Archive for Art Talk

Sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference at Point Lookout in Northport

 

Robert Shetterly, hands-on workshops kick off two-day conference
for Maine artists and arts-based businesses April 4-5 at Point Lookout

The sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference will take place Thursday, April 4th from 2:00–6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 5th from 8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. This year’s event will kick off on Thursday afternoon with a half-day of hands-on workshops and a special evening presentation by artist Robert Shetterly around his nationally recognized Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives, and continue all day Friday with sessions offering practical tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

 

Robert Shetterly

 

Thursday afternoon will begin with targeted sessions for Maine artists and arts-based businesses that include a DIY photography workshop, portfolio and product reviews, and a presentation on small business funding opportunities. The evening will culminate with “Americans Who Tell the Truth: An Evening with Robert Shetterly” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell The Truth” portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, it offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. During this special event, Shetterly will present from his body of work and share his process for how he chooses who to portray. Appetizers will be provided.

“We are very excited about expanding the conference into Thursday this year,” said Lisa Mossel Vietze, director of Archipelago and conference organizer. “We know that many of our attendees are looking for opportunities to really dive deep into key areas, so we built out this time to specifically address some of those interests and provide a space for them to do this.”

She added, “It’s a balancing act. There’s always a wide array of relevant topics and pieces we’d like to highlight, but we try to be considerate of the time that these small business owners are spending away from their businesses and from creating. We work really hard to design a schedule that features all areas of our creative economy and offers sessions and tools that are useful for everyone. This year, we have brought in some great industry professionals who will leverage their expertise and skills to provide unique insight for our attendees. In addition, we are proud to continue to offer the peer-to-peer workshops and networking pieces that conference guests look forward to every year.”

 

Whitney Burdsall

 

With a full day of workshops and presentations on Friday, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from sessions on email marketing, social media, branding best practices, artistic collaborations, insurance planning, pathways for fine art and craft, and more.

  • Rich Brooks, founder and president of the Portland-based digital agency Flyte New Media, will speak about the importance and impact of email marketing. Brooks is a nationally-recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media. The author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, he is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine.
  • Whitney Burdsall, logistics director for Green Tree Event Consultants—producers of the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Shows—will guide participants through the important aspects of both wholesale and retail markets and how each could be a part of a winning business model. Burdsall has worked with hundreds of artisans preparing for the New England Made Shows and knows first-hand the challenges and opportunities artisans encounter running a successful wholesale business.
  • Brian Reid, a master fine furniture maker based in midcoast Maine, will speak about the inspiration and artistic growth found in collaborations, highlighting his work with Maine State prison inmates in furniture making over the last eight years. Reid splits his time between furniture making and fine woodworking course instruction with over 20 years of teaching worldwide in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia. He currently leads the 12 Week Intensive Program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and lectures and speaks about contemporary design practices and the history of furniture to a wide range of audiences.

 

Suhail Bisharat

Friday afternoon will also feature a keynote presentation by Chebeague Island resident and former director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Suhail Bisharat, who will describe the challenging task of building and housing a collection of contemporary art from across the Arab and Islamic world, the role of national leadership, artists, and the private sector as they came together to create the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman. Inaugurated in 1980 by the late King Hussein and Her Majesty Queen Noor, the permanent collection includes the work of more than 800 artists from 59 countries.

Additional speakers at the conference will include: Master clay artist George Pearlman of St. George; Maine landscape painter Colin Page; visual artist Kenny Cole; Barbara Michelena, owner of CRAFT Gallery in Rockland; contemporary sculptor Jesse Salisbury; Laura Pierce of Iris Designs; Alex Steed of Knack Factory; Karen D’Silva of Karen D’Silva Creative Services; Laura Serino of Island Apothecary, CERF+, Gabrielle Melchionda of Mad Gab’s, and more.

Workshop sessions offer three themed tracks – Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational – which tailor presentations for those just starting a business, those looking to grow their business, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business. Attendees are able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Other highlights include a Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire creativity and opportunities to network with others.

General registration for the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference is open through March 29th and costs $25 for Thursday afternoon only, $35 for Friday only, or $45 for both days. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres for Thursday evening, and a continental breakfast, lunch, fruit, and beverages for Friday.

To register or view a complete agenda with session descriptions, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/events.

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

March Exhibitions at Greenhut Galleries

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

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

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

 

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

News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association

MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines

2019

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

Jan 19: M2M Workshop: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

Jan 31: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

February: Registration opens for Maine Craft Weekend

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

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

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

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

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

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

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

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

Oct 5-6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019

 

APPLY by January 31, 2019

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

PORTLAND FINE CRAFT SHOW 2019 JURORS

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

 

January 19, 2019: Speed Designing with Jolene McGowan

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

 

Artist Reception: Featured Artists From Northern Journeys Magazine and Artist Talk

 

Steve Burns

Markings Gallery is hosting an artist reception on November 18 from 4-6:00 for past and present, featured artists of Northern Journeys Magazine. Northern Journeys is a magazine of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences distributed in Midcoast Maine. Come and meet some of the exceptional artists you have been
reading about. The evening will be capped off with a talk by Sculptor and jeweler Steve Burns.
We will have a preview of Steve’s new jewelry line. Steve will talk about how he “faked it”in the big city of New York reinventing himself as a high level restorer of major sculpture and finer art objects for NY galleries. He will tell us how he fought his way into the film union so he could barter his welding and model making skills into being able to work on union sf crews for feature films and commercials that you probably have seen.

Refreshments are generously donated by Byrnes Irish Pub, 38 Centre St, Bath, ME 04530

John Bisbee: American Steel Gallery Talk at CMCA

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a conversation and book signing with artist John Bisbee on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. The event celebrates the release of the exhibition catalog, American Steel, and serves as a closing reception for the final weekend of the exhibition.

Art critic Carl Little, writing about American Steel in the online arts publication, Hyperallergic, states: “There’s something homegrown, authentic and tough about this artist—a cross between Bruce Springsteen and the village blacksmith. With American Steel, Bisbee has brought a new voice to his art, one, in his words, that ‘summons the utilitarian associations of the nail with new vigor and responds to the world outside of myself, pointedly and with humor.’ He calls American Steel ‘an aggressive spectacle,’ his ‘patriotic and poetic reexamination of America.’ It’s all that and then some. Excuse the pun: Bisbee has nailed it.”

 

 

Accompanying the exhibition, and available for purchase and signing by the artist at the reception on October 13, is the newly released 64-page, fully illustrated, 11×11 inch, hardcover catalog. The publication includes a foreword by CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy and an essay by Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and former Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. The catalog has been designed by Maeve O’Regan, with photography by Andrew Estey. It was printed in Lewiston by Penmor Lithographers.

Constructed entirely from nails, by hand, John Bisbee’s sculptures draw on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. Made in a spirit of solidarity with workers of all kinds, each nail expresses the idea of things joined together.

John Bisbee: American Steel is on view at CMCA in Rockland through October 14, 2018. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, John and Linda Coleman, the Lucas Kaempfer Foundation, James and Lisa Mooney, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, the David E. Shaw Family Foundation, and Cold Mountain Builders.

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

OCTOBER News & Opportunities from the Maine Crafts Association

 

Image: Embergrove shot by Michael Wilson | Artists In Their Studios 2018

 

 

MCA Program Calendar: Upcoming Events and Deadlines

OCTOBER

Oct 6: Last day to view Winterstick Snowboards @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Oct 8: Maine Craft Weekend YARD SIGN ordering deadline (for MCW participants)

Oct 9 – Nov 18: The Luthiers’ Craft @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Oct 13: Maine Craft Weekend Mini Craft Show @ Center for Maine Craft 9am-3pm

Oct 13 & 14: Maine Craft Weekend

Oct 15: Craft Apprentice Program 2019 application opens

Oct 15: Portland Fine Craft Show 2019 application opens

Oct 23: CAP Artist Talk & 2019 CAP Information Session @ Maine Craft Portland

Oct 27: Photography for Craft Artists Workshop (Portland)

2018 Looking Ahead

Nov: Center for Maine Craft 10th Anniversary Month!

Nov-Dec: Annual Ornament Showcase @ Center for Maine Craft Gallery

Dec 7: Craft Apprentice Program 2019 Application Deadline

Dec 14-16: MCA Mentor Booth @ CraftBoston

2019

January 31st: Portland Fine Craft Show Application Deadline

June-October 2019: MCA Master Craft Artist Ten-Year Anniversary Exhibition @ Fuller Craft Museum

May 9-12: Annual MCA Workshop Weekend @ Haystack

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

October 5&6: Maine Craft Weekend 2019

 

 

Detail, Nancy Giesberger (2018 Master)

 

 

CAP Artist Talk and Information Session October 23, 3pm, Free

Free and Open to the Public, 3:00 – 4:00pm

Maine Craft Portland | 521 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 | 207-808-8184

Craft Apprentice Program Info Session (Application tips, program description, Q&A) and 2018 Masters & Apprentices Artist Talks by Christine Peters (2018 Master), Nina Devenny (2018 Apprentice) and Nina Ruit (2018 Apprentice)

The 2019 program has funding to support five Master/Apprentice pairs thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and we have simplified the CAP application – there is no better year to apply!

The session will provide information about the program and application process as well as serve an opportunity to connect with other artists looking for a master or apprentice match.  The session will take place in the new Flex Space at Maine Craft Portland, currently featuring work from the 2018 Craft Apprentice Program masters and apprentices.

 

 

 

Maine Craft Weekend

Visitors

Plan your tour! Next weekend October 13-14, hundreds of artists will open their studios, offer pop-up shops, mini workshops and demos, special events and collaborations with craft venues (including brewers!) as part of this annual statewide celebration of Maine craft. This year visitors may ‘check-in’ on the event website to receive special tour recommendations, email updates/social media alerts and provide feedback.

