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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 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

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,

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, 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

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 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


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

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.

New Era Gallery Late Summer Show Opening

“Camelback” by Kitty Wales

“Camelback” by Kitty Wales

New Era Gallery’s late summer show opens Saturday, August 4 with an artist’s talk at 4:30pm followed by a reception from 5:00-7:00pm. The show features Peter Bodnar III, François Deschamps, and Alison Hildreth in the main gallery, and an installation of work by Kitty Wales in the barn.

Peter Bodnar III paints with acrylic to create atmospheric, abstracted landscapes. Francois Deschamps’ layered photographs and constructions present overlaid realities using trompe l’oeil and found materials. Alison Hildreth’s prints and drawings refer to places ancient and imagined and her continuing interest in cartography. Kitty Wales’ animal sculpture of welded steel and epoxy clay with island chair parts and her prints and drawings focus on the theme of migration, and provide a commentary on current affairs.

The exhibition will run through August 29. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am – 2:00pm. For more information call 863-9351 or visit

The Harlow presents Three Faces/Three Forces: Rachael Eastman, Martha Miller, John David O’Shauhgnessy

The Harlow presents “Three Faces, Three Forces”, a three-person pop-up exhibition featuring Rachael Eastman, Martha Miller, and John David O’Shauhgnessy. Three Faces, Three Forces is on view July 20-28, 2018 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, July 20, 5-7pm. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Tuesday 6:30-8:30, Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm and Sunday 12-4pm. For more information please visit or call 207-622-3813.

Eastman, Miller, and O’Shaughnessy gather in Three Faces, Three Forces to redefine “Pop Up” with a painted “Portraiture Peer In”, exhibiting their combined face works highlighted by emotive new drawings, painting, and mixed media pieces. Three Faces, Three Forces is an innovative, week-long exhibit running July 20-28, 2018 with a live drawing event happening during the opening reception Friday, July 20, 5-7pm. The live drawing will culminate in the trio of artists each creating large, two-dimensional face artworks live in the gallery and then shared in final form that evening as the show opens. Eastman will initiate opening night in revealing the finished trio of works while giving a brief talk on process.

On Old Hallowell Day, Saturday July 21st, from 2-4, the Harlow will host a “Portraiture Draw In.” Come and enjoy a free open drawing session open to all. Artist-model Rachael Eastman will pose in costume as muse for fellow exhibiting artists Martha Miller, John David O’Shaughnessy, and any others who would like to join them in creating portraits.


“Ocean Meditation, Sunset“ by Rachael Eastman














Rachael Eastman: Best known for years of consecutive sunrise witness, and a delve into the sublime within her atmospheric oil paintings and drawings,  Rachael Eastman’s ethereal  seascapes, and daily photographs of the ocean, create a new luminist trail along the shores of New England. Eastman, whose Hudson River School leanings have culled nature as an emotive force, now attempts to paint and draw a new season of ocean light into the human face, hoping to gather the sunlight, scale, and sensation witnessed among waves and emotionally *felt* on site.

“Mary in Green Sweater“ by Martha Miller

“Mary in Green Sweater“ by Martha Miller

Martha Miller is well known for her psychologically engaging drawings and paintings created from life, self, traditional portraiture, and a boundless interweaving of the human tapestries in her life.  A psychological likeness is hewn from her deep seeing, and her teaching style merges with her studio practice to combine to cleave the psychological heart out for the viewer’s contemplative eye. Martha’s traditional approach to portraiture opens to incorporate surrealistic elements drawn from her own life,creating a rich engagement with the human condition. Recent renderings of herself, her daughter’s journey in illness, as well as those of the sitters that she tenderly explores, call emotionally complex faces from within her next moves.

“Untitled“ by John David O’Shauhgnessy

“Untitled“ by John David O’Shauhgnessy

John David O’Shauhgnessy is best known for his adept and powerful capture of the movement and shifting color and light of the ocean. His gestural and expressive paintings explore seascape observed directly from life “Plein Air”. His intense works glean a visceral and material sense of the forces of nature for the viewer. Yet, throughout ocean many infused years, he was also exploring the human face and it’s subtle moods with his color sensibilities and gestures. Facial expressions found their way into his paintings and his ceramics, and now the elemental human visage has begun to take on a new presence in his work. O’Shauhgnessy is poised to match his discipline in teaching students new modes of self portraiture, with a fresh emotive face revealing exploration of his own.

In recent years, Rachael Eastman has exhibited at Sarah Orne Jewett Museum, The Saco Museum, The L.C. Bates Museum,  The Revolving Museum in Fitchburg Massachusetts, and Maine College of Art.  Eastman is currently represented by William Scott Gallery in Provincetown Mass, while sharing work at Littlefield Gallery, Barn Gallery, and Ocean House Gallery, in Maine, where she just culminated a solo exhibition and radio interview. John David O’Shauhgnessy has exhibited at The Currier Museum of Art, The Sarah Orne Jewett Museum, while exhibiting work at Littlefield Gallery, Barn Gallery, Ocean House Gallery, Thos Moser Gallery in Maine, and Art 3 in Manchester New Hampshire. O’Shauhgnessy has also twice been culled to participate in the juried Paint for Preservation in the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust Plein Air Exhibition and he is poised for a fall exhibition at AMP Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts. Martha Miller has shared work at The University of New England, The Blaine House, The Tide Institute, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. With solo and group exhibitions at Mayo Street Arts, Maine College of Art,  and Mast Cove Galleries, Miller is poised for a coming solo exhibition at The University of Maine in Augusta. Eastman and Miller, who had previously shown together at Aucocisco Galleries, and were both awarded in Harlow’s State Competitions look forward to joining forces at the new Harlow with a burst of new energy infusion from their facile colleague John David O’Shaugnessy .

Maine Farmland Trust’s Joseph A. Fiore Art Center Announces 2018 Residency Awards

Jefferson. Early this April, a jury panel consisting of Stuart Kestenbaum, Susan Larsen and Ariel Hall awarded eight recipients with a 4-6 week residency at Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson.

In its third year, the Center received 66 applications for its summer arts residency program. The categories included visual arts, literary arts and performing arts. This year one residency placement was reserved for an indigenous artist and one for an international or out-of-state artist.

Thu Vu, from Vietnam, was awarded the international visual arts residency. Vu first came to Maine from Hanoi Fine Arts College in 1998 as an exchange student; she attended Maine College of Art in Portland. Vu creates light sculptures made out of paper and natural materials. Her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe and the USA.

Thu Kim Vu, Light Sculptures

Clif Travers was awarded the visual arts residency for a Maine indigenous artist. Travers grew up in the mountains near Sugarloaf. One of his current bodies of work, The Medicine Cabinets, grew from three years of interviews with people around the country. Travers asked each person: “What would you consider to be a social malady that could be easily cured by regular folk?” The resulting “cabinets” are all connected to nature and show the malady, as well as the imagined cure.

Clif Travers, Medicine Cabinet

The remaining four visual arts residencies were awarded to Carol Douglas, Michel Droge, Estefani Mercedes and Maxwell Nolin.

Douglas, who grew up on a farm, describes herself as a plein-air landscape painter whose primary interest lies in the relationship between humans and their environment. Droge, by contrast, is an abstract painter- her work reflects a poetic connection to the land, climate change research and the philosophy of the sublime.


Carol Douglas, Finger Lakes Vineyard

Michel Droge, Breathing Lessons

Mercedes is an activist artist with deep connections to Maine. She is interested in local Brooksville archives that connect to the Argentine dictatorship. Through radical justice, film photography and copyright law, she hopes to restore missing violent histories and silenced voices by building publicly accessible archives.

Estefani Mercedes, Untitled

Nolin is a young emerging portrait painter who most recently made a living as an organic vegetable farmer. His portraits often feature fellow farmers; however, he writes, “I have yet to fully immerse my subjects in the natural landscape. This seems to be where my interest lies and where my work is heading.”

Maxwell Nolin, Toot and Roger Raw

The Fiore Art Center’s literary arts residency was awarded to Maine writer, Jodi Paloni. Paloni is currently working on her second book, a novel-in-stories, which takes place in the sixties and seventies on a farm similar to the Center’s Rolling Acres Farm, and tracks three Maine women from their girlhood to contemporary midlife.

Finally, the performing arts residency was allocated to Heather Lyon. Lyon was born on a farm in Maine. Her art practice is site responsive and she plans to create new performance work at the Fiore Art Center, “responding to this unique place where the connections between art and farming can be explored and lived.”

Each year, the Center hires a seasonal resident gardener, who lives on the farm for five months and grows food for the residents. “We’ve been lucky to find gardeners who also have their own creative practice, and enjoy being immersed in our residency program setting,” says Anna Witholt Abaldo, co-director of the Fiore Art Center. This year’s gardener will be Rachel Alexandrou, from Alna. Her organic gardening experience spans a decade, and she is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in sustainable horticulture at UMaine, Orono, with a minor in studio art.

Rachel Alexandrou, Kale in Decay

Those interested can find more information on application details, summer visitor hours and Open Studio Dates at

The mission of the Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is to actively connect the creative worlds of farming and art making. The Center’s purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. The Center offers exhibitions and public educational events, engages in research and development of new farming practices and hosts residencies for artists on a working farm in Jefferson, Maine. The Fiore Art Center is a program of Maine Farmland Trust. The late Joseph Fiore was an artist and active environmentalist who, with his wife Mary, generously supported Maine Farmland Trust for many years. For more information about the Trust please visit


Art House Picture Frames call for provocative art


Art House Picture Frames is looking for collections of provocative art for upcoming gallery shows at their space in Portland, ME. Work should say something about the world in which we live or comment on the artist or the art process itself. Interested artists should email links to or stop by Art House Picture Frames, 61 Pleasant Street, Portland Maine. Emerging artists are encouraged to submit.

Betts Gallery opens with GO HIGH


“On High” Oil on Panel by Julie Cyr
Betts Gallery GO HIGH  May 26-June 24, 2017

Opening Reception Friday May 26, 5:30-8
Please join us for an opening reception on May 26th, 5:30-8pm, as we welcome spring and the start of the Fourth Friday Art Walks in Belfast. Betts Gallery is thinking positive and looking up with the first show of the season, entitled “Go High”, which features work by artists: Kenny Cole, Mj Viano Crowe, Julie Cyr, Susan Guthrie, Sheep Jones, Willy Reddick and Buzz Stultz. The Gallery is located at 96 Main Street in Belfast, and also may be entered on Beaver Street. For more information please call (207) 338-6465or visit our website

Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Holiday Show and Sale!



Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Open studio & Open house Holiday Show and Sale!
December 3 & 4, 2016. Saturday & Sunday, 10 – 4

Announcing the 10th Annual Holiday Open Studio/Open House Show and Sale of Betsy Levine’s atmospheric fired pottery at Prescott Hill Pottery in Liberty. The latest firing of the soda kiln will be opened on Saturday, revealing fresh new pots warm from the kiln!! Pots from this fall’s wood firing, including serving bowls, plates, platters, vases, mugs, tumblers, and such are also ready for Saturday and Sunday’s visitors, along with some pots on holiday special. Plenty of great snacks available, too!

Betsy’s pots are organic and earthy, with a sensuality that comes mostly from the materials she choses and the atmospheric firing techniques that she uses. Her forms are simple, yet graceful, revealing the complex surfaces resulting from the interaction of clay and fire. Made to be used, admired and loved, Betsy’s high-fire stoneware and porcelain tableware, storage jars and evocative vessels may look like works of art but they can go from table to dishwasher and be used and enjoyed every day.


FMI, 207-589-3399

George Marshall Store Gallery’s “Various Shades of Grey”


Michael Olszewski “Surge” crochet, applique, embroidery silk, linen, leather, 16.5” x 16”

Contrasts in color and forms

The blaze of autumn colors outside are in stark contrast to the “Various Shades of Grey” exhibition currently on view in York’s George Marshall Store Gallery. The show brings together a wide range of media including painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics by two dozen regional artists. Color and form is also on view in the dock level gallery, which features the work of Boston painter Robert Baart and ceramics by New Hampshire artist Boyan Moskov. The shows continue through November 13th.


