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Greenhut Galleries Presents New Works by Ed Douglas

Portrait Thirteen (The Gardener II), oil on linen, 36″ x 28″

 

In May, Greenhut Galleries in Portland, is excited to present a solo exhibition of new works by long-time Greenhut artist, former Maine College of Art drawing and painting instructor and Art Department Chair, Ed Douglas.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 2 5-7 and the show runs from May 2 – June 1.  Well-known poet Maine, Jonathan Aldrich, has written beautifully about his friend’s work:

Ed Douglas is a master of color. Like Matisse, one of his favorite painters, he works until he gets it right. Sometimes we can see where he has thinly, or partially, painted a fresh color over a previous one — part of the long process he adheres to, a process inviting the viewer to realize an intended aspect of the painting. Sometimes we notice an odd patch of color, seemingly discordant until we understand that the created tension in some way balances the whole. Energy and light emerge from his best paintings.We sense this quality even from far away.

Ed is often drawn to series. He has painted purely non-representational designs, but also a great series of primitive standing stones, of graveyards, of quarries, of flowers. For some time now his work has turned to human figures, people busy at their business, or a single person looking out at us, or a nude threesome simply (it seems) standing around — but always more abstract and designed than we might expect.  Although Ed is a very serious artist, his work rarely strikes us as tragic or sad. (The graveyard series may be a kind of exception.) Unlike many abstract expressionists, his view is truly positive and even compassionate. In fact, I find an underlying humor in some of his latest work, subtle and perhaps not striven for. In social life he loves a joke. (I can image a dialogue:  Me: “What’s that strange little patch for?” Ed: “It’s for sale.”)

 

Musicians, Oil on panel, 12″ x 11.5″

 

Thus, while we may be initially attracted to a Douglas painting for its subject matter, this is not the painter’s wish, nor is it our own when we understand what we are looking at. The painting, when completed represents only itself. One viewer once complained, “The arm in that paintings seems too high.” Ed answered, “That’s not an arm. It’s paint.” And he meant it. The painting is the painting, and if it does not represent anything external, it would be the sensation(s) he experienced from something he had seen or imagined, or even the act of creation itself. For Ed, sensations are the key. Let’s just simply say that Ed Douglas’s finest paintings are sensational.

 

The Very Model of a Modern General, 23″ x 22.5″

 

Born in 1935, Ed Douglas began his fine arts education at the Rhode Island School of Design earning a BFA in 1963. He earned an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied with Bay Area giant Richard Diebenkorn. From 1973 to 2000, Douglas taught drawing and painting at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and for most of his tenure there, he also served as Chair of the Art Department. Douglas has been a Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. In 2013, he was an invited guest lecturer and art critic at Colby College. Ed’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Dayton Art Museum, Dayton, Ohio, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois, the Cincinnati Art Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Papendrecht Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands, as well as in private collections in the United States, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, and Greece. Ed Douglas maintains a residence in Maine spending summers in Essex, New York.

Maine Craft Portland Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

Maine Craft Portland unveils an alternative bridal show not to be missed! Over 20 craft artists have created one-of-a-kind ceremonial adornment, accessories, and jewelry that embody new ideas to present bridal with a twist!

This 2-month long exhibit will showcase unique offerings for the discerning contemporary looking to get hitched in distinctive true to you style. How about matching hand stamped leather belts, lovers’ knot bracelets, or a silk skived unisex Kurta? These dazzling, ready to wear pieces, like all offerings at the Maine Craft Portland retail gallery were handcrafted by talented Maine-based craft artists.

Exhibition Dates: May 3 – June 29th
First Friday Art Walk Receptions
May 3rd, 5-8pm Opening Reception with jazz pianist Sonja Florman
June 7th 5-8pm Musical guest Owen Kennedy from Pineland Fiddlers

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association

 

Seconds and Supplies Sale: June 1 10:00-3:00 at Running With Scissors in Portland.

It’s time to take a look around your studio, and ask yourself, does this item spark joy?  If not, it may be time to move on. This unique sale is an opportunity for the public and fellow artists to purchase studio supplies, materials and equipment, as well as seconds (final products not quite right for full price retail or wholesale shows and stores) directly from Maine artists.

The sale is a co-production of Maine Crafts Association and Running with Scissors designed to support our members, have fun and help shift extra materials from people who don’t need them to people who do!

Vendors, volunteers and customers are invited to an after party at Urban Farm Fermentory 3-6pm. Join us to visit, connect and celebrate clean studios and new purchases.  UFF is located steps from Running with Scissors (200 Anderson St) in dreamy tasting room perfect for a laid-back apres event offering brewed-on-site kombucha, jun, beer, cider & mead! (Attendance @ the sale not required to attend!).

 

Call for Artists: Maine Craft Weekend

Full listings, including map listing are free for current members of MCA and Maine Made through June 30. Non-members are also welcome to join the tour, which includes web and map listing and links and the benefit of our event promotion, for a $25 fee.

If you’re one of these below, join the tour!
– Studio artist (all mediums are welcome!)
– Artist collectives and guilds
– Non-profit craft schools, organizations and programs, craft workshops
– Artist living in or near a featured city: Ellsworth, Waterville, Hallowell
– Galleries, pop-up shops and trunk shows featuring Maine craft
– Craft beverage and craft food producers collaborating with artists

For more information visit: mainecraftweekend.org

Maine: The Painted State at Greenhut Galleries

Dozier Bell, 22:00, Acrylic on linen, 30 x 50 inches

 

 

Maine: The Painted State showcased at Greenhut Galleries from April 4 – 27 with an opening receptions on Saturday, April 6 from 1:00-3:00pm.  In curating this exhibition, we asked 50 of Maine’s best artists to get personal – to show us the places in Maine that are the most meaningful to them. The most memorable places — the ones that keep calling them back, again and again. We are thrilled with the work we received – work grounded in a sense of place, but occupying a liminal space where the personal intersects with the universal.

John Whalley, Monhegan Storm, Oil on linen, 18 x 24 inches

 

 

In our 41st year and dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists, Greenhut Galleries is pleased to host this celebration of our majestic state, and its amazing artists. Join us!
Featured artists:  Jacobus Baas, Susan Barnes, Dozier Bell, Chris Beneman, Todd Bezold, MJ Blanchette, Mary Bourke, Jeff Bye, Sam Cady, Thomas Connolly, David Dewey, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Kate Emlen, Maurice Freedman, Kathleen Galligan, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Tom Hall, Lindsay Hancock, Thomas Higgins, Bayard Hollins, Julie Houck, Jon Imber, Tina Ingraham, William Irvine, Henry Isaacs, Sarah Knock, Philip Koch, Margaret Lawrence, George Lloyd, Amy Lowry, Daniel Minter, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Colby Myer, Colin Page, Tom Paiement, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Paul Rickert, Bjorn Runquist, Kathi Smith, Mike Stiler, Jan ter Weele, Alexandra Tyng, Michael Walek, Neil Welliver, John Whalley and Timothy Wilson.

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association

 

The outdoor Maine Art and Craft Seconds & Supplies Sale will be held Saturday June 1, 2019 at Running with Scissors in Portland, Maine.

 

 

Call for Artists: Maine Craft Weekend

Full listings, including map listing are free for current members of MCA and Maine Made through June 30. Non-members are also welcome to join the tour, which includes web and map listing and links and the benefit of our event promotion, for a $25 fee.

March Exhibitions at Greenhut Galleries

Tim Christensen, Tunk Stream Blackwoods Porcelain 14 x 6 x 6 inches

These exhibitions are shown from March 7 – 30 with an opening reception on March 7 from 5-7.  Tim Christensen will give a talk on March 9 at 1 and Henry Isaacs on March 16 at 1.
Greenhut is pleased to announce its first exhibition of work by printmaker, PMA Biennial featured porcelain artist, environmentalist, and writer, Tim Christensen. The exhibition is titled, “In Response to Chaos” and the work featured in this show is the culmination of his latest sea voyage.
When I googled “Container Ship Passage Australia” 2-1/2 years ago, it was with the intention that I would create a body of work that would chronicle an odyssey. I had been asked to present my pecha kucha talk, “Art in the Holocene Extinction” in Cooroy, Queensland, and from this invitation, I created a “mega-transect,” a study of the Earth’s systems that would come to span the major oceans, 6 of the 7 continents, and take me around the world using about 5 gallons of crude oil. I would experience the heat of the Sudanese Red Sea, the wet of the Bornean Jungle, the loneliness of the Pacific, the space of the Australian bush, and the chaos of living in places where everything is unfamiliar and new. I would experience hurricanes, typhoons, pirates, state security services, dingos, snakes, insects, flying fish, whales, sharks, sea snakes, macaques, leeches, superstition, inescapable reality, and plastic. I would see rare birds, rare sea creatures, rare atmospheric events, rare primates, and catch rare glimpses into lives- foreign and internal. In setting out to experience the world’s most remote places, I committed to recording my experiences in as many durable, tangible, and recognizable ways I could think of.
I had two rules for this project: “Make everything possible as new as possible,” and “Always say, ’Yes.’” The resulting work reflects my observations of subjects internal and external. I looked at everything as equally valid and important, from traditional math- based-scientific data to more abstractly emotional and philosophical ideas.
I have used infinitely durable porcelain and universal visual language (Art!), to communicate what I saw across time, language, culture, and geographic barriers. These artifacts are designed to last tens of thousands of years and be accessible to anyone or anything with an eyeball and the ability to think abstractly. I conveyed the intimate daily experiences of the first voyage in that most personal of ways: by writing a book. Reflect, Adapt, and Persevere, co-written by Carri Lange and bound by Anna Low, was made using archival paper and inks, a self-created font of my handwriting, original drawings and intaglio prints, and a combination of ancient and modern silk screen printing processes and materials. During my travels, I used durable and portable etching plates and ancient drypoint to record my environment, often en plein air, capturing each day’s most compelling event, and later learned intaglio printing to create multiple images of what I saw. In all cases, I have “shown my work”, allowing the growth in the way I express myself to be evident alongside that which I was expressing.
Tim Christensen lives in Maine, splitting his time between Franklin and Roque Bluffs.

