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Own a Piece of History: Unique Water Street Construction Artwork

Murals hanging on the fence along Water Street in Hallowell. Kennebec Journal staff photo by Joe Phelan.

Hallowell is known as a hub for arts and culture. During the recent Water Street road construction project the Hallowell community joined together to create mural art on canvases of varying sizes to brighten up the construction area. The murals displayed here for auction were created by civic leaders and organizations, local businesses and merchants, families, individuals including adults and children, schools and local artists. These one-of-a-kind works of art were displayed on the construction fencing throughout the road work and are now ready to become a unique part of your own art collection. Proceeds from this online auction will benefit future art projects sponsored by the Hallowell Arts and Cultural Council in cooperation with the Kennebec Valley Arts Association and the KVAA’s Harlow Gallery, a cornerstone of the arts in Hallowell since 1963.

Each mural is described in detail including approximate size and includes grommets suitable for hanging. Once the auction closes, each winning bidder will receive instructions as to how they may claim their work of art.

We ask all bidders to keep in mind that these lovely murals have been displayed in and around a construction zone and are sold AS IS. Your mural may have scratches, minor punctures or tears, weather damage or it may be a bit dusty. Consider it all a part of the unique provenance of your piece of Hallowell history!

3′ X 5′, mural painted by Jen Cart

To view the auction click the link below.  Note there are 5 pages of murals up for bids and you can search by artist’s name, title or key word (like flower or kids art).

Rusted Pulchritude Joins SevenArts


SevenArts Gallery at the Grind in Ellsworth is thrilled to announce the newest member, Rusted Pulchritude! The creative duo of Aaron and Deirdre are behind the company that creates hand carved, wabi sabi style, wooden ware in their restored former-horse barn studio. Stop by the gallery to see their incredible display of pieces! Stay tuned for Maine Craft Weekend (Oct 13 & 14) when we formally introduce them and look forward to seeing a live demo at the gallery of how they do what they do! See their web site for more about them

The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2018 Master Craft Artist Award

“David Wolfe is a leader” in Portland printmaking, Master Craft Artist Award judge Andres Verzosa said.

The Maine Crafts Association announces the MCA 2018 Master Craft Artist Award Recipients: Steve Cayard of Wellington, ME, Patricia Daunis-Dunning of Portland, ME, and David Wolfe of Portland, ME.

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA), a statewide non-profit organization promoting the work of Maine’s craft artists, has named Steve Cayard, Patricia Daunis-Dunning and David Wolfe as the 2018 recipients of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award. Recipients are selected for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, a singular voice or style, and a career of service to the field.

The 2018 MCA Master Craft Award nomination process began in late 2017 with submissions from past award recipients, members of the Maine Crafts Association, and the public. The 2018 recipients were selected by Andres Verzosa, an art advocate, collector, curator, and writer with a distinguished history of service to Maine artists and arts organizations.

Verzosa writes, “We have a lot to be proud of in the Maine arts community, the state is rich with master-level artists. From the long list of stellar nominees, I’ve selected three who are highly regarded by their peers, possess accomplished bodies of work, demonstrate long histories of working in their communities, and have achieved significant recognition in their field. Steven Cayard was a catalyst in the renaissance of birch bark canoe-making with David Moses Bridges (deceased in 2017) and is included in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Patricia Daunis’ designs have been worn nationally for decades, and her studio is a place of growth for many up-and-coming jewelers. David Wolfe is a leader in the Portland printmaking community; his print house serves as hub and resource, and places Portland on a national scale map for printmaking.“

A Celebration, Awards Presentation and Reception for the 2018 Awardees will be announced at a later date.

In the tradition of the Master Craft Artist Award, recipients are invited to teach at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle ME for MCA Workshop Weekend, May 9-12, 2019. Information and registration will be published at in the fall of 2018.

