Southern Maine (2003), and a MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire (2008). She has participated in many regional and national exhibitions, and numerous prestigious residencies. She received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center and has been a Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. She currently teaches studio arts at Husson University in Bangor.

Greenhut Galleries
Open Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

The Harlow seeks Art for Dog Days, an Art Show for Dogs

The Harlow seeks artwork work for Dog Days. Deadline is June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm. Pictured: Weginald Watts; Wedge or Wedgie for short. Courtesy photo.

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow invites Maine artists and dog lovers to submit work for Dog Days, a light-hearted art exhibition celebrating our loyal canine companions. During this exhibit, dogs will be welcomed into the gallery to enjoy the art which will be displayed at dogs’ eye level. Artwork submitted does not necessarily have to be explicitly about dogs, rather we are asking artists to create art for dogs to enjoy. The deadline for email submissions is Friday, June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Dog Days is on view July 6 – 14, 2018 at the Harlow at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception Friday, July 6, 5-7pm, in tandem with the opening reception for the Summer Member’s Show. No dogs will be allowed at the opening reception, however well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend the exhibition anytime following the reception during open hours, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.. Dogs must be leashed or carried at all times. Only one dog per human at a time. Suggested admission is a donation of pet food for The Cohen Center’s AniMeals program. Learn more about AniMeals here:

Artists may submit to 4 pieces. All media welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Artworks incorporating edible elements cannot be exhibited, but a box of dog biscuits will be available at the door for very good boys and girls. Please refrain from including obvious triggering subjects such as fire hydrants, etc. Participating artists must agree not to hold the Harlow accountable for any damage caused by overly enthusiastic or otherwise inappropriate canine art appreciators.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work: For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.

Dog Days is sponsored by Melinda and Doug Jennings.

Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design – Speaker Series at Maine Audubon

Thursday, May 10 at 7pm

Co-presented by David Buckley Borden, artist/designer, and Aaron M. Ellison, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest, this Speaker Series event will look at the intersection of ecology, art, and design as viewed through the lens of the Hemlock Hospice project.

This immersive, site-specific science-communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests.

“Exchange Tree,” installation at Harvard Forest, 8 x 10 x 12.5 feet, wood and acrylic paint, 2017. Collaborators: David Buckley Borden, Aaron Ellison, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, and Salua Rivero.

About David Buckley Borden

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary artist and designer known for his creative practice of making ecological issues culturally relevant to the general public by means of accessible art and design. David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked with Sasaki Associatesand Ground before focusing his practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity,and cultural event. David’s work now manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena and have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Art Lab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and MASS MoCA. David is an Associate Fellow at the Harvard Forest where he works with scientists to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?”

About Aaron M. Ellison

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Senior Ecologist at the Harvard Forest,and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the intermediate disturbance hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. He is the author of A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012; recipient of the 2013 USA Book News International Book Award in General Science, and the 2013 award for Specialty Title in Science and Nature from The New England Society in New York City), and Vanishing Point (2017), a collection of photographs and poetry from the Pacific Northwest). On weekends, he works wood.

20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth ME

The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2018 Master Craft Artist Award

“David Wolfe is a leader” in Portland printmaking, Master Craft Artist Award judge Andres Verzosa said.

The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2018 Master Craft Artist Award Recipients: Steve Cayard of Wellington, ME, Patricia Daunis-Dunning of Portland, ME, and David Wolfe of Portland, ME.

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named Steve Cayard, Patricia Daunis-Dunning and David Wolfe as the 2018 recipients of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.

The 2018 MCA Master Craft Award nomination process began in late 2017 with submissions from past award recipients, members of the Maine Crafts Association, and the public. The 2018 recipients were selected by Andres Verzosa, an art advocate, collector, curator, and writer with a distinguished history of service to Maine artists and arts organizations.

Verzosa writes, “We have a lot to be proud of in the Maine arts community, the state is rich with master-level artists. From the long list of stellar nominees, I’ve selected three who are highly regarded by their peers, possess accomplished bodies of work, demonstrate long histories of working in their communities, and have achieved significant recognition in their field. Steven Cayard was a catalyst in the renaissance of birch bark canoe-making with David Moses Bridges (deceased in 2017) and is included in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Patricia Daunis’ designs have been worn nationally for decades, and her studio is a place of growth for many up-and-coming jewelers. David Wolfe is a leader in the Portland printmaking community; his print house serves as hub and resource, and places Portland on a national scale map for printmaking.“

A Celebration, Awards Presentation and Reception for the 2018 Awardees will be announced at a later date.

In the tradition of the Master Craft Artist Award, recipients are invited to teach at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle ME for MCA Workshop Weekend, May 9-12, 2019. Information and registration will be published at in the fall of 2018.

In recognition of 10 years of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award, all recipients from 2009 through 2018 will be featured in an exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA in 2019. Exhibition dates are June 8-October 27, 2019 with a public opening reception on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2-5pm.

Steve Cayard

Master birchbark canoe maker Steve Cayard settled in Wellington, Maine in 1987. His canoes are based on careful research and are faithful to the tradition of the early Wabanaki birchbark canoes of Maine and New Brunswick- a style which eventually became the model for the wood-canvas canoes of Old Town, E. M. White and Chestnut, among others. Cayard has been sought out by native communities as a teacher, and he has felt honored to offer them his knowledge in a series of workshops in Maine and New Brunswick. He has also taught birchbark canoe building classes for the general public. He completed his first birchbark canoe in 1978 and has been building on commission since 1995. In 1998, Cayard was honored with a request by the National Museum of the American Indian to restore an 1890s birch bark canoe by well-known Passamaquoddy canoe builder Tomah Joseph. In 2002 Barry Dana, then chief of the Penobscot Nation, invited Cayard to lead a birchbark canoe workshop on Indian Island, the Penobscot reservation in Old Town, Maine. This became the first in a number of on-site canoe workshops that Cayard taught in the Wabanaki communities. Cayard’s work has been featured in WoodenBoat Magazine and his collaborative canoe with the late David Moses Bridges (commissioned by the Abbey Museum in Bar Harbor) was recognized for inclusion in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial.

Patricia Daunis-Dunning

Esteemed jeweler Patricia Daunis-Dunning considers jewelry “site-specific sculpture”. A Maine native, she founded Daunis Studio with her husband William Dunning in Portland in the early 80s. Over the years Daunis has employed and inspired many young artists and helped them to develop into confident crafts people. Nationally renowned in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing, Daunis-Dunning has been recognized with many awards, among them DeBeers’s Diamonds Today Award, World Gold Council’s Grand and First Prizes, the MJSA’ Custom Design of Distinction (1st and 2nd Prize), and the Jewel Award from Jewelers of America. She has authored numerous articles for Jewelers Inc. Magazine, and has been featured in Contemporary American Jewelry Design by Ettagale Blauer and Metalworking for Jewelry by Tim McCreight, among many other craft and industry publications.Her work has been shown regionally and nationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Design (formerly American Craft Museum) and the Fuller Craft Museum. Daunis-Dunning has taught at Boston University and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

David Wolfe

Master printer David Wolfe founded Wolfe Editions, a letterpress and fine art printing studio with educational programming in Portland, Maine in 1997. Prior to opening his own studio, he worked for several well known printing establishments, including Stinehour Press in Lunenberg, Vermont and Anthoensen Press in Portland. Wolfe’s woodcuts, prints and handmade books are in the collections of Bates College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art Special Collections and the Portland Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections. He has led many workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and was Lead Printmaker in Residence at Penland School of Crafts in 2009. Wolfe studied printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Landings Gallery – 2018 Season’s Invitational

“A Walk at Sunset” oil/canvas, 16” x 16” by Lisa Kyle

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2018 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, specializing in work celebrating the environment and nature in Maine. May 4 – May 21. New works by gallery artists; Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Tom Curry, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, David Peterson, Björn Runquist, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The gallery is also proud to introduce the oil paintings of two new artists, Christopher French and Lisa Kyle, who will be showing 40 paintings for the first time at the gallery.

The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 4th from
5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2018.

Please join us in the gallery. Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5,
Closed, Sun, Mon & Tue. FMI 207 239-1223

Collin Burns: Maine Homage a new exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

Rockland, Maine:  On 16 June 2017, Black Hole will host an opening reception for Collin Burns’ debut show: Maine Homage.  The exhibition will run from 17 June – 31 July, and showcase Michigan-native Burns’ latest work, created as a tip-of-the-hat to Midcoast Maine, the place he now calls home.  

Born in 1989 in Lapeer, Michigan, Burns moved to Maine in 2013, and has since been developing his artistic response to the Pine Tree State.  ‘Maine Homage’ consists of nine works, and represents the first instalment of this response.  All nine works have been consciously created using materials and techniques the artist has learned since arriving in Maine, during time spent working in the boatbuilding industry in Rockport.  

Burns seeks to portray his respectful understanding of place, and Maine’s unabashed honesty.  Using the figure as a key element in each piece, the artist successfully reveals narratives observed from his fresh perspective, through which he characterizes and represents his experience of the state, and specifically, the Midcoast.  

His choice of motifs and symbols, fluently expressed and expertly articulated through the use of carefully chosen materials, create a body of work which is an insightful and apt celebration of place.

For more information, please visit; or contact Black Hole at 207-808-2141

Tom Jessen: If/Then exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

Rockland, Maine:  Black Hole presents If/Then.  The exhibition will run until 31 July 2017, and showcases the work of Tom Jessen, from Temple, Maine.  

In his work, Jessen explores form, depth and the nature of the plane, through seemingly simple compositions which engage the audience through their treatment of surface, balance and materiality.  If/Then represents a departure of sorts from the artist’s earlier work, as he introduces color, in so doing adding an extra sensory experience and point of contrast.  

Alongside Collin Burns’ Maine Homage (which runs concurrently in the gallery), Jessen’s works offer a stark yet sensitive counterpoint, at once contrasting and complimenting the illustrative, narrative pieces they hang beside. 

For more information, please visit; or contact Black Hole at 207-808-2141

May ArtLab for All Ages – May 5, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the work featured in CMCA’s current exhibitions “John Moore: Resonance” and “Boundaries: Jacob Bond Hessler and Richard Blanco” to find new ways to sense the landscapes around us during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Invent your own low-tech speaking tubes and listening devices with cones or tin-can walkie-talkie toys to take with you to explore the outdoors! Use your new creations to make decorative head pieces that reimagine how you hear the natural world around you. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

Aquilartadvisory opens “Margy,”


Aquilartadvisory, a new gallery in Norway, is opening a new show on May 5, 4-6 pm, for “Margy,” a self-taught, spiritually minded and high functioning Aspergers painter, sculptor and musician. Her work is carefully executed, sometimes leaving parts of the canvas exposed. Flat, bright , saturated solid color filed backgrounds characterize the small and medium size works. “Margy” is cheerful, up beat and intuitive.  Aquilartadvisory, 400 Main Street, Norway (929) 500-2220

Center for Maine Craft First Annual Mug Invitational

We invited MCA Members working in diverse mediums to create mugs for the Center for Maine Craft first annual Mug Invitational. The exhibition features functional and sculptural mugs in clay, fiber, wood, print and mixed media. Exhibiting artists include Central Maine Clay Artists, a 10 year old organization of 15 potters from the greater Augusta area. The organization operates the annual spring fundraiser, Mug Season; proceeds are donated in-part to local arts education programs in area schools, and provide supplemental operating funds for the group’s annual Holiday Pottery Shop.

Artists: Marian Baker, Kim Bentley, Catherine Cantara, Dharwood Pottery, Carolyn Ann Fer, Jemma Gascoine, Whitney Gill, Rebecca Goodale, Todd Jubinville, Diane Harwood, Rebecca Hillman, Martha Hoddinott, Lissa Hunter, Barb Loken, Elizabeth Louden, James Macdonald, Marie Palluotto, Robbi Fritz Portela, Elizabeth Ruskin, Sam Shaw, Nisa Smiley, Austin P Smith, Denae Spencer, Rebecca May Verrill, Barbara Walch, Ellen Wieske and Becky Wright

Center for Maine Craft
P.O. Box 342
Gardiner, ME 04345
United States

Physical Address
288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, ME
(207) 588-0021

MCA Office: (207) 205- 0791

April Classes | The Art Loft

April Member Classes

Our “Free-to-Members” classes are starting up in April and we are kicking off the season with an amazing instructor – Larissa Davis. Larissa passionately guides people to find their deepest inner wisdom through Soul Path Art, a fun and accessible combination of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that quiets the inner critic and exercises the right-brain.

Our April class theme is Create Your Dreams Come True. At the heart of Soul Path Art is the idea of intention. In this month’s classes, artist and guide Larissa Davis shares projects and techniques to help you connect to your inner wisdom and create intentionally with focused fun! Let’s let go of our inner critics and play together in the creative space of the right brain. You are the artist of your life…no experience is necessary for these classes. Please join us for a unique experience.

Remember, these Create Your Dreams Come True classes are free to members. Non-members can “drop-in” for $20 per class. Become a member by clicking here.

Click here to view class schedules.

The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME 04841

Close to Nature, Works by Women Artist Of Midcoast Maine

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Close to Nature, works by Women Artist Of Midcoast Maine. Nine women artist painted themes of nature in their own styles. 

The show runs through May 6 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on April 6 from 5:00 to 7:00. 

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at

Press Pause: A Group Exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), Apple Blossoms III, 1974, Color lithograph on Arches paper, 23″ x 28″, Edition 31/50

Press Pause

April 7,  2018- April 28,  2018

Press Pause is a group exhibition of still life works that explore roles of the commonplace object in daily life. The artists included in this show approach the everyday as anything but trivial, elevating our routine domesticity.  These works create reflections of ourselves in everyday objects, showing that the portrayal of the ordinary can produce just as strong a sentiment as the grandiose.

Artworks by the following artists will be included in the exhibition; Bo Bartlett, Cig Harvey, Shawn Fields, Eric Green, Connie Hayes, Alan Magee, Anna B. McCoy, John McCoy, Stephen Pace, Fairfield Porter, Tollef Runquist, Joyce Tenneson, Marilyn Turtz, Susan Van Campen, and Andrew Wyeth.

Bo Bartlett, Cup, Oil on panel, 18″ x 18″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a group exhibition of works titled Press Pause from April 7 – April 28, 2018. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 7th from 3pm -5pm

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, visit us online at or call 207-596-0084

It’s time to celebrate! | The Art Loft

We’re Havin’ a Party – And You’re Invited!

You’ve seen the announcement… and it’s worth celebrating. So please join us at the Membership Kickoff Party where you can learn more about this exciting new program. You’ll have a chance to meet our amazing line-up of resident artists who will be instructing a variety of classes throughout the year.

This very special kick-off event will also be the gallery show opening for April resident artist Larissa Davis. Larissa, The Soul Path Artist, boldly connects people to their passion through creativity and guides people to connect to their inner wisdom through a powerful and fun process of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that is Soul Path Art.

Enjoy fun activities and snacks while you take in the show, meet the artists, and learn about memberships. The artists have generously donated artwork that all attendees will have a chance of winning. The party begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 12th. Please mark your calendars and we hope to see you to see you there!

The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME

The Harlow Presents “Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream” Art Exhibition

CEO of T.W. Dick Steel Co. Mrs. Myrtle Willey and Curator Robert Katz at Sasson Soffer exhibit, UMA, 1983; Photo by Bruce Armstrong © Sasson Soffer Foundation

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow, in partnership with the Sasson Soffer Foundation, is pleased to present a survey of work by artist Sasson Soffer (b. 1925 Baghdad, Iraq – d. 2009, New York, NY). Sasson Soffer, Monumental Dream offers an illuminating overview of Soffer’s production from the late 1950s to 1990s, including a range of works on paper, paintings, sculptures and documental material. Interwoven throughout both floors of the The Harlow, the exhibition explores Soffer’s sculptures as an effort to turn his dreams into reality, whereas his paintings and works on paper attempt to turn reality into dreams, fantasies, and wish fulfillment. Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream is on view March 30 – April 28, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with a public opening reception on Friday, March 30, 5-7pm.

“I had a dream of the accidental elegance of nature. I had a dream of lolling, twisting shapes. I had a dream of amoebae and insects and a prehistoric garden, the paradise of another world. I had a dream in which I fell asleep and dreamed of machines in motion, and then I awoke, still dreaming, and sketched the sweep of their dumb automation. I had a dream of metal growing from the ground, as plants grow in the earth, as crystals grow in caverns. I had a dream of color and rust. I had a dream of ice and silt. I dreamed all these dreams, and in dreaming them I scooped them from the abyss of my mind and made them conscious and true.” J.C. Hallman

Sasson Soffer, “Amen”, 1983, mild steel, 24′ x 17’7″ x 9’5″, © Sasson Soffer Foundation, Photography by Bruce Armstrong

Sasson Soffer was an Iraqi Arab of Jewish descent. Soffer was compelled to leave Iraq during the events surrounding the creation of the State of Israel, post–World War II. In 1948 Soffer went into hiding, ultimately escaping to Iran, then to the United States via Israel. Between 1950 – 1954, Soffer was enrolled at CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. There he studied under various artists including Ad Reinhardt, Burgoyne Diller and Mark Rothko. Rothko would eventually become a lifelong friend and mentor. Soffer dedicated the early part of his career to abstract painting. He had his first solo exhibit in 1958 at the Artist’s Gallery in New York City. He was also featured in Art in America’s New Talent Issue in 1962.

In 1956, Soffer was invited to visit Maine by a group of early Skowhegan artists, among them the sculptor Bernard Langlais, with whom he became good friends. Soffer came to enjoy his time in Maine and purchased property in Somerville as a summer home. The Somerville house turned out to have a leaning chimney and when Soffer went to steel fabricator T.W. Dick Co. in Gardiner, Maine to inquire about a metal brace, owner Ralph Dick suggested that since Soffer was an artist he should try to make the brace himself. Ralph Dick died in 1968 and Myrtle Willey took over the mill. From 1968 to 1976, Mrs. Willey served as Executive Vice President of T.W. Dick Co. and, in 1976, became President. It was at T.W. Dick Co., where Soffer was introduced to welding and steel fabrication. For over 30 years Soffer collaborated with T.W. Dick Co. in the production of his large scale sculptures. For Soffer, Myrtle Willey represented continuity and continued opportunity. In 1983, the University of Maine at Augusta staged Soffer’s exhibition of monumental outdoor steel sculptures, which was organized by Robert Katz who is currently Professor of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Maine at Augusta.

In the early 1960s, Soffer began to focus more on three-dimensional works and over the years perfected the art of inducing industry to play a critical role in his artistic efforts. In doing so, Soffer was able to work with steel yards in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, a ceramics factory in Japan, and a textile mill in France where they produced his tapestries.

Sasson Soffer, Untitled, 1978, ink on paper, 23 x 35 in, © Sasson Soffer Foundation

Soffer’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; OK Harris, New York; and Carnegie International. Soffer’s solo exhibitions include presentations at the Betty-Parsons Gallery, New York; Poindexter Gallery, New York; John Daniels Gallery, New York; Portland Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, Maine; and Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Denmark. Public collections in which Soffer’s work is represented include the Whitney Museum, New York; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.

This exhibit is presented by The Harlow in association with The Sasson Soffer Foundation and
curated by Brigita Krasauskaite of Foreign Territories (Art Advisory.) All visuals are subject to copyright. All reproduction is subject to the authorization of the Sasson Soffer Foundation.

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm.

In 1998, the Sasson Soffer Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization to promote patronage of sculpture and painting; to sponsor art exhibits; and to advance public interest in the works of Sasson Soffer.

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, The Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation. Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Art.

9th Biennial Portland Show at Greenhut Galleries

April 5-28, 2018
Artists reception, Saturday April 7, 1-3pm

Greenhut Galleries is pleased to announce its 9th Biennial Portland Show featuring work by 51 artists. In a creative tribute to our city, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”.

Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition. Greenhut is dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists. Please join us in celebrating our wonderful city, Portland, Maine.

Participating artists: Daniel Anselmi, Joel Babb, Susan Barnes, Phil Barter, Chris Beneman, John Bisbee, Mary Bourke, Louise Bourne, Jeff Bye, Thomas Connolly, Ben Coombs,
Diane Dahlke, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Kate Emlen, Lindsay Erin, Philip Frey, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Tom Hall, Lindsay Hancock, Madeleine Hopkins, Tina Ingraham, Anne Ireland, William Irvine, Henry Isaacs, Sarah Knock, Margaret Lawrence, Richard Lethem, C Michael Lewis, David Little, George Lloyd, Daniel Minter, Ann Mohnkern, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Colby Myer, Lisa Noonis, Colin Page, Tom Paiement, Phoebe Porteous,  Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Paul Rickert, Kathi Smith, Mike Stiler, Alice Spencer, Bonnie Spiegel, Barbara Sullivan, John Whalley and Richard Wilson.

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Sat. 10am – 5:00pm

New Exhibit and Guest Artist David Higgins | Centre St Arts Gallery

BATH – Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist David Higgins, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, March 30, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.  Admission is free.

Dave Higgins has been a photographer and educator for more than fifty years. Born in Portland, ME, Dave is a lifelong resident of the state of Maine and has lived  and photographed all over the state. He is a tech school graduate in graphic arts and over the years earned a BS in vocational education and a Master of Fine Arts – Visual Arts . Higgins was a graphic arts teacher and taught photography and graphic design for 25 years. In 1999 Higgins was technology teacher of the year in New Hampshire. After retiring from public education, he continued to teach photography and design at local art societies and teacher workshops. Higgins’ work is exhibited and published throughout Maine and New England as well as online. In 2005 he was an artist in residence at Carina House on Monhegan Island.

Photography is his first love, and his work covers a wide spectrum of interests. Although much of his work could be called landscape, Higgins feels it is more about subtle relationships than grand vistas. He places emphasis on line, tone, form and compositional relationships. Minimalism is often a important concept in his work.  Twenty years ago he moved his photography completely into the digital realm which he feels allows him the freedom to simplify and to blur the borders between black and white and color, between photography and other art forms, and especially between the real and the perceived. 

These ideas led him back to painting, a medium he had not used since he was in his twenties.  He soon found that, not only does his photography influence his painting, but also his painting influences his photography.  He says: “In 2012, I had an epiphany of sorts and began combining both photography and painting in the computer. These images often start with a photograph and use digital brushes and various software, filters and/or screens to develop a scene. The resultant works are neither photographs nor paintings but an amalgamation of the two into something new. I now find my options for expressing my vision are truly limitless.”

Higgins’ work will be in the Gallery from March 25 through May 19.  Call 207-442-0300 or go to for more information. Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 to 5:00.

Portland Museum of Art Announces Free Admission for Everyone 21 Years Old and Under

The Portland Museum of Art is proud to announce that it is changing its admission policy to offer free, unlimited admission to everyone age 21 and under beginning on April 11, 2018, opening the museum’s doors in perpetuity to teens and youth everywhere. The program is made possible through the vision and generosity of Susie Konkel, a leading philanthropist and advocate for youth in Maine and the region, and will include other benefits, all named in her honor as the Susie Konkel Pass.

All visitors age 21 and under will receive free admission automatically when they visit the PMA, but young people or their guardians can also increase their level of engagement by signing up for the Susie Konkel Pass, which will provide the holder opportunities to attend special events including select free screenings of PMA Films, ways to stay up to date on museum happenings, and more.

“I’m honored to work with the staff at the PMA to ensure that every child in the Maine community and throughout the world can feel the joy and wonder that comes from experiencing magnificent works of art,” shares Konkel. “It’s my hope that children, teens, and young adults alike will discover the many ways that art appreciation can enrich their lives, and also feel inspired and empowered to share their voices with the world. I’m incredibly gratified to help the PMA share its wonderful collection with children far and wide.”

The Susie Konkel Pass reflects the collective passion and dedication of the museum and Konkel to widely share the power of art to transform lives and offer all youth access to lasting arts experiences. Additionally, Konkel and the museum envision that removing admission costs will result in freedom at the PMA for young people and their families as a whole, including:

1. Freedom for teens and young adults to use the museum as a safe and inspirational hang-out spot, where they are always welcome, can enjoy arts experiences, and be themselves at any time.

2. Freedom for low-income families to explore the arts and culture in new and different ways, regardless of who they are, how they live, or the economic hurdles they face.

3. Freedom for college and university students to use the PMA as a place to study, relax, and engage with the community as young adults.

4. Freedom for new Mainers to immediately feel a part of their community, to feel represented and respected, and to express themselves in an inclusive environment.

5. Freedom for parents to have more opportunities to enrich their children’s lives, supplement their growth and education, and set them on the path for a lifetime of arts appreciation.

