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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

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.

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.

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.

“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

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

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.

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.”

“Nature As Color” at Landing Gallery

“Monhegan #21” Acrylic/Canvas 12” x 12” by Irma Cerese

“Monhegan #21” Acrylic/Canvas 12” x 12” by Irma Cerese

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland opens “Nature As Color”, a solo exhibition of 55 new paintings by Irma Cerese, Aug 4 – Sept 10. The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 4th, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk in August.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships. Her current paintings use the intrinsic beauty and evocative qualities of color to speak to our emotions. Her landscape compositions become an entry point into her paintings rather than depict a specific location or illustrate an idea.

“I use landscape both as a point of connection and departure but I don’t wish to tell a story, or accurately describe the observed world, so I don’t “return to a place in the studio”. Instead, I convert the primary elements of what inspired me in the first place – trees, sky, ground, water, weather, the occasional building, – into an underlying loosely geometric structure. The resulting images often border on the abstract, although I often seek to evoke the general atmosphere of the subject. So I don’t seek to inspire people viewing my work with this or that place; I aim to produce evocative work that is compelling in its own right as a celebration of visual experience.”

 “Blue Hill #4” Acrylic/Canvas 30” x 30” by Irma Cerese

“Blue Hill #4” Acrylic/Canvas 30” x 30” by Irma Cerese

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL. Irma maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe. Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine, is Irma Cerese’s principal gallery affiliation and the gallery has held 11 consecutive, annual, solo exhibitions for her paintings since 2007.

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

Art Space Gallery First Friday Art Walk

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

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John Wood, Lobster Cove

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

 

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Penny Markley, Willows in Spring

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

 

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Lara Max, Swiming Bass

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

 

Obrianna-Cornelius--Lighthouse-Reflected--Watercolor

Obrianna Cornelius, Lighthouse Reflected

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

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

“POINTS NORTH” Now Showing at Landing Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Caldbeck Gallery Welcomes the Work of David Dewey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Space Gallery July 7th opening

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

Jean Byrd, Isand Anchorage, oil

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

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

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

Nancy Davies Tang, lobstah, fused glass

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

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12x12 inch, oil

Sandra Leinonen Dunn, 12×12 inch, oil

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

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock, watercolor

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

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery to Feature Three Artists in July

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

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

Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.
Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July shows at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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Dowling Walsh Gallery is hosting three shows in the month of July: James Dodds, Guy Taplin, and Scott Kelley. Opening Receptions in conjunction with Rockland First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm. Free and open to all.  Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

William Wegman | Reel to Real Opens June 10 at CMCA

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

William Wegman, Materialism, 1975, pencil, chalk and ink on paper, 12 x 9 in.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) announces the opening of the exhibition William Wegman: Reel to Real on Saturday, June 10. The exhibition features selections from the artist’s early videos and drawings and is on view through October 22, 2017.

An important pioneer in video art, William Wegman created a series of short videos between 1970 and 1978, which are now considered classics in the field. He began experimenting with the new medium in earnest in 1970, while living in Southern California, where he taught for a year at California State College, Long Beach. Working concurrently with other early West Coast video artists as Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, Wegman perfected a deadpan humor and absurdist logic in his videos that came to define much of the West Coast conceptual art of this period.

It was in Long Beach that Wegman acquired his first Weimaraner, Man Ray, who became an active participant in the early videos and an iconic presence in the artist’s career. “My background is in painting,” says Wegman, “but in school in the sixties, like many artists of that time, I believed that painting was dead. I began to work in collaboration with other artists in the creation of performance and installation works. Soon after, I started making video and photographic works and in the process became fascinated with the media itself. Before long I was setting things up just for the camera. In 1970, I got a dog and he turned out to be very interested in video and photography as well.”

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

William Wegman, Spelling Lesson, 1973-1974, video, 0:49

Born in 1943, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, William Wegman is one of the best-known and most highly regarded artists of his generation. He received a BA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana. With homes and studios in both New York and Rangeley, Maine, he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make paintings and drawings.

A public reception celebrating CMCA’s summer exhibitions will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 5 to 8pm. William Wegman, accompanied by his Weimaraners, will discuss his work as part of CMCA’s Tuesday Talk series on July 25 at 5:30pm at The Strand Theatre, Main Street, Rockland, with a reception following at CMCA. Tickets for the talk will be available online starting July 1 at www.rocklandstrand.com.

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

D’Alessio Gallery and Open Studio first Friday Art Walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Space Gallery opens new show for Rockland First Friday Art Walk

 

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

JK Herman, Three Pears, watercolor

Art Space Gallery invites you to the June Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk. We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, June 2rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Lori Davis, Teddi-Jann Covell, Keith Plummer, and Judith Herman.

Judith Herman has been working in watercolor for over 30 years. The exciting properties of the watercolor medium gives her flexibility in creating depth and luminosity in her art. Currently she is capturing the light, color, and movement in her still life paintings.

 

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

Teddi-Jann Covell, Asticou Gardens, oil

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

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

Keith Plummer, Ghost Dancers, mix media

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

 

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis, Red Fox, photograph

Lori Davis is a professional photographer specializing in nature, wildlife and landscape images. With a background in wildlife rehabilitation, she was inspired at an early age to pick up a camera and start capturing unique moments with the intent to share with others. She’s traveled cross county and to Alaska on multiple occasions, capturing dramatic landscapes and wildlife encounters, before finally settling in Maine. Working out of her home studio, Lori prints her own work. With multiple fine art Giclée printers, Lori can recreate her images in a variety of sizes and prices, both on canvas and as matted and framed photographs.

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. June hours are 11am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com

Sarah Faragher to exhibit at Landing Gallery

 

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

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

 

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “WATER & STONE: SCHOODIC & MOUNT DESERT ISLAND”, a solo exhibit of new paintings by Sarah Faragher from May 26 – June 25. Sarah will be present at the Artist’s Opening Reception if you would like to meet and talk with her. The Reception will be held on Friday, June 2nd, from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Sarah Faragher is a 1990 graduate of Colby College, Magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her work was included in ART OF ACADIA by David Little and Carl Little, published in 2016 by Down East Books. Sarah was a 2015 Artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park, a 2008 Artist-in-residence at the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut and has been invited to participate, numerous times, in Art Week on Great Spruce Head Island.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Koichiro Kurita featured at Caldbeck Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CMCA Announces Summer 2017 Exhibitions and Events

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

Sara Stites + Jenny Brillhart, studio view

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

Early Summer Exhibitions & Events

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

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

Late Summer Exhibition & Events

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

John Walker, 2017, studio view

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

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

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

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

Marilyn Turtz exhibition at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

Landing Gallery in Rockland opens the Season

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

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

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

Art Space Gallery Opening May 5th

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

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

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

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

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

Keith Plummer, Narwhale, mix media

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

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

John Wood, At Lobster Cove, watercolor

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

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday May 5

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

A FLOWER SHOW

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

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

Spring Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-4

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

Three New Shows at CMCA

Piper-Cub

Piper Cub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Driskell, Renewal and Form

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

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

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

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

Exhibition Sponsor | Greenhut Galleries, Portland, Maine

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Sam Cady, Parts of  the Whole

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

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

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

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

Art Space Gallery Invites the community for the Holidays

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

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

Small Asian brush by Jean Kigel at Archipelago

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

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

For more information:

Archipelago
386 Main Street
Rockland, ME  04841

207.596.0701

“ESTATE SALE” opens at Landing Gallery

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX  OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

“TURQUOISE WAVE” BY JANET LEDOUX OIL/PANEL 6” X 12”

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “ESTATE SALE” with collections from three Mid Coast Estates, opening on Friday, November 4 through December 18.  Art, antiques and vintage collectibles are offered at extremely affordable prices, just in time for Holiday gift giving.  Bids are welcome and all reasonable offers will be considered. 

