Archive for exhibitions

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.”

Art Matters 3

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!

Apprentice Cara Taggersell

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.

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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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Buzz Masters, “Rain Room”

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.

Littlefield Gallery presents “Daniel Anselmi: Paper, Scissors, Paint”

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Daniel Anselmi: Paper, Scissors, Paint
Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor
August 14 – September 10
Artist’s Reception Saturday, August 19, 4-6 pm

Daniel’s works on paper and canvas explore the use of paper as an ongoing dialogue between painting and collage. He uses artist-painted paper as one would handle a brush to elicit brushstrokes on canvas. Never using the new, he enjoys the felt quality of the discarded: blueprints, old ledgers, chart papers, and used canvas dropcloths are materials that offer an aesthetic conversation with his work. The paint he applies to these various materials, whether in large cut pieces or intimate fragments, and affix to already created surfaces, offers countless opportunities to express color, line, and form. Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in these abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.

Closing Reception for “Home is Where the Heart is”

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“I hope you can join us for the closing reception for my show at the Midcoast Conservancy during Wiscasset Art Walk this coming Thursday, August 31st from 5-8 PM.”

This is the second to the last show in the beautiful Hagget Building and Midcoast Conservancy will receive 20% of all sales

Carolyn Gabbe “Home is Where the Heart is” is a solo show at the Historic Hagget Building in Wiscasset, Aug 9 through Aug 31, with an Opening Reception Thurs Aug. 10 from 5 to 8 pm.

 

 

 

 

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opens “From Our Sea”

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Philippe Guillerm Gallery in Waldoboro will have this month’s vernissage on August 12th from 4-7 pm with the unveiling of Philippe Guillerm collection of inks on paper “From Our Sea”

“From Our Sea” is a powerful vision on the wonderful world of traveling and discovering the marvelous ocean. Philippe has sailed the oceans since he was 20 and since then, the oceans have captivated him to a quest of preservation.

Philippe Guillerm is known for his violins and cellos carved from found driftwood and mixed with real music instruments, which convey not only physical strength and beauty but also individuality, intelligence, and grace. Lesser known are his paintings and drawings that further express his artistic involvement with the sea world. This exhibition brings together a series of ink drawings and driftwood sculptures  that will captivate your imagination and define the concept of preserving our waters.

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page

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Colin Page, Hanging Buoys, oil on canvas, 36×48 inches

 

Greenhut Galleries presents New Work by Colin Page, his 4th solo exhibition at the gallery. The opening reception is Thursday August 3rd from 5-7pm.

Colin says this about his work, “These paintings are about where land and water meet. Some of the landscapes are about the colors along the coastline, and others are about how our waterfront engages land and sea. Whatever the subject, color and light are my main attraction to a scene as I start painting. This show is about visual decadence. Whether I’m painting pattern and light, or the chaos of a working harbor, I experience the world through color, shape and line.”

In addition to making art, Colin Page teaches a number of painting workshops across the state.  Colin attended the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BFA from Cooper Union in New York City.

Linden Frederick: Night Stories Exhibit and Summer Gala at CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

Artist Linden Frederick in his Belfast, Maine, studio, holding the painting, Midnight, 2009, that is being raffled in support of CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is celebrating its first anniversary in its Toshiko Mori Architect building with its Summer Gala on Friday, August 18, 2017. The evening also celebrates the preview opening of the much-anticipated exhibition Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and 15 award-winning authors, including Anthony Doerr, Andre Dubus III, Louise Erdrich, Joshua Ferris, Tess Gerritsen, Lawrence Kasdan, Lily King, Louis Lowry, Ann Patchett, Luanne Rice, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Ted Tally, and Daniel Woodrell.

The CMCA Summer Gala is the art center’s most important fundraising event, offering an exceptional evening of food, drinks, fun, and art. All proceeds provide essential support for CMCA’s exhibitions and programs, including ArtLab, CMCA’s signature hands-on education program for all ages. This year’s Summer Gala includes a moveable feast and cocktails by Trillium Caterers, oyster bar by Otter Cove Farm, silent auction, live music and entertainment. Festivities will end with Stone Fox Farm Creamery ice cream truck and dancing with music by DJ Owen Cartwright. Event tickets are $225 for CMCA members and $250 for non-members. Major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine.

Gala attendees are also able to reserve an advance copy of the hardcover book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories they Inspired ($45 + tax), signed by artist, with the purchase of Gala tickets. A number of the featured authors will be in attendance at the event to sign books throughout the evening.

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

Linden Frederick, Midnight, 2009, oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches, donated by the artist and Forum Gallery to benefit CMCA

In addition, to benefit CMCA, artist Linden Frederick and Forum Gallery have donated his painting, Midnight, 2009 (oil on panel, framed 15.5 x 15 inches, image 8 x 8 inches), valued at $5,500, to be raffled at the Gala. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 100 will be sold. Tickets are available for purchase online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. Raffle ticket holders do not need to attend the event or be present to win.

Event Tickets are available online at cmcanow.org/summer-gala or by calling 207-701-5005. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jean Thompson at jthompson@cmcanow.org

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

Linden Frederick, Save-A-Lot, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Gallery

The groundbreaking exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, from August 19 through November 5, 2017 with an Artist Talk August 29, at 5:30pm. The much-anticipated 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, and the accompanying book, Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories They Inspired, have been eight years in the making. When artist Linden Frederick (b. 1953) realized a growing number of his collectors were novelists and screenwriters, he wondered what would happen if the writer-illustrator relationship were reversed: the painting first, then the writing. The result is Night Stories. Fifteen celebrated American fiction writers each agreed to select one painting especially created by Frederick as inspiration and then, over the following months, write a unique story inspired by it.

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

Linden Frederick, Dish, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 in., courtesy Forum Galler

A native of Amsterdam, New York, 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. Frederick has lived and worked in Belfast, Maine since 1989. He has had more than twenty solo exhibitions of his work throughout the United States, including the exhibition You Are Here, held at CMCA in Rockport, in 2010.

CMCA, founded in 1952, 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.

Announcing the 2017 Portland Fine Craft Show

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The Maine Crafts Association presents the 3rd Annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 26, 2017 on Congress Street in Portland. The show features over 100 juried fine craft exhibitors from the greater New England area. We’re grateful for support from our event sponsors, including MECA, DOMAINE, West End News, Artscope, CyberCopy, Daunis Fine Jewelry, El Corazon, Portland Pottery and Kurier. Please save the date and join us for shopping and communing with artists from all over Maine and greater New England.

Want to check out the show from behind the scenes? Help us make the show a great success again this year by volunteering at the Show. Join our delightful crew of artists and art lovers – sign up via the link below!

NEW this year: Look out for a very special show program and map, which will be published on August 4 as an insert to the West End News.

For more information visit The Maine Crafts Association webpage.

August Events at the ANNEX and Gallery B

Lyn Mayewski – An Exhibition of New Felted Animal Sculptures – a Fundraiser to Benefit Endangered Species

The felted sculptures are primarily of endangered and threatened animals throughout Maine and the world.  Half of the proceeds from sales will go to the World Wildlife Fund and the Climate Change Institute.
@Gallery B, 5 Main Street, Castine

Exhibition runs: July 28 – August 3, 2017
GALLERY B.
Free and open to everyone

 

Annex Feature Exhibition:  The work of Thomas Barrett and Leni Mancuso, and their son, Kedron Barrett

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•Opening reception: Tuesday, August 1, 5-7
•Artist Talk: August 5, 7PM
•August 1 – 7

These longtime Castine residents were astonishingly gifted, avant-garde, and prolific. It is our honor to show their work at Gallery B and the ANNEX. Tom and Leni met in New York in the 1940s while studying art at the Brooklyn Museum School. They came up in the art world in New York City when it was the nexus of art innovation and they worked side-by-side with many of the well-known artists of the Abstract Expressionism movement. Both of their bodies of work reveal a deep thoughtfulness, a response to the different eras they lived in, and explorations of shifting styles and movements. They started summering in Maine in the 1960s, and much like Marsden Hartley and Fairfield Porter before them, they brought worldly expressive and stylistic innovations to bear on representing the Maine landscape and culture that became its own style. Kedron Barret, their son, was raised immersed in art and became a fabulous painter and print-maker himself. He lives in Berlin, Germany and visits Castine 3 or 4 times a year. Please join us to hear him talk about the lives and work of his parents, Leni and Tom and his own work.

For more information visit: www.gallerybgallery.com

Connecting form, color and line at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery

Pairing of David Ernster’s ceramics with Wendy Prellwitz work.  Photo credit Alicia Bergeron

Pairing of David Ernster’s ceramics with Wendy Prellwitz work. Photo credit Alicia Bergeron

The mid-summer exhibitions at York’s George Marshall Store Gallery make inspiring visual connections between painting, prints and sculptural ceramics.  Work by Wendy Prellwitz and Phyllis Ewen, two Boston based artists, are paired with ceramics by New Hampshire ceramist David Ernster. Still life paintings of flowers, interiors and local landscapes by Portsmouth artist Amy Brnger fill the back gallery and the dock level gallery space is reserved for a solo show by Brett X. Gamache. The exhibitions continue through August 20th.

David Ernster ‘Black Rain Jar” Stoneware / 13 x 10 x 10” Photo credit Alicia Bergeron.

David Ernster ‘Black Rain Jar”
Stoneware / 13 x 10 x 10”
Photo credit Alicia Bergeron.

In the front room is a group exhibition entitled Imprint, bringing together works by David Ernster, Phyllis Ewen, and Wendy Prellwitz. The unified theme throughout these three artists is a common interest in water and the sea. Ernster’s fascination with water and nature began as a child growing up near the Mississippi River. This early interest in the fossil formations he observed along the river is evident in the work he creates today.

The exhibit includes very large wood fired jars and platters that are decorated with heavy glazes and incised lines. The forms, colors, and textures of Ernster’s ceramics connect visually with the other work on exhibit. In several instances, it is almost uncanny how well they relate to one another.

Phyllis Ewen “Northern Waters 4” Sculptural digital print, paint, and puzzle pieces 25 x 18.5”

Phyllis Ewen “Northern Waters 4”
Sculptural digital print, paint, and puzzle pieces
25 x 18.5”

The mixed-media artwork of Phyllis Ewen is equally influenced by the natural world with a fusion of art and science. The Somerville, Massachusetts. based artist aims to suggest a subtle commentary on politics, society, and nature throughout her work, no matter the medium. Her “Restless Sands” series is made up of collaged digital prints of the beaches on Cape Cod. Her collaged prints often include puzzle shaped pieces, a reference to the concern for the fragility of the environment.

Wendy Prellwitz “From Here to There” Acrylic on paper / 40 x 30”

Wendy Prellwitz “From Here to There”
Acrylic on paper / 40 x 30”

Similarly, the combination of graphic and organic imagery in Wendy Prellwitz‘s monotypes and paintings are a result of the dualities that she observes in the fluidity of water – the known and unknown, the tangible and intangible. We could be looking into the depth of a pool of water or we could be underwater looking towards the sky. Either way, the effect is cooling, calming and meditative. Her mono prints combine layers of watery blues, overlaid with the grain of wood cut prints. She employs many of the same imagery and colors into her paintings.  In Imprint, the works of these three, varied artists are thoughtfully presented in a cohesive dialogue with one another. 

Amy Brnger “Backyard, Noon” Oil on panel /  17 x 13”

Amy Brnger “Backyard, Noon”
Oil on panel / 17 x 13”

Surroundings presents two dozen oil paintings by Portsmouth, New Hampshire based artist Amy Brnger. Known for her still life, landscapes, interiors, and flower paintings, Brnger uses nature as a vehicle for expression and inspiration throughout her work. Her landscapes are often drawn from her surroundings on the seacoast, serving as a means to enjoy and record the region where she lives. Her painting Backyard, Noon recalls a quintessential summer afternoon in seacoast New Hampshire, no doubt a result of Brnger’s deep admiration for the area she calls home.

Brett X. Gamache “Lowtide Lobsterboat”
Oil on linen / 17 x 20”

Brett X. Gamache “Lowtide Lobsterboat”
Oil on linen / 17 x 20”

In the dock-level gallery space is Fresh & Ripe, an exhibition of paintings by Brett X. Gamache. Gamache’s vividly painted New England scenes illuminate the gallery space with their bright colors and fresh atmosphere. Fresh & Ripe includes a variety of subjects from lobster boats and surfing scenes, to still life and rocky shores. In Lowtide Lobsterboat, a snapshot of life on the water, Gamache captures the essence of the working waterfront. He paints mostly from observation, typically outdoors, and strives to capture the light, energy, and life that he sees before him. Gamache lives in Massachusetts and teaches at colleges and universities throughout New England.

The exhibitions continue through August 20th. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Museums of Old York and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. 207-351-1083  www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

Two New Shows in August from Gleason Fine Art

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Henry Isaacs, Near Damariscotta, oil, 30x40”

Gleason Fine Art opens two new shows on July 27: Henry Isaacs: New Work and Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan. The opening reception for the artists is First Friday, August 4, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to come and share a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine. The two shows run through August 29.

HENRY ISAACS: NEW WORK    Artist Henry Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style–broken brushwork, a liberal use of paint, and a sunny palette of blues, greens, pinks, and yellows–marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in Maine today. In person, Isaacs is as engaging an individual as you will ever meet.
Henry Isaacs and his wife Donna divide their time between Portland, Maine, Vermont, and the tiny village of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, located just next door to the much larger island of Mount Desert. Little Cranberry has seen dozens of artists over the years, including most recently Isaacs and his close friend, renowned children’s book author Ashley Bryan. Earlier artists included Dorothy Eisner (whose estate is handled by Gleason Fine Art), William Kienbusch, and John Heliker.
Freelance writer, and Portland Newspapers arts reviewer, Dan Kany uses high praise to describe Isaacs’ technique: “Isaacs’ approach to color is based on balancing warm and cool tones. He does this brilliantly. His handling of paint owes an unapologetic debt to the chunky boldness of the early 20th century Modernists and Fauves such as Matisse. The brushwork is strong, dedicated to the job of pushing paint around the canvas–an activity Isaacs clearly enjoys.”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

Peter Sculthorpe, Storm at Sunrise, oil, 30x30”

PETER SCULTHORPE: AN EYE FOR MONHEGAN      Classically trained at the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Peter Sculthorpe’s painting style is meticulous and hard-edged. Through his masterful use of light and unsurpassed observational skills, Sculthorpe creates the feeling in the viewer of being on the cusp of a significant event, either one that has occurred or is about to occur. He captures the tension and beauty as the sun sets, the moon rises, or the wind blows, suspending the viewer in the moment to ponder the infinite.
Sculthorpe has traveled extensively in the northeast and the maritime provinces to gather inspiration and subject matter for his paintings. However, it has been Monhegan Island that has really brought his imagination to the fore. Look at Sculthorpe’s magnificent “Morning Fog (Monhegan)”. This little white cape house on Swim Beach has been in dozens, if not hundreds, of paintings, but you’ve never seen it like this before. As is his genius, Peter Sculthorpe sees something different and then paints it as he sees it. It’s skill, but it’s also a little bit of magic.
Sculthorpe creates works of great beauty, finding the transcendent in what to the casual observer may at first seem commonplace. The Brandywine Museum, the Berman Museum, the Butler Institute, and the Delaware Art Museum all have sssSculthorpe paintings in their collections. Corporate collectors include Bank of America, Forbes, DuPont, and Nabisco. Peter Sculthorpe’s collectors are international. Locally, one of Peter Sculthorpe’s masterworks may be seen in Paul’s Restaurant at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club.
Gleason Fine Art has represented Sculthorpe for over a decade. We are his only gallery in Maine. Gallery Director Dennis Gleason wrote the foreword for the artist’s new book: The Art of Peter Sculthorpe (Schiffer).

Both “Henry Isaacs: New Work” and “Peter Sculthorpe: An Eye for Monhegan” are open now and run through August 29, with a reception for the artists on First Friday, August 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Friends, collectors, and fellow artists are all invited to attend the reception. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, or email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com. View both shows, and the gallery’s entire inventory of contemporary and estate art, at www.gleasonfineart.com

Jeffery Becton’s Montages at Courthouse Gallery and on National Tour

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Jeffery Becton: Off Spirit Ledge, 2017, digital montage, 25 x 78 inches

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery is currently showing new work by Jeffery Becton through August 13, including several of his large-format digital montages. In addition, Becton’s over-sized montages are currently traveling in a national exhibition hosted by Bates College Museum of Art. The tour began at a solo exhibition at Bates in November 2015, and has since traveled to the University of Tennessee, the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida, and will open in Virginia at Lynchburg College on August 29.

“What I especially enjoy about Becton’s touch is that he doesn’t try to hide his Photoshop tracks (layers, cutout marks, filters – particularly Photoshop’s “watercolor” filter – etc.) just as many painters don’t try to hide their brushwork. . . . This is an important facet of Becton’s work: It is not simple conceptualism driven by one-dimensional wit. Becton follows his ideas with depth. . . . While the show includes a few (quite beautiful) black and white images, they underscore Becton’s broad palette. Moreover, with this exhibition, Becton makes the case that he is arguably the best colorist in Maine in any medium.” — Daniel Kany, Maine Sunday Telegram, 2016

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

Jeffery Becton: Stage Door, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 30 inches

“As in the work of surrealists like René Magritte (who, by the way, championed photomontage way before Adobe made it cool), things may not be what they seem in Becton’s work, but they still possess an unsettling, ambiguous familiarity. Erosion is a theme of both Becton’s art and his process: nature eroding the manmade, the digital eroding the physical—each one as implacable as the waves of the Atlantic lapping at Deer Isle’s shores.” — Grace-Yvette Gemmell, Down East, 2015

Inspired by the tidal reaches and atmospheric weather near his Deer Isle home and the summer homes on the Blue Hill Peninsula, Becton creates provocative photo-based digital montages, often playing with the borders between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation. His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from these vintage New England houses, many of which are part of his personal history.

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

Jeffery Becton: Alarm, 2017, digital montage, 20 x 33 inches

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 of Art, Farnsworth Museum of Art, and Portland Museum of Art, among others. Becton’s work is also highlighted in “Jeffery Becton: The Farthest House” (Marshall Wilkes), a recent monograph by Carl Little. Signed copies of the book are available at Courthouse Gallery.

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

August 6th Opening Reception at Turtle Gallery

Lynn Duryea, Slant #9, Terracotta slab construction, 24.5" x 8" x 6" © Lynn Duryea

Lynn Duryea, Slant #9, Terracotta slab construction, 24.5″ x 8″ x 6″ © Lynn Duryea

This new exhibition features new work from fiber artist Sondra Bogdonoff, the ceramics of Lynn Duryea and Paul Heroux, new abstract paintings by Jaap Eduard Helder and mixed media constructions by Jamie Johnston.

Fiber artist Sondra Bogdonoff will be exhibiting at the Turtle Gallery for the first time. Portland based, Bogdonoff has returned to the studio after a 20 year hiatus from full-time weaving. She describes the new work as a beginning and each weaving as it’s own short story. In addition to the weavings, Bogdonoff explores working on paper in a series titled “Stilled Life” which explores the grid structures and linear sensibilities of weaving in wax pastels.

Gallery artist Lynn Duryea will be exhibiting a new body of work she has completed since retiring from her tenure of teaching ceramics at Appalachian State and returning to Maine full-time. Through elemental shape and form, Duryea’s reference is to architectural, structural and mechanical elements.

Jaap Eduard Helder, Behind the Scenes, Acrylic on wood panel, 24" x 24", 2017 © Jaap Helder

Jaap Eduard Helder, Behind the Scenes, Acrylic on wood panel, 24″ x 24″, 2017 © Jaap Helder

Abstract painter Jaap Eduard Helder returns to the Gallery with a vibrant new series of paintings. Created over the winter and spring, he refers to the work as a re-emergence and re-commitment to his art. Helder creates in layers, working to create balance with new materials, on a new scale and with with new mark making methods. Largely working in square formats on wood panels, Helder creates vivid landscapes of abstractions.

Ceramic artist Paul Heroux returns with a new series of his distinctive forms and abstract compositions. Having worked with ceramic vessels as a painting surface for over twenty years, Heroux continues to reinvent the work using photo transfers, underglaze decals and metallic lusters. His folded vessels not only speak to his abilities as a painter but to his sculptural awareness – the folds of each vessel taking new lines and each foot finding a different path to the surface it rests on.

Paul Heroux, Folded double vase, soda-fired stoneware, 8" x 15" x 6", 2016 © Paul Heroux

Paul Heroux, Folded double vase, soda-fired stoneware, 8″ x 15″ x 6″, 2016 © Paul Heroux

Woodworker Jamie Johnston joins the Turtle Gallery with his show Constructions. His minimalist approach to design allows the woods inherent beauty to speak all while controlled by a masterful understanding of design.

In addition, Jewelers Glenda Arentzen and Heather Guidero will have full collections on display.

Opening Reception Sunday, August 6 from 2 to 6 PM – A vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and Sculpture Garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served.

Show runs through Saturday, September 2nd. For more information visit www.theturtlegallery.com

Argosy Gallery’s Third Acadia Invitational Art Show

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JM Nicholas, “Monumnet Cove,” 20 x 30, oil on canvas

 

It’s showtime!  Thirty distinguished artists from a dozen states and four countries present their favorite views of the historic landscape of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.  With ninety paintings, five judges, fifteen awards and three years of planning, this important and nationally acclaimed show will be open for everyone’s enjoyment at the Bar Harbor Inn on Saturday, July 29, 2-5 PM, and Sunday, July 30, 9 AM – 5 PM.  Please call 207-288-9226 for more information or invitation to the formal artists’ reception.  After this weekend, the show will move to the Argosy II gallery at 6 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor.  Please join us!

Art Space Gallery First Friday Art Walk

Art Space Gallery invites you to the August Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room featuring works by John Wood, Penny Markley, Lara Marx, and Obrianna Cornelius. You’ll also find many new works displayed throughout the gallery. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, August 4th, 5 to 8pm.

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John Wood, Lobster Cove

John Wood is a painter who lives in Rockland, Maine. He studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin.

 

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Penny Markley, Willows in Spring

Penny Markley, a painter from central Maine, is fascinated by Maine’s varied landscapes, both inland and coastal. Recently she has focused on the various cloud patterns and light brought by changing weather. The paintings she displays in August’s show emphasize the sky and its effects on the land below. Her work has been accepted into numerous juried shows in Maine and out of state. Her work has hung in the Office of the President of the Maine State Senate, at the State House in Augusta, and is in private collections in the United States and England.

 

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Lara Max, Swiming Bass

Lara Max is an artisan blacksmith living in Orono. She works in steel, copper, and slate creating forms with texture and color out of basic metal shapes. Her interest in the reflective property of metal has inspired her to experiment. “I am intrigued by how hammered metal reflects light, adding details and character to a form with each hammer’s mark.” Her work is highly unique and captures fleeting moments such as bass swimming among the reeds of Maine’s freshwater ponds.

 

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Obrianna Cornelius, Lighthouse Reflected

Obrianna Cornelius is a painter living in Hampden who received training in fine art at Pensacola Christian College. She specializes in watercolor landscapes. Her highly detailed paintings are filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects, using Maine’s beautiful landscapes and unique culture as inspiration. “From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing me. I look forward to every day spent painting Maine.”

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  August hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Star Gallery Opening Reception

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Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:

Jess Hurley Scott
Margery Torrey
Melina White

Thursday July 20,
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception

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Shaw Jewelry Opening Reception
Thursday, July 20, 5–7pm

July 20–August 2
Petra Class: The Aesthetics of Materials
This will be the first visit from Petra whose work we have presented for decades. She has a playful color palate, using gems connected like constellations in 18 kt and 22 kt gold. They are elegantly simple but dense with beauty. She will be in the gallery Thursday and bringing brand new work.

