Archive for Art Talk

Closing Celebration at Finch Gallery

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Fog is rolling in. Summer has ebbed. Another successful season at The Finch Gallery in Belfast is coming to an end.

Come in September 28,29 or 30 to enter your name in the drawing for door prizes. They are very cool ones-

One of Jay Hoagland’s Granite Apples, and a few of Jerri Finch’s on paper, prints on canvas, and cards will be given away.

You need not be present to win…

On our last day, September 30 we will have gallery talks-

At 2:00 pm, Jay Hoagland will entertain us. And then Jerri Finch will share pearls of wisdom at 2:30….Refreshments will be served.

Special Pricing on Select Items all of September-25% off all canvas prints, and 10% off all original art, including Jerri Finch’s paintings and Jay Hoagland’s scupltures. For more information visit www.jerrifinch.com or call 207-338-1060

CMCA Sunday Salon: Linden Frederick + Tess Gerritsen

Linden Frederick, "Takeout," 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

Linden Frederick, “Takeout,” 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites you to a Sunday Salon with artist Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3pm. Frederick and Gerritsen will discuss the inspiration and process behind “Takeout,” their collaboration for the exhibition, Night Stories, on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017. Sunday Salons are a series of engaging conversations on topics in contemporary art and culture held at CMCA from September to May of each year. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission.

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine, since 1989. The exhibition, Night Stories, and the accompanying book, have been eight years in the making. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Tess Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University and went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and top bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Now retired from medicine, she writes full time, and lives in Camden, Maine.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Fall Exhibitions and Barn Gallery Memories

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Fall Exhibitions include ‘Shadows and Reflections’ by artists of the Ogunquit Art Association from September 13 through October 9 with an Opening Reception on Saturday September 16, 5 – 7:30 PM. See ‘OAA Expressions’ with its wide variety of style, subject, medium and price. Remember painter Norman West in a small Memorial Exhibition of his work. Enjoy work by photographer Steven Holt and painter Shiao-Ping Wang in the North Gallery. Walk through the three-dimensional work by Invited New England Sculptors in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Browse through our ever-changing array of small works of art in the Collectors Gallery.

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Join us for ‘Barn Gallery Memories’ an engaging remembrance of Norman West, Mary-Leigh Smart, Barbara Hilty, DeWitt Hardy and George Burk on Thursday, September 21 at 6 PM.

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Don’t miss Andy Happel and Los Galactacos String Band – “Songs of the Americas” on Friday, September 15, 7:30 PM. Tickets in advance or at the door. And Poetry Readings by Richard Foerster & Alice B. Fogel, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire on Wednesday, September 20, 7 PM

For more information call 207-646-8400, email oacbarngallery@gmail.com, or visit www.barngallery.org

2017 Bernard Osher Lecture “Keeping Tradition Alive” at the PMA

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The Portland Museum of Art is excited to announce Theresa Secord as the 2017 Bernard Osher Lecture speaker. The event, titled Keeping Tradition Alive: Native American Art Ecology in Maine and the Nation, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, at USM’s Hannaford Hall. Tickets are $15, $10 for PMA members, and $5 for students. They are available here and through portlandmuseum.org.

Named a 2016 National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theresa Secord is an activist, arts preservationist, and renowned artist with work in the PMA collection. She has led creative change throughout Native American communities since 1988.

It wasn’t long ago that one of Maine’s oldest art forms—ash and sweet grass basketry—was in danger of disappearing entirely. Activists and advocates from the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac tribes, led in part by Secord, saved the tradition through a long, hard-fought struggle, preserving a crucial piece of the region’s cultural heritage.

For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

Artist’s Talk Janice Anthony & Alison Rector at Courthouse Gallery

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Anthony, Entrance, 28×30

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host an Artist’s Talk for Janice Anthony and Alison Rector on Wednesday, September 6 at 6pm. Rector (interiors) and Anthony (landscapes) will talk about their work and how they create the illusion of light through the manipulation of an opaque material (paint) on a two-dimensional surface. The talk is free and open to the public.

Janice Anthony

Janice Anthony

Their work is currently in How the Light Gets In, a two-person show at Courthouse Gallery. Anthony and Rector found apt inspiration for this show in the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, the late great singer, songwriter, and poet. In his song Anthem, Cohen wrote:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Cohen was speaking about more than the physical properties of light in Anthem. He was addressing life and political unrest. The sadness and wisdom of his words are mighty. Humans are flawed. There is a crack in everything. For Anthony and Rector, light is their glimpse into an overlooked quiet space, the hidden mysteries of a cool hollow, or the extraordinary colors of pebbled beach—a reminder to look for the beauty in, and beyond, the crack.

Alison Rector

Alison Rector

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

CMCA to Hold Public Reception for Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibition

Linden Frederick, Takeout, 2016, oil on linen, courtesy of Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Takeout, 2016, oil on linen, courtesy of Forum Gallery

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will hold a public reception for the exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers. The exhibition will be on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017.

The collaborating writers include: Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See); National Book Award-finalist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog); National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich (The Round House); National Book Award-finalist Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End); Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles series); Academy Award-nominee Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark); Kirkus Prize-winner Lily King (Euphoria); Edgar Award-winner Dennis Lehane (Mystic River); Newberry Medal-winner Lois Lowry (The Giver); PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Ann Patchett (Bel Canto); New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice (Crazy in Love); Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo (Empire Falls); Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge); Academy Award-winner Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs); PEN USA Award-winner Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone).

In conjunction with the exhibition, Frederick will present a gallery talk on the inception and creation of the Night Stories series on Tuesday, August 29, at 5:30pm. Space is limited to 40; reservations are required. The event is free to CMCA members; others with admission. To reserve: call 207-701-5005 or email info@cmcanow.org.

Additional upcoming Night Stories programs include a conversation in the gallery with Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00pm; and a conversation between the artist and author Richard Russo on Sunday, October 22, 3:00pm.

A resident of Belfast, Maine, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. He is represented by Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Louise Nevelson—Light and Shadow

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On Wednesday, August 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Nevelson biographer Laurie Wilson entitled Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow. The program will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

This lecture will provide an intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members. Wilson tells the story of this major artist who became one of the three great American sculptors of the 20th century. Nevelson’s artistic, spiritual, even physical transformation is dramatic, complex, and inseparable from major historical and cultural shifts of this period in the art world. The post-lecture Q&A will be followed by a book signing.

Wilson’s recently published biography Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow is available for sale in the museum store and at the signing. The exhibition Black and White: Louise Nevelson/ Pedro Guerrero will open at the Farnsworth on Friday, October 6 and will be on view through April 1, 2018.

Laurie Wilson is a practicing psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical School, and she is also the author of Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man, published by Yale University Press in 2003. Her involvement with Nevelson dates back to the 1970s when she spent time interviewing the artist for her doctoral dissertation, Louise Nevelson Iconography and Sources (1976). The fee for this lecture is $8 and $5 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Farnsworth Presents Lecture and Film: Returning Nazi-Appropriated-Art to its Rightful Owner

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On Wednesday, August 23, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the Strand Theatre and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will co-present a lecture by Donald S. Burris, Esq. followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt: The Documentary. The program will take place at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Beginning with the initial Blitzkrieg and continuing throughout the duration of World War II, the Nazi authorities implemented a pervasive program for stealing valuable artworks as they overran and ravaged most of Western Europe. The artwork was appropriated from mostly Jewish families in the occupied countries and the amount of art plundered, as you will learn in the course of the lecture, was astronomical.

Such was the fate of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting of The Woman in Gold, officially titled “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” and commissioned by Adele’s husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist and supporter of the arts, who shared with his wife a special fondness for Klimt’s work. The Belvedere Palace in Vienna acquired this painting and others from their Nazi holders in 1941 and it remained in the Palace until its status was changed by the American courts in lengthy litigation begun in 1999 that our guest speaker will describe in detail, culminating with the 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling entitled Altmann v. Republic of Austria.

The speaker, Donald S. Burris—an international lawyer and a senior partner at Burris, Schoenberg & Walden—was not only the “other lawyer” working side-by-side with Randy Schoenberg to have Maria Altmann’s historic rights recognized in the Altmann case, but has been the senior partner in the firm working with other “looted art” cases. He will speak about the case and his other fascinating experiences in connection with his ongoing efforts to repatriate artworks, businesses and real estate stolen by the Nazis.

This brief lecture will be followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt, a documentary film about the true story of the Woman in Gold, running time 86 minutes. Burris will take questions following the film. The fee for this program is $20 and $15 for Farnsworth members, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue members, and Strand members. For more information visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Late Summer Exhibitions at Barn Gallery

Evelyne Harper Neill will celebrate over 50 years as a member of the Ogunquit Art Association with a solo exhibition of her paintings in the North Gallery. She will give a Gallery Talk on Thursday, August 17 at 6 PM, a talk that is free and open to the public. There will be an opening reception on Saturday August 19, 5 – 7:30 PM.

Late Summer Exhibitions begin on August 9 and run through September 9. OAA members, old and new, will show paintings, graphics photographs and sculpture in “OAA Expressions” and in a special theme show, “From Above.” Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is always available in the Collectors Gallery.

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Barn Gallery’s expanded schedule of figure drawing sessions, artist demonstrations and workshops in a variety of media as well as artist gallery talks continues through August.

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine
Hours: 11 AM – 5 PM daily, 1 – 5 PM Sunday
For More Information : 207-646-8400, oacbarngallery@gmail.com, or www.barngallery.org

The Sohns Gallery Presents Collage Works By Artist Abbie Read

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop presents collage works by artist Abbie Read. The show runs from August 1st through September 17th. August 25th at 6:30 will be a reception and an artist talk at 7:00.
Abbie Read’s large impressive assemblage installation “Library” was on display in the Sohns Gallery in 2015. She is back in the gallery showing her new Paper Collage works. Abbie Read is drawn to the stained and abused surfaces of old books and discarded objects, the stuff of previous lives and times and the rustier, the more ancient looking the better. She uses her collected objects to create her abstract collage works. One body of work on display showcases exquisite range of reds inspired by the colors of the blueberry barrens on Appleton Ridge in the fall. This captivating gallery show has a range of sizes and prices.

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

Noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel to speak at CMCA

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to present an artist talk by noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, on Thursday, August 10, at 5:30pm. The talk is free-of-charge and open to the public. Wedel is currently the guest artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center in Newcastle, Maine.

Matt Wedel (b. 1984) is a ceramic artist living and working in rural southeastern Ohio. His surroundings provide him with the flexibility to create without restriction and to work in a scale that dwarfs his own body. Enveloped by natural surroundings, his home and studio sit amid sprawling acres of unspoiled land. For Wedel, living and working in the landscape, and depicting the landscape have become one and the same. Like tending plants in the earth, Wedel cultivates his own forms, rooted in his imagination and brought to life from clay.

Matt Wedel was born and raised in Colorado, and first began working with clay at the age of two. Under the guidance of his father, a functional ceramicist, Wedel developed an early passion for making sculpture. He earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, in 2005, and a MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2007, where he studied with Tony Marsh. Wedel went on to teach at the University, and has since taught at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, and University of Colorado, Boulder. In early 2012, Wedel moved with his family to Albany, Ohio, where he built his own studio and an oversized kiln.

