Archive for First Friday

“Touch of Gold” at CRAFT Gallery

Thread drawing by Daphne Taylor

Thread drawing by Daphne Taylor

CRAFT Gallery opens “Touch of Gold” on Friday, September 1st through October 5th, presenting new work by gallery artists. Four featured artists use gold as a common element in their work: potter Paul Heroux, calligrapher Jan Owen, quilter Daphne Taylor and sculptor Jacques Vesery. Quilt maker Daphne Taylor’s powerful design sense and minimalist aesthetic are expressed in her ”drawings” with thread. Her use of gold and silk recall the Middle Ages and Renaissance art, sumptuous with gold and precious materials to add value.She uses wool and silk as a surface to create her work with thread. Potter Paul Heroux treats the ceramic vessel as a painting surface and 3 – dimensional canvass, combining colors, patterns, angles and metallic lusters to his abstract and architectural approach to pottery. Calligrapher Jan Owen’s hand lettered piece, “Benediction” features a poem by Wesley McNair from his newest book “The Unfastening” McNair was poet laureate of Maine from 2011 to 2016. This is the ninth collection of his published work.

Bronze glazed vase by Paul Heroux

Bronze glazed vase by Paul Heroux

CRAFT Gallery is also privileged to present the newest clay sculptures by Lynn Duryea, co-founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Duryea began her career as a functional potter and progressed to making minimalist abstract forms. Her geometric and architectural clay sculptures combine angles, colors and textures that she has observed in smokestacks, dock pilings and worn building facades. She was included in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2016 Biennial and has taught and lectured widely in the U.S. Many of the artists will be present during the September 1st First Friday Art Walk and books pertaining to their work will be available for purchase and signing including the new “Handcrafted Maine” featuring weaver Sara Hotchkiss.

Clay sculpture by Lynn Duryea

Clay sculpture by Lynn Duryea

CRAFT Gallery is located at 12 Elm Street in Rockland and will have live music by “Good Vibrations” in the gallery courtyard during the evening Art Walk. For more information call (207) 594-0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Farnsworth to Unveil Mural During September First Friday

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

On Friday, September 1, during the First Friday art walk, there will be a special mural unveiling of a new mural arts project on School Street, on the wall of the Grasshopper Shop in downtown Rockland, which is a partnership between the Farnsworth’s Education Department and mural director Alexis Iammarino. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on School Street, between Main and Union Streets, with a public remarks scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Farnsworth has participated in First Fridays, thanks to a sponsorship from the First National Bank. During First Fridays, the museum is open free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

The mural arts project has been made possible thanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of this community project is to engage local youth in creating public art in downtown Rockland. The project has been guided by local community mural artist Alexis Iammarino. She was joined by Canadian-born mural artist Melissa Luk, who has created mural projects on multiple continents, most recently in the west-African nation of Gabon. The mural was also completed with help of local artists and volunteers of all ages, the youngest of which was 7 and the oldest 80 years old. The mural unveiling will celebrate the efforts of all those involved, give the public the opportunity to meet the artists, and toast this new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown. Free ice cream will be provided by the Grasshopper Shop.

For more information on this project, please visit the museum website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org or call the museum’s Education Department at 207-596-0949.

Art Space Gallery September 1st Opening

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk on September 1st.  Our front room features the work of Roger Barry, Janalee Welch, Joan Wright, and Melissa Post van der Burg. Additionally, there are many new works by our 15 other gallery artists. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments, and meet our artists on Friday, September 1st, from 5 to 8 pm.

Roger Barry of Edgecomb is a sculptor artisan who makes reliquaries from native hardwoods, many with secret locks. Heavily carved and beautifully finished, each is designed to hold precious personal items or enhance decor. Roger also creates sculptures and dreamlike tree houses that light up and draw starry nights on ceilings.“Most of my wood stock is milled from downed trees. Each one has its unique character and the sculpture that unfolds must reflect and honor it. Whether formal or whimsical, functional or decorative, all my pieces invite a personal encounter with the wood.”

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch of Farmington uses paper, both bits of the old and those she has decorated, painted, printed, or rusted together with bits and pieces of found objects to express her ongoing interest in how these materials work together in collage. Her work is inspired by her love of the natural world that was her playground as a child and her subject as a classroom teacher. “I love the rocks of the Maine coast, and I am inspired by their shapes, colors, conglomerate components, their history and their formation.” Janalee’s collages employ reminiscences of nature using simplicity and order; and pattern and symmetry as design elements, creating the sense of serenity and stability that she takes from nature.

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright of Rockland continues her exploration of the abstraction of reflections in water as well as capturing the many moods of her favorite island in the fog and out. Her exhibition will include both abstract and land/water scapes around Vinalhaven. Joan, who has been coming to Vinalhaven for over 35 years, reveals the spirit of the coast in her photography. “Water fascinates me. Its beauty and destructive power. It’s ability to reflect, distort, to change itself into what we perceive as another medium.”  

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg of Augusta will be featuring a new set of watercolor paintings. She works with the medium as if it were oil, creating rich, colorful and soulful paintings.  Her work, featuring images of Maine, has won awards across the country and is capturing the attention of many collectors. “Most of my work is figurative, with a narrative quality. I often use friends and family members as models–this is a venerable tradition dating back to the great renaissance painters. When I have a figure in front of me that I know very well, it leaves me free to focus on the story–what the painting is about.”

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  September hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

“Fashion is Art” at D’Alessio Gallery

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“Fashion wasn’t what you wore some place anymore; it was the whole reason for going.” Andy Warhol, a statement Bar Harbor, Maine artist not only follows but it is the reason to attend an event or gala as fashion is truly an inspiration for his work.

The September 1st , Art Walk Bar Harbor will be no exception with the theme “Fashion is Art” and fashion will prevail at D’Alessio Gallery as D’Alessio himself will be creating a journey from the abstract to couture as he paints live on a 10’ x 10’ canvas!

True, it’s the fashion look that speaks and inspires Russell but he is also inspired by the attitudes and tries to capture the gestures and moods seeking the true internal phenomena of the feminine form.

On this evening bold colors and his distinctive line will turn this blank canvas into a fashion runway presenting new works of art with his iconic look, blending graphics, color, and form into a sublime mix that is truly his own. Art Walk Bar Harbor, Downtown, D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert Street, 6 – 9 p.m. More information on this event or the artist visit www.rdalessioart.com

First Friday Art Walk in Rockland on August 4th

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First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 4 August 2017

Over 20 of Rockland’s art galleries will be open from 5-8pm, Friday, 4 August. Many will be opening new exhibitions for the city’s First Friday Art Walk. A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org

Portland Museum of Art Announces Grand Opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park

Sculpture Park Opening

On July 7, the Portland Museum of Art will open the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden with a community celebration. Taking place on First Friday and featuring food trucks, live music, raffles, art-based activities, and much more, the grand opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park will be the arts and cultural event of the season.

In addition to the grand opening, the entire museum will be free and visitors will be encouraged to take their PMA Summer of Sculpture experience from the Park to the major exhibition inside, A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach.
The David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden not only makes outdoor art, a crucial and unique part of the PMA collection, more available to everyone, but it also improves quality of life in Portland, creating a green space where anyone can have quiet moments with world-class works of art at any time during museum hours. The grand opening event also serves as the unveiling of the latest addition to Portland’s outdoor arts landscape and a new major work in the PMA collection: Jonathan Borofsky’s Human Structures (24 Figures Connected).

The Joan B. Burns Garden has incorporated sculpture since Celeste Roberge’s Rising Cairn was installed there in 2000. Since then, the PMA acquired Anthony Caro’s Moment in 2012 and John Bisbee’s Hearsay in 2016. Aside from specific events, however, the public has never been allowed access to the Garden; visitors to the PMA could only admire the works from viewing points throughout the inside of the museum or the sidewalk on High Street. Thanks to Shaw’s gift, the Garden will be open to anyone during PMA hours May through December; whether they are visitors to the museum or simply out for a stroll in Portland.

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org

“POINTS NORTH” Now Showing at Landing Gallery

“Standing Tall”  by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

“Standing Tall” by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

Landing Gallery at 409 Main St. in Rockland proudly announces the opening of “POINTS NORTH” from June 30 – July 30”. The new three-person exhibition focusing on current paintings and photographs by Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko and Jill Valliere. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 7th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk. All three artists are Rockland Residents and have widely exhibited their work throughout Maine.

Jill Valliere is a 1997 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. “I have always been drawn to the vibrancy and texture of art, this translates to my own process of layering, adding and subtracting elements in my works. This additive and subtractive process creates a textural surface and tension which ultimately brings forth the nuances of color, depth and shadow. My use of metal leaf as a medium in my paintings creates an effulgent, transitional passage, which serves as the basis for the conceptual origin of my work.”

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide”  by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide” by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits. Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has kept up with new processes, techniques & equipment. “Physically exploring space and light while out in nature becomes the beginning of an image. Back in the studio the fun really begins. Additional processing using various applications and materials are combined for the final work. Alternative processing adds a richer and more complex final photograph.”

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery. His work has been exhibited in his galleries, in NY and ME, since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. “During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my paintings. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio. Sketches, photos, memories and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process. Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for nature.”

For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters”

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters” on Friday, July 7. The show is dedicated to work created for utilitarian use in the presentation of food and also as non-utilitarian objects of artistic value, beauty and fantasy. The two featured artists share their artistic views on this subject in non-utilitarian ways.

Artist/sculptor Jacques Vesery’s work is nature-based, concerned with harmony, balance and form. His teapots ad spoons, hand carved in exotic woods, colored and gilded, become precious objects of art. His subjects suggest utility but are not intended for that purpose. The smallness in scale and richness in detail and finish express fantasy.

Artist Lissa Hunter’s charcoal drawings of spoons transcend their original purpose . They recall a time of formality when there was a a spoon for many purposes: tea, soup, grapefruit, etc. Her large scale drawings illustrate what happens during the creative process as she explores her subjects and transforms them from little importance as implements for use to fantasies of her imagination.

Both artists have impressive credentials. Portland artist Lissa Hunter’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Renwick/Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She has taught at Haystack and is a consistent exhibitor at CRAFT. Jacques Vesery, from Damariscotta, is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow. His work Is in the collections of The Yale University Art Gallery and The Carnegie Museum. He has lectured widely on his design concepts. This is his first exhibit at CRAFT

Other “table Matters” artists create utilitarian objects that are meant for use at the table. Wood carver Danielle Rose Byrd, potter Autumn Cipala, metalsmith Erica Moody and weaver Amy Smith show teapots and teacups, copper and brass spoons and chopsticks, placemats and table runners and hand carved birch bowls. CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Wind Ensemble will perform classical music in the courtyard during the evening of the July 7 First Friday Artwalk. For more information please call 207-594-0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

 

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Andrea Peters, Lupine Land, oil on paper, 12x22”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows: ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR and KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA, beginning Thursday, June 29th, and running through Tuesday, July 25th,. The opening reception for Beers and Peters is 1st Friday, July 7th, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to join Andrea and Kevin and enjoy a glass of Monhegan Brewing Beer or fine wine.

ANDREA PETERS: IN LIVING COLOR
East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters’ world is outside her windows – salty inlets, mossy ledges, towering spruces, and abundant flower and vegetable gardens. It is a quintessentially Maine landscape, where the keen-eyed Peters sees more in a glance than many of us would see in a lifetime. Andrea loves color. She dazzles us with her passion for paint. Her yellows sizzle, her reds pop, and her blues make us swoon.

 Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

Kevin Beers, Manana Sunset, oil on canvas, 18x22”

KEVIN BEERS: FROM MANANA TO HAVANA
When Kevin Beers first walked into Gleason Fine Art nearly 20 years ago, he had just given up his Manhattan position as an art director in order to follow his passion, becoming a full-time artist. He had just begun to paint landscapes, but, “motorhead” that he is, he focused primarily on old cars and trucks that had caught his eye. Beers studied each vehicle to discover its story, so each painting became a kind of portrait. A pea-green truck with lots of missing paint became “Rusty,” and a car with a particularly ferocious looking grille became “Vampire.” The cars and trucks took a backseat. However, one place, a country where old cars have been repaired and reused for over half a century, lived on in Beers’ mind; that place was Cuba.

Both “Andrea Peters: In Living Color” and “Kevin Beers: From Manana to Havana” run through July 25. The reception for Andrea and Kevin, to which everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine, is First Friday, July 7, from 5 to 7 pm. Both shows, plus the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, may be viewed on the gallery’s website gleasonfineart.com. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849 and ask for Dennis, Marty, or Andrew Gleason, or Diana Kerr. Or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4

Art Space Gallery July 7th opening

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the July Arts in Rockland First Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by on Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8pm and join us for wine and refreshments and meet our artists. This reception will feature the work of Jean Byrd, Nancy Davies Tang, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, and Sylvia Isabelle Murdock.

Jean Byrd will be featuring her painting “Island Anchorage”. It is of “Devil’s Island”, an island in Merchant’s Row off the coast of Stonington, ME.  Devil’s Island, like many Maine islands, is a small island with water worn rocks on its shore and a forested interior.  This painting takes you down a shadowy path onto the rocky shore and the idyllic island anchorage beyond, a spot that is truly a place sailors dream of all winter.  Jean’s painting style is tradition realism. Her subject is the New England coast with all its fishing villages, islands, harbors, and seaports.  Her love of the sea is evident in her work.

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Mother Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color. She stills the mind and soothes the soul and, if you are lucky, will whisper in your ear and play the muse. Nancy Davies Tang looks to her garden, fields, and forests for inspiration to create works of art in kiln fired glass and dichroic glass jewelry. Largely self-taught, Nancy has been working with warm glass for over 20 years. She has a background in painting and sculpting and strives to bring all her experience to her work in glass. Currently she is working on pieces inspired by the ocean.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12x12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12×12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Ms. Dunn is represented at many galleries throughout Maine as well as by the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, Ma. Ms. Dunn’s intuitive use of color and free brushwork give her paintings a uniquely fresh feel. Her work is in collections throughout the U.S. as well as abroad.  Ms. Dunn is also a teacher and a published children’s book illustrator.  She has a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock is a self-taught artist, Sylvia has painted seriously since she was 12 years old. She finds the simplicity and clarity of coastal living has left a lasting impression on her artist journey. Sylvia paints primarily with watercolors, but also occasionally works in egg tempera and oils.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. July hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1am to 4pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Dowling Walsh Gallery to Feature Three Artists in July

James Dodds, Barge Boat "Thalatta", Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2" x 35-1/2”

James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

James Dodds
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Once a shipwright, James Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel. Yet his paintings go beyond retracing the shipwright’s logic. Rich in color, tone and texture, they move beyond the literal and evoke sailing’s mythic and historic dimensions. Ethereal in light and tone, paintings of restored boats evoke a lifetime at sea, unearthing the layers of memory that shroud every vessel.

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4" x 13" x 13-3/4"

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4″ x 13″ x 13-3/4″

Guy Taplin
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Taplin’s bird sculptures embody our longed for harmony with the natural world. His obsession with birds extends beyond their beauty to their endurance, intuition and symbolic loyalty. Mostly shorebirds of various species, each bird is composed to capture their specific habits and character. His simplified, stylized forms seem to breathe each bird’s very essence. Sculpted from found driftwood, which he forages from coasts and estuaries around the world, Taplin’s birds are therefore enriched by previous lives. Weathered by time and the elements, each piece of wood bears marks that enhance his design, suggesting the outline of a wing or layers of plumage.

