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March Exhibitions at Greenhut Galleries

Tim Christensen, Tunk Stream Blackwoods Porcelain 14 x 6 x 6 inches

These exhibitions are shown from March 7 – 30 with an opening reception on March 7 from 5-7.  Tim Christensen will give a talk on March 9 at 1 and Henry Isaacs on March 16 at 1.
Greenhut is pleased to announce its first exhibition of work by printmaker, PMA Biennial featured porcelain artist, environmentalist, and writer, Tim Christensen. The exhibition is titled, “In Response to Chaos” and the work featured in this show is the culmination of his latest sea voyage.
When I googled “Container Ship Passage Australia” 2-1/2 years ago, it was with the intention that I would create a body of work that would chronicle an odyssey. I had been asked to present my pecha kucha talk, “Art in the Holocene Extinction” in Cooroy, Queensland, and from this invitation, I created a “mega-transect,” a study of the Earth’s systems that would come to span the major oceans, 6 of the 7 continents, and take me around the world using about 5 gallons of crude oil. I would experience the heat of the Sudanese Red Sea, the wet of the Bornean Jungle, the loneliness of the Pacific, the space of the Australian bush, and the chaos of living in places where everything is unfamiliar and new. I would experience hurricanes, typhoons, pirates, state security services, dingos, snakes, insects, flying fish, whales, sharks, sea snakes, macaques, leeches, superstition, inescapable reality, and plastic. I would see rare birds, rare sea creatures, rare atmospheric events, rare primates, and catch rare glimpses into lives- foreign and internal. In setting out to experience the world’s most remote places, I committed to recording my experiences in as many durable, tangible, and recognizable ways I could think of.
I had two rules for this project: “Make everything possible as new as possible,” and “Always say, ’Yes.’” The resulting work reflects my observations of subjects internal and external. I looked at everything as equally valid and important, from traditional math- based-scientific data to more abstractly emotional and philosophical ideas.
I have used infinitely durable porcelain and universal visual language (Art!), to communicate what I saw across time, language, culture, and geographic barriers. These artifacts are designed to last tens of thousands of years and be accessible to anyone or anything with an eyeball and the ability to think abstractly. I conveyed the intimate daily experiences of the first voyage in that most personal of ways: by writing a book. Reflect, Adapt, and Persevere, co-written by Carri Lange and bound by Anna Low, was made using archival paper and inks, a self-created font of my handwriting, original drawings and intaglio prints, and a combination of ancient and modern silk screen printing processes and materials. During my travels, I used durable and portable etching plates and ancient drypoint to record my environment, often en plein air, capturing each day’s most compelling event, and later learned intaglio printing to create multiple images of what I saw. In all cases, I have “shown my work”, allowing the growth in the way I express myself to be evident alongside that which I was expressing.
Tim Christensen lives in Maine, splitting his time between Franklin and Roque Bluffs.

Henry Isaacs, Budapest Street 7 x 5 inches, Oil on panel

 

In the side gallery this month, Greenhut presents another travel-themed exhibition: Travel Notes, small paintings by Henry Isaacs. Writer and art critic, Dan Kany, has authored a booklet to accompany the show. An excerpt from Henry’s introduction to the Travel Notes booklet:
Sicily, Spring 2014. I am sitting in a cafe in front of Il Duomo di Cefalù on a Sunday morning. It is a quiet, sunny place. The vast space is empty. My palettes and brushes are set. My first sketch is exciting, and so I set to work. It was a Sunday, and after mass the children were the first out, and some ran over to me, curious to see what I was doing. Soon enough, there was a bunch of people around me. The waiter was happy because there was much more business. I worked very slowly because I was really comfortable, and I had plenty of time since Donna was off shopping. I heard one man say to the kids, ‘He seems nice. Go. Ask him about the colors. Why is he using those colors?’ ‘Lui sembra simpati-co. Vai.’ They did. I teased the children: ‘Do you have a problem with my colors?’ ‘No, sir! Grandfather. Where do you get those colors?’ ‘These are the best colors in the world,’ I replied in my broken Italian, ’Where do you think I get them?’ After a bit of back and forth about the best colors in the world, I said — finally — ‘Sicilia!’ They all cheered and the drinks came out, including an herb liqueur that was foul and tasted like 250% alcohol. They cheered again when I raised my glass and said, ‘Here’s to the colors of Sicilia!’ and we all toasted.
This story has repeated itself around the world so often that I am surprised when some version of it doesn’t happen. Painting on the tea terraces of Rwanda, women stop and watch from a respectful distance, and though I speak no Kinyarwanda, there is a smile, an exchange, a question, a brush tried out. Mayan children gather in highland villages in Guatemala and teach me the names of colors in K’iche’. In a small yurt in the mountains of central Japan, I work alongside my ninety-year-old Japanese friend while he paints his long scrolls. Near Black Mountain, Maine, I sit for the day painting small panels in August. Friends, family, and strangers join me for minutes or hours painting for the first or the umpteenth time as we chat away on the most splendid of days.
So many of my paintings have such records of companionship and stories embedded in them. I don’t necessarily remember all the details when I bring them back to my studio, but I remember enough. Art for me has never been a private undertaking. I mean it to be shared. My story of Sicily could just as easily have taken place on the Eastern Prom in Portland, Maine….
I hope the work and I always remain sembra simpatico.
Henry Isaacs received his BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in Printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art in England. He has taught and lectured around the world and his work is in numerous public and private collections. When not traveling the world, Henry splits his time between Portland and Vermont.

