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Three New Shows at CMCA

Piper-Cub

Piper Cub

Who can do anything better than this propeller? Can you? —Marcel Duchamp, speaking to Constantin Brancusi in front of an airplane, 1914

The most noticeable thing about artist Mark Wethli’s Piper Cub is that it’s incomplete; the abstract framework of an airplane rather than one that’s ready to fly. Piper Cub’s identity is further complicated, like Magritte’s famous pipe, by its uncertainty. Is it an actual plane, a sculpture of a plane, a full-scale model of a plane or in some sense (in its idealized, Platonic forms) the prototype of a plane? Although it’s not an actual aircraft (one that can be flown) it’s built from the original plans, identical to a real Piper Cub in every detail and dimension including the use of actual Piper Cub parts for the windshield, landing gear, and tires.

Significantly, Wethli has done nothing to artistically modify or interpret the plane, other than painstakingly recreating and presenting it (or, one might say, re-presenting it), suggesting that the “art” of the piece resides in its conceptual nature (posing questions such as the ones above) rather than its formal one.

At the same time, by presenting Piper Cub in a gallery setting, Wethli seems to beg the question of the aesthetic nature of mechanical objects and our categorical approach to beauty. By handcrafting the plane (with help from a team of friends and fellow artists in the final stages), Wethli seems to be encouraging us to look for beauty in unexpected places, not least of all in the contemplation of uncertainty, the joys of memory, and the beauty of sheer abstract form.

Mark Wethli (b. 1949) is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. Continually asking the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of knowing and seeing, Wethli has explored many forms in his artwork including painting, sculpture and installation, both representational and abstract.

 Piper Cub, 2007, pine, birch plywood and aircraft parts, 35 x 22 x 7 ft., private collection

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David Driskell, Renewal and Form

“Religion and ritual and the mythic are concerns I have always nurtured in my art.” – David Driskell

Boldly drawn and richly patterned, David Driskell’s imagery in his prints, as in his collages and mixed media work, derives from his childhood experiences growing up in the rural South, his deep love for the Maine landscape, and his in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for African art and textiles. Presented in this exhibition are selected examples of the artist’s recent woodcuts, serigraphs, linocuts, and monoprints.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. Professor James L. Wells, considered the dean of African-American printmakers at the time, introduced him to lithography and woodcuts. Woodcuts have remained a favorite medium throughout Driskell’s career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

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Sam Cady, Parts of  the Whole

“The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first full-scale retrospective of the work of artist Sam Cady, this exhibition presents a broad selection of the artist’s emblematic shaped and rectangular paintings created over four decades, as well as a sampling of drawings, studies, and recent “fragments,” painted abstractions culled from the remainders of the shaped canvases. Ever tuned to seeing aesthetic possibility in the most mundane of objects, Cady turns these discards into explorations of pure color, form, and edge, adding another “part” to the whole.

Born in 1943 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life and the imprint of the state’s rugged topography, numerous offshore islands, and waterfront industries is threaded through his art. After receiving a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from Indiana University, he taught in the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, from 1984 to 2007. Throughout this period, he split his time between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in the range of his subjects from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

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

MFT Gallery presents “In Dialogue with Nature”

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Robert Pollien (courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery)

 

In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.

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J. Thomas R. Higgins (courtesy of Greenhut Gallery)

 

Belfast. In the summer of 2016, four artists spent a month living and creating at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. More precisely: a month of observing and noting, walking and musing, painting and drawing, collecting and interacting with the soil, the water, the weeds, woods and sky.

These four artists, all from Maine, were the very first artists-in-residence at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, an initiative started last year in collaboration with the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, which holds the works of late artist and environmentalist Joseph A. Fiore (1925-2008).

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm aims to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making by way of exhibitions and public educational events, through research and development of new farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a working farm.

David Dewey, trustee and curator of the Falcon Foundation and co-director of the Fiore Art Center believes that an artist residency is an important creative interlude from the demands of life, which allows artists time to refresh their creative batteries and develop their art work with a clear mind. “We all need a break at times; the residency program can be a valuable period of critical artistic growth that both the artist and the public can benefit from.”

The four 2016 artists-in-residence Thomas R. Higgins*, Robert Pollien*, Thérèse Provenzano and Susan Smith are now exhibiting the work created during their month at Rolling Acres Farm at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast. The exhibition, titled In Dialogue with Nature, is on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17, at 5pm. (*Higgins appears courtesy of Greenhut Gallery, Pollien appears courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery.)

The artists each had their own unique approach and experience. Higgins, a landscape painter who worked mostly in oils, followed by some drawing, shared: “Having the unobstructed freedom to come and go as I please has resulted in the opportunity to focus on subject matter not explored in recent years, and the chance to get to know a few locations intimately.” Pollien, also a landscape painter, said: “The month was very productive and I find that the intensity of the residency has carried over nicely. The time spent working and thinking deeply about painting continues to be of lasting value.”

 

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Thérèse Provenzano

 

Provenzano, pastel painter, spent many a day right outside the glass doors of her barn studio. “My residency at Rolling Acres Farm provided a new lay of land to digest, en plein air.  The sky read imposing, vast or aloof. Rain and clouds made their presence known. Reaching and digesting the land, alone and unencumbered […], took precedence.”

The vibrant greens and lively brush strokes of Higgins’ paintings; the reverent stillness which Pollien is able to evoke with his coastal views and clouds; Provenzano’s meditation on the S-curved farm road meandering down to Damariscotta Lake – each speak to a different aspect and experience of the fields, water and sky at Rolling Acres Farm.

 

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Susan Smith

Smith took a different approach entirely. Her site-specific art practice lies somewhere between the archeological, ideological, experimental and ephemeral. She collected rusty old bits of farm equipment, branches, soil and plant materials, and created intricate eco-prints by tightly wrapping these different ingredients into cloth “bundles,” then steaming them. Her work wants to be touched, and speaks straight to the soul of buried history, sleeping memory, and connection to land that longs to be known.

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In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, located at 152 Punk Point Rd, Jefferson, is accepting applications for 2017 residencies until March 1st. More information can be found at https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Open Call for Art at Waterfall

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Andy Warhol at Home by Ken Heyman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Monhegan Residencies Open to Maine Artists and Teachers

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL STUDENT ARTISTS WIN HONORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery presents Enchanted

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

Mother Earth – Sister Moon at Rock and Art Shop

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

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

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

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

Young Artists Takeover the Galleries at Waterfall Arts

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

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

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

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

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, open print, clay and photography studios, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Youth and family programs are supported by the Green Store, the Kendel Kennedy Fund, the NLT Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222.

PMA reopens with “Lights Across Congress”

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The countdown to the unveiling of the new PMA begins at 6 p.m. on February 3 with Lights Across Congress, a special event that will bring together more than 20 community organizations, businesses, and supporters to present a massive 130-foot-wide cinematic projection on the museum’s façade, promising to be the Maine arts event of the year.

Lights Across Congress will serve as a public countdown to the reopening of the PMA, and at the end of the projection the museum will open its doors and welcome visitors to the entirely new and reimagined PMA, for free.

Lights Across Congress will include one of the largest multidimensional projections in Portland’s history, made possible through generous support from Unum as well as through partnerships with Headlight AV, p3, and the City of Portland. To celebrate the reopening of the museum, the projection will light up the façade of the PMA with an exciting and colorful animated sequence that people will remember for years to come. With support from the city of Portland and to provide as many viewing angles as possible, Free Street at Congress Street will be closed to traffic on the evening of February 3.

Many more community partners will be involved—including ice sculptors, food trucks, and the Friends of Congress Square Park—to make Lights Across Congress a festive winter carnival environment and a true party to mark the reopening of the PMA.

Lights Across Congress is a moment of celebration for the Portland Museum of Art, as well as an opportunity to showcase the economic and social power of Maine’s arts and culture for a wide array of organizations, community partners, and businesses. From leading corporations such as UNUM to creative agencies such as p3 and The VIA Agency, and from community organizations such as Creative Portland to state agencies such as the Maine Office of Tourism, Lights Across Congress and the reopening of the PMA provides a moment for the city of Portland and the state of Maine to rally around the arts.

Greenhut Galleries’ “Abstraction”

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Abstraction
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1. freedom from representational qualities in art
2. an invitational group show of 25 Maine artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland
February 2 – 25, 2017

Please join us!
Artists reception, Saturday, February 4, 1 – 3pm

Daniel Anselmi, Chris Beneman, Grace DeGennaro, Ingrid Ellison,
Tom Flanagan, Alison Goodwin, Ken Greenleaf,
Jaap Eduard Helder, Elizabeth Hoy, Jon Imber, Penelope Jones, David Kelly, Richard Brown Lethem, George Lloyd, Frederick Lynch, Kayla Mohammadi, Lisa Noonis, Tom Paiement, Sandra Quinn, Noriko Sakanishi, Jenny Scheu, Claire Seidl, Lori Tremblay,  Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Willa Vennema

Greenhut

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

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

Harlow Gallery presents The Venn Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miller Student Art Show at Tidemark Gallery

Self Portrait, Bryson Oulette, grade 5, Miller School

Self Portrait, Bryson Oulette, grade 5, Miller School

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

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

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

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibition

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

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

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

BRENTON HAMILTON: 20 YEARS

January 13 – May 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

SIOBHAN MCBRIDE: FOUR HOUR FORTUNE COOKIE

January 13 – May 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

JARED COWAN: THE LIFE OF DAVID

January 13 – May 6, 2017

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

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

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

BELFAST CREATIVE COALITION IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

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

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

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

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

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

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

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CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

CELEBRATING WINTER: PAINTINGS BY GALLERY ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

The Sohns Gallery presents “Taking Flight”

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

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

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

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

Relief Printing at the Farnsworth

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

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

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

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

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

Dan Graziano 2017 Painting Workshops

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

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

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

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

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

Art Together Mornings Begin February 4th with Painting to Music

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

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

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

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

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

MEMBER SHOW AT CENTRE ST ARTS GALLERY

Mossy Woods, Sarah Harvey

Mossy Woods, Sarah Harvey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beerits, Wilson, Walker at DIAA’s 3rd ART matters

(Deer Isle, Maine) – The Deer Isle Artists Association presents local metal artists Peter Beerits, Doug Wilson and Ian Walker for its third ART matters 2 session at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Deer Isle gallery.

The artists will bring examples of their work to discuss with each other and the audience during the session, titled METALS plus. DIAA Board Member Hub White will serve as moderator.

The popular ART matters 2 discussions have been attracting standing-room only audiences.

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Peter Beerits “Bear-face”

Beerits, an artist who primarily fabricates in wood, said he has always relied on metal for fine details such as eyes, lips and fingers. “Because my work depends on the drawn line to express images, I am attracted to metal because I can cut a more defined line in it,” he said. “I also use low-technology metal casting to work around limitations in forming wood and fastening metal objects to it.”

 

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Ian Walker, “Minora”

Walker, a retired geologist, has worked in wood since the 7th grade. “In the mid-1970s a blacksmith writing in Fine Woodworking magazine claimed I could make a better wood chisel than I could buy,” he said. “My woodworking largely gave way to blacksmithing, and I remain an amateur blacksmith. Much of my work is inspired by collaborations with other craftsmen and includes door and window hardware, chest hinges and locks, woodworking tools and the occasional whimsical item donated to a non-profit group auction.”

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Doug Wilson, “Door Handle, Hostel”

Doug Wilson has taught nationally and has worked as a blacksmith on Deer Isle since 1981. He produces functional work such as candlesticks, fire tool sets and fire screens, as well as architectural work, including gates, railings and sculpture. The work is produced using traditional hot forging techniques used by blacksmiths to produce fine work for centuries. “There is fire, glowing iron and the ring of the hammer in every piece of work,” he said.

Eric Ziner has had to cancel participation from the METALS plus session of ART matters 2 due to unexpected obligations that arose.

The program begins at 1:30 pm, and each artist has a short time to speak. When all are done, the artists will talk with each other for a period of time followed by an open discussion with the audience. A reception follows with 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.

ART matters is in its second year as a winter discussion series among artists and residents of Deer Isle. The DIAA intends ART matters 2 as a way to enable artists to talk with each other, to keep the gallery alive in winter and to have people learn about what, why and how artists create. Nineteen artists are participating in the six sessions of ART matters 2 this year.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, photographers, ceramicists and other artists.

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

"Pemaquid Light" by Taddeus Retz

“Pemaquid Light” by Taddeus Retz

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

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

"Downeast Roses" by Barb Walker

“Downeast Roses” by Barb Walker

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

"The Old Boat Yard" by Ken DeWaard

“The Old Boat Yard” by Ken DeWaard

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

"July on the Bay" by Charles Fenner Ball

“July on the Bay” by Charles Fenner Ball

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

"Sandy Point" by J.C. Airoldi

“Sandy Point” by J.C. Airoldi

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

Call for Postcard Art: Posted – a Fundraiser Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portland Museum of Art Announces Historic Gift

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

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

Winter Hours (beginning October 12): Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are always free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.
Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775- 6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

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

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

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

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

Swans Island Quarry. Photograph by Howie Motenko.

Swans Island Quarry. Photograph by Howie Motenko.

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

CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages | Art at Play

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

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

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

Winter Art Camp at UMaine Museum of Art

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What are your kids doing this February break?

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

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

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

Wine Cellar Art Gallery opening Dec. 2

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The paintings on the card are: Maine Sparkle by Paul Breeden Mother Loon & Chicks by Ann Breeden Birch Harbor Huckleberry Patch by Jeff DiBella

 

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market is delighted to host the work of three local artists – painters/illustrators Paul & Ann Breeden & photographer Jeff DiBella

Paul Breeden has been a professional artist for over 50 years working as an illustrator, botanical artist, painter & calligrapher with works featured in National Geographic, Audubon, Sierra, World, & Smithsonian among other numerous magazines. He illustrated Peter Jenkins’ book, A Walk Across America and all 24 volumes of Time-Life Books’, Lost Civilizations. Now Paul devotes his energy, expertise, & imagination to the fine arts including colorful works in acrylics, water media, wood sculpture, & photography. “I really love painting the rugged beauty of coastal Maine – the power of the sea, the textures of the rocky shore, lighthouses, old farms, and tall spruces against the luminous sky. Nothing makes me happier than a person connecting with and falling in love with one of my works.”

Ann Breeden spent five years studying art under the tutelage of Helen Murthy at the Berkshire Art Museum and with Jean Lewis in Zuni, New Mexico, again studying art as well as Native American Culture. Her paintings have been shown in numerous galleries, universities, colleges, & festivals in various states across the country. “As an artist, I’ve always strived to capture the light and line of my natural surroundings, trying to bring the passion and love that I feel for that fleeting moment when Mother Nature and my imagination meet in harmony.”

Jeff DiBella’s photography focuses on landscapes and birds. Inspired in his teens by the great Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter of Maine, Jeff recently moved to Maine after living in Connecticut most of his life. Relocating to Maine allows him to enjoy his love of the natural world, especially birds in flight, and provides him enough subject matter for a lifetime. He tries to present his viewers with images of nature they might not otherwise get the chance to see.  Jeff’s black-and-white work on Snowy Owls of Acadia was featured all summer at MDI Biolabs’ “Art meets Science” exhibit for the celebrated 100th birthday of Acadia National Park. When not in the field, Jeff teaches basic photography at Sullivan Adult Education. “I’m lucky to be surrounded by great photographers and naturalists in this area who have been generous with their knowledge and expertise. They are my new inspiration!”

This show will be available through the month of January. An opening of this show at the gallery is planned for December 2nd.  Please visit the Wine Cellar Art Gallery. We are open daily. Contact us at 207-667-9377 or johnedwardsmarket.com

Mars Hall celebrates “Yuletide in St. George”

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“Transit of Venus” by Antonia Small

Mars Hall will celebrate the holiday season as part of the “Yuletide in St. George” annual festival. Join us for hot cider and cookies on Friday, Nov. 25th & Saturday, Nov. 26th from 10 – 4 or by appointment.

The gallery offers a large variety of gift items including handmade Santa’s and homemade dog biscuts by Karen Zola, handmade soaps by Stone House Road Apiary, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy, carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media sculpture by Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi. The “Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and “Heavy Metal Mobiles” by Jay Hoagland will be on display inside as well as outside in the gardens. Also available are handmade Christmas ornaments, mosaic lamps, antique negative mirrors, stained glass, pottery and a wonderful selection of vintage jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

An eclectic mix of ART is available by artists Leo Brooks, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Manual Rincon, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit are Antonia Small’s black & white pinhole photographs. Also available are affordable works by guest artists.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info call 207-372-9996 or 207-372-8194 or visit www.marshallgallery.net.

For all of you from “Away”, ( as they say in Maine), have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season and Wintah! Thank You for supporting the ARTS and we look forward to your return in 2017.

Art Space Gallery Invites the community for the Holidays

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Art Space Gallery invites you to the December “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, November 25th, from 5 to 8 pm.  Unlike our usual first Friday events, this month we will be featuring all of our gallery artisans in the front room with a focus on winter. Come kick off the holiday season with a fun evening in Rockland while enjoying the arts.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  December hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

SIMPLE PLEASURES ~ A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Show at Greenhut Galleries

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

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

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

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

Craft Apprentice Program Application Deadline is 12/9

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Craft Apprentice Program 2017

Application Deadline: Friday December 9, 4pm

Learn More and Apply:
www.MaineCAP.org

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

CAP Match Maker

Craft Apprentice Program

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

Our Program
The Maine Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) lasts for seven months; March – September. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a basic plan for how goals will be achieved, and a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Both must also submit resumes and images of current work.

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

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

Honorarium
Both receive honorariums based on a recommended one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). The honorarium for the master artist covers their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment.

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

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

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

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

CALLING MAINE ARTISTS: PUBLIC ART PROPOSALS SOUGHT

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for Submissions: Farmhouse Interiors

1800 Farm House, watercolor, by Margaret LaFarge

1800 Farm House, watercolor, by Margaret LaFarge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

AIA Maine Design Awards Exhibition Comes to Waterfall Arts

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

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

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

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces ART@NOON – George Kinghorn

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

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

CMCA Announces New Chair, Board of Trustees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

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

Sandra Leinonen Dunn opening at Roux & Cyr

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belfast hosts Holiday Art Walk on December 2!

Image credit: Emily Baer for BCC

Image credit: Emily Baer for BCC

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

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

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

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

Small Asian brush by Jean Kigel at Archipelago

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

For more information:

Archipelago
386 Main Street
Rockland, ME  04841

207.596.0701

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

 

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

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

December Events for Cynthia Winings and the Cynthia Winings Gallery

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

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

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

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

Our Booth at Last Year's Winter Faire, 2015

Our Booth at Last Year’s Winter Faire, 2015

Winter Faire at the Bay School,
Saturday December 3

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

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

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

 

Experimental Watercolor Workshop at the Farnsworth

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

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

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

Closing Reception for LINEATION by Chris Beneman at Vestibule 594

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information: info@vestibule594.com

 

Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Holiday Show and Sale!

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Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Open studio & Open house Holiday Show and Sale!
December 3 & 4, 2016. Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 4

Announcing the 10th Annual Holiday Open Studio/Open House Show and Sale of Betsy Levine’s atmospheric fired pottery at Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty. The latest firing of the soda kiln will be opened on Saturday, revealing fresh new pots warm from the kiln!! Pots from this fall’s wood firing, including serving bowls, plates, platters, vases, mugs, tumblers, and such are also ready for Saturday and Sunday’s visitors, along with some pots on holiday special. Plenty of great snacks available, too!

Betsy’s pots are organic and earthy, with a sensuality that comes mostly from the materials she choses and the atmospheric firing techniques that she uses. Her forms are simple, yet graceful, revealing the complex surfaces resulting from the interaction of clay and fire. Made to be used, admired and loved, Betsy’s high-fire stoneware and porcelain tableware, storage jars and evocative vessels may look like works of art but they can go from table to dishwasher and be used and enjoyed every day.

 

FMI, 207-589-3399
betsy@elementalpotter.com
www.prescotthillpottery.com

Maine Crafts Association deadlines

DEADLINE FRIDAY DEC. 2: Artists in Their Studios Photography Project

We’re currently accepting applications from MCA professional members for Artists in Their Studios, a photography project to document Maine fine craft artists in the spaces where they create. MCA Professional Members may apply to be selected for one of seven 2017 photoshoots. Subjects receive ten images for their unlimited use.

Artists in Their Studios seeks to further expose the role and depth of fine craft in Maine, to reach and excite collectors and the general public through imagery which reveals studio life and artistic process of artists working in traditional and contemporary craft mediums. At the same time, the project responds to the ever-changing landscape of marketing and the demands of social media on the business of being an artist by providing artists with professional images and a unique perspective and documentation of their practice.

 

DEADLINE FRIDAY DEC. 9: Craft Apprentice Program 2017

The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create, and celebrate. The CAP apprenticeship lasts for seven months; March – September 2017. Applicants apply jointly, providing clear, agreed upon goals, a plan for how goals will be achieved, and a proposed budget for the apprentice’s honorarium. Both must also submit resumes and images of current work.

Both receive honorariums based on one hundred hours of one-on-one training ($3000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice). The honorarium for the master artist covers their time and transference of knowledge/expertise, while the apprentice’s funds are for supplies/equipment.

 

DEADLINE MONDAY JAN 30: Portland Fine Craft Show 2017

The MCA will present the third annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 26, 2017 outdoors on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The show is free and open to the public, taking place alongside the WCSH6 Sidewalk Arts Festival together drawing 20,000 – 30,000 visitors.

The show features 100 juried exhibitors from the greater New England area exhibiting fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood, as well as, outreach booths exhibiting the work of international artists new to Maine and food trucks in Longfellow Square.

Turtle Gallery Holiday Show and Reception

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Holly Berry

 

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will be opening (some of) its doors for our second annual Holiday Show. Join us for an opening reception from 4 to 6 pm on Friday, December 2nd.

We will be open weekends throughout December: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. We will also be open Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd from 12 to 5 pm.

Featuring the finest selection of Contemporary Craft, Jewelry, Paintings and Prints

As always, we are happy to ship work anywhere. Contact us at person@turtlegallery.com with any questions or requests.  Have a wonderful season!

CENTRE ST ARTS GALLERY CALL FOR STUDENT ART

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, in Bath ,invites all students in Grades 6 through 12, from RSU 1, Brunswick, and Topsham to submit one piece of work for the first Winter Student Art Show at Centre St Arts Gallery LLC.

Award winners will be selected by a jury of local artists and announced at a reception by hosted by Centre St Arts Gallery members.  All media will be accepted up to a maximum size of 30″ including frame. Pedestals are available if needed for three-dimensional work.  All work must be ready to hang or otherwise display.

Registration form must accompany all art and forms are available at the gallery at 11 Centre Street, Bath.  There is no entry fee.  Students are asked to provide an “artist’s statement”. Work does not have to be for sale.  If the work is for sale the artist sets the price.  The Gallery handles all sales.  Payment must be check made payable to the artist, or cash. No commission will be charged.

Registrations must be received by Jan. 15, 2017 at the Gallery at 11 Centre Street, Bath.  Forms are available at the gallery.

Student work can be dropped off at the gallery between January 25 through January 28 between 10:30 and 5:00.

The exhibition will run from February 8 through February 28.

A reception for artists, their families and the public will be held on Saturday, February 18 between 2:00 and 4:00.

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

Call for Artists – Art Space Gallery 2017 Season

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

Application Deadline is January 15, 2017.

JURY DATE is Sunday, January 22, 2017

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

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

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

Craft Apprentice Program 2017 Information Session

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

For More information please visit:
www.MaineCAP.org

Member Show at Centre St. Arts Gallery

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Zebra Head, Hackenberg

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

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

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

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces ART@NOON – Darren Emenau

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

“ESTATE SALE” opens at Landing Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

DIAA announces ART matters 2 schedule

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

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

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

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

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

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists, fiber artists and others.

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

Nov. 6th  MELANGE
Lynn Duryea
Mary Howe
Lissa Hunter       

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

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

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

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

April 2nd  SURFACES
Missy Greene
David McBeth
Frank Pitcher

Moderator
Hub White

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

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12

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Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine. 

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite! 

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can reallylight up. 

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

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Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.  