Julie Freund: Maine Landscapes Redefined
Landscape paintings of Maine composed of bold strokes. Julie abstracts our beloved trees, rocks and atmospheres in colorful montages of texture and color. She is not afraid to go in and rework her canvases to imbue them with life and spontaneity.

Sam Shaw: Figure Landscape Mashup
Sam’s second presentation of fantasy figurative landscapes. The paintings are male and female nudes, often dancing and cavorting in an imaginary setting. At times, the figures and the landscapes merge, tugging the brain between what the mind sees and what the eyes see.

Ben Lincoln: Atmospheric Realism
Ben’s oils straddle the real and the imaginary. Boats, planes, and objects are rendered with invisible forces at play made visible. Such include wind, vortexes, and currents that are given energy, space and presence. Ben was raised and lives today on MDI.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents the new group exhibition Visual Impressions

Anna Hepler , March 5, collage on gessoed board

Anna Hepler , March 5, collage on gessoed board

VISUAL IMPRESSIONS: A Group Exhibition is the third show of Season V at the Cynthia Winings Gallery!  Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception for the new group show, SUNDAY, July 23, 4 – 7 PM.

The gallery is pleased to present the artwork of Josephine Burr,Elizabeth Gourlay, Anna Helper, and David Hornung, with new work from Christine Lafuente and Jerry Rose. The exhibit also includes new work from Diane Green, Christine Lafuente, Jerry Rose and Suzanne Siegel. The gallery will also include work from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, M P Landis, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, and John Wilkinson.

For more information contact:  Cynthia Winings, 917-204-2001; info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

DIAA’s Announces Annual All Member 12×12 Exhibition

2015 All Member 12 X 12 Show

2015 All Member 12 X 12 Show

The eagerly anticipated, annual event at the Deer Isle Artists Association, the “All Member 12 x 12 Show” opens July 21 and runs through August 3. The gallery will contain a seemingly boundless collection of small artworks by almost 70 DIAA members. This show is the opportunity for the public to own pieces of original art by their favorite (or yet to be discovered!) accomplished local artists at an irresistible price of $144. Painters and photographers were challenged to create work measuring 12 by 12 inches. Sculptors, ceramists, jewelers and fiber artists have made works measuring a maximum of 12 inches in any direction. In the ART RACK will be work by Betsy Braunhut, Jacqueline Davidson, Ron Deprez, Glenn Felch, Judith Felch, and Leslie Miller Landrigan.

2016 All Member 12 X 12 Show

2016 All Member 12 X 12 Show

DIAA’s doors open Friday, July 21 at 10 AM and we will remain open until 7 PM to participate in “Third Thursday in Deer Isle.” Please join us for a reception with the artists on Sunday, July 23, from 4–6 PM. The DIAA Gallery is open daily 10 AM–6 PM and is located at 15 Main Street, Deer Isle Village, ME. www.deerisleartists.com (207) 348-2330.

Artists Sherman and Thelander on View at the Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Door Knob” a painting by Damariscotta artist Paul Sherman

“Door Knob” a painting by Damariscotta artist Paul Sherman

Paul Sherman and Liliana Thelander are two of the talented artists seen at Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol this summer. They both use familiar objects and landscapes as jumping-off points for meticulous compositions that are exciting and personal rather than simply photographic.

Paul Sherman has pursued art for most of his life, studying with mentors and developing his own voice, creating a unique style of watercolor. His images are crisp and bold and range from a crystal doorknob, to complex reflections of buoys and boats in water, to landscapes, people and animals. He uses musical metaphors to describe his work and development as an artist, and sees the body of his work as an “orchestration,” which he performs as a bridge between the perception of the viewer and his own artistic vision. His stunning images are often edged or bordered with black, and value contrast is as important as brilliant color in his compositions.

Liliana Thelander’s “Loon on Nest”

Liliana Thelander’s “Loon on Nest”

Liliana Thelander is an award-winning realist oil painter who also uses familiar subject matter such as birds and other wildlife, landscapes and still life arrangements with bottles to create harmonious compositions. Her contemporary approach to still life gives the sense that the objects have deep meaning, to be interpreted personally by each viewer. Her intent is to “go beyond realism, bringing life and vibrancy to everyday objects and snapshots in time.”

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of the following additional member artists: Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Midge Coleman, William Curtis, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Bill Hallett, Claire Hancock, Kay Hannah, Jean Harris, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy MacKinnon, Judy Nixon, Cindy Spencer, Ernest Thompson, Bob Vaughan, Steve Viega, Bev Walker, and guest artists Mary Mabry, Sarah Fisher and Kathleen Horst.

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.

Sweet Treats at Michael Good Gallery

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Now through August 1st 2017, Michael Good Gallery features decadent dessert paintings by Beverly Shipko.

Dunkin Donuts, 20 x 24 inches
Shipko is an American artist best known for her oil paintings of partially consumed classic desserts. She confesses: “I believe that on some level all people are attracted to things they are not supposed to have. I am no exception.” Her “slice of life” approach has resulted in unforgettable images of Oreo cookies and ice cream sandwiches “bitten”, plus cakes, pies, and fruit tarts in states of human consumption. More recently, she has been exploring packaged desserts, bakery displays, and vending machine treats.

Beverly Shipko, Blueberry Cheesecake, Oil on wood, 6 x 6 inches

Save the date! Summer Celebration coming August 10th!

NOW Located in Rockport
325 Commercial Street, Rt. 1
Telephone: 207-236-9623
www.michaelgood.com
OPEN 7 days a week in summer, 11-5

Katherine Mead-von Huene featured at Centre St Arts Gallery

Transfiguration, oil on canvas

Transfiguration, oil on canvas

Arrowsic artist Katherine Mead-von Huene is the featured guest artist at Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, at 11 Centre Street in Bath, from July 17 through September 8, 2017. An opening reception will be Friday, July 21, from 5 to 7 pm at the Gallery.

Mead-von Huene writes: “As a child, drawing gave me an alternate world, to which I could escape and saturate in the things I loved. My artistic mother encouraged me, providing lessons and materials. I attended art schools as finances permitted, but am mostly self-taught, working primarily in watercolor, oils and graphite.

Ready for the Launch, oil on canvas

Ready for the Launch, oil on canvas

“While living in Pennsylvania with several artist-friends, I painted that which surrounded us: flowers in the vast gardens, landscapes, and insects. Maine has been home for the past 26 years. Although raising my son took the place of art creation for many years, I am now getting back to my studio.”

Twenty member-artists of the Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC have new works in the latest show at the gallery which will run until September 8, 2017.

For more information call 207-442-0300, go to the website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com, or visit the gallery Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm (closed Tuesdays in September).

Portland Museum of Art Announces Grand Opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park

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On July 7, the Portland Museum of Art will open the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden with a community celebration. Taking place on First Friday and featuring food trucks, live music, raffles, art-based activities, and much more, the grand opening of the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park will be the arts and cultural event of the season.

In addition to the grand opening, the entire museum will be free and visitors will be encouraged to take their PMA Summer of Sculpture experience from the Park to the major exhibition inside, A New American Sculpture, 1914-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach.
The David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park in the Joan B. Burns Garden not only makes outdoor art, a crucial and unique part of the PMA collection, more available to everyone, but it also improves quality of life in Portland, creating a green space where anyone can have quiet moments with world-class works of art at any time during museum hours. The grand opening event also serves as the unveiling of the latest addition to Portland’s outdoor arts landscape and a new major work in the PMA collection: Jonathan Borofsky’s Human Structures (24 Figures Connected).

The Joan B. Burns Garden has incorporated sculpture since Celeste Roberge’s Rising Cairn was installed there in 2000. Since then, the PMA acquired Anthony Caro’s Moment in 2012 and John Bisbee’s Hearsay in 2016. Aside from specific events, however, the public has never been allowed access to the Garden; visitors to the PMA could only admire the works from viewing points throughout the inside of the museum or the sidewalk on High Street. Thanks to Shaw’s gift, the Garden will be open to anyone during PMA hours May through December; whether they are visitors to the museum or simply out for a stroll in Portland.

For more information visit www.portlandmuseum.org

July 9th Opening Reception at The Turtle Gallery

Jeff Loxterkamp, View from Greenhead Lane

Jeff Loxterkamp, View from Greenhead Lane

Join The Turtle Gallery for an opening reception Sunday, July 9 from 2-6 pm

Featuring
Siri BECKMAN – Selected Works
Peter KEMBLE – New Work
Jeff LOXTERKAMP – Paintings
Barbara SULLIVAN – Maine Women Artist Portraits
* * *
with House Gallery
Black & White Show
featuring Vaino KOLA
Gene SHAW & Many More

Siri Beckman, Pileated Woodpeckers

Siri Beckman, Pileated Woodpeckers

Longtime Turtle Gallery artist and Deer Isle printmaking favorite Siri Beckman will be showing Selected Works including new woodcuts, her iconic wood engravings and handmade lampshades. The prints emanate an intimacy with island life and a deep appreciation of the character of our DownEast fishing communities; as well as the wildlife that is a part of daily life on the Maine Coast. Both Beckman’s rootedness in work and place are intangibly linked in this show, giving the viewer a look back with a simultaneous look forward in an artist’s journey.

Peter Kemble, Linescape

Peter Kemble, Linescape

Graphic artist Peter Kemble shows New Work. A longtime summer resident of Deer Isle, Kemble has been working to bring life and intrigue to an empty palette with technology as his tool. He defines his understanding of art as a form of experimental revelry – using form, line and color as methods to produce a playful interpretation of light and space.

Jeff Loxterkamp, NAPA Auto Parts

Jeff Loxterkamp, NAPA Auto Parts

Bangor-based painter Jeff Loxterkamp graces the Gallery Barn with a large collection of new Oil Paintings. With an enviable eye for finding beauty in and adding abstractions to everyday life, Loxterkamp paints views other eyes may miss. Infused with a vivid sense of reality, this collection of highly texturized and richly toned oils offers a striking visual interpretation of Maine.

Barbara Sullivan, Portraits

Barbara Sullivan, Portraits

Fresco artist Barbara Sullivan returns to the Turtle Gallery with a powerful series of Maine Women Artist Portraits. While painting is not a new endeavor for Sullivan, this series embarks on a larger mission of recognition, appreciation and a timely focus on how women are a driving force in Maine arts and beyond.

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

Vaino Kola, Norton Woods I

A Black & White Show fills the House Gallery and immerses the viewer in a monochromatic understanding of nature and space. Featuring the masterful etchings of Vaino Kola, woodcuts from Gene Shaw and prints and drawings from a host of Gallery artists.

A vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and sculpture garden will also be on display. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call 207-348-9977 or visit
TheTurtleGallery.com

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents LIGHT SOURCE, A Group Exhibition

winingsCynthia Winings Gallery Presents LIGHT SOURCE, A Group Exhibition featuring:

TOM CURRY, HÉLÈNE FARRAR, DOUGLAS FLORIAN, M P LANDIS, MARK LITTLE &
LARI WASHBURN. ‘Deer Isle Journal’, a special project with Susan Cohen and Marilyn Turtz. The exhibition will include artwork from Louise Bourne, Heidi Daub, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Russell Smith, John Wilkinson and Goody-B. Wiseman.

The exhibition will be on view, June 20 – July 15. For more information please visit http://www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com/

“ISLAND | PAINTINGS BY JOEL JANOWITZ” at gWatson Galleries

Above: Writer's Moment, Oil on Linen, 36 x58", 2016

Above: Writer’s Moment, Oil on Linen, 36 x58″, 2016

The gWatson Gallery in Stonington, Maine is presenting new work by Joel Janowitz. Janowitz has spent time each summer for over twenty years at the former home of Fairfield Porter on Great Spruce Island in Penobscot Bay, and the work on exhibit in Stonington is a result of this time in Maine.

Commenting on his newest work, Janowitz writes, When we look, our focus constantly shits. Color and light change dramatically as we glance about. Often large swaths of a scene are barely observed, much less remembered, while particular details preoccupy us. Perceived forms often echo our own psychological states. I want to create paintings that embody this junction of perception, movement, feeling and memory – contemplative paintings that suggest the viewer’s own presence within the spaces they depict.

The gallery is open Monday – Saturday: 10AM to 5PM & Sunday: 1-5PM. For more information call 207.367.2900 visit https://www.gwatsongallery.com

Betts Gallery Opens PAPER, INK, PRESS

"Time and Distance #4" Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

“POINTS NORTH” Now Showing at Landing Gallery

“Standing Tall”  by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

“Standing Tall” by Jill Valliere, Oil/Copper Leaf

Landing Gallery at 409 Main St. in Rockland proudly announces the opening of “POINTS NORTH” from June 30 – July 30”. The new three-person exhibition focusing on current paintings and photographs by Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko and Jill Valliere. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 7th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk. All three artists are Rockland Residents and have widely exhibited their work throughout Maine.

Jill Valliere is a 1997 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. “I have always been drawn to the vibrancy and texture of art, this translates to my own process of layering, adding and subtracting elements in my works. This additive and subtractive process creates a textural surface and tension which ultimately brings forth the nuances of color, depth and shadow. My use of metal leaf as a medium in my paintings creates an effulgent, transitional passage, which serves as the basis for the conceptual origin of my work.”

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide”  by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

“Quiet Cove, Low Tide” by Roberta Baumann, Alternative Process Photograph on Copper

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits. Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has kept up with new processes, techniques & equipment. “Physically exploring space and light while out in nature becomes the beginning of an image. Back in the studio the fun really begins. Additional processing using various applications and materials are combined for the final work. Alternative processing adds a richer and more complex final photograph.”

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery. His work has been exhibited in his galleries, in NY and ME, since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards. He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. “During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my paintings. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio. Sketches, photos, memories and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process. Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for nature.”

For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

The Caldbeck Gallery Welcomes the Work of David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016  watercolor on paper  11 x 38 1/2 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Light: Winter Moon, 2016 watercolor on paper 11 x 38 1/2 inches David Dewey

From July 12 through August 12, The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work in watercolor by David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown NJ. In the upstairs galleries, there will be an exhibit of selected paintings, photographs, and sculpture by gallery artists, including Katherine Bradford of Brunswick and NYC, Alan Bray of Sangerville, Sam Cady of Friendship, Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn NY, Melanie Essex of Cushing, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, John Goodman of Friendship and Wellesley MA, Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston and Washington D.C., Kristin Malin of Georgetown, K.Min of Friendship, Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Brookline, MA, Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, Todd Watts of Blanchard, Dan West of Friendship, Susan Williams of Camden, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing and Southold NY. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 6-8 pm.

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper  25 x 38 5/8 inches  David Dewey

Pemaquid Point: On the Fourth, 2016 watercolor on paper 25 x 38 5/8 inches David Dewey

The Pemaquid Light Paintings: Watercolors of an Iconic Maine Landmark 2014 – 2017 is David Dewey’s most recent body of work, painted over the time period of 2014 – 2017. The artist explains, “since first settling into Maine many, many years ago, I’ve visited both Pemaquid, the Light and the place, more times than I can count. It’s been a kind of Mecca and retreat for me, where I loved to paint small watercolors with my field kit. But as my dear friend, Joe Fiore, once told me, “sometimes you just need to take a walk and not paint, so you don’t miss the things of beauty in nature that are important”. I took this lesson to heart: some of my best experiences at Pemaquid were when I just walked around, or sat on those grand rocks and simply watched the light change. Those years of returning again and again to Pemaquid Light to visit and to paint have led to many significant large-scale watercolors.  The watercolors in this exhibit range in size from 8 x 36 inches to 27 x 39 inches. This is his 6th solo show with the Caldbeck Gallery, where he has been represented since 2004.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11-4, and Sunday 1-4. For more information, please call the gallery at 594-5935, or email at caldbeck@midcoast.com

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Exhibition Opens Saturday, July 8th

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

“Art in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine on July 8th and will continue through August 4th. The exhibition explores the pluralistic nature of the art world in the twentieth century, with developing styles ranging from cubism, expressionism, realism and abstraction.

Of particular note is a work by German-American artist George Grosz (1893-1959) executed in New York in 1936. Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany in 1893. He became an important member of the Dada movement and openly rejected the rising German nationalism during the nineteen teens. The Dadaists sought to escape the rationalism and logic that they believed lead to World War I. Bringing an experimental, playful and even irrational approach to art Grosz and the Dadaists sought a return to our child-like nature. After Grosz emigrated with his family to New York in 1933 because of his strong anti-Nazi sentiments, he became a teacher at the Art Students League. A few years later Grosz painted “New York Skyline” in his loose, ethereal style with calligraphic marks accenting the tugboat and Manhattan skyline.

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Contrasting Grosz’s abstracted, spirited work is Andrew Winter’s (1893-1958) “Morning After the Storm.” Rooted in a clear, realistic style and drawing on a dramatic event, the artist depicts four sailors on a cliff viewing the remains of their ship off the coast of Monhegan Island. Other significant twentieth century paintings and sculpture include a large modernist oil, “Woolwich Ferry Slip,” by John Folinsbee (1892-1972) and a major bronze by William Zorach (1887-1966) of his daughter Dahlov Ipcar entitled “Innocence.” The show also features drawings, watercolors and oils by important international artists such as Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993), Andre Derain (French, 1880-1954), Marc Sterling (Russian/French, 1895-1976), Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997) and Ossip Zadkine (French, 1890-1967).

“Art in the Twentieth Century” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 4th. 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 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Conversations: Studio and Table at Fiore Art Center

Susan Van Campen: Sunset with White Pines, watercolor, 13.5 x 16.5”

Susan Van Campen: Sunset with White Pines, watercolor, 13.5 x 16.5”

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center will host its first ever gallery exhibit, opening on July 8th, with a public reception from 4-6pm. Conversations: Studio and Table is curated by David Dewey, co-director of the Fiore Art Center, curator of the estate of Joseph A. Fiore with the Falcon Foundation, and an esteemed watercolorist represented in Maine and New York. The exhibit features the work of sixteen prominent artists, most of whom live or spend summers in Maine: Richard Abbott, Sam Cady, Kimberly Callas, Lois Dodd, Nancy Glassman, Cynthia Hyde, Frances Hynes, Jim Kinnealey, Dennis Pinette, Carol Rowan, Susan Stephenson, Susan Van Campen, Tim Van Campen, Mary Jean Viano Crowe and Patricia Wheeler. All of these artists were invited to be a guest at the Fiore Art Center’s 2016 residency farm-to-table dinners and studio visits.

MJ Viano Crowe: Weight Of The World, mixed media on board (drawing, painting, collage), 18 x 15 x 5”

MJ Viano Crowe: Weight Of The World, mixed media on board (drawing, painting, collage), 18 x 15 x 5”

“2016 was a very exciting first step for our artist residency program at Rolling Ares Farm,” says Dewey. “Having distinguished artists join us for weekly studio visits and delightful farm-to-table dinners was a valuable experience for our artists-in-residence, as well as an important contribution to the Fiore Art Center’s residency program,” he explains. The exhibit, Conversations: Studio and Table was a natural outcome, as conversations begun in the studios turned into lively discussions around the table, touching on art, agriculture, the relationship between humans and environment, observation, intention, how art can be a voice for awareness, and so on.

As a program of Maine Farmland Trust, the Fiore Art Center aims to attract artists for whom the relationship between human and environment is an important element in their work. Naturally, many of the artists invited to the table resonate with that theme, and often, this resonance is apparent in the art they create. Take Kimberly Callas’ sculpture Honey-eyed, for instance: a digitally constructed, 3D-printed mask made from PLA filament (a corn-based plastic), coated with yellow and black iron oxide pigments in a solution of acrylic and beeswax

Kimberly Callas: Honey-eyed, 3D printed mask - PLA filament, yellow and black iron oxide, acrylic and wax, 10 x 7 x 3.5”

Kimberly Callas: Honey-eyed, 3D printed mask – PLA filament, yellow and black iron oxide, acrylic and wax, 10 x 7 x 3.5”

Callas, who teaches sculpture at Monmouth University in New Jersey, explained that she wanted to explore working with 3D printing and train herself in that medium, as it is gaining ground in the arts, sciences and construction. “Creating masks gives me a way to integrate patterns of nature with the human form,” says Callas. “I ask myself: ‘Where is our ecological self, and how can we express that part of ourselves more?’ Sometimes when you speak from behind a mask, you can speak more truthfully and open up that ecological voice.

Lois Dodd: Will’s Cabin, 2011, oil on panel, 12 x 16” 

Lois Dodd: Will’s Cabin, 2011, oil on panel, 12 x 16”

Lois Dodd’s work, in contrast, is a small landscape titled Will’s Cabin. “It’s a modest piece,” observes Dewey. “It shows the little white building artist Will Barnet would stay in when he would come up to be with his daughter, Ona Barnet, at the Rock Gardens Inn near Bath – a place of great natural beauty.” Barnet spent his summers “on retreat” there, while Dodd would be teaching painting workshops. Dewey chose this particular piece “because it marks the long relationship between Lois and Will: they became good friends, ever since she was a student of his at Cooper Union (NYC).”

Frances Hynes: Evergreens, oil on linen, 30 x 24”

Frances Hynes: Evergreens, oil on linen, 30 x 24”

The work by the sixteen veteran artists in Conversations: Studio and Table represents a high water mark of the mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm: excellence in ideas, creative vision and environmental awareness. Conversations: Studio and Table will be on exhibit from July 8 through September 4, 2017. The Gallery at Rolling Acres is located at 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson and is open on Saturdays throughout the summer, from 12-4, or by appointment. In addition to the exhibit, there will be Open Studio Days at the Center on the last Saturday of each month, showcasing the work of each month’s artists-in-residence. July’s Open Studio Day will take place on the 29th, from 11-3. For more information please visit https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery opens “Animals & Humans”

Courtesy of Samuel Morgan

Courtesy of Samuel Morgan

On Saturday, July 8th from 4 – 7 pm the Philippe Guillerm Gallery, 882 Main St., Waldoboro participates in ArtWalk Waldoboro with the opening of the exhibition “Animals & Humans”

A very special exhibit featuring works by both Samuel Morgan and Philippe Guillerm. Samuel is a well-known artist whose animals include those of many threatened and endangered species such as the Polar Bear, the Chimpanzee and the Giraffe. Philippe Guillerm’s body of work is a mesmerizing assemblage of human curves and feelings, from the rough driftwood to the smooth curved surface his musical instruments flow from Animal to Human.

The most important statement about Samuel Morgan is that he loves colors. Color is a common thread in his paintings as well as his life. From New England, although he has traveled extensively and lived in various places on the East coast, he currently makes his home in coastal Maine.

Artist Philippe Guillerm has brought the violin to life. Although these musical instruments can be described as lively, it is more often than not the music that they produce that is so. Instead of focusing on the music, Philippe Guillerm focuses on their physical form.

Betts Gallery opens group show ‘Paper, Ink, Press’

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“Time and Distance #4” Mixed media on aluminum, paper and vellum.

 

Please join Betts Gallery in Belfast for an opening reception on Friday June 30th, 5:30-8pm for a group show entitled ‘Paper, Ink, Press’. Eleven midcoast artists show their stuff, using a variety of printmaking methods including, monotype, monoprint, wood block, linoleum block, deconstructed collograph, white line woodblock, and etchings. Printmaking is a way of producing multiples of an image, but it is often the process that gets printmakers excited, whether it’s the carving of a block, the etching of a plate, or the surprises that happen when the paper comes in contact with the ink. The artists are: Karen Adrienne, Daniel Anselmi, Holly Berry, Sally Brophy, Julie Crane, Jeffrey Jelenfy, Marc Leavitt, Leslie Moore, Maryfaith Morison, Willy Reddick and Dyan Ross. The show runs from June 30th through July 29th. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main Street, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website www.thebelfastframer.com.

