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White-Line Woodcut Class at Local Color Gallery February 15

Sally Brophy, ” The Pond,” white line woodcut

What is a white-line woodcut? Why use wood when you can just paint on paper? Who came up with this idea? Artist Sally Brophy will answer these questions and more about this fascinating process that originated in Cape Cod 106 years ago, as she guides you through creating your own blocks and prints. This art form is very approachable for beginners, and a fun exploration for experienced artists. The January class was sold out, so a February class has been added!

The first thing you’ll do is make a white-line print from pre-cut blocks, guaranteeing that everyone walks away with a unique artwork. As the creative juices continue to get stirred, Brophy will also be giving you some background on the intriguing history.

Brophy has been creating white-line woodblock prints for more than 20 years and teaching the technique for 15 years. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, as well as in collections throughout the U.S. She was featured in the HBO film “Packed in a Trunk – the Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson”. Wilkinson is one of the artists you’ll learn about, along with Brophy’s teacher Kathryn Smith, who was taught by her grandmother, Ferol Sibley Warthen. Warthen learned from Blanche Lazzell, one of the artists who developed the art form. Lazzell was among the first artists in the U.S. to work in a modernist style. Her white-line prints have recently sold at auction for over $100,000. This lineage of printmakers represents both the rich legacy and the vibrant contemporary community of white-line artists that continue to create today.

The class will be held Saturday, February 15, from 12:30-4:30 (snow date February 22) at Local Color Gallery, 135 High Street in Belfast. $45 includes all of the art materials, sign up at the gallery or email: The class is limited to 18 students ages 12 to 112.

Local Color Gallery: Applications for Artists Now Being Accepted

Local Color Gallery in Belfast is looking forward to their third season featuring the work of 15 local artists working in a wide variety of mediums. The gallery is accepting applications for new artists until March 1st. Applications and details can be found at: and at the gallery at 135 High Street. Jurying will be finalized by March 17th.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Presents ‘Farm Tools Project’

Bill’s Bridle- Ironwood Farm, Farm Tools Project collaboration, cyanotype, 22 x 30”


The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, features the Farm Tools Project, a collaboration between Fiore Art Center Residency alumni Sarah Loftus (2017) and Michel Droge (2018). Loftus and Droge explore the relationships between farmers and the land with a series of cyanotype prints of hand tools pulled from barns, fields, and greenhouses at seven farms across Maine. Over the past summer they built a portable wood and copper cyanotype kit with the help of Jack Manley, a boat builder in Warren, and traveled to small farms across the state with the box and a digital recorder. They spent time working alongside farmers to create images of tools. While the cyanotypes developed, the artists spoke with the farmers about their work, why they do it, and where they see Maine farming and food headed in the future.


Hubbard Blueberry Rakes- Burke Hill Farm, Farm Tools Project collaboration, cyanotype, 22 x 30”


Like agricultural crops, the cyanotype images are produced with sunlight and water. By their very nature, the ghostly blue prints convey our delicate relationship with the natural world. They capture tools as extensions of ourselves- embedded with the history, challenges, and the enduring resilience of Maine’s farmers.


Johnny’s Seed Bed Roller- Four Season Farm, Farm Tools Project collaboration, cyanotype, 22 x 30”


This project is funded in part by a 2019 individual artist grant from the Maine Arts Commission. The artists plan to self-publish a book, with the support of a Kindling Fund grant, which will include large-scale photographs of the cyanotypes paired with text inspired by their conversations with farmers.


Planet Jr. Seeder and Seed Plates- Villageside Farm, Farm Tools Project collaboration, cyanotype, 22 x 30”


The exhibit will be on display from January 21 through April 10, 2020. There is a closing reception Friday, April 10, 2020, 5:30-8 pm, with artist talks at 6 pm.

2020 Festival of Art – Senior College at Belfast

Senior College at Belfast is pleased to announce that the 18th Annual Senior College Festival of Art will take place on June 4th – 7th, 2020.   Please mark your calendars and plan to join the fun!

Professional and amateur Maine artists aged 50 and up are invited to display one piece of their artwork during the Festival of Art’s 4-day non-juried art exhibit held at University of Maine, Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue in Belfast.   

Artists wishing to place a piece of artwork in the Festival show must register during the month of March.  The 2020 registration fee will be $15 per person. Registration fees pay for rental of the space for the Festival Art Show and special events. The festival is organized by volunteers and all labor is donated. Senior College at Belfast covers Festival publicity and other costs. 

Registration for the 18th Annual Senior College Festival of Art will begin on March 1, 2020. Registration information and forms will be distributed by email. If you know of others who may not be on our list but might wish to participate this year, please forward this email to them and encourage them to send us their email address!

The registration deadline for this year’s Festival of Art will be March 31, 2020.  

Participating artists must drop off or arrange for someone to deliver their artwork to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Wednesday, June 3rd, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Artwork must be picked-up at the conclusion of the Festival, between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th.


All Small Show at Local Color Gallery

Brook Trout by Sally Brophy, acrylic on wood, 5×5

Local Color Gallery will be filling the walls with locally made, affordable small works of art. People are often trying to come up with meaningful gift ideas, there’s no wrong way to give the gift of art, only amazing possibilities. Whether you wish to add to a loved one’s art collection, or maybe start one for your friend, a piece of artwork makes a unique gift. 

Tree at Chadwick by JoAnne Houlsen, oil on canvas, 5×7

The “All Small” show will be up starting November 22nd and includes an opening reception with food and wine Friday, December 6th, 5:30-8pm during the Belfast Holiday Art Walk. Stop by 135 High Street in Belfast to enjoy a year round venue featuring a curated collection by local artists including works by: Marjorie Arnett, Sally Brophy, Sandi Cirillo, Judy Graebert, Tanya Harsch, Conny Hatch, JoAnne Houlsen, Janake Howard, Deborah Jellison, Debbie Mitchell, Leslie Moore, MF Morison, Suzanne G. Roberts, Betty Schopmeyer, and James Toothaker.

‘Holiday Galleria’ at Betts Gallery

Kris Engman, Marshall Shore Liberty, oil and cold wax on panel, 9” x 12”

Betts Gallery, in Belfast welcomes you to their annual ‘Holiday Galleria’ which opens to the public for perusing and holiday shopping on November 15th. The exhibit of local, affordable small works of art and craft, in a variety of media includes works by: Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, Sarah Faragher, Helene Farrar, Conny Hatch, David Jacobson, Sheep Jones, Kirk Linder, Leslie Moore, Willy Reddick, Dorothy Royle, Lesia Sochor, Kay Sullivan, Mary Trotochaud, Peter Walls, and Janalee Welch.

Sarah Faragher, Passing Cloud, View to Mount Desert Island from Schoodic, Maine, oil on panel, 5” x 7”

There will be an opening reception, Friday December 6th, 5:30-8pm during the Belfast Holiday Art Walk. We hope you can come enjoy some refreshments, meet up with friends and chat with the artists as we ring in the holidays.  Please make sure to check back in, as the show, which runs from November 15th through December 24th, will be changing throughout the month as sold pieces are replaced by new work. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-2 or by appointment. Also open for Christmas Eve on Tuesday December 24th 10-3pm.

Small Works Holiday Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

Goose River, Jim Nyce, archival photographic print, 12 x 12”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s 2019 Small Works Holiday Show features 21 artists from all over the state. The show is a diverse collection of fine arts and crafts with landscapes, figurative work, and abstract imagery related to Maine’s rural culture.

The works in the exhibit range from vibrant panoramas in oils and pastels – by Jude Valentine, Kathleen Perelka, and Robin Rier – to André Benoit, Jr’s series of fanciful wooden assemblages of owls. Leslie Moore, Julie Cyr, Peter Walls, Sara Gagan, and Gail Wartell add variety with their beautiful works of birds and animals, in mediums ranging from acrylics, pen and ink, mixed media collage, and oils.


Nature Mandala #58, Mango Johnstone, mixed media, 8” diameter


The lyrical style and vision of Sheep Jones’s oil paintings is juxtaposed with the elegant and colorful interpretive landscape photography of Emily Davis and Jim Nyce. Anne Alexander’s petite ceramic sculptures of pine cones and seed pods dialogue beautifully with the exquisite mixed media nature mandalas of Mango Johnstone.

Handmade, mixed-media stab-binding books by Mj Viano Crowe and an abstract series of stitched, etched, and stained prints by Susan L. Smith weave stories of home and connections to the land.

Be Mine- Decoy, Decoy, Decoy, Peter Walls, mixed media, 12 x 6’’

Sharon Yates, DiTa Ondek, Leslie Anderson, and Leslie Bowman heighten the connection to the natural world with their vibrant still life paintings  of flowers, garlic, and onions.

Ethereal figurative prints by Petrea Noyes, using a digital collage technique with pigment inks, bring even more contrast and diversity to the show.

Big Horn, Sara Gagan, oil with collage, 9 x 12”

The exhibit will be on display from November 12, 2019 through January 10, 2020, with a gallery reception during the Belfast Holiday Art Walk on Friday, December 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

New Works at Local Color Gallery

Whitefish Filet by Conny Hatch, found object assemblage, 9”x30”

Local Color Gallery at 135 High Street in Belfast has 15 local artists on display. This month’s artist Conny Hatch will be featured. Hatch is a minimalist assemblage artist working primarily with wood and metal found objects. The reclaimed materials themselves are a main source of the artist’s inspiration. She is inspired by the work of Maine artist Bernard Langlais. She integrates each object into a work of art that often changes our perception of its utility. Hatch studied studio arts extensively, most notably under the sculptor Paul Bowen. She is a recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Edge of Desire by Janake Howard, acrylic on board, 8”x8”

Also, featured this month is abstract painter Janake Howard. She explores theme in her work connected with her personal journey, particularly the emotional and spiritual nature of her inner life. The compositional use of the cross design that is often used in her work has a deep symbolic significance for her. She loves the sensuous nature of working with paint, and works very intuitively as the paintings evolve using the technique of layering with areas of thick paint applied with a palette knife.

Betts Gallery Presents “Animalia”

Sheep Jones, Hide 21, oil on wood, 12” x 12”

Please join Betts Gallery at an opening reception on Friday, September 27th, 5:30-8pm, for a group show entitled ‘Animalia’. The work, in a variety of media, is inspired by both domestic and wild creatures that inhabit our planet, on the land, in the air and under the sea. The show, which runs through October 26th, features artists Sally Brophy, MJ Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, David Estey, Helene Farrar, Conny Hatch, Sheep Jones, Kirk P. Linder, Kat Logan, Kathi Peters, Rebekah Raye, Willy Reddick, Dorothy Royle, Jill Stasium and Peter Walls.

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk is always a fun time to stroll around town, visit the galleries, talk to the artists, see some friends and enjoy some fine refreshments. 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,

H2O Showing at Betts Gallery

Top: Wesley Reddick, Rower Girl, spruce, maple, mdf, wire, casein, 12″ x 14″ x 6.5″ Bottom: Willy Reddick, white line woodblock prints, Into the Fog, 5″ x 5″; Up the Passy in March, 5″ x 5″

On Friday August 16th is the opening reception for H2O at Betts Gallery in Belfast, 5:30-8pm. Wes and I had fun making new work for this show, inspired by our many rows out in Belfast Harbor and Penobscot Bay, and up the Passagasawakeag River. Please view a brief video of Rower Girl in action here on our instagram page. The show, which runs through September 21st, features a raft of talented artists exploring H2O, including: Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Gregory Dunham, Sarah Faragher, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Kathleen Mack, Rebecca Rivers, Shari Goddard Shambaugh, Kay Sullivan, and Gilbert Welch.

Julie Cyr, Swimming with Seals, oil, 10” x 20”

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,