Leon Anderson, “When I Close my eyes at Night” painted wood, 27” x 42”

An absence of color does not mean a lack of light, texture, form and imagery. The arrangement of works on the left hand gallery wall exemplifies the variety of media found throughout the show. Cabot Lyford’s black walnut “Raven” is positioned as if about to fly into “Surge” and “The Sea Inside,” by Chicago based artist Michael Olszewski. The artist uses applique, embroidery silk, paper, plastic, linen and leather in these crochet pieces. Next is a 16 panel, slate and white gold leaf piece called “Way Back” by Gary Haven Smith, followed by “When I close my Eyes at Night” by Leon Anderson who installs his wooden constructions several inches off the wall, so that the casted shadows become a part of the piece. Peter Dellert’s “Music Nest #2” is a collage of cut and reassembled wasp nest and vintage sheet music.


There is nothing blacker than graphite and charcoal, a medium that is well used in the bold drawings by George Lloyd and Rick Fox. Amparo Carvajal Hufschmid, combines bees wax with graphite in her suite of six drawings. Curator Mary Harding, looked high and low to round out the variety of approaches within the confines of black, white and grey. Her findings include jewelry by Blair LaBella, ceramics by Don Williams, prints by Chris Beneman, Kate Emlen, Bob Parker, Elizabeth Meyer and Francis Ashforth, walking sticks and drawings by Charles Ramsburg, figurative and objective paintings by Don Lent, Christopher Cook and Grant Drumheller, wall mounted constructions and paintings by Jeff Kellar, collages of sewing patterns by Lesia Sochor and enamels and metals by Peter Bennett and Michele Caron.



Robert Baart “Into the Woods” Oil on canvas, 20” x 24”

Color abounds in the dock level gallery. Robert Baart has titled the selection of his paintings “A green thought in a green shade,” a line from the poem “The Garden”, by Andrew Marvell. This famous seventeenth century English poem expresses the poet’s personal emotions and feelings about nature. Baart’s colorful and impressionistic paintings are also about his personal connection with nature. His paintings hover between realism and abstraction using robust colors and strong gestural marks. Although his work is not specific to any one place, it is a personal expression of the artist’s relationship to the landscape and his concerns for the environment. Baart retired in 2009 after 35 years of teaching painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Since then he has been painting full time in his space at the Fenway Studios.

Boyan Moskov’s ceramics complement Baart’s paintings in both color and texture. The artist brings all the elements of fine art to his work: sculpture, drawing and painting. He was born in Ruse, Bulgaria and studied at the Troyan Art School and the Sofia Art Academy. He moved to the United States in 2007 and settled in his wife’s home state of New Hampshire. His pieces often begin on the wheel and then are further altered by hand and carving techniques. The surfaces may be enlivened with colorful glazes or decorated with incised lines and carvings. He is inspired by his medium and is constantly exploring new ideas and forms.

The exhibitions continue through November 13th. Gallery hours are 10 to 4 Wednesday through Saturday, 1 to 4 on Sunday and by appointment. The gallery is a property and program of the Museums of Old York and is located at 140 Lindsay Road, York. 207-351-1083


Special Summer Opportunity for Maine Artists

Teaching artist and clay sculptor Tim Christensen working on design principles with a student. Photo courtesy Maine Arts Commission.

Teaching artist and clay sculptor Tim Christensen working on design principles with a student. Photo courtesy Maine Arts Commission.

The Maine Arts Commission’s Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) will offer a one-day summer professional development intensive specifically geared toward Maine teaching artists, and/or those artists who would like to expand their work to PK-12 teaching, on Wednesday, August 10, from 8 to 4 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine. The intensive is part of MALI’s summer institute for PK-12 arts teachers that continues August 11-12.  The day-long session will focus in depth on the role of the teaching artist in the K-12 classroom, and the relationship between the K-12 arts educator and the teaching artist, and will includestructured networking with more than 50 PK-12 Visual and Performing Arts teachers from throughout Maine.

