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Cove St. Arts opens “Portland 2020”

David Wade, “First Friday Sidewalk Follies

Please join us Thursday, February 6, 5:00 PM 7:00 PM for the opening reception of Portland 2020, an open juried photography show curated by Bruce Brown. The exhibition explores Portland today as Maine celebrates its bicentennial with photographs from over 50 different artists.

Though speaking of Chicago in 1883, Mark Twain could as easily have been describing contemporary Portland: “It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up … she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the [city] you saw when you passed through the last time.”
Portland 2020 is our attempt to capture our vibrant, evolving city at this moment in time. It is an open juried photography exhibition curated by Bruce Brown, featuring the work of 60 artists. Every photograph in the show was taken since 2017, and within the city limits. Portland, long noted for its rich and vital history, is developing a diverse and dynamic future and is thus the perfect subject to explore as we celebrate Maine’s bicentennial.

Jazz Age Open House at Carol L. Douglas Studio

Dancing Santa, oil on canvas, by Carol L. Douglas

Jazz Age Open House

The public is invited to a holiday open house at Carol L. Douglas Studio at 394 Commercial Street in Rockport. It’s from noon to five on Saturday, December 7.

The theme of the party is the Jazz Age. Reminiscent of Bohemian studio parties attended by Bright Young Things, there will be period refreshments and music. “You’re not required to dress in your feathers, beads and bangles, but it will help set the mood, especially if you can do the Charleston,” said Douglas.

When Douglas relocated her studio to Maine from New York four years ago, she stopped her tradition of an annual party to thank friends, students, clients and gallerists. “I didn’t know if anyone would come,” she said. “But I’ve been warmly welcomed to this unique arts community, and want to return the favo

Sohns Gallery Seventh Annual All Small Art Show Reception Dec. 6


The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop at 36 Central Street, presents The Seventh Annual All Small art show.  Fifty two local Maine artists were given three small (6”x 6”) birch wood panels and asked to create. The result is one of the most diverse gallery shows of the year.  Artist’s works include a wide variety of mediums from wax encaustics, cardboard relief, prints, carved and burnt wood, to, collage, assemblage, oil and acrylic paintings. The All Small works hung together on the gallery wall provide a great viewing experience and the size of the works helps keep the prices accessible.  

Curator Annette Dodd say’s “this show is a great way to encourage gifts of art, with the show ending on Dec. 24th just in time for Christmas. It is traditionally one of our best received shows.”

The show runs from Nov 5th – Dec. 24th and can be viewed any day between 10am and 6pm at The Rock & Art Shop. A reception will be held on Dec. 6 th at 6:30. 

For more information contact the Sohns Gallery at (207) 947-2205 or at

Sohns Gallery reception for “Summer J. Hart: unwritten”

Trained in book arts and printmaking, Summer J. Hart received a BFA from the Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT, and an MFA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Influenced by repetitive organic geometries, scenes viewed through knotholes, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature, she creates environments out of cut paper: using both shadows and vacancies as marks.

Her immersive installations are both obsessive and about obsession. They are sites of biological disasters and fairytale forests. Astounded by the resiliency of the forest: the endless process of reproduction, mutation, and evolution, Summer J. Hart makes a million marks that slowly shift in form and texture, compulsively repeating minor movements with a blade to draw objects that are indicative of natural forms, such as leaves, feathers, barnacles, and seaweed.

By creating dense, cascading “living walls” of  synthetic paper, she allows her vision of a ghostly nature to creep in through any breach, fissure, or opportunity.

The reception starts at 630 with an artist talk at 7.

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosting three exhibitions for October

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


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

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

Tollef Runquist

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

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


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


Sarah McRae Morton

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

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


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


Reggie Burrows Hodges

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

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


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

For more information, visit us online at  or call 207-596-0084

Cove St. Arts opening for “Exquisite Beauty”

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

Cynthia Winings Gallery opening for “Reverant Outcomes”

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

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

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

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry final Opening Sept 5.

Shaw Contemporary Jewelry in Northeast Harbor is hosting a final Opening and Artists Reception  Sept 5, 5 – 7 pm.
Judy Taylor: Models in the Winter Studio
Judy immerses herself in painting the human form from live models. Nuances of personalities are brought forward that often relate to occupation, tempermenant, and social standing. Powerful is an adjective often mentioned in reference to her portraits.
Deborah Page: Painted Stories
Bar Harbor native Deborah rarely plans out a painting. She starts with free, playful mark making and builds visual texture with color, line, and shape. At some point in the process an image will appear. She plays and develops it further as things appear and disappear. The painting evolves in the same way you might write a story. They are playful and inviting.

Sylvan Gallery celebrates its 19th year with receptions

Cribstone by Robert Noreika, oil, 30” x 40”

Sylvan Gallery celebrates its 19th year of representing a core group of
talented New England artists with receptions on Thursday, August 29 and
Thursday, September 26, both from 5 – 8 p.m. to mark their anniversary and
to coincide with the Wiscasset Art Walk. The exhibition, which is
continually evolving, continues through October 31st.