Henry Isaacs, Budapest Street 7 x 5 inches, Oil on panel

 

In the side gallery this month, Greenhut presents another travel-themed exhibition: Travel Notes, small paintings by Henry Isaacs. Writer and art critic, Dan Kany, has authored a booklet to accompany the show. An excerpt from Henry’s introduction to the Travel Notes booklet:
Sicily, Spring 2014. I am sitting in a cafe in front of Il Duomo di Cefalù on a Sunday morning. It is a quiet, sunny place. The vast space is empty. My palettes and brushes are set. My first sketch is exciting, and so I set to work. It was a Sunday, and after mass the children were the first out, and some ran over to me, curious to see what I was doing. Soon enough, there was a bunch of people around me. The waiter was happy because there was much more business. I worked very slowly because I was really comfortable, and I had plenty of time since Donna was off shopping. I heard one man say to the kids, ‘He seems nice. Go. Ask him about the colors. Why is he using those colors?’ ‘Lui sembra simpati-co. Vai.’ They did. I teased the children: ‘Do you have a problem with my colors?’ ‘No, sir! Grandfather. Where do you get those colors?’ ‘These are the best colors in the world,’ I replied in my broken Italian, ’Where do you think I get them?’ After a bit of back and forth about the best colors in the world, I said — finally — ‘Sicilia!’ They all cheered and the drinks came out, including an herb liqueur that was foul and tasted like 250% alcohol. They cheered again when I raised my glass and said, ‘Here’s to the colors of Sicilia!’ and we all toasted.
This story has repeated itself around the world so often that I am surprised when some version of it doesn’t happen. Painting on the tea terraces of Rwanda, women stop and watch from a respectful distance, and though I speak no Kinyarwanda, there is a smile, an exchange, a question, a brush tried out. Mayan children gather in highland villages in Guatemala and teach me the names of colors in K’iche’. In a small yurt in the mountains of central Japan, I work alongside my ninety-year-old Japanese friend while he paints his long scrolls. Near Black Mountain, Maine, I sit for the day painting small panels in August. Friends, family, and strangers join me for minutes or hours painting for the first or the umpteenth time as we chat away on the most splendid of days.
So many of my paintings have such records of companionship and stories embedded in them. I don’t necessarily remember all the details when I bring them back to my studio, but I remember enough. Art for me has never been a private undertaking. I mean it to be shared. My story of Sicily could just as easily have taken place on the Eastern Prom in Portland, Maine….
I hope the work and I always remain sembra simpatico.
Henry Isaacs received his BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA in Printmaking from the Slade School of Fine Art in England. He has taught and lectured around the world and his work is in numerous public and private collections. When not traveling the world, Henry splits his time between Portland and Vermont.

Man-Made: A State of Nature presented by Greenhut Galleries

Amy Peters Wood, Amelanotic Panhomoteratoma, egg tempera on resin encased panel

 

From February 7 – March 2 Greenhut Galleries is proud to present an environmentally themed invitational show with a focus on the social and cultural aspects of climate change. With point critical for reversing climate change behind us, but mitigation of future effects still possible, we invited 23 activist artists to submit work that creates awareness, stimulates dialogue, explores ethical issues and implications, comments on or seeks to change human behavior towards other species, and encourages long-term respect for the natural systems with which we coexist. The result is an exciting and eclectic exhibition. Media range from oil paintings to photographs to ceramics, textiles, reclaimed fishing gear, encaustic, wood, plastic, raw coal, bee pollen and more. The thread that binds is the thought-provoking beauty of the objects themselves and the passion each artist brought to this important project. We hope you’ll join us in participating in this urgent conversation.

