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UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

Darren Emenau, “Wellsford II”

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens four new exhibitions in September. Included are Second Nature: Shelley Reed, Olio: Darren Emenau, So Real: Selections from the Museum Collection, and Animalistic: Selections from the Museum Collection. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s fall shows open to the public on September 14 and run through December 29, 2018. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.
OLIO: DARREN EMENAU
September 14 – December 29, 2018Darren Emenau’s creations emerge through unharnessed and playful explorations of form and materials. As the title suggests, showcased in Olio is a miscellaneous collection of hand-made ceramic objects ranging from irregularly-shaped vessels to wall-oriented pieces. The works featured are the culmination of a fertile period of experimentation resulting in innovative leaps for the artist. New forms were developed, dramatic shifts in scale employed, and new objects conceived within the context of contemporary installation. Among the new creations are vessels of varying sizes that resemble exaggerated clubs. The stretched and slender tubes are grounded by rounded bases and, when arranged in a row, the stance of each exerts a quirky, unique confidence. Also featured is an installation in which Emenau has stripped away all references to the utilitarian. These arranged works incorporate dozens of organic forms that evoke globular organisms or otherworldly rocks. When viewed en masse the objects are like unearthed fragments from unknown terrain.Emenau’s lush surfaces are imbued with nature’s essence. Their simple elegance seems effortless and disguises the technical skill required for creating such elemental forms. Developed through intense experimentation, Emenau’s glazes are remarkable for their color saturation. Hues range from acidic yellow-green to intense blue tones, and from mossy green to pale peach-pink. As a result of his glaze application, and transformation in the kiln, the raised cracked textures bring to mind lichen, bark or the parched, cracked earth. Through these invented forms, Emenau affirms that rustic can also be delicate.Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Shelley Reed, “Rooster and Turkey”

SECOND NATURE: SHELLEY REED
September 14 – December 29, 2018Shelley Reed’s meticulously rendered subjects, derived from the paintings of old masters, are shrouded in beauty—but within the opulence there’s a glimmer of turmoil and peril. Reed’s paintings highlight essential dualities and are imbued with profound messages related to fragility, power and life’s uncertainties. Using black and white oil paint, Reed has stripped color of its symbolic and seductive potential, while shifting the viewer’s focus to the subtle details of the scene. The artist adds, “In this age of radical visual bombardment, maybe it takes a bit of toning down and an element of quiet and stillness to call attention to the message.”A focal point of Second Nature is the monumental work Bird that spans ten by fifteen feet. Multiple sheets of painted paper make up the image of a huge crane that hangs upside-down with a bent leg and majestic, outstretched wings. Reed poses questions for the viewer: what incident has led to this graceful creature’s treacherous state? Was this hazard caused by humans? The bird’s open eye leads the viewer to question its demise. Moral messages and lessons may be found in the historic paintings that inform these contemporary interpretations. In Bird Concert, an unlikely congregation of bird species, in all shapes and sizes, creates a disconcerting narrative. It’s as if a perilous act has forced these fowl to occupy this compressed space. Surveying the menagerie of agitated birds, it seems that the loudest screech by the biggest bird overshadows the song of others. In light of the nation’s current divisive political climate, Reed’s composition reveals a timely message. The birds are stand-ins for a chorus of humans—the individual voice drowned out by a cacophony of clamoring and opposing rants. The hand of man undoubtedly plays a fundamental role in all this animal theater. In the exhibition, Reed has included two dramatic paintings of men as a reminder that we are both members and encroachers in the natural world.

 

Bowdoin Museum Commissions Artist linn meyers

linn meyer

 

Bowdoin Museum Commissions Interactive Wall Drawing by Artist linn meyers Who Will be Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin in Fall 2018

meyers Collaborates with Interaction and Sound Artists Rebecca Bray, James Bigbee Garver, and Josh Knowles to Create a Site Specific, Multi-Sensory Experience

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) announced today that it has commissioned a site-specific, multi-media art installation to be unveiled this fall. Washington, D.C.-based contemporary artist linn meyers will create a large-scale wall drawing entitled Let’s Get Lost, while serving as the 2018 halley k. harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld Artist-in-Residence at the College. Concurrently, interaction and sound artists Rebecca Bray, James Bigbee Garver, and Josh Knowles, along with meyers, will create an interactive sound installation, Listening Glass, that corresponds with the wall drawing and features acoustic components activated through audience participation. The works will be exhibited together as Let’s Get Lost and Listening Glass at the Museum for a year from September 27, 2018 through September 29, 219.

For nearly 20 years, linn meyers has created large-scale wall drawings in both public institutions and private collections. Using paint markers favored by graffiti artists, she creates sprawling and oscillating linear patterns that activate spaces for visitors, reveal elements of a site’s architecture, and highlight the inevitable imperfections of the human gesture. For Let’s Get Lost, meyers will use the four niches in the BCMA’s Charles Follen McKim-designed Walker Gallery to drive the composition of her wall drawing. Her drawn piece will take cues from Listening Glass, using the sound project to inform the composition of the drawing, thus turning sound into drawn gesture. Listening Glass grew from meyers’s recent 2016–17 installation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, where she created a 400-foot long drawing entitled Our View From Here. While the work was on view at the Hirshhorn, Bray and Garver independently created an interactive sound installation as a response. The BCMA’s commission formalizes this partnership and makes it accessible for a broad public.

Using a custom iPhone app with advanced digital audio software and augmented reality technology, Listening Glass allows museum-goers to interact with Let’s Get Lost, to generate sound, creating improvised collaborative musical compositions using the drawing as a score. With the app on a handheld device, Listening Glass transforms the museum visitors’ gestures into sound, rendering the audience-performers’ motions in sonic triggers, audio distortion, reverberation, arpeggiations, and other expressive sonic events. The resulting sounds will emanate from each visitor’s iPhone, allowing sound and motion to connect audiences more fully to each other and to the drawn piece.

This project is a collaboration between the artists and the audience, pushing existing boundaries to create new compositional possibilities. In Let’s Get Lost and Listening Glass, drawing is explored as a multi-sensory experience, inviting responses through sight, sound, and movement. Listening Glass heightens the audience’s interaction with Let’s Get Lost from contemplative observation to active involvement.

Let’s Get Lost and Listening Glass represent an innovative and powerful collaboration, demonstrating the exceptional potential of creative exchange across artistic boundaries,” said Bowdoin Museum Co-Director Anne Collins Goodyear. “We are excited about the many ways in which the artists have already engaged the Bowdoin community, bringing together students, faculty, and staff across the visual arts, music, and computer science departments,” continued Co-Director Frank Goodyear. “We hope to continue to foster opportunities for the Bowdoin community and the public at large to engage with contemporary art.”

In conjunction with the installation of Let’s Get Lost and Listening Glass, linn meyers will serve as the fourth annual halley k harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College for the Fall 2018 semester. The halley k harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld Artist-in-Residence program allows Bowdoin Visual Art faculty to invite internationally renowned artists to campus to work directly with students from across campus in a range of disciplines, and the college community through critiques, discussions, workshops, lectures, and other activities.

Upon her appointment, artist linn meyers said, “I am honored to be the halley k harrisburg ’90 and Michael Rosenfeld Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College and am looking forward to exploring pressing interdisciplinary questions with faculty and students.” Explaining the project, she said, “Our team has been working to map gesture, drawing, and sound in ways that are intuitive and satisfying, encouraging surprising interactions and new kinds of spatial and sonic thinking.”

James Bigbee Garver continued, “For example, vertical movements of the handheld device can be mapped to resonance; rate of movement is mapped to loudness; color information is mapped to attack, decay, sustain, and release envelopes. When one or multiple participants are in the room, the ensemble of sounds from the handheld devices will voice the drawing’s score to varying degrees of complexity through improvisation.”

Listening Glass,” Rebecca Bray continued, “allows the audience to collaborate with us to perform an audiovisual piece, using handheld devices to interact with a wall drawing to turn gestures into music. We anticipate some audience gestures will intuitively mimic the gestures which meyers used to make the wall drawing, and some will be very different. By listening to the sound emanating from their handheld device, participants will see the drawing anew–the interaction will connect them to the particulars of line, form, and space in the drawing.”

Speaking to the goals of the project, Josh Knowles added, “Listening Glass challenges us to consider how to make technology invisible while making interactions intuitive and rich with possibility. We seek to create a piece of technology that serves as a creative conduit between a person and a piece of visual art, an architectural space, and other viewers.”

meyers concluded, “The audience member will be confronted with questions about experiencing art, interpreting art, and the private versus social nature of perceiving and relating to art.”

About the Artists

linn meyers is an internationally-recognized, award-winning visual artist with work in public and private collections around the world. Celebrated for her large-scale wall drawings, her work relies on the constantly shifting nature of experience and what she calls the “unplanned imperfect.” Meyers has exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; among others. The recipient of a Pollock Krasner Award and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, she earned her B.F.A. from The Cooper Union and her M.F.A. from The California College of the Arts.

Rebecca Bray is an artist whose artwork spans performance, installation, and game design. She creates work that is deeply responsive to, and challenging of, audiences. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Whitney Museum of Art. Bray was previously the Chief of Experience Design at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and is the Managing Director of the Center for Artistic Activism.

James Bigbee Garver is a sound designer and composer, preferring the title of Sound Writer. He creates sonic inventions, soundscapes and music for live performance, interactive media, and film, often mixing the timbres of acoustic instruments with synthetic audio to sculpt imagined textures and environments. Garver has exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.; the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the American Museum of Natural History, New York; among other venues.

Josh Knowles is a software developer, game designer, educator, and electronic musician. His work explores the edges of technology and seeks to create seamless and beautiful relationships between people and information. Through his company, Frescher-Southern, Ltd., he has built creative technology projects for numerous brands and technology start-ups. Josh is an adjunct professor at NYU and a former member of the board of directors of the Austin Museum of Digital Art. He has spoken at conferences around the world about game design, digital audio, and software. Josh is also an award-winning digital musician.

 

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents SUMMERKIND

Cynthia Winings, Small waves, Gouache, collage, silver and gold latex paint, 4 x 4 inches

 

The Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill presents SUMMERKIND: A Group Exhibition, Opening Reception, Sunday, September 30, 4 – 7 PM.

Featuring the highlights of the summer season, with artwork by Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Anna Hepler, Christine Lafuente, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Jerry Rose, Lari Washburn, Diane Bowie Zaitlin, and Cynthia Winings.

And join me to celebrate the Opening of the New Sculpture Garden, with work by LUNAFORM, Melita Westerlund, and John Wilkinson.

The exhibition will run from September 25 through October 8.

SUMMERKIND is the final exhibition of Season VI at the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, SUNDAY, September 30, 4 – 7 PM.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, Maine. Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

 

Framemakers in Waterville opens “Painted Breeze Exhibit”

Framemakers, at 46 Maine Street, Waterville invites the public to come and meet the gallery artists October 12, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. There will be refreshments provided by Holy Cannoli! and live music by Loki.

Artists include: Abstract Printings by Deb Pipes; Abstract Paintings by Walter Dale; Oil Paintings by Sheila Gilbert; Oil Paintings by Chuck Ott; and Book Art, Poetry, and Prints by Bonnie Bishop. Craft items such as Flower Pins and Art Cards are available for purchase throughout the exhibit including jewerly by Greta Joseph.

Deborah Pipes

Deborah Pipes attended art classes at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She describes her work as Expressionistic Abstraction. She paints in acrylic, draws in charcoal and black ink and produces monotypes in watercolor. At this time, she is exploring using hand-stitching and fabric in combination with ink drawings and/or acrylic paintings.
She has had solo exhibitions in Kansas & Nebraska and has exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Laredo, Texas, Jackson, Wyoming, Maine and New York City, acquiring First Place Awards in International Competitions in NYC & Texas.

Her art work and photography have appeared in The George Washington (University) Review, The American Literary Review, a special issue publication by Sew Somerset Magazine, Her Mark datebook (Woman Made Gallery, Chicago) and Calyx; A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. She also was awarded third place in a poetry competition at Pen & Brush Gallery, NYC.

Born in Vermont, Deborah has resided in New England, the South and the Mid-West. Now, she lives in Skowhegan, Maine, with a studio in her home and is a current member of the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation, River Arts in Damariscotta, Waterville Area Art Society and The Harlow in Hallowell.

Walter Dale

Walter Dale is an off-the-grid artist from Waterville, using spray paint to create eclectic and etherial abstract works of art. This is Walter’s first show.

 

Sheila Gilbert

 

Sheila Gilbert is a resident of Clinton who works in oil. She enjoys painting protraits silllife, landscapes, and animals. Sheila’s use of bright and contrasting color gives off the sense of entering a fantastical imaginative world.

Chuck Ott is an enthusiastic creative soul who struggles to find time to get all that he wants to get done in the studio. He is also a college professor at a small New England Community College who loves turning his students onto the world of creativity.

 Bonnie Bishop has been working as a paper and book artist for over twenty years incorporating collage, printmaking, and her poetry into various forms. Bonnie’s inspiration comes primarily from the worlds of animals and dreams. These books have been shown nationally and in Canada and are found in several Special Collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Wesleyan University, Colby College, and the Bainbridge Museum of Art. Greta Joseph of Vassalboro is the creative mind behind La Sagato – a studio. A talented photographer and artist, her always-popular earrings are works of art in miniature.

FMI, call 872-8927

Kefauver Studio & Gallery Open for Twin Villages ArtWalk

“Monhegan Village”, oil on panel by Joyce Smith.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, is participating in the final Twin Villages ArtWalk of the 2018 season. The ArtWalk is on Friday, September 21st, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

 Will Kefauver is currently presenting the “Monhegan Days” art exhibit, which features his latest work and the work of 24 guest artists.  The art depicts the beauty of Monhegan Island, with its iconic Maine architecture, spectacular coastline, and charming harbors.

 Visitors will find an eclectic array of mediums and styles from the guest artists.  There are photographs, linocut prints, and works in oil and acrylic. Visitors will find work by many of the area’s noted artists. And visitors will find work from six artists new to the gallery with this show. They are oil painters Evelyn Dunphy, Mary Mabry, Joyce Smith, and Linda Wacholtz, and photographers Scott See and Deb Vendetti.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily. Will Kefauver can be reached at 207-226-0974, will@kefauverstudio.com , or www.kefauverstudio.com

The Harlow Seeks Work by Printmakers for “Proof Positive”

The Harlow seeks work by Maine printmakers for their upcoming exhibition “Proof Positive.” Image credit: Allison McKeen.

The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for “Proof Positive”, an open call juried exhibition of art incorporating processes used in printmaking. Submissions may include any and all techniques of printmaking; including but not limited to: screen prints, block prints, linocuts, woodcuts, intaglio, etchings, etc. Entries will be juried by a curatorial committee comprised of Harlow staff and local printmaker Scott Minzy.

Artists may submit to 4 pieces. Artists should be residents of Maine at least part of the year or otherwise have a strong connection to our state. Artists submitting from out of state are responsible for the costs of shipping work to and from the Harlow. Please note that return shipping will be actual cost plus $20 to cover staff time. Reproductions such as photocopies and giclee prints are not acceptable. The Harlow also welcomes multi-media, digital, and/or installation submissions to be considered for their newly designated multi-media/installation room.

For complete information and to submit your work please visit: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-proof-positive/

Deadline: October 1, 2018 by 11:59pm

Exhibition on view:October 19 – November 24, 2018

Where: The Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347

Contact: Allison McKeen, Marketing Manager, 207-622-3813, kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Painters Liliana Thelander and Julie Babb On View at Pemaquid Art Gallery

During the 90th season of the Pemaquid Art Gallery, visitors will be pleased to see the return of two accomplished area painters, Liliana Thelander of Bristol and Julie Babb of Damariscotta. Both are interested in closely observed subjects interpreted with precision. While Babb records birds in their environments and botanical studies, Thelander enjoys painting birds and various animals among other subjects.

Liliana Thelander’s “Wild Bills” is exemplary of her close observation of subject matter and contemporary realistic style. Her work can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

 Liliana Thelander, who describes herself as a contemporary realist painter, has been inspired in part by Maine realist artist John Whalley, and by Australian painter Colley Whisson. Their influence is seen in her skilled paintings of seascapes, boats, birds and pet portraits.

 Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Thelander first worked in stained glass, but soon discovered her ability to draw, which led to classes in painting and now a successful career in painting with oils and occasionally acrylics. Although she has been primarily a studio painter, she has begun painting more on location and finds it compelling.

 She is represented by Mast Cove Galleries, Kennebunkport, Lincolnville Fine Art and the Landing Gallery, Rockland. Her work also may be seen at Gifts at 136, Damariscotta, and on her website, www.lilianathelander.com.

Local artist Julie Babb has received many awards for her bird portraits and botanical studies, and “Northern Waterthrush” is one of her latest paintings.

 Julie Babb has studied ornithology as well as photographing birds to insure that her bird portraits are accurate as well as beautiful. Like Thelander, her native talent in drawing enables her to finely render the birds as well as the botanical studies that form their natural environment.

 Babb utilizes the tools familiar to such famous naturalist artists as Robert Bateman and Raymond Harris Ching to achieve her stunning effects. Opaque watercolor, or gouache, is her primary medium, but she also works with pen and ink, pencil/graphite, and on scratchboard. She is working on a new portrait of a young song sparrow framed by golden ash leaves in winter.

 She has been an art instructor, author and illustrator, and has received many awards for her bird portraits and botanical studies. Babb is also a skilled calligrapher. Her work also may be seen at Ducktrap Bay Trading Company in Camden, Bayview Gallery, Brunswick, the River Gallery, Damariscotta, and online at www.covehousestudios.com.

 Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: 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, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

 Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Barn Gallery – Panel Discussion

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine

Panel Discussion and Fall Exhibitions

 The Ogunquit Art Colony: History & Legacy of the OAA

Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM. FREE

 In September 1928 Charles H. Woodbury, founder of the Ogunquit School of Painting, held a meeting at his Ogunquit Studio to form an artist-run organization to hold exhibitions and other art-related events in the area.

 Join us for a celebration of the 90th Anniversary of that organization, the Ogunquit Art Association, on Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM. Artists and friends of the OAA will discuss the history, the players and the impact of the OAA and its home, Barn Gallery, on the seacoast community.

 Fall Exhibitions – OAA Expressions, Roots, Memorial Exhibitions by George Burk & DeWitt Hardy, Showcases by Roger Goldenberg & Ethel Hills and the Invited New England Sculptors Exhibit – continue at Barn Gallery until 5 PM, Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018.

 FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

 

To Dance with Light & Energy, Part II at the Gallery at Somes Sound

To Dance with Light & Energy, Part II
September 15 – September 28

The Gallery at Somes Sound

Featuring
Brian Emerson

“I recently rushed to an opening in the trees to catch a sunset. I’m always surprised at how fast it falls once it hits the horizon. I love these moments and, as a painter, I always try to look twice; once to appreciate and again to capture. The light and energy at dusk and dawn are always my favorite for its exaggerated shadows and colors! My hope is to give an angle or perspective possibly not taken by the viewer so as to inspire or at least help them see it in another way.” Brian Emerson

Don Best: Animal Spirits at Littlefield Gallery

Trojan Cat 30″ x 22″ x 13″

Don Best: Animal Spirits begins September 17 and runs through October 16 at Littlefield Gallery. A reception with the artist is Saturday, September 22, from 4-6 pm. Certainly one of the most popular artists represented by the gallery, Don’s Animal Spirits is his fourth exhibition at Littlefield’s.

Don is a Maine artist who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, with a minor in sculpture from Maine College of Art. Since graduating, Don has continued studying and working with a variety of mediums. This has allowed him to develop his own unique style as a sculptor. His work is focused on reliefs, an art form that has been around for 6,000 years. This approach allows him to integrate painting, drawing, and sculpture. He takes advantage of combining these skills, creating visual narratives that are told through his passion for animals . Each piece is unique and brings life to wood. (see below) Don’s love for animals, especially cats and dogs, is a continuing theme and inspiration for his work.

Allegory: the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.

One of the powerful aspects of relief is its relationship to narrative. Combining the best of painting, drawing and sculpture, the artist can choose, compose, and balance these elements.
~Eugene Daub, Sculpture Review, Spring 2016

Littlefield Gallery
145 Main Street
PO Box 601
Winter Harbor, ME 04693
207-963-6005
littlefieldgallery.com

“Art Harvest” Show Dazzles at Stable Gallery

‘The Pipes are Calling’, by Daisy Greene

Everyone reaps the benefits of farmers’ months’ long efforts when crops are harvested in September. Forty Maine artists offer the fruits of their years’ labors at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta this month. 

 Opening Friday, September 14, “Art Harvest” is the final art show on Stable Gallery’s 2018 season. Nine local artists are featured in the main gallery while another thirty some artists display their works in adjoining spaces.   

 The gallery will hold a public reception to meet the artists and see their work, Friday, September 14, 5-7PM.  The gallery is open daily 10-5 and for the New Castle/Damariscotta Art Walk until 7PM on Friday, September 21.

 The September show features Daisy Greene’s acrylic paintings inspired by the towns, woods, and sea of eastern Maine. Hati Modr’s oil paintings shine with the sights and shadows of Monhegan Island.

 Stephen Vowles creates wooden bowls and rolling pins that are both decorative and useful. Similarly, Janet Percival knits amazing hats and mittens that will see you through winter’s challenges by warming your body and your soul.

 Roz Welsh is displaying a wide variety of exquisite silver jewelry.  Welsh also creates three dimensional paintings that resonate with nature’s beauty.

 If ceramic bowls, butter dishes, or vases are what speak to you, Lori Watts has brought a range of colorful, playful pieces.  Nicholas Downing produces metal utensils and hooks.  

 Jennifer Litchfield is offering oil and acrylic paintings of sea and forest scenes. 

 Lastly, Bill Bellows is lauded locally for his two sided, woven wool rugs with striking geometric patterns.  This show includes several of Bill’s work; he also makes rugs on commission. 

 The “Art Harvest” show is installed at Stable Gallery thru October 19 when the gallery closes for 2018. 

 For more information about the show or the gallery, call 563-1991, or visit the Stable Gallery website at www.stablegallerymaine.com.

Isamu Noguchi is coming soon to the Portland Museum of Art

Isamu Noguchi (United States, 1904–1988), Table, 1971, marble, 2 x 52 x 17 1/4 inches. The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, CR#717. © The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / ARS

Opens October 5 at the Portland Museum of Art

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture investigates Noguchi’s expansive artistic practice by exploring his efforts to enlarge and challenge conventional notions of sculptural boundaries. Born in 1904, the Japanese-American modernist experimented endlessly with the intersection of objects, people, and space over the course of his 60-year career. Melding ideas and approaches to art from across the globe, Noguchi created traditional sculpture, landscape architecture, play structures, monuments, stage sets, interior designs, furniture, and more. This exhibition brings aspects of his varied production together, complicating notions of form and function and using the juxtaposition of materials, shapes, and techniques to encourage audiences to reimagine their sense of what sculpture can be.

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture has been co-organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Maine and The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.

Generously supported in part by:
Eileen T. Gillespie and Timothy Fahey
Karen L. McDonald
Christina F. Petra
David E. Shaw

Foundation Support: The Japan Foundation, New York
KeyBank sponsorship is made in honor of Sterling Kozlowski.

This exhibition is part of Art for All.

Art for All is an initiative that supports the PMA’s dedication to being an open, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming museum for all, through exhibitions and programs that reflect our community and create experiences with art that strengthen our bonds and bring us together.

Sylvan Gallery Late Summer Exhibition

Island Cottage by Neal Hughes, oil, 18” x 24”

Sylvan Gallery’s “Late Summer Exhibition” is continually evolving as new works arrive daily, painted by the Gallery’s roster of fine contemporary artists. September marks the gallery’s 18th year of representing a diverse and extremely talented group of New England artists. To celebrate, the Gallery will host a reception on Thursday, September 27, the evening of the Wiscasset Art Walk, from 5pm to 8pm. The exhibition continues through October 28th.

New arrivals include a collection of eleven paintings by New Jersey artist Neal Hughes. A recent viewer has already remarked how “ he paints all my favorite subjects.” Trains, old trucks, forest streams, and boatyards provide inspiration for Hughes who has remarkable skill at capturing a scene “en plein air.” In “Woodland Stream,” quick short strokes of paint describe the curve of the fallen tree branches over the swiftly moving water, and the foliage is painted in natural tones of green against darker woodland shadows. The painting evokes the feeling of the 19th century Barbizon school, who were the first artists to paint directly from nature, combining elements of Tonalism and Impressionism.

Hughes’s painting, “Island Cottage,” in contrast, is a light airy painting which captures the aged texture of a Monhegan cottage amidst brilliant tiger lilies and deft flecks of violet and yellow, representing the blooms of other late summer flowers. The painting is exuberant in color and brushwork. A few of his other new paintings include, “The Mary Day at Camden,” a painting of a boatyard titled, “Essex Idle,” and a collection of old cars that are being stored in a barn in “Hidden Away.”

Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into national juried exhibitions, and he has won many awards including an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of more than 12,000 entries.

The Quiet Season by Susannah Haney, oil, 8” x 10”

Susannah Haney of Wiscasset, returns this summer to bring us her well-composed views of Monhegan Island cottages. “Miss Millie at School” depicts the Monhegan schoolhouse with its mascot, a golden retriever, at rest in the doorway. The flora is finely detailed and the painting is rich in warm summer light and cool shadows. Haney also treats us to two new paintings from her exploration of Stonington, Maine. Both are scenes of the same house at dusk. In “The Quiet Season,” the house is situated at the edge of the road, illuminated by a street lamp. There is a delicate transition in the merging of the light and shadows. In the second painting, “The Old Mansard,” the focus is on the side view of the building, its water reflection and surrounding granite rocks. There’s a distant glow from the setting sun, but again, the street lamps provide the source of the scene’s illumination. Haney achieves a sense of solitude and one of quiet mood in these two works.

 

New Harbor Morning by Robert Noreika, oil, 30” x 40”

 

Robert Noreika ’s newest painting, “New Harbor Morning,” measures 30 by 40 inches and is one of the largest paintings in the exhibit. Noreika captures a representation of what he sees by using a working harbor as a jumping off point to create rhythmic patterns of lines and shapes that weave in and out of the landscape. Docks become slashes of color, buildings and rooftops are broadly painted, lobster boats reflect the brilliance of morning light, and the hillside and tree beyond are a nice juxtaposition to all the activity in the harbor. The water is a beautiful mix of almost all the colors of the painting: golds, blues and violets with dashes of orange and reds accents. Noreika captures nature’s light and creates paintings that are spontaneous, fluid and bold. His other paintings in the exhibition include paintings from Bailey’s Island and Monhegan Island.

Paul Batch is the newest artist to be represented by the gallery and his evocative atmospheric landscapes are a poetic response to the fleeting and ephemeral light cast by the passing sun or rising moon. He focuses on transitions, painting various times of day, changing weather, and the rich seasons that New England offers. In “Break in the Clouds,” Batch captures the momentary effects of blue sky and sunlight striking the ocean just as dark clouds begin to part. Another work of special note in the exhibition is a 30 by 30 inch painting titled, “Fading.” Batch captures the beautiful gradations that occur in the sky as the sun is beginning to set. A grouping of pine trees is silhouetted against the vast sky, and the painting feels illuminated from within.

Batch is an award -winning member of Oil Painters of America and Portrait Society of America. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the Artist’s Magazine, International Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur.

Maine artists whose work will also be on view include Stan Moeller (York), whose newest oils include two 12 by 16 inch paintings titled “Churning” and “Twilight Surf.” They evoke the power and beauty of Monhegan’s coastal landscape. Shepherdess and photojournalist Nina Fuller (Hollis), presents a collection of photographic images of Scottish Blackface Sheep, and Ann Scanlan (Wiscasset), continues to explore the theme of animals in rural farm settings in her most recent painting of sheep in “The Cheviots of Straw’s Farm.”

Other represented artists who focus on Maine subjects include Peter Layne Arguimbau, whose painting of “Red Jacket,” a celebrated clipper, was built in Rockland, Maine, and was launched in 1853. Her first voyage set the speed record for sailing ships to cross the Atlantc by traveling from New York to Liverpool in 13 days, 1 hour, 25 minutes, dock to dock. Crista Pisano will be exhibiting small intimate paintings of Maine’s coast and is also presenting a larger atmospheric painting at 28 by 32 inches titled, “Marsh and Clouds.”

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including Joann Ballinger, Al Barker, Angelo Franco, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson Lusk, Polly Seip, Laura Winslow and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Fall Exhibitions at the Barn

Roger Goldenberg “Longstocking”

 

Opening Reception: Saturday September 15, 5 – 7:30 PM.

Fall Exhibitions include ‘OAA Expressions,’ an exhibition with a wide variety of subject and medium and “Roots” a theme show. Two small Memorial Exhibitions will commemorate the lives and work of painters George Burk and DeWitt Hardy. Invited New England Sculptors exhibit in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Painters Roger Goldenberg and Ethel Hills Showcase their work in the North Gallery.

Join Ethel Hills for a free Gallery Talk on Thursday, September 13 at 6 PM.

Andy Happel and Los Galactacos will give a concert on Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM. There is a charge for the Concert. All other events are free.

Join us for ‘The Ogunquit Art Colony: History & Legacy of the OAA’ a discussion and celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Ogunquit Art Association on Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM.

Barn Gallery closes for the season at 5 PM on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018

FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com. www.barngallery.org

Star Gallery solo exhibit for Julia S. Powell

 

Please join Star Gallery for a solo exhibit

To Live in This World featuring:

Julia S. Powell

Opening Thursday, August 30 , 5 – 7 pm, Through Sept.

To Dance with Light & Energy, Part I at the Gallery At Somes Sound

To Dance with Light & Energy, Part I
September 1- September 14

The Gallery at Somes Sound

Featuring
Eline Barclay

“Here on the Maine Coast I live inside my paintings. I am surrounded by a tidal marsh, providing me with a daily visual lexicon of inspirational subject matter. The colors of weather – the Maine light – the violence of storms with heavy air and dark skies – the foggy mists and soft glows; all evoke feelings of awe as well as peacefulness. There is also a mood of elegy in my work, brought on by the growing threats to the fragile ecosystems of the coastal wetlands.” Eline Barclay

The Gallery at Somes Sound, 1112 Main Street, PO Box 203, Mt. Desert, ME 04660

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.

Wish You Were Here, New Work by Garry Mitchell at SPEEDWELL projects

Wish You Were Here, New Work by Garry Mitchell September 7th to October 13th, 2018 at Speedwell Projects in Portland,  ME

One day Colby art professor Garry Mitchell was looking for interesting spaces on campus for his students to draw from observation. He came upon a hall in the Geology Department where there were hundreds of topographical maps draped over benches. At the time, he was painting the beautifully colored process paintings loosely based on grids, intrigued with pentimenti, and with a sense of musicality derived from the play between figure and ground for which he is known. The maps, though, sent him off in a new direction.

Mitchell had been working on canvas tarps at the time—a material that comes folded just like a map—and he decided to juxtapose the topographical maps with color and then, though he had never previously used narrative in his work, he decided to incorporate text into his work. He conceived the words as a visual rather than a literal element, using quotes from a favorite book, Italo Calvin’s Invisible Cities, which intersperses descriptions of imaginary cities with imagined conversations in which Marco Polo tells Kublai Khan about his travels.

Though words and pieces of letters (the latter of which Mitchell has worked with before) were mostly important to him for their generative potential and formal aspects, he knew certain words would resonate emotionally, especially in the current political climate. A further collage aspect of the work comes from dripping paint (in colors related to the map colors) on a glass palette and then scraping the dried circles off and applying it to the canvas as a decal. The work in “Wish You Were Here” uses a happenstance find to create intricate, complex surfaces, which speak to notions about journey, discovery, travel, losing one’s way, apprehension, and foreboding. A graduate of University of Hawaii and Pratt Institute, Garry Mitchell has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He teaches studio art at Colby College. He lives in North Yarmouth, Maine, with his wife and son.

Wish You Were Here
New Work by Garry Mitchell
September 7th, 2018 – October 13th, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, September 7th, 6-8 pm
The artist in conversation with Dan Kany: Thursday, October 20th, 6-8 pm
Closing reception: Saturday, October 13th, 6-8 pm

SPEEDWELL projects
630 Forest Avenue
Portland, Maine 04101
(207) 805-1835

Gallery open for viewing: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12-6pm + by appointment

TOM PAIEMENT 20 Years of Exploration | Greenhut Galleries

Selfies
Mixed media on panel 15 x 13 inches

TOM PAIEMENT
20 Years of Exploration

September 6 – 29, 2018

Opening reception Thursday, Sept 6 from 5-7pm
Artist talk Thursday, September 20 at 5pm

Grant Drumheller featured in the side gallery.