Each year, 11,000 visitors under the age of 21 visit the museum, either through existing relationships with the museum or by being charged admission. Buoyed by a nearly 20% increase in website traffic for visitors ages 18-24 over the past two years, an redesigned Winslow Homer High School Fellow program, Teen Nights at the museum, and collaborations with MECA and USM, the PMA began thinking about a new way to deepen the engagement of young adults.

Susie Konkel had long seen the PMA as a place to reset and recharge, and with the successful completion of Your Museum, Reimagined over this same time period, she was encouraged by the increasingly diverse base of visitors looking to the PMA as a cultural center that reflects their values and lifestyles, and serves their communities.

The PMA’s commitment to broadening its audiences and the people it serves has been a top priority in recent years, and the Susie Konkel Pass is a natural step in that progression. The museum has been looking to build upon a growing Family-level membership base, new family programs, and special events for children, and by offering free admission to all visitors 21 and under, the Susie Konkel Pass becomes the most recent of other transformative moments, programs, and events at the museum including Art for All, Free Fridays, 2017’s Your Museum, Reimagined and Lights Across Congress, and 2018’s Art in Bloom. Together, the PMA and Konkel hope to establish the PMA as an indispensable resource for future generations.

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.
Summer Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Winter Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D.

There is always free admission for everyone age 21 and under, provided by the generosity of Susie Konkel.

Admission is free for all, every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.

Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit

Harlow Gallery | March Workshops | Register Today!

Lead by Norma Ociepka

Saturday, March 3rd | 10am-12pm | 100 Water St.
Norma Ociepka has been teaching Ukranian egg decorating in the Waterville area for over 30 years. She learned the tradition to honor her families Polish Heritage. Join her at the Harlow for a step-by-step guided tutorial in the traditional Ukrainian craft of Pysanka. Using wax, dyes and a real flame, create something beautiful in this magical tradition.

Members: $30 | Non-Members: $35 | Kids 10-17: $20

Lead by Robin Brooks

Saturday, March 17, 10am-1pm | 100 Water St.
Join Robin Brooks of Topsham, an award-winning artist, teacher, and exhibiting member of the Harlow for an enriching morning of collage exploration. In this three hour workshop we will be using cut and torn paper, scissors, and paste or glue, to explore figure/ground relationships and to create our own unique collage compositions. This workshop is designed for all ages, 5 and up; artists and aspiring artists alike. Try a new medium, or broaden your knowledge of collage and it’s artistic implications.

Member: $20 | Non-Members: $25 | Kids: $10

Lead by Juliette Walker

Saturday, March 24, 9am-12pm | 100 Water St.
Join local ceramic artist, Juliette Walker, for a 3-hour workshop in crafting ceramic letters. Beginning with a brainstorming session, each participant will come up with words or phrases they would like to see out in their community, and sculpt out of clay. Juliette will then lead the group in crafting their own ceramic letters. Following the workshop, participants’ word pieces will be fired at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Juliette will photograph the letters around the town of Hallowell, and they will become a part of an online social media exhibition to follow. Pieces will be available for participants to pick up and take home 1-2 months following the workshop.

Members: $30 | Non-Members: $35 | Kids 8-17: $20

A Summer on the Land: MFT Gallery Exhibits Work by Last Year’s Fiore Art Center Residents

Nellie Sweet, Expectations on Eternity, archival inkjet print, 4 x 4”

Nellie Sweet, Expectations on Eternity, archival inkjet print, 4 x 4”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery opens 2018 with a multi-media show that recalls the summer season. Six visual artists with strong ties to Maine, a historical writing resident, and the resident gardener, share the work they created during their 2017 residency at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at MFT’s Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson.

A professional jury consisting of Bevin Engman, Professor of Art at Colby College and Sam Cady, distinguished artist and teacher, selected the six visual artists for the residency program. The group spanned a large range of experience, from emerging to established artists. The 2017 visual art residents at the Fiore Art Center included: Anne Alexander, ceramic sculpture; Elizabeth Hoy, oil painting; Jessica Klier, drawing & installation; Tanja Kunz, oil painting; Joss Reny (aka Josselyn Richards Daniels), biological illustration; and Jude Valentine, monotype. The exhibit also includes an eye-catching installation of old farm tools by the historical writing resident (and archaeologist) Sarah Loftus, as well as some archival inkjet prints and poetic writing by resident gardener Nellie Sweet.

“Oftentimes, artists create work with a particular exhibit in mind, or work under extreme deadline pressure,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, MFT Gallery Curator and Co-Director at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. “By contrast, the work in this show was created during a period of expansive time, experimentation and deep immersion in nature.” Hence, viewers may expect some less-polished works, or works that explore new territory for the artists.

Jude Valentine, Rolling Acres #16, monoprint with pastel, 22 x 30”

“Inspiration has full breath here,” wrote artist Jude Valentine in the communal residency journal. Valentine, who is no stranger to the MFT Gallery and is known for her large pastel paintings, took a different approach during her month-long residency. She allowed herself to explore new materials to develop a unique monoprinting technique. “The small works were much more experimental,” says Valentine. “I really was in a totally different mental space; the idea of combining different media and pushing them a bit further was exciting to me.”

Elizabeth Hoy, The Advance, oil on panel, 24 x 24”

Elizabeth Hoy’s bold gestural paintings reference the edge where land meets sea. In her residency, Hoy departed from a previous focus of painting Superfund sites, places the Environmental Protection Agency has earmarked as contaminated, and embarked on portraying the untouched world. Fueled by the writings of conservationist Rachel Carson, Hoy went on to explore the shorelines nearby which had inspired Carson’s early research.

Tanja Kunz stayed closer to home during her time at the Fiore Art Center. Her studio looked out over a field full of wildflowers that stretched down to Damariscotta Lake. Kunz’ large oil painting, Queen Anne (Light and Shadow), is best described by the words of visiting writer Eliza Graumlich, “her artwork—botanically-referenced yet abstract […]—reads like photosynthesis distilled. Energy emanates from each canvas, as movement, illumination or both.”

Sprinkled among handmade paper, poetic journal entries, hand-spun wool, and found objects, Jessica Klier’s intimate pen drawings slow the viewer down. They invite an imaginary stroll through a private world of wonder, arousing our original and unquestioned connection with the natural world around us.

Student Joss Reny used the residency to build her portfolio of biological illustrations in a natural setting. On one of her walks, she discovered a carrion beetle on a dead snake, which then became a detailed illustration. Reny’s hand captures her surroundings — a lupine from the field; a beet pulled from the garden — with incredible precision and care.

Anne Alexander’s ceramic sculptures of seed pods and vegetable forms surprise and delight with their voluptuous nature. They illustrate the cross-pollination that happens when art and agriculture meet. Nasturtium, a ceramic sculpture of a nasturtium seed pod blown up to the size of one’s hand, wouldn’t have been created if resident gardener Nellie Sweet had not shared the amazing wasabi taste sensation of a late September nasturtium seed pod.

For more information on the 2017 artists in residence please visit:

To apply to the Fiore Art Center’s 2018 residency program please visit:

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit

Exhibit on display at MFT Gallery from January 22-May 25.

Artist Talks Friday May 25 at 5pm, followed by a closing reception 5:30-8pm during the Belfast Art Walk (first of 2018).

Farnsworth Presents First Ai Weiwei Exhibition in Maine


Farnsworth Art Museum Presents Ai Weiwei’s

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold

Beginning on Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine will present a special exhibition of sculptural works by Chinese dissident-artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957). Ai’s gilded bronze Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold series will be on display in the museum’s Rothschild Gallery through December 30, 2018. This will be the first presentation of the internationally-known artist’s works in Maine, and the first New England showing of his gilded Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.

Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze series—his first work of monumental public art—drew worldwide attention in spring 2011 when the artist was detained by Chinese authorities a month before the work debuted in New York City. Held incommunicado for eighty-one days, Ai Weiwei was released after an international protest campaign was mounted by museums, artists, and concerned citizens. Upon his release he was put under house arrest and forbidden to travel outside Beijing until July 2015.


A lively re-envisioning of the twelve animals of the ancient Chinese zodiac, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads dates back to a dark episode with respect to China’s relationship with the West. During the Second Opium War in 1860, the famed Yuanming Yuan (or Garden of Perfect Brightness) was destroyed and looted by British and French troops. An imperial retreat built a century earlier during the Qing Dynasty (1636 – 1912), the Yuanming Yuan featured an ornate, European-style section with grand fountains, gardens, and palaces. At its center was a splendid zodiac water-clock fountain with spouting bronze-headed figures representing the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The 12 animals marked the hours of the day. The entire complex was ransacked long ago, but in recent years the seven bronze zodiac heads that survive have become fraught symbols of the cultural achievements of the Qing era, the nation’s period of humiliation by the West. The original zodiac heads represent a powerful topic for contemporary China’s relationship with its own history. Seizing on the rich and contradictory symbolism of the heads, Ai Weiwei’s re-interpretation of this work is a powerful statement about the “fake” in relation to the “real.”

Ai’s exquisitely designed and fabricated golden Zodiac Heads are featured in this exhibit, the first presentation of the internationally known artist’s works in Maine. The Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze and Gold series have been exhibited at over 40 international venues and counting since the official launch of this body of work in 2011. The Zodiac Heads have been seen by millions of people worldwide, making it one of the most viewed sculpture projects in the history of contemporary art.












Ai is recognized around the world as a creative force and cultural commentator, and he continues to redefine the role of both artist and activist. Ai was born in Beijing in 1957, to the renowned poet and intellectual Ai Qing. When his father was denounced in 1959 during the Anti-Rightist Movement, the family was sent to a labor camp in rural Xinjiang Province where Ai spent the next 16 years. After the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the family returned to Beijing and Ai then studied at the Beijing Film Academy in 1978 before moving to the United States in 1981. After living in New York’s East Village for a decade, he returned to China in 1993 and helped establish the Beijing East Village contemporary art scene. In 2011, after a period of escalating conflict with Chinese authorities, Ai was arrested for purported tax evasion. In recent years Ai Weiwei has been living in Berlin, Germany.

Ai Weiwei’s recent major solo exhibitions include those held at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); the Tate Modern, London (2010); the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2012); the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015); and the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2016). He has received numerous awards and honors, notably Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award (2015) and the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year (2016). His recent documentary Human Flow, which calls attention to the current refugee crisis, has received worldwide attention and his current New York City exhibition of city-wide public art titled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors is currently on display through February 11, 2018.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex.

Please visit for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

MDI – Open Call for Entry

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

One of the sure signs of spring is the Mount Desert Open, a showcase for all artists living on MDI. Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor will be hosting the seventeenth annual community art exposition. We invite you to participate. This is a painting, craft and sculpture exposition for local residents to show their work in a gallery setting. There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit. First, you must have work that is recent and you are proud of. Second, you must have a connection to MDI, such as live, work or address. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. There is no jury, all are included.

Each year brings new artists, as well as many that are veterans. We typically have around 50 artists. It was a wide-ranging show from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. Many people are aware of many individual talents on MDI, but what makes this show a community is to see it all together in one space. Exhibitors included professional artists, students, and aspiring, starry- eyed amateurs. We always have more who want to participate than we have room for. It is a first come first served process. The space always fills fast.

The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 24th, 2018 and run through Monday June 11th. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at for information.

Ten-Year Survey Exhibition of Artist John Moore at CMCA

John Moore, Six O'Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas, 42 x 50"

John Moore, Six O’Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas, 42 x 50″

John Moore: Resonance, the first solo exhibition in a Maine museum of artist John Moore’s work will open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland on Saturday, March 3. A public reception honoring the artist will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 4 to 6pm. The exhibition will remain on view at CMCA through Sunday, June 17.

John Moore: Resonance presents a ten-year survey of the artist’s work completed primarily in his Belfast, Maine, studio, where he has lived for more than a decade, first seasonally and more recently full-time, since retiring from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 1999 to 2009. A highly esteemed teacher and painter, with more than forty-two solo exhibitions to his credit, Moore is widely admired for his evocative, beautifully rendered composite images that range in subject from a mill town in eastern Pennsylvania and a manufacturing site in Philadelphia, to urbanized locations from Bangor to Belfast in midcoast Maine.

John Moore, Distant Voices, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 50"

John Moore, Distant Voices, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 50″

Moore’s Midwest origins, he was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1941, and the remembered working class culture of his upbringing affect the choices that inspire his paintings and drawings, which are marked by personal experience and the “weathered weight of time.” Composed in the studio from drawings, on-site visits, sketchbook notations, photographs, and other source material, Moore’s paintings distill images from several locations into one, and are put together in a way that is intended to appear seamless. Some of them are close to the appearance of a specific site, some depart considerably. Everything in them is real however, or as he says, “should have been real, or could be real. That’s the only rule: it could be real.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 64-page catalog with an essay by Christopher B. Crosman, the former director of the Farnsworth Art Museum and founding curator of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In the essay, Crosman writes, “Moore’s montage sensibility takes painting back to its post-medieval roots and then slowly, smoothly, smartly, almost imperceptibly, imposes a contemporary pictorial logic of being in an unfixed present while simultaneously existing in several places, times, moods, or even styles, all at once. Only painting can do that. And Moore…quietly, clearly, inexorably makes us aware of this simple fact.”

Also included in the exhibition catalog is the poem, Frankford Station, written by poet Vincent Katz in response to Moore’s painting by the same name.

For additional information about the exhibition, John Moore: Resonance, please visit or call 207-701-5005. 

Richard Blanco + Jacob Hessler | BOUNDARIES

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco

Boundaries is a collaborative project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among many others; they challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us vs. them mindset by inciting irrational fears, hate, and prejudice. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are—fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of indeed becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world.

Boundaries was first presented at the Coral Gables Museum, Florida, in Fall 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition book published by Two Ponds Press; edition of 300, copies 1-50 are deluxe editions that contain a Jacob Hessler photograph printed on aluminum and a page of typescript poetry, with handwritten corrections by Richard Blanco.

On view at CMCA, Rockland, Maine
February 17 – May 27, 2018

21 Winter Street
Rockland, 04841

Portland Museum of Art announces significant gift of works by Winslow Homer donated by the Berger Collection Educational Trust

Winslow Homer (United States, 1836–1910), Young Farmers (Study for Weaning the Calf), 1873–74, oil on canvas, 13 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches. Winslow Homer (United States, 1836 - 1910), Returning from the Spring, 1874, oil on panel, 7 7 /8 x 5 3/4 inches

Winslow Homer (United States, 1836–1910), Young Farmers (Study for Weaning the Calf), 1873–74, oil on canvas, 13 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches.
Winslow Homer (United States, 1836 – 1910), Returning from the Spring, 1874, oil on panel, 7 7 /8 x 5 3/4 inches

The PMA is thrilled to announce a major gift of works by American icon Winslow Homer through the incredible generosity of the Berger Collection Education Trust. This gift strengthens our position as one of the leading institutions in the world to experience the art and legacy of Winslow Homer.

“We are excited to welcome these works of art back to Maine. There is no better home for the works of Winslow Homer than in the region that meant so much to him.” – Mark Bessire, the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director

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You’re invited to a private viewing of this special acquisition
Saturday, February 17, at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Reservations are required.
To R.S.V.P. contact Ashleigh Hill at (207) 494-5346 or

You are invited to Art House for Art and Wine

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

You are cordially invited to Art House’s afternoon fête, Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5 PM. for the opening for “Brenda Overstrom: Layers of Meaning”

“My paintings are about layers and layering – words, marks and colors. I start by writing, drawing or painting on the surface – paper, canvas or panel. The words are revelations from dreams, drawings are abstractions inspired by something I’ve read or seen in the natural world. During the process of adding, layering and often, wiping off color some of my favorite “places” on the surface are obscured. I love the fact that what I consider to be the most beautiful area is hidden just under the surface. I hope this work represents a small part of the process, which I am devoted to, of engaging with tensions, both personal and universal, between stasis and creation. ~ Brenda Overstrom, Layers of Meaning, showing at Art House Picture Frames, March 1st – April 28th. Artist Reception, Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5 PM


Art House Picture Frames
61 Pleasant St, Portland, Maine 04101

Seven Arts Annual Studio Sale

Its time once again for the SevenArts Studio Sale!

It’s that time of year when the artists clear out their studios, finding forgotten gems, experimental pieces, and other work not usually available. The tables in the foyer will be filled with interesting and beautiful bargins. Come early and often as inventory will go quickly in this highly anticipated event.

Open Monday-Saturday 10-3pm
207-667-1968 for more info

While shopping for your sale treasure, be sure to check out the newly renovated SevenArts space! We are pretty excited to share it with you.

Harlow Gallery Craft Shop Opening

The Harlow Gallery is thrilled to announce their new year-round Harlow Craft Shop which opens to the public on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. The Harlow Craft Shop, contained in a office-sized room, is located in the upstairs of the Gallery’s new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Shop hours are the same as the Harlow Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm or by chance or appointment.

A curated selection of locally handcrafted items will be for sale including pottery, woodworking, fiber and texiles, personal care, jewelry, books, prints, and more. All artists featured in the shop are primarily from the greater Kennebec Valley area and are members of the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association.

RIBBON CUTTING: We are also inviting everyone to please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Kennebec Valley Chamber at our NEW location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell on Wedneday, March 7th at 11am. March 7th also marks the opening day of our brand new retail craft gallery as well as 2 exhibitions: 15th Annual Young at Art K-8 Exhibition (downstairs) and PLAY: Art inspired by Kids Art (upstairs.) Come celebrate the new space with us, check out the exhibitions, and be among the first one to make a purchase from the craft shop!

Portland Museum of Art Opens “The Robbers: German Art In a Time of Crisis”

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) opens The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis today, February 23. The exhibition of 21 German prints executed between the World Wars highlights George Grosz’s 1922 lithographic suite The Robbers: Nine Lithographs on Maxims from Schiller’s “The Robbers” as well as artworks by other printmakers of the era, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and Käthe Kollvitz. The works on display powerfully blend issues of history, politics, art, and national identity, provoking questions about who we are and what we value in ways that are as pertinent today as they were a century ago.

With the lithographic suite The Robbers: Nine Lithographs on Maxims from Schiller’s “The Robbers,” Grosz updated Friedrich Schiller’s iconic 1781 play of the same name, depicting the canonical story in the tumultuous climate of early 1920s Berlin in which he lived. With figures culled from the modern era, Grosz’s imagery suggests the vast social discord where the traumatic effects of the mechanized war, greed, industry, and poverty intersected to undermine national stability in the young Weimar Republic.

Grosz’s prints were part of a broader artistic culture in which other printmakers and theater directors produced modern interpretations of canonical of German literature, overtly politicizing the hallmarks of the nation’s cultural heritage. Their work, available to broad audiences through widely disseminated prints or stage performances, was a type of social intervention at a moment when conceptions of German identity vacillated wildly. The interplay between contemporaneous politics and historic literature highlighted the tensions between tradition and modernity, which strained German society and which remain continually resonant today across the world.

Many of the prints in this exhibition, including the Grosz series, represent a post-World War I aesthetic known as “New Objectivity.” Whereas German Expressionists of an earlier generation often depicted emotional responses to the modern condition, highlighting themes of angst, inner turmoil, and social alienation, the leaders of New Objectivity rooted their prints in a type of biting, provocative realism, often relying on satire and caricature. Because of their goals to be socially engaged artists shaping the national discourse, many of the artists working in these styles found the print medium to be especially efficient as prints could be disseminated more broadly than painting or sculpture.

The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis, which opens in the centenary year of the end of World War I, turns our attention away from the conflict itself and towards the aftermath that defined the next two decades. These works, many of which are gifts to the PMA from David and Eva Bradford, add context to the social and artistic expression of the era and are equally probing in their evaluation of German society and national identity.

Sam Vail joins CMCA as Director of Development and Marketing

CMCA Director of Development + Marketing Sam Vail

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) welcomes Sam Vail as its new Director of Marketing and Development. A lifetime Mainer, Sam brings an enthusiasm for supporting Maine artists and the communities they call home. “Something is growing in Rockland,” he says. “If all you hear is the ocean, you’re not listening.”

The hire comes at an important time in CMCA’s history. With nearly 40,000 yearly visitors, and an annual economic impact estimated at $35 million, CMCA has finalized a three-year Strategic Plan to expand its program and education capacities. Sam will focus on growing the organization’s community and financial resources – assuring its ability to serve its mission for years to come.

“We are incredibly fortunate to add Sam to CMCA’s team,” says CMCA Director, Suzette McAvoy. “As an organization, we’ve undergone tremendous growth and reach in a very short timeframe. Sam brings experience, energy, and ideas to help us meet our goals and envision our future.”

After studying Writing at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, Sam was eager to return to Maine. “Talking with friends at graduation, the question was always the same: ‘where to next?'” Citing a lack of culture and opportunity in rural America, Sam watched the majority of his class head for the cities. “The answer was almost never Maine.”

Now three years later, Sam remains committed to stopping Maine’s talent bleed. He argues that the arts hold immense possibility for Maine’s future. “It’s about more than jobs – young people want the intangibles: stories, adventures, memories.” Sam believes that Maine has to shake off the feeling of being “out-in-the-woods.”

“If young people want to see the world, we have to bring the world here.”

Sam was eager to come work for CMCA after attending one of their events last February. “Growing up here, you watch towns fold up in September.” After watching a crowd meant for a summer weekend turn out in mid-winter, Sam saw an omen of things to come. “That’s not an event – that’s an endorsement.”

Sam brings with him experience as both a staff member and volunteer at non-profits across the Midcoast. He comes to CMCA following his role as a Fundraiser for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, and has volunteered as a Marketing Coordinator and Youth Mentor at the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast in Belfast. “The question of Maine’s future is being answered by a thousand movements. Art is one of many.”

With audacious goals set for the future of CMCA, Sam is eager to tap into the community that has made the organization a success thus far. And though Sam grew up in the Midcoast, he emphasizes that Rockland is still new to him. “Every town is different,” he says. “I’m excited to listen.”

ArtLab for All Ages

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create one-of-a-kind portraits inspired by CMCA’s current exhibition, “KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist,” during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4pm.

Your shoes say a lot about you! Take inspiration from artist KJ Shows’ incredibly distinct shoe portraits and illustrate a pair of shoes that speaks to something unique about you! Design your creation and embellish it with patterns, words, and collage materials. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago


CMCA Announces Annual Benefit Online Art Auction

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is partnering with the online auction house Paddle8 to present its annual benefit fine art auction, “Art You Love!” Featuring fifty works of art by leading and emerging artists connected with Maine, the CMCA auction is an opportunity to purchase works you love and support CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programming.

This is the second year CMCA is partnering with Paddle8 to bring its benefit art auction to a global collecting market. “The online platform allows people to preview and bid on works to benefit CMCA, no matter where they are located,” says CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. “We have so many terrific contemporary artists here in Maine and working with Paddle8 makes it possible for us to introduce their art to collectors, both near and far.”

The “Art You Love!” auction is available for previewing online at, beginning at 9am on Monday, February 5. Bidding opens at noon on Wednesday, February 14, and runs through 5pm on Wednesday, February 28. At the close of the auction, successful bidders will be notified by Paddle8 to arrange for shipment of the art directly to the buyers.

Artists contributing to the 2018 CMCA Benefit Art Auction are: Daniel Anselmi, Richard Benari, John Bisbee, Katherine Bradford, Jenny Brillhart, Tom Burckhardt, Tom Butler, Sam Cady, Ann Craven, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Lynn Duryea, Ingrid Ellision, Jeff Epstein, Inka Essenhigh, Melanie Essex, Kathleen Florance, Elizabeth Fox, Peter Halley, Lauren Henkin, Alison Hildreth, Tanja Hollander, Alex Katz, Lisa Kellner, Sal Taylor Kydd, Marc Leavitt, Amy Lowry, Jack McKenney, K. Min, Anne Neely, Brooke Nixon, Shannon Rankin, Justin Richel, Kate Russo, Claire Seidl, Anneli Skaar, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Jonathan Mess, Sara Stites, Barbara Sullivan, Don Voisine, William Wegman, Mark Wethli, Shoshannah White, James Wolfe, Graham Wood, and Dudley Zopp.


