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Greenhut Galleries Presents New Works by Ed Douglas

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

 

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

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

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

 

Musicians, Oil on panel, 12″ x 11.5″

 

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

 

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

 

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

Birds are Back at Markings Gallery

 

Artic Terns by Wayne Robbins

 

Osprey sitting attentively in their wondrous nests…. robins and cardinals intently looking and calling for mates… herons and egrets negotiating the edges of swollen ponds and rivers…..

The birds are back and provide endless variations of interpretation for many artists at Markings Gallery and an exciting focus for the month of May.

In the words of Abigail Robbins,  “Birds are amazing.  I watch them endlessly, their shapes, their flight patterns, their living habits.  Looking at birds with their gestures and body language, gives me infinite inspiration for sculptural forms.

I find the medium of papier mache versatile. I can shape and reshape until I am satisfied that the sculpture is close to the idea I have in my head.”  Abigal’s sculptures capture the essential elements in her birds; the owl, the crow, and the raptor.

Wayne Robbins (no relation to Abigail) is well known for his wood carvings of the birds that inhabit Maine’s woods, fields and marine environment.  Working with a diverse variety of woods, such as linden, butternut, and walnut, Wayne carefully selects just the right piece to carve Puffins, Auks, Terns, Screech Owls, Sea Ducks, and Chickadees, to name just a few.  Some of his carvings are hand stained to enhance the colorings and markings of each species.  Many hours and thoughtful observation go into these sculptures.

Sue Stasiowski brings her unique artistry with needle felting to create marvelous interpretations of a wide range of birds.  A little Oriole’s orange coloring has such depth because of the unique way Sue has for combining multiple colors of fiber. That orange is made of a masterful blend of yellows and several shades of orange.  The mixing on his wings is a painterly mix of black, white and wisps of orange.

Several other artists at Marking’s Gallery incorporate birds into their repertoire—

Janice Wright with her fierce eyed herons on relief tiles and painted bowls, Kirsty Sandoy’s felted bird ornaments, Carolyn Judson’s expressive clay birds, Nan Kilbourn-Tara’s delightful small tile bird paintings.

Marking’s Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, Maine

Gallery hours Thursday thru Monday 10am to 5pm (Sunday 10am to 4pm) closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Maine Craft Portland Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

Nupitals: Adornment for a New Age

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

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

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

The Gallery at Somes Sound and the Myers Family, Wendell Gilley Museum presents an exhibition

Annual Spring Open House & Carving Show
A Trio of Treats!
 
Featuring Member’s Carving Show, 

Master Carver Harold Haertel,
and Artist Paul Rickert’s Susan Abbott Myers Collection 
 
Master Carver Harold Haertel was a contemporary of Wendell Gilley.  An exhibition curated by Mr. Haertel displays his beautifully crafted carvings and decoys.
 
In collaboration with the Gallery at Somes Sound and the Myers Family, Wendell Gilley Museum presents an exhibition of paintings by acclaimed Artist Paul Rickert collected by Susan Abbott Myers (1935-2017).  
Sunday, May 12th  |  12:00 – 4:00 pm
4 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor

Art Space Gallery opens for Works by Margaret Creighton

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

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

Tidemark Gallery + Cafe opens for “The Miller School Portrait Show”

Self Portrait of a Representative of Grade 2, Miller Elementary School

 

Tidemark Gallery + Café in Waldoboro resumes regular hours: Wed-Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-2, on May 1.

The Miller School Portrait Show reception will be Friday, May 10, from 4pm to 6pm.  Student artists and their teacher, Nathan Fogg, will be there to meet and talk about their work. This school/community collaboration is an exhibition of student self-portraits in pastel, mixed media, prints and clay sculptures. The idea is to showcase student art in a professional gallery setting where it may be enjoyed by everyone, both inside and outside of the school community.  The art work will be on display at the gallery throughout the month of May. It is outstanding and well worth a visit — or several visits.

We’ll be posting more information on Tidemark Gallery + Café facebook and instagram.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art offers “Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic”

“Inhalation XXXVIII”, 2011, Archival Pigment Print

 

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is offering a thought-provoking and educational lecture series in conjunction with the exhibition Melt Down: Ten Artists Respond to Climate Change in the Arctic and Antarctic.

The second event in the series, “One World,” will take place on Sunday, May 5, at 3pm, and features respected photographer John Paul Caponigro in conversation with Peter Neill, founding director of World Ocean Observatory. “One World” is an in-depth discussion between two experts in their fields, illustrated by a slide presentation of Caponigro’s stunning photographs of the Polar Regions. The event is free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion.

John Paul Caponigro is a pioneer among visual artists working with digital media. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction with our environment during a time of rapid change. Respected as an authority on creativity, photography, and fine art printing, he is a highly sought-after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, MIT, Google, and TEDx.

Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory and serves as host of World Ocean Radio, a weekly podcast about the health of the ocean. In 2016 he received an appointment with the Climate Change Institute and represents the W2O as a Research Associate; he previously served 20 years as President of the South Street Seaport Museum, New York; is co-founder of The Sound School and The Harbor School; and has dedicated his career to marine affairs. His most recent book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society, is available wherever books are sold.

Through their experiences recording and responding to the visible and visceral markers of irrefutable change in the Polar Regions, the artists in “Melt Down” bring these physically remote places and the compelling need for action to a wider audience. Their work provides a route for inspiring awareness and response when overwhelming data and science have failed to motivate.

 

Sunday Salon “One World”

“Melt Down” will be on view at CMCA through June 9. For further information about the exhibition and accompanying programs, please visit cmcanow.org.

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

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

 

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

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

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

Landing Gallery presents “2019 SEASON INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION”

“A Distant Fog” oil/canvas, 30” x 40” by Lisa Kyle

 

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2019 SEASON INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION.”  The original paintings are based on environmental interaction, celebrating nature and the environment in Maine.  New works by gallery artists; Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Irma Cerese, Sarah Faragher, Christopher French, Brian Krebs, Lisa Kyle, Monique Lazard, David Peterson, Björn Runquist, Michael Weymouth & J.M. Wilde are included in this exhibition.

 

“Afternoon in North Haven” oil/panel, 11” x 14” by Christopher French

The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 3rd from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2019.  Please join us in the gallery for light refreshments. The exhibition will be showing May 3 – May 19.

 

“Water #11/Sunset Wave” oil/panel, 13” x 13” by Brian Krebs

 

 

“Birch Grove, Acadia National Park, Maine” oil/linen, 30” x 40” by Bruce Busko

 

Hours: Wed–Sat 11-5, closed, Sun, Mon & Tue  FMI 207 239-1223

To follow our new work and events, please visit and like us at w.w.w.facebook.com/LandingGallery/

Archipelago Gallery presents “Breaking the Snow, Drying the Mud: Florals by Jean Kigel”

 

 

Hope springs eternal in the human breast.  Archipelago Gallery located at 386 Main St. in Rockland renews that promise with a display of colorful perennials by Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel.  Featured florals include crocus, daffodils, iris and Japanese toad lily.  Reception on First Friday, May 3 the show runs through June 15.  For more information call Archipelago at 596-0701, or visit Kigel’s web site www.jeankigel.com.