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Greenhut Galleries Reopens

“On Display,” watercolor, by Chris Eaton.

Greenhut Galleries is reopening its doors.

Due to the current crisis, the exhibition schedule has been adjusted and necessary restrictions will be in place. A maximum of 10 people will be permitted in the gallery at a time, and everyone must wear a face mask. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available near the front door.

The 10th biennial Portland Show has been extended through June 13. It can also be viewed online.

Mary Bourke’s “Somewhere Between Water & Woods” will open June 18. The entire show is available for view online.

Rounding out the summer slate are solo exhibitions of new work by Daniel Minter and John Whalley. Minter’s show opens July 16, and Whalley’s starts Aug. 13.

Greenhut Galleries is at 146 Middle St., Portland. Call 207-772-2693 for additional information, or visit

‘Floriography’ Opens at Cove Street Arts

“Oriental Poppies, Iris & Rhododendron in Picasso Vase,” by Beverly Hallam.

Originally conceived as an early-April show — as both an antidote to the cruelest month’s lingering gloom and a reminder that spring, with its florid proliferation of life, was on the horizon — the exhibit “Floriography: The Language of Flowers” feels even more timely in its new slot as the first post-lockdown exhibition at Cove Street Arts and its message more immediate, urgent and life-affirming.

This exhibition presents a conversation between the work of four stylistically diverse female artists, each in dialogue with her subject matter, with her media and the act of mark-making, and with floral painting as a historical genre.

Using a visceral painting language to describe the natural world in structural terms, and aiming to capture a moment in time, Eileen Gillespie’s vibrantly expressionistic oil paintings are joyful, and the floral subject becomes a means to further explore the medium of painting itself.

The exhibition also includes a selection of works on paper from the estate of Maine Master and nationally-known pioneering postwar female artist Beverly Hallam. These works span from 1961 to 2007, and media include pastel, acrylic, ink, oil monotype and charcoal. They beautifully display the artist’s verve and virtuosity, as well as her enduring fascination for floral still lifes.

Maret Hensick’s poignant and poetic mixed media on paper series, Flowers Past and Present, honoring her mother’s love of flowers and travel, was begun in July 2019, four months after her death. Dissatisfied with her first attempt at portraying a single white phlox from the artist’s garden as “a big white flower of impressive delicacy to express all the grief and love [she] was harboring,” Hensick began picking and painting in additional flowers as they bloomed. She then constructed graceful and intricate vases for the flowers, using materials from a box of her mother’s mementos (old letters, stamps, wine bottle labels, Chinese cutouts, cards from the ’20s and ’30s, postcards and maps). The work in this series is deeply personal, richly symbolic, and eloquently spoken in the language of flowers.

Marjorie Moskowitz is interested in the tension between manmade order imposed on the landscape and nature’s “insistence to re-assert itself.” This exhibition features striking, large-scale realist oil paintings of Maine flowers taken from her Observations and Amplifications series. For Marjorie, “activated surface, abstract surface, patterns and color are a lifelong dialogue.” These paintings capture plants “at the peak of their reproductive cycle, when they are fully asserting their seductive beauty/perfection/splendor/brilliance. The scale is an invitation for the viewer to experience the blooms and the importance of their smallest elements.”

The exhibit is on view June 1 to Aug. 1 at Cove Street Arts, 71 Cove St., Portland.

The show “Portland 2020,”curated by Bruce Brown, has been extended through June 6, and “Gardenship: First Voyage,” curated by John Bisbee, has been extended through July 4.

Call 207-808-8911 or email for more information.

MMPA Antidote Aims to Inspire

Tillman Crane, “Easter Tree.”

The Maine Museum of Photographic Arts in Portland has begun to create online editions of what it calls MMPA Antidote. The museum publishes upbeat, positive and forward-looking posts that digitally feature the art and artists in Maine, as an antidote to the viral disruption by publishing.

“MMPA Antidote was inspired by the need to share ideas … while closed in and set apart,” says MMPA director Denise Froehlich. “Nature, beauty, nostalgia, travel and work seem to be our themes for our first issue. We will morph and shift with the information and artwork we receive.”

The mission of the Maine Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, engage and educate, through the exhibition, preservation and collection of photography, film, videography, installations and new media. The museum’s programs address contemporary, historical, cultural and conceptual themes through local, national and international exhibitions and public events. Our focus is on Maine’s vibrant community of photographic artists.

The issue can be viewed at

The museum encourages viewers to investigate the links, share the images and send some of your own.

‘Mary Bourke: Somewhere Between Water and Woods’ at Greenhut Galleries

“BETWEEN WATER AND WOODS,” acrylic on panel, by Mary Bourke.

“Mary Bourke: Somewhere Between Water and Woods” will be on exhibit from June 4 to 27 at Greenhut Galleries in Portland.

Although the exhibition does not start until June, the gallery launched an online preview of Mary Bourke’s exhibit on Earth Day (view it at

Bourke is donating a portion of the proceeds from this exhibition to Maine Audubon, the state’s oldest and largest wildlife conservation organization.

Drawing inspiration from Milton Avery, Arthur Dove and Marsden Hartley, Bourke recreates her world using her imagination and a vivid color palette. Her paintings celebrate the simple everyday places of summer memories, family outings and the nature found in her backyard. Her dreamlike paintings are designed to be anyone’s memories.