EMILIE STARK-MENNEG Love Potion, 2017, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in (27.94 x 35.56 cm)

WILLIAM WEGMAN Port, 1993 Chromogenic print Work: 16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm) Frame: 22.5 x 17.75 x 1.5 in (57.15 x 45.09 x 3.81 cm), Edition 6 of 12

This is the 40th year CMCA has held a benefit fine art auction showcasing work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine. For assistance or further information on this year’s “Art You Love!” auction, please call CMCA at 207-701-5005 or email

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts “Whiteout”


Sebastian Blanck, The Evergreens, 2017, Oil on linen, 30″ x 40″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a group exhibition of works titled “Whiteout” from  February 6 – March 15.  “Whiteout” is an exhibition of works that explore the shifting perspectives experienced during winter. When the landscape is coated in snow, there is a lack of reference points for the environment around us. These reduced visual cues and muted palettes immerse us in a world slightly removed from familiarity, creating a new frame for viewing our surroundings in its starkness. Snow dictates our activities and behavior, varying due to the elements. The works included in this exhibition approach this environment with keen eyes, focusing on the stark contrasts that winter brings.



Jamie Wyeth, Saltwater Ice, Oil on board, 36″ x 30″


Artworks by the following artists will be included in the exhibition; Bo Bartlett, Jamie Wyeth, David Vickery, Cig Harvey, Shawn Fields, Susan Van Campen, Marilyn Turtz, Scott Kelley, Andrew Wyeth and introducing Sebastian Blanck.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, visit us online at  or call 207-596-0084

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens new exhibitions in January. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter shows open to the public on January 12 and run through May 5, 2018. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Poogy Bjerklie, “On the Marsh”

January 12 – May 5, 2018

Nowhere in Particular features a series of paintings by New York City-based artist Poogy Bjerklie. The artist’s work is influenced by memories of growing up in Hallowell, Maine and summering on Richardson Lake. The works depict references to bodies of water, but not the typical coastal scenes that some may associate with Maine. Instead, Bjerklie’s images focus on the somber morning and grey evening light that is characteristic of the inland portion of the state. She uses oil paint on square wood panels, utilizing the rough surfaces of the wood to reinforce the atmospheric quality of the landscape scene. Bjerklie’s images seem to be viewed through a hazy lens. Details dissolve into diffused brushstrokes, conveying the notion of remembrance and longing, as if the images are a reflection of the past.

Bjerklie’s paintings recall romantic art with its emphasis on mood and shadow. Nineteenth and twentieth century American artists such as Albert Pinkham Ryder, Ralph Blakelock, and George Inness, are particularly influential to the artist’s work. Bjerklie also cites the museum-like displays of antique shops in her hometown of Hallowell as a prominent source of her stylistic approach to painting. The artist states that her images “act as memories of a place to escape to.” Her use of small, square picture planes creates intimate spaces resulting in a dialog between mark-making, memories, and place. Viewed from afar the images suggest dreamlike landscapes of remembered places, nostalgic, and just out of reach.


Caleb Charland, “Attempting to paddle straight to the Moon”

January 12 – May 5, 2018

Shadows of Earth features recent bodies of work by Maine-based photographer Caleb Charland. The artist is known for his inventive handling of materials that expands traditional notions of the photographic medium. Charland’s creative process is rooted in scientific inquiry—he often employs multi-layered steps and experiments designed to yield these alluring images. The artist states, “Each piece I make begins as a question of visual possibilities and develops in tandem with the laws of nature, often yielding unexpected results measurable only through photographic processes. Energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world.”

In several of the works, Charland’s utilizes the movement of his body in the creation of the images. With camera lens pointed at the night sky in a long exposure, the artist’s breathing is recorded as streaks of stars and planets. In another image, a spherical full moon takes on the form of a luminous tangle of light. The image captures Charland’s steady movements while paddling a canoe on a calm lake at night. In other works, the photographer’s desire to “more deeply understand the mechanisms of nature” is reflected in a grid depicting a variety of leaf species. The compositions are created by using half of the image as a paper negative, revealing the tonal opposite of the other half of the leaf. Through his photographs Charland encourages an introspective contemplation of the natural world, while also exploring the materiality of the photographic medium.


Craig Taylor, “The Inverse Ascent”

January 12 – May 5, 2018

The Elastic Cache features oil paintings, intaglio prints, and works on paper by Brooklyn, New York-based artist Craig Taylor. The forms in Taylor’s compositions invite multiple associations. Some paintings resemble abstracted portrait busts or barnacle covered stones placed on crude plinths. Others may appear to be the weathered bark of trees or microscopic views of medical abnormalities. Taylor’s irregularly shaped forms are covered with thick slabs of manipulated paint and horizontal marks of varying sizes. The precariously balanced, yet detailed shapes are prominently placed in a shallow ambiguous space. In some of the works there is an uncanny, almost humorous gesture that is further magnified by Taylor’s palette that ranges from saturated reds to monochrome mixtures.

Craig Taylor received his MFA from Yale University and is an Associate Professor of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

​Centre St Arts Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary Open House

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“For Play”, oil on canvas, Lea Peterson

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, will celebrate their fifth anniversary on Friday, Decembe 15, 2017 at 11 Centre Street, Bath from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Part of Main Street Bath’s Downtown Open House for the Old Fashioned Christmas in Bath, Martha Mayo will assemble her carolers at the gallery at 5:30.
The Fifth Anniversary Open House begins at 5:00 pm in the Gallery with music performed by Frank Vigneau and Steve Footer.  A wide variety of hors d’oeuvres prepared by the artists of Centre St Arts Gallery will be offered, along with beverages, non-alcoholic, as well as wine.
Guests will enjoy seeing many new works by members Barbara Bean, Sharon Bouchard, Laurie Burhoe, Judy Conlan, John Gable, Andrea Galuza, Claudette Gamache, Livy Glaubitz, Sharon Greenlaw, Marnie Hackenberg, Sarah Harvey, Jillian Herrigel, Tom Hinkle, Victoria Jackson, Daniele Lambrechts, Jackie Melissas, Shelby Patton, Lea Peterson, Jane Rosenfield, Sarah Wilde.
The Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30 pm to 5:00 pm; Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm; closed Tuesday except for December 19.  For more information, please call the Gallery at 207-442-0300, or visit the website: and the blog:


Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show

Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.  Come by for a visit on Saturday, the 2nd of December 1:00pm to 3:00pm where refreshments will be served.
What’s your favorite arts and culture landmark of 1977? Fleetwood Mac Rumours? Star Wars? Beatlemania on Broadway? Ours is easily local legend Peggy Greenhut Golden establishing Greenhut Galleries in the Old Port! Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.
Since the early 19th century, the rugged and intense beauty of Maine’s land- and seascape, as well as its famed quality of light have attracted and energized generations of artists. For them, Maine is both a geographic location and a site of artistic inspiration and creative freedom — a state of the union, but also a state of mind. Maine has been and continues to be vitally important to American art, and Greenhut is thrilled to play its part. In Peggy’s words, “It has been most gratifying for Greenhut Galleries to further the tradition of art in the State of Maine. We all work very hard at the gallery, but the artists we represent are the heart and soul of Greenhut.”
As the gallery has grown, so too, have the reputations of its artists, whose styles span the spectrum from realism to abstraction, with a wide range of subject matter in both two- and three-dimensional media. Greenhut represents a diverse group of over 30 Maine painters and sculptors, each selected not only for their technical skill, but also for his or her distinct voice and unique vision. The gallery is also proud to show work from the estates of Robert Hamilton, Maurice Freedman, Jon Imber, and most recently, Neil Welliver and Frederick Lynch.
Kelley Lehr and John Danos have implemented a strong social media presence with a long-term vision of dramatically expanding outreach and followship. They are planning big changes to the website in 2018 and special events, so stay tuned! To see of what’s in store this coming year be sure to visit our UPCOMING EXHIBITION page. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to your next visit to the gallery.
Joel Babb • Susan Barnes • Matt Blackwell • Mary Bourke
Jeff Bye • Thomas Connolly • Ed Douglas • David Driskell
Grant Drumheller • Maurice Freedman • Kathleen Galligan
Roy Germon • Alison Goodwin • Robert Hamilton
Thomas Higgins • Jon Imber • Tina Ingraham • William Irvine
Henry Isaacs • Sarah Knock • Margaret Lawrence
George Lloyd • Frederick Lynch • Alan Magee • Daniel Minter
Nancy Morgan Barnes • Colin Page • Tom Paiement
Roy Patterson • Stephen Porter • Roger Prince • Sandra Quinn
Alison Rector • Glenn Renell • Alec Richardson
Kathi Smith • Mike Stiler • Neil Welliver • John Whalley

Artwaves Reception at Shaw Jewelery in Northeast


Work pictured here by Nicole DeSimone


Join us at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor for an Opening Reception Sat. Dec 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 for a new show featuring artists from Bar Harbor’s ArtWaves.

Artists include Jessica Harris, Liz Cutler, Linda Rowell-Kelley, Ben Lincoln, Roberta Sprague, Roxane Scherer, Margaret Beaulieu, Nicole DeSimone, and others.
126 Main Street
Northeast Harbor, Maine
207 276 5000


Barn Gallery Norman West Estate Sale



Norman West Estate Sale at Barn Gallery October 14, 10 – 4

Paintings, prints and works of art by the late Norman West and other artists will be for sale on Saturday, October 14, 10 AM – 4 PM, at Barn Gallery, corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane, Ogunquit ME. The proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Ogunquit Arts Collaborative/Barn Gallery. Come share memories of Norman and search for treasures. FMI: 207-646-8400.

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine

FMI: 207-646-8400 or

“Autumn Arrivals” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery


Helena Sturtevant (1872-1946), “In Her Dressing Room,” oil on canvas, 36″ x 24

“Autumn Arrivals” will open Saturday, October 14th at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine. One of the most diverse shows of the year, the exhibition will span from Realism in the nineteenth century to Spanish, French and American Impressionism, to mid-century and contemporary art. Works by Paul Seignac (French, 1826-1904), Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944), Theresa Bernstein (American, 1890-2002), Augusto Junquera (Spanish, 1869-1942), Charles Emil Jacque (French, 1813-1894) and Alfred Chadbourn (American, 1921-1998) will be included.

Of particular interest is a colorful impressionist oil of a nude by Helena Sturtevant (American, 1872-1946) titled “In Her Dressing Room.” Sturtevant studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the late nineteenth century under Edmund Tarbell and the Académie Colarossi in Paris. Unlike the École des Beaux Arts, the Académie Colarossi allowed female students to draw both male and female nude models and Sturtevant graduated with distinction.

Contrasting Sturtevant’s elegant interior painting is a lithograph by American Social Realist artist Georges Schreiber (American, 1904-1997). Schreiber was employed by the WPA as an artist during the Great Depression. In 1939, he travelled to forty eight states capturing the American rural scene with honesty and directness. “Twilight,” which was based on Schreiber’s painting “Wind in the Cornfield” utilizes strong darks and lights for emotional impact as a farm couple walks through a barren cornfield at dusk.

Other works by twentieth century and contemporary Maine artists include Chris Huntington, Keith Oehmig, David Kasman, Roberta Goschke, Guy Corriero, Diana Johnson, Paul Niemiec and Quincy Brimstein.

“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through November 30th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Cynthia Winings Gallery “Endless Summer”


Endless Summer, a group exhibition,
September 20 through October 9th.

For the final exhibition of the season, the gallery will feature the highlights of the summer shows, with artworks from Louise Bourne, Josephine Burr, Avy Claire, Heidi Daub, Tom Curry, David Hornung, Christine Lafuente, Bill Mayher, Buzz Masters, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Jerry Rose, Russell Smith, Lari Washburn, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman, and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

Endless Summer, A Group Exhibition
Clockwise: Christine Lafuente, David Hornung, Lari Washburn, M P Landis
Open Air Arts Initiative, Young Artist Workshop at Bluff Head
Saturday September 23, 10 – 1PM

Bluff Head, Sedgwick Maine
First Friday Blue Hill, Kids Talk About Art, Friday, October 6 at 5:00PM

The October Kids Program!  Children are invited to the gallery for First Friday Blue Hill, to view the artworks and tell me what they think! The gallery will be open late, until 7PM, and there will be refreshments, Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email me at, or call, 9172044001.

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland, 5-8pm, 6 Oct



Rockland’s 2017 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 6 October.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including: Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, Craft Gallery, Dowling Walsh, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Archipelago, CMCA, Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery continues to show the work of Gordon Bok, Lois Anne, Julie Cyr.

Craft Gallery will be featuring new wool tapestries by Morris David Dorenfeld, ceramics by George Pearlman, and collages by Abbie Read. The show will extend to November 15th.

Dowling Walsh will be opening Eric Green’s ‘Heroes and Mirrors’ exhibition.

The Strand Theatre will be screening the documentary “Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art” at 8pm, a co-presentation with the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Yvette Torre Fine Art will be showing a selection of work from John Urbain.

Jonathan Frost Gallery is hosting the opening of a show called “Abstractions,” featuring drawings and sculptures by Victor Goldsmith, painted wood sculptures by Cecily Kahn, and oil paintings by Lorna Ritz.  Additionally, there will be a gallery talk by the artists on Saturday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Archipelago, as well as their current exhibition of art work, will be launching a Swan’s Island Anniversary blanket raffle.  Proceeds from the raffle will support the Island Institute’s mission to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, and exchange ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.

CMCA’s current exhibitions will be on view: John Walker: From Seal Point, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, and William Wegman: Reel to Real; and also have marshmallow roasting in the courtyard!

A full list of members can be found at

Littlefield Gallery ends season with “Beyond the Sea”


“Grindstone” by Caren-Marie Michel

Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor concludes its ninth season with a group show “Beyond the Sea” featuring  artists Ben Lincoln, Caren-Marie Michel, Rachael Eastman, and John David O’Shaughnessy. This unique variety of interpretations of the coast of Maine will begin September 17 and run through Columbus Day, October 9. A reception celebrating the artists is Saturday, September 30, from 3-5 pm

Open Studio Day at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center Sept. 30



Open Studio Day Saturday September 30, 11-3 at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, 152 Punk Point Rd, Jefferson

Join Maine Farmland Trust on Saturday, September 30th, from 11am-3pm, at our Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm for a family-friendly Open Studio Day. Come meet and view the work of September’s artists Anne Alexander, a sculptor from Windham who creates nature-based work (MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University, NY, 1989) and Jude Valentine, a printmaker and pastel artist hailing from East Machias, (MFA in Visual Art  with a concentration in multi-disciplinary media, Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, VT.)  Resident gardener and artist Nellie Sweet will be on site to share the beautiful kitchen garden she has created this year; Center co-directors David Dewey and Anna Witholt Abaldo will be available to offer tours of the residency center and gallery. There will be live music on the lawn by Marsh & Lane – a young guitar/cello duo associated with the Midcoast Music Academy – and free coffee, tea and ice cream. Located right on Damariscotta Lake the public is invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the Center’s grounds for the day.


MFT Gallery opening Sept. 22, presenting CSA II


Susan Bartlett Rice, Tarbox Start, oil on canvas, 24 x 24”,


On View: Sept. 22 – Nov.10 at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, Maine
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 22, 5:30-8pm (during Belfast Art Walk) with artist talks preceding at 5pm.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association, presents CSA II – one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms throughout the 2017 growing season.

Meet the artists and farmers at the opening reception on Friday, September 22, from 5-8pm with a gallery talk at 5pm. Maine Farmland Trust is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast; the exhibition is on view from September 22 through November 10, 2017. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust Gallery please visit


Karen Merritt, Farm Truck, gelatin silver print, 9 x 9”

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

During CSA II (Community Supporting Arts), participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January 2017, at the very start of this year’s growing season, creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017: at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22 – November 10; at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27 – December 2; and at Engine in Biddeford November 10 – December 16.



Anna O’Sullivan, Makin’ Maple, woodcut, 11 x 17”


In 2012 Harlow Gallery organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The first CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to bring it back for 2017.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms).  A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.


Rebecca May Verrill, Farm Bowl, wheel-thrown earthenware, 8”L x 8”W x 4”H


Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit


Fall Arts Exhibition at Sylvan Gallery


By the Blue Barrel by Susannah Haney, oil, 8” x 10”

Fall Arts Exhibition Now Through October 29th at Sylvan Gallery

Sylvan Gallery’s Fall Exhibition, featuring the work of contemporary New England artists, is now on view and will continue through October 29th. The gallery’s exhibitions are known for the quality of the work displayed and the unique and discernible style of the artists that are represented. Gallery goers will be charmed by the vision behind favorite Maine subjects such as Monhegan Island and Maine coastal and harbor views, local rural scenes focusing on domestic farm animals, and cafe and street scenes of Florence, Italy. New paintings by the gallery’s roster of fine artists arrive almost daily.

Featured works by Maine-based artists include those by Susannah Haney of Wiscasset. Haney spends several weeks every year sketching on Monhegan Island, a well-known and loved location that has been attracting artists since the19th century. Back in her studio in Wiscasset, she transforms the sketches into oil paintings of remarkable clarity and richness of color. In “By Blue Barrel,” Haney captures a view of a Monhegan cottage sited with Manana Island behind it. The luminous light of a gray day brings a glow to the violet-gray tones of the cottage and illuminates the dory in front of it. Her fine attention to detail delights us as she brings her focus to the outer stairway of the neighboring cottage, the lapis lazuli tone of the blue fish barrel, the granite rocks leading us from foreground to middle distance, and the dandelions whose spent blooms are now transformed to fluff. The luminous and finely detailed quality of her oil paintings has earned her collectors from all over the United States. Her other new paintings include “View From the Hill, Monhegan,” and “The Fishermen’s Museum, Pemaquid.”

Wiscasset artist and gallery owner, Ann Scanlan’s favorite subjects to paint are animals in rural farm settings. She will often follow cows as they wander across the landscape, looking for the right composition or interaction between animals that will inspire a painting. In her works she tries to capture a sense of the peace she feels while in their presence. The leisurely feel of a sunlit day is captured in her painting, “Cows at the Edge of the Marsh.” A grouping of five cows stands behind grasses lit by the warm glow of the sun while the water and distant trees in the background capture the hazy quality of the day. We feel a sense of tranquility as we take in the image. Her other paintings in the exhibition include paintings of sheep with newly born lambs.
Stan Moeller, of York, Maine, turns his attention to the streets and architecture of Florence, Italy, in “Piazza della Signoria.” He is an experienced plein air painter and has the ability to capture an impression of bustling figures amidst the architecture of this famous city. His work evokes memories of travels abroad. This talent in capturing figures is also apparent in “Tidal Pool Souvenirs,” a painting of a young woman precariously balanced on the rocks, intent on reaching down into a tidal pool to grasp a treasure she’s just discovered. Years spent painting on Monhegan Island have given Moeller an innate understanding of Maine’s rocky landscape and the ability to capture it with ease. Stan Moeller has taught numerous painting workshops on Monhegan Island, Tuscany, and in the South of France. He was honored with a one-person show at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island this summer.



Afternoon Light, Monhegan by Robert Noreika, oil, 16” x 20”

Maine subject matter continues to inspire artists from all over the United States. Robert Noreika travels to Maine throughout the summer to paint en plein air, directly from life. “Afternoon Light, Monhegan Island” is a lively painting with energetic colorful brushwork. The foreground grasses, tree, and cottage have an easy gestural quality to them. In the middle distance, Manana Island is captured in violet and golden tones, white billowy clouds are to the right, and the turquoise sky above is reflected in the water. Just a few lobster boats provide additional interest. Noreika’s paintings have a spontaneous quality that is achieved by what he describes as his “gestural, fluid approach.” Of Noreika’s other paintings in the exhibit, of particular note is “Back Cove, New Harbor,” a beautiful painting in which he captures the essence of a small fishing cove by focusing on broad shapes and beautiful cool tones of violet, greens, and blues, for the sky, trees, and water, setting off the warmer tones of the buildings and accents of red dashes for the buoys; and “The Strike” which is a whimsical painting of a striped bass, its mouth open wide as it’s goes for a lure. “Working Harbor, Stonington, Maine” and “Incoming Squall” are his two largest paintings in the exhibit at 24 by 36 inches.


Evening, Port Clyde by Neal Hughes, oil, 12” x 16”

Neal Hughes is another plein air artist who travels yearly to paint on the coast of Maine. His painting, “Evening, Port Clyde,” is a beautiful depiction of a fleeting moment when the last rays of the setting sun glance across the hull of a lobster boat. In the background, the dock, land, and buildings are also bathed in the sun’s rich warm light contrasting with the scene’s cooler blue, grey, and violet shadows. The painting glows with an almost inner illumination.

Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into many national juried exhibitions, and he has won many awards including an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of more than 12,000 entries.

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including Peter Layne Arguimbau, who paints shoreline views from the vantage point of his catboat as he travels up the coast; Joann Ballinger, whose pastels focus on children playing at the beach and scenes of farm animals, including “Youngins,” a pastel of three baby chickens alert in a coop; luminous ocean moonscapes by Al Barker; a series of winterscapes by Angelo Franco, as well as a dynamic painting titled “Fisherman’s Folly” which captures the vibrant colors of autumn at Jordan Pond in Acadia; a collection of photographic images of Scottish Blackface Sheep by photo journalist and shepherdess Nina Fuller; three separate paintings of birds – a seagull, a puffin, and a bird of prey by Charles Kolnik who employs a technique using many layers of oil glazes to achieve his distinctive results; classically inspired jewel-sized still lives by Heather Gibson Lusk; intimate small oil paintings by Crista Pisano who captures the atmospheric foggy conditions in her paintings titled, “Pemaquid Mist” and Ocean Point Waves”; a series of 8 by 8 inch painterly landscapes of marsh, ocean, and woodland by Polly Seip; Laura Winslow’s elegant watercolors that are inspired by nature; and rich evocative oil paintings of children at the water’s edge by Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call 882-8290 or go to The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Events at the ANNEX in Castine


Upcoming Events for the ANNEX –
Co-Presented by the Castine Arts Association

• Artists-in-Residence have arrived!

• August 6-25 Kelly Carmody (Boston) and Viktor Butko (Russia) – They will be painting around town for the first week and a half and then moving into the studio space at the ANNEX. Keep an eye out for them. Both Kelly and Viktor will do a painting demonstration.

• Thursday, August 17, 5-7, Showing for Artists-in-Residence, Ben Skinner and Genevieve Dionne at the ANNEX – come see the ephemoral Castine-inspired installation they’ve been making while in residence.

• Saturday, August 19, 9-12PM, Kelly Carmody Painting Demonstration. Kelly will work through painting a still-life while answering questions from the audience, from 9:00 – 12:00. The public is free to stay the whole time or come and go as necessary. Offered as part of the Artist-in-Residence Program at the ANNEX happening at 8 Water Street, Castine, Maine in the studio.  Free and open to the public. Please come and enjoy the insights of a truly gifted and thoughtful artist.

• Tuesday, August 22, 5-7PM Kelly Carmody and Viktor Butko Residency Exhibition Reception. Show will be up until Friday August 25.

• Thursday, August 31, 5-7: Opening Reception for Charleen Wiseman, Quilts! @ the ANNEX

For more information call or email • 213-839-0851, or drop into Gallery B, 5 Main Street, Castine

The ANNEX is located at 8 Water Street, Castine, ME 04421

Deer Isle Artists Association presents “Fresh Ink,”


Evocation, by Marianne Alweiss


From August 18 through the 31, the Deer Isle Artists Association will present “Fresh Ink,” featuring the art of Marianne Alweis, Don Bardole, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Betsy Braunhut, Emily Brett Lukens, Janet Cook, Mary Eaton, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Jeri Gillin, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Carolyn Raedle, Hub White, and Alice Wilkinson. Appearing in the Art Rack will be work by Leslie Anderson, Avery Falkner, Judith Felch, Judith Felch, Jerry Levitt, and Cynthia Stroud-Watson.

The title “Fresh Ink” refers not necessarily to the materials utilized by each artist; rather it serves as a metaphor for how each interprets the theme and applies it to his or her own work. Included in the show will be a wide range of mediums, including drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, basketry, fiber arts, etc.

A reception with the artists will take place on Sunday, August 20, from 4:00 – 6:00. The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village, and is open daily from 10:00 – 6:00.   (207) 348-2330.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Viewfinders”


Buzz Masters, “Rain Room”

The Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill presents a new group exhibition, Viewfinders, featuring the work of Jenny Brillhart, Brita Holmquist, and Buzz Masters, with new work from Ingrid Ellison, with an Opening Reception, Sunday, August 20, 4 – 7PM

A Summer of exciting shows continues with the the fourth group exhibition of the season!

