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The Camden Classics Plein Air

Lee Boynton working on Morning Before the Race, 2014.

Camden Falls Gallery will be hosting “The Camden Classics Plein Air”.

Camden Falls Gallery artists and visiting artists will be painting marine art “plein air” coinciding with the third annual Camden Classics Cup hosted by Lyman Morse / Wayfarer Marine on July 26-28.

Plein Air is a French word that means“in the open air”. This painting style was first pioneered by the impressionists in the 1800’s most notably endorsed by Claude Monet.

The event will be bringing about 70 sailboats into Camden Harbor to race for the weekend, the Classics Cup is one week earlier than the 33rd annual Eggemoggin Reach Regatta which is Maine’s major Classic wooden sailboat race. The race touches in at Camden ( Castine Classic Yacht Race) for the second leg of the race, and start of the Camden Feeder Regatta. With the two events back to back in Camden, we will see a major influx of classic yachts and enthusiasts in town.

See: https://www.camdenclassicscup.com/

A number of public and private locations will be open to participating artists as they paint around Camden and the surrounding area. The Plein Air event will have an emphasis on marine paintings of Camden Harbor, visiting yachts, and the natural beauty of Mid-Coast Maine.

Many well known marine artists including: Carol Douglas, Alison Hill, Peter Yesis, Scott Addis will be participating this year. Come see them capture the scenes that we love onto canvas. The finished paintings will then be on display and for sale at Camden Falls Gallery. An artist opening will be held on Sunday, July 29th from 4pm to 7pm. Come meet the artists and find a painting to love!

Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME.

It is open daily from 10am to 8pm. For more information, please call 207-470-7027 or visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com.

Hypothesis: Stars as Stones at Littlefield Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR THE LOVE OF LAND & SEA
July 14 – 27

Donald Demers, William B. Hoyt and Joseph McGurl

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

3rd Show of the Season at Shaw Contemporary Jewelry

July 19 – August 1

OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, July 19, 5-7PM

Petra Class: The Aesthetics of Materials

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

 Don Best: Carved Figures and Fantasy

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

 Michele Mercaldo: A Modern Edge

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

 Deborah Howard:
Atmospheric Blending of Sea and Air

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

128 Main Street, Northeast Harbor, Maine 

207 276 5000  info@shawjewelry.com  SHAWJEWELRY.COM

Special Gallery Tour at the Farnsworth: Maine: The Farnsworth Collection

On Wednesday, July 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present a special gallery tour of On a Mountain in Maine. The gallery tour, led by a member of the museum’s Curatorial team, will take place at 1:30 pm, beginning from the museum’s main lobby.

This exhibition, primarily drawn from the museum’s collection, features works by Fitz Henry Lane, John Joseph Enneking, Marsden Hartley, James Fitzgerald, Andrew Winter, and Carl Sprinchorn.  The tour will explore the physical, spiritual, and cultural landscape of Maine’s mountains as depicted in paintings, poetry, and literature through the lens of the historical record and Wabanaki myth and legend.

The tour is free with museum admission. For more information or to register please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

Coastal Landscapes by Walker & Kefauver Featured at Pemaquid Art Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VISUAL BREATHING at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

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

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

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents

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

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

The exhibition will run from July 22 through August 18 

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

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

Get “Inspired” at Stable Gallery

"Manhattan with the Swings" by Caroline Davis.

“Manhattan with the Swings” by Caroline Davis.

Some artists find inspiration reacting to current news.  More, along with art enthusiasts, find inspiration in other places as refuge from the impact of political events. Where is your muse or amusement?

 Starting Friday July 13, Stable Gallery’s show titled, “Inspirations”, displays a diverse set of inspired artworks.  The public opening is planned for Friday, July 13th from 5-7PM. 

 From jewelry by Damariscotta artist Mary Hall to bronze flying sculpture by Laura Freeman of Rockport, this month’s artwork at Stable Gallery shines with inspiration from many sources.

 Bruce Habowski uses daily scenes for his paintings’ roots. Small canvases of buildings, boats and railroad cars result and draw visitors in with auras of calm. 

 While no people appear in Habowski’s work, humans are the focus of Laura Freeman’s work.  Freeman creates bronze figures hanging from disks as dancers or gymnasts.  The results are tantalizingly beautiful.

 Shells and rhythms of the sea form the basis of Fiona Washburn’s designs for her painted silk scarves.

 Caroline Davis’  recent work is inspired by love and loss. “In 2017 I lost several loved ones. I then painted a portrait of my Mother followed by paintings of family and friends. Turns out, I really enjoy it, and it has been very cathartic,” says Davis who is more often known for her soulful animals.

 Hati Modr annually visits Monhegan Island to draw boats, buildings and their shadows.  Modr then returns to her studio in Harpswell and finds inspiration “playing with colors”, as she says.

 Polly Smith, of Freeport, uses flowers she grows or local scenes that catch her eye as the basis of her spirited watercolors.  “I paint all seasons and varied subjects so long as the composition and colors are strong.”

 Every year brings a new twist to Pamela Hanson’s colorful paintings.  This month, Hanson features landscapes departing from her recent bottles, ribbons and candy paintings.

 Louis Charlett delights in highlighting the grains of exotic woods in his trays, clocks, and tables.

 Mary Hall has a story behind each of her jewelry pieces based on how she found the stones or what the shapes have meant over time. Mary’s earrings, pins and necklaces are beauty to be worn.

 Finally, Jackie Melissas finds inspiration from the sensuous nature of clay and fire.  The cups and vases that result reflect archeological roots with contemporary flavor.

 The “Inspirations” show is installed at Stable Gallery thru August 8.  Stable Gallery is open daily 10-5 and located at 28 Water Street, Damariscotta.  For more information call 563-1991, or visit the gallery’s website, www.stablegallerymaine.com.

Ogunquit Museum to Debut Three New Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Guest Artist Exhibit at Centre St Arts Gallery LLC

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

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

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

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

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

William Irvine and Colin Page at Courthouse Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

William Irvine: Voices of the Sea

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

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

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

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

Spell of Inspiration

Marianne Alweis

Marianne Alweis

From July 17 through July 29, the Deer Isle Artists Association will present “Spell of Inspiration” at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery in Deer Isle Village. And how is “Inspiration” spelled for each artist? Very differently, even when worked in similar mediums, whether those be pottery, painting, fiber, photography, etc.

The show features artists from around the peninsula, including Marianne Alweis, Betsy Branunhut, Nat Dickinson, Jeri Gillin, David Higgins, Avery Falkner, Judith Felch, Rachel Gordon Bernstein, David McBeth, Gudrun K. Tarr, Scott Thurston, Alice Wilkinson, and Anne C. Williams. The Art Rack will feature work by Suzanne Carmichael, Judith Felch, Cynthia Stroud-Watson,Paul Trowbridge, Oscar Turner, and Tracy Van Buskirk.

The public is warmly invited to a reception with the artists on Sunday, July 22, from 3:00 – 5:00 at the DIAA Gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. The gallery is open daily, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10:00 – 5:00. 207-348- 2330.

Dowling Walsh Gallery August Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of August:

Cig Harvey, Tollef Runquist, and David Graeme Baker.

Opening Friday, August 3rd from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com  or call 207-596-0084

Cig Harvey, Bougainvillea, Photograph on aluminum, 40" x 30"

Cig Harvey, Bougainvillea, Photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 30″

Cig Harvey: A Measure of Air

Cig Harvey’s show, A Measure of Air, is a response to an investigation into the world of the senses. While continually exploring the intersection of the mundane and the marvelous, this work focuses on images that operate primarily on the sensory plane and evoke unconscious emotions that precede any intellectual understanding of the work. In becoming more aware of moments in making the work when immediate, physical and unconscious feeling were brought to the surface, it is these subliminal emotions that are highlighted. These photographs appeal to the senses first, narrowing the distance between the image and the viewer.

 

Tollef Runquist, Abundance, Oil on canvas, 30" x 40"

Tollef Runquist, Abundance, Oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

Tollef Runquist

Beginning with familiar imagery inherent in the coastal landscape, Tollef shifts and changes these as the creative process unfolds. He leans into the passages within his work that are discordant in one way or another; flawed perspective, conflicting light sources, spatial shifts, underpainting, and revision. He chooses to give these moments life, creating an overlapping narrative of different imaginings.

 David Grame Baker, Imperfect Orbit/No Bingo, Oil on linen mounted on panel, 30" x 49"

David Grame Baker, Imperfect Orbit/No Bingo, Oil on linen mounted on panel, 30″ x 49″

David Graeme Baker

David Graeme Baker lives and works in Hancock, Maine. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. David’s contemporary domestic genre scenes are imbued with mystery and tension creating enigmatic narratives that explore our relationships with ourselves and one another. The slower pace and domestic surroundings created by his young family have influenced his work.

Chris Augusta at Tidemark Gallery

Polyphemus Moth, pastel on paper, Chris Augusta

Polyphemus Moth, pastel on paper, Chris Augusta

Chris Augusta is a naturalist and a philosopher. He learned his skills as an artist by studying with his father, George Augusta, a notable portrait and landscape artist. His pastels and oils are his way of expressing what he sees and understands of the world we all share.

This collection, “Fall of Insects,” pays respect to these co-inhabitants in our world; not only the conventionally beautiful butterflies, but also the structurally and visually interesting beetles and bugs who may not always be quite so well appreciated.

The show is a feature of ArtWalk Waldoboro on July 14 and will remain on exhibit through July.

For more information, call Tidemark Gallery 832-5109 or visit us on Facebook.

New Show at the Turtle Gallery

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

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

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s Summer Stable Show

Wright Farm Spring Planting, Kathleen Perelka, pastel, 12 x 12 in.

Wright Farm Spring Planting, Kathleen Perelka, pastel, 12 x 12 in.

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery’s annual Summer Stable Show is a favorite with returning art-lovers and summer visitors alike. This is the gallery’s largest, most vibrant group show that showcases twenty-two Maine artists this year, whose work connects to agriculture, nature or environment. This year includes first time exhibitors Sara Gagan and Susan Sidwell.

The first floor features a large, dynamic, abstract mixed-media piece from a series on rhythms in nature, by Belfast’s Kathryn Shagas; beautiful bright photographs of local landscapes printed on aluminum by Sarah Szwajkos; and a colorful collection of small paintings entitled “Artifacts” by Portland’s Christopher O’Connor. Contemplative figurative works by sculptor Elizabeth Ostrander create a synergy with the beautiful large goddess image, “Oracle,” an intricate scherenschnitt paper cut created by MJ Viano Crowe. The evocative paintings of Sheep Jones, another Belfast artist, contribute strong color, content, and design in her series of “Bulb Narrative” and “Fish Walker.” Sara Gagan’s images of animals are a delightful and inventive use of oils and collage elements. John Arden Knight’s large acrylic paintings of water lilies and milkweed are bold and vibrant, while Leslie Harris and Leslie Anderson present wonderful atmospheric paintings of landscapes and figures. Jude Valentine’s series of small brilliant pastels depict the many views and moods from Great Cranberry Island to Acadia. Paintings by Leslie Bowman, Julie Cyr, and Sharon Yates round out this collection with varied natural subject matter, such as a charming chick, engaging peas in a pod, and rich tulip still lifes.

Fish Walker 37, Sheep Jones, oil on wood, 12 x 12 in.

Fish Walker 37, Sheep Jones, oil on wood, 12 x 12 in.

The second floor displays the photographs of Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin, and Jim Nyce, all with very different subject matter, mood, and use of color. Lou Schellenberg impresses with oil paintings of strong, imposing landscapes and sky with vigorous compositions. DiTa Ondek’s paintings of laundry fluttering on a clothesline in the wind create a colorful sense of energetic movement, while Kathleen Perelka’s lovely use of light and color accentuate a cultivated farm landscape. Robin Rier’s oil paintings incorporate vivid colors in tranquil scenes of flowers, peeling paint and old fence posts. The bug and rosehip mandala paper cut prints of Susan Sidwell draw you in for a closer look with their intricate design work.

The Summer Stable Show 2018 runs from June 4th through August 31st, with artist talks Friday July 27th at 5pm, followed by a reception and the town-wide Belfast Art Walk from 5:30-8pm.

“Teapots: Real and Imagined” at CRAFT Gallery

Dimpled Teapot by Siem van der Ven

Dimpled Teapot by Siem van der Ven


CRAFT Gallery has invited eight artists to exhibit their interpretations of  a teapot. Almost every artist has been challenged to make or design one. “Teapots: Real and Imagined” opens July 6 and runs through August. The studio artists in this show consider the teapot as a functional and sculptural source for inspiration. Every teapot has a lid, a spout and a handle and yet they are as diverse and unique as the artists who create them. Each tells its own story.

Teapots by George Perlman

Teapots by George Perlman

Jody Johnstone and Autumn Cipala are two potters  who use different clay bodies and firing techniques to create functional teapots. Cipala is inspired by historical ceramics from many cultures. Her teapots are elegant and balanced. The proportions are studied and restrained with subtle contrasts of carved patterns on the porcelain surfaces of creamy white and pale celadon. She is known for her perfect teapot accompanied by traditional cups and saucers, cream pitchers and sugar bowls, inviting a more formal occasion of taking tea. Jody Johnstone, in contrast, uses her wood fired Anagama kiln and rough textured stoneware to create earthy pots with textures created from the heat and ash during firing. Her teapots invite casualness and comfort from the pleasures of company. Potter George Pearlman’s teapots are seen in a broader context coming from making ceramic containers that serve as a canvass  to paint colorful exuberant patterns in a theatrical way. The teapot by Siem Van der Ven, a potter known for his organic forms and patterns, reflects his response to nature. His work in this show is through the courtesy of Harbor Square Gallery.

Teapots by Lissa Hunter

Teapots by Lissa Hunter

Aromatic Tea by Meryl Ruth

Aromatic Tea by Meryl Ruth

Graphic interpretations of the culture of tea are offered by Dudley Zopp and Lissa Hunter. Zopp’s paintings of tea bowls and jars recall the Japanese  ritual of the tea ceremony. Hunter’s charcoal drawings of groups of teapots  gesture and interact with one another in a sociable way. During July and August glass artist David Jacobson will debut his new series of handblown glass vessels for use as vases, sculptural objects of serene beauty or as containers fr commemorative ashes. Jan Owen and Abbie Read will show new work as well.  Artists will be present to talk about their work during the July 6 First Friday Art Walk and live music will be played by Bill Tozier in front of CRAFT in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street. Rockland. FMI visit www.craftonelm.com or call 207 594 0167.

The Sohns Gallery presents, “Mixed Media Paintings by Ed Carrion”

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents Mix Media Paintings by Ed Carrion. 

Influenced by Gustav Klimt, Ed’s works depict strong women in detailed brightly designed attire set in a mystical settings. His works draw on color, pattern and Nature for inspiration.  Ed Carrion’s works are a true delight to the eye and a must see in person. 

The show runs through August, 31st and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on July 6 from 5:30 to 7:30, Artist Talk at 7. 

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

Celebrate CMCA’s Summer Exhibitions

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to celebrate its summer exhibitions during First Friday Art Walk on July 6, with a reception for the artists from 5-8pm. On view throughout the galleries are new exhibitions showcasing the work of artists John BisbeeTom Burckhardt, Jocelyn Lee, and Patricia Brace. A special performance by Brace and her performance group, B.R.A.C.E., will take place at 6pm in the CMCA courtyard. The event is free of charge and open to the public. 

The new exhibitions on view at CMCA for summer 2018 are:

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

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

Tom Burckhardt: Studio FloodJune 9 – October 7, 2018

Studio Flood features a life-size, walk-in installation executed entirely in corrugated cardboard and black paint, and centered on the image of an artist’s studio that has experienced a catastrophic flood. Crafted with great care and detail, Studio Flood uses surprise and tongue-in-cheek humor to comment on climate change and rising sea waters. 

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

Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of ThingsJune 16 – October 14, 2018

Representing nearly ten years of work by photographer Jocelyn Lee, The Appearance of Things encompasses still life, portrait, and landscape photographs, as well as many images that fuse these genres. The installation of the works at triptychs and diptychs juxtapose various bodies in divergent earthly environments, celebrating the full arc of life from birth through blossoming and decay. 

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

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

John Bisbee: American SteelJune 30 – October 14, 2018

The first solo exhibition in Maine of sculptor John Bisbee’s work in nearly a decade, American Steel is a masterful installation that draws on a deep well of American historical and vernacular imagery. In the exhibition, Bisbee employs poetic language, narrative imagery, and potent emblems to comment on America today. Created entirely from forged and welded nails, the work is, in Bisbee’s words, “an abstraction of who we are, right now.” 

Patricia Brace performing with B.R.A.C.E., 2018

Patricia Brace performing with B.R.A.C.E., 2018

B. R. A. C. E. / MASS MoCA, June 4 – October 7, 2018

B.R.A.C.E. / MASS MoCA documents an obstacle course/performance/installation created by artist Patricia Brace while in a residency at MASS MoCA in 2018. The videos are presented as part of CMCA’s ongoing series, SCREEN, featuring new video work by contemporary Maine artists.

Tom Jessen: If/Then exhibition at Black Hole

Tom Jessen: If/Then
exhibition at Black Hole, 17 June – 31 July

Black Hole presents If/Then. The exhibition will run until 31 July 2017, and showcases the work of Tom Jessen, from Temple, Maine.

In his work, Jessen explores form, depth and the nature of the plane, through seemingly simple compositions which engage the audience through their treatment of surface, balance and materiality. If/Then represents a departure of sorts from the artist’s earlier work, as he introduces color, in so doing adding an extra sensory experience and point of contrast.

Alongside Collin Burns’ Maine Homage (which runs concurrently in the gallery), Jessen’s works offer a stark yet sensitive counterpoint, at once contrasting and complimenting the illustrative, narrative pieces they hang beside.

For more information, please visit www.blackholegallery.com; or contact Black Hole at 207-808-2141

Landing Gallery opens, “Maine Landscapes”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Galleries 338 Will Open, “Perspectives in American Art”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Kevin Beers: Points of Light”

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24x24

Kevin Beers, Burnt Island Light, 24×24

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Caldbeck Gallery To Open 3 new solo shows

On July 11, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open 3 new solo shows, featuring the work of Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol ME and Boston MA, Barbara Sullivan of Solon ME, and Jill Madden of Weybridge VT. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 11, from 6-8 pm. The exhibits run through August 11.

EVENING SUN,  2018,   acrylic and oil on dyed canvas,  20 x 18 inches     Kayla Mohammadi

EVENING SUN, 2018, acrylic and oil on dyed canvas, 20 x 18 inches Kayla Mohammadi

In her 4th solo Caldbeck show, “Kayla Mohammadi: New Paintings”, the artist will include both large canvases and smaller works on panel and on canvas. Her Finnish/Persian heritage is an important influence on her work, where fresh juxtapositions of form and color bring together unexpected places where we, the viewer, may encounter competing energies of memory and observation. “I have always loved color”, she explains, “It is what first attracted me to painting, and it is what keeps me painting. The paintings strive to be beautiful but also a bit raw and surprising. My current paintings start with a shape: a pier, a sunset or a bay – as a way to start a composition, but that is secondary to the formal makeup of the painting. Color, space and mark- making are the main components of my work.  Although I draw from the landscape and have painted directly from it in the past, I turn away from it in my studio.  Through drawing and collage I work towards a simple expression of what I am seeing and feeling. Abstracting space through color and mark keeps me engaged with painting.  In the end, if the imagery is recognizable that is fine; if it turns into something else that is also fine”. Mohammadi is first generation American, born in San Francisco, CA, to a Finnish mother and Iranian father. She says, “like most Americans whose parents immigrated to this country, I grew up with influences beyond the typical suburban landscape. My way of seeing the world was shaped by three different cultures: American, Finnish, and Persian”. Mohammadi received her BFA in 1998 from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her MFA in 2002 from Boston University. Currently she is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston. Awards include the 2013 Joan Mitchell Artist Residency Award, the 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for painters, The Dedalus Foundation Award for 2008, a Vermont Studio School Fellowship, the 2006 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant, and Blanche E. Coleman Award for 2004, and The Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, followed by the 2014 Purchase Prize and Exhibition Invitation from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Collections include the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The Victory Fund, the University of Washington, the NYU Langone Medical Center, and Boston University.

SUMMER, 2018,   shaped frescoes, paint on Mylar,   84 x 72 inches   Barbara Sullivan

SUMMER, 2018, shaped frescoes, paint on Mylar, 84 x 72 inches Barbara Sullivan

In her 11th solo exhibit with the Caldbeck, Sullivan installs “Seasonal Suite” to cover all four walls of the upstairs gallery with large scale landscape drawings in paint on Mylar, with shaped fresco animals, as homage to nature, mounted on those drawings. The artist explains, “since childhood, I have pictured in my mind’s eye the different seasons being represented by very specific locations around the house where I grew up, a big rectangle (just like the gallery space I’m showing in) that housed my large family of origin. The month of January lives on the corner of the back porch where the drifts were high. Spring lives in the blooming crab apple tree, and in a huge lilac bush where my sister, Jane, and I clipped all the inside branches to make a playhouse, complete with kitchen. Summer lingers by the artesian well, and around the clothesline near the laundry room. Winter closes back in by the ski and toboggan hill where we spent hours packing the snow for the perfect glide. These childhood memories of Maine’s four seasons are the model for this installation. In addition to narrating my childhood memories, this installation also focuses on the changes and alarms in our environment, so suddenly prolific, with much in danger of extinction. But meanwhile, bees, wild turkeys, beavers, plants, and other animals all co-exist in this room with its four walls, each one representing a Maine season, winter being the longest wall of all”. With her MFA from Vermont College, Sullivan has won a Venice Printmaking Residency in Italy, the Robert M. MacNamarra Foundation Fellowship in Maine, a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Grant, and a Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grant. She will return from a residency in Ireland just in time to install her show. The artist works in the ancient medium of “fresco”, where, simply, dry paint pigments are ground in water and applied to wet plaster, resulting in a permanent surface. She teaches fresco workshops throughout the country.

 PREGNANT MARES, ICELAND, #2   2017  oil on paper on birch board,  10 1/2 x 10 inches    Jill Madden


PREGNANT MARES, ICELAND, #2 2017 oil on paper on birch board, 10 1/2 x 10 inches Jill Madden

In June of 2017, the Baer Art Center, invited Madden to paint on their horse farm on the NW coast of Iceland, where she worked out in the landscape daily. The resulting small canvases, measuring 12 x 12 inches, capture the sublime atmosphere of the landscape and its residents: the Icelandic Horse herd’s pregnant mares, who hang out in the early morning hours. Their shapes are simple and the artist tells us what these small horses really look like, not what one might think they look like. And in the several canvases depicting deer herds in Wyoming, where Madden spent the month of April this year at the Jentel Arts Foundation Residency, she accomplishes the same thing: complete recognition of what we are looking at, with almost no use of detail. Noted color shapes explain light and shadow, and the brain understands what’s going on. The title, “Out in the Field” aptly describes Madden’s exhibit. The artist grew up in coastal Rhode Island. At Middlebury College she studied Mandarin Chinese and art, after which, she spent two years in Hualien, Taiwan, studying Chinese painting, followed by several years teaching Mandarin and art in Sitka, Alaska. She attended the New York Studio School, and received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from Boston University, where she held a Constantin Alajalov scholarship, studying with John Walker and John Moore. While a resident artist at the Vermont Studio School, Jill studied under Lois Dodd, who remains a good friend and influence. A recipient of a Winsor and Newton emerging Artists’ award, Jill receicved a Basin Harbor Fellowship, a Custom House Fellowship in Westport, Ireland and a Jentel Foundation for the Arts residency in Banner, Wyoming. Her work has been exhibited in New England, New York, Philadelphia, Ireland, and England. This is her first solo show with the Caldbeck.

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

 

 

 

 

 

New Era Gallery’s opens Midsummer Show

“Lupines” by William Trevaskis.

“Lupines” by William Trevaskis.

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

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

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry Presents 2nd Show of the Season

July 5-18

 OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, July 5, 5-7PM

Pre Columbian Masterpieces:
Taino Artifacts with Larry Roberts

The Taino people lived in Hispaniola from roughly 1000-1500 AD. They left a brilliant record of astonishing stone artifacts relating to their cosmic beliefs and their consumption of psychoactive drugs. Mr. Roberts will bring a hundred or more of anthromorphic and zoomorphic artifacts. He is a published author. These are the real things. Astonishing! With a presentation at the Northeast Harbor Library on Friday, July 6 at 5:30PM.

 Barbara Heinrich:
Contemporary Classic Jewelry

Largest grouping from Thursday–Saturday, July 5-7

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.

 Audrius Krulis:
Beauty and Refinement for the Body

A new jeweler for us, Audrius works in 18 kt. gold and gemstones with an emphasis on color and form with inspiration from the natural world. His work is refined and wearable, but with an exotic reverence for materials and a keen appreciation of how jewelry fits on the human form.

Jessica DeFrenn:
Hoary Men and Abandoned Women

Jessica grew up on Swans’s Island and went to Art School in San Fransisco. She paints the men in her past, and the women in her imagination. Magical Realism and Down East Maine provide beginning and ending points of reference for this talented young artist.

 Spotlight on Liang-Chung Yen,
Michael Banzhaf, and Dell Fox

Farnsworth Presents Wyeth Day Lecture: Christina’s World at 70

orphan train by Christina Baker Kline who will be part of the 2018 Wyeth Day Program

orphan train by Christina Baker Kline who will be part of the 2018 Wyeth Day Program

On Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum will present the annual Wyeth Day program at the Strand Theatre at 345 Main Street in Rockland. Entitled Christina’s World at 70, the discussion, moderated by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky, will include author Christina Baker Kline, scholar Henry Adams and watercolorist and educator Timothy Clark.

 2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Farnsworth’s opening, but also the 70th anniversary of one of America’s best known paintings:  Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World. Acquired soon after its creation by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, its purchase furthered the thirty-three-year-old Wyeth’s national reputation, and has since become an icon of American art. This year’s annual Wyeth Day program will explore the origins of this work, its widespread popularity, and what it means to be “an icon of American art.”

 The discussion will include Henry Adams, highly respected scholar of American art and co-author of the museum’s recent Andrew Wyeth at 100 catalogue; Christina Baker Kline, author of New York Times bestselling novel, “A Piece of the World,” a story of the painting’s subject, Christina Olson; and Timothy Clark, watercolorist and educator based in California and Maine, and who, for a number of years, has taught a summer course in Rome in the Yale School of Architecture MFA program. Moderator is Farnsworth Chief Curator, Michael K. Komanecky.

The fee for this program is $20 and $15 for Farnsworth members. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

DIAA Presents “The Shape of Waters”

Leslie Landrigan

Leslie Landrigan

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

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

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

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

http://www.deerisleartists.com/

Reception for “The Boat Show”

”The Skiffs”, linocut by Deborah Kozak.

”The Skiffs”, linocut by Deborah Kozak.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery presents the opening reception for “The Boat Show” art show on Saturday, July 7th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Many of the guest artists will be present to meet visitors and discuss their work.

Five of the guest artists are new to the gallery with this show. They are Wolfgang Busse, acrylics, Chris Essler, oils, Carl Root, photography, and watercolorists Linda Van Tassell and Peter Wiley.  

The returning guest artists to the gallery are Deborah Kozak, linocut-artist, watercolorists Deena Ball, Jane Bowman, Lydia Kaeyer, Jan Kilburn, and Cindy Spencer, oil painters George Baker, Marcia Brandwein, Stephen Busch, Dianne Dolan, Sandra Dunn, and Hannah Ineson, photographers Steve Dunn, Michael Fillyaw, Claudia Noyes Griffiths, Jim Nyce, and Laurie Raba, acrylic painters Bill Hallett and DiTa Ondek, mixed-media artist Dale Dapkins, and ink-on-yupo artist Helen Warner.

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

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Gray Scale’

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

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

“Celebrating 30 Years, Past to Present”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Alison Hill – Painting Monhegan”

Camden Falls Gallery brings the works of Alison Hill from Monhegan Island to the mainland for a featured show, June 29th through July 20th. Alison is one of the many artists lured to Monhegan by its timeless landscapes, rugged coastline, rustic architecture, and self-reliant Islanders.

For Nearly 200 years, Monhegan has inspired countless artists including Frederick Church, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, and the Wyeths’, virtuosos of their time. These artists were drawn to and captivated by Monhegan for its remote island life and the light. Monhegan continues to challenge artists as they arrive daily seeking that special inspiration along the winding dirt roads, and amongst the weatherbeaten fish houses.

Alison, being one of the island’s forty or so year-round residents, lives, breaths, and paints Monhegan’s magic throughout its changing seasons. Formerly of Newport Rhode Island, Alison earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Art Education. She devotes herself full-time to her island studio/gallery during the summer and spends winters on Monhegan painting winter landscapes, as well as, portraits and still-lifes. In 2012, PBS spotlighted her in their video special “The Women Artists of Monhegan Island.” More recently in 2016, her works could be seen featured in the movie, “The Congressman.”

Hill has captured some of the Island’s magic in her recent paintings:

With the weathered silhouette of the Island Inn and surrounding houses as the background of “Monhegan Skyline”, the scene embodies the essence of the village and its shoreline. A haphazard granite outcropping in the foreground welcomes the incoming tide. Crowning the stony slope, windblown weeds in shades of pale green and gold, radiate sunlit serenity. This sense of place is echoed by the expanse of a summer sky bisected with cirrus clouds. Fresh laundry pegged between leaning poles, although barely suggested, adds a breezy, immediate, and very human quality to the painting.

Alison’s portraits of island life expands on the human quality she aims to capture. They compose a bulk of her winter work, as seen in the two intimate portraits of Mattie Thompson and his young son. These portraits are done mostly from life, with some finishing touches from photographs in the studio. Mr. Thompson is caught up in the process of carving a decoy. While his son works on splicing a line, a useful skill, as his father is a working lobsterman. The cluttered workshop could have been seen in a fish house 100 years ago and speaks of the timeless rhythms of maritime labor.

When asked if there was a difference in approach, or method when she is painting en plein air, as opposed to winter studio work, Hill stated, “There is not the same frantic immediacy to capture the specific light and mood of a scene, before it changes.”

“Alison Hill – Painting Monhegan” will run from June 29th through July 20th, 2018 at Camden Falls Gallery. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm daily.. Camden Falls Gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME 04843.

“Monhegan to Paris” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Harbor Artists Hannah and Farrell Paint the Midcoast Landscape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Driskell opening reception at Greenhut Galleries

Opening reception Thursday July 5th, 5-7pm

Poetry Reading by Robert Gibbons, July 19, 5:45pm

David Driskell in conversation with Daniel Minter, moderated by African Art Historian, Henry Drewal, July 26

Angel of Peace mixed media collage, 30 x 22 inches

Angel of Peace mixed media collage, 30 x 22 inches

Assemblage is newly elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences David Driskell’s latest solo exhibition at Greenhut. As the title suggests, this exhibition assembles a variety of new and select earlier works in various media created over the past three decades. Among the new works are five mixed media pieces featured in the PMA’s 2018 Biennial as well as a selection of prints from the 2017 CMCA exhibition, David Driskell, Renewal and Form (which also traveled to the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland). The earlier work, which dates back to 1986, has never before been shown in Maine. As Driskell describes the show: “from a limited edition color lithograph done in 1986 entitled Spirits Watching II to Girl with Sunflowers, a recent collage that was exhibited in the Portland Museum of Art Biennial, these works reveal the range of my interest in subjects drawn from nature, music and aspects of African and African-American culture.”

Driskell’s large and vibrant body of work is informed and impacted by the broad perspective of his own life experience as well as by his unique personal identity. He is the child of sharecroppers, born into the segregated South. But he is also a celebrated international artist and scholar. He is both an urbane denizen of our nation’s capital and a sophisticated world traveler with a deep connection to, and understanding of, the art of Africa and other world cultures. But just as importantly, he is the designer, creator, and loving tender of his own rather Edenic Falmouth, Maine gardens. Driskell — an artist very much concerned with the artist’s quasi-religious role as a “seer” and forthbringer of new forms — creates vivid, imaginative art that is equal parts Americana and Africana in his hand-hewn rural idyll, which is itself a form brought forth from Driskell’s rich, fertile, and prolific imagination.

David cites the strongest influences on his work as: 1) Environment — the natural world, but also “home,” both as a physical space and as a concept. The artist sees a type of “spirit” in the objects he depicts, and the spirit that animates these mundane subjects (furniture, etc.) becomes visible in his finished work); 2) Upbringing – David’s father was a Baptist minister, and many of Driskell’s works are highly stylized, uniquely personal expressions of Biblical themes, or contain motifs from the Judeo-Christian tradition; 3) “My intellectual pursuit of learning from the great civilizations of the world” – we see evidence of this influence through his incorporation of elements of Africana (masks, textile motifs, etc.) and other world cultures (including American, via spirituals, gospel, jazz and blues); and 4) Memory and Imagination.

In Driskell’s work, all of these source energies converge to form a voice complementary to, but unique and distinct from, other important African-American artists of the past and the present. Signatures of his style include rich, vivid color, rhythm, and line (as pictoral element), recurring motifs, and a spirit of constant invention and re-invention. Much of David’s work contains strong decorative elements: calligraphy, African textile motifs, the patterned imagery of folk art, etc., but Driskell never replicates existing patterns. In viewing his work, we see that David has created his own individualized, and fascinating, aesthetic language.

The work selected for Assemblage contains a sampling of all the themes mentioned above (nature, upbringing, world culture, music, memory and imagination), and also includes one fascinating and unusual piece, The Pet, Birmingham Dog, representative of David’s infrequent forays into overtly political subject matter (another of which, Behold Thy Son, is included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of African American History):

The collage Dizzy recounts visually the facial expression I recall seeing as the famous musician played the trumpet. In Ancient Call, a hand points to a stained glass window and an Egyptian statue sounding a mystical religious connection through time. Angels often appear in my work as peacemakers and musicians inviting joy, harmonious living and love. I am equally intrigued by the quiet nature of our favorite pet, the dog, and how these loving animals can be trained to become vicious attackers of people as happened in Birmingham, Alabama under Bull Connor in the 1960s. In The Pet, Birmingham Dog, I have used steel as a collaged material in the composition to emphasize Connor’s strong opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. 

Assemblage is, as David puts it, “a chorus of painterly themes that remain a vital part of my visual pursuit.”

Highly regarded as an artist, scholar and curator, David Driskell is one of the world’s leading authorities on African-American Art. He has been the recipient of thirteen honorary doctorates and has contributed significantly to scholarship in the history of art on the role of Black artists in America. Born in 1931 in Eatonton, Georgia, he was educated at Howard University and received a Master of Fine Arts from The Catholic University Of America. In 1953 he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He became a summer resident of Maine in 1961. In 1976, he curated the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s groundbreaking exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, and wrote the catalog, which became the seminal text of the canon. He currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor of Art, Emeritus, at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1997, Driskell was awarded the President’s Medal, the highest honor the University of Maryland bestows on a member of its faculty.  In 1998, the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora was founded to promote his scholarship and service to the University. He has served as an adviser to high profile collectors, including Oprah Winfrey and Bill and Hillary Clinton.  In December of 2000, President Bill Clinton bestowed the National Humanities Medal on Driskell. This April, Driskell was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

The Bassist color lithograph, 30 x 21 inches

The Bassist color lithograph, 30 x 21 inches

David Driskell’s paintings and prints have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the USA, and are housed in many important private and public collections, including the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the National Gallery of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. He has been the recipient of several foundation fellowships among which are the Harmon Foundation, three Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships and the Danforth Foundation.

Inspired by the Sea and its Creatures

Rachiel Norwood with Mermaid

Rachiel Norwood with Mermaid

Growing up in South Bristol, local artist Rachiel Norwood spent days playing along the shore. Home schooled through high school, Norwood’s days were filled with rowing, sailing with her grandfather, and seeking out sea creatures.

Featured in the June show at Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, Rachiel Norwood’s stone sculptures reflect her love of the sea and its many creatures.

Exquisitely polished stone carved into seashells and mermaids highlight the Stable Gallery show. Two seals reveal smooth bodies and open eyes that transmit the aliveness Rachiel has crafted into the marble. A white marble coyote bays into the sky.

Trained at Maine College of Art , Norwood continued her sculpture studies through seven year apprentice to Carole Hanson. “I love carving so much; it feels like play to me,” explains Norwood. “It’s a thrill to reveal a mermaid from a stone.”

Norwood is one of eight artists featured in the June show at Stable Gallery. On display through July 11, this show is a thoughtful combination of fabric, wood, stone, glass and canvas works. Connections with the sea are highlighted as the show is titled “Ebb and Flow”.

Stable Gallery is open daily 10-5 and located at 28 Water Street, Damariscotta. For more information call 563-1991, or visit the gallery’s website, www.stablegallerymaine.com.

“The Invention of Atmosphere” at The Cynthia Winings Gallery

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

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

The Cynthia Winings Gallery presents

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

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

The exhibition will run from June 26 through July 21  

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

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

Cynthia Winings Gallery
info@cynthiawiningsgallery.com

“We Are One” At the Gallery At Somes Sound

Serena Bates, "Dreamer", Limestone

Serena Bates, “Dreamer”, Limestone

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

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

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

Sarah Seabury Ward, "Owl", Bronze

Sarah Seabury Ward, “Owl”, Bronze

We Are One …
June 29 – July 13

featuring:
Sculptors Serena Bates and Sarah Seabury Ward

The Gallery At Somes Sound

Philip Frey, Judy Belasco and Philip Barter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Littlefield Gallery
(207)838-4174

 

NEW OIL PAINTINGS AND PRINTS AT BARBARA PREY PROJECTS

Weather Beaten, 2017, Oil on panel, 11 x 14 inches

BARBARA PREY PROJECTS is pleased to open the season with “Barbara Ernst Prey: New Oil Paintings and Prints” featuring never before seen small-scale Maine oil paintings and a new series of limited edition prints by internationally acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey. New print releases include Acadia (on view at the Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor, June 30 through October 14, 2018), Gallantly Streaming (currently on exhibit at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations with prominent placement in the lobby) and Family Portrait (collection The Brooklyn Museum).

Prey’s artwork is included in major public collections including The Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The White House. Her paintings are on exhibit at MASS MoCA , The Kennedy Space Center and United States Embassies around the world. Also included in the exhibit is a selection of new watercolors offering a preview of her upcoming annual exhibit, showcasing her virtuosic technique, authentic vision and distinctly American style.This is truly a great opportunity to gain access to a diverse range of Barbara’s original fine art prints and new oil paintings.