In recognition of 10 years of the MCA Master Craft Artist Award, all recipients from 2009 through 2018 will be featured in an exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA in 2019. Exhibition dates are June 8-October 27, 2019 with a public opening reception on Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 2-5pm.

Steve Cayard

Master birchbark canoe maker Steve Cayard settled in Wellington, Maine in 1987. His canoes are based on careful research and are faithful to the tradition of the early Wabanaki birchbark canoes of Maine and New Brunswick- a style which eventually became the model for the wood-canvas canoes of Old Town, E. M. White and Chestnut, among others. Cayard has been sought out by native communities as a teacher, and he has felt honored to offer them his knowledge in a series of workshops in Maine and New Brunswick. He has also taught birchbark canoe building classes for the general public. He completed his first birchbark canoe in 1978 and has been building on commission since 1995. In 1998, Cayard was honored with a request by the National Museum of the American Indian to restore an 1890s birch bark canoe by well-known Passamaquoddy canoe builder Tomah Joseph. In 2002 Barry Dana, then chief of the Penobscot Nation, invited Cayard to lead a birchbark canoe workshop on Indian Island, the Penobscot reservation in Old Town, Maine. This became the first in a number of on-site canoe workshops that Cayard taught in the Wabanaki communities. Cayard’s work has been featured in WoodenBoat Magazine and his collaborative canoe with the late David Moses Bridges (commissioned by the Abbey Museum in Bar Harbor) was recognized for inclusion in the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial.

Patricia Daunis-Dunning

Esteemed jeweler Patricia Daunis-Dunning considers jewelry “site-specific sculpture”. A Maine native, she founded Daunis Studio with her husband William Dunning in Portland in the early 80s. Over the years Daunis has employed and inspired many young artists and helped them to develop into confident crafts people. Nationally renowned in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing, Daunis-Dunning has been recognized with many awards, among them DeBeers’s Diamonds Today Award, World Gold Council’s Grand and First Prizes, the MJSA’ Custom Design of Distinction (1st and 2nd Prize), and the Jewel Award from Jewelers of America. She has authored numerous articles for Jewelers Inc. Magazine, and has been featured in Contemporary American Jewelry Design by Ettagale Blauer and Metalworking for Jewelry by Tim McCreight, among many other craft and industry publications.Her work has been shown regionally and nationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Arts & Design (formerly American Craft Museum) and the Fuller Craft Museum. Daunis-Dunning has taught at Boston University and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

David Wolfe

Master printer David Wolfe founded Wolfe Editions, a letterpress and fine art printing studio with educational programming in Portland, Maine in 1997. Prior to opening his own studio, he worked for several well known printing establishments, including Stinehour Press in Lunenberg, Vermont and Anthoensen Press in Portland. Wolfe’s woodcuts, prints and handmade books are in the collections of Bates College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art Special Collections and the Portland Museum of Art, as well as numerous private collections. He has led many workshops at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and was Lead Printmaker in Residence at Penland School of Crafts in 2009. Wolfe studied printmaking at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Sam Vail joins CMCA as Director of Development and Marketing

CMCA Director of Development + Marketing Sam Vail

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) welcomes Sam Vail as its new Director of Marketing and Development. A lifetime Mainer, Sam brings an enthusiasm for supporting Maine artists and the communities they call home. “Something is growing in Rockland,” he says. “If all you hear is the ocean, you’re not listening.”

The hire comes at an important time in CMCA’s history. With nearly 40,000 yearly visitors, and an annual economic impact estimated at $35 million, CMCA has finalized a three-year Strategic Plan to expand its program and education capacities. Sam will focus on growing the organization’s community and financial resources – assuring its ability to serve its mission for years to come.

“We are incredibly fortunate to add Sam to CMCA’s team,” says CMCA Director, Suzette McAvoy. “As an organization, we’ve undergone tremendous growth and reach in a very short timeframe. Sam brings experience, energy, and ideas to help us meet our goals and envision our future.”