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101
207-772-2693

Small Works at the DIAA Gallery

Richard Mellman

Richard Mellman

“Small Works” will fill the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery in Deer Isle Village from August 28 to September 9. This popular show is the time to celebrate late summer and offers visitors the opportunity to shop for small, one of a kind, handmade gifts created by local artists. The range of artists who are participating in the show represent different genres, assuring that visitors will find a wide variety of items to delight them. Collaborating in this show are Arlyss Becker, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Janet Cook, Peggy de Wolf, Mary Eaton, Avery Falkner, Pat Falkner, Jill Finsen, Alan Flowers, Jeri Gillin, Leslie Goode, Cathy Hart, Leslie Landrigan, Diane Maguire-Horton, Julia McDonald, Alice McKenna, Richard Mellman, Julie Meranze-Levitt, Pat Roth, Cynthia Stroud Watson, Stroud Watson, Scott Thurston, Maura Tillotson, Paul Trowbridge, Tracy Van Buskirk, and Anne C. Williams. Appearing in the art rack will be Arlyss Becker, Jacqueline Davidson, Judith Felch, Susan Finsen, William Lukens, and Paul Trowbridg .

The public is warmly invited to a reception with the artists on Sunday, September 2, from 3:00 – 5:00 at the DIAA Gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. The gallery is open daily, Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10:00 – 5:00. 207-348- 2330.

New Exhibition at the Turtle Gallery

Sunlight and Squam Lake by Matt Brown

Sunlight and Squam Lake by Matt Brown

The Turtle Gallery presents Japanese Hanga Prints by Matt Brown, new works by Stefan Haley, MaJo Keleshian, Rebecca Goodale, Sally Brophy, Lisa Houck, Jaap Helder, Paul Heroux and others.

Also on view are a collection of ceramic works by Sequoia Miller and metalsmith and former Deer Isle artist, Jack Hemenway. Continuing at the gallery is a group showing of works by gallery artists. Also on view is a collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and in the sculpture garden is work by David Sywalski, Hugh Lassen, Susan Chase, Nancy Nevergole, Cynthia Stroud, James Wolfe, Patrick Pierce, Steve Porter, Andreas Von Huene, and David Curry.

The Show runs through Sunday, October 1st. The gallery is located on route 15 just north of the village of Deer Isle. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 5:30 and Sundays 2 – 6. Please call 348 9977 for further information.

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART OPENS EXHIBITION OF WORKS INCLUDING RARELY SEEN WATERCOLORS BY JOHN SINGER SARGENT

John Singer Sargent, (United States (b. Italy), 1856 - 1925), The Deck, Venice, circa 1907 Watercolor on paper, 13 1/4 inches Private collection, 11.1995.3

John Singer Sargent, (United States (b. Italy), 1856 – 1925), The Deck, Venice, circa 1907 Watercolor on paper, 13 1/4 inches Private collection, 11.1995.3

On August 17, 2018, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) opens Americans Abroad, 1860-1915, an exhibition of watercolors, prints, and paintings by American artists who travelled to Europe for training and inspiration in the late 19th century. The exhibition of 24 works by artists such as Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, draws from the PMA collection and special loans, and includes rarely seen watercolors by John Singer Sargent, Maurice Prendergast, and more.

In the decades around 1900, American artists went to Europe in droves, seeking training, inspiration, and patronage in the continent’s grand cities and rural enclaves. From Winslow Homer and James Abbott McNeill Whistler to Florence Robinson and Frederick MacMonnies, these artists reveled in famed art havens such as Paris, London, and Venice. They also explored the varied landscapes and villages from the Southern Alps to England’s Northern Coast. Traversing the continent, they honed their formal techniques across media and benefited from the new opportunities for travel and communication that modernity offered.

These American artists experienced Europe in distinct ways. Many settled in Paris or London, where Whistler and Mary Cassatt worked among the international avant garde while MacMonnies established himself at the more traditional Salon. Homer made extended trips to France and England, and John Singer Sargent passed the majority of his life travelling broadly across the continent. Like many artists based in Europe, including Edwin Lord Weeks and Henry Ossawa Tanner, Sargent extended his travel to sites in North Africa and the Middle East, many of which were under European colonial control in these years.

Regardless of the diverse itineraries and experiences, American artists working abroad continually examined the importance of place, focusing on architecture, customs, and the unique qualities of light and landscape. Whether exhibited in Europe or at home, their paintings, sculptures, prints, and watercolors made a lasting impact on the transatlantic story of American art.

This exhibition is in loving memory of Peggy L. Osher, former PMA Trustee and loyal friend to the museum.

Upcoming Gallery Show at Maine Farmland Trust, “I Went To the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s new show, I Went To the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground, features Belfast artist Kerstin Engman’s oil paintings on the first floor, with works by Andre Benoit, Frances Hynes, Leslie Moore, and Julie Cyr on the second floor.

Kerstin’s works for this show are inspired by the animals, goods, and people at the Common Ground Fair Country Fair. To create her signature style, she applies paint in layers of darks, lights, and color to add texture and depth to the pieces. For some of her pieces she uses stencils and modeling paste to create non-representational patterns that form the texture of backgrounds and individual parts of the painting. “Specific design elements and color are the foundation of my recent studies, incorporating repetition, swaths of color, grids, dots, angles, shapes, and overlaps,” Kerstin said of her work. The quintessential paintings depict handsome roosters in their grid-like wire cages and sheep and cows in darkened stalls with light streaming in through windows. Gourds and other vegetables with beautiful cast shadows, skeins of dyed yarn and bundles of lavender, and the fair-goers under tents and at the vendor stands all contribute to the light-filled atmosphere of the classic fair.

Mule Team, Andre Benoit

Mule Team, Andre Benoit

On the second floor of the gallery there are works from Andre Benoit, an abstract assemblist sculptor from Boothbay Harbor, who creates fanciful animal forms and iconic motifs with repurposed, painted and assembled wooden remnants. Frances Hynes, a New York artist with many ties to Maine, will display her lyrical watercolors, depicting simplistic farm landscapes with gamboling cows and paddling ducks. Rounding out the artists in the show, both from Belfast, are Leslie Moore, with work including a stippled pen and ink drawing of pigs playing in a puddle, and Julie Cyr, whose oil paintings of animals reflect her inspiration in the wonder of daily life and the light and shapes that arise from the simple scenes around her.

I Went To the Animal Fair: Finding Common Ground runs from September 10th- November 2nd, with artist talks Friday September 28th at 5pm, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.

JESSICA LEE IVES: IMMERSED IN NATURE | Gleason Fine Art

Jessica Lee Ives (nèe Stammen) grew up in Camden, Maine. She received her BFA from the renowned Cooper Union School of Art and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women of the Year in 2003. After September 11, 2001, Ives worked as an artist-in-residence at Ground Zero in New York City, which earned her the Clark Foundation Fellowship, with which she pursued her MA at NYU, combining work in the fields of art, religion, and public service.

Ives moved back to midcoast Maine in 2008. In 2014, Ives transitioned into full-time studio practice. Today she maintains a vibrant online presence through her website, blogs, and Instagram.

“Immersed in Nature” is Ives’ first solo show with Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor. For the show, Ives focuses on three activities that she has explored extensively, both in person and in paint: swimming, mountain climbing, and fly-fishing. In both the soaring beauty of her Katahdin painting “Joy Is the Lesson” and the graceful underwater ballet of “Choreographic,” Ives demonstrates her deep respect for the natural world. With “Evening on the Big Eddy,” a solitary figure casts a line into a gorgeous, immense, deep-blue river. The moment is peaceful, reverential. The viewer can feel what it’s like to be there–alone in nature and totally at peace with it and yourself.

As a painter, Ives works in a loose but representational style. As an individual, Ives is both thoughtful and spiritual. Through her painting, Ives seeks to express her relationship with nature, as experienced simply through the act of seeing, and more directly through the many recreational activities in which she engages.

On a personal note, gallery owners Dennis and Marty Gleason have known Jessica since her college days, when she interned one summer at a second gallery they ran in Camden at the time. From her first tentative painting efforts to her current masterful handling of large, complex figural works, it has been thrilling to watch Jessica evolve as an artist.

“Jessica Lee Ives: Immersed in Nature” runs from Thursday, September 6, through Tuesday, October 9. Please join us on First Friday, September 7, from 5 to 7 pm, to share a glass of wine or beer and meet the remarkable young artist, Jessica Lee Ives. Gleason Fine Art is at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. For further information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849 or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. To view Jessica Ives’ entire show, as well as the gallery’s extensive of contemporary and estate art, visit the website: gleasonfineart.com.

 

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.

Late-summer exhibitions | George Marshall Store Gallery

Lisa Noonis, Abstract #8, mixed media on panel, 36” x 12”

Lisa Noonis, Abstract #8, mixed media on panel, 36” x 12”

Walking into the George Marshall Store Gallery from the heat and glare of the late summer sun one is struck by the calm monochromatic tones and simple shapes of Ernest Montanegro’s, Lisa Noonis’ and Dan Dowd’s work. The first glance belies the complexity of these three artist’s sculptures, collage-paintings, and found object instillations. Most of the pieces are untitled, ambiguous in name and form, leaving room for the viewer to discover their own interpretation and connection.

The late summer light in the river view gallery draws you into Carter Wentworth’s world of colorful garden inspired paintings. The vibrant water color and gouache images emulate the ease and flow of leaves, trailing vines, flowers budding, and exploding seed heads with layers of color that spread effortlessly throughout his paintings.

“Driveway, 71 Ranch, Deeth, Nevada,” archival pigment print, 36” x 45”

“Driveway, 71 Ranch, Deeth, Nevada,” archival pigment print, 36” x 45”

The dock level gallery features the work of international photographer Lucas Foglia. His show “Frontcountry” is an unbiased look at the contradictions of the American West, a region mythically famous for being wild, which is being radically transformed by the new boom in mining. Lucas’ photographic narrative has captured these vast wild territories and the people who live on the boundaries between small towns and wild road-less areas caught in the middle of two seemingly opposite lifestyles: ranching and mining.

The combination of the three exhibitions have much to offer. Curator Mary Harding had done studio visits with Montenegro, Noonis, and Dowd over the past winter. She chose to combine the their work in one exhibition as she sensed a visual connection although the medium couldn’t be more diverse: Dowd’s found fragments of clothing and rubber inner tubes, Montenegro’s cast bronze and steel and Noonis’ mixed media collage. In reading the individual statements about their current work, a common theme of impermanence, fragments of forms and figures, and a way of questioning how we view and value art runs through their work.

Harding has done numerous studio visits with Wentworth over the years, seeing work in progress as well as touring the artist’s garden. Wentworth’s earliest memories of the garden are the catalyst for his recent series Plant Life Dialogue. Observing nature and noticing its ability to create groupings and patterns over time in a garden, the artist strives to allow the layers of color and form to spread effortlessly in his paintings. Quoting one admirer of the work “Carter’s work is emotive – connected and vibrates – the colors and forms talk – engage and satisfy – new things emerge, old feelings reappear – Carter puts the solace of nature on my walls.”

Carter Wentworth “World Frame of Space” watercolor and gouache on Arches hot press paper, 52” x 32”

Carter Wentworth “World Frame of Space” watercolor and gouache on Arches hot press paper, 52” x 32”

Between 2006 and 2013, photographer Lucas Foglia traveled throughout rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming, some of the least populated regions in the United States. Frontcountry is a photographic account of the mining and cattle industries in the American West, and how people use land that is famous for being wild. Besides the photographs on exhibit, visitors are encouraged to spend time looking through Foglia’s three books of photographs related to some of his other projects.

The exhibitions continue through September 30. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society. www.gerorgemarshallstoregallery.com phone: 207-351-1083

Star Gallery exhibit featuring Robert S. Neuman

Please join Star Gallery in Northeast Harbor for an exhibit featuring:
Robert S. Neuman
Philip Sultz

Thursday, August 16 
5 – 7 pm

Marjorie Glick, Adele Ursone, and Galen Davis at The Turtle Gallery

Marjorie Glick watercolor “Joyful Day”

The Turtle Gallery presents watercolors by Boston based Marjorie Glick, oil paintings by Sedgwick artist Adele Ursone, and pastel drawings by Brooksville artist Galen Davis.

Also on view are a collection of ceramic works by Sequoia Miller and metalsmith and former Deer Isle artist, Jack Hemenway. The gallery hosts a continuation of an ongoing group showing of gallery artists and a collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, and collections of graphic works by artists associated with the gallery.

In the sculpture garden there is work by David Sywalski, Hugh Lassen, Susan Chase, Nancy Nevergole, Cynthia Stroud, James Wolfe, Patrick Pierce, Steve Porter, Donna D’Aquino, Andreas Von Huene, and David Curry.

The Show runs through Friday, August 24th. The gallery is located on route 15 just north of the village of Deer Isle. Normal hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 -5:30 and Sundays 2 -6. Please call 348 9977 for further information.

Portland Museum of Art Opens first Major Maine Art Museum Exhibition of Work by Pioneering Maine Artist Ashley Bryan

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is proud to open Painter and Poet: the Art of Ashley Bryan. This is the first major art museum exhibition in Maine for the award-winning 95-year-old artist and Little Cranberry Island resident, a pioneer of African and African American representation in the children’s book medium, who has published more than 50 titles since his first collection of poems in 1967.

Painter and Poet: the Art of Ashley Bryan, which runs through November 25, 2018, highlights the breadth of his prolific and varied creative output. This exhibition features original art from 14 titles and a selection of independent work, including sketches made while serving in World War II and large puppets made from found objects washed ashore on the Maine island where he has lived for over 60 years. It is the first major art museum exhibition in Maine and provides audiences with the full scope of his career, from his earliest books of African folktales to his 2016 book Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, which won a Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Honors in both Author and Illustrator categories.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), “Oh, when the children sing in peace,” 2006, from “Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals,” collage of cut colored paper on paper, 12 x 20 1/2 inches. Collection of the Ashley Bryan Center.

ABOUT ASHLEY BRYAN

Born in 1923, Ashley Bryan grew up in the Bronx during the Great Depression and began making books at the age of six. He has never stopped. Trips to the public library—where he sought out folk tales, fairy tales, novels, biographies, and poetry—fueled his passion for storytelling from a young age. His parents, American immigrants from Antigua, supported and encouraged his creative endeavors; Bryan recollects an art desk they purchased for him and the rich variety of paper scraps that his father, a professional printer, brought home for him.

In 1940, Bryan was accepted into Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering, a significant accomplishment given the lack of opportunities for black students at the time. World War II put his education on hold, however, when he was drafted into a segregated unit of the U.S. Army in 1943. Assigned to the 502nd Port Battalion, Bryan took part in the Normandy invasion, landing on Omaha Beach on June 9, 1944.

After the war, Bryan completed his education at Cooper Union. He later studied philosophy at Columbia University, and went to Germany on a Fulbright scholarship. He taught art in high schools and universities, including 14 years as professor of art at Dartmouth College. In the summer of 1946, while attending Maine’s Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, he visited Acadia National Park and saw the Cranberry Isles; he soon moved there and has called this island community home for the past 60 years.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), Front cover illustration for Walk Together Children (1974), Walk Together Children: Black American Spirituals Cover, page 30 [Atheneum, 1974], linoleum cut on rice paper, 7 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches. Collection of The Ashley Bryan Center

ASHLEY BRYAN AND AFRICAN TALES

Ashley Bryan is one of the earliest tellers of African tales in picture-book form in America. In the 1940s, he created a rich body of work that became the foundation for his own series of African folktales, including The Ox of the Wonderful Horns and Other African Folktales (1971) and The Adventures of Aku (1976). The original artworks for these books are precisely rendered tempera paintings in red, ochre, and black that make direct references to African sculptures, masks, and rock paintings. In these books, Bryan not only created the illustrations, but also retold the traditional stories in ways that connect to the visual style.

Extrapolating from sources ranging from South Africa to Angola, Bryan continues to introduce readers to African tales. He notes that “it means a lot to me to open up aspects of black culture to people. I hope that my work with the African tales will be . . . like a bridge reaching across distances of time and space.” In 2003, for instance, he adapted Beautiful Blackbird (on view across the gallery), a story from Zambia, which he illustrated using a collage-based process. In the book, Blackbird shares his gifts by giving each bird “a touch of black,” demonstrating the importance of inclusion, diversity, and self-worth, saying, “just remember, whatever I do, I’ll be me and you’ll be you.”

Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.
The Portland Museum of Art presentation is made possible by the Maine Humanities Council
Corporate Sponsors: Bath Savings Institution and McCandless & Coburn LLC.

Jeffery Becton: New Work; Joseph Keiffer: Places Remembered; and Linda Packard: Fruitful Wanderings at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo shows: Jeffery Becton: New Work; Joseph Keiffer: Places Remembered; and Linda Packard: Fruitful Wanderings. There will be an artist’s reception on Wednesday, August 15 from 5–7pm. The shows will run from Augsut 15 through September 15. The event is free and open to the public.

Jeffery Becton, Haunted Ground, digital montage, 28 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton, Haunted Ground, digital montage, 28 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton (b. 1947) creates provocative photo-based digital montages based on the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home. A pioneer in the field of fine-art photography, Becton began experimenting with the layering of visual information in the early 1990s using the new digital tools. His surreal scenarios are evocative of that in-between milieu one inhabits when living by the sea. Bates College Museum of Art held a solo show of Becton’s large-scale monographs in 2016 that then traveled to the Daura Gallery at the University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and to Lynchburg College in Virgina. Becton’s work has been in numerous solo, group, and juried exhibitions, featured in national and international publications, and is included in many private and museum collections, including Bates College Museum of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others.

Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard: (b.1952) is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally process driven studio practice. The new abstract paintings in her first solo show at Courthouse Gallery have brought the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. After receiving her BA in Studio Art from Smith College, Packard moved to Boston where she worded as librarian and a printmaker, and studied book arts. She eventually settled in Maine and opened a graphic design firm. In 2006, Packard returned to pursuing a fine art career. A one-week summer workshop with the late Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, marked the beginning of her love affair with the expressiveness of oil paint and en plein air painting. Packard spent five years working with Imber, 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. Packard lives in Bangor Maine, where she maintains a year-round studio.

Joseph Keiffer, Clearing Off, oil on canvas, 54 x 36 inches

Joseph Keiffer (b. 1952) is a realist painter who credits the artists of the Hudson River School for his inspiration, yet his sensibilities are completely modern. Keiffer takes the viewer from brilliant sunlight to twilight, from panoramic vista to cozy interior, and from plastic pots brimming with splashy annuals to towering stacks of tipsy tin cups. He studied at the New York Studio School and graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in philosophy and art history. Following a year at Sotheby’s “Works of Art” course, Keiffer was employed by Sotheby’s as a cataloguer and appraiser of paintings, and after six years there, and three years at Doyle Galleries, he became a private art dealer and president of a non-profit art foundation. In his thirties, Keiffer began painting full-time. His work is in numerous national and international collections. Keiffer, who lives in New York City, finds inspiration for his painting by spending time in Downeast Maine and the Catskills, NY

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For hours call (207) 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

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.

André E. Benoit Constructs at Tidemark Gallery

Brown Rabbit in Carrot Patch

Brown Rabbit in Carrot Patch

August 11, Waldoboro’s Second Saturday Artwalk, Tidemark Gallery launched a show of new work by André Benoit of Cliff Island and Boothbay Harbor renown. Using odds and ends and things others might just throw away, he makes art that’s fun and light-hearted. His process is long and fascinating, “what I most enjoy about my work with salvaged materials are the stories behind my acquisition of them, and the opportunity to meld unrelated pieces into a composition that commands a second look.

To learn more about this artist, please visit http://andrebenoit-art.com

“Anything Goes II” and “Framed, Frames & Unframed” at Mars Hall Gallery

Stephen Jonassen Shooting Star

Stephen Jonassen Shooting Star

If you’ve ever been in the studio of a painter you’ll find work in progress, finished paintings, framed work ready to hang and frames, frames, frames. The new wing at Mars Hall will offer a glimpse into an artists studio in a show titled “Framed, Frames & Unframed”. Works by artists Nancy Baker, Leo Brooks, Linda Funk, Robert Hamilton, Kris Johnson, Nat Lewis, Antonia Small, Russell Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon, Ron Weaver and new to the gallery Stephen Jonassen.

The Marsh Jeannette Steele Esposito

The Marsh Jeannette Steele Esposito

In the main gallery “Anything Goes II” will showcase paintings by artists Jeannette Steele Esposito, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon and Eleanor Zuccola. Outsider Art by Ian Baird, Elaine Niemi, C.W. Oakes and Rudy Rotter, assemblage by Bill Cook, decoupage by Davene Fahy, leather journals by Karen Carroll and carved decoys by Stephan Hill are also available. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read’s work will be on display both inside and outside in the gardens.

The gallery also offers a variety of vintage and handmade jewelry including beaded necklaces by Nance Truewothy, books by several artists, mixed media cards, original 1960’s & 70’s rock posters and an eclectic mix of antiques & collectibles.

Gallery hours are 10-5, Wed. thru Sun., through Labor Day, Sept. 3rd. Labor day to Columbus Day, Oct. 10th, 10-5, Fri. thru Sun. or by appointment. For more information or to make a appointment call 207-372-9996 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net

Show runs August 8, 2018 – October 8, 2018

621 Port Clyde Road
Tenants Harbor, ME 04860

Harlow Gallery Happenings | August 2018

BRUCE MAYO | ENJOY THE HUE

ON VIEW: AUGUST 3-SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Enjoy The Hue is a solo exhibition, spanning both floors of the gallery, of work by artist Bruce Mayo of Hallowell. Enjoy the Hue marks Bruce Mayo’s 30 year anniversary of creating whimsical, ethereal, playful art with a twist. Acrylic, watercolor, and inks are used to create mystical images revolving around musicians, pups, portraits, fish, landscapes and more. Since his first official public art showing in 1988 at Slates Restaurant Mayo has remained very prolific. He is constantly inspired by his surroundings; including frequent trips to Rangely and especially by his home town of Hallowell. The exhibition features no shortage of color and spirit as Mayo’s vibrant artwork covers both floors of The Harlow. Mayo has dedicated the exhibition to his late Grandmother Jeanette, “whose easel in the spare bedroom always had a painting on it when I visited”, he said.

OPEN STUDIOS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 & 18, 10AM-1PM
So many inspiring views from inside, outside, deckside and nearby The Harlow. Bring your own supplies or project, or use any of our large assortment of supplies and materials. Both floors of the gallery offer expansive river views, or tottle down to the rainbow chairs on the bulkhead and work outside. Bring your easel or drawing board and make a morning of it! Open to anyone. $5-$10 Suggested donation. No pre-registration required.

CERAMICS WORKSHOP W/
BARB LOKEN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11, 10AM-1PM
Create work inspired by our call for art; A Nation of Immigrants: Home Lost, Home Found, with ceramic artist Barb Loken. We will be using clay to create mugs which will then be decorated to reflect personal interpretations of the call for art. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $10 person/all materials included. Fee waivers available for ‘New Mainers’.

3 PLATE MONOPRINTS W/ KRIS SADER

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 10AM-3PM
Learn the technique of monotype printing with artist and instructor Kris Sader this Summer at The Harlow. This workshop is open to anyone interested; whether experienced or novice. Monoprinting offers the opportunity of color mixing/interactions, and mark making that allows for the luminosity of the paper to add excitement to the print. Learn to understand viscosity of ink, modify ink, and lay down an even layer of ink on a transparent surface. Space is limited to 10 participants. Member Tuition: $70 | Non Members Tuition: $75.

RIVER PRINTS W/ COMMON STREET ARTS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 11AM-12PM
Try your hand at Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish and animal printing. All the featured animals, from trout to bull frogs, are species commonly found in the Kennebec River. Come print with us! This workshop is in collaboration with the exhibition Ebb and Flow: Reflections on the Kennebec River on view at Common Street Arts. Ebb and Flow features work from the members of Harlow Gallery, Wesserunsett Arts Council, Common Street Arts, and Waterville Area Art Society. First come-first served. Class is limited to 20 participants. Free/donations welcome.

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Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Amalgamation’

‘It’s Simple’ by Conny Hatch, Found Wood, 5″X5″

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception Friday, August 17th, 5:30-8pm for a show entitled ‘Amalgamation’. Webster’s dictionary defines amalgamation as ‘the action or process of uniting or merging two or more things’. Invited artists working in collage, mixed media, sculpture and assemblage are Daniel Anselmi, Kate Chapin, Conny Hatch, Karen MacDonald, Maryfaith Morison, Abbie Read, Axel Stohlberg and Norman Tinker. The show runs from August 17th through September 22nd. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. Due to the impending birth of a grandchild at the end of August, it would be best to check the website or call for gallery hours before coming! For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website, www.thebelfastframer.com.

The Intimacy Between Space & Color – Part II at the Gallery at Somes Sound

The Intimacy Between Space & Color
The Gallery At Somes Sound, Mt Desert ME
August 12 – August 25

Featuring
Graham Dougherty

Learn what motivates, challenges and connects this gifted artist to the intensity, temperature and value of light.

Light refreshments will be served opening day,
Sunday 8/12 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

1112 Main St, Mt Desert, ME 04660

Camden Falls Gallery announces “DEWAARD AND MCPHILLIPS”

Afternoon In Camden, by Ken DeWaard (Painted for our Camden Classics Plein Air July 2018)

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 4th show of the 2018 season, “DEWAARD AND MCPHILLIPS”, runs from Aug 13 to Aug 26, 2018.

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce our 4th show of the 2018 season, Dewaard & McPhillips. Ken Dewaard and Jonathan McPhillips are equally accomplished in studio design work focusing on Coastal New England, as well as working en Plein Air. Both artists have placed and received top honors and awards in some of the nations most prestigious Plein Air competitions and shows. Their works are part of many corporate and public collections across the U.S.A., Russia, China, and shown around the world in the U.S.Dept. of State “Art in the Embassies” Program.

Within this past year Ken Dewaard has received the Charles Movalli Award at Cape Ann Plein Air, MA.; Best Hospitality Award at Easton Plein Air, MD., and this past July, he had the highest sale bid for his painting “Evening At The Farm”, at Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, ME. Having spent hours and days at the head of Camden Harbor doing color sketches, drawing, and photographing the spring outfitting of the schooners, Ken has returned to his studio to incorporate these plein air studies with studio design work, as if he were channeling or following after Edgar Alwyn Payne’s marine painting style.

Ken describes his work as follows; “My style isn’t exactly loose but more of a definitely placed stroke be it a suggested stroke, not trying to give all of the detail but enough to where the viewer can finish the story in their mind and through their experiences. The term bravura is used when something is more confidently placed. Think of it as mark making. Making a mark or a note of color and standing behind it, not a lot of fussing around with it alla Renoir but more directly placed, not happenchance. Design is incredibly important to me. To tell a story through my work and lead the viewer around the painting and then back to the focal point. Having a narrative.”

Head of the Harbor, by Jonathan McPhillips (Painted for our Camden Classics Plein Air July 2018)

Jonathan McPhillips is one of the “ New American Luminists”. He has the ability to capture the light, the air, and the distinct atmosphere in his landscape and marine paintings. Known for the impressionistic radiance in daybreak and dusk paintings, his ability to capture the shimmering glow of flickering lights in his nocturnes is most impressive. Jonathan has found his focus in a form of realism that he describes as “ Contemporary Impressionism”. “Chasing the available light and air in our surroundings is what drives me to paint. I hope to achieve atmospheric effects with an impressionistic style, tempered by a touch of realism and draftsmanship. Painting large and small, indoors and out, I find that a multifaceted approach to studying and practicing allows me to achieve a unique quality in my work”

In 2017, Johnathan’s work was exhibited in the Laguna Plein Air Painters “Best of Plein Air” Juried Exhibition, CA.; the Modern Marine Masters Exhibition in Mystic, CT., and the Maritime Gallery 38th Juried International Marine Art Exhibition also at Mystic, CT. In 2018, Jonathan won the Gene Magazine award for traditional oil at the Salmagundi Clubs 134 Annual Members Exhibition, NYC; and became a signature member of the American Impressionist Society.

Both artists, despite their difference in style, are able to create works that resonate a form of visual truth and excellence.

The “DeWaard and McPhillips” Show opens Monday, August 13th and will run to Sunday, August 26th at Camden Falls Gallery.

Camden Falls Gallery is located on the Public Landing in Camden, ME. The gallery is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm throughout the season. For more information, please contact us at 207-470-7027 or www.camdenfallsgallery.com

Leavitt and Ineson’s Lush and Colorful Paintings on Display at Pemaquid Art Gallery

In her painting “Lilac Season”, Hannah Ineson combines watercolor and pastel to interpret the Maine landscape.

Two Pemaquid Gallery artists are friends who live near each other in Maine, and also in Florida during winter months. They have art businesses in both places but are showing their coastal Maine landscapes, often interpreted in pastel, at the Pemaquid gallery.

Patti Leavitt of South Bristol and Bonita Springs, FL, works exclusively in pastel, giving her paintings a lush, deep color finish. Often she features buildings including farm scenes, as well as the quaint villages found along the Maine coast. She also finds subject material in woodlands and even still life, and she is currently developing seascapes as a primary interest. She is skilled also at portraiture and would like to devote more time to this subject. Sometimes her subjects even cross over from Maine to Florida, such as a beautifully rendered pile of buoys in the back of a truck.

Leavitt was born into a family of artists and cannot remember when she wasn’t painting and drawing. She is a member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society, and shows frequently at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs, where she has received several awards in juried shows. After a decade or so at the Pemaquid Art Gallery, her paintings are a favorite with visitors.

Like Leavitt, Hannah Ineson of Damariscotta and Naples, FL, can claim many artists in her family, past and present. However she did not turn to painting herself until early adulthood, when she began working in watercolor and taking many workshops with nationally known painters drawn to the Maine coast during the summer. During the past four decades, she has explored print-making, oil, acrylic and pastel as well as watercolor. Describing herself as a “restless artist,” she is always experimenting with new subjects and techniques, and has pursued pottery for about ten years in Florida where she is an instructor at the Marco Island Center for the Arts..

Most recently, Ineson is showing colorful interpretations of the Maine landscape rendered in a combination of watercolor and pastel. She will also continue creating her highly textured paintings with a palette knife, in oil or acrylic. As an instructor in watercolor journaling, she is working on several projects including a how-to book, publishing an illustrated watercolor journal of Maine lighthouses, and an online journaling course with Artful Gathering.

Both artists show their work widely in the area. Ineson’s work also can be found on her website, www.hannahineson.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: 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, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

DIAA Presents “Engagement of Poetry”

An exhibit of baskets, jewelry, painting, photography and pottery at DIAA.

August 14–27, 2018
HOURS: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

Reception with Artists:
Sunday, August 19, 3–5 PM

Exhibiting Artists:
Rachel Gordon Bernstein
Avery Falkner
Jill Finsen
Cathy Hart
Diane McGuire Horton
Emily Johansen
Leslie Landrigan
Jerry Levitt
Woodley Osborne
Carolyn Raedle
Cynthia Bourque Simonds
Walter Smalling

207-348-2330
Gallery: 15 Main Street
Deer Isle ME 04627

Gallery Talk with Linda Packard at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Linda Packard in her Bangor studio

Linda Packard in her Bangor studio

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Gallery Talk for Colin Page on Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm. The talk will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Packard’s new work. The show runs through September 15. The event is free and open to the public.

 Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard, The Poem I Meant to Write, oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches

Linda Packard (b.1952) is an en plein air landscape painter, who recently transitioned to a totally process driven studio practice. The new abstract paintings in her first solo show at Courthouse Gallery have brought the sensuous physicality of her visceral landscapes to a new level. Packard, who has a profound interest in the abstract expressionist movement, is admittedly enamored by its painters. The one artist whose work she returns to most often is Joan Mitchell. For Packard, Mitchell’s paintings reflect the raw emotions of her experiences, often without specific intention. After receiving her BA in Studio Art from Smith College, Packard moved to Boston where she worded as librarian and a printmaker, and studied book arts. She eventually settled in Maine and opened a graphic design firm. In 2006, Packard returned to pursuing a fine art career. A one-week summer workshop with the late Boston painter, Jon Imber, in Stonington, Maine, marked the beginning of her love affair with the expressiveness of oil paint and en plein air painting. Packard spent five years working with Imber, 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.

