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Sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference at Point Lookout in Northport

 

Robert Shetterly, hands-on workshops kick off two-day conference
for Maine artists and arts-based businesses April 4-5 at Point Lookout

The sixth annual Artists & Makers Conference will take place Thursday, April 4th from 2:00–6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 5th from 8:15 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. This year’s event will kick off on Thursday afternoon with a half-day of hands-on workshops and a special evening presentation by artist Robert Shetterly around his nationally recognized Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives, and continue all day Friday with sessions offering practical tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

 

Robert Shetterly

 

Thursday afternoon will begin with targeted sessions for Maine artists and arts-based businesses that include a DIY photography workshop, portfolio and product reviews, and a presentation on small business funding opportunities. The evening will culminate with “Americans Who Tell the Truth: An Evening with Robert Shetterly” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell The Truth” portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, it offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. During this special event, Shetterly will present from his body of work and share his process for how he chooses who to portray. Appetizers will be provided.

“We are very excited about expanding the conference into Thursday this year,” said Lisa Mossel Vietze, director of Archipelago and conference organizer. “We know that many of our attendees are looking for opportunities to really dive deep into key areas, so we built out this time to specifically address some of those interests and provide a space for them to do this.”

She added, “It’s a balancing act. There’s always a wide array of relevant topics and pieces we’d like to highlight, but we try to be considerate of the time that these small business owners are spending away from their businesses and from creating. We work really hard to design a schedule that features all areas of our creative economy and offers sessions and tools that are useful for everyone. This year, we have brought in some great industry professionals who will leverage their expertise and skills to provide unique insight for our attendees. In addition, we are proud to continue to offer the peer-to-peer workshops and networking pieces that conference guests look forward to every year.”

 

Whitney Burdsall

 

With a full day of workshops and presentations on Friday, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from sessions on email marketing, social media, branding best practices, artistic collaborations, insurance planning, pathways for fine art and craft, and more.

  • Rich Brooks, founder and president of the Portland-based digital agency Flyte New Media, will speak about the importance and impact of email marketing. Brooks is a nationally-recognized speaker on entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and social media. The author of The Lead Machine: The Small Business Guide to Digital Marketing, he is also the “tech guru” on the evening news show, 207, which airs on the NBC affiliates in Maine.
  • Whitney Burdsall, logistics director for Green Tree Event Consultants—producers of the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Shows—will guide participants through the important aspects of both wholesale and retail markets and how each could be a part of a winning business model. Burdsall has worked with hundreds of artisans preparing for the New England Made Shows and knows first-hand the challenges and opportunities artisans encounter running a successful wholesale business.
  • Brian Reid, a master fine furniture maker based in midcoast Maine, will speak about the inspiration and artistic growth found in collaborations, highlighting his work with Maine State prison inmates in furniture making over the last eight years. Reid splits his time between furniture making and fine woodworking course instruction with over 20 years of teaching worldwide in the U.S., U.K., New Zealand and Australia. He currently leads the 12 Week Intensive Program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and lectures and speaks about contemporary design practices and the history of furniture to a wide range of audiences.

 

Suhail Bisharat

Friday afternoon will also feature a keynote presentation by Chebeague Island resident and former director of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Suhail Bisharat, who will describe the challenging task of building and housing a collection of contemporary art from across the Arab and Islamic world, the role of national leadership, artists, and the private sector as they came together to create the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman. Inaugurated in 1980 by the late King Hussein and Her Majesty Queen Noor, the permanent collection includes the work of more than 800 artists from 59 countries.

Additional speakers at the conference will include: Master clay artist George Pearlman of St. George; Maine landscape painter Colin Page; visual artist Kenny Cole; Barbara Michelena, owner of CRAFT Gallery in Rockland; contemporary sculptor Jesse Salisbury; Laura Pierce of Iris Designs; Alex Steed of Knack Factory; Karen D’Silva of Karen D’Silva Creative Services; Laura Serino of Island Apothecary, CERF+, Gabrielle Melchionda of Mad Gab’s, and more.

Workshop sessions offer three themed tracks – Foundational, Transformational, and Inspirational – which tailor presentations for those just starting a business, those looking to grow their business, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business. Attendees are able to focus on one track throughout the day, or they can mix and match from different ones depending upon their areas of interest. Other highlights include a Pecha Kucha-style event to inspire creativity and opportunities to network with others.

General registration for the 2019 Artists & Makers Conference is open through March 29th and costs $25 for Thursday afternoon only, $35 for Friday only, or $45 for both days. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres for Thursday evening, and a continental breakfast, lunch, fruit, and beverages for Friday.