Born and raised on the north shore of Long Island, New York, and a 1976 graduate of Boston College, Bourke gradually made her way north to midcoast Maine. Her work has been featured on the cover of numerous publications including A Place Called Maine and Classics of Young Adult Literature, Down East Magazine and LL Bean’s catalog.

For more information, call 207-772-2693, or email


“I began preparing for this exhibition over two years ago, and yet whatever ideas I might have started with seem to have slipped away into a forgotten blur. In their place, new feelings have been born … fear and anxiety for the future, alongside a deeply felt gratitude for what I have and where I live.

The world, in some ways, seems to be a different place. Yet, when I look out my window or go through my routines, things look the same. The birds seem just as comfortable, if not more so in my backyard. The Buffleheads have returned to my pond. The sounds of peepers, coyotes and owls still haunt the night. Erratic snowstorms and raging streams continue to visit my neighborhood.

My subject matter remains relevant to me and I still struggle to find the balance of how we fit into the natural world. I am in awe of the wildness around me, and forever grateful for it.” — Mary Bourke

‘Charlie Hewitt Prints’ Virtual Exhibition at Cove Street Arts

Left, “Hard Candy”; right, “Copper Dome.”

In this year of Maine’s bicentennial, artist Charlie Hewitt has created a new series of woodcut prints focused on New England’s strong bond with the sea in his solo exhibition at Cove Street Arts in Portland.

In his dynamic, imaginative and unmistakable style, Hewitt reimagines iconic regional sights — shining lighthouses; brightly colored, numbered buoys — grounding the series in human industry while reminding us of the ineffable power, beauty and peril of the sea.

The series consists of 15 prints, each limited to an edition of 20. Each was printed by master printer David Wolfe at Wolfe Editions.

View the exhibit at To purchase or submit an inquiry, email


Kathleen Galligan On Track for the Equinox Oil on linen, 14×14 inches

THE PORTLAND SHOW 10th Biennial Invitational Exhibition April 2-May 30, 2020

Please note: because of the Covid-19 virus there will be no opening reception for this exhibition.  Work may be viewed anytime during regular business hours.


Thomas Connolly Use Electricity Oil on panel, 28×36 inches


Greenhut Galleries is pleased to announce its 10th Biennial Portland Show featuring work by 51 artists. In a creative tribute to our city, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”.


Michael Lewis 2 Lights on the Coast of Maine Acrylic on board, 27×24 inches


Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition.  Greenhut is dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists. Please join us in celebrating our wonderful city, Portland, Maine.


Greenhut Galleries: 10% off Gift Certificates

Chris Beneman ARCHITECTURAL CONSTRUCTION 1 $750 – 10% = $675


Based on the Governor’s new executive order, we will only be open by appointment for at least the next two weeks. To make an appointment, please shoot us an email ( We will soon provide updated information on our current and upcoming exhibition schedule.


Susan Barnes LEDGE $3,200 – 10% = $2,880


As always, you can shop our entire inventory on our website. However, since we know it can be difficult to buy art without seeing it in person first, we offer gift certificates as a way to provide much needed and appreciated help as we try to navigate this crisis.

As an incentive, gift certificates are currently 10% off (e.g., a $100 certificate for only $90).


Kathleen Galligan WATERFORMS $4,000 – 10% = $3,600


If you are in the market for art, but currently unable to make an appointment to come in, this is a great way to get 10% off your eventual purchase. The certificates do not expire and are transferable. Simply shoot us an email, and we’ll be in touch to complete the sale.

Portland Art Gallery Selects Artwork in a Calming, Neutral Color Palette

For your enjoyment,

a curated selection of artwork in a neutral palette presented by Portland Art Gallery. View more at 


Dietlind Vander Schaaf | Madre | 24 x 24 inches Encaustic, Oil, and 23 Karat Gold Leaf on Panel | $2,200


Daniel Corey | Dirty Dishes | Oil on canvas | 16 x 20 inches | $1,530


Petrea Noyes | Yangtse | 30 x 30 inches Digital Collage, Pigment Inks with Mixed Media on Canvas | $1,800


Gary Akers | The Cove | Egg tempera on panel | 23 x 35 inches | $75,000

Tim Greenway’s Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined at Cove St. Arts

Give Up The Ghost To Most (2018)

Prompted by the current crisis, Cove St. Arts in Portland is trying something new: a virtual exhibition, complete with an accompanying video on our website:

Tim Greenway’s Mackworth Island Transformed: Rocks Reimagined explores the transformation of space within the context of both the physical and the psychological.


What If I Forget How To Land (2018)


Using the popular location of the rock formations near the pier on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, Maine as his subject matter, Greenway captures imaginative landscapes by detailing the island’s geology.


Hippie Blood (2018)


Focusing on the micro-ecology and transforming the familiar coastline into an abstraction of color, texture, pattern, and form, Greenway’s photographs reimagine a recognizable setting, morphing the overarching space into detailed and abstracted images that reflect personal exploration as an escape from literal reality.

Cove Street Arts Presents a Curatorial Tour of ‘Portland 2020’

Please join curator, Bruce Brown, in an informative walk through of the exhibition, Portland 2020 on Thursday, March 12 at 6pm. Portland 2020 is our attempt to capture our vibrant, evolving city at this moment in time. It is an open juried photography exhibition curated by Bruce Brown, Curator Emeritus of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, featuring the work of 60 artists. Every photograph in the show was taken since 2017, and within the city limits. Portland, long noted for its rich and vital history, is developing a diverse and dynamic future and is thus the perfect subject to explore as we celebrate Maine’s bicentennial.