VIEWFINDERS features the artwork of Jenny Brillhart, Brita Holmquist, Buzz Masters, with new work from Ingrid Ellison. I am fortunate to include artwork from Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Diane Green, M P Landis, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, Sunday, August 20, 4 – 7 PM. On view through September 18. Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001;

Jean Kigel’s 19th Annual Eastern Views: Geometric Realism+Attic Windows


Jean Kigel, Attic Window Series Friendship From Wallaces to the Wharfs oil 18×22

New paintings by Jean Kigel are featured at a museum-quality retro 1950’s setting, the Brick House Gallery, 176 Winslow Mills Road, Waldoboro from August 11th to 13th.  The reception  is on Friday August 11th from 5-7pm.
Celebrating its 19th season, Kigel’s Annual Eastern Views is a synthesis of motifs from Maine and Asia. Continuing her new geometric-realism series, she manipulates visual perceptions, creating a dichotomy of the real and the unreal.  Her seascapes capture jagged patterns of the luminous, shifting light and reflective waters of Maine.  Several muses – including Clary Hill and sea creatures – appear again and again, testament to their emotional power for the artist.  Featured this year is “Muscongus”, depicting the Atlantic in vibrant tones of blues, which she observed while kayaking near her studio.
In addition, Kigel will exhibit her growing attic windows series. These whimsical paintings depict colorful clusters of roof tops of an by-gone, architectural style in Mid-coast towns.   “When I paint this series, I always delight and surprise myself, reshaping forms, reinterpreting colors, and even inserting magical elements like fish into the skies.”
As usual, Kigel’s show is punctuated with paintings of garden perennials; her Asian brush techniques lending a sense of “exotica” to the familiar.
An award-winning member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Kigel’s work is exhibited in galleries in Maine, Massachusetts, NY City, and Vermont.    For more information, preview this exhibit at or call 975-3262.

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents “Bo Bartlett: Paintings from the Outpost”


Bo Bartlett, Christmas, Oil on linen, 82″ x 100″

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents “Bo Bartlett: Paintings from the Outpost,”
with an Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 from 5-8pm.
“Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His paintings are well within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary.”

Star Gallery Opening for Emily Brown and Barbara Sullivan

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Please join Star Gallery for an Opening reception Thursday, August 3
5 – 7 pm for an exhibit featuring: Emily Brown and Barbara Sullivan

Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception


Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor hosts an OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, August 3, 5–7pm, with a show that runs August 3–16

Hughes-Bosca: Bountiful Rarity
Largest collection will be August 3–5
Good things need to be replayed, this is our 8th show. They fabricate 18 kt. jewelry using gemstones, colored diamonds, and artifacts from distant corners. It has weight, glowing surface, quiet confidence, and un-restrained boldness. The soulful power of wearing this work will enhance your mood and presence. Come meet our dearest collaborators, Caro-Gray Bosca and Mary Hughes, Thursday through Saturday.

Jaber Lutfi: Exquisite Bizarre Brought to Canvas
If there is common ground between Van Eyck, Picasso and Hieronymus Bosch, Jaber is it. These figurative acrylics tell an indeterminate story of costumed characters with curiousness turned up to 11. Superbly crafted, allegorical, fantasy realism and flirting with ominous events delivered from the mind of this Montreal based artist.

McTeigue Estate Jewelry
Our second presentation of this venerable New York based estate jewelry firm established in 1895 will be presenting fabulous jewels for three days only. Kate Fisher, born in Australia, and an expert for decades, will be exhibiting magnificent pieces that were in high fashion from before you were born.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
You read it right, two historic art revolutionaries right here in NEH. Curated by Jerry Suqi of Gallery Feldermaus in Chicago, he will be bringing collotypes from folios made prior to 1930. You will find evocative line drawings of Schiele’s astonishing draftsmanship, and Klimt’s golden and dense surfaces.

Littlefield Gallery presents “Daniel Anselmi: Paper, Scissors, Paint”



Daniel Anselmi: Paper, Scissors, Paint
Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor
August 14 – September 10
Artist’s Reception Saturday, August 19, 4-6 pm

Daniel’s works on paper and canvas explore the use of paper as an ongoing dialogue between painting and collage. He uses artist-painted paper as one would handle a brush to elicit brushstrokes on canvas. Never using the new, he enjoys the felt quality of the discarded: blueprints, old ledgers, chart papers, and used canvas dropcloths are materials that offer an aesthetic conversation with his work. The paint he applies to these various materials, whether in large cut pieces or intimate fragments, and affix to already created surfaces, offers countless opportunities to express color, line, and form. Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in these abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.

Closing Reception for “Home is Where the Heart is”


“I hope you can join us for the closing reception for my show at the Midcoast Conservancy during Wiscasset Art Walk this coming Thursday, August 31st from 5-8 PM.”

This is the second to the last show in the beautiful Hagget Building and Midcoast Conservancy will receive 20% of all sales

Carolyn Gabbe “Home is Where the Heart is” is a solo show at the Historic Hagget Building in Wiscasset, Aug 9 through Aug 31, with an Opening Reception Thurs Aug. 10 from 5 to 8 pm.





Art House Picture Frames call for provocative art


Art House Picture Frames is looking for collections of provocative art for upcoming gallery shows at their space in Portland, ME. Work should say something about the world in which we live or comment on the artist or the art process itself. Interested artists should email links to or stop by Art House Picture Frames, 61 Pleasant Street, Portland Maine. Emerging artists are encouraged to submit.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opens “From Our Sea”



Philippe Guillerm Gallery in Waldoboro will have this month’s vernissage on August 12th from 4-7 pm with the unveiling of Philippe Guillerm collection of inks on paper “From Our Sea”

“From Our Sea” is a powerful vision on the wonderful world of traveling and discovering the marvelous ocean. Philippe has sailed the oceans since he was 20 and since then, the oceans have captivated him to a quest of preservation.

Philippe Guillerm is known for his violins and cellos carved from found driftwood and mixed with real music instruments, which convey not only physical strength and beauty but also individuality, intelligence, and grace. Lesser known are his paintings and drawings that further express his artistic involvement with the sea world. This exhibition brings together a series of ink drawings and driftwood sculptures  that will captivate your imagination and define the concept of preserving our waters.

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page


Colin Page, Hanging Buoys, oil on canvas, 36×48 inches


Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page, his 4th solo exhibition at the gallery. The opening reception is Thursday August 3rd from 5-7pm.

Colin says this about his work, “These paintings are about where land and water meet. Some of the landscapes are about the colors along the coastline, and others are about how our waterfront engages land and sea. Whatever the subject, color and light are my main attraction to a scene as I start painting. This show is about visual decadence. Whether I’m painting pattern and light, or the chaos of a working harbor, I experience the world through color, shape and line.”

In addition to making art, Colin Page teaches a number of painting workshops across the state.  Colin attended the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City.

Argosy Gallery’s Third Acadia Invitational Art Show


JM Nicholas, “Monumnet Cove,” 20 x 30, oil on canvas


It’s showtime!  Thirty distinguished artists from a dozen states and four countries present their favorite views of the historic landscape of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  With ninety paintings, five judges, fifteen awards and three years of planning, this important and nationally acclaimed show will be open for everyone’s enjoyment at the Bar Harbor Inn on Saturday, July 29, 2-5 PM, and Sunday, July 30, 9 AM – 5 PM.  Please call 207-288-9226 for more information or invitation to the formal artists’ reception.  After this weekend, the show will move to the Argosy II gallery at 6 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor.  Please join us!

Art Space Gallery First Friday Art Walk

Art Space Gallery invites you to the August Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room featuring works by John Wood, Penny Markley, Lara Marx, and Obrianna Cornelius. You’ll also find many new works displayed throughout the gallery. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, August 4th, 5 to 8pm.


John Wood, Lobster Cove

John Wood is a painter who lives in Rockland, Maine. He studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin.



Penny Markley, Willows in Spring

Penny Markley, a painter from central Maine, is fascinated by Maine’s varied landscapes, both inland and coastal. Recently she has focused on the various cloud patterns and light brought by changing weather. The paintings she displays in August’s show emphasize the sky and its effects on the land below. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried shows in Maine and out of state. Her work has hung in the Office of the President of the Maine State Senate, at the State House in Augusta, and is in private collections in the United States and England.



Lara Max, Swiming Bass

Lara Max is an artisan blacksmith living in Orono. She works in steel, copper, and slate creating forms with texture and color out of basic metal shapes. Her interest in the reflective property of metal has inspired her to experiment. “I am intrigued by how hammered metal reflects light, adding details and character to a form with each hammer’s mark.” Her work is highly unique and captures fleeting moments such as bass swimming among the reeds of Maine’s freshwater ponds.



Obrianna Cornelius, Lighthouse Reflected

Obrianna Cornelius is a painter living in Hampden who received training in fine art at Pensacola Christian College. She specializes in watercolor landscapes. Her highly detailed paintings are filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects, using Maine’s beautiful landscapes and unique culture as inspiration. “From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing me. I look forward to every day spent painting Maine.”

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  August hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Star Gallery Opening Reception


Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:

Jess Hurley Scott
Margery Torrey
Melina White

Thursday July 20,
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception



Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception
Thursday, July 20, 5–7pm

July 20–August 2
Petra Class: The Aesthetics of Materials
This will be the first visit from Petra whose work we have presented for decades. She has a playful color palate, using gems connected like constellations in 18 kt and 22 kt gold. They are elegantly simple but dense with beauty. She will be in the gallery Thursday and bringing brand new work.

Julie Freund: Maine Landscapes Redefined
Landscape paintings of Maine composed of bold strokes. Julie abstracts our beloved trees, rocks and atmospheres in colorful montages of texture and color. She is not afraid to go in and rework her canvases to imbue them with life and spontaneity.

Sam Shaw: Figure Landscape Mashup
Sam’s second presentation of fantasy figurative landscapes. The paintings are male and female nudes, often dancing and cavorting in an imaginary setting. At times, the figures and the landscapes merge, tugging the brain between what the mind sees and what the eyes see.

Ben Lincoln: Atmospheric Realism
Ben’s oils straddle the real and the imaginary. Boats, planes, and objects are rendered with invisible forces at play made visible. Such include wind, vortexes, and currents that are given energy, space and presence. Ben was raised and lives today on MDI.

Betts Gallery opens group show ‘Paper, Ink, Press’


“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum.


Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception on Friday June 30th, 5:30-8pm for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website

Joy to the Wind opens “By Land and By Sea”



Fish House at Fish Beach, John MT Seitzer

Please join us for a glass of wine (or water) and some lovely chocolate.

It’s an evening party-from 7-9 at our Gallery at 34 Atlantic Ave., Boothbay Harbor. We will be opening our door at 7 pm.

Celebrating summer, friendship and art

Our new exhibit “By Land and By Sea.” is landscapes and seascapes by the two of us.

We really hope you can join us as a celebration is long overdue!

Lynne and John

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values”


Henry Isaacs “Somes Sound from Sargent Drive,” 36×24, oil on canvas


Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values” July 6 – 29, with an Opening reception Thursday July 6th,  5-7pm

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush.  He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail.  His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours:  Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk:


The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk: Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the Cynthia Winings Gallery, Friday, July 7, 5:30

On FIRST FRIDAY, October 7, the Cynthia Winings Gallery presents an Artist Talk by Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the current exhibition, Light Source. The two accomplished landscape painters will share their experience of painting together on Deer Isle for many years, and the inspiration they find in the landscape. Please join me at 5:30 for their presentation and an opportunity to see the exhibition, Light Source. Everyone is welcome!

Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001;


Shaw Opening for George Daniell, Barbara Heinric and Duncan Martin


Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor hosts an Opening Reception, Thursday, July 6, 5–7pm

July 6–19
George Daniell: Modernist Hero Returns
George (1911–2002) was a much-loved painter with local roots whose career started in the WPA era. He was a fixture at the Wingspread Gallery in NEH and a character with a life long dedication to the visual image. He won the prestigious Jenny Sesnan Gold medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. We are presenting a selection of oils and watercolors spanning 60 years.

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry
Largest grouping from Thursday–Saturday, July 6–8
Barbara’s recognizable style consists of distinctive visual vocabulary defined by matte and burnished surfaces. Modern aesthetics and innovative construction meet old world craftsmanship and seductive materials. She grew up in a vineyard in Germany, and will be here Thursday evening through Saturday.

Duncan Martin: Maine Landscape Abstracted
Duncan’s painterly approach renders our familiar scenes in gestural strokes of color, form and texture. This is his second show with us, a follow up on last season’s success. He is a life long painter who lives in Colorado and has deep ties to Maine.

Star Gallery opens new exhibition

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Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:
Lindsay Hopkins-Weld
Paul Rickert
Cynthia Stroud
Thursday July 6
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Littlefield Gallery opens “Best in Show: Animal-Inspired Art.”

Don Best, "Jungle Dream", relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Don Best, “Jungle Dream”, relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Littlefield Gallery opens its ninth season on May 26 with “Best in Show: Animal-Inspired Art.” This group show features some of Maine’s best artists including Robert Pollien, Don Best, Ben Lincoln, Diana Arcadipone and Matt Welch. The show will run through June 18.

An artists’ reception will be held June 10 from 4-6 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact 207.963.6005 or 207.838.4174

Gallery B. 9th Season Opening and Launch of The Annex

Please Join us on Friday, May 26th, 5-7 PM (or anytime this summer) to Celebrate
Gallery B. 9th Season Opening and Launch of Our new Endeavor: The Annex, an Arts Center and Residency Program
At GALLERY B. the season-starter group show is opening on Friday, May 26, 5-7 PM. The ANNEX will be open for sneak peaks of the space and the work of Shelley Mansel

• Onward! at Gallery B. is a group show featuring  new work by both a fresh crop of artists and gallery perennials: Tom Barrett, Amy Bernhardt, Jenny Brillhart, Hannah Bureau, Louise Bourne, Temple Blackwood, Kelly Carmody, Heidi Daub, Clark Fitz-Gerald, Melissa Kuntz, Leni Mancuso, Shelley Mansel, Lyn Mayewski, Bill Mayher, Basha Olsen, Julia Parish, Marcia Stremlau, Kreg McCune, Kara Taylor, Emily Schaeffer, Nisa Smiley, Goody-B. Wiseman, Anna Woolf & Neale Lasalle, and a few more.
A View of the ANNEX at 8 Water Street last year when we hung it with Shelley Mansel’s Paintings.
And… at The ANNEX at 8 Water Street: Gallery B. is inaugurating a second space, The Annex, and an artist-in-residence program.  The Annex will be a center for a broad range of events and activities—exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, screenings, and community events—related to the work of the resident artists as well as local artists.

The first event at The Annex will be an open studio featuring artist-in-residence Shelley Mansel of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 12-4 pm – drop in and say hi!
“The aims of The Annex are twofold,” said Goody-B. Wiseman, director of The Annex and owner of Gallery B. “We want to bring excellent art, diverse voices, innovative practices, and cultural richness to our region and to support the production of new work by artists while they are in interdisciplinary dialog with the wealth of historical, cultural, and natural assets of our area.”

Next up at the ANNEX is
Settling Twice: an Exhibition of Art inspired by the new book of essays by Deborah Joy Corey
Opening Reception June 16th, 5-8PM
Settling Twice, June 16 – June 29, a group show inspired by Deborah Joy Corey’s new book of essays and featuring work by Josh and Susan Adam, Berke Billings, Hannah Bureau, Bill Irvine, Gail Page, Rob Shetterly, Sherry Streeter, Phoebe and Georgia Zildjian, Mattina Blue, Patricia Maclain, Diane Lindscot, John and Julie Gardner, Goody-B. Wiseman, and Charleen Wiseman.

Betts Gallery opens with GO HIGH


“On High” Oil on Panel by Julie Cyr
Betts Gallery GO HIGH  May 26-June 24, 2017

Opening Reception Friday May 26, 5:30-8
Please join us for an opening reception on May 26th, 5:30-8pm, as we welcome spring and the start of the Fourth Friday Art Walks in Belfast. Betts Gallery is thinking positive and looking up with the first show of the season, entitled “Go High”, which features work by artists: Kenny Cole, Mj Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Susan Guthrie, Sheep Jones, Willy Reddick and Buzz Stultz. The Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465or visit our website

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View”





Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View” of Barns and Farm Houses


Belfast. Machias watercolorist Margaret LaFarge has lived in Maine since 1980. Her intimate paintings transport us across time and space, into the rooms of farmhouses with which LaFarge has a special connection. “These are primarily homes I have lived in,” she points out. “And so my paintings revolve around family, memories and history.”

The farmhouse interiors depicted in paintings such as “Horse Hair Chair” and “1800 Farm House” hail from New England villages that once had a vibrant farming community. “But a lot of farming has disappeared here,” said LaFarge. “It’s so sad to see old farmhouses fall apart. I am fortunate that my family has always maintained them.”



 Tessa O’Brien, Headlights, acrylic, enamel, dye on panel, 48 x 48”,

An old box of photos took painter Tessa O’Brien on a trip down memory lane, to a time in her childhood when her parents and their friends built a timber frame together. “Everyone stayed and camped out with their babies and dogs. I just love those images, and the memories they conjure up,” said O’Brien.

In her bold, colorful paintings, the timber frame itself became a symbol for community, sustainability and craftsmanship. “I was pursuing my MFA at the time,” O’Brien explained. “And visually, I loved the structure of the timber frame as an image in its own right. I’m primarily interested in paint – the possibilities of it, the textural quality – but I need an organizing principle to direct my work.”



Leslie Harris, Hayloft, oil on linen board, 20x16”,


What followed was much like a community engagement project. “I started hunting down timber frames in Maine, and ended up meeting the people building them, and hearing their stories,” O’Brien shared. “I love the stories that go along with the buildings, and the way these structures interact with the land.”

The Portland painter recognized that the subject matter of farm houses runs the risk of being nostalgic. “While I started from a place of nostalgia that is not what I want to communicate. I want to show the present-day possibilities, which are very alive in Maine, and ask what these traditions can bring us now.”

With The Inside View, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is aiming to show a variety of interior views of farms: old and new; still used for farming or transformed into an artist’s space; the family’s kitchen table versus the cow’s barn. The group show includes oil paintings, acrylics, mixed media, drawings and photography by artists Julie Cyr, Kerstin Engman, Leslie Harris, DiTa Ondek, Susan Smith, Sarah Szwajkos, and afore-mentioned Margaret LaFarge and Tessa O’Brien.

The Inside View will be on exhibit from April 3rd through June 23rd. There will be artist talks at 5:00pm on Friday May 26, followed by a reception as part of the Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8:00pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit


Three New Shows at CMCA


Piper Cub

Who can do anything better than this propeller? Can you? —Marcel Duchamp, speaking to Constantin Brancusi in front of an airplane, 1914

The most noticeable thing about artist Mark Wethli’s Piper Cub is that it’s incomplete; the abstract framework of an airplane rather than one that’s ready to fly. Piper Cub’s identity is further complicated, like Magritte’s famous pipe, by its uncertainty. Is it an actual plane, a sculpture of a plane, a full-scale model of a plane or in some sense (in its idealized, Platonic forms) the prototype of a plane? Although it’s not an actual aircraft (one that can be flown) it’s built from the original plans, identical to a real Piper Cub in every detail and dimension including the use of actual Piper Cub parts for the windshield, landing gear, and tires.

Significantly, Wethli has done nothing to artistically modify or interpret the plane, other than painstakingly recreating and presenting it (or, one might say, re-presenting it), suggesting that the “art” of the piece resides in its conceptual nature (posing questions such as the ones above) rather than its formal one.

At the same time, by presenting Piper Cub in a gallery setting, Wethli seems to beg the question of the aesthetic nature of mechanical objects and our categorical approach to beauty. By handcrafting the plane (with help from a team of friends and fellow artists in the final stages), Wethli seems to be encouraging us to look for beauty in unexpected places, not least of all in the contemplation of uncertainty, the joys of memory, and the beauty of sheer abstract form.

Mark Wethli (b. 1949) is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. Continually asking the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of knowing and seeing, Wethli has explored many forms in his artwork including painting, sculpture and installation, both representational and abstract.

 Piper Cub, 2007, pine, birch plywood and aircraft parts, 35 x 22 x 7 ft., private collection


David Driskell, Renewal and Form

“Religion and ritual and the mythic are concerns I have always nurtured in my art.” – David Driskell

Boldly drawn and richly patterned, David Driskell’s imagery in his prints, as in his collages and mixed media work, derives from his childhood experiences growing up in the rural South, his deep love for the Maine landscape, and his in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for African art and textiles. Presented in this exhibition are selected examples of the artist’s recent woodcuts, serigraphs, linocuts, and monoprints.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. Professor James L. Wells, considered the dean of African-American printmakers at the time, introduced him to lithography and woodcuts. Woodcuts have remained a favorite medium throughout Driskell’s career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

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Sam Cady, Parts of  the Whole

“The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first full-scale retrospective of the work of artist Sam Cady, this exhibition presents a broad selection of the artist’s emblematic shaped and rectangular paintings created over four decades, as well as a sampling of drawings, studies, and recent “fragments,” painted abstractions culled from the remainders of the shaped canvases. Ever tuned to seeing aesthetic possibility in the most mundane of objects, Cady turns these discards into explorations of pure color, form, and edge, adding another “part” to the whole.

Born in 1943 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life and the imprint of the state’s rugged topography, numerous offshore islands, and waterfront industries is threaded through his art. After receiving a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from Indiana University, he taught in the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, from 1984 to 2007. Throughout this period, he split his time between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in the range of his subjects from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

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MFT Gallery presents “In Dialogue with Nature”


Robert Pollien (courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery)


In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.


J. Thomas R. Higgins (courtesy of Greenhut Gallery)


Belfast. In the summer of 2016, four artists spent a month living and creating at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. More precisely: a month of observing and noting, walking and musing, painting and drawing, collecting and interacting with the soil, the water, the weeds, woods and sky.

These four artists, all from Maine, were the very first artists-in-residence at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, an initiative started last year in collaboration with the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, which holds the works of late artist and environmentalist Joseph A. Fiore (1925-2008).

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm aims to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making by way of exhibitions and public educational events, through research and development of new farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a working farm.

David Dewey, trustee and curator of the Falcon Foundation and co-director of the Fiore Art Center believes that an artist residency is an important creative interlude from the demands of life, which allows artists time to refresh their creative batteries and develop their art work with a clear mind. “We all need a break at times; the residency program can be a valuable period of critical artistic growth that both the artist and the public can benefit from.”

The four 2016 artists-in-residence Thomas R. Higgins*, Robert Pollien*, Thérèse Provenzano and Susan Smith are now exhibiting the work created during their month at Rolling Acres Farm at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast. The exhibition, titled In Dialogue with Nature, is on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17, at 5pm. (*Higgins appears courtesy of Greenhut Gallery, Pollien appears courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery.)

The artists each had their own unique approach and experience. Higgins, a landscape painter who worked mostly in oils, followed by some drawing, shared: “Having the unobstructed freedom to come and go as I please has resulted in the opportunity to focus on subject matter not explored in recent years, and the chance to get to know a few locations intimately.” Pollien, also a landscape painter, said: “The month was very productive and I find that the intensity of the residency has carried over nicely. The time spent working and thinking deeply about painting continues to be of lasting value.”



Thérèse Provenzano


Provenzano, pastel painter, spent many a day right outside the glass doors of her barn studio. “My residency at Rolling Acres Farm provided a new lay of land to digest, en plein air.  The sky read imposing, vast or aloof. Rain and clouds made their presence known. Reaching and digesting the land, alone and unencumbered […], took precedence.”

The vibrant greens and lively brush strokes of Higgins’ paintings; the reverent stillness which Pollien is able to evoke with his coastal views and clouds; Provenzano’s meditation on the S-curved farm road meandering down to Damariscotta Lake – each speak to a different aspect and experience of the fields, water and sky at Rolling Acres Farm.



Susan Smith

Smith took a different approach entirely. Her site-specific art practice lies somewhere between the archeological, ideological, experimental and ephemeral. She collected rusty old bits of farm equipment, branches, soil and plant materials, and created intricate eco-prints by tightly wrapping these different ingredients into cloth “bundles,” then steaming them. Her work wants to be touched, and speaks straight to the soul of buried history, sleeping memory, and connection to land that longs to be known.


In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, located at 152 Punk Point Rd, Jefferson, is accepting applications for 2017 residencies until March 1st. More information can be found at

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit




PMA reopens with “Lights Across Congress”


The countdown to the unveiling of the new PMA begins at 6 p.m. on February 3 with Lights Across Congress, a special event that will bring together more than 20 community organizations, businesses, and supporters to present a massive 130-foot-wide cinematic projection on the museum’s façade, promising to be the Maine arts event of the year.

Lights Across Congress will serve as a public countdown to the reopening of the PMA, and at the end of the projection the museum will open its doors and welcome visitors to the entirely new and reimagined PMA, for free.

