Archive for Rockland

John Bisbee: American Steel Gallery Talk at CMCA

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a conversation and book signing with artist John Bisbee on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00 to 5:00pm. The event celebrates the release of the exhibition catalog, American Steel, and serves as a closing reception for the final weekend of the exhibition.

Art critic Carl Little, writing about American Steel in the online arts publication, Hyperallergic, states: “There’s something homegrown, authentic and tough about this artist—a cross between Bruce Springsteen and the village blacksmith. With American Steel, Bisbee has brought a new voice to his art, one, in his words, that ‘summons the utilitarian associations of the nail with new vigor and responds to the world outside of myself, pointedly and with humor.’ He calls American Steel ‘an aggressive spectacle,’ his ‘patriotic and poetic reexamination of America.’ It’s all that and then some. Excuse the pun: Bisbee has nailed it.”

 

 

Accompanying the exhibition, and available for purchase and signing by the artist at the reception on October 13, is the newly released 64-page, fully illustrated, 11×11 inch, hardcover catalog. The publication includes a foreword by CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy and an essay by Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and former Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC. The catalog has been designed by Maeve O’Regan, with photography by Andrew Estey. It was printed in Lewiston by Penmor Lithographers.

Constructed entirely from nails, by hand, John Bisbee’s sculptures draw on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. Made in a spirit of solidarity with workers of all kinds, each nail expresses the idea of things joined together.

John Bisbee: American Steel is on view at CMCA in Rockland through October 14, 2018. Major support for the exhibition has been provided by the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, John and Linda Coleman, the Lucas Kaempfer Foundation, James and Lisa Mooney, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, the David E. Shaw Family Foundation, and Cold Mountain Builders.

For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

“Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” Opens at CRAFT Gallery

Lidded Vessel by Paul Heroux

On October 5, CRAFT Gallery opens its final show of the 2018 season with “Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” in celebration of October’s National Craft Month, the show will run through November 7. It is a group show of work by Maine masters Morris Dorenfeld, Lynn Duryea, Paul Heroux, Sara Hotchkiss, Lissa Hunter, David Jacobson, Jan Owen, George Pearlman, Jacques Vesery and Dudley Zopp. These fine artists use craft materials and techniques to create their art. They demonstrate aesthetic, technical and material diversity, from age-old traditions to current technology. The techniques and materials range from drawing and painting, weaving, basketry, sculpture, glass blowing, porcelain, terra-cotta and wood.

Terra-cotta Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

 

 

 

Rag Rug by Sara Hotchkiss

 

 

     Paul Heroux, maker of vessels, uses modern laser techniques to create surface decoration, using the ceramic vessel as a 3-dimensional painting surface referencing landscape, plant life and other ever-evolving subjects that interest him. Lynn Duryea, another ceramic artist, takes a structural approach, using construction and assembly techniques to build minimal geometric shapes with terracotta slabs and unadorned surface techniques with dry glazes in soft mellow tones. The results are simple, expressive and echo architectural forms of the past. Rug weaver Sara Hotchkiss borrows from the the rug tradition of hand manipulated tapestry technique, incorporating star, leaf, heart, flower and diamond motifs, combining the color fields of rag rugs with geometric tapestry techniques. All of the group are award winning artists who are collected nationally by major art institutions. Many of the artists will be present during the First Friday Art Walk on the evening of October 5th. The show will continue until November 7th when CRAFT closes for the season. CRAFT Gallery is located at 12 Elm St. Rockland, ME 04841. FMI please call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com.

ArtLab for All Ages at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

October ArtLab for All Ages: Cartooning and Character Design

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own cartooning and character-designing tools during October’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, October 6, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, participants will learn creative ways to develop characters and cartoons. Different comic templates will be provided and there will be collaborative drawing games to help everyone invent their own original characters.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, and individual donors.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

First Friday Art Walk In Rockland

Rockland’s Final Art Walk for 2018 will be on Friday, 5 October from 5-8pm.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): Black Hole, The Farnsworth Art Museum, Art Space, Yvette Torres Fine Art, The Strand Theatre, Caldbeck Gallery, Craft Gallery, The Gautschi Center, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Stanhope & Spencer & The Jonathan Frost Gallery.

This month Art Space will be showcasing the work of Janalee Welch,  Obrianna Vine, and Melissa Post van der Burg.  Obrianna Cornelius’s soft and simple watercolors will warm your heart as the weather begins to grow cold. She is known for her vivid colors and bold brushstrokes. Simplifying the details, she creates calm and harmonious paintings that are refreshing to view.  Melissa Post van der Burg’s oil paintings depict the everyday people and places of Maine. Her work is fresh and vibrant, bold and lifelike, drawing attention from across the room.  Janalee Welch will show some of her favorite pastel paintings. Janalee’s love of vivid color, the autumn palette, fresh greens of spring, and the striking contrast of strong light and deep shadow are evident in her work.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be celebrating the opening of a new show: Maine and the Index of American Design. There will be a barbershop quartet and a book signing for the new catalog.

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will be exhibiting Libbey Seigars of Whitefield Pottery and the Women Painters of Midcoast Maine & Friends are exhibiting their nature-based art.

The Strand Theatre will have a screening of “BlacKkKlansman” at 5:30pm, and their Music on Screen Series film “Two Trains Runnin’”  at 8pm.

CRAFT Galley opens “Erasing the Line Between Fine Art and Craft” to celebrate National Craft Month, showing ten award winning major master fine craft artists woking in Maine today.

Yvette Torres Fine Art presents a group of artists whose work depicts the injustice and consequences of war, genocide and the resulting plight of refugees, included are, Samuel Gelber, James Graham, Frances Kidder, Cynthia Motian McGuril, Winslow Myers, Elaine Schmitt Urbain and John Urbain. SPECIAL EVENT, on Sunday, October 7 at 3pm, artist, author and activist, Winslow Myers will do a presentation titled “All Good Art is Protest Art”.  Winslow Myers interests have been divided Between painting, teaching and citizen activism.

For the last art walk, The Gautschi Center have booked Windfern Ensemble for a performance in the courtyard.

Stanhope & Spencer will be open and hosting a reception for film and gelatin print photographer John Layton

The Jonathan Frost Gallery will be showing a wide range of work by gallery artists.

Tuesday Talk “New Gallery Models in Maine” at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk on September 25, at 5:30pm, with gallerists Tobias Czudej of Waldo Exhibitions, Rockport, and Grant Wahlquist of Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, to discuss “New Gallery Models in Maine.” Czudej and Wahlquist are breaking the mold of traditional galleries in the state by bringing cutting-edge national and international contemporary art to their recently opened exhibition venues in Rockport and Portland.

Under Tobias Czudej’s direction, Waldo Exhibitions is conceived as a series of temporary exhibitions in unique locations. This year’s program takes place in a 19th-century former dance hall in an abandoned oceanfront resort in Rockport. Czudej formerly worked for PACE and Gagosian Galleries, two of the world’s largest international galleries, and has curated temporary exhibitions in London and New York under the rubric CHEWDAY’S.

Grant Wahlquist is a freelance curator, critic and theorist, formerly based in Los Angeles, where he was affiliated with the Orange County Museum of Art. He now splits his time between Vinalhaven and Portland, Maine, where he opened the eponymous Grant Wahlquist Gallery in summer 2017, featuring thought-provoking work by emerging and mid-career artists working in diverse mediums.

Tuesday Talks at CMCA are free with admission; participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments. For additional information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Archipelago hosts second artist reception with Abe Goodale during First Friday Art Walk

Join Archipelago on Friday, September 7th, from 5:00 pm. To 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, for a second artist reception with Abe Goodale to celebrate the current gallery show, “Turning Away from the Sun.” The show, which features watercolor portraits by Goodale, also includes paintings, bronze sculptures, carved wall pieces, wood folk carvings, and a broad array of work from other coastal Maine artists.

Through his representational watercolors, Goodale creates paintings that both reflect and respect the individuals he encounters. His current project, “Eastern Waters,”—featured in this year’s Island Journal—is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who make their living along the coast and an industry that is thriving, yet fragile. With a family connection to Eagle Island dating back several generations, he is committed to telling the stories of Maine’s fisherman and sharing the coast he knows and loves. As Abe explains, he has left the individuals he paints anonymous as a means to respect them and to “allow your mind to wander and think towards the feeling of salt on your skin, wind in the hair and a relationship to the sea.”

Other work highlighted in “Turning Away from the Sun” includes egg tempera paintings by Amy Peters Wood; paintings, bronze sculptures, and carved wall pieces by Rebekah Raye; and wood folk carvings by Wayne Robbins. In addition, newly added pieces will include the work of fiber artist Sue Stasiowski.

Stasiowski is a fiber artist who became interested in needle felting after years of making hand knit clothing and blankets. She spends most of her time needle felting and knitting in her home studio in Camden, but also makes time to teach needle felting workshops and experiment with other art forms such as fiber wall hangings, bowls, and other three-dimensional sculptures. Her art has been commissioned or purchased by art lovers in Texas, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as throughout the northeastern United States.

The public is invited to stop into Archipelago’s 386 Main Street location on September 7th to enjoy light refreshments, see tall of the pieces, and talk to Abe Goodale about his work. “Turning Away from the Sun” will run through October 28th.

In addition to the September 7th reception, Archipelago will also be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk on October 5th.

Art Space Gallery showcases new works by gallery artists

Art Space Gallery welcomes the public to their September Art Walk on Friday, September 7th, from 5pm to 8pm. Many of their artists will be on hand to discuss their work. In addition, they’ll have the customary refreshments.

Each month we feature new works by several of our artists in the front area of the gallery, with the opening of each show occurring during Art Walk. This month we’ll be showcasing the work of Penny Markley, Leecia Price, Laurie Lofman Bellmore and Sandra Leinonen Dunn.

Penny Markley – Lighthouse Hill, Monhegan

The subjects of Penny Markley’s paintings are inspired by twelve years of visiting Monhegan Island for a week each June. Creating something unique on an island so thoroughly painted by others can be a challenge, but she continues to find interesting, beautiful scenes to explore in paint.

Leecia Price – Encaustic Landscape

Leecia Price is an encaustic and oil painter as well as a beekeeper. She combines beeswax with oil paints and dry artist pigments to create her contemporary paintings. She remains fascinated by the tactile properties of the wax, enhancing its translucency and shine with the effects of scraping, layering, incising, melting, and fusing with a blowtorch.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore, is a self-taught jeweler with years of experience working with fine metals, dichroic glass, and vitreous enamels. Her exhibition includes new “Diptych Wall Pieces” and “Sea Splash Jewelry”, which reveal the spirit of our coastal surroundings.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn – Hay and Queen Anne’s Lace

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Her style is a mixture of classical old-world realism and contemporary impressionism. Sandra paints florals, still life, and landscapes, all rich in color and painterly brushstrokes.

Art Space Gallery is located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. The gallery features eighteen artists who work in various media and genres. September hours are 10 am to 5 pm, Mondays through Saturdays, 1pm – 4pm Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

Black and White Show opens at CRAFT Gallery

Drawing by Marjorie Moore from her Drought, Fire and Ash series

Drawing by Marjorie Moore from her Drought, Fire and Ash series

The Annual Black and White Show opens at CRAFT Gallery

The annual “Black and White” show at CRAFT Gallery explores limiting the artist’s palette to black and white in order to focus on form, texture, design and proportion. Portland artist Marjorie Moore, new to CRAFT, exhibits her drawings from her Drought, Fire and Ash series, vividly portraying the devastation caused by wildfires that transform the landscape into ethereal beauty devoid of color. These and handwoven tapestries and pillows, raku and porcelain pottery, hand blown glass, paintings and drawings, woodcuts, thread drawings and shibori silk scarves and shawls are all brought together in dialogue with one another at CRAFT. Artists Autumn Cipala, Morris Dorenfeld, Sara Hotchkiss, Lissa Hunter, David Jacobson, Daphne Taylor, Suzi Van Wye and Dudley Zopp are among the artists in this show who use mixed media and traditional craft materials to explore working in black and white. The show continues through September.

In a first ever project, CRAFT has partnered with Eco-Art Ventures to offer exclusive visits in October to CRAFT Gallery artists’ studios to observe them at work and to engage in conversation regarding their craft.. The full day experience will visit three different studios on each of four Tuesdays in October. The groups will be small, traveling together in a van on country roads at the height of the autumn colors. Please call Lolly Mitchell at 207 593 8688 for details and registration or stop by CRAFT Gallery for more information and a full schedule.

CRAFT will be open on the First Friday Art Walk evening on September 7th. Meaghan Clark, a young emerging musician and singer will perform country music in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street. FMI please call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, September 7

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 7 September 2018

Rockland’s Penultimate Art Walk for 2018 will be on Friday, 7 September. Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): The Farnsworth Art Museum, Art Space, Yvette Torres Fine Art, The Strand Theatre, Craft Gallery, The Art Loft, The Gautschi Center, Harbor Square Gallery, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery and Black Hole.

Art Space will showcase the work of Penny Markley, Leecia Price, Laurie Lofman Bellmore and Sandra Leinonen Dunn.  The subjects of Penny Markley’s paintings are inspired by twelve years of visiting Monhegan Island for a week each June. Creating something unique on an island so thoroughly painted by others can be a challenge, but she continues to find interesting, beautiful scenes to explore in paint.  Leecia Price is an encaustic and oil painter as well as a beekeeper. She combines beeswax with oil paints and dry artist pigments to create her contemporary paintings. She remains fascinated by the tactile properties of the wax, enhancing its translucency and shine with the effects of scraping, layering, incising, melting, and fusing with a blowtorch.  Laurie Lofman Bellmore, is a self-taught jeweler with years of experience working with fine metals, dichroic glass, and vitreous enamels. Her exhibition includes new “Diptych Wall Pieces” and “Sea Splash Jewelry”, which reveal the spirit of our coastal surroundings.  Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Her style is a mixture of classical old-world realism and contemporary impressionism.  Sandra paints florals, still life, and landscapes, all rich in color and painterly brushstrokes.

Yvette Torres Fine Art opens “Angelo Ippolito, Color as Light”, continues through September 16th.

The Strand Theatre will be screening BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1999) as part of our Music On Screen Series at 8pm

CRAFT Gallery opens its annual “Black and White” show on First Friday, focussing on mixed and traditional craft media rendered in black and white. The gallery also introduces guided all day tours to CRAFT Gallery artists  studios on Tuesdays in October.

The Art Loft will be open and showing a selection of work by Katharina Gifford as well as a return of some works by Justin Kinney.

The Gautschi Center will host the opening of “Dream Tunnel”, a special exhibition of new paintings created by Brigitte Gautschi.  Inspired by her summer in Lincolnville, being engulfed in nature, Brigitte continues to find her inner peace through her creativity.   She describes the paintings in this show as  “A tunnel of my dreams.  Everything I was painting was round in the beginning, as if I was going into a tunnel deep inside myself.”  Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and discuss the new works.  Throughout the evening in the outdoor courtyard, the Elm Street Galleries are hosting a musical performance by Meghan Clarke.

Harbor Square Gallery will be welcoming new artist, Kim Bernard.

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will be having an opening reception for two new shows.  Libbey Seigars of Whitefield Pottery will be exhibiting her hand-thrown, nature-inspired tableware.   The Women Painters of Midcoast Maine & Friends’ show,  Close to Nature is inspired by and focused on the landscapes and nature of coastal Maine.

The Jonathan Frost Gallery will be hosting the opening reception for a show called “Abstract and Semi-Abstract,” with artists Brenda Free, Terry Hire, Sally Lee and Linda Simmons-Arnold.

Todd Watts, Susan Williams, Katherine Bradford, Alan Bray and Sam Cady at Caldbeck Gallery

REMEMBER PEONIES? 2018 photograph 65 x 45 inches Todd Watts

REMEMBER PEONIES? 2018 photograph 65 x 45 inches Todd Watts

From August 15 through September 15, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the work of Todd Watts of Blanchard Township, Susan Williams of Camden, and in a 3-person show, the work of Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and Brooklyn NY, Alan Bray of Sangerville, and Sam Cady of Friendship. A reception to meet the artists and view the exhibitions will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 5-7 pm.

In his first solo exhibition at the Caldbeck, titled “Remember Peonies?”, Todd Watts will exhibit a selection of a dozen photographs, measuring in the range of 19 x 19 inches to 65 x 45 inches, whose imagery works outside the boundaries of what we think of as reality. Leaving behind film negatives and the darkroom, the artist is no longer bound by time and history: these large scale works take us to places in our own minds, and make us wonder what they are about in the mind of the artist. Watts does not go into how these pieces are created, but simply calls them “photographs”. In “Copse Caper #4228”, birds fill the sun sparkled woods and seem a record of something that just happened, but…there is also this sort of fantasy that brings you closer to the actual experience of being with nature. A master darkroom printer, Watts came to Abbott, Maine in 1979 from NYC to print for Berenice Abbott. He studied art at Pratt University at the age of 11, followed by studies at the High School of Music and Art. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 1971, and taught photography there from 1972-1979. He now works with digital equipment and large scale printers. His work is in public collections across the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The Fogg Museum in Cambridge MA, and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. His most recent body of work, “Blanchard Weather Report”, was exhibited in part at the Caldbeck in 2016, and then in its full 40 image collection at PhoPa Gallery in Portland ME.

TOWARDS HOPE 2018 oil on acetate 19 x 24 inches Susan Williams

Susan Williams’s new work, “Singing Water”, deepens her exploration of imaginary impressions alongside elements of realism. Painted in oil on sheets of transparent acetate, the work reflects her pursuit of beauty, dreams, demons, and finally, love. The imagery appears to float above and below the plastic surface of each layer of the acetate. Although many images depict recognizable places on Lake Megunticook, the artist is interested in working intuitively, “with my hand connected to my heart”, she says. She has discovered that her personal journey is opening pathways that, through her imagery, express moments of life that are more than observed, but are also deeply felt. In “Towards Hope”, measuring 19 x 24 inches and comprising 3 layers of painted acetate, the view she paints, looking down Lake Megunticook towards the town of Hope, is at the same time a metaphor. A New York City native, Williams has a B.A. in Art History and Visual Art from Bowdoin College, with additional studies in Lacoste, France and the Arts Students League in NYC. Solo exhibitions include the Gerald Peters Gallery in NYC, The Barn @ Downing Yudain in CT, Ted Tihansky Gallery in Newport RI, and Pascall Hall in Rockport ME. With several group shows since 2012, this is the artist’s first major solo show at the Caldbeck.

FOG DIVE 2018 acrylic on canvas 11 x 14 inches Katherine Bradford

 

In the 3 person show called “New Small Works”, Katherine Bradford will exhibit 6 paintings in acrylic on canvas, measuring 11 x 14 and 14 x 11 inches. The artist’s long standing visual conversation with water, swimmers, and piers, leave the viewer delighted in the mystery of her message. Her paint is layered and primal. Her figures are abbreviated, yet you know exactly what they are doing. Bradford settled in Brunswick ME in 1968 where she raised her family and worked in the artists’ community there, which helped launch contemporary art in Maine. She moved to NYC in the 70’s to pursue her career, receiving today accelerated acclaim, with exhibits being hung throughout the country as well as in Europe. She is represented in NYC by CANADA gallery, and in Maine by the Caldbeck, where she has shown since 2015.

LIVING AND DYING SIMULTANEOUSLY (For Bernd Heinrich)  2018  casein on panel   8 1/2 x 11 inches    Alan Bray

LIVING AND DYING SIMULTANEOUSLY (For Bernd Heinrich) 2018 casein on panel 8 1/2 x 11 inches Alan Bray

Alan Bray will exhibit 4 new panels in casein. They measure 8 ½ x 11 inches, “the same size as a sheet of copy paper”, according to the artist. He works in the tradition of casein on panel, which he discovered in 1973 when he studied in Florance Italy while in graduate school. The artist says, “Among the intricate structure of phenomena, I look for and innate order of things”. His favorite hikes into the wilderness of the North Woods of Maine as well as the cultivated tree farms and fields near his home take on a mystical presence. By allowing his self-conscious awareness to dissolve, nature’s order becomes tangible: elements of memory and dream fold into what is felt and known in a kind of meditation. With additional studies at the Art Institute of Boston, and the University of Southern Maine, numerous solo shows in New York and Maine followed, including the Portland Museum of Art in 1994. He has been represented in Maine by the Caldbeck since 2003.

FRONT MOVING EAST, MUSCONGUS BAY  2018   37 x 6 inches  oil on cut out canvas   37 x 6 inches    Sam Cady

FRONT MOVING EAST, MUSCONGUS BAY 2018 37 x 6 inches oil on cut out canvas 37 x 6 inches Sam Cady

Sam Cady will exhibit 3 new paintings in oil on cut out canvas mounted on wood. “Front Moving East, Muscongus Bay”, 2018, measures 37 x 6 inches, and depicts the drama of weather off the coast of Friendship. The other 2 paintings are still in progress at the time of this writing. The artist says, “I like joining the two opposite poles of art – modernist severity with the realistic. I eliminate, simplify, pare things down, until I have arrived at the form and spirit of something”. Cady grew up in Maine and earned his degrees in art from the University of New Hampshire and Indiana University in Bloomington. He taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for 23 years and has shown with a number of galleries there. In Maine, his work is in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnworth Art Museum. He has shown with the Caldbeck since 1997.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 4, and Sunday 1- 4, and also by appointment. For further information please call 207 594 5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.

Creativity Workshop at the Farnsworth with Kim Bernard

On Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will host a workshop on cultivating creativity. The program, led by artist Kim Bernard, will take place both days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, on the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

 In this energized, supportive and non-judgmental workshop participants will be guided through a plethora of playful exercises that promise to inspire and build creative confidence. Non-precious materials will be provided that encourage experimentation, discovery and fun. All will focus on the creative process, rather than the product, in an atmosphere where generating ideas and finding ‘flow’ are the goal. Participants will leave with an arsenal of go-to strategies they can continue to revisit for inspiration. All levels welcome.

Instructor Kim Bernard has exhibited her sculpture and paintings at the Portland Museum of Art, Fuller Craft Museum, Colby College Museum of Art and UNH Museum of Art. Bernard has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and NEFA. She earned her BFA from Parsons and MFA from MassArt. Examples of her work may be seen at kimbernard.com.

 

Talk with Photographer Jocelyn Lee and Former ICP Curator Edward Earle at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to a Tuesday Talk with photographer Jocelyn Lee in conversation with Edward Earle, former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography, NYC, on Tuesday, August 21, at 5:30pm in the CMCA galleries at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine.

Lee and Earle will discuss the historical underpinnings of Lee’s work on view in her current solo exhibition, The Appearance of Things, as well as new directions in portraiture, landscape, and documentary photography. Tuesday Talks are free with admission, and participants are invited to stay after the talk for further conversation and refreshments.
Writing in The New Yorker, Rebecca Bengal describes Lee’s work in The Appearance of Things as: “Rather than the exchange between camera and subject, these painterly pictures…reveal a symbiosis between human and natural forms, each enhancing the other’s uncanny, shifting beauty.”

Jocelyn Lee was born in Naples, Italy, and received her BA in philosophy and visual arts from Yale University, and her MFA in photography from Hunter College. In 2013 she received a NYFA Fellowship, and in 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She has taught photography at Princeton University (2003-2012) and at Maine College of Art (1993-2001). She has been a visiting artist at Yale University, Bowdoin College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and New York University. Her work has been published in numerous national and international publications and is in many public and private collections.

Edward Earle is the former Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography, NYC. At ICP, he curated a retrospective of MANUAL, the collaborative work of Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom, as well as two Triennial exhibitions before retiring in 2015. Previously, Earle developed new media projects at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside. A graduate of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, Earle also worked at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, and the Museum of the Moving Image, Queens.

For additional information on Tuesday Talks and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 3 August 2018

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 3 August 2018

Rockland’s 2018 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 3 August. Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): Landing Gallery, Art Space, Yvette Torres Fine Art, The Strand Theatre, Caldbeck Gallery, Craft Gallery, The Art Loft, The Gautschi Center, Harbor Square Gallery, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery and Black Hole.

Art Space will feature new works by Janalee Welch, John Wood, Mary Beth Morrison, and Nancy Davies Tang. Mary Beth Morrison as their newest member. She is currently painting with soft pastels, loving their rich, vibrant pure color. She also loves plein air painting. Janalee Welch has worked as an artist for over 30 years creating art in a variety of media. She loves clean lines; geometric shapes; and striking color and contrast all of which she employs in her art as she takes her inspiration from nature. John Wood considers his paintings a reflection of himself. “I look at the world and paint those images that move me.“ John is mainly a landscape painter working in watercolor and oils. He also dabbles with painting animals and the human figure. Nancy Davies Tang is a self-taught glass artist who has developed an expertise in glass fusing over many years. She creates both beautiful dichroic glass jewelry pieces and dynamic glass sculptures reminiscent of the garden, fields, and ocean views around her rural Maine home.

Yvette Torres Fine Art opens “Angelo Ippolito, Color as Light”

The Strand Theatre will be showing a film as part of their MUSIC ON SCREEN series at 8pm: Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily recordings (a memoir by singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant)

The Caldbeck will be open with exhibits: Kayla Mohammadi “New Paintings”, Barbara Sullivan “Seasonal Suite: work in fresco”, and Jill Madden “Out in the Field” small paintings in oil.

CRAFT Gallery continues with hit show“Teapots: Real and Imagined” through August.

The Gautschi Center will have new works on display by Brigitte Gautschi and offers an opportunity to meet the artist.

Harbor Square Gallery features work from their gallery roster, with new work from Joanne Willams, Avis Turner, John Bisbee and Michael Waterman.

Come vote for your favorite art item in the Fins, Feathers & Fur Juried Art Show: Maine Coastal Wildlife! You can vote for the People’s Choice Awards for adults and students on Friday, August 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery housed in the wildlife refuge Visitor Center, 9 Water Street in Rockland. Art was selected on Saturday, July 28th by juror, Thomas O’Donovan of Harbor Square Gallery. Rockport Blueprint and Huston Tuttle donated gift cards for awards, along with winners receiving the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR unique T-shirt. All proceeds of sales support the work of this wildlife refuge through the Friends’ group.

The Jonathan Frost Gallery will host the opening of “Three Photographers: Richard Barnett, Andrew Crane, and Tillman Crane.”

Black Hole continues to show “Summer Salon, 2018”

New Paintings by Kayla Mohammadi

SUMMER NIGHT 2018 oil and acrylic on board 16 x 12 inches

SUMMER NIGHT 2018 oil and acrylic on board 16 x 12 inches

KAYLA MOHAMMADI

NEW PAINTINGS at Caldbeck Gallery

View extended e-catalog by clicking here

July 11 – August 11, 2018

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11- 4, Sunday 1-4

caldbeck@midcoast.com www.caldbeck.com 207 594 5935

“NUANCE OF COLOR” at Landing Gallery

 "Nantucket #4" by Irma Cerese, 18" x 18" Acrylic/Canvas

“Nantucket #4″ by Irma Cerese, 18″ x 18” Acrylic/Canvas

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the
opening of “NUANCE OF COLOR”, a solo exhibition of 51 new paintings by
Irma Cerese, opening on Friday, August 3 through September 15. The
Artist’s Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Aug 3, from 5-8 PM
during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in
painting is focused on color relationships. Her landscape paintings
border on the abstract and are seen simultaneously as both
representational landscape and abstraction.

“I make paintings because the act of manipulating colored paint on a
canvas is an intense, visceral process for me and I like to see what
develops as I do this. Color itself has always fascinated me, and has
formed the basis of all my work, beginning with geometric
abstractions. After awhile, it felt like something was missing in the
abstractions and I turned to landscape both as a point of connection
and departure. I don’t wish to tell a story, or accurately describe
the observed world. Instead, I convert the primary elements of that
world – trees, sky, ground, water, the occasional building, – into an
underlying geometric structure. The resulting images often border on
the abstract, only loosely connected to the subject that attracted me
in the first place, although I do seek to evoke the general atmosphere
of that subject. I aim to produce work that is compelling in its own
right and a celebration of visual experience.”

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the
School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL. Irma maintained a
studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous
private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States
and Europe. This exhibit celebrates Irma’s 12th anniversary with
Landing Gallery, where she has an annual solo exhibit of her new
paintings.

Please join us Friday, August 3rd from 5 – 8 pm. Summer hours: Mon –
Sat 11– 5, Sun. 12 – 5. For more information please call 207 239-1223
or e-mail Landinggallery@gmail.com.

ArtLab for All Ages – August

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try an experimental twist to photo-making during August’s ArtLab of All Ages on Saturday, August 4, from 2 to 4pm. ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month and is always free and open to all.

Participants in August’s workshop will explore the medium of cyanotypes, also known as sun prints, using collage-able digital negatives and photograms. Bring your own objects—things from nature or anything relatively small and meaningful—and arrange them on top of light-sensitive papers of all sizes to create a collection of prints. After the workshop, stop in the galleries to see the work of artists Jocelyn Lee, John Bisbee, and Tom Burckhardt.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Cricket Foundation, and individual donors.