After studying Writing at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, Sam was eager to return to Maine. “Talking with friends at graduation, the question was always the same: ‘where to next?'” Citing a lack of culture and opportunity in rural America, Sam watched the majority of his class head for the cities. “The answer was almost never Maine.”

Now three years later, Sam remains committed to stopping Maine’s talent bleed. He argues that the arts hold immense possibility for Maine’s future. “It’s about more than jobs – young people want the intangibles: stories, adventures, memories.” Sam believes that Maine has to shake off the feeling of being “out-in-the-woods.”

“If young people want to see the world, we have to bring the world here.”

Sam was eager to come work for CMCA after attending one of their events last February. “Growing up here, you watch towns fold up in September.” After watching a crowd meant for a summer weekend turn out in mid-winter, Sam saw an omen of things to come. “That’s not an event – that’s an endorsement.”

Sam brings with him experience as both a staff member and volunteer at non-profits across the Midcoast. He comes to CMCA following his role as a Fundraiser for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, and has volunteered as a Marketing Coordinator and Youth Mentor at the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast in Belfast. “The question of Maine’s future is being answered by a thousand movements. Art is one of many.”

With audacious goals set for the future of CMCA, Sam is eager to tap into the community that has made the organization a success thus far. And though Sam grew up in the Midcoast, he emphasizes that Rockland is still new to him. “Every town is different,” he says. “I’m excited to listen.”

Belfast Creative Coalition seeks Director

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Belfast Creative Coalition (BCC) seeks a Director familiar with the arts and culture of Waldo County, to strengthen BCC’s reach and continue its valuable services of cultivating and promoting local art.  The position is twenty hours per week; the Director works with a staff of two.

Applications are open, and will be accepted through December 4, 2017.

Please contact BCC through email to learn more about the position and the application process:

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12


Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine.

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite!

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can really light up.

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

ArtLab Open Studio at CMCA



The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announces the launch of ArtLab Open Studio, a new hands-on program for all ages that is offered free of charge with museum admission.

During regular museum hours, visitors of all ages are invited to drop in the ArtLab classroom in CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street to engage in self-directed creative art making with the free materials and tools provided.

CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “ArtLab Open Studio offers another avenue for visitors to discover and understand CMCA’s exhibitions. In this interactive space, kids and adult can discover, play, and create as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools, and techniques of contemporary art.”

For the month of October, ArtLab Open Studio will be stocked with materials and activity guides related to the exhibition Don Voisine: X/V, offering participants the opportunity to create paper collages inspired by the paintings on view.

A native of Fort Kent, Maine, artist Don Voisine works with symmetry and a standardized format in his paintings. Within these restrictions, he creates seemingly endless variations of elegant, precise abstract compositions.

The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery through October 28. ArtLab Open Studio is free with CMCA admission and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 1-6pm.

In addition to ArtLab Open Studio, CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4pm, and Look Inside, a guided exploration of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Look Inside tours can be customized for all ages and interests. For more information, please visit

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. To contribute to ArtLab and CMCA’s education programs, please visit

Greenhut Gallery Announces Fresh New Art in Inventory

Margaret Lawrence Porch View #3  5 1/2 x 5 1/2  inches gouache on paper

Margaret Lawrence
Porch View #3
5 1/2 x 5 1/2
inches gouache on paper


Mike Stiler Lunchline  13 x 38 inches  found wood & paint

Mike Stiler
13 x 38 inches
found wood & paint


Alison Goodwin   Island Bones  36 x 36 inches  Acrylic & oil pastel on panel

Alison Goodwin
Island Bones
36 x 36 inches
Acrylic & oil pastel on panel


Roy Germon Mountain River, Late Summer 24 x 24 inches acrylic on panel

Roy Germon
Mountain River, Late Summer
24 x 24 inches
acrylic on panel

For More Information Contact:

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101 


Gallery Hours:  Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Meet the New Owners of Greenhut Galleries