“We recognize the great learning value of Maine’s incredible population of artists,” said Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education for the Maine Arts Commission, “and have as a goal the establishment of more high quality K-12 artist-in-residence programs.”

The day’s workshops are designed specifically for the needs of Teaching Artists, and will include separate sessions on topics including how to get funding to support residencies; best practices for Teaching Artists; Maine Learning standards; assessment skills and tools; advocacy; and more. Perhaps most importantly, the day will include ongoing opportunities for teaching artists to connect with and engage collaboratively with PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers from Maine schools—often the first step toward establishing a residency.

The MALI institute offers an exciting, teacher–driven environment for teaching artists who are interested in professional development with peers. Teaching Artist and dancer John Morris and PK-12 music educator Kate Smith, both members of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative team, are leading the planning for the day.

“We think this year’s summer institute provides not only timely professional development and a chance to make important connections with arts educators in the schools, but also a real opportunity to contribute the voices of Teaching Artists to improving K-12 arts education for all students in Maine,” said Morris.

The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, established in 2011, is committed to the development of teacher leaders and teaching artists to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Registration includes morning coffee/tea, a delicious lunch, and afternoon snacks. To register and review full workshop offerings, please go to

To learn more about MALI, the Maine Arts Commission teaching artist program and roster, and other PK-12 arts education programs go to or contact Argy Nestor at or 207-287-2713.

Star Gallery opening for LaPalombara and Stroud


Please join Star Gallery for an exhibit featuring Constance LaPalombara
and Cynthia Stroud, with an opening reception Thursday June 30,
5 – 7 pm, at 6 Neighborhood Road, Northeast Harbor, 276-3060. The show runs through July 12.

2016 Acadia ART Achievement Award Winners


Linda and Russell D’Alessio

The 2016 Acadia ART Achievement Award goes to Russell and Linda D’Alessio. In the mid-sixties, Russell and Linda D’Alessio were introduced to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park while on vacation. Awe struck by its natural beauty, they knew someday this would become home.

The dream became reality in 1974. With Russ fresh out of art school they packed their VW bug complete with two young sons and moved to Mt. Dersert Island from New Jersey,  (in February with no jobs!)  Bringing their artistic creativities and passion for the arts with them, Russ, a painter sold some of his originals and prints to local galleries and Linda, her weavings. It was selling these pieces of art that floated them through their first Maine winter and solidified their love for this place.

Living here in Maine has allowed them to pursue their creativity and passion for the arts. In the late 70’s, they opened a screen print company placing Russ’s designs on garments designed by Linda.  This line of fashion clothing, jewelry, and decorative accessories sold nationally and internationally including Giverny Gardens, Paris, France

During this same period they formed a side-company to help other Maine Artisans and Fine Craftsmen to market their wares, bringing Maine Art & Craft to the Maine and national market.   At that time, Linda presided on the Maine Governors board formed during the McKernan administration to promote “Made in Maine.”

1989 marked the season they opened their first retail operation in Bar Harbor, Over the Moon Studios, focusing on their line of clothing and jewelry in a small space on Cottage Street.  A year later they moved to larger quarters and opened Pretty Marsh Gallery, this time featuring their line of clothing and accessories and many of the “Made In Maine” artisans they represented.  Operating in that location for 20 years they carried many Maine artist’s works of pottery, jewelry, and fibers arts, including Russ’s paintings, drawings, and illustrations.

Forty-three years later they remain an important part of Bar Harbor and Maine’s art community.   Russell’s works can be found at D’Alessio Gallery on Mt. Desert Street, Bar Harbor and online. He also maintains a studio in town upstairs at Bayside Landing while Linda manages the gallery and its web presence. She is also instrumental in beginning Downtown Bar Harbor’s First Friday Art Walks and is currently  Chairperson of the committee.  You can find more about the D’Alessio’s on the web at: