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New Works at Local Color Gallery

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

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

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

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

Betts Gallery Presents “Animalia”

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

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

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk is always a fun time to stroll around town, visit the galleries, talk to the artists, see some friends and enjoy some fine refreshments. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website,

H2O Showing at Betts Gallery

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

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

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

The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website,

Retrospective Exhibit for Maine Farmland Trust’s 20th Anniversary

“Autumn Still Life- 31,” Lynn Karlin, dye sublimation photograph on aluminum, 24 x 36 in.


For over 10 years, Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) has worked with photographers, filmmakers and artists across the state to tell eye-opening stories about farming and conservation in Maine.

For MFT’s 20th anniversary, a retrospective exhibit was curated, showcasing a small selection of works exhibited at the MFT Gallery over the past 10 years. The show highlights farms, founding members, MFT gallery artists, and others who have played key roles in growing the future of farming in Maine. Some works were commissioned by MFT, while many were created independently by artists passionate about farming, conservation, and local food. These artists use their work as a vehicle to speak out about important issues, raise awareness and support our mission. 


“Garlic Scapes,” Jacinda Maritnez, discarded vegetable matter dress


Artist Leslie Moore is exhibiting her pen and ink drawing of the late farmer Paul Birdsall and his horses at Horsepower Farm in Penobscot. Birdsall was one of the founders of MFT in 1999, a longtime board member, and is considered to be the father of farmland protection in Maine.

Avy Claire, an artist from the Blue Hill area, is contributing a wall installation comprised of seven large photographic panels of oats at Horsepower Farm, with words visible in expanded pixels when viewed up close. Claire inserted the text from interviews with Paul Birdsall, along with articles Birdsall had written in the 1970’s about his experience as a “greenhorn” starting out with horses.


“Oats,” Avy Claire, archival ink on paper, 48 x 102 in.


Of her work, Claire states, “I feel grateful that MFT asked me in 2013 to participate in an exhibit where I would create a work of art in relation to a local farm. I think of this piece as an oral history project. I spent time with Paul hearing how he came to Maine, started Horsepower Farm, helped create the Farmland Forever program at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust and later Maine Farmland Trust.”

Created as part of the Paint the Farm project (2015-16), Jude Valentine’s pastel and paint landscape – completed after visits to the old orchard at Buckle Farm in Unity – speaks with directness and energy through her use of color and line. Julie Crane’s dream-like encaustic inspired by Two Coves Farm (Harpswell) and Lou Schellenberg’s lively sketch of Dooryard Farms (Camden) are also included from this project.

Lynn Karlin’s brilliant photographic print on aluminum from 2012 is a classic still life of fruits and vegetables, reminiscent of the old Dutch Masters’ style, considering her lighting and composition. Karlin exhibited regularly with MFT Gallery over the past 10 years and her fine art prints of vegetables, fruits and farm products have drawn attention to Maine’s farm and food movement nationwide.

Other photographic prints include Lily Piel’s black and white images of Rob Johnston and Janika Eckert, Marada and Leah Cook, and Chellie Pingree, representing the Groundbreakers project (2012), featuring Mainers who have helped revive farming and agriculture and who remain committed to the cause. Bridget Besaw’s full color print from MFT’s book From the Land: Maine Farms at Work (2009) highlights the harvests at McDougal Orchards and Six Rivers Farm.


“Buckle Orchard, #1,” Jude Valentine, pastel and paint, 32 x 39 in.


Jacinda Martinez is contributing a fashionable, elaborate dress, styled after a project in 2015 (Fashion in the Raw), from otherwise discarded vegetable matter such as broccoli stalks, bean vines and bolted lettuce.

Robert Shetterly’s acrylic painting of Russell Libby is part of his Americans Who Tell the Truth series, which includes portraits and narratives that highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. Russell was executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) since 1995 and a founding board member of MFT.

 Bill Toomey, MFT’s current CEO and President, stated, “Over the last 20 years Maine Farmland Trust’s accomplishments have been impressive.  Since 1999, MFT has helped protect nearly 300 farms and keep over 60,000 acres of farmland in farming while supporting over 800 farm families. We are looking to build on our existing strong foundation and expand our impact to protect more farmland, create opportunities to connect new farmers to the land, increase and diversify farm business while also strengthening local communities and improving the health of our environment. The work that we are doing on the ground is reinforced with our celebration of agriculture through art at the gallery in Belfast and our growing partnership with artists and creative community in Maine and beyond.”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The exhibit runs from August 19- October 11. Artist talks at 5 pm, followed by an Opening Reception 5:30-8 pm, on Friday August 23 during the Belfast Art Walk.

More information about the MFT Gallery can be found at .

Maine Crafts Association Master Craft Artist Award presentation ceremony

Friday, August 16, 6-6:30pm
United Farmers Market Event Center, 18 Spring Street, Belfast, ME

Attendance is free and includes admission to opening night of the Maine Crafts Guild Belfast Fine Craft Show!

Featured Speaker: Brigitte Clavette, Artist, Metalsmith and Educator, New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

The Event: The Master Craft Artist Award presentation ceremony and reception is free and open to the public, with a cash bar and light snacks. The Maine Crafts Association presentation is generously hosted by the Maine Crafts Guild during the opening night of their Belfast Fine Craft Show(5-8pm) and attendees are invited to visit the exhibitor booths before and after the presentation.

The Award: The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named metal artist Tom Ferrero of Vienna, Maine as the 2019 recipient of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. The award recognizes Ferrero’s outstanding body of work, and his passion for arts in education and a long-time commitment to sharing his craft with young people.

Please join us to celebrate, learn & connect

New Works Each Month at Local Color Gallery

Sunrise, Sunset by Better Schopmeyer, oil on panel, 18×24


Local Color Gallery in Belfast has works by 15 local artists working in a variety of mediums to produce paintings, printmaking and sculpture. The gallery changes the art work each month, making sure there is always a fresh reason to visit and a new look to the space. Local Color Gallery is located at 135 High Street in Belfast, open seven days a week.

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Dimensional’

Jeffrey Ackerman, Sphinx I, terracotta, 17.5″ x 12″ x 9


Please join Betts Gallery at an opening reception on July 5th, 5:30-8pm, for a group show entitled ‘Dimensional’. This showing by local artists will be sculpture and wall relief works in a variety of mediums including wood, clay, bronze, paper, found objects and mixed media. The show runs through August 10th, and includes artists Jeffrey Ackerman, Daniel Anselmi, Maureen Block, JT Gibson, Conny Hatch, James MacDonald, Alice Parsons, Lesia Sochor, Norman Tinker, Simon van der Ven, Kathy Weinberg and Janalee Welch.


Maureen Block, Interior Space, found object, mixed media, 15.5″ x 16″ x 15″


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,

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, via Facebook at, or on Instagram at 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