Archive for Rockland

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art to Host Annual Gala

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will host its annual summer fundraiser, The Art Party on Friday evening, June 28, from 6 to 9pm. The event celebrates the opening of CMCA’s three summer exhibitions featuring the work of artists Ann Craven, Dan Mills, and Tectonic Industries, and will take place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland.

The Art Party is CMCA’s largest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds from the event support its exhibition fund and free educational programming for the community. The evening features drinks and a moveable feast created by Trillium Caterers, oysters by Otter Cove Farms, and a silent auction of exceptional goods and experiences. Tickets to the event are open to the public and include The After Party with dancing to DJ Owen Cartwright from 9pm to midnight at the Yellow Barn, located across from CMCA at 20 Winter Street. Tickets to The After Party (ages 21+) may also be purchased separately.

To purchase tickets to The Art Party and The After Party visit cmcanow.org or call 207-701-5005. The event is supported in part by The Arete Foundation, Max Mara, and individual sponsors.

Dowling Walsh Gallery Hosts: David Vickery, Elizabeth Fox and Erik Weisenburger

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of June: David Vickery, Elizabeth Fox, and Erik Weisenburger. Opening Friday, June 7th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

 

 

David Vickery, Orange Crush, Oil on panel, 24″ x 24″

 

 

David Vickery

David Vickery is an artist based in Cushing, Maine. He has been working from his studio there since 1991. His work has been exhibited at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, ME; College of the Atlantic, Mount Desert, ME; Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY; and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.

Vickery is known for his precise realism and exploration of light and space. His subjects include both interiors and the landscape around him. The work explores the merger of nature and culture – an attempt to make sense of our place in the world. He looks at interior spaces and our imprint on the landscape with an eye for the imperfect, quirky, and sometimes elegant adaptations we’ve made in order to live here.

 

 

Elizabeth Fox, American Muscle, Oil on panel, 12″ x 18″

 

 

Elizabeth Fox

Elizabeth Fox was born in Orlando, Florida, in 1969, and attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota. She lived in New Orleans for eighteen years, before moving to Maine in 2008. She has exhibited her work in New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami, Washington, D.C., Houston, the Netherlands and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Maine. Fox now lives and works in Standish, Maine.

She works in a traditional process of applying thin layers of oil paint, gradually building the painting up and allowing for drying time between each coat. The works are painted on a very smooth panel and first use a black and white layer as an undercoating. This black and white underpainting is as detailed as the finished painting. Color layers are then added on top of the black and white.

Fox states that, “I like to work from my gut, mixing the beautiful with the mundane. My paintings are deceptively simple, using a fresh color palette and hyper-defined subject matter to draw you in. There’s a sense of isolation with ample negative space and rhythmic placement of objects and figures. By emphasizing the relationships between people, objects, color, and space, everyday scenes can become mysterious, funny or strange. I leave the painting’s story open-ended, allowing its meaning the possibility of naturally changing over time.”

 

 

Erik Weisenburger, Green Mitten, Oil on panel, 14″ x 14″

 

 

Erik Weisenburger

Erik Weisenburger studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.

He has had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, the Dean Jensen Gallery in Milwaukee, the Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University and Wright Museum of Art, Beloit College WI. Recent group exhibitions include the Center for Maine Contemporary Art 2012 Biennial; Madison Art Center, Madison, WI; and Rose Contemporary in Portland Maine.

His work may be found in the permanent collections of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Racine Art Museum, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Erik Weisenburger’s paintings depict rich, luminous landscapes. They include sparse action, but a refined detail that pulls the viewer in to examine the work with a keen eye. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns with subtle definition through his use of meticulous brushwork. The work often presents the viewer with overarching narratives or allegorical themes as well as symbolic overtones.