To register or view a complete agenda with session descriptions, visit http://www.islandinstitute.org/events.

For questions regarding registration or the conference, please contact Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze at (207) 596-0701.

Southwest Harbor Week to Offer Arts Workshops

ArtWaves MDI’s centrally located campus serves as a core of learning, engagement and community for individuals at every skill level to experience and create art.

ArtWaves is offering themed make-and-take craft experiences – how often do you color with stained glass? Make a mosaic for your wall or window and then do a mono-print with gelatin or clay. It is quite a unique way to respond to the island landscape.

ArtWaves new campus has 3 visual arts studios plus a state of the art dance studio with a variety offerings from yoga, to dance, to meditation for you to enjoy, the full picture is online artwavesmdi.org and in person at 1345 State Highway 102 next to Town Hill Market.

 

 

Felted Rocks by Artwaves MDI

 

 

No experience is needed – we guide you step by step to make a memorable piece and some good memories in our Kaleidoscope studio.

9:30-12 Rocking Mosaics

Learn to cut, grind, and color with Stained Glass. We have a huge selection of glass, tile and stones with all the tools and materials for you to bring home a framed piece for your window, wall or even make a pair of Acadia inspired of coasters! We have designs, use your own image, or go totally abstract. ages 6 and up can create with glass.

1-3:30pm Geological Printmaking

Prismatic rocks come out beautifully using the reduction method of squeegeeing portions of ink away. Create cairns, the shoreline, or one of our erratic. It looks even better with some native botanicals, which we happen to have. Gelatin plates hold amazing details and you can experiment on a variety of papers using our non toxic Akua inks. Assemble your prints into a folded star book, a matt to frame and cards to send.

6-8:30 pm Fiber

Make and take your own unique Bates Cairns trailmarkers from Maine organic farmers fleece.We supply it all to create a framed scene as well as wet felt the rocks for a cairn. Ages 7 up, the needles are sharp.

$35 for each – register artwavesmdi.org

The programs are part of Southwest Harbor Week, ten days of events hosted by AcadiaChamber, the Chamber of Commerce for Southwest Harbor and Tremont. Major sponsors include First National Bank, Acadia Cottages, Hamilton Marine, Ann’s Point Inn, and Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. More details on tours and other events can be found on the Chamber website, AcadiaChamber.com.

The Southwest Harbor & Tremont Chamber of Commerce works to promote a vibrant economic community by attracting visitors and connecting them to local businesses. It hosts annual events such as the Fourth of July Fireworks and Acadia’s Oktoberfest. It runs a Visitor Center in Southwest Harbor and the website AcadiaChamber.com, valuable resources for both visitors and residents of Mount Desert Island. The Chamber also seeks to enhance the experience of visitors by publishing trail, cycling, and road maps of the island and supporting self-guided audio tours.

For more information about SW Harbor Week events please contact Cynthia Crow at 207-244-9264 or office@AcadiaChamber.com.

Emily Shaffer Studio Wins 2018 Halstead Grant

 

Emily Shaffer has won the 2018 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses. Shaffer’s studio started three years ago in Maine and will be moving to a new location in Ellsworth, Maine in October.

Shaffer will receive a $7,500 cash grant, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, a trip to Prescott, Arizona, the cover and a feature spread in the grant publication Reveal, and a feature profile and jewelry showcase in the 2019 Halstead catalog.

“She has a gift for getting all the pieces of business to work together,” said Hilary Halstead Scott, Grant founder and Halstead President. “We were impressed with Emily’s sophisticated mix of marketing and strategy.”

Emily received her B.F.A. in Crafts – Fine Metal Jewelry and B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University, where she was selected as a student exhibitor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Craft Show. She also received the J. Allen Pawling Craft Memorial Award, was named an American Craft Week 30 Under 30 Rising Star and was a Top 5 finalist for the 2017 Halstead Grant last year.

“This year’s winner, Emily Shaffer, has a very compelling and marketable body of work supported by a well thought out business strategy and a realistic approach that is sure to propel her forward,” Guest judge Michael David Sturlin stated. “I am excited to see her make the next big steps in her continuing success story.”

Emily’s jewelry features clean, modern and minimal designs made from Sterling Silver and Argentium Silver with a matte finish. Most of her Stacked, Line, and Layered Collections range in price from less than $100 to $400. Her jewelry is available for sale online at www.emilyshafferstudio.com or at retail locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and more.