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

Expectations Of Place at Cynthia Winings Gallery

Carol Pelletier

Carol Pelletier

Sunday, August 26!
Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill presents:

EXPECTATIONS OF PLACE, An Exhibition Featuring:

JENNY BRILLHART

CHRISTINE LAFUENTE

CAROL PELLETIER

CARRIE SCANGA

DIANE BOWIE ZAITLIN

And Announcing the Opening of the New Sculpture Garden, with work by

LUNAFORM

MELITA WESTERLUND

JOHN WILKINSON
Please join us for the Opening Reception on

Sunday, August 26, 4 – 7PM

info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com
917.2O4.4OO1
24 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, Maine 04614

Final Show of the Season at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry

August 16 – September 12

OPENING RECEPTION at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry in Northeast Harbor
Thursday, August 16, 5-7PM

Sam Shaw:
Figure Landscape Mash up
Sam’s third presentation of fantasy figurative landscapes and sculptures. New this year are seven foot tall towers of abstracted nudes. Long legs, balancing arms, and precarious situations. The paintings are male and female nudes, often dancing and cavorting in an imaginary setting.

Judith Brust:
Mind’s Eye, Past and Present
In the artwork and mono-prints of Judith Brust you can see the world: the infinite and the finite, the mixture of rolling exploration of space and the eternal grasp for the fourth dimension that lies beyond what our mind and eye can grasp. Judith will be having a contemporaneous showing at the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park.

McTeigue Estate Jewelry
August 16–18 ONLY
Our third presentation of this venerable New York based estate jewelry firm established in 1895 will be presenting fabulous jewels for three days only. Kate Fisher, born in Australia, and an expert for decades, will be exhibiting magnificent pieces that were in high fashion from before you were born.

Stacy Hopkins:
Jewelry Meets Natural History
Vermont based Stacy has an obvious love of the natural world. She casts natural forms and textures into precious metals to make exciting jewelry akin to a cabinet of curiosities. A student of biology in university, her appreciation of the science/art connection is visceral.

Spotlight on Sophie Ratner, Steve Battelle,
and Susan Walker

Blue Hill Bay Gallery features Stefan Alexei Pastuhov

June Day, Blue Hill, Oil on Canvas 18 x 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stefan Alexei Pastuhov: A Maine For All Seasons. The exhibition will run from July 25 through August 15

Throughout midsummer Blue Hill Bay Gallery will feature the work of one of Maine’s most distinguished contemporary plein air painters, Stefan Alexei Pastuhov. Painting in an impressionist style, with a loose brushstroke in larger pieces and finer detailing in smaller pieces, Stefan appreciates the fact that Maine offers unspoiled views of a varied rural and coastal landscape in all seasons.

Descended from Russian grandparents who immigrated to America and settled in New York, Stefan Alexis Pastuhov began his formal art training in Paris and received his BFA from the Boston Museum School/Tufts University. Stefan moved to Maine in 1984 and fell in love with painting the landscape, outdoors.

In the early years he and Stapleton Kearns painted together almost daily. Reminiscing about those days, he remarked that Stapleton told him “after about a hundred 12×16’s he would start to get the hang of painting outdoors”. Pastuhov loves the challenge of painting the changing weather and light, coming and going of the tide, the beautiful red of the blueberry barrens, pristine winter landscapes, and the intemperate seas and rocky coast.

Pastuhov draws his inspiration directly from nature. When I asked him how he chooses a subject to paint, he replied without hesitation, “While out driving along the coast or through the countryside, I look out and just see a painting. After I set up my easel and begin painting I look around the site for other perspectives, other paintings”. He feels that it is important to paint directly from the source as opposed to working in the studio or from photographs. “Since moving to Maine so many years ago I have been surrounded by beauty. Whether in the mountains, amidst rural farms or on the coast… landscapes abound.  Throughout the four seasons, each site I paint offers an individuality and uniqueness special to the state of Maine.”

For more info contact the gallery at 374-5773 or http://bluehillbaygallery.com

 

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”

Maine Artist Anne Ireland at the Gallery at Somes Sound

Anne Ireland, A Walk to the Harbor

The Intimacy Between Space & Color
July 28 – August 10

Featuring
Maine Artist, Anne Ireland

Friendly reminder …
Opening Reception 7/28, 5-7 pm

Located on Mount Desert Island and established in 2010 by Tyra Hanson,  The Gallery at Somes Sound is considered one of the finest galleries in Maine featuring paintings, studio furniture and sculpture by contemporary artists of national standing.

Star Gallery Upcoming Shows

New work has arrived at Star Gallery!
Please join to view works by:
David LaPalombara
Margery Torrey
Melina White
Thursday, July 26 5 – 7 pm

Upcoming Shows:

August 2: Valerie Aponik, Lisa Ghriskey, Michele Lauriat, Digby Veevers Carter
August 16: Robert S. Neuman, Philip Sultz
August 30: Julia S. Powell

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

DIAA Annual All Member 12×12 Opens

Previous Years' DIAA Annual All Member 12x12 Exhibition

Previous Years’ DIAA Annual All Member 12×12 Exhibition

DIAA’s Annual All Member 12×12 Exhibition
Opens Tuesday, July 31 at 10 AM
Each piece priced at an irresistible $144
12×12 continues through August 12
Meet the Artists Reception — Sunday, August 5, 3–5 PM

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

Art Space showcases new works by gallery artists

John Wood

We welcome the public to our August Art Walk on Friday, August 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm. Many of our artists will be on hand to discuss their work. In addition, we’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 Janalee Welch, John Wood, Mary Beth Morrison, and Nancy Davies Tang.

Mary Beth Morrison as our 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.

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

Oil Painters Loughridge and Loznicka Return to the Pemaquid Art Gallery for the 2018 Season

 Inspired by the “elemental beauty of the land and seascape” of Coastal Maine, Sally Loughridge’s painting, “Light’s  Descent” is on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

Inspired by the “elemental beauty of the land and seascape” of Coastal Maine, Sally Loughridge’s painting, “Light’s Descent” is on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

Two long-time members at the Pemaquid Art Gallery who return this season are well known in the Pemaquid area. Sally Loughridge of South Bristol and Marlene Loznicka of New Harbor are both skilled in oil painting and enjoy painting on Monhegan Island.

Sally Loughridge remembers a painting experience at a Viking site in Newfoundland over 30 years ago, and is still inspired by the “elemental beauty of the land and seascape” found on the coast from far north to coastal Maine.

Although her work, in both oil and pastel, is recognizably landscape, Loughridge is following her emotional response to a more abstract and simplified interpretation. The light and shadows of the coastal islands, such as the dramatic Monhegan cliffs, inspire her. She works both in studio and on location, where she can work more intuitively and with less detail. Although she acknowledges the importance of skilled technique, she is most pleased when a viewer is stirred by the emotional component.

She has written and illustrated two books and also participates in many area shows and galleries including Port Clyde Art Gallery, Mast Cove Galleries, Kennebunkport, and Archipelago, Rockland among others. Visit her at www.sallyloughridge.com.

Marlene Loznicka, who studied at North Carolina School of Design, La Romita School of Art in Italy and the Vermont Studio School, had the advantage of painting with her artist father in her youth. She is a Maine native and returned after teaching painting in North Carolina. She has also taught at the Farnsworth Museum and conducted workshops on Monhegan, her favorite place to paint.

With many awards and exhibitions to her credit from California to Maine, she is now content to focus on her beloved Monhegan, and her Pemaquid peninsula home. Like Loughridge, her interpretations in oil paint, and sometimes ink, reflect her emotional response to the island and seacoast with lush brushstrokes and textures, in both color and neutral tones. The wide range of her work shows her long experience and dedication to her art. Also see her work on www.marleneloznicka.com, at the Lupine Gallery, Monhegan, the Landing Gallery, Rockland, and her home studio in New Harbor.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: 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, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

“EYELECTRIC” Art Exhibit Opens at AquilARTadvisory

“EYELECTRIC” Art Exhibit Opens with Violin Soloist EFX at AquilARTadvisory Fri Aug 3rd, 4-7 pm, then runs thru September featuring: Pointillism – Chroma Depth artists: Nick Marshal Snook’s (NH) “Visual Contusions”, Eric Verret’s (Texas) Octopus and other’s 3D from 2D expressions, as well as Glass and Aluminum Castings, Wood and Stone carving works from the Permanent Collection. Located in the First Suite of the Historic Clocktower / Opera House, 400 Main St. Norway. Look for Vertical Green Lettering. AQUILARTADVISORY.com is open by chance or appointment (929) 500-2220

A Trio of exhibitions for mid-summer at George Marshall Store Gallery

Domingue Growing Up acrylic on canvas 24x24

Domingue Growing Up acrylic on canvas 24×24

Stepping into the George Marshall Store Gallery one is immediately “at ease” amongst Barbara Sullivan’s shaped fresco chairs and select works by nine other regional artists. The tile and theme of the current exhibition, “At Ease” is inspired by Sullivan’s creations. She learned the fresco technique while she was the head cook at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1989, She embraced the medium and is well known for her shaped frescoes of ordinary household objects and animals. Her nine “chairs” hang like paintings throughout the gallery and are complemented by Grant Drumheller’s oil on linen interiors that capture the light and mood of a Maine summer cottage and Boston based artist, Carole Rabe’s interiors using collaged colored paper.

The bold greens and cool blues of Amy Brnger’s large-scale paintings, “Birthday Picnic” and “Dog Day Afternoon” visually tie in with the decorative patterns on Sullivan’s Chairs, and one cannot help but be charmed by the humor in Gordon Carlisle’s collages that use vintage magazine clippings. Always popular, are the wall and stand-alone sculptures by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk, who is the master of “the found object assemblage”. Also included is a series by Tom Glover, Michael Walek’s reclining figures in gouache, and Stuart Ober’s illuminated interiors.

“Time and Again, Paintings and Drawings” by Maine artist George Lloyd, is on display in the river view Gallery. Spanning from the early 1970’s through his career in New England and Maine, these are energetic works that combine bold mark-making strokes with large washes of color. Several paintings are being exhibited for the first time. Others have been included in past exhibitions, however they have endured the test of time and seem as fresh and relevant as the day they were made.

The dock level gallery features the work of New Hampshire artist Ann Trainor Domingue. She intentionally works in an un­expected manner to develop her colorful, graphic and narrative paintings. These qualities indeed come “Shining Through” in this new body of work inspired by her long­standing curiosity and attraction of waterfront life. A life­long resident of New England, she appreciates and cares for the visual and spiritual beauty of the place she calls home.

The exhibitions continue through August 19. Gallery hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society. www.gerorgemarshallstoregallery.com phone: 207-351-1083

Bruce Mayo Solo Show Opens at The Harlow

BRUCE MAYO | ENJOY THE HUE

ON VIEW: AUGUST 3 – SEPTEMBER 1 | OPENING: FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 5-7PM

The Harlow presentsEnjoy The Hue”, a solo exhibition of artwork by artist Bruce Mayo of Hallowell, on view August 3 – September 1 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artist on Friday, August 3, 5-7pm.

Enjoy The Hue marks Bruce Mayo’s 30 year anniversary of creating whimsical, ethereal, playful art with a twist. Acrylic, watercolor, and inks are used to create mystical images revolving around musicians, pups, portraits, fish, landscapes and more. Since his first official public art showing in 1988 at Slates Restaurant Mayo has remained very prolific. He is constantly inspired by his surroundings; including frequent trips to Rangely and especially by his home town of Hallowell. The exhibition features no shortage of color and spirit as Mayo’s vibrant artwork covers both floors of The Harlow. Mayo has dedicated the exhibition to his late Grandmother Jeanette, “whose easel in the spare bedroom always had a painting on it when I visited”,  he said.

Colin Page at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Colin Page, Above It All, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page, Above It All, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a Gallery Talk for Colin Page on Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30pm. The talk will be held in conjunction with a solo show of Page’s new work. The shows runs through August 12. The event is free and open to the public.

Colin Page is an en plein air painter whose work is distinguished by his gestural brush strokes and command of light. Page travels the state of Maine in search of landscapes and ordinary subjects that he transforms into the spectacular. Page was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2000. After graduation, he moved to Maine to focus on paintings the landscape. Although Page prefers working en plein air, large canvases are created at his studio in Camden, Maine. Page has participated in numerous group shows and en plein air festivals around the country. He was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Door County Plein Air Festival, in Door County, WI. He won first place in the February–March Plein air Salon Contest hosted by the magazine Outdoor Painter in 2014, and in 2015, his work was selected as the Artist’s Choice at the Maynard Dixon Campout, Mt. Carmel, Utah. Page lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife and their two daughters.

“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.

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry’s fourth show of the season

Shaw Jewelry

August 2-15

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, August 2, 5-7PM

Hughes-Bosca: Bountiful Rarity
Largest collection will be August 2–4. Good things need to be replayed, this is our 9th show. They fabricate 18 kt. jewelry using gemstones, colored diamonds, and artifacts from distant corners. It has weight, glowing surface, quiet confidence, and un-restrained boldness. The soulful power of wearing this work will enhance your mood and presence. Come meet our dearest collaborators, Caro-Gray Bosca and Mary Hughes, Thursday through Saturday.

David Brewster: Strength Through Art
Athletic and muscular paintings of Mount Desert Island that appear as landscapes on the verge of explosion. He paints in plein air, but his most important tool is his energetic strokes, bold colors, angular planes, and perspective. David summered on MDI in his youth, still has connections to our island, and currently lives in Vermont.

Katey Brunini: Exotica in Jewelry
Largest collection will be August 2–4. Sam Shaw Gallery is most excited to introduce world-renowned jeweler, K. Brunini, of California this summer. For our premier exhibition, K. Brunini will exhibit her unique, organic designs, featuring raw and refined precious works of exotic art and rare gemstones, which creatively incorporate sustainable and unexpected alternative materials. Her highly acclaimed designs have been featured by Vogue, Robb Report. K. Brunini will be here only for three days; you MUST come in to see this exceptional collection of couture masterpieces. She is for serious aficionados and collectors.

Spotlight on Melli Finelli, Dahlia Kanner,
and Rebecca Myers

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents Visual Breathing

Anna Dibble, Gifts Of Rain, Acrylic and flashe on panel, 14 x 18 inches, $1,120

Anna Dibble, Gifts Of Rain, Acrylic and flashe on panel, 14 x 18 inches, $1,120

Opening Reception:
Sunday, July 29, 4 – 7PM

VISUAL BREATHING
Featuring,

ANNA DIBBLE
DIANE GREEN
M P LANDIS
BEN POTTER
LARI WASHBURN

With New Work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Bill Mayher, Buzz Masters, Libby Mitchell, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, Cynthia Winings

On View July 23 – August 18

BARBARA ERNST PREY: EARTH, SEA, SKY (South) AT BARBARA PREY PROJECTS

Acadia, Watercolor and dry brush 32″ x 40″

This exhibit of new oil paintings and watercolors showcases the virtuosic hand of world-renowned artist Barbara Ernst Prey who has painted powerful views of her surroundings for forty years and examines her longtime relationship with Maine. The New York Times writes about Prey’s paintings, “Prey is going where icons like Rauschenberg and Warhol have gone before”. A key figure in American painting, her work is included in major public collections including The White House, The Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MASS MoCA, The Kennedy Space Center and United States Embassies worldwide. MASS MoCA commissioned Prey to paint the world’s largest known watercolor. She was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. She was invited to paint the official White House Christmas Card and her NASA commissions were part of the Smithsonian museum traveling exhibit NASA ART/50 Years.

BARBARA PREY PROJECTS, Main St., Port Clyde, ME 04855
207-372-8087 10-5 p.m. Daily
www.barbarapreyprojects.com | info@barbarapreyprojects.com

Joseph A. Fiore Art Center Open Studio Day

Hannah, Oil on Panel, 18×24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson. On Sunday, July 29th from 12-3pm, join Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center for an Open Studio Day at Rolling Acres Farm. The studios are currently occupied by this summer’s July artists-in-residence. There will be live music on the lawn by the guitarist and cellist duo, Marsh and Lane. Free coffee, tea and local ice cream will be also be served.

Thu Vu, is an international resident from Vietnam. Thu graduated from Hanoi Fine Arts College and was an exchange student at Maine College of Art in Portland. She creates light sculptures made out of paper and natural materials. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the USA.

Thu Kim Vu, No.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maxwell Nolin, a young emerging portrait painter, most recently made a living as an organic vegetable farmer. His portraits have often featured fellow farmers; however, he writes, “I have yet to fully immerse my subjects in the natural landscape. This seems to be where my interest lies and where my work is heading.”

Jodi Paloni, the writer-in-residence, is currently working on her second book: a novel-in-stories, which takes place in the sixties and seventies on a farm similar to the Center’s Rolling Acres. The story tracks three Maine women from their girlhood to contemporary midlife.

Marsh and Lane, photo by Susan Metzger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Alexandrou, whose organic gardening experience spans a decade, is this year’s seasonal resident gardener. She lives on the grounds and grows produce for the residents. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in sustainable horticulture at UMaine, Orono, with a minor in studio art.

The Gallery at Rolling Acres will also be open and is currently showing Nature Observed: The Landscapes of Joseph Fiore, featuring oil paintings and pastel drawings of the late artist and environmentalist. The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the fertile worlds of farming and art creation. The Center’s purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. The Fiore Art Center is a program of MFT.

Located right on Damariscotta Lake at 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson, the Fiore Art Center is a perfect place for a fun family outing – bring a picnic and enjoy the Center’s grounds for the day.

Future Open Studio Days with new artists-in-residence will be August 26th and September 30th.

For more information please visit https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/jaf-art-center/

Hypothesis: Stars as Stones at Littlefield Gallery

"Ice Dream: Adrift"  oil on canvas  30 x 44

“Ice Dream: Adrift” oil on canvas 30 x 44

Hypothesis: Stars as Stones, with sculptor Hugh Lassen and paintings by Lori Tremblay will be featured  from July 23-August 19. Tremblay developed this metaphor of stars as stone “from an initial spark regarding the relationship of starlight and color light from crystal formations.”

 Kathleen Galligan’s solo show in the main house, Immersions, showcases the artist’s most recent work: oils on canvas. It will be on view from July 27-August 18.

Lori Tremblay's "Heart of the Lion"  oil on shaped panel  38 x 38

Lori Tremblay’s “Heart of the Lion” oil on shaped panel 38 x 38

 A review of Galligan’s newest paintings by Carl Little in the July/August issue of Art New England describes the work  as “…striking abstractions related to glaciers. They evoke the evolving nature of those frozen reaches so much on our minds these days: thawing, freezing, shifting.”

A gallery reception with the three artists is July 28, from 4-6 pm.

Gallery at Somes Sound: FOR THE LOVE OF LAND & SEA

FOR THE LOVE OF LAND & SEA
July 14 – 27

Donald Demers, William B. Hoyt and Joseph McGurl

Master Artists Donald Demers, William Hoyt and Joseph McGurl share their love of land and sea through their paintings; captivating the light, movement, and energy of their subjects, guided by their hearts and minds. Please join us for the second show of our 2018 series, Et In Spiritum. Discover what motivates these talented artists creatively, emotionally, and spiritually.

3rd Show of the Season at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry

July 19 – August 1

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, July 19, 5-7PM

Petra Class: The Aesthetics of Materials

This will be the second exhibit from Petra whose work we have presented for decades. She has a playful color palate, using gems connected like constellations in 18 kt gold. They are elegantly simple but dense with beauty.

 Don Best: Carved Figures and Fantasy

Our second exhibition, Don carves wood and assembles the parts into folk art sculptures that have allegorical and metaphorical attributes. Cats and animals are personified; ravens given attitude, and fishes sail across the night shy. The results are delightful, smile inducing, story telling, imaginative and soulful.

 Michele Mercaldo: A Modern Edge

Michele Mercaldo’s clean-lined designs appeal to those with an appreciation for a modern aesthetic. Meticulous craftsmanship is evident in each piece, handmade in gold, platinum, palladium or a combination. The resulting effortless look is at once contemporary yet classic.

 Deborah Howard:
Atmospheric Blending of Sea and Air

Landscape and seascape paintings composed of muted tones. Deborah reduces scenes to their barest elements to get to the core of what we are seeing. She creates somber mood of tranquility and peace generated through sketch book research and memory.

128 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, Maine 

207 276 5000  info@shawjewelry.com  SHAWJEWELRY.COM

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

Coastal Landscapes by Walker & Kefauver Featured at Pemaquid Art Gallery

The intense color of “Pine Branch” by Bev Walker is typical of the artist’s oil paintings of coastal scenes.

The intense color of “Pine Branch” by Bev Walker is typical of the artist’s oil paintings of coastal scenes.

In its 90th year of continuous seasonal operation, the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol features the work of many local resident artists. Bev Walker, who lives in Chamberlin in the summer and Topsham in the winter, and Will Kefauver, Damariscotta, are two whose fine oil paintings attract visitors.

 Bev Walker holds degrees in art design and painting. Although she started her painting career in watercolor, her medium now is oil, and her subject is landscape. She also enjoys painting abstract works for the personal challenge and artistic growth it provides.

 Her early years in Rangeley were followed by adult life in Michigan where she participated in competitions and received many awards. Since 2016, back in Maine, she has shown her work at River Arts, Topsham Public Library and often at the Highlands in Topsham.

Inspired by the ocean, Walker is interested in intense color, stating “I believe art should heighten the experience of the actual.” Some of her finely executed coastal scenes can be seen at her website, bevwalkerart.com.

Inspired by water and subjects found near the water, Will Kefauver painted “Nocturne, New Harbor”

Inspired by water and subjects found near the water, Will Kefauver painted “Nocturne, New Harbor”

 Will Kefauver also studied art and was an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His art career included years as an illustrator, graphic designer, art director and executive in the publishing industry. He has an extensive bio with many shows, galleries and awards to his credit. Today, he shows his work and teaches private lessons at his studio in Damariscotta. He is President of the Pemaquid Group of Artists.

 Kefauver, like Walker, is particularly inspired by water and subjects found near water – “boats, buoys and dinghies” was his aptly named solo show in Damariscotta in 2015. He is equally skilled at portraits of animals and people, but his primary interest remains the coastal Maine landscape, which he paints both on location and in the studio. He welcomes visitors to his studio gallery at 144 Bristol Rd. Damariscotta. See his website, kefauverstudio.com for more information.

 Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: 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, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

VISUAL BREATHING at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

Anna Dibble, Brief Shining Moment, Acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches

Anna Dibble, Brief Shining Moment, Acrylic on panel, 16 x 20 inches

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents

VISUAL BREATHING: A Group Exhibition, Opening Reception, SUNDAY, JULY 29, 4 – 7 PM.

featuring the artwork of Anna Dibble, Diane Green, M P Landis, Ben Potter, and Lari Washburn. With new work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson and Cynthia Winings. The artists featured in this show make art-making look as effortless as breathing, and it is an essential part of their lives, the way they see and process the world around them.

The exhibition will run from July 22 through August 18 

Visual Breathing is the third exhibition of Season VI at the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, SUNDAY, July 29, 4 – 7 PM.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, Maine.

Ogunquit Museum to Debut Three New Exhibitions

Painter Lois Dodd, Multimedia Pioneer Bill Viola, Photographer Jacob Hessler with Poet Richard Blanco

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) will debut three new exhibitions in mid-July that celebrate creativity across media.

Bill Viola (b. 1951), The Fall Into Paradise, 2005, single-channel video installation, high definition, color, sound; 09:58 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, copyright 2005, Bill Viola, museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.56.

Bill Viola (b. 1951), The Fall Into Paradise, 2005, single-channel video installation, high definition, color, sound; 09:58 minutes, Smithsonian American Art Museum, copyright 2005, Bill Viola, museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2012.56.

Opening Thursday, July 12 in the Little Gallery, Bill Viola: The Fall Into Paradise is a digital cinema installation that renders the human experience in a dramatic wash of water, light, and sound.  Viola’s work offers a meditation on the instance of transcendental and spiritual breakthrough, tracing the artist’s continuing search for consciousness and empirical knowledge through art. Viola is a leading American artist and pioneering figure in video and the moving image. This installation marks the artist’s first exhibition in Maine and its presentation – immediately next to the sea – promises a compelling and profound experience. The show, organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art with the important assistance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is generously supported by the Cliff House.

Lois Dodd (b. 1927), Moose, 1958, oil on linen, 32 x 42 inches, @Loise Dodd, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York

Lois Dodd (b. 1927), Moose, 1958, oil on linen, 32 x 42 inches, @Loise Dodd, courtesy Alexandre Gallery, New York

Lois Dodd: Drawings and Paintings opens in the Sculpture Gallery on Saturday, July 14. Dodd belongs to an influential circle of painters that began congregating in Maine in the 1950s, including Fairfield Porter, Rackstraw Downes, Alex Katz, Yvonne Jacquette, and Neil Welliver. Dodd’s determined explorations of the American scene include observational renderings, landscapes, still lifes, and figurative works, each in a voice of her own making. This exhibition assembles drawings and paintings spanning seven decades in celebration of the remarkable contributions of this beloved American artist.  The show, made possible by Charles T. Clark, is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and includes an illustrated publication and public interview with the artist on Tuesday, July 31.

Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985), Poetry Assignment #14, 2016, dye-sublimation printed on aluminum, 40 x 60 in.

Jacob Bond Hessler (b. 1985), Poetry Assignment #14, 2016, dye-sublimation printed on aluminum, 40 x 60 in.

Furthering the museum’s representation of the visual arts and literature, Boundaries, opening Saturday, July 14 in the Long Gallery, is a collaborative visual literacy 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 the invisible boundaries of race, gender, class, and ethnicity in the American experience. The installation, supported in part by the Meadowmere Resort, is arranged by OMAA in collaboration with the artists and travels to Ogunquit following openings in Boca Raton, Florida and Rockland, Maine.  Both artists will participate in a Totally Tuesday Talk on August 14. Richard Blanco will also read poetry at OMAA on Sunday, July 22 to open the museum’s inaugural Artists and Writers By the Sea series.

OMAA’s 65th Anniversary Exhibition Season is made possible by the generous support of an anonymous donor with additional support by 2018 Director’s Circle sponsor Harvest & Plate Catering; exhibition underwriters Kennebunk Savings Bank, Gail and Ernst von Metzsch, Timothy B. Ellis, Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort, Kevin and Irene Rowe, Charles Clark, the Meadowmere Resort, the Cliff House, Huston and Company, and Araby Rug Galleries; foundation sponsors the Fisher Charitable Foundation, the Libra Foundation, the Seattle Foundation, and the Will Barnet Foundation; and sponsors the Beachmere Inn, Admiral’s Inn, Colonial Inn, Barnacle Billy’s Inc, and Anthony Moore Painting Conservation, LLC.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely tied to one of the earliest art colonies of the American modernist art movement, OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to the present. The museum honors Strater’s vision to preserve and showcase American art by mounting innovative modern and contemporary exhibition programs each year from May through October. OMAA and its three-acre seaside sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more at www.ogunquitmuseum.org

Painting The Fynbos | Lynne and John M.T. Seitzer

What is the Fynbos (fayne-boss)? It is the smallest floral kingdom in the world. The Southern tip of Africa is its home. From a distance this dry land appears quite unimpressive. The colors seem drab and lifeless. Upon closer inspection its true beauty is revealed. Over 9000 indigenous species hail from this area which is about the size of Portugal. Exploring vast areas of this diverse ecosystem required feet on the ground. Lynne and John M.T.Seitzer traversed many miles of this hilly to mountainous scrub land along side of Susan Schadler and often accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide, Frank Woodvine. They took reference photographs as they walked.

Susan had a dream to write a picture book to allow people (children ages 2 to 92) to explore this unique remote area vicariously. The book, Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me, is the result of a 3+ year collaboration combining her story with the Seitzer’s paintings. Creating paintings to suit the words and words to suit the paintings involved the sharing of ideas, finding compromise when necessary and remaining flexible.

With thousands of beautiful paintable subjects and far too many for an introduction to the fynbos the selection process began. They spent weeks making decisions and editing them to hundreds and ultimately  to just under forty. At this point a final list of illustrations was compiled. Susan then verified the names of the species, often consulting with the guide they had worked with in South Africa.

    The process of deciding who would paint which image began. Their collaborative efforts went well. Lynne and John each painted half of the chosen images. The challenging work of interpreting photo references together with visual memories began. Often several plant species were incorporated into each 18 x 24 oil painting allowing more of the Fynbos to be experienced. Twelve months later the paintings were complete and ready to be digitally recorded. These files were then sent to the publisher along with Susan’s final draft. Months later the book was in our hands.

It is a beautiful book. Come see the original paintings which are on display in the upper gallery at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, (4 Oak St. Boothbay Harbor) for the month of July.

 Books are available from Joy To The Wind Gallery at 34 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, 207-633-7025 and at  susanschadler.com.

An Artist and Author Reception will be held at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library on Friday, July 20th from 530-7 pm. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served and the art and books will be available for purchase and signing. The Art is available for viewing during library hours: 10am -4:30pm Tues,, Thurs, Friday and Saturday and Wednesdays from 10-7pm.    207-633-3112

Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer,  Illustrators of the Childrens/ Art Book “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me” by Susan Schadler(photo taken in South Africa during the research trip for the book.)

Lynne and John M. T. Seitzer, Illustrators of the Childrens/ Art Book “Come Walk in the Fynbos With Me” by Susan Schadler(photo taken in South Africa during the research trip for the book.)

 

New Guest Artist Exhibit at Centre St Arts Gallery LLC

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist Steven Stroud, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, July 20, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.  Admission is free.

A professional artist for over forty years, Mr. Stroud will exhibit paintings of Popham Beach.  This is the first showing of Mr. Stroud’s work in Maine, even though he has summered here for the past fifteen years.

He says “I fell in love with the area on the first visit and, in particular, Popham Beach.  I would go there at all times of day and at all tide levels, recording in both photography and sketches the ever-changing landscape. I was particularly taken with the distant island at high tide that transforms, with a sort of biblical parting of the sea, to a rocky outcrop to be explored. I have done dozens of paintings of Popham. When the possibility of being a guest artist at the Centre St Arts Gallery was presented, I knew the ever changing beach would be my principal subject matter.  It can have blistering sun or cool dense fog. Popham at sunrise is as quiet, tranquil and beautiful an area as you will ever find.  At two o’clock on a summer day it is teeming with activity and at sunset it is back to its early morning tranquility.  The show will also include one or two paintings inspired by observations from the boats.

Steven Stroud grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He holds degrees in painting from Drake University and the Art Center College of Design.  He served in the U.S. Navy as a graphic artist and photographer.  

Exhibit ends September 8.  For more information please call 207-442-0300

William Irvine and Colin Page at Courthouse Gallery

William Irvine, The Blue Sea, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

William Irvine, The Blue Sea, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo shows: William Irvine: Voices of the Sea and Colin Page: Colorful Language. The shows will open on Wednesday, July 18 and run through August 12. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public, as well as these two special events:

Courthouse Gallery will host the launch of William Irvine: At Home (Marshall Wilkes) on Wednesday, July 24 from 4–6:30pm. At Home is a new book that highlights Irvine’s white house paintings. Several writers contributed poems and writings inspired by the paintings, including William Carpenter, Deborah Joy Corey, Carl Little, Elizabeth Rees, and Dindy Royster.

Courthouse Gallery will host a Gallery Talk with Colin Page on Wednesday, August 1 at 5:30pm.

William Irvine: Voices of the Sea

William Irvine (b.1931) is a Scottish/American painter, best known for his seascapes, enchanting narratives, and still lifes. Irvine was born in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast. Here he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine came of age in London where he was a part of a lively avant-garde art scene. In 1968, Irvine moved to downeast Maine, and was immediately drawn to the fishing villages of Corea and Jonesport, whose tidy houses reminded him of the white farms dotting the green hills of Scotland. Here, harbors, islands and boats, the sea and the sky, inspired bold work based on a life lived by the sea. Two driving forces fuel his pictorial concepts: abstraction and representation. Irvine brings these antithetical elements into balance with his poetic sensibility and the richness of his textural compositions. Irvine’s newest book William Irvine: At Home (2018) highlights a collection of Irvine’s white house paintings. William Irvine: At Home (2018) joins William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey (2014) by Carl Little in establishing Irvine as a Maine and American master. Irvine lives in Brookline, Maine, with his wife, Margery, and their Shetland sheepdog, Tam O’ Shanter. To reserve a copy of William Irvine: At Home, please call Courthouse Gallery at 207-667-6611.

Colin Page, Room with a View, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page, Room with a View, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches

Colin Page: Colorful Language Colin Page (b.1977) is a en plein air painter whose work is distinguished by his gestural brush strokes and command of light. Page travels the state of Maine in search of landscapes and ordinary subjects that he transforms into the spectacular. Page was raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design and received his BFA from Cooper Union in 2000. After graduation, he moved to Maine to focus on paintings the landscape. Although Page prefers working en plein air, large canvases are created at his studio in Camden, Maine. Page has participated in numerous group shows and en plein air festivals around the country. He was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Door County Plein Air Festival, in Door County, WI. He won first place in the February–March Plein air Salon Contest hosted by the magazine Outdoor Painter in 2014, and in 2015, his work was selected as the Artist’s Choice at the Maynard Dixon Campout, Mt. Carmel, Utah. Page lives in Camden, Maine, with his wife and their two daughters.

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.

New Show at the Turtle Gallery

The Turtle Gallery opened a new show with watercolors and oil paintings by Larry Moffet and Michael Weymouth, wood turnings by Chris Joyce, and furniture by Eben Blaney.
The continuation of an ongoing group showing of gallery artists includes Mary Barnes, Nina Jerome, Janis Goodman, Liz Awalt, Leni Mancuso, Tom Barrett, Jaap Helder, Peter Kemble, Willy Reddick, Lisa Houk, Treacy Ziegler, Rebecca Goodale, Jeff Loxterkamp, Holly Berry, Lynn Duryea and others. Also on view is a collection of jewelry and contemporary craft and print collections. In the sculpture garden is work by David Sywalski, Hugh Lassen, Susan Chase, Nancy Nevergole, Cynthia Stroud, James Wolfe, Patrick Pierce, Steve Porter, Andreas Von Huene, and David Curry. Continuing on is the ceramic installation “Cityscape” by Sequoia Miller and an exhibit of metal sculpture by Jack Hemenway.

Opening Reception is on Sunday, July 15 from 2 to 6 PM – Show runs through Friday, August 10th. The gallery is located on route 15 just north of the village of Deer Isle. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 -5:30 and Sundays 2-6. Please call 348 9977

Bowdoin College Museum of Art presents Winslow Homer and the Camera:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Exhibition to Examine Painter Winslow Homer’s Use of Photography
At the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Opening Summer 2018

New discoveries will be unveiled in this expansive exhibition, featuring more than 130 Homer paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and archival materials, including his camera, from the BCMA’s extensive collection of the artist’s work 

This summer the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) will present Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting, the first exhibition to look at the role of photography in Homer’s artistic practice. On view June 23 through October 28, 2018, Winslow Homer and the Camera brings together over 130 objects by the artist across all mediums, ranging from master paintings to oil studies, drawings, prints, and photographs created in the United States and during his travels to Europe and the Caribbean. This comprehensive survey was inspired by the BCMA’s 2013 acquisition of a camera once owned by Homer and presents new research drawn in part from the museum’s extensive collection of works by the artist.

 

Curated by co-director Frank H. Goodyear III and Bowdoin art history professor Dana E. Byrd, the exhibition will present a full picture of the artist’s working methods and will include noteworthy archival objects, such as three wooden mannequins, his palette and watercolor brushes, his walking stick and fishing net, and two of the three cameras he owned in his lifetime. Homer acquired his first cameras during a two-year sojourn abroad in England, a trip he took in his mid-forties seeking a new direction in his art. Upon his return in 1882, scholars noted a demonstrable change in his style of painting and choice of subjects. Taking this shift and the artist’s penchant for experimentation across mediums as a point of departure, Winslow Homer and the Camera questions how new visual technology impacted the artist’s production and engagement with subjects and unveils how photography became increasingly a part of Homer’s visual investigation and broader creative practice.

“We are thrilled to present Winslow Homer and the Camera this June,” said Frank Goodyear, co-director and organizer of the exhibition, “Since the generous gift of Homer’s camera, my colleague Dana Byrd and I have been engaged in understanding how Homer’s interest in photography influenced his own artistic identity. This exhibition allows us to consider how Homer’s experimentation with photography solidifies the artist as a proto-modern figure, anticipating many of the trends and concerns of American and European artists who followed.”

“The opportunity to examine Homer, a well-loved and well researched figure of American art, anew, has been so rewarding,” says Dana E. Byrd, “Utilizing the museum’s extensive collection of the artist’s work, Frank and I have uncovered a new facet of Homer, and we hope this pioneering framework will lead to continued revelations of how the iconic painter engaged with the modern world.”

 

While Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting draws principally from the BCMA’s Winslow Homer Collection, the exhibition will also feature works on loan from twenty-five institutions and collectors from across the United States. Following its presentation at the BCMA, the exhibition will travel to the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Museum Director Thomas Padon noted, “Homer defined the look of America in the second half of the 19th century and is central to key artists in our collection, which gives the exhibition particular resonance here at Brandywine.”

 

An illustrated catalogue of the same title authored by Byrd and Goodyear and published by Yale University Press will accompany the exhibition. The catalogue will serve as a significant contribution to the study of Winslow Homer and the cross-disciplinary study of painters and photography in American art.

 

The Museum is also pleased to announce a series of exhibition related public programs throughout the summer and fall, featuring an array of perspectives on Homer, from art historians to fly fishermen. Highlights include:

 

  • keynote programled by exhibition co-curators Frank H. Goodyear III and Dana E. Byrd, providing an orientation to the exhibition’s themes in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening;
  • Gallery talksby art historians Susan Danly and Linda Docherty
  • Music performances by faculty from the Bowdoin International Music Festival inspired by the exhibition

 

The exhibition was made possible in part by Bank of America.  This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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

Landing Gallery opens, “Maine Landscapes”

"Beyond", Lisa Kyle, Oil/Panel, 6" x 6"

“Beyond”, Lisa Kyle, Oil/Panel, 6″ x 6″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the
opening of “MAINE LANDSCAPES”, an exhibition of new paintings by
Christopher French, Lisa Kyle and Bruce Busko opening on Friday, July
6 – July 29. Please join us Friday, July 6 from 5-8 pm for an
artists’ opening reception with the artists.

Christopher French began drawing at the age of three. He was raised
by a medical family, and although he majored in Fine Arts at UCLA, he
entered medical school and graduated in 1991 from Columbia College of
Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. French has a realist approach which
focuses on the beauty of the ordinary and his paintings explore the
relationship between abstraction and photorealism. His major
influences include the art of Andrew Wyeth, Lucian Freud and Ivan
Albright. He was nominated for the “Emerging Artist” award by the
Copley Society, and was promoted to “Copley Artist”, a title given to
those artists who have been accepted into five or more juried
exhibitions; and is a second-time “Patron’s Choice” artist at the
Copley Society in Boston. Chris and his family spend much of their
summer in Maine and this location is the major focus of his painting.

A lifelong artist, Lisa Kyle paints in the tradition of the
Impressionists, attempting to capture the effects of light in the
landscape. Lisa’s formal education and training is in architecture,
having earned a BA in Environmental Design and a MA in Architecture.
Her architectural training gives her work a strong underlying sense of
composition and mark-making. She has studied painting at Southern
Methodist University, the Savannah College of Art & Design, the
Maryland Institute College of Art and participated in numerous
workshops with many well known artists. Her love of the natural world
and painting has recently brought her to Maine to pursue her passion
to be an artist. “I want to capture a moment of beauty and my place
in that moment. When I’m successful, my work reflects an elusive
moment of peace and serenity in an otherwise chaotic world.”

"Headlands At Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine", Bruce Busko, Oil/Linen, 30" X 50"

“Headlands At Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Maine”, Bruce
Busko, Oil/Linen, 30″ X 50″

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing
Gallery. His work has been exhibited in his galleries since 1980. He
received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania
State University and his paintings have been included in many Museum
exhibits including the Nassau County Fine Arts Museum, Guild Hall, The
Parrish Art Museum and the Heckscher Museum. “During frequent hikes,
throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information
for artwork. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first
step for creating art in the studio. Sketches, photos, memory and
onsite materials become the initial components of my painting process.
Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for the
subject. Selecting what speaks to me is the core and the beginning of
my creative experience.

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

Galleries 338 Will Open, “Perspectives in American Art”

William Kienbusch (1914-1980), “Sounds of the Gong Buoy #4, 1962,” oil on canvas, 52” x 66”

William Kienbusch (1914-1980), “Sounds of the Gong Buoy #4, 1962,” oil on canvas, 52” x 66”

Galleries 338 will open their inaugural exhibition “Perspectives in American Art,” on Friday, July 6th during the Rockland First Friday Art Walk. Gallery owners Peter Clarke of Clarke Gallery, Newburyport and Keith Oehmig of the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset have joined their knowledge and experience in the art world to create a unique collaboration. The opening show will feature American artists from the nineteenth through twenty first centuries and will include works by Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), John Marin (1870-1953), Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), Bruce Crane (1857-1937), George Grosz (1893-1959), John Folinsbee (1892-1972) and many others.

 Of particular note is a large abstraction by William Kienbusch (1914-1980), “Sounds of the Gong Buoy #4.” Painted in 1962, this monochromatic oil resonates with energy and life, echoing the sounds and movement of the sea in vigorous, abstract brushstrokes. On the more tranquil side is Andrew Winter’s (1893-1958) luminous work “Late Afternoon, Whitehead.” Yellow ochres and warm browns contrast with the blue sea and towering bluish-purple headland on Monhegan Island. Winter relished painting in the crisp, Maine air and traces of snow accent the foreground grasses and ledge in this richly detailed oil.

Andrew Winter (1893-1958), “Late Afternoon, Whitehead” oil on board, 24” x 36”

Andrew Winter (1893-1958), “Late Afternoon, Whitehead” oil on board, 24” x 36”

 Gallery owners Clarke and Oehmig are excited to embark on this new venture and look forward to being a part of the dynamic art scene in Rockland. Galleries 338 is located at 338 Main Street, across from the Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine. For more information, call (207) 751-1193. Galleries 338 will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

“Kevin Beers: Points of Light”

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24x24

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24×24

Gleason Fine Art‘s July show, “Kevin Beers: Points of Light,” begins June 28 and runs through July 31, with a reception for Kevin on First Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm. As always, the public is invited to stop by the gallery, have a glass of beer or wine, and chat with Kevin, one of the gallery’s most engaging artists.

When Kevin Beers was in art school, abstraction was all the rage, and although Beers was clearly in possession of great talent, his professors constantly tried to dissuade him from representational painting. Instead, listening to his own muse, Beers was drawn to the powerful realism of Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, and George Bellows, all of whom had fallen in love with the coast of Maine, especially Monhegan Island.

Years later, Beers visited Maine, seeking out the very places painted by Hopper, Bellows, and Kent– craggy islands, dramatic headlands guarded by lighthouses, sun-dazzled white buildings, and intense blue skies and seas. As with so many artists before him, Beers was struck by the quality of light in Maine, by the way it bounced off surfaces everywhere, creating sharp shadows and brilliant colors.

Every summer after, Beers packed up his car and headed to Monhegan Island for the summer months, becoming one of that island’s most recognizable artists. Reluctantly, he always returned to Brooklyn, New York, come fall. Three years ago, that all changed. Beers and his wife Amy decided to move to Maine, settling in a spacious 19th-century sea captain’s house in the midcoast village of Thomaston.

With the freedom to explore Maine’s coast, Beers soon discovered a veritable treasure trove of spectacular points and lighthouses–Pemaquid, Owls Head, Two Lights, and Boothbay Harbor’s Burnt Island. With “Points of Light,” his new show at Gleason Fine Art, Kevin Beers delights us with the joy he has found living in Maine, painting the rugged beauty of Maine’s coast and its simple, stark-white buildings.

“Kevin Beers: Points of Light,” runs through July 31, with a reception for Kevin on First Friday, July 6, from 5 to 7 pm. Gleason Fine Art is located at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Call the gallery at 207-633-6849 for more information.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

New Era Gallery’s opens Midsummer Show

“Lupines” by William Trevaskis.

“Lupines” by William Trevaskis.

New Era Gallery’s Midsummer Show opens July 14 with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm followed by a reception from 5:00-7:00pm. The show features landscapes addressing the frequently asked question – ”What is Vinalhaven like in winter?” in a variety of media by Elaine Austin Crossman. Sculptor Carl Swidorski’s “Quarryman’ series, carved in Vinalhaven granite, reflects his interest in the relationship between industry and social justice. William Trevaskis’ work features a combination of his passion for landscape and street photography in analog and digital print form. His photographic style is simple, geometric, and includes an element of storytelling.

The exhibition will run through August 1. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 863-2734 or visit neweragallery.com.

DIAA Presents “The Shape of Waters”

Leslie Landrigan

Leslie Landrigan

An exhibit of fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography and sculpture

July 3–15
HOURS: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

Reception with Artists
Sunday, July 8, 3–5 PM

Featuring work by: Chuck Collison, Janet Cook, Jill Finsen, Francoise Gervais, Jeri Gillin, Elsie Haley, Cathy Hart, Emily Johansen, Leslie Landrigan, Julia McDonald, Alice McKenna, Carolyn Raedle, David Simonds, Hub White

http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Gray Scale’

Please join Betts Gallery for an opening reception Friday July 6th, 5:30-8pm for a show entitled ‘Gray Scale’. Invited artists and fine crafts people will be showing work that ranges from white to black, with infinite shades of gray in a variety of media; painting, etching, graphite, ceramic, blown glass, photography, sterling silver and enameled jewelry. Artists include Suzanne Anderson, Susan Cooney, JT Gibson, David Jacobson, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Willy Reddick, Emily Shaffer and Simon van der Ven. The show runs from July 6th through August 11th.

The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website, www.thebelfastframer.com.

“Celebrating 30 Years, Past to Present”

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine
Mid-Season Exhibitions
Reception: Saturday, July 7, 5 – 7:30 PM
Exhibition: June 27 – July 28
Annual Regional Artists Exhibition at Barn Gallery

‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ is one of four new Mid-Season Exhibitions opening at Barn Gallery on June 27. Cynthia Robinson, Director, Museum of the White Mountains and of the Karl Drerup Exhibitions Program, Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH selected work for this show from entries by local artists and members of the Ogunquit Art Association. ‘OAA Expressions’ features a wide variety of art by OAA artist members. Painters Gayle Fitzpatrick and Michael Walek have Showcase exhibitions in the North Gallery. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is available in the Collectors Gallery.

FMI: 207-646-8400 or oacbarngallery@gmail.com or www.barngallery.org.

“Mobility: Art with a Mission” opens at Narrows Art Gallery

Narrows Art Gallery, Stockton Springs, featuring the work of William Landmesser, presents the fund-raising exhibit, “Mobility: Art with a Mission”, July 1- Dec. 31 2018.

Pathways- waterways, hiking or ski trails, roads- have figured prominently over the last forty years in the work of Stockton Springs artist and gallery owner William Landmesser.   Not only have these means of travel afforded Landmesser access to life experiences, they are natural visual subjects with their linear perspective moving the eye inward.   Pathways have become for Landmesser metaphors for life’s journey.

Several years ago the artist discovered Free Wheelchair Mission (www.freewheelchairmission.org ) , an organization which “provides free wheelchairs at no cost to people with disabilities living in developing nations.”   In 2001, engineer , inventor, FWM founder and part-time Verona Island resident Don Schoendorfer   introduced in a simple, durable, affordable wheelchair. To date, just over 1 million individuals in developing countries around the world have received one of the mission’s wheelchairs.   Amazing as that is, it is estimated that 100 million people are in dire need of the gift of mobility. This Spring Landmesser conceived the idea for an art exhibit that would unite appreciation for his own mobility with the dreams for mobility of those less fortunate.  An FWM wheelchair can be built, delivered and assembled for $80.   Two-thirds of the sale of all artwork, whether from the gallery or artist’s web-site (www.narrowsartgallery.com) ,   will be used to reach his goal of helping one hundred individuals experience the gift of mobility.   That’s 100 FWM wheelchairs.

“Carrying Place”, 2018.  Oil on Panel, 24”x16”.

“Carrying Place”, 2018. Oil on Panel, 24”x16”.

“Mobility: Art with a Mission” exhibits work from the past forty years in such a way that obvious references to travel are mingled with works whose travel themes are more subtle, inviting the viewer’s personal reflection on what it means to be mobile. A reception for FWM and Mr. Schoendorfer is being planned for late summer and will be announced in a future Café des Artistes.

Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri. 10-5; Sat. 10-3; Sun. 3-5. Directions: click “About” at www.narrowsartgallery.com.

“Monhegan to Paris” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

Fernand Herbo (French, 1905-1995), “Place Blanche, Paris" gouache, 19 1/4" x 23 1/2"

Fernand Herbo (French, 1905-1995), “Place Blanche, Paris” gouache, 19 1/4″ x 23 1/2″

“Monhegan to Paris” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine on Saturday, July 7th with a reception from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Viewers to the show may wonder what two seemingly disparate places, the cosmopolitan metropolis of Paris and the remote island of Monhegan, ten miles off the Maine coast, have in common. Both developed as artist destinations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Paris became an intellectual center for the arts with artists gathering in cafes for lively and heated debates. Monhegan, on the other hand, became an escape for many artists from New York and other urban areas and provided a freedom of exploration in a rugged, natural setting.

As Paris expanded rapidly during the Industrial Revolution and a bourgeois class began to develop, Parisian artists likewise sought to escape the city’s confines and soaring real estate prices. They retreated to the edge of the city in Montmartre, where some rural landscape remained with windmills, farms and cheap rent.

In Fernand Herbo’s (French, 1905-1995) colorful and dynamic gouache of “Place Blanche, Paris,” the viewer sees the foot of Montmartre and the bright red windmill of the Moulin Rouge. Opening in 1889, Moulin Rouge was an entertainment magnet for Paris bourgeois and artists alike. Auguste Grass-Mick (French, 1873-1963) captured the star of the Moulin Rouge, Louise Weber or La Goulue, in a vibrant pastel showing her profile in blues, greens and oranges. La Goulue was also a favorite of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and he featured her on some of his most famous posters.

Traveling back across the Atlantic, the viewer observes Walter Farndon’s (American, 1876-1964) “Summer Day, Monhegan Harbor.” Farndon first came to Monhegan in the 1920’s and in this work he captures the warm afternoon light on the sailing and fishing boats contrasting the cool blues of the water and soft purples of the wharf. Contemporaries of Farndon, Charles Ebert (American, 1873-1959) and his wife Mary Roberts Ebert (American, 1873-1956) likewise explored the island rendering the village harbor and Manana island in both oils and watercolors. Other important Monhegan Island artists featured in the exhibition include Andrew Winter (American, 1893-1958), Jay Hall Connaway (American, 1893-1970), Samuel Peter Rolt Triscott (American, 1846-1925), Sears Gallagher (American, 1869-1955), Theophile Schneider (American, 1876-1960) and Morris Shulman (American, 1912-1978).

Walter Farndon (American, 1876-1964), “Summer Day, Monhegan Harbor,” oil on board, 14" x 18"

Walter Farndon (American, 1876-1964), “Summer Day, Monhegan Harbor,” oil on board, 14″ x 18″

Important Paris artists whose works are also on display include Francois Gall (French, 1912-1987), Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883), Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944), Andre Derain (French, 1880-1954), Cesar Villacres (French, 1880-1941) and Lucien Genin (French, 1894-1953).

“Monhegan to Paris” will continue at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 8th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 6:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

New Harbor Artists Hannah and Farrell Paint the Midcoast Landscape

“Poppies by the Shed”  by Kay Hannah is one of a series of pastel paintings focusing on the beauty of her native environment – the Pemaquid Peninsula

“Poppies by the Shed” by Kay Hannah is one of a series of pastel paintings focusing on the beauty of her native environment – the Pemaquid Peninsula

This summer, the Pemaquid Art Gallery in Lighthouse Park, Bristol, is celebrating 90 years of continuous seasonal operation (58 years at the current location). Two painters who will be familiar to visitors are Kay Sawyer Hannah and Peggy Farrell. Both had an interest in art from an early age, yet have had little if any formal art training. They are frequently seen in area art shows and are enchanted with the midcoast landscape where they reside in the same Seawood Park neighborhood in New Harbor.

As a youth, Kay Sawyer Hannah was inspired by the many local artists who painted along the shore near her home in New Harbor, including Gene Klebe, well-known early Pemaquid group painter. After her college education, she took classes and workshops in acrylic, watercolor and pastel with local artists. For many years she focused on watercolors, and now also paints primarily in pastel.

Kay Hannah paints what she loves…skies, water reflections, especially dawn and dusk and storm-driven surf. She also often incorporates flowers either in the foreground or background. The Pemaquid lighthouse has been a frequent subject through all seasons and times of day. She is motivated to produce work that will touch viewers, causing them to linger and respond to the emotion that caused her to paint the scene.

Peggy Farrell is also the product of local community and adult education classes. She was “notorious” for doodling and sketching as a child. Thanks to an aunt who curated prints and drawings at the Morgan Library in New York City, Farrell was inspired by the artistic illustrations of Beatrix Potter and other illustrators of children’s books. Growing up in Pennsylvania, she was also intrigued by the Wyeth family, N.C., who illustrated children’s books, and Andrew, with his eye for the mundane executed in such detail.

Artist Peggy Farrell responds to life around her and was inspired to paint “Jefferson Barn & Hollyhocks” at the sight of an old barn shed and its bountiful hollyhock blooms.

Artist Peggy Farrell responds to life around her and was inspired to paint “Jefferson Barn & Hollyhocks” at the sight of an old barn shed and its bountiful hollyhock blooms.

Like Kay Hannah, she paints what she loves, and believes in learning from one’s mistakes. After years studying tole painting, and even stained glass work, she gravitated to watercolor and gouache (opaque watercolor). Her work features glimpses of details in life around her, flowers, buildings, local scenes, and, currently, figurative and portrait paintings of people and animals, capturing the essence of each subject.

Farrell is one of the top favorites among visitors to the Pemaquid Gallery. She is rewarded by the correspondence she often has with buyers of her work, who may even include a touching anecdote with their notes of appreciation.

Her work can also be seen in area shows and on her website, www.thepottingshedstudio.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following member artists: 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, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artist Jane Bowman.

Artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

“The Invention of Atmosphere” at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

Ingrid Ellison, Under This Shared Blue Sky, oil on panel

Ingrid Ellison, Under This Shared Blue Sky, oil on panel

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents

The Invention Of Atmosphere, A Group Exhibition, Opening Reception, SUNDAY, July 1, 4 – 7 PM.

featuring the artwork of Ingrid Ellison, David Hornung, Jen Maloney, Patricia Wheeler, and Catherine Winslow, with new work from Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, John Wilkinson, Cynthia Winings, Goody-B. Wiseman, Diane Bowie Zaitlin

The exhibition will run from June 26 through July 21  

The Invention Of Atmosphere is the second exhibition of Season VI at the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, SUNDAY, July 1, 4 – 7 PM.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, Maine.

Cynthia Winings Gallery
info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

“We Are One” At the Gallery At Somes Sound

Serena Bates, "Dreamer", Limestone

Serena Bates, “Dreamer”, Limestone

Et In Spiritum …
(The Spirit Within)
June 29 – September 28

Please join us as we discover what motivates these talented artists –
creatively, emotionally, spiritually.

FIRST SHOW OF THE SEASON
Opening Reception Friday, June 29th, 4 – 6 pm

Sarah Seabury Ward, "Owl", Bronze

Sarah Seabury Ward, “Owl”, Bronze

We Are One …
June 29 – July 13

featuring:
Sculptors Serena Bates and Sarah Seabury Ward

The Gallery At Somes Sound

Philip Frey, Judy Belasco and Philip Barter

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present three solo shows: Philip Frey: Soft Persuasion; Judy Belasco: The Mystery of Water; and Philip Barter: Mainescapes. The shows will run from June 20 through ­July 14. All three artists will be presenting new and recent work.

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

Philip Frey Still Standing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Frey Still Standing, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Frey: Soft Persuasion Philip Frey is best known for his bold paintings of Maine’s coastline, landscape, and working waterfronts. His primary focus is color and light, preferring direct perception and the dynamic quality, richness, and challenges of working from life. In 2016, the University of Maine Museum of Art mounted a solo exhibition of Frey’s work. His work has been highlighted in several books, including Art of Acadia, 2016, and Paintings of Portland, 2018, both by brothers Carl Little and David Little.

Frey’s career is the subject of a new book: Philip Frey: Here and Now (Marshall Wilkes) by Daniel Kany and Carl Little. Courthouse Gallery will host the book launch in conjunction with his solo show on Saturday, July 7 from 4–6:30pm. Kany sums up Frey’s work best, “As a painter, Philip Frey’s goal is often a project of soft persuasion. We recognize his scenes easily enough. But as we shift our focus from the recognizable subject to the insistent forms, luscious brushwork, and compositional design, the painting slips out of representational focus and back to abstraction, the true place of Frey’s poetry.” Frey lives in downeast Maine, where he maintains a full-time studio nestled in the woods. To reserve a copy of Philip Frey: Here and Now, please call Courthouse Gallery at 207-667-6611. Images available on request.

Judy Belasco, Bass Harbor Inlet, oil on canvas, 20 x 36 inches

Judy Belasco: The Mystery of Water Judy Belasco paints subtle, yet majestic coastal scenes most often of estuaries where the interplay of water, sky, and light are shaped by atmospheric weather. As the daughter of Oliver Nuse, a Philadelphia artist, and the granddaughter of Roy Nuse, an impressionist painter and instructor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Belasco grew up surrounded by art. She spent much of her childhood living in artists’ colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania, Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Maine. In 1972, she graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a BFA. She studied landscape painting with noted artist Linden Frederick and fine digital print with John Paul Caponigro at the Maine Photographic Workshop. Belasco was an art teacher at the Germantown Friends School, a position she held for thirty-two years. In 2008, she retired to focus on her painting full-time. Belasco maintains studios in Philadelphia and Stockton Springs, Maine, and divides her time between two. “‘The longer you look,’ Belasco has said, ‘the deeper and deeper you go.’ The same can be said of these remarkable paintings. They draw us into landscapes we thought we knew but now see with greater depth and renewed wonder.” —Carl Little, catalog except 2018

Philip Barter, Power Plant, acrylic on board, 30 x 24 inches

Philip Barter: Mainescapes Philip Barter is a self-taught artist from Boothbay, Maine, who was living in California during the 1960s when he met Alfonso Sosa, an abstract expressionist painter. Sosa took Barter under his wing and added a “charge of light and color” to Barter’s vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. While living out west, Barter encountered the work of Marsden Hartley and experienced an aesthetic epiphany. He felt an immediate connection with the Lewiston-born painter. Hartley would serve as a kind of talisman, an artist to inspire but also to move beyond. Barter returned to Maine to become a painter and by the 1970s, he and his second wife, Priscilla, settled in downeast Maine, where they raised their seven children and made a life immersed in art for their large family. By the early 1990s Barter was showing in prestigious galleries up and down the Maine coast and receiving critical acclaim for his work. Bates College Museum of Art mounted a retrospective of Barter’s work in 1992. The Farnsworth Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and Bates acquired his work. In 1995, Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine, and Tim Sample highlighted Barter’s life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt. Barter has since spent a half-century painting narratives based on Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. In 2017, Marshall Wilkes published Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a comprehensive hard cover book by Carl Little on Barter’s work and career.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art
6 Court Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
207 667 6611

THE ESSENCE OF MAINE Featuring Mark Herrington, Dan Miller, and Barbara J. Zucker

June 25- July 23 Reception Saturday, July 7, 4-6 pm.

Littlefield Gallery celebrates its tenth season with “The Essence of Maine” featuring stone sculptor Mark Herrington, wood sculptor Dan Miller, and seascape painter Barbara J. Zucker. All three of these distinguished artists have been integral parts of the gallery since it began. Mark Herrington  is a lifelong student of the creative process. He is a self-taught stone artist and has been a guest speaker at the University of Maine in Orono in his role as the first sculptor in the Littlefield Gallery Artist-in-Residence program in 2015. 

Dan Miller has been coming to Corea,Maine, for the past 55 years. Celebrating his 90th birthday this summer, he continues to teach at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in the country. As an administrator, he has fulfilled the duties of Dean of Faculty, Acting Dean of the School, Chairman of the Painting Department, and, since 1998, Chair of the MFA Program. He has had 71 one-person exhibitions involving printmaking and sculpture. His work has has received numerous awards and is in private and public collections around the country.

Barbara J. Zucker’s paintings are in the permanent collections of The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, The Reading Public Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Rosemont College, and numerous other public and private collections in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. Her most recent solo shows were at the Eisenhower Theater Gallery at West Point, NY, the Montgomery County Community College West Campus Gallery in Pottstown, PA and the Community Music School. 

Littlefield Gallery
(207)838-4174

 

Turtle Gallery opens first of four receptions

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle celebrates its 36th year with four opening receptions over the course of the summer. Featured are perennial gallery artists, plus new works by first time exhibitors. Starting this year, three workshops for artists interested in printmaking, painting and drawing will be offered. The first exhibition of the season offers a large collection of ceramic works by Sequoia Miller, who shows here again after a hiatus of two decades. Also featured are works by metalsmith and former Deer Isle artist, Jack Hemenway as well as Prints and Drawings by Karl Schrag and Vaino Kola.

Karl Schrag’s drawings from the late 20th century are characterized by color and strong iconic brushstrokes. The collection reflects the pleasures of a Deer Isle summer, depicting waters bathed with sun and moonlight in abstracted landscapes. Schrag spent 50 summers on the coast of Maine, thirty-six of them on Deer Isle, and has exhibited work at the Turtle Gallery for the past 35 years. While internationally known and collected, these Schrag works convey his vision of Deer Isle and the home he made here with his family.

Finland Native and Deer Isle resident Vaino Kola will have etchings, lithographs and drawings on display. Kola moved to Maine to paint full-time after teaching art at Wheaton College in Massachusetts for 26 years. Kola’s drawings of the female form and aspects of nature appear realistic from a distance, however, closer inspection reveals deeper texture.

Displayed are works by Margaret Keleshian, Nicole Hertz, Jeff Loxterkamp, Holly Berry, Arthur Hardigg, Sharon Townshend, Rebecca Goodale, Sally Brophy, Margot Ogden, Peter Kemble, Paul Heroux, Zuzonna Huot, Margaret Rizzio, Conny Hatch, Siri Beckman, Barbara Putnam, Treacy Zeigler, Thomas Barrett, Leni Mancuso, Phil Chase, and Elena Kubler. In the sculpture garden is work by David Sywalski, Hugh Lassen, Susan Chase, Nancy Nevergole, Cynthia Stroud, James Wolfe, Steve Porter, Andreas Von Huene, and David Curry.

Come see our new tiny pop-up mixed media “atrium” show space! Our opening reception is on Sunday, June 17th from 2 to 6 PM. Show runs through Saturday, July 14th. Light refreshments will be served. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am -5:30pm and Sundays 2pm-6pm. Please call (207) 348-9977 for more information or changes in hours. Please visit theturtlegallery.com

Blue Hill Bay Gallery’s first show: Remembering Paul Strisik

Paul Strisik N.A. “Clearing,” 10 x 14 Oil on linen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we open the 2018 season in Blue Hill we pay tribute to one of Cape Ann’s most accomplished painters. Paul Strisik, who painted light and color in all its manifestations, would have been 100 years old this year. Whether painting his village of Rockport just after an autumn rain, or a sparkling Downeast harbor in full summer, there is a luminosity in Strisik’s skies that glimmers off the earth, glosses the surface of the water and reveals his excitement and emotional involvement in his subject.

Strisik was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1918, another age. He studied at the Art Students League in New York with Frank Vincent Dumond.  By the mid-20th century he had moved to Rockport, Ma., where he maintained his studio and gallery until his death in 1998.  He was a dedicated plein air painter, finding even the briefest outdoor studies carried him back to the subject true to the feeling, the light and the mood of the place.

Paul Strisik N.A., “Morgan’s Cove,” Oil on canvas 16 x 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Strisik became a nationally acclaimed painter, and member of the most prestigious organizations in America including the National Academy of Design. His concepts and technical skills are presented in, “The Art of Landscape Painting” 1980, published by Watson-Guptill and “Capturing Light in Oils”, a Northlight Publication was released in 1995. His work is also celebrated in “The Life and Art of Paul Strisik, N.A.” by Judith A. Curtis, 2001. He passed away in Rockport, MA on July 22, 1998. His work may be seen at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery throughout the month of June. For more info contact the gallery at 207-374-5773 or visit bluehillbaygallery.com.

Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2018 summer season two group shows

“Rainbow Park” Ron Weaver

Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2018 summer season on Friday night June 15th with two group shows. In the main gallery “Anything Goes”, this evolving Exhibit will showcase oil and acrylic paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Jimmy Reed and Mimo Gordon Riley as well as watercolors by Linda Funk, Greg Mort, Elaine Reed and Eleanor Zuccola and Outsider Art by Ian Baird, Elaine Niemi, C.W. Oakes and the late Rudy Rotter. Also on exhibit is black & white pinhole photography by Antonia Small and mixed media assemblage by Ian Baird and Elaine Niemi. A variety of quality crafts are available including decoupage by Davene Fahy, handmade leather journals by Karen Carroll, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill, mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. New to the gallery handmade jewelry by Nance Trueworthy. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display throughout the gallery as well as outside in the Sculpture Gardens. Phase One of the show runs through Sunday, August 5th.

In the new wing, “Thanks for the Memories” will feature works by the late artists Leo Brooks, Bill Cook, Robert Hamilton, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Donn Moulton, Cam Noel, Manuel Rincon, Carl Sublett, Janice Tate, William Thon and Ron Weaver. The show honors these artists as well as several members of our community that have recently passed including artists Jenifer Mumford and Carolyn Whitaker, a great patron of the arts, Peasy Love and pillars of our community John Bly, True Hall, Les Hyde and John Shea and lastly Jay, the Miller’s horse, who has summered at the gallery from the beginning. A reception will be held for both shows on Friday, June 15th, from 5-8 p.m.

The gallery also offers books by several of its artists, mixed-media cards, a large collection of original 1960’s & 70’s rock posters and a variety of antiques and collectibles. Gallery hours are 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. or by appointment and is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net

“Wisdom of the Brush” at DIAA Gallery

David Kofton

An exhibit of baskets, painting, photographs, pottery and sculpture

RECEPTION WITH ARTISTS
Sunday, June 10
3–5 PM

EXHIBITION DATES: June 5–17
HOURS: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM

Katy Allgeyer
Cynthia Bourque Simonds
David Kofton
David McBeth

Julia McDonald
Kaitlyn Metcalf
Courtney Mooney

AND IN THE ART RACK

Betsy Braunhut
Leslie Landrigan
Cynthia Stroud-Watson

Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895–1925

Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), Drops of Rain [Dew Drops] (detail), 1902, platinum print, 20.2 x 14.9 cm. Library of Congress

This exhibition is the first in over forty years to survey the work of Clarence H. White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and a major teacher and mentor. It will survey White’s career from its beginnings in 1895 in Newark, Ohio, to his death in Mexico in 1925.

Clarence H. White and His World will bring this essential American artist to the attention of new generations of art enthusiasts and reclaim his place in the American art canon. The exhibition will provide a fresh understanding of White’s career, as shaped by the aesthetic, social, economic, technological, and political transformations of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era. White’s early work shares with the nascent Arts and Crafts Movement some of the most progressive values of the time, including the advocacy of hand production, closeness to nature, socialism, Japonisme, and the simple life. His move to New York in 1906 and involvement with the influential Photo-Secession group mark a fundamental shift in his production as it grew to encompass nudes made in collaboration with Alfred Stieglitz, commercial illustration for literary works, and deepening relevance to his teaching. Indeed, Clarence H. White the teacher has often overshadowed Clarence H. White the artist; this exhibition seeks to strike a new balance, demonstrating his radical techniques in both arenas. In addition to more than 100 prints, albums, and illustrated books by White himself, the exhibition will include paintings, prints, and drawings by artists who influenced or were influenced by pictorial photography, as well as photographs by White’s closest friends, collaborators, and students, including Gertrude Käsebier, Alfred Stieglitz, and Alvin L. Colburn.

Opening events:
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20: Director’s Circle and Contemporaries Council Evening Preview and Opening Reception
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday, June 21: Business Partners Mornings at the Museum
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21: Members Open House
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 21: Members Evening Reception
10 a.m. Friday, June 22: Open to the public

Organized by the Princeton University Art Museum.
This exhibition has been made possible, in part, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation and Isabelle and Scott Black.
Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Corporate sponsorship provided by Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts.

Natasha Mayers & Kenny Cole: Men in Suits/Men in Trouble

“Mountain” Nastasha Mayers

ON VIEW: JUNE 6 – 30, 2018 | OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 5-7PM, FILM SCREENING 7PM

“Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is a two-person show featuring work by Natasha Mayers and Kenny Cole. “Men in Suits/Men in Trouble” is on view at The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, June 8, 5-7pm. The reception will be followed by a short preview of footage from an upcoming film about Natasha Mayers. The public is invited to attend and meet Natasha and Kenny as well as the filmmakers.

“Natasha Mayers: an Un-still Life,” is the working title for a documentary-art film in the Maine Masters series about the activist artist. Filmmakers Anita Clearfield and Geoffrey Leighton use animation, live action, and in-depth interviews to get inside her art process and bring to life this extraordinary artist. The filmmakers believe that now, more than ever, audiences want to see truthful, creative role models like Natasha Mayers, who is known as the “best activist artist” in Maine and who Senator George Mitchell called a “state treasure.” The filmmakers will be present at 7 PM on the night of the opening to screen short excerpts from the film and answer questions about their collaboration with Natasha.
Much of the work in this exhibit depicts men wearing suits or costumes in a seemingly unending array of scenarios. As articles of clothing tie their work together, so does the idea that the men are in trouble.

They view a world in trouble, full of violence toward one another and the planet, with men, historically, at the center of the problem. There are the powerful ones who are intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, and those who lost not only their savings/jobs, but also their meaning, relevance, and dignity. Thus the work reflects anger, frustration, a sense of the absurd, and analysis of what masculine power, white privilege and tradition have wrought.

Natasha Mayers: ““Men in Suits” materialized in my work after the financial crisis of 2008, when the predatory practices that wrecked the housing market and economy came to light. The banksters were rewarded with bailouts and bonuses. They needed to be exposed, so I inserted them into international postcard scenes. Next they inhabited my paintings, looming and commandeering the landscape. They could get away with doing whatever they wanted, assured of their place and their right to be there. They were often the perpetrators, culpable for many of the world’s problems, but sometimes they became the victims of even bigger forces.

The subject continues to interest me because men in suits, at the nexus of corporate, financial, and military power, help to explain what we are doing as a country. They reveal our shared sense of entitlement and belief in the American Dream and the national myth of U.S. exceptionalism. They represent our intoxication by those values that put profit ahead of morality. We grant them immunity from prosecution and let them steal our jobs, savings, and homes, destroy the planet, deport immigrants, harass women, and make endless war.

In these enraging times, with a red tie man in charge, I’m still painting Men in Suits, but they are becoming Men in Trouble. Some are perpetrators, while many are hapless (and headless), intoxicated, gambling, dangerous, blinded, going headstrong without a plan, hooded, trapped in their suits, damned, and doomed. Some of the recent work sets them on fire, saws them in half, throws them into ovens, turns them into chairs, stacks them in towers, drops them in trash heaps, sets them against each other, strips their clothes off, ties them up, isolates or drowns them.

I’m expressing my outrage and disappointment about what’s happening in the world, trying to transform the anger that so many of us are feeling about power imbalances and injustice. I try to talk about what is scary and threatening to me/us with a touch of irony, humor, pattern, exuberant color, and eccentricity. When you view my work, I hope that you will get more in touch with your unease about what’s going on, and sense the emergency and the madness of it, and then go and change the world or get arrested or make more art.”

Kenny Cole: “I am convinced that being an artist, even a painter of flowers in vases, is a political act. Thus my art confidently veers in to areas that are socially charged in an effort to open a dialogue via an art experience. For this show I’ve pulled together a thread in my practice that explores masculine motifs whose identities have evolved via the guise of a colorful costume. The motifs or characters that populate my work have been written in to our collective cultural psyche to the degree that their identity can be recognized even from a small part of their complete costume. Alas they are all men in suits.

As an artist, one of the more powerful tools in our kit, color, defines our work significantly, depending on how we employ it. In seeking to uncover the sources of discord in the world I have observed that historically, those in power have found a great usefulness and purpose in employing color. Some to achieve political gain through say the pageantry of flags and uniforms; others financial gain through brand identity. Within this collection of drawings and paintings then, my task has been two-fold, to reclaim the unconscious influences of color and to re-work it’s collective associations through a playful narrative. In this respect my gender stand-ins are in trouble. They know not how they got to be whom they are and are being set to perform tasks and roles that do not necessarily conform to their encoding.”

New Exhibit at Venn + Maker in Portland

On June 20th, World Refugee Day, the stories of ten refugees living in Maine will be exhibited at Venn + Maker, a showroom for Maine artists and craftspeople. Visual storyteller Sofia Aldinio and writer Emily Wedick present a mixed media exhibit that unearths the stories of those who have resettled here and the treasured possessions they carried with them.

Opening night will be held on June 20th from 5:30 – 7:30. All are welcome to attend to view the exhibit, meet the artists, hear first account stories from the subjects themselves and enjoy music by Pihcintu Choir and African Dundada.

Maine’s resettled refugees were carried, through a confluence of unique circumstances, away from their homes of origin and to this unlikely landing place– just like objects they brought with them. Carried from Home reveals a deeper understanding of their lives and passages. Through the objects and the stories of those who behold them, we explore the concept of value as it relates to who we are, what we own, where we call home, and what we share as cultures collide and coexist in our state.

Most of us have an object that holds great meaning to us, that we care for, and that has traveled a great distance with us–through time or miles or both. Carried from Home connects the audience with its subjects through the shared experience of holding onto what we care about most.

No matter where we live, we all want to know: who are our neighbors, where do they come from and why are they here? In a time when the value of refugees in our communities is often questioned, Carried from Home shows us that values of our neighbors “from away” are not so foreign after all. Carried from Home seeks to become a statewide mobile exhibit.

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.

Homecoming at Camden Harbor

“Last Rays on the Bay” Charles Fenner Ball

Camden Falls Gallery is honored to open its 2018 season with Homecoming , opening Friday, June 8 from 5-7 PM with an artist’s reception. Homecoming features the works of celebrated mixed media artist Ann Trainor Domingue and other house artists.

“The title resonates on various levels,” says Howard Gallagher, owner of Camden Falls Gallery. He and his wife Margaret have run year-round retail businesses in Camden for 37 years. This year they embraced partial retirement and have adopted a seasonal business profile.

“Summer Day Port Clyde” Ken Dewaard

Like migrating waterfowl, the Gallaghers have become ‘snowbirds’. Homecoming is personal to them. “I don’t want to say it’s like migrating fish returning to their place of origin, but there’s something really special about coming home to the gallery on the edge of Camden Harbor,” said Gallagher. “The schooners shed their winter covers and the harbor just explodes with activity in anticipation of the summer to come. It’s like that in the gallery as well, we have shed winter, and the gallery is bursting with new and exciting work.”

The interplay of family, work, and home are at the core of coastal community life. They can be seen in Trainor Domingue’s playful, overlapping layers of texture, color, and repetitive forms.

In The Best Part of the Day , a school of simplified fish arch overhead and tumble in a torrent across a fisherman’s midsection, suggesting primordial forces cascading from a burst dam. Negative rectangular shapes created by the dockside piers act as anchoring counterpoints. It is the title, however, that leads us into the heart of the painting. A bell-shaped woman stands, back lit, in a doorway. The fisherman turns his head toward what surely is his home, with all the richness and heartache that connotes.

“Family Matters” Ann Trainor Domingue

Icons are visual images, usually rendered in strong, simple compositions, that lead the viewer through the realm of the senses into a more contemplative state. Trainor Domingue’s iconic imagery transcends a particular time and place, capturing our imagination with archetypal human beings and their mysterious lives. The imagery is intricate, yet free-flowing. Her work reminds us of the delicate ecosystems that thrive in the Gulf of Maine and Penobscot Bay, which are sometimes threatened by the intersection of human industry and enterprise.

Trainor Domingue was born in Fall River, Massachusetts and raised in Barrington, Rhode Island. Summer holidays spent on Cape Cod deepened her affinity for coastal estuaries, harbor towns, and the doughty New Englanders who earn their living from the sea.

“My work has transitioned from a focus on coastal structures and architecture toward incorporating the humanity of the working waterfront by bringing meaningful relationships between people, work and the landscape together in paintings that visualize this idea in uncommon ways,” said Trainor Domingue.

After graduating from Rhode Island College, Trainor Domingue had a successful career as an illustrator and art director. Two artist residencies from the Copley Society in Boston enabled her to return to Provincetown to paint after her escape from the corporate world.

Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing, Camden, ME. For more information, call (207) 470-7027 or email info@camdenfallsgallery.com .

Ogunquit Museum Announces 2018 Programs

Art in Bloom 2016

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) today announced the program schedule for its 65th Anniversary Exhibition Season. OMAA’s 2018 programs include the popular Totally Tuesday Talks lecture series, a new Arts & Letters by the Sea public readings series, Art in Bloom weekend, Totally Tuesday walking tours, and for young visitors, Stories by the Sea.

“Our 65th Anniversary Exhibition Season includes a wonderful series of programs to enrich our visitors’ experiences at OMAA, from the opportunity to hear artist Lois Dodd talk about her exhibition, Lois Dodd: Drawings and Paintings, which opens July 14, to a poetry reading by Inaugural Poet Laureate Richard Blanco,” said Michael Mansfield, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. “I’m excited to host these artists and introduce them to our guests.”

OMAA programs begin on Friday, June 22 with Art in Bloom weekend at OMAA. Members of the Piscataqua Garden Club, Portsmouth Garden Club, and Old York Garden Club will brighten the museum’s galleries with floral interpretations of selected works on view. OMAA visitors are invited to vote for their favorite arrangement and the festive spring program concludes with a new event, The Garden Party on Sunday, June 24 from 2pm to 4pm This lively party, a fundraiser for OMAA’s 3-acre seaside sculpture gardens, will include seasonal finger foods, beverages, and music, plus a prize for the favorite garden party hat of the day. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the museum, by phone at (207) 646-4909 or at www.ogunquitmuseum.org.

Totally Tuesday walking tours begin on June 26 with a tour of the OMAA sculpture gardens. On alternating Tuesdays through August 28, OMAA also offers walking tours of the Ogunquit art colony. Tours begin at the reception desk at 11am. Please check the calendar on the OMAA website for scheduled walks, which may be cancelled due to rain.

Totally Tuesday Talks also begin on June 26 with a lecture by Charles Burchfield scholar Nancy Weekly about the current exhibition, Surrounded: Sampling Burchfield’s Wallpaper. The weekly lecture series gives OMAA visitors the opportunity to hear from visiting artists, scholars, and experts about topics related to the museum’s exhibitions. Talks begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments served by 2018 Director’s Circle sponsor Harvest & Plate Catering from 5pm to 5:45pm. Please check with the museum for a complete schedule of 2018 Totally Tuesday Talks.

Arts & Letters by the Sea, a new three-part program at OMAA, further explores the dynamic union between visual arts and literature inspired by recent exhibitions in the Strater Gallery, including the current show, This Side of Paradise: American Artists of the Paris Salon. The program includes three public readings by notable authors, beginning with Inaugural Poet Laureate Richard Blanco reading poetry at OMAA on Sunday, July 22 at 3pm. Please check the OMAA website for the complete program schedule.

In July and August, young visitors are invited to join OMAA Educator Jill Burke for Stories by the Sea, a weekly story hour with a related art project that meets on Wednesdays from 10am to 11am and is suited to children ages 4 to 8. The fee is $5 per child or free for OMAA members’ families.

Grand Opening of the season at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

“Mona Bird – Body Gard – Mine”

Philippe Guillerm at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

“Art is Fun”, a exhibition of works by international artist Philippe Guillerm, opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, June 9th, from 4 to 7pm.

Philippe Guillerm presents a unique series of Paintings and Sculptures from his travels to the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands. This year’s Collection will be fun, eclectic and whimsical for Waldoboro’s first ArtWalk of the 2018.

Born in Paris, France, Philippe Guillerm began working with design in a early age and the local environment had an enormous and lasting influence on his drawings giving him contemporary forms he continues to use today on his tree dimensional works. The artist actually went to school for engineering, following his father’s vocation. He grew up surrounded by art, and his training, along with helping his father build furniture and boats, prepared him to compose. Philippe’s family is originally from Brittany, or “ Land of the Sea”, where the people traditionally worked as sailors or fishermen .With his heritage and a life time of summer sailing behind him, adolescent Guillerm left France for Spain and Morocco. His travels eventually led to French Guyana, where he met wife and wood, Philippe found the beauty of each undeniable, and he left for Tahiti two years later as a husband and sculptor.

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″

Randy Eckard Solo Exhibition

Randy Eckard ~ “Incoming Tide” ~ Watercolor on Paper 15″ x 21″

Time permitting, stop in Richard Boyd Art Gallery June 1 at 10:00 a.m. for the opening of a solo exhibition of paintings by noted watercolorist Randy Eckard, with a meet the artist reception to follow on the 2nd.

Randy Eckard ~ “The Old Ways” ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine Randy’s career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades. Eckard is known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. His paintings in watercolor are expertly detailed and invite the viewer in for a closer look.

Eckard has won over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast. His work is widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections.

You’re invited to meet Randy at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery Saturday, June 2 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when he will be available to discuss his work.

The exhibit is open free of charge between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily from June 1 through June 29, 2018. For more information about the exhibit or reception contact the gallery by phone at (207)-712-1097

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents: DIRECT CONTACT

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents
DIRECT CONTACT, A Group Exhibition Featuring:

ELIZABETH GOURLAY
ANNA HEPLER
JULIET KARELSEN
MEGAN MAGILL
NORIKO SAKANISHI
With New Work from: Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, John Wilkinson, Cynthia Winings, Goody-B. Wiseman, Diane Bowie Zaitlin

Please join us for the Opening Reception on
Sunday, MAY 27, 4 – 7PM

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present the first group exhibition of the season, Direct Contact, featuring the artwork of Elizabeth Gourlay, Anna Hepler, Juliet Karelsen, Megan Magill, and Noriko Sakanishi. The exhibition will include new artwork from Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman and Diane Bowie Zaitlin. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, Sunday, May 27, 4 – 7 PM.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art opens for the 2018 Season Spring Show and Holly Meade: Everyday Charm

Holly Meade, Angel Plane Transporting Souls, woodblock print, 9 x 17 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to announce they will open for the 2018 season on May 25 with their annual Spring Show highlighting gallery artists, and an exhibition of woodblock prints by Sedgwick artist Holly Meade (1956–2013). Meade’s lively prints are full of wit and charm, exploring everyday life, baking cookies or an afternoon nap, and her humorous personification of animals. Meade is also an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who has illustrated more than 30 children’s books. Her illustrations for Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho won a 1997 Caldecott Honor for illustration, and for John Willy and Freddy McGee she was named an honoree for the Charlotte Zolotow Award for Creative Writing.

Joseph Keiffer, Nasturtiums and Pansies on Green Gingham Cloth, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Courthouse Gallery Spring Show participating artists include: Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Lise Becu, Siri Beckman, Jeffery Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, William Irvine, Henry Issacs, Jessica Lee Ives, Joseph Keiffer, Philip Koch, Rosie Moore, Ed Nadeau, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Stephen Porter, Alison Rector, Cynthia Stroud, Lilian Day Thorpe.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information on upcoming shows call 667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

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.

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Halcyon’

Mj Viano Crowe, Kingfisher Queen, Papercut Stencils, Polychromed, 48″X24″

Betts Gallery kicks off the 2018 season with a show entitled ‘Halcyon’. This show features a plenteous group of local artists exploring the theme halcyon, which Webster’s defines as various species of kingfishers (in Latin; alcyon), as well as a feeling of calm or peacefulness, joy, prosperity or tranquility. The show runs through June 30th, and includes artists Daniel Anselmi, Sally Brophy, Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, MJ Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, David Estey, JT Gibson, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Sheep Jones, Marc Leavitt, Karen MacDonald, Leslie Moore, Abbie Read, Wes Reddick, Willy Reddick, Dyan Ross, Lesia Sochor and April White.

Please join them for an opening reception as part of the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk, May 25th, 5:30-8pm. It’s always a fun time to walk around town, visit the galleries, talk to the artists and enjoy some fine refreshments. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website, www.thebelfastframer.com.

“On the Coast: Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Art”

Matthias Noheimer (1909-1982), “Three Gulls,” egg tempera, 18” x 20”

“On the Coast: Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Art” will open Saturday, May 26th at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine.

 Among the featured works in the exhibition are recent oils by Judith Magyar including “October Moonrise, Maquoit Bay” with its clear, haunting light. David Kasman’s new paintings of Stonington, Maine and Monhegan Island have a weight and solidity of paint, which are energized by vigorous, free brushstrokes. Similarly, “Center Harbor” and “Island Poppies” by Keith Oehmig resonate with deep blues and purples captured in a loose, painterly manner. Other contemporary new artists showing in the exhibition include Michael Graves, Roberta Goschke, Guy Corriero, Diana Johnson, David Lussier, Tom McCobb and Paul Niemiec.

Keith Oehmig, “Island Poppies” oil on board, 14” x 18”

 Among the twentieth century American works highlighted in the show are Matthias Noheimer’s (1909-1982) egg tempera, “Three Gulls,” and Morris Shulman’s (1912-1978) geometric oil, “Horn’s Hill, Monhegan.” Other important American artists included in the exhibition are William Zorach (1887-1966), Gordon Grant (1875-1962), Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970), Ernest Trova (1927-2009) and Robert Philipp (1895-1981).

 “On the Coast: Twentieth Century and Contemporary American Art” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through July 6th. For more information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

CRAFT Gallery opens “Nature as Muse”

Lichen painting by Alana Vanderwerker

CRAFT Gallery opens its first show of the season on May 25th with “Nature as Muse”. Nature is one of  the principals of art and craft. Rocks, trees, lichen and leaves are subjects that inspire this show’s artists. All mediums are represented: painting, drawing, calligraphy, sculpture, textiles, jewelry and glass. Sculptor Jacques Vesery says “It is human nature to be inspired by our surroundings”. He strives to create an illusion of reality with repetitive patterns found in nature. Water, sky, rocks and leaf patterns appear in his work, reinterpreted and fantasized in his meticulous wood and acrylic sculptures. Each artist has his or her own story to tell: what they see, experience and are inspired by. The meadows, bogs and trees that surround her property are the resources for Dudley Zopp’s work in this show. Alana Vanderwerker is fascinated with the beauty and significance of lichens as she walks through the Maine woods. She searches for specific specimens to paint, satisfying her interest in biology and botany. Nature has always been one of the many themes in Lissa Hunter’s art, using a variety of materials and processes.  Weaving, basketry, pottery, painting and drawing are all part of her oeuvre. Her work is in the permanent collections of museums throughout the country. Glass artist David Jacobson’s glass “rocks”,  part of his new Cairn Series, has been influenced by the many rock cairns that people build to help others find their way along the trails he hikes in the hills near his Montville studio. Jacobson has just been recognized as the Microenterprise of the Year by the Small Business Administration of Maine. He is foremost an artist, mentor and educator, promoting a new generation of glass blowers.

These and other distinguished artists are included in CRAFT’s opening show which will continue through June. The gallery represents Maine artists working in all mediums with a special emphasis in fine craft.  CRAFT will participate in the First Friday Art Walk on June 1st. Many of the gallery artists will be there to talk about their work. The gallery is in the brick courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI visit www.craftonelm.com or call 207 594 0167.

CMCA 2018 Summer Exhibitions

Tom Burckhardt | Jocelyn Lee | John Bisbee

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland, Maine, is excited to announce its summer 2018 exhibition lineup featuring three solo shows by artists Tom Burckhardt, Jocelyn Lee, and John Bisbee. The three artists will be recognized at CMCA’s annual summer gala, The Art Party, to be held on Friday evening, June 29. The event celebrates CMCA’s two-year anniversary in its new location and building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori. Tickets to The Art Party are available online at cmcanow.org/theartparty or by calling 207-701.5005.

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

Tom Burckhardt: Studio Flood, June 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. Here the floor plane, now an extended surface of water, appears above our heads. One’s world is turned upside down, both figuratively and literally. In the floodwater, black monochrome canvases—emblems of intellect, will, and discipline—are floating and have been wrenched from their creators’ control and set adrift.

Tom Burckhardt has been called “one of the most interesting artists of his generation,” by art critic John Yau. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, including at McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; National Academy Museum, New York, NY; and City Museum, Aalst, Belgium. An iteration of Studio Flood was exhibited at Pierogi gallery in New York City, in fall 2017 and premiered at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerala, India in 2016. Burckhardt currently lives and works in New York City and Searsmont, Maine.

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

Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things, June 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. This mingling is partly what the work is about: creating a shift in perspective where a body (portrait) becomes a landscape; a still life becomes a portrait; and a landscape becomes a body.

Printed at large scale, the photographs beckon the viewer to a cinematic immersion in the image. The installation of the work as triptychs and diptychs juxtapose various bodies in divergent earthly environments and shift scale significantly across the images. The works are meant to engage the body of the viewer and become galaxies of their own through the use of space and the dilation and contraction of scale.

The New Yorker has called Jocelyn Lee’s photographs, “the very essence of transient beauty.” 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. She currently lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. In 2013 she received a NYFA Fellowship, and in 2001 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is represented by Pace MacGill Gallery in New York, Flatland Gallery in Amsterdam, and Huxley-Parlour gallery in London, where she was recently featured in a critcally-acclaimed solo exhibition. A monograph on The Appearance of Things, with an essay by Bill Roorbach, and printed by Meridian Printing, accompanies the exhibition at CMCA.

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

John Bisbee: American Steel, June 30 – October 14, 2018

American Steel is the first solo exhibition in Maine of sculptor John Bisbee’s work in nearly a decade. Bisbee, a resident of Brunswick, Maine, is celebrated for his masterful work created exclusively from forged and welded nails—as he says, “only nails, always different”—transforming their simple form into sculptures that defy the imagination.

Constructed entirely by hand using age-old techniques, Bisbee’s objects draw on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. As Glenn Adamson, former director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, writes in the catalog essay, “They are made in a spirit of solidarity with workers of all kinds; each nail expresses the idea of things joined together. Yet the exhibition also has a critical edge. Bisbee uses poetic language, narrative imagery, and potent emblems to express his concern with our country’s direction.” American Steel is thus a statement on current affairs. The work is, in Bisbee’s words, “an abstraction of who are we are, right now.”

John Bisbee received his BFA from Alfred University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has had more than two dozen solo exhibitions across the country since 1993, including at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont; Snite Museum of Art at University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana; and a mid-career retrospective at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, in 2008.

The exhibition, American Steel, and the accompanying catalog are made possible through the generous support of the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, and supporters John and Linda Coleman, James and Lisa Mooney, Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic, David E. Shaw Family Foundation, and Cold Mountain Builders.

UMaine Museum of Art announces Summer Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens four new exhibitions in May. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s summer shows open to the public on May 25 and run through September 1, 2018. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Helen O’Leary (American, born Ireland 1961) Safe House, 2017-2018, Egg tempera and oil emulsion on constructed wood

SAFE HOUSE: HELEN O’LEARY
May 25 – September 1, 2018

Safe House features the works of Irish-born artist Helen O’Leary, who lives and works in Hoboken, New Jersey. O’Leary’s constructions straddle the territories between painting and sculpture. Many of her freestanding works are arranged on tabletops, and when joined with other wall-oriented compositions, create a lively and engaging installation. Created of wooden strips, plywood, cotton duct and other materials, these works share each other’s space while asserting their own unique, yet quirky stance. “I knit with wood,” O’Leary states, “building and building the painting out of the ruin of its own making. Each piece is cobbled together from the chiseling of earlier attempts.”

O’Leary’s works are raw, yet intuitively assembled, and imbued with soul. Flat wooden cutout shapes are joined together through notched-out sections, while rough sticks are fashioned into supports like complex armatures. These re-purposed materials reveal their histories– imperfections celebrated while coming together like puzzle pieces. Some of O’Leary’s constructions incorporate expansive planes of color. In these, the artist has crafted and applied a sophisticated paint mixture to render surfaces like an almond that’s been coated with sugar to reveal a hardened, smooth shell.

Diana Schmertz (American, born 1973) Origin Stories, 2017, Oil paint on 556 2″ diameter wood tondos, Courtesy of the artist

THEY ARE EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE: DIANA SCHMERTZ
May 25 – September 1, 2018

They Are Each Other For A While, features an array of paintings by New York City-based artist Diana Schmertz. The artist’s work balances “emotional reasoning and intellectual logic” to allow viewers to explore ‘the self’ in relation to the world, while utilizing visual systems that aim to challenge belief structures.

A focal point of the exhibition is Origin Stories, a wall installation that depicts 556 human navels painted on two-inch diameter circular wooden panels. These belly buttons represent the specific individuality of every human being—while the tondo format symbolizes mathematical order for the artist. This piece challenges the viewer to consider their own self in relation to others. Focusing on what unites, the artist has depicted various bodies and skin colors that look beyond social hierarchies—or thoughts fueled solely by history and politics.

The Uncertainty Principle, a large-scale canvas measuring 7½’ x 9’, highlights intimate moments of human interaction. Schmertz often chooses the body as a principle subject “because we filter everything we perceive through our physical senses.” Her realistically rendered images are painted in the confines of circular areas arranged in a grid. When viewed close up the sensitively rendered details of each circular moment are revealed; while from a distance the composition reads as an expansive white field populated by a grid of flesh colored dots.

 

Steve Bartlett (American, born 1961) Crosscut, 2017, Ash, stain, paint, varnish, Courtesy of the artist

WORKS FROM 2013-2018: STEVE BARTLETT
May 25 – September 1, 2018

Maine-based artist Steve Bartlett has created a dynamic environment that features large-scale floor sculptures, wall-mounted compositions, and small objects. The exhibition also features several never-before-seen sculptures created in 2017 and 2018. Bartlett’s sculptures are crafted from ash, oak and walnut, and display the artist’s impeccable craftsmanship and inherent joy in the creative process. He utilizes steam-bent techniques for shaping and constructing the complex curves of the varied forms. Bartlett explains his sculptural process as “intuitive and evolutionary.” While the forms are enigmatic, they are also rooted in nature; their character and gestures seem to reference organic flora. A symbiotic relationship exists between the artist’s ideas and his chosen media. The work in his studio evolves in a fluid manner as the unique character of materials inform the final outcome.

Central to Bartlett’s recent works is the introduction of hard-edged painted areas, primarily in black and white. These painted elements, in the form of bands and circular notations, accentuate the curved shapes to create bold and unexpected graphic overlays. Bartlett explains “there is no direct message in his sculptures” and that he “simply hopes to engage and provoke the imagination” through organic and geometric shapes.

Eric Lindveit (American, born 1964) Installation view, Courtesy of the artist

SYLVAN NATURAL HISTORY: ERIC LINDVEIT
May 25 – September 1, 2018

In Sylvan Natural History, New York City-based artist Eric Lindveit exhibits an array of dimensional works on paper in which things aren’t quite as they appear. Inspired by a series of hand-colored illustrated books published in 1842 depicting the flora and fauna of New York, Lindveit has created scaled-up versions of New York City trees. What is surprising is that these enlarged views of varied bark are constructed from pencil, acrylic, flocking, sawdust, paper, and burlap over steel box springs. Lindveit has rendered the details of these trees, and in some cases their blemishes, in striking detail. Many appear to have suffered trauma—branches cut, wounds to the bark, irregular growths, knots, and protuberances, while some serve as hosts to opportunistic fungi.

Some of the sculptures are displayed in crate-like frames that are stacked to create a monumental wall structure. Lindveit explains, “When the work is believable, it becomes somehow real, no matter how improbable. I am making greatly exaggerated composite portraits that combine my interest in surface, identity, entropy, and the skin of paint. They belong to the built environment.” These stacks occupy an entire expanse of wall like an altar, inviting the viewer to see these sculptures in relationship to architecture. We are left to ponder the artifice of a built environment in contrast to our experiences and relationship with the natural world.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Mars Hall Summer Preview -“St. George Sales into Summer”

Caretakers House, Acrylic on Board 16 x 16

Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate the holiday weekend as part of “St. George Sales into Summer”. The annual event previews the 2018 season on Saturday & Sunday, May 26th & 27th, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Memorial Day thru Friday June 15th the gallery is open by appointment only.

The show offers an eclectic mix of paintings by Ian Baird, Nancy Baker, Leo Brooks, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon, Carl Sublett and Ron Weaver; and black and white pinhole photography by Antonia Small.