Joy to the Wind opens “By Land and By Sea”

 

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Fish House at Fish Beach, John MT Seitzer

Please join us for a glass of wine (or water) and some lovely chocolate.

It’s an evening party-from 7-9 at our Gallery at 34 Atlantic Ave., Boothbay Harbor. We will be opening our door at 7 pm.

Celebrating summer, friendship and art

Our new exhibit “By Land and By Sea.” is landscapes and seascapes by the two of us.

We really hope you can join us as a celebration is long overdue!

Sincerely,
Lynne and John

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values”

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Henry Isaacs “Somes Sound from Sargent Drive,” 36×24, oil on canvas

 

Greenhut Galleries presents “Henry Isaacs: Finding Values” July 6 – 29, with an Opening reception Thursday July 6th,  5-7pm

We are thrilled to present Henry’s first solo show here at Greenhut Galleries. Educated at Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art at University College in London, Henry has taught in numerous institutions and his work is in public and private collections around the world. Maine Sunday Telegram art critic Daniel Kany writes, “Isaacs painting is easy to like: it is jaunty, loose and bold……He is the master with the brush.  He makes paintings that are appealing, vibrant but calm, so it’s easy to see the color virtuosity within them.”

Recent work by Daniel Minter will be in our side gallery this month. Daniel is a painter and illustrator who uses his art as a tool for dialogue with his community. He is the co-founder
and creative visionary of the Portland Freedom Trail.  His paintings, carvings, block prints and sculptures have been exhibited both nationally and internationally at galleries and museums.

Gallery Hours:  Mon to Fri 10am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
207.772.2693

Shaw Opening for George Daniell, Barbara Heinric and Duncan Martin

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Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor hosts an Opening Reception, Thursday, July 6, 5–7pm

July 6–19
George Daniell: Modernist Hero Returns
George (1911–2002) was a much-loved painter with local roots whose career started in the WPA era. He was a fixture at the Wingspread Gallery in NEH and a character with a life long dedication to the visual image. He won the prestigious Jenny Sesnan Gold medal from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. We are presenting a selection of oils and watercolors spanning 60 years.

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry
Largest grouping from Thursday–Saturday, July 6–8
Barbara’s recognizable style consists of distinctive visual vocabulary defined by matte and burnished surfaces. Modern aesthetics and innovative construction meet old world craftsmanship and seductive materials. She grew up in a vineyard in Germany, and will be here Thursday evening through Saturday.

Duncan Martin: Maine Landscape Abstracted
Duncan’s painterly approach renders our familiar scenes in gestural strokes of color, form and texture. This is his second show with us, a follow up on last season’s success. He is a life long painter who lives in Colorado and has deep ties to Maine.

Star Gallery opens new exhibition

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Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring:
Lindsay Hopkins-Weld
Paul Rickert
Cynthia Stroud
Thursday July 6
5 – 7 pm

Star Gallery
6 Neighborhood Rd
P O Box 55
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662

Art Space Gallery July 7th opening

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the July Arts in Rockland First Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by on Friday, July 7 from 5 to 8pm and join us for wine and refreshments and meet our artists. This reception will feature the work of Jean Byrd, Nancy Davies Tang, Sandra Leinonen Dunn, and Sylvia Isabelle Murdock.

Jean Byrd will be featuring her painting “Island Anchorage”. It is of “Devil’s Island”, an island in Merchant’s Row off the coast of Stonington, ME.  Devil’s Island, like many Maine islands, is a small island with water worn rocks on its shore and a forested interior.  This painting takes you down a shadowy path onto the rocky shore and the idyllic island anchorage beyond, a spot that is truly a place sailors dream of all winter.  Jean’s painting style is tradition realism. Her subject is the New England coast with all its fishing villages, islands, harbors, and seaports.  Her love of the sea is evident in her work.

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Mother Nature offers boundless inspiration in form and color. She stills the mind and soothes the soul and, if you are lucky, will whisper in your ear and play the muse. Nancy Davies Tang looks to her garden, fields, and forests for inspiration to create works of art in kiln fired glass and dichroic glass jewelry. Largely self-taught, Nancy has been working with warm glass for over 20 years. She has a background in painting and sculpting and strives to bring all her experience to her work in glass. Currently she is working on pieces inspired by the ocean.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12x12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12×12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist. Ms. Dunn is represented at many galleries throughout Maine as well as by the Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, Ma. Ms. Dunn’s intuitive use of color and free brushwork give her paintings a uniquely fresh feel. Her work is in collections throughout the U.S. as well as abroad.  Ms. Dunn is also a teacher and a published children’s book illustrator.  She has a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock is a self-taught artist, Sylvia has painted seriously since she was 12 years old. She finds the simplicity and clarity of coastal living has left a lasting impression on her artist journey. Sylvia paints primarily with watercolors, but also occasionally works in egg tempera and oils.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. July hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sundays 1am to 4pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Groundbreaking Exhibition of Memento Mori from the Renaissance Opens at Bowdoin College Museum

Chicart Bailly, Pendant to a Rosary or Chaplet, Paris, France (?), ca. 1500–1530, elephant ivory with traces of polychromy, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Chicart Bailly, Pendant to a Rosary or Chaplet, Paris, France (?), ca. 1500–1530, elephant ivory with traces of polychromy, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Courtesy of Bowdoin College Museum of Art

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) will soon open a groundbreaking exhibition on the visual culture of mortality and morality in early Renaissance Europe. On view from June 24 to November 26, 2017, The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe reveals how, in an increasingly complex and uncertain world, Renaissance artists sought to address the critical human concern of acknowledging death while striving to create a personal legacy that might outlast it.

Featuring nearly 70 objects, this exhibition incorporates rarely-seen loans from major North American and European museums and works from Bowdoin’s own collection revealing new insights into the understanding of mortality and morality in Renaissance Europe. An elegant installation, organized into eight thematic sections, focused on subjects such as selfhood, morality, piety, and anatomy, enables audiences to understand the broad range of inspirations for and implications of memento mori imagery. Cases provide the opportunity to see ivory prayer beads and other statuettes in the round and in the context of paintings and prints from the period by leading artists such as Albrecht Dürer and Hans Holbein. Magnifying glasses further permit close examination of the exceptional detail with which artists of the period wrought the ivory objects brought together for the first time in The Ivory Mirrror.

Portrait of a Surgeon, Netherlands, 1569, oil on wood. Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Portrait of a Surgeon, Netherlands, 1569, oil on wood. Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

“While we recognize the Renaissance as an age of exceptional human progress and artistic achievement, macabre images proliferated in precisely this period: unsettling depictions of Death personified, of decaying bodies, of young lovers struck down in their prime. This provocative imagery runs riot in the remarkable array of artworks featured in The Ivory Mirror. For many scholars, these gruesome objects seem to be a last gasp, as it were, of a dying medieval world view, of a culture obsessed with the certainty of death, terrified by the threat of divine judgment, and incapable of enjoying earthly life,” continued curator Stephen Perkinson, “The Ivory Mirror rethinks that traditional view, seeking to understand these morbid images as intimately bound up in the period’s shifting conceptions of the self, of the place of humanity in the world, and of the nature of sin and pleasure. It demonstrates that these objects simultaneously reminded viewers not only of life’s fleeting nature but also of the need to both enjoy one’s time on earth and to live a moral and responsible life.”

Memento Mori Pendant, probably from a rosary, France or Belgium, ca. 1500, ivory. Walter E. Stait Fund, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Memento Mori Pendant, probably from a rosary, France or Belgium, ca. 1500, ivory. Walter E. Stait Fund, 2007, Philadelphia Museum of Art

The BCMA will display highlights from their own collection alongside artworks loaned from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum among others.

Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information please visit Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s website or call 207-725-3275.

Mars Hall Gallery features Manuel Retrospective

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If you drive to the end of Rt. 131 South you’ll end up on the Monhegan Island Ferry dock. Look to the right across the channel and you’ll see beautiful Hupper Island. In 1975 Dr. Arthur (Bert) Wills bought a small cape on the NW corner of this 500 acre island. It began his passionate love affair with Hupper. Since then Bert has shared his island home with friends many artists. “I have always wanted young people to help sustain my passion for the island, not just for art but for anything they wanted to pursue”.

In 1978 Dr. Wills acquired an island farm which he called “Bert’s Boathouse University”. Luke Randall from Rhode Island came to paint on Hupper’s in 1992, soon to be joined by his friend and fellow painter R. Michael Carr, also from Rhode Island. They were followed by three more artists in 1996 for the islands best attended “art colonization” ever. Sue McNally and Theodore Tihansky both Newport, RI based oil painters and Manuel Rincon from Margarita Island, Venezuela. They became the “Hupper’s 5ive” and painted on the island in October or several years. Dr. Wills exhibited the resulting paintings in an annual group show at his Downtown Medical Associates office in Boston. All five have become accomplished artists.

The Hupper’s 5ive celebrate the late Manuel Rincon in “Manuel Rincon Retrospective” which previewed June 16th and runs through August 6th. Rincon, a once successful business man, gave up the corporate dream to pursue his dream of being an artist. Bold shapes and vivid color are used to portray the playful images in Manuel’s paintings. His work has been shown in Maine, Boston, Rhode Island, and New Jersey as well Venezuela. A reception for the show will be held Saturday, July 8th from 6-8 p.m. For more information call 207-372-9996 or visit www.marshallgallery.net

Courthouse Gallery presents Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Retrospective in July

 

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Philip Barter: Oasis 8, 2017, acrylic on linen, 36 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present two solo exhibitions—Philip Barter: Maine Oasis and Judith Leighton Restrospective—from June 21 through July 20. Also showing are Susan Amons, Judy Belasco, Philip Koch, Mark Kidschi, and Stephen Porter. The exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 

Philip Barter: Maine Oasis

Philip Barter (b.1939) 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 aesthetic vision that influenced his work for the next fifty years. Barter has spent a half-century painting narratives based on the Maine’s fiercely independent people and the landscape of his home state, becoming the “painter laureate” of the region. Barter was the subject of a feature profile in Down East magazine and went national when, in January 1995, Tim Sample highlighted his life in art in one of his “Postcards from Maine” segments on the CBS Sunday Morning program hosted by Charles Kuralt.

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip Barter, Bottom: Book Jacket

Top Left: Carl Little (Photo by Erin Little), Top Right: Philip

 

In conjunction with the show Philip Barter: Maine Oasis, Courthouse Gallery will host a Book Launch and Signing on July 12 from 4–7pm for Philip Barter: Forever Maine, a new book by Carl Little (Marshall Wilkes). At 5:30pm Little will introduce Philip Barter, who will talk about his narrative paintings, process, and career. The author will be available for book signing. Books can be reserved by calling (207) 667-6611. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton: Protection, 2007, pastel, 27 x 21 inches

Judith Leighton Retrospective

Judith Leighton (1929–2011) was the former owner of the Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill and an artist in her own right.  She began painting with watercolors in the 1950s, gaining notice for her work by the 1960s. After moving to Maine in 1970, Leighton worked almost exclusively with dry pastels.Her modernist inspired motifs included flowers, landscapes, tables and chairs, and women, often seated as if engaged in an pleasant conversation, or standing, or holding a dog, cat or bird. Leighton was passionate about art that “celebrated life” whether it was the art she showed at her gallery, or the art she made.

 

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

Barbara Prey Projects announces summer exhibitions

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Barbara Prey Projects is pleased to present three upcoming summer exhibitions of recent work by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey.

BARBARA ERNST PREY: New Oil Paintings and Prints July 1 – July 14

INFLECTION POINTS 40 Years Painting Maine July 15 -Sept 4
MASS MoCA: Studies from a Museum Commission August 15 – Sept 20

Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints

The summer 2017 inaugural exhibition at Barbara Prey Projects will feature recent small-scale oil paintings along with a new series of limited edition prints. While Prey is mostly known as a watercolorist, the artist has recently returned to the medium in which she first began her instruction; the size of the panels and nature of the oil medium enabled Prey to experiment with levels of freedom and informality not afforded by watercolor. The exhibition will debut the paintings of nearby Seavy Island as well as new works from the artist’s Village View series in conjunction with recent digital prints of select drawings.

Inflection Points: 40 Years Painting Maine

An American painter with international reputation, Barbara Prey has been maintaining a studio and painting in Maine for over 40 years. The northeastern state has a long tradition in the history of American landscape painting, thinking of artists such as Hopper, Church, Homer, Wyeth—but few, if any, are women.
Over the many years of painting in Maine, Prey built a close and longstanding relationship with the local fishing community, which is fundamental to her subject matter.
Prey mostly works on site ‘en plein air’ and was always drawn to the unique landscape of Maine, examining and implementing her surroundings through the visual language of landscape painting. The exhibition is a synthesis of Barbara Prey’s dialogue with her immediate environs in the Port Clyde, ME area and her observations on the same location’s evolution over the course of 40 years.
40 Years Paining Maine further explores the strong watercolor tradition in Maine and with a woman painter, revising the male dominated art-historical tradition.

MASS MoCA. Studies from a Museum Commission

The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has commissioned Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a groundbreaking monumental watercolor for their new Building 6 that opened its doors to the public at the end of May 2017.
Barbara Prey’s massive interior portrait of MASS MoCA’s 120,000 square foot Building 6 depicts part of the historic mill in its raw, un-renovated state, just prior to the beginning of the construction work. Measuring 8 feet tall by 15 feet wide, the painting is monumental by any standard, but for a watercolor on paper—perhaps the most unforgiving combination of any painterly media—the undertaking is truly breathtaking as it stretches the medium in new and exciting ways. The monumental scale of Prey’s project broke boundaries and opened up new ideas and concepts within the artist’s own practice; the project was a technical tour de force, requiring specially made papers, mounts, frames as well as an extra large studio space to paint.
As an artist that works mainly on site, Prey spent countless hours in the space at MASS MoCA, looking, distilling and thinking about the architecture; as the concept developed, she started working on preliminary drawings during her visits. The studies began small and in pencil to accurately capture the architecture and overall composition; Prey then moved to color and larger formats, working out the light and the complex colors.
The drawings displayed in this exhibition serve as references for the final painting and uniquely chronicle the development of Barbara Prey’s commission for MASS MoCA.

For more information visit www.barbarapreyprojects.com

Outtakes From a Memoir – Celebrating Deborah Joy Corey’s newly released book, Settling Twice

Woman with Blue Irises by William Irvine

Woman with Blue Irises by William Irvine

Please Join Us to Celebrate – Outtakes From a Memoir – a Group Exhibition of Artworks Inspired by (or relating to) Deborah Joy Corey’s newly Released Memoir, Settling Twice.

Friday, June 16, 5-7PM
Exhibition Runs June 17 – 29, Wed. – Sun., 11:00-5:00
At the ANNEX, 8 Water Street, Castine, Maine

Mother Nature by Mattina Blue. Watercolor, 27x33", 2017

Mother Nature by Mattina Blue. Watercolor, 27×33″, 2017

The Author and many of the artists will be present. Refreshments and books will be available. The artists in this exhibit are all connected with Deborah Joy Corey. When asked if they would read excerpts of her upcoming memoir, Settling Twice, and respond to it visually in their own medium – these artists enthusiastically answered the call. The result is a joyful and cacophonous visual representation in different mediums and styles to moments, themes, or sections of the book. Each artist experienced the writing in a different way and we are excited to see the work all together, a frolicking visual representation of a single text which resonated for everyone who read it.

Eatons Boatyard by Greg Dunham, Watercolor, 2016

Eatons Boatyard by Greg Dunham, Watercolor, 2016

This cross-disciplinary dialogue between art and literature by local artists and writers feels like an accurate reflection of a community that is filled to the brim with gifted cultural producers, most of whom show an active enthusiasm and curiosity for the world around them and the work of their peers. Outtakes from a Memoir aims to highlight the significant relationship between the arts and highlight the great talents of our very own creators.

For more information visit www.annexarts.org and www.gallerybgallery.com or call 213-839-0851

July exhibits at The Gallery at Somes Sound

Joellyn Duesberry, Mt. Desert from Big Cranberry Island, Maine, 40" x 40", oil on linen

Joellyn Duesberry, Mt. Desert from Big Cranberry Island, Maine, 40″ x 40″, oil on linen

Exhibits run July 1 – July 31
Open House and Reception Saturday, July 1st
4:00 – 6:00 pm

A TRIBUTE TO JOELLYN DUESBERRY:
Reflections of MaineArtist Joellyn Duesberry’s (1944-2016) paintings on display for the month of July, celebrating her summers in Maine. Joellyn Duesberry (called Joly by friends and family) enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a landscape painter. Rich in coloration, Duesberry’s abstract images reveal a strong interest in geometry and an awareness of such modernist masters as John Marin and Milton Avery. . . .
Richard Oedel, Macassar end tables

Richard Oedel, Macassar end tables

STUDIO FURNITURE EXHIBIT
(to coincide with the Joellyn Duesberry Exhibit)
Featured Masters of NHFMA
The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association
enjoys a membership of nearly two dozen makers from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. These gifted artisans create studio furniture that is exceptionally beautiful and wonderfully diverse, and spans an array of styles including Period, Early American, Shaker,
Neo Classical, Traditional, Contemporary and Art Furniture.Participating Masters include . . .
Ted Blachly, Jon Brooks, Greg Brown, John Cameron, Timothy Coleman, Jeffrey Cooper, Garrett Hack, David Lamb, Terry Moore, Richard Oedel,
Brian Reid, Jeffrey Roberts, and visiting artist, Roger Myers

Joellyn Duesberry, Seal Cove Pond, Marsh Maples, 40" x 60", oil on linen

Joellyn Duesberry, Seal Cove Pond, Marsh Maples, 40″ x 60″, oil on linen

THE LIFE OF JOELLYN DUESBERRY
Saturday, July 8
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Reservations are required
To make your reservation please call 207 610-4622

On Saturday, July 8th from 7 pm – 9 pm, the Gallery will host a celebration of Duesberry’s life. The evening will include a screening of Peter Logue’s new documentary “Joellyn” and a performance by musicians Brittany Parker and Katherine Perkins of Barn Arts Collective.

Please visit www.galleryatsomessound.com/events for more information

July shows at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.  Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open 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.

James Dodds, Barge Boat "Thalatta", Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2" x 35-1/2”

James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

James Dodds
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Once a shipwright, James Dodds’ paintings illustrate the anatomy of boats, revealing the materials and curves that underwrite the finished vessel. Yet his paintings go beyond retracing the shipwright’s logic. Rich in color, tone and texture, they move beyond the literal and evoke sailing’s mythic and historic dimensions. Ethereal in light and tone, paintings of restored boats evoke a lifetime at sea, unearthing the layers of memory that shroud every vessel.
James Dodds, Barge Boat “Thalatta”, Oil on linen on canvas, 35-1/2″ x 35-1/2”

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4" x 13" x 13-3/4"

Guy Taplin, Jays, carved and painted driftwood, 13-3/4″ x 13″ x 13-3/4″

Guy Taplin
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Taplin’s bird sculptures embody our longed for harmony with the natural world. His obsession with birds extends beyond their beauty to their endurance, intuition and symbolic loyalty. Mostly shorebirds of various species, each bird is composed to capture their specific habits and character. His simplified, stylized forms seem to breathe each bird’s very essence. Sculpted from found driftwood, which he forages from coasts and estuaries around the world, Taplin’s birds are therefore enriched by previous lives. Weathered by time and the elements, each piece of wood bears marks that enhance his design, suggesting the outline of a wing or layers of plumage.

 

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55" x 48"

Scott Kelley, Diamond Beaver, Watercolor and gouache on paper, 55″ x 48″

Scott Kelley
July 7 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8pm
Scott Kelley has distinguished himself as a visual storyteller of subjects including ornithology, whaling, and most recently spirit animals of the Wabanaki. His new paintings, inspired by the Wabanaki legends of Gluskap, create a narrative of personified animals decorated in traditional native clothing. His work is a constant lineage of exploration that creates immersive stories.

DIAA Presents DISHeS

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Exibit runs June 9–21
DAILY HOURS 10 AM–6 PM

DIAA presents (Deer Isle-Stonington High School) DISH(e)S VII. The DIAA is a non-profit membership association with over 100 members.

DISH(e)S VII is our seventh annual exhibit and sale supporting community outreach art activities in Deer Isle and surrounding communities. In the past, activities have included programs for Deer Isle-Stonington High School and local elementary school art students, student exhibitions in the DIAA Gallery and funding for art supplies.

The DISH(e)S exhibit series, originally conceived as a pottery exhibition, has expanded to include a wide range of media. This year the exhibit will continue to present pottery (dishes) in addition to paintings, drawings, fiber art, jewelry, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

DIAA Gallery
15 Main Street
Deer Isle, Maine
207-348-2330

 

Smart Studio Celebrates 50 Years

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Business was different 50 years ago when Smart Studio opened in Northeast Harbor. “We opened from nine am to noon during the week, as there were very few tourists back then” according to founder Wini Smart. Business was brisk for the artist as the summer folk shopped in town to collect their newspaper and groceries. Afternoons were devoted to painting on location to replenish the gallery, five children in tow. “Mom would take us to her favorite painting spots around MDI, she would paint and we would picnic, explore, fish, and play” daughter Gail Cleveland remembers.

Fast forward 50 years to today and one would see some changes at the gallery. Back in 1967 watercolors were hung on fish net and sold for a few dollars. Today the gallery offers much larger works, in oil and watercolor, limited edition prints and cards, gifts, antiques and custom framing. Still offered are the small intimate watercolors painted on location by Wini and Gail.

To celebrate the milestone the gallery is hosting a retrospective show at the Northeast Harbor Library for the month of July. Works on display will include loaned paintings from collectors. There will be a reception for the public on July 20th from 5-7 in the Melon room at the library. The show will be available to view from July 1-30th. Please call the gallery at 276-5152 for more information.

Littlefield Gallery opens “Best in Show: Animal-Inspired Art.”

Don Best, "Jungle Dream", relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Don Best, “Jungle Dream”, relief sculpture 38 x 50 x 6

Littlefield Gallery opens its ninth season on May 26 with “Best in Show: Animal-Inspired Art.” This group show features some of Maine’s best artists including Robert Pollien, Don Best, Ben Lincoln, Diana Arcadipone and Matt Welch. The show will run through June 18.

An artists’ reception will be held June 10 from 4-6 p.m. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information contact 207.963.6005 or 207.838.4174
info@littlefieldgallery.com

D’Alessio Gallery and Open Studio first Friday Art Walk

Russell D'Alessio, "Fat Cat" original on wrapped canvas 48" x 36" x 2"

Russell D’Alessio, “Fat Cat”
original on wrapped canvas 48″ x 36″ x 2″

The studio will be OPEN to the public all evening long. Visit where he creates, see finished works in progress on paper, canvas and more, chat with the artist.

Wine served
15 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Bayside Landing upstairs in the courtyard
(follow the Art Walk flag)

The Gallery will showcase his latest works including “Fat Cat!”

