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D’Alessio Gallery Hosts “Eden: a 50-year Retrospective”


D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor will host an art opening on August 2 celebrating 50 years of art by local artist Russell D’Alessio. The opening will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor and will include a reunion of the “The Anderson Brothers,” a local Bar Harbor band in the 70’s, champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

The event kicks off the exhibition Eden: A Retrospective, documenting five decades of artistic evolution for the colorful painter, beginning with his art school days. D’Alessio’s journey as a Maine artist began when he was inspired by his first visit to Bar Harbor while still a student in 1969. Enchanted by the beauty of the area, he and wife Linda D’Alessio relocated to Mount Desert Island in 1974.

In ‘88 the couple settled into their new home and studio in Dedham Maine.  The view from their perch on Button hill was over the setting moon. This inspired the new studio’s name, Over the Moon Studios.


Over the Moon Studios opened its first store in Bar Harbor in 1989, 30 years ago.  The following year the gallery was renamed Pretty Marsh Gallery featuring and featured Over the Moon Studio products and Russ’s fine art including paintings, carvings, and graphics.

Linda says,it has been an amazing journey for the both of us.” Ten years ago, the artistic journey continued with a move to Mt. Desert Street and a name change to D’Alessio Gallery. Today, D’Alessio is known for his paintings, frequently of women, featuring playfully bold fields of color and spontaneous brushstrokes. His worksoften whimsical, sometimes more serious and politicalhave enchanted decades of gallery visitors and collectors. Reflecting on the connections he creates through his art, D’Alessio says, “I am creating a world, an expression of myself, that extends to other people. Collectors first see the color, which brings a smile to their faces; then they realize there is content to it and they connect. It becomes part of them.”

The opening and exhibition celebration of 50 years of continuous evolution that includes not only paintings but also mixed media, collage, sculpture, and prints. “Like any true artist,” Linda D’Alessio says, Russell D’Alessiois “always creating, always moving forward. It will be exciting to see what the next 50 years will bring!

Show runs through August 5th in the gallery – online through August 31st –

About D’Alessio Gallery: D’Alessio Gallery, owned by local artist Russell D’Alessio connects visitors and collectors to the colorful expressionist paintings of this Bar Harbor artist. The gallery features revolving shows of his works and those of guest artists and is open daily from mid-May to mid-October and online at

44th Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

“Luna Backpack” in American Bison by first-time juried exhibitor Emma Thieme of Maven Leather | Cherryfield, Maine


Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show to be held July 26, 27 & 28 at MDI High School

Maine Crafts Guild artisans will show their fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass, leather and mixed media at the MDI High School, July 26-28, 2019. The Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show is in its 44th season.

Together with the Guild’s established member artisans, new member Victoria Varga of Cumberland Foreside, Maine will exhibit her contemporary sterling silver jewelry. Bold and colorful inlays are the hallmark of her signature collection.

Returning Guild members include sculptor Raymond Carbone of Steuben, Maine and jeweler Lauran Sundin of Brooksville. First time, juried, exhibitors at the Directions show include; Emma Thieme of Maven Leather (handbags), Lisa & Scott Cylinder of Chickenscratch (jewelry) and Jamien St. Pierre of Jamien St. Pierre Fine Furniture (wood).


“Cleopatra” in sterling silver, resin, crushed glass, pigments, mica. One-of-a-kind necklace by Guild member Victoria Varga | Cumberland Foreside, Maine


The show is presented in partnership with the Maine Crafts Association. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the shared booth and learn more about how the organizations serve Maine artists and makers.

Attendees of the show will shop for unique, handcrafted objects inside the MDI High School gymnasium. Fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass, leather and mixed media will be shown at the 44th Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – July 26, 27 & 28, 2019. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun.10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. MDI High School |1081 Eagle Lake Road | Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: or call 717-372-1541.

The Harlow Opens Registration for Ceramic Workshop: Chawan Tea Bowls


Registration is now open for The Harlow’ upcoming ceramic workshop, Chawan Tea Bowls, lead by Jeremy Smith on Saturdays, August 3 and 10, 1-4pm. The workshop will take place at Hallowell Clay Works located at 157 Water Street, Hallowell. This workshop is held in conjunction with Formations, a ceramics exhibition on view August 2-September 7 at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell.

Jeremy Smith is a local ceramic artist and art educator. Over the course of two sessions, participants will be hand-building a series of chawans (tea bowls). All materials are provided but students can bring stamps or other small objects for texturing the stencils – such as a leaf or pinecone to press into the walls of the chawan. Jeremy Smith, has two decades of experience working with people of all ages in the ceramic arts. Students will pick up their fired pieces at the Harlow during open hours.

Register online at or call 207-622-3813. Registration deadline is 6pm on Wednesday, July 31.

All materials included. Tution: $85 Members / $100 Non-Members. Space is limited to 12 students. Students under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous experience necessary.

Schadler and Seitzers Awarded for Children’s Picture Book

Local author Susan Schadler and artist illustrators Lynne and John M.T. Seitzer of Joy To The Wind Gallery have been awarded the Next Generation Indie Book Award for picture books for children.

In the book, “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me,”  a child and adult set off on a walk through South Africa’s famous fynbos (fayn◦bos), an extraordinarily diverse biome along the southern tip of Africa. Along the way the twosome discovers the bizarre shapes, flashes of brilliance, and peculiar habits of the flowers nestled in the scrubland. They cross the paths of birds, bugs, snakes, animals that inhabit and help sustain the fynbos. The book was published in 2018 at Beavers Pond Press.

The judge’s review of the book has been published on the organization’s website: “A total delight! The book explains that the Fynbos (Afrikaans for Fine Bush) is a small section of unique scrubland located at the bottom of the African continent. Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer’s lush artwork accentuates the depth of age appropriate information provided by author Susan Schadler. Both the front and back endpapers are loaded with fascinating descriptions and images of the creatures and plants mentioned throughout the book. This book is sure to delight the inquisitive youngster.”

The book also received recognition as a finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Children’s picture books.

The artists researched, hiked and photographed in the Fynbos Floral Kingdom of South Africa and returned to Maine to paint 34  original 18” x 24” oil paintings for the book. They concepted the book design working hand in hand with the author, Susan Schadler and the publishers.

 For more information or to acquire a copy contact Lynne or John at Joy To The Wind Gallery 34 Atlantic Ave.  Boothbay Harbor 207-633-7025 or Susan at 301-704-8050 or on the website Also Available for purchase in Boothbay Harbor  Sherman’s Books & Stationery and Amazon.

Cornerstone Gallery Grand Opening

 Cornerstone Gallery is a new gallery opening in Southwest Harbor at 322 Main Street with a grand opening date set for July 18th from 4 pm-7pm.
Cornerstone Gallery features a variety of fine art by Maine artists, many of which reside on MDI, including Judy Taylor, Erika Rosso and Beth Lambert.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available at the opening  and there will be live music by Blake Rosso and Jim Coffman.
Cornerstone Gallery is located in the former Salty Dog Gallery and is the creative endeavor of Christine and David Wade.  They purchased the building in the spring of 2018.  Using their extensive background in construction and design, they fully remodeled the gallery to give it a clean contemporary look with a generous amount of natural light and an open floor plan.  Christine and David Wade wanted to honor the history of the space, keeping it as an art gallery and also setting a granite corner stone with the date the building was originally created, 1925. For more information please contact the gallery at or 207-244-5918.

Stable Gallery shows Mary Hall’s Inspiring Jewelry

When Mary Hall creates jewelry, she is often inspired by the source or properties of the stone.  For example, her newest piece titled “War No More” includes a pendant of Bloodstone known for cleansing and healing.  The Onyx is a stone of courage and healing.  These stones on the necklace add to the story of its title.

Featured this month at the Stable Gallery, Mary Hall creates jewelry both beautiful and inspiring.   This month’s display includes a mix of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and spoons.

Mary’s “Legend” pendant is made of prehistoric Ammolite.  Ammolite is the sacred stone of the Blackfoot Indians.  This stone is found only in Montana and Alberta. The “Legend” tells the story of how this beautiful stone saved the starving Blackfoot tribe during a bitter winter.  Ammolite is known for its wisdom, knowledge and protective properties.

In another pendant, composite of turquoise and fossilized coral are framed by two spotted drum fish with elongated fins and tails.  On the back side of the pendant, a single fish swims among the waves.

Some art galleries focus on paintings covering walls.  Others choose a mix of beautiful objects shown with two dimension works.  Stable Gallery on Water Street in Damariscotta excels at combining two and three dimension works.

Each month, works of approximately 35 Maine artists are displayed in a main room and smaller rooms of the gallery.  The building was once a stable that has been repurposed as a gallery.  Original ironwork bedecks the stalls. Dark wooden walls complement the colorful art works.

Stable Gallery is located at 28 Water Street, a block off Main Street in Damariscotta.  Open daily, 10-5, the gallery is a jewel itself.  For more information, check out the gallery’s website, or call 563-1991.

Aquilart Advisory opening Barbara F. Kelly, July 13

Aquilart Advisory presents Barbara F. Kelly, opening July 13 with the Norway Music & Arts Festival.

“Throughout my life I’ve sought refuge in nature and in my imagination. I’ve been drawn to the interaction of color and form as a way to find a refuge from a reality that is often overwhelming. The shapes come to me from an ethereal and creative place that is outside of myself and yet deeply personal. They are natural and playful, yet at times hold a tension that yearns to be set free within me. I hope they spark imagination in the viewer.  I have worked in colored pencils for their immediacy; however, I also enjoy working in oil pastel and acrylics.”

Schooner Gallery opening July 13


I’m so honored to be showing alongside pioneering designer and “Prince of Plastics” Neal Small in the Midsummer Show at Schooner Gallery in Milbridge, Maine. 


Neal Small, “Slopes Mirror” / Top right, Zeraph Dylan Moore, Koi Pond Trio

I will be showing a selection of small and medium-sized works, including eight pieces that are only 4″ x 4″ x 1.5″. Almost all of the works I am sending are part of my new body of work that uses canvas strips and frames organic textured paper with strict vertical or horizontal lines. I am very excited about this new work, it really represents a new level for me and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Small is renowned for his pioneering use of materials such as Plexiglas and Lucite to create furniture, lighting, home accessories and even sculpture. His works have been shown at or are part of the permanent collections of MoMA, Guggenheim Museum, The Smithsonian Institution, and more.

The show runs from July 13 – August 13 and has an opening July 13 from 4-6 PM.

I won’t be in attendance at the opening due to my health but I do encourage you to go if you are in the area!

I am also looking forward to showing with the other artists in this group show, Caryl Lynn Dufour and Paul T. Shepherd.

Landing Gallery opening for “New Artists”

“Monhegan Afternoon” by Michael Weymouth, WC, 26”x 23”


Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “New Artists”, an exhibition of new paintings by Michael Weymouth, Lisa Kyle and Christopher French opening on Friday, July 5 – July 28.  Please join us Friday, July 5 from 5-8 pm for an artists’ opening reception with the artists.


Michael Weymouth was born and raised in Maine.  He graduated from the New England School Of Art in Boston in 1963.  He is a painter, photographer and author of several books.  He spends summers painting and creating on Great Spruce Head Island in Penobscot Bay.  Michael paints equally well with both watercolor and oil.  “Painting is part of my DNA”.  His brushwork is filled with gesture, enthusiasm and a facile energy, which is evocative and engaging.  “Capturing the forces of nature with paint must come from the artist and the energy with which the scene is painted.”  The subject matter for his painting is focused around his summertime in Maine experiences and the beauty found in seaside locations.

“Lifting” by Lisa Kyle, Oil/Canvas, 11” x 14”


A lifelong artist, Lisa Kyle paints in the tradition of the Impressionists, attempting to capture the effects of light in the landscape.  Lisa’s formal education and training is in architecture, having earned a BA in Environmental Design and a MA in Architecture.  Her architectural training gives her work a strong underlying sense of composition and mark-making.  She has studied painting at Southern Methodist University, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and participated in numerous workshops with many well known artists.  Her love of the natural world and painting has recently brought her to Maine to pursue her passion to be an artist.  “I want to capture a moment of beauty and my place in that moment.  When I’m successful, my work reflects an elusive moment of peace and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.”


“The White House in Mount Desert” by Christopher French, Oil/Panel, 11” x 14”


Christopher French began drawing at the age of three.  He was raised by a medical family, and although he majored in Fine Arts at UCLA, he entered medical school and graduated in 1991 from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  Dr. French has a realist approach which focuses on the beauty of the ordinary and his paintings explore the relationship between abstraction and photorealism.  His major influences include the art of Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud and Ivan Albright.  He was nominated for the “Emerging Artist” award by the Copley Society, and was promoted to “Copley Artist”, a title given to those artists who have been accepted into five or more juried exhibitions; and is a second-time “Patron’s Choice” artist at the Copley Society in Boston.  Chris and his family spend much of their summer in Maine and this location is the major focus of his painting.


Hours: Mon – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5 & closed on Tue. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or e-mail  Follow us

“Annual Summer Exhibition” at The Gallery at Widgeon Cove

Georgeann Kuhl, “Bahaia Hona” handmade paper

The Gallery at Widgeon Cove in Harpswell will celebrate 31 years featuring new work by gallery artists through Sept. 1. The public is invited to a reception on Sunday July 21, from 1 to 5 p.m.Refreshments will be served.
Gallery artist Condon Kuhl, who has work in museum and private collections, including the Columbus Museum of Art, is represented by a series of pendants focusing on the Raven. Other featured handmade paper paintings by Georgeann Kuhl found new subjects in star constellations.  The gallery also shows sculpture, jewelry and handmade books. Gallery at Widgeon Cove is open Thursday through Saturday 11 to 5, or watch for the open flag along Route 123, Harpswell.
FMI, 833-6081.