Lights Across Congress will include one of the largest multidimensional projections in Portland’s history, made possible through generous support from Unum as well as through partnerships with Headlight AV, p3, and the City of Portland. To celebrate the reopening of the museum, the projection will light up the façade of the PMA with an exciting and colorful animated sequence that people will remember for years to come. With support from the city of Portland and to provide as many viewing angles as possible, Free Street at Congress Street will be closed to traffic on the evening of February 3.

Many more community partners will be involved—including ice sculptors, food trucks, and the Friends of Congress Square Park—to make Lights Across Congress a festive winter carnival environment and a true party to mark the reopening of the PMA.

Lights Across Congress is a moment of celebration for the Portland Museum of Art, as well as an opportunity to showcase the economic and social power of Maine’s arts and culture for a wide array of organizations, community partners, and businesses. From leading corporations such as UNUM to creative agencies such as p3 and The VIA Agency, and from community organizations such as Creative Portland to state agencies such as the Maine Office of Tourism, Lights Across Congress and the reopening of the PMA provides a moment for the city of Portland and the state of Maine to rally around the arts.

Greenhut Galleries’ “Abstraction”


Kayla Mohammadi


1. freedom from representational qualities in art
2. an invitational group show of 25 Maine artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland
February 2 – 25, 2017

Please join us!
Artists reception, Saturday, February 4, 1 – 3pm

Daniel Anselmi, Chris Beneman, Grace DeGennaro, Ingrid Ellison,
Tom Flanagan, Alison Goodwin, Ken Greenleaf,
Jaap Eduard Helder, Elizabeth Hoy, Jon Imber, Penelope Jones, David Kelly, Richard Brown Lethem, George Lloyd, Frederick Lynch, Kayla Mohammadi, Lisa Noonis, Tom Paiement, Sandra Quinn, Noriko Sakanishi, Jenny Scheu, Claire Seidl, Lori Tremblay,  Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Willa Vennema


Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, ME  04101
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Saturdays 10-5

Beerits, Wilson, Walker at DIAA’s 3rd ART matters

(Deer Isle, Maine) – The Deer Isle Artists Association presents local metal artists Peter Beerits, Doug Wilson and Ian Walker for its third ART matters 2 session at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Deer Isle gallery.

The artists will bring examples of their work to discuss with each other and the audience during the session, titled METALS plus. DIAA Board Member Hub White will serve as moderator.

The popular ART matters 2 discussions have been attracting standing-room only audiences.


Peter Beerits “Bear-face”

Beerits, an artist who primarily fabricates in wood, said he has always relied on metal for fine details such as eyes, lips and fingers. “Because my work depends on the drawn line to express images, I am attracted to metal because I can cut a more defined line in it,” he said. “I also use low-technology metal casting to work around limitations in forming wood and fastening metal objects to it.”



Ian Walker, “Minora”

Walker, a retired geologist, has worked in wood since the 7th grade. “In the mid-1970s a blacksmith writing in Fine Woodworking magazine claimed I could make a better wood chisel than I could buy,” he said. “My woodworking largely gave way to blacksmithing, and I remain an amateur blacksmith. Much of my work is inspired by collaborations with other craftsmen and includes door and window hardware, chest hinges and locks, woodworking tools and the occasional whimsical item donated to a non-profit group auction.”


Doug Wilson, “Door Handle, Hostel”

Doug Wilson has taught nationally and has worked as a blacksmith on Deer Isle since 1981. He produces functional work such as candlesticks, fire tool sets and fire screens, as well as architectural work, including gates, railings and sculpture. The work is produced using traditional hot forging techniques used by blacksmiths to produce fine work for centuries. “There is fire, glowing iron and the ring of the hammer in every piece of work,” he said.

Eric Ziner has had to cancel participation from the METALS plus session of ART matters 2 due to unexpected obligations that arose.

The program begins at 1:30 pm, and each artist has a short time to speak. When all are done, the artists will talk with each other for a period of time followed by an open discussion with the audience. A reception follows with 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.

ART matters is in its second year as a winter discussion series among artists and residents of Deer Isle. The DIAA intends ART matters 2 as a way to enable artists to talk with each other, to keep the gallery alive in winter and to have people learn about what, why and how artists create. Nineteen artists are participating in the six sessions of ART matters 2 this year.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, photographers, ceramicists and other artists.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery opening Dec. 2


The paintings on the card are: Maine Sparkle by Paul Breeden Mother Loon & Chicks by Ann Breeden Birch Harbor Huckleberry Patch by Jeff DiBella


The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market is delighted to host the work of three local artists – painters/illustrators Paul & Ann Breeden & photographer Jeff DiBella

Paul Breeden has been a professional artist for over 50 years working as an illustrator, botanical artist, painter & calligrapher with works featured in National Geographic, Audubon, Sierra, World, & Smithsonian among other numerous magazines. He illustrated Peter Jenkins’ book, A Walk Across America and all 24 volumes of Time-Life Books’, Lost Civilizations. Now Paul devotes his energy, expertise, & imagination to the fine arts including colorful works in acrylics, water media, wood sculpture, & photography. “I really love painting the rugged beauty of coastal Maine – the power of the sea, the textures of the rocky shore, lighthouses, old farms, and tall spruces against the luminous sky. Nothing makes me happier than a person connecting with and falling in love with one of my works.”

Ann Breeden spent five years studying art under the tutelage of Helen Murthy at the Berkshire Art Museum and with Jean Lewis in Zuni, New Mexico, again studying art as well as Native American Culture. Her paintings have been shown in numerous galleries, universities, colleges, & festivals in various states across the country. “As an artist, I’ve always strived to capture the light and line of my natural surroundings, trying to bring the passion and love that I feel for that fleeting moment when Mother Nature and my imagination meet in harmony.”

Jeff DiBella’s photography focuses on landscapes and birds. Inspired in his teens by the great Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter of Maine, Jeff recently moved to Maine after living in Connecticut most of his life. Relocating to Maine allows him to enjoy his love of the natural world, especially birds in flight, and provides him enough subject matter for a lifetime. He tries to present his viewers with images of nature they might not otherwise get the chance to see.  Jeff’s black-and-white work on Snowy Owls of Acadia was featured all summer at MDI Biolabs’ “Art meets Science” exhibit for the celebrated 100th birthday of Acadia National Park. When not in the field, Jeff teaches basic photography at Sullivan Adult Education. “I’m lucky to be surrounded by great photographers and naturalists in this area who have been generous with their knowledge and expertise. They are my new inspiration!”

This show will be available through the month of January. An opening of this show at the gallery is planned for December 2nd.  Please visit the Wine Cellar Art Gallery. We are open daily. Contact us at 207-667-9377 or

Mars Hall celebrates “Yuletide in St. George”


“Transit of Venus” by Antonia Small

Mars Hall will celebrate the holiday season as part of the “Yuletide in St. George” annual festival. Join us for hot cider and cookies on Friday, Nov. 25th & Saturday, Nov. 26th from 10 – 4 or by appointment.

The gallery offers a large variety of gift items including handmade Santa’s and homemade dog biscuts by Karen Zola, handmade soaps by Stone House Road Apiary, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy, carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media sculpture by Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi. The “Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and “Heavy Metal Mobiles” by Jay Hoagland will be on display inside as well as outside in the gardens. Also available are handmade Christmas ornaments, mosaic lamps, antique negative mirrors, stained glass, pottery and a wonderful selection of vintage jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

An eclectic mix of ART is available by artists Leo Brooks, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Manual Rincon, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit are Antonia Small’s black & white pinhole photographs. Also available are affordable works by guest artists.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info call 207-372-9996 or 207-372-8194 or visit

For all of you from “Away”, ( as they say in Maine), have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season and Wintah! Thank You for supporting the ARTS and we look forward to your return in 2017.

Art Space Gallery Invites the community for the Holidays


Art Space Gallery invites you to the December “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, November 25th, from 5 to 8 pm.  Unlike our usual first Friday events, this month we will be featuring all of our gallery artisans in the front room with a focus on winter. Come kick off the holiday season with a fun evening in Rockland while enjoying the arts.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  December hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.  Visit our website for more information at or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Holiday Show and Sale!



Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Open studio & Open house Holiday Show and Sale!
December 3 & 4, 2016. Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 4

Announcing the 10th Annual Holiday Open Studio/Open House Show and Sale of Betsy Levine’s atmospheric fired pottery at Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty. The latest firing of the soda kiln will be opened on Saturday, revealing fresh new pots warm from the kiln!! Pots from this fall’s wood firing, including serving bowls, plates, platters, vases, mugs, tumblers, and such are also ready for Saturday and Sunday’s visitors, along with some pots on holiday special. Plenty of great snacks available, too!

Betsy’s pots are organic and earthy, with a sensuality that comes mostly from the materials she choses and the atmospheric firing techniques that she uses. Her forms are simple, yet graceful, revealing the complex surfaces resulting from the interaction of clay and fire. Made to be used, admired and loved, Betsy’s high-fire stoneware and porcelain tableware, storage jars and evocative vessels may look like works of art but they can go from table to dishwasher and be used and enjoyed every day.


FMI, 207-589-3399

Maine Crafts Association deadlines

DEADLINE FRIDAY DEC. 2: Artists in Their Studios Photography Project

We’re currently accepting applications from MCA professional members for Artists in Their Studios, a photography project to document Maine fine craft artists in the spaces where they create. MCA Professional Members may apply to be selected for one of seven 2017 photoshoots. Subjects receive ten images for their unlimited use.

Artists in Their Studios seeks to further expose the role and depth of fine craft in Maine, to reach and excite collectors and the general public through imagery which reveals studio life and artistic process of artists working in traditional and contemporary craft mediums. At the same time, the project responds to the ever-changing landscape of marketing and the demands of social media on the business of being an artist by providing artists with professional images and a unique perspective and documentation of their practice.


DEADLINE FRIDAY DEC. 9: Craft Apprentice Program 2017

The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create, and celebrate. The CAP apprenticeship lasts for seven months; March – September 2017. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a plan for how goals will be achieved, and a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Both must also submit resumes and images of current work.

Both receive honorariums based on one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). The honorarium for the master artist covers their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment.


DEADLINE MONDAY JAN 30: Portland Fine Craft Show 2017

The MCA will present the third annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 26, 2017 outdoors on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The show is free and open to the public, taking place alongside the WCSH6 Sidewalk Arts Festival together drawing 20,000 – 30,000 visitors.

The show features 100 juried exhibitors from the greater New England area exhibiting fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood, as well as, outreach booths exhibiting the work of international artists new to Maine and food trucks in Longfellow Square.

Turtle Gallery Holiday Show and Reception


Holly Berry


The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will be opening (some of) its doors for our second annual Holiday Show. Join us for an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, December 2nd.

We will be open weekends throughout December: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. We will also be open Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd from 12 to 5 pm.

Featuring the finest selection of Contemporary Craft, Jewelry, Paintings and Prints

As always, we are happy to ship work anywhere. Contact us at with any questions or requests.  Have a wonderful season!


The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, in Bath ,invites all students in Grades 6 through 12, from RSU 1, Brunswick, and Topsham to submit one piece of work for the first Winter Student Art Show at Centre St Arts Gallery LLC.

Award winners will be selected by a jury of local artists and announced at a reception by hosted by Centre St Arts Gallery members.  All media will be accepted up to a maximum size of 30″ including frame. Pedestals are available if needed for three-dimensional work.  All work must be ready to hang or otherwise display.

Registration form must accompany all art and forms are available at the gallery at 11 Centre Street, Bath.  There is no entry fee.  Students are asked to provide an “artist’s statement”. Work does not have to be for sale.  If the work is for sale the artist sets the price.  The Gallery handles all sales.  Payment must be check made payable to the artist, or cash. No commission will be charged.

Registrations must be received by Jan. 15, 2017 at the Gallery at 11 Centre Street, Bath.  Forms are available at the gallery.

Student work can be dropped off at the gallery between January 25 through January 28 between 10:30 and 5:00.

The exhibition will run from February 8 through February 28.

A reception for artists, their families and the public will be held on Saturday, February 18 between 2:00 and 4:00.

For more information please call the Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC at 207-442-0300.

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12


Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine.

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite!

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can really light up.

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

George Marshall Store Gallery’s “Various Shades of Grey”


Michael Olszewski “Surge” crochet, applique, embroidery silk, linen, leather, 16.5” x 16”

Contrasts in color and forms

The blaze of autumn colors outside are in stark contrast to the “Various Shades of Grey” exhibition currently on view in York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. The show brings together a wide range of media including painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics by two dozen regional artists. Color and form is also on view in the dock level gallery, which features the work of Boston painter Robert Baart and ceramics by New Hampshire artist Boyan Moskov. The shows continue through November 13th.


Leon Anderson, “When I Close my eyes at Night” painted wood, 27” x 42”

An absence of color does not mean a lack of light, texture, form and imagery. The arrangement of works on the left hand gallery wall exemplifies the variety of media found throughout the show. Cabot Lyford’s black walnut “Raven” is positioned as if about to fly into “Surge” and “The Sea Inside,” by Chicago based artist Michael Olszewski. The artist uses applique, embroidery silk, paper, plastic, linen and leather in these crochet pieces. Next is a 16 panel, slate and white gold leaf piece called “Way Back” by Gary Haven Smith, followed by “When I close my Eyes at Night” by Leon Anderson who installs his wooden constructions several inches off the wall, so that the casted shadows become a part of the piece. Peter Dellert’s “Music Nest #2” is a collage of cut and reassembled wasp nest and vintage sheet music.


There is nothing blacker than graphite and charcoal, a medium that is well used in the bold drawings by George Lloyd and Rick Fox. Amparo Carvajal Hufschmid, combines bees wax with graphite in her suite of six drawings. Curator Mary Harding, looked high and low to round out the variety of approaches within the confines of black, white and grey. Her findings include jewelry by Blair LaBella, ceramics by Don Williams, prints by Chris Beneman, Kate Emlen, Bob Parker, Elizabeth Meyer and Francis Ashforth, walking sticks and drawings by Charles Ramsburg, figurative and objective paintings by Don Lent, Christopher Cook and Grant Drumheller, wall mounted constructions and paintings by Jeff Kellar, collages of sewing patterns by Lesia Sochor and enamels and metals by Peter Bennett and Michele Caron.



Robert Baart “Into the Woods” Oil on canvas, 20” x 24”

Color abounds in the dock level gallery. Robert Baart has titled the selection of his paintings “A green thought in a green shade,” a line from the poem “The Garden”, by Andrew Marvell. This famous seventeenth century English poem expresses the poet’s personal emotions and feelings about nature. Baart’s colorful and impressionistic paintings are also about his personal connection with nature. His paintings hover between realism and abstraction using robust colors and strong gestural marks. Although his work is not specific to any one place, it is a personal expression of the artist’s relationship to the landscape and his concerns for the environment. Baart retired in 2009 after 35 years of teaching painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since then he has been painting full time in his space at the Fenway Studios.

Boyan Moskov’s ceramics complement Baart’s paintings in both color and texture. The artist brings all the elements of fine art to his work: sculpture, drawing and painting. He was born in Ruse, Bulgaria and studied at the Troyan Art School and the Sofia Art Academy. He moved to the United States in 2007 and settled in his wife’s home state of New Hampshire. His pieces often begin on the wheel and then are further altered by hand and carving techniques. The surfaces may be enlivened with colorful glazes or decorated with incised lines and carvings. He is inspired by his medium and is constantly exploring new ideas and forms.

The exhibitions continue through November 13th. Gallery hours are 10 to 4 Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Museums of Old York and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. 207-351-1083


DIAA Presents Drawings by Illustrator and Furniture Designer Bruce Bulger


Deer Isle illustrator and furniture designer Bruce Bulger will exhibit his drawings in large format at the DeerIsle Artists Association gallery from Oct. 22-30, 2016. In addition, Bulger will discuss his work at a public reception held at the DIAA gallery on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. He will be in the gallery creating his work from Noon to 5 p.m. at the gallery on 15 Main St., Deer Isle.

The exhibit, called Projection, will feature Bulger projecting his sketchbook drawings onto large canvases on the DIAA walls. He will then paint and draw onto the canvas.

Bulger described the process he’ll use as follows: “When in the landscape or many other drawing situations (after you have chosen the motif), you have to make some choices: what medium to be used and surface to draw on. Watercolor paper, which may be purchased in journal form, is my preferred choice. So now get to work. Timing is critical. Every mark counts, so focus on the rectangle in your control. You are composing what’s on your mind and fingertips — distance, nearness, solidity, light, dark, etc. Say you have worked hard for an hour and your time is up. Take a deep breath, look deep and return to the piece at your next chance. Open your book and continue to make decisions on what makes it art.  I propose to project the small drawing large. Many important decisions have already been made. This is where your marks will feel freer. Your new larger marks will be stronger energetic, loose and important.”

Bulger graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art as an illustrator. He has been an illustrator and furniture designer for 40 years. His studios and gallery are on Deer Isle at the old Deer Isle High School Seamark Building. Bulger’s work may also be viewed at

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists and fiber artists.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery showing Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes


White Bird by Kathleen Noyes, on the right is Brenda’s by Jill Hoy.


The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently showing works by artists Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes. This show will be available through November. Come and see!

Jill Hoy divides her time among residences in Stonington, Maine; Somerville, Massachusetts; and New York City. The work she creates in Maine is inspired by direct observation of the landscape and includes seascapes, architecture, and gardens.

Working on location, Jill is especially interested in the effects of natural light, color, and pattern. Her use of vivid color in the Maine paintings results in surfaces that are richly and intensely painted so that images seem to vibrate. The artist considers the quality of light to be an important element in her work. “The light in Maine is crystal clear, with a sharp-edged clarity and a gem-like quality. I often work in the morning or late afternoon when these qualities are especially strong.” As a result, her paintings capture specifics of time and light.   Because she’s been a regular resident of the Deer Isle area since 1965, much of Jill’s work can be seen as a document of places and time in the area.


As an artist Kathleen Noyes explores the dynamic of innocence and darkness in human life through her figurative work. There is always a certain, deeply-held dark knowledge behind the new eyes and expression of wonder in her figures. The interplay of the light and shadow side of consciousness is expressed at once in her human forms. Kathleen’s intention is for the viewer to feel but have trouble naming what the subject feels. She leaves it to the audience to interpret the significance of emotion in her work.

In creating her collage and mixed media abstracts, Kathleen likens the process to experiencing the spontaneous and serendipitous happenings in life; the unforeseen materializes as she cements the pieces together.


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Greenhut Galleries opens “Joel Babb: The Nature of Things”


Fog, Surf Murmurs Hunter’s Head, 2016, oil on linen, 20 x 19 inches

The Nature of Things is Joel Babb’s first solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.  Babb began painting the Maine coast in 1975, during construction of his house and studio in Sumner, Maine. After discovering Mount Desert, he would visit the island in all seasons, painting that coastline as well. But eventually, Babb lost his zest for painting the storied coast of Maine, feeling it had been depicted so frequently it was no longer possible for him to see it as it really is. So, for a time, he stopped, though he did continue painting nature in the woods and brooks nearby.

Artist Talk Saturday October 22nd 1pm

For the past several years, Babb has returned to Acadia, finding new inspiration in the epic confrontation of sea, granite, pine, and clouds. He states, “It is as if the Maine woods were being ground away to the foundations by this meeting with the sea.  When the water is calm, the shoreline is still evocative of storms of unimaginable scale.  I love the architectonic structure of the rocks, and the opposing movement of the water as if resentful of the rigidity, the sway of light and atmosphere over everything.

The Lucretian vision of eternal forces and elements interacting comes to life for me in Mount Desert, in the geology, the weather, and especially the action of the sea with the land.  I’ve visited Acadia the day after a hurricane passed through and climbed Cadillac Mountain the day after an ice storm in February. Once on a foggy morning, I startled a deer herd on Ocean Drive, and when I stopped at my spot to continue a painting, long spider webs across the road told me I was the first to pass that way. No matter how many visit Acadia, nature is still the impressive narrative.”

Babb is equally known for his urban views. In his book, Nature & Culture:  The Art of Joel Babb, Carl Little writes, “He divides his time between country and city, continuing to explore both places even as he builds on his repertoire of subjects. . . .For Babb, realism represents a philosophy of art.  As such, he says, the realist painter is constantly discovering ‘new understandings new realizations’ of the mysteries of existence.  ‘Realism as a philosophy,’ he muses ‘suggests that a small corner of the universe, when rightly observed, may open up universal laws in action.’ A modern day Thoreau.”

Joel Babb is a graduate of Princeton and the Boston Museum School, where he taught for several years. He has also taught at Tufts and Harvard universities. His paintings have been exhibited in many museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and are in numerous prestigious corporate collections and in several museums, including the Fogg Museum of Harvard University and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Carver Hill opens “Ted’s Oils”

On First Friday, October 7, 2016, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open TED’S OILS: TED KELLER LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM. Ted will be in the gallery from 5 – 8 PM to answer questions and meet people.

Ted Keller is a well-known career artist in Midcoast Maine. For the first 30+ years of his professional life, Ted made and sold ceramic pottery and sculpture while teaching college level art classes at Oregon State University, the University of Maine, and the Rockport Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media). At age 53 he gave up ceramics and started to work as a painter.

“When I started painting about 16 years ago, I worked in oil for a couple of years. I made about 100 paintings, and then put them away. The never before seen paintings from that time recently resurfaced, and I rather liked many of them. These 20 or so works at Carver Hill Gallery are from the end of that period, when I felt that my voice had made its presence in the paintings. The brush strokes are confident and the paintings have life. They are mostly plein aire works of the Midcoast Maine landscape.”

After complete immersion in the exploration of oil, Ted switched to watercolor and stuck with it for 14 years. His subject matter ranged from city-scapes, to portraits of dead artists and proportionally playful interiors with people. Ted is enviably competent in all of the subject matter, and the style is cohesive and easy to recognize. The images are loose, directly painted, colorful, full of life and sometimes a little quirky.
After this long hiatus from oils and the subsequent shift to watercolor, during the summer of 2016 when Ted rediscovered the oil paintings he had left in Maine, he fell back in love with oil painting. He returned to New Mexico, and the still life flower paintings emerged.

“As you look at my painting here are a few thoughts that might help. I work quickly. I trust my hands more than my mind. I don’t care what I paint as much as how I paint. This allows me freedom to paint whatever interests me at the time. The paintings proceed without much revision. I have mostly worked in watercolor which does not often reward reworking. My paintings do not get better with more time, refinements, and worry. I make paintings spontaneously for better or worse and get on to the next one. I approach the oil paintings in the same way as the watercolors. I am more interested in the process of art than the product, and for that reason I believe I can make a good painting when that freedom brings everything together just right.” Ted’s artist mantra is “I hope the Love shows”. This is important because for him – Art is about Love.

The gallery will be showing 14 framed, never before seen landscapes from 16 years ago, and 8 brand new floral still life paintings in this exhibition. Unframed work is also available.

* After 35 years in Midcoast Maine, Ted now spends most of the year in Taos New Mexico; however, he maintains a house in Union, Maine, and he frequently visits to keep the connection. Ted has a BFA in ceramics and painting from Syracuse University, and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana. He has created more than1500 watercolors and 150 oils. His work can be found on the walls of interesting people worldwide.

Show runs through November 2. FMI,

ArtLab Open Studio at CMCA



The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announces the launch of ArtLab Open Studio, a new hands-on program for all ages that is offered free of charge with museum admission.

During regular museum hours, visitors of all ages are invited to drop in the ArtLab classroom in CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street to engage in self-directed creative art making with the free materials and tools provided.

CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “ArtLab Open Studio offers another avenue for visitors to discover and understand CMCA’s exhibitions. In this interactive space, kids and adult can discover, play, and create as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools, and techniques of contemporary art.”

For the month of October, ArtLab Open Studio will be stocked with materials and activity guides related to the exhibition Don Voisine: X/V, offering participants the opportunity to create paper collages inspired by the paintings on view.

A native of Fort Kent, Maine, artist Don Voisine works with symmetry and a standardized format in his paintings. Within these restrictions, he creates seemingly endless variations of elegant, precise abstract compositions.

The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery through October 28. ArtLab Open Studio is free with CMCA admission and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 1-6pm.

In addition to ArtLab Open Studio, CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4pm, and Look Inside, a guided exploration of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Look Inside tours can be customized for all ages and interests. For more information, please visit

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. To contribute to ArtLab and CMCA’s education programs, please visit

Dowling Walsh opening “GRETA VAN CAMPEN: A Year on Barters Point Road 2016”



Dowling Walsh is opening “GRETA VAN CAMPEN: A Year on Barters Point Road 2016” with an opening reception Friday Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 pm, during the Rockland First Friday Artwalk. Greta Van Campen’s show is a study of the dynamic passage of time from her studio on Barters Point Road in Tenants Harbor. Her view looks onto Long Cove and Two Bush Channel towards Matinicus; the islands High, Northern and Southern in her immediate sights. She is inspired by the constant changes on the ocean front, from winter to summer and morning to night. This series includes a painting from each month of the year, as well as a set of small paintings capturing each hour within a 24 hour day.

