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CMCA Biennial 2020 to open Oct. 3

CMCA Biennial 2020

The CMCA Biennial 2020 features the work of 34 artists from 17 Maine communities. The exhibition will open to the public on Oct. 3 with a virtual reception live streamed to CMCA’s Facebook page from 5 to 7 p.m.

The virtual event will include a live video tour of the exhibition with Biennial artists speaking about their work, as well as comments from the jurors and CMCA staff. The exhibition will remain on view at CMCA in Rockland through April 2021 and is sponsored by The Via Agency.

Selected artists were chosen from a pool of more than 500 individual submissions by jurors Nina Johnson-Milewski, owner, founder, and director of Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami, Florida, and Kate McNamara, an independent curator and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island.

In a statement by the jurors, Johnson-Milewski writes, “I hope this exhibition will reflect the importance of harnessing the creative spirit, particularly in times of disconnection, isolation and confusion.”

McNamara adds, “With over 500 submissions, the process of looking through the Biennial entries offered us an opportunity to view an incredibly diverse range of art practices reflected in the contemporary art field. I am thrilled with our final selection of work, which reflects some of the hopefulness and re-imagining this particular and historical moment in time calls for.”

This year marks the 22nd edition of the CMCA Biennial, which typically takes place in the fall of even numbered years. Dating back to 1978, it is the longest running open juried exhibition in the state.

CMCA executive director Suzette McAvoy states, “We are immensely grateful to The VIA Agency for sponsoring this year’s edition of the CMCA Biennial. It is always a process of discovery to learn the jurors’ selections and to see the breadth of talent by artists connected to Maine.”

The CMCA Biennial 2020 artists and their towns are as follows: Jeffrey Ackerman, Morrill; Henry Austin, Portland; Susan Beallor-Snyder, Southwest Harbor and New York, New York; Fanny Brodar, Kennebunkport; Anne Buckwalter, Portland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Penn Chan, Portland; Ben DeHaan, Portland; Brian Doody, Portland; Jenny McGee Dougherty, South Portland; Norajean Ferris, Portland; Donna Festa, Bangor, Sam Finkelstein, Rockland; Kevin Ford, Portland and Norwalk, Connecticut; Elyse Noelani Grams, Portland; Meg Hahn, Portland; Breehan James, Scarborough; Gregory Jamie, Portland; Tom Jessen, Temple; Baxter Koziol, Portland; Mandy Lamb, Norridgewock; Phil Lonergan, Portland, and Campton, New Hampshire; Hector Nevarez Magaña, Portland; Ashley Normal, York and Nashua, New Hampshire; Isabelle Maschal O’Donnell, Portland, Elijah Ober, South Portland; Aaron Rosenblum, Northport and Louisville, Kentucky; Nicholas J Sevigney, Wells and Holderness, New Hampshire; Susan L. Smith, Dover-Foxcroft; Maia Snow, Portland and Austin, Texas; Benjamin Spalding, Portland; Richard Van Buren, Perry; Jimmy Viera, South Portland; Susan B. Webster, Deer Isle; and Erin Woodbrey, Sebago Lake and Orleans, Massachusetts.

CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland, Maine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to https://cmcanow.org.

Local Color Gallery’s October show to include guest artists David Estey, Margaret Griffith and The Winterberry Collective

Leslie Moore, “Squirrelly Whirls.”

Local Color Gallery will be featuring several guests artists in October, including Belfast artist David Estey. Estey’s work reflects years of extensive study that celebrate the rich use of color and texture with an innovative exploration of form. As a Mainer, he says he can’t escape the serene beauty of the snowy fields, the blue-black waters and the rugged coast. They are all a visceral part of his work.

Margaret Griffith of Little Cranberry Island will bring her paintings that use a juxtaposition of the sometimes odd buildings together with strong landscape elements. Griffith is drawn not only to the ocean water and purple mountains but to the uniqueness of Maine’s architecture. She is aiming to have the viewer really look and hopefully see something new in her landscape paintings.

The Winterberry Collective is a group of Midcoast Maine block printmakers who meet regularly to practice creating original relief prints by hand. For their “Maine’s Forest Floor” project, each printmaker designed four interpretations of the forest floor, one for each season. A selection of these original, hand-pulled block prints are on display, and a forever calendar showcasing their forest floor prints is also available. To purchase a calendar, email holly@hollyberrydesign.com.

Holly Berry, a celebrated printmaker, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, and an esteemed teacher, facilitates the Winterberry Collective from her home studio in Waldoboro. Members include Emily Davis, Barbara Gorrill, Leslie Moore, Dianne Morgan, Natalie Norris, Carolyn Steeves and David Swetland.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Learn more at localcolorgallerymaine.com.