Gin Stone, Atlantic Canyons Coyote, mixed media

 

Opening reception, Saturday, February 9 from 1-3pm. Man-Made featured artists: Judith Allen, Greta Bank, Stephen Burt, Kate Chappell, Lee Cummings, Michel Droge, Rick Green, Sean Alonzo Harris, Joe Hemes, Adriane Herman, Tina Ingraham, Juliet Karelsen, Jonathan Mess, Amy Peters Wood, Ben Potter, Alison Rector, Carter Shappy, Gail Skudera, Gin Stone, Shoshanna White, DM Witman, Jeff Woodbury, Dudley Zopp

‘Drawing Now’ Exhibits at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art

Clint Fulkerson, Portal 20, graphite ink and gouache on paper, 30×22

 

Following exhibitions in Paris and Sydney, the international Drawing Collective’s first U.S. exhibition “Drawing Now” will be on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the Maine College of Art (MECA), 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine, from January 17th – March 22nd.  A public Opening Celebration will be held on Friday, February 1, 5:00 – 8:00 pm.
The Drawing Collective  is comprised of 30 artists from eleven countries who all share the practice of abstract drawing. Its founder, Munira Naqui, a Portland-based artist, and Bruce Brown, Curator Emeritus  Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) are co-curators of “Drawing Now.” Erin Hutton, Director of Exhibitions at ICA at MECA, is the organizer of the exhibition.

Danielle Lescot, Mires Series, pencil on paper, 42×30 cm

 

The Drawing Collective’s work expands upon a rich intellectual and aesthetic history of abstract drawing.  Said Brown, “Descendants of Bauhaus, De Stijl, Réalities Nouvelles and Art Concret, their work represents a contemporary continuum of research in the formal purity of abstraction.”
“The core of the Collective’s work lies in the inter-connectivity of artists separated by geographical, linguistic and cultural barriers,” stated Naqui, who was born in Bangladesh, studied in  Moscow and came to the US in 1982.  A resident of Maine since 1993, she was inspired to launch the collective while discussing with artist friends in Paris several years ago the role of abstract drawing in contemporary practice and the possibility of using it as a common ground to connect with artists spread across the world.
“It is an honor for the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art to present The Drawing Collective’s first exhibition in the United States,” said Hutton. “Their devotion to the exploration of new strategies and methods is in alignment with our mission.” 
A highlight of the exhibition will be a durational drawing rendered live by Kevin Townsend , artist in residence at ICA at MECA from January 30th – February 2nd. An internationally recognized artist and professor currently living and working in Kansas City as part of KCAI’s foundation department, Townsend’s expanded drawing practice centers around mark-making, obsession and the phenomenology of time. He previously taught at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and at Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts University.

Anne Brochot, Untitled, ink on Bristol paper, 42”x29.7”

 

On Thursday, February 21st, 7:30 p.m., Portland Ovations will present “Strumming Music,” a musical performance by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble at the ICA at MECA.  Done in partnership with the exhibition, the performance will offer music responding to the artwork.  For ticketing information, please visit this link.

 

Running With Scissors Annual Holiday Pop-up Sale and Open Studios

On Friday, December 14th 4-8 and Saturday, December 15th 10-4 the studios at RWS will be open to the public and a pop-up shop will appear in the gallery, featuring 40+ local artists with work for sale. There will be food from Baristas + Bites and Black Dinah Chocolatiers, drinks from Tandem Coffee, music, and more! Plus check out the RWS Print Shop to participate in the 2018 Portland Print Craw

Greenhut Galleries’ 24th Annual Holiday Show

Tina Ingraham, Glenn’s Lobster House, Mackerel Cove, Bailey’s Island, Oil on linen, 12 x 16 inches

 

Greenhut Galleries’ 24th Annual Holiday Show, featuring its complete roster of painters and sculptors, opens Thursday, December 6th. While the gallery-wide exhibition opens on that date, the public reception for the show – a great chance to meet many of the artists while sampling Holiday treats – will be held on Saturday, December 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Henry Isaacs, At Bradbury Mountain, Pownal, oil on canvas, 16 x 30 inches

 

Kathi Smith, Snow Globe, Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches

 

With styles ranging from realism to colorful abstraction, there is something for everyone for the Holidays. This exhibition runs from December 6 through December 29, 2018.