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Wendilee Heath O’Brien to exhibit in London

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Wendilee Heath O’Brien has been asked to participate in the Parallax Art Show in Kensington, London on February 3 & 4.  Wendilee is a self taught visual story teller painting in Downeast Maine. These stories are told in 5 mediums as each has a distinct voice – watercolor, pastel, oil, Asian Ink and Kinpakku- Japanese Gold Leafing. For more information visit whopaints.com

Craft Apprentice Program Announces 2018 Master – Apprentice Pairs

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The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, offers a statewide Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) for contemporary craft practitioners. The program is a concentrated peer-to-peer learning experience for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. The program serves to celebrate the role of the master/apprentice relationship as a way to generate creative entrepreneurship through the cultural sector. It addresses the need for developing sustainability and resiliency in the craft sector by allowing craft artists to acquire new skills, tools and management habits that help them adapt to the changing environment of craft consumers.

The number and quality of CAP applicants exceeded our expectations, leaving a difficult task to the 2018 CAP jurors. This year, program funding allowed for two pairs and the final outcome led to apprenticeships in jewelry and fiber. We are proud and dedicated to the selection process, and thrilled with the experience and quality of the 2018 selections.

2018 CAP Apprenticeship Recipients are as follows:
Master jeweler Christine Peters with apprentice Nina Devenney
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Master fiber artist Nancy Giesberger with apprentice Nina Ruit

For more information on the Crafts Apprentice Program or the Maine Crafts Association visit www.mainecrafts.org or call 207-205- 0791.

Celebrate the Human Form in Boothbay Harbor

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It’s time for the Second Annual “What’s Nude in Boothbay Harbor?” An exhibit Celebration of the Human Form! The Show held at STUDIO 53, 53 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, will be open two Saturdays, February 10th and 17th from 10:00 to 5:00, and on Sunday the 11th from 11:00 to 4:00. An opening reception will be held Saturday night, February 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Last year we had a very successful show selling 7 major pieces and over 40 small nudes. It was great fun in the middle of winter and we’d like to do it all over again! For more information please call the chamber at 207-633-2353.

Harlow Art Center Call for Art Inspired by Children’s Art

“A Sunny Day Can Sure Bring Out Every Sort” by Abbott Meader

“A Sunny Day Can Sure Bring Out Every Sort” by Abbott Meader

The Harlow Art Center invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for ”PLAY”, a juried art show on view March 7-24, 2018 in the upstairs gallery at the Harlow’s new location, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. PLAY will coincide with Young at Art, Harlow Art Center’s annual K-8 student art exhibition, which will be on view in the downstairs gallery March 7-24, 2018. The deadline for email submissions is Monday, February 19, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Artists are invited to submit work inspired by children’s art or childhood; and art that is whimsical, fantastical, joyful or humorous in spirit. Submissions are welcome from all maine artists. Artists may submit to 4 pieces. All media are welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Submissions will be juried by artist Abbott Meader as well as Harlow Art Center staff.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work to PLAY: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-play/. For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Bubbly Sweets and Shopping

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The Rock & Art Shop invites you to stop by on February 13th from 5 to 7pm for an evening of Shopping, Sweets, and Bubbly! Enjoy an art opening by Bangor Art Society, delicious treats from Specialty Sweets, and music from BSO members while doing your Valentine’s Day shopping at The Rock & Art Shop! A portion of all sales will benefit the BSO. For more information visit www.therockandartshop.com or call 207-947-2205.

“Weather Pending” group show at Caldbeck

RED CLAWS ON WORMWOOD, 2017 raku fired clay 6 7/8 x 7 x 3 1/2 inches Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander, RED CLAWS ON WORMWOOD, 2017
raku fired clay 6 7/8 x 7 x 3 1/2 inches

Caldbeck Gallery presents “Weather Pending”, a group show, featuring:

ANNE ALEXANDER,  LISE BECU,  ALAN BRAY, DAVID DEWEY, LOIS DODD, MELANIE ESSEX, MAGGIE FOSKETT, BAYARD HOLLINS, KOICHIRO KURITA
KAYLA MOHAMMADI, BARBARA SULLIVAN, DAN WEST,  and NANCY WISSEMANN-WIDRIG.