New to the gallery wall’s this season is a series of nocturnes by New
Jersey artist Neal Hughes. In “ Twilight Walk,” Hughes paints a tranquil
scene of a ferry station at dusk. A street lamp provides illumination for
the solitary figure walking his dog. The turquoise, pink and violet tones
of the sky reflect off the water, and the feeling created is one of quiet
reflection. In “Midnight Passage,” Hughes again relies on the cast light
from a street lamp to provide illumination to the scene. Both paintings
are composed from a high vantage point, but this time a modest two-story
house and a passing car are the focus of his attention. The painting is
evocative of the night scenes of mid-century artist Edward Hopper for the
quiet mystery of dusk and the method of highlighting a scene against a
darker background. “Port Nocturne” and “Shimmering Moonlight” are two
additional nocturnes included in the exhibition.


Twilight Walk by Neal Hughes, oil, 16” x 16”

Neal Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally
for more than 30 years. For the past eight years he has been participating
in plein air competitions up and down the east coast as well as plein air
events in Texas and Wisconsin. His most recent awards include “Best
Associate Award of Excellence” at the 2019 Oil Painters of America
National Exhibition, “Artists Choice Award” and “Best Nocturne Award” at
Lighthouse Plein Air Competition 2019, Tequesta, Florida.

One of Robert Noreika’s most dynamic works in the exhibition is
“Cribstone,” a 30 by 40 inch oil painting of the Bailey Island Bridge
(also called Cribstone Bridge) connecting Bailey’s Island and Orr’s Island
in Harpswell. Norieka uses the landscape as a jumping off point to capture
the feeling of a place in a bold and semi-abstracted manner. He paints
spontaneously and blends minimally to keep the freshness of the scene
alive. The granite slabs of the bridge become dashes of color. Simplified
forms of distant trees are more abstractly painted, and the water and
mudflats are captured with thin washes of color juxtaposed with rhythmic
brushwork and colorful patterns of blues, greens, and violets. His other
paintings in the exhibition include paintings of New Harbor and Monhegan

Noreika has been a professional artist and instructor for over 40 years.
He is the recipient of awards from the America Watercolor Society,
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, the Salmagundi Club,
and Academic Artist Association. He is a signature member of the New
England Watercolor Society. His work is in the permanent collection of the
New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.

Paul Batch’s paintings always feel illuminated from within. In his newest
works he uses glazes of color to capture those transitional times of day
when the sun is rising or setting or just as the moon is coming up. In
“Golden Gleam,” a 24 by 30 inch atmospheric painting of the New England
marsh, the diffused golden ephemeral light of the sun transitions across
the sky into violets and into dusty pinks along the horizon. The marsh
water and grasses are enriched by the beautiful tones of the sky creating
a beautiful harmony to the whole.  Other marsh paintings by Batch include
“Shoreline Evening in Spring,” at 18 by 36 inches, and “Evening Breeze,”
at 12 by 24 inches.

Batch is an award-winning member of Oil Painters of America and Portrait
Society of America. His work has appeared in numerous publications
including the Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, and Fine Art

The newest paintings of Crista Pisano include four works painted during
the Castine, Maine, Plein Air Festival in July of this year. Pisano is
known for her miniature paintings that, although small in dimension, are
large in impact. “View From Fort Madison, Castine,” measuring 2 x 6 1/2
inches, captures the textural quality of the rocky beach and the view
looking out across the Penobscot Bay to Nautilaus Island. Its brilliant
yellow sky provides the perfect contrast to the deeper tones of the

Pisano was the 2019 winner of “Best Noctune” at the Plein Air Easton
Festival, the largest and most prestigious juried plein air competition in
the United States.

Maine artists whose work will also be on view include Stan Moeller (York),
who contributes “Fashion in Cannes,” a street scene of a chicly dressed
woman who pauses before a storefront window while searching her bag.
Moeller has a gift for capturing figures in motion and making a brief
moment in time, significant. Susannah Haney’s (Wiscasset) newest painting
to the exhibition is  “A Break in the Clouds, Pemaquid Light.” Haney’s
works have always captivated the viewer by her ability to bring a fresh
eye to an often painted subject by her careful attention to detail and for
the luminous glow to her paintings. And Ann Scanlan (Wiscasset) continues
to explore the theme of animals in rural farm settings in her painting,
“Misty Morning at Straw’s Farm.”

Other represented artists whose work is on display include Peter Layne
Arguimbau, Joann Ballinger, Al Barker, Angelo Franco, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson
Lusk, Polly Seip, and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at (207) 882-8290 or go to The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday through
Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays
by chance or appointment, at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of
Main Street/Route 1 and Water St., next to Red’s Eats.

Camden galleries ArtWalk

On Thursday 8/29 from 5 – 7 pm the Camden galleries are teaming up to do an “art walk”! Colin Page’s new gallery on BayView St. has spiked Camden’s artsy energy, and we’re piggybacking on the date of his next new show reception. Participating galleries so far include myself and my neighbor Camden Falls, as well as Carver Hill and Daac Designs, both on BayView with Page Gallery. (It’s not quite the straightforward, one Main Street nature of Rockland, but hopefully folks can make the rounds!) Would love for you to drop by for a refreshment!
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