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Water and Fire, Drawings and Dirt: The 2018 Fiore Residents at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

Michel Droge, “Yesterday’s Fires,” oil on birch panel, 30 x 40”

 

The 2018 Fiore Residents Exhibit opened March 18 and will be on display until May 24th. It concludes with artist talks at 5pm and a closing reception from 5:30-8pm at the MFT Gallery in Belfast.

During the summer of 2018 six visual artists, one writer, one performance artist and one gardener lived and worked together at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson, Maine. All had been selected for the Maine Farmland Trust’s (MFT’s) Fiore Art Center residency program, because of the common thread running through their work: a meaningful engagement with themes related to agriculture or the environment.

The solitude, natural setting and communal aspect of the residency allowed the artists to focus, explore and create in new ways. The exhibit of the work produced during their residency is a fabulous exploration of color, atmosphere, and connection to the natural environment.

 

Carol L. Douglas, “Blueberry Barrens, Watercolor,” watercolor on Yupo, 24 x 36”

 

Performance artist Heather Lyon woke many mornings at dawn to walk through dew-covered fields down to the lake. Working in and with the water, she ultimately crafted several performative videos. MFT Gallery displays her “Safety Poncho (Orange)” video. With its hushed silvery greys and bright red-oranges, the video engages in a riveting dialogue of water and fire with Michel Droge’s vibrant, atmospheric oil paintings: “Yesterday’s Fires” and “Pleiades Showers.” Through her interactions with the land and observation of constellations above the farm, Droge explored patterns in the micro and macro relationships of life in her watercolor and graphite drawing of “Queen Anne’s Last Wishes.”

Carol L. Douglas created her vivid plein air landscape paintings “Blueberry Barrens, Clary Hill” and “Blueberry Barrens, WC” in oils and watercolors respectively, investigating the confluence of paired painting to see if the fresh mark-making that occurred in her watercolors on Yupo would translate to her more familiar oil paintings.

 

Clif Travers, “I Dream of Trees,” print on canvas, 17.5 x 20”

 

Maxwell Nolin took advantage of the uninterrupted time in the studio to work on two large, luminous oil paintings, “Self-Portrait, 2018” and “Tea,” which enabled him to slow down and reflect on the conceptual aspects of his work, as well as explore different experimental techniques with his process.

In addition to working on her narrative manuscript, writer-in-residence Jodi Paloni produced a beautiful lyrical writing called “Rain Begins the Day,” which captures the essence of the farm landscape and the connection felt by all who were taken in and nurtured by it.

Clif Travers spent time exploring the natural environment of the field and woods and connecting with the community at the farm. In the studio, he constructed an 8 x 6 foot sculptural panel using discarded lumber and other wood products, in an attempt to honor and reconstruct the beauty of trees. Travers then painted the three-dimensional panel in a style referencing church mosaics and stained-glass windows. He contributed a print of the stunning “I Dream of Trees” for this exhibit.

During her residency, Stephanie Mercedes continued building archives of missing violent histories and created a variation of her “Relicarios” installation. Mercedes’ work honors the grandmothers who protested the disappearance of their children by wearing lockets. Her work on display includes research on those that escaped political persecution in Argentina and relocated to Maine, drawings, and a lighted locket.

Thu Kim Vu, from Vietnam, was inspired by the personal bonds formed during the residency through the communal kitchen, food, and the garden. She created a wonderful series of miniature paper drawings of pots, pans, and utensils glued on several overlapping sheets of Plexiglas that are designed to be viewed through the natural light of a window.

 

Heather Lyon, RED, still from performative video

 

In addition to growing unusual vegetables and ornamental food for the residents, the resident gardener Rachel Alexandrou created a video installation called “The Nature of Stewardship”. This was inspired by her work in the garden and kitchen and explores the relationship between human, body and earth.

Class at Local Color Gallery in Belfast

 

Learn the technique of painting and collaging handmade paper with artist Deborah Jellison. The two day workshop for adults and teens will be April 6-7 from 10 am-3 pm at Local Color Gallery. The workshop is free, but a $12 fee to cover materials is requested. The gallery will also be accepting donations for the Soap Closet. Deborah Jellison’s work is full of patterns and layers, she’ll be showing you how to bring movement, color and textures together to form a cohesive collage piece. The process is fun but messy, so dress down and come prepared to play! Class size is limited to 12 so please register early at debfelli@hotmail.com. Local Color Gallery is at 135 High Street in Belfast. Learn more at localcolorgallerymaine.com.

