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Betts Gallery celebrates annual ‘Holiday Galleria’


This December, Betts Gallery celebrates the holidays with their annual ‘Holiday Galleria’ show, joining in on the Belfast Holiday Artwalk with an opening reception, Friday December 7th, 5:30-8pm. The exhibit of local, affordable art, in a variety of media includes works by: Sally Brophy, Jennie Connor, Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, Sarah Faragher, Helene Ferrar, Conny Hatch, David Jacobson, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Allegra Kuhn, Kathleen Mack, Leslie Moore, Willy Reddick, Wes Reddick, Betty Schopmeyer, Lesia Sochor, Kay Sullivan, Mary Trotochaud and Peter Walls. Be sure to check in often, as the show, which runs from December 7th through the 22nd, will be changing throughout the month as sold pieces are replaced by new work.

SugarWood Gallery showing photography of Ramona du Houx.


Starting on November 8th the SugarWood Gallery, of Farmington, will feature new fine art photography of Ramona du Houx. The open house will be held on Nov 16th at 4-7 pm.

Ramona du Houx creates fine art photography that looks like watercolor paintings evoking a sense of wonder. Many have found they relieve stress, as they are relaxing, thought proving and mystical. Her new work will include images of landscapes of Maine’s Western Mountains, fields and flowers created with her technique she first discovered in 1979.

“I’m excited and honored to be showing my work at SugarWood. Many of the new pieces depict the magnificent lands surrounding Farmington,” said Ramona, of Solon. “I try to bring the beauty, magic and mystery of nature to viewers by amplifying nature’s essence. I translate what I feel when I’m outside, merged within nature’s embrace, through my art work, thereby bringing the energy and peace of the natural world into the lives of folks who view my images.”

Ramona du Houx is currently represented by Fukurou Gallery, 20 Main Street, Rockland Maine, owned by the Solon Center for Research and Publishing and Gallery Storks of Tokyo, Japan.

She uses the camera with a painter’s eye. Her technique uses movement to create a sense of wonder through colors, textures, memories, energy and the seasons. Everything within the viewfinder becomes visibly interconnected when objects merge with the motion of the camera as the image, the “lightgraph,” is taken.

“Many Native American’s believed that everything is interconnected. I try and depict the energy and emotion that makes those connections tangible. But the technique can be challenging, as I never know exactly what the results will be,” said Ramona.

“Scientists, innovators, and inventors throughout history took the time to observe the connective rhythms in nature. Ben Franklin’s electrical experiment depended upon his observation of those connections. Aerodynamic technologies that make cars, planes and athletes faster have relied upon recording those rhymes. But the innovators of tomorrow may be in jeopardy for now society plugs us into the Internet, and while that can open doors, sometimes too much of being Internet-connected disconnects us from the mysteries of the natural world — that can be transformational.”

By the time Ramona was 12 she couldn’t be seen without a camera. By 18 she was teaching photography and industrial design at Collegio San Antonio Abad in Puerto Rico.

During college she worked with three New York City photographers. In 1979 she landed jobs to take political photographs of Sen. Ted Kennedy, and President Jimmy Carter. The same year she discovered her “lightgraph” technique and held her first exhibit in Huntington, Long Island. Excited by the new way of expressing herself she took her “lightgraph” images to the Museum of Modern Art, where they were put on file.

The Zen nature of her work became obvious to Ramona so she continued her studies in art, and philosophy in Kyoto, Japan while teaching. Her travels in the East led to numerous exhibits in Japan and lifelong connections.

In England and Ireland, she explored the mythology of the region, while raising three children, ghost writing a novel, and forever taking photographs. After returning stateside to Maine, she started a publishing company, Polar Bear & Company, with her husband and was hired as a consultant by a local artist. During this time she also explored more about the mysteries of motion in her lightgraph technique, worked for newspapers and wrote a children’s novel. By 1998 she was given access to a color darkroom at the Lewiston Creative Photographic Art Center to print a backlog of work in exchange for advising the Center’s photography students.

In 2005 Ramona started a newsmagazine, Maine Insights, which continues to this day. She worked as a photographer for the 2008 DNC convention in Denver, Colorado, and photographed President Barack Obama’s second Inauguration in 2012.

For the past three years she’s been consulting, writing, exhibiting, organizing and always taking photographs. Recently she organized the Elected Officials to Protect America’s Lands, a group comprised of veterans who are also lawmakers, to send a letter to Sec. Zinke requesting he support the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The LWCF supports millions of dollars of projects, in every county in Maine and in every state, for the upkeep of our parks. As the organizer/photographer she traveled with the EOPA delegation to Washington, D.C. where they made their case to seven US Senators.