Erik Weisenburger lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

CRAFT Gallery Opens for “Birds: A Spring Migration”

Antonia Munroe, A Green Lovebird, 2017, pigment dispersion on panel

 

CRAFT Gallery’s introductory 2019 show “Birds: A Spring Migration” opens on May 22 and continues through June. It features Rare Bird paintings by Camden artist Antonia Munroe. Since 2014 Antonia Munroe has travelled to India to study techniques of Indian miniature painting, particularly those developed by the 17th century Mughal painter Ustad Mansur and his contemporaries. While paintings of this period were typically painted on paper, Munroe paints on panels prepared with gesso and clay. Working with hand ground pigment dispersions, she builds layer upon layer of paint, using the traditional delicate brushes made from the underside hairs of a squirrel’s tail. Indian miniature paintings are often surrounded by elaborate painted borders. Unable to resist an enduring fascination with block-printed textiles, Munroe fills the borders and backgrounds of her paintings with her original stenciled motifs. The resulting images are not mere portraits of rare birds; they are idolized exotic creatures of nature, often perched on a flowering branch amidst a forest of subtle yet dazzling patterns.

  

Munroe’s paintings are part of CRAFT’s “Birds: A Spring Migration”, a group show. Using the many skills found in fine craft, Munroe is an appropriate leader in this show with Julie Crane, David Jacobson, Peggy Johnson, Berri Kramer, J.R.Pyne, Jacques Vesery, Fiona Washburn and Dan West. Whimsical or serious, Idealized or stylized, the artists offer their interpretations of birds, feathers, nests and eggs in various mediums. CRAFT Gallery will be open for Rockland’s First Friday evening Art Walk on June 7th. Meet the artists and enjoy live music in our brick courtyard. CRAFT Gallery is located  in a charming 19th century yellow carriage house in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. It is next to the Caldbeck and Gautschi Galleries and across from The Farnsworth Art Museum. Hours are 11am to 5 pm On Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday by chance. FMI please call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com.

Photographer Peter Ralston Presents “Arctic Observations” Slide Talk at CMCA

Tuesday Talk | Arctic Observations

 

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to attend a special presentation by photographer Peter Ralston on Tuesday, June 4, at 5:30pm. The well-known Rockport-based photographer, whose work is included in the current exhibition Melt Down, will present a slide talk about his voyage to Greenland and the Northwest Passage aboard a sailboat in 2016.

An engaging and informative speaker, Ralston will share his “Arctic Observations” from the journey, including stunning photographs and moving tales of the effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystem of the region.

 

 

Peter Ralston, Second Rule, 2016, Archival Pigment Print, courtesy the artist

A co-founder of the Island Institute in Rockland, Ralston is highly regarded for his iconic images of the Maine coast and island communities, which he began photographing in 1978. Many of his images have been published in the Institute’s The Island Journal, for which he served as art director until 2010. In 2003, Ralston was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at Colby College for his photography and role in founding the Island Institute.

 

Peter Ralston, Cathedral Illulissat, 2016, Archival Pigment Print, courtesy the artist

 

Witnessing the changing environment in the arctic first-hand has inspired the photographer to take action and share his stories. He says, “The profound impact of what I saw was informed by forty years as a student of remote communities and environments. As a storyteller, I will forever carry the obligation to share what I saw there, primarily in hopes that bearing witness may in some small way help as we face one of humanity’s greatest threats to date.”

The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. The “Melt Down” exhibition is on view at CMCA through June 9. For further information about the exhibition, please visit cmcanow.org.

 

 

Landing Gallery opening for “WILD LIFE”

“Late afternoon sun over Hog Island, from Naskeag Point, Maine”, oil/panel 8” X 10”

 

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “WILD LIFE”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, May 24 – June 30.  Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her.  It will be held on Friday, June 7th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

 

 

“Morning light, looking east from the Narrows, Islesboro, Maine”, oil/panel 9” x 12”

 

Sarah Faragher was born and raised on the coast of Maine, studied art history and painting at Colby College and the University of Maine, and now lives and works as a professional painter in midcoast Maine.  She has attended residencies at Weir Farm National Historic Site and Acadia National Park, and on Great Spruce Head Island.  Her work is featured in Drawing New Audiences, Expanding Interpretive Possibilities: Artist-in-Residence Programs of the National Park Service (U.S Department of the Interior 2009), was selected for the 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial, and is included in the book Art of Acadia by David Little and Carl Little (Down East Books 2016).