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69"

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69″

Upcoming artist talks at CMCA include: Linden Frederick, Night Stories, August 29, 5:30pm; John Walker and William Corbett, Looking Out to Sea talk and book signing, September 10, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with author Tess Gerritsen, September 17, 3pm; Michael Mansfield, William Wegman and Early Video Art, September 24, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with Richard Russo, October 22, 3pm.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please call 207.701.5005 or  visit cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibit and Summer Gala at CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is celebrating its first anniversary in its Toshiko Mori Architect building with its Summer Gala on Friday, August 18, 2017. The evening also celebrates the preview opening of the much-anticipated exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala includes a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Festivities will end with Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck and dancing with music by DJ Owen Cartwright. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

Gala attendees are also able to reserve an advance copy of the hardcover book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories they Inspired ($45 + tax), signed by artist, with the purchase of Gala tickets. A number of the featured authors will be in attendance at the event to sign books throughout the evening.

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win.

Event Tickets are available online at cmcanow.org/summer-gala or by calling 207-701-5005. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jean Thompson at jthompson@cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

The groundbreaking exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, from August 19 through November 5, 2017 with an Artist Talk August 29, at 5:30pm. The much-anticipated exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers.

The exhibition, and the accompanying book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories They Inspired, have been eight years in the making. When artist Linden Frederick (b. 1953) realized a growing number of his collectors were novelists and screenwriters, he wondered what would happen if the writer-illustrator relationship were reversed: the painting first, then the writing. The result is Night Stories. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010.

CMCA, founded in 1952, is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207-701-5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

August Events at the ANNEX and Gallery B

Lyn Mayewski – An Exhibition of New Felted Animal Sculptures – a Fundraiser to Benefit Endangered Species

The felted sculptures are primarily of endangered and threatened animals throughout Maine and the world.  Half of the proceeds from sales will go to the World Wildlife Fund and the Climate Change Institute.
@Gallery B, 5 Main Street, Castine

Exhibition runs: July 28 – August 3, 2017
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Free and open to everyone

 

Annex Feature Exhibition:  The work of Thomas Barrett and Leni Mancuso, and their son, Kedron Barrett

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•Opening reception: Tuesday, August 1, 5-7
•Artist Talk: August 5, 7PM
•August 1 – 7

These longtime Castine residents were astonishingly gifted, avant-garde, and prolific. It is our honor to show their work at Gallery B and the ANNEX. Tom and Leni met in New York in the 1940s while studying art at the Brooklyn Museum School. They came up in the art world in New York City when it was the nexus of art innovation and they worked side-by-side with many of the well-known artists of the Abstract Expressionism movement. Both of their bodies of work reveal a deep thoughtfulness, a response to the different eras they lived in, and explorations of shifting styles and movements. They started summering in Maine in the 1960s, and much like Marsden Hartley and Fairfield Porter before them, they brought worldly expressive and stylistic innovations to bear on representing the Maine landscape and culture that became its own style. Kedron Barret, their son, was raised immersed in art and became a fabulous painter and print-maker himself. He lives in Berlin, Germany and visits Castine 3 or 4 times a year. Please join us to hear him talk about the lives and work of his parents, Leni and Tom and his own work.

For more information visit: www.gallerybgallery.com

Portland Museum of Art presents Winslow Homer Studio Tours

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The Maine that you know and love started with Winslow.

Before Winslow Homer arrived at Prouts Neck, no artist had connected Maine to the world’s popular imagination to the extent that he would soon after. His imagery depicted the region with uncommon passion, and drew artists and curiosity seekers to the state in a pilgrimage that continues today.

Discover the place where it all began: the Winslow Homer Studio—restored and preserved exactly as it was when he lived in it. Explore the creaky floorboards, craggy shores, and unparalleled beauty of one of most important locations in American art history, and connect with the Maine all over again. For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org/homer

Colby College to host Art & Land Conservation Symposium, August 3-4

Frederic Edwin Church (United States, 1826–1900), Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of Owen W. and Anna H. Wells in memory of Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1998.96. Image courtesy Luc Demers

Frederic Edwin Church (United States, 1826–1900), Mount Katahdin from Millinocket Camp, 1895, oil on canvas, 26 1/2 x 42 1/4 inches. Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Gift of Owen W. and Anna H. Wells in memory of Elizabeth B. Noyce, 1998.96. Image courtesy Luc Demers

Organized by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Maine Arts Commission, the 2017 Art & Land Conservation Symposium will take place at Colby College in Waterville on August 3-4, 2017.

This two-day conference will explore the critical role of 19th and 20th century visual artists in the American land conservation movement, and consider how art can inform land conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, art lovers, and citizen stewards in addressing contemporary pressures on the American landscape.

WHAT: Art & Land Conservation Symposium
WHEN: August 3-4, 2017
WHERE: Colby College
4000 Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, Maine
REGISTER: ArtLandSymposium2017.org
COST: $95

Experts on Adams, Bierstadt, Church, Cole, Hartley, O’Keeffe, Olmsted, Watkins and others will speak on how artists created landscape images for Americans who had never and might never experience them directly.

Nationally-recognized scholars in art, history, American studies and law will relate how artists helped policy-makers embrace a land protection ethic based on the aesthetic values of nature that played an essential role in the creation of our national and state parks. Presentations on contemporary artists in Maine and national parks with a thematic focus on the arts will also be included.

Speakers will also address the psychology of natural beauty and its importance to the human spirit. The symposium will be followed by optional field trips (August 5 & 6) to three iconic Maine regions where some of America’s most influential artists worked—Katahdin, Acadia, and Monhegan.

Any media coverage you can provide is greatly appreciated. Please contact William Plouffe at williamlplouffe@gmail.com or (207) 232-2495 for further details

August Opening at New Era Gallery

“Isabel at Guisando” by William Lasansky, Vinalhaven Black Granite and pigments, 27”x17”x6”

“Isabel at Guisando” by William Lasansky, Vinalhaven Black Granite and pigments, 27”x17”x6”

New Era Gallery’s late summer show is entitled “Land and Legend” and will feature the work of sculptor William Lasansky and photographers Andrew Crane and Ron Rosenstock.
William Lasansky was born in Argentina, but has been a part of the Vinalhaven community for seventy years. His intense observations of the natural world led to a love of Vinalhaven stone, particularly the gabbro that is known locally as black granite. His sculpture references his broad exposure to many world cultures.

Ron Rosenstock leads photographic workshops in many parts of the world, including Vinalhaven. He has worked and taught here for many years, developing an extraordinary body of images of iconic island landscapes. Andrew Crane is making his first appearance at New Era Gallery, with a group of tintype photos of the island. Crane has traveled extensively, creating small, powerful images that are at once contemporary and yet lost in time.

The show opens on August 5 with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm followed by a reception from 5:00–7:00pm, and runs through August 30. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. Please visit neweragallery.com for a complete schedule of shows and events.

Daily Exhibition Tours at CMCA for July and August

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will offer daily guided tours of the current exhibitions every weekday at 11am for the months of July and August. Join museum staff for a closer inside look at the exhibitions on view. Current exhibitions include John Walker | From Seal Point; Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites | Temporality, and William Wegman | Reel to Real. Tours are approximately 30 minutes long and are free with admission.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

William Wegman Artist Talk Presented by CMCA & The Strand Theatre

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Artist William Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a talk on his work on Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Tuesday Talk series. CMCA and the Strand Theatre are partnering on the presentation, with reduced admission for CMCA and The Strand members.

Immediately following the talk, a reception for the artist will take place at CMCA, adjacent to The Strand Theatre, at 21 Winter Street. The exhibition, William Wegman: Reel to Real, featuring the artist’s early videos and related drawings, is on view at CMCA through October 22, 2017. Tickets for the July 25 talk are available online through The Strand: $10 CMCA and The Strand members, $15 general admission; $20 day of event.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. Man Ray soon became an active participant in Wegman’s early videos and subsequent photographs, and the Weimaraners an iconic presence in the artist’s career.

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery

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‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ is one of four new Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery on June 28. Andres Verzosa, former Interim Executive Director and Curator at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) and former owner of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine will select work for this show from entries by local artists and members of the Ogunquit Art Association. ‘OAA Expressions’ features a wide variety of art by OAA artist members. Sculptor Jeffrey Briggs and painter Theresann D’Angelo have Showcase exhibitions in the North Gallery.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday July 8 – 7:30 PM. You can also join them for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 PM. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is available in the Collectors Gallery.

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Barn Gallery’s expanded schedule of figure drawing sessions, artist demonstrations and workshops in a variety of media as well as artist gallery talks continues through July and August

For More Information: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

“Island Boats Homes and Harbors” at New Era Gallery

“From Blueberry Hill” by Esther Garcia Eder, oil on canvas, 24 x 24

“From Blueberry Hill” by Esther Garcia Eder, oil on canvas, 24 x 24

The mid-summer show at New Era Gallery is entitled “Island Boats Homes and Harbors” and will feature the work of painter Esther Garcia Eder and ceramic sculptor David Riley Peterson. Eder’s colorful and joyous oils and watercolors of familiar island locales, often seen from atop the hill where she maintains her studio, speak of her love and deep appreciation for the island.  Peterson, who has spent summers on the island since childhood, shows his lifelong love of boats and the water in his ceramic sculpture, a range including representational dories, shipwrecks, and fantastical mythological vessels.

The show will open on July 15, and run through August 2.  The gallery will host an artists’ talk and reception on July 15 beginning at 4:30. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, and Sunday 11:00 – 2:00. Please visit our website for a complete schedule of shows and events.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk:

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The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Blue Hill First Friday: Artist Talk: Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the Cynthia Winings Gallery, Friday, July 7, 5:30

On FIRST FRIDAY, October 7, the Cynthia Winings Gallery presents an Artist Talk by Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz of the ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project in the current exhibition, Light Source. The two accomplished landscape painters will share their experience of painting together on Deer Isle for many years, and the inspiration they find in the landscape. Please join me at 5:30 for their presentation and an opportunity to see the exhibition, Light Source. Everyone is welcome!

Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

 

Courthouse Gallery presents Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Retrospective in July

 

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo exhibitions—Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Restrospective—from June 21 through July 20. Also showing are Susan Amons, Judy Belasco, Philip Koch, Mark Kidschi, and Stephen Porter. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 

Philip Barter: Maine Oasis

Philip Barter (b.1939) is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s aesthetic vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. Barter has spent a half-century painting narratives based on the Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine and went national when, in January 1995, Tim Sample highlighted his life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt.

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Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip

 

In conjunction with the show Philip Barter: Maine Oasis, Courthouse Gallery will host a Book Launch and Signing on July 12 from 4–7pm for Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a new book by Carl Little (Marshall Wilkes). At 5:30pm Little will introduce Philip Barter, who will talk about his narrative paintings, process, and career. The author will be available for book signing. Books can be reserved by calling (207) 667-6611. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton Retrospective

Judith Leighton (1929–2011) was the former owner of the Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill and an artist in her own right.  She began painting with watercolors in the 1950s, gaining notice for her work by the 1960s. After moving to Maine in 1970, Leighton worked almost exclusively with dry pastels.Her modernist inspired motifs included flowers, landscapes, tables and chairs, and women, often seated as if engaged in an pleasant conversation, or standing, or holding a dog, cat or bird. Leighton was passionate about art that “celebrated life” whether it was the art she showed at her gallery, or the art she made.

 

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am– 5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

July exhibits at The Gallery at Somes Sound

Joellyn Duesberry, Mt. Desert from Big Cranberry Island, Maine, 40" x 40", oil on linen

Joellyn Duesberry, Mt. Desert from Big Cranberry Island, Maine, 40″ x 40″, oil on linen

Exhibits run July 1 – July 31
Open House and Reception Saturday, July 1st
4:00 – 6:00 pm

A TRIBUTE TO JOELLYN DUESBERRY:
Reflections of MaineArtist Joellyn Duesberry’s (1944-2016) paintings on display for the month of July, celebrating her summers in Maine. Joellyn Duesberry (called Joly by friends and family) enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a landscape painter. Rich in coloration, Duesberry’s abstract images reveal a strong interest in geometry and an awareness of such modernist masters as John Marin and Milton Avery. . . .
Richard Oedel, Macassar end tables

Richard Oedel, Macassar end tables

STUDIO FURNITURE EXHIBIT
(to coincide with the Joellyn Duesberry Exhibit)
Featured Masters of NHFMA
The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association
enjoys a membership of nearly two dozen makers from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. These gifted artisans create studio furniture that is exceptionally beautiful and wonderfully diverse, and spans an array of styles including Period, Early American, Shaker,
Neo Classical, Traditional, Contemporary and Art Furniture.Participating Masters include . . .
Ted Blachly, Jon Brooks, Greg Brown, John Cameron, Timothy Coleman, Jeffrey Cooper, Garrett Hack, David Lamb, Terry Moore, Richard Oedel,
Brian Reid, Jeffrey Roberts, and visiting artist, Roger Myers

Joellyn Duesberry, Seal Cove Pond, Marsh Maples, 40" x 60", oil on linen

Joellyn Duesberry, Seal Cove Pond, Marsh Maples, 40″ x 60″, oil on linen

THE LIFE OF JOELLYN DUESBERRY
Saturday, July 8
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Reservations are required
To make your reservation please call 207 610-4622

On Saturday, July 8th from 7 pm – 9 pm, the Gallery will host a celebration of Duesberry’s life. The evening will include a screening of Peter Logue’s new documentary “Joellyn” and a performance by musicians Brittany Parker and Katherine Perkins of Barn Arts Collective.

Please visit www.galleryatsomessound.com/events for more information

William Wegman | Reel to Real Opens June 10 at CMCA

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announces the opening of the exhibition William Wegman: Reel to Real on Saturday, June 10. The exhibition features selections from the artist’s early videos and drawings and is on view through October 22, 2017.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in earnest in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. Working concurrently with other early West Coast video artists as Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, Wegman perfected a deadpan humor and absurdist logic in his videos that came to define much of the West Coast conceptual art of this period.

It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray, who became an active participant in the early videos and an iconic presence in the artist’s career. “My background is in painting,” says Wegman, “but in school in the sixties, like many artists of that time, I believed that painting was dead. I began to work in collaboration with other artists in the creation of performance and installation works. Soon after, I started making video and photographic works and in the process became fascinated with the media itself. Before long I was setting things up just for the camera. In 1970, I got a dog and he turned out to be very interested in video and photography as well.”

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

A public reception celebrating CMCA’s summer exhibitions will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm. William Wegman, accompanied by his Weimaraners, will discuss his work as part of CMCA’s Tuesday Talk series on July 25 at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, with a reception following at CMCA. Tickets for the talk will be available online starting July 1 at www.rocklandstrand.com.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org

Special Preview at Tidemark Gallery

Hoagy, digital conflation on canvas by Petrea Noyes

Hoagy, digital conflation on canvas by Petrea Noyes

Fine art photography and mosaics by teaching artists Lindsay Pinchbeck and Argy Nestor, are on display in Tidemark’s first show of the season along with the innovative canvasses of Lincolnville artist, Petrea Noyes.

In a special preview for the show on Saturday June 3rd, Nestor and Pinchbeck will give their Pecha Kucha presentation of their experience last summer in Africa with Go!Malawi! a Hebron, Maine-based arts education exchange program. MVHS teacher, Jacob Newcomb will do the introductions.

The gallery will be open at 6pm and refreshments will be served following the 7pm presentation.

Tidemark will also host a reception for the artists from 4 to 7 on the following Saturday, June 10, as part of ArtWalk Waldoboro

Opening Exhibitions at Barn Gallery

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Untitled by Diana Shank

An exciting new season of art exhibitions and programs by artists of the Ogunquit Art Association begins Wednesday, May 24. Opening Exhibitions include ‘OAA Expressions,’ an exhibition with a wide variety of subject and medium and ‘Anything Goes,’ a playful exploration of new media and artistic collaboration. Invited New England Sculptors exhibit in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Sculptor Judy O’Donnell and painter Diana Shank Showcase their work in the North Gallery.

Join them for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, June 15 at 6:00 PM.

Circles by Judy O'Donnell

Circles by Judy O’Donnell

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine
May 24 – June 24. Hours: 11 AM – 5 PM daily, 1 – 5 PM Sunday
FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

CMCA Sunday Salon with Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites

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Join artists Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites in conversation with CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy for a Sunday Salon on June 4 at 3pm, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Led by McAvoy, Brillhart and Stites will engage in a lively discussion on artistic collaboration and the work on view in their current exhibition,Temporality.

The exhibition is part of CMCA’s ongoing Counterpoint exhibition series bringing together the work of two artists in dialogue with one another. For Brillhart and Stites, the studio environment is both the subject and source of their work. Documenting the passage of time, the subtle shifts of light, the play of shadows, and the process of making are shared aesthetic interests.

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Artists Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites

Jenny Brillhart lives in Stonington, Maine, and received her BA from Smith College and MFA from the New York Academy of Art. Sara Stites lives in Thomaston, Maine, and Miami, Florida, and received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA from Pratt Institute.

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are a series of conversations on current topics in contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free with admission. Audience members are invited to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Sunday Salon with David Driskell at CMCA

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Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell will be the featured speaker at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s upcoming Sunday Salon on May 7, from 3 to 5pm. Sunday Salons are an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art and are free with admission.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) will discuss his work in the current exhibition, Renewal and Form: Selected Recent Prints. Audience members are invited to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

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David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was introduced to lithography and woodcuts. Printmaking has remained a favorite medium throughout his career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

Driskell has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

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Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

Upcoming Sunday Salon | May 14 – Father, Son & Piper Cub with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli. For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

On May 5th The Bookey Readings Features Anna Wrobel and Marita O’Neill

All are invited to the Bookey Readings at the Harlow on Friday, May 5 at 7pm, featuring Anna Wrobel (left) and Marita O’Neill (right.) Courtesy Photos.

All are invited to the Bookey Readings at the Harlow on Friday, May 5 at 7pm, featuring Anna Wrobel (left) and Marita O’Neill (right.) Courtesy Photos.

The Bookey Readings at the Harlow continues their 2017 poetry series on Friday, May 5 beginning at 7pm. The event, held at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, features two women well known to Maine poetry: Anna Wrobel and Marita O’Neill. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation is appreciated at the door to support operating costs at the Gallery.

Both life-long, dedicated teachers, Wrobel and O’Neill present their passion for and knowledge of life, love, and human struggle through spoken word. Their poetry shares experiences that have shaped them into strong, loving, and impacting women who value activism through peace.

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, and poet. Marengo Street was published by Moon Pie Press in 2012; a second collection is slated for 2018. Educator, scholar of Holocaust Studies, Anna extracts global history and personal narratives into poetic forms in manuscript, Sparrow Feathers, from which her presentation, “Second Generation/First Person,” is derived. Poems are used by history and literature teachers in several states, also in Poland, Germany, Israel and Palestine. Poems, historical essays and critical reviews appear in venues including Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast, Holocaust Human Rights Center of U-Maine, and Jewish Currents (contributing writer). Anna curates Lowry’s Lodge, Maine’s second longest running feature poetry series (after Harlow).

Marita O’Neill is a poet, teacher, and bird admirer. She has lived in Maine for over 20 years and originally hails from the not-so-mean streets of Philadelphia. She earned her MFA in poetry from Vermont College. She is currently teaching high school English to seniors and sophomores at Yarmouth High School. She has published two chapbooks: Love Dogs by Strikestudio Press and Evidence of Light by Moon Pie Press. Her poem “Crow Calling” was recently published in the Deep Water series through the Maine Sunday Telegram and her poem “Dragon” in the Maine Arts Magazine. Lately, she’s exploring what it means, in Pema Chodrin’s words, “to refrain”: “the practice of not immediately filling up space just because there’s a gap.

The Harlow Gallery located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.

For more information about the Harlow Gallery or this event visit www.harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View”

 

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Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View” of Barns and Farm Houses

 

Belfast. Machias watercolorist Margaret LaFarge has lived in Maine since 1980. Her intimate paintings transport us across time and space, into the rooms of farmhouses with which LaFarge has a special connection. “These are primarily homes I have lived in,” she points out. “And so my paintings revolve around family, memories and history.”

The farmhouse interiors depicted in paintings such as “Horse Hair Chair” and “1800 Farm House” hail from New England villages that once had a vibrant farming community. “But a lot of farming has disappeared here,” said LaFarge. “It’s so sad to see old farmhouses fall apart. I am fortunate that my family has always maintained them.”

 

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 Tessa O’Brien, Headlights, acrylic, enamel, dye on panel, 48 x 48”,

An old box of photos took painter Tessa O’Brien on a trip down memory lane, to a time in her childhood when her parents and their friends built a timber frame together. “Everyone stayed and camped out with their babies and dogs. I just love those images, and the memories they conjure up,” said O’Brien.

In her bold, colorful paintings, the timber frame itself became a symbol for community, sustainability and craftsmanship. “I was pursuing my MFA at the time,” O’Brien explained. “And visually, I loved the structure of the timber frame as an image in its own right. I’m primarily interested in paint – the possibilities of it, the textural quality – but I need an organizing principle to direct my work.”

 

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Leslie Harris, Hayloft, oil on linen board, 20x16”,

 

What followed was much like a community engagement project. “I started hunting down timber frames in Maine, and ended up meeting the people building them, and hearing their stories,” O’Brien shared. “I love the stories that go along with the buildings, and the way these structures interact with the land.”

The Portland painter recognized that the subject matter of farm houses runs the risk of being nostalgic. “While I started from a place of nostalgia that is not what I want to communicate. I want to show the present-day possibilities, which are very alive in Maine, and ask what these traditions can bring us now.”

With The Inside View, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is aiming to show a variety of interior views of farms: old and new; still used for farming or transformed into an artist’s space; the family’s kitchen table versus the cow’s barn. The group show includes oil paintings, acrylics, mixed media, drawings and photography by artists Julie Cyr, Kerstin Engman, Leslie Harris, DiTa Ondek, Susan Smith, Sarah Szwajkos, and afore-mentioned Margaret LaFarge and Tessa O’Brien.