An esteemed figure in the art world, Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. MASS MoCA commissioned her to paint the largest watercolor in the world, she was invited to paint the official White House Christmas Card and her NASA commissions were part of the recent Smithsonian museum traveling exhibit where she was featured on the CBS Evening News. This exhibit brings together some of Prey’s most powerful works both conceptually and aesthetically.

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

Turtle Gallery opens first of four receptions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Lecture at the Farnsworth Poems, Painters and Patriots: N.C. Wyeth’s Poems of American Patriotism

N.C. Wyeth, The Old Continentals, 1922, Oil on canvas, 40 x 28 1/8 inches, Collection of The Hill School, Pottstown, PA

On Wednesday, June 20, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine will present the opening lecture for the exhibition N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism. The lecture by Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael Komanecky is the museum’s first Stephen May and Kathryn B. Wilson Lecture and will take place in the museum’s auditorium at 2 p.m.

In 1922, Columbia University professor Brander Matthews’ book Poems of American Patriotism was published by Charles Scribner’s Sons with seventeen illustrations by famed American illustrator N.C. Wyeth. This reissue of an unillustrated 1882 edition was inspired by the popularity of Scribner’s many previous books with Wyeth’s illustrations, and by the still fresh memory of America’s participation in World War I. It was also inspired by Americans’ long-standing familiarity with and appreciation for poetry, and in particular its love of works by the so-called “Schoolroom Poets” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman, and John Greenleaf Whittier, among others. In the period when Poems of American Patriotism’s two editions were published, poetry was a part of everyday life, in both the private and public spheres, in a way it is no longer. This presentation will focus on the context in which the two anthologies of poems were created, including Wyeth’s role as illustrator.

The exhibition N.C. Wyeth: Poems of American Patriotism opens to the public on Saturday, June 16, with a members’ preview and reception on the evening before. Lead Sponsors of the exhibition are Sasha and Ed Bass, and Linda Bean’s Maine Wyeth Gallery. Exhibition support is provided by Anna Mae Twigg in honor of George Twigg III, and the Gilder Foundation. Midcoast Community Partners include the O’Hara Corporation. For more information or to register, please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org

June ArtWalk, Bristol Road Galleries

The Bristol Road Galleries, Damariscotta, is participating in the Twin Villages ArtWalk in two ways this season: All four galleries on the Bristol Road will be open, and in addition, the work of the artists will be on display in a tent outside the Shuck Station raw bar at 68 Main Street, Newcastle. ArtWalk is presented in partnership with the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce. The first ArtWalk of the 2018 season is on Friday, June 15, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Jan Kilburn will be at her gallery at 168 Bristol Road, demonstrating her watercolor techniques. This is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see the artist at work and to see the full range of her work in the gallery. Her husband Tony Kilburn is manning the tent in town for the first ArtWalk. The tent will feature new work of all four of the Bristol Road Galleries artists, including originals and prints, and the work is priced to suit every budget. Jan says, “Landscape and seascape is my strong point. It is attempting to put the colors of nature together with the structures of manmade objects that fascinate me. I enhance the color a bit, but that, to me, is what makes it work. I live in an area that gives me unlimited inspiration: the sea, fishing villages, and Maine cottages.”

The Bristol Road Galleries are: the Jan Kilburn Gallery (168 Bristol Road), the Sinclair Gallery (172 Bristol Road), the Kathleen Horst Studio Gallery (179 Bristol Road), and the Kefauver Studio & Gallery (144 Bristol Road). Parking is free at all four galleries, and they are all within walking distance of each other. For more information, go to www.bristolroadgalleries.com or call 226-0974.

Mars Hall Gallery opens its 2018 summer season two group shows

“Rainbow Park” Ron Weaver

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

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

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

CMCA to host The Art Party

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is hosting its annual fundraiser, The Art Party: A Gala Celebration of New Art in Maine, on Friday evening, June 29, from 6 to 9pm at its campus on Winter Street in Rockland. Tickets to the event are open to the public and include the After Party with dancing to DJ Pretty Buoy, from 9pm to midnight at the Yellow Barn, located across from CMCA at 20 Winter Street. Tickets to the After Party may also be purchased separately.

“We invite you to join CMCA under the tent on Winter Street, in the community courtyard, and throughout the galleries,” says CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy. “The Art Party will be an extraordinary evening celebrating the opening of three blockbuster exhibitions by artists John Bisbee, Jocelyn Lee, and Tom Burckhardt, with a special one-night only performance by artist collective, B.R.A.C.E.”

The Art Party is CMCA’s largest fundraiser of the year, supporting its exhibition fund and free educational programming for the community. Tickets to The Art Party and the After Party may be purchased online at cmcanow.org or by calling 207-701-5005. The event is supported in part by Cold Mountain Builders, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation, and individual sponsors.

A recent recipient of the Governor’s Award for Tourism Excellence, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) advances contemporary art in Maine through direct engagement with artists and the public, hosting a year-round schedule of changing exhibitions and programs that celebrate the art of our time.

“Wisdom of the Brush” at DIAA Gallery

David Kofton

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

RECEPTION WITH ARTISTS
Sunday, June 10
3–5 PM

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

Katy Allgeyer
Cynthia Bourque Simonds
David Kofton
David McBeth

Julia McDonald
Kaitlyn Metcalf
Courtney Mooney

AND IN THE ART RACK

Betsy Braunhut
Leslie Landrigan
Cynthia Stroud-Watson

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

“Mountain” Nastasha Mayers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Exhibit at Venn + Maker in Portland

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

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

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

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

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

Archipelago hosts two receptions for summer gallery show during First Friday Art Walk June 1 and July 6 in Rockland

L-R: Some of the pieces featured in Archipelago’s summer show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” will include paintings by Holly Brooks, wood carvings by Wayne Robbins, and glass dishware by Karen Gola.

Join Archipelago to celebrate the opening of its new gallery show, “Turning Towards the Sun,” and the start of the summer during Rockland’s next Art Walk, Friday, June 1st, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host two artist receptions for this show with another scheduled for the July 6th Art Walk.

“Turning Towards the Sun” will show through July 27th and features the work of Jeff Barrett from Monroe (carved wood sculptures), Holly Brooks from Portland (watercolor and acrylic painting), Karen Gola from Sanford (glass bowls and dishware), Debe Loughlin from Waldoboro (cyanotype collages), Dylan Metrano from Monhegan (papercuts), Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures), and Agnes Robinson from Holden (stained glass mosaics). The show features a wide variety of medium including paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings and more.

The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main Street location to enjoy some light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. In addition to the June 1st and July 6th receptions, Archipelago will be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk events on August 3rd, September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, and November 23rd.

The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, both the store and gallery and are open seven days a week; Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For questions regarding Archipelago or the summer gallery show, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

Homecoming at Camden Harbor

“Last Rays on the Bay” Charles Fenner Ball

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

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

“Summer Day Port Clyde” Ken Dewaard

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

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

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

“Family Matters” Ann Trainor Domingue

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

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

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

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

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

Ogunquit Museum Announces 2018 Programs

Art in Bloom 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grand Opening of the season at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

“Mona Bird – Body Gard – Mine”

Philippe Guillerm at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

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

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

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery July Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of July: Joyce Tenneson, Robin McCoy, and Stephen Pace.

Opening Friday, July 6th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

Joyce Tenneson
July 6, 2018

In the early 1970’s, Joyce Tenneson began creating her own photographic paper by applying silver emulsion with a brush to watercolor paper, creating images with a painterly effect. These works show the artist’s hand and the process of development in a beautifully revealing way through depicting moments of everyday intimacy: her own self portraits, photographs of her young son, and scenes of daily life in her home. Tenneson creates a world that seems to exist outside of time, open to the unconscious and heightened fragility, seeking to make the invisible visible.

Joyce Tenneson, Partitioned Shell, 1976, Hand applied silver on Arches rag paper, 30″ x 22″

Robin McCoy
July 6, 2018

Maude Robin McCoy grew up painting in the studios of her father, John McCoy and her aunt, Carolyn Wyeth. She is inspired by an intense observation of her surroundings. Using gestural strokes in watercolor, her works portray the natural landscape with attentive quietness.

Robin McCoy, First Snow, Watercolor on paper, 18″ x 15″

Stephen Pace (1918-2010)
July 6, 2018

Stephen Pace began spending time in Maine in 1953. This shift in his surroundings drew a change in his painting from pure abstraction to an interest in portraying what he saw around him in the working harbor of Stonington. He began depicting everyday scenes of his life in Maine with colorful gestural energy. These works show his interest in everything that made up his life in Maine; from landscapes of surrounding islands to the subtle figurative actions of working lobstermen.

Stephen Pace (1918-2010), Unloading at Duryeea’s Pier #2, 1988, Oil on canvas, 60-1/2″ x 84-1/2″

Randy Eckard Solo Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opening and Expansion Celebration!

Russell D’Alessio

Celebrating 29 years of showcasing works in Bar Harbor, Maine 1989 – 2018

“art depicting observations of a fleeting moment” Russell D’Alessio

Opening for the Season & Gallery Expansion : You’re Invited!

Beverages, lite fare, Maine musician Willy Kelly on guitar.

June 29th, 2018 – 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 

Cynthia Winings Gallery Presents: DIRECT CONTACT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery June Exhibitions

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host three exhibitions in the month of June: Greta Van Campen, John Koenig, and Richard Silliboy.

Opening Friday, June 1st from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. Gallery Hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday.

Greta Van Campen, The Red Room, Acrylic on panel, 40″ x 28″

Greta Van Campen
June 1, 2018

Our lives are full of intimate moments that pass through our eyes, sometimes only as glimpses, and return later in memories. These works represent some of the moments that inspire me, often discreetly, as I move through my day to day life. They highlight my memories, and invite the viewer to pause, look, discover, reflect, and later, remember anew.

John Koenig, Deep Woods 1, Lycopodium, Oil on board, 30″ x 36″

John Koenig (1927-2017)
June 1, 2018

“The soul of my subject matter, its vital essence, remains forever my obsession in painting…if that can be captured, then the work comes alive, fraught with its own note, its own music. Without that spark, that living radiance, the painting remains a dead thing.” – John Koenig

Brown ash wood, 11 3/4″ H x 13″ W x 13″ D

Richard Silliboy
June 1, 2018

Growing up making baskets with his family, Richard Silliboy returned to it when he realized basket making was a dying art among his people. He now creates baskets from brown ash wood using traditional Mi’kmaq basketry techniques with no adhesive or hardware. Enjoying the spiritual aspect of handling wood, the serenity as well as frustration within the process, it became a tool for reconnecting with his culture.

“Shapes in a Series” | Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, announces the opening of a new exhibit by gallery members and guest artist Katharina Keoughan, at 11 Centre Street, Bath, on Friday, May 25, 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.

Katharina Keoughan’s first career as a graphic designer and owner of a leading graphic studio in Miami, Florida, prepared her well for a second career as a fine artist. Keoughan says “On moving to Maine 25 years ago I pursued painting with the same drive and enthusiasm I gave to my design work. Fourteen years ago I began teaching and found my passion in nurturing adult painting students. The result is teaching, exhibiting, being a part of the art community and living a joyous life.”

About Shapes in a Series, the current exhibition of Conte and watercolor drawings she says “When drawing a figure, I don’t set out to draw a nude body. I draw shapes, positive and negative shapes, round shapes, and curved shapes. Often I draw in the areas that remain after the figure is rendered. This series began after I drew a female figure and chose to draw a square around her. My curiosity grew. I asked myself how much space could a figure fill in a square or a circle, where is the mass and what shapes remain? These drawings are a series of shapes. Yet, I am hoping my audience finds their own meaning in the drawings: femininity, sensuality, mother-earth, confinement, or strength.”

Shapes in a Series Exhibit ends July 13.

For more information please call 207-442-0300

Betts Gallery Opens Group Show ‘Halcyon’

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

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

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

Harbor Artisans has come home

Harbor Artisans is ecstatic to have finally found a new home in Belfast, at 69 Main Street. Since we lost our lease several years ago, we’ve been actively seeking a new home and are happy to say we’re back! Renovations are almost complete, and we are getting ready for our grand reopening, and ribbon cutting, on May 25th at 10am. It’s also Art Walk Friday so we’ll be open till 8pm and will have refreshments to imbibe and artists to meet! Please come by to see our new shop.

Harbor Artisans is located at 69 Main Street in Belfast. We greet the public with 61 Maine artisans creating everything from jewelry and pottery to fine art. All our work is made in Maine by full time Maine residents. We will be open every day from May 25th till December 29th; 10am – 6pm every day except Sunday when we close at 5pm. We will be closed for Thanksgiving & Christmas day. We will, of course, be open till 8pm on Art Walk Fridays. Our phone number is: 207-338-2088, email: Glass@GlassOrchids.com, we are working on our website, but you can find us on FB as BelfastHarborArtisans.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CRAFT Gallery opens “Nature as Muse”

Lichen painting by Alana Vanderwerker

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

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

CMCA 2018 Summer Exhibitions

Tom Burckhardt | Jocelyn Lee | John Bisbee

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

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

Tom Burckhardt: Studio Flood, June 9 – October 7, 2018

Studio Flood features a life-size, walk-in installation executed entirely in corrugated cardboard and black paint, and centered on the image of an artist’s studio that has experienced a catastrophic flood. Here the floor plane, now an extended surface of water, appears above our heads. One’s world is turned upside down, both figuratively and literally. In the floodwater, black monochrome canvases—emblems of intellect, will, and discipline—are floating and have been wrenched from their creators’ control and set adrift.

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

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

Jocelyn Lee: The Appearance of Things, June 16 – October 14, 2018

Representing nearly ten years of work by photographer Jocelyn Lee, The Appearance of Things encompasses still life, portrait, and landscape photographs, as well as many images that fuse these genres. This mingling is partly what the work is about: creating a shift in perspective where a body (portrait) becomes a landscape; a still life becomes a portrait; and a landscape becomes a body.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces Summer Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caretakers House, Acrylic on Board 16 x 16

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

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

Jay Hoagland,”Lobster”

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

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

New Show at Art Space

Lori Davis, Photography

A new show will be presented at Art Space Gallery in time for the June First Friday. The show will feature exciting new work by four artist-members including photography, wood, painting and mixed media.

Lori Davis is an Ellsworth based photographer specializing in nature, wildlife, and landscape images. Inspired by both the simplicity and intricate details found in nature, she captures spectacular moments to bring back and share with others.

Roger Barry creates sculptures that are organic, elegant and often intricately carved, using primarily walnut and cherry milled from known trees. Many of his pieces require interaction through hidden locks, vintage hardware or LED lighting. Whether formal or whimsical, functional or decorative, his work invites a personal encounter with the wood.

Jean Byrd paints realistic impressionism, in oil, as she captures the mood of the New England coast, depicting unique glimpses of ordinary life on and around the sea.

Hannah Nelsbach has worked in varied media for more than 50 years. Her artwork ranges from intimate collages to oversized nudes and landscapes in which she combines fantasy and realism with intriguing effect.

Art Space Gallery is located at 405 Main Street in Rockland. The gallery features seventeen artists who work in various media and genres. June hours are 11am – 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, 1pm – 4pm Sunday, closed Mondays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.

An Evening Reception | The Gallery at Somes Sound

Scott Baltz, Quiet Paddle, 10″x10″, oil on panel

Evening Reception

Featuring …

Art & Flowers

Friday, May 25th, 5 – 7 pm

Please join us as we welcome “Floret” to Somesville!
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Small works by Artist Scott Baltz
and  Floral arrangements by Floret owner Beth Ellen Renault

First Friday Art Walk, Rockland ME, 5-8pm, 1 June 2018

Rockland’s 2018 First Friday Art Walk season continues on Friday, 1 June.  Many of Rockland’s galleries will be open, including (but not limited to): Yvette Torres Fine Art, Archipelago, The Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery, Artspace, The Art Loft, The Gautschi Center, Harbor Square Gallery, Stanhope & Spencer, Craft Gallery, Landing Gallery, Caldbeck Gallery and Black Hole.

Yvette Torres Fine Art is opening for the season with ‘Women of Black Mountain College’

Archipelago will be opening “Turning Towards the Sun” which will show through July 27th and features the work of Jeff Barrett from Monroe (carved wood sculptures), Holly Brooks from Portland (watercolor and acrylic painting), Karen Gola from Sanford (glass bowls and dishware), Debe Loughlin from Waldoboro (cyanotype collages), Dylan Metrano from Monhegan (papercuts), Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures), and Agnes Robinson from Holden (stained glass mosaics). The show features a wide variety of medium including paintings, papercut pieces, glass mosaics, glass bowls and dishware, cyanotype collage, wood folk carvings and more.

Maine Coastal Islands Art Gallery welcomes Lynn Travis of Lincolnville with paintings and drawings of flowers and landscpaes; Gwen Sylvester of Rockland, art of endangered plants and animals in Maine; and Sherrie York of Pemaquid with linocut images of birds and their watery habitat.

Stanhope & Spencer opens with a show of photography by Michael Kahn, produced by Harbor Square Gallery.

Craft Gallery opens with ”Nature as Muse” with featured gallery artists Lissa Hunter, Jacques Vesery and Dudley Zopp.

Landing Gallery will open “TREE and CLOUD”, and exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, opening on Friday, June 1 through July 1. The artists opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1 from 5-8 PM.

TREE and CLOUD at Landing Gallery

“BRIGHT DAY, VIEW TO THOMPSON ISLAND, FROM MARSHALL POINT, PORT
CLYDE, MAINE BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/PANEL, 9″ X 12″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland, is pleased to announce the opening of “TREE and CLOUD”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Faragher, June 1 – July 1. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her. The artist’s opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1st, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Sarah Faragher is a 1990 graduate of Colby College, Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her work was included in ART OF ACADIA by David Little and Carl Little, published in 2016 by Down East Books. Sarah was an Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park and the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut and has been invited to participate, numerous times, in Art Week on Great Spruce Head Island.

“SNOW DAY, EDGE OF THE WOODS, STOCKTON SPRINGS, MAINE” BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/LINEN, 8″ X 20″

“One of my great loves as a landscape painter is the open space between the treeline and the beginning of the sky – a realm of significant aesthetic excitement. The treeline has mass; it exists as one big shape; it can form the varied silhouette of an entire island or far hillside. When I approach that island or hill, however, the seeming whole becomes a forest of individuals, full of air and light. I paint portraits of them as themselves and also sometimes as stand-ins for people, since trees share so many traits with us. And I wonder, while painting them, What are all these trees reaching for? Light? Sky? Something more than what we know? The edges of the seen and the known, and then, beyond that?”

“MOONLIGHT, STARLIGHT, FROM THE HARBOR, GREAT SPRUCE HEAD ISLAND,
MAINE BY SARAH FARAGHER, OIL/LINEN, 24″ X 36″

“Whenever I spend time looking up, the big mystery of everything feels so evident. Painting the heavens as our planet moves through space feels like taking wordless notes about this very thing. I love painting clean, clear skies, the sun and moon, stars, and cloudscapes that continue for miles off the edges of a small canvas. As with trees, clouds live en masse and also as individuals, as big as continents or small as short-lived wisps. They offer boundless opportunity for painterly study. Finding their un-colors on my palette is a joyful difficulty, as is the problem of representing something with shape and heft that still must be made of air. Painting inside clouds, when they come down to earth, is a particular delight. In a snowstorm, or in a fog bank engulfing the trees and ledges and me too, I am wrapped in it. And rapt in it, in the paradox
of finding within the ephemeral something real as real can be.”

“Painting these themes as I experience them in nature helps me reconcile what is happening in the world – the endless permutations of light and darkness, the lasting and the transitory – and recognize the
interconnectedness of everything in a direct way.”

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

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

The Pemaquid Art Gallery Opens for the 2018 Season

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caldbeck Gallery to open 37th season with 3 solo shows

BURNOUTS, DOUBLE YELLOW LINE 2015 oil on panel 17 x 20 inches Jeff Epstein

On June 1, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will open its 37th year with 3 solo shows, featuring paintings in oil by Jeff Epstein of Cushing ME and Brookly NY, paintings in oil and in watercolor by Frederic Kellogg of Thomaston ME and Washington DC, and sculpture in alabaster and soapstone by Anne Kamila Alexander of Windham ME. A reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, June 1, from 5- 8 pm. These shows will run through July 7.

In “Wires, Poles, Tire Tracks and Weather”, Epstein will exhibit 30 recent paintings in oil on wood panel, ranging in size from 12 x 14 inches to 17 x 20 inches. All painted in his Cushing neighborhood, the various seasons are represented. The artist says of his work, “My paintings explore where the natural and made landscapes overlap. Although the spaces are unpeopled and speak of solitude, there is usually evidence of human activity. A bird feeder is a friendly incursion into the natural landscape, while tire marks on pavement suggest less gentle intentions. But each is a record of someone’s interaction with the world.” And often these objects define the spatial aspects of a painting, as when Epstein includes telephone wires dipping through space toward a vanishing point, or the “road graffiti” tire marks snaking off down the road. Light and color and atmosphere are prevalent in the work, as these moments of natural beauty are interrupted by the human intrusions. Disruption and harmony coexist, sometimes uneasily. Epstein received his MFA in painting from Brooklyn College, where he studied with Lennart Anderson, Lois Dodd, and John Walker. His work is exhibited in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maine, and he has shown with the Caldbeck since 2003. This is his third solo show with the gallery.

SEPTEMBER, DUNN STREET oil on canvas 54 x 54 inches Frederic Kellogg

Kellogg’s exhibit of paintings in oil and in watercolor will include 2 large canvases (“September, Dunn St.” and “Rte 1 Elogy”) measuring 54 x 54 inches, as well as a selection of smaller paintings ranging in size from 6 x 16 inches to 24 x 36 inches. The subject matter in a number of the works in watercolor on paper are iconic Maine. “Fernald Farmhouse” is a portrait of one of the last of the grand farmhouses of Thomaston. “Dappled Woods” strikes that chord of delightful excitement when we walk through a favorite spruce forest where the moss is electric green, struck by the sun breaking through the canopy. Two 5 x 7 inch watercolors, “Inland Island” and “Night Watch”, define serenity. Engaged in the search for what can be called a “Contemporary Realism”, Kellogg is deeply influenced by the work of American realists Edward Hopper and Fairfield Porter. Even with the additional influences that photography and Abstract Expressionism have had on this contemporary realism, Kellogg feels that the art of painting still plays an essential role in helping people see the world around them. His work is in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, and numerous corporate and private collections in Maine, Boston, and Washington, D.C. In the summer of 2017, a major exhibit of his work was mounted at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington D.C. This is Kellogg’s 4th solo show with the Caldbeck, where he has shown since 2007.

VOLANDO 2018 translucent alabaster 2 x 2 x 2 1/2 inches Anne Alexander

Alexander’s new work in alabaster and soapstone includes 20 recent carvings, all based on the natural seed forms she encountered last fall at the ”Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm”, an Artist in Residency program in Jefferson, run by Maine Farmland Trust. “Little Flower” measures 3 x 4 x 2 inches, and is made of translucent orange alabaster, while “Ochre Cotyledon”, measuring 4 ½ x 3 x 4 inches, is made of opaque yellow- ochre soapstone. “Sprout”, “Stamen”, “Ovule”, and “Volando” also capture the marvelous shapes within our botanical world. Alexander received her BA from Bard College and an MFA in sculpture from Alfred University, followed by studies at Maine College of Art. Solo exhibits include the University of Maine in Farmington, The National Theater in the Dominican Republic, Ithaca House Gallery in New York, and the Caldbeck Gallery. Grants and awards include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship, with which she studied in the Dominican Republic, 2 Pollack/Krasner Foundation Grants, and a full fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work explores the form and function of natural shapes, often using seed and pod forms to explain her interests. Her artist residencies in the Dominican Republic introduced her to the ancient work of the Taino Indians, leading her to further explore the symbols of earth and fertility. She has been represented by the Caldbeck since 1990.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 1-4. For more information, call 207 594 5935 or email caldbeck@midcoast.com.

June ArtLab for All Ages – June 2, 2-4pm

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to take inspiration from artist Tom Burckhardt’s immersive installation featured in CMCA’s upcoming exhibition “Tom Burckhardt: Studio Flood”, opening June 9, 2018, during ArtLab for All Ages on Saturday, June 2, from 2 to 4pm.

Led by Art Educator Sandy Weisman, make 3-D abstract constructions by taking inspiration from artist Tom Burckhardt’s process of creating spaces by painting and combining cardboard. Bring your friends, family, or come on your own to CMCA at 21 Winter Street, Rockland. ArtLab welcomes children, teens, adults, and families, and is free of charge and open to all.

ArtLab for All Ages occurs on the first Saturday of every month. ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation, Davis Family Foundation, Reny Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, and individual donors.

Tidemark Gallery opens with Doug Frati

Tidemark Gallery opens with Doug Frati

Palmyra, Maine, artist and farmer, brings bold paintings and graphic wood carvings for Waldoboro’s first ArtWalk of the 2018 season Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 7pm.

Frati’s work will be on exhibit through the month of June and may be previewed on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/doug_frati_art/ and Tidemark’s Facebook page.

Summer gallery hours, 10-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday, begin on June 1.

Gleason Fine Art opens “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.”

Andrea Peters, Spring Fantasy, oil, 24×24”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor has opened  “Andrea Peters and Christine Peters: Awakenings.” The show runs through Tuesday, June 12.

Talent often runs in families, and so it does in the Peters family of East Boothbay. Andrea Peters, who has shown with the Gleasons for more than two decades, paints with confidence, exuberance, and an infallible sense of color. In “Awakenings,” the gallery will be presenting collectors with a stunning series of new paintings, some of them 4 feet square.

Peters’s spontaneous, gestural style works perfectly with her chosen oil paints. “Oils—I love them!” Exclaims Peters in a recent article by Lisa Kristoff of the Boothbay Register. “They have such flow. I can capture my energy or the energy of the place, the very spirit of the place with oils.”

 

Christine Peters, Silver Flower Moonstone Necklace Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many people will remember Christine Peters as Gleason Fine Art’s long-time gallery manager. Christine’s smile, energy, and willingness to tackle anything made a lasting impression on everyone she met. As with her mother Andrea, Christine excels at everything creative. When the former sculpture major began experimenting with making jewelry, she knew she’d found her medium. Naturalistic, feminine, and uniquely her own style, Christine’s jewelry soon began to be noticed. It wasn’t long before her jewelry began to be juried into some of the most prestigious fine-craft shows in the country.

With “Awakenings,” the gallery brings together Christine’s and Andrea’s remarkable creations for the first time in years. For both mother and daughter, the show’s title, “Awakenings,” is especially poignant because 2017 was a difficult year for both. Christine fought her way through a cancer diagnosis and its aftermath, emerging stronger than ever. Andrea, who has dealt with the effects of MS for years, had to face the added burden of a parent’s worst nightmare—a child forced to confront cancer. Andrea too has come through it all with renewed energy and an even stronger urge to express her joy in the natural world around her through art.

“Awakenings” opens May 10 and runs through June 12 at Gleason Fine Art gallery in Boothbay Harbor. Please join the gallery staff and both Andrea and Christine Peters on Saturday, May 24, from 5 to 7 pm to celebrate the creative output of this remarkable mother-daughter duo. For more information, call the gallery at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at info@gleasonfineart.com, or check out the gallery’s web site gleasonfineart.com.

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.

The Maine Crafts Association will open MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND

 

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) will open MAINE CRAFT PORTLAND, a retail gallery and resource center in the historic Maine Charitable Mechanic Association (MCMA) building, known as Mechanic’s Hall, in downtown Portland, Maine this summer! The new MCA space will promote craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly benefit Maine craft artists through sales of their work.

Mechanic’s Hall, in the vibrant Arts District—across the street from Maine College of Art, blocks from the Portland Museum of Art, and home to an art supply store—is only made more ideal by the fact that the Mechanic’s mission dovetails with ours. MCMA programs and events will strengthen our efforts and income opportunities. Additionally, as a building tenant, MCA will have access to the Mechanic’s Hall library, ballroom and classroom spaces.

HISTORICAL BUILDING MEETS MODERN MAKERS MOVEMENT

The MCMA building was completed in 1859 and is on the National Historic Register. It served as Portland City Hall after the infamous city-wide fire of 1866. It also housed and served meals to Union troops during the Civil War. An entire wall of historical, floor-to-ceiling hardwood and glass cabinets be will a beautiful feature in the MCA retail space. Thankfully, the building’s historical preservation status has protected the cabinets through the various tenants and uses of the space. The cabinets will become a dominant display and aesthetic component of the MCA space. They were built in the late 1800’s for a jewelry retailer and now offer an exciting design challenge to incorporate with contemporary craft displays.

TIMELINE

The Mechanic’s Hall retail space became available in January 2018. The MCA began a fundraising campaign in February to fund the project and signed the lease in April. The next couple months will be spent renovating the space, hiring staff, ordering inventory and preparing for grand opening this summer!

The project is guided by the MCA strategic plan implemented in January 2017. Desired location, income potential and landlord have been carefully researched, considered and nurtured by the MCA Executive Director and Board of Directors.

EXPERIENCE AND SUCCESS

Since 2008 the MCA has operated the Center for Maine Craft, a retail gallery and resource space in West Gardiner, Maine. The Center grosses close to $600,000 annually by exhibiting and selling the work of 315+ Maine craft artists and makers. The experience managing this successful and impactful Center positions the MCA for success in our second location.

FOR ARTISTS: SELLING YOUR WORK at the NEW MCA STORE

All work represented at the new space will be made by current MCA members living in Maine. The MCA expects approximately 70% of the vendors to be different from our vendors at the Center for Maine Craft. Inventory will be sold on both a consignment and wholesale basis. Inventory mix and orders will be coordinated by the new store manager beginning in April. There will not be a jury process for the first phase of ordering; but, once we have our feet under us a jury process will commence to attract and identify new vendors. To express your interest in having your work carried at Maine Craft Portland please fill out THIS FORM

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN NEARS COMPLETION

The MCA is raising $100,000 start-up capital to open new space. On February 15, the Windgate Foundation announced a matching grant of $50,000. The MCA has received contributions totaling $45,000 from our amazing and supportive network of board members, arts supporters, foundations, Portland businesses, MCA members, friends and family. We currently seeking $5,000 to complete the fundraising phase of this exciting new effort!

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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

Hemlock Hospice: landscape ecology, art, and design – Speaker Series at Maine Audubon

Thursday, May 10 at 7pm

Co-presented by David Buckley Borden, artist/designer, and Aaron M. Ellison, Senior Ecologist, Harvard Forest, this Speaker Series event will look at the intersection of ecology, art, and design as viewed through the lens of the Hemlock Hospice project.

This immersive, site-specific science-communication project tells the story of the ongoing demise of the eastern hemlock tree at the hands (and mouth) of a tiny aphid-like insect, the hemlock wooly adelgid. While telling the story of the loss of eastern hemlock, the project addresses larger issues of climate change, human impact, and the future of New England forests.

“Exchange Tree,” installation at Harvard Forest, 8 x 10 x 12.5 feet, wood and acrylic paint, 2017. Collaborators: David Buckley Borden, Aaron Ellison, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, and Salua Rivero.

About David Buckley Borden

David Buckley Borden is a Cambridge-based interdisciplinary artist and designer known for his creative practice of making ecological issues culturally relevant to the general public by means of accessible art and design. David studied landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and worked with Sasaki Associatesand Ground before focusing his practice at the intersection of landscape, creativity,and cultural event. David’s work now manifests in a variety of forms, ranging from site-specific landscape installations in the woods to data-driven cartography in the gallery. David’s place-based projects highlight both pressing environmental issues and everyday phenomena and have recently earned him residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Teton Art Lab, Trifecta Hibernaculum, and MASS MoCA. David is an Associate Fellow at the Harvard Forest where he works with scientists to answer the question, “How can art and design foster cultural cohesion around environmental issues and help inform ecology-minded decision making?”

About Aaron M. Ellison

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Senior Ecologist at the Harvard Forest,and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the intermediate disturbance hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. He is the author of A Primer of Ecological Statistics (2004), A Field Guide to the Ants of New England (2012; recipient of the 2013 USA Book News International Book Award in General Science, and the 2013 award for Specialty Title in Science and Nature from The New England Society in New York City), and Vanishing Point (2017), a collection of photographs and poetry from the Pacific Northwest). On weekends, he works wood.

events@maineaudubon.org

20 Gilsland Farm Road, Falmouth ME

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.

Aquilartadvisory opens “Margy,”

 

Aquilartadvisory, a new gallery in Norway, is opening a new show on May 5, 4-6 pm, for “Margy,” a self-taught, spiritually minded and high functioning Aspergers painter, sculptor and musician. Her work is carefully executed, sometimes leaving parts of the canvas exposed. Flat, bright , saturated solid color filed backgrounds characterize the small and medium size works. “Margy” is cheerful, up beat and intuitive.  Aquilartadvisory, 400 Main Street, Norway (929) 500-2220

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

April Classes | The Art Loft

April Member Classes

Our “Free-to-Members” classes are starting up in April and we are kicking off the season with an amazing instructor – Larissa Davis. Larissa passionately guides people to find their deepest inner wisdom through Soul Path Art, a fun and accessible combination of creative warm-ups, guided visualizations, and creativity that quiets the inner critic and exercises the right-brain.

Our April class theme is Create Your Dreams Come True. At the heart of Soul Path Art is the idea of intention. In this month’s classes, artist and guide Larissa Davis shares projects and techniques to help you connect to your inner wisdom and create intentionally with focused fun! Let’s let go of our inner critics and play together in the creative space of the right brain. You are the artist of your life…no experience is necessary for these classes. Please join us for a unique experience.

Remember, these Create Your Dreams Come True classes are free to members. Non-members can “drop-in” for $20 per class. Become a member by clicking here.

Click here to view class schedules.

The Art Loft
385 Main Street, Suite 9
Rockland, ME 04841

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

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.

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

Seven Arts Annual Studio Sale

Its time once again for the SevenArts Studio Sale!

It’s that time of year when the artists clear out their studios, finding forgotten gems, experimental pieces, and other work not usually available. The tables in the foyer will be filled with interesting and beautiful bargins. Come early and often as inventory will go quickly in this highly anticipated event.

Open Monday-Saturday 10-3pm
www.sevenartsmaine.com
207-667-1968 for more info

While shopping for your sale treasure, be sure to check out the newly renovated SevenArts space! We are pretty excited to share it with you.

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!

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.

“Weather Pending” group show at Caldbeck

RED CLAWS ON WORMWOOD, 2017 raku fired clay 6 7/8 x 7 x 3 1/2 inches Anne Alexander

Anne Alexander, RED CLAWS ON WORMWOOD, 2017
raku fired clay 6 7/8 x 7 x 3 1/2 inches

Caldbeck Gallery presents “Weather Pending”, a group show, featuring:

ANNE ALEXANDER,  LISE BECU,  ALAN BRAY, DAVID DEWEY, LOIS DODD, MELANIE ESSEX, MAGGIE FOSKETT, BAYARD HOLLINS, KOICHIRO KURITA
KAYLA MOHAMMADI, BARBARA SULLIVAN, DAN WEST,  and NANCY WISSEMANN-WIDRIG.

For more information visit www.caldbeck.com or call 207-594-5935

Harlow Gallery Features Two Exhibitions

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SEVEN | Jan. 26 – Feb. 24, 2018

Harlow Gallery presents SEVEN – their last art exhibition at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, where the gallery has existed since its opening in 1963, before moving down the street to their new home at 100 Water Street. SEVEN highlights the work of Maine abstract painters Emily Blake Blaschke, Jenny LaMacchia Campbell, Alicia Ines Ethridge, Celeste June Henriquez, Doreen Nardone, Brenda Overstrom and Donald M. Peterson.

SEVEN is a group of Maine based painters. The group emerged out of a Maine College of Art abstract painting course with Michel Droge This exhibit offers viewers an assortment of abstract painting styles. Each painter has created a unique language to express their visions of the world around them and their experiences in it.

“We are a group of seven abstract painters working in Maine. We meet once a month at each other’s studios to present and discuss new works in progress. As a group of abstract painters, we understand each other remarkably well. This coherence comes from our common fascination and openness to process. Our gatherings are brave, warm and direct. We value self-reflection and enter into dialogue about how to let go of things that get in the way of our full creative potential. We urge one another to have the courage to explore and experiment, to fabricate systems that guide one’s process and then break those rules, to take outrageous creative risks and make mistakes, to risk failure in pursuit of new ideas and new ground. As abstract painters, we rely on intuition and trust the process to lead us. We are guided by what shows up on the surface. This includes messy beautiful swathes of color, detailed imagery, ugly and pretty, precise and carefully constructed, meaningful and meaningless, and quick or dirty. All scenarios are valued: such as painting when we’re inspired or tired, angry or blissful, agitated or confused. We are committed to maintaining the community we have created. We are committed to each other, to encouraging and carrying each other through painters block, busy times, and troubled waters. We are committed to manifesting our truest selves in our work and to valuing an honest and forthright approach to the act of painting and critiquing.”

Leecia Price, Provence View 3 Nathan Allard, Bee Boxes Washington

Leecia Price, Provence View 3
Nathan Allard, Bee Boxes Washington

WINTER MEMBERS’ SHOWCASE | Jan. 17 – Mar. 3, 2018

The Harlow Art Center presents the Winter Members’ Showcase, on view January 17 – March 3 at 100 Water Street in downtown Hallowell. Come see the new location filled with work by local artists, representing a range of genres and media. Hours for the Winter Members’ Showcase are Wednesday – Saturday noon-6pm.

Participating artists include Participating artists include Glenn Adams, Nathan Allard, Jacqueline Berry, Robin Brooks, Betty Collins, Teddi Jan Covell, Kristin Eckmann, Julia Einstein, Cheryl Herr-Rains, Rex Holsapple, Dee Keneagy, Suzanne Kelly, Cindy Langewisch, Penny Markley, Catherine Peterson, Jae-Eun Pilsbury, Leecia Price, Gigi Ragasa, Laurie Sproul, and more. For more information call 207-622-3813 or visit www.harlowgallery.org

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

CMCA Sunday Salon “Materiality” Artist Talks with Brown + Mess + Stephan

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

Jackie Brown, Mutated Growth, 2017, ceramic, chipboard, concrete, epoxy, foam, paint, plaster, PLA, metal, rubber, and wood. Photo by Dave Clough Photography

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites the public to attend the fourth and final Sunday Salon on February 4 at 3pm, with Jackie Brown, Jonathan Mess, and Aaron T Stephan, artists featured in the current exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter. The artists will each present short illustrated talks about the materials they use, how they use them, and explain why.