“When I began painting in and from the landscape over fifteen years ago, I worked outside about half the time. Gradually I found myself painting more from direct observation and less in the studio, and now I make ninety-five percent of my paintings out in nature. The almanac of the year sets my schedule, and in working with the seasons, the weather, temperature, tides, and wind direction, I align myself with the natural order of things. Being out in the middle of everything as it unfolds helps reset my worry-clock to none, for long moments. I become more light of heart, and accepting of the inevitability of change, since working outside is to see and experience firsthand constant change, as the way of the world and everything in it.

How necessary wildness is. What a gift and a treasure. I leave most human- made structures and objects out of my work for now, because I’m more compelled by landscapes and seascapes that are simply themselves, and by other creatures and species with their own wild character and integrity. When I’m outside I feel like one of them too. Making marks with a brush and paint, describing my perception of natural forms, while also evoking inner landscapes – what a deep searching happiness it is. Working this way helps me embrace and value the wild in myself. I remember who I am: a child of nature, a tree-hugger, a walker of quiet meadows and shorelines, a star-gazer and ocean-swimmer, a loafer and a worker bee, an observer and a participant in this life.  And after the pleasures of painting outside? I bring my new work home to the studio. The wild comes in, and I live with it, and listen to what it says. Part of which is this: representing nature is, to me, a radical and essential choice. Making that choice again and again results in the creation of elegies to the places I love, which are changing forever”.

 

 

“February surf, gray afternoon, Schoodic, Maine”, oil/panel 8” x 10”

 

“I was born and raised in downeast Maine. My paintings are memoirs of my experiences with nature.  Through painting I participate in the landscape, recognize transcendent moments in nature, honor the integrity of natural forms, and describe where my heart lives.  I often feel as if the places I paint have commissioned me to tell their autobiographies, at the same time that I tell my own.”

Please join us in the gallery.  Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5 & Sun 12-5, Closed Mon & Tue.  FMI 207 239-1223, www.facebook.com/LandingGallery/

Caldbeck Gallery opens new gallery show “Three Person Show”

 

HATCHET 2017 ink on rag paper 22 x 17 inches Tim Van Vampen

 

On First Friday June 7, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open 2 new exhibits, with a reception from 5-8 pm for the 6 gallery artists and their work.

In Three Person Show, artists Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston, Stew Henderson of Northport, and Tim Van Campen of Thomaston, will share the downstairs gallery space in an installation of selections from their recent work.   Florance’s 7 large and colorful paintings are part of a body of work titled Continuum.   They are created through stenciling, drawing, and masking out shapes and lines with rolled on relief ink, sometimes with pencil and litho crayon added.  Her approach to bringing these visual elements together is intuitive, based on the experiences derived from years of working from nature and with nature.  Of her work, the artist says, “No right, no wrong.  A flurry of marks, molded shapes of color, analogies to fragments of life around.  A conversation, as dialogue…between you, me, and the work.  Curiosity piqued, time spent, and space to struggle”.   Her work has been included in exhibits throughout the U.S., as well as in international exhibits, mostly focused on the environment and women’s issues.  She has shown with the Caldbeck since 1989.  Stew Henderson titles his new body of work  Patriarcheology .  In it, he explores how both his maternal and paternal grandfathers influenced his creative life.  Visual memories include the drawings in the patent books that remain from one grandfather’s career as a patent lawyer.  In the series “Manual for Dual Memories”, Henderson prints the patent drawings on mylar, layers them, and then includes colorful geometric shapes. Other works refer to his memory of his other grandfather who was a scholar and worked as head of the main reading room at the New York Public Library.  The patent lawyer grandfather also designed a family crest and had a stamp made.  Henderson designs certain pieces that depict family members  with this crest stamp.  One piece, “Black Sheep” is about…well…the black sheep in the family history.  As he says, “every family has one, or more”.  One might wonder if he is referring to the artists in the family tree.  Henderson has been represented by the Caldbeck since 1987.   Tim Van Campen’s crisp and intellectual design work is represented by a number of small scale digital prints, as well as an oil on panel, and an oil on aluminum, a more recent approach of his to presenting his work.   “My hard edge works blend color, form, and pattern. They are often minimal, sometimes complex. Intuitively constructed, striving for a pleasing color field with unique balance. I strive to be a bit outside of the box.  I have always mixed painting and print mediums. As of late the digital becomes the sketch for paintings on canvas or larger works on aluminum. Often one idea becomes a series of variations on a theme.  Represented here are mostly smaller paper work. The inspiration derived from a reexamined archived past. Sometimes less is more sometimes it’s not”.   Van Campen has exhibited widely in Maine, as well as Pennsylvania, California, and internationally in Tapei, China.  Corporate, museum, and private collections, as well as numerous design and other awards, honor his work.  His first solo show with the Caldbeck was in 1987.

 

 

NARROW BRIDGE 2019 oil on masonite 19 x 11 inches Nancy Glassman

 

 

In the upstairs galleries is a 3 person show called Landscape in Oil.  David Dewey writes about this show’s selection of oil n panel paintings: “My small townscape-landscape oils on masonite were painted during the years 1975 to 1979. They coincide with my lifelong friendship with Lois Dodd and my family’s move in 1975 to Dodd’s Blairstown New Jersey house. Our move to Blairstown was an important early period for me as a painter. At the beginning of our friendly living arrangement in Lois’s beautiful, white, early 20thCentury Victorian house, I began obsessively painting, in the out of doors, small oils on Masonite, setting up my easel out around the house, the town, and the nearby farms. Painting out doors then, often with Lois painting nearby, formed an aesthetic foundation that has fed my development as a painter throughout my life.  A small group of the oils on masonite from 1975 and 1976 were included in my first solo exhibition in 1977 at Green Mountain Gallery in Soho. The majority of them were painted after that exhibition and have been stored away ever since, until now.”   Dewey also explained that it was on one of the painting outings with Lois that he got hooked on watercolor, the medium he is now known for nation wide.  That one day, Dodd was working with watercolors instead of oils.  She asked him if he wanted to try out her watercolor paints.  He did, and his artistic future was forever changed.   Dewey has been with the Caldbeck since 2004.

When Jeff Epstein bought a farm house in Cushing, Maine, his artistic future was also forever changed.  Where he had always been a visitor to Cushing and other parts of Maine, he now had a permanent studio and ambiance that he could settle into and paint accumulated visual knowledge and experiences.   The oil on panel paintings in this show are about his new home in Cushing.  He says, “The intersection of the natural and constructed worlds is a space where moments of natural beauty are interrupted by human intrusions, where disruption and harmony coexist, sometimes uneasily. “  In these paintings, telephone poles and signposts stand in contrast to the surrounding vegetation, and echo the verticals of neighboring trees.  Telephone wires above, and hoses on the ground below, connect buildings with the landscape.  On the country roads, tire rubber “burnouts” swirl on the pavement, leaving a calligraphic “road graffiti”, delighting the artist’s eye and brush.  He has shown with the Caldbeck since 2003.

Nancy Glassman’s oil on canvas and on panel as well as on aluminum paintings are filled with nature’s bounty.  She says, “We all need intimacy with the natural world.  Painting is my way of getting to know a particular place.  When the thing I’m looking at grabs me, I have learned to accept the call to action!  Vibrating in a personal dance with the scene before me, I pick up on the movement of the clouds and wind, the revelations of color, the patterns of plant growth, the effects of the fauna.  I paint to apprehend the Life Force.  I paint to see and understand what matters the most to me, which is nature”.   Glassman has shown widely in Maine and beyond, and has been with the Caldbeck since 1982, participating in the gallery’s inaugural exhibit in June of that year.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 12 – 4, and Sunday 1 – 4.  For information please call 207 594 5935, or email caldbeck@midcoast.com

Archipelago opens new gallery show ‘Spring Tide’

“Fiddleheads” by Kathy Lane

 

Join Archipelago to celebrate spring and the return of color, foliage, cheerful light, and warmth at the opening reception for its new gallery show, “Spring Tide,” on Friday, June 7th. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host a special artists’ reception, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.

