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Closing Celebration at Finch Gallery

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Fog is rolling in. Summer has ebbed. Another successful season at The Finch Gallery in Belfast is coming to an end.

Come in September 28,29 or 30 to enter your name in the drawing for door prizes. They are very cool ones-

One of Jay Hoagland’s Granite Apples, and a few of Jerri Finch’s on paper, prints on canvas, and cards will be given away.

You need not be present to win…

On our last day, September 30 we will have gallery talks-

At 2:00 pm, Jay Hoagland will entertain us. And then Jerri Finch will share pearls of wisdom at 2:30….Refreshments will be served.

Special Pricing on Select Items all of September-25% off all canvas prints, and 10% off all original art, including Jerri Finch’s paintings and Jay Hoagland’s scupltures. For more information visit www.jerrifinch.com or call 207-338-1060

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk takes place on September 22

visitors at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery at the July art walk; photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC

visitors at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery at the July art walk; photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk this month will take place on September 22 from 5:30 to 8:00pm! The September Art Walk is the final art walk of the summer season.

The Art Walk features open galleries and studios on Main Street and High Street and the surrounding area in downtown Belfast. This month, you can visit Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Waterfall Arts, Kris Engman’s Studio, Front Street Pottery, Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer, Evolve: Sanctuary for the Soul, Belfast Bay Shade Company, Parent Gallery, Lewis Cisle’s Studio, Belfast Clay Studio, Randall Jason Irvin Studio, Studio 153, and The Treasured Leaf Tea Company.

On the Art Walk this summer, visit as many of the art walk’s wonderful and unique sites as you want, in whatever order you want; view an amazing variety of art, visit with the artists, and enjoy an evening in the heart of Belfast’s creative community.

Also visit the artist pop-up tents in downtown Belfast! And come by the corner of High Street and Main Street during the art walk to pick up an art walk map and to say hello to the Belfast Creative Coalition crew.

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk series is made possible in part through the generous support of Belfast Creative Coalition members, Delvino’s Restaurant, Coyote Moon, Front Street Shipyard, and Bangor Savings Bank.

Learn more about the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks and Belfast Creative Coalition at belfastcreativecoalition.org, and find Belfast Creative Coalition on Facebook.

MFT Gallery opening Sept. 22, presenting CSA II

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Susan Bartlett Rice, Tarbox Start, oil on canvas, 24 x 24”,

 

On View: Sept. 22 – Nov.10 at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, Maine
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 22, 5:30-8pm (during Belfast Art Walk) with artist talks preceding at 5pm.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association, presents CSA II – one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms throughout the 2017 growing season.

Meet the artists and farmers at the opening reception on Friday, September 22, from 5-8pm with a gallery talk at 5pm. Maine Farmland Trust is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast; the exhibition is on view from September 22 through November 10, 2017. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust Gallery please visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

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Karen Merritt, Farm Truck, gelatin silver print, 9 x 9”

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

During CSA II (Community Supporting Arts), participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January 2017, at the very start of this year’s growing season, creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017: at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22 – November 10; at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27 – December 2; and at Engine in Biddeford November 10 – December 16.

 

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Anna O’Sullivan, Makin’ Maple, woodcut, 11 x 17”

 

In 2012 Harlow Gallery organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The first CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to bring it back for 2017.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms).  A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

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Rebecca May Verrill, Farm Bowl, wheel-thrown earthenware, 8”L x 8”W x 4”H

 

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

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 Opens Comfort Zone

Kathleen Mack, Trust, 2017 Oil and Wax on Canvas

Kathleen Mack, Trust, 2017 Oil and Wax on Canvas

Please join Betts Gallery at an opening reception on Friday August 4th, 5:30-8pm, for their late summer show entitled ‘Comfort Zone’. The show features paintings by two expressive midcoast artists, Kathleen Mack and Carol Sloane. Mack divides her time between Round Pond, Maine and Italy, and Sloane between Washington, Maine and Nova Scotia. In Mack’s oil and wax paintings, she explores the idea of wanderers, ‘living on the edge’ in search of a comfortable place, while Sloane’s oil paintings explore the mutual affection and devotional relationship between people and their pets.

Carol Sloane, Annie and Linda, 2017 Oil on Canvas

Carol Sloane, Annie and Linda, 2017 Oil on Canvas

The show runs from August 4th through September 2nd. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main St, and also may be entered on Beaver St. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com

Betts Gallery Opens PAPER, INK, PRESS

"Time and Distance #4" Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Betts Gallery opens group show ‘Paper, Ink, Press’

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“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum.

 

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception on Friday June 30th, 5:30-8pm for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Betts Gallery opens with GO HIGH

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“On High” Oil on Panel by Julie Cyr
Betts Gallery GO HIGH  May 26-June 24, 2017

Opening Reception Friday May 26, 5:30-8
Please join us for an opening reception on May 26th, 5:30-8pm, as we welcome spring and the start of the Fourth Friday Art Walks in Belfast. Betts Gallery is thinking positive and looking up with the first show of the season, entitled “Go High”, which features work by artists: Kenny Cole, Mj Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Susan Guthrie, Sheep Jones, Willy Reddick and Buzz Stultz. The Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Belfast Creative Coalition presents “Finding Your Voice + Promoting Your Creative Business”

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Say What? Finding Your Voice + Promoting Your Creative Business – a professional development seminar at the Belfast Free Library

Join the Belfast Creative Coalition at the Belfast Free Library on May 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for an evening of professional development, to dive into a conversation about promoting your creative business and developing a unique voice to market your work. BCC’s Executive Director, Emily Baer, will explore the many different resources available to individuals and entrepreneurs both online and in the real world.

This seminar will focus on helping you determine which tools will best suit your needs and budget without compromising the spirit that drives your creativity. Special attention will be given to social media and digital networking opportunities for individuals and small businesses.