Special Gallery Tour at the Farnsworth: Maine: The Farnsworth Collection

On Wednesday, July 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special gallery tour of On a Mountain in Maine. The gallery tour, led by a member of the museum’s Curatorial team, will take place at 1:30 pm, beginning from the museum’s main lobby.

This exhibition, primarily drawn from the museum’s collection, features works by Fitz Henry Lane, John Joseph Enneking, Marsden Hartley, James Fitzgerald, Andrew Winter, and Carl Sprinchorn.  The tour will explore the physical, spiritual, and cultural landscape of Maine’s mountains as depicted in paintings, poetry, and literature through the lens of the historical record and Wabanaki myth and legend.

The tour is free with museum admission. For more information or to register please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Dowling Walsh Gallery August Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of August:

Cig Harvey, Tollef Runquist, and David Graeme Baker.

Opening Friday, August 3rd from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

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

Cig Harvey, Bougainvillea, Photograph on aluminum, 40" x 30"

Cig Harvey, Bougainvillea, Photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 30″

Cig Harvey: A Measure of Air

Cig Harvey’s show, A Measure of Air, is a response to an investigation into the world of the senses. While continually exploring the intersection of the mundane and the marvelous, this work focuses on images that operate primarily on the sensory plane and evoke unconscious emotions that precede any intellectual understanding of the work. In becoming more aware of moments in making the work when immediate, physical and unconscious feeling were brought to the surface, it is these subliminal emotions that are highlighted. These photographs appeal to the senses first, narrowing the distance between the image and the viewer.

 

Tollef Runquist, Abundance, Oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

Tollef Runquist, Abundance, Oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Tollef Runquist

Beginning with familiar imagery inherent in the coastal landscape, Tollef shifts and changes these as the creative process unfolds. He leans into the passages within his work that are discordant in one way or another; flawed perspective, conflicting light sources, spatial shifts, underpainting, and revision. He chooses to give these moments life, creating an overlapping narrative of different imaginings.

 David Grame Baker, Imperfect Orbit/No Bingo, Oil on linen mounted on panel, 30" x 49"

David Grame Baker, Imperfect Orbit/No Bingo, Oil on linen mounted on panel, 30″ x 49″

David Graeme Baker

David Graeme Baker lives and works in Hancock, Maine. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. David’s contemporary domestic genre scenes are imbued with mystery and tension creating enigmatic narratives that explore our relationships with ourselves and one another. The slower pace and domestic surroundings created by his young family have influenced his work.

Sculpture Race Blitz Build with Kim Bernard at the Farnsworth

On Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a two-day workshop entitled Sculpture Race Blitz Build. The workshop, led by Rockland Sculpture Race organizer and artist Kim Bernard will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets from 9 a.m. to 4 pm both days.

Sculpture races are short races of pushed, pulled and pedaled artwork. In this two-day workshop, participants (ages 12 through adult) will create sculptural contraptions, incorporating wheels, made of recycled materials to be raced in the Rockland Sculpture Race on August 11. Individuals, families, and community groups will be guided through brainstorm, design and construction sessions that will result in a race ready sculptural contraption. The workshop will be led by Rockland Sculpture Race organizer and artist Kim Bernard. For more information about the event, see rocklandsculpturerace.org

The fee for this workshop is $220, and $192 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

Celebrate CMCA’s Summer Exhibitions

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to celebrate its summer exhibitions during First Friday Art Walk on July 6, with a reception for the artists from 5-8pm. On view throughout the galleries are new exhibitions showcasing the work of artists John BisbeeTom Burckhardt, Jocelyn Lee, and Patricia Brace. A special performance by Brace and her performance group, B.R.A.C.E., will take place at 6pm in the CMCA courtyard. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 

The new exhibitions on view at CMCA for summer 2018 are:

Tom Burckhardt, Studio Flood, 2016-18, cardboard and paint, installation

Tom Burckhardt, Studio Flood, 2016-18, cardboard and paint, installation

Tom Burckhardt: Studio FloodJune 9 – October 7, 2018

Studio Flood features a life-size, walk-in installation executed entirely in corrugated cardboard and black paint, and centered on the image of an artist’s studio that has experienced a catastrophic flood. Crafted with great care and detail, Studio Flood uses surprise and tongue-in-cheek humor to comment on climate change and rising sea waters. 

Jocelyn Lee, Jenna and fallen apples, 2016, archival digital print

Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of ThingsJune 16 – October 14, 2018

Representing nearly ten years of work by photographer Jocelyn Lee, The Appearance of Things encompasses still life, portrait, and landscape photographs, as well as many images that fuse these genres. The installation of the works at triptychs and diptychs juxtapose various bodies in divergent earthly environments, celebrating the full arc of life from birth through blossoming and decay. 

Tom Burckhardt, Studio Flood, 2016-18, cardboard and paint, installation

John Bisbee, American Steel, 2018, welded nails, installation

John Bisbee: American SteelJune 30 – October 14, 2018

The first solo exhibition in Maine of sculptor John Bisbee’s work in nearly a decade, American Steel is a masterful installation that draws on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. In the exhibition, Bisbee employs poetic language, narrative imagery, and potent emblems to comment on America today. Created entirely from forged and welded nails, the work is, in Bisbee’s words, “an abstraction of who we are, right now.” 

Patricia Brace performing with B.R.A.C.E., 2018

Patricia Brace performing with B.R.A.C.E., 2018

B. R. A. C. E. / MASS MoCA, June 4 – October 7, 2018

B.R.A.C.E. / MASS MoCA documents an obstacle course/performance/installation created by artist Patricia Brace while in a residency at MASS MoCA in 2018. The videos are presented as part of CMCA’s ongoing series, SCREEN, featuring new video work by contemporary Maine artists.

Tom Jessen: If/Then exhibition at Black Hole

Tom Jessen: If/Then
exhibition at Black Hole, 17 June – 31 July

Black Hole presents If/Then. The exhibition will run until 31 July 2017, and showcases the work of Tom Jessen, from Temple, Maine.

In his work, Jessen explores form, depth and the nature of the plane, through seemingly simple compositions which engage the audience through their treatment of surface, balance and materiality. If/Then represents a departure of sorts from the artist’s earlier work, as he introduces color, in so doing adding an extra sensory experience and point of contrast.

Alongside Collin Burns’ Maine Homage (which runs concurrently in the gallery), Jessen’s works offer a stark yet sensitive counterpoint, at once contrasting and complimenting the illustrative, narrative pieces they hang beside.

For more information, please visit www.blackholegallery.com; or contact Black Hole at 207-808-2141

Caldbeck Gallery To Open 3 new solo shows

On July 11, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open 3 new solo shows, featuring the work of Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol ME and Boston MA, Barbara Sullivan of Solon ME, and Jill Madden of Weybridge VT. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 11, from 6-8 pm. The exhibits run through August 11.

EVENING SUN, 2018, acrylic and oil on dyed canvas, 20 x 18 inches Kayla Mohammadi

EVENING SUN, 2018, acrylic and oil on dyed canvas, 20 x 18 inches Kayla Mohammadi

In her 4th solo Caldbeck show, “Kayla Mohammadi: New Paintings”, the artist will include both large canvases and smaller works on panel and on canvas. Her Finnish/Persian heritage is an important influence on her work, where fresh juxtapositions of form and color bring together unexpected places where we, the viewer, may encounter competing energies of memory and observation. “I have always loved color”, she explains, “It is what first attracted me to painting, and it is what keeps me painting. The paintings strive to be beautiful but also a bit raw and surprising. My current paintings start with a shape: a pier, a sunset or a bay – as a way to start a composition, but that is secondary to the formal makeup of the painting. Color, space and mark- making are the main components of my work.  Although I draw from the landscape and have painted directly from it in the past, I turn away from it in my studio.  Through drawing and collage I work towards a simple expression of what I am seeing and feeling. Abstracting space through color and mark keeps me engaged with painting.  In the end, if the imagery is recognizable that is fine; if it turns into something else that is also fine”. Mohammadi is first generation American, born in San Francisco, CA, to a Finnish mother and Iranian father. She says, “like most Americans whose parents immigrated to this country, I grew up with influences beyond the typical suburban landscape. My way of seeing the world was shaped by three different cultures: American, Finnish, and Persian”. Mohammadi received her BFA in 1998 from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her MFA in 2002 from Boston University. Currently she is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston. Awards include the 2013 Joan Mitchell Artist Residency Award, the 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for painters, The Dedalus Foundation Award for 2008, a Vermont Studio School Fellowship, the 2006 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, and Blanche E. Coleman Award for 2004, and The Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, followed by the 2014 Purchase Prize and Exhibition Invitation from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Collections include the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The Victory Fund, the University of Washington, the NYU Langone Medical Center, and Boston University.

SUMMER, 2018, shaped frescoes, paint on Mylar, 84 x 72 inches Barbara Sullivan

SUMMER, 2018, shaped frescoes, paint on Mylar, 84 x 72 inches Barbara Sullivan

In her 11th solo exhibit with the Caldbeck, Sullivan installs “Seasonal Suite” to cover all four walls of the upstairs gallery with large scale landscape drawings in paint on Mylar, with shaped fresco animals, as homage to nature, mounted on those drawings. The artist explains, “since childhood, I have pictured in my mind’s eye the different seasons being represented by very specific locations around the house where I grew up, a big rectangle (just like the gallery space I’m showing in) that housed my large family of origin. The month of January lives on the corner of the back porch where the drifts were high. Spring lives in the blooming crab apple tree, and in a huge lilac bush where my sister, Jane, and I clipped all the inside branches to make a playhouse, complete with kitchen. Summer lingers by the artesian well, and around the clothesline near the laundry room. Winter closes back in by the ski and toboggan hill where we spent hours packing the snow for the perfect glide. These childhood memories of Maine’s four seasons are the model for this installation. In addition to narrating my childhood memories, this installation also focuses on the changes and alarms in our environment, so suddenly prolific, with much in danger of extinction. But meanwhile, bees, wild turkeys, beavers, plants, and other animals all co-exist in this room with its four walls, each one representing a Maine season, winter being the longest wall of all”. With her MFA from Vermont College, Sullivan has won a Venice Printmaking Residency in Italy, the Robert M. MacNamarra Foundation Fellowship in Maine, a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and a Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant. She will return from a residency in Ireland just in time to install her show. The artist works in the ancient medium of “fresco”, where, simply, dry paint pigments are ground in water and applied to wet plaster, resulting in a permanent surface. She teaches fresco workshops throughout the country.

 PREGNANT MARES, ICELAND, #2 2017 oil on paper on birch board, 10 1/2 x 10 inches Jill Madden


PREGNANT MARES, ICELAND, #2 2017 oil on paper on birch board, 10 1/2 x 10 inches Jill Madden

In June of 2017, the Baer Art Center, invited Madden to paint on their horse farm on the NW coast of Iceland, where she worked out in the landscape daily. The resulting small canvases, measuring 12 x 12 inches, capture the sublime atmosphere of the landscape and its residents: the Icelandic Horse herd’s pregnant mares, who hang out in the early morning hours. Their shapes are simple and the artist tells us what these small horses really look like, not what one might think they look like. And in the several canvases depicting deer herds in Wyoming, where Madden spent the month of April this year at the Jentel Arts Foundation Residency, she accomplishes the same thing: complete recognition of what we are looking at, with almost no use of detail. Noted color shapes explain light and shadow, and the brain understands what’s going on. The title, “Out in the Field” aptly describes Madden’s exhibit. The artist grew up in coastal Rhode Island. At Middlebury College she studied Mandarin Chinese and art, after which, she spent two years in Hualien, Taiwan, studying Chinese painting, followed by several years teaching Mandarin and art in Sitka, Alaska. She attended the New York Studio School, and received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from Boston University, where she held a Constantin Alajalov scholarship, studying with John Walker and John Moore. While a resident artist at the Vermont Studio School, Jill studied under Lois Dodd, who remains a good friend and influence. A recipient of a Winsor and Newton emerging Artists’ award, Jill receicved a Basin Harbor Fellowship, a Custom House Fellowship in Westport, Ireland and a Jentel Foundation for the Arts residency in Banner, Wyoming. Her work has been exhibited in New England, New York, Philadelphia, Ireland, and England. This is her first solo show with the Caldbeck.

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4. For further information please call the gallery at 207 594 5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com

 

 

 

 

 

Intro to Plein-Air Watercolor at the Farnsworth

Beginning on Monday, July 9, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a week-long workshop on plein-air watercolor painting. Led by artist Annie Bailey, the workshop will meet Monday through Friday at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Introduce yourself to plein-air or painting outdoors. Join us to explore secret local places and stretch our expectations of what plein-air watercolor can be. This course will emphasize combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing.  Learn to slow down and experience your environment through new eyes.

Annie Bailey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture, and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, the Farnsworth, Steel House, the Bunnell Street Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The fee for this program is $390 and $330 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

 

Archipelago hosts two receptions for summer gallery show during First Friday Art Walk June 1 and July 6 in Rockland

L-R: Some of the pieces featured in Archipelago’s summer show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” will include paintings by Holly Brooks, wood carvings by Wayne Robbins, and glass dishware by Karen Gola.

Join Archipelago to celebrate the opening of its new gallery show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” and the start of the summer during Rockland’s next Art Walk, Friday, June 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host two artist receptions for this show with another scheduled for the July 6th Art Walk.

“Turning Towards the Sun” will show through July 27th and features the work of Jeff Barrett from Monroe (carved wood sculptures), Holly Brooks from Portland (watercolor and acrylic painting), Karen Gola from Sanford (glass bowls and dishware), Debe Loughlin from Waldoboro (cyanotype collages), Dylan Metrano from Monhegan (papercuts), Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures), and Agnes Robinson from Holden (stained glass mosaics). The show features a wide variety of medium including paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings and more.

The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main Street location to enjoy some light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. In addition to the June 1st and July 6th receptions, Archipelago will be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk events on August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, and November 23rd.

The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, both the store and gallery and are 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.

For questions regarding Archipelago or the summer gallery show, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

Dowling Walsh Gallery July Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of July: Joyce Tenneson, Robin McCoy, and Stephen Pace.

Opening Friday, July 6th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

Joyce Tenneson
July 6, 2018

In the early 1970’s, Joyce Tenneson began creating her own photographic paper by applying silver emulsion with a brush to watercolor paper, creating images with a painterly effect. These works show the artist’s hand and the process of development in a beautifully revealing way through depicting moments of everyday intimacy: her own self portraits, photographs of her young son, and scenes of daily life in her home. Tenneson creates a world that seems to exist outside of time, open to the unconscious and heightened fragility, seeking to make the invisible visible.

Joyce Tenneson, Partitioned Shell, 1976, Hand applied silver on Arches rag paper, 30″ x 22″

Robin McCoy
July 6, 2018

Maude Robin McCoy grew up painting in the studios of her father, John McCoy and her aunt, Carolyn Wyeth. She is inspired by an intense observation of her surroundings. Using gestural strokes in watercolor, her works portray the natural landscape with attentive quietness.

Robin McCoy, First Snow, Watercolor on paper, 18″ x 15″

Stephen Pace (1918-2010)
July 6, 2018

Stephen Pace began spending time in Maine in 1953. This shift in his surroundings drew a change in his painting from pure abstraction to an interest in portraying what he saw around him in the working harbor of Stonington. He began depicting everyday scenes of his life in Maine with colorful gestural energy. These works show his interest in everything that made up his life in Maine; from landscapes of surrounding islands to the subtle figurative actions of working lobstermen.

Stephen Pace (1918-2010), Unloading at Duryeea’s Pier #2, 1988, Oil on canvas, 60-1/2″ x 84-1/2″

Carver Hill Gallery and Black Hole Gallery Pop-Up

Black Hole Gallery, 403 Main St in Rockland, will host Carver Hill Gallery FOR A POP-UP SHOW of Ron Rovner’s work to open on Friday, May 18th, from 5 – 8 pm.

Ron Rovner lived in Maine and vacationed in Santa Fe for 35 years. Now he does the opposite. His interest in art is a common story; he is a music and science guy. A practicing dermatologist for 3 decades, Rovner is also a classically trained pianist. For him, art is the natural expression that ties the two together; his goal is to create works which emphasize the musical fundamentals of harmony, balance and rhythm.

Rovner started making stained glass pieces early on. He was clearly influenced by Craftsman era architecture and the organization of his shapes was an indication of what would evolve into his current paintings. From glass, he segued into wood constructions, but that got tedious and the process was long and labor intensive. The idea of painting started to enter into the picture.

“I woke up one night and was at an impasse, and then it hit me.” At 2 a.m. he started thinking about the 20th century composer Arnold Schoenberg and his 12-tone structures. “The music is very difficult to listen to. Some people call it music for the eye, not for the ear, but it’s interesting to study and observe on paper. The idea of turning it into art was intriguing.”

Some of Rovner’s work speaks more to the feeling or emotional response to the music, and other works reflect the actual construction of music; meaning the latter works are comprised largely of elements that represent Rovner’s visual interpretation of that music.

His “Nachtmusik” pieces (inspired by music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg) are complex variations of similarly complex pieces of music. The more straightforward series he creates are interpretations of beautiful, subtle compositions.

There are three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). The symbols Rovner has created represent these cariations, and also unmistakably evoke the Southwest in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.

“My process includes reconciling apparent opposites such as the ancient with the contemporary, the angular versus the lyrical, and amorphous color background fields with bold foreground figurations. My goal is to create work which combines the creative aspects of music and visual art which represents something more than the mere sum of its often disparate parts.”

TWO WEEKENDS ONLY! OPENING FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018. Join us for a glass and a nibble of from 5 – 8 pm and enjoy “GOOD AFFORADABLE ART!”

BLACK HOLE GALLERY HOURS: 5/18 – 5/20 & 5/25 – 5/27 Fri 12 – 5, Sat 10 – 5 & Sun 12 – 3

403 Main Street Rockland 207-808-2141

www.blackholegallery.com

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Dowling Walsh Gallery June Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of June: Greta Van Campen, John Koenig, and Richard Silliboy.

Opening Friday, June 1st from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

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.

Greta Van Campen, The Red Room, Acrylic on panel, 40″ x 28″

Greta Van Campen
June 1, 2018

Our lives are full of intimate moments that pass through our eyes, sometimes only as glimpses, and return later in memories. These works represent some of the moments that inspire me, often discreetly, as I move through my day to day life. They highlight my memories, and invite the viewer to pause, look, discover, reflect, and later, remember anew.

John Koenig, Deep Woods 1, Lycopodium, Oil on board, 30″ x 36″

John Koenig (1927-2017)
June 1, 2018

“The soul of my subject matter, its vital essence, remains forever my obsession in painting…if that can be captured, then the work comes alive, fraught with its own note, its own music. Without that spark, that living radiance, the painting remains a dead thing.” – John Koenig

Brown ash wood, 11 3/4″ H x 13″ W x 13″ D

Richard Silliboy
June 1, 2018

Growing up making baskets with his family, Richard Silliboy returned to it when he realized basket making was a dying art among his people. He now creates baskets from brown ash wood using traditional Mi’kmaq basketry techniques with no adhesive or hardware. Enjoying the spiritual aspect of handling wood, the serenity as well as frustration within the process, it became a tool for reconnecting with his culture.

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 1 June 2018

Rockland’s 2018 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 1 June.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): Yvette Torres Fine Art, Archipelago, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Artspace, The Art Loft, The Gautschi Center, Harbor Square Gallery, Stanhope & Spencer, Craft Gallery, Landing Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery and Black Hole.

Yvette Torres Fine Art is opening for the season with ‘Women of Black Mountain College’

Archipelago will be opening “Turning Towards the Sun” which will show through July 27th and features the work of Jeff Barrett from Monroe (carved wood sculptures), Holly Brooks from Portland (watercolor and acrylic painting), Karen Gola from Sanford (glass bowls and dishware), Debe Loughlin from Waldoboro (cyanotype collages), Dylan Metrano from Monhegan (papercuts), Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures), and Agnes Robinson from Holden (stained glass mosaics). The show features a wide variety of medium including paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings and more.

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery welcomes Lynn Travis of Lincolnville with paintings and drawings of flowers and landscpaes; Gwen Sylvester of Rockland, art of endangered plants and animals in Maine; and Sherrie York of Pemaquid with linocut images of birds and their watery habitat.

Stanhope & Spencer opens with a show of photography by Michael Kahn, produced by Harbor Square Gallery.

Craft Gallery opens with ”Nature as Muse” with featured gallery artists Lissa Hunter, Jacques Vesery and Dudley Zopp.

Landing Gallery will open “TREE and CLOUD”, and exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, opening on Friday, June 1 through July 1. The artists opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1 from 5-8 PM.

TREE and CLOUD at Landing Gallery

“BRIGHT DAY, VIEW TO THOMPSON ISLAND, FROM MARSHALL POINT, PORT
CLYDE, MAINE BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/PANEL, 9″ X 12″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland, is pleased to announce the opening of “TREE and CLOUD”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, June 1 – July 1. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her. The artist’s opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1st, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Sarah Faragher is a 1990 graduate of Colby College, Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her work was included in ART OF ACADIA by David Little and Carl Little, published in 2016 by Down East Books. Sarah was an Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park and the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut and has been invited to participate, numerous times, in Art Week on Great Spruce Head Island.

“SNOW DAY, EDGE OF THE WOODS, STOCKTON SPRINGS, MAINE” BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/LINEN, 8″ X 20″

“One of my great loves as a landscape painter is the open space between the treeline and the beginning of the sky – a realm of significant aesthetic excitement. The treeline has mass; it exists as one big shape; it can form the varied silhouette of an entire island or far hillside. When I approach that island or hill, however, the seeming whole becomes a forest of individuals, full of air and light. I paint portraits of them as themselves and also sometimes as stand-ins for people, since trees share so many traits with us. And I wonder, while painting them, What are all these trees reaching for? Light? Sky? Something more than what we know? The edges of the seen and the known, and then, beyond that?”

“MOONLIGHT, STARLIGHT, FROM THE HARBOR, GREAT SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND,
MAINE BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/LINEN, 24″ X 36″

“Whenever I spend time looking up, the big mystery of everything feels so evident. Painting the heavens as our planet moves through space feels like taking wordless notes about this very thing. I love painting clean, clear skies, the sun and moon, stars, and cloudscapes that continue for miles off the edges of a small canvas. As with trees, clouds live en masse and also as individuals, as big as continents or small as short-lived wisps. They offer boundless opportunity for painterly study. Finding their un-colors on my palette is a joyful difficulty, as is the problem of representing something with shape and heft that still must be made of air. Painting inside clouds, when they come down to earth, is a particular delight. In a snowstorm, or in a fog bank engulfing the trees and ledges and me too, I am wrapped in it. And rapt in it, in the paradox
of finding within the ephemeral something real as real can be.”

“Painting these themes as I experience them in nature helps me reconcile what is happening in the world – the endless permutations of light and darkness, the lasting and the transitory – and recognize the
interconnectedness of everything in a direct way.”

Hours: Wed-Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5 & closed on Mon & Tues. For more
information, please call 207 239-1223 or e-mail
landinggallery@gmail.com

Volunteer Fair at the Farnsworth Sponsored by First National Bank


On Friday, June 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a volunteer fair as part of their First Friday at the Farnsworth event. The fair, sponsored by First National Bank and First Advisors, will take place from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Farnsworth library.

During the Friday, June 1 Farnsworth Volunteer Fair, The Farnsworth, AIO Food Pantry, The Coastal Children’s Museum, and Sussman House will be in the Farnsworth Art Museum’s library looking for volunteers wishing to contribute their time and talents to organizations that need extra assistance to fulfill their missions. The volunteer fair is part of the Farnsworth’s new volunteer initiative which is sponsored by First National Bank and First Advisors. During First Fridays at the Farnsworth, museum admission is free for everyone from 5 – 8 p.m. 2018 marks the ninth consecutive year that First National Bank sponsors First Fridays at the Farnsworth. For more information please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Caldbeck Gallery to open 37th season with 3 solo shows

BURNOUTS, DOUBLE YELLOW LINE 2015 oil on panel 17 x 20 inches Jeff Epstein

On June 1, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open its 37th year with 3 solo shows, featuring paintings in oil by Jeff Epstein of Cushing ME and Brookly NY, paintings in oil and in watercolor by Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston ME and Washington DC, and sculpture in alabaster and soapstone by Anne Kamila Alexander of Windham ME. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, June 1, from 5- 8 pm. These shows will run through July 7.

In “Wires, Poles, Tire Tracks and Weather”, Epstein will exhibit 30 recent paintings in oil on wood panel, ranging in size from 12 x 14 inches to 17 x 20 inches. All painted in his Cushing neighborhood, the various seasons are represented. The artist says of his work, “My paintings explore where the natural and made landscapes overlap. Although the spaces are unpeopled and speak of solitude, there is usually evidence of human activity. A bird feeder is a friendly incursion into the natural landscape, while tire marks on pavement suggest less gentle intentions. But each is a record of someone’s interaction with the world.” And often these objects define the spatial aspects of a painting, as when Epstein includes telephone wires dipping through space toward a vanishing point, or the “road graffiti” tire marks snaking off down the road. Light and color and atmosphere are prevalent in the work, as these moments of natural beauty are interrupted by the human intrusions. Disruption and harmony coexist, sometimes uneasily. Epstein received his MFA in painting from Brooklyn College, where he studied with Lennart Anderson, Lois Dodd, and John Walker. His work is exhibited in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maine, and he has shown with the Caldbeck since 2003. This is his third solo show with the gallery.

SEPTEMBER, DUNN STREET oil on canvas 54 x 54 inches Frederic Kellogg

Kellogg’s exhibit of paintings in oil and in watercolor will include 2 large canvases (“September, Dunn St.” and “Rte 1 Elogy”) measuring 54 x 54 inches, as well as a selection of smaller paintings ranging in size from 6 x 16 inches to 24 x 36 inches. The subject matter in a number of the works in watercolor on paper are iconic Maine. “Fernald Farmhouse” is a portrait of one of the last of the grand farmhouses of Thomaston. “Dappled Woods” strikes that chord of delightful excitement when we walk through a favorite spruce forest where the moss is electric green, struck by the sun breaking through the canopy. Two 5 x 7 inch watercolors, “Inland Island” and “Night Watch”, define serenity. Engaged in the search for what can be called a “Contemporary Realism”, Kellogg is deeply influenced by the work of American realists Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter. Even with the additional influences that photography and Abstract Expressionism have had on this contemporary realism, Kellogg feels that the art of painting still plays an essential role in helping people see the world around them. His work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and numerous corporate and private collections in Maine, Boston, and Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2017, a major exhibit of his work was mounted at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington D.C. This is Kellogg’s 4th solo show with the Caldbeck, where he has shown since 2007.

VOLANDO 2018 translucent alabaster 2 x 2 x 2 1/2 inches Anne Alexander

Alexander’s new work in alabaster and soapstone includes 20 recent carvings, all based on the natural seed forms she encountered last fall at the ”Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm”, an Artist in Residency program in Jefferson, run by Maine Farmland Trust. “Little Flower” measures 3 x 4 x 2 inches, and is made of translucent orange alabaster, while “Ochre Cotyledon”, measuring 4 ½ x 3 x 4 inches, is made of opaque yellow- ochre soapstone. “Sprout”, “Stamen”, “Ovule”, and “Volando” also capture the marvelous shapes within our botanical world. Alexander received her BA from Bard College and an MFA in sculpture from Alfred University, followed by studies at Maine College of Art. Solo exhibits include the University of Maine in Farmington, The National Theater in the Dominican Republic, Ithaca House Gallery in New York, and the Caldbeck Gallery. Grants and awards include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, with which she studied in the Dominican Republic, 2 Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grants, and a full fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work explores the form and function of natural shapes, often using seed and pod forms to explain her interests. Her artist residencies in the Dominican Republic introduced her to the ancient work of the Taino Indians, leading her to further explore the symbols of earth and fertility. She has been represented by the Caldbeck since 1990.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 1-4. For more information, call 207 594 5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.

June ArtLab for All Ages – June 2, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from artist Tom Burckhardt’s immersive installation featured in CMCA’s upcoming exhibition “Tom Burckhardt: Studio Flood”, opening June 9, 2018, during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Led by Art Educator Sandy Weisman, make 3-D abstract constructions by taking inspiration from artist Tom Burckhardt’s process of creating spaces by painting and combining cardboard. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds and Connie Hayes: Windows

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host two exhibitions in the month of May: Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds and Connie Hayes: Windows

Opening Friday, May 4th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

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

Scott Kelley, Icebergs, Hermit Island, Antarctica, Watercolor on paper, 22 1/2″ x 30″

Scott Kelley: The Slipping of the Hydrogen Bonds

May 4, 2018

“We sailed from Punta Arenas, Chile aboard the USRV Laurence M Gould, and on our third night as sea, approaching the Bransfield Strait about 2:00 AM, I saw it: my first iceberg. The sky and the water were black, but the southern horizon glowed with the intensity of an arc light: the ice from the White Continent, still hundreds of miles away, fluoresced through the pall like a beacon, drawing us south.” – Scott Kelley

Connie Hayes, Green Climber, Oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

Connie Hayes: Windows

May 4, 2018

Connie Hayes’ recent body of work explores the shifting views and visual framework of windows. Inspired by the windows in her 1850’s home and on the island of Vinalhaven, these pieces blur the interior and exterior into engaging patterns that bring us into the artist’s space.

