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Dowling Walsh Gallery hosting three exhibitions for October

Tollef Runquist, Carrying Cake, 2019, Oil on canvas, 54″ x 60″


Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of October for Tollef Runquist, Sarah McRae Morton, and Reggie Burrows Hodges

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

Tollef Runquist

Tollef Runquist received his B.A. in Studio Art from Dickinson College in 2002. Since then he has been continuing his education through painting and other mediums. He lives and works in Searsport, Maine. He has had solo exhibitions at Taylor Gallery, Meriden, NH; Ober Gallery, Kent, CT; and OK Harris, New York, NY; among others. Runquist looks at a wide range of artists as inspiration including Richard Diebenkorn, Monet, De Kooning, Gauguin, Bonnard, Rothko, Sargent, Gordon Grant, Gerhard Richter, Hopper, Homer, Klimt and Egon Schiele.

Runquist states, “Painting for me is an undertaking of appreciation and inquiry. It is a means by which to engage the beauty and mystery of visual experience in an ongoing dialogue. This is a widening puzzle; as I partake in this conversation, it continually refreshes itself, revealing unexpected angles and new understanding. I feel no particular loyalty to realism or my own past work. I set to draw out a particular vision as long as my experience with it is visceral, attentive and useful. I try to encapsulate the fullness of my experience of a moment; weight and stillness, burning edges, massive calm. These move me towards a particular subject, I try to paint and honor them, and then move on.”


Sarah McRae Morton, The Half Life of Luck, Frank Morley Fletcher Twist Morton in the Clover, Oil on line, 60″ x 60″


Sarah McRae Morton

Sarah McRae Morton grew up in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. Sarah attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied chemical composition of paintings in Rome as well as studied with Odd Nerdrum in Norway. Sarah received a Mattisse Foundation fellowship for her work on the local history of West Virginia, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited across the country, including at the Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives and paints in Cologne, Germany.

Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories learned. The events and people illustrated are not bound by time or fact, but are imbued with ghosts and artifacts from cross sections of history. Sarah’s work is wildly romantic, with an earthy palate and energetic movement around the canvas that quiets on key moments – detailed renderings of the face of a bear, the lips of a lover, the fox stole around a poet’s neck. The paintings seem to flicker to life with her spirited brush strokes.


Reggie Burrows Hodges, First Serve, Hands Behind Your Back, Acrylic on canvas, 58″ x 84″


Reggie Burrows Hodges

Reggie Burrows Hodges is a narrative figurative painter whose work centers around visual metaphor and storytelling. He works primarily large-scale on raw canvas, wood and rag paper with acrylic and pastel — exploring themes such as identity, truth, surveillance, and often childhood memories. As method, Hodges paints from a black ground, developing the environment around the figure so it emerges from its surroundings, examining the possibility that we are all products of our environment.

Hodges attended the University of Kansas studying theatre and film. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art teaching Cinematic Storytelling, Character Design and Professional Studio Development in Animation and Game Arts. Hodges has been the recipient of numerous artist residencies including the Ellis- Beauregard Foundation, Stephen Pace House and Monson Arts.


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  or call 207-596-0084

Cove St. Arts opening for “Exquisite Beauty”

Join us on Thursday, September 19 from 5-7 pm for the Opening Reception of: Exquisite Beauty. The enduring legacy of grace.
The exhibition, curated by Indigo Arts Alliance co-founder Marcia Minter, showcases the international photography of two Maine artists, David Caras and Meredith Kennedy.
“Grace,” as a noun, refers to the elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action. As a verb, it means to confer dignity or honor upon a subject. Through the work of two Portland-based artists, Marcia Minter curated an exhibition that explores both concepts.
The Cuba-based work of photographer David Caras depicts everyday life set in decaying colonial grandeur. Meredith Kennedy transports the viewer to the other side of the globe, to Asia and to scenes immediately recognizable as foreign whether depicting frenetic city streets or quiet village scenes.In both artists’ work, there is an elegance of form and a beauty in the human environments depicted. Through their lenses, Caras and Kennedy document the dignity in their subjects and confer that dignity upon the viewer by evoking our shared humanity across cultures and the often exquisite (acute, even painful) beauty we create.
Marcia Minter is the co-founder of Indigo Arts Alliance, VP Creative Director of L.L. Bean, and a member of the board of trustees of the Portland Museum of Art.

Cynthia Winings Gallery opening for “Reverant Outcomes”

Image: M P Landis, Acrylic on canvas, 16 x 16 inches

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents “Reverant Outcomes”  a group exhibition with an Opening Reception: Sunday September 22 4 – 7PM

With New Work for Season VII from:
Louise Bourne Josephine Burr Tom Curry David Hornung Christine Lafuente Joanna Logue Buzz Masters Bill Mayher Libby Mitchell Carol Pelletier Jerry Rose Lari Washburn. And in the New Sculpture Garden: Ray Carbone Rebekah Raye Melita Westerlund and John Wilkinson! The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present the fifth group exhibition of the season  Reverent Outcomes. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception Sunday September 22 4 – 7 PM. On view  September 17 – October 14

Colin Page artist talk at Greenhut

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


Please join us!
 Saturday, Sept. 21 at 1pm
Colin will talk about the work from his current solo exhibition “Color Notes”
Exhibition continues through September 28
Event is free and open to the public
Please note, seating is limited, first come, first served
In September, Greenhut is pleased to present Color Notes, an exhibition of new oil paintings by one of Maine’s most masterful, and most popular, plein air artists, Colin Page. As Press Herald art critic, Daniel Kany puts it, “Page is a leading light of what is called ‘Maine painting’ — that striking, quick and largely improvisational style of observational painting that ranges from Winslow Homer to Don Stone; Maine painting blends a bold brush with atmospheric light and an ever-present sense of place.” Colin shares a bit about his personal process and inspiration in his artist statement below:
The spark of an interesting color or light sensation inspires me to start a painting. A color relationship can create a mood, describe a time of day, give depth to a flat canvas, and emulate a vibration or glow. With this series, I begin each painting with a specific color idea: a harmonious color key or a discordant contrasting key. The paintings are not exact replicas of a scene, but instead are driven by the mood and story I can tell with color and brushwork.
This creative use of color is sometimes described in musical terms. Color notes are individual moments that sing when placed in relation to one another. When there is an overall color scheme to a painting, it forms a harmony that can be felt in a way similar to a musical key in a song. A color can be read as discordant but still be the right note. Colors can work together to create the equivalent uplift of a major chord, or the slight sad turn of a minor. A painting is not a copy of nature, but a composition that describes a feeling.      
Color is just one tool of communication that I use, but the power and depth of this expression directs my decisions when I consider what to paint, and why.
Colin Page was raised in Baltimore, Maryland and studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Whether working on location or in the studio, Colin strives to capture the atmosphere and light of a scene. Colin currently lives in Maine, where he focuses on painting the landscape, and scenes that show his life as a father of two young girls. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions and group shows nationally and abroad


Shaw Contemporary Jewelry final Opening Sept 5.

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

The Caldbeck Gallery Opens for ‘Seven Photographers’

DIGNITY, SOUTH BEACH, FL 2008 archival pigment print on fine art paper 21 x 15 inches Ni Rong

From September 6 through October 26, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will show the work of photographers John Goodman of Friendship ME/Wellesley MA, Koichiro Kurita ofJapan, Dirk McDonnell of Camden ME, Ni Rong of Rockport ME/Boston MA, Jan Rosenbaum of Rockport ME, Allison V. Smith of Dallas TX, and Todd Watts of Blanchard ME. “SEVEN PHOTOGRAPHERS” includes a selection of work by each of the seven artists. An opening reception will take place on First Friday, September 6, from 5 – 8 pm. 

John Goodman says of his work, “I am drawn to the human body and all of its contradictions, all the while exploring the contest between light and dark, grit and tenderness, and power and grace”. The pieces in this show are from his body of work called “Not Recent”. His work is in numerous museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Koichiro Kurita’s new work is called “Walking”. The artist explains, “It’s the smell of the forest that I sense immediately as I walk into the woods. Each season and within it, each time of day, has a different smell. The effect of those fragrances is an emotional and aesthetic experience. By walking in the woods, I create freedom of the spirits through my senses.” The artist recently moved back to his homeland of Japan, after living in the states and working in Maine in the summertime for many years.