Betts Gallery celebrates annual ‘Holiday Galleria’

 

This December, Betts Gallery celebrates the holidays with their annual ‘Holiday Galleria’ show, joining in on the Belfast Holiday Artwalk with an opening reception, Friday December 7th, 5:30-8pm. The exhibit of local, affordable art, in a variety of media includes works by: Sally Brophy, Jennie Connor, Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, Sarah Faragher, Helene Ferrar, Conny Hatch, David Jacobson, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Allegra Kuhn, Kathleen Mack, Leslie Moore, Willy Reddick, Wes Reddick, Betty Schopmeyer, Lesia Sochor, Kay Sullivan, Mary Trotochaud and Peter Walls. Be sure to check in often, as the show, which runs from December 7th through the 22nd, will be changing throughout the month as sold pieces are replaced by new work.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery opens HOMELAND

 

Colette Shumate Smith: “#American Gothic”, mixed media on wood panel, 35 x 35 in. 

HOMELAND: A multimedia exhibit exploring
our collective and diverse relationship to home/land

 

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s new exhibit HOMELAND speaks to a deep relationship that comes from cultivating the land, and a longing for connection with the land. This open call exhibit was promoted and curated in collaboration with GEDAKINA, Inc., a multigenerational endeavor to strengthen and revitalize the cultural knowledge and identity of Native American youth and families from across New England, and to conserve traditional homelands and places of historical, ecological and spiritual significance.

The first floor of the gallery features sixteen artists from varied backgrounds that seek to explore their relationship to home and land in a wide variety of mediums and styles.

Arlene Claudill Hulva’s colored pencil figurative landscape integrates New England and Latin American panoramas.

 A vibrant Medicine Wheel painting by Mihku Paul-Anderson incorporates elements from the Waponaki culture and symbols from the natural world, while Maureen Block uses a 20th century ironing board as her painting surface for her work “Uprooted, Unrooted, Rerooted,” that depicts writhing roots in bold reds and yellows.

In two very different interpretations of Grant Woods’s iconic painting “American Gothic”, Colette Shumate Smith’s mixed media self-portrait reminds us to be vigilant of changing attitudes toward the land; and Bill Robitzek’s acrylic painting “Bowdoinham Gothic: Sarah and Laura” depicts a modern farm couple that is self-sufficient, and socially-conscious.

Liz McGhee: “Vibrations”, mixed media and gelatin print, 12 x 18 in.

Liz McGhee’s gelatin plate monotypes use a palette of blues, grays, purples, and browns with shapes and line that depict her intuitive wanderings through minimalistic landscapes.

Patricia Ranzoni, Bucksport’s 2014 Poet Laureate, contributes three lyrical, flowing poems on the greater longing for ancient home ground and the yearning of displaced peoples for their place on Earth.

Gabrielle Brown: “Storage Basket 2”, copper, graphite, canvas, 8 x 7 x 7 in.

Gabrielle Brown’s five copper, graphite and canvas woven baskets are based on Shaker designs. Elizabeth Hunter has created a grouping of rya pillows, an ancient Nordic woven pile technique, which speak to human’s connection with the seasons.

 

Kathy Pollard: “Corn Mother”, glass beads, corn husks, moose antler

Kathy Pollard will be displaying a large piece of birch bark with inscribed and painted Maine Indian petroglyph reproductions, and a beautiful sculpture “Corn Mother,” made with glass beads and moose antler.

Constant Albertson: “Désolé”, ceramics, 16 x 9 in.

A mixed media installation by Thér̀ese Provenzano incorporates objects to invoke memories of childhood and change, while Constant Albertson will have two ceramic sculpture pieces on display with themes of water awareness.

Color photographs by Christina Gessler, Emily Davis, and Karyn Marden depict varied subjects, such as quintessential views of life on a farm, organically found picture rocks, and images of the Casco Bay area.

 

Karen Merritt: “Perfect Offering”, gelatin silver print, 9 x 9 in.

Karen Merritt’s gelatin silver prints portray the beauty in urban gardens of Portland in black and white.

Maine Farmland Trust will host the exhibit at its Gallery in Belfast from November 12, 2018 through March 1, 2019. Artist talks will be held on Friday, November 16th at 5pm, with a reception following from 5:30-8pm. Also, the Belfast Holiday Art Walk will occur Friday, December 7th, 5:30-8pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found atwww.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

 

Betts Gallery welcomes autumn with “Trees”

Helene Farrar, “Tree Love”

 

Betts Gallery welcomes autumn with a show celebrating “Trees.” Besides the beauty of trees, the majestic living beings offer us shade, they help clean the air we breathe, some provide food, and selectively harvested, they provide us with wood. This show of 2-D work includes oil and acrylic paintings, pastels and encaustic interpretations by local artists Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, Sarah Faragher, Helene Farrar, Sheep Jones, Betty Schopmeyer and Kay Sullivan. The show runs from September 28 through November 2, with an opening reception Friday September 28th, 5:30-8pm as part of the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website, www.thebelfastframer.com.

Belfast September Art Walk, Community Sing & Busker’s Festival

The streets of Belfast will come alive during the Belfast Creative Coalition September Art Walk on Friday, September 28 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. with new activities include a special community street-sing event led by local singers and a mini-buskers festival with a variety of street musicians, various performers, chalk art, and more.

The main event is the art walk through the streets of Belfast along the trail of more than 20 vibrant galleries open and waiting to show you their unique work welcoming you with libations and tasty tidbits.

Three special art walk events that evening will include the opening at Maine Farmland Trust of new work by the artist, Kris Engman and the closing celebration at the Finch Gallery, featuring the works of Jerri Finch, and a new show at Waterfall Arts featuring works by Joe, Tony, and Max Ascrizzi.

Come for the art and stay for the fun. There is an open mic at Bella Books on Pendleton Lane starting at 8:00 pm, or treat yourself to any of Belfast’s wonderful restaurants or catch the late-show at the Colonial.

For more information call 207-218-1144 or email us at info@belfastcreativecoalition.org

Upcoming Gallery Show at Maine Farmland Trust, “I Went To the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s new show, I Went To the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground, features Belfast artist Kerstin Engman’s oil paintings on the first floor, with works by Andre Benoit, Frances Hynes, Leslie Moore, and Julie Cyr on the second floor.

Kerstin’s works for this show are inspired by the animals, goods, and people at the Common Ground Fair Country Fair. To create her signature style, she applies paint in layers of darks, lights, and color to add texture and depth to the pieces. For some of her pieces she uses stencils and modeling paste to create non-representational patterns that form the texture of backgrounds and individual parts of the painting. “Specific design elements and color are the foundation of my recent studies, incorporating repetition, swaths of color, grids, dots, angles, shapes, and overlaps,” Kerstin said of her work. The quintessential paintings depict handsome roosters in their grid-like wire cages and sheep and cows in darkened stalls with light streaming in through windows. Gourds and other vegetables with beautiful cast shadows, skeins of dyed yarn and bundles of lavender, and the fair-goers under tents and at the vendor stands all contribute to the light-filled atmosphere of the classic fair.

Mule Team, Andre Benoit

Mule Team, Andre Benoit

On the second floor of the gallery there are works from Andre Benoit, an abstract assemblist sculptor from Boothbay Harbor, who creates fanciful animal forms and iconic motifs with repurposed, painted and assembled wooden remnants. Frances Hynes, a New York artist with many ties to Maine, will display her lyrical watercolors, depicting simplistic farm landscapes with gamboling cows and paddling ducks. Rounding out the artists in the show, both from Belfast, are Leslie Moore, with work including a stippled pen and ink drawing of pigs playing in a puddle, and Julie Cyr, whose oil paintings of animals reflect her inspiration in the wonder of daily life and the light and shapes that arise from the simple scenes around her.

I Went To the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground runs from September 10th- November 2nd, with artist talks Friday September 28th at 5pm, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Amalgamation’

‘It’s Simple’ by Conny Hatch, Found Wood, 5″X5″

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception Friday, August 17th, 5:30-8pm for a show entitled ‘Amalgamation’. Webster’s dictionary defines amalgamation as ‘the action or process of uniting or merging two or more things’. Invited artists working in collage, mixed media, sculpture and assemblage are Daniel Anselmi, Kate Chapin, Conny Hatch, Karen MacDonald, Maryfaith Morison, Abbie Read, Axel Stohlberg and Norman Tinker. The show runs from August 17th through September 22nd. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. Due to the impending birth of a grandchild at the end of August, it would be best to check the website or call for gallery hours before coming! For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website, www.thebelfastframer.com.