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After 40 years, Peggy Greenhut Golden happily announces the sale and transfer of ownership of Greenhut Galleries to John Danos and Kelley Lehr of Los Angeles, California: “Greenhut’s longstanding success and contribution to the Maine arts community has been tremendously fulfilling, both personally and professionally. Over the years, Greenhut Galleries has been blessed with an incredibly loyal and hard-working staff, whom I regard as family. The stellar team I’ve assembled will remain intact. It has been a joy and an honor to help grow the careers of many of Maine’s most esteemed artists. The relationships I have enjoyed with my employees and the artists I have represented over the years — as well as with clients near and far — have been deeply rewarding. I’m thrilled to pass the baton and ensure that all I’ve accomplished will continue.”

Greenhut Galleries began in 1977 in a 300 square-foot space at 10 Exchange Street, under the name “Posters Plus.” In 1978 Peggy moved the business to the Mariner’s Church Building, opening with a Will Barnet show and changing the name to the Fore Street Gallery. A fire in 1985 decimated the business, burning original Miros, Picassos, Calders, and more. Rising from the ashes in January 1986, Greenhut Galleries took up residence at its current location, 146 Middle Street, where the gallery has continued to thrive.

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As for the new owners, acquiring Greenhut Galleries is a dream come true. Kelley said, “John and I are so grateful and excited for this opportunity to preserve and continue the legacy of Greenhut Galleries. Peggy has been incredibly supportive and generous with her time and her wisdom. Her invaluable input will be ongoing as we collaborate with her talented staff to ensure a smooth transition and build upon her tremendous success. All of the people we’ve met in Portland thus far have been remarkably warm and welcoming, and we cannot wait to begin our new life in this thriving city.”

John Danos, a native New Orleanian, has been a practicing litigation attorney for the past twenty years, spending most of that time in Los Angeles. Purchasing Greenhut Galleries with Kelley was a dream come true and an excellent opportunity to put his humanities degree, as opposed to law degree, to good use. John has spent countless hours on pro bono legal matters, fighting for the public good, and he looks forward to devoting his energy to the Portland community. He is currently a member of the Director’s Circle at the Portland Museum of Art.

Kelley is originally from Illinois, but has lived in Los Angeles, since 1997. She, too, worked in litigation for many years, as a legal assistant. She holds a BA in English from UCLA, and an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she focused primarily on poetry and critical theory. Her writing has been published in both the paper and online editions of Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. She is currently a member of the Director’s Circle at the Portland Museum of Art.

For more information:
146 Middle Street, Portland, ME | 207-772-2693 |

MCA Announces Important Dates and Deadlines

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MCA Calendar: Important Dates and Deadlines


July 1-31: Center Exhibition: Catherine Worthington 

July 8: Book Signing with Roger L. Stevens @ Center 


August: 4-30: Center Exhibition: Peggy Lumpkins

August 6: Book Signing with Margaret Gousse @ Center

Aug 15: Sign-up: Downeast Magazine, November 

August 27: Portland Fine Craft Show 9am-4pm

October 1 & 2: Maine Craft Weekend 2016

October 1: Mini Craft Show @ Center for Maine Craft

October 6: Craft Apprentice Program Exhibition Reception

October 22: Artist Business Workshop @ MECA

October 23: Artist Business Workshop @ Waterville 

November: CAP 2017 Application Deadline (extact date TBA)

December 2-4: MCA Member Booth @ CraftBoston Holiday

December 10: Tandem Glass Party and MCA Fundraiser, Dresden

For More Information visit

Paint the town in Waldoboro


Planning for this year’s Paint the Town, Waldoboro’s exclusive en plein air event and fresh paint auction, is well under construction!

An event that promotes civic pride through the celebration of Waldoboro’s natural, architectural, and individual resources, Paint the Town is appropriately being held at one of the Historic Village’s most iconic landmarks.  After a couple of weeks up on blocks, the carriage house at 995 Main street has returned to earth with a new foundation, and is getting readied to display the stunning art works that will be auctioned off on the evening of August 6th.