Rumford Artist Wins 2019 Moxie Festival Logo Contest

Brent Bachelder

 

A design created by Rumford artist and teacher Brent Bachelder was selected as the winning logo for the 2019 Moxie Festival.  The artwork consists of four iconic images, all of them with a bottle of Moxie.  DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Vincent Van Gogh, and a Picasso-esque figure are shown enjoying the distinctively different beverage while the figure from Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” wails because his Moxie bottle is empty.  Moxie Festival Curator Julie-Ann Baumer said “the competition for this year’s logo design contest was remarkable.  We had 28 entries and we deliberated for 2 hours.  Bachelder’s work most clearly fit this year’s festival theme ‘Moxie Goes Artsy.’”

Bachelder, originally from Newry, is a visual artist, muralist, and sculptor.  A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Rhode Island College, he was the designer of Providence’s Wickenden Street mural, a city landmark from 1997 until the overpass was demolished in 2010.  Bachelder teaches Art at Meroby Middle School in Mexico and also runs a full service art and design studio in Rumford, Club Neopolsi Creations.  In addition to a $750 cash prize, Bachelder will receive the first 2019 printed T-shirt and may serve as a parade float judge.  But does he like Moxie?  “It’s better than I remember it as a kid,” Bachelder said.  The Moxie Festival, celebrating Maine’s official soft drink, is always the second weekend in July.  Mark your calendars for the 2018 Moxie Festival, July 12 – 14, 2019.

Upcoming Workshops at The Harlow Gallery

Stacey Anderson

 

Upcoming workshops at The Harlow Gallery.

Saturday, February 16, 10am-1pm: Exploring Ceramic Cold Finish Techniques with Shawna Barnes

Saturday, March 2, 10am-12pm:Mosaic Picture Frames with Barb Loken

Saturday, March 9, 10am-1pm:Intro to Watercolor Landscape with Stacey Anderson

Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm:Wood Carving with Rusted Pulchritude

 

Shawna Barnes

 

Spaces are limited, sign-up today by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

Applications for Monhegan Artists’ Residency Program Now Open

The Monhegan Artists’ Residency announces the opening of the application period for summer 2019 grants on Monhegan Island, Maine. The program provides studio space, comfortable living quarters, a modest stipend, and time for visual artists to reflect on, experiment, or develop their art and ideas while living in an artistically historic and beautiful location.
The application period runs from February 1st through March 17th and is open to all artists with significant ties to the state. There will be two 5-week grants, one in June and another in September; as well as a 2-week grant in July designed for artist-teachers (grades K-12) who work in Maine.

For further information on the application process and past recipients, visit monheganartistsresidency.org and link to Submittable, an online submission service.

The jurors for 2019 applications are photographer Margo Halverson, chair of the graphic design program of the Maine College of Art; the Portland painter and art instructor John Knight; and Rockland-based artist and arts administrator, Leith MacDonald of the Farnsworth’s Wyeth Study Center.

Artists in all visual media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital, video, or other new media are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15th.

Dowling Walsh Gallery Hosts a Performative Drawing Project by Connie Hayes

 

Connie Hayes, Nick Ruffin, 2019, Graphite on paper, 13″ x 9 1/2″

For the months of January and February, Connie Hayes will draw one hundred portraits at Dowling Walsh Gallery of people from a cross section of the community. This performative drawing project will create a visual dialogue and representation of our area through the artist’s work. Each drawing is available for $100, with one hundred percent of the proceeds gifted to an organization chosen by the subject of the drawing.

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

CMCA Closed Temporarily For Repairs

CMCA’s Biennial Exhibition in the Bruce Brown Gallery. A virtual tour of the exhibition is available for viewing online at cmcanow.org.

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announces that it will be closed temporarily for repairs following a break in the water main that occurred inside the building in the early morning hours on Saturday, January 19.

CMCA is pleased to report that no works of art were damaged in the event. All artwork on display have been moved to the Starfire climate-controlled art storage facility in Rockland. CMCA expresses its deep gratitude to Jake Dowling and the crews of Dowling Walsh Gallery and Starfire for their professionalism and assistance in the prompt movement and storage of the art.

Early on Saturday morning, first responders were alerted of the situation following a report of water flowing from the building. Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director, acknowledged the speed and expertise of the Rockland Fire Department and Emergency Services. “Assistant Fire Chief Adam Miceli and the Rockland Fire Department moved quickly to limit the damage and secure the museum so that we could safely remove the artwork and begin the process of cleaning up.”

McAvoy also thanks Cold Mountain Builders, Central Maine Power, Hedstrom Electric, ELCO Electric, Thayer Corporation, Maine Water, Norris A. Preble, and Superior Restoration Services for their efforts to immediately begin repairs. “Thanks to the speed of everyone’s responsiveness, the water was cleared from the building and the heating and electrical systems were back up and running within hours.”

Additionally, McAvoy thanks the community for coming together to support CMCA during the incident. “I am grateful to everyone who stopped by to offer their assistance and help. I especially thank Joanne Billington of Allen Insurance and Financial for her support and guidance, and Jen Rockwell at Main Street Markets for delivering food and beverages for the workers. The true quality of Rockland’s community spirit was visible today. We are grateful to call this town home.”

CMCA will be closed temporarily while repairs are made. Sam Vail, CMCA’s Director of Development and Marketing notes, “We will continue to keep our members and the public abreast of the situation. In the meantime, the Biennial Exhibition continues to be available for viewing through the 3D Virtual Tour on our website, cmcanow.org. We encourage folks to utilize the 3D Virtual Tour while the museum is closed and we extend a sincere thank you to our supporters who made this opportunity possible.”

For more information, please contact Sam Vail, Director of Development and Marketing: svail@cmcanow.org or 207-322-8190.

2019 CAP Masters and Apprentices Announced

Nissa Smiley (left) Lauren Beach (right)

The Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, announces the master/apprentice pairs selected for the 2019 Craft Apprentice Program (CAP):

Joe Ascrizzi, master with apprentice Lisa Neuman (jewelry)

Kim Dailey, master with apprentice Jedediah Malcore (wood turning)

Gabriel Frey, master with apprentice Frances Soctomah (Maine Indian baskets)

Nisa Smiley, master with apprentice Lauren Beach (jewelry)

David Wolfe, master with apprentice David Connor (printmaking)

The 2019 program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Maine Arts Commission funding and media sponsorship support from Maine Magazine.

News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association

MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines

2019

Jan 15: Sign Up Deadline for Maine Gallery Guide Co-Op Ad

Jan 19: M2M Workshop: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Jan 31: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

February: Registration opens for Maine Craft Weekend

Feb15: Sign Up Deadline for Mother’s Day Ad in Downeast Magazine

April 5: Sign Up Deadline for June Maine Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 3: Sign Up Deadline for July Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

June 9: Public Opening Reception MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum

June 1: 2019 Seconds & Supplies SALE @ Running with Scissors

June 28: Sign Up Deadline for Portland Monthly Art Annual Co-Op Ad

Sept 6: Sign Up Deadline for November Downeast Magazine Co-Op Ad

Oct 5-6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019

 

APPLY by January 31, 2019

Call for exhibitors for the 5th Annual Portland Fine Craft Show, August 24 from 9am-5pm on Congress Street in Portland, ME. Apply as a fine craft artist working in baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone or wood. The Portland Fine Craft Show remains one of the only Maine craft shows open to artists not living in Maine, and has a reputation for being well-organized and high quality, with high attendance.

PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW 2019 JURORS

Elena Kubler | Owner/Curator, The Turtle Gallery
Kazeem Lawal | Owner/Curator, Portland Trading Co.
Anja Levitties | Chair, 2019 Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show

 

January 19, 2019: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Are you looking to grow your 2019 audience and further your visual web presence? Join us in Ellsworth at Artsworth for a new professional development workshop! Participants will leave this workshop with their own Mailchimp account and a completed promotional flier designed and created in Adobe Spark featuring their work or business. All of this will be accomplished in one workshop, setting the participant up for future promotions.

 

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Wigout Dance Party

UMaine Museum of Art announces
WINTER WIGOUT DANCE PARTY
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Get decked-out for a wigtastic evening of dancing and wig-wearing reverie! $7 admission benefits the UMaine Museum of Art Alliance and Bangor Arts Exchange. Meet the Wigovenors, take a photo with the BIG-WIG and dance all night long to the sweet beats served up by DJ Thermomatt. Stack it to the Max – what ya got to lose?
This event is 21+, and a there will be a cash bar on site. Support your local arts organizations while getting wiggy with it!

 

CRAFT Gallery Artists Receive Maine Arts Commission Grants

CRAFT artist Jan Owen in her Belfast Studio

 

Two CRAFT Gallery artists are this year’s recipients of Maine Arts Fellowships awarded by the Maine Arts Commission. They are Jan Owen of Belfast, for Craft Arts, and Lynn Duryea of Deer Isle, for the Belvedere Handcraft Award.  Each artist receives $5000 in recognition of artistic excellence.  CRAFT Gallery congratulates these two fine artists and is honored to show their work. The gallery offers work of the many other distinguished and award winning fine craft artists working in Maine today.  Now closed for the season, the winter will be spent planning new shows and researching new emerging talent to introduce to lovers and collectors of fine craft.  CRAFT Gallery reopens in late May 2019 in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland.  FMI visit www.craftonelm.com  or email info@craftonelm.com.