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Sohns Gallery Seventh Annual All Small Art Show Reception Dec. 6

 

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Seventh Annual All Small art show.  Fifty two local Maine artists were given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the most diverse gallery shows of the year.  Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, prints, carved and burnt wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and acrylic paintings. The 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 say’s “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 5th – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on Dec. 6 th at 6:30. 

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

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents ‘Holiday Cheer’

Please join UMMA on December 13 from 2:30 -4:30 PM in celebrating the holidays at the Museum. We will have light refreshments and a seasonal art making activity for you to enjoy. This event is free, for all ages, and open to the public. UMMA is located on Harlow Street in Bangor.

The UMaine Museum of Art Presents: BrainyArt Trivia Night at the Museum

Join UMMA in Bangor for Season 4 of BrainyArt on December 10 from 5:30-7:30. In this fun, quiz-based evening, participants have two chances to win big. A team that correctly answers the most trivia questions will win the Team Challenge, and be awarded a cash prize. An additional prize will be awarded to the participant who receives the most votes in the Individual Challenge. Light refreshments and adult beverages will be available. 21+, $5 suggested donation at the door.

BrainyArt is made possible by the generous support of Zach & Bailey Means and Means Wealth Management.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents WINTER ART FACTORY

 

On Saturday, December 7th from 11 AM – 3 PM celebrate the holidays and bring the whole family for a fun day filled with art making activities! There will be several art stations for wrapping, ornament making and other fun seasonal creative projects. All supplies are included and guided instruction is provided.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

This event is in conjunction with the 2019 Festival of Lights, the annual holiday parade in Downtown Bangor run by the Rotary Club of Bangor

Sohns Gallery reception for “Summer J. Hart: unwritten”

Trained in book arts and printmaking, Summer J. Hart received a BFA from the Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT, and an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Influenced by repetitive organic geometries, scenes viewed through knotholes, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, she creates environments out of cut paper: using both shadows and vacancies as marks.

Her immersive installations are both obsessive and about obsession. They are sites of biological disasters and fairytale forests. Astounded by the resiliency of the forest: the endless process of reproduction, mutation, and evolution, Summer J. Hart makes a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, and seaweed.

By creating dense, cascading “living walls” of  synthetic paper, she allows her vision of a ghostly nature to creep in through any breach, fissure, or opportunity.

The reception starts at 630 with an artist talk at 7.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents GreenDrinks

This October, join us in celebrating Artober at the University of Maine Museum of Art, in Bangor with the Home Brewers of Greater Bangor for ARTOBERFEST!

UMMA’s Fall 2019 exhibitions will be open for viewing: Entangled: Nina Jerome, Way Stations: Joan Belmar, Studio Visit: New Works by Six Painters, and selected photographs from the Museum Collection.

On October 8 from 5-8, the Home Brewers will be serving up a creative variety of their own creations.  Greendrinkers can vote for their favorite beer and the top 3 brewers will win Buoy Local gift cards!

Greendrinks will be serving red and white wines vinted at Central Street Farmhouse for our gluten free or non-beer drinking friends.

As always, Greendrinks is a free family-friendly event, so bring the kiddos! There is a suggested $5 donation, and we ask that you bring your own drinking vessel. If you forget, we’ll have compostable cups available for $1, and custom glassware for $5. Proceeds from the event go toward helping Bangor Greendrinks provide grants to fund worthy projects that help make Bangor greener. See you there!

The Sohn’s Gallery Presents Works by Jon Taner

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street in Bangor, presents Collage Works by Jon Taner . 

Jon Taner recently moved back to the area to be part of the Bangor art scene. He was born and raised in New Jersey. His studied at the Art Students League in New York City. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts and his Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University where he was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant.

When describing his works Taner says “I have used shape, color and scale to create a sense of things both strange and familiar; to flavor the known with the unknown; and give to the viewer a sense of discovery amid scenes and objects. This intriguing ambiguity for the viewer is a result of their memory, abstraction of the natural world, surrealist images, and the melding of all these things into a subjective interpretation. Painting is as much an act of discovery for me as it is for the viewer. The fulfillment from the act of creating both individual and collective works of art is more satisfying the less predictable my paths, and more surprising my destinations.”  Jon Taner’s works are a true delight to the eye and a must see in person. 