This one-of-a-kind fundraiser is only made possible through the generous donations of the Law Offices of Markham and Read, The Jojoba Company, Laura Cabot Catering, Maine Antique Digest, and Community Pharmacies, and many hard-working volunteers. It earns thousands of dollars annually for local charities including, The Lions Club, Medomak Valley Land Trust, the Waldoboro Public Library, and the Waldoboro Volunteer Fire Department.

Please make plans to join us for this exciting and rewarding evening. Preview and artists’ reception featuring local wines and fresh lobster hors d’oeuvres starts at 5:00 pm. The live art auction begins at 6:00 pm. For more information and frequent updates, visit:  See you there! 

Wendy Newcomb Returns to Bayview Gallery

Bayview Gallery is delighted to welcome Wendy Newcomb back into our fold.  Living among the beauty of Maine’s lush landscapes, extensive lakes, streams and impressive rocky coasts, Wendy is continuously inspired to capture this imagery in her paintings.  Her palette conveys the magnetism of the environment.  The colors, while true to what she sees, have a vibrancy that reflects her prowess with her medium as well as her passion for her subjects.

As the Tide Turns and Cloudscape, both are oil on panel, 24" x 36"

As the Tide Turns and Cloudscape, both are oil on panel, 24″ x 36″

Wendy reflects on her paintings:

“My paintings represent a visual journal of my life in Maine.  My work reflects my love of nature and my participation in it.  Spending time walking, hiking, kayaking, and biking, I have the opportunity to stop and look closely at my surroundings.  It is this connection to nature that I want to recreate in order to share it with others.  Often, my intent is to give the viewer a sense of being there with me, whether climbing a rock, floating down a river, or looking closely at various plant life.”

To add one of Wendy’s paintings (or any painting on our website) to your collection, call Cally or Susan at the Gallery (800-244-3007),, or

The Arts Business Institute (ABI) and MCA in partnership with Maine College of Art (MECA) and Waterville Creates present: BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS


Both Workshops: $225 before June 15/$250 after June 15
One Workshop: $125 before June 15/$150 after June 15

MCA Member Discount Codes
One-day $25 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBER
Two-day $50 Discount for MCA Members, Enter code MCAMEMBERS


OCTOBER 22: Schedule at a glance
This session is held at Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04101

9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.Wholesale 101with Wendy Rosen
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Introduction to Art Licensing with Carolyn Edlund
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Booth Design with Wendy Rosen
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Retail 101 with Nire Cook
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Artist Discussion Panel
3:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Individual Artist Consultations (Additional fee & optional)

OCTOBER 23: Schedule at a glance
This session is held at Waterville Creates, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine 04901

9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m. Making Work that Sells with Wendy Rosen
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Selling Art Online with Carolyn Edlund
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pricing for Profit with Wendy Rosen and Carolyn Edlund
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Building Gallery Relationships with Carolyn Edlund
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Artist Discussion Panel
3:50 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Individual Artist Consultations (Additional fee & optional)

Bayview Gallery Exhibits a New Still Life from Gayle Levée


Still life paintings are more than just a random collection of flowers, fruit, containers and objects.  In the Boston School tradition, there is often meaning and symbolism to the elements the artist selects.

Gayle discusses her inspiration for Peace:
“The story of this painting is rather amusing and perhaps not everyone will relate to it.  When I was planning the piece, we had recently  acquired a new puppy.  I began thinking about tender little beginnings like babies and puppies. The little rose in the middle of the arrangement represents that. The other objects represent other stages in life, and the keys are the keys to the mystery of life.”