“The Senators and their staff were incredibly supportive of our mission, wanting to protect our public lands,” said Ramona. “I see my political work as an extension of my art work. I’m passionate about protecting our public lands, without them we loose sight of who we are as a people.”

SugarWood Gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Greenhut’s October show is “Sandra Quinn: Inside Out”

Sandra Quinn, Safe Passage, encaustic and mixed media, 16 x 18 inches

“What is art in the final analysis?
Art is the shining forth of one’s interiority.”
~ Mu Xin
“I found I could say things with color and
shapes that I couldn’t say any other way
things I had no words for.”
~Georgia O’Keeffe
Greenhut’s October show will be an exhibition of Sandra Quinn’s contemplative, graceful, and quietly evocative encaustic paintings, aptly entitled Inside Out, with an Opening reception Thursday, October 4 from 5-7 pm. Sandra is a gifted abstract painter who has, in Portland Press Herald art critic, Dan Kany’s words, “really mastered encaustic as a medium to the point where she can think fluently in the medium instead of being limited by it.” This fluency is apparent in the finished work, and crucial to the success of the artist’s introspective, deeply meditative process, through which she channels richly personal interior spaces to the outside world using her own unique, energetic, and continually evolving nonverbal language – a language coursing with immediacy and a certain joy in its own being. The work is atmospheric, lyrical, and exudes the quiet confidence of an artist in full control of/complicity with her medium. This complicity not only opens the door to spontaneity, it invites it in. The show runs through October 27.
Like music, Quinn’s art is abstract in the purest sense. It adheres to no object, and refers to no subject. Quinn succeeds in expressing her sui generis emotional being and specific sites of recalled sensation and memory through color, texture, gesture, and symbol (musical notations and glyph-like calligraphy applied to the encaustic surface with graphite or paint sticks).
Central to her style is a fascination for, and an ability to visually depict, space itself, which is often represented in large, irregular, neutral-colored formations at the center of her canvas. She manipulates these spaces in a variety of ways; they might evoke a sweet summer breeze in one painting, and in the next, an invisible force field, driving the colors and other marks to the edge of the canvas. In a sense, the true subject of all of Quinn’s paintings is a transcendent locus of experience and emotion that lies beyond language and falls between the cracks of literal meaning.
Quinn exercises a type of mindfulness, creating a space to convene with her Self – a quiet space for authentic being and emotion to emerge: “My goal is to make work that expresses the feeling of being fully present and focused. I want to explore and experiment, responding to each mark or brushstroke that I put down. There needs to be clarity and balance, bathed in the subtle nuances of space and means to quietly look inside – to see what memories or experiences might bubble to the surface, to be alert and listen. This journey grounds me in the present and guides me to the future.”
There is an intrepid and non-self-critical openness to Quinn’s approach – a non-teleological joy in the process for the process, and a willingness to engage with whatever truths might emerge from the realm of the unconscious. This mind space is accessible only to those who have truly mastered their medium, who trust in their gift, and who have the courage to follow wherever the dialogue between artist and his of her emerging object may lead. Painter’s block is never an issue: “When looking at the blank white surface, I see an invitation, a reminder that anything is possible.”
Sandra Quinn earned a BFA in Painting (with Honors) from Portland School of Art (presently Maine College of Art), and a BA in Painting from San Diego State University. She is a member of the Peregrine Press, and her work has been included in a number of juried exhibitions, including five showings at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the University of New England as well as in numerous corporate and private collections.

Glenn Renell, “Valley Grass”

In the side gallery this month we have new oil paintings by another long-time Greenhut artist, Glenn Renell. An accomplished landscape painter, Glenn has cultivated a profound understanding of the relationship between a painter, a place, and a viewer. His perceptive observation of the subtleties of light and the relationships of sky, land, and horizon are beautifully rendered in his paintings.
“There is a place in landscape painting where the spirit of place meets the soul of the painter, and when the viewer sees and shares that place in a painting, that’s where art begins.”
Born in Portland, Maine [1947] and raised in New York, Glenn attended Rhode Island School of Design, spent four years in the Navy, and graduated from Fort Wright College with a BFA in painting in 1975. He went on to receive an MFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts in 1978 and taught design, drawing and painting at Maine College of Art from 1980 through 2001. Glenn left teaching to paint full-time and now resides in southeast Arizona between the Dragoon and Chiricahua mountains. Renell’s works have been included in numerous museum shows, and are included in public and private collections throughout the world.