Autumn exhibits and events at the Cynthia Winings Gallery

“Out. Beyond. This.,” by Lari Washburn, a September featured artist at Cynthia Winings Gallery.

As Season Eight is winding down, the group show “All Together Now” continues to inspire and delight visitors.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 24. The website is also updated regularly with new work. You can also tour the gallery virtually at https://vimeo.com/434115621.

New work has arrived throughout the summer, and it’s reassuring and uplifting to see what is being created during this turbulent and uncertain time.

The Cynthia Winings Gallery will present a Zoom artist talk with Christine Lafuente titled “ACADIAN SEAS, ACADIAN SEEING:

How 10 years of painting seascapes has inspired new ways of composing still life and cityscape.” The artist talk is at 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is at 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill.

New work featured at Art Space Gallery

Art Space Gallery features work by Linda Murray and Margaret Creighton in October, as well as new work by gallery members.

Art Space Gallery, a fine art cooperative owned and operated by Maine artists, is located at 405 Main St., Rockland. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to  2p.m. Sunday. See artspacemaine.com for more details.

Robert Wellings will exhibit at the Gallery at Somes Sound

“Dawn Light,” by Robert Wellings.

Robert Wellings will exhibit his paintings at the Gallery at Somes Sound throughout October.

Wellings’ inspiration for this collection of work is the ability of the Maine landscape to evoke in the viewer a sense of solitude and mystery. Scenes of dusk-lit meadows, silhouettes of rocky shores, bare trees in the pre-dawn hours and other moments of contemplative witness are painted from memory, imagination and plein-air sketches. Through these works of various

times and places in the Maine landscape, Wellings hopes viewers will reconnect with their own deep experiences of belonging, wonder and gratitude.

Visit https://www.galleryatsomessound.com/all-artists/profile/wellings-robert to view more of his work.

Five percent of sales from Wellings’ show will be donated to the Wendell Gilley Museum because the Gallery at Somes Sound supports their mission of bringing people closer to nature through the arts.

The Gallery at Somes Sound is at 1112 Main St., Mount Desert. Email www.galleryatsomessound.com, or call 207-610-4622 for more information.

Two shows will open in October at Hole In The Wall Studioworks

Dave G. Hall, “Morning In The Rocks.”

Dave G. Hall will show “Into the Woods,” and Kate Winn, “Flights of Fancy” at Hole In The Wall Studioworks.

Kate Winn, “In The Shelves.”

Show dates are Oct. 9 through Nov. 16, with an outdoor reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 10.

Hole In The Wall Studioworks is at 1544 Roosevelt Trail (Rt. 302), Raymond. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Call 207-655-4952, email jlmastro@maine.rr.com or go to www.holeinthewallgallery.net for additional information.

‘Distilled’ photography show at Cove Street Arts

“Distilled” in an exhibition of the photography of Cynthia and John Orcutt, curated by Bruce Brown.

The Orcutts expertly document fragile places (both natural and manmade) by simplifying the subject through composition and technique, drawing the essence of the subject into the final image.

The photographs are made with a commitment to distill the subjects of our images to their most simple and direct content, to separate them from features that complicate or minimize their graphic qualities and allow us to extract their true substance. Seeking to achieve the greatest clarity of expression through the most advantageous combinations of lighting, position, camera technique, and weather, we strive to communicate the essence of a particular place or structure.

The show runs through Oct. 17.

Cove Street Arts is at 71 Cove St., Portland. Call 207-808-8911 or email info@covestreetarts.com for more information.

Seven artists portray glimpses of their reality in Maine Art Gallery Show

Contemporary realism is the focus of the current online exhibit presented by Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery. The show, originally scheduled to be seen in the gallery at this time, has been rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus. However, one can get a preview of the full show by visiting www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org. The images will be available for viewing until Oct. 5.

“I hope the viewers will get as much enjoyment from the show as I did in selecting the artists,” said Elaine Pew, curator of the exhibit. “Each of them presents their vision of reality in their own unique way.”

Carolyn Gabbe paints in the tradition of the Old Masters of the Renaissance.

Melissa Greene expresses a poetic vision of the ways that women and animals interact with the natural world on her exquisite pots.

Winslow Meyers is very precise in defining his space with a lyrical, soothing palette.

Mat O’Donnell’s work has an edge to it. He asks the viewer to complete the story on his canvas.

Daphne Pulsifer uses classical sculptural techniques to render her bronzes of figures and animals.