“Autumn Arrivals”opens at Wiscasset Bay Gallery


Fritz Eichenberg, “The Steps, 1934,” wood engraving, 6 1/8” x 4 5/8”

“Autumn Arrivals” will open on Saturday, October 15, at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery. The exhibition highlights recent acquisitions of paintings and prints by important American and European artists.

René Magritte’s “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” a colorful lithograph from 1962 by the Belgian Surrealist, shows a half-woman, half-fish creature seated on a rock with a schooner in the distance. Fritz Eichenberg (American, 1901-1990) captures street life in New York City during the Great Depression with “The Steps, 1934.” In this wood engraving, a cat searches a garbage can, two boys wrestle in the street, and a well-dressed dandy looks in his pocket mirror, while his lady of the night looks on admiringly. Freight-laden tugboats steam past the Manhattan skyline in Earl Horter’s (American, 1881-1940) depiction of the New York waterfront during the 1930s. Other prominent twentieth century artists featured in the exhibition include Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), Jules Pascin (French/American, 1885-1930), John Folinsbee (American, 1892-1972), Don Stone (American, 1929-2015), and Jay Hall Connaway (American, 1893-1970).


René Magritte, “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” color lithograph, 12 1/2” x 17 3/4”

In the contemporary galleries, recent work by Maine artists include Judith Magyar’s dynamically designed composition of a boathouse interior, which plays with light and spatial relations. David Kasman’s “Red Truck, Black Duck” is a thickly painted oil of village life on Monhegan Island. Other New England artists exhibiting include Roberta Goschke, Michael Graves, Keith Oehmig, Tom Curry, Carlton Plummer and Guy Corriero.

“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through November 30th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

“Dietlind Vander Schaaf: Exhalation” at Vestibule 594 Gallery


“Exhalation”, a solo show by Dietlind Vander Schaaf, will be held at Vestibule 594 gallery at 594 Congress Street (next to Starbucks at the Hay Building) through October 29. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5-8pm.

Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described in terms of it’s focus on “showcasing the wax itself, encasing objects as if they were ancient artifacts” (Orlando Sentinel) and as the transformation of “disparate materials into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope magazine). She has exhibited her paintings nationally and is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from Encaustic Art Institute, the Emerging Artist Grant from International Encaustic Artists, and a Pace House residency from Maine College of Art. Vander Schaaf serves as president elect of New England WAX. She teaches workshops throughout New England.



“Bridge to my Native Roots”


Cafe Editor’s note: Sorry to run this late!

Some of Russia’s best artists have focused their creative energy mastering printmaking, especially etching – and the results are breathtaking, but hard to find in this country. The Green Lion Gallery at 23 Centre Street in Bath is helping to change that, with an exhibition of etchings and other prints by some of Russia’s leading artists.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 19 from 4 to 7 pm, in conjunction with the Bath Art Walk, and the show will be on display from August 19 through September 18.

The show will feature work by Stanislav Nikireyev, Alexander Vetrov, Vladimir Vorobyov, and Irina Makoveeva, well-known artists in the Russian and international art world. People’s Artist of Russia Stanislav Nikireyev (1932-2007,) a Member of Russian Academy of Art, was one of the most remarkable masters of modern Russian art. His incredibly detailed works are a unique phenomenon in landscape art and etching technique, in a league with masters such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Moscow artists Alexander Vetrov and Irena Makoveeva have been awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.

All of these artists explore and embody the depth and complexity, as well as the simultaneously sweeping scope, of Russian culture and artistic expression. Nikireyev once said, of his own work:

“Some people wrongly take realistic art for a simple matter. Yet, a creative work should be regarded as realistic one if only it absorbs the spirit and the joie de vivre and pains of time. Its aesthetics, while rooted in a tradition, is impregnated with up-to-date trends and open not only for art experts and connoisseurs, but for the general public as well.”

The exhibition is curated by Jerry and Olesya Koenig of Cambridge, MA. Olesya and Jerry are Russian art experts and owners of From Russia With Art gallery in Cambridge ( Work on display at the Green Lion will include etching, drypoint, aquatint, and other works they have just brought back from a recent trip to Russia.

The Green Lion is a new gallery and working art studio in Bath that specializes in handmade, limited-edition fine art prints, including woodcuts, wood engravings, etchings, lithographs, and other work created by hand and individually printed. In addition to the Russian work on display, the gallery currently represents other print artists from as far away as New Mexico and Wales, although most (including artist/owner David Morgan) are from Maine. It also shows historic prints and other interesting artwork from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Anne Heywood invited to China Biennial International Pastel Exhibition


Anne Heywood, “Sunset Reflections”


Anne Heywood, artist/owner of the Heywood Gallery in Waldoboro, has been invited to be the guest artist of the 2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition at the Ming Gallery of Art in Suzhou, China with her original painting/diptych “Sunset Reflections”. This exhibition will run from October 22nd to November 21st.

Anne Heywood is an American Realist painter, author/illustrator of the book Pastels Made Easy (Watson-Guptill, NYC), and an Eminent Pastelist and Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work is represented in Maine by the Heywood Gallery, Waldoboro, Gifts at 136, Damariscotta, and the Portland Art Gallery, Portland and in Massachusetts by appointment only at the Thompson & Lichtner Co., Canton and at her winter studio in E. Bridgewater. She accepts commissions and offers workshops and demonstrations to art and cultural organizations throughout the US. Heywood is artist/owner of the Heywood Gallery, 921 Main St., Waldoboro.

For further information, or 207.832.6684.

Littlefield Gallery’s Fall Group Show


Caren-Marie Michel, “Free Street, Portland” acrylic on canvas 24×24

The Littlefield Gallery finishes up its eighth season with a Fall Group Show featuring Caren-Marie Michel, John Stass, and Joan Freiman. Work by these artists and others can be viewed daily from 11-5:30 through Columbus Day.
Caren-Marie Michel
Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Her 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, Canada. Michel often portrays a location through series capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. Michel is Past President of the Pastel Painters of Maine and past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.

Michel studied painting with Esther Barney in Portland, Maine for six years and earned her B.F.A. 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 sixteen year banking career. Her work has been selected for juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Washington. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery at USM-LA, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery, North Light Gallery, Littlefield Gallery and the College of the Atlantic. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images.

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.

In 2013, her work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. Also in 2013, her first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.  This was Michel’s fourth Panorama exhibition since her 2007 “Greater Portland Panorama” at Jameson Gallery in Portland, Maine.

In 2015, Michel’s work was shown in the Maine State Capitol in Augusta as the Artist in the Capitol solo exhibition through the Maine Arts Commission.



John Stass, “Aegis” (Shield of Zeus) wood laminations/metalic enamel 29 x 15 x 13


John Stass
As an artist, John paints on a variety of supports using various media, and sculpts primarily in wood.  Coming out of the corporate world of L. L. Bean in his earlier days, he has been a creative driven entrepreneur for 30 years.  In his former career as a management consultant, John  counted some of the nation’s most highly regarded companies as clients.

At the  mid-point of his life, as a designer of custom furniture, he created and produced the brands of Katahdin Studio Furniture, Zen Harbor Living and Katahdin Home.  His work sold world-wide, often to a celebrity clientele, including Melissa Etheridge, Andy Griffith, and the Jay Leno Show.
Today, John is once again an independent artist and designer.  Art plays a role in everyone’s existence… sometimes deliberately and sometimes not.  I am fortunate to have been able to incorporate art in many of its various forms in all that has occupied my life.

Gallery at Somes Sound opens ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE


Brendan Yi-Fu Tay, Student at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport , “Baba Yaga”, cherry/curly maple

The Gallery at Somes Sound invites the public to an evening reception, Saturday, September 3rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, for ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE, September 1 – October 31. In numerous locales across the United States, art and education go hand-in-hand. This trend is intensified on the coast of Maine, where a short summer season forces many artists to supplement their income through teaching or self-employment. Artists in this region are further motivated to teach because they love to share their passion for the arts and contribute to the larger community. The Gallery at Somes Sound represents many of these ‘artist-educators’ who share their gifts by creating as well as by teaching others. “Art and Education in Maine” celebrates a select group of these gifted individuals by highlighting their stories and work alongside the creations of those they instruct.


Furniture Maker Aled Lewis
Students  Heide Martin, Andrew Messa and Brendan Yi-Fu Tay
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

Furniture Maker Brian Reid
Maine Prison Outreach Program
A division of the American Furniture Masters Insitute

Artist Judy Taylor
Fellow Artists Beth Pfeiffer Margaret Moore, Mary Davidson,
Barb Springer, Kim Tomlinson, Helene Tuchman
Model in the Landscape of Pyrenees, France

Mars Hall Gallery closes with “Under the Influence of Creativity”


“Hunting for Inspiration” by Jay Hoagland


Mars Hall Gallery wraps up its 2016 summer season with “Under the Influence of Creativity”. The group show will feature ink drawings done with a hypodermic needle by Leo Brooks, collage & acrylic paintings by Roger Kirby, mixed media mermaids painted on the Pont des Arts in Paris by Maurice Michel Lode, diptychs and triptychs by Mimo Gordon Riley and abstracts by the late Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit is pinhole and encaustic black & white photography by Antonia Small, mixed media assemblage sculpture by Bill Cook, Susan Gurney, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Neimi.
The Main Gallery will feature the third installment of “ART with ATTITUDE”. This ever changing Exhibition will showcase not only ART but an expanded selection of fine antiques and collectibles. On display are paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, David Paffhausen, Jimmy Reed, Holly Smith and Eleanor Zuccola. A variety of quality crafts including whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display through out the gallery as well as outside in the ever expanding Sculpture Gardens.
Both shows run through Monday October 10th. A reception will be held on Friday, August 26th,  from 6-8 p.m.. The gallery is open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. thru Labor Day and Fri. thru Sun. 10-4, Labor Day to Columbus Day or by appointment. Mars Hall is located 12.7 miles down Route 131 South on the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996, 207-372-8194 or visit us on the web at

“Acadia Cadence” at Yarmouth Frame & Gallery


painting image info : “Sargent Mountain” 24×24 acrylic on canvas, Catherine Breer

Yarmouth Frame & Gallery is having and opening reception for “Acadia Cadence” on Sept. 10, from  3:30 – 7:00 pm. Catherine Breer will start things off with an artist talk about what her year has been like as the artist who’s works are representing the Acadia National Parks 100th Anniversary.



David Little and Carl Little will also be here to talk about there latest art book titled Art of Acadia. Signed copies will be available for purchase. This exhibit also includes the gallery’s 25 year around artists and their works depicting the majestic heart and soul of our Maine. End date: Nov. 20th.
Gallery located at 720 Route 1, Yarmouth, Maine, 04096.  Hours: M-F 10 to 6 Sat. 10 to 4 FMI call:  207-846-7777

FMI, contact Elizabeth Newman, Yarmouth Frame and Gallery llc, 720 Route 1, Yarmouth, ME. 04096

Littlefield Gallery presents “James Linehan: Celebrating Acadia”


“Solo,” by James Linehan, oil on canvas 40 x 30

James Linehan graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe with a BFA in 1974. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he earned his MA in 1976 and his MFA in 1978. Art professor and former chairman of the UMaine Department of Art for seven and a half years, James has been with the University of Maine since 1983. From that time to the present, Linehan’s academic accomplishments include chairing committees that led to the renovation of Lord Hall and the addition of a BFA degree to the Art Department’s curriculum. Additionally,Jim participated in the planning, design, and fundraising for the Wyeth Center for Studio Art, that came to fruition in September of 2013.

Linehan’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the United States, as well as one solo show in Tokyo,Japan; two in Sapporo, Japan; Finland and Jordan. He has completed twenty public commissions, including fifteen for the Maine Arts Commission “Percent for the Arts.” James’s work is represented in thirty public and corporate collections including L.L. Bean, Bank of America, The Portland Museum of Art, Bates College, US Department of State Art Bank, Texaco, UNUM, Eaton Vance of Boston, MBNA and the Farnsworth Museum.



“Screen #2” Verso

Painting the landscape of Downeast Maine began years ago in the beach at Rogue Bluffs, lupine fields on the Cranberry Isles, and the blueberry barrens and Walker Pond in Brooksville. The Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island inspire his current suite of work.

“When people ask what I do, the first thing I say is that I am a painter. I think in paint and look at the world as a painter. Over the years, I’ve explored a number of different styles with my work. I like combining abstraction with representation, the collision of abstract and realistic imagery, and the way meaning arises from the space between these battling modes of expression.”

Little Pond Gallery Group Show features Joanna Gould


“Permeate” by Joanna Gould 14” x 14”


Joanna is a Maine artist working in the ancient encaustic technique. Constructing layers upon layers of translucent beeswax emulsified with damar resin, she fuses oil pigments and found objects creating works of art that have been described as dreamlike and mystical with the purest light.

Encaustic painting is one of the oldest known painting techniques dating back over 2000 years. This was the medium artists used before oil or tempera were invented. The ancient Greeks colored their battle ships, statues and buildings with encaustic. It was also used on the wall murals in Pompeii and remained popular throughout the 6th and 7th centuries. It was replaced by tempera and fresco and the technique was virtually lost by the Middle Ages.

Show continues thru August. Also featuring stone sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, paintings and porcelain ceramics. Little Pond Gallery, 23 Shoreline Dr, Orr’s Island, 207 833.3210 Like us on Facebook


Joy To The Wind: An Ocean Point Of View


Off Season Surf, 36 x 36 oil on linen by John M. T. Seitzer

Lynne and John at Joy To The Wind in Boothbay Harbor are hosting an open house from 7-9 pm on Friday, August 5th during the First Friday Art Tour. “Storm surge, wind tossed ocean waves, immobile ledge worn by constant contact. Motion along the uneven shore-conflicted waves, a jumble of rocks caressed. Periwinkles slowly slide, suctioned to their host, seaweed clinging. A pensive traverse along the rocky shore, a picnic shared on a sundrenched ledge, sea mist cooled by gentle breeze.” John M. T. Seitzer What do you experience when you go there? What memories do you bring home? Come see the variety of views  John has depictedof his visits to Ocean Point.
Joy To The Wind, 34 Atlantic Avenue, (on the East side of the Historic Footbridge-across from the Rocktide Inn,) Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 04538.  207-633-7025



Ernest McMullen, “Lifting Fog at Entrance to Somes Sound”, 41″ x 41″, oil on panel

“Cole, Church, and Lane Interpretations”

A group of artists represented by The Gallery at Somes Sound will create their interpretation of land and seascape paintings by well known American Artists, Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church and Fitz Henry Lane.

Featuring Contemporary Artists
Diana Cobb Ansley, Scott Baltz, Eline Barclay, Robert Clark,
Donald Demers, Anne Ireland, Ernest McMullen,
Donald Rainville, Judy Taylor, and Peter Yesis

“Acadia through a Furniture Maker’s Eyes”

Featuring Furniture Makers
David Lamb and Judy Kensley McKie

“Four Seasons of Acadia” specifically made for the celebration by New Hampshire Furniture Master, David Lamb, and “The Mahogany Eagle Console Table” by Judy Kensley McKie, a furniture maker associated with Pritam & Eames for over 30 years

Artemis Gallery: Seal Harbor, Summer of 1916: 100 Years Later


Leopold Seyffert


Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor will be hosting a unique collection of drawings as part of the Gallery’s activities to commemorate Acadia National Park’s Centennial. There is double reason to celebrate this exhibit at Artemis: the drawings were made exactly the same year that the park was inaugurated and they have never been showcased on MDI.

The artist, Leopold Seyffert (1887-1956) was an American portrait artist, whose work was showcased by several high-profile museums during his lifetime.

The drawings are charcoal portraits of several >>> well known European and American >>> musicians who were not able to return home to Germany or Switzerland during World War I. Instead, the musicians travelled to Mount Desert Island to be with their colleagues and patrons, where they would perform together in the evenings. Their camaraderie and location became an inspiration for their music.

“It was the natural beauty, and the resemblance to the European countryside and coast, mountains and lakes” says Robert Seyffert, grandson of Leopold Seyffert, “that originally drew these musicians to Seal Harbor.” Soon after completion, these pieces were shown in numerous museums in a travelling show organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. Later, the Corcoran Museum of Art curated a show of the works. Six of these 1916 portraits are now at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D. C. and one in is in the Farnsworth Museum, in Rockland, ME.

A selection of ten portraits will be on display at Artemis as part of our Past and Present show. The grand opening will be on July 28th, at 5pm.

For more information, contact Deirdre Swords or Cody van Heerden at 207 276 3001, visit or e-mail

Jean Kigel’s Watercolors in Group Show Celebrating Lobster


“Hormarus True Blue II” by Jean Kigel

Jean Kigel’s Watercolors are featured in a Group Show Celebrating Lobster , July 15 through August 25,  at Archipelago / The Island Institute Store, Rockland.  There will be a Reception during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk August 5th 5-8:00PM

Jean Kigel presents bold, vibrant still-life’s of rare, blue lobsters, native low-bush blueberries, working docks, and glacial ledges.  Her studio on Muscongus Bay provides her easy access to Harbor, Franklin, and Southern Islands, each featured in this show. And her husband provides her with models of lobsters to paint from.    Taken collectively, Kigel’s paintings represent a dynamic, natural world in flux, in various states of beauty, transformation, and imminent danger.  Look for her paintings in Archipelago’s store-front windows and come inside to see more.

Star Gallery opening reception in NE Harbor


Please join Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor for an exhibit featuring:
Valerie Aponik, Ellen Kappes, Derrick Sekulich and Melina White, with an opening reception Thursday July 14,  5 – 7 pm.

Star Gallery, 6 Neighborhood Rd. P O Box 55, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 tel 276-3060.

Gallery at Widgeon Cove “Homage to Rothko”


“Homage to Rothko” by Georgeann Kuhl

The Gallery at Widgeon Cove will celebrate its 28 years with the summer exhibition of gallery artist’s work. The public is invited to a reception on Sunday, July 17 from 1 to 5 p.m., located at 31 Widgeon Cove Lane in Harpswell. Refreshments will be served. The featured exhibition will be “Homage to Rothko” a series of paintings by Georgeann Kuhl as a result of a personal research into the work and life of Mark Rothko, along with her handmade paper views of the rugged coast of Maine.


Sunset and Twilight at Lookout-Point by Georgeann-Kuhl

Other gallery space is dedicated to sculpture, jewelry and pastels by Condon Kuhl. Regular gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday 11 to 5 or watch for the open flag along route 123, Harpswell. FMI, 833-6081. Contact:

Carol P. Sullivan at River Arts

Puffins FAA

“The Secret”, painting on silk by Carol P. Sullivan

Rangeley, Maine resident, Carol P. Sullivan, will have an art show of her paintings on silk and a selection of hand-dyed silk scarves at River Arts on Route 1 in Damariscotta this summer from July 7-27. Please stop by to see her uniques works of art if you happen to be in the mid-coast Maine area.

Carol has enjoyed a long career of creating fiber art in many iterations. The medium of painting on silk with dye has rekindled a love that she was introduced to 25 years ago. She finds no shortage of inspiration to translate to her chosen medium of silk and dye. Carol is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art and over the years has continued her artistic journey through workshops and classes in a variety of mediums.

She specializes in the unique world that is Maine and the title of her show, ‘Eyes Wide Open”, defines her journey. As Carol says, “Take a moment, rest your eyes on something of beauty, of mystery, of wonder…rest your eyes, even as they are wide open, on the beauty that surrounds you. Do what you can to preserve that beauty…as I have honored that beauty and wonder with my paintings on silk.” Where she takes us from here promises be a wondrous experience as we learn from Carol to see the world with our eyes wide open! She welcomes inquiries about special commissions. To find out more about Carol’s silk paintings, please visit her website at

Camden Falls presents “Monhegan on the Mainland”


“Spring Road” (Oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″) – Alison Hill


Camden Falls Gallery in Camden brings the rugged beauty and artistic culture of Monhegan Island to the mainland through the paintings of Alison Hill and other house artists. The show will run from July 2-22, 2016, with an artists’ reception on July 9 from 4-6pm.

For nearly 200 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists including George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, the Wyeths, Edward Hopper, and Don Stone. Every summer, painters and tourists flock to Monhegan’s rocky coast and spruce forests, transforming the tiny island into a thriving art colony.

Monhegan’s magnetic appeal lies in its ephemeral light—the way it underpaints the cloudbanks and reflects off the island’s unique ground cover. While island life stubbornly resists modernity—maintaining the same winding dirt roads and weather-beaten fish houses now as it did 100 years ago—the island’s changing seasons and light continue to refresh Monhegan’s soul within the texture and color of each scene. “Everywhere you look,” says Alison Hill, “there’s a painting.”

Alison is one of many artists lured to Monhegan by its timeless landscapes, rugged coastline, rustic architecture, and self-reliant islanders. Formerly of Newport, Rhode Island, Alison earned Master’s degrees in Art Therapy and Art Education before choosing to live and paint year-round on Monhegan after her initial visit in 2002. She devotes herself full-time to her island studio/gallery during the summer, and spends winters on Monhegan painting winter landscapes as well as portraits and still-lifes. In 2012, PBS spotlighted her in their video special “The Women Artists of Monhegan Island.” Recently, her works were featured in the movie, “The Congressman.”

Hill captures some of Monhegan’s magic in “Spring Road.” The inviting composition beckons the viewer to meander down a sweet, sunlight path between wild roses and snug island cottages. With masterful handling, Alison creates a dappled pattern of sun and shadow in the foreground. The warmth of the rose underpainting suggests a bucolic landscape suffused with heat. As the path rises and falls, disappearing between verdant hillocks, viewers feel a sense of deep space and mystery.

“Monhegan on the Mainland” features Alison’s work alongside that of other contemporary artists such as Todd Bonita and Stan Moeller, who are renowned for their paintings and workshops on Monhegan, throughout New England and in Europe.

Stan Moeller’s humble self-portrait, “Painter on Monhegan,” underscores the epic role of the natural world in island life. Thick directional strokes of paint in this small painting bring masses of gray granite to the forefront. The deeply shadowed crevices draw the eye further into the piece, where an intrepid painter, the artist himself, looks out to a brightening sea. Along with the artist, the viewer can glimpse the profile of neighboring Manana Island pointing to the horizon, seeming almost to be sailing westward.

Todd Bonita, lauded for his exquisite photorealism, infuses scenes with subtle mystery and melancholy. His oil, “Fish Beach Sunset,” seemingly devoid of human figures, still alludes to the fishermen and women whose lives move in rhythm with the tides and tourists. Late afternoon sun shines underneath the low, looming gray mass of evening clouds and glances off of distant cottage walls. The low vantage point helps create a sense of absence and anticipation. The tide, having receded from the tumbledown stony shore, leaves a linear pattern in the sand—rivulets where small pebbles have been pulled back toward the restless sea. Such precise attention to the natural world is a hallmark of this gifted artist.

The unique vistas of Monhegan Island not only draw artists from all over the world, but more importantly seem to bring forth their strongest efforts. House artists Alison Hill and Stan Moeller were both mentored by Don Stone (1929-2015), the dean of Monhegan contemporary painters. Alison recalls feeling “quite intimidated” by Stone at first, but adds that “he soon became a friend and confidant as well as a teacher and mentor on painting landscapes, and more. He had a way of summing things up in catchy phrases that still go through my mind when I’m painting. I am forever grateful for his guidance and friendship.”

To honor Stone’s vital contributions to the island’s artistic heritage, the Island Inn recently held a memorial gathering with many notable artists in attendance. In addition, Monhegan’s Lupine Gallery and the Island Inn are presenting “Don Stone: A Monhegan Legacy,” with paintings spanning Don’s three-decade career on Monhegan. On display at the Island Inn through Oct. 9, the show also includes the works of 17 other artists (including Stan Moeller and Alison Hill) whose lives and work bear Don’s lasting impressions.

According to Camden Falls Gallery owner Howard Gallagher, “Stan (Moeller), who spoke at Don’s memorial service, will sometimes attach one of Don’s ‘catchy phrases’ to his emails. Don used to say, ‘When you are painting a point of interest, look at the point of interest; when you are painting outside the point of interest, look at the point of interest.’” Adds Gallagher, “Ask any artist what makes painting on Monhegan so special, and invariably, ‘it’s the light’ will be part of their answer.” Experience the light and Don Stone’s Monhegan legacy. Book a trip on the mailboat to visit the island, and if you miss that join us at Camden Falls Gallery for “Monhegan on the Mainland.”

