The Brick Store in Kennebunk is showing the work of Susan Barrett Merrill and Rosalind Fedeli for Homecoming, through Nov. 17.
The Brick Store in Kennebunk is showing the work of Susan Barrett Merrill and Rosalind Fedeli for Homecoming, through Nov. 17.
Join host and artist Jane Dahmen in conversation with Portland Art Gallery artist Michel Droge Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7-8:30 at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta.
Michel is a painter, printmaker and educator whose work engages with the environment and the human condition. Extensive scientific research is behind all the paintings but Michel’s intention is to make sublimely beautiful paintings that draw the viewer in. Michel finds poetry and meaning in scientific and material realities. This event is free and open to the public.
An excerpt from Dan Kany’s review: “Michel Droge’s “When Cupid Went Crazy” is a very large and colorfully atmospheric canvas. Droge has included some of her Marshall Islands stick chart imagery – which ostensibly turns the image from a view to the sky to a view down to the water. (Stick charts were a form of navigation device that laid out how the presence of the islands interrupted the ocean swells.) But Droge’s works hold up primarily as abstract painting. Their opticality and bubbly visuality are spatial and so turn Droge’s colors into light. Working on this scale is good for Droge: Her work holds up extremely well. It manages to be simultaneously playful and elegant.”
Trained in book arts and printmaking, Summer J. Hart received a BFA from the Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT, and an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Influenced by repetitive organic geometries, scenes viewed through knotholes, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, she creates environments out of cut paper: using both shadows and vacancies as marks.
Her immersive installations are both obsessive and about obsession. They are sites of biological disasters and fairytale forests. Astounded by the resiliency of the forest: the endless process of reproduction, mutation, and evolution, Summer J. Hart makes a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, and seaweed.
By creating dense, cascading “living walls” of synthetic paper, she allows her vision of a ghostly nature to creep in through any breach, fissure, or opportunity.
The reception starts at 630 with an artist talk at 7.
Archipelago is encouraging you to take this seasonal transition to refresh on resources from the 2019 Artists and Makers Conference, as well as a recent Artisans Who Wholesale podcast featuring Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze on the “Do’s and Don’ts from a Seasoned Buyer and Artist.”
Take some time to look at and listen to the tips and tools included in these pieces as you rebuild your creative juices in the coming months.
visit arisanswhowholesale.com to listen to the podcast featuring Lisa Mossel Vietze.
visit islandinsitute.org for resources from the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference.
The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create, and connect.
Applications will be accepted online through December 10th.
The Craft Apprenticeship Program is presented through a partnership with the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Craft Association. It provides a seven-month customized educational opportunity for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as professional craft artists. This is accomplished through a significant relationship with a master artist.
Both master and apprentice receive an honorarium: $3,000 to the master for their time and expertise and $1,000 to the apprentice to purchase supplies and tools needed specific to this apprenticeship.
Need a Master / Need an Apprentice?
Email Sadie Bliss with your media, location and we will help you find a match! This program does not include photography, painting or drawing. Please contact us if you are unsure if your craft discipline qualifies. For more information visit www.mainecap.org
During the Wiscasset Art Walk 2019 season, locals and visitors from away – from far away – took part in a community weaving project. The result of that project, a wall-sized woven tapestry, is now on view at the Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Rd. You can’t miss it. As you walk in the door, it’s hung in the entry area near tables and chairs where people eat, visit, and settle in with their laptops.
According to Community Center interim director Duane Goud, he knows a lot about the tapestry after watching the recent Selectboard meeting on You Tube at which the weaving project was recapped and displayed for Selectboard members. When asked to host it at the Recreation Center, Duane immediately found a place to display the art piece because, he said, it represents a community-wide effort.
More than 100 ‘guest artists’ participated in braiding strands of colorful materials and then adding them to the wall piece. The Town of Wiscasset provided the orange barrier fencing for the background structure and various crafters and local businesses donated the colorful fabrics, ribbons, and assorted doo-dads for the braiding. Guest artists came from Wiscasset and neighboring towns, the New England region, more distant states like Florida, Colorado, and California, and from even more distant places like Mexico, Canada, UK, and Germany.
The community tapestry will be making additional guest appearances throughout the community in the coming months with invitations from the Wiscasset Public Library, the Wiscasset Congregational Church, and the Wiscasset Middle High School. Notices in the local papers and elsewhere will announce the new locations for this fanciful display of a community working together to create something fascinating and meaningful.
Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan
For four decades, Newbery Honoree and Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ashley Bryan kept his military experiences in World War II a secret. The author and illustrator of children’s books such as Freedom over Me and Can’t Scare Me, was 19 when the U.S. Army drafted him. Pulled from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, Bryan encountered something entirely foreign to him: segregation. “The sky, the sunlight–they enclosed us all equally. But the United State’s policy of segregation… separated white people from Black people. While I had experienced prejudice in my lifetime… I had never experienced segregation before.”
Infinite Hope is Bryan’s account of the war and the people, art and determination that carried him through. Bryan’s tour of duty started as part of the army’s all-black 502nd Port Battalion, where “we were given training in automatically responding to orders and in acting as a group… it bored me terribly. To survive this boredom, I drew and drew….” Bryan wasn’t mechanically inclined–it wasn’t long before his comrades were doing his work and shooing him off to read or draw.
When the battalion was deployed overseas, they found acceptance and equality in places like Belgium and Scotland (where Bryan even had the opportunity to study at the Glasgow School of Art). No amount of kindness from the Scottish, however, could soothe the atrocities the black soldiers faced on the beaches of Normandy. “Black soldiers were ordered to use their mess forks to probe sand for anti-personnel bombs…. The fallen soldiers were buried in temporary mass graves, and it was again the Black quartermaster soldiers who were assigned this grim task…. Black soldiers were often removed first; the news media there did not want to show Blacks in their newsreels.”
Despite the threat of death and the ugliness of racism, Bryan explains, “What gave me faith and direction was my art. In my knapsack, in my gas mask, I kept paper, pens, and pencils…. It was the only way to keep my humanity.” Just as creating the art was an escape for Bryan, viewing it in Infinite Hope is an escape for the reader. Sketches and paintings he mailed home enrich this autobiography and show the depth of its subject.
Juxtaposing the historical photographs with Bryan’s work contributes to the reader’s understanding of both the artist’s perspective and his wartime experiences. And letters he wrote home to his friend Eva offer personal glimpses into his wartime thoughts and feelings. All together, these elements create a striking exhibition of a master artist and national treasure. Infinite Hope is a must for every library, public and personal. Whether readers enjoy history, literature or art, this book captures the intersection of them all in the life of a man who has made a lasting impression on the world. — Jen Forbus , freelancer
It’s a party, from 4 to 7 on Saturday, October 12, at Tidemark in Waldoboro featuring guest artist (back by popular demand) André Benoit. The humor and whimsy of his dimensional wooden sculptural assemblages are built upon a depth of serious art-making knowledge and skills.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try their hand at monotype printmaking in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4pm.
Join us to explore the endless and expressive possibilities of the painted monotype. Working from a variety of still images and the animations of Andrew Elijah Edward’s Monochromatic series, learn to use oil-based inks on glass to create monochromatic imaginative and dream-like landscapes from your mind’s eye.
ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by Bob Crewe Foundation, Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.
The 3rd Annual Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend (October 5-6, 2019) is being held in conjunction with Maine Crafts Association statewide celebration of craft and American Craft Week. Ellsworth will once again be at the forefront as a Featured City and will be promoted as a destination for cultural activities in Downeast Maine.
Attendees will have the opportunity to visit three craft hubs at Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street, SevenArts @ 192 Main Street and a new offering this year; a Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street.
Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street: Ken and Linda Perrin will demonstrate their glassblowing craft to the public, while creating a hub of fine arts activities. Along with the pottery, weaving, and jewelry demonstrations you can watch the Atlantic Art Glass team create blown glass pumpkins. The studio of Atlantic Art Glass will be turned into a “glass pumpkin patch” as the molten glass is pulled from the furnace, blown and hand formed on the end of a blowpipe. The glass pumpkin patch is for visitors of all ages.
SevenArts @ 192 Main Street: In addition to their vast selection of handmade work for sale, this local artisan gallery will offer workshops – Gold leafing with Wendilee Heath O’Brien is Sat. October 5 from 1-3pm and on Sun. October 6 from 10am-3pm Anna Pazereckas will teach adults and children how to sew their own headband. There is a $5 fee for materials.
Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street: New in 2019,this hub will offer demos in metal, clay, fiber and wood. Additionally, a craft show willoffer a marketplace to purchase handmade work, while an open makerspace will provide a place for community members to work on unfinished projects and learn new techniques from each other. This hub is made possible with a generous grant from the Belvedere Traditional Handcraft Fund via the Maine Community Foundation.
Heidi Stanton-Drew, of The Artful Aide and Chair of Heart of Ellsworth’s Cultural Committee says, “We are incredibly excited to add a Community Craft Hub to the event’s offerings this year. The hub will be a vibrant space on Main Street filled with opportunities to learn about processes, purchase handmade work and get hands-on experience from fellow community members.” She continued, “These experiences are sure to forge new connections and spark interest in the value of handmade in our lives.”
In addition to the three craft hubs, Fogtown Brewing Company will also be a hub of activity offering live music with their 2019 Musicians in Residence, Shirt Tail Kin at 7pm Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Pottery demos, a brewery tour and a songwriter’s workshop are all on tap for Saturday, October 5.
Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend is an event celebrating the creative community in Ellsworth. Participants include galleries, artists, retail shops, eateries, breweries and non-profits in the urban core, offering studio tours, sales, artist demonstrations, live music, and a community craft show.
Full event calendar is available at: heartofellsworth.org. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.