Café des Artistes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds

May 4, 2018

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

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

Connie Hayes: Windows

May 4, 2018

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

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

Andrea Peters, Spring Fantasy, oil, 24x24”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning Thursday, May 10, Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor opens its new spring show: “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.” The show runs through Tuesday, June 12, with a reception for Andrea and Christine on Saturday, May 26 (Memorial weekend), from 5 to 7 pm. As always, the public is invited to join us for a glass of wine and the chance to meet Andrea and Christine.

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

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

 

Christine Peters, Silver Flower Moonstone Necklace Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents SPRING ART FACTORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thu Kim Vu, Light Sculptures

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

Clif Travers, Medicine Cabinet

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

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

 

Carol Douglas, Finger Lakes Vineyard

Michel Droge, Breathing Lessons

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

Estefani Mercedes, Untitled

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

Maxwell Nolin, Toot and Roger Raw

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

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

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

Rachel Alexandrou, Kale in Decay

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

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

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

7th Annual Maine Pottery Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

CMCA Wins Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about CMCA, visit: cmcanow.org

The Maine Crafts Association will open MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND

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

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

HISTORICAL BUILDING MEETS MODERN MAKERS MOVEMENT

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

TIMELINE

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

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

EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS

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

FOR ARTISTS: SELLING YOUR WORK at the NEW MCA STORE

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

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN NEARS COMPLETION

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

DONATE

Art House Picture Frames presents Sarah Baldwin

Art House Picture Frames

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

61 Pleasant Street, Portland ME

arthousepictureframes@gmail.com

Art Show and Talk at the Camden Library

“Gratitudes in Poems and Paintings”

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

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

Greenhut Galleries presents Matt Blackwell and Kathi Smith

Greenhut Galleries presents a two person exhibition.

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

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

Matt Blackwell

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

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

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

Kathi Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dog Days is sponsored by Melinda and Doug Jennings.

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

Thursday, May 10 at 7pm

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

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

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

About David Buckley Borden

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

About Aaron M. Ellison

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

events@maineaudubon.org

20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth ME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steve Cayard

Master birchbark canoe maker Steve Cayard settled in Wellington, Maine in 1987. His canoes are based on careful research and are faithful to the tradition of the early Wabanaki birchbark canoes of Maine and New Brunswick- a style which eventually became the model for the wood-canvas canoes of Old Town, E. M. White and Chestnut, among others. Cayard has been sought out by native communities as a teacher, and he has felt honored to offer them his knowledge in a series of workshops in Maine and New Brunswick. He has also taught birchbark canoe building classes for the general public. He completed his first birchbark canoe in 1978 and has been building on commission since 1995. In 1998, Cayard was honored with a request by the National Museum of the American Indian to restore an 1890s birch bark canoe by well-known Passamaquoddy canoe builder Tomah Joseph. In 2002 Barry Dana, then chief of the Penobscot Nation, invited Cayard to lead a birchbark canoe workshop on Indian Island, the Penobscot reservation in Old Town, Maine. This became the first in a number of on-site canoe workshops that Cayard taught in the Wabanaki communities. Cayard’s work has been featured in WoodenBoat Magazine and his collaborative canoe with the late David Moses Bridges (commissioned by the Abbey Museum in Bar Harbor) was recognized for inclusion in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial.

Patricia Daunis-Dunning

Esteemed jeweler Patricia Daunis-Dunning considers jewelry “site-specific sculpture”. A Maine native, she founded Daunis Studio with her husband William Dunning in Portland in the early 80s. Over the years Daunis has employed and inspired many young artists and helped them to develop into confident crafts people. Nationally renowned in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing, Daunis-Dunning has been recognized with many awards, among them DeBeers’s Diamonds Today Award, World Gold Council’s Grand and First Prizes, the MJSA’ Custom Design of Distinction (1st and 2nd Prize), and the Jewel Award from Jewelers of America. She has authored numerous articles for Jewelers Inc. Magazine, and has been featured in Contemporary American Jewelry Design by Ettagale Blauer and Metalworking for Jewelry by Tim McCreight, among many other craft and industry publications.Her work has been shown regionally and nationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Design (formerly American Craft Museum) and the Fuller Craft Museum. Daunis-Dunning has taught at Boston University and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

David Wolfe

Master printer David Wolfe founded Wolfe Editions, a letterpress and fine art printing studio with educational programming in Portland, Maine in 1997. Prior to opening his own studio, he worked for several well known printing establishments, including Stinehour Press in Lunenberg, Vermont and Anthoensen Press in Portland. Wolfe’s woodcuts, prints and handmade books are in the collections of Bates College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art Special Collections and the Portland Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections. He has led many workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and was Lead Printmaker in Residence at Penland School of Crafts in 2009. Wolfe studied printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Landings Gallery – 2018 Season’s Invitational

“A Walk at Sunset” oil/canvas, 16” x 16” by Lisa Kyle

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2018 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, specializing in work celebrating the environment and nature in Maine. May 4 – May 21. New works by gallery artists; Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Tom Curry, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, David Peterson, Björn Runquist, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The gallery is also proud to introduce the oil paintings of two new artists, Christopher French and Lisa Kyle, who will be showing 40 paintings for the first time at the gallery.

The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 4th from
5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2018.

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

Collin Burns: Maine Homage a new exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

Rockland, Maine:  On 16 June 2017, Black Hole will host an opening reception for Collin Burns’ debut show: Maine Homage.  The exhibition will run from 17 June – 31 July, and showcase Michigan-native Burns’ latest work, created as a tip-of-the-hat to Midcoast Maine, the place he now calls home.  

Born in 1989 in Lapeer, Michigan, Burns moved to Maine in 2013, and has since been developing his artistic response to the Pine Tree State.  ‘Maine Homage’ consists of nine works, and represents the first instalment of this response.  All nine works have been consciously created using materials and techniques the artist has learned since arriving in Maine, during time spent working in the boatbuilding industry in Rockport.  

Burns seeks to portray his respectful understanding of place, and Maine’s unabashed honesty.  Using the figure as a key element in each piece, the artist successfully reveals narratives observed from his fresh perspective, through which he characterizes and represents his experience of the state, and specifically, the Midcoast.  

His choice of motifs and symbols, fluently expressed and expertly articulated through the use of carefully chosen materials, create a body of work which is an insightful and apt celebration of place.

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

Tom Jessen: If/Then exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

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

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

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

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

May ArtLab for All Ages – May 5, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the work featured in CMCA’s current exhibitions “John Moore: Resonance” and “Boundaries: Jacob Bond Hessler and Richard Blanco” to find new ways to sense the landscapes around us during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Invent your own low-tech speaking tubes and listening devices with cones or tin-can walkie-talkie toys to take with you to explore the outdoors! Use your new creations to make decorative head pieces that reimagine how you hear the natural world around you. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.
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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

Aquilartadvisory opens “Margy,”

 

Aquilartadvisory, a new gallery in Norway, is opening a new show on May 5, 4-6 pm, for “Margy,” a self-taught, spiritually minded and high functioning Aspergers painter, sculptor and musician. Her work is carefully executed, sometimes leaving parts of the canvas exposed. Flat, bright , saturated solid color filed backgrounds characterize the small and medium size works. “Margy” is cheerful, up beat and intuitive.  Aquilartadvisory, 400 Main Street, Norway (929) 500-2220

Center for Maine Craft First Annual Mug Invitational

We invited MCA Members working in diverse mediums to create mugs for the Center for Maine Craft first annual Mug Invitational. The exhibition features functional and sculptural mugs in clay, fiber, wood, print and mixed media. Exhibiting artists include Central Maine Clay Artists, a 10 year old organization of 15 potters from the greater Augusta area. The organization operates the annual spring fundraiser, Mug Season; proceeds are donated in-part to local arts education programs in area schools, and provide supplemental operating funds for the group’s annual Holiday Pottery Shop.

Artists: Marian Baker, Kim Bentley, Catherine Cantara, Dharwood Pottery, Carolyn Ann Fer, Jemma Gascoine, Whitney Gill, Rebecca Goodale, Todd Jubinville, Diane Harwood, Rebecca Hillman, Martha Hoddinott, Lissa Hunter, Barb Loken, Elizabeth Louden, James Macdonald, Marie Palluotto, Robbi Fritz Portela, Elizabeth Ruskin, Sam Shaw, Nisa Smiley, Austin P Smith, Denae Spencer, Rebecca May Verrill, Barbara Walch, Ellen Wieske and Becky Wright

Center for Maine Craft
P.O. Box 342
Gardiner, ME 04345
United States

Physical Address
288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, ME
(207) 588-0021

MCA Office: (207) 205- 0791

April Classes | The Art Loft

April Member Classes

Our “Free-to-Members” classes are starting up in April and we are kicking off the season with an amazing instructor – Larissa Davis. Larissa passionately guides people to find their deepest inner wisdom through Soul Path Art, a fun and accessible combination of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that quiets the inner critic and exercises the right-brain.

Our April class theme is Create Your Dreams Come True. At the heart of Soul Path Art is the idea of intention. In this month’s classes, artist and guide Larissa Davis shares projects and techniques to help you connect to your inner wisdom and create intentionally with focused fun! Let’s let go of our inner critics and play together in the creative space of the right brain. You are the artist of your life…no experience is necessary for these classes. Please join us for a unique experience.

Remember, these Create Your Dreams Come True classes are free to members. Non-members can “drop-in” for $20 per class. Become a member by clicking here.

Click here to view class schedules.

The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME 04841

Close to Nature, Works by Women Artist Of Midcoast Maine

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Close to Nature, works by Women Artist Of Midcoast Maine. Nine women artist painted themes of nature in their own styles. 

The show runs through May 6 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on April 6 from 5:00 to 7:00. 

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

Press Pause: A Group Exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), Apple Blossoms III, 1974, Color lithograph on Arches paper, 23″ x 28″, Edition 31/50

Press Pause

April 7,  2018- April 28,  2018

Press Pause is a group exhibition of still life works that explore roles of the commonplace object in daily life. The artists included in this show approach the everyday as anything but trivial, elevating our routine domesticity.  These works create reflections of ourselves in everyday objects, showing that the portrayal of the ordinary can produce just as strong a sentiment as the grandiose.

Artworks by the following artists will be included in the exhibition; Bo Bartlett, Cig Harvey, Shawn Fields, Eric Green, Connie Hayes, Alan Magee, Anna B. McCoy, John McCoy, Stephen Pace, Fairfield Porter, Tollef Runquist, Joyce Tenneson, Marilyn Turtz, Susan Van Campen, and Andrew Wyeth.

Bo Bartlett, Cup, Oil on panel, 18″ x 18″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a group exhibition of works titled Press Pause from April 7 – April 28, 2018. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 7th from 3pm -5pm

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

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

It’s time to celebrate! | The Art Loft

We’re Havin’ a Party – And You’re Invited!

You’ve seen the announcement… and it’s worth celebrating. So please join us at the Membership Kickoff Party where you can learn more about this exciting new program. You’ll have a chance to meet our amazing line-up of resident artists who will be instructing a variety of classes throughout the year.

This very special kick-off event will also be the gallery show opening for April resident artist Larissa Davis. Larissa, The Soul Path Artist, boldly connects people to their passion through creativity and guides people to connect to their inner wisdom through a powerful and fun process of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that is Soul Path Art.

Enjoy fun activities and snacks while you take in the show, meet the artists, and learn about memberships. The artists have generously donated artwork that all attendees will have a chance of winning. The party begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 12th. Please mark your calendars and we hope to see you to see you there!

The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME

The Harlow Presents “Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream” Art Exhibition

CEO of T.W. Dick Steel Co. Mrs. Myrtle Willey and Curator Robert Katz at Sasson Soffer exhibit, UMA, 1983; Photo by Bruce Armstrong © Sasson Soffer Foundation

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow, in partnership with the Sasson Soffer Foundation, is pleased to present a survey of work by artist Sasson Soffer (b. 1925 Baghdad, Iraq – d. 2009, New York, NY). Sasson Soffer, Monumental Dream offers an illuminating overview of Soffer’s production from the late 1950s to 1990s, including a range of works on paper, paintings, sculptures and documental material. Interwoven throughout both floors of the The Harlow, the exhibition explores Soffer’s sculptures as an effort to turn his dreams into reality, whereas his paintings and works on paper attempt to turn reality into dreams, fantasies, and wish fulfillment. Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream is on view March 30 – April 28, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with a public opening reception on Friday, March 30, 5-7pm.

“I had a dream of the accidental elegance of nature. I had a dream of lolling, twisting shapes. I had a dream of amoebae and insects and a prehistoric garden, the paradise of another world. I had a dream in which I fell asleep and dreamed of machines in motion, and then I awoke, still dreaming, and sketched the sweep of their dumb automation. I had a dream of metal growing from the ground, as plants grow in the earth, as crystals grow in caverns. I had a dream of color and rust. I had a dream of ice and silt. I dreamed all these dreams, and in dreaming them I scooped them from the abyss of my mind and made them conscious and true.” J.C. Hallman

Sasson Soffer, “Amen”, 1983, mild steel, 24′ x 17’7″ x 9’5″, © Sasson Soffer Foundation, Photography by Bruce Armstrong

Sasson Soffer was an Iraqi Arab of Jewish descent. Soffer was compelled to leave Iraq during the events surrounding the creation of the State of Israel, post–World War II. In 1948 Soffer went into hiding, ultimately escaping to Iran, then to the United States via Israel. Between 1950 – 1954, Soffer was enrolled at CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. There he studied under various artists including Ad Reinhardt, Burgoyne Diller and Mark Rothko. Rothko would eventually become a lifelong friend and mentor. Soffer dedicated the early part of his career to abstract painting. He had his first solo exhibit in 1958 at the Artist’s Gallery in New York City. He was also featured in Art in America’s New Talent Issue in 1962.

In 1956, Soffer was invited to visit Maine by a group of early Skowhegan artists, among them the sculptor Bernard Langlais, with whom he became good friends. Soffer came to enjoy his time in Maine and purchased property in Somerville as a summer home. The Somerville house turned out to have a leaning chimney and when Soffer went to steel fabricator T.W. Dick Co. in Gardiner, Maine to inquire about a metal brace, owner Ralph Dick suggested that since Soffer was an artist he should try to make the brace himself. Ralph Dick died in 1968 and Myrtle Willey took over the mill. From 1968 to 1976, Mrs. Willey served as Executive Vice President of T.W. Dick Co. and, in 1976, became President. It was at T.W. Dick Co., where Soffer was introduced to welding and steel fabrication. For over 30 years Soffer collaborated with T.W. Dick Co. in the production of his large scale sculptures. For Soffer, Myrtle Willey represented continuity and continued opportunity. In 1983, the University of Maine at Augusta staged Soffer’s exhibition of monumental outdoor steel sculptures, which was organized by Robert Katz who is currently Professor of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Maine at Augusta.

In the early 1960s, Soffer began to focus more on three-dimensional works and over the years perfected the art of inducing industry to play a critical role in his artistic efforts. In doing so, Soffer was able to work with steel yards in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, a ceramics factory in Japan, and a textile mill in France where they produced his tapestries.

Sasson Soffer, Untitled, 1978, ink on paper, 23 x 35 in, © Sasson Soffer Foundation

Soffer’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; OK Harris, New York; and Carnegie International. Soffer’s solo exhibitions include presentations at the Betty-Parsons Gallery, New York; Poindexter Gallery, New York; John Daniels Gallery, New York; Portland Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, Maine; and Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Denmark. Public collections in which Soffer’s work is represented include the Whitney Museum, New York; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.

This exhibit is presented by The Harlow in association with The Sasson Soffer Foundation and
curated by Brigita Krasauskaite of Foreign Territories (Art Advisory.) All visuals are subject to copyright. All reproduction is subject to the authorization of the Sasson Soffer Foundation.

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

In 1998, the Sasson Soffer Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization to promote patronage of sculpture and painting; to sponsor art exhibits; and to advance public interest in the works of Sasson Soffer.

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, The Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation. Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Art.

9th Biennial Portland Show at Greenhut Galleries

April 5-28, 2018
Artists reception, Saturday April 7, 1-3pm

Greenhut Galleries is pleased to announce its 9th Biennial Portland Show featuring work by 51 artists. In a creative tribute to our city, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”.

Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition. Greenhut is dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists. Please join us in celebrating our wonderful city, Portland, Maine.

Participating artists: Daniel Anselmi, Joel Babb, Susan Barnes, Phil Barter, Chris Beneman, John Bisbee, Mary Bourke, Louise Bourne, Jeff Bye, Thomas Connolly, Ben Coombs,
Diane Dahlke, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Kate Emlen, Lindsay Erin, Philip Frey, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Tom Hall, Lindsay Hancock, Madeleine Hopkins, Tina Ingraham, Anne Ireland, William Irvine, Henry Isaacs, Sarah Knock, Margaret Lawrence, Richard Lethem, C Michael Lewis, David Little, George Lloyd, Daniel Minter, Ann Mohnkern, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Colby Myer, Lisa Noonis, Colin Page, Tom Paiement, Phoebe Porteous,  Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Paul Rickert, Kathi Smith, Mike Stiler, Alice Spencer, Bonnie Spiegel, Barbara Sullivan, John Whalley and Richard Wilson.

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

New Exhibit and Guest Artist David Higgins | Centre St Arts Gallery

BATH – Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist David Higgins, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, March 30, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.  Admission is free.

Dave Higgins has been a photographer and educator for more than fifty years. Born in Portland, ME, Dave is a lifelong resident of the state of Maine and has lived  and photographed all over the state. He is a tech school graduate in graphic arts and over the years earned a BS in vocational education and a Master of Fine Arts – Visual Arts . Higgins was a graphic arts teacher and taught photography and graphic design for 25 years. In 1999 Higgins was technology teacher of the year in New Hampshire. After retiring from public education, he continued to teach photography and design at local art societies and teacher workshops. Higgins’ work is exhibited and published throughout Maine and New England as well as online. In 2005 he was an artist in residence at Carina House on Monhegan Island.

Photography is his first love, and his work covers a wide spectrum of interests. Although much of his work could be called landscape, Higgins feels it is more about subtle relationships than grand vistas. He places emphasis on line, tone, form and compositional relationships. Minimalism is often a important concept in his work.  Twenty years ago he moved his photography completely into the digital realm which he feels allows him the freedom to simplify and to blur the borders between black and white and color, between photography and other art forms, and especially between the real and the perceived. 

These ideas led him back to painting, a medium he had not used since he was in his twenties.  He soon found that, not only does his photography influence his painting, but also his painting influences his photography.  He says: “In 2012, I had an epiphany of sorts and began combining both photography and painting in the computer. These images often start with a photograph and use digital brushes and various software, filters and/or screens to develop a scene. The resultant works are neither photographs nor paintings but an amalgamation of the two into something new. I now find my options for expressing my vision are truly limitless.”

Higgins’ work will be in the Gallery from March 25 through May 19.  Call 207-442-0300 or go to centrestartsgalleryllc.com for more information. Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 to 5:00.

Portland Museum of Art Announces Free Admission for Everyone 21 Years Old and Under

The Portland Museum of Art is proud to announce that it is changing its admission policy to offer free, unlimited admission to everyone age 21 and under beginning on April 11, 2018, opening the museum’s doors in perpetuity to teens and youth everywhere. The program is made possible through the vision and generosity of Susie Konkel, a leading philanthropist and advocate for youth in Maine and the region, and will include other benefits, all named in her honor as the Susie Konkel Pass.

All visitors age 21 and under will receive free admission automatically when they visit the PMA, but young people or their guardians can also increase their level of engagement by signing up for the Susie Konkel Pass, which will provide the holder opportunities to attend special events including select free screenings of PMA Films, ways to stay up to date on museum happenings, and more.

“I’m honored to work with the staff at the PMA to ensure that every child in the Maine community and throughout the world can feel the joy and wonder that comes from experiencing magnificent works of art,” shares Konkel. “It’s my hope that children, teens, and young adults alike will discover the many ways that art appreciation can enrich their lives, and also feel inspired and empowered to share their voices with the world. I’m incredibly gratified to help the PMA share its wonderful collection with children far and wide.”

The Susie Konkel Pass reflects the collective passion and dedication of the museum and Konkel to widely share the power of art to transform lives and offer all youth access to lasting arts experiences. Additionally, Konkel and the museum envision that removing admission costs will result in freedom at the PMA for young people and their families as a whole, including:

1. Freedom for teens and young adults to use the museum as a safe and inspirational hang-out spot, where they are always welcome, can enjoy arts experiences, and be themselves at any time.

2. Freedom for low-income families to explore the arts and culture in new and different ways, regardless of who they are, how they live, or the economic hurdles they face.

3. Freedom for college and university students to use the PMA as a place to study, relax, and engage with the community as young adults.

4. Freedom for new Mainers to immediately feel a part of their community, to feel represented and respected, and to express themselves in an inclusive environment.

5. Freedom for parents to have more opportunities to enrich their children’s lives, supplement their growth and education, and set them on the path for a lifetime of arts appreciation.

Each year, 11,000 visitors under the age of 21 visit the museum, either through existing relationships with the museum or by being charged admission. Buoyed by a nearly 20% increase in website traffic for visitors ages 18-24 over the past two years, an redesigned Winslow Homer High School Fellow program, Teen Nights at the museum, and collaborations with MECA and USM, the PMA began thinking about a new way to deepen the engagement of young adults.

Susie Konkel had long seen the PMA as a place to reset and recharge, and with the successful completion of Your Museum, Reimagined over this same time period, she was encouraged by the increasingly diverse base of visitors looking to the PMA as a cultural center that reflects their values and lifestyles, and serves their communities.

The PMA’s commitment to broadening its audiences and the people it serves has been a top priority in recent years, and the Susie Konkel Pass is a natural step in that progression. The museum has been looking to build upon a growing Family-level membership base, new family programs, and special events for children, and by offering free admission to all visitors 21 and under, the Susie Konkel Pass becomes the most recent of other transformative moments, programs, and events at the museum including Art for All, Free Fridays, 2017’s Your Museum, Reimagined and Lights Across Congress, and 2018’s Art in Bloom. Together, the PMA and Konkel hope to establish the PMA as an indispensable resource for future generations.

PMA BACKGROUND
With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.
Summer Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Winter Hours: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D.

There is always free admission for everyone age 21 and under, provided by the generosity of Susie Konkel.

Admission is free for all, every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.

Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

Harlow Gallery | March Workshops | Register Today!


PYSANKA: EGG-DECORATING
Lead by Norma Ociepka

Saturday, March 3rd | 10am-12pm | 100 Water St.
Norma Ociepka has been teaching Ukranian egg decorating in the Waterville area for over 30 years. She learned the tradition to honor her families Polish Heritage. Join her at the Harlow for a step-by-step guided tutorial in the traditional Ukrainian craft of Pysanka. Using wax, dyes and a real flame, create something beautiful in this magical tradition.

Members: $30 | Non-Members: $35 | Kids 10-17: $20
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COLLAGE: THE SUN, MOON & STARS
Lead by Robin Brooks

Saturday, March 17, 10am-1pm | 100 Water St.
Join Robin Brooks of Topsham, an award-winning artist, teacher, and exhibiting member of the Harlow for an enriching morning of collage exploration. In this three hour workshop we will be using cut and torn paper, scissors, and paste or glue, to explore figure/ground relationships and to create our own unique collage compositions. This workshop is designed for all ages, 5 and up; artists and aspiring artists alike. Try a new medium, or broaden your knowledge of collage and it’s artistic implications.

Member: $20 | Non-Members: $25 | Kids: $10
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CRAFTING CERAMIC LETTERS
Lead by Juliette Walker

Saturday, March 24, 9am-12pm | 100 Water St.
Join local ceramic artist, Juliette Walker, for a 3-hour workshop in crafting ceramic letters. Beginning with a brainstorming session, each participant will come up with words or phrases they would like to see out in their community, and sculpt out of clay. Juliette will then lead the group in crafting their own ceramic letters. Following the workshop, participants’ word pieces will be fired at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts. Juliette will photograph the letters around the town of Hallowell, and they will become a part of an online social media exhibition to follow. Pieces will be available for participants to pick up and take home 1-2 months following the workshop.

Members: $30 | Non-Members: $35 | Kids 8-17: $20
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A Summer on the Land: MFT Gallery Exhibits Work by Last Year’s Fiore Art Center Residents

Nellie Sweet, Expectations on Eternity, archival inkjet print, 4 x 4”

Nellie Sweet, Expectations on Eternity, archival inkjet print, 4 x 4”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery opens 2018 with a multi-media show that recalls the summer season. Six visual artists with strong ties to Maine, a historical writing resident, and the resident gardener, share the work they created during their 2017 residency at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at MFT’s Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson.

A professional jury consisting of Bevin Engman, Professor of Art at Colby College and Sam Cady, distinguished artist and teacher, selected the six visual artists for the residency program. The group spanned a large range of experience, from emerging to established artists. The 2017 visual art residents at the Fiore Art Center included: Anne Alexander, ceramic sculpture; Elizabeth Hoy, oil painting; Jessica Klier, drawing & installation; Tanja Kunz, oil painting; Joss Reny (aka Josselyn Richards Daniels), biological illustration; and Jude Valentine, monotype. The exhibit also includes an eye-catching installation of old farm tools by the historical writing resident (and archaeologist) Sarah Loftus, as well as some archival inkjet prints and poetic writing by resident gardener Nellie Sweet.

“Oftentimes, artists create work with a particular exhibit in mind, or work under extreme deadline pressure,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, MFT Gallery Curator and Co-Director at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. “By contrast, the work in this show was created during a period of expansive time, experimentation and deep immersion in nature.” Hence, viewers may expect some less-polished works, or works that explore new territory for the artists.

Jude Valentine, Rolling Acres #16, monoprint with pastel, 22 x 30”

“Inspiration has full breath here,” wrote artist Jude Valentine in the communal residency journal. Valentine, who is no stranger to the MFT Gallery and is known for her large pastel paintings, took a different approach during her month-long residency. She allowed herself to explore new materials to develop a unique monoprinting technique. “The small works were much more experimental,” says Valentine. “I really was in a totally different mental space; the idea of combining different media and pushing them a bit further was exciting to me.”

Elizabeth Hoy, The Advance, oil on panel, 24 x 24”

Elizabeth Hoy’s bold gestural paintings reference the edge where land meets sea. In her residency, Hoy departed from a previous focus of painting Superfund sites, places the Environmental Protection Agency has earmarked as contaminated, and embarked on portraying the untouched world. Fueled by the writings of conservationist Rachel Carson, Hoy went on to explore the shorelines nearby which had inspired Carson’s early research.

Tanja Kunz stayed closer to home during her time at the Fiore Art Center. Her studio looked out over a field full of wildflowers that stretched down to Damariscotta Lake. Kunz’ large oil painting, Queen Anne (Light and Shadow), is best described by the words of visiting writer Eliza Graumlich, “her artwork—botanically-referenced yet abstract […]—reads like photosynthesis distilled. Energy emanates from each canvas, as movement, illumination or both.”

Sprinkled among handmade paper, poetic journal entries, hand-spun wool, and found objects, Jessica Klier’s intimate pen drawings slow the viewer down. They invite an imaginary stroll through a private world of wonder, arousing our original and unquestioned connection with the natural world around us.

Student Joss Reny used the residency to build her portfolio of biological illustrations in a natural setting. On one of her walks, she discovered a carrion beetle on a dead snake, which then became a detailed illustration. Reny’s hand captures her surroundings — a lupine from the field; a beet pulled from the garden — with incredible precision and care.

Anne Alexander’s ceramic sculptures of seed pods and vegetable forms surprise and delight with their voluptuous nature. They illustrate the cross-pollination that happens when art and agriculture meet. Nasturtium, a ceramic sculpture of a nasturtium seed pod blown up to the size of one’s hand, wouldn’t have been created if resident gardener Nellie Sweet had not shared the amazing wasabi taste sensation of a late September nasturtium seed pod.

For more information on the 2017 artists in residence please visit: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/resident-artists/

To apply to the Fiore Art Center’s 2018 residency program please visit: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/

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

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

Exhibit on display at MFT Gallery from January 22-May 25.

Artist Talks Friday May 25 at 5pm, followed by a closing reception 5:30-8pm during the Belfast Art Walk (first of 2018).

Farnsworth Presents First Ai Weiwei Exhibition in Maine

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Farnsworth Art Museum Presents Ai Weiwei’s

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold

Beginning on Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine will present a special exhibition of sculptural works by Chinese dissident-artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957). Ai’s gilded bronze Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold series will be on display in the museum’s Rothschild Gallery through December 30, 2018. This will be the first presentation of the internationally-known artist’s works in Maine, and the first New England showing of his gilded Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.

Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze series—his first work of monumental public art—drew worldwide attention in spring 2011 when the artist was detained by Chinese authorities a month before the work debuted in New York City. Held incommunicado for eighty-one days, Ai Weiwei was released after an international protest campaign was mounted by museums, artists, and concerned citizens. Upon his release he was put under house arrest and forbidden to travel outside Beijing until July 2015.

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A lively re-envisioning of the twelve animals of the ancient Chinese zodiac, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads dates back to a dark episode with respect to China’s relationship with the West. During the Second Opium War in 1860, the famed Yuanming Yuan (or Garden of Perfect Brightness) was destroyed and looted by British and French troops. An imperial retreat built a century earlier during the Qing Dynasty (1636 – 1912), the Yuanming Yuan featured an ornate, European-style section with grand fountains, gardens, and palaces. At its center was a splendid zodiac water-clock fountain with spouting bronze-headed figures representing the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The 12 animals marked the hours of the day. The entire complex was ransacked long ago, but in recent years the seven bronze zodiac heads that survive have become fraught symbols of the cultural achievements of the Qing era, the nation’s period of humiliation by the West. The original zodiac heads represent a powerful topic for contemporary China’s relationship with its own history. Seizing on the rich and contradictory symbolism of the heads, Ai Weiwei’s re-interpretation of this work is a powerful statement about the “fake” in relation to the “real.”

Ai’s exquisitely designed and fabricated golden Zodiac Heads are featured in this exhibit, the first presentation of the internationally known artist’s works in Maine. The Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze and Gold series have been exhibited at over 40 international venues and counting since the official launch of this body of work in 2011. The Zodiac Heads have been seen by millions of people worldwide, making it one of the most viewed sculpture projects in the history of contemporary art.

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Ai is recognized around the world as a creative force and cultural commentator, and he continues to redefine the role of both artist and activist. Ai was born in Beijing in 1957, to the renowned poet and intellectual Ai Qing. When his father was denounced in 1959 during the Anti-Rightist Movement, the family was sent to a labor camp in rural Xinjiang Province where Ai spent the next 16 years. After the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the family returned to Beijing and Ai then studied at the Beijing Film Academy in 1978 before moving to the United States in 1981. After living in New York’s East Village for a decade, he returned to China in 1993 and helped establish the Beijing East Village contemporary art scene. In 2011, after a period of escalating conflict with Chinese authorities, Ai was arrested for purported tax evasion. In recent years Ai Weiwei has been living in Berlin, Germany.

Ai Weiwei’s recent major solo exhibitions include those held at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); the Tate Modern, London (2010); the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2012); the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015); and the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2016). He has received numerous awards and honors, notably Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award (2015) and the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year (2016). His recent documentary Human Flow, which calls attention to the current refugee crisis, has received worldwide attention and his current New York City exhibition of city-wide public art titled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors is currently on display through February 11, 2018.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex.

Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

MDI – Open Call for Entry

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

One of the sure signs of spring is the Mount Desert Open, a showcase for all artists living on MDI. Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor will be hosting the seventeenth annual community art exposition. We invite you to participate. This is a painting, craft and sculpture exposition for local residents to show their work in a gallery setting. There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit. First, you must have work that is recent and you are proud of. Second, you must have a connection to MDI, such as live, work or address. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. There is no jury, all are included.

Each year brings new artists, as well as many that are veterans. We typically have around 50 artists. It was a wide-ranging show from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. Many people are aware of many individual talents on MDI, but what makes this show a community is to see it all together in one space. Exhibitors included professional artists, students, and aspiring, starry- eyed amateurs. We always have more who want to participate than we have room for. It is a first come first served process. The space always fills fast.

The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 24th, 2018 and run through Monday June 11th. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at info@shawjewelry.com for information.

Ten-Year Survey Exhibition of Artist John Moore at CMCA

John Moore, Six O'Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas, 42 x 50"

John Moore, Six O’Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas, 42 x 50″

John Moore: Resonance, the first solo exhibition in a Maine museum of artist John Moore’s work will open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland on Saturday, March 3. A public reception honoring the artist will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 4 to 6pm. The exhibition will remain on view at CMCA through Sunday, June 17.

John Moore: Resonance presents a ten-year survey of the artist’s work completed primarily in his Belfast, Maine, studio, where he has lived for more than a decade, first seasonally and more recently full-time, since retiring from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 1999 to 2009. A highly esteemed teacher and painter, with more than forty-two solo exhibitions to his credit, Moore is widely admired for his evocative, beautifully rendered composite images that range in subject from a mill town in eastern Pennsylvania and a manufacturing site in Philadelphia, to urbanized locations from Bangor to Belfast in midcoast Maine.

John Moore, Distant Voices, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 50"

John Moore, Distant Voices, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 50″

Moore’s Midwest origins, he was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1941, and the remembered working class culture of his upbringing affect the choices that inspire his paintings and drawings, which are marked by personal experience and the “weathered weight of time.” Composed in the studio from drawings, on-site visits, sketchbook notations, photographs, and other source material, Moore’s paintings distill images from several locations into one, and are put together in a way that is intended to appear seamless. Some of them are close to the appearance of a specific site, some depart considerably. Everything in them is real however, or as he says, “should have been real, or could be real. That’s the only rule: it could be real.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 64-page catalog with an essay by Christopher B. Crosman, the former director of the Farnsworth Art Museum and founding curator of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In the essay, Crosman writes, “Moore’s montage sensibility takes painting back to its post-medieval roots and then slowly, smoothly, smartly, almost imperceptibly, imposes a contemporary pictorial logic of being in an unfixed present while simultaneously existing in several places, times, moods, or even styles, all at once. Only painting can do that. And Moore…quietly, clearly, inexorably makes us aware of this simple fact.”

Also included in the exhibition catalog is the poem, Frankford Station, written by poet Vincent Katz in response to Moore’s painting by the same name.

For additional information about the exhibition, John Moore: Resonance, please visit cmcanow.org or call 207-701-5005. 

Richard Blanco + Jacob Hessler | BOUNDARIES

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco

Boundaries is a collaborative project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among many others; they challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us vs. them mindset by inciting irrational fears, hate, and prejudice. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are—fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of indeed becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world.

Boundaries was first presented at the Coral Gables Museum, Florida, in Fall 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition book published by Two Ponds Press; edition of 300, copies 1-50 are deluxe editions that contain a Jacob Hessler photograph printed on aluminum and a page of typescript poetry, with handwritten corrections by Richard Blanco.

On view at CMCA, Rockland, Maine
February 17 – May 27, 2018

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Rockland, 04841
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Portland Museum of Art announces significant gift of works by Winslow Homer donated by the Berger Collection Educational Trust

Winslow Homer (United States, 1836–1910), Young Farmers (Study for Weaning the Calf), 1873–74, oil on canvas, 13 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches. Winslow Homer (United States, 1836 - 1910), Returning from the Spring, 1874, oil on panel, 7 7 /8 x 5 3/4 inches

Winslow Homer (United States, 1836–1910), Young Farmers (Study for Weaning the Calf), 1873–74, oil on canvas, 13 5/8 x 11 1/2 inches.
Winslow Homer (United States, 1836 – 1910), Returning from the Spring, 1874, oil on panel, 7 7 /8 x 5 3/4 inches

The PMA is thrilled to announce a major gift of works by American icon Winslow Homer through the incredible generosity of the Berger Collection Education Trust. This gift strengthens our position as one of the leading institutions in the world to experience the art and legacy of Winslow Homer.

“We are excited to welcome these works of art back to Maine. There is no better home for the works of Winslow Homer than in the region that meant so much to him.” – Mark Bessire, the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director

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SEE THEM IN PERSON

You’re invited to a private viewing of this special acquisition
Saturday, February 17, at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m.

Reservations are required.
To R.S.V.P. contact Ashleigh Hill at (207) 494-5346 or ahill@portlandmuseum.org

You are invited to Art House for Art and Wine

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

You are cordially invited to Art House’s afternoon fête, Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5 PM. for the opening for “Brenda Overstrom: Layers of Meaning”

“My paintings are about layers and layering – words, marks and colors. I start by writing, drawing or painting on the surface – paper, canvas or panel. The words are revelations from dreams, drawings are abstractions inspired by something I’ve read or seen in the natural world. During the process of adding, layering and often, wiping off color some of my favorite “places” on the surface are obscured. I love the fact that what I consider to be the most beautiful area is hidden just under the surface. I hope this work represents a small part of the process, which I am devoted to, of engaging with tensions, both personal and universal, between stasis and creation. ~ Brenda Overstrom, Layers of Meaning, showing at Art House Picture Frames, March 1st – April 28th. Artist Reception, Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5 PM

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Art House Picture Frames
61 Pleasant St, Portland, Maine 04101

Seven Arts Annual Studio Sale

Its time once again for the SevenArts Studio Sale!

It’s that time of year when the artists clear out their studios, finding forgotten gems, experimental pieces, and other work not usually available. The tables in the foyer will be filled with interesting and beautiful bargins. Come early and often as inventory will go quickly in this highly anticipated event.

Open Monday-Saturday 10-3pm
www.sevenartsmaine.com
207-667-1968 for more info

While shopping for your sale treasure, be sure to check out the newly renovated SevenArts space! We are pretty excited to share it with you.

Harlow Gallery Craft Shop Opening

The Harlow Gallery is thrilled to announce their new year-round Harlow Craft Shop which opens to the public on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. The Harlow Craft Shop, contained in a office-sized room, is located in the upstairs of the Gallery’s new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Shop hours are the same as the Harlow Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm or by chance or appointment.

A curated selection of locally handcrafted items will be for sale including pottery, woodworking, fiber and texiles, personal care, jewelry, books, prints, and more. All artists featured in the shop are primarily from the greater Kennebec Valley area and are members of the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association.

RIBBON CUTTING: We are also inviting everyone to please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Kennebec Valley Chamber at our NEW location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell on Wedneday, March 7th at 11am. March 7th also marks the opening day of our brand new retail craft gallery as well as 2 exhibitions: 15th Annual Young at Art K-8 Exhibition (downstairs) and PLAY: Art inspired by Kids Art (upstairs.) Come celebrate the new space with us, check out the exhibitions, and be among the first one to make a purchase from the craft shop!

Portland Museum of Art Opens “The Robbers: German Art In a Time of Crisis”

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) opens The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis today, February 23. The exhibition of 21 German prints executed between the World Wars highlights George Grosz’s 1922 lithographic suite The Robbers: Nine Lithographs on Maxims from Schiller’s “The Robbers” as well as artworks by other printmakers of the era, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and Käthe Kollvitz. The works on display powerfully blend issues of history, politics, art, and national identity, provoking questions about who we are and what we value in ways that are as pertinent today as they were a century ago.

With the lithographic suite The Robbers: Nine Lithographs on Maxims from Schiller’s “The Robbers,” Grosz updated Friedrich Schiller’s iconic 1781 play of the same name, depicting the canonical story in the tumultuous climate of early 1920s Berlin in which he lived. With figures culled from the modern era, Grosz’s imagery suggests the vast social discord where the traumatic effects of the mechanized war, greed, industry, and poverty intersected to undermine national stability in the young Weimar Republic.

Grosz’s prints were part of a broader artistic culture in which other printmakers and theater directors produced modern interpretations of canonical of German literature, overtly politicizing the hallmarks of the nation’s cultural heritage. Their work, available to broad audiences through widely disseminated prints or stage performances, was a type of social intervention at a moment when conceptions of German identity vacillated wildly. The interplay between contemporaneous politics and historic literature highlighted the tensions between tradition and modernity, which strained German society and which remain continually resonant today across the world.

Many of the prints in this exhibition, including the Grosz series, represent a post-World War I aesthetic known as “New Objectivity.” Whereas German Expressionists of an earlier generation often depicted emotional responses to the modern condition, highlighting themes of angst, inner turmoil, and social alienation, the leaders of New Objectivity rooted their prints in a type of biting, provocative realism, often relying on satire and caricature. Because of their goals to be socially engaged artists shaping the national discourse, many of the artists working in these styles found the print medium to be especially efficient as prints could be disseminated more broadly than painting or sculpture.

The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis, which opens in the centenary year of the end of World War I, turns our attention away from the conflict itself and towards the aftermath that defined the next two decades. These works, many of which are gifts to the PMA from David and Eva Bradford, add context to the social and artistic expression of the era and are equally probing in their evaluation of German society and national identity.

Sam Vail joins CMCA as Director of Development and Marketing

CMCA Director of Development + Marketing Sam Vail

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) welcomes Sam Vail as its new Director of Marketing and Development. A lifetime Mainer, Sam brings an enthusiasm for supporting Maine artists and the communities they call home. “Something is growing in Rockland,” he says. “If all you hear is the ocean, you’re not listening.”

The hire comes at an important time in CMCA’s history. With nearly 40,000 yearly visitors, and an annual economic impact estimated at $35 million, CMCA has finalized a three-year Strategic Plan to expand its program and education capacities. Sam will focus on growing the organization’s community and financial resources – assuring its ability to serve its mission for years to come.

“We are incredibly fortunate to add Sam to CMCA’s team,” says CMCA Director, Suzette McAvoy. “As an organization, we’ve undergone tremendous growth and reach in a very short timeframe. Sam brings experience, energy, and ideas to help us meet our goals and envision our future.”

After studying Writing at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, Sam was eager to return to Maine. “Talking with friends at graduation, the question was always the same: ‘where to next?'” Citing a lack of culture and opportunity in rural America, Sam watched the majority of his class head for the cities. “The answer was almost never Maine.”

Now three years later, Sam remains committed to stopping Maine’s talent bleed. He argues that the arts hold immense possibility for Maine’s future. “It’s about more than jobs – young people want the intangibles: stories, adventures, memories.” Sam believes that Maine has to shake off the feeling of being “out-in-the-woods.”

“If young people want to see the world, we have to bring the world here.”

Sam was eager to come work for CMCA after attending one of their events last February. “Growing up here, you watch towns fold up in September.” After watching a crowd meant for a summer weekend turn out in mid-winter, Sam saw an omen of things to come. “That’s not an event – that’s an endorsement.”

Sam brings with him experience as both a staff member and volunteer at non-profits across the Midcoast. He comes to CMCA following his role as a Fundraiser for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, and has volunteered as a Marketing Coordinator and Youth Mentor at the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast in Belfast. “The question of Maine’s future is being answered by a thousand movements. Art is one of many.”

With audacious goals set for the future of CMCA, Sam is eager to tap into the community that has made the organization a success thus far. And though Sam grew up in the Midcoast, he emphasizes that Rockland is still new to him. “Every town is different,” he says. “I’m excited to listen.”

ArtLab for All Ages

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create one-of-a-kind portraits inspired by CMCA’s current exhibition, “KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist,” during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4pm.

Your shoes say a lot about you! Take inspiration from artist KJ Shows’ incredibly distinct shoe portraits and illustrate a pair of shoes that speaks to something unique about you! Design your creation and embellish it with patterns, words, and collage materials. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago

 

CMCA Announces Annual Benefit Online Art Auction

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is partnering with the online auction house Paddle8 to present its annual benefit fine art auction, “Art You Love!” Featuring fifty works of art by leading and emerging artists connected with Maine, the CMCA auction is an opportunity to purchase works you love and support CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programming.

This is the second year CMCA is partnering with Paddle8 to bring its benefit art auction to a global collecting market. “The online platform allows people to preview and bid on works to benefit CMCA, no matter where they are located,” says CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. “We have so many terrific contemporary artists here in Maine and working with Paddle8 makes it possible for us to introduce their art to collectors, both near and far.”

The “Art You Love!” auction is available for previewing online at www.cmcanow.org/auction, beginning at 9am on Monday, February 5. Bidding opens at noon on Wednesday, February 14, and runs through 5pm on Wednesday, February 28. At the close of the auction, successful bidders will be notified by Paddle8 to arrange for shipment of the art directly to the buyers.

Artists contributing to the 2018 CMCA Benefit Art Auction are: Daniel Anselmi, Richard Benari, John Bisbee, Katherine Bradford, Jenny Brillhart, Tom Burckhardt, Tom Butler, Sam Cady, Ann Craven, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, David Driskell, Lynn Duryea, Ingrid Ellision, Jeff Epstein, Inka Essenhigh, Melanie Essex, Kathleen Florance, Elizabeth Fox, Peter Halley, Lauren Henkin, Alison Hildreth, Tanja Hollander, Alex Katz, Lisa Kellner, Sal Taylor Kydd, Marc Leavitt, Amy Lowry, Jack McKenney, K. Min, Anne Neely, Brooke Nixon, Shannon Rankin, Justin Richel, Kate Russo, Claire Seidl, Anneli Skaar, Emilie Stark-Menneg, Jonathan Mess, Sara Stites, Barbara Sullivan, Don Voisine, William Wegman, Mark Wethli, Shoshannah White, James Wolfe, Graham Wood, and Dudley Zopp.

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EMILIE STARK-MENNEG Love Potion, 2017, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 11 x 14 in (27.94 x 35.56 cm)

WILLIAM WEGMAN Port, 1993 Chromogenic print Work: 16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.8 cm) Frame: 22.5 x 17.75 x 1.5 in (57.15 x 45.09 x 3.81 cm), Edition 6 of 12

This is the 40th year CMCA has held a benefit fine art auction showcasing work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine. For assistance or further information on this year’s “Art You Love!” auction, please call CMCA at 207-701-5005 or email hello@cmcanow.org.

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts “Whiteout”

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Sebastian Blanck, The Evergreens, 2017, Oil on linen, 30″ x 40″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a group exhibition of works titled “Whiteout” from  February 6 – March 15.  “Whiteout” is an exhibition of works that explore the shifting perspectives experienced during winter. When the landscape is coated in snow, there is a lack of reference points for the environment around us. These reduced visual cues and muted palettes immerse us in a world slightly removed from familiarity, creating a new frame for viewing our surroundings in its starkness. Snow dictates our activities and behavior, varying due to the elements. The works included in this exhibition approach this environment with keen eyes, focusing on the stark contrasts that winter brings.

 

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Jamie Wyeth, Saltwater Ice, Oil on board, 36″ x 30″

 

Artworks by the following artists will be included in the exhibition; Bo Bartlett, Jamie Wyeth, David Vickery, Cig Harvey, Shawn Fields, Susan Van Campen, Marilyn Turtz, Scott Kelley, Andrew Wyeth and introducing Sebastian Blanck.

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

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

Wendilee Heath O’Brien to exhibit in London

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

Craft Apprentice Program Announces 2018 Master – Apprentice Pairs

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

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

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

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

Celebrate the Human Form in Boothbay Harbor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bubbly Sweets and Shopping

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

“Weather Pending” group show at Caldbeck

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

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

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

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

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

Sail and paint aboard an historic windjammer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harlow Gallery Features Two Exhibitions

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SEVEN | Jan. 26 – Feb. 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julie Babb Paintings Now on Display in Damariscotta

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

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

CMCA announces upcoming exhibitions

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

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

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

Jacob Hessler + Richard Blanco | Boundaries 

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

Boundaries is a recent collaborative project between Obama Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco (b. 1968) and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985). Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among others. Together the artists and their work challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us versus them mindset. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are—fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition fine art book published by Two Ponds Press of Camden.Jacob Hessler is a fine art photographer specializing in the contemporary landscape. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, and holds an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. He lives in Camden, ME, and is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME.

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

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

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

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

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

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

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

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

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

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information visit cmcanow.org

2018 Monhegan Artists’ Residencies Open for Maine Artists and Teachers

Margaret Hahn, Green Web Monhegan Cliffs

Margaret Hahn, Green Web
Monhegan Cliffs

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) is pleased to announce that it is now taking applications for its 2018 summer program. Two 5-week residencies are available to Maine-based visual artists during the weeks of May 26 to June 29, and September 11 to October 16. There is also a 2-week residency for a Maine art teacher (grades K-12) from June 30 to July 11. Applications are being accepted online through Submittable.com from February 1 through March 17.

For well over 150 years, Monhegan Island has inspired countless artists and continues to attract contemporary artists to its unique coastal island landscape. MARC keeps this tradition alive and well by providing housing, studio space, and a weekly stipend to its artist residents. Not just for landscape painters, the residency is open to artists working in new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, and multi-media. For more information about the program, its past residents, and applications details, visit monheganartistsresidency.org

UMMA BRAINY ART… TRIVIA NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM – SEASON 2

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For Season 2 of BrainyArt, each of the four nights of BA Trivia (10/24/17, 12/5/17, 2/6/18, & 4/10/18) will be focusing on a different art form (visual art, music, theatre and dance, respectively).
NIGHT THREE – THEATRE
TUESDAY, February 6th
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Ages 21 +, $5
Night Three is THEATRE NIGHT and the Museum has teamed up with Penobscot Theatre Company to co-host. The team that correctly answers the most trivia questions will win the Team Challenge, and be awarded a cash prize. An additional prize will be awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu/events.
BrainyArt  is made possible by the generous support of Zach & Bailey Means and Means Wealth Management.

Farnsworth Vacation Art Camp: Celebrate Chinese New Year!

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Beginning on Tuesday, February 20 the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a three-day art camp for children ages 5 to 7 years old. Led by art instructor Avis Turner this Chinese New Year themed camp will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Participating children will be inspired by the Chinese New Year in this three-day art camp. Puppets are a wonderful way to construct imaginary friends with playful personalities and participants will learn how to turn an old fashioned sock puppet into a dragon using a sock, felt, buttons, ribbon streamers, and more. These puppets will fly; they will have names, favorite foods, and places to sleep. With these fiery new friends, camp participants will create a traditional dragon parade.

Avis Turner is an artist and educator with degrees in childhood development and art education, as well as an MFA in sculpture. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings, and studied the Reggio Emilia Atelier approach at Smith College and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In this approach students are encouraged to be “constructors of knowledge” and “protagonists of their own learning.” The fee for this program is $98 and $80 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

CMCA February ArtLab for All Ages – Draw With Your Head

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to experience an unconventional, playful approach to drawing during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, February 3, from 2 to 4pm.

Led by ArtLab educator, Alexis Iammarino, participants will be invited to invent, make, and experiment with unlikely drawing tools attached to the body. No hands allowed! Discover fun, new ways of mark making and a uniquely creative process that yields unexpected, surprising results. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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

CMCA Sunday Salon “Materiality” Artist Talks with Brown + Mess + Stephan

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to attend the fourth and final Sunday Salon on February 4 at 3pm, with Jackie Brown, Jonathan Mess, and Aaron T Stephan, artists featured in the current exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter. The artists will each present short illustrated talks about the materials they use, how they use them, and explain why.

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jackie Brown (Bath, ME) creates colorful other-worldly sculptural installations that suggest imagined biological systems in which it is often intentionally difficult to tell if the forms are healthy or harmful. Jonathan Mess (Newcastle, ME) works with recycled clay and reclaimed materials to create unique ceramic pieces that speak to his concern for the environment. Aaron T Stephan (Portland, ME) presents a wry look at the world around him in his diverse body of work—focusing on the complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects.

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

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

SevenArts Gallery Getting a Makeover

Gerry Monteux and buddy

Gerry Monteux and buddy

The artists at SevenArts Gallery have been busy at work fashioning a new creative experience for their customers. Since January 15, the gallery has been closed, the space has been emptied, and renovations have been taking place. Spiffed up and revamped, the gallery will re-open Feb 5. In addition to the fresh new space, SevenArts plans to host a new show each month featuring work not usually displayed by the gallery members.

This month SevenArts welcomes a new member, Gerry Monteux. Monteux, an accomplished nature photographer, creates large and small format pieces, both canvas and matted prints, which capture the many beautiful vistas and the amazing wildlife of Maine. Intimate shots that will leave you wondering, “How did he do that?”

SevenArts Gallery operates as a co-op with each of the seven members and one junior member presenting and selling work in the small space. Carving out an area to accommodate each artist and their medium is a challenge in the small space. “We are all prolific producers of work,” says Suzanne Anderson, a gallery member. “We have a lot of display considerations at play and each member is challenged to find what will work in a small footprint.”  Lots of time and planning went into the new look and the gallery members look forward to re-opening to the public!

This March marks the gallery’s 10th year anniversary. For more information about SevenArts, the artists, and the re-opening, check out the new website: www.sevenartsmaine.com.

Focus Printmaking 2 at Greenhut Galleries

Holly Berry, Trail to the Top, Linocut, 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Holly Berry, Trail to the Top, Linocut, 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Focus Printmaking 2 is an invitational group exhibition featuring the work of Maine printmakers that runs from February 1-24, 2018 with an Artists’ reception on Saturday, February 3, from 1-3pm

Susan Groce, Labyrinth, Photopolymer etching, 19 x 15 inches

Susan Groce, Labyrinth, Photopolymer etching, 19 x 15 inches

Please join us for this exciting invitational printmaking exhibition. The participating artists employ a wide variety of printmaking techniques and many belong to Maine printmaking organizations including Peregrine Press, Circling the Square Press, Midcoast Printmakers, Running With Scissors, Wolfe Editions and Pickwick Press. They are recipients of prestigious residences and fellowships such as the Monhegan Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and Tamarind Institute. Several are professors at institutions including Maine College of Art, University of Maine and University of New England.

George Lloyd, Figure of Outward for Chas Olson, 3 color lithograph, 12 x 16 inches

George Lloyd, Figure of Outward for Chas Olson, 3 color lithograph, 12 x 16 inches

Featured Artists include: Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen, Susan Amons, Christine Beneman,
Holly Berry, Stephen Burt, Crystal Cawley, Kate Chappell, Edwige Charlot, David Driskell, Susan Groce, Adriane Herman, Christine Higgins, Alison Hildreth, Jon Imber, Elizabeth Jabar, George Lloyd, Larinda Meade, Sandra Quinn, Alison Rector, Carter Shappy, Neil Welliver, David Wolfe and Jeff Woodbury.
For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

 

Belfast Creative Coalition Announces New Director

Larraine Brown, Director, Belfast Creative Coalition

Larraine Brown, Director, Belfast Creative Coalition

Belfast Creative Coalition is excited to welcome Larraine Brown as its new Director. Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) works to promote and cultivate arts and culture in the Belfast area.
Larraine brings to BCC 30-plus years of experience in management, fundraising and development of nonprofits, and start-up businesses. She began her career as a community organizer in Toronto and since then has founded and managed an urban-based publishing business; created and raised funds for the Belfast “15-Minute” Theater Festival and International Playwriting Competition, held annually from 2001-2004; and filled the first project manager position tasked with helping to bring the national Main Street initiative to Belfast in 2010. For three years she was NAMI Maine’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Development Director and a Mental Health Education Specialist. Most recently Larraine served as the Executive Director of the Restorative Justice Project Maine, where she formed the theater group, R.A.W. (Restorative Art Works) Integral to her career and life has been a commitment to myriad art forms as tools of beauty, activism and inspiration.  Larraine genuinely believes that Art Saves Lives! She is delighted to be an ‘official’ advocate for the arts in her favorite small, vibrant city.

The BCC office is located at 26 Spring Street in Belfast, and is open from 9:00 to 3:00, Tuesday through Thursday. You can learn more about BCC at their website (belfastcreativecoalition.org) or find them on Facebook.

Dowling Walsh Galleries announces opening of Bo Bartlett Center

Bo Bartlett, Damascus Road, Oil on linen, 120" x 168", Courtesy of the Lori Uddenberg Collection

Bo Bartlett, Damascus Road, Oil on linen, 120″ x 168″, Courtesy of the Lori Uddenberg Collection

Dowling Walsh Galleries is pleased to announce that Columbus State University opened the Bo Bartlett Center, an 18,000-square-foot exhibition space and learning center dedicated to American realism. Housed in a converted textile mill, the center features many of Bartlett’s epochal paintings, as well as the work of the artists who have influenced him, including many from Maine.

The Bo Bartlett Center will explore creativity and learning within the context of the work and studio practice of the painter and Columbus, Georgia native Bo Bartlett. The Center is a unique partnership between a living mid-career artist and a state university, and will feature a range of changing exhibitions and programs.

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The inaugural exhibition will be a retrospective of Bo Bartlett’s work, featuring paintings and drawings from 1977-2017. A companion exhibition, Peers & Influences, will also be on view.  For information on Bartlett’s work currently on display at Dowling Walsh Galleries visit www.dowlingwalsh.com

Becton, Gervais, Raphael at DIAA’s 4th ART matters 3 Session, UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

Jeffery Becton, “Equinox,” 2016, digital montage realized as archival pigment print;

Jeffery Becton, “Equinox,” 2016, digital montage realized as archival pigment print;

The Deer Isle Artists Association presents Maine artists Jeffrey Becton, Françoise Gervais and Chris Raphael at its fourth ART matters 3 session UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4th, at the Deer Isle gallery. Moderator: Hub White.

The artists all take the art of photography in new and different directions. Jeffery Becton works in digital montages, while Françoise Gervais focuses on capturing nature’s iconic beauty and Chris Raphael uses cut and re-combined images to express three-dimensional form.

About the Artists:

As an islander, Jeffery Becton is especially drawn to the ocean, finding meaning and inspiration in its challenging and mercurial presence, the embodiment of the beauty and harshness of life and proximity of death.

“Since 1990 I have worked in the medium of digital montage,” Becton said. “Combining primarily elements of photography as well as painting, drawing, and scanned materials, the techniques I use foster and give form to intriguing ambiguities, reexamining the boundaries of mixed media and creating altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.”

Francoise Gervais, Ethereal Shell

Francoise Gervais, Ethereal Shell

Françoise Gervais creates her artwork from a desire to honor nature’s iconic beauty. “Awestruck by the simple yet exquisite detail of a seedpod, a feather, a leaf, or a shell—often glanced at and forgotten, or never seen—I seek to offer a visual voice to these stunning icons of our natural world, so we may see and remember with fresh eyes that which is always there,” she said.

Chris Raphael over the past few years has been exploring ways to go beyond the limits of traditional still photography. Using cut and re-combined images without digital manipulation his work expresses three-dimensional form, time and motion.

Chris Raphael, “Untitled.”

Chris Raphael, “Untitled.”

Art Matters 3

Each artist has a short time to speak at the beginning of the ART matters 3 discussion. When all are done, the artists will talk among themselves and then hold an open discussion with the audience. A reception follows with 44 North Coffee, tea and homemade cake.

 

For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com or call 207-348-3129

Mid-Winter St. Valentine’s Day Show at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

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The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents The Mid-Winter (Valentine’s Day) Show: A group exhibition featuring the artwork of…

Jenny Brillhart, Heidi Daub, Devta Doolan, Sarah Doremus, Bill Mayher, Buzz Masters, Carol Pelletier, Suzanne Siegel, Cynthia Winings, and Goody-B. Wiseman.

Evening Reception: Friday, February 9, 5:00 – 8PM.

This is a one day event where the gallery is shining with creative expression – Come for the art, stay for the buttered rum. Please dress warmly. Everyone is Welcome!  

Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or 917.204.4001

PMA to highlight intersectionality and inclusivity throughout 2018

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The PMA is committed to being an open, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming museum for all, and the exhibitions in 2018 reflect the full range of voices in our community and create experiences with art that strengthen our bonds and bring us together. In this spirit, 2018 exhibitions at the PMA highlight intersectionality and inclusivity in Maine.

Ann Buckwalter (United States, born 1987), The Republic of Hysteria (detail), 2017, Oil and gouache on paper, 91 x 92 inches. EX1.2018.21

Ann Buckwalter (United States, born 1987), The Republic of Hysteria (detail), 2017, Oil and gouache on paper, 91 x 92 inches. EX1.2018.21

The 2018 PMA Biennial
January 26 – June 3
Featuring more than 60 works by 25 participating artists, the Biennial highlights the diverse perspectives and interests of artists connected to Maine, and makes a powerful statement about art’s impact in this historical moment.

George Grosz (Germany, 1839–1959), "Lions and tigers nourish their young, ravens feast their brood on carrion... Series: The Robbers" (detail), 1922, Photolithograph on paper, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches. Gift of David and Eva Bradford, 2002.53.6.5, Art © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

George Grosz (Germany, 1839–1959), “Lions and tigers nourish their young, ravens feast their brood on carrion… Series: The Robbers” (detail), 1922, Photolithograph on paper, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches. Gift of David and Eva Bradford, 2002.53.6.5, Art © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

The Robbers:
German Art in a Time of Crisis
February 23 – July 15
Highlighting the complete portfolio of George Grosz’s 1922 The Robbers, this exhibition also includes provocative artworks by printmakers such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and Käthe Kollwitz.

Image: Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990), "Apples, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1942", dye transfer print, 15 15/16 x 12 1/8 inches. Gift of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2017.4.2

Image: Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990), “Apples, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1942”, dye transfer print, 15 15/16 x 12 1/8 inches. Gift of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2017.4.2

Eliot Porter’s Nature
On view now through March 18
“Almost every photograph is about the external world, yet the work of few photographers has helped change that world. Eliot Porter helped alter both the medium and society. The extent of those changes now obscures the extent of his influence. “Eliot Porter’s Nature”…is a welcome reminder of just how exacting an artist he was.” – Boston Globe

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987

Under Pressure:
Art from the 1980s
March 30 – August 10
A cross-section of diverse 1980’s aesthetics, revealing varied visual ways that the artists of this decade shaped and reflected the rapidly changing artistic and social realities of the time.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), "The birds' colors were mirrored in the waters," circa 2002, from "Beautiful Blackbird," collage of cut colored paper on paper, 11 5/16 x 20 inches. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), “The birds’ colors were mirrored in the waters,” circa 2002, from “Beautiful Blackbird,” collage of cut colored paper on paper, 11 5/16 x 20 inches. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan

August 3 – November 25
Bryan has committed himself to filling the void of black representation in children’s literature by creating books about African and African American experiences. This exhibition highlights the breadth of the Maine-based artist and author’s creative output.

Winslow Homer - Looking out to Sea, Cullercoats (1882)

Winslow Homer – Looking out to Sea, Cullercoats (1882)

Americans Abroad
August 17 – TBD
Composed of magnificent works by artists such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and others, Americans Abroad will examine watercolors, prints, and paintings by American artists who traveled to Europe for training and inspiration in the late 19th century.

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

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

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

June 22 – September 16
This exhibition is the first in over 40 years to survey the work of Clarence White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and a major teacher and mentor. It will survey White’s career from its beginnings in 1895 in Newark, Ohio, to his death in Mexico in 1925.

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture
October 5 – January 6, 2019
Japanese-American modernist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) reimagined the possibilities of sculpture as he experimented endlessly with the intersection of objects, people, and space over the course of his 60-year career. Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture examines Noguchi’s expansive artistic practice, and through approximately 40 sculptures and 10 works on paper, encourages visitors to to ask fundamental questions about what defines our understanding of sculpture. In addition to reflecting the myriad ways in which Noguchi self-consciously crossed modes of production, brought together artistic and philosophical ideas from across the globe, and played with form and function, Beyond the Pedestal also focuses on the ways in which he engaged with causes of social justice, forming a thorough examination not only of the renowned artist’s perspective on sculpture, but on the world itself.

For more information please visit www.portlandmuseum.org

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions

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

 
NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR: POOGY BJERKLIE
January 12 – May 5, 2018

Nowhere in Particular features a series of paintings by New York City-based artist Poogy Bjerklie. The artist’s work is influenced by memories of growing up in Hallowell, Maine and summering on Richardson Lake. The works depict references to bodies of water, but not the typical coastal scenes that some may associate with Maine. Instead, Bjerklie’s images focus on the somber morning and grey evening light that is characteristic of the inland portion of the state. She uses oil paint on square wood panels, utilizing the rough surfaces of the wood to reinforce the atmospheric quality of the landscape scene. Bjerklie’s images seem to be viewed through a hazy lens. Details dissolve into diffused brushstrokes, conveying the notion of remembrance and longing, as if the images are a reflection of the past.

Bjerklie’s paintings recall romantic art with its emphasis on mood and shadow. Nineteenth and twentieth century American artists such as Albert Pinkham Ryder, Ralph Blakelock, and George Inness, are particularly influential to the artist’s work. Bjerklie also cites the museum-like displays of antique shops in her hometown of Hallowell as a prominent source of her stylistic approach to painting. The artist states that her images “act as memories of a place to escape to.” Her use of small, square picture planes creates intimate spaces resulting in a dialog between mark-making, memories, and place. Viewed from afar the images suggest dreamlike landscapes of remembered places, nostalgic, and just out of reach.

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Caleb Charland, “Attempting to paddle straight to the Moon”

SHADOWS OF EARTH: CALEB CHARLAND
January 12 – May 5, 2018

Shadows of Earth features recent bodies of work by Maine-based photographer Caleb Charland. The artist is known for his inventive handling of materials that expands traditional notions of the photographic medium. Charland’s creative process is rooted in scientific inquiry—he often employs multi-layered steps and experiments designed to yield these alluring images. The artist states, “Each piece I make begins as a question of visual possibilities and develops in tandem with the laws of nature, often yielding unexpected results measurable only through photographic processes. Energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world.”

In several of the works, Charland’s utilizes the movement of his body in the creation of the images. With camera lens pointed at the night sky in a long exposure, the artist’s breathing is recorded as streaks of stars and planets. In another image, a spherical full moon takes on the form of a luminous tangle of light. The image captures Charland’s steady movements while paddling a canoe on a calm lake at night. In other works, the photographer’s desire to “more deeply understand the mechanisms of nature” is reflected in a grid depicting a variety of leaf species. The compositions are created by using half of the image as a paper negative, revealing the tonal opposite of the other half of the leaf. Through his photographs Charland encourages an introspective contemplation of the natural world, while also exploring the materiality of the photographic medium.

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Craig Taylor, “The Inverse Ascent”

THE ELASTIC CACHE: CRAIG TAYLOR
January 12 – May 5, 2018

The Elastic Cache features oil paintings, intaglio prints, and works on paper by Brooklyn, New York-based artist Craig Taylor. The forms in Taylor’s compositions invite multiple associations. Some paintings resemble abstracted portrait busts or barnacle covered stones placed on crude plinths. Others may appear to be the weathered bark of trees or microscopic views of medical abnormalities. Taylor’s irregularly shaped forms are covered with thick slabs of manipulated paint and horizontal marks of varying sizes. The precariously balanced, yet detailed shapes are prominently placed in a shallow ambiguous space. In some of the works there is an uncanny, almost humorous gesture that is further magnified by Taylor’s palette that ranges from saturated reds to monochrome mixtures.

Craig Taylor received his MFA from Yale University and is an Associate Professor of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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

Featured Artist Kim Nicholl and Call for Teachers at The Art Loft

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Artist Kim Nicoll has been teaching at the Art Loft for a year and a half. We are pleased to feature her work.

Why do you create what you do and what drives you?

I’m a very visual person. I want to sketch everything. As a child, I always doodled, even on my school work, and I got in trouble for it once. But another teacher did let me paint a mural on the wing at school when I was 11 years old. I remember selling hand-drawn bookmarks in school, I even got preorders. I create because I absolutely love doing it. I love seeing the vision in my head become real. It’s challenging at times when I don’t see the results I envision, but I keep trying new techniques until it works. It’s creative problem-solving.

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Was the Art Loft instrumental in getting you started? 

I have to say, being involved at the Art Loft has been a tremendous confidence booster!  I would never have imagined myself teaching art to a room full of strangers, but when the Art Loft asked me to teach a children’s class back in September 2016 I nervously tried it. And loved it!  After taking a couple of affordable classes and doing some paint nights at the Art Loft, I finally felt a bit more confident to teach adults. The Art Loft has been a valuable part of my journey.

When do you create (how often, how long does it take, and what time of day)?

I’ve been creating daily for nearly a year now. I’ve done many Instagram art challenges to develop my skills. Inktober, watercolor challenge, 21 days of brave and a 4-month MATS boot camp online art class. Mostly in the evening after my son goes to sleep, is when I do my painting projects. I could seriously paint all day if I neglected being a mom, wife, and caregiver. But I’m delighted that my son loves to create too. In fact, he’s the reason I am painting again. He is an inspiration. Rediscovering the world and every new sensation through his vibrant, fresh eyes has been an awakening.

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Do you find art therapeutic?

Absolutely without question!  Art brings me joy and excitement. There’s something so thrilling about creating beauty.  I’ve become a more confident, open-hearted human being.  It has helped me to start expressing what I’ve suppressed throughout my life. The benefits I get from art compel me to share with others the idea that there’s hope and healing to our internal conflicts.

Art Instructors Needed
The Art Loft is seeking art instructors for our Drop-in classes, more advanced workshops, as well as Paint Night leaders.  We can offer competitive pay, a very flexible schedule, as well as many other perks. If you have experience in art, or know somebody who does, please contact us for more information at 207-200-7915 or visit artloftrockland.org

Registration Open for MCA 2018 Haystack Workshop Weekend

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The MCA invites you (MCA members and non members) for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, May 10-13, 2018 in Deer Isle, Maine.
2018 INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOPS
Study Model-Making for Crafts People with Christopher Campbell (Visiting Artist’s Studio)
Exploring Landscape Through Machine Knitting with Anne Emlein (Fibers Studio)
Expressive Surface Design Techniques with Jonathan Mess (Clay Studio)
Designing and Constructing a Band Saw Box with Joe Lendway (Wood Studio)
Windvanes and Ironwork for Your Garden with Doug Wilson (Forge) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY
Plexi Drypoints/Lauan Woodcuts with Anna Hepler (Graphics Studio) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY
Exploring the Basics of Metal Clay Jewelry Fabrication with Nisa Smiley (Metals Studio) FULL, WAITLIST ONLY

For more information visit the workshop page or call the Maine Crafts Association at 207.205.0791

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2018 Biennial

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is announcing an open call for submissions to the 2018 CMCA Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums are accepted for review. The 2018 CMCA Biennial is sponsored by First National Bank.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are extremely grateful to First National Bank for their support of the 2018 Biennial. Their generous sponsorship of the exhibition makes it possible for CMCA to waive submission fees for all entering artists, and to engage two terrific outside jurors, Kate Green and Robin Williams. We eagerly anticipate a wonderful response to the open call for submissions.”

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

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

Jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial are Kate Green, Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. The Biennial will be held at CMCA from November 2018 through February 2019.
Kate Green is an art historian, curator, and critic. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University, and has also worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation, and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In America, Artforum.com, and Frieze. She is currently Director of Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas.

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

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/. CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To join as an artist member, visit cmcanow.org/support/membership/.

ICA at MECA Presents ‘Off the Wall’

© Ryan Wallace, Slo Crostic, 2014. Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.

© Ryan Wallace, Slo Crostic, 2014. Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art announces the opening of Off the Wall on Thursday, January 18, 5–7pm. Meet guest curator Jaime DeSimone and artist Ryan Wallace.

In 1966, German-born American sculptor Eva Hesse attached a seemingly simple long metal cord to a canvas that dramatically transformed a painting into a sculpture. Such a simple act revolutionized our understanding of what a painting could be. By privileging the painting’s marginal feature—the frame, its structural support — Hang Up transcends the medium’s inherent two-dimensionality.

© Rosy Keyser, Skeleton, 2017. Acrylic enamel, spray paint, and wooden beads, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

© Rosy Keyser, Skeleton, 2017. Acrylic enamel, spray paint, and wooden beads, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Curated by Jaime DeSimone, Off the Wall pays homage to Hesse’s groundbreaking work and investigates how contemporary artists continue to explore this liminal space between painting and sculpture. At times, a painting’s skin slides onto the floor or creeps onto the ceiling. In others, structural components protrude outward into the gallery space. As our spatial relationship with such works is reconfigured, objects on view in Off the Wall permeate into space and challenge our comprehension of both painting and sculpture. To provide an intimate perspective on this topic, Off the Wall will feature a range of works by two Brooklyn-based artists, Rosy Keyser and Ryan Wallace. A representative sampling of work will be presented by each artist to provoke thought about the shifting dynamics between painting and sculpture, or vice versa, as well as their collision.

 

For more information please contact MECA’s Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects, Erin Hutton, at 207.699.5025 or ehutton@meca.edu.

Two Maine Artists to Create State Capitol Installations from historic Copper Dome

State construction crews position the statue of Minerva atop the copper dome of the Maine State House. Circa 1940s-50s. Courtesy of Maine State Archives.

State construction crews position the statue of Minerva atop the copper dome of the Maine State House. Circa 1940s-50s. Courtesy of Maine State Archives.

When a copper dome was constructed atop the Maine State House more than a century ago, there were likely few spectators that could imagine the copper sheathing would one day be repurposed into public works of art. The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to announce artists Judith Allen of Portland and James Creighton of Brunswick as the selected artists of the State Capitol Copper Dome Reuse Project.  Both artworks are slated for installation at the Maine State Capitol Complex in the summer of 2018.

Judith Allen, a mixed media artist based out of Portland.

Judith Allen, a mixed media artist based out of Portland.

The Arts Commission called for artist proposals to create new work with the historic copper roofing sheets, which had been replaced in 2014. A special committee, convened of state legislators, artists and the Arts Commission staff, reviewed 29 proposals. In late October, the committee selected not one but two artists who would each work with up to 1,000 square feet of copper to create permanent works of art for the State House. The first winning proposal, by mixed media artist Judith Allen, entitled “Outside In” is a silhouette of pine trees and nature landscapes depicted on a triptych –  three related panels of copper. The piece will hang above the Law and Legislative Reference Library door.

An example of a copper triptych by artist Judith Allen.

An example of a copper triptych by artist Judith Allen.

“I love copper,” Allen said. “Having worked with it for most of my career both in printmaking and for sculpture, I am thrilled and very honored to repurpose the State House roofing copper, with its rich history, for a wall sculpture that will hang in the Maine State House.

Jim Creighton, a Brunswick based visual artist.

Jim Creighton, a Brunswick based visual artist.

The other winning proposal, by visual artist James Creighton, features an image of a Maine’s state tree, the Eastern White Pine. Creighton will use dry point scratching to etch the tree’s image into smaller pieces of copper. “The existing patina on the copper panels is a result of nearly 100 years of exposure to weather on the dome of the Maine State House,” Creighton wrote in his proposal. “The patina becomes a metaphor for the history of the state- a history that is deeply rooted in its natural beauty.”

“Every Maine law for the past century was developed under these copper sheets,” said Rep. Erik Jorgensen, who served on the special committee. “While the State House is the working center of Maine’s government, it’s also a remarkable public museum. These sculptures will be an exciting contemporary addition to the state’s art collection.”

“This site is so central to Maine’s history and identity,” said Julie Richard the Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “We’re proud to be part of the commissioning of new public art that reflects on Maine’s many virtues.”

Pieces From The Gallery at Somes Sound to be Featured at Exhibition in Stockholm

Garry Knox Bennett, "Stubby Stark Chair" Yellow Cedar, aluminum, upholstered velvet 29"h x 16"w x 22"d

Garry Knox Bennett, “Stubby Stark Chair”
Yellow Cedar, aluminum, upholstered velvet
29″h x 16″w x 22″d

Two pieces on display at The Gallery at Somes Sound and represented by Pritam & Eames will be featured in a 2018 exhibition of work by American craft masters at The National Museum of Art in Stockholm, Sweden. Garry Knox Bennett’s “Stubby Stark Chair” and Thomas Hucker’s “Courting Chair” (as shown below) will be part of an exhibition organized by Helen Drutt English that introduces European audiences to contemporary American furniture.

Thomas Hucker, "Courting Chair" Walnut, Thai silk blend upholstery 25"h x 40"w x 18"d

Thomas Hucker, “Courting Chair”
Walnut, Thai silk blend upholstery
25″h x 40″w x 18″d

The Bennett and Hucker pieces will ultimately become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com

CMCA exhibition features work by Artist Heather Lyon

Heather Lyon, Wrap, 2017, video still

Heather Lyon, Wrap, 2017, video still

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, on view at CMCA through February 11, 2018.

Lyon (b. 1975) is a sculptor and performance artist who works with unlikely materials ranging from rebar to sequins to milk. She received her MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently teaches at the Blue Hill Harbor School. She has shown at numerous galleries in Chicago, Nantes (France), and Maine, and has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Atelier Alain LeBras in France, as well as workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Ox-Bow Artist’s Colony in Michigan, and the Burren College of Art in Ireland. She recently returned from Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was invited to exhibit and perform new work at the Georgian National Museum.

Heather Lyon, Roll, 2017, video still

Heather Lyon, Roll, 2017, video still

Her recent work on view at CMCA is Milk, Roll, Wrap, a series of task-based performance videos that question the ways we negotiate longing, loss, desire, power, and vulnerability.

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

Art for Us Lecture Series with Educator Roger Dell at CMCA

Roger Dell, Educator

Roger Dell, Educator

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum are co-presenting “Art for Us,” a four-part discussion series led by Museum Educator Roger Dell during the month of January 2018. Presented over four consecutive Sundays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, at 2pm, participants will discuss important questions concerning contemporary art and its historical context. Each session’s theme will be introduced by a brief slide presentation by Dell, followed by an open and engaging conversation. Take-home readings will be provided at each session to follow up on ideas and prepare for the next session.

The four sessions are: What is Art?; What is the Role of the Art World?; What is Artistic Beauty?, and What is the Role of Art within the Humanities? The first two sessions will be held at the Farnsworth; the last two at CMCA. Snow dates are the next day, Monday, at each corresponding venue. The cost for the four-part series is $30 for Farnsworth and CMCA members; $36 for non-members. Or per session $10 Farnsworth and CMCA members; $12 non-members. Register at farnsworthmuseum.org.

Presenter and discussion facilitator Roger Dell has taught art history, art appreciation, arts education, and the history of art museums from Hawaii to Maine, including the University of Maine, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Extension School. He is the former Director of Education at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Harlow Gallery Seeks Artist for Winter Members’ Showcase

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Harlow Gallery artist members are invited to participate in the Winter Members’ Showcase which runs from January 17-March 3, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The cost to participate is $20 per linear foot, with a maximum of 10 feet. Proceeds will help underwrite the costs of moving and outfitting the Harlow Gallery’s new space. This opportunity is first come first served and space is limited. Registrations due by 6pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. For more information on becoming an artist member or joining the exhibition please visit harlowgallery.org or call (207) 622-3813.

​Centre St Arts Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary Open House

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“For Play”, oil on canvas, Lea Peterson

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

 

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show

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

Artwaves Reception at Shaw Jewelery in Northeast

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Work pictured here by Nicole DeSimone

 

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing new work from William B. Hoyt and Joseph McGurl

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

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

For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com

FUNCTIONAL FIBER session of “ART matters 3 at DIAA

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

2018 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) Application Deadline Approaching

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

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

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

For more information visit mainecap.org

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

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

For more information visit www.whopaints.com

Upcoming December Events for Cynthia Winings and the Cynthia Winings Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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Winter Faire at the Bay School,
Saturday December 2

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

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

Chinese Painting and Traditional Tea Ceremony at The Art Loft Gallery

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

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

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

For more information or to enroll visit artloftrockland.org

CMCA Sunday Salon | “Materiality” Artists Talk

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

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

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

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

Ben Potter with his work "Small Mountains"

Ben Potter with his work “Small Mountains”

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

Ian Trask with his work "Spores"

Ian Trask with his work “Spores”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit ArtWalk Gardiner during the Annual Tree Lighting

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

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

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

For more information, email artwalkgardiner@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday pop-up market at DIAA, Periwinkle

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

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

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

BrainyArt… Trivia Night at the Museum with the BSO!

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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

 

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.

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

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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)
Heron Rising
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.

Alison Rector Down East Oil on linen 40 x 40 inches

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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Buzz Masters, “Rain Room”

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

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

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

CARDOON 2012 oil on panel 16 x 12 inches Lois Dodd

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

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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