The “ESTATE SALE” includes paintings by Siri Beckman, Bruce Busko, Janet Ledoux, Colin Page, Andrea Peters, Maude Olsen, Eugene Quinn, Bjorn Runquist and Jane Ryan.  There is a large collection of new (some signed) and antique Art Books.  Victorian oak furniture including a high chair, two child’s chairs, a cradle and a 54” round dining table with two extensions.  There are many new and antique signed etchings, photographs and posters, cameras, silver and diamond jewelry, kerosene lamps and a large assortment of vintage and antique home accessory items.

A wine & cheese opening reception will be held on Friday, November 4th from 5 – 8 pm, during Arts in Rockland’s November art walk.

Hours: Weds – Sat 11– 5, closed on Sun, Mon & Tues. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com.

New Exhibitions Open at Caldbeck, Friday November 4

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

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

FALL HARVEST – GROUP SHOW FEATURING:

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

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

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

November 4 – December 31, 2016

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

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CMCA 2016 Biennial Exhibition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Biennial Artists Show extended at CRAFT

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Two Biennial artists are currently showing their work at CRAFT Gallery. Textile and tapestry artist Morris David Dorenfeld, whose work is shown here, is one of them as is sculptor Lynn Duryea. Dorenfeld employs design, composition, proportion and color, using a vertical tapestry loom to create “paintings” in wool yarn. The gallery offers an extended view of additional pieces of their work as well as that of four artists from the 2014 Biennial, all of whom create work using traditional craft materials. CRAFT will extend the show until November 15th in order to give the public an opportunity to further explore the work of these Biennial artists. The gallery also has new ceramics by Hanako Nakazato and Tim Christensen, woven shawls and scarves by Amy Smith and hand painted silks by Fiona Washburn. The gallery will participate in the First Friday Art Walk on November 4th from 4:30 to 7 pm.

Please visit CRAFT in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland and at www.craftonelm.com

Carver Hill opens “Ted’s Oils”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ArtLab Open Studio at CMCA

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announces the launch of ArtLab Open Studio, a new hands-on program for all ages that is offered free of charge with museum admission.

During regular museum hours, visitors of all ages are invited to drop in the ArtLab classroom in CMCA’s new building at 21 Winter Street to engage in self-directed creative art making with the free materials and tools provided.

CMCA director, Suzette McAvoy, says, “ArtLab Open Studio offers another avenue for visitors to discover and understand CMCA’s exhibitions. In this interactive space, kids and adult can discover, play, and create as they make connections between their own creative explorations and the ideas, tools, and techniques of contemporary art.”

For the month of October, ArtLab Open Studio will be stocked with materials and activity guides related to the exhibition Don Voisine: X/V, offering participants the opportunity to create paper collages inspired by the paintings on view.

A native of Fort Kent, Maine, artist Don Voisine works with symmetry and a standardized format in his paintings. Within these restrictions, he creates seemingly endless variations of elegant, precise abstract compositions.

The exhibition Don Voisine: X/V is on view in CMCA’s Main Gallery through October 28. ArtLab Open Studio is free with CMCA admission and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 1-6pm.

In addition to ArtLab Open Studio, CMCA offers ArtLab for All Ages on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4pm, and Look Inside, a guided exploration of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Look Inside tours can be customized for all ages and interests. For more information, please visit www.cmcanow.org/learn.

ArtLab is supported in part by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank, and individual donors. To contribute to ArtLab and CMCA’s education programs, please visit http://cmcanow.org/product/cmca-donation/

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

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

CRAFT Artists in Biennials Past and Present

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

Clay Sculpture by Lynn Duryea

CRAFT  Gallery opens its last show of 2016 on Friday, October 7th, with six fine craft artists who have been included in the 2016 and 2014 Biennials at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Susan Dewsnap, Morris Dorenfeld, Lynn Duryea, Jan Owen and Sharon Townshend, all of whom live and work in Maine, create artworks  that honor traditional craft methods and are recognized as works of fine art. All have studied drawing, painting and  art history at major art institutions and universities and have turned their interests to creating art with traditional craft materials. By using the craft medium as support, they break down the boundaries between craft and fine art.

Potter Susan Dewsnap, Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College, investigates the dynamic of how drawing on the surface and the shape of her pottery can be intimately connected. She looks to painting and ceramic history, merging the two in her art. Weaver Morris Dorenfeld studied  and practiced painting and has chosen the medium of fiber and tapestry technique to weave his abstract designs on the loom. He and Lynn Duryea  are included in the 2016 CMCA Biennial. Duryea has returned to Maine after serving as Ceramics Professor of Art at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Her non- functional clay sculptures reference architectural, structural and mechanical elements. The physicality of construction, assembling and the poetic use of color is what interests her. Artist Jan Owen communicates through the art of calligraphy with brush marks, woven shapes and written words to create patterns and textures as strong design elements in her books, panels and scrolls. Quilter Daphne Taylor is a draftswoman who draws with thread. She explores the potential of fabric, needle and thread to create her “quilt drawings” with the eye of a painter, limiting herself to the bare essentials of color, line and design. Clay artist Sharon Townshend’s work is based on nature, finding inspiration in woods, fields, trees and plants. Working in clay is a continuum of these encounters. Her sought after Raku veggies are offered at CRAFT.

The show will continue until mid November to coincide with the Biennial at CMCA. CRAFT is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. Blind Albert will play live music outside in the courtyard, which will be comfortably heated and lit, from 5 to 7:30 pm during  the October 7th First Friday Art Walk. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Current Exhibitions at Dowling Walsh Gallery

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David Graeme Baker is a graduate of Wesleyan University and studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He currently resides with his wife and two sons in Hancock, Maine. David’s contemporary domestic genre scenes are imbued with mystery and tension creating enigmatic narratives that explore our relationships with ourselves and one another.

His paintings are influenced by the landscape of Maine and family and friends within domestic surroundings. He focuses on seemingly mundane moments, granting heightened importance and emotional resonance, drawing the viewer into his constructed world.

 

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Erik Weisenburger studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.

Weisenburger’s landscapes are luminous and rich with detail. His meticulous brushwork and ability to convey glowing light is reminiscent of early Northern European paintings. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns – blades of grass, ladders of tree branches, clumps of moss – striking a satisfying equilibrium. The density of detail makes his paintings feel precious and treasured, pulling the viewer in to study each piece of the panel. Weisenburger’s work is often narrative or allegorical, the symbolic overtones referential of “outsider” folk art. His balanced compositions and life-like color palette make these riveting paintings harmonious and compelling to view.

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Jonathan Laurence is at the forefront of digital image creation and manipulation. He has been self chronicling for two decades, long before the practice was ubiquitous. His new ritual of early morning trail runs focuses his images on Maine’s landscape, weather patterns, ecology, and trails.

“Glitch is a computer term, but the same thing can happen in nature” he says, “Sometimes things are destroyed, sometimes for the best, sometimes for the worst. I started embracing that idea, allowing things to disrupt what I’d been making … sometimes even closer to how I really felt.”

 

For more information contact: Dowling Walsh Gallery | 207.596.0084 | info@dowlingwalsh.com

PLEIN AIR PAIRING at Landing Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

Monique’s landscape paintings have sense of movement and are filled with a gestural energy. She is a life long artist and has been painting since she was 10. “I always have a sketch book with me to record my observations. During my teens I began taking back packing trips to the Sierras, which helped foster my love of nature. Wherever I am, I find the local landscape to be an inspiring and fascinating subject for my painting.”

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

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

For the past 18 years, Tom Curry has painted the landscape around his home in Maine. “As a plein air painter, I immerse myself in landscape to explore the relationships between stillness and flux. What we call a “place” is a paradox-it is not fixed but always changing: the light shifts from moment to moment, water is never still, clouds come and go. I paint the interplay of light, island, sky and water as a metaphor and meditation on place and time, the dance between what we perceive as eternal and ephemeral.”

