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Ashley Bryan’s Memoir “Infinite Hope” Available October 15

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace by Ashley Bryan

For four decades, Newbery Honoree and Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ashley Bryan kept his military experiences in World War II a secret. The author and illustrator of children’s books such as Freedom over Me and  Can’t Scare Me, was 19 when the U.S. Army drafted him. Pulled from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, Bryan encountered something entirely foreign to him: segregation. “The sky, the sunlight–they enclosed us all equally. But the United State’s policy of segregation… separated white people from Black people. While I had experienced prejudice in my lifetime… I had never experienced segregation before.” 

Infinite Hope is Bryan’s account of the war and the people, art and determination that carried him through. Bryan’s tour of duty started as part of the army’s all-black 502nd Port Battalion, where “we were given training in automatically responding to orders and in acting as a group… it bored me terribly. To survive this boredom, I drew and drew….” Bryan wasn’t mechanically inclined–it wasn’t long before his comrades were doing his work and shooing him off to read or draw.

When the battalion was deployed overseas, they found acceptance and equality in places like Belgium and Scotland (where Bryan even had the opportunity to study at the Glasgow School of Art). No amount of kindness from the Scottish, however, could soothe the atrocities the black soldiers faced on the beaches of Normandy. “Black soldiers were ordered to use their mess forks to probe sand for anti-personnel bombs…. The fallen soldiers were buried in temporary mass graves, and it was again the Black quartermaster soldiers who were assigned this grim task…. Black soldiers were often removed first; the news media there did not want to show Blacks in their newsreels.”

Despite the threat of death and the ugliness of racism, Bryan explains, “What gave me faith and direction was my art. In my knapsack, in my gas mask, I kept paper, pens, and pencils…. It was the only way to keep my humanity.” Just as creating the art was an escape for Bryan, viewing it in Infinite Hope is an escape for the reader. Sketches and paintings he mailed home enrich this autobiography and show the depth of its subject.

Juxtaposing the historical photographs with Bryan’s work contributes to the reader’s understanding of both the artist’s perspective and his wartime experiences. And letters he wrote home to his friend Eva offer personal glimpses into his wartime thoughts and feelings. All together, these elements create a striking exhibition of a master artist and national treasure. Infinite Hope is a must for every library, public and personal. Whether readers enjoy history, literature or art, this book captures the intersection of them all in the life of a man who has made a lasting impression on the world. — Jen Forbus , freelancer

Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend

The 3rd Annual Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend (October 5-6, 2019) is being held in conjunction with Maine Crafts Association statewide celebration of craft and American Craft Week. Ellsworth will once again be at the forefront as a Featured City and will be promoted as a destination for cultural activities in Downeast Maine. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit three craft hubs at Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street, SevenArts @ 192 Main Street and a new offering this year; a Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street. 

Atlantic Art Glass @ 25 Pine Street: Ken and Linda Perrin will demonstrate their glassblowing craft to the public, while creating a hub of fine arts activities. Along with the pottery, weaving, and jewelry demonstrations you can watch the Atlantic Art Glass team create blown glass pumpkins. The studio of Atlantic Art Glass will be turned into a “glass pumpkin patch” as the molten glass is pulled from the furnace, blown and hand formed on the end of a blowpipe. The glass pumpkin patch is for visitors of all ages.

SevenArts @ 192 Main Street: In addition to their vast selection of handmade work for sale, this local artisan gallery will offer workshops – Gold leafing with Wendilee Heath O’Brien is Sat. October 5 from 1-3pm and on Sun. October 6 from 10am-3pm Anna Pazereckas will teach adults and children how to sew their own headband. There is a $5 fee for materials.

Community Craft Hub @ 142 Main Street: New in 2019,this hub will offer demos in metal, clay, fiber and wood. Additionally, a craft show willoffer a marketplace to purchase handmade work, while an open makerspace will provide a place for community members to work on unfinished projects and learn new techniques from each other. This hub is made possible with a generous grant from the Belvedere Traditional Handcraft Fund via the Maine Community Foundation.

Heidi Stanton-Drew, of The Artful Aide and Chair of Heart of Ellsworth’s Cultural Committee says, “We are incredibly excited to add a Community Craft Hub to the event’s offerings this year. The hub will be a vibrant space on Main Street filled with opportunities to learn about processes, purchase handmade work and get hands-on experience from fellow community members.”  She continued, “These experiences are sure to forge new connections and spark interest in the value of handmade in our lives.”

In addition to the three craft hubs, Fogtown Brewing Company will also be a hub of activity offering live music with their 2019 Musicians in Residence, Shirt Tail Kin at 7pm Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5. Pottery demos, a brewery tour and a songwriter’s workshop are all on tap for Saturday, October 5.