Betts Gallery welcomes autumn with “Trees”

Helene Farrar, “Tree Love”


Betts Gallery welcomes autumn with a show celebrating “Trees.” Besides the beauty of trees, the majestic living beings offer us shade, they help clean the air we breathe, some provide food, and selectively harvested, they provide us with wood. This show of 2-D work includes oil and acrylic paintings, pastels and encaustic interpretations by local artists Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, Sarah Faragher, Helene Farrar, Sheep Jones, Betty Schopmeyer and Kay Sullivan. The show runs from September 28 through November 2, with an opening reception Friday September 28th, 5:30-8pm as part of the Belfast Fourth Friday Art Walk. The Belfast Framer and Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered from Beaver Street. For more information please call 338-6465 or visit the website,

Framemakers in Waterville opens “Painted Breeze Exhibit”

Framemakers, at 46 Maine Street, Waterville invites the public to come and meet the gallery artists October 12, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. There will be refreshments provided by Holy Cannoli! and live music by Loki.

Artists include: Abstract Printings by Deb Pipes; Abstract Paintings by Walter Dale; Oil Paintings by Sheila Gilbert; Oil Paintings by Chuck Ott; and Book Art, Poetry, and Prints by Bonnie Bishop. Craft items such as Flower Pins and Art Cards are available for purchase throughout the exhibit including jewerly by Greta Joseph.

Deborah Pipes

Deborah Pipes attended art classes at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She describes her work as Expressionistic Abstraction. She paints in acrylic, draws in charcoal and black ink and produces monotypes in watercolor. At this time, she is exploring using hand-stitching and fabric in combination with ink drawings and/or acrylic paintings.
She has had solo exhibitions in Kansas & Nebraska and has exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Laredo, Texas, Jackson, Wyoming, Maine and New York City, acquiring First Place Awards in International Competitions in NYC & Texas.

Her art work and photography have appeared in The George Washington (University) Review, The American Literary Review, a special issue publication by Sew Somerset Magazine, Her Mark datebook (Woman Made Gallery, Chicago) and Calyx; A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. She also was awarded third place in a poetry competition at Pen & Brush Gallery, NYC.

Born in Vermont, Deborah has resided in New England, the South and the Mid-West. Now, she lives in Skowhegan, Maine, with a studio in her home and is a current member of the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation, River Arts in Damariscotta, Waterville Area Art Society and The Harlow in Hallowell.

Walter Dale

Walter Dale is an off-the-grid artist from Waterville, using spray paint to create eclectic and etherial abstract works of art. This is Walter’s first show.


Sheila Gilbert


Sheila Gilbert is a resident of Clinton who works in oil. She enjoys painting protraits silllife, landscapes, and animals. Sheila’s use of bright and contrasting color gives off the sense of entering a fantastical imaginative world.

Chuck Ott is an enthusiastic creative soul who struggles to find time to get all that he wants to get done in the studio. He is also a college professor at a small New England Community College who loves turning his students onto the world of creativity.

 Bonnie Bishop has been working as a paper and book artist for over twenty years incorporating collage, printmaking, and her poetry into various forms. Bonnie’s inspiration comes primarily from the worlds of animals and dreams. These books have been shown nationally and in Canada and are found in several Special Collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Wesleyan University, Colby College, and the Bainbridge Museum of Art. Greta Joseph of Vassalboro is the creative mind behind La Sagato – a studio. A talented photographer and artist, her always-popular earrings are works of art in miniature.

FMI, call 872-8927

Kefauver Studio & Gallery Open for Twin Villages ArtWalk

“Monhegan Village”, oil on panel by Joyce Smith.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery, Damariscotta, is participating in the final Twin Villages ArtWalk of the 2018 season. The ArtWalk is on Friday, September 21st, from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

 Will Kefauver is currently presenting the “Monhegan Days” art exhibit, which features his latest work and the work of 24 guest artists.  The art depicts the beauty of Monhegan Island, with its iconic Maine architecture, spectacular coastline, and charming harbors.

 Visitors will find an eclectic array of mediums and styles from the guest artists.  There are photographs, linocut prints, and works in oil and acrylic. Visitors will find work by many of the area’s noted artists. And visitors will find work from six artists new to the gallery with this show. They are oil painters Evelyn Dunphy, Mary Mabry, Joyce Smith, and Linda Wacholtz, and photographers Scott See and Deb Vendetti.

The Kefauver Studio & Gallery is located at 144 Bristol Road, Damariscotta, and is open from 10:00 – 6:30 daily. Will Kefauver can be reached at 207-226-0974, , or

Barn Gallery – Panel Discussion

Barn Gallery, Shore Road & Bourne Lane, Ogunquit, Maine

Panel Discussion and Fall Exhibitions

 The Ogunquit Art Colony: History & Legacy of the OAA

Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM. FREE

 In September 1928 Charles H. Woodbury, founder of the Ogunquit School of Painting, held a meeting at his Ogunquit Studio to form an artist-run organization to hold exhibitions and other art-related events in the area.

 Join us for a celebration of the 90th Anniversary of that organization, the Ogunquit Art Association, on Thursday, September 20 at 6 PM. Artists and friends of the OAA will discuss the history, the players and the impact of the OAA and its home, Barn Gallery, on the seacoast community.