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

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

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

“Harvest and Houses” at CRAFT Gallery

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss,  Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend,  Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

Rug- Birch1 by Sara Hotchkiss, Ceramic- Hubbard Squash- by Sharon Townshend, Watercolor- Untitled by Jesse Gillespie

CRAFT Gallery opens its September “Harvest and Houses” show on First Friday, September 2nd through October 4th, with a new body of work by Jesse Gillespie. The artist lives and works in Rockland close by the Arts District. He has again chosen to take an insignificant subject and transform it into a work of art. Gillespie has taken newspaper real estate ads for houses, separating them from their first function as common newsprint photographs, adding watercolor, design and collage, bestowing them with new meaning and life. Transformed, they become miniature paintings, revealing a little house as a more important actor in its new role as a work of art. The results are dreamlike, mysterious and evocative.

In keeping with the harvest time of year, CRAFT will feature a collection of ceramic vegetables by Sharon Townshend, rugs by Sara Hotchkiss and velvet scarves by Fiona Washburn in autumn colors and new work by potter Hanako Nakazato, along with many of the gallery’s other fine craft artists. CRAFT offers beauty and fine craftsmanship in an intimate setting in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Art Space Gallery to host reception during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Laurie Bellmore, pointed Flower w/ Leaf, jewelry

Art Space Gallery invites you to the September “Arts in Rockland” first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists on Friday, September 2nd, from 5 to 8 pm.  This reception will feature the work of Nancy Davies Tang, Laurie Bellmore, Jean Byrd and Barbara Dulac.

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

Nancy Davis Tang, Wave 1st, glass

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

Glass is an ancient, magical material with endless possibilities.  Dichroic glass is a material that would be impossible without modern technology.  The combination of ancient techniques, modern technology and the artistry of nature is where Nancy’s passion blooms.  Water is vital to our existence and the inspiration for the work in this month’s opening focuses on this vital element.

Laurie Lofman Bellmore is a native of mid-coast Maine, living in the area all of her life.  Her art includes painting, photography and hand crafted kiln fired jewelry.  Currently she is working on fine silver art jewelry pieces adorned with colorful enamels and glass, which will be on display at Art Space Gallery for this show.  Her topics include colorful flowers, fish and abstract designs.

Jean Byrd, Devil's Island, oil

Jean Byrd, Devil’s Island, oil

Jean Byrd is an oil painter whose style is best described as realistic, with an impressionist influence.  Her subject matter is coastal New England and her latest paintings are of the Penobscot Bay Area.  As one of the featured artists at Art Space Gallery this month, she will show her painting of “Devil’s Island”, which is a favorite spot of hers.  It is located off Stonington in “Merchant’s Row”.  Other paintings included in the exhibit are “Vinalhaven Passage”, “Steps to the Sea” and “Marshall Point Light”.

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac, The Keag Store, oil

Barbara Dulac became an artist, first as a child, then a wife, a mother and grandmother.  Her graduate, post-graduate education and a corporate professional career were woven through out many, many years.  Her life and soul learned and developed creative interests, through dreams, spirituality and family.  Color everywhere, mystical music, dreams and intuition always prompt her consciousness to create and fully express her perspective.

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 11 am to 6 pm and Sundays 1 am to 6 pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Consonant Compositions OPENING FIRST FRIDAY, 9/2 5-8 pm at Carver Hill Gallery

Suzanne Siegel Working Harbor XXV 12x12 oil mixed media  on arches oil paper 19 in framed

Suzanne Siegel Working Harbor XXV 12×12 oil mixed media on arches oil paper 19 in framed

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open their September show, Consonant Compositions, on First Friday, September 2, 2016. There will be a reception with the artists from 5 – 8 pm.

This show illustrates how the artists use color, contrast, relationship, and arrangement to create successful compositions in five completely different styles.The artists in the show include Jill Caldwell, David Estey, Jeff Macdonald, Ron Rovner, and Suzanne Siegel.

Suzanne Siegel’s visual interest in rugged working harbors, post-industrial New England, and ever changing tidal environments roots her work in the sea. Suzanne works in mixed media painting and watercolor and mixed media collages. In her Guilford, CT studio, she searches inventively with line, shape, color, texture, and value as she suggests the spirit of her beloved locations. “I spend a long time looking.  I closely observe relationships of shapes, values, and colors along with the beauty of light, and how it influences and constantly changes everything. I begin by drawing random lines and shapes, and quickly erase or thinly veil most of my first marks, in order to keep myself and the work in flux as I build a history of layers. I aim to transport myself and the viewer into a moment of surprising and unknown beauty, as I work toward a strong, yet open arrangement of visual elements.”

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and  graphite on yupo

David Estey Cleopatras Yacht 2013 18 x 24 acrylic and graphite on yupo

David Estey’s work has evolved from realistic landscapes and portraits to abstract expressionism and now total improvisation. He is a skilled draftsman and painter, and has also been known to incorporate collage in his work, sometimes creating an obvious narrative of social or political subject matter. He starts his most recent work of the last three of four years without any preconceived notion or expected result and tries to create extraordinary, compelling new imagery, intrinsically based on the elements and principles of good design. Narrative references often emerge and remain, but they are subordinate to the aesthetic whole. David’s work has been in numerous gallery and museum shows, and has been exhibited at Carver Hill for 10 years.

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald Collage 2

Jeff Macdonald, who spent most of his years in the music business, has been an art appreciator and supporter for years. He has studied and experimented with painting and collage for some time, using interesting combinations of paint and collected textural material. Most recently, Jeff has exhibited his work near his local town of Brownville, Maine. His focus since retirement has been his art, and years of study and refining his craft has brought his work to a new level. His compositions range from minimalist to complex, while leaving the source of his inspiration ambiguous.

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and  copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner NachtMusik op. 12.10. acrylic ink pastel and copper leaf on panel 12 x12

Ron Rovner’s work is meticulous, precise and intentional. He calls their creation “his meditation.” The “NachtMusik” series is inspired by the music of the early twentieth century serialist composers, particularly Arnold Schoenberg. The various elements represent one of the twelve notes of the musical scale. Each is given equal weight, and there are no repetitions in any of the rows or columns in which they appear. These constitute the “melody” or tone row providing a foundation upon which the rest of the composition is based. Counter themes comprised of squares of different colors are also present, representing the three variations possible in the context of Schoenberg’s principles: inversion (upside down), retrograde (backward), or retrograde inversion (upside down and backward). Other symbols provide harmonic structure, dynamic gradations ( crescendo/decrescendo). Many of these elements unmistakably evoke the Southwest (where Rovner spends time) in terms of palette and symbolism, thereby reconciling ancient and contemporary aesthetics.

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell Key West Acrylic on panel

Jill Caldwell shares her time between Rockland, Maine, and Key West, Florida. Her palette and typically soft compositions unmistakably reflect her muse – the Atlantic – and portray the change in the mood and color of the water from the North Atlantic in Maine to where the Gulf of Mexico meets the South Atlantic. Her use of line and shocks of bright color over the blue hues allude to sun, flora, and manmade structures on land and in the water. Her blurred lines successfully connect the radical changes in palette, making it easy on the viewers eyes; however, judicious details, frequently in the foreground, suggest rocks, fish and other natural elements that keep the viewers attention and curiosity to stay with the work.

Consonant Compositions is on view through Monday, October 3, 2016. For more information call (207)594-7745 or visit www.carverhillgallery.com

Archipelago features artists in celebration of Fall

Betty Heselton, Ebb Tide (left). Kathleen Perelka, Hope Blueberry Field (right).

