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Cynthia Winings Gallery presents A Conversation with Artist Jenny Brillhart

Jenny Brillhart, Pink House On Route 3, Oil on aluminum

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents A Conversation with Artist Jenny Brillhart, for the First Friday Blue Hill. Join in for casual conversation in the gallery about inspiration, process, and the current show. Talk starts at 5:30 and the gallery is open late. Refreshments provided and everyone is welcome.

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry final Opening Sept 5.

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry in Northeast Harbor is hosting a final Opening and Artists Reception  Sept 5, 5 – 7 pm.
MEET THE ARTISTs SEPTEMBER 5
Judy Taylor: Models in the Winter Studio
Judy immerses herself in painting the human form from live models. Nuances of personalities are brought forward that often relate to occupation, tempermenant, and social standing. Powerful is an adjective often mentioned in reference to her portraits.
Deborah Page: Painted Stories
Bar Harbor native Deborah rarely plans out a painting. She starts with free, playful mark making and builds visual texture with color, line, and shape. At some point in the process an image will appear. She plays and develops it further as things appear and disappear. The painting evolves in the same way you might write a story. They are playful and inviting.

Bold Watercolors at Stable Gallery

Galapogos Birds and Cliffs by Jon Luoma courtesy of Jon Luoma.

Watercolor is known to many painters as “the masters’ medium.”  Unforgiving, surprising and uncorrectable, watercolor requires both planning and spontaneity.

This month’s show at Stable Gallery, in Damariscotta includes two local, talented watercolorists among the featured artists.  Every show features artists of diverse media from fabrics to stone to various paint media. This month highlights Jon Luoma and Polly Smith who use watercolor to express their artistic passions.

Winslow Homer was one of the first American painters to use watercolors in vivid landscapes.  Andrew Wyeth learned from looking at Homer’s paintings and went on to find his authentic voice, or hand, with watercolors.  These painters validated watercolor as a serious medium for collectors and museums alike.

 Once thought to be unstable and a medium for society ladies in tennis shoes, watercolor now stays true once dried.  The painter must learn to expect a 30% loss of hue with the first drying, another challenge of the medium. ut after that, the color remains. 

 Through adding multiple color layers from lightest to darkest, the painter can create a work of deep color and resonant beauty.  Unlike oil painting, lack of complete control and taking advantage of accidents are a necessary part of watercolor painting.

 Varying ratios of pigment and water produce different results on different types of paper.  Thus spontaneity and problem solving are required of the artist in action. As Polly Smith says, “Flexibility is part of the creative process watercolor demands. You have to know when to stop or the freshness dissolves in front of you.”

Watercolor can be painted loosely or with as much control as the painter desires.  Jon Luoma, trained in traditional Chinese watercolor application, creates very detailed and controlled scenes with his brushes.  Polly Smith uses a mix of detail and looseness to depict energy and movement in her scenes.  

Stable Gallery includes oil and acrylic painters too.  This month Rosalind Welsh, Elaine Abel, and Robert Gibson complete the featured painters.  Also featured are Rachiel Norwood (sculpture), Lou Charlett (wood), Jackie Melissas (ceramics), and Fiona Washburn (hand painted textiles).

The Stable Gallery is housed in a 19th-century Victorian stable, just a short walk off Main Street at 28 Water Street in Damariscotta.  The gallery is open from 10 to 5 every day. For more information, call 563-1991 or check out their website at stablegallerymaine.com.

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC Presents “Vintage”

Boating Group, Katherine Mead-von Huene

Please help us welcome Guest Artist Katherine Mead-von Huene at a Wine & Cheese Reception at Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00  to 7:00 pm.

Kat’s exhibit is titled “Vintage”.  The paintings were inspired by her grandmother’s antique photographs and table linens.  The exhibit runs until October 18, 2019.

“I have been drawing and painting since I was a child, encouraged by my artistic mother.  Some training took place in art schools in Boston and Philadelphia and much was just learning by doing. Enrollment in an architectural program in Philadelphia satisfied my love of detail and drawing.  For years, most of my work was watercolor, but lately, I have been concentrating on working in oils and acrylics. The limited palette of black and white, such as charcoal and pencil can be as satisfying as color.