 Fall Exhibitions – OAA Expressions, Roots, Memorial Exhibitions by George Burk & DeWitt Hardy, Showcases by Roger Goldenberg & Ethel Hills and the Invited New England Sculptors Exhibit – continue at Barn Gallery until 5 PM, Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2018.

 FMI: 207-646-8400 or


To Dance with Light & Energy, Part II at the Gallery at Somes Sound

To Dance with Light & Energy, Part II
September 15 – September 28

The Gallery at Somes Sound

Brian Emerson

“I recently rushed to an opening in the trees to catch a sunset. I’m always surprised at how fast it falls once it hits the horizon. I love these moments and, as a painter, I always try to look twice; once to appreciate and again to capture. The light and energy at dusk and dawn are always my favorite for its exaggerated shadows and colors! My hope is to give an angle or perspective possibly not taken by the viewer so as to inspire or at least help them see it in another way.” Brian Emerson

Don Best: Animal Spirits at Littlefield Gallery

Trojan Cat 30″ x 22″ x 13″

Don Best: Animal Spirits begins September 17 and runs through October 16 at Littlefield Gallery. A reception with the artist is Saturday, September 22, from 4-6 pm. Certainly one of the most popular artists represented by the gallery, Don’s Animal Spirits is his fourth exhibition at Littlefield’s.

Don is a Maine artist who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting, with a minor in sculpture from Maine College of Art. Since graduating, Don has continued studying and working with a variety of mediums. This has allowed him to develop his own unique style as a sculptor. His work is focused on reliefs, an art form that has been around for 6,000 years. This approach allows him to integrate painting, drawing, and sculpture. He takes advantage of combining these skills, creating visual narratives that are told through his passion for animals . Each piece is unique and brings life to wood. (see below) Don’s love for animals, especially cats and dogs, is a continuing theme and inspiration for his work.

Allegory: the representation of abstract ideas or principles by characters, figures or events in narrative, dramatic, or pictorial form.

One of the powerful aspects of relief is its relationship to narrative. Combining the best of painting, drawing and sculpture, the artist can choose, compose, and balance these elements.
~Eugene Daub, Sculpture Review, Spring 2016

Littlefield Gallery
145 Main Street
PO Box 601
Winter Harbor, ME 04693

“Remembering Wally” An Art Show at Pemaquid Watershed Association Gallery

“Remembering Wally” An Art Show at Pemaquid Watershed Association Gallery

September 21 – Opening Reception 4:30- 7pm

Wally Margaret Huber Schweighauser (Switzerland, 1912-2016, Nobleboro). She would have been a mere 105 years old on the 3rd of this month. “A life well lived”, we all say. And it was indeed a life well lived. Not only well, but this very unique woman, despite the hardships endured, was a beacon of light that had shown through her contagious smile, twinkling eyes and sometimes if you said just the right thing or sang the right song, she would giggle. Wally loved oysters, whistling with the birds and rock gardening. She yodeled, spoke three languages and wrote stories. She passionately created art.

Wally’s artistic creations were a direct reflection of the life she lived. After emigrating from Switzerland to Canada in 1937 with her newlywed husband Hans, Wally, age 19, learned to forage and live off the wild land of the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal. Living with an artist father who painted the walls of their drab flat with lively brushstrokes of color and who was also a prolific artist, was an additional inspiration for her love of creating which Wally started dabbling in when she was 18 years old.

After their four children were raised and out of the home, Wally, well in her fifties, set up shop and began fulfilling the call to paint that had been yearning in her heart most of her life. Living in Duxbury, Mass, classes were started locally and she loved it. She was given a gift of a few night classes in 1966 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Those two years worth of night classes turned into day courses and she attended enthusiastically for four years. She told me she met Andy Warhol once.

Once started, she couldn’t stop. Wally attended many workshops, Penland, and with all the superior teaching she received in Boston, she was expressing herself in oil, watercolor, stained glass, clay, and more, thus creating an eclectic repertoire spanning over 50 years.

Wally lived art every day until her passing. Whether it was gardening, watching fireflies in her backwoods, doodling, cooking fabulous meals, forming a figure in clay or slathering paint on a canvas, she lived art. Sometimes you don’t get to know a person and love them even more, until they are gone. Reading her many notes with artist advice, poems and stories of inspiration have helped me to gain a greater respect and insight into what a remarkable woman she was. Wally. My Grandmother.

Delly Schweighauser, Valerie Greene and Family cordially invite you to experience just a tiny bit of what Wally had expressed, in many ways, at the opening of her show at Pemaquid Watershed Association Gallery at 584 Main Street in Damariscotta, September 21, 2018, 4:30-7 pm. Show will continue until October 18.