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit www.waterfallarts.org or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

Greenhut Galleries Features New Work By Margaret Lawrence

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

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

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

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

About the new work:

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

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

New Work runs from November 3 – 26, 2016

Opening reception Thursday November 3rd 5-7pm

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

For More Information call 207.772.2693 

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday November 4

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

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

FALL HARVEST – GROUP SHOW FEATURING:

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

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

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

November 4 – December 31, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CMCA 2016 Biennial Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland. 

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

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

Kathryn Oliver

Kathryn Oliver

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

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

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

Ralph Hassenpflug

Ralph Hassenpflug

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

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

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

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

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

Drew Sanborn

Drew Sanborn

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

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

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

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12

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Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine.

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite!

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can really light up.

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit www.waterfallarts.org or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

Biennial Artists Show extended at CRAFT

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

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

Chris Beneman’s “Lineation” at Vestibule 594

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

Lineation noun lin·e·a·tion ˌli-nē-ˈā-shən
1. the action of marking with lines
2. an arrangement of lines

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Olszewski “Surge” crochet, applique, embroidery silk, linen, leather, 16.5” x 16”

Contrasts in color and forms

The blaze of autumn colors outside are in stark contrast to the “Various Shades of Grey” exhibition currently on view in York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. The show brings together a wide range of media including painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics by two dozen regional artists. Color and form is also on view in the dock level gallery, which features the work of Boston painter Robert Baart and ceramics by New Hampshire artist Boyan Moskov. The shows continue through November 13th.

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Leon Anderson, “When I Close my eyes at Night” painted wood, 27” x 42”

An absence of color does not mean a lack of light, texture, form and imagery. The arrangement of works on the left hand gallery wall exemplifies the variety of media found throughout the show. Cabot Lyford’s black walnut “Raven” is positioned as if about to fly into “Surge” and “The Sea Inside,” by Chicago based artist Michael Olszewski. The artist uses applique, embroidery silk, paper, plastic, linen and leather in these crochet pieces. Next is a 16 panel, slate and white gold leaf piece called “Way Back” by Gary Haven Smith, followed by “When I close my Eyes at Night” by Leon Anderson who installs his wooden constructions several inches off the wall, so that the casted shadows become a part of the piece. Peter Dellert’s “Music Nest #2” is a collage of cut and reassembled wasp nest and vintage sheet music.

 

There is nothing blacker than graphite and charcoal, a medium that is well used in the bold drawings by George Lloyd and Rick Fox. Amparo Carvajal Hufschmid, combines bees wax with graphite in her suite of six drawings. Curator Mary Harding, looked high and low to round out the variety of approaches within the confines of black, white and grey. Her findings include jewelry by Blair LaBella, ceramics by Don Williams, prints by Chris Beneman, Kate Emlen, Bob Parker, Elizabeth Meyer and Francis Ashforth, walking sticks and drawings by Charles Ramsburg, figurative and objective paintings by Don Lent, Christopher Cook and Grant Drumheller, wall mounted constructions and paintings by Jeff Kellar, collages of sewing patterns by Lesia Sochor and enamels and metals by Peter Bennett and Michele Caron.

 

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Robert Baart “Into the Woods” Oil on canvas, 20” x 24”

Color abounds in the dock level gallery. Robert Baart has titled the selection of his paintings “A green thought in a green shade,” a line from the poem “The Garden”, by Andrew Marvell. This famous seventeenth century English poem expresses the poet’s personal emotions and feelings about nature. Baart’s colorful and impressionistic paintings are also about his personal connection with nature. His paintings hover between realism and abstraction using robust colors and strong gestural marks. Although his work is not specific to any one place, it is a personal expression of the artist’s relationship to the landscape and his concerns for the environment. Baart retired in 2009 after 35 years of teaching painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since then he has been painting full time in his space at the Fenway Studios.

Boyan Moskov’s ceramics complement Baart’s paintings in both color and texture. The artist brings all the elements of fine art to his work: sculpture, drawing and painting. He was born in Ruse, Bulgaria and studied at the Troyan Art School and the Sofia Art Academy. He moved to the United States in 2007 and settled in his wife’s home state of New Hampshire. His pieces often begin on the wheel and then are further altered by hand and carving techniques. The surfaces may be enlivened with colorful glazes or decorated with incised lines and carvings. He is inspired by his medium and is constantly exploring new ideas and forms.

The exhibitions continue through November 13th. Gallery hours are 10 to 4 Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Museums of Old York and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. 207-351-1083 www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

 

DIAA Presents Drawings by Illustrator and Furniture Designer Bruce Bulger

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Deer Isle illustrator and furniture designer Bruce Bulger will exhibit his drawings in large format at the DeerIsle Artists Association gallery from Oct. 22-30, 2016. In addition, Bulger will discuss his work at a public reception held at the DIAA gallery on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. He will be in the gallery creating his work from Noon to 5 p.m. at the gallery on 15 Main St., Deer Isle.

The exhibit, called Projection, will feature Bulger projecting his sketchbook drawings onto large canvases on the DIAA walls. He will then paint and draw onto the canvas.

Bulger described the process he’ll use as follows: “When in the landscape or many other drawing situations (after you have chosen the motif), you have to make some choices: what medium to be used and surface to draw on. Watercolor paper, which may be purchased in journal form, is my preferred choice. So now get to work. Timing is critical. Every mark counts, so focus on the rectangle in your control. You are composing what’s on your mind and fingertips — distance, nearness, solidity, light, dark, etc. Say you have worked hard for an hour and your time is up. Take a deep breath, look deep and return to the piece at your next chance. Open your book and continue to make decisions on what makes it art.  I propose to project the small drawing large. Many important decisions have already been made. This is where your marks will feel freer. Your new larger marks will be stronger energetic, loose and important.”

Bulger graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art as an illustrator. He has been an illustrator and furniture designer for 40 years. His studios and gallery are on Deer Isle at the old Deer Isle High School Seamark Building. Bulger’s work may also be viewed at www.brucewbulger.com.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists and fiber artists.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery showing Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes

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White Bird by Kathleen Noyes, on the right is Brenda’s by Jill Hoy.

 

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently showing works by artists Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes. This show will be available through November. Come and see!

Jill Hoy divides her time among residences in Stonington, Maine; Somerville, Massachusetts; and New York City. The work she creates in Maine is inspired by direct observation of the landscape and includes seascapes, architecture, and gardens.

Working on location, Jill is especially interested in the effects of natural light, color, and pattern. Her use of vivid color in the Maine paintings results in surfaces that are richly and intensely painted so that images seem to vibrate. The artist considers the quality of light to be an important element in her work. “The light in Maine is crystal clear, with a sharp-edged clarity and a gem-like quality. I often work in the morning or late afternoon when these qualities are especially strong.” As a result, her paintings capture specifics of time and light.   Because she’s been a regular resident of the Deer Isle area since 1965, much of Jill’s work can be seen as a document of places and time in the area.

 

As an artist Kathleen Noyes explores the dynamic of innocence and darkness in human life through her figurative work. There is always a certain, deeply-held dark knowledge behind the new eyes and expression of wonder in her figures. The interplay of the light and shadow side of consciousness is expressed at once in her human forms. Kathleen’s intention is for the viewer to feel but have trouble naming what the subject feels. She leaves it to the audience to interpret the significance of emotion in her work.

In creating her collage and mixed media abstracts, Kathleen likens the process to experiencing the spontaneous and serendipitous happenings in life; the unforeseen materializes as she cements the pieces together.

 

FMI  207-667-9377 or  johnedwardsmarket.com

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

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Fog, Surf Murmurs Hunter’s Head, 2016, oil on linen, 20 x 19 inches

The Nature of Things is Joel Babb’s first solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.  Babb began painting the Maine coast in 1975, during construction of his house and studio in Sumner, Maine. After discovering Mount Desert, he would visit the island in all seasons, painting that coastline as well. But eventually, Babb lost his zest for painting the storied coast of Maine, feeling it had been depicted so frequently it was no longer possible for him to see it as it really is. So, for a time, he stopped, though he did continue painting nature in the woods and brooks nearby.

Artist Talk Saturday October 22nd 1pm

For the past several years, Babb has returned to Acadia, finding new inspiration in the epic confrontation of sea, granite, pine, and clouds. He states, “It is as if the Maine woods were being ground away to the foundations by this meeting with the sea.  When the water is calm, the shoreline is still evocative of storms of unimaginable scale.  I love the architectonic structure of the rocks, and the opposing movement of the water as if resentful of the rigidity, the sway of light and atmosphere over everything.

The Lucretian vision of eternal forces and elements interacting comes to life for me in Mount Desert, in the geology, the weather, and especially the action of the sea with the land.  I’ve visited Acadia the day after a hurricane passed through and climbed Cadillac Mountain the day after an ice storm in February. Once on a foggy morning, I startled a deer herd on Ocean Drive, and when I stopped at my spot to continue a painting, long spider webs across the road told me I was the first to pass that way. No matter how many visit Acadia, nature is still the impressive narrative.”

Babb is equally known for his urban views. In his book, Nature & Culture:  The Art of Joel Babb, Carl Little writes, “He divides his time between country and city, continuing to explore both places even as he builds on his repertoire of subjects. . . .For Babb, realism represents a philosophy of art.  As such, he says, the realist painter is constantly discovering ‘new understandings new realizations’ of the mysteries of existence.  ‘Realism as a philosophy,’ he muses ‘suggests that a small corner of the universe, when rightly observed, may open up universal laws in action.’ A modern day Thoreau.”

Joel Babb is a graduate of Princeton and the Boston Museum School, where he taught for several years. He has also taught at Tufts and Harvard universities. His paintings have been exhibited in many museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and are in numerous prestigious corporate collections and in several museums, including the Fogg Museum of Harvard University and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Carver Hill opens “Ted’s Oils”

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On First Friday, October 7, 2016, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open TED’S OILS: TED KELLER LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM. Ted will be in the gallery from 5 – 8 PM to answer questions and meet people.

Ted Keller is a well-known career artist in Midcoast Maine. For the first 30+ years of his professional life, Ted made and sold ceramic pottery and sculpture while teaching college level art classes at Oregon State University, the University of Maine, and the Rockport Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media). At age 53 he gave up ceramics and started to work as a painter.

“When I started painting about 16 years ago, I worked in oil for a couple of years. I made about 100 paintings, and then put them away. The never before seen paintings from that time recently resurfaced, and I rather liked many of them. These 20 or so works at Carver Hill Gallery are from the end of that period, when I felt that my voice had made its presence in the paintings. The brush strokes are confident and the paintings have life. They are mostly plein aire works of the Midcoast Maine landscape.”

After complete immersion in the exploration of oil, Ted switched to watercolor and stuck with it for 14 years. His subject matter ranged from city-scapes, to portraits of dead artists and proportionally playful interiors with people. Ted is enviably competent in all of the subject matter, and the style is cohesive and easy to recognize. The images are loose, directly painted, colorful, full of life and sometimes a little quirky.
After this long hiatus from oils and the subsequent shift to watercolor, during the summer of 2016 when Ted rediscovered the oil paintings he had left in Maine, he fell back in love with oil painting. He returned to New Mexico, and the still life flower paintings emerged.

“As you look at my painting here are a few thoughts that might help. I work quickly. I trust my hands more than my mind. I don’t care what I paint as much as how I paint. This allows me freedom to paint whatever interests me at the time. The paintings proceed without much revision. I have mostly worked in watercolor which does not often reward reworking. My paintings do not get better with more time, refinements, and worry. I make paintings spontaneously for better or worse and get on to the next one. I approach the oil paintings in the same way as the watercolors. I am more interested in the process of art than the product, and for that reason I believe I can make a good painting when that freedom brings everything together just right.” Ted’s artist mantra is “I hope the Love shows”. This is important because for him – Art is about Love.

The gallery will be showing 14 framed, never before seen landscapes from 16 years ago, and 8 brand new floral still life paintings in this exhibition. Unframed work is also available.

* After 35 years in Midcoast Maine, Ted now spends most of the year in Taos New Mexico; however, he maintains a house in Union, Maine, and he frequently visits to keep the connection. Ted has a BFA in ceramics and painting from Syracuse University, and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana. He has created more than1500 watercolors and 150 oils. His work can be found on the walls of interesting people worldwide.

Show runs through November 2. FMI, http://www.carverhillgallery.com

ArtLab Open Studio at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announces the launch of ArtLab Open Studio, a new hands-on program for all ages that is offered free of charge with museum admission.

During regular museum hours, visitors of all ages are invited to drop in the ArtLab classroom in CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street to engage in self-directed creative art making with the free materials and tools provided.

CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “ArtLab Open Studio offers another avenue for visitors to discover and understand CMCA’s exhibitions. In this interactive space, kids and adult can discover, play, and create as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools, and techniques of contemporary art.”

For the month of October, ArtLab Open Studio will be stocked with materials and activity guides related to the exhibition Don Voisine: X/V, offering participants the opportunity to create paper collages inspired by the paintings on view.

A native of Fort Kent, Maine, artist Don Voisine works with symmetry and a standardized format in his paintings. Within these restrictions, he creates seemingly endless variations of elegant, precise abstract compositions.

The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery through October 28. ArtLab Open Studio is free with CMCA admission and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 1-6pm.

In addition to ArtLab Open Studio, CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4pm, and Look Inside, a guided exploration of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Look Inside tours can be customized for all ages and interests. For more information, please visit www.cmcanow.org/learn.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. To contribute to ArtLab and CMCA’s education programs, please visit http://cmcanow.org/product/cmca-donation/

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

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Dowling Walsh is opening “GRETA VAN CAMPEN: A Year on Barters Point Road 2016” with an opening reception Friday Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 pm, during the Rockland First Friday Artwalk. Greta Van Campen’s show is a study of the dynamic passage of time from her studio on Barters Point Road in Tenants Harbor. Her view looks onto Long Cove and Two Bush Channel towards Matinicus; the islands High, Northern and Southern in her immediate sights. She is inspired by the constant changes on the ocean front, from winter to summer and morning to night. This series includes a painting from each month of the year, as well as a set of small paintings capturing each hour within a 24 hour day.

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

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

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

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

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

Don Voisine was born in 1952 in Fort Kent, Maine, and studied at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Mark Wethli is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. 

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

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

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

Five Maine Artists Featured in Idea Lab October 7

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

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

Marsha Donahue

Marsha Donahue

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

Nancy Frohlich

Nancy Frohlich

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

Salim Salim

Salim Salim

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

Sarah Sockbeson

Sarah Sockbeson

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

Daniel Sonenberg

Daniel Sonenberg

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

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

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

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

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for October 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 7 October.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, The Strand Theatre, Landing Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Archipelago, 25 Oak Gallery, Craft Gallery, CMCA, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery and Michael Good Gallery.

25 Oak Gallery continues to show “From the Depths”, exploring water and working “from the depths” intuitively in abstract painting.  Artists Ingrid Ellison, Krisanne Baker, Steven Aimone and Katherine Aimone are making the final weekend of their exhibit at 25 Oak Gallery extra special:  For the Art Walk there will be live music with Robin Lane, a classically trained cellist from 6 to 6:30 PM. 

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be open, showing the work of Anne Ayvaliotis, a later-generation Abstract Impressionist who moved to Maine in 1963.  Her work is in collections of the Portland Museum of Art and at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will be holding an opening reception (from 5:30pm) for “Views of the Natural World.”  It includes work by Susan Beebe, Susan Bryant, Jeannette Martin, Linda Simmons-Arnold, Susie Starr Smith, and Barbara Vanderbilt.  Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

CMCA invites everyone to stop by for karaoke in the courtyard (weather permitting or in the lobby if not) and ArtLab Open Studio with materials and hands-on project inspired by Don Voisine’s paintings currently on view, also a raffle for two CMCA florescent orange WOW hats, just in time for hunting season!  On View: Don Voisine: X/V and Lauren Henkin: Second Nature

CRAFT Gallery will be showing its final show of 2016, featuring six CRAFT artists whose work has been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at CMCA.  Live music by Blind Albert will be outside in the heated and lit courtyard.

Landing Gallery’s new exhibit, “Plein Air Pairing” will be on show with new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, and will continue through October 30th.

The Strand Theatre will be open and screening the documentary EVA HESSE at 8pm, co-presented by the Farnsworth.  Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America¹s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement.

Black Hole will unveil the gallery’s Purple Initiative for 2016, to benefit and lend support to New Hope for Women.

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

Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Art Tour on Saturday October 8th

Sheep at Elwell Organic Orchard, photo by Belfast Creative Coalition

Sheep at Elwell Organic Orchard, photo by Belfast Creative Coalition

Belfast Creative Coalition hosts the annual ‘Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Art Tour’ on Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free, family friendly tour includes gallery visits, open studios, farm tours and special workshops or demonstrations throughout the day. Join in this celebration of local artists’ studios, farms, and the unique ways in which those two overlap in Belfast and Waldo County. All sites are located within a 45-minute drive from Belfast.

Painting by artist Jerri Finch

Painting by artist Jerri Finch

To join the tour, please check in on Saturday, October 8, at our tour headquarters outside Waterfall Arts or in the gallery at Maine Farmland Trust. Maps will be available on site and online. From there, you can design your own route. Visit the studios and farms in town in Belfast or in Monroe, as many as you like and in any order. 

Painting by artist Kris Engman

Painting by artist Kris Engman

Participating locations this year include Kenny Cole’ studio, Jerri Finch’s studio, Janalee Welch’s studio, Waterfall Arts, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Mainely Pottery, Lewis Cisle’s studio, Belfast Shade Company, Dan Bennet’s jewelry-making demonstrations at the Parent Gallery, Good Karma Farm, Susan Tobey White at High Street Studio and Gallery, Elwell Organic Fruit Orchard & Nursery, Kris Engman and Betty Schopmeyer’s shared studio, and more. 

Artwork by Kenny Cole

Artwork by Kenny Cole

Free & family friendly! For more information visit www.belfastcreativecoalition.org or call 207-323-8692.

Back Brooks Road in Monroe

Back Brooks Road in Monroe

Bangor Art Society presents “Paint Bangor”

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As THE Oldest Art Society in the Nation, Bangor Art Society is coming up on our 142nd birthday February, 2017. We deeply appreciate support in this event that directly benefits the artists in our group! This year, as last year, we are not mandating canvas stamping and we are allowing artists to create pieces in the greater Bangor area from October 1st thru the 19th!

Then, Thursday, October 20th we will have our live “wet-paint” auction at the celebrated Tarrantine, 81 Park Street, Bangor! Patron viewing of the art begins at 5:30pm, and bidding will commence at 7:00pm sharp. Auctioneer will be a famous local celebrity!!!

Artists can register on line at TheBangorArtSociety.com or via mail,or in person at 4:30 at the Tarrantine. Registration is $25.00 for B.A.S. members and $35.00 for non-members. People may join the Society on line too to receive the discounted rate!

See you Thursday, 10/20 at The Tarrantine!!!

The Maine Crafts Guild brings American Craft Week to Brunswick, Maine

Blue Sky, Golden Sun earrings by Cathy Heinz of Cathy Heinz Designs

Blue Sky, Golden Sun earrings by Cathy Heinz of Cathy Heinz Designs

The Maine Crafts Guild, in celebration of American Craft Week, will present the Brunswick Fine Craft Show on October 8 & 9, 2016 in Brunswick Maine at the Fort Andross Mill Complex. This American Craft Week event will offer excellence in fine craft designed and handmade by professional Maine artisans.

American Craft Week began as a small, grassroots effort to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of handmade craft. In 1975, these same principles inspired a community of Maine artisans to establish the Maine Crafts Guild and continue to guide the organization.

Bird carving by Erwin Flewelling of Nestlewood Birds

Bird carving by Erwin Flewelling of Nestlewood Birds

“American Craft Week has caught the imagination of so many supporters,” said Diane Sulg, founder and co-chair of the event. “With the growing appreciation of both artisan products and American-made goods, craft is highly regarded for its strong design, quality materials, expert workmanship and enduring value.”

Bowl and tops by Lanny Dean of Lanny’s Woodturning

Bowl and tops by Lanny Dean of Lanny’s Woodturning

As a proud participant in American Craft Week, the Guild’s Brunswick Fine Craft Show will bring buyers and artists together for unique shopping experiences in wood, metal, clay, natural fibers and glass. The traditional Maine manufacturing setting of the renovated Fort Andross Mill Complex and live music will ensure a celebratory atmosphere.

Admission: $3 adults; under 18 free. October 8 & 9, 2016: Sat. 10am – 5pm & Sun. 10am – 4pm. Fort Andross Mill Complex, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine. For more information please email: brunswick.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 207-754-4490. mainecraftsguild.com

Brand new work at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries at 146 Middle St in Portland announces new work. Gallery Hours are Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Glenn Renell

Violet Sky  36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

Violet Sky 36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

 

Henry Isaacs

Barge Landing, Eastern Prom  36 x 36 inches, oil on linen

Barge Landing, Eastern Prom 36 x 36 inches, oil on linen

 

Alan Magee

Impermanence and Continuity  63 x 78 1/2 inches, woven cotton tapestry

Impermanence and Continuity 63 x 78 1/2 inches, woven cotton tapestry

 

 

Alec Richardson

Edge of the Deepest Cove  8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas on panel

Edge of the Deepest Cove 8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas on panel

 

 

J. Thomas R. Higgins

Sunset Cove  14 x 14  inches, oil on panel

Sunset Cove 14 x 14 inches, oil on panel

 

 

Alison Goodwin

Indian Point, North Haven 36 x 36 inches, Mixed media on panel

Indian Point, North Haven 36 x 36 inches, Mixed media on panel

For more Information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com or call 207-772-2693

Cynthia Winings Gallery Toasts To A Great Season

mage Credit: Ben Potter, Foam, Oil on canvas, installation photo

mage Credit: Ben Potter, Foam, Oil on canvas, installation photo

Closing Reception for Season IV at the Cynthia Winings Gallery: Lets Toast To A Great Season

Everyone is warmly invited to the Closing Reception, Sunday, October 9, 5 – 7 PM.

Currently on view at the gallery is the Acadia Centennial Exhibition: The View From Here.

The View From Here is a landscaped-themed show, and coincides with the world-welcoming celebration for Acadia National Park’s Centennial, (1916 – 2016). I welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate the beauty of the Maine Landscape and the artists in the exhibition. The Acadia Centennial website states, “Encompassing 45,000 acres on two islands and a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a jewel of granite mountains, filigreed coastlines, forested valleys, meadows and marshes, unique cultural resources, dazzling night skies, and precious communities of plant and animal life.” The exhibition features the artwork of Chris Baker, Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Alison Dibble, Richard Keen, Christine Lafuente, Ben Potter, Shannon Rankin, and Jerry Rose.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, and was formerly known as the Leighton Gallery. For more information call 917.204.4001 or visit www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com

CRAFT Artists in Biennials Past and Present

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

CRAFT  Gallery opens its last show of 2016 on Friday, October 7th, with six fine craft artists who have been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Susan Dewsnap, Morris Dorenfeld, Lynn Duryea, Jan Owen and Sharon Townshend, all of whom live and work in Maine, create artworks  that honor traditional craft methods and are recognized as works of fine art. All have studied drawing, painting and  art history at major art institutions and universities and have turned their interests to creating art with traditional craft materials. By using the craft medium as support, they break down the boundaries between craft and fine art.

Potter Susan Dewsnap, Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College, investigates the dynamic of how drawing on the surface and the shape of her pottery can be intimately connected. She looks to painting and ceramic history, merging the two in her art. Weaver Morris Dorenfeld studied  and practiced painting and has chosen the medium of fiber and tapestry technique to weave his abstract designs on the loom. He and Lynn Duryea  are included in the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Duryea has returned to Maine after serving as Ceramics Professor of Art at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Her non- functional clay sculptures reference architectural, structural and mechanical elements. The physicality of construction, assembling and the poetic use of color is what interests her. Artist Jan Owen communicates through the art of calligraphy with brush marks, woven shapes and written words to create patterns and textures as strong design elements in her books, panels and scrolls. Quilter Daphne Taylor is a draftswoman who draws with thread. She explores the potential of fabric, needle and thread to create her “quilt drawings” with the eye of a painter, limiting herself to the bare essentials of color, line and design. Clay artist Sharon Townshend’s work is based on nature, finding inspiration in woods, fields, trees and plants. Working in clay is a continuum of these encounters. Her sought after Raku veggies are offered at CRAFT.