The show runs through Oct. 5th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A closing reception will be held on October 4th at 6:30, Artist Talk at 7.

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents Artist & Curator: Collaboration in Contemporary Art

NINA JEROME (American, born 1950) Entangled Spring, 2019 Oil on linen Courtesy of the artist

The UMaine Museum of Art’s presents

Studio Visit

Artist & Curator: Collaboration in Contemporary Art

WEDNESDAY, September 25th, 2019 at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor

5:30 – 6 PM : wine and cheese reception

6:00 – 7 PM: Panel discussion featuring

Jaime DeSimone, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Portland Museum of Art

Alfredo Gisholt, Artist and Associate Professor of Art, Brandeis University

Nina Jerome, Artist and Retired Professor of Art, University of Maine

George Kinghorn, Director and Curator, UMaine Museum of Art

How do museums and curators propel the careers of artists? How do studio visits inform the curatorial process? How does the collaborative relationship between curator and artist influence the final exhibition? Join us for this lively panel discussion featuring four voices in contemporary art.

This event is FREE, however, seating is limited. First come, first serve. RSVP required by calling 207-581-3370 or email kathrynj@maine.edu

UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in September 2019. 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 13 and run through December 21, 2019. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2019 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

JOAN BELMAR Polaris, 2019

WAY STATIONS: JOAN BELMAR
September 13 – December 21, 2019Way Stations features a stunning assortment of new abstract paintings by New York-based artist Joan Belmar. Spherical forms, often filled with transparent textural passages, populate Belmar’s compositions and are often combined with segmented lines, dots, and portal-like constructions. “Circles represent the infinite”, says Belmar, adding that they “suggest, like a Russian doll that contains one inside the other, world or way stations within other worlds.”

Belmar offers multiple vantage points and structures in his compositions. It’s as if we are looking at surface topographies of unnamed planets through a telescope, or perhaps glancing down at outstretched maps to plot routes through unknown terrain. A focal point of the exhibition is an expansive wall showcasing two tondo paintings, each 92 inches in diameter, which were created especially for the UMMA exhibition. These circular works highlight the collage-like approach and layering seen in many of the artist’s compositions—solid blocks and bands of bold color share space with spherical forms that have a pattern overlay of hand-painted dots.

Belmar was born in Chile and immigrated to the United States in 1999. His works are in the collections of the Microsoft Corporation, Capital One Corporation, and Fidelity Investment, among others.

NINA JEROME Entangled Spring, 2019

 

ENTANGLED: NINA JEROME
September 13 – December 21, 2019Entangled features a new series of paintings and drawings by Maine-based artist Nina Jerome. Invasive wild grape vines, that Jerome encountered while at a recent artist residency, inspire these exuberant and expressive compositions. Ranging from the monochromatic to vividly colored paintings, the artist has captured the gesture and wild energy of these tangled masses. Jerome states, “the movement and joyful choreography of their entanglement express the variety and excitement of life’s experiences, yet the tangled knots also create obstacles within our interconnected systems.”

A focal point of the exhibition is the large-scale Thicket that is composed of nine individual panels hung in a dramatic grid. Measuring 7 ½ x 7 ½ feet, the work contains a bustling array of overlapping curvilinear lines in bold black with contrasting blue gestural marks. For Jerome the circular forms, “capture the chaos of nature and seems to balance on the edge of beauty and destruction.” In addition to the drawings and monochromatic paintings, the artist also reveals her skill as a colorist. In two striking compositions, Entangled Red and Dance, the artist employs an expressionistic palette—the looping vines are depicted in intense reds while the background is rendered in vivid blues.  The works in Entangled provide an open window to Jerome’s creative process. In the exhibition, one sees the evolution of her art from small, spontaneous and spirited drawings to larger and more structured works on canvas for which the artist is most known.  

ALFREDO GISHOLT Night Studio 1, 2019

STUDIO VISIT: New Works by Six Painters
September 13 – December 21, 2019Studio Visit brings together a selection of new works by six notable painters working throughout the United States. Ranging from hard-edged to densely layered compositions, this exhibition showcases each artist’s unique approach to abstraction. Intimate 6 x 8 inch oil paintings share space with boldly colored, large-scale canvases, some of which span eight feet.

Thomas Berding’s (East Lansing, Michigan) information-rich paintings live in a perpetual state “between construction and deconstruction, representation and abstraction, addition and deletion”. There’s a spatial complexity to Berding’s paintings in which his raucous assembly of overlapping shapes, bands, shards, and ambiguous detritus seems to recede into infinity.

Joanne Freeman (New York, New York) captures lighthearted gestures in an assortment of hard-edged compositions. Within Freeman’s bold shapes are colors ranging from vivid-blues to saturated reds. The artist sets up a beautiful tension in which these shapes are arranged in close proximity, but do not touch. In several of her new paintings the weight of the larger forms balances the delicateness of the seemingly malleable, slender, red-orange forms.

Alfredo Gisholt’s (Boston, Massachusetts) oil paintings are populated with eccentric forms captured through spirited, gestural brushstrokes. Gisholt’s compositions are both humorous and ominous in the same instance. A mélange of fractured shapes, curvy lines, and other enigmatic devises share space and invite the viewer to invent narratives while also observing the materiality of paint.

Rachel Hellmann’s (Terre Haute, Indiana) shaped compositions explore the intersection of painting and sculpture while offering an interplay of geometry, light, and color. Crafted from poplar wood, Hellman’s forms are meticulously planed, cut, pieced together, glued, clamped, and sanded. The artist’s painted bands depict color relationships that range from monochromatic to vividly bold; the arrangement of the elements is in direct response to the unique qualities of each sculpted form.

In Suzanne Laura Kammin’s (Newark, New Jersey) abstract oil paintings, hard-edged forms unite with transparent gestural brushwork. In compositions that bring to mind the crisp, spray-painted marks of certain types of graffiti, the artist has employed a dynamic palette ranging from vibrant reds and saturated yellows to bold greens. Kammin states that she contrasts “smooth, minimal shapes of pure color against distressed and improvisatory passages to create a sense of expansiveness, magic, and mystery.”

At first glance, Matt Phillips’ (New York, New York) paintings may appear to be rooted solely in rigid geometric abstraction, but within each defined shape are complex and rich passages achieved through delicate brushwork. Phillips’ fractured forms seem to be in a state of fluctuation, as if one is looking at shifting patterns and light through a kaleidoscope.

The Sohns Gallery Presents Works by Local Artist Jeff Wahlstrom

The Sohns Gallery announces a solo exhibition by local artist Jeff Wahlstrom. This is Wahlstroms first exhibition with The Sohns Gallery

Wahlstroms has mastered the watercolor Collages technique out of a need to gain control over the watercolor media .The artist states,”I have the fun of casually painting sheet after sheet of watercolor paper with swaths of colors and then cutting, tearing, and gluing pieces to “build” my landscapes. This process of adding layer upon layer of paper can take on a sculptural quality as I work to capture and give dimension to the inspiring landscapes and seascapes of Maine and Atlantic Canada.”

Block-printing is a relatively new art form for the artist—one that also gives him a sense of control as he shapes an image from a block of linoleum or wood. It is a process that has its own sculptural elements to it, as the artist must cut and carve into each block, making a relief sculpture of sorts. Wahlstrom states, “There is always a bit of a surprise and often some unexpected results, but block printing has given me a way to not only create landscapes but to also illustrate scenes from my community and capture life here in Maine.”

Watercolor Collages and Block prints by Jeff Wahlstrom will be on view during regular business hours at The Sohns Gallery in The Rock & Art Shop, 36 Central Street Bangor, Maine. The exhibit runs Through August 24, 2019.  An opening reception will be held Friday, August 2, at 6:30 pm and the artist will be on site to give remarks at 7:00. This event is free and open to the public.