CMCA Wins Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence

Crowds gather in CMCA Courtyard following Summer 2017 Distinguished Lecture by artist William Wegman

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has won the 2018 Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, the highest honor given by the Maine Office of Tourism. Received at the tourism industry’s annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 4, in Portland, the award recognizes CMCA’s contributions to the statewide economy and its efforts to create an exceptional year-round experience for its visitors.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to see CMCA and the arts in Maine recognized for their important role in Maine’s cultural economy. We set out to create an extraordinary experience in Rockland – this award recognizes that achievement.”

Speaking to an overflowing reception inside the State of Maine Ballroom at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, Director Steve Lyons of the Office of Tourism reiterated CMCA’s incredible transformation. “The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s dedication to celebrating Maine’s present day cultural assets has taken them from a small local facility to an exciting global platform for Maine’s arts community, and a major draw for cultural tourism in our state.”

Among the crowd was Gordon Page, Director of Rockland Main Street, who echoed Lyons’ praise. “CMCA demonstrates daily a remarkable ability to impact tourism in a proactive manner.” Speaking about his own work to strengthen Rockland’s local economy through Rockland Main Street—a non-profit focused on connecting and amplifying the efforts of local businesses—Page called CMCA “an important part of the ongoing revitalization of our City.”

Discussing CMCA’s role in the local economy, Sam Vail, CMCA’s Director of Development and Marketing, praised the $35 million impact that has been attributed to the organization. “When people visit CMCA, the impact ripples outward. They shop downtown, run errands, grab a meal, or all of the above.” Vail emphasized the importance of CMCA being a destination for locals, as well as tourists. “We strive to add value to people’s lives – year round. That’s how we serve as a real community asset.”

CMCA accepts the tourism award at an important juncture for how the arts are viewed in Maine’s economy. As the state continues to grapple with the challenge of attracting a new generation of workers, business leaders have begun to engage the arts community as a resource. “Maine’s arts and cultural sector is our best weapon for building a 21st century economy,” writes Julie A. Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission, “one that retains young people and attracts creatives, innovators, and investment to our state.”

Currently, estimates show 11,000 individuals hold creative occupations in 2,582 arts-related businesses across the state. Additionally, recent studies link the impact of the art non-profit industry alone to a $150.5 million influx into the state’s economy.

“This award represents the growing respect people have for Maine’s artists,” says Vail, who credits the legacy and skill of Maine artists for helping CMCA gain national attention. When asked about CMCA’s strategy for the future, Vail was quick to answer. “Our goal remains the same: provide everyone who visits CMCA with a unique and enriching experience. That’s it.”

With the number of tourists visiting Maine rising for the fifth consecutive year in 2017, Vail feels optimistic about the approaching summer season. “Maine is popular – that’s a good problem to have.”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

For more information about CMCA, visit: cmcanow.org

Landings Gallery – 2018 Season’s Invitational

“A Walk at Sunset” oil/canvas, 16” x 16” by Lisa Kyle

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2018 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, specializing in work celebrating the environment and nature in Maine. May 4 – May 21. New works by gallery artists; Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Tom Curry, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, David Peterson, Björn Runquist, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The gallery is also proud to introduce the oil paintings of two new artists, Christopher French and Lisa Kyle, who will be showing 40 paintings for the first time at the gallery.

The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 4th from
5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2018.

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

Collin Burns: Maine Homage a new exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

Rockland, Maine:  On 16 June 2017, Black Hole will host an opening reception for Collin Burns’ debut show: Maine Homage.  The exhibition will run from 17 June – 31 July, and showcase Michigan-native Burns’ latest work, created as a tip-of-the-hat to Midcoast Maine, the place he now calls home.  

Born in 1989 in Lapeer, Michigan, Burns moved to Maine in 2013, and has since been developing his artistic response to the Pine Tree State.  ‘Maine Homage’ consists of nine works, and represents the first instalment of this response.  All nine works have been consciously created using materials and techniques the artist has learned since arriving in Maine, during time spent working in the boatbuilding industry in Rockport.  

Burns seeks to portray his respectful understanding of place, and Maine’s unabashed honesty.  Using the figure as a key element in each piece, the artist successfully reveals narratives observed from his fresh perspective, through which he characterizes and represents his experience of the state, and specifically, the Midcoast.  

His choice of motifs and symbols, fluently expressed and expertly articulated through the use of carefully chosen materials, create a body of work which is an insightful and apt celebration of place.

For more information, please visit www.blackholegallery.com; or contact Black Hole at 207-808-2141

Tom Jessen: If/Then exhibition at Black Hole

17 June – 31 July

Rockland, Maine:  Black Hole presents If/Then.  The exhibition will run until 31 July 2017, and showcases the work of Tom Jessen, from Temple, Maine.  

In his work, Jessen explores form, depth and the nature of the plane, through seemingly simple compositions which engage the audience through their treatment of surface, balance and materiality.  If/Then represents a departure of sorts from the artist’s earlier work, as he introduces color, in so doing adding an extra sensory experience and point of contrast.  

Alongside Collin Burns’ Maine Homage (which runs concurrently in the gallery), Jessen’s works offer a stark yet sensitive counterpoint, at once contrasting and complimenting the illustrative, narrative pieces they hang beside. 

For more information, please visit www.blackholegallery.com; or contact Black Hole at 207-808-2141

May ArtLab for All Ages – May 5, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from the work featured in CMCA’s current exhibitions “John Moore: Resonance” and “Boundaries: Jacob Bond Hessler and Richard Blanco” to find new ways to sense the landscapes around us during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Invent your own low-tech speaking tubes and listening devices with cones or tin-can walkie-talkie toys to take with you to explore the outdoors! Use your new creations to make decorative head pieces that reimagine how you hear the natural world around you. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, 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 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free.

April Classes | The Art Loft

April Member Classes

Our “Free-to-Members” classes are starting up in April and we are kicking off the season with an amazing instructor – Larissa Davis. Larissa passionately guides people to find their deepest inner wisdom through Soul Path Art, a fun and accessible combination of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that quiets the inner critic and exercises the right-brain.

Our April class theme is Create Your Dreams Come True. At the heart of Soul Path Art is the idea of intention. In this month’s classes, artist and guide Larissa Davis shares projects and techniques to help you connect to your inner wisdom and create intentionally with focused fun! Let’s let go of our inner critics and play together in the creative space of the right brain. You are the artist of your life…no experience is necessary for these classes. Please join us for a unique experience.

Remember, these Create Your Dreams Come True classes are free to members. Non-members can “drop-in” for $20 per class. Become a member by clicking here.

Click here to view class schedules.

The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME 04841

Press Pause: A Group Exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), Apple Blossoms III, 1974, Color lithograph on Arches paper, 23″ x 28″, Edition 31/50

Press Pause

April 7,  2018- April 28,  2018

Press Pause is a group exhibition of still life works that explore roles of the commonplace object in daily life. The artists included in this show approach the everyday as anything but trivial, elevating our routine domesticity.  These works create reflections of ourselves in everyday objects, showing that the portrayal of the ordinary can produce just as strong a sentiment as the grandiose.

Artworks by the following artists will be included in the exhibition; Bo Bartlett, Cig Harvey, Shawn Fields, Eric Green, Connie Hayes, Alan Magee, Anna B. McCoy, John McCoy, Stephen Pace, Fairfield Porter, Tollef Runquist, Joyce Tenneson, Marilyn Turtz, Susan Van Campen, and Andrew Wyeth.

Bo Bartlett, Cup, Oil on panel, 18″ x 18″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a group exhibition of works titled Press Pause from April 7 – April 28, 2018. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 7th from 3pm -5pm

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

It’s time to celebrate! | The Art Loft

We’re Havin’ a Party – And You’re Invited!

You’ve seen the announcement… and it’s worth celebrating. So please join us at the Membership Kickoff Party where you can learn more about this exciting new program. You’ll have a chance to meet our amazing line-up of resident artists who will be instructing a variety of classes throughout the year.

This very special kick-off event will also be the gallery show opening for April resident artist Larissa Davis. Larissa, The Soul Path Artist, boldly connects people to their passion through creativity and guides people to connect to their inner wisdom through a powerful and fun process of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that is Soul Path Art.

Enjoy fun activities and snacks while you take in the show, meet the artists, and learn about memberships. The artists have generously donated artwork that all attendees will have a chance of winning. The party begins at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 12th. Please mark your calendars and we hope to see you to see you there!

The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME

Ten-Year Survey Exhibition of Artist John Moore at CMCA

John Moore, Six O'Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas, 42 x 50"

John Moore, Six O’Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas, 42 x 50″

John Moore: Resonance, the first solo exhibition in a Maine museum of artist John Moore’s work will open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland on Saturday, March 3. A public reception honoring the artist will be held on Saturday, March 17, from 4 to 6pm. The exhibition will remain on view at CMCA through Sunday, June 17.

John Moore: Resonance presents a ten-year survey of the artist’s work completed primarily in his Belfast, Maine, studio, where he has lived for more than a decade, first seasonally and more recently full-time, since retiring from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was Chair of the Department of Fine Arts from 1999 to 2009. A highly esteemed teacher and painter, with more than forty-two solo exhibitions to his credit, Moore is widely admired for his evocative, beautifully rendered composite images that range in subject from a mill town in eastern Pennsylvania and a manufacturing site in Philadelphia, to urbanized locations from Bangor to Belfast in midcoast Maine.

John Moore, Distant Voices, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 50"

John Moore, Distant Voices, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 50″

Moore’s Midwest origins, he was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1941, and the remembered working class culture of his upbringing affect the choices that inspire his paintings and drawings, which are marked by personal experience and the “weathered weight of time.” Composed in the studio from drawings, on-site visits, sketchbook notations, photographs, and other source material, Moore’s paintings distill images from several locations into one, and are put together in a way that is intended to appear seamless. Some of them are close to the appearance of a specific site, some depart considerably. Everything in them is real however, or as he says, “should have been real, or could be real. That’s the only rule: it could be real.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 64-page catalog with an essay by Christopher B. Crosman, the former director of the Farnsworth Art Museum and founding curator of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In the essay, Crosman writes, “Moore’s montage sensibility takes painting back to its post-medieval roots and then slowly, smoothly, smartly, almost imperceptibly, imposes a contemporary pictorial logic of being in an unfixed present while simultaneously existing in several places, times, moods, or even styles, all at once. Only painting can do that. And Moore…quietly, clearly, inexorably makes us aware of this simple fact.”

Also included in the exhibition catalog is the poem, Frankford Station, written by poet Vincent Katz in response to Moore’s painting by the same name.

For additional information about the exhibition, John Moore: Resonance, please visit cmcanow.org or call 207-701-5005. 

Richard Blanco + Jacob Hessler | BOUNDARIES

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco

“Our nation’s original motto: e pluribus unum (out of many, one) is charged with the utopian ideal that no single narrative is more important than another, and that America could and ought to someday be a nation where all narratives converge into one. In other words, a place where boundaries dissolve.” –Richard Blanco

Boundaries is a collaborative project between Presidential Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among many others; they challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us vs. them mindset by inciting irrational fears, hate, and prejudice. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are—fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of indeed becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world.

Boundaries was first presented at the Coral Gables Museum, Florida, in Fall 2017. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition book published by Two Ponds Press; edition of 300, copies 1-50 are deluxe editions that contain a Jacob Hessler photograph printed on aluminum and a page of typescript poetry, with handwritten corrections by Richard Blanco.

On view at CMCA, Rockland, Maine
February 17 – May 27, 2018

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Sam Vail joins CMCA as Director of Development and Marketing

CMCA Director of Development + Marketing Sam Vail

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) welcomes Sam Vail as its new Director of Marketing and Development. A lifetime Mainer, Sam brings an enthusiasm for supporting Maine artists and the communities they call home. “Something is growing in Rockland,” he says. “If all you hear is the ocean, you’re not listening.”

The hire comes at an important time in CMCA’s history. With nearly 40,000 yearly visitors, and an annual economic impact estimated at $35 million, CMCA has finalized a three-year Strategic Plan to expand its program and education capacities. Sam will focus on growing the organization’s community and financial resources – assuring its ability to serve its mission for years to come.

“We are incredibly fortunate to add Sam to CMCA’s team,” says CMCA Director, Suzette McAvoy. “As an organization, we’ve undergone tremendous growth and reach in a very short timeframe. Sam brings experience, energy, and ideas to help us meet our goals and envision our future.”

After studying Writing at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, Sam was eager to return to Maine. “Talking with friends at graduation, the question was always the same: ‘where to next?'” Citing a lack of culture and opportunity in rural America, Sam watched the majority of his class head for the cities. “The answer was almost never Maine.”

Now three years later, Sam remains committed to stopping Maine’s talent bleed. He argues that the arts hold immense possibility for Maine’s future. “It’s about more than jobs – young people want the intangibles: stories, adventures, memories.” Sam believes that Maine has to shake off the feeling of being “out-in-the-woods.”

“If young people want to see the world, we have to bring the world here.”

Sam was eager to come work for CMCA after attending one of their events last February. “Growing up here, you watch towns fold up in September.” After watching a crowd meant for a summer weekend turn out in mid-winter, Sam saw an omen of things to come. “That’s not an event – that’s an endorsement.”

Sam brings with him experience as both a staff member and volunteer at non-profits across the Midcoast. He comes to CMCA following his role as a Fundraiser for Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association in Unity, and has volunteered as a Marketing Coordinator and Youth Mentor at the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast in Belfast. “The question of Maine’s future is being answered by a thousand movements. Art is one of many.”

With audacious goals set for the future of CMCA, Sam is eager to tap into the community that has made the organization a success thus far. And though Sam grew up in the Midcoast, he emphasizes that Rockland is still new to him. “Every town is different,” he says. “I’m excited to listen.”

ArtLab for All Ages

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create one-of-a-kind portraits inspired by CMCA’s current exhibition, “KJ Shows: Portrait of an Artist,” during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, March 3, from 2 to 4pm.

Your shoes say a lot about you! Take inspiration from artist KJ Shows’ incredibly distinct shoe portraits and illustrate a pair of shoes that speaks to something unique about you! Design your creation and embellish it with patterns, words, and collage materials. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago

Portrait of Artist: Judy Chicago

 

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts “Whiteout”

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Sebastian Blanck, The Evergreens, 2017, Oil on linen, 30″ x 40″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a group exhibition of works titled “Whiteout” from  February 6 – March 15.  “Whiteout” is an exhibition of works that explore the shifting perspectives experienced during winter. When the landscape is coated in snow, there is a lack of reference points for the environment around us. These reduced visual cues and muted palettes immerse us in a world slightly removed from familiarity, creating a new frame for viewing our surroundings in its starkness. Snow dictates our activities and behavior, varying due to the elements. The works included in this exhibition approach this environment with keen eyes, focusing on the stark contrasts that winter brings.

 

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Jamie Wyeth, Saltwater Ice, Oil on board, 36″ x 30″

 

Artworks by the following artists will be included in the exhibition; Bo Bartlett, Jamie Wyeth, David Vickery, Cig Harvey, Shawn Fields, Susan Van Campen, Marilyn Turtz, Scott Kelley, Andrew Wyeth and introducing Sebastian Blanck.

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

CMCA announces upcoming exhibitions

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland has announced an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions to launch the 2018 season. Opening in February is the exhibition, Boundaries, a recent collaboration between photographer Jacob Hessler and Presidential Inaugural poet Richard Blanco, followed in March by solo exhibitions of painters John Moore  and KJ Shows.

Jacob Hessler, Dreaming a Wall, 2017, photograph on aluminum

Jacob Hessler, Dreaming a Wall, 2017, photograph on aluminum

Jacob Hessler + Richard Blanco | Boundaries 

February 17 – May 27, 2018
Sunday, February 18 | Reception 1-4pm, reading by Richard Blanco at 1:30pm; public welcome

Boundaries is a recent collaborative project between Obama Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco (b. 1968) and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985). Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity, among others. Together the artists and their work challenge the physical, imagined, and psychological dividing lines—both historic and current—that shadow America and perpetuate an us versus them mindset. In contrast to the current narrowing definition of an America with very clear-cut boundaries, Blanco and Hessler cross and erase borders. As artists, they tear down barriers to understanding by pushing boundaries and exposing them for what they truly are—fabrications for the sake of manifesting power and oppression pitted against our hopes of becoming a boundary-less nation in a boundary-less world. The exhibition is accompanied by a limited edition fine art book published by Two Ponds Press of Camden.Jacob Hessler is a fine art photographer specializing in the contemporary landscape. He is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA, and holds an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. He lives in Camden, ME, and is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, ME.

Richard Blanco is the fifth presidential inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. In 2015, the Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador. Blanco lives in Bethel, ME.

John Moore, Six O'Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas

John Moore, Six O’Clock in Mill Town, 2014, oil on canvas

John Moore | Resonance 
March 3 – June 16, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 5-7pm | Artist’s reception; public welcome

Resonance is a survey exhibition of paintings and drawings by artist John Moore (b. 1941), featuring work primarily completed in his Belfast, Maine, studio in the past decade. The paintings are derived from drawings, on-site visits, sketchbook notations, photographs, and other source material. Moore’s mid-west origins, and the remembered working class culture of his upbringing affect the choices that inspire his poetic, multi-faceted paintings. Marked by personal experience and by the “weathered weight of time,” the subjects of Moore’s art range from a mill town in eastern Pennsylvania and a manufacturing site in Philadelphia, to urbanized locations from Bangor to Belfast in mid-coast Maine. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an introductory essay by Christopher B. Crosman.John Moore was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and received his BFA from Washington University and MFA from Yale. He has had 42 solo exhibitions since 1970, and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, Ct. His work is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Chicago Art Institute, the Yale Art Gallery, the Colby College Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art, among others.

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

Artist KJ Shows in her studio, Kennebunk, Maine

KJ Shows | Portrait of an Artist
March 3 – June 3, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 5-7pm | Artist’s reception; public welcome

The exhibition, Portrait of an Artist, presents a nearly ten-year project by artist KJ Shows (b. 1965) of Kennebunk, Maine. In 2008, Shows began working on a series of oil paintings paying homage to a variety of contemporary artists worldwide. Connecting with them personally by mail, Shows asks each artist for a pair of shoes that they feel best represents them, from which she creates paintings that are unconventional and non-judgmental portraits. With continued positive response from participants, the series has come to include the shoes themselves along with a growing collection of ephemera, correspondence, and photos. To date, Shows has painted over 100 shoe portraits of both world renowned and obscure artists, including Jamie Wyeth, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer, William Wegman, Judy Chicago, and Annie Sprinkle…and the list keeps growing.

Born in Seabrook, Texas, KJ Shows attended the Art Institute of Houston for Visual Communications. After living in San Francisco for a number of years, Shows moved to Kennebunk, Maine, in 2001 to devote more time to painting. Shows has participated in a numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: November through May, Wednesday – Saturday10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information visit cmcanow.org

Farnsworth Vacation Art Camp: Celebrate Chinese New Year!

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Beginning on Tuesday, February 20 the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a three-day art camp for children ages 5 to 7 years old. Led by art instructor Avis Turner this Chinese New Year themed camp will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

Participating children will be inspired by the Chinese New Year in this three-day art camp. Puppets are a wonderful way to construct imaginary friends with playful personalities and participants will learn how to turn an old fashioned sock puppet into a dragon using a sock, felt, buttons, ribbon streamers, and more. These puppets will fly; they will have names, favorite foods, and places to sleep. With these fiery new friends, camp participants will create a traditional dragon parade.

Avis Turner is an artist and educator with degrees in childhood development and art education, as well as an MFA in sculpture. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in both public and private school settings, and studied the Reggio Emilia Atelier approach at Smith College and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In this approach students are encouraged to be “constructors of knowledge” and “protagonists of their own learning.” The fee for this program is $98 and $80 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

CMCA February ArtLab for All Ages – Draw With Your Head

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to experience an unconventional, playful approach to drawing during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, February 3, from 2 to 4pm.

Led by ArtLab educator, Alexis Iammarino, participants will be invited to invent, make, and experiment with unlikely drawing tools attached to the body. No hands allowed! Discover fun, new ways of mark making and a uniquely creative process that yields unexpected, surprising results. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors. For more information visit cmcanow.org

CMCA Sunday Salon “Materiality” Artist Talks with Brown + Mess + Stephan

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to attend the fourth and final Sunday Salon on February 4 at 3pm, with Jackie Brown, Jonathan Mess, and Aaron T Stephan, artists featured in the current exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter. The artists will each present short illustrated talks about the materials they use, how they use them, and explain why.

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jackie Brown (Bath, ME) creates colorful other-worldly sculptural installations that suggest imagined biological systems in which it is often intentionally difficult to tell if the forms are healthy or harmful. Jonathan Mess (Newcastle, ME) works with recycled clay and reclaimed materials to create unique ceramic pieces that speak to his concern for the environment. Aaron T Stephan (Portland, ME) presents a wry look at the world around him in his diverse body of work—focusing on the complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects.

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, and the artists in the series, visit cmcanow.org

Dowling Walsh Galleries announces opening of Bo Bartlett Center

Bo Bartlett, Damascus Road, Oil on linen, 120" x 168", Courtesy of the Lori Uddenberg Collection

Bo Bartlett, Damascus Road, Oil on linen, 120″ x 168″, Courtesy of the Lori Uddenberg Collection

Dowling Walsh Galleries is pleased to announce that Columbus State University opened the Bo Bartlett Center, an 18,000-square-foot exhibition space and learning center dedicated to American realism. Housed in a converted textile mill, the center features many of Bartlett’s epochal paintings, as well as the work of the artists who have influenced him, including many from Maine.

The Bo Bartlett Center will explore creativity and learning within the context of the work and studio practice of the painter and Columbus, Georgia native Bo Bartlett. The Center is a unique partnership between a living mid-career artist and a state university, and will feature a range of changing exhibitions and programs.

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The inaugural exhibition will be a retrospective of Bo Bartlett’s work, featuring paintings and drawings from 1977-2017. A companion exhibition, Peers & Influences, will also be on view.  For information on Bartlett’s work currently on display at Dowling Walsh Galleries visit www.dowlingwalsh.com

Featured Artist Kim Nicholl and Call for Teachers at The Art Loft

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Artist Kim Nicoll has been teaching at the Art Loft for a year and a half. We are pleased to feature her work.

Why do you create what you do and what drives you?

I’m a very visual person. I want to sketch everything. As a child, I always doodled, even on my school work, and I got in trouble for it once. But another teacher did let me paint a mural on the wing at school when I was 11 years old. I remember selling hand-drawn bookmarks in school, I even got preorders. I create because I absolutely love doing it. I love seeing the vision in my head become real. It’s challenging at times when I don’t see the results I envision, but I keep trying new techniques until it works. It’s creative problem-solving.

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Was the Art Loft instrumental in getting you started? 

I have to say, being involved at the Art Loft has been a tremendous confidence booster!  I would never have imagined myself teaching art to a room full of strangers, but when the Art Loft asked me to teach a children’s class back in September 2016 I nervously tried it. And loved it!  After taking a couple of affordable classes and doing some paint nights at the Art Loft, I finally felt a bit more confident to teach adults. The Art Loft has been a valuable part of my journey.

When do you create (how often, how long does it take, and what time of day)?

I’ve been creating daily for nearly a year now. I’ve done many Instagram art challenges to develop my skills. Inktober, watercolor challenge, 21 days of brave and a 4-month MATS boot camp online art class. Mostly in the evening after my son goes to sleep, is when I do my painting projects. I could seriously paint all day if I neglected being a mom, wife, and caregiver. But I’m delighted that my son loves to create too. In fact, he’s the reason I am painting again. He is an inspiration. Rediscovering the world and every new sensation through his vibrant, fresh eyes has been an awakening.

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Do you find art therapeutic?

Absolutely without question!  Art brings me joy and excitement. There’s something so thrilling about creating beauty.  I’ve become a more confident, open-hearted human being.  It has helped me to start expressing what I’ve suppressed throughout my life. The benefits I get from art compel me to share with others the idea that there’s hope and healing to our internal conflicts.

Art Instructors Needed
The Art Loft is seeking art instructors for our Drop-in classes, more advanced workshops, as well as Paint Night leaders.  We can offer competitive pay, a very flexible schedule, as well as many other perks. If you have experience in art, or know somebody who does, please contact us for more information at 207-200-7915 or visit artloftrockland.org

CMCA Announces Open Call for 2018 Biennial

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is announcing an open call for submissions to the 2018 CMCA Biennial exhibition. Submissions will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums are accepted for review. The 2018 CMCA Biennial is sponsored by First National Bank.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are extremely grateful to First National Bank for their support of the 2018 Biennial. Their generous sponsorship of the exhibition makes it possible for CMCA to waive submission fees for all entering artists, and to engage two terrific outside jurors, Kate Green and Robin Williams. We eagerly anticipate a wonderful response to the open call for submissions.”

The CMCA Biennial typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998.

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

2016 CMCA Biennial installation view.

Jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial are Kate Green, Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. The Biennial will be held at CMCA from November 2018 through February 2019.
Kate Green is an art historian, curator, and critic. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University, and has also worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation, and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In America, Artforum.com, and Frieze. She is currently Director of Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas.

Robin K. Williams is Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She co-curated with Jens Hoffmann, Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance, which explores music and art as vehicles of social change. Formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art as well as a Curatorial Fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas, Williams is currently completing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has published several academic and critical essays, including “A Mode of Translation: Joan Jonas’s Performance Installations,” which appears in Stedelijk Studies #3, The Place of Performance (2016).

For more information and submission guidelines, visit: cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/. CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To join as an artist member, visit cmcanow.org/support/membership/.

CMCA exhibition features work by Artist Heather Lyon

Heather Lyon, Wrap, 2017, video still

Heather Lyon, Wrap, 2017, video still

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, on view at CMCA through February 11, 2018.

Lyon (b. 1975) is a sculptor and performance artist who works with unlikely materials ranging from rebar to sequins to milk. She received her MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently teaches at the Blue Hill Harbor School. She has shown at numerous galleries in Chicago, Nantes (France), and Maine, and has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and at Atelier Alain LeBras in France, as well as workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Ox-Bow Artist’s Colony in Michigan, and the Burren College of Art in Ireland. She recently returned from Tbilisi, Georgia, where she was invited to exhibit and perform new work at the Georgian National Museum.

Heather Lyon, Roll, 2017, video still

Heather Lyon, Roll, 2017, video still

Her recent work on view at CMCA is Milk, Roll, Wrap, a series of task-based performance videos that question the ways we negotiate longing, loss, desire, power, and vulnerability.

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, visit cmcanow.org.

Art for Us Lecture Series with Educator Roger Dell at CMCA

Roger Dell, Educator

Roger Dell, Educator

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum are co-presenting “Art for Us,” a four-part discussion series led by Museum Educator Roger Dell during the month of January 2018. Presented over four consecutive Sundays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28, at 2pm, participants will discuss important questions concerning contemporary art and its historical context. Each session’s theme will be introduced by a brief slide presentation by Dell, followed by an open and engaging conversation. Take-home readings will be provided at each session to follow up on ideas and prepare for the next session.

The four sessions are: What is Art?; What is the Role of the Art World?; What is Artistic Beauty?, and What is the Role of Art within the Humanities? The first two sessions will be held at the Farnsworth; the last two at CMCA. Snow dates are the next day, Monday, at each corresponding venue. The cost for the four-part series is $30 for Farnsworth and CMCA members; $36 for non-members. Or per session $10 Farnsworth and CMCA members; $12 non-members. Register at farnsworthmuseum.org.

Presenter and discussion facilitator Roger Dell has taught art history, art appreciation, arts education, and the history of art museums from Hawaii to Maine, including the University of Maine, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Extension School. He is the former Director of Education at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Chinese Painting and Traditional Tea Ceremony at The Art Loft Gallery

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This class will focus on learning how to paint Morning Glory flowers. This will involve composition, the use of colors and ink, the study of line, and the dry and wet application of colors. Also during the class, we will taste three kinds of Chinese tea and enjoy a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to help us understand the complementary relationship between traditional Chinese painting and the Chinese tea culture.

Chinese traditional painting is based on the use of brushes, ink and Chinese painting colors on rice paper.
 It is mainly divided into figures, flowers, birds, and landscapes. Traditional Chinese painting uses subjects to convey artistic ideas and thought. It is about three aspects of the universe and human life: figure painting represents human society and interpersonal relationships; landscape painting the relationship between human beings and nature, where man and nature are portrayed in harmony as an organic whole. Flowers and birds represent nature, in harmony with people. Artistic expression stimulates philosophical thinking about human being. These three aspects suggest a universal whole, bringing out the best in each other and convey the true meaning of art as art.

Saturday, December 9, 1-4:30 pm, $35
Instructor: Nanfei Wang

For more information or to enroll visit artloftrockland.org

CMCA Sunday Salon | “Materiality” Artists Talk

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites the public to attend the first of four Sunday Salon gallery talks with artists featured in the current exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, on December 3 at 3pm. CMCA’s Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

The first talk in the series is with artists Adam Lampton, Ben Potter, and Ian Trask. Each artist will feature 5 slides of their work, and talk about the materials they use, how they use them, and why.

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

Adam Lampton, Ridge, archival inkjet print, 2014

Adam Lampton, of South Portland, uses common household materials such as plastic bags and flour to create artificial landscapes that he then photographs, constructing a visual memory of the Colorado Front Range region that he left as a younger man.

Ben Potter with his work "Small Mountains"

Ben Potter with his work “Small Mountains”

Belfast artist Ben Potter’s work reflects his interdisciplinary background in the arts and sciences. Working in a variety of simple forms that often recall landscape elements, he experiments with natural materials, such as bee pollen, silver, and clay.

Ian Trask with his work "Spores"

Ian Trask with his work “Spores”

Ian Trask, of Brunswick, is a biologist turned artist. His sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproducts into refined aesthetic objects that reinterpret a material’s value and usefulness. Trask chooses to create his art from things that are either discarded or donated by others in a deliberate effort to let scarcity and access dictate the direction of his work.

The series of series of Sunday Salon gallery talks with artists featured in the current exhibition will continue on December 10, 17 and February 4, at 3pm. On Sunday, December 10, the series will include a performance by Heather Lyon (Blue Hill) with a talk following. Sunday, December 17, will include talks by Stephanie Cardon (Cushing and Roslindale, MA), Lisa Kellner (Deer Isle) Loretta Park (Brunswick and Jamaica Plain, MA) and Emilie Stark-Menneg (Brunswick). The final talk of the series will be held on Sunday, February 4 and includes Jackie Brown (Bath), Jonathan Mess (Jefferson) and Aaron T Stephan (Portland).

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, and the artists in the series, visit cmcanow.org

Art Space Gallery announces a new show for December

John Wood, watercolor

John Wood, watercolor

Art Space Gallery Invites the community to December’s new show in our front room. This month we will be featuring all of our gallery artisans in the front room with a focus on winter. Come kick off the holiday season while enjoying the arts.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. December hours are Thursday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 3 November 2017

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Rockland’s 2017 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 3 November. Several of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including: Asymmetrick Arts, Gallery 440, Archipelago, Craft Gallery, The Art Loft, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, The Gautschi Center, CMCA and Black Hole.

The Strand Theatre will be screening “Lucky” at 5:30 & 8pm.

Archipelago, will be opening a new show with artists Claudia Diller, Kathleen Buchanan, Annette Huval, Anne Walker and Helene Farrar.

The Art Loft will be opening Tension: the work of Nanfei Wang.

The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery offers visitors the final opportunity to see their current show, featuring the work of Gordon Bok, Lois Anne and Julie Cyr.

Black Hole continues to show, Fish: an exhibition featuring the work of Matthew Hayes, Eric Hopkins, Orlando Johnson, Jamien Morehouse and Bethany Sawyer.

This Art Walk will be the penultimate Art Walk of Rockland’s 2017 season – the final one will be on Friday, 24 November.

A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org

CMCA Announces Jurors for 2018 Biennial

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce the jurors for the upcoming 2018 CMCA Biennial as Kate Green, Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, Texas, and Robin K. Williams, Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, Michigan. The Biennial will be held at CMCA from November 2018 through February 2019.

Kate Green is an art historian, curator, and critic. She holds an MA in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught art history courses at the University of Texas and Trinity University, and has also worked as a curator and educator at Artpace, Dia Art Foundation, and MoMA PS1. Her writing has appeared in Art In AmericaArtforum.com, and Frieze. She is currently director of Marfa Contemporary in Marfa, Texas.

Robin K. Williams is Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Most recently she co-curated, with Jens Hoffmann, Sonic Rebellion: Music As Resistance, which explores music and art as vehicles of social change. Formerly she was Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow of Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art as well as a curatorial fellow at the Visual Arts Center in Austin, Texas. She is currently completing her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation entitled “Joan Jonas’s Visual Language.” She has published several academic and critical essays, including “A Mode of Translation: Joan Jonas’s Performance Installations,” which appears in Stedelijk Studies #3, The Place of Performance (2016).

Submissions for the 2018 CMCA Biennial will be accepted online through the CMCA website from January 1 through April 2, 2018. The CMCA Biennial is an open juried competition for artists at all stages of their career who have a strong connection to the state of Maine. Work in all mediums is accepted for review. CMCA Artist Members are eligible to submit additional images for consideration. To become an artist member, please visit http://cmcanow.org/support/membership/.

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years.
The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. For more information, please visit http://cmcanow.org/biennial-exhibition/.

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland, 5-8pm, 6 Oct

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Rockland’s 2017 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 6 October.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including: Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, Craft Gallery, Dowling Walsh, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Archipelago, CMCA, Asymmetrick Arts and Black Hole.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery continues to show the work of Gordon Bok, Lois Anne, Julie Cyr.

Craft Gallery will be featuring new wool tapestries by Morris David Dorenfeld, ceramics by George Pearlman, and collages by Abbie Read. The show will extend to November 15th.

Dowling Walsh will be opening Eric Green’s ‘Heroes and Mirrors’ exhibition.

The Strand Theatre will be screening the documentary “Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art” at 8pm, a co-presentation with the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Yvette Torre Fine Art will be showing a selection of work from John Urbain.

Jonathan Frost Gallery is hosting the opening of a show called “Abstractions,” featuring drawings and sculptures by Victor Goldsmith, painted wood sculptures by Cecily Kahn, and oil paintings by Lorna Ritz.  Additionally, there will be a gallery talk by the artists on Saturday, October 7, at 1:00 p.m.

Archipelago, as well as their current exhibition of art work, will be launching a Swan’s Island Anniversary blanket raffle.  Proceeds from the raffle will support the Island Institute’s mission to sustain Maine’s island and coastal communities, and exchange ideas and experiences to further the sustainability of communities here and elsewhere.

CMCA’s current exhibitions will be on view: John Walker: From Seal Point, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, and William Wegman: Reel to Real; and also have marshmallow roasting in the courtyard!

A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org

Dowling Walsh Gallery to Exhibit the Work of Eric Green in October

Eric Green, Mirrored Room Five, Graphite grisaille, colored pencil and UV varnish on board, 18" x 16"

Eric Green, Mirrored Room Five, Graphite grisaille, colored pencil and UV varnish on board, 18″ x 16″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host an exhibition in the month of October of Eric Green’s work. An opening reception will be Friday, October 6th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.

 

Heroes and Mirrors is an exhibition of a few bodies of work. The first is from the early 1990’s depicting a nostalgic reality of baseball heroes, while the other two series twist that nostalgic reality into a surreal perspective that challenges the viewers ability to comprehend the true image.

Eric Green was born in Gorham, New Hampshire in 1956 and currently lives and works in Belfast, Maine. Green has had several solo exhibitions including Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; Gallery Henoch, New York, NY; Thomas Moser Gallery, Portland, ME; and Haley and Steele, Boston, MA. Green is the recipient of the National Academy of Design Merit Award and the Vermont Council Arts Fellowship.

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

CMCA Art Lab for October

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own night scenes inspired by CMCA’s current exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, October 7, from 2 to 4pm.

Taking inspiration from artist Linden Frederick’s evocative American scene paintings in the exhibition, Night Stories, participants will explore mood and narrative with light, shadow and color. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, you’ll learn to compose scenes using erasures and custom stencils to suggest drama, nuance and atmosphere with mixed-media, charcoal and colored pastels. Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

For more information call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org

“The Loom as Canvass” opens at CRAFT Gallery

Woven tapestry by Morris David Dorenfeld

Woven tapestry by Morris David Dorenfeld

CRAFT Gallery opens “The Loom as Canvass” on Friday, October 6th, with new work by textile and tapestry artist Morris David Dorenfeld. He is a painter at heart who uses his loom as a canvass to produce woven wool tapestries. The two new works at CRAFT are in the style of modernism found in the work of Mondrian and Gerrit Reitveld.

Ultimate simplicity and abstraction with harmony and order are the hallmarks of Dorenfeld’s work. Pure geometric forms and primary colors are woven into bold and stunning wool tapestries of art to be hung on the wall. Dorenfeld studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute and transitioned into designing and weaving tapestries when he moved to Maine. His work is shown at CRAFT through the courtesy of the Caldbeck Gallery.

In this final show of the 2017 season, CRAFT will hold over work by Lynn Duryea and Paul Heroux, introduce new work by Abbie Read and Suzanne Van Wye and show like minded gallery artists who create fine craft presented in dialogue with one another. The gallery will participate in Maine Craft Weekend October14 – 15 and will be open on those days from 10 to 5. CRAFT is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Farnsworth Presents Seventh Annual Fall Family Festival

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On Saturday, October 14, the Farnsworth Art Museum invites everyone to attend its seventh annual Fall Family Festival. The festival will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the museum’s sculpture garden, and is free of charge. This year’s Fall Family Festival is part of Maine’s Pumpkin Trail, a partnership with the Farnsworth, Maine Maritime Museum, Boothbay Railway Village and Damariscotta’s Pumpkinfest & Regatta.

The Farnsworth’s seventh annual Fall Family Festival will include free-style pumpkin carving, face painting, crafts, and live music. A parade will take place on Rockland’s Main Street, departing from the sculpture garden at 5:30 p.m. Families are invited to participate in the parade by wearing costumes and masks. Some masks will be made available thanks to Shoe String Theater, whose Artistic Director Nance Parker will be teaching a week-long free workshop at the Gamble Center.

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At the close of the parade, the group will return to the sculpture garden where a pumpkin lighting will take place at approximately 6 p.m. In case of rain, activities will take place in the Gamble Education Center, located at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. For more information, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Drawing and Painting for Ages 6 to 86 at the Farnsworth Art Museum

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On Saturdays, beginning October 7 through December 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will host a Drawing and Painting class taught by artist Sam Cady. Titled Drawing and Painting for Ages 6 to 86, the program will take place on consecutive Saturdays at the Gamble Education Center, at the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be no class on Saturday, November 25.

This class is about appreciating the world around us, and as an ongoing workshop, each session varies according to the dynamics of the group. The focus of the work is still-life set-ups in the Gamble Education Center and land/seascapes from area excursions depending on the season and weather. In-class discussions include the historical and contemporary treatment of these various subjects. Many approaches are taught from different drawing-media to water-based painting. Working out of a personal, natural inclination is stressed more than a specific style or approach to making art. The class includes participants of all varieties and skill levels. We learn from each other.

Instructor Sam Cady has exhibited widely around the country, but especially in NYC, Boston, and Maine, and taught in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He invites the group to his studio once a session to share his experience with the class. The fee for this class is $360 and $300 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Farnsworth Free Community Opening for Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero

Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978, Courtesy of Dixie Guerrero, ©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978, Courtesy of Dixie Guerrero, ©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

On Friday, October 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will celebrate a free community opening for the exhibition Black and White: Louse Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero. The opening, which will take place from 5 – 8 p.m., will feature black and white films in the library accompanied by live music, fun craft activities, both chocolate and regular milk, Oreo cookies, and other creative activities. Also opening on that night will be an exhibition of studies that Jamie Wyeth did for his now-famous portrait of JFK. The opening is part of the museum’s First Fridays at the Farnsworth sponsored by First National Bank.

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of President John F. Kennedy, Oil Study, 1967, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches. Collection of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of President John F. Kennedy, Oil Study, 1967, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches. Collection of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is recognized as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century, whose wood sculptures, painted in black or white, revolutionized artists’ ideas of what sculpture could be. This exhibition will feature signature examples of these works drawn from the Farnsworth’s collection, the second largest collection of Nevelson’s work in the world. Some of these works reflect the artist’s interests in creating environments, in which her home and studio were laboratories for her innovations.

Nevelson’s home and studio were captured in a series of arresting black and white photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012) taken in 1978 and 1979. Guerrero, a renowned architectural photographer, is perhaps best known for his images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which brought him to national attention. Guerrero’s photographs of Nevelson in her home and studio, in combination with examples of her sculpture, offer a captivating look at her life and work.

The Lead Sponsor of the exhibition is Gail Catharine Bertuzzi. The exhibition is made possible in part through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design. Support for the community opening is also provided by Oakhurst Dairy.

Join Art Space Gallery at the First Friday Art Walk

Indian Summer by Hannah Nelsbach

Indian Summer by Hannah Nelsbach

Art Space Gallery invites you to the October “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine and refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, October 6th, from 5 to 8 pm. This reception will feature the work of Hannah Nelsbach, Laurie Lofman Bellmore, and Melissa Post van der Burg.

Hannah Nelsbach’s work reflects many years of experience with a wide variety of media in which she creates an intriguing combination of fantasy and realism.
Paddling in the cove near her home at high tide or sitting in the mud at low tide, Hannah catches in her art the beauty and silence of the ocean. Later in her studio she finishes her work with details of fantasy. Hannah’s expressions of beauty and color may result in two-dimensional art, sculpture, or in the form of children’s books. Hanna’s work can be seen at the Discovery Museum in Bangor and in several area hospitals.

Underwater Fish Green-Earrings by Laurie Bellmore

Underwater Fish Green-Earrings by Laurie Bellmore

Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a native of mid-coast Maine, having lived in the Rockland area all of her life. Laurie is a self-taught jewelry maker with many years of experience creating hand crafted fine art jewelry. Laurie’s tools include a kiln, a torch, and fine silver, copper, and 22K gold as well as enamels and dichroic glass. Her latest jewelry pieces are hand drawn seacoast scenes depicting island views, lobster buoys, boats, and lighthouses. The images are imbedded into colorful or white enamels.

Rockland Visitor by Melissa Post van der Burg

Rockland Visitor by Melissa Post van der Burg

Melissa Post van der Burg will be showing more of her vibrant, light-filled oil paintings. She has been working close to home, painting Maine themes, both inland and on the working waterfront. Her work has won many awards throughout the U.S.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. Our October hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

CMCA Sunday Salon: Linden Frederick + Tess Gerritsen

Linden Frederick, "Takeout," 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

Linden Frederick, “Takeout,” 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches, private collection

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art invites you to a Sunday Salon with artist Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3pm. Frederick and Gerritsen will discuss the inspiration and process behind “Takeout,” their collaboration for the exhibition, Night Stories, on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017. Sunday Salons are a series of engaging conversations on topics in contemporary art and culture held at CMCA from September to May of each year. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission.

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

Author Tess Gerritsen; Artist Linden Frederick

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine, since 1989. The exhibition, Night Stories, and the accompanying book, have been eight years in the making. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Tess Gerritsen graduated from Stanford University and went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction. Her books have been top-3 bestsellers in the United States and top bestsellers abroad. She has won both the Nero Wolfe Award (for Vanish) and the Rita Award (for The Surgeon). Now retired from medicine, she writes full time, and lives in Camden, Maine.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

The Smallest House on view at CMCA

Jeff Smith, The Smallest House in the World

Jeff Smith, The Smallest House in the World

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is presenting The Smallest House in the World, an art installation by sculptor Jeff Smith in its courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from September 14 to 17, 2017. Presented concurrently with the Camden International Film Festival, The Smallest House in the World includes a short documentary video about the project screened in its interior. Part sculpture, part experimental living project, at 25 square feet, this pad on wheels challenges even the most open-minded small-home dweller. And that’s kind of the point. 

“When I looked at the tiny house movement, I saw everyone trying to make the best tiny house in the world, but no one was trying to make the smallest one,” says builder, sculptor and filmmaker Jeff Smith. In wondering about this housing trend, he questioned, “How small is too small for a house?” In a movement called the tiny house movement, this seemed like a really basic question that needed an answer. “So,” Smith says, “I built the smallest house in the world to test the limits of what a house can be.”

Last year during CIFF, CMCA exhibited in its Winter Street courtyard, The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies by artist James Leonard, in which the artist gave divinatory readings about climate change inside a special, hand-sewn tent. “With all the visitors in town for the film festival,” says CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy, “it’s a great opportunity for us to present really publicly accessible work that parallels current topics, such as sustainability, limited resources, and how we live in an increasingly congested world.”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

September ArtLab at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create their own mini flip books inspired by CMCA’s current exhibitions William Wegman | Reel to Real and John Walker | From Seal Point during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, September 2, from 2 to 4pm.

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Drawing from the absurdist logic and deadpan humor of artist William Wegman, and the meditative motifs of John Walker’s Seal Point paintings, we invite you to play with line drawing, learn about timing in narrative, and create repetition (with a dash of humor) to make flip books inside of mini matchboxes. Led by ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino, you’ll learn to cartoon and create caricatures with photographs and to create a collage of different animals in and around Rockland. Bring your friends, family, or come by yourself to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.  For more information visit cmcanow.org

Farnsworth to Unveil Mural During September First Friday

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

On Friday, September 1, during the First Friday art walk, there will be a special mural unveiling of a new mural arts project on School Street, on the wall of the Grasshopper Shop in downtown Rockland, which is a partnership between the Farnsworth’s Education Department and mural director Alexis Iammarino. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on School Street, between Main and Union Streets, with a public remarks scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Farnsworth has participated in First Fridays, thanks to a sponsorship from the First National Bank. During First Fridays, the museum is open free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo by David Troup

Photo by David Troup

The mural arts project has been made possible thanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of this community project is to engage local youth in creating public art in downtown Rockland. The project has been guided by local community mural artist Alexis Iammarino. She was joined by Canadian-born mural artist Melissa Luk, who has created mural projects on multiple continents, most recently in the west-African nation of Gabon. The mural was also completed with help of local artists and volunteers of all ages, the youngest of which was 7 and the oldest 80 years old. The mural unveiling will celebrate the efforts of all those involved, give the public the opportunity to meet the artists, and toast this new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown. Free ice cream will be provided by the Grasshopper Shop.

For more information on this project, please visit the museum website at www.farnsworthmuseum.org or call the museum’s Education Department at 207-596-0949.

Landing Gallery presents “MAINE PLEIN AIR PAINTERS”

"McCloons" by Monique Lazard, 16" x 20" Oil/Canvas

“McCloons” by Monique Lazard, 16″ x 20″ Oil/Canvas

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “MAINE PLEIN AIR PAINTERS”, an exhibition of new paintings by Monique Lazard, Tom Curry and Björn Runquist opening on Friday, September 1 through October 15. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 1 from 5-8 PM.

Monique’s landscape paintings have sense of movement and are filled with a gestural energy. She is a life long artist and has been painting since she was 10. “I always have a sketch book with me to record my observations. During my teens I began taking back packing trips to the Sierras, which helped foster my love of nature. Wherever I am, I find the local landscape to be an inspiring and fascinating subject for my painting.” Monique’s studies began as an undergraduate at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, she received her BA from the California College of Art and pursued graduate studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She also studied with artists Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati, Stuart Shills and Alex Kanevsky at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

"Weir Cove" by Tom Curry, 12" x 12" Oil/Panel

“Weir Cove” by Tom Curry, 12″ x 12″ Oil/Panel

For the past 18 years, Tom has painted the landscape around his home in Maine. “As a plein air painter, I immerse myself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux. What we call a “place” is a paradox – it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go. I paint the interplay of light, island, sky and water as a metaphor and meditation on place and time, the dance between what we perceive as eternal and ephemeral.” Tom Curry has a MS from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and attended the Graduate Program at Yale University. His work is in the collection of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum and the Wheaton College Museum.

Pier: Wheeler Bay" by Björn Runquist, 16" x 20" Oil/Linen

Pier: Wheeler Bay” by Björn Runquist, 16″ x 20″ Oil/Linen

Björn Runquist has been painting in the mid coast area from Port Clyde to the Camden area, for thirty years. Björn is one of Maine’s most accomplished and collected Plein Air Painters, his paintings are in many major, private and public, collections including the Farnsworth Art Museum. “My subjects vary: the Working Waterfront and in particular this year, Piers, have become my subject of choice.” The Pier’s structural complexity allows for an interplay of color and light that creates a visual energy. It’s a visually interesting combination of solid and transparent areas that are very challenging and gratifying to paint. “There are things that I return to and there are things I paint only once. But, at the core is the ever-present force of light as the source of all that we see, indeed, at the source of life itself – the source of each day’s new beginning.”

Please join us Friday, September 1 from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Monique Lazard, Tom Curry and Björn Runquist. Hours: Tue – Sat 11– 5, Sun 12 – 5 & closed on Mon. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

Art Space Gallery September 1st Opening

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk on September 1st.  Our front room features the work of Roger Barry, Janalee Welch, Joan Wright, and Melissa Post van der Burg. Additionally, there are many new works by our 15 other gallery artists. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments, and meet our artists on Friday, September 1st, from 5 to 8 pm.

Roger Barry of Edgecomb is a sculptor artisan who makes reliquaries from native hardwoods, many with secret locks. Heavily carved and beautifully finished, each is designed to hold precious personal items or enhance decor. Roger also creates sculptures and dreamlike tree houses that light up and draw starry nights on ceilings.“Most of my wood stock is milled from downed trees. Each one has its unique character and the sculpture that unfolds must reflect and honor it. Whether formal or whimsical, functional or decorative, all my pieces invite a personal encounter with the wood.”

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch of Farmington uses paper, both bits of the old and those she has decorated, painted, printed, or rusted together with bits and pieces of found objects to express her ongoing interest in how these materials work together in collage. Her work is inspired by her love of the natural world that was her playground as a child and her subject as a classroom teacher. “I love the rocks of the Maine coast, and I am inspired by their shapes, colors, conglomerate components, their history and their formation.” Janalee’s collages employ reminiscences of nature using simplicity and order; and pattern and symmetry as design elements, creating the sense of serenity and stability that she takes from nature.

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright of Rockland continues her exploration of the abstraction of reflections in water as well as capturing the many moods of her favorite island in the fog and out. Her exhibition will include both abstract and land/water scapes around Vinalhaven. Joan, who has been coming to Vinalhaven for over 35 years, reveals the spirit of the coast in her photography. “Water fascinates me. Its beauty and destructive power. It’s ability to reflect, distort, to change itself into what we perceive as another medium.”  

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg of Augusta will be featuring a new set of watercolor paintings. She works with the medium as if it were oil, creating rich, colorful and soulful paintings.  Her work, featuring images of Maine, has won awards across the country and is capturing the attention of many collectors. “Most of my work is figurative, with a narrative quality. I often use friends and family members as models–this is a venerable tradition dating back to the great renaissance painters. When I have a figure in front of me that I know very well, it leaves me free to focus on the story–what the painting is about.”

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  September hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Watercolor Batik Class at the Farnsworth

Watercolor by Erica Qualey

Watercolor by Erica Qualey

Beginning on Friday, September 1, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will present a four-class workshop on watercolor batik. Led by artist Erica Qualey, the class will take place on Fridays through September 29, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland. Please note that there will be no class on Friday, September 15.

Watercolor batik is a fun alternative method to traditional batik painting that has been used worldwide for hundreds of years. In this four-day workshop, we will use Ginwashi rice paper instead of cloth, and watercolor paint instead of dye. This method is full of surprises. During this class we will first paint by following a design and then everyone will venture off on individual projects.

Erica Qualey lives in mid-coast Maine and works as an artist and illustrator. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is represented in private collections throughout the country. See examples of her work at ericaqualey.weebly.com.

Night Stories After Party at CMCA

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Dance the night away at the Night Stories After Party following the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Summer Gala on Friday, August 18th, from 9-11pm. CMCA’s courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, will come alive with dance music by DJ Owen Cartwright, cash bar by Trillium Caterers, ice cream truck by Stone Fox Farm Creamery, a fire pit to gather around, sparklers, and more! Tickets are $10 for CMCA Members, $12 for Non-members, and are available online at http://cmcanow.org/event/afterparty-night-stories/, or the evening of the event.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala honors the opening of Linden Fredrick | Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell. Festivities include a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members, and include entry to the After Party. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win

CMCA to Hold Public Reception for Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibition

Linden Frederick, Takeout, 2016, oil on linen, courtesy of Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Takeout, 2016, oil on linen, courtesy of Forum Gallery

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will hold a public reception for the exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm. The exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers. The exhibition will be on view at CMCA through November 5, 2017.

The collaborating writers include: Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Doerr (All the Light We Cannot See); National Book Award-finalist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog); National Book Award-winner Louise Erdrich (The Round House); National Book Award-finalist Joshua Ferris (Then We Came to the End); Internationally bestselling author Tess Gerritsen (Rizzoli & Isles series); Academy Award-nominee Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark); Kirkus Prize-winner Lily King (Euphoria); Edgar Award-winner Dennis Lehane (Mystic River); Newberry Medal-winner Lois Lowry (The Giver); PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Ann Patchett (Bel Canto); New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice (Crazy in Love); Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo (Empire Falls); Pulitzer Prize-winner Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge); Academy Award-winner Ted Tally (The Silence of the Lambs); PEN USA Award-winner Daniel Woodrell (Winter’s Bone).

In conjunction with the exhibition, Frederick will present a gallery talk on the inception and creation of the Night Stories series on Tuesday, August 29, at 5:30pm. Space is limited to 40; reservations are required. The event is free to CMCA members; others with admission. To reserve: call 207-701-5005 or email info@cmcanow.org.

Additional upcoming Night Stories programs include a conversation in the gallery with Linden Frederick and author Tess Gerritsen on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00pm; and a conversation between the artist and author Richard Russo on Sunday, October 22, 3:00pm.

A resident of Belfast, Maine, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. He is represented by Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Four Solo Shows Opening at Caldbeck Gallery

CARDOON 2012 oil on panel 16 x 12 inches Lois Dodd

CARDOON 2012 oil on panel 16 x 12 inches Lois Dodd

From August 16 to September 16, The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the work of 4 artists: Lois Dodd of Cushing ME and New York NY, Bayard Hollins of Islesboro ME and Ojai CA, Janice Kasper of Swanville ME, and Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor ME.  An opening reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 6-8 pm.

In “Summer Paintings”, Dodd’s oil on masonite and oil on aluminum paintings sing with the light and air of summer in Cushing, Maine.  Mostly painted within the past 3 years, the paintings range in size from 5 x 7 inches to 18 x 20 inches.   In “Open Barn Door with Wheelbarrow” a very red wheelbarrow casts its shadow on the barn’s cedar shakes.  The shadow is that cool color that only the heated light of summer can create.  In one of the smaller paintings, “Frog Road Kill”, a frog’s little body is painted with a care that is both scientific and tender.  Dodd’s work has been shown widely in NYC, where she shows with Alexander Gallery, and throughout the U.S. for more than 60 years; her first exhibit with the Caldbeck was in 1985; this is her 11th solo show at the gallery.

A SPECIAL PLACE 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches Bayard Hollins

A SPECIAL PLACE 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches Bayard Hollins

Hollins’s show, “A Special Place”, features paintings in oil on canvas, as well as in acrylic on paper, measuring in the range of 18 x 20 inches to 72 x 60 inches.  About his work, the artist explains, “many influences go in my work, though the dominant theme tends to be the interaction between classical realism and abstract expressionism.  I work very fast, with large brush strokes, in order to convey the rawness of nature.  I like to leave a painting in a sort of incomplete state.  I believe that an unrefined painting is truer to nature and to my own emotions.  Space is created so that the painting can move, breath, and grow in the viewer’s imagination.  He used to love to go out in his power boat in stormy weather, but gave that up, and now relives those experiences in some of his paintings.   This is the artist’s third solo show with the Caldbeck.

THREE GRACES 2017 oil on canvas 36 x 21 inches Janice Kasper

THREE GRACES 2017 oil on canvas 36 x 21 inches Janice Kasper

Kasper’s 5 canvases in her show “New Work” are about nature (and human nature).  Measuring in the range of 21 x 31 inches to 24 x 80 inches, each painting tells a story woven together by the artist’s sense of humor and compassion for the animal world.   “My work is concerned with how we view and interact with our fellow creatures. They make our lives richer and we have the power to enrich their lives by protecting their habitats and by seeing the beauty in all living things”, Kasper says. Kasper was the curator of historic sites for the Farnsworth Art Museum for many years.  Her work there included caring for the Lucy Farnsworth Homestead, as well as the Olson House in Cushing.  Her passion and compassion for wildlife plays out in all of her artwork. She has shown widely in Maine and Connecticut, and has been with the Caldbeck since 1985.

