Archive for Belfast

Local Color Gallery’s October show to include guest artists David Estey, Margaret Griffith and The Winterberry Collective

Leslie Moore, “Squirrelly Whirls.”

Local Color Gallery will be featuring several guests artists in October, including Belfast artist David Estey. Estey’s work reflects years of extensive study that celebrate the rich use of color and texture with an innovative exploration of form. As a Mainer, he says he can’t escape the serene beauty of the snowy fields, the blue-black waters and the rugged coast. They are all a visceral part of his work.

Margaret Griffith of Little Cranberry Island will bring her paintings that use a juxtaposition of the sometimes odd buildings together with strong landscape elements. Griffith is drawn not only to the ocean water and purple mountains but to the uniqueness of Maine’s architecture. She is aiming to have the viewer really look and hopefully see something new in her landscape paintings.

The Winterberry Collective is a group of Midcoast Maine block printmakers who meet regularly to practice creating original relief prints by hand. For their “Maine’s Forest Floor” project, each printmaker designed four interpretations of the forest floor, one for each season. A selection of these original, hand-pulled block prints are on display, and a forever calendar showcasing their forest floor prints is also available.

Holly Berry, a celebrated printmaker, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, and an esteemed teacher, facilitates the Winterberry Collective from her home studio in Waldoboro. Members include Emily Davis, Barbara Gorrill, Leslie Moore, Dianne Morgan, Natalie Norris, Carolyn Steeves and David Swetland.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Learn more at

Maine Farmland Trust’s Bicentennial Celebration

“Grace Helping Dad,” Deborah Flood, oil on linen panel, 12 x 16

200 Years of Farming: A Bicentennial Celebration, July 13- October 2, 2020. The history of farming in Maine is rich, bountiful, creative, and diverse, as is the talent and variety of its artists. In celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial, Maine Farmland Trust’s virtual gallery exhibit focuses on the history, practices, and triumphs of farming in Maine over the last 200+ years–from early homesteading to dairy, potatoes, blueberries, the local food movement, and present day changes and challenges. This show encompasses 53 works from 18 artists in a wide range of media to depict the rich history of farming in Maine, including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, charcoal drawings, 3D wooden assemblage, ceramic vegetables, full color photography, plus black and white photographs and glass plate photographic prints on loan from the Penobscot Marine Museum. MFT is proud to partner with the Penobscot Marine Museum to exhibit seven glass plate photographic prints on loan from the Eastern Collection, of oxen, draft horse teams and scenes of the harvests of corn and potatoes. Also on display are six black and white photographs from PMM’s new collection by Kosti Ruohomaa, courtesy of Black Star Publishing Company, depicting crisp, clear images of hard working farmers in their daily lives.

Lynn Karlin’s exquisite full-color photographs of artfully arranged vegetables add vibrant color to the exhibit.

Deborah Flood and Kevin Mizner use illustrative and luminous compositions in their oil paintings to tell the stories of farm families working their draft horses on the land and at the fair. Textures and rich color are part of the appeal of the depictions of barnyard animals, tractors, and the bounty of harvested vegetables in the paintings of Joan Losee, Erica Qualey, and DiTa Ondek.

Sharon Yates and Frances Hynes share their interpretations of iconic Maine cows in colorful oils and pastels, while Kirstin Engman adds Belted Galloway cows, vegetables, bees, and Common Ground Fair scenes in her layered style of painting patterns and textured backgrounds.

“David’s Folly Sheep,” Leslie Anderson, oil on panel, 18 x 18”

Carol L. Douglas, Leslie Anderson, and Peter Walls depict colorful, sweeping, seasonal landscapes and scenes of farms, and blueberry fields in pastels, oils, and watercolors.

Thérèse L. Provenzano, with charcoal, and Leslie Moore, with sepia ink, crafted dramatic drawings of old farm scythes and a horse-drawn sulky plow.

André Benoit, Jr. is showing a wonderful large assemblage of a gardener picking flowers, made from repurposed wooden pieces and objects, and Anne Alexander has contributed three of her beautiful ceramic vegetables.

Because the gallery is not open to the public currently, please view the full virtual show by visiting the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery webpage to access the links to each work in the 200 Years of Farming exhibit:

There will be a Virtual Opening Reception, with artists talk and special guests, Friday, August 21, 5-6 pm via Zoom. RSVP via the MFT website:

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Bicentennial Commission.

Artists transform chairs for charity

“Garden Chairs,” by Conny Hatch.

Local artists will be turning chairs into art for a silent auction to support the Belfast Public Health Nursing Association. The Association provides health care and other critical support services to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. They contribute to helping Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast prepare for emergencies including natural or man-made disasters, through education, providing treatment, holding community immunization clinics and monitoring outbreaks. The Association also works with schools to assist with resource management, food insecurity or oral health care, and they link people to needed health services. One example of their work was last week when they gave out 140 meals for three days to Waldo county children.

All profits will go to the nursing association. The artist’s chair creations will be on display at Local Color Gallery through Aug. 15. The final bidding day August 15 will include an outdoor display of the chairs as well as safely spaced clipboards for making bids. Stop by the gallery to view the chairs and consider your bids.

Local Color Gallery is located at 135 High Street in Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

Local Color Gallery Reopens Featuring DiTa Ondek

“Daffodils on a Farm Table,” by DiTa Ondek, acrylic on canvas

Local Color Gallery announces a partial reopening, with hours from noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Work by one of its new artists, DiTa Ondek, is currently featured in the space. Her work includes acrylic paintings with evocative colors, unexpected patterns of light and the sublime quality of ordinary objects. Canvases primed in purples and black evolve with fearless strokes and bright colors from drawings, plein-air sketches or photographs. She has developed a style of her own — moments frozen fresh and bright, impulsive and whimsical.

Ondek believes there is an inherent intimacy in everyday life, be it in the garden, the field or a farmhouse kitchen. Her intent is to draw the viewer into this vision of intimacy in the everyday.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Updates are available at

Local Color Gallery Opens for Works by David Estey

Belfast Bay Fiddlers, 2014 acrylic, 19” X 25”

Local Color Gallery, Belfast will present work by David Estey in a guest solo exhibit April 1 – 29, with an opening reception and artist talk 5:00 – 8:00, Friday, April 3rd. The exhibit will include 20 of his improvisational, abstract paintings and work by Gallery members. 

Local Color Gallery Hosts Drawing Class

Beginner Drawing Class March 7 with Sandi Cirillo

Drawing is the oldest form of written communication and can easily become a favorite activity.  Explore your creative side as you learn how to draw a good composition using techniques such as shading, contrast, perspective, texture, and movement. Landscapes and still lifes will be explored as artist Sandi Cirillo helps you experiment with different drawing materials to find your favorite tools. 

Cirillo is a retired art educator who teaches a variety of workshops in the Northeast and North Carolina. She teaches in collaboration with art centers throughout the Northeast, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Alfred University and Nazareth College in New York State. Visit to see examples of Cirillo’s work.   

The class is March 7, noon-4:00, and will be held at Local Color Gallery, 135 High Street in Belfast. The cost is $45 with all supplies provided, so all you need to bring is your enthusiasm to learn something new. Class size is limited to 14 people. The last day to sign up is Friday March 6.

White-Line Woodcut Class at Local Color Gallery February 15

Sally Brophy, ” The Pond,” white line woodcut

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

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

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

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

Local Color Gallery: Applications for Artists Now Being Accepted

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

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery Presents ‘Farm Tools Project’

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

2020 Festival of Art – Senior College at Belfast

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

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

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

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

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

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