Howard and Margaret Gallagher
Camden Falls Gallery
5 Public Landing
Camden, Maine 04843
207 470-7027

Star Gallery opening for LaPalombara and Stroud


Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring Constance LaPalombara
and Cynthia Stroud, with an opening reception Thursday June 30,
5 – 7 pm, at 6 Neighborhood Road, Northeast Harbor, 276-3060. The show runs through July 12.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Grand Opening


The new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) opened its doors in Rockland to great fanfare on Sunday, June 26. More than 1700 people visited the new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori.

“The opening of this new building will start a new chapter in contemporary art in the state,” said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy. “By creating an architecturally significant space in the heart of Rockland’s downtown arts district, CMCA will empower itself, more than ever before, to pursue its core mission of showcasing well-known and emerging Maine artists while taking Maine contemporary art to a new and elevated level.”



With its focus on the art of this generation and the next, CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programs are designed to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds, from Maine and beyond. Located in downtown Rockland at 21 Winter Street, CMCA is within walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants and hotels. This new building will help anchor the city’s growing reputation as a year-round arts destination.



To kick off the inaugural exhibition schedule, three compelling solo exhibitions of work by artists Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz, and Rollin Leonard are on view through August 12.

FMI visit

Philip Carlo Paratore open studio


Philip Carlo Paratore is a MFA from Pratt Institute and is a professor of art at UMaine Augusta. He hosts an open studio the second Friday (July 8) of each month at his studio at 26 Oak St. in South Portland. All curious folks and art collectors are cordially invited. Here is Philp with  “Three Graces” from his  “Elephant Dreams” Series. For more, visit

“Chasing a Running Stream” at Deer Isle Artists Association


Don Bardole art

“Chasing a Running Stream” is the exciting new show at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery that runs from July 1 through July 14. Showcasing a wide variety of artists and mediums, this show will delight visitors as they explore the many creative channels on display from new and established members of the Association. Appearing in this exhibit are Leslie Anderson, Don Bardole, Arlyss Becker, Rory Beerits, Michael DeMatteo, Ron Deprez, Dorothy Doubleday, Amber Gentry, Cathy Hart, Emily Johansen, Jerry Levitt, Susan Barrett Merrill, Edwin Pell, Pat Roth, Olive Savage, David Simonds, and Walter Smalling. The Art Rack will feature work by Dorothy Doubleday, Judith Felch, and Sara W. Forster

Susan Barrett Merrill will be exhibiting sculptures that she has created from fiber. Known especially for her masks, Susan has studied art and education in the United States, Greece, Mexico, and Japan. She has taught weaving at Haystack, and is the former director of Spindleworks, an arts center in Maine for people with disabilities. Susan has a studio/gallery in Brooksville, where she teaches weaving and spinning.

A psychotherapist in private practice, Michael DeMatteo also hails from the Brooksville area. Having majored in creative arts as an undergraduate, he has expanded his versatility by studying Japanese Sumi-e painting with Frederica Marshall in Deer Isle, and finds this medium both spiritual and beautiful. His more recent work has continued to be of traditional Sumi-e paintings with ink and paper, and has expanded to ink and watercolor on paper.

Cathy Hart formerly resided near Baltimore, Maryland, where she studied and worked as a studio potter. Cathy moved to Deer Isle in 2003 and currently creates jewelry using gemstones and glass beads. She utilizes established patterns and those of her own creation, employing a variety of stitches and finishes while focusing upon color, shape, and texture for her design.

Visitors are warmly invited to meet the artists at a reception on Sunday, July 3, from 4:00 – 6:00 at the Deer Isle Association Gallery, 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. The DIAA Gallery is open daily from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. (207) 348-2330.



Ramona du Houx exhibit at SugarWood Gallery


New work includes mystical images of Maine’s Windjammer fleet under full sail

For the month of July the SugarWood Gallery, at 248 Broadway in Farmington, will feature the fine art photography of Ramona du Houx. The open house will be held on July 1st from 5pm-8pm, during Farmington’s First Friday Art Walk.

Ramona du Houx creates fine art photography that looks like watercolor paintings evoking mystery and a sense of wonder. Some find them nostalgic and some mystical. Many have said the images have a healing nature.

“I try to bring the beauty, magic and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. Putting the images into categories was extremely challenging as everything is interconnected,” said Ramona, a Solon resident.

Ramona is currently represented by Gallery Storks of Tokyo, Japan and is also a member of the Maine Artist Collaborative and the Harlow Gallery. Gallery Storks has produced an art book of Ramona’s art called: Transformations— Revealing nature’s complex balance. Some of the photos on display are featured in the book.

“Scientists, innovators, and inventors throughout history took the time to observe nature and her connective rhythms. But now society plugs us into the Internet, and while that can open doors, sometimes too much of being Internet-connected disconnects us from the mysteries of the natural world that are transformational. I want to help show how nature’s interconnectedness can lead us to discoveries about our world and ourselves,” said Ramona.

Ramona uses the camera with a painter’s eye. The technique she discovered back in 1979, in New York, uses movement to create a sense of wonder through colors, textures, memories, and the seasons. Everything within the viewfinder becomes visibly interconnected when objects merge with the motion of the camera as the image, the “lightgraph,” is taken.

The photographic watercolor technique is always a challenge. “I never know exactly what the results will be, that’s the exciting part of the creation,” said Ramona.

2016 Exhibition Season underway at York Gallery


Cheryle St. Onge, Untitiled, archival pigment print from large format film, 24” x 19”

Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery 2016 exhibition season is underway. It is the fourteen year running that the river front gallery opened by recognizing and presenting he work of the grantee and finalist of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundations Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant. Many in attendance were also there to honor York artist Michael Walek, whose small gouache paintings are featured in the dock level gallery.

Since its inception in 2002, the Charitable Foundation’s annual grant program has inspired artist from the Piscataqua region to compete for up to $25,000 to support plans that can make a significant difference to the advancement of an artist’s work. The exhibition “Momentum XIV” features the 2015/16 grantee Cheryle St. Onge and finalists Sarah Haskell and Carly Glovinski.

In her series “Natural Findings” photographer Cheryle St. Onge focuses her large format camera on simple forms and objects in nature. Much like a naturalist gathering scientific specimens, her photographs capture moments of discovery and wonderment. Over the years her young children have brought home their discoveries: spiders, snakes, frogs and other small creatures. She shares their enthusiasm and awe of these findings and is taken with “the limitless scrutiny that is possible through a photograph.” She began this particular series during a Guggenheim Fellowship and the series is on going. She received her M.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and have been included in four books. She divides her time with her family between Durham, New Hampshire and coastal Maine.

Finalist Carly Glovinski investigates patterns, objects and organizing systems found in everyday life with a mixed media practice heavily rooted in all aspects of drawing. Things are not always as they first appear as she skillfully uses trompe l’oeil techniques to make books, puzzles, chairs and other objects that can’t be read, taken apart, or sat upon. Her conceptual ideas are presented with humor and quirkiness. One of her favorite medium to paint with is the product “White Out” which is used to cover up mistakes. Her use of the material is quite contrarian and ironic as it is used as an opaque positive. She has recently been juried into exhibitions at the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts and the Maine Center for Contemporary Art, in Rockland.

Finalist Sarah Haskell has a passion for thread, public art and building community through creative endeavors. Her textile artwork explores the cross over between text and textile, investigating the mystery of encoded fabrics and the hidden language of cloth. In her community art projects, she seeks to reveal our common threads as well as those that define our differences.

Her selection for the “Momentum” exhibition include two large weavings of hand-dyed and hand woven fibers called “Unhinged. Simple shapes represent the curve of the earth, a home and a figure all on a beautiful indigo blue colored ground. In her four panel piece titled “HELP” she has embroidered the American Sign Landguage gesture for each letter to spell the word as well as imagery to reference the four elements: fire, earth water and air.

The gallery is also presenting a solo exhibition by York artist Michael Walek. His show it titled “Atmosphere” and feature his small gouache paintings. Gouache is a water based medium, much like watercolor, but with a more opaque pigment. Walek is very skilled with the medium which he uses on various colors of Canson paper, a high quality fiber paper. Before he begins a painting, he carefully considers which color of paper best suits the scene as it will show through in parts of the painting as both forms and highlights.

The artist travels extensively, from the woods and garden around his York home, to far away places such as Egypt and Portugal. His travels are the central theme of his plein air gouache paintings, a medium that allows his to capture the subtle changes in light and to explore the formal elements of color and texture. Ultimately, it is the color of the atmosphere that drives the direction of each painting.

The exhibitions continue through July 10th. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.

CMCA Opening weekend events


Sunday, June 26
Members and Supporters preview reception, 11am-1pm
Open to CMCA Members, Business Supporters, and all Donors to the Capital Campaign | Reservations required | RSVP here

Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, 1-2pm

Public opening, 2-5pm
Jonathan Borofsky Human Structures | Alex Katz Small Paintings | Rollin Leonard Vernal Pond
Free admission

Camden National Bank | Public event sponsor

Opening weekend celebrations dedicated to the memory of Judith Daniels.

Courthouse Gallery presents “Philip Frey: Unexpected Light,” Geoff Smith: Sculpture


Philip Frey, Structural Harmony, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to present three exhibitions: Philip Frey: Unexpected Light, Geoff Smith Sculpture, and New Work by Jeffery Becton, Ragna Bruno, John Neville. The shows will be on view from June 22–July 16. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The solo exhibition Unexpected Light marks the tenth year Philip Frey has been represented by Courthouse Gallery. Owners Karin and Michael are delighted to have worked with Philip these past ten years and look forward to many more. “People are drawn to his vibrant colors and brushwork,” said director Karin Wilkes. Collectors Weslie Janeway and William Janeway, who contributed to the exhibition catalog, said the following about Frey’s work:

“Phil’s work balances between abstraction and recognizable image. Shadow and light, water and land, a command of color across an extraordinary range of shades combine to express the experience of the Downeast coast of Maine and beyond that specificity, the experience of living at the intersection of sky and sea and earth.  His ability to reveal the organic, physical source of the images that inspire him through structured forms is compelling.”

Frey studied painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design, printmaking at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and holds a BFA from Syracuse University. He has received several grants and awards, including the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency in 2012, and his work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide and abroad. In 2016, Frey’s work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art.



Geoff Smith, Bones, 1988, Fiberglass sculpture on granite base,

Geoff Smith (1940–2009), who summered on Deer Isle for twenty years, made sculpture non-stop during his forty-year career. He is best known for his large-scale, curvilinear, and abstract sculptures, several of which are included in this show. Smith’s work was exhibited, collected, and commissioned for private collections, public exhibitions, major corporations and art institutions in more than fifteen states across the nation. Smith worked in a variety of media, including steel, stone, wood, fiberglass, clay and bronze. During his long career, he lived and worked in studios in Vermont, Philadelphia, Virginia, Maine, and Kentucky. Smith graduated from the University of Vermont with a Master of Arts degree in 1969.

MFT Gallery’s exhibits “The Wild Things”


Amy Peters Wood, “Rototilling”


Weeds and Wilderness star in MFT Gallery’s exhibit “The Wild Things”
Belfast. For more than ten years John Arden Knight has been painting weeds – the very thing most of us rip out of the ground without a second thought. Knight, who resides in Portland, is attracted to plants that escape the confines of our gardens, landscaping and urban development. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be showing his work, and that of four other artists, in an exhibit titled The Wild Things, from June 6 through July 25.

The artists will be present for an artist talk on June 24, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception and Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.



John Arden Knight, “St. John’s Wort”


Knight’s weed paintings demand to be noticed. They are oversized, colorful, and defy the traditional laws of composition that define so much of contemporary landscape painting. His painting of St. John’s Wort, an herb which is known for its anti-depressant qualities, seems to depict not only the plant itself, but its energy and healing properties: bands of light shoot out from the root of the plant, radiating through the entire ground below.
Paired with Knight’s weeds are Amy Peters Wood’s paintings of wild places in Maine, seen from above. Wood is an artist who walks her talk – she does not just depict the wild things around her, she devotes her life to living in harmony with all creation. She paints with egg tempera, using eggs from her own farm and pigments collected from around the world. Having done her honors thesis for her bachelor’s degree in special relativity, she maintains a rapport with quantum mechanics and the relationship between energy and matter, time and space. To contemplate one of Wood’s paintings means to contemplate the bigger picture, the interconnectedness of all things, wild and less wild.
Leslie Bowman focused her body of work on milkweed and monarchs, and their interdependent relationship, creating paintings and small ceramics, which interact with live milkweed plants. In her study of these two organisms, she writes: “I am increasingly amazed by how complex and intelligent all of nature is. Most of the species have been around for eons before humans showed up. They should “know “something. What we consider “wild” or a weed has evolved for a reason… Who are we to call it wild? At best we can tap into that wildness and use it for our own evolution.”
Anne Alexander’s sculpture is about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. She will be exhibiting her new work, the Guandule Series. Guandules are pigeon peas- a delicacy and source of protein in The Dominican Republic and other tropical countries. Alexander confesses she becomes obsessed with certain forms; she has recently carved a four-foot long granite guandul, and has been working on a series of ceramic guandules for a few years now, experimenting with color using various organic-looking, layered glaze combinations.

Sarah Szwajkos contributed several photographs that are as much about finding wilderness in the landscape, as finding the wilderness within. Says Szwajkos: “Something happened to me in the fall of 2014. I started climbing up a certain hill, over and over again. I was following an instinct that it would be good for me – for my body and my spirit – to spend more time immersed in nature. On these walks I brought my camera and made photographs – just for myself. After years of making images for clients, I had started to feel like I no longer knew what kinds of pictures I would make if left to my own devices.”

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. All other Friday evenings during July and August, the gallery is open until 7pm. More information can be found at .
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit

Blue Shines Through at DIAA

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Alison Dibble, “Frog Eggs”


An opening reception with the artists will be held on Sunday, June 5, from 4:00 – 6:00, and all are invited to attend. The DIAA gallery is open from 10AM – 6PM daily, and is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. (207) 348-2330.

What does blue mean to you? Sea and sky? Blooming hydrangeas? Come see what it means to artists at the Deer Isle Artists Association in their newest show, “Blue Shines Through,” which opens on June 3 and runs through June 16. Appearing in this show will be Mary Bracy Martin, Alison Dibble, Glenn Felch, Jeri Gillin, David Kofton, David McBeth, Robert Starkey, Hub White, and Pat White. These artists represent many different styles and mediums.

Robert Starkey is inspired by the landscape and works “en plein air” with pencil, watercolor, pastel, and oil. While he is initially inspired by the land’s color statement and visual drama, while he is actually painting, the mood or poetry of the place becomes the challenge he strives to capture. David McBeth, a potter and a professor at the University of Tennessee, serves as President of the Deer Isle Artists Association. He utilizes a variety of clays and glazes to form his unique work, which can be found in many galleries around the peninsula. Pat White designs and creates beautiful textiles from felt. Her designs are colorful and exciting, and each piece is truly one of a kind.



Camden Falls Gallery to show “Below the Waterline”



“Isaac Evans,” oil on canvas by Carol Douglas


“Below the Waterline: Seven Weeks in the Shipyard”

The featured show this June at Camden Falls Gallery in Camden is the result of an artist’s chance meeting with local living history.

House artist Carol Douglas recently discovered and captured in oil on canvas Rockland waterfront’s spring “fitting out.” For seven weeks, she documented the annual, historic ritual of hauling schooners from the water onto the “ways” at the North End Shipyard and outfitting each vessel for the new season, much like an aging actor being “gussied up” for yet another arduous summer performance.

Works by other house artists, including Loretta Krupinski, will also be exhibited in the show. Loretta Krupinski undertook her own interpretation of Maine’s historic working waterfronts. In conjunction with Down East Enterprises, she delved through archival photographs from a variety of local sources and developed a group series of highly detailed oils. These 40 paintings, compiled in the book, Looking Astern, bring to life coastal Maine during the turn of the century. Krupinski’s work, like Bellows, brings out the courageous humanity and strength of dockworkers, sailors, and fishermen.

Camden Falls Gallery is open daily. Call for more information (207) 470-7027, or check online at

Pam Cabañas at Tidemark Gallery


Old and In the Way, pastel on La Carte, Pam Cabañas

Tidemark Gallery proudly presents Pam Cabañas and joins with Philippe Guillerm Gallery and Heywood Gallery for Waldoboro’s “Second Saturday ArtWalks.”

“Where the Gulls Are,” a solo exhibition of works by Friendship artist, Pam Cabañas, opens Wednesday, June 8, with an artist’s reception Saturday, June 11, from 5 to 7 pm.




FEMMetonymy at Carver Hill Gallery


Virginia Fitzgerald “Black Widow Sculpture” chickenwire, VCR tape

On First Friday, June 3, Carver Hill Gallery, in Rockland will open “FEMMetonymy”, a show featuring Maryjean Viano Crowe, Virginia Fitzgerald and Lesia Sochor.FEMMetonymy is a show of three women artists using clothing as a vehicle to challenge convention, tell a story, express an opinion, and elicit an emotional response.

Virginia Fitzgerald’s work includes three dimensional installation pieces and collage. She says of her work, “The dress is my symbol for our essential being, our core. Using this emblem, my work speaks about the power and the politics of relationships – our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the world in which we live. The work speaks to the emotional, or lack of emotional, connection between people. The dress form denotes the body – how we relate to our own bodies and how we relate to others bodies; it further examines how we cover and present our bodies and how that veneer affects all of our experiences and encounters. I deal with the ideas of fertility, fragility, strength, waste, war, imprisonment and freedom. My work invites viewers to reconsider their place in our society and culture, and to question the status quo. This project is very relevant to the current issues being debated today, and the dress is my soapbox from where I can engage in political debate and consider social protocol.”


Mj Viano Crowe “Intuitions of Spirit,” collage, 48”x36”

Mj Viano Crowe’s art resolves as installations, photographic assemblages, light box shrines, artist books, cut paper and mixed media paintings. “At the center of many of my large-scale, mixed media pieces in The FEMININE DIVINE series are powerful female figures surrounded by nature. In “Arise/The Gathering Storm” a woman of foreign origin tests the waters, while waves break in the distance.  In “Intuitions of the Spirit” a Madonna-faced woman with trees in her hair embraces her own spirit, as planetary symbols orbit about, encircling cosmic and earthly elements.  In “Eve’s Garden” a woman of universal ethnicity cradles a tree to her bosom, shielding a decaying world of insects and animals within her ample skirt.”


Lesia Sochor, “Little Black Dress” 36”x22,” oil on collaged sewing pattern

In 2007, Lesia Sochor found inspiration in her mother-in-law’s sewing drawer. “I was reminded how sewing connected me to my female ancestors. The unassuming spool of thread, full of meaningful purpose, is a powerful icon whose history chronicles stories of necessity, practicality, fashion, poverty and sweat. From one generation to the next it stirs personal recollections and family stories. The image sparked dozens of oil paintings, both literal and metaphorical. This series of loose thread – and spools of thread – eventually evolved into the ‘Bodice’ paintings, torso pieces in oil on sewing paper. I further continued my exploration creating the ‘Body Language’ pieces, where the whole body was painted. This ongoing theme of women, sewing, and fashion continues. From the ordinary to the flamboyant, the clothes we wear and how we wear them can define and reinvent us. The daily ritual of creating an impression can reveal our occupation, age, origin, social class, politics (sexual and otherwise), personality and beliefs. I continue to use sewing pattern paper as the surface upon which I paint, allowing the language, instructional text, and markings to remain visible.”

FEMMetonymy opens on First Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5 – 8 PM and runs through June 28. See for more information

Waterfall Arts Photoshop Intensive Workshop


“Sky,” by Susan Guthrie

Waterfall Arts in Belfast will host a three-day workshop on Photoshop for artists on Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 10-12.

This intensive workshop is for creatives who want to either begin or expand their abilities to work digitally on color issues or photography using the many tools available in Adobe Photoshop.
This emersion training will provide a complete overview of the basic tools and help individuals focus on what they want to learn, based on their goals. Attendees will each receive a thumb-drive with all the course curriculum, lessons, links and other invaluable resource materials to take home.

The instructors for this 3-day weekend bring a host of different and complementary skills. Kris Engman teaches drawing, design and painting at the University of Maine and her interest in color behavior pushed her into painting and computer technology over a decade ago. She teaches color workshops throughout the year for several mid-coast Maine arts organizations and her knowledge of color theory will be at the core her instruction. Susan Guthrie a fine art photographer, represented since 2007 by  of Portland and she has trained in and used Photoshop for many years.
Please contact Waterfall Arts at 338-2222 to register or for more information about this opportunity.

Courthouse Gallery Artist’s Talk with Jessica Lee Ives


Jessica Lee Ives, “Moving Meditation,” oil on panel, 10 x 22 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host an Artist’s Talk for Jessica Lee Ives on Friday May 27 at 4pm. Ives will speak about her work and how the following philosophies influence her personal and artistic life: kinesthetic intelligence and imagination, mirror neurons firing in the brain, and the healing properties of water. The event is free and open to the public.

Ives’ work is currently included in Fire and Water: Janice Anthony and Jessica Lee Ives, a two-person exhibition that explores each artist’s interpretation of two opposing natural elements. The shows will be on view from May 20–June 18. There will be an artist’s reception immediately following the talk.

In 2016, Swans Island Company released Water Colors, a special edition throw, which is being presented in collaboration with Ives, who created The Colors of Water, an original painting inspired by this throw. The throw and prints will be available at the gallery talk.

Ives uses paint to explore and experience her adventure filled relationship with the landscape of Maine, her home state, and beyond. Ives paints out of love—love for the world, and for the capacity of humans to know the world through movement, recreation, and adventure. Kinesthetic intelligence and imagination form the foundation of her personal and artistic life. Ives is astounded by how a small brush stroke can capture a large body moving through water, and how these actions describe the world’s beauty.

Ives received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art. She was named one of the Top Ten College Women of 2003 by Glamour Magazine. Ives was awarded the Clark Foundation Fellowship for her work as an artist-in-residence at Ground Zero. She used the fellowship to pursue a master’s degree at New York University, combining work in the fields of art, religion, and public service.

Maritime art of Ed Parker at Gleason Fine Art


Ed Parker “The Market Boat”

Gleason Fine Art of Boothbay Harbor, is thrilled to present Southport artist Ed Parker’s first single-artist show in Maine. “Painting the Story: The Maritime Art of Ed Parker” now through June 21

Ed Parker is internationally recognized as one of the leading marine artists working in the folk art tradition. However, Parker’s work is much more sophisticated than the phrase “folk artist” would suggest. Parker’s Yankee sensibilities combined with a deep respect for history and a sophisticated sense of design, proportion, and color all contribute to Parker’s uniqueness as a maritime artist with a sense of humor.

For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at To view Ed Parker’s show, and Gleason Fine Art’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, visit the gallery’s website at

Dowling Walsh Gallery shows Connie Hayes


Connie Hayes, “Blue Towel, Civita,” oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″


Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland with show Connie Hayes, “Civita Castellana, Italy” June 3 – 25, 2016 with an opening reception Friday, June 3 from 5-8pm. Hayes will give an artist talk and slide show at 2:00pm Thursday, June 9 at the Strand Theater in Rockland titled “What is Ambition Related to a Painting Life?” Free and Open to the Public


Tadashi Moriyama, “Petabyte,” acrylic and ink on paper, 18″ x 24″

Also occurring at the gallery will be a showing by multimedia artist, Tadashi Moriyama. Moriyama brings influences from around the world to his work

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at or call 207-596-0084.

New Era Gallery Opening with “Winter Works”


“Mementos” by Alison Angel, encaustic collage.


New Era Gallery on Vinalhaven will open for the 2016 season with the 15th annual “Winter Works,” Open to all gallery artists, the show provides a first look at work done during the off season. The show will run through June 22. New work includes encaustic collage by Alison Angel, mosaic tiles by Jackson Gregory, hand hooked rugs by Kathleen Bird, island landscape paintings by Joan Freiman and Elaine Crossman and stone sculpture by Carl Swidorski.

Spring Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information , including the full schedule of summer shows and events, please visit or call 207-863-9351.

Greenhut Galleries to Show New Works


Henry Issacs “Between the Islands #3”, 36”x36” inches, Oil on canvas


Greenhut Galleries of Portland will be featuring new work by artists Henry Issacs, William Irvine, Tina Ingraham and Kathi Smith

Also featured is the work of artist Margaret Gerding. The exhibit will run from June 2- July 2 with an opening reception Thursday, June 2 from 5-7 pm.

