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CMCA Biennial 2020 to open Oct. 3

CMCA Biennial 2020

The CMCA Biennial 2020 features the work of 34 artists from 17 Maine communities. The exhibition will open to the public on Oct. 3 with a virtual reception live streamed to CMCA’s Facebook page from 5 to 7 p.m.

The virtual event will include a live video tour of the exhibition with Biennial artists speaking about their work, as well as comments from the jurors and CMCA staff. The exhibition will remain on view at CMCA in Rockland through April 2021 and is sponsored by The Via Agency.

Selected artists were chosen from a pool of more than 500 individual submissions by jurors Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island.

In a statement by the jurors, Johnson-Milewski writes, “I hope this exhibition will reflect the importance of harnessing the creative spirit, particularly in times of disconnection, isolation and confusion.”

McNamara adds, “With over 500 submissions, the process of looking through the Biennial entries offered us an opportunity to view an incredibly diverse range of art practices reflected in the contemporary art field. I am thrilled with our final selection of work, which reflects some of the hopefulness and re-imagining this particular and historical moment in time calls for.”

This year marks the 22nd edition of the CMCA Biennial, which typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. Dating back to 1978, it is the longest running open juried exhibition in the state.

CMCA executive director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are immensely grateful to The VIA Agency for sponsoring this year’s edition of the CMCA Biennial. It is always a process of discovery to learn the jurors’ selections and to see the breadth of talent by artists connected to Maine.”

The CMCA Biennial 2020 artists and their towns are as follows: Jeffrey Ackerman, Morrill; Henry Austin, Portland; Susan Beallor-Snyder, Southwest Harbor and New York, New York; Fanny Brodar, Kennebunkport; Anne Buckwalter, Portland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Penn Chan, Portland; Ben DeHaan, Portland; Brian Doody, Portland; Jenny McGee Dougherty, South Portland; Norajean Ferris, Portland; Donna Festa, Bangor, Sam Finkelstein, Rockland; Kevin Ford, Portland and Norwalk, Connecticut; Elyse Noelani Grams, Portland; Meg Hahn, Portland; Breehan James, Scarborough; Gregory Jamie, Portland; Tom Jessen, Temple; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Mandy Lamb, Norridgewock; Phil Lonergan, Portland, and Campton, New Hampshire; Hector Nevarez Magaña, Portland; Ashley Normal, York and Nashua, New Hampshire; Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell, Portland, Elijah Ober, South Portland; Aaron Rosenblum, Northport and Louisville, Kentucky; Nicholas J Sevigney, Wells and Holderness, New Hampshire; Susan L. Smith, Dover-Foxcroft; Maia Snow, Portland and Austin, Texas; Benjamin Spalding, Portland; Richard Van Buren, Perry; Jimmy Viera, South Portland; Susan B. Webster, Deer Isle; and Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, Massachusetts.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to https://cmcanow.org.

‘Tools of the Trade’ at Jean Kigel Studio

New work by Jean Kigel.

Jean Kigel’s final biweekly virtual theme show for the season is called “Tools of the Trade.” If you are drawn to old stuff, you’ll appreciate this series of keepsakes.

The show runs Sept. 25 through Oct. 9.

Kigel has amassed personal artifacts for these paintings.  Appropriately, this collection starts with her favorite tools for Asian brush painting. Then, in tribute to her mother, it includes early home kitchen tools like a Mixmaster, an ice crusher and a baked bean pot. Other household tools, many of which she has used herself, are a candlestick telephone, a sad iron and clamp-on roller skates. In tribute to her machinist/ woodworking father, she created a series of bit braces, calipers and an eggbeater hand drill. Last but not least, are tools for the land and sea, like wooden blueberry baskets and decaying fish piers.

Discover this show both online at www.jeankigel.com and in person, by appointment, at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information, email jean@jeankigel.com, or call 832-5152.

