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Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show

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Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.  Come by for a visit on Saturday, the 2nd of December 1:00pm to 3:00pm where refreshments will be served.
 
What’s your favorite arts and culture landmark of 1977? Fleetwood Mac Rumours? Star Wars? Beatlemania on Broadway? Ours is easily local legend Peggy Greenhut Golden establishing Greenhut Galleries in the Old Port! Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.
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Since the early 19th century, the rugged and intense beauty of Maine’s land- and seascape, as well as its famed quality of light have attracted and energized generations of artists. For them, Maine is both a geographic location and a site of artistic inspiration and creative freedom — a state of the union, but also a state of mind. Maine has been and continues to be vitally important to American art, and Greenhut is thrilled to play its part. In Peggy’s words, “It has been most gratifying for Greenhut Galleries to further the tradition of art in the State of Maine. We all work very hard at the gallery, but the artists we represent are the heart and soul of Greenhut.”
 
As the gallery has grown, so too, have the reputations of its artists, whose styles span the spectrum from realism to abstraction, with a wide range of subject matter in both two- and three-dimensional media. Greenhut represents a diverse group of over 30 Maine painters and sculptors, each selected not only for their technical skill, but also for his or her distinct voice and unique vision. The gallery is also proud to show work from the estates of Robert Hamilton, Maurice Freedman, Jon Imber, and most recently, Neil Welliver and Frederick Lynch.
 
Kelley Lehr and John Danos have implemented a strong social media presence with a long-term vision of dramatically expanding outreach and followship. They are planning big changes to the website in 2018 and special events, so stay tuned! To see of what’s in store this coming year be sure to visit our UPCOMING EXHIBITION page. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to your next visit to the gallery.
 
 
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
 
Joel Babb • Susan Barnes • Matt Blackwell • Mary Bourke
Jeff Bye • Thomas Connolly • Ed Douglas • David Driskell
Grant Drumheller • Maurice Freedman • Kathleen Galligan
Roy Germon • Alison Goodwin • Robert Hamilton
Thomas Higgins • Jon Imber • Tina Ingraham • William Irvine
Henry Isaacs • Sarah Knock • Margaret Lawrence
George Lloyd • Frederick Lynch • Alan Magee • Daniel Minter
Nancy Morgan Barnes • Colin Page • Tom Paiement
Roy Patterson • Stephen Porter • Roger Prince • Sandra Quinn
Alison Rector • Glenn Renell • Alec Richardson
Kathi Smith • Mike Stiler • Neil Welliver • John Whalley

New Works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery

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Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to see New Works by Sandra Leinonen Dunn titled, “Maine Impressions.”  Please join us for 
a Wine and Cheese reception on
 First Friday December 1 from 5:00 – 8:00. The exhibit runs through Dec 29.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist who paints in an old world style. Her oil paintings are filled with emotion, atmosphere and vibrant brushwork. She pulls you into her compositions with sensual delicate light that dances in a sea of rich tones. She is a master of soft edges allowing one subject to morph subtly into another, creating a dreamy approachable painting. Dunn is a well known, accomplished and admired artist. She brings us a wonderful selection of Maine nature theme paintings. Capturing the rural settings with a strong focus on trees soaring to the skies, her latest paintings are powerful and captivating. Her passion for what she does comes through in her work. She will be present at the opening. Come meet the artist!

Our Studio Exhibit showcases the work of Pat Eltman. She has the heart of a florist and loves all things beautiful, including people. Her oil paintings shine with color from flowers to sunsets as some of her favorite subjects to capture. Often described as a diamond in the rough, her paintings have taken the same approach. With direct strong brushstrokes she maneuvers the paint until it transforms into something vibrant and beautiful. Come meet this magnificent lady if you don’t already know her.

Both artists will be present during the opening. The gallery is located at 48 Free Street
 in Portland. For more information, please contact the gallery at 207-576-7787 or www.rouxandcyrgallery.com

Linden O’Ryan Announces Upcoming Fairs and Shows

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In a patch of darknes… play

Linden O’Ryan is pleased to announce her upcoming fair and show schedule. All events will have original watercolor paintings, original cards, postcard books, printed cards and giclées of paintings.

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The schedule is as follows:

DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART AND CRAFT
November 4, 2017, Saturday, 9-4
Husson University, Bangor

ROOST CRAFT FAIR
November 11, 2017,  Saturday, 10-4
Moore Community & Conference Center, Ellsworth

SOUTHWEST HARBOR PUBLIC LIBRARY SHOW: Linden O’Ryan
December 1-30
Southwest Harbor
There is no official reception scheduled, but Linden will be at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Friday December 1st, to greet you! 20% of the sales through the month of December go to the Library.

DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART AND CRAFT
December 10, 2017, Saturday, 9-4
Ocean Avenue School, Portland
For more information visit www.lindenoryan.com

 

Nan Goldin’s Seminal Artwork Returns to New England

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The Portland Museum of Art is proud to host the first New England installation of Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in more than 30 years. This seminal slideshow installation, considered one of the great works of art of the late 20th century, last exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2016. The Portland Museum of Art exhibition marks the first time the Massachusetts-born artist has shown the work in New England since 1985, when it exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency—named for a song in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 The Threepenny Opera—comprises nearly 700 photographs taken by Goldin of herself and her friends throughout Provincetown, Boston, New York, Berlin, and Mexico. In creating this diaristic account of her life throughout the 1970s and ’80s, a kaleidoscopic narrative of romantic longing, loss, intimacy, and breakups emerges, featuring both heterosexual and same-sex couples in raw, vivid honesty. In her own words, the work is about “creating a history by recording a history.”

The photography of Nan Goldin offers audiences a kaleidoscopic narrative of the breadth of the human experience. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the present, Goldin captures her world as it unfolds before her, resulting in a diaristic account of her life and the people and places that define it. Treating her camera as an extension of her own body, “creating a history by recording a history,” Goldin shields her memories from revision or erasure by preserving them permanently in photographic form. The result is an unvarnished, intimate, and honest glimpse into a full and nuanced life that has played out in New York City, Boston, Provincetown, and abroad, against the backdrops of nightclubs and drag bars, hotel rooms and hospitals, and more.

Organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Nan Goldin explores American artist Nan Goldin’s (b. 1953) use of photography as a means of communication, self-reflection, and poetic expression. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

Greenhut Galleries Features Thomas Connolly “Scenes I’ve Seen” featuring Fred Lynch in the side gallery

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Thomas Connolly’s exhibition, “Scenes I’ve Seen” runs from November 2 – 25 with an Opening reception Thursday, November 2nd from 5 – 7pm.  This exhibition highlights Connolly’s keen gift for capturing and conveying the mood of any given location, as well as his ability to shift with ease from tight, detail-driven though painterly realist observations of architectural subjects to loose, lively and impressionistic land- and seascapes. Whether laboring in the studio on his architectural paintings or en plein air on his scenes of nature, Connolly’s stated goal is “to convey an emotional sense of place that is consistent with all the work I do. I want my paintings to have a sensual combination of colors that makes them feel like there is light coming from within the paintings, and this all comes from adjustments and balances within the work.”

With regard to his cityscapes, Connolly wants “to make the paintings look the way a city feels.” In this he is quite successful. As arts writer Mariel Melnick observes, “Connolly’s paintings are entirely realistic, but they are so much more. They contain brilliant, lyrical touches of paint that stand out like high notes in prominent harmonies. . .His paintings represent atmospheric light and emit their own luminosity. And instead of allowing architectural prestige and iconography to occupy the spotlight, Connolly forces them to succumb to the mood and atmosphere of his paintings. He deliberately chooses to paint identifiable sights, which are subsequently overshadowed by their painterly rendering.”

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In the side gallery this month, Greenhut is pleased to announce its first exhibition of works from the estate of one of Maine’s most celebrated abstract artists, Frederick Lynch. His obituary states, “In a career spanning more than 50 years, Lynch pursued a singular vision that began with the observed world and went deep into the underlying structure of appearances.” This exhibition features a group of Lynch’s sculptural segments, with each displayed beside a gouache on paper representation of itself. The works on paper feel a bit like architectural specs and are, in Lynch’s own words, “almost obsessively accurate” renderings of the geometric oil and enamel on pine segments they represent. “I tried to translate every nick, every texture,” he says. Though Lynch’s method is systematic, it is not formulaic. Lynch’s aesthetic is drawn from the ordered chaos of nature, his shapes a bit quirky. “Deviations, mutations, and the unexpected” are welcome advents, staving off predictability. “Art,” Lynch says, “is perhaps the most interesting subject there is to me, and my art the most interesting of that—not out of ego, certainly, but out of curiosity. I make art to see what happens.”

These two and three dimensional renderings of each respective form are separately and independently beautiful; the combined effect is not only beautiful, but also fascinating. Observing each segment as it confronts its own image, the viewer is invited to contemplate the transformative effects of media, scale, and dimensionality. But philosophical ponderings are not at all necessary to appreciate the exhibition. As Lynch puts it, “My art is about aesthetics. All other positive associations, invocations, or implications are bonus points, incurred with the advantage of a second look.”

Greenhut Galleries located at 146 Middle Street, Portland is open Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00. For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com or call 207.772.2693.

Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program on display at Caleb Johnson Studio

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The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create and connect. The 2017 Craft Apprentice Program will celebrate with capstone exhibition on view at Caleb Johnson Studio, 110 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine October 3-31, 2017.

Please join us for the artist reception and refreshments
October 6th, 4-7pm
during the Portland First Friday Art Walk!

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Apprentice Cara Taggersell

In 2017, the two master-apprentice pairs selected through a competitive application process were glass artists, the exhibition will feature new glass work created during the 2017 seven month apprenticeship.

Exhibiting Artists:

Ben Coombs
Charlie Jenkins
Carel Shonerd
Cara Taggersell
Terrill Waldman

CAP is a program of the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Maine Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of the CAP exhibition. Caleb Johnson Studio partners with CAP to host the exhibition.

For more information contact Sadie Bliss, MCA Director  at 207-205-0791 or sbliss@mainecrafts.org

Higgins, Welliver & Lloyd: Opening reception at Greenhut Galleries

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J. Thomas R. Higgins

Greenhut Galleries presents an exhibition of three incredible Maine artists from October 5th through 28th with an opening reception Thursday, October 5th from 5 – 7pm.

Growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, J. Thomas R Higgins’s earliest exposure to art was the work of Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber and related Pennsylvania Impressionists. Later, as a college student, principal influences were Van Gogh, Kokoschka, Abstract Expressionists and other painters with a romantic vision. For more than four decades Higgins’s paintings have responded to the Maine landscape with passion and a personal viewpoint.

“As a painter, what I find most interesting is the dialogue between perception and the act of painting, how a gesture of paint can become the equivalent of what is observed and subjectively transformed. Painting for me is an active and intuitive process of participating in natural spaces. By working on site through direct sensory experience, I hope to achieve a dynamic, animated, and painterly response to a subject that is often untamed and in flux.”

This exhibition consists of paintings produced during a residency at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center in Jefferson, Maine during the summer of 2016. The residency provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in the rustic landscape from North Whitefield to Nobleboro, Maine—a subject matter to which I related unabashedly and enthusiastically.

Neil Welliver

Neil Welliver

This month Greenhut is also thrilled to announce its first exhibition of works by Neil Welliver. Welliver’s huge oil paintings of the Maine landscape are considered by art critic Robert Hughes to be “among the strongest images in modern American art.” While this exhibition includes oil paintings, it is primarily designed to celebrate the artists’ talents as a printmaker. The ten selected prints showcase Welliver’s use of the following media in creating an intuitive yet precise vision of the wild natural world: etching (using the difficult, laborious aquatint process) and woodblock (created in the intricate, exacting and time intensive Japanese tradition of ukiyo-e).

As former US poet laureate Robert Strand notes: “The world of the prints seems more vulnerable than that of the paintings. In fact, it seems oddly, radically poised for dissolution. Subjects are singled out, regarded, and given, finally, a painstaking mortal presence, reminding us that what we see will come to an end and that nothing in nature will last. It is on this that their lyric character depends, this terrible, gratuitous knowledge of limitation by which we make things matter.”

Neil Welliver was born in Pennsylvania in 1929 and lived in Maine for 35 years prior to his death in 2005. He received his BFA from Philadelphia Museum, College of Art and his MFA from Yale School of Art. He taught at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chairman the Graduate School of Fine Art from 1966 to 1989. Welliver’s works are included in many major museum collections, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well private collections worldwide.

George Lloyd

George Lloyd

This month our side gallery show will feature works by George Lloyd. These paintings were made in the 80s and 90s, following the artist’s move to Maine from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he had spent the previous 13 years as both painter and teacher.

The 8 works included in the present exhibit were selected in part on the basis of their Maine-centric palette. As poet and critic W.S. DiPiero puts it: “George Lloyd has lived west and east, and different weathers coexist in his work to strong, sometimes disturbing effect, especially in the paintings he has made while living in Maine. While haunted by Bay Area light, his work has also been infused with New England’s brutally changeful weather.” Lloyd’s paintings are marked by their exuberant vitality, and a brand of sensuality that incorporates both masterful brushwork and an extraordinary command of color.

George Lloyd received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale School of Art. In 1969, he moved to Berkeley to teach at the University of California. There he met and was befriended by Elmer Bischoff, a leader of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, with whom he drew from the figure model in weekly drawing sessions in a group that also included the painter Joan Brown.

Lloyd has received grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation in 1994 and 2006, and the
Elizabeth Foundation in 1995. He was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2002. His work is included in numerous museum collections as well as private collections both here and abroad.

For more information call 207-772-2693 or visit greenhutgalleries.me

Tina Ingraham and Roy Germon at Greenhut Galleries

Tina Ingraham, Source, 24 x 50 inches, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham, Source, 24 x 50 inches, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham’s Rocks, Trees, Sand & Sea: Popham to Blue Hill will be on display September 7th – 30th, 2017 with an opening reception Thursday September 7th, 5-7pm. Roy Germon featured in the side gallery.

Tina Ingraham’s inspiration for her most recent group of paintings is the Maine landscape. She finds beauty in the subtleties of the world around her and in the paint itself, pushing and pulling the paint with the use of palette knife and brush. Tina was classically trained and received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and holds a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati. As a John Simon Guggenheim Grant recipient, Ingraham painted in Italy and traveled Europe from 1999 to 2003 to study master paintings integral to her work. She is also the recipient of the Maine Commission for the Arts Project Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, and the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship. She has been an educational instructor at Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College, where she received a teaching fellowship and the Charles G. Shaw Award for Excellence.

 

Roy Germon

Roy Germon

Recent work by Roy Germon will be featured in our side gallery this month. Germon attended the School of the Visual Arts in NYC where he received his BFA in 1990. During his 20-year tenure in NYC he worked as a freelance illustrator and a conservator of fine art and original prints. In 2003 he moved to Portland, Maine with his wife, son and daughter. Inspired by the Maine landscape, he took up painting, dominating his canvases with energetic brushstroke and bold line.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. For more information please call (207) 772-2693 or visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

2017 Bernard Osher Lecture “Keeping Tradition Alive” at the PMA

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The Portland Museum of Art is excited to announce Theresa Secord as the 2017 Bernard Osher Lecture speaker. The event, titled Keeping Tradition Alive: Native American Art Ecology in Maine and the Nation, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 12, at USM’s Hannaford Hall. Tickets are $15, $10 for PMA members, and $5 for students. They are available here and through portlandmuseum.org.

Named a 2016 National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theresa Secord is an activist, arts preservationist, and renowned artist with work in the PMA collection. She has led creative change throughout Native American communities since 1988.

It wasn’t long ago that one of Maine’s oldest art forms—ash and sweet grass basketry—was in danger of disappearing entirely. Activists and advocates from the Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Maliseet, and Micmac tribes, led in part by Secord, saved the tradition through a long, hard-fought struggle, preserving a crucial piece of the region’s cultural heritage.

For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

MECA Announces Alysha Kupferer as New MECA Program Chair

Industry Professional, Former Art Lecturer Alysha Kupferer to Lead and Expand the Fashion & Textile Design Program

Industry Professional, Former Art Lecturer Alysha Kupferer to Lead and Expand the Fashion & Textile Design Program

Maine College of Art announced today that Alysha Kupferer will serve as the new Chair and Assistant Professor of the Fashion & Textile Design Program. Alysha’s interdisciplinary background represents a significant asset to our curriculum.

Alysha earned her MFA in Textiles from Indiana University–Bloomington and her BS in Apparel Design and Technology from Purdue University. She recently taught in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute Chicago and was a resident artist at Water Street Studios in Batavia, Illinois, for the past two years. Alysha’s textiles-based installations and performances have been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. Her artistic practice investigates the relationship between consumers, products, and the economics of retail systems. In the interest of sustainability, she also researches natural dyeing methods and practices and finds and adapts traditional recipes for contemporary application.

“I could not be more excited to join the faculty at MECA and to lead this distinctive program that combines textiles knowledge with design for the body,” said Professor Kupferer. “As chair I aim to align the Textile & Fashion Design program with MECA’s core principles of civic engagement and creative entrepreneurship to build a unique program with an ethical core.”

Ian Anderson, MECA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, said,
“Alysha’s interdisciplinary career spans fashion, textile art, sustainability, and technology. As an educator and program chair, her goal is to push education forward by combining the strengths of emerging technology with the traditions of the hand, with respect to cultures who have passed down knowledge on which our understandings are based.”

The only program of its kind in America, MECA’s Textile & Fashion Design major imparts a deep understanding of the design and fabrication of textiles, extensive study of the field of apparel, and exploration of creative expression through the omnipresent medium of fashion. Launched in 2013, it was made possible thanks to the generous support of Maine-based philanthropist Roxanne Quimby.

For more information visit meca.edu

2018 PMA Biennial Curator Shares Exhibition Strategy

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Nat May, the independent curator of the 2018 PMA Biennial, has assembled a team of arts professionals to co-curate the exhibition, which opens at the Portland Museum of Art on January 26, 2018. Together with May, this team will share knowledge, discuss themes, and ultimately select the artists that will appear in the PMA’s hallmark exhibition of contemporary art related to Maine.

The team members are:
· Theresa Secord, renowned artist, educator, and founder of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance
· Sarah Workneh, Co-Director of Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
· Mark Bessire, the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art

The idea of bringing people together to share ideas about the Biennial appealed to May immediately upon agreeing to curate the exhibition. “What makes Maine so unique is the interconnected relationships between individual artists, communities, and organizations in the arts,” says May. “Working with Sarah, Theresa, and Mark leverages those relationships, and their varying insights and approaches to contemporary art creates a really exciting list of artists to consider.”

In addition to May and Bessire, Secord and Workneh also have connections to the PMA beyond the 2018 Biennial. At the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Workneh worked closely with the PMA for the 2016 exhibition Skowhegan at Seventy, which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the school’s founding and showcased work produced at the school or in its honor. Secord participated as an artist in the museum’s previous Biennial and has work in the PMA collection. She is also the 2017 speaker at the museum’s annual Bernard Osher Lecture Series; her lecture, “Keeping Tradition Alive: Native American Art Ecology in Maine and the Nation,” takes place on September 12 at USM’s Hannaford Hall.

Working as a team benefits the exhibition, as May and his colleagues make studio visits across the state and beyond, talking with artists who have meaningful relationships with the state. “We’re taking the idea of connection seriously—the definition of ‘meaningful’ should pass the straight-face test,” adds May. “But it’s also important to understand that this exhibition, though regional by nature, should not be defined by regionalism. Our border is permeable, and our world in Maine intricately connected to the world beyond our state lines.”
One focus for the group is artists who have never been represented at the PMA before, including past Biennials, exhibitions, or the museum’s collection. These may be artists who have shown extensively elsewhere or are relatively unknown, but it is important to May to use the Biennial to bring artists and artworks to the PMA for the first time.

This is the 10th Biennial exhibition at the PMA and the second Biennial that will be organized by an independent curator who will spend nearly a year visiting artist studios. Funded through the generous bequest of William E. Thon, the PMA Biennial is intended to highlight artists with meaningful connections to Maine and enrich the cultural lives of the people of the state. Inspired by his own experience and love of biennials, Thon entrusted the PMA with the means to offer rich contemporary art experiences to its audiences. You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial was curated by Alison Ferris of Edgecomb, Maine.
The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is made possible by the William E. and Helen E. Thon Endowment Fund.

The PMA is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.
For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

New Alan Magee paintings at Greenhut Galleries

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Alan Magee, born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time, Atlantic, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Bantam, Ballantine, and Simon & Schuster Books. He received numerous awards for his illustrations including the National Book Award, Awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and many more. Magee began to concentrate on personal paintings in the late 70s and in 1980 had his first solo exhibition at Staempfli Gallery in New York.

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His painting career took off, and in 1991 he had a ten-year retrospective simply titled, Alan Magee 1981-1991. The show traveled to four US museums. Other retrospectives have been hosted by the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the Frye Art Museum.

Magee’s paintings are in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Portrait Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Arizona State University Art Museum, The Newark Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art. For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

Art House Picture Frames call for provocative art

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Art House Picture Frames is looking for collections of provocative art for upcoming gallery shows at their space in Portland, ME. Work should say something about the world in which we live or comment on the artist or the art process itself. Interested artists should email links to arthousepictureframes@gmail.com or stop by Art House Picture Frames, 61 Pleasant Street, Portland Maine. Emerging artists are encouraged to submit.

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page

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Colin Page, Hanging Buoys, oil on canvas, 36×48 inches

 

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page, his 4th solo exhibition at the gallery. The opening reception is Thursday August 3rd from 5-7pm.

Colin says this about his work, “These paintings are about where land and water meet. Some of the landscapes are about the colors along the coastline, and others are about how our waterfront engages land and sea. Whatever the subject, color and light are my main attraction to a scene as I start painting. This show is about visual decadence. Whether I’m painting pattern and light, or the chaos of a working harbor, I experience the world through color, shape and line.”

In addition to making art, Colin Page teaches a number of painting workshops across the state.  Colin attended the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City.

Announcing the 2017 Portland Fine Craft Show

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The Maine Crafts Association presents the 3rd Annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 26, 2017 on Congress Street in Portland. The show features over 100 juried fine craft exhibitors from the greater New England area. We’re grateful for support from our event sponsors, including MECA, DOMAINE, West End News, Artscope, CyberCopy, Daunis Fine Jewelry, El Corazon, Portland Pottery and Kurier. Please save the date and join us for shopping and communing with artists from all over Maine and greater New England.

Want to check out the show from behind the scenes? Help us make the show a great success again this year by volunteering at the Show. Join our delightful crew of artists and art lovers – sign up via the link below!

NEW this year: Look out for a very special show program and map, which will be published on August 4 as an insert to the West End News.

For more information visit The Maine Crafts Association webpage.

Portland Museum of Art presents Winslow Homer Studio Tours

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The Maine that you know and love started with Winslow.

Before Winslow Homer arrived at Prouts Neck, no artist had connected Maine to the world’s popular imagination to the extent that he would soon after. His imagery depicted the region with uncommon passion, and drew artists and curiosity seekers to the state in a pilgrimage that continues today.

Discover the place where it all began: the Winslow Homer Studio—restored and preserved exactly as it was when he lived in it. Explore the creaky floorboards, craggy shores, and unparalleled beauty of one of most important locations in American art history, and connect with the Maine all over again. For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org/homer

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

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

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

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

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org

Henry Isaacs – Finding Values at Greenhut Galleries

 

Somes Sound from Sargent Drive, 36x24, oil on canvas

Somes Sound from Sargent Drive, 36×24, oil on canvas

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush. He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

The exhibition runs July 6 – 29, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday July 6th, 5-7pm.

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Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail. His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours: Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. For more information call
207.772.2693 or visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values”

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Henry Isaacs “Somes Sound from Sargent Drive,” 36×24, oil on canvas

 

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values” July 6 – 29, with an Opening reception Thursday July 6th,  5-7pm

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush.  He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail.  His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours:  Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
207.772.2693

Art and Arias: Opera Maine at the PMA

Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled (detail), 2013

Ahmed Alsoudani, Untitled (detail), 2013

The PMA is thrilled to partner with Opera Maine (formerly PORTopera) to present a special summer engagement. In this one-night-only performance, up-and-coming baritone Andrew Pardini and music director Timothy Steele from the company’s prestigious Studio Artist Program will look to the PMA collection for inspiration, and treat audiences to a diverse repertoire spanning genres such as classical, jazz, and musical theatre in response to the PMA collection. Join us as we pair artworks with arias!

Past musical events such as last fall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Portland Symphony Orchestra with Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and the PMA360 performance by BØRNS have been some of the most beloved recent programs at the museum, and Art with Arias continues the tradition of world renowned musicians introducing new ideas to audiences at the museum and connecting their craft with the PMA collection.

Thursday June 29 6:30 PM  –  8:00 PM; $10 for members; $20 general public

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org/events/art-arias

A New American Sculpture at PMA

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A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach is the first exhibition to investigate the integral relationships between modernism, classicism, and popular imagery in the interwar sculpture of Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman, and William Zorach. The exhibition, co-organized by the Portland Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, explores how this circle of European-born artists became preeminent figures of modernism in the United States. By juxtaposing their works, A New American Sculpture reveals the confluences of sources—from archaism and European avant-garde art to vernacular traditions and American popular culture—that informed these artists’ novel contributions to the history of sculpture. Assembled from public and private collections, this exhibition of approximately 60 sculptures and a number of preparatory drawings addresses the remarkable affinities between the oeuvre of four divergent personalities, who redefined sculpture’s expressive potential during the turbulent interbellum period.

Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935); Woman Seated; 1918, cast 1925; Bronze with nickel plate; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; 2007.8

Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935); Woman Seated; 1918, cast 1925; Bronze with nickel plate; Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Purchase with funds provided by the Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; 2007.8

The exhibition is on view at the Portland Museum of Art from May 26, 2017 to September 8, 2017. The exhibition has been organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. For more information visit https://www.portlandmuseum.org/exhibitions/new-american-sculpture-1914-1945

Dan Graziano exhibit opens at Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery

"are you ready to order?" , Dan Graziano, 12" x 16", oil on panel

“are you ready to order?” Dan Graziano, 12″ x 16″, oil on panel

Dan Graziano is happy to announce his upcoming solo show at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery which opens on June 2nd in Portland, Maine. Over twenty paintings will be featured sharing the themes of restaurants, cafes and street life. Sun dappled figures of waiters, sidewalk cafes and glistening wine glasses are depicted with bold, “juicy” brush strokes in an impressionistic manner creating an unfinished narrative for the viewer to define with their own story. With strong contrasts of light, shadow and color, these paintings were made to invite you into the world of food, wine and the lively characters who inhabit “café society.”

The gallery exhibition opens with a wine reception on June 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

The exhibition runs from June 2nd to July 6th. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is located at 48 Free Street in Portland, Maine. For more information visit www.dangrazianofineart.com or www.rouxandcyrgallery.com

Mary Bourke’s “Small Things” at Greenhut Galleries

"Brothers" acrylic on panel 18 x 18 inches

“Brothers”
acrylic on panel
18 x 18 inches

Greenhut Galleries presents “Small Things”, a solo exhibition, June 1 – July 1, 2017  with an opening reception on Thursday, June 1st from 5 – 7pm.

Mary Bourke’s paintings, which focus on her childhood memories, are truly a delight to behold. In a recent article, when asked about the current subjects of her paintings Mary said the following: I ran across some old photographs that showed my parents, grandparents and all of us, there are nine siblings. I combined images, photographs and memories; I also developed a new style and technique, learning about layering colors and glazes. The paintings themselves have more depth although my bright colors haven’t changed.”

While it’s apparent that Ms. Bourke feels comfortable with experimentation and feels less restricted with her current work, she still treasures one thing that will never change: her affinity for nostalgia. We can see that when she talks about her pieces inspired by childhood memories, especially concerning her growing up on Long Island.

For more information call 207-772-2693 or email info@greenhutgalleries.com

Randy Eckard to exhibit at Richard Boyd Gallery

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Shades of Grey’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15” x 21”

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Shades of Grey’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15” x 21”

Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of paintings by noted watercolorist Randy Eckard on June 1 at 10 a.m. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, ME Randy’s career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades. Eckard is known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. His iconic architectural landscapes are expertly detailed and capture the essence of New England. Randy’s paintings have won over 190 awards in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast. His paintings are widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections.

The public is invited to meet Randy at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Saturday, June 3 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 3 p.m. where he will be available to discuss his current series of paintings. The exhibit is open free of charge between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through June 29, 2017. Additional days and times can be scheduled by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or reception please contact the gallery by phone at 207-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com

Portland Museum of Art Announces Curatorial Promotions

Images (L to R): Diana Greenwold, Jessica May, Andrew Eschelbacher

Images (L to R): Diana Greenwold, Jessica May, Andrew Eschelbacher

 

Following the completion of the widely acclaimed reinstallation of its collection, the Portland Museum of Art is pleased to announce three promotions within its curatorial department. Diana Jocelyn Greenwold has been promoted to Associate Curator of American Art, where she will oversee the American art holdings in the PMA collection, including new acquisitions, and develop original exhibitions. Similarly, Andrew Eschelbacher has been promoted to Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Associate Curator of European Art, where he will oversee the European art holdings in the PMA collection, including new acquisitions, and develop original exhibitions.

Both curators report to Jessica May, who has recently been promoted to Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator. In her new role, May will continue to oversee the museum’s curatorial program, as well as its educational, preparatory, and collections management departments. Recent exhibitions organized by the PMA include The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection(2017); Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder (2017);Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent’s Moby-Dick (2016); Unbound: Tim Rollins and K.O.S.(2016); Duncan Hewitt: Turning Strange (2016); and Georges Braque: Surface and Space(2016).

“We are all delighted and honored to deepen our commitment to the future of this great organization and to take on new and exciting roles with our terrific colleagues and Board,” says May. “With upcoming exhibitions ranging from the birth of modernist sculpture in America to the extravagant beauty of painter Hans Hofmann’s works on paper, and with such great initiatives in our Learning and Interpretation department, it’s an exciting time for all of us at the PMA.”

ABOUT THE PMA

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

Pathways by Jeff Woodbury on display at Vestibule 594

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

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

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

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

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

William Irvine & Nancy Morgan Barnes at Greenhut Galleries

William Irvine, Resting Fisherman, oil on canvas

William Irvine, Resting Fisherman, oil on canvas

 

Nancy Morgan Barnes and William Irvine are storytellers.
Irvine paints his stories in the place between the abstract and the real. Morgan Barnes leads us through narratives that are not what they initially seem. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Morgan Barnes received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and her graduate degree from Indiana University.
Irvine grew up in Troon, Scotland and is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art in drawing and painting. He moved to Maine in the 1960’s.

Nancy Morgan Barnes, Bear and Hare, oil on board

Nancy Morgan Barnes, Bear and Hare, oil on board

For more information contact Greenhut Galleries :
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101
207-772-2693
www.greenhutgalleries.com

Artists reception Thursday, May 11 from 5-7pm
Exhibition on display May 4 – 27
Gallery Hours: Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Portland Museum of Art Names Curator for 2018 Biennial

Nat May, guest curator for the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

Nat May, guest curator for the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial

The Portland Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Nat May is the guest curator for the 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial. Nat draws from a deep familiarity with Maine’s contemporary arts landscape through his 13 years as Executive Director of SPACE Gallery, one of the state’s leading venues for contemporary, emerging, and unconventional artists, and will bring together work from living artists with connections to the state for the exhibition. The Biennial opens on January 26, 2018.

“From our earliest conversations, Nat has impressed the staff at the PMA with the depth of his thoughtfulness and his commitment to being inclusive. His research is meticulous, his eye is keen, and his curiosity is unbounded. We are so honored to work with him,” says Deputy Director and Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic Chief Curator Jessica May (no relation), who curated the 2013 PMA Biennial.

A Cape Elizabeth native, Nat was a founding member of the Bakery Photo Collective and has also served as a Board member at Creative Portland and Portland Arts and Culture Alliance. Since 2014, he has served as a founding member of Common Field, a nationwide network of contemporary, experimental, and noncommercial visual art spaces, and as a founding Board member at Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, Maine.

“I am flattered by the invitation to work with the Portland Museum of Art on the 2018 Biennial,” says May. “The Maine arts community is rich and varied, and there are so many talented artists to consider. I am thrilled to have this new opportunity to invite conversation about contemporary art.”

The PMA’s Judy and Leonard Lauder Director Mark Bessire adds: “Through my time at the PMA, working with the city and community in Portland, and my work on the Board of Advisors at SPACE Gallery, I’ve gotten to know Nat well and admire the way he approaches art. I can’t wait to see what he does with the Biennial—it’s going to be something truly special.” For more information, please contact:
Graeme Kennedy
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
gkennedy@portlandmuseum.org
207.699.4887

Maine: The Way Life Is at Greenhut Galleries

Colin Page Waterfront Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches

Colin Page
Waterfront
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches

Greenhut Galleries is celebrating its 40th year anniversary ALL YEAR, and what better way than to throw a full gallery invitational exhibit honoring the state of Maine. We are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibit of paintings by 50 local artists in our new biennial fondly titled: Maine: The Way Life Is.

It’s easy to see why artists have been coming to Maine for over 100 years. So many are drawn to the rugged coastline, the islands, the wild beauty and isolation of this majestic state. The landscape is an obvious inspiration and has been captured time and time again in classic works by some of the most skilled artists, from Winslow Homer to Andrew Wyeth, from Thomas Cole to Frederick Church.

rita Holmquist Last Light Oil on linen 24 x 36 inches

Brita Holmquist
Last Light
Oil on linen
24 x 36 inches

What interests us about many of these iconic scenes is how they translate to our contemporary culture. We have curated this invitational with artists who each have a unique vision of what “Maine” means to them. The result makes for an exciting, thought-provoking, dynamic and diverse exhibition!

Dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists, Greenhut Galleries is pleased to have you join us in celebrating our wonderful state of Maine. Discover something new, stay curious, LOVE ART.

The exhibit runs April 6-29 with an Artists reception, Saturday April 8, 1 – 3 pm. Gallery hours are Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm and Sat. 10am – 5:00pm. For more information please contact info@greenhutgalleries.com

Greenhut Galleries’ “Abstraction”

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Kayla Mohammadi

 

Abstraction
abˈstrakSH(ə)n
1. freedom from representational qualities in art
2. an invitational group show of 25 Maine artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland
February 2 – 25, 2017

Please join us!
Artists reception, Saturday, February 4, 1 – 3pm

Daniel Anselmi, Chris Beneman, Grace DeGennaro, Ingrid Ellison,
Tom Flanagan, Alison Goodwin, Ken Greenleaf,
Jaap Eduard Helder, Elizabeth Hoy, Jon Imber, Penelope Jones, David Kelly, Richard Brown Lethem, George Lloyd, Frederick Lynch, Kayla Mohammadi, Lisa Noonis, Tom Paiement, Sandra Quinn, Noriko Sakanishi, Jenny Scheu, Claire Seidl, Lori Tremblay,  Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Willa Vennema

Greenhut

FMI,  www.greenhutgalleries.com
Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, ME  04101
207-772-2693

info@greenhutgalleries.com
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Saturdays 10-5

Portland Museum of Art Announces Historic Gift

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The Portland Museum of Art is thrilled to announce that it has received the largest matching gift in the museum’s history. A gift of five million dollars will be donated to the PMA by longtime American museum benefactors Judy and Leonard Lauder to support the museum’s endowment. The Lauders’ generous gift is intended to inspire philanthropy in others for the PMA, and officially marks the beginning of the Focused Endowment Initiative—a targeted plan to increase the museum’s endowment by a total of $15 million.
To honor this historic gift and to recognize Judy’s long-term commitment to the PMA, the PMA Director position will be named the Judy and Leonard Lauder Director of the Portland Museum of Art.
Mr. and Mrs. Lauder made the following remarks: “We are overjoyed to be able to make this gift to the Portland Museum of Art in recognition of its sterling leadership—from Director Mark Bessire and Board Chairman Jeffrey Kane—to the extraordinary Board, museum staff, and volunteers, who have collectively made the Portland Museum of Art one of the leading regional art museums in the United States. While we recognize the importance of buildings, we also recognize the tremendous importance of economic stability for cultural institutions. We are confident that this gift, which focuses on the museum endowment, will greatly enhance and promote the financial integrity of this magnificent Maine institution.”
“This is a transformative gift and one of the largest in the history of the Portland Museum of Art,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “When we complete the Focused Endowment Initiative—spurred by the remarkable contributions of Judy and Leonard Lauder—the museum’s endowment will have grown to almost $40 million, thus providing the PMA with the stronger foundation it needs to effectively continue its mission.”
Prior transformative gifts to the museum include the gift of 17 Winslow Homer works from Charles Shipman Payson in 1979, the gift of the great Renoir and related Impressionist works of art from John Whitney Payson in 1991, and the $4 million bequest from William Thon in 2000.
“We are immensely grateful to Judy and Leonard for this remarkable act of generosity and confidence in our enterprise,” expressed Board Chairman Jeffrey Kane. “As the Lauder gift clearly demonstrates, the museum’s focus on improving the visitor experience with the collection has made a compelling case for continued investment. This historic and generous gift confirms the Lauders’ extraordinary commitment to the arts and strengthens the capabilities of the PMA to connect art to everyday life.”

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.

Winter Hours (beginning October 12): Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are always free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.
Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, call (207) 775- 6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

Holiday Show at Greenhut Galleries

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Join Us For The Holiday Show…
December 1- 31, 2016

We’re Having a Party!
Reception Saturday, December 3rd 1-3pm

Join us in celebrating the season and our Greenhut artists.
Welcome the new owners Kelley Lehr and John Danos.
Toast Peggy Golden with a champagne sendoff in appreciation of her vision, her tireless work on behalf of Maine artists, and her enormous contribution to the Portland art community as she embarks on her retirement.

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Sat. 10am – 5:00pm
info@greenhutgalleries.com
www.greenhutgalleries.com

Sandra Leinonen Dunn opening at Roux & Cyr

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Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery invites you to a solo exhibit featuring Sandra Leinonen Dunn. Please join us for wine and Cheese on First Friday December 2 from 5:00 – 8:00. This exhibit runs through December 30.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn Is a prolific Maine painter who is well known throughout the State. Her skills are admired for her beautiful colors, her soft delicate touch as well as her pronounced brushstrokes. She captures atmospheric conditions in nautical scenes and chiaroscuro (coming out from shadow into the light) in her still life paintings. She impresses with her depictions of porcelain and copper for her realistic yet emotional interpretations.

Leinonen Dunn brings us a varied collection of recent works. She will be present at the opening. Come meet the artist and enjoy her beautiful paintings.

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is truly Uniting the World Through Art.

Our Studio Exhibit, also opening on December 2, will be showcasing the works of Portland’s Katharina Gifford. She focuses mainly on figurative works, portraits and still life. Trained classically at the Florence Academy of Art, her oil paintings reflect rich color and a deep understand of light.

Please join us for these two wonderful exhibits along with works of 25 artists from 10 different countries. Both artists will be present for the opening. We look forward to seeing you soon!

For more information contact: Susan Roux • 207-576-7787 • rouxandcyrgallery@gmail.com

Closing Reception for LINEATION by Chris Beneman at Vestibule 594

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information: info@vestibule594.com

 

Greenhut Galleries Features New Work By Margaret Lawrence

Across the Water, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Across the Water, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Margaret Lawrence finds inspiration in images gathered from a variety of sources. Nature, personal experience, and a reflective, internalized response to her physical environment inform her tranquil and textured dreamscapes, which seem to exist at the horizon between the personal and the universal.

In Lawrence’s own words,”My paintings are developed by removing paint as much as by applying it. Through this layering, the give and take of paint, an image that was inspired by a specific place transforms into a sense of place.” This approach yields a rich image using layered surfaces with deceptively complex color and texture. Both the effect achieved and Lawrence’s process itself are evocative of dream formation, wherein specific personal memories undergo a similar cycle of abrasion and accretion before they wash up in our dreams. Stripped of literal meaning but enriched with latent content, they exist in the symbolic realm, just beyond the grasp of language, where boundaries soften and binaries dissolve….

About the new work:

These recent paintings are a further exploration of the interplay between water, land and sky. Grounded in the constancy of the daily cycles of the sun and tide, I am drawn to colors and textures at various times of day or year that tap a sense of wonder.

After working as a registered nurse until her children were school aged, Margaret decided to pursue a long-harbored interest in art, eventually earning a BFA at  Maine College of Art. In 2015, she was commissioned to create four large paintings for the Augusta Judicial Center’s permanent collection. In recent years she has participated in an artist residency at the International School of Painting and Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy. Her work is in many private and corporate collections in Canada, Great Britain, and throughout the U.S. Margaret has been represented by Greenhut since 1997.

New Work runs from November 3 – 26, 2016

Opening reception Thursday November 3rd 5-7pm

Gallery Hours:  Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm 

For More Information call 207.772.2693 

Chris Beneman’s “Lineation” at Vestibule 594

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greenhut Galleries opens “Joel Babb: The Nature of Things”

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Fog, Surf Murmurs Hunter’s Head, 2016, oil on linen, 20 x 19 inches

The Nature of Things is Joel Babb’s first solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.  Babb began painting the Maine coast in 1975, during construction of his house and studio in Sumner, Maine. After discovering Mount Desert, he would visit the island in all seasons, painting that coastline as well. But eventually, Babb lost his zest for painting the storied coast of Maine, feeling it had been depicted so frequently it was no longer possible for him to see it as it really is. So, for a time, he stopped, though he did continue painting nature in the woods and brooks nearby.

Artist Talk Saturday October 22nd 1pm

For the past several years, Babb has returned to Acadia, finding new inspiration in the epic confrontation of sea, granite, pine, and clouds. He states, “It is as if the Maine woods were being ground away to the foundations by this meeting with the sea.  When the water is calm, the shoreline is still evocative of storms of unimaginable scale.  I love the architectonic structure of the rocks, and the opposing movement of the water as if resentful of the rigidity, the sway of light and atmosphere over everything.

The Lucretian vision of eternal forces and elements interacting comes to life for me in Mount Desert, in the geology, the weather, and especially the action of the sea with the land.  I’ve visited Acadia the day after a hurricane passed through and climbed Cadillac Mountain the day after an ice storm in February. Once on a foggy morning, I startled a deer herd on Ocean Drive, and when I stopped at my spot to continue a painting, long spider webs across the road told me I was the first to pass that way. No matter how many visit Acadia, nature is still the impressive narrative.”

Babb is equally known for his urban views. In his book, Nature & Culture:  The Art of Joel Babb, Carl Little writes, “He divides his time between country and city, continuing to explore both places even as he builds on his repertoire of subjects. . . .For Babb, realism represents a philosophy of art.  As such, he says, the realist painter is constantly discovering ‘new understandings new realizations’ of the mysteries of existence.  ‘Realism as a philosophy,’ he muses ‘suggests that a small corner of the universe, when rightly observed, may open up universal laws in action.’ A modern day Thoreau.”

Joel Babb is a graduate of Princeton and the Boston Museum School, where he taught for several years. He has also taught at Tufts and Harvard universities. His paintings have been exhibited in many museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and are in numerous prestigious corporate collections and in several museums, including the Fogg Museum of Harvard University and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Brand new work at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries at 146 Middle St in Portland announces new work. Gallery Hours are Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

Glenn Renell

Violet Sky  36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

Violet Sky 36 x 30 inches, oil on canvas

 

Henry Isaacs

Barge Landing, Eastern Prom  36 x 36 inches, oil on linen

Barge Landing, Eastern Prom 36 x 36 inches, oil on linen

 

Alan Magee

Impermanence and Continuity  63 x 78 1/2 inches, woven cotton tapestry

Impermanence and Continuity 63 x 78 1/2 inches, woven cotton tapestry

 

 

Alec Richardson

Edge of the Deepest Cove  8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas on panel

Edge of the Deepest Cove 8 x 8 inches, oil on canvas on panel

 

 

J. Thomas R. Higgins

Sunset Cove  14 x 14  inches, oil on panel

Sunset Cove 14 x 14 inches, oil on panel

 

 

Alison Goodwin

Indian Point, North Haven 36 x 36 inches, Mixed media on panel

Indian Point, North Haven 36 x 36 inches, Mixed media on panel

For more Information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com or call 207-772-2693

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-6-25-34-amThe Arts Business Institute (ABI) and MCA in partnership with Maine College of Art (MECA) and Waterville Creates present:

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME October 22
Waterville Creates, Waterville, ME October 23

Tuition
Both Workshops: $250
One Workshop: $150

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

MECA Students and Alumni: Contact Jessica Tomlinson for a full scholarship.

For More Information Vist: http://www.artsbusinessinstitute.org/portland-waterville-maine/

“Dietlind Vander Schaaf: Exhalation” at Vestibule 594 Gallery

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“Exhalation”, a solo show by Dietlind Vander Schaaf, will be held at Vestibule 594 gallery at 594 Congress Street (next to Starbucks at the Hay Building) through October 29. The opening reception will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5-8pm.

Dietlind Vander Schaaf holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her work has been described in terms of it’s focus on “showcasing the wax itself, encasing objects as if they were ancient artifacts” (Orlando Sentinel) and as the transformation of “disparate materials into elegantly simple compositions of pattern and grace” (Artscope magazine). She has exhibited her paintings nationally and is a recipient of the Award of Excellence from Encaustic Art Institute, the Emerging Artist Grant from International Encaustic Artists, and a Pace House residency from Maine College of Art. Vander Schaaf serves as president elect of New England WAX. She teaches workshops throughout New England.

Explore the streets of Portland with PMA Go

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On September 2, the Portland Museum of Art launched PMA Go, a web-based, art-collecting game inspired by Pokémon Go. Instead of capturing Wartortles, Kakunas, and Vileplumes, players can amass an art collection of Homers, Renoirs, and Wyeths that generates real world rewards. While many art museums—including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art—have embraced Pokémon Go as a way to draw visitors into their museums, the PMA is the first art museum in the country to use the premise of Pokémon Go to get its art collection out into the community.

PMA Go invites users to explore the streets of Portland, Maine—one of the country’s top destinations with unparalleled restaurants, natural beauty, and top breweries—and discover the breadth of the PMA’s collection. As players amass their art collection by “catching” great works of art around town, they receive real world rewards from the museum, including free admission, free PMA Films tickets for members, and if they find all 18 works, a free copy of The Collection: Highlights From The Portland Museum of Art ($24.95 value).

Playing PMA Go is easy. No downloads or installation is necessary. Just visit PMAgo.org on your mobile device and begin collecting! The game is available to be played across the entire Portland peninsula. Share your collection with your friends on social, and collect your rewards by visiting the PMA. For More information on the current programming at PMA visit www.portlandmuseum.org

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
Lunchline
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 

207-772-2693
www.greenhutgalleries.com

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

The MCA presents the Second Annual Portland Fine Craft Show

Clockwise from top left: Sonlight Creations, Tandem Glass,  Anne L. Brooks

Clockwise from top left: Sonlight Creations, Tandem Glass, Anne L. Brooks

The MCA presents the Second Annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 27, 2016 9am-4pm taking place on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, free and open to the public. 

The show features 100 juried exhibitors from the greater New England area exhibiting contemporary fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood.

Congress Street is closed to vehicles from Monument Square to Longfellow Square creating a festive day of art in craft in Portland, offering fine craft in the Portland Fine Craft Show and prints, photography and painting in the WCSH6 Sidewalk Arts Festival. 

The Portland Fine Craft Show takes place between State Street and High Street.

Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Nielsen Hand-Crafted Jewelry, Three Wheel Studio, The F.D. Kretchman Rod Company, C.A.S. Handmade

Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Nielsen Hand-Crafted Jewelry, Three Wheel Studio, The F.D. Kretchman Rod Company, C.A.S. Handmade

Whopaints announces upcoming show schedule

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TIDE AND WIND CREATE LIGHT 

Shimmering days of cool mist wafting off the water creating beyond count paintings. Pastels perfectly render the mist and layered lights of the sun on the sea.

SHOW SCHEDULE
August 11-13 Northeast Harbor Invitational
August 19 Okoto in the Garden at whopaints
September 17-18 CFAAM Bar Harbor, ME
October 8-10 Paradise City, Northampton MA
November 5 Designing Women, Bangor ME
November 18-20 Paradise City, Marlborough MA
December 1 whopaints Gallery Winter Harbor Shopping Night
December 10 Designing Women, Portland ME

Visit whopaints.com for more information

Greenhut Galleries presents Urban Exploration

Phun Factory, 22 x 28 inches, oil on linen

Phun Factory, 22 x 28 inches, oil on linen

JEFF BYE
Urban Exploration

September 1- October 1, 2016
Opening Reception  Thursday, September 1st.,  5 – 7pm
Gallery Hours: Mon- Fri 10-5:30, Sat. 10-5

About his work Bye writes, ” I have always been drawn to textured surfaces and the patinas that evolve over time on the exteriors and interiors of abandoned buildings to historic structures that are being renovated, to the Mom & Pop stores that have not changed since they opened decades before.  I’ve been determined to capture those moments in time before urban developers erase and take over their DNA forever.  Time is of the essence and time is a huge factor in trying to document these structures and neighborhoods that had a certain and unique character that was separate from other areas of their city.”Urban Exploration is Jeff Bye’s fourth solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries and continues his ongoing exploration of unknown or ignored buildings before they disappear forever.  The focus of the exhibition concentrates on locations throughout the east coast (NYC, Philadephia, Portland, ME), as well as areas he has traveled to in Europe.

Jeff Bye holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  Through RISD’s European Honors program, he spent a year in Rome, Italy studying classical art and architecture.  He received his MFA at the New York Academy of Figurative Art. His formal education exposed him further to the work of artists like Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard and Lucian Freud, whose styles influence his work to this day. Bye has been awarded the distinction of Master Painter from The Copley Society of Art, Boston, MA, a professional credential organization.  At the time, he was the youngest master painter in the history of the organization.

For More Information:

GREENHUT GALLERIES
146 MIDDLE STREET
PORTLAND, ME  04101

207.772.2693 or 888.772.2693

info@greenhutgalleries.com
www.greenhutgalleries.com

Portland Museum of Art Announces New Sculpture Park

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Thanks to a generous donation by local business leader, philanthropist, and arts advocate David E. Shaw, the PMA will open the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the summer of 2017.

It has long been a wish of the PMA to make the Joan B. Burns Garden—located on High Street and currently closed to the public except for specific museum programming—an outdoor sculpture park available for the entire Portland community to enjoy and explore. Through the Shaw family’s donation, the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park will be accessible to all through a gate on High Street, free to the public, and open year-round during museum hours beginning in summer 2017.

“The Shaw family is pleased to play a leadership role in creating a public sculpture park at the Portland Museum of Art,” shares Shaw. “We do this with great appreciation of the benefit of art to society. This park will provide public access to an artistic oasis in a cultural center of our community.”    

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Inspired by the upcoming culmination of Your Museum, Reimagined, the PMA’s multiyear project based on improved experiences with the collection, Shaw—an avid collector of sculpture—saw an opportunity to support the museum and permanently impact the greater Portland community. His donation aligns with the direction of the PMA under its new five-year Strategic Plan, which seeks to actively find ways to make the museum’s collection, historic buildings, and campus accessible to all, and to be “a leader in the growth and vibrancy of Portland’s urban and cultural transformation, including the revitalization of the Congress Square neighborhood”.

Through this generosity, the Shaws provide a gift that enables Portland and its surrounding communities to enjoy and to engage with art in a truly unique, intimate, and beautiful setting free of charge—one of the only green spaces in the heart of the arts district. His gift also accelerates the PMA’s plans for more artwork in the park, including acquisitions to be announced later, which will be installed in the park prior to its opening in 2017.

For more information visit portlandmuseum.org or call (207) 775-6148

PMA – Finest in a Decace

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You’ve brought your out-of-town guests to see lighthouses and eat lobsters—make sure to bring them to the PMA for the full Maine experience.

Introduce them to O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York, named the finest PMA exhibition in a decade by the Boston Globe, and as one of the 17 American art shows worth traveling for by Artnet. Have a beer at the intersection of art and sport with our PMA360: “Museum Moneyball”. Start a summer’s day by relaxing with Yoga in the Garden.

There is no time like August at the PMA. Be sure to make the most of it.

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org or call (207) 775-6148

John Whalley’s Etudes at Greenhut Galleries

Anno 1841, egg tempera on panel, 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Anno 1841, egg tempera on panel, 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Etudes is John Whalley’s 7th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.  This exhibition of paintings and drawings continues Whalley’s exploration of  reclaiming discarded tools, seashells, and other objects and giving them new life. His beautifully rendered images seem to instill, or rather uncover, an inner light within his subjects, be they still life or portrait.

About the show Whalley states, “The word étude is defined as “a small, intricate study”, and so it seemed an appropriate title for my most recent exhibition of new egg tempera paintings and graphite drawings. With the exception of one portrait, the show is made up of small, intimate compositions created from among the thousands of “orphaned objects” that inhabit the shelves of my studio. Some works allude to partly told stories that the viewers are invited to consider with their imaginations. Others are simple, detailed portraits of tools, objects or old photographs, with attention to their patinas, textures and the quality of light they are seen in.”

His work is in numerous  private and public collections including The Portland Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art. He has participated in exhibits nationally.  A 30 year retrospective of Whalley’s work, In New Light,  was published in 2006

Gallery Hours:  Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm & Saturday 10am – 5pm 

For More Information:

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, Maine  04101
207.772.2693 
www.greenhutgalleries.com
info@greenhutgalleries.com

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:
www.greenhutgalleries.com
146 Middle Street, Portland, ME | 207-772-2693 | info@greenhutgalleries.com

Atmospheric Firing: Pottery by Betsy Levine of Prescott Hill Pottery at Maine Potters Market

Betsy Levine Soda fired Platter

Betsy Levine Soda fired Platter

For the month of July, Maine Potters Market is featuring the work of Betsy Levine. Betsy’s pots are organic and earthy, with a sensuality that comes mostly from the materials she choses and the atmospheric firing techniques that she uses. Her forms are simple, yet graceful, revealing the complex surfaces resulting from the interaction of clay and fire.  

Betsy Levine Wood-fired Serving Bowl

Betsy Levine Wood-fired Serving Bowl

Two different firing methods create a complementary body of work. The wood fired pots are fired for 8 days, allowing fly ash, coals, and the strokes of the flame itself to caress the pots and create unique surfaces in a beautiful range of natural color, from blacks, browns and purples to oranges, golds and pale pearly greasy. The soda fired pots show off the natural colors of the clay itself played against restrained use of glaze which reacts with the soda atmosphere to produce subtle changes in light reflectivity and color variation. 

Betsy Levine wood-fired vase

Betsy Levine wood-fired vase

Betsy’s pots are made to be used, admired and loved. They may look like works of art but they can go from table to dishwasher and be used and enjoyed every day.

The Maine Potters Market is located at 376 Fore Street Portland, ME 04101.July hours: 10 – 9 daily. For more information please contact Betsy Levine at Prescott Hill Pottery 207 589.3399 or betsy@elementalpotter.com or visit her website at www.prescotthillpottery.com

Dance of the Tribes at Greenhut Galleries

Tom Paiement, Audience, 24 x 24 inches, mixed media

Tom Paiement, Audience, 24 x 24 inches, mixed media

Tom Paiement’s Dance of the Tribes is an exhibition of mixed media pieces inspired by his winter visits to Venice Beach, California. In 1965, Tom Paiement and 2 of his friends from college drove from Maine to California in his brand new convertible Corvair, across the Rockies, through Vegas, away from the east coast into the sunshine and space of California.  They landed in Venice Beach.

In the winter of of 2013, Tom returned to Venice Beach and spent a month living one block from the famous boardwalk where everyone is there to see and be seen.  When he came back to Maine he started his Venice Beach series using collage, paint,  graffiti, tight drawing, woodcuts, metals, to manifest the energy and complexity of Venice Beach and the sensual and titillating dance of the “tribes”.  His palette changed radically.  

As the late Phil Issacson once stated, “Tom Paiement’s paintings are always moving, always on the go.  They are powerful and masterly….so infused with energy.”

Alison Rector, "Bend in the River"Oil on linen21 x 24 inches

Alison Rector, “Bend in the River”Oil on linen21 x 24 inches

Side Gallery exhibit Alison Rector Shared Quiet:  In Celebration of Libraries

Since 2010, Alison Rector has visited and painted many of Maine’s public libraries.  There are 18 Carnegie libraries in Maine and Alison has set out to visit them all. This exhibition includes 13 of her library paintings.  The Rector painting of the Rockland Public Library now hangs in their foyer.  Alison Rector along with Kirk Mohney, Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will present a collaborative talk about the art and architectural history of purpose built libraries in Maine at the Portland Public Library on Thursday July 14, 2016 5-7pm.  They have presented this talk at four different venues around the state.

When asked about her process, Rector states “All of my paintings start with a pencil drawing, and then a grisaille underpainting (a black & white value study, the term grisaille coming from the French word gris for grey).  On top of this monotone underpainting ground, I add layers of color.  The luminosity of the oil paint builds, layer upon layer, sculpting the texture of the painting.”

GREENHUT GALLERIES
146 MIDDLE STREET
PORTLAND, ME  04101
207.772.2693 or 888.772.2693
Hours: Mon – Friday, 10-5:30, Saturday 10 – 5
Email info@greenhutgalleries.com or visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

PMA presents Innovators and Entrepreneurs: A Women in Business Forum

Florine Stettheimer (United States, 1871-1944), Picnic at Bedford Hills (detail), oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Florine Stettheimer (United States, 1871-1944), Picnic at Bedford Hills (detail), oil on canvas, 40 5/16 x 50 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia.

Thursday, July 28
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free for members and employees of Corporate members; $8 general public
Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium

Influential women have shaped the city of Portland throughout its history. In 1908, author and critic Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat forever transformed the PMA with her bequest of the McLellan House and the funds to build the L.D.M. Sweat Memorial galleries in her husband’s memory. As Portland evolves into a 21st century city and prepares for the next chapter in its history, prominent women throughout the business community remain at the forefront of expansion.

The PMA is proud to present a public forum featuring four such leaders, in conjunction with the exhibition, O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists in New York. Moderated by Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, this conversation will center on the shared and differing challenges women face in navigating the creative and business worlds, the ways in which these women have found and maintained their voices, and the innovations they’ve applied to their respective industries in Maine and beyond.

Panelists:
Lisa DeSisto, CEO at Maine Today Media
Leeann Leahy, CEO at The VIA Agency
Sarah Peterson, MD, Ph.D., Research Fellow at the Myocardial Biology & Heart Failure Lab, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Elizabeth Whelan, Owner, Elizabeth Whelan Design

Space is limited and reservations are required. To register call (207) 775-6148 or Click here for tickets.

Media sponsor: MaineBiz

MECA Presents Made in LA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vestibule 594 presents COLLAGE CUTOUTS

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

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

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

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

For More Information:

Vestibule 594
594 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

http://vestibule594.com/

Skowhegan at Seventy at the PMA This Summer

Organizing the Physical Evidence - Brian Bress

Brian Bress (United States, born 1975) Organizing the Physical Evidence, 2014 from the portfolio skowheganBOX no. 2, Archival inkjet print, 14 x 11 inches. Museum purchase with support from the Irving Bennett Ellis Fund and John and Linda Coleman, 2015.11.1b

The Portland Museum of Art and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture—two of the most prominent art institutions in the state of Maine—collaborate on Skowhegan at Seventy, an exhibition that commemorates the 70th anniversary of the school’s founding and showcases work produced at the school or in its honor, including the PMA’s recent acquisition, portfolio titled skowheganBOX no. 2 (2015).

The summer program in central Maine has hosted, as teachers, guest speakers, or students, an astonishing cross-section of the contemporary art world, including Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Glenn Ligon, Dana Schutz, and countless more—many of whom consider their time in Skowhegan as crucial to the development of their practice. This selection of prints, photographs, and paintings by artists who have taught at or attended Skowhegan comes from the PMA collection and the school’s archives; together, the works offer a glimpse into the nuanced history of contemporary art and its long relationship to the state of Maine.

PMA BACKGROUND

With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is the cultural heart of Maine. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special members-only events, Free School Tours, and a commitment to family activities, to PMA Films, curator talks, and exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

The museum is located at Seven Congress Square in downtown Portland.

Summer Hours (through October 10): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Winter Hours (beginning October 11): Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for students with I.D. Children 14 and under are always free. Admission is free every Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café and PMA Store.

Winslow Homer Studio tours are available by reservation. For more information, click here or call (207) 775-6148.

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

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS

Tuition
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

REGISTER HERE

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)

Greenhut Galleries to Show New Works

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Henry Issacs “Between the Islands #3”, 36”x36” inches, Oil on canvas

 

Greenhut Galleries of Portland will be featuring new work by artists Henry Issacs, William Irvine, Tina Ingraham and Kathi Smith

Also featured is the work of artist Margaret Gerding. The exhibit will run from June 2- July 2 with an opening reception Thursday, June 2 from 5-7 pm.