The show will continue until mid November to coincide with the Biennial at CMCA. CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Blind Albert will play live music outside in the courtyard, which will be comfortably heated and lit, from 5 to 7:30 pm during  the October 7th First Friday Art Walk. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Tidemark Gallery Commemorates Hieronymus Bosch

Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych, 1495-1505, attributed to Heironymus Bosch

Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych, 1495-1505, attributed to Heironymus Bosch

“The Garden of Earthly Delights” is a special group show curated by Chris Augusta and Dick Koubek to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Heironymus Bosch. While this painter was one of the most influential artists of his time and place; sixteenth century Netherlands, this show does not intend to imitate, but to acknowledge the complexities of life in very different ways.

his Old House Plant, linocut by Holly Berry

his Old House Plant, linocut by Holly Berry

Selected works by fourteen artists will be on view from October 5 through November 5. The artist’s reception will be Saturday, October 8, from 4 to 7pm, in participation with ArtWalk Waldoboro. For more information contact 207-832-5109

“Autumn Arrivals”opens at Wiscasset Bay Gallery

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Fritz Eichenberg, “The Steps, 1934,” wood engraving, 6 1/8” x 4 5/8”

“Autumn Arrivals” will open on Saturday, October 15, at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery. The exhibition highlights recent acquisitions of paintings and prints by important American and European artists.

René Magritte’s “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” a colorful lithograph from 1962 by the Belgian Surrealist, shows a half-woman, half-fish creature seated on a rock with a schooner in the distance. Fritz Eichenberg (American, 1901-1990) captures street life in New York City during the Great Depression with “The Steps, 1934.” In this wood engraving, a cat searches a garbage can, two boys wrestle in the street, and a well-dressed dandy looks in his pocket mirror, while his lady of the night looks on admiringly. Freight-laden tugboats steam past the Manhattan skyline in Earl Horter’s (American, 1881-1940) depiction of the New York waterfront during the 1930s. Other prominent twentieth century artists featured in the exhibition include Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), Jules Pascin (French/American, 1885-1930), John Folinsbee (American, 1892-1972), Don Stone (American, 1929-2015), and Jay Hall Connaway (American, 1893-1970).

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René Magritte, “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” color lithograph, 12 1/2” x 17 3/4”

In the contemporary galleries, recent work by Maine artists include Judith Magyar’s dynamically designed composition of a boathouse interior, which plays with light and spatial relations. David Kasman’s “Red Truck, Black Duck” is a thickly painted oil of village life on Monhegan Island. Other New England artists exhibiting include Roberta Goschke, Michael Graves, Keith Oehmig, Tom Curry, Carlton Plummer and Guy Corriero.

“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through November 30th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

The UMaine Museum of Art celebrates ARTober with EXPERIMENTATION CREATION

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SATURDAY October 15, 2016 • 11 am – 3 pm

FREE, all ages and open to the public

Explore your creative side! In celebration of ARTober, the classroom at the museum will be open for people of ALL AGES to come in and create a work of art using any material we have on site. Experiemnt with sculpture, painting, collage, printing and more to create a fun, new project.

Experimentation Creation is FREE and open to the public. For More Information contact:
Kat Johnson
207.561.3360
kat.johnson@maine.edu

New Photographs by Lynn Karlin, Marquetry by James Macdonald at MFT Gallery

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

We taste (rather we eat), we touch (maybe not enough). But how often do we slow down to take in the beauty of the often-overlooked vegetables that nourish us?” Thus begins Lynn Karlin’s artist statement on her new body of work, The Tray Series.

Starting September 23rd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be exhibiting Lynn Karlin’s much-awaited Tray Series on the ground floor. Eight years ago Belfast’s own Karlin began a quest to honor even the humblest vegetables by elevating them, as she puts it, “to a place where they belong: on a pedestal.” The stunning Pedestal Series which resulted from this endeavor earned Karlin the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for “Best in Still Life Category” for the last two years, and “Gold” for the Prix De La Photographie Paris in 2015 – along with worldwide acclaim.

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

The photographs in The Tray Series offer an aerial view of a confined space, with the subject often exiting the frame to break up the design. Thinking within the box, Karlin looks for good form, texture, patina and color. Subjects may now include familiar man-made kitchen objects as well as her beloved fruits and vegetables, showing “beauty can be found everywhere, if you take the time to really look.”

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

Another artist who wants to treat his subjects in a way that reveals both their importance and aesthetics is Unity artist and craftsman James Macdonald. His exceptional marquetry work – defined as the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure, in order to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures – will be shown on the gallery’s second floor.

Macdonald’s body of work, titled Growers and Grown, was funded by an Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and features new farmers in Waldo County. Says Macdonald: “My work in this exhibition comes from my fascination with the relationship between us and the food we eat. Here I’ve chosen to present a mix of work showing local farmers, food, and hand tools. My desire is to treat and display these subjects in a way that reveals their beauty, necessity, and magnificence.”

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

The exhibit runs from Friday September 23rd through October 31st.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. The gallery is also open for Belfast Creative Coalition’s Cultivate Tour, on Saturday October 8, from 10am-3pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

The Rock & Art Shop Presents Paintings by Jennifer Anderson

Painting by Jennifer Anderson

Painting by Jennifer Anderson

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents works by Jennifer Anderson. Anderson grew up on the Maine coast painting what she loves. Her earlier works were watercolor studies of sea creatures. Anderson currently lives and paints in Brewer Maine. Her current oil paintings of the ocean are captivating. Anderson’s use of texture and light help to make the viewer feel as if they are on the high seas.

The show runs from September 9th to October 29th , 2016 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception will be held on October 7th, at 6:30 with the artist talk at 7:00.

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

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-6-25-34-amThe Arts Business Institute (ABI) and MCA in partnership with Maine College of Art (MECA) and Waterville Creates present:

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME October 22
Waterville Creates, Waterville, ME October 23

Tuition
Both Workshops: $250
One Workshop: $150

MCA Member Discount Codes
One-day $25 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBER
Two-day $50 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBERS

MECA Students and Alumni: Contact Jessica Tomlinson for a full scholarship.

For More Information Vist: http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/portland-waterville-maine/

Exhibitions at Don Gorvett’s Perkins Cove Gallery

The Unconscious, Ebony Pencil / Graphite on Paper, 36” x 24” by Ralph Gorvett

The Unconscious, Ebony Pencil / Graphite on Paper, 36” x 24” by Ralph Gorvett

The exhibition titled Rumination and the Aesthetic in Drawing | Form & Substance is the first time collaborative exhibition of the drawings of Ralph Gorvett and the ceramics of David Schneider to be held in Don Gorvett’s Perkins Cove Gallery in Ogunquit Maine. 

Ralph Gorvett, the brother of Don Gorvett, has had presents in Don Gorvett’s galleries in Gloucester, MA, Portsmouth, NH and Ogunquit ME. Both Gorvett boys had the privilege studying with Elinor Marvin, art educator at Burlington High School in Burlington MA, and both receiving degrees through the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA. Ralph Gorvett studied drawing, painting, and sculpture. Gorvett’s drawings are an elaborate compilation of designs and rhythms. His “automatic drawings” are inspired by the moment and intuition. He is also a serious student 19th and 20th-century music as seen through the context of history, philosophy, criticism and biography. Mr. Gorvett presently lives and works in Ogunquit Maine.

Restless Hearts, Stained Stoneware, 17” x 14” x 21” by David Schneider

Restless Hearts, Stained Stoneware, 17” x 14” x 21” by David Schneider

David Schneider is a ceramist and sculptor teaching at the University of Southern Maine. He has an M.F.A. in ceramics with a minor in sculpture from Tulane University and earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. David Schneider has had his work represented by Don Gorvett’s Piscataqua Fine Art and Perkins Cover Gallery for many years. Schneider enjoys working with ceramics because he appreciates the flexibility, responsiveness, and tactility of the material. He feels “the connection with the process and a challenge that keeps offering something new”. In addition to showing at Perkins Cove Gallery, David also is Showcased at the Barn Gallery Fall Exhibition on view until October 10. 

For more information, please call Vivienne at 603.436.7278

UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952) Self-portrait, 1986 Oil on canvas Collection of the NB Art Bank

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952)
Self-portrait, 1986
Oil on canvas
Collection of the NB Art Bank

Contemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists highlights a diversity of creative approaches and genres—from representational to conceptual—by artists from throughout New Brunswick. Also varied is the wide range of media in the exhibition that includes ceramic, photography, oil painting, assemblage, mixed media, sculpture and printing processes. The works in Contemporary Currents underscore the refreshingly pluralist nature of contemporary art across the globe. Like the briskly moving currents of divergent thoughts winding through today’s art world, these artists offer multiple points of view on the complex nature of contemporary artistic practice.

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971) George with Xmas Ornament, 2013 Archival inkjet print Courtesy of the artist

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971)
George with Xmas Ornament, 2013
Archival inkjet print
Courtesy of the artist

Featured artists: Erik Edson, Darren Emenau, Mathieu Léger, Neil Rough, Stephen Scott, Anne-Marie Sirois, Dan Steeves, Anna Torma and Istvan Zsako

Exhibition Partner: New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967)
Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

 

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS

September 23 – December 31, 2016

Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

 

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

For additional information please contact:
Kathryn Jovanelli
P 207.561.3350
www.umma.umaine.edu

“Dietlind Vander Schaaf: Exhalation” at Vestibule 594 Gallery

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“Exhalation”, a solo show by Dietlind Vander Schaaf, will be held at Vestibule 594 gallery at 594 Congress Street (next to Starbucks at the Hay Building) through October 29. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5-8pm.

Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described in terms of it’s focus on “showcasing the wax itself, encasing objects as if they were ancient artifacts” (Orlando Sentinel) and as the transformation of “disparate materials into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope magazine). She has exhibited her paintings nationally and is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from Encaustic Art Institute, the Emerging Artist Grant from International Encaustic Artists, and a Pace House residency from Maine College of Art. Vander Schaaf serves as president elect of New England WAX. She teaches workshops throughout New England.

THE MAGIC OF RUSSIA AT THE GREEN LION PRINT GALLERY

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“Bridge to my Native Roots”

 

Cafe Editor’s note: Sorry to run this late!

Some of Russia’s best artists have focused their creative energy mastering printmaking, especially etching – and the results are breathtaking, but hard to find in this country. The Green Lion Gallery at 23 Centre Street in Bath is helping to change that, with an exhibition of etchings and other prints by some of Russia’s leading artists.

There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 19 from 4 to 7 pm, in conjunction with the Bath Art Walk, and the show will be on display from August 19 through September 18.

The show will feature work by Stanislav Nikireyev, Alexander Vetrov, Vladimir Vorobyov, and Irina Makoveeva, well-known artists in the Russian and international art world. People’s Artist of Russia Stanislav Nikireyev (1932-2007,) a Member of Russian Academy of Art, was one of the most remarkable masters of modern Russian art. His incredibly detailed works are a unique phenomenon in landscape art and etching technique, in a league with masters such as Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt van Rijn and Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Moscow artists Alexander Vetrov and Irena Makoveeva have been awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.

All of these artists explore and embody the depth and complexity, as well as the simultaneously sweeping scope, of Russian culture and artistic expression. Nikireyev once said, of his own work:

“Some people wrongly take realistic art for a simple matter. Yet, a creative work should be regarded as realistic one if only it absorbs the spirit and the joie de vivre and pains of time. Its aesthetics, while rooted in a tradition, is impregnated with up-to-date trends and open not only for art experts and connoisseurs, but for the general public as well.”

The exhibition is curated by Jerry and Olesya Koenig of Cambridge, MA. Olesya and Jerry are Russian art experts and owners of From Russia With Art gallery in Cambridge (www.fromrussiawithart.org). Work on display at the Green Lion will include etching, drypoint, aquatint, and other works they have just brought back from a recent trip to Russia.

The Green Lion is a new gallery and working art studio in Bath that specializes in handmade, limited-edition fine art prints, including woodcuts, wood engravings, etchings, lithographs, and other work created by hand and individually printed. In addition to the Russian work on display, the gallery currently represents other print artists from as far away as New Mexico and Wales, although most (including artist/owner David Morgan) are from Maine. It also shows historic prints and other interesting artwork from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Anne Heywood invited to China Biennial International Pastel Exhibition

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Anne Heywood, “Sunset Reflections”

 

Anne Heywood, artist/owner of the Heywood Gallery in Waldoboro, has been invited to be the guest artist of the 2nd China (Suzhou) Biennial International Pastel Exhibition at the Ming Gallery of Art in Suzhou, China with her original painting/diptych “Sunset Reflections”. This exhibition will run from October 22nd to November 21st.

Anne Heywood is an American Realist painter, author/illustrator of the book Pastels Made Easy (Watson-Guptill, NYC), and an Eminent Pastelist and Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Her work is represented in Maine by the Heywood Gallery, Waldoboro, Gifts at 136, Damariscotta, and the Portland Art Gallery, Portland and in Massachusetts by appointment only at the Thompson & Lichtner Co., Canton and at her winter studio in E. Bridgewater. She accepts commissions and offers workshops and demonstrations to art and cultural organizations throughout the US. Heywood is artist/owner of the Heywood Gallery, 921 Main St., Waldoboro.

For further information, www.anneheywood.com or 207.832.6684.

Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment

“Involuntary Incubator” by Rebecca Spilecki (left), “The Usual Suspects” by Barbra Whitten (right).

“Involuntary Incubator” by Rebecca Spilecki (left), “The Usual Suspects” by Barbra Whitten (right).

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) in partnership with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) present “Equal Protection of the Laws: America’s Fourteenth Amendment”, an art exhibition which contemplates the importance of the 14th Amendment.

Themes depicted relate to many areas of American society covered by the amendment: including due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state, and federal representation.
Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

On view: Sept.22 – Dec.16, 2016
(at Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta.)
Opening: Thursday, Sept. 22 4-7pm, with a brief program beginning at 5:30pm
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9-4

Remembering Julian Sacks at Tidemark Gallery

Fall Cornfield, watercolor by Julian Sacks

Fall Cornfield, watercolor by Julian Sacks

It was a wonderful day when Julian joined our little gallery and it was a terrible day when we lost him. But he left us with such wonderful gifts; his wisdom and warm friendship, corny jokes, a special recipe for pickled herring and bright landscape paintings of the many places he loved. Where ever he went, what ever the season or time of day, he painted.

Tidemark is deeply honored to present a collection of Julian’s vibrant watercolors depicting the Four Seasons in Maine. The show will be hung Wednesday, September 7, through Saturday, October 1. For more information contact  (207) 832-5109 or visit www.tidemarkgallery.com

“Back to School Special” and “Things Remembered” at George Marshall Store Gallery

Jennifer Moses “Bandlier Phantasmagoria” Oil on panel, 22” x 20”

Jennifer Moses “Bandlier Phantasmagoria” Oil on panel, 22” x 20”

The George Marshall Store Gallery recently opened two new exhibitions for the month of September. Aptly named for the season is “Back to School Special” which features work by the faculty of the University of New Hampshire Department of Art. Also on view is “Things Remembered” by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk, who combines fragments of found objects to create standing figures and scenes that are full of gestures and personality.

B. Chu “Mount Washington” Oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

B. Chu “Mount Washington” Oil on canvas, 24” x 30”

Many of the artists in “Back to School Special” have exhibited their work in the York gallery in either solo or group shows. Although they exhibited together at the University, they don’t often have the opportunity to show collectively elsewhere. Between them they cover the disciplines of painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. As teachers, they are in the habit of giving assignments to their students. Perhaps, unconsciously they also give themselves assignments. The result is work that is always exploring new ideas and techniques.

Don Williams “Black, White and Inbetween” Stoneware, wood and Steel, 14” x 10.5” x 4.5”

Don Williams “Black, White and Inbetween” Stoneware, wood and Steel, 14” x 10.5” x 4.5”

This is very true of the work by painter Craig Hood who is the current chair of the department. His most recent paintings have a mysterious layered haze, nearly obliterating the figures and objects that were much more evident in his previous work. These paintings draw you in, and invite you to draw the mystical curtain aside. The titles of the paintings give clues, such as “Dusty Road (Man Left Behind)” and “Starting Out”, where a small dark shadow gives the suggestion of a figure walking down a path.

Grant Drumheller “Orchard in October, Eliot, Maine” Oil on linen, 48” x 60”

Grant Drumheller “Orchard in October, Eliot, Maine” Oil on linen, 48” x 60”

Grant Drumheller’s newer paintings have a much looser, open brushwork. His most recent paintings are landscape views with the perspective of being seen from above. One has a bird’s eye view looking down on “Beryl Beach” where dozens of figures are enjoying the water and sunning on the shore. Rick Fox spreads his paint with wide brushes and a pallet knife for his views of Chauncey Creek and Kittery Point. Painter Brian Chu uses short, multicolor strokes reminiscent of impressionism for his still life of onions in a basket and a larger painting of Mount Washington. Abstract paintings and collages are contributed by Jennifer Moses, thus rounding out the variety of styles and approaches within the department.

Julee Holcombe “Metropolis”  archival pigment print, 48.5” x 42”

Julee Holcombe “Metropolis” archival pigment print, 48.5” x 42”

Julee Holcombe and Michael Cardinali teach photography. Holcombe seamlessly combines multiple images on the computer. Visitors are spellbound by her 48” x 42” photograph “Metropolis” which combines iconic architecture from around the world. Cardinali uses more traditional techniques for his black and white photographs of woodlands, ponds and portraits of his wife.

Sculptor Sachiko Akiyama just completed her first year at the University and is exhibiting two large carved and painted wooden pieces. “Four Corners of the Floating World” combines figures and cranes that stands over five feet tall. Leah Woods also works in wood. Her “Spaces In Between” is a large floor pieces that has numerous parts which radiate from a center point. One has the feeling that the parts could all fit together but in reality they can’t.
Placed throughout the gallery are ceramics by Don Williams. Two of his “Cistern” vessels flank the photograph “Metropolis.” Architecture has been an important reference for the artist for a long time. His wood fired, sculptural pieces make visual connections with the work by his colleagues throughout the gallery.

M. Stasiuk “Gentleman with a Suitcase”
63” x 19” x 13”

M. Stasiuk “Gentleman with a Suitcase”
63” x 19” x 13”

Artist Michael Stasiuk has filled the dock level gallery with his found object sculptures that are a combination of free standing figures and bas reliefs.  The “skirts” and “torsos” of many of these figures are made from antique lobster buoys which is an appropriate material since the view from the gallery is of a working waterfront, complete with bait shake covered in buoys. Charm and whimsy are found in almost all of the pieces. Some pieces are quite elegant in their simplicity such as the “Gentleman with a Suitcase.” His ability to animate ordinary objects and infuse them with personality and gesture is remarkable. Visitors to the gallery, without exception, respond with smiles and delight.

M. Stasiuk “The Alphabet Teacher” 45” x 26” x 13”

M. Stasiuk “The Alphabet Teacher” 45” x 26” x 13”

The exhibitions continue through October 2nd. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Museums of Old York and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. 207-351-1083 www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS at UMaine Museum of Art

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

From September 23 – December 31, 2016 Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors. For more information contact: Kathryn Jovanelli – 40 Harlow St. – Bangor, ME 04401 – 207.561.3350 –  kathrynj@maine.edu – www.umma.umaine.edu

Explore the streets of Portland with PMA Go

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On September 2, the Portland Museum of Art launched PMA Go, a web-based, art-collecting game inspired by Pokémon Go. Instead of capturing Wartortles, Kakunas, and Vileplumes, players can amass an art collection of Homers, Renoirs, and Wyeths that generates real world rewards. While many art museums—including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art—have embraced Pokémon Go as a way to draw visitors into their museums, the PMA is the first art museum in the country to use the premise of Pokémon Go to get its art collection out into the community.

PMA Go invites users to explore the streets of Portland, Maine—one of the country’s top destinations with unparalleled restaurants, natural beauty, and top breweries—and discover the breadth of the PMA’s collection. As players amass their art collection by “catching” great works of art around town, they receive real world rewards from the museum, including free admission, free PMA Films tickets for members, and if they find all 18 works, a free copy of The Collection: Highlights From The Portland Museum of Art ($24.95 value).

Playing PMA Go is easy. No downloads or installation is necessary. Just visit PMAgo.org on your mobile device and begin collecting! The game is available to be played across the entire Portland peninsula. Share your collection with your friends on social, and collect your rewards by visiting the PMA. For More information on the current programming at PMA visit www.portlandmuseum.org

Current Exhibitions at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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David Graeme Baker is a graduate of Wesleyan University and studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He currently resides with his wife and two sons in Hancock, Maine. David’s contemporary domestic genre scenes are imbued with mystery and tension creating enigmatic narratives that explore our relationships with ourselves and one another.

His paintings are influenced by the landscape of Maine and family and friends within domestic surroundings. He focuses on seemingly mundane moments, granting heightened importance and emotional resonance, drawing the viewer into his constructed world.

 

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Erik Weisenburger studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.

Weisenburger’s landscapes are luminous and rich with detail. His meticulous brushwork and ability to convey glowing light is reminiscent of early Northern European paintings. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns – blades of grass, ladders of tree branches, clumps of moss – striking a satisfying equilibrium. The density of detail makes his paintings feel precious and treasured, pulling the viewer in to study each piece of the panel. Weisenburger’s work is often narrative or allegorical, the symbolic overtones referential of “outsider” folk art. His balanced compositions and life-like color palette make these riveting paintings harmonious and compelling to view.

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Jonathan Laurence is at the forefront of digital image creation and manipulation. He has been self chronicling for two decades, long before the practice was ubiquitous. His new ritual of early morning trail runs focuses his images on Maine’s landscape, weather patterns, ecology, and trails.

“Glitch is a computer term, but the same thing can happen in nature” he says, “Sometimes things are destroyed, sometimes for the best, sometimes for the worst. I started embracing that idea, allowing things to disrupt what I’d been making … sometimes even closer to how I really felt.”

 

For more information contact: Dowling Walsh Gallery | 207.596.0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com

“Light to Be Discovered” at the Deer Isle Artists Association

Woodley Osborne

Woodley Osborne

There is “Light to Be Discovered” at the Deer Isle Artists Association, as their latest show clearly indicates! Artists Don Bardole, Peggy de Wolf, Michael DeMatteo, Ron Deprez, Emily Johansen, David Kofton, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Woodley Osborne, Carolyn Raedle, David Simonds, Walter Smalling, and Carolyn Walton demonstrate how they approach this theme in their work, which is on display from September 9 – 22.

Ron Deprez has been a photographer for more than fifty years, and his interests range from individuals, to landscapes, to piles of clothing. He notes that each of his photos is “people related” and thus has a story behind it. He stresses that every person, however, is distinct from the image itself.

Emily Johansen’s watercolors celebrate her fascination with light, temperature, and color. She considers herself on a “sensory quest” to paint what she feels when confronted by glorious color and light. Both Vermont and Maine figure prominently in her art, and her work can regularly be found in galleries in both states.

The Deer Isle Association Gallery at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village is open daily from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. (207) 348-2330. www.deerisleartists.com.

Announcing Maine Craft Weekend October 1st and 2nd

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Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 1 + 2, 2016. MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday! For more information visit www.MaineCraftWeekend.org

Masters + Apprentices on view at LA Arts

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Masters + Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program, will be on view at LA Arts, 221 Lisbon St. in Lewiston, ME from October 6 through November 7, 2016. The opening reception Thursday October 6, 4-7pm is free and open to the public. The exhibition highlights work from the Craft Apprentice Program (CAP), a seven-month statewide mentoring program founded in 2016 for contemporary craft practitioners.

Exhibiting Artists
Anne Emlein (master) + Rose Allard
Doug Wilson (master) + James Crawford
Linda Perrin (master) + Jacquelyn Jensen

Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program is a joint project of the Maine Craft Association and the Maine Arts Commission; Maine magazine is the exclusive 2016 magazine sponsor of CAP and the exhibition; CAP partnered with LA Arts to host the exhibition in their newly renovated space.

On view is new work created during the apprenticeship period, March-September 2016, by the 2016 CAP participants: master blacksmith Doug Wilson of Little Deer Isle, ME and apprentice James Crawford of Waldo, ME, master fiber artist Anne Emlein of Portland, ME and apprentice Rose Allard of Portland, ME, and master glass artist Linda Perrin of Ellsworth, ME and apprentice Jacquelyn Jenson of Bar Harbor, ME.

The public is invited to meet 2016 CAP artists at an opening reception for the exhibition from 4-7pm on October 6 at LA Arts in Lewiston, Maine.

