Café des Artistes

York’s George Marshall Store Gallery 2017 Exhibition Season Underway

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A beautiful warm evening, jazz and swing music by the Seasmoke trio, work by four talented New England artists and a capacity crowd marked the 2017 opening of York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. Work by Vermont painter Kate Emlen and ceramics by Paul Heroux are nicely paired in the entryway and front room. Paintings by Anna Dibble are exhibited in the smaller gallery space that looks out to the York River, and the lower “dock level” gallery is filled with paintings by University of New Hampshire professor Brian Chu. The four, complementing exhibitions continue through July 9.

Kate Emlen “Dog Island” Oil on linen, 40” x 50”

Kate Emlen “Dog Island” Oil on linen, 40” x 50”

Kate Emlen’s command of composition and luminous color are the foundation of her paintings. Tilted horizons, tree trunks in conversation with one another, and skies laden with weather conspire to draw in the viewer. These paintings are a response to the artist’s view of the natural world and her intimacy and passion for her northern New England surroundings.

Paul Heroux ceramics

Paul Heroux ceramics

Paul Heroux is a ceramic artist and a maker of vessels. His surface decoration references plant life, erotics, landscape, and a number of other changing influences. The painterly quality of the surfaces is achieved by combining various reduction glazing techniques and transfer printing on the clay body. Gold and silver luster give added reflective qualities to several of the pieces.

Anna Dibble, Brief Shining Moment, 2016, Acrylic on baltic birch, 16″ x 20″

Anna Dibble, Brief Shining Moment, 2016, Acrylic on baltic birch, 16″ x 20″

Anna Dibble’s show, Confluence,  is reflective of her recovery from a series of deaths, and her interest in the losses and changes in ecological biodiversity due to human activity. Dibble uses symbolic images of evolution, ancient marine life, birds, boats, and humans to explore a personal mythology that’s based on her love of the natural world, and concern for its future. Despite this concern for the fragility of the environment, the paintings have a sense of hope.

Brian Chu, On Route to Berwick, 2013, Oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″

Brian Chu, On Route to Berwick, 2013, Oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″

Brian Chu has titled his current exhibition “Curious Vision.” Rooted in observation, Chu’s work maintains a dialogue between objectivity and subjectivity in all subjects: landscape, figure and still life. His intense perceptual engagement with the world is evident in textured layers of vibrant colors. He chooses to paint extremely ordinary in an extraordinary way. These are paintings about painting that are both beautiful and thought provoking.

The exhibitions continue through July 9. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Old York Historical Society and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. For more information call 207-351-1083 or visit www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

Tillman Crane Photography to hold open studio June 17

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The Tillman Crane Photography Gallery, located at 22 Pearl Street, Camden, Maine, will host an open studio/gallery on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public is invited to view 72 new platinum photographs on display throughout the gallery. This year’s images focus on China and Japan. Crane will be demonstrating his darkroom printing process throughout the day. Come see how he uses both old and new cameras and technology to bring this turn-of-the-century process into the 21st century.

During this one- day event all prints in the exhibit will be 25% off. In addition, Crane’s three in-print books, Tillman Crane: STRUCTURE (2001), Odin Stone (2008) and A Walk Along the Jordan (2009), will also be available at discount.

Tillman Crane is a large format photographer specializing in platinum/palladium photographic prints. As an artist, teacher, philosopher and photojournalist he has been professionally involved with photography for over thirty-seven years. Crane offers workshops across the globe, from Maine to China. His location-based classes are open to all levels of expertise and camera formats and focus on photographing, daily lectures and critiques. In addition, Crane teaches the art of platinum printing in both group and individual tutorials.

The Tillman Crane Gallery is located in a beautifully restored 1920s house three blocks from downtown Camden, Maine. The Gallery is open by appointment throughout the year. For more information, call 207-230-0199, email tillman@tillmancrane.com, or visit tillmancrane.com

Barbara Prey Projects announces summer exhibitions

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Barbara Prey Projects is pleased to present three upcoming summer exhibitions of recent work by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey.

BARBARA ERNST PREY: New Oil Paintings and Prints July 1 – July 14

INFLECTION POINTS 40 Years Painting Maine July 15 -Sept 4
MASS MoCA: Studies from a Museum Commission August 15 – Sept 20

Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints

The summer 2017 inaugural exhibition at Barbara Prey Projects will feature recent small-scale oil paintings along with a new series of limited edition prints. While Prey is mostly known as a watercolorist, the artist has recently returned to the medium in which she first began her instruction; the size of the panels and nature of the oil medium enabled Prey to experiment with levels of freedom and informality not afforded by watercolor. The exhibition will debut the paintings of nearby Seavy Island as well as new works from the artist’s Village View series in conjunction with recent digital prints of select drawings.

Inflection Points: 40 Years Painting Maine

An American painter with international reputation, Barbara Prey has been maintaining a studio and painting in Maine for over 40 years. The northeastern state has a long tradition in the history of American landscape painting, thinking of artists such as Hopper, Church, Homer, Wyeth—but few, if any, are women.
Over the many years of painting in Maine, Prey built a close and longstanding relationship with the local fishing community, which is fundamental to her subject matter.
Prey mostly works on site ‘en plein air’ and was always drawn to the unique landscape of Maine, examining and implementing her surroundings through the visual language of landscape painting. The exhibition is a synthesis of Barbara Prey’s dialogue with her immediate environs in the Port Clyde, ME area and her observations on the same location’s evolution over the course of 40 years.
40 Years Paining Maine further explores the strong watercolor tradition in Maine and with a woman painter, revising the male dominated art-historical tradition.

MASS MoCA. Studies from a Museum Commission

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has commissioned Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a groundbreaking monumental watercolor for their new Building 6 that opened its doors to the public at the end of May 2017.
Barbara Prey’s massive interior portrait of MASS MoCA’s 120,000 square foot Building 6 depicts part of the historic mill in its raw, un-renovated state, just prior to the beginning of the construction work. Measuring 8 feet tall by 15 feet wide, the painting is monumental by any standard, but for a watercolor on paper—perhaps the most unforgiving combination of any painterly media—the undertaking is truly breathtaking as it stretches the medium in new and exciting ways. The monumental scale of Prey’s project broke boundaries and opened up new ideas and concepts within the artist’s own practice; the project was a technical tour de force, requiring specially made papers, mounts, frames as well as an extra large studio space to paint.
As an artist that works mainly on site, Prey spent countless hours in the space at MASS MoCA, looking, distilling and thinking about the architecture; as the concept developed, she started working on preliminary drawings during her visits. The studies began small and in pencil to accurately capture the architecture and overall composition; Prey then moved to color and larger formats, working out the light and the complex colors.
The drawings displayed in this exhibition serve as references for the final painting and uniquely chronicle the development of Barbara Prey’s commission for MASS MoCA.

For more information visit www.barbarapreyprojects.com

Outtakes From a Memoir – Celebrating Deborah Joy Corey’s newly released book, Settling Twice

Woman with Blue Irises by William Irvine

Woman with Blue Irises by William Irvine

Please Join Us to Celebrate – Outtakes From a Memoir – a Group Exhibition of Artworks Inspired by (or relating to) Deborah Joy Corey’s newly Released Memoir, Settling Twice.

Friday, June 16, 5-7PM
Exhibition Runs June 17 – 29, Wed. – Sun., 11:00-5:00
At the ANNEX, 8 Water Street, Castine, Maine

Mother Nature by Mattina Blue. Watercolor, 27x33", 2017

Mother Nature by Mattina Blue. Watercolor, 27×33″, 2017

The Author and many of the artists will be present. Refreshments and books will be available. The artists in this exhibit are all connected with Deborah Joy Corey. When asked if they would read excerpts of her upcoming memoir, Settling Twice, and respond to it visually in their own medium – these artists enthusiastically answered the call. The result is a joyful and cacophonous visual representation in different mediums and styles to moments, themes, or sections of the book. Each artist experienced the writing in a different way and we are excited to see the work all together, a frolicking visual representation of a single text which resonated for everyone who read it.

Eatons Boatyard by Greg Dunham, Watercolor, 2016

Eatons Boatyard by Greg Dunham, Watercolor, 2016

This cross-disciplinary dialogue between art and literature by local artists and writers feels like an accurate reflection of a community that is filled to the brim with gifted cultural producers, most of whom show an active enthusiasm and curiosity for the world around them and the work of their peers. Outtakes from a Memoir aims to highlight the significant relationship between the arts and highlight the great talents of our very own creators.

For more information visit www.annexarts.org and www.gallerybgallery.com or call 213-839-0851

July exhibits at The Gallery at Somes Sound Studio

Joellyn Duesberry, Mt. Desert from Big Cranberry Island, Maine, 40" x 40", oil on linen

Joellyn Duesberry, Mt. Desert from Big Cranberry Island, Maine, 40″ x 40″, oil on linen

Exhibits run July 1 – July 31
Open House and Reception Saturday, July 1st
4:00 – 6:00 pm

A TRIBUTE TO JOELLYN DUESBERRY:
Reflections of MaineArtist Joellyn Duesberry’s (1944-2016) paintings on display for the month of July, celebrating her summers in Maine. Joellyn Duesberry (called Joly by friends and family) enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a landscape painter. Rich in coloration, Duesberry’s abstract images reveal a strong interest in geometry and an awareness of such modernist masters as John Marin and Milton Avery. . . .
Richard Oedel, Macassar end tables

Richard Oedel, Macassar end tables

STUDIO FURNITURE EXHIBIT
(to coincide with the Joellyn Duesberry Exhibit)
Featured Masters of NHFMA
The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association
enjoys a membership of nearly two dozen makers from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. These gifted artisans create studio furniture that is exceptionally beautiful and wonderfully diverse, and spans an array of styles including Period, Early American, Shaker,
Neo Classical, Traditional, Contemporary and Art Furniture.Participating Masters include . . .
Ted Blachly, Jon Brooks, Greg Brown, John Cameron, Timothy Coleman, Jeffrey Cooper, Garrett Hack, David Lamb, Terry Moore, Richard Oedel,
Brian Reid, Jeffrey Roberts, and visiting artist, Roger Myers

Joellyn Duesberry, Seal Cove Pond, Marsh Maples, 40" x 60", oil on linen

Joellyn Duesberry, Seal Cove Pond, Marsh Maples, 40″ x 60″, oil on linen

THE LIFE OF JOELLYN DUESBERRY
Saturday, July 8
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Reservations are required
To make your reservation please call 207 610-4622

On Saturday, July 8th from 7 pm – 9 pm, the Gallery will host a celebration of Duesberry’s life. The evening will include a screening of Peter Logue’s new documentary “Joellyn” and a performance by musicians Brittany Parker and Katherine Perkins of Barn Arts Collective.

Please visit www.galleryatsomessound.com/events for more information

July shows at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.  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 www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

James Dodds, Barge Boat "Thalatta", Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2" x 35-1/2”

James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

James Dodds
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Once a shipwright, James Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel. Yet his paintings go beyond retracing the shipwright’s logic. Rich in color, tone and texture, they move beyond the literal and evoke sailing’s mythic and historic dimensions. Ethereal in light and tone, paintings of restored boats evoke a lifetime at sea, unearthing the layers of memory that shroud every vessel.
James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4" x 13" x 13-3/4"

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4″ x 13″ x 13-3/4″

Guy Taplin
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Taplin’s bird sculptures embody our longed for harmony with the natural world. His obsession with birds extends beyond their beauty to their endurance, intuition and symbolic loyalty. Mostly shorebirds of various species, each bird is composed to capture their specific habits and character. His simplified, stylized forms seem to breathe each bird’s very essence. Sculpted from found driftwood, which he forages from coasts and estuaries around the world, Taplin’s birds are therefore enriched by previous lives. Weathered by time and the elements, each piece of wood bears marks that enhance his design, suggesting the outline of a wing or layers of plumage.

 

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55" x 48"

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

Scott Kelley
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, and most recently spirit animals of the Wabanaki. His new paintings, inspired by the Wabanaki legends of Gluskap, create a narrative of personified animals decorated in traditional native clothing. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

New Era Gallery presents “In the Garden”

“Crab Apple”, Watercolor on Vellum, Curly Lieber

“Crab Apple”, Watercolor on Vellum, Curly Lieber

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven presents “In the Garden” beginning Saturday, June 24.  The show features Gobelin-style tapestries by Don Burns, botanical drawings and watercolors by Curly Lieber and stoneware sculpture by Gail Savitz.  There will be an artists talk in the Windy Way Barn at 4:30 pm followed by an opening reception in the main gallery from 5:00–7:00pm.

The exhibition will run through July 12.  Summer gallery hours, beginning June 25, are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 11:00am-2:00pm.  For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com

14 Miles to the Horizon at Mars Hall Gallery

Mimo Gordon Riley's "Overlooking Our Lives"

Mimo Gordon Riley’s “Overlooking Our Lives”

Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2017 Summer Season with a show titled “14 Miles to the Horizon”. This ever changing Exhibit will showcase Maine ART along with an expanded selection of fine antiques and collectibles. On display are paintings by Nancy Baker, Leo Brooks, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Brian Kliewer, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, David Paffhausen, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon, Ron Weaver and Eleanor Zuccola. Also on exhibit is black & white pinhole photography by Antonia Small, mixed media assemblage by Bill Cook, whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry and a variety of quality crafts including 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 Sculpture Gardens. Phase One of the show runs through Sunday, August 6th.

The gallery wants to congratulate Antonia Small and Gary Libby for winning the John N. Cole Maine Literary Award for Maine Themed Nonfiction for their book “Caught”. Autographed copies are available at the gallery as well as Antonia’s photography. Also congratulations to Linda Funk for being featured in the current Victoria Magazine. A botanical painting of hers was selected for use in advertizing of the 2017 Boston Flower Show.

The new wing will preview a retrospective show opening in July for the late Venezuelan artist Manuel Rincon. A reception will be held on Friday, June 16th, from 5-8 p.m.. The gallery is open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. or by appointment and is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net

Call for Art at Harlow Gallery

Chasing Dandelions” byHelene Farrar. 2016 Summer Members’ Show

Chasing Dandelions” byHelene Farrar. 2016 Summer Members’ Show

Call for Art: Summer Members’ Show

On view: June 30 – July 22
Deliver artwork: Saturday, June 24, 12-6pm

Artist members are invited to submit one piece of art for the Summer Members’ Show and Sale. All media welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking, fiberarts, photography, sculpture and fine craft such as ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. One work of art per member.

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Installation Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a couple of members/volunteers to help install the Summer Members’ Show. This would require an availability on Tuesday, June 20th.

If you are interested in lending your skills please contact gallery manager Cassie Bouton to find out more, 207-622-3813 or cassie@harlowgallery.org.

"POW!" graphic by Tyson Pease

“POW!” graphic by Tyson Pease

Call for Art: “POW!”
On view: September 8 – October 21
Submission deadline: August 1 at 11pm.

Artists working in the comic book industry and artists inspired by comic book art & themes are invited to submit work to be considered for POW! All media welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Original pages, panels, splash pages, and cover art are all welcome.

For more information visit www.harlowgallery.org

DIAA Presents DISHeS

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Exibit runs June 9–21
DAILY HOURS 10 AM–6 PM

DIAA presents (Deer Isle-Stonington High School) DISH(e)S VII. The DIAA is a non-profit membership association with over 100 members.

DISH(e)S VII is our seventh annual exhibit and sale supporting community outreach art activities in Deer Isle and surrounding communities. In the past, activities have included programs for Deer Isle-Stonington High School and local elementary school art students, student exhibitions in the DIAA Gallery and funding for art supplies.

The DISH(e)S exhibit series, originally conceived as a pottery exhibition, has expanded to include a wide range of media. This year the exhibit will continue to present pottery (dishes) in addition to paintings, drawings, fiber art, jewelry, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

DIAA Gallery
15 Main Street
Deer Isle, Maine
207-348-2330

 

Nancy R. Davison – Linocuts: Past & Present

Narrow Cove, linocut – Ogunquit Maine

Narrow Cove, linocut – Ogunquit Maine

Morgan Gallery at Kittery Community Center features a gallery show by Nancy R. Davison. Nancy  has been making linoleum cuts of the world around her for fifty years. Many of her images come from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as York Beach and Ogunquit, Maine. Others have been inspired by trips to Italy, Japan and the third floor stair landing of the Portland Art Museum.

 Summer Day, linocut – York Beach Maine

Summer Day, linocut – York Beach Maine

The exhibition ends September 30, 2017. Free and open to the public during KCC business hours and Star Theater performances.

FMI: www.kitterycommunitycenter.org/morgangallery or 207-439-3800

William Wegman | Reel to Real Opens June 10 at CMCA

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announces the opening of the exhibition William Wegman: Reel to Real on Saturday, June 10. The exhibition features selections from the artist’s early videos and drawings and is on view through October 22, 2017.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in earnest in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. Working concurrently with other early West Coast video artists as Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, Wegman perfected a deadpan humor and absurdist logic in his videos that came to define much of the West Coast conceptual art of this period.

It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray, who became an active participant in the early videos and an iconic presence in the artist’s career. “My background is in painting,” says Wegman, “but in school in the sixties, like many artists of that time, I believed that painting was dead. I began to work in collaboration with other artists in the creation of performance and installation works. Soon after, I started making video and photographic works and in the process became fascinated with the media itself. Before long I was setting things up just for the camera. In 1970, I got a dog and he turned out to be very interested in video and photography as well.”

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

A public reception celebrating CMCA’s summer exhibitions will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm. William Wegman, accompanied by his Weimaraners, will discuss his work as part of CMCA’s Tuesday Talk series on July 25 at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, with a reception following at CMCA. Tickets for the talk will be available online starting July 1 at www.rocklandstrand.com.

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: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org

Art and Arias: Opera Maine at the PMA

Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled (detail), 2013

Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled (detail), 2013

The PMA is thrilled to partner with Opera Maine (formerly PORTopera) to present a special summer engagement. In this one-night-only performance, up-and-coming baritone Andrew Pardini and music director Timothy Steele from the company’s prestigious Studio Artist Program will look to the PMA collection for inspiration, and treat audiences to a diverse repertoire spanning genres such as classical, jazz, and musical theatre in response to the PMA collection. Join us as we pair artworks with arias!

Past musical events such as last fall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Portland Symphony Orchestra with Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and the PMA360 performance by BØRNS have been some of the most beloved recent programs at the museum, and Art with Arias continues the tradition of world renowned musicians introducing new ideas to audiences at the museum and connecting their craft with the PMA collection.

Thursday June 29 6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM; $10 for members; $20 general public

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org/events/art-arias

Smart Studio Celebrates 50 Years

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Business was different 50 years ago when Smart Studio opened in Northeast Harbor. “We opened from nine am to noon during the week, as there were very few tourists back then” according to founder Wini Smart. Business was brisk for the artist as the summer folk shopped in town to collect their newspaper and groceries. Afternoons were devoted to painting on location to replenish the gallery, five children in tow. “Mom would take us to her favorite painting spots around MDI, she would paint and we would picnic, explore, fish, and play” daughter Gail Cleveland remembers.

Fast forward 50 years to today and one would see some changes at the gallery. Back in 1967 watercolors were hung on fish net and sold for a few dollars. Today the gallery offers much larger works, in oil and watercolor, limited edition prints and cards, gifts, antiques and custom framing. Still offered are the small intimate watercolors painted on location by Wini and Gail.

To celebrate the milestone the gallery is hosting a retrospective show at the Northeast Harbor Library for the month of July. Works on display will include loaned paintings from collectors. There will be a reception for the public on July 20th from 5-7 in the Melon room at the library. The show will be available to view from July 1-30th. Please call the gallery at 276-5152 for more information.

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
info@littlefieldgallery.com

“Paint the Town” in Waldoboro

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“Paint the Town,” midcoast Maine’s most delightful plein-air event and fresh paint auction, is returning to Waldoboro on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Natalie Masse and Jan Visser will once again coordinate and host this year’s event at their property in Waldoboro’s Historic Village, 995 Main Street, former home of the Roaring Lion B&B. The annual one-day event, which provides artists with an opportunity to paint from unique and private vistas around the town, will culminate in a reception, featuring live music, local wines, and fresh lobster rolls, followed by a live auction of the day’s compositions. Artists can download registration forms from Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/paintthetownwaldoboro/ or pick up at the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main Street in Waldoboro. Proceeds benefit the Waldoboro Public Library, the Lion’s Club, as well as Medomak Valley Land Trust and the Waldoboro Volunteer Fireman’s Association. To request a registration form via email, obtain additional information, or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natalie Masse at nkmasse@yahoo.com.

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

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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.”

SAVE THE DATE!
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

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“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 www.thebelfastframer.com.

D’Alessio Gallery and Open Studio first Friday Art Walk

Russell D'Alessio, "Fat Cat" original on wrapped canvas 48" x 36" x 2"

Russell D’Alessio, “Fat Cat”
original on wrapped canvas 48″ x 36″ x 2″

The studio will be OPEN to the public all evening long. Visit where he creates, see finished works in progress on paper, canvas and more, chat with the artist.

Wine served
15 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Bayside Landing upstairs in the courtyard
(follow the Art Walk flag)

The Gallery will showcase his latest works including “Fat Cat!”

Wine also served!
12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor

Be sure to stop by and visit, we look forward to seeing you.
Walking maps for Art Walk available at the Chamber of Commerce, most lodging establishments, and participating venues or download online at;

http://www.artwalkbarharbor.com/venues.html

Art Space Gallery opens new show for Rockland First Friday Art Walk

 

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

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 2rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Lori Davis, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and Judith Herman.

Judith Herman has been working in watercolor for over 30 years. The exciting properties of the watercolor medium gives her flexibility in creating depth and luminosity in her art. Currently she is capturing the light, color, and movement in her still life paintings.

 

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell is a Fine Art oil painter who lives and works in Orono, Maine. Teddi-Jann primarily creates, “Plein-aire” style all year, all around the state. She is represented in Fine Art Galleries such as North Light Gallery in Millinocket, River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta and Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Teddi-Jann is also a member of several artists Co-Ops including Saltwater Gallery in Pemaquid and Southwest Harbor Artisans. “My art is a reflection of my love and passion for Maine, for Baxter State Park and for the rugged coast of Maine and all her secret spots in between!

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

As a self taught metal smith and sculptor, Keith’s experimental evolution has lead him to create a body of work that incorporates the precision of metallurgy with an inventive transformation of bone into anthropomorphic form. He is inspired to use ancient processes that result in textures, colors, and a spirit not found in modern, manufactured jewelry. While working under magnification, Mr. Plummer adds minute details to create an overall effect of an artifact from a lost civilization. Keith hopes his jewelry pieces become memorable conversation pieces and spark discussions about this ancient craft.

 

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis is a professional photographer specializing in nature, wildlife and landscape images. With a background in wildlife rehabilitation, she was inspired at an early age to pick up a camera and start capturing unique moments with the intent to share with others. She’s traveled cross county and to Alaska on multiple occasions, capturing dramatic landscapes and wildlife encounters, before finally settling in Maine. Working out of her home studio, Lori prints her own work. With multiple fine art Giclée printers, Lori can recreate her images in a variety of sizes and prices, both on canvas and as matted and framed photographs.

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 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com

17th Annual MDI Open at Shaw Gallery

Chris Gray's "Wonderland Rocks"

Chris Gray’s “Wonderland Rocks”

The 17th Annual MDI Open, an art exhibition featuring over forty local artists, will be featured at the Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor from May 25th through June 14th. Stop in and see what your friends have been up to all winter. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information visit http://www.shawjewelry.com/

Sarah Faragher to exhibit at Landing Gallery

 

"8 A.M. SCHOODIC POINT, MAINE", Oil/Linen 18" x 24" by Sarah Faragher

“8 A.M. SCHOODIC POINT, MAINE”, Oil/Linen 18″ x 24″ by Sarah Faragher

 

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “WATER & STONE: SCHOODIC & MOUNT DESERT ISLAND”, a solo exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Faragher from May 26 – June 25. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her. The Reception will be held on Friday, June 2nd, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Sarah Faragher is a 1990 graduate of Colby College, Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her work was included in ART OF ACADIA by David Little and Carl Little, published in 2016 by Down East Books. Sarah was a 2015 Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park, a 2008 Artist-in-residence at the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut and has been invited to participate, numerous times, in Art Week on Great Spruce Head Island.

"RADIANCE, RISING TIDE, SCHOODIC, MAINE", Oil/Linen 10" x 10" by Sarah Faragher

“RADIANCE, RISING TIDE, SCHOODIC, MAINE”, Oil/Linen 10″ x 10″ by Sarah Faragher

“I moved away from Mount Desert Island when I was still a child, and ever since then it has felt like a lost Eden. But in recent years, returning to paint the landscape set some stopped part of me back into motion. And this could turn out to be a lifelong subject, since the more deeply I look, the better it gets. Especially at Schoodic, where the elemental is particularly insistent. I love to be there, out on what feels like the edge of everything, participating in nature. Paradise lost is sweeter regained.”

“My paintings are memoirs of my experiences with nature. Through painting I participate in the landscape, recognize transcendent moments in nature, honor the integrity of natural forms, and describe where my heart lives. I often feel as if the places I paint have commissioned me to tell their autobiographies, at the same time that I tell my own.”

"OUTFLOW, INRUSH, BARNACLE COLONY, SCHOODIC, MAINE", (Detail) Oil/Canvas 20" x 16" by Sarah Faragher

“OUTFLOW, INRUSH, BARNACLE COLONY, SCHOODIC, MAINE”, (Detail) Oil/Canvas 20″ x 16″ by Sarah Faragher

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

New Era Gallery 2017 Season Opening

“Spring, Drinking Place Brook” by Elaine Austin Crossman

“Spring, Drinking Place Brook” by Elaine Austin Crossman

New Era Gallery opens for the 2017 season with the exhibition, “Spring !” The show is open to all Gallery artists, featuring new works created during the winter months, and those that embrace the new season.
Gallery hours through early June are Tuesday through Saturday 10am-4pm.

Please visit neweragallery.com for a full schedule of summer shows and events, and to sign up to receive show announcements.

A New American Sculpture at PMA

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A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach is the first exhibition to investigate the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the interwar sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach. The exhibition, co-organized by the Portland Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, explores how this circle of European-born artists became preeminent figures of modernism in the United States. By juxtaposing their works, A New American Sculpture reveals the confluences of sources—from archaism and European avant-garde art to vernacular traditions and American popular culture—that informed these artists’ novel contributions to the history of sculpture. Assembled from public and private collections, this exhibition of approximately 60 sculptures and a number of preparatory drawings addresses the remarkable affinities between the oeuvre of four divergent personalities, who redefined sculpture’s expressive potential during the turbulent interbellum period.

Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935); Woman Seated; 1918, cast 1925; Bronze with nickel plate; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; 2007.8

Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935); Woman Seated; 1918, cast 1925; Bronze with nickel plate; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; 2007.8

The exhibition is on view at the Portland Museum of Art from May 26, 2017 to September 8, 2017. The exhibition has been organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. For more information visit https://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions/new-american-sculpture-1914-1945

Call to Artists – “Paint the Town”

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“Paint the Town,” midcoast Maine’s most delightful plein-air event and fresh paint auction, is returning to Waldoboro on Saturday, August 5, 2017. Natalie Masse and Jan Visser will once again coordinate and host this year’s event at their property in Waldoboro’s Historic Village, 995 Main Street, former home of the Roaring Lion B&B. The annual one-day event, which provides artists with an opportunity to paint from unique and private vistas around the town, will culminate in a reception, featuring live music, local wines, and fresh lobster rolls, followed by a live auction of the day’s compositions. Artists can download registration forms from Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s Facebook page at https://facebook.com/paintthetownwaldoboro/ or pick up at the Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main Street in Waldoboro. Proceeds benefit the Waldoboro Public Library, the Lion’s Club, as well as Medomak Valley Land Trust and the Waldoboro Volunteer Fireman’s Association. To request a registration form via email, obtain additional information, or learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Natalie Masse at nkmasse@yahoo.com

Irene Eilers Joins Courthouse Gallery Team

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Karin and Michael Wilkes are pleased to announce they have hired Irene Eilers to be the assistant manager and sales associate at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art. Ms. Eilers brings a wealth of gallery experience to Courthouse. She got her start with the late Judith Leighton, a pioneer Maine gallerist and the owner of the former Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill. After Leighton’s death in 2011, Eilers managed gWatson Gallery in Stonington.