Artists/Host Sites

Late registrations accepted through October 8, small fee applies. Don’t forget to order your yard signs – deadline is midnight October 8! Check out these tips for promoting your event.

2018 Sponsors Artscope, Maine Made, Maine Crafts Association, Maine Arts Commission, The Betterment Fund, City of Hallowell, Heart of Ellsworth, Discover Gardiner, DownEast, Portland Pottery, Moosehead Lake, Cyber Copy, Maine Charitable Mechanics’ Association and Maine Gallery + Studio Guide.

For Event Information go to: https://mainecraftweekend.org

 

 

 

Photography for Crafts Artists

Good photography is crucial to sharing your work online, and can help set you apart in world full of social media. While a professional photographer can provide amazing and consistent results, this may not be in the budget for all of your projects. Sign up to learn these essential skills with professional photographer, Andrew Davis in Portland, ME on October 27, 2018.

Visit: https://mainecrafts.org for more information

 

 

LEARN MORE & CONTACT US

Center for Maine Craft

P.O. Box 342
GardinerME 04345
United States

Physical Address
288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, ME
(207) 588-0021

Maine Craft Portland
521 Congress Street, Portland, ME
(207) 808-8184

MCA Office: (207) 205- 0791

www.mainecrafts.org

 

 

 

 

Marking Gallery Presents Jo Diggs Works + Art Talk

Fiber Artist Joe Diggs

The applique art quilts of Portland fiber artist, Jo Diggs, will be the feature exhibition at Marking Gallery  from October 2 – 31.  Jo focuses exclusively on art quilts.  Jo was educated at Wellesley and Harvard (earning a Master in education).  After forays out west, she settled in Portland in the 80’s.
Her style incorporates fractured and multiple images, manufactured and hand dyed fabrics.  They capture the essence of the New England landscape, including gardens. Her style is visually elegant and contemporary.  She may start with a specific landscape, but it quickly morphs with the layering and assembling of her fabrics.  “I am working from imagination, but they’re pure New England.”
It is a joy to listen when Jo speaks about her life’s journey in the creative and very unique art of applique quilts.

 

Fiber Artist Jo Diggs

 Please join us on October 11 from 5-7pm for a gallery talk with Jo Diggs.  Refreshments provided by Bath restaurant.  Markings Gallery, 50 Front St, Bath Me.

Tuesday Talk “New Gallery Models in Maine” at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk on September 25, at 5:30pm, with gallerists Tobias Czudej of Waldo Exhibitions, Rockport, and Grant Wahlquist of Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, to discuss “New Gallery Models in Maine.” Czudej and Wahlquist are breaking the mold of traditional galleries in the state by bringing cutting-edge national and international contemporary art to their recently opened exhibition venues in Rockport and Portland.

Under Tobias Czudej’s direction, Waldo Exhibitions is conceived as a series of temporary exhibitions in unique locations. This year’s program takes place in a 19th-century former dance hall in an abandoned oceanfront resort in Rockport. Czudej formerly worked for PACE and Gagosian Galleries, two of the world’s largest international galleries, and has curated temporary exhibitions in London and New York under the rubric CHEWDAY’S.

Grant Wahlquist is a freelance curator, critic and theorist, formerly based in Los Angeles, where he was affiliated with the Orange County Museum of Art. He now splits his time between Vinalhaven and Portland, Maine, where he opened the eponymous Grant Wahlquist Gallery in summer 2017, featuring thought-provoking work by emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse mediums.

Tuesday Talks at CMCA are free with admission; participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments. For additional information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Fall Exhibitions at the Barn

Roger Goldenberg “Longstocking”

 

Opening Reception: Saturday September 15, 5 – 7:30 PM.

Fall Exhibitions include ‘OAA Expressions,’ an exhibition with a wide variety of subject and medium and “Roots” a theme show. Two small Memorial Exhibitions will commemorate the lives and work of painters George Burk and DeWitt Hardy. Invited New England Sculptors exhibit in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Painters Roger Goldenberg and Ethel Hills Showcase their work in the North Gallery.

Join Ethel Hills for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, September 13 at 6 PM.

Andy Happel and Los Galactacos will give a concert on Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM. There is a charge for the Concert. All other events are free.

Join us for ‘The Ogunquit Art Colony: History & Legacy of the OAA’ a discussion and celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Ogunquit Art Association on Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM.

Barn Gallery closes for the season at 5 PM on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018

FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

TOM PAIEMENT 20 Years of Exploration | Greenhut Galleries

Selfies
Mixed media on panel 15 x 13 inches

TOM PAIEMENT
20 Years of Exploration

September 6 – 29, 2018

Opening reception Thursday, Sept 6 from 5-7pm
Artist talk Thursday, September 20 at 5pm

Grant Drumheller featured in the side gallery.

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101
207-772-2693