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Patti Leavitt and Barbara Applegate: romantic realism enjoyed

This summer season’s final profile discussing the work of artist members of the Pemaquid Art Gallery looks at two highly accomplished, masterful Bristol artists who could both be called romantic realists but have a surprisingly different feeling to their painting.

Patti Leavitt and Barbara Applegate are experienced, well-known painters who use different mediums — Leavitt exclusively pastel and Applegate mainly oil — to present richly colorful, light-infused, detailed and beautiful scenes of the world around them.

Because the Pemaquid Art Gallery didn’t open this summer due to the pandemic, the gallery has been highlighting members’ work, which can be viewed and purchased online at

Leavitt summers in Bristol and winters in Bonita Springs, Florida, and shows her work in both places—the Pemaquid gallery here and at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. She has received several awards in juried shows and in Maine is a longtime favorite with visitors to the Pemaquid Gallery. She grew up in a family of artists and cannot remember when she wasn’t painting and drawing.

Leavitt has a broad range of subject matter, featuring farm scenes, Maine’s quaint coastal villages, woodlands, seascapes and still lifes, all familiar focuses of Maine artists. But her skill with pastels produces rich, deep colors and strong, intense shadows, often verging on an expressionistic creation of drama. Her bales of hay can be strongly backlit or picked out with suffused, dark shadows, her seascapes often share this use of intense shadows and even her beautifully detailed still lifes have a bold drama in their static, rich, powerful depiction of color and the play of light on colorful surfaces. Her love of rich color rewards the eye in all her work.

Applegate’s subject matter may be almost the same as Leavitt’s, but what a difference in style and feeling. Applegate has a strong public presence on the internet and a highly informative, sophisticated website with very useful instructive videos for artists. She has painted for 30 years and has been actively teaching art since 2001 using workshops, online instruction and many other means to “instruct and entertain,” as she puts its, aspiring artists.

She has a studio in Bristol Mills and shows in Brunswick at the Bayview Gallery, in Chatham, Massachusetts, at the Chatham Fine Art Gallery and in Lambertville, New Jersey at the Highlands Art Gallery. She has an extensive list of exhibitions and awards and has been the subject of numerous articles in national art journals.

She was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and was influenced by the realism traditions of the great painters of that area, including Maine’s own Andrew Wyeth. She originally painted in the Delaware River area but relocated to Maine in 1996, escaping encroaching urban expansion.

Her paintings are realistic and often suffused with romanticism and nostalgia. Their dappled light and short, broken brush strokes create a strong impressionistic feeling of a gentle, light-filled atmosphere. Even in the powerful seascapes with windswept spray, there is a fascination with how light dances on the water.

As with Leavitt, her subject matter is broad-ranging, including landscapes, quaint village scenes, seascapes, interiors and still lifes, as well as animal portraits and figure paintings. She paints detailed interiors with vases of flowers on tables draped with cloths, with finely depicted play of light unifying the scenes. Her dramatic sky paintings link the viewer to the grandeur and romance of nature, while the quaint village scenes of flowers and cottages create another romantic nostalgia for a peaceful past. What a rich visual feast is presented by both of these painters.

Call for submissions: Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art invites artists to submit work to “Untitled, 2020: Art From Maine In A _____ Time,” which is slated to run from Feb. 12 through May 31, 2021.

“Art From Maine In A _____  Time” is a tribute to Helen E. and William E. Thon, who have enhanced the PMA’s regional contemporary program and enriched the cultural life and experience of the people of Maine for two decades.

Any artist living and working in Maine in 2020 is invited to submit their work for consideration.

Submissions close Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Notification of jury results will be on or before Nov. 16.

See for details.

Marketing Skills Workshop Series will be held in October

Looking to fine tune your marketing skills and put together a plan in time for the holiday season? Island Institute Small Business Team has partnered with Shannon Kinney of Dream Local Digital to help you do just that.

In the following two-part series, Kinney will provide tools needed to drive sales, grow your audience, and be successful in promoting your business.

All events take place online and are free of charge.

The first class in the series, DEVELOPING YOUR MARKETING PLAN OF ATTACK, will take place on Oct. 7. Every successful endeavor starts with a plan. In this session, we’ll walk through how to develop your plan of attack for the holiday season and beyond. We’ll review how to set goals, where to prioritize your time, and steps for success with your website, social media, search, email and other advertising. This session will include an outline and specific direction for you to create your own plan.

In DRIVING RESULTS AND SALES WITH ONLINE MARKETING on Oct. 14, learn how to execute your plan of attack to drive sales for the holidays and beyond. We will offer quick tips for success in driving sales on social media, on your website, with email, and paid advertising tactics that drive results. This session will also include how to measure your results and tips to increase sales.

Kinney is a seasoned startup founder and executive with over 25 years of experience. She is considered a thought leader in the online space and is a highly sought after keynote speaker, advisor and consultant. She founded Dream Local Digital in 2009 “to bring the power of online marketing to small and medium sized businesses” and to master the craft of how to make SMBs successful on social media. She has a wide and highly engaged network of leaders in media, technology and startups worldwide, and has developed Dream Local Digital to be a widely recognized brand as best-of-breed social media fulfillment.

Each webinar runs from 2 to 3 p.m. To learn more or to register, go to

New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

“Wunderkamera #5,” by Marco Sanges.

Marco Sange’s “Wunderkamera by Sanges” body of work is inspired by Max Ernst and the Surrealist movement. His iconic photography has been inspired by the sequential nature of cinema, in particular the luminous black-and-white films of the silent era. Every sequence tells a highly personal and multi-layered story. Seeking inspiration from Surrealism and the visual performing arts of the ’20s and ’30s, Sanges’ work traces a narrative of imagination and desire. There is also an enchanting yet dark side to his work, an intriguing depth that appears to be destined to highlight the drama of life.

