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Dowling Walsh Gallery hosting three exhibitions for October

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

 

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

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

Tollef Runquist

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

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

 

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

 

Sarah McRae Morton

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

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

 

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

 

Reggie Burrows Hodges

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

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

 

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

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

Cove St. Arts opening for “Exquisite Beauty”

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

Cynthia Winings Gallery opening for “Reverant Outcomes”

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

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

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

Colin Page artist talk at Greenhut

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

 

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

 

Betts Gallery Presents “Animalia”

Sheep Jones, Hide 21, oil on wood, 12” x 12”

Please join Betts Gallery at an opening reception on Friday, September 27th, 5:30-8pm, for a group show entitled ‘Animalia’. The work, in a variety of media, is inspired by both domestic and wild creatures that inhabit our planet, on the land, in the air and under the sea. The show, which runs through October 26th, features artists Sally Brophy, MJ Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, David Estey, Helene Farrar, Conny Hatch, Sheep Jones, Kirk P. Linder, Kat Logan, Kathi Peters, Rebekah Raye, Willy Reddick, Dorothy Royle, Jill Stasium and Peter Walls.

The Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk is always a fun time to stroll around town, visit the galleries, talk to the artists, see some friends 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.

Sunday Salon with Tectonic Industries at CMCA

Sunday Salon | Tectonic Industries

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), in Rockland invites the public to attend a Sunday Salon gallery talk on September 22 at 3pm with exhibiting artists Lars Boye Jerlach and Helen Stringfellow of Tectonic Industries. The artist duo will share the inspirations and process behind their interactive installation, “Dreams Can Come True (if it’s not working for you, you’re not doing it right).”

Danish artist Lars Boye Jerlach and British artist Helen Stringfellow met while pursuing MFA degrees in sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland. Recognizing overlaps in ideals and approaches to art making, they began collaborating in 1999. They moved from Europe to the United States in 2001, and were based in Minneapolis for eleven years. After living in Auckland, New Zealand for sixteen months, they moved back to the U.S. in January 2014 and now live and work in Portland, ME.

DREAMS CAN COME TRUE installation view

Presenting their work as Tectonic Industries, they have exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and the Pacific. Their work often examines the artifice inherent with the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture. Balancing wry humor with philosophical reflection, their installation “Dreams Can Come True” examines the impossibility of our collective, endless search for concrete answers and endeavor of self-improvement. 

Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members, others with admission. Participants are encouraged to stay following the talk for refreshments and further discussion. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.

Cove St. Arts Presents “Exquisite Beauty. The enduring legacy of grace”

Join us on Thursday, September 19 from 5-7 pm for the Opening Reception of: Exquisite Beauty. The enduring legacy of grace at Cove St. Arts in Portland.

The exhibition, curated by Indigo Arts Alliance co-founder Marcia Minter, showcases the international photography of two Maine artists, David Caras and Meredith Kennedy.

Soup chef gets engulfed in soupy steam near Yu Yuan.

“Grace,” as a noun, refers to the elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action. As a verb, it means to confer dignity or honor upon a subject. Through the work of two Portland-based artists, Marcia Minter curated an exhibition that explores both concepts.

The Cuba-based work of photographer David Caras depicts everyday life set in decaying colonial grandeur. Meredith Kennedy transports the viewer to the other side of the globe, to Asia and to scenes immediately recognizable as foreign whether depicting frenetic city streets or quiet village scenes.

In both artists’ work, there is an elegance of form and a beauty in the human environments depicted. Through their lenses, Caras and Kennedy document the dignity in their subjects and confer that dignity upon the viewer by evoking our shared humanity across cultures and the often exquisite (acute, even painful) beauty we create.

Marcia Minter is the co-founder of Indigo Arts Alliance, VP Creative Director of L.L. Bean, and a member of the board of trustees of the Portland Museum of Art.

Season’s Last Open Studio Day at Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center

Robin Lane, cello

Throughout the summer, Maine Farmland Trust’s (MFT’s) Fiore Art Center, in Jefferson opens its doors to the public with festive, family-friendly open studio days. On the last Sunday of the month the artists and performers in residence welcome visitors into their studios and out onto the land to see what they have been working on during their month-long residency, and the Center is open for tours. Sunday, September 29, will be the last Open Studio Day of the summer. From 12-3pm guests can enjoy the Center’s gallery, garden, free refreshments and live cello music on the lawn by Robin Lane at the Center’s gorgeous grounds on the shores of Damariscotta Lake.

A unique element during this last month is the presence of two residents working with sound and music, in relation to farming and environment.

Tracey Cockrell first began to integrate her interests in sculpture, sound, and landscape while living in Maine, hiking wilderness areas to collect audio field recordings and building experimental musical instruments. Cockrell will continue to investigate the intersection of nature and technology to make interactive sculptures using the sounds and plants found on Maine farmlands.

Sara Trunzo is the recipient of the performing arts residency this year. A former organizer, farmer, and non-profit professional Trunzo is now a singer-songwriter illuminating rural stories. She calls Unity, ME home, but lives and works seasonally in Nashville, TN and on tour. Her songs are informed by the landscape, community, and transformation.

Tessa G. O’Brien from South Portland, ME is this month’s visual artist in residence. O’Brien grew up in the Midcoast area and her paintings reference light, revel in color and play with architectural space – specifically traditional timber frame structures. While at the residency, she will continue making paintings about buildings in the landscape and architectural space, using color and painterly process to convey a sense of place.

Laurie McDonnell is this season’s resident gardener. From tending urban landscapes to nurturing her own small farm, she has relished the opportunities she has had to partner with the land. She looks forward to cultivating her memoir and critical essay writing practice as she tends the gardens at Rolling Acres Farm.

The Fiore Art Center’s Open Studio Days are funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The monthly Open Studio Days take place at the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm, 152 Punk Point Road in Jefferson. Maine Farmland Trust acquired Rolling Acres in 2011, with the goal of protecting the land. MFT decided to expand its work of “celebrating agriculture through art” from MFT’s Gallery in Belfast to Rolling Acres Farm, and in 2016, the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center’s artist residency program took root– named after generous MFT supporter, environmentalist and artist Joseph Fiore (1925-2008).

The 6×6 Show & Sale at Running With Scissors Art Studio

 

Running With Scissors (RWS) member artists and other Maine artists are showing a limited amount of new work, each measuring 6×6 inches and sold in the RWS Gallery in Portland.

RWS artists are opening their studios to the public for the day.

RWS is proud to include a wide range of artists working in ceramics, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, woodworking, jewelry, and more. Meet the artists, browse, explore, buy!

Happening during Maine Craft Weekend, October 5 & 6 put on by Maine Craft Association. See website for map.

Maine Art Gallery Presents “Point of View”

Visitors to the “Points of View” exhibit of photography at the Maine Art Gallery were taken to places near and far in images from the perspective of Bob Bond and Brad Sevaldson.

Visitors to the Maine Art Gallery’s current show will see the world from the “points of view” of photographers Bob Bond and Brad Sevaldson. While Bond is drawn to people, Sevaldson is attracted to the design he finds in his environment. Many of the prints are so painterly, especially when printed on canvas, that they appear to be the work of an artist with a fine brush and oils. The “Points of View” exhibit will be on display Thursdays – Saturdays through September 28.  Gallery hours are 10:00AM – 4:00 PM.

The gallery is located at 15 Warren Street, Wiscasset.