Betty Heselton, Ebb Tide (left). Kathleen Perelka, Hope Blueberry Field (right).

Betty Heselton and Kathleen Perelka, among others, are on display through November 13th

Artists’ Reception: Friday, September 2 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St, Rockland

Contact: Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

Fall brings color and beautiful light, subjects Kathleen Perelka and Betty Heselton explore in their artwork. New paintings are currently on display in the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, the Island Institute’s gallery featuring the work of Maine artists. Perelka and Heselton will be featured along with new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.

Kathleen Perelka says of her pastel pieces: “Pastel has a sparkle that no other medium can compare to; each little particle reflects both color and light giving the painting a life force of its own…I am most alive outdoors and work almost entirely with landscape; wild places like marshes and blueberry barrens with no homes insight.”

Betty Heselton explores the subtle nature and drama of light as it changes through the seasons. Surrounded by a creative family, Heselton was exposed to drawing, carving, painting and photography throughout her childhood on a small working farm in rural Maine. She developed a keen interest in seeing and documenting the beauty around her, and her oils and acrylics subtly capture her passion for the special places she explores by land and sea.

Parsons’ paintings draws on a strong sense of place – the island of North Haven, as do Denny’s new encaustic works which features places she explores in Penobscot Bay.  Worthington works with fabric creating complex landscapes of Maine’s coastal environment. Coombs displays his supreme talent with glass as he crafts iconic Maine subjects with elegance and simplicity.

You’re invited to visit with many of the artists at the opening reception on Friday September 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week through December.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“LAND, SEA & AIR” at Landing Gallery

"Pitcher Pond" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12" x 12"

“Pitcher Pond” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 12″ x 12″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of “LAND, SEA & AIR”, a solo exhibition of 65 new paintings by Irma Cerese, opening on Friday, August 5 through September 11.  The Artist’s Opening Reception will be held on Friday, Aug 5th from 5-8 PM during Arts In Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

Irma has always been fascinated with color and her primary interest in painting is focused on color relationships.  Her landscape paintings border on the abstract and are seen simultaneously as both landscape and abstract.

"Schoodic Point" by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30" x 30"

“Schoodic Point” by Irma Cerese, Acrylic 30″ x 30″

Irma Cerese received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL.  Irma maintained a studio in New York City until 1985 and her paintings are in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections in the United States and Europe.  This exhibit celebrates Irma’s 10th anniversary with Landing Gallery, where she has an annual solo exhibit of her new paintings.

Please join us Friday, August 5th from 5 – 8 pm for an artist’s reception with Irma Cerese. 

Summer hours: Mon – Sat 11– 5, Sun. 12 – 5. For more information please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

Archipelago “Summer” show features artists from Waldoboro and Chebeague Island

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns”  Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Left: Jean Kigel, “Dock Patterns” Right: Caroline Loder, “Red Buoy #12”

Event Date:
Fri, 08/05/2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location:
Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St Rockland

Contact Name:
Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

 Archipelago Fine Arts is celebrating summer with a new exhibition including Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O’Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, and Lin Lisberger. The public is invited to a reception at the First Friday Artwalk on August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The show will be up until August 28th.

 Highlighted artists include Jean Kigel of Waldoboro and Caroline Loder of Chebeague Island.  Philip Isaacson, former art reviewer of the Portland Sunday Telegram, wrote that “Kigel is a master of the oriental brush. Her work with ink or ink with color strikes the viewer as spontaneous, loose, bold, the product of a difficult skill, an attitude acquired through commitment and study.” Archipelago will be showing her watercolors.

 Caroline Loder uses a simple palette of colors aiming to achieve the sense of calm and serenity she feels on Chebeague Island. Archipelago will be showing some of her larger oils.

 The gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week.

 

John Winship Catch at Carver Hill Gallery

John Winship, Catch, 30x22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

John Winship, Catch, 30×22 triptych, Acrylic on canvas

Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street, Rockland, Maine, will open a solo show of paintings by John Winship on First Friday, August 5, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm.

“John Winship is a painter of dark and evocative scenes; dreamlike, mysterious pictures of people who seem to be from another time.”—Linda Wertheimer, NPR, “All Things Considered”

The atmosphere in the work tends to be heavy, with dark tones and faces either looking away or partially obscured. Winship says that this breaks down the specificity of the photograph’s subject matter and allows the viewer to project more freely into the painting.

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship Two Men and a Fish

John Winship received his BA in Fine Art from Middlebury College and has had over thirty solo shows in New York, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and other galleries and museums throughout the northeast.  His paintings have been featured and reviewed in such national publications as “Art in America”, “Artnews”, “The Artist’s Magazine”, “Harper’s”, and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, as well as on numerous book covers. He has been represented by Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine for two years.

Show runs through Monday, August 29, 2016

For more information:
http://www.carverhillgallery.com
338 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207)594-7745

“Art in Black and White” at CRAFT Gallery

David Jacobsen - Glass Art, Daphne Taylor - Quilting,  Katharine Keoghan - Jewelry

David Jacobsen – Glass Art, Daphne Taylor – Quilting, Katharine Keoghan – Jewelry

CRAFT Gallery opens “Art in Black and White” on Friday, August 5th. Working in black ad white helps the artist as well as the viewer  to look an  object from a different perspective, unencumbered by the element of color. Wether it is drawing, weaving, stitching, shaping clay or blowing glass, black and white tells a story in its simplest language. David Jacobson’s glass pieces are a perfect example of the purity of form expressed in black and white with little embellishment. Quilter Daphne Taylor’s love of drawing and painting influences her embroidery in cotton and metallic threads on wool and silk. Hand quilting to Taylor is equivalent to the act of drawing. She has limited herself to black and white and gold thread  for the pieces in this show. She has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Her Quaker background reflects in the meditative thread lines in her quilts. Joining these two artists in this invitational show are Tim Christensen, Lissa Hunter, Sara Hotchkiss, Jan owen, Amy Smith and Susan Van Campen. 

        CRAFT Gallery introduces jewelry by Katharina Keoughan, a versatile artist and painter who has turned her creative energy to making jewelry out of the unlikely material of sheet foam. She cuts out abstract shapes and designs to fabricate necklaces, bracelets and earrings into stunning  and bold wearable ornaments of art.  All artists shown at CRAFT live and work in Maine, creating fine craft represented in private collections and major art institutions as valued works of art. The show will continue until September 1st. CRAFT Gallery is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Art Space Gallery Announces August 5th Art Opening

Paris Lamppost 24 x 24 oil

Paris Lamppost 24 x 24 oil

Art Space Gallery invites you to the August Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk.  We will be hanging a new show in our front room.  Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, August 5th , 5 to 8pm.  This reception will feature the work of Sandra Leinonen Dunn, Roger Barry, Sylvia Murdock and Hannah Nelsbach.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine artist whose work is in collections throughout the country and internationally.  She is best known for her intuitive use of color and her lyrical brushwork.

Roger Barry , Trees,  Wood

Roger Barry , Trees, Wood

Roger Barry makes reliquaries from native hardwoods, many have secret locks. Heavily carved and beautifully finished, these may hold precious personal items or just enhance your decor.  Roger also creates sculptures and dreamlike tree houses that light up and draw starry nights on ceilings.

Sylvia Murdock, My Favorite Words, watercolor

Sylvia Murdock, My Favorite Words, watercolor

Sylvia Isabelle Murdock was born in Barre, Vermont in 1963.  Primarily a self-taught artist, Sylvia has painted seriously since she was 12 years old. Paints primarily with watercolors, but has been known to paint in egg tempera’s & oils. Sylvia has exhibited in museums and, galleries from Searsport to Pennsylvania.