Sanges is attracted in particular to the luminous black-and-white films of the silent era and creates photographs in sequence that are narrative based, enigmatic and evoke a feeling of mystery and the sense of a sensual, uncanny world just out of grasp.

A magnification of imagination, the surrealistic nature of this work represents the liberation of the unconscious, as a means to create art outside the boundaries of official culture, the rejection of established values and a concrete effort to illustrate extreme mental states, unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds, all elements typical of outside art. This is the work of an artist who is passionate about life in its entirety and continues to evoke, transcend and excite the world.

His work is featured in the most recent issue of MMPA Antidote, which can be viewed online at

In response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and local closings, the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts in Portland began creating the online series MMPA Antidote, which publishes biweekly and includes photographic artwork, audio interviews, and artist statements and reflections from Maine artists, aimed to serve as inspiration during times of isolation.

Investigate the links, share the images, and send some of your own to

It’s time to get cozy at Archipelago

Detail of “Sunshine Series 2,” by Kathleen Perelka.

Fall is here, and the chill in the evening air means that it’s time to think “cozy.”

Archipelago has got you covered with a great selection of everything from beautiful throws and luxe scarves to scented candles and cookbooks. With the seasons changing, it’s the perfect time to practice a little self-care and nourishment, and the store has some wonderful Maine-made items in stock for you to choose from.

Purchases directly support Maine’s artists and makers and its creative economy.

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.

Craft Classifieds: September Issue

[SOURCE & SELL] ‘Craft Classifieds Edition’ is a facet of the Maine Crafts Association’s [SOURCE + BUY] project.

This resource is free for MCA members and nonmembers.

Are you buying, selling, trading, hiring, or renting? Perhaps it’s time to clean out your studio and find new homes for some tools or equipment? Looking to hire a craft artist for a repair or custom job?

Craft Classifieds are updated every month and currently accepting advertisements.

Go to to browse items or to list your own. Listings will be updated again on Sept. 1.

Get a signed, limited edition print of Jon Mort’s ‘Island World’

“Island World”

Artist Jon Mort is widely recognized for his startlingly realistic colored pencil and large-scale graphite images. Spending his summers at his studio in Port Clyde, he creates work inspired by the rugged coast, natural beauty and wildlife of Maine.

Captivated by design, Mort received fine art and classics degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and his master’s in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Mort has provided a selection of signed, limited-edition prints of his piece “Island World” to support the work of the Island Institute, available at Archipelago.

“I’m humbled to be featured [on the back cover of the 2020 Island Journal] and thrilled by this opportunity to collaborate with an organization committed to sustaining a vibrant Maine coast,” Mort said.

Click here to learn more or purchase this signed, limited edition print.

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.

New issue of MMPA Antidote now available online

Jessica Burko, “Connections, From the Found Gone series” (detail).

In response to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and local closings, the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts in Portland began creating the online series MMPA Antidote, which includes photographic artwork, audio interviews, and artist statements and reflections from Maine artists, aimed to serve as inspiration during times of isolation.

Published bi-weekly, Antidote features contemporary photographers and interviews with industry experts.

Visit to view the most recent issue.

Investigate the links, share the images, and send some of your own to

William B. Hoyt paintings are at The Gallery at Somes Sound

“Beauty and the Boys.”

Paintings by William B. Hoyt recently arrived at The Gallery at Somes Sound.

Hoyt was born in 1945 and grew up on the campus of St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island. Hoyt was raised by his mother, Kitty, a well-regarded portrait painter, and father, Norris, who was a renowned sailor, writer and photographer.  Hoyt spent much of my childhood sailing and painting. In 1963 Hoyt graduated from St. George’s School and then from Yale in 1967 with a major in fine art. In 1968, he was commissioned at the United States Navy Officer Candidate School. Hoyt served on the staff of COMSIXTHFLEET, where he was recognized for his artistic abilities. Consequently, he was detailed to paint portraits of admirals and create a portfolio of paintings of fleet activities for the Naval Art Collection. In 1970, Hoyt returned to civilian life and settled in Vermont. His subjects have included marine, landscape and intimate domestic still lifes.

“They share my interests in the effects of light at a particular moment. The threads of the canvas, the sea, Vermont, Maine, my family and friends have woven themselves inextricably into my psyche and my work,” he says.

Hoyt has painted professionally for the past 50 years and is included in many private and corporate collections including Steven and Dayna Bochco, John and Gwen McCaw, Senator Claiborne and Nuala Pell, Laurence and Mary Rockefeller, Charles and Anne Sincerbeaux, Beth Webster, Bank of America, and many others.

The Gallery at Somes Sound is at 1112 Main St., Mount Desert. Email, or call 207-610-4622 for more information.

Jewelry by Lisa Gent featured at Archipelago

Jewelry by Lisa Gent.

Lisa Gent creates jewelry that is both timeless and current.

For 30 years, she has made her home in Cape Elizabeth. Inspired by the natural beauty around her, she strives to create jewelry that is simple yet intriguing and that will stand the test of time. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, in addition to innovative hand forming and forging methods, she cuts, shapes, solders and finishes all of her pieces by hand in her studio. Fine silver and 18k gold are her metals of choice, and many pieces feature faceted gem stones or pearls.

“Jewelry is an extended expression of who we are and what we feel,” she says. “The handcrafted aspect of jewelry breathes life and character into any piece of work. Seeing the marks a jeweler leaves behind reminds us that someone took the time, they had intentions when the piece was being created.”

Archipelago is at 386 Main St., Rockland. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to for more information.