 Art of Ellsworth: Maine Craft Weekend is an event celebrating the creative community in Ellsworth. Participants include galleries, artists, retail shops, eateries, breweries and non-profits in the urban core, offering studio tours, sales, artist demonstrations, live music, and a community craft show. 

Full event calendar is available at: heartofellsworth.org. For more information, please email: cara@heartofellsworth.org.

 

Art Space Gallery Hosts Artists Reception at First Friday

Art Space Gallery, located at 405 Main St in Rockland, invites the public to “Arts in Rockland” First Friday art walk, 5-8 p.m. on July 5 for wine, refreshments and to meet our artists. Featured are the works of Laurie Bellmore, Mary Beth Morrison, Joan Wright and Janalee Welch.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore, from mid-coast Maine reflects her passion for seafaring and farming communities in her silverwork, vitreous enamel jewelry, watercolor and acrylic coastal scenes. Mary Beth Morrison, from New Sharon paints in soft pastels the impression and texture of places she has seen and loved in Maine’s great land and seascapes. Photographer Joan Wright captures water images, unique, unexpected and spiritual, such as fish weirs stunningly brought into relief in varied lights. Janalee Welch of Belfast, presents her fresh passion for printmaking, where she records her love of nature in monoprint and linocut.

Win Dinner for Two at The Lost Kitchen

The Lost Kitchen, Freedom, Maine

 

Over 20,000 people from around the globe sent in postcards seeking reservations for the 2019 season at The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine. Here’s your chance to win dinner for two at one of the most renowned and sought-after restaurants in America! 

 

The Lost Kitchen dinner “ticket,” collaged postcard by Margaret Rizzio, 2019

 

 Thanks to the generosity of The Lost Kitchen and chef/owner Erin French, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is auctioning Dinner for Two at The Lost Kitchen. The winning bidder’s “ticket” for dinner is an original collaged postcard, especially created by Maine artist Margaret Rizzio, mounted in a shadow box frame as a keepsake for the memorable evening. The winner will also receive The Lost Kitchen cookbook autographed and personalized by Erin French.

 Creativity and quality are the cornerstones of The Lost Kitchen experience, values shared by CMCA and its work with contemporary Maine artists. All proceeds from the benefit auction directly support CMCA’s exhibitions and community arts education program. 

 The Lost Kitchen is located in a beautifully restored 19th century mill building in an idyllic setting in the small village of Freedom, Maine, approximately thirty minutes drive from the coastal town of Belfast and an hour and a half from Portland. The Lost Kitchen serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday evenings until mid-October. The winning bidder will contact The Lost Kitchen to determine a mutually agreed upon reservation date.

Opening bid for the CMCA benefit auction of Dinner for Two at The Lost Kitchen is $3,000. Public bids will be accepted through 8pm, Friday, July 5, 2019. The winning bidder will be contacted via email on Monday, July 8 at 10am EST. You do not need to be present to win. To place a bid, email svail@cmcanow.org or call CMCA at 207-701-5005.

Portland Bach Experience Salon Night at Haley Art Gallery

On Thursday June 20, 7-9pm Haley Art Gallery, in Kittery will host the ‘Dark Horse Brass Consort’ as part of the Portland Bach Experience Salon night which brings famed musical groups to intimate settings so patrons can mingle with the musicians while enjoying Bach’s chamber music.  Attendance is by reservation only – space is limited. Reserve tickets by visiting https://portland-bach-experience.ticketleap.com/dark-horse-brass-consort-at-haley-art-gallery/

Haley Art Gallery is the exclusive U.S. gallery showcasing products from I LOVE SYRIA social enterprise which employs 100+ internally displaced refugee women in Syria to create handmade jewelry and accessories designed by Geneva-based designer, Rania Kinge.  In its continued commitment to financially support refugee artisans, the gallery will offer 15% discount on all of the handmade jewelry, bags and hand blown glass items made by refugees for the entire month of June.

Haley Art Gallery offers original artwork by local, national and international artists and artisanal gifts and accessories made by women in the U.S., and from around the globe in support of social enterprises that empower marginalized women. For more information contact: 617-584-2580 or haleygallery@comcast.net.  Follow on Facebook @HaleyArtGallery  or visit Gallery webpage: http://bit.ly/HaleyGallery

 

Fundraiser Event for The Harlow

Judith Schuppien

 

The public is invited to attend The Harlow’s Barn Party, a fun and unique fundraising event taking place Saturday, June 29, 2019 in East Winthrop.