FERTILITY  2017  granite  48 x 13 x 9 inches  Lise Becu

FERTILITY 2017 granite 48 x 13 x 9 inches Lise Becu

“Works in Stone” includes a number of new sculptures by Lise Becu, as well as a number of earlier pieces.  Becu works predominantly in different kinds of granite and Rockland limestone, but also works in alabaster, travertine, and calcite.  Of particular interest to her are found stones – on the beach, or in a wall, or from a slag pile.  “I like to use the natural shape of the stone”, explains the artist.  “I also try to leave some of the stone’s texture that is created by the many years of erosion out in nature.  When I finish a piece, I blend those areas of roughness into the final polished surface.  My imagery usually evolves as I carve, like having a conversation with the stone.  It’s as though the stories appear all by themselves.  I like to describe my work as ‘stylized figurative depictions of everyday life, dreams, and legends’.” Becu has been represented by the Caldbeck since the gallery’s first exhibit in June of 1982.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4.  For more information, please call the gallery at 594 5935, or email at caldbeck@midcoast.com.

Lecture at the Farnsworth: Louise Nevelson—Light and Shadow

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On Wednesday, August 16, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Nevelson biographer Laurie Wilson entitled Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow. The program will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium.

This lecture will provide an intimate portrait of Louise Nevelson’s remarkable life and art, drawing on hours of personal interviews with the artist at the height of her fame, as well as with her colleagues, friends and family members. Wilson tells the story of this major artist who became one of the three great American sculptors of the 20th century. Nevelson’s artistic, spiritual, even physical transformation is dramatic, complex, and inseparable from major historical and cultural shifts of this period in the art world. The post-lecture Q&A will be followed by a book signing.

Wilson’s recently published biography Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow is available for sale in the museum store and at the signing. The exhibition Black and White: Louise Nevelson/ Pedro Guerrero will open at the Farnsworth on Friday, October 6 and will be on view through April 1, 2018.

Laurie Wilson is a practicing psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Psychoanalytic Institute at NYU Medical School, and she is also the author of Alberto Giacometti: Myth, Magic and the Man, published by Yale University Press in 2003. Her involvement with Nevelson dates back to the 1970s when she spent time interviewing the artist for her doctoral dissertation, Louise Nevelson Iconography and Sources (1976). The fee for this lecture is $8 and $5 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Farnsworth Presents Lecture and Film: Returning Nazi-Appropriated-Art to its Rightful Owner

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On Wednesday, August 23, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the Strand Theatre and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will co-present a lecture by Donald S. Burris, Esq. followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt: The Documentary. The program will take place at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Beginning with the initial Blitzkrieg and continuing throughout the duration of World War II, the Nazi authorities implemented a pervasive program for stealing valuable artworks as they overran and ravaged most of Western Europe. The artwork was appropriated from mostly Jewish families in the occupied countries and the amount of art plundered, as you will learn in the course of the lecture, was astronomical.

Such was the fate of Gustav Klimt’s famous painting of The Woman in Gold, officially titled “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” and commissioned by Adele’s husband Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, a wealthy industrialist and supporter of the arts, who shared with his wife a special fondness for Klimt’s work. The Belvedere Palace in Vienna acquired this painting and others from their Nazi holders in 1941 and it remained in the Palace until its status was changed by the American courts in lengthy litigation begun in 1999 that our guest speaker will describe in detail, culminating with the 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling entitled Altmann v. Republic of Austria.

The speaker, Donald S. Burris—an international lawyer and a senior partner at Burris, Schoenberg & Walden—was not only the “other lawyer” working side-by-side with Randy Schoenberg to have Maria Altmann’s historic rights recognized in the Altmann case, but has been the senior partner in the firm working with other “looted art” cases. He will speak about the case and his other fascinating experiences in connection with his ongoing efforts to repatriate artworks, businesses and real estate stolen by the Nazis.

This brief lecture will be followed by a screening of Stealing Klimt, a documentary film about the true story of the Woman in Gold, running time 86 minutes. Burris will take questions following the film. The fee for this program is $20 and $15 for Farnsworth members, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue members, and Strand members. For more information visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel to speak at CMCA

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

Matt Wedel, figure with child, 2015, porcelain and gold leaf, 53 1/2 x 36 x 39 1/2

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts are collaborating to present an artist talk by noted ceramic artist Matt Wedel at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, on Thursday, August 10, at 5:30pm. The talk is free-of-charge and open to the public. Wedel is currently the guest artist-in-residence at the Watershed Center in Newcastle, Maine.

Matt Wedel (b. 1984) is a ceramic artist living and working in rural southeastern Ohio. His surroundings provide him with the flexibility to create without restriction and to work in a scale that dwarfs his own body. Enveloped by natural surroundings, his home and studio sit amid sprawling acres of unspoiled land. For Wedel, living and working in the landscape, and depicting the landscape have become one and the same. Like tending plants in the earth, Wedel cultivates his own forms, rooted in his imagination and brought to life from clay.

Matt Wedel was born and raised in Colorado, and first began working with clay at the age of two. Under the guidance of his father, a functional ceramicist, Wedel developed an early passion for making sculpture. He earned a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, in 2005, and a MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2007, where he studied with Tony Marsh. Wedel went on to teach at the University, and has since taught at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, and University of Colorado, Boulder. In early 2012, Wedel moved with his family to Albany, Ohio, where he built his own studio and an oversized kiln.

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69"

Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2015, ceramic, 77 x 74 x 69″

Upcoming artist talks at CMCA include: Linden Frederick, Night Stories, August 29, 5:30pm; John Walker and William Corbett, Looking Out to Sea talk and book signing, September 10, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with author Tess Gerritsen, September 17, 3pm; Michael Mansfield, William Wegman and Early Video Art, September 24, 3pm; Linden Frederick in conversation with Richard Russo, October 22, 3pm.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For additional information on events and exhibitions at CMCA, please call 207.701.5005 or  visit cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibit and Summer Gala at CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is celebrating its first anniversary in its Toshiko Mori Architect building with its Summer Gala on Friday, August 18, 2017. The evening also celebrates the preview opening of the much-anticipated exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala includes a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Festivities will end with Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck and dancing with music by DJ Owen Cartwright. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

Gala attendees are also able to reserve an advance copy of the hardcover book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories they Inspired ($45 + tax), signed by artist, with the purchase of Gala tickets. A number of the featured authors will be in attendance at the event to sign books throughout the evening.

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win.

Event Tickets are available online at cmcanow.org/summer-gala or by calling 207-701-5005. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jean Thompson at jthompson@cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

The groundbreaking exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, from August 19 through November 5, 2017 with an Artist Talk August 29, at 5:30pm. The much-anticipated exhibition pairs fifteen newly created paintings by the noted realist painter with fifteen new works of fiction by some of America’s most acclaimed writers.

The exhibition, and the accompanying book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories They Inspired, have been eight years in the making. When artist Linden Frederick (b. 1953) realized a growing number of his collectors were novelists and screenwriters, he wondered what would happen if the writer-illustrator relationship were reversed: the painting first, then the writing. The result is Night Stories. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

A native of Amsterdam, New York, Linden Frederick’s paintings are celebrated for their evocative light and atmosphere. Compared favorably to Edward Hopper’s American scene paintings, Frederick’s contemporary works suggest the human presence without depicting it, allowing the viewer to complete the narrative. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010.

CMCA, founded in 1952, is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207-701-5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

First Friday Art Walk in Rockland on August 4th

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First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 4 August 2017

Over 20 of Rockland’s art galleries will be open from 5-8pm, Friday, 4 August. Many will be opening new exhibitions for the city’s First Friday Art Walk. A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org

Art Space Gallery First Friday Art Walk

Art Space Gallery invites you to the August Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room featuring works by John Wood, Penny Markley, Lara Marx, and Obrianna Cornelius. You’ll also find many new works displayed throughout the gallery. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, August 4th, 5 to 8pm.

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John Wood, Lobster Cove

John Wood is a painter who lives in Rockland, Maine. He studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin.

 

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Penny Markley, Willows in Spring

Penny Markley, a painter from central Maine, is fascinated by Maine’s varied landscapes, both inland and coastal. Recently she has focused on the various cloud patterns and light brought by changing weather. The paintings she displays in August’s show emphasize the sky and its effects on the land below. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried shows in Maine and out of state. Her work has hung in the Office of the President of the Maine State Senate, at the State House in Augusta, and is in private collections in the United States and England.

 

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Lara Max, Swiming Bass

Lara Max is an artisan blacksmith living in Orono. She works in steel, copper, and slate creating forms with texture and color out of basic metal shapes. Her interest in the reflective property of metal has inspired her to experiment. “I am intrigued by how hammered metal reflects light, adding details and character to a form with each hammer’s mark.” Her work is highly unique and captures fleeting moments such as bass swimming among the reeds of Maine’s freshwater ponds.

 

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Obrianna Cornelius, Lighthouse Reflected

Obrianna Cornelius is a painter living in Hampden who received training in fine art at Pensacola Christian College. She specializes in watercolor landscapes. Her highly detailed paintings are filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects, using Maine’s beautiful landscapes and unique culture as inspiration. “From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing me. I look forward to every day spent painting Maine.”

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  August hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Daily Exhibition Tours at CMCA for July and August

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will offer daily guided tours of the current exhibitions every weekday at 11am for the months of July and August. Join museum staff for a closer inside look at the exhibitions on view. Current exhibitions include John Walker | From Seal Point; Jenny Brillhart + Sara Stites | Temporality, and William Wegman | Reel to Real. Tours are approximately 30 minutes long and are free with admission.

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CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Dowling Walsh Gallery Announces July Shows

Scott Kelley, Bear, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

Scott Kelley, Bear, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

All Shows run July 7 – August 2

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10AM – 5PM or by appointment

Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, spirit animals and Wabanaki elders. His new paintings, inspired by his previous series, explore a narrative of personified animals. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

James Dodds, Yellow Beetle Cat, Bow, oil on linen, 30″ x 60″

James Dodds, Yellow Beetle Cat, Bow, oil on linen, 30″ x 60″

Coast to Coast: James Dodds & Guy Taplin

“James Dodds and Guy Taplin are inspired by history- Taplin by working decoys and Dodds by traditional boats and their builders- but those curves, a sense of mystery, and whimsey transform Taplin’s curlews, cranes, ibis, and flocks of shorebirds into objects of joy, and Dodds’ eel boats, dinghies, and one-designs into vessels of wonder and exploration.”

Guy Taplin, Four Ibis, carved and painted driftwood 38.5" x 44.5" x 22.9"

Guy Taplin, Four Ibis, carved and painted driftwood 38.5″ x 44.5″ x 22.9″

For more information: 207-596-0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com | www.dowlingwalsh.com

Farnsworth [Collective] Presents Bash LITE: Under the Tent

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On Saturday, July 22, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s dynamic membership group the [Collective] will present a summer dance party on Rockland’s Museum Street, featuring the bay area funk band Con Brio. Bash LITE: Under the Tent will take place from 8 to 12 p.m. under a huge, 200 foot tent raised over the Farnsworth Museum Street parking lot.

Led by the magnetic Con Brio, a seven-piece Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul band and our network of local makers, all are invited to celebrate the height of Mine’s summer by literally dancing in the street. Participants should expect backflips, prizes, silliness and the unexpected.

Con Brio has a relentless drive for experimentation, for pushing their technical ability to its limits and reaching beyond the familiar. The resulting dynamic fuses driving rhythms, blazing guitar-work, soaring horns, the growl of an analog synthesizer or Hammond organ, and shimmering, sultry vocals with seemingly limitless energy: altogether it’s one heck of a party.

This is a 21+ event. Tickets for Bash LITE are $45. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

William Wegman Artist Talk Presented by CMCA & The Strand Theatre

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Artist William Wegman, accompanied by his famous Weimaraners, will present a talk on his work on Tuesday, July 25, at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, as part of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Tuesday Talk series. CMCA and the Strand Theatre are partnering on the presentation, with reduced admission for CMCA and The Strand members.

Immediately following the talk, a reception for the artist will take place at CMCA, adjacent to The Strand Theatre, at 21 Winter Street. The exhibition, William Wegman: Reel to Real, featuring the artist’s early videos and related drawings, is on view at CMCA through October 22, 2017. Tickets for the July 25 talk are available online through The Strand: $10 CMCA and The Strand members, $15 general admission; $20 day of event.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray. Man Ray soon became an active participant in Wegman’s early videos and subsequent photographs, and the Weimaraners an iconic presence in the artist’s career.

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

NEW Kick Off Summer Weekends with Cafe Miranda at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Cafe Miranda present Open Late, a fun, informal, after-work gathering on Friday evenings in CMCA’s courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. Starting Friday, July 7, Cafe Miranda will host a drinks bar (cash only) from 4:30-6:00pm throughout July and August (except August 18, reserved for CMCA Gala). Kick off the weekend with friends and music, and celebrate the all-too-short Maine summer! Open Late is a 21+ event.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

“POINTS NORTH” Now Showing at Landing Gallery

“Standing Tall”  by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

“Standing Tall” by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

Landing Gallery at 409 Main St. in Rockland proudly announces the opening of “POINTS NORTH” from June 30 – July 30”. The new three-person exhibition focusing on current paintings and photographs by Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko and Jill Valliere. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 7th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk. All three artists are Rockland Residents and have widely exhibited their work throughout Maine.

Jill Valliere is a 1997 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. “I have always been drawn to the vibrancy and texture of art, this translates to my own process of layering, adding and subtracting elements in my works. This additive and subtractive process creates a textural surface and tension which ultimately brings forth the nuances of color, depth and shadow. My use of metal leaf as a medium in my paintings creates an effulgent, transitional passage, which serves as the basis for the conceptual origin of my work.”

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide”  by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide” by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits. Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has kept up with new processes, techniques & equipment. “Physically exploring space and light while out in nature becomes the beginning of an image. Back in the studio the fun really begins. Additional processing using various applications and materials are combined for the final work. Alternative processing adds a richer and more complex final photograph.”

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery. His work has been exhibited in his galleries, in NY and ME, since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. “During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my paintings. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio. Sketches, photos, memories and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process. Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for nature.”

For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

The Wyeth Experience: A Series of Special Tours from the Farnsworth

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro and Christina, 1968, watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum, 1969.1646, ©2016 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro and Christina, 1968, watercolor on paper, Farnsworth Art Museum, 1969.1646, ©2016 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Beginning on Friday, July 7, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine present a special tour series entitled The Wyeth Experience. These intimate three-hour tours will include the museum’s Andrew Wyeth at 100 exhibitions as well as the Olson House where the American master painted for three decades. Tours will take place each Friday morning through July, August and September, beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the museum’s Wyeth Center and ending back at the museum at 12:45 p.m.

Participants in this unique tour will experience Andrew Wyeth’s world by examining the strong attraction the Olson House held for the artist for more than 30 years. The tour will begin with an intimate look at select Andrew Wyeth works at the Farnsworth Art Museum, and continue on for an in-depth tour of the Olson House. All will be taken by van through the Maine countryside to the Olson House, past landmarks relevant to Wyeth’s Maine subject matter.

The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Olson House. Photo by Susan Metzger.

The Farnsworth Art Museum’s Olson House. Photo by Susan Metzger.

A comprehensive tour of the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark, and its surrounding grounds, will highlight the relationship that Andrew Wyeth had with the property. The Olson House is the subject of approximately 300 works of art by Andrew Wyeth, including his iconic tempera Christina’s World (1948), owned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Wyeth’s drawings, watercolors and tempera paintings featuring Christina, her brother and the house itself occupied the artist from 1939 through 1968.

Wyeth once remarked, “I just couldn’t stay away from there. I did other pictures while I knew them, but I’d always seem to gravitate back to the house … It was Maine.” Wyeth died in 2009 and is buried in a small cemetery within sight of the house.

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro on Front Doorstep, 1942 watercolor on paper. Marunuma Art Park, © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Andrew Wyeth, Alvaro on Front Doorstep, 1942 watercolor on paper. Marunuma Art Park, © 2017 Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Tours are held once a week beginning Friday, July 7 through Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., and limited to 12 people per tour. The cost is $50 and $35 for Farnsworth members and includes admission to the museum. Please note that due to limited access to these tours, no refunds will be given with less than 48 hours notice. For more information or to book your tour, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.

The Caldbeck Gallery Welcomes the Work of David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016  watercolor on paper  11 x 38 1/2 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016 watercolor on paper 11 x 38 1/2 inches David Dewey

From July 12 through August 12, The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work in watercolor by David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown NJ. In the upstairs galleries, there will be an exhibit of selected paintings, photographs, and sculpture by gallery artists, including Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and NYC, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Sam Cady of Friendship, Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn NY, Melanie Essex of Cushing, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, John Goodman of Friendship and Wellesley MA, Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington D.C., Kristin Malin of Georgetown, K.Min of Friendship, Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Brookline, MA, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Todd Watts of Blanchard, Dan West of Friendship, Susan Williams of Camden, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing and Southold NY. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 6-8 pm.

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper  25 x 38 5/8 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper 25 x 38 5/8 inches David Dewey

The Pemaquid Light Paintings: Watercolors of an Iconic Maine Landmark 2014 – 2017 is David Dewey’s most recent body of work, painted over the time period of 2014 – 2017. The artist explains, “since first settling into Maine many, many years ago, I’ve visited both Pemaquid, the Light and the place, more times than I can count. It’s been a kind of Mecca and retreat for me, where I loved to paint small watercolors with my field kit. But as my dear friend, Joe Fiore, once told me, “sometimes you just need to take a walk and not paint, so you don’t miss the things of beauty in nature that are important”. I took this lesson to heart: some of my best experiences at Pemaquid were when I just walked around, or sat on those grand rocks and simply watched the light change. Those years of returning again and again to Pemaquid Light to visit and to paint have led to many significant large-scale watercolors.  The watercolors in this exhibit range in size from 8 x 36 inches to 27 x 39 inches. This is his 6th solo show with the Caldbeck Gallery, where he has been represented since 2004.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4. For more information, please call the gallery at 594-5935, or email at caldbeck@midcoast.com

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters”

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

Charcoal drawing of spoon by Lissa Hunter

CRAFT Gallery opens “Table Matters” on Friday, July 7. The show is dedicated to work created for utilitarian use in the presentation of food and also as non-utilitarian objects of artistic value, beauty and fantasy. The two featured artists share their artistic views on this subject in non-utilitarian ways.

Artist/sculptor Jacques Vesery’s work is nature-based, concerned with harmony, balance and form. His teapots ad spoons, hand carved in exotic woods, colored and gilded, become precious objects of art. His subjects suggest utility but are not intended for that purpose. The smallness in scale and richness in detail and finish express fantasy.

Artist Lissa Hunter’s charcoal drawings of spoons transcend their original purpose . They recall a time of formality when there was a a spoon for many purposes: tea, soup, grapefruit, etc. Her large scale drawings illustrate what happens during the creative process as she explores her subjects and transforms them from little importance as implements for use to fantasies of her imagination.

Both artists have impressive credentials. Portland artist Lissa Hunter’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Arts and Design in New York and The Renwick/Smithsonian in Washington D.C. She has taught at Haystack and is a consistent exhibitor at CRAFT. Jacques Vesery, from Damariscotta, is a Maine Arts Commission Fellow. His work Is in the collections of The Yale University Art Gallery and The Carnegie Museum. He has lectured widely on his design concepts. This is his first exhibit at CRAFT

Other “table Matters” artists create utilitarian objects that are meant for use at the table. Wood carver Danielle Rose Byrd, potter Autumn Cipala, metalsmith Erica Moody and weaver Amy Smith show teapots and teacups, copper and brass spoons and chopsticks, placemats and table runners and hand carved birch bowls. CRAFT Gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Wind Ensemble will perform classical music in the courtyard during the evening of the July 7 First Friday Artwalk. For more information please call 207-594-0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

 

Plein-air Watercolor Painting Workshop at the Farnsworth

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Beginning on Monday, July 10, the Farnsworth Art Museum in downtown Rockland, Maine will be presenting a week-long, plein-air watercolor workshop. Led by artist Annie Bailey, the workshop will take place from Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gamble Center for Education, on the corner of Union and Grace Streets in Rockland.

In this week-long workshop, participants are invited to come and introduce themselves to plein-air or painting outdoors. Students will explore secret local places and stretch their expectations of what plein-air watercolor can be. This course will emphasize combining creative mark-making with accurate seeing. All will learn to slow down and experience the environment through new eyes.

Annie Bailey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has developed a wide range of expression though a variety of materials including paint, soft sculpture, and hand-drawn animation. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, The Society of Illustrators, the Farnsworth, Steel House, the Bunnell Street Art Center, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center. See examples of her work at anniebaileyart.com.

The fee for this week-long workshop is $390 and $330 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Art Space Gallery July 7th opening

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the July Arts in Rockland First Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by on Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8pm and join us for wine and refreshments and meet our artists. This reception will feature the work of Jean Byrd, Nancy Davies Tang, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, and Sylvia Isabelle Murdock.

Jean Byrd will be featuring her painting “Island Anchorage”. It is of “Devil’s Island”, an island in Merchant’s Row off the coast of Stonington, ME.  Devil’s Island, like many Maine islands, is a small island with water worn rocks on its shore and a forested interior.  This painting takes you down a shadowy path onto the rocky shore and the idyllic island anchorage beyond, a spot that is truly a place sailors dream of all winter.  Jean’s painting style is tradition realism. Her subject is the New England coast with all its fishing villages, islands, harbors, and seaports.  Her love of the sea is evident in her work.

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Mother Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color. She stills the mind and soothes the soul and, if you are lucky, will whisper in your ear and play the muse. Nancy Davies Tang looks to her garden, fields, and forests for inspiration to create works of art in kiln fired glass and dichroic glass jewelry. Largely self-taught, Nancy has been working with warm glass for over 20 years. She has a background in painting and sculpting and strives to bring all her experience to her work in glass. Currently she is working on pieces inspired by the ocean.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12x12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12×12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Ms. Dunn is represented at many galleries throughout Maine as well as by the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, Ma. Ms. Dunn’s intuitive use of color and free brushwork give her paintings a uniquely fresh feel. Her work is in collections throughout the U.S. as well as abroad.  Ms. Dunn is also a teacher and a published children’s book illustrator.  She has a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock is a self-taught artist, Sylvia has painted seriously since she was 12 years old. She finds the simplicity and clarity of coastal living has left a lasting impression on her artist journey. Sylvia paints primarily with watercolors, but also occasionally works in egg tempera and oils.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. July hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1am to 4pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Dowling Walsh Gallery to Feature Three Artists in July

James Dodds, Barge Boat "Thalatta", Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2" x 35-1/2”

James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open 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.

James Dodds
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Once a shipwright, James Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel. Yet his paintings go beyond retracing the shipwright’s logic. Rich in color, tone and texture, they move beyond the literal and evoke sailing’s mythic and historic dimensions. Ethereal in light and tone, paintings of restored boats evoke a lifetime at sea, unearthing the layers of memory that shroud every vessel.

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4" x 13" x 13-3/4"

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4″ x 13″ x 13-3/4″

Guy Taplin
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Taplin’s bird sculptures embody our longed for harmony with the natural world. His obsession with birds extends beyond their beauty to their endurance, intuition and symbolic loyalty. Mostly shorebirds of various species, each bird is composed to capture their specific habits and character. His simplified, stylized forms seem to breathe each bird’s very essence. Sculpted from found driftwood, which he forages from coasts and estuaries around the world, Taplin’s birds are therefore enriched by previous lives. Weathered by time and the elements, each piece of wood bears marks that enhance his design, suggesting the outline of a wing or layers of plumage.

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55" x 48"

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

Scott Kelley
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, and most recently spirit animals of the Wabanaki. His new paintings, inspired by the Wabanaki legends of Gluskap, create a narrative of personified animals decorated in traditional native clothing. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

July shows at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.  Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open 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.

James Dodds, Barge Boat "Thalatta", Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2" x 35-1/2”

James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

James Dodds
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Once a shipwright, James Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel. Yet his paintings go beyond retracing the shipwright’s logic. Rich in color, tone and texture, they move beyond the literal and evoke sailing’s mythic and historic dimensions. Ethereal in light and tone, paintings of restored boats evoke a lifetime at sea, unearthing the layers of memory that shroud every vessel.
James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4" x 13" x 13-3/4"

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4″ x 13″ x 13-3/4″

Guy Taplin
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Taplin’s bird sculptures embody our longed for harmony with the natural world. His obsession with birds extends beyond their beauty to their endurance, intuition and symbolic loyalty. Mostly shorebirds of various species, each bird is composed to capture their specific habits and character. His simplified, stylized forms seem to breathe each bird’s very essence. Sculpted from found driftwood, which he forages from coasts and estuaries around the world, Taplin’s birds are therefore enriched by previous lives. Weathered by time and the elements, each piece of wood bears marks that enhance his design, suggesting the outline of a wing or layers of plumage.

 

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55" x 48"

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

Scott Kelley
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, and most recently spirit animals of the Wabanaki. His new paintings, inspired by the Wabanaki legends of Gluskap, create a narrative of personified animals decorated in traditional native clothing. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

William Wegman | Reel to Real Opens June 10 at CMCA

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announces the opening of the exhibition William Wegman: Reel to Real on Saturday, June 10. The exhibition features selections from the artist’s early videos and drawings and is on view through October 22, 2017.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in earnest in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. Working concurrently with other early West Coast video artists as Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, Wegman perfected a deadpan humor and absurdist logic in his videos that came to define much of the West Coast conceptual art of this period.

It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray, who became an active participant in the early videos and an iconic presence in the artist’s career. “My background is in painting,” says Wegman, “but in school in the sixties, like many artists of that time, I believed that painting was dead. I began to work in collaboration with other artists in the creation of performance and installation works. Soon after, I started making video and photographic works and in the process became fascinated with the media itself. Before long I was setting things up just for the camera. In 1970, I got a dog and he turned out to be very interested in video and photography as well.”

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

A public reception celebrating CMCA’s summer exhibitions will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm. William Wegman, accompanied by his Weimaraners, will discuss his work as part of CMCA’s Tuesday Talk series on July 25 at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, with a reception following at CMCA. Tickets for the talk will be available online starting July 1 at www.rocklandstrand.com.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. Hours: June through October, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday, 12 to 5pm; November through May, Wednesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm; closed Federal holidays. Admission $8; Seniors (65+) and students with ID $6; children under 18 free; CMCA members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org

Art Space Gallery opens new show for Rockland First Friday Art Walk

 

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

Art Space Gallery invites you to the June Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, June 2rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Lori Davis, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and Judith Herman.

Judith Herman has been working in watercolor for over 30 years. The exciting properties of the watercolor medium gives her flexibility in creating depth and luminosity in her art. Currently she is capturing the light, color, and movement in her still life paintings.

 

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell is a Fine Art oil painter who lives and works in Orono, Maine. Teddi-Jann primarily creates, “Plein-aire” style all year, all around the state. She is represented in Fine Art Galleries such as North Light Gallery in Millinocket, River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta and Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Teddi-Jann is also a member of several artists Co-Ops including Saltwater Gallery in Pemaquid and Southwest Harbor Artisans. “My art is a reflection of my love and passion for Maine, for Baxter State Park and for the rugged coast of Maine and all her secret spots in between!

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

As a self taught metal smith and sculptor, Keith’s experimental evolution has lead him to create a body of work that incorporates the precision of metallurgy with an inventive transformation of bone into anthropomorphic form. He is inspired to use ancient processes that result in textures, colors, and a spirit not found in modern, manufactured jewelry. While working under magnification, Mr. Plummer adds minute details to create an overall effect of an artifact from a lost civilization. Keith hopes his jewelry pieces become memorable conversation pieces and spark discussions about this ancient craft.

 

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis is a professional photographer specializing in nature, wildlife and landscape images. With a background in wildlife rehabilitation, she was inspired at an early age to pick up a camera and start capturing unique moments with the intent to share with others. She’s traveled cross county and to Alaska on multiple occasions, capturing dramatic landscapes and wildlife encounters, before finally settling in Maine. Working out of her home studio, Lori prints her own work. With multiple fine art Giclée printers, Lori can recreate her images in a variety of sizes and prices, both on canvas and as matted and framed photographs.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. June hours are 11am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com

Sarah Faragher to exhibit at Landing Gallery

 

"8 A.M. SCHOODIC POINT, MAINE", Oil/Linen 18" x 24" by Sarah Faragher

“8 A.M. SCHOODIC POINT, MAINE”, Oil/Linen 18″ x 24″ by Sarah Faragher

 

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “WATER & STONE: SCHOODIC & MOUNT DESERT ISLAND”, a solo exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Faragher from May 26 – June 25. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her. The Reception will be held on Friday, June 2nd, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Sarah Faragher is a 1990 graduate of Colby College, Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her work was included in ART OF ACADIA by David Little and Carl Little, published in 2016 by Down East Books. Sarah was a 2015 Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park, a 2008 Artist-in-residence at the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut and has been invited to participate, numerous times, in Art Week on Great Spruce Head Island.

