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D’Alessio Gallery Hosts “Eden: a 50-year Retrospective”

 

D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor will host an art opening on August 2 celebrating 50 years of art by local artist Russell D’Alessio. The opening will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor and will include a reunion of the “The Anderson Brothers,” a local Bar Harbor band in the 70’s, champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

The event kicks off the exhibition Eden: A Retrospective, documenting five decades of artistic evolution for the colorful painter, beginning with his art school days. D’Alessio’s journey as a Maine artist began when he was inspired by his first visit to Bar Harbor while still a student in 1969. Enchanted by the beauty of the area, he and wife Linda D’Alessio relocated to Mount Desert Island in 1974.

In ‘88 the couple settled into their new home and studio in Dedham Maine.  The view from their perch on Button hill was over the setting moon. This inspired the new studio’s name, Over the Moon Studios.

 

Over the Moon Studios opened its first store in Bar Harbor in 1989, 30 years ago.  The following year the gallery was renamed Pretty Marsh Gallery featuring and featured Over the Moon Studio products and Russ’s fine art including paintings, carvings, and graphics.

Linda says,it has been an amazing journey for the both of us.” Ten years ago, the artistic journey continued with a move to Mt. Desert Street and a name change to D’Alessio Gallery. Today, D’Alessio is known for his paintings, frequently of women, featuring playfully bold fields of color and spontaneous brushstrokes. His worksoften whimsical, sometimes more serious and politicalhave enchanted decades of gallery visitors and collectors. Reflecting on the connections he creates through his art, D’Alessio says, “I am creating a world, an expression of myself, that extends to other people. Collectors first see the color, which brings a smile to their faces; then they realize there is content to it and they connect. It becomes part of them.”

The opening and exhibition celebration of 50 years of continuous evolution that includes not only paintings but also mixed media, collage, sculpture, and prints. “Like any true artist,” Linda D’Alessio says, Russell D’Alessiois “always creating, always moving forward. It will be exciting to see what the next 50 years will bring!

Show runs through August 5th in the gallery – online through August 31st – www.rdalessioart.com

About D’Alessio Gallery: D’Alessio Gallery, owned by local artist Russell D’Alessio connects visitors and collectors to the colorful expressionist paintings of this Bar Harbor artist. The gallery features revolving shows of his works and those of guest artists and is open daily from mid-May to mid-October and online at russelldalessioart.com.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Equilbrium” Opening Sunday, July 28

Meghan Brady, AM, Woodcut on Kozo, 10 x 8.5 inches

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present the third group exhibition of the season, Equilibrium. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, Sunday, July 28, 4 – 7 PM

Featuring:

MEGHAN BRADY

ANNA HEPLER

MARJORIE MOORE

NORIKO SAKANISHI

LARI WASHBURN

With New Work for Season VII from:
Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Anna Dibble, David Hornung, Juliet Karelsen, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Jerry Rose, Lynn Wessel, and Cynthia Winings. And in the New Sculpture Garden: Ray Carbone, Rebekah Raye, Melita Westerlund, and John Wilkinson.

 

Marjorie Moore, What Goes In Comes Back #3, Oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

On view, July 22 – August 17

44th Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

“Luna Backpack” in American Bison by first-time juried exhibitor Emma Thieme of Maven Leather | Cherryfield, Maine

 

Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show to be held July 26, 27 & 28 at MDI High School

Maine Crafts Guild artisans will show their fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass, leather and mixed media at the MDI High School, July 26-28, 2019. The Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show is in its 44th season.

Together with the Guild’s established member artisans, new member Victoria Varga of Cumberland Foreside, Maine will exhibit her contemporary sterling silver jewelry. Bold and colorful inlays are the hallmark of her signature collection.

Returning Guild members include sculptor Raymond Carbone of Steuben, Maine and jeweler Lauran Sundin of Brooksville. First time, juried, exhibitors at the Directions show include; Emma Thieme of Maven Leather (handbags), Lisa & Scott Cylinder of Chickenscratch (jewelry) and Jamien St. Pierre of Jamien St. Pierre Fine Furniture (wood).

 

“Cleopatra” in sterling silver, resin, crushed glass, pigments, mica. One-of-a-kind necklace by Guild member Victoria Varga | Cumberland Foreside, Maine

 

The show is presented in partnership with the Maine Crafts Association. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the shared booth and learn more about how the organizations serve Maine artists and makers.

