Archive for Rockland

New works by Willa Vennema at Harbor Square Gallery

Willa Vennema, The Peaceful Use of Walls: Village Series, diptych, at Harbor Square Gallery

Harbor Square Gallery is featuring several new works by Willa Vennema for the last show of our 2020 season. The show is open now and into the new year.
Working with encaustic, Vennema manipulates layers of rich texture and color to manifest semi-abstract landscapes that reflect her memories of hiking through the Maine woods and boating along “…the rocky shores of the many uninhabited islands of the spectacular ‘Bold Coast’” (Vennema). Harbor Square Gallery welcomes you to view Vennema’s work, which is currently displayed along our mezzanine.
The gallery is open by chance or appointment.
Contact us at info@harborsquaregallery.com or by phone (207) 594-8700 for more information.
Harbor Square Gallery
Beauty Will Redeem the World
(207) 594-8700

Greenhut Galleries Presents ‘Focus: Printmaking III’

The Elder 48 x 24 inches (variable)

 

Endanger monotype, linocut, chine colle 22 x 18 inches

 

Greenhut Galleries, in Portland Presents Focus: Printmaking III on view from Feb 6- March 28 with an opening receptions on Feb 8 from 1-3. The participating artists employ a wide variety of printmaking techniques and many belong to Maine printmaking organizations including Peregrine Press, Circling the Square Press, Printcraft, Running With Scissors 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, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Heliker-Lahotan Foundation and Tamarind Institute. Several have taught at institutions including Maine College of Art, Colby College, University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design and University of New England.

Clam Song Woodcut 21 x 21 inches

 

We Ignore Our Mother’s Uneasy Ghost Drypoint, chine colle 18 x 24 inches

 

Artists: Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen, Susan Amons, Christine Beneman, Holly Berry, Stephen Burt, Joan Busing, Julie Crane, David Driskell, Elizabeth Jabar, Amanda Lilleston, Liz McGhee, Larinda Meade, Daniel Minter, Lisa Pixley, Ellen Roberts, Scott Schnepf, Carter Shappy, Michael Torlen, Neil Welliver

Carol L. Douglas Studio Presents “Censored. Me. Really.”

In 2014, Carol L. Douglas was part of a duo show at a university gallery in Rochester, NY. The show was vast: a body of sixty large pieces including abstracts and nudes.

Douglas’ work dealt with the marginalization of women, exploring issues like religious submission, bondage, slavery, prostitution, obesity, and exploitation. It was featured in the university news and a city newspaper. Then, college administrators saw the show and closed it down. The paintings have not been shown as a body of work since. “We live in strange times,” said Douglas. “We not only tolerate but glorify the cardinal sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride. On the other hand, we are leery of serious conversations, we don’t like serious effort, and we vilify those with whom we disagree.

“The cynic in me thinks that if I painted coy Odalisques there would have been no objection. Young people are exposed to sexually-charged but stupid images every day; in fact, this is part of the problem facing women today.”

Douglas’ work from the show is being reprised in “Censored. Me. Really.” The show opens on January 18. Carol L. Douglas Studio, 394 Commercial Street, Rockport.

Announcements from The Maine Crafts Association

Preparing for a Wholesale Show: Panel Discussion

MCA presents Preparing for a Wholesale Show, a panel discussion in our ongoing Wholesale Resource Hub program. The discussion will focus on best practices in preparing for a wholesale show, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions. The conversation will be relevant to any wholesale show preparation, but will provide a specific prep timeline for the New England Made (NEM) Spring Show, which is March 14-16 in Portland. If you are registered for NEM Spring or any wholesale show in 2020, or considering wholesale, join MCA for this opportunity to hear from the experts.

When: Tuesday, January 7 at 5:30pm

Where: Mechanics Hall Classroom, 519 Congress Street, Portland, ME

 

Styling Workshop: Learn to Make Compelling Images

Join Stylist + Art Director, Basha Burwell, for this one-of-a-kind styling workshop! She will introduce you to her line work, and teach you some tips and tricks to create interesting images containing your work. This unique workshop is for craftspeople + makers wanting to improve the skills necessary to present your craft through photographic images. This workshop will prepare you with the tools needed to successfully conceptualize, plan, produce, and even shoot creative and memorable still life images featuring your craft objects.

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Where: Church: 16 Brewster St, Rockland ME 04841

ArtSpace Gallery Presents ‘Home and Family’

Mary Beth Morrison, Skiing With The Dogs, Acrylic on Cradled Board

Art Space Gallery, in Rockland will be hanging an array of new work by our members for the show, Home and Family. Please stop by during November and December to see what our artists have created.

John Wood, Tulips, Watercolor

Also be sure to visit our Gift Nook where you will find small artworks and fine crafts also made by our artists, all great for gift giving during the holiday season.

Lara Max, Ringing Bowl in Snowshoe Pattern

CMCA names Martha Jones as new Board Chair

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) has appointed Martha Jones, a seasoned non-profit leader and South Thomaston resident, as its new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Martha “Marty” Jones brings to the position more than 40 years experience as a leader in cultural and non-profit management. In 1982, Jones was one of the founders of the Tony award-winning Huntington Theatre Company. From 1996 to 2011, she served as both General Manager and President of the Celebrity Series of Boston. As a professional consultant, Jones specializes in strategic planning, fundraising counsel, organizational assessment, executive coaching, and board governance.

“Marty brings an array of leadership skills and tools to the role of Board Chair,” says Suzette McAvoy, CMCA’s Executive Director. “Since joining the Board in 2014, Marty has been a devoted supporter and instrumental in strengthening Board governance. I welcome the opportunity to work with her and the other trustees as we enter the next exciting phase of CMCA’s future.”

Jones previously served as Vice Chair of the Board. She succeeds Karen Brace, a former businesswoman and Camden resident, as Board Chair. Brace finishes her term after leading CMCA through an exceptional period of strategic planning and financial growth.

“Marty Jones is the right person to build upon the momentum of success the CMCA team has worked to achieve,” said Brace. “I am so grateful to the Board, Suzette, and the staff for their ongoing commitment and support during my tenure as Chair, and I look forward to continuing in new roles on the Board.”

Jones takes on the position eager to help write the next chapter of CMCA’s history. With the organization entering its fourth year in its state-of-the-art facility in downtown Rockland, Jones is impressed by the widening recognition of CMCA through the quality of its exhibitions and educational programming.

“It is, indeed, an honor and privilege to be named Board Chair of CMCA,” said Jones. “Having worked closely with Karen Brace, the entire board, staff and volunteers over the past five years, I am excited to lend my expertise in board development and operations as we continue to build upon CMCA’s tremendous growth and acclaim achieved under Karen’s leadership and that of Executive Director, Suzette McAvoy.”

Looking forward, Jones is excited to help CMCA expand its ability to service its mission on a statewide level. “We have before us a wealth of opportunities for expanding our mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine and extending our reach into the community, and my goal is to build upon current resources to make this happen.”

October ArtLab for All Ages at CMCA

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) invites artists of all ages to try their hand at monotype printmaking in this month’s ArtLab for All Ages workshop on Saturday, October 5, from 2 to 4pm.

Join us to explore the endless and expressive possibilities of the painted monotype. Working from a variety of still images and the animations of Andrew Elijah Edward’s Monochromatic series, learn to use oil-based inks on glass to create monochromatic imaginative and dream-like landscapes from your mind’s eye.

ArtLab for All Ages takes place on the first Saturday of every month at CMCA, 21 Winter Street, Rockland, and is always free and open to all. Support for ArtLab is provided in part by Bob Crewe Foundation, Cricket Foundation, First National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, and individual donors.

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

Saltwater Artists Gallery Presents Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer Art Show

at Saltwater Artists Gallery in New Harbor

Aug.18 – Sept.2, 2019

Saltwater Artists Gallery in New harbor will be holding an opening Reception for  its “Dog Days of Summer” show on Sunday, August 18 from 3-5 PM. The public is invited to tour the gallery, enjoy refreshments, and meet the artists. The show will be a two week celebration of summer on the Maine coast and will run through Labor Day. There will be door prizes at the reception, as well as a grand prize raffle drawing at the end of the show for a portrait of the winner’s dog done by artist Mary Buergin. The gallery will also be donating the proceeds of the sales of glass dog magnets created by glass artist Pam Wilcox to Midcoast Humane. The show will feature the wide ranging work of its 27 member artists – painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glasswork, woodturning, printmaking, pottery, and fiber arts. Something for everyone. Saltwater Artists Gallery is located a quarter mile before Pemaquid Lighthouse on Rte. 130 in New Harbor.

Saltwater Artists Gallery

P.O. Box 202, New Harbor, Maine 04554

207-677-2490

Archipelago Opens for ‘King Tide’

“Summer Glow” by Marguerite Lawler

 

 Join Archipelago to celebrate Maine’s high season with an opening reception for the new summer gallery show, “King Tide,” on Friday, August 2nd. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host a special artists’ reception, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk.

 

 

“King Tide,” showcases the work of four Maine women, each using very different mediums and styles to depict both real and inspired landscapes around our beautiful state. The featured artists include Wendy Newcomb of Sebago (oil, gouache, and acrylic paintings), Holly Berry of Waldoboro (linocut prints), Molly Mains of Bridgton (printmaking and multimedia), and Marguerite Lawler of Portland (oil paintings). Paintings by Henry Isaacs will also be highlighted in the show.

 

“Another Fine Day” by Holly Berry

 

In addition to the opening reception on August 2nd, the public is also invited to stop into Archipelago’s Main Street location during the First Friday Art Walk on September 6th to celebrate this show, enjoy a selection of snacks and beverages, and see all of the pieces. The “King Tide” exhibition will be on display through September 29th.

 

“Pull of the Moon” by Molly Mains

 

Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Both the store and gallery are currently 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.

To learn more about the artists and work featured in “King Tide,” visit the Archipelago page on Facebook. For general questions regarding Archipelago or the gallery show, visit https://thearchipelago.net/ or contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.