Ms. Eilers’s debut at Courthouse Gallery will coincide with the opening of a resptropective for Judith Leighton. “It’s like coming full circle” Irene recently mused. The Wilkeses, who represent the Leighton estate, said this will be their first showing of Leighton’s engaging pastels. The show, which opens June 21, will run in conjunction with a solo show for painter Philip Barter, who showed at the Leighton Gallery in the early days.

 Ms. Eilers holds a comprehensive degree in Interior Design (BA) from the University of Washington, Seattle. However, she always wanted to make pottery, and began her journey as a potter in South Africa through an apprenticeship with the late Hym Rabinowitz. After returning to the U.S., Eilers continued to hone her craft through master workshops at the Vermont State Craft Center where she worked as the studio assistant for their programs and taught children’s pottery classes. Eilers eventually set up her own studio as the resident potter at a Vermont country inn. Her work, which was highly decorated terracotta, won the jurors award at the Stratton Art’s Festival. Eilers was also commissioned by the Vermont Council on the Arts to make their awards, consisting of 60 platters. After moving to Maine, Eilers became a member of the Brooklin Pottery Co-op. She lives in Sedgwick.

 Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

“Take a Detour” to the DIAA Gallery!

"Time Square” photo mosaic by Chris Raphael

“Time Square” photo mosaic by Chris Raphael

“Take a Detour” to the DIAA Gallery! From May 26  to June 8,  the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery will be holding a multi-media exhibit of glass, painting, printmaking, and photographs by a variety of local artists. Appearing in the show will be work by Chuck Collison, Daniel Hodermarksky, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Katama Murray, Woodley Osborne, Chris Raphael, Robert Starkey and Carolyn Walton. Featured in the Art Rack will be pieces by Ron Deprez, Daniel Hodermarksky and Katama Murray.

The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village, and is open daily from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. 207-348-2330.

Dan Graziano exhibit opens at Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery

"are you ready to order?" , Dan Graziano, 12" x 16", oil on panel

“are you ready to order?” Dan Graziano, 12″ x 16″, oil on panel

Dan Graziano is happy to announce his upcoming solo show at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery which opens on June 2nd in Portland, Maine. Over twenty paintings will be featured sharing the themes of restaurants, cafes and street life. Sun dappled figures of waiters, sidewalk cafes and glistening wine glasses are depicted with bold, “juicy” brush strokes in an impressionistic manner creating an unfinished narrative for the viewer to define with their own story. With strong contrasts of light, shadow and color, these paintings were made to invite you into the world of food, wine and the lively characters who inhabit “café society.”

The gallery exhibition opens with a wine reception on June 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

The exhibition runs from June 2nd to July 6th. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is located at 48 Free Street in Portland, Maine. For more information visit www.dangrazianofineart.com or www.rouxandcyrgallery.com

Philippe Guillerm Gallery presents “PARTS AND COLORS” – An Architectural Artist Work

 

Pistachio, Oil on Canvas by Jim Root

Pistachio, Oil on Canvas by Jim Root

Philippe Guillerm Gallery will ones again re-open its doors on June 10th, 2017 with an exciting new exhibit from Jim Root and Philippe Guillerm. Jim Root is known for his dramatic views of our surrounded local islands and water views and Philippe Guillerm for his remarkable and intriguing work of drift wood and music instruments.

 

The exhibition will include as yet unseen paintings from Jim Root and sculptures from Philippe Guillerm from the 2017 collection as part of the ArtWalk Waldoboro.

The exhibition will run from June 10 – July 7, 2017 with a reception on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery
882 Main Street – Waldoboro ME 04572 – 207-701-9085
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: By Appointment Only

For More Information Contact:
207-701-9085
philippeguillermgallery@gmail.com

Kay Sullivan exhibition at Centre St. Arts Gallery

Spring Ripple, pastel, Kay Sullivan

Spring Ripple, pastel, Kay Sullivan

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, celebrates the arrival of guest pastel artist Kay Sullivan’s work and a new exhibition of member work at 11 Centre Street, Bath.

Kay Sullivan is a Maine based artist whose work from nature reflects time’s passing: its rhythms, cycles, seasons. Kay describes her work: “These places in my drawings are my home: the yard and woods where I walk, the river where I unwind. As I continue to explore this land which has been in my husband’s family for generations, I am acutely aware of time’s passing. It is evident in the changes of days and the rhythms of seasons. Through the movement of my hand, in my lines and marks, I make my connection with nature’s energy. These marks are the evidence I leave, the history of my time in this place.”

Kay’s work will be on exhibit until July 14.

Twenty Maine artist members work in a wide variety of styles and media, producing new work for every show. All work is original, with framed and matted pieces available, and sculpture in stone, clay and bronze.

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, through May. June hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 4:00 pm.

For more information, please call 207-442-0300 during business hours. Website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com
Email: centrestartsgalleryllc@gmail.com

Mary Bourke’s “Small Things” at Greenhut Galleries

"Brothers" acrylic on panel 18 x 18 inches

“Brothers”
acrylic on panel
18 x 18 inches

Greenhut Galleries presents “Small Things”, a solo exhibition, June 1 – July 1, 2017  with an opening reception on Thursday, June 1st from 5 – 7pm.

Mary Bourke’s paintings, which focus on her childhood memories, are truly a delight to behold. In a recent article, when asked about the current subjects of her paintings Mary said the following: I ran across some old photographs that showed my parents, grandparents and all of us, there are nine siblings. I combined images, photographs and memories; I also developed a new style and technique, learning about layering colors and glazes. The paintings themselves have more depth although my bright colors haven’t changed.”

While it’s apparent that Ms. Bourke feels comfortable with experimentation and feels less restricted with her current work, she still treasures one thing that will never change: her affinity for nostalgia. We can see that when she talks about her pieces inspired by childhood memories, especially concerning her growing up on Long Island.

For more information call 207-772-2693 or email info@greenhutgalleries.com

Randy Eckard to exhibit at Richard Boyd Gallery

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Shades of Grey’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15” x 21”

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Shades of Grey’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15” x 21”

Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of paintings by noted watercolorist Randy Eckard on June 1 at 10 a.m. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, ME Randy’s career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades. Eckard is known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. His iconic architectural landscapes are expertly detailed and capture the essence of New England. Randy’s paintings have won over 190 awards in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast. His paintings are widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections.

The public is invited to meet Randy at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Saturday, June 3 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 3 p.m. where he will be available to discuss his current series of paintings. The exhibit is open free of charge between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through June 29, 2017. Additional days and times can be scheduled by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or reception please contact the gallery by phone at 207-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com

Pemaquid Group of Artists opens 89th Season

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The Pemaquid Group of Artists opens its 89th season on Sunday June 4, with a gala public reception from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Pemaquid Art Gallery located at Lighthouse Park.  The park is renowned for its panoramic views of sea, shore, and sky and the historic Pemaquid Lighthouse, which graces the Maine quarter. Refreshments, conversation with the artists and exciting new works of art will be featured.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists has invited Midge Coleman of Newcastle, Bill Hallett of  Nobleboro, Cindy Spencer of Wiscasset and Steve Viega of Walpole to permanent membership.   Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst both of Damariscotta and Mary Mabry  of Waldoboro  will be guest artists for the current exhibition season. They will show their work, together with that of 26 other juried members of the group, at Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park beginning Monday, June 5.  Thirty-three panels/exhibition spaces will be filled with original artworks in oil, pastel, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic as well as marquetry, pottery and turned wooden bowls.

New 2017 Artists at PAG

The Pemaquid Group of Artists invites you to visit the gallery often.  Ongoing sales permit the gallery to display new works continually.  The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day.  For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752 or vist www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

The Gallery at Somes Sound opens for the season

 

Juditta Musette,  Succulent Summer, 24 x 24, Acrylic on panel

Juditta Musette, Succulent Summer, 24 x 24, Acrylic on panel

Established in 2010 by Tyra Hanson, The Gallery at Somes Sound is located on Mount Desert Island in the small town of Somesville, Maine.  We feature paintings, studio furniture and sculpture from some of the finest contemporary artists of national standing.

The Gallery at Somes Sound and Pritam & Eames share a long-term commitment to 21st-century fine art and fine furniture.

Max Ferguson,  Mother and Daughter, 30 x 42, oil on canvas

Max Ferguson, Mother and Daughter, 30 x 42, oil on canvas

In addition to the outstanding artists and furniture makers at the Gallery, it is with great pleasure to welcome Thomas Blagden, Brian Emerson, Max Ferguson,
Robert Guerra, Clay Kanzler, Ann Mohnkern, Juditta Musette
Janis Sanders and Bill Woodman to the collection.

Please visit www.galleryatsomessound.com to view all inventory

Special Preview at Tidemark Gallery

Hoagy, digital conflation on canvas by Petrea Noyes

Hoagy, digital conflation on canvas by Petrea Noyes

Fine art photography and mosaics by teaching artists Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor, are on display in Tidemark’s first show of the season along with the innovative canvasses of Lincolnville artist, Petrea Noyes.

In a special preview for the show on Saturday June 3rd, Nestor and Pinchbeck will give their Pecha Kucha presentation of their experience last summer in Africa with Go!Malawi! a Hebron, Maine-based arts education exchange program. MVHS teacher, Jacob Newcomb will do the introductions.

The gallery will be open at 6pm and refreshments will be served following the 7pm presentation.

Tidemark will also host a reception for the artists from 4 to 7 on the following Saturday, June 10, as part of ArtWalk Waldoboro

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens 33rd season with “New England Summers”

Keith Oehmig, “About to Leave Harbor, Camden” oil on board, 24” x 30”

Keith Oehmig, “About to Leave Harbor, Camden” oil on board, 24” x 30”

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery celebrates the gallery’s 33rd season with the opening of “New England Summers.” Highlighting this show is a pair of energetically painted oils by John Fulton Folinsbee (1892-1972). “Up the Kennebec” is rendered in rich blues and greens and depicts the clear light of a Maine summer day on the Kennebec River. In contrast, “Squall” utilizes strong blacks, browns and ultramarine blues to capture two men in a dory crossing Montsweag Bay under threatening skies. Playing against Folinsbees’ intensity is Theresa Bernstein’s (1890-2002) “Sunbathers at the Beach, Gloucester” setting the mood of restful summer idyll.

Equally painterly and vibrant in color are Max Kuehne’s (1880-1968) “Sailing Out of the Harbor,” and Jay Hall Connaway’s (1893-1970) “Rising Seas.” Other twentieth century artists featured in the exhibition include William Zorach (1887-1966), Carl Peters (1897-1980), Earl Horter (1881-1940), John Checuti (1900-1976) and William Lester Stevens (1888-1969).

Jay Hall Connaway, “Rising Seas,” oil on board, 8” x 10”

Jay Hall Connaway, “Rising Seas,” oil on board, 8” x 10”

Among the contemporary New England works are views of Monhegan Island by David Kasman painted in thick, sculptural strokes and the harborfront of Camden and Rockport captured in vibrant blues by Keith Oehmig. Guy Corriero will be showing his luminous seascapes and Diana Johnson her jewel-like pastels. Scott Redfern’s oils render Maine’s soft atmospheric light with a distinctive clarity. Other contemporary artists exhibiting in the show are Carlton Plummer, Michael Graves, Tom McCobb and David Lussier.

“New England Summers” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through July 7th. Wiscasset Bay Gallery Modern & Contemporary located at 8 Federal Street will also be open for the season and will feature surrealist photography and mid-century works. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. 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.

“Dorothy Eisner (1906-1984): The Cranberry Island Years.” at Gleason Fine Art

Dorothy Eisner, Boat Trip II

Dorothy Eisner, Boat Trip II

Beginning Thursday, May 25, 2017, Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens its first show of the season: “Dorothy Eisner (1906-1984): The Cranberry Island Years.” The show runs through Tuesday, June 27, with a reception First Friday, June 2, from 3 to 5 pm.

Dorothy Eisner’s artistic career spanned seven decades. From her Greenwich Village studio, she traveled widely, including to the American West, Mexico, and Europe. However, it was her discovery in 1960 of Cranberry Island, an enchanting small island off Mount Desert, and its vibrant community of artists that was the beginning of Eisner’s passion for Maine, a passion that lasted for 24 summers, until the very end of her life. We hope you enjoy these sumptuous paintings as much as we have. Eisner’s mastery of color will brighten your day—and perhaps your life.

“Dorothy Eisner: The Cranberry Island Years” opens May 25 and runs through June 27, with a First Friday reception on June 2, from 3 to 5 pm. Spring/Early summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view the show, and our entire inventory of contemporary and estate art at gleasonfineart.com

Call for Art: Harlow Gallery’s Summer Members’ Show and Sale

Summer Members Show

Harlow Gallery artist members are invited to submit one piece of art for the annual Members’ Show and Sale. This opportunity is open to current members of the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association only. To become a member visit: http://harlowgallery.org/artist-membership/. All media welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking, fiberarts, photography, sculpture and fine craft. Artists must fill out the online entry form before drop off day. (See below) The show is on view June 30 – July 22, 2017 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, with an opening reception on Friday, June 30, 5-7pm.

Art delivery is Saturday, June 24 from 12-6pm. For details, entry form, guidelines, and important dates visit: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-summer-members-show/

UMaine Museum of Art announces Summer Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new featured exhibitions. UMMA is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s summer exhibitions open to the public on May 19 and run through September 2, 2017. Museum admission is free thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Image credit: Jason Bard Yarmosky Wintered Fields, 2015 Oil on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

Image credit:
Jason Bard Yarmosky
Wintered Fields, 2015
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

JASON BARD YARMOSKY: SOMEWHERE
May 19 – September 2, 2017

Somewhere, a series of paintings, drawings and video by Brooklyn, NY-based artist Jason Bard Yarmosky, explores issues of aging and specifically, dementia and Alzheimer’s. A longtime subject of Yarmosky’s paintings is his grandmother who has played an integral role in the evolution of these works. Depicted with realistic precision, she travels through these compositions wearing assorted costumes and masks imbued with symbolism. Every feature, from wrinkles of skin to the folds of varied fabrics, is meticulously rendered. The artist states, “These large-scale portraits study expressions of dementia, confronting the viewer with psychological vulnerability. They respond to the loss of control and the subconscious mind, speaking to a dream-like state–a place intangible to those not experiencing it.”

A focal point of the exhibition is Wintered Fields, a large-scale triptych measuring six by twelve feet, that depicts the artist’s grandmother donning superhero attire. The uncanny juxtaposition of the elderly subject, who seems to be superimposed against a background of a gesturally-rendered, snow-covered field, creates an unsettling psychological tension. Also featured are several graphite drawings–some studies for larger works–that reflect the artist’s keen ability to capture the figure with striking clarity and sensitivity.

Exhibition Sponsors:
St. Joseph Healthcare/St. Joseph Hospital

The Jason Bard Yarmosky exhibition at UMMA is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Image credit: Susan Barnett I Wear What I Want, 2014 Inkjet print Courtesy of ClampArt, NYC

Image credit:
Susan Barnett
I Wear What I Want, 2014
Inkjet print
Courtesy of ClampArt, NYC

SUSAN BARNETT: I WEAR WHAT I WANT
Curated by George Kinghorn
May 19 – September 2, 2017

I Wear What I Want features over 100 images by NYC-based photographer Susan Barnett. The exhibition, composed of color photographs from Barnett’s Not In Your Face series, explores how the messages and graphics we choose to wear on t-shirts provide a window into our sense of style, personal philosophies and values. Barnett states that her subjects are “human billboards that advertise purposes in life, philosophies that drive us, ideologies we attest to. They are calls for action, they are calls home, they might be to honor a fallen hero, the death of a celebrity. They are the soundtrack of a city, a visual newspaper.”

The photographer traveled the U.S. and abroad to capture intriguing individuals wearing an array of styles and catchy phrases that range from raunchy text to campy cartoon imagery. Not only vehicles of personal expression, these t-shirts exhibit messages that illustrate the complex polarities of thought currently existing within the nation. Many of the screen-printed shirts pictured in Barnett’s images are emblazoned with in-your-face language that convey a spectrum of beliefs; issues of race, unyielding politics, and religion are prominently featured in these collected images. Barnett’s subjects, bodies of all shapes, ages and sizes, are pictured from behind. The messages and graphics embraced by these individuals include celebrity idolization, sexual braggadocio, rebellious pronouncements and even nods to artistic masterpieces.

Image credit: Lee Cummings Installation Detail, 2016-17 Porcelain Courtesy of the artist

Image credit:
Lee Cummings
Installation Detail, 2016-17
Porcelain
Courtesy of the artist

LEE CUMMINGS: WHAT LIES BENEATH

May 19 – September 2, 2017

In What Lies Beneath, Maine-based artist Lee Cummings creates an immersive, exuberant ceramic environment. The central installation, composed of over 300 individually sculpted forms, is inspired by an array of marine species. The stark white porcelain elements, ranging from one inch to three feet, take the form of urchins, tube worms, coral and other sea dwellers. The collective grouping of sculptures invite both macro and micro views of what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.

For the artist, the sheer quantity of unique, wondrous forms brought together reflect a “sea that is about abundance wherever life can get a foothold.” Cummings invites the viewer to contemplate the wonders of the natural world filtered through a process of creative spontaneity. Adding to the experience is the interplay of shadows created by the diverse undulating forms that inhabit floor and wall.

For more information contact: 

Kathryn Jovanelli
kathrynj@maine.edu
207.581.3370

​Best In Show: Animal-Inspired Art at Littlefield Gallery

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 8.

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
info@littlefieldgallery.com

Koichiro Kurita featured at Caldbeck Gallery

"Concord River" Concord MA  1991  platinum palladium print on Japanese gampi paper  30 x 24 inches Koichiro Kurita

“Concord River” Concord MA 1991 platinum palladium print on Japanese gampi paper 30 x 24 inches Koichiro Kurita

From June 2 through July 8, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the platinum palladium prints of Koichiro Kurita of Lowell MA, the fine art digital prints of Jeanne Goodman of Wellesley MA and Friendship ME, as well as 5 artists in a group show: Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston, Stew Henderson of Northport, Jenifer Mumford of Tenants Harbor, John Silverio of Lincolnville, and Graham Wood of Cape Elizabeth. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, June 2, from 5-8 pm.

In “Watersheds”, Koichiro Kurita will show a selection of platinum palladium prints, ranging in size from 8×10 inches to 23 x 34 inches. Retracing Thoreau’s footsteps throughout New England, Kurita translates Thoreau’s philosophy into a visual dialogue. The artist writes, “When I was a commercial photographer, I had a fateful encounter with…Thoreau’s WALDEN. It was reminiscent of Chuang-Tzu’s philosophy and very close to the Oriental way of understanding nature. My work is the expression of these mysterious junctures in nature, including the connections between myself and nature. The artist’s works have been exhibited internationally and collected by numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, and recently, the Farnsworth Art Museum. This is his first exhibition at the Caldbeck.

MORNING GLORY 2017 archival digital print 12 x 12 inches Jeanne Goodman

MORNING GLORY 2017 archival digital print 12 x 12 inches Jeanne Goodman

Jeanne Goodman explains her new work: “In my recent project; Sea Glass, rather than succumb to the beauty of the spectacle for its own sake, I have experimented with layering physicality into the photographs by using glass objects, salvaged from flotsam and jetsam along the shore, to filter and disrupt my images. The imperfections imbedded in the found glass objects illuminate the visible and the invisible in unpredictable ways, creating the lush textures and disorienting illusions that help to evoke rich and emotional memories.” Measuring 7 ½ x 7 ½ inches and 12 x 12 inches, the 18 fine art digital prints are printed in archival inks on archival museum etching paper. Now Goodman leads exhibition tours at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, training with working artists from around the world, artists whose art is as challenging and provocative as it is inspirational.

In the group show, Kathleen Florance will exhibit 5 new works from her “Tango” series. Stew Henderson’s painted wood wall pieces, called “Family”, refer to the research he is doing on his family’s genealogy; Jenifer Mumford will show 2 drawings in charcoal on paper, one measuring 47 x 34 inches, and 24 x 24 inches; John Silverio will show a number of his fibonaccci based drawings in watercolor on paper, as well as one in wood; and Graham Wood, who is the director of the Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth, will show small constructed panels in painted wood.

Early summer gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 12-4, and Sunday 1-4. For more information, please call the gallery 207-594-5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com

Mars Hall Gallery – St. George Sales into Summer 2017

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Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate the holiday weekend as part of “St. George Sales into Summer”. The annual event runs Memorial Day through Friday, June 16th, 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, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon, 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,  and Elaine Niemi; a variety of quality crafts including driftwood fish by Claire Perry; decoupage by Davene Fahy; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; mixed-media cards by Eleanor Zuccola 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 and farm fresh eggs are also available.

The 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 marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com

Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 2 June 2017

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Rockland’s Art Walk season for 2017 continues on Friday, 2 June. Many Arts In Rockland members will be open from 5-8pm, including: The Farnsworth Art Museum, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, The Strand Theatre, Craft Gallery, Dowling Walsh Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Art Space, Landing Gallery, Steel House Projects, Harbor Square Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery, CMCA, Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, The Gautschi Center & Archipelago.

The Strand Theatre will be screening Levitated Mass at 8pm as a co-presentation with the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Craft Gallery will feature wood fired pottery by Jody Johnstone and layered paper collages by Abbie Read. There will be live music in the 12 Elm Street courtyard during the evening.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will have two shows: Alexandra Tyng and Sarah McRae Morton.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be opening its season with ‘Paperwork’ including the work of six Maine artists: Anne Ayvaliotis, Barbara Brady, Kris Johnson, Frances Kidder, Diane Langley and Carol Sloane.

Art Space will be featuring 4 of their artists: Lori Davis, photographer, Keith Plummer, sculpture and jewelry maker, Teddi-Jann Covell, oil painter, and Judith Herman, watercolorist.

Landing Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Water & Stone: Schoodic & Mount Desert Island”, a solo exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Faragher from May 26 – June 25. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her.

Steel House Projects is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition, Meet/Greet, featuring work by Steel House members and teaching artists, organized by co-directors Alexis Iammarino and Maeve O’Regan. On view June 2 through June 24, these mixed-media works serve as an introduction to the inner-workings of the creative spaces of Steel House. Concurrently, the downstairs space of Steel House South will feature The Crooked and Wide, an open-call exhibition organized by Nate Davis and Ariel Hall. An assembly of “transgressive art,” the exhibition will include mixed media works, as well as performance, interactive, and technological experiences. Parental discretion is advised as this show includes algorithmically-processed pornography.

Harbor Square Gallery is in its 37 season and now proudly represents Michael Good Jewelry in downtown Rockland and will be featuring new work from Donald Rainville, Stephen Porter and our ongoing show of Serge Hollerbach.

The Jonathan Frost Gallery will have a reception Friday evening, with jazz piano by Steve Lindsay. The show “Sumer Is Icumen In,” featuring monoprints by Rachel Burgess and photographs by Lisa Mossel Vietze, will continue through July 1.

CMCA will have current exhibitions on view, Sam Cady: Parts of the Whole, David Driskell: Renewal and Form, and our new exhibition Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites: Temporality. They will also have a surprise in the CMCA courtyard!

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will be exhibiting artists are: Karen Talbot, Rockland, Ret Talbot, Rockland and Kirk Rogers, Portland. They will also be promoting our Fin, Feathers & Fur: Maine Coastal Wildlife Juried Art Show for August.

The Gautschi Center, Caldbeck Gallery and Craft Gallery are offering a performance by Lincolnville’s “Good Vibrations” in the Elm Street Galleries’ Courtyard.

Archipelago will be open for its first art walk since redesign and renovations, with great food and wine. Art from: Amy Peters Wood, Kathleen Perelka, Andrea Peters, Nina Devenney, Kim Traina, Joe McBrine, Karen Gola, Vanessa Nesvig, Helena Melone, Lelani Havens, and more.

A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

CMCA ArtLab for All Ages – June 3

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create in 3D during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4pm. Taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view, participants will create multi-faceted, stackable, painted block towers. Bring your friends, your family or come by yourself 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.

For more information:
Call: 207.701.5005
Email: mchau@cmcanow.org
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The Wright Gallery celebrates 33rd year

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The Wright Gallery is celebrating the start 33rd year in business!

Season’s Opening Gallery Reception June 17th, 5-7 PM
Cheese, Crackers, Wine & Juice Served

Receptions held the 3rd Saturday of the Month 5-7 PM:
Cheese, Crackers, Wine & Juice Served
July 15th, August 19th, September 16th, October 21st, November 18th, December 16th

2nd Friday of Each Month (June-December) Art Trail, 5-7 PM:
Part of the Chamber of Commerce Events, refreshments Served, Raffle Prize
June 9th, July 14th, August 11th, September 8th, October 13th, November 10th, December 8th

For more information call (207)967-5053 or email: bree@thewrightgallery.com

Opening Exhibitions at Barn Gallery

Untitled by Diana Shank

Untitled by Diana Shank

An exciting new season of art exhibitions and programs by artists of the Ogunquit Art Association begins Wednesday, May 24. Opening Exhibitions include ‘OAA Expressions,’ an exhibition with a wide variety of subject and medium and ‘Anything Goes,’ a playful exploration of new media and artistic collaboration. Invited New England Sculptors exhibit in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Sculptor Judy O’Donnell and painter Diana Shank Showcase their work in the North Gallery.

Join them for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, June 15 at 6:00 PM.

Circles by Judy O'Donnell

Circles by Judy O’Donnell

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine
May 24 – June 24. Hours: 11 AM – 5 PM daily, 1 – 5 PM Sunday
FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

MCA Mentor Booth at CraftBoston Holiday 2017 Applications due June 12th

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Application Deadline: June 12, 2017
MCA Mentor Booth @ CraftBoston Holiday 2017
Program offers lower pricing, show support & training, 2018 & 2019 auto entry

The Maine Crafts Association and The Society of Arts + Crafts have collaborated to offer MCA Members the opportunity to exhibit at CraftBoston Holiday 2017. This program, now in its fifth year offers a booth shared by two to five MCA Member artists and subsidized by The Society and the MCA. Artists selected to participate in the MCA Mentor Booth Program will be provided information and training by professionals in the field and catered to the individual artists’ experience and needs. Program participants will be granted automatic entry into CraftBoston Holiday the following two years as independent exhibitors. Artists apply to the MCA program through an application process outlined below and are juried & selected for the booth by the Society of Arts + Craft staff.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Deadline: June 12th, Midnight
Application information available HERE
Questions: sbliss@mainecrafts.org or 207-205-0791

CMCA Sunday Salon with Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites

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Join artists Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites in conversation with CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy for a Sunday Salon on June 4 at 3pm, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Led by McAvoy, Brillhart and Stites will engage in a lively discussion on artistic collaboration and the work on view in their current exhibition,Temporality.

The exhibition is part of CMCA’s ongoing Counterpoint exhibition series bringing together the work of two artists in dialogue with one another. For Brillhart and Stites, the studio environment is both the subject and source of their work. Documenting the passage of time, the subtle shifts of light, the play of shadows, and the process of making are shared aesthetic interests.

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Jenny Brillhart lives in Stonington, Maine, and received her BA from Smith College and MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Sara Stites lives in Thomaston, Maine, and Miami, Florida, and received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Pratt Institute.

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are a series of conversations on current topics in contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free with admission. Audience members are invited to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents CENTER POINT

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Details from artworks of Tom Curry, Patricia Wheeler, Juliet Karelsen, Carol Pelletier, and John Wilkinson

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents CENTER POINT, A group exhibition featuring LIBBY MITCHELL, PATRICIA WHEELER with new work from JULIET KARELSEN and CAROL PELLETIER. Exhibition runs from  MAY 28 to June 17.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents the first group exhibition of the season, Center Point, featuring the artwork of Libby Mitchell, Patricia Wheeler, and new work from Juliet Karelsen and Carol Pelletier. The exhibition will include artwork from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Heidi Daub, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

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. If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or call 917-204-4001.

Young Artists Workshop at Patten Stream Preserve in Surry

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The Open-Air Arts Initiative at the Patten Stream in Surry

Young Artists Workshop at Patten Stream Preserve in Surry
Saturday, June 3 at 10 AM – 12 PM

The Open-Air Arts Initiative hosts a Young Artist Workshop at the Patten Stream Preserve in Surry. Bring your favorite art supplies and join us for a morning of exploration and creative expression on Patten Stream Preserve, from Warren Lane in Surry.

The OAAI is a collaboration between the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and the Cynthia Winings Gallery. This workshop is free and open to all school aged youth on the peninsula. For more information, and to register for the event, please contact Chrissy Allen at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, 374-5118 or email chrissy@bluehillheritagetrust.org.