Wine also served!
12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor

Be sure to stop by and visit, we look forward to seeing you.
Walking maps for Art Walk available at the Chamber of Commerce, most lodging establishments, and participating venues or download online at;

http://www.artwalkbarharbor.com/venues.html

17th Annual MDI Open at Shaw Gallery

Chris Gray's "Wonderland Rocks"

Chris Gray’s “Wonderland Rocks”

The 17th Annual MDI Open, an art exhibition featuring over forty local artists, will be featured at the Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor from May 25th through June 14th. Stop in and see what your friends have been up to all winter. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. For more information visit http://www.shawjewelry.com/

Sarah Faragher to exhibit at Landing Gallery

 

"8 A.M. SCHOODIC POINT, MAINE", Oil/Linen 18" x 24" by Sarah Faragher

“8 A.M. SCHOODIC POINT, MAINE”, Oil/Linen 18″ x 24″ by Sarah Faragher

 

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “WATER & STONE: SCHOODIC & MOUNT DESERT ISLAND”, a solo exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Faragher from May 26 – June 25. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her. The Reception will be held on Friday, June 2nd, 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 a 2015 Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park, a 2008 Artist-in-residence at 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.

"RADIANCE, RISING TIDE, SCHOODIC, MAINE", Oil/Linen 10" x 10" by Sarah Faragher

“RADIANCE, RISING TIDE, SCHOODIC, MAINE”, Oil/Linen 10″ x 10″ by Sarah Faragher

“I moved away from Mount Desert Island when I was still a child, and ever since then it has felt like a lost Eden. But in recent years, returning to paint the landscape set some stopped part of me back into motion. And this could turn out to be a lifelong subject, since the more deeply I look, the better it gets. Especially at Schoodic, where the elemental is particularly insistent. I love to be there, out on what feels like the edge of everything, participating in nature. Paradise lost is sweeter regained.”

“My paintings are memoirs of my experiences with nature. Through painting I participate in the landscape, recognize transcendent moments in nature, honor the integrity of natural forms, and describe where my heart lives. I often feel as if the places I paint have commissioned me to tell their autobiographies, at the same time that I tell my own.”

"OUTFLOW, INRUSH, BARNACLE COLONY, SCHOODIC, MAINE", (Detail) Oil/Canvas 20" x 16" by Sarah Faragher

“OUTFLOW, INRUSH, BARNACLE COLONY, SCHOODIC, MAINE”, (Detail) Oil/Canvas 20″ x 16″ by Sarah Faragher

Please join us in the gallery. Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5 & Sun 12-5, Closed Mon & Tue. FMI 207 239-1223, LandingArt.com.

Dan Graziano exhibit opens at Roux and Cyr International Fine Art Gallery

"are you ready to order?" , Dan Graziano, 12" x 16", oil on panel

“are you ready to order?” Dan Graziano, 12″ x 16″, oil on panel

Dan Graziano is happy to announce his upcoming solo show at Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery which opens on June 2nd in Portland, Maine. Over twenty paintings will be featured sharing the themes of restaurants, cafes and street life. Sun dappled figures of waiters, sidewalk cafes and glistening wine glasses are depicted with bold, “juicy” brush strokes in an impressionistic manner creating an unfinished narrative for the viewer to define with their own story. With strong contrasts of light, shadow and color, these paintings were made to invite you into the world of food, wine and the lively characters who inhabit “café society.”

The gallery exhibition opens with a wine reception on June 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

The exhibition runs from June 2nd to July 6th. Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is located at 48 Free Street in Portland, Maine. For more information visit www.dangrazianofineart.com or www.rouxandcyrgallery.com

Mary Bourke’s “Small Things” at Greenhut Galleries

"Brothers" acrylic on panel 18 x 18 inches

“Brothers”
acrylic on panel
18 x 18 inches

Greenhut Galleries presents “Small Things”, a solo exhibition, June 1 – July 1, 2017  with an opening reception on Thursday, June 1st from 5 – 7pm.

Mary Bourke’s paintings, which focus on her childhood memories, are truly a delight to behold. In a recent article, when asked about the current subjects of her paintings Mary said the following: I ran across some old photographs that showed my parents, grandparents and all of us, there are nine siblings. I combined images, photographs and memories; I also developed a new style and technique, learning about layering colors and glazes. The paintings themselves have more depth although my bright colors haven’t changed.”

While it’s apparent that Ms. Bourke feels comfortable with experimentation and feels less restricted with her current work, she still treasures one thing that will never change: her affinity for nostalgia. We can see that when she talks about her pieces inspired by childhood memories, especially concerning her growing up on Long Island.

For more information call 207-772-2693 or email info@greenhutgalleries.com

Randy Eckard to exhibit at Richard Boyd Gallery

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Shades of Grey’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15” x 21”

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Shades of Grey’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15” x 21”

Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of paintings by noted watercolorist Randy Eckard on June 1 at 10 a.m. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, ME 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 iconic architectural landscapes are expertly detailed and capture the essence of New England. Randy’s paintings have won over 190 awards in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast. His paintings are widely collected and included in numerous private and corporate collections.

The public is invited to meet Randy at a reception at Richard Boyd Art Gallery on Saturday, June 3 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 3 p.m. where he will be available to discuss his current series of paintings. The exhibit is open free of charge between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through June 29, 2017. Additional days and times can be scheduled by appointment. For more information about the exhibit or reception please contact the gallery by phone at 207-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit www.richardboydartgallery.com

UMaine Museum of Art announces Summer Exhibitions

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new featured exhibitions. UMMA is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s summer exhibitions open to the public on May 19 and run through September 2, 2017. Museum admission is free thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

Image credit: Jason Bard Yarmosky Wintered Fields, 2015 Oil on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

Image credit:
Jason Bard Yarmosky
Wintered Fields, 2015
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist and Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels

JASON BARD YARMOSKY: SOMEWHERE
May 19 – September 2, 2017

Somewhere, a series of paintings, drawings and video by Brooklyn, NY-based artist Jason Bard Yarmosky, explores issues of aging and specifically, dementia and Alzheimer’s. A longtime subject of Yarmosky’s paintings is his grandmother who has played an integral role in the evolution of these works. Depicted with realistic precision, she travels through these compositions wearing assorted costumes and masks imbued with symbolism. Every feature, from wrinkles of skin to the folds of varied fabrics, is meticulously rendered. The artist states, “These large-scale portraits study expressions of dementia, confronting the viewer with psychological vulnerability. They respond to the loss of control and the subconscious mind, speaking to a dream-like state–a place intangible to those not experiencing it.”

A focal point of the exhibition is Wintered Fields, a large-scale triptych measuring six by twelve feet, that depicts the artist’s grandmother donning superhero attire. The uncanny juxtaposition of the elderly subject, who seems to be superimposed against a background of a gesturally-rendered, snow-covered field, creates an unsettling psychological tension. Also featured are several graphite drawings–some studies for larger works–that reflect the artist’s keen ability to capture the figure with striking clarity and sensitivity.

Exhibition Sponsors:
St. Joseph Healthcare/St. Joseph Hospital

The Jason Bard Yarmosky exhibition at UMMA is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

Image credit: Susan Barnett I Wear What I Want, 2014 Inkjet print Courtesy of ClampArt, NYC

Image credit:
Susan Barnett
I Wear What I Want, 2014
Inkjet print
Courtesy of ClampArt, NYC

SUSAN BARNETT: I WEAR WHAT I WANT
Curated by George Kinghorn
May 19 – September 2, 2017

I Wear What I Want features over 100 images by NYC-based photographer Susan Barnett. The exhibition, composed of color photographs from Barnett’s Not In Your Face series, explores how the messages and graphics we choose to wear on t-shirts provide a window into our sense of style, personal philosophies and values. Barnett states that her subjects are “human billboards that advertise purposes in life, philosophies that drive us, ideologies we attest to. They are calls for action, they are calls home, they might be to honor a fallen hero, the death of a celebrity. They are the soundtrack of a city, a visual newspaper.”

The photographer traveled the U.S. and abroad to capture intriguing individuals wearing an array of styles and catchy phrases that range from raunchy text to campy cartoon imagery. Not only vehicles of personal expression, these t-shirts exhibit messages that illustrate the complex polarities of thought currently existing within the nation. Many of the screen-printed shirts pictured in Barnett’s images are emblazoned with in-your-face language that convey a spectrum of beliefs; issues of race, unyielding politics, and religion are prominently featured in these collected images. Barnett’s subjects, bodies of all shapes, ages and sizes, are pictured from behind. The messages and graphics embraced by these individuals include celebrity idolization, sexual braggadocio, rebellious pronouncements and even nods to artistic masterpieces.

Image credit: Lee Cummings Installation Detail, 2016-17 Porcelain Courtesy of the artist

Image credit:
Lee Cummings
Installation Detail, 2016-17
Porcelain
Courtesy of the artist

LEE CUMMINGS: WHAT LIES BENEATH

May 19 – September 2, 2017

In What Lies Beneath, Maine-based artist Lee Cummings creates an immersive, exuberant ceramic environment. The central installation, composed of over 300 individually sculpted forms, is inspired by an array of marine species. The stark white porcelain elements, ranging from one inch to three feet, take the form of urchins, tube worms, coral and other sea dwellers. The collective grouping of sculptures invite both macro and micro views of what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.

For the artist, the sheer quantity of unique, wondrous forms brought together reflect a “sea that is about abundance wherever life can get a foothold.” Cummings invites the viewer to contemplate the wonders of the natural world filtered through a process of creative spontaneity. Adding to the experience is the interplay of shadows created by the diverse undulating forms that inhabit floor and wall.

For more information contact: 

Kathryn Jovanelli
kathrynj@maine.edu
207.581.3370

Koichiro Kurita featured at Caldbeck Gallery

"Concord River" Concord MA  1991  platinum palladium print on Japanese gampi paper  30 x 24 inches Koichiro Kurita

“Concord River” Concord MA 1991 platinum palladium print on Japanese gampi paper 30 x 24 inches Koichiro Kurita

From June 2 through July 8, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the platinum palladium prints of Koichiro Kurita of Lowell MA, the fine art digital prints of Jeanne Goodman of Wellesley MA and Friendship ME, as well as 5 artists in a group show: Kathleen Florance of South Thomaston, Stew Henderson of Northport, Jenifer Mumford of Tenants Harbor, John Silverio of Lincolnville, and Graham Wood of Cape Elizabeth. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, June 2, from 5-8 pm.

In “Watersheds”, Koichiro Kurita will show a selection of platinum palladium prints, ranging in size from 8×10 inches to 23 x 34 inches. Retracing Thoreau’s footsteps throughout New England, Kurita translates Thoreau’s philosophy into a visual dialogue. The artist writes, “When I was a commercial photographer, I had a fateful encounter with…Thoreau’s WALDEN. It was reminiscent of Chuang-Tzu’s philosophy and very close to the Oriental way of understanding nature. My work is the expression of these mysterious junctures in nature, including the connections between myself and nature. The artist’s works have been exhibited internationally and collected by numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, and recently, the Farnsworth Art Museum. This is his first exhibition at the Caldbeck.

MORNING GLORY 2017 archival digital print 12 x 12 inches Jeanne Goodman

MORNING GLORY 2017 archival digital print 12 x 12 inches Jeanne Goodman

Jeanne Goodman explains her new work: “In my recent project; Sea Glass, rather than succumb to the beauty of the spectacle for its own sake, I have experimented with layering physicality into the photographs by using glass objects, salvaged from flotsam and jetsam along the shore, to filter and disrupt my images. The imperfections imbedded in the found glass objects illuminate the visible and the invisible in unpredictable ways, creating the lush textures and disorienting illusions that help to evoke rich and emotional memories.” Measuring 7 ½ x 7 ½ inches and 12 x 12 inches, the 18 fine art digital prints are printed in archival inks on archival museum etching paper. Now Goodman leads exhibition tours at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, training with working artists from around the world, artists whose art is as challenging and provocative as it is inspirational.

In the group show, Kathleen Florance will exhibit 5 new works from her “Tango” series. Stew Henderson’s painted wood wall pieces, called “Family”, refer to the research he is doing on his family’s genealogy; Jenifer Mumford will show 2 drawings in charcoal on paper, one measuring 47 x 34 inches, and 24 x 24 inches; John Silverio will show a number of his fibonaccci based drawings in watercolor on paper, as well as one in wood; and Graham Wood, who is the director of the Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth, will show small constructed panels in painted wood.

Early summer gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday 12-4, and Sunday 1-4. For more information, please call the gallery 207-594-5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents CENTER POINT

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Details from artworks of Tom Curry, Patricia Wheeler, Juliet Karelsen, Carol Pelletier, and John Wilkinson

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents CENTER POINT, A group exhibition featuring LIBBY MITCHELL, PATRICIA WHEELER with new work from JULIET KARELSEN and CAROL PELLETIER. Exhibition runs from  MAY 28 to June 17.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents the first group exhibition of the season, Center Point, featuring the artwork of Libby Mitchell, Patricia Wheeler, and new work from Juliet Karelsen and Carol Pelletier. The exhibition will include artwork from Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Heidi Daub, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, John Wilkinson, Goody-B. Wiseman and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is an artist-owned gallery located at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, and was formerly known as the Leighton Gallery. If you have any questions about these events or artworks, please email info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or call 917-204-4001.

CMCA Announces Summer 2017 Exhibitions and Events

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland is celebrating its one-year anniversary in its stunning new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, with an exciting and diverse lineup of exhibitions and events.

Early Summer Exhibitions & Events

  • Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart: Temporality, May 20 – August 13, 2017 
  • William Wegman: Reel to Real, June 10 – October 22, 2017
  • John Walker: From Seal Point, June 24 – October 29, 2017
  • Opening Reception, Saturday, June 24, 5-8pm
  • William Wegman, public presentation, Tuesday, July 25, 5:30pm
William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

William Wegman, Joke Paper, 1972-1973, video, 0:54

Late Summer Exhibition & Events

  • Linden Frederick: Night Stories, August 19 – November 5, 2017
  • CMCA Summer Gala, Friday, August 18, 6:30-9pm
  • Artist’s reception, Friday, August 25, 5-8pm
John Walker, 2017, studio view

John Walker, 2017, studio view

Exhibitions opening in early summer 2017 will showcase the work of artists William Wegman, John Walker, Jenny Brillhart and Sara Stites. A public reception celebrating the early summer exhibitions and artists will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm.

On Friday evening, August 18, the CMCA Summer Gala will coincide with the opening of the exhibition, Linden Frederick: Night Stories, a collaboration between the artist and fifteen of America’s most acclaimed fiction writers. An artist’s reception, open to the public, will follow on Friday, August 25, from 5 to 8pm.
Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

Linden Frederick, Liquor, 2016, oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches

CMCA hours for Summer 2017 are: Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 12noon – 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission is $8; free for those under 18; $6 for seniors and students with ID. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Marilyn Turtz exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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“Ms. Turtz has perfected the art of distilling a scene’s essence without getting bogged down in fussy detail. She has an especially sensitive way with atmosphere, catching with equal skill mist over morning fields, afternoon’s golden glow, and the lengthening shadows of evening.” – Helen A. Harrison, The New York Times

Marilyn Turtz’s paintings capture the quiet serenity in a moment of pause. Her works depict time passing through a shifting landscapes. Light and shadows reveal a scene or object’s perceptual qualities, heightening the everyday to the sublime.

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Marilyn Turtz received her MFA from Brooklyn College in 1985, where she studied with such notable artists as Lois Dodd, Phillip Pearlstein and Lennart Anderson. Her BFA, from Pratt Institute was awarded in 1978. Her paintings have been shown in New York City, Long Island, Maine and California. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Heckscher Museum in Huntington and the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Turtz has been an Artist in Residence at The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island, Maine, Weir Farm Trust in Wilton, Ct. and Cummington Community for the Arts in Cummington, Ma. She has received public and corporate commissions from such organizations as Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the City of Glen Cove and the New York City Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transit Authority.

OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 5-8PM

For more information:
Dowling Walsh Gallery
365 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841
207-596-0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com

Landing Gallery in Rockland opens the Season

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14”  by Sarah Faragher

“Morning View to North Haven from Pendleton Point, Islesboro, Maine” oil/linen, 16” x 14” by Sarah Faragher

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland opens this Season with the “2017 SEASON INVITATIONAL”, May 5 – May 21. Specializing in work celebrating the “Environment and Nature in Maine”. New works by Scott Baltz, Andrew Anderson-Bell, Roberta Baumann, Bruce Busko, Tom Curry, Sarah Faragher, Brian Krebs, Monique Lazard, Marlene Loznicka, Björn Runquist, Robert Stebleton, Liliana Thelander, Jill Valliere & J.M. Wilde are included in the exhibition. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk for 2017.
Please join us in the gallery. Hours: Wed – Sat 11-5, Sun 12-5, Closed, Mon & Tue. FMI 207 239-1223 or LandingArt.com

Art Space Gallery Opening May 5th

Teddi-Jann Covell, San Beach New Year's Day, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, San Beach New Year’s Day, oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the first opening reception of this season on Friday May 5th from 5 to 8pm. This reception will introduce the three new Maine artists in our front room, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and John Wood.

Teddi-Jann Covell is a Fine Art oil painter who lives and works in Orono, Maine. Teddi-Jann primarily creates, “Plein-aire” style all year, all around the state. She is represented in Fine Art Galleries such as North Light Gallery in Millinocket, River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta and Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Teddi-Jann is also a member of several artists Co-Ops including Saltwater Gallery in Pemaquid and Southwest Harbor Artisans. “My art is a reflection of my love and passion for Maine, for Baxter State Park and for the rugged coast of Maine and all her secret spots in between!

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

As a self taught metal smith and sculptor, Keith’s experimental evolution has lead him to create a body of work that incorporates the precision of metallurgy with an inventive transformation of bone into anthropomorphic form. He is inspired to use ancient processes that result in textures, colors, and a spirit not found in modern, manufactured jewelry. While working under magnification, Mr. Plummer adds minute details to create an overall effect of an artifact from a lost civilization. Keith hopes his jewelry pieces become memorable conversation pieces and spark discussions about this ancient craft.

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

Moving to New York in the 70s, Wood studied oil painting under the tutelage of Michael Aviano at the National Academy in NYC. In 1996, Wood switched his style to watercolors, and location to Philadelphia where he studied with James McFarlane and Frank Webb. He joined the Watercolor Society of both Pennsylvania and Baltimore and exhibited at the Berman Art Museum and Woodmere in Pennsylvania. Moving to Maine in 2008, Wood resumed the oil painting and studied locally with Ron Frontin. “I find that my portraits and landscapes in oil and watercolor compliment each other,” he said. As proof of his words, Wood was accepted in both mediums into the prestigious juried Tri-County Biennial in Florida where he now winters.
Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland. The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres. May hours are 11am to 4 pm on Wednesday through Saturdays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday May 5

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

BREATHING LIGHT, 2017 oil on wood panel 24 x 12 inches

From May 1 through May 27, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work by Krisanne Baker of Waldoboro, in an exhibit titled  “Breathing Light: explorations below the ocean’s surface of what makes life above possible”.  Also hanging, “A Flower Show”, an exhibit of work by 10 artists.  Two of those artists are showing at the Caldbeck for the first time: Annie Bailey of Tenants Harbor, and Bayard Chanler of Rockport. The other 8 artists are Cicely Aikman, late of Friendship, Elizabeth Awalt of Swans Island, Lois Dodd of Cushing, Jeff Epstein of Cushing, Maggie Foskett, late of Camden, Nancy Glassman of Searsmont, Paul Plante, late of Oquossoc, Barbara Sullivan of Solon, and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing.  A reception will take place on First Friday, May 5, from 5-8 pm.

In Baker’s exhibit, the 18 paintings in oil on wood panel measure 8 x 8 inches, 12 x 12 inches, and 24 x 12 inches.   Focusing on the underwater scenes that she witnessed last summer during her Monhegan Artists Residency, the artist brings to light what we normally don’t see.  “There’s a whole world down there that we know less about than we do the moon”, says Baker.  “I feel it’s vital for people to learn that the oceans, and all the waters from upstream that lead to the oceans, are the lungs and arteries of this planet.  The waters keep flowing and pumping; we need to respect the oceans for their life giving function – not just for the fish, whales, and phytoplankton that live in them, but for all of us.  Those life giving components of the ocean web create the material that all living things depend on”.   This summer, Baker will take part in a 2 week artist residency at the Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island in Maine.  There, she will do her own research and exploration of phyto and zooplankton, and will also share her artistic vision with the lab’s students of marine field science.  Together, artist and students will creatively connect the disciplines of art and science.   In addition to the paintings in her Caldbeck show, Baker will install in a front window, “Phytoplankton: Living, Breathing”, her sculpture made from recycled glass.

 

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

BEYOND COSMOS 1999 2/3 Cliché Verre 20 x 16 inches Maggie Foskett

A FLOWER SHOW

In “A Flower Show”, 10 different artists give 10 different interpretations and visions of nature.  Annie Bailey’s loose interpretations are like short poses in figure painting – no time to describe in detail, just give the flow of color and shape.  Bayard Chanler’s oil paintings carry the charm and warmth of the tradition of flower still life painting. Maggie Foskett’s cliché verre photographic print of a mirror imaged iris, portrays the voluptuousness of mother nature.  Cicely Aikman’s primal Florida palm flowers do the same.  Elizabeth Awalt steeps us in Maine’s springtime.  Each of the 10 artists shows us that flowers in art will never grow old or out of date.

Exhibitions run May 1 – May 27, 2017
Reception: First Friday, May 5, 5 – 8 pm

Spring Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4

FMI: caldbeck@midcoast.com   www.caldbeck.com   207 594 5935

39th Annual Student Art Show at Barn Gallery

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Reception: Friday, May 12 from 4 to 6 PM.
Exhibition: Saturday and Sunday May 13 and 14—1 to 4 PM

Imagination and energy will fill Barn Gallery to overflowing as students from area elementary, middle and high schools exhibit their latest works of art. The artistic skill and enthusiasm of the young artists shine forth in a variety of media and subjects. They are delighted, as were many of their parents and grandparents before them, to have their artwork in a ‘real’ gallery. Thanks go to Gary W. Tirrell for sponsoring this event in memory of Norman West.

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

Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College

Woman and Child, 1604– 1606, black and red chalk by Bernardino Poccetti

Woman and Child, 1604–
1606, black and red chalk
by Bernardino Poccetti

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) will present the first-ever survey of the Museum’s extensive collection of drawings, widely considered the oldest public collection of works on paper on the continent, illuminating the foundational and evolving role of drawing within Western artistic practice. Titled Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolors at Bowdoin College, the exhibition will be on view from May 3 through September 3, 2017.

Tango for Page Turning, 2013, Single channel HD video; 2 minutes, 48 seconds by William Kentridge

Tango for Page
Turning, 2013,
Single channel HD
video; 2 minutes,
48 seconds by
William Kentridge

The exhibition includes more than 150 works by American and European artists across cultures, genres, and time periods, such as Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Eva Hesse, and Roy Lichtenstein, among many others. Why Draw? will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that features original texts from renowned scholars and contemporary artists, all considering what compels artists to draw through close study of specific works in the exhibition. These insights, from contributors including David Driskell, Richard Tuttle, James Siena, and Yvonne Jacquette form the touchstones of both the exhibition and the catalogue, guiding viewers through an examination of the traditional functions of drawings in artistic education, studio practice, and the formal; and poetic reasons artists have been driven to drawing throughout history. The Museum will also host several public programs throughout the summer in conjunction with the exhibition, including artist talks, scholarly lectures, and artist-led workshops.

The End of the Hunt, 1892, watercolor over graphite, by Winslow Homer

The End of the Hunt,
1892, watercolor
over graphite, by
Winslow Homer

Curated by Joachim Homann, Curator at BCMA, the exhibition builds on the foundation of Bowdoin’s strong history of collecting works on paper, stemming back to the initial gift of 141 historic European drawings to the college by James Bowdoin III in 1811. Since then the drawings collection has evolved to include nearly 2,000 unique works on paper, encompassing acquisitions and gifts from alumni, artists, and patrons. Many recent additions to the collection will be on view for the first time. Spanning from a drawing from the workshop of Raphael, to the first-ever watercolor by Winslow Homer to enter a museum collection, to works produced in the past five years by Natalie Frank, William Kentridge, and Titus Kaphar, the exhibition offers a diverse selection of masterworks from artists across a wide range of history.

