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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

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.

New Guest Artist Exhibit at Centre St Arts Gallery LLC

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist Steven Stroud, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, July 20, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.  Admission is free.

A professional artist for over forty years, Mr. Stroud will exhibit paintings of Popham Beach.  This is the first showing of Mr. Stroud’s work in Maine, even though he has summered here for the past fifteen years.

He says “I fell in love with the area on the first visit and, in particular, Popham Beach.  I would go there at all times of day and at all tide levels, recording in both photography and sketches the ever-changing landscape. I was particularly taken with the distant island at high tide that transforms, with a sort of biblical parting of the sea, to a rocky outcrop to be explored. I have done dozens of paintings of Popham. When the possibility of being a guest artist at the Centre St Arts Gallery was presented, I knew the ever changing beach would be my principal subject matter.  It can have blistering sun or cool dense fog. Popham at sunrise is as quiet, tranquil and beautiful an area as you will ever find.  At two o’clock on a summer day it is teeming with activity and at sunset it is back to its early morning tranquility.  The show will also include one or two paintings inspired by observations from the boats.

Steven Stroud grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He holds degrees in painting from Drake University and the Art Center College of Design.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a graphic artist and photographer.  

Exhibit ends September 8.  For more information please call 207-442-0300

“Shapes in a Series” | Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist Katharina Keoughan, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, May 25, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists. Admission is free.

Katharina Keoughan’s first career as a graphic designer and owner of a leading graphic studio in Miami, Florida, prepared her well for a second career as a fine artist. Keoughan says “On moving to Maine 25 years ago I pursued painting with the same drive and enthusiasm I gave to my design work. Fourteen years ago I began teaching and found my passion in nurturing adult painting students. The result is teaching, exhibiting, being a part of the art community and living a joyous life.”

About Shapes in a Series, the current exhibition of Conte and watercolor drawings she says “When drawing a figure, I don’t set out to draw a nude body. I draw shapes, positive and negative shapes, round shapes, and curved shapes. Often I draw in the areas that remain after the figure is rendered. This series began after I drew a female figure and chose to draw a square around her. My curiosity grew. I asked myself how much space could a figure fill in a square or a circle, where is the mass and what shapes remain? These drawings are a series of shapes. Yet, I am hoping my audience finds their own meaning in the drawings: femininity, sensuality, mother-earth, confinement, or strength.”

Shapes in a Series Exhibit ends July 13.

For more information please call 207-442-0300

New Exhibit and Guest Artist David Higgins | Centre St Arts Gallery

BATH – Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist David Higgins, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, March 30, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.  Admission is free.

Dave Higgins has been a photographer and educator for more than fifty years. Born in Portland, ME, Dave is a lifelong resident of the state of Maine and has lived  and photographed all over the state. He is a tech school graduate in graphic arts and over the years earned a BS in vocational education and a Master of Fine Arts – Visual Arts . Higgins was a graphic arts teacher and taught photography and graphic design for 25 years. In 1999 Higgins was technology teacher of the year in New Hampshire. After retiring from public education, he continued to teach photography and design at local art societies and teacher workshops. Higgins’ work is exhibited and published throughout Maine and New England as well as online. In 2005 he was an artist in residence at Carina House on Monhegan Island.

Photography is his first love, and his work covers a wide spectrum of interests. Although much of his work could be called landscape, Higgins feels it is more about subtle relationships than grand vistas. He places emphasis on line, tone, form and compositional relationships. Minimalism is often a important concept in his work.  Twenty years ago he moved his photography completely into the digital realm which he feels allows him the freedom to simplify and to blur the borders between black and white and color, between photography and other art forms, and especially between the real and the perceived. 

These ideas led him back to painting, a medium he had not used since he was in his twenties.  He soon found that, not only does his photography influence his painting, but also his painting influences his photography.  He says: “In 2012, I had an epiphany of sorts and began combining both photography and painting in the computer. These images often start with a photograph and use digital brushes and various software, filters and/or screens to develop a scene. The resultant works are neither photographs nor paintings but an amalgamation of the two into something new. I now find my options for expressing my vision are truly limitless.”

Higgins’ work will be in the Gallery from March 25 through May 19.  Call 207-442-0300 or go to for more information. Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 to 5:00.