Landing Gallery opens 2 solo shows


David Riley Peterson with his ceramic lobster boat.

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of two solo shows, “POSTCARDS FROM HOME”, a solo exhibition of new oil paintings by Sarah Faragher and “PASSAGES: TIME & THE SEA”, a solo exhibit of twenty seven new ceramic boats by David Riley Peterson from May 24 – June 26.  The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 3rd from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk. FMI 207 239-1223 or

David Riley Peterson loves boats so much that he makes them in clay. His new solo exhibit has  twenty seven new ceramic boats. David is a graduate of the highly regarded Univ. of Fl. where he received his BFA in Ceramics/Sculpture. Many of his craft are some of Maine’s most iconic watercraft, such as the Dory or Pea-Pod. Other boats in the show of interest are several tug boats, a passenger ferry and the remains of old sunken ships.

“David grew up summering on Vinalhaven where his father was born. His Grandfather also lived on the island, across from the boat yard. Talk about a kid’s ultimate dreamland. The boats in this show will definitely make you smile or scratch your head says Dave. They always make me very happy”.


“Evening Radiance” oil/linen, 24” x 36” by Sarah Faragher

Sarah Faragher’s oil paintings of Maine are painted on location and are defined in an objective manner, using gradations of color, a light to dark value range and closely observed natural details which have her signature, American Realist, style.

“I was born and raised on the coast of Maine, where there are pockets of glorious wildness that put everything else into perspective.  And that’s where I still live and work today.  I often think of my small paintings as postcards – brief messages from beautiful and difficult places – depicting noteworthy landscapes and ephemeral happenings.  Some of these landscapes I’m discovering now and some I’ve known all my life.  The latter encompass my earliest memories and remain of intense interest, in fact they only become more fascinating to me as the years pass.  They seem to exist outside of time, yet are simultaneously of the moment, now.  These are my home landscapes – home being a place of clarity and also of mystery, a real place and a dream, the view from my actual house and the metaphorical view, of an emotion, feeling, or memory.  I’ve been experimenting with the rectangular format, scaling the postcard up to a larger size, while attempting to retain the immediacy of the message.  Postcards, after all, often contain progress reports or statements of feeling, from a journey: messages about nature, history, longing, love, and comfort.  (Wish you were here.)  These are messages from where I live, wild plain places that get right down to the elemental nature of things – any old place, really, and at the same time, here.  Home.”  ~ Sarah Faragher

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, June 3

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for June 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 3 June.   Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Caldbeck Gallery, The Gautschi Center, Craft Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, The Art Loft, The Strand, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, Archipelago Fine Arts, Asymmetrick Arts, Landing Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery & Black Hole.

Caldbeck Gallery will be showing George Mason’s “Relief Tapestries”, and Nancy Glassman’s watercolors and oils.  Both artists’s work is about the Georges River Watershed.

Craft Gallery opens with “In Bloom”, a show of fine art and craft inspired by blossoming nature, featuring watercolors by Susa Van Campen and rugs by Sara Hotckiss.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be having its first show of the year: a solo exhibit of paintings by Francis Grant

The Art Loft will be open with a table set up for people to “give art a try.”

The Strand Theatre will be screening ‘Hockney’ as a First Friday Film, co-presented by the Farnsworth, at 8pm.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery continues to show work from Laurie Sproul, Jean Ann Pollard, Beth Parks and Doug Smith.  The gallery is located on Water Street, a short walk south from Park St., and is an ideal place to start or end a tour of the Rockland galleries.

Carver Hill Gallery will open “FEMMetonymy” a show of three women artists using clothing as a vehicle to challenge convention, tell a story, express an opinion, open a dialogue and elicit an emotional response.  Featuring, Maryjean Viano Crowe, Virginia Fitzgerald and Lesia Sochor.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will open its show, “Leo Brooks and Jonathan Frost: Works on Paper”

Asymmetrick Arts is collaborating with Win Wilder Hall, to host ‘Hole History: origins of the American style donut”.

A full list of galleries can be found at

Art Space Gallery + Rockland first Friday Art Walk


Lara Max, “Steel Bass, Cooper Grass”

Art Space Gallery invites you to the June Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk.   We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, June 3rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Obrianna Cornelius, Lori Davis, Penny Markley and Lara Max.

Artisan blacksmith, Lara Max focuses on creating forms with texture and color from basic metal shapes. Her sculpture entitled “Swimming Fish” was inspired by the idea of fishing in a Maine stream on a cool spring day.   “I wanted to capture the illusion of light and movement of a fish swimming under water, making its way through the grass.” Using a technique called repoussé, a French word meaning “to push back”, she accomplishes just that. With hammers and chisels the bass was created in mild steel and heat blued, the grass is hammered copper and the entire sculpture is mounted on a piece of marble.

Obrianna Cornelius is an award winning artist who specializes in colorful watercolor landscapes. She received training in Fine Art at Pensacola Christian College, where she developed her skill and knowledge in realism. She lives and works in scenic Maine where she is known for her bold, highly-detailed paintings, filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects.   The beautiful landscape and unique culture inspire her artwork. From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing her. Watercolor is her primary medium, but she is also talented when working with pen and ink, pencil, colored pencil, oils, and mixed media.

Photographer Lori Davis is intrigued by Nature and captures spectacular moments in time, bringing them back to share with others. It’s the simplicity which entices her to look closer, and she’s always amazed by the intricate details discovered. A single autumn leaf falls victim to a rain storm, but explodes with stunning colors, texture and detail that make one little leaf suddenly appear so complex. Patterns in the sand left by an outgoing ocean wave, the complex color pallet and abstract forms of a sunrise sky, or even the brilliant clown-like colors of a puffin’s beak… all just simple things in Nature that when looking more closely, are so exquisite and incredibly detailed. These are the images Lori will be sharing during this show.


Penny Markley, from Winthrop, is intrigued, by the effect of the light, and changing seasons on the landscapes of Maine. Her paintings capture her reaction to this visual wealth. She loves the coast, but lives inland and finds great beauty in fields, hills, marshes, lakes and mountains. For this show she has focused on an area that has it all, Acadia National Park, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of it’s founding this summer.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.   The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. June hours are 11am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at

ArtLab for All Ages: Warp, Distort, Repeat!

ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino demonstrates

Rockland, Maine, May 24, 2016 —


ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino demonstrates

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to stretch their imaginations and flex their creative muscles while representing the human form for June’s ArtLab, “Warp, Distort, Repeat!” Participants will use a variety of materials including discarded CDs and Silly Putty. Everyone will have a blast manipulating images and copying and repeating faces and forms. Join in the exploration!

Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, June 4, from 2-4 pm at the Rockland Recreation Center’s Tower Room at 44 Limerock Street. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. Starting in July, all ArtLabs will be held at CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street, Rockland.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opening “STILL WATER”


Jim Root “Bar Island Sunrise-II “- Oil on Canvas 60” x 60”

Philippe Guillerm Gallery is pleased to announce its first opening of the season Saturday June 11th , from 4:00 to 7:00pm with an Artist Reception and exhibition of works by Jim Root.

Jim was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN living on the White River for much of his childhood. Between canoeing and boating he also began painting and drawing at an early age. He received his degree in graphic design from the University of Cincinnati and pursued a career in advertising with several large ad agencies and then over the past 20 years running his own firm in Chicago.

Jim continued his personal artwork throughout his professional career and since moving part time to Maine has been painting subject matter along the mid coast region. He’s continued his love of the water and boating and explores the shorelines and islands of Muscongus Bay in a kayak, often paddling at dawn or sunset to capture the solitude, light, shadows and reflections of shorelines and islands.

The exhibition will include as yet unseen paintings from Jim Root and sculptures from Philippe Guillerm from the 2016 collection as part of the ArtWalk Waldoboro.

Sohns Gallery presents “Constructed Photos”

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street in Bangor , presents “Constructed Photos” by MaryJean Viano Crowe, from May 9 – July 1. An artist’s reception will be held on June 10, at 6:30 with the artist talk at 7:00.

Much of MJ Vaino Crowes Constructed Photos are influenced by over nine years of teaching in Paris every January during the 1990’s for Rhode Island School of Design.  Scouring ancient collections at the Musée de L’Homme, Louvre and other obscure museums. When asked about her process the artist responds  “I cobble together negatives from an array of subjects that I’ve photographed over time; then, scratch into and scotch tape them together.  Printing in sections 24” x 32”, I assemble and overlap sheets to create a large-scale composite, later to be polychromed with photographic toners. Although this work is frequently mistaken for painting, the process is entirely photographic.”

Regardless of the format she uses, representations of the female figure typically perform on the various stages MaryJean creates for them. Cloistered within their own private universes, her subjects’ expressions seldom reveal more than subtle hints about their actual inner selves. Orbiting the background, often structured in the style of manuscript illuminations, is a complex planetary arrangement of fanciful ephemera from birds to insects, to flora and fauna, visually suggesting an extension of the central figures’ intricate, emotional worlds.

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at

Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens for 32nd Season


Keith Oehmig, “Center Harbor, Brooklin, Maine,” oil on board, 24” x 30”

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery and Wiscasset Bay Gallery Modern & Contemporary opened for the season May 28th to celebrate the start of the gallery’s 32nd season and the opening of “New Maine Paintings.” Both receptions are free and open to the public, with light refreshments.

Highlighting this show are a collection of thickly painted oils of Monhegan Island vistas and bold expressionist nudes by David Kasman.  Contrasting Kasman’s deep, moody palette are colorful, high-keyed oils by Keith Oehmig and Michael Graves. In Oehmig’s “Center Harbor, Brooklin, Maine” the viewer sees the historic village’s harbor in royal blues and warm mauves. Graves’s “Sailing off Islesboro” depicts a Marconi rigged schooner set against billowing clouds with the Camden Hills in the distance. Carlton Plummer is exhibiting several watercolor and acrylic works on paper rendering the foliage and sea in lyrical abstract forms.

Additional contemporary New England artists showing in the exhibition include Tom McCobb, Paul Niemiec, Judith Magyar, David Lussier, Geer Morton, Guy Corriero, Scott Redfern, Diana Johnson, Tom Curry and Roberta Goschke.



Jules Pascin (French 1885-1930), “Dame de la Nuit,” hand-colored etching, 4 ½” x 3 ½”


In conjunction with the contemporary exhibition, many important American and European artists are represented. Andrew Winter’s (American 1893-1958) “Dories on Fish Beach” and Sears Gallagher’s (American 1869-1955) “Base of Blackhead” capture the village and coastline of Monhegan Island. A rare hand-colored etching of “Dame de la Nuit” by French modernist Jules Pascin (1885-1930) will also be featured. Other noted twentieth century artists include Charles Ebert (American 1813-1959), Gordon Grant (American 1875-1962), George Benjamin Luks (American 1867-1933) and Lucien Moretti (Italian 1922-2000).

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Modern & Contemporary located at 8 Federal Street will feature surrealist photography and paintings along with vintage and mid-century works.

“New Maine Paintings” will continue through July 6th. For more information, call 207-882-7682, or visit the gallery’s website at The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm, and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.

Mars Hall Gallery “St. George Sales into Summer 2016”


“Waiting to Haul”, by Holly Smith.

Mars Hall Gallery in Port Clyde will celebrate the holiday weekend as part of “St. George Sales into Summer”. The annual event will preview the 2016 season Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Memorial Day through Friday, June 17th, the gallery will be open by appointment only.
The show offers an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; acrylic and oil paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele-Esposito, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith and Ron Weaver; and black and white pinhole photography by Antonia Small.
Also on display will be a large variety of 3-D Art by Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi; a variety of quality crafts including driftwood fish by Claire Perry; decoupage by Davene Fahy; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; carved and turned vessels by Dick Kelly and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens will be alive with two exhibits; “The Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and “Heavy Metal Mobiles” by Jay Hoagland. A large collection of antiques, vintage jewelry, unique junque, handmade soaps and farm fresh eggs are also available.
Mars Hall Gallery is located 12.7 miles down the St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. For more information, call 372-9996 or 372-8194 or visit or email

Open-Air Arts Initiative in Blue Hill


Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) and Cynthia Winings Gallery of Blue Hill announce the launch of the Open-Air Arts Initiative (OAAI) with a kickoff event on June 4th. The mission of the OAAI is to inspire creativity in the young people who live on the Blue Hill Peninsula by encouraging them to get outside and explore nature.

The Open-Air Arts Initiative is a self-driven program in which youth (PreK-12) are invited to visit Blue Hill Heritage Trust conservation properties and create something that celebrates their connection to that place. Participants can explore their favorite BHHT trails, or learn about new properties by picking up a trail guide from their office or by visiting the OAAI website. With a backpack of art supplies, (cameras, pencils, etc) and a sense of discovery, participants can take time to notice the beauty of these valuable natural resources.  The OAAI provides a framework for these observations to be recorded and appreciated in a meaningful way.

All participants’ work will be displayed and celebrated at an art show at the Blue Hill Public Library during February 2017.  Selected works will be showcased in printed materials such as the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Area Guide and BHHT publications.

OAAI is designed to foster creativity and help young people feel more connected to the place they call home.

OAAI will host Young Artists Workshop on the Mountain, Saturday, June 4th from10am-12pm. This workshop is free and open to all school aged youth on the peninsula. Join us for a morning of exploration and creative expression on Blue Hill Mountain, led by special guest artists from around the peninsula! For more information and to register for the event, please contact Chrissy Allen at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust 374-5118 or

For more information, and a list of BHHT properties with trail maps and directions, please visit:  and find us on facebook!

Betts Gallery opens Spring Mix group show

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Petrea Noyes, “West By Northwest” Archival Inkjet by

Betts Gallery in Belfast is celebrating the season with Spring Mix, a group show featuring the works of ten artists with local roots.  Each has selected their freshest works for the show in a succulent variety of media ranging from graphite, assemblage, printmaking, oil, acrylic, pen & ink, archival inkjet, and more. Artists include Susan Cooney, Mark Kelly, Karen MacDonald, Petrea Noyes, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Julie Rose, Lesia Sochor, Jill Stasium, and Janalee Welch.
The show runs from May 27 through June 25, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, May 27 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Betts Gallery is located at The Belfast Framer, 96 Main Street, Belfast, Maine. There is also a second entrance on Beaver Street.

The Belfast Framer & Betts Gallery, 96 Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915, 207-338-6465

Littlefield Gallery opens with Don Best

A biscuit

Don Best “A biscuit, perhaps, while you’re up?” relief sculpture 33 x 28


Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor opened for the season May 29 with a show featuring sculptor Don Best. In this most recent body of work, Don uses an art form that has been around for over 6,000  years: Relief Sculpture. These visual narratives  are  told through his passion for animals.  Married to a veterinarian,  Don  has long used cats and dogs for subjects in his work.

Don has a BFA from the Maine College of Art and has done extensive  studies in wood at Haystack Mountain School on Deer Isle. Inspired by  his  study of Maine wild life, his  sculptures include life size wall pieces of  herons, loons, hawks and owls.

“One of the powerful aspects of relief is its relationship to narrative. Combining the best of painting, drawing and sculpture, the artist can choose, compose, and balance these elements.”
~Eugene Daub, Sculpture Review, Spring 2016

The gallery is open daily from 11-5:30.

Waterfall Arts Summer Classes + Workshops

Amy Guadagnoli's "Sailing the High Plain"

Amy Guadagnoli’s “Sailing the High Plain”

Waterfall Arts has greatly expanded the number of summer classes and workshops for adults and teens age 15 and up. Large Woodcut Printmaking, Ceramics, Photoshop for Artists, Painting, Nature Drawing, Eco Printing, Stained Glass, Cyanotypes, Torchwork, Personal Writing, Raku, Darkroom Basics, Sequencing and more are on the schedule.

Listed below are workshops and classes that begin in June – there are also many classes for kids and adults in July and August and complete course descriptions, instructor bios and on line registration is available at

June starts off with a Photo Blitz Weekend led by Kevin Johnson on June 4 and 5, where the goal is to learn how to expose, process and print black and white film photographs – all in two days! The next weekend brings Suppahtime, an All Ages Art Happening event described as a play-with-your-food community pot on June 10.  Kris Engman and Susan Guthrie lead Photoshop for Artists, an intensive three day workshop (June 10-12) for artists and photographers who want to expand their abilities to work digitally.

Wheel Throwing led by Felicia Cinquegrana, an all levels ceramics class focused on working on the pottery wheel, begins Thursday June 16 and runs for six weeks. Kris Engman offers a one, two, three or four day Plein Air Painting workshop concentrating on color theory and how to make it work outdoors. Students can sign up for one or more all day workshops held June 20, 22, 23 and 24. Engman will also lead Nature Drawing, a four week drawing class for all levels beginning June 30, and another round of Plein Air Painting in August.

Stephanie Wade leads True Stories: Finding Freedom at the Crossroads of Cultural and Personal Myths, a writing workshop for all levels, on Saturday June 25th from 10 to 1. Large Woodcut Printmaking, an exciting five day workshop led by Amy Guadagnoli runs June 27 through July 1. Participants will learn to plan, carve and print large scale multi-color woodblock prints
And for all ages and families, Becky Brimley leads Paint Your Own Pottery on Saturday, June 25 – decorate mugs, tiles, boxes and more in this pottery glazing workshop.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Complete information on classes, workshops, scholarships, instructors and online registration can be found at
2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, after school programs, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, and Revision Energy and for Kids and Family Programming, the Green Store.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. Gallery and office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5. For more information, stop by, visit waterfall or call 207-338-2222.

DIAA’s “DISH(e)S, Table for Two”

Baskets by Cynthia Bourque Simonds

Baskets by Cynthia Bourque Simonds

It is all about the  heart of the home at the latest Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery show, “DISH(e)S, Table For Two” which runs from May 20­­–June 2. Featuring items related to the table, this is also the DIAA’s yearly scholarship show, where artists contribute fifty percent of their earnings to scholarships for Deer Isle Stonington High School students who wish to pursue their artistic interests.

Visitors will find a wide variety of table related art at the gallery, including clay, ceramics, glass, linens, candle stick holders, baskets, and serving pieces. Table settings will be enhanced by representations of the theme, featuring photography, watercolors, and oils.

Artists contributing work to this show are Leslie Anderson, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Chuck Collison, Dorothy Doubleday, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Amber Gentry, Jeri Gillin, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Melody Lewis-Kane, Deborah Lothrop, William Lukens, David McBeth, Diane Maguire-Horton, David Simonds, Walter Smalling, Tracy Van Buskirk, Pat White, and Alice Wilkinson.

The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village, and is open daily from 10:00AM to 6:00 PM.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Let’s See:”


Ingrid Ellison art


“Let’s See, The June Exhibition” marks the beginning of Season IV at the Cynthia Winings Gallery.  Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception for the new group show, Sunday, May 29, 4 – 7 PM.

Let’s See: The June Exhibition, features the artwork of Ingrid Ellison, Tom Flanagan and Suzanne Siegel, with new work from Louise Bourne,Tim Christensen, Tom Curry, Heidi Daub, Roberta Amina Greany, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, and Goody-B. Wiseman, and paintings from the estate of Russell Smith, and is on view until June 26!

Ellison writes of her oil on panel paintings, “the colors of the changing hues of the water and skies most decidedly inform my palette. The patterns discovered in the erosion of the tide or the planking of a wooden hull inform my drawing.” The final result in her seascapes is a visually engaging abstraction of the observed world. Since moving to Maine in 2007, Ellison has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Åarhus Gallery and the University of Maine Bangor, and the Cynthia Winings Gallery.

For Tom Flanagan, improvisation is incredibly important in his creative process. In his large acrylic on canvas paintings, shapes of color contrast and harmonize. Daniel Kany, an art critic, wrote of Flanagan’s work in a recent show, his “bold palette activates the elegance of his paintings as objects – a quality reinforced by the artist’s many-layered color gestures that so often run the length of his panels.” Flanagan moved to Maine in 2006 and currently has his studio in Brunswick.

Suzanne Siegel works in oil and mixed media, and is inspired by working harbors and the rugged coast of New England. The texture, color and line in her abstract paintings suggest what she observes in these environments. Siegel writes, “my current work is more about not knowing, searching, and wondering.” In her process, she “makes drawings, takes notes, and searches for visual ideas that communicate arrangements of space and luminous light that she feels deeply connected to.” Siegel lives in Guilford, CT and has exhibited her artwork throughout New England, notably with a solo exhibition in 2014 at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington, Deer Isle.

We are fortunate to include in this exhibit new work from Louise Bourne,Tim Christensen, Tom Curry, Heidi Daub, Roberta Amina Greany, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Goody-B. Wiseman, and paintings from the estate of Russell Smith.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, and was formerly known as the Leighton Gallery. This is the beginning of the fourth season for the C.W.G. in this historic location.

Tel. 917-204-2001;

Turtle Gallery Opening Reception June 12th


Chris Joyce, Vessel with Lid, Black Ash Burl and African Blackwood 11.5 x 5”


The first show of the 2016 and 34th season at the Turtle Gallery is  Sunday, June 12th with an Opening Reception from 2 to 6 PM. The Exhibit runs through Saturday, July 9th and features MaJo Keleshian (Drawings) Stephen Yusko (Metals) Lydia Cassatt (Photographs) Chris Joyce (Wood)  and Jacques Vesery (Wood).

Lydia Cassatt, a longtime Turtle Gallery painter is exhibiting her new work in Digital Photography – her ethereal, powerful landscapes translate flawlessly from her painting work into 12 x 12 Photos.  MaJo Keleshian, a Professor of Art at the University of Maine, will be showing her abstract drawings created using layers of pigmented wax.  Keleshian describes her work as “a form of visual haiku; brief moments that attempt to evoke a memory, a feeling, an experience.” Stephen Yusko, an accomplished Metalsmith, who currently has a solo exhibition at the Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, will be showing new work.  Yusko’s industrially toned steel work has recently shifted to explore movement and motion and the concept of ‘home’.  Chris Joyce, a Deer Isle native and self-taught wood turner, will have new vessels, boxes and ornate creations.  Joyce’s wooden works are a melding of fascinating design and expert craftsmanship.  Jacques Vesery, in his first show at The Turtle Gallery, will be showing works from several of his series, including his spheric sculptures and the sacred spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People.

Concurrently, a collection of Jewelry and Contemporary Craft, the Annual Print Show and the Sculpture Garden will be on display.

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6. The gallery is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. For more information, please call 348-9977, or visit  We are on Facebook and Instagram under TheTurtleGallery.

2016 Acadia ART Achievement Award Winners


Linda and Russell D’Alessio

The 2016 Acadia ART Achievement Award goes to Russell and Linda D’Alessio. In the mid-sixties, Russell and Linda D’Alessio were introduced to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park while on vacation. Awe struck by its natural beauty, they knew someday this would become home.

The dream became reality in 1974. With Russ fresh out of art school they packed their VW bug complete with two young sons and moved to Mt. Dersert Island from New Jersey,  (in February with no jobs!)  Bringing their artistic creativities and passion for the arts with them, Russ, a painter sold some of his originals and prints to local galleries and Linda, her weavings. It was selling these pieces of art that floated them through their first Maine winter and solidified their love for this place.

Living here in Maine has allowed them to pursue their creativity and passion for the arts. In the late 70’s, they opened a screen print company placing Russ’s designs on garments designed by Linda.  This line of fashion clothing, jewelry, and decorative accessories sold nationally and internationally including Giverny Gardens, Paris, France

During this same period they formed a side-company to help other Maine Artisans and Fine Craftsmen to market their wares, bringing Maine Art & Craft to the Maine and national market.   At that time, Linda presided on the Maine Governors board formed during the McKernan administration to promote “Made in Maine.”

1989 marked the season they opened their first retail operation in Bar Harbor, Over the Moon Studios, focusing on their line of clothing and jewelry in a small space on Cottage Street.  A year later they moved to larger quarters and opened Pretty Marsh Gallery, this time featuring their line of clothing and accessories and many of the “Made In Maine” artisans they represented.  Operating in that location for 20 years they carried many Maine artist’s works of pottery, jewelry, and fibers arts, including Russ’s paintings, drawings, and illustrations.

Forty-three years later they remain an important part of Bar Harbor and Maine’s art community.   Russell’s works can be found at D’Alessio Gallery on Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor and online. He also maintains a studio in town upstairs at Bayside Landing while Linda manages the gallery and its web presence. She is also instrumental in beginning Downtown Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walks and is currently  Chairperson of the committee.  You can find more about the D’Alessio’s on the web at: