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2019 Residents at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center

 

Jeanne Paterak, Seaweed, copper and embossed paper

Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center is anticipating its fourth year of summer residences at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. This year, the Art Center will welcome visual, literary, performing, and for the first time, academic writing residents. A resident gardener will also live on the grounds for the summer. The 2019 residents were thoughtfully selected from a pool of 75 applicants with the help of jurors Sarah Workneh and Carl Little. The academic writing resident was selected by Andrew Marshall and Ellen Griswold.

 

Aubrey Chali, The Custodian, acrylic

 

Six visual artists will be in residence at the Art Center this summer: three from Maine, two from out of state, and one international artist.

Mildred Bachrach describes herself as an artistic pluralist who uses a variety of techniques and materials to explore the concepts of personal and environmental trauma. She has lived on a farm in Detroit, ME for over 40 years and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. J.E. Paterak is an artist with childhood ties to Jefferson, ME whose parents built a cabin on a nearby lake. Paterak will be continuing to build a body of work called Intimate Universe wherein she is striving to draw attention to the “awesomeness and delicacy of what emerges from the soil beneath our feet.” Tessa G. O’Brien from Portland, ME makes paintings that reference light, revel in color and play with architectural space – specifically traditional timber frame structures. While at the Art Center, she will explore the property and surrounding area, recording found compositions and painting them.

 

Genevieve Cohn, Toil and Treasure, acrylic on canvas

 

Genevieve Cohn is a painter and educator currently living in Boston, MA. Originally from a small town in rural Vermont, Genevieve’s work considers the relationship between women and nature. Eleanor Conover is a painter whose work responds to site-specificity and the human relationship to environmental space. Eleanor was raised in New England and currently resides in Tennessee, where she teaches at the School of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Aubrey Chali, from Zambia, explores the realms of human culture and nature with its lavish hues and rich textures, resulting in the creation of mixed media paintings inspired by our natural world.

The literary arts residency, which focuses on poetry this year, was awarded to Maine poet Michelle Menting. Menting’s current project explores the relationship between humans, our built environments, and the natural world and all its beings. During her residency, she will focus on themes of migration, interconnectedness, and adaptation, and how these ideas pertain to wildlife, farming, permaculture, and climate change.

Sara Trunzo is the recipient of the performing arts residency this year. A former organizer, farmer, and non-profit professional Trunzo is now a singer-songwriter illuminating rural stories. She calls Unity, ME home, but lives and works seasonally in Nashville, TN and on tour. Her songs are informed by the landscape, community, and transformation.

Dr. Sonja Birthisel will be the first academic writing resident at the Art Center. Sonja recently finished graduate school at the University of Maine, where she is currently employed. This summer, she will be working on several papers about climate change and its impacts on Maine agriculture.

This season’s resident gardener will be Laurie McDonnell. From tending urban landscapes to nurturing her own small farm, she has relished the opportunities she has had to partner with the land. She looks forward to cultivating her memoir and critical essay writing practice as she cultivates the gardens at Rolling Acres Farm.

In addition to hosting the residents, the Art Center will be opening a new Fiore Wing to the public this spring. Co-Directors Dewey and Witholt Abaldo are excited about the renovated garage turned art display space that will, for the first time, be able to house the entire collection of Joseph Fiore’s work on site.

The Art Center will also be working with Kerry Altiero from Cafe Miranda to host a wonderful summer evening fundraiser, where guests can expect artful pop-ups and delicious food. This dinner will take place on August 10th at 4:30 PM. Tickets will become available for purchase this spring.#####

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts. The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment. The Center hopes to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community – by hosting exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by offering residencies for artists, writers and academics on a historic farm.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit that works to protect farmland, support farmers and advance the future for farming. More at MaineFarmlandTrust.org

For more information about the Trust please visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Birds are Back at Markings Gallery

 

Artic Terns by Wayne Robbins

 

Osprey sitting attentively in their wondrous nests…. robins and cardinals intently looking and calling for mates… herons and egrets negotiating the edges of swollen ponds and rivers…..

The birds are back and provide endless variations of interpretation for many artists at Markings Gallery and an exciting focus for the month of May.

In the words of Abigail Robbins,  “Birds are amazing.  I watch them endlessly, their shapes, their flight patterns, their living habits.  Looking at birds with their gestures and body language, gives me infinite inspiration for sculptural forms.

I find the medium of papier mache versatile. I can shape and reshape until I am satisfied that the sculpture is close to the idea I have in my head.”  Abigal’s sculptures capture the essential elements in her birds; the owl, the crow, and the raptor.

Wayne Robbins (no relation to Abigail) is well known for his wood carvings of the birds that inhabit Maine’s woods, fields and marine environment.  Working with a diverse variety of woods, such as linden, butternut, and walnut, Wayne carefully selects just the right piece to carve Puffins, Auks, Terns, Screech Owls, Sea Ducks, and Chickadees, to name just a few.  Some of his carvings are hand stained to enhance the colorings and markings of each species.  Many hours and thoughtful observation go into these sculptures.

Sue Stasiowski brings her unique artistry with needle felting to create marvelous interpretations of a wide range of birds.  A little Oriole’s orange coloring has such depth because of the unique way Sue has for combining multiple colors of fiber. That orange is made of a masterful blend of yellows and several shades of orange.  The mixing on his wings is a painterly mix of black, white and wisps of orange.

Several other artists at Marking’s Gallery incorporate birds into their repertoire—

Janice Wright with her fierce eyed herons on relief tiles and painted bowls, Kirsty Sandoy’s felted bird ornaments, Carolyn Judson’s expressive clay birds, Nan Kilbourn-Tara’s delightful small tile bird paintings.

Marking’s Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, Maine

Gallery hours Thursday thru Monday 10am to 5pm (Sunday 10am to 4pm) closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Maine Craft Portland Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

Maine Craft Portland unveils an alternative bridal show not to be missed! Over 20 craft artists have created one-of-a-kind ceremonial adornment, accessories, and jewelry that embody new ideas to present bridal with a twist!

This 2-month long exhibit will showcase unique offerings for the discerning contemporary looking to get hitched in distinctive true to you style. How about matching hand stamped leather belts, lovers’ knot bracelets, or a silk skived unisex Kurta? These dazzling, ready to wear pieces, like all offerings at the Maine Craft Portland retail gallery were handcrafted by talented Maine-based craft artists.

Exhibition Dates: May 3 – June 29th
First Friday Art Walk Receptions
May 3rd, 5-8pm Opening Reception with jazz pianist Sonja Florman
June 7th 5-8pm Musical guest Owen Kennedy from Pineland Fiddlers

The Gallery at Somes Sound and the Myers Family, Wendell Gilley Museum presents an exhibition

Annual Spring Open House & Carving Show
A Trio of Treats!
 
Featuring Member’s Carving Show, 

Master Carver Harold Haertel,
and Artist Paul Rickert’s Susan Abbott Myers Collection 
 
Master Carver Harold Haertel was a contemporary of Wendell Gilley.  An exhibition curated by Mr. Haertel displays his beautifully crafted carvings and decoys.
 
In collaboration with the Gallery at Somes Sound and the Myers Family, Wendell Gilley Museum presents an exhibition of paintings by acclaimed Artist Paul Rickert collected by Susan Abbott Myers (1935-2017).  
Sunday, May 12th  |  12:00 – 4:00 pm
4 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor

ArtLab for All Ages Saturday May 4, 2 – 4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the spring season during May’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 4pm.

Come celebrate the colors and vibrancy of Spring! With print making, painting and sculptural materials, create bouquets and wearable insect medallions, looking to the thoughtful work of the artists in our Melt Down exhibit who inspire awareness and appreciation for nature.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, 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 The Bob Crewe Foundation, The 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.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 WinterStreet, Rockland, Maine. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm.

Annual 3-day Plein Air Event Raises Money for Land Conservation in Cape Elizabeth

Town Farm Sky Light, by Charles Fenner Ball, Paint for Preservation 2018

 

The 12th annual Paint for Preservation wet paint auction will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 in Cape Elizabeth. Over three days on the weekend of the event (Friday June 28 through Sunday June 30), selected artists will paint en plein air (outdoors) at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty. On Sunday afternoon, the newly painted artwork will be auctioned live at a tented cocktail reception at a stunning seaside home in Cape Elizabeth. The auction attracts about 400 people each year. Proceeds from the auction are shared with participating artists and benefit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s Saving Cape’s Great Places initiative to conserve and care for local lands cherished by the community.  Tickets to the event cost $70 and should be available by May 1. Check for updates on how to obtain tickets at www.capelandtrust.org.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents Spring Art Factory

UMMA in Bangor welcomes all ages to ring in spring with UMMA’s Annual Spring Art Factory.  On May 4 there will be several stations set up in the lobby and classroom of the museum.  Stop by any time between 11 and 3  to create your own paintings, prints, and paper crafts.  All supplies are included, and guided instruction is provided.  Art Factory is FREE and open to the public thanks to the generous sponsorship of WBRC Architects &  Engineers.

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association

 

Seconds and Supplies Sale: June 1 10:00-3:00 at Running With Scissors in Portland.

It’s time to take a look around your studio, and ask yourself, does this item spark joy?  If not, it may be time to move on. This unique sale is an opportunity for the public and fellow artists to purchase studio supplies, materials and equipment, as well as seconds (final products not quite right for full price retail or wholesale shows and stores) directly from Maine artists.

The sale is a co-production of Maine Crafts Association and Running with Scissors designed to support our members, have fun and help shift extra materials from people who don’t need them to people who do!

Vendors, volunteers and customers are invited to an after party at Urban Farm Fermentory 3-6pm. Join us to visit, connect and celebrate clean studios and new purchases.  UFF is located steps from Running with Scissors (200 Anderson St) in dreamy tasting room perfect for a laid-back apres event offering brewed-on-site kombucha, jun, beer, cider & mead! (Attendance @ the sale not required to attend!).

 

Call for Artists: Maine Craft Weekend

Full listings, including map listing are free for current members of MCA and Maine Made through June 30. Non-members are also welcome to join the tour, which includes web and map listing and links and the benefit of our event promotion, for a $25 fee.

If you’re one of these below, join the tour!
– Studio artist (all mediums are welcome!)
– Artist collectives and guilds
– Non-profit craft schools, organizations and programs, craft workshops
– Artist living in or near a featured city: Ellsworth, Waterville, Hallowell
– Galleries, pop-up shops and trunk shows featuring Maine craft
– Craft beverage and craft food producers collaborating with artists

For more information visit: mainecraftweekend.org

Weaving East to West 2019 Workshops with Sara Hotchkiss

 

 

Sometime in the mid-eighties not too long after I moved to Maine, I met a lovely woman at a craft show near Camden who fell in love with the color blends of a rug I wove. She and the rug went happily home. In truth I went happily home too because I sold a rug to a nice person who fell in love with what I had already fallen in love with: the color blends that make my rugs so special.

Many years later I bumped into her at another show and she mentioned needing a rug for a space in her new home. She told me about their first viewing of this house when they noticed a distinctive runner on the stairs that they knew at a glance was mine. The previous owners had commissioned me to weave this stair runner 10 years before. A bit of serendipity, yes? The stair runner is still there and looks as good as ever.

Eventually we began the design process and the weaving and this handsome dining room rug was born. It’s so perfect for this room. I knew I couldn’t let it go without a photograph to keep so I enlisted my long time and favorite photographer Dennis Griggs of Topsham, Maine to photograph the room and rug.

 

 

 

 

Workshops are filling! For information on weaving workshops visit www.sarahotchkiss.com and email me for availabiliy.

Job Opening: Executive Director at The Harlow

 

The Harlow (Kennebec Valley Art Association) is seeking an independent and creative chief executive to lead our member driven, community-based nonprofit and advance our mission to connect and celebrate art, artists and community.

For more information visit http://harlowgallery.org