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UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

Maine and Again: Jack Balas

Maine and Again: Jack Balas

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens four new exhibitions in September. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s fall shows open to the public on September 15 and run through December 30, 2017. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

JACK BALAS: MAINE AND AGAIN
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Maine and Again, features over forty works by painter Jack Balas, who lives and works in Arizona and Colorado. The UMMA exhibition is the largest assembly of the artist’s works to date. Balas’s works, principally watercolor on paper and oil on canvas, are featured in a wide range of sizes including small compositions, multi-paneled paper pieces and several large canvases.

For nearly twenty years the depiction of athletic, youthful men, primarily of the all-American type, has been a focus of Balas. The artist’s buff subjects, some of whom seem to have just finished a gym session, offer a counterpoint to the proliferation of images of women throughout art history. These images of idealized masculinity celebrate the virility and wished-for invincibility of youth. Balas’s male subjects, at this particular stage of their lives, are full of desires, confidence, and hope. They possess an optimism and vitality as yet unfettered by the pressures of life.

Central to Balas’s creative process is the layering of seemingly disparate elements and painting styles within each work to create a fertile ground for contemplation. For example, in ZEITGEIST (#1207), we are left to ponder the relationship between a realist depiction of a muscular young boxer, a hastily-rendered outline of Mickey Mouse, thought bubbles with hand-drawn text, and a circular pool of bright green paint. Balas’s practice of journaling and story-telling is evident in the hand-drawn scrawled text and poetic passages that weave their way through many of the paintings.

The exhibition includes a selection of images that retell the artist’s adventures touring Maine as a young man in the 70s. Balas captures the lure of Maine’s varied landscape and creatures, as well as memorable moments for him such as meeting Andrew Wyeth, exploring coastal fishing villages, and hiking to the summit of Mt. Katahdin.

Maine and Again–a mid-career survey of sorts–features a number of just-completed works that are his largest canvases to date. Portage (Evening Would Know My Reply)(#1470), an 80 x 90-inch work from 2017, highlights the pleasures of summer. The artist has juxtaposed a painting of a log cabin, a linear drawing of an Adirondack chair, and two shirtless guys: one hugging a pine tree, the other crouched down in a game of catch. The cohabitation of Balas’s imagery ignites curiosity and sends the viewer on a search for meaning.

Traces: Amy Theiss Giese & Keliy Anderson-Staley

Traces: Amy Theiss Giese & Keliy Anderson-Staley

TRACES: AMY THEISS GIESE & KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Traces features the works of Amy Theiss Giese and Keliy Anderson-Staley, two photographers whose processes and images question deep-rooted conceptions on what constitutes a photograph. Both photographers have not used camera or lens to create these abstract compositions. Their process of applying and manipulating photo chemicals, and the resulting final images, may be more akin to the language of painting. The splatters, drips, blooms, and marks in these assorted works are not unlike the movement and gestural brushwork seen in Abstract Expressionist canvases, particularly notable in Action Painting and Color Field.

Giese and Anderson-Staley’s work methods necessitate a keen understanding of the fleeting nature of photographic chemicals, darkroom techniques, and materials. However, of equal importance to their processes is the sheer delight of experimentation. A creative fearlessness and willingness to embrace uncertainty is essential in realizing these evocative works. The imagery invites innumerable associations including mutable landscapes, networks, organisms, and micro/macro worlds.

Anderson-Staley resides in Houston, Texas and creates works using a wet-plate collodion tintype process—the origins of which are rooted in photography’s early history. Giese, who is based in Boston, Massachusetts, creates her images by using black and white darkroom chemistry on both silver gelatin and chromogenic papers.

Tintype Portraits: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Tintype Portraits: Keliy Anderson-Staley

KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY: TINTYPE PORTRAITS
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Houston-based photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley has made thousands of portraits that record the diversity of American faces. The wall installations, arranged in grids, consist of portraits of individuals and couples. The photographer states, “Each individual in this series—identified only by a first name—defiantly asserts his or her selfhood, resisting any imposed or external categorizing system we might bring to these images.” Anderson-Staley’s images exhibit the alluring surfaces and distinctive tonality characteristic of the tintype process. Another unique aspect of her portraits is that some facial features of the subjects are sharp, while others are out of focus. Adding to the drama are the darkened, rounded edges that frame the compositions. Anderson-Staley focuses on individuals from all walks of life and highlights our uniqueness, as well as the interconnectedness of humanity.

Anderson-Staley creates images using the wet-plate collodian tintype process, made with chemistry mixed according to nineteenth-century recipes. She coats blackened aluminum with collodian and then submerges them in silver nitrate to become light sensitive. The portraits are created using a wooden view camera with antique brass lenses. Exposures range between four and 20 seconds and require the sitters to remain motionless. The plates are then developed with ferrous sulfate and fixed with potassium cyanide. Anderson-Staley keeps the history of the medium alive by exploring these early photographic processes, all while creating works that advance photography’s contemporary relevance and discourse.

Littoral Drift Nearshore: Meghann Riepenhoff

Littoral Drift Nearshore: Meghann Riepenhoff

MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF: LITTORAL DRIFT NEARSHORE
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Meghann Riepenhoff exhibits a selection of camera-less images created in 2017, that record the essence of nature in its most elemental and fluctuating states. Riepenhoff works primarily in cyanotype, a process explored by Anna Atkins and other photographic pioneers in the 1840s. As is characteristic with this early photographic process, the artist has hand-coated watercolor paper with light-sensitive chemicals. What is unique to Riepenhoff’s process is that these works, often of considerable size, are created on location in a variety of natural environments. The paper is brought to sites where it is exposed to ocean waves, sections are buried in the sand, submerged in tidal pools, and draped over limbs in the rain. The process is both performative and physical as Riepenhoff collaborates with natural forces to create these striking works.

The cyanotype takes on a monumental presence in Littoral Drift Nearshore #516 (Bainbridge Island, WA 04.27.17), a large-scale composition created specifically for the UMMA exhibition. This immersive work, spanning ten feet, consists of twenty components joined together to convey the energy of undulating waves captured in a range of deep blues. Like the evolution of natural environments, Riepenhoff’s images continue to change over time—the surfaces are not fixed as in traditional darkroom photographs. While the artist’s images undeniably draw associations to painterly abstraction, these one-of- a-kind images are also direct imprints of the landscape.

Riepenhoff lives and works in Bainbridge Island, Washington and San Francisco, California, and these locales are often reflected her compositions.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu

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

Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine showing at 900 Broadway in Bangor

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“Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine” will be showing at 900 Broadway, Bangor from Sept. 15th through Dec 15th 2017.
Women Artists of Mid-Coast Maine is a group of women artists working in the mid-coast area of Maine.  We have come together to support, encourage, educate, and promote each other as artists.  Individually and collectively we celebrate the unique vision which ties us together as women expressing our world view thru our art making.  We are makers, reflectors, creators, explorers, and most of all women who delight in sharing our world thru our art.

The Rock & Art Shop Presents Current Gallery Artist Katie Hodgkins

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Succulent paintings by Katie Hodgkins. These realistic oil paintings of succulents are a delight. Hodgkins’ works offers an accessible way to connect with nature by embodying a modern and highly aesthetic take on natural history illustration.

Katie graduated from College of the Atlantic in 2016 with a degree in Human Ecology and a focus on fine arts and oil painting. Currently, she lives and works out of Northern Maine, taking her inspiration from the state’s local flora and fauna.

The show runs from June 5th to July 31st and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Sohns Gallery in The Rock & Art Shop. For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

UMaine Museum of Art announces Summer Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new featured exhibitions. UMMA is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s summer exhibitions open to the public on May 19 and run through September 2, 2017. Museum admission is free thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Image credit: Jason Bard Yarmosky Wintered Fields, 2015 Oil on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

Image credit:
Jason Bard Yarmosky
Wintered Fields, 2015
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

JASON BARD YARMOSKY: SOMEWHERE
May 19 – September 2, 2017

Somewhere, a series of paintings, drawings and video by Brooklyn, NY-based artist Jason Bard Yarmosky, explores issues of aging and specifically, dementia and Alzheimer’s. A longtime subject of Yarmosky’s paintings is his grandmother who has played an integral role in the evolution of these works. Depicted with realistic precision, she travels through these compositions wearing assorted costumes and masks imbued with symbolism. Every feature, from wrinkles of skin to the folds of varied fabrics, is meticulously rendered. The artist states, “These large-scale portraits study expressions of dementia, confronting the viewer with psychological vulnerability. They respond to the loss of control and the subconscious mind, speaking to a dream-like state–a place intangible to those not experiencing it.”

A focal point of the exhibition is Wintered Fields, a large-scale triptych measuring six by twelve feet, that depicts the artist’s grandmother donning superhero attire. The uncanny juxtaposition of the elderly subject, who seems to be superimposed against a background of a gesturally-rendered, snow-covered field, creates an unsettling psychological tension. Also featured are several graphite drawings–some studies for larger works–that reflect the artist’s keen ability to capture the figure with striking clarity and sensitivity.

Exhibition Sponsors:
St. Joseph Healthcare/St. Joseph Hospital

The Jason Bard Yarmosky exhibition at UMMA is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Image credit: Susan Barnett I Wear What I Want, 2014 Inkjet print Courtesy of ClampArt, NYC

Image credit:
Susan Barnett
I Wear What I Want, 2014
Inkjet print
Courtesy of ClampArt, NYC

SUSAN BARNETT: I WEAR WHAT I WANT
Curated by George Kinghorn
May 19 – September 2, 2017

I Wear What I Want features over 100 images by NYC-based photographer Susan Barnett. The exhibition, composed of color photographs from Barnett’s Not In Your Face series, explores how the messages and graphics we choose to wear on t-shirts provide a window into our sense of style, personal philosophies and values. Barnett states that her subjects are “human billboards that advertise purposes in life, philosophies that drive us, ideologies we attest to. They are calls for action, they are calls home, they might be to honor a fallen hero, the death of a celebrity. They are the soundtrack of a city, a visual newspaper.”

The photographer traveled the U.S. and abroad to capture intriguing individuals wearing an array of styles and catchy phrases that range from raunchy text to campy cartoon imagery. Not only vehicles of personal expression, these t-shirts exhibit messages that illustrate the complex polarities of thought currently existing within the nation. Many of the screen-printed shirts pictured in Barnett’s images are emblazoned with in-your-face language that convey a spectrum of beliefs; issues of race, unyielding politics, and religion are prominently featured in these collected images. Barnett’s subjects, bodies of all shapes, ages and sizes, are pictured from behind. The messages and graphics embraced by these individuals include celebrity idolization, sexual braggadocio, rebellious pronouncements and even nods to artistic masterpieces.

Image credit: Lee Cummings Installation Detail, 2016-17 Porcelain Courtesy of the artist

Image credit:
Lee Cummings
Installation Detail, 2016-17
Porcelain
Courtesy of the artist

LEE CUMMINGS: WHAT LIES BENEATH

May 19 – September 2, 2017

In What Lies Beneath, Maine-based artist Lee Cummings creates an immersive, exuberant ceramic environment. The central installation, composed of over 300 individually sculpted forms, is inspired by an array of marine species. The stark white porcelain elements, ranging from one inch to three feet, take the form of urchins, tube worms, coral and other sea dwellers. The collective grouping of sculptures invite both macro and micro views of what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.

For the artist, the sheer quantity of unique, wondrous forms brought together reflect a “sea that is about abundance wherever life can get a foothold.” Cummings invites the viewer to contemplate the wonders of the natural world filtered through a process of creative spontaneity. Adding to the experience is the interplay of shadows created by the diverse undulating forms that inhabit floor and wall.

For more information contact: 

Kathryn Jovanelli
kathrynj@maine.edu
207.581.3370

The Sohns Gallery presents Relief Works by Artist John LeBlanc

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Located in The Rock & Art Shop, the show runs from April 4th to June 4th. A reception and artist talk will be held on May 12th from 5 to 7pm.
John LeBlanc’s relief works are created with thick impasto acrylic paint and many layers of cardboard adhered together.  John likens his artwork approach to that of a jazz musician. Each mark becomes a note which helps to determine the following mark. Within the loose framework of his subject matter, John elaborates his marks into endless variations of pattern and color. The depth that LeBlanc is able to achieve with his relief works is truly worth seeing in person.
A reception and artist talk will be held on May 12th from 5 to 7pm. The reception will be combined with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Sweets, Shopping, and Bubble fundraising event at The Rock & Art Shop. Three members of the Orchestra will be on hand to play live music in the gallery. Sweets from Specialty Sweets and champagne will be provided. A portion of all sales made from this event will be donated back to the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
For more information please contact the Sohns Gallery:
(207) 947-2205 or  therockandartshop@gmail.com

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

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

Mother Earth – Sister Moon at Rock and Art Shop

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Mother Earth – Sister Moon – paintings and drawings by Kay Carter will be on display in the Back Gallery at Rock and Art Shop, 36 Central St, Bangor from April 4 to April 23. The opening is April 7 from 5:00-7:00 pm. All are welcome.

These paintings and drawings were inspired by a connection with both the natural and nocturnal environment. The Full Moon Rising series, completed mostly in pastels, was created between June and November 2016 on-site in New Mexico and Maine. From the stillness of the New Mexico desert in June, to moon rise during a Bangor waterfront concert in August, and the Supermoon rise over Blue Hill and Bucksport in November the series tells a diverse story of our activities within the cycles of time.

The drawings and paintings in the show, created in oil, pen and ink, charcoal, and nero lead each looks closely at minutia in our environment. The style varies between realism and abstraction.

For more information call (207)944-7814 or email kaycarter08@gmail.com

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibition

Brenton Hamilton, Little Mask Face, 2015,  Multiple gum bichromate,  Courtesy of the artist

Brenton Hamilton,
Little Mask Face, 2015,
Multiple gum bichromate,
Courtesy of the artist

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new featured exhibitions in January. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter exhibitions open to the public on January 13 and run through May 6, 2017. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

BRENTON HAMILTON: 20 YEARS

January 13 – May 6, 2017

Maine-based photographer Brenton Hamilton employs unconventional approaches to photographic techniques and materials to achieve his layered, dreamlike visions. This exhibition surveys Hamilton’s long career creating images using 19th century handmade photographic processes.

Serving as inspirations for Hamilton’s compositions are his ongoing studies of cultural history, sciences, early medicine, minerals and oceanology. Often working with collage and using liquid photographic emulsions as paint, Hamilton pushes the traditional boundaries of photography, offering a fresh interpretation of the medium. A wide range of historic processes including cyanotype, black glass ambrotype, tintype and gum bichromate –as well as an astonishing hybrid of media –offer a bridge between the antique and the postmodern. The exhibition also includes 18th century sculpted heads and objects that provide a glimpse of the unique source material often depicted within the artist’s compositions.

Brenton Hamilton received his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the Chair of the Professional Certificate Program in Photography at the Maine Media Workshops.

Siobhan McBride, Bones, 2014, Gouache on paper on panel, Courtesy of the artist

Siobhan McBride,
Bones, 2014,
Gouache on paper on panel,
Courtesy of the artist

SIOBHAN MCBRIDE: FOUR HOUR FORTUNE COOKIE

January 13 – May 6, 2017

Siobhan McBride works primarily in gouache on paper to render places and scenes that are imbued with incongruities, memories, and psychological tension. McBride comments that the depicted scenes, “are tense with anticipation, or blushing in the aftermath of an unseen event.” They are “descriptions of awkward experiences, passages from books and film fragments, things caught in the corner of my eye, and an attempt to conjure slippery memories.”  

McBride creates works that are steeped in mystery–images that hover between the humorous and the eerie. Bold light amplifies an array of realistically rendered objects and environments, and in doing so accentuates the unsettling nature of things obscured within shadows. When viewed from a distance McBride’s constructed images crystalize, but while up-close the surface is a complex abstract accumulation of colored shapes. Siobhan McBride received her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jared Cowan, Untitled, 2001, Cast bronze with video, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Mat Thorne

Jared Cowan,
Untitled, 2001,
Cast bronze with video,
Courtesy of the artist,
Photo credit: Mat Thorne

JARED COWAN: THE LIFE OF DAVID

January 13 – May 6, 2017

In The Life of David, Maine-based sculptor, video and installation artist Jared Cowan presents a new series of works that explore the monumental events in the life of Emilio David Mazzeo (1920-1997). In 1948 Mazzeo, a marathon cross-country runner, was the fourth American to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon and a member of the United States Olympic Team at the Summer Olympic Games in London.

The cast bronze works, video components and interactive construction in this exhibition are inspired by the oral retelling of Mazzeo’s life through family and friends. Later in life, Mazzeo experienced a catastrophic loss of his legs. This life altering event is reflected in the bronze forms the artist has cast from the actual prosthetic legs of his subject. Through these glimpses of Emilio David Mazzeo’s life story, Cowan conveys a message of perseverance over tragedy. The artist suggests that the “folkloric acquisition of materials speaks to the legend building that occurs while passing on information, and marks an end point in the thematic gradient that spans past and present works.” Jared Cowan received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2001 from the University of Maine.

For More Information please contact:
Kathryn Jovanelli
207.561.3350
kathrynj@maine.edu
www.umma.umaine.edu

The Sohns Gallery presents “Taking Flight”

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop, presents: Taking Flight, A Silent Art Auction to Benefit Avian Haven. The show runs from January 3rd – February 10th.

Twenty-six local artist have artworks with bird themes hanging in this beautifully diverse show. All the artworks will be sold through silent auction with 50% of the starting bid going to the artist and all other proceeds being donated to Avian Haven.

Avian Haven, in Freedom, Maine, is the largest non-profit wild bird rehabilitation center in New England. With a mission that includes research and education as well as rehabilitation. They are dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to natural roles in the wild. Avian Haven is not funded by any governmental agencies. All operating expenses are covered by private donations and foundation grants.

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

Winter Art Camp at UMaine Museum of Art

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What are your kids doing this February break?

UMaine Museum of Art announces WINTER ART CAMP. MONDAY – FRIDAY, February 20 – 24th, 2015 • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

$110 Museum of Art members, $125 for non-members (2-5 grade, specifically)
$100 Early Bird Special (Must pay by January 16)

Give your kids a February break they will love! Children will enjoy gallery games, art projects, and a Friday art show and reception for family and friends! All materials are provided, but please bring a snack. Space is limited, so register today! Contact Education Coordinator Kat Johnson for more information or to sign up. Call 207- 561 – 3360 or email kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu

The Forth Annual All Small Art Show Reception to be held Dec. 2nd

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Forth Annual All Small art show. The show is the largest yet with 56 local Maine artist. Each artist was given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the our most diverse gallery shows. Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, screen prints, carved wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and fused glass works. The 168 All Small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.
Curator Annette Dodd says “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24th just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”
The show runs from Nov 2nd – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception will be held on Dec. 2th at 6:30 with refreshments and a live band (Tough End String Band).
For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

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

Bangor Art Society presents “Paint Bangor”

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As THE Oldest Art Society in the Nation, Bangor Art Society is coming up on our 142nd birthday February, 2017. We deeply appreciate support in this event that directly benefits the artists in our group! This year, as last year, we are not mandating canvas stamping and we are allowing artists to create pieces in the greater Bangor area from October 1st thru the 19th!

Then, Thursday, October 20th we will have our live “wet-paint” auction at the celebrated Tarrantine, 81 Park Street, Bangor! Patron viewing of the art begins at 5:30pm, and bidding will commence at 7:00pm sharp. Auctioneer will be a famous local celebrity!!!

Artists can register on line at TheBangorArtSociety.com or via mail,or in person at 4:30 at the Tarrantine. Registration is $25.00 for B.A.S. members and $35.00 for non-members. People may join the Society on line too to receive the discounted rate!

See you Thursday, 10/20 at The Tarrantine!!!

The UMaine Museum of Art celebrates ARTober with EXPERIMENTATION CREATION

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SATURDAY October 15, 2016 • 11 am – 3 pm

FREE, all ages and open to the public

Explore your creative side! In celebration of ARTober, the classroom at the museum will be open for people of ALL AGES to come in and create a work of art using any material we have on site. Experiemnt with sculpture, painting, collage, printing and more to create a fun, new project.