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55" x 48"

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

Scott Kelley
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, and most recently spirit animals of the Wabanaki. His new paintings, inspired by the Wabanaki legends of Gluskap, create a narrative of personified animals decorated in traditional native clothing. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

July shows at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.  Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

James Dodds, Barge Boat "Thalatta", Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2" x 35-1/2”

James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

James Dodds
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Once a shipwright, James Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel. Yet his paintings go beyond retracing the shipwright’s logic. Rich in color, tone and texture, they move beyond the literal and evoke sailing’s mythic and historic dimensions. Ethereal in light and tone, paintings of restored boats evoke a lifetime at sea, unearthing the layers of memory that shroud every vessel.
James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4" x 13" x 13-3/4"

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4″ x 13″ x 13-3/4″

Guy Taplin
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Taplin’s bird sculptures embody our longed for harmony with the natural world. His obsession with birds extends beyond their beauty to their endurance, intuition and symbolic loyalty. Mostly shorebirds of various species, each bird is composed to capture their specific habits and character. His simplified, stylized forms seem to breathe each bird’s very essence. Sculpted from found driftwood, which he forages from coasts and estuaries around the world, Taplin’s birds are therefore enriched by previous lives. Weathered by time and the elements, each piece of wood bears marks that enhance his design, suggesting the outline of a wing or layers of plumage.

 

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55" x 48"

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

Scott Kelley
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, and most recently spirit animals of the Wabanaki. His new paintings, inspired by the Wabanaki legends of Gluskap, create a narrative of personified animals decorated in traditional native clothing. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

D’Alessio Gallery and Open Studio first Friday Art Walk

Russell D'Alessio, "Fat Cat" original on wrapped canvas 48" x 36" x 2"

Russell D’Alessio, “Fat Cat”
original on wrapped canvas 48″ x 36″ x 2″

The studio will be OPEN to the public all evening long. Visit where he creates, see finished works in progress on paper, canvas and more, chat with the artist.

Wine served
15 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Bayside Landing upstairs in the courtyard
(follow the Art Walk flag)

The Gallery will showcase his latest works including “Fat Cat!”

Wine also served!
12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor

Be sure to stop by and visit, we look forward to seeing you.
Walking maps for Art Walk available at the Chamber of Commerce, most lodging establishments, and participating venues or download online at;

http://www.artwalkbarharbor.com/venues.html

Art Space Gallery opens new show for Rockland First Friday Art Walk

 

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

Art Space Gallery invites you to the June Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, June 2rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Lori Davis, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and Judith Herman.

Judith Herman has been working in watercolor for over 30 years. The exciting properties of the watercolor medium gives her flexibility in creating depth and luminosity in her art. Currently she is capturing the light, color, and movement in her still life paintings.

 

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell is a Fine Art oil painter who lives and works in Orono, Maine. Teddi-Jann primarily creates, “Plein-aire” style all year, all around the state. She is represented in Fine Art Galleries such as North Light Gallery in Millinocket, River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta and Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Teddi-Jann is also a member of several artists Co-Ops including Saltwater Gallery in Pemaquid and Southwest Harbor Artisans. “My art is a reflection of my love and passion for Maine, for Baxter State Park and for the rugged coast of Maine and all her secret spots in between!

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

As a self taught metal smith and sculptor, Keith’s experimental evolution has lead him to create a body of work that incorporates the precision of metallurgy with an inventive transformation of bone into anthropomorphic form. He is inspired to use ancient processes that result in textures, colors, and a spirit not found in modern, manufactured jewelry. While working under magnification, Mr. Plummer adds minute details to create an overall effect of an artifact from a lost civilization. Keith hopes his jewelry pieces become memorable conversation pieces and spark discussions about this ancient craft.

 

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis is a professional photographer specializing in nature, wildlife and landscape images. With a background in wildlife rehabilitation, she was inspired at an early age to pick up a camera and start capturing unique moments with the intent to share with others. She’s traveled cross county and to Alaska on multiple occasions, capturing dramatic landscapes and wildlife encounters, before finally settling in Maine. Working out of her home studio, Lori prints her own work. With multiple fine art Giclée printers, Lori can recreate her images in a variety of sizes and prices, both on canvas and as matted and framed photographs.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. June hours are 11am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com

Landing Gallery in Rockland opens the Season

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14”  by Sarah Faragher

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14” by Sarah Faragher

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2017 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, May 5 – May 21. Specializing in work celebrating the “Environment and Nature in Maine”. New works by Scott Baltz, Andrew Anderson-Bell, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Tom Curry, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Marlene Loznicka, Björn Runquist, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander, Jill Valliere & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2017.
Please join us in the gallery. Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5, Closed, Mon & Tue. FMI 207 239-1223 or LandingArt.com

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday May 5

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

From May 1 through May 27, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work by Krisanne Baker of Waldoboro, in an exhibit titled  “Breathing Light: explorations below the ocean’s surface of what makes life above possible”.  Also hanging, “A Flower Show”, an exhibit of work by 10 artists.  Two of those artists are showing at the Caldbeck for the first time: Annie Bailey of Tenants Harbor, and Bayard Chanler of Rockport. The other 8 artists are Cicely Aikman, late of Friendship, Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island, Lois Dodd of Cushing, Jeff Epstein of Cushing, Maggie Foskett, late of Camden, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Paul Plante, late of Oquossoc, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing.  A reception will take place on First Friday, May 5, from 5-8 pm.

In Baker’s exhibit, the 18 paintings in oil on wood panel measure 8 x 8 inches, 12 x 12 inches, and 24 x 12 inches.   Focusing on the underwater scenes that she witnessed last summer during her Monhegan Artists Residency, the artist brings to light what we normally don’t see.  “There’s a whole world down there that we know less about than we do the moon”, says Baker.  “I feel it’s vital for people to learn that the oceans, and all the waters from upstream that lead to the oceans, are the lungs and arteries of this planet.  The waters keep flowing and pumping; we need to respect the oceans for their life giving function – not just for the fish, whales, and phytoplankton that live in them, but for all of us.  Those life giving components of the ocean web create the material that all living things depend on”.   This summer, Baker will take part in a 2 week artist residency at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in Maine.  There, she will do her own research and exploration of phyto and zooplankton, and will also share her artistic vision with the lab’s students of marine field science.  Together, artist and students will creatively connect the disciplines of art and science.   In addition to the paintings in her Caldbeck show, Baker will install in a front window, “Phytoplankton: Living, Breathing”, her sculpture made from recycled glass.

 

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

A FLOWER SHOW

In “A Flower Show”, 10 different artists give 10 different interpretations and visions of nature.  Annie Bailey’s loose interpretations are like short poses in figure painting – no time to describe in detail, just give the flow of color and shape.  Bayard Chanler’s oil paintings carry the charm and warmth of the tradition of flower still life painting. Maggie Foskett’s cliché verre photographic print of a mirror imaged iris, portrays the voluptuousness of mother nature.  Cicely Aikman’s primal Florida palm flowers do the same.  Elizabeth Awalt steeps us in Maine’s springtime.  Each of the 10 artists shows us that flowers in art will never grow old or out of date.

Exhibitions run May 1 – May 27, 2017
Reception: First Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 pm

Spring Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4

FMI: caldbeck@midcoast.com   www.caldbeck.com   207 594 5935

On May 5th The Bookey Readings Features Anna Wrobel and Marita O’Neill

All are invited to the Bookey Readings at the Harlow on Friday, May 5 at 7pm, featuring Anna Wrobel (left) and Marita O’Neill (right.) Courtesy Photos.

All are invited to the Bookey Readings at the Harlow on Friday, May 5 at 7pm, featuring Anna Wrobel (left) and Marita O’Neill (right.) Courtesy Photos.

The Bookey Readings at the Harlow continues their 2017 poetry series on Friday, May 5 beginning at 7pm. The event, held at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, features two women well known to Maine poetry: Anna Wrobel and Marita O’Neill. Refreshments are served, and a $3 donation is appreciated at the door to support operating costs at the Gallery.

Both life-long, dedicated teachers, Wrobel and O’Neill present their passion for and knowledge of life, love, and human struggle through spoken word. Their poetry shares experiences that have shaped them into strong, loving, and impacting women who value activism through peace.

Anna Wrobel is an American historian, teacher, and poet. Marengo Street was published by Moon Pie Press in 2012; a second collection is slated for 2018. Educator, scholar of Holocaust Studies, Anna extracts global history and personal narratives into poetic forms in manuscript, Sparrow Feathers, from which her presentation, “Second Generation/First Person,” is derived. Poems are used by history and literature teachers in several states, also in Poland, Germany, Israel and Palestine. Poems, historical essays and critical reviews appear in venues including Cafe Review, Lilith, Off the Coast, Holocaust Human Rights Center of U-Maine, and Jewish Currents (contributing writer). Anna curates Lowry’s Lodge, Maine’s second longest running feature poetry series (after Harlow).

Marita O’Neill is a poet, teacher, and bird admirer. She has lived in Maine for over 20 years and originally hails from the not-so-mean streets of Philadelphia. She earned her MFA in poetry from Vermont College. She is currently teaching high school English to seniors and sophomores at Yarmouth High School. She has published two chapbooks: Love Dogs by Strikestudio Press and Evidence of Light by Moon Pie Press. Her poem “Crow Calling” was recently published in the Deep Water series through the Maine Sunday Telegram and her poem “Dragon” in the Maine Arts Magazine. Lately, she’s exploring what it means, in Pema Chodrin’s words, “to refrain”: “the practice of not immediately filling up space just because there’s a gap.

The Harlow Gallery located in downtown historic Hallowell is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963.

For more information about the Harlow Gallery or this event visit www.harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Pathways by Jeff Woodbury on display at Vestibule 594

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Pathways by Jeff Woodbury will be on display from May 1st to May 30th with an opening reception on First Friday, May 5th from 5-8pm. Don’t miss it! This will be the final opening reception at Vestibule 594. Located at 594 Congress Street, this street-level gallery is a viewing glass for passersby and art enthusiasts alike.

“I work concurrently on a range of ideas in a variety of media. I grew up in a military family, as part of an invisible rootless tribe. The way I work reflects my nature and my nurture. My work and my life are paths crossing others, connecting and diverging, fashioning patterns of people and choices and ideas and feelings. It’s all in the mix.

It’s difficult to categorize my work as a whole. I usually work through ideas in series of related pieces, yet some stand alone. Sometimes ideas are set aside, only to be picked up years later.

I choose materials to express my thoughts, and the materials in turn suggest more ideas. My art lives not just in the final product, but in its making, and in its relation to other work.

I enjoy the freedom to explore where my ideas lead. I want to share the wonder I find. It’s not my intention to lead you to specific interpretations or conclusions. Words stand in the way of the direct experience of visual art. You’re part of the process now. Relax and enjoy.” -Jeff Woodbury

Closing Reception for LINEATION by Chris Beneman at Vestibule 594

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Join us for the closing reception of Chris Beneman’s solo show “Lineation” at Vestibule 594 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5-8pm. This is your last chance to see the show on display for the public, so don’t miss it!

Vestibule 594 is a small showcase gallery that displays local artists’ work in bimonthly new shows. Open on First Fridays or by appointment only. Located on the ground floor next to Starbucks and across from Flea For All on Congress Street in Portland.

Lineation noun lin·e·a·tion ˌli-nē-ˈā-shən

the action of marking with lines
an arrangement of lines
In my printmaking work I create pieces based on architectural forms. These deconstructed urban landscapes teeter between order and disorder. In my paintings I combine and rearrange elements of the working waterfront, creating a kind of crazy quilt from the fishing shacks, pilings, buoys, rigging and boats.

Chris Beneman is a graduate of Bates College and has attended classes at Maine College of Art and Haystack Mountain School in Maine, The Art New England Workshops in Vermont and Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Her work has been widely exhibited, most recently in the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Peregrine Press at the Lewis Gallery in Portland. Other recent exhibitions have been at the George Marshall Store in York and Greenhut Galleries and the Maine Jewish Museum in Portland. She has also been included in exhibitions at the Attleboro Arts Museum and South Shore Art Center in Massachusetts, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT; The New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, Washington Printmakers, Washington, DC and the Center for Book Arts in NYC.

Ms. Beneman’s work is in many public and private collections including the Portland Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, The Farnsworth Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, University of New England and the New Britain (CT) Museum of Art. She is a member of the Peregrine Press and the Boston Printmakers.

For more information: info@vestibule594.com

 

“ESTATE SALE” opens at Landing Gallery

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX  OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “ESTATE SALE” with collections from three Mid Coast Estates, opening on Friday, November 4 through December 18.  Art, antiques and vintage collectibles are offered at extremely affordable prices, just in time for Holiday gift giving.  Bids are welcome and all reasonable offers will be considered. 

The “ESTATE SALE” includes paintings by Siri Beckman, Bruce Busko, Janet Ledoux, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Maude Olsen, Eugene Quinn, Bjorn Runquist and Jane Ryan.  There is a large collection of new (some signed) and antique Art Books.  Victorian oak furniture including a high chair, two child’s chairs, a cradle and a 54” round dining table with two extensions.  There are many new and antique signed etchings, photographs and posters, cameras, silver and diamond jewelry, kerosene lamps and a large assortment of vintage and antique home accessory items.

A wine & cheese opening reception will be held on Friday, November 4th from 5 – 8 pm, during Arts in Rockland’s November art walk.

Hours: Weds – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun, Mon & Tues. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday November 4

CHRIS OSGOOD,  SAMBA,  2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

CHRIS OSGOOD, SAMBA, 2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

FALL HARVEST – GROUP SHOW FEATURING:

ANNE ALEXANDER, LISE BECU, KATHERINE BRADFORD
ALAN BRAY, EMILY BROWN, LOIS DODD
MORRIS DAVID DORENFELD, JEFF EPSTEIN
MELANIE ESSEX, NANCY GLASSMAN, JOHN GOODMAN
KAYLA MOHAMMADI, JENIFER MUMFORD
ELIZABETH O’REILLY, DENNIS PINETTE, PAUL PLANTE
BARBARA SULLIVAN, TODD WATTS, DAN WEST
SUSAN WILLIAMS

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP,  2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP, 2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

November 4 – December 31, 2016

Reception: First Friday, November 4, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12-4

caldbeck@midcoast.com www.caldbeck.com 207 594 5935

First Friday Art Walk: Rockland, Maine, 4 November 2016

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for November 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 4 November.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, The Gray Fox Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Michael Good Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery, Art Space Gallery, 407 Studios, Craft Gallery, The Art Loft, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, Landing Gallery, CMCA and Jonathan Frost Gallery.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery will be showing photographs by Lisa Mossel Vietze and paintings by Gwen Sylvester; alongside an exhibit  by Midcoast S.T.E.A.M. Microschool to promote awareness of plastic pollution. 

Jonathan Frost Gallery’s “Views of the Natural World” continues.  Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

CMCA will be showing the 2016 CMCA Biennial Opening featuring the work of 25 Artists.

CRAFT Gallery continues to show its final exhibition of 2016, featuring six CRAFT artists whose work has been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at CMCA.

Art Space Gallery will be featuring all member artists, exhibiting small and large works. 

Caldbeck Gallery will host an opening reception (from 4:30-6:30pm) for the shows, Ink wash drawings by Chris Osgood and metal sculpture by Tom Osgood.  Also a group show of 20 gallery artists –  3 of whom are in the CMCA Biennial.   Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12-4.   

Landing Gallery will open “Estate Sale” with collections of art, antiques and vintage collectibles from three Mid Coast Estates.  Items include paintings by Siri Beckman, Bruce Busko, Janet Ledoux, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Maude Olsen, Eugene Quinn, Bjorn Runquist and Jane Ryan; and a large collection of new and antique Art Books, Victorian oak furniture, and home accessory items.

407 Studios’ Salt Air Art Gallery is a working studio and gallery showing a collection of art, jewelry, home decor and gifts, all made by Maine artists and artisans.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Biennial Artists Show extended at CRAFT

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Two Biennial artists are currently showing their work at CRAFT Gallery. Textile and tapestry artist Morris David Dorenfeld, whose work is shown here, is one of them as is sculptor Lynn Duryea. Dorenfeld employs design, composition, proportion and color, using a vertical tapestry loom to create “paintings” in wool yarn. The gallery offers an extended view of additional pieces of their work as well as that of four artists from the 2014 Biennial, all of whom create work using traditional craft materials. CRAFT will extend the show until November 15th in order to give the public an opportunity to further explore the work of these Biennial artists. The gallery also has new ceramics by Hanako Nakazato and Tim Christensen, woven shawls and scarves by Amy Smith and hand painted silks by Fiona Washburn. The gallery will participate in the First Friday Art Walk on November 4th from 4:30 to 7 pm.

Please visit CRAFT in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland and at www.craftonelm.com

Chris Beneman’s “Lineation” at Vestibule 594

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The opening reception for Chris Beneman’s solo show “Lineation” will be held at Vestibule 594 from 5-8pm during the First Friday Art Walk on November 4th. The show will be up from November 4 – December 31 with a closing reception on Friday, December 2nd. Vestibule 594 is located at 594 Congress Street and is open on First Fridays and by appointment only.

Lineation noun lin·e·a·tion ˌli-nē-ˈā-shən
1. the action of marking with lines
2. an arrangement of lines

According to Beneman, “In my printmaking work I create pieces based on architectural forms. These deconstructed urban landscapes teeter between order and disorder. In my paintings I combine and rearrange elements of the working waterfront, creating a kind of crazy quilt from the fishing shacks, pilings, buoys, rigging and boats.”

Chris Beneman is a graduate of Bates College and has attended classes at Maine College of Art and Haystack Mountain School in Maine, The Art New England Workshops in Vermont and Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Her work has been widely exhibited, most recently in the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Peregrine Press at the Lewis Gallery in Portland. He has had other recent exhibitions throughout the Northeast.

Ms. Beneman’s work is in many public and private collections including the Portland Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, the Colby College Museum of Art, The Farnsworth Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, University of New England and the New Britain (CT) Museum of Art. She is a member of the Peregrine Press and the Boston Printmakers.

For more information call (508)259-4632 or email info@vestibule594.com

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 7 October 2016

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for October 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 7 October.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, The Strand Theatre, Landing Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Archipelago, 25 Oak Gallery, Craft Gallery, CMCA, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery and Michael Good Gallery.

25 Oak Gallery continues to show “From the Depths”, exploring water and working “from the depths” intuitively in abstract painting.  Artists Ingrid Ellison, Krisanne Baker, Steven Aimone and Katherine Aimone are making the final weekend of their exhibit at 25 Oak Gallery extra special:  For the Art Walk there will be live music with Robin Lane, a classically trained cellist from 6 to 6:30 PM. 

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be open, showing the work of Anne Ayvaliotis, a later-generation Abstract Impressionist who moved to Maine in 1963.  Her work is in collections of the Portland Museum of Art and at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will be holding an opening reception (from 5:30pm) for “Views of the Natural World.”  It includes work by Susan Beebe, Susan Bryant, Jeannette Martin, Linda Simmons-Arnold, Susie Starr Smith, and Barbara Vanderbilt.  Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

CMCA invites everyone to stop by for karaoke in the courtyard (weather permitting or in the lobby if not) and ArtLab Open Studio with materials and hands-on project inspired by Don Voisine’s paintings currently on view, also a raffle for two CMCA florescent orange WOW hats, just in time for hunting season!  On View: Don Voisine: X/V and Lauren Henkin: Second Nature

CRAFT Gallery will be showing its final show of 2016, featuring six CRAFT artists whose work has been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at CMCA.  Live music by Blind Albert will be outside in the heated and lit courtyard.

Landing Gallery’s new exhibit, “Plein Air Pairing” will be on show with new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, and will continue through October 30th.

The Strand Theatre will be open and screening the documentary EVA HESSE at 8pm, co-presented by the Farnsworth.  Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America¹s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement.

Black Hole will unveil the gallery’s Purple Initiative for 2016, to benefit and lend support to New Hope for Women.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

“Harvest and Houses” at CRAFT Gallery

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss,  Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend,  Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss, Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend, Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

CRAFT Gallery opens its September “Harvest and Houses” show on First Friday, September 2nd through October 4th, with a new body of work by Jesse Gillespie. The artist lives and works in Rockland close by the Arts District. He has again chosen to take an insignificant subject and transform it into a work of art. Gillespie has taken newspaper real estate ads for houses, separating them from their first function as common newsprint photographs, adding watercolor, design and collage, bestowing them with new meaning and life. Transformed, they become miniature paintings, revealing a little house as a more important actor in its new role as a work of art. The results are dreamlike, mysterious and evocative.

In keeping with the harvest time of year, CRAFT will feature a collection of ceramic vegetables by Sharon Townshend, rugs by Sara Hotchkiss and velvet scarves by Fiona Washburn in autumn colors and new work by potter Hanako Nakazato, along with many of the gallery’s other fine craft artists. CRAFT offers beauty and fine craftsmanship in an intimate setting in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Art Space Gallery to host reception during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, September 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm.  This reception will feature the work of Nancy Davies Tang, Laurie Bellmore, Jean Byrd and Barbara Dulac.

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color.  She stills the mind and soothes the soul, and if you are lucky will whisper in your ear and play the muse.  Nancy Davies Tang looks to her garden, fields, forests and the sea for inspiration to create works of art in kiln fired glass and dichroic glass jewelry.  Largely self-taught, Nancy has been working with warm glass for over 20 years.  She has a background in painting and sculpture and strives to bring all her experience to her work in warm glass.

Glass is an ancient, magical material with endless possibilities.  Dichroic glass is a material that would be impossible without modern technology.  The combination of ancient techniques, modern technology and the artistry of nature is where Nancy’s passion blooms.  Water is vital to our existence and the inspiration for the work in this month’s opening focuses on this vital element.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a native of mid-coast Maine, living in the area all of her life.  Her art includes painting, photography and hand crafted kiln fired jewelry.  Currently she is working on fine silver art jewelry pieces adorned with colorful enamels and glass, which will be on display at Art Space Gallery for this show.  Her topics include colorful flowers, fish and abstract designs.

Jean Byrd, Devil's Island, oil

Jean Byrd, Devil’s Island, oil

Jean Byrd is an oil painter whose style is best described as realistic, with an impressionist influence.  Her subject matter is coastal New England and her latest paintings are of the Penobscot Bay Area.  As one of the featured artists at Art Space Gallery this month, she will show her painting of “Devil’s Island”, which is a favorite spot of hers.  It is located off Stonington in “Merchant’s Row”.  Other paintings included in the exhibit are “Vinalhaven Passage”, “Steps to the Sea” and “Marshall Point Light”.

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac became an artist, first as a child, then a wife, a mother and grandmother.  Her graduate, post-graduate education and a corporate professional career were woven through out many, many years.  Her life and soul learned and developed creative interests, through dreams, spirituality and family.  Color everywhere, mystical music, dreams and intuition always prompt her consciousness to create and fully express her perspective.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  September hours are Monday through Saturday 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 am to 6 pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Consonant Compositions OPENING FIRST FRIDAY, 9/2 5-8 pm at Carver Hill Gallery

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Suzanne Siegel Working Harbor XXV 12×12 oil mixed media on arches oil paper 19 in framed

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open their September show, Consonant Compositions, on First Friday, September 2, 2016. There will be a reception with the artists from 5 – 8 pm.

This show illustrates how the artists use color, contrast, relationship, and arrangement to create successful compositions in five completely different styles.The artists in the show include Jill Caldwell, David Estey, Jeff Macdonald, Ron Rovner, and Suzanne Siegel.

Suzanne Siegel’s visual interest in rugged working harbors, post-industrial New England, and ever changing tidal environments roots her work in the sea. Suzanne works in mixed media painting and watercolor and mixed media collages. In her Guilford, CT studio, she searches inventively with line, shape, color, texture, and value as she suggests the spirit of her beloved locations. “I spend a long time looking.  I closely observe relationships of shapes, values, and colors along with the beauty of light, and how it influences and constantly changes everything. I begin by drawing random lines and shapes, and quickly erase or thinly veil most of my first marks, in order to keep myself and the work in flux as I build a history of layers. I aim to transport myself and the viewer into a moment of surprising and unknown beauty, as I work toward a strong, yet open arrangement of visual elements.”

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and  graphite on yupo

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and graphite on yupo

David Estey’s work has evolved from realistic landscapes and portraits to abstract expressionism and now total improvisation. He is a skilled draftsman and painter, and has also been known to incorporate collage in his work, sometimes creating an obvious narrative of social or political subject matter. He starts his most recent work of the last three of four years without any preconceived notion or expected result and tries to create extraordinary, compelling new imagery, intrinsically based on the elements and principles of good design. Narrative references often emerge and remain, but they are subordinate to the aesthetic whole. David’s work has been in numerous gallery and museum shows, and has been exhibited at Carver Hill for 10 years.

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald, who spent most of his years in the music business, has been an art appreciator and supporter for years. He has studied and experimented with painting and collage for some time, using interesting combinations of paint and collected textural material. Most recently, Jeff has exhibited his work near his local town of Brownville, Maine. His focus since retirement has been his art, and years of study and refining his craft has brought his work to a new level. His compositions range from minimalist to complex, while leaving the source of his inspiration ambiguous.

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and  copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner’s work is meticulous, precise and intentional. He calls their creation “his meditation.” The “NachtMusik” series is inspired by the music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg. The various elements represent one of the twelve notes of the musical scale. Each is given equal weight, and there are no repetitions in any of the rows or columns in which they appear. These constitute the “melody” or tone row providing a foundation upon which the rest of the composition is based. Counter themes comprised of squares of different colors are also present, representing the three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). Other symbols provide harmonic structure, dynamic gradations ( crescendo/decrescendo). Many of these elements unmistakably evoke the Southwest (where Rovner spends time) in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell shares her time between Rockland, Maine, and Key West, Florida. Her palette and typically soft compositions unmistakably reflect her muse – the Atlantic – and portray the change in the mood and color of the water from the North Atlantic in Maine to where the Gulf of Mexico meets the South Atlantic. Her use of line and shocks of bright color over the blue hues allude to sun, flora, and manmade structures on land and in the water. Her blurred lines successfully connect the radical changes in palette, making it easy on the viewers eyes; however, judicious details, frequently in the foreground, suggest rocks, fish and other natural elements that keep the viewers attention and curiosity to stay with the work.

Consonant Compositions is on view through Monday, October 3, 2016. For more information call (207)594-7745 or visit www.carverhillgallery.com

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk – September 2, 2016 – 5-8pm,

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for September 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 2 September.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Craft Gallery, The Farnsworth Art Museum, CMCA, Archipelago, The Strand Theatre, Michael Good Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole and Yvette Torres Fine Art.

CRAFT Gallery will be showing “Harvest and Houses” with work by Rockland artist Jesse Gillespie, Sharon Townshend, Sara Hotchkiss, Fiona Washburn and Hanako Nakazato.  

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open and free to the public from 5 – 8 p.m.  The museum’s Main Street doors will be open especially for this event and Jeff Rojo, classical guitarist, will perform during the evening.

CMCA will be opening two new exhibitions: Lauren Henkin: Second Nature and Don Voisine: X/V

Archipelago will be featuring new paintings by Betty Heselton and pastels by Kathleen Perelka.  Their work is being shown alongside new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

The Strand Theatre will be showing Don’t Think Twice at 5:30pm; and An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Photographer Rosamond Purcell – A First Friday Film, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be open for the last week of their acclaimed LaHotan exhibit.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

“LAND, SEA & AIR” at Landing Gallery

"Pitcher Pond" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12" x 12"

“Pitcher Pond” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12″ x 12″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “LAND, SEA & AIR”, a solo exhibition of 65 new paintings by Irma Cerese, opening on Friday, August 5 through September 11.  The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Aug 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships.  Her landscape paintings border on the abstract and are seen simultaneously as both landscape and abstract.

"Schoodic Point" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30" x 30"

“Schoodic Point” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30″ x 30″

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL.  Irma maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.  This exhibit celebrates Irma’s 10th anniversary with Landing Gallery, where she has an annual solo exhibit of her new paintings.

Please join us Friday, August 5th from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Irma Cerese. 

Summer hours: Mon – Sat 11– 5, Sun. 12 – 5. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for August 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 5 August

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Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Archipelago, the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Strand Theatre, Caldbeck Gallery, The Art Loft, Michael Good Gallery, Craft Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Asymmetrick Arts, CMCA, The Gray Fox Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery, the Gautschi Center, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery & Black Hole.

Archipelago’s summer exhibition will be open showing works by artists Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, Lin Lisberger, Christina Vincent, Geoffrey Warner, and others who share their love of Maine through many mediums including wood, paper, pottery, and furniture.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open to the public, free of charge.

The Strand Theatre will have a “First Friday Film” at 8pm that night, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum: Francofonia.

Caldbeck Gallery will hold a reception for solo shows for Lois Dodd, Alan Bray, Todd Watts, and Kayla Mohammadi.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will be showing “The Primacy of Drawings II”, opening at 5:30pm.

At the Art Loft, Chuck Paine will demonstrate oil painting from 5-8pm. Chuck teaches a walk-in class at the Art Loft on Tuesday evenings.  His work consists of coastal imagery, sailing, and Maine life. “If it’s old and crumbling and reminiscent of a way of life that is slipping away, I will try to capture it before it is gone.”

Michael Good Gallery will be holding their 17th Annual Summer Celebration event, presenting abstract paintings by Fred Good.  Drinks and light refreshments will be served on our back deck with live music by cellist Kristin Techer.  

Craft Gallery will open “Art in Black and White”: Drawing, weaving, stitching, shaping clay and blowing glass tell the story in black and white.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be showing “Robert Lahotan in Maine, The Late Paintings”. 

CMCA continues to show it’s current Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz and Rollin Leonard exhibitions. 

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery will be showing the work of three new artists: Michael Boardman of North Yarmouth, Leon Vanella of Newcastle and Janet Glatz of Durham.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Archipelago “Summer” show features artists from Waldoboro and Chebeague Island

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns”  Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns” Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Event Date:
Fri, 08/05/2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location:
Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St Rockland

Contact Name:
Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

 Archipelago Fine Arts is celebrating summer with a new exhibition including Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, and Lin Lisberger. The public is invited to a reception at the First Friday Artwalk on August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The show will be up until August 28th.

 Highlighted artists include Jean Kigel of Waldoboro and Caroline Loder of Chebeague Island.  Philip Isaacson, former art reviewer of the Portland Sunday Telegram, wrote that “Kigel is a master of the oriental brush. Her work with ink or ink with color strikes the viewer as spontaneous, loose, bold, the product of a difficult skill, an attitude acquired through commitment and study.” Archipelago will be showing her watercolors.

 Caroline Loder uses a simple palette of colors aiming to achieve the sense of calm and serenity she feels on Chebeague Island. Archipelago will be showing some of her larger oils.

 The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week.

 

John Winship Catch at Carver Hill Gallery

John Winship, Catch, 30x22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

John Winship, Catch, 30×22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland, Maine, will open a solo show of paintings by John Winship on First Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm.

“John Winship is a painter of dark and evocative scenes; dreamlike, mysterious pictures of people who seem to be from another time.”—Linda Wertheimer, NPR, “All Things Considered”

The atmosphere in the work tends to be heavy, with dark tones and faces either looking away or partially obscured. Winship says that this breaks down the specificity of the photograph’s subject matter and allows the viewer to project more freely into the painting.

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship received his BA in Fine Art from Middlebury College and has had over thirty solo shows in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and other galleries and museums throughout the northeast.  His paintings have been featured and reviewed in such national publications as “Art in America”, “Artnews”, “The Artist’s Magazine”, “Harper’s”, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, as well as on numerous book covers. He has been represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine for two years.

Show runs through Monday, August 29, 2016

For more information:
http://www.carverhillgallery.com
338 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207)594-7745

Fred Good Show at Michael Good Gallery in Rockland

Fred Good, Journey, watercolor on paper

Fred Good, Journey, watercolor on paper

Michael Good Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Fred Good at the 499 Main Street location. The show of abstract paintings and works on paper launches during the gallery’s 17th Annual Summer Celebration on Friday, August 5, 2016, and runs through September 9th. The event is free and open to the public.

 “I’ve been interested in spontaneity, both as it is manifested in nature and in the behavior of people,” Stated Fred Good.  “My paintings are a visual manifestation of this interest which was inspired by my fascination with the Abstract Expressionism movement in painting and with psychodrama and group therapy in psychology. The current work is a continuation of my experimentation with the watercolor medium in the AE tradition.”

Since the 1960s, developments in the New York City art scene and social/cultural movements have deeply impacted Fred (Frederic W.) Good. While studying at seminal art centers and mentoring with psychology pioneers, he placed himself in the middle of New York City’s Lower East Side as a key – and highly successful — community organizer. Over time Good raised a million dollars in grant money for projects focused on children and education, visual and performing arts, and social issues particular to residents of the Lower East Side. 

Fred Good, Bricks, watercolor on paper

Fred Good, Bricks, watercolor on paper

The Good exhibition opens during the August edition of Rockland’s First Friday ArtWalk. Each year, Michael Good Gallery hosts an Annual Summer Celebration in August, from 5-8pm. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and musical accompaniment by Kristen Tescher on (instrument) completes the event.

For more information, contact Avi Good, Gallery Manager at 207-594-2580 or avigood@michaelgood.com.

DIANNE SCHELBLE “Market Day at Chase’s Daily”

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

On First Friday, July 1, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open a street level solo exhibition featuring long time gallery artist Dianne Schelble. The exhibit is titled “Market Day at Chase’s Daily” and will show the paintings Schelble has been working on for two years. The work was inspired by the bounty of local farmers Penny and Addison Chase, their daughters Phoebe and Meg, as well as Meg’s partner, Freddy Lafage, from their family farm in Freedom. If the name Freedom Farmers hadn’t been taken already by a medical marijuana delivery service in California, it might be appropriate here. Our favorite quote on their website is, “For us, the big picture is a matrix of social and environmental concerns underlined by a cussed pursuit of quality in everything we do”. Chase’s Daily, which opened exactly 16 years before this opening date, is now a thriving bakery, produce market, and restaurant. It is a favorite in Maine, and folks looking for fresh come from near and far to meet, greet, eat and buy produce and flowers. It is a hub in the community, and Dianne Schelble loves Chase’s Daily. Her face lights up when she speaks of it.

The light that filters through Chase’s large Main Street windows illuminates the space with a golden glow, making the colors of the flowers and crispy harvest go POP. Bringing in the produce is an exciting event to see, and if you’re hungry, be prepared to fill the back of your car. After many years of looking forward to this parade of color, and marveling at its beauty, Dianne decided to paint a series of works based on it.  She loves light…..and color…..and people. Not to mention gardens, food, and sharing meals. Oh, and art.

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases_ Lady Entering acrylic on panel 18x24

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases_ Lady Entering acrylic on panel 18×24

Arriving in the state long before Maine’s population grew to where it is today, and not too different from the urban escapee homesteaders a generation ahead of her, Dianne and her husband Paul built a light filled home in rural Liberty, Maine, where she raised four children. She is a modest person who is constantly creating – she cooks as well as she paints and her space is filled with plants, beautiful works of art and other handmade items. Her early career included a successful run in illustration and architectural renderings, but her true love remains painting.

 Dianne Schelble Quick Visit Market Day at Chases Daily 24x24 Acrylic on panel


Dianne Schelble Quick Visit Market Day at Chases Daily 24×24 Acrylic on panel

Dianne received her BA from the University Of Michigan School Of Art. She has been painting for over 40 years. Much of her career was spent painting in watercolor, and she attributes much of her development to Hudson River Valley Art Workshops faculty member and painter Skip Lawrence, with whom she has studied for nearly 16 years. Her paintings are vibrant works with generously applied paint, creating a unique look in watercolor and gouache resembling, from afar, a palette knife technique. But for this series, she switched gears and started painting on panels after inheriting a hoard of high quality acrylics. The resulting paintings really resonated with her, and she didn’t have to separate the viewer from the surface with glass – which she never really liked to do. The appearance of the paintings are consistent with her works on paper – energetic and bold with intriguing light.

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Klimts Tomatoes acrylic on panel  10x14

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

In her words, “The best artistic expressions arise out of a desire to relate to the feelings that one has for a person, object or situation. This group of paintings is an expression of my wonderment and fascination with the truly spectacular daily presentation of produce by the Chase family and workers of Chase’s Daily Restaurant in Belfast, Maine. My husband Paul and I are gardeners and yet we never even remotely achieve the quality of their produce. After many years of standing around waiting for the truck, and watching in awe as tubs and boxes of their successes are set about the room, I decided to see if I could capture some of my feelings and observations in paint. Through this process I discovered that presenting the people and their enthusiasm was just as important to these paintings as the beauty and abundance of the produce itself. Showing people enjoying this beauty with friends and neighbors was the perfect way to present this bounty. Hopefully I have accomplished that.”

“Market Day at Chase’s Daily” runs through Monday, August 1, 2016.

 For More Information:
http://www.carverhillgallery.com
 338 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207)594-7745

KEVIN BEERS: AT HOME IN MAINE

Kevin Beers, Hendricks Head, 12 by 16 oil on canvas

Kevin Beers, Hendricks Head, 12 by 16 oil on canvas

On First Friday, July 1, from 5 to 7 pm, Gleason Fine Art will host an artist reception for the gallery’s July show: “Kevin Beers: At Home in Maine.” The gallery invites Kevin’s many fans to join us in hoisting a glass of Monhegan Brewing Beer in Kevin’s honor and having the chance to chat with Kevin himself. The show is open now (June 23) and runs through July 26.

     In the fall of 2014, Kevin Beers did something he and his wife Amy had dreamed of doing–they packed up their Park Slope, Brooklyn, condominium and moved to Maine to become full-time Maine residents. While renting a house in Rockland, they spent the winter of 2014-2015 hunting for their dream home. They finally found it on a side street in Thomaston–a big, white former sea captain’s house with a barn big enough for two roomy studios. 

      For Kevin Beers’s 2016 summer show, his 15th solo show with the gallery, Kevin has not only given the gallery more than a dozen of the elegiac Monhegan Island landscapes and panoramas for which he is famous, but also a half-dozen dazzling paintings of Pemaquid in both full sunlight and at sunset, paintings of Thomaston’s “painted ladies” (fancy Victorian mansions), paintings of Hendricks Head and Kitten Island on Southport, and a pair of his majestic truck portraits.

       “Kevin Beers: At Home in Maine” is a stunning show. It seems that moving to Maine full time agrees with Beers’s artistic muse. So please join us on Friday, July 1, from 5 to 7 pm, to view the artwork and to chat with the new Mainer! 

      Gleason Fine Art is open year-round. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email us at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view both Kevin Beers’s new show and our entire inventory of contemporary and estate art on our website gleasonfineart.com.

MECA Presents Made in LA

A craftsman sands a rail of a chair being made in the Thos. Moser workshop in Auburn.

A craftsman sands a rail of a chair being made in the Thos. Moser workshop in Auburn.

Made in LA is an interactive exhibition of the thriving yet often hidden creative makers in Lewiston Auburn, Maine, showcasing the ideas, processes and products driven by innovation and dependent on traditional and contemporary design solutions. The exhibition reinforces MECA’s focus on educating highly accomplished artists and designers and demonstrates the need for empowering a new generation of creative-problem solvers to work in both existing and emerging Maine companies.

Employees at Maine Thread Company in Lewiston cut and bundle the company’s signature waxed tapered handsewing threads.

Employees at Maine Thread Company in Lewiston cut and bundle the company’s signature waxed tapered handsewing threads.

Made in LA is open in the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine from July 1-31, 2016. The exhibition will highlight the diverse range of manufacturing and artisan craftsmanship taking place in LA Maine. With recognition of a deeply rooted history in manufacturing, the present and future of these industries will be highlighted by showing how Lewiston Auburn maintains a thriving and growing community of makers and products. Participants in the exhibition include: Bourgeois Guitars, EllieAnna Purse Co., Elmet Technologies, Fashionuji, Globe Footwear, Maine Thread Company, McIntosh & Company Cabinetmakers, Modula Inc, Neokraft, Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters, Sofia Fima and Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers. The exhibition is supported by Museum LA and sponsored by Baxter Brewing, the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council, and Maine College of Art.  

The opening reception on Friday, July 1, 2016, 5:00–8:00pm is free and open to the public as part of Portland’s First Friday Art Walk.  

Made in LA is curated by Nikki Rayburn. Nikki received an MFA in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Maine College of Art in 2011. Her work embraces traditional craft techniques, with training in woodworking, textiles, and basketry construction, and aims to honor the laborious and physical nature of one’s making practice. Nikki has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States, and has work included in multiple permanent collections including the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, VA. She currently serves as Adjunct Faculty and Woodshop Technician in the Woodworking and Furniture Design Department at Maine College of Art.

To learn more about Made in LA  or Maine College of Art, please visit meca.edu/made-in-LA. The June Fitzpatrick Gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thursdays until 7:00pm, and First Fridays until 8:00pm.

Founded in 1882 and located in the heart of Downtown Portland’s thriving Arts District, MECA offers BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in 11 studio majors, MFA (Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art), and MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degrees. Pre-College and Continuing Studies programming are available for adults and youths. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at MECA and Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public.

Vestibule 594 presents COLLAGE CUTOUTS

A two person exhibition of original artwork by Gibrian Foltz & Anika Wilson

Opening Reception First Friday Artwalk: July 1st from 5-8pm

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I’ve always had some sort of creative outlet, and enjoy passing the time learning new mediums and experimenting. At the moment I am attempting to convert strange/surreal paper collages into multi-layered stencils, and also making stenciled portraits. Having no formal training, I tend to pull inspiration from a broad range of sources – local art, street art from around the world, art textbooks and magazines I happen across, etc. I’m intrigued by learning new processes and mediums, with the only central thread seeming to be a desire to create bizarre scenes/images/narratives bereft of context, leaving room for interpretation.

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Anika Wilson is a mixed media artist whose work explores life’s many dilemmas, anxieties, joys, mishaps, traumas, tragedies, insecurities and triumphs in a quirky and playful manner. She aims to create work that feels both odd and sometimes strangely uncomfortable while also being familiar and intriguing.

For More Information:

Vestibule 594
594 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

http://vestibule594.com/

“TWO HEARTS: TWO VISIONS” at Landing Gallery

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland announces the opening of “TWO HEARTS: TWO VISIONS”, July 1 – July 31”.  A two person exhibition of new oil paintings by Bruce Busko and new photographs by Roberta Baumann. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 1st, from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

 

Roberta and Bruce frequently work side by side and this exhibit shows how two artists see the landscape and interpret the same subject differently.  Individual directions in their art are not limited by their proximity.  When comparing the same subject locations, their art reveals how each artist focuses on their unique creativity.

"April Evening, Spruce Head, Maine" by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 30" x 40"

“April Evening, Spruce Head, Maine” by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 30″ x 40″

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery.  His work has been exhibited in his galleries since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards.  He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. 

"Schoodic Point, Acadia N.P., Winter Harbor, Maine" by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 10" x 20"

“Schoodic Point, Acadia N.P., Winter Harbor, Maine” by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 10″ x 20″

“During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my artwork. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio.  Sketches, photos, memory and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process.  Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for the subject. It can begin with a strong composition created by a low tide or perhaps the reflection of the sun and clouds in a calm body of water.  To seek is to find, is my moto.  Selecting what speaks to me is the core and the beginning of my creative experience.” – Bruce Busko

"Low Tide, Spruce Head" by Roberta Bauman Photograph

“Low Tide, Spruce Head” by Roberta Bauman Photograph

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits.  Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has embraced and mastered new equipment, processes, and techniques. 

"Birch Point Bathers" by Roberta Baumann Photograph

“Birch Point Bathers” by Roberta Baumann Photograph

“Physically exploring space and light while maintaining an ideal histogram is exciting.  Once the subject is chosen, the fun really begins.  Additional processing and making the perfect, final print, is what I enjoy and get excited about.  Out in the field, I make decisions for framing the scene, what to leave in or out and decide what aspect of nature I want to capture.  Living in Maine offers many stimulating subjects from my backyard to an abandoned old mill, there is always something that intrigues me.  I find interiors and landscape equally gratifying to photograph.” – Roberta Baumann

 

Hours; Open 7 Days, 11-5 Mon – Sat & 12-5 Sun.  FMI: Please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

Arts In Rockland Announces First Friday Art Walk

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First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 1 July 2016

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for July 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 1 July.  

Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Strand Theatre, 407 Studios, Caldbeck Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Asymmetrick Arts, CMCA, The Gray Fox Gallery, Landing Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery & Black Hole.

CMCA’s participation marks the eagerly awaited return of First Friday Art Walks to Winter Street, previously home to Jonathan Frost Gallery, Somewhere on Winter Street, Eric Hopkins Gallery and Yvette Torres Fine Art.  Arts In Rockland is delighted to welcome CMCA to the city’s vibrant arts community. 

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open to the public, free of charge.

The Strand Theatre will have a “First Friday Film” at 8pm that night, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum: ‘A Space Program (about internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs).

Shalimar performs for an Open Studio Event at 407 Studios, with information on summer classes and shows at 6 & 8pm

Caldbeck Gallery will hold a reception for Nancy Wissemann-Widrig, Dennis Pinette, and in a group show, work by Sam Cady, David Dewey, Jeff Epstein, Bayard Hollins, K.Min, and Susan Williams.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be showing New Maine Paintings by Samuel Gelber: “Embracing Change” The Pre-Columbian Quartet. 

CMCA first First Friday will feature the newly opened Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz and Rollin Leonard exhibitions. 

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.