 
Admission to this event is free! For more information, visit the Facebook page for Belfast Creative Coalition or visit BCC’s website: belfastcreativecoalition.org, or call the BCC office at 207-323-8692.

Belfast Creative Coalition Seeks Volunteers for a Summer of Art!

The Belfast Creative Coalition information tent at the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk. Photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC.

The Belfast Creative Coalition information tent at the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk. Photo by Tony Chiodo for BCC.

What moves you? Art, truth, beauty? Then come help Belfast Creative Coalition spread the words and images that celebrate Belfast art and culture this summer. Be a part of the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks, gallery openings, and the farm and art tours. Meet and greet visitors from all over the world. Show off our beautiful town and be a part of the vibrant atmosphere of art, music and dancing in the streets. Help us build Belfast into the center of the expanding art scene of Waldo County.

Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) is a dedicated group of volunteers and staff and we need your energy and inspiration for the upcoming season. Be a force for art, and have a lot of fun in the process.
To volunteer and for details, email julia@belfastcreativecoalition.org, call BCC at 207-323-8692, or stop by the BCC office at 26 Spring Street in Belfast.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View”

 

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Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View” of Barns and Farm Houses

 

Belfast. Machias watercolorist Margaret LaFarge has lived in Maine since 1980. Her intimate paintings transport us across time and space, into the rooms of farmhouses with which LaFarge has a special connection. “These are primarily homes I have lived in,” she points out. “And so my paintings revolve around family, memories and history.”

The farmhouse interiors depicted in paintings such as “Horse Hair Chair” and “1800 Farm House” hail from New England villages that once had a vibrant farming community. “But a lot of farming has disappeared here,” said LaFarge. “It’s so sad to see old farmhouses fall apart. I am fortunate that my family has always maintained them.”

 

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 Tessa O’Brien, Headlights, acrylic, enamel, dye on panel, 48 x 48”,

An old box of photos took painter Tessa O’Brien on a trip down memory lane, to a time in her childhood when her parents and their friends built a timber frame together. “Everyone stayed and camped out with their babies and dogs. I just love those images, and the memories they conjure up,” said O’Brien.

In her bold, colorful paintings, the timber frame itself became a symbol for community, sustainability and craftsmanship. “I was pursuing my MFA at the time,” O’Brien explained. “And visually, I loved the structure of the timber frame as an image in its own right. I’m primarily interested in paint – the possibilities of it, the textural quality – but I need an organizing principle to direct my work.”

 

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Leslie Harris, Hayloft, oil on linen board, 20x16”,

 

What followed was much like a community engagement project. “I started hunting down timber frames in Maine, and ended up meeting the people building them, and hearing their stories,” O’Brien shared. “I love the stories that go along with the buildings, and the way these structures interact with the land.”

The Portland painter recognized that the subject matter of farm houses runs the risk of being nostalgic. “While I started from a place of nostalgia that is not what I want to communicate. I want to show the present-day possibilities, which are very alive in Maine, and ask what these traditions can bring us now.”

With The Inside View, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is aiming to show a variety of interior views of farms: old and new; still used for farming or transformed into an artist’s space; the family’s kitchen table versus the cow’s barn. The group show includes oil paintings, acrylics, mixed media, drawings and photography by artists Julie Cyr, Kerstin Engman, Leslie Harris, DiTa Ondek, Susan Smith, Sarah Szwajkos, and afore-mentioned Margaret LaFarge and Tessa O’Brien.

The Inside View will be on exhibit from April 3rd through June 23rd. There will be artist talks at 5:00pm on Friday May 26, followed by a reception as part of the Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8:00pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at www.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

 

Artists & Makers Conference Scheduled for April 7

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The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held on Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help grow arts businesses and is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

This year’s conference will offer three themed tracks highlighting information for those just starting a business, those looking to take their business to the next level, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business.

New features include:
– Three tracks throughout the day—Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational
– Opportunities to meet with and have your product reviewed by retail experts
– Opportunities to meet with and have your fine art portfolio reviewed by gallery experts
– A Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire creativity
– A DIY tabletop photography workshop
– More networking opportunities

Guests will be able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Sessions will cover tips for starting a business, approaching stores and galleries, building a website, grants and financial opportunities for artists and makers, marketing and branding trends, social media, and more.

Speakers at this year’s event include James Morin of Flowfold, Bill Laurita of Swan’s Island Company, Sadie Bliss of Maine Craft Association, Dennis Gleason of Gleason Fine Art, Maggie Bokor of Maggie Bokor Jewelry, and more.

Registration cost is $45. All tickets include a light breakfast, lunch, fruit and beverages. To register or view a complete agenda, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/archipelago.

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

MFT Gallery presents “In Dialogue with Nature”

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Robert Pollien (courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery)

 

In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.

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J. Thomas R. Higgins (courtesy of Greenhut Gallery)

 

Belfast. In the summer of 2016, four artists spent a month living and creating at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. More precisely: a month of observing and noting, walking and musing, painting and drawing, collecting and interacting with the soil, the water, the weeds, woods and sky.

These four artists, all from Maine, were the very first artists-in-residence at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, an initiative started last year in collaboration with the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, which holds the works of late artist and environmentalist Joseph A. Fiore (1925-2008).

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm aims to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making by way of exhibitions and public educational events, through research and development of new farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a working farm.

David Dewey, trustee and curator of the Falcon Foundation and co-director of the Fiore Art Center believes that an artist residency is an important creative interlude from the demands of life, which allows artists time to refresh their creative batteries and develop their art work with a clear mind. “We all need a break at times; the residency program can be a valuable period of critical artistic growth that both the artist and the public can benefit from.”