Turtle Gallery Opens for 35th Season

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L to R: Arthur Hardigg, Galen Davis, Rebecca Goodale

 

Turtle Gallery is Opened its 35th season on Saturday, May 27th with new work from all gallery artists.

2017 Schedule
Open Memorial Day Weekend Thru Columbus Day
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 2-6
Opening receptions 2-6 pm

Sunday June 11

Zuzonna HUOT – New Work
Susan MANGAM – Paintings from Four Islands
Treacy ZIEGLER – Bronzes
Karl SCHRAG – Small Gouaches in House Gallery
Focus on Glass with Gabriel Greenlaw,
David Jacobson and more

Sunday July 9

Siri BECKMAN – Selected Works
Jeff LOXTERKAMP – Paintings
Barbara SULLIVAN – Portraits of Women
Peter KEMBLE – New work
Black & White Print Show in House Gallery
featuring Vaino Kola, Gene Shaw,
Brian Keegstra and more

Karl Schrag Gouache

Karl Schrag Gouache

Sunday August 6

Lynn DURYEA – Structures
Paul HEROUX – New Works
Jaap Eduard HELDER – Paintings
Jamie JOHNSTON – Constructions
Sondra BOGDONOFF – New Work
Sunday September 3

Alix BACON – Paintings
Mary BARNES – Mixed Media
Anderson GILES – Paintings
Alice SPENCER – New Work

We look forward to celebrating 35 years of art and creativity with you in Deer Isle this summer! For more information call 207.348.9977 or visit TheTurtleGallery.com

CMCA Announces Summer 2017 Exhibitions and Events

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is celebrating its one-year anniversary in its stunning new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, with an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions and events.

Early Summer Exhibitions & Events

  • Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart: Temporality, May 20 – August 13, 2017 
  • William Wegman: Reel to Real, June 10 – October 22, 2017
  • John Walker: From Seal Point, June 24 – October 29, 2017
  • Opening Reception, Saturday, June 24, 5-8pm
  • William Wegman, public presentation, Tuesday, July 25, 5:30pm
William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

Late Summer Exhibition & Events

  • Linden Frederick: Night Stories, August 19 – November 5, 2017
  • CMCA Summer Gala, Friday, August 18, 6:30-9pm
  • Artist’s reception, Friday, August 25, 5-8pm
John Walker, 2017, studio view

John Walker, 2017, studio view

Exhibitions opening in early summer 2017 will showcase the work of artists William Wegman, John Walker, Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites. A public reception celebrating the early summer exhibitions and artists will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm.

On Friday evening, August 18, the CMCA Summer Gala will coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and fifteen of America’s most acclaimed fiction writers. An artist’s reception, open to the public, will follow on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm.
Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

CMCA hours for Summer 2017 are: Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 12noon – 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission is $8; free for those under 18; $6 for seniors and students with ID. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Sunday Salon with David Driskell at CMCA

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Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell will be the featured speaker at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s upcoming Sunday Salon on May 7, from 3 to 5pm. Sunday Salons are an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art and are free with admission.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) will discuss his work in the current exhibition, Renewal and Form: Selected Recent Prints. Audience members are invited to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

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David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was introduced to lithography and woodcuts. Printmaking has remained a favorite medium throughout his 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.

Driskell 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.

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Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

Upcoming Sunday Salon | May 14 – Father, Son & Piper Cub with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli. For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

BOB THOMAS’ ABSTRACT PAINTINGS AT SOUTHPORT LIBRARY

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The Southport Memorial Library is pleased to announce a wine and cheese reception to open an exhibit of Edgecomb artist Bob Thomas’ work on Thursday evening, May 4th from 7 until 9 o’clock.
Thomas, whose work is vibrant, deeply textured modernist paintings, was born in the United States, but spent most of his first 18 years in Beirut, Lebanon, where his father worked. His current work, landscape-inspired abstracts, was influenced by the textures and layers of the ancient walls and buildings he knew during those years, combined with the blues, greens, and oranges of Maine’s coast, forests, and sunsets.
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Thomas’ paintings will be on display at the Southport Memorial Library, 1032 Hendricks Hill Road in Southport from May 4th until July 30th. One-third of the price of any painting sold during this exhibition will be donated to the library. The Southport Memorial Library is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 4pm, with additional evening hours of 7pm to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For further information, contact the Southport Memorial Library (207-633-2741) or Bob Thomas (207-882-5569).

Marilyn Turtz exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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“Ms. Turtz has perfected the art of distilling a scene’s essence without getting bogged down in fussy detail. She has an especially sensitive way with atmosphere, catching with equal skill mist over morning fields, afternoon’s golden glow, and the lengthening shadows of evening.” – Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times

Marilyn Turtz’s paintings capture the quiet serenity in a moment of pause. Her works depict time passing through a shifting landscapes. Light and shadows reveal a scene or object’s perceptual qualities, heightening the everyday to the sublime.

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Marilyn Turtz received her MFA from Brooklyn College in 1985, where she studied with such notable artists as Lois Dodd, Phillip Pearlstein and Lennart Anderson. Her BFA, from Pratt Institute was awarded in 1978. Her paintings have been shown in New York City, Long Island, Maine and California. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Heckscher Museum in Huntington and the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Turtz has been an Artist in Residence at The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, Weir Farm Trust in Wilton, Ct. and Cummington Community for the Arts in Cummington, Ma. She has received public and corporate commissions from such organizations as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the City of Glen Cove and the New York City Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transit Authority.

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 5-8PM

For more information:
Dowling Walsh Gallery
365 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841
207-596-0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com

May 6 – ArtLab for All Ages | Pop-Out Image + Paper Play!

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Taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to play in 3D during May’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab Lead Artist and Educator Alexis Iammarino, you will learn how to construct with patterned papers to sculpt scenes and characters in 3D. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself to the new CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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.

For more information contact Monica Chau
Phone: 207.701.5005
Email: mchau@cmcanow.org
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Landing Gallery in Rockland opens the Season

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14”  by Sarah Faragher

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14” by Sarah Faragher

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2017 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, May 5 – May 21. Specializing in work celebrating the “Environment and Nature in Maine”. New works by Scott Baltz, Andrew Anderson-Bell, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Tom Curry, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Marlene Loznicka, Björn Runquist, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander, Jill Valliere & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2017.
Please join us in the gallery. Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5, Closed, Mon & Tue. FMI 207 239-1223 or LandingArt.com

Art Space Gallery Opening May 5th

Teddi-Jann Covell, San Beach New Year's Day, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, San Beach New Year’s Day, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the first opening reception of this season on Friday May 5th from 5 to 8pm. This reception will introduce the three new Maine artists in our front room, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and John Wood.

Teddi-Jann Covell is a Fine Art oil painter who lives and works in Orono, Maine. Teddi-Jann primarily creates, “Plein-aire” style all year, all around the state. She is represented in Fine Art Galleries such as North Light Gallery in Millinocket, River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta and Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Teddi-Jann is also a member of several artists Co-Ops including Saltwater Gallery in Pemaquid and Southwest Harbor Artisans. “My art is a reflection of my love and passion for Maine, for Baxter State Park and for the rugged coast of Maine and all her secret spots in between!

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

As a self taught metal smith and sculptor, Keith’s experimental evolution has lead him to create a body of work that incorporates the precision of metallurgy with an inventive transformation of bone into anthropomorphic form. He is inspired to use ancient processes that result in textures, colors, and a spirit not found in modern, manufactured jewelry. While working under magnification, Mr. Plummer adds minute details to create an overall effect of an artifact from a lost civilization. Keith hopes his jewelry pieces become memorable conversation pieces and spark discussions about this ancient craft.

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

Moving to New York in the 70s, Wood 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. “I find that my portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolor compliment each other,” he said. As proof of his words, Wood was accepted in both mediums into the prestigious juried Tri-County Biennial in Florida where he now winters.
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. May hours are 11am to 4 pm on Wednesday through Saturdays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday May 5

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

From May 1 through May 27, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work by Krisanne Baker of Waldoboro, in an exhibit titled  “Breathing Light: explorations below the ocean’s surface of what makes life above possible”.  Also hanging, “A Flower Show”, an exhibit of work by 10 artists.  Two of those artists are showing at the Caldbeck for the first time: Annie Bailey of Tenants Harbor, and Bayard Chanler of Rockport. The other 8 artists are Cicely Aikman, late of Friendship, Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island, Lois Dodd of Cushing, Jeff Epstein of Cushing, Maggie Foskett, late of Camden, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Paul Plante, late of Oquossoc, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing.  A reception will take place on First Friday, May 5, from 5-8 pm.

In Baker’s exhibit, the 18 paintings in oil on wood panel measure 8 x 8 inches, 12 x 12 inches, and 24 x 12 inches.   Focusing on the underwater scenes that she witnessed last summer during her Monhegan Artists Residency, the artist brings to light what we normally don’t see.  “There’s a whole world down there that we know less about than we do the moon”, says Baker.  “I feel it’s vital for people to learn that the oceans, and all the waters from upstream that lead to the oceans, are the lungs and arteries of this planet.  The waters keep flowing and pumping; we need to respect the oceans for their life giving function – not just for the fish, whales, and phytoplankton that live in them, but for all of us.  Those life giving components of the ocean web create the material that all living things depend on”.   This summer, Baker will take part in a 2 week artist residency at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in Maine.  There, she will do her own research and exploration of phyto and zooplankton, and will also share her artistic vision with the lab’s students of marine field science.  Together, artist and students will creatively connect the disciplines of art and science.   In addition to the paintings in her Caldbeck show, Baker will install in a front window, “Phytoplankton: Living, Breathing”, her sculpture made from recycled glass.

 

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

A FLOWER SHOW

In “A Flower Show”, 10 different artists give 10 different interpretations and visions of nature.  Annie Bailey’s loose interpretations are like short poses in figure painting – no time to describe in detail, just give the flow of color and shape.  Bayard Chanler’s oil paintings carry the charm and warmth of the tradition of flower still life painting. Maggie Foskett’s cliché verre photographic print of a mirror imaged iris, portrays the voluptuousness of mother nature.  Cicely Aikman’s primal Florida palm flowers do the same.  Elizabeth Awalt steeps us in Maine’s springtime.  Each of the 10 artists shows us that flowers in art will never grow old or out of date.

Exhibitions run May 1 – May 27, 2017
Reception: First Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 pm

Spring Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4

FMI: caldbeck@midcoast.com   www.caldbeck.com   207 594 5935

39th Annual Student Art Show at Barn Gallery

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Reception: Friday, May 12 from 4 to 6 PM.
Exhibition: Saturday and Sunday May 13 and 14—1 to 4 PM

Imagination and energy will fill Barn Gallery to overflowing as students from area elementary, middle and high schools exhibit their latest works of art. The artistic skill and enthusiasm of the young artists shine forth in a variety of media and subjects. They are delighted, as were many of their parents and grandparents before them, to have their artwork in a ‘real’ gallery. Thanks go to Gary W. Tirrell for sponsoring this event in memory of Norman West.

FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail. com

Norman West Estate Sale at Barn Gallery

 

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Paintings, prints and works of art by the late Norman West and other artists will be for sale on Saturday, May 6, 10 AM – 4 PM, at Barn Gallery, corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane, Ogunquit ME. Part of 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 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com.

The Sohns Gallery presents Relief Works by Artist John LeBlanc

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Located in The Rock & Art Shop, the show runs from April 4th to June 4th. A reception and artist talk will be held on May 12th from 5 to 7pm.
John LeBlanc’s relief works are created with thick impasto acrylic paint and many layers of cardboard adhered together.  John likens his artwork approach to that of a jazz musician. Each mark becomes a note which helps to determine the following mark. Within the loose framework of his subject matter, John elaborates his marks into endless variations of pattern and color. The depth that LeBlanc is able to achieve with his relief works is truly worth seeing in person.
A reception and artist talk will be held on May 12th from 5 to 7pm. The reception will be combined with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Sweets, Shopping, and Bubble fundraising event at The Rock & Art Shop. Three members of the Orchestra will be on hand to play live music in the gallery. Sweets from Specialty Sweets and champagne will be provided. A portion of all sales made from this event will be donated back to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
For more information please contact the Sohns Gallery:
(207) 947-2205 or  therockandartshop@gmail.com

Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College

Woman and Child, 1604– 1606, black and red chalk by Bernardino Poccetti

Woman and Child, 1604–
1606, black and red chalk
by Bernardino Poccetti

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) will present the first-ever survey of the Museum’s extensive collection of drawings, widely considered the oldest public collection of works on paper on the continent, illuminating the foundational and evolving role of drawing within Western artistic practice. Titled Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College, the exhibition will be on view from May 3 through September 3, 2017.

Tango for Page Turning, 2013, Single channel HD video; 2 minutes, 48 seconds by William Kentridge

Tango for Page
Turning, 2013,
Single channel HD
video; 2 minutes,
48 seconds by
William Kentridge

The exhibition includes more than 150 works by American and European artists across cultures, genres, and time periods, such as Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Eva Hesse, and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others. Why Draw? will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that features original texts from renowned scholars and contemporary artists, all considering what compels artists to draw through close study of specific works in the exhibition. These insights, from contributors including David Driskell, Richard Tuttle, James Siena, and Yvonne Jacquette form the touchstones of both the exhibition and the catalogue, guiding viewers through an examination of the traditional functions of drawings in artistic education, studio practice, and the formal; and poetic reasons artists have been driven to drawing throughout history. The Museum will also host several public programs throughout the summer in conjunction with the exhibition, including artist talks, scholarly lectures, and artist-led workshops.

The End of the Hunt, 1892, watercolor over graphite, by Winslow Homer

The End of the Hunt,
1892, watercolor
over graphite, by
Winslow Homer

Curated by Joachim Homann, Curator at BCMA, the exhibition builds on the foundation of Bowdoin’s strong history of collecting works on paper, stemming back to the initial gift of 141 historic European drawings to the college by James Bowdoin III in 1811. Since then the drawings collection has evolved to include nearly 2,000 unique works on paper, encompassing acquisitions and gifts from alumni, artists, and patrons. Many recent additions to the collection will be on view for the first time. Spanning from a drawing from the workshop of Raphael, to the first-ever watercolor by Winslow Homer to enter a museum collection, to works produced in the past five years by Natalie Frank, William Kentridge, and Titus Kaphar, the exhibition offers a diverse selection of masterworks from artists across a wide range of history.

Untitled Drawing, 1943 graphite and colored crayon, by Arshile Gorky

Untitled Drawing,
1943
graphite and colored
crayon, by Arshile
Gorky

Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

For more information visit the Bowdoin College Museum of Art website.

New Art Show at the Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market

Credits - Provincetown Tanager, By Brian Emerson; Downeast Icons, by Matthew Barter; Squirrel by Brent Ander

Credits – Provincetown Tanager, By Brian Emerson; Downeast Icons, by Matthew Barter; Squirrel by Brent Ander

 

For the months of April & May, we are very happy to host the works of Matthew Barter, Brian Emerson, & Brent Anders.

We welcome Matt Barter, currently of Richmond, Maine. Matt is showing paintings on board and canvas. These pieces focus on iconic Downeast images and the stories of the people who live here told in bold, bright colors and a homegrown primitive style. We are so glad to hang his work.

We are very happily showing new works by Brian Emerson of Portland. Brian’s paintings on board and canvas pop with an exuberant abstract style that sings the joy of the moment. Reflective garden discoveries and seaside musings are portrayed with seemingly carefree strokes and saturated colors. We love supporting Brian’s work.

Brent Anders is an artist new to the Wine Cellar Gallery, and we are excited to host his work. Brent resides in our own fair Ellsworth. His pieces are exacted with such realism, one is impelled to step closer for a better look. Maine wildlife and classically illustrated lighthouses are rendered with colored pencil, pastels, & watercolors. We are delighted to welcome Brent to our gallery.

An opening of this show is planned in conjunction with a wine tasting for Friday, May 5th, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Please join us.

Please visit the Wine Cellar Art Gallery. We are open daily. Contact 207-667-9377 or johnedwardsmarket.com

On May 5th The Bookey Readings Features Anna Wrobel and Marita O’Neill

All are invited to the Bookey Readings at the Harlow on Friday, May 5 at 7pm, featuring Anna Wrobel (left) and Marita O’Neill (right.) Courtesy Photos.

All are invited to the Bookey Readings at the Harlow on Friday, May 5 at 7pm, featuring Anna Wrobel (left) and Marita O’Neill (right.) Courtesy Photos.

The Bookey Readings at the Harlow continues their 2017 poetry series on Friday, May 5 beginning at 7pm. The event, held at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, features two women well known to Maine poetry: Anna Wrobel and Marita O’Neill. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation is appreciated at the door to support operating costs at the Gallery.

Both life-long, dedicated teachers, Wrobel and O’Neill present their passion for and knowledge of life, love, and human struggle through spoken word. Their poetry shares experiences that have shaped them into strong, loving, and impacting women who value activism through peace.

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, and poet. Marengo Street was published by Moon Pie Press in 2012; a second collection is slated for 2018. Educator, scholar of Holocaust Studies, Anna extracts global history and personal narratives into poetic forms in manuscript, Sparrow Feathers, from which her presentation, “Second Generation/First Person,” is derived. Poems are used by history and literature teachers in several states, also in Poland, Germany, Israel and Palestine. Poems, historical essays and critical reviews appear in venues including Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast, Holocaust Human Rights Center of U-Maine, and Jewish Currents (contributing writer). Anna curates Lowry’s Lodge, Maine’s second longest running feature poetry series (after Harlow).

Marita O’Neill is a poet, teacher, and bird admirer. She has lived in Maine for over 20 years and originally hails from the not-so-mean streets of Philadelphia. She earned her MFA in poetry from Vermont College. She is currently teaching high school English to seniors and sophomores at Yarmouth High School. She has published two chapbooks: Love Dogs by Strikestudio Press and Evidence of Light by Moon Pie Press. Her poem “Crow Calling” was recently published in the Deep Water series through the Maine Sunday Telegram and her poem “Dragon” in the Maine Arts Magazine. Lately, she’s exploring what it means, in Pema Chodrin’s words, “to refrain”: “the practice of not immediately filling up space just because there’s a gap.

The Harlow Gallery located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.

For more information about the Harlow Gallery or this event visit www.harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Portland Museum of Art Announces Curatorial Promotions

Images (L to R): Diana Greenwold, Jessica May, Andrew Eschelbacher

Images (L to R): Diana Greenwold, Jessica May, Andrew Eschelbacher

 

Following the completion of the widely acclaimed reinstallation of its collection, the Portland Museum of Art is pleased to announce three promotions within its curatorial department. Diana Jocelyn Greenwold has been promoted to Associate Curator of American Art, where she will oversee the American art holdings in the PMA collection, including new acquisitions, and develop original exhibitions. Similarly, Andrew Eschelbacher has been promoted to Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Associate Curator of European Art, where he will oversee the European art holdings in the PMA collection, including new acquisitions, and develop original exhibitions.

Both curators report to Jessica May, who has recently been promoted to Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator. In her new role, May will continue to oversee the museum’s curatorial program, as well as its educational, preparatory, and collections management departments. Recent exhibitions organized by the PMA include The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection(2017); Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder (2017);Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent’s Moby-Dick (2016); Unbound: Tim Rollins and K.O.S.(2016); Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange (2016); and Georges Braque: Surface and Space(2016).

“We are all delighted and honored to deepen our commitment to the future of this great organization and to take on new and exciting roles with our terrific colleagues and Board,” says May. “With upcoming exhibitions ranging from the birth of modernist sculpture in America to the extravagant beauty of painter Hans Hofmann’s works on paper, and with such great initiatives in our Learning and Interpretation department, it’s an exciting time for all of us at the PMA.”

ABOUT THE PMA

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art 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 members-only 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.

Belfast Creative Coalition presents “Finding Your Voice + Promoting Your Creative Business”

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Say What? Finding Your Voice + Promoting Your Creative Business – a professional development seminar at the Belfast Free Library

Join the Belfast Creative Coalition at the Belfast Free Library on May 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for an evening of professional development, to dive into a conversation about promoting your creative business and developing a unique voice to market your work. BCC’s Executive Director, Emily Baer, will explore the many different resources available to individuals and entrepreneurs both online and in the real world.

This seminar will focus on helping you determine which tools will best suit your needs and budget without compromising the spirit that drives your creativity. Special attention will be given to social media and digital networking opportunities for individuals and small businesses.

 
Admission to this event is free! For more information, visit the Facebook page for Belfast Creative Coalition or visit BCC’s website: belfastcreativecoalition.org, or call the BCC office at 207-323-8692.

Belfast Creative Coalition Seeks Volunteers for a Summer of Art!

The Belfast Creative Coalition information tent at the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk. Photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC.

The Belfast Creative Coalition information tent at the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk. Photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC.

What moves you? Art, truth, beauty? Then come help Belfast Creative Coalition spread the words and images that celebrate Belfast art and culture this summer. Be a part of the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks, gallery openings, and the farm and art tours. Meet and greet visitors from all over the world. Show off our beautiful town and be a part of the vibrant atmosphere of art, music and dancing in the streets. Help us build Belfast into the center of the expanding art scene of Waldo County.

Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) is a dedicated group of volunteers and staff and we need your energy and inspiration for the upcoming season. Be a force for art, and have a lot of fun in the process.
To volunteer and for details, email julia@belfastcreativecoalition.org, call BCC at 207-323-8692, or stop by the BCC office at 26 Spring Street in Belfast.

Pathways by Jeff Woodbury on display at Vestibule 594

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Pathways by Jeff Woodbury will be on display from May 1st to May 30th with an opening reception on First Friday, May 5th from 5-8pm. Don’t miss it! This will be the final opening reception at Vestibule 594. Located at 594 Congress Street, this street-level gallery is a viewing glass for passersby and art enthusiasts alike.

“I work concurrently on a range of ideas in a variety of media. I grew up in a military family, as part of an invisible rootless tribe. The way I work reflects my nature and my nurture. My work and my life are paths crossing others, connecting and diverging, fashioning patterns of people and choices and ideas and feelings. It’s all in the mix.

It’s difficult to categorize my work as a whole. I usually work through ideas in series of related pieces, yet some stand alone. Sometimes ideas are set aside, only to be picked up years later.

I choose materials to express my thoughts, and the materials in turn suggest more ideas. My art lives not just in the final product, but in its making, and in its relation to other work.

I enjoy the freedom to explore where my ideas lead. I want to share the wonder I find. It’s not my intention to lead you to specific interpretations or conclusions. Words stand in the way of the direct experience of visual art. You’re part of the process now. Relax and enjoy.” -Jeff Woodbury

William Irvine & Nancy Morgan Barnes at Greenhut Galleries

William Irvine, Resting Fisherman, oil on canvas

William Irvine, Resting Fisherman, oil on canvas

 

Nancy Morgan Barnes and William Irvine are storytellers.
Irvine paints his stories in the place between the abstract and the real. Morgan Barnes leads us through narratives that are not what they initially seem. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Morgan Barnes received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and her graduate degree from Indiana University.
Irvine grew up in Troon, Scotland and is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art in drawing and painting. He moved to Maine in the 1960’s.

Nancy Morgan Barnes, Bear and Hare, oil on board

Nancy Morgan Barnes, Bear and Hare, oil on board

For more information contact Greenhut Galleries :
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101
207-772-2693
www.greenhutgalleries.com

Artists reception Thursday, May 11 from 5-7pm
Exhibition on display May 4 – 27
Gallery Hours: Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents Construct

Aaron T Stephan, Left-Twist Blocks (D. W. Arrangement), editions 1-20/150, Portland cement and sand, 17″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ each, 32″ x 42″ x 58″ total

Aaron T Stephan, Left-Twist Blocks (D. W. Arrangement), editions 1-20/150, Portland cement and sand, 17″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ each, 32″ x 42″ x 58″ total

Construct, a group exhibition curated by Anna Queen, is built around the theme of social and material construction. The artists included use painting, sculpture, printmaking and collage to examine construction through various materials. Whether through repurposing imagery or materials, creating imagined scenarios, shifting a ubiquitous object, or abstracting a familiar scene, each artist is restructuring information as we usually experience it to create a new paradigm for viewing our everyday physical and societal structures. The exhibition is on view at 365 Main St., Rockland, Maine.

Margaret Rizzio, Sardines, Mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Margaret Rizzio, Sardines, Mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Artists included the exhibition: Aaron T. Stephan, Stephanie Cardon, Margaret Rizzio, Elizabeth Fox, Cal Siegel, Cig Harvey, Fairfield Porter, and John Goodyear

More info here: http://www.dowlingwalsh.com/construct/

Stephanie Cardon, Seersucker Sky, Cyanotype, 13″ x 11 1/2″ each, 13″ x 42 1/2″ total

Stephanie Cardon, Seersucker Sky, Cyanotype, 13″ x 11 1/2″ each, 13″ x 42 1/2″ total

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View”

 

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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.”

 

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 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.”

 

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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 www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

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 www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

 

Upcoming Events at Harlow Gallery

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UPCOMING  EXHIBITIONS

Hector Arrache

Hector Arrache Retrospective & Sale
On View: April 19-28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 5-7pm
A retrospective exhibition and sale of works by Maine physician, poet and artist, Hector Arrache. He passed away unexpectedly in April of 2016. Arrache’s family has generously donated a large body of his work to the Harlow for the purpose of benefiting the non-profit gallery that Hector frequented for over 25 years. Works will be on display with a suggested retail price or best offer.

EVENTS

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SECOND SUNDAYS: Pinhole Photography
Lewiston Pinhole photograph by Johanna Moore Sunday, April 9, 2-4pm

In light of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 30, 2017, join us to learn about the rudiments of pinhole photography with Johanna Moore. Build your own camera and jump-start your adventures in analog photography. All welcome. No registration necessary.

Paper Cutting
Paper Cutting w/ Leslie Miller
Sunday, April 30, 2-4pm

Explore a true folk craft and investigate several forms of paper cutting as you make the craft your own. During this workshop participants will experiment using various tools and papers.

Tuition: members: $40 adults/$35 kids, non-members: $60 adults/$55 kids. Ages 10 and up, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Payments must be received in advance in order to reserve spaces.

Harvest Art

The Art of Harvest with Heather Rose
Heather Rose Workshop Sunday, May 28, 2-4pm

Create a work of art that you eat! Discover how a handful of harvest is made of so much more than what meets the mouth. Gain knowledge about a wide variety of botanical beauties throughout the seasons, harvested fresh from local farms and gardens. Arrange an artful bouquet, reflect and take home to devour! Diverse colors, shapes and flavors will awaken the senses and connect us with creativity, nourishment and possibility.

Tuition: $25 Members/$30 non-members + $10 materials fee. This workshop is open to anyone ages 10 and up, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Payments must be received in advance in order to reserve spaces.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

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Summer Members’ Show
Helene Farrar Encaustic Deliver artwork: Saturday, June 24, 12-6pm

Artist members are invited to submit one piece of art for the annual Members’ Show and Sale. All media welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking, fiberarts, photography, sculpture and fine craft such as ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. One work of art per member.

For More Information contact:

HARLOW GALLERY
160 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
kvaa@harlowgallery.org
207-622-3813

Portland Museum of Art Names Curator for 2018 Biennial

Nat May, guest curator for the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

Nat May, guest curator for the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

The Portland Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Nat May is the guest curator for the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Nat draws from a deep familiarity with Maine’s contemporary arts landscape through his 13 years as Executive Director of SPACE Gallery, one of the state’s leading venues for contemporary, emerging, and unconventional artists, and will bring together work from living artists with connections to the state for the exhibition. The Biennial opens on January 26, 2018.

“From our earliest conversations, Nat has impressed the staff at the PMA with the depth of his thoughtfulness and his commitment to being inclusive. His research is meticulous, his eye is keen, and his curiosity is unbounded. We are so honored to work with him,” says Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator Jessica May (no relation), who curated the 2013 PMA Biennial.

A Cape Elizabeth native, Nat was a founding member of the Bakery Photo Collective and has also served as a Board member at Creative Portland and Portland Arts and Culture Alliance. Since 2014, he has served as a founding member of Common Field, a nationwide network of contemporary, experimental, and noncommercial visual art spaces, and as a founding Board member at Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, Maine.

“I am flattered by the invitation to work with the Portland Museum of Art on the 2018 Biennial,” says May. “The Maine arts community is rich and varied, and there are so many talented artists to consider. I am thrilled to have this new opportunity to invite conversation about contemporary art.”

