Café des Artistes

“Teapots: Real and Imagined” at CRAFT Gallery

Dimpled Teapot by Siem van der Ven

Dimpled Teapot by Siem van der Ven


CRAFT Gallery has invited eight artists to exhibit their interpretations of  a teapot. Almost every artist has been challenged to make or design one. “Teapots: Real and Imagined” opens July 6 and runs through August. The studio artists in this show consider the teapot as a functional and sculptural source for inspiration. Every teapot has a lid, a spout and a handle and yet they are as diverse and unique as the artists who create them. Each tells its own story.

Teapots by George Perlman

Teapots by George Perlman

Jody Johnstone and Autumn Cipala are two potters  who use different clay bodies and firing techniques to create functional teapots. Cipala is inspired by historical ceramics from many cultures. Her teapots are elegant and balanced. The proportions are studied and restrained with subtle contrasts of carved patterns on the porcelain surfaces of creamy white and pale celadon. She is known for her perfect teapot accompanied by traditional cups and saucers, cream pitchers and sugar bowls, inviting a more formal occasion of taking tea. Jody Johnstone, in contrast, uses her wood fired Anagama kiln and rough textured stoneware to create earthy pots with textures created from the heat and ash during firing. Her teapots invite casualness and comfort from the pleasures of company. Potter George Pearlman’s teapots are seen in a broader context coming from making ceramic containers that serve as a canvass  to paint colorful exuberant patterns in a theatrical way. The teapot by Siem Van der Ven, a potter known for his organic forms and patterns, reflects his response to nature. His work in this show is through the courtesy of Harbor Square Gallery.

Teapots by Lissa Hunter

Teapots by Lissa Hunter

Aromatic Tea by Meryl Ruth

Aromatic Tea by Meryl Ruth

Graphic interpretations of the culture of tea are offered by Dudley Zopp and Lissa Hunter. Zopp’s paintings of tea bowls and jars recall the Japanese  ritual of the tea ceremony. Hunter’s charcoal drawings of groups of teapots  gesture and interact with one another in a sociable way. During July and August glass artist David Jacobson will debut his new series of handblown glass vessels for use as vases, sculptural objects of serene beauty or as containers fr commemorative ashes. Jan Owen and Abbie Read will show new work as well.  Artists will be present to talk about their work during the July 6 First Friday Art Walk and live music will be played by Bill Tozier in front of CRAFT in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street. Rockland. FMI visit www.craftonelm.com or call 207 594 0167.

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center Open Studio Day

Hannah, Oil on Panel, 18×24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson. On Sunday, July 29th from 12-3pm, join Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center for an Open Studio Day at Rolling Acres Farm. The studios are currently occupied by this summer’s July artists-in-residence. There will be live music on the lawn by the guitarist and cellist duo, Marsh and Lane. Free coffee, tea and local ice cream will be also be served.

Thu Vu, is an international resident from Vietnam. Thu graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts College and was an exchange student at Maine College of Art in Portland. She creates light sculptures made out of paper and natural materials. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the USA.

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

Jodi Paloni, the writer-in-residence, is currently working on her second book: a novel-in-stories, which takes place in the sixties and seventies on a farm similar to the Center’s Rolling Acres. The story tracks three Maine women from their girlhood to contemporary midlife.

Marsh and Lane, photo by Susan Metzger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Alexandrou, whose organic gardening experience spans a decade, is this year’s seasonal resident gardener. She lives on the grounds and grows produce for the residents. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in sustainable horticulture at UMaine, Orono, with a minor in studio art.

The Gallery at Rolling Acres will also be open and is currently showing Nature Observed: The Landscapes of Joseph Fiore, featuring oil paintings and pastel drawings of the late artist and environmentalist. The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the fertile worlds of farming and art creation. The Center’s purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. The Fiore Art Center is a program of MFT.

Located right on Damariscotta Lake at 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson, the Fiore Art Center is a perfect place for a fun family outing – bring a picnic and enjoy the Center’s grounds for the day.

Future Open Studio Days with new artists-in-residence will be August 26th and September 30th.

For more information please visit https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/jaf-art-center/

The Camden Classics Plein Air

Lee Boynton working on Morning Before the Race, 2014.

Camden Falls Gallery will be hosting “The Camden Classics Plein Air”.

Camden Falls Gallery artists and visiting artists will be painting marine art “plein air” coinciding with the third annual Camden Classics Cup hosted by Lyman Morse / Wayfarer Marine on July 26-28.

Plein Air is a French word that means“in the open air”. This painting style was first pioneered by the impressionists in the 1800’s most notably endorsed by Claude Monet.

The event will be bringing about 70 sailboats into Camden Harbor to race for the weekend, the Classics Cup is one week earlier than the 33rd annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta which is Maine’s major Classic wooden sailboat race. The race touches in at Camden ( Castine Classic Yacht Race) for the second leg of the race, and start of the Camden Feeder Regatta. With the two events back to back in Camden, we will see a major influx of classic yachts and enthusiasts in town.

See: https://www.camdenclassicscup.com/

A number of public and private locations will be open to participating artists as they paint around Camden and the surrounding area. The Plein Air event will have an emphasis on marine paintings of Camden Harbor, visiting yachts, and the natural beauty of Mid-Coast Maine.

Many well known marine artists including: Carol Douglas, Alison Hill, Peter Yesis, Scott Addis will be participating this year. Come see them capture the scenes that we love onto canvas. The finished paintings will then be on display and for sale at Camden Falls Gallery. An artist opening will be held on Sunday, July 29th from 4pm to 7pm. Come meet the artists and find a painting to love!

Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME.

It is open daily from 10am to 8pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com.

Hypothesis: Stars as Stones at Littlefield Gallery

"Ice Dream: Adrift"  oil on canvas  30 x 44

“Ice Dream: Adrift” oil on canvas 30 x 44

Hypothesis: Stars as Stones, with sculptor Hugh Lassen and paintings by Lori Tremblay will be featured  from July 23-August 19. Tremblay developed this metaphor of stars as stone “from an initial spark regarding the relationship of starlight and color light from crystal formations.”

 Kathleen Galligan’s solo show in the main house, Immersions, showcases the artist’s most recent work: oils on canvas. It will be on view from July 27-August 18.

Lori Tremblay's "Heart of the Lion"  oil on shaped panel  38 x 38

Lori Tremblay’s “Heart of the Lion” oil on shaped panel 38 x 38

 A review of Galligan’s newest paintings by Carl Little in the July/August issue of Art New England describes the work  as “…striking abstractions related to glaciers. They evoke the evolving nature of those frozen reaches so much on our minds these days: thawing, freezing, shifting.”

A gallery reception with the three artists is July 28, from 4-6 pm.

Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show returns to MDI High School

Forged stainless and copper ladles by new Guild member Erica Moody | Waldoboro, Maine

Forged stainless and copper ladles by new Guild member Erica Moody | Waldoboro, Maine

Maine Crafts Guild artisans will once again show their fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass and mixed media at the MDI High School, July 27-29, 2018. The Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show is in its 43rd season.

Together with the Guild’s established member artisans, new member Erica Moody of Waldoboro, Maine will exhibit her kitchen wares and tools, created with traditional metalworking and jewelry techniques. Moody’s work has been featured in Bon Appétit and Bake from Scratch magazines.

Guild artisan and jeweler, Stephani Briggs of Blue Hill, Maine will exhibit her refined jewelry designs, handcrafted in gold and hand-selected gemstones. A luxury jeweler, Briggs creates one-of-a-kind and bespoke pieces with time-honored techniques and hand-brushed finishing.

Returning Guild members include woodworker Tom Dahlke of Bath, Maine and jeweler Maggie Bokor of Topsham, Maine. First time, juried, exhibitors at the Directions show include; Suzanne Anderson of Yikes Studio Enamels (jewelry), Kreg McCune of Kreg McCune Pottery and Meg Walsh of C&M Ceramics.

New this year, the Wendell Gilley Museum of Southwest Harbor, Maine will have a booth presence as the Guild’s inaugural Community Partner, while Sassafrass Catering will offer refreshments for purchase at the cafe.

Attendees of the show will shop for unique, handcrafted objects inside the MDI High School gymnasium. Fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass and mixed media will be shown at the 43rd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – July 27, 28 & 29, 2018. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. MDI High School |1081 Eagle Lake Road | Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: mdi.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 401-935-6704. mainecraftsguild.com

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Maine Crafts Guild MDI Directions Fine Craft Show – 43rd Annual

MDI High School

1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, July 27: 5-8pm

Saturday, July 28:10am-5pm

Sunday, July 29: 10am-4pm

Admission $5 adults; under 18 free

Gallery at Somes Sound: FOR THE LOVE OF LAND & SEA

FOR THE LOVE OF LAND & SEA
July 14 – 27

Donald Demers, William B. Hoyt and Joseph McGurl

Master Artists Donald Demers, William Hoyt and Joseph McGurl share their love of land and sea through their paintings; captivating the light, movement, and energy of their subjects, guided by their hearts and minds. Please join us for the second show of our 2018 series, Et In Spiritum. Discover what motivates these talented artists creatively, emotionally, and spiritually.

Courthouse Gallery to host Book Launch for Willaim Irvine: At Home

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to host the Book Launch for William Irvine: At Home (Marshall Wilkes), a new book highlighting a collection of Irvine’s small white house narrative paintings. The Book Launch will take place on Wednesday, July 25, from 4pm–6:30pm. The event will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Irvine’s new work that runs through August 12. The event is free and open to the public.

 At 5pm, Mr. Irvine and several writers, who wrote poems for the book, will read from the book. Guest writers include Carl Little, Elizabeth Rees, and Dindy Royster. Renown classical guitarist Scott Borg will begin the program with a performance.

 Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. To reserve book, please call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com. For more information on the book William Irvine: At Home, please see visit marshallwilkes.com.

 William Irvine: At Home highlights a unique collection of William Irvine’s small white house paintings. These delightful narrative paintings capture the grace and delight of daily activities—women celebrating spring with forsythia, calling in their cats at dusk, gossiping, planting trees, and sunbathing sans clothing. Men sip their morning coffee, repair windows, gather fishing gear and wait for the fog to lift. Mermaids, sheep, and sleeping sailors populate rugged, elemental scenes. And always, soaring overhead in the seascapes for which Irvine is best known, are the gulls, whose cries and calculated stillness captivate the painter. 

 The book features poems or excerpts by Irvine and several writers, including William Carpenter, Deborah Joy Corey, Carl Little, Elizabeth Rees, Dindy Rosyter, and John Tagliabue.

 Irvine moved to Maine in 1968, and was immediately drawn to the fishing villages of Corea and Jonesport, whose tidy houses reminded him of the white farms dotting the green hills of Scotland, where he grew up. Irvine eventually settled in Blue Hill, Maine, where he maintained a studio for forty years. He now lives in Brookline, Maine, with his wife, Margery, and their Shetland sheepdog, Tam O’ Shanter.     William Irvine: At Home joins William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey in establishing Irvine as a Maine and American master.

 Scott Borg Classical Guitarist

Australian classical guitarist and Augustine Artist, Scott Borg performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is known for his colorful, refined, and daring performances. He has been awarded numerous international scholarships and prizes, including the Australian Music Examinations Board highest honor and the Fellowship in Music Australia (F.Mus.A). He has performed at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra Mérida (Mexico), ICPNA Guitar Festival (Peru), the Shell Darwin International Festival (Australia), New York’s Apollo Theatre and Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Ateneo de Madrid. In 2006, he was invited to perform for President Hu Jintao, Peoples Republic of China, at his internationally televised address to the United States of America. Mr. Borg received his Artist Diploma (Yale University), Masters of Music (The Juilliard School), and a Bachelor of Creative Arts with First Class Honours (University of Wollongong). His mentors include Sharon Isbin, Benjamin Verdery, Gregory Pikler, and Christopher Keane. 

 Borg is the director of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society Orchestra, and was previously director of the Boston Guitar Orchestra (2009–2016). He is currently on faculty at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland, and is Artistic Director of the Mid-Maryland Guitar Festival.

3rd Show of the Season at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry

July 19 – August 1

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, July 19, 5-7PM

Petra Class: The Aesthetics of Materials

This will be the second exhibit from Petra whose work we have presented for decades. She has a playful color palate, using gems connected like constellations in 18 kt gold. They are elegantly simple but dense with beauty.

 Don Best: Carved Figures and Fantasy

Our second exhibition, Don carves wood and assembles the parts into folk art sculptures that have allegorical and metaphorical attributes. Cats and animals are personified; ravens given attitude, and fishes sail across the night shy. The results are delightful, smile inducing, story telling, imaginative and soulful.

 Michele Mercaldo: A Modern Edge

Michele Mercaldo’s clean-lined designs appeal to those with an appreciation for a modern aesthetic. Meticulous craftsmanship is evident in each piece, handmade in gold, platinum, palladium or a combination. The resulting effortless look is at once contemporary yet classic.

 Deborah Howard:
Atmospheric Blending of Sea and Air

Landscape and seascape paintings composed of muted tones. Deborah reduces scenes to their barest elements to get to the core of what we are seeing. She creates somber mood of tranquility and peace generated through sketch book research and memory.

128 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, Maine 

207 276 5000  info@shawjewelry.com  SHAWJEWELRY.COM

Special Gallery Tour at the Farnsworth: Maine: The Farnsworth Collection

On Wednesday, July 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special gallery tour of On a Mountain in Maine. The gallery tour, led by a member of the museum’s Curatorial team, will take place at 1:30 pm, beginning from the museum’s main lobby.

This exhibition, primarily drawn from the museum’s collection, features works by Fitz Henry Lane, John Joseph Enneking, Marsden Hartley, James Fitzgerald, Andrew Winter, and Carl Sprinchorn.  The tour will explore the physical, spiritual, and cultural landscape of Maine’s mountains as depicted in paintings, poetry, and literature through the lens of the historical record and Wabanaki myth and legend.

The tour is free with museum admission. For more information or to register please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Meet the Artists at the Point!

 Pemaquid Group of Artists will demonstrate their painting at Lighthouse Park on Thursday, July 19.  Come and meet our artists!

Pemaquid Group of Artists will demonstrate their painting at Lighthouse Park on Thursday, July 19. Come and meet our artists!

Meet the Artists at Work  painting en plein air
Thursday, July 19, 2018 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Lighthouse Park, Pemaquid Point

Coastal Landscapes by Walker & Kefauver Featured at Pemaquid Art Gallery

The intense color of “Pine Branch” by Bev Walker is typical of the artist’s oil paintings of coastal scenes.

The intense color of “Pine Branch” by Bev Walker is typical of the artist’s oil paintings of coastal scenes.

In its 90th year of continuous seasonal operation, the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol features the work of many local resident artists. Bev Walker, who lives in Chamberlin in the summer and Topsham in the winter, and Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, are two whose fine oil paintings attract visitors.

 Bev Walker holds degrees in art design and painting. Although she started her painting career in watercolor, her medium now is oil, and her subject is landscape. She also enjoys painting abstract works for the personal challenge and artistic growth it provides.

 Her early years in Rangeley were followed by adult life in Michigan where she participated in competitions and received many awards. Since 2016, back in Maine, she has shown her work at River Arts, Topsham Public Library and often at the Highlands in Topsham.

Inspired by the ocean, Walker is interested in intense color, stating “I believe art should heighten the experience of the actual.” Some of her finely executed coastal scenes can be seen at her website, bevwalkerart.com.

Inspired by water and subjects found near the water, Will Kefauver painted “Nocturne, New Harbor”

Inspired by water and subjects found near the water, Will Kefauver painted “Nocturne, New Harbor”

 Will Kefauver also studied art and was an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His art career included years as an illustrator, graphic designer, art director and executive in the publishing industry. He has an extensive bio with many shows, galleries and awards to his credit. Today, he shows his work and teaches private lessons at his studio in Damariscotta. He is President of the Pemaquid Group of Artists.

 Kefauver, like Walker, is particularly inspired by water and subjects found near water – “boats, buoys and dinghies” was his aptly named solo show in Damariscotta in 2015. He is equally skilled at portraits of animals and people, but his primary interest remains the coastal Maine landscape, which he paints both on location and in the studio. He welcomes visitors to his studio gallery at 144 Bristol Rd. Damariscotta. See his website, kefauverstudio.com for more information.

 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, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County 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.

VISUAL BREATHING at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

Anna Dibble, Brief Shining Moment, Acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches

Anna Dibble, Brief Shining Moment, Acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents

VISUAL BREATHING: A Group Exhibition, Opening Reception, SUNDAY, JULY 29, 4 – 7 PM.

featuring the artwork of Anna Dibble, Diane Green, M P Landis, Ben Potter, and Lari Washburn. With new work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson and Cynthia Winings. The artists featured in this show make art-making look as effortless as breathing, and it is an essential part of their lives, the way they see and process the world around them.

The exhibition will run from July 22 through August 18 

Direct Contact is the third exhibition of Season VI at the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, SUNDAY, July 29, 4 – 7 PM.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, Maine.

Get “Inspired” at Stable Gallery

"Manhattan with the Swings" by Caroline Davis.

“Manhattan with the Swings” by Caroline Davis.

Some artists find inspiration reacting to current news.  More, along with art enthusiasts, find inspiration in other places as refuge from the impact of political events. Where is your muse or amusement?

 Starting Friday July 13, Stable Gallery’s show titled, “Inspirations”, displays a diverse set of inspired artworks.  The public opening is planned for Friday, July 13th from 5-7PM. 

 From jewelry by Damariscotta artist Mary Hall to bronze flying sculpture by Laura Freeman of Rockport, this month’s artwork at Stable Gallery shines with inspiration from many sources.

 Bruce Habowski uses daily scenes for his paintings’ roots. Small canvases of buildings, boats and railroad cars result and draw visitors in with auras of calm. 

 While no people appear in Habowski’s work, humans are the focus of Laura Freeman’s work.  Freeman creates bronze figures hanging from disks as dancers or gymnasts.  The results are tantalizingly beautiful.

 Shells and rhythms of the sea form the basis of Fiona Washburn’s designs for her painted silk scarves.

 Caroline Davis’  recent work is inspired by love and loss. “In 2017 I lost several loved ones. I then painted a portrait of my Mother followed by paintings of family and friends. Turns out, I really enjoy it, and it has been very cathartic,” says Davis who is more often known for her soulful animals.

 Hati Modr annually visits Monhegan Island to draw boats, buildings and their shadows.  Modr then returns to her studio in Harpswell and finds inspiration “playing with colors”, as she says.

 Polly Smith, of Freeport, uses flowers she grows or local scenes that catch her eye as the basis of her spirited watercolors.  “I paint all seasons and varied subjects so long as the composition and colors are strong.”

 Every year brings a new twist to Pamela Hanson’s colorful paintings.  This month, Hanson features landscapes departing from her recent bottles, ribbons and candy paintings.

 Louis Charlett delights in highlighting the grains of exotic woods in his trays, clocks, and tables.

 Mary Hall has a story behind each of her jewelry pieces based on how she found the stones or what the shapes have meant over time. Mary’s earrings, pins and necklaces are beauty to be worn.

 Finally, Jackie Melissas finds inspiration from the sensuous nature of clay and fire.  The cups and vases that result reflect archeological roots with contemporary flavor.

 The “Inspirations” show is installed at Stable Gallery thru August 8.  Stable Gallery is open daily 10-5 and located at 28 Water Street, Damariscotta.  For more information call 563-1991, or visit the gallery’s website, www.stablegallerymaine.com.

Ogunquit Museum to Debut Three New Exhibitions

Painter Lois Dodd, Multimedia Pioneer Bill Viola, Photographer Jacob Hessler with Poet Richard Blanco

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) will debut three new exhibitions in mid-July that celebrate creativity across media.

Bill Viola (b. 1951), The Fall Into Paradise, 2005, single-channel video installation, high definition, color, sound; 09:58 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, copyright 2005, Bill Viola, museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.56.

Bill Viola (b. 1951), The Fall Into Paradise, 2005, single-channel video installation, high definition, color, sound; 09:58 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, copyright 2005, Bill Viola, museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.56.

Opening Thursday, July 12 in the Little Gallery, Bill Viola: The Fall Into Paradise is a digital cinema installation that renders the human experience in a dramatic wash of water, light, and sound.  Viola’s work offers a meditation on the instance of transcendental and spiritual breakthrough, tracing the artist’s continuing search for consciousness and empirical knowledge through art. Viola is a leading American artist and pioneering figure in video and the moving image. This installation marks the artist’s first exhibition in Maine and its presentation – immediately next to the sea – promises a compelling and profound experience. The show, organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art with the important assistance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is generously supported by the Cliff House.

Lois Dodd (b. 1927), Moose, 1958, oil on linen, 32 x 42 inches, @Loise Dodd, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York

Lois Dodd (b. 1927), Moose, 1958, oil on linen, 32 x 42 inches, @Loise Dodd, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York

Lois Dodd: Drawings and Paintings opens in the Sculpture Gallery on Saturday, July 14. Dodd belongs to an influential circle of painters that began congregating in Maine in the 1950s, including Fairfield Porter, Rackstraw Downes, Alex Katz, Yvonne Jacquette, and Neil Welliver. Dodd’s determined explorations of the American scene include observational renderings, landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, each in a voice of her own making. This exhibition assembles drawings and paintings spanning seven decades in celebration of the remarkable contributions of this beloved American artist.  The show, made possible by Charles T. Clark, is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and includes an illustrated publication and public interview with the artist on Tuesday, July 31.

Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985), Poetry Assignment #14, 2016, dye-sublimation printed on aluminum, 40 x 60 in.

Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985), Poetry Assignment #14, 2016, dye-sublimation printed on aluminum, 40 x 60 in.

Furthering the museum’s representation of the visual arts and literature, Boundaries, opening Saturday, July 14 in the Long Gallery, is a collaborative visual literacy project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and the invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity in the American experience. The installation, supported in part by the Meadowmere Resort, is arranged by OMAA in collaboration with the artists and travels to Ogunquit following openings in Boca Raton, Florida and Rockland, Maine.  Both artists will participate in a Totally Tuesday Talk on August 14. Richard Blanco will also read poetry at OMAA on Sunday, July 22 to open the museum’s inaugural Artists and Writers By the Sea series.

OMAA’s 65th Anniversary Exhibition Season is made possible by the generous support of an anonymous donor with additional support by 2018 Director’s Circle sponsor Harvest & Plate Catering; exhibition underwriters Kennebunk Savings Bank, Gail and Ernst von Metzsch, Timothy B. Ellis, Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, Kevin and Irene Rowe, Charles Clark, the Meadowmere Resort, the Cliff House, Huston and Company, and Araby Rug Galleries; foundation sponsors the Fisher Charitable Foundation, the Libra Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, and the Will Barnet Foundation; and sponsors the Beachmere Inn, Admiral’s Inn, Colonial Inn, Barnacle Billy’s Inc, and Anthony Moore Painting Conservation, LLC.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely tied to one of the earliest art colonies of the American modernist art movement, OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. The museum honors Strater’s vision to preserve and showcase American art by mounting innovative modern and contemporary exhibition programs each year from May through October. OMAA and its three-acre seaside sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more at www.ogunquitmuseum.org

The Harlow presents Three Faces/Three Forces: Rachael Eastman, Martha Miller, John David O’Shauhgnessy

The Harlow presents “Three Faces, Three Forces”, a three-person pop-up exhibition featuring Rachael Eastman, Martha Miller, and John David O’Shauhgnessy. Three Faces, Three Forces is on view July 20-28, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, July 20, 5-7pm. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Tuesday 6:30-8:30, Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Eastman, Miller, and O’Shaughnessy gather in Three Faces, Three Forces to redefine “Pop Up” with a painted “Portraiture Peer In”, exhibiting their combined face works highlighted by emotive new drawings, painting, and mixed media pieces. Three Faces, Three Forces is an innovative, week-long exhibit running July 20-28, 2018 with a live drawing event happening during the opening reception Friday, July 20, 5-7pm. The live drawing will culminate in the trio of artists each creating large, two-dimensional face artworks live in the gallery and then shared in final form that evening as the show opens. Eastman will initiate opening night in revealing the finished trio of works while giving a brief talk on process.

On Old Hallowell Day, Saturday July 21st, from 2-4, the Harlow will host a “Portraiture Draw In.” Come and enjoy a free open drawing session open to all. Artist-model Rachael Eastman will pose in costume as muse for fellow exhibiting artists Martha Miller, John David O’Shaughnessy, and any others who would like to join them in creating portraits.

“Ocean Meditation, Sunset“ by Rachael Eastman

“Ocean Meditation, Sunset“ by Rachael Eastman

Rachael Eastman: Best known for years of consecutive sunrise witness, and a delve into the sublime within her atmospheric oil paintings and drawings,  Rachael Eastman’s ethereal  seascapes, and daily photographs of the ocean, create a new luminist trail along the shores of New England. Eastman, whose Hudson River School leanings have culled nature as an emotive force, now attempts to paint and draw a new season of ocean light into the human face, hoping to gather the sunlight, scale, and sensation witnessed among waves and emotionally *felt* on site.

“Mary in Green Sweater“ by Martha Miller

“Mary in Green Sweater“ by Martha Miller

Martha Miller is well known for her psychologically engaging drawings and paintings created from life, self, traditional portraiture, and a boundless interweaving of the human tapestries in her life.  A psychological likeness is hewn from her deep seeing, and her teaching style merges with her studio practice to combine to cleave the psychological heart out for the viewer’s contemplative eye. Martha’s traditional approach to portraiture opens to incorporate surrealistic elements drawn from her own life,creating a rich engagement with the human condition. Recent renderings of herself, her daughter’s journey in illness, as well as those of the sitters that she tenderly explores, call emotionally complex faces from within her next moves.

“Untitled“ by John David O’Shauhgnessy

“Untitled“ by John David O’Shauhgnessy

John David O’Shauhgnessy is best known for his adept and powerful capture of the movement and shifting color and light of the ocean. His gestural and expressive paintings explore seascape observed directly from life “Plein Air”. His intense works glean a visceral and material sense of the forces of nature for the viewer. Yet, throughout ocean many infused years, he was also exploring the human face and it’s subtle moods with his color sensibilities and gestures. Facial expressions found their way into his paintings and his ceramics, and now the elemental human visage has begun to take on a new presence in his work. O’Shauhgnessy is poised to match his discipline in teaching students new modes of self portraiture, with a fresh emotive face revealing exploration of his own.

In recent years, Rachael Eastman has exhibited at Sarah Orne Jewett Museum, The Saco Museum, The L.C. Bates Museum,  The Revolving Museum in Fitchburg Massachusetts, and Maine College of Art.  Eastman is currently represented by William Scott Gallery in Provincetown Mass, while sharing work at Littlefield Gallery, Barn Gallery, and Ocean House Gallery, in Maine, where she just culminated a solo exhibition and radio interview. John David O’Shauhgnessy has exhibited at The Currier Museum of Art, The Sarah Orne Jewett Museum, while exhibiting work at Littlefield Gallery, Barn Gallery, Ocean House Gallery, Thos Moser Gallery in Maine, and Art 3 in Manchester New Hampshire. O’Shauhgnessy has also twice been culled to participate in the juried Paint for Preservation in the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Plein Air Exhibition and he is poised for a fall exhibition at AMP Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts. Martha Miller has shared work at The University of New England, The Blaine House, The Tide Institute, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. With solo and group exhibitions at Mayo Street Arts, Maine College of Art,  and Mast Cove Galleries, Miller is poised for a coming solo exhibition at The University of Maine in Augusta. Eastman and Miller, who had previously shown together at Aucocisco Galleries, and were both awarded in Harlow’s State Competitions look forward to joining forces at the new Harlow with a burst of new energy infusion from their facile colleague John David O’Shaugnessy .

Painting The Fynbos | Lynne and John M.T. Seitzer

What is the Fynbos (fayne-boss)? It is the smallest floral kingdom in the world. The Southern tip of Africa is its home. From a distance this dry land appears quite unimpressive. The colors seem drab and lifeless. Upon closer inspection its true beauty is revealed. Over 9000 indigenous species hail from this area which is about the size of Portugal. Exploring vast areas of this diverse ecosystem required feet on the ground. Lynne and John M.T.Seitzer traversed many miles of this hilly to mountainous scrub land along side of Susan Schadler and often accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide, Frank Woodvine. They took reference photographs as they walked.

