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New Work By Russell D’Alessio + First Friday Art Walk in Bar Harbor

“THE GOLDEN ERA” by Russell D’Alessio
NEW WORKS
These mixed media pieces comprised of india ink, acrylic, and gold leaf on paper or canvas are “what’s happening”  in the studio these days.  While visiting earlier this week I saw several pieces in their early stages that will soon come to fruition.  As always, I find Russ’s continual creativity full of surprises. Enjoy these new works and I promise more to follow.  If you are in town October 5th come visit us at D’Alessio Gallery during the Art Walk, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. otherwise, you will find these works on line.

Russell D’Alessio “The Golden Bunny”

 

Russell D’Alessio “What Are They Talking About”

During the Art Walk meet three local artists at D’Alessio Gallery and experience their talents. Suzanne Anderson, of Yikes Studio, Dedham, ME bringing her casual contemporary vitreous enamel jewelry, art inspired by the Maine woods.  Lucy Tracy, of Bar Harbor, fiber artist showing her beautiful handwoven pieces entwined with various fabrics creating wearable art and of course artist, Russell D’Alessio, painter. 

Russel D’Alessio “Loose Shoe”

Russ has told me he has something special to unveil at Art Walk…one never knows where his creativity takes him.  I can’t wait to see, be sure to join us!  Plus, foot stompin’ music with Willy Kelly & Marilyn Ryan.  Spirits and of course cake served. 
To review all works visit the website: www.rdalessioart.com

Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show returns to MDI High School

Forged stainless and copper ladles by new Guild member Erica Moody | Waldoboro, Maine

Forged stainless and copper ladles by new Guild member Erica Moody | Waldoboro, Maine

Maine Crafts Guild artisans will once again show their fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass and mixed media at the MDI High School, July 27-29, 2018. The Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show is in its 43rd season.

Together with the Guild’s established member artisans, new member Erica Moody of Waldoboro, Maine will exhibit her kitchen wares and tools, created with traditional metalworking and jewelry techniques. Moody’s work has been featured in Bon Appétit and Bake from Scratch magazines.

Guild artisan and jeweler, Stephani Briggs of Blue Hill, Maine will exhibit her refined jewelry designs, handcrafted in gold and hand-selected gemstones. A luxury jeweler, Briggs creates one-of-a-kind and bespoke pieces with time-honored techniques and hand-brushed finishing.

Returning Guild members include woodworker Tom Dahlke of Bath, Maine and jeweler Maggie Bokor of Topsham, Maine. First time, juried, exhibitors at the Directions show include; Suzanne Anderson of Yikes Studio Enamels (jewelry), Kreg McCune of Kreg McCune Pottery and Meg Walsh of C&M Ceramics.

New this year, the Wendell Gilley Museum of Southwest Harbor, Maine will have a booth presence as the Guild’s inaugural Community Partner, while Sassafrass Catering will offer refreshments for purchase at the cafe.

Attendees of the show will shop for unique, handcrafted objects inside the MDI High School gymnasium. Fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay, glass and mixed media will be shown at the 43rd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – July 27, 28 & 29, 2018. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. MDI High School |1081 Eagle Lake Road | Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: mdi.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 401-935-6704. mainecraftsguild.com

Summary:

Maine Crafts Guild MDI Directions Fine Craft Show – 43rd Annual

MDI High School

1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, July 27: 5-8pm

Saturday, July 28:10am-5pm

Sunday, July 29: 10am-4pm

Admission $5 adults; under 18 free

“We Are One” At the Gallery At Somes Sound

Serena Bates, "Dreamer", Limestone

Serena Bates, “Dreamer”, Limestone

Et In Spiritum …
(The Spirit Within)
June 29 – September 28

Please join us as we discover what motivates these talented artists –
creatively, emotionally, spiritually.

FIRST SHOW OF THE SEASON
Opening Reception Friday, June 29th, 4 – 6 pm

Sarah Seabury Ward, "Owl", Bronze

Sarah Seabury Ward, “Owl”, Bronze

We Are One …
June 29 – July 13

featuring:
Sculptors Serena Bates and Sarah Seabury Ward

The Gallery At Somes Sound

Opening and Expansion Celebration!

Russell D’Alessio

Celebrating 29 years of showcasing works in Bar Harbor, Maine 1989 – 2018

“art depicting observations of a fleeting moment” Russell D’Alessio

Opening for the Season & Gallery Expansion : You’re Invited!

Beverages, lite fare, Maine musician Willy Kelly on guitar.