"RADIANCE, RISING TIDE, SCHOODIC, MAINE", Oil/Linen 10" x 10" by Sarah Faragher

“RADIANCE, RISING TIDE, SCHOODIC, MAINE”, Oil/Linen 10″ x 10″ by Sarah Faragher

“I moved away from Mount Desert Island when I was still a child, and ever since then it has felt like a lost Eden. But in recent years, returning to paint the landscape set some stopped part of me back into motion. And this could turn out to be a lifelong subject, since the more deeply I look, the better it gets. Especially at Schoodic, where the elemental is particularly insistent. I love to be there, out on what feels like the edge of everything, participating in nature. Paradise lost is sweeter regained.”

“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.”

"OUTFLOW, INRUSH, BARNACLE COLONY, SCHOODIC, MAINE", (Detail) Oil/Canvas 20" x 16" by Sarah Faragher

“OUTFLOW, INRUSH, BARNACLE COLONY, SCHOODIC, MAINE”, (Detail) Oil/Canvas 20″ x 16″ by Sarah Faragher

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

Koichiro Kurita featured at Caldbeck Gallery

"Concord River" Concord MA  1991  platinum palladium print on Japanese gampi paper  30 x 24 inches Koichiro Kurita

“Concord River” Concord MA 1991 platinum palladium print on Japanese gampi paper 30 x 24 inches Koichiro Kurita

From June 2 through July 8, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the platinum palladium prints of Koichiro Kurita of Lowell MA, the fine art digital prints of Jeanne Goodman of Wellesley MA and Friendship ME, as well as 5 artists in a group show: Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston, Stew Henderson of Northport, Jenifer Mumford of Tenants Harbor, John Silverio of Lincolnville, and Graham Wood of Cape Elizabeth. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, June 2, from 5-8 pm.

In “Watersheds”, Koichiro Kurita will show a selection of platinum palladium prints, ranging in size from 8×10 inches to 23 x 34 inches. Retracing Thoreau’s footsteps throughout New England, Kurita translates Thoreau’s philosophy into a visual dialogue. The artist writes, “When I was a commercial photographer, I had a fateful encounter with…Thoreau’s WALDEN. It was reminiscent of Chuang-Tzu’s philosophy and very close to the Oriental way of understanding nature. My work is the expression of these mysterious junctures in nature, including the connections between myself and nature. The artist’s works have been exhibited internationally and collected by numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, and recently, the Farnsworth Art Museum. This is his first exhibition at the Caldbeck.

MORNING GLORY 2017 archival digital print 12 x 12 inches Jeanne Goodman

MORNING GLORY 2017 archival digital print 12 x 12 inches Jeanne Goodman

Jeanne Goodman explains her new work: “In my recent project; Sea Glass, rather than succumb to the beauty of the spectacle for its own sake, I have experimented with layering physicality into the photographs by using glass objects, salvaged from flotsam and jetsam along the shore, to filter and disrupt my images. The imperfections imbedded in the found glass objects illuminate the visible and the invisible in unpredictable ways, creating the lush textures and disorienting illusions that help to evoke rich and emotional memories.” Measuring 7 ½ x 7 ½ inches and 12 x 12 inches, the 18 fine art digital prints are printed in archival inks on archival museum etching paper. Now Goodman leads exhibition tours at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, training with working artists from around the world, artists whose art is as challenging and provocative as it is inspirational.

In the group show, Kathleen Florance will exhibit 5 new works from her “Tango” series. Stew Henderson’s painted wood wall pieces, called “Family”, refer to the research he is doing on his family’s genealogy; Jenifer Mumford will show 2 drawings in charcoal on paper, one measuring 47 x 34 inches, and 24 x 24 inches; John Silverio will show a number of his fibonaccci based drawings in watercolor on paper, as well as one in wood; and Graham Wood, who is the director of the Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth, will show small constructed panels in painted wood.

Early summer gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 12-4, and Sunday 1-4. For more information, please call the gallery 207-594-5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com

Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 2 June 2017

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Rockland’s Art Walk season for 2017 continues on Friday, 2 June. Many Arts In Rockland members will be open from 5-8pm, including: The Farnsworth Art Museum, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, The Strand Theatre, Craft Gallery, Dowling Walsh Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Art Space, Landing Gallery, Steel House Projects, Harbor Square Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery, CMCA, Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, The Gautschi Center & Archipelago.

The Strand Theatre will be screening Levitated Mass at 8pm as a co-presentation with the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Craft Gallery will feature wood fired pottery by Jody Johnstone and layered paper collages by Abbie Read. There will be live music in the 12 Elm Street courtyard during the evening.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will have two shows: Alexandra Tyng and Sarah McRae Morton.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be opening its season with ‘Paperwork’ including the work of six Maine artists: Anne Ayvaliotis, Barbara Brady, Kris Johnson, Frances Kidder, Diane Langley and Carol Sloane.

Art Space will be featuring 4 of their artists: Lori Davis, photographer, Keith Plummer, sculpture and jewelry maker, Teddi-Jann Covell, oil painter, and Judith Herman, watercolorist.

Landing Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of “Water & Stone: Schoodic & Mount Desert Island”, a solo exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Faragher from May 26 – June 25. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her.

Steel House Projects is pleased to announce its inaugural exhibition, Meet/Greet, featuring work by Steel House members and teaching artists, organized by co-directors Alexis Iammarino and Maeve O’Regan. On view June 2 through June 24, these mixed-media works serve as an introduction to the inner-workings of the creative spaces of Steel House. Concurrently, the downstairs space of Steel House South will feature The Crooked and Wide, an open-call exhibition organized by Nate Davis and Ariel Hall. An assembly of “transgressive art,” the exhibition will include mixed media works, as well as performance, interactive, and technological experiences. Parental discretion is advised as this show includes algorithmically-processed pornography.

Harbor Square Gallery is in its 37 season and now proudly represents Michael Good Jewelry in downtown Rockland and will be featuring new work from Donald Rainville, Stephen Porter and our ongoing show of Serge Hollerbach.

The Jonathan Frost Gallery will have a reception Friday evening, with jazz piano by Steve Lindsay. The show “Sumer Is Icumen In,” featuring monoprints by Rachel Burgess and photographs by Lisa Mossel Vietze, will continue through July 1.

CMCA will have current exhibitions on view, Sam Cady: Parts of the Whole, David Driskell: Renewal and Form, and our new exhibition Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites: Temporality. They will also have a surprise in the CMCA courtyard!

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery will be exhibiting artists are: Karen Talbot, Rockland, Ret Talbot, Rockland and Kirk Rogers, Portland. They will also be promoting our Fin, Feathers & Fur: Maine Coastal Wildlife Juried Art Show for August.

The Gautschi Center, Caldbeck Gallery and Craft Gallery are offering a performance by Lincolnville’s “Good Vibrations” in the Elm Street Galleries’ Courtyard.

Archipelago will be open for its first art walk since redesign and renovations, with great food and wine. Art from: Amy Peters Wood, Kathleen Perelka, Andrea Peters, Nina Devenney, Kim Traina, Joe McBrine, Karen Gola, Vanessa Nesvig, Helena Melone, Lelani Havens, and more.

A full list of members can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

CMCA Announces Summer 2017 Exhibitions and Events

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is celebrating its one-year anniversary in its stunning new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, with an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions and events.

Early Summer Exhibitions & Events

  • Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart: Temporality, May 20 – August 13, 2017 
  • William Wegman: Reel to Real, June 10 – October 22, 2017
  • John Walker: From Seal Point, June 24 – October 29, 2017
  • Opening Reception, Saturday, June 24, 5-8pm
  • William Wegman, public presentation, Tuesday, July 25, 5:30pm
William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

Late Summer Exhibition & Events

  • Linden Frederick: Night Stories, August 19 – November 5, 2017
  • CMCA Summer Gala, Friday, August 18, 6:30-9pm
  • Artist’s reception, Friday, August 25, 5-8pm
John Walker, 2017, studio view

John Walker, 2017, studio view

Exhibitions opening in early summer 2017 will showcase the work of artists William Wegman, John Walker, Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites. A public reception celebrating the early summer exhibitions and artists will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm.

On Friday evening, August 18, the CMCA Summer Gala will coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and fifteen of America’s most acclaimed fiction writers. An artist’s reception, open to the public, will follow on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm.
Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

CMCA hours for Summer 2017 are: Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 12noon – 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission is $8; free for those under 18; $6 for seniors and students with ID. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Sunday Salon with David Driskell at CMCA

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Noted artist and scholar, David Driskell will be the featured speaker at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s upcoming Sunday Salon on May 7, from 3 to 5pm. Sunday Salons are an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art and are free with admission.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) will discuss his work in the current exhibition, Renewal and Form: Selected Recent Prints. Audience members are invited to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

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David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he was introduced to lithography and woodcuts. Printmaking has remained a favorite medium throughout his career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

Driskell has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

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Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

Upcoming Sunday Salon | May 14 – Father, Son & Piper Cub with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli. For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

Marilyn Turtz exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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“Ms. Turtz has perfected the art of distilling a scene’s essence without getting bogged down in fussy detail. She has an especially sensitive way with atmosphere, catching with equal skill mist over morning fields, afternoon’s golden glow, and the lengthening shadows of evening.” – Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times

Marilyn Turtz’s paintings capture the quiet serenity in a moment of pause. Her works depict time passing through a shifting landscapes. Light and shadows reveal a scene or object’s perceptual qualities, heightening the everyday to the sublime.

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Marilyn Turtz received her MFA from Brooklyn College in 1985, where she studied with such notable artists as Lois Dodd, Phillip Pearlstein and Lennart Anderson. Her BFA, from Pratt Institute was awarded in 1978. Her paintings have been shown in New York City, Long Island, Maine and California. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Heckscher Museum in Huntington and the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Turtz has been an Artist in Residence at The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, Weir Farm Trust in Wilton, Ct. and Cummington Community for the Arts in Cummington, Ma. She has received public and corporate commissions from such organizations as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the City of Glen Cove and the New York City Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transit Authority.

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 5-8PM

For more information:
Dowling Walsh Gallery
365 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841
207-596-0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com

May 6 – ArtLab for All Ages | Pop-Out Image + Paper Play!

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Taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to play in 3D during May’s ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, May 6, from 2 to 4pm. Led by ArtLab Lead Artist and Educator Alexis Iammarino, you will learn how to construct with patterned papers to sculpt scenes and characters in 3D. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself to the new CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

For more information contact Monica Chau
Phone: 207.701.5005
Email: mchau@cmcanow.org
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Landing Gallery in Rockland opens the Season

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14”  by Sarah Faragher

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14” by Sarah Faragher

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2017 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, May 5 – May 21. Specializing in work celebrating the “Environment and Nature in Maine”. New works by Scott Baltz, Andrew Anderson-Bell, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Tom Curry, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Marlene Loznicka, Björn Runquist, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander, Jill Valliere & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2017.
Please join us in the gallery. Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5, Closed, Mon & Tue. FMI 207 239-1223 or LandingArt.com

Art Space Gallery Opening May 5th

Teddi-Jann Covell, San Beach New Year's Day, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, San Beach New Year’s Day, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the first opening reception of this season on Friday May 5th from 5 to 8pm. This reception will introduce the three new Maine artists in our front room, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and John Wood.

Teddi-Jann Covell is a Fine Art oil painter who lives and works in Orono, Maine. Teddi-Jann primarily creates, “Plein-aire” style all year, all around the state. She is represented in Fine Art Galleries such as North Light Gallery in Millinocket, River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta and Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Teddi-Jann is also a member of several artists Co-Ops including Saltwater Gallery in Pemaquid and Southwest Harbor Artisans. “My art is a reflection of my love and passion for Maine, for Baxter State Park and for the rugged coast of Maine and all her secret spots in between!

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

As a self taught metal smith and sculptor, Keith’s experimental evolution has lead him to create a body of work that incorporates the precision of metallurgy with an inventive transformation of bone into anthropomorphic form. He is inspired to use ancient processes that result in textures, colors, and a spirit not found in modern, manufactured jewelry. While working under magnification, Mr. Plummer adds minute details to create an overall effect of an artifact from a lost civilization. Keith hopes his jewelry pieces become memorable conversation pieces and spark discussions about this ancient craft.

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

Moving to New York in the 70s, Wood studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin. “I find that my portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolor compliment each other,” he said. As proof of his words, Wood was accepted in both mediums into the prestigious juried Tri-County Biennial in Florida where he now winters.
Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. May hours are 11am to 4 pm on Wednesday through Saturdays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday May 5

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

From May 1 through May 27, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work by Krisanne Baker of Waldoboro, in an exhibit titled  “Breathing Light: explorations below the ocean’s surface of what makes life above possible”.  Also hanging, “A Flower Show”, an exhibit of work by 10 artists.  Two of those artists are showing at the Caldbeck for the first time: Annie Bailey of Tenants Harbor, and Bayard Chanler of Rockport. The other 8 artists are Cicely Aikman, late of Friendship, Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island, Lois Dodd of Cushing, Jeff Epstein of Cushing, Maggie Foskett, late of Camden, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Paul Plante, late of Oquossoc, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing.  A reception will take place on First Friday, May 5, from 5-8 pm.

In Baker’s exhibit, the 18 paintings in oil on wood panel measure 8 x 8 inches, 12 x 12 inches, and 24 x 12 inches.   Focusing on the underwater scenes that she witnessed last summer during her Monhegan Artists Residency, the artist brings to light what we normally don’t see.  “There’s a whole world down there that we know less about than we do the moon”, says Baker.  “I feel it’s vital for people to learn that the oceans, and all the waters from upstream that lead to the oceans, are the lungs and arteries of this planet.  The waters keep flowing and pumping; we need to respect the oceans for their life giving function – not just for the fish, whales, and phytoplankton that live in them, but for all of us.  Those life giving components of the ocean web create the material that all living things depend on”.   This summer, Baker will take part in a 2 week artist residency at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in Maine.  There, she will do her own research and exploration of phyto and zooplankton, and will also share her artistic vision with the lab’s students of marine field science.  Together, artist and students will creatively connect the disciplines of art and science.   In addition to the paintings in her Caldbeck show, Baker will install in a front window, “Phytoplankton: Living, Breathing”, her sculpture made from recycled glass.

 

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

A FLOWER SHOW

In “A Flower Show”, 10 different artists give 10 different interpretations and visions of nature.  Annie Bailey’s loose interpretations are like short poses in figure painting – no time to describe in detail, just give the flow of color and shape.  Bayard Chanler’s oil paintings carry the charm and warmth of the tradition of flower still life painting. Maggie Foskett’s cliché verre photographic print of a mirror imaged iris, portrays the voluptuousness of mother nature.  Cicely Aikman’s primal Florida palm flowers do the same.  Elizabeth Awalt steeps us in Maine’s springtime.  Each of the 10 artists shows us that flowers in art will never grow old or out of date.

Exhibitions run May 1 – May 27, 2017
Reception: First Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 pm

Spring Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4

FMI: caldbeck@midcoast.com   www.caldbeck.com   207 594 5935

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents Construct

Aaron T Stephan, Left-Twist Blocks (D. W. Arrangement), editions 1-20/150, Portland cement and sand, 17″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ each, 32″ x 42″ x 58″ total

Aaron T Stephan, Left-Twist Blocks (D. W. Arrangement), editions 1-20/150, Portland cement and sand, 17″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ each, 32″ x 42″ x 58″ total

Construct, a group exhibition curated by Anna Queen, is built around the theme of social and material construction. The artists included use painting, sculpture, printmaking and collage to examine construction through various materials. Whether through repurposing imagery or materials, creating imagined scenarios, shifting a ubiquitous object, or abstracting a familiar scene, each artist is restructuring information as we usually experience it to create a new paradigm for viewing our everyday physical and societal structures. The exhibition is on view at 365 Main St., Rockland, Maine.

Margaret Rizzio, Sardines, Mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Margaret Rizzio, Sardines, Mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Artists included the exhibition: Aaron T. Stephan, Stephanie Cardon, Margaret Rizzio, Elizabeth Fox, Cal Siegel, Cig Harvey, Fairfield Porter, and John Goodyear

More info here: http://www.dowlingwalsh.com/construct/

Stephanie Cardon, Seersucker Sky, Cyanotype, 13″ x 11 1/2″ each, 13″ x 42 1/2″ total

Stephanie Cardon, Seersucker Sky, Cyanotype, 13″ x 11 1/2″ each, 13″ x 42 1/2″ total

AIR sponsors scholarship for Oceanside High School seniors

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AIR, Arts In Rockland, is pleased to announce it’s third annual “Outstanding Achievement in Art Scholarship” given to a graduating senior at Oceanside High School. The deadline for submission is Monday, May 22, 2017. The $1,000.00 award is given to a senior who demonstrates outstanding talent and commitment to the visual arts through submission of art work and a written statement. The applicant should be continuing their education after graduating from Oceanside. The award will be presented at the 2016 graduation award ceremony and we hope to have many students apply. This is a wonderful opportunity to help further the artistic career of a budding artist. The application is now available from Sue Snow’s office in the school.

Arts In Rockland is a not-for-profit, co-operative organization. The group consists of 25 members, CRAFT Gallery, The Gautschi Center, Art Space, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery (Friend’s of Maine’s Seabird Islands), Jonathan Frost Gallery & Frame Shop, Caldbeck Gallery, The Strand Theatre, Farnsworth Art Museum, CMCA, Harbor Square Gallery, The Fischer Gallery, Island Institute, Archipelago, Project Puffin (National Audubon Society), Playing With Fire, Black Hole, Michael Good Gallery, Landing Gallery, 407 Studios, The Art Loft, The Gray Fox Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Dowling Walsh Gallery, 25 Oak St, Carver Hill Gallery, Asymmetrick Arts. Their mission promotes the arts in Rockland, Maine by promoting the city as Maine’s premier destination for the arts. First Friday Art Walks are held on the first Friday of each month, May through December, with a special holiday Art Walk held on Friday, November 24, 2017, to coincide with Rockland’s ‘Festival of Lights’ celebration.

Sunday Salons at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art hosts Sunday Salons, an engaging series of conversations related to current topics in contemporary art. Sunday Salons are free with admission and take place on Sundays at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 3-5pm.

On April 9, Sunday Salon features artist Sam Cady in conversation with David Raymond, the Director of the McCoy Gallery at Merrimack College. Raymond and Cady will engage in an open discussion and seek to answer the question of “Is Art Magic?” and more. Audience members are invited to join the conversation and to stay after the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61", collection of the artist

Sam Cady, traffic island with shrub, Acapulco, 1970, oil shaped on canvas, 28 x 61″, collection of the artist

Born in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, in 1943, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life. As an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he commuted between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in his subjects, ranging from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

David Raymond is a sculptor and painter. He has taught at Merrimack College since 1964. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and has served as an artist/teacher in the Master of Fine Arts program of Vermont College. In addition to being Professor of Fine Art, David Raymond was the Director of the McQuade Library Art Gallery at Merrimack College from 1972 to 1999. He became the Director of the McCoy Gallery of the new Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College in 1999.

Upcoming Sunday Salons include: “Think Wrong” with graphic designer, educator, and thinker John Bielenberg on April 30; “Renewal & Form” with artist David Driskell on May 7; and “Father, Son & Piper Cub” with artist Mark Wethli and his father Ralph Wethli, on May 14.

For additional information on Sunday Salons and exhibitions at CMCA, please visit cmcanow.org.

Three New Shows at CMCA

Piper-Cub

Piper Cub

Who can do anything better than this propeller? Can you? —Marcel Duchamp, speaking to Constantin Brancusi in front of an airplane, 1914

The most noticeable thing about artist Mark Wethli’s Piper Cub is that it’s incomplete; the abstract framework of an airplane rather than one that’s ready to fly. Piper Cub’s identity is further complicated, like Magritte’s famous pipe, by its uncertainty. Is it an actual plane, a sculpture of a plane, a full-scale model of a plane or in some sense (in its idealized, Platonic forms) the prototype of a plane? Although it’s not an actual aircraft (one that can be flown) it’s built from the original plans, identical to a real Piper Cub in every detail and dimension including the use of actual Piper Cub parts for the windshield, landing gear, and tires.

Significantly, Wethli has done nothing to artistically modify or interpret the plane, other than painstakingly recreating and presenting it (or, one might say, re-presenting it), suggesting that the “art” of the piece resides in its conceptual nature (posing questions such as the ones above) rather than its formal one.

At the same time, by presenting Piper Cub in a gallery setting, Wethli seems to beg the question of the aesthetic nature of mechanical objects and our categorical approach to beauty. By handcrafting the plane (with help from a team of friends and fellow artists in the final stages), Wethli seems to be encouraging us to look for beauty in unexpected places, not least of all in the contemplation of uncertainty, the joys of memory, and the beauty of sheer abstract form.

Mark Wethli (b. 1949) is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. Continually asking the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of knowing and seeing, Wethli has explored many forms in his artwork including painting, sculpture and installation, both representational and abstract.

 Piper Cub, 2007, pine, birch plywood and aircraft parts, 35 x 22 x 7 ft., private collection

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David Driskell, Renewal and Form

“Religion and ritual and the mythic are concerns I have always nurtured in my art.” – David Driskell

Boldly drawn and richly patterned, David Driskell’s imagery in his prints, as in his collages and mixed media work, derives from his childhood experiences growing up in the rural South, his deep love for the Maine landscape, and his in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for African art and textiles. Presented in this exhibition are selected examples of the artist’s recent woodcuts, serigraphs, linocuts, and monoprints.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. Professor James L. Wells, considered the dean of African-American printmakers at the time, introduced him to lithography and woodcuts. Woodcuts have remained a favorite medium throughout Driskell’s career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

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Sam Cady, Parts of  the Whole

“The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first full-scale retrospective of the work of artist Sam Cady, this exhibition presents a broad selection of the artist’s emblematic shaped and rectangular paintings created over four decades, as well as a sampling of drawings, studies, and recent “fragments,” painted abstractions culled from the remainders of the shaped canvases. Ever tuned to seeing aesthetic possibility in the most mundane of objects, Cady turns these discards into explorations of pure color, form, and edge, adding another “part” to the whole.

Born in 1943 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life and the imprint of the state’s rugged topography, numerous offshore islands, and waterfront industries is threaded through his art. After receiving a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from Indiana University, he taught in the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, from 1984 to 2007. Throughout this period, he split his time between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in the range of his subjects from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

Foe more information, visit http://cmcanow.org/

Lecture at the Farnsworth – “Puttin’ on the Ritz”: The Gilded Age Restaurants of New York

 At Mouquin's, 1905. William Glackens, American, 1870-1938. Oil on canvas, 122.4 x 92.1 cm (48 1/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

At Mouquin’s, 1905. William Glackens, American, 1870-1938. Oil on canvas, 122.4 x 92.1 cm (48 1/8 x 36 1/4 in.)

On Thursday, March 9, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture by Virginia Tuttle entitled “Puttin’ on the Ritz:” The Gilded Age Restaurants of New York.” The lecture will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 1 p.m.

Restaurants were still a fairly new, decidedly French “invention” when they first opened in New York City around 1830. In the decades immediately prior the Civil War, the city’s restaurants began to thrive as diners relished their first taste of exquisite French cuisine served in graciously appointed dining rooms. Then, between 1870 and the onset of World War I, while industrialism was rapidly increasing and vastly enriching America’s urban population, they became palatial—and sometimes truly bizarre—establishments that served as a stage for New York’s most extravagant social entertainments.

This lecture will examine a selection of these restaurants, paying particular attention not only to their role in the development of New York’s Gilded Age society, but to their meticulously choreographed internal operations. We will meet the great—and invariably French—celebrity chefs who ruled like despots over their enormous, lavishly equipped kitchens and extensive, expertly trained cook staffs. We will see contemporary images of the restaurants’ kitchens and their opulent dining rooms and scrutinize their menus, which offered a stunning abundance of dishes. Finally, we will discover how chefs were able to use far-reaching supply lines to acquire the finest wines and freshest produce (even in the dead of winter) for the fortunate few of New York who dined in their restaurants.

Virginia Tuttle is a retired curator from the National Gallery of Art, now living in Camden and working on a book about New York’s Gilded Age restaurants. The cost for this program is $5 for Farnsworth members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education

Relief Printing at the Farnsworth

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

Butterfly print by Holly Berry

On Fridays, beginning January 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a four-day workshop on relief printing. Led by artist Holly Berry, the classes will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

Participants of this four-day workshop will explore the relief potential of collagraphs in combination with linocuts. The workshop will start with a focus on creating a dynamic design using paper, cardboard, string, and other materials to make a collagraph block. Using a press, students will have the opportunity to make embossings and try out various inking options with their collagraph block. Participants will further develop their image by designing and cutting a linoleum block in response to their collagraph.

Instructor Holly Berry of Waldoboro illustrates children’s books and makes linoleum block prints. She was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship for Printmaking from the Maine Arts Commission and designed large scale block prints of native flora and fauna for a Percent for Art project at the Medomak Middle School. Berry is a member of The Boston Printmakers and received a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. To see examples of her work, please visit hollyberrydesign.com

The cost for this workshop is $250, $210 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org/education

Farnsworth and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present Teatro alla Scala:

onesheet_poster_teatro-alla-scala Sunday, January 15, the Farnsworth Art Museum and Rockland’s Strand Theater will present a collaborative screening of Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders. The film will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street in Rockland.

Ever since its construction was completed in 1778, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan has drawn major artists from the international music scene and has been a mecca of music. To this day, performing at the Scala marks the pinnacle one’s career in the eyes of the world. Music critic John Gavazzeni wrote: “The pillars of world opera … [were] all launched or consecrated in one place, at the Teatro alla Scala.”

Teatro alla Scala: The Temple of Wonders is a journey through time and space to discover a marvelous place, where the most glorious pages in the history of music, opera and ballet have been written. This presentation is part of Specticast’s The Art & Architecture in Cinema series, which brings the world’s greatest works of art, and their environs, to cinemas nationwide.

A post-film discussion will be led by Roger Dell, art historian, former Harvard lecturer, and former Farnsworth Director of Education. The fee for this program is $12 for nonmembers and $10 for members. Tickets for sale at the Strand box office directly prior.

CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages | Art at Play

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to the first ArtLab of the year. Join ArtLab instructor Alexis Iammarino to explore card and board games, perfect for winter hibernation and making. Discover fun ways to create original “recipes” for art making using concepts of chance and play, as many artists do in their work. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, January 7, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.

CMCA Announces New Chair, Board of Trustees

Karen S. Brace (left), newly appointed Chair of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Board of Trustees with fellow trustee, JoAnne Bander (right), aboard the North Haven on CMCA’s annual Artful Living Tour.

Karen S. Brace (left), newly appointed Chair of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Board of Trustees with fellow trustee, JoAnne Bander (right), aboard the North Haven on CMCA’s annual Artful Living Tour.

Karen S. Brace, of Camden, Maine, and Westwood, Massachusetts, has been appointed the new Chair of CMCA’s Board of Trustees, replacing Charlotte Dixon, of Camden, who will remain on the board as First Vice Chair. Other officers are Jack McKenney, Camden, Second Vice Chair; Sandra Ruch, Northport, Secretary; and Martin Lloyd, Camden, Treasurer.

In accepting the position of Chair, Karen Brace acknowledged the contribution of outgoing Chair Charlotte Dixon. “We are all so grateful for Charlotte’s leadership and dedication to CMCA,” says Brace. “As the new Chair of a wonderful Board, I look forward to working together with the Board, Suzette, and the staff during this exciting time of transition and growth. CMCA is truly a special organization.”

Karen Brace is a former principal and co-owner of SimpleSay, a technology company that automated transactions for multiple industries using voice recognition and voice biometrics. As president of the company, she focused on operations, marketing, and business development. Brace’s marketing and communications expertise was developed early at a Boston-based advertising and public relations agency. Accepted into the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, a national painting guild, Brace enjoys working with both gold leaf and oil paints and has studied for many years with a master craftsman. Brace graduated from Wellesley College, earned her master’s degree in English from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College, and holds a certificate in graphic design from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts.

In addition to voting in a new slate of officers, the CMCA Board of Trustees welcomed three new members Drew Hodges, Cushing and Portland, Maine; Cathy Landau-Painter, Camden, Maine; and Susan Schor, St. George, Maine, and New York City.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine, is the state’s leading arts institution dedicated to contemporary art. It moved to its present location, a newly constructed $3.7 million, 11,500 sq ft building, designed by internationally recognized architect Toshiko Mori, in late June 2016. CMCA presents a dynamic year-round program of exhibitions and educational programs for all ages. To contribute, or to find out more about CMCA, visit cmcanow.org.

CMCA is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 1pm to 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; CMCA members and children under 12 free.