Almost Spring, Katherine Mead-von Huene

Recently I have been drawing inspiration from old black and white photos of my grandmother’s and vintage decorated linens.  The photos are very small and I find that, by enlarging them and adding color, the past can be brought into the present and I can better enter my grandmother’s world.  Vintage linens offer a charm lost to modern, mass produced products and their designs enhance my appreciation of the amazing skills of women of past generations. I never know what will come next, as far as subjects for paintings, but that is part of the adventure.”

“Roger Dale Brown: Around Town” Opens at Gleason Fine Art

Roger Dale Brown, Journey’s End, 24 by 36 oil on canvas

For “Around Town,” his first solo show at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, Roger Dale Brown, one of the country’s foremost marine painters, chose to focus on Boothbay Harbor and the surrounding villages, including Southport, East Boothbay, Pemaquid, and Port Clyde. “Around Town” opens August 22 and runs through September 17, with a reception for Roger on Saturday, August 24, from 5 to 7 pm.

Brown, who comes to Maine every summer, visited Boothbay Harbor last fall and  then spent the winter turning his sketches into 15 luminous oils for “Around Town.” Brown’s Boothbay Harbor paintings range from his unique take on the Harbor’s iconic footbridge and Catholic church to much less immediately recognizable places. “Out to the Ocean,” a 36 by 36 inch oil, is a spot you pass by on your way to Brown’s Restaurant and Spruce Point, but despite being as picturesque as can be, you may never have noticed it. It’s the narrow cove that separates the Sea Pier from the Co-op.

“Old Ways” may look familiar to some. Others will look at this dreamily beautiful scene and wish that it were here in town. But, in fact, it is here; it’s the seawall, well-patched building, and docks at the very end of Road’s End in Boothbay Harbor. 

With his practiced eye and great skill, Brown takes the ordinary and turns it into something extraordinary: “I sought out intimate spots that connected personally with me as an artist–scenes with working fishermen and folks who make a living from the sea. I wanted to visit places locals visit, experience their everyday lives on boats, touch the side of a hull, smell the salt and fish in the air.”

With “Loading Up,” a 24 by 24 inch oil, Brown captures Boothbay Harbor’s busy inner harbor. Brown takes our eye from a close-up of the lobster boat “Sea Bound,” which is tucked up next to a stack of traps ready to go aboard, across the harbor, and then up into the hills beyond, where immaculate, white-painted Victorians and B&B’s are set against the sky. Such a perfect and beautiful spot–right here, in Boothbay Harbor.

 “Roger Dale Brown: Around Town” opens August 22 and runs through September 17 at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue, in Boothbay Harbor. The gallery invites friends, fellow artists, and the public to a reception for Roger on Saturday, August 24, from 5 to 7 pm. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. Call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com for more information. Visit the gallery’s website, gleasonfineart.com, to see Roger Brown’s entire show and the gallery’s inventory of contemporary and estate artists.

Paintings of Babb and Nixon On Display at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Judy Nixon’s gouache painting “Grace” can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

At the Pemaquid Art Gallery, in New Harbor two artists will be showing their works in watercolor media, in particular, the opaque medium known as gouache. Known for its ability to show fine detail, gouache is frequently employed to depict complex subjects such as birds and other animals. Yet both artists go beyond the descriptive and show their artistic skill in composition and backgrounds.

Judy Nixon, from Bristol, is particularly inspired by the landscapes of her home peninsula and nearby Monhegan Island. She works in transparent watercolor, as well as the opaque gouache and acrylic media. She feels a personal connection to her subjects, which may be “an iconic landmark, or the creatures or flowers in her own yard.” Currently she is working on seascapes, flowers, and “critters.”

Nixon’s light-filled and colorful interpretations are seen on calendars and note cards as well as paintings and prints. After a career as an accountant, her creativity has been able to blossom since moving to Maine almost 20 years ago. Her work is frequently seen in area venues including local banks, libraries and non-profits. This spring she was awarded first place in watercolor at the Topsham Library, and several awards at the Maine Sportsman Art Show in Tenants Harbor. Her work can also be seen at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation gallery in Boothbay Harbor and River Arts, Damariscotta.

“Yellow Shafted Flicker” by Julie Babb is representative of her highly skilled and detailed bird portraits.

Julie Babb is well-known in the area for her highly skilled and detailed bird portraits in gouache, which include the backgrounds where the birds are frequently found. Scratchboard is another technique she frequently employs, which allows for detail in white lines against a black background. After early years living in Mexico, and receiving her first art instruction during college years there, she moved to Maine in 1962 and attended the University of Maine at Orono. She and her husband moved to Rochester, NY where she acquired five years of art education. Returning to Maine in 1992, she continued to study drawing and painting, including home study in ornithology. 