The Inside View will be on exhibit from April 3rd through June 23rd. There will be artist talks at 5:00pm on Friday May 26, followed by a reception as part of the Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8:00pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

 

UMaine Museum of Art presents Art @ Noon

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Please join us for two informal noon-time gallery talks with artists Brenton Hamilton (4/14/2017) and Siobhan McBride (4/21/2017). The talks will focus on their work on exhibit in the galleries through May 6th, 2017. 
ART@NOON gallery talks are FREE, all ages, and open to the public. UMaine Museum of Art is located at 40 Harlow St. in Downtown Bangor. For more information please contact Kat Johnson:  207.561.3360, kat.johnson@maine.edu, or  umma.umaine.edu

Sunday Salons at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art hosts Sunday Salons, an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art. Sunday Salons are free with admission and take place on Sundays at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 3-5pm.

On April 9, Sunday Salon features artist Sam Cady in conversation with David Raymond, the Director of the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College. Raymond and Cady will engage in an open discussion and seek to answer the question of “Is Art Magic?” and more. Audience members are invited to join the conversation and to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61", collection of the artist

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61″, collection of the artist

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1943, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life. As an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he commuted between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in his subjects, ranging from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

David Raymond is a sculptor and painter. He has taught at Merrimack College since 1964. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and has served as an artist/teacher in the Master of Fine Arts program of Vermont College. In addition to being Professor of Fine Art, David Raymond was the Director of the McQuade Library Art Gallery at Merrimack College from 1972 to 1999. He became the Director of the McCoy Gallery of the new Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in 1999.

Upcoming Sunday Salons include: “Think Wrong” with graphic designer, educator, and thinker John Bielenberg on April 30; “Renewal & Form” with artist David Driskell on May 7; and “Father, Son & Piper Cub” with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli, on May 14.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

Assemblage Works by Joe Kennedy & Wally Warren at The Sohns Gallery

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Assemblage Works by Joe Kennedy & Wally Warren.
The collective works of artists Wally Warren and Joe Kennedy are thought provoking, unique and inspiring. Working with found and recycled objects; both sculptors create works from items most of us may dispose of too easily, without even thinking twice. Both artists seem to enjoy seeing relics of a useful past whose time has ended, being reborn again to serve us in a different yet fulfilling way. Delighted to emerge themselves in whimsical and fantasy worlds, each creates their own style that may transcend you to another place and time. Kennedy and Warren have been neighbors on Stream Road in Ripley for decades and Warren, a lifelong artist, has served as friend and mentor to Kennedy-a plumber turned found-object artist.

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The show runs from Feb 13th – April 2, 2017 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. Please, join us for a Reception and Artist Talks will be held on March 3rd, at 6:30. For more information contact therockandartshop@gmail.com

Lecture at the Farnsworth – “Puttin’ on the Ritz”: The Gilded Age Restaurants of New York

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At Mouquin’s, 1905. William Glackens, American, 1870-1938. Oil on canvas, 122.4 x 92.1 cm (48 1/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

On Thursday, March 9, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Virginia Tuttle entitled “Puttin’ on the Ritz:” The Gilded Age Restaurants of New York.” The lecture will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 1 p.m.

Restaurants were still a fairly new, decidedly French “invention” when they first opened in New York City around 1830. In the decades immediately prior the Civil War, the city’s restaurants began to thrive as diners relished their first taste of exquisite French cuisine served in graciously appointed dining rooms. Then, between 1870 and the onset of World War I, while industrialism was rapidly increasing and vastly enriching America’s urban population, they became palatial—and sometimes truly bizarre—establishments that served as a stage for New York’s most extravagant social entertainments.

This lecture will examine a selection of these restaurants, paying particular attention not only to their role in the development of New York’s Gilded Age society, but to their meticulously choreographed internal operations. We will meet the great—and invariably French—celebrity chefs who ruled like despots over their enormous, lavishly equipped kitchens and extensive, expertly trained cook staffs. We will see contemporary images of the restaurants’ kitchens and their opulent dining rooms and scrutinize their menus, which offered a stunning abundance of dishes. Finally, we will discover how chefs were able to use far-reaching supply lines to acquire the finest wines and freshest produce (even in the dead of winter) for the fortunate few of New York who dined in their restaurants.

Virginia Tuttle is a retired curator from the National Gallery of Art, now living in Camden and working on a book about New York’s Gilded Age restaurants. The cost for this program is $5 for Farnsworth members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education

PMA reopens with “Lights Across Congress”

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The countdown to the unveiling of the new PMA begins at 6 p.m. on February 3 with Lights Across Congress, a special event that will bring together more than 20 community organizations, businesses, and supporters to present a massive 130-foot-wide cinematic projection on the museum’s façade, promising to be the Maine arts event of the year.

Lights Across Congress will serve as a public countdown to the reopening of the PMA, and at the end of the projection the museum will open its doors and welcome visitors to the entirely new and reimagined PMA, for free.

Lights Across Congress will include one of the largest multidimensional projections in Portland’s history, made possible through generous support from Unum as well as through partnerships with Headlight AV, p3, and the City of Portland. To celebrate the reopening of the museum, the projection will light up the façade of the PMA with an exciting and colorful animated sequence that people will remember for years to come. With support from the city of Portland and to provide as many viewing angles as possible, Free Street at Congress Street will be closed to traffic on the evening of February 3.

Many more community partners will be involved—including ice sculptors, food trucks, and the Friends of Congress Square Park—to make Lights Across Congress a festive winter carnival environment and a true party to mark the reopening of the PMA.

Lights Across Congress is a moment of celebration for the Portland Museum of Art, as well as an opportunity to showcase the economic and social power of Maine’s arts and culture for a wide array of organizations, community partners, and businesses. From leading corporations such as UNUM to creative agencies such as p3 and The VIA Agency, and from community organizations such as Creative Portland to state agencies such as the Maine Office of Tourism, Lights Across Congress and the reopening of the PMA provides a moment for the city of Portland and the state of Maine to rally around the arts.

Beerits, Wilson, Walker at DIAA’s 3rd ART matters

(Deer Isle, Maine) – The Deer Isle Artists Association presents local metal artists Peter Beerits, Doug Wilson and Ian Walker for its third ART matters 2 session at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, at the Deer Isle gallery.

The artists will bring examples of their work to discuss with each other and the audience during the session, titled METALS plus. DIAA Board Member Hub White will serve as moderator.

The popular ART matters 2 discussions have been attracting standing-room only audiences.

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Peter Beerits “Bear-face”

Beerits, an artist who primarily fabricates in wood, said he has always relied on metal for fine details such as eyes, lips and fingers. “Because my work depends on the drawn line to express images, I am attracted to metal because I can cut a more defined line in it,” he said. “I also use low-technology metal casting to work around limitations in forming wood and fastening metal objects to it.”

 

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Ian Walker, “Minora”

Walker, a retired geologist, has worked in wood since the 7th grade. “In the mid-1970s a blacksmith writing in Fine Woodworking magazine claimed I could make a better wood chisel than I could buy,” he said. “My woodworking largely gave way to blacksmithing, and I remain an amateur blacksmith. Much of my work is inspired by collaborations with other craftsmen and includes door and window hardware, chest hinges and locks, woodworking tools and the occasional whimsical item donated to a non-profit group auction.”

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Doug Wilson, “Door Handle, Hostel”

Doug Wilson has taught nationally and has worked as a blacksmith on Deer Isle since 1981. He produces functional work such as candlesticks, fire tool sets and fire screens, as well as architectural work, including gates, railings and sculpture. The work is produced using traditional hot forging techniques used by blacksmiths to produce fine work for centuries. “There is fire, glowing iron and the ring of the hammer in every piece of work,” he said.

Eric Ziner has had to cancel participation from the METALS plus session of ART matters 2 due to unexpected obligations that arose.

The program begins at 1:30 pm, and each artist has a short time to speak. When all are done, the artists will talk with each other for a period of time followed by an open discussion with the audience. A reception follows with 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.

ART matters is in its second year as a winter discussion series among artists and residents of Deer Isle. The DIAA intends ART matters 2 as a way to enable artists to talk with each other, to keep the gallery alive in winter and to have people learn about what, why and how artists create. Nineteen artists are participating in the six sessions of ART matters 2 this year.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, fiber artists, photographers, ceramicists and other artists.

Farnsworth and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present Teatro alla Scala:

onesheet_poster_teatro-alla-scala Sunday, January 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present a collaborative screening of Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders. The film will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland.

Ever since its construction was completed in 1778, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan has drawn major artists from the international music scene and has been a mecca of music. To this day, performing at the Scala marks the pinnacle one’s career in the eyes of the world. Music critic John Gavazzeni wrote: “The pillars of world opera … [were] all launched or consecrated in one place, at the Teatro alla Scala.”

Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders is a journey through time and space to discover a marvelous place, where the most glorious pages in the history of music, opera and ballet have been written. This presentation is part of Specticast’s The Art & Architecture in Cinema series, which brings the world’s greatest works of art, and their environs, to cinemas nationwide.

A post-film discussion will be led by Roger Dell, art historian, former Harvard lecturer, and former Farnsworth Director of Education. The fee for this program is $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Tickets for sale at the Strand box office directly prior.

UMaine Museum of Art announces ART@NOON – George Kinghorn

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Please join us WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th at the Museum of Art for an informal noon-time gallery talk with Museum Director and Curator George Kinghorn.  The talk will focus on Contemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists, currently on exhibit through December 31st.  ART@NOON gallery talks are free and open to the public!

For more information contact: Kat Johnson, 207- 561 – 3360, kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu or visit www.umma.maine.edu

UMaine Museum of Art announces ART@NOON – Darren Emenau

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Please join us THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd 12 Non, at the Museum of Art for an informal noon-time gallery talk with artist Darren Emenau.  The talk will focus on his work inContemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists, currently on exhibit through December 31st.  ART@NOON gallery talks are free and open to the public! For more information contact Kat Johnson, 207.561.3360, kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu, or visit www.umma.umaine.edu

DIAA announces ART matters 2 schedule

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The Deer Isle Artists Association today announced the dates, themes and artists who will participate in the winter discussion series, ART matters 2.

The discussions will be held at the DIAA gallery at 15 Main St. on the first Sunday afternoon of every month, except January, through April. Last year, the association hosted six sessions given by a total of 22 artists. An average of 60 people attended, allowing standing room only. Twenty artists have agreed to participate this year, some of whom are DIAA members and several who are not.

“The events were extremely well received by the artists and the audience, so much so they asked that we continue the program this winter,” said Hub White, moderator and DIAA Board Member.

White said the DIAA began ART matters last year with three goals: To enable artists to talk with each other; to have people learn about what, why and how artists create; and to keep the gallery alive in the winter and contribute to the activities of Deer Isle Village.

The ART matters 2 format will be the same as last year. Artists bring their work, old or new, and it is placed so the audience can see it. The program begins at 1:30 pm, and each artist has 10 minutes to speak. When all are done, the artists talk with each other for about 20 minutes and then with the audience for at least 20 more minutes. A reception follows with coffee from 44 North Coffee, tea and cake.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists, fiber artists and others.

Below is the 2016-17 schedule for the Deer Isle Artists Association’s Art matters 2 series:

Nov. 6th  MELANGE
Lynn Duryea
Mary Howe
Lissa Hunter       

Dec. 4th  MELANGE encore
Julie Morringello
Carolyn Walton
Ellen Wieske

Jan. 8th  METALS plus
Peter Beerits
Doug Wilson
Eric Ziner

Feb. 5th  FOCUSED IMAGES
Zuzonna Huot
David Kofton
David Simonds
Alice Wilkinson

March 5th  COLLABORATION
Mark Bell
Karen Adrienne
Simon van der Ven

April 2nd  SURFACES
Missy Greene
David McBeth
Frank Pitcher

Moderator
Hub White

For More Information contact Hub White, hubwhite1@gmail.com

CMCA 2016 Biennial Exhibition

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland will open its 2016 Biennial Exhibition showcasing the work of twenty-five artists from across Maine, with a public opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 8pm.  The exhibition will remain on view through February 5, 2017. As the first Biennial in its new home, CMCA will be dedicating all 5,500 square feet of display space in the three galleries to the exhibition.

The twenty-five artists whose work will be included in the CMCA 2016 Biennial are: Phoebe Adams (Phippsburg), Sachiko Akiyama (Skowhegan), Marcia Annenberg (Boothbay Harbor), Steven Baines (Portland), MJ Blanchette (Kittery Point), Sarah Bouchard (Arundel), Philip Brou (South Portland), Emily Brown (Montville), Cole Caswell (Peaks Island), Scott Davis (Rockland), Morris David Dorenfeld (Spruce Head), Lynn Duryea (Deer Isle and South Portland), Carly Glovinski (Berwick), Tonee Harbert (Portland), Richard Iammarino (Rockland), Kayla Mohammadi (Walpole), Ann H. Mohnkern (Yarmouth and Phippsburg), Paul Oberst (Freedom), Kate Russo (Portland), Claire Seidl (Rangeley), Gail Skudera (Lewiston), Richard Van Buren (Eastport), George Wardlaw (Portland), Kathy Weinberg (Morrill), Andrew White (Union).

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

“We are excited to be working with this remarkable group of artists,” says Associate Curator Bethany Engstrom. “The new galleries open up possibilities for exhibiting a wide diversity of work in terms of scale and medium, providing an engaging reflection of what is happening in contemporary art in Maine now.”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. Since then, CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years. 

The jurors for the 2016 Biennial were Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet, and art critic for Hyperallergic. Seven hundred and eighty artists submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. 

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Berry says, “The artistic community in Maine has a long-standing tradition of excellence and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will continue to tell this important story with the 2016 Biennial. John Yau and I had the difficult task of narrowing down a large stellar group of artists to a finely curated few. The review process took much longer than I anticipated because of the quality level of the applicants. It has been a wonderful experience for all involved and I look forward to seeing our selections in CMCA’s new building this fall.”

In describing the review process for this year’s Biennial, Yau states, “I thought about the many different artists who have lived in Maine while I was looking at this year’s submissions. The many marvelous portfolios that I saw made it extremely difficult to winnow down the selection. … I think the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will do much to change the culture of the state, and the Biennial is one of the ways it will do this, as it brings together as well as celebrates members of the Maine arts community.”

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CMCA will host a series of talks entitled, “Who Do You Love,” in which Biennial artists will speak about the work of other artists who inspire them. The talks will be held at 3pm on Sundays, November 20, and January 8 and 22. The talks are free with admission.

Support for the CMCA 2016 Biennial is provided by sponsors Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB. Their generous gift made it possible to waive entry fees for the 780 artists who submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine.

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions as well as dynamic educational programs and special events for all ages. Hours: June through October: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm, and First Fridays 10 am until 8 pm. November through May: Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; Children under 12 free; Members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Two by Two: Two Couples, Four Photographers at MFT Gallery

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Kathryn Oliver

When it comes to photography, couples Ralph and Kathryn, and Margaret and Drew, are two peas in a (tri-)pod. For both pairs, being photographers together is a core part of their relationship – not unlike farming is to many farming couples. This November and December at Maine Farmland Trust  Gallery, each of these four photographers is showing a selection of their work.

Kathryn has been an artist her whole adult life. She met Ralph when he contacted her to collaborate on a photo series in May 2013. It was a dance series and she participated as the subject. Shortly thereafter they became good friends and eventually fell in love. “Ralph inspired me to step behind the lens myself,” says Kathryn. “So we continue to bounce ideas off each other, share critiques but we pursue our own projects independently.

Ralph was born in West Germany and studied European literature in Germany and France. He immigrated to the United States in 2002. He is a self-taught photographer who regularly presents his work in national and international shows.

Ralph Hassenpflug

Ralph Hassenpflug

“Kathryn and Ralph both often work in black and whites, and their images are rather dream-like,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, curator of MFT Gallery. “But that is where the resemblance stops. There is a definite difference in feel, which completely echoes their individual spirit. Kathryn’s works – especially her encaustics – have an ephemeral, wispy, whimsical quality that pulls us into imaginary worlds filled with voices of flowers and wind-swept grass. Ralph’s work can be both beautiful and haunting at the same time. It strikes me as truly European: born from a philosopher’s soul, he mixes equal parts of the same dark and dripping angst found in Rilke’s poems with raw and unexpected beauty. The resulting images quiver with melancholy longing.”

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret and Drew typically photograph and exhibit together. “We often spend several hours working at the same location—it could be an old farm, an abandoned mill site, or perhaps an historical building,” Margaret says.

Margaret was not a photographer when they met, but Drew was. “I would come along when he was taking pictures,” says Margaret. Drew proceeded to give Margaret a camera. “I had liked photography in my childhood – but I was always interested in abstract stuff, and was told I was taking the wrong kind of pictures!”

A common thread in their work is their interest in the still-visible remainders of Maine’s 19th and early 20th century history. Abandoned machinery from farms and factories, evolving rural landscapes, and even libraries of vintage books are all viewed with a contemporary sensibility.

Drew Sanborn

Drew Sanborn

“Margaret and Drew know how to do justice to the beauty and personality of all things old,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo. “Looking at their work I sense a stillness and emptiness, like time has momentarily stopped.”

Two by Two: two couples, four photographers will be on display from November 7, 2016 through January 6, 2016. There will be an artist talk with all four photographers on Friday November 18, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception from 5:30-8pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

DIAA Presents Drawings by Illustrator and Furniture Designer Bruce Bulger

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Deer Isle illustrator and furniture designer Bruce Bulger will exhibit his drawings in large format at the DeerIsle Artists Association gallery from Oct. 22-30, 2016. In addition, Bulger will discuss his work at a public reception held at the DIAA gallery on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. He will be in the gallery creating his work from Noon to 5 p.m. at the gallery on 15 Main St., Deer Isle.

The exhibit, called Projection, will feature Bulger projecting his sketchbook drawings onto large canvases on the DIAA walls. He will then paint and draw onto the canvas.

Bulger described the process he’ll use as follows: “When in the landscape or many other drawing situations (after you have chosen the motif), you have to make some choices: what medium to be used and surface to draw on. Watercolor paper, which may be purchased in journal form, is my preferred choice. So now get to work. Timing is critical. Every mark counts, so focus on the rectangle in your control. You are composing what’s on your mind and fingertips — distance, nearness, solidity, light, dark, etc. Say you have worked hard for an hour and your time is up. Take a deep breath, look deep and return to the piece at your next chance. Open your book and continue to make decisions on what makes it art.  I propose to project the small drawing large. Many important decisions have already been made. This is where your marks will feel freer. Your new larger marks will be stronger energetic, loose and important.”

Bulger graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art as an illustrator. He has been an illustrator and furniture designer for 40 years. His studios and gallery are on Deer Isle at the old Deer Isle High School Seamark Building. Bulger’s work may also be viewed at www.brucewbulger.com.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists and fiber artists.

Greenhut Galleries opens “Joel Babb: The Nature of Things”

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Fog, Surf Murmurs Hunter’s Head, 2016, oil on linen, 20 x 19 inches

The Nature of Things is Joel Babb’s first solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.  Babb began painting the Maine coast in 1975, during construction of his house and studio in Sumner, Maine. After discovering Mount Desert, he would visit the island in all seasons, painting that coastline as well. But eventually, Babb lost his zest for painting the storied coast of Maine, feeling it had been depicted so frequently it was no longer possible for him to see it as it really is. So, for a time, he stopped, though he did continue painting nature in the woods and brooks nearby.

Artist Talk Saturday October 22nd 1pm

For the past several years, Babb has returned to Acadia, finding new inspiration in the epic confrontation of sea, granite, pine, and clouds. He states, “It is as if the Maine woods were being ground away to the foundations by this meeting with the sea.  When the water is calm, the shoreline is still evocative of storms of unimaginable scale.  I love the architectonic structure of the rocks, and the opposing movement of the water as if resentful of the rigidity, the sway of light and atmosphere over everything.

The Lucretian vision of eternal forces and elements interacting comes to life for me in Mount Desert, in the geology, the weather, and especially the action of the sea with the land.  I’ve visited Acadia the day after a hurricane passed through and climbed Cadillac Mountain the day after an ice storm in February. Once on a foggy morning, I startled a deer herd on Ocean Drive, and when I stopped at my spot to continue a painting, long spider webs across the road told me I was the first to pass that way. No matter how many visit Acadia, nature is still the impressive narrative.”

Babb is equally known for his urban views. In his book, Nature & Culture:  The Art of Joel Babb, Carl Little writes, “He divides his time between country and city, continuing to explore both places even as he builds on his repertoire of subjects. . . .For Babb, realism represents a philosophy of art.  As such, he says, the realist painter is constantly discovering ‘new understandings new realizations’ of the mysteries of existence.  ‘Realism as a philosophy,’ he muses ‘suggests that a small corner of the universe, when rightly observed, may open up universal laws in action.’ A modern day Thoreau.”

Joel Babb is a graduate of Princeton and the Boston Museum School, where he taught for several years. He has also taught at Tufts and Harvard universities. His paintings have been exhibited in many museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and are in numerous prestigious corporate collections and in several museums, including the Fogg Museum of Harvard University and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Gallery Talk With Artists Don Voisine and Mark Wethli Sunday, October 9, 4pm

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88" overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88″ overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presents a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Don Voisine in conversation with artist and educator Mark Wethli on Sunday, October 9, at 4pm. The talk is free with museum admission and is presented in conjunction with the current show of Voisine’s work, Don Voisine: X/V, on view through October 28. 

Voisine and Wethli are longtime friends with a shared aesthetic approach and appreciation. They will discuss the fifteen-year survey of Voisine’s work currently on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, and precise, hard-edged forms. Roberta Smith, senior art critic for The New York Times, writes, “Within their proscenium-like borders, Mr. Voisine’s dark geometries enact telling dramas of texture, shape, symmetry, color, edge and light—in effect, all of painting’s grand illusions—especially when given your undivided attention.” 

Don Voisine was born in 1952 in Fort Kent, Maine, and studied at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Mark Wethli is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. 

For more information on Don Voisine, visit http://donvoisine.com.

For more information on Mark Wethli, visit http://markwethli.com.

For more information on all of CMCA’s programs and events, visit www.cmcanow.org.

The Rock & Art Shop Presents Paintings by Jennifer Anderson

Painting by Jennifer Anderson

Painting by Jennifer Anderson

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents works by Jennifer Anderson. Anderson grew up on the Maine coast painting what she loves. Her earlier works were watercolor studies of sea creatures. Anderson currently lives and paints in Brewer Maine. Her current oil paintings of the ocean are captivating. Anderson’s use of texture and light help to make the viewer feel as if they are on the high seas.

The show runs from September 9th to October 29th , 2016 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception will be held on October 7th, at 6:30 with the artist talk at 7:00.

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

Announcing Maine Craft Weekend October 1st and 2nd

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Maine Craft Weekend (MCW), a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events, is an opportunity for the public to explore the life and work of craft artists and craft brewers in Maine. MCW is a public, educational, community oriented, family friendly weekend October 1 + 2, 2016. MCW is scheduled in conjunction with American Craft Week, a nationwide event promoting craft events each October. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this self-guided tour features participants all over the state who are not regularly open to the public or who have planned special MCW events and demonstrations at their locations. Plan a route to include a pottery wheel lesson and a glass blowing demonstration in the morning, swing by a brew pub for lunch, wrap up the day perusing a craft show and start all over again on Sunday! For more information visit www.MaineCraftWeekend.org

CMCA Events in Conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival, is presenting several public programs on Saturday, September 17, that go beyond traditional documentary formats and mediums, complimenting CIFF’s focus on Creative Nonfiction Storytelling.

The day’s programs at CMCA include a participatory installation in the courtyard by performance artist James Leonard, an experiential slide talk in ArtLab by sound artist Halsey Burgund, and the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, in the Bruce Brown and Guy D. Hughes galleries.

Artist James Leonard is bringing his “Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” to the CMCA courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 10am to 6pm. An internationally exhibited artist, Leonard is traveling the country making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. Leonard explains, “I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

Leonard recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. The CMCA installation will be his third stop in Maine in addition to Ogunquit and Portland. When not on the road, Leonard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Halsey Burgund

Artist Halsey Burgund

Musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund will speak Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm in the CMCA ArtLab. Burgund’s installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Recently, his work has focused on evolving, contributory, location-based audio installations accessible via custom smartphone apps. In this talk, he will discuss his art practice and the technology he uses to implement his installations, as well as introduce a Rockland-based demonstration of his Roundware software platform created for Storyforms, the interactive program at the Camden International Film Festival.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Concurrently, the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, on view in the CMCA galleries, explores related ideas of documentation and perception of nature. Using a variety of photographic means, including digital, analog, film and video, artist Lauren Henkin, a recent resident of Rockland, raises questions about what is real in an increasingly interior, virtual world. 

All the events at CMCA on Saturday, September 17, are free and open to CIFF pass holders and CMCA members; public admission is $6, children under 12 are free. James Leonard’s installation in the courtyard is free and open to all.

OMAA / STAR ISLAND talk with artist Don Gorvett

Phantom Ships, The Oceanic, Star Island, Reduction woodcut by Don Gorvett, 2016.

Phantom Ships, The Oceanic, Star Island, Reduction woodcut by Don Gorvett, 2016.

Join Don Gorvett to discusses his recently created woodblock print of the historic Oceanic Hotel to commemorate Star Island’s Centennial year. This event is free and open to the public.

August 30, 2016
5:00pm refreshments
6:00pm talk

For more information contact the Ogunquit Museum of American Art at 207-646-4909

“We’re so pleased to have Don speak at OMAA and to help Star Island celebrate 100 years,” said Andres Verzosa, Interim Executive Director and Curator, Ogunquit Museum of American Art. “A respected figure in the Ogunquit arts scene, Don’s woodcut print work is included in OMAA’s permanent collection as well as those of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA., Boston Athenaeum, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH., Farnsworth Museum of Art, Rockland, ME., Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME., Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester, MA., and most recently the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. We’re happy to have this opportunity to hear about his process and about his special commemorative work for a beloved Isles of Shoals landmark.”

All Totally Tuesday Talks begin at 6:00 p.m., with light refreshments served at 5 p.m., courtesy of Totally Tuesday sponsors Maine Beer Company and That Place in Ogunquit.

More information about Totally Tuesday Talks can be found on the OMAA website at http://ogunquitmuseum.org/totally-tuesday/.

Acadia Cadence opening at Yarmouth Frame & Gallery

"Sargent Mountain" 24x24 acrylic on canvas, Catherine Breer. Please call gallery for price.

“Sargent Mountain” 24×24 acrylic on canvas, Catherine Breer. Please call gallery for price.

There will be an opening reception for “Acadia Cadence” on September 10, 2016 from 3:30 – 7:00 PM at Yarmouth Frame & Gallery. Catherine Breer will start things off with an artist talk about what her year has been like as the artist who’s works are representing the Acadia National Parks 100th Anniversary. David Little and Carl Little will also be here to talk about there latest art book titled Art of Acadia. Signed copies will be available for purchase. This exhibit also includes the gallery’s 25 year around artists and their works depicting the majestic heart and soul of our Maine. The exhibit runs through November 20th.

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Gallery located at 720 Route 1, Yarmouth, Maine, 04096.  Hours: M-F 10 to 6 Sat. 10 to 4 For More Information call 207-846-7777 or visit facebook.com/YFandG & Twitter.com/YFandG 

Mars Hall Gallery Presents “Afternoon with Elaine Reed”

Elaine Reed - "Rainy Night Rhythms"

Elaine Reed – “Rainy Night Rhythms”

Mars Hall Gallery is proud to host an “Afternoon with Elaine Reed” as part of the current exhibition “LEO & Company”. The exhibit features works by the late Leo Brooks, who spent his summers painting on Monhegan Island till his death in 1993. Brooks was a close friend and mentor to Elaine Reed for over twelve years. The exhibit includes her paintings and many letters she received from Brooks sharing his thoughts on ART and LIFE.

Elaine Reed is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society; a member of the Arts Students League in N.Y.; an associate member of the American Watercolor Society; a member of W.A.M.I., Woman Artists of Monhegan Island, and one of the featured artists in the 2013 documentary film, “The Woman Artists of Monhegan Island”, produced by Mike Boucher of Sonic Pictures in Portland. She is a retired ART teacher and is currently living in Wiscasset and painting at her studio in Bath.

On Sundays August 14th and August 21st from 2-4 p.m. Reed will be demonstrating her approach and techniques of watercolor painting. She will also be talking and answering questions about Leo Brooks, the man and his art, their relationship as artists and friends both on and off Monhegan Island and how he’s influenced her. The demos are free and open to the public. The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George penninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road in Martinsville. For more info call 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

TJ CUNNINGHAM TO GIVE PAINTING DEMONSTRATION AT HAYNES GALLERIES IN THOMASTON

Artist TJ Cunningham

Artist TJ Cunningham

Fans of well-crafted paintings are in for a special morning at Haynes Galleries. Portrait and landscape artist TJ Cunningham will lead a live painting demonstration on Saturday, August 6, from 10am to Noon under the apple tree at the gallery. He will discuss his process as he works so guests will understand how Cunningham creates his impressions of his subject. The demo is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Morning Catch

Morning Catch

As he paints, Cunningham will discuss what first drove him to be an artist and his training based on the works of the masters of the 19th and 20th centuries. He will also talk about his painting process including working outdoors in the environment and how he translates what he sees on location to larger canvases in his studio.

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Compliments

In his short career, Cunningham has displayed a talent for and a devotion to Realist painting well beyond other artists his age. It’s remarkable considering he did not take up painting in oil until college even though he displayed artistic interests as a child. Cunningham’s love of landscape painting began during his childhood in Vermont but his passion for landscapes is only surpassed by his love of the portraiture, a genre he has studied carefully during his young career. Cunningham has a gift for combining the two into cohesive compositions. For his work, he has received several prestigious honors, including an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America, and been shown in galleries and museums through the U.S.

Many Long Years Ago

Many Long Years Ago

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, in Thomaston. Gallery hours are 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday. For more information, email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com, call (615) 430-8147 or (207) 354-0605, or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.

Slide Show Talk and Book Signing with Carl Little at Courthouse Gallery

artofacadia_fcEllsworth Author Carl Little will present a slide show at Courthouse Gallery on Wednesday, August 10 at 6pm, on Art of Acadia, a newly released book by Carl Little and David Little, published by Down East Books. This beautiful book of American art history honors the region in celebration of Acadia. The event is being held in conjunction with 10/100 Painting Acadia, a group exhibition celebrating the Gallery’s tenth anniversary and the Acadia National Park centennial. The book will be available for purchase at the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

This beautiful book spans the seventeenth century through the twentyfirst, and includes a variety of work, from fine art to art that appeared in guidebooks, travelogues, and posters to its current Artist-in-Residence program. It is a view of the region that grants a new perspective to our collective appreciation of this unique convergence of land and sea.

About the authors: David Little, a resident of Portland, Maine, has been painting the Maine landscape since 1983. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Blaine House, Bates College Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Museum, and he spent ten years working at the Bayview Gallery in Portland, and he gives critiques, juries art shows, and curates.

Carl Little is the author of more than a dozen art books, including The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper’s New England, and The Art of Dahlov Ipcar. He has also published articles and reviews of art in such magazines as Art in America, Art New England and Down East. He serves as the director of marketing and communication at the Maine Community Foundation and he lives on Mount Desert Island, Maine.

For more information contact:
Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605

207 667 6611
www.courthousegallery.com

Late Summer 2016 New Era Gallery opens August 6

Two Birds and Snake, monoprint by Rich Entel

Two Birds and Snake, monoprint by Rich Entel

New Era Gallery’s late summer show will open on Saturday, August 6, with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm and reception from 5:00pm – 7:00pm.  The gallery on Main Street in Vinalhaven will feature the work of photographer Joel Greenberg, painters Charles Miller and Herb Parsons, and sculptor and printmaker Kitty Wales.  Rich Entel’s  “Cardboard Menagerie” will be featured in the Windy Way Barn.

Greenberg’s color and black & white photos take inspiration from distant views across water and from microcosmic textures in the natural world. Charles Miller and Herb Parsons both work in oils; Miller’s richly textured abstracts and Parson’s finely tuned representational landscapes respond in different ways to the qualities of weather and light in the islands. Kitty Wales recent work in clay, prints, and drawings focuses on camels and their fabled role in her ongoing work about migration.

The Windy Way Barn will be filled with the cubist inspired animals of Rich Entel’s “Cardboard Menagerie.” The exhibit was first seen in Portland at the Jewish Cultural Center, and has since travelled to museums in Florida and New Hampshire. This installation will be the first to include Entel’s prints as well as the sculpture. As a part of the exhibition, cellist Eugene Friesen will perform original music inspired by the animals on August 11. Please contact the gallery for details regarding the performance.

Late Summer 2016 will run through August 31.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. For further information call 207-863-9351, or visit neweragallery.com.

“Summer Stable Show” at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

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“Lyrical” is a word that comes to mind when visiting the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Summer Stable Show. A favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike, this is the gallery’s annual large group show, showcasing seventeen Maine artists this year, including Dahlov Ipcar.

“What I love about this show is that it is often very painterly and eclectic,” says gallery curator Anna Witholt Abaldo. “It has a bright and colorful tone, with some surprising fresh additions this year.”

The first floor features dynamic abstracts from a series on rhythms in nature by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas, a larger-than-life Julie Crane woodcut print of a horse jumping over a city (with a wink to Chagall), and a beautiful collection of small coastal paintings by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Contemplative figurative work by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander dialogues with the evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist. Lou Schellenberg impresses with strong, imposing landscapes with vigorous compositions. New works by Julie Cyr, Petrea Noyes, Sarah Wilde and Leslie Anderson round out this collection.

The second floor displays delicate watercolors by Margaret LaFarge: dirt roads curving through a landscape, evoking a real sense of stillness found in nature.  Jude Valentine’s new pastels-over-monoprint, done after visits to the old orchard at Buckle Farm (Unity), speak with directness and energy – courageous use of color and line. MJ Viano Crowe, showing at MFT Gallery for the first time, brings her garden goddesses, made from intricate paper cuts. Sharon Yates, Robin Rier, Kathleen Perelka and prints by afore-mentioned Dahlov Ipcar make up the rest of the show.

The Summer Stable Show 2016 runs from August 1st through September 16, with artist talks Friday August 26 from 4:30-5:30, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. 

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

ZOEY FRANK’S COMPELLING NEW WORK SHOWCASED AT HAYNES GALLERIES

House Party Oil on Linen 68 x 76 inches

House Party
Oil on Linen
68 x 76 inches

One of the brightest young artists in Contemporary Realism is returning to Haynes Galleries to showcase her newest works. Zoey Frank’s compelling new paintings will be on view from August 19 to September 24 in Thomaston, Maine in “Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes.” An opening reception with food and drink to celebrate Frank’s new show will take place on the evening of August 19 from 5 to 7:30 pm. Frank will attend the opening and will speak with guests about her work. The reception and show are free and open to the public.

In the past couple years Zoey Frank has explored human interaction and elements of change in her paintings. These explorations were only just beginning in 2014 when Frank had her first solo show at Haynes Galleries. But she has pushed the ideas further recently and incorporated new elements, resulting in images that compel viewers to look longer. 

Laura Oil on Panel 36 x 36 inches

Laura
Oil on Panel
36 x 36 inches

“I’ve represented Zoey for almost as long as I have had the gallery,” says Gary R. Haynes, founder of Haynes Galleries. “In the years since I met her she has grown by leaps and bounds. She is driven to explore new ways to express her classic training with paint in fresh and exciting approaches. Zoey lets the ideas evolve and the narratives are almost in realtime so they move and change. She strives to make art that connects and she is making lots of connections.”

Another prominent theme in Frank’s new work is change, specifically how paintings change over the period time she works on them. In her figurative work, it can be how a model’s pose is adjusted over the course of several sittings. In a cityscape, it is how the skyline evolves depending on the day’s light. Frank does not completely paint over the previous design. Layers of paint from earlier in the process show through. Edges are left soft. It helps make the work more inclusive but also acts as a record of Frank’s process and every decision that led to the final result. It’s a glimpse into the mind of the artist.  

Scarf 2 Oil on Panel 8 x 12 inches

Scarf 2
Oil on Panel
8 x 12 inches

Patterning appears in her figure paintings as well as her still lifes. Frank enjoys using it because “it confuses the picture plane. It can make a space read as flat but also 3 dimensional depending on how you use it.” The patterning comes in many forms in the new paintings— ornate tiles, woven scarves, floral wallpaper— and each time it adds another layer of visual interest. 

Frank’s new paintings are a clear indication of her technical gifts and bright future as she explores new ideologies. “Zoey Frank: Connections & Changes” will be the perfect mid-summer platform for guests to soak it all in and experience the byproduct of Frank’s skill. 

Brunch Oil on Linen 52 x 70 inches

Brunch
Oil on Linen
52 x 70 inches

Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, in Thomaston. For more information, email garyhaynes@haynesgalleries.com, call (615) 430-8147 or (207) 354-0605, or visit www.haynesgalleries.com.

Three Points of View for Summer Exhibitions at George Marshall Store Gallery

Nina Jerome, “Hackensack Intersection”, Oil on linen, 30” x 30”

Nina Jerome, “Hackensack Intersection”, Oil on linen, 30” x 30”

Three artists present their perspective on three very distinctive locals in the mid-summer exhibitions now on view at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery.

Nina Jerome, from Bangor Maine, is well known for her views of the Maine coast and lakes. In this showing , however, called “Land Marks – On the Move,” she is intrigued by more urban landscapes including aerial views of Boston and New York. Jerome teaches at the University of Maine in Orono and understands the importance of drawing as a practice.  Besides finished paintings, her exhibit includes a number of large charcoal drawings.

Lincoln Perry, “Diana’s Options”, Oil pastel, 20” x  26”

Lincoln Perry, “Diana’s Options”, Oil pastel, 20” x 26”

“Diana’s Baths” is the focus of Lincoln Perry’s exhibition. The artist is intrigued by the beautiful cascading waterfalls in Bartlett, New Hampshire and by the myths that surround the Goddess Diana’s for which the area is named. Perry ‘s show consists of four very large canvases surrounded by dozens of small oil pastel and gouache studies.

Alexandra de Steiguer, “Dusk and Distance”, Gelatin silver print, 7.5” x 7.5

Alexandra de Steiguer, “Dusk and Distance”, Gelatin silver print, 7.5” x 7.5

Photographer Alexandra de Steiguer exhibits twelve images in “Starkness and Light: The Isles of Shoals in Winter” representing the isolated islands where she has been the winter caretaker for nearly two decades. Her process is one of delayed exposure, to use a photographic term. While on the Island she shoots with film and doesn’t know what she has captured until she returns to the mainland in the Spring and prints them using traditional techniques.

Lincoln Perry will give a gallery talk on Sunday, August 7 at 3 p.m. The exhibitions continue through August 21. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com

Tucker Nichols to Lecture at CMCA

Artist Tucker Nichols

Artist Tucker Nichols

Each year the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presents a lecture by one of today’s most distinguished and entertaining voices in contemporary art. This year’s lecturer is artist Tucker Nichols. His lecture, entitled “I Don’t Know How Else To Say This,” will take place at 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 14 at CMCA on 21 Winter Street in Rockland. Tickets are $8 for CMCA members, $10 for non-members and can be purchased at cmcanow.org. Seating is limited to 100; reserve early.

Having spent summers on North Haven island his entire life, Nichols will discuss his time spent in Maine in relation to other artists who have painted along the Maine coast, providing examples that focus on the idea that art is a vague language for things we don’t know how to put into words. He will talk about his projects exploring the theme of making art as a way of thinking about and expressing thoughts and feelings that can not be achieved otherwise.

Nichols was born in Boston and is now based in Northern California. He received his BA in art history from Brown and MA in Chinese paintings from Yale. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Nichols has also produced work for Facebook and Yahoo among others. His drawings have been published in McSweeney’s, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He is co-author of the books, Crabtree (with Jon Nichols) and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray (with Dave Eggers). He is represented by ZieherSmith in New York and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. For more information on Nichols, visit www.tuckernichols.com.

For more information on all of CMCA’s programs and events, visit www.cmcanow.org.

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven opens mid-summer show

Lighting the Way, archival pigment print by Adam K. Osgood

Lighting the Way, archival pigment print by Adam K. Osgood

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open our mid-summer show on Saturday, July 16, featuring work by Andrew Anderson-Bell, Charlotte Nekola, Adam Osgood, and Cristy West.   A panel discussion with the artists will be held in the Windy Way Barn at 4:30, with an opening reception from 5:00 – 7:00.

Andrew Anderson-Bell’s love of the water, be it a bright summer day on the Thorofare or dusk on a coastal marsh, is apparent in his pastel landscapes. Charlotte Nekola is a poet, who in her photographic work assembles a story using words and images.  Adam Osgood’s contemporary photography exhibit in the Windy Way Barn will focus on works that condense time, altering our understanding of familiar places. Cristy West’s abstract mixed media works include richly layered paints and drawing.

The gallery will host a reading by Charlotte Nekola from her recently published book of poetry, Della Who, on Sunday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Windy Way Barn.

The exhibition will run through August 3.  Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 11:00-2:00.  For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com

Jon Fernans Sculpture Demonstrations at Little Pond Gallery

Ancient Nautilus by John Fernald

Ancient Nautilus by John Fernans

Jon Fernans Sculpture Demonstrations July 23 and August 14 11:00 – 3:00 at Little Pond Gallery, 23 Shoreline Dr. Orr’s Island

Jon Fernans, noted stone sculptor and teacher, will be demonstrating his modern techniques of stone sculpture at the Little Pond Gallery on Orr’s Island on July 23 and August 14 from 11:00 – 3:00. Jon will be showing methods for designing projects, removing stone, finishing and creating detail using a variety of diamond coated, tungsten carbide and silicon carbide bits. 

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For More Information: littlepondgallery.com, 207 833.3210

PMA presents Innovators and Entrepreneurs: A Women in Business Forum

Florine Stettheimer (United States, 1871-1944), Picnic at Bedford Hills (detail), oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Florine Stettheimer (United States, 1871-1944), Picnic at Bedford Hills (detail), oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Thursday, July 28
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free for members and employees of Corporate members; $8 general public
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium

Influential women have shaped the city of Portland throughout its history. In 1908, author and critic Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat forever transformed the PMA with her bequest of the McLellan House and the funds to build the L.D.M. Sweat Memorial galleries in her husband’s memory. As Portland evolves into a 21st century city and prepares for the next chapter in its history, prominent women throughout the business community remain at the forefront of expansion.

The PMA is proud to present a public forum featuring four such leaders, in conjunction with the exhibition, O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York. Moderated by Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, this conversation will center on the shared and differing challenges women face in navigating the creative and business worlds, the ways in which these women have found and maintained their voices, and the innovations they’ve applied to their respective industries in Maine and beyond.

Panelists:
Lisa DeSisto, CEO at Maine Today Media
Leeann Leahy, CEO at The VIA Agency
Sarah Peterson, MD, Ph.D., Research Fellow at the Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Lab, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Elizabeth Whelan, Owner, Elizabeth Whelan Design

Space is limited and reservations are required. To register call (207) 775-6148 or Click here for tickets.

Media sponsor: MaineBiz

New Era Gallery Early Summer Show

“Lanes Island Icon” monotype by George Bartko

“Lanes Island Icon” monotype by George Bartko

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open our fifteenth annual Early Summer show on Saturday, June 25, featuring work by metalsmith and jeweler Cat Bates, fiber artist Kathleen Bird, painter Kate Hannan, and photographer Joan Wright. 

The Windy Way Barn will concurrently feature the work of Vinalhaven/Budapest artist George Bartko. Bartko began his art studies early in life in his native Hungary, and continued them in the US, leading to a career as a professor of fine arts in Missouri. The show will include paintings and fine art prints, and the artist will speak about his work on July 6 at 7:00 p.m.

The exhibition will run through July 13.  Summer gallery hours, beginning June 25, are Monday through Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 11:00-2:00.  For more information call 863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.