CAP provides Maine craft artists with a relevant and alternative educational experience, and promotes craft as a viable career path. Master/apprentice pairs are selected for CAP through a competitive application process for which apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue. Participants must be Maine residents, and establish clear goals for the apprenticeship period. Both master and apprentices receive honorariums and complete at least 100 apprenticeship hours. Program information, participant profiles, FAQs and application are available at www.MaineCAP.org. The 2017 CAP application deadline is December 9, 2016

CAP 2017 Q&A Workshop: To learn more about applying to CAP Maine craft artists are invited to attend a CAP 2017 Question and Answer session with MCA director, Sadie Bliss at LA Arts November 2, 7-8pm. Please rsvp to:sbliss@mainecrafts.org

PLEIN AIR PAIRING at Landing Gallery

"Warren Island Moorings" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Warren Island Moorings” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “PLEIN AIR PAIRING”, an exhibition of new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, opening on Friday, September 16 through October 29. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 16th from 5-8 PM.

"Acadia Breakers" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Acadia Breakers” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Monique’s landscape paintings have sense of movement and are filled with a gestural energy. She is a life long artist and has been painting since she was 10. “I always have a sketch book with me to record my observations. During my teens I began taking back packing trips to the Sierras, which helped foster my love of nature. Wherever I am, I find the local landscape to be an inspiring and fascinating subject for my painting.”

"Calm Waters Dawn" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36" x 42"

“Calm Waters Dawn” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36″ x 42″

For the past 18 years, Tom Curry has painted the landscape around his home in Maine. “As a plein air painter, I immerse myself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux. What we call a “place” is a paradox-it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go. I paint the interplay of light, island, sky and water as a metaphor and meditation on place and time, the dance between what we perceive as eternal and ephemeral.”

"Acadia Morning Mist" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16" x 20"

“Acadia Morning Mist” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16″ x 20″

Please join us Friday, September 16 from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Monique Lazard and Tom Curry. Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun & Mon. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint” is a new exhibition at Camden Falls Gallery that features a collection of plein air and studio paintings by artists Scott Moore, George Van Hook, Peter Yesis,  Jonathan McPhillips, and Brad Betts, From quaint villages and quiet harbors to verdant pastures and majestic mountains, the show reflects many of these artists’ favorite painting spots throughout Maine and beyond. The exhibition opens on September 17 and will remain on view through Columbus Day.

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” - by Brad Betts

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” – by Brad Betts

 

We usually associate an artist’s muse with a particular person or spiritual mentor who in some way inspires creativity. In the case of plein air painters, it is often a particular landscape or a specific aspect of a small geographic patch that transports the artist to that sublime state where a new interpretation of a well-loved view emerges. Who can say why we are affected so deeply by the silhouette of two mountain ridges glimpsed through a sinewy grove of spruce? Perhaps it is in the same way that we can identify a loved one from the nape of their neck, or the line of their shoulders, transmitting their soul’s uniqueness.

 “Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

“Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

 

As artists attempt to convey the essence of a place on canvas, they often develop intimate connections with favorite locations that spark their imaginations and fuel their passion for painting. Through focused observation and ongoing interactions with the natural world, plein air painting offers artists a chance to engage in “conversations” with a particular place that may last for hours, days, weeks, or even years. Frequently, a plein air painter must wrestle with a particular landscape throughout its seasonal phases to keep this visual and spiritual dialogue alive. For each of our featured artists, the timeless textures of rock, water, foliage, and sky, constantly transformed by light and atmosphere, inspire recurring visits to both familiar and less widely-known locations throughout the region.

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

Longtime Stockton Springs resident Scott Moore, although not known as a “plein air” artist, spends a great deal of time out-of-doors and has a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Maine. He often finds inspiration in the colorful corners of his hometown, the untamed beauty of remote woods and ponds, and the charming character of Maine’s less-frequented coastal and island villages. His canvases frequently capture the splendor of iconic Maine sites such as Monhegan Island and Acadia National Park, as well. 

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor" - by George Van Hook

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor” – by George Van Hook

George Van Hook, of Cambridge, NY, has spent years traveling and painting throughout the United States and Europe, as well as many summers painting along the Maine mid-coast and on North Haven Island. Van Hook describes his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. “The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.”

 “Untamed”- by Peter Yesis

“Untamed”- by Peter Yesis 

For Searsport artist Peter Yesis, landscape painting is a product of his love and respect for nature, as well as an opportunity to participate in the beauty and natural energy of the Maine woods, waterways and terrain. His favorite natural element is water, and he never tires of capturing the unpredictability and splendor of Maine’s seascapes. Yesis can frequently be found, paints in hand, clambering over rocks at Acadia, Schoodic Point, or standing on a narrow beach in Boothbay or the harbor in Camden and other coastal areas in pursuit of the most engaging view.

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

In reflecting upon his work as a plein air painter, Rhode Island artist Jonathan McPhillips says, “It is the air surrounding the landscape that I hope to depict in my paintings. The air is an unseen filter that guides how we visualize the ‘things’ in front of us. In coastal New England, the atmosphere is always changing, therefore I am fortunate to live and paint in such a visually engaging area.” We are fortunate that Camden Harbor is one of the favorite places that McPhillips returns to again and again.

"Breezing In"- by Brad Betts

“Breezing In”- by Brad Betts

 Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to welcome Brad Betts of East Boothbay back to the gallery with this show. His work reflects a life-long appreciation of the sea, developed through years of deep sea fishing and sailing around the Gulf coast waters during his youth. For Betts, living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers the opportunity to connect daily with the classic scenes that most inspire him. “When you paint outside,” says Betts, “the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts. In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within.”

The artists of Camden Falls Gallery invite you to come and experience their favorite places the way they see them. Located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-6pm. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call 207-470-7027.

Aarhus Gallery Artist Reunion at Betts Gallery

 

Altered Book Cover, 2016 (11” x 8.5”) by Abbie Read

Altered Book Cover, 2016 (11” x 8.5”) by Abbie Read

Betts Gallery announces a reunion show of the original artists from the former Aarhus Gallery- but with an interesting twist; each Aarhusian has invited an artist friend to include one piece to hang alongside their work in the exhibition. Some pairings are collaborative while others feature works that are distinctly different.

The artists include seven charter members of Aarhus and their friends: Annadeene Fowler/Susan Brady, Kevin Johnson/Ben Potter, Mark Kelly/Vincent Abaldo, Richard Mann/Linden Frederick, Abbie Read/Karen MacDonald, Wesley Reddick/Doug Bell and Willy Reddick/Julie H Rose.

The show runs from September 23rd – October 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 -8:00 pm. Betts Gallery is located at The Belfast Framer, 96 Main Street. There is also an entrance on Beaver Street across from the public parking lot. For More information contact Anne Warren by phone: 207-338-6465 or email: thebelfastframer@gmail.com

Littlefield Gallery’s Fall Group Show

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Caren-Marie Michel, “Free Street, Portland” acrylic on canvas 24×24

The Littlefield Gallery finishes up its eighth season with a Fall Group Show featuring Caren-Marie Michel, John Stass, and Joan Freiman. Work by these artists and others can be viewed daily from 11-5:30 through Columbus Day.
Caren-Marie Michel
Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Her work explores the urban, industrial, and pastoral images of Maine and documents the ever-changing landscape in paint. Michel is a devoted plein air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. Michel often portrays a location through series capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. Michel is Past President of the Pastel Painters of Maine and past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.

Michel studied painting with Esther Barney in Portland, Maine for six years and earned her B.F.A. in painting from Portland School of Art in 1978 (now Maine College of Art) where she studied with Bill Collins, Ed Douglas and Johnnie Ross. Michel returned to painting and exhibiting in 2000 after a sixteen year banking career. Her work has been selected for juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Washington. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery at USM-LA, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery, North Light Gallery, Littlefield Gallery and the College of the Atlantic. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images.

In 2008, Michel was commissioned to paint three large landscape paintings for the new Mercy Hospital Fore River building’s main lobby in Portland, Maine.

In 2013, her work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. Also in 2013, her first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.  This was Michel’s fourth Panorama exhibition since her 2007 “Greater Portland Panorama” at Jameson Gallery in Portland, Maine.

In 2015, Michel’s work was shown in the Maine State Capitol in Augusta as the Artist in the Capitol solo exhibition through the Maine Arts Commission.

 

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John Stass, “Aegis” (Shield of Zeus) wood laminations/metalic enamel 29 x 15 x 13

 

John Stass
As an artist, John paints on a variety of supports using various media, and sculpts primarily in wood.  Coming out of the corporate world of L. L. Bean in his earlier days, he has been a creative driven entrepreneur for 30 years.  In his former career as a management consultant, John  counted some of the nation’s most highly regarded companies as clients.

At the  mid-point of his life, as a designer of custom furniture, he created and produced the brands of Katahdin Studio Furniture, Zen Harbor Living and Katahdin Home.  His work sold world-wide, often to a celebrity clientele, including Melissa Etheridge, Andy Griffith, and the Jay Leno Show.
Today, John is once again an independent artist and designer.  Art plays a role in everyone’s existence… sometimes deliberately and sometimes not.  I am fortunate to have been able to incorporate art in many of its various forms in all that has occupied my life.

Maine Crafts Guild announces 7th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show

Rosemarie DiLernia at the 2015 Scarborough Show

Rosemarie DiLernia at the 2015 Scarborough Show

The Maine Crafts Guild is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show, September 17-18, 2016 at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough, Maine

“There is nothing like finding a handcrafted work of art that speaks to your soul…when a piece of art finds its way into your hands, heart and home for a lifetime! I’ve had these experiences at the Maine Crafts Guild’s shows where the outstanding artistry and quality of work is inspiring!” – Suzanne Nance, Emmy award-winning broadcaster.

Hand knotted necklace by Rosemarie DiLernia and Chris Banikiotes

Hand knotted necklace by Rosemarie DiLernia and Chris Banikiotes

Members of the Maine Crafts Guild are selected through a jury-of-peers process. The dynamic membership is comprised of journeymen, nationally recognized masters and founding members who dedicate themselves to excellence in fine craft.

Walnut burl lamp by Louis Charlett of Charlett Woodworking

Walnut burl lamp by Louis Charlett of Charlett Woodworking

Nature is an abundant source of inspiration for Guild members. The show’s venue, Camp Ketcha, sits on 107 acres of meadows, forests, streams and wetlands and the soaring, timbered ceiling of the great room offers an inspiring backdrop for the professional artisans to showcase their heirloom-quality fine crafts. After shopping for treasures created from wood, metal, clay, natural fibers, and glass, Camp Ketcha’s extensive trail network awaits your exploration. Bring the family – their popular $5 pony rides are available to children on Saturday the 18th from 12-1pm. Alternatively, nearby Scarborough Beach State Park offers an opportunity for relaxation after a stimulating day of colors, textures and conversation.

Teapot by Mark Hutton of Hutton Studios

Teapot by Mark Hutton of Hutton Studios

Admission: $4 adults; under 18 free. September 17 & 18, 2016 – Sat. 10am – 5pm & Sun. 10am – 4pm. Camp Ketcha, 336 Black Point Road, Scarborough, Maine. For more information please email: scarborough.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 207-799-3460. mainecraftsguild.com

SKETCHBOOK SESSIONS at the UMaine Museum of Art

 

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Have you used a sketchbook? Would you like some fresh ideas?

You’re invited to come and create new pages among other creative thinkers in the classroom of the Museum. Beginning September 30th, and continuing every Friday afternoon from 3:30 – 5 p.m., UMMA will provide an inspiring space for you to further your artistic practice working with your sketchbook. Adults and students grades 6 and up are welcome to join. Those under 18 must complete the proper release form agreements in order to attend.

FRIDAYS (beginning 9/30), 3:30 pm – 5 pm
FREE, and open to the public

For More Information:
K.L. Johnson, MFA
P: 207- 561 – 3360
kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu
www.umma.maine.edu

CMCA Events in Conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival, is presenting several public programs on Saturday, September 17, that go beyond traditional documentary formats and mediums, complimenting CIFF’s focus on Creative Nonfiction Storytelling.

The day’s programs at CMCA include a participatory installation in the courtyard by performance artist James Leonard, an experiential slide talk in ArtLab by sound artist Halsey Burgund, and the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, in the Bruce Brown and Guy D. Hughes galleries.

Artist James Leonard is bringing his “Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” to the CMCA courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 10am to 6pm. An internationally exhibited artist, Leonard is traveling the country making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. Leonard explains, “I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

Leonard recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. The CMCA installation will be his third stop in Maine in addition to Ogunquit and Portland. When not on the road, Leonard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Halsey Burgund

Artist Halsey Burgund

Musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund will speak Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm in the CMCA ArtLab. Burgund’s installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Recently, his work has focused on evolving, contributory, location-based audio installations accessible via custom smartphone apps. In this talk, he will discuss his art practice and the technology he uses to implement his installations, as well as introduce a Rockland-based demonstration of his Roundware software platform created for Storyforms, the interactive program at the Camden International Film Festival.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Concurrently, the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, on view in the CMCA galleries, explores related ideas of documentation and perception of nature. Using a variety of photographic means, including digital, analog, film and video, artist Lauren Henkin, a recent resident of Rockland, raises questions about what is real in an increasingly interior, virtual world. 

All the events at CMCA on Saturday, September 17, are free and open to CIFF pass holders and CMCA members; public admission is $6, children under 12 are free. James Leonard’s installation in the courtyard is free and open to all.

Gallery at Somes Sound opens ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE

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Brendan Yi-Fu Tay, Student at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport , “Baba Yaga”, cherry/curly maple

The Gallery at Somes Sound invites the public to an evening reception, Saturday, September 3rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, for ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE, September 1 – October 31. In numerous locales across the United States, art and education go hand-in-hand. This trend is intensified on the coast of Maine, where a short summer season forces many artists to supplement their income through teaching or self-employment. Artists in this region are further motivated to teach because they love to share their passion for the arts and contribute to the larger community. The Gallery at Somes Sound represents many of these ‘artist-educators’ who share their gifts by creating as well as by teaching others. “Art and Education in Maine” celebrates a select group of these gifted individuals by highlighting their stories and work alongside the creations of those they instruct.

F E AT U R I N G

Furniture Maker Aled Lewis
Students  Heide Martin, Andrew Messa and Brendan Yi-Fu Tay
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

Furniture Maker Brian Reid
Maine Prison Outreach Program
A division of the American Furniture Masters Insitute

Artist Judy Taylor
Fellow Artists Beth Pfeiffer Margaret Moore, Mary Davidson,
Barb Springer, Kim Tomlinson, Helene Tuchman
Model in the Landscape of Pyrenees, France

Mars Hall Gallery closes with “Under the Influence of Creativity”

JH-Hunting-for-Inspiration

“Hunting for Inspiration” by Jay Hoagland

 

Mars Hall Gallery wraps up its 2016 summer season with “Under the Influence of Creativity”. The group show will feature ink drawings done with a hypodermic needle by Leo Brooks, collage & acrylic paintings by Roger Kirby, mixed media mermaids painted on the Pont des Arts in Paris by Maurice Michel Lode, diptychs and triptychs by Mimo Gordon Riley and abstracts by the late Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit is pinhole and encaustic black & white photography by Antonia Small, mixed media assemblage sculpture by Bill Cook, Susan Gurney, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Neimi.
The Main Gallery will feature the third installment of “ART with ATTITUDE”. This ever changing Exhibition will showcase not only ART but an expanded selection of fine antiques and collectibles. On display are paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, David Paffhausen, Jimmy Reed, Holly Smith and Eleanor Zuccola. A variety of quality crafts including whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display through out the gallery as well as outside in the ever expanding Sculpture Gardens.
Both shows run through Monday October 10th. A reception will be held on Friday, August 26th,  from 6-8 p.m.. The gallery is open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. thru Labor Day and Fri. thru Sun. 10-4, Labor Day to Columbus Day or by appointment. Mars Hall is located 12.7 miles down Route 131 South on the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996, 207-372-8194 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net

Argosy Gallery honors Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman

Robert Hagberg, Curling Wave

Robert Hagberg, Curling Wave

The historic Bar Harbor Inn was the setting for the opening days, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, of a major career show honoring artists Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman.  Identified as two of the country’s most prominent chroniclers of Acadia, both artists were featured in the award-winning book “Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations”, by Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2014.  Inaugurated in 2003, the Argosy Gallery’s Milestone Exhibitions are among New England’s “grand events” in the world of traditional realism.  Please call 288-9226 for times.

STORIES TOLD THROUGH PAINT UPSTAIRS AT HAYNES

Bo Bartlett The Present, 2003 Oil on Linen 45 x 43 inches

Bo Bartlett
The Present, 2003
Oil on Linen
45 x 43 inches

Haynes Galleries proudly presents “Stories in Paint” as part of the Upstairs at Haynes series. The show is compromised of paintings that tell stories through a single image. It features work by several top Realists with different aesthetics. “Stories in Paint” runs through September 24 alongside “Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes” and “Roger Dale Brown: A Passion for Painting.”

Narratives in painting have a long tradition. It’s difficult for a visual artist to tell a story in a single image. But when they do the painting can connect with the viewer more deeply and communicate the artist’s idea more elegantly. The most talented artists, from the past and today, do it by embedding their image with one or several elements. It can be the way light falls across the room, the elements a character is surrounded by, the expression on their face, or even the way they look out at the viewer. No matter the combination, the best narrative paintings suggest something came before and that something will follow the specific scene depicted and the viewer will want to be a part of that story.

Bo Bartlett, who splits his time between Georgia and Maine, paints the underlying epic nature of the commonplace. Following in the great tradition of American Realims, his scenes are remarkably ordinary but are heavy with implications as if his characters are wrestling with some internal quandary. But visually they have a modernist twist and a flatter style. In The Present, a young woman in a swimsuit braids another’s hair by the sea. They are connected by the intimacy of the act but are also incredibly isolated from one another, barely touching, each absorbed in their own world.

Andrea Smith Stefanie Oil on Panel 15 x 15 inches

Andrea Smith
Stefanie
Oil on Panel
15 x 15 inches

Andrea Smith’s figurative work is ripe with narrative elements. With remarkably few extraneous details she is able to imply a greater story in just a single image. The carefully balanced compositions and soft diffusion of light lend the paintings a mature, unrushed mood, letting the viewer take the whole scene in and immerse themselves fully in Smith’s story.

Seth Haverkamp Essie and the Crows Oil on Board 60 x 42 inches

Seth Haverkamp
Essie and the Crows
Oil on Board
60 x 42 inches

With more whimsy but no less care, Seth Haverkamp produces portraits that capture a moment in time for those closest to him. Usually that means close friends or his children who he often dresses up with playful and homemade accessories like headdresses. His goal is to take one moment in time in his subject’s life and freeze it. He does it with amazing results, paintings that are personal but also broadly appealing.

Ellen Cooper Vortex Oil on Linen 48 x 32 inches

Ellen Cooper
Vortex
Oil on Linen
48 x 32 inches

With masterful draftsmanship and the ability to capture the character of her subjects, Ellen Cooper’s paintings reflect the personality and grit of her figures. They are so captivating Cooper has an international reputation for her portraits. But they are so much more than portraits. Her subjects often appear as if they are at crossroads, contemplating their future.

Accompanying “Stories in Paint” will be a select group of vignette shows showcasing the range of Haynes Galleries artists and collection. Landscapes of all styles are on view in “The Best of Landscapes” with works by Joseph McGurl, Donald Demers, and Peter Poskas while Marc Dalessio’s distinct painterly take on plein air painting is seen in a collection of his views of Maine and Europe. The depth of Realist still life art can be seen in a special grouping. Finally, the best of the gallery’s traditional & contemporary works are together in a stellar collection at the top of the stairs.

Burton Silverman Before the Race Oil on Canvas 22 x 16 inches

Burton Silverman
Before the Race
Oil on Canvas
22 x 16 inches

There is plenty of extraordinary work to see and experience during the second half of the summer at Haynes Galleries. “Stories in Paint” will be like stepping into a great book written by a great author. The accompanying vignette shows highlight the diversity of the gallery’s roster and exceptional things Realists are making today.
Note about roadwork on US 1/Main Street in Thomaston- Roadwork construction is progressing quickly. Two-way traffic has returned to Main Street, drastically reducing driving time. The gallery is open through all construction and welcomes visitors, either walk-ins or by appointment, no matter what the conditions on the road. Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit www.haynesgalleries.com or email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com

Well-known Local Artists, Jan Kilburn and Hannah Ineson, at Pemaquid Art Gallery

The vibrant colors and values of  “Camden Harbor” and other watercolor paintings by Jan Kilburn can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

The vibrant colors and values of “Camden Harbor” and other watercolor paintings by Jan Kilburn can be seen at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Pemaquid Gallery member artists with their own studio/galleries in the midcoast area include Damariscotta neighbors Jan Kilburn and Hannah Ineson. Both are long time professional artists with extensive teaching experience. They also share a love of the Maine islands, as well as the mainland coastal scenery.

 Jan Kilburn is best known for her watercolors, filled with the vibrant colors and values she captures as a plein aire painter. Although most are in the landscape mode, her paintings are also full of the quaint architecture, cottage gardens and picket fences so loved by visitors to Maine villages. While she paints primarily in watercolor, she also finds oil a good medium for recording her impressionistic images.

 Whether she is capturing the misty light of a Monhegan Island morning, or the sparkling light on a sunny day at Pemaquid Lighthouse, Kilburn is aiming at creating an oasis of beauty and warmth for herself and the viewer. As she states, “Every now and then everyone needs a peaceful place in which to escape. That’s what I want to create.” You can find her online at www.jankilburn.com.

 

Well known for her watercolors, Hannah Ineson’s paintings of traditional coastal images now include many rendered in oil, like her “Fish Houses – Monhegan” currently on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Well known for her watercolors, Hannah Ineson’s paintings of traditional coastal images now include many rendered in oil, like her “Fish Houses – Monhegan” currently on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Hannah Ineson also has long been known for her watercolors, although she currently paints primarily in oil. Coming from a family of many artists going back generations, drawing came naturally to her, but she continues to explore various painting techniques. Currently she favors impressionistic interpretations of the natural world in both Maine and Florida, where she paints and teaches in the winter. Like Kilburn, she finds gardens a rich source of subject matter for her oils, painting in an impasto style with a palette knife. At the Pemaquid Gallery this summer she will be showing primarily her traditional watercolors, depicting the many iconic coastal images beloved by residents and visitors alike.

Over the last few years, Ineson has developed a workshop called “Illustrated Watercolor Journaling” in which she teaches the delightful art of recording simple images and text to create a memory book for the student. She especially enjoys inspiring beginner artists with this easy and fun approach to painting. As a faculty member at Dillman’s Resort and Art Workshops in Wisconsin, she will be presenting this workshop again in September this year, as well as here in Maine for River Arts in Damariscotta on several dates. You can find her online at www.hannahineson.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mark Chesebro, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

 Artists all reside within the Pemaquid peninsula area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

RECEPTION FOR SARAH GREENIER AT CENTRE ST ARTS GALLERY SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

Sarah Greenier -  Three Ladies of Orr's Island

Sarah Greenier – Three Ladies of Orr’s Island

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, invites the public to a reception celebrating a new exhibition with guest artist Sarah Greenier, of Bath, on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at 11 Centre Street, Bath from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

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

Sarah Greenier grew up on Orr’s Island, graduated from Oak Grove School in Vassalboro, and went on to study graphic design at Pratt Institute in New York.  After college, she returned to Maine and worked in commercial art for ten years.  In 1996 she began exhibiting and selling her paintings at art shows throughout New England, winning numerous awards.  In 2006, with husband Tom Greenier, she opened the Greenier Studio/Gallery next to their home at 428 Middle Street in Bath, where she paints, exhibits her work and teaches. Painting closer to home is also more personal, and our best work seems to be of those places that are most meaningful to us. 

Sarah Greenier -  Doubling Point Light

Sarah Greenier – Doubling Point Light

I most enjoy painting quintessential Maine scenes.  My oil paintings are designed to depict island and coastal living at its best, and convey a sense of place. Outdoor painting has helped me to see and feel my subject in a way that I can transmit that excitement into my work.  My goal as an artist is to express a feeling, a moment in time – and to evoke that in the viewer as well.”

