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Markings Gallery kicks off 2019’s ArtWalk season Friday

Kris Sandoy “Beyond I,” at Markings Gallery

 

Markings Gallery in Bath kicks off 2019’s ArtWalk season Friday, June 21, from 4 to 7pm, with a show of new felted work by Kristi Sandoy. Trek Botanica celebrates Sandoy’s architectural wool felt wall hangings. In this exhibition Kris expresses her sense of place and her connection to living by the sea through a series of botanical images and impressions of water. Using natural materials, she pays tribute to the rich and ancient felt craft of the Eastern Steppes where felt’s uses were both utilitarian and decorative.

Markings Gallery, Bath, announces the opening of Trek Botanica: A Contemporary Expression of an Ancient Craft art show. The architectural wool felt wall hangings of Kirsti Sandoy, a local fiber artist, will be displayed during the month of June and featured at Bath’s ArtWalk on Friday, June 21, from 4 to 7pm.

In this exhibition Ms. Sandoy expresses her sense of place and her connection to living by the sea through a series of botanical images and impressions of water. Using natural materials, wool from a variety of sheep breeds, silk, flax and hemp, she develops textures and color by stitching pieces with silk and cotton thread. This recent work, largely created during the last two years, spans both size and color ranging from monochromatic to vibrant. Although many contemporary techniques are used to achieve textures and depth, Sandoy’s work remains focused on achieving a high quality of felt textile. Through this focus, she pays tribute to the rich and ancient felt craft of the Eastern Steppes where felt’s uses were both utilitarian and decorative.

Kirsti Sandoy has been a fiber artist for the better part of forty years. She got her start as a weaver and twenty years ago was introduced to feltmaking. The art form immediately drew her in. “I fell in love with the wet felting process and possibility of creating seamless sculptures,” Sandoy says.

Sandoy has studied with fiber artists in the US and from around the world including artists from Germany, Japan, Australia, Norway, Iceland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Canada and the UK.

Markings Gallery is located at 50 Front Street, Bath, and is open from 10:00 – 5:00pm daily. Learn more about Kristi Sandoy’s work at https://northeastfeltmakersguild.org/feltmaker/kris-sandoy/. For more information about Markings Gallery, its artists and events visit: http://www.markingsgallery.com.

 

Birds are Back at Markings Gallery

 

Artic Terns by Wayne Robbins

 

Osprey sitting attentively in their wondrous nests…. robins and cardinals intently looking and calling for mates… herons and egrets negotiating the edges of swollen ponds and rivers…..

The birds are back and provide endless variations of interpretation for many artists at Markings Gallery and an exciting focus for the month of May.

In the words of Abigail Robbins,  “Birds are amazing.  I watch them endlessly, their shapes, their flight patterns, their living habits.  Looking at birds with their gestures and body language, gives me infinite inspiration for sculptural forms.

I find the medium of papier mache versatile. I can shape and reshape until I am satisfied that the sculpture is close to the idea I have in my head.”  Abigal’s sculptures capture the essential elements in her birds; the owl, the crow, and the raptor.

Wayne Robbins (no relation to Abigail) is well known for his wood carvings of the birds that inhabit Maine’s woods, fields and marine environment.  Working with a diverse variety of woods, such as linden, butternut, and walnut, Wayne carefully selects just the right piece to carve Puffins, Auks, Terns, Screech Owls, Sea Ducks, and Chickadees, to name just a few.  Some of his carvings are hand stained to enhance the colorings and markings of each species.  Many hours and thoughtful observation go into these sculptures.

Sue Stasiowski brings her unique artistry with needle felting to create marvelous interpretations of a wide range of birds.  A little Oriole’s orange coloring has such depth because of the unique way Sue has for combining multiple colors of fiber. That orange is made of a masterful blend of yellows and several shades of orange.  The mixing on his wings is a painterly mix of black, white and wisps of orange.

Several other artists at Marking’s Gallery incorporate birds into their repertoire—

Janice Wright with her fierce eyed herons on relief tiles and painted bowls, Kirsty Sandoy’s felted bird ornaments, Carolyn Judson’s expressive clay birds, Nan Kilbourn-Tara’s delightful small tile bird paintings.

Marking’s Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, Maine

Gallery hours Thursday thru Monday 10am to 5pm (Sunday 10am to 4pm) closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC features Guest Artist Leslie Woods

Leslie Woods, Advice

 

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC invites the public to a Wine & Cheese Reception to open the new show featuring Guest Artist Leslie Woods, on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 5 to 7 pm, at 11 Centre Street in Bath.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Painter Leslie Woods says “I paint figures, because I am passionate about composition, and bodies are my design elements. Muscles are maps of their actions, and bones create patterns. Hands and feet indicate specific activity , and I love to emphasize their lift, fall, and twist.

“People have always been easy for me, so I quickly desired more complexity than the static poses of figure classes. While I can draw and paint portraits, I prefer to apply hats and shadows, because well-done head and body placements convey expression without distractions. I want anyone to see self, relatives, or friends in my work.

“Sport permits my love of brilliant color, which I temper to accommodate my somewhat cubist, color-block style. I enjoy the demanding puzzle-making of color changes based upon light, motion, and my artistic vision.

