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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 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

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  Follow on Facebook @HaleyArtGallery  or visit Gallery webpage:


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 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, or view Henry Isaacs’ paintings on the gallery website,

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

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 to see Heywood’s works and learn more about the artist.

For further information contact Heywood at or 508.982.6166.

Pemaquid Group of Artists Marks 91st Season with a Public Reception

Liliana Thelander’s “Summertime”


The Pemaquid Group of Artists opens its 91st  season on Sunday June 9, with a public reception from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Pemaquid Art Gallery located at Lighthouse Park in New Harbor.  The park is renowned for its panoramic views of sea, shore, and sky and the historic Pemaquid Lighthouse, which graces the Maine quarter. Refreshments, conversation with the artists and exciting new works of art will be featured.

The history of the Pemaquid Group of Artists began in 1928, when local and summer resident artists of New Harbor sponsored their first summer exhibition.  Prior to the move to the current gallery in 1960, the Pemaquid Group of Artists exhibited in a variety of locations in the New Harbor area. The current gallery was designed by the artist group and financed and built jointly by the Town of Bristol and the Pemaquid Group of Artists

The Pemaquid Group of Artists is a nonprofit organization consisting of artist members juried into the group. The 32 artists exhibiting their artwork in 2019 are all from Lincoln County. This season the artists are pleased to welcome two new member artists.  Belva Ann Prycel and Barbara Vanderbilt have been juried into membership. John Butke and Kimberly Skillin Traina will be exhibiting their work as 2019 Guest Artists. Come and meet these new artist members and guests, as well as the returning 29 member artists.

Each year the gallery provides financial aid to one or more community art programs, as well as a Museum Pass for the Portland Museum of Art, available to anyone at Skidompha Library.  Artist-donated paintings and Gallery Patrons all help to make these gifts possible.

The 2019 exhibiting artists who are returning include:  Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge,  Marlene Loznicka,  Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists invites you to visit the gallery often.  Ongoing sales permit the gallery to display new works continually.  The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day.  For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752 or visit

Annual 3-day Plein Air Event Raises Money for Land Conservation in Cape Elizabeth

Town Farm Sky Light, by Charles Fenner Ball, Paint for Preservation 2018


The 12th annual Paint for Preservation wet paint auction will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019 in Cape Elizabeth. Over three days on the weekend of the event (Friday June 28 through Sunday June 30), selected artists will paint en plein air (outdoors) at designated public and private locations chosen to highlight Cape Elizabeth’s natural beauty. On Sunday afternoon, the newly painted artwork will be auctioned live at a tented cocktail reception at a stunning seaside home in Cape Elizabeth. The auction attracts about 400 people each year. Proceeds from the auction are shared with participating artists and benefit the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust’s Saving Cape’s Great Places initiative to conserve and care for local lands cherished by the community.  Tickets to the event cost $70 and should be available by May 1. Check for updates on how to obtain tickets at