Babb has received numerous awards, particularly from the Maine Sportsman’s Alliance Wildlife Art Shows. Her work is frequently seen at River Arts shows in Damariscotta and the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation gallery, among other places. She is also an art instructor with experience dating from 1995, including continuous Adult Education classes for School Union 74 since 1999. Babb’s designs have been featured in many publications and on note cards. Her work can also be seen at Bayview Gallery, Brunswick and online at www.covehousestudios.com.

The 2019 exhibiting members of the Pemaquid Group of Artists include: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Judy Nixon, Belva Ann Prycel, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker and guest artists, Kimberly Traina and John Butke.

The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. For more information, please call 207-677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Greenhut Galleries Presents “Color Notes”

Behind Fish Beach, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches

Greenhut, on September 5-28th is pleased to present Color Notes, an exhibition of new oil paintings by one of Maine’s most masterful, and most popular, plein air artists, Colin Page. Greenhut is located in Portland and an opening reception will be held on September 5 from 5-7pm and an Artist Talk on September 21 at 1pm. As Press Herald art critic, Daniel Kany puts it, “Page is a leading light of what is called ‘Maine painting’ — that striking, quick and largely improvisational style of observational painting that ranges from Winslow Homer to Don Stone; Maine painting blends a bold brush with atmospheric light and an ever-present sense of place.” Colin shares a bit about his personal process and inspiration in his artist statement below: 

The spark of an interesting color or light sensation inspires me to start a painting. A color relationship can create a mood, describe a time of day, give depth to a flat canvas, and emulate a vibration or glow. With this series, I begin each painting with a specific color idea: a harmonious color key or a discordant contrasting key. The paintings are not exact replicas of a scene, but instead are driven by the mood and story I can tell with color and brushwork.

This creative use of color is sometimes described in musical terms. Color notes are individual moments that sing when placed in relation to one another. When there is an overall color scheme to a painting, it forms a harmony that can be felt in a way similar to a musical key in a song. A color can be read as discordant but still be the right note. Colors can work together to create the equivalent uplift of a major chord, or the slight sad turn of a minor. A painting is not a copy of nature, but a composition that describes a feeling.  

Color is just one tool of communication that I use, but the power and depth of this expression directs my decisions when I consider what to paint, and why.

Colin Page was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Whether working on location or in the studio, Colin strives to capture the atmosphere and light of a scene. Colin currently lives in Maine, where he focuses on painting the landscape, and scenes that show his life as a father of two young girls. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions and group shows nationally and abroad

2 Blue, painted wooden construction, 11×15 inches

Our September side gallery show will feature new work by artist, Zen master, and former Monhegan Island resident Mike Stiler. Stiler’s love of working with recycled material is a sort of meditation for the artist that brings humor and light to the world, a direct reflection of his search for inner Zen and his background teaching Buddhism. He describes himself as “basically a cartoonist who works with wood, copper, paint, nails, steel, aluminum, leather, rubber, plastic, stone, graphite, watercolor, charcoal, ink, linoleum block, glitter, silicone, found objects, junk, photographs, ball point pen, words, ideas and empty space.” Mike describes his practice and his inspiration as follows: 

Everything I do and everything I make comes out of the question, ‘Who am I?’ This question is fundamental to the realization of anything that deserves to be called art. It is my deepest longing to make art that is funny, serious, scary, humble, confused, light, heavy, deep, shallow, clumsy, elegant, common, colossal, abstract, figurative, narrative and enlivening. I wish to, in any way I can, carry on the tradition of my heroes, Louis Armstrong, Agnes Martin, Vincent VanGogh, Pierre Bonnard, Walt Whitman, Bob Dylan, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, J.S. Bach, Alice Neel, Blackie Langlais, Huang Po,Ta Hui, Dogen, Joshu, Bankei, Beethoven, Robert Crumb and anyone else committed to finding the smallest in the biggest and the biggest in the smallest.

Mike Stiler attended Syracuse University School of Fine Arts for sculpture and Rochester Institute of Technology for painting. His work is in collections at the School of American Craftsman in Rochester and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.