The PMA’s Judy and Leonard Lauder Director Mark Bessire adds: “Through my time at the PMA, working with the city and community in Portland, and my work on the Board of Advisors at SPACE Gallery, I’ve gotten to know Nat well and admire the way he approaches art. I can’t wait to see what he does with the Biennial—it’s going to be something truly special.” For more information, please contact:
Graeme Kennedy
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
gkennedy@portlandmuseum.org
207.699.4887

AIR sponsors scholarship for Oceanside High School seniors

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AIR, Arts In Rockland, is pleased to announce it’s third annual “Outstanding Achievement in Art Scholarship” given to a graduating senior at Oceanside High School. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 22, 2017. The $1,000.00 award is given to a senior who demonstrates outstanding talent and commitment to the visual arts through submission of art work and a written statement. The applicant should be continuing their education after graduating from Oceanside. The award will be presented at the 2016 graduation award ceremony and we hope to have many students apply. This is a wonderful opportunity to help further the artistic career of a budding artist. The application is now available from Sue Snow’s office in the school.

Arts In Rockland is a not-for-profit, co-operative organization. The group consists of 25 members, CRAFT Gallery, The Gautschi Center, Art Space, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery (Friend’s of Maine’s Seabird Islands), Jonathan Frost Gallery & Frame Shop, Caldbeck Gallery, The Strand Theatre, Farnsworth Art Museum, CMCA, Harbor Square Gallery, The Fischer Gallery, Island Institute, Archipelago, Project Puffin (National Audubon Society), Playing With Fire, Black Hole, Michael Good Gallery, Landing Gallery, 407 Studios, The Art Loft, The Gray Fox Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Dowling Walsh Gallery, 25 Oak St, Carver Hill Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts. Their mission promotes the arts in Rockland, Maine by promoting the city as Maine’s premier destination for the arts. First Friday Art Walks are held on the first Friday of each month, May through December, with a special holiday Art Walk held on Friday, November 24, 2017, to coincide with Rockland’s ‘Festival of Lights’ celebration.

Artists & Makers Conference Scheduled for April 7

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The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held on Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help grow arts businesses and is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

This year’s conference will offer three themed tracks highlighting information for those just starting a business, those looking to take their business to the next level, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business.

New features include:
– Three tracks throughout the day—Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational
– Opportunities to meet with and have your product reviewed by retail experts
– Opportunities to meet with and have your fine art portfolio reviewed by gallery experts
– A Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire creativity
– A DIY tabletop photography workshop
– More networking opportunities

Guests will be able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Sessions will cover tips for starting a business, approaching stores and galleries, building a website, grants and financial opportunities for artists and makers, marketing and branding trends, social media, and more.

Speakers at this year’s event include James Morin of Flowfold, Bill Laurita of Swan’s Island Company, Sadie Bliss of Maine Craft Association, Dennis Gleason of Gleason Fine Art, Maggie Bokor of Maggie Bokor Jewelry, and more.

Registration cost is $45. All tickets include a light breakfast, lunch, fruit and beverages. To register or view a complete agenda, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/archipelago.

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

Harlow gallery seeking art donations

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Now seeking art donations from collectors, artists, and artisans for our annual Silent Art Auction, open for bids April 12-15. Donations can be delivered anytime during open hours (Wed-Sat 12-6pm) through April 8th or contact the gallery to make an appointment; 207-622-3813 or kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Art donations will be sold to support programs at the Harlow Gallery. Donations of art, framed or unframed, are welcome and your gift may be tax deductible according to current tax law.

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You don’t have to be an artist to donate, make room for the new by donating something from your collection. Contemporary art, vintage art, antique art, prints, fine crafts, sculpture and artifacts are all are gratefully accepted.

Maine: The Way Life Is at Greenhut Galleries

Colin Page Waterfront Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches

Colin Page
Waterfront
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches

Greenhut Galleries is celebrating its 40th year anniversary ALL YEAR, and what better way than to throw a full gallery invitational exhibit honoring the state of Maine. We are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibit of paintings by 50 local artists in our new biennial fondly titled: Maine: The Way Life Is.

It’s easy to see why artists have been coming to Maine for over 100 years. So many are drawn to the rugged coastline, the islands, the wild beauty and isolation of this majestic state. The landscape is an obvious inspiration and has been captured time and time again in classic works by some of the most skilled artists, from Winslow Homer to Andrew Wyeth, from Thomas Cole to Frederick Church.

rita Holmquist Last Light Oil on linen 24 x 36 inches

Brita Holmquist
Last Light
Oil on linen
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What interests us about many of these iconic scenes is how they translate to our contemporary culture. We have curated this invitational with artists who each have a unique vision of what “Maine” means to them. The result makes for an exciting, thought-provoking, dynamic and diverse exhibition!

Dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists, Greenhut Galleries is pleased to have you join us in celebrating our wonderful state of Maine. Discover something new, stay curious, LOVE ART.

The exhibit runs April 6-29 with an Artists reception, Saturday April 8, 1 – 3 pm. Gallery hours are Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm and Sat. 10am – 5:00pm. For more information please contact info@greenhutgalleries.com

UMaine Museum of Art presents Art @ Noon

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Please join us for two informal noon-time gallery talks with artists Brenton Hamilton (4/14/2017) and Siobhan McBride (4/21/2017). The talks will focus on their work on exhibit in the galleries through May 6th, 2017. 
ART@NOON gallery talks are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. UMaine Museum of Art is located at 40 Harlow St. in Downtown Bangor. For more information please contact Kat Johnson:  207.561.3360, kat.johnson@maine.edu, or  umma.umaine.edu

Sunday Salons at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art hosts Sunday Salons, an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art. Sunday Salons are free with admission and take place on Sundays at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 3-5pm.

On April 9, Sunday Salon features artist Sam Cady in conversation with David Raymond, the Director of the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College. Raymond and Cady will engage in an open discussion and seek to answer the question of “Is Art Magic?” and more. Audience members are invited to join the conversation and to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61", collection of the artist

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61″, collection of the artist

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1943, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life. As an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he commuted 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 his subjects, ranging from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

David Raymond is a sculptor and painter. He has taught at Merrimack College since 1964. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and has served as an artist/teacher in the Master of Fine Arts program of Vermont College. In addition to being Professor of Fine Art, David Raymond was the Director of the McQuade Library Art Gallery at Merrimack College from 1972 to 1999. He became the Director of the McCoy Gallery of the new Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in 1999.

Upcoming Sunday Salons include: “Think Wrong” with graphic designer, educator, and thinker John Bielenberg on April 30; “Renewal & Form” with artist David Driskell on May 7; and “Father, Son & Piper Cub” with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli, on May 14.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

Deer Isle Artist Association hosts Watercolor Classes with Paul Trowbridge

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Watercolor classes with Paul Trowbridge will be held Saturdays April 1 – 22, 2017 9 AM – NOON

Watercolor is a unique and exciting medium when you let it demonstrate its special qualities like expressive brush work, the flow of wet into wet paint, and transparent layering. It can be quick or lengthy, portable, and clean. Come explore with us the world of watercolor and see the loaded brush, the expansive blooms, the puddles of shifting color, the unexpected, the delicate, the bold, and your own expression looking back at you.

Our sessions will include discussion, critique, and mostly practice. We will work on exercises, projects, and your own ideas. We maintain a supportive atmosphere that lets you grow as an individual. The time goes by more quickly than you can imagine when you are having fun and learning more and more. All skill levels are welcome.

Classes will be held at the Deer Isle Artist Association, 15 Main Street, Deer Isle, ME. Outdoor excursions are possible weather permitting.

The four-week session is $125.00. No refunds. Guests are welcome at $40.00 per class. Part of the proceeds will go to the DIAA to help defer expenses.

We will supply tables and chairs. Participants bring their own art materials. Please remember to bring a large pallet for mixing your colors—see suggested materials list below.

Call or email Paul to sign up or for further information: 207-359-8369, trowbridge.paul@gmail.com

Three New Shows at CMCA

Piper-Cub

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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

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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.

Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

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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.

Foe more information, visit http://cmcanow.org/

MFT Gallery presents “In Dialogue with Nature”

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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.

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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.”

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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 www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

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 https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

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 www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

 

 

 

Assemblage Works by Joe Kennedy & Wally Warren at The Sohns Gallery

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Assemblage Works by Joe Kennedy & Wally Warren.
The collective works of artists Wally Warren and Joe Kennedy are thought provoking, unique and inspiring. Working with found and recycled objects; both sculptors create works from items most of us may dispose of too easily, without even thinking twice. Both artists seem to enjoy seeing relics of a useful past whose time has ended, being reborn again to serve us in a different yet fulfilling way. Delighted to emerge themselves in whimsical and fantasy worlds, each creates their own style that may transcend you to another place and time. Kennedy and Warren have been neighbors on Stream Road in Ripley for decades and Warren, a lifelong artist, has served as friend and mentor to Kennedy-a plumber turned found-object artist.

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The show runs from Feb 13th – April 2, 2017 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. Please, join us for a Reception and Artist Talks will be held on March 3rd, at 6:30. For more information contact therockandartshop@gmail.com

Lecture at the Farnsworth – “Puttin’ on the Ritz”: The Gilded Age Restaurants of New York

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At Mouquin’s, 1905. William Glackens, American, 1870-1938. Oil on canvas, 122.4 x 92.1 cm (48 1/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

On Thursday, March 9, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Virginia Tuttle entitled “Puttin’ on the Ritz:” The Gilded Age Restaurants of New York.” The lecture will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 1 p.m.

Restaurants were still a fairly new, decidedly French “invention” when they first opened in New York City around 1830. In the decades immediately prior the Civil War, the city’s restaurants began to thrive as diners relished their first taste of exquisite French cuisine served in graciously appointed dining rooms. Then, between 1870 and the onset of World War I, while industrialism was rapidly increasing and vastly enriching America’s urban population, they became palatial—and sometimes truly bizarre—establishments that served as a stage for New York’s most extravagant social entertainments.

This lecture will examine a selection of these restaurants, paying particular attention not only to their role in the development of New York’s Gilded Age society, but to their meticulously choreographed internal operations. We will meet the great—and invariably French—celebrity chefs who ruled like despots over their enormous, lavishly equipped kitchens and extensive, expertly trained cook staffs. We will see contemporary images of the restaurants’ kitchens and their opulent dining rooms and scrutinize their menus, which offered a stunning abundance of dishes. Finally, we will discover how chefs were able to use far-reaching supply lines to acquire the finest wines and freshest produce (even in the dead of winter) for the fortunate few of New York who dined in their restaurants.

Virginia Tuttle is a retired curator from the National Gallery of Art, now living in Camden and working on a book about New York’s Gilded Age restaurants. The cost for this program is $5 for Farnsworth members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education

Annual Open Call for Art at Waterfall

Andy Warhol at Home by Ken Heyman

Andy Warhol at Home by Ken Heyman

Waterfall Arts invites artists of all levels from novice to expert to submit artwork for the 2017 annual Open Call Show on view from April 7 to May 12.  This theme for 2017 is “Home.” Individuals are asked to reflect on what home means to them – Is home a physical space, warm and cozy or is it a place of conflict and tension, or something in between? Is home a psychological place, an invention of an ideal space or mental state or is it a remembered landscape or habitat?

Work in any media can be abstract, realistic, conceptual or anything in between. It can depict a dream, an idea, a memory, or a daily reality.  Individuals may submit one piece, with dimensions no larger than 36 inches by 36 inches. Three-dimensional pieces can be accommodated. Two-dimensional works must be properly framed with a securely attached hanging device or the work cannot be displayed. All artwork should be delivered to Waterfall Arts March 28 through 31 during office hours (10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday). Everyone is invited to the opening reception for “Home” on Friday, April 7 from 5 to 8 pm.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by All Creatures Acupuncture, Cold Mountain Builders, Waldo County Family Dentistry, Revision Energy and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 207 338 2222.

Belfast Creative Coalition’s Member Profiles Are Portraits of Local Makers

David Jacobson at work in his glassblowing studio, photographed by Julia Clapp

David Jacobson at work in his glassblowing studio, photographed by Julia Clapp

Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC), a Belfast-area nonprofit organization that promotes arts and culture in Waldo County, is pleased to announce a new initiative featuring written profiles of their members.

BCC members, who are generally local artists, artisans, and makers, vary widely in their areas of skill and interest; the written profiles, highlighted on BCC’s website, are meant to highlight that variety.

“We want people living in the Belfast area to get to know their local artists,” says BCC Membership Coordinator Julia Clapp, who is writing the profiles. “Many people aren’t aware of the many artists’ studios that are all over the midcoast. All of these artists are inspiring, and all of them have interesting stories. Additionally, many of them want to share knowledge of their crafts.” Some BCC member artists offer classes and workshops at their studios.

The member profiles are centered around interviews with the artists that take place at their workspaces. So far, the responses to the profiles that have been published have been very positive. “We’re excited to bring the stories of our creative community to neighbors and visitors alike,” says BCC Executive Director Emily Baer, “and we hope to grow this initiative in the coming months.”

To read the current membership profiles, or to find out more about membership, please visit belfastcreativecoalition.org

2017 Monhegan Residencies Open to Maine Artists and Teachers

Photo by Bradley Beukema; 2016 resident and art teacher Krisanne Baker night painting on Monhegan

Photo by Bradley Beukema; 2016 resident and art teacher Krisanne Baker night painting on Monhegan

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency is pleased to announce its 2017 residency programs. Residencies are available to Maine-based visual artists during the weeks of May 27 to June 30, and September 2 to October 7. Also, a two-week residency is available to a Maine art teacher from July 2 to 14. Applications are now being accepted online at monheganartistsresidency.org through March 17.

For well over 150 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists, and continues to attract artists to its unique coastal island landscape. The Monhegan Island Residency seeks to keep this tradition alive and well for Maine artists by providing housing, studio space, and a stipend to its residents. Not just for landscape painters, the residency is open to artists working in new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, and multi-media.

This year’s jurors include Chris Stiegler, curator, art historian, and chair of the MFA in Studio Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland; Hilary Irons, artist, and co-founder/curator of Able Baker Contemporary, Portland; and Kelly Finlay, a Monhegan Artists’ Residency board member and museum educator at the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland.
Founded in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by donors, art galleries, corporate sponsors, and foundation grants.

LOCAL STUDENT ARTISTS WIN HONORS

2017 Student Art Show winners, from left to right: Ethan Landry, Jack Lent, Kaeden Green, Rachel Johnson, Galen Gaze, and Nina Keyes

2017 Student Art Show winners, from left to right: Ethan Landry, Jack Lent, Kaeden Green, Rachel Johnson, Galen Gaze, and Nina Keyes

At a reception at The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, student artists, family and friends gathered on Saturday to celebrate the student artists and winners of merit awards.

Jurors Evelyn Dunphy, John Gable, David Morgan and Penny Lane selected artworks which represented outstanding achievement. Winners include Ethan Landry, Harpswell Coastal Academy; Jack Lent, North Yarmouth Academy; Kaeden Green, Molly McCough, Rochelle Maderal, Rachel Johnson and Galen Gaze, Brunswick High School; Chloe Hill-Morse and Nina Keyes, Morse High School; and Spencer Shattuck, Hyde School.

Students from RSU1, Brunswick, and Topsham schools, submitted work in many media, all of which was accepted into the exhibition. Andrea Galuza and The Mix were show sponsors.

Sharon Bouchard, one of the founding members of the Gallery, directed the first annual Winter Student Show, and acknowledges support from teachers and parents. This is the inaugural year for the Winter Student Art Show, which will be held again in 2018. The Winter Student Art Show can be viewed through March 11, 2017.

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street in Bath, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. For more information call 207-442-0300 during open hours.

SECOND SUNDAYS: Drawing with Torn-Paper Shapes at Harlow Gallery

“Androscoggin River, February” by Robin Brooks | painted paper collage | 22″x30″ | private collection

“Androscoggin River, February” by Robin Brooks | painted paper collage | 22″x30″ | private collection

On Sunday, March 12, 2-4pm March’s Second Sunday workshop, “Drawing with Torn-Paper Shapes”, is lead by artist Robin Brooks. Celebrate spring; come create and experiment with paper collage. All ages and experience levels are welcome. No registration necessary.

“Drawing with Torn-Paper Shapes” comes right out of the Silberstein-Storfer Jones book titled “Doing Art Together: Discovering the Joys of Appreciating and Creating Art as Taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s famous parent-child workshop.” Robin states, “I love the idea of parents and children having the chance to work in the same room. Ideally there will be a parent table and a children’s table so there can be both proximity and independence.”

Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4PM at the Harlow Gallery. These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. These workshops are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills – they are open to everyone; form beginners to professional artists and everyone in between. SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all ages are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. For more information call
207-622-3813 or email kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery presents Enchanted

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Yarmouth Frame and Gallery presents Enchanted, a show of 23 gallery artists. Featured artist is Jennifer Van Cor who has painted a colorful body of work from Provence France. Her 14th annual painting holiday with college friends. In her own words, “Each painting of Provence is done with the joy that this shared experience evoked. The visual stimulus and the feeling of being connected to fellow artist friends has influenced the sense of color, space and the choice of content.” FMI: 207-846-7777 visit us on facebook or twitter or website: www.YarmouthFrameAndGallery.com

Mother Earth – Sister Moon at Rock and Art Shop

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Mother Earth – Sister Moon – paintings and drawings by Kay Carter will be on display in the Back Gallery at Rock and Art Shop, 36 Central St, Bangor from April 4 to April 23. The opening is April 7 from 5:00-7:00 pm. All are welcome.

These paintings and drawings were inspired by a connection with both the natural and nocturnal environment. The Full Moon Rising series, completed mostly in pastels, was created between June and November 2016 on-site in New Mexico and Maine. From the stillness of the New Mexico desert in June, to moon rise during a Bangor waterfront concert in August, and the Supermoon rise over Blue Hill and Bucksport in November the series tells a diverse story of our activities within the cycles of time.

The drawings and paintings in the show, created in oil, pen and ink, charcoal, and nero lead each looks closely at minutia in our environment. The style varies between realism and abstraction.

For more information call (207)944-7814 or email kaycarter08@gmail.com

Young Artists Takeover the Galleries at Waterfall Arts

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To celebrate Arts Advocacy Month this March, Waterfall Arts presents the second annual Young Artists Gallery Takeover exhibit which opens with a reception on Friday, March 3 from 5 to 8 pm. The reception is free, everyone is welcome to attend, meet the artists and enjoy the show.

Young people from Waldo County schools and youth groups created the artwork filling the galleries. The purpose of the exhibit is to recognize these young people as our next generation of creative artists. Arts Advocacy Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality school art programs. It also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Young Artsit Jazmine Garnier and Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros

In addition, the show will highlight what’s going on with the arts in the schools and recognize art educators and teachers. The Young Artists Takeover exhibit will be up through March 30th; gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Friday and by appointment.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, open print, clay and photography studios, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Youth and family programs are supported by the Green Store, the Kendel Kennedy Fund, the NLT Foundation 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. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222.

PMA reopens with “Lights Across Congress”

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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”

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Abstraction
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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

FMI,  www.greenhutgalleries.com
Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, ME  04101
207-772-2693

info@greenhutgalleries.com
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Saturdays 10-5

Harlow Gallery presents The Venn Project

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On View: February 3 – March 11, 2017 | Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 5-7pm

The Harlow Gallery presents The Venn Project, featuring the work of Pamela Hetherly, Anita Morrissey, and Nancy Keenan Barron. The Venn Project is on view February 3 – March 11, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, February 3, from 5-7pm. Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

The three artists came together in the spirit of the Venn diagram: what they share, what they don’t.  Each artist claims one circle as her own and shares a piece of that circle with the other two. (A Venn diagram is a concept developed by John Venn in 1880.   He used overlapping or non-overlapping circles to show relationships.  Where the circles overlap, something is shared or in common.  Where the circles do not overlap, items are different.)

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Eighteen months ago artists Anita Morrissey, Pamela Hetherly and Nancy Keenan Barron began meeting regularly to paint together from life.  They explain their process as follows:

We took notes of our similarities and differences.  As the months passed we observed the others’ ways of working, challenged each other, and broadened our thought processes.  We observed how our individual practices changed and evolved from the influence of the others.  The goal of the project was to notice what worked, to try new things, and to support each other in this process.

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Early on in the project, it became clear that one large shared, overlapping piece in the Venn diagram for all three artists was the Harlow Gallery. We first met each other at the Harlow, we are all longtime members and have all benefited greatly from the Harlow community.

The artists invite the viewer to take note of the similarities, the differences and the changes that took place in their work during their 18-month-long project.

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For more information visit: http://harlowgallery.org/the-venn-project/

Miller Student Art Show at Tidemark Gallery

Self Portrait, Bryson Oulette, grade 5, Miller School

Self Portrait, Bryson Oulette, grade 5, Miller School

“Young Hearts,” a valentine-themed Miller student art show opens at Tidemark Gallery on Thursday, February 9, from 4 to 6pm (snow date Friday, February 10). This mid-winter tradition began five years ago as a collaboration between school and gallery to showcase the students’ art in a professional setting and make time for families and friends to celebrate our creative and talented youth.

Nathan Fogg, Miller School Art Teacher, says “The Young Hearts Art Show is a wonderful opportunity for students at Miller School to showcase their creativity, problem solving and technical abilities in the visual arts in a professional gallery setting.  We welcome you to come see the wonderful work on display by our student artists!” 

Miller’s students and PTO members will lend their enthusiastic help in setting up the exhibit and providing refreshments.

Snow cancellation announcements will be made on Tidemark Gallery’s Facebook page and at tidemarkgallery.com

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibition

Brenton Hamilton, Little Mask Face, 2015,  Multiple gum bichromate,  Courtesy of the artist

Brenton Hamilton,
Little Mask Face, 2015,
Multiple gum bichromate,
Courtesy of the artist

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new featured exhibitions in January. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter exhibitions open to the public on January 13 and run through May 6, 2017. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

BRENTON HAMILTON: 20 YEARS

January 13 – May 6, 2017

Maine-based photographer Brenton Hamilton employs unconventional approaches to photographic techniques and materials to achieve his layered, dreamlike visions. This exhibition surveys Hamilton’s long career creating images using 19th century handmade photographic processes.

Serving as inspirations for Hamilton’s compositions are his ongoing studies of cultural history, sciences, early medicine, minerals and oceanology. Often working with collage and using liquid photographic emulsions as paint, Hamilton pushes the traditional boundaries of photography, offering a fresh interpretation of the medium. A wide range of historic processes including cyanotype, black glass ambrotype, tintype and gum bichromate –as well as an astonishing hybrid of media –offer a bridge between the antique and the postmodern. The exhibition also includes 18th century sculpted heads and objects that provide a glimpse of the unique source material often depicted within the artist’s compositions.

Brenton Hamilton received his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the Chair of the Professional Certificate Program in Photography at the Maine Media Workshops.

Siobhan McBride, Bones, 2014, Gouache on paper on panel, Courtesy of the artist

Siobhan McBride,
Bones, 2014,
Gouache on paper on panel,
Courtesy of the artist

SIOBHAN MCBRIDE: FOUR HOUR FORTUNE COOKIE

January 13 – May 6, 2017

Siobhan McBride works primarily in gouache on paper to render places and scenes that are imbued with incongruities, memories, and psychological tension. McBride comments that the depicted scenes, “are tense with anticipation, or blushing in the aftermath of an unseen event.” They are “descriptions of awkward experiences, passages from books and film fragments, things caught in the corner of my eye, and an attempt to conjure slippery memories.”  

McBride creates works that are steeped in mystery–images that hover between the humorous and the eerie. Bold light amplifies an array of realistically rendered objects and environments, and in doing so accentuates the unsettling nature of things obscured within shadows. When viewed from a distance McBride’s constructed images crystalize, but while up-close the surface is a complex abstract accumulation of colored shapes. Siobhan McBride received her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jared Cowan, Untitled, 2001, Cast bronze with video, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Mat Thorne

Jared Cowan,
Untitled, 2001,
Cast bronze with video,
Courtesy of the artist,
Photo credit: Mat Thorne

JARED COWAN: THE LIFE OF DAVID

January 13 – May 6, 2017

In The Life of David, Maine-based sculptor, video and installation artist Jared Cowan presents a new series of works that explore the monumental events in the life of Emilio David Mazzeo (1920-1997). In 1948 Mazzeo, a marathon cross-country runner, was the fourth American to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon and a member of the United States Olympic Team at the Summer Olympic Games in London.

The cast bronze works, video components and interactive construction in this exhibition are inspired by the oral retelling of Mazzeo’s life through family and friends. Later in life, Mazzeo experienced a catastrophic loss of his legs. This life altering event is reflected in the bronze forms the artist has cast from the actual prosthetic legs of his subject. Through these glimpses of Emilio David Mazzeo’s life story, Cowan conveys a message of perseverance over tragedy. The artist suggests that the “folkloric acquisition of materials speaks to the legend building that occurs while passing on information, and marks an end point in the thematic gradient that spans past and present works.” Jared Cowan received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2001 from the University of Maine.

For More Information please contact:
Kathryn Jovanelli
207.561.3350
kathrynj@maine.edu
www.umma.umaine.edu

BELFAST CREATIVE COALITION IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

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Belfast Creative Coalition is accepting new members for 2017. Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) promotes the work of artists throughout Waldo County via its website, social media, coordinated happenings, and online calendar of events. BCC is the organizer behind the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks, which take place monthly from May through September, as well as the Cultivate Farm & Art Tours.

Membership with BCC means that the member artist or arts organization is an active participant in the creative economy in Belfast and beyond. BCC offers collaborative marketing and promotion opportunities for artists, creative enterprises and cultural organizations, and opportunities to coordinate with other artists and groups, as well as promotion through the BCC website and social media.

Current membership opportunities include an ongoing, BCC member-only exhibit of artwork at the Belfast Bagel Café, with a different member’s work being shown there every two months; BCC has also recently introduced member profiles, interviews with member artists that are published on the BCC website and shared online, so that the public can learn more about the artists’ work. Additionally, the BCC member-exclusive e-newsletter announces Maine arts opportunities monthly.

Memberships are available at a variety of levels, and annual membership supports local arts and culture and celebrates the unique Belfast area quality of life that focuses on the local and handmade.

To learn more or to become a member of BCC, visit belfastcrativecoalition.org, call the BCC office at 207-323-8692, or email BCC Membership Coordinator Julia Clapp at julia@belfastcreativecoalition.org.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents The Mid-Winter (Valentine’s Day) Show

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

A group exhibition featuring the artwork of Jenny Brillhart, Tim Christensen, Avy Claire, Devta Doolan, Sarah Doremus, Buzz Masters, Carol Pelletier, Jerry Rose, Nisa Smiley

Evening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 5:00 – 8PM.

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

This is a one day event where the gallery is shining with creative expression – Come for the art, stay for the buttered rum. Please dress warmly. Everyone is Welcome!
Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or 917.204.4001

February 4 – ArtLab for All Ages | Lost & Found with Fiber and Found Objects

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to February’s ArtLab. Join ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino in transforming found materials into elegant wall hangings using fiber and found objects. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, February 4, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. Found objects will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!

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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 also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

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.

CELEBRATING WINTER: PAINTINGS BY GALLERY ARTISTS

Mitch Billis, Woton’s Lobster Pound, oil on canvas, 24x32”

Mitch Billis, Woton’s Lobster Pound, oil on canvas, 24x32”

Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens its new winter show: “Celebrating Winter: Paintings by Gallery Artists.” The show runs through Saturday, March 4. Winter hours at the gallery are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and other times by appointment. For more information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view “Celebrating Winter” and the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art at www.gleasonfineart.com.

For some, winter is a dull time dominated by shades of gray and white. For artists who live in and love Maine, winter is a quieter time, a time to explore the natural world and see it afresh. Blankets of snow soften the landscape, shards of river ice turn the shore into a cubist wonderland, and the cold, clear light intensifies the blues of sea and sky. Even an overcast day can end with an explosion of color as the setting sun stripes the sky and transforms the clouds into a thousand shades of pink and yellow.

“Celebrating Winter” includes paintings by renowned artists Janice Anthony, Mitch Billis, Tom Curry, Andrea Peters, and  Kevin Beers. With their art, Anthony, Billis, Curry, Peters, and Beers all celebrate Maine in winter. It is a quiet Maine, absent the crowds and hustle and bustle of summer. It is also a Maine of unearthly beauty, something that must be seen and experienced to be understood.