Sarah and artists of the Centre St Gallery will be in attendance at the Opening Reception on Friday, Sept. 9, from 5 to 7 pm at 11 Centre Street in Bath.  For more information, please call the Centre St Arts Gallery at 207-442-0300.  The gallery is open 7 days a week during July and August, and September.

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents Acadia Centennial Exhibition, THE VIEW FROM HERE

Christine Lafuente

Christine Lafuente, View Across the Sound, Hazy Summer Afternoon, 18 x 24 inches

The View From Here is a landscaped-themed show, and coincides with the world-welcoming celebration for Acadia National Park’s Centennial, (1916 – 2016). I welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate the beauty of the Maine Landscape and the artists in the exhibition. The Acadia Centennial website states, “Encompassing 45,000 acres on two islands and a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a jewel of granite mountains, filigreed coastlines, forested valleys, meadows and marshes, unique cultural resources, dazzling night skies, and precious communities of plant and animal life.” The exhibition features the artwork of Chris Baker, Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Alison Dibble, Richard Keen, Christine Lafuente, Ben Potter, Shannon Rankin, and Jerry Rose.

On View from August 28th until October 9th. For More information visit cynthiawiningsgallery.com

44 Maine Artists Featured in Harlow Gallery’s “Fine Print” Text-Inspired Exhibit

“6s“ by Robin McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth

“6s“ by Robin McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth

In Fine Print, Maine artists responded to a call for art showing how their work is inspired by or integrates typography, script or text. 61 works by 44 artists were selected out of a total of 131 works submitted by 50 artists. Fine Print celebrates the range of ways in which artists are incorporating text into their art; from abstract methods to more traditional techniques. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artists on Friday, September 9 from 5-8pm. The exhibition is on view September 9 – October 22, 2016. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

“The Devil’s Doings” by Abbie Read of Appleton

“The Devil’s Doings” by Abbie Read of Appleton

Fine Print has been made possible by our sponsors: Minuteman Signs, Levey, Wagley & Putman, PA, Mike Seitzinger & Maria Cusick and Duncklee & Nott

The 2016 exhibition season at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible by our season sponsors: Capitol Dental Care, Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, and by grant funding from Quimby Family Foundation.

“TANK” by Jeff Woodbury of South Portland

“TANK” by Jeff Woodbury of South Portland

Participating Artists listed alphabetically by town as follows:

Appleton: Abbie Read, Biddeford: H. Prestage, Bridgton: Kimberly Crichton, Brunswick: Burke Long, Judith Long, Cape Elizabeth: Robin McCarthy, Cumberland: C. E. Morse, Damariscotta: Debra L. Arter, Farmingdale: Tim Finefrock, Barbara Loken, Johanna Moore, Gardiner: Justin Boisvert, Matt Demers, Nizzy Hype, Allison McKeen, Cleopatra Poland, Hallowell: Karen Jordan Allen, Nancy Bixler, Nancy McGinnis, Sally Wagley, Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes, Manchester: Bruce Armstrong, Orono: Teddi-Jann Covell, Portland: Judith Allen, Mark Barnette, Crystal Cawley, M. P. Landis, Jess Lauren, Karen Merritt, Ann Tracy, Richmond: Ruthanne Harrison, South China: Cash For Your Warhol, South Gardiner: Nancy Keenan Barron, South Portland: Trenton Johnson, Jeff Woodbury, Stockton Springs: Karen MacDonald, Thomaston: Cynthia Motian McGuirl, Topsham: Tom Gilbert, Vassalboro: Brooke Vertin, Waterville: Lisa F. Wheeler, West Rockport: Barbra Whitten, Wilton: Rebecca Spilecki, Winthrop: Don Kerr, York: Nancy R. Davison

“You Know us” by Cash For Your Warhol of South China

“You Know us” by Cash For Your Warhol of South China

For More Information: 207-622-2813, kvaa@harlowgallery.org

The Whitney Galleries Presents ‘The Art of Paul Noel’ by Paul Noel

"Islesboro's Rocky Shoreline" 24 X 48 Oil on Canvas

“Islesboro’s Rocky Shoreline” 24 X 48 Oil on Canvas

The Whitney Galleries welcomes Paul Noel for his third annual one-person show and the fourth in our series for the 2016 season. Paul has created a totally new body of work and while not titled the same as our postcard, it follows his original tag line, “From Near and Far”. This new work, entitled “The Art of Paul Noel”, is a scenic cornucopia of shades of color and light, capturing the very essence of nature’s constant motion and how it effects nature around us.

As many of you know, Paul has been living and working in Southern Maine for several years now but only painting for a small fraction of that time. Rarely do you see a relatively new painter’s talent grow so quickly and develop into the mature and amazing ability to produce the work of an accomplished and successful artist. His treatment of color in his compositions is quite unique, but his portrayal of how the light, in it’s various forms, impacts those colors is truly extraordinary. We are very excited to bring this whole new body of work to you.

You won’t want to miss this exciting take on how the “near and far” of this work brings about the very realism the eye views but rarely captures in its totality. Since the gallery has a brand new look and feel, artists’ work really stands out and enhances the viewer’s experience. So far, we have received overwhelming positive feedback and will continue to highlight our artists in the best possible environment.

The show will run during normal business hours (see website thewhitneygalleries.com) for three+ weeks, from Thursday, August 25 – Sunday, September 11, 2016

For more information visit our website, www.thewhitneygalleries.com You may contact us at the contact us area of our website, or directly at richard@thewhitneygalleries.com. We continue to engage with new artists and reset few couple of weeks to make sure that your next visit gives you a fresh, new viewing. Our website is ever-changing as new artists’ work is featured. It also includes a calendar of events, highlighting past, present, and future shows & exhibits, videos about the gallery and its history, hours of operation, and will soon be introducing a blog and social media connections.

OMAA / STAR ISLAND talk with artist Don Gorvett

Phantom Ships, The Oceanic, Star Island, Reduction woodcut by Don Gorvett, 2016.

Phantom Ships, The Oceanic, Star Island, Reduction woodcut by Don Gorvett, 2016.

Join Don Gorvett to discusses his recently created woodblock print of the historic Oceanic Hotel to commemorate Star Island’s Centennial year. This event is free and open to the public.

August 30, 2016
5:00pm refreshments
6:00pm talk

For more information contact the Ogunquit Museum of American Art at 207-646-4909

“We’re so pleased to have Don speak at OMAA and to help Star Island celebrate 100 years,” said Andres Verzosa, Interim Executive Director and Curator, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. “A respected figure in the Ogunquit arts scene, Don’s woodcut print work is included in OMAA’s permanent collection as well as those of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA., Boston Athenaeum, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH., Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, ME., Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME., Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA., and most recently the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. We’re happy to have this opportunity to hear about his process and about his special commemorative work for a beloved Isles of Shoals landmark.”

All Totally Tuesday Talks begin at 6:00 p.m., with light refreshments served at 5 p.m., courtesy of Totally Tuesday sponsors Maine Beer Company and That Place in Ogunquit.

More information about Totally Tuesday Talks can be found on the OMAA website at http://ogunquitmuseum.org/totally-tuesday/.

“Harvest and Houses” at CRAFT Gallery

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss,  Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend,  Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss, Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend, Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

CRAFT Gallery opens its September “Harvest and Houses” show on First Friday, September 2nd through October 4th, with a new body of work by Jesse Gillespie. The artist lives and works in Rockland close by the Arts District. He has again chosen to take an insignificant subject and transform it into a work of art. Gillespie has taken newspaper real estate ads for houses, separating them from their first function as common newsprint photographs, adding watercolor, design and collage, bestowing them with new meaning and life. Transformed, they become miniature paintings, revealing a little house as a more important actor in its new role as a work of art. The results are dreamlike, mysterious and evocative.

In keeping with the harvest time of year, CRAFT will feature a collection of ceramic vegetables by Sharon Townshend, rugs by Sara Hotchkiss and velvet scarves by Fiona Washburn in autumn colors and new work by potter Hanako Nakazato, along with many of the gallery’s other fine craft artists. CRAFT offers beauty and fine craftsmanship in an intimate setting in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

MITCH BILLIS: Postcads from Home and MICHAEL VERMETTE: Working Harbors at Gleason Fine Art

Mitch Billis, Ocean Point, oil, 10x8”

Mitch Billis, Ocean Point, oil, 10x8”

On Friday, September 2, Gleason Fine Art celebrates the opening of two new shows with First Friday receptions from 5 to 7 pm for both artists: “MITCH BILLIS: POSTCARDS FROM HOME” and “MICHAEL VERMETTE: WORKING HARBORS.” Both shows run through October 11. 

MITCH BILLIS: POSTCARDS FROM HOME  As one of the most renowned artists to ever have made Boothbay Harbor his home, Mitch Billis needs no introduction for most people. But “Postcards from Home” is unique and special in more than one way: for starters, it’s Mitch’s first solo show in some time; second, the “Postcards” referred to in the show’s title are small paintings lovingly painted en plein air of intimate scenes from around the Boothbay peninsula.

The Mitch Billis story could be a Hollywood movie, but it isn’t; it’s real life: a young Montana math professor gives up his tenured position, packs up his four kids, and heads east to pursue his life’s passion–making art. Mitch and the kids stop in Boothbay Harbor and love it so much they decide to stay. The going is rough at first, but a little bit of magic happens when a chance stop at a B&B for a cup of coffee brings Mitch and the woman of his dreams, Kathleen, together. Finding his life partner kindles another kind of magic–the kind that lights the fire that transforms a mere painter into an artist. The woman became Mitch’s wife, and together, Mitch and Kathleen Billis have turned their special kind of magic into paintings of the community they’ve come to love so much.

    

Michael Vermette, End of the Season--Stacking Traps, watercolor, 36x26”

Michael Vermette, End of the Season–Stacking Traps, watercolor, 36x26”

MICHAEL VERMETTE: Working Harbors    As an artist and educator Michael Vermette wins praise from all quarters for being the first art teacher at the Indian Island School on the Penobscot Reservation in Old Town. With a BFA in painting from the Maine College of Art, a certificate in art education from the University of Maine, and as an avid painter in his spare time, Michael came to the job well trained.

Michael’s close association with the Penobscots–he not only lives on the reservation but also is married to a Penobscot–brought him an early awareness of Mount Katahdin as a place of tremendous spiritual significance to Maine’s many native Americans. He has made dozens of paintings of Katahdin and the surrounding area.

But it was another artist–James Fitzgerald (1894 to 1971)–who introduced Michael to his other great love–Monhegan Island. Vermette’s 1999 residency on Monhegan was transforming: “The residency was a life-changing appointment. I came to Monhegan Island as an artist-teacher but left a painter and that will stay with me all of my life.” Michael’s paintings of fishermen at work on Monhegan–loading lobster traps, mending nets–are masterpieces for showing the dignity of ordinary people going about their daily work.

Both “Mitch Billis: Postcards from Home” and “Michael Vermette: Working Harbors” open with a reception for the artists on Friday, September 2, from 5 to 7 pm. Friends, collectors, fellow artists, and the general public are all invited to attend the reception. The shows run through October 11. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 to 5, and Sunday, noon to 4. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email: info@gleasonfineart,com, or view both shows and our entire inventory of contemporary and estate paintings at gleasonfineart.com. 

Art Space Gallery to host reception during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, September 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm.  This reception will feature the work of Nancy Davies Tang, Laurie Bellmore, Jean Byrd and Barbara Dulac.

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color.  She stills the mind and soothes the soul, and if you are lucky will whisper in your ear and play the muse.  Nancy Davies Tang looks to her garden, fields, forests and the sea for inspiration to create works of art in kiln fired glass and dichroic glass jewelry.  Largely self-taught, Nancy has been working with warm glass for over 20 years.  She has a background in painting and sculpture and strives to bring all her experience to her work in warm glass.

Glass is an ancient, magical material with endless possibilities.  Dichroic glass is a material that would be impossible without modern technology.  The combination of ancient techniques, modern technology and the artistry of nature is where Nancy’s passion blooms.  Water is vital to our existence and the inspiration for the work in this month’s opening focuses on this vital element.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a native of mid-coast Maine, living in the area all of her life.  Her art includes painting, photography and hand crafted kiln fired jewelry.  Currently she is working on fine silver art jewelry pieces adorned with colorful enamels and glass, which will be on display at Art Space Gallery for this show.  Her topics include colorful flowers, fish and abstract designs.

Jean Byrd, Devil's Island, oil

Jean Byrd, Devil’s Island, oil

Jean Byrd is an oil painter whose style is best described as realistic, with an impressionist influence.  Her subject matter is coastal New England and her latest paintings are of the Penobscot Bay Area.  As one of the featured artists at Art Space Gallery this month, she will show her painting of “Devil’s Island”, which is a favorite spot of hers.  It is located off Stonington in “Merchant’s Row”.  Other paintings included in the exhibit are “Vinalhaven Passage”, “Steps to the Sea” and “Marshall Point Light”.

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac became an artist, first as a child, then a wife, a mother and grandmother.  Her graduate, post-graduate education and a corporate professional career were woven through out many, many years.  Her life and soul learned and developed creative interests, through dreams, spirituality and family.  Color everywhere, mystical music, dreams and intuition always prompt her consciousness to create and fully express her perspective.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  September hours are Monday through Saturday 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 am to 6 pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Consonant Compositions OPENING FIRST FRIDAY, 9/2 5-8 pm at Carver Hill Gallery

Suzanne Siegel Working Harbor XXV 12x12 oil mixed media  on arches oil paper 19 in framed

Suzanne Siegel Working Harbor XXV 12×12 oil mixed media on arches oil paper 19 in framed

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open their September show, Consonant Compositions, on First Friday, September 2, 2016. There will be a reception with the artists from 5 – 8 pm.

This show illustrates how the artists use color, contrast, relationship, and arrangement to create successful compositions in five completely different styles.The artists in the show include Jill Caldwell, David Estey, Jeff Macdonald, Ron Rovner, and Suzanne Siegel.

Suzanne Siegel’s visual interest in rugged working harbors, post-industrial New England, and ever changing tidal environments roots her work in the sea. Suzanne works in mixed media painting and watercolor and mixed media collages. In her Guilford, CT studio, she searches inventively with line, shape, color, texture, and value as she suggests the spirit of her beloved locations. “I spend a long time looking.  I closely observe relationships of shapes, values, and colors along with the beauty of light, and how it influences and constantly changes everything. I begin by drawing random lines and shapes, and quickly erase or thinly veil most of my first marks, in order to keep myself and the work in flux as I build a history of layers. I aim to transport myself and the viewer into a moment of surprising and unknown beauty, as I work toward a strong, yet open arrangement of visual elements.”

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and  graphite on yupo

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and graphite on yupo

David Estey’s work has evolved from realistic landscapes and portraits to abstract expressionism and now total improvisation. He is a skilled draftsman and painter, and has also been known to incorporate collage in his work, sometimes creating an obvious narrative of social or political subject matter. He starts his most recent work of the last three of four years without any preconceived notion or expected result and tries to create extraordinary, compelling new imagery, intrinsically based on the elements and principles of good design. Narrative references often emerge and remain, but they are subordinate to the aesthetic whole. David’s work has been in numerous gallery and museum shows, and has been exhibited at Carver Hill for 10 years.

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald, who spent most of his years in the music business, has been an art appreciator and supporter for years. He has studied and experimented with painting and collage for some time, using interesting combinations of paint and collected textural material. Most recently, Jeff has exhibited his work near his local town of Brownville, Maine. His focus since retirement has been his art, and years of study and refining his craft has brought his work to a new level. His compositions range from minimalist to complex, while leaving the source of his inspiration ambiguous.

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and  copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner’s work is meticulous, precise and intentional. He calls their creation “his meditation.” The “NachtMusik” series is inspired by the music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg. The various elements represent one of the twelve notes of the musical scale. Each is given equal weight, and there are no repetitions in any of the rows or columns in which they appear. These constitute the “melody” or tone row providing a foundation upon which the rest of the composition is based. Counter themes comprised of squares of different colors are also present, representing the three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). Other symbols provide harmonic structure, dynamic gradations ( crescendo/decrescendo). Many of these elements unmistakably evoke the Southwest (where Rovner spends time) in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell shares her time between Rockland, Maine, and Key West, Florida. Her palette and typically soft compositions unmistakably reflect her muse – the Atlantic – and portray the change in the mood and color of the water from the North Atlantic in Maine to where the Gulf of Mexico meets the South Atlantic. Her use of line and shocks of bright color over the blue hues allude to sun, flora, and manmade structures on land and in the water. Her blurred lines successfully connect the radical changes in palette, making it easy on the viewers eyes; however, judicious details, frequently in the foreground, suggest rocks, fish and other natural elements that keep the viewers attention and curiosity to stay with the work.

Consonant Compositions is on view through Monday, October 3, 2016. For more information call (207)594-7745 or visit www.carverhillgallery.com

CMCA ArtLab this Saturday

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create exquisitely simple and strong collaborative works in small artist groupings. Inspired by the paintings of artist Don Voisine on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery, ArtLab makers will team up to tackle the task of creating everyday scenes using abstraction and peculiar palettes. Explore an immense vocabulary and minimalist design as you co-create compelling collage works. Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, September 3, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. For more information call 207.701.5005 or visit www.cmcanow.org

Turtle Gallery features Michael Weymouth and Edward Porter

Michael Weymouth, Sedgwick Barrens, Oil on panel, 48" x 19"

Michael Weymouth, Sedgwick Barrens, Oil on panel, 48″ x 19″

The final show of the 2016 and 34th season at the Turtle Gallery features, Michael Weymouth  – Oil paintings and watercolors, Edward Porter – Prints from “Marking These Times” Series, and all Gallery Artists including new work from Jeff Loxterkamp, Anderson Giles, Marguerite Ogden and many more. Other Gallery artists, a vast collection of Jewelry and Contemporary Craft, the Annual Print Show and Sculpture Garden will also be on display.

The show begins with an Opening Reception Sunday, August 28th from 2 to 6 PM and runs through the end of our season on October 9th. Light refreshments will be served.

Michael Weymouth returns to The Turtle Gallery with a new body of work created throughout the summer on Great Spruce Head Island.  Inspired by time spent out of Stonington on a rolling lobster boat in high seas, the artist worked to capture both the movement of the fisherman and his vessel in several large-scale oils.  Other images deliver the viewer to moments in the Penobscot Bay; the islands, beaches, trees and people that create and define our coastline.  In addition to his oil paintings, Weymouth will be showing watercolors in handmade inlaid frames.

Edward Porter, A Potpourri of Events, Intaglio print, 10 x 12"

Edward Porter, A Potpourri of Events, Intaglio print, 10 x 12″

Ed Porter’s Marking These Times is a series of intaglio prints incorporating many printmaking techniques, each piece creating an entrancing juxtaposition of forceful dynamic forms and sensitive use of color. As described by the artist: “The images constitute a reflective view of our times transformed into gestural shapes and strokes that serve as my personal response to the issues which are a major player in our encompassing social world and the environment in which we live.”   

Jeff Loxterkamp, Hills of Stonington, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36"

Jeff Loxterkamp, Hills of Stonington, Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36″

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6. The facility is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. For more information, please call 348-9977, or visit TheTurtleGallery.com.  We are on Facebook and Instagram under TheTurtleGallery.

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk – September 2, 2016 – 5-8pm,

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for September 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 2 September.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Craft Gallery, The Farnsworth Art Museum, CMCA, Archipelago, The Strand Theatre, Michael Good Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole and Yvette Torres Fine Art.

CRAFT Gallery will be showing “Harvest and Houses” with work by Rockland artist Jesse Gillespie, Sharon Townshend, Sara Hotchkiss, Fiona Washburn and Hanako Nakazato.  

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open and free to the public from 5 – 8 p.m.  The museum’s Main Street doors will be open especially for this event and Jeff Rojo, classical guitarist, will perform during the evening.

CMCA will be opening two new exhibitions: Lauren Henkin: Second Nature and Don Voisine: X/V

Archipelago will be featuring new paintings by Betty Heselton and pastels by Kathleen Perelka.  Their work is being shown alongside new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

The Strand Theatre will be showing Don’t Think Twice at 5:30pm; and An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Photographer Rosamond Purcell – A First Friday Film, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be open for the last week of their acclaimed LaHotan exhibit.

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

New Era Gallery opens last show of the summer season

 

"And Then the Moon", watercolor on paper by Patricia Kennan

“And Then the Moon”, watercolor on paper by Patricia Kennan

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open the last show of the summer season on Saturday September 3, with an opening reception from 5:00-7:00pm.  The show is open to all gallery artists, with a theme based on the concept of “home”.  Works will include sculpture by Sharon Townshend, paintings by Patricia Kennan, Esther Garcia Eder and Joan Freiman, fiber works by Kathleen Bird, Alison Angel and Angie Olson and pottery by Sylvia Lacey. 

Labor Day weekend hours are Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 2:00pm and Monday 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Late summer hours following the weekend are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.  For more information call 207-863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.

Small Works and Gifts at Deer Isle Artists Association

Avery Falkner

Avery Falkner

Celebrate the culmination of the summer season with the Deer Isle Artists Association as they present “Small Works and Gifts” from August 26 – September 8. This is an opportunity to treat yourself or someone you love to a special memory created by artists from around the peninsula!

Viewers will find a wide variety of work, including basketry, painting, pottery, photography, fiber, and sculpture in this show. Leslie Anderson, Rory Beerits, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Johanna Chase, Ron Deprez, Dorothy Doubleday, Alison Dribble, Mary Eaton, Gail Eckberg, Avery Falkner, Pat Falkner, Glen Felch, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Alan Flowers, Sara W. Forster, Jeri Gillin, Francoise Gervais, Cathy Hart, Diane Horton, Emily Johansen, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Jerry Levitt, Deborah Lothrop, Mary Bracy Martin, David McBeth, Alice McKenna, Richard Mellman, Ana Mendoza, Woodley Osborne, Rebecca Poole- Heyne, Carolyn Raedle, Olive Savage, Walter Smalling, Sherry Streeter, Scott Thurston, Carolyn Walton, Pat White, Anne Williams, and Dana Williams will all have work on display.

Johanna Chase

Johanna Chase

The Deer Isle Association Gallery Gallery is open daily from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM S , 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village. (207) 348-2330.  www.deerisleartists.com.

Art Together Mornings: Instrumental Collage at Waterfall Arts on September 3rd

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Bridget Matros leads another family art making session at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, September 3rd from 10 to noon. The theme for this edition of Art Together Mornings is Instrumental Collage; everyone creates truly fabulous abstract art inspired by looking at, touching, and hearing a collection of working musical instruments.

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

To encourage participation, the fee for Art Together Mornings has been changed to a “pay what you can” basis. The suggested donation is $15 for one adult and child and $6 for each additional family member, but families are encouraged to attend and pay whatever they can. Youth and Family activities at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Green Store in Belfast.

The Art Together series continues this fall with Mask Making on October 1 and Shimmering Leaves Gelatin Prints on November 5th. Preregistration is encouraged. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information on classes and workshops for kids and adults, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call the office at 207 338 2222.

Get Ready for the Steamroller Print Party at Waterfall Arts

Steamroller printing in Tacome - photo by Victoria Bjorklund

Steamroller printing in Tacome – photo by Victoria Bjorklund

Waterfall Arts has a great printmaking studio equipped with traditional presses, but when artists want to make really big woodcut prints, they can go with the steamroller method. On Saturday, October 8th Waterfall Arts will hold a big outdoor Steamroller Print Party as part of BCC’s Cultivate Farm and Art Tour.

To prepare for the Steamroller Party, there’s a workshop on how to prepare woodcuts for printing on Thursday, September 8th from 5 to 8 pm. All those interested are invited to attend and learn woodcut techniques and get advice and assistance. Birch plywood wood blocks (24” by 30”) will be available for sale. Bring an image and some tools or use those available in the print studio.

 After the workshop, the woodcuts can be worked on at home or during open print studio hours at Waterfall. For more information on the steamroller printing process, workshops, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by 256 High Street in Belfast during office hours Tuesday through Friday 10 to 5 or call 338-2222.

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2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, after school programs, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture and Revision Energy and for Kids and Family Programming, the Green Store and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Wine Cellar Gallery at John Edwards Market shows works by several Maine artists

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The Wine Cellar Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently showing works by artists Valera Crofoot and Sember Lockwood as well as several other Maine artists.

Valera Crofoot is a studio painter who works in oil on canvas. Her paintings are a response to her perceptions of what she observes in the world as she travels from the coastline of Maine and Canada to seas beyond. We are happy to host her colorful and vibrant depictions of coastal imagery.