The four 2016 artists-in-residence Thomas R. Higgins*, Robert Pollien*, Thérèse Provenzano and Susan Smith are now exhibiting the work created during their month at Rolling Acres Farm at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast. The exhibition, titled In Dialogue with Nature, is on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17, at 5pm. (*Higgins appears courtesy of Greenhut Gallery, Pollien appears courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery.)

The artists each had their own unique approach and experience. Higgins, a landscape painter who worked mostly in oils, followed by some drawing, shared: “Having the unobstructed freedom to come and go as I please has resulted in the opportunity to focus on subject matter not explored in recent years, and the chance to get to know a few locations intimately.” Pollien, also a landscape painter, said: “The month was very productive and I find that the intensity of the residency has carried over nicely. The time spent working and thinking deeply about painting continues to be of lasting value.”

 

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Thérèse Provenzano

 

Provenzano, pastel painter, spent many a day right outside the glass doors of her barn studio. “My residency at Rolling Acres Farm provided a new lay of land to digest, en plein air.  The sky read imposing, vast or aloof. Rain and clouds made their presence known. Reaching and digesting the land, alone and unencumbered […], took precedence.”

The vibrant greens and lively brush strokes of Higgins’ paintings; the reverent stillness which Pollien is able to evoke with his coastal views and clouds; Provenzano’s meditation on the S-curved farm road meandering down to Damariscotta Lake – each speak to a different aspect and experience of the fields, water and sky at Rolling Acres Farm.

 

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Susan Smith

Smith took a different approach entirely. Her site-specific art practice lies somewhere between the archeological, ideological, experimental and ephemeral. She collected rusty old bits of farm equipment, branches, soil and plant materials, and created intricate eco-prints by tightly wrapping these different ingredients into cloth “bundles,” then steaming them. Her work wants to be touched, and speaks straight to the soul of buried history, sleeping memory, and connection to land that longs to be known.

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In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, located at 152 Punk Point Rd, Jefferson, is accepting applications for 2017 residencies until March 1st. More information can be found at https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

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

 

 

 

Annual Open Call for Art at Waterfall

Andy Warhol at Home by Ken Heyman

Andy Warhol at Home by Ken Heyman

Waterfall Arts invites artists of all levels from novice to expert to submit artwork for the 2017 annual Open Call Show on view from April 7 to May 12.  This theme for 2017 is “Home.” Individuals are asked to reflect on what home means to them – Is home a physical space, warm and cozy or is it a place of conflict and tension, or something in between? Is home a psychological place, an invention of an ideal space or mental state or is it a remembered landscape or habitat?

Work in any media can be abstract, realistic, conceptual or anything in between. It can depict a dream, an idea, a memory, or a daily reality.  Individuals may submit one piece, with dimensions no larger than 36 inches by 36 inches. Three-dimensional pieces can be accommodated. Two-dimensional works must be properly framed with a securely attached hanging device or the work cannot be displayed. All artwork should be delivered to Waterfall Arts March 28 through 31 during office hours (10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday). Everyone is invited to the opening reception for “Home” on Friday, April 7 from 5 to 8 pm.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by All Creatures Acupuncture, Cold Mountain Builders, Waldo County Family Dentistry, Revision Energy and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 207 338 2222.

Belfast Creative Coalition’s Member Profiles Are Portraits of Local Makers

David Jacobson at work in his glassblowing studio, photographed by Julia Clapp

David Jacobson at work in his glassblowing studio, photographed by Julia Clapp

Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC), a Belfast-area nonprofit organization that promotes arts and culture in Waldo County, is pleased to announce a new initiative featuring written profiles of their members.

BCC members, who are generally local artists, artisans, and makers, vary widely in their areas of skill and interest; the written profiles, highlighted on BCC’s website, are meant to highlight that variety.

“We want people living in the Belfast area to get to know their local artists,” says BCC Membership Coordinator Julia Clapp, who is writing the profiles. “Many people aren’t aware of the many artists’ studios that are all over the midcoast. All of these artists are inspiring, and all of them have interesting stories. Additionally, many of them want to share knowledge of their crafts.” Some BCC member artists offer classes and workshops at their studios.

The member profiles are centered around interviews with the artists that take place at their workspaces. So far, the responses to the profiles that have been published have been very positive. “We’re excited to bring the stories of our creative community to neighbors and visitors alike,” says BCC Executive Director Emily Baer, “and we hope to grow this initiative in the coming months.”

To read the current membership profiles, or to find out more about membership, please visit belfastcreativecoalition.org

Young Artists Takeover the Galleries at Waterfall Arts

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To celebrate Arts Advocacy Month this March, Waterfall Arts presents the second annual Young Artists Gallery Takeover exhibit which opens with a reception on Friday, March 3 from 5 to 8 pm. The reception is free, everyone is welcome to attend, meet the artists and enjoy the show.

Young people from Waldo County schools and youth groups created the artwork filling the galleries. The purpose of the exhibit is to recognize these young people as our next generation of creative artists. Arts Advocacy Month emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for quality school art programs. It also provides a forum for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences that are not possible in other curriculum subjects.

Young Artsit Jazmine Garnier and Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros

In addition, the show will highlight what’s going on with the arts in the schools and recognize art educators and teachers. The Young Artists Takeover exhibit will be up through March 30th; gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Friday and by appointment.

Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, open print, clay and photography studios, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. Youth and family programs are supported by the Green Store, the Kendel Kennedy Fund, the NLT Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222.

BELFAST CREATIVE COALITION IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

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Belfast Creative Coalition is accepting new members for 2017. Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) promotes the work of artists throughout Waldo County via its website, social media, coordinated happenings, and online calendar of events. BCC is the organizer behind the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walks, which take place monthly from May through September, as well as the Cultivate Farm & Art Tours.

Membership with BCC means that the member artist or arts organization is an active participant in the creative economy in Belfast and beyond. BCC offers collaborative marketing and promotion opportunities for artists, creative enterprises and cultural organizations, and opportunities to coordinate with other artists and groups, as well as promotion through the BCC website and social media.

