Author Archive for Anthony Anderson

Waiting for Spring at Markings Gallery

Warm and Cozy…. “Waiting for Spring” at Markings Gallery in Bath, March 1 to April 1, with a Gallery reception March 17, from 12-4pm with artist’s demos of felting…. and just possibly a performance of belly dancers!

We are all familiar with Maine euphemisms for our seasons.  “Maine has two seasons: winter and preparing for winter.”  Or how about:  “Maine has two seasons: winter and August.”  March is notorious for teasing us with a few warming days and plenty of mud!

So let’s cozy up and make the wait colorful and comfortable.

The scarves of Fiona Washburn (featured in photo) are hand painted with extraordinary detail on silk, and silk velvet.  Kris Sandoy creates marvelous felted hats and scarves in a wonderful palate of colors and styles.

Janice Jones has transitional weight scarves and lovely vests to help chase dreary spring weather away.

Warm up your living space with the glorious rag rugs of Hillary Hutton.  Hector Jaegar’s hand dyed wool rugs invite one to settle in and muse on his contemporary exploration of color and design.

And for tickling the sense of the absurd the tea cozies of Susie Stephenson will make one smile away the winter blues.

60+ artists are represented in Markings Gallery. Their work inspires us to keep looking for the beauty in each day, no matter the weather outside.Warm and Cozy…. Waiting for Spring

Sohns Gallery Solo Exhibit “Oh You Pretty Things” by Kat Johnson

 

The Sohns Gallery at The Rock & Art Shop in Bangor announces a solo exhibition by local artist Kat Johnson, Oh You Pretty Things. The exhibit runs March 4 – April 28, with an opening reception Friday, March 8 at 6:30 pm. The artist will be on site to give remarks at 7:30. This event is free and open to the public.

Oh You Pretty Things will include all new works created in the past six months. The exhibition will showcase eight new large relief prints. These framed works will be for sale along with the unframed prints in the edition and other smaller prints of various subjects. The artist will be donating a portion of all sales made during the duration of the show to Mabel Wadsworth Center.

Johnson has lived and worked in Bangor for over fifteen years and this is her fourth solo show in the area and second at the Sohns Gallery. Johnson works as the Senior Museum Educator and Marketing Manager at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Downtown Bangor. She received her Masters of Fine Art in Intermedia in 2012 from the University of Maine and has been an active member of the creative community since her arrival in Maine in 2003.

This is the second exhibition of Johnson’s work at the Sohns Gallery. The first showing was a large scale evolving painting which was the inaugural show in the gallery. Having focused on painting for many years, Johnson has now turned to printmaking to create her images. Regarding this shift Johnson stated, “I’ve always painted large, flat areas of color with bold line work, very much in the style of a screen print or relief print. I thought it was time I finally made that leap to fully delve into the process of printmaking.”

Connie Hayes, ‘Face Time’ at Dowling Walsh Gallery

 

Please join us for the culmination of our community fundraising project on Saturday, March 2nd from 3-5pm.  Additional donations will be accepted during the event.

ArtLab for All Ages – Saturday, March 2, 2-4pm

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create soft mixed media sculptures and wearable artworks during March’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Drawing inspiration from the work of CMCA Biennial artist, Baxter Koziol, participants will craft small soft sculptures and mini wearable artworks such crowns, masks, buttons or brooches. The project will borrow from the aesthetics of toys, comics, cartoons, and action figures to construct personally symbolic and expressive small objects from felt, fabric, and mixed media. Participants are advised to bring old T-shirts to use as sewing material.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the The Cricket Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie L. Taft Foundation, and individual donors.