“Acadia Rocks” by Catherine Worthington

 

 

The show, which will be on display through July 28th, features the work of Rockland painter Kathy Lane (watercolor), Port Clyde painter Kathleen Fox (watercolor), Brunswick textile artist Catherine Worthington (textile art quilts), Midcoast sculptor Jeff Barrett (folk art sculpture), and Camden painter Leecia Price (encaustic and cold wax painting), and includes paintings, carved wall pieces, wood folk carvings, mixed media collages, and a broad array of pieces from coastal Maine artists. Other work highlighted includes: wooden bowls and vases by Richard Dunham; paintings by Henry Isaacs; furniture by Christina Vincent; and wood sculpture by Wayne Robbins.
In addition to the opening reception on June 7th, the public is also invited to stop into Archipelago’s Main Street location during the First Friday Art Walk on July 5th to celebrate this show, enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages, and see all of the pieces.

 

“Landfall” by Leecia Price

 

Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Starting Memorial Weekend, both the store and gallery will be open seven days a week: Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To learn more about the artists and work featured in “Spring Tide,” visit the Archipelago page on Facebook. For general questions regarding Archipelago or the gallery show, visit https://thearchipelago.net or contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

Art Space Gallery opens for Works by Margaret Creighton

Art Space Gallery, at 405 Main Street, Rockland, opens its doors for the new season on Friday, May 3, 5-8pm for First Friday Art Walk. Gallery hours in May, Friday & Saturday, 11-4.

New member Margaret Creighton, of Yarmouth, shows her paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastel, inspired by the mercurial moods of nature. Realistic depiction of colorful clouds, dreamy yet lifelike, seem to move over serene land and seascapes, evoking memory and mystery. Returning members of this 15 artist cooperative will have exciting new pieces on display in sculpture, paintings, woodwork, metal, and jewelry. Be sure to visit our new “Gift Nook” with small crafts, cards and little artworks, to find Maine souvenirs and treasures.

ArtLab for All Ages Saturday May 4, 2 – 4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the spring season during May’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 4, from 2 to 4pm.

Come celebrate the colors and vibrancy of Spring! With print making, painting and sculptural materials, create bouquets and wearable insect medallions, looking to the thoughtful work of the artists in our Melt Down exhibit who inspire awareness and appreciation for nature.

Led by instructor Alexis Iammarino, ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all.

Support for ArtLab is provided in part by The Bob Crewe Foundation, The Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 WinterStreet, Rockland, Maine. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm.

The Caldbeck Gallery Presents Gallery Artists’ “Back to Nature”

PLENTY, 1989, oil on canvas, Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

 

The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open its 38th summer season on First Friday, May 3, with a group show.  This exhibition enjoys a fun and free interpretation of its title, “Back to Nature”, with paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photographs by gallery artist Anne Alexander, Katherine Bradford, Alan Bray, Lise Becu, Sam Cady, K. Min, David Dewey, Lois Dodd, Melanie Essex, Jeff Epstein, Kathleen Florance, Maggie Foskett, Nancy Glassman, Bayard Hollins, Janice Kasper, Fred Kellogg, Koichiro Kurita, Kristin Malin, Chris Osgood, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Dennis Pinette, Michael Reece, Barbara Sullivan, Todd Watts, Dan West, Susan Williams, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig.

The reception will take place on First Friday May 3, from 5-8 pm.  The gallery is looking forward to seeing everyone out and about again, and to the kick off of 2019’s “Rockland, Art Capital of Maine” adventures.   “Back to Nature” has been on view for much of the winter, and it will run through May 10.

Spring gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 12 – 4, and by chance and by appointment. For more information, please call the gallery at 207 594 5935, or email caldbeck@midcoast.com