Current membership opportunities include an ongoing, BCC member-only exhibit of artwork at the Belfast Bagel Café, with a different member’s work being shown there every two months; BCC has also recently introduced member profiles, interviews with member artists that are published on the BCC website and shared online, so that the public can learn more about the artists’ work. Additionally, the BCC member-exclusive e-newsletter announces Maine arts opportunities monthly.

Memberships are available at a variety of levels, and annual membership supports local arts and culture and celebrates the unique Belfast area quality of life that focuses on the local and handmade.

To learn more or to become a member of BCC, visit belfastcrativecoalition.org, call the BCC office at 207-323-8692, or email BCC Membership Coordinator Julia Clapp at julia@belfastcreativecoalition.org.

Art Together Mornings Begin February 4th with Painting to Music

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Art Together Mornings, Waterfall Arts’ free monthly series of activities for children and their adults begins on Saturday, February 4 from 10 to noon. Bridget Matros, Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator at Waterfall and a creative development specialist, leads the activities. 

The theme for February 4th is Painting to Music. Instruments and musicians will be in attendance; everyone can create abstract or realistic art inspired by looking at, touching, and hearing a collection of working musical instruments.

These parent-child art making sessions offer memorable times together using fun materials without the stress of making a “perfect product”. While working side by side, adults will learn ways to support creative thinking, problem solving, and self-expression while getting some art therapy themselves.  Matros led family workshops and creative development seminars at Boston Children’s Museum and is a published advocate for quality creative experiences in early childhood education.

Art Together Mornings and youth and family activities at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kendel Kennedy Fund, the Nellie Leeman Taft Foundation, United Midcoast Charities and the Green Store in Belfast.

The Art Together series continues with Stitches and Beads on March 4, Play with Clay on April 1st and “Stained Glass” Sticky Paper Collage on May 6th. Although these are free events, space is limited and early signups are encouraged. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information on classes and workshops for kids and adults, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call the office at 207 338 2222.

Call for Submissions: Farmhouse Interiors

1800 Farm House, watercolor, by Margaret LaFarge

1800 Farm House, watercolor, by Margaret LaFarge

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast is calling Maine artists to submit recent work for a 2017 gallery exhibit on farmhouse interiors. Any 2D and 3D work will be considered. This is not a juried show – submissions will be considered by the gallery curator.

To submit work, please email up to 5 images to MFT Gallery Curator anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org, by January 15, 2017. Please make sure each image is named with title, artist name, medium, dimension, price. Artists whose work is accepted will be notified by January 30, 2017.

Selected work needs to be delivered to the gallery Monday March 27.
The exhibit dates are April 3-June 23, 2017. There will be Artist Talks @ 5:00pm by a few of the featured artists, followed by an Opening Reception 5:30-8:00pm, on Friday May 26, during Belfast Art Walk. There will be another Art Walk on Friday, June 23, 5:30-8:00pm. Unsold work to be picked up Monday June 26. (Please only submit work if you can comply with drop-off and pick-up dates.)

For more information on Maine Farmland Trust and its Gallery, please visit https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

From all of us at Maine Farmland Trust: A Happy Holiday Season to Café readers!

2016 Handmade Art/Craft/Show/Sale at Waterfall Arts

 

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Photo: top row – J. Ottino Graf, L. Moore, D. Mitchell, Moonbeam, A. Dove middle row – J. Delicata, E. Louden, M. Bolles, E. Hope Bottom row – J. Rose, J. Hardy, L. Jones

Waterfall Arts’ annual Handmade Art and Craft Show and Sale returns to the Clifford Gallery on Friday, December 2nd, with a glittering opening party: everyone is welcome to attend. The juried show includes work from over one hundred artists and crafts people from all over Maine and some from a little bit beyond the border. The proceeds from sales benefit both the vendors and Waterfall Arts.

Finely made glass, ceramics, jewelry, prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, specialty foods, soaps, tea, cards, textiles, journals, vintage treasures, home furnishings, décor, calendars and more are included in the show. Efforts have been made to keep prices low; almost all the items are under $100 with the majority well below that. There is truly something for everyone at the Handmade Show.

The opening night party, on December 2nd from 5 to 8 pm, will be merry occasion with refreshments from Moody Dogs and other vendors. The gallery will be decorated and stuffed with exceptional merchandise and the Bridge Art Studio will be open for hands on activities. There’s also a Free Range Music Series concert with Starcrossed Losers + Hollow Horse in the Fallout Shelter beginning at 7:30. Tickets at the door are $10 or go to freerangemusicseries.com for advance tickets.

The Handmade show runs through Friday, December 23rd; hours are 12 noon to 6 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The show will be also be open during Belfast’s Early Bird hours on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 6 to 9 am. Stop in for the best pickings and free hot chocolate. Arrangements to shop at other times can be made by calling the Waterfall Arts office at 338-2222.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by yearlong sponsors Revision Energy, All Creatures Acupuncture and Cold Mountain Builders and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the Handmade Show, classes, exhibitions, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

AIA Maine Design Awards Exhibition Comes to Waterfall Arts

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The Maine branch of the American Institute of Architects will showcase project submissions for the 2016 AIA Maine Design Awards program at Waterfall Arts from December 2nd to 23rd. The Corridor Gallery exhibit opens with a festive reception shared with Waterfall’s Handmade show on Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Featuring over sixty projects from Maine’s local architectural community, the exhibit celebrates the best of Maine’s architecture and showcases the various ways in which architects design buildings that respond to Maine’s natural and built landscape.

The compilation of projects is a result of AIA Maine’s 35-year old Design Awards program. The program solicits projects from member architects for a juried review by a group of nationally prominent peers from outside of the state of Maine. This year’s New Haven-based jury was selected for their individual accomplishments and collective understanding of Maine’s climate and geography. The jury awarded eleven total projects and was impressed with the overall work presented.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by yearlong sponsors Revision Energy, All Creatures Acupuncture and Cold Mountain Builders and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gallery hours through December 23rd are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday and Sundays from 10 to 2 or by appointment.