March Exhibitions at Greenhut Galleries

Tim Christensen, Tunk Stream Blackwoods Porcelain 14 x 6 x 6 inches

These exhibitions are shown from March 7 – 30 with an opening reception on March 7 from 5-7.  Tim Christensen will give a talk on March 9 at 1 and Henry Isaacs on March 16 at 1.
Greenhut is pleased to announce its first exhibition of work by printmaker, PMA Biennial featured porcelain artist, environmentalist, and writer, Tim Christensen. The exhibition is titled, “In Response to Chaos” and the work featured in this show is the culmination of his latest sea voyage.
When I googled “Container Ship Passage Australia” 2-1/2 years ago, it was with the intention that I would create a body of work that would chronicle an odyssey. I had been asked to present my pecha kucha talk, “Art in the Holocene Extinction” in Cooroy, Queensland, and from this invitation, I created a “mega-transect,” a study of the Earth’s systems that would come to span the major oceans, 6 of the 7 continents, and take me around the world using about 5 gallons of crude oil. I would experience the heat of the Sudanese Red Sea, the wet of the Bornean Jungle, the loneliness of the Pacific, the space of the Australian bush, and the chaos of living in places where everything is unfamiliar and new. I would experience hurricanes, typhoons, pirates, state security services, dingos, snakes, insects, flying fish, whales, sharks, sea snakes, macaques, leeches, superstition, inescapable reality, and plastic. I would see rare birds, rare sea creatures, rare atmospheric events, rare primates, and catch rare glimpses into lives- foreign and internal. In setting out to experience the world’s most remote places, I committed to recording my experiences in as many durable, tangible, and recognizable ways I could think of.
I had two rules for this project: “Make everything possible as new as possible,” and “Always say, ’Yes.’” The resulting work reflects my observations of subjects internal and external. I looked at everything as equally valid and important, from traditional math- based-scientific data to more abstractly emotional and philosophical ideas.
I have used infinitely durable porcelain and universal visual language (Art!), to communicate what I saw across time, language, culture, and geographic barriers. These artifacts are designed to last tens of thousands of years and be accessible to anyone or anything with an eyeball and the ability to think abstractly. I conveyed the intimate daily experiences of the first voyage in that most personal of ways: by writing a book. Reflect, Adapt, and Persevere, co-written by Carri Lange and bound by Anna Low, was made using archival paper and inks, a self-created font of my handwriting, original drawings and intaglio prints, and a combination of ancient and modern silk screen printing processes and materials. During my travels, I used durable and portable etching plates and ancient drypoint to record my environment, often en plein air, capturing each day’s most compelling event, and later learned intaglio printing to create multiple images of what I saw. In all cases, I have “shown my work”, allowing the growth in the way I express myself to be evident alongside that which I was expressing.
Tim Christensen lives in Maine, splitting his time between Franklin and Roque Bluffs.

Henry Isaacs, Budapest Street 7 x 5 inches, Oil on panel

 

In the side gallery this month, Greenhut presents another travel-themed exhibition: Travel Notes, small paintings by Henry Isaacs. Writer and art critic, Dan Kany, has authored a booklet to accompany the show. An excerpt from Henry’s introduction to the Travel Notes booklet:
Sicily, Spring 2014. I am sitting in a cafe in front of Il Duomo di Cefalù on a Sunday morning. It is a quiet, sunny place. The vast space is empty. My palettes and brushes are set. My first sketch is exciting, and so I set to work. It was a Sunday, and after mass the children were the first out, and some ran over to me, curious to see what I was doing. Soon enough, there was a bunch of people around me. The waiter was happy because there was much more business. I worked very slowly because I was really comfortable, and I had plenty of time since Donna was off shopping. I heard one man say to the kids, ‘He seems nice. Go. Ask him about the colors. Why is he using those colors?’ ‘Lui sembra simpati-co. Vai.’ They did. I teased the children: ‘Do you have a problem with my colors?’ ‘No, sir! Grandfather. Where do you get those colors?’ ‘These are the best colors in the world,’ I replied in my broken Italian, ’Where do you think I get them?’ After a bit of back and forth about the best colors in the world, I said — finally — ‘Sicilia!’ They all cheered and the drinks came out, including an herb liqueur that was foul and tasted like 250% alcohol. They cheered again when I raised my glass and said, ‘Here’s to the colors of Sicilia!’ and we all toasted.
This story has repeated itself around the world so often that I am surprised when some version of it doesn’t happen. Painting on the tea terraces of Rwanda, women stop and watch from a respectful distance, and though I speak no Kinyarwanda, there is a smile, an exchange, a question, a brush tried out. Mayan children gather in highland villages in Guatemala and teach me the names of colors in K’iche’. In a small yurt in the mountains of central Japan, I work alongside my ninety-year-old Japanese friend while he paints his long scrolls. Near Black Mountain, Maine, I sit for the day painting small panels in August. Friends, family, and strangers join me for minutes or hours painting for the first or the umpteenth time as we chat away on the most splendid of days.
So many of my paintings have such records of companionship and stories embedded in them. I don’t necessarily remember all the details when I bring them back to my studio, but I remember enough. Art for me has never been a private undertaking. I mean it to be shared. My story of Sicily could just as easily have taken place on the Eastern Prom in Portland, Maine….
I hope the work and I always remain sembra simpatico.
Henry Isaacs received his BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in Printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art in England. He has taught and lectured around the world and his work is in numerous public and private collections. When not traveling the world, Henry splits his time between Portland and Vermont.

Rumford Artist Wins 2019 Moxie Festival Logo Contest

Brent Bachelder

 

A design created by Rumford artist and teacher Brent Bachelder was selected as the winning logo for the 2019 Moxie Festival.  The artwork consists of four iconic images, all of them with a bottle of Moxie.  DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh, and a Picasso-esque figure are shown enjoying the distinctively different beverage while the figure from Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” wails because his Moxie bottle is empty.  Moxie Festival Curator Julie-Ann Baumer said “the competition for this year’s logo design contest was remarkable.  We had 28 entries and we deliberated for 2 hours.  Bachelder’s work most clearly fit this year’s festival theme ‘Moxie Goes Artsy.’”

Bachelder, originally from Newry, is a visual artist, muralist, and sculptor.  A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Rhode Island College, he was the designer of Providence’s Wickenden Street mural, a city landmark from 1997 until the overpass was demolished in 2010.  Bachelder teaches Art at Meroby Middle School in Mexico and also runs a full service art and design studio in Rumford, Club Neopolsi Creations.  In addition to a $750 cash prize, Bachelder will receive the first 2019 printed T-shirt and may serve as a parade float judge.  But does he like Moxie?  “It’s better than I remember it as a kid,” Bachelder said.  The Moxie Festival, celebrating Maine’s official soft drink, is always the second weekend in July.  Mark your calendars for the 2018 Moxie Festival, July 12 – 14, 2019.

Tidemark Gallery Show: The Word Made Art

Tidemark Gallery + Café is pleased to present “The Word Made Art,” a group art exhibition to mark this year’s celebration of Herman Melville’s 200th birthday with works inspired by the the American Renaissance (1820-1860). Participating visual artists offer, in their chosen media, responses to literary works of men and women from the seminal era of American Romanticism: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edger Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, and others.

The artists featured in the show will include: Chris Augusta, Barbara Vanderbilt, David Peloquin, Sandy Griffin, Linda Gallion, Stephanie Muri, Susanna Lasker, Pat Parks, Lucy Martin, Stephanie Chamberlin, Alana VanDerwerker, Martha Truscott, and Helen Richmond Webb.

“The Word Made Art” will run through the first week in May, 2019. The artists will be present at the opening reception Sunday, March 2nd from 2 – 5 p.m. Gallery hours are 10-5, Wednesday through Friday, and 10-2 Saturdays. For additional information please find us on Facebook or at 902 Main Street, Waldoboro, 207 832-5109.

Upcoming Workshops at The Harlow Gallery

Stacey Anderson

 

Upcoming workshops at The Harlow Gallery.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm:Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm:Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson

Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm:Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude

 

Shawna Barnes

 

Spaces are limited, sign-up today by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Applications for Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program Now Open

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency announces the opening of the application period for summer 2019 grants on Monhegan Island, Maine. The program provides studio space, comfortable living quarters, a modest stipend, and time for visual artists to reflect on, experiment, or develop their art and ideas while living in an artistically historic and beautiful location.
The application period runs from February 1st through March 17th and is open to all artists with significant ties to the state. There will be two 5-week grants, one in June and another in September; as well as a 2-week grant in July designed for artist-teachers (grades K-12) who work in Maine.

For further information on the application process and past recipients, visit monheganartistsresidency.org and link to Submittable, an online submission service.

The jurors for 2019 applications are photographer Margo Halverson, chair of the graphic design program of the Maine College of Art; the Portland painter and art instructor John Knight; and Rockland-based artist and arts administrator, Leith MacDonald of the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Study Center.

Artists in all visual media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital, video, or other new media are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15th.

Mars Hall Gallery to Celebrate Carl Sublett

The Bennett Gallery of Knoxville, Tennessee celebrates the 100th anniversary of Carl Sublett’s birth, (2/4/1919), with a retrospective show. Shown February 1 through March 30.  https://www.knoxtntoday.com/art-reveals-quiet-sense-of-carl-sublett/.
Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate this summer, details to come.

Woman Reading, Carl Sublett

“Woman Reading” was recently sold at Mars Hall Gallery.