Artist Sember Lockwood embraces art in myriad forms from paint and other graphic expressions to textiles, sculpture, and interior design. We are delighted to hang her whimsical portraits of woodland and garden fairies done with watercolors on paper.

This show will be available through September. Please visit the Wine Cellar Art Gallery.  Open daily. 207-667-9377 or  johnedwardsmarket.com

Hagberg and Hileman featured at Argosy Gallery

from l to r, Robert Hagberg, Susan Hagberg, Melanie Hileman, Steven Hileman

from l to r, Robert Hagberg, Susan Hagberg, Melanie Hileman, Steven Hileman

The historic Bar Harbor Inn was the setting for the very successful opening days, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, of a major career show honoring artists Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman. Identified as two of the country’s most prominent chroniclers of Acadia, both artists were featured in the award-winning book “Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations”, by Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2014.  Inaugurated in 2003, the Argosy Gallery’s Milestone Exhibitions are among New England’s “grand events” in the world of traditional realism.  

The show continues for the rest of the season at Argosy II, 6 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor. For more information please call (207) 288-9226 or email info@argosygallery.com

Archipelago features artists in celebration of Fall

Betty Heselton, Ebb Tide (left). Kathleen Perelka, Hope Blueberry Field (right).

Betty Heselton, Ebb Tide (left). Kathleen Perelka, Hope Blueberry Field (right).

Betty Heselton and Kathleen Perelka, among others, are on display through November 13th

Artists’ Reception: Friday, September 2 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St, Rockland

Contact: Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

Fall brings color and beautiful light, subjects Kathleen Perelka and Betty Heselton explore in their artwork. New paintings are currently on display in the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, the Island Institute’s gallery featuring the work of Maine artists. Perelka and Heselton will be featured along with new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

Kathleen Perelka says of her pastel pieces: “Pastel has a sparkle that no other medium can compare to; each little particle reflects both color and light giving the painting a life force of its own…I am most alive outdoors and work almost entirely with landscape; wild places like marshes and blueberry barrens with no homes insight.”

Betty Heselton explores the subtle nature and drama of light as it changes through the seasons. Surrounded by a creative family, Heselton was exposed to drawing, carving, painting and photography throughout her childhood on a small working farm in rural Maine. She developed a keen interest in seeing and documenting the beauty around her, and her oils and acrylics subtly capture her passion for the special places she explores by land and sea.

Parsons’ paintings draws on a strong sense of place – the island of North Haven, as do Denny’s new encaustic works which features places she explores in Penobscot Bay.  Worthington works with fabric creating complex landscapes of Maine’s coastal environment. Coombs displays his supreme talent with glass as he crafts iconic Maine subjects with elegance and simplicity.

You’re invited to visit with many of the artists at the opening reception on Friday September 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week through December.

Greenhut Gallery Announces Fresh New Art in Inventory

Margaret Lawrence Porch View #3  5 1/2 x 5 1/2  inches gouache on paper

Margaret Lawrence
Porch View #3
5 1/2 x 5 1/2
inches gouache on paper

 

Mike Stiler Lunchline  13 x 38 inches  found wood & paint

Mike Stiler
Lunchline
13 x 38 inches
found wood & paint

 

Alison Goodwin   Island Bones  36 x 36 inches  Acrylic & oil pastel on panel

Alison Goodwin
Island Bones
36 x 36 inches
Acrylic & oil pastel on panel

 

Roy Germon Mountain River, Late Summer 24 x 24 inches acrylic on panel

Roy Germon
Mountain River, Late Summer
24 x 24 inches
acrylic on panel

For More Information Contact:

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101 

207-772-2693
www.greenhutgalleries.com

Gallery Hours:  Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Acadia Cadence opening at Yarmouth Frame & Gallery

"Sargent Mountain" 24x24 acrylic on canvas, Catherine Breer. Please call gallery for price.

“Sargent Mountain” 24×24 acrylic on canvas, Catherine Breer. Please call gallery for price.

There will be an opening reception for “Acadia Cadence” on September 10, 2016 from 3:30 – 7:00 PM at Yarmouth Frame & Gallery. Catherine Breer will start things off with an artist talk about what her year has been like as the artist who’s works are representing the Acadia National Parks 100th Anniversary. David Little and Carl Little will also be here to talk about there latest art book titled Art of Acadia. Signed copies will be available for purchase. This exhibit also includes the gallery’s 25 year around artists and their works depicting the majestic heart and soul of our Maine. The exhibit runs through November 20th.

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Gallery located at 720 Route 1, Yarmouth, Maine, 04096.  Hours: M-F 10 to 6 Sat. 10 to 4 For More Information call 207-846-7777 or visit facebook.com/YFandG & Twitter.com/YFandG 

Thoughtful Art and Edgy Dance at Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25

Crossing to Avalon by Damariscotta Mills artist George Mason will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 36 Water St., Wiscasset Village.  The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitor

Crossing to Avalon by Damariscotta Mills artist George Mason will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 36 Water St., Wiscasset Village. The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitor

Wiscasset Art Walk is pleased to feature two local artists, George Mason of Damariscotta Mills and Leonard Meiselman of Wiscasset, who will present recent work in a two-person exhibit, Unspoken . . .from Nature to Abstraction, at Midcoast Conservancy, 36 Water St., Wiscasset Village.  During the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25th, 5-8pm, meet the artists, enjoy wine and tidbits, and hear about their inspirations. Both artists will speak about their art from 6 to 6:15pm and again at 7 to 7:15pm during the Art Walk.   

Artist George Mason uses plaster, clay, burlap, pigment, casein paint, and encaustic in his work.  “Light, shadow, texture and relief, and the primacy of gravity continue to capture my attention,” the artist says about his work.  Mason has deep ties to the mid-coast community as a founding board member of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and was the 2015 artist-in-residence for the Georges River Land Trust. He has taught in Maine and the US, but also in Jerusalem, Indonesia, and India. He’s been a recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and has exhibited extensively throughout coastal Maine and elsewhere.

A Stillness in the Room by Wiscasset artist Leonard Meiselman will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 26 Water St., Wiscasset Village.  The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitors.

A Stillness in the Room by Wiscasset artist Leonard Meiselman will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 26 Water St., Wiscasset Village. The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitors.

Painter Leonard Meiselman maintains a studio in NYC, but his heart, along with his art, is in mid-coast Maine, and, especially, on the island of Monhegan.  His recent exhibit, A Protest Artist on Monhegan, at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick this past winter, documented the tortured demise of the Monhegan trees, which he’s come to know and love after almost 60 years of visiting and painting. “Artists bear witness,” he says, “and while we are creating, we hope we are creating an awareness of a situation or cause.” In addition to Maine, Meiselman has exhibited in New York, London, and elsewhere.

 

Luminarium Dance Co. will be delighting visitors to the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25, 5-8pm, as they dance throughout the Village.

Luminarium Dance Co. will be delighting visitors to the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25, 5-8pm, as they dance throughout the Village.

Art of a different sort enlivens the Village as Luminarium Dance Co., based in Boston, makes a repeat appearance during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25.  Luminarium is an award-winning contemporary dance company hailed for its original use of lighting, art, projection, video, film, and music. In June, the dance company was the opener for the largest TED talk in history with a live audience of 2,600 at the Boston Opera House. In July, the group performed ‘300 Years’, an original piece to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.   In Wiscasset, the dance company has ‘jammed’ with gallery musicians and danced with visitors on the pier.  Shops, sidewalks, hand railings, and, sometimes, people become props as the dancers improvise their way through the Village.

Visit the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 25, 5-8pm to enjoy these exceptional artists who join the many excellent galleries and unique Village shops that welcome visitors through their OPEN DOORS.   

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months with August 25 and September 29 remaining this season, from 5-8pm. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available at all participants throughout the Village. Major Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2016 are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carleton Real Estate, Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, and Fogg Art Restoration.  Additional sponsors are the Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Cod Cove Inn, French & Co. Antiques, and Red’s Eats.  For more information about the Wiscasset Art Walk, please visit www.wiscassetartwalk.org or contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Violet Brandwein at 917-327-1449.

CMCA’s Late Summer Exhibitions: Lauren Henkin and Don Voisine

The new CMCA with Jonathan Borofsky, Digital Man, 2016, steel sculpture, 24' high

The new CMCA with Jonathan Borofsky, Digital Man, 2016, steel sculpture, 24′ high

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is excited to announce its 2016 late summer exhibition schedule at the art center’s new campus at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. CMCA’s striking new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, opened on June 26, 2016.

The new facility, located in the heart of downtown Rockland’s burgeoning arts district, provides more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes a gift shop featuring the work of Maine artisans and designers, an ArtLab classroom, and a 2,200-square-foot public courtyard displaying a monumentally scaled sculpture, Digital Man, by Ogunquit-based artist Jonathan Borofsky.

Late summer exhibitions at CMCA will showcase the work of artists Lauren Henkin and Don Voisine. A reception celebrating the exhibitions will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5 to 8pm; both artists will be present for the event.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies, 2014, pigment on rag, 32 x 40"

Lauren Henkin, Poppies, 2014, pigment on rag, 32 x 40″

Opening on August 28 and on view through October 23, 2016, the exhibition Lauren Henkin: Second Nature incorporates photography, video and installation to question our perceptions of nature in an age of increasingly digitized and virtual reality. Through her work, artist Lauren Henkin (b. 1974), a recent full-time resident of Maine, encourages the viewer to think about how the vast amount of imagery we see every day affects our engagement with the natural world at a time of great environmental uncertainty. Using a variety of photographic means, she raises questions about what is real in an increasingly filtered and re-presented age.

Now residing in Rockland after living in New York City, Henkin grew up in Maryland and attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a degree in architecture. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including New York, Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon, and Paris, France. Henkin states, “I’m thrilled to introduce my most ambitious body of work to date, Second Nature. Made over three years entirely in Maine, these still and moving images address our changing relationship with Nature, from engagement to simulation.” The exhibition is sponsored by Cold Mountain Builders.

Don Voisine, Reset, 2015, oil on wood panel, 40 x 60"

Don Voisine, Reset, 2015, oil on wood panel, 40 x 60″

On view from September 2 through October 23, 2016, is the exhibition, Don Voisine: X/V. The exhibition features work created in the past fifteen years by painter Don Voisine (b.1952), a native of Fort Kent, Maine, and now based in Brooklyn, New York. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints, and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, surface, and precise, hard-edged forms. The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is the first in-depth look at the artist’s work in his home state. A fully illustrated catalog with an insightful essay on Voisine’s work by fellow artist Ken Greenleaf, accompanies the show.

Voisine attended the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art) from 1970-1973, and in 1974, studied with William Manning at the alternative Concept Center for Visual Studies, a short-lived but important institution in the state’s art scene in the early 1970s. A central figure in abstract art in New York, Voisine has exhibited there since the early 1980s, along with exhibitions in San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, and Berlin. As Greenleaf writes in his essay, “To see a large group of Don Voisine’s paintings is to experience not only the basic important tenets of abstract art, but also to learn how the experience gets to the heart of why the best abstract art speaks directly to human perception.” Don Voisine: X/V is sponsored by the Hurley and Weindling Family Charitable Fund. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Don Voisine has made available exclusive to CMCA, a limited edition print, Red, hot and cool. The edition consists of 30 numbered copies and ten artist’s proofs. Each print has been individually signed and numbered by the artist. All prints are dated 2016. Prints are available for purchase at the CMCA shop for $225 or online at cmcanow.org for $225 plus $25 shipping and handling. All proceeds from the sale of the prints directly benefit CMCA. 

CMCA is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday 1 – 6pm. Admission is $6. For more information please visit cmcanow.org. NOTE: CMCA galleries will be partially closed for installation between August 15 and September 1.

Shaw Jewelry announces upcoming exhibits

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August 18 – September 15

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry

Largest grouping from Thursday – Saturday, August 18 – 20

Barbara’s recognizable style consists of distinctive visual vocabulary defined by the juxtaposition of 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 – Saturday.

Jill Hoy: Figures and Fantasy

We know Jill’s fabulous colorful Maine landscapes. But did you know about her magical and fanciful figurative environments? Stylized beauties engaged in trippy naratives . The characters are sensuous and full of personalities. They tell us an extraordinary story; and we are invited to join the fun.

Duncan Martin: Park Centennial Paintings

Duncan has painted 59 National Parks in 59 months. This show will highlight Acadia and the surrounding area. He lives in Colorado but has decades long roots on Deer Isle. His paintings are majestic and made on site in the wilderness.

For More Information:

207 276 5000 • info@shawjewelry.com • shawjewelry.com

“Acadia Cadence” at Yarmouth Frame & Gallery

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painting image info : “Sargent Mountain” 24×24 acrylic on canvas, Catherine Breer

Yarmouth Frame & Gallery is having and opening reception for “Acadia Cadence” on Sept. 10, from  3:30 – 7:00 pm. Catherine Breer will start things off with an artist talk about what her year has been like as the artist who’s works are representing the Acadia National Parks 100th Anniversary.

 

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David Little and Carl Little will also be here to talk about there latest art book titled Art of Acadia. Signed copies will be available for purchase. This exhibit also includes the gallery’s 25 year around artists and their works depicting the majestic heart and soul of our Maine. End date: Nov. 20th.
Gallery located at 720 Route 1, Yarmouth, Maine, 04096.  Hours: M-F 10 to 6 Sat. 10 to 4 FMI call:  207-846-7777 facebook.com/YFandG  Twillter.com/YFandG

FMI, contact Elizabeth Newman, Yarmouth Frame and Gallery llc, 720 Route 1, Yarmouth, ME. 04096
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Littlefield Gallery presents “James Linehan: Celebrating Acadia”

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“Solo,” by James Linehan, oil on canvas 40 x 30

James Linehan graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe with a BFA in 1974. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he earned his MA in 1976 and his MFA in 1978. Art professor and former chairman of the UMaine Department of Art for seven and a half years, James has been with the University of Maine since 1983. From that time to the present, Linehan’s academic accomplishments include chairing committees that led to the renovation of Lord Hall and the addition of a BFA degree to the Art Department’s curriculum. Additionally,Jim participated in the planning, design, and fundraising for the Wyeth Center for Studio Art, that came to fruition in September of 2013.

Linehan’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the United States, as well as one solo show in Tokyo,Japan; two in Sapporo, Japan; Finland and Jordan. He has completed twenty public commissions, including fifteen for the Maine Arts Commission “Percent for the Arts.” James’s work is represented in thirty public and corporate collections including L.L. Bean, Bank of America, The Portland Museum of Art, Bates College, US Department of State Art Bank, Texaco, UNUM, Eaton Vance of Boston, MBNA and the Farnsworth Museum.

 

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“Screen #2” Verso

Painting the landscape of Downeast Maine began years ago in the beach at Rogue Bluffs, lupine fields on the Cranberry Isles, and the blueberry barrens and Walker Pond in Brooksville. The Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island inspire his current suite of work.

“When people ask what I do, the first thing I say is that I am a painter. I think in paint and look at the world as a painter. Over the years, I’ve explored a number of different styles with my work. I like combining abstraction with representation, the collision of abstract and realistic imagery, and the way meaning arises from the space between these battling modes of expression.”

Camden Falls Gallery presents Coastal Color

"Sky & Roses" by Janis Sanders

“Sky & Roses” by Janis Sanders

Exhibition Dates: August 20 – September 9, 2016

Artists’ Reception: August 20, 2016, 4-6pm

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present Coastal Color, which features an exciting collection of works by contemporary landscape painters Janis Sanders and Jennifer Van Cor, along with other gallery artists. With unique painting styles and personal visions, these artists present iconic Maine images in rich, bold hues that bring a fresh sense of energy and vibrancy to the gallery. Coastal Color will run from August 20-September 9, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 20 from 4-6pm.

"New Direction" by Ann Trainor Domingue

“New Direction” by Ann Trainor Domingue

Once a landscape architect, Massachusetts artist Janis Sanders is known for his simple compositions and distinctive palette that captures the brilliance of Maine’s coastal light. Like many landscape painters, Sanders enjoys painting out-of-doors and often renders his work en plein air.  He begins each painting by blocking in the sky, noting that the “sky is the key to determining the entire atmosphere of the painting, and visually and practically provides the backdrop for the other objects in view. Some days slightly purple, sometimes hazy cream, clear aqua, rosy peach, celadon…. we are immersed in it.”

Using his sensory impressions as a creative vantage point, Sanders offers viewers a distinctive look at some of Maine’s quaint architectural delights. With an expressive, modernistic style, he incorporates large abstract elements such as sky and water that show off the physicality of steep gabled rooflines, sunstruck walls, illuminated windows, and shady porches. From charming old barns to cozy cottages and rugged lighthouses, Sanders provides a fresh way of seeing the character of each structure within its specific place and time.

"Island Inlet" by Jennifer Van Cor

“Island Inlet” by Jennifer Van Cor

 

Much like Sanders, New Hampshire artist Jennifer Van Cor is constantly captivated by the unique beauty and colors of the coastal Maine landscape. With a distinctive palette and painting technique, she creates active, vibrant compositions in which she strives to “express the energy and spirit of a place.” When painting, she says, “each stroke and dip of the brush pushes my senses onto the surface… and if I am listening closely and truly, the life of a landscape fills the painting. As my landscapes progress, they become more about the flow of energy, the experience of a lifetime of color, shape and feeling.”

 

"Lily Pads" by Aline Ordman

“Lily Pads” by Aline Ordman

Applying layer upon layer of color in small, bold swatches, Van Cor creates mosaic-like works composed of angular, almost geometric brushstrokes that capture the bright island light and distinctive landforms of coastal Maine. According to Van Cor, “small pieces of color unite to create not only a space or shape, but a feeling. Showing the brushstrokes keeps the viewer’s eye on the surface of the painting, while depicting a recognizable image.” With a unique technique and style of her own, she renders land, sea, and sky in multi-faceted bursts of color that seem to dance across her canvases. 

"Hollyhocks and Sunflowers" by Hannah Ineson

“Hollyhocks and Sunflowers” by Hannah Ineson

In addition to Sanders and Van Cor, Coastal Color will include the works of gallery artists Hannah Ineson, Aline Ordman, Judith Schuppien, and Ann Trainor Domingue. Please visit Camden Falls Gallery to see how these talented artists use color in bold and captivating ways to express their unique visions of life along the coast of Maine. Located at 5 Public Landing in downtown Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-8pm. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call the gallery at 207-470-7027.

The MCA presents the Second Annual Portland Fine Craft Show

Clockwise from top left: Sonlight Creations, Tandem Glass,  Anne L. Brooks

Clockwise from top left: Sonlight Creations, Tandem Glass, Anne L. Brooks

The MCA presents the Second Annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 27, 2016 9am-4pm taking place on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, free and open to the public. 

The show features 100 juried exhibitors from the greater New England area exhibiting contemporary fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood.

Congress Street is closed to vehicles from Monument Square to Longfellow Square creating a festive day of art in craft in Portland, offering fine craft in the Portland Fine Craft Show and prints, photography and painting in the WCSH6 Sidewalk Arts Festival. 

The Portland Fine Craft Show takes place between State Street and High Street.

Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Nielsen Hand-Crafted Jewelry, Three Wheel Studio, The F.D. Kretchman Rod Company, C.A.S. Handmade

Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Nielsen Hand-Crafted Jewelry, Three Wheel Studio, The F.D. Kretchman Rod Company, C.A.S. Handmade

Whopaints announces upcoming show schedule

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TIDE AND WIND CREATE LIGHT 

Shimmering days of cool mist wafting off the water creating beyond count paintings. Pastels perfectly render the mist and layered lights of the sun on the sea.

SHOW SCHEDULE
August 11-13 Northeast Harbor Invitational
August 19 Okoto in the Garden at whopaints
September 17-18 CFAAM Bar Harbor, ME
October 8-10 Paradise City, Northampton MA
November 5 Designing Women, Bangor ME
November 18-20 Paradise City, Marlborough MA
December 1 whopaints Gallery Winter Harbor Shopping Night
December 10 Designing Women, Portland ME

Visit whopaints.com for more information

Greenhut Galleries presents Urban Exploration

Phun Factory, 22 x 28 inches, oil on linen

Phun Factory, 22 x 28 inches, oil on linen

JEFF BYE
Urban Exploration

September 1- October 1, 2016
Opening Reception  Thursday, September 1st.,  5 – 7pm
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5

About his work Bye writes, ” I have always been drawn to textured surfaces and the patinas that evolve over time on the exteriors and interiors of abandoned buildings to historic structures that are being renovated, to the Mom & Pop stores that have not changed since they opened decades before.  I’ve been determined to capture those moments in time before urban developers erase and take over their DNA forever.  Time is of the essence and time is a huge factor in trying to document these structures and neighborhoods that had a certain and unique character that was separate from other areas of their city.”Urban Exploration is Jeff Bye’s fourth solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of unknown or ignored buildings before they disappear forever.  The focus of the exhibition concentrates on locations throughout the east coast (NYC, Philadephia, Portland, ME), as well as areas he has traveled to in Europe.

Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture.  He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization.  At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.

For More Information:

GREENHUT GALLERIES
146 MIDDLE STREET
PORTLAND, ME  04101

207.772.2693 or 888.772.2693

info@greenhutgalleries.com
www.greenhutgalleries.com

DIAA announces upcoming show, “The Sea’s Listless Chime”

“Tabled,” by Jill Finsen

“Tabled,” by Jill Finsen

“The Sea’s Listless Chime,” runs from August 12- 25 at The Deer Isle Artists Association gallery.  In this show, Stephanie Bartron-Miscione, Peter Beerits, Janet Cook, Jacqueline Davidson, Nat Dickinson, Jill Finsen, Rachel Gordon Bernstein, Cathy Hart, Jerry Levitt, Deborah Lothrop, Alice McKenna, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Gudrun Tarr, Paul Trowbridge, Jacqueline Wilson, and Anne Williams all demonstrate how this theme allows them to approach different mediums through diverse and exhilarating paths.  Featured in the art rack will be work by Arlyss Becker, Avery Falkner, Glenn Felch, and Judith Felch.

Stephanie Barton-Miscione lives in Brooklyn, New York and Sunset, Maine. She explains that her goal is to always create a visual reality that is rich with layers of color, thought and emotional links to a sense of place: in the heart, in the head, or in a memory.  She wants the objects in her still lifes to be hyper-realized and out of context, with so much detail that it is possible for the viewer to experience the objects, as though they are knowing them, not just looking at them. When that happens, a still life can become an evocative narrative. She uses commonplace objects to reach for universality.

“Balance,” by Stephanie Barton-Miscione

“Balance,” by Stephanie Barton-Miscione

Nat Dickinson works in both Ashville, North Carolina and in Deer Isle, Maine, and his landscapes are indicative of his love of both places. Influenced by his grandfather, he began painting on the porch of his cottage overlooking Penobscot Bay when he was just a child. That love of art led to degrees in studio art and printmaking, and to his work appearing in juried shows in Washington, DC, Maine, and North Carolina. He notes that his paintings “explore those mindful moments when we stop to see the extraordinary transformations of very familiar surroundings.” 

Born in New Orleans, Kaitlyn Metcalf currently lives in Trenton, Maine. She focuses her work upon the relationship between man and the water, exploring how nautical vessels have impacted the character of Down East Maine. Metcalf’s work relies heavily upon research, as she always begins her pieces by exploring historic texts and photographs. She links vessels’ routes to nautical charts, and uses these to “make visible the romance between man and ocean.” All of her works are created on USGS chart maps using acrylic paint that are then mounted on birch panels.

The Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village is open daily from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. (207) 348-2330.  www.deerisleartists.com.

Impressions of Acadia at Star Gallery

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“With Green Peppers” by Jamie Wyeth

Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit

Impressions of Acadia

featuring an original work by

Jamie Wyeth

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Dan Daly work showing at Zoots Coffee Shop in Camden

My Neighbor’s VW, Oil on Linen, 18”x24"

My Neighbor’s VW, Oil on Linen, 18”x24″

For the month of August Dan Daly will be showing work at Zoots Coffee Shop in Camden which will include paintings of the Camden area in oil and watercolor as well as selections from sketchbooks of drawings actually done at Zoots during the winter. Daly also shows at the Portland Art Gallery as well as his studio, by appointment. Daly is extensively collected both nationally and abroad in both public and private collections.