Maine Crafts Guild brings fine craft show to the United Farmers Market Event Center in Belfast

okume Shibori, natural indigo on cotton sateen by Guild member Amelia Poole | Brooksville, Maine

okume Shibori, natural indigo on cotton sateen by Guild member Amelia Poole | Brooksville, Maine

Maine Crafts Guild artisans will show their handmade fine craft in wood, metal, fiber, clay and mixed media at the United Farmers Market Event Center, August 11-12, 2018.

The Guild is known for its flagship “Directions” show on Mount Desert Island and has a long-standing tradition of fine craft shows throughout the state. This inaugural show in Belfast will be held alongside the growing United Farmers Market on Saturday, August 11 and will open for a second day on Sunday, August 12.

Clay vessel with lid by Guild member Peter Jones | Camden, Maine

Clay vessel with lid by Guild member Peter Jones | Camden, Maine

Attendees will experience a gallery-like show in an intimate setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. While shopping and visiting with some of Maine’s most accomplished craftspeople, attendees can learn about both time-honored and modern techniques in handcraft. Textile artist, Amelia Poole of Brooksville is an artist raised by scientists and enjoys explaining the steps required to achieve her distinctive eco-printed textiles, while Paige Carter of Cape Elizabeth has an interesting history to share behind her hand-painted floorcloths – a craft dating back to the 18th century.

Fine jewelry, home furnishings and fashion apparel are among the handmade items exhibited for sale at the Belfast Fine Craft Show on August 11 & 12, 2018. Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. 10am-4pm. Admission $3; under 18 free. United Farmers Market Event Center | 18 Spring Street | Belfast Maine. Parking options are convenient. For more information, please email: belfast.show@mainecraftsguild.com or call 207-266-3741. A full list of exhibitors may be found at mainecraftsguild.com or the Guild’s Facebook page.

Summary:
Maine Crafts Guild Belfast Fine Craft Show – New in 2018
United Farmers Market Event Center
18 Spring Street
Belfast, ME

Saturday, August 11: 9am-5pm
Sunday, August 12: 10am-4pm
Admission $3 adults; under 18 free

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Summer Stable Show

Wright Farm Spring Planting, Kathleen Perelka, pastel, 12 x 12 in.

Wright Farm Spring Planting, Kathleen Perelka, pastel, 12 x 12 in.

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s annual Summer Stable Show is a favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike. This is the gallery’s largest, most vibrant group show that showcases twenty-two Maine artists this year, whose work connects to agriculture, nature or environment. This year includes first time exhibitors Sara Gagan and Susan Sidwell.

The first floor features a large, dynamic, abstract mixed-media piece from a series on rhythms in nature, by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas; beautiful bright photographs of local landscapes printed on aluminum by Sarah Szwajkos; and a colorful collection of small paintings entitled “Artifacts” by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Contemplative figurative works by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander create a synergy with the beautiful large goddess image, “Oracle,” an intricate scherenschnitt paper cut created by MJ Viano Crowe. The evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist, contribute strong color, content, and design in her series of “Bulb Narrative” and “Fish Walker.” Sara Gagan’s images of animals are a delightful and inventive use of oils and collage elements. John Arden Knight’s large acrylic paintings of water lilies and milkweed are bold and vibrant, while Leslie Harris and Leslie Anderson present wonderful atmospheric paintings of landscapes and figures. Jude Valentine’s series of small brilliant pastels depict the many views and moods from Great Cranberry Island to Acadia. Paintings by Leslie Bowman, Julie Cyr, and Sharon Yates round out this collection with varied natural subject matter, such as a charming chick, engaging peas in a pod, and rich tulip still lifes.

Fish Walker 37, Sheep Jones, oil on wood, 12 x 12 in.

Fish Walker 37, Sheep Jones, oil on wood, 12 x 12 in.

The second floor displays the photographs of Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin, and Jim Nyce, all with very different subject matter, mood, and use of color. Lou Schellenberg impresses with oil paintings of strong, imposing landscapes and sky with vigorous compositions. DiTa Ondek’s paintings of laundry fluttering on a clothesline in the wind create a colorful sense of energetic movement, while Kathleen Perelka’s lovely use of light and color accentuate a cultivated farm landscape. Robin Rier’s oil paintings incorporate vivid colors in tranquil scenes of flowers, peeling paint and old fence posts. The bug and rosehip mandala paper cut prints of Susan Sidwell draw you in for a closer look with their intricate design work.

The Summer Stable Show 2018 runs from June 4th through August 31st, with artist talks Friday July 27th at 5pm, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.