CMCA December 3 – ArtLab for All Ages | Still Life Remix

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to to create 3D model still lives! Diorama meets small sculpture in this mixed-media driven workshop. Led by ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino, participants will glue, sew, collage, and fuse together inspirations from the materials and methods of the CMCA Biennial artists, or explore your own. Bring your friends, your family, or come by yourself on Saturday, December 3, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.

Small Asian brush by Jean Kigel at Archipelago

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Kigel’s bright paintings, executed with wolf and sheep bristles,  are drawn from three separate series:  Edible Wild Plants, Orchids, and Exotic Animals. In addition, Kigel is re-introducing unframed prints for the holiday season. 

For more information:

Archipelago
386 Main Street
Rockland, ME  04841

207.596.0701

Experimental Watercolor Workshop at the Farnsworth

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Beginning on Friday, December 2, and for five consecutive Fridays, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present an experimental watercolor workshop led by artist Erica Qualey. The workshop will take place on December 2, 9, 16 and January 6 and 13, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the museum’s Gamble Education Center at the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland.

This class is designed for people who have had some basic experience watercolor painting or are feeling adventurous and want to jump right in. During the five sessions participants will explore different experimental approaches to painting with watercolor and how to incorporate them into paintings. They will learn how to create dynamic washes, interesting textures, patterns, and marks that would be hard to achieve with traditional methods but can make a painting glow. There will be weekly demonstrations and lots of encouragement to try new things. The cost for this program is $150 for Farnsworth members and $180 for nonmembers. For more information or to register for this class, visit farnsworthmuseum.org/adult-studio

Erica Qualey is an artist living in midcoast Maine. She received her BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and works as an artist, illustrator, and studio instructor. Her work has been exhibited in Maine and New Hampshire and is in private collections throughout the country.

Call for Artists – Art Space Gallery 2017 Season

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ART SPACE GALLERY an artist-run, cooperative gallery, is currently seeking new members for the 2017 season. Quality artists  of all mediums including potters, sculptures, printmakers, painters, etc. may apply. 

Application Deadline is January 15, 2017.

JURY DATE is Sunday, January 22, 2017

Art Space Gallery is located on Main Street in the heart of Rockland, Maine, just steps from the Farnsworth Museum and across the street from the Strand Theatre.

Gallery members are Maine artists who actively participate in running the gallery. Membership is juried by current artist members. Opened in 2005, the gallery participates in AIR (Arts In Rockland) monthly first Friday Artwalks, and has been a successful venue for bringing original art to the attention of the discerning collector.

For our application and more membership information, visit our website www.artspacemaine.com or contact Roger Barry at rogerbarry.net@gmail.com or phone: 624-2221.

“ESTATE SALE” opens at Landing Gallery

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX  OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “ESTATE SALE” with collections from three Mid Coast Estates, opening on Friday, November 4 through December 18.  Art, antiques and vintage collectibles are offered at extremely affordable prices, just in time for Holiday gift giving.  Bids are welcome and all reasonable offers will be considered. 

The “ESTATE SALE” includes paintings by Siri Beckman, Bruce Busko, Janet Ledoux, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Maude Olsen, Eugene Quinn, Bjorn Runquist and Jane Ryan.  There is a large collection of new (some signed) and antique Art Books.  Victorian oak furniture including a high chair, two child’s chairs, a cradle and a 54” round dining table with two extensions.  There are many new and antique signed etchings, photographs and posters, cameras, silver and diamond jewelry, kerosene lamps and a large assortment of vintage and antique home accessory items.

A wine & cheese opening reception will be held on Friday, November 4th from 5 – 8 pm, during Arts in Rockland’s November art walk.

Hours: Weds – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun, Mon & Tues. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday November 4

CHRIS OSGOOD,  SAMBA,  2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

CHRIS OSGOOD, SAMBA, 2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

FALL HARVEST – GROUP SHOW FEATURING:

ANNE ALEXANDER, LISE BECU, KATHERINE BRADFORD
ALAN BRAY, EMILY BROWN, LOIS DODD
MORRIS DAVID DORENFELD, JEFF EPSTEIN
MELANIE ESSEX, NANCY GLASSMAN, JOHN GOODMAN
KAYLA MOHAMMADI, JENIFER MUMFORD
ELIZABETH O’REILLY, DENNIS PINETTE, PAUL PLANTE
BARBARA SULLIVAN, TODD WATTS, DAN WEST
SUSAN WILLIAMS

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP,  2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP, 2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

November 4 – December 31, 2016

Reception: First Friday, November 4, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12-4

caldbeck@midcoast.com www.caldbeck.com 207 594 5935

First Friday Art Walk: Rockland, Maine, 4 November 2016

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for November 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 4 November.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, The Gray Fox Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Michael Good Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery, Art Space Gallery, 407 Studios, Craft Gallery, The Art Loft, Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, Landing Gallery, CMCA and Jonathan Frost Gallery.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery will be showing photographs by Lisa Mossel Vietze and paintings by Gwen Sylvester; alongside an exhibit  by Midcoast S.T.E.A.M. Microschool to promote awareness of plastic pollution. 

Jonathan Frost Gallery’s “Views of the Natural World” continues.  Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

CMCA will be showing the 2016 CMCA Biennial Opening featuring the work of 25 Artists.

CRAFT Gallery continues to show its final exhibition of 2016, featuring six CRAFT artists whose work has been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at CMCA.

Art Space Gallery will be featuring all member artists, exhibiting small and large works. 

Caldbeck Gallery will host an opening reception (from 4:30-6:30pm) for the shows, Ink wash drawings by Chris Osgood and metal sculpture by Tom Osgood.  Also a group show of 20 gallery artists –  3 of whom are in the CMCA Biennial.   Regular gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12-4.   

Landing Gallery will open “Estate Sale” with collections of art, antiques and vintage collectibles from three Mid Coast Estates.  Items include paintings by Siri Beckman, Bruce Busko, Janet Ledoux, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Maude Olsen, Eugene Quinn, Bjorn Runquist and Jane Ryan; and a large collection of new and antique Art Books, Victorian oak furniture, and home accessory items.

407 Studios’ Salt Air Art Gallery is a working studio and gallery showing a collection of art, jewelry, home decor and gifts, all made by Maine artists and artisans.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

November 5 – ArtLab for All Ages | Hide and Go Seek

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to seek out the makers and materials that speak to them most in the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Led by ArtLab educator Alexis Iammarino, participants will dive into the diverse currents of contemporary art making and wade into the creative depths explored by this year’s twenty-five Biennial artists. Participants will reflect on and share their own art and ideas using creative prompts with words and pictures. Perhaps you’ll find an artistic ancestor or kindred thinker! Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, November 5, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA, located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is also a member and educator at Steel House in Rockland. 

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors

Biennial Artists Show extended at CRAFT

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Two Biennial artists are currently showing their work at CRAFT Gallery. Textile and tapestry artist Morris David Dorenfeld, whose work is shown here, is one of them as is sculptor Lynn Duryea. Dorenfeld employs design, composition, proportion and color, using a vertical tapestry loom to create “paintings” in wool yarn. The gallery offers an extended view of additional pieces of their work as well as that of four artists from the 2014 Biennial, all of whom create work using traditional craft materials. CRAFT will extend the show until November 15th in order to give the public an opportunity to further explore the work of these Biennial artists. The gallery also has new ceramics by Hanako Nakazato and Tim Christensen, woven shawls and scarves by Amy Smith and hand painted silks by Fiona Washburn. The gallery will participate in the First Friday Art Walk on November 4th from 4:30 to 7 pm.

Please visit CRAFT in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland and at www.craftonelm.com

Dowling Walsh opening “GRETA VAN CAMPEN: A Year on Barters Point Road 2016”

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Dowling Walsh is opening “GRETA VAN CAMPEN: A Year on Barters Point Road 2016” with an opening reception Friday Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 pm, during the Rockland First Friday Artwalk. Greta Van Campen’s show is a study of the dynamic passage of time from her studio on Barters Point Road in Tenants Harbor. Her view looks onto Long Cove and Two Bush Channel towards Matinicus; the islands High, Northern and Southern in her immediate sights. She is inspired by the constant changes on the ocean front, from winter to summer and morning to night. This series includes a painting from each month of the year, as well as a set of small paintings capturing each hour within a 24 hour day.

Gallery Talk With Artists Don Voisine and Mark Wethli Sunday, October 9, 4pm

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88" overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

Don Voisine, Double Elvis, 2013, oil on wood panel, diptych, 46 x 88″ overall, courtesy of the artist and McKenzie Fine Art, New York

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presents a gallery talk with exhibiting artist Don Voisine in conversation with artist and educator Mark Wethli on Sunday, October 9, at 4pm. The talk is free with museum admission and is presented in conjunction with the current show of Voisine’s work, Don Voisine: X/V, on view through October 28. 

Voisine and Wethli are longtime friends with a shared aesthetic approach and appreciation. They will discuss the fifteen-year survey of Voisine’s work currently on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, and precise, hard-edged forms. Roberta Smith, senior art critic for The New York Times, writes, “Within their proscenium-like borders, Mr. Voisine’s dark geometries enact telling dramas of texture, shape, symmetry, color, edge and light—in effect, all of painting’s grand illusions—especially when given your undivided attention.” 

Don Voisine was born in 1952 in Fort Kent, Maine, and studied at the Portland School of Art (now the Maine College of Art). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Mark Wethli is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. 

For more information on Don Voisine, visit http://donvoisine.com.

For more information on Mark Wethli, visit http://markwethli.com.

For more information on all of CMCA’s programs and events, visit www.cmcanow.org.

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 7 October 2016

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Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for October 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 7 October.  Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Asymmetrick Arts, Black Hole, The Strand Theatre, Landing Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Archipelago, 25 Oak Gallery, Craft Gallery, CMCA, Jonathan Frost Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery and Michael Good Gallery.

25 Oak Gallery continues to show “From the Depths”, exploring water and working “from the depths” intuitively in abstract painting.  Artists Ingrid Ellison, Krisanne Baker, Steven Aimone and Katherine Aimone are making the final weekend of their exhibit at 25 Oak Gallery extra special:  For the Art Walk there will be live music with Robin Lane, a classically trained cellist from 6 to 6:30 PM. 

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be open, showing the work of Anne Ayvaliotis, a later-generation Abstract Impressionist who moved to Maine in 1963.  Her work is in collections of the Portland Museum of Art and at the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will be holding an opening reception (from 5:30pm) for “Views of the Natural World.”  It includes work by Susan Beebe, Susan Bryant, Jeannette Martin, Linda Simmons-Arnold, Susie Starr Smith, and Barbara Vanderbilt.  Steve Lindsay will play jazz piano.

CMCA invites everyone to stop by for karaoke in the courtyard (weather permitting or in the lobby if not) and ArtLab Open Studio with materials and hands-on project inspired by Don Voisine’s paintings currently on view, also a raffle for two CMCA florescent orange WOW hats, just in time for hunting season!  On View: Don Voisine: X/V and Lauren Henkin: Second Nature

CRAFT Gallery will be showing its final show of 2016, featuring six CRAFT artists whose work has been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at CMCA.  Live music by Blind Albert will be outside in the heated and lit courtyard.

Landing Gallery’s new exhibit, “Plein Air Pairing” will be on show with new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, and will continue through October 30th.

The Strand Theatre will be open and screening the documentary EVA HESSE at 8pm, co-presented by the Farnsworth.  Eva Hesse (1936-1970) was one of America¹s foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement.

Black Hole will unveil the gallery’s Purple Initiative for 2016, to benefit and lend support to New Hope for Women.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

CRAFT Artists in Biennials Past and Present

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

CRAFT  Gallery opens its last show of 2016 on Friday, October 7th, with six fine craft artists who have been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Susan Dewsnap, Morris Dorenfeld, Lynn Duryea, Jan Owen and Sharon Townshend, all of whom live and work in Maine, create artworks  that honor traditional craft methods and are recognized as works of fine art. All have studied drawing, painting and  art history at major art institutions and universities and have turned their interests to creating art with traditional craft materials. By using the craft medium as support, they break down the boundaries between craft and fine art.

Potter Susan Dewsnap, Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College, investigates the dynamic of how drawing on the surface and the shape of her pottery can be intimately connected. She looks to painting and ceramic history, merging the two in her art. Weaver Morris Dorenfeld studied  and practiced painting and has chosen the medium of fiber and tapestry technique to weave his abstract designs on the loom. He and Lynn Duryea  are included in the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Duryea has returned to Maine after serving as Ceramics Professor of Art at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Her non- functional clay sculptures reference architectural, structural and mechanical elements. The physicality of construction, assembling and the poetic use of color is what interests her. Artist Jan Owen communicates through the art of calligraphy with brush marks, woven shapes and written words to create patterns and textures as strong design elements in her books, panels and scrolls. Quilter Daphne Taylor is a draftswoman who draws with thread. She explores the potential of fabric, needle and thread to create her “quilt drawings” with the eye of a painter, limiting herself to the bare essentials of color, line and design. Clay artist Sharon Townshend’s work is based on nature, finding inspiration in woods, fields, trees and plants. Working in clay is a continuum of these encounters. Her sought after Raku veggies are offered at CRAFT.

The show will continue until mid November to coincide with the Biennial at CMCA. CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Blind Albert will play live music outside in the courtyard, which will be comfortably heated and lit, from 5 to 7:30 pm during  the October 7th First Friday Art Walk. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Current Exhibitions at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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David Graeme Baker is a graduate of Wesleyan University and studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He currently resides with his wife and two sons in Hancock, Maine. David’s contemporary domestic genre scenes are imbued with mystery and tension creating enigmatic narratives that explore our relationships with ourselves and one another.

His paintings are influenced by the landscape of Maine and family and friends within domestic surroundings. He focuses on seemingly mundane moments, granting heightened importance and emotional resonance, drawing the viewer into his constructed world.

 

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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.

Weisenburger’s landscapes are luminous and rich with detail. His meticulous brushwork and ability to convey glowing light is reminiscent of early Northern European paintings. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns – blades of grass, ladders of tree branches, clumps of moss – striking a satisfying equilibrium. The density of detail makes his paintings feel precious and treasured, pulling the viewer in to study each piece of the panel. Weisenburger’s work is often narrative or allegorical, the symbolic overtones referential of “outsider” folk art. His balanced compositions and life-like color palette make these riveting paintings harmonious and compelling to view.

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Jonathan Laurence is at the forefront of digital image creation and manipulation. He has been self chronicling for two decades, long before the practice was ubiquitous. His new ritual of early morning trail runs focuses his images on Maine’s landscape, weather patterns, ecology, and trails.

“Glitch is a computer term, but the same thing can happen in nature” he says, “Sometimes things are destroyed, sometimes for the best, sometimes for the worst. I started embracing that idea, allowing things to disrupt what I’d been making … sometimes even closer to how I really felt.”

 

For more information contact: Dowling Walsh Gallery | 207.596.0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com

PLEIN AIR PAIRING at Landing Gallery

"Warren Island Moorings" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Warren Island Moorings” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “PLEIN AIR PAIRING”, an exhibition of new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, opening on Friday, September 16 through October 29. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 16th from 5-8 PM.

"Acadia Breakers" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Acadia Breakers” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Monique’s landscape paintings have sense of movement and are filled with a gestural energy. She is a life long artist and has been painting since she was 10. “I always have a sketch book with me to record my observations. During my teens I began taking back packing trips to the Sierras, which helped foster my love of nature. Wherever I am, I find the local landscape to be an inspiring and fascinating subject for my painting.”

"Calm Waters Dawn" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36" x 42"

“Calm Waters Dawn” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36″ x 42″

For the past 18 years, Tom Curry has painted the landscape around his home in Maine. “As a plein air painter, I immerse myself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux. What we call a “place” is a paradox-it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go. I paint the interplay of light, island, sky and water as a metaphor and meditation on place and time, the dance between what we perceive as eternal and ephemeral.”

"Acadia Morning Mist" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16" x 20"

“Acadia Morning Mist” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16″ x 20″

Please join us Friday, September 16 from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Monique Lazard and Tom Curry. Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun & Mon. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

“Harvest and Houses” at CRAFT Gallery

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss,  Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend,  Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss, Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend, Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

CRAFT Gallery opens its September “Harvest and Houses” show on First Friday, September 2nd through October 4th, with a new body of work by Jesse Gillespie. The artist lives and works in Rockland close by the Arts District. He has again chosen to take an insignificant subject and transform it into a work of art. Gillespie has taken newspaper real estate ads for houses, separating them from their first function as common newsprint photographs, adding watercolor, design and collage, bestowing them with new meaning and life. Transformed, they become miniature paintings, revealing a little house as a more important actor in its new role as a work of art. The results are dreamlike, mysterious and evocative.

In keeping with the harvest time of year, CRAFT will feature a collection of ceramic vegetables by Sharon Townshend, rugs by Sara Hotchkiss and velvet scarves by Fiona Washburn in autumn colors and new work by potter Hanako Nakazato, along with many of the gallery’s other fine craft artists. CRAFT offers beauty and fine craftsmanship in an intimate setting in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Art Space Gallery to host reception during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, September 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm.  This reception will feature the work of Nancy Davies Tang, Laurie Bellmore, Jean Byrd and Barbara Dulac.

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color.  She stills the mind and soothes the soul, and if you are lucky will whisper in your ear and play the muse.  Nancy Davies Tang looks to her garden, fields, forests and the sea for inspiration to create works of art in kiln fired glass and dichroic glass jewelry.  Largely self-taught, Nancy has been working with warm glass for over 20 years.  She has a background in painting and sculpture and strives to bring all her experience to her work in warm glass.

Glass is an ancient, magical material with endless possibilities.  Dichroic glass is a material that would be impossible without modern technology.  The combination of ancient techniques, modern technology and the artistry of nature is where Nancy’s passion blooms.  Water is vital to our existence and the inspiration for the work in this month’s opening focuses on this vital element.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a native of mid-coast Maine, living in the area all of her life.  Her art includes painting, photography and hand crafted kiln fired jewelry.  Currently she is working on fine silver art jewelry pieces adorned with colorful enamels and glass, which will be on display at Art Space Gallery for this show.  Her topics include colorful flowers, fish and abstract designs.

Jean Byrd, Devil's Island, oil

Jean Byrd, Devil’s Island, oil

Jean Byrd is an oil painter whose style is best described as realistic, with an impressionist influence.  Her subject matter is coastal New England and her latest paintings are of the Penobscot Bay Area.  As one of the featured artists at Art Space Gallery this month, she will show her painting of “Devil’s Island”, which is a favorite spot of hers.  It is located off Stonington in “Merchant’s Row”.  Other paintings included in the exhibit are “Vinalhaven Passage”, “Steps to the Sea” and “Marshall Point Light”.

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac became an artist, first as a child, then a wife, a mother and grandmother.  Her graduate, post-graduate education and a corporate professional career were woven through out many, many years.  Her life and soul learned and developed creative interests, through dreams, spirituality and family.  Color everywhere, mystical music, dreams and intuition always prompt her consciousness to create and fully express her perspective.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  September hours are Monday through Saturday 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 am to 6 pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Consonant Compositions OPENING FIRST FRIDAY, 9/2 5-8 pm at Carver Hill Gallery

Suzanne Siegel Working Harbor XXV 12x12 oil mixed media  on arches oil paper 19 in framed

Suzanne Siegel Working Harbor XXV 12×12 oil mixed media on arches oil paper 19 in framed

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open their September show, Consonant Compositions, on First Friday, September 2, 2016. There will be a reception with the artists from 5 – 8 pm.

This show illustrates how the artists use color, contrast, relationship, and arrangement to create successful compositions in five completely different styles.The artists in the show include Jill Caldwell, David Estey, Jeff Macdonald, Ron Rovner, and Suzanne Siegel.

Suzanne Siegel’s visual interest in rugged working harbors, post-industrial New England, and ever changing tidal environments roots her work in the sea. Suzanne works in mixed media painting and watercolor and mixed media collages. In her Guilford, CT studio, she searches inventively with line, shape, color, texture, and value as she suggests the spirit of her beloved locations. “I spend a long time looking.  I closely observe relationships of shapes, values, and colors along with the beauty of light, and how it influences and constantly changes everything. I begin by drawing random lines and shapes, and quickly erase or thinly veil most of my first marks, in order to keep myself and the work in flux as I build a history of layers. I aim to transport myself and the viewer into a moment of surprising and unknown beauty, as I work toward a strong, yet open arrangement of visual elements.”

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and  graphite on yupo

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and graphite on yupo

David Estey’s work has evolved from realistic landscapes and portraits to abstract expressionism and now total improvisation. He is a skilled draftsman and painter, and has also been known to incorporate collage in his work, sometimes creating an obvious narrative of social or political subject matter. He starts his most recent work of the last three of four years without any preconceived notion or expected result and tries to create extraordinary, compelling new imagery, intrinsically based on the elements and principles of good design. Narrative references often emerge and remain, but they are subordinate to the aesthetic whole. David’s work has been in numerous gallery and museum shows, and has been exhibited at Carver Hill for 10 years.

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald, who spent most of his years in the music business, has been an art appreciator and supporter for years. He has studied and experimented with painting and collage for some time, using interesting combinations of paint and collected textural material. Most recently, Jeff has exhibited his work near his local town of Brownville, Maine. His focus since retirement has been his art, and years of study and refining his craft has brought his work to a new level. His compositions range from minimalist to complex, while leaving the source of his inspiration ambiguous.

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and  copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner’s work is meticulous, precise and intentional. He calls their creation “his meditation.” The “NachtMusik” series is inspired by the music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg. The various elements represent one of the twelve notes of the musical scale. Each is given equal weight, and there are no repetitions in any of the rows or columns in which they appear. These constitute the “melody” or tone row providing a foundation upon which the rest of the composition is based. Counter themes comprised of squares of different colors are also present, representing the three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). Other symbols provide harmonic structure, dynamic gradations ( crescendo/decrescendo). Many of these elements unmistakably evoke the Southwest (where Rovner spends time) in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell shares her time between Rockland, Maine, and Key West, Florida. Her palette and typically soft compositions unmistakably reflect her muse – the Atlantic – and portray the change in the mood and color of the water from the North Atlantic in Maine to where the Gulf of Mexico meets the South Atlantic. Her use of line and shocks of bright color over the blue hues allude to sun, flora, and manmade structures on land and in the water. Her blurred lines successfully connect the radical changes in palette, making it easy on the viewers eyes; however, judicious details, frequently in the foreground, suggest rocks, fish and other natural elements that keep the viewers attention and curiosity to stay with the work.

Consonant Compositions is on view through Monday, October 3, 2016. For more information call (207)594-7745 or visit www.carverhillgallery.com

CMCA ArtLab this Saturday

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create exquisitely simple and strong collaborative works in small artist groupings. Inspired by the paintings of artist Don Voisine on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery, ArtLab makers will team up to tackle the task of creating everyday scenes using abstraction and peculiar palettes. Explore an immense vocabulary and minimalist design as you co-create compelling collage works. Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, September 3, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. For more information call 207.701.5005 or visit www.cmcanow.org

Archipelago features artists in celebration of Fall

Betty Heselton, Ebb Tide (left). Kathleen Perelka, Hope Blueberry Field (right).

Betty Heselton, Ebb Tide (left). Kathleen Perelka, Hope Blueberry Field (right).

Betty Heselton and Kathleen Perelka, among others, are on display through November 13th

Artists’ Reception: Friday, September 2 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St, Rockland

Contact: Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

Fall brings color and beautiful light, subjects Kathleen Perelka and Betty Heselton explore in their artwork. New paintings are currently on display in the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, the Island Institute’s gallery featuring the work of Maine artists. Perelka and Heselton will be featured along with new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

Kathleen Perelka says of her pastel pieces: “Pastel has a sparkle that no other medium can compare to; each little particle reflects both color and light giving the painting a life force of its own…I am most alive outdoors and work almost entirely with landscape; wild places like marshes and blueberry barrens with no homes insight.”

Betty Heselton explores the subtle nature and drama of light as it changes through the seasons. Surrounded by a creative family, Heselton was exposed to drawing, carving, painting and photography throughout her childhood on a small working farm in rural Maine. She developed a keen interest in seeing and documenting the beauty around her, and her oils and acrylics subtly capture her passion for the special places she explores by land and sea.

Parsons’ paintings draws on a strong sense of place – the island of North Haven, as do Denny’s new encaustic works which features places she explores in Penobscot Bay.  Worthington works with fabric creating complex landscapes of Maine’s coastal environment. Coombs displays his supreme talent with glass as he crafts iconic Maine subjects with elegance and simplicity.

You’re invited to visit with many of the artists at the opening reception on Friday September 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week through December.

CMCA’s Late Summer Exhibitions: Lauren Henkin and Don Voisine

The new CMCA with Jonathan Borofsky, Digital Man, 2016, steel sculpture, 24' high

The new CMCA with Jonathan Borofsky, Digital Man, 2016, steel sculpture, 24′ high

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is excited to announce its 2016 late summer exhibition schedule at the art center’s new campus at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. CMCA’s striking new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, opened on June 26, 2016.

The new facility, located in the heart of downtown Rockland’s burgeoning arts district, provides more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes a gift shop featuring the work of Maine artisans and designers, an ArtLab classroom, and a 2,200-square-foot public courtyard displaying a monumentally scaled sculpture, Digital Man, by Ogunquit-based artist Jonathan Borofsky.

Late summer exhibitions at CMCA will showcase the work of artists Lauren Henkin and Don Voisine. A reception celebrating the exhibitions will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5 to 8pm; both artists will be present for the event.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies, 2014, pigment on rag, 32 x 40"

Lauren Henkin, Poppies, 2014, pigment on rag, 32 x 40″

Opening on August 28 and on view through October 23, 2016, the exhibition Lauren Henkin: Second Nature incorporates photography, video and installation to question our perceptions of nature in an age of increasingly digitized and virtual reality. Through her work, artist Lauren Henkin (b. 1974), a recent full-time resident of Maine, encourages the viewer to think about how the vast amount of imagery we see every day affects our engagement with the natural world at a time of great environmental uncertainty. Using a variety of photographic means, she raises questions about what is real in an increasingly filtered and re-presented age.

Now residing in Rockland after living in New York City, Henkin grew up in Maryland and attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a degree in architecture. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including New York, Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon, and Paris, France. Henkin states, “I’m thrilled to introduce my most ambitious body of work to date, Second Nature. Made over three years entirely in Maine, these still and moving images address our changing relationship with Nature, from engagement to simulation.” The exhibition is sponsored by Cold Mountain Builders.

Don Voisine, Reset, 2015, oil on wood panel, 40 x 60"

Don Voisine, Reset, 2015, oil on wood panel, 40 x 60″

On view from September 2 through October 23, 2016, is the exhibition, Don Voisine: X/V. The exhibition features work created in the past fifteen years by painter Don Voisine (b.1952), a native of Fort Kent, Maine, and now based in Brooklyn, New York. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints, and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, surface, and precise, hard-edged forms. The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is the first in-depth look at the artist’s work in his home state. A fully illustrated catalog with an insightful essay on Voisine’s work by fellow artist Ken Greenleaf, accompanies the show.

Voisine attended the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art) from 1970-1973, and in 1974, studied with William Manning at the alternative Concept Center for Visual Studies, a short-lived but important institution in the state’s art scene in the early 1970s. A central figure in abstract art in New York, Voisine has exhibited there since the early 1980s, along with exhibitions in San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, and Berlin. As Greenleaf writes in his essay, “To see a large group of Don Voisine’s paintings is to experience not only the basic important tenets of abstract art, but also to learn how the experience gets to the heart of why the best abstract art speaks directly to human perception.” Don Voisine: X/V is sponsored by the Hurley and Weindling Family Charitable Fund. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Don Voisine has made available exclusive to CMCA, a limited edition print, Red, hot and cool. The edition consists of 30 numbered copies and ten artist’s proofs. Each print has been individually signed and numbered by the artist. All prints are dated 2016. Prints are available for purchase at the CMCA shop for $225 or online at cmcanow.org for $225 plus $25 shipping and handling. All proceeds from the sale of the prints directly benefit CMCA. 

CMCA is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday 1 – 6pm. Admission is $6. For more information please visit cmcanow.org. NOTE: CMCA galleries will be partially closed for installation between August 15 and September 1.

Caldbeck Gallery features work by Frederic Kellogg and Barbara Sullivan

KITCHEN TABLE    oil on canvas   36 x 30 inches   Frederic Kellogg

KITCHEN TABLE oil on canvas 36 x 30 inches Frederic Kellogg

From August 17 through September 17, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will show new paintings in oil on canvas and in watercolor on paper by Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston, and Washington D.C., and new work in shaped fresco by Barbara Sullivan of Solon.  In addition to the 2 solo shows, a group show will feature new work by Anne Alexander of Windham, Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island, Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and Brooklyn NY, Melanie Essex of Cushing, John Goodman of Friendship and Boston, and Kristin Malin of Georgetown.   A reception to meet the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 17, from 6-8 pm.