Local Color Gallery’s October show to include guest artists David Estey, Margaret Griffith and The Winterberry Collective

Leslie Moore, “Squirrelly Whirls.”

Local Color Gallery will be featuring several guests artists in October, including Belfast artist David Estey. Estey’s work reflects years of extensive study that celebrate the rich use of color and texture with an innovative exploration of form. As a Mainer, he says he can’t escape the serene beauty of the snowy fields, the blue-black waters and the rugged coast. They are all a visceral part of his work.

Margaret Griffith of Little Cranberry Island will bring her paintings that use a juxtaposition of the sometimes odd buildings together with strong landscape elements. Griffith is drawn not only to the ocean water and purple mountains but to the uniqueness of Maine’s architecture. She is aiming to have the viewer really look and hopefully see something new in her landscape paintings.

The Winterberry Collective is a group of Midcoast Maine block printmakers who meet regularly to practice creating original relief prints by hand. For their “Maine’s Forest Floor” project, each printmaker designed four interpretations of the forest floor, one for each season. A selection of these original, hand-pulled block prints are on display, and a forever calendar showcasing their forest floor prints is also available. To purchase a calendar, email holly@hollyberrydesign.com.

Holly Berry, a celebrated printmaker, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, and an esteemed teacher, facilitates the Winterberry Collective from her home studio in Waldoboro. Members include Emily Davis, Barbara Gorrill, Leslie Moore, Dianne Morgan, Natalie Norris, Carolyn Steeves and David Swetland.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Learn more at localcolorgallerymaine.com.

Autumn exhibits and events at the Cynthia Winings Gallery

“Out. Beyond. This.,” by Lari Washburn, a September featured artist at Cynthia Winings Gallery.

As Season Eight is winding down, the group show “All Together Now” continues to inspire and delight visitors.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24. The website is also updated regularly with new work. You can also tour the gallery virtually at https://vimeo.com/434115621.

New work has arrived throughout the summer, and it’s reassuring and uplifting to see what is being created during this turbulent and uncertain time.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery will present a Zoom artist talk with Christine Lafuente titled “ACADIAN SEAS, ACADIAN SEEING:

How 10 years of painting seascapes has inspired new ways of composing still life and cityscape.” The artist talk is at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is at 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill.

Three exhibits are on view at Caldbeck Gallery

“June Rain,” by Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

Through Oct. 10, in an exhibit titled “A Place on the Water: Paintings from Maine 1968-1975,” the Caldbeck Gallery celebrates the early Maine paintings of Nancy Wissemann-Widrig.

Also on exhibit at the gallery is “Do Not Fear,” a body of work of small paintings in oil on panel by Janice Kasper.

“Weskeag March: Low Winter Tide I,” by David Dewey.

The “Evolving Group Show” features, at this time, work by artists Alan Bray, David Dewey, Marsha Donahue, Jeff Epstein, New York, Nancy Glassman, Frederic Kellogg, Jeanne Goodman, K. Min, Barbara Sullivan and Elizabeth Osborne.

Early in the summer of 1968, Wissemann-Widrig moved into the Cushing cottage depicted in the 15 paintings in this show.  She and her husband, the painter John Wissemann, soon spent every summer there, painting and, along with their three children, submersing themselves in the community along the St. George River. The artist found a delight in painting the old-world charm of the cottage’s well-loved rooms, which were occupied by rocking chairs, farm tables, original plumbing and the collection of memorabilia left there by several generations of the families that preceded them. It was the late 1960s. The artist found solace in the cottage. The release from the nation’s political upheaval is captured in the quiet, familiar homeyness of these paintings.

In Maine, Wissemann-Widrig’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum and in the Portland Museum of Art, while in New York, galleries included Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Tatischeff Gallery. She has shown with the Caldbeck since 1985 and, with her husband, still summers in the cottage, where her work continues to evolve with the times.