The Halstead Grant competition recognizes other strong entries in two divisions. Results within each group are in no particular order. The Top 5 finalists are Stacy Rodgers Jewelry, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, Lemak, Inc., and VLM Jewelry. The Top 10 finalists are Sarah Zentz Jewelry, TIN HAUS, Elana Jovero Jewelry, Lou Jewels, and Alexandra Scarlett Jewelry. Top 5 finalists receive $500 and Top 10 finalists receive $250.

The Halstead Grant began in 2006 as a way to bring the business plan concept to the jewelry community and encourage makers to establish clear goals and measurable steps toward self-sufficiency. The Halstead Grant application process guides participants through the elements of a complete strategy for entrepreneurship. Participants all receive general feedback from the competition jurors, with finalists receiving individual feedback reports specific to their entries.

The 2018 judging committee included Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott, founders Tom and Suzie Halstead, as well as Halstead’s Business Development Specialist, Kelli Vanyek Greene, and guest judge Michael David Sturlin. Sturlin is a respected goldsmith in his own right. He is a regular contributor to Jewelry Artist magazine and esteemed master workshop instructor at jewelry studios around the world.

Stockton Springs Pop-up Open Studio

There is a first time for everything and Two Itinerant Artisans (WALLS-KUHN) have cleaned and painted our space and will have a pop-up open studio on October 6, 10am – 7pm, with guest Artists:  Fredrick Kuhn, Kirk P. Linder, Allegra Kuhn, and Peter Walls. Join us for some light refreshments by our new neighbors at the The Hichborn and visit our Decorative Arts home base to see what we do, as well our new gallery with work by Stockton Springs Artists. 

Plenty of parking three doors down, at the Stockton Springs Town Hall, just past Super’s Junkin’ (Station Street Salvage), as well as 3 spots across from our building.

We look forward to seeing you in October!  RSVP if you can, otherwise come visit Stockton Springs and invite a friend!

           Allegra + Peter

       Two Itinerant Artisans

    Peter Walls + Allegra Kuhn

             207•616•6675

Exhibition Reception: Craft Apprentice Program @ Maine Craft Portland

The Maine Craft Association’s Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offers Maine-based master craft artists and apprentices the opportunity to learn, create and connect – toward expanding the apprentice’s craft skills and experience.

The 2018 Craft Apprentice Program will conclude with a capstone exhibition on view at Maine Craft Portland, 521 Congress Street, Portland, Maine September 25 – October 26, 2018.

Please join us for the artist reception and refreshments
Thursday September 27th, 4-7pm

The exhibition will feature new work created during the seven month apprenticeship by both Masters and Apprentices and be on display in a newly created educational / exhibition space (thanks to funding from the Maine Community Foundation!) within Maine Craft Portland; MCA’s new retail space + resource center in the arts district of Portland, Maine.

Exhibiting Artists:

Nina Ruit – Apprentice (fiber)
Nancy Giesberger – Master (fiber)
Nina Devenney – Apprentice (jewelry)
Christine Peters – Master (jewelry)

CAP 2019

The 2019 Craft Apprentice Program application will open mid October and be due December 7th. Thanks to National Endowment for the Arts funding the program will support five master / apprentice pairs in 2019.

Sadie Bliss, MCA Director 207-205-0791
sadie@mainecrafts.org

Guest Artist MARCIA BRANDWEIN at the Centre St Arts Gallery

Forest in Color, Marcia Brandwein

Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, invites the public to a Wine & Cheese reception to welcome Guest Artist
MARCIA BRANDWEIN on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, from 5-7 pm, at 11 Centre Street in Bath. The reception is included in Bath’s Third Friday Art Walk, and will also feature a new exhibition of member artwork. The show will be on view through November 1, 2018.

Marcia Brandwein is a 30-year summer resident of Pemaquid Harbor. Her paintings and drawings are brilliantly colored and inspired by shadows and reflections.

She says “I graduated from Pratt Institute as an Illustrator which is apparent in my drawings. My career was spent creating textiles for the home furnishing and hospitality trade. This had its limits as it was controlled by the requirements of printing and weaving. Painting, with its freedom of expression was always a plan when the time was right. My style is impressionistic and bold in execution.Working in plein air is challenging adding to the boldness of my work.I use each painting as a learning curve for my next. My goal is to keep moving forward with new challenges to my craft.”

Gallery hours for September are Monday through Saturday, 10:30 to 5:00, Sunday 12:00 to 4:00. Beginning October 1, the gallery will be closed Tuesdays. Call 207-442-0300 for more information.