“All of my paintings require multiple photos, drawings, research into anatomy books, and an understanding of the subject. I want an entire work to present kinetic energy and attitude thru my carefully crafted composition.”

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is artist-owned and operated, open year-round.  Spring hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. For more information please call 207-442-0300 or visit the website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com

Studio News from Diane Beem

The Midcoast Show at Mae’s Cafe and Bakery will continue this year. I will again be participating in the Bath Art Walks through summer and fall, and you can. Plan your art walk calendars now.

 

Apple Branches and Blue Sky, Diane Beem

 

In August I will be the featured artist at the Belfast Food Coop. There will not be an opening for this show as it is in their very busy deli.  The above painting, “Apple Branches and Blue Sky” will be part of that show. The theme will be centered on Maine Agriculture/Farms.

Anne Brecher-Bogart Paintings in Bath

Leaving Reid State Park, acrylic, Anne Brecher-Bogart

 

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC invites the public to a wine and cheese reception to open the new exhibition by gallery members and guest artist Anne Brecher-Bogart, on Friday, March 15, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  Artists will be present to meet visitors and discuss their works.  Admission to the Gallery is free and refreshments will be served.  Anne lives in Georgetown and Connecticut and paints with a local plein air group.  She says “My work, and my life are entwined, the art part reflecting emotion and experience. I have used a variety of media, techniques, and approaches, and have worked in series. One body of work may lead naturally into another. I like to work on more than one piece at a time. I have recently returned to Plain-Air painting, as I now reside part of the year on a beautiful Maine Island, where the land and sea views are constantly evolving with changes in the light, the sky, and the weather.”  The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday.  For more information visit centrestartsgalleryllc.com
 

Waiting for Spring at Markings Gallery

Warm and Cozy…. “Waiting for Spring” at Markings Gallery in Bath, March 1 to April 1, with a Gallery reception March 17, from 12-4pm with artist’s demos of felting…. and just possibly a performance of belly dancers!

We are all familiar with Maine euphemisms for our seasons.  “Maine has two seasons: winter and preparing for winter.”  Or how about:  “Maine has two seasons: winter and August.”  March is notorious for teasing us with a few warming days and plenty of mud!

So let’s cozy up and make the wait colorful and comfortable.

The scarves of Fiona Washburn (featured in photo) are hand painted with extraordinary detail on silk, and silk velvet.  Kris Sandoy creates marvelous felted hats and scarves in a wonderful palate of colors and styles.

Janice Jones has transitional weight scarves and lovely vests to help chase dreary spring weather away.

Warm up your living space with the glorious rag rugs of Hillary Hutton.  Hector Jaegar’s hand dyed wool rugs invite one to settle in and muse on his contemporary exploration of color and design.

And for tickling the sense of the absurd the tea cozies of Susie Stephenson will make one smile away the winter blues.

60+ artists are represented in Markings Gallery. Their work inspires us to keep looking for the beauty in each day, no matter the weather outside.Warm and Cozy…. Waiting for Spring

It’s A Black And White Affair at Markings Gallery

Jo Diggs

 

 Artists have worked in black and white since someone first put ink to paper. The concept is a simple choice between things that are clearly opposites. Through the ages to today, black and white is used in many art forms including wood block prints, photography, charcoal and ink drawing and print making to name but a few.

 

Passion by Barbara Burns

 

Pablo Picasso’s,  Guernica (1937) painted in black, white, and grays remains one of the most moving and powerful antiwar paintings in history. Picasso does not want us to passively look, but to imagine this terrible moment from the inside. Colors let us off lightly; black and white forces us to think without the distraction of color.

Working in black and white makes the artist and the viewer concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting and form. Of course, color is a vital step, but the benefit of black and white is that you can focus on the image as a whole without the distraction of color. In fashion, black and white is considered sophisticated.  It is the easiest and the most timeless color pairing. Interesting silhouettes and textures are easily achieved as an enhancement.
Markings Gallery in Bath has created a black and white exhibit which highlights the work of many of their artists. Marianne Senechal’s black and white felted shawl is a stunning example of black and white in fashion along with Kirsten Sandoy’s beautiful felted hats. Jo Diggs’ hand appliqué work is remarkable in its skill and composition. Barbara Burns’ tapestries are wonderful examples of the power of black and white in art, expressing the feminine and Susan Mills’ shamanic, felted works are inspired by nature, by the physical world and the world of spirit.
Join us at Markings Gallery February 17, from 12-4 pm  to honor the tradition of working in black and white by viewing our exhibit It’s A Black & White Affair. Barbara Burns will be demonstrating tapestry weaving in back and white. Refreshments will be served and many of our wonderful stable of artists will be there for you to meet.
The gallery is open Thurs- Mon, 10-5.

Markings Gallery hosting Holiday Party Dec. 14

 

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles.

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., will be hosting a holiday party on December 14 as part of the Bright Lights Festival in Downtown Bath.

Join the artists of Markings Gallery from 5-8 pm. We have Nick Stone and Craig Sipe, two Maine authors and poets reading their poetry along with our own Barbara Burns reading as well.  Refreshments, libations and good will for all!

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

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.