For More Information visit dalyart.com or call 207.236.8834

Caldbeck Gallery features work by Frederic Kellogg and Barbara Sullivan

KITCHEN TABLE    oil on canvas   36 x 30 inches   Frederic Kellogg

KITCHEN TABLE oil on canvas 36 x 30 inches Frederic Kellogg

From August 17 through September 17, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will show new paintings in oil on canvas and in watercolor on paper by Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston, and Washington D.C., and new work in shaped fresco by Barbara Sullivan of Solon.  In addition to the 2 solo shows, a group show will feature new work by Anne Alexander of Windham, Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island, Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and Brooklyn NY, Melanie Essex of Cushing, John Goodman of Friendship and Boston, and Kristin Malin of Georgetown.   A reception to meet the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 17, from 6-8 pm.

     In his exhibit, “Painting in Maine”, Kellogg includes his on location paintings,  mostly painted at Great Spruce Head Island, in Thomaston (his studio is there), and at numerous sites in and around Mid Coast Maine.  The artist says of his studio work,  that each larger painting began with a quick drawing in his sketch book, or a small, completed painting done on location, many beginning as watercolors in that sketch book, which he carries with him at all times.  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.  This is Kellogg’s 3rd solo show with the Caldbeck.

BONAPARTE'S GULL  2016  shaped fresco  17 x 14 x 2 inches   Barbara Sullivan

BONAPARTE’S GULL 2016 shaped fresco 17 x 14 x 2 inches Barbara Sullivan

     Sullivan recently returned from a five week residency on Monhegan Island, where, for more than a century, the fantastic light from all directions, has excited artists and all others who go there.  In her studio 12 miles off shore, Sullivan had time to absorb the history of the island and let it influence her work: the shaped fresco bas reliefs that she has been making and showing at the Caldbeck for over 20 years.  With a love for the objects of the every day, she turned to making shapes about the every day on Monhegan, from perhaps a century ago, such as the kerosene lamp in her room, the candelabras hanging in the chapel, or a well sat in chair that could tell some stories, if only it could talk.  Sullivan is also a watcher of birds; their endless shapes and colors have become innumerable and charming shaped fresco birds for years.  During her stay on Monhegan, she worked with the imagery of the ever present gulls.  One piece in her Caldbeck exhibit contains dozens of fresco gulls flying up into the sky.  As she began to take in the light on the island, her take on it also became quite literal, as the island has only had electrical power for about 25 years.   So she made objects about the different kinds of light: metaphorical light, refracted light, and illuminated (flame or electric) light.  “Light, Flight, and Things” is an exhibit about all of that.  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.  This is her 10th solo exhibit with the gallery.

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

Portland Museum of Art Announces New Sculpture Park

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Thanks to a generous donation by local business leader, philanthropist, and arts advocate David E. Shaw, the PMA will open the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the summer of 2017.

It has long been a wish of the PMA to make the Joan B. Burns Garden—located on High Street and currently closed to the public except for specific museum programming—an outdoor sculpture park available for the entire Portland community to enjoy and explore. Through the Shaw family’s donation, the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park will be accessible to all through a gate on High Street, free to the public, and open year-round during museum hours beginning in summer 2017.

“The Shaw family is pleased to play a leadership role in creating a public sculpture park at the Portland Museum of Art,” shares Shaw. “We do this with great appreciation of the benefit of art to society. This park will provide public access to an artistic oasis in a cultural center of our community.”    

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Inspired by the upcoming culmination of Your Museum, Reimagined, the PMA’s multiyear project based on improved experiences with the collection, Shaw—an avid collector of sculpture—saw an opportunity to support the museum and permanently impact the greater Portland community. His donation aligns with the direction of the PMA under its new five-year Strategic Plan, which seeks to actively find ways to make the museum’s collection, historic buildings, and campus accessible to all, and to be “a leader in the growth and vibrancy of Portland’s urban and cultural transformation, including the revitalization of the Congress Square neighborhood”.

Through this generosity, the Shaws provide a gift that enables Portland and its surrounding communities to enjoy and to engage with art in a truly unique, intimate, and beautiful setting free of charge—one of the only green spaces in the heart of the arts district. His gift also accelerates the PMA’s plans for more artwork in the park, including acquisitions to be announced later, which will be installed in the park prior to its opening in 2017.

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

Off the Wall at Betts Gallery

Untitled, 2016 (Approx. 12”x 3” each) by Daniel Anselmi

Untitled, 2016 (Approx. 12”x 3” each) by Daniel Anselmi

Betts Gallery is excited to present a very special exhibition- think outside the box and, well, Off the Wall. Nine Mid-Coast artists have cobbled, fabricated, assembled, welded, re-purposed and stitched together a collection of outstanding multi-dimensional works.  The artists include Daniel Anselmi, JT Gibson, Wesley Reddick, Julie H Rose, Axel Stohlberg, Ieva Tatarsky, Norman Tinker, Janalee Welch and James Wolfe.  Off the Wall runs from August 12th – September 17th. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is also an entrance on Beaver Street across from the public parking lot. 

For  More Information:
Anne Warren
The Belfast Framer & Betts Gallery
96 Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915
207-338-6465
thebelfastframer.com

Mars Hall Gallery Presents “Afternoon with Elaine Reed”

Elaine Reed - "Rainy Night Rhythms"

Elaine Reed – “Rainy Night Rhythms”

Mars Hall Gallery is proud to host an “Afternoon with Elaine Reed” as part of the current exhibition “LEO & Company”. The exhibit features works by the late Leo Brooks, who spent his summers painting on Monhegan Island till his death in 1993. Brooks was a close friend and mentor to Elaine Reed for over twelve years. The exhibit includes her paintings and many letters she received from Brooks sharing his thoughts on ART and LIFE.

Elaine Reed is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society; a member of the Arts Students League in N.Y.; an associate member of the American Watercolor Society; a member of W.A.M.I., Woman Artists of Monhegan Island, and one of the featured artists in the 2013 documentary film, “The Woman Artists of Monhegan Island”, produced by Mike Boucher of Sonic Pictures in Portland. She is a retired ART teacher and is currently living in Wiscasset and painting at her studio in Bath.

On Sundays August 14th and August 21st from 2-4 p.m. Reed will be demonstrating her approach and techniques of watercolor painting. She will also be talking and answering questions about Leo Brooks, the man and his art, their relationship as artists and friends both on and off Monhegan Island and how he’s influenced her. The demos are free and open to the public. The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George penninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road in Martinsville. For more info call 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

Gouache Paintings at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Saw Whet Owl” is one of award winning artist Julie Babb’s recent efforts at precisely rendered bird paintings currently on display at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

“Saw Whet Owl” is one of award winning artist Julie Babb’s recent efforts at precisely rendered bird paintings currently on display at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

The Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol, showcases approximately 30 artists during the summer season. Now in its 88th year of continuous operation, it is a popular destination with tourists and locals alike. Two of its member artists are Peggy Farrell and Julie Babb, who share a love for water media, in particular the opaque medium known as gouache, which allows for great control, and is often used to depict animals, flowers, birds, and so on, subjects these artists particularly favor.

Julie Babb was a hobby painter until moving to Maine in 1992. She joined the gallery in the following year. In 1994 she began painting birds, which has become her specialty. Her very precise and beautifully rendered images include some of the environment in which the birds are found, often on a gray or tan background, which highlights the colors and values she employs. She most often uses gouache watercolor, but also draws in graphite and some of her work is done on scratchboard.

Not surprisingly, Babb has received many ribbons and awards from wildlife shows, and has shown her work throughout the area including the Pemaquid Watershed Association offices, and in juried shows at River Arts in Damariscotta. Her work is featured at Ducktrap Bay Trading Company in Camden and she teaches gouache painting for Adult Education. With her husband Bruce, who is also an artist, she will be exhibiting at Miles Memorial Hospital in October. See her work also on www.covehousestudios.com.

New Harbor painter Peggy Farrell s gouache painting “Chickadee in Forsythia” can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

New Harbor painter Peggy Farrell s gouache painting “Chickadee in Forsythia” can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Peggy Farrell began showing with Pemaquid Gallery in 2008 and is the current Gallery Manager. Although she has studied and used many other media, she gravitates to the watermedia, both transparent and opaque watercolor. Most recently she has studied with Julie Babb and become skilled at animal and floral portraits in gouache, an opaque medium that allows for precise brushstrokes and luminous color. The quaint Maine seacoast also inspires her watercolor landscapes.

A member of the New England Watercolor Society and an avid gardener, her works are most often seen at the Pemaquid Gallery and in River Arts juried shows in Damariscotta. Farrell has also participated in area group shows and has had solo exhibitions. Her work can be seen online at 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, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mark Chesebro, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst. 

Artists all reside within the Pemaquid peninsula area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

ROGER DALE BROWN SHOWCASES HIS PASSION FOR PAINTING AT HAYNES GALLERIES

Basking In Oil on Canvas 20 x 40 inches

Basking In
Oil on Canvas
20 x 40 inches

Roger Dale Brown returns to Maine with his breathtaking landscape views later this summer in “Roger Dale Brown: A Passion for Painting” at Haynes Galleries. The plein air master will showcase new work, both large and small, painted during recent expeditions and travels. The exhibition will begin August 19 and continue through September 24 and coincide with Haynes Galleries other new show “Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes.” A reception to celebrate the exhibitions will take place from  to 7:30 pm on August 19. Brown and Frank will be in attendance to speak with guests about their work. Both exhibitions and the reception are free and open to the public.

Regatta Oil on Canvas 30 x 40 inches

Regatta
Oil on Canvas
30 x 40 inches

Brown will also lead a live painting demonstration the day of the opening, August 19, from 3 to 5pm in Haynes Galleries manicured grounds, weather permitting. Brown will narrate as he works so guests will experience his passion for painting first hand. He will discuss his travels and painting trips as well as how he picks his scenes, what makes for an interesting and engaging composition, and his painting process.

The exhibition is inspired by Brown’s new book A Passion for Painting written in collaboration with Larry R. Richardson. Brown will sign copies of the book at a special signing on Saturday, August 20 from 10am to Noon. The book aptly describes the man and his life-long fervor for artistic excellence. With over 200 illustrations, the book is the perfect companion for the exhibition and for landscape art lovers. With his thoughtful approach that mixes controlled, precise brushstrokes with energetic, expressive ones, Brown creates paintings that encapsulate the essence of his vistas.

Downward View Oil on Canvas 36 x 60 inches

Downward View
Oil on Canvas
36 x 60 inches

His vistas alternate between grand views like rocky coasts in the glorious setting sun and more modest views like a rickety old bridge spanning a cove. Brown also is not afraid to play with unexpected perspectives. In Downward View he forces us to confront what is surely a fear for many— a fear of heights— when he paints the view looking down from a seaside cliff. The jagged rocks loom below. White foam gathers from the active waves. It is an enticing view, one that combines natural beauty with the rush of standing so close to the edge. 

But no matter the grandeur of the view, Brown must feel a connection with the place he paints. The views needs to speak to him or elicit some emotion because Brown knows if he does not feel something special, the viewer will not either. 

Ocean Gulls Oil on Canvas 20 x 24 inches

Ocean Gulls
Oil on Canvas
20 x 24 inches

To paint what he feels Brown immerses himself in his landscape. He completes as much of the work as possible on site. But when Brown cannot complete a painting on site, he makes notes in the form of drawings, photographs, and videos. They help Brown re-immerse himself in the moment when he’s back in the studio. It is an approach Brown has adopted in recent years as he continues to push himself as an artist. He is always looking to grow as an artist.

For viewers, the result is paintings that feel welcoming, inviting them into the moment. They can feel the warmth of the sun, hear the lapping of the waves, and smell the pine in the air. 

Day of Rest Oil on Canvas 18 x 30 inches

Day of Rest
Oil on Canvas
18 x 30 inches

The paintings have earned Brown accolades and awards from prestigious competitions. He is also a sought after instructor, teaching workshops and giving demonstrations all over the country. 

“Roger Dale Brown: A Passion for Painting” is a chance to see iconic vistas and unfamiliar scenery captured on canvas delicately and with care. But it is also a chance to experience the beauty of the landscape as Brown sees it, through the eyes of one of the premier plein air artists working today. 

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, in Thomaston. For more information, email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com, call (615) 430-8147 or (207) 354-0605, or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.

PMA – Finest in a Decace

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You’ve brought your out-of-town guests to see lighthouses and eat lobsters—make sure to bring them to the PMA for the full Maine experience.

Introduce them to O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York, named the finest PMA exhibition in a decade by the Boston Globe, and as one of the 17 American art shows worth traveling for by Artnet. Have a beer at the intersection of art and sport with our PMA360: “Museum Moneyball”. Start a summer’s day by relaxing with Yoga in the Garden.

There is no time like August at the PMA. Be sure to make the most of it.

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

John Whalley’s Etudes at Greenhut Galleries

Anno 1841, egg tempera on panel, 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Anno 1841, egg tempera on panel, 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Etudes is John Whalley’s 7th 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, be they still life or portrait.

About the show Whalley states, “The word étude is defined as “a small, intricate study”, and so it seemed an appropriate title for my most recent exhibition of new egg tempera paintings and graphite drawings. With the exception of one portrait, the show is made up of small, intimate compositions created from among the thousands of “orphaned objects” that inhabit the shelves of my studio. Some works allude to partly told stories that the viewers are invited to consider with their imaginations. Others are simple, detailed portraits of tools, objects or old photographs, with attention to their patinas, textures and the quality of light they are seen in.”

His work is in numerous  private and public collections including The Portland Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art. He has participated in exhibits nationally.  A 30 year retrospective of Whalley’s work, In New Light,  was published in 2006

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

For More Information:

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, Maine  04101
207.772.2693 
www.greenhutgalleries.com
info@greenhutgalleries.com

Douglas Taylor’s New England Revisited at the Whitney Galleries

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The Whitney Galleries welcomes Douglas Taylor for his first one-person show and the third in our series for the 2016 season.  

Please note that parking is now restricted to our own lot, the Forest Village Condominium clubhouse parking lot, the field behind the gallery, and the Cattails Parking lot next door to the gallery.  We hope to have the field clearly marked so that entering and exiting will be done with the least possible inconvenience.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation in this matter.   

Doug’s new work, entitled “New England Revisited: My Inspiration Over the Years” brings us to the scenes we all remember when we were young and appreciated for their quiet beauty.  As many of you know, Doug has been living and working in Southern Maine for many years and his flare for color and composition is quite unique in the impressionist world.  His attention to the essence of what he paints is extraordinary.   We are very excited to bring this show to you. 

Since the gallery has a brand new look and feel, artists’ work really stands out and enhances the viewer’s experience.   So far, we have received overwhelming positive feedback and will continue to highlight our artists in the best possible environment.

You won’t want to miss this exciting take on how New England’s scenery has had an impact on a very special talent.         

The show will run Wednesdays 1pm – 5pm and Thursdays – Sundays noon – 6pm from August 4 – August 21.

For More Information Contact: richard@thewhitneygalleries.com

Little Pond Gallery Group Show features Joanna Gould

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“Permeate” by Joanna Gould 14” x 14”

 

Joanna is a Maine artist working in the ancient encaustic technique. Constructing layers upon layers of translucent beeswax emulsified with damar resin, she fuses oil pigments and found objects creating works of art that have been described as dreamlike and mystical with the purest light.

Encaustic painting is one of the oldest known painting techniques dating back over 2000 years. This was the medium artists used before oil or tempera were invented. The ancient Greeks colored their battle ships, statues and buildings with encaustic. It was also used on the wall murals in Pompeii and remained popular throughout the 6th and 7th centuries. It was replaced by tempera and fresco and the technique was virtually lost by the Middle Ages.

Show continues thru August. Also featuring stone sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, paintings and porcelain ceramics. Little Pond Gallery, 23 Shoreline Dr, Orr’s Island, Littlepondgallery.com 207 833.3210 Like us on Facebook

 

Joy To The Wind: An Ocean Point Of View

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Off Season Surf, 36 x 36 oil on linen by John M. T. Seitzer

Lynne and John at Joy To The Wind in Boothbay Harbor are hosting an open house from 7-9 pm on Friday, August 5th during the First Friday Art Tour. “Storm surge, wind tossed ocean waves, immobile ledge worn by constant contact. Motion along the uneven shore-conflicted waves, a jumble of rocks caressed. Periwinkles slowly slide, suctioned to their host, seaweed clinging. A pensive traverse along the rocky shore, a picnic shared on a sundrenched ledge, sea mist cooled by gentle breeze.” John M. T. Seitzer What do you experience when you go there? What memories do you bring home? Come see the variety of views  John has depictedof his visits to Ocean Point.
Joy To The Wind, 34 Atlantic Avenue, (on the East side of the Historic Footbridge-across from the Rocktide Inn,) Boothbay Harbor, Maine, 04538. joytothewind.com  207-633-7025

TJ CUNNINGHAM TO GIVE PAINTING DEMONSTRATION AT HAYNES GALLERIES IN THOMASTON

Artist TJ Cunningham

Artist TJ Cunningham

Fans of well-crafted paintings are in for a special morning at Haynes Galleries. Portrait and landscape artist TJ Cunningham will lead a live painting demonstration on Saturday, August 6, from 10am to Noon under the apple tree at the gallery. He will discuss his process as he works so guests will understand how Cunningham creates his impressions of his subject. The demo is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Morning Catch

Morning Catch

As he paints, Cunningham will discuss what first drove him to be an artist and his training based on the works of the masters of the 19th and 20th centuries. He will also talk about his painting process including working outdoors in the environment and how he translates what he sees on location to larger canvases in his studio.

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Compliments

In his short career, Cunningham has displayed a talent for and a devotion to Realist painting well beyond other artists his age. It’s remarkable considering he did not take up painting in oil until college even though he displayed artistic interests as a child. Cunningham’s love of landscape painting began during his childhood in Vermont but his passion for landscapes is only surpassed by his love of the portraiture, a genre he has studied carefully during his young career. Cunningham has a gift for combining the two into cohesive compositions. For his work, he has received several prestigious honors, including an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America, and been shown in galleries and museums through the U.S.

Many Long Years Ago

Many Long Years Ago

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, in Thomaston. Gallery hours are 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday. For more information, email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com, call (615) 430-8147 or (207) 354-0605, or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.

“LAND, SEA & AIR” at Landing Gallery

"Pitcher Pond" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12" x 12"

“Pitcher Pond” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12″ x 12″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “LAND, SEA & AIR”, a solo exhibition of 65 new paintings by Irma Cerese, opening on Friday, August 5 through September 11.  The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Aug 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships.  Her landscape paintings border on the abstract and are seen simultaneously as both landscape and abstract.

"Schoodic Point" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30" x 30"

“Schoodic Point” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30″ x 30″

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL.  Irma maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.  This exhibit celebrates Irma’s 10th anniversary with Landing Gallery, where she has an annual solo exhibit of her new paintings.

Please join us Friday, August 5th from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Irma Cerese. 

Summer hours: Mon – Sat 11– 5, Sun. 12 – 5. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

ArtLab for All Ages: Poppin’ Portraits: Stylize with Paint and Line

Poppin' Portraits at ArtLab

Poppin’ Portraits at ArtLab

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to swish n’ swash with broad strokes of color. Learn ways to outline and define features to compose striking portraits of pop stars, movers, shakers and thinkers alike. Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, August 6, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

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

Elizabeth Moss Galleries announces concurrent exhibitions

Ronald Rovner, “Nachtmusik”

Ronald Rovner, “Nachtmusik”

Elizabeth Moss Galleries is proud to announce the following concurrent exhibitions: Ronald Rovner’s solo exhibition “Nachtmusik” and the group exhibition “Monhegan, on the Rock” which will be featuring artists Don Stone, Alison Hill, Carol Raybin, Marilyn Swift and Krisanne Baker. The events run from Thursday, August 4th to Saturday, October 1st, with the opening receptions at 5:00 PM on August 4th.

Ronald Rovner has created in his new body of work entitled “Nachtmusik,” a symbolic visual language that appears as a symphony of shapes and color which move to and from the page, blending color to form. Though alien to all but Rovner, the shapes and color of his pieces carry with it the familiarity of rhythm and sound of a song that we just can’t quite place.

“Monhegan, on the Rock” is a continued exploration into one of Maine’s coastal gems. From the shores of Manana to Gull Rock and into Monhegan’s village, the collection of works by artists Don Stone, Alison Hill, Carol Raybin, Marilyn Swift and Krisanne Baker takes the viewer around one of New England’s most iconic islands.

For more information:
Elizabeth Moss Galleries
(207) 781-2620
emossgalleries@gmail.com

Slide Show Talk and Book Signing with Carl Little at Courthouse Gallery

artofacadia_fcEllsworth Author Carl Little will present a slide show at Courthouse Gallery on Wednesday, August 10 at 6pm, on Art of Acadia, a newly released book by Carl Little and David Little, published by Down East Books. This beautiful book of American art history honors the region in celebration of Acadia. The event is being held in conjunction with 10/100 Painting Acadia, a group exhibition celebrating the Gallery’s tenth anniversary and the Acadia National Park centennial. The book will be available for purchase at the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

This beautiful book spans the seventeenth century through the twentyfirst, and includes a variety of work, from fine art to art that appeared in guidebooks, travelogues, and posters to its current Artist-in-Residence program. It is a view of the region that grants a new perspective to our collective appreciation of this unique convergence of land and sea.

About the authors: David Little, a resident of Portland, Maine, has been painting the Maine landscape since 1983. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Blaine House, Bates College Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Museum, and he spent ten years working at the Bayview Gallery in Portland, and he gives critiques, juries art shows, and curates.

Carl Little is the author of more than a dozen art books, including The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper’s New England, and The Art of Dahlov Ipcar. He has also published articles and reviews of art in such magazines as Art in America, Art New England and Down East. He serves as the director of marketing and communication at the Maine Community Foundation and he lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

For more information contact:
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

207 667 6611
www.courthousegallery.com

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for August 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 5 August

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Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Archipelago, the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Strand Theatre, Caldbeck Gallery, The Art Loft, Michael Good Gallery, Craft Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Asymmetrick Arts, CMCA, The Gray Fox Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery, the Gautschi Center, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery & Black Hole.

Archipelago’s summer exhibition will be open showing works by artists Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, Lin Lisberger, Christina Vincent, Geoffrey Warner, and others who share their love of Maine through many mediums including wood, paper, pottery, and furniture.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open to the public, free of charge.

The Strand Theatre will have a “First Friday Film” at 8pm that night, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum: Francofonia.

Caldbeck Gallery will hold a reception for solo shows for Lois Dodd, Alan Bray, Todd Watts, and Kayla Mohammadi.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will be showing “The Primacy of Drawings II”, opening at 5:30pm.

At the Art Loft, Chuck Paine will demonstrate oil painting from 5-8pm. Chuck teaches a walk-in class at the Art Loft on Tuesday evenings.  His work consists of coastal imagery, sailing, and Maine life. “If it’s old and crumbling and reminiscent of a way of life that is slipping away, I will try to capture it before it is gone.”

Michael Good Gallery will be holding their 17th Annual Summer Celebration event, presenting abstract paintings by Fred Good.  Drinks and light refreshments will be served on our back deck with live music by cellist Kristin Techer.  

Craft Gallery will open “Art in Black and White”: Drawing, weaving, stitching, shaping clay and blowing glass tell the story in black and white.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be showing “Robert Lahotan in Maine, The Late Paintings”. 

CMCA continues to show it’s current Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz and Rollin Leonard exhibitions. 

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery will be showing the work of three new artists: Michael Boardman of North Yarmouth, Leon Vanella of Newcastle and Janet Glatz of Durham.

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

Third Opening of 2016 Season at Turtle Gallery

Adele Ursone, Gathering Storm I, 2016

Adele Ursone, Gathering Storm I, 2016

Please join us for our August 7th Opening!

The third show of the 2016 and 34th season at the Turtle Gallery will feature: Janis Goodman (Oil Paintings)
Vaino Kola (Oil Paintings & Etchings)
Adele Ursone (Oil Paintings & Watercolor Studies)  

The show begins with an Opening Reception Sunday, August 7 from 2 to 6 PM and runs through Saturday, August 27th. Other Gallery artists, a vast collection of Jewelry and Contemporary Craft, the Annual Print Show and Sculpture Garden will also be on display.  Light refreshments will be served.