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jonathan Mess, Midden No 31. , 2017, various reclaimed ceramic materials

Jackie Brown (Bath, ME) creates colorful other-worldly sculptural installations that suggest imagined biological systems in which it is often intentionally difficult to tell if the forms are healthy or harmful. Jonathan Mess (Newcastle, ME) works with recycled clay and reclaimed materials to create unique ceramic pieces that speak to his concern for the environment. Aaron T Stephan (Portland, ME) presents a wry look at the world around him in his diverse body of work—focusing on the complex web of information carried by everyday materials and objects.

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

Aaron T Stephan, Untitled (ratchet strap), 2017, canvas and ratchet strap

CMCA’s Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members; others by admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

For more information on the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter, and the artists in the series, visit cmcanow.org

SevenArts Gallery Getting a Makeover

Gerry Monteux and buddy

Gerry Monteux and buddy

The artists at SevenArts Gallery have been busy at work fashioning a new creative experience for their customers. Since January 15, the gallery has been closed, the space has been emptied, and renovations have been taking place. Spiffed up and revamped, the gallery will re-open Feb 5. In addition to the fresh new space, SevenArts plans to host a new show each month featuring work not usually displayed by the gallery members.

This month SevenArts welcomes a new member, Gerry Monteux. Monteux, an accomplished nature photographer, creates large and small format pieces, both canvas and matted prints, which capture the many beautiful vistas and the amazing wildlife of Maine. Intimate shots that will leave you wondering, “How did he do that?”

SevenArts Gallery operates as a co-op with each of the seven members and one junior member presenting and selling work in the small space. Carving out an area to accommodate each artist and their medium is a challenge in the small space. “We are all prolific producers of work,” says Suzanne Anderson, a gallery member. “We have a lot of display considerations at play and each member is challenged to find what will work in a small footprint.”  Lots of time and planning went into the new look and the gallery members look forward to re-opening to the public!

This March marks the gallery’s 10th year anniversary. For more information about SevenArts, the artists, and the re-opening, check out the new website: www.sevenartsmaine.com.

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

PMA to highlight intersectionality and inclusivity throughout 2018

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The PMA is committed to being an open, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming museum for all, and the exhibitions in 2018 reflect the full range of voices in our community and create experiences with art that strengthen our bonds and bring us together. In this spirit, 2018 exhibitions at the PMA highlight intersectionality and inclusivity in Maine.

Ann Buckwalter (United States, born 1987), The Republic of Hysteria (detail), 2017, Oil and gouache on paper, 91 x 92 inches. EX1.2018.21

Ann Buckwalter (United States, born 1987), The Republic of Hysteria (detail), 2017, Oil and gouache on paper, 91 x 92 inches. EX1.2018.21

The 2018 PMA Biennial
January 26 – June 3
Featuring more than 60 works by 25 participating artists, the Biennial highlights the diverse perspectives and interests of artists connected to Maine, and makes a powerful statement about art’s impact in this historical moment.

George Grosz (Germany, 1839–1959), "Lions and tigers nourish their young, ravens feast their brood on carrion... Series: The Robbers" (detail), 1922, Photolithograph on paper, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches. Gift of David and Eva Bradford, 2002.53.6.5, Art © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

George Grosz (Germany, 1839–1959), “Lions and tigers nourish their young, ravens feast their brood on carrion… Series: The Robbers” (detail), 1922, Photolithograph on paper, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 inches. Gift of David and Eva Bradford, 2002.53.6.5, Art © Estate of George Grosz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

The Robbers:
German Art in a Time of Crisis
February 23 – July 15
Highlighting the complete portfolio of George Grosz’s 1922 The Robbers, this exhibition also includes provocative artworks by printmakers such as Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, and Käthe Kollwitz.

Image: Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990), "Apples, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1942", dye transfer print, 15 15/16 x 12 1/8 inches. Gift of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2017.4.2

Image: Eliot Porter (United States, 1901-1990), “Apples, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1942”, dye transfer print, 15 15/16 x 12 1/8 inches. Gift of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, 2017.4.2

Eliot Porter’s Nature
On view now through March 18
“Almost every photograph is about the external world, yet the work of few photographers has helped change that world. Eliot Porter helped alter both the medium and society. The extent of those changes now obscures the extent of his influence. “Eliot Porter’s Nature”…is a welcome reminder of just how exacting an artist he was.” – Boston Globe

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, 1987

Under Pressure:
Art from the 1980s
March 30 – August 10
A cross-section of diverse 1980’s aesthetics, revealing varied visual ways that the artists of this decade shaped and reflected the rapidly changing artistic and social realities of the time.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), "The birds' colors were mirrored in the waters," circa 2002, from "Beautiful Blackbird," collage of cut colored paper on paper, 11 5/16 x 20 inches. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Ashley Bryan (United States, born 1923), “The birds’ colors were mirrored in the waters,” circa 2002, from “Beautiful Blackbird,” collage of cut colored paper on paper, 11 5/16 x 20 inches. The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryan

August 3 – November 25
Bryan has committed himself to filling the void of black representation in children’s literature by creating books about African and African American experiences. This exhibition highlights the breadth of the Maine-based artist and author’s creative output.

Winslow Homer - Looking out to Sea, Cullercoats (1882)

Winslow Homer – Looking out to Sea, Cullercoats (1882)

Americans Abroad
August 17 – TBD
Composed of magnificent works by artists such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, and others, Americans Abroad will examine watercolors, prints, and paintings by American artists who traveled to Europe for training and inspiration in the late 19th century.

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

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

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

June 22 – September 16
This exhibition is the first in over 40 years to survey the work of Clarence White (United States, 1871–1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer known for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and a major teacher and mentor. It will survey White’s career from its beginnings in 1895 in Newark, Ohio, to his death in Mexico in 1925.

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988)

Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture
October 5 – January 6, 2019
Japanese-American modernist Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) reimagined the possibilities of sculpture as he experimented endlessly with the intersection of objects, people, and space over the course of his 60-year career. Beyond the Pedestal: Isamu Noguchi and the Borders of Sculpture examines Noguchi’s expansive artistic practice, and through approximately 40 sculptures and 10 works on paper, encourages visitors to to ask fundamental questions about what defines our understanding of sculpture. In addition to reflecting the myriad ways in which Noguchi self-consciously crossed modes of production, brought together artistic and philosophical ideas from across the globe, and played with form and function, Beyond the Pedestal also focuses on the ways in which he engaged with causes of social justice, forming a thorough examination not only of the renowned artist’s perspective on sculpture, but on the world itself.

For more information please visit www.portlandmuseum.org

ICA at MECA Presents ‘Off the Wall’

© Ryan Wallace, Slo Crostic, 2014. Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.

© Ryan Wallace, Slo Crostic, 2014. Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY. Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, NYC.

The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art announces the opening of Off the Wall on Thursday, January 18, 5–7pm. Meet guest curator Jaime DeSimone and artist Ryan Wallace.

In 1966, German-born American sculptor Eva Hesse attached a seemingly simple long metal cord to a canvas that dramatically transformed a painting into a sculpture. Such a simple act revolutionized our understanding of what a painting could be. By privileging the painting’s marginal feature—the frame, its structural support — Hang Up transcends the medium’s inherent two-dimensionality.

© Rosy Keyser, Skeleton, 2017. Acrylic enamel, spray paint, and wooden beads, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

© Rosy Keyser, Skeleton, 2017. Acrylic enamel, spray paint, and wooden beads, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Curated by Jaime DeSimone, Off the Wall pays homage to Hesse’s groundbreaking work and investigates how contemporary artists continue to explore this liminal space between painting and sculpture. At times, a painting’s skin slides onto the floor or creeps onto the ceiling. In others, structural components protrude outward into the gallery space. As our spatial relationship with such works is reconfigured, objects on view in Off the Wall permeate into space and challenge our comprehension of both painting and sculpture. To provide an intimate perspective on this topic, Off the Wall will feature a range of works by two Brooklyn-based artists, Rosy Keyser and Ryan Wallace. A representative sampling of work will be presented by each artist to provoke thought about the shifting dynamics between painting and sculpture, or vice versa, as well as their collision.

 

For more information please contact MECA’s Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects, Erin Hutton, at 207.699.5025 or ehutton@meca.edu.

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
shawjewelry.com

 

The Gallery at Somes Sound Open for the Holidays until December 30th

William B. Hoyt, Bedroom Window, 18 x 24, oil on panel

William B. Hoyt, Bedroom Window, 18 x 24, oil on panel

The Gallery at Somes Sound is pleased to announce they will be open for Holiday Shopping throughout November and December on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm

Introducing new work from William B. Hoyt and Joseph McGurl

Joseph McGurl, Rowing, 9 x 12, oil on panel

Joseph McGurl, Rowing, 9 x 12, oil on panel

For more information visit www.galleryatsomessound.com

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.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,”

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

William Irvine, Woman Burning Brush, oil on panel, 12 x 16 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “Winter is Coming,” a group show that celebrates the change of season as Maine transitions from summer into fall and winter. There will be an open house Wednesday, December 6 from 5–7pm. The show runs from December 1– December 30, 2017. The event is free and open to the public.

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Philip Barter, Smelt Shacks, acrylic on board, 24 x 30 inches

Interpretations for “Winter is Coming” run the gamut from William Irvine’s iconic house painting  with a woman burning brush and Philip Barter’s dancing smelt shacks to David Vickery’s  larger-than-life realistic oil painting of marbles and Philip Koch’s memory of a magical winter  wonderland.

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

David Vickery, Marbles in Winter, oil on panel, 9 x 24 inches

New to the gallery is Henry Isaacs who lives in Portland, Maine, but spent many years living and painting on Cranberry Island. His oil painting “Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor” seems to  exemplify the seasonal transition with a range of yellows and rusty reds juxtaposed against purple,  green, and blue.

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Henry Isaacs, Along the Tarn, Bar Harbor, oil on canvas, 12 x 24 inches

Participating artists, include Berenice Abbott, Susan Amons, Janice Anthony, Philip Barter, Jeffery  Becton, Judy Belasco, Ragna Bruno, Philip Frey, June Grey, Henry Isaacs, William Irvine, Jessica Lee Ives, Philip Koch, Judith Leighton, William Moise, Emily Muir, Ed Nadeau, Carl Nelson, John Neville, Linda Packard, Colin Page, Alison Rector, Robert Shillady, Lilian Day Thorpe, David Vickery.

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

Philip Koch, Uncharted II, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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

Art Space Gallery announces a new show for December

John Wood, watercolor

John Wood, watercolor

Art Space Gallery Invites the community to December’s new show in our front room. 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 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 Thursday 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.

Fifth Annual All Small art show at The Rock & Art Shop

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Fifth Annual All Small art show. 52 local Maine artists were 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 metal works. The 156 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.

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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 9 th – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm in The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on Dec. 1st at 6:30.
For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at therockandartshop@gmail.com

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.

Change of Scenery – Season Finale at Camden Falls Gallery

Before Fall is Over, Susan Graeber, Oil On Canvas 24 x 30

Susan Graeber, Before Fall is Over, Oil On Canvas 24″ x 30″

The bittersweet season is once more enfolding us, even as Autumn reaps its small deaths in the gardens and fields, it also leaves us with a vibrant display of color. The final bright blaze of a visual symphony issues a challenge, and sparks a hope in us, as we enter the winter months to come. Our four featured artists are not “going gently into that dark night”, but have summoned new energy and passion evident in our final show of the season.

Susan Graeber’s paintings give equal weight to the positive and negative forms created by the interplay of tree trunks and the atmospheric environment. In her painting, “Golden Fall Birch Trees”, the influence of Neil Welliver on her work is discernible and strongly apparent. Both artists spend hours in their studio, and in the woods to visually decode the complex patterns of the deep mysterious forests that surround them. Graeber also draws inspiration from Fairfield Porter, whose masterful use of interlocking color, informs her own tight compositions of foliage.

Kathleen Robbins, Durham Marsh, Oil on Canvas 30"x 40"

Kathleen Robbins, Durham Marsh, Oil on Canvas 30″x 40″

The recent studio pieces by Kathleen Robbins explore another aspect of the natural world in chromatic flux, the autumn Marsh. By melding her plein air sketches with photographic references and sense memory, she powerfully invokes the low lying wetlands. What some might dismiss as a wasteland, comes “alive with color, texture, and sharp contrasts” through Robbins’ realization of the landscape. Robbins summarizes her style by saying, “…ultimately, my paintings navigate the elusive snaking line between abstraction and figuration.”

Charles Fenner Ball, Autumn Grove

Charles Fenner Ball, Autumn Grove

One of our newest in-house artists, Charles Fenner Ball, moved east from Santa Fe. Out west, he was drawn to mountain groves of aspen, where he could respond with painterly immediacy, or store up and distill the mystical qualities of these natural tree sanctuaries. Aspen and Birch are closely related, both belonging to the poplar family. The artist writes, “…my love of aspens has been supplanted by birch trees, which offer very similar aesthetic characteristics… The white bark (of the birch) is like a blank canvas, reflecting the nature that surrounds it – the sun and sky, warm and cool reflected light, the foliage of the ground and trees.” Instead of depicting a specific location, Ball will often draw on his memories of landscapes, which coalesce into his idealized vision.

Stefan Pastuhov, From the Golden Road, Katahdin

Stefan Pastuhov, From the Golden Road, Katahdin

The tireless plein-air painter, Stefan Pastuhov captures the low glow of autumnal light on treetops in his painting of the peaks of Katahdin, entitled “From the Golden Road, Katahdin”. This is a true Jewel of a painting interpreting one of Maine’s most magnificent state parks. Pastuhov captures the majestic glitter of autumnal foliage that adorn the timberland and mountainous landscape overlooked by a sentry birch. With the twinkle of the lake and clouds receding past the mountain, the brisk beautiful autumn weather is conveyed and felt.

If you can’t make the journey to the byways of Baxter this month, enjoy the fiery foliage vicariously, by joining us at the gallery to celebrate the most vivid of seasons. Located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, the gallery is open daily from 10am-5pm. This show will run till the end of the gallery season. For more information, please visit www.camdenfallsgallery.com or call 207-470-7027.

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.

Paintings, Embroidery and Folklore at York Gallery

Grant Drumheller “Long Sands” Oil on linen 30” x 30”

Grant Drumheller “Long Sands” Oil on linen 30” x 30”

The fall exhibitions on view at Old York’s George Marshall Store Gallery present the work of four New England artists, each who have a personal point of view and perspective. Grant Drumheller, a professor of art at the University of New Hampshire, is exhibiting two dozen paintings, most of which have been completed in the last year. He has titled his show “New Perspectives,” a title that can also apply to the work by the other artists currently showing. Courtney Sanborn completed a masters in painting at the University, however she is exhibiting ten small embroideries, a medium where she can apply her knowledge of composition, color, and gesture, using cotton threads instead of paint. Vermont artists Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes share the dock level gallery space for their exhibition titled “Folklore.” The exhibitions continue through November 12th.

Drumheller has been a frequent exhibitor at the river front gallery. He continues his interest in overhead compositions in these recent paintings. “There is a new looseness in these paintings,” comments curator Mary Harding. “With less detail, there is even more information.” He is attracted to landscape views that are ‘peopled’ by folks going about their business, whether working, strolling, walking their dogs, digging for clams, sledding in a city park or enjoying a day at the beach.

His “Piazza, End of Day”, a 60” x 48” acrylic on canvas, shows a crowd of people making their way across a stone paved piazza. With just a few quick brush strokes one can make out the gesture of an adult pulling a reluctant child through the late afternoon raking light. One can make out a figure looking at a cell phone, another two figures holding hands. These distinctive bird-eye views, are about the balancing of elements, i.e., spaces to figures, color to tone and warm areas to cool. Whether real or imagined places, they are always lively and inviting.

Courtney Sanborn “ He Doesn’t Care” Cotton embroidery, 9.75” x 8.5”

Courtney Sanborn “ He Doesn’t Care” Cotton embroidery, 9.75” x 8.5”

Courtney Sandborn’s embroideries are about personal moments, conversations and somewhat humorous events. The settings and characters are metaphorical in nature, and exist in a space born from direct observation and memory. The small nude figures are often surrounded with colorful exotic plants and small animals: dogs, cats, and strange little monsters that are all rendered in both traditional embroidery and free form stiches.

Bright color, bold composition and pattern are the founders of her process. For these narrative scenes she uses imagery from a wide variety of sources ranging from medieval illuminated manuscripts, to the rug designs of Marguerite Zorach. Her compositions are influenced by a rich history of Americana and folk art including hooked rugs, early American needlepoint samplers and vernacular paintings.

Donald Saaf “Every Human a Flower” 24” x 48”

Donald Saaf “Every Human a Flower” 24” x 48”

The word “Folklore” applies equally well to the work of Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes, who are married to one another and share an artistic life in rural Vermont. Their work explores the intersection of fine art and folk art. The subject matter of their colorful paintings – often using mix media and collage – reference their local community, family and immediate surroundings but with a sprinkling of fairy dust. They embrace the idea that folktales are a microcosmic mirror of our lives and our bigger stories, which might otherwise by impossible to sum up.

Saaf’s uses walnut ink to draw simple improvisations of organic forms . He slowly adds various elements: old Italian papers, maps, ephemera, inks, gouache and Japanese watercolors. His studio overlooks Brattleboro’s main street where there is a steady flow of people walking by. Although at first a distraction, he soon became fascinated and started to think of the parade of people as something like a moving garden. As the paintings evolved the figures became more and more plantlike and eventually bloomed with flowers.

Julia Zanes “House at Night” mixed media, 20” x 18”

Julia Zanes “House at Night” mixed media, 20” x 18”

Zanes often works in large series based on books or stories that have captured her imagination. Several small paintings from these series are included however the show features her newest abstract panel paintings. Layers of transparent circles and undulating ribbons of color suggest meditation and abstract dream like sequences. Saaf’s and Zane’s work are interspersed in the space and collectively create a magical environment.

The exhibitions continue through November 12. Gallery hours are 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday, 1-5 on Sunday. 140 Lindsay Road, York, Maine. The gallery is a program and property of the Old York Historical Society. For more information please visit www.gerorgemarshallstoregallery.com or call 207-351-1083.

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.

New Paul Rickert Work and Nancy Morgan Barnes & Robert Barnes at gWatson Gallery

NEW! Paul Rickert, Behind Connors, 10x24”, Watercolor, 2010

Paul Rickert, Behind Connors, 10×24”, Watercolor, 2010

gWatson Gallery is open through Mid-October with an exhibition of newwork from Paul Rickert and Nancy Morgan Barnes & Robert Barnes.

Main Street, Stonington, by Nancy Morgan Barnes, 20x20" Oil on panel, 2017

Main Street, Stonington, by Nancy Morgan Barnes, 20×20″ Oil on panel, 2017

The gWatson Gallery is a painters’ gallery, featuring established artists whose work is found in major museums, along with emerging artists whose work is commanding new attention.  Although the Gallery sits on the edge of Stonington Harbor, one of the busiest working fishing villages on the Maine coast, it exhibits more than traditional Maine landscapes:  abstract and figurative paintings along with Maine landscapes and works on paper from the R.E. Townsend Studio, including work by Robert Motherwell, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine and Michael Mazur.  The diversity of work found in the Gallery reflects its commitment to presenting the best of contemporary painting and printmaking.  Individually and collectively, the artists whose work can be seen in the Gallery affirm the fact that painting is not only alive and well; it is flourishing.

Buddha, by Robert Barnes, 34 x 35", Oil on Linen, 2017

Buddha, by Robert Barnes, 34 x 35″, Oil on Linen, 2017

The gallery is open Monday – Saturday: 11AM to 5PM and Sunday: 1-5PM. For more information visit www.gwatsongallery.com or call 207.367.2900

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

Higgins, Welliver & Lloyd: Opening reception at Greenhut Galleries

J. Thomas R. Higgins

J. Thomas R. Higgins

Greenhut Galleries presents an exhibition of three incredible Maine artists from October 5th through 28th with an opening reception Thursday, October 5th from 5 – 7pm.

Growing up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, J. Thomas R Higgins’s earliest exposure to art was the work of Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber and related Pennsylvania Impressionists. Later, as a college student, principal influences were Van Gogh, Kokoschka, Abstract Expressionists and other painters with a romantic vision. For more than four decades Higgins’s paintings have responded to the Maine landscape with passion and a personal viewpoint.

“As a painter, what I find most interesting is the dialogue between perception and the act of painting, how a gesture of paint can become the equivalent of what is observed and subjectively transformed. Painting for me is an active and intuitive process of participating in natural spaces. By working on site through direct sensory experience, I hope to achieve a dynamic, animated, and painterly response to a subject that is often untamed and in flux.”

This exhibition consists of paintings produced during a residency at Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center in Jefferson, Maine during the summer of 2016. The residency provided me with the opportunity to immerse myself in the rustic landscape from North Whitefield to Nobleboro, Maine—a subject matter to which I related unabashedly and enthusiastically.

Neil Welliver

Neil Welliver

This month Greenhut is also thrilled to announce its first exhibition of works by Neil Welliver. Welliver’s huge oil paintings of the Maine landscape are considered by art critic Robert Hughes to be “among the strongest images in modern American art.” While this exhibition includes oil paintings, it is primarily designed to celebrate the artists’ talents as a printmaker. The ten selected prints showcase Welliver’s use of the following media in creating an intuitive yet precise vision of the wild natural world: etching (using the difficult, laborious aquatint process) and woodblock (created in the intricate, exacting and time intensive Japanese tradition of ukiyo-e).

As former US poet laureate Robert Strand notes: “The world of the prints seems more vulnerable than that of the paintings. In fact, it seems oddly, radically poised for dissolution. Subjects are singled out, regarded, and given, finally, a painstaking mortal presence, reminding us that what we see will come to an end and that nothing in nature will last. It is on this that their lyric character depends, this terrible, gratuitous knowledge of limitation by which we make things matter.”

Neil Welliver was born in Pennsylvania in 1929 and lived in Maine for 35 years prior to his death in 2005. He received his BFA from Philadelphia Museum, College of Art and his MFA from Yale School of Art. He taught at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chairman the Graduate School of Fine Art from 1966 to 1989. Welliver’s works are included in many major museum collections, including Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well private collections worldwide.

George Lloyd

George Lloyd

This month our side gallery show will feature works by George Lloyd. These paintings were made in the 80s and 90s, following the artist’s move to Maine from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he had spent the previous 13 years as both painter and teacher.

The 8 works included in the present exhibit were selected in part on the basis of their Maine-centric palette. As poet and critic W.S. DiPiero puts it: “George Lloyd has lived west and east, and different weathers coexist in his work to strong, sometimes disturbing effect, especially in the paintings he has made while living in Maine. While haunted by Bay Area light, his work has also been infused with New England’s brutally changeful weather.” Lloyd’s paintings are marked by their exuberant vitality, and a brand of sensuality that incorporates both masterful brushwork and an extraordinary command of color.

George Lloyd received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale School of Art. In 1969, he moved to Berkeley to teach at the University of California. There he met and was befriended by Elmer Bischoff, a leader of the Bay Area Figurative Movement, with whom he drew from the figure model in weekly drawing sessions in a group that also included the painter Joan Brown.

Lloyd has received grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation in 1994 and 2006, and the
Elizabeth Foundation in 1995. He was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2002. His work is included in numerous museum collections as well as private collections both here and abroad.

For more information call 207-772-2693 or visit greenhutgalleries.me

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery to Exhibit the Work of Eric Green in October

Eric Green, Mirrored Room Five, Graphite grisaille, colored pencil and UV varnish on board, 18" x 16"

Eric Green, Mirrored Room Five, Graphite grisaille, colored pencil and UV varnish on board, 18″ x 16″

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host an exhibition in the month of October of Eric Green’s work. An opening reception will be Friday, October 6th from 5-8pm in conjunction with Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.

 

Heroes and Mirrors is an exhibition of a few bodies of work. The first is from the early 1990’s depicting a nostalgic reality of baseball heroes, while the other two series twist that nostalgic reality into a surreal perspective that challenges the viewers ability to comprehend the true image.

Eric Green was born in Gorham, New Hampshire in 1956 and currently lives and works in Belfast, Maine. Green has had several solo exhibitions including Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY; Gallery Henoch, New York, NY; Thomas Moser Gallery, Portland, ME; and Haley and Steele, Boston, MA. Green is the recipient of the National Academy of Design Merit Award and the Vermont Council Arts Fellowship.

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 Loom as Canvass” opens at CRAFT Gallery

Woven tapestry by Morris David Dorenfeld

Woven tapestry by Morris David Dorenfeld

CRAFT Gallery opens “The Loom as Canvass” on Friday, October 6th, with new work by textile and tapestry artist Morris David Dorenfeld. He is a painter at heart who uses his loom as a canvass to produce woven wool tapestries. The two new works at CRAFT are in the style of modernism found in the work of Mondrian and Gerrit Reitveld.

Ultimate simplicity and abstraction with harmony and order are the hallmarks of Dorenfeld’s work. Pure geometric forms and primary colors are woven into bold and stunning wool tapestries of art to be hung on the wall. Dorenfeld studied painting at the Chicago Art Institute and transitioned into designing and weaving tapestries when he moved to Maine. His work is shown at CRAFT through the courtesy of the Caldbeck Gallery.

In this final show of the 2017 season, CRAFT will hold over work by Lynn Duryea and Paul Heroux, introduce new work by Abbie Read and Suzanne Van Wye and show like minded gallery artists who create fine craft presented in dialogue with one another. The gallery will participate in Maine Craft Weekend October14 – 15 and will be open on those days from 10 to 5. CRAFT is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

The Sohns Gallery Presents Paintings by Martin Gallant

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The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop presents Paintings by Martin Gallant. The show runs from September 18th through November 5th. A reception and an artist talk will be held with conjunction with the First Fright ArtWalk on October 6th from 5-8pm.

This is Martin Gallant’s first time showing his large scale acrylic painting of beach stones. His artistic eye drew him to the stones describing them as “forested, wind worn, and sea worn gems”. Growing up in Bangor and attending the Mary Snow School art has always been his ticket to being noticed. He has lived his life around Maine and has always adored the Maine Landscape. Over the last 37 years he has produced hinders of painting ranging from murals to realistic landscapes. Now retired Martin Gallant has the time to focus of the smaller beauties of Maine. His large scale paintings of Maine beach stones are exquisitely rendered.

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

Farnsworth Free Community Opening for Black and White: Louise Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero

Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978, Courtesy of Dixie Guerrero, ©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

Pedro E. Guerrero, Louise Nevelson Gazes at her Artwork in New York, 1978, Courtesy of Dixie Guerrero, ©Pedro E. Guerrero Archives

On Friday, October 6, the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine, will celebrate a free community opening for the exhibition Black and White: Louse Nevelson/Pedro Guerrero. The opening, which will take place from 5 – 8 p.m., will feature black and white films in the library accompanied by live music, fun craft activities, both chocolate and regular milk, Oreo cookies, and other creative activities. Also opening on that night will be an exhibition of studies that Jamie Wyeth did for his now-famous portrait of JFK. The opening is part of the museum’s First Fridays at the Farnsworth sponsored by First National Bank.

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of President John F. Kennedy, Oil Study, 1967, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches. Collection of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of President John F. Kennedy, Oil Study, 1967, oil on canvas, 14 x 18 inches. Collection of Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) is recognized as one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century, whose wood sculptures, painted in black or white, revolutionized artists’ ideas of what sculpture could be. This exhibition will feature signature examples of these works drawn from the Farnsworth’s collection, the second largest collection of Nevelson’s work in the world. Some of these works reflect the artist’s interests in creating environments, in which her home and studio were laboratories for her innovations.

Nevelson’s home and studio were captured in a series of arresting black and white photographs by Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012) taken in 1978 and 1979. Guerrero, a renowned architectural photographer, is perhaps best known for his images of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which brought him to national attention. Guerrero’s photographs of Nevelson in her home and studio, in combination with examples of her sculpture, offer a captivating look at her life and work.

The Lead Sponsor of the exhibition is Gail Catharine Bertuzzi. The exhibition is made possible in part through a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The primary media sponsor of this exhibition is Maine Home + Design. Support for the community opening is also provided by Oakhurst Dairy.

Best Betts on display through December 24th

Best Betts Collage 2017

Betts Gallery moves into fall with a show entitled ‘BEST BETTS’. We’ve decided to go through our own collection of works, and offer up some of them for sale, along with a host of other works by local artists, including: Daniel Anselmi, Julie Cyr, Sheep Jones, Kathleen Mack, Willy Reddick and Julie Rose. This will be a revolving show, meaning, when a piece is sold, it will be replaced by something new. This ever-changing exhibit will stay up through December 24th, which will allow you plenty of time to return to see what’s new!

The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery are located at 96 Main St, and also may be entered on Beaver St. For more information please call (207) 338-6465 or visit our website.

Join Art Space Gallery at the First Friday Art Walk

Indian Summer by Hannah Nelsbach

Indian Summer by Hannah Nelsbach

Art Space Gallery invites you to the October “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 and refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, October 6th, from 5 to 8 pm. This reception will feature the work of Hannah Nelsbach, Laurie Lofman Bellmore, and Melissa Post van der Burg.

Hannah Nelsbach’s work reflects many years of experience with a wide variety of media in which she creates an intriguing combination of fantasy and realism.
Paddling in the cove near her home at high tide or sitting in the mud at low tide, Hannah catches in her art the beauty and silence of the ocean. Later in her studio she finishes her work with details of fantasy. Hannah’s expressions of beauty and color may result in two-dimensional art, sculpture, or in the form of children’s books. Hanna’s work can be seen at the Discovery Museum in Bangor and in several area hospitals.

Underwater Fish Green-Earrings by Laurie Bellmore

Underwater Fish Green-Earrings by Laurie Bellmore

Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a native of mid-coast Maine, having lived in the Rockland area all of her life. Laurie is a self-taught jewelry maker with many years of experience creating hand crafted fine art jewelry. Laurie’s tools include a kiln, a torch, and fine silver, copper, and 22K gold as well as enamels and dichroic glass. Her latest jewelry pieces are hand drawn seacoast scenes depicting island views, lobster buoys, boats, and lighthouses. The images are imbedded into colorful or white enamels.

Rockland Visitor by Melissa Post van der Burg

Rockland Visitor by Melissa Post van der Burg

Melissa Post van der Burg will be showing more of her vibrant, light-filled oil paintings. She has been working close to home, painting Maine themes, both inland and on the working waterfront. Her work has won many awards throughout the U.S.

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. Our October hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information visit our website at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Deer Isle Artists Association presents “A Mixer”

Watercolor by Robert Starkey

Watercolor by Robert Starkey

It’s time for “A Mixer” at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery. Featuring work by Leslie Anderson, Cynthia Bourque Simonds, Peggy de Wolf, Jill Finsen, Susan Finsen, Alan Flowers, Jeri Gillin, David McBeth, David Simonds, Robert W. Starkey, Cynthia Stroud Watson, Scott Thurston and J. Stroud Watson, the show runs from September 29 – October 11. In the Art Rack, viewers can find creations by Shari Ciomei, William Lukens, Cynthia Stroud-Watson, and Margaret Sturtevant.

Basket by Cynthia Bourque-Simonds

Basket by Cynthia Bourque-Simonds

Baskets, ceramics, fiber arts, paintings and photography will delight the eye at the DIAA gallery at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. The gallery is open daily from 11:00 until 5:00. For more information visit www.deerisleartists.com or call (207) 348-2330.

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

UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

Maine and Again: Jack Balas

Maine and Again: Jack Balas

The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens four new exhibitions in September. UMMA is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm and brings modern and contemporary art to the region, presenting approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA’s fall shows open to the public on September 15 and run through December 30, 2017. Admission to the Museum of Art is free in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors.

JACK BALAS: MAINE AND AGAIN
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Maine and Again, features over forty works by painter Jack Balas, who lives and works in Arizona and Colorado. The UMMA exhibition is the largest assembly of the artist’s works to date. Balas’s works, principally watercolor on paper and oil on canvas, are featured in a wide range of sizes including small compositions, multi-paneled paper pieces and several large canvases.

For nearly twenty years the depiction of athletic, youthful men, primarily of the all-American type, has been a focus of Balas. The artist’s buff subjects, some of whom seem to have just finished a gym session, offer a counterpoint to the proliferation of images of women throughout art history. These images of idealized masculinity celebrate the virility and wished-for invincibility of youth. Balas’s male subjects, at this particular stage of their lives, are full of desires, confidence, and hope. They possess an optimism and vitality as yet unfettered by the pressures of life.

Central to Balas’s creative process is the layering of seemingly disparate elements and painting styles within each work to create a fertile ground for contemplation. For example, in ZEITGEIST (#1207), we are left to ponder the relationship between a realist depiction of a muscular young boxer, a hastily-rendered outline of Mickey Mouse, thought bubbles with hand-drawn text, and a circular pool of bright green paint. Balas’s practice of journaling and story-telling is evident in the hand-drawn scrawled text and poetic passages that weave their way through many of the paintings.

The exhibition includes a selection of images that retell the artist’s adventures touring Maine as a young man in the 70s. Balas captures the lure of Maine’s varied landscape and creatures, as well as memorable moments for him such as meeting Andrew Wyeth, exploring coastal fishing villages, and hiking to the summit of Mt. Katahdin.

Maine and Again–a mid-career survey of sorts–features a number of just-completed works that are his largest canvases to date. Portage (Evening Would Know My Reply)(#1470), an 80 x 90-inch work from 2017, highlights the pleasures of summer. The artist has juxtaposed a painting of a log cabin, a linear drawing of an Adirondack chair, and two shirtless guys: one hugging a pine tree, the other crouched down in a game of catch. The cohabitation of Balas’s imagery ignites curiosity and sends the viewer on a search for meaning.

Traces: Amy Theiss Giese & Keliy Anderson-Staley

Traces: Amy Theiss Giese & Keliy Anderson-Staley

TRACES: AMY THEISS GIESE & KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Traces features the works of Amy Theiss Giese and Keliy Anderson-Staley, two photographers whose processes and images question deep-rooted conceptions on what constitutes a photograph. Both photographers have not used camera or lens to create these abstract compositions. Their process of applying and manipulating photo chemicals, and the resulting final images, may be more akin to the language of painting. The splatters, drips, blooms, and marks in these assorted works are not unlike the movement and gestural brushwork seen in Abstract Expressionist canvases, particularly notable in Action Painting and Color Field.

Giese and Anderson-Staley’s work methods necessitate a keen understanding of the fleeting nature of photographic chemicals, darkroom techniques, and materials. However, of equal importance to their processes is the sheer delight of experimentation. A creative fearlessness and willingness to embrace uncertainty is essential in realizing these evocative works. The imagery invites innumerable associations including mutable landscapes, networks, organisms, and micro/macro worlds.

Anderson-Staley resides in Houston, Texas and creates works using a wet-plate collodion tintype process—the origins of which are rooted in photography’s early history. Giese, who is based in Boston, Massachusetts, creates her images by using black and white darkroom chemistry on both silver gelatin and chromogenic papers.

Tintype Portraits: Keliy Anderson-Staley

Tintype Portraits: Keliy Anderson-Staley

KELIY ANDERSON-STALEY: TINTYPE PORTRAITS
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Houston-based photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley has made thousands of portraits that record the diversity of American faces. The wall installations, arranged in grids, consist of portraits of individuals and couples. The photographer states, “Each individual in this series—identified only by a first name—defiantly asserts his or her selfhood, resisting any imposed or external categorizing system we might bring to these images.” Anderson-Staley’s images exhibit the alluring surfaces and distinctive tonality characteristic of the tintype process. Another unique aspect of her portraits is that some facial features of the subjects are sharp, while others are out of focus. Adding to the drama are the darkened, rounded edges that frame the compositions. Anderson-Staley focuses on individuals from all walks of life and highlights our uniqueness, as well as the interconnectedness of humanity.

Anderson-Staley creates images using the wet-plate collodian tintype process, made with chemistry mixed according to nineteenth-century recipes. She coats blackened aluminum with collodian and then submerges them in silver nitrate to become light sensitive. The portraits are created using a wooden view camera with antique brass lenses. Exposures range between four and 20 seconds and require the sitters to remain motionless. The plates are then developed with ferrous sulfate and fixed with potassium cyanide. Anderson-Staley keeps the history of the medium alive by exploring these early photographic processes, all while creating works that advance photography’s contemporary relevance and discourse.

Littoral Drift Nearshore: Meghann Riepenhoff

Littoral Drift Nearshore: Meghann Riepenhoff

MEGHANN RIEPENHOFF: LITTORAL DRIFT NEARSHORE
September 15 – December 30, 2017

Meghann Riepenhoff exhibits a selection of camera-less images created in 2017, that record the essence of nature in its most elemental and fluctuating states. Riepenhoff works primarily in cyanotype, a process explored by Anna Atkins and other photographic pioneers in the 1840s. As is characteristic with this early photographic process, the artist has hand-coated watercolor paper with light-sensitive chemicals. What is unique to Riepenhoff’s process is that these works, often of considerable size, are created on location in a variety of natural environments. The paper is brought to sites where it is exposed to ocean waves, sections are buried in the sand, submerged in tidal pools, and draped over limbs in the rain. The process is both performative and physical as Riepenhoff collaborates with natural forces to create these striking works.

The cyanotype takes on a monumental presence in Littoral Drift Nearshore #516 (Bainbridge Island, WA 04.27.17), a large-scale composition created specifically for the UMMA exhibition. This immersive work, spanning ten feet, consists of twenty components joined together to convey the energy of undulating waves captured in a range of deep blues. Like the evolution of natural environments, Riepenhoff’s images continue to change over time—the surfaces are not fixed as in traditional darkroom photographs. While the artist’s images undeniably draw associations to painterly abstraction, these one-of- a-kind images are also direct imprints of the landscape.

Riepenhoff lives and works in Bainbridge Island, Washington and San Francisco, California, and these locales are often reflected her compositions.

Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2017 thanks to the generosity of Deighan Wealth Advisors. For more information visit umma.umaine.edu

Mars Hall Gallery – Touring Peninsula Art 2017

Kris Johnson "Waiting for the Ferry"

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.

Landscape Painters Curtis and Ineson at Pemaquid Art Gallery

Bill Curtis’ oil painting, “Pemaquid Point Surf”

Bill Curtis’ oil painting, “Pemaquid Point Surf”

William Curtis and Hannah Ineson are two area landscape painters who find the Pemaquid peninsula and the nearby islands inspiration for their work. Both have connections in other states, while the Maine landscape forms the basis for the majority of their paintings. They have both pursued artistic ventures for over 40 years.