For more information on the AIA exhibit, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

Belfast hosts Holiday Art Walk on December 2!

Image credit: Emily Baer for BCC

Image credit: Emily Baer for BCC

Visit downtown Belfast for its Holiday Art Walk on December 2!

Belfast’s closing Art Walk of 2016, hosted by Belfast Creative Coalition and featuring downtown galleries and studios, will take place on Main Street and High Street in Belfast on December 2, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Do some gift shopping, enjoy downtown Belfast at the holiday season, and take part in the local arts community! Cold Comfort Theater’s carolers will be providing festive song on the streets and in the galleries too – you can even join in if you’re in a caroling mood!

Explore imaginative art galleries that brighten up downtown, featuring both local and nationally recognized artists. Art Walk sites open during this holiday art walk include Small Space art gallery, Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul, Kris Engman’s studio, the Parent Gallery, Betts Gallery, Alpha Libra Collective, Belfast Bay Shade Company, Front Street Pottery, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, High Street Studio and Gallery, and Waterfall Arts.

Enjoy Belfast’s vibrant arts community, participate in some carol singing, do some holiday shopping, and visit with your neighbors in beautiful downtown Belfast!

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12

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Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine. 

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite! 

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can reallylight up. 

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

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Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.  

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit www.waterfallarts.org or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

Two by Two: Two Couples, Four Photographers at MFT Gallery

Kathryn Oliver

Kathryn Oliver

When it comes to photography, couples Ralph and Kathryn, and Margaret and Drew, are two peas in a (tri-)pod. For both pairs, being photographers together is a core part of their relationship – not unlike farming is to many farming couples. This November and December at Maine Farmland Trust  Gallery, each of these four photographers is showing a selection of their work.

Kathryn has been an artist her whole adult life. She met Ralph when he contacted her to collaborate on a photo series in May 2013. It was a dance series and she participated as the subject. Shortly thereafter they became good friends and eventually fell in love. “Ralph inspired me to step behind the lens myself,” says Kathryn. “So we continue to bounce ideas off each other, share critiques but we pursue our own projects independently.

Ralph was born in West Germany and studied European literature in Germany and France. He immigrated to the United States in 2002. He is a self-taught photographer who regularly presents his work in national and international shows.

Ralph Hassenpflug

Ralph Hassenpflug

“Kathryn and Ralph both often work in black and whites, and their images are rather dream-like,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, curator of MFT Gallery. “But that is where the resemblance stops. There is a definite difference in feel, which completely echoes their individual spirit. Kathryn’s works – especially her encaustics – have an ephemeral, wispy, whimsical quality that pulls us into imaginary worlds filled with voices of flowers and wind-swept grass. Ralph’s work can be both beautiful and haunting at the same time. It strikes me as truly European: born from a philosopher’s soul, he mixes equal parts of the same dark and dripping angst found in Rilke’s poems with raw and unexpected beauty. The resulting images quiver with melancholy longing.”

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret and Drew typically photograph and exhibit together. “We often spend several hours working at the same location—it could be an old farm, an abandoned mill site, or perhaps an historical building,” Margaret says.

Margaret was not a photographer when they met, but Drew was. “I would come along when he was taking pictures,” says Margaret. Drew proceeded to give Margaret a camera. “I had liked photography in my childhood – but I was always interested in abstract stuff, and was told I was taking the wrong kind of pictures!”

A common thread in their work is their interest in the still-visible remainders of Maine’s 19th and early 20th century history. Abandoned machinery from farms and factories, evolving rural landscapes, and even libraries of vintage books are all viewed with a contemporary sensibility.

Drew Sanborn

Drew Sanborn

“Margaret and Drew know how to do justice to the beauty and personality of all things old,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo. “Looking at their work I sense a stillness and emptiness, like time has momentarily stopped.”

Two by Two: two couples, four photographers will be on display from November 7, 2016 through January 6, 2016. There will be an artist talk with all four photographers on Friday November 18, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception from 5:30-8pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.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

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12

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Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine.

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite!

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can really light up.

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit www.waterfallarts.org or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Art Tour on Saturday October 8th

Sheep at Elwell Organic Orchard, photo by Belfast Creative Coalition

Sheep at Elwell Organic Orchard, photo by Belfast Creative Coalition

Belfast Creative Coalition hosts the annual ‘Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm & Art Tour’ on Saturday, October 8th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free, family friendly tour includes gallery visits, open studios, farm tours and special workshops or demonstrations throughout the day. Join in this celebration of local artists’ studios, farms, and the unique ways in which those two overlap in Belfast and Waldo County. All sites are located within a 45-minute drive from Belfast.

Painting by artist Jerri Finch

Painting by artist Jerri Finch

To join the tour, please check in on Saturday, October 8, at our tour headquarters outside Waterfall Arts or in the gallery at Maine Farmland Trust. Maps will be available on site and online. From there, you can design your own route. Visit the studios and farms in town in Belfast or in Monroe, as many as you like and in any order. 

Painting by artist Kris Engman

Painting by artist Kris Engman

Participating locations this year include Kenny Cole’ studio, Jerri Finch’s studio, Janalee Welch’s studio, Waterfall Arts, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, Mainely Pottery, Lewis Cisle’s studio, Belfast Shade Company, Dan Bennet’s jewelry-making demonstrations at the Parent Gallery, Good Karma Farm, Susan Tobey White at High Street Studio and Gallery, Elwell Organic Fruit Orchard & Nursery, Kris Engman and Betty Schopmeyer’s shared studio, and more. 

Artwork by Kenny Cole

Artwork by Kenny Cole

Free & family friendly! For more information visit www.belfastcreativecoalition.org or call 207-323-8692.