Hannah Nelsbach, Low Tide III, gouache on canvas

Hannah Nelsbach, Low Tide III, gouache on canvas

Hannah Nelsbach’s work reflects many years experience with a wide variety of media. Her intriguing work combines fantasy and realism.  She jumps in her paddle boat at high tide and floats along the cove, sitting in the mud at low tide and catching our nature with the beauty and silence of the ocean.  Later in her studio she finishes her work with fantasy and details. 

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street across from the Strand Theater in Rockland.  The gallery features works by nineteen artists who work in various media and genres.  August hours are Monday through Saturday 11am to 6pm and Sundays 1am to 6pm.  Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com or join us on Facebook for up to date gallery news.

Caldbeck Gallery announces current exhibitions

    

PUDDLE #1  1976  oil on panel  15 x 18 1/2 inches  Lois Dodd

PUDDLE #1 1976 oil on panel 15 x 18 1/2 inches Lois Dodd


From July 20 through August 13, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit paintings in oil on panel and in oil on aluminum by Lois Dodd of Cushing and NYC, paintings in casein on panel by Alan Bray of Sangerville, photographs by Todd Watts of Blanchard, and paintings in oil and in acrylic on canvas and panel by Kayla Mohammadi of South Bristol and Boston.  A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, July 20, from 6 – 8 p.m. 

      Lois Dodd’s show, Selected Works, includes oil on aluminum painted as recently as last fall, to oil on panel painted as long ago as 1978.   The artist’s work is ageless: “Puddle #1” made in 1978, is as fresh and contemporary as Blossoming Branch, painted 38 years later, in 2016.    Dodd’s work has been shown widely in NYC and the U.S. for over 60 years; her first exhibit with the Caldbeck was in 1985; this is her 10th solo show since then.

TERRAINE VAGUE  2015  casein on panel  16 x 22 inches  Alan Bray

TERRAINE VAGUE 2015 casein on panel 16 x 22 inches Alan Bray

     Alan Bray works in the tradition of casein on panel, an ancient milk based tempera paint medium, which he discovered in 1973 while studying in Florence Italy at the Villa Schifanola Graduate School of Fine Arts.  In his paintings he uses the every day landscape places in his life; his favorite hikes into the wilderness of the North Woods of Maine as well as the cultivated tree farms and fields near his home take on a mystical presence.  By allowing his self-conscious awareness to dissolve, nature’s order becomes tangible. This is the artist’s 7th solo show with the Caldbeck, where he has been represented since 2003.  

THE BLANCHARD WEATHER REPORT  11 05 2015   photograph  13 x 13 inches  Todd Watts

THE BLANCHARD WEATHER REPORT 11 05 2015 photograph 13 x 13 inches Todd Watts

     In his first exhibit with the Caldbeck, Todd Watts has selected 13 photographs, printed in a 13 x 13 inch format, from his body of work titled The Blanchard Weather Report.  He explains that this body of work, which consists now of 40 images, began as a visual report sent to friends from away, who would ask him that timeless question, “what’s the weather doing up there in Blanchard?”.  Soon, a visual conversation and wordless documentary discourse was carried on over the internet.  In the first pictures there were objects – trees, and rocks, and streams, and grass – but the weather was the subject.  Then the artist began to see the weather as an object, providing color and line, mass and movement, time and history. A master darkroom printer, Watts works in the digital realm, now, too.  His work is in public collections across the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, The Fogg Museum in Cambridge MA, and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. 

YES  2016   oil on canvas   20 x 16 inches   Kayla Mohammadi

YES 2016 oil on canvas 20 x 16 inches Kayla Mohammadi

     In her 3rd solo Caldbeck show, Kayla Mohammadi: Recent Work,  Mohammadi will include both large canvases and smaller works on panel.   In working from observation, whether it be landscape, interior, or still life, the artist seeks a visual translation rather than a literal portrayal of her subject matter.  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.  In her new work she pushes her imagery to become even more abstract.  The color is also more pure, which gives the work an edgier, vibrant touch.  “I have always loved color”, she explains, “Color is what attracted me to painting, and it is what keeps me painting – painting is where I explore how color relates to space, shape, and feeling.  My ambition is to delight the eye – I hope that this work accomplishes that goal”. Collections include the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, The Victory Fund, the University of Washington, the NYU Langone Medical Center, and Boston University.  

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

Jean Kigel’s Watercolors in Group Show Celebrating Lobster

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“Hormarus True Blue II” by Jean Kigel

Jean Kigel’s Watercolors are featured in a Group Show Celebrating Lobster , July 15 through August 25,  at Archipelago / The Island Institute Store, Rockland.  There will be a Reception during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk August 5th 5-8:00PM

Jean Kigel presents bold, vibrant still-life’s of rare, blue lobsters, native low-bush blueberries, working docks, and glacial ledges.  Her studio on Muscongus Bay provides her easy access to Harbor, Franklin, and Southern Islands, each featured in this show. And her husband provides her with models of lobsters to paint from.    Taken collectively, Kigel’s paintings represent a dynamic, natural world in flux, in various states of beauty, transformation, and imminent danger.  Look for her paintings in Archipelago’s store-front windows and come inside to see more.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Grand Opening

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The new Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) opened its doors in Rockland to great fanfare on Sunday, June 26. More than 1700 people visited the new building, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Toshiko Mori.

“The opening of this new building will start a new chapter in contemporary art in the state,” said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy. “By creating an architecturally significant space in the heart of Rockland’s downtown arts district, CMCA will empower itself, more than ever before, to pursue its core mission of showcasing well-known and emerging Maine artists while taking Maine contemporary art to a new and elevated level.”

 

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With its focus on the art of this generation and the next, CMCA’s exhibitions and educational programs are designed to inspire and attract visitors of all ages and backgrounds, from Maine and beyond. Located in downtown Rockland at 21 Winter Street, CMCA is within walking distance of the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center, the Strand Theatre, and dozens of art galleries, restaurants and hotels. This new building will help anchor the city’s growing reputation as a year-round arts destination.

 

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To kick off the inaugural exhibition schedule, three compelling solo exhibitions of work by artists Jonathan Borofsky, Alex Katz, and Rollin Leonard are on view through August 12.

FMI visit www.cmcanow.org

DIANNE SCHELBLE “Market Day at Chase’s Daily”

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

On First Friday, July 1, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm, Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, will open a street level solo exhibition featuring long time gallery artist Dianne Schelble. The exhibit is titled “Market Day at Chase’s Daily” and will show the paintings Schelble has been working on for two years. The work was inspired by the bounty of local farmers Penny and Addison Chase, their daughters Phoebe and Meg, as well as Meg’s partner, Freddy Lafage, from their family farm in Freedom. If the name Freedom Farmers hadn’t been taken already by a medical marijuana delivery service in California, it might be appropriate here. Our favorite quote on their website is, “For us, the big picture is a matrix of social and environmental concerns underlined by a cussed pursuit of quality in everything we do”. Chase’s Daily, which opened exactly 16 years before this opening date, is now a thriving bakery, produce market, and restaurant. It is a favorite in Maine, and folks looking for fresh come from near and far to meet, greet, eat and buy produce and flowers. It is a hub in the community, and Dianne Schelble loves Chase’s Daily. Her face lights up when she speaks of it.

The light that filters through Chase’s large Main Street windows illuminates the space with a golden glow, making the colors of the flowers and crispy harvest go POP. Bringing in the produce is an exciting event to see, and if you’re hungry, be prepared to fill the back of your car. After many years of looking forward to this parade of color, and marveling at its beauty, Dianne decided to paint a series of works based on it.  She loves light…..and color…..and people. Not to mention gardens, food, and sharing meals. Oh, and art.

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases_ Lady Entering acrylic on panel 18x24

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases_ Lady Entering acrylic on panel 18×24

Arriving in the state long before Maine’s population grew to where it is today, and not too different from the urban escapee homesteaders a generation ahead of her, Dianne and her husband Paul built a light filled home in rural Liberty, Maine, where she raised four children. She is a modest person who is constantly creating – she cooks as well as she paints and her space is filled with plants, beautiful works of art and other handmade items. Her early career included a successful run in illustration and architectural renderings, but her true love remains painting.

 Dianne Schelble Quick Visit Market Day at Chases Daily 24x24 Acrylic on panel


Dianne Schelble Quick Visit Market Day at Chases Daily 24×24 Acrylic on panel

Dianne received her BA from the University Of Michigan School Of Art. She has been painting for over 40 years. Much of her career was spent painting in watercolor, and she attributes much of her development to Hudson River Valley Art Workshops faculty member and painter Skip Lawrence, with whom she has studied for nearly 16 years. Her paintings are vibrant works with generously applied paint, creating a unique look in watercolor and gouache resembling, from afar, a palette knife technique. But for this series, she switched gears and started painting on panels after inheriting a hoard of high quality acrylics. The resulting paintings really resonated with her, and she didn’t have to separate the viewer from the surface with glass – which she never really liked to do. The appearance of the paintings are consistent with her works on paper – energetic and bold with intriguing light.

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Klimts Tomatoes acrylic on panel  10x14

Dianne Schelble Market Day at Chases Daily_Sunlit entrance Acrylic on panel 28.5 x 20

In her words, “The best artistic expressions arise out of a desire to relate to the feelings that one has for a person, object or situation. This group of paintings is an expression of my wonderment and fascination with the truly spectacular daily presentation of produce by the Chase family and workers of Chase’s Daily Restaurant in Belfast, Maine. My husband Paul and I are gardeners and yet we never even remotely achieve the quality of their produce. After many years of standing around waiting for the truck, and watching in awe as tubs and boxes of their successes are set about the room, I decided to see if I could capture some of my feelings and observations in paint. Through this process I discovered that presenting the people and their enthusiasm was just as important to these paintings as the beauty and abundance of the produce itself. Showing people enjoying this beauty with friends and neighbors was the perfect way to present this bounty. Hopefully I have accomplished that.”

“Market Day at Chase’s Daily” runs through Monday, August 1, 2016.

 For More Information:
http://www.carverhillgallery.com
 338 Main Street
Rockland, Maine 04841
(207)594-7745

“Two Women Masters” at CRAFT Gallery

Left - Jan Owen Right - Lissa Hunter

Left – Jan Owen Right – Lissa Hunter

CRAFT Gallery dedicates its new show, opening on July 1st, to two women masters of fine art and craft, Jan Owen and Lissa Hunter, and to their achievements and contributions to fine art and craft. Both Maine artists pay special attention to detail, depth of thought, storytelling and metaphor. Each uses composition, design and craftsmanship to create works that honor their craft methods. Their work is recognized and collected by major art institutions as valued works of art.Among them are The National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Museum of Arts and Design in New York, The Renwick/Smithsonian and The Library of Congress.

Calligraphic artist Jan Owen draws upon the art and methods of early medieval scribes and her love of color, music and poetry. Every stroke of the pen and brush on handmade paper and hollytex requires meditative deliberation and concentration. Her panels, scrolls and books use the power and beauty of words to to take on a contemporary form. Artist Lissa Hunter uses basketry, porcelain and drawing to tell stories, express emotions and ideas, often in metaphor and often incorporating all three disciplines in a single work. This show includes her charcoal drawings. porcelain vessels and wall mounted assemblages with niches holding coiled basketry. All are examples of Hunter’s dedication to exploring materials and forms.

     With no gender bias intended, there are many other Maine women craft artists who deserve recognition and show their work at CRAFT: Autumn Cipala, Sara Hotchkiss, Hanako Nakazato, Christine Peters, Nisa Smiley, Amy Smith and Fiona Washburn. “Two Women” opens on July 1st during the Rockland First Friday Art Walk. There will be live music and refreshments in the courtyard during the evening. The show will continue until August 3rd. CRAFT Gallery is in the courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland. FMI call 207 594 0167 and visit www.craftonelm.com

Archipelago “Spring” show features artists from Friendship and Lubec

Kat Logan and Karen Anne Baldauski display oils and fiber arts through July 11

Left: Kat Logan, “Returning Once More.” Right: Karen Anne Baldauski, “A Fine Day for Sailing”

Left: Kat Logan, “Returning Once More.” Right: Karen Anne Baldauski, “A Fine Day for Sailing”

Event Date: Fri, 07/01/2016 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location: Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, 386 Main St, Rockland

Contact Name: Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago Director: (207) 596-0701, lvietze@islandinstitute.org

The joy of spring is reflected in the variety of works currently on display in Archipelago, the Island Institute’s gallery and store. Archipelago has a new look, incorporating multiple fine artists and makers from Maine in our gallery space on Main Street in Rockland.

The public is invited to visit the gallery during the Arts in Rockland reception on Friday July 1st. There will be sangria and chips and dips!

Karen Anne Baldauski, one of our featured artists, has been living and making art in Lubec for the last 10 years. The Downeast area provides ample opportunity for exploration of the sea, islands, rivers, lakes, woods, and mountains, which inspire Karen’s work. She keeps honey bees, paints, and felts Maine wool on her 20 acres of farmland. Karen’s felted pieces are lively, moving expressions of Maine’s coast full of color with detail that engages the viewer.

Kat Logan has been teaching, making art and performing music for over 25 years and has shown her work throughout New England. The oil paintings featured in this show are inspired by the birds that have visited her at her home studio in Friendship. By honing her intuitive nature, Kat depicts the spirit and essences of her subjects and their environments with a keen and gentle viewpoint.

The Gallery and store are located at 386 Main Street in Rockland and are open seven days a week. 

“TWO HEARTS: TWO VISIONS” at Landing Gallery

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland announces the opening of “TWO HEARTS: TWO VISIONS”, July 1 – July 31”.  A two person exhibition of new oil paintings by Bruce Busko and new photographs by Roberta Baumann. The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, July 1st, from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk.

 

Roberta and Bruce frequently work side by side and this exhibit shows how two artists see the landscape and interpret the same subject differently.  Individual directions in their art are not limited by their proximity.  When comparing the same subject locations, their art reveals how each artist focuses on their unique creativity.

"April Evening, Spruce Head, Maine" by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 30" x 40"

“April Evening, Spruce Head, Maine” by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 30″ x 40″

Bruce Busko is an exhibiting artist and Owner/ Director of Landing Gallery.  His work has been exhibited in his galleries since 1980 with a long list of additional Juried Shows, Invitational Exhibits and Awards.  He received his MFA from Pratt Institute and BFA from the Pennsylvania State University. 

"Schoodic Point, Acadia N.P., Winter Harbor, Maine" by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 10" x 20"

“Schoodic Point, Acadia N.P., Winter Harbor, Maine” by Bruce Busko Oil/Canvas 10″ x 20″

“During my frequent hikes, throughout Maine, I like to gather inspiration and visual information for my artwork. Nature walks and my outdoor experience become the first step for creating art in my studio.  Sketches, photos, memory and on site materials become the initial components of my painting process.  Each element lends its “specific flavor” to enrich my feeling for the subject. It can begin with a strong composition created by a low tide or perhaps the reflection of the sun and clouds in a calm body of water.  To seek is to find, is my moto.  Selecting what speaks to me is the core and the beginning of my creative experience.” – Bruce Busko

"Low Tide, Spruce Head" by Roberta Bauman Photograph

“Low Tide, Spruce Head” by Roberta Bauman Photograph

Roberta Baumann is an award winning fine art photographer with over 60 shows and exhibits.  Roberta has been taking photographs all of her life and has embraced and mastered new equipment, processes, and techniques. 

"Birch Point Bathers" by Roberta Baumann Photograph

“Birch Point Bathers” by Roberta Baumann Photograph

“Physically exploring space and light while maintaining an ideal histogram is exciting.  Once the subject is chosen, the fun really begins.  Additional processing and making the perfect, final print, is what I enjoy and get excited about.  Out in the field, I make decisions for framing the scene, what to leave in or out and decide what aspect of nature I want to capture.  Living in Maine offers many stimulating subjects from my backyard to an abandoned old mill, there is always something that intrigues me.  I find interiors and landscape equally gratifying to photograph.” – Roberta Baumann

 

Hours; Open 7 Days, 11-5 Mon – Sat & 12-5 Sun.  FMI: Please call 207 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

CMCA Opening weekend events

CMCA

Sunday, June 26
Members and Supporters preview reception, 11am-1pm
Open to CMCA Members, Business Supporters, and all Donors to the Capital Campaign | Reservations required | RSVP here

Ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony, 1-2pm

Public opening, 2-5pm
Jonathan Borofsky Human Structures | Alex Katz Small Paintings | Rollin Leonard Vernal Pond
Free admission

Camden National Bank | Public event sponsor

Opening weekend celebrations dedicated to the memory of Judith Daniels.

Upcoming Exhibits at the Caldbeck Gallery

From June 18 through July 16, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will exhibit new work in oil on canvas by Nancy Wissemann-Widrig of Cushing, and Southold NY, and new work in graphite on paper by Dennis Pinette of Belfast.  Also on view will be work by gallery artists Lise Becu of Tenants Harbor, Sam Cady of Friendship, David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown NJ, Jeff Epstein of Cushing and Brooklyn NY, Bayard Hollins of Islesboro and Basalt CO, K.Min of Friendship, Dan West of Friendship, and Susan Williams of Camden.  The opening reception for the artists will take place on First Friday, July 1.

ON REFLECTION 2015 oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

ON REFLECTION 2015 oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches Nancy Wissemann-Widrig

In her exhibit of new work, titled “On Reflection”, Wissemann-Widrig dives ever deeper into the world of the sea.  Painting directly from nature, she says that “the pressure and excitement are the reward for painting on-site”.  She describes the beauty of “a perfectly calm morning with the water gently undulating as the tide laps the shore.  Hints of hidden worlds are visible in the depths, when suddenly a lobster boat steams by, far out on the (St. George) river, and in a few minutes, its wake sends waves crashing, with turbulent foam breaking over the rocks.  And then…everything returns to serenity.”  Through this experience, the painting becomes a “balancing act between what it feels like and how it looks.  Everything is in flux”.   The works in this show range in size from 30 x 60 inches to 8 x 10 inches, and were painted over the past 3 years.   From 1974 to 1983, the artist was represented in NYC by the Tibor de Nagy Gallery, followed by the Tatistcheff Gallery through 1992.  She first showed with the Caldbeck in 1987; this will be her 7th solo show with the gallery.  Wissemann-Widrig’s work is in numerous corporate, private, and public collections.  In Maine, her paintings are in the permanent collections of the Farnsworth Art Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art.

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ROUGH WATER #8 2015 graphite on paper 6 x 16 inches Dennis Pinette

Pinette’s exhibit, “Rough Water”, is comprised of 9 works in graphite on paper, measuring 9 x 12 inches, and 6 x 16 inches.  More often than not, the artist works in oil on canvas and on paper, but of this new body of work, he says, “I began painting and drawing with water soluble graphite about three years ago. It’s just a hard, dense cake of graphite that reacts by degrees of viscosity as it engages water. Subtle and brutal marks are possible within a very close range. Although I’ve been working allot on Yupo, which is polypropelene and totally without an inherent character, the 9 paintings at Caldbeck are on Arches, which is cotton paper whose surface comes automatically loaded with its own character. The paper has as much to do with the image as the graphite does. I love the irony of depicting water in motion through a medium that is exactly that…water in motion…shifting densities, fluid lines, restless contrasts that engage an infinitely repetitive form. I’ve found the absence of color very liberating.”  Pinette’s work has been shown widely in Maine, New York, and Connecticut.  In 2003, his 25 year retrospective exhibit at the Farnsworth Art Museum, “The Lucid Mark”, curated by Suzette McAvoy, was reviewed at length in the New York Times by reviewer, Deborah Weisgall.  Maine museum collections include the University of Maine at Machias, Bowdoin College, Bates College, Colby College, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Art Museum.  Pinette has shown with the Caldbeck since 1985.

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

FEMMetonymy at Carver Hill Gallery

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Virginia Fitzgerald “Black Widow Sculpture” chickenwire, VCR tape

On First Friday, June 3, Carver Hill Gallery, in Rockland will open “FEMMetonymy”, a show featuring Maryjean Viano Crowe, Virginia Fitzgerald and Lesia Sochor.FEMMetonymy is a show of three women artists using clothing as a vehicle to challenge convention, tell a story, express an opinion, and elicit an emotional response.

Virginia Fitzgerald’s work includes three dimensional installation pieces and collage. She says of her work, “The dress is my symbol for our essential being, our core. Using this emblem, my work speaks about the power and the politics of relationships – our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the world in which we live. The work speaks to the emotional, or lack of emotional, connection between people. The dress form denotes the body – how we relate to our own bodies and how we relate to others bodies; it further examines how we cover and present our bodies and how that veneer affects all of our experiences and encounters. I deal with the ideas of fertility, fragility, strength, waste, war, imprisonment and freedom. My work invites viewers to reconsider their place in our society and culture, and to question the status quo. This project is very relevant to the current issues being debated today, and the dress is my soapbox from where I can engage in political debate and consider social protocol.”

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Mj Viano Crowe “Intuitions of Spirit,” collage, 48”x36”

Mj Viano Crowe’s art resolves as installations, photographic assemblages, light box shrines, artist books, cut paper and mixed media paintings. “At the center of many of my large-scale, mixed media pieces in The FEMININE DIVINE series are powerful female figures surrounded by nature. In “Arise/The Gathering Storm” a woman of foreign origin tests the waters, while waves break in the distance.  In “Intuitions of the Spirit” a Madonna-faced woman with trees in her hair embraces her own spirit, as planetary symbols orbit about, encircling cosmic and earthly elements.  In “Eve’s Garden” a woman of universal ethnicity cradles a tree to her bosom, shielding a decaying world of insects and animals within her ample skirt.”

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Lesia Sochor, “Little Black Dress” 36”x22,” oil on collaged sewing pattern

In 2007, Lesia Sochor found inspiration in her mother-in-law’s sewing drawer. “I was reminded how sewing connected me to my female ancestors. The unassuming spool of thread, full of meaningful purpose, is a powerful icon whose history chronicles stories of necessity, practicality, fashion, poverty and sweat. From one generation to the next it stirs personal recollections and family stories. The image sparked dozens of oil paintings, both literal and metaphorical. This series of loose thread – and spools of thread – eventually evolved into the ‘Bodice’ paintings, torso pieces in oil on sewing paper. I further continued my exploration creating the ‘Body Language’ pieces, where the whole body was painted. This ongoing theme of women, sewing, and fashion continues. From the ordinary to the flamboyant, the clothes we wear and how we wear them can define and reinvent us. The daily ritual of creating an impression can reveal our occupation, age, origin, social class, politics (sexual and otherwise), personality and beliefs. I continue to use sewing pattern paper as the surface upon which I paint, allowing the language, instructional text, and markings to remain visible.”

FEMMetonymy opens on First Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5 – 8 PM and runs through June 28. See www.carverhillgallery.com for more information

Dowling Walsh Gallery shows Connie Hayes

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Connie Hayes, “Blue Towel, Civita,” oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

 

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland with show Connie Hayes, “Civita Castellana, Italy” June 3 – 25, 2016 with an opening reception Friday, June 3 from 5-8pm. Hayes will give an artist talk and slide show at 2:00pm Thursday, June 9 at the Strand Theater in Rockland titled “What is Ambition Related to a Painting Life?” Free and Open to the Public

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Tadashi Moriyama, “Petabyte,” acrylic and ink on paper, 18″ x 24″

Also occurring at the gallery will be a showing by multimedia artist, Tadashi Moriyama. Moriyama brings influences from around the world to his work

Dowling Walsh Gallery is located at 365 Main Street in Rockland Maine, directly across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. We are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5pm, and by appointment on Sunday and Monday. For more information, visit us online at www.dowlingwalsh.com or call 207-596-0084.

Landing Gallery opens 2 solo shows

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David Riley Peterson with his ceramic lobster boat.

Landing Gallery, 409 Main St. in Rockland is pleased to announce the opening of two solo shows, “POSTCARDS FROM HOME”, a solo exhibition of new oil paintings by Sarah Faragher and “PASSAGES: TIME & THE SEA”, a solo exhibit of twenty seven new ceramic boats by David Riley Peterson from May 24 – June 26.  The Artists’ Opening Reception will be held on Friday, June 3rd from 5-8 PM during Rockland’s first Friday art walk. FMI 207 239-1223 or LandingArt.com.

David Riley Peterson loves boats so much that he makes them in clay. His new solo exhibit has  twenty seven new ceramic boats. David is a graduate of the highly regarded Univ. of Fl. where he received his BFA in Ceramics/Sculpture. Many of his craft are some of Maine’s most iconic watercraft, such as the Dory or Pea-Pod. Other boats in the show of interest are several tug boats, a passenger ferry and the remains of old sunken ships.

“David grew up summering on Vinalhaven where his father was born. His Grandfather also lived on the island, across from the boat yard. Talk about a kid’s ultimate dreamland. The boats in this show will definitely make you smile or scratch your head says Dave. They always make me very happy”.

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“Evening Radiance” oil/linen, 24” x 36” by Sarah Faragher

Sarah Faragher’s oil paintings of Maine are painted on location and are defined in an objective manner, using gradations of color, a light to dark value range and closely observed natural details which have her signature, American Realist, style.

“I was born and raised on the coast of Maine, where there are pockets of glorious wildness that put everything else into perspective.  And that’s where I still live and work today.  I often think of my small paintings as postcards – brief messages from beautiful and difficult places – depicting noteworthy landscapes and ephemeral happenings.  Some of these landscapes I’m discovering now and some I’ve known all my life.  The latter encompass my earliest memories and remain of intense interest, in fact they only become more fascinating to me as the years pass.  They seem to exist outside of time, yet are simultaneously of the moment, now.  These are my home landscapes – home being a place of clarity and also of mystery, a real place and a dream, the view from my actual house and the metaphorical view, of an emotion, feeling, or memory.  I’ve been experimenting with the rectangular format, scaling the postcard up to a larger size, while attempting to retain the immediacy of the message.  Postcards, after all, often contain progress reports or statements of feeling, from a journey: messages about nature, history, longing, love, and comfort.  (Wish you were here.)  These are messages from where I live, wild plain places that get right down to the elemental nature of things – any old place, really, and at the same time, here.  Home.”  ~ Sarah Faragher

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk, 5-8pm, June 3

Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk for June 2016 will take place from 5-8pm on 3 June.   Many Arts In Rockland members will be open, including: Caldbeck Gallery, The Gautschi Center, Craft Gallery, Yvette Torres Fine Art, The Art Loft, The Strand, Maine Coastal Islands Gallery, Harbor Square Gallery, Carver Hill Gallery, Archipelago Fine Arts, Asymmetrick Arts, Landing Gallery, Jonathan Frost Gallery & Black Hole.

Caldbeck Gallery will be showing George Mason’s “Relief Tapestries”, and Nancy Glassman’s watercolors and oils.  Both artists’s work is about the Georges River Watershed.

Craft Gallery opens with “In Bloom”, a show of fine art and craft inspired by blossoming nature, featuring watercolors by Susa Van Campen and rugs by Sara Hotckiss.

Yvette Torres Fine Art will be having its first show of the year: a solo exhibit of paintings by Francis Grant

The Art Loft will be open with a table set up for people to “give art a try.”

The Strand Theatre will be screening ‘Hockney’ as a First Friday Film, co-presented by the Farnsworth, at 8pm.

Maine Coastal Islands Gallery continues to show work from Laurie Sproul, Jean Ann Pollard, Beth Parks and Doug Smith.  The gallery is located on Water Street, a short walk south from Park St., and is an ideal place to start or end a tour of the Rockland galleries.

Carver Hill Gallery will open “FEMMetonymy” a show of three women artists using clothing as a vehicle to challenge convention, tell a story, express an opinion, open a dialogue and elicit an emotional response.  Featuring, Maryjean Viano Crowe, Virginia Fitzgerald and Lesia Sochor.

Jonathan Frost Gallery will open its show, “Leo Brooks and Jonathan Frost: Works on Paper”

Asymmetrick Arts is collaborating with Win Wilder Hall, to host ‘Hole History: origins of the American style donut”.

A full list of galleries can be found at www.artsinrockland.org.

Art Space Gallery + Rockland first Friday Art Walk

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Lara Max, “Steel Bass, Cooper Grass”

Art Space Gallery invites you to the June Arts in Rockland first Friday art walk.   We will be hanging a new show in our front room. Please stop by and join us for wine, refreshments and meet our artists Friday, June 3rd, 5 to 8pm. This reception will feature the work of Obrianna Cornelius, Lori Davis, Penny Markley and Lara Max.

Artisan blacksmith, Lara Max focuses on creating forms with texture and color from basic metal shapes. Her sculpture entitled “Swimming Fish” was inspired by the idea of fishing in a Maine stream on a cool spring day.   “I wanted to capture the illusion of light and movement of a fish swimming under water, making its way through the grass.” Using a technique called repoussé, a French word meaning “to push back”, she accomplishes just that. With hammers and chisels the bass was created in mild steel and heat blued, the grass is hammered copper and the entire sculpture is mounted on a piece of marble.

Obrianna Cornelius is an award winning artist who specializes in colorful watercolor landscapes. She received training in Fine Art at Pensacola Christian College, where she developed her skill and knowledge in realism. She lives and works in scenic Maine where she is known for her bold, highly-detailed paintings, filled with natural color and scenic lighting effects.   The beautiful landscape and unique culture inspire her artwork. From the glory of a sunset over the ocean, to the historic architecture, to the details of an ice covered berry or a brilliantly colored fall leaf, Maine never stops amazing her. Watercolor is her primary medium, but she is also talented when working with pen and ink, pencil, colored pencil, oils, and mixed media.

Photographer Lori Davis is intrigued by Nature and captures spectacular moments in time, bringing them back to share with others. It’s the simplicity which entices her to look closer, and she’s always amazed by the intricate details discovered. A single autumn leaf falls victim to a rain storm, but explodes with stunning colors, texture and detail that make one little leaf suddenly appear so complex. Patterns in the sand left by an outgoing ocean wave, the complex color pallet and abstract forms of a sunrise sky, or even the brilliant clown-like colors of a puffin’s beak… all just simple things in Nature that when looking more closely, are so exquisite and incredibly detailed. These are the images Lori will be sharing during this show.

 

Penny Markley, from Winthrop, is intrigued, by the effect of the light, and changing seasons on the landscapes of Maine. Her paintings capture her reaction to this visual wealth. She loves the coast, but lives inland and finds great beauty in fields, hills, marshes, lakes and mountains. For this show she has focused on an area that has it all, Acadia National Park, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of it’s founding this summer.

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. June hours are 11am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm to 4pm on Sundays. Visit our website for more information at www.artspacemaine.com.