Under the Spotlight | The Gallery At Somes Sound

Garrett Hack

Each week a piece of studio furniture will be featured under the spotlight, handcrafted by a furniture maker represented at the Gallery at Somes Sound in Somesville.  You will have the opportunity to critique the featured piece, offering suggestions and asking questions.  At your discretion,  a personal follow-up will be made to you by the furniture maker of the featured piece for further discussion.

September 1 – 7 Garrett Hack

September 8 – 14 Matt Hutton

September 15 – 21 Jeffrey Cooper

September 22 – 28 Heide Martin

Sept 29 – Oct 5 Gail Fredell

Oct 6 – 12 Brian Reid

Oct 13 – 19 Joel Avila

The Gallery at Somes Sound, 1112 Main Street, PO Box 203, Mt. Desert, ME 04660

Bayside Arts presents David Estey retrospective

David Estey “What’s the Point?,” 2017 acrylic on canvas, 48” X 48”

Bayside Arts is proud to present “David Estey : A Life in Art,” a retrospective exhibit of the Belfast painter’s work over 68 years, at the Bayside Community Hall, 813 Shore Road in Northport.

The exhibit will open with a reception, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 8, and run Thursday through Sunday, August 9 to 12 and August 16 to 19, 1:00 – 5:00 pm. On Thursday, August 16 at 7:30 pm, the artist will offer a related PowerPoint presentation of his life’s work at the Community Hall. The exhibit and presentation are free.

Estey taught himself to draw and paint before graduating from Crosby High School in Belfast in 1960 and went on to study at the Rhode Island school of Design. He also studied for a year in Rome, illustrated for the army, and managed public affairs for the IRS. He lived, worked, taught and exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic States and North Carolina, then returned to Belfast in 2002. His work is in many in collections in the US and around the world. This 48-piece exhibit showcases his development from local portraits and landscapes to total abstractions.

 

Archipelago opens new gallery show, “Turning Away from the Sun”

Pieces featured in “Turning Away from the Sun,” will include watercolors by Abe Goodale, as well as paintings by Amy Peters Wood, bronze sculptures by Rebekah Raye, and wood carvings by Wayne Robbins.

Pieces featured in “Turning Away from the Sun,” will include watercolors by Abe Goodale, as well as paintings by Amy Peters Wood, bronze sculptures by Rebekah Raye, and wood carvings by Wayne Robbins.

Join Archipelago to celebrate late summer in Maine with the opening of its new gallery show, “Turning Away from the Sun,” on Friday, August 3rd. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host a special artists’ reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. The show, which includes paintings, bronze sculptures, carved wall pieces, wood folk carvings, and more, will run through October 28th.

In coordination with the recent release of the Island Institute’s 2018 Island Journal, “Turning Away from the Sun” will feature watercolor portraiture by Camden artist Abe Goodale, who is profiled in this year’s publication. Born on a working sheep farm in Montville, Maine, Goodale grew up with a connection to the land, a curiosity of people and a passion for creativity. He studied ceramics and experiential education and spent the past dozen years working internationally as an artist and wilderness guide. Abe recently returned home to focus on a project closely connected to the local waters he grew up on. As an artist, he seeks to capture his audience on an intimate level of reflection and sincerity. Through representational watercolors, Abe creates paintings that both reflect and respect the individuals he encounters.

“Passing Through” by Amy Peters Wood

“Passing Through” by Amy Peters Wood

Following in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather, Charles Dana Gibson, Goodale focuses on portraiture and the representation of an era. His deep passion for the arts and anthropology inspire him to look at the way humans engage with one another and the surrounding environment. He sees the arts as a platform to instigate change, preserve culture, and provide visually enticing images that may document a way of living in an ever-changing world. After spending last fall on the water, Abe’s current work is a tribute to the hardworking men and women who make their living along the coast and an industry that is thriving, yet fragile.

Other highlighted artists in the gallery show will include Amy Peters Wood from Georgetown (egg tempera paintings), Rebekah Raye from East Blue Hill (paintings, bronze sculpture, and carved wall pieces), and Wayne Robbins from Bath (carved wood sculptures). In addition, Sanford glassmaker Karen Gola and Appleton wood turner Richard Dunham will continue to show in the gallery through the fall.

The public is invited to stop into the gallery’s 386 Main Street location to enjoy light refreshments, see the new pieces, and meet some of the artists. In addition to the August 3rd reception, Archipelago will be open extended hours, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., for the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk events on September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, and November 23rd.

The Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery features artists who work with natural, coastal, and working waterfront themes inspired by living and creating art in Maine. Located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, both the store and gallery and are open seven days a week; Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.