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Fiore Art Center opens “Artists in Residence: The First Three Years”

Thérèse L. Provenzano, “Lay of the Land Reconsidered #8, Back Road Blueberry Field, Nova Scotia,” pastel on prepared ground, 21” x 21”

 

Jefferson. Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center opens the summer season with a gallery reception and artist panel on June 29, 3-5pm. The event is open to the public and the panel starts at 4pm, featuring alumni Anne Alexander (sculpture), Michel Droge (abstract painting), Heather Lyon (video/performance art) and Jodi Paloni (writing). The panel will be moderated by Center Co-Directors David Dewey and Anna Witholt Abaldo.

Artists in Residence: The First Three Years is an exhibition of current artwork by artists, writers, and gardeners who took part in the residency program during the first three years of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm (2016-2018). Curated by David Dewey, the exhibit acknowledges achievements at Rolling Acres and examines the artistic impact of living and creating in this idyllic rural setting on subsequent work.

 

Elizabeth Hoy, “Between Between,” oil on panel, 24” x 48”

 

The exhibit runs from June 1 through September 29 in the Gallery at Rolling Acres, 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson (open on Saturdays from 12-4pm). Participating alumni include Tom Higgins, Rob Pollien, Therese Provenzano, Susan Smith (2016); Anne Alexander, Elizabeth Hoy, Jessica Klier, Tanja Kunz, Sarah Loftus, Jude Valentine (2017); Rachel Alexandrou, Carol Douglas, Michel Droge, Heather Lyon, Maxwell Nolin, Jodi Paloni, Clif Travers and Thu Vu (2018).

“For most artists and writers, being granted a time and place to do creative work, free from life’s constraints, provides what they most desire: uninterrupted time to work,” writes Dewey in his curatorial statement. Dewey states that a residency is not just a time to refresh one’s creative batteries, but more important, it is a time to pursue and satisfy creative leanings and urges in greater depth. This kind of focused isolated work experience either confirms the continuance of previous methods or opens up new creative directions.

The artwork in this exhibition represents a variety of disciplines: painting, sculpture, performance, writing, installation, and a mixture of other disciplines and methods. The diversity of artistic disciplines is a requirement of the residency program and critical to its success. The communal experiences of daily life in the farmhouse, eating from the garden, exploring themes that relate to the land and environment along with intense studio commitments are the building blocks that form the beginning foundation of the residency program at Rolling Acres Farm.

Finch Gallery Opens June 21 for 2019 Season

Bloom | 2019 | Oil on board | Triptych 12” x 25” | Jerri Finch

The Finch Gallery will kick off its fifth season with an Opening Celebration from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

This year’s collection features new work by Belfast artist Jerri Finch, plus a collection of prints and cards.

Beginning in late fall and throughout the darkness of winter, you’ll find Finch in her studio exploring light and landscape and following a path. She’s dedicated to the journey. “I dive in,” she says. “And become absorbed, to the exclusion of all else. It is my gift to myself.”

While many viewers would describe Finch’s paintings as realistic, Finch sees them as abstractions within realism. “Even though these new paintings are realistic, each brush stroke is meaningful, and every half-inch of the painting was a labor of love.”

Finch equates her time painting to running a marathon, which requires months of training in order to be fit enough to run the race. “Although I paint for a very concentrated period of time,” she explained, “my whole year goes into these paintings. It’s an endurance test, like running in place in front of my canvas.”

Joining Finch in the gallery again this year will be sculptor Jay Hoagland of Rockport. Hoagland’s media of choice are stone, forged and welded steel and wood, but he’s also interested in porcelain, glass, brass, bronze and found objects.

“Sculpture happens when two or more diverse ideas collide and give birth to something new,” said Hoagland. “The sculptor is only the vehicle.”

Lastly, Finch is pleased to introduce a new line of affordable jewelry called Brush Strokes, created with collaborator Laurie Trefethen, incorporating small images of pieces of Finch’s paintings into earrings and pendants.

The June 21 Opening Celebration is free and open to the public. The Finch Gallery will be open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and other times by chance.

The Finch Gallery is located at 16 Main St., behind the iconic Consumers Fuel Company building, in Belfast. Learn more at www.JerriFinch.com, via Facebook at www.facebook.com/finch.gallery/, or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/finchgallery2019. For more information call 338-1060.

Local Color Gallery Welcomes New Artists

Local Color Gallery in Belfast is pleased to be adding Marjorie Arnett, Tanya Harsch, and Leslie Moore to their selection of artists.

Marjorie Arnett paints with oils on stretched canvas. She thins, pours, pushes and sands oil paint until the surface reflects layers of a nonrepresentational composition or one that is subtle in suggesting reality. She wants the viewer to be drawn in by bold strokes that slowly move toward the story told by quieter areas of the composition.

Leslie Moore is a printmaker, a pen-and-ink artist, and an animal lover. She uses one block to print multiple colors, carving a bit more out of the block between each color. It’s called kamikaze printmaking, because the block is carved down to almost nothing by the end of the print run.

Tanya Harsch studied classical drawing and painting at both the Florence Academy in Florence, Italy, and the Ravenswood Atelier, in Chicago, IL. She works in oils on linen or panel, and her work can be found in private collections around the world.

Local Color Gallery is open every day at 135 High Street in Belfast. Learn more at localcolorgallerymaine.com.

Betts Gallery Opens for Group Show “Roots”

Poster for ROOTS with Image, ‘Farmland 5’, 30″X36″ Oil on canvas by Sheep Jones

 

 

Join Betts Gallery, in Belfast at an opening reception on May 24th, 5:30-8pm, for a group show entitled ‘Roots’, as artists dig deep and explore the many meanings of the word. Roots can be the origin of something, as in families or language. It can be used to describe where one comes from, or the essential core of something, and commonly describes the parts of a plant that are below ground, such as a tuber or bulb.

The show runs through June 29th, and includes artists Kenny Cole, MJ Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, JT Gibson, Kevin Johnson, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Petrea Noyes, Toki Oshima, Joan Proudman, Wes Reddick, Willy Reddick, and Lesia Sochor. 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 & 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.

Annual Summer Stable Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery

“Gaia Meditation,” Elizabeth Ostrander, acrylic on ceramic, 10” x 7” x 6”

 

Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) Gallery,  in Belfast is exhibiting its annual Summer Stable Show starting June 3rd.  This exhibition is a favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike.  This is the gallery’s largest, most vibrant group show that showcases eleven Maine artists this year, whose work connects to agriculture, nature or environment.

 

“Boat in Moonlight,” Christina Thwaites, oil on canvas, 40” x 56”

 

André Benoit, Jr. is represented with his whimsical wooden assemblages of animals, while Julie Crane is showing a unique bison monoprint produced at the Tamerind Institute in New Mexico. MJ Viano Crowe is exhibiting works created with the intricate German paper-cutting technique called scherenschnitt. Elizabeth Ostrander is showing three of her painted, contemplative sculptures. Sara Gagan and Petrea Noyes are displaying unique images created with collage and oils or pigment inks respectively. Julie Cyr, Leslie Harris, Sheep Jones, Lou Schellenberg and Christina Thwaites – new to MFT Gallery this year – are exhibiting their vivid oil paintings in colorful hues, each with their own distinct styles.

 

Mj Viano Crowe, “Soul & Spirit” 20″ X 20″

 

“Pumpkin Patch,” Sheep Jones, oil on panel, 24” x 24”

The 2019 Summer Stable Show runs from June 3rd through August 9th, with artist talks Friday June 28th at 5pm, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm. There will be a second Art Walk Friday July 26, 5:30-8pm.

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.