Untitled Drawing, 1943 graphite and colored crayon, by Arshile Gorky

Untitled Drawing,
1943
graphite and colored
crayon, by Arshile
Gorky

Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

For more information visit the Bowdoin College Museum of Art website.

Dowling Walsh Gallery presents Construct

Aaron T Stephan, Left-Twist Blocks (D. W. Arrangement), editions 1-20/150, Portland cement and sand, 17″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ each, 32″ x 42″ x 58″ total

Aaron T Stephan, Left-Twist Blocks (D. W. Arrangement), editions 1-20/150, Portland cement and sand, 17″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ each, 32″ x 42″ x 58″ total

Construct, a group exhibition curated by Anna Queen, is built around the theme of social and material construction. The artists included use painting, sculpture, printmaking and collage to examine construction through various materials. Whether through repurposing imagery or materials, creating imagined scenarios, shifting a ubiquitous object, or abstracting a familiar scene, each artist is restructuring information as we usually experience it to create a new paradigm for viewing our everyday physical and societal structures. The exhibition is on view at 365 Main St., Rockland, Maine.

Margaret Rizzio, Sardines, Mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Margaret Rizzio, Sardines, Mixed media, 36″ x 24″

Artists included the exhibition: Aaron T. Stephan, Stephanie Cardon, Margaret Rizzio, Elizabeth Fox, Cal Siegel, Cig Harvey, Fairfield Porter, and John Goodyear

More info here: http://www.dowlingwalsh.com/construct/

Stephanie Cardon, Seersucker Sky, Cyanotype, 13″ x 11 1/2″ each, 13″ x 42 1/2″ total

Stephanie Cardon, Seersucker Sky, Cyanotype, 13″ x 11 1/2″ each, 13″ x 42 1/2″ total

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View”

 

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Maine Farmland Trust Gallery shows “Inside View” of Barns and Farm Houses

 

Belfast. Machias watercolorist Margaret LaFarge has lived in Maine since 1980. Her intimate paintings transport us across time and space, into the rooms of farmhouses with which LaFarge has a special connection. “These are primarily homes I have lived in,” she points out. “And so my paintings revolve around family, memories and history.”

The farmhouse interiors depicted in paintings such as “Horse Hair Chair” and “1800 Farm House” hail from New England villages that once had a vibrant farming community. “But a lot of farming has disappeared here,” said LaFarge. “It’s so sad to see old farmhouses fall apart. I am fortunate that my family has always maintained them.”

 

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 Tessa O’Brien, Headlights, acrylic, enamel, dye on panel, 48 x 48”,

An old box of photos took painter Tessa O’Brien on a trip down memory lane, to a time in her childhood when her parents and their friends built a timber frame together. “Everyone stayed and camped out with their babies and dogs. I just love those images, and the memories they conjure up,” said O’Brien.

In her bold, colorful paintings, the timber frame itself became a symbol for community, sustainability and craftsmanship. “I was pursuing my MFA at the time,” O’Brien explained. “And visually, I loved the structure of the timber frame as an image in its own right. I’m primarily interested in paint – the possibilities of it, the textural quality – but I need an organizing principle to direct my work.”

 

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Leslie Harris, Hayloft, oil on linen board, 20x16”,

 

What followed was much like a community engagement project. “I started hunting down timber frames in Maine, and ended up meeting the people building them, and hearing their stories,” O’Brien shared. “I love the stories that go along with the buildings, and the way these structures interact with the land.”

The Portland painter recognized that the subject matter of farm houses runs the risk of being nostalgic. “While I started from a place of nostalgia that is not what I want to communicate. I want to show the present-day possibilities, which are very alive in Maine, and ask what these traditions can bring us now.”

With The Inside View, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is aiming to show a variety of interior views of farms: old and new; still used for farming or transformed into an artist’s space; the family’s kitchen table versus the cow’s barn. The group show includes oil paintings, acrylics, mixed media, drawings and photography by artists Julie Cyr, Kerstin Engman, Leslie Harris, DiTa Ondek, Susan Smith, Sarah Szwajkos, and afore-mentioned Margaret LaFarge and Tessa O’Brien.

The Inside View will be on exhibit from April 3rd through June 23rd. There will be artist talks at 5:00pm on Friday May 26, followed by a reception as part of the Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8:00pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

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

 

Upcoming Events at Harlow Gallery

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UPCOMING  EXHIBITIONS

Hector Arrache

Hector Arrache Retrospective & Sale
On View: April 19-28, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 5-7pm
A retrospective exhibition and sale of works by Maine physician, poet and artist, Hector Arrache. He passed away unexpectedly in April of 2016. Arrache’s family has generously donated a large body of his work to the Harlow for the purpose of benefiting the non-profit gallery that Hector frequented for over 25 years. Works will be on display with a suggested retail price or best offer.

EVENTS

Pinhole
SECOND SUNDAYS: Pinhole Photography
Lewiston Pinhole photograph by Johanna Moore Sunday, April 9, 2-4pm

In light of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 30, 2017, join us to learn about the rudiments of pinhole photography with Johanna Moore. Build your own camera and jump-start your adventures in analog photography. All welcome. No registration necessary.

Paper Cutting
Paper Cutting w/ Leslie Miller
Sunday, April 30, 2-4pm

Explore a true folk craft and investigate several forms of paper cutting as you make the craft your own. During this workshop participants will experiment using various tools and papers.

Tuition: members: $40 adults/$35 kids, non-members: $60 adults/$55 kids. Ages 10 and up, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Payments must be received in advance in order to reserve spaces.

Harvest Art

The Art of Harvest with Heather Rose
Heather Rose Workshop Sunday, May 28, 2-4pm

Create a work of art that you eat! Discover how a handful of harvest is made of so much more than what meets the mouth. Gain knowledge about a wide variety of botanical beauties throughout the seasons, harvested fresh from local farms and gardens. Arrange an artful bouquet, reflect and take home to devour! Diverse colors, shapes and flavors will awaken the senses and connect us with creativity, nourishment and possibility.

Tuition: $25 Members/$30 non-members + $10 materials fee. This workshop is open to anyone ages 10 and up, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Payments must be received in advance in order to reserve spaces.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

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Summer Members’ Show
Helene Farrar Encaustic Deliver artwork: Saturday, June 24, 12-6pm

Artist members are invited to submit one piece of art for the annual Members’ Show and Sale. All media welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, printmaking, fiberarts, photography, sculpture and fine craft such as ceramics, wood, metal and mixed media. One work of art per member.

For More Information contact:

HARLOW GALLERY
160 Water Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
kvaa@harlowgallery.org
207-622-3813

Maine: The Way Life Is at Greenhut Galleries

Colin Page Waterfront Oil on canvas 24 x 36 inches

Colin Page
Waterfront
Oil on canvas
24 x 36 inches

Greenhut Galleries is celebrating its 40th year anniversary ALL YEAR, and what better way than to throw a full gallery invitational exhibit honoring the state of Maine. We are pleased to announce our upcoming exhibit of paintings by 50 local artists in our new biennial fondly titled: Maine: The Way Life Is.

It’s easy to see why artists have been coming to Maine for over 100 years. So many are drawn to the rugged coastline, the islands, the wild beauty and isolation of this majestic state. The landscape is an obvious inspiration and has been captured time and time again in classic works by some of the most skilled artists, from Winslow Homer to Andrew Wyeth, from Thomas Cole to Frederick Church.

rita Holmquist Last Light Oil on linen 24 x 36 inches

Brita Holmquist
Last Light
Oil on linen
24 x 36 inches

What interests us about many of these iconic scenes is how they translate to our contemporary culture. We have curated this invitational with artists who each have a unique vision of what “Maine” means to them. The result makes for an exciting, thought-provoking, dynamic and diverse exhibition!

Dedicated to showing the finest art made by Maine’s best artists, Greenhut Galleries is pleased to have you join us in celebrating our wonderful state of Maine. Discover something new, stay curious, LOVE ART.

The exhibit runs April 6-29 with an Artists reception, Saturday April 8, 1 – 3 pm. Gallery hours are Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm and Sat. 10am – 5:00pm. For more information please contact info@greenhutgalleries.com

Three New Shows at CMCA

Piper-Cub

Piper Cub

Who can do anything better than this propeller? Can you? —Marcel Duchamp, speaking to Constantin Brancusi in front of an airplane, 1914

The most noticeable thing about artist Mark Wethli’s Piper Cub is that it’s incomplete; the abstract framework of an airplane rather than one that’s ready to fly. Piper Cub’s identity is further complicated, like Magritte’s famous pipe, by its uncertainty. Is it an actual plane, a sculpture of a plane, a full-scale model of a plane or in some sense (in its idealized, Platonic forms) the prototype of a plane? Although it’s not an actual aircraft (one that can be flown) it’s built from the original plans, identical to a real Piper Cub in every detail and dimension including the use of actual Piper Cub parts for the windshield, landing gear, and tires.

Significantly, Wethli has done nothing to artistically modify or interpret the plane, other than painstakingly recreating and presenting it (or, one might say, re-presenting it), suggesting that the “art” of the piece resides in its conceptual nature (posing questions such as the ones above) rather than its formal one.

At the same time, by presenting Piper Cub in a gallery setting, Wethli seems to beg the question of the aesthetic nature of mechanical objects and our categorical approach to beauty. By handcrafting the plane (with help from a team of friends and fellow artists in the final stages), Wethli seems to be encouraging us to look for beauty in unexpected places, not least of all in the contemplation of uncertainty, the joys of memory, and the beauty of sheer abstract form.

Mark Wethli (b. 1949) is a painter and public artist who lives and works in Brunswick, Maine, where he is also the A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Art at Bowdoin College. Continually asking the viewer to contemplate their own awareness of knowing and seeing, Wethli has explored many forms in his artwork including painting, sculpture and installation, both representational and abstract.

 Piper Cub, 2007, pine, birch plywood and aircraft parts, 35 x 22 x 7 ft., private collection

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David Driskell, Renewal and Form

“Religion and ritual and the mythic are concerns I have always nurtured in my art.” – David Driskell

Boldly drawn and richly patterned, David Driskell’s imagery in his prints, as in his collages and mixed media work, derives from his childhood experiences growing up in the rural South, his deep love for the Maine landscape, and his in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for African art and textiles. Presented in this exhibition are selected examples of the artist’s recent woodcuts, serigraphs, linocuts, and monoprints.

Widely respected as an artist, curator, educator, and scholar of African-American art, David Driskell (b. 1931, Eatonton, Georgia) has been a summer resident of Falmouth, Maine, since 1961. He was first introduced to the state while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1953. When not in Maine, Driskell lives in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland, College Park, and where the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora honors his contributions to the field.

David Driskell began making prints in 1952 while attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. Professor James L. Wells, considered the dean of African-American printmakers at the time, introduced him to lithography and woodcuts. Woodcuts have remained a favorite medium throughout Driskell’s career. As he often did not have access to a printing press, he came to rely on the traditional manual method of producing relief prints: rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon. Like the painter’s brush, a simple tool such as the spoon links the artist’s mind, eye, and hand directly to the work.

Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

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Sam Cady, Parts of  the Whole

“The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first full-scale retrospective of the work of artist Sam Cady, this exhibition presents a broad selection of the artist’s emblematic shaped and rectangular paintings created over four decades, as well as a sampling of drawings, studies, and recent “fragments,” painted abstractions culled from the remainders of the shaped canvases. Ever tuned to seeing aesthetic possibility in the most mundane of objects, Cady turns these discards into explorations of pure color, form, and edge, adding another “part” to the whole.

Born in 1943 in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Sam Cady has been sailing and exploring the coast of Maine his entire life and the imprint of the state’s rugged topography, numerous offshore islands, and waterfront industries is threaded through his art. After receiving a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from Indiana University, he taught in the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, from 1984 to 2007. Throughout this period, he split his time between New York and his home and studio in Friendship, Maine, where he lives today. The urban/rural divide that defined his life for so many years is evident in the range of his subjects from highway overpasses to boats on jack stands.

Foe more information, visit http://cmcanow.org/

MFT Gallery presents “In Dialogue with Nature”

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Robert Pollien (courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery)

 

In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.

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J. Thomas R. Higgins (courtesy of Greenhut Gallery)

 

Belfast. In the summer of 2016, four artists spent a month living and creating at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. More precisely: a month of observing and noting, walking and musing, painting and drawing, collecting and interacting with the soil, the water, the weeds, woods and sky.

These four artists, all from Maine, were the very first artists-in-residence at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center, an initiative started last year in collaboration with the Falcon Foundation in Damariscotta, which holds the works of late artist and environmentalist Joseph A. Fiore (1925-2008).

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm aims to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making by way of exhibitions and public educational events, through research and development of new farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a working farm.

David Dewey, trustee and curator of the Falcon Foundation and co-director of the Fiore Art Center believes that an artist residency is an important creative interlude from the demands of life, which allows artists time to refresh their creative batteries and develop their art work with a clear mind. “We all need a break at times; the residency program can be a valuable period of critical artistic growth that both the artist and the public can benefit from.”

The four 2016 artists-in-residence Thomas R. Higgins*, Robert Pollien*, Thérèse Provenzano and Susan Smith are now exhibiting the work created during their month at Rolling Acres Farm at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast. The exhibition, titled In Dialogue with Nature, is on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17, at 5pm. (*Higgins appears courtesy of Greenhut Gallery, Pollien appears courtesy of Dowling-Walsh Gallery.)

The artists each had their own unique approach and experience. Higgins, a landscape painter who worked mostly in oils, followed by some drawing, shared: “Having the unobstructed freedom to come and go as I please has resulted in the opportunity to focus on subject matter not explored in recent years, and the chance to get to know a few locations intimately.” Pollien, also a landscape painter, said: “The month was very productive and I find that the intensity of the residency has carried over nicely. The time spent working and thinking deeply about painting continues to be of lasting value.”

 

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Thérèse Provenzano

 

Provenzano, pastel painter, spent many a day right outside the glass doors of her barn studio. “My residency at Rolling Acres Farm provided a new lay of land to digest, en plein air.  The sky read imposing, vast or aloof. Rain and clouds made their presence known. Reaching and digesting the land, alone and unencumbered […], took precedence.”

The vibrant greens and lively brush strokes of Higgins’ paintings; the reverent stillness which Pollien is able to evoke with his coastal views and clouds; Provenzano’s meditation on the S-curved farm road meandering down to Damariscotta Lake – each speak to a different aspect and experience of the fields, water and sky at Rolling Acres Farm.

 

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Susan Smith

Smith took a different approach entirely. Her site-specific art practice lies somewhere between the archeological, ideological, experimental and ephemeral. She collected rusty old bits of farm equipment, branches, soil and plant materials, and created intricate eco-prints by tightly wrapping these different ingredients into cloth “bundles,” then steaming them. Her work wants to be touched, and speaks straight to the soul of buried history, sleeping memory, and connection to land that longs to be known.

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In Dialogue with Nature is currently on display until March 24th, with artist talks and a closing reception on Friday March 17 at 5pm. New work by MFT Gallery artists Julie Cyr, Dahlov Ipcar, Sheep Jones, Christopher O’Connor and Lou Schellenberg on the second floor.

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.

The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, located at 152 Punk Point Rd, Jefferson, is accepting applications for 2017 residencies until March 1st. More information can be found at https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/jaf-art-center/.

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

 

 

 

PMA reopens with “Lights Across Congress”

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The countdown to the unveiling of the new PMA begins at 6 p.m. on February 3 with Lights Across Congress, a special event that will bring together more than 20 community organizations, businesses, and supporters to present a massive 130-foot-wide cinematic projection on the museum’s façade, promising to be the Maine arts event of the year.

Lights Across Congress will serve as a public countdown to the reopening of the PMA, and at the end of the projection the museum will open its doors and welcome visitors to the entirely new and reimagined PMA, for free.

Lights Across Congress will include one of the largest multidimensional projections in Portland’s history, made possible through generous support from Unum as well as through partnerships with Headlight AV, p3, and the City of Portland. To celebrate the reopening of the museum, the projection will light up the façade of the PMA with an exciting and colorful animated sequence that people will remember for years to come. With support from the city of Portland and to provide as many viewing angles as possible, Free Street at Congress Street will be closed to traffic on the evening of February 3.

Many more community partners will be involved—including ice sculptors, food trucks, and the Friends of Congress Square Park—to make Lights Across Congress a festive winter carnival environment and a true party to mark the reopening of the PMA.

Lights Across Congress is a moment of celebration for the Portland Museum of Art, as well as an opportunity to showcase the economic and social power of Maine’s arts and culture for a wide array of organizations, community partners, and businesses. From leading corporations such as UNUM to creative agencies such as p3 and The VIA Agency, and from community organizations such as Creative Portland to state agencies such as the Maine Office of Tourism, Lights Across Congress and the reopening of the PMA provides a moment for the city of Portland and the state of Maine to rally around the arts.

Greenhut Galleries’ “Abstraction”

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Abstraction
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1. freedom from representational qualities in art
2. an invitational group show of 25 Maine artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland
February 2 – 25, 2017

Please join us!
Artists reception, Saturday, February 4, 1 – 3pm

Daniel Anselmi, Chris Beneman, Grace DeGennaro, Ingrid Ellison,
Tom Flanagan, Alison Goodwin, Ken Greenleaf,
Jaap Eduard Helder, Elizabeth Hoy, Jon Imber, Penelope Jones, David Kelly, Richard Brown Lethem, George Lloyd, Frederick Lynch, Kayla Mohammadi, Lisa Noonis, Tom Paiement, Sandra Quinn, Noriko Sakanishi, Jenny Scheu, Claire Seidl, Lori Tremblay,  Dietlind Vander Schaaf, Willa Vennema

Greenhut

FMI,  www.greenhutgalleries.com
Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, ME  04101
207-772-2693

info@greenhutgalleries.com
Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Saturdays 10-5

Harlow Gallery presents The Venn Project

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On View: February 3 – March 11, 2017 | Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 5-7pm

The Harlow Gallery presents The Venn Project, featuring the work of Pamela Hetherly, Anita Morrissey, and Nancy Keenan Barron. The Venn Project is on view February 3 – March 11, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, February 3, from 5-7pm. Both the exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

The three artists came together in the spirit of the Venn diagram: what they share, what they don’t.  Each artist claims one circle as her own and shares a piece of that circle with the other two. (A Venn diagram is a concept developed by John Venn in 1880.   He used overlapping or non-overlapping circles to show relationships.  Where the circles overlap, something is shared or in common.  Where the circles do not overlap, items are different.)

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Eighteen months ago artists Anita Morrissey, Pamela Hetherly and Nancy Keenan Barron began meeting regularly to paint together from life.  They explain their process as follows:

We took notes of our similarities and differences.  As the months passed we observed the others’ ways of working, challenged each other, and broadened our thought processes.  We observed how our individual practices changed and evolved from the influence of the others.  The goal of the project was to notice what worked, to try new things, and to support each other in this process.

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Early on in the project, it became clear that one large shared, overlapping piece in the Venn diagram for all three artists was the Harlow Gallery. We first met each other at the Harlow, we are all longtime members and have all benefited greatly from the Harlow community.

The artists invite the viewer to take note of the similarities, the differences and the changes that took place in their work during their 18-month-long project.

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For more information visit: http://harlowgallery.org/the-venn-project/

UMaine Museum of Art announces Winter Exhibition

Brenton Hamilton, Little Mask Face, 2015,  Multiple gum bichromate,  Courtesy of the artist

Brenton Hamilton,
Little Mask Face, 2015,
Multiple gum bichromate,
Courtesy of the artist

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new featured exhibitions in January. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art exhibitions to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s winter exhibitions open to the public on January 13 and run through May 6, 2017. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

BRENTON HAMILTON: 20 YEARS

January 13 – May 6, 2017

Maine-based photographer Brenton Hamilton employs unconventional approaches to photographic techniques and materials to achieve his layered, dreamlike visions. This exhibition surveys Hamilton’s long career creating images using 19th century handmade photographic processes.

Serving as inspirations for Hamilton’s compositions are his ongoing studies of cultural history, sciences, early medicine, minerals and oceanology. Often working with collage and using liquid photographic emulsions as paint, Hamilton pushes the traditional boundaries of photography, offering a fresh interpretation of the medium. A wide range of historic processes including cyanotype, black glass ambrotype, tintype and gum bichromate –as well as an astonishing hybrid of media –offer a bridge between the antique and the postmodern. The exhibition also includes 18th century sculpted heads and objects that provide a glimpse of the unique source material often depicted within the artist’s compositions.

Brenton Hamilton received his MFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is the Chair of the Professional Certificate Program in Photography at the Maine Media Workshops.

Siobhan McBride, Bones, 2014, Gouache on paper on panel, Courtesy of the artist

Siobhan McBride,
Bones, 2014,
Gouache on paper on panel,
Courtesy of the artist

SIOBHAN MCBRIDE: FOUR HOUR FORTUNE COOKIE

January 13 – May 6, 2017

Siobhan McBride works primarily in gouache on paper to render places and scenes that are imbued with incongruities, memories, and psychological tension. McBride comments that the depicted scenes, “are tense with anticipation, or blushing in the aftermath of an unseen event.” They are “descriptions of awkward experiences, passages from books and film fragments, things caught in the corner of my eye, and an attempt to conjure slippery memories.”  

McBride creates works that are steeped in mystery–images that hover between the humorous and the eerie. Bold light amplifies an array of realistically rendered objects and environments, and in doing so accentuates the unsettling nature of things obscured within shadows. When viewed from a distance McBride’s constructed images crystalize, but while up-close the surface is a complex abstract accumulation of colored shapes. Siobhan McBride received her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jared Cowan, Untitled, 2001, Cast bronze with video, Courtesy of the artist, Photo credit: Mat Thorne

Jared Cowan,
Untitled, 2001,
Cast bronze with video,
Courtesy of the artist,
Photo credit: Mat Thorne

JARED COWAN: THE LIFE OF DAVID

January 13 – May 6, 2017

In The Life of David, Maine-based sculptor, video and installation artist Jared Cowan presents a new series of works that explore the monumental events in the life of Emilio David Mazzeo (1920-1997). In 1948 Mazzeo, a marathon cross-country runner, was the fourth American to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon and a member of the United States Olympic Team at the Summer Olympic Games in London.

The cast bronze works, video components and interactive construction in this exhibition are inspired by the oral retelling of Mazzeo’s life through family and friends. Later in life, Mazzeo experienced a catastrophic loss of his legs. This life altering event is reflected in the bronze forms the artist has cast from the actual prosthetic legs of his subject. Through these glimpses of Emilio David Mazzeo’s life story, Cowan conveys a message of perseverance over tragedy. The artist suggests that the “folkloric acquisition of materials speaks to the legend building that occurs while passing on information, and marks an end point in the thematic gradient that spans past and present works.” Jared Cowan received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2001 from the University of Maine.

For More Information please contact:
Kathryn Jovanelli
207.561.3350
kathrynj@maine.edu
www.umma.umaine.edu

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents The Mid-Winter (Valentine’s Day) Show

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

Jerry Rose, Ledges, Oil on panel

A group exhibition featuring the artwork of Jenny Brillhart, Tim Christensen, Avy Claire, Devta Doolan, Sarah Doremus, Buzz Masters, Carol Pelletier, Jerry Rose, Nisa Smiley

Evening Reception: Friday, February 10th, 5:00 – 8PM.

