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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 harlowgallery.org 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 https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org//jaf-art-center/.

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 www.mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Contact: anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org, ellen@mainefarmlandtrust.org

Art House Picture Frames call for provocative art

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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 arthousepictureframes@gmail.com or stop by Art House Picture Frames, 61 Pleasant Street, Portland Maine. Emerging artists are encouraged to submit.

Betts Gallery opens with GO HIGH

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“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 www.thebelfastframer.com.

Prescott Hill Pottery Kiln Opening, Holiday Show and Sale!

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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
betsy@elementalpotter.com
www.prescotthillpottery.com

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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 www.georgemarhshallstoregallery.com

 

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 tohttp://goo.gl/forms/DwUebVc0Ys7aiBmH2.

To learn more about MALI, the Maine Arts Commission teaching artist program and roster, and other PK-12 arts education programs go tohttp://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI# or contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

Star Gallery opening for LaPalombara and Stroud

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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

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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: www.russelldalessioart.com