Dirk McDonnell’s large black and white photographs chronicle his extensive travels throughout the world. His work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, the University of New England at Westbrook College, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe NM, the Bravo Center in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Ni Rong’s work almost always includes a human being in it. She says it is because she loves people and loves photographing people. “Just as one could not run away from his or her own shadow, I end up finding myself not able to stop photographing people even though I am terrified of doing so. I think it is about capturing people in their ordinary daily life, that tells something which is honest and true, something uplifting, something with beauty and strength. I seek and photograph those moments that are there, waiting to be captured and revealed to remind us who we are”.

Jan Rosenbaum calls the work in this exhibit, “Mise on Scene”, because he sees these images as if they were a stage setting in a play. He says, “the isolated subjects in these landscapes are the stages, the objects, but they don’t quite enunciate. They portend, but never explain. They pretend to be important, to be spaces worthy of being photographed, worthy of memorialization, even of immortality”. His work is in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cranbrook Museum, The New Museum, the Evanston Art Gallery, the Wayne State University Art History Library, and in private collections.

Allison V. Smith worked as a photojournalist for 7 newspapers over 15 years. In 2004, she left the Dallas Morning News to pursue freelance photography for editorial clients and fine art photography. She began to focus on the landscape and personality of Marfa TX and Rockport ME. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The work in this show is about Texas.

Todd Watts creates wide-ranging, often large-scale, color photographs using both traditional and digital technologies. The two new works in this exhibit are being shown for the first time. The artist’s work is represented in many museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Fogg Museum, Yale Art Gallery, and in Maine, the Portland Museum of Art, and the University of Maine Museum of Art.

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

Cig Harvey solo at Ogunquit Museum


This exhibition is the first solo museum presentation in the United States of contemporary artist Cig Harvey. Spanning photography, video, mixed media and the written word, Harvey’s creative practice explores the physical and emotional boundaries of the senses. Her vividly colored images and seductive vocabulary combine to suggest dreamlike narratives informed by sensations of touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, and memory. Harvey draws inspiration from her life in Maine, and the work is on the one hand autobiographical, and on the other, a magical window onto a familiar and living landscape. The exhibition is drawn from a selection of Harvey’s photographic projects from the past ten years, and refigured into an arrangement that privileges the feeling of life experience. – Ogunquit Museum

Currently on view through October 31, 2019

Sylvan Gallery celebrates its 19th year with receptions

Cribstone by Robert Noreika, oil, 30” x 40”

Sylvan Gallery celebrates its 19th year of representing a core group of
talented New England artists with receptions on Thursday, August 29 and
Thursday, September 26, both from 5 – 8 p.m. to mark their anniversary and
to coincide with the Wiscasset Art Walk. The exhibition, which is
continually evolving, continues through October 31st.

New to the gallery wall’s this season is a series of nocturnes by New
Jersey artist Neal Hughes. In “ Twilight Walk,” Hughes paints a tranquil
scene of a ferry station at dusk. A street lamp provides illumination for
the solitary figure walking his dog. The turquoise, pink and violet tones
of the sky reflect off the water, and the feeling created is one of quiet
reflection. In “Midnight Passage,” Hughes again relies on the cast light
from a street lamp to provide illumination to the scene. Both paintings
are composed from a high vantage point, but this time a modest two-story
house and a passing car are the focus of his attention. The painting is
evocative of the night scenes of mid-century artist Edward Hopper for the
quiet mystery of dusk and the method of highlighting a scene against a
darker background. “Port Nocturne” and “Shimmering Moonlight” are two
additional nocturnes included in the exhibition.


Twilight Walk by Neal Hughes, oil, 16” x 16”

Neal Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally
for more than 30 years. For the past eight years he has been participating
in plein air competitions up and down the east coast as well as plein air
events in Texas and Wisconsin. His most recent awards include “Best
Associate Award of Excellence” at the 2019 Oil Painters of America
National Exhibition, “Artists Choice Award” and “Best Nocturne Award” at
Lighthouse Plein Air Competition 2019, Tequesta, Florida.

One of Robert Noreika’s most dynamic works in the exhibition is
“Cribstone,” a 30 by 40 inch oil painting of the Bailey Island Bridge
(also called Cribstone Bridge) connecting Bailey’s Island and Orr’s Island
in Harpswell. Norieka uses the landscape as a jumping off point to capture
the feeling of a place in a bold and semi-abstracted manner. He paints
spontaneously and blends minimally to keep the freshness of the scene
alive. The granite slabs of the bridge become dashes of color. Simplified
forms of distant trees are more abstractly painted, and the water and
mudflats are captured with thin washes of color juxtaposed with rhythmic
brushwork and colorful patterns of blues, greens, and violets. His other
paintings in the exhibition include paintings of New Harbor and Monhegan

Noreika has been a professional artist and instructor for over 40 years.
He is the recipient of awards from the America Watercolor Society,
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, the Salmagundi Club,
and Academic Artist Association. He is a signature member of the New
England Watercolor Society. His work is in the permanent collection of the
New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.

Paul Batch’s paintings always feel illuminated from within. In his newest
works he uses glazes of color to capture those transitional times of day
when the sun is rising or setting or just as the moon is coming up. In
“Golden Gleam,” a 24 by 30 inch atmospheric painting of the New England
marsh, the diffused golden ephemeral light of the sun transitions across
the sky into violets and into dusty pinks along the horizon. The marsh
water and grasses are enriched by the beautiful tones of the sky creating
a beautiful harmony to the whole.  Other marsh paintings by Batch include
“Shoreline Evening in Spring,” at 18 by 36 inches, and “Evening Breeze,”
at 12 by 24 inches.

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

The newest paintings of Crista Pisano include four works painted during
the Castine, Maine, Plein Air Festival in July of this year. Pisano is
known for her miniature paintings that, although small in dimension, are
large in impact. “View From Fort Madison, Castine,” measuring 2 x 6 1/2
inches, captures the textural quality of the rocky beach and the view
looking out across the Penobscot Bay to Nautilaus Island. Its brilliant
yellow sky provides the perfect contrast to the deeper tones of the

Pisano was the 2019 winner of “Best Noctune” at the Plein Air Easton
Festival, the largest and most prestigious juried plein air competition in
the United States.

Maine artists whose work will also be on view include Stan Moeller (York),
who contributes “Fashion in Cannes,” a street scene of a chicly dressed
woman who pauses before a storefront window while searching her bag.
Moeller has a gift for capturing figures in motion and making a brief
moment in time, significant. Susannah Haney’s (Wiscasset) newest painting
to the exhibition is  “A Break in the Clouds, Pemaquid Light.” Haney’s
works have always captivated the viewer by her ability to bring a fresh
eye to an often painted subject by her careful attention to detail and for
the luminous glow to her paintings. And Ann Scanlan (Wiscasset) continues
to explore the theme of animals in rural farm settings in her painting,
“Misty Morning at Straw’s Farm.”

Other represented artists whose work is on display include Peter Layne
Arguimbau, Joann Ballinger, Al Barker, Angelo Franco, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson
Lusk, Polly Seip, and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at (207) 882-8290 or go to The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday through
Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays
by chance or appointment, at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of
Main Street/Route 1 and Water St., next to Red’s Eats.

Camden galleries ArtWalk

On Thursday 8/29 from 5 – 7 pm the Camden galleries are teaming up to do an “art walk”! Colin Page’s new gallery on BayView St. has spiked Camden’s artsy energy, and we’re piggybacking on the date of his next new show reception. Participating galleries so far include myself and my neighbor Camden Falls, as well as Carver Hill and Daac Designs, both on BayView with Page Gallery. (It’s not quite the straightforward, one Main Street nature of Rockland, but hopefully folks can make the rounds!) Would love for you to drop by for a refreshment!
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“Summer’s End” at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

Charles McCaughtry, Island in Mist, Oil on Canvas

The “Summer’s End” show at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery features two modern realist painters with a combined 100 years experience painting the Maine Coast.
Mark Haltof’s background includes training in New York at the Arts Students League and the National Academy, as well as several Paris ateliers. He began painting in Maine in the mid 70’s with a group of artist friends who came for summers to paint Maine’s rocky coast, and eventually relocated here in 1984. He has shown his work in galleries in New York, California, Florida, North Carolina, Maine and is represented in The Portland Museum Art.

Mark Haltof, “Haulin Nets”, Oil on Canvas

Charles McCaughtry graduated from the University of Hartford Art School, and later studied with Barse Miller, Chen Chi, and Ed Betts. The interaction of earth, water, air, and light are major themes in his work, which often depict scenes from the Blue Hill Peninsula and Acadia. He has exhibited widely in galleries and museums in the US and Canada, and has held over fifty one-man exhibits.

Their recent work may be seen from August 20th to September 20th at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery on Main St. in Blue Hill, Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm.
FMI: email or call 207-374-5773.