June 29th, 2018 – 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

An Evening Reception | The Gallery at Somes Sound

Scott Baltz, Quiet Paddle, 10″x10″, oil on panel

Evening Reception

Featuring …

Art & Flowers

Friday, May 25th, 5 – 7 pm

Please join us as we welcome “Floret” to Somesville!
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Small works by Artist Scott Baltz
and  Floral arrangements by Floret owner Beth Ellen Renault

“Fashion is Art” at D’Alessio Gallery

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“Fashion wasn’t what you wore some place anymore; it was the whole reason for going.” Andy Warhol, a statement Bar Harbor, Maine artist not only follows but it is the reason to attend an event or gala as fashion is truly an inspiration for his work.

The September 1st , Art Walk Bar Harbor will be no exception with the theme “Fashion is Art” and fashion will prevail at D’Alessio Gallery as D’Alessio himself will be creating a journey from the abstract to couture as he paints live on a 10’ x 10’ canvas!

True, it’s the fashion look that speaks and inspires Russell but he is also inspired by the attitudes and tries to capture the gestures and moods seeking the true internal phenomena of the feminine form.

On this evening bold colors and his distinctive line will turn this blank canvas into a fashion runway presenting new works of art with his iconic look, blending graphics, color, and form into a sublime mix that is truly his own. Art Walk Bar Harbor, Downtown, D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert Street, 6 – 9 p.m. More information on this event or the artist visit www.rdalessioart.com

Argosy Gallery’s Third Acadia Invitational Art Show

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JM Nicholas, “Monumnet Cove,” 20 x 30, oil on canvas

 

It’s showtime!  Thirty distinguished artists from a dozen states and four countries present their favorite views of the historic landscape of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  With ninety paintings, five judges, fifteen awards and three years of planning, this important and nationally acclaimed show will be open for everyone’s enjoyment at the Bar Harbor Inn on Saturday, July 29, 2-5 PM, and Sunday, July 30, 9 AM – 5 PM.  Please call 207-288-9226 for more information or invitation to the formal artists’ reception.  After this weekend, the show will move to the Argosy II gallery at 6 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor.  Please join us!

Announcing 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

Wood and glass lamp by Guild member Joel Hokkanen of J.A. Hokkanen | Rockport, Maine

Wood and glass lamp by Guild member Joel Hokkanen of J.A. Hokkanen | Rockport, Maine

Shop at the ocean’s edge in Bar Harbor, Maine at the 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show, July 28-30, 2017 – Atlantic Oceanside Event Center.

Together with the Guild’s established member artisans, the Directions show brings new exhibitors to Bar Harbor. New member Joel Hokkanen, a woodworker from Rockport, Maine, will exhibit his one-of-a-kind, stunning lamps. Inspired by the curves and lines in nature, Joel’s wood and glass lighting will bring a warm glow and sculptural accent to the home that is both beautiful and practical. “My end-goal for any project is a piece that feels organic and natural. I look for beauty inherent in shape and form, rather than added ornamentation.” – Joel Hokkanen

Other first time, juried, exhibitors at the Directions show include; Jennifer Armstrong – fiber, Tim and Liza Fisher – wood and clay and Catherine Worthington – fiber.

Clay bottle by Guild member Jonathan White of Odd Inq Pottery and Tile | South Portland, Maine

Clay bottle by Guild member Jonathan White of Odd Inq Pottery and Tile | South Portland, Maine

Returning Guild artisan and ceramist, Jonathan White of South Portland, Maine says, “I see beauty in both natural and industrial objects. A steel mill furnace being reclaimed by rust is as pleasing to me as the first fiddleheads of spring pushing from the ground.” This duality is evident in his fascinating sculpture and pottery – both in his design and rich, flowing matte glazes.

Attendees of the show will shop for unique, handcrafted objects inside the event center as well as under a large tent outdoors on the lawn. Fine craft in wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass and mixed media will be shown at the 42nd Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show – July 28, 29 & 30, 2017. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $5; under 18 free. Atlantic Oceanside Event Center |119 Eden Street | Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: mdi.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 401-935-6704. mainecraftsguild.com

Summary:
Maine Crafts Guild 42nd Annual MDI Directions Fine Craft Show
Atlantic Oceanside Event Center
119 Eden Street
Bar Harbor, Maine

Friday, July 28: 5-8pm
Saturday, July 29:10am-5pm
Sunday, July 30: 10am-4pm
Admission $5 adults; under 18 free