For more information visit www.caldbeck.com or call 207-594-5935

Sail and paint aboard an historic windjammer

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There are many painting workshops on the Maine coast, but The Age of Sail promises to be the most unusual. It’s the brainchild of teacher Carol Douglas and veteran windjammer Captain John Foss of the schooner American Eagle.

From June 10-14, a select group of painting students will set out on a four-day cruise of Penobscot Bay. While Captain Foss navigates the bay’s beautiful islands and harbors, Douglas will teach plein air painting to passengers.

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Is it even possible to paint from a moving boat? “It’s different from painting on land—quicker, more immediate, and more fleeting,” said Douglas, who is known for her paintings of the spring fit-out at North End Shipyard. “I’ve painted from the deck of the American Eagle twice now,” she noted. “Last fall, I started sharing my materials spontaneously with other passengers, and the idea for a sailing workshop was born.”

The watery landscape changes minute-by-minute, noted Douglas. “The water might be quicksilver in one direction and deep indigo looking another way. The shore is different depending on the tides. And the skies are always changing over the ocean.”

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The American Eagle was launched in 1930, the last wooden fishing schooner built in Gloucester, MA. She was purchased in 1984 by Captain Foss, who restored her for the windjammer trade. “She’s a beautiful, comfortable boat, and her crew is kind and welcoming,” said Douglas. The boat is a relic of the age of sail, but it’s been updated with comfortable berths, fresh linens, modern heads and a fresh-water shower.

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The trip lasts four days and includes an evening “gam,” a raft-up of the great schooner fleet of the mid-coast region. “That will be an opportunity to sketch or photograph the boats as they come in,” said Douglas. Lighthouses, wildlife, and unspoiled scenery are part of every trip. “That’s puffin season,” noted Douglas.

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Painters will concentrate on water media—watercolor and gouache—said Douglas. All levels of experience are welcome. “It’s a small, focused class, so it will be one-on-one instruction rather than group lectures,” said Douglas. All materials, tools, accommodations and meals are included in the fee of $1020.

For more information, contact American Eagle at 1-800-648-4544, or visit www.watch-me-paint.com

Harlow Gallery Features Two Exhibitions

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SEVEN | Jan. 26 – Feb. 24, 2018

Harlow Gallery presents SEVEN – their last art exhibition at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, where the gallery has existed since its opening in 1963, before moving down the street to their new home at 100 Water Street. SEVEN highlights the work of Maine abstract painters Emily Blake Blaschke, Jenny LaMacchia Campbell, Alicia Ines Ethridge, Celeste June Henriquez, Doreen Nardone, Brenda Overstrom and Donald M. Peterson.

SEVEN is a group of Maine based painters. The group emerged out of a Maine College of Art abstract painting course with Michel Droge This exhibit offers viewers an assortment of abstract painting styles. Each painter has created a unique language to express their visions of the world around them and their experiences in it.

“We are a group of seven abstract painters working in Maine. We meet once a month at each other’s studios to present and discuss new works in progress. As a group of abstract painters, we understand each other remarkably well. This coherence comes from our common fascination and openness to process. Our gatherings are brave, warm and direct. We value self-reflection and enter into dialogue about how to let go of things that get in the way of our full creative potential. We urge one another to have the courage to explore and experiment, to fabricate systems that guide one’s process and then break those rules, to take outrageous creative risks and make mistakes, to risk failure in pursuit of new ideas and new ground. As abstract painters, we rely on intuition and trust the process to lead us. We are guided by what shows up on the surface. This includes messy beautiful swathes of color, detailed imagery, ugly and pretty, precise and carefully constructed, meaningful and meaningless, and quick or dirty. All scenarios are valued: such as painting when we’re inspired or tired, angry or blissful, agitated or confused. We are committed to maintaining the community we have created. We are committed to each other, to encouraging and carrying each other through painters block, busy times, and troubled waters. We are committed to manifesting our truest selves in our work and to valuing an honest and forthright approach to the act of painting and critiquing.”

Leecia Price, Provence View 3 Nathan Allard, Bee Boxes Washington

Leecia Price, Provence View 3
Nathan Allard, Bee Boxes Washington

WINTER MEMBERS’ SHOWCASE | Jan. 17 – Mar. 3, 2018

The Harlow Art Center presents the Winter Members’ Showcase, on view January 17 – March 3 at 100 Water Street in downtown Hallowell. Come see the new location filled with work by local artists, representing a range of genres and media. Hours for the Winter Members’ Showcase are Wednesday – Saturday noon-6pm.