William Curtis grew up in the art-saturated environment of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where his father and uncle were renowned artists. He and his brothers were involved in art from an early age, and Curtis has continued to paint throughout the New England area. Curtis particularly enjoys oil painting en plein air, sometimes returning multiple times to observe the fleeting light and shadow, colors and values, of a location that particularly piques his interest.

Moving to midcoast Maine a few years ago, he has been exploring and sketching the rugged coastline and wooded interiors.  He has found here what he “truly considers ‘Mother nature at her very best,’ where each season has so much to offer in sheer beauty and challenge to an artist.” Curtis’s work may also be found at the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA and online at williamacurtis.com.

 

Hannah Ineson’s “Pemaquid Morning”

Hannah Ineson’s “Pemaquid Morning”

Hannah Ineson paints in her Damariscotta studio, often focusing on coastal landscape interpreted in oil with a palette knife for her tool. She also enjoys watercolor, acrylic and drawing with an ink pen. Her oil and acrylic paintings most often have highly textured and heavily worked surfaces while she returns to drawing and watercolor for freshness and spontaneity.

Ineson has worked with various forms of art including printmaking, soft pastel, and pottery as well as oil and watercolor painting. She is a restless artist, enjoying the exploration of different media and styles of expression, while always returning to the natural environment for inspiration. Her subject matter draws on local scenery, but her interest is less in specific geographic accuracy than in the pleasure of composing and executing a work of art and she takes plenty of “artistic license.”

 

She also enjoys and teaches Illustrated Journaling, in Maine, Florida, and Wisconsin. This form of quick sketching often leads to a more finished piece, and she is also working on finishing and publishing a tour of Maine lighthouses in journal format. Ineson is also represented by Camden Falls Gallery and her work can be found online at hannahineson.com. She has had many solo and group shows and will be seen locally at Rising Tide Coop and at the River Grill in Damariscotta in September.

 

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of member artists all residing 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.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art presents Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark

Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 48 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, 2017, oil on panel, 24 x 48 inches

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present Jessica Lee Ives: Watermark, the
gallery’s first solo show for Ives. The show opens on Friday, September 15, with an artist
reception from 5–6pm, and an artist talk at 6pm. The show runs through October 28. The event is
free and open to the public.

Jessica Lee Ives: WaterForm, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: WaterForm, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

In her most recent series, Ives explores the figure as it moves through water—at the surface,
below, and looking down from above—creating colorful ripples or exploding above a swimmer’s
head like a jeweled headdress. These contemporary figures, combined with her exquisite
portrayal of water, make Ives’ paintings fresh, exciting, and relevant.

Jessica Lee Ives: Humanity of the Body, 2017, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Humanity of the Body, 2017, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10am–
5pm. For more information on upcoming shows call 207-667-6611, or visit
www.courthousegallery.com

Jessica Lee Ives: Embody, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

Jessica Lee Ives: Embody, 2017, oil on panel, 18 x 18 inches

WINE & CHEESE ART RECEPTION AT Centre St Arts Gallery

Reliquary, carved wood, by guest artist Roger Barry

Reliquary, carved wood, by guest artist Roger Barry

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, invites the public to a Wine and Cheese Reception on Friday, September 15, 2017, from 4 to 7 pm, during Bath’s Third Friday Art Walk.  Join artists and art lovers in opening a new exhibition featuring work by guest artists Alston Stoney Conley, watercolor, and Roger Barry, wood sculpture, as well as the 20 members of the gallery showing many new works.All artworks are original pieces in a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, tempera, clay and wood.  Twenty artists from the midcoast area are Barbara Bean, Sharon Bouchard, Laurie Burhoe, Judy Conlan, John Gable, Andrea Galuza, Claudette Gamache, Livy Glaubitz, Marnie Hackenberg, Sarah Harvey, Jillian Herrigel, Tom Hinkle, Victoria Jackson, Daniele Lambrechets, Jackie Melissas, Shelby Patton, Lea Peterson, Sharon Renk-Greenlaw, Jane Rosenfield, and Sarah Wilde.

Roger Barry is a sculptor of wood.  He produces furniture, abstract sculpture, and, featured in this exhibition: Reliquaries.  Barry writes “Working with wood is in my blood. My great-grandfather published The Lumberman’s Actuary and my grandfather and father were  in the lumber milling business. In 1975 I received a BFA in wood sculpture from Eastern Michigan University. Secret locks have intrigued me all my life. Many of my reliquaries incorporate hidden mechanisms which enhance the interaction with the piece. After the process of creation, I love to display a sculpted box and say, “open it.”

River Odyssey, watercolor, by guest artist Alston Stoney Conley

River Odyssey, watercolor, by guest artist Alston Stoney Conley

Alston Stoney Conley graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 1974, and is on the faculty of the Fine Arts Department of Boston College.  His work in watercolor features landscapes with trees, water and clouds at sunset/sunrise.  Conley says:
“I live under a New England sky. The light, its color, intensity, sensation, season, and length of day influence my psyche, mood, interior life and art practice. The long hours of daylight during summer and short hours during winter define our seasons, influence our lives, and distance us from our southern neighbors. The low sun, color-rich light and long shadows of early morning or end of the day often silhouette the horizon or individual trees in shadow, while the light fills the sky.”

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.  Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is open 7 days a week during the summer, Monday through Saturday 10:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 4:00 pm.  For more information, please call 207-452-0300, or visit the Gallery at 11 Centre Street, Bath.

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.

Harlow Gallery Presents “POW!”, a Comic Book Themed Art Show

“Comic Con” by Mort Todd

“Comic Con” by Mort Todd

Harlow Gallery presents POW!, a comic book themed art exhibition. Artists responded to a call for comic book art as well as artwork inspired by comics. POW! features the work of over 34 artists from across Maine and beyond. The exhibition is on view September 8 – October 21, 2017 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 12-6pm. For more information visit www.harlowgallery.org

“New Friends” by Mili St. John

“New Friends” by Mili St. John

Participating artists listed alphabetically by town:

Auburn: Amanda Kahl
Augusta: Anthony Austin
Bangor: Jodi Renshaw
Bowdoinham: Howard Solomon
Bristol: Ted Closson
Cape Elizabeth: Stivo Zittel
Derry, NH: Matthew Berry
Dresden Mills: Neal J. Clark
East Winthrop: August Rudy
Falmouth: Rick Parker
Fort Hood, TX: Peter Buotte
Gardiner: Allison McKeen, Tyson Pease, Abby York
Hallowell: Becky Havens, Nancy Jacob, Bruce Mayo, Sam Hill Jr.
Jefferson: Suzanna Lasker
Manchester: Bruce Armstrong
Morrill: Kathy Weinberg
Perth, Australia. (Formerly Portland, ME): Sarah Winifred Searle
Poland: Santiago Farias
Portland: Julia Durgee, Mort Todd
Richmond: Becca Case, K. Scott Davis
Rockland: Kitty Winslow
South Gardiner: Laura Barron
South Portland: Mili St. John
Unity: Joshua Roberts
Waterville: Lesley Schuman, Brian Vigue
Weeks Mills: Justin Pierce

“Somber Goodbye to All Hands Lost” by Stivo Zittel

“Somber Goodbye to All Hands Lost” by Stivo Zittel

The Danforth Gallery at University of Maine at Augusta is also presenting a comic themed exhibition, “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery” on view August 28 through October 6, 2017 at Jewett Hall, 46 University Drive in Augusta. The show “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery” is a presentation by artist Ted Closson of comics and cartooning work by himself and his peers in the comics’ community from around the New England region. The show will entail a traditional presentation of work on the gallery walls coupled with a reading space, a live presentation, and a workshop for comic artists and those interested in the process of making comics. For more information about “Seven Cartoonists in a Gallery” please visit www.artsuma.com.

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.

Tina Ingraham and Roy Germon at Greenhut Galleries

Tina Ingraham, Source, 24 x 50 inches, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham, Source, 24 x 50 inches, oil on linen

Tina Ingraham’s Rocks, Trees, Sand & Sea: Popham to Blue Hill will be on display September 7th – 30th, 2017 with an opening reception Thursday September 7th, 5-7pm. Roy Germon featured in the side gallery.

Tina Ingraham’s inspiration for her most recent group of paintings is the Maine landscape. She finds beauty in the subtleties of the world around her and in the paint itself, pushing and pulling the paint with the use of palette knife and brush. Tina was classically trained and received her MFA from Brooklyn College of CUNY in 1996 and holds a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati. As a John Simon Guggenheim Grant recipient, Ingraham painted in Italy and traveled Europe from 1999 to 2003 to study master paintings integral to her work. She is also the recipient of the Maine Commission for the Arts Project Grant, the Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, and the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship. She has been an educational instructor at Bowdoin College, Stephens College, Maine College of Art and Brooklyn College, where she received a teaching fellowship and the Charles G. Shaw Award for Excellence.

 

Roy Germon

Roy Germon

Recent work by Roy Germon will be featured in our side gallery this month. Germon attended the School of the Visual Arts in NYC where he received his BFA in 1990. During his 20-year tenure in NYC he worked as a freelance illustrator and a conservator of fine art and original prints. In 2003 he moved to Portland, Maine with his wife, son and daughter. Inspired by the Maine landscape, he took up painting, dominating his canvases with energetic brushstroke and bold line.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm. For more information please call (207) 772-2693 or visit www.greenhutgalleries.com

ART & EDUCATION IN MAINE Featuring ERNEST MCMULLEN & VICTORIA ACCARDI

Ernest McMullen:  Last Light, Somes Harbor, 24 x 36, oil on panel

Ernest McMullen: Last Light, Somes Harbor, 24 x 36, oil on panel

Art & education in Maine featuring Ernest McMullen & Victoria Accardi runs September 2 – 16, 2017. There will be a cocktail reception and open house on Saturday, September 2nd from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The exhibit features works by renowned landscape painter and former educator at College of the Atlantic, Ernest McMullen and realist painter and former student, Victoria Accardi.

Ernest McMullen is a gifted teacher who introduced multiple students to the fine arts during his 43-year tenure on the faculty of College of The Atlantic (COA). McMullen’s luminous work is highly sought after by collectors who are drawn to his iconic imagery – the quiet ambiance of evening closing in on the cool, blue-tinged waters of Somes Harbor or the steely tranquility of the moon over NE Harbor – as well as the sense of mystery and silence that pervades his landscapes.

Victoria Accardi:  Canton Kitchen, 30 x 48, oil on canvas

Victoria Accardi: Canton Kitchen, 30 x 48, oil on canvas

Victoria Accardi is tremendously grateful for her four years of study with McMullen; “he’s the reason I stayed at COA,” she says simply. Accardi says that this ability to see beauty in the commonplace mirrors that of her teacher, Ernest McMullen. The streets of New York offer endless fodder for Accardi’s imagination. A realist painter with a fascination for portraiture and the human form, Accardi celebrates the fleeting moments of life that unfold in the city around her.

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

Ogunquit Museum Fall Shows Include Cabot Lyford, Marsden Hartley, Alison Rector

Cabot Lyford (1925-2016) Heron Rising Carved wood on stone base Private collection

Cabot Lyford (1925-2016)
Heron Rising
Carved wood on stone base
Private collection

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) today announced that exhibitions opening September 1, 2017 will include American sculptor Cabot Lyford, Modernist artist Marsden Hartley, and Maine artist Alison Rector.

Cabot Lyford: Truth of Material, on view in the Sculpture Gallery through October 31, 2017, presents the artist’s sculptures alongside rarely seen works on paper. While he is best known for direct carving – chiseling and cutting directly into stone and wood – this installation also includes a selection of drawings and watercolor paintings.

“Direct carving reveals the harmony between a material and the resulting work of art.  And with Lyford’s work, we can feel that liberating and spontaneous call and response between the artist and his subject,” said Michael Mansfield, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.

Isabella Howland (1895-1974) Caricature Bust of Alfred Stieglitz, 1948 Bronze 7.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches Museum purchase, 1970 Bust of Georgia O’Keeffe c. 1960 Bronze 5.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches 1968.15 Anonymous gift, 1968 Photo: Larry Hayden

Isabella Howland (1895-1974)
Caricature Bust of Alfred Stieglitz, 1948
Bronze, 7.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches

Bust of Georgia O’Keeffe, c. 1960
Bronze, 5.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches

Photo: Larry Hayden

Marsden Hartley and His Circle presents painter, poet, and essayist Hartley among a coterie of associates within the Modernist movement in American art. From Maine to Ohio, New York, and Europe, Hartley traveled widely during his lifetime and became active among a formidable group of contemporaries such as American photographer Alfred Stieglitz and artist Georgia O’Keeffe. This exhibition draws upon the OMAA permanent collection to explore the circle of artists that helped to shape his personal awakening and career. This show is on view in the Little Gallery through October 31.

Alison Rector Down East Oil on linen 40 x 40 inches

Alison Rector
Down East
Oil on linen
40 x 40 inches

Alison Rector: The Value of Thought is the latest in a series of paintings by Rector exploring historic public library buildings. The artist has visited 18 of the Carnegie libraries in Maine and many others, and has created more than 40 paintings exploring a wide variety of these shared spaces. This exhibition is on view in the Long Gallery through October 31 and is sponsored by Greenhut Galleries.

Please note: an exhibition of works by artist Steve Hawley, originally planned for 2017, has been rescheduled for May, 2018.

The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) was founded by Lost Generation artist Henry Strater and opened in 1953. Closely connected to two of America’s earliest art colonies that directly contributed to the roots of American modernism, OMAA today houses a permanent collection of important paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs from the late 1800s to the present and is the only museum in Maine devoted exclusively to the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of American art. A short walk from Perkins Cove, the museum and its three acres of sculpture gardens overlook Narrow Cove and the Atlantic Ocean. OMAA is open May 1 through October 31, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ogunquitmuseum.org

“Touch of Gold” at CRAFT Gallery

Thread drawing by Daphne Taylor

Thread drawing by Daphne Taylor

CRAFT Gallery opens “Touch of Gold” on Friday, September 1st through October 5th, presenting new work by gallery artists. Four featured artists use gold as a common element in their work: potter Paul Heroux, calligrapher Jan Owen, quilter Daphne Taylor and sculptor Jacques Vesery. Quilt maker Daphne Taylor’s powerful design sense and minimalist aesthetic are expressed in her ”drawings” with thread. Her use of gold and silk recall the Middle Ages and Renaissance art, sumptuous with gold and precious materials to add value.She uses wool and silk as a surface to create her work with thread. Potter Paul Heroux treats the ceramic vessel as a painting surface and 3 – dimensional canvass, combining colors, patterns, angles and metallic lusters to his abstract and architectural approach to pottery. Calligrapher Jan Owen’s hand lettered piece, “Benediction” features a poem by Wesley McNair from his newest book “The Unfastening” McNair was poet laureate of Maine from 2011 to 2016. This is the ninth collection of his published work.

Bronze glazed vase by Paul Heroux

Bronze glazed vase by Paul Heroux

CRAFT Gallery is also privileged to present the newest clay sculptures by Lynn Duryea, co-founder of Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Duryea began her career as a functional potter and progressed to making minimalist abstract forms. Her geometric and architectural clay sculptures combine angles, colors and textures that she has observed in smokestacks, dock pilings and worn building facades. She was included in the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 2016 Biennial and has taught and lectured widely in the U.S. Many of the artists will be present during the September 1st First Friday Art Walk and books pertaining to their work will be available for purchase and signing including the new “Handcrafted Maine” featuring weaver Sara Hotchkiss.

Clay sculpture by Lynn Duryea

Clay sculpture by Lynn Duryea

CRAFT Gallery is located at 12 Elm Street in Rockland and will have live music by “Good Vibrations” in the gallery courtyard during the evening Art Walk. For more information call (207) 594-0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

“WHAT’S UP THERE” at Philippe Guillerm Gallery

Attic Windows of Tides and Atmosphere Rockport by Jean Kigel

Attic Windows of Tides and Atmosphere Rockport by Jean Kigel

“WHAT’S UP THERE Attic Window Series”, a exhibition of works by Waldoboro artist Jean Kigel, opens with an artist’s reception Saturday, September 9th, from 4 to 7pm.

Jean Kigel presents a unique series of oils and watercolors of attic windows from Mid-coast Maine. “There is something romantic about an attic”.In Kigel’s paintings the viewer is invited to take a virtual look from the street into attic windows to imagine the story within.
Nigel travels Mid-coast Maine towns, seeking unusually shipped attic windows, in the form of crescent moons, polygons, or ornately arranged and decorated multi-panes.

Philippe Guillerm Gallery proudly presents Jean Kigel and Philippe Guillerm’s new collection of sculptures and joins with Tidemark Gallery, Heywood Gallery and a local Collective Art Group for Waldoboro’s “Second Saturday ArtWalks.” For more information call 207-701-9085 or visit www.guillermsculptures.com

September 3rd Opening Reception at The Turtle Gallery

Alix Bacon, The Climate Change Apocolypse, 24 x 72

Alix Bacon, The Climate Change Apocolypse, 24 x 72

This new exhibition features 3 series of paintings by Alix Bacon, mixed media drawings by Mary Barnes, abstract paintings by Anderson Giles and hand-printed paper collages by Alice Spencer.

Alix Bacon returns to the Turtle Gallery with three new series of work: The Scottish Paintings, Windows on Maine and the Climate Change Apocalypse. Bacon’s landscapes depict tranquil terrains, opening vistas onto the natural world in all its richness. Though the paintings contain no figures, we are reminded that we are present in them; we bear a responsibility to the landscapes in which we always, indelibly, appear. Bacon translates her vision by painting the environment, not just the landscape, and reminds us of the raw truth of Climate Change on our world.

Mary Barnes Frigate 40 x 52 mixed media on mylar

Mary Barnes Frigate 40 x 52 mixed media on mylar

Moved by the wonder and mystery of our avian counterparts, Mary Barnes captures their presence in a series of both vibrant and evocative mixed media drawings. Inspired by both the birds of her home in the north and a journey to the Galapagos, Barnes translates the vitality of aviary flight, habitat, sounds and habits of birds in this new collection of drawings.

Anderson Giles, Sacral Rampart, Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 42

Anderson Giles, Sacral Rampart, Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 42

Anderson Giles joins the Turtle Gallery for his first showing since retiring from 35 years of teaching art and photography at The University of Maine at Presque Isle. The show will include several older works as well as paintings recently completed during his final summer in northern Maine. Giles engages his powerful use of color and light to capture representational imagery, abstract visions and the many lines and points between where the spiritual and the physical blur.

Alice Spencer, Quilt Improv 2, 16x16

Alice Spencer, Quilt Improv 2, 16×16

Portland based artist Alice Spencer will be showing new collages of hand-printed paper. A lifelong artist of various mediums, Spencer has long been influenced by textiles from her travels and their integration into culture and everyday life.

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Chris Joyce Studio Shot

A new collection of woodwork from local favorite Chris Joyce will also be on display, as well as copies of his new catalog.

In addition, a vast collection of jewelry and contemporary craft, print collections and sculpture garden will be on display. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (207) 348-9977 or visit theturtlegallery.com

Erik Lundin Retrospective at The Kelpie Gallery

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A first ever showing of the works of the late artist Erik Lundin of Rockland/Thomaston and Madrid, Spain at The Kelpie Gallery of South Thomaston, Maine. Erik Lundin Retrospective – The Art of a Quiet Soul opening reception Saturday, September 9, 2017 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Erik Lundin, a lifetime and reclusive artist, died at the age of 86 having never shown his paintings. Susan Lewis Baines of The Kelpie Gallery has been gifted almost 300 pieces of artwork and as many studies of the artist’s life’s works by Lundin’s sister in the hopes of creating and building the legacy of her late brother.

Baines was approached by a healthcare worker of Lundin’s asking Baines to view his body of work. Baines agreed and was impressed with the artist’s geodynamic landscapes of Maine, Spain, and Central America. Baines met with the artist before his passing. His wish was to have confirmation by the populace of his talent. Unfortunately, Erik Lundin passed away before he could realize his wish. Susan agreed to accepting the work with one caveat; that 50% of the sales of Erik Lundin’s work by donated to the Sussman House, a hospice facility located in Rockport, Maine.

The Kelpie Gallery, in conjunction with the Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, presents: Erik Lundin Retrospective – The Art of a Quiet Soul. For more information call (207) 691-0392 or visit www.thekelpiegallery.com

John Bowdren Fall Exhibit Opens at Yarmouth Frame and Gallery

"Lobster Rafts at Dusk" 36x48 acrylic on canvas

“Lobster Rafts at Dusk” 36×48 acrylic on canvas

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery’s Fall exhibit Presence of Place, is a group show with their 22 year around gallery artists with a focus on John Bowdren. John’s works have a quietness about them, a peacefulness that is soothing and meditative. The show is a reflection of that sensibility and having a presence of place. There is an Artist Reception on September 9th 4 to 7 and runs through November 22nd.

In John’s own words about his process, he shares,”Mornings start with a cup of tea, a quick look at the weather and the tide charts, then grab the Maine Gazetteer, sketchbooks and camera and off along the Mid-Coast, following the little boat symbols in the Gazetteer for public boat ramps and put in’s, where I hope to find my painting subjects and an A-Ha moment to share.”

"White Boat at Dock" 12x12 acrylic on canvas

“White Boat at Dock” 12×12 acrylic on canvas

John’s work relies on the warm or cool temperature of light and how it effect the emotional presence of a place. “Reflecting light is important to my work.” John tells us. “I work the color values back and forth in the water of my seascapes so that it appears to be there, but not there and serves as a supporting role for the placement of boats or wharf subjects.” The overall effect gives my audience a feeling of calm in the unbalanced balance of a finished piece.”

"Hanging Out at the Wreck" 24x24 acrylic on canvas

“Hanging Out at the Wreck” 24×24 acrylic on canvas

Yarmouth Frame and Gallery is located at 720 Rt. 1 in Yarmouth. Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm. For more information about all 22 of our year around gallery artists or to make an appointment for a private viewing call 207-846-7777 or email from our website. www.YarmouthFrameAndGallery.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

New Era Gallery Opens “Home”

Evening Reflection, oil on canvas, by Susan Day Philbrook

Evening Reflection, oil on canvas, by Susan Day Philbrook

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven will open the last show of the summer season on Saturday September 2, with a reception from 5:00-7:00pm.  The show is open to all gallery artists, with a theme based on the concept of “home”.  Works will include paintings by Susan Day Philbrook and Elaine Austin Crossman, hand-hooked rugs by Kathleen Bird, and sculpture and prints by Kitty Wales.    

Labor Day weekend hours are Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday 11:00am to 2:00pm, and Monday 10:00am to 12:00pm.  Late summer hours following the weekend are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.  For more information call 207-863-9351 or visit neweragallery.com.

Art Space Gallery September 1st Opening

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Roger Barry, Face, Wood

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk on September 1st.  Our front room features the work of Roger Barry, Janalee Welch, Joan Wright, and Melissa Post van der Burg. Additionally, there are many new works by our 15 other gallery artists. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments, and meet our artists on Friday, September 1st, from 5 to 8 pm.

Roger Barry of Edgecomb is a sculptor artisan who makes reliquaries from native hardwoods, many with secret locks. Heavily carved and beautifully finished, each is designed to hold precious personal items or enhance decor. Roger also creates sculptures and dreamlike tree houses that light up and draw starry nights on ceilings.“Most of my wood stock is milled from downed trees. Each one has its unique character and the sculpture that unfolds must reflect and honor it. Whether formal or whimsical, functional or decorative, all my pieces invite a personal encounter with the wood.”

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch, Circles over Circles, Mixed Media Collage

Janalee Welch of Farmington uses paper, both bits of the old and those she has decorated, painted, printed, or rusted together with bits and pieces of found objects to express her ongoing interest in how these materials work together in collage. Her work is inspired by her love of the natural world that was her playground as a child and her subject as a classroom teacher. “I love the rocks of the Maine coast, and I am inspired by their shapes, colors, conglomerate components, their history and their formation.” Janalee’s collages employ reminiscences of nature using simplicity and order; and pattern and symmetry as design elements, creating the sense of serenity and stability that she takes from nature.

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright, Up, Photography

Joan Wright of Rockland continues her exploration of the abstraction of reflections in water as well as capturing the many moods of her favorite island in the fog and out. Her exhibition will include both abstract and land/water scapes around Vinalhaven. Joan, who has been coming to Vinalhaven for over 35 years, reveals the spirit of the coast in her photography. “Water fascinates me. Its beauty and destructive power. It’s ability to reflect, distort, to change itself into what we perceive as another medium.”  

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg, My Immigrant 2, watercolor

Melissa Post van der Burg of Augusta will be featuring a new set of watercolor paintings. She works with the medium as if it were oil, creating rich, colorful and soulful paintings.  Her work, featuring images of Maine, has won awards across the country and is capturing the attention of many collectors. “Most of my work is figurative, with a narrative quality. I often use friends and family members as models–this is a venerable tradition dating back to the great renaissance painters. When I have a figure in front of me that I know very well, it leaves me free to focus on the story–what the painting is about.”

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.  September hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 pm to 4pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Oil Painters Kefauver and Mabry On Exhibit at Pemaquid Art Gallery

“Welcome II” , an oil painting by Will Kefauver, can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

“Welcome II” , an oil painting by Will Kefauver, can be viewed at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Two fine oil painters, Mary Mabry of Waldoboro and Will Kefauver of Damariscotta, are showing their work at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season. Both are skilled at landscape as well as portraits and figurative subjects. Relatively recent additions to the Gallery (Mabry is a Guest this year, and it is Kefauver’s third season as Member), their work adds to the professional quality artwork seen at the Gallery.

Will Kefauver has an extensive art background as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director, who has now returned to painting and teaching in his home gallery, The Kefauver Studio in Damariscotta. With many nationwide shows and awards under his belt, he is finding the Maine landscape satisfies his desire to create a living memory of a beautiful time and space. He states: “It is the sculpture created by the land, sea, and foliage – brought to life by the changing light – which draws me to the easel. Whether working en plein air or from reference, interpreting what nature presents is both grueling work and joyful play.” He categorizes his Maine subjects as Lighthouses, Monhegan Island, Along the Shore and Boats and Buoys. Within these themes are many subjects that reveal his interest in “wherever land and water meet.” His surf paintings are particularly exciting, showing technical expertise as well as emotional content. His website contains full information on the work and schedule of this busy artist: kefauverstudio.com.

“ Chamberlain” is just one example of Mary Mabry’s lush landscape oil paintings, now on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

“ Chamberlain” is just one example of Mary Mabry’s lush landscape oil paintings, now on view at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Mary Mabry spent many years in the banking business, but has found her true home as a painter in mid-coast Maine. She wisely sought art education from great artists and teachers, including a year at the California Art Institute. Although she considers herself an ongoing student, she credits her intensive work drawing and painting the figure from life with her progress and success.  She is a gardener as well as a painter: “Most of my floral paintings start with a walk through my garden.  For example, as I walk by an old French hybrid lilac, my senses come alive.  And I think as I sink my nose into a flower cluster, “What a heavenly fragrance!  These petals feel like silk on my cheek!  Look at the subtle variations in the color!”  And a concept for a painting is born—translating these sensory feelings into paint—so that others may somehow experience them.” Mabry’s lush landscapes reflect a similar personal experience and emotional response that goes beyond her considerable technical skill. She has earned awards for her work, which has been shown in many prestigious national and regional locations. Her website is marymabry.com.

Visit the Pemaquid Gallery of Art this season to see the work of member artists residing 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.

New Shows by Anthony and Curry at Gleason Fine Art

CAPTION: Janice Anthony, Damariscotta River, 14 by 30 acrylic on canvas.

CAPTION: Janice Anthony, Damariscotta River, 14 by 30 acrylic on canvas.

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor opens two new shows on August 31: JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE and TOM CURRY: NEW WORK. The opening reception for both shows is First Friday, September 1, from 5 to 7 pm. Everyone is invited to join Janice and Tom in a glass of Monhegan Brewing beer or fine wine. The two shows run through October 3.

JANICE ANTHONY     Jackson resident Janice Anthony is on the short list of Maine’s most respected and collected contemporary realist painters. A long-time member Tom Crotty’s Frost-Gully Gallery in Freeport, Anthony joined the Gleason roster of artists upon Crotty’s death two year’s ago. The gallery welcomed Anthony’s fresh and direct approach to painting the landscape.

     Anthony’s beautifully rendered landscapes of Maine invite viewers to see the natural world as she does. In her own words: “The content of my paintings lies beyond the visible features of woods, rocks, and water. My intention is to convey the sense of place: the moving air, the solidity of rock, the transience of water, and the strength of the ground beneath. The act of painting unites me with a wilderness that I recognize within myself. Putting paint on the canvas is where I find my bearings, at the intersection of the image and the brush” (O’Hern, “Am. Art Collector,” 6/2012).

       Janice Anthony lives in rural Jackson, Maine, where she and her husband raise cattle. Anthony’s resume is long and includes numerous solo and group shows at prestigious galleries. Her paintings hang in many public collections, including Unum, in Portland, Maine, and the McGraw-Hill Companies in New York City. Her paintings appear in many books and magazines, including the Little/Skolnick series, Paintings of Maine, Paintings of Maine in Winter, and Paintings of Maine Islands.

        For her solo show JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE, Anthony has given the gallery a dozen new paintings, including the ethereal “Threshold” (acrylic, 24 by 24 inches), which depicts a place and a moment in time so evocative that one is tempted to use the word “dreamlike.” 

TOM CURRY     Artist Tom Curry could live anywhere, but he and his wife, the writer Kim Ridley, chose the Down East village of Brooklin, Maine. Here Curry’s singular passion focuses on the tiny, uninhabited island of Chatto, which sits in Blue Hill Bay in sight of Curry’s studio.  Curry paints Chatto at all times of day and in all types of weather. 

      The show’s centerpiece, a 48 by 57 inch oil titled “Venus,” is breath-taking. With “Venus,” Curry conjures a spectacular summer day in Maine. Immense, puffy, white clouds float in the sky above Chatto and are reflected in the sea below, enveloping the lush, green island. The open sky is an unforgettable clear blue. The sun, threatening to break through the clouds, yellows their edges. 

       “Venus” is classic Tom Curry: take a simple thing, like a little, green pincushion of an island, and make it the center of the universe, a universe the viewer wants very much to be a part of.

        When Curry can take his eyes off Chatto, Brooklin’s serrated coastline and dozens of islands offer the artist an unlimited number of possibilities to paint. In “The Meadow,” a delicately striped sky fills the top half of the painting. The lower half takes the viewer from the mainland to a wooded island, and then to the distant hills beyond. The striped sky plays against supercharged spring greens and the reds and oranges of newly leafed blueberry shrubs. The result is a stunning painting that lets the viewer know just how precious this bit of coastline is.  

        Both shows, JANICE ANTHONY: AT ONE WITH NATURE and TOM CURRY: NEW WORK, may be viewed on the gallery’s website: gleasonfineart.com. For further information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, or send an email to info@gleasonfineart.com. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.

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

New Alan Magee paintings at Greenhut Galleries

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Alan Magee, born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time, Atlantic, New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Bantam, Ballantine, and Simon & Schuster Books. He received numerous awards for his illustrations including the National Book Award, Awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators and many more. Magee began to concentrate on personal paintings in the late 70s and in 1980 had his first solo exhibition at Staempfli Gallery in New York.

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His painting career took off, and in 1991 he had a ten-year retrospective simply titled, Alan Magee 1981-1991. The show traveled to four US museums. Other retrospectives have been hosted by the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the Frye Art Museum.

Magee’s paintings are in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Art Institute of Chicago, The National Portrait Gallery, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Arkansas Art Center, Arizona State University Art Museum, The Newark Art Museum, and the Columbus Museum of Art. For more information visit www.greenhutgalleries.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.

Barbara Ernst Prey Museum Commission

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) has commissioned Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a groundbreaking 8 by 15 feet watercolor for their new Building 6 that opened its doors to the public in May 2017.

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 served as references for the world’s largest known watercolor and uniquely chronicle the development of Barbara Prey’s commission for MASS MoCA.

BARBARA PREY PROJECTS will be open daily from 10am-5pm between July 1 and September 20.

Barbara Prey Projects, Main Street, Port Clyde, ME 04855
July 1−September 20 daily from 10a.m.−5 p.m. 207 372 8087
Barbarapreyprojects.com / info@barbarapreyprojects.com

Four Solo Shows Opening at Caldbeck Gallery

CARDOON 2012 oil on panel 16 x 12 inches Lois Dodd

CARDOON 2012 oil on panel 16 x 12 inches Lois Dodd

From August 16 to September 16, The Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit the work of 4 artists: Lois Dodd of Cushing ME and New York NY, Bayard Hollins of Islesboro ME and Ojai CA, Janice Kasper of Swanville ME, and Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor ME.  An opening reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 6-8 pm.

In “Summer Paintings”, Dodd’s oil on masonite and oil on aluminum paintings sing with the light and air of summer in Cushing, Maine.  Mostly painted within the past 3 years, the paintings range in size from 5 x 7 inches to 18 x 20 inches.   In “Open Barn Door with Wheelbarrow” a very red wheelbarrow casts its shadow on the barn’s cedar shakes.  The shadow is that cool color that only the heated light of summer can create.  In one of the smaller paintings, “Frog Road Kill”, a frog’s little body is painted with a care that is both scientific and tender.  Dodd’s work has been shown widely in NYC, where she shows with Alexander Gallery, and throughout the U.S. for more than 60 years; her first exhibit with the Caldbeck was in 1985; this is her 11th solo show at the gallery.

A SPECIAL PLACE 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches Bayard Hollins

A SPECIAL PLACE 2017 oil on canvas 60 x 60 inches Bayard Hollins

Hollins’s show, “A Special Place”, features paintings in oil on canvas, as well as in acrylic on paper, measuring in the range of 18 x 20 inches to 72 x 60 inches.  About his work, the artist explains, “many influences go in my work, though the dominant theme tends to be the interaction between classical realism and abstract expressionism.  I work very fast, with large brush strokes, in order to convey the rawness of nature.  I like to leave a painting in a sort of incomplete state.  I believe that an unrefined painting is truer to nature and to my own emotions.  Space is created so that the painting can move, breath, and grow in the viewer’s imagination.  He used to love to go out in his power boat in stormy weather, but gave that up, and now relives those experiences in some of his paintings.   This is the artist’s third solo show with the Caldbeck.

THREE GRACES 2017 oil on canvas 36 x 21 inches Janice Kasper

THREE GRACES 2017 oil on canvas 36 x 21 inches Janice Kasper

Kasper’s 5 canvases in her show “New Work” are about nature (and human nature).  Measuring in the range of 21 x 31 inches to 24 x 80 inches, each painting tells a story woven together by the artist’s sense of humor and compassion for the animal world.   “My work is concerned with how we view and interact with our fellow creatures. They make our lives richer and we have the power to enrich their lives by protecting their habitats and by seeing the beauty in all living things”, Kasper says. Kasper was the curator of historic sites for the Farnsworth Art Museum for many years.  Her work there included caring for the Lucy Farnsworth Homestead, as well as the Olson House in Cushing.  Her passion and compassion for wildlife plays out in all of her artwork. She has shown widely in Maine and Connecticut, and has been with the Caldbeck since 1985.

FERTILITY  2017  granite  48 x 13 x 9 inches  Lise Becu

FERTILITY 2017 granite 48 x 13 x 9 inches Lise Becu

“Works in Stone” includes a number of new sculptures by Lise Becu, as well as a number of earlier pieces.  Becu works predominantly in different kinds of granite and Rockland limestone, but also works in alabaster, travertine, and calcite.  Of particular interest to her are found stones – on the beach, or in a wall, or from a slag pile.  “I like to use the natural shape of the stone”, explains the artist.  “I also try to leave some of the stone’s texture that is created by the many years of erosion out in nature.  When I finish a piece, I blend those areas of roughness into the final polished surface.  My imagery usually evolves as I carve, like having a conversation with the stone.  It’s as though the stories appear all by themselves.  I like to describe my work as ‘stylized figurative depictions of everyday life, dreams, and legends’.” Becu has been represented by the Caldbeck since the gallery’s first exhibit in June of 1982.

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.

Multiple Media Artwork Featured At Pemaquid Art Gallery

“State of the Union” by Debra Arter if reflective of her intriguing and colorful work which always has something to say.

“State of the Union” by Debra Arter if reflective of her intriguing and colorful work which always has something to say.

Debra Arter, uses a multiple media approach to art. Known for her printmaking and collage, she also enjoys painting and assemblage. Her subject matter ranges from realistic to abstract. Steve Viega is a woodworker who creates functional art for marine and residential uses. At the Pemaquid Gallery he will be showing unique bowls that highlight the natural beauty of the wood.

Deb Arter remembers her first “serious” art project was a third grade class bulletin board titled “What the Wind Does,” and in high school she won the state anti-smoking poster contest and her design was mass produced. She went on to earn a BA degree in Art Education, and a Masters in Fine Arts. She is a member of many art societies and guilds, and has taught printmaking extensively in the mid-coast Maine area.

Arter’s work reflects a wide-ranging interest in poetry, history and music. A recurring theme is houses and homes, as they reflect the personalities of the inhabitants. Much of her work can be seen as a kind of storytelling, as though the work has something to say, which may or may not be obvious to the viewer! Whatever the subject, her work is intriguing, colorful and delightful, recalling Matisse, Bonnard, and Klee among many other of her favorite artists. She can be seen online at the sites of societies she belongs to including the Monotype Guild of New England, www.mgne.org. She will also be showing her work in Brunswick this fall.

Functional woodworking is the goal and Steve Viega of Walpole and bowls are just some of the fine woodworking he is exhibiting this season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Functional woodworking is the goal and Steve Viega of Walpole and bowls are just some of the fine woodworking he is exhibiting this season at the Pemaquid Art Gallery.

Steve Viega also remembers early inspiration for working with wood as he grew up in rural Connecticut, which led a degree in forestry from Paul Smith’s College in the New York Adirondack Mountains. On graduation, he worked as a finish carpenter until he became involved in wooden boatbuilding in Maine, where he worked as a joiner in the famed boatyards of the mid-coast, learning from world-class boat builders and joiners.

Viega has now launched his own business, Steve Viega Woodworks, in Walpole. He offers a wide range of fine woodworking services, marine and residential, from furniture to sign carving, new and renovated. After a fire in 2016 destroyed his studio and new house, he is as determined as ever to pursue his art with functional woodworking. The bowls he is showing in his first year at the Pemaquid Gallery are stunning. His work may be seen online at www.svwoodworks.com.

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.

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

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.”