Douglas Smith celebrates life through paintings that convey a sense of time and place and quality of light.

Susan Tobey White presents a series of paintings that tell the story of lobster women at work.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. More information is at www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. The gallery is closed for the 2020 season.

Camden Falls Gallery presents ‘Three Part Harmony’ featuring Aline Ordman, Scott Addis and Taddeus Retz

“Golden Light,” by Aline Ordman.

Aline Ordman, Scott Addis and Taddeus Retz are plein-air painters and will exhibited their work in the show “Three Part Harmony” at Camden Falls Gallery from Sept. 20 to Oct. 9.

Their talent and dedication to capturing the moment have forged a strong, thematic connection between them. As styles go, these three artists are very different. It is their interest in visually taking in and taming their landscape which unites this show into a three-part harmony.

Plein-air and studio artists showing at Camden Falls Gallery repeatedly return to the Midcoast area. They have recorded on canvas what they found as their inspiration, muse and challenges. Their paintings capture the essence of Mid-Coast Maine and showcase their talents.

Aline Ordman is an award-winning pastelist and oil painter. She is able to lyrically capture the majestic beauty of the woods and the euphonious transition of light in all their mystery. Ordman’s colorful sensibilities are distinct and bold. Her strokes of paint, with its brilliant flow of pigment, can convey immediate impressions of the busiest of streets to the calmness of nature. It is through her well traveled practice, of painting en plein air, that we are able to see and experience through the artist’s eye the wonders of traveling and her sense of place.

Scott Addis is an accomplished Canadian artist based in Quebec. His work are often about relationships between the observing man and the surrounding landscape. His work symbolizes themes of connection, solitude and sometimes isolation. Boats and homes are often the centerpiece of his studies. The boats are generally highly contrasted against the islands, as they swing at their moorings, yet the boats as an entity contain a sense of self and individuality apart from the landscape.

Taddeus Retz is a young, blossoming artist, characterized by his edgy and textural sense of aesthetic. The presence of weather is apparent in his work from boat yards and coastal and farm scenes. “The coast of Maine is one of my favorite places to be and to paint. The rugged quality and sense of quiet and peace is overwhelming. Every time I come up to Maine, I try to explore at least one new area. I’m always drawn to scenes or things with character. I love old barns, old boats and all the rocks. I think this is the reason that I keep coming back to Maine: it is full of character!”

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Call 207-470-7027, email info@camdenfallsgallery.com, or go to www.camdenfallsgallery.com for details.

Archipelago’s new gallery show celebrates Maine’s working waterfront

“Harvesting Kelp,” by Susan Tobey White.

Join Archipelago in celebrating Maine’s working waterfronts with the new gallery show “20 Miles,” on display through Sept. 27. “20 Miles” features the work of Susan Tobey White and her series “Lobstering Women of Maine,” a collection of paintings and stories highlighting women working on Maine’s waterfronts. Other artists include Abe Goodale, Andre Benoit, Val Aponik and Laurel Averill.

“Maine artists are having important conversations and bringing forth important ideas right now, and this gallery show is a wonderful example of that,” said Lisa Mossel Vietze, director of Archipelago. “We are proud to feature all of these amazing pieces and share the stories of our working waterfronts and this important piece of Maine culture and livelihood for our islands and coast.”

For centuries, Maine’s working waterfronts have served as the critical connection between communities and the sea. They have helped craft the state’s sense of identity and reflect the bold and determined character of the men and women who work on the water each day. From shipbuilding to shipping and aquaculture to lobstering, these iconic places scattered along Maine’s coast ignite a feeling that connects us to something deeper, connects us to a way of life where one person, a boat, and a place to land it can craft a deep and sustaining connection for their community.

It is estimated that fewer than 20 miles of working waterfront remain along Maine’s more than 5,000-mile coastline, and only 17 percent of these working waterfronts are protected by the state’s Waterfront Access Protection Program. As of 2019, the value of Maine seafood, including aquaculture and wild harvest, was just under $674 million with the total impact on the state’s broader economy extending into the billions of dollars — all of which relies on the Maine’s working waterfronts.

The pieces in “20 Miles” depict the variety of work happening along Maine’s waterfronts through different mediums, including watercolor and pencil, reclaimed wood, acrylic and silk paintings.

Located at 386 Main St. in Rockland, the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Both the store and the gallery are open Wednesday through Saturday, fro 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To learn more about the artists and work featured in “20 Miles,” visit the gallery page of the website or the Archipelago page on Facebook. For general questions regarding Archipelago or the gallery show, contact Archipelago director Lisa Mossel Vietze at 207-596-0701.