The Sohns Gallery presents “Taking Flight”

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop, presents: Taking Flight, A Silent Art Auction to Benefit Avian Haven. The show runs from January 3rd – February 10th.

Twenty-six local artist have artworks with bird themes hanging in this beautifully diverse show. All the artworks will be sold through silent auction with 50% of the starting bid going to the artist and all other proceeds being donated to Avian Haven.

Avian Haven, in Freedom, Maine, is the largest non-profit wild bird rehabilitation center in New England. With a mission that includes research and education as well as rehabilitation. They are dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to natural roles in the wild. Avian Haven is not funded by any governmental agencies. All operating expenses are covered by private donations and foundation grants.

For more information please contact the Sohns Gallery
Sohns Gallery (207) 947-2205 therockandartshop@gmail.com

Relief Printing at the Farnsworth

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

On Fridays, beginning January 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a four-day workshop on relief printing. Led by artist Holly Berry, the classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

Participants of this four-day workshop will explore the relief potential of collagraphs in combination with linocuts. The workshop will start with a focus on creating a dynamic design using paper, cardboard, string, and other materials to make a collagraph block. Using a press, students will have the opportunity to make embossings and try out various inking options with their collagraph block. Participants will further develop their image by designing and cutting a linoleum block in response to their collagraph.

Instructor Holly Berry of Waldoboro illustrates children’s books and makes linoleum block prints. She was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship for Printmaking from the Maine Arts Commission and designed large scale block prints of native flora and fauna for a Percent for Art project at the Medomak Middle School. Berry is a member of The Boston Printmakers and received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. To see examples of her work, please visit hollyberrydesign.com

The cost for this workshop is $250, $210 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education

Dan Graziano 2017 Painting Workshops

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This year, Dan Graziano will be teaching four workshops in the New England area. He is excited to be teaming with two arts organizations for the first time – River Tree Arts in Kennebunk, Maine and the Wallkill River School of Art in New York. Also, he will again be doing two workshops at his studio in Castine, Maine. For more information and downloadable registration forms, visit his web site at www.dangrazianofineart.com

5/6/2017 ONE-DAY PAINTING WORKSHOP – RIVER TREE ARTS, KENNEBUNK, ME

6/16-18/2017 THREE-DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP – WALLKILL RIVER SCHOOL OF ART, MONTGOMERY, NY

8/12/2017 ONE-DAY PAINTING WORKSHOP – CASTINE, ME

8/18-20/2017 THREE-DAY PLEIN AIR WORKSHOP – CASTINE, ME

Art Together Mornings Begin February 4th with Painting to Music

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Art Together Mornings, Waterfall Arts’ free monthly series of activities for children and their adults begins on Saturday, February 4 from 10 to noon. Bridget Matros, Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator at Waterfall and a creative development specialist, leads the activities. 

The theme for February 4th is Painting to Music. Instruments and musicians will be in attendance; everyone can create abstract or realistic art inspired by looking at, touching, and hearing a collection of working musical instruments.

These parent-child art making sessions offer memorable times together using fun materials without the stress of making a “perfect product”. While working side by side, adults will learn ways to support creative thinking, problem solving, and self-expression while getting some art therapy themselves.  Matros led family workshops and creative development seminars at Boston Children’s Museum and is a published advocate for quality creative experiences in early childhood education.

Art Together Mornings and youth and family activities at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kendel Kennedy Fund, the Nellie Leeman Taft Foundation, United Midcoast Charities and the Green Store in Belfast.

The Art Together series continues with Stitches and Beads on March 4, Play with Clay on April 1st and “Stained Glass” Sticky Paper Collage on May 6th. Although these are free events, space is limited and early signups are encouraged. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information on classes and workshops for kids and adults, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call the office at 207 338 2222.

MEMBER SHOW AT CENTRE ST ARTS GALLERY

Mossy Woods, Sarah Harvey

Mossy Woods, Sarah Harvey

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, celebrates the new year’s first exhibition, at 11 Centre Street, Bath. 

Twenty Maine artist members work in a wide variety of styles and media, producing new work for every show.  All work is original, with framed and matted pieces available, and sculpture in stone, clay and bronze.

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Through April.  For more information, please call 207-442-0300 during business hours.  Website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com.  Email: centrestartsgalleryllc@gmail.com

Fast, Cheap and Easy: an Unorthodox Block Printing Primer” Lead by Scott Minzy at Harlow Gallery

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Harlow Gallery presents a two part workshop “Fast, Cheap and Easy: an Unorthodox Block Printing Primer”, lead by Scott Minzy. The printmaking workshop is 7-9pm on Tuesdays and is split into two 4-week sessions and is hosted by Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.

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The first 4-week session is scheduled for February 7, 14, 21, and 28 and the second 4-week session is scheduled for March 7, 14, 21, and 28. Tuition per session is $50 for KVAA/Harlow Gallery members or $60 for non-members (paid to Harlow Gallery) plus a $25 supplies fee (paid directly to instructor on the day of the event.) Participants are welcome to sign up for one or both sessions.

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Learn the technique behind creating bold and striking prints in a class suitable for all levels of experience. We will explore design principles of relief images, carving techniques, inking, and printing. Participants will have the experience of working with foam, rubber, wood and linoleum blocks learning the different qualities of each material. Most importantly this class will teach participants how to print at home without a press. These easily printed blocks make great postcards, propaganda posters, subversive illustrations and of course, fine art prints. More of the artist’s work can be seen at Scottminzy.com

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

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.

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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.”

 

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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.”

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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.

Introductions: New Work for the New Year at Camden Falls Gallery

"Pemaquid Light" by Taddeus Retz

“Pemaquid Light” by Taddeus Retz

Camden Falls Gallery would like to introduce five artists who are new to the gallery with a limited showing of “New Work for the New Year.” This brief preview of things to come in 2017 will be on view through the third week of January, when we will be closing our doors for three months for our annual winter hiatus.

The youngest of our five new artists is Taddeus Retz, who began his artistic career working primarily as a sculptor. An avid student of the fine craft and history of classical painting, Retz has pursued various avenues of study to expand his technical expertise as a painter. It was through an exhaustive study of the old masters that Retz developed an appreciation for the principles of tone, value, and composition that inform his work. His lovely oil “Pemaquid Light” exhibits his mastery of texture, color, and form. Today, Retz has a journeyman’s discipline that belies his youth, painting outdoors or in his studio every day.

"Downeast Roses" by Barb Walker

“Downeast Roses” by Barb Walker

It has been said that all we really have is the present moment. Barb Walker has the enlightened person’s ability to delve deeply into the singular experience that each moment presents, and to translate that experience into unique plein air work. Primarily self-taught, Walker draws inspiration from diverse sources such as workshops, books, videos, and even podcasts. Like Retz, she puts in daily hours at the easel and in close observation of the natural world around her. Maine’s coastline and small villages have been a regular painting vacation destination for this midwesterner to experience northern New England, submersed in the moment to experience it profoundly.

"The Old Boat Yard" by Ken DeWaard

“The Old Boat Yard” by Ken DeWaard

For over 30 years, Ken DeWaard has been challenging his powers of observation by painting en plein air as much as possible, in locations as varied as Cape Ann, Laguna Beach, Sonoma, and Florida. DeWaard has taught at the Academy of Fine Art in Denmark, Wisconsin, and has conducted art workshops around the country. DeWaard, his wife, and four children now reside amidst a wealth of natural beauty as recent arrivals to the town of Hope, Maine.

"July on the Bay" by Charles Fenner Ball

“July on the Bay” by Charles Fenner Ball

The son of a famous railroad historian and photographer, new artist Charles Fenner Ball developed a love of trains and the richness of landscape at an early age. He is especially drawn to the colors and contours of the southwest, as well as the New England coast. These starkly contrasting landscapes are continuing sources of inspiration for new work. The forthright simplicity of “July on the Bay” features the front side of a shoreline house emblazoned with sunlight. Two windows seem to gaze back at the viewer like opaque eyes, masking the interior life within. A placid, deep blue bay recedes to island silhouettes against a paler sky. Ball characterizes his paintings as “having a representational style, a dose of impressionism, with a slightly contemporary edge.”

"Sandy Point" by J.C. Airoldi

“Sandy Point” by J.C. Airoldi

New artist Julie (J.C.) Airoldi enjoyed a successful 10-year career in commercial graphics before pursuing her longtime dream of painting professionally. A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she is currently an artist member of the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester, as well as the Rockport Art Association. Airoldi was also elected into the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists in 2012. She and her family reside in Hampstead, New Hampshire. Airoldi’s two small oils, “Star Island” and “Sandy Point,” both portray shoreline vistas with great sensitivity and subtlety. In describing her plein air painting experience, Airoldi writes, “I feel so fortunate to witness ordinary scenes made extraordinary by light and atmosphere… and then set out to capture the spirit of my experience in my work.”
As we bring our 2016 season to a close, we invite you to visit the gallery to learn more about these new artists and enjoy a small sampling of their work. Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10am-5pm through the third week of January. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit our website at www.camdenfallsgallery.com.

Call for Postcard Art: Posted – a Fundraiser Exhibition

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The Kennebec Valley Art Association invites artists and all members of the community to participate in Posted, a postcard art exhibition and fundraiser at the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in Hallowell January 25-28, 2017. Postcards will be offered for sale at a set price of $30 each and can be taken home with the buyer at the time of purchase. Proceeds will support Young at Art, our annual K-8 student art show returning in March.

Artists and other Maine creatives may submit up to three postcards. Submissions by non-artists are welcome, this is an open community celebration of creativity. Everything submitted will be included in the exhibition; the show is not juried. All media are eligible. The size is 4” x 6”, standard postcard size. Free postcard blanks are available at the Harlow Gallery. Completed postcards can be delivered to the Harlow Gallery by Saturday, January 21st during open hours – Wednesday – Saturday 12-6pm, or anytime via the mail slot in the right hand front door. For more information visit the Harlow Gallery online at www.harlowgallery.org or call Cassie Bouton, Gallery Manager at 622-3813.

Those interested in participating are also invited to kick off the 2017 season of Second Sunday events by attending a free postcard-making workshop on Sunday, January 8 from 2-4pm at the Harlow Gallery. For more information on visit: harlowgallery.org/second-sundays-postcard-making/

Art in the Capitol: Celebrating a Centennial of Maine Postcards with Contemporary Art

Alison Goodwin, Portland, Oysterman, 2016, 18x18, mixed media on paper

Alison Goodwin, Portland, Oysterman, 2016, 18×18, mixed media on paper

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to partner with the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) in Searsport to mark a unique Maine centennial, “Maine Postcard Day,” with a new Art in the Capitol exhibit: “Maine: A Continuum of Place.” The exhibit, on display now through March 3, 2017 throughout the ground and second floors of the State House, includes 25 paintings by 17 Maine contemporary artists, as well as original glass plate images from the museum’s postcard collection. All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public.
One hundred years ago, Maine Governor Oakley C. Curtis declared a “Maine Postcard Day” and implored all Mainers to mail a postcard of their home state to friends and family out-of-state. Curtis allegedly hoped the cards would be a tool to communicate Maine’s exclusive qualities to the outside world. Inspired by the anniversary of this day, the Penobscot Marine Museum asked Maine art critic and author Carl Little to pair vintage photographs from the museum’s remarkable and vast collection with paintings of similar subjects by contemporary artists resulting in this unique exhibit.
“The show highlights what I call ‘the continuum of place,’” Little noted. “Kids will always leap from docks, though their outfits may change. Ships will find harbor, but they may depend on computers to find their way. And certain iconic vistas—the harbors of Monhegan and Stonington, for example—seem almost eternal even as a new building might go up or lobster traps change from wood to metal.”

Tina Ingraham, Portland, Portland Pier Moorings, 2016, 36x50, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham, Portland, Portland Pier Moorings, 2016, 36×50, oil on linen

The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport houses a vast glass-plate collection of original postcard images which present and visually boast of the history of Maine’s towns and unique geography. The museum, founded in 1936 by the descendants of local sea captains, is the oldest maritime museum in Maine and includes 13 buildings, eight of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum’s mission is to preserve and present the maritime history of the Penobscot Bay region through collections, education, and community engagement. In addition to the postcard collection, the museum has collections of historic small boats; marine paintings; artifacts from around the world collected by mariners; ship models; photographs; and manuscripts. For more information see www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

Jude Valentine, Lubec, West Quoddy Headlight, Lubec, Maine, 2013, 20x26, soft pastel on paper

Jude Valentine, Lubec, West Quoddy Headlight, Lubec, Maine, 2013, 20×26, soft pastel on paper

A former associate editor of Art in America, Carl Little has written extensively about art, particularly New England artists. His publications include Paintings of Maine (1991), Edward Hopper’s New England (1993), Winslow Homer and the Sea (1995), Art of the Maine Islands (1997), The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent (1998), and The Art of Monhegan Island (2004). He directed the Ethel H. Blum Gallery at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, for eight years and is currently on staff at the Maine Community Foundation. In addition to his art criticism, Little is the author of two poetry collections, 3,000 Dreams Explained (1992) and Ocean Drinker: New & Selected Poems (2006).

Mary Bourke, Lincolnville, Bathers, 2015, 18x18, acrylic on birch panel

Mary Bourke, Lincolnville, Bathers, 2015, 18×18, acrylic on birch panel

The Art in the Capitol program features rotating exhibits throughout the Capitol Complex and offers an additional venue to expand the audiences for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Capitol and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about the Art in the Capitol Program please contact Julie Horn at julie.horn@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

Farnsworth and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present Teatro alla Scala:

onesheet_poster_teatro-alla-scala Sunday, January 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present a collaborative screening of Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders. The film will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland.

Ever since its construction was completed in 1778, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan has drawn major artists from the international music scene and has been a mecca of music. To this day, performing at the Scala marks the pinnacle one’s career in the eyes of the world. Music critic John Gavazzeni wrote: “The pillars of world opera … [were] all launched or consecrated in one place, at the Teatro alla Scala.”

Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders is a journey through time and space to discover a marvelous place, where the most glorious pages in the history of music, opera and ballet have been written. This presentation is part of Specticast’s The Art & Architecture in Cinema series, which brings the world’s greatest works of art, and their environs, to cinemas nationwide.

A post-film discussion will be led by Roger Dell, art historian, former Harvard lecturer, and former Farnsworth Director of Education. The fee for this program is $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Tickets for sale at the Strand box office directly prior.

Portland Museum of Art Announces Historic Gift

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The Portland Museum of Art is thrilled to announce that it has received the largest matching gift in the museum’s history. A gift of five million dollars will be donated to the PMA by longtime American museum benefactors Judy and Leonard Lauder to support the museum’s endowment. The Lauders’ generous gift is intended to inspire philanthropy in others for the PMA, and officially marks the beginning of the Focused Endowment Initiative—a targeted plan to increase the museum’s endowment by a total of $15 million.
To honor this historic gift and to recognize Judy’s long-term commitment to the PMA, the PMA Director position will be named the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art.
Mr. and Mrs. Lauder made the following remarks: “We are overjoyed to be able to make this gift to the Portland Museum of Art in recognition of its sterling leadership—from Director Mark Bessire and Board Chairman Jeffrey Kane—to the extraordinary Board, museum staff, and volunteers, who have collectively made the Portland Museum of Art one of the leading regional art museums in the United States. While we recognize the importance of buildings, we also recognize the tremendous importance of economic stability for cultural institutions. We are confident that this gift, which focuses on the museum endowment, will greatly enhance and promote the financial integrity of this magnificent Maine institution.”
“This is a transformative gift and one of the largest in the history of the Portland Museum of Art,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “When we complete the Focused Endowment Initiative—spurred by the remarkable contributions of Judy and Leonard Lauder—the museum’s endowment will have grown to almost $40 million, thus providing the PMA with the stronger foundation it needs to effectively continue its mission.”
Prior transformative gifts to the museum include the gift of 17 Winslow Homer works from Charles Shipman Payson in 1979, the gift of the great Renoir and related Impressionist works of art from John Whitney Payson in 1991, and the $4 million bequest from William Thon in 2000.
“We are immensely grateful to Judy and Leonard for this remarkable act of generosity and confidence in our enterprise,” expressed Board Chairman Jeffrey Kane. “As the Lauder gift clearly demonstrates, the museum’s focus on improving the visitor experience with the collection has made a compelling case for continued investment. This historic and generous gift confirms the Lauders’ extraordinary commitment to the arts and strengthens the capabilities of the PMA to connect art to everyday life.”

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.

Winter Hours (beginning October 12): 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. Children 14 and under are always free. Admission is free 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 portlandmuseum.org.

Art in the Capitol Special Exhibit: Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art

Moores Harbor, Isle-au-Haut. Photograph by Howie Motenko.

Moores Harbor, Isle-au-Haut. Photograph by Howie Motenko.

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the opening of a special exhibit in its Art in the Capitol program. “Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art” by Maine photographer Howie Motenko explores collaborative art using the photographic technique of light painting on all 15 of Maine’s un-bridged, year-round islands. The exhibit is free to the public and on display until June 30, 2017 on the second floor of the State House in the Governor’s Reception area.
“We selected these photographs to showcase Maine’s rich island heritage, and the ways in which the arts can bring communities together,” said Julie Horn, the Visual Arts Program Director for the Maine Arts Commission and the curator for Art in the Capitol. “These photos are lush with color and light and bring attention to one of Maine’s provincial regions, which makes them a perfect fit for the Governor’s Reception area.”
Motenko’s mission in the “Painting Islands” project, funded in part by the Maine Arts Commission, was to create participatory art with each island community through the medium of light painting photography. The result is 15 highly color saturated, archival pigment prints that represent Maine’s island community’s choices of images that best represent them. For a full year beginning in June of 2015, Motenko, working in partnership with the Maine Seacoast Mission and the Island Institute, visited, discussed and documented each island. The artistic collaboration began with island residents selecting a subject that resonated most strongly with their community. Next, at dusk, island volunteers “light painted” their self-selected scene with flashlights to complete the artistic collaboration: they illuminated the most significant image of their community while Motenko created a long-exposure photograph of it during the blue hour. The relationship of the artist’s vision and the islanders’ combined illumination created a glowing image reflecting each island’s unique identity and collective values. The project is designed to create a stronger sense of community for each island. To learn more about this project please visit www.paintingislands.com.

Swans Island Quarry. Photograph by Howie Motenko.

Swans Island Quarry. Photograph by Howie Motenko.

“Everyone who takes part in creating an image like this can feel proud,” Motenko said in The Mount Desert Islander earlier this year. “I know that the people who shine flashlights will remember exactly where they were and what they lit that night.”
Photographer Howie Motenko is a resident of Mount Desert Island who has spent the past nine years photographing Acadia National Park and local area. He says that “Travel and landscape photography are in my blood,” and has visited six continents, 30 countries and 26 states. Additional projects have included “Painting Bridges: Uniting Community with Art,” studies of the carriage road bridges at Acadia National Park, and Acadia Photo Safari.
The Art in the Capitol program features rotating exhibits throughout the Capitol Complex and offers an additional venue to expand the audiences for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; State House and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about the Art in the Capitol Program please contact Julie Horn at julie.horn@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages | Art at Play

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to the first ArtLab of the year. Join ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino to explore card and board games, perfect for winter hibernation and making. Discover fun ways to create original “recipes” for art making using concepts of chance and play, as many artists do in their work. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, January 7, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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 also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

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

Winter Art Camp at UMaine Museum of Art

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What are your kids doing this February break?

UMaine Museum of Art announces WINTER ART CAMP. MONDAY – FRIDAY, February 20 – 24th, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$110 Museum of Art members, $125 for non-members (2-5 grade, specifically)
$100 Early Bird Special (Must pay by January 16)

Give your kids a February break they will love! Children will enjoy gallery games, art projects, and a Friday art show and reception for family and friends! All materials are provided, but please bring a snack. Space is limited, so register today! Contact Education Coordinator Kat Johnson for more information or to sign up. Call 207- 561 – 3360 or email kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu

Wine Cellar Art Gallery opening Dec. 2

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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 johnedwardsmarket.com

Mars Hall celebrates “Yuletide in St. George”

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“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 www.marshallgallery.net.

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

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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 www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

SIMPLE PLEASURES ~ A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Winter Interlude by Angelo Franco, oil, 12” x 16”

Winter Interlude by Angelo Franco, oil, 12” x 16”

Sylvan Gallery is proud to present their annual holiday exhibition, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring a selection of small works of art by contemporary masters from December 3, 2016 through January 14, 2017. This exhibition features works in oil, acrylic, and pastel with many of the paintings being 11” x 14” or smaller. The subject matter is the artists’ choice and includes a versatile selection of Maine landscapes and coastal views, winter snow scenes, local farmscapes, European cafe and street scenes, and figurative works.

Garden Thistle by Heather Gibson Lusk, oil, 7” x 5”

Garden Thistle by Heather Gibson Lusk, oil, 7” x 5”

Enjoy giving the gift of art this holiday season, and treat yourself too! The gallery artists whose work will be on display include Peter Layne Arguimbau, Al Barker, Joann Ballinger, Angelo Franco, Nina Fuller, Susannah Haney, Neal Hughes, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson-Lusk, Robert Noreika, Crista Pisano, Ann Scanlan, Polly Seip, Laura Winslow, and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. Also, find Sylvan Gallery on Facebook. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Holiday Show at Greenhut Galleries

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Join Us For The Holiday Show…
December 1- 31, 2016

We’re Having a Party!
Reception Saturday, December 3rd 1-3pm

Join us in celebrating the season and our Greenhut artists.
Welcome the new owners Kelley Lehr and John Danos.
Toast Peggy Golden with a champagne sendoff in appreciation of her vision, her tireless work on behalf of Maine artists, and her enormous contribution to the Portland art community as she embarks on her retirement.

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Sat. 10am – 5:00pm
info@greenhutgalleries.com
www.greenhutgalleries.com

Craft Apprentice Program Application Deadline is 12/9

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Craft Apprentice Program 2017

Application Deadline: Friday December 9, 4pm

Learn More and Apply:
www.MaineCAP.org

“Single” applicants are invited to fill out this form for matching purposes:

CAP Match Maker

Craft Apprentice Program

“CAP is a very welcome opportunity for me to share my love, enthusiasm, talent and insight, and to do my part to ensure the skills are carried onward into a new generation.”
– Doug Wilson, 2016 CAP alumni master blacksmith

Our Program
The Maine Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) lasts for seven months; March – September. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a basic 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.

Eligibility
Eligibility requires participants to be at least eighteen years of age, current Maine residents, and apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue.

Selection Process
Applications are reviewed by a panel of Maine professionals for a first round elimination. The panel also interviews the finalist pairs with awards given to two or more joint applicants.

Honorarium
Both receive honorariums based on a recommended 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.

Relationship
A majority of the training happens at the master’s studio. Occasionally they visit other studios or events of relevance to their goals. Although we provide a distinct structure for implementation, MaineCAP also allows for adaptations as the pair sees fit to maximize the experience for each. MaineCAP requires that the pair submit interim and final reports.

The Exhibition
To close the program, all artists participate in an exhibition at LA Arts in Lewiston. Maine Magazine is the 2017 exclusive magazine sponsor of the program’s exhibition Masters & Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program.

The Forth Annual All Small Art Show Reception to be held Dec. 2nd

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Forth Annual All Small art show. The show is the largest yet with 56 local Maine artist. Each artist was given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the our most diverse gallery shows. Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, screen prints, carved wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and fused glass works. The 168 All Small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.
Curator Annette Dodd says “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24th just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”
The show runs from Nov 2nd – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception will be held on Dec. 2th at 6:30 with refreshments and a live band (Tough End String Band).
For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

CALLING MAINE ARTISTS: PUBLIC ART PROPOSALS SOUGHT

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The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to invite all artists who are permanent Maine or New Hampshire residents to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork for the new Molly Ockett Elementary School in Fryeburg, ME. The total project budget is approximately $45,000 and the submission deadline is Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

All professional artists who reside in Maine or New Hampshire are eligible for consideration to this project. Artists who are employees of the University of Maine System are ineligible for Percent for Art projects at the location where they are employed, as are members of the selection committee and their immediate families. Students at any level are ineligible. The project is open to all artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disabilities. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.

“Public art is one of the best ways for everyone to enjoy art that enriches our landscapes and work places, as well as one of the best ways for an artist’s work to be visible,” said Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at the Maine Arts Commission. “Maine’s Percent for Art law represents great economic and artistic opportunities both for Maine artists and Maine people.”

Molly Ockett, after whom the school is named, lived in Fryeburg in the 1760s and was from the Pequawket Tribe. She was a homeopathic medicine expert, with instances of her cures recorded in local histories, as well as a famed storyteller. Proposals should respond to the area’s vibrant history and the notion of storytelling, and create opportunities for curiosity and open-ended questions. Artwork should also reflect the ideas of wonder, imagination and play. Artists with local ties to the Mount Washington Valley are encouraged to apply, although this is not an eligibility prerequisite.

The Percent for Art law in Maine reserves one percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide artwork for the public areas of these buildings and /or their exterior renovations and additions. The artwork commissioned through this program takes on many forms. Traditional representative sculpture, abstract wall-mounted works, projects that integrate artwork throughout the building in a holistic manner, mobiles, earthwork and new media are just a few of the categories that have been commissioned.

If you have questions about the facility, please contact District Superintendent Jay Robinson at jay.robinson@msad72.org. All other questions should be directed to Anne Marie Purkey Levine, Percent for Art Associate for the Maine Arts Commission, through e-mail at Annemarie.mainepfa@gmail.com or via phone at 619-892-5545.
Additional information on the Percent for Art program, including all calls for proposals and access to applications, can be found at https://mainearts.maine.gov/pages/public/public-arts.

Call for Submissions: Farmhouse Interiors

1800 Farm House, watercolor, by Margaret LaFarge

1800 Farm House, watercolor, by Margaret LaFarge

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast is calling Maine artists to submit recent work for a 2017 gallery exhibit on farmhouse interiors. Any 2D and 3D work will be considered. This is not a juried show – submissions will be considered by the gallery curator.

To submit work, please email up to 5 images to MFT Gallery Curator anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org, by January 15, 2017. Please make sure each image is named with title, artist name, medium, dimension, price. Artists whose work is accepted will be notified by January 30, 2017.

Selected work needs to be delivered to the gallery Monday March 27.
The exhibit dates are April 3-June 23, 2017. There will be Artist Talks @ 5:00pm by a few of the featured artists, followed by an Opening Reception 5:30-8:00pm, on Friday May 26, during Belfast Art Walk. There will be another Art Walk on Friday, June 23, 5:30-8:00pm. Unsold work to be picked up Monday June 26. (Please only submit work if you can comply with drop-off and pick-up dates.)

For more information on Maine Farmland Trust and its Gallery, please visit https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

From all of us at Maine Farmland Trust: A Happy Holiday Season to Café readers!

Call for Fine Craft & Art: One-of-a-Kind

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Harlow Gallery invites Maine’s fine artists and craftsmen to participate in “One-of-a-Kind”, a fundraiser exhibition of high quality, locally made fine art and craft, on view December 7-17, 2016 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Non-member artists and artisans may each submit one work of art of their choice, while current members of the Harlow Gallery may submit two works of art. All sales will be split 50/50 with the Gallery; proceeds from this fundraiser will support programming at the gallery in 2017. All Maine creatives welcome. You do not need to be a member to participate, and the show is not juried.

Eligibility and Criteria: Each piece in this show must be completely one of a kind, original, and hand-made. All fine craft media are eligible, including but not limited to sculpture, ceramics, textiles, fiberart, woodworking, metal, and glass. Acceptable fine art media includes but is not limited to painting, encaustic, monotype and drawing. All work must be 100% original; no giclees, reproductions or mass produced elements. Wall-hung pieces may not exceed 11×14 (or 154 square inches [including frame]), 3-dimensional pieces just need to fit through the door (already assembled).

Please visit the following link for an entry form and important dates: harlowgallery.org/call-for-fine-craft-art-one-of-a-kind/

2016 Handmade Art/Craft/Show/Sale at Waterfall Arts

 

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Photo: top row – J. Ottino Graf, L. Moore, D. Mitchell, Moonbeam, A. Dove middle row – J. Delicata, E. Louden, M. Bolles, E. Hope Bottom row – J. Rose, J. Hardy, L. Jones

Waterfall Arts’ annual Handmade Art and Craft Show and Sale returns to the Clifford Gallery on Friday, December 2nd, with a glittering opening party: everyone is welcome to attend. The juried show includes work from over one hundred artists and crafts people from all over Maine and some from a little bit beyond the border. The proceeds from sales benefit both the vendors and Waterfall Arts.

Finely made glass, ceramics, jewelry, prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, specialty foods, soaps, tea, cards, textiles, journals, vintage treasures, home furnishings, décor, calendars and more are included in the show. Efforts have been made to keep prices low; almost all the items are under $100 with the majority well below that. There is truly something for everyone at the Handmade Show.

The opening night party, on December 2nd from 5 to 8 pm, will be merry occasion with refreshments from Moody Dogs and other vendors. The gallery will be decorated and stuffed with exceptional merchandise and the Bridge Art Studio will be open for hands on activities. There’s also a Free Range Music Series concert with Starcrossed Losers + Hollow Horse in the Fallout Shelter beginning at 7:30. Tickets at the door are $10 or go to freerangemusicseries.com for advance tickets.

The Handmade show runs through Friday, December 23rd; hours are 12 noon to 6 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The show will be also be open during Belfast’s Early Bird hours on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 6 to 9 am. Stop in for the best pickings and free hot chocolate. Arrangements to shop at other times can be made by calling the Waterfall Arts office at 338-2222.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by yearlong sponsors Revision Energy, All Creatures Acupuncture and Cold Mountain Builders and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the Handmade Show, classes, exhibitions, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

AIA Maine Design Awards Exhibition Comes to Waterfall Arts

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The Maine branch of the American Institute of Architects will showcase project submissions for the 2016 AIA Maine Design Awards program at Waterfall Arts from December 2nd to 23rd. The Corridor Gallery exhibit opens with a festive reception shared with Waterfall’s Handmade show on Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Featuring over sixty projects from Maine’s local architectural community, the exhibit celebrates the best of Maine’s architecture and showcases the various ways in which architects design buildings that respond to Maine’s natural and built landscape.

The compilation of projects is a result of AIA Maine’s 35-year old Design Awards program. The program solicits projects from member architects for a juried review by a group of nationally prominent peers from outside of the state of Maine. This year’s New Haven-based jury was selected for their individual accomplishments and collective understanding of Maine’s climate and geography. The jury awarded eleven total projects and was impressed with the overall work presented.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by yearlong sponsors Revision Energy, All Creatures Acupuncture and Cold Mountain Builders and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gallery hours through December 23rd are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday and Sundays from 10 to 2 or by appointment.

For more information on the AIA exhibit, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

UMaine Museum of Art announces ART@NOON – George Kinghorn

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Please join us WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th at the Museum of Art for an informal noon-time gallery talk with Museum Director and Curator George Kinghorn.  The talk will focus on Contemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists, currently on exhibit through December 31st.  ART@NOON gallery talks are free and open to the public!

For more information contact: Kat Johnson, 207- 561 – 3360, kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu or visit www.umma.maine.edu

CMCA Announces New Chair, Board of Trustees

Karen S. Brace (left), newly appointed Chair of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Board of Trustees with fellow trustee, JoAnne Bander (right), aboard the North Haven on CMCA’s annual Artful Living Tour.

Karen S. Brace (left), newly appointed Chair of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Board of Trustees with fellow trustee, JoAnne Bander (right), aboard the North Haven on CMCA’s annual Artful Living Tour.

Karen S. Brace, of Camden, Maine, and Westwood, Massachusetts, has been appointed the new Chair of CMCA’s Board of Trustees, replacing Charlotte Dixon, of Camden, who will remain on the board as First Vice Chair. Other officers are Jack McKenney, Camden, Second Vice Chair; Sandra Ruch, Northport, Secretary; and Martin Lloyd, Camden, Treasurer.

In accepting the position of Chair, Karen Brace acknowledged the contribution of outgoing Chair Charlotte Dixon. “We are all so grateful for Charlotte’s leadership and dedication to CMCA,” says Brace. “As the new Chair of a wonderful Board, I look forward to working together with the Board, Suzette, and the staff during this exciting time of transition and growth. CMCA is truly a special organization.”

Karen Brace is a former principal and co-owner of SimpleSay, a technology company that automated transactions for multiple industries using voice recognition and voice biometrics. As president of the company, she focused on operations, marketing, and business development. Brace’s marketing and communications expertise was developed early at a Boston-based advertising and public relations agency. Accepted into the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, a national painting guild, Brace enjoys working with both gold leaf and oil paints and has studied for many years with a master craftsman. Brace graduated from Wellesley College, earned her master’s degree in English from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College, and holds a certificate in graphic design from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts.

In addition to voting in a new slate of officers, the CMCA Board of Trustees welcomed three new members Drew Hodges, Cushing and Portland, Maine; Cathy Landau-Painter, Camden, Maine; and Susan Schor, St. George, Maine, and New York City.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, is the state’s leading arts institution dedicated to contemporary art. It moved to its present location, a newly constructed $3.7 million, 11,500 sq ft building, designed by internationally recognized architect Toshiko Mori, in late June 2016. CMCA presents a dynamic year-round program of exhibitions and educational programs for all ages. To contribute, or to find out more about CMCA, visit cmcanow.org.

CMCA is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; CMCA members and children under 12 free.

CMCA December 3 – ArtLab for All Ages | Still Life Remix

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to to create 3D model still lives! Diorama meets small sculpture in this mixed-media driven workshop. Led by ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino, participants will glue, sew, collage, and fuse together inspirations from the materials and methods of the CMCA Biennial artists, or explore your own. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, December 3, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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 also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

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

Sandra Leinonen Dunn opening at Roux & Cyr

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Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to a solo exhibit featuring Sandra Leinonen Dunn. Please join us for wine and Cheese on First Friday December 2 from 5:00 – 8:00. This exhibit runs through December 30.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn Is a prolific Maine painter who is well known throughout the State. Her skills are admired for her beautiful colors, her soft delicate touch as well as her pronounced brushstrokes. She captures atmospheric conditions in nautical scenes and chiaroscuro (coming out from shadow into the light) in her still life paintings. She impresses with her depictions of porcelain and copper for her realistic yet emotional interpretations.

Leinonen Dunn brings us a varied collection of recent works. She will be present at the opening. Come meet the artist and enjoy her beautiful paintings.

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art.

Our Studio Exhibit, also opening on December 2, will be showcasing the works of Portland’s Katharina Gifford. She focuses mainly on figurative works, portraits and still life. Trained classically at the Florence Academy of Art, her oil paintings reflect rich color and a deep understand of light.

Please join us for these two wonderful exhibits along with works of 25 artists from 10 different countries. Both artists will be present for the opening. We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information contact: Susan Roux • 207-576-7787 • rouxandcyrgallery@gmail.com

Belfast hosts Holiday Art Walk on December 2!

Image credit: Emily Baer for BCC

Image credit: Emily Baer for BCC

Visit downtown Belfast for its Holiday Art Walk on December 2!

Belfast’s closing Art Walk of 2016, hosted by Belfast Creative Coalition and featuring downtown galleries and studios, will take place on Main Street and High Street in Belfast on December 2, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Do some gift shopping, enjoy downtown Belfast at the holiday season, and take part in the local arts community! Cold Comfort Theater’s carolers will be providing festive song on the streets and in the galleries too – you can even join in if you’re in a caroling mood!

Explore imaginative art galleries that brighten up downtown, featuring both local and nationally recognized artists. Art Walk sites open during this holiday art walk include Small Space art gallery, Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul, Kris Engman’s studio, the Parent Gallery, Betts Gallery, Alpha Libra Collective, Belfast Bay Shade Company, Front Street Pottery, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, High Street Studio and Gallery, and Waterfall Arts.

Enjoy Belfast’s vibrant arts community, participate in some carol singing, do some holiday shopping, and visit with your neighbors in beautiful downtown Belfast!

Small Asian brush by Jean Kigel at Archipelago

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Kigel’s bright paintings, executed with wolf and sheep bristles,  are drawn from three separate series:  Edible Wild Plants, Orchids, and Exotic Animals. In addition, Kigel is re-introducing unframed prints for the holiday season. 

For more information:

Archipelago
386 Main Street
Rockland, ME  04841

207.596.0701

Unique Attic Window Series by Jean Kigel at Gifts at 136 Damariscotta

 

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Gifts at 136 on Main Street in Damariscotta presents a unique series of Attic Windows paintings by Waldoboro artist, Jean Kigel. Attics occupy a special space directly below the pitched roof of a house. Once common in New England houses, attics are now obsolete architectural structures. These awkwardly shaped spaces, with exposed rafters and difficult-to-reach corners, are generally used for storage. Vast troves of family papers in neatly tied bundles, heaped beside dusty Seth Thomas clocks, and sea chests of clothing stored in attics, reveal family histories.

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“There is something romantic about an attic.” In Kigel’s paintings the viewer is invited to take a virtual look from the street into attic windows to imagine the history within. Kigel travels Mid-Coast Maine towns, seeking unusually shaped attic windows, in the form of crescent moons, polygons, or ornately arranged and decorated multi-panes. Her compositions consist of apexes of old New England homes clustered into an architectural community. In these compositions harmonized of colors and shapes create a distinct personality of a given town. Gifts at 136 is open seven days a week from 10-5

December Events for Cynthia Winings and the Cynthia Winings Gallery

WUNDERKAMMER, A cabinet of curiosities at the Blue Hill Public Library, Clockwise: Jerry Rose, Avy Claire, Bill Mayher, Lari Washburn

WUNDERKAMMER, A cabinet of curiosities at the Blue Hill Public Library,
Clockwise: Jerry Rose, Avy Claire, Bill Mayher, Lari Washburn

The Display Cases of the Howard Room in the Blue Hill Library will be curated with artworks that are small, whimsical and beautiful. The exhibit will include artworks by Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Ingrid Ellison, Heather Lyon, Jenny Maloney, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Caroline Mayher, Jerry Rose, Lari Washburn, Goody-B. Wiseman, and myself. This holiday sale will offer unique and meaningful works that you might be inspired to give to a loved one, or treat yourself.

Everyone is welcome to the Reception,
Friday, December 9, 5 – 6:30

Our Booth at Last Year's Winter Faire, 2015

Our Booth at Last Year’s Winter Faire, 2015

Winter Faire at the Bay School,
Saturday December 3

Goody-B. Wiseman and myself will have a Booth in Emlen Hall at this wonderful winter festival hosted by the Bay School. The booth will be filled with prints, works on paper and Goody-B.’s bronze sculpture. All day, events will be happening around the school, with much more arts and crafts to see, from 10AM – 4PM

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The 17th Annual 10 x 8 Show,
Saturday, December 10, at the Bay School, Emlen Hall
Preview Begins at 9:30, The One Day Sale begins at 10AM, until 2PM

I look forward to participating in my fifth(?) 10 x 8 exhibition along with seven artists, Louise Bourne, Heidi Daub, Missy Green, Rebecca Haley McCall, Gail Page, Annie Poole, and Goody-B.Wiseman. All artworks are within 10 x 8 inches, and for one day only, available for $150 including tax. With Refreshments and Live music
If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email me at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com, or call, 917-204-4001.

 

Experimental Watercolor Workshop at the Farnsworth

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Beginning on Friday, December 2, and for five consecutive Fridays, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present an experimental watercolor workshop led by artist Erica Qualey. The workshop will take place on December 2, 9, 16 and January 6 and 13, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

This class is designed for people who have had some basic experience watercolor painting or are feeling adventurous and want to jump right in. During the five sessions participants will explore different experimental approaches to painting with watercolor and how to incorporate them into paintings. They will learn how to create dynamic washes, interesting textures, patterns, and marks that would be hard to achieve with traditional methods but can make a painting glow. There will be weekly demonstrations and lots of encouragement to try new things. The cost for this program is $150 for Farnsworth members and $180 for nonmembers. For more information or to register for this class, visit farnsworthmuseum.org/adult-studio

Erica Qualey is an artist living in midcoast Maine. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and works as an artist, illustrator, and studio instructor. Her work has been exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is in private collections throughout the country.

Closing Reception for LINEATION by Chris Beneman at Vestibule 594

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Join us for the closing reception of Chris Beneman’s solo show “Lineation” at Vestibule 594 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm. This is your last chance to see the show on display for the public, so don’t miss it!

Vestibule 594 is a small showcase gallery that displays local artists’ work in bimonthly new shows. Open on First Fridays or by appointment only. Located on the ground floor next to Starbucks and across from Flea For All on Congress Street in Portland.

Lineation noun lin·e·a·tion ˌli-nē-ˈā-shən

the action of marking with lines
an arrangement of lines
In my printmaking work I create pieces based on architectural forms. These deconstructed urban landscapes teeter between order and disorder. In my paintings I combine and rearrange elements of the working waterfront, creating a kind of crazy quilt from the fishing shacks, pilings, buoys, rigging and boats.

Chris Beneman is a graduate of Bates College and has attended classes at Maine College of Art and Haystack Mountain School in Maine, The Art New England Workshops in Vermont and Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Her work has been widely exhibited, most recently in the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Peregrine Press at the Lewis Gallery in Portland. Other recent exhibitions have been at the George Marshall Store in York and Greenhut Galleries and the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. She has also been included in exhibitions at the Attleboro Arts Museum and South Shore Art Center in Massachusetts, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT; The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, Washington Printmakers, Washington, DC and the Center for Book Arts in NYC.

Ms. Beneman’s work is in many public and private collections including the Portland Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, The Farnsworth Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, University of New England and the New Britain (CT) Museum of Art. She is a member of the Peregrine Press and the Boston Printmakers.

For more information: info@vestibule594.com

 

Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Holiday Show and Sale!

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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
betsy@elementalpotter.com
www.prescotthillpottery.com

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

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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 person@turtlegallery.com with any questions or requests.  Have a wonderful season!

CENTRE ST ARTS GALLERY CALL FOR STUDENT ART

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.

Call for Artists – Art Space Gallery 2017 Season

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ART SPACE GALLERY an artist-run, cooperative gallery, is currently seeking new members for the 2017 season. Quality artists  of all mediums including potters, sculptures, printmakers, painters, etc. may apply. 

Application Deadline is January 15, 2017.

JURY DATE is Sunday, January 22, 2017

Art Space Gallery is located on Main Street in the heart of Rockland, Maine, just steps from the Farnsworth Museum and across the street from the Strand Theatre.

Gallery members are Maine artists who actively participate in running the gallery. Membership is juried by current artist members. Opened in 2005, the gallery participates in AIR (Arts In Rockland) monthly first Friday Artwalks, and has been a successful venue for bringing original art to the attention of the discerning collector.

For our application and more membership information, visit our website www.artspacemaine.com or contact Roger Barry at rogerbarry.net@gmail.com or phone: 624-2221.

Craft Apprentice Program 2017 Information Session

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LA Arts
221 Lisbon Street
Lewiston Maine
November 2, 7-8pm
2017 CAP Application Deadline is December 9, 4pm
To learn more about applying to CAP, Maine craft artists are invited to attend a CAP 2017 information session with MCA director, Sadie Bliss at LA Arts November 2, 7-8pm.
The session will also provide an opportunity to meet prospective masters and apprentices in search of a match.
“Single” applicants are invited to fill out this form for matching purposes regardless of attending the 11/2 session: CAP Match Maker

For More information please visit:
www.MaineCAP.org

Member Show at Centre St. Arts Gallery

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Zebra Head, Hackenberg

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is celebrating a new, All Member Exhibition. Twenty Maine artist members work in a wide variety of styles and media, producing new work for every show.  All work is original, with framed and matted pieces available, and sculpture in stone, clay and bronze.

Founding member Marnie Hackenberg’s work will include images from her recent trip to Africa.  Other members’ works will include local scenes, still life, land and seascapes, and abstracts. 

The gallery is open 6 days a week through Dec. 30, 2016; closed Tuesday.  Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10:30 to 5:00 pm, Sunday noon to 4 pm.

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces ART@NOON – Darren Emenau

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Please join us THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd 12 Non, at the Museum of Art for an informal noon-time gallery talk with artist Darren Emenau.  The talk will focus on his work inContemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists, currently on exhibit through December 31st.  ART@NOON gallery talks are free and open to the public! For more information contact Kat Johnson, 207.561.3360, kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu, or visit www.umma.umaine.edu

“ESTATE SALE” opens at Landing Gallery

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX  OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “ESTATE SALE” with collections from three Mid Coast Estates, opening on Friday, November 4 through December 18.  Art, antiques and vintage collectibles are offered at extremely affordable prices, just in time for Holiday gift giving.  Bids are welcome and all reasonable offers will be considered. 

The “ESTATE SALE” includes paintings by Siri Beckman, Bruce Busko, Janet Ledoux, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Maude Olsen, Eugene Quinn, Bjorn Runquist and Jane Ryan.  There is a large collection of new (some signed) and antique Art Books.  Victorian oak furniture including a high chair, two child’s chairs, a cradle and a 54” round dining table with two extensions.  There are many new and antique signed etchings, photographs and posters, cameras, silver and diamond jewelry, kerosene lamps and a large assortment of vintage and antique home accessory items.

A wine & cheese opening reception will be held on Friday, November 4th from 5 – 8 pm, during Arts in Rockland’s November art walk.

Hours: Weds – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun, Mon & Tues. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com.

DIAA announces ART matters 2 schedule

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The Deer Isle Artists Association today announced the dates, themes and artists who will participate in the winter discussion series, ART matters 2.

The discussions will be held at the DIAA gallery at 15 Main St. on the first Sunday afternoon of every month, except January, through April. Last year, the association hosted six sessions given by a total of 22 artists. An average of 60 people attended, allowing standing room only. Twenty artists have agreed to participate this year, some of whom are DIAA members and several who are not.

“The events were extremely well received by the artists and the audience, so much so they asked that we continue the program this winter,” said Hub White, moderator and DIAA Board Member.

White said the DIAA began ART matters last year with three goals: To enable artists to talk with each other; to have people learn about what, why and how artists create; and to keep the gallery alive in the winter and contribute to the activities of Deer Isle Village.

The ART matters 2 format will be the same as last year. Artists bring their work, old or new, and it is placed so the audience can see it. The program begins at 1:30 pm, and each artist has 10 minutes to speak. When all are done, the artists talk with each other for about 20 minutes and then with the audience for at least 20 more minutes. A reception follows with coffee from 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.

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, fiber artists and others.

Below is the 2016-17 schedule for the Deer Isle Artists Association’s Art matters 2 series:

Nov. 6th  MELANGE
Lynn Duryea
Mary Howe
Lissa Hunter       

Dec. 4th  MELANGE encore
Julie Morringello
Carolyn Walton
Ellen Wieske

Jan. 8th  METALS plus
Peter Beerits
Doug Wilson
Eric Ziner

Feb. 5th  FOCUSED IMAGES
Zuzonna Huot
David Kofton
David Simonds
Alice Wilkinson

March 5th  COLLABORATION
Mark Bell
Karen Adrienne
Simon van der Ven

April 2nd  SURFACES
Missy Greene
David McBeth
Frank Pitcher

Moderator
Hub White

For More Information contact Hub White, hubwhite1@gmail.com

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12

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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 reallylight 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!

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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 www.waterfallarts.org or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

Greenhut Galleries Features New Work By Margaret Lawrence

Across the Water, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Across the Water, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Margaret Lawrence finds inspiration in images gathered from a variety of sources. Nature, personal experience, and a reflective, internalized response to her physical environment inform her tranquil and textured dreamscapes, which seem to exist at the horizon between the personal and the universal.

In Lawrence’s own words,”My paintings are developed by removing paint as much as by applying it. Through this layering, the give and take of paint, an image that was inspired by a specific place transforms into a sense of place.” This approach yields a rich image using layered surfaces with deceptively complex color and texture. Both the effect achieved and Lawrence’s process itself are evocative of dream formation, wherein specific personal memories undergo a similar cycle of abrasion and accretion before they wash up in our dreams. Stripped of literal meaning but enriched with latent content, they exist in the symbolic realm, just beyond the grasp of language, where boundaries soften and binaries dissolve….

About the new work:

These recent paintings are a further exploration of the interplay between water, land and sky. Grounded in the constancy of the daily cycles of the sun and tide, I am drawn to colors and textures at various times of day or year that tap a sense of wonder.

After working as a registered nurse until her children were school aged, Margaret decided to pursue a long-harbored interest in art, eventually earning a BFA at  Maine College of Art. In 2015, she was commissioned to create four large paintings for the Augusta Judicial Center’s permanent collection. In recent years she has participated in an artist residency at the International School of Painting and Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. Her work is in many private and corporate collections in Canada, Great Britain, and throughout the U.S. Margaret has been represented by Greenhut since 1997.

New Work runs from November 3 – 26, 2016

Opening reception Thursday November 3rd 5-7pm

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

For More Information call 207.772.2693 

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday November 4

CHRIS OSGOOD,  SAMBA,  2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

CHRIS OSGOOD, SAMBA, 2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

FALL HARVEST – GROUP SHOW FEATURING:

ANNE ALEXANDER, LISE BECU, KATHERINE BRADFORD
ALAN BRAY, EMILY BROWN, LOIS DODD
MORRIS DAVID DORENFELD, JEFF EPSTEIN
MELANIE ESSEX, NANCY GLASSMAN, JOHN GOODMAN
KAYLA MOHAMMADI, JENIFER MUMFORD
ELIZABETH O’REILLY, DENNIS PINETTE, PAUL PLANTE
BARBARA SULLIVAN, TODD WATTS, DAN WEST
SUSAN WILLIAMS

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP,  2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP, 2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

November 4 – December 31, 2016

Reception: First Friday, November 4, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12-4

caldbeck@midcoast.com www.caldbeck.com 207 594 5935

First Friday Art Walk: Rockland, Maine, 4 November 2016

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for November 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 4 November.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, The Gray Fox Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Michael Good Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery, Art Space Gallery, 407 Studios, Craft Gallery, The Art Loft, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, Landing Gallery, CMCA and Jonathan Frost Gallery.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery will be showing photographs by Lisa Mossel Vietze and paintings by Gwen Sylvester; alongside an exhibit  by Midcoast S.T.E.A.M. Microschool to promote awareness of plastic pollution. 

Jonathan Frost Gallery’s “Views of the Natural World” continues.  Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

CMCA will be showing the 2016 CMCA Biennial Opening featuring the work of 25 Artists.

CRAFT Gallery continues to show its final exhibition of 2016, featuring six CRAFT artists whose work has been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at CMCA.

Art Space Gallery will be featuring all member artists, exhibiting small and large works. 

Caldbeck Gallery will host an opening reception (from 4:30-6:30pm) for the shows, Ink wash drawings by Chris Osgood and metal sculpture by Tom Osgood.  Also a group show of 20 gallery artists –  3 of whom are in the CMCA Biennial.   Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12-4.   

Landing Gallery will open “Estate Sale” with collections of art, antiques and vintage collectibles from three Mid Coast Estates.  Items include paintings by Siri Beckman, Bruce Busko, Janet Ledoux, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Maude Olsen, Eugene Quinn, Bjorn Runquist and Jane Ryan; and a large collection of new and antique Art Books, Victorian oak furniture, and home accessory items.

407 Studios’ Salt Air Art Gallery is a working studio and gallery showing a collection of art, jewelry, home decor and gifts, all made by Maine artists and artisans.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

CMCA 2016 Biennial Exhibition

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland will open its 2016 Biennial Exhibition showcasing the work of twenty-five artists from across Maine, with a public opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 8pm.  The exhibition will remain on view through February 5, 2017. As the first Biennial in its new home, CMCA will be dedicating all 5,500 square feet of display space in the three galleries to the exhibition.

The twenty-five artists whose work will be included in the CMCA 2016 Biennial are: Phoebe Adams (Phippsburg), Sachiko Akiyama (Skowhegan), Marcia Annenberg (Boothbay Harbor), Steven Baines (Portland), MJ Blanchette (Kittery Point), Sarah Bouchard (Arundel), Philip Brou (South Portland), Emily Brown (Montville), Cole Caswell (Peaks Island), Scott Davis (Rockland), Morris David Dorenfeld (Spruce Head), Lynn Duryea (Deer Isle and South Portland), Carly Glovinski (Berwick), Tonee Harbert (Portland), Richard Iammarino (Rockland), Kayla Mohammadi (Walpole), Ann H. Mohnkern (Yarmouth and Phippsburg), Paul Oberst (Freedom), Kate Russo (Portland), Claire Seidl (Rangeley), Gail Skudera (Lewiston), Richard Van Buren (Eastport), George Wardlaw (Portland), Kathy Weinberg (Morrill), Andrew White (Union).

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

“We are excited to be working with this remarkable group of artists,” says Associate Curator Bethany Engstrom. “The new galleries open up possibilities for exhibiting a wide diversity of work in terms of scale and medium, providing an engaging reflection of what is happening in contemporary art in Maine now.”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. Since then, CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years. 

The jurors for the 2016 Biennial were Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet, and art critic for Hyperallergic. Seven hundred and eighty artists submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. 

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Berry says, “The artistic community in Maine has a long-standing tradition of excellence and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will continue to tell this important story with the 2016 Biennial. John Yau and I had the difficult task of narrowing down a large stellar group of artists to a finely curated few. The review process took much longer than I anticipated because of the quality level of the applicants. It has been a wonderful experience for all involved and I look forward to seeing our selections in CMCA’s new building this fall.”

In describing the review process for this year’s Biennial, Yau states, “I thought about the many different artists who have lived in Maine while I was looking at this year’s submissions. The many marvelous portfolios that I saw made it extremely difficult to winnow down the selection. … I think the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will do much to change the culture of the state, and the Biennial is one of the ways it will do this, as it brings together as well as celebrates members of the Maine arts community.”

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CMCA will host a series of talks entitled, “Who Do You Love,” in which Biennial artists will speak about the work of other artists who inspire them. The talks will be held at 3pm on Sundays, November 20, and January 8 and 22. The talks are free with admission.

Support for the CMCA 2016 Biennial is provided by sponsors Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB. Their generous gift made it possible to waive entry fees for the 780 artists who submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine.

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions as well as dynamic educational programs and special events for all ages. Hours: June through October: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm, and First Fridays 10 am until 8 pm. November through May: Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; Children under 12 free; Members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

November 5 – ArtLab for All Ages | Hide and Go Seek

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to seek out the makers and materials that speak to them most in the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Led by ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino, participants will dive into the diverse currents of contemporary art making and wade into the creative depths explored by this year’s twenty-five Biennial artists. Participants will reflect on and share their own art and ideas using creative prompts with words and pictures. Perhaps you’ll find an artistic ancestor or kindred thinker! Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, November 5, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

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 also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland. 

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

Two by Two: Two Couples, Four Photographers at MFT Gallery

Kathryn Oliver

Kathryn Oliver

When it comes to photography, couples Ralph and Kathryn, and Margaret and Drew, are two peas in a (tri-)pod. For both pairs, being photographers together is a core part of their relationship – not unlike farming is to many farming couples. This November and December at Maine Farmland Trust  Gallery, each of these four photographers is showing a selection of their work.

Kathryn has been an artist her whole adult life. She met Ralph when he contacted her to collaborate on a photo series in May 2013. It was a dance series and she participated as the subject. Shortly thereafter they became good friends and eventually fell in love. “Ralph inspired me to step behind the lens myself,” says Kathryn. “So we continue to bounce ideas off each other, share critiques but we pursue our own projects independently.

Ralph was born in West Germany and studied European literature in Germany and France. He immigrated to the United States in 2002. He is a self-taught photographer who regularly presents his work in national and international shows.

Ralph Hassenpflug

Ralph Hassenpflug

“Kathryn and Ralph both often work in black and whites, and their images are rather dream-like,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, curator of MFT Gallery. “But that is where the resemblance stops. There is a definite difference in feel, which completely echoes their individual spirit. Kathryn’s works – especially her encaustics – have an ephemeral, wispy, whimsical quality that pulls us into imaginary worlds filled with voices of flowers and wind-swept grass. Ralph’s work can be both beautiful and haunting at the same time. It strikes me as truly European: born from a philosopher’s soul, he mixes equal parts of the same dark and dripping angst found in Rilke’s poems with raw and unexpected beauty. The resulting images quiver with melancholy longing.”

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret and Drew typically photograph and exhibit together. “We often spend several hours working at the same location—it could be an old farm, an abandoned mill site, or perhaps an historical building,” Margaret says.

Margaret was not a photographer when they met, but Drew was. “I would come along when he was taking pictures,” says Margaret. Drew proceeded to give Margaret a camera. “I had liked photography in my childhood – but I was always interested in abstract stuff, and was told I was taking the wrong kind of pictures!”