Back Brooks Road in Monroe

Back Brooks Road in Monroe

New Photographs by Lynn Karlin, Marquetry by James Macdonald at MFT Gallery

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

We taste (rather we eat), we touch (maybe not enough). But how often do we slow down to take in the beauty of the often-overlooked vegetables that nourish us?” Thus begins Lynn Karlin’s artist statement on her new body of work, The Tray Series.

Starting September 23rd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be exhibiting Lynn Karlin’s much-awaited Tray Series on the ground floor. Eight years ago Belfast’s own Karlin began a quest to honor even the humblest vegetables by elevating them, as she puts it, “to a place where they belong: on a pedestal.” The stunning Pedestal Series which resulted from this endeavor earned Karlin the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for “Best in Still Life Category” for the last two years, and “Gold” for the Prix De La Photographie Paris in 2015 – along with worldwide acclaim.

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

The photographs in The Tray Series offer an aerial view of a confined space, with the subject often exiting the frame to break up the design. Thinking within the box, Karlin looks for good form, texture, patina and color. Subjects may now include familiar man-made kitchen objects as well as her beloved fruits and vegetables, showing “beauty can be found everywhere, if you take the time to really look.”

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

Another artist who wants to treat his subjects in a way that reveals both their importance and aesthetics is Unity artist and craftsman James Macdonald. His exceptional marquetry work – defined as the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure, in order to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures – will be shown on the gallery’s second floor.

Macdonald’s body of work, titled Growers and Grown, was funded by an Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and features new farmers in Waldo County. Says Macdonald: “My work in this exhibition comes from my fascination with the relationship between us and the food we eat. Here I’ve chosen to present a mix of work showing local farmers, food, and hand tools. My desire is to treat and display these subjects in a way that reveals their beauty, necessity, and magnificence.”

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

The exhibit runs from Friday September 23rd through October 31st.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. The gallery is also open for Belfast Creative Coalition’s Cultivate Tour, on Saturday October 8, from 10am-3pm. More information can be found at www.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

Aarhus Gallery Artist Reunion at Betts Gallery

 

Altered Book Cover, 2016 (11” x 8.5”) by Abbie Read

Altered Book Cover, 2016 (11” x 8.5”) by Abbie Read

Betts Gallery announces a reunion show of the original artists from the former Aarhus Gallery- but with an interesting twist; each Aarhusian has invited an artist friend to include one piece to hang alongside their work in the exhibition. Some pairings are collaborative while others feature works that are distinctly different.

The artists include seven charter members of Aarhus and their friends: Annadeene Fowler/Susan Brady, Kevin Johnson/Ben Potter, Mark Kelly/Vincent Abaldo, Richard Mann/Linden Frederick, Abbie Read/Karen MacDonald, Wesley Reddick/Doug Bell and Willy Reddick/Julie H Rose.

The show runs from September 23rd – October 29th, with an opening reception on Friday, September 23rd from 5:30 -8:00 pm. Betts Gallery is located at The Belfast Framer, 96 Main Street. There is also an entrance on Beaver Street across from the public parking lot. For More information contact Anne Warren by phone: 207-338-6465 or email: thebelfastframer@gmail.com

Art Together Mornings: Instrumental Collage at Waterfall Arts on September 3rd

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Bridget Matros leads another family art making session at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, September 3rd from 10 to noon. The theme for this edition of Art Together Mornings is Instrumental Collage; everyone creates truly fabulous abstract art inspired by looking at, touching, and hearing a collection of working musical instruments.

These parent-child art making sessions offer memorable times together using fun materials without the stress of making a “perfect product”. While working side by side, adults will learn ways to support creative thinking, problem solving, and self-expression while getting some art therapy themselves.  Matros is the Kids and Family Outreach Coordinator at Waterfall Arts and taught family workshops and creative development seminars at Boston Children’s Museum for ten years. She is a published advocate for quality creative experiences in early childhood education.

To encourage participation, the fee for Art Together Mornings has been changed to a “pay what you can” basis. The suggested donation is $15 for one adult and child and $6 for each additional family member, but families are encouraged to attend and pay whatever they can. Youth and Family activities at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Green Store in Belfast.

The Art Together series continues this fall with Mask Making on October 1 and Shimmering Leaves Gelatin Prints on November 5th. Preregistration is encouraged. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information on classes and workshops for kids and adults, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call the office at 207 338 2222.

Get Ready for the Steamroller Print Party at Waterfall Arts

Steamroller printing in Tacome - photo by Victoria Bjorklund

Steamroller printing in Tacome – photo by Victoria Bjorklund

Waterfall Arts has a great printmaking studio equipped with traditional presses, but when artists want to make really big woodcut prints, they can go with the steamroller method. On Saturday, October 8th Waterfall Arts will hold a big outdoor Steamroller Print Party as part of BCC’s Cultivate Farm and Art Tour.

To prepare for the Steamroller Party, there’s a workshop on how to prepare woodcuts for printing on Thursday, September 8th from 5 to 8 pm. All those interested are invited to attend and learn woodcut techniques and get advice and assistance. Birch plywood wood blocks (24” by 30”) will be available for sale. Bring an image and some tools or use those available in the print studio.

 After the workshop, the woodcuts can be worked on at home or during open print studio hours at Waterfall. For more information on the steamroller printing process, workshops, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by 256 High Street in Belfast during office hours Tuesday through Friday 10 to 5 or call 338-2222.

