Archive for shows

Brick Store Museum show through Nov. 17

The Brick Store in Kennebunk is showing the work of Susan Barrett Merrill and Rosalind Fedeli for Homecoming, through Nov. 17.


Sohns Gallery reception for “Summer J. Hart: unwritten”

Trained in book arts and printmaking, Summer J. Hart received a BFA from the Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT, and an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Influenced by repetitive organic geometries, scenes viewed through knotholes, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, she creates environments out of cut paper: using both shadows and vacancies as marks.

Her immersive installations are both obsessive and about obsession. They are sites of biological disasters and fairytale forests. Astounded by the resiliency of the forest: the endless process of reproduction, mutation, and evolution, Summer J. Hart makes a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, and seaweed.

By creating dense, cascading “living walls” of  synthetic paper, she allows her vision of a ghostly nature to creep in through any breach, fissure, or opportunity.

The reception starts at 630 with an artist talk at 7.

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery LLC Opens for ‘Monhegan Light’

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery LLC is currently showing “Monhegan Light” which runs until November 23rd. This show features the works of Catherine Breer, Michael E. Vermette and the late Paul Black along with 15 other gallery artists.

Please call the gallery or visit our website for more information.  207-846 -7777

Archipelago Offers Tips and Tools for Artists and Makers

Archipelago is encouraging you to take this seasonal transition to refresh on resources from the 2019 Artists and Makers Conference, as well as a recent Artisans Who Wholesale podcast featuring Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze on the “Do’s and Don’ts from a Seasoned Buyer and Artist.”

Take some time to look at and listen to the tips and tools included in these pieces as you rebuild your creative juices in the coming months.


Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze

visit to listen to the podcast featuring Lisa Mossel Vietze.


2019 Artists & Makers Conference

visit for resources from the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference.

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC Presents ‘Holiday Member Show’

Lilies, pastel by Victoria Jackson, 13″ x 14″


Center St. Arts Gallery, LLC in Bath presents Holiday Member Show. This show features all members showing many new works, small scale works and items selected for holiday gift buyers.


Train du Nord (detail), acrylic painting by Shelby Patton, 36″ x 24″


Gallery is open 6 days a week through December, 

Closed Tuesdays except for the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Monday, Wednesday – Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, 

Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 pm.  

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC is an artist-owned business open year-round.​

AQUILARTadvisory Presents Works by Astrid Bowlby

Astrid Bowlby opening reception Nov 1st from 5 -7 pm at AQUILARTadvisory in Norway. Astrid contributed a colorful hand drawn piece contained in a petri dish to our previous exhibition: “ginormousMICRO”. Now you can see more of her thoughtful works in this engaging one person exhibit. Astrid Bowlby makes drawings, prints, sculptures, and installations. She received an MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BFA from the University of Southern Maine. She has also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and The Art Students League. Bowlby is the founder of Kindred: guided processes for artists and mentoring program for creative individuals.

Greenhut Galleries Opens for ‘Nancy Morgan: Tall Tales & Short Stories’

The Passenger, Oil on board, 25 x 28 inches

Greenhut Galleries in Portland, presents Tall Tales & Short Stories, a solo exhibition of 17 new oil paintings by Nancy Morgan Barnes. Tall Tales & Short Stories can be viewed from November 2-30 with an opening reception held on November 2 from 5-7 and artist’s talk on November 16 at 1:00. 

Barnes is a skilled and delightfully quirky storyteller, leading the viewer through narratives that are rarely what they initially seem. Her work, which is characterized by the explicit rendering or order and chaos, is often humorous, frequently with a dark(ish) twist. But make no mistake — despite the artist’s joyful irreverence and attraction to offbeat subject matter, Nancy Morgan Barnes is an extremely dedicated and extremely accomplished painter.  Portland Press Herald art critic, Daniel Kany has written: “The painting is gorgeous in every way.  Morgan-Barnes paints beautifully and builds up unusually luscious surfaces — painted, scraped, sanded, glazed, and finally varnished.  Her technique, patience and craftsmanship deliver something rarely seen, since the 19th century….”  

A sampling of titles from Nancy’s new body of work — The Reluctant Hunter, Eros Tames the Tiger, and Citgo Station — foreshadow the witty and eccentric storylines the paintings reveal. The artist’s statement appears below:

Book and magazine illustration continues to fascinate and inspire me. I have always found this type of clear and fun storytelling engaging. Since narrative painting is visual and not literal, it allows for a more open and less specific description of an event or an idea. As with most images without an accompanying text, the viewer steps in with their own interpretation. By retelling shared stories of fables and fairy tales, I am hoping I can create an image that suggests that we are the same now as then, though most of the work in this particular exhibition is not the retelling of old stories, but are rather paintings of my own invention. I move between an actual source to photographic references to find the imagery I need. Starting with an idea, the process is fluid and changing until the original concept fades and the painting itself begins to guide me. The process is always surprising and mysterious.  

Nancy Morgan Barnes was born in South Bend, Indiana. She earned an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in 1968, and a graduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1971. She has taught at DePauw University and the Indiana University, Bloomington. Barnes has won numerous merit awards and prizes, including a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Indiana University Art Museum and Indiana State Museum.

ArtSpace Gallery Presents ‘Home and Family’

Mary Beth Morrison, Skiing With The Dogs, Acrylic on Cradled Board

Art Space Gallery, in Rockland will be hanging an array of new work by our members for the show, Home and Family. Please stop by during November and December to see what our artists have created.

John Wood, Tulips, Watercolor

Also be sure to visit our Gift Nook where you will find small artworks and fine crafts also made by our artists, all great for gift giving during the holiday season.

Lara Max, Ringing Bowl in Snowshoe Pattern

Cove Street Art Presents ‘Paperwork’

Join Cove St. Arts for the opening reception of: Paperwork. The exhibition, curated by Bruce Brown, features works on paper by four artists: Karen Adrienne, Kathleen Florance, Frank Mauceri, and Munira Naqui.

Working on paper offers a freedom and delicate immediacy that can result in a direct outpouring of creativity. Often a substrate for studies and experiments, paper offers its own techniques, aesthetics, and modes of art-making.

To highlight and celebrate these possibilities, all of the works in the exhibition are abstractions; works of four artists focused on form, technique, and color (or lack thereof). Karen Adrienne flattens nature into planes of color, mark, and movement, while exploring the properties of the actual paper by folding or embossing it. Each of Kathleen Florance’s works is a dance “guided by line, charmed by color,” as marks create structure across the paper. Frank Mauceri engages the problem of designing systems, writing computer code to output visuals with the paper capturing the often surprising “traces” of such systems. While some of Mauceri’s work visually mimics existing language systems, Munira Naqui’s work seeks to create a new visual language in dialogue with the viewer, reductive in nature using the play of line, space, and color to engage. The four artists employ painting, drawing, monotypes, and computer print processes to explore exciting, contemporary uses of one of our oldest materials for conveying thought and emotion.

Doug Frati Exhibition at The Center for Maine Craft

The Center for Maine Craft, in Gardiner presents new work by Doug Frati through November 19, 2019 in the Center exhibition gallery. Frati is a wood artist and organic farmer based in Palmyra, ME. The exhibition features his signature wood relief carvings. Frati is a two-time winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Portland Fine Craft Show. 

Doug Frati was born in Maine in 1954 and spent his youth in a small town on the banks of the Sebasticook River. He attended art school, graduating in 1979 with a degree in printmaking. His work was soon collected privately as well as publicly when the Portland Museum of Art included it in their permanent collection. 

Frati’s current wood carving is a direct reflection of where and how he lives. Many of his carvings are made of old wood salvaged from antique objects, broken and lost to barns and attics. A neighbor runs a small saw mill where large white pine is turned to boards for carving. He creates his own stains to bring out the graphic and textural aspect of the carvings. History becomes an element for creating a new work of art. Layered time adds weight and depth, driving iconic imagery. The work brings to, and brings out, something in the viewer that is real and solid. Something old yet fresh. Shop Doug Frati’s Show online!