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Devta Doolan, Pave Spinel and Gold Earrings

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

Cynthia Winings, Woman In Coat, Oil on panel

This is a one day event where the gallery is shining with creative expression – Come for the art, stay for the buttered rum. Please dress warmly. Everyone is Welcome!
Please contact Cynthia Winings for more information at info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com or 917.204.4001

The Sohns Gallery presents “Taking Flight”

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop, presents: Taking Flight, A Silent Art Auction to Benefit Avian Haven. The show runs from January 3rd – February 10th.

Twenty-six local artist have artworks with bird themes hanging in this beautifully diverse show. All the artworks will be sold through silent auction with 50% of the starting bid going to the artist and all other proceeds being donated to Avian Haven.

Avian Haven, in Freedom, Maine, is the largest non-profit wild bird rehabilitation center in New England. With a mission that includes research and education as well as rehabilitation. They are dedicated to the return of injured and orphaned wild birds of all species to natural roles in the wild. Avian Haven is not funded by any governmental agencies. All operating expenses are covered by private donations and foundation grants.

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

MEMBER SHOW AT CENTRE ST ARTS GALLERY

Mossy Woods, Sarah Harvey

Mossy Woods, Sarah Harvey

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, celebrates the new year’s first exhibition, at 11 Centre Street, Bath. 

Twenty Maine artist members work in a wide variety of styles and media, producing new work for every show.  All work is original, with framed and matted pieces available, and sculpture in stone, clay and bronze.

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, Through April.  For more information, please call 207-442-0300 during business hours.  Website: centrestartsgalleryllc.com.  Email: centrestartsgalleryllc@gmail.com

Art in the Capitol: Celebrating a Centennial of Maine Postcards with Contemporary Art

Alison Goodwin, Portland, Oysterman, 2016, 18x18, mixed media on paper

Alison Goodwin, Portland, Oysterman, 2016, 18×18, mixed media on paper

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to partner with the Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) in Searsport to mark a unique Maine centennial, “Maine Postcard Day,” with a new Art in the Capitol exhibit: “Maine: A Continuum of Place.” The exhibit, on display now through March 3, 2017 throughout the ground and second floors of the State House, includes 25 paintings by 17 Maine contemporary artists, as well as original glass plate images from the museum’s postcard collection. All Art in the Capitol exhibits are free and open to the public.
One hundred years ago, Maine Governor Oakley C. Curtis declared a “Maine Postcard Day” and implored all Mainers to mail a postcard of their home state to friends and family out-of-state. Curtis allegedly hoped the cards would be a tool to communicate Maine’s exclusive qualities to the outside world. Inspired by the anniversary of this day, the Penobscot Marine Museum asked Maine art critic and author Carl Little to pair vintage photographs from the museum’s remarkable and vast collection with paintings of similar subjects by contemporary artists resulting in this unique exhibit.
“The show highlights what I call ‘the continuum of place,’” Little noted. “Kids will always leap from docks, though their outfits may change. Ships will find harbor, but they may depend on computers to find their way. And certain iconic vistas—the harbors of Monhegan and Stonington, for example—seem almost eternal even as a new building might go up or lobster traps change from wood to metal.”

Tina Ingraham, Portland, Portland Pier Moorings, 2016, 36x50, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham, Portland, Portland Pier Moorings, 2016, 36×50, oil on linen

The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport houses a vast glass-plate collection of original postcard images which present and visually boast of the history of Maine’s towns and unique geography. The museum, founded in 1936 by the descendants of local sea captains, is the oldest maritime museum in Maine and includes 13 buildings, eight of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum’s mission is to preserve and present the maritime history of the Penobscot Bay region through collections, education, and community engagement. In addition to the postcard collection, the museum has collections of historic small boats; marine paintings; artifacts from around the world collected by mariners; ship models; photographs; and manuscripts. For more information see www.penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

Jude Valentine, Lubec, West Quoddy Headlight, Lubec, Maine, 2013, 20x26, soft pastel on paper

Jude Valentine, Lubec, West Quoddy Headlight, Lubec, Maine, 2013, 20×26, soft pastel on paper

A former associate editor of Art in America, Carl Little has written extensively about art, particularly New England artists. His publications include Paintings of Maine (1991), Edward Hopper’s New England (1993), Winslow Homer and the Sea (1995), Art of the Maine Islands (1997), The Watercolors of John Singer Sargent (1998), and The Art of Monhegan Island (2004). He directed the Ethel H. Blum Gallery at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, for eight years and is currently on staff at the Maine Community Foundation. In addition to his art criticism, Little is the author of two poetry collections, 3,000 Dreams Explained (1992) and Ocean Drinker: New & Selected Poems (2006).

Mary Bourke, Lincolnville, Bathers, 2015, 18x18, acrylic on birch panel

Mary Bourke, Lincolnville, Bathers, 2015, 18×18, acrylic on birch panel

The Art in the Capitol program features rotating exhibits throughout the Capitol Complex and offers an additional venue to expand the audiences for Maine artists or artists working in Maine on Maine-based themes. Exhibitions are self-guided and may be viewed during the building hours where the exhibition is on display. Building hours: Maine Arts Commission Office 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Capitol and Burton M. Cross Buildings 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To learn more about the Art in the Capitol Program please contact Julie Horn at julie.horn@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

Mars Hall celebrates “Yuletide in St. George”

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“Transit of Venus” by Antonia Small

Mars Hall will celebrate the holiday season as part of the “Yuletide in St. George” annual festival. Join us for hot cider and cookies on Friday, Nov. 25th & Saturday, Nov. 26th from 10 – 4 or by appointment.

The gallery offers a large variety of gift items including handmade Santa’s and homemade dog biscuts by Karen Zola, handmade soaps by Stone House Road Apiary, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage boxes by Davene Fahy, carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media sculpture by Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi. The “Recycled Zoo” by Brian Read and “Heavy Metal Mobiles” by Jay Hoagland will be on display inside as well as outside in the gardens. Also available are handmade Christmas ornaments, mosaic lamps, antique negative mirrors, stained glass, pottery and a wonderful selection of vintage jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

An eclectic mix of ART is available by artists Leo Brooks, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Manual Rincon, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit are Antonia Small’s black & white pinhole photographs. Also available are affordable works by guest artists.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info call 207-372-9996 or 207-372-8194 or visit www.marshallgallery.net.

For all of you from “Away”, ( as they say in Maine), have a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season and Wintah! Thank You for supporting the ARTS and we look forward to your return in 2017.

Art Space Gallery Invites the community for the Holidays

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Art Space Gallery invites you to the December “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, November 25th, from 5 to 8 pm.  Unlike our usual first Friday events, this month we will be featuring all of our gallery artisans in the front room with a focus on winter. Come kick off the holiday season with a fun evening in Rockland while enjoying the arts.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  December hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

SIMPLE PLEASURES ~ A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Winter Interlude by Angelo Franco, oil, 12” x 16”

Winter Interlude by Angelo Franco, oil, 12” x 16”

Sylvan Gallery is proud to present their annual holiday exhibition, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring a selection of small works of art by contemporary masters from December 3, 2016 through January 14, 2017. This exhibition features works in oil, acrylic, and pastel with many of the paintings being 11” x 14” or smaller. The subject matter is the artists’ choice and includes a versatile selection of Maine landscapes and coastal views, winter snow scenes, local farmscapes, European cafe and street scenes, and figurative works.

Garden Thistle by Heather Gibson Lusk, oil, 7” x 5”

Garden Thistle by Heather Gibson Lusk, oil, 7” x 5”

Enjoy giving the gift of art this holiday season, and treat yourself too! The gallery artists whose work will be on display include Peter Layne Arguimbau, Al Barker, Joann Ballinger, Angelo Franco, Nina Fuller, Susannah Haney, Neal Hughes, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson-Lusk, Robert Noreika, Crista Pisano, Ann Scanlan, Polly Seip, Laura Winslow, and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. Also, find Sylvan Gallery on Facebook. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Holiday Show at Greenhut Galleries

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Join Us For The Holiday Show…
December 1- 31, 2016

We’re Having a Party!
Reception Saturday, December 3rd 1-3pm

Join us in celebrating the season and our Greenhut artists.
Welcome the new owners Kelley Lehr and John Danos.
Toast Peggy Golden with a champagne sendoff in appreciation of her vision, her tireless work on behalf of Maine artists, and her enormous contribution to the Portland art community as she embarks on her retirement.

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

The Forth Annual All Small Art Show Reception to be held Dec. 2nd

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Forth Annual All Small art show. The show is the largest yet with 56 local Maine artist. Each artist was given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the our most diverse gallery shows. Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, screen prints, carved wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and fused glass works. The 168 All Small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.
Curator Annette Dodd says “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24th just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”
The show runs from Nov 2nd – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. An artist’s reception will be held on Dec. 2th at 6:30 with refreshments and a live band (Tough End String Band).
For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

2016 Handmade Art/Craft/Show/Sale at Waterfall Arts

 

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Photo: top row – J. Ottino Graf, L. Moore, D. Mitchell, Moonbeam, A. Dove middle row – J. Delicata, E. Louden, M. Bolles, E. Hope Bottom row – J. Rose, J. Hardy, L. Jones

Waterfall Arts’ annual Handmade Art and Craft Show and Sale returns to the Clifford Gallery on Friday, December 2nd, with a glittering opening party: everyone is welcome to attend. The juried show includes work from over one hundred artists and crafts people from all over Maine and some from a little bit beyond the border. The proceeds from sales benefit both the vendors and Waterfall Arts.

Finely made glass, ceramics, jewelry, prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, specialty foods, soaps, tea, cards, textiles, journals, vintage treasures, home furnishings, décor, calendars and more are included in the show. Efforts have been made to keep prices low; almost all the items are under $100 with the majority well below that. There is truly something for everyone at the Handmade Show.

The opening night party, on December 2nd from 5 to 8 pm, will be merry occasion with refreshments from Moody Dogs and other vendors. The gallery will be decorated and stuffed with exceptional merchandise and the Bridge Art Studio will be open for hands on activities. There’s also a Free Range Music Series concert with Starcrossed Losers + Hollow Horse in the Fallout Shelter beginning at 7:30. Tickets at the door are $10 or go to freerangemusicseries.com for advance tickets.

The Handmade show runs through Friday, December 23rd; hours are 12 noon to 6 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The show will be also be open during Belfast’s Early Bird hours on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 6 to 9 am. Stop in for the best pickings and free hot chocolate. Arrangements to shop at other times can be made by calling the Waterfall Arts office at 338-2222.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by yearlong sponsors Revision Energy, All Creatures Acupuncture and Cold Mountain Builders and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the Handmade Show, classes, exhibitions, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

AIA Maine Design Awards Exhibition Comes to Waterfall Arts

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The Maine branch of the American Institute of Architects will showcase project submissions for the 2016 AIA Maine Design Awards program at Waterfall Arts from December 2nd to 23rd. The Corridor Gallery exhibit opens with a festive reception shared with Waterfall’s Handmade show on Friday, December 2 from 5 to 8 pm. All are welcome to attend.

Featuring over sixty projects from Maine’s local architectural community, the exhibit celebrates the best of Maine’s architecture and showcases the various ways in which architects design buildings that respond to Maine’s natural and built landscape.

The compilation of projects is a result of AIA Maine’s 35-year old Design Awards program. The program solicits projects from member architects for a juried review by a group of nationally prominent peers from outside of the state of Maine. This year’s New Haven-based jury was selected for their individual accomplishments and collective understanding of Maine’s climate and geography. The jury awarded eleven total projects and was impressed with the overall work presented.
Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast and is supported by yearlong sponsors Revision Energy, All Creatures Acupuncture and Cold Mountain Builders and by the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Gallery hours through December 23rd are Tuesday through Friday from 10 to 5 and Saturday and Sundays from 10 to 2 or by appointment.

For more information on the AIA exhibit, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

Small Asian brush by Jean Kigel at Archipelago

edible-wild-food-red-currant-asian-brush-jean-kigel perspicacity-parrot-asian-brush-jean-kigelviennese-waltz-asian-brush-jean-kigel  Archipelago / The Island Institute Store / on 386 Main Street in Rockland presents small, affordably priced Asian brush paintings by Jean Kigel. Kigel painted them on 2”x15” Shikishi Boards, a Japanese product made from fine handmade, absorbent “rice paper” called “shuen” laminated to a hard board backing edged by gold. The result is stunning. These must be seen in person to be fully appreciated, as they are seriously cool little works of art.  

Kigel’s bright paintings, executed with wolf and sheep bristles,  are drawn from three separate series:  Edible Wild Plants, Orchids, and Exotic Animals. In addition, Kigel is re-introducing unframed prints for the holiday season. 

For more information:

Archipelago
386 Main Street
Rockland, ME  04841

207.596.0701

Fourth Annual GLOW SHOW at Waterfall Arts November 12

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Every year, for one night, the rooms and hallways of the former Andersen School go dark so revelers can “ooo” and “ahh” their way through an interactive installation of all things that glow, flicker, sparkle and shine. 

The fourth annual Glow Show takes place at Waterfall Arts on Saturday, November 12 from 6 to 10 pm. This All Ages Art Happenings (AAAH), described as “the most psychedelic party in Belfast” and “an arts and craft rave for kids,” attracted over 250 visitors last year, and plans are in the making to prepare for more big crowds!

This one of a kind event is inspired by holidays around the world that “light the darkness” of late autumn, and by the illuminated artwork of the organizer, Bridget Matros. The newly opened “Bridge Studio” on the first floor will feature a magical gallery of work by Matros and her students, as well as the many super-fun light-up toys from years past – the Wall of Lite Brites being a favorite! 

Downstairs, the Fallout Shelter will be exclusively lit by black lights (provided by event sponsors, Marshall Wharf Brewing Company). Isolating the room from “normal” light will give optimal glowing effects, so the beverages, snacks, toys, sensory tables, catwalk, and neon posters can reallylight up. 

This year, by request, there will be a bigger dancefloor, a Neon Fashion Show, and possibly performances from young local artists.  Another new addition is a “Glowtography Booth” for capturing those white smiles. There will be Glow Show souvenirs for sale in addition to the refreshments, and fun prizes will be given away at random!

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Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for kids under 12. Recommended for ages 6 and up, parental supervision required – stay and play!

All Ages Art Happenings, created by Waterfall Arts’ Youth and Family Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros, are affordable fun events that allow all sorts of people to get together for memorable, multisensory experiences. Each AAAH is a themed party packed with hands-on, creative activities for everyone, from touchy toddlers to adults who want to cut loose and play.  

Youth and Family programs at Waterfall Arts are supported by the Basil Burwell Foundation, the Mini Money Fund, the Kendel Kennedy Fund of the George and Ethel Kennedy Foundation, the Davis Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. .To learn more about AAAH events, classes, exhibitions and studio rentals, visit www.waterfallarts.org or go to Facebook: waterfallartsmaine.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday November 4

CHRIS OSGOOD,  SAMBA,  2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

CHRIS OSGOOD, SAMBA, 2016 watercolor and Japanese ink on paper 14 x 17 inches

FALL HARVEST – GROUP SHOW FEATURING:

ANNE ALEXANDER, LISE BECU, KATHERINE BRADFORD
ALAN BRAY, EMILY BROWN, LOIS DODD
MORRIS DAVID DORENFELD, JEFF EPSTEIN
MELANIE ESSEX, NANCY GLASSMAN, JOHN GOODMAN
KAYLA MOHAMMADI, JENIFER MUMFORD
ELIZABETH O’REILLY, DENNIS PINETTE, PAUL PLANTE
BARBARA SULLIVAN, TODD WATTS, DAN WEST
SUSAN WILLIAMS

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP,  2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

TOM OSGOOD, FLIP, 2015 painted fabricated steel 19 1/2 x 32 x 16 inches

November 4 – December 31, 2016

Reception: First Friday, November 4, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12-4

caldbeck@midcoast.com www.caldbeck.com 207 594 5935

CMCA 2016 Biennial Exhibition

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

Sarah Bouchard, Potent, 2015, site-specific installation of 50 handmade paper orbs, dimensions variable

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland will open its 2016 Biennial Exhibition showcasing the work of twenty-five artists from across Maine, with a public opening reception on Friday, November 4, from 5 to 8pm.  The exhibition will remain on view through February 5, 2017. As the first Biennial in its new home, CMCA will be dedicating all 5,500 square feet of display space in the three galleries to the exhibition.

The twenty-five artists whose work will be included in the CMCA 2016 Biennial are: Phoebe Adams (Phippsburg), Sachiko Akiyama (Skowhegan), Marcia Annenberg (Boothbay Harbor), Steven Baines (Portland), MJ Blanchette (Kittery Point), Sarah Bouchard (Arundel), Philip Brou (South Portland), Emily Brown (Montville), Cole Caswell (Peaks Island), Scott Davis (Rockland), Morris David Dorenfeld (Spruce Head), Lynn Duryea (Deer Isle and South Portland), Carly Glovinski (Berwick), Tonee Harbert (Portland), Richard Iammarino (Rockland), Kayla Mohammadi (Walpole), Ann H. Mohnkern (Yarmouth and Phippsburg), Paul Oberst (Freedom), Kate Russo (Portland), Claire Seidl (Rangeley), Gail Skudera (Lewiston), Richard Van Buren (Eastport), George Wardlaw (Portland), Kathy Weinberg (Morrill), Andrew White (Union).

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

Philip Brou, Cold Was the Ground, 1, 2015, oil on panel, 36 x 48”

“We are excited to be working with this remarkable group of artists,” says Associate Curator Bethany Engstrom. “The new galleries open up possibilities for exhibiting a wide diversity of work in terms of scale and medium, providing an engaging reflection of what is happening in contemporary art in Maine now.”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

Cole Caswell, Source Plate #4, Peaks Island, ME, 2016, tintype, 8 x 10”

The CMCA Biennial Exhibition typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. The concept of an open juried competition at CMCA dates back to 1978, when then director Ben Goldsmith presented the first Annual Juried Exhibition. It was the only continuing statewide juried exhibition until the Portland Museum of Art introduced its first Biennial in 1998. Since then, CMCA and the PMA have presented Biennials in alternating years. 

The jurors for the 2016 Biennial were Christine Berry, director of Berry Campbell Gallery, New York City, and John Yau, noted writer, poet, and art critic for Hyperallergic. Seven hundred and eighty artists submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. 

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Lynn Duryea, Insert #2, 2014, slab-constructed terracotta and staples, 5 ½ x 13 x 6”

Berry says, “The artistic community in Maine has a long-standing tradition of excellence and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will continue to tell this important story with the 2016 Biennial. John Yau and I had the difficult task of narrowing down a large stellar group of artists to a finely curated few. The review process took much longer than I anticipated because of the quality level of the applicants. It has been a wonderful experience for all involved and I look forward to seeing our selections in CMCA’s new building this fall.”

In describing the review process for this year’s Biennial, Yau states, “I thought about the many different artists who have lived in Maine while I was looking at this year’s submissions. The many marvelous portfolios that I saw made it extremely difficult to winnow down the selection. … I think the Center for Maine Contemporary Art will do much to change the culture of the state, and the Biennial is one of the ways it will do this, as it brings together as well as celebrates members of the Maine arts community.”

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

Paul Oberst, Banded Measure, 2015, video, 5:13 min.

In conjunction with the exhibition, CMCA will host a series of talks entitled, “Who Do You Love,” in which Biennial artists will speak about the work of other artists who inspire them. The talks will be held at 3pm on Sundays, November 20, and January 8 and 22. The talks are free with admission.

Support for the CMCA 2016 Biennial is provided by sponsors Allen Insurance and Financial and CHUBB. Their generous gift made it possible to waive entry fees for the 780 artists who submitted work for this year’s CMCA Biennial. CMCA is located at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine.

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

Kate Russo, Paintings by Men, 2015, oil on panel, 50 x 31 ½”

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions as well as dynamic educational programs and special events for all ages. Hours: June through October: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 6 pm, and First Fridays 10 am until 8 pm. November through May: Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission $6; Children under 12 free; Members free. For more information, call 207.701.5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

Two by Two: Two Couples, Four Photographers at MFT Gallery

Kathryn Oliver

Kathryn Oliver

When it comes to photography, couples Ralph and Kathryn, and Margaret and Drew, are two peas in a (tri-)pod. For both pairs, being photographers together is a core part of their relationship – not unlike farming is to many farming couples. This November and December at Maine Farmland Trust  Gallery, each of these four photographers is showing a selection of their work.

Kathryn has been an artist her whole adult life. She met Ralph when he contacted her to collaborate on a photo series in May 2013. It was a dance series and she participated as the subject. Shortly thereafter they became good friends and eventually fell in love. “Ralph inspired me to step behind the lens myself,” says Kathryn. “So we continue to bounce ideas off each other, share critiques but we pursue our own projects independently.

Ralph was born in West Germany and studied European literature in Germany and France. He immigrated to the United States in 2002. He is a self-taught photographer who regularly presents his work in national and international shows.

Ralph Hassenpflug

Ralph Hassenpflug

“Kathryn and Ralph both often work in black and whites, and their images are rather dream-like,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, curator of MFT Gallery. “But that is where the resemblance stops. There is a definite difference in feel, which completely echoes their individual spirit. Kathryn’s works – especially her encaustics – have an ephemeral, wispy, whimsical quality that pulls us into imaginary worlds filled with voices of flowers and wind-swept grass. Ralph’s work can be both beautiful and haunting at the same time. It strikes me as truly European: born from a philosopher’s soul, he mixes equal parts of the same dark and dripping angst found in Rilke’s poems with raw and unexpected beauty. The resulting images quiver with melancholy longing.”

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret Lindsey Sanborn

Margaret and Drew typically photograph and exhibit together. “We often spend several hours working at the same location—it could be an old farm, an abandoned mill site, or perhaps an historical building,” Margaret says.

Margaret was not a photographer when they met, but Drew was. “I would come along when he was taking pictures,” says Margaret. Drew proceeded to give Margaret a camera. “I had liked photography in my childhood – but I was always interested in abstract stuff, and was told I was taking the wrong kind of pictures!”

A common thread in their work is their interest in the still-visible remainders of Maine’s 19th and early 20th century history. Abandoned machinery from farms and factories, evolving rural landscapes, and even libraries of vintage books are all viewed with a contemporary sensibility.

Drew Sanborn

Drew Sanborn

“Margaret and Drew know how to do justice to the beauty and personality of all things old,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo. “Looking at their work I sense a stillness and emptiness, like time has momentarily stopped.”

Two by Two: two couples, four photographers will be on display from November 7, 2016 through January 6, 2016. There will be an artist talk with all four photographers on Friday November 18, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by a reception from 5:30-8pm.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

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

George Marshall Store Gallery’s “Various Shades of Grey”

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Michael Olszewski “Surge” crochet, applique, embroidery silk, linen, leather, 16.5” x 16”

Contrasts in color and forms

The blaze of autumn colors outside are in stark contrast to the “Various Shades of Grey” exhibition currently on view in York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. The show brings together a wide range of media including painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics by two dozen regional artists. Color and form is also on view in the dock level gallery, which features the work of Boston painter Robert Baart and ceramics by New Hampshire artist Boyan Moskov. The shows continue through November 13th.

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Leon Anderson, “When I Close my eyes at Night” painted wood, 27” x 42”

An absence of color does not mean a lack of light, texture, form and imagery. The arrangement of works on the left hand gallery wall exemplifies the variety of media found throughout the show. Cabot Lyford’s black walnut “Raven” is positioned as if about to fly into “Surge” and “The Sea Inside,” by Chicago based artist Michael Olszewski. The artist uses applique, embroidery silk, paper, plastic, linen and leather in these crochet pieces. Next is a 16 panel, slate and white gold leaf piece called “Way Back” by Gary Haven Smith, followed by “When I close my Eyes at Night” by Leon Anderson who installs his wooden constructions several inches off the wall, so that the casted shadows become a part of the piece. Peter Dellert’s “Music Nest #2” is a collage of cut and reassembled wasp nest and vintage sheet music.

 

There is nothing blacker than graphite and charcoal, a medium that is well used in the bold drawings by George Lloyd and Rick Fox. Amparo Carvajal Hufschmid, combines bees wax with graphite in her suite of six drawings. Curator Mary Harding, looked high and low to round out the variety of approaches within the confines of black, white and grey. Her findings include jewelry by Blair LaBella, ceramics by Don Williams, prints by Chris Beneman, Kate Emlen, Bob Parker, Elizabeth Meyer and Francis Ashforth, walking sticks and drawings by Charles Ramsburg, figurative and objective paintings by Don Lent, Christopher Cook and Grant Drumheller, wall mounted constructions and paintings by Jeff Kellar, collages of sewing patterns by Lesia Sochor and enamels and metals by Peter Bennett and Michele Caron.

 

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Robert Baart “Into the Woods” Oil on canvas, 20” x 24”

Color abounds in the dock level gallery. Robert Baart has titled the selection of his paintings “A green thought in a green shade,” a line from the poem “The Garden”, by Andrew Marvell. This famous seventeenth century English poem expresses the poet’s personal emotions and feelings about nature. Baart’s colorful and impressionistic paintings are also about his personal connection with nature. His paintings hover between realism and abstraction using robust colors and strong gestural marks. Although his work is not specific to any one place, it is a personal expression of the artist’s relationship to the landscape and his concerns for the environment. Baart retired in 2009 after 35 years of teaching painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since then he has been painting full time in his space at the Fenway Studios.

Boyan Moskov’s ceramics complement Baart’s paintings in both color and texture. The artist brings all the elements of fine art to his work: sculpture, drawing and painting. He was born in Ruse, Bulgaria and studied at the Troyan Art School and the Sofia Art Academy. He moved to the United States in 2007 and settled in his wife’s home state of New Hampshire. His pieces often begin on the wheel and then are further altered by hand and carving techniques. The surfaces may be enlivened with colorful glazes or decorated with incised lines and carvings. He is inspired by his medium and is constantly exploring new ideas and forms.

The exhibitions continue through November 13th. Gallery hours are 10 to 4 Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Museums of Old York and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. 207-351-1083 www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

 

DIAA Presents Drawings by Illustrator and Furniture Designer Bruce Bulger

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Deer Isle illustrator and furniture designer Bruce Bulger will exhibit his drawings in large format at the DeerIsle Artists Association gallery from Oct. 22-30, 2016. In addition, Bulger will discuss his work at a public reception held at the DIAA gallery on Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. He will be in the gallery creating his work from Noon to 5 p.m. at the gallery on 15 Main St., Deer Isle.

The exhibit, called Projection, will feature Bulger projecting his sketchbook drawings onto large canvases on the DIAA walls. He will then paint and draw onto the canvas.

Bulger described the process he’ll use as follows: “When in the landscape or many other drawing situations (after you have chosen the motif), you have to make some choices: what medium to be used and surface to draw on. Watercolor paper, which may be purchased in journal form, is my preferred choice. So now get to work. Timing is critical. Every mark counts, so focus on the rectangle in your control. You are composing what’s on your mind and fingertips — distance, nearness, solidity, light, dark, etc. Say you have worked hard for an hour and your time is up. Take a deep breath, look deep and return to the piece at your next chance. Open your book and continue to make decisions on what makes it art.  I propose to project the small drawing large. Many important decisions have already been made. This is where your marks will feel freer. Your new larger marks will be stronger energetic, loose and important.”

Bulger graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art as an illustrator. He has been an illustrator and furniture designer for 40 years. His studios and gallery are on Deer Isle at the old Deer Isle High School Seamark Building. Bulger’s work may also be viewed at www.brucewbulger.com.

Founded in 1972, the Deer Isle Artists Association is a member-run nonprofit organization committed to creating and exhibiting art. Our more than 100 members include painters, sculptors, printmakers, jewelers, photographers, ceramicists and fiber artists.

Wine Cellar Art Gallery showing Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes

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White Bird by Kathleen Noyes, on the right is Brenda’s by Jill Hoy.

 

The Wine Cellar Art Gallery downstairs at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth is currently showing works by artists Jill Hoy and Kathleen Noyes. This show will be available through November. Come and see!

Jill Hoy divides her time among residences in Stonington, Maine; Somerville, Massachusetts; and New York City. The work she creates in Maine is inspired by direct observation of the landscape and includes seascapes, architecture, and gardens.

Working on location, Jill is especially interested in the effects of natural light, color, and pattern. Her use of vivid color in the Maine paintings results in surfaces that are richly and intensely painted so that images seem to vibrate. The artist considers the quality of light to be an important element in her work. “The light in Maine is crystal clear, with a sharp-edged clarity and a gem-like quality. I often work in the morning or late afternoon when these qualities are especially strong.” As a result, her paintings capture specifics of time and light.   Because she’s been a regular resident of the Deer Isle area since 1965, much of Jill’s work can be seen as a document of places and time in the area.

 

As an artist Kathleen Noyes explores the dynamic of innocence and darkness in human life through her figurative work. There is always a certain, deeply-held dark knowledge behind the new eyes and expression of wonder in her figures. The interplay of the light and shadow side of consciousness is expressed at once in her human forms. Kathleen’s intention is for the viewer to feel but have trouble naming what the subject feels. She leaves it to the audience to interpret the significance of emotion in her work.

In creating her collage and mixed media abstracts, Kathleen likens the process to experiencing the spontaneous and serendipitous happenings in life; the unforeseen materializes as she cements the pieces together.

 

FMI  207-667-9377 or  johnedwardsmarket.com

Greenhut Galleries opens “Joel Babb: The Nature of Things”

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Fog, Surf Murmurs Hunter’s Head, 2016, oil on linen, 20 x 19 inches

The Nature of Things is Joel Babb’s first solo exhibition at Greenhut Galleries.  Babb began painting the Maine coast in 1975, during construction of his house and studio in Sumner, Maine. After discovering Mount Desert, he would visit the island in all seasons, painting that coastline as well. But eventually, Babb lost his zest for painting the storied coast of Maine, feeling it had been depicted so frequently it was no longer possible for him to see it as it really is. So, for a time, he stopped, though he did continue painting nature in the woods and brooks nearby.

Artist Talk Saturday October 22nd 1pm

For the past several years, Babb has returned to Acadia, finding new inspiration in the epic confrontation of sea, granite, pine, and clouds. He states, “It is as if the Maine woods were being ground away to the foundations by this meeting with the sea.  When the water is calm, the shoreline is still evocative of storms of unimaginable scale.  I love the architectonic structure of the rocks, and the opposing movement of the water as if resentful of the rigidity, the sway of light and atmosphere over everything.

The Lucretian vision of eternal forces and elements interacting comes to life for me in Mount Desert, in the geology, the weather, and especially the action of the sea with the land.  I’ve visited Acadia the day after a hurricane passed through and climbed Cadillac Mountain the day after an ice storm in February. Once on a foggy morning, I startled a deer herd on Ocean Drive, and when I stopped at my spot to continue a painting, long spider webs across the road told me I was the first to pass that way. No matter how many visit Acadia, nature is still the impressive narrative.”

Babb is equally known for his urban views. In his book, Nature & Culture:  The Art of Joel Babb, Carl Little writes, “He divides his time between country and city, continuing to explore both places even as he builds on his repertoire of subjects. . . .For Babb, realism represents a philosophy of art.  As such, he says, the realist painter is constantly discovering ‘new understandings new realizations’ of the mysteries of existence.  ‘Realism as a philosophy,’ he muses ‘suggests that a small corner of the universe, when rightly observed, may open up universal laws in action.’ A modern day Thoreau.”

Joel Babb is a graduate of Princeton and the Boston Museum School, where he taught for several years. He has also taught at Tufts and Harvard universities. His paintings have been exhibited in many museums and galleries throughout the Northeast and are in numerous prestigious corporate collections and in several museums, including the Fogg Museum of Harvard University and the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.

Carver Hill opens “Ted’s Oils”

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On First Friday, October 7, 2016, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open TED’S OILS: TED KELLER LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HIM. Ted will be in the gallery from 5 – 8 PM to answer questions and meet people.

Ted Keller is a well-known career artist in Midcoast Maine. For the first 30+ years of his professional life, Ted made and sold ceramic pottery and sculpture while teaching college level art classes at Oregon State University, the University of Maine, and the Rockport Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media). At age 53 he gave up ceramics and started to work as a painter.

“When I started painting about 16 years ago, I worked in oil for a couple of years. I made about 100 paintings, and then put them away. The never before seen paintings from that time recently resurfaced, and I rather liked many of them. These 20 or so works at Carver Hill Gallery are from the end of that period, when I felt that my voice had made its presence in the paintings. The brush strokes are confident and the paintings have life. They are mostly plein aire works of the Midcoast Maine landscape.”

After complete immersion in the exploration of oil, Ted switched to watercolor and stuck with it for 14 years. His subject matter ranged from city-scapes, to portraits of dead artists and proportionally playful interiors with people. Ted is enviably competent in all of the subject matter, and the style is cohesive and easy to recognize. The images are loose, directly painted, colorful, full of life and sometimes a little quirky.
After this long hiatus from oils and the subsequent shift to watercolor, during the summer of 2016 when Ted rediscovered the oil paintings he had left in Maine, he fell back in love with oil painting. He returned to New Mexico, and the still life flower paintings emerged.

“As you look at my painting here are a few thoughts that might help. I work quickly. I trust my hands more than my mind. I don’t care what I paint as much as how I paint. This allows me freedom to paint whatever interests me at the time. The paintings proceed without much revision. I have mostly worked in watercolor which does not often reward reworking. My paintings do not get better with more time, refinements, and worry. I make paintings spontaneously for better or worse and get on to the next one. I approach the oil paintings in the same way as the watercolors. I am more interested in the process of art than the product, and for that reason I believe I can make a good painting when that freedom brings everything together just right.” Ted’s artist mantra is “I hope the Love shows”. This is important because for him – Art is about Love.

The gallery will be showing 14 framed, never before seen landscapes from 16 years ago, and 8 brand new floral still life paintings in this exhibition. Unframed work is also available.

* After 35 years in Midcoast Maine, Ted now spends most of the year in Taos New Mexico; however, he maintains a house in Union, Maine, and he frequently visits to keep the connection. Ted has a BFA in ceramics and painting from Syracuse University, and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Montana. He has created more than1500 watercolors and 150 oils. His work can be found on the walls of interesting people worldwide.

Show runs through November 2. FMI, http://www.carverhillgallery.com

Dowling Walsh opening “GRETA VAN CAMPEN: A Year on Barters Point Road 2016”

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Dowling Walsh is opening “GRETA VAN CAMPEN: A Year on Barters Point Road 2016” with an opening reception Friday Oct. 7 from 5 to 8 pm, during the Rockland First Friday Artwalk. Greta Van Campen’s show is a study of the dynamic passage of time from her studio on Barters Point Road in Tenants Harbor. Her view looks onto Long Cove and Two Bush Channel towards Matinicus; the islands High, Northern and Southern in her immediate sights. She is inspired by the constant changes on the ocean front, from winter to summer and morning to night. This series includes a painting from each month of the year, as well as a set of small paintings capturing each hour within a 24 hour day.

“Autumn Arrivals”opens at Wiscasset Bay Gallery

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Fritz Eichenberg, “The Steps, 1934,” wood engraving, 6 1/8” x 4 5/8”

“Autumn Arrivals” will open on Saturday, October 15, at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery. The exhibition highlights recent acquisitions of paintings and prints by important American and European artists.

René Magritte’s “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” a colorful lithograph from 1962 by the Belgian Surrealist, shows a half-woman, half-fish creature seated on a rock with a schooner in the distance. Fritz Eichenberg (American, 1901-1990) captures street life in New York City during the Great Depression with “The Steps, 1934.” In this wood engraving, a cat searches a garbage can, two boys wrestle in the street, and a well-dressed dandy looks in his pocket mirror, while his lady of the night looks on admiringly. Freight-laden tugboats steam past the Manhattan skyline in Earl Horter’s (American, 1881-1940) depiction of the New York waterfront during the 1930s. Other prominent twentieth century artists featured in the exhibition include Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), Jules Pascin (French/American, 1885-1930), John Folinsbee (American, 1892-1972), Don Stone (American, 1929-2015), and Jay Hall Connaway (American, 1893-1970).

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René Magritte, “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” color lithograph, 12 1/2” x 17 3/4”

In the contemporary galleries, recent work by Maine artists include Judith Magyar’s dynamically designed composition of a boathouse interior, which plays with light and spatial relations. David Kasman’s “Red Truck, Black Duck” is a thickly painted oil of village life on Monhegan Island. Other New England artists exhibiting include Roberta Goschke, Michael Graves, Keith Oehmig, Tom Curry, Carlton Plummer and Guy Corriero.

“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 10:00 am until 5:30 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

New Photographs by Lynn Karlin, Marquetry by James Macdonald at MFT Gallery

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Beets, photograph from The Tray Series

We taste (rather we eat), we touch (maybe not enough). But how often do we slow down to take in the beauty of the often-overlooked vegetables that nourish us?” Thus begins Lynn Karlin’s artist statement on her new body of work, The Tray Series.

Starting September 23rd, Maine Farmland Trust Gallery will be exhibiting Lynn Karlin’s much-awaited Tray Series on the ground floor. Eight years ago Belfast’s own Karlin began a quest to honor even the humblest vegetables by elevating them, as she puts it, “to a place where they belong: on a pedestal.” The stunning Pedestal Series which resulted from this endeavor earned Karlin the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for “Best in Still Life Category” for the last two years, and “Gold” for the Prix De La Photographie Paris in 2015 – along with worldwide acclaim.

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Flatware, photograph from The Tray Series

The photographs in The Tray Series offer an aerial view of a confined space, with the subject often exiting the frame to break up the design. Thinking within the box, Karlin looks for good form, texture, patina and color. Subjects may now include familiar man-made kitchen objects as well as her beloved fruits and vegetables, showing “beauty can be found everywhere, if you take the time to really look.”

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

James Macdonald, Reverence, marquetry from Growers and Grown

Another artist who wants to treat his subjects in a way that reveals both their importance and aesthetics is Unity artist and craftsman James Macdonald. His exceptional marquetry work – defined as the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure, in order to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures – will be shown on the gallery’s second floor.

Macdonald’s body of work, titled Growers and Grown, was funded by an Artist Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission and features new farmers in Waldo County. Says Macdonald: “My work in this exhibition comes from my fascination with the relationship between us and the food we eat. Here I’ve chosen to present a mix of work showing local farmers, food, and hand tools. My desire is to treat and display these subjects in a way that reveals their beauty, necessity, and magnificence.”

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

Lynn Karlin, Squash Blossoms, photograph from The Tray Series

The exhibit runs from Friday September 23rd through October 31st.

MFT Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9am-4pm. On Fourth Friday Art Walks, the gallery is open until 8pm. The gallery is also open for Belfast Creative Coalition’s Cultivate Tour, on Saturday October 8, from 10am-3pm. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/public-outreach-new/gallery/ .

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952) Self-portrait, 1986 Oil on canvas Collection of the NB Art Bank

STEPHEN SCOTT (Canadian, born 1952)
Self-portrait, 1986
Oil on canvas
Collection of the NB Art Bank

Contemporary Currents: Nine New Brunswick Artists highlights a diversity of creative approaches and genres—from representational to conceptual—by artists from throughout New Brunswick. Also varied is the wide range of media in the exhibition that includes ceramic, photography, oil painting, assemblage, mixed media, sculpture and printing processes. The works in Contemporary Currents underscore the refreshingly pluralist nature of contemporary art across the globe. Like the briskly moving currents of divergent thoughts winding through today’s art world, these artists offer multiple points of view on the complex nature of contemporary artistic practice.

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971) George with Xmas Ornament, 2013 Archival inkjet print Courtesy of the artist

NEIL ROUGH (Canadian, born 1971)
George with Xmas Ornament, 2013
Archival inkjet print
Courtesy of the artist

Featured artists: Erik Edson, Darren Emenau, Mathieu Léger, Neil Rough, Stephen Scott, Anne-Marie Sirois, Dan Steeves, Anna Torma and Istvan Zsako

Exhibition Partner: New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967)
Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

 

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS

September 23 – December 31, 2016

Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

 

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

For additional information please contact:
Kathryn Jovanelli
P 207.561.3350
www.umma.umaine.edu

PHILIP FREY: PARALLELS at UMaine Museum of Art

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Slightest Defect, 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

From September 23 – December 31, 2016 Parallels features a new assortment of oil paintings by Maine artist Philip Frey. The artist, most known for his expressive images of the Maine landscape, provides varied glimpses of other subjects and approaches in this exhibition including cityscapes, portraits and abstract compositions.

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016 Oil on linen panel Courtesy of the artist

PHILIP FREY (American, born 1967) Adjusting (Heather), 2016
Oil on linen panel
Courtesy of the artist

Frey explains that these works address “a need to explore, discover and stretch my limits as a painter” and that “by design, the explorations in one series influence the other and vice versa.” While the new abstract works allow Frey to investigate a more intuitive and improvisational process, the paintings exhibit color relationships and sensitive brushstrokes that are often seen in his representational works.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2016 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors. For more information contact: Kathryn Jovanelli – 40 Harlow St. – Bangor, ME 04401 – 207.561.3350 –  kathrynj@maine.edu – www.umma.umaine.edu

Masters + Apprentices on view at LA Arts

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Masters + Apprentices: Work from Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program, will be on view at LA Arts, 221 Lisbon St. in Lewiston, ME from October 6 through November 7, 2016. The opening reception Thursday October 6, 4-7pm is free and open to the public. The exhibition highlights work from the Craft Apprentice Program (CAP), a seven-month statewide mentoring program founded in 2016 for contemporary craft practitioners.

Exhibiting Artists
Anne Emlein (master) + Rose Allard
Doug Wilson (master) + James Crawford
Linda Perrin (master) + Jacquelyn Jensen

Maine’s Craft Apprentice Program is a joint project of the Maine Craft Association and the Maine Arts Commission; Maine magazine is the exclusive 2016 magazine sponsor of CAP and the exhibition; CAP partnered with LA Arts to host the exhibition in their newly renovated space.

On view is new work created during the apprenticeship period, March-September 2016, by the 2016 CAP participants: master blacksmith Doug Wilson of Little Deer Isle, ME and apprentice James Crawford of Waldo, ME, master fiber artist Anne Emlein of Portland, ME and apprentice Rose Allard of Portland, ME, and master glass artist Linda Perrin of Ellsworth, ME and apprentice Jacquelyn Jenson of Bar Harbor, ME.

The public is invited to meet 2016 CAP artists at an opening reception for the exhibition from 4-7pm on October 6 at LA Arts in Lewiston, Maine.

CAP provides Maine craft artists with a relevant and alternative educational experience, and promotes craft as a viable career path. Master/apprentice pairs are selected for CAP through a competitive application process for which apprentices must demonstrate foundational skills in the medium they wish to pursue. Participants must be Maine residents, and establish clear goals for the apprenticeship period. Both master and apprentices receive honorariums and complete at least 100 apprenticeship hours. Program information, participant profiles, FAQs and application are available at www.MaineCAP.org. The 2017 CAP application deadline is December 9, 2016

CAP 2017 Q&A Workshop: To learn more about applying to CAP Maine craft artists are invited to attend a CAP 2017 Question and Answer session with MCA director, Sadie Bliss at LA Arts November 2, 7-8pm. Please rsvp to:sbliss@mainecrafts.org

PLEIN AIR PAIRING at Landing Gallery

"Warren Island Moorings" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Warren Island Moorings” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “PLEIN AIR PAIRING”, an exhibition of new paintings by Monique Lazard and Tom Curry, opening on Friday, September 16 through October 29. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 16th from 5-8 PM.

"Acadia Breakers" by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16" x 20"

“Acadia Breakers” by Monique Lazard, Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″

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.”

"Calm Waters Dawn" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36" x 42"

“Calm Waters Dawn” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 36″ x 42″

For the past 18 years, Tom Curry 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.”

"Acadia Morning Mist" by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16" x 20"

“Acadia Morning Mist” by Tom Curry, Oil on Panel 16″ x 20″

Please join us Friday, September 16 from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Monique Lazard and Tom Curry. Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun & Mon. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“Androscoggin Bend” by Scott Moore

“The Artist’s Muse: Favorite Places to Paint” is a new exhibition at Camden Falls Gallery that features a collection of plein air and studio paintings by artists Scott Moore, George Van Hook, Peter Yesis,  Jonathan McPhillips, and Brad Betts, From quaint villages and quiet harbors to verdant pastures and majestic mountains, the show reflects many of these artists’ favorite painting spots throughout Maine and beyond. The exhibition opens on September 17 and will remain on view through Columbus Day.

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” - by Brad Betts

“Schoodic Point (Frenchmans Bay)” – by Brad Betts

 

We usually associate an artist’s muse with a particular person or spiritual mentor who in some way inspires creativity. In the case of plein air painters, it is often a particular landscape or a specific aspect of a small geographic patch that transports the artist to that sublime state where a new interpretation of a well-loved view emerges. Who can say why we are affected so deeply by the silhouette of two mountain ridges glimpsed through a sinewy grove of spruce? Perhaps it is in the same way that we can identify a loved one from the nape of their neck, or the line of their shoulders, transmitting their soul’s uniqueness.

 “Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

“Afternoon Walk”- by George Van Hook

 

As artists attempt to convey the essence of a place on canvas, they often develop intimate connections with favorite locations that spark their imaginations and fuel their passion for painting. Through focused observation and ongoing interactions with the natural world, plein air painting offers artists a chance to engage in “conversations” with a particular place that may last for hours, days, weeks, or even years. Frequently, a plein air painter must wrestle with a particular landscape throughout its seasonal phases to keep this visual and spiritual dialogue alive. For each of our featured artists, the timeless textures of rock, water, foliage, and sky, constantly transformed by light and atmosphere, inspire recurring visits to both familiar and less widely-known locations throughout the region.

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

“Wood Smoke”- by Scott Moore

Longtime Stockton Springs resident Scott Moore, although not known as a “plein air” artist, spends a great deal of time out-of-doors and has a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of Maine. He often finds inspiration in the colorful corners of his hometown, the untamed beauty of remote woods and ponds, and the charming character of Maine’s less-frequented coastal and island villages. His canvases frequently capture the splendor of iconic Maine sites such as Monhegan Island and Acadia National Park, as well. 

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor" - by George Van Hook

“Red Boat in Rockport Harbor” – by George Van Hook

George Van Hook, of Cambridge, NY, has spent years traveling and painting throughout the United States and Europe, as well as many summers painting along the Maine mid-coast and on North Haven Island. Van Hook describes his paintings as primarily a visual response to the selected environment, be it landscape, figure or still life. “I want the color to be beautiful and the drawing firm and secure”, he says. “The paintings are a marriage of external and internal forces – what emerges on the canvas should be a reflection of both the beauty of the world and the artist’s most inner response.”

 “Untamed”- by Peter Yesis

“Untamed”- by Peter Yesis 

For Searsport artist Peter Yesis, landscape painting is a product of his love and respect for nature, as well as an opportunity to participate in the beauty and natural energy of the Maine woods, waterways and terrain. His favorite natural element is water, and he never tires of capturing the unpredictability and splendor of Maine’s seascapes. Yesis can frequently be found, paints in hand, clambering over rocks at Acadia, Schoodic Point, or standing on a narrow beach in Boothbay or the harbor in Camden and other coastal areas in pursuit of the most engaging view.

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

“Harbor Park”- by Jonathan McPhillips

In reflecting upon his work as a plein air painter, Rhode Island artist Jonathan McPhillips says, “It is the air surrounding the landscape that I hope to depict in my paintings. The air is an unseen filter that guides how we visualize the ‘things’ in front of us. In coastal New England, the atmosphere is always changing, therefore I am fortunate to live and paint in such a visually engaging area.” We are fortunate that Camden Harbor is one of the favorite places that McPhillips returns to again and again.

"Breezing In"- by Brad Betts

“Breezing In”- by Brad Betts

 Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to welcome Brad Betts of East Boothbay back to the gallery with this show. His work reflects a life-long appreciation of the sea, developed through years of deep sea fishing and sailing around the Gulf coast waters during his youth. For Betts, living in an area with a rich maritime history and active working harbor offers the opportunity to connect daily with the classic scenes that most inspire him. “When you paint outside,” says Betts, “the light and conditions change constantly. This forces you to simplify your decisions and rely completely on practiced techniques and natural instincts. In these moments, you connect most with yourself as an artist and the energy that comes from within.”

The artists of Camden Falls Gallery invite you to come and experience their favorite places the way they see them. Located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-6pm. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call 207-470-7027.

Littlefield Gallery’s Fall Group Show

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Caren-Marie Michel, “Free Street, Portland” acrylic on canvas 24×24

The Littlefield Gallery finishes up its eighth season with a Fall Group Show featuring Caren-Marie Michel, John Stass, and Joan Freiman. Work by these artists and others can be viewed daily from 11-5:30 through Columbus Day.
Caren-Marie Michel
Caren-Marie Sargent Michel was born in Portland, Maine and is a lifelong Maine resident. Her 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, Canada. Michel often portrays a location through series capturing different seasons or times of day with changing light and color. Michel is Past President of the Pastel Painters of Maine and past Treasurer of the Union of Maine Visual Artists.

Michel studied painting with Esther Barney in Portland, Maine for six years and earned her B.F.A. 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 sixteen year banking career. Her work has been selected for juried shows in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and Washington. In Maine, Michel’s work has been exhibited at Bates College Museum of Art, Aucocisco Galleries, Atrium Gallery at USM-LA, Carver Hill Gallery, The Jameson Gallery, North Light Gallery, Littlefield Gallery and the College of the Atlantic. Michel’s work has been juried for publication in the University of Southern Maine’s 2002 and 2004 Words and Images.

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.

In 2013, her work “Bangor and AR” was included in David Little’s book Art of Katahdin hardcover 200 pages Down East Books (May 16, 2013) and “A Mountain Rises: The Art of Katahdin” at the University of New England Art Gallery. Also in 2013, her first international solo exhibition “New Brunswick Panorama” was shown at the Saint John Arts Centre, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada.  This was Michel’s fourth Panorama exhibition since her 2007 “Greater Portland Panorama” at Jameson Gallery in Portland, Maine.

In 2015, Michel’s work was shown in the Maine State Capitol in Augusta as the Artist in the Capitol solo exhibition through the Maine Arts Commission.

 

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John Stass, “Aegis” (Shield of Zeus) wood laminations/metalic enamel 29 x 15 x 13

 

John Stass
As an artist, John paints on a variety of supports using various media, and sculpts primarily in wood.  Coming out of the corporate world of L. L. Bean in his earlier days, he has been a creative driven entrepreneur for 30 years.  In his former career as a management consultant, John  counted some of the nation’s most highly regarded companies as clients.

At the  mid-point of his life, as a designer of custom furniture, he created and produced the brands of Katahdin Studio Furniture, Zen Harbor Living and Katahdin Home.  His work sold world-wide, often to a celebrity clientele, including Melissa Etheridge, Andy Griffith, and the Jay Leno Show.
Today, John is once again an independent artist and designer.  Art plays a role in everyone’s existence… sometimes deliberately and sometimes not.  I am fortunate to have been able to incorporate art in many of its various forms in all that has occupied my life.

CMCA Events in Conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

James Leonard, Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in conjunction with the Camden International Film Festival, is presenting several public programs on Saturday, September 17, that go beyond traditional documentary formats and mediums, complimenting CIFF’s focus on Creative Nonfiction Storytelling.

The day’s programs at CMCA include a participatory installation in the courtyard by performance artist James Leonard, an experiential slide talk in ArtLab by sound artist Halsey Burgund, and the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, in the Bruce Brown and Guy D. Hughes galleries.

Artist James Leonard is bringing his “Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” to the CMCA courtyard at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, from 10am to 6pm. An internationally exhibited artist, Leonard is traveling the country making one-day stops to give climate change divinatory readings inside a special, hand-sewn tent. Leonard explains, “I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.”

Leonard recently finished a 2016 artist residency at MASS MoCA. In 2015, he was artist-in-residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. The CMCA installation will be his third stop in Maine in addition to Ogunquit and Portland. When not on the road, Leonard lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Artist Halsey Burgund

Artist Halsey Burgund

Musician and sound artist Halsey Burgund will speak Saturday afternoon at 3:30 pm in the CMCA ArtLab. Burgund’s installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. Recently, his work has focused on evolving, contributory, location-based audio installations accessible via custom smartphone apps. In this talk, he will discuss his art practice and the technology he uses to implement his installations, as well as introduce a Rockland-based demonstration of his Roundware software platform created for Storyforms, the interactive program at the Camden International Film Festival.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Lauren Henkin, Poppies (detail)

Concurrently, the exhibition, Lauren Henkin: Second Nature, on view in the CMCA galleries, explores related ideas of documentation and perception of nature. Using a variety of photographic means, including digital, analog, film and video, artist Lauren Henkin, a recent resident of Rockland, raises questions about what is real in an increasingly interior, virtual world. 

All the events at CMCA on Saturday, September 17, are free and open to CIFF pass holders and CMCA members; public admission is $6, children under 12 are free. James Leonard’s installation in the courtyard is free and open to all.

Gallery at Somes Sound opens ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE

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Brendan Yi-Fu Tay, Student at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport , “Baba Yaga”, cherry/curly maple

The Gallery at Somes Sound invites the public to an evening reception, Saturday, September 3rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, for ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE, September 1 – October 31. In numerous locales across the United States, art and education go hand-in-hand. This trend is intensified on the coast of Maine, where a short summer season forces many artists to supplement their income through teaching or self-employment. Artists in this region are further motivated to teach because they love to share their passion for the arts and contribute to the larger community. The Gallery at Somes Sound represents many of these ‘artist-educators’ who share their gifts by creating as well as by teaching others. “Art and Education in Maine” celebrates a select group of these gifted individuals by highlighting their stories and work alongside the creations of those they instruct.

F E AT U R I N G

Furniture Maker Aled Lewis
Students  Heide Martin, Andrew Messa and Brendan Yi-Fu Tay
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

Furniture Maker Brian Reid
Maine Prison Outreach Program
A division of the American Furniture Masters Insitute

Artist Judy Taylor
Fellow Artists Beth Pfeiffer Margaret Moore, Mary Davidson,
Barb Springer, Kim Tomlinson, Helene Tuchman
Model in the Landscape of Pyrenees, France

Mars Hall Gallery closes with “Under the Influence of Creativity”

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“Hunting for Inspiration” by Jay Hoagland

 

Mars Hall Gallery wraps up its 2016 summer season with “Under the Influence of Creativity”. The group show will feature ink drawings done with a hypodermic needle by Leo Brooks, collage & acrylic paintings by Roger Kirby, mixed media mermaids painted on the Pont des Arts in Paris by Maurice Michel Lode, diptychs and triptychs by Mimo Gordon Riley and abstracts by the late Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit is pinhole and encaustic black & white photography by Antonia Small, mixed media assemblage sculpture by Bill Cook, Susan Gurney, Jay Hoagland, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Neimi.
The Main Gallery will feature the third installment of “ART with ATTITUDE”. This ever changing Exhibition will showcase not only ART but an expanded selection of fine antiques and collectibles. On display are paintings by Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Greg Mort, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, David Paffhausen, Jimmy Reed, Holly Smith and Eleanor Zuccola. A variety of quality crafts including whimsical driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage by Davene Fahy, hand carved decoys by Stephan Hill and mixed media stained glass, mosaics and pottery by Dona Bergen. Metal sculptors Jay Hoagland and Brian Read will have works on display through out the gallery as well as outside in the ever expanding Sculpture Gardens.
Both shows run through Monday October 10th. A reception will be held on Friday, August 26th,  from 6-8 p.m.. The gallery is open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. thru Labor Day and Fri. thru Sun. 10-4, Labor Day to Columbus Day or by appointment. Mars Hall is located 12.7 miles down Route 131 South on the beautiful St. George peninsula in Martinsville. For more information call 207-372-9996, 207-372-8194 or visit us on the web at www.marshallgallery.net

44 Maine Artists Featured in Harlow Gallery’s “Fine Print” Text-Inspired Exhibit

“6s“ by Robin McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth

“6s“ by Robin McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth

In Fine Print, Maine artists responded to a call for art showing how their work is inspired by or integrates typography, script or text. 61 works by 44 artists were selected out of a total of 131 works submitted by 50 artists. Fine Print celebrates the range of ways in which artists are incorporating text into their art; from abstract methods to more traditional techniques. The public is invited to attend the opening reception and meet the artists on Friday, September 9 from 5-8pm. The exhibition is on view September 9 – October 22, 2016. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public.

“The Devil’s Doings” by Abbie Read of Appleton

“The Devil’s Doings” by Abbie Read of Appleton

Fine Print has been made possible by our sponsors: Minuteman Signs, Levey, Wagley & Putman, PA, Mike Seitzinger & Maria Cusick and Duncklee & Nott

The 2016 exhibition season at the Harlow Gallery has been made possible by our season sponsors: Capitol Dental Care, Camden National Bank, the City of Hallowell, the Jennings Family, Kennebec Savings Bank, Rosemary Presnar, Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, and by grant funding from Quimby Family Foundation.

“TANK” by Jeff Woodbury of South Portland

“TANK” by Jeff Woodbury of South Portland

Participating Artists listed alphabetically by town as follows:

Appleton: Abbie Read, Biddeford: H. Prestage, Bridgton: Kimberly Crichton, Brunswick: Burke Long, Judith Long, Cape Elizabeth: Robin McCarthy, Cumberland: C. E. Morse, Damariscotta: Debra L. Arter, Farmingdale: Tim Finefrock, Barbara Loken, Johanna Moore, Gardiner: Justin Boisvert, Matt Demers, Nizzy Hype, Allison McKeen, Cleopatra Poland, Hallowell: Karen Jordan Allen, Nancy Bixler, Nancy McGinnis, Sally Wagley, Lincolnville: Petrea Noyes, Manchester: Bruce Armstrong, Orono: Teddi-Jann Covell, Portland: Judith Allen, Mark Barnette, Crystal Cawley, M. P. Landis, Jess Lauren, Karen Merritt, Ann Tracy, Richmond: Ruthanne Harrison, South China: Cash For Your Warhol, South Gardiner: Nancy Keenan Barron, South Portland: Trenton Johnson, Jeff Woodbury, Stockton Springs: Karen MacDonald, Thomaston: Cynthia Motian McGuirl, Topsham: Tom Gilbert, Vassalboro: Brooke Vertin, Waterville: Lisa F. Wheeler, West Rockport: Barbra Whitten, Wilton: Rebecca Spilecki, Winthrop: Don Kerr, York: Nancy R. Davison

“You Know us” by Cash For Your Warhol of South China

“You Know us” by Cash For Your Warhol of South China

For More Information: 207-622-2813, kvaa@harlowgallery.org

Greenhut Gallery Announces Fresh New Art in Inventory

Margaret Lawrence Porch View #3  5 1/2 x 5 1/2  inches gouache on paper

Margaret Lawrence
Porch View #3
5 1/2 x 5 1/2
inches gouache on paper

 

Mike Stiler Lunchline  13 x 38 inches  found wood & paint

Mike Stiler
Lunchline
13 x 38 inches
found wood & paint

 

Alison Goodwin   Island Bones  36 x 36 inches  Acrylic & oil pastel on panel

Alison Goodwin
Island Bones
36 x 36 inches
Acrylic & oil pastel on panel

 

Roy Germon Mountain River, Late Summer 24 x 24 inches acrylic on panel

Roy Germon
Mountain River, Late Summer
24 x 24 inches
acrylic on panel

For More Information Contact:

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle St
Portland, Maine 04101 

207-772-2693
www.greenhutgalleries.com

Gallery Hours:  Mon -Fri 10-5:30pm, Sat 10-5pm

CMCA’s Late Summer Exhibitions: Lauren Henkin and Don Voisine

The new CMCA with Jonathan Borofsky, Digital Man, 2016, steel sculpture, 24' high

The new CMCA with Jonathan Borofsky, Digital Man, 2016, steel sculpture, 24′ high

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is excited to announce its 2016 late summer exhibition schedule at the art center’s new campus at 21 Winter Street, Rockland, Maine. CMCA’s striking new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori, opened on June 26, 2016.

The new facility, located in the heart of downtown Rockland’s burgeoning arts district, provides more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes a gift shop featuring the work of Maine artisans and designers, an ArtLab classroom, and a 2,200-square-foot public courtyard displaying a monumentally scaled sculpture, Digital Man, by Ogunquit-based artist Jonathan Borofsky.

Late summer exhibitions at CMCA will showcase the work of artists Lauren Henkin and Don Voisine. A reception celebrating the exhibitions will be held on Friday, September 2 from 5 to 8pm; both artists will be present for the event.

 

Lauren Henkin, Poppies, 2014, pigment on rag, 32 x 40"

Lauren Henkin, Poppies, 2014, pigment on rag, 32 x 40″

Opening on August 28 and on view through October 23, 2016, the exhibition Lauren Henkin: Second Nature incorporates photography, video and installation to question our perceptions of nature in an age of increasingly digitized and virtual reality. Through her work, artist Lauren Henkin (b. 1974), a recent full-time resident of Maine, encourages the viewer to think about how the vast amount of imagery we see every day affects our engagement with the natural world at a time of great environmental uncertainty. Using a variety of photographic means, she raises questions about what is real in an increasingly filtered and re-presented age.

Now residing in Rockland after living in New York City, Henkin grew up in Maryland and attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a degree in architecture. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including New York, Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon, and Paris, France. Henkin states, “I’m thrilled to introduce my most ambitious body of work to date, Second Nature. Made over three years entirely in Maine, these still and moving images address our changing relationship with Nature, from engagement to simulation.” The exhibition is sponsored by Cold Mountain Builders.

Don Voisine, Reset, 2015, oil on wood panel, 40 x 60"

Don Voisine, Reset, 2015, oil on wood panel, 40 x 60″

On view from September 2 through October 23, 2016, is the exhibition, Don Voisine: X/V. The exhibition features work created in the past fifteen years by painter Don Voisine (b.1952), a native of Fort Kent, Maine, and now based in Brooklyn, New York. Rooted in the language of architecture, Voisine’s paintings, prints, and drawings convey a sense of shifting spatial interactions through the use of symmetry, color, surface, and precise, hard-edged forms. The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is the first in-depth look at the artist’s work in his home state. A fully illustrated catalog with an insightful essay on Voisine’s work by fellow artist Ken Greenleaf, accompanies the show.

Voisine attended the Portland School of Art (now Maine College of Art) from 1970-1973, and in 1974, studied with William Manning at the alternative Concept Center for Visual Studies, a short-lived but important institution in the state’s art scene in the early 1970s. A central figure in abstract art in New York, Voisine has exhibited there since the early 1980s, along with exhibitions in San Francisco, Chicago, Paris, and Berlin. As Greenleaf writes in his essay, “To see a large group of Don Voisine’s paintings is to experience not only the basic important tenets of abstract art, but also to learn how the experience gets to the heart of why the best abstract art speaks directly to human perception.” Don Voisine: X/V is sponsored by the Hurley and Weindling Family Charitable Fund. 

In conjunction with the exhibition, Don Voisine has made available exclusive to CMCA, a limited edition print, Red, hot and cool. The edition consists of 30 numbered copies and ten artist’s proofs. Each print has been individually signed and numbered by the artist. All prints are dated 2016. Prints are available for purchase at the CMCA shop for $225 or online at cmcanow.org for $225 plus $25 shipping and handling. All proceeds from the sale of the prints directly benefit CMCA. 

CMCA is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday 1 – 6pm. Admission is $6. For more information please visit cmcanow.org. NOTE: CMCA galleries will be partially closed for installation between August 15 and September 1.

Shaw Jewelry announces upcoming exhibits

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August 18 – September 15

Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry

Largest grouping from Thursday – Saturday, August 18 – 20

Barbara’s recognizable style consists of distinctive visual vocabulary defined by the juxtaposition of matte and burnished surfaces. Modern aesthetics and innovative construction meet old world craftsmanship and seductive materials. She grew up in a vineyard in Germany, and will be here Thursday evening – Saturday.

Jill Hoy: Figures and Fantasy

We know Jill’s fabulous colorful Maine landscapes. But did you know about her magical and fanciful figurative environments? Stylized beauties engaged in trippy naratives . The characters are sensuous and full of personalities. They tell us an extraordinary story; and we are invited to join the fun.

Duncan Martin: Park Centennial Paintings

Duncan has painted 59 National Parks in 59 months. This show will highlight Acadia and the surrounding area. He lives in Colorado but has decades long roots on Deer Isle. His paintings are majestic and made on site in the wilderness.

For More Information:

207 276 5000 • info@shawjewelry.com • shawjewelry.com

Littlefield Gallery presents “James Linehan: Celebrating Acadia”

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“Solo,” by James Linehan, oil on canvas 40 x 30

James Linehan graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe with a BFA in 1974. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he earned his MA in 1976 and his MFA in 1978. Art professor and former chairman of the UMaine Department of Art for seven and a half years, James has been with the University of Maine since 1983. From that time to the present, Linehan’s academic accomplishments include chairing committees that led to the renovation of Lord Hall and the addition of a BFA degree to the Art Department’s curriculum. Additionally,Jim participated in the planning, design, and fundraising for the Wyeth Center for Studio Art, that came to fruition in September of 2013.

Linehan’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the United States, as well as one solo show in Tokyo,Japan; two in Sapporo, Japan; Finland and Jordan. He has completed twenty public commissions, including fifteen for the Maine Arts Commission “Percent for the Arts.” James’s work is represented in thirty public and corporate collections including L.L. Bean, Bank of America, The Portland Museum of Art, Bates College, US Department of State Art Bank, Texaco, UNUM, Eaton Vance of Boston, MBNA and the Farnsworth Museum.

 

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“Screen #2” Verso

Painting the landscape of Downeast Maine began years ago in the beach at Rogue Bluffs, lupine fields on the Cranberry Isles, and the blueberry barrens and Walker Pond in Brooksville. The Schoodic Peninsula and Mount Desert Island inspire his current suite of work.

“When people ask what I do, the first thing I say is that I am a painter. I think in paint and look at the world as a painter. Over the years, I’ve explored a number of different styles with my work. I like combining abstraction with representation, the collision of abstract and realistic imagery, and the way meaning arises from the space between these battling modes of expression.”

Camden Falls Gallery presents Coastal Color

"Sky & Roses" by Janis Sanders

“Sky & Roses” by Janis Sanders

Exhibition Dates: August 20 – September 9, 2016

Artists’ Reception: August 20, 2016, 4-6pm

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present Coastal Color, which features an exciting collection of works by contemporary landscape painters Janis Sanders and Jennifer Van Cor, along with other gallery artists. With unique painting styles and personal visions, these artists present iconic Maine images in rich, bold hues that bring a fresh sense of energy and vibrancy to the gallery. Coastal Color will run from August 20-September 9, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, August 20 from 4-6pm.

"New Direction" by Ann Trainor Domingue

“New Direction” by Ann Trainor Domingue

Once a landscape architect, Massachusetts artist Janis Sanders is known for his simple compositions and distinctive palette that captures the brilliance of Maine’s coastal light. Like many landscape painters, Sanders enjoys painting out-of-doors and often renders his work en plein air.  He begins each painting by blocking in the sky, noting that the “sky is the key to determining the entire atmosphere of the painting, and visually and practically provides the backdrop for the other objects in view. Some days slightly purple, sometimes hazy cream, clear aqua, rosy peach, celadon…. we are immersed in it.”

Using his sensory impressions as a creative vantage point, Sanders offers viewers a distinctive look at some of Maine’s quaint architectural delights. With an expressive, modernistic style, he incorporates large abstract elements such as sky and water that show off the physicality of steep gabled rooflines, sunstruck walls, illuminated windows, and shady porches. From charming old barns to cozy cottages and rugged lighthouses, Sanders provides a fresh way of seeing the character of each structure within its specific place and time.

"Island Inlet" by Jennifer Van Cor

“Island Inlet” by Jennifer Van Cor

 

Much like Sanders, New Hampshire artist Jennifer Van Cor is constantly captivated by the unique beauty and colors of the coastal Maine landscape. With a distinctive palette and painting technique, she creates active, vibrant compositions in which she strives to “express the energy and spirit of a place.” When painting, she says, “each stroke and dip of the brush pushes my senses onto the surface… and if I am listening closely and truly, the life of a landscape fills the painting. As my landscapes progress, they become more about the flow of energy, the experience of a lifetime of color, shape and feeling.”

 

"Lily Pads" by Aline Ordman

“Lily Pads” by Aline Ordman

Applying layer upon layer of color in small, bold swatches, Van Cor creates mosaic-like works composed of angular, almost geometric brushstrokes that capture the bright island light and distinctive landforms of coastal Maine. According to Van Cor, “small pieces of color unite to create not only a space or shape, but a feeling. Showing the brushstrokes keeps the viewer’s eye on the surface of the painting, while depicting a recognizable image.” With a unique technique and style of her own, she renders land, sea, and sky in multi-faceted bursts of color that seem to dance across her canvases. 

"Hollyhocks and Sunflowers" by Hannah Ineson

“Hollyhocks and Sunflowers” by Hannah Ineson

In addition to Sanders and Van Cor, Coastal Color will include the works of gallery artists Hannah Ineson, Aline Ordman, Judith Schuppien, and Ann Trainor Domingue. Please visit Camden Falls Gallery to see how these talented artists use color in bold and captivating ways to express their unique visions of life along the coast of Maine. Located at 5 Public Landing in downtown Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-8pm. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call the gallery at 207-470-7027.

John Whalley’s Etudes at Greenhut Galleries

Anno 1841, egg tempera on panel, 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Anno 1841, egg tempera on panel, 15 3/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Etudes is John Whalley’s 7th 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, be they still life or portrait.

About the show Whalley states, “The word étude is defined as “a small, intricate study”, and so it seemed an appropriate title for my most recent exhibition of new egg tempera paintings and graphite drawings. With the exception of one portrait, the show is made up of small, intimate compositions created from among the thousands of “orphaned objects” that inhabit the shelves of my studio. Some works allude to partly told stories that the viewers are invited to consider with their imaginations. Others are simple, detailed portraits of tools, objects or old photographs, with attention to their patinas, textures and the quality of light they are seen in.”

His work is in numerous  private and public collections including The Portland Museum of Art and the Colby College Museum of Art. He has participated in exhibits nationally.  A 30 year retrospective of Whalley’s work, In New Light,  was published in 2006

Gallery Hours:  Mon – Fri 10am – 5:30pm & Saturday 10am – 5pm 

For More Information:

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, Maine  04101
207.772.2693 
www.greenhutgalleries.com
info@greenhutgalleries.com