“Do Not Fear: Coyote,” by Janice Kasper

Janice Kasper’s solo show is about wildlife, a topic that has been her passion from the beginning. She explains that the paintings in this exhibit are “a series of portraits of animals that people tend to fear or dislike. Although some may pose a danger to humans, we need to understand the importance of their essential role in the cycles of life on our shared planet.”

Various fur-bearing predators, which throughout history have mostly been painted in brutal hunting scenes, are carefully rendered, as if portraying the faces of loved ones. Insects and snakes and leeches are beautifully painted as if they were treasures, which to the artist, they are.

Kasper first showed with the gallery in 1985. Numerous solo shows followed, and her work is in the collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the University of Connecticut Archives.

Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, email caldbeck@midcoast.com, go to www.caldbeck.com, or call 207-594-5935.

New work featured at Art Space Gallery

Art Space Gallery features work by Linda Murray and Margaret Creighton in October, as well as new work by gallery members.

Art Space Gallery, a fine art cooperative owned and operated by Maine artists, is located at 405 Main St., Rockland. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to  2p.m. Sunday. See artspacemaine.com for more details.

Robert Wellings will exhibit at the Gallery at Somes Sound

“Dawn Light,” by Robert Wellings.

Robert Wellings will exhibit his paintings at the Gallery at Somes Sound throughout October.

Wellings’ inspiration for this collection of work is the ability of the Maine landscape to evoke in the viewer a sense of solitude and mystery. Scenes of dusk-lit meadows, silhouettes of rocky shores, bare trees in the pre-dawn hours and other moments of contemplative witness are painted from memory, imagination and plein-air sketches. Through these works of various

times and places in the Maine landscape, Wellings hopes viewers will reconnect with their own deep experiences of belonging, wonder and gratitude.

Visit https://www.galleryatsomessound.com/all-artists/profile/wellings-robert to view more of his work.

Five percent of sales from Wellings’ show will be donated to the Wendell Gilley Museum because the Gallery at Somes Sound supports their mission of bringing people closer to nature through the arts.

The Gallery at Somes Sound is at 1112 Main St., Mount Desert. Email www.galleryatsomessound.com, or call 207-610-4622 for more information.

Three exhibits continue at the George Marshall Store Gallery

Julia Zanes, “Sun Dress.”

As summer gives way to autumn, the George Marshall Store Gallery continues its 25th anniversary celebration with three new exhibitions.

Pam Brown, Gail Spaien and Julia Zanes combine sculpture with paintings of imagined worlds and interiors; “Animalia,” by Michael Stasiuk, presents creatures both big and small; and “Quotidian Views,” by Grant Drumheller, includes gouaches and oil paintings that depict travel and people engaged in work and leisure.

Pam Brown, “It’s a Trap.”

There are numerous visual connections between the paintings by Portland artist Gail Spaien, Vermont artist Julia Zanes and the copper wall sculptures by New York artist Pam Brown. “Cottage Bonsai #4,” by Spaien, dominates the front wall of the gallery. The painting depicts the interior of a seaside, summer cottage filled with tables and chairs, books and flowers, and a dog curled up on a rug. Through the window are stylized ripples of the ocean, and oval shaped clouds float above. Although busy with many patterns, there is a zen-like quality to this series of paintings.

Julia Zanes’ work is rooted in storytelling. Through color, collage and various pictorial devices, she leads one into the artist’s world of fairytales and myths. Zane’s paintings are rich in symbolism including many examples of redemption motifs that are designed to break evil spells. The artist explains, “If all other efforts fail, love always prevails.”

The flowers and vines found in Zane’s paintings are repeated in the copper wall sculptures by Pam Brown. The artist collects remnants and salvaged materials from abandoned factory sites and then, using a process similar to needlework, assembles them. Instead of the traditional fabric and thread, she darns together the found sheet metal with wire. These elegant pieces float on the white gallery walls and the copper and brass patinas blend with the colors in the paintings.

Michael Stasiuk, “Racoon.”