Attendees of the show will shop for unique, handcrafted objects inside the MDI High School gymnasium. Fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass, leather and mixed media will be shown at the 44th Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – July 26, 27 & 28, 2019. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun.10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. MDI High School |1081 Eagle Lake Road | Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: mdi.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 717-372-1541. mainecraftsguild.com

The Harlow Presents ‘Formations’

“Fireflies” by Brooke Hoerner of Bowdoinham

 

The Harlow presents Formations, a group exhibition of ceramic artwork on view August 2-September 7 at 100 Water street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, August 2, from 5-7pm. 

 

“A Little Help” by Cheryl Lichwell of Biddeford

 

Formations showcases handmade ceramics from 29 local artists working in a range of styles and techniques including utilitarian, decorative, traditional, contemporary, and more. The exhibition culminated from an open call for ceramic work and was juried by local clay artist Tyler Gulden and Harlow staff.

 

“Untitled” by Cathie Cantara of Kennebunkport

 

A list of participating artists by town is as follows:

Augusta: MJ Palluotto, Cassie Sano, Rachael Wilson

Bath: Heather O’Neil

Belfast: Jean Hardy, Russell Kahn

Belgrade: Lizzie Malvicini

Biddeford: Cheryl Lichwell

Bowdoinham: Brooke Hoerner

Brunswick: Melissa Bardsley

Brunswick: Lisa Evans

Cumberland: Meryl Ruth

Farmingdale: Barbara Loken

Hallowell: Ru Allen, Malley Weber

Kennebunkport: Cathie Cantara

Kents Hill: Dylan Gifford

Kingfield: Penelope Hall

Madison, Wisconsin: Juliette Walker

Newcastle: Liz Proffetty

Orr’s Island: Catherine Gibson

Portland: Vicki Fox, Patricia Harrington

South Portland: Kimberly Bentley

Topsham: Lonie Laffely Ellis

Waterville: Justin Knaus-Tucker

Windsor: Robbi Fritz Portela

Woolwich: William Flood, Dan Gehan

Formations is on view in the downstairs gallery in tandem with Women. Respond! – a group show which is on display in the upstairs gallery August 2-September 7, 2019.

 

Dishes by Lizzie Malvicini of Belgrade

 

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. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Archipelago and Island Institute host Conversation with Artist Henry Isaacs

Henry Isaacs painting on Islesford

 

Join Archipelago and the Island Institute at Union Hall in Rockport on Thursday, July 25th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for a special evening highlighting the art and stories of painter Henry Isaacs.

 

Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs book cover

 

In an intimate conversation with art historian and critic Daniel Kany, Henry Isaacs will discuss his process, techniques, inspiration, and greatest influences, as well as Kany’s new book, Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs. An extensive traveler, Isaacs will also share stories about the sometimes-quirky genesis of his paintings and share small versions of them, his “travel notes,” while he speaks.

 

Some of Henry Isaacs’s “Travel Notes”

 

A book signing will be held immediately following the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, so registration is required to ensure a seat. To learn more or register today, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/events, or contact the Island Institute at (207) 594-9209, ext. 113 with any questions.

Cove St. Arts Presents ‘Strange Histories’ by Ian Trask

‘Reforestation’ Ian Trask

 

Join us at the Opening Reception on July 18th from 5-7 for Ian Trask’s Strange Histories. The reception will be a great opportunity to talk to Trask about his process and narratives.  Strange Histories will be showing through September 13th.

 

 

Using vintage slides, Ian Trask creates his own stories. By combining found 35 mm slide photography, analog collage, and assemblage sculpture, Trask creates imaginative double-exposures that transcend the boundaries of time and experience resulting in “strange histories” – Michelangelo’s David presiding over a smorgasbord of Twinkies and other junk food; the Mona Lisa meeting the iconic Campbell’s soup can.

Trask has found “that without prompting, people would share how the collages sparked their imagination. And oftentimes the narratives and perspectives conjured in their heads differed significantly from my own experience of the work – in the best possible way.” Like any great story or history, the narrative is shaped by and understood through personal experience.

 

 

Come experience the show and conjure your own strange histories from Trask’s stunning images. Cove St. Arts is located at 71 Cove Street in Portland.

Guest Artist Trunk Show at KOT

Mallard Waxed Canvas Tote with leather handles by Stitch & Rivet at (KōT) Contemporary Craft

 

On July 20 from 12:00-6:00 artist Kate Stack of Stitch & Rivet Handmade will be at (KōT) Contemporary Craft, 6 State Street in downtown Ellsworth, Maine.