Susan had a dream to write a picture book to allow people (children ages 2 to 92) to explore this unique remote area vicariously. The book, Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me, is the result of a 3+ year collaboration combining her story with the Seitzer’s paintings. Creating paintings to suit the words and words to suit the paintings involved the sharing of ideas, finding compromise when necessary and remaining flexible.

With thousands of beautiful paintable subjects and far too many for an introduction to the fynbos the selection process began. They spent weeks making decisions and editing them to hundreds and ultimately  to just under forty. At this point a final list of illustrations was compiled. Susan then verified the names of the species, often consulting with the guide they had worked with in South Africa.

    The process of deciding who would paint which image began. Their collaborative efforts went well. Lynne and John each painted half of the chosen images. The challenging work of interpreting photo references together with visual memories began. Often several plant species were incorporated into each 18 x 24 oil painting allowing more of the Fynbos to be experienced. Twelve months later the paintings were complete and ready to be digitally recorded. These files were then sent to the publisher along with Susan’s final draft. Months later the book was in our hands.

It is a beautiful book. Come see the original paintings which are on display in the upper gallery at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, (4 Oak St. Boothbay Harbor) for the month of July.

 Books are available from Joy To The Wind Gallery at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, 207-633-7025 and at  susanschadler.com.

An Artist and Author Reception will be held at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library on Friday, July 20th from 530-7 pm. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served and the art and books will be available for purchase and signing. The Art is available for viewing during library hours: 10am -4:30pm Tues,, Thurs, Friday and Saturday and Wednesdays from 10-7pm.    207-633-3112

Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer,  Illustrators of the Childrens/ Art Book “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me” by Susan Schadler(photo taken in South Africa during the research trip for the book.)

Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer, Illustrators of the Childrens/ Art Book “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me” by Susan Schadler(photo taken in South Africa during the research trip for the book.)

 

New Guest Artist Exhibit at Centre St Arts Gallery LLC

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist Steven Stroud, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, July 20, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.  Admission is free.

A professional artist for over forty years, Mr. Stroud will exhibit paintings of Popham Beach.  This is the first showing of Mr. Stroud’s work in Maine, even though he has summered here for the past fifteen years.

He says “I fell in love with the area on the first visit and, in particular, Popham Beach.  I would go there at all times of day and at all tide levels, recording in both photography and sketches the ever-changing landscape. I was particularly taken with the distant island at high tide that transforms, with a sort of biblical parting of the sea, to a rocky outcrop to be explored. I have done dozens of paintings of Popham. When the possibility of being a guest artist at the Centre St Arts Gallery was presented, I knew the ever changing beach would be my principal subject matter.  It can have blistering sun or cool dense fog. Popham at sunrise is as quiet, tranquil and beautiful an area as you will ever find.  At two o’clock on a summer day it is teeming with activity and at sunset it is back to its early morning tranquility.  The show will also include one or two paintings inspired by observations from the boats.

Steven Stroud grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He holds degrees in painting from Drake University and the Art Center College of Design.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a graphic artist and photographer.  

Exhibit ends September 8.  For more information please call 207-442-0300

William Irvine and Colin Page at Courthouse Gallery

William Irvine, The Blue Sea, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

William Irvine, The Blue Sea, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo shows: William Irvine: Voices of the Sea and Colin Page: Colorful Language. The shows will open on Wednesday, July 18 and run through August 12. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public, as well as these two special events:

Courthouse Gallery will host the launch of William Irvine: At Home (Marshall Wilkes) on Wednesday, July 24 from 4–6:30pm. At Home is a new book that highlights Irvine’s white house paintings. Several writers contributed poems and writings inspired by the paintings, including William Carpenter, Deborah Joy Corey, Carl Little, Elizabeth Rees, and Dindy Royster.

Courthouse Gallery will host a Gallery Talk with Colin Page on Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30pm.

William Irvine: Voices of the Sea

William Irvine (b.1931) is a Scottish/American painter, best known for his seascapes, enchanting narratives, and still lifes. Irvine was born in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast. Here he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine came of age in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde art scene. In 1968, Irvine moved to downeast Maine, and was immediately drawn to the fishing villages of Corea and Jonesport, whose tidy houses reminded him of the white farms dotting the green hills of Scotland. Here, harbors, islands and boats, the sea and the sky, inspired bold work based on a life lived by the sea. Two driving forces fuel his pictorial concepts: abstraction and representation. Irvine brings these antithetical elements into balance with his poetic sensibility and the richness of his textural compositions. Irvine’s newest book William Irvine: At Home (2018) highlights a collection of Irvine’s white house paintings. William Irvine: At Home (2018) joins William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey (2014) by Carl Little in establishing Irvine as a Maine and American master. Irvine lives in Brookline, Maine, with his wife, Margery, and their Shetland sheepdog, Tam O’ Shanter. To reserve a copy of William Irvine: At Home, please call Courthouse Gallery at 207-667-6611.

Colin Page, Room with a View, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page, Room with a View, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page: Colorful Language Colin Page (b.1977) is a en plein air painter whose work is distinguished by his gestural brush strokes and command of light. Page travels the state of Maine in search of landscapes and ordinary subjects that he transforms into the spectacular. Page was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2000. After graduation, he moved to Maine to focus on paintings the landscape. Although Page prefers working en plein air, large canvases are created at his studio in Camden, Maine. Page has participated in numerous group shows and en plein air festivals around the country. He was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Door County Plein Air Festival, in Door County, WI. He won first place in the February–March Plein air Salon Contest hosted by the magazine Outdoor Painter in 2014, and in 2015, his work was selected as the Artist’s Choice at the Maynard Dixon Campout, Mt. Carmel, Utah. Page lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife and their two daughters.

Spell of Inspiration

Marianne Alweis

Marianne Alweis

From July 17 through July 29, the Deer Isle Artists Association will present “Spell of Inspiration” at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery in Deer Isle Village. And how is “Inspiration” spelled for each artist? Very differently, even when worked in similar mediums, whether those be pottery, painting, fiber, photography, etc.

The show features artists from around the peninsula, including Marianne Alweis, Betsy Branunhut, Nat Dickinson, Jeri Gillin, David Higgins, Avery Falkner, Judith Felch, Rachel Gordon Bernstein, David McBeth, Gudrun K. Tarr, Scott Thurston, Alice Wilkinson, and Anne C. Williams. The Art Rack will feature work by Suzanne Carmichael, Judith Felch, Cynthia Stroud-Watson,Paul Trowbridge, Oscar Turner, and Tracy Van Buskirk.

The public is warmly invited to a reception with the artists on Sunday, July 22, from 3:00 – 5:00 at the DIAA Gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. The gallery is open daily, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10:00 – 5:00. 207-348- 2330.

Black and White Ball at Annex Arts

ANNEX Arts’ extravaganza & annual fundraiser celebrating the arts with local food, live music, live drawing, dancing, auctions, and fun clad in black and white on a warm summer evening. Come out, enjoy the party, and support your local artists and our arts organization.
Location : Outside the Annex @ 8 Water Street, Castine, Maine
Cocktail Attire or less but please dress in black and white!

Tickets $25 – Reserve your ticket here or buy them at Gallery B at 5 Main Street, Castine.
You may also purchase tickets via phone or email
theannexcenter@gmail.com
213-839-0851

Find out more at www.annexarts.org

Dowling Walsh Gallery August Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of August:

Cig Harvey, Tollef Runquist, and David Graeme Baker.

Opening Friday, August 3rd from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

Cig Harvey, Bougainvillea, Photograph on aluminum, 40" x 30"

Cig Harvey, Bougainvillea, Photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 30″

Cig Harvey: A Measure of Air

Cig Harvey’s show, A Measure of Air, is a response to an investigation into the world of the senses. While continually exploring the intersection of the mundane and the marvelous, this work focuses on images that operate primarily on the sensory plane and evoke unconscious emotions that precede any intellectual understanding of the work. In becoming more aware of moments in making the work when immediate, physical and unconscious feeling were brought to the surface, it is these subliminal emotions that are highlighted. These photographs appeal to the senses first, narrowing the distance between the image and the viewer.

 

Tollef Runquist, Abundance, Oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

Tollef Runquist, Abundance, Oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Tollef Runquist

Beginning with familiar imagery inherent in the coastal landscape, Tollef shifts and changes these as the creative process unfolds. He leans into the passages within his work that are discordant in one way or another; flawed perspective, conflicting light sources, spatial shifts, underpainting, and revision. He chooses to give these moments life, creating an overlapping narrative of different imaginings.

 David Grame Baker, Imperfect Orbit/No Bingo, Oil on linen mounted on panel, 30" x 49"

David Grame Baker, Imperfect Orbit/No Bingo, Oil on linen mounted on panel, 30″ x 49″

David Graeme Baker

David Graeme Baker lives and works in Hancock, Maine. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. David’s contemporary domestic genre scenes are imbued with mystery and tension creating enigmatic narratives that explore our relationships with ourselves and one another. The slower pace and domestic surroundings created by his young family have influenced his work.

Chris Augusta at Tidemark Gallery

Polyphemus Moth, pastel on paper, Chris Augusta

Polyphemus Moth, pastel on paper, Chris Augusta

Chris Augusta is a naturalist and a philosopher. He learned his skills as an artist by studying with his father, George Augusta, a notable portrait and landscape artist. His pastels and oils are his way of expressing what he sees and understands of the world we all share.

This collection, “Fall of Insects,” pays respect to these co-inhabitants in our world; not only the conventionally beautiful butterflies, but also the structurally and visually interesting beetles and bugs who may not always be quite so well appreciated.

The show is a feature of ArtWalk Waldoboro on July 14 and will remain on exhibit through July.

For more information, call Tidemark Gallery 832-5109 or visit us on Facebook.

New Show at the Turtle Gallery

The Turtle Gallery opened a new show with watercolors and oil paintings by Larry Moffet and Michael Weymouth, wood turnings by Chris Joyce, and furniture by Eben Blaney.
The continuation of an ongoing group showing of gallery artists includes Mary Barnes, Nina Jerome, Janis Goodman, Liz Awalt, Leni Mancuso, Tom Barrett, Jaap Helder, Peter Kemble, Willy Reddick, Lisa Houk, Treacy Ziegler, Rebecca Goodale, Jeff Loxterkamp, Holly Berry, Lynn Duryea and others. Also on view is a collection of jewelry and contemporary craft and print collections. In the sculpture garden is work by David Sywalski, Hugh Lassen, Susan Chase, Nancy Nevergole, Cynthia Stroud, James Wolfe, Patrick Pierce, Steve Porter, Andreas Von Huene, and David Curry. Continuing on is the ceramic installation “Cityscape” by Sequoia Miller and an exhibit of metal sculpture by Jack Hemenway.

Opening Reception is on Sunday, July 15 from 2 to 6 PM – Show runs through Friday, August 10th. The gallery is located on route 15 just north of the village of Deer Isle. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 -5:30 and Sundays 2-6. Please call 348 9977

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Summer Stable Show

Wright Farm Spring Planting, Kathleen Perelka, pastel, 12 x 12 in.

Wright Farm Spring Planting, Kathleen Perelka, pastel, 12 x 12 in.

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s annual Summer Stable Show is a favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike. This is the gallery’s largest, most vibrant group show that showcases twenty-two Maine artists this year, whose work connects to agriculture, nature or environment. This year includes first time exhibitors Sara Gagan and Susan Sidwell.

The first floor features a large, dynamic, abstract mixed-media piece from a series on rhythms in nature, by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas; beautiful bright photographs of local landscapes printed on aluminum by Sarah Szwajkos; and a colorful collection of small paintings entitled “Artifacts” by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Contemplative figurative works by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander create a synergy with the beautiful large goddess image, “Oracle,” an intricate scherenschnitt paper cut created by MJ Viano Crowe. The evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist, contribute strong color, content, and design in her series of “Bulb Narrative” and “Fish Walker.” Sara Gagan’s images of animals are a delightful and inventive use of oils and collage elements. John Arden Knight’s large acrylic paintings of water lilies and milkweed are bold and vibrant, while Leslie Harris and Leslie Anderson present wonderful atmospheric paintings of landscapes and figures. Jude Valentine’s series of small brilliant pastels depict the many views and moods from Great Cranberry Island to Acadia. Paintings by Leslie Bowman, Julie Cyr, and Sharon Yates round out this collection with varied natural subject matter, such as a charming chick, engaging peas in a pod, and rich tulip still lifes.

Fish Walker 37, Sheep Jones, oil on wood, 12 x 12 in.

Fish Walker 37, Sheep Jones, oil on wood, 12 x 12 in.

The second floor displays the photographs of Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin, and Jim Nyce, all with very different subject matter, mood, and use of color. Lou Schellenberg impresses with oil paintings of strong, imposing landscapes and sky with vigorous compositions. DiTa Ondek’s paintings of laundry fluttering on a clothesline in the wind create a colorful sense of energetic movement, while Kathleen Perelka’s lovely use of light and color accentuate a cultivated farm landscape. Robin Rier’s oil paintings incorporate vivid colors in tranquil scenes of flowers, peeling paint and old fence posts. The bug and rosehip mandala paper cut prints of Susan Sidwell draw you in for a closer look with their intricate design work.

The Summer Stable Show 2018 runs from June 4th through August 31st, with artist talks Friday July 27th at 5pm, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.

Sculpture Race Blitz Build with Kim Bernard at the Farnsworth

On Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a two-day workshop entitled Sculpture Race Blitz Build. The workshop, led by Rockland Sculpture Race organizer and artist Kim Bernard will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets from 9 a.m. to 4 pm both days.

Sculpture races are short races of pushed, pulled and pedaled artwork. In this two-day workshop, participants (ages 12 through adult) will create sculptural contraptions, incorporating wheels, made of recycled materials to be raced in the Rockland Sculpture Race on August 11. Individuals, families, and community groups will be guided through brainstorm, design and construction sessions that will result in a race ready sculptural contraption. The workshop will be led by Rockland Sculpture Race organizer and artist Kim Bernard. For more information about the event, see rocklandsculpturerace.org

The fee for this workshop is $220, and $192 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents Winslow Homer and the Camera:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Exhibition to Examine Painter Winslow Homer’s Use of Photography
At the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Opening Summer 2018

New discoveries will be unveiled in this expansive exhibition, featuring more than 130 Homer paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and archival materials, including his camera, from the BCMA’s extensive collection of the artist’s work 

This summer the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) will present Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, the first exhibition to look at the role of photography in Homer’s artistic practice. On view June 23 through October 28, 2018, Winslow Homer and the Camera brings together over 130 objects by the artist across all mediums, ranging from master paintings to oil studies, drawings, prints, and photographs created in the United States and during his travels to Europe and the Caribbean. This comprehensive survey was inspired by the BCMA’s 2013 acquisition of a camera once owned by Homer and presents new research drawn in part from the museum’s extensive collection of works by the artist.

 

Curated by co-director Frank H. Goodyear III and Bowdoin art history professor Dana E. Byrd, the exhibition will present a full picture of the artist’s working methods and will include noteworthy archival objects, such as three wooden mannequins, his palette and watercolor brushes, his walking stick and fishing net, and two of the three cameras he owned in his lifetime. Homer acquired his first cameras during a two-year sojourn abroad in England, a trip he took in his mid-forties seeking a new direction in his art. Upon his return in 1882, scholars noted a demonstrable change in his style of painting and choice of subjects. Taking this shift and the artist’s penchant for experimentation across mediums as a point of departure, Winslow Homer and the Camera questions how new visual technology impacted the artist’s production and engagement with subjects and unveils how photography became increasingly a part of Homer’s visual investigation and broader creative practice.

“We are thrilled to present Winslow Homer and the Camera this June,” said Frank Goodyear, co-director and organizer of the exhibition, “Since the generous gift of Homer’s camera, my colleague Dana Byrd and I have been engaged in understanding how Homer’s interest in photography influenced his own artistic identity. This exhibition allows us to consider how Homer’s experimentation with photography solidifies the artist as a proto-modern figure, anticipating many of the trends and concerns of American and European artists who followed.”

“The opportunity to examine Homer, a well-loved and well researched figure of American art, anew, has been so rewarding,” says Dana E. Byrd, “Utilizing the museum’s extensive collection of the artist’s work, Frank and I have uncovered a new facet of Homer, and we hope this pioneering framework will lead to continued revelations of how the iconic painter engaged with the modern world.”

 

While Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting draws principally from the BCMA’s Winslow Homer Collection, the exhibition will also feature works on loan from twenty-five institutions and collectors from across the United States. Following its presentation at the BCMA, the exhibition will travel to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Museum Director Thomas Padon noted, “Homer defined the look of America in the second half of the 19th century and is central to key artists in our collection, which gives the exhibition particular resonance here at Brandywine.”

 

An illustrated catalogue of the same title authored by Byrd and Goodyear and published by Yale University Press will accompany the exhibition. The catalogue will serve as a significant contribution to the study of Winslow Homer and the cross-disciplinary study of painters and photography in American art.

 

The Museum is also pleased to announce a series of exhibition related public programs throughout the summer and fall, featuring an array of perspectives on Homer, from art historians to fly fishermen. Highlights include:

 

  • keynote programled by exhibition co-curators Frank H. Goodyear III and Dana E. Byrd, providing an orientation to the exhibition’s themes in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening;
  • Gallery talksby art historians Susan Danly and Linda Docherty
  • Music performances by faculty from the Bowdoin International Music Festival inspired by the exhibition

 

The exhibition was made possible in part by Bank of America.  This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

The Sohns Gallery presents, “Mixed Media Paintings by Ed Carrion”

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Mix Media Paintings by Ed Carrion. 

Influenced by Gustav Klimt, Ed’s works depict strong women in detailed brightly designed attire set in a mystical settings. His works draw on color, pattern and Nature for inspiration.  Ed Carrion’s works are a true delight to the eye and a must see in person. 

The show runs through August, 31st and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on July 6 from 5:30 to 7:30, Artist Talk at 7. 

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

Celebrate CMCA’s Summer Exhibitions

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to celebrate its summer exhibitions during First Friday Art Walk on July 6, with a reception for the artists from 5-8pm. On view throughout the galleries are new exhibitions showcasing the work of artists John BisbeeTom Burckhardt, Jocelyn Lee, and Patricia Brace. A special performance by Brace and her performance group, B.R.A.C.E., will take place at 6pm in the CMCA courtyard. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 

The new exhibitions on view at CMCA for summer 2018 are:

Tom Burckhardt, Studio Flood, 2016-18, cardboard and paint, installation

Tom Burckhardt, Studio Flood, 2016-18, cardboard and paint, installation

Tom Burckhardt: Studio FloodJune 9 – October 7, 2018

Studio Flood features a life-size, walk-in installation executed entirely in corrugated cardboard and black paint, and centered on the image of an artist’s studio that has experienced a catastrophic flood. Crafted with great care and detail, Studio Flood uses surprise and tongue-in-cheek humor to comment on climate change and rising sea waters. 

Jocelyn Lee, Jenna and fallen apples, 2016, archival digital print

Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of ThingsJune 16 – October 14, 2018

Representing nearly ten years of work by photographer Jocelyn Lee, The Appearance of Things encompasses still life, portrait, and landscape photographs, as well as many images that fuse these genres. The installation of the works at triptychs and diptychs juxtapose various bodies in divergent earthly environments, celebrating the full arc of life from birth through blossoming and decay. 

Tom Burckhardt, Studio Flood, 2016-18, cardboard and paint, installation

John Bisbee, American Steel, 2018, welded nails, installation

John Bisbee: American SteelJune 30 – October 14, 2018

The first solo exhibition in Maine of sculptor John Bisbee’s work in nearly a decade, American Steel is a masterful installation that draws on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. In the exhibition, Bisbee employs poetic language, narrative imagery, and potent emblems to comment on America today. Created entirely from forged and welded nails, the work is, in Bisbee’s words, “an abstraction of who we are, right now.” 

Patricia Brace performing with B.R.A.C.E., 2018

Patricia Brace performing with B.R.A.C.E., 2018

B. R. A. C. E. / MASS MoCA, June 4 – October 7, 2018

B.R.A.C.E. / MASS MoCA documents an obstacle course/performance/installation created by artist Patricia Brace while in a residency at MASS MoCA in 2018. The videos are presented as part of CMCA’s ongoing series, SCREEN, featuring new video work by contemporary Maine artists.

Tom Jessen: If/Then exhibition at Black Hole

Tom Jessen: If/Then
exhibition at Black Hole, 17 June – 31 July

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

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

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

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

Landing Gallery opens, “Maine Landscapes”

"Beyond", Lisa Kyle, Oil/Panel, 6" x 6"

“Beyond”, Lisa Kyle, Oil/Panel, 6″ x 6″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the
opening of “MAINE LANDSCAPES”, an exhibition of new paintings by
Christopher French, Lisa Kyle and Bruce Busko opening on Friday, July
6 – July 29. Please join us Friday, July 6 from 5-8 pm for an
artists’ opening reception with the artists.

Christopher French began drawing at the age of three. He was raised
by a medical family, and although he majored in Fine Arts at UCLA, he
entered medical school and graduated in 1991 from Columbia College of
Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. French has a realist approach which
focuses on the beauty of the ordinary and his paintings explore the
relationship between abstraction and photorealism. His major
influences include the art of Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud and Ivan
Albright. He was nominated for the “Emerging Artist” award by the
Copley Society, and was promoted to “Copley Artist”, a title given to
those artists who have been accepted into five or more juried
exhibitions; and is a second-time “Patron’s Choice” artist at the
Copley Society in Boston. Chris and his family spend much of their
summer in Maine and this location is the major focus of his painting.

A lifelong artist, Lisa Kyle paints in the tradition of the
Impressionists, attempting to capture the effects of light in the
landscape. Lisa’s formal education and training is in architecture,
having earned a BA in Environmental Design and a MA in Architecture.
Her architectural training gives her work a strong underlying sense of
composition and mark-making. She has studied painting at Southern
Methodist University, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the
Maryland Institute College of Art and participated in numerous
workshops with many well known artists. Her love of the natural world
and painting has recently brought her to Maine to pursue her passion
to be an artist. “I want to capture a moment of beauty and my place
in that moment. When I’m successful, my work reflects an elusive
moment of peace and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.”

"Headlands At Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine", Bruce Busko, Oil/Linen, 30" X 50"

“Headlands At Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine”, Bruce
Busko, Oil/Linen, 30″ X 50″

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing
Gallery. His work has been exhibited in his galleries since 1980. He
received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania
State University and his paintings have been included in many Museum
exhibits including the Nassau County Fine Arts Museum, Guild Hall, The
Parrish Art Museum and the Heckscher Museum. “During frequent hikes,
throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information
for artwork. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first
step for creating art in the studio. Sketches, photos, memory and
onsite materials become the initial components of my painting process.
Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for the
subject. Selecting what speaks to me is the core and the beginning of
my creative experience.

Hours: Mon – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5 & closed on Tue. For more information
please call 207 239-1223 or e-mail landinggallery@gmail.com.

Galleries 338 Will Open, “Perspectives in American Art”

William Kienbusch (1914-1980), “Sounds of the Gong Buoy #4, 1962,” oil on canvas, 52” x 66”

William Kienbusch (1914-1980), “Sounds of the Gong Buoy #4, 1962,” oil on canvas, 52” x 66”

Galleries 338 will open their inaugural exhibition “Perspectives in American Art,” on Friday, July 6th during the Rockland First Friday Art Walk. Gallery owners Peter Clarke of Clarke Gallery, Newburyport and Keith Oehmig of the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset have joined their knowledge and experience in the art world to create a unique collaboration. The opening show will feature American artists from the nineteenth through twenty first centuries and will include works by Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), John Marin (1870-1953), Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), Bruce Crane (1857-1937), George Grosz (1893-1959), John Folinsbee (1892-1972) and many others.

 Of particular note is a large abstraction by William Kienbusch (1914-1980), “Sounds of the Gong Buoy #4.” Painted in 1962, this monochromatic oil resonates with energy and life, echoing the sounds and movement of the sea in vigorous, abstract brushstrokes. On the more tranquil side is Andrew Winter’s (1893-1958) luminous work “Late Afternoon, Whitehead.” Yellow ochres and warm browns contrast with the blue sea and towering bluish-purple headland on Monhegan Island. Winter relished painting in the crisp, Maine air and traces of snow accent the foreground grasses and ledge in this richly detailed oil.

Andrew Winter (1893-1958), “Late Afternoon, Whitehead” oil on board, 24” x 36”

Andrew Winter (1893-1958), “Late Afternoon, Whitehead” oil on board, 24” x 36”

 Gallery owners Clarke and Oehmig are excited to embark on this new venture and look forward to being a part of the dynamic art scene in Rockland. Galleries 338 is located at 338 Main Street, across from the Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine. For more information, call (207) 751-1193. Galleries 338 will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

“Kevin Beers: Points of Light”

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24x24

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24×24

Gleason Fine Art‘s July show, “Kevin Beers: Points of Light,” begins June 28 and runs through July 31, with a reception for Kevin on First Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm. As always, the public is invited to stop by the gallery, have a glass of beer or wine, and chat with Kevin, one of the gallery’s most engaging artists.

When Kevin Beers was in art school, abstraction was all the rage, and although Beers was clearly in possession of great talent, his professors constantly tried to dissuade him from representational painting. Instead, listening to his own muse, Beers was drawn to the powerful realism of Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, and George Bellows, all of whom had fallen in love with the coast of Maine, especially Monhegan Island.

Years later, Beers visited Maine, seeking out the very places painted by Hopper, Bellows, and Kent– craggy islands, dramatic headlands guarded by lighthouses, sun-dazzled white buildings, and intense blue skies and seas. As with so many artists before him, Beers was struck by the quality of light in Maine, by the way it bounced off surfaces everywhere, creating sharp shadows and brilliant colors.

Every summer after, Beers packed up his car and headed to Monhegan Island for the summer months, becoming one of that island’s most recognizable artists. Reluctantly, he always returned to Brooklyn, New York, come fall. Three years ago, that all changed. Beers and his wife Amy decided to move to Maine, settling in a spacious 19th-century sea captain’s house in the midcoast village of Thomaston.

With the freedom to explore Maine’s coast, Beers soon discovered a veritable treasure trove of spectacular points and lighthouses–Pemaquid, Owls Head, Two Lights, and Boothbay Harbor’s Burnt Island. With “Points of Light,” his new show at Gleason Fine Art, Kevin Beers delights us with the joy he has found living in Maine, painting the rugged beauty of Maine’s coast and its simple, stark-white buildings.

“Kevin Beers: Points of Light,” runs through July 31, with a reception for Kevin on First Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm. Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Call the gallery at 207-633-6849 for more information.

 

Caldbeck Gallery To Open 3 new solo shows

On July 11, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open 3 new solo shows, featuring the work of Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol ME and Boston MA, Barbara Sullivan of Solon ME, and Jill Madden of Weybridge VT. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 11, from 6-8 pm. The exhibits run through August 11.

EVENING SUN,  2018,   acrylic and oil on dyed canvas,  20 x 18 inches     Kayla Mohammadi

EVENING SUN, 2018, acrylic and oil on dyed canvas, 20 x 18 inches Kayla Mohammadi

In her 4th solo Caldbeck show, “Kayla Mohammadi: New Paintings”, the artist will include both large canvases and smaller works on panel and on canvas. Her Finnish/Persian heritage is an important influence on her work, where fresh juxtapositions of form and color bring together unexpected places where we, the viewer, may encounter competing energies of memory and observation. “I have always loved color”, she explains, “It is what first attracted me to painting, and it is what keeps me painting. The paintings strive to be beautiful but also a bit raw and surprising. My current paintings start with a shape: a pier, a sunset or a bay – as a way to start a composition, but that is secondary to the formal makeup of the painting. Color, space and mark- making are the main components of my work.  Although I draw from the landscape and have painted directly from it in the past, I turn away from it in my studio.  Through drawing and collage I work towards a simple expression of what I am seeing and feeling. Abstracting space through color and mark keeps me engaged with painting.  In the end, if the imagery is recognizable that is fine; if it turns into something else that is also fine”. Mohammadi is first generation American, born in San Francisco, CA, to a Finnish mother and Iranian father. She says, “like most Americans whose parents immigrated to this country, I grew up with influences beyond the typical suburban landscape. My way of seeing the world was shaped by three different cultures: American, Finnish, and Persian”. Mohammadi received her BFA in 1998 from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her MFA in 2002 from Boston University. Currently she is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston. Awards include the 2013 Joan Mitchell Artist Residency Award, the 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for painters, The Dedalus Foundation Award for 2008, a Vermont Studio School Fellowship, the 2006 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, and Blanche E. Coleman Award for 2004, and The Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, followed by the 2014 Purchase Prize and Exhibition Invitation from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Collections include the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The Victory Fund, the University of Washington, the NYU Langone Medical Center, and Boston University.