A menagerie of animal sculptures made by Portsmouth artist Michael Stasiuk are exhibited throughout the gallery. By combining found materials — mostly wood, metal and assorted fragments from broken chairs and toys — Stasiuk creates playful, nostalgic sculptures. The creatures in “Animalia” range in scale from a 5-inch aardvark to a 5-foot giraffe. Stasiuk’s many years of teaching and collaborating with both children and adults has kept his whimsical sensibilities intact, delighting the viewer with his imagination.

Grant Drumheller, “Tossing the Catch.”

Figures feature prominently in much of Grant Drumheller’s work. His paintings reflect ordinary life by capturing crowds in a city park, fishermen on their boats, people digging for clams, or quiet domestic life and the private world of a home’s interior. His exhibition makes everyday activities something to celebrate. There is a freshness and brightness in the small gouache paintings on paper — elements that he brings to his newer oil on linen canvases. After decades of teaching, the artist seems very content and productive in his new-found retirement years.

The exhibitions continue through Oct. 18. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Appointments can be made on the gallery website or by calling curator Mary Harding at 207-752-0205.

George Marshall Store Gallery is at 140 Lindsay Road, York. See www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com for more information.

‘Caren-Marie Michel: Maine’s Four Seasons’ opens at Littlefield Gallery

“Schoodic Point, Acadia,” by Caren-Marie Michel.

“Maine’s Four Seasons,” a solo show of seascapes by Caren-Marie Michel, is on exhibit at Littlefield Gallery from Sept. 14 through Oct. 13.

Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland and is a lifelong Maine resident. Michel’s work explores the urban, industrial and pastoral images of Maine and documents the ever-changing landscape in paint. Michel is a devoted plein-air painter working in acrylic and pastel on locations all over Maine and New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, Canada. Michel often portrays a location through series capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. Michel is treasurer and past president of Westbrook Arts & Culture (Maine), past president of the Pastel Painters of Maine and past treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Michel is treasurer of the Warren Memorial Foundation and a Director of the Cornelia Warren Community Association.

Michel studied painting with Esther Barney in Portland for six years and earned a BFA in painting from Portland School of Art in 1978 (now Maine College of Art), where she studied with Bill Collins, Ed Douglas and Johnnie Ross. Michel returned to painting and exhibiting in 2000 after a 16-year banking career. Michel’s work has been selected for juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Washington.

“The Downeaster” and “Got Paint” were included in “2018 Paintings of Portland,” by David Little and Carl Little (Down East Books). Michel’s work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book “Art of Katahdin” (Down East Books, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery (2013).

In 2015, Michel’s work was on display in the Maine State Capitol in Augusta as the Artist in the Capitol solo exhibition through the Maine Arts Commission. Her first international solo exhibition, “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown in 2013 at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.

In 2008, Michel was commissioned to paint three large landscape paintings for the new Mercy Hospital Fore River building’s main lobby in Portland, Maine and has been commissioned for work at Maine Medical Center and other Maine Health Care facilities.

Dan West’s bronze and driftwood-inspired sculpture will also be featured at Littlefield Gallery in this celebration of the ever-changing beauty of Maine’s coast.

Littlefield Gallery is at 145 Main St., Winter Harbor. Call 207-838-4174, or email info@littlefieldgallery.com for more information.

Two shows will open in October at Hole In The Wall Studioworks

Dave G. Hall, “Morning In The Rocks.”

Dave G. Hall will show “Into the Woods,” and Kate Winn, “Flights of Fancy” at Hole In The Wall Studioworks.

Kate Winn, “In The Shelves.”

Show dates are Oct. 9 through Nov. 16, with an outdoor reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

Hole In The Wall Studioworks is at 1544 Roosevelt Trail (Rt. 302), Raymond. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 207-655-4952, email jlmastro@maine.rr.com or go to www.holeinthewallgallery.net for additional information.