Janis Goodman, Cold Front, 2015

Janis Goodman, Cold Front, 2015

Full of skillful exuberance, Janis Goodman’s collection of oil paintings take the viewer into a space of motion and shifting lines.  Goodman’s work gestures toward her study of the eastern landscapes while traveling in Asia, which “nurtured the calligraphic line and movement” of her work.  In each piece the viewer can experience commotion coupled with stability, all thoughtfully anchored in a whimsical composition.

Vaino Kola, Mill Pond, November, 2016

Vaino Kola, Mill Pond, November, 2016

 Finland Native and Deer Isle resident Vaino Kola will have etchings and new works in Oil on display. Kola moved to Maine to paint full-time after teaching art at Wheaton College in Massachusetts for 26 years.  Kola’s paintings, often monumental in scale, appear almost photo-realistic from a distance, but closer inspection reveals deeply textured, almost pointillist brushwork.  He has mastered the art of creating a moment; the stillness after a heavy snowfall, the ripple of an incoming tide or the fluttering of leaves.

Adele Ursone, Coastal Morning, 2016

Adele Ursone, Coastal Morning, 2016

Often subtle and serene, Adele Ursone’s landscape paintings are equally engaging as they are transformative.  Working from observations in the detail of her environment she creates spaces where “edges become so blurred, reality dissolves into abstraction.”  While a New York City resident part of the year, Ursone’s visual narratives speak strongly of her annual time spent on the water and the Maine Coast.

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery encompasses an 1876 two-story barn, the adjacent Centennial House Gallery and outdoor Sculpture Gardens. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 – 5:30 and Sunday 2 to 6.

The facility is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. For more information, please call 348-9977, or visit TheTurtleGallery.com.  We are on Facebook and Instagram under @TheTurtleGallery. 

Archipelago “Summer” show features artists from Waldoboro and Chebeague Island

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns”  Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns” Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Event Date:
Fri, 08/05/2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location:
Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St Rockland

Contact Name:
Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

 Archipelago Fine Arts is celebrating summer with a new exhibition including Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, and Lin Lisberger. The public is invited to a reception at the First Friday Artwalk on August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The show will be up until August 28th.

 Highlighted artists include Jean Kigel of Waldoboro and Caroline Loder of Chebeague Island.  Philip Isaacson, former art reviewer of the Portland Sunday Telegram, wrote that “Kigel is a master of the oriental brush. Her work with ink or ink with color strikes the viewer as spontaneous, loose, bold, the product of a difficult skill, an attitude acquired through commitment and study.” Archipelago will be showing her watercolors.

 Caroline Loder uses a simple palette of colors aiming to achieve the sense of calm and serenity she feels on Chebeague Island. Archipelago will be showing some of her larger oils.

 The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week.

 

Mark Herrington & Barbara J. Zucker at Littlefields

Frenchman's Bay Evening II Dark Island 30 x 30

Frenchman’s Bay Evening II Dark Island 30 x 30

Littlefield Gallery in inter harbor Artists’ Reception: August 6, 4-6 pm

From June 25-August 20th, Barbara J. Zucker and Mark Herrington celebrate the Acadia Centennial through Barbara’s brilliant seascapes and Mark’s stylized, abstract stone sculpture,. Barbara received her B.A. from Ursinus College in 1966, studied Fine Art at Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and at L’Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. She apprenticed with painter Richard Callner in his studio for three years after graduating from Tyler School of Art with a M.Ed. in 1971.

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Frenchman Bay Evening I Purple and Orange 24×24

Barbara’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in hundreds of solo, curated and juried exhibits over her long career. “All true art comes from a place deep within the artist. Art is not simply a mastery of materials and techniques, but an expression of the artist’s emotional and intellectual reactions to stimuli in the inner or outer world. Some of my early paintings were formed within the subconscious in the way that dreams are made. Most of my paintings are more consciously formed but still derive from a deep visceral and emotional reaction to an idea or place. For me, painting is like keeping a journal, making visual the feelings and experiences that have occurred over a lifetime of work. It is an act of discovery of myself and the outer world.”-BJZ

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Jerusalem Limestone on a wood base

“As a granite sculptor, everything I work with is a gift of geological time.” Mark is lifelong student of the creative process, and loves introducing new artists to granite sculpting as much as he loves practicing his own work. He is a self-taught stone artist: He has been a guest lecture at the University of Orono, being the first artist-in-residence in the Littlefield Gallery Artist-in-Residence program. The sculpture he created, “Tec.ton.ic,” is installed on the UMaine campus. A second sculpture, “Inanna,” is installed at the Buchanan Alumni House.

Sea & Stone of Schoodic

Sea & Stone of Schoodic

Mark has had many group and solo shows, and his public sculptures are installed permanently in diverse locations, including the International Sculpture Trail that links Schoodic’s symposium with Saint John, N.B.’s. “It might surprise people to know that I began my artistic life making guitars,” says Mark. As a granite sculptor, everything I work with is a gift of geological time.”

Mark and Barbara are represented by Littlefield Gallery

For More Information:

www.littlefieldgallery.com
145 Main Street
Winter Harbor, ME 04693
207.963.6005  or  207.838.4174
info@littlefieldgallery.com

BARBARA ERNST PREY: In Search of America

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Island Finds

Barbara Prey Projects is proud to announce In Search of America, the most recent works of internationally celebrated artist Barbara Ernst Prey, July 18-September 5. This monumental and timely exhibit explores memory, art history, and the influences of Color Field painters on the large-scale watercolors of Barbara Ernst Prey. 

In Search of America considers Prey’s distinct perspective as a 21st century female artist, which is both essential to, and occasionally at odds with, her subjects as she explores the depth of the American landscape and American identity. Her work is part of a trajectory of American Art but built on abstract painting as well, with a conceptual underpinning of the composition and points of empathy around color, composition and subject.

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

Her belief that color is the most powerful way to communicate drove Prey to develop groundbreaking, intricate layering techniques.  Beginning with marks on paper, and then built up through her evocative use of color and dozens of thin washes, often incorporating parts of her surrounds  –  water, soil, crushed shells  – Prey’s pieces defiantly search for America; asking questions of who am I and where are we going. While the work is predominantly American based in subject matter, the aura Prey produces throughout her work can be appreciated on a global scale. The exhibit confirms Prey’s place as one of the most significant American artists, furthering the genre of American driven landscapes.

Opening Reception: Monday, August 1 from 6 – 8 PM
Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, and by appointment
855 Main Street, Port Clyde, ME 04855
(207) 372-8087
www.barbaraprey.com

Follow on Facebook  Twitter  Instagram @barbaraprey.com  

DIAA’s Annual All Member 12×12 Exhibition

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For the past few years, DIAA has challenged member artists to make 2-D artwork exactly 12×12 (including frame) or 3-D work that does not exceed 12″ in any direction. Each work of art was priced at $144.

In 2015, 62 DIAA artists responded by submitting 192 works of art in these formats and launched two weeks of constantly changing views in the Gallery and a stimulating experience for our visitors and artists as well.

Last year, the Gallery doors opened promptly at 10:00 am to an eager crowd. The ensuing two weeks were busy busy busy as this was a “pay and take” event – pieces were immediately taken off the wall as purchased, and replaced with new work so the exhibit changed every day. Here are a few shots of the “night before” opening day installation. This show kept our artist hanging crew very busy.

And we are doing it again this summer. The show will open on Friday July 29 and run through August 11. Come early, come often. 

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For more information:
www.deerisleartists.com
207-348-2330
Gallery: 15 Main Street
Deer Isle ME 04627

European Influence Seen in Two Pemaquid Gallery Artists

Bruce Babb’s table top marquetry and other marquetry works can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Bruce Babb’s table top marquetry and other marquetry works can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Bruce Babb and Viola Glendinning are two area artists returning this year to the Pemaquid Gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol. Both artists have explored old art forms that come originally from Europe, putting their own unique stamp on their work.

Bruce Babb has been fascinated by marquetry, the demanding art of veneering patterns in wood, since he bought his first sample pack of veneers over forty years ago. With an X-Acto knife, Babb cuts small thin pieces of woods that come from all over the world, placing them on another piece of wood to form patterns. These may become wall plaques, tabletops, games and jewelry boxes. He has been inspired by Italian marquetry during visits there; this is a very old art form, particularly in Europe.

Each piece is unique, based on patterns he designs, or inspiration from antique quilt patterns. Marquetry requires great skill and patience, both in the design and finishing stages. Each piece is entirely hand-cut. The color comes from the unstained wood that is finished with at least six coats of hand-rubbed varnish. His work can also be seen at the Damariscotta gift shop, Gifts at 136, at The Good Supply, New Harbor, and online at www.covehousestudios.com

 

“Competing in the Race” by South Bristol’s H. Viola Glendinning and others like it are on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

“Competing in the Race” by South Bristol’s H. Viola Glendinning and others like it are on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Viola Glendinning works primarily in oil. Marinescapes are often the subject of Glendinning’s painting as she spent her childhood on the seacoast in Norway. She is fascinated by the ocean, whether the seas are calm or windblown. Glendinning delights in the wind filling sails, and tossing trawlers in a tempest and she finds great satisfaction in bringing these scenes to life on her canvas.

She received an art degree from Brookdale College in New Jersey and owned the Redmen Gallery in South Bristol for a number of years. This summer, she plans to reopen a gallery for her own work in her Cottage Cupboard Shop in South Bristol. View some of her work online at http://cottagecupboard.wix.com/gallery.

 Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mark Chesebro, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

Artists all reside within the Pemaquid peninsula area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery Shines a Spotlight on the “Views from Over and Under”

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Philippe Guillerm and Samuel Morgan will show their latest collection of breathtaking Views from Over and Under. An amazing collection of under water, sky and creatures of the blue world.

Philippe Guillerm a native of Paris, France is a well acclaim international artist who has a very kind view of his moments under water. Been an avid diver during his winter sailings, Philippe express on his paintings the notion of peace and silence that we all dream of and take you to an unbelievable calm word. 

Samuel Morgan who won’t be nailed down to a place of birth and lives in Maine for now will mesmerize you with his own view of the creatures from Over and Under. Samuel Morgan comes to painting later in life, as a retiree. Although painting could seem a huge departure from his prior career as landscaping, Samuel feels the common thread is his love of colors! “Choosing colors for the image on a canvas is not so different from creating a visually pleasing garden” he says.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery proudly presents Samuel Morgan and Philippe Guillerm and joins with Tidemark Gallery and Heywood Gallery for Waldoboro’s “Second Saturday ArtWalks.”Please join us at the Opening Night on Saturday, August 13, from 4pm to 7pm.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery is a contemporary art gallery providing opportunities for involvement, exposure and action in our community and culture through art. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10am to 4pm, and is located at 882 Main Street in Waldoboro. For more details, visit www.guillermsculptures.com.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Plenty”

Avy Claire, Un-föld 16.01.14, Acrylic on panel

Avy Claire, Un-föld 16.01.14, Acrylic on panel

PLENTY is the third exhibition of Season IV at the Cynthia Winings Gallery, featuring the artwork of Josephine Burr, Avy Claire, and Carrie Scanga. The exhibition is on view until August 26.

The gallery is pleased to present Josephine Burr’s ceramic artwork of fresco-like drawings and three dimensional sculpture. She writes, “As an artist I am interested in probing the juncture between tangible and spiritual worlds, exploring how ineffable experience can be distilled into visible, tactile form.” With the malleability of the medium of clay, Burr is able to explore line and color in space and create mixed media drawings that speak with subtle and enigmatic beauty. Burr lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts and has been an artist-in-residence at Greenwich House Pottery (NY), Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts (ME), and Babson College (MA).

“Human collaboration with nature is at the core of Avy Claire’s art”, writes Suzette McAvoy, director and curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. “Claire is intensely interested in delving into this relationship, examining it as an archeologist might from a myriad of viewpoints and across time.” In her Un-föld series, the folding and turning strokes of her paintings invite us to consider the shifting landscape, inside or beneath the surface. Claire explains that she created the title for the series as a play on the the Hungarian word for Earth, ’föld’, suggesting the action and progression. Her work reveals for us a story in the landscape through mark-making and color. Claire lives and works in Blue Hill, and has exhibited her work nationally.  She recently completed a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst Virginia.

I am pleased to present the artwork of Carrie Scanga, a printmaker whose work reflects her fascination with the emotional resonance of physical environments. She writes, “I use memory and perceptions of particular places to create allegorical space through installations and prints.” In her work, the space depicted is without the human presence, they are quiet and spacious and profound, for example, a drive-in movie theatre in winter, or a ski lift in summer. Scanga is a member of the art faculty at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine. Her artwork is exhibited nationally and was notably included in the Portland Museum of Art’s 2013 Biennial. 

I am fortunate to include in this exhibit new work from Carol Pelletier, Barbara Sullivan and Diane Bowie Zaitlin. Also included in this show is work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Tim Christensen, Heidi Daub, Kevin Gilmore, David Hornung, Heather Lyon, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, and Jerry Rose.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, and was formerly known as the Leighton Gallery. For more information contact:  Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

Special Summer Opportunity for Maine Artists

Teaching artist and clay sculptor Tim Christensen working on design principles with a student. Photo courtesy Maine Arts Commission.

Teaching artist and clay sculptor Tim Christensen working on design principles with a student. Photo courtesy Maine Arts Commission.

The Maine Arts Commission’s Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) will offer a one-day summer professional development intensive specifically geared toward Maine teaching artists, and/or those artists who would like to expand their work to PK-12 teaching, on Wednesday, August 10, from 8 to 4 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine. The intensive is part of MALI’s summer institute for PK-12 arts teachers that continues August 11-12.  The day-long session will focus in depth on the role of the teaching artist in the K-12 classroom, and the relationship between the K-12 arts educator and the teaching artist, and will includestructured networking with more than 50 PK-12 Visual and Performing Arts teachers from throughout Maine.

“We recognize the great learning value of Maine’s incredible population of artists,” said Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education for the Maine Arts Commission, “and have as a goal the establishment of more high quality K-12 artist-in-residence programs.”

The day’s workshops are designed specifically for the needs of Teaching Artists, and will include separate sessions on topics including how to get funding to support residencies; best practices for Teaching Artists; Maine Learning standards; assessment skills and tools; advocacy; and more. Perhaps most importantly, the day will include ongoing opportunities for teaching artists to connect with and engage collaboratively with PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers from Maine schools—often the first step toward establishing a residency.

The MALI institute offers an exciting, teacher–driven environment for teaching artists who are interested in professional development with peers. Teaching Artist and dancer John Morris and PK-12 music educator Kate Smith, both members of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative team, are leading the planning for the day.

“We think this year’s summer institute provides not only timely professional development and a chance to make important connections with arts educators in the schools, but also a real opportunity to contribute the voices of Teaching Artists to improving K-12 arts education for all students in Maine,” said Morris.

The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, established in 2011, is committed to the development of teacher leaders and teaching artists to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Registration includes morning coffee/tea, a delicious lunch, and afternoon snacks. To register and review full workshop offerings, please go tohttp://goo.gl/forms/DwUebVc0Ys7aiBmH2.

To learn more about MALI, the Maine Arts Commission teaching artist program and roster, and other PK-12 arts education programs go tohttp://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI# or contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

Late Summer 2016 New Era Gallery opens August 6

Two Birds and Snake, monoprint by Rich Entel

Two Birds and Snake, monoprint by Rich Entel

New Era Gallery’s late summer show will open on Saturday, August 6, with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm and reception from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  The gallery on Main Street in Vinalhaven will feature the work of photographer Joel Greenberg, painters Charles Miller and Herb Parsons, and sculptor and printmaker Kitty Wales.  Rich Entel’s  “Cardboard Menagerie” will be featured in the Windy Way Barn.

Greenberg’s color and black & white photos take inspiration from distant views across water and from microcosmic textures in the natural world. Charles Miller and Herb Parsons both work in oils; Miller’s richly textured abstracts and Parson’s finely tuned representational landscapes respond in different ways to the qualities of weather and light in the islands. Kitty Wales recent work in clay, prints, and drawings focuses on camels and their fabled role in her ongoing work about migration.

The Windy Way Barn will be filled with the cubist inspired animals of Rich Entel’s “Cardboard Menagerie.” The exhibit was first seen in Portland at the Jewish Cultural Center, and has since travelled to museums in Florida and New Hampshire. This installation will be the first to include Entel’s prints as well as the sculpture. As a part of the exhibition, cellist Eugene Friesen will perform original music inspired by the animals on August 11. Please contact the gallery for details regarding the performance.

Late Summer 2016 will run through August 31.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. For further information call 207-863-9351, or visit neweragallery.com.

“Summer Stable Show” at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

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“Lyrical” is a word that comes to mind when visiting the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Summer Stable Show. A favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike, this is the gallery’s annual large group show, showcasing seventeen Maine artists this year, including Dahlov Ipcar.

“What I love about this show is that it is often very painterly and eclectic,” says gallery curator Anna Witholt Abaldo. “It has a bright and colorful tone, with some surprising fresh additions this year.”

The first floor features dynamic abstracts from a series on rhythms in nature by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas, a larger-than-life Julie Crane woodcut print of a horse jumping over a city (with a wink to Chagall), and a beautiful collection of small coastal paintings by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Contemplative figurative work by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander dialogues with the evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist. Lou Schellenberg impresses with strong, imposing landscapes with vigorous compositions. New works by Julie Cyr, Petrea Noyes, Sarah Wilde and Leslie Anderson round out this collection.

The second floor displays delicate watercolors by Margaret LaFarge: dirt roads curving through a landscape, evoking a real sense of stillness found in nature.  Jude Valentine’s new pastels-over-monoprint, done after visits to the old orchard at Buckle Farm (Unity), speak with directness and energy – courageous use of color and line. MJ Viano Crowe, showing at MFT Gallery for the first time, brings her garden goddesses, made from intricate paper cuts. Sharon Yates, Robin Rier, Kathleen Perelka and prints by afore-mentioned Dahlov Ipcar make up the rest of the show.

The Summer Stable Show 2016 runs from August 1st through September 16, with artist talks Friday August 26 from 4:30-5:30, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. 

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

John Winship Catch at Carver Hill Gallery

John Winship, Catch, 30x22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

John Winship, Catch, 30×22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland, Maine, will open a solo show of paintings by John Winship on First Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm.

“John Winship is a painter of dark and evocative scenes; dreamlike, mysterious pictures of people who seem to be from another time.”—Linda Wertheimer, NPR, “All Things Considered”

The atmosphere in the work tends to be heavy, with dark tones and faces either looking away or partially obscured. Winship says that this breaks down the specificity of the photograph’s subject matter and allows the viewer to project more freely into the painting.

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship received his BA in Fine Art from Middlebury College and has had over thirty solo shows in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and other galleries and museums throughout the northeast.  His paintings have been featured and reviewed in such national publications as “Art in America”, “Artnews”, “The Artist’s Magazine”, “Harper’s”, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, as well as on numerous book covers. He has been represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine for two years.

Show runs through Monday, August 29, 2016

For more information:
http://www.carverhillgallery.com
338 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207)594-7745

JEAN KIGEL: 18TH ANNUAL EASTERN VIEWS: Watercolors, Oils, Asian brush Paintings

Thoroughfare, oil on panel, Jean Kigel, 12x16

Thoroughfare, oil on panel, Jean Kigel, 12×16

View Jean Kigel’s new paintings at the mid-century modern Brick House Gallery, 176 Winslow Mills Road, Waldoboro from August 12th to 14th.  Reception Friday August 12th from 5-7.

 Now in its 18th season, Jean Kigel’s Annual Eastern Views combines motifs from Asian and Maine.  This year she presents an unexpectedly broader vision, depicted in a style she calls geometric-realism.  These paintings include slices of the sea  and land.  Featured this year isThoroughfare in which light, in the sky and on the water, forms polyhedric shapes, providing a sailboat passage offshore.

 Currently Kigel’s studio practice revolves around a whimsical series of attic windows from Rockland, Warren, and Waldoboro.  In these, roof peaks dance in colorful shapes against the sky. I look for interesting shapes to give feeling to the painting.  Then I work with the color to create harmony and mood.”

 As usual, this  show also presents a blend of more realistic paintings using  watercolor and Asian brush techniques.  “Flowers are favorites.  And almost any subject, from kitchen artifacts to insects,  captures my attention. Applying Asian brush, Kigel brings a sense of “exotica” to the familiar. 

Preview at www.jeankigel.com   FMI 975-3262.

“Art in Black and White” at CRAFT Gallery

David Jacobsen - Glass Art, Daphne Taylor - Quilting,  Katharine Keoghan - Jewelry

David Jacobsen – Glass Art, Daphne Taylor – Quilting, Katharine Keoghan – Jewelry

CRAFT Gallery opens “Art in Black and White” on Friday, August 5th. Working in black ad white helps the artist as well as the viewer  to look an  object from a different perspective, unencumbered by the element of color. Wether it is drawing, weaving, stitching, shaping clay or blowing glass, black and white tells a story in its simplest language. David Jacobson’s glass pieces are a perfect example of the purity of form expressed in black and white with little embellishment. Quilter Daphne Taylor’s love of drawing and painting influences her embroidery in cotton and metallic threads on wool and silk. Hand quilting to Taylor is equivalent to the act of drawing. She has limited herself to black and white and gold thread  for the pieces in this show. She has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Her Quaker background reflects in the meditative thread lines in her quilts. Joining these two artists in this invitational show are Tim Christensen, Lissa Hunter, Sara Hotchkiss, Jan owen, Amy Smith and Susan Van Campen. 

        CRAFT Gallery introduces jewelry by Katharina Keoughan, a versatile artist and painter who has turned her creative energy to making jewelry out of the unlikely material of sheet foam. She cuts out abstract shapes and designs to fabricate necklaces, bracelets and earrings into stunning  and bold wearable ornaments of art.  All artists shown at CRAFT live and work in Maine, creating fine craft represented in private collections and major art institutions as valued works of art. The show will continue until September 1st. CRAFT Gallery is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

“Maine and America in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on August 11th

John Fulton Folinsbee, “River Lane,” oil on canvas, 32” x 40”

John Fulton Folinsbee, “River Lane,” oil on canvas, 32” x 40”

“Maine and America in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine, on August 11. The exhibition explores the development of modernism in American art during the late 1920’s through the 1950’s. 

A number of major works by New Hope Pennsylvania artist John Fulton Folinsbee (1892-1972) are featured in the exhibition. Folinsbee’s “River Lane,” 1927-1928 shows the artist’s evolution away from American Impressionism toward Modernism and the influence of Cezanne in the painting’s form and structure. By the mid-1930’s, Folinsbee was summering near Wiscasset, Maine on Montsweag Bay. Important works from the Maine period include “Storm Over Chewonki” with its ink black sky and “Goose Rocks Passage” with its luminous seas and sparkling white waves accented by an orange channel marker.

Slightly further north and eleven miles out to sea, Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970) was living on the remote Maine island of Monhegan. Highlighted in the exhibition, “Summer Seas, Monhegan,” was painted on a blue-sky day in 1947. Despite the artist’s remote location, he made frequent trips to New York City where he had many one-man shows at Macbeth and Milch Galleries.

Arriving on Monhegan Island that same summer in 1947, Morris Shulman (1912-1978) brought a new type of modernism to the isle. Several large caseins on panel by Shulman capture the fauna and floral life abstracted into vigorous brushstrokes of color.

Jay Hall Connaway, “Summer Seas, Monhegan,” oil on board, 24” x 36”

Jay Hall Connaway, “Summer Seas, Monhegan,” oil on board, 24” x 36”

Other American and Maine artists whose works are explored in the exhibition include Robert Beauchamp (1923-1995), Abraham Bogdanove (1886-1946),William Lester Stevens (1888-1969), Reuben Tam (1916-1991), Morris Blackburn (1902-1979) and James Fitzgerald (1899-1971).

“Maine and America in the Twentieth Century” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through September 30th.  For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Lans Studio and Gallery unveils new work

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Award winning Stonington artist Lorraine Lans has unveiled a new work titled “Moonlight Howl 101”. Come by to see her work at Lans Studio & Gallery Located at 15 North Seabreeze Ave. She is in the collection of Acadia National Park and other private collections. She also is pleased to be showing her work at Jud Hartmann Gallery at 79 Main St. in Blue Hill. Hartmann Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10:30 – 5 and Sunday 12-5 (If Cloudy or Raining).

Maine Seacoast Paintings at Pemaquid Art Gallery