Artists and Naturalists at Acadia’ Launches MDI Biological Laboratory’s Art Meets Science Café Series

Author Catherine Schmitt Will Discuss the Connections Between Art and Science on Mount Desert Island in the 19th Century

Author Catherine Schmitt Will Discuss the Connections Between Art and Science on Mount Desert Island in the 19th Century

 

The MDI Biological Laboratory will kick off its 2016 series of Art Meets Science Cafés on Monday, June 20, at 5 p.m. with a presentation entitled “A History of Scientists and Artists Working Together in Acadia” by Catherine Schmitt, an environmental scientist and author.

Schmitt’s presentation is an ideal choice for the first of six 2016 Art Meets Science Cafés that will be held at the laboratory this summer because her subject reflects the theme of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s annual summer Art Meets Science exhibition, “A Fresh Field of Life: Artists, Naturalists and the Vision for Acadia.”

Schmitt will explore the role of naturalists working in region at the same time, and sometimes in partnership with, 19th century artists. The popularity of 19th century landscape paintings has been credited with stimulating interest in Mount Desert Island as a tourist destination. But the role of the early naturalists is less well known.

The exhibit will include observations by artists on nature — from Acadia’s scenery to the microscopic world of molecular biology. One of the goals is to highlight the how the two disciplines share processes of observation, discovery and experimentation, as well as the drive to communicate a deeper understanding of the natural world.

Schmitt is the author of “Historic Acadia National Park, The Stories Behind One of America’s Great Treasures” (Lyons Press), a collection of true stories about the history of the park that was released this spring. Copies of her book will be available for sale at the event.

The Art Meets Science Cafés will be held every other Monday from June 20 to Sept. 19 (see mdibl.org/events for dates and topics) in the Kinne Library at the MDI Biological Laboratory. The Art Meets Science exhibit will open at 4:15 p.m. on the day of Schmitt’s presentation and will be available for viewing at 4:15 p.m. at all future cafés.

The MDI Art Meets Science Cafés are offered by the MDI Biological Laboratory in fulfillment of its mission to increase public engagement with science. The Art Meets Science Cafés and the Art Meets Science exhibit are free and open to the public.

The MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine, is an independent, non-profit biomedical research institution focused on increasing healthy lifespan and increasing our natural ability to repair and regenerate tissues damaged by injury or disease. The institution develops solutions to complex human health problems through research, education and ventures that transform discoveries into cures. For more information, please visit mdibl.org.

Icons of the Eastern Orthodox Church at Liros Gallery

 

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Icons of the Eastern Orthodox Church

An icon is a sacred image of The Eastern Orthodox Church painted on wood in tempera by monks in monasteries. Most Russian icons are painted on wood in egg tempera, although by the end of the nineteen century oils started to predominate. Gold leaf is often used for halos or background. Sometimes a silver bronze rizza, a metal partial cover, is added to the icon; or a basma, a metal border. Both can also have jewels or enamel added. Horizontal slats are inserted into the back of the icon to retard warping. The artist’s goal was to pictorially illustrate the Eastern Orthodox narrative for the illiterate. It was in 988 that Prince Vladimir converted Kievan Rus (Russia) to Orthodox Christianity.

The exhibition runs July 8th – August 20, 2016 featuring a talk by Kent Russell, Curator and CEO of the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, MA
July 8th, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

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Kent Russel, Curator and CEO of the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, MA

Liros Gallery Celebrates 50 years
Serge Liros, the owner of Liros Gallery is now celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. Serge and Merrill opened Liros Gallery in 1966 in Alexandria, VA, offering old masters paintings and drawings as well as paintings by modern expressionists, and graphics by well known artists. Twenty years later he moved to Blue Hill, ME while also also operating two galleries in Alexandria at that time. “ We specialized in Russian icons and 19th century American and English paintings, prints and maps. I continued that here in Blue Hill, as well as offering restoration services, framing and appraisals.”

Liros Gallery is located at 14 Parker Point Rd in Blue Hill, Maine 04614. For more information, email liros@lirosgallery.com, call (207)374-5370, or visit lirosgallery.com.

MFT Gallery’s exhibits “The Wild Things”

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Amy Peters Wood, “Rototilling”

 

Weeds and Wilderness star in MFT Gallery’s exhibit “The Wild Things”
Belfast. For more than ten years John Arden Knight has been painting weeds – the very thing most of us rip out of the ground without a second thought. Knight, who resides in Portland, is attracted to plants that escape the confines of our gardens, landscaping and urban development. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be showing his work, and that of four other artists, in an exhibit titled The Wild Things, from June 6 through July 25.

The artists will be present for an artist talk on June 24, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception and Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.

 

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John Arden Knight, “St. John’s Wort”

 

Knight’s weed paintings demand to be noticed. They are oversized, colorful, and defy the traditional laws of composition that define so much of contemporary landscape painting. His painting of St. John’s Wort, an herb which is known for its anti-depressant qualities, seems to depict not only the plant itself, but its energy and healing properties: bands of light shoot out from the root of the plant, radiating through the entire ground below.
Paired with Knight’s weeds are Amy Peters Wood’s paintings of wild places in Maine, seen from above. Wood is an artist who walks her talk – she does not just depict the wild things around her, she devotes her life to living in harmony with all creation. She paints with egg tempera, using eggs from her own farm and pigments collected from around the world. Having done her honors thesis for her bachelor’s degree in special relativity, she maintains a rapport with quantum mechanics and the relationship between energy and matter, time and space. To contemplate one of Wood’s paintings means to contemplate the bigger picture, the interconnectedness of all things, wild and less wild.
Leslie Bowman focused her body of work on milkweed and monarchs, and their interdependent relationship, creating paintings and small ceramics, which interact with live milkweed plants. In her study of these two organisms, she writes: “I am increasingly amazed by how complex and intelligent all of nature is. Most of the species have been around for eons before humans showed up. They should “know “something. What we consider “wild” or a weed has evolved for a reason… Who are we to call it wild? At best we can tap into that wildness and use it for our own evolution.”
Anne Alexander’s sculpture is about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. She will be exhibiting her new work, the Guandule Series. Guandules are pigeon peas- a delicacy and source of protein in The Dominican Republic and other tropical countries. Alexander confesses she becomes obsessed with certain forms; she has recently carved a four-foot long granite guandul, and has been working on a series of ceramic guandules for a few years now, experimenting with color using various organic-looking, layered glaze combinations.

Sarah Szwajkos contributed several photographs that are as much about finding wilderness in the landscape, as finding the wilderness within. Says Szwajkos: “Something happened to me in the fall of 2014. I started climbing up a certain hill, over and over again. I was following an instinct that it would be good for me – for my body and my spirit – to spend more time immersed in nature. On these walks I brought my camera and made photographs – just for myself. After years of making images for clients, I had started to feel like I no longer knew what kinds of pictures I would make if left to my own devices.”

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. All other Friday evenings during July and August, the gallery is open until 7pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

Courthouse Gallery Artist’s Talk with Jessica Lee Ives

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Jessica Lee Ives, “Moving Meditation,” oil on panel, 10 x 22 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host an Artist’s Talk for Jessica Lee Ives on Friday May 27 at 4pm. Ives will speak about her work and how the following philosophies influence her personal and artistic life: kinesthetic intelligence and imagination, mirror neurons firing in the brain, and the healing properties of water. The event is free and open to the public.

Ives’ work is currently included in Fire and Water: Janice Anthony and Jessica Lee Ives, a two-person exhibition that explores each artist’s interpretation of two opposing natural elements. The shows will be on view from May 20–June 18. There will be an artist’s reception immediately following the talk.

In 2016, Swans Island Company released Water Colors, a special edition throw, which is being presented in collaboration with Ives, who created The Colors of Water, an original painting inspired by this throw. The throw and prints will be available at the gallery talk.

Ives uses paint to explore and experience her adventure filled relationship with the landscape of Maine, her home state, and beyond. Ives paints out of love—love for the world, and for the capacity of humans to know the world through movement, recreation, and adventure. Kinesthetic intelligence and imagination form the foundation of her personal and artistic life. Ives is astounded by how a small brush stroke can capture a large body moving through water, and how these actions describe the world’s beauty.

Ives received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art. She was named one of the Top Ten College Women of 2003 by Glamour Magazine. Ives was awarded the Clark Foundation Fellowship for her work as an artist-in-residence at Ground Zero. She used the fellowship to pursue a master’s degree at New York University, combining work in the fields of art, religion, and public service.

Dowling Walsh Gallery shows Connie Hayes

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Connie Hayes, “Blue Towel, Civita,” oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland with show Connie Hayes, “Civita Castellana, Italy” June 3 – 25, 2016 with an opening reception Friday, June 3 from 5-8pm. Hayes will give an artist talk and slide show at 2:00pm Thursday, June 9 at the Strand Theater in Rockland titled “What is Ambition Related to a Painting Life?” Free and Open to the Public

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Tadashi Moriyama, “Petabyte,” acrylic and ink on paper, 18″ x 24″

Also occurring at the gallery will be a showing by multimedia artist, Tadashi Moriyama. Moriyama brings influences from around the world to his work

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

Waterfall Arts Summer Classes + Workshops

Amy Guadagnoli's "Sailing the High Plain"

Amy Guadagnoli’s “Sailing the High Plain”

Waterfall Arts has greatly expanded the number of summer classes and workshops for adults and teens age 15 and up. Large Woodcut Printmaking, Ceramics, Photoshop for Artists, Painting, Nature Drawing, Eco Printing, Stained Glass, Cyanotypes, Torchwork, Personal Writing, Raku, Darkroom Basics, Sequencing and more are on the schedule.

Listed below are workshops and classes that begin in June – there are also many classes for kids and adults in July and August and complete course descriptions, instructor bios and on line registration is available at waterfallarts.org

June starts off with a Photo Blitz Weekend led by Kevin Johnson on June 4 and 5, where the goal is to learn how to expose, process and print black and white film photographs – all in two days! The next weekend brings Suppahtime, an All Ages Art Happening event described as a play-with-your-food community pot on June 10.  Kris Engman and Susan Guthrie lead Photoshop for Artists, an intensive three day workshop (June 10-12) for artists and photographers who want to expand their abilities to work digitally.

Wheel Throwing led by Felicia Cinquegrana, an all levels ceramics class focused on working on the pottery wheel, begins Thursday June 16 and runs for six weeks. Kris Engman offers a one, two, three or four day Plein Air Painting workshop concentrating on color theory and how to make it work outdoors. Students can sign up for one or more all day workshops held June 20, 22, 23 and 24. Engman will also lead Nature Drawing, a four week drawing class for all levels beginning June 30, and another round of Plein Air Painting in August.

Stephanie Wade leads True Stories: Finding Freedom at the Crossroads of Cultural and Personal Myths, a writing workshop for all levels, on Saturday June 25th from 10 to 1. Large Woodcut Printmaking, an exciting five day workshop led by Amy Guadagnoli runs June 27 through July 1. Participants will learn to plan, carve and print large scale multi-color woodblock prints
And for all ages and families, Becky Brimley leads Paint Your Own Pottery on Saturday, June 25 – decorate mugs, tiles, boxes and more in this pottery glazing workshop.
All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Complete information on classes, workshops, scholarships, instructors and online registration can be found at waterfallarts.org.
2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, after school programs, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, and Revision Energy and for Kids and Family Programming, the Green Store.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. Gallery and office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5. For more information, stop by, visit waterfall arts.org or call 207-338-2222.