 

Maine Leather Tote by Stitch & Rivet at (KōT) Contemporary Craft

 

This is the second event in a series of summertime trunk shows showcasing the work of American craft artists. Using leather sourced from a tannery here in Maine, Stack and her team make goods and accessories for everyday adventures. An additional collection of items for the home crafted from waxed canvas and linen will be available.   

http://www.kotcontemporarycraft.com/ Phone: (207) 479 5011

Dowling Walsh Gallery Hosts Three Exhibitions in the Month of August

Bo Bartlett, NutMan (Unemployed Worker at The Old Tom’s Peanuts Factory Silos), 2019, Gouache on Arches Aquarelle Hot-Pressed paper, 22″ x 30″

 

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of August: Bo Bartlett, Eric Green, and Aaron T Stephan. Opening Friday, August 2nd 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 www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

Bo Bartlett was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1955. He received his Certificate of Fine Arts in 1981 from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

He has had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; The University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, MS; “Love and Other Sacraments,” “Paintings of Home,” Ilges Gallery, Columbus State University, Columbus, GA; “A Survey of Paintings,” W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, Columbus, GA; “Paintings of Home,” PPOW Gallery, New York, NY; and “Bo Bartlett,” Ogden Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. He had a solo exhibition at Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY in 2016.

Recent group exhibitions include “American Masters,” Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE; “The Philadelphia Story,” Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; “The Outwin Boochever 2013 Portrait Competition Exhibition,” Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; “Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Permanent Collection,” Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; “Perception of Self,” Forum Gallery, New York, NY; “Real: Realism in Diverse Media, Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA; “Thriving in Seattle: A Retrospective,” GAGE Academy of Art, Seattle WA; “private (dis)play,” New York Academy of Art, New York, NY; “Figure as Narrative,” Columbus State University, Columbus, GA; “Solemn & Sublime: Contemporary American Figure Painting,” Akus Gallery, Eastern CT State University, Willimantic, CT; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, “private(dis)play,” Center of Creative Arts, St. Louis, MO; and “Five Artists of Accomplishment from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC; La Salle University Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA; Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA; McCornick Place Metropolis Pier and Exposition Authority, South Hall, Chicago, IL; United States Mint, Philadelphia, PA; Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA; Office of the Governor, Harrisburg, PA; Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA; Hunter Museum of American Art; Chattanooga, TN; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; Denver Museum of Art, Denver, CO; and Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.

Bartlett is the recipient of the PEW Fellowship in the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Award; Museum Merit Award, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA; William Emlen Cresson Traveling Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; Charles Toppan Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and Packard Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

Bo Bartlett lives and works in Columbus, GA and lives seasonally in Maine.

 

Eric Green, Flowers for Mary #2, Pencil on panel with Acrylic Wash, 18″ x 16″

 

Eric Green was born in Gorham, New Hampshire in 1956. Green was offered a full scholarship to the RISD at the age of sixteen. After attending the school for a week, he left to ride freights across the country, spending four years on the road.

In addition to painting for thirty years, he has worked in a frame shop, assembled pulp testers, traveled with a carnival, restored houses, painted industrial buildings from a hanging scaffold, designed two labels for Brazilian beers, written six novels, five books of poems, and a syndicated award-winning column for five Maine papers. 

Green has had several solo exhibitions, including those at: Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine; Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; Gallery Henoch, New York, NY; and Haley and Steele, Boston, MA. Upcoming solo show at Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, NY.

Recent group exhibitions include: “Small Works,” Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY; Portland Museum Biennial, Portland, ME; “Realism in 20th Century American Painting,” Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME; “171st Annual Exhibition,” National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, Vermont; Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, Vermont: and the Portland Museum. “Art from the Driver’s Seat: Americans and Their Cars,” curated by Cara Sutherland. Traveling to: Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington MA; Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID; Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois State University, Charleston, IL; Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI; Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN; Flint Institute of the Arts, Flint, MI; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL; The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA; and Galerie Bernard DesRoches, Montreal, Quebec.

Green is the recipient of the National Academy of Design Merit Award and three Vermont Council Arts Fellowships.

Eric Green lives and works in Belfast, ME.

 

Aaron T Stephan, Scaled Blocks, 2019, Cement, Variable Dimensions

 

Aaron T Stephan is an artist living and working in Portland, Maine. His work presents a wry look at the world around him – focusing on complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects. His work has taken form as a twenty-foot high table and chairs, a shelter made entirely of books, and a series of drawings reproducing iconic artworks ad infinitum

Stephan’s work has been featured at venues across the U.S. including DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Samson Projects, The Portland Museum of Art, John Michael Kohler Art Center, California Center for the Arts, Farnsworth Art Museum, Weitz Center at Carlton College, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, DUMBO Center for the Arts, Troy Arts Center, University of Maine Museum of Art, Quint Contemporary, and Albany Airport Gallery.