The Abbe Midsummer Spotlights Fashion, Native Cuisine, and Wabanaki Artists

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On August 3, 2017, at 5:30 pm the Abbe Museum will host an exciting new annual fundraiser in the Museum’s backyard. The Abbe Midsummer, previously known as the Gathering Gala, will celebrate the importance of creative placemaking and how it supports Wabanaki artists and Native communities throughout Maine. Presented by The Abbe Midsummer Host Committee, the event consists of Native-inspired cuisine, an haute couture Wabanaki fashion show, festive live auction, and other surprises you won’t want to miss.
“My husband Jeff and I are so excited to support The Abbe Midsummer,” said Jena Young, co-chair of the Host Committee. “We’re always looking for opportunities to support the history and culture of our community, and the mission of the Abbe does that in every way. The big payoff will be attending the event and see it all come together. The fashion show, cuisine, and atmosphere are going to be incredible!”
In its 16 years in downtown Bar Harbor, the Abbe has become a Smithsonian Affiliate, an active member of the International Coalition for the Sites of Conscience, a partner to Acadia National Park, and a committed and involved community anchor. The Abbe Midsummer attracts cultural luminaries and civic leaders, as well as renowned artists, premier collectors, and devoted patrons of the arts and culture.
The evening kicks off with a red carpet arrival at 5:30 pm, followed by mingling outside in the Museum’s one-acre backyard while perusing silent auction items that include jewelry, art, handmade and crafted items, and the Abbe’s signature decorated paddles. Live music by Penobscot musicians Eric Green and Justice for the River will keep guests entertained as they help themselves to food stations serving Native-inspired cuisine like bison meatballs, fiddleheads, and fry bread courtesy of Bar Harbor Catering Company.
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From there, guests will be treated to a themed dessert and the Decontie & Brown Fashion Show. An energetic live auction will follow, which features exquisite Native art from Wabanaki artists Gabriel Frey, Jennifer Neptune, Gina Brooks, Fred Tomah, Geo Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Sarah Sockbeson, Decontie & Brown, and others. The live auction will be led by auctioneer Andrew Simon of the Barn Arts Collective, who will also be the evening’s emcee.
“The Wabanaki communities throughout Maine and Maritime Canada are world renowned for incredible basketry and to build on that, we’re offering a new narrative on cultural adornment,” said Jason and Donna Brown of Decontie & Brown. “It’s a distinct way to share the beauty of our tribal design and fashion sense with the world while highlighting that we are still here! We are incredibly excited to be a part of The Abbe Midsummer and are looking forward to sharing all the inspiration that we get from our ancestors…Our people were VERY fashionable!”
The majority of the auction items will be on exhibit at the Abbe Museum from now until the day of the event. They can also be viewed online at abbemuseum.org/midsummer.
Tickets for the evening are $150 per person and $1,200 per table. To RSVP, please visit abbemuseum.org/midsummer, email the Abbe Museum at midsummer@abbemuseum.org, or call 207-288-3519. Absentee bidding and underwriting opportunities are also available for those who cannot attend.

D’Alessio Gallery and Open Studio first Friday Art Walk

Russell D'Alessio, "Fat Cat" original on wrapped canvas 48" x 36" x 2"

Russell D’Alessio, “Fat Cat”
original on wrapped canvas 48″ x 36″ x 2″

The studio will be OPEN to the public all evening long. Visit where he creates, see finished works in progress on paper, canvas and more, chat with the artist.

Wine served
15 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Bayside Landing upstairs in the courtyard
(follow the Art Walk flag)

The Gallery will showcase his latest works including “Fat Cat!”

Wine also served!
12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor

Be sure to stop by and visit, we look forward to seeing you.
Walking maps for Art Walk available at the Chamber of Commerce, most lodging establishments, and participating venues or download online at;

http://www.artwalkbarharbor.com/venues.html

Argosy Gallery honors Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman

Robert Hagberg, Curling Wave

Robert Hagberg, Curling Wave

The historic Bar Harbor Inn was the setting for the opening days, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, of a major career show honoring artists Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman.  Identified as two of the country’s most prominent chroniclers of Acadia, both artists were featured in the award-winning book “Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations”, by Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2014.  Inaugurated in 2003, the Argosy Gallery’s Milestone Exhibitions are among New England’s “grand events” in the world of traditional realism.  Please call 288-9226 for times.

Hagberg and Hileman featured at Argosy Gallery

from l to r, Robert Hagberg, Susan Hagberg, Melanie Hileman, Steven Hileman

from l to r, Robert Hagberg, Susan Hagberg, Melanie Hileman, Steven Hileman

The historic Bar Harbor Inn was the setting for the very successful opening days, Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, of a major career show honoring artists Robert Hagberg and Steven Hileman. Identified as two of the country’s most prominent chroniclers of Acadia, both artists were featured in the award-winning book “Art of the National Parks: Historic Connections, Contemporary Interpretations”, by Fresco Fine Art Publications, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2014.  Inaugurated in 2003, the Argosy Gallery’s Milestone Exhibitions are among New England’s “grand events” in the world of traditional realism.  