     In his exhibit, “Painting in Maine”, Kellogg includes his on location paintings,  mostly painted at Great Spruce Head Island, in Thomaston (his studio is there), and at numerous sites in and around Mid Coast Maine.  The artist says of his studio work,  that each larger painting began with a quick drawing in his sketch book, or a small, completed painting done on location, many beginning as watercolors in that sketch book, which he carries with him at all times.  Engaged in the search for what can be called a contemporary realism, Kellogg is deeply influenced by the work of American realists Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter.  Even with the additional influences that photography and Abstract Expressionism have had on this contemporary realism, Kellogg feels that the art of painting still plays an essential role in helping people see the world around them.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and numerous corporate and private collections in Maine, Boston, and Washington, D.C.  This is Kellogg’s 3rd solo show with the Caldbeck.

BONAPARTE'S GULL  2016  shaped fresco  17 x 14 x 2 inches   Barbara Sullivan

BONAPARTE’S GULL 2016 shaped fresco 17 x 14 x 2 inches Barbara Sullivan

     Sullivan recently returned from a five week residency on Monhegan Island, where, for more than a century, the fantastic light from all directions, has excited artists and all others who go there.  In her studio 12 miles off shore, Sullivan had time to absorb the history of the island and let it influence her work: the shaped fresco bas reliefs that she has been making and showing at the Caldbeck for over 20 years.  With a love for the objects of the every day, she turned to making shapes about the every day on Monhegan, from perhaps a century ago, such as the kerosene lamp in her room, the candelabras hanging in the chapel, or a well sat in chair that could tell some stories, if only it could talk.  Sullivan is also a watcher of birds; their endless shapes and colors have become innumerable and charming shaped fresco birds for years.  During her stay on Monhegan, she worked with the imagery of the ever present gulls.  One piece in her Caldbeck exhibit contains dozens of fresco gulls flying up into the sky.  As she began to take in the light on the island, her take on it also became quite literal, as the island has only had electrical power for about 25 years.   So she made objects about the different kinds of light: metaphorical light, refracted light, and illuminated (flame or electric) light.  “Light, Flight, and Things” is an exhibit about all of that.  With her MFA from Vermont College, Sullivan has won a Venice Printmaking Residency in Italy, the Robert M. MacNamarra Foundation Fellowship in Maine, a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and a Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant.  This is her 10th solo exhibit with the gallery.

     Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4.  For information please call the gallery at 207 594 5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.b

“LAND, SEA & AIR” at Landing Gallery

"Pitcher Pond" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12" x 12"

“Pitcher Pond” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12″ x 12″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “LAND, SEA & AIR”, a solo exhibition of 65 new paintings by Irma Cerese, opening on Friday, August 5 through September 11.  The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Aug 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships.  Her landscape paintings border on the abstract and are seen simultaneously as both landscape and abstract.

"Schoodic Point" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30" x 30"

“Schoodic Point” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30″ x 30″

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL.  Irma maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.  This exhibit celebrates Irma’s 10th anniversary with Landing Gallery, where she has an annual solo exhibit of her new paintings.

Please join us Friday, August 5th from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Irma Cerese. 

Summer hours: Mon – Sat 11– 5, Sun. 12 – 5. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

ArtLab for All Ages: Poppin’ Portraits: Stylize with Paint and Line

Poppin' Portraits at ArtLab

Poppin’ Portraits at ArtLab

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to swish n’ swash with broad strokes of color. Learn ways to outline and define features to compose striking portraits of pop stars, movers, shakers and thinkers alike. Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, August 6, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. 

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. 

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for August 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 5 August

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Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Archipelago, the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Strand Theatre, Caldbeck Gallery, The Art Loft, Michael Good Gallery, Craft Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Asymmetrick Arts, CMCA, The Gray Fox Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery, the Gautschi Center, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery & Black Hole.

Archipelago’s summer exhibition will be open showing works by artists Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, Lin Lisberger, Christina Vincent, Geoffrey Warner, and others who share their love of Maine through many mediums including wood, paper, pottery, and furniture.

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open to the public, free of charge.

The Strand Theatre will have a “First Friday Film” at 8pm that night, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum: Francofonia.

Caldbeck Gallery will hold a reception for solo shows for Lois Dodd, Alan Bray, Todd Watts, and Kayla Mohammadi.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will be showing “The Primacy of Drawings II”, opening at 5:30pm.

At the Art Loft, Chuck Paine will demonstrate oil painting from 5-8pm. Chuck teaches a walk-in class at the Art Loft on Tuesday evenings.  His work consists of coastal imagery, sailing, and Maine life. “If it’s old and crumbling and reminiscent of a way of life that is slipping away, I will try to capture it before it is gone.”

Michael Good Gallery will be holding their 17th Annual Summer Celebration event, presenting abstract paintings by Fred Good.  Drinks and light refreshments will be served on our back deck with live music by cellist Kristin Techer.  

Craft Gallery will open “Art in Black and White”: Drawing, weaving, stitching, shaping clay and blowing glass tell the story in black and white.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be showing “Robert Lahotan in Maine, The Late Paintings”. 

CMCA continues to show it’s current Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz and Rollin Leonard exhibitions. 

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery will be showing the work of three new artists: Michael Boardman of North Yarmouth, Leon Vanella of Newcastle and Janet Glatz of Durham.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Archipelago “Summer” show features artists from Waldoboro and Chebeague Island

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns”  Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns” Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Event Date:
Fri, 08/05/2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location:
Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St Rockland

Contact Name:
Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

 Archipelago Fine Arts is celebrating summer with a new exhibition including Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, and Lin Lisberger. The public is invited to a reception at the First Friday Artwalk on August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The show will be up until August 28th.

 Highlighted artists include Jean Kigel of Waldoboro and Caroline Loder of Chebeague Island.  Philip Isaacson, former art reviewer of the Portland Sunday Telegram, wrote that “Kigel is a master of the oriental brush. Her work with ink or ink with color strikes the viewer as spontaneous, loose, bold, the product of a difficult skill, an attitude acquired through commitment and study.” Archipelago will be showing her watercolors.

 Caroline Loder uses a simple palette of colors aiming to achieve the sense of calm and serenity she feels on Chebeague Island. Archipelago will be showing some of her larger oils.

 The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week.

 

John Winship Catch at Carver Hill Gallery

John Winship, Catch, 30x22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

John Winship, Catch, 30×22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland, Maine, will open a solo show of paintings by John Winship on First Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm.

“John Winship is a painter of dark and evocative scenes; dreamlike, mysterious pictures of people who seem to be from another time.”—Linda Wertheimer, NPR, “All Things Considered”

The atmosphere in the work tends to be heavy, with dark tones and faces either looking away or partially obscured. Winship says that this breaks down the specificity of the photograph’s subject matter and allows the viewer to project more freely into the painting.

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship received his BA in Fine Art from Middlebury College and has had over thirty solo shows in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and other galleries and museums throughout the northeast.  His paintings have been featured and reviewed in such national publications as “Art in America”, “Artnews”, “The Artist’s Magazine”, “Harper’s”, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, as well as on numerous book covers. He has been represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine for two years.

Show runs through Monday, August 29, 2016

For more information:
http://www.carverhillgallery.com
338 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207)594-7745

“Art in Black and White” at CRAFT Gallery

David Jacobsen - Glass Art, Daphne Taylor - Quilting,  Katharine Keoghan - Jewelry

David Jacobsen – Glass Art, Daphne Taylor – Quilting, Katharine Keoghan – Jewelry

CRAFT Gallery opens “Art in Black and White” on Friday, August 5th. Working in black ad white helps the artist as well as the viewer  to look an  object from a different perspective, unencumbered by the element of color. Wether it is drawing, weaving, stitching, shaping clay or blowing glass, black and white tells a story in its simplest language. David Jacobson’s glass pieces are a perfect example of the purity of form expressed in black and white with little embellishment. Quilter Daphne Taylor’s love of drawing and painting influences her embroidery in cotton and metallic threads on wool and silk. Hand quilting to Taylor is equivalent to the act of drawing. She has limited herself to black and white and gold thread  for the pieces in this show. She has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Her Quaker background reflects in the meditative thread lines in her quilts. Joining these two artists in this invitational show are Tim Christensen, Lissa Hunter, Sara Hotchkiss, Jan owen, Amy Smith and Susan Van Campen. 

        CRAFT Gallery introduces jewelry by Katharina Keoughan, a versatile artist and painter who has turned her creative energy to making jewelry out of the unlikely material of sheet foam. She cuts out abstract shapes and designs to fabricate necklaces, bracelets and earrings into stunning  and bold wearable ornaments of art.  All artists shown at CRAFT live and work in Maine, creating fine craft represented in private collections and major art institutions as valued works of art. The show will continue until September 1st. CRAFT Gallery is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Tucker Nichols to Lecture at CMCA

Artist Tucker Nichols

Artist Tucker Nichols

Each year the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) presents a lecture by one of today’s most distinguished and entertaining voices in contemporary art. This year’s lecturer is artist Tucker Nichols. His lecture, entitled “I Don’t Know How Else To Say This,” will take place at 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 14 at CMCA on 21 Winter Street in Rockland. Tickets are $8 for CMCA members, $10 for non-members and can be purchased at cmcanow.org. Seating is limited to 100; reserve early.

Having spent summers on North Haven island his entire life, Nichols will discuss his time spent in Maine in relation to other artists who have painted along the Maine coast, providing examples that focus on the idea that art is a vague language for things we don’t know how to put into words. He will talk about his projects exploring the theme of making art as a way of thinking about and expressing thoughts and feelings that can not be achieved otherwise.

Nichols was born in Boston and is now based in Northern California. He received his BA in art history from Brown and MA in Chinese paintings from Yale. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Nichols has also produced work for Facebook and Yahoo among others. His drawings have been published in McSweeney’s, The Thing Quarterly, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He is co-author of the books, Crabtree (with Jon Nichols) and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray (with Dave Eggers). He is represented by ZieherSmith in New York and Gallery 16 in San Francisco. For more information on Nichols, visit www.tuckernichols.com.

For more information on all of CMCA’s programs and events, visit www.cmcanow.org.

Fred Good Show at Michael Good Gallery in Rockland

Fred Good, Journey, watercolor on paper

Fred Good, Journey, watercolor on paper

Michael Good Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Fred Good at the 499 Main Street location. The show of abstract paintings and works on paper launches during the gallery’s 17th Annual Summer Celebration on Friday, August 5, 2016, and runs through September 9th. The event is free and open to the public.

 “I’ve been interested in spontaneity, both as it is manifested in nature and in the behavior of people,” Stated Fred Good.  “My paintings are a visual manifestation of this interest which was inspired by my fascination with the Abstract Expressionism movement in painting and with psychodrama and group therapy in psychology. The current work is a continuation of my experimentation with the watercolor medium in the AE tradition.”

Since the 1960s, developments in the New York City art scene and social/cultural movements have deeply impacted Fred (Frederic W.) Good. While studying at seminal art centers and mentoring with psychology pioneers, he placed himself in the middle of New York City’s Lower East Side as a key – and highly successful — community organizer. Over time Good raised a million dollars in grant money for projects focused on children and education, visual and performing arts, and social issues particular to residents of the Lower East Side. 

Fred Good, Bricks, watercolor on paper

Fred Good, Bricks, watercolor on paper

The Good exhibition opens during the August edition of Rockland’s First Friday ArtWalk. Each year, Michael Good Gallery hosts an Annual Summer Celebration in August, from 5-8pm. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and musical accompaniment by Kristen Tescher on (instrument) completes the event.

For more information, contact Avi Good, Gallery Manager at 207-594-2580 or avigood@michaelgood.com.

Art Space Gallery Announces August 5th Art Opening

Paris Lamppost 24 x 24 oil

Paris Lamppost 24 x 24 oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the August Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, August 5th , 5 to 8pm.  This reception will feature the work of Sandra Leinonen Dunn, Roger Barry, Sylvia Murdock and Hannah Nelsbach.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist whose work is in collections throughout the country and internationally.  She is best known for her intuitive use of color and her lyrical brushwork.

Roger Barry , Trees,  Wood

Roger Barry , Trees, Wood

Roger Barry makes reliquaries from native hardwoods, many have secret locks. Heavily carved and beautifully finished, these may hold precious personal items or just enhance your decor.  Roger also creates sculptures and dreamlike tree houses that light up and draw starry nights on ceilings.

Sylvia Murdock, My Favorite Words, watercolor

Sylvia Murdock, My Favorite Words, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock was born in Barre, Vermont in 1963.  Primarily a self-taught artist, Sylvia has painted seriously since she was 12 years old. Paints primarily with watercolors, but has been known to paint in egg tempera’s & oils. Sylvia has exhibited in museums and, galleries from Searsport to Pennsylvania.

Hannah Nelsbach, Low Tide III, gouache on canvas

Hannah Nelsbach, Low Tide III, gouache on canvas

Hannah Nelsbach’s work reflects many years experience with a wide variety of media. Her intriguing work combines fantasy and realism.  She jumps in her paddle boat at high tide and floats along the cove, sitting in the mud at low tide and catching our nature with the beauty and silence of the ocean.  Later in her studio she finishes her work with fantasy and details. 

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  August hours are Monday through Saturday 11am to 6pm and Sundays 1am to 6pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

DIANNE SCHELBLE “Market Day at Chase’s Daily”

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

On First Friday, July 1, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open a street level solo exhibition featuring long time gallery artist Dianne Schelble. The exhibit is titled “Market Day at Chase’s Daily” and will show the paintings Schelble has been working on for two years. The work was inspired by the bounty of local farmers Penny and Addison Chase, their daughters Phoebe and Meg, as well as Meg’s partner, Freddy Lafage, from their family farm in Freedom. If the name Freedom Farmers hadn’t been taken already by a medical marijuana delivery service in California, it might be appropriate here. Our favorite quote on their website is, “For us, the big picture is a matrix of social and environmental concerns underlined by a cussed pursuit of quality in everything we do”. Chase’s Daily, which opened exactly 16 years before this opening date, is now a thriving bakery, produce market, and restaurant. It is a favorite in Maine, and folks looking for fresh come from near and far to meet, greet, eat and buy produce and flowers. It is a hub in the community, and Dianne Schelble loves Chase’s Daily. Her face lights up when she speaks of it.

The light that filters through Chase’s large Main Street windows illuminates the space with a golden glow, making the colors of the flowers and crispy harvest go POP. Bringing in the produce is an exciting event to see, and if you’re hungry, be prepared to fill the back of your car. After many years of looking forward to this parade of color, and marveling at its beauty, Dianne decided to paint a series of works based on it.  She loves light…..and color…..and people. Not to mention gardens, food, and sharing meals. Oh, and art.

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases_ Lady Entering acrylic on panel 18x24

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases_ Lady Entering acrylic on panel 18×24

Arriving in the state long before Maine’s population grew to where it is today, and not too different from the urban escapee homesteaders a generation ahead of her, Dianne and her husband Paul built a light filled home in rural Liberty, Maine, where she raised four children. She is a modest person who is constantly creating – she cooks as well as she paints and her space is filled with plants, beautiful works of art and other handmade items. Her early career included a successful run in illustration and architectural renderings, but her true love remains painting.

 Dianne Schelble Quick Visit Market Day at Chases Daily 24x24 Acrylic on panel


Dianne Schelble Quick Visit Market Day at Chases Daily 24×24 Acrylic on panel

Dianne received her BA from the University Of Michigan School Of Art. She has been painting for over 40 years. Much of her career was spent painting in watercolor, and she attributes much of her development to Hudson River Valley Art Workshops faculty member and painter Skip Lawrence, with whom she has studied for nearly 16 years. Her paintings are vibrant works with generously applied paint, creating a unique look in watercolor and gouache resembling, from afar, a palette knife technique. But for this series, she switched gears and started painting on panels after inheriting a hoard of high quality acrylics. The resulting paintings really resonated with her, and she didn’t have to separate the viewer from the surface with glass – which she never really liked to do. The appearance of the paintings are consistent with her works on paper – energetic and bold with intriguing light.

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Klimts Tomatoes acrylic on panel  10x14

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

In her words, “The best artistic expressions arise out of a desire to relate to the feelings that one has for a person, object or situation. This group of paintings is an expression of my wonderment and fascination with the truly spectacular daily presentation of produce by the Chase family and workers of Chase’s Daily Restaurant in Belfast, Maine. My husband Paul and I are gardeners and yet we never even remotely achieve the quality of their produce. After many years of standing around waiting for the truck, and watching in awe as tubs and boxes of their successes are set about the room, I decided to see if I could capture some of my feelings and observations in paint. Through this process I discovered that presenting the people and their enthusiasm was just as important to these paintings as the beauty and abundance of the produce itself. Showing people enjoying this beauty with friends and neighbors was the perfect way to present this bounty. Hopefully I have accomplished that.”

“Market Day at Chase’s Daily” runs through Monday, August 1, 2016.

 For More Information:
http://www.carverhillgallery.com
 338 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207)594-7745

ArtLab for All Ages: Interact: Light, Air, Color, Action!

ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino

ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to create a hand-held mobile that reacts and interacts with light and air in beautiful and poetic ways for July’s ArtLab, “Interact: Light, Air, Color, Action.” This will be an exciting workshop to explore light and shadow, cause and effect, and the interaction of colors and shapes moving in space. Enjoy the subtle changes created by light and movement inspired by artist Jonathan Borofsky’s installation “Particle Soul.”

Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, July 2, from 2-4 pm at the new CMCA located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. Starting in July, all ArtLabs will be held at CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, including ArtLab summer ArtCamps for kids. For more information and to register for ArtCamps, visit cmcanow.org

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. 

“Two Women Masters” at CRAFT Gallery

Left - Jan Owen Right - Lissa Hunter

Left – Jan Owen Right – Lissa Hunter

CRAFT Gallery dedicates its new show, opening on July 1st, to two women masters of fine art and craft, Jan Owen and Lissa Hunter, and to their achievements and contributions to fine art and craft. Both Maine artists pay special attention to detail, depth of thought, storytelling and metaphor. Each uses composition, design and craftsmanship to create works that honor their craft methods. Their work is recognized and collected by major art institutions as valued works of art.Among them are The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, The Renwick/Smithsonian and The Library of Congress.

Calligraphic artist Jan Owen draws upon the art and methods of early medieval scribes and her love of color, music and poetry. Every stroke of the pen and brush on handmade paper and hollytex requires meditative deliberation and concentration. Her panels, scrolls and books use the power and beauty of words to to take on a contemporary form. Artist Lissa Hunter uses basketry, porcelain and drawing to tell stories, express emotions and ideas, often in metaphor and often incorporating all three disciplines in a single work. This show includes her charcoal drawings. porcelain vessels and wall mounted assemblages with niches holding coiled basketry. All are examples of Hunter’s dedication to exploring materials and forms.

     With no gender bias intended, there are many other Maine women craft artists who deserve recognition and show their work at CRAFT: Autumn Cipala, Sara Hotchkiss, Hanako Nakazato, Christine Peters, Nisa Smiley, Amy Smith and Fiona Washburn. “Two Women” opens on July 1st during the Rockland First Friday Art Walk. There will be live music and refreshments in the courtyard during the evening. The show will continue until August 3rd. CRAFT Gallery is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

“TWO HEARTS: TWO VISIONS” at Landing Gallery

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland announces the opening of “TWO HEARTS: TWO VISIONS”, July 1 – July 31”.  A two person exhibition of new oil paintings by Bruce Busko and new photographs by Roberta Baumann. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 1st, from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

 

Roberta and Bruce frequently work side by side and this exhibit shows how two artists see the landscape and interpret the same subject differently.  Individual directions in their art are not limited by their proximity.  When comparing the same subject locations, their art reveals how each artist focuses on their unique creativity.

"April Evening, Spruce Head, Maine" by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 30" x 40"

“April Evening, Spruce Head, Maine” by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 30″ x 40″

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery.  His work has been exhibited in his galleries since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards.  He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. 

"Schoodic Point, Acadia N.P., Winter Harbor, Maine" by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 10" x 20"

“Schoodic Point, Acadia N.P., Winter Harbor, Maine” by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 10″ x 20″

“During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my artwork. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio.  Sketches, photos, memory and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process.  Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for the subject. It can begin with a strong composition created by a low tide or perhaps the reflection of the sun and clouds in a calm body of water.  To seek is to find, is my moto.  Selecting what speaks to me is the core and the beginning of my creative experience.” – Bruce Busko

"Low Tide, Spruce Head" by Roberta Bauman Photograph

“Low Tide, Spruce Head” by Roberta Bauman Photograph

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits.  Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has embraced and mastered new equipment, processes, and techniques. 

"Birch Point Bathers" by Roberta Baumann Photograph

“Birch Point Bathers” by Roberta Baumann Photograph

“Physically exploring space and light while maintaining an ideal histogram is exciting.  Once the subject is chosen, the fun really begins.  Additional processing and making the perfect, final print, is what I enjoy and get excited about.  Out in the field, I make decisions for framing the scene, what to leave in or out and decide what aspect of nature I want to capture.  Living in Maine offers many stimulating subjects from my backyard to an abandoned old mill, there is always something that intrigues me.  I find interiors and landscape equally gratifying to photograph.” – Roberta Baumann

 

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Arts In Rockland Announces First Friday Art Walk

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First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, 1 July 2016

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for July 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 1 July.  

Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Strand Theatre, 407 Studios, Caldbeck Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, Asymmetrick Arts, CMCA, The Gray Fox Gallery, Landing Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery & Black Hole.

CMCA’s participation marks the eagerly awaited return of First Friday Art Walks to Winter Street, previously home to Jonathan Frost Gallery, Somewhere on Winter Street, Eric Hopkins Gallery and Yvette Torres Fine Art.  Arts In Rockland is delighted to welcome CMCA to the city’s vibrant arts community. 

The Farnsworth Art Museum will be open to the public, free of charge.

The Strand Theatre will have a “First Friday Film” at 8pm that night, co-presented by the Farnsworth Art Museum: ‘A Space Program (about internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs).

Shalimar performs for an Open Studio Event at 407 Studios, with information on summer classes and shows at 6 & 8pm

Caldbeck Gallery will hold a reception for Nancy Wissemann-Widrig, Dennis Pinette, and in a group show, work by Sam Cady, David Dewey, Jeff Epstein, Bayard Hollins, K.Min, and Susan Williams.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be showing New Maine Paintings by Samuel Gelber: “Embracing Change” The Pre-Columbian Quartet. 

CMCA first First Friday will feature the newly opened Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz and Rollin Leonard exhibitions. 

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

CMCA Opening weekend events

CMCA

Sunday, June 26
Members and Supporters preview reception, 11am-1pm
Open to CMCA Members, Business Supporters, and all Donors to the Capital Campaign | Reservations required | RSVP here

Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, 1-2pm

Public opening, 2-5pm
Jonathan Borofsky Human Structures | Alex Katz Small Paintings | Rollin Leonard Vernal Pond
Free admission

Camden National Bank | Public event sponsor

Opening weekend celebrations dedicated to the memory of Judith Daniels.

Upcoming Exhibits at the Caldbeck Gallery

From June 18 through July 16, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work in oil on canvas by Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing, and Southold NY, and new work in graphite on paper by Dennis Pinette of Belfast.  Also on view will be work by gallery artists Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor, Sam Cady of Friendship, David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown NJ, Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn NY, Bayard Hollins of Islesboro and Basalt CO, K.Min of Friendship, Dan West of Friendship, and Susan Williams of Camden.  The opening reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, July 1.

ON REFLECTION 2015 oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

ON REFLECTION 2015 oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

In her exhibit of new work, titled “On Reflection”, Wissemann-Widrig dives ever deeper into the world of the sea.  Painting directly from nature, she says that “the pressure and excitement are the reward for painting on-site”.  She describes the beauty of “a perfectly calm morning with the water gently undulating as the tide laps the shore.  Hints of hidden worlds are visible in the depths, when suddenly a lobster boat steams by, far out on the (St. George) river, and in a few minutes, its wake sends waves crashing, with turbulent foam breaking over the rocks.  And then…everything returns to serenity.”  Through this experience, the painting becomes a “balancing act between what it feels like and how it looks.  Everything is in flux”.   The works in this show range in size from 30 x 60 inches to 8 x 10 inches, and were painted over the past 3 years.   From 1974 to 1983, the artist was represented in NYC by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, followed by the Tatistcheff Gallery through 1992.  She first showed with the Caldbeck in 1987; this will be her 7th solo show with the gallery.  Wissemann-Widrig’s work is in numerous corporate, private, and public collections.  In Maine, her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art.

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ROUGH WATER #8 2015 graphite on paper 6 x 16 inches Dennis Pinette

Pinette’s exhibit, “Rough Water”, is comprised of 9 works in graphite on paper, measuring 9 x 12 inches, and 6 x 16 inches.  More often than not, the artist works in oil on canvas and on paper, but of this new body of work, he says, “I began painting and drawing with water soluble graphite about three years ago. It’s just a hard, dense cake of graphite that reacts by degrees of viscosity as it engages water. Subtle and brutal marks are possible within a very close range. Although I’ve been working allot on Yupo, which is polypropelene and totally without an inherent character, the 9 paintings at Caldbeck are on Arches, which is cotton paper whose surface comes automatically loaded with its own character. The paper has as much to do with the image as the graphite does. I love the irony of depicting water in motion through a medium that is exactly that…water in motion…shifting densities, fluid lines, restless contrasts that engage an infinitely repetitive form. I’ve found the absence of color very liberating.”  Pinette’s work has been shown widely in Maine, New York, and Connecticut.  In 2003, his 25 year retrospective exhibit at the Farnsworth Art Museum, “The Lucid Mark”, curated by Suzette McAvoy, was reviewed at length in the New York Times by reviewer, Deborah Weisgall.  Maine museum collections include the University of Maine at Machias, Bowdoin College, Bates College, Colby College, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Art Museum.  Pinette has shown with the Caldbeck since 1985.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4.   For more information, please call the gallery at (207) 594-5935, or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.

Art Space Gallery + Rockland first Friday Art Walk

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Lara Max, “Steel Bass, Cooper Grass”

Art Space Gallery invites you to the June Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk.   We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, June 3rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Obrianna Cornelius, Lori Davis, Penny Markley and Lara Max.

Artisan blacksmith, Lara Max focuses on creating forms with texture and color from basic metal shapes. Her sculpture entitled “Swimming Fish” was inspired by the idea of fishing in a Maine stream on a cool spring day.   “I wanted to capture the illusion of light and movement of a fish swimming under water, making its way through the grass.” Using a technique called repoussé, a French word meaning “to push back”, she accomplishes just that. With hammers and chisels the bass was created in mild steel and heat blued, the grass is hammered copper and the entire sculpture is mounted on a piece of marble.

Obrianna Cornelius is an award winning artist who specializes in colorful watercolor landscapes. She received training in Fine Art at Pensacola Christian College, where she developed her skill and knowledge in realism. She lives and works in scenic Maine where she is known for her bold, highly-detailed paintings, filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects.   The beautiful landscape and unique culture inspire her artwork. From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing her. Watercolor is her primary medium, but she is also talented when working with pen and ink, pencil, colored pencil, oils, and mixed media.

Photographer Lori Davis is intrigued by Nature and captures spectacular moments in time, bringing them back to share with others. It’s the simplicity which entices her to look closer, and she’s always amazed by the intricate details discovered. A single autumn leaf falls victim to a rain storm, but explodes with stunning colors, texture and detail that make one little leaf suddenly appear so complex. Patterns in the sand left by an outgoing ocean wave, the complex color pallet and abstract forms of a sunrise sky, or even the brilliant clown-like colors of a puffin’s beak… all just simple things in Nature that when looking more closely, are so exquisite and incredibly detailed. These are the images Lori will be sharing during this show.

 

Penny Markley, from Winthrop, is intrigued, by the effect of the light, and changing seasons on the landscapes of Maine. Her paintings capture her reaction to this visual wealth. She loves the coast, but lives inland and finds great beauty in fields, hills, marshes, lakes and mountains. For this show she has focused on an area that has it all, Acadia National Park, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of it’s founding this summer.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.   The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. June hours are 11am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

ArtLab for All Ages: Warp, Distort, Repeat!

ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino demonstrates
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Rockland, Maine, May 24, 2016 —

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ArtLab instructor Alexis Immarino demonstrates

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to stretch their imaginations and flex their creative muscles while representing the human form for June’s ArtLab, “Warp, Distort, Repeat!” Participants will use a variety of materials including discarded CDs and Silly Putty. Everyone will have a blast manipulating images and copying and repeating faces and forms. Join in the exploration!

Bring your friends, your family, or come on your own on Saturday, June 4, from 2-4 pm at the Rockland Recreation Center’s Tower Room at 44 Limerock Street. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all. Starting in July, all ArtLabs will be held at CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street, Rockland.

CMCA’s Saturday afternoon ArtLabs are led by interdisciplinary artist/educator Alexis Iammarino. Alexis received her Masters in Community Art from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is Lead Artist for CMCA’s Leaps of Imagination in-school program.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors.