Café des Artistes

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,”

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,” a group show that celebrates the change of season as Maine transitions from summer into fall and winter. There will be an open house Wednesday, December 6 from 5–7pm. The show runs from December 1– December 30, 2017. The event is free and open to the public.

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Interpretations for “Winter is Coming” run the gamut from William Irvine’s iconic house painting  with a woman burning brush and Philip Barter’s dancing smelt shacks to David Vickery’s  larger-than-life realistic oil painting of marbles and Philip Koch’s memory of a magical winter  wonderland.

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

New to the gallery is Henry Isaacs who lives in Portland, Maine, but spent many years living and painting on Cranberry Island. His oil painting “Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor” seems to  exemplify the seasonal transition with a range of yellows and rusty reds juxtaposed against purple,  green, and blue.

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Participating artists, include Berenice Abbott, Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Jeffery  Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, Henry Isaacs, William Irvine, Jessica Lee Ives, Philip Koch, Judith Leighton, William Moise, Emily Muir, Ed Nadeau, Carl Nelson, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, Lilian Day Thorpe, David Vickery.

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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

Nan Goldin’s Seminal Artwork Returns to New England

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The Portland Museum of Art is proud to host the first New England installation of Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in more than 30 years. This seminal slideshow installation, considered one of the great works of art of the late 20th century, last exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2016. The Portland Museum of Art exhibition marks the first time the Massachusetts-born artist has shown the work in New England since 1985, when it exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency—named for a song in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 The Threepenny Opera—comprises nearly 700 photographs taken by Goldin of herself and her friends throughout Provincetown, Boston, New York, Berlin, and Mexico. In creating this diaristic account of her life throughout the 1970s and ’80s, a kaleidoscopic narrative of romantic longing, loss, intimacy, and breakups emerges, featuring both heterosexual and same-sex couples in raw, vivid honesty. In her own words, the work is about “creating a history by recording a history.”

The photography of Nan Goldin offers audiences a kaleidoscopic narrative of the breadth of the human experience. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the present, Goldin captures her world as it unfolds before her, resulting in a diaristic account of her life and the people and places that define it. Treating her camera as an extension of her own body, “creating a history by recording a history,” Goldin shields her memories from revision or erasure by preserving them permanently in photographic form. The result is an unvarnished, intimate, and honest glimpse into a full and nuanced life that has played out in New York City, Boston, Provincetown, and abroad, against the backdrops of nightclubs and drag bars, hotel rooms and hospitals, and more.

Organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Nan Goldin explores American artist Nan Goldin’s (b. 1953) use of photography as a means of communication, self-reflection, and poetic expression. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

​Centre St Arts Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary Open House

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“For Play”, oil on canvas, Lea Peterson

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, will celebrate their fifth anniversary on Friday, Decembe 15, 2017 at 11 Centre Street, Bath from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Part of Main Street Bath’s Downtown Open House for the Old Fashioned Christmas in Bath, Martha Mayo will assemble her carolers at the gallery at 5:30.
The Fifth Anniversary Open House begins at 5:00 pm in the Gallery with music performed by Frank Vigneau and Steve Footer.  A wide variety of hors d’oeuvres prepared by the artists of Centre St Arts Gallery will be offered, along with beverages, non-alcoholic, as well as wine.
Guests will enjoy seeing many new works by members Barbara Bean, Sharon Bouchard, Laurie Burhoe, Judy Conlan, John Gable, Andrea Galuza, Claudette Gamache, Livy Glaubitz, Sharon Greenlaw, Marnie Hackenberg, Sarah Harvey, Jillian Herrigel, Tom Hinkle, Victoria Jackson, Daniele Lambrechts, Jackie Melissas, Shelby Patton, Lea Peterson, Jane Rosenfield, Sarah Wilde.
The Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30 pm to 5:00 pm; Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm; closed Tuesday except for December 19.  For more information, please call the Gallery at 207-442-0300, or visit the website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com and the blog: centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com.

 

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show

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Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.  Come by for a visit on Saturday, the 2nd of December 1:00pm to 3:00pm where refreshments will be served.
 
What’s your favorite arts and culture landmark of 1977? Fleetwood Mac Rumours? Star Wars? Beatlemania on Broadway? Ours is easily local legend Peggy Greenhut Golden establishing Greenhut Galleries in the Old Port! Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.
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Since the early 19th century, the rugged and intense beauty of Maine’s land- and seascape, as well as its famed quality of light have attracted and energized generations of artists. For them, Maine is both a geographic location and a site of artistic inspiration and creative freedom — a state of the union, but also a state of mind. Maine has been and continues to be vitally important to American art, and Greenhut is thrilled to play its part. In Peggy’s words, “It has been most gratifying for Greenhut Galleries to further the tradition of art in the State of Maine. We all work very hard at the gallery, but the artists we represent are the heart and soul of Greenhut.”
 
As the gallery has grown, so too, have the reputations of its artists, whose styles span the spectrum from realism to abstraction, with a wide range of subject matter in both two- and three-dimensional media. Greenhut represents a diverse group of over 30 Maine painters and sculptors, each selected not only for their technical skill, but also for his or her distinct voice and unique vision. The gallery is also proud to show work from the estates of Robert Hamilton, Maurice Freedman, Jon Imber, and most recently, Neil Welliver and Frederick Lynch.
 
Kelley Lehr and John Danos have implemented a strong social media presence with a long-term vision of dramatically expanding outreach and followship. They are planning big changes to the website in 2018 and special events, so stay tuned! To see of what’s in store this coming year be sure to visit our UPCOMING EXHIBITION page. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to your next visit to the gallery.
 
 
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
 
Joel Babb • Susan Barnes • Matt Blackwell • Mary Bourke
Jeff Bye • Thomas Connolly • Ed Douglas • David Driskell
Grant Drumheller • Maurice Freedman • Kathleen Galligan
Roy Germon • Alison Goodwin • Robert Hamilton
Thomas Higgins • Jon Imber • Tina Ingraham • William Irvine
Henry Isaacs • Sarah Knock • Margaret Lawrence
George Lloyd • Frederick Lynch • Alan Magee • Daniel Minter
Nancy Morgan Barnes • Colin Page • Tom Paiement
Roy Patterson • Stephen Porter • Roger Prince • Sandra Quinn
Alison Rector • Glenn Renell • Alec Richardson
Kathi Smith • Mike Stiler • Neil Welliver • John Whalley

Artwaves Reception at Shaw Jewelery in Northeast

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Work pictured here by Nicole DeSimone

 

Join us at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor for an Opening Reception Sat. Dec 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 for a new show featuring artists from Bar Harbor’s ArtWaves.

Artists include Jessica Harris, Liz Cutler, Linda Rowell-Kelley, Ben Lincoln, Roberta Sprague, Roxane Scherer, Margaret Beaulieu, Nicole DeSimone, and others.
126 Main Street
Northeast Harbor, Maine
207 276 5000
info@shawjewelry.com
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The Gallery at Somes Sound Open for the Holidays until December 30th

William B. Hoyt, Bedroom Window, 18 x 24, oil on panel

William B. Hoyt, Bedroom Window, 18 x 24, oil on panel

The Gallery at Somes Sound is pleased to announce they will be open for Holiday Shopping throughout November and December on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm

Introducing new work from William B. Hoyt and Joseph McGurl

Joseph McGurl, Rowing, 9 x 12, oil on panel

Joseph McGurl, Rowing, 9 x 12, oil on panel

For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com

FUNCTIONAL FIBER session of “ART matters 3 at DIAA

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DIAA announces the 2017–2018 winter session of “ART matters 3”, an opportunity for artists to share their work and talk about it with the public.

Join us on Sunday, December 3, 1:30–3:30 PM for DIAA’s second 2017–2018 winter session of “ART matters 3”, an opportunity for artists to share their work and talk about it with the public.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Weaver Ron King on his work: “My primary interest in textiles is in the design and production of functional fabrics; and my continuing fascination is rooted in the fundamental aspects of and the exploration of the structure of fabric, the interaction of fibers, and how colors, textures and patterns are created.”
Holley Mead started making pictures in cloth in 1972. “I have continued making narrative appliqué quilts and wall pieces since then. Most of them are inspired by the landscape, people, pets and nature around me.”

Pat White enjoys using color and exploring different sculptural and textural forms in felting wearable art.

 

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After artists’ presentations and discussions moderated by Hub White, a reception follows with coffee from 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.  For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com

 

2018 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) Application Deadline Approaching

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The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (MaineCAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create, and connect. CAP 2018 will support and fund two master/apprentice pairs.

Applications will be accepted online now through December 8th. Masters and Apprentices apply together, outlining clear apprenticeship goals to be acheived during a seven month apprenticeship in the master’s studio.

“Participation in CAP has inspired me to revisit my old sketch book. It has reminded me how short life is, and how important it is to make your own dreams come true. When you spend seven months encouraging a young person to do just that, at some point you scratch your head and say “ oh yeah” that IS a good idea!! To think of myself as a master of my craft has been a new concept, one that fills me with pride and a drive to share my experiences in other teaching opportunities as my career continues to unfold.” – Linda Perrin, CAP ’16 Master (glass blowing)

For more information visit mainecap.org

Winter work at whopaints on display at Winter Harbor’s Shopping night

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Come visit whopaints at Winter Harbor’s Shopping night on December 7th. Along with the work in our gallery, we will be hosting several artists including: Shelly Shapiro’s Pottery, Jess Mague’s Photography, and Fogtown’s Brewery’s Brews! (Yes beer!)

For more information visit www.whopaints.com

Upcoming December Events for Cynthia Winings and the Cynthia Winings Gallery

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

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

Wunderkammer, an exhibition of artworks
at the Blue Hill Public Library,
November 30 through January 30.

The Wunderkammer returns to the Display Cases of the Howard Room in the Blue Hill Library! On view will be curated artworks that are whimsical, beautiful, and by artists you will recognize from the season at the Cynthia Winings Gallery, including Jenny Brillhart, Avy Claire, Juliet Karelsen, Carol Pelletier, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Lari Washburn, Goody-B. Wiseman, and myself. This holiday sale will offer unique and meaningful works that you will be inspired to give to a loved one, or treat yourself.

Everyone is Welcome to the Reception,
Friday, December 15, 4 – 6:00PM

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Winter Faire at the Bay School,
Saturday December 2

The Winter Faire Is Coming! On Saturday, December 2, Goody-B. Wiseman and myself will have a booth in Emlen Hall at the wonderful winter festival hosted by the Bay School. The booth will be filled with prints, works on paper and Wiseman’s bronze sculpture. A holiday tradition for thirty-four years, the Bay School Winter Faire is a community celebration featuring music, food, art, puppet shows, craft projects and games. Everyone is Welcome!
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The 18th Annual 10 x 8 Show,
Saturday, December 9, at the Bay School, Emlen Hall
Preview Begins at 9:30, The One Day Sale begins at 10AM, until 2PM

I look forward to participating in the 18th Annual 10 x 8 Show and sale, along with seven artists, Louise Bourne, Heidi Daub, Missy Green, Rebecca Haley McCall, Gail Page, Annie Poole, and Goody-B.Wiseman. All artworks are within 10 x 8 inches, and for one day only, available for $150 including tax. With Refreshments and Live music, it’s an event “…not to be missed!”
If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email me at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com, or call, 917.204.4001.

Chinese Painting and Traditional Tea Ceremony at The Art Loft Gallery

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This class will focus on learning how to paint Morning Glory flowers. This will involve composition, the use of colors and ink, the study of line, and the dry and wet application of colors. Also during the class, we will taste three kinds of Chinese tea and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to help us understand the complementary relationship between traditional Chinese painting and the Chinese tea culture.

Chinese traditional painting is based on the use of brushes, ink and Chinese painting colors on rice paper.
 It is mainly divided into figures, flowers, birds, and landscapes. Traditional Chinese painting uses subjects to convey artistic ideas and thought. It is about three aspects of the universe and human life: figure painting represents human society and interpersonal relationships; landscape painting the relationship between human beings and nature, where man and nature are portrayed in harmony as an organic whole. Flowers and birds represent nature, in harmony with people. Artistic expression stimulates philosophical thinking about human being. These three aspects suggest a universal whole, bringing out the best in each other and convey the true meaning of art as art.

Saturday, December 9, 1-4:30 pm, $35
Instructor: Nanfei Wang

For more information or to enroll visit artloftrockland.org

CMCA Sunday Salon | “Materiality” Artists Talk

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites the public to attend the first of four Sunday Salon gallery talks with artists featured in the current exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, on December 3 at 3pm. CMCA’s Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

The first talk in the series is with artists Adam Lampton, Ben Potter, and Ian Trask. Each artist will feature 5 slides of their work, and talk about the materials they use, how they use them, and why.

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

Adam Lampton, of South Portland, uses common household materials such as plastic bags and flour to create artificial landscapes that he then photographs, constructing a visual memory of the Colorado Front Range region that he left as a younger man.

Ben Potter with his work "Small Mountains"

Ben Potter with his work “Small Mountains”

Belfast artist Ben Potter’s work reflects his interdisciplinary background in the arts and sciences. Working in a variety of simple forms that often recall landscape elements, he experiments with natural materials, such as bee pollen, silver, and clay.

Ian Trask with his work "Spores"

Ian Trask with his work “Spores”

Ian Trask, of Brunswick, is a biologist turned artist. His sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproducts into refined aesthetic objects that reinterpret a material’s value and usefulness. Trask chooses to create his art from things that are either discarded or donated by others in a deliberate effort to let scarcity and access dictate the direction of his work.

The series of series of Sunday Salon gallery talks with artists featured in the current exhibition will continue on December 10, 17 and February 4, at 3pm. On Sunday, December 10, the series will include a performance by Heather Lyon (Blue Hill) with a talk following. Sunday, December 17, will include talks by Stephanie Cardon (Cushing and Roslindale, MA), Lisa Kellner (Deer Isle) Loretta Park (Brunswick and Jamaica Plain, MA) and Emilie Stark-Menneg (Brunswick). The final talk of the series will be held on Sunday, February 4 and includes Jackie Brown (Bath), Jonathan Mess (Jefferson) and Aaron T Stephan (Portland).

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, and the artists in the series, visit cmcanow.org

Prescott Hill Pottery 10th Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 2 & 3

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Come Visit the 10th Annual Holiday Open House Dec. 2 & 3 at Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty
Saturday and Sunday, 10-4 each day.

Great pots, great company, great snacks…
New soda-fired pots, new wood-fired pots, and an assortment of many pots on special. For more information visit prescotthillpottery.com

Visit ArtWalk Gardiner during the Annual Tree Lighting

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ArtWalk Gardiner will coincide with the Annual Tree Lighting  on Friday, December 1st 5:30 to 8:00 PM, in artists’ studios, galleries, shops and other venues throughout Historic Downtown Gardiner. The event will feature unique works of art ranging from paintings, drawings, fine art prints and photography to textiles, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics.

First launched in 2005 by Artdogs studios and a handful of other area artists, the mission of ArtWalk Gardiner is to increase community awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, to encourage interaction with local artists and the public, and to nurture a supportive network that also enhances the local economy. Since its inception, ArtWalk Gardiner has drawn hundreds of visitors to Water Street to enjoy these festive evenings.

Featured artist showing their work at the ArtWalk include Artdogs, Karen Adrienne, John Carnes, Nancy Barron, Circling the Square Fine  Art Press members, Matt Demers, Sophie Felder, Dee Keneagy, Kala Ladenheim, Allison McKeen,  Tanya Russell, Robert Saunders, SpinOff Studio members, Christine Sullivan,   Marylu Wellwood, Catherine Worthington, and Bridgett Wagner  Their work will be shown in many downtown business including our Business Sponsors: Artdogs, Barn Boards and More, Circling the Square Fine Art Press, Gardiner Food Co-op & Cafe, Monkitree, and SpinOff Studio.

For more information, email artwalkgardiner@gmail.com.

Holiday pop-up market at DIAA, Periwinkle

The Deer Isle Artists Association will hold a pop-up market at its gallery on Saturday, Dec. 2, selling holiday items such as painted boxes, felt and knitted hats, mittens, pottery, calendars, baskets, cards, jewelry, photography and small prints, paintings and sculpture. The market will run from 10 am to 5 pm in conjunction with a special holiday opening by The Periwinkle. “The first market that the Deer Isle Artists Association held last year was so much fun and such a success we decided to do it again,” said Cynthia Bourque-Simonds, DIAA board member. “We will price items as affordable gifts, and we’ll bring free homemade treats.”

The artists themselves will set up the market. They will include Peter Beerits, Rory Beerits, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Dorothy Doubleday, Mary Eaton, Judith Felch, Susan Finsen, Cathy Hart, Jill Kofton, Diane Maguire Horton, David McBeth, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Carolyn Raedle, Scott Thurston, Maura Tilloston, Francoise Gervais, Leslie Miller Landrigan, Gertrude Tarr, Oscar Turner, Linda Wells and Pat White.
At the Periwinkle, Candy Eaton plans to have freshly baked cookies, hot teas and cocoa. She offers a large selection of Alpaca stuffed animals, free wrapping and reduced prices on many items.

The Deer Isle Artists Association is located at 15 Main St. in Deer Isle. The Periwinkle is across the street at 8 Main St.
Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, photographers, ceramicists and other artists. The Association is fully committed to the advancement of the Arts. Its primary purpose is to promote the visual arts through exhibition and education; its overall aim is to further the cultural enrichment of the community. For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com

BrainyArt… Trivia Night at the Museum with the BSO!

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UMaine Museum of Art announces

BRAINY ART… TRIVIA NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – NIGHT TWO: MUSIC

TUESDAY, December 5th
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Ages 21 +, $5

Season 2 of BrainyArt continues at the Museum on Tuesday, December 5th! This season, each of the four nights of BA Trivia (10/24/17, 12/5/17, 2/6/18, & 4/10/18) will be focusing on a different art form (visual art, music, theatre and dance, respectively). For the December event, BA has teamed up with The Bangor Symphony Orchestra for Night Two: MUSIC.

Each BA event has two chances to win; the team that correctly answers the most trivia questions wins the Team Challenge and an additional prize is awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu/events or contact Education Coordinator Kat Johnson at 581.3360.

Mars Hall Gallery – “Yuletide in St. George” 2017

Sharon Larkin - Second Chances for the Undeserving but Still Hopeful

Sharon Larkin – Second Chances for the Undeserving but Still Hopeful

Mars Hall Gallery celebrates the holiday season with an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; acrylic and oil paintings by Ian Baird, Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Brian Kliewer, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon, Holly Smith and Ron Weaver; and black and white pinhole photography by Amy Rocket-Todd and Antonia Small. A large collection of original 1960’s Rock posters from San Francisco are new to the gallery this year.

Also on display is 3-D Art by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland and Elaine Niemi; a variety of quality crafts including ; decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy; carved decoys by Stephen Hill, handmade leather journals by Karen Carroll; collage cards and beaded earrings by Eleanor Zuccola; handmade Santas by Karen Zola and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens showcase “The Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and metal sculpture by Jay Hoagland. A large collection of unique affordable gifts, antiques, vintage and silver jewelry, homemade dog treats, handmade soaps, cards and books by artists Nancy Baker, Davene Fahy, Roger Kirby, Holly Smith, Antonia Small & Glen Libby and Antonia Small & Amy Rockett-Todd.
The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. For more information, call 372-9996 or 372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com

Art Space Gallery announces a new show for December

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John Wood, watercolor

Art Space Gallery Invites the community to December’s new show in our front room. 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 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 Thursday 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.

WINTER ART FACTORY AT UMMA

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UMaine Museum of Art announces, “WINTER ART FACTORY” taking place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays and bring the whole family to the Museum for a fun day filled with art making activites! There will be several art stations for wrapping, ornament making and other seasonal creative projects. All supplies are included and guided instruction is provided.
This event is for all ages, FREE, and open to the public. Sponsored by WBRC Architects + Engineers. For more information please visit www.umma.umaine.edu

Fifth Annual All Small art show at The Rock & Art Shop

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Fifth Annual All Small art show. 52 local Maine artists were 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 metal works. The 156 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.

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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 9 th – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on Dec. 1st at 6:30.
For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

Harlow Gallery Seeks Square Fine Art & Craft for Fundraiser Exhibition

Harlow Gallery invites Maine’s fine artists and craftsmen to participate in “SQUARE”, December 6-16, 2017.

Harlow Gallery invites Maine’s fine artists and craftsmen to participate in “SQUARE”, December 6-16, 2017.

Harlow Gallery invites Maine’s fine artists and craftsmen to participate in “SQUARE”, a fundraiser exhibition of high quality, locally created fine art and craft, on view December 6-16, 2017 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Non-member artists and artisans may each submit one work of art, while current members of the Harlow Gallery may submit three works of art. (Become a member at harlowgallery.org/artist-membership/.)

All sales will be split 50/50 with the Gallery; proceeds from this fundraiser will support programming at the gallery in 2018. All Maine creatives welcome. Membership is not required to participate, and the show is not juried. During this exhibition, art can be purchased off the wall and taken home the same day. Artists will be contacted for replacement pieces after any sales.

Each piece in this show must have square measurements, whether 2D or 3D. All media are eligible. All work must be completely one of a kind, original, and hand-made.  All work must be 100% original; no giclees, reproductions or mass produced elements. Wall-hung pieces may not exceed 20×20 inches (or 400 square inches [including frame]), 3-dimensional pieces just need to fit through the door (already assembled). Artwork must be delivered during the following times: Friday, December 1, 12-6pm or Saturday, December 2, 12-6pm

For more information please visit harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-square/ or call 207-622-3813.

The Harlow Gallery located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm.

MFT Gallery exhibit honors “those that bend to raise food for many of us”

Don Pulls Garlic, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Don Pulls Garlic, by Bruce McAffee Towl

In a state like Maine, sometimes the greatest fruits of our labor grow through friendship. The multi-media exhibit “In the INTERVAL between snowflakes,” on view at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from November 20 through January 5, is a case in point. The exhibition (part photography, part sculpture, part poetry) is a result of over 25 years of friendship between artist Bruce McAffee Towl and farmers Barbara and Jason Kafka, of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman, Maine. “It all started twenty-five years ago,” McAffee Towl recounts, “because Jason held out his hand and in his palm were the seeds for an entire crop of onions, and we said ‘Let’s make a book for the Common Ground Fair!’ That’s what got us started.”

Nancy Seeding, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Nancy Seeding, by Bruce McAffee Towl

“It was all drawings at first,” McAffee Towl continues. “It was the friendship that allowed the farmers and their crew to feel comfortable, to have someone right there with pencil and paper to record their triumphs and less-than-triumphs.” His nickname soon became The Spector. Fast forward two and a half decades: McAffee Towl presented the harvest of 25 years of drawings, photography, sculpture and poetry to his community, in the barn adjacent to his home in Dover-Foxcroft, in October of 2016.

“It was an emotionally moving experience,” writes John Harker, now retired but previously Director of Market and Production Development for the Maine Department of Agriculture for 26 years. He and many others felt that this exhibit must be shared around the State, as a way to raise awareness of the work that goes into growing food and simultaneously, as a way to celebrate Maine’s family farms.

J. Holding Soil, by Bruce McAffee Towl

J. Holding Soil, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery was a logical first choice. “It was Barbara Kafka from Checkerberry Farm who approached us about Bruce’s exhibit,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, gallery curator at Maine Farmland Trust. “When I went to see Bruce’s exhibit in early 2017, she was there, and it became immediately apparent that this production was truly a team effort, and important to many.” The Maine Arts Commission awarded INTERVAL partial funding to be adapted for display at other venues. Betsy Miller Minott, a former farm crew member at Checkerberry, has since been instrumental in converting the exhibit for display at MFT Gallery.

As curator of MFT Gallery, Witholt Abaldo has seen a plethora of artworks and exhibits that speak to farm life. “INTERVAL is unique,” she notes, “because of the decades of heartfelt observation that pour out through the poetry, the photographs, even the hand-hewn bench made from a fallen tree which serves as a seat to view the digital slide show. It is truly a labor of love.” In McAffee Towl’s own words, the exhibit “celebrates the I N T E R V A L between snowflakes: raising organic fruits and vegetables on a rural Maine farm in the state’s short growing season, and aims to honor all those who ‘bend’ to raise food for many of us.”

Melting and Mud, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Melting and Mud, by Bruce McAffee Towl

The exhibit will be on display from November 20, 2017 through January 5, 2018, and opens with a festive, public reception on Saturday December 2. The reception will be preceded by Artist/Farmer Talks at 5pm; the reception runs from 5:30-8pm.  Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

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

Belfast Creative Coalition seeks Director

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Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) seeks a Director familiar with the arts and culture of Waldo County, to strengthen BCC’s reach and continue its valuable services of cultivating and promoting local art.  The position is twenty hours per week; the Director works with a staff of two.

Applications are open, and will be accepted through December 4, 2017.

Please contact BCC through email to learn more about the position and the application process: info@belfastcreativecoalition.org

Change of Scenery – Season Finale at Camden Falls Gallery

Before Fall is Over, Susan Graeber, Oil On Canvas 24 x 30

Susan Graeber, Before Fall is Over, Oil On Canvas 24″ x 30″

The bittersweet season is once more enfolding us, even as Autumn reaps its small deaths in the gardens and fields, it also leaves us with a vibrant display of color. The final bright blaze of a visual symphony issues a challenge, and sparks a hope in us, as we enter the winter months to come. Our four featured artists are not “going gently into that dark night”, but have summoned new energy and passion evident in our final show of the season.

Susan Graeber’s paintings give equal weight to the positive and negative forms created by the interplay of tree trunks and the atmospheric environment. In her painting, “Golden Fall Birch Trees”, the influence of Neil Welliver on her work is discernible and strongly apparent. Both artists spend hours in their studio, and in the woods to visually decode the complex patterns of the deep mysterious forests that surround them. Graeber also draws inspiration from Fairfield Porter, whose masterful use of interlocking color, informs her own tight compositions of foliage.

Kathleen Robbins, Durham Marsh, Oil on Canvas 30"x 40"

Kathleen Robbins, Durham Marsh, Oil on Canvas 30″x 40″

The recent studio pieces by Kathleen Robbins explore another aspect of the natural world in chromatic flux, the autumn Marsh. By melding her plein air sketches with photographic references and sense memory, she powerfully invokes the low lying wetlands. What some might dismiss as a wasteland, comes “alive with color, texture, and sharp contrasts” through Robbins’ realization of the landscape. Robbins summarizes her style by saying, “…ultimately, my paintings navigate the elusive snaking line between abstraction and figuration.”

Charles Fenner Ball, Autumn Grove

Charles Fenner Ball, Autumn Grove

One of our newest in-house artists, Charles Fenner Ball, moved east from Santa Fe. Out west, he was drawn to mountain groves of aspen, where he could respond with painterly immediacy, or store up and distill the mystical qualities of these natural tree sanctuaries. Aspen and Birch are closely related, both belonging to the poplar family. The artist writes, “…my love of aspens has been supplanted by birch trees, which offer very similar aesthetic characteristics… The white bark (of the birch) is like a blank canvas, reflecting the nature that surrounds it – the sun and sky, warm and cool reflected light, the foliage of the ground and trees.” Instead of depicting a specific location, Ball will often draw on his memories of landscapes, which coalesce into his idealized vision.

Stefan Pastuhov, From the Golden Road, Katahdin

Stefan Pastuhov, From the Golden Road, Katahdin

The tireless plein-air painter, Stefan Pastuhov captures the low glow of autumnal light on treetops in his painting of the peaks of Katahdin, entitled “From the Golden Road, Katahdin”. This is a true Jewel of a painting interpreting one of Maine’s most magnificent state parks. Pastuhov captures the majestic glitter of autumnal foliage that adorn the timberland and mountainous landscape overlooked by a sentry birch. With the twinkle of the lake and clouds receding past the mountain, the brisk beautiful autumn weather is conveyed and felt.

If you can’t make the journey to the byways of Baxter this month, enjoy the fiery foliage vicariously, by joining us at the gallery to celebrate the most vivid of seasons. Located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-5pm. This show will run till the end of the gallery season. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call 207-470-7027.

Holiday Art Walk kicks off a festive month in Belfast!

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Join in at the Belfast Holiday Art Walk on December 1st! This festive art walk, the last one of the year, will take place on Main Street and High Street in Belfast on December 1, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The Belfast Holiday Art Walk is the perfect time to enjoy a wintry evening and appreciate the year-round joy and inspiration found in Belfast’s arts community. It’s also a great way to kick off a sparkling holiday weekend in Belfast!

Hosted by Belfast Creative Coalition, the Belfast Holiday Art Walk features open galleries and studios including: Waterfall Arts (opening their annual Handmade Craft Show during the art walk), Front Street Pottery, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, Evolve: Sanctuary for the Soul, Belfast Bay Shade Company, Parent Gallery, Belfast Clay Studio, Studio 153, and The Treasured Leaf Tea Company.

At the Holiday Art Walk, you’ll also enjoy festive music from the Cold Comfort Theater carolers! Meet them on the corner of Main Street and High Street (in front of Alexia’s Pizza) at 6:00pm to join in and sing along – “no rehearsals, no sign-ups, just community joy”!

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk series is made possible in part through the generous support of Belfast Creative Coalition members, Delvino’s Restaurant, Coyote Moon, Front Street Shipyard, and Bangor Savings Bank.

Learn more about the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks and Belfast Creative Coalition at belfastcreativecoalition.org, and find Belfast Creative Coalition on Facebook

New Works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery

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Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to see New Works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn titled, “Maine Impressions.”  Please join us for 
a Wine and Cheese reception on
 First Friday December 1 from 5:00 – 8:00. The exhibit runs through Dec 29.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist who paints in an old world style. Her oil paintings are filled with emotion, atmosphere and vibrant brushwork. She pulls you into her compositions with sensual delicate light that dances in a sea of rich tones. She is a master of soft edges allowing one subject to morph subtly into another, creating a dreamy approachable painting. Dunn is a well known, accomplished and admired artist. She brings us a wonderful selection of Maine nature theme paintings. Capturing the rural settings with a strong focus on trees soaring to the skies, her latest paintings are powerful and captivating. Her passion for what she does comes through in her work. She will be present at the opening. Come meet the artist!

Our Studio Exhibit showcases the work of Pat Eltman. She has the heart of a florist and loves all things beautiful, including people. Her oil paintings shine with color from flowers to sunsets as some of her favorite subjects to capture. Often described as a diamond in the rough, her paintings have taken the same approach. With direct strong brushstrokes she maneuvers the paint until it transforms into something vibrant and beautiful. Come meet this magnificent lady if you don’t already know her.

Both artists will be present during the opening. The gallery is located at 48 Free Street
 in Portland. For more information, please contact the gallery at 207-576-7787 or www.rouxandcyrgallery.com

Linden O’Ryan Announces Upcoming Fairs and Shows

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Linden O’Ryan is pleased to announce her upcoming fair and show schedule. All events will have original watercolor paintings, original cards, postcard books, printed cards and giclées of paintings.

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The schedule is as follows:

DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART AND CRAFT
November 4, 2017, Saturday, 9-4
Husson University, Bangor

ROOST CRAFT FAIR
November 11, 2017,  Saturday, 10-4
Moore Community & Conference Center, Ellsworth

SOUTHWEST HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY SHOW: Linden O’Ryan
December 1-30
Southwest Harbor
There is no official reception scheduled, but Linden will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Friday December 1st, to greet you! 20% of the sales through the month of December go to the Library.

DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART AND CRAFT
December 10, 2017, Saturday, 9-4
Ocean Avenue School, Portland
For more information visit www.lindenoryan.com

 

Woodcuts, Paintings & Drawings Ogunquit 1968 – 2018 – Don Gorvett 50 years in Ogunquit Maine

Railway, Perkins Cove Oil Paint on Canvas, 30” x 22” by Don Gorvett, 1968

Railway, Perkins Cove
Oil Paint on Canvas, 30” x 22”
by Don Gorvett, 1968

Piscataqua Fine Arts Studio & Gallery will be presenting “DON GORVETT, 50 YEARS IN OGUNQUIT, ME 1968 – 2018.” Opening reception is Saturday, Nov 4 at 4 – 7 pm at 123 Market St, Portsmouth, NH. On view Nov 4 to Jan 31, 2018

For More Information:

dongorvett@dongorvettgallery.com
603.436.7278
www.dongorvettgallery.com

 

Greenhut Galleries Features Thomas Connolly “Scenes I’ve Seen” featuring Fred Lynch in the side gallery

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Thomas Connolly’s exhibition, “Scenes I’ve Seen” runs from November 2 – 25 with an Opening reception Thursday, November 2nd from 5 – 7pm.  This exhibition highlights Connolly’s keen gift for capturing and conveying the mood of any given location, as well as his ability to shift with ease from tight, detail-driven though painterly realist observations of architectural subjects to loose, lively and impressionistic land- and seascapes. Whether laboring in the studio on his architectural paintings or en plein air on his scenes of nature, Connolly’s stated goal is “to convey an emotional sense of place that is consistent with all the work I do. I want my paintings to have a sensual combination of colors that makes them feel like there is light coming from within the paintings, and this all comes from adjustments and balances within the work.”

With regard to his cityscapes, Connolly wants “to make the paintings look the way a city feels.” In this he is quite successful. As arts writer Mariel Melnick observes, “Connolly’s paintings are entirely realistic, but they are so much more. They contain brilliant, lyrical touches of paint that stand out like high notes in prominent harmonies. . .His paintings represent atmospheric light and emit their own luminosity. And instead of allowing architectural prestige and iconography to occupy the spotlight, Connolly forces them to succumb to the mood and atmosphere of his paintings. He deliberately chooses to paint identifiable sights, which are subsequently overshadowed by their painterly rendering.”

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In the side gallery this month, Greenhut is pleased to announce its first exhibition of works from the estate of one of Maine’s most celebrated abstract artists, Frederick Lynch. His obituary states, “In a career spanning more than 50 years, Lynch pursued a singular vision that began with the observed world and went deep into the underlying structure of appearances.” This exhibition features a group of Lynch’s sculptural segments, with each displayed beside a gouache on paper representation of itself. The works on paper feel a bit like architectural specs and are, in Lynch’s own words, “almost obsessively accurate” renderings of the geometric oil and enamel on pine segments they represent. “I tried to translate every nick, every texture,” he says. Though Lynch’s method is systematic, it is not formulaic. Lynch’s aesthetic is drawn from the ordered chaos of nature, his shapes a bit quirky. “Deviations, mutations, and the unexpected” are welcome advents, staving off predictability. “Art,” Lynch says, “is perhaps the most interesting subject there is to me, and my art the most interesting of that—not out of ego, certainly, but out of curiosity. I make art to see what happens.”

These two and three dimensional renderings of each respective form are separately and independently beautiful; the combined effect is not only beautiful, but also fascinating. Observing each segment as it confronts its own image, the viewer is invited to contemplate the transformative effects of media, scale, and dimensionality. But philosophical ponderings are not at all necessary to appreciate the exhibition. As Lynch puts it, “My art is about aesthetics. All other positive associations, invocations, or implications are bonus points, incurred with the advantage of a second look.”

Greenhut Galleries located at 146 Middle Street, Portland is open Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00. For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com or call 207.772.2693.

THE MALE FIGURE IN PAINTING: TWO DAYS – TWO PRESENTATIONS

Author Daniel Kunitz

Author Daniel Kunitz

 

The UMaine Museum of Art’s Leonard Lecture Series presents: THE MALE FIGURE IN PAINTING: TWO DAYS – TWO PRESENTATIONS
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH from 6 – 7:30 PM
Formerly the Editor in Chief of Modern Painters, U.S. Editor of ArtReview, and art critic at the Village Voice, Daniel Kunitz is the author of LIFT: Fitness Culture from Naked Greeks and Amazons to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors. He writes for such publications as Vanity Fair, Harpers, The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Journal, and The Paris Review. During this discussion, Kunitz will discuss the evolution of images of the male figure throughout art history.
SHIP OF COOLS, OR, A JOLLY LOAD OF BOATMEN FLAT-OUT CROSSING THE MAIN-STREAM, SOME BEING KINGS, AND SOME BEING 'VAGABONDS." (WE AWAIT YOUR APPLAUSE), 2016, Watercolor, acrylic and ink on 2 paper panels, Courtesy of the artist

SHIP OF COOLS, OR, A JOLLY LOAD OF BOATMEN FLAT-OUT CROSSING THE MAIN-STREAM, SOME BEING KINGS, AND SOME BEING ‘VAGABONDS.” (WE AWAIT YOUR APPLAUSE), 2016, Watercolor, acrylic and ink on 2 paper panels, Courtesy of the artist

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH at 12 PM
Join Museum Director and Curator George Kinghorn as he leads a lively discussion with featured artist Jack Balas and Daniel Kunitz, former Editor in Chief of Modern Painter.  The panel will discuss depictions of the male figure in art and the influence of modern advertising in portraying male beauty. This discussion, with plenty of time for audience questions, provides a context to works featured in the Balas exhibition Maine and Again.

Upcoming Shows at Kefauver Studio & Gallery

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“The Little Holiday Show,” running from November 18th through January 2nd. An Artists’ Reception, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, November 18th, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. The show will feature artwork that will include miniatures and smaller pieces, priced to suit every budget. Original art is perfect for holiday gift giving!

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Until November 12th you can still see, “The 6 x 6 Show.” The show features artwork that is 6” x 6” or smaller. The art is small in size but big in impact! This show features Beth Badger, Deena Ball, Judy Bernier, Sandra Dunn, Virginia Forrest, Claudia Noyes Griffiths, Hannah Ineson, Jan Kilburn, Lisa Kyle, Sherie Lehman, Sally Loughridge, DiTa Ondek, Brooke Pacy, Elizabeth Palmer, Laurie Raba, Helen Warner, and Carol Wiley.

For more information visit www.kefauverstudio.com, call 207.226.0974 or email will@kefauverstudio.com

CSA II: Community Supporting Arts at Harlow Gallery

“Rake Them Seeds”, woodcut print, Anna O’Sullivan

“Rake Them Seeds”, woodcut print, Anna O’Sullivan

Harlow Gallery presents a series of 3 exhibitions showcasing artwork from CSA II: Community Supporting Arts in which participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January, at the start of the 2017 growing season, creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at 3 prominent Maine galleries beginning with The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery September 22-November 10. Maine Farmland Trust gallery, located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, celebrates agriculture through art, capturing the vibrancy of Maine’s farms and farmers—their intimate relationship to the earth, the crops they grow and animals they tend. (www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.)

“Wise Guys”, film photograph, Karen Merritt

“Wise Guys”, film photograph, Karen Merritt

CSA II is also on view at Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, from October 27-December 2 with an opening reception Friday, October 27, 5-7pm; and at Engine, located at 128 Main Street in Biddeford, from November 10-December 16 with an opening reception Friday, November 10, 5-8pm. Harlow Gallery is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963. (www.harlowgallery.org.) Engine’s mission is to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. (www.feedtheengine.org.)

“Hand Tools Tumbler”, wheel-thrown ceramic tumbler, Rebecca May Verrill

“Hand Tools Tumbler”, wheel-thrown ceramic tumbler, Rebecca May Verrill

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

“Still Frozen Spring”, oil on panel, Ingrid Ellison

“Still Frozen Spring”, oil on panel, Ingrid Ellison

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms). A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

“Bovine Hierarchy” ceramic sculptures, Dylan Gifford

“Bovine Hierarchy” ceramic sculptures, Dylan Gifford

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

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 3 November 2017

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Rockland’s 2017 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 3 November. Several of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including: Asymmetrick Arts, Gallery 440, Archipelago, Craft Gallery, The Art Loft, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, The Gautschi Center, CMCA and Black Hole.

The Strand Theatre will be screening “Lucky” at 5:30 & 8pm.

Archipelago, will be opening a new show with artists Claudia Diller, Kathleen Buchanan, Annette Huval, Anne Walker and Helene Farrar.

The Art Loft will be opening Tension: the work of Nanfei Wang.

The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery offers visitors the final opportunity to see their current show, featuring the work of Gordon Bok, Lois Anne and Julie Cyr.

Black Hole continues to show, Fish: an exhibition featuring the work of Matthew Hayes, Eric Hopkins, Orlando Johnson, Jamien Morehouse and Bethany Sawyer.

This Art Walk will be the penultimate Art Walk of Rockland’s 2017 season – the final one will be on Friday, 24 November.

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

Paintings, Embroidery and Folklore at York Gallery

Grant Drumheller “Long Sands” Oil on linen 30” x 30”

Grant Drumheller “Long Sands” Oil on linen 30” x 30”

The fall exhibitions on view at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery present the work of four New England artists, each who have a personal point of view and perspective. Grant Drumheller, a professor of art at the University of New Hampshire, is exhibiting two dozen paintings, most of which have been completed in the last year. He has titled his show “New Perspectives,” a title that can also apply to the work by the other artists currently showing. Courtney Sanborn completed a masters in painting at the University, however she is exhibiting ten small embroideries, a medium where she can apply her knowledge of composition, color, and gesture, using cotton threads instead of paint. Vermont artists Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes share the dock level gallery space for their exhibition titled “Folklore.” The exhibitions continue through November 12th.

Drumheller has been a frequent exhibitor at the river front gallery. He continues his interest in overhead compositions in these recent paintings. “There is a new looseness in these paintings,” comments curator Mary Harding. “With less detail, there is even more information.” He is attracted to landscape views that are ‘peopled’ by folks going about their business, whether working, strolling, walking their dogs, digging for clams, sledding in a city park or enjoying a day at the beach.

His “Piazza, End of Day”, a 60” x 48” acrylic on canvas, shows a crowd of people making their way across a stone paved piazza. With just a few quick brush strokes one can make out the gesture of an adult pulling a reluctant child through the late afternoon raking light. One can make out a figure looking at a cell phone, another two figures holding hands. These distinctive bird-eye views, are about the balancing of elements, i.e., spaces to figures, color to tone and warm areas to cool. Whether real or imagined places, they are always lively and inviting.

Courtney Sanborn “ He Doesn’t Care” Cotton embroidery, 9.75” x 8.5”

Courtney Sanborn “ He Doesn’t Care” Cotton embroidery, 9.75” x 8.5”

Courtney Sandborn’s embroideries are about personal moments, conversations and somewhat humorous events. The settings and characters are metaphorical in nature, and exist in a space born from direct observation and memory. The small nude figures are often surrounded with colorful exotic plants and small animals: dogs, cats, and strange little monsters that are all rendered in both traditional embroidery and free form stiches.

Bright color, bold composition and pattern are the founders of her process. For these narrative scenes she uses imagery from a wide variety of sources ranging from medieval illuminated manuscripts, to the rug designs of Marguerite Zorach. Her compositions are influenced by a rich history of Americana and folk art including hooked rugs, early American needlepoint samplers and vernacular paintings.

Donald Saaf “Every Human a Flower” 24” x 48”

Donald Saaf “Every Human a Flower” 24” x 48”

The word “Folklore” applies equally well to the work of Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes, who are married to one another and share an artistic life in rural Vermont. Their work explores the intersection of fine art and folk art. The subject matter of their colorful paintings – often using mix media and collage – reference their local community, family and immediate surroundings but with a sprinkling of fairy dust. They embrace the idea that folktales are a microcosmic mirror of our lives and our bigger stories, which might otherwise by impossible to sum up.

Saaf’s uses walnut ink to draw simple improvisations of organic forms . He slowly adds various elements: old Italian papers, maps, ephemera, inks, gouache and Japanese watercolors. His studio overlooks Brattleboro’s main street where there is a steady flow of people walking by. Although at first a distraction, he soon became fascinated and started to think of the parade of people as something like a moving garden. As the paintings evolved the figures became more and more plantlike and eventually bloomed with flowers.

Julia Zanes “House at Night” mixed media, 20” x 18”

Julia Zanes “House at Night” mixed media, 20” x 18”

Zanes often works in large series based on books or stories that have captured her imagination. Several small paintings from these series are included however the show features her newest abstract panel paintings. Layers of transparent circles and undulating ribbons of color suggest meditation and abstract dream like sequences. Saaf’s and Zane’s work are interspersed in the space and collectively create a magical environment.

The exhibitions continue through November 12. Gallery hours are 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society. For more information please visit www.gerorgemarshallstoregallery.com or call 207-351-1083.

CMCA Announces Jurors for 2018 Biennial

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce the jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial as Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. The Biennial will be held at CMCA from November 2018 through February 2019.

Kate Green is an art historian, curator, and critic. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University, and has also worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation, and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In AmericaArtforum.com, and Frieze. She is currently director of Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas.

Robin K. Williams is Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Most recently she co-curated, with Jens Hoffmann, Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance, which explores music and art as vehicles of social change. Formerly she was Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art as well as a curatorial fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas. She is currently completing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has published several academic and critical essays, including “A Mode of Translation: Joan Jonas’s Performance Installations,” which appears in Stedelijk Studies #3, The Place of Performance (2016).

Submissions for the 2018 CMCA Biennial will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review. CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To become an artist member, please visit http://cmcanow.org/support/membership/.

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. For more information, please visit http://cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/.

Barn Gallery Norman West Estate Sale

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Norman West Estate Sale at Barn Gallery October 14, 10 – 4

Paintings, prints and works of art by the late Norman West and other artists will be for sale on Saturday, October 14, 10 AM – 4 PM, at Barn Gallery, corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane, Ogunquit ME. The proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Ogunquit Arts Collaborative/Barn Gallery. Come share memories of Norman and search for treasures. FMI: 207-646-8400.

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine

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

Pemaquid Art Gallery Wraps up Season on October 9th

Bill Hallett’s “Coastal Fantasy” is representative of his uninhibited use of color in his coastal landscapes.

Bill Hallett’s “Coastal Fantasy” is representative of his uninhibited use of color in his coastal landscapes.

Don’t miss the end of the season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery! A wide variety of talented artists show their work in the 89th year of consecutive gallery seasons. Two of the longest showing artists, Jean Harris (more than 25 years) and Barbara Klein (12 years) are joined by newcomers William Hallett (his first year) and Kathleen Horst (her second year as guest artist). Trudy Curtis works in clay and has shown for about 6 years at the gallery.

William (Bill) Hallett is known in the area for his acrylic paintings of Maine scenes, interpreted in highly saturated uninhibited color that were influenced by his youthful years in Mexico. Unlike many Maine artists, the landscape or seascape as a geographic location is secondary to the graphic elements of shape and color, which are exciting and unique. Hallett’s work can also be seen on his website, hallettpaintings.com and at A Little Mad Gallery (Bar Harbor), Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery, and Gifts at 135 in Damariscotta.

“Geraniums” by Barbara Klein  is typical of the visual memories she paints of the Bristol, Maine peninsula.

“Geraniums” by Barbara Klein is typical of the visual memories she paints of the Bristol, Maine peninsula.

Although her images are generally smaller and a little more restrained than Hallett’s, Barbara Klein also enjoys creating Maine scenes that emphasize clear shapes and vibrant color. Her oil paintings are most often framed in wide gold frames, creating the feeling that the viewer is privileged to see into a special private spot in Maine. She is “always on the lookout for the moments of time” that cause her to record a visual memory of a day on the Bristol peninsula where she paints. Klein also shows her work at Gifts at 135 in Damariscotta. Like all Pemaquid Gallery artists, a sample of her work can be at the website, www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Kathleen Horst of Damariscotta is inspired by the historic architecture of Maine villages.  Her painting, “Stonington” reflects that inspiration.

Kathleen Horst of Damariscotta is inspired by the historic architecture of Maine villages. Her painting, “Stonington” reflects that inspiration.

Kathleen Horst also has a background in clay, especially focusing on house portraits on clay tiles, but now works in watercolor on paper. While she continues to offer house portraits on paper (www.houseportraitsbykathleen.com/), she has transitioned to landscape in her offerings at the Gallery. She is inspired by the historic architecture of Maine villages and roads, and by gardens such as the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Horst’s work is seen in area shows and will be featured at the Skidompha Library in 2018. She may be visited at her studio/gallery at 179 Bristol Rd, Damariscotta.

 

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

“Autumn Arrivals” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

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Helena Sturtevant (1872-1946), “In Her Dressing Room,” oil on canvas, 36″ x 24

“Autumn Arrivals” will open Saturday, October 14th at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine. One of the most diverse shows of the year, the exhibition will span from Realism in the nineteenth century to Spanish, French and American Impressionism, to mid-century and contemporary art. Works by Paul Seignac (French, 1826-1904), Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944), Theresa Bernstein (American, 1890-2002), Augusto Junquera (Spanish, 1869-1942), Charles Emil Jacque (French, 1813-1894) and Alfred Chadbourn (American, 1921-1998) will be included.

Of particular interest is a colorful impressionist oil of a nude by Helena Sturtevant (American, 1872-1946) titled “In Her Dressing Room.” Sturtevant studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the late nineteenth century under Edmund Tarbell and the Académie Colarossi in Paris. Unlike the École des Beaux Arts, the Académie Colarossi allowed female students to draw both male and female nude models and Sturtevant graduated with distinction.

Contrasting Sturtevant’s elegant interior painting is a lithograph by American Social Realist artist Georges Schreiber (American, 1904-1997). Schreiber was employed by the WPA as an artist during the Great Depression. In 1939, he travelled to forty eight states capturing the American rural scene with honesty and directness. “Twilight,” which was based on Schreiber’s painting “Wind in the Cornfield” utilizes strong darks and lights for emotional impact as a farm couple walks through a barren cornfield at dusk.

Other works by twentieth century and contemporary Maine artists include Chris Huntington, Keith Oehmig, David Kasman, Roberta Goschke, Guy Corriero, Diana Johnson, Paul Niemiec and Quincy Brimstein.

“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 10:30 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

New Paul Rickert Work and Nancy Morgan Barnes & Robert Barnes at gWatson Gallery

NEW! Paul Rickert, Behind Connors, 10x24”, Watercolor, 2010

Paul Rickert, Behind Connors, 10x24”, Watercolor, 2010

gWatson Gallery is open through Mid-October with an exhibition of newwork from Paul Rickert and Nancy Morgan Barnes & Robert Barnes.

Main Street, Stonington, by Nancy Morgan Barnes, 20x20" Oil on panel, 2017

Main Street, Stonington, by Nancy Morgan Barnes, 20×20″ Oil on panel, 2017

The gWatson Gallery is a painters’ gallery, featuring established artists whose work is found in major museums, along with emerging artists whose work is commanding new attention.  Although the Gallery sits on the edge of Stonington Harbor, one of the busiest working fishing villages on the Maine coast, it exhibits more than traditional Maine landscapes:  abstract and figurative paintings along with Maine landscapes and works on paper from the R.E. Townsend Studio, including work by Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine and Michael Mazur.  The diversity of work found in the Gallery reflects its commitment to presenting the best of contemporary painting and printmaking.  Individually and collectively, the artists whose work can be seen in the Gallery affirm the fact that painting is not only alive and well; it is flourishing.

Buddha, by Robert Barnes, 34 x 35", Oil on Linen, 2017

Buddha, by Robert Barnes, 34 x 35″, Oil on Linen, 2017

The gallery is open Monday – Saturday: 11AM to 5PM and Sunday: 1-5PM. For more information visit www.gwatsongallery.com or call 207.367.2900

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Kids Talk About Art

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First Friday Blue Hill, Kids Talk About Art, Friday, October 6 at 5:00PM

The October Kids Program! Children are invited to the gallery for First Friday Blue Hill, to view the artworks and tell me what they think! The gallery will be open late, until 7PM, and there will be refreshments, Everyone is welcome! For more information contact Cynthia at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com, or call, 917.204.4001.

Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program on display at Caleb Johnson Studio

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The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create and connect. The 2017 Craft Apprentice Program will celebrate with capstone exhibition on view at Caleb Johnson Studio, 110 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine October 3-31, 2017.

Please join us for the artist reception and refreshments
October 6th, 4-7pm
during the Portland First Friday Art Walk!

Apprentice Cara Taggersell

Apprentice Cara Taggersell

In 2017, the two master-apprentice pairs selected through a competitive application process were glass artists, the exhibition will feature new glass work created during the 2017 seven month apprenticeship.

Exhibiting Artists:

Ben Coombs
Charlie Jenkins
Carel Shonerd
Cara Taggersell
Terrill Waldman

CAP is a program of the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Maine Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of the CAP exhibition. Caleb Johnson Studio partners with CAP to host the exhibition.

For more information contact Sadie Bliss, MCA Director  at 207-205-0791 or sbliss@mainecrafts.org

Higgins, Welliver & Lloyd: Opening reception at Greenhut Galleries

J. Thomas R. Higgins

J. Thomas R. Higgins

Greenhut Galleries presents an exhibition of three incredible Maine artists from October 5th through 28th with an opening reception Thursday, October 5th from 5 – 7pm.

Growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, J. Thomas R Higgins’s earliest exposure to art was the work of Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber and related Pennsylvania Impressionists. Later, as a college student, principal influences were Van Gogh, Kokoschka, Abstract Expressionists and other painters with a romantic vision. For more than four decades Higgins’s paintings have responded to the Maine landscape with passion and a personal viewpoint.

“As a painter, what I find most interesting is the dialogue between perception and the act of painting, how a gesture of paint can become the equivalent of what is observed and subjectively transformed. Painting for me is an active and intuitive process of participating in natural spaces. By working on site through direct sensory experience, I hope to achieve a dynamic, animated, and painterly response to a subject that is often untamed and in flux.”

This exhibition consists of paintings produced during a residency at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center in Jefferson, Maine during the summer of 2016. The residency provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in the rustic landscape from North Whitefield to Nobleboro, Maine—a subject matter to which I related unabashedly and enthusiastically.

Neil Welliver

Neil Welliver

This month Greenhut is also thrilled to announce its first exhibition of works by Neil Welliver. Welliver’s huge oil paintings of the Maine landscape are considered by art critic Robert Hughes to be “among the strongest images in modern American art.” While this exhibition includes oil paintings, it is primarily designed to celebrate the artists’ talents as a printmaker. The ten selected prints showcase Welliver’s use of the following media in creating an intuitive yet precise vision of the wild natural world: etching (using the difficult, laborious aquatint process) and woodblock (created in the intricate, exacting and time intensive Japanese tradition of ukiyo-e).

As former US poet laureate Robert Strand notes: “The world of the prints seems more vulnerable than that of the paintings. In fact, it seems oddly, radically poised for dissolution. Subjects are singled out, regarded, and given, finally, a painstaking mortal presence, reminding us that what we see will come to an end and that nothing in nature will last. It is on this that their lyric character depends, this terrible, gratuitous knowledge of limitation by which we make things matter.”

Neil Welliver was born in Pennsylvania in 1929 and lived in Maine for 35 years prior to his death in 2005. He received his BFA from Philadelphia Museum, College of Art and his MFA from Yale School of Art. He taught at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chairman the Graduate School of Fine Art from 1966 to 1989. Welliver’s works are included in many major museum collections, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well private collections worldwide.

George Lloyd

George Lloyd

This month our side gallery show will feature works by George Lloyd. These paintings were made in the 80s and 90s, following the artist’s move to Maine from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he had spent the previous 13 years as both painter and teacher.

The 8 works included in the present exhibit were selected in part on the basis of their Maine-centric palette. As poet and critic W.S. DiPiero puts it: “George Lloyd has lived west and east, and different weathers coexist in his work to strong, sometimes disturbing effect, especially in the paintings he has made while living in Maine. While haunted by Bay Area light, his work has also been infused with New England’s brutally changeful weather.” Lloyd’s paintings are marked by their exuberant vitality, and a brand of sensuality that incorporates both masterful brushwork and an extraordinary command of color.

George Lloyd received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale School of Art. In 1969, he moved to Berkeley to teach at the University of California. There he met and was befriended by Elmer Bischoff, a leader of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, with whom he drew from the figure model in weekly drawing sessions in a group that also included the painter Joan Brown.

Lloyd has received grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation in 1994 and 2006, and the
Elizabeth Foundation in 1995. He was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2002. His work is included in numerous museum collections as well as private collections both here and abroad.

For more information call 207-772-2693 or visit greenhutgalleries.me

Cynthia Winings Gallery “Endless Summer”

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Endless Summer, a group exhibition,
September 20 through October 9th.

For the final exhibition of the season, the gallery will feature the highlights of the summer shows, with artworks from Louise Bourne, Josephine Burr, Avy Claire, Heidi Daub, Tom Curry, David Hornung, Christine Lafuente, Bill Mayher, Buzz Masters, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Jerry Rose, Russell Smith, Lari Washburn, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman, and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

Endless Summer, A Group Exhibition
Clockwise: Christine Lafuente, David Hornung, Lari Washburn, M P Landis
Open Air Arts Initiative, Young Artist Workshop at Bluff Head
Saturday September 23, 10 – 1PM

Bluff Head, Sedgwick Maine
First Friday Blue Hill, Kids Talk About Art, Friday, October 6 at 5:00PM

The October Kids Program!  Children are invited to the gallery for First Friday Blue Hill, to view the artworks and tell me what they think! The gallery will be open late, until 7PM, and there will be refreshments, Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email me at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com, or call, 9172044001.

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland, 5-8pm, 6 Oct

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Rockland’s 2017 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 6 October.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including: Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, Craft Gallery, Dowling Walsh, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Archipelago, CMCA, Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery continues to show the work of Gordon Bok, Lois Anne, Julie Cyr.

Craft Gallery will be featuring new wool tapestries by Morris David Dorenfeld, ceramics by George Pearlman, and collages by Abbie Read. The show will extend to November 15th.

Dowling Walsh will be opening Eric Green’s ‘Heroes and Mirrors’ exhibition.

The Strand Theatre will be screening the documentary “Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art” at 8pm, a co-presentation with the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Yvette Torre Fine Art will be showing a selection of work from John Urbain.

Jonathan Frost Gallery is hosting the opening of a show called “Abstractions,” featuring drawings and sculptures by Victor Goldsmith, painted wood sculptures by Cecily Kahn, and oil paintings by Lorna Ritz.  Additionally, there will be a gallery talk by the artists on Saturday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Archipelago, as well as their current exhibition of art work, will be launching a Swan’s Island Anniversary blanket raffle.  Proceeds from the raffle will support the Island Institute’s mission to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, and exchange ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.

CMCA’s current exhibitions will be on view: John Walker: From Seal Point, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, and William Wegman: Reel to Real; and also have marshmallow roasting in the courtyard!

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery to Exhibit the Work of Eric Green in October

Eric Green, Mirrored Room Five, Graphite grisaille, colored pencil and UV varnish on board, 18" x 16"

Eric Green, Mirrored Room Five, Graphite grisaille, colored pencil and UV varnish on board, 18″ x 16″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host an exhibition in the month of October of Eric Green’s work. An opening reception will be Friday, October 6th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.

 

Heroes and Mirrors is an exhibition of a few bodies of work. The first is from the early 1990’s depicting a nostalgic reality of baseball heroes, while the other two series twist that nostalgic reality into a surreal perspective that challenges the viewers ability to comprehend the true image.

Eric Green was born in Gorham, New Hampshire in 1956 and currently lives and works in Belfast, Maine. Green has had several solo exhibitions including Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; Gallery Henoch, New York, NY; Thomas Moser Gallery, Portland, ME; and Haley and Steele, Boston, MA. Green is the recipient of the National Academy of Design Merit Award and the Vermont Council Arts Fellowship.

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

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

CMCA Art Lab for October

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own night scenes inspired by CMCA’s current exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, October 7, from 2 to 4pm.

Taking inspiration from artist Linden Frederick’s evocative American scene paintings in the exhibition, Night Stories, participants will explore mood and narrative with light, shadow and color. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, you’ll learn to compose scenes using erasures and custom stencils to suggest drama, nuance and atmosphere with mixed-media, charcoal and colored pastels. Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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

For more information call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org

Maine Crafts Guild Announces Brunswick Fine Craft Show, Oct. 7-8, 2017

Detail of “Sunflowers” textile paint on canvas and cotton by Catherine Worthington

Detail of “Sunflowers” textile paint on canvas and cotton by Catherine Worthington

The Maine Crafts Guild, in celebration of American Craft Week, will present the Brunswick Fine Craft Show on October 7 & 8, 2017 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.

Brunswick-based textile artist and new member, Catherine Worthington will exhibit her distinctive painted and stitched textiles. Worthington says, “As I explore the medium of textile painting I am often discovering the balance between abstraction and representation. I love the colors, patterns and textures in the landscape and strive to capture its essence as I paint, creating a rich surface. My process of cutting, piecing and stitching adds abstraction, depth and dimension.”

In the studio with jeweler, Christine Peters, finishing a silver cuff bracelet

In the studio with jeweler, Christine Peters, finishing a silver cuff bracelet

Returning member and jeweler, Christine Peters of Damariscotta, will exhibit her ever-popular silver and gold designs. “I design and create elements and textures which I abstract and simplify the shapes to use over again within a series, playing with different finishes and components for unique looks. My designs are classic and simple, yet modern and strong. Each piece is created deliberately–intentionally and reinforced through the process of making.” says Peters.

As a proud participant in American Craft Week, the Brunswick Fine Craft Show will bring buyers and artists together for unique shopping experiences in wood, metal, clay, natural fibers and glass. Admission: $4 adults; under 18 free. October 7 & 8, 2017: 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 207-460-8018. mainecraftsguild.com

“The Loom as Canvass” opens at CRAFT Gallery

Woven tapestry by Morris David Dorenfeld

Woven tapestry by Morris David Dorenfeld

CRAFT Gallery opens “The Loom as Canvass” on Friday, October 6th, with new work by textile and tapestry artist Morris David Dorenfeld. He is a painter at heart who uses his loom as a canvass to produce woven wool tapestries. The two new works at CRAFT are in the style of modernism found in the work of Mondrian and Gerrit Reitveld.

Ultimate simplicity and abstraction with harmony and order are the hallmarks of Dorenfeld’s work. Pure geometric forms and primary colors are woven into bold and stunning wool tapestries of art to be hung on the wall. Dorenfeld studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute and transitioned into designing and weaving tapestries when he moved to Maine. His work is shown at CRAFT through the courtesy of the Caldbeck Gallery.

In this final show of the 2017 season, CRAFT will hold over work by Lynn Duryea and Paul Heroux, introduce new work by Abbie Read and Suzanne Van Wye and show like minded gallery artists who create fine craft presented in dialogue with one another. The gallery will participate in Maine Craft Weekend October14 – 15 and will be open on those days from 10 to 5. CRAFT is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Celebrate Craft with Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend

Live music Saturday night at Artsworth Hymn For Her 6:00 pm

Live music Saturday night at Artsworth Hymn For Her 6:00 pm

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend (October 11-15, 2017) is being held in conjunction with Maine Crafts Association’s statewide celebration of craft. This year Ellsworth will be at the forefront as a Featured City and will be promoted as a hub for cultural activities in Downeast Maine. Over 40 local artists, nonprofits and businesses will join in the festivities.

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend is an event celebrating the creative community in Ellsworth. Participants will include galleries, artists, retail shops, eateries and non-profits in the urban core, offering studio tours, sales, artist demonstrations, live music, and so much more.

Ellsworth Glass Blower Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass in front of the “Glory Hole” in her Ellsworth Hot Shop.

Ellsworth Glass Blower Linda Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass in front of the “Glory Hole” in her Ellsworth Hot Shop.

Heidi Stanton-Drew, of The Artful Aide and Chair of Heart of Ellsworth’s Cultural Committee, says, “It is encouraging to work with so many passionate, community volunteers to craft an event that builds on Ellsworth’s existing creative economy.”

Carl Little kicks off this event with a Heart of Ellsworth Public Forum, “The Creative Economy in Ellsworth” on October 11, 6:00 pm at the Ellsworth Public Library.

Other event highlights include:

The Courthouse Gallery Fine Art | Gallery Talk: William Irvine & Mark Bell | October 12 – 6:00 pm

Artsworth | Live Concert Fundraiser: Hymn for Her | October 13 – 6:00 pm

Maine Alpaca Experience | Visit with the Alpacas | October 14 – 10:00 am

Ellsworth Metalsmith Nisa Smiley soldering in her Main Street Studio

Ellsworth Metalsmith Nisa Smiley soldering in her Main Street Studio

Main Street will be alive on Saturday, October 14 with artist demos in blacksmithing, jewelry, and fiber arts. Just up the street, Atlantic Art Glass will be blowing their famous glass pumpkins both Saturday and Sunday. Many downtown businesses and eateries will be offering specials in celebration of Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend.

Full event calendar is available at: mainecraftweekend.org/2017-featured-locations/ellsworth/ and Heart of Ellsworth’s Facebook page. For more information, please email: cara@heartofellsworth.org.

Artist Talk with William Irvine and Mark Bell at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

William Irvine: Dancing Sailors, 2017, ceramic vase

William Irvine: Dancing Sailors, 2017, ceramic vase

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an Artist Talk on Thursday, October 12 at 6pm for painter William Irvine and potter Mark Bell. These two artists, who are masters in their respective fields, will discuss about their process and the challenge of working together to create vases and plates. A selection of their individual and collaborative works will be on view through the end of October. The Artist Talk will be held in conjunction with “Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend,” a citywide event celebrating Ellsworth’s creative community. The talk is free and open to the public.

William Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes and his enchanting figurative and still life paintings. Irvine believes “Every artist is born with a small set of poems,” and it is the exploration of that personal mythology that defines him as an artist. Born and raised in Troon, a small coastal village in Scotland, he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine came of artistic age in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde scene. Moving to downeast Maine in 1968 proved a turning point artistically: Harbors, islands and boats, the sea and the sky, inspired bold work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with new pictorial concepts based on the landscape. His work is in numerous national and international collections. In 2014, Marshall Wilkes published William Irvine: A Painters Journey, a comprehensive book by Carl Little on Irvine’s work and career. Irvine lives in Brookline, Maine.

Mark Bell: porcelain bowl

Mark Bell: porcelain bowl

Mark Bell is a full time studio potter, who maintains a studio and gallery in Blue Hill, Maine. He received his B.F.A. in ceramics from The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and his M.F.A. in ceramics from Arizona State University. As a graduate student, Bell escaped the Arizona summer heat by working as a studio assistant at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Lured by the strong craft community and Maine’s rocky coastline, Bell moved to Blue Hill in 1990. Bell teaches and exhibits his work locally and nationally. His finely thrown and delicately glazed porcelains have been exhibited at the American Craft Museum in New York City, the Portland Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Craft Fair in Washington DC, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, among others. His pots have been highlighted in Ceramics Monthly and Clay Times, and are in numerous private and corporate collections, including the Crocker Art Museum, CA, and the Currier Museum of Art, NH.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Off-Season Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

The Sohns Gallery Presents Paintings by Martin Gallant

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop presents Paintings by Martin Gallant. The show runs from September 18th through November 5th. A reception and an artist talk will be held with conjunction with the First Fright ArtWalk on October 6th from 5-8pm.

This is Martin Gallant’s first time showing his large scale acrylic painting of beach stones. His artistic eye drew him to the stones describing them as “forested, wind worn, and sea worn gems”. Growing up in Bangor and attending the Mary Snow School art has always been his ticket to being noticed. He has lived his life around Maine and has always adored the Maine Landscape. Over the last 37 years he has produced hinders of painting ranging from murals to realistic landscapes. Now retired Martin Gallant has the time to focus of the smaller beauties of Maine. His large scale paintings of Maine beach stones are exquisitely rendered.

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

Farnsworth Presents Seventh Annual Fall Family Festival

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On Saturday, October 14, the Farnsworth Art Museum invites everyone to attend its seventh annual Fall Family Festival. The festival will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the museum’s sculpture garden, and is free of charge. This year’s Fall Family Festival is part of Maine’s Pumpkin Trail, a partnership with the Farnsworth, Maine Maritime Museum, Boothbay Railway Village and Damariscotta’s Pumpkinfest & Regatta.

The Farnsworth’s seventh annual Fall Family Festival will include free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. A parade will take place on Rockland’s Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden at 5:30 p.m. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoe String Theater, whose Artistic Director Nance Parker will be teaching a week-long free workshop at the Gamble Center.

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At the close of the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden where a pumpkin lighting will take place at approximately 6 p.m. In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. For more information, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Drawing and Painting for Ages 6 to 86 at the Farnsworth Art Museum

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On Saturdays, beginning October 7 through December 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a Drawing and Painting class taught by artist Sam Cady. Titled Drawing and Painting for Ages 6 to 86, the program will take place on consecutive Saturdays at the Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be no class on Saturday, November 25.

This class is about appreciating the world around us, and as an ongoing workshop, each session varies according to the dynamics of the group. The focus of the work is still-life set-ups in the Gamble Education Center and land/seascapes from area excursions depending on the season and weather. In-class discussions include the historical and contemporary treatment of these various subjects. Many approaches are taught from different drawing-media to water-based painting. Working out of a personal, natural inclination is stressed more than a specific style or approach to making art. The class includes participants of all varieties and skill levels. We learn from each other.

Instructor Sam Cady has exhibited widely around the country, but especially in NYC, Boston, and Maine, and taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He invites the group to his studio once a session to share his experience with the class. The fee for this class is $360 and $300 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Farnsworth Free Community Opening for Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero

Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978, Courtesy of Dixie Guerrero, ©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978, Courtesy of Dixie Guerrero, ©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

On Friday, October 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will celebrate a free community opening for the exhibition Black and White: Louse Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero. The opening, which will take place from 5 – 8 p.m., will feature black and white films in the library accompanied by live music, fun craft activities, both chocolate and regular milk, Oreo cookies, and other creative activities. Also opening on that night will be an exhibition of studies that Jamie Wyeth did for his now-famous portrait of JFK. The opening is part of the museum’s First Fridays at the Farnsworth sponsored by First National Bank.

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of President John F. Kennedy, Oil Study, 1967, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches. Collection of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of President John F. Kennedy, Oil Study, 1967, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches. Collection of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is recognized as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century, whose wood sculptures, painted in black or white, revolutionized artists’ ideas of what sculpture could be. This exhibition will feature signature examples of these works drawn from the Farnsworth’s collection, the second largest collection of Nevelson’s work in the world. Some of these works reflect the artist’s interests in creating environments, in which her home and studio were laboratories for her innovations.

Nevelson’s home and studio were captured in a series of arresting black and white photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012) taken in 1978 and 1979. Guerrero, a renowned architectural photographer, is perhaps best known for his images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which brought him to national attention. Guerrero’s photographs of Nevelson in her home and studio, in combination with examples of her sculpture, offer a captivating look at her life and work.

The Lead Sponsor of the exhibition is Gail Catharine Bertuzzi. The exhibition is made possible in part through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design. Support for the community opening is also provided by Oakhurst Dairy.

Best Betts on display through December 24th

Best Betts Collage 2017

Betts Gallery moves into fall with a show entitled ‘BEST BETTS’. We’ve decided to go through our own collection of works, and offer up some of them for sale, along with a host of other works by local artists, including: Daniel Anselmi, Julie Cyr, Sheep Jones, Kathleen Mack, Willy Reddick and Julie Rose. This will be a revolving show, meaning, when a piece is sold, it will be replaced by something new. This ever-changing exhibit will stay up through December 24th, which will allow you plenty of time to return to see what’s new!

The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main St, and also may be entered on Beaver St. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website.

Join Art Space Gallery at the First Friday Art Walk

Indian Summer by Hannah Nelsbach

Indian Summer by Hannah Nelsbach

Art Space Gallery invites you to the October “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 and refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, October 6th, from 5 to 8 pm. This reception will feature the work of Hannah Nelsbach, Laurie Lofman Bellmore, and Melissa Post van der Burg.

Hannah Nelsbach’s work reflects many years of experience with a wide variety of media in which she creates an intriguing combination of fantasy and realism.
Paddling in the cove near her home at high tide or sitting in the mud at low tide, Hannah catches in her art the beauty and silence of the ocean. Later in her studio she finishes her work with details of fantasy. Hannah’s expressions of beauty and color may result in two-dimensional art, sculpture, or in the form of children’s books. Hanna’s work can be seen at the Discovery Museum in Bangor and in several area hospitals.

Underwater Fish Green-Earrings by Laurie Bellmore

Underwater Fish Green-Earrings by Laurie Bellmore

Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a native of mid-coast Maine, having lived in the Rockland area all of her life. Laurie is a self-taught jewelry maker with many years of experience creating hand crafted fine art jewelry. Laurie’s tools include a kiln, a torch, and fine silver, copper, and 22K gold as well as enamels and dichroic glass. Her latest jewelry pieces are hand drawn seacoast scenes depicting island views, lobster buoys, boats, and lighthouses. The images are imbedded into colorful or white enamels.

Rockland Visitor by Melissa Post van der Burg

Rockland Visitor by Melissa Post van der Burg

Melissa Post van der Burg will be showing more of her vibrant, light-filled oil paintings. She has been working close to home, painting Maine themes, both inland and on the working waterfront. Her work has won many awards throughout the U.S.

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. Our October hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Deer Isle Artists Association presents “A Mixer”

Watercolor by Robert Starkey

Watercolor by Robert Starkey

It’s time for “A Mixer” at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery. Featuring work by Leslie Anderson, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Peggy de Wolf, Jill Finsen, Susan Finsen, Alan Flowers, Jeri Gillin, David McBeth, David Simonds, Robert W. Starkey, Cynthia Stroud Watson, Scott Thurston and J. Stroud Watson, the show runs from September 29 – October 11. In the Art Rack, viewers can find creations by Shari Ciomei, William Lukens, Cynthia Stroud-Watson, and Margaret Sturtevant.

Basket by Cynthia Bourque-Simonds

Basket by Cynthia Bourque-Simonds

Baskets, ceramics, fiber arts, paintings and photography will delight the eye at the DIAA gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. The gallery is open daily from 11:00 until 5:00. For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com or call (207) 348-2330.

Closing Celebration at Finch Gallery

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Fog is rolling in. Summer has ebbed. Another successful season at The Finch Gallery in Belfast is coming to an end.

Come in September 28,29 or 30 to enter your name in the drawing for door prizes. They are very cool ones-

One of Jay Hoagland’s Granite Apples, and a few of Jerri Finch’s on paper, prints on canvas, and cards will be given away.

You need not be present to win…

On our last day, September 30 we will have gallery talks-

At 2:00 pm, Jay Hoagland will entertain us. And then Jerri Finch will share pearls of wisdom at 2:30….Refreshments will be served.

Special Pricing on Select Items all of September-25% off all canvas prints, and 10% off all original art, including Jerri Finch’s paintings and Jay Hoagland’s scupltures. For more information visit www.jerrifinch.com or call 207-338-1060

CMCA Sunday Salon: Linden Frederick + Tess Gerritsen

Linden Frederick, "Takeout," 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

Linden Frederick, “Takeout,” 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites you to a Sunday Salon with artist Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3pm. Frederick and Gerritsen will discuss the inspiration and process behind “Takeout,” their collaboration for the exhibition, Night Stories, on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017. Sunday Salons are a series of engaging conversations on topics in contemporary art and culture held at CMCA from September to May of each year. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission.

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine, since 1989. The exhibition, Night Stories, and the accompanying book, have been eight years in the making. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Tess Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University and went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and top bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Now retired from medicine, she writes full time, and lives in Camden, Maine.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

KVAA Announces “Harlow 2.0” Debut Art Show at New 100 Water Street Location

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Kennebec Valley Art Association and Harlow Gallery present “Harlow 2.0”, the debut art exhibition at their new location at 100 Water Street, in downtown Hallowell. The public is invited to come see the new location filled with work by local artists, representing a range of genres and media. “Harlow 2.0” is on view September 23 through November 4, 2017. Hours are Thursday through Saturday noon-6pm.

Participating artists include Karen & Ru Allen, Nancy Keenan Barron, Megan Daigle, Whitney Gill, Judy Herman, Pamela Hetherly, Nancy Holland, Eddie Leaman, Kay Morris, Anita Morrissey, Linda Murray, Petrea Noyes, Peter Precourt, Judy Schuppien, Sally Wagley, and more.

The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street will remain open into the spring of 2018. The current exhibition is POW!, an art exhibition of original comics as well as artwork inspired by comics, which on view September 8 through October 21, 2017. Gallery hours at 160 Water Street are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm.

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

Fall Exhibitions and Barn Gallery Memories

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Fall Exhibitions include ‘Shadows and Reflections’ by artists of the Ogunquit Art Association from September 13 through October 9 with an Opening Reception on Saturday September 16, 5 – 7:30 PM. See ‘OAA Expressions’ with its wide variety of style, subject, medium and price. Remember painter Norman West in a small Memorial Exhibition of his work. Enjoy work by photographer Steven Holt and painter Shiao-Ping Wang in the North Gallery. Walk through the three-dimensional work by Invited New England Sculptors in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Browse through our ever-changing array of small works of art in the Collectors Gallery.

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Join us for ‘Barn Gallery Memories’ an engaging remembrance of Norman West, Mary-Leigh Smart, Barbara Hilty, DeWitt Hardy and George Burk on Thursday, September 21 at 6 PM.

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Don’t miss Andy Happel and Los Galactacos String Band – “Songs of the Americas” on Friday, September 15, 7:30 PM. Tickets in advance or at the door. And Poetry Readings by Richard Foerster & Alice B. Fogel, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire on Wednesday, September 20, 7 PM

For more information call 207-646-8400, email oacbarngallery@gmail.com, or visit www.barngallery.org

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk takes place on September 22

visitors at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery at the July art walk; photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC

visitors at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery at the July art walk; photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk this month will take place on September 22 from 5:30 to 8:00pm! The September Art Walk is the final art walk of the summer season.

The Art Walk features open galleries and studios on Main Street and High Street and the surrounding area in downtown Belfast. This month, you can visit Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Waterfall Arts, Kris Engman’s Studio, Front Street Pottery, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, Evolve: Sanctuary for the Soul, Belfast Bay Shade Company, Parent Gallery, Lewis Cisle’s Studio, Belfast Clay Studio, Randall Jason Irvin Studio, Studio 153, and The Treasured Leaf Tea Company.

On the Art Walk this summer, visit as many of the art walk’s wonderful and unique sites as you want, in whatever order you want; view an amazing variety of art, visit with the artists, and enjoy an evening in the heart of Belfast’s creative community.

Also visit the artist pop-up tents in downtown Belfast! And come by the corner of High Street and Main Street during the art walk to pick up an art walk map and to say hello to the Belfast Creative Coalition crew.

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk series is made possible in part through the generous support of Belfast Creative Coalition members, Delvino’s Restaurant, Coyote Moon, Front Street Shipyard, and Bangor Savings Bank.

Learn more about the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks and Belfast Creative Coalition at belfastcreativecoalition.org, and find Belfast Creative Coalition on Facebook.

UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

Maine and Again: Jack Balas

Maine and Again: Jack Balas

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens four new exhibitions in September. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s fall shows open to the public on September 15 and run through December 30, 2017. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

JACK BALAS: MAINE AND AGAIN
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Maine and Again, features over forty works by painter Jack Balas, who lives and works in Arizona and Colorado. The UMMA exhibition is the largest assembly of the artist’s works to date. Balas’s works, principally watercolor on paper and oil on canvas, are featured in a wide range of sizes including small compositions, multi-paneled paper pieces and several large canvases.

For nearly twenty years the depiction of athletic, youthful men, primarily of the all-American type, has been a focus of Balas. The artist’s buff subjects, some of whom seem to have just finished a gym session, offer a counterpoint to the proliferation of images of women throughout art history. These images of idealized masculinity celebrate the virility and wished-for invincibility of youth. Balas’s male subjects, at this particular stage of their lives, are full of desires, confidence, and hope. They possess an optimism and vitality as yet unfettered by the pressures of life.

Central to Balas’s creative process is the layering of seemingly disparate elements and painting styles within each work to create a fertile ground for contemplation. For example, in ZEITGEIST (#1207), we are left to ponder the relationship between a realist depiction of a muscular young boxer, a hastily-rendered outline of Mickey Mouse, thought bubbles with hand-drawn text, and a circular pool of bright green paint. Balas’s practice of journaling and story-telling is evident in the hand-drawn scrawled text and poetic passages that weave their way through many of the paintings.

The exhibition includes a selection of images that retell the artist’s adventures touring Maine as a young man in the 70s. Balas captures the lure of Maine’s varied landscape and creatures, as well as memorable moments for him such as meeting Andrew Wyeth, exploring coastal fishing villages, and hiking to the summit of Mt. Katahdin.

Maine and Again–a mid-career survey of sorts–features a number of just-completed works that are his largest canvases to date. Portage (Evening Would Know My Reply)(#1470), an 80 x 90-inch work from 2017, highlights the pleasures of summer. The artist has juxtaposed a painting of a log cabin, a linear drawing of an Adirondack chair, and two shirtless guys: one hugging a pine tree, the other crouched down in a game of catch. The cohabitation of Balas’s imagery ignites curiosity and sends the viewer on a search for meaning.

Traces: Amy Theiss Giese & Keliy Anderson-Staley

Traces: Amy Theiss Giese & Keliy Anderson-Staley

TRACES: AMY THEISS GIESE & KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Traces features the works of Amy Theiss Giese and Keliy Anderson-Staley, two photographers whose processes and images question deep-rooted conceptions on what constitutes a photograph. Both photographers have not used camera or lens to create these abstract compositions. Their process of applying and manipulating photo chemicals, and the resulting final images, may be more akin to the language of painting. The splatters, drips, blooms, and marks in these assorted works are not unlike the movement and gestural brushwork seen in Abstract Expressionist canvases, particularly notable in Action Painting and Color Field.

Giese and Anderson-Staley’s work methods necessitate a keen understanding of the fleeting nature of photographic chemicals, darkroom techniques, and materials. However, of equal importance to their processes is the sheer delight of experimentation. A creative fearlessness and willingness to embrace uncertainty is essential in realizing these evocative works. The imagery invites innumerable associations including mutable landscapes, networks, organisms, and micro/macro worlds.

Anderson-Staley resides in Houston, Texas and creates works using a wet-plate collodion tintype process—the origins of which are rooted in photography’s early history. Giese, who is based in Boston, Massachusetts, creates her images by using black and white darkroom chemistry on both silver gelatin and chromogenic papers.

Tintype Portraits: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Tintype Portraits: Keliy Anderson-Staley

KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY: TINTYPE PORTRAITS
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Houston-based photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley has made thousands of portraits that record the diversity of American faces. The wall installations, arranged in grids, consist of portraits of individuals and couples. The photographer states, “Each individual in this series—identified only by a first name—defiantly asserts his or her selfhood, resisting any imposed or external categorizing system we might bring to these images.” Anderson-Staley’s images exhibit the alluring surfaces and distinctive tonality characteristic of the tintype process. Another unique aspect of her portraits is that some facial features of the subjects are sharp, while others are out of focus. Adding to the drama are the darkened, rounded edges that frame the compositions. Anderson-Staley focuses on individuals from all walks of life and highlights our uniqueness, as well as the interconnectedness of humanity.

Anderson-Staley creates images using the wet-plate collodian tintype process, made with chemistry mixed according to nineteenth-century recipes. She coats blackened aluminum with collodian and then submerges them in silver nitrate to become light sensitive. The portraits are created using a wooden view camera with antique brass lenses. Exposures range between four and 20 seconds and require the sitters to remain motionless. The plates are then developed with ferrous sulfate and fixed with potassium cyanide. Anderson-Staley keeps the history of the medium alive by exploring these early photographic processes, all while creating works that advance photography’s contemporary relevance and discourse.

Littoral Drift Nearshore: Meghann Riepenhoff

Littoral Drift Nearshore: Meghann Riepenhoff

MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF: LITTORAL DRIFT NEARSHORE
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Meghann Riepenhoff exhibits a selection of camera-less images created in 2017, that record the essence of nature in its most elemental and fluctuating states. Riepenhoff works primarily in cyanotype, a process explored by Anna Atkins and other photographic pioneers in the 1840s. As is characteristic with this early photographic process, the artist has hand-coated watercolor paper with light-sensitive chemicals. What is unique to Riepenhoff’s process is that these works, often of considerable size, are created on location in a variety of natural environments. The paper is brought to sites where it is exposed to ocean waves, sections are buried in the sand, submerged in tidal pools, and draped over limbs in the rain. The process is both performative and physical as Riepenhoff collaborates with natural forces to create these striking works.

The cyanotype takes on a monumental presence in Littoral Drift Nearshore #516 (Bainbridge Island, WA 04.27.17), a large-scale composition created specifically for the UMMA exhibition. This immersive work, spanning ten feet, consists of twenty components joined together to convey the energy of undulating waves captured in a range of deep blues. Like the evolution of natural environments, Riepenhoff’s images continue to change over time—the surfaces are not fixed as in traditional darkroom photographs. While the artist’s images undeniably draw associations to painterly abstraction, these one-of- a-kind images are also direct imprints of the landscape.

Riepenhoff lives and works in Bainbridge Island, Washington and San Francisco, California, and these locales are often reflected her compositions.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu

Mars Hall Gallery – Touring Peninsula Art 2017

Kris Johnson "Waiting for the Ferry"

Kris Johnson “Waiting for the Ferry”

Mars Hall Gallery will participate in the St. George Business Alliance event, “Touring Peninsula Art”, on Saturday, September 16th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the two shows currently on exhibit, “14 Miles to the Horizon” and “The Bigger Picture”, there will be new works by Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson and new to the gallery, artist & sculptor, Ian Baird. A variety of books by gallery artists are available including “Covered Ground” by Nancy Thomas Baker; “Colors of Maine” by Davene Fahy; “30 Missions” by Roger Kirby; “Baker’s Dozen” by Antonia Small and Amy Rockett-Todd; “Caught” by Gary Libby and Antonia Small; and “Visionary Messages” by Holly Smith.

The gallery offers an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed, Carl Sublett and Eleanor Zuccola; acrylic and oil paintings by Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Manuel Rincon, Holly Smith and Ron Weaver; and black and white pinhole photography by Antonia Small.

Also on display will be a large variety of 3-D Art by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Elaine Niemi and the late Rudy Rotter; a variety of quality crafts including driftwood fish by Claire Perry; decoupage by Davene Fahy; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; handmade collage cards by Eleanor Zuccola and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens are alive with metal sculpture by Jay Hoagland and Brian Read. A large collection of antiques, handmade & vintage jewelry and quality crafts are also available.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. Gallery hours are 10-5, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Monday October 9th, Columbus Day or by appointment. For more information, call 372-9996 or 372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.

The Gallery at Somes Sound open through December

Brian Emerson, "Winter Sunset", 24 x 30, acrylic on board

Brian Emerson, “Winter Sunset”, 24 x 30, acrylic on board

The Gallery at Somes Sound is keeping its doors open through December!
Fall/Winter Schedule

September 1 – Columbus Day (10/9)
Mon – Saturday, 10 – 6 pm

October 10 – December 30
Thurs, Fri, Sat, 11 – 4 pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day)

January – April
Open by Appointment

For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com

 

Landscape Painters Curtis and Ineson at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Bill Curtis’ oil painting, “Pemaquid Point Surf”

Bill Curtis’ oil painting, “Pemaquid Point Surf”

William Curtis and Hannah Ineson are two area landscape painters who find the Pemaquid peninsula and the nearby islands inspiration for their work. Both have connections in other states, while the Maine landscape forms the basis for the majority of their paintings. They have both pursued artistic ventures for over 40 years.

William Curtis grew up in the art-saturated environment of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where his father and uncle were renowned artists. He and his brothers were involved in art from an early age, and Curtis has continued to paint throughout the New England area. Curtis particularly enjoys oil painting en plein air, sometimes returning multiple times to observe the fleeting light and shadow, colors and values, of a location that particularly piques his interest.

Moving to midcoast Maine a few years ago, he has been exploring and sketching the rugged coastline and wooded interiors.  He has found here what he “truly considers ‘Mother nature at her very best,’ where each season has so much to offer in sheer beauty and challenge to an artist.” Curtis’s work may also be found at the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA and online at williamacurtis.com.

 

Hannah Ineson’s “Pemaquid Morning”

Hannah Ineson’s “Pemaquid Morning”

Hannah Ineson paints in her Damariscotta studio, often focusing on coastal landscape interpreted in oil with a palette knife for her tool. She also enjoys watercolor, acrylic and drawing with an ink pen. Her oil and acrylic paintings most often have highly textured and heavily worked surfaces while she returns to drawing and watercolor for freshness and spontaneity.

Ineson has worked with various forms of art including printmaking, soft pastel, and pottery as well as oil and watercolor painting. She is a restless artist, enjoying the exploration of different media and styles of expression, while always returning to the natural environment for inspiration. Her subject matter draws on local scenery, but her interest is less in specific geographic accuracy than in the pleasure of composing and executing a work of art and she takes plenty of “artistic license.”

 

She also enjoys and teaches Illustrated Journaling, in Maine, Florida, and Wisconsin. This form of quick sketching often leads to a more finished piece, and she is also working on finishing and publishing a tour of Maine lighthouses in journal format. Ineson is also represented by Camden Falls Gallery and her work can be found online at hannahineson.com. She has had many solo and group shows and will be seen locally at Rising Tide Coop and at the River Grill in Damariscotta in September.

 

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of member artists all residing within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art presents Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark

Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 48 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, the
gallery’s first solo show for Ives. The show opens on Friday, September 15, with an artist
reception from 5–6pm, and an artist talk at 6pm. The show runs through October 28. The event is
free and open to the public.

Jessica Lee Ives: WaterForm, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: WaterForm, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

In her most recent series, Ives explores the figure as it moves through water—at the surface,
below, and looking down from above—creating colorful ripples or exploding above a swimmer’s
head like a jeweled headdress. These contemporary figures, combined with her exquisite
portrayal of water, make Ives’ paintings fresh, exciting, and relevant.

Jessica Lee Ives: Humanity of the Body, 2017, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Humanity of the Body, 2017, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–
5pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit
www.courthousegallery.com

Jessica Lee Ives: Embody, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Embody, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

WINE & CHEESE ART RECEPTION AT Centre St Arts Gallery

Reliquary, carved wood, by guest artist Roger Barry

Reliquary, carved wood, by guest artist Roger Barry

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, invites the public to a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 4 to 7 pm, during Bath’s Third Friday Art Walk.  Join artists and art lovers in opening a new exhibition featuring work by guest artists Alston Stoney Conley, watercolor, and Roger Barry, wood sculpture, as well as the 20 members of the gallery showing many new works.All artworks are original pieces in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, tempera, clay and wood.  Twenty artists from the midcoast area are Barbara Bean, Sharon Bouchard, Laurie Burhoe, Judy Conlan, John Gable, Andrea Galuza, Claudette Gamache, Livy Glaubitz, Marnie Hackenberg, Sarah Harvey, Jillian Herrigel, Tom Hinkle, Victoria Jackson, Daniele Lambrechets, Jackie Melissas, Shelby Patton, Lea Peterson, Sharon Renk-Greenlaw, Jane Rosenfield, and Sarah Wilde.

Roger Barry is a sculptor of wood.  He produces furniture, abstract sculpture, and, featured in this exhibition: Reliquaries.  Barry writes “Working with wood is in my blood. My great-grandfather published The Lumberman’s Actuary and my grandfather and father were  in the lumber milling business. In 1975 I received a BFA in wood sculpture from Eastern Michigan University. Secret locks have intrigued me all my life. Many of my reliquaries incorporate hidden mechanisms which enhance the interaction with the piece. After the process of creation, I love to display a sculpted box and say, “open it.”

River Odyssey, watercolor, by guest artist Alston Stoney Conley

River Odyssey, watercolor, by guest artist Alston Stoney Conley

Alston Stoney Conley graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1974, and is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Department of Boston College.  His work in watercolor features landscapes with trees, water and clouds at sunset/sunrise.  Conley says:
“I live under a New England sky. The light, its color, intensity, sensation, season, and length of day influence my psyche, mood, interior life and art practice. The long hours of daylight during summer and short hours during winter define our seasons, influence our lives, and distance us from our southern neighbors. The low sun, color-rich light and long shadows of early morning or end of the day often silhouette the horizon or individual trees in shadow, while the light fills the sky.”

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.  Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is open 7 days a week during the summer, Monday through Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 4:00 pm.  For more information, please call 207-452-0300, or visit the Gallery at 11 Centre Street, Bath.

Littlefield Gallery ends season with “Beyond the Sea”

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“Grindstone” by Caren-Marie Michel

Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor concludes its ninth season with a group show “Beyond the Sea” featuring  artists Ben Lincoln, Caren-Marie Michel, Rachael Eastman, and John David O’Shaughnessy. This unique variety of interpretations of the coast of Maine will begin September 17 and run through Columbus Day, October 9. A reception celebrating the artists is Saturday, September 30, from 3-5 pm littlefieldgallery.com

The Smallest House on view at CMCA

Jeff Smith, The Smallest House in the World

Jeff Smith, The Smallest House in the World

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is presenting The Smallest House in the World, an art installation by sculptor Jeff Smith in its courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from September 14 to 17, 2017. Presented concurrently with the Camden International Film Festival, The Smallest House in the World includes a short documentary video about the project screened in its interior. Part sculpture, part experimental living project, at 25 square feet, this pad on wheels challenges even the most open-minded small-home dweller. And that’s kind of the point. 

“When I looked at the tiny house movement, I saw everyone trying to make the best tiny house in the world, but no one was trying to make the smallest one,” says builder, sculptor and filmmaker Jeff Smith. In wondering about this housing trend, he questioned, “How small is too small for a house?” In a movement called the tiny house movement, this seemed like a really basic question that needed an answer. “So,” Smith says, “I built the smallest house in the world to test the limits of what a house can be.”

Last year during CIFF, CMCA exhibited in its Winter Street courtyard, The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies by artist James Leonard, in which the artist gave divinatory readings about climate change inside a special, hand-sewn tent. “With all the visitors in town for the film festival,” says CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy, “it’s a great opportunity for us to present really publicly accessible work that parallels current topics, such as sustainability, limited resources, and how we live in an increasingly congested world.”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Works of Loughridge and Coleman on Display at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

Midge Coleman’s “South Bristol Morning”

Midge Coleman’s “South Bristol Morning”

Local artists Midge Coleman and Sally Loughridge are showing their work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season. It is the gallery’s 89th year of showcasing original two and three dimensional art, and the 57th year of the gallery’s setting on the beautiful park grounds in Bristol.

Coleman paints from life, and spends time each summer in Stonington and on Monhegan, capturing the wonderful Maine light that has brought so many painters to the beautiful mid-coast of Maine for centuries. She also journeys to the Southwest for inspiration and a change of pace.

Painting in both oil and acrylic, her work ranges in size from 6”x8” to 24”x26” in both landscape and still life. She learned early that a work of art is not to instruct or to edify, but to awaken an emotion in the viewer. Her success is measured by the quality and the force of that emotion. Her beautiful landscape and floral paintings can be seen on her website, midgecolemanfineart.com.

“Swift Passage” by Sally Loughridge

“Swift Passage” by Sally Loughridge

Sally Loughridge, a Pemaquid Gallery member since 2000, is also known for her Monhegan landscapes, and is “almost constantly inspired by much of Maine’s ‘bones’ against the ever changing sea and sky.” Loughridge enjoys both oil and soft pastels, and is proficient in both. She celebrates the landscape she captures but also feels she needs to honor her own emotional response, and to have the “imaginative freedom” to alter the composition to suit her painterly sensibilities.

In addition to the Maine landscape, Loughridge’s paintings have been influenced by personal health issues, and in 2016 she received a number of awards for her children’s book, Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket: A Story of Illness and Sibling Love. She is currently at work on a series with the theme “Passages,” which will be influenced by her recent health challenges. Her work can be seen at www.sallyloughridge.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of member artist all residing within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Open Studio Day at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center Sept. 30

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Open Studio Day Saturday September 30, 11-3 at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, 152 Punk Point Rd, Jefferson

Join Maine Farmland Trust on Saturday, September 30th, from 11am-3pm, at our Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm for a family-friendly Open Studio Day. Come meet and view the work of September’s artists Anne Alexander, a sculptor from Windham who creates nature-based work (MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University, NY, 1989) and Jude Valentine, a printmaker and pastel artist hailing from East Machias, (MFA in Visual Art  with a concentration in multi-disciplinary media, Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, VT.)  Resident gardener and artist Nellie Sweet will be on site to share the beautiful kitchen garden she has created this year; Center co-directors David Dewey and Anna Witholt Abaldo will be available to offer tours of the residency center and gallery. There will be live music on the lawn by Marsh & Lane – a young guitar/cello duo associated with the Midcoast Music Academy – and free coffee, tea and ice cream. Located right on Damariscotta Lake the public is invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the Center’s grounds for the day.

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

Harlow Gallery Presents “POW!”, a Comic Book Themed Art Show

“Comic Con” by Mort Todd

“Comic Con” by Mort Todd

Harlow Gallery presents POW!, a comic book themed art exhibition. Artists responded to a call for comic book art as well as artwork inspired by comics. POW! features the work of over 34 artists from across Maine and beyond. The exhibition is on view September 8 – October 21, 2017 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm. For more information visit www.harlowgallery.org

“New Friends” by Mili St. John

“New Friends” by Mili St. John

Participating artists listed alphabetically by town:

Auburn: Amanda Kahl
Augusta: Anthony Austin
Bangor: Jodi Renshaw
Bowdoinham: Howard Solomon
Bristol: Ted Closson
Cape Elizabeth: Stivo Zittel
Derry, NH: Matthew Berry
Dresden Mills: Neal J. Clark
East Winthrop: August Rudy
Falmouth: Rick Parker
Fort Hood, TX: Peter Buotte
Gardiner: Allison McKeen, Tyson Pease, Abby York
Hallowell: Becky Havens, Nancy Jacob, Bruce Mayo, Sam Hill Jr.
Jefferson: Suzanna Lasker
Manchester: Bruce Armstrong
Morrill: Kathy Weinberg
Perth, Australia. (Formerly Portland, ME): Sarah Winifred Searle
Poland: Santiago Farias
Portland: Julia Durgee, Mort Todd
Richmond: Becca Case, K. Scott Davis
Rockland: Kitty Winslow
South Gardiner: Laura Barron
South Portland: Mili St. John
Unity: Joshua Roberts
Waterville: Lesley Schuman, Brian Vigue
Weeks Mills: Justin Pierce

“Somber Goodbye to All Hands Lost” by Stivo Zittel

“Somber Goodbye to All Hands Lost” by Stivo Zittel

The Danforth Gallery at University of Maine at Augusta is also presenting a comic themed exhibition, “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery” on view August 28 through October 6, 2017 at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta. The show “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery” is a presentation by artist Ted Closson of comics and cartooning work by himself and his peers in the comics’ community from around the New England region. The show will entail a traditional presentation of work on the gallery walls coupled with a reading space, a live presentation, and a workshop for comic artists and those interested in the process of making comics. For more information about “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery” please visit www.artsuma.com.

MFT Gallery opening Sept. 22, presenting CSA II

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Susan Bartlett Rice, Tarbox Start, oil on canvas, 24 x 24”,

 

On View: Sept. 22 – Nov.10 at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, Maine
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 22, 5:30-8pm (during Belfast Art Walk) with artist talks preceding at 5pm.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association, presents CSA II – one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms throughout the 2017 growing season.

Meet the artists and farmers at the opening reception on Friday, September 22, from 5-8pm with a gallery talk at 5pm. Maine Farmland Trust is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast; the exhibition is on view from September 22 through November 10, 2017. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust Gallery please visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

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Karen Merritt, Farm Truck, gelatin silver print, 9 x 9”

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

During CSA II (Community Supporting Arts), participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January 2017, at the very start of this year’s growing season, creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017: at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22 – November 10; at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27 – December 2; and at Engine in Biddeford November 10 – December 16.

 

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Anna O’Sullivan, Makin’ Maple, woodcut, 11 x 17”

 

In 2012 Harlow Gallery organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The first CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to bring it back for 2017.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms).  A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

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Rebecca May Verrill, Farm Bowl, wheel-thrown earthenware, 8”L x 8”W x 4”H

 

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

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

 

Fall Arts Exhibition at Sylvan Gallery

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By the Blue Barrel by Susannah Haney, oil, 8” x 10”

Fall Arts Exhibition Now Through October 29th at Sylvan Gallery

Sylvan Gallery’s Fall Exhibition, featuring the work of contemporary New England artists, is now on view and will continue through October 29th. The gallery’s exhibitions are known for the quality of the work displayed and the unique and discernible style of the artists that are represented. Gallery goers will be charmed by the vision behind favorite Maine subjects such as Monhegan Island and Maine coastal and harbor views, local rural scenes focusing on domestic farm animals, and cafe and street scenes of Florence, Italy. New paintings by the gallery’s roster of fine artists arrive almost daily.

Featured works by Maine-based artists include those by Susannah Haney of Wiscasset. Haney spends several weeks every year sketching on Monhegan Island, a well-known and loved location that has been attracting artists since the19th century. Back in her studio in Wiscasset, she transforms the sketches into oil paintings of remarkable clarity and richness of color. In “By Blue Barrel,” Haney captures a view of a Monhegan cottage sited with Manana Island behind it. The luminous light of a gray day brings a glow to the violet-gray tones of the cottage and illuminates the dory in front of it. Her fine attention to detail delights us as she brings her focus to the outer stairway of the neighboring cottage, the lapis lazuli tone of the blue fish barrel, the granite rocks leading us from foreground to middle distance, and the dandelions whose spent blooms are now transformed to fluff. The luminous and finely detailed quality of her oil paintings has earned her collectors from all over the United States. Her other new paintings include “View From the Hill, Monhegan,” and “The Fishermen’s Museum, Pemaquid.”

Wiscasset artist and gallery owner, Ann Scanlan’s favorite subjects to paint are animals in rural farm settings. She will often follow cows as they wander across the landscape, looking for the right composition or interaction between animals that will inspire a painting. In her works she tries to capture a sense of the peace she feels while in their presence. The leisurely feel of a sunlit day is captured in her painting, “Cows at the Edge of the Marsh.” A grouping of five cows stands behind grasses lit by the warm glow of the sun while the water and distant trees in the background capture the hazy quality of the day. We feel a sense of tranquility as we take in the image. Her other paintings in the exhibition include paintings of sheep with newly born lambs.
Stan Moeller, of York, Maine, turns his attention to the streets and architecture of Florence, Italy, in “Piazza della Signoria.” He is an experienced plein air painter and has the ability to capture an impression of bustling figures amidst the architecture of this famous city. His work evokes memories of travels abroad. This talent in capturing figures is also apparent in “Tidal Pool Souvenirs,” a painting of a young woman precariously balanced on the rocks, intent on reaching down into a tidal pool to grasp a treasure she’s just discovered. Years spent painting on Monhegan Island have given Moeller an innate understanding of Maine’s rocky landscape and the ability to capture it with ease. Stan Moeller has taught numerous painting workshops on Monhegan Island, Tuscany, and in the South of France. He was honored with a one-person show at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island this summer.

 

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Afternoon Light, Monhegan by Robert Noreika, oil, 16” x 20”

Maine subject matter continues to inspire artists from all over the United States. Robert Noreika travels to Maine throughout the summer to paint en plein air, directly from life. “Afternoon Light, Monhegan Island” is a lively painting with energetic colorful brushwork. The foreground grasses, tree, and cottage have an easy gestural quality to them. In the middle distance, Manana Island is captured in violet and golden tones, white billowy clouds are to the right, and the turquoise sky above is reflected in the water. Just a few lobster boats provide additional interest. Noreika’s paintings have a spontaneous quality that is achieved by what he describes as his “gestural, fluid approach.” Of Noreika’s other paintings in the exhibit, of particular note is “Back Cove, New Harbor,” a beautiful painting in which he captures the essence of a small fishing cove by focusing on broad shapes and beautiful cool tones of violet, greens, and blues, for the sky, trees, and water, setting off the warmer tones of the buildings and accents of red dashes for the buoys; and “The Strike” which is a whimsical painting of a striped bass, its mouth open wide as it’s goes for a lure. “Working Harbor, Stonington, Maine” and “Incoming Squall” are his two largest paintings in the exhibit at 24 by 36 inches.

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Evening, Port Clyde by Neal Hughes, oil, 12” x 16”

Neal Hughes is another plein air artist who travels yearly to paint on the coast of Maine. His painting, “Evening, Port Clyde,” is a beautiful depiction of a fleeting moment when the last rays of the setting sun glance across the hull of a lobster boat. In the background, the dock, land, and buildings are also bathed in the sun’s rich warm light contrasting with the scene’s cooler blue, grey, and violet shadows. The painting glows with an almost inner illumination.

Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into many national juried exhibitions, and he has won many awards including an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of more than 12,000 entries.

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including Peter Layne Arguimbau, who paints shoreline views from the vantage point of his catboat as he travels up the coast; Joann Ballinger, whose pastels focus on children playing at the beach and scenes of farm animals, including “Youngins,” a pastel of three baby chickens alert in a coop; luminous ocean moonscapes by Al Barker; a series of winterscapes by Angelo Franco, as well as a dynamic painting titled “Fisherman’s Folly” which captures the vibrant colors of autumn at Jordan Pond in Acadia; a collection of photographic images of Scottish Blackface Sheep by photo journalist and shepherdess Nina Fuller; three separate paintings of birds – a seagull, a puffin, and a bird of prey by Charles Kolnik who employs a technique using many layers of oil glazes to achieve his distinctive results; classically inspired jewel-sized still lives by Heather Gibson Lusk; intimate small oil paintings by Crista Pisano who captures the atmospheric foggy conditions in her paintings titled, “Pemaquid Mist” and Ocean Point Waves”; a series of 8 by 8 inch painterly landscapes of marsh, ocean, and woodland by Polly Seip; Laura Winslow’s elegant watercolors that are inspired by nature; and rich evocative oil paintings of children at the water’s edge by Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Tina Ingraham and Roy Germon at Greenhut Galleries

Tina Ingraham, Source, 24 x 50 inches, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham, Source, 24 x 50 inches, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham’s Rocks, Trees, Sand & Sea: Popham to Blue Hill will be on display September 7th – 30th, 2017 with an opening reception Thursday September 7th, 5-7pm. Roy Germon featured in the side gallery.

Tina Ingraham’s inspiration for her most recent group of paintings is the Maine landscape. She finds beauty in the subtleties of the world around her and in the paint itself, pushing and pulling the paint with the use of palette knife and brush. Tina was classically trained and received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and holds a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati. As a John Simon Guggenheim Grant recipient, Ingraham painted in Italy and traveled Europe from 1999 to 2003 to study master paintings integral to her work. She is also the recipient of the Maine Commission for the Arts Project Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, and the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship. She has been an educational instructor at Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College, where she received a teaching fellowship and the Charles G. Shaw Award for Excellence.

 

Roy Germon

Roy Germon

Recent work by Roy Germon will be featured in our side gallery this month. Germon attended the School of the Visual Arts in NYC where he received his BFA in 1990. During his 20-year tenure in NYC he worked as a freelance illustrator and a conservator of fine art and original prints. In 2003 he moved to Portland, Maine with his wife, son and daughter. Inspired by the Maine landscape, he took up painting, dominating his canvases with energetic brushstroke and bold line.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. For more information please call (207) 772-2693 or visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

September ArtLab at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own mini flip books inspired by CMCA’s current exhibitions William Wegman | Reel to Real and John Walker | From Seal Point during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, September 2, from 2 to 4pm.

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Drawing from the absurdist logic and deadpan humor of artist William Wegman, and the meditative motifs of John Walker’s Seal Point paintings, we invite you to play with line drawing, learn about timing in narrative, and create repetition (with a dash of humor) to make flip books inside of mini matchboxes. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, you’ll learn to cartoon and create caricatures with photographs and to create a collage of different animals in and around Rockland. Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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

ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE Featuring ERNEST MCMULLEN & VICTORIA ACCARDI

Ernest McMullen:  Last Light, Somes Harbor, 24 x 36, oil on panel

Ernest McMullen: Last Light, Somes Harbor, 24 x 36, oil on panel

Art & education in Maine featuring Ernest McMullen & Victoria Accardi runs September 2 – 16, 2017. There will be a cocktail reception and open house on Saturday, September 2nd from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The exhibit features works by renowned landscape painter and former educator at College of the Atlantic, Ernest McMullen and realist painter and former student, Victoria Accardi.

Ernest McMullen is a gifted teacher who introduced multiple students to the fine arts during his 43-year tenure on the faculty of College of The Atlantic (COA). McMullen’s luminous work is highly sought after by collectors who are drawn to his iconic imagery – the quiet ambiance of evening closing in on the cool, blue-tinged waters of Somes Harbor or the steely tranquility of the moon over NE Harbor – as well as the sense of mystery and silence that pervades his landscapes.

Victoria Accardi:  Canton Kitchen, 30 x 48, oil on canvas

Victoria Accardi: Canton Kitchen, 30 x 48, oil on canvas

Victoria Accardi is tremendously grateful for her four years of study with McMullen; “he’s the reason I stayed at COA,” she says simply. Accardi says that this ability to see beauty in the commonplace mirrors that of her teacher, Ernest McMullen. The streets of New York offer endless fodder for Accardi’s imagination. A realist painter with a fascination for portraiture and the human form, Accardi celebrates the fleeting moments of life that unfold in the city around her.

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

2017 Bernard Osher Lecture “Keeping Tradition Alive” at the PMA

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The Portland Museum of Art is excited to announce Theresa Secord as the 2017 Bernard Osher Lecture speaker. The event, titled Keeping Tradition Alive: Native American Art Ecology in Maine and the Nation, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, at USM’s Hannaford Hall. Tickets are $15, $10 for PMA members, and $5 for students. They are available here and through portlandmuseum.org.

Named a 2016 National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theresa Secord is an activist, arts preservationist, and renowned artist with work in the PMA collection. She has led creative change throughout Native American communities since 1988.

It wasn’t long ago that one of Maine’s oldest art forms—ash and sweet grass basketry—was in danger of disappearing entirely. Activists and advocates from the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac tribes, led in part by Secord, saved the tradition through a long, hard-fought struggle, preserving a crucial piece of the region’s cultural heritage.

For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

Harlow Gallery is Expanding!

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Harlow Gallery just signed a lease for 100 Water Street, which is the large dark-red building at the intersection of Water, Winthrop and Front Streets. The board and staff are very enthusiastic about the potential the new space provides for expanded programming and increased visibility. The building includes two floors with:

  • more than double the linear wall footage for exhibitions
  • dedicated workshop and meeting space
  • a real office instead of a converted closet
  • an accessible bathroom on each floor
  • a full kitche
  • more storage

Convenient parking is close by at the waterfront. Plans are in the works to make the building entrance and both floors accessible in the near future.

This move has been a long time coming. Over the past decade, the Harlow Gallery has gradually outgrown our current space both for our programs and in its ability to support practical staffing needs. Our programs and our earned income are limited by the fact that everything has to take place in one room of less than 800 square feet. Our office space only allows one staff member to work at a time, storage space is inadequate and the space is not ADA compliant.

Harlow Gallery leadership has been discussing options to meet these challenges since 2007. We have steadily built our brand over the past decade, proving year after year our ability to craft high quality programs with statewide impact. We are a cultural destination and resource for local people and tourists, drawn by our growing reputation for unique, innovative and inclusive exhibitions of Maine art. While we love the old Harlow Gallery, it is time to make this change. Watch for news of an open house celebration coming soon! For more information visit harlowgallery.org or Follow Us On Facebook

Ogunquit Museum Fall Shows Include Cabot Lyford, Marsden Hartley, Alison Rector

Cabot Lyford (1925-2016) Heron Rising Carved wood on stone base Private collection

Cabot Lyford (1925-2016)
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Carved wood on stone base
Private collection

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) today announced that exhibitions opening September 1, 2017 will include American sculptor Cabot Lyford, Modernist artist Marsden Hartley, and Maine artist Alison Rector.

Cabot Lyford: Truth of Material, on view in the Sculpture Gallery through October 31, 2017, presents the artist’s sculptures alongside rarely seen works on paper. While he is best known for direct carving – chiseling and cutting directly into stone and wood – this installation also includes a selection of drawings and watercolor paintings.

“Direct carving reveals the harmony between a material and the resulting work of art.  And with Lyford’s work, we can feel that liberating and spontaneous call and response between the artist and his subject,” said Michael Mansfield, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

Isabella Howland (1895-1974) Caricature Bust of Alfred Stieglitz, 1948 Bronze 7.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches Museum purchase, 1970 Bust of Georgia O’Keeffe c. 1960 Bronze 5.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches 1968.15 Anonymous gift, 1968 Photo: Larry Hayden

Isabella Howland (1895-1974)
Caricature Bust of Alfred Stieglitz, 1948
Bronze, 7.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches

Bust of Georgia O’Keeffe, c. 1960
Bronze, 5.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches

Photo: Larry Hayden

Marsden Hartley and His Circle presents painter, poet, and essayist Hartley among a coterie of associates within the Modernist movement in American art. From Maine to Ohio, New York, and Europe, Hartley traveled widely during his lifetime and became active among a formidable group of contemporaries such as American photographer Alfred Stieglitz and artist Georgia O’Keeffe. This exhibition draws upon the OMAA permanent collection to explore the circle of artists that helped to shape his personal awakening and career. This show is on view in the Little Gallery through October 31.

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Alison Rector
Down East
Oil on linen
40 x 40 inches

Alison Rector: The Value of Thought is the latest in a series of paintings by Rector exploring historic public library buildings. The artist has visited 18 of the Carnegie libraries in Maine and many others, and has created more than 40 paintings exploring a wide variety of these shared spaces. This exhibition is on view in the Long Gallery through October 31 and is sponsored by Greenhut Galleries.

Please note: an exhibition of works by artist Steve Hawley, originally planned for 2017, has been rescheduled for May, 2018.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely connected to two of America’s earliest art colonies that directly contributed to the roots of American modernism, OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from the late 1800s to the present and is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of American art. A short walk from Perkins Cove, the museum and its three acres of sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean. OMAA is open May 1 through October 31, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ogunquitmuseum.org

Maine Crafts Guild 8th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show – Sept. 16 & 17, 2017

Jennifer Armstrong, Linen Jacket

Jennifer Armstrong, Linen Jacket

Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts or add to your fine craft collection at the 8th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show, September 16 & 17, 2017.

The show’s venue, Camp Ketcha, sits on 107 acres of meadows, forests, streams and wetlands offering an inspiring backdrop for the professional artisans to showcase their heirloom-quality fine crafts.

New Guild member, JAK Designs (Jennifer Armstrong) of Kennebunkport is dedicated to preserving the environment and earned certification as a green business in 2006. “All my work is made in my studio in Maine. I use only natural and organic fibers and strive to purchase materials for my studio locally and from small businesses.” Jennifer’s knitwear is crafted with fine, incredibly lightweight yarns, creating wearable pieces that are unique, durable and stylish.

Nature is a constant source of inspiration for Guild members. Lisa Ferreira Jones of Ember Grove in Falmouth speaks of such inspiration evident in her free form lamps. “Growing up in Maine, with its abundant natural resources and beauty, has had a significant influence on my creativity. By making my own papers, I can convey a sensitivity and detail of nature that cannot be obtained by other methods. I hand harvest natural elements such as flowers and seeds to add texture, color, and design to my papers. I observe the aspects of the natural line formation in Maine’s coastline and plant life and bring my studies to the studio, where I create my voice of nature.”

Ember Grove, Green Floor Lamp

Ember Grove, Green Floor Lamp

The Maine Crafts Guild is a statewide organization, established in 1975. Members are selected through a jury-of-peers process and are comprised of journeymen, nationally recognized masters and founding members who dedicate themselves to excellence in fine craft.

Attendees of the 8th Annual Scarborough Fine Craft Show will shop for fine craft in wood, metal, clay, glass, fiber and mixed media on September 16 & 17, 2017. Hours are Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. Camp Ketcha | 336 Black Point Road | Scarborough, Maine. For more information, please email: scarborough.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 207-799-3460. mainecraftsguild.com

MECA Announces Alysha Kupferer as New MECA Program Chair

Industry Professional, Former Art Lecturer Alysha Kupferer to Lead and Expand the Fashion & Textile Design Program

Industry Professional, Former Art Lecturer Alysha Kupferer to Lead and Expand the Fashion & Textile Design Program

Maine College of Art announced today that Alysha Kupferer will serve as the new Chair and Assistant Professor of the Fashion & Textile Design Program. Alysha’s interdisciplinary background represents a significant asset to our curriculum.

Alysha earned her MFA in Textiles from Indiana University–Bloomington and her BS in Apparel Design and Technology from Purdue University. She recently taught in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute Chicago and was a resident artist at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois, for the past two years. Alysha’s textiles-based installations and performances have been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. Her artistic practice investigates the relationship between consumers, products, and the economics of retail systems. In the interest of sustainability, she also researches natural dyeing methods and practices and finds and adapts traditional recipes for contemporary application.

“I could not be more excited to join the faculty at MECA and to lead this distinctive program that combines textiles knowledge with design for the body,” said Professor Kupferer. “As chair I aim to align the Textile & Fashion Design program with MECA’s core principles of civic engagement and creative entrepreneurship to build a unique program with an ethical core.”

Ian Anderson, MECA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, said,
“Alysha’s interdisciplinary career spans fashion, textile art, sustainability, and technology. As an educator and program chair, her goal is to push education forward by combining the strengths of emerging technology with the traditions of the hand, with respect to cultures who have passed down knowledge on which our understandings are based.”

The only program of its kind in America, MECA’s Textile & Fashion Design major imparts a deep understanding of the design and fabrication of textiles, extensive study of the field of apparel, and exploration of creative expression through the omnipresent medium of fashion. Launched in 2013, it was made possible thanks to the generous support of Maine-based philanthropist Roxanne Quimby.

For more information visit meca.edu

Artist’s Talk Janice Anthony & Alison Rector at Courthouse Gallery

Anthony, Entrance, 28x30

Anthony, Entrance, 28×30

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an Artist’s Talk for Janice Anthony and Alison Rector on Wednesday, September 6 at 6pm. Rector (interiors) and Anthony (landscapes) will talk about their work and how they create the illusion of light through the manipulation of an opaque material (paint) on a two-dimensional surface. The talk is free and open to the public.

Janice Anthony

Janice Anthony

Their work is currently in How the Light Gets In, a two-person show at Courthouse Gallery. Anthony and Rector found apt inspiration for this show in the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, the late great singer, songwriter, and poet. In his song Anthem, Cohen wrote:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Cohen was speaking about more than the physical properties of light in Anthem. He was addressing life and political unrest. The sadness and wisdom of his words are mighty. Humans are flawed. There is a crack in everything. For Anthony and Rector, light is their glimpse into an overlooked quiet space, the hidden mysteries of a cool hollow, or the extraordinary colors of pebbled beach—a reminder to look for the beauty in, and beyond, the crack.

Alison Rector

Alison Rector

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Camden Falls Gallery Seeks Part-time Gallery Assistant

Ann Trainor Domingue's  " Village at The Head of the Harbor"  36' x 36' Gallery wrap at $3,200.00

Ann Trainor Domingue’s ” Village at The Head of the Harbor” 36′ x 36′ Gallery wrap at $3,200.00

Camden Falls Gallery seeks a part-time gallery assistant with an interest in people and art, marketing, graphic design, and website prep background beneficial. Flexible hours, and some weekends. Located at 5 Public Landing, Camdenfallsgallery@gmail.com, 207-470-7027

“Touch of Gold” at CRAFT Gallery

Thread drawing by Daphne Taylor

Thread drawing by Daphne Taylor

CRAFT Gallery opens “Touch of Gold” on Friday, September 1st through October 5th, presenting new work by gallery artists. Four featured artists use gold as a common element in their work: potter Paul Heroux, calligrapher Jan Owen, quilter Daphne Taylor and sculptor Jacques Vesery. Quilt maker Daphne Taylor’s powerful design sense and minimalist aesthetic are expressed in her ”drawings” with thread. Her use of gold and silk recall the Middle Ages and Renaissance art, sumptuous with gold and precious materials to add value.She uses wool and silk as a surface to create her work with thread. Potter Paul Heroux treats the ceramic vessel as a painting surface and 3 – dimensional canvass, combining colors, patterns, angles and metallic lusters to his abstract and architectural approach to pottery. Calligrapher Jan Owen’s hand lettered piece, “Benediction” features a poem by Wesley McNair from his newest book “The Unfastening” McNair was poet laureate of Maine from 2011 to 2016. This is the ninth collection of his published work.

Bronze glazed vase by Paul Heroux

Bronze glazed vase by Paul Heroux

CRAFT Gallery is also privileged to present the newest clay sculptures by Lynn Duryea, co-founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Duryea began her career as a functional potter and progressed to making minimalist abstract forms. Her geometric and architectural clay sculptures combine angles, colors and textures that she has observed in smokestacks, dock pilings and worn building facades. She was included in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2016 Biennial and has taught and lectured widely in the U.S. Many of the artists will be present during the September 1st First Friday Art Walk and books pertaining to their work will be available for purchase and signing including the new “Handcrafted Maine” featuring weaver Sara Hotchkiss.

Clay sculpture by Lynn Duryea

Clay sculpture by Lynn Duryea

CRAFT Gallery is located at 12 Elm Street in Rockland and will have live music by “Good Vibrations” in the gallery courtyard during the evening Art Walk. For more information call (207) 594-0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

“WHAT’S UP THERE” at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

Attic Windows of Tides and Atmosphere Rockport by Jean Kigel

Attic Windows of Tides and Atmosphere Rockport by Jean Kigel

“WHAT’S UP THERE Attic Window Series”, a exhibition of works by Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel, opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, September 9th, from 4 to 7pm.

Jean Kigel presents a unique series of oils and watercolors of attic windows from Mid-coast Maine. “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 story within.
Nigel travels Mid-coast Maine towns, seeking unusually shipped attic windows, in the form of crescent moons, polygons, or ornately arranged and decorated multi-panes.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery proudly presents Jean Kigel and Philippe Guillerm’s new collection of sculptures and joins with Tidemark Gallery, Heywood Gallery and a local Collective Art Group for Waldoboro’s “Second Saturday ArtWalks.” For more information call 207-701-9085 or visit www.guillermsculptures.com

September 3rd Opening Reception at The Turtle Gallery

Alix Bacon, The Climate Change Apocolypse, 24 x 72

Alix Bacon, The Climate Change Apocolypse, 24 x 72

This new exhibition features 3 series of paintings by Alix Bacon, mixed media drawings by Mary Barnes, abstract paintings by Anderson Giles and hand-printed paper collages by Alice Spencer.

Alix Bacon returns to the Turtle Gallery with three new series of work: The Scottish Paintings, Windows on Maine and the Climate Change Apocalypse. Bacon’s landscapes depict tranquil terrains, opening vistas onto the natural world in all its richness. Though the paintings contain no figures, we are reminded that we are present in them; we bear a responsibility to the landscapes in which we always, indelibly, appear. Bacon translates her vision by painting the environment, not just the landscape, and reminds us of the raw truth of Climate Change on our world.

Mary Barnes Frigate 40 x 52 mixed media on mylar

Mary Barnes Frigate 40 x 52 mixed media on mylar

Moved by the wonder and mystery of our avian counterparts, Mary Barnes captures their presence in a series of both vibrant and evocative mixed media drawings. Inspired by both the birds of her home in the north and a journey to the Galapagos, Barnes translates the vitality of aviary flight, habitat, sounds and habits of birds in this new collection of drawings.

Anderson Giles, Sacral Rampart, Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 42

Anderson Giles, Sacral Rampart, Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 42

Anderson Giles joins the Turtle Gallery for his first showing since retiring from 35 years of teaching art and photography at The University of Maine at Presque Isle. The show will include several older works as well as paintings recently completed during his final summer in northern Maine. Giles engages his powerful use of color and light to capture representational imagery, abstract visions and the many lines and points between where the spiritual and the physical blur.

Alice Spencer, Quilt Improv 2, 16x16

Alice Spencer, Quilt Improv 2, 16×16

Portland based artist Alice Spencer will be showing new collages of hand-printed paper. A lifelong artist of various mediums, Spencer has long been influenced by textiles from her travels and their integration into culture and everyday life.

Chris Joyce  Studio Shot

Chris Joyce Studio Shot

A new collection of woodwork from local favorite Chris Joyce will also be on display, as well as copies of his new catalog.

In addition, a vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and sculpture garden will be on display. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (207) 348-9977 or visit theturtlegallery.com

Erik Lundin Retrospective at The Kelpie Gallery

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A first ever showing of the works of the late artist Erik Lundin of Rockland/Thomaston and Madrid, Spain at The Kelpie Gallery of South Thomaston, Maine. Erik Lundin Retrospective – The Art of a Quiet Soul opening reception Saturday, September 9, 2017 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Erik Lundin, a lifetime and reclusive artist, died at the age of 86 having never shown his paintings. Susan Lewis Baines of The Kelpie Gallery has been gifted almost 300 pieces of artwork and as many studies of the artist’s life’s works by Lundin’s sister in the hopes of creating and building the legacy of her late brother.

Baines was approached by a healthcare worker of Lundin’s asking Baines to view his body of work. Baines agreed and was impressed with the artist’s geodynamic landscapes of Maine, Spain, and Central America. Baines met with the artist before his passing. His wish was to have confirmation by the populace of his talent. Unfortunately, Erik Lundin passed away before he could realize his wish. Susan agreed to accepting the work with one caveat; that 50% of the sales of Erik Lundin’s work by donated to the Sussman House, a hospice facility located in Rockport, Maine.

The Kelpie Gallery, in conjunction with the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, presents: Erik Lundin Retrospective – The Art of a Quiet Soul. For more information call (207) 691-0392 or visit www.thekelpiegallery.com

John Bowdren Fall Exhibit Opens at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery

"Lobster Rafts at Dusk" 36x48 acrylic on canvas

“Lobster Rafts at Dusk” 36×48 acrylic on canvas

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery’s Fall exhibit Presence of Place, is a group show with their 22 year around gallery artists with a focus on John Bowdren. John’s works have a quietness about them, a peacefulness that is soothing and meditative. The show is a reflection of that sensibility and having a presence of place. There is an Artist Reception on September 9th 4 to 7 and runs through November 22nd.

In John’s own words about his process, he shares,”Mornings start with a cup of tea, a quick look at the weather and the tide charts, then grab the Maine Gazetteer, sketchbooks and camera and off along the Mid-Coast, following the little boat symbols in the Gazetteer for public boat ramps and put in’s, where I hope to find my painting subjects and an A-Ha moment to share.”

"White Boat at Dock" 12x12 acrylic on canvas

“White Boat at Dock” 12×12 acrylic on canvas

John’s work relies on the warm or cool temperature of light and how it effect the emotional presence of a place. “Reflecting light is important to my work.” John tells us. “I work the color values back and forth in the water of my seascapes so that it appears to be there, but not there and serves as a supporting role for the placement of boats or wharf subjects.” The overall effect gives my audience a feeling of calm in the unbalanced balance of a finished piece.”

"Hanging Out at the Wreck" 24x24 acrylic on canvas

“Hanging Out at the Wreck” 24×24 acrylic on canvas

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery is located at 720 Rt. 1 in Yarmouth. Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm. For more information about all 22 of our year around gallery artists or to make an appointment for a private viewing call 207-846-7777 or email from our website. www.YarmouthFrameAndGallery.com

Impressionist Artist Specialized in Coastal New England Paintings & Drawings

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Summerings with Mary Bradish Titcomb, 1892-1902: Drawings of Coastal New England and the White Mountains will be on view at James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, 75 Main St., Wiscasset, from August 31st to September 27th. Although listed as a portrait painter, Titcomb is best known for her impressionistic paintings of rural and coastal New England and is considered the most important woman artist of the Boston Impressionists.

The Kochan Fine Arts exhibition, with an opening reception during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 31, 5-8pm, features finished and preliminary drawings in graphite, watercolor and/or ink on paper from the first decade of Titcomb’s professional career. The drawings on view were all executed while on summer holidays in New England, principally coastal Maine (including Ogunquit, Sebago Lake, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, and Monhegan), the White Mountains, the North Shore, and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Principally landscape and coastal views, the exhibition also includes some portraits and still lifes.

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Born in Windham, New Hampshire, Mary Bradish Titcomb (1858-1927) began her artistic career teaching drawing in the Brockton, MA public schools. In 1888, she relocated to Boston to commence studies at the Boston Museum School under Boston Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson and later Philip Hale. During her early professional career, summers were spent drawing and painting in coastal Maine or the White Mountains near her birthplace. In 1895, Titcomb traveled to Europe for the first time, studying with Jules Lefebvre in Paris, but returned to Boston, where she exhibited regularly with the Copley Society and in numerous national exhibitions. Titcomb continued to summer along the New England coast, from the North Shore to Cape Cod, although she is known to have gone on a sketching trip to Arizona and Mexico in 1901. As she became more successful, she left her Fenway studio and purchased a home in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she died in 1927.

For more information about Mary Bradish Titcomb and the Summerings exhibition, please contact James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, 304-279-7714 or jameskochan@comcast.net

Farnsworth to Unveil Mural During September First Friday

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

On Friday, September 1, during the First Friday art walk, there will be a special mural unveiling of a new mural arts project on School Street, on the wall of the Grasshopper Shop in downtown Rockland, which is a partnership between the Farnsworth’s Education Department and mural director Alexis Iammarino. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on School Street, between Main and Union Streets, with a public remarks scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Farnsworth has participated in First Fridays, thanks to a sponsorship from the First National Bank. During First Fridays, the museum is open free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

The mural arts project has been made possible thanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of this community project is to engage local youth in creating public art in downtown Rockland. The project has been guided by local community mural artist Alexis Iammarino. She was joined by Canadian-born mural artist Melissa Luk, who has created mural projects on multiple continents, most recently in the west-African nation of Gabon. The mural was also completed with help of local artists and volunteers of all ages, the youngest of which was 7 and the oldest 80 years old. The mural unveiling will celebrate the efforts of all those involved, give the public the opportunity to meet the artists, and toast this new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown. Free ice cream will be provided by the Grasshopper Shop.

For more information on this project, please visit the museum website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org or call the museum’s Education Department at 207-596-0949.

Landing Gallery presents “MAINE PLEIN AIR PAINTERS”

"McCloons" by Monique Lazard, 16" x 20" Oil/Canvas

“McCloons” by Monique Lazard, 16″ x 20″ Oil/Canvas

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “MAINE PLEIN AIR PAINTERS”, an exhibition of new paintings by Monique Lazard, Tom Curry and Björn Runquist opening on Friday, September 1 through October 15. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 1 from 5-8 PM.

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.” Monique’s studies began as an undergraduate at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, she received her BA from the California College of Art and pursued graduate studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She also studied with artists Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati, Stuart Shills and Alex Kanevsky at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

"Weir Cove" by Tom Curry, 12" x 12" Oil/Panel

“Weir Cove” by Tom Curry, 12″ x 12″ Oil/Panel

For the past 18 years, Tom 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.” Tom Curry has a MS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and attended the Graduate Program at Yale University. His work is in the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum and the Wheaton College Museum.

Pier: Wheeler Bay" by Björn Runquist, 16" x 20" Oil/Linen

Pier: Wheeler Bay” by Björn Runquist, 16″ x 20″ Oil/Linen

Björn Runquist has been painting in the mid coast area from Port Clyde to the Camden area, for thirty years. Björn is one of Maine’s most accomplished and collected Plein Air Painters, his paintings are in many major, private and public, collections including the Farnsworth Art Museum. “My subjects vary: the Working Waterfront and in particular this year, Piers, have become my subject of choice.” The Pier’s structural complexity allows for an interplay of color and light that creates a visual energy. It’s a visually interesting combination of solid and transparent areas that are very challenging and gratifying to paint. “There are things that I return to and there are things I paint only once. But, at the core is the ever-present force of light as the source of all that we see, indeed, at the source of life itself – the source of each day’s new beginning.”

Please join us Friday, September 1 from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Monique Lazard, Tom Curry and Björn Runquist. Hours: Tue – Sat 11– 5, Sun 12 – 5 & closed on Mon. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

New Era Gallery Opens “Home”

Evening Reflection, oil on canvas, by Susan Day Philbrook

Evening Reflection, oil on canvas, by Susan Day Philbrook

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open the last show of the summer season on Saturday September 2, with a 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 paintings by Susan Day Philbrook and Elaine Austin Crossman, hand-hooked rugs by Kathleen Bird, and sculpture and prints by Kitty Wales.    

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.

Art Space Gallery September 1st Opening

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk on September 1st.  Our front room features the work of Roger Barry, Janalee Welch, Joan Wright, and Melissa Post van der Burg. Additionally, there are many new works by our 15 other gallery artists. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments, and meet our artists on Friday, September 1st, from 5 to 8 pm.

Roger Barry of Edgecomb is a sculptor artisan who makes reliquaries from native hardwoods, many with secret locks. Heavily carved and beautifully finished, each is designed to hold precious personal items or enhance decor. Roger also creates sculptures and dreamlike tree houses that light up and draw starry nights on ceilings.“Most of my wood stock is milled from downed trees. Each one has its unique character and the sculpture that unfolds must reflect and honor it. Whether formal or whimsical, functional or decorative, all my pieces invite a personal encounter with the wood.”

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch of Farmington uses paper, both bits of the old and those she has decorated, painted, printed, or rusted together with bits and pieces of found objects to express her ongoing interest in how these materials work together in collage. Her work is inspired by her love of the natural world that was her playground as a child and her subject as a classroom teacher. “I love the rocks of the Maine coast, and I am inspired by their shapes, colors, conglomerate components, their history and their formation.” Janalee’s collages employ reminiscences of nature using simplicity and order; and pattern and symmetry as design elements, creating the sense of serenity and stability that she takes from nature.

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright of Rockland continues her exploration of the abstraction of reflections in water as well as capturing the many moods of her favorite island in the fog and out. Her exhibition will include both abstract and land/water scapes around Vinalhaven. Joan, who has been coming to Vinalhaven for over 35 years, reveals the spirit of the coast in her photography. “Water fascinates me. Its beauty and destructive power. It’s ability to reflect, distort, to change itself into what we perceive as another medium.”  

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg of Augusta will be featuring a new set of watercolor paintings. She works with the medium as if it were oil, creating rich, colorful and soulful paintings.  Her work, featuring images of Maine, has won awards across the country and is capturing the attention of many collectors. “Most of my work is figurative, with a narrative quality. I often use friends and family members as models–this is a venerable tradition dating back to the great renaissance painters. When I have a figure in front of me that I know very well, it leaves me free to focus on the story–what the painting is about.”

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 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Oil Painters Kefauver and Mabry On Exhibit at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Welcome II” , an oil painting by Will Kefauver, can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

“Welcome II” , an oil painting by Will Kefauver, can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Two fine oil painters, Mary Mabry of Waldoboro and Will Kefauver of Damariscotta, are showing their work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season. Both are skilled at landscape as well as portraits and figurative subjects. Relatively recent additions to the Gallery (Mabry is a Guest this year, and it is Kefauver’s third season as Member), their work adds to the professional quality artwork seen at the Gallery.

Will Kefauver has an extensive art background as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director, who has now returned to painting and teaching in his home gallery, The Kefauver Studio in Damariscotta. With many nationwide shows and awards under his belt, he is finding the Maine landscape satisfies his desire to create a living memory of a beautiful time and space. He states: “It is the sculpture created by the land, sea, and foliage – brought to life by the changing light – which draws me to the easel. Whether working en plein air or from reference, interpreting what nature presents is both grueling work and joyful play.” He categorizes his Maine subjects as Lighthouses, Monhegan Island, Along the Shore and Boats and Buoys. Within these themes are many subjects that reveal his interest in “wherever land and water meet.” His surf paintings are particularly exciting, showing technical expertise as well as emotional content. His website contains full information on the work and schedule of this busy artist: kefauverstudio.com.

“ Chamberlain” is just one example of Mary Mabry’s lush landscape oil paintings, now on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

“ Chamberlain” is just one example of Mary Mabry’s lush landscape oil paintings, now on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Mary Mabry spent many years in the banking business, but has found her true home as a painter in mid-coast Maine. She wisely sought art education from great artists and teachers, including a year at the California Art Institute. Although she considers herself an ongoing student, she credits her intensive work drawing and painting the figure from life with her progress and success.  She is a gardener as well as a painter: “Most of my floral paintings start with a walk through my garden.  For example, as I walk by an old French hybrid lilac, my senses come alive.  And I think as I sink my nose into a flower cluster, “What a heavenly fragrance!  These petals feel like silk on my cheek!  Look at the subtle variations in the color!”  And a concept for a painting is born—translating these sensory feelings into paint—so that others may somehow experience them.” Mabry’s lush landscapes reflect a similar personal experience and emotional response that goes beyond her considerable technical skill. She has earned awards for her work, which has been shown in many prestigious national and regional locations. Her website is marymabry.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of member artists residing within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Watercolor Batik Class at the Farnsworth

Watercolor by Erica Qualey

Watercolor by Erica Qualey

Beginning on Friday, September 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will present a four-class workshop on watercolor batik. Led by artist Erica Qualey, the class will take place on Fridays through September 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland. Please note that there will be no class on Friday, September 15.

Watercolor batik is a fun alternative method to traditional batik painting that has been used worldwide for hundreds of years. In this four-day workshop, we will use Ginwashi rice paper instead of cloth, and watercolor paint instead of dye. This method is full of surprises. During this class we will first paint by following a design and then everyone will venture off on individual projects.

Erica Qualey lives in mid-coast Maine and works as an artist and illustrator. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is represented in private collections throughout the country. See examples of her work at ericaqualey.weebly.com.

“Fashion is Art” at D’Alessio Gallery

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“Fashion wasn’t what you wore some place anymore; it was the whole reason for going.” Andy Warhol, a statement Bar Harbor, Maine artist not only follows but it is the reason to attend an event or gala as fashion is truly an inspiration for his work.

The September 1st , Art Walk Bar Harbor will be no exception with the theme “Fashion is Art” and fashion will prevail at D’Alessio Gallery as D’Alessio himself will be creating a journey from the abstract to couture as he paints live on a 10’ x 10’ canvas!

True, it’s the fashion look that speaks and inspires Russell but he is also inspired by the attitudes and tries to capture the gestures and moods seeking the true internal phenomena of the feminine form.

On this evening bold colors and his distinctive line will turn this blank canvas into a fashion runway presenting new works of art with his iconic look, blending graphics, color, and form into a sublime mix that is truly his own. Art Walk Bar Harbor, Downtown, D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert Street, 6 – 9 p.m. More information on this event or the artist visit www.rdalessioart.com

New Shows by Anthony and Curry at Gleason Fine Art

CAPTION: Janice Anthony, Damariscotta River, 14 by 30 acrylic on canvas.

CAPTION: Janice Anthony, Damariscotta River, 14 by 30 acrylic on canvas.

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens two new shows on August 31: JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE and TOM CURRY: NEW WORK. The opening reception for both shows is First Friday, September 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to join Janice and Tom in a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine. The two shows run through October 3.

JANICE ANTHONY     Jackson resident Janice Anthony is on the short list of Maine’s most respected and collected contemporary realist painters. A long-time member Tom Crotty’s Frost-Gully Gallery in Freeport, Anthony joined the Gleason roster of artists upon Crotty’s death two year’s ago. The gallery welcomed Anthony’s fresh and direct approach to painting the landscape.

     Anthony’s beautifully rendered landscapes of Maine invite viewers to see the natural world as she does. In her own words: “The content of my paintings lies beyond the visible features of woods, rocks, and water. My intention is to convey the sense of place: the moving air, the solidity of rock, the transience of water, and the strength of the ground beneath. The act of painting unites me with a wilderness that I recognize within myself. Putting paint on the canvas is where I find my bearings, at the intersection of the image and the brush” (O’Hern, “Am. Art Collector,” 6/2012).

       Janice Anthony lives in rural Jackson, Maine, where she and her husband raise cattle. Anthony’s resume is long and includes numerous solo and group shows at prestigious galleries. Her paintings hang in many public collections, including Unum, in Portland, Maine, and the McGraw-Hill Companies in New York City. Her paintings appear in many books and magazines, including the Little/Skolnick series, Paintings of Maine, Paintings of Maine in Winter, and Paintings of Maine Islands.

        For her solo show JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE, Anthony has given the gallery a dozen new paintings, including the ethereal “Threshold” (acrylic, 24 by 24 inches), which depicts a place and a moment in time so evocative that one is tempted to use the word “dreamlike.” 

TOM CURRY     Artist Tom Curry could live anywhere, but he and his wife, the writer Kim Ridley, chose the Down East village of Brooklin, Maine. Here Curry’s singular passion focuses on the tiny, uninhabited island of Chatto, which sits in Blue Hill Bay in sight of Curry’s studio.  Curry paints Chatto at all times of day and in all types of weather. 

      The show’s centerpiece, a 48 by 57 inch oil titled “Venus,” is breath-taking. With “Venus,” Curry conjures a spectacular summer day in Maine. Immense, puffy, white clouds float in the sky above Chatto and are reflected in the sea below, enveloping the lush, green island. The open sky is an unforgettable clear blue. The sun, threatening to break through the clouds, yellows their edges. 

       “Venus” is classic Tom Curry: take a simple thing, like a little, green pincushion of an island, and make it the center of the universe, a universe the viewer wants very much to be a part of.

        When Curry can take his eyes off Chatto, Brooklin’s serrated coastline and dozens of islands offer the artist an unlimited number of possibilities to paint. In “The Meadow,” a delicately striped sky fills the top half of the painting. The lower half takes the viewer from the mainland to a wooded island, and then to the distant hills beyond. The striped sky plays against supercharged spring greens and the reds and oranges of newly leafed blueberry shrubs. The result is a stunning painting that lets the viewer know just how precious this bit of coastline is.  

        Both shows, JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE and TOM CURRY: NEW WORK, may be viewed on the gallery’s website: gleasonfineart.com. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, or send an email to info@gleasonfineart.com. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

Events at the ANNEX in Castine

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Upcoming Events for the ANNEX –
Co-Presented by the Castine Arts Association

• Artists-in-Residence have arrived!

• August 6-25 Kelly Carmody (Boston) and Viktor Butko (Russia) – They will be painting around town for the first week and a half and then moving into the studio space at the ANNEX. Keep an eye out for them. Both Kelly and Viktor will do a painting demonstration.

• Thursday, August 17, 5-7, Showing for Artists-in-Residence, Ben Skinner and Genevieve Dionne at the ANNEX – come see the ephemoral Castine-inspired installation they’ve been making while in residence.

• Saturday, August 19, 9-12PM, Kelly Carmody Painting Demonstration. Kelly will work through painting a still-life while answering questions from the audience, from 9:00 – 12:00. The public is free to stay the whole time or come and go as necessary. Offered as part of the Artist-in-Residence Program at the ANNEX happening at 8 Water Street, Castine, Maine in the studio.  Free and open to the public. Please come and enjoy the insights of a truly gifted and thoughtful artist.

• Tuesday, August 22, 5-7PM Kelly Carmody and Viktor Butko Residency Exhibition Reception. Show will be up until Friday August 25.

• Thursday, August 31, 5-7: Opening Reception for Charleen Wiseman, Quilts! @ the ANNEX

For more information call or email theannexcenter@gmail.com • 213-839-0851, or drop into Gallery B, 5 Main Street, Castine

The ANNEX is located at 8 Water Street, Castine, ME 04421
www.annexarts.org

Deer Isle Artists Association presents “Fresh Ink,”

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Evocation, by Marianne Alweiss

 

From August 18 through the 31, the Deer Isle Artists Association will present “Fresh Ink,” featuring the art of Marianne Alweis, Don Bardole, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Betsy Braunhut, Emily Brett Lukens, Janet Cook, Mary Eaton, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Jeri Gillin, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Carolyn Raedle, Hub White, and Alice Wilkinson. Appearing in the Art Rack will be work by Leslie Anderson, Avery Falkner, Judith Felch, Judith Felch, Jerry Levitt, and Cynthia Stroud-Watson.

The title “Fresh Ink” refers not necessarily to the materials utilized by each artist; rather it serves as a metaphor for how each interprets the theme and applies it to his or her own work. Included in the show will be a wide range of mediums, including drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, basketry, fiber arts, etc.

A reception with the artists will take place on Sunday, August 20, from 4:00 – 6:00. The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village, and is open daily from 10:00 – 6:00. www.deerisleartists.com   (207) 348-2330.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Viewfinders”

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The Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill presents a new group exhibition, Viewfinders, featuring the work of Jenny Brillhart, Brita Holmquist, and Buzz Masters, with new work from Ingrid Ellison, with an Opening Reception, Sunday, August 20, 4 – 7PM

A Summer of exciting shows continues with the the fourth group exhibition of the season!

VIEWFINDERS features the artwork of Jenny Brillhart, Brita Holmquist, Buzz Masters, with new work from Ingrid Ellison. I am fortunate to include artwork from Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Diane Green, M P Landis, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, Sunday, August 20, 4 – 7 PM. On view through September 18. Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

2018 PMA Biennial Curator Shares Exhibition Strategy

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Nat May, the independent curator of the 2018 PMA Biennial, has assembled a team of arts professionals to co-curate the exhibition, which opens at the Portland Museum of Art on January 26, 2018. Together with May, this team will share knowledge, discuss themes, and ultimately select the artists that will appear in the PMA’s hallmark exhibition of contemporary art related to Maine.

The team members are:
· Theresa Secord, renowned artist, educator, and founder of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
· Sarah Workneh, Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
· Mark Bessire, the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art

The idea of bringing people together to share ideas about the Biennial appealed to May immediately upon agreeing to curate the exhibition. “What makes Maine so unique is the interconnected relationships between individual artists, communities, and organizations in the arts,” says May. “Working with Sarah, Theresa, and Mark leverages those relationships, and their varying insights and approaches to contemporary art creates a really exciting list of artists to consider.”

In addition to May and Bessire, Secord and Workneh also have connections to the PMA beyond the 2018 Biennial. At the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Workneh worked closely with the PMA for the 2016 exhibition Skowhegan at Seventy, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the school’s founding and showcased work produced at the school or in its honor. Secord participated as an artist in the museum’s previous Biennial and has work in the PMA collection. She is also the 2017 speaker at the museum’s annual Bernard Osher Lecture Series; her lecture, “Keeping Tradition Alive: Native American Art Ecology in Maine and the Nation,” takes place on September 12 at USM’s Hannaford Hall.

Working as a team benefits the exhibition, as May and his colleagues make studio visits across the state and beyond, talking with artists who have meaningful relationships with the state. “We’re taking the idea of connection seriously—the definition of ‘meaningful’ should pass the straight-face test,” adds May. “But it’s also important to understand that this exhibition, though regional by nature, should not be defined by regionalism. Our border is permeable, and our world in Maine intricately connected to the world beyond our state lines.”
One focus for the group is artists who have never been represented at the PMA before, including past Biennials, exhibitions, or the museum’s collection. These may be artists who have shown extensively elsewhere or are relatively unknown, but it is important to May to use the Biennial to bring artists and artworks to the PMA for the first time.

This is the 10th Biennial exhibition at the PMA and the second Biennial that will be organized by an independent curator who will spend nearly a year visiting artist studios. Funded through the generous bequest of William E. Thon, the PMA Biennial is intended to highlight artists with meaningful connections to Maine and enrich the cultural lives of the people of the state. Inspired by his own experience and love of biennials, Thon entrusted the PMA with the means to offer rich contemporary art experiences to its audiences. You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial was curated by Alison Ferris of Edgecomb, Maine.
The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is made possible by the William E. and Helen E. Thon Endowment Fund.

The PMA is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.
For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

New Alan Magee paintings at Greenhut Galleries

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Alan Magee, born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time, Atlantic, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Bantam, Ballantine, and Simon & Schuster Books. He received numerous awards for his illustrations including the National Book Award, Awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and many more. Magee began to concentrate on personal paintings in the late 70s and in 1980 had his first solo exhibition at Staempfli Gallery in New York.

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His painting career took off, and in 1991 he had a ten-year retrospective simply titled, Alan Magee 1981-1991. The show traveled to four US museums. Other retrospectives have been hosted by the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the Frye Art Museum.

Magee’s paintings are in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Portrait Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Arizona State University Art Museum, The Newark Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art. For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

Night Stories After Party at CMCA

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Dance the night away at the Night Stories After Party following the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Summer Gala on Friday, August 18th, from 9-11pm. CMCA’s courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, will come alive with dance music by DJ Owen Cartwright, cash bar by Trillium Caterers, ice cream truck by Stone Fox Farm Creamery, a fire pit to gather around, sparklers, and more! Tickets are $10 for CMCA Members, $12 for Non-members, and are available online at http://cmcanow.org/event/afterparty-night-stories/, or the evening of the event.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala honors the opening of Linden Fredrick | Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell. Festivities include a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members, and include entry to the After Party. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win

CMCA to Hold Public Reception for Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibition

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Linden Frederick, Takeout, 2016, oil on linen, courtesy of Forum Gallery

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will hold a public reception for the exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers. The exhibition will be on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017.

The collaborating writers include: Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See); National Book Award-finalist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog); National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich (The Round House); National Book Award-finalist Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End); Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles series); Academy Award-nominee Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark); Kirkus Prize-winner Lily King (Euphoria); Edgar Award-winner Dennis Lehane (Mystic River); Newberry Medal-winner Lois Lowry (The Giver); PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Ann Patchett (Bel Canto); New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice (Crazy in Love); Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo (Empire Falls); Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge); Academy Award-winner Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs); PEN USA Award-winner Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone).

In conjunction with the exhibition, Frederick will present a gallery talk on the inception and creation of the Night Stories series on Tuesday, August 29, at 5:30pm. Space is limited to 40; reservations are required. The event is free to CMCA members; others with admission. To reserve: call 207-701-5005 or email info@cmcanow.org.

Additional upcoming Night Stories programs include a conversation in the gallery with Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00pm; and a conversation between the artist and author Richard Russo on Sunday, October 22, 3:00pm.

A resident of Belfast, Maine, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. He is represented by Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Barbara Ernst Prey Museum Commission

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has commissioned Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a groundbreaking 8 by 15 feet watercolor for their new Building 6 that opened its doors to the public in May 2017.

As an artist that works mainly on site, Prey spent countless hours in the space at MASS MoCA, looking, distilling and thinking about the architecture; as the concept developed, she started working on preliminary drawings during her visits. The studies began small and in pencil to accurately capture the architecture and overall composition; Prey then moved to color and larger formats, working out the light and the complex colors.

The drawings displayed in this exhibition served as references for the world’s largest known watercolor and uniquely chronicle the development of Barbara Prey’s commission for MASS MoCA.

BARBARA PREY PROJECTS will be open daily from 10am-5pm between July 1 and September 20.

Barbara Prey Projects, Main Street, Port Clyde, ME 04855
July 1−September 20 daily from 10a.m.−5 p.m. 207 372 8087
Barbarapreyprojects.com / info@barbarapreyprojects.com

Four Solo Shows Opening at Caldbeck Gallery

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CARDOON 2012 oil on panel 16 x 12 inches Lois Dodd

From August 16 to September 16, The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the work of 4 artists: Lois Dodd of Cushing ME and New York NY, Bayard Hollins of Islesboro ME and Ojai CA, Janice Kasper of Swanville ME, and Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor ME.  An opening reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 6-8 pm.

In “Summer Paintings”, Dodd’s oil on masonite and oil on aluminum paintings sing with the light and air of summer in Cushing, Maine.  Mostly painted within the past 3 years, the paintings range in size from 5 x 7 inches to 18 x 20 inches.   In “Open Barn Door with Wheelbarrow” a very red wheelbarrow casts its shadow on the barn’s cedar shakes.  The shadow is that cool color that only the heated light of summer can create.  In one of the smaller paintings, “Frog Road Kill”, a frog’s little body is painted with a care that is both scientific and tender.  Dodd’s work has been shown widely in NYC, where she shows with Alexander Gallery, and throughout the U.S. for more than 60 years; her first exhibit with the Caldbeck was in 1985; this is her 11th solo show at the gallery.

A SPECIAL PLACE 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches Bayard Hollins

A SPECIAL PLACE 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches Bayard Hollins

Hollins’s show, “A Special Place”, features paintings in oil on canvas, as well as in acrylic on paper, measuring in the range of 18 x 20 inches to 72 x 60 inches.  About his work, the artist explains, “many influences go in my work, though the dominant theme tends to be the interaction between classical realism and abstract expressionism.  I work very fast, with large brush strokes, in order to convey the rawness of nature.  I like to leave a painting in a sort of incomplete state.  I believe that an unrefined painting is truer to nature and to my own emotions.  Space is created so that the painting can move, breath, and grow in the viewer’s imagination.  He used to love to go out in his power boat in stormy weather, but gave that up, and now relives those experiences in some of his paintings.   This is the artist’s third solo show with the Caldbeck.

THREE GRACES 2017 oil on canvas 36 x 21 inches Janice Kasper

THREE GRACES 2017 oil on canvas 36 x 21 inches Janice Kasper

Kasper’s 5 canvases in her show “New Work” are about nature (and human nature).  Measuring in the range of 21 x 31 inches to 24 x 80 inches, each painting tells a story woven together by the artist’s sense of humor and compassion for the animal world.   “My work is concerned with how we view and interact with our fellow creatures. They make our lives richer and we have the power to enrich their lives by protecting their habitats and by seeing the beauty in all living things”, Kasper says. Kasper was the curator of historic sites for the Farnsworth Art Museum for many years.  Her work there included caring for the Lucy Farnsworth Homestead, as well as the Olson House in Cushing.  Her passion and compassion for wildlife plays out in all of her artwork. She has shown widely in Maine and Connecticut, and has been with the Caldbeck since 1985.

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FERTILITY 2017 granite 48 x 13 x 9 inches Lise Becu

“Works in Stone” includes a number of new sculptures by Lise Becu, as well as a number of earlier pieces.  Becu works predominantly in different kinds of granite and Rockland limestone, but also works in alabaster, travertine, and calcite.  Of particular interest to her are found stones – on the beach, or in a wall, or from a slag pile.  “I like to use the natural shape of the stone”, explains the artist.  “I also try to leave some of the stone’s texture that is created by the many years of erosion out in nature.  When I finish a piece, I blend those areas of roughness into the final polished surface.  My imagery usually evolves as I carve, like having a conversation with the stone.  It’s as though the stories appear all by themselves.  I like to describe my work as ‘stylized figurative depictions of everyday life, dreams, and legends’.” Becu has been represented by the Caldbeck since the gallery’s first exhibit in June of 1982.

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

Multiple Media Artwork Featured At Pemaquid Art Gallery

“State of the Union” by Debra Arter if reflective of her intriguing and colorful work which always has something to say.

“State of the Union” by Debra Arter if reflective of her intriguing and colorful work which always has something to say.

Debra Arter, uses a multiple media approach to art. Known for her printmaking and collage, she also enjoys painting and assemblage. Her subject matter ranges from realistic to abstract. Steve Viega is a woodworker who creates functional art for marine and residential uses. At the Pemaquid Gallery he will be showing unique bowls that highlight the natural beauty of the wood.

Deb Arter remembers her first “serious” art project was a third grade class bulletin board titled “What the Wind Does,” and in high school she won the state anti-smoking poster contest and her design was mass produced. She went on to earn a BA degree in Art Education, and a Masters in Fine Arts. She is a member of many art societies and guilds, and has taught printmaking extensively in the mid-coast Maine area.

Arter’s work reflects a wide-ranging interest in poetry, history and music. A recurring theme is houses and homes, as they reflect the personalities of the inhabitants. Much of her work can be seen as a kind of storytelling, as though the work has something to say, which may or may not be obvious to the viewer! Whatever the subject, her work is intriguing, colorful and delightful, recalling Matisse, Bonnard, and Klee among many other of her favorite artists. She can be seen online at the sites of societies she belongs to including the Monotype Guild of New England, www.mgne.org. She will also be showing her work in Brunswick this fall.

Functional woodworking is the goal and Steve Viega of Walpole and bowls are just some of the fine woodworking he is exhibiting this season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Functional woodworking is the goal and Steve Viega of Walpole and bowls are just some of the fine woodworking he is exhibiting this season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Steve Viega also remembers early inspiration for working with wood as he grew up in rural Connecticut, which led a degree in forestry from Paul Smith’s College in the New York Adirondack Mountains. On graduation, he worked as a finish carpenter until he became involved in wooden boatbuilding in Maine, where he worked as a joiner in the famed boatyards of the mid-coast, learning from world-class boat builders and joiners.

Viega has now launched his own business, Steve Viega Woodworks, in Walpole. He offers a wide range of fine woodworking services, marine and residential, from furniture to sign carving, new and renovated. After a fire in 2016 destroyed his studio and new house, he is as determined as ever to pursue his art with functional woodworking. The bowls he is showing in his first year at the Pemaquid Gallery are stunning. His work may be seen online at www.svwoodworks.com.

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

ART with a story at Mars Hall Gallery

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Running 8/9/2017 – 10/9/2017 –  Mars Hall Gallery opens “The Bigger Picture”, a show featuring ART with a story. Two photographers, two painters and a friendship spanning two continents are the stories to be shared.

In the fall of 2016 artist Nancy Baker began her almost 400 mile trek in the village of Alcoutim, Portugal. She hiked the Via Algarviana and Rota Vincentina trails raising money for the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde. Along the way she met many people, some now good friends, who generously opened their doors to her. The journal, sketches and prose done on her trek are the inspiration for her “Covered Ground” series and book. Baker has opened doors to her inspiring heartfelt endeavor.

A chance meeting in the Maine woods between two pinhole photographers would begin a visual dialogue spanning almost 2,000 miles and 13 months. In 2013 Amy Rocket-Todd of Okalahoma and Antonia Small of Port Clyde began documenting their visionary journey. The end result was a show at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a book titled “Baker’s Dozen: A Pinhole Dialogue”. The show and book are on display as well as Gary Libby and Antonia Small’s book “Caught”.

“Visionary Messages” is the theme of Holly Smith’s creations. “Meditations, like dreams, can drift from one reality to another, and subconscious messages, if allowed, can imerge. One can accept this information as mere fantasy or pure imagination.” Smith’s paintings are a reflection of a dreamlike collective consciousness that uses meditation as a tool to discover incredible insights.

While vacationing in Venezuela Dr. Al Wills and his wife Hannah Boulton , of Boston and Hupper Island, met artist Manuel Rincon. They would form a life long friendship and Rincon would become one of the Hupper’s 5ive in 1996. Rincon’s playful imagery of his early childhood subtly depict the depth of human relationships. The story behind the late Rincon’s paintings in this show will be shared along with the story of a very special friendship.

The Main Gallery features the second phase of “14 Miles to the Horizon”. This ever changing exhibit showcases Maine ART along with an expanded selection of fine antiques and collectibles. On display are paintings by Leo Brooks, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Brian Kliewer, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, David Paffhausen, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Carl Sublett, William Thon, Ron Weaver and Eleanor Zuccola. Also on exhibit is mixed media assemblage by Bill Cook, whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry and a variety of quality crafts including decoupage by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. New to the gallery are paintings and wood & stone sculptures by Ian Baird. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display through out the gallery as well as outside in the Sculpture Gardens.

The gallery is open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. thru Labor Day, Labor Day thru Columbus Day 10-5, Fri. thru Sun. or by appointment. Mars Hall Gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Louise Nevelson—Light and Shadow

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On Wednesday, August 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Nevelson biographer Laurie Wilson entitled Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow. The program will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

This lecture will provide an intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members. Wilson tells the story of this major artist who became one of the three great American sculptors of the 20th century. Nevelson’s artistic, spiritual, even physical transformation is dramatic, complex, and inseparable from major historical and cultural shifts of this period in the art world. The post-lecture Q&A will be followed by a book signing.

Wilson’s recently published biography Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow is available for sale in the museum store and at the signing. The exhibition Black and White: Louise Nevelson/ Pedro Guerrero will open at the Farnsworth on Friday, October 6 and will be on view through April 1, 2018.

Laurie Wilson is a practicing psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical School, and she is also the author of Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man, published by Yale University Press in 2003. Her involvement with Nevelson dates back to the 1970s when she spent time interviewing the artist for her doctoral dissertation, Louise Nevelson Iconography and Sources (1976). The fee for this lecture is $8 and $5 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Farnsworth Presents Lecture and Film: Returning Nazi-Appropriated-Art to its Rightful Owner

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On Wednesday, August 23, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the Strand Theatre and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will co-present a lecture by Donald S. Burris, Esq. followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt: The Documentary. The program will take place at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Beginning with the initial Blitzkrieg and continuing throughout the duration of World War II, the Nazi authorities implemented a pervasive program for stealing valuable artworks as they overran and ravaged most of Western Europe. The artwork was appropriated from mostly Jewish families in the occupied countries and the amount of art plundered, as you will learn in the course of the lecture, was astronomical.

Such was the fate of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting of The Woman in Gold, officially titled “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” and commissioned by Adele’s husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist and supporter of the arts, who shared with his wife a special fondness for Klimt’s work. The Belvedere Palace in Vienna acquired this painting and others from their Nazi holders in 1941 and it remained in the Palace until its status was changed by the American courts in lengthy litigation begun in 1999 that our guest speaker will describe in detail, culminating with the 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling entitled Altmann v. Republic of Austria.

The speaker, Donald S. Burris—an international lawyer and a senior partner at Burris, Schoenberg & Walden—was not only the “other lawyer” working side-by-side with Randy Schoenberg to have Maria Altmann’s historic rights recognized in the Altmann case, but has been the senior partner in the firm working with other “looted art” cases. He will speak about the case and his other fascinating experiences in connection with his ongoing efforts to repatriate artworks, businesses and real estate stolen by the Nazis.

This brief lecture will be followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt, a documentary film about the true story of the Woman in Gold, running time 86 minutes. Burris will take questions following the film. The fee for this program is $20 and $15 for Farnsworth members, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue members, and Strand members. For more information visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Late Summer Exhibitions at Barn Gallery

Evelyne Harper Neill will celebrate over 50 years as a member of the Ogunquit Art Association with a solo exhibition of her paintings in the North Gallery. She will give a Gallery Talk on Thursday, August 17 at 6 PM, a talk that is free and open to the public. There will be an opening reception on Saturday August 19, 5 – 7:30 PM.

Late Summer Exhibitions begin on August 9 and run through September 9. OAA members, old and new, will show paintings, graphics photographs and sculpture in “OAA Expressions” and in a special theme show, “From Above.” Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is always available in the Collectors Gallery.

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Barn Gallery’s expanded schedule of figure drawing sessions, artist demonstrations and workshops in a variety of media as well as artist gallery talks continues through August.

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

Maine Arts Commission’s roster provides additional resources for teachers and schools

The 2017 new teaching artists attending the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative at Thomas College.

The 2017 new teaching artists attending the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative at Thomas College.

The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce the addition of four new Maine artists to its online Teaching Artist Roster. Ten new Maine artists recently took part in a three-day, annual professional development session at Maine Arts Leadership Initiative’s (MALI) Summer Institute at Thomas College, meeting the eligibility requirement to be added to the roster.

“The Arts Commission teaching artist roster is focused on supporting high quality arts education in our schools and community arts organizations,” said Argy Nestor, the Commission’s Director of Arts Education. “Ensuring high quality arts education is at the heart of our cultural plan, and advancing the skills of those on the roster is a direct outcome of the results of our recent statewide Arts Education Census.”

The Maine Arts Commission’s Teaching Artist Roster provides greater access for teachers, schools, and community groups to area artists who are trained and knowledgeable in classroom requirements, and is available free for use to all who wish to locate and contract with Maine artists for educational purposes.

Of the 10 Maine artists newly eligible to be added to the roster, five have been given the additional credential of “teaching artist leaders:”

Tom Luther, a musician and teaches piano and digital/computer music from Union.
Nicole Cardano, an actress who teaches elementary and middle school improvisational skills as well as theatre productions and show choir. She lives in Seal Cove.
Dana Legawiec, is an actor whose recent teachings involve grade 3-5 students in mask, improve, physical theatre, and yoga. She is from Bowdoinham.
Brian Evans-Jones, a writer who teaches creative writing and poetry to elementary school students through higher education levels. Brian lives in South Berwick.

This year’s MALI Summer Institute brought together approximately 70 arts educators from around the state to strengthen leadership skills, share classroom practices and creative learning methods throughout Maine’s school systems. Over the course of the institute, each educator produced a follow-up project that the Maine Arts Commission subsequently makes available as a statewide educational resource.

Since 2011, MALI has provided opportunities for hundreds of arts education “teacher leaders” to inspire over 1,500 educators through teaching workshops, presentations, and webinars at the school, district, regional, state, and national level.

The Maine Arts Commission currently administers the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative as part of one of its five priorities, fostering PK-12 lifelong arts education programs, in its five-year cultural plan, Fortifying Maine’s Creativity & Culture. To learn more about any of the Maine Arts Commission’s arts education funding opportunities or programs, please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207/287-2713.

The Sohns Gallery Presents Collage Works By Artist Abbie Read

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop presents collage works by artist Abbie Read. The show runs from August 1st through September 17th. August 25th at 6:30 will be a reception and an artist talk at 7:00.
Abbie Read’s large impressive assemblage installation “Library” was on display in the Sohns Gallery in 2015. She is back in the gallery showing her new Paper Collage works. Abbie Read is drawn to the stained and abused surfaces of old books and discarded objects, the stuff of previous lives and times and the rustier, the more ancient looking the better. She uses her collected objects to create her abstract collage works. One body of work on display showcases exquisite range of reds inspired by the colors of the blueberry barrens on Appleton Ridge in the fall. This captivating gallery show has a range of sizes and prices.

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

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Announces New Exhibitions

JANICE ANTHONY  Cobble Beach, Schoodic, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 36 inches

JANICE ANTHONY Cobble Beach, Schoodic, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 36 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present a two-person exhibition: Janice Anthony and Alison Rector: How the Light Gets In, and solo shows of new work by Ragna Bruno, Rosie Moore, and Colin Page from August 16– September 12. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Janice Anthony and Alison Rector: How the Light Get’s In
Janice Anthony (landscapes) and Alison Rector (interiors) spend their days contemplating the illusion of light. They study how light gives form to an interior space as it moves across a room through windows and doors, or how shafts of light illuminate the ferns and wild plants that flourish below an impenetrable canopy of trees.

Anthony and Rector found apt inspiration for this show in the lyrics of a song by Leonard Cohen, the late great singer, songwriter, and poet. In his song Anthem, Cohen wrote:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Cohen was speaking about more than the physical properties of light in Anthem. He was addressing life and political unrest. The sadness and wisdom of his words are mighty. Humans are flawed. There is a crack in everything.

ALISON RECTOR  The Fragrance of Afternoon, oil on linen, 28 x 28 inches

ALISON RECTOR The Fragrance of Afternoon, oil on linen, 28 x 28 inches

In painting, the illusion of light is derived from the manipulation of an opaque material (paint) on a flat two-dimensions surface. Both painters transformed these benign materials into remarkable works of art brimming with mood and emotion. For Anthony and Rector, light is their glimpse into an overlooked quiet space, the hidden mysteries of a cool hollow, or the extraordinary colors of pebbled beach —a reminder to look for the beauty in, and beyond, the crack.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Jean Kigel’s 19th Annual Eastern Views: Geometric Realism+Attic Windows

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Jean Kigel, Attic Window Series Friendship From Wallaces to the Wharfs oil 18×22

New paintings by Jean Kigel are featured at a museum-quality retro 1950’s setting, the Brick House Gallery, 176 Winslow Mills Road, Waldoboro from August 11th to 13th.  The reception  is on Friday August 11th from 5-7pm.
Celebrating its 19th season, Kigel’s Annual Eastern Views is a synthesis of motifs from Maine and Asia. Continuing her new geometric-realism series, she manipulates visual perceptions, creating a dichotomy of the real and the unreal.  Her seascapes capture jagged patterns of the luminous, shifting light and reflective waters of Maine.  Several muses – including Clary Hill and sea creatures – appear again and again, testament to their emotional power for the artist.  Featured this year is “Muscongus”, depicting the Atlantic in vibrant tones of blues, which she observed while kayaking near her studio.
In addition, Kigel will exhibit her growing attic windows series. These whimsical paintings depict colorful clusters of roof tops of an by-gone, architectural style in Mid-coast towns.   “When I paint this series, I always delight and surprise myself, reshaping forms, reinterpreting colors, and even inserting magical elements like fish into the skies.”
As usual, Kigel’s show is punctuated with paintings of garden perennials; her Asian brush techniques lending a sense of “exotica” to the familiar.
An award-winning member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Kigel’s work is exhibited in galleries in Maine, Massachusetts, NY City, and Vermont.    For more information, preview this exhibit at www.jeankigel.com or call 975-3262.

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents “Bo Bartlett: Paintings from the Outpost”

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Bo Bartlett, Christmas, Oil on linen, 82″ x 100″

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents “Bo Bartlett: Paintings from the Outpost,”
with an Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 from 5-8pm.
“Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His paintings are well within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary.”

Star Gallery Opening for Emily Brown and Barbara Sullivan

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Please join Star Gallery for an Opening reception Thursday, August 3
5 – 7 pm for an exhibit featuring: Emily Brown and Barbara Sullivan

Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception

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Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor hosts an OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, August 3, 5–7pm, with a show that runs August 3–16

Hughes-Bosca: Bountiful Rarity
Largest collection will be August 3–5
Good things need to be replayed, this is our 8th show. They fabricate 18 kt. jewelry using gemstones, colored diamonds, and artifacts from distant corners. It has weight, glowing surface, quiet confidence, and un-restrained boldness. The soulful power of wearing this work will enhance your mood and presence. Come meet our dearest collaborators, Caro-Gray Bosca and Mary Hughes, Thursday through Saturday.

Jaber Lutfi: Exquisite Bizarre Brought to Canvas
If there is common ground between Van Eyck, Picasso and Hieronymus Bosch, Jaber is it. These figurative acrylics tell an indeterminate story of costumed characters with curiousness turned up to 11. Superbly crafted, allegorical, fantasy realism and flirting with ominous events delivered from the mind of this Montreal based artist.

McTeigue Estate Jewelry
AUGUST 3–5 ONLY
Our second presentation of this venerable New York based estate jewelry firm established in 1895 will be presenting fabulous jewels for three days only. Kate Fisher, born in Australia, and an expert for decades, will be exhibiting magnificent pieces that were in high fashion from before you were born.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
You read it right, two historic art revolutionaries right here in NEH. Curated by Jerry Suqi of Gallery Feldermaus in Chicago, he will be bringing collotypes from folios made prior to 1930. You will find evocative line drawings of Schiele’s astonishing draftsmanship, and Klimt’s golden and dense surfaces.

Littlefield Gallery presents “Daniel Anselmi: Paper, Scissors, Paint”

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Daniel Anselmi: Paper, Scissors, Paint
Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor
August 14 – September 10
Artist’s Reception Saturday, August 19, 4-6 pm

Daniel’s works on paper and canvas explore the use of paper as an ongoing dialogue between painting and collage. He uses artist-painted paper as one would handle a brush to elicit brushstrokes on canvas. Never using the new, he enjoys the felt quality of the discarded: blueprints, old ledgers, chart papers, and used canvas dropcloths are materials that offer an aesthetic conversation with his work. The paint he applies to these various materials, whether in large cut pieces or intimate fragments, and affix to already created surfaces, offers countless opportunities to express color, line, and form. Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in these abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.

Closing Reception for “Home is Where the Heart is”

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“I hope you can join us for the closing reception for my show at the Midcoast Conservancy during Wiscasset Art Walk this coming Thursday, August 31st from 5-8 PM.”

This is the second to the last show in the beautiful Hagget Building and Midcoast Conservancy will receive 20% of all sales

Carolyn Gabbe “Home is Where the Heart is” is a solo show at the Historic Hagget Building in Wiscasset, Aug 9 through Aug 31, with an Opening Reception Thurs Aug. 10 from 5 to 8 pm.

 

 

 

 

Art House Picture Frames call for provocative art

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Art House Picture Frames is looking for collections of provocative art for upcoming gallery shows at their space in Portland, ME. Work should say something about the world in which we live or comment on the artist or the art process itself. Interested artists should email links to arthousepictureframes@gmail.com or stop by Art House Picture Frames, 61 Pleasant Street, Portland Maine. Emerging artists are encouraged to submit.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opens “From Our Sea”

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Philippe Guillerm Gallery in Waldoboro will have this month’s vernissage on August 12th from 4-7 pm with the unveiling of Philippe Guillerm collection of inks on paper “From Our Sea”

“From Our Sea” is a powerful vision on the wonderful world of traveling and discovering the marvelous ocean. Philippe has sailed the oceans since he was 20 and since then, the oceans have captivated him to a quest of preservation.

Philippe Guillerm is known for his violins and cellos carved from found driftwood and mixed with real music instruments, which convey not only physical strength and beauty but also individuality, intelligence, and grace. Lesser known are his paintings and drawings that further express his artistic involvement with the sea world. This exhibition brings together a series of ink drawings and driftwood sculptures  that will captivate your imagination and define the concept of preserving our waters.

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page

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Colin Page, Hanging Buoys, oil on canvas, 36×48 inches

 

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page, his 4th solo exhibition at the gallery. The opening reception is Thursday August 3rd from 5-7pm.

Colin says this about his work, “These paintings are about where land and water meet. Some of the landscapes are about the colors along the coastline, and others are about how our waterfront engages land and sea. Whatever the subject, color and light are my main attraction to a scene as I start painting. This show is about visual decadence. Whether I’m painting pattern and light, or the chaos of a working harbor, I experience the world through color, shape and line.”

In addition to making art, Colin Page teaches a number of painting workshops across the state.  Colin attended the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City.

Noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel to speak at CMCA

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to present an artist talk by noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, on Thursday, August 10, at 5:30pm. The talk is free-of-charge and open to the public. Wedel is currently the guest artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center in Newcastle, Maine.

Matt Wedel (b. 1984) is a ceramic artist living and working in rural southeastern Ohio. His surroundings provide him with the flexibility to create without restriction and to work in a scale that dwarfs his own body. Enveloped by natural surroundings, his home and studio sit amid sprawling acres of unspoiled land. For Wedel, living and working in the landscape, and depicting the landscape have become one and the same. Like tending plants in the earth, Wedel cultivates his own forms, rooted in his imagination and brought to life from clay.

Matt Wedel was born and raised in Colorado, and first began working with clay at the age of two. Under the guidance of his father, a functional ceramicist, Wedel developed an early passion for making sculpture. He earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, in 2005, and a MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2007, where he studied with Tony Marsh. Wedel went on to teach at the University, and has since taught at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, and University of Colorado, Boulder. In early 2012, Wedel moved with his family to Albany, Ohio, where he built his own studio and an oversized kiln.

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69"

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69″

Upcoming artist talks at CMCA include: Linden Frederick, Night Stories, August 29, 5:30pm; John Walker and William Corbett, Looking Out to Sea talk and book signing, September 10, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with author Tess Gerritsen, September 17, 3pm; Michael Mansfield, William Wegman and Early Video Art, September 24, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with Richard Russo, October 22, 3pm.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please call 207.701.5005 or  visit cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibit and Summer Gala at CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is celebrating its first anniversary in its Toshiko Mori Architect building with its Summer Gala on Friday, August 18, 2017. The evening also celebrates the preview opening of the much-anticipated exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala includes a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Festivities will end with Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck and dancing with music by DJ Owen Cartwright. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

Gala attendees are also able to reserve an advance copy of the hardcover book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories they Inspired ($45 + tax), signed by artist, with the purchase of Gala tickets. A number of the featured authors will be in attendance at the event to sign books throughout the evening.

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win.

Event Tickets are available online at cmcanow.org/summer-gala or by calling 207-701-5005. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jean Thompson at jthompson@cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

The groundbreaking exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, from August 19 through November 5, 2017 with an Artist Talk August 29, at 5:30pm. The much-anticipated exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers.

The exhibition, and the accompanying book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories They Inspired, have been eight years in the making. When artist Linden Frederick (b. 1953) realized a growing number of his collectors were novelists and screenwriters, he wondered what would happen if the writer-illustrator relationship were reversed: the painting first, then the writing. The result is Night Stories. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010.

CMCA, founded in 1952, is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207-701-5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Henry Isaacs: Working Color II at Gleason Fine Art

Burnt Coat Harbor, Swans Island #5 oil on canvas 20x40"

Burnt Coat Harbor, Swans Island #5
oil on canvas 20×40″

Cranberry Island artist Henry Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style—broken brushwork and a palette of delicate blues, greens, pinks, and yellows—marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in Maine today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet. He is both worldly and down to earth, both witty and self-effacing, generous with his time, and passionate about the dangers of the art world’s becoming overly commercialized.

The show runs  from July 29 – August 29, 2017 with an Artist’s Reception: Friday, August 4th, 5-7pm.

For more information contact Gleason Fine Art:
www.gleasonfineart.com
31 Townsend Avenue / Boothbay Harbor / Maine 04538
207-633-6849

 

Announcing the 2017 Portland Fine Craft Show

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The Maine Crafts Association presents the 3rd Annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 26, 2017 on Congress Street in Portland. The show features over 100 juried fine craft exhibitors from the greater New England area. We’re grateful for support from our event sponsors, including MECA, DOMAINE, West End News, Artscope, CyberCopy, Daunis Fine Jewelry, El Corazon, Portland Pottery and Kurier. Please save the date and join us for shopping and communing with artists from all over Maine and greater New England.

Want to check out the show from behind the scenes? Help us make the show a great success again this year by volunteering at the Show. Join our delightful crew of artists and art lovers – sign up via the link below!

NEW this year: Look out for a very special show program and map, which will be published on August 4 as an insert to the West End News.

For more information visit The Maine Crafts Association webpage.

August Events at the ANNEX and Gallery B

Lyn Mayewski – An Exhibition of New Felted Animal Sculptures – a Fundraiser to Benefit Endangered Species

The felted sculptures are primarily of endangered and threatened animals throughout Maine and the world.  Half of the proceeds from sales will go to the World Wildlife Fund and the Climate Change Institute.
@Gallery B, 5 Main Street, Castine

Exhibition runs: July 28 – August 3, 2017
GALLERY B.
Free and open to everyone

 

Annex Feature Exhibition:  The work of Thomas Barrett and Leni Mancuso, and their son, Kedron Barrett

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•Opening reception: Tuesday, August 1, 5-7
•Artist Talk: August 5, 7PM
•August 1 – 7

These longtime Castine residents were astonishingly gifted, avant-garde, and prolific. It is our honor to show their work at Gallery B and the ANNEX. Tom and Leni met in New York in the 1940s while studying art at the Brooklyn Museum School. They came up in the art world in New York City when it was the nexus of art innovation and they worked side-by-side with many of the well-known artists of the Abstract Expressionism movement. Both of their bodies of work reveal a deep thoughtfulness, a response to the different eras they lived in, and explorations of shifting styles and movements. They started summering in Maine in the 1960s, and much like Marsden Hartley and Fairfield Porter before them, they brought worldly expressive and stylistic innovations to bear on representing the Maine landscape and culture that became its own style. Kedron Barret, their son, was raised immersed in art and became a fabulous painter and print-maker himself. He lives in Berlin, Germany and visits Castine 3 or 4 times a year. Please join us to hear him talk about the lives and work of his parents, Leni and Tom and his own work.

For more information visit: www.gallerybgallery.com

Portland Museum of Art presents Winslow Homer Studio Tours

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The Maine that you know and love started with Winslow.

Before Winslow Homer arrived at Prouts Neck, no artist had connected Maine to the world’s popular imagination to the extent that he would soon after. His imagery depicted the region with uncommon passion, and drew artists and curiosity seekers to the state in a pilgrimage that continues today.

Discover the place where it all began: the Winslow Homer Studio—restored and preserved exactly as it was when he lived in it. Explore the creaky floorboards, craggy shores, and unparalleled beauty of one of most important locations in American art history, and connect with the Maine all over again. For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org/homer

Colby College to host Art & Land Conservation Symposium, August 3-4

Frederic Edwin Church (United States, 1826–1900), Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of Owen W. and Anna H. Wells in memory of Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1998.96. Image courtesy Luc Demers

Frederic Edwin Church (United States, 1826–1900), Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of Owen W. and Anna H. Wells in memory of Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1998.96. Image courtesy Luc Demers

Organized by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Maine Arts Commission, the 2017 Art & Land Conservation Symposium will take place at Colby College in Waterville on August 3-4, 2017.

This two-day conference will explore the critical role of 19th and 20th century visual artists in the American land conservation movement, and consider how art can inform land conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and citizen stewards in addressing contemporary pressures on the American landscape.

WHAT: Art & Land Conservation Symposium
WHEN: August 3-4, 2017
WHERE: Colby College
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, Maine
REGISTER: ArtLandSymposium2017.org
COST: $95

Experts on Adams, Bierstadt, Church, Cole, Hartley, O’Keeffe, Olmsted, Watkins and others will speak on how artists created landscape images for Americans who had never and might never experience them directly.

Nationally-recognized scholars in art, history, American studies and law will relate how artists helped policy-makers embrace a land protection ethic based on the aesthetic values of nature that played an essential role in the creation of our national and state parks. Presentations on contemporary artists in Maine and national parks with a thematic focus on the arts will also be included.

Speakers will also address the psychology of natural beauty and its importance to the human spirit. The symposium will be followed by optional field trips (August 5 & 6) to three iconic Maine regions where some of America’s most influential artists worked—Katahdin, Acadia, and Monhegan.

Any media coverage you can provide is greatly appreciated. Please contact William Plouffe at williamlplouffe@gmail.com or (207) 232-2495 for further details

New Artwork at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Afternoon Shadows” by Bob Vaughan is one of the new works of art  currently on display at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park

“Afternoon Shadows” by Bob Vaughan is one of the new works of art currently on display at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park

As they have in past seasons, the exhibiting artists of The Pemaquid Artists Group have refreshed their panels with new works of art.  Visitors to the gallery after the mid-season point will discover many new and exciting oils, pastels, acrylics and watercolors.  In addition to larger framed works, gallery visitors will find smaller and very affordable paintings in the gallery’s bins of matted but unframed original artwork.  The Pemaquid Art Gallery exhibits only original work by local artists who reside in Lincoln County. There is an original painting for every taste and for every pocketbook. 

Current juried members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include:  Barbara Applegate, Bristol, Debra Arter, Damariscotta, Bruce Babb, Pemaquid, Julie Babb, Pemaquid, Stephen Busch, South Bristol, Midge Coleman, Newcastle, Trudi B. Curtis, Damariscotta, William Curtis, Damariscotta, Dianne Smith Dolan, Round Pond, Peggy Farrell, New Harbor, Sarah Fisher, Damariscotta, Bill Hallett, Nobleboro, Claire Hancock, Newcastle, Kay Hannah, New Harbor,  Jean Harris, Damariscotta, Kathleen Horst, Damariscotta, Hannah Ineson, Damariscotta, Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, Jan Kilburn, Damariscotta, Barbara Klein, Bristol, Patti Leavitt, Bristol, Sally Loughridge, South Bristol, Marlene Loznicka, New Harbor,  Mary Mabry, Waldoboro, Nancy MacKinnon, New Harbor, Judy Nixon, Bristol, Paul Sherman, Damariscotta, Cindy Spencer, Wiscasset, Liliana Thelander, Bristol, Ernest Thompson, Jr., Damariscotta, Bob Vaughan, Bristol, Steve Viega, Walpole, Bev Walker, Chamberlain.

Gallery hours are daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, please call 677-2752 or visit on-line at www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Betts Gallery Opens Comfort Zone

Kathleen Mack, Trust, 2017 Oil and Wax on Canvas

Kathleen Mack, Trust, 2017 Oil and Wax on Canvas

Please join Betts Gallery at an opening reception on Friday August 4th, 5:30-8pm, for their late summer show entitled ‘Comfort Zone’. The show features paintings by two expressive midcoast artists, Kathleen Mack and Carol Sloane. Mack divides her time between Round Pond, Maine and Italy, and Sloane between Washington, Maine and Nova Scotia. In Mack’s oil and wax paintings, she explores the idea of wanderers, ‘living on the edge’ in search of a comfortable place, while Sloane’s oil paintings explore the mutual affection and devotional relationship between people and their pets.

Carol Sloane, Annie and Linda, 2017 Oil on Canvas

Carol Sloane, Annie and Linda, 2017 Oil on Canvas

The show runs from August 4th through September 2nd. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main St, and also may be entered on Beaver St. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com

WET PAINT AUCTION COMING TO WALDOBORO AUGUST 5th

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Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s annual plein air event and art auction, is returning on August 5th. Many well-known artists will rendezvous in one of the Mid-Coast’s hidden gems, and spend the day painting select views of the historic village and surrounding countryside.  The fresh art will be auctioned off at day’s end, following an artists’ reception featuring fresh lobster hors d’euerves and local wines from Cellardoor Vineyard. Wet Paint preview starts at 4:30 pm, with the auction beginning at 6:00 pm. $15 suggested donation at the door. The event takes place at 995 Main Street, in Waldoboro. All proceeds are shared by The Lions Club, The Waldoboro Public Library, and the Waldoboro Volunteer Fireman’s Association. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/paintthetownwaldoboro or email nkmasse@yahoo.com

Verrazzano’s Islands of Maine at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

Paul Bernard King, N.A. 1867-1947, Monhegan Harbor

Paul Bernard King, N.A. 1867-1947, Monhegan Harbor

The August show at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery features the three Maine islands sighted by Verrazzano in the summer of 1524: Monhegan, Isle au Haut and Mount Desert. The show encompasses over 30 Island paintings from different eras by a wide variety of artists working in oil, pastel and watercolor.

Paul Bernard King’s “Monhegan Harbor” depicts the mackerel fishing fleet off the island landing. His combination of tonalist and impressionist techniques established his reputation in the early 1900’s. In 1938, after a productive 30-year career, he was elected as a full member of the National Academy. Other prominent artists in the show who paint on Monhegan Island are Mark Haltoff, Diane Scott, Neil Hughes and Alfred Fuller.

Charles McCaughtry, Island in Mist

Charles McCaughtry, Island in Mist

Charles McCaughtry, William Marvin and William Loebs concentrate their diverse talents on Acadia’s Isle au Haut and Mount Desert. McCaughtry paints the island interactions of earth, water, sky, and light. He has had over forty solo exhibitions and has participated in over two hundred national and regional exhibitions. William Marvin focuses on the cliffs of Acadia with dynamic compositions and an impressionistic use of color. William Loebs, a member of the Copley Society of Boston, Mass., uses the subtlety of pastel to capture the fleeting mist and fog that often surround MDI in summer.

Besides the Island collection, this late summer show encompasses 7 large rooms showing Maine land and seascapes from Kittery to Quoddy Head. The exhibition may be seen From August 1st until Labor Day at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery on Main St. in Blue Hill, Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm. For more information call 374-5773.

Connecting form, color and line at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery

Pairing of David Ernster’s ceramics with Wendy Prellwitz work.  Photo credit Alicia Bergeron

Pairing of David Ernster’s ceramics with Wendy Prellwitz work. Photo credit Alicia Bergeron

The mid-summer exhibitions at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery make inspiring visual connections between painting, prints and sculptural ceramics.  Work by Wendy Prellwitz and Phyllis Ewen, two Boston based artists, are paired with ceramics by New Hampshire ceramist David Ernster. Still life paintings of flowers, interiors and local landscapes by Portsmouth artist Amy Brnger fill the back gallery and the dock level gallery space is reserved for a solo show by Brett X. Gamache. The exhibitions continue through August 20th.

David Ernster ‘Black Rain Jar” Stoneware / 13 x 10 x 10” Photo credit Alicia Bergeron.

David Ernster ‘Black Rain Jar”
Stoneware / 13 x 10 x 10”
Photo credit Alicia Bergeron.

In the front room is a group exhibition entitled Imprint, bringing together works by David Ernster, Phyllis Ewen, and Wendy Prellwitz. The unified theme throughout these three artists is a common interest in water and the sea. Ernster’s fascination with water and nature began as a child growing up near the Mississippi River. This early interest in the fossil formations he observed along the river is evident in the work he creates today.

The exhibit includes very large wood fired jars and platters that are decorated with heavy glazes and incised lines. The forms, colors, and textures of Ernster’s ceramics connect visually with the other work on exhibit. In several instances, it is almost uncanny how well they relate to one another.

Phyllis Ewen “Northern Waters 4” Sculptural digital print, paint, and puzzle pieces 25 x 18.5”

Phyllis Ewen “Northern Waters 4”
Sculptural digital print, paint, and puzzle pieces
25 x 18.5”

The mixed-media artwork of Phyllis Ewen is equally influenced by the natural world with a fusion of art and science. The Somerville, Massachusetts. based artist aims to suggest a subtle commentary on politics, society, and nature throughout her work, no matter the medium. Her “Restless Sands” series is made up of collaged digital prints of the beaches on Cape Cod. Her collaged prints often include puzzle shaped pieces, a reference to the concern for the fragility of the environment.

Wendy Prellwitz “From Here to There” Acrylic on paper / 40 x 30”

Wendy Prellwitz “From Here to There”
Acrylic on paper / 40 x 30”

Similarly, the combination of graphic and organic imagery in Wendy Prellwitz‘s monotypes and paintings are a result of the dualities that she observes in the fluidity of water – the known and unknown, the tangible and intangible. We could be looking into the depth of a pool of water or we could be underwater looking towards the sky. Either way, the effect is cooling, calming and meditative. Her mono prints combine layers of watery blues, overlaid with the grain of wood cut prints. She employs many of the same imagery and colors into her paintings.  In Imprint, the works of these three, varied artists are thoughtfully presented in a cohesive dialogue with one another. 

Amy Brnger “Backyard, Noon” Oil on panel /  17 x 13”

Amy Brnger “Backyard, Noon”
Oil on panel / 17 x 13”

Surroundings presents two dozen oil paintings by Portsmouth, New Hampshire based artist Amy Brnger. Known for her still life, landscapes, interiors, and flower paintings, Brnger uses nature as a vehicle for expression and inspiration throughout her work. Her landscapes are often drawn from her surroundings on the seacoast, serving as a means to enjoy and record the region where she lives. Her painting Backyard, Noon recalls a quintessential summer afternoon in seacoast New Hampshire, no doubt a result of Brnger’s deep admiration for the area she calls home.

Brett X. Gamache “Lowtide Lobsterboat”
Oil on linen / 17 x 20”

Brett X. Gamache “Lowtide Lobsterboat”
Oil on linen / 17 x 20”

In the dock-level gallery space is Fresh & Ripe, an exhibition of paintings by Brett X. Gamache. Gamache’s vividly painted New England scenes illuminate the gallery space with their bright colors and fresh atmosphere. Fresh & Ripe includes a variety of subjects from lobster boats and surfing scenes, to still life and rocky shores. In Lowtide Lobsterboat, a snapshot of life on the water, Gamache captures the essence of the working waterfront. He paints mostly from observation, typically outdoors, and strives to capture the light, energy, and life that he sees before him. Gamache lives in Massachusetts and teaches at colleges and universities throughout New England.

The exhibitions continue through August 20th. 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

Barn Gallery Announces OAA Art Auction on August 5th

Iris by DeWitt Hardy

Iris by DeWitt Hardy

Saturday, August 5: Open 6 PM. Auction 7 PM.
Wednesday August 2 – Friday August 4: 11 AM – 5 PM,
Saturday August 5: 11 AM – 2 PM for Preview

Barn Gallery announces the 66th Annual OAA Art Auction

Preview works of art by artists of Ogunquit Art Association, including the late DeWitt Hardy, at Barn Gallery from August 2 to August 5. Auctioneer Hap Moore will help you bid on original paintings, graphics, photographs and sculpture on Saturday August 5. Barn Gallery is located at Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine

For More Information: www.barngallery.org, oacbarngallery@gmail.com or 207-646-8400

Two New Shows in August from Gleason Fine Art

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows on July 27: Henry Isaacs: New Work and Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan. The opening reception for the artists is First Friday, August 4, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine. The two shows run through August 29.

HENRY ISAACS: NEW WORK    Artist Henry Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style–broken brushwork, a liberal use of paint, and a sunny palette of blues, greens, pinks, and yellows–marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in Maine today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet.
Henry Isaacs and his wife Donna divide their time between Portland, Maine, Vermont, and the tiny village of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, located just next door to the much larger island of Mount Desert. Little Cranberry has seen dozens of artists over the years, including most recently Isaacs and his close friend, renowned children’s book author Ashley Bryan. Earlier artists included Dorothy Eisner (whose estate is handled by Gleason Fine Art), William Kienbusch, and John Heliker.
Freelance writer, and Portland Newspapers arts reviewer, Dan Kany uses high praise to describe Isaacs’ technique: “Isaacs’ approach to color is based on balancing warm and cool tones. He does this brilliantly. His handling of paint owes an unapologetic debt to the chunky boldness of the early 20th century Modernists and Fauves such as Matisse. The brushwork is strong, dedicated to the job of pushing paint around the canvas–an activity Isaacs clearly enjoys.”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

PETER SCULTHORPE: AN EYE FOR MONHEGAN      Classically trained at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Peter Sculthorpe’s painting style is meticulous and hard-edged. Through his masterful use of light and unsurpassed observational skills, Sculthorpe creates the feeling in the viewer of being on the cusp of a significant event, either one that has occurred or is about to occur. He captures the tension and beauty as the sun sets, the moon rises, or the wind blows, suspending the viewer in the moment to ponder the infinite.
Sculthorpe has traveled extensively in the northeast and the maritime provinces to gather inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. However, it has been Monhegan Island that has really brought his imagination to the fore. Look at Sculthorpe’s magnificent “Morning Fog (Monhegan)”. This little white cape house on Swim Beach has been in dozens, if not hundreds, of paintings, but you’ve never seen it like this before. As is his genius, Peter Sculthorpe sees something different and then paints it as he sees it. It’s skill, but it’s also a little bit of magic.
Sculthorpe creates works of great beauty, finding the transcendent in what to the casual observer may at first seem commonplace. The Brandywine Museum, the Berman Museum, the Butler Institute, and the Delaware Art Museum all have sssSculthorpe paintings in their collections. Corporate collectors include Bank of America, Forbes, DuPont, and Nabisco. Peter Sculthorpe’s collectors are international. Locally, one of Peter Sculthorpe’s masterworks may be seen in Paul’s Restaurant at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club.
Gleason Fine Art has represented Sculthorpe for over a decade. We are his only gallery in Maine. Gallery Director Dennis Gleason wrote the foreword for the artist’s new book: The Art of Peter Sculthorpe (Schiffer).

Both “Henry Isaacs: New Work” and “Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan” are open now and run through August 29, with a reception for the artists on First Friday, August 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Friends, collectors, and fellow artists are all invited to attend the reception. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. View both shows, and the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, at www.gleasonfineart.com

Jeffery Becton’s Montages at Courthouse Gallery and on National Tour

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery is currently showing new work by Jeffery Becton through August 13, including several of his large-format digital montages. In addition, Becton’s over-sized montages are currently traveling in a national exhibition hosted by Bates College Museum of Art. The tour began at a solo exhibition at Bates in November 2015, and has since traveled to the University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and will open in Virginia at Lynchburg College on August 29.

“What I especially enjoy about Becton’s touch is that he doesn’t try to hide his Photoshop tracks (layers, cutout marks, filters – particularly Photoshop’s “watercolor” filter – etc.) just as many painters don’t try to hide their brushwork. . . . This is an important facet of Becton’s work: It is not simple conceptualism driven by one-dimensional wit. Becton follows his ideas with depth. . . . While the show includes a few (quite beautiful) black and white images, they underscore Becton’s broad palette. Moreover, with this exhibition, Becton makes the case that he is arguably the best colorist in Maine in any medium.” — Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram, 2016

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

“As in the work of surrealists like René Magritte (who, by the way, championed photomontage way before Adobe made it cool), things may not be what they seem in Becton’s work, but they still possess an unsettling, ambiguous familiarity. Erosion is a theme of both Becton’s art and his process: nature eroding the manmade, the digital eroding the physical—each one as implacable as the waves of the Atlantic lapping at Deer Isle’s shores.” — Grace-Yvette Gemmell, Down East, 2015

Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history.

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others. Becton’s work is also highlighted in “Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House” (Marshall Wilkes), a recent monograph by Carl Little. Signed copies of the book are available at Courthouse Gallery.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

First Friday Art Walk in Rockland on August 4th

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First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 4 August 2017

Over 20 of Rockland’s art galleries will be open from 5-8pm, Friday, 4 August. Many will be opening new exhibitions for the city’s First Friday Art Walk. A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org

“Nature As Color” at Landing Gallery

“Monhegan #21” Acrylic/Canvas 12” x 12” by Irma Cerese

“Monhegan #21” Acrylic/Canvas 12” x 12” by Irma Cerese

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland opens “Nature As Color”, a solo exhibition of 55 new paintings by Irma Cerese, Aug 4 – Sept 10. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 4th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk in August.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships. Her current paintings use the intrinsic beauty and evocative qualities of color to speak to our emotions. Her landscape compositions become an entry point into her paintings rather than depict a specific location or illustrate an idea.

“I use landscape both as a point of connection and departure but I don’t wish to tell a story, or accurately describe the observed world, so I don’t “return to a place in the studio”. Instead, I convert the primary elements of what inspired me in the first place – trees, sky, ground, water, weather, the occasional building, – into an underlying loosely geometric structure. The resulting images often border on the abstract, although I often seek to evoke the general atmosphere of the subject. So I don’t seek to inspire people viewing my work with this or that place; I aim to produce evocative work that is compelling in its own right as a celebration of visual experience.”

 “Blue Hill #4” Acrylic/Canvas 30” x 30” by Irma Cerese

“Blue Hill #4” Acrylic/Canvas 30” x 30” by Irma Cerese

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. Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine, is Irma Cerese’s principal gallery affiliation and the gallery has held 11 consecutive, annual, solo exhibitions for her paintings since 2007.

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

August Opening at New Era Gallery

“Isabel at Guisando” by William Lasansky, Vinalhaven Black Granite and pigments, 27”x17”x6”

“Isabel at Guisando” by William Lasansky, Vinalhaven Black Granite and pigments, 27”x17”x6”

New Era Gallery’s late summer show is entitled “Land and Legend” and will feature the work of sculptor William Lasansky and photographers Andrew Crane and Ron Rosenstock.
William Lasansky was born in Argentina, but has been a part of the Vinalhaven community for seventy years. His intense observations of the natural world led to a love of Vinalhaven stone, particularly the gabbro that is known locally as black granite. His sculpture references his broad exposure to many world cultures.

Ron Rosenstock leads photographic workshops in many parts of the world, including Vinalhaven. He has worked and taught here for many years, developing an extraordinary body of images of iconic island landscapes. Andrew Crane is making his first appearance at New Era Gallery, with a group of tintype photos of the island. Crane has traveled extensively, creating small, powerful images that are at once contemporary and yet lost in time.

The show opens on August 5 with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm followed by a reception from 5:00–7:00pm, and runs through August 30. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. Please visit neweragallery.com for a complete schedule of shows and events.

August 6th Opening Reception at Turtle Gallery

Lynn Duryea, Slant #9, Terracotta slab construction, 24.5" x 8" x 6" © Lynn Duryea

Lynn Duryea, Slant #9, Terracotta slab construction, 24.5″ x 8″ x 6″ © Lynn Duryea

This new exhibition features new work from fiber artist Sondra Bogdonoff, the ceramics of Lynn Duryea and Paul Heroux, new abstract paintings by Jaap Eduard Helder and mixed media constructions by Jamie Johnston.

Fiber artist Sondra Bogdonoff will be exhibiting at the Turtle Gallery for the first time. Portland based, Bogdonoff has returned to the studio after a 20 year hiatus from full-time weaving. She describes the new work as a beginning and each weaving as it’s own short story. In addition to the weavings, Bogdonoff explores working on paper in a series titled “Stilled Life” which explores the grid structures and linear sensibilities of weaving in wax pastels.

Gallery artist Lynn Duryea will be exhibiting a new body of work she has completed since retiring from her tenure of teaching ceramics at Appalachian State and returning to Maine full-time. Through elemental shape and form, Duryea’s reference is to architectural, structural and mechanical elements.

Jaap Eduard Helder, Behind the Scenes, Acrylic on wood panel, 24" x 24", 2017 © Jaap Helder

Jaap Eduard Helder, Behind the Scenes, Acrylic on wood panel, 24″ x 24″, 2017 © Jaap Helder

Abstract painter Jaap Eduard Helder returns to the Gallery with a vibrant new series of paintings. Created over the winter and spring, he refers to the work as a re-emergence and re-commitment to his art. Helder creates in layers, working to create balance with new materials, on a new scale and with with new mark making methods. Largely working in square formats on wood panels, Helder creates vivid landscapes of abstractions.

Ceramic artist Paul Heroux returns with a new series of his distinctive forms and abstract compositions. Having worked with ceramic vessels as a painting surface for over twenty years, Heroux continues to reinvent the work using photo transfers, underglaze decals and metallic lusters. His folded vessels not only speak to his abilities as a painter but to his sculptural awareness – the folds of each vessel taking new lines and each foot finding a different path to the surface it rests on.

Paul Heroux, Folded double vase, soda-fired stoneware, 8" x 15" x 6", 2016 © Paul Heroux

Paul Heroux, Folded double vase, soda-fired stoneware, 8″ x 15″ x 6″, 2016 © Paul Heroux

Woodworker Jamie Johnston joins the Turtle Gallery with his show Constructions. His minimalist approach to design allows the woods inherent beauty to speak all while controlled by a masterful understanding of design.

In addition, Jewelers Glenda Arentzen and Heather Guidero will have full collections on display.

Opening Reception Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 6 PM – A vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and Sculpture Garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

Show runs through Saturday, September 2nd. For more information visit www.theturtlegallery.com

Argosy Gallery’s Third Acadia Invitational Art Show

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JM Nicholas, “Monumnet Cove,” 20 x 30, oil on canvas

 

It’s showtime!  Thirty distinguished artists from a dozen states and four countries present their favorite views of the historic landscape of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  With ninety paintings, five judges, fifteen awards and three years of planning, this important and nationally acclaimed show will be open for everyone’s enjoyment at the Bar Harbor Inn on Saturday, July 29, 2-5 PM, and Sunday, July 30, 9 AM – 5 PM.  Please call 207-288-9226 for more information or invitation to the formal artists’ reception.  After this weekend, the show will move to the Argosy II gallery at 6 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor.  Please join us!

Art Space Gallery First Friday Art Walk

Art Space Gallery invites you to the August Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room featuring works by John Wood, Penny Markley, Lara Marx, and Obrianna Cornelius. You’ll also find many new works displayed throughout the gallery. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, August 4th, 5 to 8pm.

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John Wood, Lobster Cove

John Wood is a painter who lives in Rockland, Maine. He studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin.

 

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Penny Markley, Willows in Spring

Penny Markley, a painter from central Maine, is fascinated by Maine’s varied landscapes, both inland and coastal. Recently she has focused on the various cloud patterns and light brought by changing weather. The paintings she displays in August’s show emphasize the sky and its effects on the land below. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried shows in Maine and out of state. Her work has hung in the Office of the President of the Maine State Senate, at the State House in Augusta, and is in private collections in the United States and England.

 

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Lara Max, Swiming Bass

Lara Max is an artisan blacksmith living in Orono. She works in steel, copper, and slate creating forms with texture and color out of basic metal shapes. Her interest in the reflective property of metal has inspired her to experiment. “I am intrigued by how hammered metal reflects light, adding details and character to a form with each hammer’s mark.” Her work is highly unique and captures fleeting moments such as bass swimming among the reeds of Maine’s freshwater ponds.

 

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Obrianna Cornelius, Lighthouse Reflected

Obrianna Cornelius is a painter living in Hampden who received training in fine art at Pensacola Christian College. She specializes in watercolor landscapes. Her highly detailed paintings are filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects, using Maine’s beautiful landscapes and unique culture as inspiration. “From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing me. I look forward to every day spent painting Maine.”

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.  August hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Star Gallery Opening Reception

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Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:

Jess Hurley Scott
Margery Torrey
Melina White

Thursday July 20,
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception

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Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception
Thursday, July 20, 5–7pm

July 20–August 2
Petra Class: The Aesthetics of Materials
This will be the first visit from Petra whose work we have presented for decades. She has a playful color palate, using gems connected like constellations in 18 kt and 22 kt gold. They are elegantly simple but dense with beauty. She will be in the gallery Thursday and bringing brand new work.

Julie Freund: Maine Landscapes Redefined
Landscape paintings of Maine composed of bold strokes. Julie abstracts our beloved trees, rocks and atmospheres in colorful montages of texture and color. She is not afraid to go in and rework her canvases to imbue them with life and spontaneity.

Sam Shaw: Figure Landscape Mashup
Sam’s second presentation of fantasy figurative landscapes. The paintings are male and female nudes, often dancing and cavorting in an imaginary setting. At times, the figures and the landscapes merge, tugging the brain between what the mind sees and what the eyes see.

Ben Lincoln: Atmospheric Realism
Ben’s oils straddle the real and the imaginary. Boats, planes, and objects are rendered with invisible forces at play made visible. Such include wind, vortexes, and currents that are given energy, space and presence. Ben was raised and lives today on MDI.

Daily Exhibition Tours at CMCA for July and August

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will offer daily guided tours of the current exhibitions every weekday at 11am for the months of July and August. Join museum staff for a closer inside look at the exhibitions on view. Current exhibitions include John Walker | From Seal Point; Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites | Temporality, and William Wegman | Reel to Real. Tours are approximately 30 minutes long and are free with admission.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Mike Levine Trio: Saturday, July 22 at the gWatson Gallery

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The gWatson Gallery is presenting the Mike Levine Trio with special guest Lenard Rutledge on Saturday, July 22.

Levine’s trio is comprised of three Florida-based musicians who spend summers in Maine. With Levine on piano, Ric Mosley on bass, and Steve Salo on drums the trio performs widely in Florida and each has a career that takes them to widespread venues. Levine has played at numerous festivals including the Aruba Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Joining the trio in Stonington will be baritone Lenard Rutledge, also from Florida, who is aptly compared to the legendary Lou Rawls.

The concert at the gWatson Gallery begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available by phone at 207.367.2900 or come to the gWatson Gallery at 68 Main in Stonington.

Dowling Walsh Gallery Announces July Shows

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

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

All Shows run July 7 – August 2

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 5PM or by appointment

Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, spirit animals and Wabanaki elders. His new paintings, inspired by his previous series, explore a narrative of personified animals. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

James Dodds, Yellow Beetle Cat, Bow, oil on linen, 30″ x 60″

James Dodds, Yellow Beetle Cat, Bow, oil on linen, 30″ x 60″

Coast to Coast: James Dodds & Guy Taplin

“James Dodds and Guy Taplin are inspired by history- Taplin by working decoys and Dodds by traditional boats and their builders- but those curves, a sense of mystery, and whimsey transform Taplin’s curlews, cranes, ibis, and flocks of shorebirds into objects of joy, and Dodds’ eel boats, dinghies, and one-designs into vessels of wonder and exploration.”

Guy Taplin, Four Ibis, carved and painted driftwood 38.5" x 44.5" x 22.9"

Guy Taplin, Four Ibis, carved and painted driftwood 38.5″ x 44.5″ x 22.9″

For more information: 207-596-0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com | www.dowlingwalsh.com

James Groleau: Tide at Littlefield Gallery

"Hidden Falls, Bass Cove" collage on canvas 30 x 24

“Hidden Falls, Bass Cove” collage on canvas 30 x 24

James Groleau: Tide
July 17-August 14
Artist’s Reception July 22, 4-6 pm

Tide is a series of imagery exploring life at the margins of the sea. James Groleau was born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1960. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowhips, including a MacDowell Colony fellowhip in 2001. His work is included in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Oakland Museum of California; National Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium; and the Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA. He divides his time between San Francisco and coastal Maine.

"Schoodic Surge" collage on canvas 30 x 24

“Schoodic Surge” collage on canvas 30 x 24

The process for the collage works:

There are several steps I take in the process of making a collage; preparing the paper is a key element. I first paint color inks on crumpled paper, the hills and valleys of which concentrate the ink in certain areas creating an irregular pattern. I allow the painted paper to dry then crumple it again and paint the back side often with its complimentary color. While the paper is still wet I stack one sheet over another and allow that to dry before separating them. I sometimes add acrylic medium to encourage the paper to tear in separation. The image is then created by gluing torn pieces onto stretched canvas. In general the darker colors are laid down first, while the highlights are the final touches. I then sand the collage to an even finish before applying multiple layers of varnish.

For more information visit littlefieldgallery.com

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents the new group exhibition Visual Impressions

Anna Hepler , March 5, collage on gessoed board

Anna Hepler , March 5, collage on gessoed board

VISUAL IMPRESSIONS: A Group Exhibition is the third show of Season V at the Cynthia Winings Gallery!  Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception for the new group show, SUNDAY, July 23, 4 – 7 PM.

The gallery is pleased to present the artwork of Josephine Burr,Elizabeth Gourlay, Anna Helper, and David Hornung, with new work from Christine Lafuente and Jerry Rose. The exhibit also includes new work from Diane Green, Christine Lafuente, Jerry Rose and Suzanne Siegel. The gallery will also include work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, M P Landis, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, and John Wilkinson.

For more information contact:  Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

DIAA’s Announces Annual All Member 12×12 Exhibition

2015 All Member 12 X 12 Show

2015 All Member 12 X 12 Show

The eagerly anticipated, annual event at the Deer Isle Artists Association, the “All Member 12 x 12 Show” opens July 21 and runs through August 3. The gallery will contain a seemingly boundless collection of small artworks by almost 70 DIAA members. This show is the opportunity for the public to own pieces of original art by their favorite (or yet to be discovered!) accomplished local artists at an irresistible price of $144. Painters and photographers were challenged to create work measuring 12 by 12 inches. Sculptors, ceramists, jewelers and fiber artists have made works measuring a maximum of 12 inches in any direction. In the ART RACK will be work by Betsy Braunhut, Jacqueline Davidson, Ron Deprez, Glenn Felch, Judith Felch, and Leslie Miller Landrigan.

2016 All Member 12 X 12 Show

2016 All Member 12 X 12 Show

DIAA’s doors open Friday, July 21 at 10 AM and we will remain open until 7 PM to participate in “Third Thursday in Deer Isle.” Please join us for a reception with the artists on Sunday, July 23, from 4–6 PM. The DIAA Gallery is open daily 10 AM–6 PM and is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village, ME. www.deerisleartists.com (207) 348-2330.

Artists Sherman and Thelander on View at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Door Knob” a painting by Damariscotta artist Paul Sherman

“Door Knob” a painting by Damariscotta artist Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman and Liliana Thelander are two of the talented artists seen at Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol this summer. They both use familiar objects and landscapes as jumping-off points for meticulous compositions that are exciting and personal rather than simply photographic.

Paul Sherman has pursued art for most of his life, studying with mentors and developing his own voice, creating a unique style of watercolor. His images are crisp and bold and range from a crystal doorknob, to complex reflections of buoys and boats in water, to landscapes, people and animals. He uses musical metaphors to describe his work and development as an artist, and sees the body of his work as an “orchestration,” which he performs as a bridge between the perception of the viewer and his own artistic vision. His stunning images are often edged or bordered with black, and value contrast is as important as brilliant color in his compositions.

Liliana Thelander’s “Loon on Nest”

Liliana Thelander’s “Loon on Nest”

Liliana Thelander is an award-winning realist oil painter who also uses familiar subject matter such as birds and other wildlife, landscapes and still life arrangements with bottles to create harmonious compositions. Her contemporary approach to still life gives the sense that the objects have deep meaning, to be interpreted personally by each viewer. Her intent is to “go beyond realism, bringing life and vibrancy to everyday objects and snapshots in time.”

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following additional member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Cindy Spencer, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

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

Summer Opening At Gallery at Widgeon Cove

Cathedral Woods , Monhegan handmade paper Georgeann Kuhl

Cathedral Woods , Monhegan handmade paper Georgeann Kuhl

Announcing showing of “Monhegan Days”, bas-relief paintings of handmade paper by Georgeann Kuhl. Gallery showing includes sculpture, jewelry, handmade books, gifts. Opening reception on Sunday, July 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Public is invited, and refreshments will be served.
Route 123, Harpswell. Regular hours, Thursday through Saturday, 11 to 5
For more information call 833-6081 or visit widgeoncove.com

Announcing 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

Wood and glass lamp by Guild member Joel Hokkanen of J.A. Hokkanen | Rockport, Maine

Wood and glass lamp by Guild member Joel Hokkanen of J.A. Hokkanen | Rockport, Maine

Shop at the ocean’s edge in Bar Harbor, Maine at the 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show, July 28-30, 2017 – Atlantic Oceanside Event Center.

Together with the Guild’s established member artisans, the Directions show brings new exhibitors to Bar Harbor. New member Joel Hokkanen, a woodworker from Rockport, Maine, will exhibit his one-of-a-kind, stunning lamps. Inspired by the curves and lines in nature, Joel’s wood and glass lighting will bring a warm glow and sculptural accent to the home that is both beautiful and practical. “My end-goal for any project is a piece that feels organic and natural. I look for beauty inherent in shape and form, rather than added ornamentation.” – Joel Hokkanen

Other first time, juried, exhibitors at the Directions show include; Jennifer Armstrong – fiber, Tim and Liza Fisher – wood and clay and Catherine Worthington – fiber.

Clay bottle by Guild member Jonathan White of Odd Inq Pottery and Tile | South Portland, Maine

Clay bottle by Guild member Jonathan White of Odd Inq Pottery and Tile | South Portland, Maine

Returning Guild artisan and ceramist, Jonathan White of South Portland, Maine says, “I see beauty in both natural and industrial objects. A steel mill furnace being reclaimed by rust is as pleasing to me as the first fiddleheads of spring pushing from the ground.” This duality is evident in his fascinating sculpture and pottery – both in his design and rich, flowing matte glazes.

Attendees of the show will shop for unique, handcrafted objects inside the event center as well as under a large tent outdoors on the lawn. Fine craft in wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass and mixed media will be shown at the 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – July 28, 29 & 30, 2017. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. Atlantic Oceanside Event Center |119 Eden Street | Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: mdi.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 401-935-6704. mainecraftsguild.com

Summary:
Maine Crafts Guild 42nd Annual MDI Directions Fine Craft Show
Atlantic Oceanside Event Center
119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, July 28: 5-8pm
Saturday, July 29:10am-5pm
Sunday, July 30: 10am-4pm
Admission $5 adults; under 18 free

Bucksport Arts Festival Announces 2017 Artists

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The 3rd Annual Bucksport Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm on the waterfront walkway in downtown Bucksport. Fine artists and craftspeople, both new and returning, will showcase their hand-crafted wares. 2017 artists include:

A&E Stoneworks, Anne Alexander SculptorArgyle Iron Works, Barbara Chase AcrylicsBlack Dog Ironworks, Buzy B’z Studio, Bruce Collins, Colour Images StudioEloweaves, Fairyland Jewelry, Martin Gallant, Class by CLM, Glass Orchids, JC Turnings, Kerwin Whitney PhotographyRenee Lammers, Left Field Graphics, OneWomanStudio, PatchWork Clay, Penobscot PyrographicsPolly Smith, Purplebean Bindery, Reclaimed Maine, Saucier’s Studio, Sea Glass Frames, Sewing a Notion, Studio 36, Susan L. Hutton JewelryTB Pots Stoneware PotteryTeddi-Jann Covell, The Moon’s Cache, Travelers and CompanyTina S. Gagnon, Patricia Pasteur, Sandy Dolan, Obrianna Fine Art

In addition to fine arts and crafts, the Festival will also feature local food vendors including Island Farm Kitchen and Chef on the Run. Live music will be offered by Flannel Doughboys and The Ace Tones.

All proceeds of the 2017 Festival will benefit Main Street Bucksport’s programs. Main Street Bucksport’s mission is to promote a vibrant downtown Bucksport by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and supporting cultural arts events.

Questions? Contact Festival Coordinators Lyndsey Marston at 3leggeddogink@gmail.com or Laurie Brooks at lauriebrooksart@gmail.com

Collecting Castine 2017 at The Wilson Museum

“The Adams School” by Dan Graziano 16”x8” oil on panel www.dangrazianofineart.com

“The Adams School” by Dan Graziano 16”x8” oil on panel www.dangrazianofineart.com

Dan Graziano will be one of twenty-five artists included in Collecting Castine 2017, a special one-night exhibit and sale of fine art on Monday, August 7, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at The Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center. This special art exhibition will feature an outstanding collection of recent original artwork created by living artists either from Castine or with a long association to Castine. All artwork will be available for purchase with sales commissions used to fund the Wilson Museum’s growing art collection. The Wilson Museum is located at 120 Perkins Street in Castine, Maine. For more information on this event, visit The Wilson Museum web site at http://www.wilsonmuseum.org

Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine showing at 900 Broadway in Bangor

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“Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine” will be showing at 900 Broadway, Bangor from Sept. 15th through Dec 15th 2017.
Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine is a group of women artists working in the mid-coast area of Maine.  We have come together to support, encourage, educate, and promote each other as artists.  Individually and collectively we celebrate the unique vision which ties us together as women expressing our world view thru our art making.  We are makers, reflectors, creators, explorers, and most of all women who delight in sharing our world thru our art.

Farnsworth [Collective] Presents Bash LITE: Under the Tent

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On Saturday, July 22, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s dynamic membership group the [Collective] will present a summer dance party on Rockland’s Museum Street, featuring the bay area funk band Con Brio. Bash LITE: Under the Tent will take place from 8 to 12 p.m. under a huge, 200 foot tent raised over the Farnsworth Museum Street parking lot.

Led by the magnetic Con Brio, a seven-piece Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul band and our network of local makers, all are invited to celebrate the height of Mine’s summer by literally dancing in the street. Participants should expect backflips, prizes, silliness and the unexpected.

Con Brio has a relentless drive for experimentation, for pushing their technical ability to its limits and reaching beyond the familiar. The resulting dynamic fuses driving rhythms, blazing guitar-work, soaring horns, the growl of an analog synthesizer or Hammond organ, and shimmering, sultry vocals with seemingly limitless energy: altogether it’s one heck of a party.

This is a 21+ event. Tickets for Bash LITE are $45. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery presents “The Boat Show”

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The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, presents “The Boat Show”, running from June 30th through July 23rd.

The show features new work by oil painter Will Kefauver, and the work of his guest artists. Kefauver’s newest guest artists are acrylic painter Bill Child, oil painters Judith Fischer, Kathie James, and John Seitzer, and photographers James Nyce and Rachel Wyman.

Returning for this exhibit are woodblock printer Deborah Kozak, pen and ink artist Grey Kearney, woodcarver Dick Webster, painter and mixed-media artist Dale Dapkins, photographers Steve Dunn, Michael Fillyaw, and Claudia Noyes Griffiths, watercolorists Jane Bowman, Lydia Kaeyer, Judy Nixon, and Elizabeth Palmer, and oil painters Marcia Brandwein, Stephen Busch, Sandra Dunn, DiTa Ondek, and Brooke Pacy.

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

The Abbe Midsummer Spotlights Fashion, Native Cuisine, and Wabanaki Artists

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On August 3, 2017, at 5:30 pm the Abbe Museum will host an exciting new annual fundraiser in the Museum’s backyard. The Abbe Midsummer, previously known as the Gathering Gala, will celebrate the importance of creative placemaking and how it supports Wabanaki artists and Native communities throughout Maine. Presented by The Abbe Midsummer Host Committee, the event consists of Native-inspired cuisine, an haute couture Wabanaki fashion show, festive live auction, and other surprises you won’t want to miss.
“My husband Jeff and I are so excited to support The Abbe Midsummer,” said Jena Young, co-chair of the Host Committee. “We’re always looking for opportunities to support the history and culture of our community, and the mission of the Abbe does that in every way. The big payoff will be attending the event and see it all come together. The fashion show, cuisine, and atmosphere are going to be incredible!”
In its 16 years in downtown Bar Harbor, the Abbe has become a Smithsonian Affiliate, an active member of the International Coalition for the Sites of Conscience, a partner to Acadia National Park, and a committed and involved community anchor. The Abbe Midsummer attracts cultural luminaries and civic leaders, as well as renowned artists, premier collectors, and devoted patrons of the arts and culture.
The evening kicks off with a red carpet arrival at 5:30 pm, followed by mingling outside in the Museum’s one-acre backyard while perusing silent auction items that include jewelry, art, handmade and crafted items, and the Abbe’s signature decorated paddles. Live music by Penobscot musicians Eric Green and Justice for the River will keep guests entertained as they help themselves to food stations serving Native-inspired cuisine like bison meatballs, fiddleheads, and fry bread courtesy of Bar Harbor Catering Company.
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From there, guests will be treated to a themed dessert and the Decontie & Brown Fashion Show. An energetic live auction will follow, which features exquisite Native art from Wabanaki artists Gabriel Frey, Jennifer Neptune, Gina Brooks, Fred Tomah, Geo Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Sarah Sockbeson, Decontie & Brown, and others. The live auction will be led by auctioneer Andrew Simon of the Barn Arts Collective, who will also be the evening’s emcee.
“The Wabanaki communities throughout Maine and Maritime Canada are world renowned for incredible basketry and to build on that, we’re offering a new narrative on cultural adornment,” said Jason and Donna Brown of Decontie & Brown. “It’s a distinct way to share the beauty of our tribal design and fashion sense with the world while highlighting that we are still here! We are incredibly excited to be a part of The Abbe Midsummer and are looking forward to sharing all the inspiration that we get from our ancestors…Our people were VERY fashionable!”
The majority of the auction items will be on exhibit at the Abbe Museum from now until the day of the event. They can also be viewed online at abbemuseum.org/midsummer.
Tickets for the evening are $150 per person and $1,200 per table. To RSVP, please visit abbemuseum.org/midsummer, email the Abbe Museum at midsummer@abbemuseum.org, or call 207-288-3519. Absentee bidding and underwriting opportunities are also available for those who cannot attend.

Sweet Treats at Michael Good Gallery

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Now through August 1st 2017, Michael Good Gallery features decadent dessert paintings by Beverly Shipko.

Dunkin Donuts, 20 x 24 inches
Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She confesses: “I believe that on some level all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.” Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in unforgettable images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten”, plus cakes, pies, and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays, and vending machine treats.

Beverly Shipko, Blueberry Cheesecake, Oil on wood, 6 x 6 inches

Save the date! Summer Celebration coming August 10th!

NOW Located in Rockport
325 Commercial Street, Rt. 1
Telephone: 207-236-9623
www.michaelgood.com
OPEN 7 days a week in summer, 11-5

Katherine Mead-von Huene featured at Centre St Arts Gallery

Transfiguration, oil on canvas

Transfiguration, oil on canvas

Arrowsic artist Katherine Mead-von Huene is the featured guest artist at Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street in Bath, from July 17 through September 8, 2017. An opening reception will be Friday, July 21, from 5 to 7 pm at the Gallery.

Mead-von Huene writes: “As a child, drawing gave me an alternate world, to which I could escape and saturate in the things I loved. My artistic mother encouraged me, providing lessons and materials. I attended art schools as finances permitted, but am mostly self-taught, working primarily in watercolor, oils and graphite.

Ready for the Launch, oil on canvas

Ready for the Launch, oil on canvas

“While living in Pennsylvania with several artist-friends, I painted that which surrounded us: flowers in the vast gardens, landscapes, and insects. Maine has been home for the past 26 years. Although raising my son took the place of art creation for many years, I am now getting back to my studio.”

Twenty member-artists of the Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC have new works in the latest show at the gallery which will run until September 8, 2017.

For more information call 207-442-0300, go to the website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com, or visit the gallery Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm (closed Tuesdays in September).

Portland Museum of Art Announces Grand Opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park

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On July 7, the Portland Museum of Art will open the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden with a community celebration. Taking place on First Friday and featuring food trucks, live music, raffles, art-based activities, and much more, the grand opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park will be the arts and cultural event of the season.

In addition to the grand opening, the entire museum will be free and visitors will be encouraged to take their PMA Summer of Sculpture experience from the Park to the major exhibition inside, A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach.
The David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden not only makes outdoor art, a crucial and unique part of the PMA collection, more available to everyone, but it also improves quality of life in Portland, creating a green space where anyone can have quiet moments with world-class works of art at any time during museum hours. The grand opening event also serves as the unveiling of the latest addition to Portland’s outdoor arts landscape and a new major work in the PMA collection: Jonathan Borofsky’s Human Structures (24 Figures Connected).

The Joan B. Burns Garden has incorporated sculpture since Celeste Roberge’s Rising Cairn was installed there in 2000. Since then, the PMA acquired Anthony Caro’s Moment in 2012 and John Bisbee’s Hearsay in 2016. Aside from specific events, however, the public has never been allowed access to the Garden; visitors to the PMA could only admire the works from viewing points throughout the inside of the museum or the sidewalk on High Street. Thanks to Shaw’s gift, the Garden will be open to anyone during PMA hours May through December; whether they are visitors to the museum or simply out for a stroll in Portland.

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org

Classes at Harlow Gallery

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*NEW* Wake n’ Make
Saturday, July 8, 10am-12pm

Emerging artists & makers are invited to Wake n Make, an open studio session on the second Saturday of every month at the Harlow Gallery from 10am-12pm. These gatherings offer young artists the opportunity to be part of a creative community; a place to share ideas, give and get feedback, collaborate on a project, network, and last but not least: make art. Wake n’ Make is a time for artists to work alongside each other and grow as young creative professionals. Artists are encouraged to bring in and carry out their own materials.

Gayle Chung Paper Cut Painting

Gayle Chung Paper Cut Painting

SECOND SUNDAY: Paper Cut Painting
Sunday, July 9, 2-4pm

July’s Second Sunday event is Paper Cut Painting, lead by Gayle Chung, on Sunday, July 9, 2-4pm. Create beautiful pieces of art with paper. Play with shapes, colors, and textures using cut paper to make art. Explore the versatility of paper and breaking the boundaries of the 2D surface. This event is free and open to all ages and experience levels. No registration necessary.

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

Summer Members’ Show & Sale at Harlow Gallery

Abbott Meader’s “Evolving Mountainside” (DETAIL)

Abbott Meader’s “Evolving Mountainside” (DETAIL)

Summer Members’ Show & Sale
On view: June 30 – July 22

We’re kicking off summer with their annual Summer Members’ Show & Sale, featuring a diverse selection of vibrant work by Harlow Gallery artist members. This exhibit presents a unique opportunity to discover both emerging and established artists, working in a wide range of media and styles.

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

July 9th Opening Reception at The Turtle Gallery

Jeff Loxterkamp, View from Greenhead Lane

Jeff Loxterkamp, View from Greenhead Lane

Join The Turtle Gallery for an opening reception Sunday, July 9 from 2-6 pm

Featuring
Siri BECKMAN – Selected Works
Peter KEMBLE – New Work
Jeff LOXTERKAMP – Paintings
Barbara SULLIVAN – Maine Women Artist Portraits
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with House Gallery
Black & White Show
featuring Vaino KOLA
Gene SHAW & Many More

Siri Beckman, Pileated Woodpeckers

Siri Beckman, Pileated Woodpeckers

Longtime Turtle Gallery artist and Deer Isle printmaking favorite Siri Beckman will be showing Selected Works including new woodcuts, her iconic wood engravings and handmade lampshades. The prints emanate an intimacy with island life and a deep appreciation of the character of our DownEast fishing communities; as well as the wildlife that is a part of daily life on the Maine Coast. Both Beckman’s rootedness in work and place are intangibly linked in this show, giving the viewer a look back with a simultaneous look forward in an artist’s journey.

Peter Kemble, Linescape

Peter Kemble, Linescape

Graphic artist Peter Kemble shows New Work. A longtime summer resident of Deer Isle, Kemble has been working to bring life and intrigue to an empty palette with technology as his tool. He defines his understanding of art as a form of experimental revelry – using form, line and color as methods to produce a playful interpretation of light and space.

Jeff Loxterkamp, NAPA Auto Parts

Jeff Loxterkamp, NAPA Auto Parts

Bangor-based painter Jeff Loxterkamp graces the Gallery Barn with a large collection of new Oil Paintings. With an enviable eye for finding beauty in and adding abstractions to everyday life, Loxterkamp paints views other eyes may miss. Infused with a vivid sense of reality, this collection of highly texturized and richly toned oils offers a striking visual interpretation of Maine.

Barbara Sullivan, Portraits

Barbara Sullivan, Portraits

Fresco artist Barbara Sullivan returns to the Turtle Gallery with a powerful series of Maine Women Artist Portraits. While painting is not a new endeavor for Sullivan, this series embarks on a larger mission of recognition, appreciation and a timely focus on how women are a driving force in Maine arts and beyond.

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

A Black & White Show fills the House Gallery and immerses the viewer in a monochromatic understanding of nature and space. Featuring the masterful etchings of Vaino Kola, woodcuts from Gene Shaw and prints and drawings from a host of Gallery artists.

A vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and sculpture garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 207-348-9977 or visit
TheTurtleGallery.com

William Wegman Artist Talk Presented by CMCA & The Strand Theatre

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Artist William Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a talk on his work on Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Tuesday Talk series. CMCA and the Strand Theatre are partnering on the presentation, with reduced admission for CMCA and The Strand members.

Immediately following the talk, a reception for the artist will take place at CMCA, adjacent to The Strand Theatre, at 21 Winter Street. The exhibition, William Wegman: Reel to Real, featuring the artist’s early videos and related drawings, is on view at CMCA through October 22, 2017. Tickets for the July 25 talk are available online through The Strand: $10 CMCA and The Strand members, $15 general admission; $20 day of event.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. Man Ray soon became an active participant in Wegman’s early videos and subsequent photographs, and the Weimaraners an iconic presence in the artist’s career.

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

For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

NEW Kick Off Summer Weekends with Cafe Miranda at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Cafe Miranda present Open Late, a fun, informal, after-work gathering on Friday evenings in CMCA’s courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. Starting Friday, July 7, Cafe Miranda will host a drinks bar (cash only) from 4:30-6:00pm throughout July and August (except August 18, reserved for CMCA Gala). Kick off the weekend with friends and music, and celebrate the all-too-short Maine summer! Open Late is a 21+ event.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

The Rock & Art Shop Presents Current Gallery Artist Katie Hodgkins

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Succulent paintings by Katie Hodgkins. These realistic oil paintings of succulents are a delight. Hodgkins’ works offers an accessible way to connect with nature by embodying a modern and highly aesthetic take on natural history illustration.

Katie graduated from College of the Atlantic in 2016 with a degree in Human Ecology and a focus on fine arts and oil painting. Currently, she lives and works out of Northern Maine, taking her inspiration from the state’s local flora and fauna.

The show runs from June 5th to July 31st and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Sohns Gallery in The Rock & Art Shop. For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents LIGHT SOURCE, A Group Exhibition

winingsCynthia Winings Gallery Presents LIGHT SOURCE, A Group Exhibition featuring:

TOM CURRY, HÉLÈNE FARRAR, DOUGLAS FLORIAN, M P LANDIS, MARK LITTLE &
LARI WASHBURN. ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project with Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz. The exhibition will include artwork from Louise Bourne, Heidi Daub, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Russell Smith, John Wilkinson and Goody-B. Wiseman.

The exhibition will be on view, June 20 – July 15. For more information please visit http://www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com/

“ISLAND | PAINTINGS BY JOEL JANOWITZ” at gWatson Galleries

Above: Writer's Moment, Oil on Linen, 36 x58", 2016

Above: Writer’s Moment, Oil on Linen, 36 x58″, 2016

The gWatson Gallery in Stonington, Maine is presenting new work by Joel Janowitz. Janowitz has spent time each summer for over twenty years at the former home of Fairfield Porter on Great Spruce Island in Penobscot Bay, and the work on exhibit in Stonington is a result of this time in Maine.

Commenting on his newest work, Janowitz writes, When we look, our focus constantly shits. Color and light change dramatically as we glance about. Often large swaths of a scene are barely observed, much less remembered, while particular details preoccupy us. Perceived forms often echo our own psychological states. I want to create paintings that embody this junction of perception, movement, feeling and memory – contemplative paintings that suggest the viewer’s own presence within the spaces they depict.

The gallery is open Monday – Saturday: 10AM to 5PM & Sunday: 1-5PM. For more information call 207.367.2900 visit https://www.gwatsongallery.com

Henry Isaacs – Finding Values at Greenhut Galleries

 

Somes Sound from Sargent Drive, 36x24, oil on canvas

Somes Sound from Sargent Drive, 36×24, oil on canvas

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush. He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

The exhibition runs July 6 – 29, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday July 6th, 5-7pm.

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Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail. His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours: Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. For more information call
207.772.2693 or visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

Betts Gallery Opens PAPER, INK, PRESS

"Time and Distance #4" Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Artistic Interpretations of Local Landscape at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

“A Winter Morning on the Harbor” is just one of the coastal landscapes by Round Pond Artist Dianne Smith Dolan on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Galler

“A Winter Morning on the Harbor” is just one of the coastal landscapes by Round Pond Artist Dianne Smith Dolan on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Galler

Dianne Dolan and Bev Walker are relatively recent members of the Pemaquid Art Gallery. Both have a primary interest in interpretive color in the landscape, with either simplified or abstracted forms rather than specific geographical depiction.

Dianne Dolan, in her third season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, received an art education that enabled her to teach art, and to paint and show her work. for 20 years. Although she also paints in her studio, based on memory and reflection, she has become particularly motivated to paint plein air, on location on the Pemaquid peninsula, during the warm months. Dolan’s work reflects the coastal landscape interpreted primarily in oil, with a particular interest in color, interpreted through the eyes of an artist rather than a photographer. The beauty of the local environment is evident in her interpreted landscapes. More of her work may be seen at www.diannedolan.com.

Chamberlain artist Bev Walker’s “Summer Clouds” is reflective of herwork with local subject matter and reveals her interest in abstraction and composition.

Chamberlain artist Bev Walker’s “Summer Clouds” is reflective of herwork with local subject matter and reveals her interest in abstraction and composition.

Bev Walker is a Maine native who has spent much of her adult life in Michigan, where she received her art education and for many years pursued a career in interior design. Her work has been shown in Michigan, Florida, and in various Maine locations. She served on the board of the Ann Arbor Women Artists, with a membership of over 200, and in 1999 co-founded the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery reflects local subject matter: trees, water, barns, fishing shacks, taken as elements that reveal her interest in abstraction, composition, and color. Samples of her paintings also can be seen at www.bevwalkerart.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following additional member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, 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, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

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

“POINTS NORTH” Now Showing at Landing Gallery

“Standing Tall”  by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

“Standing Tall” by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

Landing Gallery at 409 Main St. in Rockland proudly announces the opening of “POINTS NORTH” from June 30 – July 30”. The new three-person exhibition focusing on current paintings and photographs by Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko and Jill Valliere. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 7th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk. All three artists are Rockland Residents and have widely exhibited their work throughout Maine.

Jill Valliere is a 1997 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. “I have always been drawn to the vibrancy and texture of art, this translates to my own process of layering, adding and subtracting elements in my works. This additive and subtractive process creates a textural surface and tension which ultimately brings forth the nuances of color, depth and shadow. My use of metal leaf as a medium in my paintings creates an effulgent, transitional passage, which serves as the basis for the conceptual origin of my work.”

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide”  by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide” by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits. Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has kept up with new processes, techniques & equipment. “Physically exploring space and light while out in nature becomes the beginning of an image. Back in the studio the fun really begins. Additional processing using various applications and materials are combined for the final work. Alternative processing adds a richer and more complex final photograph.”

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery. His work has been exhibited in his galleries, in NY and ME, since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. “During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my paintings. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio. Sketches, photos, memories and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process. Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for nature.”

For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

The Wyeth Experience: A Series of Special Tours from the Farnsworth

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro and Christina, 1968, watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum, 1969.1646, ©2016 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro and Christina, 1968, watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum, 1969.1646, ©2016 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Beginning on Friday, July 7, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine present a special tour series entitled The Wyeth Experience. These intimate three-hour tours will include the museum’s Andrew Wyeth at 100 exhibitions as well as the Olson House where the American master painted for three decades. Tours will take place each Friday morning through July, August and September, beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the museum’s Wyeth Center and ending back at the museum at 12:45 p.m.

Participants in this unique tour will experience Andrew Wyeth’s world by examining the strong attraction the Olson House held for the artist for more than 30 years. The tour will begin with an intimate look at select Andrew Wyeth works at the Farnsworth Art Museum, and continue on for an in-depth tour of the Olson House. All will be taken by van through the Maine countryside to the Olson House, past landmarks relevant to Wyeth’s Maine subject matter.

The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Olson House. Photo by Susan Metzger.

The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Olson House. Photo by Susan Metzger.

A comprehensive tour of the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and its surrounding grounds, will highlight the relationship that Andrew Wyeth had with the property. The Olson House is the subject of approximately 300 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including his iconic tempera Christina’s World (1948), owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth’s drawings, watercolors and tempera paintings featuring Christina, her brother and the house itself occupied the artist from 1939 through 1968.

Wyeth once remarked, “I just couldn’t stay away from there. I did other pictures while I knew them, but I’d always seem to gravitate back to the house … It was Maine.” Wyeth died in 2009 and is buried in a small cemetery within sight of the house.

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro on Front Doorstep, 1942 watercolor on paper. Marunuma Art Park, © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro on Front Doorstep, 1942 watercolor on paper. Marunuma Art Park, © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Tours are held once a week beginning Friday, July 7 through Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and limited to 12 people per tour. The cost is $50 and $35 for Farnsworth members and includes admission to the museum. Please note that due to limited access to these tours, no refunds will be given with less than 48 hours notice. For more information or to book your tour, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery

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‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ is one of four new Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery on June 28. Andres Verzosa, former Interim Executive Director and Curator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) and former owner of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine will select work for this show from entries by local artists and members of the Ogunquit Art Association. ‘OAA Expressions’ features a wide variety of art by OAA artist members. Sculptor Jeffrey Briggs and painter Theresann D’Angelo have Showcase exhibitions in the North Gallery.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday July 8 – 7:30 PM. You can also join them for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 PM. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is available in the Collectors Gallery.

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Barn Gallery’s expanded schedule of figure drawing sessions, artist demonstrations and workshops in a variety of media as well as artist gallery talks continues through July and August

For More Information: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

The Caldbeck Gallery Welcomes the Work of David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016  watercolor on paper  11 x 38 1/2 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016 watercolor on paper 11 x 38 1/2 inches David Dewey

From July 12 through August 12, The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work in watercolor by David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown NJ. In the upstairs galleries, there will be an exhibit of selected paintings, photographs, and sculpture by gallery artists, including Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and NYC, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Sam Cady of Friendship, Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn NY, Melanie Essex of Cushing, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, John Goodman of Friendship and Wellesley MA, Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington D.C., Kristin Malin of Georgetown, K.Min of Friendship, Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Brookline, MA, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Todd Watts of Blanchard, Dan West of Friendship, Susan Williams of Camden, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing and Southold NY. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 6-8 pm.

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper  25 x 38 5/8 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper 25 x 38 5/8 inches David Dewey

The Pemaquid Light Paintings: Watercolors of an Iconic Maine Landmark 2014 – 2017 is David Dewey’s most recent body of work, painted over the time period of 2014 – 2017. The artist explains, “since first settling into Maine many, many years ago, I’ve visited both Pemaquid, the Light and the place, more times than I can count. It’s been a kind of Mecca and retreat for me, where I loved to paint small watercolors with my field kit. But as my dear friend, Joe Fiore, once told me, “sometimes you just need to take a walk and not paint, so you don’t miss the things of beauty in nature that are important”. I took this lesson to heart: some of my best experiences at Pemaquid were when I just walked around, or sat on those grand rocks and simply watched the light change. Those years of returning again and again to Pemaquid Light to visit and to paint have led to many significant large-scale watercolors.  The watercolors in this exhibit range in size from 8 x 36 inches to 27 x 39 inches. This is his 6th solo show with the Caldbeck Gallery, where he has been represented since 2004.

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

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Exhibition Opens Saturday, July 8th

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

“Art in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine on July 8th and will continue through August 4th. The exhibition explores the pluralistic nature of the art world in the twentieth century, with developing styles ranging from cubism, expressionism, realism and abstraction.

Of particular note is a work by German-American artist George Grosz (1893-1959) executed in New York in 1936. Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany in 1893. He became an important member of the Dada movement and openly rejected the rising German nationalism during the nineteen teens. The Dadaists sought to escape the rationalism and logic that they believed lead to World War I. Bringing an experimental, playful and even irrational approach to art Grosz and the Dadaists sought a return to our child-like nature. After Grosz emigrated with his family to New York in 1933 because of his strong anti-Nazi sentiments, he became a teacher at the Art Students League. A few years later Grosz painted “New York Skyline” in his loose, ethereal style with calligraphic marks accenting the tugboat and Manhattan skyline.

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Contrasting Grosz’s abstracted, spirited work is Andrew Winter’s (1893-1958) “Morning After the Storm.” Rooted in a clear, realistic style and drawing on a dramatic event, the artist depicts four sailors on a cliff viewing the remains of their ship off the coast of Monhegan Island. Other significant twentieth century paintings and sculpture include a large modernist oil, “Woolwich Ferry Slip,” by John Folinsbee (1892-1972) and a major bronze by William Zorach (1887-1966) of his daughter Dahlov Ipcar entitled “Innocence.” The show also features drawings, watercolors and oils by important international artists such as Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993), Andre Derain (French, 1880-1954), Marc Sterling (Russian/French, 1895-1976), Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997) and Ossip Zadkine (French, 1890-1967).

“Art in the Twentieth Century” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 4th. 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.

Conversations: Studio and Table at Fiore Art Center

Susan Van Campen: Sunset with White Pines, watercolor, 13.5 x 16.5”

Susan Van Campen: Sunset with White Pines, watercolor, 13.5 x 16.5”

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center will host its first ever gallery exhibit, opening on July 8th, with a public reception from 4-6pm. Conversations: Studio and Table is curated by David Dewey, co-director of the Fiore Art Center, curator of the estate of Joseph A. Fiore with the Falcon Foundation, and an esteemed watercolorist represented in Maine and New York. The exhibit features the work of sixteen prominent artists, most of whom live or spend summers in Maine: Richard Abbott, Sam Cady, Kimberly Callas, Lois Dodd, Nancy Glassman, Cynthia Hyde, Frances Hynes, Jim Kinnealey, Dennis Pinette, Carol Rowan, Susan Stephenson, Susan Van Campen, Tim Van Campen, Mary Jean Viano Crowe and Patricia Wheeler. All of these artists were invited to be a guest at the Fiore Art Center’s 2016 residency farm-to-table dinners and studio visits.

MJ Viano Crowe: Weight Of The World, mixed media on board (drawing, painting, collage), 18 x 15 x 5”

MJ Viano Crowe: Weight Of The World, mixed media on board (drawing, painting, collage), 18 x 15 x 5”

“2016 was a very exciting first step for our artist residency program at Rolling Ares Farm,” says Dewey. “Having distinguished artists join us for weekly studio visits and delightful farm-to-table dinners was a valuable experience for our artists-in-residence, as well as an important contribution to the Fiore Art Center’s residency program,” he explains. The exhibit, Conversations: Studio and Table was a natural outcome, as conversations begun in the studios turned into lively discussions around the table, touching on art, agriculture, the relationship between humans and environment, observation, intention, how art can be a voice for awareness, and so on.

As a program of Maine Farmland Trust, the Fiore Art Center aims to attract artists for whom the relationship between human and environment is an important element in their work. Naturally, many of the artists invited to the table resonate with that theme, and often, this resonance is apparent in the art they create. Take Kimberly Callas’ sculpture Honey-eyed, for instance: a digitally constructed, 3D-printed mask made from PLA filament (a corn-based plastic), coated with yellow and black iron oxide pigments in a solution of acrylic and beeswax

Kimberly Callas: Honey-eyed, 3D printed mask - PLA filament, yellow and black iron oxide, acrylic and wax, 10 x 7 x 3.5”

Kimberly Callas: Honey-eyed, 3D printed mask – PLA filament, yellow and black iron oxide, acrylic and wax, 10 x 7 x 3.5”

Callas, who teaches sculpture at Monmouth University in New Jersey, explained that she wanted to explore working with 3D printing and train herself in that medium, as it is gaining ground in the arts, sciences and construction. “Creating masks gives me a way to integrate patterns of nature with the human form,” says Callas. “I ask myself: ‘Where is our ecological self, and how can we express that part of ourselves more?’ Sometimes when you speak from behind a mask, you can speak more truthfully and open up that ecological voice.

Lois Dodd: Will’s Cabin, 2011, oil on panel, 12 x 16” 

Lois Dodd: Will’s Cabin, 2011, oil on panel, 12 x 16”

Lois Dodd’s work, in contrast, is a small landscape titled Will’s Cabin. “It’s a modest piece,” observes Dewey. “It shows the little white building artist Will Barnet would stay in when he would come up to be with his daughter, Ona Barnet, at the Rock Gardens Inn near Bath – a place of great natural beauty.” Barnet spent his summers “on retreat” there, while Dodd would be teaching painting workshops. Dewey chose this particular piece “because it marks the long relationship between Lois and Will: they became good friends, ever since she was a student of his at Cooper Union (NYC).”

Frances Hynes: Evergreens, oil on linen, 30 x 24”

Frances Hynes: Evergreens, oil on linen, 30 x 24”

The work by the sixteen veteran artists in Conversations: Studio and Table represents a high water mark of the mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm: excellence in ideas, creative vision and environmental awareness. Conversations: Studio and Table will be on exhibit from July 8 through September 4, 2017. The Gallery at Rolling Acres is located at 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson and is open on Saturdays throughout the summer, from 12-4, or by appointment. In addition to the exhibit, there will be Open Studio Days at the Center on the last Saturday of each month, showcasing the work of each month’s artists-in-residence. July’s Open Studio Day will take place on the 29th, from 11-3. For more information please visit https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

“By Land and by Sea” on display at Joy To The Wind Gallery

Under A Summer Sky”   18 x 24 oil on linen  Lynne Seitzer

Under A Summer Sky”
18 x 24 oil on linen
Lynne Seitzer

Joy To the Wind Gallery will present a compelling new exhibit featuring landscapes and seascapes by artists Lynne Seitzer and John M T Seitzer during the month of July. The artist reception for “By Land and By Sea” will be held at Joy to The Wind Gallery on Friday, July 7th from 7-9pm. All are welcome to join them in the celebration at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
The exhibit highlights the local color and natural beauty of the region.

The two artists continue to stretch themselves creatively. Both have spent their lives, to date, in the pursuit of art, creative exploration and knowledge. John M T Seitzer holds a BFA degree in painting and ceramics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, Mankato. He also is an expert custom picture framer (45 years) which is reflected in the beautiful frames found on his and Lynne’s art. Lynne Seitzer earned a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Mankato and a Commercial Art degree from South Central College. Along with painting she has been an educator, art director , fashion illustrator and a greeting card designer.

First Light  30 x 40 oil on linen  John MT Seitzer

First Light
30 x 40 oil on linen
John MT Seitzer

For the last 18 years John and Lynne have owned and operated Joy To The Wind Gallery, Studio and Custom Picture Framing Service- a bright art filled gallery at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, ME. Together they have dedicated their lives to the joys of living a life woven deeply in the visual arts. Don’t miss this journey “By Land and By Sea” reception Friday evening, July 7th from 7-9 pm at Joy To The Wind Gallery. For more information call 207-633-7025 or visit joytothewind.com

See The Forest and The Trees at the Eastport Art Center

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The Forest and The Trees is a 20 year retrospective of paintings and weavings with natural fibers by by artist Leatrice Linden. The show opens at the Eastport Art Center, 36 Washington Street, Eastport, Maine on  July 8, 2017, with an opening reception July 9. The Forest and the Trees runs through August 2, 2017.

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Linden, a New York artist who moved to Maine in the early 70’s, co-curator and exhibited in The 70’s Show: Art and Place at The Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine. Her work has been exhibited through out the United States and is in collections here and in Europe.

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For more information pleas contact Leatrice Linden at llstudios938@gmail.com

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters”

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters” on Friday, July 7. The show is dedicated to work created for utilitarian use in the presentation of food and also as non-utilitarian objects of artistic value, beauty and fantasy. The two featured artists share their artistic views on this subject in non-utilitarian ways.

Artist/sculptor Jacques Vesery’s work is nature-based, concerned with harmony, balance and form. His teapots ad spoons, hand carved in exotic woods, colored and gilded, become precious objects of art. His subjects suggest utility but are not intended for that purpose. The smallness in scale and richness in detail and finish express fantasy.

Artist Lissa Hunter’s charcoal drawings of spoons transcend their original purpose . They recall a time of formality when there was a a spoon for many purposes: tea, soup, grapefruit, etc. Her large scale drawings illustrate what happens during the creative process as she explores her subjects and transforms them from little importance as implements for use to fantasies of her imagination.

Both artists have impressive credentials. Portland artist Lissa Hunter’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Renwick/Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She has taught at Haystack and is a consistent exhibitor at CRAFT. Jacques Vesery, from Damariscotta, is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow. His work Is in the collections of The Yale University Art Gallery and The Carnegie Museum. He has lectured widely on his design concepts. This is his first exhibit at CRAFT

Other “table Matters” artists create utilitarian objects that are meant for use at the table. Wood carver Danielle Rose Byrd, potter Autumn Cipala, metalsmith Erica Moody and weaver Amy Smith show teapots and teacups, copper and brass spoons and chopsticks, placemats and table runners and hand carved birch bowls. CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Wind Ensemble will perform classical music in the courtyard during the evening of the July 7 First Friday Artwalk. For more information please call 207-594-0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

 

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opens “Animals & Humans”

Courtesy of Samuel Morgan

Courtesy of Samuel Morgan

On Saturday, July 8th from 4 – 7 pm the Philippe Guillerm Gallery, 882 Main St., Waldoboro participates in ArtWalk Waldoboro with the opening of the exhibition “Animals & Humans”

A very special exhibit featuring works by both Samuel Morgan and Philippe Guillerm. Samuel is a well-known artist whose animals include those of many threatened and endangered species such as the Polar Bear, the Chimpanzee and the Giraffe. Philippe Guillerm’s body of work is a mesmerizing assemblage of human curves and feelings, from the rough driftwood to the smooth curved surface his musical instruments flow from Animal to Human.

The most important statement about Samuel Morgan is that he loves colors. Color is a common thread in his paintings as well as his life. From New England, although he has traveled extensively and lived in various places on the East coast, he currently makes his home in coastal Maine.

Artist Philippe Guillerm has brought the violin to life. Although these musical instruments can be described as lively, it is more often than not the music that they produce that is so. Instead of focusing on the music, Philippe Guillerm focuses on their physical form.

Plein-air Watercolor Painting Workshop at the Farnsworth

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Beginning on Monday, July 10, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting a week-long, plein-air watercolor workshop. Led by artist Annie Bailey, the workshop will take place from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gamble Center for Education, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland.

In this week-long workshop, participants are invited to come and introduce themselves to plein-air or painting outdoors. Students will explore secret local places and stretch their expectations of what plein-air watercolor can be. This course will emphasize combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing. All will learn to slow down and experience the environment through new eyes.

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

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

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows: ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR and KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA, beginning Thursday, June 29th, and running through Tuesday, July 25th,. The opening reception for Beers and Peters is 1st Friday, July 7th, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to join Andrea and Kevin and enjoy a glass of Monhegan Brewing Beer or fine wine.

ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR
East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ world is outside her windows – salty inlets, mossy ledges, towering spruces, and abundant flower and vegetable gardens. It is a quintessentially Maine landscape, where the keen-eyed Peters sees more in a glance than many of us would see in a lifetime. Andrea loves color. She dazzles us with her passion for paint. Her yellows sizzle, her reds pop, and her blues make us swoon.

 Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA
When Kevin Beers first walked into Gleason Fine Art nearly 20 years ago, he had just given up his Manhattan position as an art director in order to follow his passion, becoming a full-time artist. He had just begun to paint landscapes, but, “motorhead” that he is, he focused primarily on old cars and trucks that had caught his eye. Beers studied each vehicle to discover its story, so each painting became a kind of portrait. A pea-green truck with lots of missing paint became “Rusty,” and a car with a particularly ferocious looking grille became “Vampire.” The cars and trucks took a backseat. However, one place, a country where old cars have been repaired and reused for over half a century, lived on in Beers’ mind; that place was Cuba.

Both “Andrea Peters: In Living Color” and “Kevin Beers: From Manana to Havana” run through July 25. The reception for Andrea and Kevin, to which everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine, is First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 7 pm. Both shows, plus the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, may be viewed on the gallery’s website gleasonfineart.com. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849 and ask for Dennis, Marty, or Andrew Gleason, or Diana Kerr. Or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4

Haynes Galleries’ Celebrates the Summer Season With Majestic Views of the Water

Joseph McGurl Cadillac Mountain Casts a Shadow on the Earth as the Moon Rises Oil on Panel 14 x 8.5 inches

Joseph McGurl
Cadillac Mountain Casts a Shadow on the Earth as the Moon Rises
Oil on Panel
14 x 8.5 inches

For its 2017 season, Haynes Galleries in Thomaston will present “Homage to the Art of the Sea.” This exhibition of seascapes will showcase the magic of marine vistas, including views of Maine, by four of the country’s finest marine artists. Through a modern lens, Joseph McGurl, William R. Davis, Donald Demers and Marc Dalessio capture in paint the appeal of the water, sky, and light along the coast, an appeal that often cannot be expressed in words. “Homage to the Art of the Sea” opens July 6 in Thomaston and continues through the summer until September 9 and will showcase four of the country’s finest marine artists but each has its own aesthetic and vision.

Joseph McGurl calls himself a contemporary luminist. For him that means his paintings explore the same ideas as the Luminists of the 19th century, like a poetic & philosophical contemplation on nature, but his paintings look a bit different. McGurl’s images of the sea can vary in brushstroke and texture, in aerial perspective, and in tone. Even individual pieces feature this variation, like “He Came Dancing Across the Water…Cortez Cortez” where a single ship in the middle ground illuminated by the sun and guided by clear skies contrasts with ominous dark clouds casting shadows on the rest of the fleet on the horizon.
William R. Davis Barkentine at Dusk Oil on Panel 6 x 12 inches

William R. Davis
Barkentine at Dusk
Oil on Panel
6 x 12 inches

A native of Cape Cod, William R. Davis has been surrounded by water and sailing his whole life. He’s acutely aware of the realities of being near the sea. Primarily self-taught, Davis opts for a more serene take on marine views. There is a stillness & dreaminess to his seascapes where water gently ripples off the bows of sailing ships and the sun, low on the horizon, glows like a comforting warm orb. To create the soothing effect Davis paints with thin semi-translucent paint. He carefully builds up layers, replicating the transparency of water and the way light bounces off the surface. He can even do it with moonlight like in the nocturnal scene “Moonrise.”

Donald Demers Bass Rocks Oil on Linen 16 x 24 inches

Donald Demers
Bass Rocks
Oil on Linen
16 x 24 inches

Donald Demers love of maritime subjects began during the summers of his youth spent in and around Boothbay Harbor. The sea has stayed with him all these years. His artistic career began as an illustrator but soon expanded to traditional fine art. His background as an award-winning illustrator is clear in his seascapes— an attention to detail pervades his scenes— but they also exhibit visual poetry as if they are the carefully remembered memories from a trip to the coast long ago.

Marc Dalessio The Grand Canal Oil on Linen 8 x 12 inches

Marc Dalessio
The Grand Canal
Oil on Linen
8 x 12 inches

Marc Dalessio has painted the seven seas, the waters of the Venice canals, and the tropical beaches of the South Pacific. This master of plein air painting has also turned his eye towards Maine. In his trademark quick and expressive style Dalessio works up a scene to capture its very essence, often from interesting and unexpected points of view.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will take place the evening of July 6 from 5-7:30pm. Joseph McGurl, William R. Davis, and Donald Demers are expected to attend the opening to share their stories. Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit haynesgalleries.com or call (615) 430-8147.

Two Artists Show Their Coastal Watercolors at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

Cindy Spencer’s light and airy “Pemaquid Lupine” is an example of her work which can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Cindy Spencer’s light and airy “Pemaquid Lupine” is an example of her work which can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Cindy Spencer and Bob Vaughan are watercolorists showing their work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season. They both enjoy exploiting the impressionist qualities of watercolor as the colors tend to blend and flow spontaneously. The concept of “less is more” is seen in Spencer’s watercolors, where she strives to convey mood and atmosphere without picky details. The effect is light and airy, a happy result. She feels that big brushes, experimentation and her imagination are her most important tools. This is Spencer’s first season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery. Her work also can be seen at cindyspencerart.com.

Bob Vaughan has been a member at the Pemaquid Art Gallery since 2011. His watercolors reflect his fascination with the “bright, translucent colors….that capture the beautiful light we see in nature.” Vaughan expresses the belief that “painting what you see to express how you feel” is a piece of artistic advice he has taken to heart. He especially enjoys portraying light as it falls on his subjects, whether he is interpreting landscape or has included buildings (iconic Maine houses and buildings are a favorite theme) and figures.

You may find Vaughan’s work at River Arts shows, and other area locations as well as at the Pemaquid Art Gallery. Painting plein air near the coast during the summer,  you may even find him concentrating on a new painting somewhere in the local area!

In addition to Spencer and Vaughan, see the work of the following artists at the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Steve Jaga, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated in 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.

“Island Boats Homes and Harbors” at New Era Gallery

“From Blueberry Hill” by Esther Garcia Eder, oil on canvas, 24 x 24

“From Blueberry Hill” by Esther Garcia Eder, oil on canvas, 24 x 24

The mid-summer show at New Era Gallery is entitled “Island Boats Homes and Harbors” and will feature the work of painter Esther Garcia Eder and ceramic sculptor David Riley Peterson. Eder’s colorful and joyous oils and watercolors of familiar island locales, often seen from atop the hill where she maintains her studio, speak of her love and deep appreciation for the island.  Peterson, who has spent summers on the island since childhood, shows his lifelong love of boats and the water in his ceramic sculpture, a range including representational dories, shipwrecks, and fantastical mythological vessels.

The show will open on July 15, and run through August 2.  The gallery will host an artists’ talk and reception on July 15 beginning at 4:30. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, and Sunday 11:00 – 2:00. Please visit our website for a complete schedule of shows and events.

Betts Gallery opens group show ‘Paper, Ink, Press’

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“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum.

 

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception on Friday June 30th, 5:30-8pm for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Joy to the Wind opens “By Land and By Sea”

 

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Fish House at Fish Beach, John MT Seitzer

Please join us for a glass of wine (or water) and some lovely chocolate.

It’s an evening party-from 7-9 at our Gallery at 34 Atlantic Ave., Boothbay Harbor. We will be opening our door at 7 pm.

Celebrating summer, friendship and art

Our new exhibit “By Land and By Sea.” is landscapes and seascapes by the two of us.

We really hope you can join us as a celebration is long overdue!

Sincerely,
Lynne and John

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values”

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Henry Isaacs “Somes Sound from Sargent Drive,” 36×24, oil on canvas

 

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values” July 6 – 29, with an Opening reception Thursday July 6th,  5-7pm

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush.  He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail.  His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours:  Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
207.772.2693

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk:

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The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk: Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the Cynthia Winings Gallery, Friday, July 7, 5:30

On FIRST FRIDAY, October 7, the Cynthia Winings Gallery presents an Artist Talk by Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the current exhibition, Light Source. The two accomplished landscape painters will share their experience of painting together on Deer Isle for many years, and the inspiration they find in the landscape. Please join me at 5:30 for their presentation and an opportunity to see the exhibition, Light Source. Everyone is welcome!

Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

 

Shaw Opening for George Daniell, Barbara Heinric and Duncan Martin

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Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor hosts an Opening Reception, Thursday, July 6, 5–7pm

July 6–19
George Daniell: Modernist Hero Returns
George (1911–2002) was a much-loved painter with local roots whose career started in the WPA era. He was a fixture at the Wingspread Gallery in NEH and a character with a life long dedication to the visual image. He won the prestigious Jenny Sesnan Gold medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. We are presenting a selection of oils and watercolors spanning 60 years.

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry
Largest grouping from Thursday–Saturday, July 6–8
Barbara’s recognizable style consists of distinctive visual vocabulary defined by matte and burnished surfaces. Modern aesthetics and innovative construction meet old world craftsmanship and seductive materials. She grew up in a vineyard in Germany, and will be here Thursday evening through Saturday.

Duncan Martin: Maine Landscape Abstracted
Duncan’s painterly approach renders our familiar scenes in gestural strokes of color, form and texture. This is his second show with us, a follow up on last season’s success. He is a life long painter who lives in Colorado and has deep ties to Maine.

Star Gallery opens new exhibition

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Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:
Lindsay Hopkins-Weld
Paul Rickert
Cynthia Stroud
Thursday July 6
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Art Space Gallery July 7th opening

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the July Arts in Rockland First Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by on Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8pm and join us for wine and refreshments and meet our artists. This reception will feature the work of Jean Byrd, Nancy Davies Tang, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, and Sylvia Isabelle Murdock.

Jean Byrd will be featuring her painting “Island Anchorage”. It is of “Devil’s Island”, an island in Merchant’s Row off the coast of Stonington, ME.  Devil’s Island, like many Maine islands, is a small island with water worn rocks on its shore and a forested interior.  This painting takes you down a shadowy path onto the rocky shore and the idyllic island anchorage beyond, a spot that is truly a place sailors dream of all winter.  Jean’s painting style is tradition realism. Her subject is the New England coast with all its fishing villages, islands, harbors, and seaports.  Her love of the sea is evident in her work.

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Mother 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, and forests 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 sculpting and strives to bring all her experience to her work in glass. Currently she is working on pieces inspired by the ocean.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12x12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12×12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Ms. Dunn is represented at many galleries throughout Maine as well as by the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, Ma. Ms. Dunn’s intuitive use of color and free brushwork give her paintings a uniquely fresh feel. Her work is in collections throughout the U.S. as well as abroad.  Ms. Dunn is also a teacher and a published children’s book illustrator.  She has a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock is a self-taught artist, Sylvia has painted seriously since she was 12 years old. She finds the simplicity and clarity of coastal living has left a lasting impression on her artist journey. Sylvia paints primarily with watercolors, but also occasionally works in egg tempera and oils.

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. July hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1am to 4pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Groundbreaking Exhibition of Memento Mori from the Renaissance Opens at Bowdoin College Museum

Chicart Bailly, Pendant to a Rosary or Chaplet, Paris, France (?), ca. 1500–1530, elephant ivory with traces of polychromy, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Chicart Bailly, Pendant to a Rosary or Chaplet, Paris, France (?), ca. 1500–1530, elephant ivory with traces of polychromy, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) will soon open a groundbreaking exhibition on the visual culture of mortality and morality in early Renaissance Europe. On view from June 24 to November 26, 2017, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe reveals how, in an increasingly complex and uncertain world, Renaissance artists sought to address the critical human concern of acknowledging death while striving to create a personal legacy that might outlast it.

Featuring nearly 70 objects, this exhibition incorporates rarely-seen loans from major North American and European museums and works from Bowdoin’s own collection revealing new insights into the understanding of mortality and morality in Renaissance Europe. An elegant installation, organized into eight thematic sections, focused on subjects such as selfhood, morality, piety, and anatomy, enables audiences to understand the broad range of inspirations for and implications of memento mori imagery. Cases provide the opportunity to see ivory prayer beads and other statuettes in the round and in the context of paintings and prints from the period by leading artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein. Magnifying glasses further permit close examination of the exceptional detail with which artists of the period wrought the ivory objects brought together for the first time in The Ivory Mirrror.

Portrait of a Surgeon, Netherlands, 1569, oil on wood. Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Portrait of a Surgeon, Netherlands, 1569, oil on wood. Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

“While we recognize the Renaissance as an age of exceptional human progress and artistic achievement, macabre images proliferated in precisely this period: unsettling depictions of Death personified, of decaying bodies, of young lovers struck down in their prime. This provocative imagery runs riot in the remarkable array of artworks featured in The Ivory Mirror. For many scholars, these gruesome objects seem to be a last gasp, as it were, of a dying medieval world view, of a culture obsessed with the certainty of death, terrified by the threat of divine judgment, and incapable of enjoying earthly life,” continued curator Stephen Perkinson, “The Ivory Mirror rethinks that traditional view, seeking to understand these morbid images as intimately bound up in the period’s shifting conceptions of the self, of the place of humanity in the world, and of the nature of sin and pleasure. It demonstrates that these objects simultaneously reminded viewers not only of life’s fleeting nature but also of the need to both enjoy one’s time on earth and to live a moral and responsible life.”

Memento Mori Pendant, probably from a rosary, France or Belgium, ca. 1500, ivory. Walter E. Stait Fund, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Memento Mori Pendant, probably from a rosary, France or Belgium, ca. 1500, ivory. Walter E. Stait Fund, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The BCMA will display highlights from their own collection alongside artworks loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum among others.

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

For more information please visit Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s website or call 207-725-3275.

Shaw Jewelry Announces Opening of July Gallery Shows

shaw jewelryOpening Reception Thursday, July 6, 5-7pm

July 6-19
George Daniell: Modernist Hero Returns

George (1911-2002) was a much-loved painter with local roots whose career started in the WPA era. He was a fixture at the Wingspread Gallery in NEH and a character with a life long dedication to the visual image. He won the prestigious Jenny Sesnan Gold medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. We are presenting a selection of oils and watercolors spanning 60 years.

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry 
Largest grouping from Thursday-Saturday, July 6-8

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

Duncan Martin: Maine Landscape Abstracted

Duncan’s work features gestural strokes of color, form and texture. This is his second show with us, a follow up on last season’s success. He is a life long painter who lives in Colorado and has deep ties to Maine.

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Mars Hall Gallery features Manuel Retrospective

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DelmarjTrena Vl (1998)

If you drive to the end of Rt. 131 South you’ll end up on the Monhegan Island Ferry dock. Look to the right across the channel and you’ll see beautiful Hupper Island. In 1975 Dr. Arthur (Bert) Wills bought a small cape on the NW corner of this 500 acre island. It began his passionate love affair with Hupper. Since then Bert has shared his island home with friends many artists. “I have always wanted young people to help sustain my passion for the island, not just for art but for anything they wanted to pursue”.

In 1978 Dr. Wills acquired an island farm which he called “Bert’s Boathouse University”. Luke Randall from Rhode Island came to paint on Hupper’s in 1992, soon to be joined by his friend and fellow painter R. Michael Carr, also from Rhode Island. They were followed by three more artists in 1996 for the islands best attended “art colonization” ever. Sue McNally and Theodore Tihansky both Newport, RI based oil painters and Manuel Rincon from Margarita Island, Venezuela. They became the “Hupper’s 5ive” and painted on the island in October or several years. Dr. Wills exhibited the resulting paintings in an annual group show at his Downtown Medical Associates office in Boston. All five have become accomplished artists.

The Hupper’s 5ive celebrate the late Manuel Rincon in “Manuel Rincon Retrospective” which previewed June 16th and runs through August 6th. Rincon, a once successful business man, gave up the corporate dream to pursue his dream of being an artist. Bold shapes and vivid color are used to portray the playful images in Manuel’s paintings. His work has been shown in Maine, Boston, Rhode Island, and New Jersey as well Venezuela. A reception for the show will be held Saturday, July 8th from 6-8 p.m. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit www.marshallgallery.net

Blue Hill Bay Gallery Presents “From Cape Ann to Maine”

Paul Strisik, Morgan’s Cove, Oil on canvas 16 x 24

Paul Strisik, Morgan’s Cove, Oil on canvas 16 x 24

Cape Ann, the oldest art colony in the US, has long inspired American artists with roster of painters that read like a virtual who’s who of American art. Among the thousands are Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Edward Hopper. This show features three prominent Cape Ann artists: William Lester Stevens, Paul Strisik and Tom Nicholas. Each enjoyed a long career both painting and teaching, won several hundred awards, and was elected to the National Academy. My other reason for choosing them is that they all also loved to paint Maine.

Born in Rockport, Mass., William Lester Stevens was their first native son to achieve a national reputation. He co-founded the Rockport Art Association in 1921 with the goal of making art more accessible to all people. Paul Strisik was widely respected for his willingness to share his talents with young artists, and wrote several books, his last one being “Capturing the Light in Oils.” Tom Nicholas has been at the forefront of American landscape painting for almost a half century and was one of the youngest members ever elected to the National Academy.

Their works, as well as a dozen more Cape Ann artists, can be seen at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery throughout the month of July, 10-4 pm Tuesday thru Saturday. For more information call 374-5773.

Courthouse Gallery presents Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Retrospective in July

 

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo exhibitions—Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Restrospective—from June 21 through July 20. Also showing are Susan Amons, Judy Belasco, Philip Koch, Mark Kidschi, and Stephen Porter. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 

Philip Barter: Maine Oasis

Philip Barter (b.1939) is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s aesthetic vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. Barter has spent a half-century painting narratives based on the Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine and went national when, in January 1995, Tim Sample highlighted his life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt.

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip Barter, Bottom: Book Jacket

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip

 

In conjunction with the show Philip Barter: Maine Oasis, Courthouse Gallery will host a Book Launch and Signing on July 12 from 4–7pm for Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a new book by Carl Little (Marshall Wilkes). At 5:30pm Little will introduce Philip Barter, who will talk about his narrative paintings, process, and career. The author will be available for book signing. Books can be reserved by calling (207) 667-6611. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton Retrospective

Judith Leighton (1929–2011) was the former owner of the Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill and an artist in her own right.  She began painting with watercolors in the 1950s, gaining notice for her work by the 1960s. After moving to Maine in 1970, Leighton worked almost exclusively with dry pastels.Her modernist inspired motifs included flowers, landscapes, tables and chairs, and women, often seated as if engaged in an pleasant conversation, or standing, or holding a dog, cat or bird. Leighton was passionate about art that “celebrated life” whether it was the art she showed at her gallery, or the art she made.

 

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am– 5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Victor Leger’s Maine landscapes at Littlefield Gallery

"Rolling Island" oil on panel 12 x 24

“Rolling Island” oil on panel 12 x 24

From June 19 through July 16, Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor will display the largest body of Victor Leger’s Maine landscapes thus far. The work is a variety of coastal scenes on the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park.Though the paintings are all realistically represented, they diverge greatly in terms of daylight, weather, composition, and sizes. “I have been experimenting to find new ways to hold the viewers’ attention. I believe this area has 10 lifetimes of inspiration for an artist.”