Peace by Gayle Levee, oil on canvas, 36" x 36"

Peace by Gayle Levee, oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

For more information visit or call 1-800-244-3007

Courthouse Gallery presents “Philip Frey: Unexpected Light,” Geoff Smith: Sculpture


Philip Frey, Structural Harmony, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to present three exhibitions: Philip Frey: Unexpected Light, Geoff Smith Sculpture, and New Work by Jeffery Becton, Ragna Bruno, John Neville. The shows will be on view from June 22–July 16. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The solo exhibition Unexpected Light marks the tenth year Philip Frey has been represented by Courthouse Gallery. Owners Karin and Michael are delighted to have worked with Philip these past ten years and look forward to many more. “People are drawn to his vibrant colors and brushwork,” said director Karin Wilkes. Collectors Weslie Janeway and William Janeway, who contributed to the exhibition catalog, said the following about Frey’s work:

“Phil’s work balances between abstraction and recognizable image. Shadow and light, water and land, a command of color across an extraordinary range of shades combine to express the experience of the Downeast coast of Maine and beyond that specificity, the experience of living at the intersection of sky and sea and earth.  His ability to reveal the organic, physical source of the images that inspire him through structured forms is compelling.”

Frey studied painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design, printmaking at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and holds a BFA from Syracuse University. He has received several grants and awards, including the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation Residency in 2012, and his work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide and abroad. In 2016, Frey’s work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art.



Geoff Smith, Bones, 1988, Fiberglass sculpture on granite base,

Geoff Smith (1940–2009), who summered on Deer Isle for twenty years, made sculpture non-stop during his forty-year career. He is best known for his large-scale, curvilinear, and abstract sculptures, several of which are included in this show. Smith’s work was exhibited, collected, and commissioned for private collections, public exhibitions, major corporations and art institutions in more than fifteen states across the nation. Smith worked in a variety of media, including steel, stone, wood, fiberglass, clay and bronze. During his long career, he lived and worked in studios in Vermont, Philadelphia, Virginia, Maine, and Kentucky. Smith graduated from the University of Vermont with a Master of Arts degree in 1969.

MFT Gallery’s exhibits “The Wild Things”


Amy Peters Wood, “Rototilling”


Weeds and Wilderness star in MFT Gallery’s exhibit “The Wild Things”
Belfast. For more than ten years John Arden Knight has been painting weeds – the very thing most of us rip out of the ground without a second thought. Knight, who resides in Portland, is attracted to plants that escape the confines of our gardens, landscaping and urban development. Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be showing his work, and that of four other artists, in an exhibit titled The Wild Things, from June 6 through July 25.

The artists will be present for an artist talk on June 24, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception and Belfast’s Fourth Friday Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.



John Arden Knight, “St. John’s Wort”


Knight’s weed paintings demand to be noticed. They are oversized, colorful, and defy the traditional laws of composition that define so much of contemporary landscape painting. His painting of St. John’s Wort, an herb which is known for its anti-depressant qualities, seems to depict not only the plant itself, but its energy and healing properties: bands of light shoot out from the root of the plant, radiating through the entire ground below.
Paired with Knight’s weeds are Amy Peters Wood’s paintings of wild places in Maine, seen from above. Wood is an artist who walks her talk – she does not just depict the wild things around her, she devotes her life to living in harmony with all creation. She paints with egg tempera, using eggs from her own farm and pigments collected from around the world. Having done her honors thesis for her bachelor’s degree in special relativity, she maintains a rapport with quantum mechanics and the relationship between energy and matter, time and space. To contemplate one of Wood’s paintings means to contemplate the bigger picture, the interconnectedness of all things, wild and less wild.
Leslie Bowman focused her body of work on milkweed and monarchs, and their interdependent relationship, creating paintings and small ceramics, which interact with live milkweed plants. In her study of these two organisms, she writes: “I am increasingly amazed by how complex and intelligent all of nature is. Most of the species have been around for eons before humans showed up. They should “know “something. What we consider “wild” or a weed has evolved for a reason… Who are we to call it wild? At best we can tap into that wildness and use it for our own evolution.”
Anne Alexander’s sculpture is about nature and its connection to life stages, growth cycles and the human body. She will be exhibiting her new work, the Guandule Series. Guandules are pigeon peas- a delicacy and source of protein in The Dominican Republic and other tropical countries. Alexander confesses she becomes obsessed with certain forms; she has recently carved a four-foot long granite guandul, and has been working on a series of ceramic guandules for a few years now, experimenting with color using various organic-looking, layered glaze combinations.