SUMMER, 2018,   shaped frescoes, paint on Mylar,   84 x 72 inches   Barbara Sullivan

SUMMER, 2018, shaped frescoes, paint on Mylar, 84 x 72 inches Barbara Sullivan

In her 11th solo exhibit with the Caldbeck, Sullivan installs “Seasonal Suite” to cover all four walls of the upstairs gallery with large scale landscape drawings in paint on Mylar, with shaped fresco animals, as homage to nature, mounted on those drawings. The artist explains, “since childhood, I have pictured in my mind’s eye the different seasons being represented by very specific locations around the house where I grew up, a big rectangle (just like the gallery space I’m showing in) that housed my large family of origin. The month of January lives on the corner of the back porch where the drifts were high. Spring lives in the blooming crab apple tree, and in a huge lilac bush where my sister, Jane, and I clipped all the inside branches to make a playhouse, complete with kitchen. Summer lingers by the artesian well, and around the clothesline near the laundry room. Winter closes back in by the ski and toboggan hill where we spent hours packing the snow for the perfect glide. These childhood memories of Maine’s four seasons are the model for this installation. In addition to narrating my childhood memories, this installation also focuses on the changes and alarms in our environment, so suddenly prolific, with much in danger of extinction. But meanwhile, bees, wild turkeys, beavers, plants, and other animals all co-exist in this room with its four walls, each one representing a Maine season, winter being the longest wall of all”. With her MFA from Vermont College, Sullivan has won a Venice Printmaking Residency in Italy, the Robert M. MacNamarra Foundation Fellowship in Maine, a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and a Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant. She will return from a residency in Ireland just in time to install her show. The artist works in the ancient medium of “fresco”, where, simply, dry paint pigments are ground in water and applied to wet plaster, resulting in a permanent surface. She teaches fresco workshops throughout the country.

 PREGNANT MARES, ICELAND, #2   2017  oil on paper on birch board,  10 1/2 x 10 inches    Jill Madden


PREGNANT MARES, ICELAND, #2 2017 oil on paper on birch board, 10 1/2 x 10 inches Jill Madden

In June of 2017, the Baer Art Center, invited Madden to paint on their horse farm on the NW coast of Iceland, where she worked out in the landscape daily. The resulting small canvases, measuring 12 x 12 inches, capture the sublime atmosphere of the landscape and its residents: the Icelandic Horse herd’s pregnant mares, who hang out in the early morning hours. Their shapes are simple and the artist tells us what these small horses really look like, not what one might think they look like. And in the several canvases depicting deer herds in Wyoming, where Madden spent the month of April this year at the Jentel Arts Foundation Residency, she accomplishes the same thing: complete recognition of what we are looking at, with almost no use of detail. Noted color shapes explain light and shadow, and the brain understands what’s going on. The title, “Out in the Field” aptly describes Madden’s exhibit. The artist grew up in coastal Rhode Island. At Middlebury College she studied Mandarin Chinese and art, after which, she spent two years in Hualien, Taiwan, studying Chinese painting, followed by several years teaching Mandarin and art in Sitka, Alaska. She attended the New York Studio School, and received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from Boston University, where she held a Constantin Alajalov scholarship, studying with John Walker and John Moore. While a resident artist at the Vermont Studio School, Jill studied under Lois Dodd, who remains a good friend and influence. A recipient of a Winsor and Newton emerging Artists’ award, Jill receicved a Basin Harbor Fellowship, a Custom House Fellowship in Westport, Ireland and a Jentel Foundation for the Arts residency in Banner, Wyoming. Her work has been exhibited in New England, New York, Philadelphia, Ireland, and England. This is her first solo show with the Caldbeck.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4. For further information please call the gallery at 207 594 5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com

 

 

 

 

 

New Era Gallery’s opens Midsummer Show

“Lupines” by William Trevaskis.

“Lupines” by William Trevaskis.

New Era Gallery’s Midsummer Show opens July 14 with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm followed by a reception from 5:00-7:00pm. The show features landscapes addressing the frequently asked question – ”What is Vinalhaven like in winter?” in a variety of media by Elaine Austin Crossman. Sculptor Carl Swidorski’s “Quarryman’ series, carved in Vinalhaven granite, reflects his interest in the relationship between industry and social justice. William Trevaskis’ work features a combination of his passion for landscape and street photography in analog and digital print form. His photographic style is simple, geometric, and includes an element of storytelling.

The exhibition will run through August 1. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 863-2734 or visit neweragallery.com.

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry Presents 2nd Show of the Season

July 5-18

 OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, July 5, 5-7PM

Pre Columbian Masterpieces:
Taino Artifacts with Larry Roberts

The Taino people lived in Hispaniola from roughly 1000-1500 AD. They left a brilliant record of astonishing stone artifacts relating to their cosmic beliefs and their consumption of psychoactive drugs. Mr. Roberts will bring a hundred or more of anthromorphic and zoomorphic artifacts. He is a published author. These are the real things. Astonishing! With a presentation at the Northeast Harbor Library on Friday, July 6 at 5:30PM.

 Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry

Largest grouping from Thursday–Saturday, July 5-7

Barbara’s recognizable style consists of distinctive visual vocabulary defined by matte and burnished surfaces. Modern aesthetics and innovative construction meet old world craftsmanship and seductive materials. She grew up in a vineyard in Germany, and will be here Thursday evening through Saturday.

 Audrius Krulis:
Beauty and Refinement for the Body

A new jeweler for us, Audrius works in 18 kt. gold and gemstones with an emphasis on color and form with inspiration from the natural world. His work is refined and wearable, but with an exotic reverence for materials and a keen appreciation of how jewelry fits on the human form.

Jessica DeFrenn:
Hoary Men and Abandoned Women

Jessica grew up on Swans’s Island and went to Art School in San Fransisco. She paints the men in her past, and the women in her imagination. Magical Realism and Down East Maine provide beginning and ending points of reference for this talented young artist.

 Spotlight on Liang-Chung Yen,
Michael Banzhaf, and Dell Fox

Farnsworth Presents Wyeth Day Lecture: Christina’s World at 70

orphan train by Christina Baker Kline who will be part of the 2018 Wyeth Day Program

orphan train by Christina Baker Kline who will be part of the 2018 Wyeth Day Program

On Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present the annual Wyeth Day program at the Strand Theatre at 345 Main Street in Rockland. Entitled Christina’s World at 70, the discussion, moderated by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky, will include author Christina Baker Kline, scholar Henry Adams and watercolorist and educator Timothy Clark.

 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Farnsworth’s opening, but also the 70th anniversary of one of America’s best known paintings:  Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World. Acquired soon after its creation by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, its purchase furthered the thirty-three-year-old Wyeth’s national reputation, and has since become an icon of American art. This year’s annual Wyeth Day program will explore the origins of this work, its widespread popularity, and what it means to be “an icon of American art.”

 The discussion will include Henry Adams, highly respected scholar of American art and co-author of the museum’s recent Andrew Wyeth at 100 catalogue; Christina Baker Kline, author of New York Times bestselling novel, “A Piece of the World,” a story of the painting’s subject, Christina Olson; and Timothy Clark, watercolorist and educator based in California and Maine, and who, for a number of years, has taught a summer course in Rome in the Yale School of Architecture MFA program. Moderator is Farnsworth Chief Curator, Michael K. Komanecky.

The fee for this program is $20 and $15 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

DIAA Presents “The Shape of Waters”

Leslie Landrigan

Leslie Landrigan

An exhibit of fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture

July 3–15
HOURS: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

Reception with Artists
Sunday, July 8, 3–5 PM

Featuring work by: Chuck Collison, Janet Cook, Jill Finsen, Francoise Gervais, Jeri Gillin, Elsie Haley, Cathy Hart, Emily Johansen, Leslie Landrigan, Julia McDonald, Alice McKenna, Carolyn Raedle, David Simonds, Hub White

http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Landscape Watercolorists Fisher and Horst Showing at Pemaquid

Two watercolor artists residing in Damariscotta are new members at the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park. Both have been involved in artistic pursuits as adults, and in recent years have focused on the midcoast landscape interpreted in loose watercolors.

Sarah Fisher studied art in college and had a professional career as a painting conservator. She has been influenced by Asian art and cubism, but for the last five years she has studied with local artists to hone her skills as a landscape painter. She finds endless material in Maine, with the water, waves and reflections found in the coastal area.

Fisher can also frequently be seen at River Arts gallery shows, or by appointment at her home studio at 17 West Lewis Point Road.

Watercolorist Kathleen Horst’s “A Gift for the Nest” can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, New Harbor.

Watercolorist Kathleen Horst’s “A Gift for the Nest” can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, New Harbor.

Kathleen Horst was an art teacher and professional potter for many years, but her passion for watercolor led her to focus on the medium when she retired. Information about her house portraits (previously done on clay tiles) can be seen on her website houseportraitsbykathleen.com.

At the Pemaquid Gallery, she has transitioned to the coastal Maine landscape, its flora and fauna. Horst is also fascinated by the small coastal villages, historic architecture and cottages, as well as the variety of birds found along the coast. While she would one day like to paint in the famous gardens of France, she finds plenty of inspiration on Pemaquid Point and at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Horst’s work is found in many area shows and on the walls of local businesses, and she will be showing her work at the Skidompha Library this year. Visit her on Facebook, Kathleen Horst Watercolors, or in her studio gallery at 179 Bristol Rd.

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, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County 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 “The Boat Show”

”The Skiffs”, linocut by Deborah Kozak.

”The Skiffs”, linocut by Deborah Kozak.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery presents the opening reception for “The Boat Show” art show on Saturday, July 7th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Many of the guest artists will be present to meet visitors and discuss their work.

Five of the guest artists are new to the gallery with this show. They are Wolfgang Busse, acrylics, Chris Essler, oils, Carl Root, photography, and watercolorists Linda Van Tassell and Peter Wiley.  

The returning guest artists to the gallery are Deborah Kozak, linocut-artist, watercolorists Deena Ball, Jane Bowman, Lydia Kaeyer, Jan Kilburn, and Cindy Spencer, oil painters George Baker, Marcia Brandwein, Stephen Busch, Dianne Dolan, Sandra Dunn, and Hannah Ineson, photographers Steve Dunn, Michael Fillyaw, Claudia Noyes Griffiths, Jim Nyce, and Laurie Raba, acrylic painters Bill Hallett and DiTa Ondek, mixed-media artist Dale Dapkins, and ink-on-yupo artist Helen Warner.

Refreshments will be served at the reception, and there is free parking. The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily. Will Kefauver can be reached at 207-226-0974, will@kefauverstudio.com , or www.kefauverstudio.com  

Jazz at gWatson Gallery

Sunday, July 15

Bruce Barth and Eri Yamamoto are returning to the gWatson Gallery for an evening of four hands piano jazz. This concert will be an exciting opportunity to hear two acclaimed musicians share a single keyboard, the Gallery’s classic Knabe piano.

Bruce and Eri regularly perform individually in New York and at clubs and concert halls throughout the United States and the world. Following the concert in Stonington, Barth will be on tour in Europe with his trio and Yamamoto will be performing in Japan.

Complete information about Bruce Barth and Eri Yamamoto is available on their websites, brucebarth.com and eriyamamoto.com.

A wide selection of their performances can be viewed on YouTube.

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Gray Scale’

Please join Betts Gallery for an opening reception Friday July 6th, 5:30-8pm for a show entitled ‘Gray Scale’. Invited artists and fine crafts people will be showing work that ranges from white to black, with infinite shades of gray in a variety of media; painting, etching, graphite, ceramic, blown glass, photography, sterling silver and enameled jewelry. Artists include Suzanne Anderson, Susan Cooney, JT Gibson, David Jacobson, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Willy Reddick, Emily Shaffer and Simon van der Ven. The show runs from July 6th through August 11th.

The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website, www.thebelfastframer.com.

New Artist-in-Residence at Annex Arts

Welcome to Artist-in-Residence, Augusta Sparks Farnum!
Augusta has come to participate in Annex Art’s residency program from Washington state. She found us in a discussion online about how to support artists who are also mothers through supported residencies. We’re so glad to have you, Augusta!

While here she will be working on a series of photographs and site-specific wall drawings. Her photographic practice often finds the poetic and the surreal in the landscape. She is hoping to be offered glimpses into overgrown garden spaces, and/or offered access to small sailing vessels like the ones she sailed in her childhood at Camp Fourwinds on Walker Pond. If anyone can help her with access to these things please reach out, perhaps the favor can be adequately returned.

Augusta Sparks Farnum, Artist-in-Residence
June 24 – July 7, 2018
Closing Reception, Friday, July 6 5-7 pm
Open studio July 3, 10 – 2 pm and July 4, 12 – 2 pm

Annex Arts • 8 Water Street, Castine, ME 04421 • 213-839-0851

“Celebrating 30 Years, Past to Present”

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine
Mid-Season Exhibitions
Reception: Saturday, July 7, 5 – 7:30 PM
Exhibition: June 27 – July 28
Annual Regional Artists Exhibition at Barn Gallery

‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ is one of four new Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery on June 27. Cynthia Robinson, Director, Museum of the White Mountains and of the Karl Drerup Exhibitions Program, Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH selected work for this show from entries by local artists and members of the Ogunquit Art Association. ‘OAA Expressions’ features a wide variety of art by OAA artist members. Painters Gayle Fitzpatrick and Michael Walek have Showcase exhibitions in the North Gallery. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is available in the Collectors Gallery.

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

“Mobility: Art with a Mission” opens at Narrows Art Gallery

Narrows Art Gallery, Stockton Springs, featuring the work of William Landmesser, presents the fund-raising exhibit, “Mobility: Art with a Mission”, July 1- Dec. 31 2018.

Pathways- waterways, hiking or ski trails, roads- have figured prominently over the last forty years in the work of Stockton Springs artist and gallery owner William Landmesser.   Not only have these means of travel afforded Landmesser access to life experiences, they are natural visual subjects with their linear perspective moving the eye inward.   Pathways have become for Landmesser metaphors for life’s journey.

Several years ago the artist discovered Free Wheelchair Mission (www.freewheelchairmission.org ) , an organization which “provides free wheelchairs at no cost to people with disabilities living in developing nations.”   In 2001, engineer , inventor, FWM founder and part-time Verona Island resident Don Schoendorfer   introduced in a simple, durable, affordable wheelchair. To date, just over 1 million individuals in developing countries around the world have received one of the mission’s wheelchairs.   Amazing as that is, it is estimated that 100 million people are in dire need of the gift of mobility. This Spring Landmesser conceived the idea for an art exhibit that would unite appreciation for his own mobility with the dreams for mobility of those less fortunate.  An FWM wheelchair can be built, delivered and assembled for $80.   Two-thirds of the sale of all artwork, whether from the gallery or artist’s web-site (www.narrowsartgallery.com) ,   will be used to reach his goal of helping one hundred individuals experience the gift of mobility.   That’s 100 FWM wheelchairs.

“Carrying Place”, 2018.  Oil on Panel, 24”x16”.

“Carrying Place”, 2018. Oil on Panel, 24”x16”.

“Mobility: Art with a Mission” exhibits work from the past forty years in such a way that obvious references to travel are mingled with works whose travel themes are more subtle, inviting the viewer’s personal reflection on what it means to be mobile. A reception for FWM and Mr. Schoendorfer is being planned for late summer and will be announced in a future Café des Artistes.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri. 10-5; Sat. 10-3; Sun. 3-5. Directions: click “About” at www.narrowsartgallery.com.

“Alison Hill – Painting Monhegan”

Camden Falls Gallery brings the works of Alison Hill from Monhegan Island to the mainland for a featured show, June 29th through July 20th. Alison is one of the many artists lured to Monhegan by its timeless landscapes, rugged coastline, rustic architecture, and self-reliant Islanders.

For Nearly 200 years, Monhegan has inspired countless artists including Frederick Church, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, and the Wyeths’, virtuosos of their time. These artists were drawn to and captivated by Monhegan for its remote island life and the light. Monhegan continues to challenge artists as they arrive daily seeking that special inspiration along the winding dirt roads, and amongst the weatherbeaten fish houses.

Alison, being one of the island’s forty or so year-round residents, lives, breaths, and paints Monhegan’s magic throughout its changing seasons. Formerly of Newport Rhode Island, Alison earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Art Education. She devotes herself full-time to her island studio/gallery during the summer and spends winters on Monhegan painting winter landscapes, as well as, portraits and still-lifes. In 2012, PBS spotlighted her in their video special “The Women Artists of Monhegan Island.” More recently in 2016, her works could be seen featured in the movie, “The Congressman.”

Hill has captured some of the Island’s magic in her recent paintings:

With the weathered silhouette of the Island Inn and surrounding houses as the background of “Monhegan Skyline”, the scene embodies the essence of the village and its shoreline. A haphazard granite outcropping in the foreground welcomes the incoming tide. Crowning the stony slope, windblown weeds in shades of pale green and gold, radiate sunlit serenity. This sense of place is echoed by the expanse of a summer sky bisected with cirrus clouds. Fresh laundry pegged between leaning poles, although barely suggested, adds a breezy, immediate, and very human quality to the painting.

Alison’s portraits of island life expands on the human quality she aims to capture. They compose a bulk of her winter work, as seen in the two intimate portraits of Mattie Thompson and his young son. These portraits are done mostly from life, with some finishing touches from photographs in the studio. Mr. Thompson is caught up in the process of carving a decoy. While his son works on splicing a line, a useful skill, as his father is a working lobsterman. The cluttered workshop could have been seen in a fish house 100 years ago and speaks of the timeless rhythms of maritime labor.

When asked if there was a difference in approach, or method when she is painting en plein air, as opposed to winter studio work, Hill stated, “There is not the same frantic immediacy to capture the specific light and mood of a scene, before it changes.”

“Alison Hill – Painting Monhegan” will run from June 29th through July 20th, 2018 at Camden Falls Gallery. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm daily.. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME 04843.

Intro to Plein-Air Watercolor at the Farnsworth

Beginning on Monday, July 9, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a week-long workshop on plein-air watercolor painting. Led by artist Annie Bailey, the workshop will meet Monday through Friday at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Introduce yourself to plein-air or painting outdoors. Join us to explore secret local places and stretch our expectations of what plein-air watercolor can be. This course will emphasize combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing.  Learn to slow down and experience your environment through new eyes.

Annie Bailey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture, and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, the Farnsworth, Steel House, the Bunnell Street Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The fee for this program is $390 and $330 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

 

Courthouse Gallery to host Book & Signing Launch for Philip Frey: Here and Now by Daniel Kany and Carl Little

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to host the Book Launch for Philip Frey: Here and Now (Marshall Wilkes), a new book by Daniel Kany and Carl Little on the work of Maine artist Philip Frey. The event will take place on Saturday, July 7, from 4pm–6:30pm. The event will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Frey’s recent work. There will be a talk with the artist and both authors beginning at 5pm. Singer-songwriter Pixie Lauer will perform two original songs inspired by the Philip Frey paintings highlighted in the book from her collection. The event is free and open to the public.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

For more information on the book Philip Frey: Here and Now, please see visit marshallwilkes.com.

“Monhegan to Paris” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

Fernand Herbo (French, 1905-1995), “Place Blanche, Paris" gouache, 19 1/4" x 23 1/2"

Fernand Herbo (French, 1905-1995), “Place Blanche, Paris” gouache, 19 1/4″ x 23 1/2″

“Monhegan to Paris” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine on Saturday, July 7th with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Viewers to the show may wonder what two seemingly disparate places, the cosmopolitan metropolis of Paris and the remote island of Monhegan, ten miles off the Maine coast, have in common. Both developed as artist destinations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Paris became an intellectual center for the arts with artists gathering in cafes for lively and heated debates. Monhegan, on the other hand, became an escape for many artists from New York and other urban areas and provided a freedom of exploration in a rugged, natural setting.

As Paris expanded rapidly during the Industrial Revolution and a bourgeois class began to develop, Parisian artists likewise sought to escape the city’s confines and soaring real estate prices. They retreated to the edge of the city in Montmartre, where some rural landscape remained with windmills, farms and cheap rent.

In Fernand Herbo’s (French, 1905-1995) colorful and dynamic gouache of “Place Blanche, Paris,” the viewer sees the foot of Montmartre and the bright red windmill of the Moulin Rouge. Opening in 1889, Moulin Rouge was an entertainment magnet for Paris bourgeois and artists alike. Auguste Grass-Mick (French, 1873-1963) captured the star of the Moulin Rouge, Louise Weber or La Goulue, in a vibrant pastel showing her profile in blues, greens and oranges. La Goulue was also a favorite of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and he featured her on some of his most famous posters.

Traveling back across the Atlantic, the viewer observes Walter Farndon’s (American, 1876-1964) “Summer Day, Monhegan Harbor.” Farndon first came to Monhegan in the 1920’s and in this work he captures the warm afternoon light on the sailing and fishing boats contrasting the cool blues of the water and soft purples of the wharf. Contemporaries of Farndon, Charles Ebert (American, 1873-1959) and his wife Mary Roberts Ebert (American, 1873-1956) likewise explored the island rendering the village harbor and Manana island in both oils and watercolors. Other important Monhegan Island artists featured in the exhibition include Andrew Winter (American, 1893-1958), Jay Hall Connaway (American, 1893-1970), Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott (American, 1846-1925), Sears Gallagher (American, 1869-1955), Theophile Schneider (American, 1876-1960) and Morris Shulman (American, 1912-1978).

Walter Farndon (American, 1876-1964), “Summer Day, Monhegan Harbor,” oil on board, 14" x 18"

Walter Farndon (American, 1876-1964), “Summer Day, Monhegan Harbor,” oil on board, 14″ x 18″

Important Paris artists whose works are also on display include Francois Gall (French, 1912-1987), Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883), Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944), Andre Derain (French, 1880-1954), Cesar Villacres (French, 1880-1941) and Lucien Genin (French, 1894-1953).

“Monhegan to Paris” will continue at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 8th. 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 6:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

New Harbor Artists Hannah and Farrell Paint the Midcoast Landscape

“Poppies by the Shed”  by Kay Hannah is one of a series of pastel paintings focusing on the beauty of her native environment – the Pemaquid Peninsula

“Poppies by the Shed” by Kay Hannah is one of a series of pastel paintings focusing on the beauty of her native environment – the Pemaquid Peninsula

This summer, the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol, is celebrating 90 years of continuous seasonal operation (58 years at the current location). Two painters who will be familiar to visitors are Kay Sawyer Hannah and Peggy Farrell. Both had an interest in art from an early age, yet have had little if any formal art training. They are frequently seen in area art shows and are enchanted with the midcoast landscape where they reside in the same Seawood Park neighborhood in New Harbor.

As a youth, Kay Sawyer Hannah was inspired by the many local artists who painted along the shore near her home in New Harbor, including Gene Klebe, well-known early Pemaquid group painter. After her college education, she took classes and workshops in acrylic, watercolor and pastel with local artists. For many years she focused on watercolors, and now also paints primarily in pastel.

Kay Hannah paints what she loves…skies, water reflections, especially dawn and dusk and storm-driven surf. She also often incorporates flowers either in the foreground or background. The Pemaquid lighthouse has been a frequent subject through all seasons and times of day. She is motivated to produce work that will touch viewers, causing them to linger and respond to the emotion that caused her to paint the scene.

Peggy Farrell is also the product of local community and adult education classes. She was “notorious” for doodling and sketching as a child. Thanks to an aunt who curated prints and drawings at the Morgan Library in New York City, Farrell was inspired by the artistic illustrations of Beatrix Potter and other illustrators of children’s books. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she was also intrigued by the Wyeth family, N.C., who illustrated children’s books, and Andrew, with his eye for the mundane executed in such detail.

Artist Peggy Farrell responds to life around her and was inspired to paint “Jefferson Barn & Hollyhocks” at the sight of an old barn shed and its bountiful hollyhock blooms.

Artist Peggy Farrell responds to life around her and was inspired to paint “Jefferson Barn & Hollyhocks” at the sight of an old barn shed and its bountiful hollyhock blooms.

Like Kay Hannah, she paints what she loves, and believes in learning from one’s mistakes. After years studying tole painting, and even stained glass work, she gravitated to watercolor and gouache (opaque watercolor). Her work features glimpses of details in life around her, flowers, buildings, local scenes, and, currently, figurative and portrait paintings of people and animals, capturing the essence of each subject.

Farrell is one of the top favorites among visitors to the Pemaquid Gallery. She is rewarded by the correspondence she often has with buyers of her work, who may even include a touching anecdote with their notes of appreciation.

Her work can also be seen in area shows and on her website, www.thepottingshedstudio.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, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County 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.

Call for Farmers/Artists/Artisans/Writers

HOMELAND

A multimedia exhibit exploring our collective and diverse relationship to home/land.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery invites farmers, artists, artisans and writers living in Maine, from diverse social-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, to create art, craft or poetry which reflects on their unique relationship to home/land.

We are particularly interested in works that speak to a deep relationship which comes from cultivating the land, or a longing for connection with the land. For example, we invite work by farmers/artists which expresses the relationship with the land they cultivate; we invite work by farmers/artists who have been separated from home/land in some way and are cultivating a new relationship to the land they are on; we invite work by those who are longing for a renewed relationship to home/land.

Maine Farmland Trust will host the exhibit at its Gallery in Belfast from November 12, 2018 through March 1, 2019. This exhibit is promoted and curated in collaboration with GEDAKINA and several other organizations.

Depending on the number of participants, up to three pieces per artist/writer will be exhibited. If there are more submissions than gallery space, final selections will be made by a panel. The objective is to have all who submitted work included.

THE SCHEDULE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS AS FOLLOWS:

By July 15, 2018: Contact Anna Witholt Abaldo, MFT Gallery Curator (anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org), phone 338-6575 X 112) to let us know your intent to participate, stating medium/type of work.

By August 15, 2018: Submit up to 5 digital images of proposed work to Anna Witholt Abaldo (anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org). For each image, please include title, media, and dimensions. Photos can be of work in progress. Please add a brief artist statement/bio to accompany exhibited works.

September 15, 2018: Notification to participants confirming how many pieces will be included.

November 5-6, 2018: Works must be delivered to Maine Farmland Trust Gallery.

November 5-9, 2018: Exhibit will be hung.

November 12, 2018: Exhibit opens.

November 16, 2018, from 5-7pm: Artist reception with artist talks by those who wish to speak about their work, at 5pm. There can be room for song and poetry reading as well.

March 1, 2019: Exhibit comes down and works are available for pick-up.

Any questions about exhibition and submission details can be directed to Anna Witholt Abaldo, phone 338-6575 X 112)

David Driskell opening reception at Greenhut Galleries

Opening reception Thursday July 5th, 5-7pm

Poetry Reading by Robert Gibbons, July 19, 5:45pm

David Driskell in conversation with Daniel Minter, moderated by African Art Historian, Henry Drewal, July 26

Angel of Peace mixed media collage, 30 x 22 inches

Angel of Peace mixed media collage, 30 x 22 inches

Assemblage is newly elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences David Driskell’s latest solo exhibition at Greenhut. As the title suggests, this exhibition assembles a variety of new and select earlier works in various media created over the past three decades. Among the new works are five mixed media pieces featured in the PMA’s 2018 Biennial as well as a selection of prints from the 2017 CMCA exhibition, David Driskell, Renewal and Form (which also traveled to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland). The earlier work, which dates back to 1986, has never before been shown in Maine. As Driskell describes the show: “from a limited edition color lithograph done in 1986 entitled Spirits Watching II to Girl with Sunflowers, a recent collage that was exhibited in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial, these works reveal the range of my interest in subjects drawn from nature, music and aspects of African and African-American culture.”

Driskell’s large and vibrant body of work is informed and impacted by the broad perspective of his own life experience as well as by his unique personal identity. He is the child of sharecroppers, born into the segregated South. But he is also a celebrated international artist and scholar. He is both an urbane denizen of our nation’s capital and a sophisticated world traveler with a deep connection to, and understanding of, the art of Africa and other world cultures. But just as importantly, he is the designer, creator, and loving tender of his own rather Edenic Falmouth, Maine gardens. Driskell — an artist very much concerned with the artist’s quasi-religious role as a “seer” and forthbringer of new forms — creates vivid, imaginative art that is equal parts Americana and Africana in his hand-hewn rural idyll, which is itself a form brought forth from Driskell’s rich, fertile, and prolific imagination.

David cites the strongest influences on his work as: 1) Environment — the natural world, but also “home,” both as a physical space and as a concept. The artist sees a type of “spirit” in the objects he depicts, and the spirit that animates these mundane subjects (furniture, etc.) becomes visible in his finished work); 2) Upbringing – David’s father was a Baptist minister, and many of Driskell’s works are highly stylized, uniquely personal expressions of Biblical themes, or contain motifs from the Judeo-Christian tradition; 3) “My intellectual pursuit of learning from the great civilizations of the world” – we see evidence of this influence through his incorporation of elements of Africana (masks, textile motifs, etc.) and other world cultures (including American, via spirituals, gospel, jazz and blues); and 4) Memory and Imagination.

In Driskell’s work, all of these source energies converge to form a voice complementary to, but unique and distinct from, other important African-American artists of the past and the present. Signatures of his style include rich, vivid color, rhythm, and line (as pictoral element), recurring motifs, and a spirit of constant invention and re-invention. Much of David’s work contains strong decorative elements: calligraphy, African textile motifs, the patterned imagery of folk art, etc., but Driskell never replicates existing patterns. In viewing his work, we see that David has created his own individualized, and fascinating, aesthetic language.

The work selected for Assemblage contains a sampling of all the themes mentioned above (nature, upbringing, world culture, music, memory and imagination), and also includes one fascinating and unusual piece, The Pet, Birmingham Dog, representative of David’s infrequent forays into overtly political subject matter (another of which, Behold Thy Son, is included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History):

The collage Dizzy recounts visually the facial expression I recall seeing as the famous musician played the trumpet. In Ancient Call, a hand points to a stained glass window and an Egyptian statue sounding a mystical religious connection through time. Angels often appear in my work as peacemakers and musicians inviting joy, harmonious living and love. I am equally intrigued by the quiet nature of our favorite pet, the dog, and how these loving animals can be trained to become vicious attackers of people as happened in Birmingham, Alabama under Bull Connor in the 1960s. In The Pet, Birmingham Dog, I have used steel as a collaged material in the composition to emphasize Connor’s strong opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. 

Assemblage is, as David puts it, “a chorus of painterly themes that remain a vital part of my visual pursuit.”

Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, David Driskell is one of the world’s leading authorities on African-American Art. He has been the recipient of thirteen honorary doctorates and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of Black artists in America. Born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia, he was educated at Howard University and received a Master of Fine Arts from The Catholic University Of America. In 1953 he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He became a summer resident of Maine in 1961. In 1976, he curated the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s groundbreaking exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, and wrote the catalog, which became the seminal text of the canon. He currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor of Art, Emeritus, at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1997, Driskell was awarded the President’s Medal, the highest honor the University of Maryland bestows on a member of its faculty.  In 1998, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora was founded to promote his scholarship and service to the University. He has served as an adviser to high profile collectors, including Oprah Winfrey and Bill and Hillary Clinton.  In December of 2000, President Bill Clinton bestowed the National Humanities Medal on Driskell. This April, Driskell was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The Bassist color lithograph, 30 x 21 inches

The Bassist color lithograph, 30 x 21 inches

David Driskell’s paintings and prints have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the USA, and are housed in many important private and public collections, including the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. He has been the recipient of several foundation fellowships among which are the Harmon Foundation, three Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships and the Danforth Foundation.

Inspired by the Sea and its Creatures

Rachiel Norwood with Mermaid

Rachiel Norwood with Mermaid

Growing up in South Bristol, local artist Rachiel Norwood spent days playing along the shore. Home schooled through high school, Norwood’s days were filled with rowing, sailing with her grandfather, and seeking out sea creatures.

Featured in the June show at Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Rachiel Norwood’s stone sculptures reflect her love of the sea and its many creatures.

Exquisitely polished stone carved into seashells and mermaids highlight the Stable Gallery show. Two seals reveal smooth bodies and open eyes that transmit the aliveness Rachiel has crafted into the marble. A white marble coyote bays into the sky.

Trained at Maine College of Art , Norwood continued her sculpture studies through seven year apprentice to Carole Hanson. “I love carving so much; it feels like play to me,” explains Norwood. “It’s a thrill to reveal a mermaid from a stone.”

Norwood is one of eight artists featured in the June show at Stable Gallery. On display through July 11, this show is a thoughtful combination of fabric, wood, stone, glass and canvas works. Connections with the sea are highlighted as the show is titled “Ebb and Flow”.

Stable Gallery is open daily 10-5 and located at 28 Water Street, Damariscotta. For more information call 563-1991, or visit the gallery’s website, www.stablegallerymaine.com.

“The Invention of Atmosphere” at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

Ingrid Ellison, Under This Shared Blue Sky, oil on panel

Ingrid Ellison, Under This Shared Blue Sky, oil on panel

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents

The Invention Of Atmosphere, A Group Exhibition, Opening Reception, SUNDAY, July 1, 4 – 7 PM.

featuring the artwork of Ingrid Ellison, David Hornung, Jen Maloney, Patricia Wheeler, and Catherine Winslow, with new work from Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, John Wilkinson, Cynthia Winings, Goody-B. Wiseman, Diane Bowie Zaitlin

The exhibition will run from June 26 through July 21  

The Invention Of Atmosphere is the second exhibition of Season VI at the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, SUNDAY, July 1, 4 – 7 PM.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, Maine.

Cynthia Winings Gallery
info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

“We Are One” At the Gallery At Somes Sound

Serena Bates, "Dreamer", Limestone

Serena Bates, “Dreamer”, Limestone

Et In Spiritum …
(The Spirit Within)
June 29 – September 28

Please join us as we discover what motivates these talented artists –
creatively, emotionally, spiritually.

FIRST SHOW OF THE SEASON
Opening Reception Friday, June 29th, 4 – 6 pm

Sarah Seabury Ward, "Owl", Bronze

Sarah Seabury Ward, “Owl”, Bronze

We Are One …
June 29 – July 13

featuring:
Sculptors Serena Bates and Sarah Seabury Ward

The Gallery At Somes Sound

Philip Frey, Judy Belasco and Philip Barter

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo shows: Philip Frey: Soft Persuasion; Judy Belasco: The Mystery of Water; and Philip Barter: Mainescapes. The shows will run from June 20 through ­July 14. All three artists will be presenting new and recent work.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Philip Frey Still Standing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Frey Still Standing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Frey: Soft Persuasion Philip Frey is best known for his bold paintings of Maine’s coastline, landscape, and working waterfronts. His primary focus is color and light, preferring direct perception and the dynamic quality, richness, and challenges of working from life. In 2016, the University of Maine Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of Frey’s work. His work has been highlighted in several books, including Art of Acadia, 2016, and Paintings of Portland, 2018, both by brothers Carl Little and David Little.

Frey’s career is the subject of a new book: Philip Frey: Here and Now (Marshall Wilkes) by Daniel Kany and Carl Little. Courthouse Gallery will host the book launch in conjunction with his solo show on Saturday, July 7 from 4–6:30pm. Kany sums up Frey’s work best, “As a painter, Philip Frey’s goal is often a project of soft persuasion. We recognize his scenes easily enough. But as we shift our focus from the recognizable subject to the insistent forms, luscious brushwork, and compositional design, the painting slips out of representational focus and back to abstraction, the true place of Frey’s poetry.” Frey lives in downeast Maine, where he maintains a full-time studio nestled in the woods. To reserve a copy of Philip Frey: Here and Now, please call Courthouse Gallery at 207-667-6611. Images available on request.

Judy Belasco, Bass Harbor Inlet, oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches

Judy Belasco: The Mystery of Water Judy Belasco paints subtle, yet majestic coastal scenes most often of estuaries where the interplay of water, sky, and light are shaped by atmospheric weather. As the daughter of Oliver Nuse, a Philadelphia artist, and the granddaughter of Roy Nuse, an impressionist painter and instructor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Belasco grew up surrounded by art. She spent much of her childhood living in artists’ colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Maine. In 1972, she graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA. She studied landscape painting with noted artist Linden Frederick and fine digital print with John Paul Caponigro at the Maine Photographic Workshop. Belasco was an art teacher at the Germantown Friends School, a position she held for thirty-two years. In 2008, she retired to focus on her painting full-time. Belasco maintains studios in Philadelphia and Stockton Springs, Maine, and divides her time between two. “‘The longer you look,’ Belasco has said, ‘the deeper and deeper you go.’ The same can be said of these remarkable paintings. They draw us into landscapes we thought we knew but now see with greater depth and renewed wonder.” —Carl Little, catalog except 2018

Philip Barter, Power Plant, acrylic on board, 30 x 24 inches

Philip Barter: Mainescapes Philip Barter is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. While living out west, Barter encountered the work of Marsden Hartley and experienced an aesthetic epiphany. He felt an immediate connection with the Lewiston-born painter. Hartley would serve as a kind of talisman, an artist to inspire but also to move beyond. Barter returned to Maine to become a painter and by the 1970s, he and his second wife, Priscilla, settled in downeast Maine, where they raised their seven children and made a life immersed in art for their large family. By the early 1990s Barter was showing in prestigious galleries up and down the Maine coast and receiving critical acclaim for his work. Bates College Museum of Art mounted a retrospective of Barter’s work in 1992. The Farnsworth Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and Bates acquired his work. In 1995, Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine, and Tim Sample highlighted Barter’s life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt. Barter has since spent a half-century painting narratives based on Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. In 2017, Marshall Wilkes published Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a comprehensive hard cover book by Carl Little on Barter’s work and career.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
207 667 6611

“The Appearance of Things” Opening at CMCA

THE ESSENCE OF MAINE Featuring Mark Herrington, Dan Miller, and Barbara J. Zucker

June 25- July 23 Reception Saturday, July 7, 4-6 pm.

Littlefield Gallery celebrates its tenth season with “The Essence of Maine” featuring stone sculptor Mark Herrington, wood sculptor Dan Miller, and seascape painter Barbara J. Zucker. All three of these distinguished artists have been integral parts of the gallery since it began. Mark Herrington  is a lifelong student of the creative process. He is a self-taught stone artist and has been a guest speaker at the University of Maine in Orono in his role as the first sculptor in the Littlefield Gallery Artist-in-Residence program in 2015. 

Dan Miller has been coming to Corea,Maine, for the past 55 years. Celebrating his 90th birthday this summer, he continues to teach at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country. As an administrator, he has fulfilled the duties of Dean of Faculty, Acting Dean of the School, Chairman of the Painting Department, and, since 1998, Chair of the MFA Program. He has had 71 one-person exhibitions involving printmaking and sculpture. His work has has received numerous awards and is in private and public collections around the country.

Barbara J. Zucker’s paintings are in the permanent collections of The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, The Reading Public Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Rosemont College, and numerous other public and private collections in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. Her most recent solo shows were at the Eisenhower Theater Gallery at West Point, NY, the Montgomery County Community College West Campus Gallery in Pottstown, PA and the Community Music School. 

Littlefield Gallery
(207)838-4174

 

Fiber Artist Sarah Haskell’s project, “Well Used, Well Loved,” currently on view

York fiber artist Sarah Haskell project, “Well Used, Well Loved,” is currently on view at  George Marshall Store Gallery.

Sarah will explained how this community based art project came about in a talk last week. It involved forty-six households across the country over a two year period. Participants “adopted” a hand-woven towel and made the commitment to write in a journal in response to prompts given by the artist. Some participants wrote elaborate and insightful entries in the journals, while others wrote their responses on kozo paper, which was then spun into Shifu thread and woven into the large four panel piece measuring six feet high and twelve feet long. “Well Used, Well Loved,” explores age, beauty, impermanence and attachment through the culmination of journal entries and fiber work.

Sarah Haskell is an award-winning artist/educator who has been weaving and teaching for over forty years. Since her graduation from Rhode Island School of Design in 1976, she has traveled as far away as Japan to learn and teach about her love of weaving.

George Marshall Store Gallery
207-351-1083 cell: 207-752-0205
mhardinart@gmail.com

NEW OIL PAINTINGS AND PRINTS AT BARBARA PREY PROJECTS

Weather Beaten, 2017, Oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches

BARBARA PREY PROJECTS is pleased to open the season with “Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints” featuring never before seen small-scale Maine oil paintings and a new series of limited edition prints by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey. New print releases include Acadia (on view at the Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor, June 30 through October 14, 2018), Gallantly Streaming (currently on exhibit at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations with prominent placement in the lobby) and Family Portrait (collection The Brooklyn Museum).

Prey’s artwork is included in major public collections including The Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The White House. Her paintings are on exhibit at MASS MoCA , The Kennedy Space Center and United States Embassies around the world. Also included in the exhibit is a selection of new watercolors offering a preview of her upcoming annual exhibit, showcasing her virtuosic technique, authentic vision and distinctly American style.This is truly a great opportunity to gain access to a diverse range of Barbara’s original fine art prints and new oil paintings.

An esteemed figure in the art world, Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. MASS MoCA commissioned her to paint the largest watercolor in the world, she was invited to paint the official White House Christmas Card and her NASA commissions were part of the recent Smithsonian museum traveling exhibit where she was featured on the CBS Evening News. This exhibit brings together some of Prey’s most powerful works both conceptually and aesthetically.

BARBARA PREY PROJECTS, Main St., Port Clyde, ME 04855
207-372-8087
www.barbarapreyprojects.com | info@barbarapreyprojects.com

Turtle Gallery opens first of four receptions

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle celebrates its 36th year with four opening receptions over the course of the summer. Featured are perennial gallery artists, plus new works by first time exhibitors. Starting this year, three workshops for artists interested in printmaking, painting and drawing will be offered. The first exhibition of the season offers a large collection of ceramic works by Sequoia Miller, who shows here again after a hiatus of two decades. Also featured are works by metalsmith and former Deer Isle artist, Jack Hemenway as well as Prints and Drawings by Karl Schrag and Vaino Kola.

Karl Schrag’s drawings from the late 20th century are characterized by color and strong iconic brushstrokes. The collection reflects the pleasures of a Deer Isle summer, depicting waters bathed with sun and moonlight in abstracted landscapes. Schrag spent 50 summers on the coast of Maine, thirty-six of them on Deer Isle, and has exhibited work at the Turtle Gallery for the past 35 years. While internationally known and collected, these Schrag works convey his vision of Deer Isle and the home he made here with his family.

Finland Native and Deer Isle resident Vaino Kola will have etchings, lithographs and drawings on display. Kola moved to Maine to paint full-time after teaching art at Wheaton College in Massachusetts for 26 years. Kola’s drawings of the female form and aspects of nature appear realistic from a distance, however, closer inspection reveals deeper texture.

Displayed are works by Margaret Keleshian, Nicole Hertz, Jeff Loxterkamp, Holly Berry, Arthur Hardigg, Sharon Townshend, Rebecca Goodale, Sally Brophy, Margot Ogden, Peter Kemble, Paul Heroux, Zuzonna Huot, Margaret Rizzio, Conny Hatch, Siri Beckman, Barbara Putnam, Treacy Zeigler, Thomas Barrett, Leni Mancuso, Phil Chase, and Elena Kubler. In the sculpture garden is work by David Sywalski, Hugh Lassen, Susan Chase, Nancy Nevergole, Cynthia Stroud, James Wolfe, Steve Porter, Andreas Von Huene, and David Curry.

Come see our new tiny pop-up mixed media “atrium” show space! Our opening reception is on Sunday, June 17th from 2 to 6 PM. Show runs through Saturday, July 14th. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am -5:30pm and Sundays 2pm-6pm. Please call (207) 348-9977 for more information or changes in hours. Please visit theturtlegallery.com

Blue Hill Bay Gallery’s first show: Remembering Paul Strisik

Paul Strisik N.A. “Clearing,” 10 x 14 Oil on linen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we open the 2018 season in Blue Hill we pay tribute to one of Cape Ann’s most accomplished painters. Paul Strisik, who painted light and color in all its manifestations, would have been 100 years old this year. Whether painting his village of Rockport just after an autumn rain, or a sparkling Downeast harbor in full summer, there is a luminosity in Strisik’s skies that glimmers off the earth, glosses the surface of the water and reveals his excitement and emotional involvement in his subject.

Strisik was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1918, another age. He studied at the Art Students League in New York with Frank Vincent Dumond.  By the mid-20th century he had moved to Rockport, Ma., where he maintained his studio and gallery until his death in 1998.  He was a dedicated plein air painter, finding even the briefest outdoor studies carried him back to the subject true to the feeling, the light and the mood of the place.

Paul Strisik N.A., “Morgan’s Cove,” Oil on canvas 16 x 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Strisik became a nationally acclaimed painter, and member of the most prestigious organizations in America including the National Academy of Design. His concepts and technical skills are presented in, “The Art of Landscape Painting” 1980, published by Watson-Guptill and “Capturing Light in Oils”, a Northlight Publication was released in 1995. His work is also celebrated in “The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A.” by Judith A. Curtis, 2001. He passed away in Rockport, MA on July 22, 1998. His work may be seen at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery throughout the month of June. For more info contact the gallery at 207-374-5773 or visit bluehillbaygallery.com.

Photos of Pemaquid Art Gallery 90th Anniversary Opening

The Pemaquid Group of Artists celebrated its 90th birthday at a June 3rd Opening Reception at Lighthouse Park.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Patron and Board Member, W. Anne Jackson (left) and Edie Vaughan enjoys art and conversation at the Gallery’s June 3 Opening Reception.

Lecture at the Farnsworth Poems, Painters and Patriots: N.C. Wyeth’s Poems of American Patriotism

N.C. Wyeth, The Old Continentals, 1922, Oil on canvas, 40 x 28 1/8 inches, Collection of The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

On Wednesday, June 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine will present the opening lecture for the exhibition N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism. The lecture by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael Komanecky is the museum’s first Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture and will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m.

In 1922, Columbia University professor Brander Matthews’ book Poems of American Patriotism was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons with seventeen illustrations by famed American illustrator N.C. Wyeth. This reissue of an unillustrated 1882 edition was inspired by the popularity of Scribner’s many previous books with Wyeth’s illustrations, and by the still fresh memory of America’s participation in World War I. It was also inspired by Americans’ long-standing familiarity with and appreciation for poetry, and in particular its love of works by the so-called “Schoolroom Poets” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier, among others. In the period when Poems of American Patriotism’s two editions were published, poetry was a part of everyday life, in both the private and public spheres, in a way it is no longer. This presentation will focus on the context in which the two anthologies of poems were created, including Wyeth’s role as illustrator.

The exhibition N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism opens to the public on Saturday, June 16, with a members’ preview and reception on the evening before. Lead Sponsors of the exhibition are Sasha and Ed Bass, and Linda Bean’s Maine Wyeth Gallery. Exhibition support is provided by Anna Mae Twigg in honor of George Twigg III, and the Gilder Foundation. Midcoast Community Partners include the O’Hara Corporation. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

June ArtWalk, Bristol Road Galleries

The Bristol Road Galleries, Damariscotta, is participating in the Twin Villages ArtWalk in two ways this season: All four galleries on the Bristol Road will be open, and in addition, the work of the artists will be on display in a tent outside the Shuck Station raw bar at 68 Main Street, Newcastle. ArtWalk is presented in partnership with the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce. The first ArtWalk of the 2018 season is on Friday, June 15, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Jan Kilburn will be at her gallery at 168 Bristol Road, demonstrating her watercolor techniques. This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see the artist at work and to see the full range of her work in the gallery. Her husband Tony Kilburn is manning the tent in town for the first ArtWalk. The tent will feature new work of all four of the Bristol Road Galleries artists, including originals and prints, and the work is priced to suit every budget. Jan says, “Landscape and seascape is my strong point. It is attempting to put the colors of nature together with the structures of manmade objects that fascinate me. I enhance the color a bit, but that, to me, is what makes it work. I live in an area that gives me unlimited inspiration: the sea, fishing villages, and Maine cottages.”

The Bristol Road Galleries are: the Jan Kilburn Gallery (168 Bristol Road), the Sinclair Gallery (172 Bristol Road), the Kathleen Horst Studio Gallery (179 Bristol Road), and the Kefauver Studio & Gallery (144 Bristol Road). Parking is free at all four galleries, and they are all within walking distance of each other. For more information, go to www.bristolroadgalleries.com or call 226-0974.

Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2018 summer season two group shows

“Rainbow Park” Ron Weaver

Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2018 summer season on Friday night June 15th with two group shows. In the main gallery “Anything Goes”, this evolving Exhibit will showcase oil and acrylic paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Jimmy Reed and Mimo Gordon Riley as well as watercolors by Linda Funk, Greg Mort, Elaine Reed and Eleanor Zuccola and Outsider Art by Ian Baird, Elaine Niemi, C.W. Oakes and the late Rudy Rotter. Also on exhibit is black & white pinhole photography by Antonia Small and mixed media assemblage by Ian Baird and Elaine Niemi. A variety of quality crafts are available including decoupage by Davene Fahy, handmade leather journals by Karen Carroll, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill, mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. New to the gallery handmade jewelry by Nance Trueworthy. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display throughout the gallery as well as outside in the Sculpture Gardens. Phase One of the show runs through Sunday, August 5th.

In the new wing, “Thanks for the Memories” will feature works by the late artists Leo Brooks, Bill Cook, Robert Hamilton, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Donn Moulton, Cam Noel, Manuel Rincon, Carl Sublett, Janice Tate, William Thon and Ron Weaver. The show honors these artists as well as several members of our community that have recently passed including artists Jenifer Mumford and Carolyn Whitaker, a great patron of the arts, Peasy Love and pillars of our community John Bly, True Hall, Les Hyde and John Shea and lastly Jay, the Miller’s horse, who has summered at the gallery from the beginning. A reception will be held for both shows on Friday, June 15th, from 5-8 p.m.

The gallery also offers books by several of its artists, mixed-media cards, a large collection of original 1960’s & 70’s rock posters and a variety of antiques and collectibles. Gallery hours are 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

CMCA to host The Art Party

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is hosting its annual fundraiser, The Art Party: A Gala Celebration of New Art in Maine, on Friday evening, June 29, from 6 to 9pm at its campus on Winter Street in Rockland. Tickets to the event are open to the public and include the After Party with dancing to DJ Pretty Buoy, from 9pm to midnight at the Yellow Barn, located across from CMCA at 20 Winter Street. Tickets to the After Party may also be purchased separately.

“We invite you to join CMCA under the tent on Winter Street, in the community courtyard, and throughout the galleries,” says CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy. “The Art Party will be an extraordinary evening celebrating the opening of three blockbuster exhibitions by artists John Bisbee, Jocelyn Lee, and Tom Burckhardt, with a special one-night only performance by artist collective, B.R.A.C.E.”

The Art Party is CMCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, supporting its exhibition fund and free educational programming for the community. Tickets to The Art Party and the After Party may be purchased online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. The event is supported in part by Cold Mountain Builders, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, and individual sponsors.

A recent recipient of the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) advances contemporary art in Maine through direct engagement with artists and the public, hosting a year-round schedule of changing exhibitions and programs that celebrate the art of our time.

“Wisdom of the Brush” at DIAA Gallery

David Kofton

An exhibit of baskets, painting, photographs, pottery and sculpture

RECEPTION WITH ARTISTS
Sunday, June 10
3–5 PM

EXHIBITION DATES: June 5–17
HOURS: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

Katy Allgeyer
Cynthia Bourque Simonds
David Kofton
David McBeth

Julia McDonald
Kaitlyn Metcalf
Courtney Mooney

AND IN THE ART RACK

Betsy Braunhut
Leslie Landrigan
Cynthia Stroud-Watson

Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925

Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), Drops of Rain [Dew Drops] (detail), 1902, platinum print, 20.2 x 14.9 cm. Library of Congress

This exhibition is the first in over forty years to survey the work of Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and a major teacher and mentor. It will survey White’s career from its beginnings in 1895 in Newark, Ohio, to his death in Mexico in 1925.

Clarence H. White and His World will bring this essential American artist to the attention of new generations of art enthusiasts and reclaim his place in the American art canon. The exhibition will provide a fresh understanding of White’s career, as shaped by the aesthetic, social, economic, technological, and political transformations of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. White’s early work shares with the nascent Arts and Crafts Movement some of the most progressive values of the time, including the advocacy of hand production, closeness to nature, socialism, Japonisme, and the simple life. His move to New York in 1906 and involvement with the influential Photo-Secession group mark a fundamental shift in his production as it grew to encompass nudes made in collaboration with Alfred Stieglitz, commercial illustration for literary works, and deepening relevance to his teaching. Indeed, Clarence H. White the teacher has often overshadowed Clarence H. White the artist; this exhibition seeks to strike a new balance, demonstrating his radical techniques in both arenas. In addition to more than 100 prints, albums, and illustrated books by White himself, the exhibition will include paintings, prints, and drawings by artists who influenced or were influenced by pictorial photography, as well as photographs by White’s closest friends, collaborators, and students, including Gertrude Käsebier, Alfred Stieglitz, and Alvin L. Colburn.

Opening events:
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20: Director’s Circle and Contemporaries Council Evening Preview and Opening Reception
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, June 21: Business Partners Mornings at the Museum
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21: Members Open House
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21: Members Evening Reception
10 a.m. Friday, June 22: Open to the public

Organized by the Princeton University Art Museum.
This exhibition has been made possible, in part, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation and Isabelle and Scott Black.
Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Corporate sponsorship provided by Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts.

Natasha Mayers & Kenny Cole: Men in Suits/Men in Trouble

“Mountain” Nastasha Mayers

ON VIEW: JUNE 6 – 30, 2018 | OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 5-7PM, FILM SCREENING 7PM

“Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is a two-person show featuring work by Natasha Mayers and Kenny Cole. “Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is on view at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, June 8, 5-7pm. The reception will be followed by a short preview of footage from an upcoming film about Natasha Mayers. The public is invited to attend and meet Natasha and Kenny as well as the filmmakers.

“Natasha Mayers: an Un-still Life,” is the working title for a documentary-art film in the Maine Masters series about the activist artist. Filmmakers Anita Clearfield and Geoffrey Leighton use animation, live action, and in-depth interviews to get inside her art process and bring to life this extraordinary artist. The filmmakers believe that now, more than ever, audiences want to see truthful, creative role models like Natasha Mayers, who is known as the “best activist artist” in Maine and who Senator George Mitchell called a “state treasure.” The filmmakers will be present at 7 PM on the night of the opening to screen short excerpts from the film and answer questions about their collaboration with Natasha.
Much of the work in this exhibit depicts men wearing suits or costumes in a seemingly unending array of scenarios. As articles of clothing tie their work together, so does the idea that the men are in trouble.

They view a world in trouble, full of violence toward one another and the planet, with men, historically, at the center of the problem. There are the powerful ones who are intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, and those who lost not only their savings/jobs, but also their meaning, relevance, and dignity. Thus the work reflects anger, frustration, a sense of the absurd, and analysis of what masculine power, white privilege and tradition have wrought.

Natasha Mayers: ““Men in Suits” materialized in my work after the financial crisis of 2008, when the predatory practices that wrecked the housing market and economy came to light. The banksters were rewarded with bailouts and bonuses. They needed to be exposed, so I inserted them into international postcard scenes. Next they inhabited my paintings, looming and commandeering the landscape. They could get away with doing whatever they wanted, assured of their place and their right to be there. They were often the perpetrators, culpable for many of the world’s problems, but sometimes they became the victims of even bigger forces.

The subject continues to interest me because men in suits, at the nexus of corporate, financial, and military power, help to explain what we are doing as a country. They reveal our shared sense of entitlement and belief in the American Dream and the national myth of U.S. exceptionalism. They represent our intoxication by those values that put profit ahead of morality. We grant them immunity from prosecution and let them steal our jobs, savings, and homes, destroy the planet, deport immigrants, harass women, and make endless war.

In these enraging times, with a red tie man in charge, I’m still painting Men in Suits, but they are becoming Men in Trouble. Some are perpetrators, while many are hapless (and headless), intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, hooded, trapped in their suits, damned, and doomed. Some of the recent work sets them on fire, saws them in half, throws them into ovens, turns them into chairs, stacks them in towers, drops them in trash heaps, sets them against each other, strips their clothes off, ties them up, isolates or drowns them.

I’m expressing my outrage and disappointment about what’s happening in the world, trying to transform the anger that so many of us are feeling about power imbalances and injustice. I try to talk about what is scary and threatening to me/us with a touch of irony, humor, pattern, exuberant color, and eccentricity. When you view my work, I hope that you will get more in touch with your unease about what’s going on, and sense the emergency and the madness of it, and then go and change the world or get arrested or make more art.”

Kenny Cole: “I am convinced that being an artist, even a painter of flowers in vases, is a political act. Thus my art confidently veers in to areas that are socially charged in an effort to open a dialogue via an art experience. For this show I’ve pulled together a thread in my practice that explores masculine motifs whose identities have evolved via the guise of a colorful costume. The motifs or characters that populate my work have been written in to our collective cultural psyche to the degree that their identity can be recognized even from a small part of their complete costume. Alas they are all men in suits.

As an artist, one of the more powerful tools in our kit, color, defines our work significantly, depending on how we employ it. In seeking to uncover the sources of discord in the world I have observed that historically, those in power have found a great usefulness and purpose in employing color. Some to achieve political gain through say the pageantry of flags and uniforms; others financial gain through brand identity. Within this collection of drawings and paintings then, my task has been two-fold, to reclaim the unconscious influences of color and to re-work it’s collective associations through a playful narrative. In this respect my gender stand-ins are in trouble. They know not how they got to be whom they are and are being set to perform tasks and roles that do not necessarily conform to their encoding.”

80 Exchange Mural Project in Portland

80 Exchange Street, Portland Maine

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Fathom Companies is seeking Maine based artists to submit proposals to design, create and install a wall mural at 80 Exchange Street, Portland Maine. The 80 Exchange Street Mural project is an investment in the city’s future and will provide a contemporary visual public art display and add color and visual interest, character and a unique sense of place to the location.

The purpose of the 80 Exchange Mural is to enhance an already thriving public space with public art that is non commercial, beautiful and thought provoking.

Fostering community and partnerships with the city of Portland and area businesses, this public mural will demonstrate commitment to urban renewal and growth in the Portland neighborhood.

This public work will add a new layer to the city fabric and serve as a featured canvas for contemporary art.

Deadline to submit proposals is July 15, 2018.

LOCATION DETAILS

The 80 Exchange Street Building is located at 80 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine and is popularly known as the Mural Building at Tommy’s Park. Highly recognized, the building is located at the entrance to upper Exchange Street and is adjacent to Tommy’s Park in the historic Old Port. The 80 Exchange Street mural wall is a 4-story facade, brick wall covered in cement stucco.

QUESTIONS

Questions should be directed to Erin Hutton, Art Consultation for the Fathom Companies, through

e-mail at 80ExchangeMural@gmail.com

SELECTION PROCESS

A committee will review all submissions and select an artist or artist team based on their qualifications, experience, and fit for the project. The committee will review proposal materials to determine who to invite for a second round of evaluation. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $500.00 design fee for refining their proposals. Finalists will present their final proposals to the review committee in person. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal.

PARAMETERS

The design should fully occupy the entire facade and last for 15 years. The work must integrate into the park as a place of respite and must activate the space.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The committee will review materials based on the following criteria:

● Artistic merit and quality, as substantiated by an artist’s vision, originality, as well as the inherent quality in terms of timelessness of design, aesthetics, and excellence;

● Local significance, translating an emotional connection to the City of Portland, creating a sense of excitement in public spaces and presenting fresh ways of seeing the community and city reflected;

● Demonstrating ideas are well communicated and comprehensive;

● Ability to translate artistic concepts into work that will activate or enhance the proposed space

● Ability to design work, that is sensitive to social, environmental, historical, and/or other relevant contexts

● Capacity to complete the proposal on time and within budget

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

All artists or artist teams with a strong connection to Maine are encouraged to submit proposals. Without preference to racial or ethnic origins, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability. Artists must be 18 years of age or older to submit a proposal.

PROJECT BUDGET

Artist’s proposed budget will be a significant consideration in the final selection process. This RFP seeks proposals inclusive of all costs associated with the mural, including, but not limited to, artist design fee, materials, installation labor, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs related to the mural. A budget range of 40-80K is suggested.

Please keep in mind that, as a privately funded project, we will rely on the generosity of individuals, area businesses, corporations and foundations for support. Fathom Companies will launch a fundraising campaign to generate funding and will request the artist and/or artist team to attend fundraising events and gatherings (artists should include within their budget 15 hours for attending fundraising events).

DEADLINE

July 15, 2018 by 5 P.M. is the deadline for submission of materials. Materials received after this date may be excluded from consideration.

MATERIALS REQUIRED IN SUBMISSION

● Materials must be submitted via online form here: 80 Exchange Mural Project Form

( 80ExchangeMural@gmail.com ).

● All documents must be in a PDF format.

● All images must be in a jpg or PDF format.

● Each document must include the artist’s name.

● Any submissions that do not follow the requirements may be considered ineligible.

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

To be reviewed for consideration, the application must contain:

❏ Resume: A current artist resume and exhibition list (2 pages maximum).

❏ Project Narrative: A brief written proposal describing past work/projects, connection to Maine and how you plan to address the site. Proposal should include purpose, rationale and/or intention, including how the piece responds to the site and the surrounding area, and to the City of Portland (2 pages maximum).

❏ Concept Drawings: Illustrative drawings or model showing artwork in relation to 80 Exchange Street. Include concept, sketches and approaches to the project.

❏ Budget: A detailed budget estimate to give cost expectations (include design fees as well as anticipated fabrication, installation and maintenance costs). A more precise budget will be requested for those invited to the finalist round.

❏ Work Examples: Five digital images of recent work. Artist teams must submit five images for each artist represented.

SUBMITTING PROPOSALS

Proposals must be submitted via online form here: 80 Exchange Mural Project Form ( 80ExchangeMural@gmail.com ) by July 15, 2018 by 5 P.M.

PROJECTED TIMELINE

● July 15, 2018: RFP deadline, No late submissions will be accepted

● August, 2018: Committee will meet to review all proposals and select artist(s) for the second round proposal process.

● September, 2018: Finalists will present their final proposals to the review committee in person.

● October, 2018: Committee will meet again to vote on a final selection and artist(s) will be chosen.

● November 2, 2018 – First Friday Art Walk design launch and celebration

● April, 2019: Work on mural will begin

● May, 2019 (approx.): Mural completed

New Exhibit at Venn + Maker in Portland

On June 20th, World Refugee Day, the stories of ten refugees living in Maine will be exhibited at Venn + Maker, a showroom for Maine artists and craftspeople. Visual storyteller Sofia Aldinio and writer Emily Wedick present a mixed media exhibit that unearths the stories of those who have resettled here and the treasured possessions they carried with them.

Opening night will be held on June 20th from 5:30 – 7:30. All are welcome to attend to view the exhibit, meet the artists, hear first account stories from the subjects themselves and enjoy music by Pihcintu Choir and African Dundada.

Maine’s resettled refugees were carried, through a confluence of unique circumstances, away from their homes of origin and to this unlikely landing place– just like objects they brought with them. Carried from Home reveals a deeper understanding of their lives and passages. Through the objects and the stories of those who behold them, we explore the concept of value as it relates to who we are, what we own, where we call home, and what we share as cultures collide and coexist in our state.

Most of us have an object that holds great meaning to us, that we care for, and that has traveled a great distance with us–through time or miles or both. Carried from Home connects the audience with its subjects through the shared experience of holding onto what we care about most.

No matter where we live, we all want to know: who are our neighbors, where do they come from and why are they here? In a time when the value of refugees in our communities is often questioned, Carried from Home shows us that values of our neighbors “from away” are not so foreign after all. Carried from Home seeks to become a statewide mobile exhibit.

Archipelago hosts two receptions for summer gallery show during First Friday Art Walk June 1 and July 6 in Rockland

L-R: Some of the pieces featured in Archipelago’s summer show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” will include paintings by Holly Brooks, wood carvings by Wayne Robbins, and glass dishware by Karen Gola.

Join Archipelago to celebrate the opening of its new gallery show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” and the start of the summer during Rockland’s next Art Walk, Friday, June 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host two artist receptions for this show with another scheduled for the July 6th Art Walk.

“Turning Towards the Sun” will show through July 27th and features the work of Jeff Barrett from Monroe (carved wood sculptures), Holly Brooks from Portland (watercolor and acrylic painting), Karen Gola from Sanford (glass bowls and dishware), Debe Loughlin from Waldoboro (cyanotype collages), Dylan Metrano from Monhegan (papercuts), Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures), and Agnes Robinson from Holden (stained glass mosaics). The show features a wide variety of medium including paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings and more.

The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main Street location to enjoy some light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. In addition to the June 1st and July 6th receptions, Archipelago will be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk events on August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, and November 23rd.

The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, both the store and gallery and are open seven days a week; Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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

Homecoming at Camden Harbor

“Last Rays on the Bay” Charles Fenner Ball

Camden Falls Gallery is honored to open its 2018 season with Homecoming , opening Friday, June 8 from 5-7 PM with an artist’s reception. Homecoming features the works of celebrated mixed media artist Ann Trainor Domingue and other house artists.

“The title resonates on various levels,” says Howard Gallagher, owner of Camden Falls Gallery. He and his wife Margaret have run year-round retail businesses in Camden for 37 years. This year they embraced partial retirement and have adopted a seasonal business profile.

“Summer Day Port Clyde” Ken Dewaard

Like migrating waterfowl, the Gallaghers have become ‘snowbirds’. Homecoming is personal to them. “I don’t want to say it’s like migrating fish returning to their place of origin, but there’s something really special about coming home to the gallery on the edge of Camden Harbor,” said Gallagher. “The schooners shed their winter covers and the harbor just explodes with activity in anticipation of the summer to come. It’s like that in the gallery as well, we have shed winter, and the gallery is bursting with new and exciting work.”

The interplay of family, work, and home are at the core of coastal community life. They can be seen in Trainor Domingue’s playful, overlapping layers of texture, color, and repetitive forms.

In The Best Part of the Day , a school of simplified fish arch overhead and tumble in a torrent across a fisherman’s midsection, suggesting primordial forces cascading from a burst dam. Negative rectangular shapes created by the dockside piers act as anchoring counterpoints. It is the title, however, that leads us into the heart of the painting. A bell-shaped woman stands, back lit, in a doorway. The fisherman turns his head toward what surely is his home, with all the richness and heartache that connotes.

“Family Matters” Ann Trainor Domingue

Icons are visual images, usually rendered in strong, simple compositions, that lead the viewer through the realm of the senses into a more contemplative state. Trainor Domingue’s iconic imagery transcends a particular time and place, capturing our imagination with archetypal human beings and their mysterious lives. The imagery is intricate, yet free-flowing. Her work reminds us of the delicate ecosystems that thrive in the Gulf of Maine and Penobscot Bay, which are sometimes threatened by the intersection of human industry and enterprise.

Trainor Domingue was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. Summer holidays spent on Cape Cod deepened her affinity for coastal estuaries, harbor towns, and the doughty New Englanders who earn their living from the sea.

“My work has transitioned from a focus on coastal structures and architecture toward incorporating the humanity of the working waterfront by bringing meaningful relationships between people, work and the landscape together in paintings that visualize this idea in uncommon ways,” said Trainor Domingue.

After graduating from Rhode Island College, Trainor Domingue had a successful career as an illustrator and art director. Two artist residencies from the Copley Society in Boston enabled her to return to Provincetown to paint after her escape from the corporate world.

Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, Camden, ME. For more information, call (207) 470-7027 or email info@camdenfallsgallery.com .

Ogunquit Museum Announces 2018 Programs

Art in Bloom 2016

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) today announced the program schedule for its 65th Anniversary Exhibition Season. OMAA’s 2018 programs include the popular Totally Tuesday Talks lecture series, a new Arts & Letters by the Sea public readings series, Art in Bloom weekend, Totally Tuesday walking tours, and for young visitors, Stories by the Sea.

“Our 65th Anniversary Exhibition Season includes a wonderful series of programs to enrich our visitors’ experiences at OMAA, from the opportunity to hear artist Lois Dodd talk about her exhibition, Lois Dodd: Drawings and Paintings, which opens July 14, to a poetry reading by Inaugural Poet Laureate Richard Blanco,” said Michael Mansfield, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. “I’m excited to host these artists and introduce them to our guests.”

OMAA programs begin on Friday, June 22 with Art in Bloom weekend at OMAA. Members of the Piscataqua Garden Club, Portsmouth Garden Club, and Old York Garden Club will brighten the museum’s galleries with floral interpretations of selected works on view. OMAA visitors are invited to vote for their favorite arrangement and the festive spring program concludes with a new event, The Garden Party on Sunday, June 24 from 2pm to 4pm This lively party, a fundraiser for OMAA’s 3-acre seaside sculpture gardens, will include seasonal finger foods, beverages, and music, plus a prize for the favorite garden party hat of the day. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the museum, by phone at (207) 646-4909 or at www.ogunquitmuseum.org.

Totally Tuesday walking tours begin on June 26 with a tour of the OMAA sculpture gardens. On alternating Tuesdays through August 28, OMAA also offers walking tours of the Ogunquit art colony. Tours begin at the reception desk at 11am. Please check the calendar on the OMAA website for scheduled walks, which may be cancelled due to rain.

Totally Tuesday Talks also begin on June 26 with a lecture by Charles Burchfield scholar Nancy Weekly about the current exhibition, Surrounded: Sampling Burchfield’s Wallpaper. The weekly lecture series gives OMAA visitors the opportunity to hear from visiting artists, scholars, and experts about topics related to the museum’s exhibitions. Talks begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments served by 2018 Director’s Circle sponsor Harvest & Plate Catering from 5pm to 5:45pm. Please check with the museum for a complete schedule of 2018 Totally Tuesday Talks.

Arts & Letters by the Sea, a new three-part program at OMAA, further explores the dynamic union between visual arts and literature inspired by recent exhibitions in the Strater Gallery, including the current show, This Side of Paradise: American Artists of the Paris Salon. The program includes three public readings by notable authors, beginning with Inaugural Poet Laureate Richard Blanco reading poetry at OMAA on Sunday, July 22 at 3pm. Please check the OMAA website for the complete program schedule.

In July and August, young visitors are invited to join OMAA Educator Jill Burke for Stories by the Sea, a weekly story hour with a related art project that meets on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am and is suited to children ages 4 to 8. The fee is $5 per child or free for OMAA members’ families.

New work by Matt Demers at Frank Brockman Gallery

“Insignificant Other” by Matt Demers

June 9th-30th , Opening Saturday June 9th 5:30-8:00

Frank Brockman Gallery 68 Maine Street Brunswick, Maine 04011

Gardiner artist Matt Demers will be exhibiting new work at the Frank Brockman Gallery in Brunswick from June 9th to June 30th. Meet the artist at a public opening on Saturday June 9th from 5:30-8:00 pm. Demers creates abstract mixed media compositions using a wide variety of materials and techniques. “My work is a visual representation of my constantly racing mind. It’s a channel for observation, memory, overthinking, doubt, fear, and happiness. Emotions and personal experiences become arrangements of forms, textures, and materials. Frank Brockman Gallery is located at 68 Maine Street in Brunswick. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am-5pm.

Grand Opening of the season at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

“Mona Bird – Body Gard – Mine”

Philippe Guillerm at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

“Art is Fun”, a exhibition of works by international artist Philippe Guillerm, opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, June 9th, from 4 to 7pm.

Philippe Guillerm presents a unique series of Paintings and Sculptures from his travels to the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands. This year’s Collection will be fun, eclectic and whimsical for Waldoboro’s first ArtWalk of the 2018.

Born in Paris, France, Philippe Guillerm began working with design in a early age and the local environment had an enormous and lasting influence on his drawings giving him contemporary forms he continues to use today on his tree dimensional works. The artist actually went to school for engineering, following his father’s vocation. He grew up surrounded by art, and his training, along with helping his father build furniture and boats, prepared him to compose. Philippe’s family is originally from Brittany, or “ Land of the Sea”, where the people traditionally worked as sailors or fishermen .With his heritage and a life time of summer sailing behind him, adolescent Guillerm left France for Spain and Morocco. His travels eventually led to French Guyana, where he met wife and wood, Philippe found the beauty of each undeniable, and he left for Tahiti two years later as a husband and sculptor.

Dowling Walsh Gallery July Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of July: Joyce Tenneson, Robin McCoy, and Stephen Pace.

Opening Friday, July 6th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

Joyce Tenneson
July 6, 2018

In the early 1970’s, Joyce Tenneson began creating her own photographic paper by applying silver emulsion with a brush to watercolor paper, creating images with a painterly effect. These works show the artist’s hand and the process of development in a beautifully revealing way through depicting moments of everyday intimacy: her own self portraits, photographs of her young son, and scenes of daily life in her home. Tenneson creates a world that seems to exist outside of time, open to the unconscious and heightened fragility, seeking to make the invisible visible.

Joyce Tenneson, Partitioned Shell, 1976, Hand applied silver on Arches rag paper, 30″ x 22″

Robin McCoy
July 6, 2018

Maude Robin McCoy grew up painting in the studios of her father, John McCoy and her aunt, Carolyn Wyeth. She is inspired by an intense observation of her surroundings. Using gestural strokes in watercolor, her works portray the natural landscape with attentive quietness.

Robin McCoy, First Snow, Watercolor on paper, 18″ x 15″

Stephen Pace (1918-2010)
July 6, 2018

Stephen Pace began spending time in Maine in 1953. This shift in his surroundings drew a change in his painting from pure abstraction to an interest in portraying what he saw around him in the working harbor of Stonington. He began depicting everyday scenes of his life in Maine with colorful gestural energy. These works show his interest in everything that made up his life in Maine; from landscapes of surrounding islands to the subtle figurative actions of working lobstermen.

Stephen Pace (1918-2010), Unloading at Duryeea’s Pier #2, 1988, Oil on canvas, 60-1/2″ x 84-1/2″

Randy Eckard Solo Exhibition

Randy Eckard ~ “Incoming Tide” ~ Watercolor on Paper 15″ x 21″

Time permitting, stop in Richard Boyd Art Gallery June 1 at 10:00 a.m. for the opening of a solo exhibition of paintings by noted watercolorist Randy Eckard, with a meet the artist reception to follow on the 2nd.

Randy Eckard ~ “The Old Ways” ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine 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 paintings in watercolor are expertly detailed and invite the viewer in for a closer look.

Eckard has won over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast. His work is widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections.

You’re invited to meet Randy at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery Saturday, June 2 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when he will be available to discuss his work.

The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily from June 1 through June 29, 2018. For more information about the exhibit or reception contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097

Studio Roz Opening for the Season

Construction is complete! The shed is now a dream come true studio. June 2nd Studio Roz will open for the season! Starting with a celebration beginning at 3 PM. Roz is looking forward to seeing many friends and fellow artists as well as new faces. There will be sculpted paintings and one of a kind fine jewelry on display and for sale. Roz will be able to show what she is working on at present and will have demonstrations on how she works.

“I am ecstatic about my new space and want all to see it. After working in my living space for all my life, it’s like a dream come true having a separate studio from the house” says Roz.

There will be refreshments served.
Regular open hours will be Thurs. ~ Sun. 11 AM~ 6 PM. or by appointment

147 ELM STREET, PO BOX 1442
DAMARISCOTTA, ME 04543

Opening and Expansion Celebration!

Russell D’Alessio

Celebrating 29 years of showcasing works in Bar Harbor, Maine 1989 – 2018

“art depicting observations of a fleeting moment” Russell D’Alessio

Opening for the Season & Gallery Expansion : You’re Invited!

Beverages, lite fare, Maine musician Willy Kelly on guitar.

June 29th, 2018 – 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents: DIRECT CONTACT

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents
DIRECT CONTACT, A Group Exhibition Featuring:

ELIZABETH GOURLAY
ANNA HEPLER
JULIET KARELSEN
MEGAN MAGILL
NORIKO SAKANISHI
With New Work from: Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, John Wilkinson, Cynthia Winings, Goody-B. Wiseman, Diane Bowie Zaitlin

Please join us for the Opening Reception on
Sunday, MAY 27, 4 – 7PM

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present the first group exhibition of the season, Direct Contact, featuring the artwork of Elizabeth Gourlay, Anna Hepler, Juliet Karelsen, Megan Magill, and Noriko Sakanishi. The exhibition will include new artwork from Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman and Diane Bowie Zaitlin. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, Sunday, May 27, 4 – 7 PM.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art opens for the 2018 Season Spring Show and Holly Meade: Everyday Charm

Holly Meade, Angel Plane Transporting Souls, woodblock print, 9 x 17 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to announce they will open for the 2018 season on May 25 with their annual Spring Show highlighting gallery artists, and an exhibition of woodblock prints by Sedgwick artist Holly Meade (1956–2013). Meade’s lively prints are full of wit and charm, exploring everyday life, baking cookies or an afternoon nap, and her humorous personification of animals. Meade is also an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who has illustrated more than 30 children’s books. Her illustrations for Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho won a 1997 Caldecott Honor for illustration, and for John Willy and Freddy McGee she was named an honoree for the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Creative Writing.

Joseph Keiffer, Nasturtiums and Pansies on Green Gingham Cloth, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Courthouse Gallery Spring Show participating artists include: Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Lise Becu, Siri Beckman, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, William Irvine, Henry Issacs, Jessica Lee Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Stephen Porter, Alison Rector, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe.

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

Carver Hill Gallery and Black Hole Gallery Pop-Up

Black Hole Gallery, 403 Main St in Rockland, will host Carver Hill Gallery FOR A POP-UP SHOW of Ron Rovner’s work to open on Friday, May 18th, from 5 – 8 pm.

Ron Rovner lived in Maine and vacationed in Santa Fe for 35 years. Now he does the opposite. His interest in art is a common story; he is a music and science guy. A practicing dermatologist for 3 decades, Rovner is also a classically trained pianist. For him, art is the natural expression that ties the two together; his goal is to create works which emphasize the musical fundamentals of harmony, balance and rhythm.

Rovner started making stained glass pieces early on. He was clearly influenced by Craftsman era architecture and the organization of his shapes was an indication of what would evolve into his current paintings. From glass, he segued into wood constructions, but that got tedious and the process was long and labor intensive. The idea of painting started to enter into the picture.

“I woke up one night and was at an impasse, and then it hit me.” At 2 a.m. he started thinking about the 20th century composer Arnold Schoenberg and his 12-tone structures. “The music is very difficult to listen to. Some people call it music for the eye, not for the ear, but it’s interesting to study and observe on paper. The idea of turning it into art was intriguing.”

Some of Rovner’s work speaks more to the feeling or emotional response to the music, and other works reflect the actual construction of music; meaning the latter works are comprised largely of elements that represent Rovner’s visual interpretation of that music.

His “Nachtmusik” pieces (inspired by music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg) are complex variations of similarly complex pieces of music. The more straightforward series he creates are interpretations of beautiful, subtle compositions.

There are three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). The symbols Rovner has created represent these cariations, and also unmistakably evoke the Southwest in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.

“My process includes reconciling apparent opposites such as the ancient with the contemporary, the angular versus the lyrical, and amorphous color background fields with bold foreground figurations. My goal is to create work which combines the creative aspects of music and visual art which represents something more than the mere sum of its often disparate parts.”

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY! OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018. Join us for a glass and a nibble of from 5 – 8 pm and enjoy “GOOD AFFORADABLE ART!”

BLACK HOLE GALLERY HOURS: 5/18 – 5/20 & 5/25 – 5/27 Fri 12 – 5, Sat 10 – 5 & Sun 12 – 3

403 Main Street Rockland 207-808-2141

www.blackholegallery.com

www.carverhillgallery.com

Dowling Walsh Gallery June Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of June: Greta Van Campen, John Koenig, and Richard Silliboy.

Opening Friday, June 1st from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

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

Greta Van Campen, The Red Room, Acrylic on panel, 40″ x 28″

Greta Van Campen
June 1, 2018

Our lives are full of intimate moments that pass through our eyes, sometimes only as glimpses, and return later in memories. These works represent some of the moments that inspire me, often discreetly, as I move through my day to day life. They highlight my memories, and invite the viewer to pause, look, discover, reflect, and later, remember anew.

John Koenig, Deep Woods 1, Lycopodium, Oil on board, 30″ x 36″

John Koenig (1927-2017)
June 1, 2018

“The soul of my subject matter, its vital essence, remains forever my obsession in painting…if that can be captured, then the work comes alive, fraught with its own note, its own music. Without that spark, that living radiance, the painting remains a dead thing.” – John Koenig

Brown ash wood, 11 3/4″ H x 13″ W x 13″ D

Richard Silliboy
June 1, 2018

Growing up making baskets with his family, Richard Silliboy returned to it when he realized basket making was a dying art among his people. He now creates baskets from brown ash wood using traditional Mi’kmaq basketry techniques with no adhesive or hardware. Enjoying the spiritual aspect of handling wood, the serenity as well as frustration within the process, it became a tool for reconnecting with his culture.

“Shapes in a Series” | Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist Katharina Keoughan, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, May 25, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists. Admission is free.

Katharina Keoughan’s first career as a graphic designer and owner of a leading graphic studio in Miami, Florida, prepared her well for a second career as a fine artist. Keoughan says “On moving to Maine 25 years ago I pursued painting with the same drive and enthusiasm I gave to my design work. Fourteen years ago I began teaching and found my passion in nurturing adult painting students. The result is teaching, exhibiting, being a part of the art community and living a joyous life.”

About Shapes in a Series, the current exhibition of Conte and watercolor drawings she says “When drawing a figure, I don’t set out to draw a nude body. I draw shapes, positive and negative shapes, round shapes, and curved shapes. Often I draw in the areas that remain after the figure is rendered. This series began after I drew a female figure and chose to draw a square around her. My curiosity grew. I asked myself how much space could a figure fill in a square or a circle, where is the mass and what shapes remain? These drawings are a series of shapes. Yet, I am hoping my audience finds their own meaning in the drawings: femininity, sensuality, mother-earth, confinement, or strength.”

Shapes in a Series Exhibit ends July 13.

For more information please call 207-442-0300

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Halcyon’

Mj Viano Crowe, Kingfisher Queen, Papercut Stencils, Polychromed, 48″X24″

Betts Gallery kicks off the 2018 season with a show entitled ‘Halcyon’. This show features a plenteous group of local artists exploring the theme halcyon, which Webster’s defines as various species of kingfishers (in Latin; alcyon), as well as a feeling of calm or peacefulness, joy, prosperity or tranquility. The show runs through June 30th, and includes artists Daniel Anselmi, Sally Brophy, Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, MJ Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, David Estey, JT Gibson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Sheep Jones, Marc Leavitt, Karen MacDonald, Leslie Moore, Abbie Read, Wes Reddick, Willy Reddick, Dyan Ross, Lesia Sochor and April White.

Please join them for an opening reception as part of the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk, May 25th, 5:30-8pm. It’s always a fun time to walk around town, visit the galleries, talk to the artists and enjoy some fine refreshments. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website, www.thebelfastframer.com.

Opening Exhibitions | Barn Gallery

Traps n Barrels 16 x 20, oil, Mullaney

May 23 – June 23.
Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine

Opening Exhibitions, Opening Reception: Saturday May 26, 5 – 7:30 PM. An exciting new season of art exhibitions and programs by artists of the Ogunquit Art Association begins Wednesday, May 23.

Opening Exhibitions include ‘OAA Expressions,’ an exhibition with a wide variety of subject and medium and ‘BIG,’ an opportunity for OAA artists to show large, very large work. Invited New England Sculptors exhibit in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Painters Ree Katrak and Lennie Mullaney Showcase their work in the North Gallery. Join them for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, June 14 at 6:00 PM.

Harbor Artisans has come home

Harbor Artisans is ecstatic to have finally found a new home in Belfast, at 69 Main Street. Since we lost our lease several years ago, we’ve been actively seeking a new home and are happy to say we’re back! Renovations are almost complete, and we are getting ready for our grand reopening, and ribbon cutting, on May 25th at 10am. It’s also Art Walk Friday so we’ll be open till 8pm and will have refreshments to imbibe and artists to meet! Please come by to see our new shop.

Harbor Artisans is located at 69 Main Street in Belfast. We greet the public with 61 Maine artisans creating everything from jewelry and pottery to fine art. All our work is made in Maine by full time Maine residents. We will be open every day from May 25th till December 29th; 10am – 6pm every day except Sunday when we close at 5pm. We will be closed for Thanksgiving & Christmas day. We will, of course, be open till 8pm on Art Walk Fridays. Our phone number is: 207-338-2088, email: Glass@GlassOrchids.com, we are working on our website, but you can find us on FB as BelfastHarborArtisans.

“On the Coast: Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Art”

Matthias Noheimer (1909-1982), “Three Gulls,” egg tempera, 18” x 20”

“On the Coast: Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Art” will open Saturday, May 26th at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine.

 Among the featured works in the exhibition are recent oils by Judith Magyar including “October Moonrise, Maquoit Bay” with its clear, haunting light. David Kasman’s new paintings of Stonington, Maine and Monhegan Island have a weight and solidity of paint, which are energized by vigorous, free brushstrokes. Similarly, “Center Harbor” and “Island Poppies” by Keith Oehmig resonate with deep blues and purples captured in a loose, painterly manner. Other contemporary new artists showing in the exhibition include Michael Graves, Roberta Goschke, Guy Corriero, Diana Johnson, David Lussier, Tom McCobb and Paul Niemiec.

Keith Oehmig, “Island Poppies” oil on board, 14” x 18”

 Among the twentieth century American works highlighted in the show are Matthias Noheimer’s (1909-1982) egg tempera, “Three Gulls,” and Morris Shulman’s (1912-1978) geometric oil, “Horn’s Hill, Monhegan.” Other important American artists included in the exhibition are William Zorach (1887-1966), Gordon Grant (1875-1962), Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970), Ernest Trova (1927-2009) and Robert Philipp (1895-1981).

 “On the Coast: Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Art” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through July 6th. For more 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.

CRAFT Gallery opens “Nature as Muse”

Lichen painting by Alana Vanderwerker

CRAFT Gallery opens its first show of the season on May 25th with “Nature as Muse”. Nature is one of  the principals of art and craft. Rocks, trees, lichen and leaves are subjects that inspire this show’s artists. All mediums are represented: painting, drawing, calligraphy, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and glass. Sculptor Jacques Vesery says “It is human nature to be inspired by our surroundings”. He strives to create an illusion of reality with repetitive patterns found in nature. Water, sky, rocks and leaf patterns appear in his work, reinterpreted and fantasized in his meticulous wood and acrylic sculptures. Each artist has his or her own story to tell: what they see, experience and are inspired by. The meadows, bogs and trees that surround her property are the resources for Dudley Zopp’s work in this show. Alana Vanderwerker is fascinated with the beauty and significance of lichens as she walks through the Maine woods. She searches for specific specimens to paint, satisfying her interest in biology and botany. Nature has always been one of the many themes in Lissa Hunter’s art, using a variety of materials and processes.  Weaving, basketry, pottery, painting and drawing are all part of her oeuvre. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums throughout the country. Glass artist David Jacobson’s glass “rocks”,  part of his new Cairn Series, has been influenced by the many rock cairns that people build to help others find their way along the trails he hikes in the hills near his Montville studio. Jacobson has just been recognized as the Microenterprise of the Year by the Small Business Administration of Maine. He is foremost an artist, mentor and educator, promoting a new generation of glass blowers.

These and other distinguished artists are included in CRAFT’s opening show which will continue through June. The gallery represents Maine artists working in all mediums with a special emphasis in fine craft.  CRAFT will participate in the First Friday Art Walk on June 1st. Many of the gallery artists will be there to talk about their work. The gallery is in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI visit www.craftonelm.com or call 207 594 0167.

CMCA 2018 Summer Exhibitions

Tom Burckhardt | Jocelyn Lee | John Bisbee

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland, Maine, is excited to announce its summer 2018 exhibition lineup featuring three solo shows by artists Tom Burckhardt, Jocelyn Lee, and John Bisbee. The three artists will be recognized at CMCA’s annual summer gala, The Art Party, to be held on Friday evening, June 29. The event celebrates CMCA’s two-year anniversary in its new location and building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori. Tickets to The Art Party are available online at cmcanow.org/theartparty or by calling 207-701.5005.

Tom Burckhardt, Studio Flood, 2016-18, cardboard and paint, installation

Tom Burckhardt: Studio Flood, June 9 – October 7, 2018

Studio Flood features a life-size, walk-in installation executed entirely in corrugated cardboard and black paint, and centered on the image of an artist’s studio that has experienced a catastrophic flood. Here the floor plane, now an extended surface of water, appears above our heads. One’s world is turned upside down, both figuratively and literally. In the floodwater, black monochrome canvases—emblems of intellect, will, and discipline—are floating and have been wrenched from their creators’ control and set adrift.

Tom Burckhardt has been called “one of the most interesting artists of his generation,” by art critic John Yau. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; National Academy Museum, New York, NY; and City Museum, Aalst, Belgium. An iteration of Studio Flood was exhibited at Pierogi gallery in New York City, in fall 2017 and premiered at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerala, India in 2016. Burckhardt currently lives and works in New York City and Searsmont, Maine.

Jocelyn Lee, Jenna and fallen apples, 2016, archival digital print

Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things, June 16 – October 14, 2018

Representing nearly ten years of work by photographer Jocelyn Lee, The Appearance of Things encompasses still life, portrait, and landscape photographs, as well as many images that fuse these genres. This mingling is partly what the work is about: creating a shift in perspective where a body (portrait) becomes a landscape; a still life becomes a portrait; and a landscape becomes a body.

Printed at large scale, the photographs beckon the viewer to a cinematic immersion in the image. The installation of the work as triptychs and diptychs juxtapose various bodies in divergent earthly environments and shift scale significantly across the images. The works are meant to engage the body of the viewer and become galaxies of their own through the use of space and the dilation and contraction of scale.

The New Yorker has called Jocelyn Lee’s photographs, “the very essence of transient beauty.” Lee was born in Naples, Italy, and received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University, and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. She currently lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. In 2013 she received a NYFA Fellowship, and in 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery in New York, Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam, and Huxley-Parlour gallery in London, where she was recently featured in a critcally-acclaimed solo exhibition. A monograph on The Appearance of Things, with an essay by Bill Roorbach, and printed by Meridian Printing, accompanies the exhibition at CMCA.

John Bisbee, American Steel, 2018, welded nails, installation

John Bisbee: American Steel, June 30 – October 14, 2018

American Steel is the first solo exhibition in Maine of sculptor John Bisbee’s work in nearly a decade. Bisbee, a resident of Brunswick, Maine, is celebrated for his masterful work created exclusively from forged and welded nails—as he says, “only nails, always different”—transforming their simple form into sculptures that defy the imagination.

Constructed entirely by hand using age-old techniques, Bisbee’s objects draw on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. As Glenn Adamson, former director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, writes in the catalog essay, “They are made in a spirit of solidarity with workers of all kinds; each nail expresses the idea of things joined together. Yet the exhibition also has a critical edge. Bisbee uses poetic language, narrative imagery, and potent emblems to express his concern with our country’s direction.” American Steel is thus a statement on current affairs. The work is, in Bisbee’s words, “an abstraction of who are we are, right now.”

John Bisbee received his BFA from Alfred University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has had more than two dozen solo exhibitions across the country since 1993, including at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont; Snite Museum of Art at University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; and a mid-career retrospective at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, in 2008.

The exhibition, American Steel, and the accompanying catalog are made possible through the generous support of the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, and supporters John and Linda Coleman, James and Lisa Mooney, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, David E. Shaw Family Foundation, and Cold Mountain Builders.

UMaine Museum of Art announces Summer Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens four new exhibitions in May. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s summer shows open to the public on May 25 and run through September 1, 2018. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Helen O’Leary (American, born Ireland 1961) Safe House, 2017-2018, Egg tempera and oil emulsion on constructed wood

SAFE HOUSE: HELEN O’LEARY
May 25 – September 1, 2018

Safe House features the works of Irish-born artist Helen O’Leary, who lives and works in Hoboken, New Jersey. O’Leary’s constructions straddle the territories between painting and sculpture. Many of her freestanding works are arranged on tabletops, and when joined with other wall-oriented compositions, create a lively and engaging installation. Created of wooden strips, plywood, cotton duct and other materials, these works share each other’s space while asserting their own unique, yet quirky stance. “I knit with wood,” O’Leary states, “building and building the painting out of the ruin of its own making. Each piece is cobbled together from the chiseling of earlier attempts.”

O’Leary’s works are raw, yet intuitively assembled, and imbued with soul. Flat wooden cutout shapes are joined together through notched-out sections, while rough sticks are fashioned into supports like complex armatures. These re-purposed materials reveal their histories– imperfections celebrated while coming together like puzzle pieces. Some of O’Leary’s constructions incorporate expansive planes of color. In these, the artist has crafted and applied a sophisticated paint mixture to render surfaces like an almond that’s been coated with sugar to reveal a hardened, smooth shell.

Diana Schmertz (American, born 1973) Origin Stories, 2017, Oil paint on 556 2″ diameter wood tondos, Courtesy of the artist

THEY ARE EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE: DIANA SCHMERTZ
May 25 – September 1, 2018

They Are Each Other For A While, features an array of paintings by New York City-based artist Diana Schmertz. The artist’s work balances “emotional reasoning and intellectual logic” to allow viewers to explore ‘the self’ in relation to the world, while utilizing visual systems that aim to challenge belief structures.

A focal point of the exhibition is Origin Stories, a wall installation that depicts 556 human navels painted on two-inch diameter circular wooden panels. These belly buttons represent the specific individuality of every human being—while the tondo format symbolizes mathematical order for the artist. This piece challenges the viewer to consider their own self in relation to others. Focusing on what unites, the artist has depicted various bodies and skin colors that look beyond social hierarchies—or thoughts fueled solely by history and politics.

The Uncertainty Principle, a large-scale canvas measuring 7½’ x 9’, highlights intimate moments of human interaction. Schmertz often chooses the body as a principle subject “because we filter everything we perceive through our physical senses.” Her realistically rendered images are painted in the confines of circular areas arranged in a grid. When viewed close up the sensitively rendered details of each circular moment are revealed; while from a distance the composition reads as an expansive white field populated by a grid of flesh colored dots.

 

Steve Bartlett (American, born 1961) Crosscut, 2017, Ash, stain, paint, varnish, Courtesy of the artist

WORKS FROM 2013-2018: STEVE BARTLETT
May 25 – September 1, 2018

Maine-based artist Steve Bartlett has created a dynamic environment that features large-scale floor sculptures, wall-mounted compositions, and small objects. The exhibition also features several never-before-seen sculptures created in 2017 and 2018. Bartlett’s sculptures are crafted from ash, oak and walnut, and display the artist’s impeccable craftsmanship and inherent joy in the creative process. He utilizes steam-bent techniques for shaping and constructing the complex curves of the varied forms. Bartlett explains his sculptural process as “intuitive and evolutionary.” While the forms are enigmatic, they are also rooted in nature; their character and gestures seem to reference organic flora. A symbiotic relationship exists between the artist’s ideas and his chosen media. The work in his studio evolves in a fluid manner as the unique character of materials inform the final outcome.

Central to Bartlett’s recent works is the introduction of hard-edged painted areas, primarily in black and white. These painted elements, in the form of bands and circular notations, accentuate the curved shapes to create bold and unexpected graphic overlays. Bartlett explains “there is no direct message in his sculptures” and that he “simply hopes to engage and provoke the imagination” through organic and geometric shapes.

Eric Lindveit (American, born 1964) Installation view, Courtesy of the artist

SYLVAN NATURAL HISTORY: ERIC LINDVEIT
May 25 – September 1, 2018

In Sylvan Natural History, New York City-based artist Eric Lindveit exhibits an array of dimensional works on paper in which things aren’t quite as they appear. Inspired by a series of hand-colored illustrated books published in 1842 depicting the flora and fauna of New York, Lindveit has created scaled-up versions of New York City trees. What is surprising is that these enlarged views of varied bark are constructed from pencil, acrylic, flocking, sawdust, paper, and burlap over steel box springs. Lindveit has rendered the details of these trees, and in some cases their blemishes, in striking detail. Many appear to have suffered trauma—branches cut, wounds to the bark, irregular growths, knots, and protuberances, while some serve as hosts to opportunistic fungi.

Some of the sculptures are displayed in crate-like frames that are stacked to create a monumental wall structure. Lindveit explains, “When the work is believable, it becomes somehow real, no matter how improbable. I am making greatly exaggerated composite portraits that combine my interest in surface, identity, entropy, and the skin of paint. They belong to the built environment.” These stacks occupy an entire expanse of wall like an altar, inviting the viewer to see these sculptures in relationship to architecture. We are left to ponder the artifice of a built environment in contrast to our experiences and relationship with the natural world.

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

Mars Hall Summer Preview -“St. George Sales into Summer”

Caretakers House, Acrylic on Board 16 x 16

Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate the holiday weekend as part of “St. George Sales into Summer”. The annual event previews the 2018 season on Saturday & Sunday, May 26th & 27th, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Memorial Day thru Friday June 15th the gallery is open by appointment only.

The show offers an eclectic mix of paintings by Ian Baird, Nancy Baker, Leo Brooks, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon, Carl Sublett and Ron Weaver; and black and white pinhole photography by Antonia Small.

Jay Hoagland,”Lobster”

Also on display is a large variety 3-D ART by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland and Elaine Niemi; quality crafts including decoupage by Davene Fahy; handmade leather journals by Karen Carroll; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; mixed-media cards by Eleanor Zuccola and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens are inhabited by “The Recycled Zoo” created by Brian Read and “Yard ART” sculpture by Jay Hoagland. A large collection of antiques, original 1960’s & 70’s Rock posters from California, new & vintage jewelry, books by gallery artists and farm fresh eggs are also available.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. or more info call 207-372-9996 or 207-372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.

Gallery B. | 2018 Season Preview Opening Reception

Thelma Golden, visionary arts leader, comes to Portland as part of the PMA’s Bernard Osher Lecture series

The Portland Museum of Art is honored to announce that Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, is the museum’s guest speaker for the 2018 Bernard Osher Lecture on Tuesday, July 9, at the University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall. Tickets go on sale May 24.
With a vision set squarely to the future and a belief in the power of art to shape local communities and affect the wider world, Thelma Golden is an ideal choice for this year’s Bernard Osher Lecture Series, which annually invites visionary cultural leaders, scholars, and thinkers to Maine to share their insights and experiences with PMA audiences.

The Studio Museum is the world’s leading institution devoted to visual art by artists of African descent, located in the heart of Harlem, New York. Under Golden’s leadership, the museum has gained increased renown as a global leader in the exhibition of contemporary art, a center for innovative education, and a cultural anchor in the Harlem community.

Golden’s tenure as Director has also been characterized by a deep commitment to planning for the Museum’s future. In 2015, the museum announced plans to create a new facility on its current site in Harlem. The new building will be the Studio Museum’s first purpose-built facility since its founding in 1968.

Prior to joining the Studio Museum in 2000, Golden was a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she co-curated the 1993 Whitney Biennial, a landmark exhibition that paved the way for topics of race, gender and identity to be discussed institutionally. One year later, Golden curated the groundbreaking Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in American Art, an exhibition that cemented her reputation as a leading progressive voice in museum and artistic culture.

After leaving the Whitney, Golden accepted the role of Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs at the Studio Museum in 2000, and became Director of the institution in 2005. In the years that followed, the Studio Museum has made significant strides in the presentation of contemporary art, and helped shape the future of one of New York’s most historic and important neighborhoods.

Thelma Golden holds a B.A. in Art History and African American Studies from Smith College. She has received honorary doctorates from the City College of New York (2009), San Francisco Art Institute (2008), Smith College (2004), and Moore College of Art and Design (2003). In 2010, she was awarded a Barnard Medal of Distinction from Barnard College. That same year, President Barack Obama appointed Golden to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, on which she served from 2010–2016.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Barack Obama Foundation and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is a 2008 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and in 2016 received the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. In 2015, she was appointed as a Ford Foundation Art of Change Visiting Fellow. Golden is a recognized authority in contemporary art by artists of African descent and an active lecturer and panelist speaking about contemporary art and culture at national and international institutions. Most recently, in March 2018, the J. Paul Getty Trust announced that Golden as the recipient of the annual J. Paul Getty Medal, for transforming the Studio Museum into “one of our nation’s most dynamic visual arts institutions, inspiring to professionals and public alike.”

For more information visit portlandmuseum.org/osher or call (207) 775-6148.

John Whalley | Brushwork

The Manuscript, Egg tempera on panel, 21 x 30 inches

Opening reception Thursday, June 7 from 5-7pm
Artists talk Saturday, June 23 at 1pm

Brushwork is John Whalley’s 8th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. This exhibition of paintings and drawings continues Whalley’s exploration of  reclaiming discarded tools, seashells, and other objects and giving them new life. His beautifully rendered images seem to instill, or rather uncover, an inner light within his subjects.

About the show Whalley states, “This last year as I was preparing a body of work for this show, with the exception of two drawings, I found myself wanting to explore my subjects in color, with a collection of twenty oil and egg tempera paintings. Hence, the title “Brushwork”- which also gave a nod to the seven paintings that had as their subject some of the many old, oversized paintbrushes I’ve collected over the years. Each of these brushes holds a story of their long service that I wanted to pay tribute to.
My studio contains a vast array of “orphaned objects’ which my wife and I have collected over the years, and from these I selected the ones which, in a sense, passed their audition and found their places in each of my paintings. Care was taken to allow a little story to develop in each painting which remains open to the imagination and interpretation of each viewer. I find that the paintings often touch memories and emotions of each viewer, as they have my own. Objects from nature such as a lobster claw, mussel shells and fossils have fascinated me since childhood. Old tools, such as these two wrenches used by my grandfather in Brooklyn in the early 20th century, measuring strings, and putty knife speak of the dignity of common labor. An old pocket watch, compass and clouded bottles harken back to a time of the concern for beauty in the making of objects of everyday use. My love for the printed word, and the idea of story, account for my inclusion of these vintage volumes in the paintings.

My hope is that these works will comprise a collection of winsome scenes, as if from a play, that will bring pleasure with their simple telling.”

Monhegan Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Masterpieces of American Art

Alan LaVallee, 2015

The Museum’s 2018 Exhibition Highlights the Island’s Artistic Legacy

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History on Monhegan Island, Maine. Founded by artists and islanders in 1968, the museum draws visitors from all over the world to its outstanding collection and historic architecture, including a working lighthouse built in 1850. The museum’s collection of works by leading American artists who have worked on Monhegan is the focus of the museum’s major exhibition this summer, which will feature paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by some 70 artists, including George Bellows, James Fitzgerald, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth, among others. The Monhegan Museum: Celebrating Fifty Years, accompanied by a commemorative book of the same name, will be on view July 1 through September 30, 2018.

“Monhegan is a small place, but it has had an outsized influence on American Art,” said Ed Deci, who has been director of the Monhegan Museum for more than 30 years. “We offer visitors the rare opportunity to experience these defining works of American art within the setting that inspired them.”

Over the years, the Monhegan Museum’s collection has grown to some 30,000 objects, about 1,500 of which are fine-art paintings, prints, and photographs. All entered the museum’s collection as generous gifts from islanders, artists, collectors, and others who treasure Monhegan’s art and history. Masterpieces featured in the exhibition will include Rockwell Kent’s luminous Village at Night and James Fitzgerald’s Gulls Descending, among many others.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the museum will publish a special, 172-page book featuring essays by six contributors and illustrated with more than 100 full-color reproductions and 50 archival photographs from the museum’s collection. The Monhegan Museum: Celebrating Fifty Years will be for sale in the museum shop and on the museum’s website for $40.

In addition to this summer’s main exhibition, the Monhegan Museum will also present a series of public events in honor of its 50th anniversary, including a lecture series, a film series, a Golden Jubilee party at the lighthouse on August 1, and a special exhibition of the work of James Fitzgerald in his former studio. For more information, visit monheganmuseum.org/50th-anniversary-events.

Monhegan Museum’s History

The lighthouse, Monhegan Light, is the centerpiece of the museum’s architectural campus and is intimately connected to the art history of the island. The first artist to visit the island, Aaron Draper Shattuck, went as part of a survey of Maine Coast lighthouses. He was enthralled by the island’s unique beauty—a combination of stark headlands, tall pine woods, and a picturesque fishing village that dates back to the 1700s. Before long, word spread to other artists, who visited the island in turn, sometimes staying at the keeper’s house. In the early 20th century, the realist painter and teacher Robert Henri brought generations of students, including Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper, to Monhegan in the summers, many of whom painted the lighthouse or perched near its heights to capture views of the village below or take in the unparalleled sunsets over nearby Manana Island.

By the mid-20th century, many artists called Monhegan home for at least the summer months, with some even braving the harsh winters. Among these was the modernist Rockwell Kent, who built a small frame house and studio in the village that are now also part of the museum’s campus. The property was used not only by Kent but also by his cousin and fellow artist, Alice Kent Stoddard, as well as the painter James Fitzgerald, who bought it from Kent in the mid-1950s. The house and studio were donated to the museum in 2003 by Anne Hubert, Fitzgerald’s longtime friend and patron and an artist in her own right.

But it was the lighthouse and adjacent keeper’s house that inspired the creation of the Monhegan Museum and became its first home. When the lighthouse was automated in 1959 and the keeper’s house was suddenly vacant, island residents, including many artists, lobbied to preserve it and give it new life as a shared community resource. The idea of a museum of local art and historic artifacts arose from members of Monhegan Associates, the local land trust, which ultimately purchased the property and opened the museum for its first full season in 1968. In 1984, the Monhegan Museum separated and incorporated as its own nonprofit.

The Museum’s campus has also grown, with the addition of not only the Kent-Fitzgerald House but also a recreated assistant keeper’s house, which is the museum’s space for the annual special exhibitions, and barn, which serves as collections storage. Today the Museum’s historic structures are on the National Register of Historic Places, and in February of 2018, the Kent-Fitzgerald House and Studio were welcomed into the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program, administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

New Show at Art Space

Lori Davis, Photography

A new show will be presented at Art Space Gallery in time for the June First Friday. The show will feature exciting new work by four artist-members including photography, wood, painting and mixed media.

Lori Davis is an Ellsworth based photographer specializing in nature, wildlife, and landscape images. Inspired by both the simplicity and intricate details found in nature, she captures spectacular moments to bring back and share with others.

Roger Barry creates sculptures that are organic, elegant and often intricately carved, using primarily walnut and cherry milled from known trees. Many of his pieces require interaction through hidden locks, vintage hardware or LED lighting. Whether formal or whimsical, functional or decorative, his work invites a personal encounter with the wood.

Jean Byrd paints realistic impressionism, in oil, as she captures the mood of the New England coast, depicting unique glimpses of ordinary life on and around the sea.

Hannah Nelsbach has worked in varied media for more than 50 years. Her artwork ranges from intimate collages to oversized nudes and landscapes in which she combines fantasy and realism with intriguing effect.

Art Space Gallery is located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. The gallery features seventeen artists who work in various media and genres. June hours are 11am – 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, 1pm – 4pm Sunday, closed Mondays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

An Evening Reception | The Gallery at Somes Sound

Scott Baltz, Quiet Paddle, 10″x10″, oil on panel

Evening Reception

Featuring …

Art & Flowers

Friday, May 25th, 5 – 7 pm

Please join us as we welcome “Floret” to Somesville!
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Small works by Artist Scott Baltz
and  Floral arrangements by Floret owner Beth Ellen Renault

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 1 June 2018

Rockland’s 2018 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 1 June.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): Yvette Torres Fine Art, Archipelago, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Artspace, The Art Loft, The Gautschi Center, Harbor Square Gallery, Stanhope & Spencer, Craft Gallery, Landing Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery and Black Hole.

Yvette Torres Fine Art is opening for the season with ‘Women of Black Mountain College’

Archipelago will be opening “Turning Towards the Sun” which will show through July 27th and features the work of Jeff Barrett from Monroe (carved wood sculptures), Holly Brooks from Portland (watercolor and acrylic painting), Karen Gola from Sanford (glass bowls and dishware), Debe Loughlin from Waldoboro (cyanotype collages), Dylan Metrano from Monhegan (papercuts), Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures), and Agnes Robinson from Holden (stained glass mosaics). The show features a wide variety of medium including paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings and more.

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery welcomes Lynn Travis of Lincolnville with paintings and drawings of flowers and landscpaes; Gwen Sylvester of Rockland, art of endangered plants and animals in Maine; and Sherrie York of Pemaquid with linocut images of birds and their watery habitat.

Stanhope & Spencer opens with a show of photography by Michael Kahn, produced by Harbor Square Gallery.

Craft Gallery opens with ”Nature as Muse” with featured gallery artists Lissa Hunter, Jacques Vesery and Dudley Zopp.

Landing Gallery will open “TREE and CLOUD”, and exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, opening on Friday, June 1 through July 1. The artists opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1 from 5-8 PM.

TREE and CLOUD at Landing Gallery

“BRIGHT DAY, VIEW TO THOMPSON ISLAND, FROM MARSHALL POINT, PORT
CLYDE, MAINE BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/PANEL, 9″ X 12″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland, is pleased to announce the opening of “TREE and CLOUD”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, June 1 – July 1. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her. The artist’s opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1st, 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 an Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park and 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.

“SNOW DAY, EDGE OF THE WOODS, STOCKTON SPRINGS, MAINE” BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/LINEN, 8″ X 20″

“One of my great loves as a landscape painter is the open space between the treeline and the beginning of the sky – a realm of significant aesthetic excitement. The treeline has mass; it exists as one big shape; it can form the varied silhouette of an entire island or far hillside. When I approach that island or hill, however, the seeming whole becomes a forest of individuals, full of air and light. I paint portraits of them as themselves and also sometimes as stand-ins for people, since trees share so many traits with us. And I wonder, while painting them, What are all these trees reaching for? Light? Sky? Something more than what we know? The edges of the seen and the known, and then, beyond that?”

“MOONLIGHT, STARLIGHT, FROM THE HARBOR, GREAT SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND,
MAINE BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/LINEN, 24″ X 36″

“Whenever I spend time looking up, the big mystery of everything feels so evident. Painting the heavens as our planet moves through space feels like taking wordless notes about this very thing. I love painting clean, clear skies, the sun and moon, stars, and cloudscapes that continue for miles off the edges of a small canvas. As with trees, clouds live en masse and also as individuals, as big as continents or small as short-lived wisps. They offer boundless opportunity for painterly study. Finding their un-colors on my palette is a joyful difficulty, as is the problem of representing something with shape and heft that still must be made of air. Painting inside clouds, when they come down to earth, is a particular delight. In a snowstorm, or in a fog bank engulfing the trees and ledges and me too, I am wrapped in it. And rapt in it, in the paradox
of finding within the ephemeral something real as real can be.”

“Painting these themes as I experience them in nature helps me reconcile what is happening in the world – the endless permutations of light and darkness, the lasting and the transitory – and recognize the
interconnectedness of everything in a direct way.”

Hours: Wed-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5 & closed on Mon & Tues. For more
information, please call 207 239-1223 or e-mail
landinggallery@gmail.com

Paper Cuts by MJ Viano Crowe at the Sohns Gallery

Pemaquid Group of Artists Marks 90th Anniversary with a Public Reception June 3

The Pemaquid Art Gallery Opens for the 2018 Season

The Pemaquid Group of Artists opens its 90th season on Sunday June 3, 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, as will a 90th anniversary birthday cake.