Experimentation Creation is FREE and open to the public. For More Information contact:
Kat Johnson
207.561.3360
kat.johnson@maine.edu

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952) Self-portrait, 1986 Oil on canvas Collection of the NB Art Bank

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952)
Self-portrait, 1986
Oil on canvas
Collection of the NB Art Bank

Contemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists highlights a diversity of creative approaches and genres—from representational to conceptual—by artists from throughout New Brunswick. Also varied is the wide range of media in the exhibition that includes ceramic, photography, oil painting, assemblage, mixed media, sculpture and printing processes. The works in Contemporary Currents underscore the refreshingly pluralist nature of contemporary art across the globe. Like the briskly moving currents of divergent thoughts winding through today’s art world, these artists offer multiple points of view on the complex nature of contemporary artistic practice.

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971) George with Xmas Ornament, 2013 Archival inkjet print Courtesy of the artist

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971)
George with Xmas Ornament, 2013
Archival inkjet print
Courtesy of the artist

Featured artists: Erik Edson, Darren Emenau, Mathieu Léger, Neil Rough, Stephen Scott, Anne-Marie Sirois, Dan Steeves, Anna Torma and Istvan Zsako

Exhibition Partner: New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967)
Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

 

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS

September 23 – December 31, 2016

Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

 

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

For additional information please contact:
Kathryn Jovanelli
P 207.561.3350
www.umma.umaine.edu

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS at UMaine Museum of Art

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

From September 23 – December 31, 2016 Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors. For more information contact: Kathryn Jovanelli – 40 Harlow St. – Bangor, ME 04401 – 207.561.3350 –  kathrynj@maine.edu – www.umma.umaine.edu

SKETCHBOOK SESSIONS at the UMaine Museum of Art

 

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Have you used a sketchbook? Would you like some fresh ideas?

You’re invited to come and create new pages among other creative thinkers in the classroom of the Museum. Beginning September 30th, and continuing every Friday afternoon from 3:30 – 5 p.m., UMMA will provide an inspiring space for you to further your artistic practice working with your sketchbook. Adults and students grades 6 and up are welcome to join. Those under 18 must complete the proper release form agreements in order to attend.

FRIDAYS (beginning 9/30), 3:30 pm – 5 pm
FREE, and open to the public

For More Information:
K.L. Johnson, MFA
P: 207- 561 – 3360
kat.johnson@umit.maine.edu
www.umma.maine.edu

Whopaints announces upcoming show schedule

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TIDE AND WIND CREATE LIGHT 

Shimmering days of cool mist wafting off the water creating beyond count paintings. Pastels perfectly render the mist and layered lights of the sun on the sea.

SHOW SCHEDULE
August 11-13 Northeast Harbor Invitational
August 19 Okoto in the Garden at whopaints
September 17-18 CFAAM Bar Harbor, ME
October 8-10 Paradise City, Northampton MA
November 5 Designing Women, Bangor ME
November 18-20 Paradise City, Marlborough MA
December 1 whopaints Gallery Winter Harbor Shopping Night
December 10 Designing Women, Portland ME

Visit whopaints.com for more information

Sohns Gallery presents “Constructed Photos”

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street in Bangor , presents “Constructed Photos” by MaryJean Viano Crowe, from May 9 – July 1. An artist’s reception will be held on June 10, at 6:30 with the artist talk at 7:00.

Much of MJ Vaino Crowes Constructed Photos are influenced by over nine years of teaching in Paris every January during the 1990’s for Rhode Island School of Design.  Scouring ancient collections at the Musée de L’Homme, Louvre and other obscure museums. When asked about her process the artist responds  “I cobble together negatives from an array of subjects that I’ve photographed over time; then, scratch into and scotch tape them together.  Printing in sections 24” x 32”, I assemble and overlap sheets to create a large-scale composite, later to be polychromed with photographic toners. Although this work is frequently mistaken for painting, the process is entirely photographic.”

Regardless of the format she uses, representations of the female figure typically perform on the various stages MaryJean creates for them. Cloistered within their own private universes, her subjects’ expressions seldom reveal more than subtle hints about their actual inner selves. Orbiting the background, often structured in the style of manuscript illuminations, is a complex planetary arrangement of fanciful ephemera from birds to insects, to flora and fauna, visually suggesting an extension of the central figures’ intricate, emotional worlds.

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