A common thread in their work is their interest in the still-visible remainders of Maine’s 19th and early 20th century history. Abandoned machinery from farms and factories, evolving rural landscapes, and even libraries of vintage books are all viewed with a contemporary sensibility.

Drew Sanborn

Drew Sanborn

“Margaret and Drew know how to do justice to the beauty and personality of all things old,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo. “Looking at their work I sense a stillness and emptiness, like time has momentarily stopped.”

Two by Two: two couples, four photographers will be on display from November 7, 2016 through January 6, 2016. There will be an artist talk with all four photographers on Friday November 18, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception from 5:30-8pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

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 www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12

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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 www.waterfallarts.org or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

Biennial Artists Show extended at CRAFT

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Two Biennial artists are currently showing their work at CRAFT Gallery. Textile and tapestry artist Morris David Dorenfeld, whose work is shown here, is one of them as is sculptor Lynn Duryea. Dorenfeld employs design, composition, proportion and color, using a vertical tapestry loom to create “paintings” in wool yarn. The gallery offers an extended view of additional pieces of their work as well as that of four artists from the 2014 Biennial, all of whom create work using traditional craft materials. CRAFT will extend the show until November 15th in order to give the public an opportunity to further explore the work of these Biennial artists. The gallery also has new ceramics by Hanako Nakazato and Tim Christensen, woven shawls and scarves by Amy Smith and hand painted silks by Fiona Washburn. The gallery will participate in the First Friday Art Walk on November 4th from 4:30 to 7 pm.

Please visit CRAFT in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland and at www.craftonelm.com

Chris Beneman’s “Lineation” at Vestibule 594

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The opening reception for Chris Beneman’s solo show “Lineation” will be held at Vestibule 594 from 5-8pm during the First Friday Art Walk on November 4th. The show will be up from November 4 – December 31 with a closing reception on Friday, December 2nd. Vestibule 594 is located at 594 Congress Street and is open on First Fridays and by appointment only.

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1. the action of marking with lines
2. an arrangement of lines

According to Beneman, “In my printmaking work I create pieces based on architectural forms. These deconstructed urban landscapes teeter between order and disorder. In my paintings I combine and rearrange elements of the working waterfront, creating a kind of crazy quilt from the fishing shacks, pilings, buoys, rigging and boats.”

Chris Beneman is a graduate of Bates College and has attended classes at Maine College of Art and Haystack Mountain School in Maine, The Art New England Workshops in Vermont and Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Her work has been widely exhibited, most recently in the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Peregrine Press at the Lewis Gallery in Portland. He has had other recent exhibitions throughout the Northeast.

Ms. Beneman’s work is in many public and private collections including the Portland Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, The Farnsworth Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, University of New England and the New Britain (CT) Museum of Art. She is a member of the Peregrine Press and the Boston Printmakers.

For more information call (508)259-4632 or email info@vestibule594.com

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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 www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

 

DIAA Presents Drawings by Illustrator and Furniture Designer Bruce Bulger

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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 www.brucewbulger.com.

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

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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.

 

FMI  207-667-9377 or  johnedwardsmarket.com

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

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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”

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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, http://www.carverhillgallery.com

ArtLab Open Studio at CMCA

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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 www.cmcanow.org/learn.

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 http://cmcanow.org/product/cmca-donation/

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

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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.

Gallery Talk With Artists Don Voisine and Mark Wethli Sunday, October 9, 4pm

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88" overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88″ overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presents a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Don Voisine in conversation with artist and educator Mark Wethli on Sunday, October 9, at 4pm. The talk is free with museum admission and is presented in conjunction with the current show of Voisine’s work, Don Voisine: X/V, on view through October 28. 

Voisine and Wethli are longtime friends with a shared aesthetic approach and appreciation. They will discuss the fifteen-year survey of Voisine’s work currently on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, and precise, hard-edged forms. Roberta Smith, senior art critic for The New York Times, writes, “Within their proscenium-like borders, Mr. Voisine’s dark geometries enact telling dramas of texture, shape, symmetry, color, edge and light—in effect, all of painting’s grand illusions—especially when given your undivided attention.” 

Don Voisine was born in 1952 in Fort Kent, Maine, and studied at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Mark Wethli 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. 

For more information on Don Voisine, visit http://donvoisine.com.

For more information on Mark Wethli, visit http://markwethli.com.

For more information on all of CMCA’s programs and events, visit www.cmcanow.org.

Five Maine Artists Featured in Idea Lab October 7

PrintThe Maine Arts Commission is proud to present five diverse Maine artists in a fast-paced Idea Lab, modeled on the pecha kucha format, to open a full day of activities in its second Maine International Conference on the Arts at the Bates Mill in Lewiston on Friday, October 7. The Idea Lab, in which artists will present their current innovations in their craft, is scheduled to begin the day with a strong dose of inspiration for the artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers, and policy makers attending the conference.

The Idea Lab will feature these Maine artists from five different artistic disciplines:

Marsha Donahue

Marsha Donahue

Marsha Donahue, Visual Arts, Millinocket. The owner and founder of North Light Gallery, Marsha has degrees in the fine arts from American University and the Maine College of Art and cites as inspirations Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.

Nancy Frohlich

Nancy Frohlich

Nancy Frohlich, Arts Education, Rockport. The founding director of Leaps of Imagination, Nancy has worked in small schools as a Head of School, Director of Studies, and teacher. Her earliest training came from Sybil Marshall, a renowned British educator, who believed that a classroom is like a symphony: one subject should flow into and connect with the others, like instruments in an orchestra. 

Salim Salim

Salim Salim

Salim Salim, Literature, Bowdoin College. Salim speaks five languages and was born and raised in the city of Mosul, Iraq. Salim’s family was forced to escape due to increasingly risky security issues. After leaving Iraq, Salim and his family came to the United States in 2010, where he attended Portland’s Deering High School. Salim credits organizations like Seeds of Peace, The Telling Room, and TEDxDirigo for helping him maximize his potential as an immigrant living in America.

Sarah Sockbeson

Sarah Sockbeson

Sarah Sockbeson, Traditional Arts, Lewiston. Sarah creates handcrafted authentic Penobscot ash basketry made from the finest quality brown ash and sweetgrass and woven with traditional Maine Wabanaki techniques. She is a third generation participant in the Maine Arts Commission’s Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, having apprenticed with Jennifer Neptune in 2004.

Daniel Sonenberg

Daniel Sonenberg

Daniel Sonenberg, Performing Arts, South Portland. Daniel is a composer and performer. He is best known for his opera, The Summer King, about Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson. The opera was premiered in concert format in a joint presentation by Portland Ovations and the University of Southern Maine at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium in May 2014, with the support of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  It will receive its staged world premiere by Pittsburgh Opera in 2017.

 Following the Idea Lab, the Maine International Conference on the Arts will offer 20 breakout sessions in five tracks to support the growth and development of individual artists, arts organizations, and communities; as well as 12 pop-up performances by Maine artists; an Exhibition Hall; a walking tour of Lewiston-Auburn; and a lunchtime keynote. The keynote, “Stop Asking for Permission! Leading from a Place of Making (Things Happen),” will be delivered by Sherry Wagner-Henry, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

To see further presenter, workshop, and schedule details and to register for the Maine International Conference on the Arts please go to mainearts.com/MICA. To learn more about the Maine Arts Commission’s current and future programs please go to www.mainearts.com. You may also join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @MaineArts.

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 7 October 2016

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for October 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 7 October.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, The Strand Theatre, Landing Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Archipelago, 25 Oak Gallery, Craft Gallery, CMCA, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery and Michael Good Gallery.

25 Oak Gallery continues to show “From the Depths”, exploring water and working “from the depths” intuitively in abstract painting.  Artists Ingrid Ellison, Krisanne Baker, Steven Aimone and Katherine Aimone are making the final weekend of their exhibit at 25 Oak Gallery extra special:  For the Art Walk there will be live music with Robin Lane, a classically trained cellist from 6 to 6:30 PM. 

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be open, showing the work of Anne Ayvaliotis, a later-generation Abstract Impressionist who moved to Maine in 1963.  Her work is in collections of the Portland Museum of Art and at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will be holding an opening reception (from 5:30pm) for “Views of the Natural World.”  It includes work by Susan Beebe, Susan Bryant, Jeannette Martin, Linda Simmons-Arnold, Susie Starr Smith, and Barbara Vanderbilt.  Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

CMCA invites everyone to stop by for karaoke in the courtyard (weather permitting or in the lobby if not) and ArtLab Open Studio with materials and hands-on project inspired by Don Voisine’s paintings currently on view, also a raffle for two CMCA florescent orange WOW hats, just in time for hunting season!  On View: Don Voisine: X/V and Lauren Henkin: Second Nature

CRAFT Gallery will be showing its final show of 2016, featuring six CRAFT artists whose work has been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at CMCA.  Live music by Blind Albert will be outside in the heated and lit courtyard.

Landing Gallery’s new exhibit, “Plein Air Pairing” will be on show with new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, and will continue through October 30th.

The Strand Theatre will be open and screening the documentary EVA HESSE at 8pm, co-presented by the Farnsworth.  Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America¹s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement.

Black Hole will unveil the gallery’s Purple Initiative for 2016, to benefit and lend support to New Hope for Women.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Art Tour on Saturday October 8th

Sheep at Elwell Organic Orchard, photo by Belfast Creative Coalition

Sheep at Elwell Organic Orchard, photo by Belfast Creative Coalition

Belfast Creative Coalition hosts the annual ‘Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Art Tour’ on Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free, family friendly tour includes gallery visits, open studios, farm tours and special workshops or demonstrations throughout the day. Join in this celebration of local artists’ studios, farms, and the unique ways in which those two overlap in Belfast and Waldo County. All sites are located within a 45-minute drive from Belfast.

Painting by artist Jerri Finch

Painting by artist Jerri Finch

To join the tour, please check in on Saturday, October 8, at our tour headquarters outside Waterfall Arts or in the gallery at Maine Farmland Trust. Maps will be available on site and online. From there, you can design your own route. Visit the studios and farms in town in Belfast or in Monroe, as many as you like and in any order. 

Painting by artist Kris Engman

Painting by artist Kris Engman

Participating locations this year include Kenny Cole’ studio, Jerri Finch’s studio, Janalee Welch’s studio, Waterfall Arts, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Mainely Pottery, Lewis Cisle’s studio, Belfast Shade Company, Dan Bennet’s jewelry-making demonstrations at the Parent Gallery, Good Karma Farm, Susan Tobey White at High Street Studio and Gallery, Elwell Organic Fruit Orchard & Nursery, Kris Engman and Betty Schopmeyer’s shared studio, and more. 

Artwork by Kenny Cole

Artwork by Kenny Cole

Free & family friendly! For more information visit www.belfastcreativecoalition.org or call 207-323-8692.

Back Brooks Road in Monroe

Back Brooks Road in Monroe

Bangor Art Society presents “Paint Bangor”

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As THE Oldest Art Society in the Nation, Bangor Art Society is coming up on our 142nd birthday February, 2017. We deeply appreciate support in this event that directly benefits the artists in our group! This year, as last year, we are not mandating canvas stamping and we are allowing artists to create pieces in the greater Bangor area from October 1st thru the 19th!

Then, Thursday, October 20th we will have our live “wet-paint” auction at the celebrated Tarrantine, 81 Park Street, Bangor! Patron viewing of the art begins at 5:30pm, and bidding will commence at 7:00pm sharp. Auctioneer will be a famous local celebrity!!!

Artists can register on line at TheBangorArtSociety.com or via mail,or in person at 4:30 at the Tarrantine. Registration is $25.00 for B.A.S. members and $35.00 for non-members. People may join the Society on line too to receive the discounted rate!

See you Thursday, 10/20 at The Tarrantine!!!

The Maine Crafts Guild brings American Craft Week to Brunswick, Maine

Blue Sky, Golden Sun earrings by Cathy Heinz of Cathy Heinz Designs

Blue Sky, Golden Sun earrings by Cathy Heinz of Cathy Heinz Designs

The Maine Crafts Guild, in celebration of American Craft Week, will present the Brunswick Fine Craft Show on October 8 & 9, 2016 in Brunswick Maine at the Fort Andross Mill Complex. This American Craft Week event will offer excellence in fine craft designed and handmade by professional Maine artisans.

American Craft Week began as a small, grassroots effort to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of handmade craft. In 1975, these same principles inspired a community of Maine artisans to establish the Maine Crafts Guild and continue to guide the organization.

Bird carving by Erwin Flewelling of Nestlewood Birds

Bird carving by Erwin Flewelling of Nestlewood Birds

“American Craft Week has caught the imagination of so many supporters,” said Diane Sulg, founder and co-chair of the event. “With the growing appreciation of both artisan products and American-made goods, craft is highly regarded for its strong design, quality materials, expert workmanship and enduring value.”

Bowl and tops by Lanny Dean of Lanny’s Woodturning

Bowl and tops by Lanny Dean of Lanny’s Woodturning

As a proud participant in American Craft Week, the Guild’s Brunswick Fine Craft Show will bring buyers and artists together for unique shopping experiences in wood, metal, clay, natural fibers and glass. The traditional Maine manufacturing setting of the renovated Fort Andross Mill Complex and live music will ensure a celebratory atmosphere.

Admission: $3 adults; under 18 free. October 8 & 9, 2016: Sat. 10am – 5pm & Sun. 10am – 4pm. Fort Andross Mill Complex, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine. For more information please email: brunswick.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 207-754-4490. mainecraftsguild.com

Brand new work at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries at 146 Middle St in Portland announces new work. Gallery Hours are Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Glenn Renell

Violet Sky  36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

Violet Sky 36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

 

Henry Isaacs

Barge Landing, Eastern Prom  36 x 36 inches, oil on linen

Barge Landing, Eastern Prom 36 x 36 inches, oil on linen

 

Alan Magee

Impermanence and Continuity  63 x 78 1/2 inches, woven cotton tapestry

Impermanence and Continuity 63 x 78 1/2 inches, woven cotton tapestry

 

 

Alec Richardson

Edge of the Deepest Cove  8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas on panel

Edge of the Deepest Cove 8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas on panel

 

 

J. Thomas R. Higgins

Sunset Cove  14 x 14  inches, oil on panel

Sunset Cove 14 x 14 inches, oil on panel

 

 

Alison Goodwin

Indian Point, North Haven 36 x 36 inches, Mixed media on panel

Indian Point, North Haven 36 x 36 inches, Mixed media on panel

For more Information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com or call 207-772-2693

Cynthia Winings Gallery Toasts To A Great Season

mage Credit: Ben Potter, Foam, Oil on canvas, installation photo

mage Credit: Ben Potter, Foam, Oil on canvas, installation photo

Closing Reception for Season IV at the Cynthia Winings Gallery: Lets Toast To A Great Season

Everyone is warmly invited to the Closing Reception, Sunday, October 9, 5 – 7 PM.

Currently on view at the gallery is the Acadia Centennial Exhibition: The View From Here.

The View From Here is a landscaped-themed show, and coincides with the world-welcoming celebration for Acadia National Park’s Centennial, (1916 – 2016). I welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate the beauty of the Maine Landscape and the artists in the exhibition. The Acadia Centennial website states, “Encompassing 45,000 acres on two islands and a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a jewel of granite mountains, filigreed coastlines, forested valleys, meadows and marshes, unique cultural resources, dazzling night skies, and precious communities of plant and animal life.” The exhibition features the artwork of Chris Baker, Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Alison Dibble, Richard Keen, Christine Lafuente, Ben Potter, Shannon Rankin, and Jerry Rose.

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. For more information call 917.204.4001 or visit www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com

CRAFT Artists in Biennials Past and Present

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

CRAFT  Gallery opens its last show of 2016 on Friday, October 7th, with six fine craft artists who have been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Susan Dewsnap, Morris Dorenfeld, Lynn Duryea, Jan Owen and Sharon Townshend, all of whom live and work in Maine, create artworks  that honor traditional craft methods and are recognized as works of fine art. All have studied drawing, painting and  art history at major art institutions and universities and have turned their interests to creating art with traditional craft materials. By using the craft medium as support, they break down the boundaries between craft and fine art.

Potter Susan Dewsnap, Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College, investigates the dynamic of how drawing on the surface and the shape of her pottery can be intimately connected. She looks to painting and ceramic history, merging the two in her art. Weaver Morris Dorenfeld studied  and practiced painting and has chosen the medium of fiber and tapestry technique to weave his abstract designs on the loom. He and Lynn Duryea  are included in the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Duryea has returned to Maine after serving as Ceramics Professor of Art at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Her non- functional clay sculptures reference architectural, structural and mechanical elements. The physicality of construction, assembling and the poetic use of color is what interests her. Artist Jan Owen communicates through the art of calligraphy with brush marks, woven shapes and written words to create patterns and textures as strong design elements in her books, panels and scrolls. Quilter Daphne Taylor is a draftswoman who draws with thread. She explores the potential of fabric, needle and thread to create her “quilt drawings” with the eye of a painter, limiting herself to the bare essentials of color, line and design. Clay artist Sharon Townshend’s work is based on nature, finding inspiration in woods, fields, trees and plants. Working in clay is a continuum of these encounters. Her sought after Raku veggies are offered at CRAFT.

The show will continue until mid November to coincide with the Biennial at CMCA. CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Blind Albert will play live music outside in the courtyard, which will be comfortably heated and lit, from 5 to 7:30 pm during  the October 7th First Friday Art Walk. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Tidemark Gallery Commemorates Hieronymus Bosch

Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych, 1495-1505, attributed to Heironymus Bosch

Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych, 1495-1505, attributed to Heironymus Bosch

“The Garden of Earthly Delights” is a special group show curated by Chris Augusta and Dick Koubek to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Heironymus Bosch. While this painter was one of the most influential artists of his time and place; sixteenth century Netherlands, this show does not intend to imitate, but to acknowledge the complexities of life in very different ways.

his Old House Plant, linocut by Holly Berry

his Old House Plant, linocut by Holly Berry

Selected works by fourteen artists will be on view from October 5 through November 5. The artist’s reception will be Saturday, October 8, from 4 to 7pm, in participation with ArtWalk Waldoboro. For more information contact 207-832-5109

“Autumn Arrivals”opens at Wiscasset Bay Gallery

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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).

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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 www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. 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.

The UMaine Museum of Art celebrates ARTober with EXPERIMENTATION CREATION

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SATURDAY October 15, 2016 • 11 am – 3 pm

FREE, all ages and open to the public

Explore your creative side! In celebration of ARTober, the classroom at the museum will be open for people of ALL AGES to come in and create a work of art using any material we have on site. Experiemnt with sculpture, painting, collage, printing and more to create a fun, new project.

Experimentation Creation is FREE and open to the public. For More Information contact:
Kat Johnson
207.561.3360
kat.johnson@maine.edu

New Photographs by Lynn Karlin, Marquetry by James Macdonald at MFT Gallery

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

We taste (rather we eat), we touch (maybe not enough). But how often do we slow down to take in the beauty of the often-overlooked vegetables that nourish us?” Thus begins Lynn Karlin’s artist statement on her new body of work, The Tray Series.

Starting September 23rd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be exhibiting Lynn Karlin’s much-awaited Tray Series on the ground floor. Eight years ago Belfast’s own Karlin began a quest to honor even the humblest vegetables by elevating them, as she puts it, “to a place where they belong: on a pedestal.” The stunning Pedestal Series which resulted from this endeavor earned Karlin the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for “Best in Still Life Category” for the last two years, and “Gold” for the Prix De La Photographie Paris in 2015 – along with worldwide acclaim.

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

The photographs in The Tray Series offer an aerial view of a confined space, with the subject often exiting the frame to break up the design. Thinking within the box, Karlin looks for good form, texture, patina and color. Subjects may now include familiar man-made kitchen objects as well as her beloved fruits and vegetables, showing “beauty can be found everywhere, if you take the time to really look.”

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

Another artist who wants to treat his subjects in a way that reveals both their importance and aesthetics is Unity artist and craftsman James Macdonald. His exceptional marquetry work – defined as the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure, in order to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures – will be shown on the gallery’s second floor.

Macdonald’s body of work, titled Growers and Grown, was funded by an Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and features new farmers in Waldo County. Says Macdonald: “My work in this exhibition comes from my fascination with the relationship between us and the food we eat. Here I’ve chosen to present a mix of work showing local farmers, food, and hand tools. My desire is to treat and display these subjects in a way that reveals their beauty, necessity, and magnificence.”

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

The exhibit runs from Friday September 23rd through October 31st.

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. The gallery is also open for Belfast Creative Coalition’s Cultivate Tour, on Saturday October 8, from 10am-3pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

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 www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

The Rock & Art Shop Presents Paintings by Jennifer Anderson

Painting by Jennifer Anderson

Painting by Jennifer Anderson

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents works by Jennifer Anderson. Anderson grew up on the Maine coast painting what she loves. Her earlier works were watercolor studies of sea creatures. Anderson currently lives and paints in Brewer Maine. Her current oil paintings of the ocean are captivating. Anderson’s use of texture and light help to make the viewer feel as if they are on the high seas.

The show runs from September 9th to October 29th , 2016 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception will be held on October 7th, at 6:30 with the artist talk at 7:00.

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-6-25-34-amThe Arts Business Institute (ABI) and MCA in partnership with Maine College of Art (MECA) and Waterville Creates present:

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME October 22
Waterville Creates, Waterville, ME October 23

Tuition
Both Workshops: $250
One Workshop: $150

MCA Member Discount Codes
One-day $25 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBER
Two-day $50 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBERS

MECA Students and Alumni: Contact Jessica Tomlinson for a full scholarship.

For More Information Vist: http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/portland-waterville-maine/

Exhibitions at Don Gorvett’s Perkins Cove Gallery

The Unconscious, Ebony Pencil / Graphite on Paper, 36” x 24” by Ralph Gorvett

The Unconscious, Ebony Pencil / Graphite on Paper, 36” x 24” by Ralph Gorvett

The exhibition titled Rumination and the Aesthetic in Drawing | Form & Substance is the first time collaborative exhibition of the drawings of Ralph Gorvett and the ceramics of David Schneider to be held in Don Gorvett’s Perkins Cove Gallery in Ogunquit Maine. 

Ralph Gorvett, the brother of Don Gorvett, has had presents in Don Gorvett’s galleries in Gloucester, MA, Portsmouth, NH and Ogunquit ME. Both Gorvett boys had the privilege studying with Elinor Marvin, art educator at Burlington High School in Burlington MA, and both receiving degrees through the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA. Ralph Gorvett studied drawing, painting, and sculpture. Gorvett’s drawings are an elaborate compilation of designs and rhythms. His “automatic drawings” are inspired by the moment and intuition. He is also a serious student 19th and 20th-century music as seen through the context of history, philosophy, criticism and biography. Mr. Gorvett presently lives and works in Ogunquit Maine.

Restless Hearts, Stained Stoneware, 17” x 14” x 21” by David Schneider

Restless Hearts, Stained Stoneware, 17” x 14” x 21” by David Schneider

David Schneider is a ceramist and sculptor teaching at the University of Southern Maine. He has an M.F.A. in ceramics with a minor in sculpture from Tulane University and earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. David Schneider has had his work represented by Don Gorvett’s Piscataqua Fine Art and Perkins Cover Gallery for many years. Schneider enjoys working with ceramics because he appreciates the flexibility, responsiveness, and tactility of the material. He feels “the connection with the process and a challenge that keeps offering something new”. In addition to showing at Perkins Cove Gallery, David also is Showcased at the Barn Gallery Fall Exhibition on view until October 10. 

For more information, please call Vivienne at 603.436.7278

UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952) Self-portrait, 1986 Oil on canvas Collection of the NB Art Bank

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952)
Self-portrait, 1986
Oil on canvas
Collection of the NB Art Bank

Contemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists highlights a diversity of creative approaches and genres—from representational to conceptual—by artists from throughout New Brunswick. Also varied is the wide range of media in the exhibition that includes ceramic, photography, oil painting, assemblage, mixed media, sculpture and printing processes. The works in Contemporary Currents underscore the refreshingly pluralist nature of contemporary art across the globe. Like the briskly moving currents of divergent thoughts winding through today’s art world, these artists offer multiple points of view on the complex nature of contemporary artistic practice.

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971) George with Xmas Ornament, 2013 Archival inkjet print Courtesy of the artist

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971)
George with Xmas Ornament, 2013
Archival inkjet print
Courtesy of the artist

Featured artists: Erik Edson, Darren Emenau, Mathieu Léger, Neil Rough, Stephen Scott, Anne-Marie Sirois, Dan Steeves, Anna Torma and Istvan Zsako

Exhibition Partner: New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967)
Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

 

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS

September 23 – December 31, 2016

Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

 

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

For additional information please contact:
Kathryn Jovanelli
P 207.561.3350
www.umma.umaine.edu

“Dietlind Vander Schaaf: Exhalation” at Vestibule 594 Gallery

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“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.

THE MAGIC OF RUSSIA AT THE GREEN LION PRINT GALLERY

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“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 (www.fromrussiawithart.org). 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

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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, www.anneheywood.com or 207.832.6684.

Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment

“Involuntary Incubator” by Rebecca Spilecki (left), “The Usual Suspects” by Barbra Whitten (right).

“Involuntary Incubator” by Rebecca Spilecki (left), “The Usual Suspects” by Barbra Whitten (right).

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) in partnership with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) present “Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment”, an art exhibition which contemplates the importance of the 14th Amendment.

Themes depicted relate to many areas of American society covered by the amendment: including due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation.
Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

On view: Sept.22 – Dec.16, 2016
(at Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta.)
Opening: Thursday, Sept. 22 4-7pm, with a brief program beginning at 5:30pm
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9-4

Remembering Julian Sacks at Tidemark Gallery

Fall Cornfield, watercolor by Julian Sacks

Fall Cornfield, watercolor by Julian Sacks

It was a wonderful day when Julian joined our little gallery and it was a terrible day when we lost him. But he left us with such wonderful gifts; his wisdom and warm friendship, corny jokes, a special recipe for pickled herring and bright landscape paintings of the many places he loved. Where ever he went, what ever the season or time of day, he painted.

Tidemark is deeply honored to present a collection of Julian’s vibrant watercolors depicting the Four Seasons in Maine. The show will be hung Wednesday, September 7, through Saturday, October 1. For more information contact  (207) 832-5109 or visit www.tidemarkgallery.com

“Back to School Special” and “Things Remembered” at George Marshall Store Gallery

Jennifer Moses “Bandlier Phantasmagoria” Oil on panel, 22” x 20”

Jennifer Moses “Bandlier Phantasmagoria” Oil on panel, 22” x 20”

The George Marshall Store Gallery recently opened two new exhibitions for the month of September. Aptly named for the season is “Back to School Special” which features work by the faculty of the University of New Hampshire Department of Art. Also on view is “Things Remembered” by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk, who combines fragments of found objects to create standing figures and scenes that are full of gestures and personality.

B. Chu “Mount Washington” Oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

B. Chu “Mount Washington” Oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

Many of the artists in “Back to School Special” have exhibited their work in the York gallery in either solo or group shows. Although they exhibited together at the University, they don’t often have the opportunity to show collectively elsewhere. Between them they cover the disciplines of painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. As teachers, they are in the habit of giving assignments to their students. Perhaps, unconsciously they also give themselves assignments. The result is work that is always exploring new ideas and techniques.

Don Williams “Black, White and Inbetween” Stoneware, wood and Steel, 14” x 10.5” x 4.5”

Don Williams “Black, White and Inbetween” Stoneware, wood and Steel, 14” x 10.5” x 4.5”

This is very true of the work by painter Craig Hood who is the current chair of the department. His most recent paintings have a mysterious layered haze, nearly obliterating the figures and objects that were much more evident in his previous work. These paintings draw you in, and invite you to draw the mystical curtain aside. The titles of the paintings give clues, such as “Dusty Road (Man Left Behind)” and “Starting Out”, where a small dark shadow gives the suggestion of a figure walking down a path.

Grant Drumheller “Orchard in October, Eliot, Maine” Oil on linen, 48” x 60”

Grant Drumheller “Orchard in October, Eliot, Maine” Oil on linen, 48” x 60”

Grant Drumheller’s newer paintings have a much looser, open brushwork. His most recent paintings are landscape views with the perspective of being seen from above. One has a bird’s eye view looking down on “Beryl Beach” where dozens of figures are enjoying the water and sunning on the shore. Rick Fox spreads his paint with wide brushes and a pallet knife for his views of Chauncey Creek and Kittery Point. Painter Brian Chu uses short, multicolor strokes reminiscent of impressionism for his still life of onions in a basket and a larger painting of Mount Washington. Abstract paintings and collages are contributed by Jennifer Moses, thus rounding out the variety of styles and approaches within the department.