The show continues for the rest of the season at Argosy II, 6 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor. For more information please call (207) 288-9226 or email info@argosygallery.com

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

“Conservation Matters” at the 41st Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show

“Reusable Tote Bags” by Hillary Hutton of Vienna, Maine - Weaver

“Reusable Tote Bags” by Hillary Hutton of Vienna, Maine – Weaver

“Conservation Matters” at the 41st Annual Mount Desert Island Directions Fine Craft Show, July 29-31, 2016 – Atlantic Oceanside Event Center in Bar Harbor, Maine.

In celebration of the Acadia National Park Centennial, the Maine Crafts Guild is coordinating an event titled, “Conservation Matters.” Guild members have been challenged to design and produce works featuring natural/conservation themes. Artwork may range from production to one-of-a-kind pieces and will be available for purchase during the fine craft show. A percentage of sales will benefit Friends of Acadia.

A special gathering is planned for the evening of Friday, July 29, 2016 – the opening night of the show. Refreshments will be served, along with a cash wine bar and live music from 5-8pm.

 “Honey Coins” by Stephani Briggs of Portland, Maine - Jeweler

“Honey Coins” by Stephani Briggs of Portland, Maine – Jeweler

Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet the makers of these Acadia-inspired pieces, while experiencing myriad media, artful displays and excellence in craft customary at all Maine Crafts Guild shows. $5 adults; under 18 free. July 29-31, 2016 – Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Atlantic Oceanside Event Center, 119 Eden Street in Bar Harbor, Maine. For more information, please email: mdi.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 401-935-6704. mainecraftsguild.com

D’Alessio Gallery presents “Moose Licks.”  “Puffin Tricks,”  &  “Hot Chicks”

Bar Harbor Art Walk

Benefits the local SPCA

Donations accepted for “Moose Licks”(chocolate pops) & drawing for the D’Alessio 2016 4th of July poster. All to benefit the local SPCA.

 Sip a glass of wine while you chat with the“Hot Chicks” artist!  

 

Poster: 36" x 24" printed on buff & signed by artist $150. unframed $200. framed

Poster: 36″ x 24″ printed on buff & signed by artist
$150. unframed $200. framed

July 1st – 6 – 9 p.m. We hope you will join in the festivities! 

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.

2016 Acadia ART Achievement Award Winners

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Linda and Russell D’Alessio

The 2016 Acadia ART Achievement Award goes to Russell and Linda D’Alessio. In the mid-sixties, Russell and Linda D’Alessio were introduced to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park while on vacation. Awe struck by its natural beauty, they knew someday this would become home.

The dream became reality in 1974. With Russ fresh out of art school they packed their VW bug complete with two young sons and moved to Mt. Dersert Island from New Jersey,  (in February with no jobs!)  Bringing their artistic creativities and passion for the arts with them, Russ, a painter sold some of his originals and prints to local galleries and Linda, her weavings. It was selling these pieces of art that floated them through their first Maine winter and solidified their love for this place.

Living here in Maine has allowed them to pursue their creativity and passion for the arts. In the late 70’s, they opened a screen print company placing Russ’s designs on garments designed by Linda.  This line of fashion clothing, jewelry, and decorative accessories sold nationally and internationally including Giverny Gardens, Paris, France

During this same period they formed a side-company to help other Maine Artisans and Fine Craftsmen to market their wares, bringing Maine Art & Craft to the Maine and national market.   At that time, Linda presided on the Maine Governors board formed during the McKernan administration to promote “Made in Maine.”

1989 marked the season they opened their first retail operation in Bar Harbor, Over the Moon Studios, focusing on their line of clothing and jewelry in a small space on Cottage Street.  A year later they moved to larger quarters and opened Pretty Marsh Gallery, this time featuring their line of clothing and accessories and many of the “Made In Maine” artisans they represented.  Operating in that location for 20 years they carried many Maine artist’s works of pottery, jewelry, and fibers arts, including Russ’s paintings, drawings, and illustrations.

Forty-three years later they remain an important part of Bar Harbor and Maine’s art community.   Russell’s works can be found at D’Alessio Gallery on Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor and online. He also maintains a studio in town upstairs at Bayside Landing while Linda manages the gallery and its web presence. She is also instrumental in beginning Downtown Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walks and is currently  Chairperson of the committee.  You can find more about the D’Alessio’s on the web at: www.russelldalessioart.com