Stephan has completed public commissions at multiple sites in Maine including Westbrook, Jackman, Dover-Foxcroft, Belfast, Jefferson, Lewiston, Lisbon, Biddeford, and Portland. In addition, he has completed public commissions at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester (NH), Music City Center in Nashville (TN), Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis (IN), Fire Station 45 in Clearwater (FL), Texas Tech University in Lubbock (TX), Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City (UT), and the RTD Gold Strike Station, Arvada (CO).

This body of work, Intermediate Submittal, begins with the common concrete block.  The entire shape of a block is dictated by function. These works extract beauty from this mundane form through simple alterations of its prescribed scale, medium, and context.  Through these often slight and subtle changes, the works speak to a range of cultural ideas from America’s troubled history of individualism to contemporary issues of masculinity.  In this, the fundamental relationship between facade and structure is stretched, pushed, and broken while exploring the importance of this building block in our everyday lives.

Camden Falls Gallery Presents: “OLENA BABAK: THE PREPONDERANCE OF LIGHT”

Breath Of The Ocean, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.

 

SHOW DATES: JULY 12th – 26th
Exhibition Event: JULY 25th  4pm – 7pm

Olena Babak is an award-winning, classically trained artist whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in numerous galleries and collections across the U.S. and abroad. She was recently featured and interviewed by Plein Air Magazine (June-July 2019) about her process, her training, and the iconic influences on her. She soberly describes her journey and her goals as an artist, namely “to be in love—with the moment, with the scene, with the paint.”

 

Morning in Bernard, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.

 

Olena was the recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship (NY) and her works appear in numerous publications including two versions of the “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poets and Artists: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist.” She formerly taught graduate students at the Academy of Classical Design. Some of her selected awards from 2016 include: Best Representation of Rockies National Park; Artist’s Choice, Plein Air Richmond; First Place, Quick Draw & People’s Choice Award, Finger Lakes Plein Air; Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center Salon; First Place, Maine Art Show; and many others.

 Camden Falls Gallery congratulates Olena on having 3 paintings accepted into THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL ARC SALON COMPETITION. They received 4,300 entries from 73 countries, and only about 35% of the entrees have made it into the finals. All 3 paintings submitted by Olena are finalist works!

 Trained as a talented figurative portraitist, Olena developed a passion for recording Maine’s landscapes. Maine’s natural beauty feeds her soul, as she continues to transform “ordinary” land and seascapes into breathtaking beauty, filled with light, color, and passion.

 

After The Storm, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.

 

 In the vein of the traditional Hudson River School style, her work evokes the light of a by-passed-era, recalling the passion of the Romantic Period. Everyday scenes take on a life of their own through her lively brushwork as seen in, “Morning in Bernard”. The landscape, “Breath of the Ocean” evokes a bright, new dawn on the horizon, as Olena pursues her desire to capture and chase after this metaphorical vision of the hope for a new day. For Olena, “Sunrise is something very spiritual to me, as are sunsets. There are constant changes, slight differences in colors and light, and that resonates in life for me.”

 ”OLENA BABAK, THE PREPONDERANCE OF LIGHT” will show from July 12th to the 26th at CAMDEN FALLS GALLERY.  The gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME.

 Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10am to 7pm in the season. 

For more information, please contact us at 207-470-7027 or camdenfallsgallery@gmail.com.  Camden Falls Gallery website is www.camdenfallsgallery.com

The Harlow Opens Registration for Ceramic Workshop: Chawan Tea Bowls

 

Registration is now open for The Harlow’ upcoming ceramic workshop, Chawan Tea Bowls, lead by Jeremy Smith on Saturdays, August 3 and 10, 1-4pm. The workshop will take place at Hallowell Clay Works located at 157 Water Street, Hallowell. This workshop is held in conjunction with Formations, a ceramics exhibition on view August 2-September 7 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.

Jeremy Smith is a local ceramic artist and art educator. Over the course of two sessions, participants will be hand-building a series of chawans (tea bowls). All materials are provided but students can bring stamps or other small objects for texturing the stencils – such as a leaf or pinecone to press into the walls of the chawan. Jeremy Smith, has two decades of experience working with people of all ages in the ceramic arts. Students will pick up their fired pieces at the Harlow during open hours.

Register online at harlowgallery.org/tea-bowl-workshop or call 207-622-3813. Registration deadline is 6pm on Wednesday, July 31.

All materials included. Tution: $85 Members / $100 Non-Members. Space is limited to 12 students. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous experience necessary.