Sarah Szwajkos contributed several photographs that are as much about finding wilderness in the landscape, as finding the wilderness within. Says Szwajkos: “Something happened to me in the fall of 2014. I started climbing up a certain hill, over and over again. I was following an instinct that it would be good for me – for my body and my spirit – to spend more time immersed in nature. On these walks I brought my camera and made photographs – just for myself. After years of making images for clients, I had started to feel like I no longer knew what kinds of pictures I would make if left to my own devices.”

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. All other Friday evenings during July and August, the gallery is open until 7pm. More information can be found at .
Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit

Sohns Gallery presents “Constructed Photos”

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street in Bangor , presents “Constructed Photos” by MaryJean Viano Crowe, from May 9 – July 1. An artist’s reception will be held on June 10, at 6:30 with the artist talk at 7:00.

Much of MJ Vaino Crowes Constructed Photos are influenced by over nine years of teaching in Paris every January during the 1990’s for Rhode Island School of Design.  Scouring ancient collections at the Musée de L’Homme, Louvre and other obscure museums. When asked about her process the artist responds  “I cobble together negatives from an array of subjects that I’ve photographed over time; then, scratch into and scotch tape them together.  Printing in sections 24” x 32”, I assemble and overlap sheets to create a large-scale composite, later to be polychromed with photographic toners. Although this work is frequently mistaken for painting, the process is entirely photographic.”

Regardless of the format she uses, representations of the female figure typically perform on the various stages MaryJean creates for them. Cloistered within their own private universes, her subjects’ expressions seldom reveal more than subtle hints about their actual inner selves. Orbiting the background, often structured in the style of manuscript illuminations, is a complex planetary arrangement of fanciful ephemera from birds to insects, to flora and fauna, visually suggesting an extension of the central figures’ intricate, emotional worlds.

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at

Betts Gallery opens Spring Mix group show

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Petrea Noyes, “West By Northwest” Archival Inkjet by

Betts Gallery in Belfast is celebrating the season with Spring Mix, a group show featuring the works of ten artists with local roots.  Each has selected their freshest works for the show in a succulent variety of media ranging from graphite, assemblage, printmaking, oil, acrylic, pen & ink, archival inkjet, and more. Artists include Susan Cooney, Mark Kelly, Karen MacDonald, Petrea Noyes, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Julie Rose, Lesia Sochor, Jill Stasium, and Janalee Welch.
The show runs from May 27 through June 25, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, May 27 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Betts Gallery is located at The Belfast Framer, 96 Main Street, Belfast, Maine. There is also a second entrance on Beaver Street.

The Belfast Framer & Betts Gallery, 96 Main Street, Belfast, ME 04915, 207-338-6465

Littlefield Gallery opens with Don Best

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Don Best “A biscuit, perhaps, while you’re up?” relief sculpture 33 x 28


Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor opened for the season May 29 with a show featuring sculptor Don Best. In this most recent body of work, Don uses an art form that has been around for over 6,000  years: Relief Sculpture. These visual narratives  are  told through his passion for animals.  Married to a veterinarian,  Don  has long used cats and dogs for subjects in his work.

Don has a BFA from the Maine College of Art and has done extensive  studies in wood at Haystack Mountain School on Deer Isle. Inspired by  his  study of Maine wild life, his  sculptures include life size wall pieces of  herons, loons, hawks and owls.

“One of the powerful aspects of relief is its relationship to narrative. Combining the best of painting, drawing and sculpture, the artist can choose, compose, and balance these elements.”
~Eugene Daub, Sculpture Review, Spring 2016

The gallery is open daily from 11-5:30.