Julee Holcombe “Metropolis”  archival pigment print, 48.5” x 42”

Julee Holcombe “Metropolis” archival pigment print, 48.5” x 42”

Julee Holcombe and Michael Cardinali teach photography. Holcombe seamlessly combines multiple images on the computer. Visitors are spellbound by her 48” x 42” photograph “Metropolis” which combines iconic architecture from around the world. Cardinali uses more traditional techniques for his black and white photographs of woodlands, ponds and portraits of his wife.

Sculptor Sachiko Akiyama just completed her first year at the University and is exhibiting two large carved and painted wooden pieces. “Four Corners of the Floating World” combines figures and cranes that stands over five feet tall. Leah Woods also works in wood. Her “Spaces In Between” is a large floor pieces that has numerous parts which radiate from a center point. One has the feeling that the parts could all fit together but in reality they can’t.
Placed throughout the gallery are ceramics by Don Williams. Two of his “Cistern” vessels flank the photograph “Metropolis.” Architecture has been an important reference for the artist for a long time. His wood fired, sculptural pieces make visual connections with the work by his colleagues throughout the gallery.

M. Stasiuk “Gentleman with a Suitcase”
63” x 19” x 13”

M. Stasiuk “Gentleman with a Suitcase”
63” x 19” x 13”

Artist Michael Stasiuk has filled the dock level gallery with his found object sculptures that are a combination of free standing figures and bas reliefs.  The “skirts” and “torsos” of many of these figures are made from antique lobster buoys which is an appropriate material since the view from the gallery is of a working waterfront, complete with bait shake covered in buoys. Charm and whimsy are found in almost all of the pieces. Some pieces are quite elegant in their simplicity such as the “Gentleman with a Suitcase.” His ability to animate ordinary objects and infuse them with personality and gesture is remarkable. Visitors to the gallery, without exception, respond with smiles and delight.

M. Stasiuk “The Alphabet Teacher” 45” x 26” x 13”

M. Stasiuk “The Alphabet Teacher” 45” x 26” x 13”

The exhibitions continue through October 2nd. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 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 www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS at UMaine Museum of Art

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

From September 23 – December 31, 2016 Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors. For more information contact: Kathryn Jovanelli – 40 Harlow St. – Bangor, ME 04401 – 207.561.3350 –  kathrynj@maine.edu – www.umma.umaine.edu

Explore the streets of Portland with PMA Go

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On September 2, the Portland Museum of Art launched PMA Go, a web-based, art-collecting game inspired by Pokémon Go. Instead of capturing Wartortles, Kakunas, and Vileplumes, players can amass an art collection of Homers, Renoirs, and Wyeths that generates real world rewards. While many art museums—including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art—have embraced Pokémon Go as a way to draw visitors into their museums, the PMA is the first art museum in the country to use the premise of Pokémon Go to get its art collection out into the community.

PMA Go invites users to explore the streets of Portland, Maine—one of the country’s top destinations with unparalleled restaurants, natural beauty, and top breweries—and discover the breadth of the PMA’s collection. As players amass their art collection by “catching” great works of art around town, they receive real world rewards from the museum, including free admission, free PMA Films tickets for members, and if they find all 18 works, a free copy of The Collection: Highlights From The Portland Museum of Art ($24.95 value).

Playing PMA Go is easy. No downloads or installation is necessary. Just visit PMAgo.org on your mobile device and begin collecting! The game is available to be played across the entire Portland peninsula. Share your collection with your friends on social, and collect your rewards by visiting the PMA. For More information on the current programming at PMA visit www.portlandmuseum.org

Current Exhibitions at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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David Graeme Baker is a graduate of Wesleyan University and studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He currently resides with his wife and two sons in Hancock, Maine. David’s contemporary domestic genre scenes are imbued with mystery and tension creating enigmatic narratives that explore our relationships with ourselves and one another.

His paintings are influenced by the landscape of Maine and family and friends within domestic surroundings. He focuses on seemingly mundane moments, granting heightened importance and emotional resonance, drawing the viewer into his constructed world.

 

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Erik Weisenburger studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.

Weisenburger’s landscapes are luminous and rich with detail. His meticulous brushwork and ability to convey glowing light is reminiscent of early Northern European paintings. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns – blades of grass, ladders of tree branches, clumps of moss – striking a satisfying equilibrium. The density of detail makes his paintings feel precious and treasured, pulling the viewer in to study each piece of the panel. Weisenburger’s work is often narrative or allegorical, the symbolic overtones referential of “outsider” folk art. His balanced compositions and life-like color palette make these riveting paintings harmonious and compelling to view.

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Jonathan Laurence is at the forefront of digital image creation and manipulation. He has been self chronicling for two decades, long before the practice was ubiquitous. His new ritual of early morning trail runs focuses his images on Maine’s landscape, weather patterns, ecology, and trails.

“Glitch is a computer term, but the same thing can happen in nature” he says, “Sometimes things are destroyed, sometimes for the best, sometimes for the worst. I started embracing that idea, allowing things to disrupt what I’d been making … sometimes even closer to how I really felt.”

 

For more information contact: Dowling Walsh Gallery | 207.596.0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com

“Light to Be Discovered” at the Deer Isle Artists Association

Woodley Osborne

Woodley Osborne

There is “Light to Be Discovered” at the Deer Isle Artists Association, as their latest show clearly indicates! Artists Don Bardole, Peggy de Wolf, Michael DeMatteo, Ron Deprez, Emily Johansen, David Kofton, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Woodley Osborne, Carolyn Raedle, David Simonds, Walter Smalling, and Carolyn Walton demonstrate how they approach this theme in their work, which is on display from September 9 – 22.

Ron Deprez has been a photographer for more than fifty years, and his interests range from individuals, to landscapes, to piles of clothing. He notes that each of his photos is “people related” and thus has a story behind it. He stresses that every person, however, is distinct from the image itself.

Emily Johansen’s watercolors celebrate her fascination with light, temperature, and color. She considers herself on a “sensory quest” to paint what she feels when confronted by glorious color and light. Both Vermont and Maine figure prominently in her art, and her work can regularly be found in galleries in both states.

The Deer Isle Association Gallery at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village is open daily from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. (207) 348-2330. www.deerisleartists.com.

Announcing Maine Craft Weekend October 1st and 2nd

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Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 1 + 2, 2016. MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday! For more information visit www.MaineCraftWeekend.org

Masters + Apprentices on view at LA Arts

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Masters + Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program, will be on view at LA Arts, 221 Lisbon St. in Lewiston, ME from October 6 through November 7, 2016. The opening reception Thursday October 6, 4-7pm is free and open to the public. The exhibition highlights work from the Craft Apprentice Program (CAP), a seven-month statewide mentoring program founded in 2016 for contemporary craft practitioners.

Exhibiting Artists
Anne Emlein (master) + Rose Allard
Doug Wilson (master) + James Crawford
Linda Perrin (master) + Jacquelyn Jensen

Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program is a joint project of the Maine Craft Association and the Maine Arts Commission; Maine magazine is the exclusive 2016 magazine sponsor of CAP and the exhibition; CAP partnered with LA Arts to host the exhibition in their newly renovated space.

On view is new work created during the apprenticeship period, March-September 2016, by the 2016 CAP participants: master blacksmith Doug Wilson of Little Deer Isle, ME and apprentice James Crawford of Waldo, ME, master fiber artist Anne Emlein of Portland, ME and apprentice Rose Allard of Portland, ME, and master glass artist Linda Perrin of Ellsworth, ME and apprentice Jacquelyn Jenson of Bar Harbor, ME.

The public is invited to meet 2016 CAP artists at an opening reception for the exhibition from 4-7pm on October 6 at LA Arts in Lewiston, Maine.

CAP provides Maine craft artists with a relevant and alternative educational experience, and promotes craft as a viable career path. Master/apprentice pairs are selected for CAP through a competitive application process for which apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue. Participants must be Maine residents, and establish clear goals for the apprenticeship period. Both master and apprentices receive honorariums and complete at least 100 apprenticeship hours. Program information, participant profiles, FAQs and application are available at www.MaineCAP.org. The 2017 CAP application deadline is December 9, 2016

CAP 2017 Q&A Workshop: To learn more about applying to CAP Maine craft artists are invited to attend a CAP 2017 Question and Answer session with MCA director, Sadie Bliss at LA Arts November 2, 7-8pm. Please rsvp to:sbliss@mainecrafts.org

PLEIN AIR PAIRING at Landing Gallery

"Warren Island Moorings" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Warren Island Moorings” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “PLEIN AIR PAIRING”, an exhibition of new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, opening on Friday, September 16 through October 29. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 16th from 5-8 PM.

"Acadia Breakers" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Acadia Breakers” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Monique’s landscape paintings have sense of movement and are filled with a gestural energy. She is a life long artist and has been painting since she was 10. “I always have a sketch book with me to record my observations. During my teens I began taking back packing trips to the Sierras, which helped foster my love of nature. Wherever I am, I find the local landscape to be an inspiring and fascinating subject for my painting.”

"Calm Waters Dawn" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36" x 42"

“Calm Waters Dawn” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36″ x 42″

For the past 18 years, Tom Curry has painted the landscape around his home in Maine. “As a plein air painter, I immerse myself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux. What we call a “place” is a paradox-it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go. I paint the interplay of light, island, sky and water as a metaphor and meditation on place and time, the dance between what we perceive as eternal and ephemeral.”

"Acadia Morning Mist" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16" x 20"

“Acadia Morning Mist” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16″ x 20″

Please join us Friday, September 16 from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Monique Lazard and Tom Curry. Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun & Mon. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint” is a new exhibition at Camden Falls Gallery that features a collection of plein air and studio paintings by artists Scott Moore, George Van Hook, Peter Yesis,  Jonathan McPhillips, and Brad Betts, From quaint villages and quiet harbors to verdant pastures and majestic mountains, the show reflects many of these artists’ favorite painting spots throughout Maine and beyond. The exhibition opens on September 17 and will remain on view through Columbus Day.

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” - by Brad Betts

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” – by Brad Betts

 

We usually associate an artist’s muse with a particular person or spiritual mentor who in some way inspires creativity. In the case of plein air painters, it is often a particular landscape or a specific aspect of a small geographic patch that transports the artist to that sublime state where a new interpretation of a well-loved view emerges. Who can say why we are affected so deeply by the silhouette of two mountain ridges glimpsed through a sinewy grove of spruce? Perhaps it is in the same way that we can identify a loved one from the nape of their neck, or the line of their shoulders, transmitting their soul’s uniqueness.

 “Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

“Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

 

As artists attempt to convey the essence of a place on canvas, they often develop intimate connections with favorite locations that spark their imaginations and fuel their passion for painting. Through focused observation and ongoing interactions with the natural world, plein air painting offers artists a chance to engage in “conversations” with a particular place that may last for hours, days, weeks, or even years. Frequently, a plein air painter must wrestle with a particular landscape throughout its seasonal phases to keep this visual and spiritual dialogue alive. For each of our featured artists, the timeless textures of rock, water, foliage, and sky, constantly transformed by light and atmosphere, inspire recurring visits to both familiar and less widely-known locations throughout the region.

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

Longtime Stockton Springs resident Scott Moore, although not known as a “plein air” artist, spends a great deal of time out-of-doors and has a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Maine. He often finds inspiration in the colorful corners of his hometown, the untamed beauty of remote woods and ponds, and the charming character of Maine’s less-frequented coastal and island villages. His canvases frequently capture the splendor of iconic Maine sites such as Monhegan Island and Acadia National Park, as well. 

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor" - by George Van Hook

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor” – by George Van Hook

George Van Hook, of Cambridge, NY, has spent years traveling and painting throughout the United States and Europe, as well as many summers painting along the Maine mid-coast and on North Haven Island. Van Hook describes his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. “The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.”

 “Untamed”- by Peter Yesis

“Untamed”- by Peter Yesis 

For Searsport artist Peter Yesis, landscape painting is a product of his love and respect for nature, as well as an opportunity to participate in the beauty and natural energy of the Maine woods, waterways and terrain. His favorite natural element is water, and he never tires of capturing the unpredictability and splendor of Maine’s seascapes. Yesis can frequently be found, paints in hand, clambering over rocks at Acadia, Schoodic Point, or standing on a narrow beach in Boothbay or the harbor in Camden and other coastal areas in pursuit of the most engaging view.

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

In reflecting upon his work as a plein air painter, Rhode Island artist Jonathan McPhillips says, “It is the air surrounding the landscape that I hope to depict in my paintings. The air is an unseen filter that guides how we visualize the ‘things’ in front of us. In coastal New England, the atmosphere is always changing, therefore I am fortunate to live and paint in such a visually engaging area.” We are fortunate that Camden Harbor is one of the favorite places that McPhillips returns to again and again.

"Breezing In"- by Brad Betts

“Breezing In”- by Brad Betts

 Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to welcome Brad Betts of East Boothbay back to the gallery with this show. His work reflects a life-long appreciation of the sea, developed through years of deep sea fishing and sailing around the Gulf coast waters during his youth. For Betts, living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers the opportunity to connect daily with the classic scenes that most inspire him. “When you paint outside,” says Betts, “the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts. In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within.”

The artists of Camden Falls Gallery invite you to come and experience their favorite places the way they see them. Located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-6pm. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call 207-470-7027.

Aarhus Gallery Artist Reunion at Betts Gallery

 

Altered Book Cover, 2016 (11” x 8.5”) by Abbie Read

Altered Book Cover, 2016 (11” x 8.5”) by Abbie Read

Betts Gallery announces a reunion show of the original artists from the former Aarhus Gallery- but with an interesting twist; each Aarhusian has invited an artist friend to include one piece to hang alongside their work in the exhibition. Some pairings are collaborative while others feature works that are distinctly different.

The artists include seven charter members of Aarhus and their friends: Annadeene Fowler/Susan Brady, Kevin Johnson/Ben Potter, Mark Kelly/Vincent Abaldo, Richard Mann/Linden Frederick, Abbie Read/Karen MacDonald, Wesley Reddick/Doug Bell and Willy Reddick/Julie H Rose.

The show runs from September 23rd – October 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 -8:00 pm. Betts Gallery is located at The Belfast Framer, 96 Main Street. There is also an entrance on Beaver Street across from the public parking lot. For More information contact Anne Warren by phone: 207-338-6465 or email: thebelfastframer@gmail.com

Littlefield Gallery’s Fall Group Show

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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.

 

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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.

Maine Crafts Guild announces 7th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show

Rosemarie DiLernia at the 2015 Scarborough Show

Rosemarie DiLernia at the 2015 Scarborough Show

The Maine Crafts Guild is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show, September 17-18, 2016 at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, Maine

“There is nothing like finding a handcrafted work of art that speaks to your soul…when a piece of art finds its way into your hands, heart and home for a lifetime! I’ve had these experiences at the Maine Crafts Guild’s shows where the outstanding artistry and quality of work is inspiring!” – Suzanne Nance, Emmy award-winning broadcaster.

Hand knotted necklace by Rosemarie DiLernia and Chris Banikiotes

Hand knotted necklace by Rosemarie DiLernia and Chris Banikiotes

Members of the Maine Crafts Guild are selected through a jury-of-peers process. The dynamic membership is comprised of journeymen, nationally recognized masters and founding members who dedicate themselves to excellence in fine craft.

Walnut burl lamp by Louis Charlett of Charlett Woodworking

Walnut burl lamp by Louis Charlett of Charlett Woodworking

Nature is an abundant source of inspiration for Guild members. The show’s venue, Camp Ketcha, sits on 107 acres of meadows, forests, streams and wetlands and the soaring, timbered ceiling of the great room offers an inspiring backdrop for the professional artisans to showcase their heirloom-quality fine crafts. After shopping for treasures created from wood, metal, clay, natural fibers, and glass, Camp Ketcha’s extensive trail network awaits your exploration. Bring the family – their popular $5 pony rides are available to children on Saturday the 18th from 12-1pm. Alternatively, nearby Scarborough Beach State Park offers an opportunity for relaxation after a stimulating day of colors, textures and conversation.

Teapot by Mark Hutton of Hutton Studios

Teapot by Mark Hutton of Hutton Studios

Admission: $4 adults; under 18 free. September 17 & 18, 2016 – Sat. 10am – 5pm & Sun. 10am – 4pm. Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough, Maine. For more information please email: scarborough.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 207-799-3460. mainecraftsguild.com

SKETCHBOOK SESSIONS at the UMaine Museum of Art

 

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Have you used a sketchbook? Would you like some fresh ideas?

You’re invited to come and create new pages among other creative thinkers in the classroom of the Museum. Beginning September 30th, and continuing every Friday afternoon from 3:30 – 5 p.m., UMMA will provide an inspiring space for you to further your artistic practice working with your sketchbook. Adults and students grades 6 and up are welcome to join. Those under 18 must complete the proper release form agreements in order to attend.

FRIDAYS (beginning 9/30), 3:30 pm – 5 pm
FREE, and open to the public

For More Information:
K.L. Johnson, MFA
P: 207- 561 – 3360
kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu
www.umma.maine.edu

CMCA Events in Conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival, is presenting several public programs on Saturday, September 17, that go beyond traditional documentary formats and mediums, complimenting CIFF’s focus on Creative Nonfiction Storytelling.

The day’s programs at CMCA include a participatory installation in the courtyard by performance artist James Leonard, an experiential slide talk in ArtLab by sound artist Halsey Burgund, and the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, in the Bruce Brown and Guy D. Hughes galleries.

Artist James Leonard is bringing his “Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” to the CMCA courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 10am to 6pm. An internationally exhibited artist, Leonard is traveling the country making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. Leonard explains, “I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

Leonard recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. The CMCA installation will be his third stop in Maine in addition to Ogunquit and Portland. When not on the road, Leonard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Halsey Burgund

Artist Halsey Burgund

Musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund will speak Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm in the CMCA ArtLab. Burgund’s installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Recently, his work has focused on evolving, contributory, location-based audio installations accessible via custom smartphone apps. In this talk, he will discuss his art practice and the technology he uses to implement his installations, as well as introduce a Rockland-based demonstration of his Roundware software platform created for Storyforms, the interactive program at the Camden International Film Festival.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Concurrently, the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, on view in the CMCA galleries, explores related ideas of documentation and perception of nature. Using a variety of photographic means, including digital, analog, film and video, artist Lauren Henkin, a recent resident of Rockland, raises questions about what is real in an increasingly interior, virtual world. 

All the events at CMCA on Saturday, September 17, are free and open to CIFF pass holders and CMCA members; public admission is $6, children under 12 are free. James Leonard’s installation in the courtyard is free and open to all.

Gallery at Somes Sound opens ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE

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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.

F E AT U R I N G

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”

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“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 www.marshallgallery.net

Argosy Gallery honors Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman

Robert Hagberg, Curling Wave

Robert Hagberg, Curling Wave

The historic Bar Harbor Inn was the setting for the opening days, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, of a major career show honoring artists Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman.  Identified as two of the country’s most prominent chroniclers of Acadia, both artists were featured in the award-winning book “Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations”, by Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2014.  Inaugurated in 2003, the Argosy Gallery’s Milestone Exhibitions are among New England’s “grand events” in the world of traditional realism.  Please call 288-9226 for times.

STORIES TOLD THROUGH PAINT UPSTAIRS AT HAYNES

Bo Bartlett The Present, 2003 Oil on Linen 45 x 43 inches

Bo Bartlett
The Present, 2003
Oil on Linen
45 x 43 inches

Haynes Galleries proudly presents “Stories in Paint” as part of the Upstairs at Haynes series. The show is compromised of paintings that tell stories through a single image. It features work by several top Realists with different aesthetics. “Stories in Paint” runs through September 24 alongside “Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes” and “Roger Dale Brown: A Passion for Painting.”

Narratives in painting have a long tradition. It’s difficult for a visual artist to tell a story in a single image. But when they do the painting can connect with the viewer more deeply and communicate the artist’s idea more elegantly. The most talented artists, from the past and today, do it by embedding their image with one or several elements. It can be the way light falls across the room, the elements a character is surrounded by, the expression on their face, or even the way they look out at the viewer. No matter the combination, the best narrative paintings suggest something came before and that something will follow the specific scene depicted and the viewer will want to be a part of that story.

Bo Bartlett, who splits his time between Georgia and Maine, paints the underlying epic nature of the commonplace. Following in the great tradition of American Realims, his scenes are remarkably ordinary but are heavy with implications as if his characters are wrestling with some internal quandary. But visually they have a modernist twist and a flatter style. In The Present, a young woman in a swimsuit braids another’s hair by the sea. They are connected by the intimacy of the act but are also incredibly isolated from one another, barely touching, each absorbed in their own world.

Andrea Smith Stefanie Oil on Panel 15 x 15 inches

Andrea Smith
Stefanie
Oil on Panel
15 x 15 inches

Andrea Smith’s figurative work is ripe with narrative elements. With remarkably few extraneous details she is able to imply a greater story in just a single image. The carefully balanced compositions and soft diffusion of light lend the paintings a mature, unrushed mood, letting the viewer take the whole scene in and immerse themselves fully in Smith’s story.

Seth Haverkamp Essie and the Crows Oil on Board 60 x 42 inches

Seth Haverkamp
Essie and the Crows
Oil on Board
60 x 42 inches

With more whimsy but no less care, Seth Haverkamp produces portraits that capture a moment in time for those closest to him. Usually that means close friends or his children who he often dresses up with playful and homemade accessories like headdresses. His goal is to take one moment in time in his subject’s life and freeze it. He does it with amazing results, paintings that are personal but also broadly appealing.

Ellen Cooper Vortex Oil on Linen 48 x 32 inches

Ellen Cooper
Vortex
Oil on Linen
48 x 32 inches

With masterful draftsmanship and the ability to capture the character of her subjects, Ellen Cooper’s paintings reflect the personality and grit of her figures. They are so captivating Cooper has an international reputation for her portraits. But they are so much more than portraits. Her subjects often appear as if they are at crossroads, contemplating their future.

Accompanying “Stories in Paint” will be a select group of vignette shows showcasing the range of Haynes Galleries artists and collection. Landscapes of all styles are on view in “The Best of Landscapes” with works by Joseph McGurl, Donald Demers, and Peter Poskas while Marc Dalessio’s distinct painterly take on plein air painting is seen in a collection of his views of Maine and Europe. The depth of Realist still life art can be seen in a special grouping. Finally, the best of the gallery’s traditional & contemporary works are together in a stellar collection at the top of the stairs.

Burton Silverman Before the Race Oil on Canvas 22 x 16 inches

Burton Silverman
Before the Race
Oil on Canvas
22 x 16 inches

There is plenty of extraordinary work to see and experience during the second half of the summer at Haynes Galleries. “Stories in Paint” will be like stepping into a great book written by a great author. The accompanying vignette shows highlight the diversity of the gallery’s roster and exceptional things Realists are making today.
Note about roadwork on US 1/Main Street in Thomaston- Roadwork construction is progressing quickly. Two-way traffic has returned to Main Street, drastically reducing driving time. The gallery is open through all construction and welcomes visitors, either walk-ins or by appointment, no matter what the conditions on the road. Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit www.haynesgalleries.com or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com

Well-known Local Artists, Jan Kilburn and Hannah Ineson, at Pemaquid Art Gallery

The vibrant colors and values of  “Camden Harbor” and other watercolor paintings by Jan Kilburn can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

The vibrant colors and values of “Camden Harbor” and other watercolor paintings by Jan Kilburn can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Pemaquid Gallery member artists with their own studio/galleries in the midcoast area include Damariscotta neighbors Jan Kilburn and Hannah Ineson. Both are long time professional artists with extensive teaching experience. They also share a love of the Maine islands, as well as the mainland coastal scenery.

 Jan Kilburn is best known for her watercolors, filled with the vibrant colors and values she captures as a plein aire painter. Although most are in the landscape mode, her paintings are also full of the quaint architecture, cottage gardens and picket fences so loved by visitors to Maine villages. While she paints primarily in watercolor, she also finds oil a good medium for recording her impressionistic images.

 Whether she is capturing the misty light of a Monhegan Island morning, or the sparkling light on a sunny day at Pemaquid Lighthouse, Kilburn is aiming at creating an oasis of beauty and warmth for herself and the viewer. As she states, “Every now and then everyone needs a peaceful place in which to escape. That’s what I want to create.” You can find her online at www.jankilburn.com.

 

Well known for her watercolors, Hannah Ineson’s paintings of traditional coastal images now include many rendered in oil, like her “Fish Houses – Monhegan” currently on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Well known for her watercolors, Hannah Ineson’s paintings of traditional coastal images now include many rendered in oil, like her “Fish Houses – Monhegan” currently on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Hannah Ineson also has long been known for her watercolors, although she currently paints primarily in oil. Coming from a family of many artists going back generations, drawing came naturally to her, but she continues to explore various painting techniques. Currently she favors impressionistic interpretations of the natural world in both Maine and Florida, where she paints and teaches in the winter. Like Kilburn, she finds gardens a rich source of subject matter for her oils, painting in an impasto style with a palette knife. At the Pemaquid Gallery this summer she will be showing primarily her traditional watercolors, depicting the many iconic coastal images beloved by residents and visitors alike.

Over the last few years, Ineson has developed a workshop called “Illustrated Watercolor Journaling” in which she teaches the delightful art of recording simple images and text to create a memory book for the student. She especially enjoys inspiring beginner artists with this easy and fun approach to painting. As a faculty member at Dillman’s Resort and Art Workshops in Wisconsin, she will be presenting this workshop again in September this year, as well as here in Maine for River Arts in Damariscotta on several dates. You can find her online at www.hannahineson.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mark Chesebro, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

 Artists all reside within the Pemaquid peninsula area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

RECEPTION FOR SARAH GREENIER AT CENTRE ST ARTS GALLERY SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

Sarah Greenier -  Three Ladies of Orr's Island

Sarah Greenier – Three Ladies of Orr’s Island

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, invites the public to a reception celebrating a new exhibition with guest artist Sarah Greenier, of Bath, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at 11 Centre Street, Bath from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Twenty Maine artist members work in a wide variety of styles and media, producing new work for every show.  All work is original, with framed and matted pieces available, and sculpture in stone, clay and bronze. 

Sarah Greenier grew up on Orr’s Island, graduated from Oak Grove School in Vassalboro, and went on to study graphic design at Pratt Institute in New York.  After college, she returned to Maine and worked in commercial art for ten years.  In 1996 she began exhibiting and selling her paintings at art shows throughout New England, winning numerous awards.  In 2006, with husband Tom Greenier, she opened the Greenier Studio/Gallery next to their home at 428 Middle Street in Bath, where she paints, exhibits her work and teaches. Painting closer to home is also more personal, and our best work seems to be of those places that are most meaningful to us. 

Sarah Greenier -  Doubling Point Light

Sarah Greenier – Doubling Point Light

I most enjoy painting quintessential Maine scenes.  My oil paintings are designed to depict island and coastal living at its best, and convey a sense of place. Outdoor painting has helped me to see and feel my subject in a way that I can transmit that excitement into my work.  My goal as an artist is to express a feeling, a moment in time – and to evoke that in the viewer as well.”

Sarah and artists of the Centre St Gallery will be in attendance at the Opening Reception on Friday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 7 pm at 11 Centre Street in Bath.  For more information, please call the Centre St Arts Gallery at 207-442-0300.  The gallery is open 7 days a week during July and August, and September.

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents Acadia Centennial Exhibition, THE VIEW FROM HERE

Christine Lafuente

Christine Lafuente, View Across the Sound, Hazy Summer Afternoon, 18 x 24 inches

The View From Here is a landscaped-themed show, and coincides with the world-welcoming celebration for Acadia National Park’s Centennial, (1916 – 2016). I welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate the beauty of the Maine Landscape and the artists in the exhibition. The Acadia Centennial website states, “Encompassing 45,000 acres on two islands and a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a jewel of granite mountains, filigreed coastlines, forested valleys, meadows and marshes, unique cultural resources, dazzling night skies, and precious communities of plant and animal life.” The exhibition features the artwork of Chris Baker, Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Alison Dibble, Richard Keen, Christine Lafuente, Ben Potter, Shannon Rankin, and Jerry Rose.

On View from August 28th until October 9th. For More information visit cynthiawiningsgallery.com