The history of the Pemaquid Group of Artists began in 1928, when local and summer resident artists of New Harbor sponsored their first summer exhibition. Prior to the move to the current gallery in 1960, the Pemaquid Group of Artists exhibited in a variety of locations in the New Harbor area. The current gallery was designed by the artist group and financed and built jointly by the Town of Bristol and the Pemaquid Group of Artists

The Pemaquid Group of Artists is a nonprofit organization consisting of artist members juried into the group. The 30 artists exhibiting their artwork in 2018 are all from Lincoln County. This season the artists are pleased to welcome two new member artists. Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst have been juried into membership. Jane Bowman will be exhibiting her work as the 2018 Guest Artists. Come and meet these new artist members and guests, as well as the returning 27 member artists.

Each year the gallery provides financial aid to one or more community art programs, as well as a Museum Pass for the Portland Museum of Art, available to anyone at Skidompha Library. Artist-donated paintings and Gallery Patrons all help to make these gifts possible.

The 2018 exhibiting artists who are returning include: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Jr., Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker.

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 visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Volunteer Fair at the Farnsworth Sponsored by First National Bank


On Friday, June 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a volunteer fair as part of their First Friday at the Farnsworth event. The fair, sponsored by First National Bank and First Advisors, will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Farnsworth library.

During the Friday, June 1 Farnsworth Volunteer Fair, The Farnsworth, AIO Food Pantry, The Coastal Children’s Museum, and Sussman House will be in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s library looking for volunteers wishing to contribute their time and talents to organizations that need extra assistance to fulfill their missions. The volunteer fair is part of the Farnsworth’s new volunteer initiative which is sponsored by First National Bank and First Advisors. During First Fridays at the Farnsworth, museum admission is free for everyone from 5 – 8 p.m. 2018 marks the ninth consecutive year that First National Bank sponsors First Fridays at the Farnsworth. For more information please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Caldbeck Gallery to open 37th season with 3 solo shows

BURNOUTS, DOUBLE YELLOW LINE 2015 oil on panel 17 x 20 inches Jeff Epstein

On June 1, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open its 37th year with 3 solo shows, featuring paintings in oil by Jeff Epstein of Cushing ME and Brookly NY, paintings in oil and in watercolor by Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston ME and Washington DC, and sculpture in alabaster and soapstone by Anne Kamila Alexander of Windham ME. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, June 1, from 5- 8 pm. These shows will run through July 7.

In “Wires, Poles, Tire Tracks and Weather”, Epstein will exhibit 30 recent paintings in oil on wood panel, ranging in size from 12 x 14 inches to 17 x 20 inches. All painted in his Cushing neighborhood, the various seasons are represented. The artist says of his work, “My paintings explore where the natural and made landscapes overlap. Although the spaces are unpeopled and speak of solitude, there is usually evidence of human activity. A bird feeder is a friendly incursion into the natural landscape, while tire marks on pavement suggest less gentle intentions. But each is a record of someone’s interaction with the world.” And often these objects define the spatial aspects of a painting, as when Epstein includes telephone wires dipping through space toward a vanishing point, or the “road graffiti” tire marks snaking off down the road. Light and color and atmosphere are prevalent in the work, as these moments of natural beauty are interrupted by the human intrusions. Disruption and harmony coexist, sometimes uneasily. Epstein received his MFA in painting from Brooklyn College, where he studied with Lennart Anderson, Lois Dodd, and John Walker. His work is exhibited in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maine, and he has shown with the Caldbeck since 2003. This is his third solo show with the gallery.

SEPTEMBER, DUNN STREET oil on canvas 54 x 54 inches Frederic Kellogg

Kellogg’s exhibit of paintings in oil and in watercolor will include 2 large canvases (“September, Dunn St.” and “Rte 1 Elogy”) measuring 54 x 54 inches, as well as a selection of smaller paintings ranging in size from 6 x 16 inches to 24 x 36 inches. The subject matter in a number of the works in watercolor on paper are iconic Maine. “Fernald Farmhouse” is a portrait of one of the last of the grand farmhouses of Thomaston. “Dappled Woods” strikes that chord of delightful excitement when we walk through a favorite spruce forest where the moss is electric green, struck by the sun breaking through the canopy. Two 5 x 7 inch watercolors, “Inland Island” and “Night Watch”, define serenity. Engaged in the search for what can be called a “Contemporary Realism”, Kellogg is deeply influenced by the work of American realists Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter. Even with the additional influences that photography and Abstract Expressionism have had on this contemporary realism, Kellogg feels that the art of painting still plays an essential role in helping people see the world around them. His work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and numerous corporate and private collections in Maine, Boston, and Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2017, a major exhibit of his work was mounted at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington D.C. This is Kellogg’s 4th solo show with the Caldbeck, where he has shown since 2007.

VOLANDO 2018 translucent alabaster 2 x 2 x 2 1/2 inches Anne Alexander

Alexander’s new work in alabaster and soapstone includes 20 recent carvings, all based on the natural seed forms she encountered last fall at the ”Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm”, an Artist in Residency program in Jefferson, run by Maine Farmland Trust. “Little Flower” measures 3 x 4 x 2 inches, and is made of translucent orange alabaster, while “Ochre Cotyledon”, measuring 4 ½ x 3 x 4 inches, is made of opaque yellow- ochre soapstone. “Sprout”, “Stamen”, “Ovule”, and “Volando” also capture the marvelous shapes within our botanical world. Alexander received her BA from Bard College and an MFA in sculpture from Alfred University, followed by studies at Maine College of Art. Solo exhibits include the University of Maine in Farmington, The National Theater in the Dominican Republic, Ithaca House Gallery in New York, and the Caldbeck Gallery. Grants and awards include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, with which she studied in the Dominican Republic, 2 Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grants, and a full fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work explores the form and function of natural shapes, often using seed and pod forms to explain her interests. Her artist residencies in the Dominican Republic introduced her to the ancient work of the Taino Indians, leading her to further explore the symbols of earth and fertility. She has been represented by the Caldbeck since 1990.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 1-4. For more information, call 207 594 5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.

Susan Bickford presents 4th annual outdoor performance (stillness)18 at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

Drawing by Susan Bickford

Saturday June 16, at 4pm, a gathering of artists across disciplines will present a participatory outdoor performance, celebrating connection to nature and invoking a deepening sense of place. Movers, vocalists, musicians, writers, visual artists, foragers, an astrologer and a cook are among the players who were part of the retreat at the Fiore Art Center for four days preparing the celebration. The public is invited to share an afternoon “in gratitude for the season of summer, of light, land, water and all of the beings inhabiting this place,” says artist Susan Bickford, who staged the first multidisciplinary performance of this kind at the reversing falls by her home in Newcastle, in 2015.

“The new location is a meditation on stillness in and of itself. In contrast to the reversing falls on the Sheepscot River (where the current comes to a standstill only for a moment), these fields and lake are often still,” says Bickford. “Here there is less waiting for stillness to arrive and more intentionally slowing ourselves down to match the pace of a caterpillar, the rhythm of a walnut tree. If we are lucky, we catch a glimpse of the slow train in our peripheral vision, take a deep breath and slide into a window seat. When we synch ourselves to the pulse of this place it expands our ability to notice whole worlds of wonder. If it sounds magical, it’s because simply, it is.”

Photo by Susan Bickford

Bickford has gathered twenty collaborators, including Andrea Goodman and Anna Dembska (vocalists), Susan Osberg (dancer) and Susan Smith (visual art), each of whom has participated in the event in previous years.

Participants include: Susan Bickford, Andrea Goodman, Anna Dembska, Susan Osberg, Zoe Mason, Rachel Alexandrou, Annabel O’Neill, Susan Smith, Kristin Dillon, Stan Levitsky, Cody Maroon, Luke Myers, Brianna Daley, Dakota Douglass, Matea Mills-Andruk, Fletcher Boote, Heather Lyon, Mary Jean Crowe, Robin Lane, and Anna Witholt Abaldo.

Public participation includes a slow walk across the land, a lakeside performance, a seasonal feast, and a fire. Tickets can be purchased online (Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stillness18-tickets-45556697308 ) or on the day of the event, at 152 Punk Point Road, Jefferson, ME.

(stillness) 18 is generously supported by Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, The Power Company, Damariscotta River Association, The Midcoast Conservancy and the Sheepscot General Store.

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Bickford is a lecturer at the University of Maine at Augusta as well as Director of the Danforth Gallery. Bickfords’ approach to art is a deep ecological one. A Certified Nature Therapy Guide, Susan Bickford also holds an MFA from Maine College of Art and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Winner of the 2017 Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Media and Performance, Susan Bickford has been making interdisciplinary collaborative retreats/performances in nature since 2001. These performances also result in a video installation which is shown in traditional art spaces. The (stillness) project is an annual event that first began in 2015, migrating through sites along the waterways of Midcoast Maine.

June ArtLab for All Ages – June 2, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from artist Tom Burckhardt’s immersive installation featured in CMCA’s upcoming exhibition “Tom Burckhardt: Studio Flood”, opening June 9, 2018, during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Led by Art Educator Sandy Weisman, make 3-D abstract constructions by taking inspiration from artist Tom Burckhardt’s process of creating spaces by painting and combining cardboard. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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

Artists Create Public Installation for Downtown Bangor Community

The City of Bangor will offer a little more to visitors this summer. Three artists will create six large scale wheat-paste installations on selected buildings, adding an entirely new dimension to the community.
The installations are part of a project by Bangor Beautiful – part of The Downtown Bangor Partnership – and Queen Collective. The collective is made up of local museum and art educators and a gallery owner whose mission is to bring more public art to Downtown Bangor. These wheat-paste works will be installed on June 2nd, 2018. The work will remain on the buildings throughout the summer and be removed in the fall. The Rock & Art Shop and Sohns Gallery will host a talk about the installations later in the season, giving the community an opportunity to discuss the work and meet the artists.

The project is a response to the positive community reaction to wheat-paste installations that have been installed in other communities in Maine such as Waterville and Gardiner. Kerstin Gilg, who worked on both the Waterville and Gardiner projects, suggested the idea when The Downtown Bangor Partnership was looking for ways to bring art into public areas in Downtown Bangor.

“There seems to be this rejuvenated interest in public spaces downtown,” Gilg said. “This is a really nice way to show that the downtown is a place for creative people and a place that people care about.”
Wheat-paste, which is typically made from four parts water and one part wheat flour, is inexpensive and temporary. People who frequent downtown really enjoy the additions. This type of work not only creates greater access to art but also serves as a welcome to visitors, and highlights the creativity that exists in our community.

The Queen Collective built partnerships with the local merchants who are sharing their buildings, and procured the support of the City of Bangor. Like many artists and collectives, the group created parameters to generate content. The guidelines that were settled upon were that the work needed to be an original piece of art, have a focus on flora or fauna, and did not advertise any existing business, product, or service.

This large scale wheat-paste project was made possible by funds provided by The Downtown Partnership and a matching grant from the Bangor Cultural Commission.

For more information contact: Annette Dodd, 207-974-6222, therockandartshop@gmail.com

Tidemark Gallery opens with Doug Frati

Tidemark Gallery opens with Doug Frati

Palmyra, Maine, artist and farmer, brings bold paintings and graphic wood carvings for Waldoboro’s first ArtWalk of the 2018 season Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 7pm.

Frati’s work will be on exhibit through the month of June and may be previewed on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/doug_frati_art/ and Tidemark’s Facebook page.

Summer gallery hours, 10-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, begin on June 1.

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

Andrea Peters, Spring Fantasy, oil, 24×24”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor has opened  “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.” The show runs through Tuesday, June 12.

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

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

 

Christine Peters, Silver Flower Moonstone Necklace Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

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

Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds

May 4, 2018

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

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

Connie Hayes: Windows

May 4, 2018

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

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents SPRING ART FACTORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thu Kim Vu, Light Sculptures

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

Clif Travers, Medicine Cabinet

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

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

 

Carol Douglas, Finger Lakes Vineyard

Michel Droge, Breathing Lessons

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

Estefani Mercedes, Untitled

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

Maxwell Nolin, Toot and Roger Raw

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

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

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

Rachel Alexandrou, Kale in Decay

Those interested can find more information on application details, summer visitor hours and Open Studio Dates at https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org//jaf-art-center/.

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

Contact: anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org, ellen@mainefarmlandtrust.org

7th Annual Maine Pottery Tour

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT: Betsy Levine Prescott Hill Pottery
betsy@prescotthillpottery.com
207-589-3399
www.mainepotterytour.org

CMCA Wins Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about CMCA, visit: cmcanow.org

The Maine Crafts Association will open MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND

 

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

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

HISTORICAL BUILDING MEETS MODERN MAKERS MOVEMENT

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

TIMELINE

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

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

EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS

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

FOR ARTISTS: SELLING YOUR WORK at the NEW MCA STORE

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

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN NEARS COMPLETION

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

DONATE

Art House Picture Frames presents Sarah Baldwin

Art House Picture Frames

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

61 Pleasant Street, Portland ME

arthousepictureframes@gmail.com

Art Show and Talk at the Camden Library

“Gratitudes in Poems and Paintings”

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

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

Greenhut Galleries presents Matt Blackwell and Kathi Smith

Greenhut Galleries presents a two person exhibition.

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

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

Matt Blackwell

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

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

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

Kathi Smith

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

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

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

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

Greenhut Galleries
207.772.2693 info@greenhutgalleries.com
Open Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Days is sponsored by Melinda and Doug Jennings.

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

Thursday, May 10 at 7pm

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

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

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

About David Buckley Borden

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

About Aaron M. Ellison

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Cayard

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

Patricia Daunis-Dunning

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

David Wolfe

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

Landings Gallery – 2018 Season’s Invitational

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

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

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

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

Collin Burns: Maine Homage a new exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Jessen: If/Then exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.
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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

Aquilartadvisory opens “Margy,”

 

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

Center for Maine Craft First Annual Mug Invitational

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

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

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

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

MCA Office: (207) 205- 0791

April Classes | The Art Loft

April Member Classes

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

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

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

Click here to view class schedules.

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

Close to Nature, Works by Women Artist Of Midcoast Maine

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

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

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

Press Pause: A Group Exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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

Press Pause

April 7,  2018- April 28,  2018

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084

It’s time to celebrate! | The Art Loft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9th Biennial Portland Show at Greenhut Galleries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harlow Gallery | March Workshops | Register Today!


PYSANKA: EGG-DECORATING
Lead by Norma Ociepka

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

Members: $30 | Non-Members: $35 | Kids 10-17: $20
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COLLAGE: THE SUN, MOON & STARS
Lead by Robin Brooks

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

Member: $20 | Non-Members: $25 | Kids: $10
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CRAFTING CERAMIC LETTERS
Lead by Juliette Walker

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

Members: $30 | Non-Members: $35 | Kids 8-17: $20
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A Summer on the Land: MFT Gallery Exhibits Work by Last Year’s Fiore Art Center Residents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on the 2017 artists in residence please visit: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/resident-artists/

To apply to the Fiore Art Center’s 2018 residency program please visit: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/

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.

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.

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

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

Farnsworth Presents First Ai Weiwei Exhibition in Maine

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Farnsworth Art Museum Presents Ai Weiwei’s

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MDI – Open Call for Entry

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

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

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

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

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

Ten-Year Survey Exhibition of Artist John Moore at CMCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Richard Blanco + Jacob Hessler | BOUNDARIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SEE THEM IN PERSON

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

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

You are invited to Art House for Art and Wine

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

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

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

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

Seven Arts Annual Studio Sale

Its time once again for the SevenArts Studio Sale!

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

Open Monday-Saturday 10-3pm
www.sevenartsmaine.com
207-667-1968 for more info

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

Harlow Gallery Craft Shop Opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam Vail joins CMCA as Director of Development and Marketing

CMCA Director of Development + Marketing Sam Vail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ArtLab for All Ages

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

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

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

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago

 

CMCA Announces Annual Benefit Online Art Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts “Whiteout”

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

Wendilee Heath O’Brien to exhibit in London

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

Craft Apprentice Program Announces 2018 Master – Apprentice Pairs

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

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

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

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

Celebrate the Human Form in Boothbay Harbor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bubbly Sweets and Shopping

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

“Weather Pending” group show at Caldbeck

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

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

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

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

Sail and paint aboard an historic windjammer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harlow Gallery Features Two Exhibitions

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SEVEN | Jan. 26 – Feb. 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julie Babb Paintings Now on Display in Damariscotta

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

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

CMCA announces upcoming exhibitions

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

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

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

Jacob Hessler + Richard Blanco | Boundaries 

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

Boundaries is a recent collaborative project between Obama Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco (b. 1968) and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985). Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among others. Together the artists and their work challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us versus them mindset. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are—fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition fine art book published by Two Ponds Press of Camden.Jacob Hessler is a fine art photographer specializing in the contemporary landscape. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, and holds an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. He lives in Camden, ME, and is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME.

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

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

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

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

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

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

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

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

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

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information visit cmcanow.org

2018 Monhegan Artists’ Residencies Open for Maine Artists and Teachers

Margaret Hahn, Green Web Monhegan Cliffs

Margaret Hahn, Green Web
Monhegan Cliffs

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) is pleased to announce that it is now taking applications for its 2018 summer program. Two 5-week residencies are available to Maine-based visual artists during the weeks of May 26 to June 29, and September 11 to October 16. There is also a 2-week residency for a Maine art teacher (grades K-12) from June 30 to July 11. Applications are being accepted online through Submittable.com from February 1 through March 17.

For well over 150 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists and continues to attract contemporary artists to its unique coastal island landscape. MARC keeps this tradition alive and well by providing housing, studio space, and a weekly stipend to its artist residents. Not just for landscape painters, the residency is open to artists working in new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, and multi-media. For more information about the program, its past residents, and applications details, visit monheganartistsresidency.org

UMMA BRAINY ART… TRIVIA NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – SEASON 2

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For Season 2 of BrainyArt, each of the four nights of BA Trivia (10/24/17, 12/5/17, 2/6/18, & 4/10/18) will be focusing on a different art form (visual art, music, theatre and dance, respectively).
NIGHT THREE – THEATRE
TUESDAY, February 6th
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Ages 21 +, $5
Night Three is THEATRE NIGHT and the Museum has teamed up with Penobscot Theatre Company to co-host. The team that correctly answers the most trivia questions will win the Team Challenge, and be awarded a cash prize. An additional prize will be awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu/events.
BrainyArt  is made possible by the generous support of Zach & Bailey Means and Means Wealth Management.

Farnsworth Vacation Art Camp: Celebrate Chinese New Year!

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Beginning on Tuesday, February 20 the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a three-day art camp for children ages 5 to 7 years old. Led by art instructor Avis Turner this Chinese New Year themed camp will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Participating children will be inspired by the Chinese New Year in this three-day art camp. Puppets are a wonderful way to construct imaginary friends with playful personalities and participants will learn how to turn an old fashioned sock puppet into a dragon using a sock, felt, buttons, ribbon streamers, and more. These puppets will fly; they will have names, favorite foods, and places to sleep. With these fiery new friends, camp participants will create a traditional dragon parade.

Avis Turner is an artist and educator with degrees in childhood development and art education, as well as an MFA in sculpture. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings, and studied the Reggio Emilia Atelier approach at Smith College and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In this approach students are encouraged to be “constructors of knowledge” and “protagonists of their own learning.” The fee for this program is $98 and $80 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

CMCA February ArtLab for All Ages – Draw With Your Head

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to experience an unconventional, playful approach to drawing during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, February 3, from 2 to 4pm.

Led by ArtLab educator, Alexis Iammarino, participants will be invited to invent, make, and experiment with unlikely drawing tools attached to the body. No hands allowed! Discover fun, new ways of mark making and a uniquely creative process that yields unexpected, surprising results. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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

CMCA Sunday Salon “Materiality” Artist Talks with Brown + Mess + Stephan

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to attend the fourth and final Sunday Salon on February 4 at 3pm, with Jackie Brown, Jonathan Mess, and Aaron T Stephan, artists featured in the current exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter. The artists will each present short illustrated talks about the materials they use, how they use them, and explain why.

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jackie Brown (Bath, ME) creates colorful other-worldly sculptural installations that suggest imagined biological systems in which it is often intentionally difficult to tell if the forms are healthy or harmful. Jonathan Mess (Newcastle, ME) works with recycled clay and reclaimed materials to create unique ceramic pieces that speak to his concern for the environment. Aaron T Stephan (Portland, ME) presents a wry look at the world around him in his diverse body of work—focusing on the complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects.

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, and the artists in the series, visit cmcanow.org

SevenArts Gallery Getting a Makeover

Gerry Monteux and buddy

Gerry Monteux and buddy

The artists at SevenArts Gallery have been busy at work fashioning a new creative experience for their customers. Since January 15, the gallery has been closed, the space has been emptied, and renovations have been taking place. Spiffed up and revamped, the gallery will re-open Feb 5. In addition to the fresh new space, SevenArts plans to host a new show each month featuring work not usually displayed by the gallery members.

This month SevenArts welcomes a new member, Gerry Monteux. Monteux, an accomplished nature photographer, creates large and small format pieces, both canvas and matted prints, which capture the many beautiful vistas and the amazing wildlife of Maine. Intimate shots that will leave you wondering, “How did he do that?”

SevenArts Gallery operates as a co-op with each of the seven members and one junior member presenting and selling work in the small space. Carving out an area to accommodate each artist and their medium is a challenge in the small space. “We are all prolific producers of work,” says Suzanne Anderson, a gallery member. “We have a lot of display considerations at play and each member is challenged to find what will work in a small footprint.”  Lots of time and planning went into the new look and the gallery members look forward to re-opening to the public!

This March marks the gallery’s 10th year anniversary. For more information about SevenArts, the artists, and the re-opening, check out the new website: www.sevenartsmaine.com.

Focus Printmaking 2 at Greenhut Galleries

Holly Berry, Trail to the Top, Linocut, 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Holly Berry, Trail to the Top, Linocut, 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Focus Printmaking 2 is an invitational group exhibition featuring the work of Maine printmakers that runs from February 1-24, 2018 with an Artists’ reception on Saturday, February 3, from 1-3pm

Susan Groce, Labyrinth, Photopolymer etching, 19 x 15 inches

Susan Groce, Labyrinth, Photopolymer etching, 19 x 15 inches

Please join us for this exciting invitational printmaking exhibition. The participating artists employ a wide variety of printmaking techniques and many belong to Maine printmaking organizations including Peregrine Press, Circling the Square Press, Midcoast Printmakers, Running With Scissors, Wolfe Editions and Pickwick Press. They are recipients of prestigious residences and fellowships such as the Monhegan Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and Tamarind Institute. Several are professors at institutions including Maine College of Art, University of Maine and University of New England.

George Lloyd, Figure of Outward for Chas Olson, 3 color lithograph, 12 x 16 inches

George Lloyd, Figure of Outward for Chas Olson, 3 color lithograph, 12 x 16 inches

Featured Artists include: Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen, Susan Amons, Christine Beneman,
Holly Berry, Stephen Burt, Crystal Cawley, Kate Chappell, Edwige Charlot, David Driskell, Susan Groce, Adriane Herman, Christine Higgins, Alison Hildreth, Jon Imber, Elizabeth Jabar, George Lloyd, Larinda Meade, Sandra Quinn, Alison Rector, Carter Shappy, Neil Welliver, David Wolfe and Jeff Woodbury.
For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

 

Belfast Creative Coalition Announces New Director

Larraine Brown, Director, Belfast Creative Coalition

Larraine Brown, Director, Belfast Creative Coalition

Belfast Creative Coalition is excited to welcome Larraine Brown as its new Director. Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) works to promote and cultivate arts and culture in the Belfast area.
Larraine brings to BCC 30-plus years of experience in management, fundraising and development of nonprofits, and start-up businesses. She began her career as a community organizer in Toronto and since then has founded and managed an urban-based publishing business; created and raised funds for the Belfast “15-Minute” Theater Festival and International Playwriting Competition, held annually from 2001-2004; and filled the first project manager position tasked with helping to bring the national Main Street initiative to Belfast in 2010. For three years she was NAMI Maine’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Development Director and a Mental Health Education Specialist. Most recently Larraine served as the Executive Director of the Restorative Justice Project Maine, where she formed the theater group, R.A.W. (Restorative Art Works) Integral to her career and life has been a commitment to myriad art forms as tools of beauty, activism and inspiration.  Larraine genuinely believes that Art Saves Lives! She is delighted to be an ‘official’ advocate for the arts in her favorite small, vibrant city.

The BCC office is located at 26 Spring Street in Belfast, and is open from 9:00 to 3:00, Tuesday through Thursday. You can learn more about BCC at their website (belfastcreativecoalition.org) or find them on Facebook.

Dowling Walsh Galleries announces opening of Bo Bartlett Center

Bo Bartlett, Damascus Road, Oil on linen, 120" x 168", Courtesy of the Lori Uddenberg Collection

Bo Bartlett, Damascus Road, Oil on linen, 120″ x 168″, Courtesy of the Lori Uddenberg Collection

Dowling Walsh Galleries is pleased to announce that Columbus State University opened the Bo Bartlett Center, an 18,000-square-foot exhibition space and learning center dedicated to American realism. Housed in a converted textile mill, the center features many of Bartlett’s epochal paintings, as well as the work of the artists who have influenced him, including many from Maine.

The Bo Bartlett Center will explore creativity and learning within the context of the work and studio practice of the painter and Columbus, Georgia native Bo Bartlett. The Center is a unique partnership between a living mid-career artist and a state university, and will feature a range of changing exhibitions and programs.

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The inaugural exhibition will be a retrospective of Bo Bartlett’s work, featuring paintings and drawings from 1977-2017. A companion exhibition, Peers & Influences, will also be on view.  For information on Bartlett’s work currently on display at Dowling Walsh Galleries visit www.dowlingwalsh.com

Becton, Gervais, Raphael at DIAA’s 4th ART matters 3 Session, UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

Jeffery Becton, “Equinox,” 2016, digital montage realized as archival pigment print;

Jeffery Becton, “Equinox,” 2016, digital montage realized as archival pigment print;

The Deer Isle Artists Association presents Maine artists Jeffrey Becton, Françoise Gervais and Chris Raphael at its fourth ART matters 3 session UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4th, at the Deer Isle gallery. Moderator: Hub White.

The artists all take the art of photography in new and different directions. Jeffery Becton works in digital montages, while Françoise Gervais focuses on capturing nature’s iconic beauty and Chris Raphael uses cut and re-combined images to express three-dimensional form.

About the Artists:

As an islander, Jeffery Becton is especially drawn to the ocean, finding meaning and inspiration in its challenging and mercurial presence, the embodiment of the beauty and harshness of life and proximity of death.

“Since 1990 I have worked in the medium of digital montage,” Becton said. “Combining primarily elements of photography as well as painting, drawing, and scanned materials, the techniques I use foster and give form to intriguing ambiguities, reexamining the boundaries of mixed media and creating altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.”

Francoise Gervais, Ethereal Shell

Francoise Gervais, Ethereal Shell

Françoise Gervais creates her artwork from a desire to honor nature’s iconic beauty. “Awestruck by the simple yet exquisite detail of a seedpod, a feather, a leaf, or a shell—often glanced at and forgotten, or never seen—I seek to offer a visual voice to these stunning icons of our natural world, so we may see and remember with fresh eyes that which is always there,” she said.

Chris Raphael over the past few years has been exploring ways to go beyond the limits of traditional still photography. Using cut and re-combined images without digital manipulation his work expresses three-dimensional form, time and motion.

Chris Raphael, “Untitled.”

Chris Raphael, “Untitled.”

Art Matters 3

Each artist has a short time to speak at the beginning of the ART matters 3 discussion. When all are done, the artists will talk among themselves and then hold an open discussion with the audience. A reception follows with 44 North Coffee, tea and homemade cake.

 

For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com or call 207-348-3129

Mid-Winter St. Valentine’s Day Show at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

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The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents The Mid-Winter (Valentine’s Day) Show: A group exhibition featuring the artwork of…

Jenny Brillhart, Heidi Daub, Devta Doolan, Sarah Doremus, Bill Mayher, Buzz Masters, Carol Pelletier, Suzanne Siegel, Cynthia Winings, and Goody-B. Wiseman.

Evening Reception: Friday, February 9, 5:00 – 8PM.

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

PMA to highlight intersectionality and inclusivity throughout 2018

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The PMA is committed to being an open, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming museum for all, and the exhibitions in 2018 reflect the full range of voices in our community and create experiences with art that strengthen our bonds and bring us together. In this spirit, 2018 exhibitions at the PMA highlight intersectionality and inclusivity in Maine.

Ann Buckwalter (United States, born 1987), The Republic of Hysteria (detail), 2017, Oil and gouache on paper, 91 x 92 inches. EX1.2018.21

Ann Buckwalter (United States, born 1987), The Republic of Hysteria (detail), 2017, Oil and gouache on paper, 91 x 92 inches. EX1.2018.21

The 2018 PMA Biennial
January 26 – June 3
Featuring more than 60 works by 25 participating artists, the Biennial highlights the diverse perspectives and interests of artists connected to Maine, and makes a powerful statement about art’s impact in this historical moment.

George Grosz (Germany, 1839–1959), "Lions and tigers nourish their young, ravens feast their brood on carrion... Series: The Robbers" (detail), 1922, Photolithograph on paper, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches. Gift of David and Eva Bradford, 2002.53.6.5, Art © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

George Grosz (Germany, 1839–1959), “Lions and tigers nourish their young, ravens feast their brood on carrion… Series: The Robbers” (detail), 1922, Photolithograph on paper, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches. Gift of David and Eva Bradford, 2002.53.6.5, Art © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

The Robbers:
German Art in a Time of Crisis
February 23 – July 15
Highlighting the complete portfolio of George Grosz’s 1922 The Robbers, this exhibition also includes provocative artworks by printmakers such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and Käthe Kollwitz.

Image: Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990), "Apples, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1942", dye transfer print, 15 15/16 x 12 1/8 inches. Gift of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2017.4.2

Image: Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990), “Apples, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1942”, dye transfer print, 15 15/16 x 12 1/8 inches. Gift of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2017.4.2

Eliot Porter’s Nature
On view now through March 18
“Almost every photograph is about the external world, yet the work of few photographers has helped change that world. Eliot Porter helped alter both the medium and society. The extent of those changes now obscures the extent of his influence. “Eliot Porter’s Nature”…is a welcome reminder of just how exacting an artist he was.” – Boston Globe

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987

Under Pressure:
Art from the 1980s
March 30 – August 10
A cross-section of diverse 1980’s aesthetics, revealing varied visual ways that the artists of this decade shaped and reflected the rapidly changing artistic and social realities of the time.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), "The birds' colors were mirrored in the waters," circa 2002, from "Beautiful Blackbird," collage of cut colored paper on paper, 11 5/16 x 20 inches. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), “The birds’ colors were mirrored in the waters,” circa 2002, from “Beautiful Blackbird,” collage of cut colored paper on paper, 11 5/16 x 20 inches. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan

August 3 – November 25
Bryan has committed himself to filling the void of black representation in children’s literature by creating books about African and African American experiences. This exhibition highlights the breadth of the Maine-based artist and author’s creative output.

Winslow Homer - Looking out to Sea, Cullercoats (1882)

Winslow Homer – Looking out to Sea, Cullercoats (1882)

Americans Abroad
August 17 – TBD
Composed of magnificent works by artists such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and others, Americans Abroad will examine watercolors, prints, and paintings by American artists who traveled to Europe for training and inspiration in the late 19th century.

Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), Drops of Rain [Dew Drops] (detail), 1902, platinum print, 20.2 x 14.9 cm. Library of Congress

Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), Drops of Rain [Dew Drops] (detail), 1902, platinum print, 20.2 x 14.9 cm. Library of Congress

Clarence White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925

June 22 – September 16
This exhibition is the first in over 40 years to survey the work of Clarence White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and a major teacher and mentor. It will survey White’s career from its beginnings in 1895 in Newark, Ohio, to his death in Mexico in 1925.

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture
October 5 – January 6, 2019
Japanese-American modernist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) reimagined the possibilities of sculpture as he experimented endlessly with the intersection of objects, people, and space over the course of his 60-year career. Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture examines Noguchi’s expansive artistic practice, and through approximately 40 sculptures and 10 works on paper, encourages visitors to to ask fundamental questions about what defines our understanding of sculpture. In addition to reflecting the myriad ways in which Noguchi self-consciously crossed modes of production, brought together artistic and philosophical ideas from across the globe, and played with form and function, Beyond the Pedestal also focuses on the ways in which he engaged with causes of social justice, forming a thorough examination not only of the renowned artist’s perspective on sculpture, but on the world itself.

For more information please visit www.portlandmuseum.org

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions

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

 
NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR: POOGY BJERKLIE
January 12 – May 5, 2018

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

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

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

SHADOWS OF EARTH: CALEB CHARLAND
January 12 – May 5, 2018

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

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

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Craig Taylor, “The Inverse Ascent”

THE ELASTIC CACHE: CRAIG TAYLOR
January 12 – May 5, 2018

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

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

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

Featured Artist Kim Nicholl and Call for Teachers at The Art Loft

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Artist Kim Nicoll has been teaching at the Art Loft for a year and a half. We are pleased to feature her work.

Why do you create what you do and what drives you?

I’m a very visual person. I want to sketch everything. As a child, I always doodled, even on my school work, and I got in trouble for it once. But another teacher did let me paint a mural on the wing at school when I was 11 years old. I remember selling hand-drawn bookmarks in school, I even got preorders. I create because I absolutely love doing it. I love seeing the vision in my head become real. It’s challenging at times when I don’t see the results I envision, but I keep trying new techniques until it works. It’s creative problem-solving.

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Was the Art Loft instrumental in getting you started? 

I have to say, being involved at the Art Loft has been a tremendous confidence booster!  I would never have imagined myself teaching art to a room full of strangers, but when the Art Loft asked me to teach a children’s class back in September 2016 I nervously tried it. And loved it!  After taking a couple of affordable classes and doing some paint nights at the Art Loft, I finally felt a bit more confident to teach adults. The Art Loft has been a valuable part of my journey.

When do you create (how often, how long does it take, and what time of day)?

I’ve been creating daily for nearly a year now. I’ve done many Instagram art challenges to develop my skills. Inktober, watercolor challenge, 21 days of brave and a 4-month MATS boot camp online art class. Mostly in the evening after my son goes to sleep, is when I do my painting projects. I could seriously paint all day if I neglected being a mom, wife, and caregiver. But I’m delighted that my son loves to create too. In fact, he’s the reason I am painting again. He is an inspiration. Rediscovering the world and every new sensation through his vibrant, fresh eyes has been an awakening.

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Do you find art therapeutic?

Absolutely without question!  Art brings me joy and excitement. There’s something so thrilling about creating beauty.  I’ve become a more confident, open-hearted human being.  It has helped me to start expressing what I’ve suppressed throughout my life. The benefits I get from art compel me to share with others the idea that there’s hope and healing to our internal conflicts.

Art Instructors Needed
The Art Loft is seeking art instructors for our Drop-in classes, more advanced workshops, as well as Paint Night leaders.  We can offer competitive pay, a very flexible schedule, as well as many other perks. If you have experience in art, or know somebody who does, please contact us for more information at 207-200-7915 or visit artloftrockland.org

Registration Open for MCA 2018 Haystack Workshop Weekend

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The MCA invites you (MCA members and non members) for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, May 10-13, 2018 in Deer Isle, Maine.
2018 INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOPS
Study Model-Making for Crafts People with Christopher Campbell (Visiting Artist’s Studio)
Exploring Landscape Through Machine Knitting with Anne Emlein (Fibers Studio)
Expressive Surface Design Techniques with Jonathan Mess (Clay Studio)
Designing and Constructing a Band Saw Box with Joe Lendway (Wood Studio)
Windvanes and Ironwork for Your Garden with Doug Wilson (Forge) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY
Plexi Drypoints/Lauan Woodcuts with Anna Hepler (Graphics Studio) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY
Exploring the Basics of Metal Clay Jewelry Fabrication with Nisa Smiley (Metals Studio) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

For more information visit the workshop page or call the Maine Crafts Association at 207.205.0791

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2018 Biennial

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is announcing an open call for submissions to the 2018 CMCA Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums are accepted for review. The 2018 CMCA Biennial is sponsored by First National Bank.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are extremely grateful to First National Bank for their support of the 2018 Biennial. Their generous sponsorship of the exhibition makes it possible for CMCA to waive submission fees for all entering artists, and to engage two terrific outside jurors, Kate Green and Robin Williams. We eagerly anticipate a wonderful response to the open call for submissions.”

The CMCA Biennial 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.

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

Jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial are Kate Green, Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. The Biennial will be held at CMCA from November 2018 through February 2019.
Kate Green is an art historian, curator, and critic. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University, and has also worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation, and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In America, Artforum.com, and Frieze. She is currently Director of Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas.

Robin K. Williams is Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She co-curated with Jens Hoffmann, Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance, which explores music and art as vehicles of social change. Formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art as well as a Curatorial Fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas, Williams is currently completing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has published several academic and critical essays, including “A Mode of Translation: Joan Jonas’s Performance Installations,” which appears in Stedelijk Studies #3, The Place of Performance (2016).

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/. CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To join as an artist member, visit cmcanow.org/support/membership/.

ICA at MECA Presents ‘Off the Wall’

© Ryan Wallace, Slo Crostic, 2014. Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.

© Ryan Wallace, Slo Crostic, 2014. Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art announces the opening of Off the Wall on Thursday, January 18, 5–7pm. Meet guest curator Jaime DeSimone and artist Ryan Wallace.

In 1966, German-born American sculptor Eva Hesse attached a seemingly simple long metal cord to a canvas that dramatically transformed a painting into a sculpture. Such a simple act revolutionized our understanding of what a painting could be. By privileging the painting’s marginal feature—the frame, its structural support — Hang Up transcends the medium’s inherent two-dimensionality.

© Rosy Keyser, Skeleton, 2017. Acrylic enamel, spray paint, and wooden beads, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

© Rosy Keyser, Skeleton, 2017. Acrylic enamel, spray paint, and wooden beads, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Curated by Jaime DeSimone, Off the Wall pays homage to Hesse’s groundbreaking work and investigates how contemporary artists continue to explore this liminal space between painting and sculpture. At times, a painting’s skin slides onto the floor or creeps onto the ceiling. In others, structural components protrude outward into the gallery space. As our spatial relationship with such works is reconfigured, objects on view in Off the Wall permeate into space and challenge our comprehension of both painting and sculpture. To provide an intimate perspective on this topic, Off the Wall will feature a range of works by two Brooklyn-based artists, Rosy Keyser and Ryan Wallace. A representative sampling of work will be presented by each artist to provoke thought about the shifting dynamics between painting and sculpture, or vice versa, as well as their collision.

 

For more information please contact MECA’s Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects, Erin Hutton, at 207.699.5025 or ehutton@meca.edu.

Two Maine Artists to Create State Capitol Installations from historic Copper Dome

State construction crews position the statue of Minerva atop the copper dome of the Maine State House. Circa 1940s-50s. Courtesy of Maine State Archives.

State construction crews position the statue of Minerva atop the copper dome of the Maine State House. Circa 1940s-50s. Courtesy of Maine State Archives.

When a copper dome was constructed atop the Maine State House more than a century ago, there were likely few spectators that could imagine the copper sheathing would one day be repurposed into public works of art. The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce artists Judith Allen of Portland and James Creighton of Brunswick as the selected artists of the State Capitol Copper Dome Reuse Project.  Both artworks are slated for installation at the Maine State Capitol Complex in the summer of 2018.

Judith Allen, a mixed media artist based out of Portland.

Judith Allen, a mixed media artist based out of Portland.

The Arts Commission called for artist proposals to create new work with the historic copper roofing sheets, which had been replaced in 2014. A special committee, convened of state legislators, artists and the Arts Commission staff, reviewed 29 proposals. In late October, the committee selected not one but two artists who would each work with up to 1,000 square feet of copper to create permanent works of art for the State House. The first winning proposal, by mixed media artist Judith Allen, entitled “Outside In” is a silhouette of pine trees and nature landscapes depicted on a triptych –  three related panels of copper. The piece will hang above the Law and Legislative Reference Library door.

An example of a copper triptych by artist Judith Allen.

An example of a copper triptych by artist Judith Allen.

“I love copper,” Allen said. “Having worked with it for most of my career both in printmaking and for sculpture, I am thrilled and very honored to repurpose the State House roofing copper, with its rich history, for a wall sculpture that will hang in the Maine State House.

Jim Creighton, a Brunswick based visual artist.

Jim Creighton, a Brunswick based visual artist.

The other winning proposal, by visual artist James Creighton, features an image of a Maine’s state tree, the Eastern White Pine. Creighton will use dry point scratching to etch the tree’s image into smaller pieces of copper. “The existing patina on the copper panels is a result of nearly 100 years of exposure to weather on the dome of the Maine State House,” Creighton wrote in his proposal. “The patina becomes a metaphor for the history of the state- a history that is deeply rooted in its natural beauty.”

“Every Maine law for the past century was developed under these copper sheets,” said Rep. Erik Jorgensen, who served on the special committee. “While the State House is the working center of Maine’s government, it’s also a remarkable public museum. These sculptures will be an exciting contemporary addition to the state’s art collection.”

“This site is so central to Maine’s history and identity,” said Julie Richard the Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “We’re proud to be part of the commissioning of new public art that reflects on Maine’s many virtues.”

Pieces From The Gallery at Somes Sound to be Featured at Exhibition in Stockholm

Garry Knox Bennett, "Stubby Stark Chair" Yellow Cedar, aluminum, upholstered velvet 29"h x 16"w x 22"d

Garry Knox Bennett, “Stubby Stark Chair”
Yellow Cedar, aluminum, upholstered velvet
29″h x 16″w x 22″d

Two pieces on display at The Gallery at Somes Sound and represented by Pritam & Eames will be featured in a 2018 exhibition of work by American craft masters at The National Museum of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. Garry Knox Bennett’s “Stubby Stark Chair” and Thomas Hucker’s “Courting Chair” (as shown below) will be part of an exhibition organized by Helen Drutt English that introduces European audiences to contemporary American furniture.

Thomas Hucker, "Courting Chair" Walnut, Thai silk blend upholstery 25"h x 40"w x 18"d

Thomas Hucker, “Courting Chair”
Walnut, Thai silk blend upholstery
25″h x 40″w x 18″d

The Bennett and Hucker pieces will ultimately become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com

CMCA exhibition features work by Artist Heather Lyon

Heather Lyon, Wrap, 2017, video still

Heather Lyon, Wrap, 2017, video still

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, on view at CMCA through February 11, 2018.

Lyon (b. 1975) is a sculptor and performance artist who works with unlikely materials ranging from rebar to sequins to milk. She received her MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently teaches at the Blue Hill Harbor School. She has shown at numerous galleries in Chicago, Nantes (France), and Maine, and has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Atelier Alain LeBras in France, as well as workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Ox-Bow Artist’s Colony in Michigan, and the Burren College of Art in Ireland. She recently returned from Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was invited to exhibit and perform new work at the Georgian National Museum.

Heather Lyon, Roll, 2017, video still

Heather Lyon, Roll, 2017, video still

Her recent work on view at CMCA is Milk, Roll, Wrap, a series of task-based performance videos that question the ways we negotiate longing, loss, desire, power, and vulnerability.

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, visit cmcanow.org.

Art for Us Lecture Series with Educator Roger Dell at CMCA

Roger Dell, Educator

Roger Dell, Educator

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum are co-presenting “Art for Us,” a four-part discussion series led by Museum Educator Roger Dell during the month of January 2018. Presented over four consecutive Sundays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, at 2pm, participants will discuss important questions concerning contemporary art and its historical context. Each session’s theme will be introduced by a brief slide presentation by Dell, followed by an open and engaging conversation. Take-home readings will be provided at each session to follow up on ideas and prepare for the next session.

The four sessions are: What is Art?; What is the Role of the Art World?; What is Artistic Beauty?, and What is the Role of Art within the Humanities? The first two sessions will be held at the Farnsworth; the last two at CMCA. Snow dates are the next day, Monday, at each corresponding venue. The cost for the four-part series is $30 for Farnsworth and CMCA members; $36 for non-members. Or per session $10 Farnsworth and CMCA members; $12 non-members. Register at farnsworthmuseum.org.

Presenter and discussion facilitator Roger Dell has taught art history, art appreciation, arts education, and the history of art museums from Hawaii to Maine, including the University of Maine, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Extension School. He is the former Director of Education at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Harlow Gallery Seeks Artist for Winter Members’ Showcase

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Harlow Gallery artist members are invited to participate in the Winter Members’ Showcase which runs from January 17-March 3, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The cost to participate is $20 per linear foot, with a maximum of 10 feet. Proceeds will help underwrite the costs of moving and outfitting the Harlow Gallery’s new space. This opportunity is first come first served and space is limited. Registrations due by 6pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. For more information on becoming an artist member or joining the exhibition please visit harlowgallery.org or call (207) 622-3813.

​Centre St Arts Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary Open House

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“For Play”, oil on canvas, Lea Peterson

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

 

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show

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

Artwaves Reception at Shaw Jewelery in Northeast

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Work pictured here by Nicole DeSimone

 

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

Artists include Jessica Harris, Liz Cutler, Linda Rowell-Kelley, Ben Lincoln, Roberta Sprague, Roxane Scherer, Margaret Beaulieu, Nicole DeSimone, and others.
126 Main Street
Northeast Harbor, Maine
207 276 5000
info@shawjewelry.com
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The Gallery at Somes Sound Open for the Holidays until December 30th

William B. Hoyt, Bedroom Window, 18 x 24, oil on panel

William B. Hoyt, Bedroom Window, 18 x 24, oil on panel

The Gallery at Somes Sound is pleased to announce they will be open for Holiday Shopping throughout November and December on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm

Introducing new work from William B. Hoyt and Joseph McGurl

Joseph McGurl, Rowing, 9 x 12, oil on panel

Joseph McGurl, Rowing, 9 x 12, oil on panel

For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com

FUNCTIONAL FIBER session of “ART matters 3 at DIAA

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DIAA announces the 2017–2018 winter session of “ART matters 3”, an opportunity for artists to share their work and talk about it with the public.

Join us on Sunday, December 3, 1:30–3:30 PM for DIAA’s second 2017–2018 winter session of “ART matters 3”, an opportunity for artists to share their work and talk about it with the public.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Weaver Ron King on his work: “My primary interest in textiles is in the design and production of functional fabrics; and my continuing fascination is rooted in the fundamental aspects of and the exploration of the structure of fabric, the interaction of fibers, and how colors, textures and patterns are created.”
Holley Mead started making pictures in cloth in 1972. “I have continued making narrative appliqué quilts and wall pieces since then. Most of them are inspired by the landscape, people, pets and nature around me.”

Pat White enjoys using color and exploring different sculptural and textural forms in felting wearable art.

 

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After artists’ presentations and discussions moderated by Hub White, a reception follows with coffee from 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.  For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com

 

2018 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) Application Deadline Approaching

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The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create, and connect. CAP 2018 will support and fund two master/apprentice pairs.

Applications will be accepted online now through December 8th. Masters and Apprentices apply together, outlining clear apprenticeship goals to be acheived during a seven month apprenticeship in the master’s studio.

“Participation in CAP has inspired me to revisit my old sketch book. It has reminded me how short life is, and how important it is to make your own dreams come true. When you spend seven months encouraging a young person to do just that, at some point you scratch your head and say “ oh yeah” that IS a good idea!! To think of myself as a master of my craft has been a new concept, one that fills me with pride and a drive to share my experiences in other teaching opportunities as my career continues to unfold.” – Linda Perrin, CAP ’16 Master (glass blowing)

For more information visit mainecap.org

Winter work at whopaints on display at Winter Harbor’s Shopping night

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Come visit whopaints at Winter Harbor’s Shopping night on December 7th. Along with the work in our gallery, we will be hosting several artists including: Shelly Shapiro’s Pottery, Jess Mague’s Photography, and Fogtown’s Brewery’s Brews! (Yes beer!)

For more information visit www.whopaints.com

Upcoming December Events for Cynthia Winings and the Cynthia Winings Gallery

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

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

Wunderkammer, an exhibition of artworks
at the Blue Hill Public Library,
November 30 through January 30.

The Wunderkammer returns to the Display Cases of the Howard Room in the Blue Hill Library! On view will be curated artworks that are whimsical, beautiful, and by artists you will recognize from the season at the Cynthia Winings Gallery, including Jenny Brillhart, Avy Claire, Juliet Karelsen, Carol Pelletier, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Lari Washburn, Goody-B. Wiseman, and myself. This holiday sale will offer unique and meaningful works that you will be inspired to give to a loved one, or treat yourself.

Everyone is Welcome to the Reception,
Friday, December 15, 4 – 6:00PM

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Winter Faire at the Bay School,
Saturday December 2

The Winter Faire Is Coming! On Saturday, December 2, Goody-B. Wiseman and myself will have a booth in Emlen Hall at the wonderful winter festival hosted by the Bay School. The booth will be filled with prints, works on paper and Wiseman’s bronze sculpture. A holiday tradition for thirty-four years, the Bay School Winter Faire is a community celebration featuring music, food, art, puppet shows, craft projects and games. Everyone is Welcome!
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The 18th Annual 10 x 8 Show,
Saturday, December 9, 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 the 18th Annual 10 x 8 Show and sale, 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, it’s an event “…not to be missed!”
If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email me at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com, or call, 917.204.4001.

Chinese Painting and Traditional Tea Ceremony at The Art Loft Gallery

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This class will focus on learning how to paint Morning Glory flowers. This will involve composition, the use of colors and ink, the study of line, and the dry and wet application of colors. Also during the class, we will taste three kinds of Chinese tea and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to help us understand the complementary relationship between traditional Chinese painting and the Chinese tea culture.

Chinese traditional painting is based on the use of brushes, ink and Chinese painting colors on rice paper.
 It is mainly divided into figures, flowers, birds, and landscapes. Traditional Chinese painting uses subjects to convey artistic ideas and thought. It is about three aspects of the universe and human life: figure painting represents human society and interpersonal relationships; landscape painting the relationship between human beings and nature, where man and nature are portrayed in harmony as an organic whole. Flowers and birds represent nature, in harmony with people. Artistic expression stimulates philosophical thinking about human being. These three aspects suggest a universal whole, bringing out the best in each other and convey the true meaning of art as art.

Saturday, December 9, 1-4:30 pm, $35
Instructor: Nanfei Wang

For more information or to enroll visit artloftrockland.org

CMCA Sunday Salon | “Materiality” Artists Talk

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites the public to attend the first of four Sunday Salon gallery talks with artists featured in the current exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, on December 3 at 3pm. CMCA’s Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

The first talk in the series is with artists Adam Lampton, Ben Potter, and Ian Trask. Each artist will feature 5 slides of their work, and talk about the materials they use, how they use them, and why.

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

Adam Lampton, of South Portland, uses common household materials such as plastic bags and flour to create artificial landscapes that he then photographs, constructing a visual memory of the Colorado Front Range region that he left as a younger man.

Ben Potter with his work "Small Mountains"

Ben Potter with his work “Small Mountains”

Belfast artist Ben Potter’s work reflects his interdisciplinary background in the arts and sciences. Working in a variety of simple forms that often recall landscape elements, he experiments with natural materials, such as bee pollen, silver, and clay.

Ian Trask with his work "Spores"

Ian Trask with his work “Spores”

Ian Trask, of Brunswick, is a biologist turned artist. His sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproducts into refined aesthetic objects that reinterpret a material’s value and usefulness. Trask chooses to create his art from things that are either discarded or donated by others in a deliberate effort to let scarcity and access dictate the direction of his work.

The series of series of Sunday Salon gallery talks with artists featured in the current exhibition will continue on December 10, 17 and February 4, at 3pm. On Sunday, December 10, the series will include a performance by Heather Lyon (Blue Hill) with a talk following. Sunday, December 17, will include talks by Stephanie Cardon (Cushing and Roslindale, MA), Lisa Kellner (Deer Isle) Loretta Park (Brunswick and Jamaica Plain, MA) and Emilie Stark-Menneg (Brunswick). The final talk of the series will be held on Sunday, February 4 and includes Jackie Brown (Bath), Jonathan Mess (Jefferson) and Aaron T Stephan (Portland).

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, and the artists in the series, visit cmcanow.org

Prescott Hill Pottery 10th Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 2 & 3

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Come Visit the 10th Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 2 & 3 at Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty
Saturday and Sunday, 10-4 each day.

Great pots, great company, great snacks…
New soda-fired pots, new wood-fired pots, and an assortment of many pots on special. For more information visit prescotthillpottery.com

Visit ArtWalk Gardiner during the Annual Tree Lighting

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ArtWalk Gardiner will coincide with the Annual Tree Lighting  on Friday, December 1st 5:30 to 8:00 PM, in artists’ studios, galleries, shops and other venues throughout Historic Downtown Gardiner. The event will feature unique works of art ranging from paintings, drawings, fine art prints and photography to textiles, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics.

First launched in 2005 by Artdogs studios and a handful of other area artists, the mission of ArtWalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, ArtWalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of visitors to Water Street to enjoy these festive evenings.

Featured artist showing their work at the ArtWalk include Artdogs, Karen Adrienne, John Carnes, Nancy Barron, Circling the Square Fine  Art Press members, Matt Demers, Sophie Felder, Dee Keneagy, Kala Ladenheim, Allison McKeen,  Tanya Russell, Robert Saunders, SpinOff Studio members, Christine Sullivan,   Marylu Wellwood, Catherine Worthington, and Bridgett Wagner  Their work will be shown in many downtown business including our Business Sponsors: Artdogs, Barn Boards and More, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, Monkitree, and SpinOff Studio.

For more information, email artwalkgardiner@gmail.com.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,”

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,” a group show that celebrates the change of season as Maine transitions from summer into fall and winter. There will be an open house Wednesday, December 6 from 5–7pm. The show runs from December 1– December 30, 2017. The event is free and open to the public.

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Interpretations for “Winter is Coming” run the gamut from William Irvine’s iconic house painting  with a woman burning brush and Philip Barter’s dancing smelt shacks to David Vickery’s  larger-than-life realistic oil painting of marbles and Philip Koch’s memory of a magical winter  wonderland.

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

New to the gallery is Henry Isaacs who lives in Portland, Maine, but spent many years living and painting on Cranberry Island. His oil painting “Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor” seems to  exemplify the seasonal transition with a range of yellows and rusty reds juxtaposed against purple,  green, and blue.

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Participating artists, include Berenice Abbott, Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Jeffery  Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, Henry Isaacs, William Irvine, Jessica Lee Ives, Philip Koch, Judith Leighton, William Moise, Emily Muir, Ed Nadeau, Carl Nelson, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, Lilian Day Thorpe, David Vickery.

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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

Holiday pop-up market at DIAA, Periwinkle

The Deer Isle Artists Association will hold a pop-up market at its gallery on Saturday, Dec. 2, selling holiday items such as painted boxes, felt and knitted hats, mittens, pottery, calendars, baskets, cards, jewelry, photography and small prints, paintings and sculpture. The market will run from 10 am to 5 pm in conjunction with a special holiday opening by The Periwinkle. “The first market that the Deer Isle Artists Association held last year was so much fun and such a success we decided to do it again,” said Cynthia Bourque-Simonds, DIAA board member. “We will price items as affordable gifts, and we’ll bring free homemade treats.”

The artists themselves will set up the market. They will include Peter Beerits, Rory Beerits, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Dorothy Doubleday, Mary Eaton, Judith Felch, Susan Finsen, Cathy Hart, Jill Kofton, Diane Maguire Horton, David McBeth, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Carolyn Raedle, Scott Thurston, Maura Tilloston, Francoise Gervais, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Gertrude Tarr, Oscar Turner, Linda Wells and Pat White.
At the Periwinkle, Candy Eaton plans to have freshly baked cookies, hot teas and cocoa. She offers a large selection of Alpaca stuffed animals, free wrapping and reduced prices on many items.

The Deer Isle Artists Association is located at 15 Main St. in Deer Isle. The Periwinkle is across the street at 8 Main St.
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. The Association is fully committed to the advancement of the Arts. Its primary purpose is to promote the visual arts through exhibition and education; its overall aim is to further the cultural enrichment of the community. For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com

BrainyArt… Trivia Night at the Museum with the BSO!