Participating artists include Participating artists include Glenn Adams, Nathan Allard, Jacqueline Berry, Robin Brooks, Betty Collins, Teddi Jan Covell, Kristin Eckmann, Julia Einstein, Cheryl Herr-Rains, Rex Holsapple, Dee Keneagy, Suzanne Kelly, Cindy Langewisch, Penny Markley, Catherine Peterson, Jae-Eun Pilsbury, Leecia Price, Gigi Ragasa, Laurie Sproul, and more. For more information call 207-622-3813 or visit www.harlowgallery.org

Julie Babb Paintings Now on Display in Damariscotta

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

Several of Julie Babb’s gouache paintings are now on display at Newcastle Realty, 89 Main Street in Damariscotta. Julie and her husband Bruce recently moved from the Pemaquid area into Damariscotta. Julie is well known in the area for her realistic detailed paintings of birds and natural subjects. She also teaches gouache painting at River Arts. Julie is represented by Bayview Gallery in Brunswick and seasonally at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park. Her paintings can also be seen at www.covehousestudios.com along with Bruce’s marquetry work. For more information contact Julie at jbabb@tidewater.net or (207) 563-3445.

CMCA announces upcoming exhibitions

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions to launch the 2018 season. Opening in February is the exhibition, Boundaries, a recent collaboration between photographer Jacob Hessler and Presidential Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, followed in March by solo exhibitions of painters John Moore  and KJ Shows.

Jacob Hessler, Dreaming a Wall, 2017, photograph on aluminum

Jacob Hessler, Dreaming a Wall, 2017, photograph on aluminum

Jacob Hessler + Richard Blanco | Boundaries 

February 17 – May 27, 2018
Sunday, February 18 | Reception 1-4pm, reading by Richard Blanco at 1:30pm; public welcome

Boundaries is a recent collaborative project between Obama Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco (b. 1968) and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985). Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among others. Together the artists and their work challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us versus them mindset. 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 becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition fine art book published by Two Ponds Press of Camden.Jacob Hessler is a fine art photographer specializing in the contemporary landscape. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, and holds an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. He lives in Camden, ME, and is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME.

Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. In 2015, the Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador. Blanco lives in Bethel, ME.

John Moore, Six O'Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas

John Moore, Six O’Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas

John Moore | Resonance 
March 3 – June 16, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 5-7pm | Artist’s reception; public welcome

Resonance is a survey exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist John Moore (b. 1941), featuring work primarily completed in his Belfast, Maine, studio in the past decade. The paintings are derived from drawings, on-site visits, sketchbook notations, photographs, and other source material. Moore’s mid-west origins, and the remembered working class culture of his upbringing affect the choices that inspire his poetic, multi-faceted paintings. Marked by personal experience and by the “weathered weight of time,” the subjects of Moore’s art range from a mill town in eastern Pennsylvania and a manufacturing site in Philadelphia, to urbanized locations from Bangor to Belfast in mid-coast Maine. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by Christopher B. Crosman.John Moore was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and received his BFA from Washington University and MFA from Yale. He has had 42 solo exhibitions since 1970, and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Ct. His work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Chicago Art Institute, the Yale Art Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art, among others.

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

KJ Shows | Portrait of an Artist
March 3 – June 3, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 5-7pm | Artist’s reception; public welcome

The exhibition, Portrait of an Artist, presents a nearly ten-year project by artist KJ Shows (b. 1965) of Kennebunk, Maine. In 2008, Shows began working on a series of oil paintings paying homage to a variety of contemporary artists worldwide. Connecting with them personally by mail, Shows asks each artist for a pair of shoes that they feel best represents them, from which she creates paintings that are unconventional and non-judgmental portraits. With continued positive response from participants, the series has come to include the shoes themselves along with a growing collection of ephemera, correspondence, and photos. To date, Shows has painted over 100 shoe portraits of both world renowned and obscure artists, including Jamie Wyeth, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, William Wegman, Judy Chicago, and Annie Sprinkle…and the list keeps growing.

Born in Seabrook, Texas, KJ Shows attended the Art Institute of Houston for Visual Communications. After living in San Francisco for a number of years, Shows moved to Kennebunk, Maine, in 2001 to devote more time to painting. Shows has participated in a numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country.

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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 – Saturday10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information visit cmcanow.org