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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.

Events at the ANNEX in Castine

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

• Artists-in-Residence have arrived!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deer Isle Artists Association presents “Fresh Ink,”

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Evocation, by Marianne Alweiss

 

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

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

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

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Viewfinders”

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

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

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

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

2018 PMA Biennial Curator Shares Exhibition Strategy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Alan Magee paintings at Greenhut Galleries

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

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

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

Night Stories After Party at CMCA

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

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

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

Barbara Ernst Prey Museum Commission

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

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

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

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

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

Four Solo Shows Opening at Caldbeck Gallery

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CARDOON 2012 oil on panel 16 x 12 inches Lois Dodd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FERTILITY 2017 granite 48 x 13 x 9 inches Lise Becu

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

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

Multiple Media Artwork Featured At Pemaquid Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ART with a story at Mars Hall Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Louise Nevelson—Light and Shadow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Late Summer Exhibitions at Barn Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sohns Gallery Presents Collage Works By Artist Abbie Read

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

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

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Announces New Exhibitions

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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.

Carolyn Gabbe “Home is Where the Heart is”

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

 

 

 

 

Art House Picture Frames call for provocative art

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

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opens “From Our Sea”

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

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

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

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page

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

 

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

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

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

Noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel to speak at CMCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibit and Summer Gala at CMCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henry Isaacs: Working Color II at Gleason Fine Art

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

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

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

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

 

Announcing the 2017 Portland Fine Craft Show

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

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

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

For more information visit The Maine Crafts Association webpage.

August Events at the ANNEX and Gallery B

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

For more information visit: www.gallerybgallery.com

Portland Museum of Art presents Winslow Homer Studio Tours

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The Maine that you know and love started with Winslow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Artwork at Pemaquid Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

Betts Gallery Opens Comfort Zone

Kathleen Mack, Trust, 2017 Oil and Wax on Canvas

Kathleen Mack, Trust, 2017 Oil and Wax on Canvas

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

Carol Sloane, Annie and Linda, 2017 Oil on Canvas

Carol Sloane, Annie and Linda, 2017 Oil on Canvas

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

WET PAINT AUCTION COMING TO WALDOBORO AUGUST 5th

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

Verrazzano’s Islands of Maine at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

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

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

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

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

Charles McCaughtry, Island in Mist

Charles McCaughtry, Island in Mist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The exhibitions continue through August 20th. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Museums of Old York and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. 207-351-1083  www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

Barn Gallery Announces OAA Art Auction on August 5th

Iris by DeWitt Hardy

Iris by DeWitt Hardy

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

Barn Gallery announces the 66th Annual OAA Art Auction

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

For More Information: www.barngallery.org, oacbarngallery@gmail.com or 207-646-8400

Two New Shows in August from Gleason Fine Art

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows on July 27: Henry Isaacs: New Work and Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan. The opening reception for the artists is First Friday, August 4, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine. The two shows run through August 29.

HENRY ISAACS: NEW WORK    Artist Henry Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style–broken brushwork, a liberal use of paint, and a sunny palette of blues, greens, pinks, and yellows–marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in Maine today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet.
Henry Isaacs and his wife Donna divide their time between Portland, Maine, Vermont, and the tiny village of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, located just next door to the much larger island of Mount Desert. Little Cranberry has seen dozens of artists over the years, including most recently Isaacs and his close friend, renowned children’s book author Ashley Bryan. Earlier artists included Dorothy Eisner (whose estate is handled by Gleason Fine Art), William Kienbusch, and John Heliker.
Freelance writer, and Portland Newspapers arts reviewer, Dan Kany uses high praise to describe Isaacs’ technique: “Isaacs’ approach to color is based on balancing warm and cool tones. He does this brilliantly. His handling of paint owes an unapologetic debt to the chunky boldness of the early 20th century Modernists and Fauves such as Matisse. The brushwork is strong, dedicated to the job of pushing paint around the canvas–an activity Isaacs clearly enjoys.”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

PETER SCULTHORPE: AN EYE FOR MONHEGAN      Classically trained at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Peter Sculthorpe’s painting style is meticulous and hard-edged. Through his masterful use of light and unsurpassed observational skills, Sculthorpe creates the feeling in the viewer of being on the cusp of a significant event, either one that has occurred or is about to occur. He captures the tension and beauty as the sun sets, the moon rises, or the wind blows, suspending the viewer in the moment to ponder the infinite.
Sculthorpe has traveled extensively in the northeast and the maritime provinces to gather inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. However, it has been Monhegan Island that has really brought his imagination to the fore. Look at Sculthorpe’s magnificent “Morning Fog (Monhegan)”. This little white cape house on Swim Beach has been in dozens, if not hundreds, of paintings, but you’ve never seen it like this before. As is his genius, Peter Sculthorpe sees something different and then paints it as he sees it. It’s skill, but it’s also a little bit of magic.
Sculthorpe creates works of great beauty, finding the transcendent in what to the casual observer may at first seem commonplace. The Brandywine Museum, the Berman Museum, the Butler Institute, and the Delaware Art Museum all have sssSculthorpe paintings in their collections. Corporate collectors include Bank of America, Forbes, DuPont, and Nabisco. Peter Sculthorpe’s collectors are international. Locally, one of Peter Sculthorpe’s masterworks may be seen in Paul’s Restaurant at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club.
Gleason Fine Art has represented Sculthorpe for over a decade. We are his only gallery in Maine. Gallery Director Dennis Gleason wrote the foreword for the artist’s new book: The Art of Peter Sculthorpe (Schiffer).

Both “Henry Isaacs: New Work” and “Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan” are open now and run through August 29, with a reception for the artists on First Friday, August 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Friends, collectors, and fellow artists are all invited to attend the reception. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. View both shows, and the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, at www.gleasonfineart.com

Jeffery Becton’s Montages at Courthouse Gallery and on National Tour

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery is currently showing new work by Jeffery Becton through August 13, including several of his large-format digital montages. In addition, Becton’s over-sized montages are currently traveling in a national exhibition hosted by Bates College Museum of Art. The tour began at a solo exhibition at Bates in November 2015, and has since traveled to the University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and will open in Virginia at Lynchburg College on August 29.

“What I especially enjoy about Becton’s touch is that he doesn’t try to hide his Photoshop tracks (layers, cutout marks, filters – particularly Photoshop’s “watercolor” filter – etc.) just as many painters don’t try to hide their brushwork. . . . This is an important facet of Becton’s work: It is not simple conceptualism driven by one-dimensional wit. Becton follows his ideas with depth. . . . While the show includes a few (quite beautiful) black and white images, they underscore Becton’s broad palette. Moreover, with this exhibition, Becton makes the case that he is arguably the best colorist in Maine in any medium.” — Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram, 2016

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

“As in the work of surrealists like René Magritte (who, by the way, championed photomontage way before Adobe made it cool), things may not be what they seem in Becton’s work, but they still possess an unsettling, ambiguous familiarity. Erosion is a theme of both Becton’s art and his process: nature eroding the manmade, the digital eroding the physical—each one as implacable as the waves of the Atlantic lapping at Deer Isle’s shores.” — Grace-Yvette Gemmell, Down East, 2015

Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history.

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others. Becton’s work is also highlighted in “Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House” (Marshall Wilkes), a recent monograph by Carl Little. Signed copies of the book are available at Courthouse Gallery.

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

First Friday Art Walk in Rockland on August 4th

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First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 4 August 2017

Over 20 of Rockland’s art galleries will be open from 5-8pm, Friday, 4 August. Many will be opening new exhibitions for the city’s First Friday Art Walk. A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org

“Nature As Color” at Landing Gallery

“Monhegan #21” Acrylic/Canvas 12” x 12” by Irma Cerese

“Monhegan #21” Acrylic/Canvas 12” x 12” by Irma Cerese

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland opens “Nature As Color”, a solo exhibition of 55 new paintings by Irma Cerese, Aug 4 – Sept 10. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 4th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk in August.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships. Her current paintings use the intrinsic beauty and evocative qualities of color to speak to our emotions. Her landscape compositions become an entry point into her paintings rather than depict a specific location or illustrate an idea.

“I use landscape both as a point of connection and departure but I don’t wish to tell a story, or accurately describe the observed world, so I don’t “return to a place in the studio”. Instead, I convert the primary elements of what inspired me in the first place – trees, sky, ground, water, weather, the occasional building, – into an underlying loosely geometric structure. The resulting images often border on the abstract, although I often seek to evoke the general atmosphere of the subject. So I don’t seek to inspire people viewing my work with this or that place; I aim to produce evocative work that is compelling in its own right as a celebration of visual experience.”

 “Blue Hill #4” Acrylic/Canvas 30” x 30” by Irma Cerese

“Blue Hill #4” Acrylic/Canvas 30” x 30” by Irma Cerese

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL. Irma maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine, is Irma Cerese’s principal gallery affiliation and the gallery has held 11 consecutive, annual, solo exhibitions for her paintings since 2007.

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

August Opening at New Era Gallery

“Isabel at Guisando” by William Lasansky, Vinalhaven Black Granite and pigments, 27”x17”x6”

“Isabel at Guisando” by William Lasansky, Vinalhaven Black Granite and pigments, 27”x17”x6”

New Era Gallery’s late summer show is entitled “Land and Legend” and will feature the work of sculptor William Lasansky and photographers Andrew Crane and Ron Rosenstock.
William Lasansky was born in Argentina, but has been a part of the Vinalhaven community for seventy years. His intense observations of the natural world led to a love of Vinalhaven stone, particularly the gabbro that is known locally as black granite. His sculpture references his broad exposure to many world cultures.

Ron Rosenstock leads photographic workshops in many parts of the world, including Vinalhaven. He has worked and taught here for many years, developing an extraordinary body of images of iconic island landscapes. Andrew Crane is making his first appearance at New Era Gallery, with a group of tintype photos of the island. Crane has traveled extensively, creating small, powerful images that are at once contemporary and yet lost in time.

The show opens on August 5 with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm followed by a reception from 5:00–7:00pm, and runs through August 30. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. Please visit neweragallery.com for a complete schedule of shows and events.

August 6th Opening Reception at Turtle Gallery

Lynn Duryea, Slant #9, Terracotta slab construction, 24.5" x 8" x 6" © Lynn Duryea

Lynn Duryea, Slant #9, Terracotta slab construction, 24.5″ x 8″ x 6″ © Lynn Duryea

This new exhibition features new work from fiber artist Sondra Bogdonoff, the ceramics of Lynn Duryea and Paul Heroux, new abstract paintings by Jaap Eduard Helder and mixed media constructions by Jamie Johnston.

Fiber artist Sondra Bogdonoff will be exhibiting at the Turtle Gallery for the first time. Portland based, Bogdonoff has returned to the studio after a 20 year hiatus from full-time weaving. She describes the new work as a beginning and each weaving as it’s own short story. In addition to the weavings, Bogdonoff explores working on paper in a series titled “Stilled Life” which explores the grid structures and linear sensibilities of weaving in wax pastels.

Gallery artist Lynn Duryea will be exhibiting a new body of work she has completed since retiring from her tenure of teaching ceramics at Appalachian State and returning to Maine full-time. Through elemental shape and form, Duryea’s reference is to architectural, structural and mechanical elements.

Jaap Eduard Helder, Behind the Scenes, Acrylic on wood panel, 24" x 24", 2017 © Jaap Helder

Jaap Eduard Helder, Behind the Scenes, Acrylic on wood panel, 24″ x 24″, 2017 © Jaap Helder

Abstract painter Jaap Eduard Helder returns to the Gallery with a vibrant new series of paintings. Created over the winter and spring, he refers to the work as a re-emergence and re-commitment to his art. Helder creates in layers, working to create balance with new materials, on a new scale and with with new mark making methods. Largely working in square formats on wood panels, Helder creates vivid landscapes of abstractions.

Ceramic artist Paul Heroux returns with a new series of his distinctive forms and abstract compositions. Having worked with ceramic vessels as a painting surface for over twenty years, Heroux continues to reinvent the work using photo transfers, underglaze decals and metallic lusters. His folded vessels not only speak to his abilities as a painter but to his sculptural awareness – the folds of each vessel taking new lines and each foot finding a different path to the surface it rests on.

Paul Heroux, Folded double vase, soda-fired stoneware, 8" x 15" x 6", 2016 © Paul Heroux

Paul Heroux, Folded double vase, soda-fired stoneware, 8″ x 15″ x 6″, 2016 © Paul Heroux

Woodworker Jamie Johnston joins the Turtle Gallery with his show Constructions. His minimalist approach to design allows the woods inherent beauty to speak all while controlled by a masterful understanding of design.

In addition, Jewelers Glenda Arentzen and Heather Guidero will have full collections on display.

Opening Reception Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 6 PM – A vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and Sculpture Garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

Show runs through Saturday, September 2nd. For more information visit www.theturtlegallery.com

Argosy Gallery’s Third Acadia Invitational Art Show

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JM Nicholas, “Monumnet Cove,” 20 x 30, oil on canvas

 

It’s showtime!  Thirty distinguished artists from a dozen states and four countries present their favorite views of the historic landscape of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  With ninety paintings, five judges, fifteen awards and three years of planning, this important and nationally acclaimed show will be open for everyone’s enjoyment at the Bar Harbor Inn on Saturday, July 29, 2-5 PM, and Sunday, July 30, 9 AM – 5 PM.  Please call 207-288-9226 for more information or invitation to the formal artists’ reception.  After this weekend, the show will move to the Argosy II gallery at 6 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor.  Please join us!

Art Space Gallery First Friday Art Walk

Art Space Gallery invites you to the August Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room featuring works by John Wood, Penny Markley, Lara Marx, and Obrianna Cornelius. You’ll also find many new works displayed throughout the gallery. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, August 4th, 5 to 8pm.

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John Wood, Lobster Cove

John Wood is a painter who lives in Rockland, Maine. He studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin.

 

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Penny Markley, Willows in Spring

Penny Markley, a painter from central Maine, is fascinated by Maine’s varied landscapes, both inland and coastal. Recently she has focused on the various cloud patterns and light brought by changing weather. The paintings she displays in August’s show emphasize the sky and its effects on the land below. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried shows in Maine and out of state. Her work has hung in the Office of the President of the Maine State Senate, at the State House in Augusta, and is in private collections in the United States and England.

 

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Lara Max, Swiming Bass

Lara Max is an artisan blacksmith living in Orono. She works in steel, copper, and slate creating forms with texture and color out of basic metal shapes. Her interest in the reflective property of metal has inspired her to experiment. “I am intrigued by how hammered metal reflects light, adding details and character to a form with each hammer’s mark.” Her work is highly unique and captures fleeting moments such as bass swimming among the reeds of Maine’s freshwater ponds.

 

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Obrianna Cornelius, Lighthouse Reflected

Obrianna Cornelius is a painter living in Hampden who received training in fine art at Pensacola Christian College. She specializes in watercolor landscapes. Her highly detailed paintings are filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects, using Maine’s beautiful landscapes and unique culture as inspiration. “From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing me. I look forward to every day spent painting Maine.”

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  August hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Star Gallery Opening Reception

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Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:

Jess Hurley Scott
Margery Torrey
Melina White

Thursday July 20,
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception

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Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception
Thursday, July 20, 5–7pm

July 20–August 2
Petra Class: The Aesthetics of Materials
This will be the first visit from Petra whose work we have presented for decades. She has a playful color palate, using gems connected like constellations in 18 kt and 22 kt gold. They are elegantly simple but dense with beauty. She will be in the gallery Thursday and bringing brand new work.

Julie Freund: Maine Landscapes Redefined
Landscape paintings of Maine composed of bold strokes. Julie abstracts our beloved trees, rocks and atmospheres in colorful montages of texture and color. She is not afraid to go in and rework her canvases to imbue them with life and spontaneity.

Sam Shaw: Figure Landscape Mashup
Sam’s second presentation of fantasy figurative landscapes. The paintings are male and female nudes, often dancing and cavorting in an imaginary setting. At times, the figures and the landscapes merge, tugging the brain between what the mind sees and what the eyes see.

Ben Lincoln: Atmospheric Realism
Ben’s oils straddle the real and the imaginary. Boats, planes, and objects are rendered with invisible forces at play made visible. Such include wind, vortexes, and currents that are given energy, space and presence. Ben was raised and lives today on MDI.

Daily Exhibition Tours at CMCA for July and August

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will offer daily guided tours of the current exhibitions every weekday at 11am for the months of July and August. Join museum staff for a closer inside look at the exhibitions on view. Current exhibitions include John Walker | From Seal Point; Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites | Temporality, and William Wegman | Reel to Real. Tours are approximately 30 minutes long and are free with admission.

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

Mike Levine Trio: Saturday, July 22 at the gWatson Gallery

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The gWatson Gallery is presenting the Mike Levine Trio with special guest Lenard Rutledge on Saturday, July 22.

Levine’s trio is comprised of three Florida-based musicians who spend summers in Maine. With Levine on piano, Ric Mosley on bass, and Steve Salo on drums the trio performs widely in Florida and each has a career that takes them to widespread venues. Levine has played at numerous festivals including the Aruba Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Joining the trio in Stonington will be baritone Lenard Rutledge, also from Florida, who is aptly compared to the legendary Lou Rawls.

The concert at the gWatson Gallery begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available by phone at 207.367.2900 or come to the gWatson Gallery at 68 Main in Stonington.

Dowling Walsh Gallery Announces July Shows

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

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

All Shows run July 7 – August 2

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 5PM or by appointment

Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, spirit animals and Wabanaki elders. His new paintings, inspired by his previous series, explore a narrative of personified animals. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

James Dodds, Yellow Beetle Cat, Bow, oil on linen, 30″ x 60″

James Dodds, Yellow Beetle Cat, Bow, oil on linen, 30″ x 60″

Coast to Coast: James Dodds & Guy Taplin

“James Dodds and Guy Taplin are inspired by history- Taplin by working decoys and Dodds by traditional boats and their builders- but those curves, a sense of mystery, and whimsey transform Taplin’s curlews, cranes, ibis, and flocks of shorebirds into objects of joy, and Dodds’ eel boats, dinghies, and one-designs into vessels of wonder and exploration.”

Guy Taplin, Four Ibis, carved and painted driftwood 38.5" x 44.5" x 22.9"

Guy Taplin, Four Ibis, carved and painted driftwood 38.5″ x 44.5″ x 22.9″

For more information: 207-596-0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com | www.dowlingwalsh.com

James Groleau: Tide at Littlefield Gallery

"Hidden Falls, Bass Cove" collage on canvas 30 x 24

“Hidden Falls, Bass Cove” collage on canvas 30 x 24

James Groleau: Tide
July 17-August 14
Artist’s Reception July 22, 4-6 pm

Tide is a series of imagery exploring life at the margins of the sea. James Groleau was born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1960. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowhips, including a MacDowell Colony fellowhip in 2001. His work is included in the collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Oakland Museum of California; National Museum of Fine Art, Antwerp, Belgium; and the Janet Turner Print Museum, Chico, CA. He divides his time between San Francisco and coastal Maine.

"Schoodic Surge" collage on canvas 30 x 24

“Schoodic Surge” collage on canvas 30 x 24

The process for the collage works:

There are several steps I take in the process of making a collage; preparing the paper is a key element. I first paint color inks on crumpled paper, the hills and valleys of which concentrate the ink in certain areas creating an irregular pattern. I allow the painted paper to dry then crumple it again and paint the back side often with its complimentary color. While the paper is still wet I stack one sheet over another and allow that to dry before separating them. I sometimes add acrylic medium to encourage the paper to tear in separation. The image is then created by gluing torn pieces onto stretched canvas. In general the darker colors are laid down first, while the highlights are the final touches. I then sand the collage to an even finish before applying multiple layers of varnish.

For more information visit littlefieldgallery.com

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents the new group exhibition Visual Impressions

Anna Hepler , March 5, collage on gessoed board

Anna Hepler , March 5, collage on gessoed board

VISUAL IMPRESSIONS: A Group Exhibition is the third show of Season V at the Cynthia Winings Gallery!  Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception for the new group show, SUNDAY, July 23, 4 – 7 PM.

The gallery is pleased to present the artwork of Josephine Burr,Elizabeth Gourlay, Anna Helper, and David Hornung, with new work from Christine Lafuente and Jerry Rose. The exhibit also includes new work from Diane Green, Christine Lafuente, Jerry Rose and Suzanne Siegel. The gallery will also include work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, M P Landis, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, and John Wilkinson.

For more information contact:  Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

DIAA’s Announces Annual All Member 12×12 Exhibition

2015 All Member 12 X 12 Show

2015 All Member 12 X 12 Show

The eagerly anticipated, annual event at the Deer Isle Artists Association, the “All Member 12 x 12 Show” opens July 21 and runs through August 3. The gallery will contain a seemingly boundless collection of small artworks by almost 70 DIAA members. This show is the opportunity for the public to own pieces of original art by their favorite (or yet to be discovered!) accomplished local artists at an irresistible price of $144. Painters and photographers were challenged to create work measuring 12 by 12 inches. Sculptors, ceramists, jewelers and fiber artists have made works measuring a maximum of 12 inches in any direction. In the ART RACK will be work by Betsy Braunhut, Jacqueline Davidson, Ron Deprez, Glenn Felch, Judith Felch, and Leslie Miller Landrigan.

2016 All Member 12 X 12 Show

2016 All Member 12 X 12 Show

DIAA’s doors open Friday, July 21 at 10 AM and we will remain open until 7 PM to participate in “Third Thursday in Deer Isle.” Please join us for a reception with the artists on Sunday, July 23, from 4–6 PM. The DIAA Gallery is open daily 10 AM–6 PM and is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village, ME. www.deerisleartists.com (207) 348-2330.

Artists Sherman and Thelander on View at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Door Knob” a painting by Damariscotta artist Paul Sherman

“Door Knob” a painting by Damariscotta artist Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman and Liliana Thelander are two of the talented artists seen at Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol this summer. They both use familiar objects and landscapes as jumping-off points for meticulous compositions that are exciting and personal rather than simply photographic.

Paul Sherman has pursued art for most of his life, studying with mentors and developing his own voice, creating a unique style of watercolor. His images are crisp and bold and range from a crystal doorknob, to complex reflections of buoys and boats in water, to landscapes, people and animals. He uses musical metaphors to describe his work and development as an artist, and sees the body of his work as an “orchestration,” which he performs as a bridge between the perception of the viewer and his own artistic vision. His stunning images are often edged or bordered with black, and value contrast is as important as brilliant color in his compositions.

Liliana Thelander’s “Loon on Nest”

Liliana Thelander’s “Loon on Nest”

Liliana Thelander is an award-winning realist oil painter who also uses familiar subject matter such as birds and other wildlife, landscapes and still life arrangements with bottles to create harmonious compositions. Her contemporary approach to still life gives the sense that the objects have deep meaning, to be interpreted personally by each viewer. Her intent is to “go beyond realism, bringing life and vibrancy to everyday objects and snapshots in time.”

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following additional member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Cindy Spencer, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

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

Summer Opening At Gallery at Widgeon Cove

Cathedral Woods , Monhegan handmade paper Georgeann Kuhl

Cathedral Woods , Monhegan handmade paper Georgeann Kuhl

Announcing showing of “Monhegan Days”, bas-relief paintings of handmade paper by Georgeann Kuhl. Gallery showing includes sculpture, jewelry, handmade books, gifts. Opening reception on Sunday, July 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. Public is invited, and refreshments will be served.
Route 123, Harpswell. Regular hours, Thursday through Saturday, 11 to 5
For more information call 833-6081 or visit widgeoncove.com

Announcing 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

Wood and glass lamp by Guild member Joel Hokkanen of J.A. Hokkanen | Rockport, Maine

Wood and glass lamp by Guild member Joel Hokkanen of J.A. Hokkanen | Rockport, Maine

Shop at the ocean’s edge in Bar Harbor, Maine at the 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show, July 28-30, 2017 – Atlantic Oceanside Event Center.

Together with the Guild’s established member artisans, the Directions show brings new exhibitors to Bar Harbor. New member Joel Hokkanen, a woodworker from Rockport, Maine, will exhibit his one-of-a-kind, stunning lamps. Inspired by the curves and lines in nature, Joel’s wood and glass lighting will bring a warm glow and sculptural accent to the home that is both beautiful and practical. “My end-goal for any project is a piece that feels organic and natural. I look for beauty inherent in shape and form, rather than added ornamentation.” – Joel Hokkanen

Other first time, juried, exhibitors at the Directions show include; Jennifer Armstrong – fiber, Tim and Liza Fisher – wood and clay and Catherine Worthington – fiber.

Clay bottle by Guild member Jonathan White of Odd Inq Pottery and Tile | South Portland, Maine

Clay bottle by Guild member Jonathan White of Odd Inq Pottery and Tile | South Portland, Maine

Returning Guild artisan and ceramist, Jonathan White of South Portland, Maine says, “I see beauty in both natural and industrial objects. A steel mill furnace being reclaimed by rust is as pleasing to me as the first fiddleheads of spring pushing from the ground.” This duality is evident in his fascinating sculpture and pottery – both in his design and rich, flowing matte glazes.

Attendees of the show will shop for unique, handcrafted objects inside the event center as well as under a large tent outdoors on the lawn. Fine craft in wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass and mixed media will be shown at the 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – July 28, 29 & 30, 2017. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. Atlantic Oceanside Event Center |119 Eden Street | Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: mdi.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 401-935-6704. mainecraftsguild.com

Summary:
Maine Crafts Guild 42nd Annual MDI Directions Fine Craft Show
Atlantic Oceanside Event Center
119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, July 28: 5-8pm
Saturday, July 29:10am-5pm
Sunday, July 30: 10am-4pm
Admission $5 adults; under 18 free

Bucksport Arts Festival Announces 2017 Artists

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The 3rd Annual Bucksport Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, August 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm on the waterfront walkway in downtown Bucksport. Fine artists and craftspeople, both new and returning, will showcase their hand-crafted wares. 2017 artists include:

A&E Stoneworks, Anne Alexander SculptorArgyle Iron Works, Barbara Chase AcrylicsBlack Dog Ironworks, Buzy B’z Studio, Bruce Collins, Colour Images StudioEloweaves, Fairyland Jewelry, Martin Gallant, Class by CLM, Glass Orchids, JC Turnings, Kerwin Whitney PhotographyRenee Lammers, Left Field Graphics, OneWomanStudio, PatchWork Clay, Penobscot PyrographicsPolly Smith, Purplebean Bindery, Reclaimed Maine, Saucier’s Studio, Sea Glass Frames, Sewing a Notion, Studio 36, Susan L. Hutton JewelryTB Pots Stoneware PotteryTeddi-Jann Covell, The Moon’s Cache, Travelers and CompanyTina S. Gagnon, Patricia Pasteur, Sandy Dolan, Obrianna Fine Art

In addition to fine arts and crafts, the Festival will also feature local food vendors including Island Farm Kitchen and Chef on the Run. Live music will be offered by Flannel Doughboys and The Ace Tones.

All proceeds of the 2017 Festival will benefit Main Street Bucksport’s programs. Main Street Bucksport’s mission is to promote a vibrant downtown Bucksport by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and supporting cultural arts events.

Questions? Contact Festival Coordinators Lyndsey Marston at 3leggeddogink@gmail.com or Laurie Brooks at lauriebrooksart@gmail.com

Collecting Castine 2017 at The Wilson Museum

“The Adams School” by Dan Graziano 16”x8” oil on panel www.dangrazianofineart.com

“The Adams School” by Dan Graziano 16”x8” oil on panel www.dangrazianofineart.com

Dan Graziano will be one of twenty-five artists included in Collecting Castine 2017, a special one-night exhibit and sale of fine art on Monday, August 7, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at The Wilson Museum’s Hutchins Education Center. This special art exhibition will feature an outstanding collection of recent original artwork created by living artists either from Castine or with a long association to Castine. All artwork will be available for purchase with sales commissions used to fund the Wilson Museum’s growing art collection. The Wilson Museum is located at 120 Perkins Street in Castine, Maine. For more information on this event, visit The Wilson Museum web site at http://www.wilsonmuseum.org

Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine showing at 900 Broadway in Bangor

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“Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine” will be showing at 900 Broadway, Bangor from Sept. 15th through Dec 15th 2017.
Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine is a group of women artists working in the mid-coast area of Maine.  We have come together to support, encourage, educate, and promote each other as artists.  Individually and collectively we celebrate the unique vision which ties us together as women expressing our world view thru our art making.  We are makers, reflectors, creators, explorers, and most of all women who delight in sharing our world thru our art.

Farnsworth [Collective] Presents Bash LITE: Under the Tent

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On Saturday, July 22, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s dynamic membership group the [Collective] will present a summer dance party on Rockland’s Museum Street, featuring the bay area funk band Con Brio. Bash LITE: Under the Tent will take place from 8 to 12 p.m. under a huge, 200 foot tent raised over the Farnsworth Museum Street parking lot.

Led by the magnetic Con Brio, a seven-piece Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul band and our network of local makers, all are invited to celebrate the height of Mine’s summer by literally dancing in the street. Participants should expect backflips, prizes, silliness and the unexpected.

Con Brio has a relentless drive for experimentation, for pushing their technical ability to its limits and reaching beyond the familiar. The resulting dynamic fuses driving rhythms, blazing guitar-work, soaring horns, the growl of an analog synthesizer or Hammond organ, and shimmering, sultry vocals with seemingly limitless energy: altogether it’s one heck of a party.

This is a 21+ event. Tickets for Bash LITE are $45. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery presents “The Boat Show”

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The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, presents “The Boat Show”, running from June 30th through July 23rd.

The show features new work by oil painter Will Kefauver, and the work of his guest artists. Kefauver’s newest guest artists are acrylic painter Bill Child, oil painters Judith Fischer, Kathie James, and John Seitzer, and photographers James Nyce and Rachel Wyman.

Returning for this exhibit are woodblock printer Deborah Kozak, pen and ink artist Grey Kearney, woodcarver Dick Webster, painter and mixed-media artist Dale Dapkins, photographers Steve Dunn, Michael Fillyaw, and Claudia Noyes Griffiths, watercolorists Jane Bowman, Lydia Kaeyer, Judy Nixon, and Elizabeth Palmer, and oil painters Marcia Brandwein, Stephen Busch, Sandra Dunn, DiTa Ondek, and Brooke Pacy.

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

The Abbe Midsummer Spotlights Fashion, Native Cuisine, and Wabanaki Artists

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On August 3, 2017, at 5:30 pm the Abbe Museum will host an exciting new annual fundraiser in the Museum’s backyard. The Abbe Midsummer, previously known as the Gathering Gala, will celebrate the importance of creative placemaking and how it supports Wabanaki artists and Native communities throughout Maine. Presented by The Abbe Midsummer Host Committee, the event consists of Native-inspired cuisine, an haute couture Wabanaki fashion show, festive live auction, and other surprises you won’t want to miss.
“My husband Jeff and I are so excited to support The Abbe Midsummer,” said Jena Young, co-chair of the Host Committee. “We’re always looking for opportunities to support the history and culture of our community, and the mission of the Abbe does that in every way. The big payoff will be attending the event and see it all come together. The fashion show, cuisine, and atmosphere are going to be incredible!”
In its 16 years in downtown Bar Harbor, the Abbe has become a Smithsonian Affiliate, an active member of the International Coalition for the Sites of Conscience, a partner to Acadia National Park, and a committed and involved community anchor. The Abbe Midsummer attracts cultural luminaries and civic leaders, as well as renowned artists, premier collectors, and devoted patrons of the arts and culture.
The evening kicks off with a red carpet arrival at 5:30 pm, followed by mingling outside in the Museum’s one-acre backyard while perusing silent auction items that include jewelry, art, handmade and crafted items, and the Abbe’s signature decorated paddles. Live music by Penobscot musicians Eric Green and Justice for the River will keep guests entertained as they help themselves to food stations serving Native-inspired cuisine like bison meatballs, fiddleheads, and fry bread courtesy of Bar Harbor Catering Company.
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From there, guests will be treated to a themed dessert and the Decontie & Brown Fashion Show. An energetic live auction will follow, which features exquisite Native art from Wabanaki artists Gabriel Frey, Jennifer Neptune, Gina Brooks, Fred Tomah, Geo Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Sarah Sockbeson, Decontie & Brown, and others. The live auction will be led by auctioneer Andrew Simon of the Barn Arts Collective, who will also be the evening’s emcee.
“The Wabanaki communities throughout Maine and Maritime Canada are world renowned for incredible basketry and to build on that, we’re offering a new narrative on cultural adornment,” said Jason and Donna Brown of Decontie & Brown. “It’s a distinct way to share the beauty of our tribal design and fashion sense with the world while highlighting that we are still here! We are incredibly excited to be a part of The Abbe Midsummer and are looking forward to sharing all the inspiration that we get from our ancestors…Our people were VERY fashionable!”
The majority of the auction items will be on exhibit at the Abbe Museum from now until the day of the event. They can also be viewed online at abbemuseum.org/midsummer.
Tickets for the evening are $150 per person and $1,200 per table. To RSVP, please visit abbemuseum.org/midsummer, email the Abbe Museum at midsummer@abbemuseum.org, or call 207-288-3519. Absentee bidding and underwriting opportunities are also available for those who cannot attend.

Sweet Treats at Michael Good Gallery

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Now through August 1st 2017, Michael Good Gallery features decadent dessert paintings by Beverly Shipko.

Dunkin Donuts, 20 x 24 inches
Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She confesses: “I believe that on some level all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.” Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in unforgettable images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten”, plus cakes, pies, and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays, and vending machine treats.

Beverly Shipko, Blueberry Cheesecake, Oil on wood, 6 x 6 inches

Save the date! Summer Celebration coming August 10th!

NOW Located in Rockport
325 Commercial Street, Rt. 1
Telephone: 207-236-9623
www.michaelgood.com
OPEN 7 days a week in summer, 11-5

Katherine Mead-von Huene featured at Centre St Arts Gallery

Transfiguration, oil on canvas

Transfiguration, oil on canvas

Arrowsic artist Katherine Mead-von Huene is the featured guest artist at Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street in Bath, from July 17 through September 8, 2017. An opening reception will be Friday, July 21, from 5 to 7 pm at the Gallery.

Mead-von Huene writes: “As a child, drawing gave me an alternate world, to which I could escape and saturate in the things I loved. My artistic mother encouraged me, providing lessons and materials. I attended art schools as finances permitted, but am mostly self-taught, working primarily in watercolor, oils and graphite.

Ready for the Launch, oil on canvas

Ready for the Launch, oil on canvas

“While living in Pennsylvania with several artist-friends, I painted that which surrounded us: flowers in the vast gardens, landscapes, and insects. Maine has been home for the past 26 years. Although raising my son took the place of art creation for many years, I am now getting back to my studio.”

Twenty member-artists of the Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC have new works in the latest show at the gallery which will run until September 8, 2017.

For more information call 207-442-0300, go to the website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com, or visit the gallery Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm (closed Tuesdays in September).

Portland Museum of Art Announces Grand Opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park

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On July 7, the Portland Museum of Art will open the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden with a community celebration. Taking place on First Friday and featuring food trucks, live music, raffles, art-based activities, and much more, the grand opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park will be the arts and cultural event of the season.

In addition to the grand opening, the entire museum will be free and visitors will be encouraged to take their PMA Summer of Sculpture experience from the Park to the major exhibition inside, A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach.
The David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden not only makes outdoor art, a crucial and unique part of the PMA collection, more available to everyone, but it also improves quality of life in Portland, creating a green space where anyone can have quiet moments with world-class works of art at any time during museum hours. The grand opening event also serves as the unveiling of the latest addition to Portland’s outdoor arts landscape and a new major work in the PMA collection: Jonathan Borofsky’s Human Structures (24 Figures Connected).

The Joan B. Burns Garden has incorporated sculpture since Celeste Roberge’s Rising Cairn was installed there in 2000. Since then, the PMA acquired Anthony Caro’s Moment in 2012 and John Bisbee’s Hearsay in 2016. Aside from specific events, however, the public has never been allowed access to the Garden; visitors to the PMA could only admire the works from viewing points throughout the inside of the museum or the sidewalk on High Street. Thanks to Shaw’s gift, the Garden will be open to anyone during PMA hours May through December; whether they are visitors to the museum or simply out for a stroll in Portland.

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org

Classes at Harlow Gallery

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*NEW* Wake n’ Make
Saturday, July 8, 10am-12pm

Emerging artists & makers are invited to Wake n Make, an open studio session on the second Saturday of every month at the Harlow Gallery from 10am-12pm. These gatherings offer young artists the opportunity to be part of a creative community; a place to share ideas, give and get feedback, collaborate on a project, network, and last but not least: make art. Wake n’ Make is a time for artists to work alongside each other and grow as young creative professionals. Artists are encouraged to bring in and carry out their own materials.

Gayle Chung Paper Cut Painting

Gayle Chung Paper Cut Painting

SECOND SUNDAY: Paper Cut Painting
Sunday, July 9, 2-4pm

July’s Second Sunday event is Paper Cut Painting, lead by Gayle Chung, on Sunday, July 9, 2-4pm. Create beautiful pieces of art with paper. Play with shapes, colors, and textures using cut paper to make art. Explore the versatility of paper and breaking the boundaries of the 2D surface. This event is free and open to all ages and experience levels. No registration necessary.

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

Summer Members’ Show & Sale at Harlow Gallery

Abbott Meader’s “Evolving Mountainside” (DETAIL)

Abbott Meader’s “Evolving Mountainside” (DETAIL)

Summer Members’ Show & Sale
On view: June 30 – July 22

We’re kicking off summer with their annual Summer Members’ Show & Sale, featuring a diverse selection of vibrant work by Harlow Gallery artist members. This exhibit presents a unique opportunity to discover both emerging and established artists, working in a wide range of media and styles.

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

July 9th Opening Reception at The Turtle Gallery

Jeff Loxterkamp, View from Greenhead Lane

Jeff Loxterkamp, View from Greenhead Lane

Join The Turtle Gallery for an opening reception Sunday, July 9 from 2-6 pm

Featuring
Siri BECKMAN – Selected Works
Peter KEMBLE – New Work
Jeff LOXTERKAMP – Paintings
Barbara SULLIVAN – Maine Women Artist Portraits
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with House Gallery
Black & White Show
featuring Vaino KOLA
Gene SHAW & Many More

Siri Beckman, Pileated Woodpeckers

Siri Beckman, Pileated Woodpeckers

Longtime Turtle Gallery artist and Deer Isle printmaking favorite Siri Beckman will be showing Selected Works including new woodcuts, her iconic wood engravings and handmade lampshades. The prints emanate an intimacy with island life and a deep appreciation of the character of our DownEast fishing communities; as well as the wildlife that is a part of daily life on the Maine Coast. Both Beckman’s rootedness in work and place are intangibly linked in this show, giving the viewer a look back with a simultaneous look forward in an artist’s journey.

Peter Kemble, Linescape

Peter Kemble, Linescape

Graphic artist Peter Kemble shows New Work. A longtime summer resident of Deer Isle, Kemble has been working to bring life and intrigue to an empty palette with technology as his tool. He defines his understanding of art as a form of experimental revelry – using form, line and color as methods to produce a playful interpretation of light and space.

Jeff Loxterkamp, NAPA Auto Parts

Jeff Loxterkamp, NAPA Auto Parts

Bangor-based painter Jeff Loxterkamp graces the Gallery Barn with a large collection of new Oil Paintings. With an enviable eye for finding beauty in and adding abstractions to everyday life, Loxterkamp paints views other eyes may miss. Infused with a vivid sense of reality, this collection of highly texturized and richly toned oils offers a striking visual interpretation of Maine.

Barbara Sullivan, Portraits

Barbara Sullivan, Portraits

Fresco artist Barbara Sullivan returns to the Turtle Gallery with a powerful series of Maine Women Artist Portraits. While painting is not a new endeavor for Sullivan, this series embarks on a larger mission of recognition, appreciation and a timely focus on how women are a driving force in Maine arts and beyond.

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

A Black & White Show fills the House Gallery and immerses the viewer in a monochromatic understanding of nature and space. Featuring the masterful etchings of Vaino Kola, woodcuts from Gene Shaw and prints and drawings from a host of Gallery artists.

A vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and sculpture garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 207-348-9977 or visit
TheTurtleGallery.com

William Wegman Artist Talk Presented by CMCA & The Strand Theatre

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Artist William Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a talk on his work on Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Tuesday Talk series. CMCA and the Strand Theatre are partnering on the presentation, with reduced admission for CMCA and The Strand members.

Immediately following the talk, a reception for the artist will take place at CMCA, adjacent to The Strand Theatre, at 21 Winter Street. The exhibition, William Wegman: Reel to Real, featuring the artist’s early videos and related drawings, is on view at CMCA through October 22, 2017. Tickets for the July 25 talk are available online through The Strand: $10 CMCA and The Strand members, $15 general admission; $20 day of event.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. Man Ray soon became an active participant in Wegman’s early videos and subsequent photographs, and the Weimaraners an iconic presence in the artist’s career.

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

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

NEW Kick Off Summer Weekends with Cafe Miranda at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Cafe Miranda present Open Late, a fun, informal, after-work gathering on Friday evenings in CMCA’s courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. Starting Friday, July 7, Cafe Miranda will host a drinks bar (cash only) from 4:30-6:00pm throughout July and August (except August 18, reserved for CMCA Gala). Kick off the weekend with friends and music, and celebrate the all-too-short Maine summer! Open Late is a 21+ event.

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

The Rock & Art Shop Presents Current Gallery Artist Katie Hodgkins

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Succulent paintings by Katie Hodgkins. These realistic oil paintings of succulents are a delight. Hodgkins’ works offers an accessible way to connect with nature by embodying a modern and highly aesthetic take on natural history illustration.

Katie graduated from College of the Atlantic in 2016 with a degree in Human Ecology and a focus on fine arts and oil painting. Currently, she lives and works out of Northern Maine, taking her inspiration from the state’s local flora and fauna.

The show runs from June 5th to July 31st and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Sohns Gallery in The Rock & Art Shop. For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents LIGHT SOURCE, A Group Exhibition

winingsCynthia Winings Gallery Presents LIGHT SOURCE, A Group Exhibition featuring:

TOM CURRY, HÉLÈNE FARRAR, DOUGLAS FLORIAN, M P LANDIS, MARK LITTLE &
LARI WASHBURN. ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project with Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz. The exhibition will include artwork from Louise Bourne, Heidi Daub, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Russell Smith, John Wilkinson and Goody-B. Wiseman.

The exhibition will be on view, June 20 – July 15. For more information please visit http://www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com/

“ISLAND | PAINTINGS BY JOEL JANOWITZ” at gWatson Galleries

Above: Writer's Moment, Oil on Linen, 36 x58", 2016

Above: Writer’s Moment, Oil on Linen, 36 x58″, 2016

The gWatson Gallery in Stonington, Maine is presenting new work by Joel Janowitz. Janowitz has spent time each summer for over twenty years at the former home of Fairfield Porter on Great Spruce Island in Penobscot Bay, and the work on exhibit in Stonington is a result of this time in Maine.

Commenting on his newest work, Janowitz writes, When we look, our focus constantly shits. Color and light change dramatically as we glance about. Often large swaths of a scene are barely observed, much less remembered, while particular details preoccupy us. Perceived forms often echo our own psychological states. I want to create paintings that embody this junction of perception, movement, feeling and memory – contemplative paintings that suggest the viewer’s own presence within the spaces they depict.

The gallery is open Monday – Saturday: 10AM to 5PM & Sunday: 1-5PM. For more information call 207.367.2900 visit https://www.gwatsongallery.com

Henry Isaacs – Finding Values at Greenhut Galleries

 

Somes Sound from Sargent Drive, 36x24, oil on canvas

Somes Sound from Sargent Drive, 36×24, oil on canvas

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush. He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

The exhibition runs July 6 – 29, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday July 6th, 5-7pm.

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Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail. His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours: Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. For more information call
207.772.2693 or visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

Betts Gallery Opens PAPER, INK, PRESS

"Time and Distance #4" Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Artistic Interpretations of Local Landscape at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

“A Winter Morning on the Harbor” is just one of the coastal landscapes by Round Pond Artist Dianne Smith Dolan on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Galler

“A Winter Morning on the Harbor” is just one of the coastal landscapes by Round Pond Artist Dianne Smith Dolan on exhibit at the Pemaquid Art Galler

Dianne Dolan and Bev Walker are relatively recent members of the Pemaquid Art Gallery. Both have a primary interest in interpretive color in the landscape, with either simplified or abstracted forms rather than specific geographical depiction.

Dianne Dolan, in her third season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, received an art education that enabled her to teach art, and to paint and show her work. for 20 years. Although she also paints in her studio, based on memory and reflection, she has become particularly motivated to paint plein air, on location on the Pemaquid peninsula, during the warm months. Dolan’s work reflects the coastal landscape interpreted primarily in oil, with a particular interest in color, interpreted through the eyes of an artist rather than a photographer. The beauty of the local environment is evident in her interpreted landscapes. More of her work may be seen at www.diannedolan.com.

Chamberlain artist Bev Walker’s “Summer Clouds” is reflective of herwork with local subject matter and reveals her interest in abstraction and composition.

Chamberlain artist Bev Walker’s “Summer Clouds” is reflective of herwork with local subject matter and reveals her interest in abstraction and composition.

Bev Walker is a Maine native who has spent much of her adult life in Michigan, where she received her art education and for many years pursued a career in interior design. Her work has been shown in Michigan, Florida, and in various Maine locations. She served on the board of the Ann Arbor Women Artists, with a membership of over 200, and in 1999 co-founded the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery reflects local subject matter: trees, water, barns, fishing shacks, taken as elements that reveal her interest in abstraction, composition, and color. Samples of her paintings also can be seen at www.bevwalkerart.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following additional member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

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

“POINTS NORTH” Now Showing at Landing Gallery

“Standing Tall”  by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

“Standing Tall” by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

Landing Gallery at 409 Main St. in Rockland proudly announces the opening of “POINTS NORTH” from June 30 – July 30”. The new three-person exhibition focusing on current paintings and photographs by Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko and Jill Valliere. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 7th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk. All three artists are Rockland Residents and have widely exhibited their work throughout Maine.

Jill Valliere is a 1997 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. “I have always been drawn to the vibrancy and texture of art, this translates to my own process of layering, adding and subtracting elements in my works. This additive and subtractive process creates a textural surface and tension which ultimately brings forth the nuances of color, depth and shadow. My use of metal leaf as a medium in my paintings creates an effulgent, transitional passage, which serves as the basis for the conceptual origin of my work.”

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide”  by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide” by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits. Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has kept up with new processes, techniques & equipment. “Physically exploring space and light while out in nature becomes the beginning of an image. Back in the studio the fun really begins. Additional processing using various applications and materials are combined for the final work. Alternative processing adds a richer and more complex final photograph.”

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery. His work has been exhibited in his galleries, in NY and ME, since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. “During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my paintings. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio. Sketches, photos, memories and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process. Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for nature.”

For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

The Wyeth Experience: A Series of Special Tours from the Farnsworth

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro and Christina, 1968, watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum, 1969.1646, ©2016 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro and Christina, 1968, watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum, 1969.1646, ©2016 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Beginning on Friday, July 7, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine present a special tour series entitled The Wyeth Experience. These intimate three-hour tours will include the museum’s Andrew Wyeth at 100 exhibitions as well as the Olson House where the American master painted for three decades. Tours will take place each Friday morning through July, August and September, beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the museum’s Wyeth Center and ending back at the museum at 12:45 p.m.

Participants in this unique tour will experience Andrew Wyeth’s world by examining the strong attraction the Olson House held for the artist for more than 30 years. The tour will begin with an intimate look at select Andrew Wyeth works at the Farnsworth Art Museum, and continue on for an in-depth tour of the Olson House. All will be taken by van through the Maine countryside to the Olson House, past landmarks relevant to Wyeth’s Maine subject matter.

The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Olson House. Photo by Susan Metzger.

The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Olson House. Photo by Susan Metzger.

A comprehensive tour of the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and its surrounding grounds, will highlight the relationship that Andrew Wyeth had with the property. The Olson House is the subject of approximately 300 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including his iconic tempera Christina’s World (1948), owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth’s drawings, watercolors and tempera paintings featuring Christina, her brother and the house itself occupied the artist from 1939 through 1968.

Wyeth once remarked, “I just couldn’t stay away from there. I did other pictures while I knew them, but I’d always seem to gravitate back to the house … It was Maine.” Wyeth died in 2009 and is buried in a small cemetery within sight of the house.

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro on Front Doorstep, 1942 watercolor on paper. Marunuma Art Park, © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro on Front Doorstep, 1942 watercolor on paper. Marunuma Art Park, © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Tours are held once a week beginning Friday, July 7 through Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and limited to 12 people per tour. The cost is $50 and $35 for Farnsworth members and includes admission to the museum. Please note that due to limited access to these tours, no refunds will be given with less than 48 hours notice. For more information or to book your tour, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery

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‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ is one of four new Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery on June 28. Andres Verzosa, former Interim Executive Director and Curator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) and former owner of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine will select work for this show from entries by local artists and members of the Ogunquit Art Association. ‘OAA Expressions’ features a wide variety of art by OAA artist members. Sculptor Jeffrey Briggs and painter Theresann D’Angelo have Showcase exhibitions in the North Gallery.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday July 8 – 7:30 PM. You can also join them for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 PM. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is available in the Collectors Gallery.

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

For More Information: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

The Caldbeck Gallery Welcomes the Work of David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016  watercolor on paper  11 x 38 1/2 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016 watercolor on paper 11 x 38 1/2 inches David Dewey

From July 12 through August 12, The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work in watercolor by David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown NJ. In the upstairs galleries, there will be an exhibit of selected paintings, photographs, and sculpture by gallery artists, including Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and NYC, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Sam Cady of Friendship, Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn NY, Melanie Essex of Cushing, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, John Goodman of Friendship and Wellesley MA, Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington D.C., Kristin Malin of Georgetown, K.Min of Friendship, Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Brookline, MA, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Todd Watts of Blanchard, Dan West of Friendship, Susan Williams of Camden, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing and Southold NY. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 6-8 pm.

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper  25 x 38 5/8 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper 25 x 38 5/8 inches David Dewey

The Pemaquid Light Paintings: Watercolors of an Iconic Maine Landmark 2014 – 2017 is David Dewey’s most recent body of work, painted over the time period of 2014 – 2017. The artist explains, “since first settling into Maine many, many years ago, I’ve visited both Pemaquid, the Light and the place, more times than I can count. It’s been a kind of Mecca and retreat for me, where I loved to paint small watercolors with my field kit. But as my dear friend, Joe Fiore, once told me, “sometimes you just need to take a walk and not paint, so you don’t miss the things of beauty in nature that are important”. I took this lesson to heart: some of my best experiences at Pemaquid were when I just walked around, or sat on those grand rocks and simply watched the light change. Those years of returning again and again to Pemaquid Light to visit and to paint have led to many significant large-scale watercolors.  The watercolors in this exhibit range in size from 8 x 36 inches to 27 x 39 inches. This is his 6th solo show with the Caldbeck Gallery, where he has been represented since 2004.

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

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Exhibition Opens Saturday, July 8th

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

“Art in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine on July 8th and will continue through August 4th. The exhibition explores the pluralistic nature of the art world in the twentieth century, with developing styles ranging from cubism, expressionism, realism and abstraction.

Of particular note is a work by German-American artist George Grosz (1893-1959) executed in New York in 1936. Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany in 1893. He became an important member of the Dada movement and openly rejected the rising German nationalism during the nineteen teens. The Dadaists sought to escape the rationalism and logic that they believed lead to World War I. Bringing an experimental, playful and even irrational approach to art Grosz and the Dadaists sought a return to our child-like nature. After Grosz emigrated with his family to New York in 1933 because of his strong anti-Nazi sentiments, he became a teacher at the Art Students League. A few years later Grosz painted “New York Skyline” in his loose, ethereal style with calligraphic marks accenting the tugboat and Manhattan skyline.

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Contrasting Grosz’s abstracted, spirited work is Andrew Winter’s (1893-1958) “Morning After the Storm.” Rooted in a clear, realistic style and drawing on a dramatic event, the artist depicts four sailors on a cliff viewing the remains of their ship off the coast of Monhegan Island. Other significant twentieth century paintings and sculpture include a large modernist oil, “Woolwich Ferry Slip,” by John Folinsbee (1892-1972) and a major bronze by William Zorach (1887-1966) of his daughter Dahlov Ipcar entitled “Innocence.” The show also features drawings, watercolors and oils by important international artists such as Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993), Andre Derain (French, 1880-1954), Marc Sterling (Russian/French, 1895-1976), Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997) and Ossip Zadkine (French, 1890-1967).

“Art in the Twentieth Century” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 4th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Conversations: Studio and Table at Fiore Art Center

Susan Van Campen: Sunset with White Pines, watercolor, 13.5 x 16.5”

Susan Van Campen: Sunset with White Pines, watercolor, 13.5 x 16.5”

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center will host its first ever gallery exhibit, opening on July 8th, with a public reception from 4-6pm. Conversations: Studio and Table is curated by David Dewey, co-director of the Fiore Art Center, curator of the estate of Joseph A. Fiore with the Falcon Foundation, and an esteemed watercolorist represented in Maine and New York. The exhibit features the work of sixteen prominent artists, most of whom live or spend summers in Maine: Richard Abbott, Sam Cady, Kimberly Callas, Lois Dodd, Nancy Glassman, Cynthia Hyde, Frances Hynes, Jim Kinnealey, Dennis Pinette, Carol Rowan, Susan Stephenson, Susan Van Campen, Tim Van Campen, Mary Jean Viano Crowe and Patricia Wheeler. All of these artists were invited to be a guest at the Fiore Art Center’s 2016 residency farm-to-table dinners and studio visits.

MJ Viano Crowe: Weight Of The World, mixed media on board (drawing, painting, collage), 18 x 15 x 5”

MJ Viano Crowe: Weight Of The World, mixed media on board (drawing, painting, collage), 18 x 15 x 5”

“2016 was a very exciting first step for our artist residency program at Rolling Ares Farm,” says Dewey. “Having distinguished artists join us for weekly studio visits and delightful farm-to-table dinners was a valuable experience for our artists-in-residence, as well as an important contribution to the Fiore Art Center’s residency program,” he explains. The exhibit, Conversations: Studio and Table was a natural outcome, as conversations begun in the studios turned into lively discussions around the table, touching on art, agriculture, the relationship between humans and environment, observation, intention, how art can be a voice for awareness, and so on.

As a program of Maine Farmland Trust, the Fiore Art Center aims to attract artists for whom the relationship between human and environment is an important element in their work. Naturally, many of the artists invited to the table resonate with that theme, and often, this resonance is apparent in the art they create. Take Kimberly Callas’ sculpture Honey-eyed, for instance: a digitally constructed, 3D-printed mask made from PLA filament (a corn-based plastic), coated with yellow and black iron oxide pigments in a solution of acrylic and beeswax

Kimberly Callas: Honey-eyed, 3D printed mask - PLA filament, yellow and black iron oxide, acrylic and wax, 10 x 7 x 3.5”

Kimberly Callas: Honey-eyed, 3D printed mask – PLA filament, yellow and black iron oxide, acrylic and wax, 10 x 7 x 3.5”

Callas, who teaches sculpture at Monmouth University in New Jersey, explained that she wanted to explore working with 3D printing and train herself in that medium, as it is gaining ground in the arts, sciences and construction. “Creating masks gives me a way to integrate patterns of nature with the human form,” says Callas. “I ask myself: ‘Where is our ecological self, and how can we express that part of ourselves more?’ Sometimes when you speak from behind a mask, you can speak more truthfully and open up that ecological voice.

Lois Dodd: Will’s Cabin, 2011, oil on panel, 12 x 16” 

Lois Dodd: Will’s Cabin, 2011, oil on panel, 12 x 16”

Lois Dodd’s work, in contrast, is a small landscape titled Will’s Cabin. “It’s a modest piece,” observes Dewey. “It shows the little white building artist Will Barnet would stay in when he would come up to be with his daughter, Ona Barnet, at the Rock Gardens Inn near Bath – a place of great natural beauty.” Barnet spent his summers “on retreat” there, while Dodd would be teaching painting workshops. Dewey chose this particular piece “because it marks the long relationship between Lois and Will: they became good friends, ever since she was a student of his at Cooper Union (NYC).”

Frances Hynes: Evergreens, oil on linen, 30 x 24”

Frances Hynes: Evergreens, oil on linen, 30 x 24”

The work by the sixteen veteran artists in Conversations: Studio and Table represents a high water mark of the mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm: excellence in ideas, creative vision and environmental awareness. Conversations: Studio and Table will be on exhibit from July 8 through September 4, 2017. The Gallery at Rolling Acres is located at 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson and is open on Saturdays throughout the summer, from 12-4, or by appointment. In addition to the exhibit, there will be Open Studio Days at the Center on the last Saturday of each month, showcasing the work of each month’s artists-in-residence. July’s Open Studio Day will take place on the 29th, from 11-3. For more information please visit https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

“By Land and by Sea” on display at Joy To The Wind Gallery

Under A Summer Sky”   18 x 24 oil on linen  Lynne Seitzer

Under A Summer Sky”
18 x 24 oil on linen
Lynne Seitzer

Joy To the Wind Gallery will present a compelling new exhibit featuring landscapes and seascapes by artists Lynne Seitzer and John M T Seitzer during the month of July. The artist reception for “By Land and By Sea” will be held at Joy to The Wind Gallery on Friday, July 7th from 7-9pm. All are welcome to join them in the celebration at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
The exhibit highlights the local color and natural beauty of the region.

The two artists continue to stretch themselves creatively. Both have spent their lives, to date, in the pursuit of art, creative exploration and knowledge. John M T Seitzer holds a BFA degree in painting and ceramics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Minnesota, Mankato. He also is an expert custom picture framer (45 years) which is reflected in the beautiful frames found on his and Lynne’s art. Lynne Seitzer earned a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Mankato and a Commercial Art degree from South Central College. Along with painting she has been an educator, art director , fashion illustrator and a greeting card designer.

First Light  30 x 40 oil on linen  John MT Seitzer

First Light
30 x 40 oil on linen
John MT Seitzer

For the last 18 years John and Lynne have owned and operated Joy To The Wind Gallery, Studio and Custom Picture Framing Service- a bright art filled gallery at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, ME. Together they have dedicated their lives to the joys of living a life woven deeply in the visual arts. Don’t miss this journey “By Land and By Sea” reception Friday evening, July 7th from 7-9 pm at Joy To The Wind Gallery. For more information call 207-633-7025 or visit joytothewind.com

See The Forest and The Trees at the Eastport Art Center

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The Forest and The Trees is a 20 year retrospective of paintings and weavings with natural fibers by by artist Leatrice Linden. The show opens at the Eastport Art Center, 36 Washington Street, Eastport, Maine on  July 8, 2017, with an opening reception July 9. The Forest and the Trees runs through August 2, 2017.

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Linden, a New York artist who moved to Maine in the early 70’s, co-curator and exhibited in The 70’s Show: Art and Place at The Tides Institute in Eastport, Maine. Her work has been exhibited through out the United States and is in collections here and in Europe.

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For more information pleas contact Leatrice Linden at llstudios938@gmail.com

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters”

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters” on Friday, July 7. The show is dedicated to work created for utilitarian use in the presentation of food and also as non-utilitarian objects of artistic value, beauty and fantasy. The two featured artists share their artistic views on this subject in non-utilitarian ways.

Artist/sculptor Jacques Vesery’s work is nature-based, concerned with harmony, balance and form. His teapots ad spoons, hand carved in exotic woods, colored and gilded, become precious objects of art. His subjects suggest utility but are not intended for that purpose. The smallness in scale and richness in detail and finish express fantasy.

Artist Lissa Hunter’s charcoal drawings of spoons transcend their original purpose . They recall a time of formality when there was a a spoon for many purposes: tea, soup, grapefruit, etc. Her large scale drawings illustrate what happens during the creative process as she explores her subjects and transforms them from little importance as implements for use to fantasies of her imagination.

Both artists have impressive credentials. Portland artist Lissa Hunter’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Renwick/Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She has taught at Haystack and is a consistent exhibitor at CRAFT. Jacques Vesery, from Damariscotta, is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow. His work Is in the collections of The Yale University Art Gallery and The Carnegie Museum. He has lectured widely on his design concepts. This is his first exhibit at CRAFT

Other “table Matters” artists create utilitarian objects that are meant for use at the table. Wood carver Danielle Rose Byrd, potter Autumn Cipala, metalsmith Erica Moody and weaver Amy Smith show teapots and teacups, copper and brass spoons and chopsticks, placemats and table runners and hand carved birch bowls. CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Wind Ensemble will perform classical music in the courtyard during the evening of the July 7 First Friday Artwalk. For more information please call 207-594-0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

 

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opens “Animals & Humans”

Courtesy of Samuel Morgan

Courtesy of Samuel Morgan

On Saturday, July 8th from 4 – 7 pm the Philippe Guillerm Gallery, 882 Main St., Waldoboro participates in ArtWalk Waldoboro with the opening of the exhibition “Animals & Humans”

A very special exhibit featuring works by both Samuel Morgan and Philippe Guillerm. Samuel is a well-known artist whose animals include those of many threatened and endangered species such as the Polar Bear, the Chimpanzee and the Giraffe. Philippe Guillerm’s body of work is a mesmerizing assemblage of human curves and feelings, from the rough driftwood to the smooth curved surface his musical instruments flow from Animal to Human.

The most important statement about Samuel Morgan is that he loves colors. Color is a common thread in his paintings as well as his life. From New England, although he has traveled extensively and lived in various places on the East coast, he currently makes his home in coastal Maine.

Artist Philippe Guillerm has brought the violin to life. Although these musical instruments can be described as lively, it is more often than not the music that they produce that is so. Instead of focusing on the music, Philippe Guillerm focuses on their physical form.

Plein-air Watercolor Painting Workshop at the Farnsworth

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Beginning on Monday, July 10, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting a week-long, plein-air watercolor workshop. Led by artist Annie Bailey, the workshop will take place from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gamble Center for Education, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland.

In this week-long workshop, participants are invited to come and introduce themselves to plein-air or painting outdoors. Students will explore secret local places and stretch their expectations of what plein-air watercolor can be. This course will emphasize combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing. All will learn to slow down and experience the environment through new eyes.

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

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

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows: ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR and KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA, beginning Thursday, June 29th, and running through Tuesday, July 25th,. The opening reception for Beers and Peters is 1st Friday, July 7th, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to join Andrea and Kevin and enjoy a glass of Monhegan Brewing Beer or fine wine.

ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR
East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ world is outside her windows – salty inlets, mossy ledges, towering spruces, and abundant flower and vegetable gardens. It is a quintessentially Maine landscape, where the keen-eyed Peters sees more in a glance than many of us would see in a lifetime. Andrea loves color. She dazzles us with her passion for paint. Her yellows sizzle, her reds pop, and her blues make us swoon.

 Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA
When Kevin Beers first walked into Gleason Fine Art nearly 20 years ago, he had just given up his Manhattan position as an art director in order to follow his passion, becoming a full-time artist. He had just begun to paint landscapes, but, “motorhead” that he is, he focused primarily on old cars and trucks that had caught his eye. Beers studied each vehicle to discover its story, so each painting became a kind of portrait. A pea-green truck with lots of missing paint became “Rusty,” and a car with a particularly ferocious looking grille became “Vampire.” The cars and trucks took a backseat. However, one place, a country where old cars have been repaired and reused for over half a century, lived on in Beers’ mind; that place was Cuba.

Both “Andrea Peters: In Living Color” and “Kevin Beers: From Manana to Havana” run through July 25. The reception for Andrea and Kevin, to which everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine, is First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 7 pm. Both shows, plus the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, may be viewed on the gallery’s website gleasonfineart.com. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849 and ask for Dennis, Marty, or Andrew Gleason, or Diana Kerr. Or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4

Haynes Galleries’ Celebrates the Summer Season With Majestic Views of the Water

Joseph McGurl Cadillac Mountain Casts a Shadow on the Earth as the Moon Rises Oil on Panel 14 x 8.5 inches

Joseph McGurl
Cadillac Mountain Casts a Shadow on the Earth as the Moon Rises
Oil on Panel
14 x 8.5 inches

For its 2017 season, Haynes Galleries in Thomaston will present “Homage to the Art of the Sea.” This exhibition of seascapes will showcase the magic of marine vistas, including views of Maine, by four of the country’s finest marine artists. Through a modern lens, Joseph McGurl, William R. Davis, Donald Demers and Marc Dalessio capture in paint the appeal of the water, sky, and light along the coast, an appeal that often cannot be expressed in words. “Homage to the Art of the Sea” opens July 6 in Thomaston and continues through the summer until September 9 and will showcase four of the country’s finest marine artists but each has its own aesthetic and vision.

Joseph McGurl calls himself a contemporary luminist. For him that means his paintings explore the same ideas as the Luminists of the 19th century, like a poetic & philosophical contemplation on nature, but his paintings look a bit different. McGurl’s images of the sea can vary in brushstroke and texture, in aerial perspective, and in tone. Even individual pieces feature this variation, like “He Came Dancing Across the Water…Cortez Cortez” where a single ship in the middle ground illuminated by the sun and guided by clear skies contrasts with ominous dark clouds casting shadows on the rest of the fleet on the horizon.
William R. Davis Barkentine at Dusk Oil on Panel 6 x 12 inches

William R. Davis
Barkentine at Dusk
Oil on Panel
6 x 12 inches

A native of Cape Cod, William R. Davis has been surrounded by water and sailing his whole life. He’s acutely aware of the realities of being near the sea. Primarily self-taught, Davis opts for a more serene take on marine views. There is a stillness & dreaminess to his seascapes where water gently ripples off the bows of sailing ships and the sun, low on the horizon, glows like a comforting warm orb. To create the soothing effect Davis paints with thin semi-translucent paint. He carefully builds up layers, replicating the transparency of water and the way light bounces off the surface. He can even do it with moonlight like in the nocturnal scene “Moonrise.”

Donald Demers Bass Rocks Oil on Linen 16 x 24 inches

Donald Demers
Bass Rocks
Oil on Linen
16 x 24 inches

Donald Demers love of maritime subjects began during the summers of his youth spent in and around Boothbay Harbor. The sea has stayed with him all these years. His artistic career began as an illustrator but soon expanded to traditional fine art. His background as an award-winning illustrator is clear in his seascapes— an attention to detail pervades his scenes— but they also exhibit visual poetry as if they are the carefully remembered memories from a trip to the coast long ago.

Marc Dalessio The Grand Canal Oil on Linen 8 x 12 inches

Marc Dalessio
The Grand Canal
Oil on Linen
8 x 12 inches

Marc Dalessio has painted the seven seas, the waters of the Venice canals, and the tropical beaches of the South Pacific. This master of plein air painting has also turned his eye towards Maine. In his trademark quick and expressive style Dalessio works up a scene to capture its very essence, often from interesting and unexpected points of view.

An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will take place the evening of July 6 from 5-7:30pm. Joseph McGurl, William R. Davis, and Donald Demers are expected to attend the opening to share their stories. Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street in Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit haynesgalleries.com or call (615) 430-8147.

Two Artists Show Their Coastal Watercolors at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

Cindy Spencer’s light and airy “Pemaquid Lupine” is an example of her work which can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Cindy Spencer’s light and airy “Pemaquid Lupine” is an example of her work which can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this summer.

Cindy Spencer and Bob Vaughan are watercolorists showing their work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season. They both enjoy exploiting the impressionist qualities of watercolor as the colors tend to blend and flow spontaneously. The concept of “less is more” is seen in Spencer’s watercolors, where she strives to convey mood and atmosphere without picky details. The effect is light and airy, a happy result. She feels that big brushes, experimentation and her imagination are her most important tools. This is Spencer’s first season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery. Her work also can be seen at cindyspencerart.com.

Bob Vaughan has been a member at the Pemaquid Art Gallery since 2011. His watercolors reflect his fascination with the “bright, translucent colors….that capture the beautiful light we see in nature.” Vaughan expresses the belief that “painting what you see to express how you feel” is a piece of artistic advice he has taken to heart. He especially enjoys portraying light as it falls on his subjects, whether he is interpreting landscape or has included buildings (iconic Maine houses and buildings are a favorite theme) and figures.

You may find Vaughan’s work at River Arts shows, and other area locations as well as at the Pemaquid Art Gallery. Painting plein air near the coast during the summer,  you may even find him concentrating on a new painting somewhere in the local area!

In addition to Spencer and Vaughan, see the work of the following artists at the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Steve Jaga, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

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

“Island Boats Homes and Harbors” at New Era Gallery

“From Blueberry Hill” by Esther Garcia Eder, oil on canvas, 24 x 24

“From Blueberry Hill” by Esther Garcia Eder, oil on canvas, 24 x 24

The mid-summer show at New Era Gallery is entitled “Island Boats Homes and Harbors” and will feature the work of painter Esther Garcia Eder and ceramic sculptor David Riley Peterson. Eder’s colorful and joyous oils and watercolors of familiar island locales, often seen from atop the hill where she maintains her studio, speak of her love and deep appreciation for the island.  Peterson, who has spent summers on the island since childhood, shows his lifelong love of boats and the water in his ceramic sculpture, a range including representational dories, shipwrecks, and fantastical mythological vessels.

The show will open on July 15, and run through August 2.  The gallery will host an artists’ talk and reception on July 15 beginning at 4:30. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, and Sunday 11:00 – 2:00. Please visit our website for a complete schedule of shows and events.

Betts Gallery opens group show ‘Paper, Ink, Press’

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“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum.

 

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception on Friday June 30th, 5:30-8pm for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Joy to the Wind opens “By Land and By Sea”

 

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Fish House at Fish Beach, John MT Seitzer

Please join us for a glass of wine (or water) and some lovely chocolate.

It’s an evening party-from 7-9 at our Gallery at 34 Atlantic Ave., Boothbay Harbor. We will be opening our door at 7 pm.

Celebrating summer, friendship and art

Our new exhibit “By Land and By Sea.” is landscapes and seascapes by the two of us.

We really hope you can join us as a celebration is long overdue!

Sincerely,
Lynne and John

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values”

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Henry Isaacs “Somes Sound from Sargent Drive,” 36×24, oil on canvas

 

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values” July 6 – 29, with an Opening reception Thursday July 6th,  5-7pm

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush.  He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail.  His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours:  Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
207.772.2693

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk:

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The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk: Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the Cynthia Winings Gallery, Friday, July 7, 5:30

On FIRST FRIDAY, October 7, the Cynthia Winings Gallery presents an Artist Talk by Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the current exhibition, Light Source. The two accomplished landscape painters will share their experience of painting together on Deer Isle for many years, and the inspiration they find in the landscape. Please join me at 5:30 for their presentation and an opportunity to see the exhibition, Light Source. Everyone is welcome!

Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

 

Shaw Opening for George Daniell, Barbara Heinric and Duncan Martin

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Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor hosts an Opening Reception, Thursday, July 6, 5–7pm

July 6–19
George Daniell: Modernist Hero Returns
George (1911–2002) was a much-loved painter with local roots whose career started in the WPA era. He was a fixture at the Wingspread Gallery in NEH and a character with a life long dedication to the visual image. He won the prestigious Jenny Sesnan Gold medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. We are presenting a selection of oils and watercolors spanning 60 years.

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry
Largest grouping from Thursday–Saturday, July 6–8
Barbara’s recognizable style consists of distinctive visual vocabulary defined by matte and burnished surfaces. Modern aesthetics and innovative construction meet old world craftsmanship and seductive materials. She grew up in a vineyard in Germany, and will be here Thursday evening through Saturday.

Duncan Martin: Maine Landscape Abstracted
Duncan’s painterly approach renders our familiar scenes in gestural strokes of color, form and texture. This is his second show with us, a follow up on last season’s success. He is a life long painter who lives in Colorado and has deep ties to Maine.

Star Gallery opens new exhibition

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Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:
Lindsay Hopkins-Weld
Paul Rickert
Cynthia Stroud
Thursday July 6
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Art Space Gallery July 7th opening

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the July Arts in Rockland First Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by on Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8pm and join us for wine and refreshments and meet our artists. This reception will feature the work of Jean Byrd, Nancy Davies Tang, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, and Sylvia Isabelle Murdock.

Jean Byrd will be featuring her painting “Island Anchorage”. It is of “Devil’s Island”, an island in Merchant’s Row off the coast of Stonington, ME.  Devil’s Island, like many Maine islands, is a small island with water worn rocks on its shore and a forested interior.  This painting takes you down a shadowy path onto the rocky shore and the idyllic island anchorage beyond, a spot that is truly a place sailors dream of all winter.  Jean’s painting style is tradition realism. Her subject is the New England coast with all its fishing villages, islands, harbors, and seaports.  Her love of the sea is evident in her work.

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Mother Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color. She stills the mind and soothes the soul and, if you are lucky, will whisper in your ear and play the muse. Nancy Davies Tang looks to her garden, fields, and forests for inspiration to create works of art in kiln fired glass and dichroic glass jewelry. Largely self-taught, Nancy has been working with warm glass for over 20 years. She has a background in painting and sculpting and strives to bring all her experience to her work in glass. Currently she is working on pieces inspired by the ocean.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12x12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12×12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Ms. Dunn is represented at many galleries throughout Maine as well as by the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, Ma. Ms. Dunn’s intuitive use of color and free brushwork give her paintings a uniquely fresh feel. Her work is in collections throughout the U.S. as well as abroad.  Ms. Dunn is also a teacher and a published children’s book illustrator.  She has a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock is a self-taught artist, Sylvia has painted seriously since she was 12 years old. She finds the simplicity and clarity of coastal living has left a lasting impression on her artist journey. Sylvia paints primarily with watercolors, but also occasionally works in egg tempera and oils.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. July hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1am to 4pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Groundbreaking Exhibition of Memento Mori from the Renaissance Opens at Bowdoin College Museum

Chicart Bailly, Pendant to a Rosary or Chaplet, Paris, France (?), ca. 1500–1530, elephant ivory with traces of polychromy, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Chicart Bailly, Pendant to a Rosary or Chaplet, Paris, France (?), ca. 1500–1530, elephant ivory with traces of polychromy, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) will soon open a groundbreaking exhibition on the visual culture of mortality and morality in early Renaissance Europe. On view from June 24 to November 26, 2017, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe reveals how, in an increasingly complex and uncertain world, Renaissance artists sought to address the critical human concern of acknowledging death while striving to create a personal legacy that might outlast it.

Featuring nearly 70 objects, this exhibition incorporates rarely-seen loans from major North American and European museums and works from Bowdoin’s own collection revealing new insights into the understanding of mortality and morality in Renaissance Europe. An elegant installation, organized into eight thematic sections, focused on subjects such as selfhood, morality, piety, and anatomy, enables audiences to understand the broad range of inspirations for and implications of memento mori imagery. Cases provide the opportunity to see ivory prayer beads and other statuettes in the round and in the context of paintings and prints from the period by leading artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein. Magnifying glasses further permit close examination of the exceptional detail with which artists of the period wrought the ivory objects brought together for the first time in The Ivory Mirrror.

Portrait of a Surgeon, Netherlands, 1569, oil on wood. Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Portrait of a Surgeon, Netherlands, 1569, oil on wood. Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

“While we recognize the Renaissance as an age of exceptional human progress and artistic achievement, macabre images proliferated in precisely this period: unsettling depictions of Death personified, of decaying bodies, of young lovers struck down in their prime. This provocative imagery runs riot in the remarkable array of artworks featured in The Ivory Mirror. For many scholars, these gruesome objects seem to be a last gasp, as it were, of a dying medieval world view, of a culture obsessed with the certainty of death, terrified by the threat of divine judgment, and incapable of enjoying earthly life,” continued curator Stephen Perkinson, “The Ivory Mirror rethinks that traditional view, seeking to understand these morbid images as intimately bound up in the period’s shifting conceptions of the self, of the place of humanity in the world, and of the nature of sin and pleasure. It demonstrates that these objects simultaneously reminded viewers not only of life’s fleeting nature but also of the need to both enjoy one’s time on earth and to live a moral and responsible life.”

Memento Mori Pendant, probably from a rosary, France or Belgium, ca. 1500, ivory. Walter E. Stait Fund, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Memento Mori Pendant, probably from a rosary, France or Belgium, ca. 1500, ivory. Walter E. Stait Fund, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The BCMA will display highlights from their own collection alongside artworks loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum among others.

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

For more information please visit Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s website or call 207-725-3275.

Shaw Jewelry Announces Opening of July Gallery Shows

shaw jewelryOpening Reception Thursday, July 6, 5-7pm

July 6-19
George Daniell: Modernist Hero Returns

George (1911-2002) was a much-loved painter with local roots whose career started in the WPA era. He was a fixture at the Wingspread Gallery in NEH and a character with a life long dedication to the visual image. He won the prestigious Jenny Sesnan Gold medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. We are presenting a selection of oils and watercolors spanning 60 years.

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry 
Largest grouping from Thursday-Saturday, July 6-8

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

Duncan Martin: Maine Landscape Abstracted

Duncan’s work features gestural strokes of color, form and texture. This is his second show with us, a follow up on last season’s success. He is a life long painter who lives in Colorado and has deep ties to Maine.

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Mars Hall Gallery features Manuel Retrospective

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DelmarjTrena Vl (1998)

If you drive to the end of Rt. 131 South you’ll end up on the Monhegan Island Ferry dock. Look to the right across the channel and you’ll see beautiful Hupper Island. In 1975 Dr. Arthur (Bert) Wills bought a small cape on the NW corner of this 500 acre island. It began his passionate love affair with Hupper. Since then Bert has shared his island home with friends many artists. “I have always wanted young people to help sustain my passion for the island, not just for art but for anything they wanted to pursue”.

In 1978 Dr. Wills acquired an island farm which he called “Bert’s Boathouse University”. Luke Randall from Rhode Island came to paint on Hupper’s in 1992, soon to be joined by his friend and fellow painter R. Michael Carr, also from Rhode Island. They were followed by three more artists in 1996 for the islands best attended “art colonization” ever. Sue McNally and Theodore Tihansky both Newport, RI based oil painters and Manuel Rincon from Margarita Island, Venezuela. They became the “Hupper’s 5ive” and painted on the island in October or several years. Dr. Wills exhibited the resulting paintings in an annual group show at his Downtown Medical Associates office in Boston. All five have become accomplished artists.

The Hupper’s 5ive celebrate the late Manuel Rincon in “Manuel Rincon Retrospective” which previewed June 16th and runs through August 6th. Rincon, a once successful business man, gave up the corporate dream to pursue his dream of being an artist. Bold shapes and vivid color are used to portray the playful images in Manuel’s paintings. His work has been shown in Maine, Boston, Rhode Island, and New Jersey as well Venezuela. A reception for the show will be held Saturday, July 8th from 6-8 p.m. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit www.marshallgallery.net

Blue Hill Bay Gallery Presents “From Cape Ann to Maine”

Paul Strisik, Morgan’s Cove, Oil on canvas 16 x 24

Paul Strisik, Morgan’s Cove, Oil on canvas 16 x 24

Cape Ann, the oldest art colony in the US, has long inspired American artists with roster of painters that read like a virtual who’s who of American art. Among the thousands are Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, John Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Edward Hopper. This show features three prominent Cape Ann artists: William Lester Stevens, Paul Strisik and Tom Nicholas. Each enjoyed a long career both painting and teaching, won several hundred awards, and was elected to the National Academy. My other reason for choosing them is that they all also loved to paint Maine.

Born in Rockport, Mass., William Lester Stevens was their first native son to achieve a national reputation. He co-founded the Rockport Art Association in 1921 with the goal of making art more accessible to all people. Paul Strisik was widely respected for his willingness to share his talents with young artists, and wrote several books, his last one being “Capturing the Light in Oils.” Tom Nicholas has been at the forefront of American landscape painting for almost a half century and was one of the youngest members ever elected to the National Academy.

Their works, as well as a dozen more Cape Ann artists, can be seen at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery throughout the month of July, 10-4 pm Tuesday thru Saturday. For more information call 374-5773.

Courthouse Gallery presents Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Retrospective in July

 

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo exhibitions—Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Restrospective—from June 21 through July 20. Also showing are Susan Amons, Judy Belasco, Philip Koch, Mark Kidschi, and Stephen Porter. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 

Philip Barter: Maine Oasis

Philip Barter (b.1939) is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s aesthetic vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. Barter has spent a half-century painting narratives based on the Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine and went national when, in January 1995, Tim Sample highlighted his life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt.

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip Barter, Bottom: Book Jacket

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip

 

In conjunction with the show Philip Barter: Maine Oasis, Courthouse Gallery will host a Book Launch and Signing on July 12 from 4–7pm for Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a new book by Carl Little (Marshall Wilkes). At 5:30pm Little will introduce Philip Barter, who will talk about his narrative paintings, process, and career. The author will be available for book signing. Books can be reserved by calling (207) 667-6611. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton Retrospective

Judith Leighton (1929–2011) was the former owner of the Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill and an artist in her own right.  She began painting with watercolors in the 1950s, gaining notice for her work by the 1960s. After moving to Maine in 1970, Leighton worked almost exclusively with dry pastels.Her modernist inspired motifs included flowers, landscapes, tables and chairs, and women, often seated as if engaged in an pleasant conversation, or standing, or holding a dog, cat or bird. Leighton was passionate about art that “celebrated life” whether it was the art she showed at her gallery, or the art she made.

 

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

Victor Leger’s Maine landscapes at Littlefield Gallery

"Rolling Island" oil on panel 12 x 24

“Rolling Island” oil on panel 12 x 24

From June 19 through July 16, Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor will display the largest body of Victor Leger’s Maine landscapes thus far. The work is a variety of coastal scenes on the Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park.Though the paintings are all realistically represented, they diverge greatly in terms of daylight, weather, composition, and sizes. “I have been experimenting to find new ways to hold the viewers’ attention. I believe this area has 10 lifetimes of inspiration for an artist.”

Victor painting at Schoodic Point

Victor painting at Schoodic Point

When exploring a location for a new painting, Leger watches for the light to overwhelm him. Once he finds that spot, he has rarely been disappointed in its ultimate expression. As every plein air painter knows, working quickly is imperative. “My life’s mission is to give that same sense of magic to the viewer.” The gallery is open daily from 11-5:30. For more information visit www.littlefieldgallery.com

Dowling Walsh Gallery to Feature Three Artists in July

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

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Rebel Angels” — Birds at Tidemark Gallery

Pastel by Chris Augusta

Pastel by Chris Augusta

“Rebel Angels” — Birds at Tidemark Gallery ArtWalk Waldoboro July 8

Chris Augusta sees them as “Rebel Angels.” Pam Cabañas shows what it probably feels like to be a sea bird soaring over the ocean. These two artists bring a powerful and transforming vision of birds to Tidemark from July 5 through August 5. Artists reception Saturday, July 8, 4 to 7 pm.

For a preview of the show, please visit tidemarkgallery.com To see examples of these artists’ other work, please visit them at pamcabanas.com and chrisaugusta.com

Tillman Crane Photography to hold open studio June 17

Tillman Crane

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Prey Projects announces summer exhibitions

Barbara Prey

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

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

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

Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints

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

Inflection Points: 40 Years Painting Maine

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

MASS MoCA. Studies from a Museum Commission

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

For more information visit www.barbarapreyprojects.com

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

Woman with Blue Irises by William Irvine

Woman with Blue Irises by William Irvine

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

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

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

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

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

Eatons Boatyard by Greg Dunham, Watercolor, 2016

Eatons Boatyard by Greg Dunham, Watercolor, 2016

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

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

July exhibits at The Gallery at Somes Sound

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

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

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

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

Richard Oedel, Macassar end tables

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

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

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

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

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

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

July shows at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.  Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

New Era Gallery presents “In the Garden”

“Crab Apple”, Watercolor on Vellum, Curly Lieber

“Crab Apple”, Watercolor on Vellum, Curly Lieber

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

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

14 Miles to the Horizon at Mars Hall Gallery

Mimo Gordon Riley's "Overlooking Our Lives"

Mimo Gordon Riley’s “Overlooking Our Lives”

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

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

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

Call for Art at Harlow Gallery

Chasing Dandelions” byHelene Farrar. 2016 Summer Members’ Show

Chasing Dandelions” byHelene Farrar. 2016 Summer Members’ Show

Call for Art: Summer Members’ Show

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

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

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Installation Volunteers Needed

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

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

"POW!" graphic by Tyson Pease

“POW!” graphic by Tyson Pease

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

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

For more information visit www.harlowgallery.org

DIAA Presents DISHeS

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

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

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

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

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

 

York’s George Marshall Store Gallery 2017 Exhibition Season Underway

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

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

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

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

Paul Heroux ceramics

Paul Heroux ceramics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nancy R. Davison – Linocuts: Past & Present

Narrow Cove, linocut – Ogunquit Maine

Narrow Cove, linocut – Ogunquit Maine

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

 Summer Day, linocut – York Beach Maine

Summer Day, linocut – York Beach Maine

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

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

William Wegman | Reel to Real Opens June 10 at CMCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art and Arias: Opera Maine at the PMA

Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled (detail), 2013

Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled (detail), 2013

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

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

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

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

Smart Studio Celebrates 50 Years

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

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

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

Littlefield Gallery opens “Best in Show: Animal-Inspired Art.”

Don Best, "Jungle Dream", relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Don Best, “Jungle Dream”, relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Littlefield Gallery opens its ninth season on May 26 with “Best in Show: Animal-Inspired Art.” This group show features some of Maine’s best artists including Robert Pollien, Don Best, Ben Lincoln, Diana Arcadipone and Matt Welch. The show will run through June 18.

An artists’ reception will be held June 10 from 4-6 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact 207.963.6005 or 207.838.4174
info@littlefieldgallery.com

“Paint the Town” in Waldoboro

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

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

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Please Join us on Friday, May 26th, 5-7 PM (or anytime this summer) to Celebrate
Gallery B. 9th Season Opening and Launch of Our new Endeavor: The Annex, an Arts Center and Residency Program
At GALLERY B. the season-starter group show is opening on Friday, May 26, 5-7 PM. The ANNEX will be open for sneak peaks of the space and the work of Shelley Mansel

• Onward! at Gallery B. is a group show featuring  new work by both a fresh crop of artists and gallery perennials: Tom Barrett, Amy Bernhardt, Jenny Brillhart, Hannah Bureau, Louise Bourne, Temple Blackwood, Kelly Carmody, Heidi Daub, Clark Fitz-Gerald, Melissa Kuntz, Leni Mancuso, Shelley Mansel, Lyn Mayewski, Bill Mayher, Basha Olsen, Julia Parish, Marcia Stremlau, Kreg McCune, Kara Taylor, Emily Schaeffer, Nisa Smiley, Goody-B. Wiseman, Anna Woolf & Neale Lasalle, and a few more.
A View of the ANNEX at 8 Water Street last year when we hung it with Shelley Mansel’s Paintings.
And… at The ANNEX at 8 Water Street: Gallery B. is inaugurating a second space, The Annex, and an artist-in-residence program.  The Annex will be a center for a broad range of events and activities—exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, screenings, and community events—related to the work of the resident artists as well as local artists.

The first event at The Annex will be an open studio featuring artist-in-residence Shelley Mansel of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, 12-4 pm – drop in and say hi!
“The aims of The Annex are twofold,” said Goody-B. Wiseman, director of The Annex and owner of Gallery B. “We want to bring excellent art, diverse voices, innovative practices, and cultural richness to our region and to support the production of new work by artists while they are in interdisciplinary dialog with the wealth of historical, cultural, and natural assets of our area.”

SAVE THE DATE!
Next up at the ANNEX is
Settling Twice: an Exhibition of Art inspired by the new book of essays by Deborah Joy Corey
Opening Reception June 16th, 5-8PM
Settling Twice, June 16 – June 29, a group show inspired by Deborah Joy Corey’s new book of essays and featuring work by Josh and Susan Adam, Berke Billings, Hannah Bureau, Bill Irvine, Gail Page, Rob Shetterly, Sherry Streeter, Phoebe and Georgia Zildjian, Mattina Blue, Patricia Maclain, Diane Lindscot, John and Julie Gardner, Goody-B. Wiseman, and Charleen Wiseman.

Betts Gallery opens with GO HIGH

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“On High” Oil on Panel by Julie Cyr
Betts Gallery GO HIGH  May 26-June 24, 2017

Opening Reception Friday May 26, 5:30-8
Please join us for an opening reception on May 26th, 5:30-8pm, as we welcome spring and the start of the Fourth Friday Art Walks in Belfast. Betts Gallery is thinking positive and looking up with the first show of the season, entitled “Go High”, which features work by artists: Kenny Cole, Mj Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Susan Guthrie, Sheep Jones, Willy Reddick and Buzz Stultz. The Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

D’Alessio Gallery and Open Studio first Friday Art Walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

Art Space Gallery invites you to the June Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, June 2rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Lori Davis, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and Judith Herman.

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

 

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

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

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

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

 

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

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

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. June hours are 11am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com

17th Annual MDI Open at Shaw Gallery

Chris Gray's "Wonderland Rocks"

Chris Gray’s “Wonderland Rocks”

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

Sarah Faragher to exhibit at Landing Gallery

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Era Gallery 2017 Season Opening

“Spring, Drinking Place Brook” by Elaine Austin Crossman

“Spring, Drinking Place Brook” by Elaine Austin Crossman

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

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

A New American Sculpture at PMA

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

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

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

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

Call to Artists – “Paint the Town”

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

Irene Eilers Joins Courthouse Gallery Team

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

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

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

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

“Take a Detour” to the DIAA Gallery!

"Time Square” photo mosaic by Chris Raphael

“Time Square” photo mosaic by Chris Raphael

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Pistachio, Oil on Canvas by Jim Root

Pistachio, Oil on Canvas by Jim Root

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

 

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

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

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

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

Kay Sullivan exhibition at Centre St. Arts Gallery

Spring Ripple, pastel, Kay Sullivan

Spring Ripple, pastel, Kay Sullivan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Bourke’s “Small Things” at Greenhut Galleries

"Brothers" acrylic on panel 18 x 18 inches

“Brothers”
acrylic on panel
18 x 18 inches

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

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

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

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

Randy Eckard to exhibit at Richard Boyd Gallery

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

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

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

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

Pemaquid Group of Artists opens 89th Season

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

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

New 2017 Artists at PAG

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

The Gallery at Somes Sound opens for the season

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please visit www.galleryatsomessound.com to view all inventory

Special Preview at Tidemark Gallery

Hoagy, digital conflation on canvas by Petrea Noyes

Hoagy, digital conflation on canvas by Petrea Noyes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“New England Summers” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through July 7th. Wiscasset Bay Gallery Modern & Contemporary located at 8 Federal Street will also be open for the season and will feature surrealist photography and mid-century works. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

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

Dorothy Eisner, Boat Trip II

Dorothy Eisner, Boat Trip II

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

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

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

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

Summer Members Show

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

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces Summer Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEE CUMMINGS: WHAT LIES BENEATH

May 19 – September 2, 2017

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

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

For more information contact: 

Kathryn Jovanelli
kathrynj@maine.edu
207.581.3370

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

Don Best, "Jungle Dream", relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Don Best, “Jungle Dream”, relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Littlefield Gallery opens its ninth season on May 26 with “Best in Show: Animal-Inspired Art.” This group show features some of Maine’s best artists including Robert Pollien, Don Best, Ben Lincoln, Diana Arcadipone and Matt Welch. The show will run through June 8.

An artists’ reception will be held June 10 from 4-6 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact 207.963.6005 or 207.838.4174
info@littlefieldgallery.com

Koichiro Kurita featured at Caldbeck Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mars Hall Gallery – St. George Sales into Summer 2017

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Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate the holiday weekend as part of “St. George Sales into Summer”. The annual event runs Memorial Day through Friday, June 16th, the gallery will be open by appointment only.

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

Also on display will be a large variety of 3-D Art by Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland,  and Elaine Niemi; a variety of quality crafts including driftwood fish by Claire Perry; decoupage by Davene Fahy; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; mixed-media cards by Eleanor Zuccola and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens will be alive with two exhibits; “The Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and “Heavy Metal Mobiles” by Jay Hoagland. A large collection of antiques, vintage jewelry, unique junque and farm fresh eggs are also available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CMCA ArtLab for All Ages – June 3

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create in 3D during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, June 3, from 2 to 4pm. Taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view, participants will create multi-faceted, stackable, painted block towers. Bring your friends, your family or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opening Exhibitions at Barn Gallery

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Untitled by Diana Shank

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

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

Circles by Judy O'Donnell

Circles by Judy O’Donnell

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

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

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

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

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

CMCA Sunday Salon with Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites

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

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

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

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

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

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

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents CENTER POINT

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

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

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

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, and was formerly known as the Leighton Gallery. If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or call 917-204-4001.

Young Artists Workshop at Patten Stream Preserve in Surry

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

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

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

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

Turtle Gallery Opens for 35th Season

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

 

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

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

Sunday June 11

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

Sunday July 9

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

Karl Schrag Gouache

Karl Schrag Gouache

Sunday August 6

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

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

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

CMCA Announces Summer 2017 Exhibitions and Events

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

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

Early Summer Exhibitions & Events

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

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

Late Summer Exhibition & Events

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

John Walker, 2017, studio view

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

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

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

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

Sunday Salon with David Driskell at CMCA

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

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

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David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was introduced to lithography and woodcuts. Printmaking has remained a favorite medium throughout his career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

Driskell has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

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Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

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

BOB THOMAS’ ABSTRACT PAINTINGS AT SOUTHPORT LIBRARY

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

Marilyn Turtz exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Space Gallery Opening May 5th

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

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

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

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

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

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

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

Moving to New York in the 70s, Wood studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin. “I find that my portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolor compliment each other,” he said. As proof of his words, Wood was accepted in both mediums into the prestigious juried Tri-County Biennial in Florida where he now winters.
Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. May hours are 11am to 4 pm on Wednesday through Saturdays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday May 5

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

A FLOWER SHOW

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

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

Spring Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4

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

39th Annual Student Art Show at Barn Gallery

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

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

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

Norman West Estate Sale at Barn Gallery

 

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Paintings, prints and works of art by the late Norman West and other artists will be for sale on Saturday, May 6, 10 AM – 4 PM, at Barn Gallery, corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane, Ogunquit ME. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Ogunquit Arts Collaborative/Barn Gallery. Come share memories of Norman and search for treasures. FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com.

The Sohns Gallery presents Relief Works by Artist John LeBlanc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Portland Museum of Art Announces Curatorial Promotions

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

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

 

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

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

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

ABOUT THE PMA

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belfast Creative Coalition Seeks Volunteers for a Summer of Art!

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

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

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

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

Pathways by Jeff Woodbury on display at Vestibule 594

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

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

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

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

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

William Irvine & Nancy Morgan Barnes at Greenhut Galleries

William Irvine, Resting Fisherman, oil on canvas

William Irvine, Resting Fisherman, oil on canvas

 

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

Nancy Morgan Barnes, Bear and Hare, oil on board

Nancy Morgan Barnes, Bear and Hare, oil on board

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

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents Construct

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View”

 

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Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View” of Barns and Farm Houses

 

Belfast. Machias watercolorist Margaret LaFarge has lived in Maine since 1980. Her intimate paintings transport us across time and space, into the rooms of farmhouses with which LaFarge has a special connection. “These are primarily homes I have lived in,” she points out. “And so my paintings revolve around family, memories and history.”

The farmhouse interiors depicted in paintings such as “Horse Hair Chair” and “1800 Farm House” hail from New England villages that once had a vibrant farming community. “But a lot of farming has disappeared here,” said LaFarge. “It’s so sad to see old farmhouses fall apart. I am fortunate that my family has always maintained them.”

 

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 Tessa O’Brien, Headlights, acrylic, enamel, dye on panel, 48 x 48”,

An old box of photos took painter Tessa O’Brien on a trip down memory lane, to a time in her childhood when her parents and their friends built a timber frame together. “Everyone stayed and camped out with their babies and dogs. I just love those images, and the memories they conjure up,” said O’Brien.

In her bold, colorful paintings, the timber frame itself became a symbol for community, sustainability and craftsmanship. “I was pursuing my MFA at the time,” O’Brien explained. “And visually, I loved the structure of the timber frame as an image in its own right. I’m primarily interested in paint – the possibilities of it, the textural quality – but I need an organizing principle to direct my work.”

 

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Leslie Harris, Hayloft, oil on linen board, 20x16”,

 

What followed was much like a community engagement project. “I started hunting down timber frames in Maine, and ended up meeting the people building them, and hearing their stories,” O’Brien shared. “I love the stories that go along with the buildings, and the way these structures interact with the land.”

The Portland painter recognized that the subject matter of farm houses runs the risk of being nostalgic. “While I started from a place of nostalgia that is not what I want to communicate. I want to show the present-day possibilities, which are very alive in Maine, and ask what these traditions can bring us now.”

With The Inside View, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is aiming to show a variety of interior views of farms: old and new; still used for farming or transformed into an artist’s space; the family’s kitchen table versus the cow’s barn. The group show includes oil paintings, acrylics, mixed media, drawings and photography by artists Julie Cyr, Kerstin Engman, Leslie Harris, DiTa Ondek, Susan Smith, Sarah Szwajkos, and afore-mentioned Margaret LaFarge and Tessa O’Brien.

The Inside View will be on exhibit from April 3rd through June 23rd. There will be artist talks at 5:00pm on Friday May 26, followed by a reception as part of the Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8:00pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

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

 

Upcoming Events at Harlow Gallery

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UPCOMING  EXHIBITIONS

Hector Arrache

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

EVENTS

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

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

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

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

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

Harvest Art

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

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

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

CALL FOR ARTISTS

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

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

For More Information contact:

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

Portland Museum of Art Names Curator for 2018 Biennial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AIR sponsors scholarship for Oceanside High School seniors

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

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

Artists & Makers Conference Scheduled for April 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harlow gallery seeking art donations

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

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

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

Maine: The Way Life Is at Greenhut Galleries

Colin Page Waterfront Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches

Colin Page
Waterfront
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches

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

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

rita Holmquist Last Light Oil on linen 24 x 36 inches

Brita Holmquist
Last Light
Oil on linen
24 x 36 inches

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

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

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

UMaine Museum of Art presents Art @ Noon

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

Sunday Salons at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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

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

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

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

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1943, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life. As an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he commuted between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in his subjects, ranging from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

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

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

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

Deer Isle Artist Association hosts Watercolor Classes with Paul Trowbridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three New Shows at CMCA

Piper-Cub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Driskell, Renewal and Form

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

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

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

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

Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

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Sam Cady, Parts of  the Whole

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

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

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

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

MFT Gallery presents “In Dialogue with Nature”

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Robert Pollien (courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery)

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Thérèse Provenzano

 

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

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

 

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Susan Smith

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Open Call for Art at Waterfall

Andy Warhol at Home by Ken Heyman

Andy Warhol at Home by Ken Heyman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Monhegan Residencies Open to Maine Artists and Teachers

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

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

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

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

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

LOCAL STUDENT ARTISTS WIN HONORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery presents Enchanted

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

Mother Earth – Sister Moon at Rock and Art Shop

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

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

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

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

Young Artists Takeover the Galleries at Waterfall Arts

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

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

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

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

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

PMA reopens with “Lights Across Congress”

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

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

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

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

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

Greenhut Galleries’ “Abstraction”

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

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

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

Greenhut

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

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

Harlow Gallery presents The Venn Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miller Student Art Show at Tidemark Gallery

Self Portrait, Bryson Oulette, grade 5, Miller School

Self Portrait, Bryson Oulette, grade 5, Miller School

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

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

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

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibition

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

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

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

BRENTON HAMILTON: 20 YEARS

January 13 – May 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

SIOBHAN MCBRIDE: FOUR HOUR FORTUNE COOKIE

January 13 – May 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

JARED COWAN: THE LIFE OF DAVID

January 13 – May 6, 2017

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

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

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

BELFAST CREATIVE COALITION IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

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

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

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

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

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

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

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

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

CELEBRATING WINTER: PAINTINGS BY GALLERY ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

The Sohns Gallery presents “Taking Flight”

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

Twenty-six local artist have artworks with bird themes hanging in this beautifully diverse show. All the artworks will b