“On The Comic Side” Exhibit at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

“Riding Solo” Acrylic on wood by Philippe Guillerm

One of the “hottest” and most contemporary art mediums is at the Philippe Guillerm Gallery for this September ArtWalk Waldoboro! A combination of popular, fine art, visual, and literary art, “On the Comic Side” brings out sculptor and painter Philippe Guillerm’s lighter side with his “comic art” paintings. Guillerm will be on hand to explain why this genre has been enjoying widespread interest and has undergone dynamic changes over the past few years. As another special feature for the ArtWalk, he will also be autographing copies of his graphic novel, “Bobby the Buoy, the Maine Adventures”, while copies last. In addition to these special pieces for “On the Comic Side”, Guillerm’s deep sea paintings and well-known Caribbean sculptures will also be on display.

Saturday September 14th from 4pm-7pm  – 882 Main Street, Waldoboro ME

Cove Street Arts Presents “Exquisite Beauty”

Cove Street Arts, in Portland presents an opening reception of: Exquisite Beauty,  the enduring legacy of grace.  The reception will be held on Thursday September 19, 5:00-7:00.  The exhibition showcases the international photography of two Maine-based artists, David Caras and Meredith Kennedy. This striking show was curated by Marcia Minter, co-founder of Indigo Arts Alliance.

For more information, visit www.covestreetarts.com/events-1/exquisite-beauty-opening.

Courthouse Gallery Presents Works by: Janice Anthony, Jeffery Becton, Richard Keen and Linda Packard

Janice Anthony, Incoming Fog, Ship’s Cove, Acadia, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 40 inches

Courthouse Gallery will present new work by four artists: Janice Anthony, Jeffery Becton, Richard Keen, and Linda Packard. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, September 11, and runs through October 15. In addition, the best work from the summer season by the gallery’s stable of artists will also be highlighted. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For gallery hours and more information on upcoming shows call (207) 667-6611, or visit courthousegallery.com.

Janice Anthony is a realist painter who has a great affection for the otherness of the natural world. Her paintings explore this mysterious relationship between humanity and wilderness—parallel worlds where the natural world is clearly a world apart and self sufficient. Anthony holds a BFA from Boston University, and she was awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Her paintings have been included in art books, publications, and in numerous solos shows in Maine and New York, and in national and international exhibitions, including “Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism.” Anthony lives in Jackson, Maine.

Jeffery Becton, Passing Green Ledge, digital montage, 16 x 34.8 inches

Jeffery Becton is pioneer in the field of photo-based art, who creates provocative digital montages inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home. Author Deborah Weisgall beautifully describes his montages in the monograph Jeffery Becton: Border World (Marshall Wilkes 2014): “Jeffery Becton’s works are meditations on ambivalence: digital montages, beautiful and unsettling mashups, altered realities. . . . Becton is really exploring our own permeability.” Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, and has been highlighted in national and international publications. In 2016, the Bates College Museum of Art hosted a solo exhibition of Becton’s large-scale monographs, which then traveled to the Daura Gallery at the University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and to Lynchburg College in Virginia. His work is included in the museum collections of Bates College of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others.

Richard Keen, Form Singularity No. 152, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Richard Keen is from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He holds a BFA from Millikin University, Dacatur, IL, and a MA from State University of New York (SUNY), Albany, NY. Since moving to Maine in 1999, Keen has maintained a studio at Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick. Keen’s work is inspired by his travels along the coast of Maine, working waterfronts, and his experience diving on boat moorings in Casco Bay.  Keen’s work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Dili in East Timor as part of the Art in Embassies Program. The University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine, held a solo show of Keen’s work in 2019. Keen has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the University of Rhode Island, and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. He has been a visiting artist at various educational institutions. Keen’s work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Art New England, Portland Press Herald, Maine Home + Design, Dispatch Magazine, Fresh Paint Magazine, and Studio Visit Magazine.

Linda Packard, Stonington Repertoire, oil on panel, 25 x 18 inches

Linda Packard is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally process driven studio practice. Her new abstract paintings bring the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. Packard holds a BA in Studio Art from Smith College. She has worked as a graphic designer, librarian and a printmaker, and in 2006, she returned to pursuing a fine art career. Packard spent five years working with the late Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, who she still cites as one of her greatest influences. Packard was awarded a Heliker-LaHotan Foundation residency fellowship in 2015, and participated in a month-long residency this past fall at Weir Farm in Wilton, Connecticut in 2017. Packard lives in Bangor Maine, where she maintains a year-round studio.