During the day, 15 Artists will be making artwork on location in response to the numerous beautiful, historic barns of Old Village Road in East Winthrop. (See below for listing of participating artists.) The artwork produced from the day will then be up for bids during a silent auction fundraiser to benefit programming at the Harlow, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963.

 

Jeanne Ouellette

 

From 4-7pm, all are invited to congregate at the host barn (location will be disclosed to ticket holders) for an after party and silent auction fundraiser to benefit the Harlow. Beverages and appetizers will be provided. Bidding for the silent auction will be open 4:45-6pm. Proceeds from the silent auction will be split 50/50 between the Harlow and the artists.

Tickets are $25 for member or $30 for non members. Get tickets at harlowgallery.org/barn-party-fundraiser or call 207-622-3813.

A listing of participating artists is as follows:

Augusta: Valerie porter

Brunswick: Rebecca Hedgpeth

Hallowell: Paul Cyr, Angie Blevins

Lisbon Falls: Robert Kahler

Lovell: Jeanne Ouellette

Manchester: Edward Buonvecchio, Helene Farrar

Pittston: Judith Schuppien

Somerville: Nathan Allard

Waldoboro: Lisa Kyle

Waterville: Gale Davison

West Gardiner: Kay Morris, William Cesario

Winthrop: Penny Markley

Cove Street Arts Opens to Celebrate Maine’s Storied Place in American Art History

 

Greenhut Co-Owners and Co-Directors John Danos and Kelley Lehr are excited to announce the opening of our new venture, Cove Street Arts in Portland. The focus of this multi-media space will be a celebration of Maine’s storied and out-sized place in American Art History, with a mission of promoting contemporary Maine art, contributing to the Maine arts economy, and engaging meaningfully with in the vibrant and growing East Bayside community by offering workshops and art-centered educational opportunities. Our 8,000 square foot exhibition space will be dedicated to showing the incredible breadth and depth of fine art being made in this state and demonstrating how Maine remains a buzzing locus of creative energy – and how vibrant and vital Maine’s art scene continues to be. The space includes multiple galleries and showrooms, a bookstore/small works gallery, event and workshop space, and a full-size, retractable movie screen for video art installations and film screenings. In recognition of the current paucity of affordable studio space in Portland, Cove Street Arts also features two artist studios in which residencies will be offered on an invitational basis.

 

Our three inaugural gallery exhibitions are:

Photographing Coastal Maine — an excellent photography exhibition curated by former CMCA and PhoPa curator, Bruce Brown, who we are honored and delighted to announce will be working with us on an ongoing basis. The current show features multiple works by each of 10 invited photographers, who hail from Kittery to the Canadian border and all points in between. Though the work included is organized around a central theme, this exhibition boasts a great diversity of style, process, and subject matter and includes both well-established and up-and-coming photographers. Participants are: Jeremy Barnard, Jennifer Steen Booher, Caleb Charland, Gifford Ewing, Carol Fonde, Tim Greenway, Carl Austin Hyatt, Peter Ralston, Celeste Roberge, and Ni Rong.

 

 

 

 

Lucile Evans: A Retrospective — Lucile Evans (1894-1993) was a fearless, emotionally complex, and extremely talented painter and printmaker who achieved an impressive career despite the marginalization and constraints faced by female artists of her generation. Evans began her career in California. She participated in the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair, and, in 1940, she exhibited in a group show at the Stendahl Gallery in Los Angeles that traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. While living in California in the 1940’s, she was featured in a group show at the Pasadena Museum of Art alongside such luminaries as Paul Klee, Raoul Dufy, Maurice de Vlaminck and Fernand Léger, and she also participated in three group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. After relocating to the East Coast (first New York and then D.C.) Evans’s star continued to rise. She exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in major institutions and galleries, including the Corcoran Gallery (with her work winning awards in three exhibitions there), the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. (We were delighted, but not surprised, to learn that Greenhut’s own David Driskell curated Ms. Evans into two of these group exhibitions!) Evans’s work is in the permanent collections of Howard University Art Gallery, the National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, among other important museum and public collections.

This retrospective was carefully curated to include paintings, etchings and prints that demonstrate the artist’s fascinating evolution of style from the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Included are 2 award winning lithographs and 6 works with museum provenance. Kelley and John would like to express our gratitude to the Evans family and estate representative Laurie Perzley for this exciting collaboration — for giving us the opportunity to shine a long-overdue light on an underappreciated female artist’s legacy, and to proudly claim this impressive artist, who spent the last five years of her life in Wells, for Maine.

 

 

 

 

The Sartorial Self — a fun, fabulous, and thought-provoking meditation on the role fashion plays in shaping and expressing identity. This exhibition features bold 1970’s and 1980’s watercolors and wooden constructions by Greenhut artist Fred Lynch alongside Lesia Sochor’s translucent images of women’s garments and mannequins, painted on found sewing patterns, and Crystal Crawley’s 2- and 3-dimensional works inspired by the artist’s interests in the form and history of clothing and the possibilities of paper and fabric sculpture with traditional handiwork. The show also features an authenticated 1950’s Andy Warhol illustration for Capezio Shoes, and Gin Stone’s magnificent and ultra haute cat goddess, Bast, who, like her runway worthy gown, is made from reclaimed North Atlantic fishing gear.

 

 

 

 

And we’ve filled the non-gallery exhibition space and the small works gallery with stunning work by John Bisbee (sculpture), Tim Christensen (porcelain), Michel Droge (paintings, graphites), Tom Hall (paintings), Sean Alonzo Harris (photographs), Bernard Langlais (wooden construction), Tom Paiement (mixed media), Stephen Porter (sculpture), DM Whitman (gum bichromate, mixed media), and our first ever Cove Street Artist-in-Residence, Greenhut artist George Lloyd (paintings).

Gleason Fine Art Announces Henry Isaac Paints the Himalayas

Henry Isaac with Nepalese children

 

Gleason Fine Art Gallery artist Henry Isaacs loves a challenge.  Although he is best known for his brilliantly colored, Impressionist-style images of the coast of Maine, he has also painted in Africa, Cuba, Guatemala, and all over Europe, many times working on a specifically commissioned piece. However, the commission he’s working on now required that he and his wife Donna travel to a place where few artists have gone before – to Nepal to paint the Himalayas “Henry has always been an adventurous artist,” says Gleason Fine Art owner Dennis Gleason. “He was in Cuba before it was really possible to go there. He’s painted in Rwanda and South Africa. He’s willing to go wherever the spirit takes him.”

The trip to Nepal and then on to the Himalayas is a long and difficult for anyone. For Isaacs, who is somewhat mobility impaired due to a still undiagnosed neurological disorder, it was even more so.  However, Isaacs has always been buoyed by the seemingly impossible, and so when offered the commission, he knew he had to do it. So Henry and Donna Isaacs made travel plans, flew to Nepal, and spent the month of April travelling from village to village. Along the way, Isaacs created many of the small studies he calls “travel notes,” capturing the Himalayas from as many different angles and in as many different weather and light conditions as possible. At every stop, Isaacs involved the local villagers, none of whom spoke English, in his painting process, inviting them to pick up a brush and paint a small canvas. The challenges were many, since just getting around in a part of the world that lives on sides of mountains is exhausting. Henry endured, but more than that, he felt invigorated by the entire experience.

Back in Maine now, Isaacs is well into the multistep process needed to complete the final painting, which is to be 8 by 8 feet, the largest painting Isaacs will have produced. Exactly where does one paint a canvas that big? Plans are still fluid, but right now Henry plans on using Gleason Fine Art’s lower studio, which happens to have 8-foot-tall doors and a cavernous interior. What about all of those travel notes and preparatory paintings? Plans are to show a section of them at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, currently Henry Isaacs’s sole Maine gallery.  Isaacs painting itself is scheduled to be completed by July 1.

For more information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at

info@gleasonfineart.com, or view Henry Isaacs’ paintings on the gallery website, gleasonfineart.com

Local Color Gallery Welcomes New Artists

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

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

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

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

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

Waldoboro Artist Anne Heywood Honored by Marquis Who’s Who

American Realist Anne Heywood will be at the Heywood Gallery, 921 Main St., Waldoboro celebrating ArtWalk Waldoboro and the gallery’s 2019 season opening on Saturday, June 8th from 4 – 7 pm.   A professional artist and pastel workshop instructor for over 30 years, Heywood has recently been honored with inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who Top Professionals in their Top Educators and Top Artists categories. The gallery will be displaying Heywood’s expressive landscapes, still lifes, and pet portraits that evening, and offering to everyone who purchases an original piece of art a chance to enter into a special drawing for a $200 gift certificate. Heywood explains, “As one of three founders of ArtWalk Waldoboro, I’d like to mark this event’s fifth anniversary this year by giving one of my collectors a gift certificate as my personal thank you for their support.”

Heywood is the recipient of many honors and awards, including being invited as the Guest Artist to the 2nd Biennial International Pastel Exhibition in Suzhou, China. In 2003 she wrote and illustrated the book, “Pastels Made Easy” (Watson-Guptill, NYC) and in 2007 was recognized by the Great American Art Works company with their Anne Heywood Masterclass set of 78 pastels. Visit www.anneheywood.com to see Heywood’s works and learn more about the artist.

For further information contact Heywood at anne@anneheywood.com or 508.982.6166.