Jay Hoagland,”Lobster”

Also on display is a large variety 3-D ART by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland and Elaine Niemi; quality crafts including decoupage by Davene Fahy; handmade leather journals by Karen Carroll; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; mixed-media cards by Eleanor Zuccola and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens are inhabited by “The Recycled Zoo” created by Brian Read and “Yard ART” sculpture by Jay Hoagland. A large collection of antiques, original 1960’s & 70’s Rock posters from California, new & vintage jewelry, books by gallery artists and farm fresh eggs are also available.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. or more info call 207-372-9996 or 207-372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.

John Whalley | Brushwork

The Manuscript, Egg tempera on panel, 21 x 30 inches

Opening reception Thursday, June 7 from 5-7pm
Artists talk Saturday, June 23 at 1pm

Brushwork is John Whalley’s 8th solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries. This exhibition of paintings and drawings continues Whalley’s exploration of  reclaiming discarded tools, seashells, and other objects and giving them new life. His beautifully rendered images seem to instill, or rather uncover, an inner light within his subjects.

About the show Whalley states, “This last year as I was preparing a body of work for this show, with the exception of two drawings, I found myself wanting to explore my subjects in color, with a collection of twenty oil and egg tempera paintings. Hence, the title “Brushwork”- which also gave a nod to the seven paintings that had as their subject some of the many old, oversized paintbrushes I’ve collected over the years. Each of these brushes holds a story of their long service that I wanted to pay tribute to.
My studio contains a vast array of “orphaned objects’ which my wife and I have collected over the years, and from these I selected the ones which, in a sense, passed their audition and found their places in each of my paintings. Care was taken to allow a little story to develop in each painting which remains open to the imagination and interpretation of each viewer. I find that the paintings often touch memories and emotions of each viewer, as they have my own. Objects from nature such as a lobster claw, mussel shells and fossils have fascinated me since childhood. Old tools, such as these two wrenches used by my grandfather in Brooklyn in the early 20th century, measuring strings, and putty knife speak of the dignity of common labor. An old pocket watch, compass and clouded bottles harken back to a time of the concern for beauty in the making of objects of everyday use. My love for the printed word, and the idea of story, account for my inclusion of these vintage volumes in the paintings.

My hope is that these works will comprise a collection of winsome scenes, as if from a play, that will bring pleasure with their simple telling.”

Monhegan Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Masterpieces of American Art

Alan LaVallee, 2015

The Museum’s 2018 Exhibition Highlights the Island’s Artistic Legacy

The year 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Monhegan Museum of Art & History on Monhegan Island, Maine. Founded by artists and islanders in 1968, the museum draws visitors from all over the world to its outstanding collection and historic architecture, including a working lighthouse built in 1850. The museum’s collection of works by leading American artists who have worked on Monhegan is the focus of the museum’s major exhibition this summer, which will feature paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by some 70 artists, including George Bellows, James Fitzgerald, Robert Henri, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth, among others. The Monhegan Museum: Celebrating Fifty Years, accompanied by a commemorative book of the same name, will be on view July 1 through September 30, 2018.

“Monhegan is a small place, but it has had an outsized influence on American Art,” said Ed Deci, who has been director of the Monhegan Museum for more than 30 years. “We offer visitors the rare opportunity to experience these defining works of American art within the setting that inspired them.”

Over the years, the Monhegan Museum’s collection has grown to some 30,000 objects, about 1,500 of which are fine-art paintings, prints, and photographs. All entered the museum’s collection as generous gifts from islanders, artists, collectors, and others who treasure Monhegan’s art and history. Masterpieces featured in the exhibition will include Rockwell Kent’s luminous Village at Night and James Fitzgerald’s Gulls Descending, among many others.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the museum will publish a special, 172-page book featuring essays by six contributors and illustrated with more than 100 full-color reproductions and 50 archival photographs from the museum’s collection. The Monhegan Museum: Celebrating Fifty Years will be for sale in the museum shop and on the museum’s website for $40.

In addition to this summer’s main exhibition, the Monhegan Museum will also present a series of public events in honor of its 50th anniversary, including a lecture series, a film series, a Golden Jubilee party at the lighthouse on August 1, and a special exhibition of the work of James Fitzgerald in his former studio. For more information, visit monheganmuseum.org/50th-anniversary-events.

Monhegan Museum’s History

The lighthouse, Monhegan Light, is the centerpiece of the museum’s architectural campus and is intimately connected to the art history of the island. The first artist to visit the island, Aaron Draper Shattuck, went as part of a survey of Maine Coast lighthouses. He was enthralled by the island’s unique beauty—a combination of stark headlands, tall pine woods, and a picturesque fishing village that dates back to the 1700s. Before long, word spread to other artists, who visited the island in turn, sometimes staying at the keeper’s house. In the early 20th century, the realist painter and teacher Robert Henri brought generations of students, including Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and Edward Hopper, to Monhegan in the summers, many of whom painted the lighthouse or perched near its heights to capture views of the village below or take in the unparalleled sunsets over nearby Manana Island.

By the mid-20th century, many artists called Monhegan home for at least the summer months, with some even braving the harsh winters. Among these was the modernist Rockwell Kent, who built a small frame house and studio in the village that are now also part of the museum’s campus. The property was used not only by Kent but also by his cousin and fellow artist, Alice Kent Stoddard, as well as the painter James Fitzgerald, who bought it from Kent in the mid-1950s. The house and studio were donated to the museum in 2003 by Anne Hubert, Fitzgerald’s longtime friend and patron and an artist in her own right.

But it was the lighthouse and adjacent keeper’s house that inspired the creation of the Monhegan Museum and became its first home. When the lighthouse was automated in 1959 and the keeper’s house was suddenly vacant, island residents, including many artists, lobbied to preserve it and give it new life as a shared community resource. The idea of a museum of local art and historic artifacts arose from members of Monhegan Associates, the local land trust, which ultimately purchased the property and opened the museum for its first full season in 1968. In 1984, the Monhegan Museum separated and incorporated as its own nonprofit.

The Museum’s campus has also grown, with the addition of not only the Kent-Fitzgerald House but also a recreated assistant keeper’s house, which is the museum’s space for the annual special exhibitions, and barn, which serves as collections storage. Today the Museum’s historic structures are on the National Register of Historic Places, and in February of 2018, the Kent-Fitzgerald House and Studio were welcomed into the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program, administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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

Pemaquid Group of Artists Marks 90th Anniversary with a Public Reception June 3

The Pemaquid Art Gallery Opens for the 2018 Season

The Pemaquid Group of Artists opens its 90th season on Sunday June 3, with a gala public reception from 5 until 6:30 p.m. in the Pemaquid Art Gallery located at Lighthouse Park. The park is renowned for its panoramic views of sea, shore, and sky and the historic Pemaquid Lighthouse, which graces the Maine quarter. Refreshments, conversation with the artists and exciting new works of art will be featured, as will a 90th anniversary birthday cake.

The history of the Pemaquid Group of Artists began in 1928, when local and summer resident artists of New Harbor sponsored their first summer exhibition. Prior to the move to the current gallery in 1960, the Pemaquid Group of Artists exhibited in a variety of locations in the New Harbor area. The current gallery was designed by the artist group and financed and built jointly by the Town of Bristol and the Pemaquid Group of Artists

The Pemaquid Group of Artists is a nonprofit organization consisting of artist members juried into the group. The 30 artists exhibiting their artwork in 2018 are all from Lincoln County. This season the artists are pleased to welcome two new member artists. Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst have been juried into membership. Jane Bowman will be exhibiting her work as the 2018 Guest Artists. Come and meet these new artist members and guests, as well as the returning 27 member artists.

Each year the gallery provides financial aid to one or more community art programs, as well as a Museum Pass for the Portland Museum of Art, available to anyone at Skidompha Library. Artist-donated paintings and Gallery Patrons all help to make these gifts possible.

The 2018 exhibiting artists who are returning include: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Sherman, Liliana Thelander, Ernest Thompson, Jr., Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega and Bev Walker.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists invites you to visit the gallery often. Ongoing sales permit the gallery to display new works continually. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Columbus Day. For more information, please call the gallery at 677-2752 or visit www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

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.

Art House Picture Frames presents Sarah Baldwin

Art House Picture Frames

A lock of hair saved in a box and a bottle of ink. Beginning with the Brother’s Grimm Fairy tale Rapunzel, artist, Sarah Baldwin explores stories with the common themes of forbidden food, desire, punishment and the element of magical hair. Through a multi-sensory re-telling of these stories, she invites you to examine constructed identity and the idea that desire causes the experience of suffering. Come see and taste the forbidden food of Rapunzel, Maud and Rom Say Sok. Artwork on display from 5/1/18 – 6/30/18. Opening Reception on Friday, May 4, 2018, 5-8 PM.

61 Pleasant Street, Portland ME

arthousepictureframes@gmail.com

Greenhut Galleries presents Matt Blackwell and Kathi Smith

Greenhut Galleries presents a two person exhibition.

Matt Blackwell and Kathi Smith
May 3 – 27
Opening reception Thursday, May 3th from 5 – 7pm

Matt Blackwell artist talk Friday, May 4th at 2pm
Kathi Smith artist talk Saturday, May 12th at 2pm

Matt Blackwell

Matt Blackwell’s vibrant mixed media paintings burst with color, texture, and reverberations of the improvisatory bang of their creation. Blackwell is a fearless and prolific artist. His work, which is narrative and rooted in Americana, is wicked quirky, and floridly imaginative. In it, we see the artist’s flair for the uncanny, an irreverent wit, and a keen appreciation for the myriad absurdities of being, but Blackwell’s empathy for his often eccentric protagonists is always apparent. Though some pieces are inspired by the music of singer/songwriters like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Lucinda Williams, or by scenes from everyday reality, in Blackwell’s America, delirious and carnivalesque inversions of order occur on the regular. Bears stand upright and escort glamorous women to undisclosed locations, gleefully maniacal, Day-of-the-Dead-looking characters speed their pink cartoon of a car around the feet of a great colossus of a moose (whose antlers seem light and airy, like fairy wings), as it stands motionless amid a crowd of random and assorted human and supernatural beings gathered in a forest clearing. As critic David Brody puts it, “Blackwell’s figures are both fantastic projections of psychic roles and notes on everyday weirdness. . . [his] fondness for the Twilight Zone is in cahoots with the ambiguity of his narratives.” Place is important, with most of Blackwell’s imagery drawn from places that meaningfully intersect with his own biography: Maine, upstate New York, and New Mexico. Artists Fintan Boyle and Jennie Nichols describe Blackwell as “something of a regionalist chronicler. As such, the paintings are a form of notation or witnessing. But if the footing is in regionalism there is also a Hogarthian cocked eye on the lookout for the right scene that will give us regionalism’s crusty experience as a cautionary lesson for the wider world.”

Blackwell on his process: “My work is a combination of observation, memory, and painterly process. Although narrative, the work is quite often propelled forward by formal and painterly concerns, abstraction. I often use groups of figures to convey my narratives. However, they exist as a reason to push paint around. Sometimes I have a clear agenda on my narratives, other times it comes about through painterly process. Sometimes the narrative is clear, other times its ambiguous and left to the viewer to draw their own conclusion.”

Matt Blackwell holds a BFA from Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art)(1977) and an MFA from University of North Carolina (1988), where he received the Holderness Fellowship for Excellence. In 1980, he was the recipient of the Marguerite Zorach scholarship in painting to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and in 2015 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Museum of Art (see the aforementioned Moose there), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), and the Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA), as well as many private collections.

Kathi Smith

Kathi Smith’s lush, expressionistic paintings are known for their loose, confident brush strokes, and their complex and sophisticated interplay of textures, gestural marks, and rich, abundant color. As art writer Marcia Santore notes: “Her surfaces are worked and reworked, brushed, rubbed, dabbed, scuffed and pressed, built up in layers, scraped down again, scratched through, into a surface defined by texture and traveling marks, touched by brilliant color.” Thematically, location holds a place of primacy. Smith is most inspired by scenes in which she finds herself lost in the act of looking: “Complicated spaces with an abundance of information intrigue me, and I consider it my task as an artist to find order within them.” Though her work is representational, she is always, in her words, “flirting with abstraction. . .There’s a balance between the literal and the conceptual. For me, painting is about seeing, experiencing, and articulating the world (things, spaces, places) around me. . .using observation, perspective, point of view and perception to translate the world I find myself in.”

Kathi is currently interested in “the role of the landscape in developing any one person’s sense of self, and, when conjured through sensations, such as color, light and touch, how powerful the visual memory of a place can be.” Introducing an implied “self” with a sense of identity in relation to a particular landscape necessarily inscribes it with a narrative quality. As Kathi says, “I look for narratives within the landscape. I find them in backyards, abandoned spaces and in those spaces in between that are often overlooked.”

Most of Smith’s paintings are started on location from direct observation, but are then brought to her studio, where she continues working on them. “Through this process, the paintings become a blend of both real and remembered worlds, more evocative of the subject matter than descriptive.” Kathi’s recent paintings are visually compelling landscapes relevant to her personal history, emotionally inscribed with sense memories of her family’s homestead in Nova Scotia, her hometown in western Maine, and Maine’s Great Cranberry Island. As such, their narrative holds an intimate, first person point of view: “I find familiarities in these places, where a particular light, color, or texture in the landscape will evoke a memory, then becoming my subject.”

Kathi Smith holds a BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of Southern Maine (2003), and a MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire (2008). She has participated in many regional and national exhibitions, and numerous prestigious residencies. She received a full fellowship supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center and has been a Fellow and Artist-in-Residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut, and the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation in Maine. She currently teaches studio arts at Husson University in Bangor.

Greenhut Galleries
207.772.2693 info@greenhutgalleries.com
Open Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

The Harlow seeks Art for Dog Days, an Art Show for Dogs

The Harlow seeks artwork work for Dog Days. Deadline is June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm. Pictured: Weginald Watts; Wedge or Wedgie for short. Courtesy photo.

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow invites Maine artists and dog lovers to submit work for Dog Days, a light-hearted art exhibition celebrating our loyal canine companions. During this exhibit, dogs will be welcomed into the gallery to enjoy the art which will be displayed at dogs’ eye level. Artwork submitted does not necessarily have to be explicitly about dogs, rather we are asking artists to create art for dogs to enjoy. The deadline for email submissions is Friday, June 1, 2018 by 11:59pm.

Dog Days is on view July 6 – 14, 2018 at the Harlow at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception Friday, July 6, 5-7pm, in tandem with the opening reception for the Summer Member’s Show. No dogs will be allowed at the opening reception, however well-behaved dogs are encouraged to attend the exhibition anytime following the reception during open hours, Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.. Dogs must be leashed or carried at all times. Only one dog per human at a time. Suggested admission is a donation of pet food for The Cohen Center’s AniMeals program. Learn more about AniMeals here: https://www.spectrumgenerations.org/nutrition-services/animeals

Artists may submit to 4 pieces. All media welcome, including sculpture, photography, fine art and fine crafts. Artworks incorporating edible elements cannot be exhibited, but a box of dog biscuits will be available at the door for very good boys and girls. Please refrain from including obvious triggering subjects such as fire hydrants, etc. Participating artists must agree not to hold the Harlow accountable for any damage caused by overly enthusiastic or otherwise inappropriate canine art appreciators.

Visit the following URL for complete entry rules and instructions to submit your work: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-dog-days/. For more information please call 207-622-3813 or email kvaa@harlowgallery.org.

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm.

Dog Days is sponsored by Melinda and Doug Jennings.

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.

Center for Maine Craft First Annual Mug Invitational

We invited MCA Members working in diverse mediums to create mugs for the Center for Maine Craft first annual Mug Invitational. The exhibition features functional and sculptural mugs in clay, fiber, wood, print and mixed media. Exhibiting artists include Central Maine Clay Artists, a 10 year old organization of 15 potters from the greater Augusta area. The organization operates the annual spring fundraiser, Mug Season; proceeds are donated in-part to local arts education programs in area schools, and provide supplemental operating funds for the group’s annual Holiday Pottery Shop.

Artists: Marian Baker, Kim Bentley, Catherine Cantara, Dharwood Pottery, Carolyn Ann Fer, Jemma Gascoine, Whitney Gill, Rebecca Goodale, Todd Jubinville, Diane Harwood, Rebecca Hillman, Martha Hoddinott, Lissa Hunter, Barb Loken, Elizabeth Louden, James Macdonald, Marie Palluotto, Robbi Fritz Portela, Elizabeth Ruskin, Sam Shaw, Nisa Smiley, Austin P Smith, Denae Spencer, Rebecca May Verrill, Barbara Walch, Ellen Wieske and Becky Wright

Center for Maine Craft
P.O. Box 342
Gardiner, ME 04345
United States

Physical Address
288 Lewiston Road, West Gardiner, ME
(207) 588-0021

MCA Office: (207) 205- 0791

Close to Nature, Works by Women Artist Of Midcoast Maine

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Close to Nature, works by Women Artist Of Midcoast Maine. Nine women artist painted themes of nature in their own styles. 

The show runs through May 6 and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on April 6 from 5:00 to 7:00. 

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

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

The Harlow Presents “Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream” Art Exhibition

CEO of T.W. Dick Steel Co. Mrs. Myrtle Willey and Curator Robert Katz at Sasson Soffer exhibit, UMA, 1983; Photo by Bruce Armstrong © Sasson Soffer Foundation

HALLOWELL, MAINE — The Harlow, in partnership with the Sasson Soffer Foundation, is pleased to present a survey of work by artist Sasson Soffer (b. 1925 Baghdad, Iraq – d. 2009, New York, NY). Sasson Soffer, Monumental Dream offers an illuminating overview of Soffer’s production from the late 1950s to 1990s, including a range of works on paper, paintings, sculptures and documental material. Interwoven throughout both floors of the The Harlow, the exhibition explores Soffer’s sculptures as an effort to turn his dreams into reality, whereas his paintings and works on paper attempt to turn reality into dreams, fantasies, and wish fulfillment. Sasson Soffer: Monumental Dream is on view March 30 – April 28, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with a public opening reception on Friday, March 30, 5-7pm.

“I had a dream of the accidental elegance of nature. I had a dream of lolling, twisting shapes. I had a dream of amoebae and insects and a prehistoric garden, the paradise of another world. I had a dream in which I fell asleep and dreamed of machines in motion, and then I awoke, still dreaming, and sketched the sweep of their dumb automation. I had a dream of metal growing from the ground, as plants grow in the earth, as crystals grow in caverns. I had a dream of color and rust. I had a dream of ice and silt. I dreamed all these dreams, and in dreaming them I scooped them from the abyss of my mind and made them conscious and true.” J.C. Hallman

Sasson Soffer, “Amen”, 1983, mild steel, 24′ x 17’7″ x 9’5″, © Sasson Soffer Foundation, Photography by Bruce Armstrong

Sasson Soffer was an Iraqi Arab of Jewish descent. Soffer was compelled to leave Iraq during the events surrounding the creation of the State of Israel, post–World War II. In 1948 Soffer went into hiding, ultimately escaping to Iran, then to the United States via Israel. Between 1950 – 1954, Soffer was enrolled at CUNY Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York. There he studied under various artists including Ad Reinhardt, Burgoyne Diller and Mark Rothko. Rothko would eventually become a lifelong friend and mentor. Soffer dedicated the early part of his career to abstract painting. He had his first solo exhibit in 1958 at the Artist’s Gallery in New York City. He was also featured in Art in America’s New Talent Issue in 1962.

In 1956, Soffer was invited to visit Maine by a group of early Skowhegan artists, among them the sculptor Bernard Langlais, with whom he became good friends. Soffer came to enjoy his time in Maine and purchased property in Somerville as a summer home. The Somerville house turned out to have a leaning chimney and when Soffer went to steel fabricator T.W. Dick Co. in Gardiner, Maine to inquire about a metal brace, owner Ralph Dick suggested that since Soffer was an artist he should try to make the brace himself. Ralph Dick died in 1968 and Myrtle Willey took over the mill. From 1968 to 1976, Mrs. Willey served as Executive Vice President of T.W. Dick Co. and, in 1976, became President. It was at T.W. Dick Co., where Soffer was introduced to welding and steel fabrication. For over 30 years Soffer collaborated with T.W. Dick Co. in the production of his large scale sculptures. For Soffer, Myrtle Willey represented continuity and continued opportunity. In 1983, the University of Maine at Augusta staged Soffer’s exhibition of monumental outdoor steel sculptures, which was organized by Robert Katz who is currently Professor of Art in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Maine at Augusta.

In the early 1960s, Soffer began to focus more on three-dimensional works and over the years perfected the art of inducing industry to play a critical role in his artistic efforts. In doing so, Soffer was able to work with steel yards in Philadelphia and Indianapolis, a ceramics factory in Japan, and a textile mill in France where they produced his tapestries.

Sasson Soffer, Untitled, 1978, ink on paper, 23 x 35 in, © Sasson Soffer Foundation

Soffer’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut; OK Harris, New York; and Carnegie International. Soffer’s solo exhibitions include presentations at the Betty-Parsons Gallery, New York; Poindexter Gallery, New York; John Daniels Gallery, New York; Portland Museum of Fine Arts, Portland, Maine; and Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, Denmark. Public collections in which Soffer’s work is represented include the Whitney Museum, New York; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.

This exhibit is presented by The Harlow in association with The Sasson Soffer Foundation and
curated by Brigita Krasauskaite of Foreign Territories (Art Advisory.) All visuals are subject to copyright. All reproduction is subject to the authorization of the Sasson Soffer Foundation.

The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm.

In 1998, the Sasson Soffer Foundation was incorporated as a non-profit organization to promote patronage of sculpture and painting; to sponsor art exhibits; and to advance public interest in the works of Sasson Soffer.

The Harlow is supported by Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, Kennebec Savings Bank, The Liberal Cup and The Maine House, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. Season Sponsors for 2018 are Book Orchard Press, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Doug & Melinda Jennings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Slates Restaurant and Target Electric Corporation. Programming is funded in part by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Art.

9th Biennial Portland Show at Greenhut Galleries

April 5-28, 2018
Artists reception, Saturday April 7, 1-3pm

Greenhut Galleries is pleased to announce its 9th Biennial Portland Show featuring work by 51 artists. In a creative tribute to our city, artists are asked to interpret “Portland”.

Each unique vision of Portland makes for an interesting, exciting, dynamic, sometimes humorous and diverse exhibition. Greenhut is dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists. Please join us in celebrating our wonderful city, Portland, Maine.

Participating artists: Daniel Anselmi, Joel Babb, Susan Barnes, Phil Barter, Chris Beneman, John Bisbee, Mary Bourke, Louise Bourne, Jeff Bye, Thomas Connolly, Ben Coombs,
Diane Dahlke, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Kate Emlen, Lindsay Erin, Philip Frey, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Tom Hall, Lindsay Hancock, Madeleine Hopkins, Tina Ingraham, Anne Ireland, William Irvine, Henry Isaacs, Sarah Knock, Margaret Lawrence, Richard Lethem, C Michael Lewis, David Little, George Lloyd, Daniel Minter, Ann Mohnkern, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Colby Myer, Lisa Noonis, Colin Page, Tom Paiement, Phoebe Porteous,  Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Paul Rickert, Kathi Smith, Mike Stiler, Alice Spencer, Bonnie Spiegel, Barbara Sullivan, John Whalley and Richard Wilson.

Gallery Hours: Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Sat. 10am – 5:00pm
info@greenhutgalleries.com

New Exhibit and Guest Artist David Higgins | Centre St Arts Gallery

BATH – Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist David Higgins, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, March 30, with a wine and cheese reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.  Admission is free.

Dave Higgins has been a photographer and educator for more than fifty years. Born in Portland, ME, Dave is a lifelong resident of the state of Maine and has lived  and photographed all over the state. He is a tech school graduate in graphic arts and over the years earned a BS in vocational education and a Master of Fine Arts – Visual Arts . Higgins was a graphic arts teacher and taught photography and graphic design for 25 years. In 1999 Higgins was technology teacher of the year in New Hampshire. After retiring from public education, he continued to teach photography and design at local art societies and teacher workshops. Higgins’ work is exhibited and published throughout Maine and New England as well as online. In 2005 he was an artist in residence at Carina House on Monhegan Island.

Photography is his first love, and his work covers a wide spectrum of interests. Although much of his work could be called landscape, Higgins feels it is more about subtle relationships than grand vistas. He places emphasis on line, tone, form and compositional relationships. Minimalism is often a important concept in his work.  Twenty years ago he moved his photography completely into the digital realm which he feels allows him the freedom to simplify and to blur the borders between black and white and color, between photography and other art forms, and especially between the real and the perceived. 

These ideas led him back to painting, a medium he had not used since he was in his twenties.  He soon found that, not only does his photography influence his painting, but also his painting influences his photography.  He says: “In 2012, I had an epiphany of sorts and began combining both photography and painting in the computer. These images often start with a photograph and use digital brushes and various software, filters and/or screens to develop a scene. The resultant works are neither photographs nor paintings but an amalgamation of the two into something new. I now find my options for expressing my vision are truly limitless.”

Higgins’ work will be in the Gallery from March 25 through May 19.  Call 207-442-0300 or go to centrestartsgalleryllc.com for more information. Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 to 5:00.

A Summer on the Land: MFT Gallery Exhibits Work by Last Year’s Fiore Art Center Residents

Nellie Sweet, Expectations on Eternity, archival inkjet print, 4 x 4”

Nellie Sweet, Expectations on Eternity, archival inkjet print, 4 x 4”

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery opens 2018 with a multi-media show that recalls the summer season. Six visual artists with strong ties to Maine, a historical writing resident, and the resident gardener, share the work they created during their 2017 residency at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at MFT’s Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson.

A professional jury consisting of Bevin Engman, Professor of Art at Colby College and Sam Cady, distinguished artist and teacher, selected the six visual artists for the residency program. The group spanned a large range of experience, from emerging to established artists. The 2017 visual art residents at the Fiore Art Center included: Anne Alexander, ceramic sculpture; Elizabeth Hoy, oil painting; Jessica Klier, drawing & installation; Tanja Kunz, oil painting; Joss Reny (aka Josselyn Richards Daniels), biological illustration; and Jude Valentine, monotype. The exhibit also includes an eye-catching installation of old farm tools by the historical writing resident (and archaeologist) Sarah Loftus, as well as some archival inkjet prints and poetic writing by resident gardener Nellie Sweet.

“Oftentimes, artists create work with a particular exhibit in mind, or work under extreme deadline pressure,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, MFT Gallery Curator and Co-Director at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center. “By contrast, the work in this show was created during a period of expansive time, experimentation and deep immersion in nature.” Hence, viewers may expect some less-polished works, or works that explore new territory for the artists.

Jude Valentine, Rolling Acres #16, monoprint with pastel, 22 x 30”

“Inspiration has full breath here,” wrote artist Jude Valentine in the communal residency journal. Valentine, who is no stranger to the MFT Gallery and is known for her large pastel paintings, took a different approach during her month-long residency. She allowed herself to explore new materials to develop a unique monoprinting technique. “The small works were much more experimental,” says Valentine. “I really was in a totally different mental space; the idea of combining different media and pushing them a bit further was exciting to me.”

Elizabeth Hoy, The Advance, oil on panel, 24 x 24”

Elizabeth Hoy’s bold gestural paintings reference the edge where land meets sea. In her residency, Hoy departed from a previous focus of painting Superfund sites, places the Environmental Protection Agency has earmarked as contaminated, and embarked on portraying the untouched world. Fueled by the writings of conservationist Rachel Carson, Hoy went on to explore the shorelines nearby which had inspired Carson’s early research.

Tanja Kunz stayed closer to home during her time at the Fiore Art Center. Her studio looked out over a field full of wildflowers that stretched down to Damariscotta Lake. Kunz’ large oil painting, Queen Anne (Light and Shadow), is best described by the words of visiting writer Eliza Graumlich, “her artwork—botanically-referenced yet abstract […]—reads like photosynthesis distilled. Energy emanates from each canvas, as movement, illumination or both.”

Sprinkled among handmade paper, poetic journal entries, hand-spun wool, and found objects, Jessica Klier’s intimate pen drawings slow the viewer down. They invite an imaginary stroll through a private world of wonder, arousing our original and unquestioned connection with the natural world around us.

Student Joss Reny used the residency to build her portfolio of biological illustrations in a natural setting. On one of her walks, she discovered a carrion beetle on a dead snake, which then became a detailed illustration. Reny’s hand captures her surroundings — a lupine from the field; a beet pulled from the garden — with incredible precision and care.

Anne Alexander’s ceramic sculptures of seed pods and vegetable forms surprise and delight with their voluptuous nature. They illustrate the cross-pollination that happens when art and agriculture meet. Nasturtium, a ceramic sculpture of a nasturtium seed pod blown up to the size of one’s hand, wouldn’t have been created if resident gardener Nellie Sweet had not shared the amazing wasabi taste sensation of a late September nasturtium seed pod.

For more information on the 2017 artists in residence please visit: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/resident-artists/

To apply to the Fiore Art Center’s 2018 residency program please visit: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Exhibit on display at MFT Gallery from January 22-May 25.

Artist Talks Friday May 25 at 5pm, followed by a closing reception 5:30-8pm during the Belfast Art Walk (first of 2018).

Farnsworth Presents First Ai Weiwei Exhibition in Maine

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Farnsworth Art Museum Presents Ai Weiwei’s

Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold

Beginning on Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine will present a special exhibition of sculptural works by Chinese dissident-artist Ai Weiwei (b. 1957). Ai’s gilded bronze Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold series will be on display in the museum’s Rothschild Gallery through December 30, 2018. This will be the first presentation of the internationally-known artist’s works in Maine, and the first New England showing of his gilded Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.

Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze series—his first work of monumental public art—drew worldwide attention in spring 2011 when the artist was detained by Chinese authorities a month before the work debuted in New York City. Held incommunicado for eighty-one days, Ai Weiwei was released after an international protest campaign was mounted by museums, artists, and concerned citizens. Upon his release he was put under house arrest and forbidden to travel outside Beijing until July 2015.

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A lively re-envisioning of the twelve animals of the ancient Chinese zodiac, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads dates back to a dark episode with respect to China’s relationship with the West. During the Second Opium War in 1860, the famed Yuanming Yuan (or Garden of Perfect Brightness) was destroyed and looted by British and French troops. An imperial retreat built a century earlier during the Qing Dynasty (1636 – 1912), the Yuanming Yuan featured an ornate, European-style section with grand fountains, gardens, and palaces. At its center was a splendid zodiac water-clock fountain with spouting bronze-headed figures representing the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The 12 animals marked the hours of the day. The entire complex was ransacked long ago, but in recent years the seven bronze zodiac heads that survive have become fraught symbols of the cultural achievements of the Qing era, the nation’s period of humiliation by the West. The original zodiac heads represent a powerful topic for contemporary China’s relationship with its own history. Seizing on the rich and contradictory symbolism of the heads, Ai Weiwei’s re-interpretation of this work is a powerful statement about the “fake” in relation to the “real.”

Ai’s exquisitely designed and fabricated golden Zodiac Heads are featured in this exhibit, the first presentation of the internationally known artist’s works in Maine. The Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Bronze and Gold series have been exhibited at over 40 international venues and counting since the official launch of this body of work in 2011. The Zodiac Heads have been seen by millions of people worldwide, making it one of the most viewed sculpture projects in the history of contemporary art.

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Ai is recognized around the world as a creative force and cultural commentator, and he continues to redefine the role of both artist and activist. Ai was born in Beijing in 1957, to the renowned poet and intellectual Ai Qing. When his father was denounced in 1959 during the Anti-Rightist Movement, the family was sent to a labor camp in rural Xinjiang Province where Ai spent the next 16 years. After the death of Mao Zedong in 1976, the family returned to Beijing and Ai then studied at the Beijing Film Academy in 1978 before moving to the United States in 1981. After living in New York’s East Village for a decade, he returned to China in 1993 and helped establish the Beijing East Village contemporary art scene. In 2011, after a period of escalating conflict with Chinese authorities, Ai was arrested for purported tax evasion. In recent years Ai Weiwei has been living in Berlin, Germany.

Ai Weiwei’s recent major solo exhibitions include those held at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); the Tate Modern, London (2010); the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2012); the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015); and the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy (2016). He has received numerous awards and honors, notably Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award (2015) and the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator of the Year (2016). His recent documentary Human Flow, which calls attention to the current refugee crisis, has received worldwide attention and his current New York City exhibition of city-wide public art titled Good Fences Make Good Neighbors is currently on display through February 11, 2018.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex.

Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.

MDI – Open Call for Entry

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

Liz Cutler, “The Painting of a Mackeral”, 2016, oil on shellacked paper

One of the sure signs of spring is the Mount Desert Open, a showcase for all artists living on MDI. Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor will be hosting the seventeenth annual community art exposition. We invite you to participate. This is a painting, craft and sculpture exposition for local residents to show their work in a gallery setting. There are only two criteria to gain acceptance in this year’s exhibit. First, you must have work that is recent and you are proud of. Second, you must have a connection to MDI, such as live, work or address. All interested persons are encouraged to contact the gallery. There is no jury, all are included.

Each year brings new artists, as well as many that are veterans. We typically have around 50 artists. It was a wide-ranging show from exploratory to realistic, from watercolor to weaving. Many people are aware of many individual talents on MDI, but what makes this show a community is to see it all together in one space. Exhibitors included professional artists, students, and aspiring, starry- eyed amateurs. We always have more who want to participate than we have room for. It is a first come first served process. The space always fills fast.

The show will have a festive opening reception on Thursday May 24th, 2018 and run through Monday June 11th. Please contact Shaw Gallery at 276-5000, or at info@shawjewelry.com for information.

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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You are invited to Art House for Art and Wine

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

Garden in Spring by Brenda Overstrom, 2016

You are cordially invited to Art House’s afternoon fête, Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5 PM. for the opening for “Brenda Overstrom: Layers of Meaning”

“My paintings are about layers and layering – words, marks and colors. I start by writing, drawing or painting on the surface – paper, canvas or panel. The words are revelations from dreams, drawings are abstractions inspired by something I’ve read or seen in the natural world. During the process of adding, layering and often, wiping off color some of my favorite “places” on the surface are obscured. I love the fact that what I consider to be the most beautiful area is hidden just under the surface. I hope this work represents a small part of the process, which I am devoted to, of engaging with tensions, both personal and universal, between stasis and creation. ~ Brenda Overstrom, Layers of Meaning, showing at Art House Picture Frames, March 1st – April 28th. Artist Reception, Saturday, March 3rd, 3-5 PM

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Art House Picture Frames
61 Pleasant St, Portland, Maine 04101

Harlow Gallery Craft Shop Opening

The Harlow Gallery is thrilled to announce their new year-round Harlow Craft Shop which opens to the public on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. The Harlow Craft Shop, contained in a office-sized room, is located in the upstairs of the Gallery’s new location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Shop hours are the same as the Harlow Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm or by chance or appointment.

A curated selection of locally handcrafted items will be for sale including pottery, woodworking, fiber and texiles, personal care, jewelry, books, prints, and more. All artists featured in the shop are primarily from the greater Kennebec Valley area and are members of the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association.

RIBBON CUTTING: We are also inviting everyone to please join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Kennebec Valley Chamber at our NEW location at 100 Water Street in Hallowell on Wedneday, March 7th at 11am. March 7th also marks the opening day of our brand new retail craft gallery as well as 2 exhibitions: 15th Annual Young at Art K-8 Exhibition (downstairs) and PLAY: Art inspired by Kids Art (upstairs.) Come celebrate the new space with us, check out the exhibitions, and be among the first one to make a purchase from the craft shop!

Portland Museum of Art Opens “The Robbers: German Art In a Time of Crisis”

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) opens The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis today, February 23. The exhibition of 21 German prints executed between the World Wars highlights George Grosz’s 1922 lithographic suite The Robbers: Nine Lithographs on Maxims from Schiller’s “The Robbers” as well as artworks by other printmakers of the era, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and Käthe Kollvitz. The works on display powerfully blend issues of history, politics, art, and national identity, provoking questions about who we are and what we value in ways that are as pertinent today as they were a century ago.

With the lithographic suite The Robbers: Nine Lithographs on Maxims from Schiller’s “The Robbers,” Grosz updated Friedrich Schiller’s iconic 1781 play of the same name, depicting the canonical story in the tumultuous climate of early 1920s Berlin in which he lived. With figures culled from the modern era, Grosz’s imagery suggests the vast social discord where the traumatic effects of the mechanized war, greed, industry, and poverty intersected to undermine national stability in the young Weimar Republic.

Grosz’s prints were part of a broader artistic culture in which other printmakers and theater directors produced modern interpretations of canonical of German literature, overtly politicizing the hallmarks of the nation’s cultural heritage. Their work, available to broad audiences through widely disseminated prints or stage performances, was a type of social intervention at a moment when conceptions of German identity vacillated wildly. The interplay between contemporaneous politics and historic literature highlighted the tensions between tradition and modernity, which strained German society and which remain continually resonant today across the world.

Many of the prints in this exhibition, including the Grosz series, represent a post-World War I aesthetic known as “New Objectivity.” Whereas German Expressionists of an earlier generation often depicted emotional responses to the modern condition, highlighting themes of angst, inner turmoil, and social alienation, the leaders of New Objectivity rooted their prints in a type of biting, provocative realism, often relying on satire and caricature. Because of their goals to be socially engaged artists shaping the national discourse, many of the artists working in these styles found the print medium to be especially efficient as prints could be disseminated more broadly than painting or sculpture.

The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis, which opens in the centenary year of the end of World War I, turns our attention away from the conflict itself and towards the aftermath that defined the next two decades. These works, many of which are gifts to the PMA from David and Eva Bradford, add context to the social and artistic expression of the era and are equally probing in their evaluation of German society and national identity.

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

Celebrate the Human Form in Boothbay Harbor

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It’s time for the Second Annual “What’s Nude in Boothbay Harbor?” An exhibit Celebration of the Human Form! The Show held at STUDIO 53, 53 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, will be open two Saturdays, February 10th and 17th from 10:00 to 5:00, and on Sunday the 11th from 11:00 to 4:00. An opening reception will be held Saturday night, February 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Last year we had a very successful show selling 7 major pieces and over 40 small nudes. It was great fun in the middle of winter and we’d like to do it all over again! For more information please call the chamber at 207-633-2353.

Julie Babb Paintings Now on Display in Damariscotta

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

Julie Babb, Fox Sparrow Monhegan

Several of Julie Babb’s gouache paintings are now on display at Newcastle Realty, 89 Main Street in Damariscotta. Julie and her husband Bruce recently moved from the Pemaquid area into Damariscotta. Julie is well known in the area for her realistic detailed paintings of birds and natural subjects. She also teaches gouache painting at River Arts. Julie is represented by Bayview Gallery in Brunswick and seasonally at the Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park. Her paintings can also be seen at www.covehousestudios.com along with Bruce’s marquetry work. For more information contact Julie at jbabb@tidewater.net or (207) 563-3445.

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

Focus Printmaking 2 at Greenhut Galleries

Holly Berry, Trail to the Top, Linocut, 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Holly Berry, Trail to the Top, Linocut, 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Focus Printmaking 2 is an invitational group exhibition featuring the work of Maine printmakers that runs from February 1-24, 2018 with an Artists’ reception on Saturday, February 3, from 1-3pm

Susan Groce, Labyrinth, Photopolymer etching, 19 x 15 inches

Susan Groce, Labyrinth, Photopolymer etching, 19 x 15 inches

Please join us for this exciting invitational printmaking exhibition. The participating artists employ a wide variety of printmaking techniques and many belong to Maine printmaking organizations including Peregrine Press, Circling the Square Press, Midcoast Printmakers, Running With Scissors, Wolfe Editions and Pickwick Press. They are recipients of prestigious residences and fellowships such as the Monhegan Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and Tamarind Institute. Several are professors at institutions including Maine College of Art, University of Maine and University of New England.

George Lloyd, Figure of Outward for Chas Olson, 3 color lithograph, 12 x 16 inches

George Lloyd, Figure of Outward for Chas Olson, 3 color lithograph, 12 x 16 inches

Featured Artists include: Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen, Susan Amons, Christine Beneman,
Holly Berry, Stephen Burt, Crystal Cawley, Kate Chappell, Edwige Charlot, David Driskell, Susan Groce, Adriane Herman, Christine Higgins, Alison Hildreth, Jon Imber, Elizabeth Jabar, George Lloyd, Larinda Meade, Sandra Quinn, Alison Rector, Carter Shappy, Neil Welliver, David Wolfe and Jeff Woodbury.
For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

 

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

Becton, Gervais, Raphael at DIAA’s 4th ART matters 3 Session, UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES

Jeffery Becton, “Equinox,” 2016, digital montage realized as archival pigment print;

Jeffery Becton, “Equinox,” 2016, digital montage realized as archival pigment print;

The Deer Isle Artists Association presents Maine artists Jeffrey Becton, Françoise Gervais and Chris Raphael at its fourth ART matters 3 session UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4th, at the Deer Isle gallery. Moderator: Hub White.

The artists all take the art of photography in new and different directions. Jeffery Becton works in digital montages, while Françoise Gervais focuses on capturing nature’s iconic beauty and Chris Raphael uses cut and re-combined images to express three-dimensional form.

About the Artists:

As an islander, Jeffery Becton is especially drawn to the ocean, finding meaning and inspiration in its challenging and mercurial presence, the embodiment of the beauty and harshness of life and proximity of death.

“Since 1990 I have worked in the medium of digital montage,” Becton said. “Combining primarily elements of photography as well as painting, drawing, and scanned materials, the techniques I use foster and give form to intriguing ambiguities, reexamining the boundaries of mixed media and creating altered realities that merge into images rich in symbolism both personal and archetypal.”

Francoise Gervais, Ethereal Shell

Francoise Gervais, Ethereal Shell

Françoise Gervais creates her artwork from a desire to honor nature’s iconic beauty. “Awestruck by the simple yet exquisite detail of a seedpod, a feather, a leaf, or a shell—often glanced at and forgotten, or never seen—I seek to offer a visual voice to these stunning icons of our natural world, so we may see and remember with fresh eyes that which is always there,” she said.

Chris Raphael over the past few years has been exploring ways to go beyond the limits of traditional still photography. Using cut and re-combined images without digital manipulation his work expresses three-dimensional form, time and motion.

Chris Raphael, “Untitled.”

Chris Raphael, “Untitled.”

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Each artist has a short time to speak at the beginning of the ART matters 3 discussion. When all are done, the artists will talk among themselves and then hold an open discussion with the audience. A reception follows with 44 North Coffee, tea and homemade cake.

 

For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com or call 207-348-3129

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibitions

 
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens new exhibitions in January. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter shows open to the public on January 12 and run through May 5, 2018. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.
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Poogy Bjerklie, “On the Marsh”

 
NOWHERE IN PARTICULAR: POOGY BJERKLIE
January 12 – May 5, 2018

Nowhere in Particular features a series of paintings by New York City-based artist Poogy Bjerklie. The artist’s work is influenced by memories of growing up in Hallowell, Maine and summering on Richardson Lake. The works depict references to bodies of water, but not the typical coastal scenes that some may associate with Maine. Instead, Bjerklie’s images focus on the somber morning and grey evening light that is characteristic of the inland portion of the state. She uses oil paint on square wood panels, utilizing the rough surfaces of the wood to reinforce the atmospheric quality of the landscape scene. Bjerklie’s images seem to be viewed through a hazy lens. Details dissolve into diffused brushstrokes, conveying the notion of remembrance and longing, as if the images are a reflection of the past.

Bjerklie’s paintings recall romantic art with its emphasis on mood and shadow. Nineteenth and twentieth century American artists such as Albert Pinkham Ryder, Ralph Blakelock, and George Inness, are particularly influential to the artist’s work. Bjerklie also cites the museum-like displays of antique shops in her hometown of Hallowell as a prominent source of her stylistic approach to painting. The artist states that her images “act as memories of a place to escape to.” Her use of small, square picture planes creates intimate spaces resulting in a dialog between mark-making, memories, and place. Viewed from afar the images suggest dreamlike landscapes of remembered places, nostalgic, and just out of reach.

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Caleb Charland, “Attempting to paddle straight to the Moon”

SHADOWS OF EARTH: CALEB CHARLAND
January 12 – May 5, 2018

Shadows of Earth features recent bodies of work by Maine-based photographer Caleb Charland. The artist is known for his inventive handling of materials that expands traditional notions of the photographic medium. Charland’s creative process is rooted in scientific inquiry—he often employs multi-layered steps and experiments designed to yield these alluring images. The artist states, “Each piece I make begins as a question of visual possibilities and develops in tandem with the laws of nature, often yielding unexpected results measurable only through photographic processes. Energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world.”

In several of the works, Charland’s utilizes the movement of his body in the creation of the images. With camera lens pointed at the night sky in a long exposure, the artist’s breathing is recorded as streaks of stars and planets. In another image, a spherical full moon takes on the form of a luminous tangle of light. The image captures Charland’s steady movements while paddling a canoe on a calm lake at night. In other works, the photographer’s desire to “more deeply understand the mechanisms of nature” is reflected in a grid depicting a variety of leaf species. The compositions are created by using half of the image as a paper negative, revealing the tonal opposite of the other half of the leaf. Through his photographs Charland encourages an introspective contemplation of the natural world, while also exploring the materiality of the photographic medium.

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Craig Taylor, “The Inverse Ascent”

THE ELASTIC CACHE: CRAIG TAYLOR
January 12 – May 5, 2018

The Elastic Cache features oil paintings, intaglio prints, and works on paper by Brooklyn, New York-based artist Craig Taylor. The forms in Taylor’s compositions invite multiple associations. Some paintings resemble abstracted portrait busts or barnacle covered stones placed on crude plinths. Others may appear to be the weathered bark of trees or microscopic views of medical abnormalities. Taylor’s irregularly shaped forms are covered with thick slabs of manipulated paint and horizontal marks of varying sizes. The precariously balanced, yet detailed shapes are prominently placed in a shallow ambiguous space. In some of the works there is an uncanny, almost humorous gesture that is further magnified by Taylor’s palette that ranges from saturated reds to monochrome mixtures.

Craig Taylor received his MFA from Yale University and is an Associate Professor of Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2018 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

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.

​Centre St Arts Gallery’s Fifth Anniversary Open House

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“For Play”, oil on canvas, Lea Peterson

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, will celebrate their fifth anniversary on Friday, Decembe 15, 2017 at 11 Centre Street, Bath from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.  Part of Main Street Bath’s Downtown Open House for the Old Fashioned Christmas in Bath, Martha Mayo will assemble her carolers at the gallery at 5:30.
The Fifth Anniversary Open House begins at 5:00 pm in the Gallery with music performed by Frank Vigneau and Steve Footer.  A wide variety of hors d’oeuvres prepared by the artists of Centre St Arts Gallery will be offered, along with beverages, non-alcoholic, as well as wine.
Guests will enjoy seeing many new works by members Barbara Bean, Sharon Bouchard, Laurie Burhoe, Judy Conlan, John Gable, Andrea Galuza, Claudette Gamache, Livy Glaubitz, Sharon Greenlaw, Marnie Hackenberg, Sarah Harvey, Jillian Herrigel, Tom Hinkle, Victoria Jackson, Daniele Lambrechts, Jackie Melissas, Shelby Patton, Lea Peterson, Jane Rosenfield, Sarah Wilde.
The Gallery is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:30 pm to 5:00 pm; Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00 pm; closed Tuesday except for December 19.  For more information, please call the Gallery at 207-442-0300, or visit the website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com and the blog: centrestartsgallery.blogspot.com.

 

Greenhut Galleries Holiday Show

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Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.  Come by for a visit on Saturday, the 2nd of December 1:00pm to 3:00pm where refreshments will be served.
 
What’s your favorite arts and culture landmark of 1977? Fleetwood Mac Rumours? Star Wars? Beatlemania on Broadway? Ours is easily local legend Peggy Greenhut Golden establishing Greenhut Galleries in the Old Port! Join us as we celebrate Greenhut’s 40th anniversary, its consistently fabulous roster of artists, and its proud distinction as Portland’s oldest year-round gallery.
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Since the early 19th century, the rugged and intense beauty of Maine’s land- and seascape, as well as its famed quality of light have attracted and energized generations of artists. For them, Maine is both a geographic location and a site of artistic inspiration and creative freedom — a state of the union, but also a state of mind. Maine has been and continues to be vitally important to American art, and Greenhut is thrilled to play its part. In Peggy’s words, “It has been most gratifying for Greenhut Galleries to further the tradition of art in the State of Maine. We all work very hard at the gallery, but the artists we represent are the heart and soul of Greenhut.”
 
As the gallery has grown, so too, have the reputations of its artists, whose styles span the spectrum from realism to abstraction, with a wide range of subject matter in both two- and three-dimensional media. Greenhut represents a diverse group of over 30 Maine painters and sculptors, each selected not only for their technical skill, but also for his or her distinct voice and unique vision. The gallery is also proud to show work from the estates of Robert Hamilton, Maurice Freedman, Jon Imber, and most recently, Neil Welliver and Frederick Lynch.
 
Kelley Lehr and John Danos have implemented a strong social media presence with a long-term vision of dramatically expanding outreach and followship. They are planning big changes to the website in 2018 and special events, so stay tuned! To see of what’s in store this coming year be sure to visit our UPCOMING EXHIBITION page. Thank you for your patronage and we look forward to your next visit to the gallery.
 
 
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
 
Joel Babb • Susan Barnes • Matt Blackwell • Mary Bourke
Jeff Bye • Thomas Connolly • Ed Douglas • David Driskell
Grant Drumheller • Maurice Freedman • Kathleen Galligan
Roy Germon • Alison Goodwin • Robert Hamilton
Thomas Higgins • Jon Imber • Tina Ingraham • William Irvine
Henry Isaacs • Sarah Knock • Margaret Lawrence
George Lloyd • Frederick Lynch • Alan Magee • Daniel Minter
Nancy Morgan Barnes • Colin Page • Tom Paiement
Roy Patterson • Stephen Porter • Roger Prince • Sandra Quinn
Alison Rector • Glenn Renell • Alec Richardson
Kathi Smith • Mike Stiler • Neil Welliver • John Whalley

Artwaves Reception at Shaw Jewelery in Northeast

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Work pictured here by Nicole DeSimone

 

Join us at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor for an Opening Reception Sat. Dec 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 for a new show featuring artists from Bar Harbor’s ArtWaves.

Artists include Jessica Harris, Liz Cutler, Linda Rowell-Kelley, Ben Lincoln, Roberta Sprague, Roxane Scherer, Margaret Beaulieu, Nicole DeSimone, and others.
126 Main Street
Northeast Harbor, Maine
207 276 5000
info@shawjewelry.com
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Upcoming December Events for Cynthia Winings and the Cynthia Winings Gallery

WUNDERKAMMER, A cabinet of curiosities at the Blue Hill Public Library,  Clockwise: Juliet Karelsen, Bill Mayher, Avy Claire, Lari Washburn

WUNDERKAMMER, A cabinet of curiosities at the Blue Hill Public Library,
Clockwise: Juliet Karelsen, Bill Mayher, Avy Claire, Lari Washburn

Wunderkammer, an exhibition of artworks
at the Blue Hill Public Library,
November 30 through January 30.

The Wunderkammer returns to the Display Cases of the Howard Room in the Blue Hill Library! On view will be curated artworks that are whimsical, beautiful, and by artists you will recognize from the season at the Cynthia Winings Gallery, including Jenny Brillhart, Avy Claire, Juliet Karelsen, Carol Pelletier, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Lari Washburn, Goody-B. Wiseman, and myself. This holiday sale will offer unique and meaningful works that you will be inspired to give to a loved one, or treat yourself.

Everyone is Welcome to the Reception,
Friday, December 15, 4 – 6:00PM

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Winter Faire at the Bay School,
Saturday December 2

The Winter Faire Is Coming! On Saturday, December 2, Goody-B. Wiseman and myself will have a booth in Emlen Hall at the wonderful winter festival hosted by the Bay School. The booth will be filled with prints, works on paper and Wiseman’s bronze sculpture. A holiday tradition for thirty-four years, the Bay School Winter Faire is a community celebration featuring music, food, art, puppet shows, craft projects and games. Everyone is Welcome!
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The 18th Annual 10 x 8 Show,
Saturday, December 9, at the Bay School, Emlen Hall
Preview Begins at 9:30, The One Day Sale begins at 10AM, until 2PM

I look forward to participating in the 18th Annual 10 x 8 Show and sale, along with seven artists, Louise Bourne, Heidi Daub, Missy Green, Rebecca Haley McCall, Gail Page, Annie Poole, and Goody-B.Wiseman. All artworks are within 10 x 8 inches, and for one day only, available for $150 including tax. With Refreshments and Live music, it’s an event “…not to be missed!”
If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email me at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com, or call, 917.204.4001.

MFT Gallery exhibit honors “those that bend to raise food for many of us”

Don Pulls Garlic, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Don Pulls Garlic, by Bruce McAffee Towl

In a state like Maine, sometimes the greatest fruits of our labor grow through friendship. The multi-media exhibit “In the INTERVAL between snowflakes,” on view at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from November 20 through January 5, is a case in point. The exhibition (part photography, part sculpture, part poetry) is a result of over 25 years of friendship between artist Bruce McAffee Towl and farmers Barbara and Jason Kafka, of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman, Maine. “It all started twenty-five years ago,” McAffee Towl recounts, “because Jason held out his hand and in his palm were the seeds for an entire crop of onions, and we said ‘Let’s make a book for the Common Ground Fair!’ That’s what got us started.”

Nancy Seeding, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Nancy Seeding, by Bruce McAffee Towl

“It was all drawings at first,” McAffee Towl continues. “It was the friendship that allowed the farmers and their crew to feel comfortable, to have someone right there with pencil and paper to record their triumphs and less-than-triumphs.” His nickname soon became The Spector. Fast forward two and a half decades: McAffee Towl presented the harvest of 25 years of drawings, photography, sculpture and poetry to his community, in the barn adjacent to his home in Dover-Foxcroft, in October of 2016.

“It was an emotionally moving experience,” writes John Harker, now retired but previously Director of Market and Production Development for the Maine Department of Agriculture for 26 years. He and many others felt that this exhibit must be shared around the State, as a way to raise awareness of the work that goes into growing food and simultaneously, as a way to celebrate Maine’s family farms.

J. Holding Soil, by Bruce McAffee Towl

J. Holding Soil, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery was a logical first choice. “It was Barbara Kafka from Checkerberry Farm who approached us about Bruce’s exhibit,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, gallery curator at Maine Farmland Trust. “When I went to see Bruce’s exhibit in early 2017, she was there, and it became immediately apparent that this production was truly a team effort, and important to many.” The Maine Arts Commission awarded INTERVAL partial funding to be adapted for display at other venues. Betsy Miller Minott, a former farm crew member at Checkerberry, has since been instrumental in converting the exhibit for display at MFT Gallery.

As curator of MFT Gallery, Witholt Abaldo has seen a plethora of artworks and exhibits that speak to farm life. “INTERVAL is unique,” she notes, “because of the decades of heartfelt observation that pour out through the poetry, the photographs, even the hand-hewn bench made from a fallen tree which serves as a seat to view the digital slide show. It is truly a labor of love.” In McAffee Towl’s own words, the exhibit “celebrates the I N T E R V A L between snowflakes: raising organic fruits and vegetables on a rural Maine farm in the state’s short growing season, and aims to honor all those who ‘bend’ to raise food for many of us.”

Melting and Mud, by Bruce McAffee Towl

Melting and Mud, by Bruce McAffee Towl

The exhibit will be on display from November 20, 2017 through January 5, 2018, and opens with a festive, public reception on Saturday December 2. The reception will be preceded by Artist/Farmer Talks at 5pm; the reception runs from 5:30-8pm.  Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Woodcuts, Paintings & Drawings Ogunquit 1968 – 2018 – Don Gorvett 50 years in Ogunquit Maine

Railway, Perkins Cove Oil Paint on Canvas, 30” x 22” by Don Gorvett, 1968

Railway, Perkins Cove
Oil Paint on Canvas, 30” x 22”
by Don Gorvett, 1968

Piscataqua Fine Arts Studio & Gallery will be presenting “DON GORVETT, 50 YEARS IN OGUNQUIT, ME 1968 – 2018.” Opening reception is Saturday, Nov 4 at 4 – 7 pm at 123 Market St, Portsmouth, NH. On view Nov 4 to Jan 31, 2018

For More Information:

dongorvett@dongorvettgallery.com
603.436.7278
www.dongorvettgallery.com

 

Nan Goldin’s Seminal Artwork Returns to New England

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The Portland Museum of Art is proud to host the first New England installation of Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in more than 30 years. This seminal slideshow installation, considered one of the great works of art of the late 20th century, last exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 2016. The Portland Museum of Art exhibition marks the first time the Massachusetts-born artist has shown the work in New England since 1985, when it exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency—named for a song in Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 The Threepenny Opera—comprises nearly 700 photographs taken by Goldin of herself and her friends throughout Provincetown, Boston, New York, Berlin, and Mexico. In creating this diaristic account of her life throughout the 1970s and ’80s, a kaleidoscopic narrative of romantic longing, loss, intimacy, and breakups emerges, featuring both heterosexual and same-sex couples in raw, vivid honesty. In her own words, the work is about “creating a history by recording a history.”

The photography of Nan Goldin offers audiences a kaleidoscopic narrative of the breadth of the human experience. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the present, Goldin captures her world as it unfolds before her, resulting in a diaristic account of her life and the people and places that define it. Treating her camera as an extension of her own body, “creating a history by recording a history,” Goldin shields her memories from revision or erasure by preserving them permanently in photographic form. The result is an unvarnished, intimate, and honest glimpse into a full and nuanced life that has played out in New York City, Boston, Provincetown, and abroad, against the backdrops of nightclubs and drag bars, hotel rooms and hospitals, and more.

Organized by the Portland Museum of Art, Nan Goldin explores American artist Nan Goldin’s (b. 1953) use of photography as a means of communication, self-reflection, and poetic expression. For more information, call (207) 775-6148 or visit portlandmuseum.org.

Greenhut Galleries Features Thomas Connolly “Scenes I’ve Seen” featuring Fred Lynch in the side gallery

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Thomas Connolly’s exhibition, “Scenes I’ve Seen” runs from November 2 – 25 with an Opening reception Thursday, November 2nd from 5 – 7pm.  This exhibition highlights Connolly’s keen gift for capturing and conveying the mood of any given location, as well as his ability to shift with ease from tight, detail-driven though painterly realist observations of architectural subjects to loose, lively and impressionistic land- and seascapes. Whether laboring in the studio on his architectural paintings or en plein air on his scenes of nature, Connolly’s stated goal is “to convey an emotional sense of place that is consistent with all the work I do. I want my paintings to have a sensual combination of colors that makes them feel like there is light coming from within the paintings, and this all comes from adjustments and balances within the work.”

With regard to his cityscapes, Connolly wants “to make the paintings look the way a city feels.” In this he is quite successful. As arts writer Mariel Melnick observes, “Connolly’s paintings are entirely realistic, but they are so much more. They contain brilliant, lyrical touches of paint that stand out like high notes in prominent harmonies. . .His paintings represent atmospheric light and emit their own luminosity. And instead of allowing architectural prestige and iconography to occupy the spotlight, Connolly forces them to succumb to the mood and atmosphere of his paintings. He deliberately chooses to paint identifiable sights, which are subsequently overshadowed by their painterly rendering.”

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In the side gallery this month, Greenhut is pleased to announce its first exhibition of works from the estate of one of Maine’s most celebrated abstract artists, Frederick Lynch. His obituary states, “In a career spanning more than 50 years, Lynch pursued a singular vision that began with the observed world and went deep into the underlying structure of appearances.” This exhibition features a group of Lynch’s sculptural segments, with each displayed beside a gouache on paper representation of itself. The works on paper feel a bit like architectural specs and are, in Lynch’s own words, “almost obsessively accurate” renderings of the geometric oil and enamel on pine segments they represent. “I tried to translate every nick, every texture,” he says. Though Lynch’s method is systematic, it is not formulaic. Lynch’s aesthetic is drawn from the ordered chaos of nature, his shapes a bit quirky. “Deviations, mutations, and the unexpected” are welcome advents, staving off predictability. “Art,” Lynch says, “is perhaps the most interesting subject there is to me, and my art the most interesting of that—not out of ego, certainly, but out of curiosity. I make art to see what happens.”

These two and three dimensional renderings of each respective form are separately and independently beautiful; the combined effect is not only beautiful, but also fascinating. Observing each segment as it confronts its own image, the viewer is invited to contemplate the transformative effects of media, scale, and dimensionality. But philosophical ponderings are not at all necessary to appreciate the exhibition. As Lynch puts it, “My art is about aesthetics. All other positive associations, invocations, or implications are bonus points, incurred with the advantage of a second look.”

Greenhut Galleries located at 146 Middle Street, Portland is open Monday through Friday 10:00 – 5:30 and Saturday 10:00 – 5:00. For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.com or call 207.772.2693.

Upcoming Shows at Kefauver Studio & Gallery

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“The Little Holiday Show,” running from November 18th through January 2nd. An Artists’ Reception, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, November 18th, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. The show will feature artwork that will include miniatures and smaller pieces, priced to suit every budget. Original art is perfect for holiday gift giving!

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Until November 12th you can still see, “The 6 x 6 Show.” The show features artwork that is 6” x 6” or smaller. The art is small in size but big in impact! This show features Beth Badger, Deena Ball, Judy Bernier, Sandra Dunn, Virginia Forrest, Claudia Noyes Griffiths, Hannah Ineson, Jan Kilburn, Lisa Kyle, Sherie Lehman, Sally Loughridge, DiTa Ondek, Brooke Pacy, Elizabeth Palmer, Laurie Raba, Helen Warner, and Carol Wiley.

For more information visit www.kefauverstudio.com, call 207.226.0974 or email will@kefauverstudio.com

CSA II: Community Supporting Arts at Harlow Gallery

“Rake Them Seeds”, woodcut print, Anna O’Sullivan

“Rake Them Seeds”, woodcut print, Anna O’Sullivan

Harlow Gallery presents a series of 3 exhibitions showcasing artwork from CSA II: Community Supporting Arts in which participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January, at the start of the 2017 growing season, creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at 3 prominent Maine galleries beginning with The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery September 22-November 10. Maine Farmland Trust gallery, located at 97 Main Street in Belfast, celebrates agriculture through art, capturing the vibrancy of Maine’s farms and farmers—their intimate relationship to the earth, the crops they grow and animals they tend. (www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.)

“Wise Guys”, film photograph, Karen Merritt

“Wise Guys”, film photograph, Karen Merritt

CSA II is also on view at Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, from October 27-December 2 with an opening reception Friday, October 27, 5-7pm; and at Engine, located at 128 Main Street in Biddeford, from November 10-December 16 with an opening reception Friday, November 10, 5-8pm. Harlow Gallery is home to the Kennebec Valley Art Association, a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in central Maine since 1963. (www.harlowgallery.org.) Engine’s mission is to foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford. (www.feedtheengine.org.)

“Hand Tools Tumbler”, wheel-thrown ceramic tumbler, Rebecca May Verrill

“Hand Tools Tumbler”, wheel-thrown ceramic tumbler, Rebecca May Verrill

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

“Still Frozen Spring”, oil on panel, Ingrid Ellison

“Still Frozen Spring”, oil on panel, Ingrid Ellison

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms). A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

“Bovine Hierarchy” ceramic sculptures, Dylan Gifford

“Bovine Hierarchy” ceramic sculptures, Dylan Gifford

For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Pemaquid Art Gallery Wraps up Season on October 9th

Bill Hallett’s “Coastal Fantasy” is representative of his uninhibited use of color in his coastal landscapes.

Bill Hallett’s “Coastal Fantasy” is representative of his uninhibited use of color in his coastal landscapes.

Don’t miss the end of the season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery! A wide variety of talented artists show their work in the 89th year of consecutive gallery seasons. Two of the longest showing artists, Jean Harris (more than 25 years) and Barbara Klein (12 years) are joined by newcomers William Hallett (his first year) and Kathleen Horst (her second year as guest artist). Trudy Curtis works in clay and has shown for about 6 years at the gallery.

William (Bill) Hallett is known in the area for his acrylic paintings of Maine scenes, interpreted in highly saturated uninhibited color that were influenced by his youthful years in Mexico. Unlike many Maine artists, the landscape or seascape as a geographic location is secondary to the graphic elements of shape and color, which are exciting and unique. Hallett’s work can also be seen on his website, hallettpaintings.com and at A Little Mad Gallery (Bar Harbor), Lincolnville Fine Art Gallery, and Gifts at 135 in Damariscotta.

“Geraniums” by Barbara Klein  is typical of the visual memories she paints of the Bristol, Maine peninsula.

“Geraniums” by Barbara Klein is typical of the visual memories she paints of the Bristol, Maine peninsula.

Although her images are generally smaller and a little more restrained than Hallett’s, Barbara Klein also enjoys creating Maine scenes that emphasize clear shapes and vibrant color. Her oil paintings are most often framed in wide gold frames, creating the feeling that the viewer is privileged to see into a special private spot in Maine. She is “always on the lookout for the moments of time” that cause her to record a visual memory of a day on the Bristol peninsula where she paints. Klein also shows her work at Gifts at 135 in Damariscotta. Like all Pemaquid Gallery artists, a sample of her work can be at the website, www.pemaquidartgallery.com.

Kathleen Horst of Damariscotta is inspired by the historic architecture of Maine villages.  Her painting, “Stonington” reflects that inspiration.

Kathleen Horst of Damariscotta is inspired by the historic architecture of Maine villages. Her painting, “Stonington” reflects that inspiration.

Kathleen Horst also has a background in clay, especially focusing on house portraits on clay tiles, but now works in watercolor on paper. While she continues to offer house portraits on paper (www.houseportraitsbykathleen.com/), she has transitioned to landscape in her offerings at the Gallery. She is inspired by the historic architecture of Maine villages and roads, and by gardens such as the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Horst’s work is seen in area shows and will be featured at the Skidompha Library in 2018. She may be visited at her studio/gallery at 179 Bristol Rd, Damariscotta.

 

Pemaquid Gallery artists all reside within the Lincoln County area. The Gallery is situated within Lighthouse Park at Pemaquid Point, Bristol and online at www.pemaquidartgallery.com. The gallery is open daily through Columbus Day, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

“Autumn Arrivals” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

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Helena Sturtevant (1872-1946), “In Her Dressing Room,” oil on canvas, 36″ x 24

“Autumn Arrivals” will open Saturday, October 14th at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine. One of the most diverse shows of the year, the exhibition will span from Realism in the nineteenth century to Spanish, French and American Impressionism, to mid-century and contemporary art. Works by Paul Seignac (French, 1826-1904), Aristide Maillol (French, 1861-1944), Theresa Bernstein (American, 1890-2002), Augusto Junquera (Spanish, 1869-1942), Charles Emil Jacque (French, 1813-1894) and Alfred Chadbourn (American, 1921-1998) will be included.

Of particular interest is a colorful impressionist oil of a nude by Helena Sturtevant (American, 1872-1946) titled “In Her Dressing Room.” Sturtevant studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the late nineteenth century under Edmund Tarbell and the Académie Colarossi in Paris. Unlike the École des Beaux Arts, the Académie Colarossi allowed female students to draw both male and female nude models and Sturtevant graduated with distinction.

Contrasting Sturtevant’s elegant interior painting is a lithograph by American Social Realist artist Georges Schreiber (American, 1904-1997). Schreiber was employed by the WPA as an artist during the Great Depression. In 1939, he travelled to forty eight states capturing the American rural scene with honesty and directness. “Twilight,” which was based on Schreiber’s painting “Wind in the Cornfield” utilizes strong darks and lights for emotional impact as a farm couple walks through a barren cornfield at dusk.

Other works by twentieth century and contemporary Maine artists include Chris Huntington, Keith Oehmig, David Kasman, Roberta Goschke, Guy Corriero, Diana Johnson, Paul Niemiec and Quincy Brimstein.

“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through November 30th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program on display at Caleb Johnson Studio

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The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create and connect. The 2017 Craft Apprentice Program will celebrate with capstone exhibition on view at Caleb Johnson Studio, 110 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine October 3-31, 2017.

Please join us for the artist reception and refreshments
October 6th, 4-7pm
during the Portland First Friday Art Walk!

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Apprentice Cara Taggersell

In 2017, the two master-apprentice pairs selected through a competitive application process were glass artists, the exhibition will feature new glass work created during the 2017 seven month apprenticeship.

Exhibiting Artists:

Ben Coombs
Charlie Jenkins
Carel Shonerd
Cara Taggersell
Terrill Waldman

CAP is a program of the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Maine Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of the CAP exhibition. Caleb Johnson Studio partners with CAP to host the exhibition.

For more information contact Sadie Bliss, MCA Director  at 207-205-0791 or sbliss@mainecrafts.org

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

KVAA Announces “Harlow 2.0” Debut Art Show at New 100 Water Street Location

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Kennebec Valley Art Association and Harlow Gallery present “Harlow 2.0”, the debut art exhibition at their new location at 100 Water Street, in downtown Hallowell. The public is invited to come see the new location filled with work by local artists, representing a range of genres and media. “Harlow 2.0” is on view September 23 through November 4, 2017. Hours are Thursday through Saturday noon-6pm.

Participating artists include Karen & Ru Allen, Nancy Keenan Barron, Megan Daigle, Whitney Gill, Judy Herman, Pamela Hetherly, Nancy Holland, Eddie Leaman, Kay Morris, Anita Morrissey, Linda Murray, Petrea Noyes, Peter Precourt, Judy Schuppien, Sally Wagley, and more.

The Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street will remain open into the spring of 2018. The current exhibition is POW!, an art exhibition of original comics as well as artwork inspired by comics, which on view September 8 through October 21, 2017. Gallery hours at 160 Water Street are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm.

For more information please visit harlowgallery.org or call 207-622-3813.

Fall Exhibitions and Barn Gallery Memories

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Fall Exhibitions include ‘Shadows and Reflections’ by artists of the Ogunquit Art Association from September 13 through October 9 with an Opening Reception on Saturday September 16, 5 – 7:30 PM. See ‘OAA Expressions’ with its wide variety of style, subject, medium and price. Remember painter Norman West in a small Memorial Exhibition of his work. Enjoy work by photographer Steven Holt and painter Shiao-Ping Wang in the North Gallery. Walk through the three-dimensional work by Invited New England Sculptors in the outdoor Sculpture Court. Browse through our ever-changing array of small works of art in the Collectors Gallery.

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Join us for ‘Barn Gallery Memories’ an engaging remembrance of Norman West, Mary-Leigh Smart, Barbara Hilty, DeWitt Hardy and George Burk on Thursday, September 21 at 6 PM.

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Don’t miss Andy Happel and Los Galactacos String Band – “Songs of the Americas” on Friday, September 15, 7:30 PM. Tickets in advance or at the door. And Poetry Readings by Richard Foerster & Alice B. Fogel, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire on Wednesday, September 20, 7 PM

For more information call 207-646-8400, email oacbarngallery@gmail.com, or visit www.barngallery.org

Mars Hall Gallery – Touring Peninsula Art 2017

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Kris Johnson “Waiting for the Ferry”

Mars Hall Gallery will participate in the St. George Business Alliance event, “Touring Peninsula Art”, on Saturday, September 16th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the two shows currently on exhibit, “14 Miles to the Horizon” and “The Bigger Picture”, there will be new works by Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson and new to the gallery, artist & sculptor, Ian Baird. A variety of books by gallery artists are available including “Covered Ground” by Nancy Thomas Baker; “Colors of Maine” by Davene Fahy; “30 Missions” by Roger Kirby; “Baker’s Dozen” by Antonia Small and Amy Rockett-Todd; “Caught” by Gary Libby and Antonia Small; and “Visionary Messages” by Holly Smith.

The gallery offers an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed, Carl Sublett and Eleanor Zuccola; acrylic and oil paintings by Nancy Baker, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Manuel Rincon, Holly Smith and Ron Weaver; and black and white pinhole photography by Antonia Small.

Also on display will be a large variety of 3-D Art by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Elaine Niemi and the late Rudy Rotter; a variety of quality crafts including driftwood fish by Claire Perry; decoupage by Davene Fahy; carved decoys by Stephen Hill; handmade collage cards by Eleanor Zuccola and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens are alive with metal sculpture by Jay Hoagland and Brian Read. A large collection of antiques, handmade & vintage jewelry and quality crafts are also available.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. Gallery hours are 10-5, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Monday October 9th, Columbus Day or by appointment. For more information, call 372-9996 or 372-8194 or visit marshallgallery.net or email marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.

Littlefield Gallery ends season with “Beyond the Sea”

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“Grindstone” by Caren-Marie Michel

Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor concludes its ninth season with a group show “Beyond the Sea” featuring  artists Ben Lincoln, Caren-Marie Michel, Rachael Eastman, and John David O’Shaughnessy. This unique variety of interpretations of the coast of Maine will begin September 17 and run through Columbus Day, October 9. A reception celebrating the artists is Saturday, September 30, from 3-5 pm littlefieldgallery.com

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.

MFT Gallery opening Sept. 22, presenting CSA II

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Susan Bartlett Rice, Tarbox Start, oil on canvas, 24 x 24”,

 

On View: Sept. 22 – Nov.10 at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast, Maine
Opening Reception: Fri., Sept. 22, 5:30-8pm (during Belfast Art Walk) with artist talks preceding at 5pm.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, in partnership with the Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association, presents CSA II – one of three exhibitions of work by 13 Maine artists who have been partnered with CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms throughout the 2017 growing season.

Meet the artists and farmers at the opening reception on Friday, September 22, from 5-8pm with a gallery talk at 5pm. Maine Farmland Trust is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast; the exhibition is on view from September 22 through November 10, 2017. For more information about Maine Farmland Trust Gallery please visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/

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Karen Merritt, Farm Truck, gelatin silver print, 9 x 9”

Participating artists and farms are: Ingrid Ellison of Camden (paired with Hope’s Edge Farm), Helene Farrar of Manchester (paired with Farmer Kev’s), Dylan Gifford of Kents Hill (paired with Wholesome Holmstead), Karen Merritt of Portland (paired with Crystal Spring Farm), Anna O’Sullivan of Portland (paired with The FarmME), Tim Ouillette of Portland (paired with Hancock Family Farm), Tyson Pease of Gardiner (paired with Tender Soles Farm), Alyssa Phanitdasack of Portland (paired with Sheepscot General Farm and Store), Jessica Rhoades of Thomaston (paired with Whatley Farm), Susan Bartlett Rice of Walpole (paired with Tarbox Farm), Nicholas Runco of Oakland (paired with KVCC CSA), Kris Sader of Orono (paired with Ripley Farm), and Rebecca May Verrill of Portland (paired with Frith Farm).

During CSA II (Community Supporting Arts), participating artists have been visiting their partner farms regularly since January 2017, at the very start of this year’s growing season, creating art inspired by their farmers’ lives, work, and landscape. The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017: at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast September 22 – November 10; at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell October 27 – December 2; and at Engine in Biddeford November 10 – December 16.

 

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Anna O’Sullivan, Makin’ Maple, woodcut, 11 x 17”

 

In 2012 Harlow Gallery organized the first Community Supporting Arts (CSA) project to connect Maine’s artist and farming communities, two vibrant and idealistic groups that are key to our state’s unique sense of place. The first CSA project was a huge success and the Harlow Gallery staff and volunteers are thrilled to bring it back for 2017.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture (CSA farms).  A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season. CSA II will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food. Our food industry is a critical key to a sustainable economy and the health and well-being of Maine citizens in an age of accelerating climate change.

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Rebecca May Verrill, Farm Bowl, wheel-thrown earthenware, 8”L x 8”W x 4”H

 

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate agriculture through art, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

 

Fall Arts Exhibition at Sylvan Gallery

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By the Blue Barrel by Susannah Haney, oil, 8” x 10”

Fall Arts Exhibition Now Through October 29th at Sylvan Gallery

Sylvan Gallery’s Fall Exhibition, featuring the work of contemporary New England artists, is now on view and will continue through October 29th. The gallery’s exhibitions are known for the quality of the work displayed and the unique and discernible style of the artists that are represented. Gallery goers will be charmed by the vision behind favorite Maine subjects such as Monhegan Island and Maine coastal and harbor views, local rural scenes focusing on domestic farm animals, and cafe and street scenes of Florence, Italy. New paintings by the gallery’s roster of fine artists arrive almost daily.

Featured works by Maine-based artists include those by Susannah Haney of Wiscasset. Haney spends several weeks every year sketching on Monhegan Island, a well-known and loved location that has been attracting artists since the19th century. Back in her studio in Wiscasset, she transforms the sketches into oil paintings of remarkable clarity and richness of color. In “By Blue Barrel,” Haney captures a view of a Monhegan cottage sited with Manana Island behind it. The luminous light of a gray day brings a glow to the violet-gray tones of the cottage and illuminates the dory in front of it. Her fine attention to detail delights us as she brings her focus to the outer stairway of the neighboring cottage, the lapis lazuli tone of the blue fish barrel, the granite rocks leading us from foreground to middle distance, and the dandelions whose spent blooms are now transformed to fluff. The luminous and finely detailed quality of her oil paintings has earned her collectors from all over the United States. Her other new paintings include “View From the Hill, Monhegan,” and “The Fishermen’s Museum, Pemaquid.”

Wiscasset artist and gallery owner, Ann Scanlan’s favorite subjects to paint are animals in rural farm settings. She will often follow cows as they wander across the landscape, looking for the right composition or interaction between animals that will inspire a painting. In her works she tries to capture a sense of the peace she feels while in their presence. The leisurely feel of a sunlit day is captured in her painting, “Cows at the Edge of the Marsh.” A grouping of five cows stands behind grasses lit by the warm glow of the sun while the water and distant trees in the background capture the hazy quality of the day. We feel a sense of tranquility as we take in the image. Her other paintings in the exhibition include paintings of sheep with newly born lambs.
Stan Moeller, of York, Maine, turns his attention to the streets and architecture of Florence, Italy, in “Piazza della Signoria.” He is an experienced plein air painter and has the ability to capture an impression of bustling figures amidst the architecture of this famous city. His work evokes memories of travels abroad. This talent in capturing figures is also apparent in “Tidal Pool Souvenirs,” a painting of a young woman precariously balanced on the rocks, intent on reaching down into a tidal pool to grasp a treasure she’s just discovered. Years spent painting on Monhegan Island have given Moeller an innate understanding of Maine’s rocky landscape and the ability to capture it with ease. Stan Moeller has taught numerous painting workshops on Monhegan Island, Tuscany, and in the South of France. He was honored with a one-person show at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island this summer.

 

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Afternoon Light, Monhegan by Robert Noreika, oil, 16” x 20”

Maine subject matter continues to inspire artists from all over the United States. Robert Noreika travels to Maine throughout the summer to paint en plein air, directly from life. “Afternoon Light, Monhegan Island” is a lively painting with energetic colorful brushwork. The foreground grasses, tree, and cottage have an easy gestural quality to them. In the middle distance, Manana Island is captured in violet and golden tones, white billowy clouds are to the right, and the turquoise sky above is reflected in the water. Just a few lobster boats provide additional interest. Noreika’s paintings have a spontaneous quality that is achieved by what he describes as his “gestural, fluid approach.” Of Noreika’s other paintings in the exhibit, of particular note is “Back Cove, New Harbor,” a beautiful painting in which he captures the essence of a small fishing cove by focusing on broad shapes and beautiful cool tones of violet, greens, and blues, for the sky, trees, and water, setting off the warmer tones of the buildings and accents of red dashes for the buoys; and “The Strike” which is a whimsical painting of a striped bass, its mouth open wide as it’s goes for a lure. “Working Harbor, Stonington, Maine” and “Incoming Squall” are his two largest paintings in the exhibit at 24 by 36 inches.

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Evening, Port Clyde by Neal Hughes, oil, 12” x 16”

Neal Hughes is another plein air artist who travels yearly to paint on the coast of Maine. His painting, “Evening, Port Clyde,” is a beautiful depiction of a fleeting moment when the last rays of the setting sun glance across the hull of a lobster boat. In the background, the dock, land, and buildings are also bathed in the sun’s rich warm light contrasting with the scene’s cooler blue, grey, and violet shadows. The painting glows with an almost inner illumination.

Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into many national juried exhibitions, and he has won many awards including an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of more than 12,000 entries.

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including Peter Layne Arguimbau, who paints shoreline views from the vantage point of his catboat as he travels up the coast; Joann Ballinger, whose pastels focus on children playing at the beach and scenes of farm animals, including “Youngins,” a pastel of three baby chickens alert in a coop; luminous ocean moonscapes by Al Barker; a series of winterscapes by Angelo Franco, as well as a dynamic painting titled “Fisherman’s Folly” which captures the vibrant colors of autumn at Jordan Pond in Acadia; a collection of photographic images of Scottish Blackface Sheep by photo journalist and shepherdess Nina Fuller; three separate paintings of birds – a seagull, a puffin, and a bird of prey by Charles Kolnik who employs a technique using many layers of oil glazes to achieve his distinctive results; classically inspired jewel-sized still lives by Heather Gibson Lusk; intimate small oil paintings by Crista Pisano who captures the atmospheric foggy conditions in her paintings titled, “Pemaquid Mist” and Ocean Point Waves”; a series of 8 by 8 inch painterly landscapes of marsh, ocean, and woodland by Polly Seip; Laura Winslow’s elegant watercolors that are inspired by nature; and rich evocative oil paintings of children at the water’s edge by Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

September 3rd Opening Reception at The Turtle Gallery

Alix Bacon, The Climate Change Apocolypse, 24 x 72

Alix Bacon, The Climate Change Apocolypse, 24 x 72

This new exhibition features 3 series of paintings by Alix Bacon, mixed media drawings by Mary Barnes, abstract paintings by Anderson Giles and hand-printed paper collages by Alice Spencer.

Alix Bacon returns to the Turtle Gallery with three new series of work: The Scottish Paintings, Windows on Maine and the Climate Change Apocalypse. Bacon’s landscapes depict tranquil terrains, opening vistas onto the natural world in all its richness. Though the paintings contain no figures, we are reminded that we are present in them; we bear a responsibility to the landscapes in which we always, indelibly, appear. Bacon translates her vision by painting the environment, not just the landscape, and reminds us of the raw truth of Climate Change on our world.

Mary Barnes Frigate 40 x 52 mixed media on mylar

Mary Barnes Frigate 40 x 52 mixed media on mylar

Moved by the wonder and mystery of our avian counterparts, Mary Barnes captures their presence in a series of both vibrant and evocative mixed media drawings. Inspired by both the birds of her home in the north and a journey to the Galapagos, Barnes translates the vitality of aviary flight, habitat, sounds and habits of birds in this new collection of drawings.

Anderson Giles, Sacral Rampart, Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 42

Anderson Giles, Sacral Rampart, Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 42

Anderson Giles joins the Turtle Gallery for his first showing since retiring from 35 years of teaching art and photography at The University of Maine at Presque Isle. The show will include several older works as well as paintings recently completed during his final summer in northern Maine. Giles engages his powerful use of color and light to capture representational imagery, abstract visions and the many lines and points between where the spiritual and the physical blur.

Alice Spencer, Quilt Improv 2, 16x16

Alice Spencer, Quilt Improv 2, 16×16

Portland based artist Alice Spencer will be showing new collages of hand-printed paper. A lifelong artist of various mediums, Spencer has long been influenced by textiles from her travels and their integration into culture and everyday life.

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Chris Joyce Studio Shot

A new collection of woodwork from local favorite Chris Joyce will also be on display, as well as copies of his new catalog.

In addition, a vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and sculpture garden will be on display. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (207) 348-9977 or visit theturtlegallery.com

Impressionist Artist Specialized in Coastal New England Paintings & Drawings

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Summerings with Mary Bradish Titcomb, 1892-1902: Drawings of Coastal New England and the White Mountains will be on view at James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, 75 Main St., Wiscasset, from August 31st to September 27th. Although listed as a portrait painter, Titcomb is best known for her impressionistic paintings of rural and coastal New England and is considered the most important woman artist of the Boston Impressionists.

The Kochan Fine Arts exhibition, with an opening reception during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 31, 5-8pm, features finished and preliminary drawings in graphite, watercolor and/or ink on paper from the first decade of Titcomb’s professional career. The drawings on view were all executed while on summer holidays in New England, principally coastal Maine (including Ogunquit, Sebago Lake, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, and Monhegan), the White Mountains, the North Shore, and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Principally landscape and coastal views, the exhibition also includes some portraits and still lifes.

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Born in Windham, New Hampshire, Mary Bradish Titcomb (1858-1927) began her artistic career teaching drawing in the Brockton, MA public schools. In 1888, she relocated to Boston to commence studies at the Boston Museum School under Boston Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson and later Philip Hale. During her early professional career, summers were spent drawing and painting in coastal Maine or the White Mountains near her birthplace. In 1895, Titcomb traveled to Europe for the first time, studying with Jules Lefebvre in Paris, but returned to Boston, where she exhibited regularly with the Copley Society and in numerous national exhibitions. Titcomb continued to summer along the New England coast, from the North Shore to Cape Cod, although she is known to have gone on a sketching trip to Arizona and Mexico in 1901. As she became more successful, she left her Fenway studio and purchased a home in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she died in 1927.

For more information about Mary Bradish Titcomb and the Summerings exhibition, please contact James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, 304-279-7714 or jameskochan@comcast.net

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

Events at the ANNEX in Castine

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Upcoming Events for the ANNEX –
Co-Presented by the Castine Arts Association

• Artists-in-Residence have arrived!

• August 6-25 Kelly Carmody (Boston) and Viktor Butko (Russia) – They will be painting around town for the first week and a half and then moving into the studio space at the ANNEX. Keep an eye out for them. Both Kelly and Viktor will do a painting demonstration.

• Thursday, August 17, 5-7, Showing for Artists-in-Residence, Ben Skinner and Genevieve Dionne at the ANNEX – come see the ephemoral Castine-inspired installation they’ve been making while in residence.

• Saturday, August 19, 9-12PM, Kelly Carmody Painting Demonstration. Kelly will work through painting a still-life while answering questions from the audience, from 9:00 – 12:00. The public is free to stay the whole time or come and go as necessary. Offered as part of the Artist-in-Residence Program at the ANNEX happening at 8 Water Street, Castine, Maine in the studio.  Free and open to the public. Please come and enjoy the insights of a truly gifted and thoughtful artist.

• Tuesday, August 22, 5-7PM Kelly Carmody and Viktor Butko Residency Exhibition Reception. Show will be up until Friday August 25.

• Thursday, August 31, 5-7: Opening Reception for Charleen Wiseman, Quilts! @ the ANNEX

For more information call or email theannexcenter@gmail.com • 213-839-0851, or drop into Gallery B, 5 Main Street, Castine

The ANNEX is located at 8 Water Street, Castine, ME 04421
www.annexarts.org

Deer Isle Artists Association presents “Fresh Ink,”

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Evocation, by Marianne Alweiss

 

From August 18 through the 31, the Deer Isle Artists Association will present “Fresh Ink,” featuring the art of Marianne Alweis, Don Bardole, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Betsy Braunhut, Emily Brett Lukens, Janet Cook, Mary Eaton, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Jeri Gillin, Kaitlyn Metcalf, Carolyn Raedle, Hub White, and Alice Wilkinson. Appearing in the Art Rack will be work by Leslie Anderson, Avery Falkner, Judith Felch, Judith Felch, Jerry Levitt, and Cynthia Stroud-Watson.

The title “Fresh Ink” refers not necessarily to the materials utilized by each artist; rather it serves as a metaphor for how each interprets the theme and applies it to his or her own work. Included in the show will be a wide range of mediums, including drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, basketry, fiber arts, etc.

A reception with the artists will take place on Sunday, August 20, from 4:00 – 6:00. The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village, and is open daily from 10:00 – 6:00. www.deerisleartists.com   (207) 348-2330.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Viewfinders”

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The Cynthia Winings Gallery in Blue Hill presents a new group exhibition, Viewfinders, featuring the work of Jenny Brillhart, Brita Holmquist, and Buzz Masters, with new work from Ingrid Ellison, with an Opening Reception, Sunday, August 20, 4 – 7PM

A Summer of exciting shows continues with the the fourth group exhibition of the season!

VIEWFINDERS features the artwork of Jenny Brillhart, Brita Holmquist, Buzz Masters, with new work from Ingrid Ellison. I am fortunate to include artwork from Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Tom Curry, Diane Green, M P Landis, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Jerry Rose, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, Sunday, August 20, 4 – 7 PM. On view through September 18. Contact: Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

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.

ART with a story at Mars Hall Gallery

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Running 8/9/2017 – 10/9/2017 –  Mars Hall Gallery opens “The Bigger Picture”, a show featuring ART with a story. Two photographers, two painters and a friendship spanning two continents are the stories to be shared.

In the fall of 2016 artist Nancy Baker began her almost 400 mile trek in the village of Alcoutim, Portugal. She hiked the Via Algarviana and Rota Vincentina trails raising money for the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde. Along the way she met many people, some now good friends, who generously opened their doors to her. The journal, sketches and prose done on her trek are the inspiration for her “Covered Ground” series and book. Baker has opened doors to her inspiring heartfelt endeavor.

A chance meeting in the Maine woods between two pinhole photographers would begin a visual dialogue spanning almost 2,000 miles and 13 months. In 2013 Amy Rocket-Todd of Okalahoma and Antonia Small of Port Clyde began documenting their visionary journey. The end result was a show at the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma and a book titled “Baker’s Dozen: A Pinhole Dialogue”. The show and book are on display as well as Gary Libby and Antonia Small’s book “Caught”.

“Visionary Messages” is the theme of Holly Smith’s creations. “Meditations, like dreams, can drift from one reality to another, and subconscious messages, if allowed, can imerge. One can accept this information as mere fantasy or pure imagination.” Smith’s paintings are a reflection of a dreamlike collective consciousness that uses meditation as a tool to discover incredible insights.

While vacationing in Venezuela Dr. Al Wills and his wife Hannah Boulton , of Boston and Hupper Island, met artist Manuel Rincon. They would form a life long friendship and Rincon would become one of the Hupper’s 5ive in 1996. Rincon’s playful imagery of his early childhood subtly depict the depth of human relationships. The story behind the late Rincon’s paintings in this show will be shared along with the story of a very special friendship.

The Main Gallery features the second phase of “14 Miles to the Horizon”. This ever changing exhibit showcases Maine ART along with an expanded selection of fine antiques and collectibles. On display are paintings by Leo Brooks, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Brian Kliewer, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, David Paffhausen, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Carl Sublett, William Thon, Ron Weaver and Eleanor Zuccola. Also on exhibit is mixed media assemblage by Bill Cook, whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry and a variety of quality crafts including decoupage by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. New to the gallery are paintings and wood & stone sculptures by Ian Baird. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display through out the gallery as well as outside in the Sculpture Gardens.

The gallery is open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. thru Labor Day, Labor Day thru Columbus Day 10-5, Fri. thru Sun. or by appointment. Mars Hall Gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net

Late Summer Exhibitions at Barn Gallery

Evelyne Harper Neill will celebrate over 50 years as a member of the Ogunquit Art Association with a solo exhibition of her paintings in the North Gallery. She will give a Gallery Talk on Thursday, August 17 at 6 PM, a talk that is free and open to the public. There will be an opening reception on Saturday August 19, 5 – 7:30 PM.

Late Summer Exhibitions begin on August 9 and run through September 9. OAA members, old and new, will show paintings, graphics photographs and sculpture in “OAA Expressions” and in a special theme show, “From Above.” Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is always available in the Collectors Gallery.

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Barn Gallery’s expanded schedule of figure drawing sessions, artist demonstrations and workshops in a variety of media as well as artist gallery talks continues through August.

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine
Hours: 11 AM – 5 PM daily, 1 – 5 PM Sunday
For More Information : 207-646-8400, oacbarngallery@gmail.com, or www.barngallery.org

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Announces New Exhibitions

JANICE ANTHONY  Cobble Beach, Schoodic, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 36 inches

JANICE ANTHONY Cobble Beach, Schoodic, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 36 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present a two-person exhibition: Janice Anthony and Alison Rector: How the Light Gets In, and solo shows of new work by Ragna Bruno, Rosie Moore, and Colin Page from August 16– September 12. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Janice Anthony and Alison Rector: How the Light Get’s In
Janice Anthony (landscapes) and Alison Rector (interiors) spend their days contemplating the illusion of light. They study how light gives form to an interior space as it moves across a room through windows and doors, or how shafts of light illuminate the ferns and wild plants that flourish below an impenetrable canopy of trees.

Anthony and Rector found apt inspiration for this show in the lyrics of a song by Leonard Cohen, the late great singer, songwriter, and poet. In his song Anthem, Cohen wrote:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in

Cohen was speaking about more than the physical properties of light in Anthem. He was addressing life and political unrest. The sadness and wisdom of his words are mighty. Humans are flawed. There is a crack in everything.

ALISON RECTOR  The Fragrance of Afternoon, oil on linen, 28 x 28 inches

ALISON RECTOR The Fragrance of Afternoon, oil on linen, 28 x 28 inches

In painting, the illusion of light is derived from the manipulation of an opaque material (paint) on a flat two-dimensions surface. Both painters transformed these benign materials into remarkable works of art brimming with mood and emotion. For Anthony and Rector, light is their glimpse into an overlooked quiet space, the hidden mysteries of a cool hollow, or the extraordinary colors of pebbled beach —a reminder to look for the beauty in, and beyond, the crack.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–5:30pm; Sunday 12–4pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Jean Kigel’s 19th Annual Eastern Views: Geometric Realism+Attic Windows

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Jean Kigel, Attic Window Series Friendship From Wallaces to the Wharfs oil 18×22

New paintings by Jean Kigel are featured at a museum-quality retro 1950’s setting, the Brick House Gallery, 176 Winslow Mills Road, Waldoboro from August 11th to 13th.  The reception  is on Friday August 11th from 5-7pm.
Celebrating its 19th season, Kigel’s Annual Eastern Views is a synthesis of motifs from Maine and Asia. Continuing her new geometric-realism series, she manipulates visual perceptions, creating a dichotomy of the real and the unreal.  Her seascapes capture jagged patterns of the luminous, shifting light and reflective waters of Maine.  Several muses – including Clary Hill and sea creatures – appear again and again, testament to their emotional power for the artist.  Featured this year is “Muscongus”, depicting the Atlantic in vibrant tones of blues, which she observed while kayaking near her studio.
In addition, Kigel will exhibit her growing attic windows series. These whimsical paintings depict colorful clusters of roof tops of an by-gone, architectural style in Mid-coast towns.   “When I paint this series, I always delight and surprise myself, reshaping forms, reinterpreting colors, and even inserting magical elements like fish into the skies.”
As usual, Kigel’s show is punctuated with paintings of garden perennials; her Asian brush techniques lending a sense of “exotica” to the familiar.
An award-winning member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Kigel’s work is exhibited in galleries in Maine, Massachusetts, NY City, and Vermont.    For more information, preview this exhibit at www.jeankigel.com or call 975-3262.

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents “Bo Bartlett: Paintings from the Outpost”

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Bo Bartlett, Christmas, Oil on linen, 82″ x 100″

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents “Bo Bartlett: Paintings from the Outpost,”
with an Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 from 5-8pm.
“Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His paintings are well within the tradition of American realism as defined by artists such as Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Like these artists, Bartlett looks at America’s heart—its land and its people—and describes the beauty he finds in everyday life. His paintings celebrate the underlying epic nature of the commonplace and the personal significance of the extraordinary.”

Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception

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Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor hosts an OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, August 3, 5–7pm, with a show that runs August 3–16

Hughes-Bosca: Bountiful Rarity
Largest collection will be August 3–5
Good things need to be replayed, this is our 8th show. They fabricate 18 kt. jewelry using gemstones, colored diamonds, and artifacts from distant corners. It has weight, glowing surface, quiet confidence, and un-restrained boldness. The soulful power of wearing this work will enhance your mood and presence. Come meet our dearest collaborators, Caro-Gray Bosca and Mary Hughes, Thursday through Saturday.

Jaber Lutfi: Exquisite Bizarre Brought to Canvas
If there is common ground between Van Eyck, Picasso and Hieronymus Bosch, Jaber is it. These figurative acrylics tell an indeterminate story of costumed characters with curiousness turned up to 11. Superbly crafted, allegorical, fantasy realism and flirting with ominous events delivered from the mind of this Montreal based artist.

McTeigue Estate Jewelry
AUGUST 3–5 ONLY
Our second presentation of this venerable New York based estate jewelry firm established in 1895 will be presenting fabulous jewels for three days only. Kate Fisher, born in Australia, and an expert for decades, will be exhibiting magnificent pieces that were in high fashion from before you were born.

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele
You read it right, two historic art revolutionaries right here in NEH. Curated by Jerry Suqi of Gallery Feldermaus in Chicago, he will be bringing collotypes from folios made prior to 1930. You will find evocative line drawings of Schiele’s astonishing draftsmanship, and Klimt’s golden and dense surfaces.