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2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, after school programs, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture and Revision Energy and for Kids and Family Programming, the Green Store and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Off the Wall at Betts Gallery

Untitled, 2016 (Approx. 12”x 3” each) by Daniel Anselmi

Untitled, 2016 (Approx. 12”x 3” each) by Daniel Anselmi

Betts Gallery is excited to present a very special exhibition- think outside the box and, well, Off the Wall. Nine Mid-Coast artists have cobbled, fabricated, assembled, welded, re-purposed and stitched together a collection of outstanding multi-dimensional works.  The artists include Daniel Anselmi, JT Gibson, Wesley Reddick, Julie H Rose, Axel Stohlberg, Ieva Tatarsky, Norman Tinker, Janalee Welch and James Wolfe.  Off the Wall runs from August 12th – September 17th. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is also an entrance on Beaver Street across from the public parking lot. 

For  More Information:
Anne Warren
The Belfast Framer & Betts Gallery
96 Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915
207-338-6465
thebelfastframer.com

“Summer Stable Show” at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

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“Lyrical” is a word that comes to mind when visiting the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Summer Stable Show. A favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike, this is the gallery’s annual large group show, showcasing seventeen Maine artists this year, including Dahlov Ipcar.

“What I love about this show is that it is often very painterly and eclectic,” says gallery curator Anna Witholt Abaldo. “It has a bright and colorful tone, with some surprising fresh additions this year.”

The first floor features dynamic abstracts from a series on rhythms in nature by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas, a larger-than-life Julie Crane woodcut print of a horse jumping over a city (with a wink to Chagall), and a beautiful collection of small coastal paintings by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Contemplative figurative work by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander dialogues with the evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist. Lou Schellenberg impresses with strong, imposing landscapes with vigorous compositions. New works by Julie Cyr, Petrea Noyes, Sarah Wilde and Leslie Anderson round out this collection.

The second floor displays delicate watercolors by Margaret LaFarge: dirt roads curving through a landscape, evoking a real sense of stillness found in nature.  Jude Valentine’s new pastels-over-monoprint, done after visits to the old orchard at Buckle Farm (Unity), speak with directness and energy – courageous use of color and line. MJ Viano Crowe, showing at MFT Gallery for the first time, brings her garden goddesses, made from intricate paper cuts. Sharon Yates, Robin Rier, Kathleen Perelka and prints by afore-mentioned Dahlov Ipcar make up the rest of the show.

The Summer Stable Show 2016 runs from August 1st through September 16, with artist talks Friday August 26 from 4:30-5:30, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. 

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

Exceptional Summer Art Camps at Waterfall Arts

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Space is still available in Waterfall Arts’ exceptional Art Camps for ages 8 to 12 and scholarship funds are available as well.  Week 1 of Art Camp is July 11 through 15 and Week 2 is July 18 to 22, Monday through Friday from 9am to 3 pm each day. There is a 10% discount if two siblings register for either week of camp.

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Popular instructor Bridget Matros leads the camps and says, “Art Camp at Waterfall Arts can’t be beat! Kids get to work with several teaching artists in all kinds of media, including time in our clay and print studios. We also paint, build, draw, collage, weave, and play fun games! We go large-scale and take our creativity outside whenever possible. Our seasoned instructors create a one-of-a-kind, memorable experience that “locks in” learning while creating bonds between young artists in the comfort of a “judgement free zone.”  We know everyone has different work styles and favorites and not everyone feels confident as a “great artist”… no worries, we’re here to have fun!”

More information on the camps and other classes, scholarship applications and online registration  is available at waterfallarts.org or by calling the office at 338-2222 or stopping by the arts center. Office and gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Friday.

June Classes and Workshops for Kids and Adults at Waterfall Arts

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Twelve special art classes and workshops for kids and adults begin during the month of June at Waterfall Arts in Belfast. There is space in every class for sign ups and for those that qualify, partial scholarships for youth classes are available. This month, for adults and older teens, there’s Photoshop for Artists led by Kris Engman and Susan Guthrie, Throwing Clay on the Wheel with Felicia Cinquegrana, Plein Air Painting and Nature Drawing with Kris Engman, and True Stories, a creative writing workshop with Stephanie Wade.

Mercy by Amy Guadagnoli

Mercy by Amy Guadagnoli

While all the classes and workshops are unique and inspiring, Waterfall Arts is offering a most unusual and exciting class this June:  Large Woodcut Printmaking with Amy Guadagnoli (June 27 to July1). This type of woodblock printing is known for its bold, graphic look, yielding images unlike other media. Over the five-day workshop, the group will learn to plan, carve, and print a large scale multicolor woodblock print with a master printer. In addition to instruction, there will be open studio time every day.

Guadagnoli has over two decades of experience creating color woodblock prints. In addition to printmaking, she studied drawing, sculpture, and photography at the University of Denver. She has exhibited professionally since 1992 and her work has been shown in Colorado, Texas, Arizona, California, Maine, and Lima, Peru. Additionally, she has served as a teacher and speaker through programs and workshops at the University of Denver, the University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown Art Works, Women Printmakers of Austin, the University of Maine, and Husson University.

Jackie Ottino Graf instructing a wool dyeing class

Jackie Ottino Graf instructing a wool dyeing class

For kids, June brings Young Artists’ Studio, a relaxed art club for ages 9 and up, every Wednesday afternoon. For the very young, age 2 to 5, there’s emerging artists led by Felicia Cinquegrana on Wednesday mornings. Jackie Ottino Graf, a master fiber artist, leads a two day workshop teaching the basics of wool – washing, dyeing and spinning for ages 6 to 15. And Becky Brimley leads kids, parents and whole families in a fun Paint Your Own Pottery workshop on Saturday June 25.

All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of the class running and your slot in it. Complete information on classes, workshops, scholarships, instructors and online registration can be found at waterfallarts.org.

2016 marks Waterfall Arts’ tenth year in Belfast offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, after school programs, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong sponsors Cold Mountain Builders, All Creatures Acupuncture, Graffic Teeze, and Revision Energy and for Kids and Family Programming, the Green Store. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. Gallery and office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5. For more information, stop by, visit waterfall arts.org or call 207-338-2222.

Finch Gallery Opens For Season June 24

Finch Gallery

The Finch Gallery, 16 Main Street in Belfast, celebrates the opening of its second season of art of the waterfront, Friday, June 24 with an artist’s reception from 5:30-8pm.

Tucked behind the iconic Consumers Fuel Company, and close to the Harbor Walk, the intimate gallery is filled with oils and prints honoring both natural and inner worlds —realities realized over Finch’s thirty-five years of living and painting in Belfast.

“After decades spent creating corporate commissions of large, intricate and technically demanding airbrushed fabric paintings, being able to delve deeply into the intimacy of oils and smaller canvases is a joy,” says Finch, whose art is held in collections across the country.
A new series of greeting cards, posters and archival prints on canvas will also be on display.

Open Sunday 1-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday noon-5pm, Friday and Saturday noon-7pm, and by appointment. For more information call 322-7228.

High Tide by Jerri Finch

High Tide by Jerri Finch

MFT Gallery’s exhibits “The Wild Things”

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Amy Peters Wood, “Rototilling”

 

Weeds and Wilderness star in MFT Gallery’s exhibit “The Wild Things”
Belfast. For more than ten years John Arden Knight has been painting weeds – the very thing most of us rip out of the ground without a second thought. Knight, who resides in Portland, is attracted to plants that escape the confines of our gardens, landscaping and urban development. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be showing his work, and that of four other artists, in an exhibit titled The Wild Things, from June 6 through July 25.

The artists will be present for an artist talk on June 24, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception and Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.

 

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John Arden Knight, “St. John’s Wort”

 

Knight’s weed paintings demand to be noticed. They are oversized, colorful, and defy the traditional laws of composition that define so much of contemporary landscape painting. His painting of St. John’s Wort, an herb which is known for its anti-depressant qualities, seems to depict not only the plant itself, but its energy and healing properties: bands of light shoot out from the root of the plant, radiating through the entire ground below.
Paired with Knight’s weeds are Amy Peters Wood’s paintings of wild places in Maine, seen from above. Wood is an artist who walks her talk – she does not just depict the wild things around her, she devotes her life to living in harmony with all creation. She paints with egg tempera, using eggs from her own farm and pigments collected from around the world. Having done her honors thesis for her bachelor’s degree in special relativity, she maintains a rapport with quantum mechanics and the relationship between energy and matter, time and space. To contemplate one of Wood’s paintings means to contemplate the bigger picture, the interconnectedness of all things, wild and less wild.
Leslie Bowman focused her body of work on milkweed and monarchs, and their interdependent relationship, creating paintings and small ceramics, which interact with live milkweed plants. In her study of these two organisms, she writes: “I am increasingly amazed by how complex and intelligent all of nature is. Most of the species have been around for eons before humans showed up. They should “know “something. What we consider “wild” or a weed has evolved for a reason… Who are we to call it wild? At best we can tap into that wildness and use it for our own evolution.”
Anne Alexander’s sculpture is about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. She will be exhibiting her new work, the Guandule Series. Guandules are pigeon peas- a delicacy and source of protein in The Dominican Republic and other tropical countries. Alexander confesses she becomes obsessed with certain forms; she has recently carved a four-foot long granite guandul, and has been working on a series of ceramic guandules for a few years now, experimenting with color using various organic-looking, layered glaze combinations.

Sarah Szwajkos contributed several photographs that are as much about finding wilderness in the landscape, as finding the wilderness within. Says Szwajkos: “Something happened to me in the fall of 2014. I started climbing up a certain hill, over and over again. I was following an instinct that it would be good for me – for my body and my spirit – to spend more time immersed in nature. On these walks I brought my camera and made photographs – just for myself. After years of making images for clients, I had started to feel like I no longer knew what kinds of pictures I would make if left to my own devices.”

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. All other Friday evenings during July and August, the gallery is open until 7pm. More information can be found at www.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

Waterfall Arts Photoshop Intensive Workshop

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“Sky,” by Susan Guthrie

Waterfall Arts in Belfast will host a three-day workshop on Photoshop for artists on Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 10-12.

This intensive workshop is for creatives who want to either begin or expand their abilities to work digitally on color issues or photography using the many tools available in Adobe Photoshop.
This emersion training will provide a complete overview of the basic tools and help individuals focus on what they want to learn, based on their goals. Attendees will each receive a thumb-drive with all the course curriculum, lessons, links and other invaluable resource materials to take home.

The instructors for this 3-day weekend bring a host of different and complementary skills. Kris Engman teaches drawing, design and painting at the University of Maine and her interest in color behavior pushed her into painting and computer technology over a decade ago. She teaches color workshops throughout the year for several mid-coast Maine arts organizations and her knowledge of color theory will be at the core her instruction. Susan Guthrie a fine art photographer, represented since 2007 by VoxPhotographs.com  of Portland and she has trained in and used Photoshop for many years.
Please contact Waterfall Arts at 338-2222 to register or www.waterfallarts.org for more information about this opportunity.

Betts Gallery opens Spring Mix group show

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Petrea Noyes, “West By Northwest” Archival Inkjet by

Betts Gallery in Belfast is celebrating the season with Spring Mix, a group show featuring the works of ten artists with local roots.  Each has selected their freshest works for the show in a succulent variety of media ranging from graphite, assemblage, printmaking, oil, acrylic, pen & ink, archival inkjet, and more. Artists include Susan Cooney, Mark Kelly, Karen MacDonald, Petrea Noyes, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Julie Rose, Lesia Sochor, Jill Stasium, and Janalee Welch.
The show runs from May 27 through June 25, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, May 27 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Betts Gallery is located at The Belfast Framer, 96 Main Street, Belfast, Maine. There is also a second entrance on Beaver Street.

The Belfast Framer & Betts Gallery, 96 Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915, 207-338-6465  thebelfastframer.com