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Fall Arts Exhibition at Sylvan Gallery

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By the Blue Barrel by Susannah Haney, oil, 8” x 10”

Fall Arts Exhibition Now Through October 29th at Sylvan Gallery

Sylvan Gallery’s Fall Exhibition, featuring the work of contemporary New England artists, is now on view and will continue through October 29th. The gallery’s exhibitions are known for the quality of the work displayed and the unique and discernible style of the artists that are represented. Gallery goers will be charmed by the vision behind favorite Maine subjects such as Monhegan Island and Maine coastal and harbor views, local rural scenes focusing on domestic farm animals, and cafe and street scenes of Florence, Italy. New paintings by the gallery’s roster of fine artists arrive almost daily.

Featured works by Maine-based artists include those by Susannah Haney of Wiscasset. Haney spends several weeks every year sketching on Monhegan Island, a well-known and loved location that has been attracting artists since the19th century. Back in her studio in Wiscasset, she transforms the sketches into oil paintings of remarkable clarity and richness of color. In “By Blue Barrel,” Haney captures a view of a Monhegan cottage sited with Manana Island behind it. The luminous light of a gray day brings a glow to the violet-gray tones of the cottage and illuminates the dory in front of it. Her fine attention to detail delights us as she brings her focus to the outer stairway of the neighboring cottage, the lapis lazuli tone of the blue fish barrel, the granite rocks leading us from foreground to middle distance, and the dandelions whose spent blooms are now transformed to fluff. The luminous and finely detailed quality of her oil paintings has earned her collectors from all over the United States. Her other new paintings include “View From the Hill, Monhegan,” and “The Fishermen’s Museum, Pemaquid.”

Wiscasset artist and gallery owner, Ann Scanlan’s favorite subjects to paint are animals in rural farm settings. She will often follow cows as they wander across the landscape, looking for the right composition or interaction between animals that will inspire a painting. In her works she tries to capture a sense of the peace she feels while in their presence. The leisurely feel of a sunlit day is captured in her painting, “Cows at the Edge of the Marsh.” A grouping of five cows stands behind grasses lit by the warm glow of the sun while the water and distant trees in the background capture the hazy quality of the day. We feel a sense of tranquility as we take in the image. Her other paintings in the exhibition include paintings of sheep with newly born lambs.
Stan Moeller, of York, Maine, turns his attention to the streets and architecture of Florence, Italy, in “Piazza della Signoria.” He is an experienced plein air painter and has the ability to capture an impression of bustling figures amidst the architecture of this famous city. His work evokes memories of travels abroad. This talent in capturing figures is also apparent in “Tidal Pool Souvenirs,” a painting of a young woman precariously balanced on the rocks, intent on reaching down into a tidal pool to grasp a treasure she’s just discovered. Years spent painting on Monhegan Island have given Moeller an innate understanding of Maine’s rocky landscape and the ability to capture it with ease. Stan Moeller has taught numerous painting workshops on Monhegan Island, Tuscany, and in the South of France. He was honored with a one-person show at the Island Inn on Monhegan Island this summer.

 

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Afternoon Light, Monhegan by Robert Noreika, oil, 16” x 20”

Maine subject matter continues to inspire artists from all over the United States. Robert Noreika travels to Maine throughout the summer to paint en plein air, directly from life. “Afternoon Light, Monhegan Island” is a lively painting with energetic colorful brushwork. The foreground grasses, tree, and cottage have an easy gestural quality to them. In the middle distance, Manana Island is captured in violet and golden tones, white billowy clouds are to the right, and the turquoise sky above is reflected in the water. Just a few lobster boats provide additional interest. Noreika’s paintings have a spontaneous quality that is achieved by what he describes as his “gestural, fluid approach.” Of Noreika’s other paintings in the exhibit, of particular note is “Back Cove, New Harbor,” a beautiful painting in which he captures the essence of a small fishing cove by focusing on broad shapes and beautiful cool tones of violet, greens, and blues, for the sky, trees, and water, setting off the warmer tones of the buildings and accents of red dashes for the buoys; and “The Strike” which is a whimsical painting of a striped bass, its mouth open wide as it’s goes for a lure. “Working Harbor, Stonington, Maine” and “Incoming Squall” are his two largest paintings in the exhibit at 24 by 36 inches.

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Evening, Port Clyde by Neal Hughes, oil, 12” x 16”

Neal Hughes is another plein air artist who travels yearly to paint on the coast of Maine. His painting, “Evening, Port Clyde,” is a beautiful depiction of a fleeting moment when the last rays of the setting sun glance across the hull of a lobster boat. In the background, the dock, land, and buildings are also bathed in the sun’s rich warm light contrasting with the scene’s cooler blue, grey, and violet shadows. The painting glows with an almost inner illumination.

Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into many national juried exhibitions, and he has won many awards including an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of more than 12,000 entries.

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including Peter Layne Arguimbau, who paints shoreline views from the vantage point of his catboat as he travels up the coast; Joann Ballinger, whose pastels focus on children playing at the beach and scenes of farm animals, including “Youngins,” a pastel of three baby chickens alert in a coop; luminous ocean moonscapes by Al Barker; a series of winterscapes by Angelo Franco, as well as a dynamic painting titled “Fisherman’s Folly” which captures the vibrant colors of autumn at Jordan Pond in Acadia; a collection of photographic images of Scottish Blackface Sheep by photo journalist and shepherdess Nina Fuller; three separate paintings of birds – a seagull, a puffin, and a bird of prey by Charles Kolnik who employs a technique using many layers of oil glazes to achieve his distinctive results; classically inspired jewel-sized still lives by Heather Gibson Lusk; intimate small oil paintings by Crista Pisano who captures the atmospheric foggy conditions in her paintings titled, “Pemaquid Mist” and Ocean Point Waves”; a series of 8 by 8 inch painterly landscapes of marsh, ocean, and woodland by Polly Seip; Laura Winslow’s elegant watercolors that are inspired by nature; and rich evocative oil paintings of children at the water’s edge by Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Impressionist Artist Specialized in Coastal New England Paintings & Drawings

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Summerings with Mary Bradish Titcomb, 1892-1902: Drawings of Coastal New England and the White Mountains will be on view at James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, 75 Main St., Wiscasset, from August 31st to September 27th. Although listed as a portrait painter, Titcomb is best known for her impressionistic paintings of rural and coastal New England and is considered the most important woman artist of the Boston Impressionists.

The Kochan Fine Arts exhibition, with an opening reception during the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 31, 5-8pm, features finished and preliminary drawings in graphite, watercolor and/or ink on paper from the first decade of Titcomb’s professional career. The drawings on view were all executed while on summer holidays in New England, principally coastal Maine (including Ogunquit, Sebago Lake, Cape Elizabeth, Portland, and Monhegan), the White Mountains, the North Shore, and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Principally landscape and coastal views, the exhibition also includes some portraits and still lifes.

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Born in Windham, New Hampshire, Mary Bradish Titcomb (1858-1927) began her artistic career teaching drawing in the Brockton, MA public schools. In 1888, she relocated to Boston to commence studies at the Boston Museum School under Boston Impressionists Edmund C. Tarbell and Frank W. Benson and later Philip Hale. During her early professional career, summers were spent drawing and painting in coastal Maine or the White Mountains near her birthplace. In 1895, Titcomb traveled to Europe for the first time, studying with Jules Lefebvre in Paris, but returned to Boston, where she exhibited regularly with the Copley Society and in numerous national exhibitions. Titcomb continued to summer along the New England coast, from the North Shore to Cape Cod, although she is known to have gone on a sketching trip to Arizona and Mexico in 1901. As she became more successful, she left her Fenway studio and purchased a home in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she died in 1927.

For more information about Mary Bradish Titcomb and the Summerings exhibition, please contact James L. Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, 304-279-7714 or jameskochan@comcast.net

Closing Reception for “Home is Where the Heart is”

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“I hope you can join us for the closing reception for my show at the Midcoast Conservancy during Wiscasset Art Walk this coming Thursday, August 31st from 5-8 PM.”

This is the second to the last show in the beautiful Hagget Building and Midcoast Conservancy will receive 20% of all sales

Carolyn Gabbe “Home is Where the Heart is” is a solo show at the Historic Hagget Building in Wiscasset, Aug 9 through Aug 31, with an Opening Reception Thurs Aug. 10 from 5 to 8 pm.

 

 

 

 

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Exhibition Opens Saturday, July 8th

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

George Grosz, “New York Skyline, 1936” watercolor, 18” x 14”

“Art in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine on July 8th and will continue through August 4th. The exhibition explores the pluralistic nature of the art world in the twentieth century, with developing styles ranging from cubism, expressionism, realism and abstraction.

Of particular note is a work by German-American artist George Grosz (1893-1959) executed in New York in 1936. Grosz was born in Berlin, Germany in 1893. He became an important member of the Dada movement and openly rejected the rising German nationalism during the nineteen teens. The Dadaists sought to escape the rationalism and logic that they believed lead to World War I. Bringing an experimental, playful and even irrational approach to art Grosz and the Dadaists sought a return to our child-like nature. After Grosz emigrated with his family to New York in 1933 because of his strong anti-Nazi sentiments, he became a teacher at the Art Students League. A few years later Grosz painted “New York Skyline” in his loose, ethereal style with calligraphic marks accenting the tugboat and Manhattan skyline.

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Andrew Winter, “Morning After the Storm,” oil on canvas, 30” x 40”

Contrasting Grosz’s abstracted, spirited work is Andrew Winter’s (1893-1958) “Morning After the Storm.” Rooted in a clear, realistic style and drawing on a dramatic event, the artist depicts four sailors on a cliff viewing the remains of their ship off the coast of Monhegan Island. Other significant twentieth century paintings and sculpture include a large modernist oil, “Woolwich Ferry Slip,” by John Folinsbee (1892-1972) and a major bronze by William Zorach (1887-1966) of his daughter Dahlov Ipcar entitled “Innocence.” The show also features drawings, watercolors and oils by important international artists such as Paul Guiragossian (Lebanese, 1926-1993), Andre Derain (French, 1880-1954), Marc Sterling (Russian/French, 1895-1976), Victor Vasarely (Hungarian/French, 1906-1997) and Ossip Zadkine (French, 1890-1967).

“Art in the Twentieth Century” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 4th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens 33rd season with “New England Summers”

Keith Oehmig, “About to Leave Harbor, Camden” oil on board, 24” x 30”

Keith Oehmig, “About to Leave Harbor, Camden” oil on board, 24” x 30”

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery celebrates the gallery’s 33rd season with the opening of “New England Summers.” Highlighting this show is a pair of energetically painted oils by John Fulton Folinsbee (1892-1972). “Up the Kennebec” is rendered in rich blues and greens and depicts the clear light of a Maine summer day on the Kennebec River. In contrast, “Squall” utilizes strong blacks, browns and ultramarine blues to capture two men in a dory crossing Montsweag Bay under threatening skies. Playing against Folinsbees’ intensity is Theresa Bernstein’s (1890-2002) “Sunbathers at the Beach, Gloucester” setting the mood of restful summer idyll.

Equally painterly and vibrant in color are Max Kuehne’s (1880-1968) “Sailing Out of the Harbor,” and Jay Hall Connaway’s (1893-1970) “Rising Seas.” Other twentieth century artists featured in the exhibition include William Zorach (1887-1966), Carl Peters (1897-1980), Earl Horter (1881-1940), John Checuti (1900-1976) and William Lester Stevens (1888-1969).

Jay Hall Connaway, “Rising Seas,” oil on board, 8” x 10”

Jay Hall Connaway, “Rising Seas,” oil on board, 8” x 10”

Among the contemporary New England works are views of Monhegan Island by David Kasman painted in thick, sculptural strokes and the harborfront of Camden and Rockport captured in vibrant blues by Keith Oehmig. Guy Corriero will be showing his luminous seascapes and Diana Johnson her jewel-like pastels. Scott Redfern’s oils render Maine’s soft atmospheric light with a distinctive clarity. Other contemporary artists exhibiting in the show are Carlton Plummer, Michael Graves, Tom McCobb and David Lussier.

“New England Summers” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through July 7th. Wiscasset Bay Gallery Modern & Contemporary located at 8 Federal Street will also be open for the season and will feature surrealist photography and mid-century works. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

SIMPLE PLEASURES ~ A HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Winter Interlude by Angelo Franco, oil, 12” x 16”

Winter Interlude by Angelo Franco, oil, 12” x 16”

Sylvan Gallery is proud to present their annual holiday exhibition, “Simple Pleasures,” featuring a selection of small works of art by contemporary masters from December 3, 2016 through January 14, 2017. This exhibition features works in oil, acrylic, and pastel with many of the paintings being 11” x 14” or smaller. The subject matter is the artists’ choice and includes a versatile selection of Maine landscapes and coastal views, winter snow scenes, local farmscapes, European cafe and street scenes, and figurative works.

Garden Thistle by Heather Gibson Lusk, oil, 7” x 5”

Garden Thistle by Heather Gibson Lusk, oil, 7” x 5”

Enjoy giving the gift of art this holiday season, and treat yourself too! The gallery artists whose work will be on display include Peter Layne Arguimbau, Al Barker, Joann Ballinger, Angelo Franco, Nina Fuller, Susannah Haney, Neal Hughes, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson-Lusk, Robert Noreika, Crista Pisano, Ann Scanlan, Polly Seip, Laura Winslow, and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. Also, find Sylvan Gallery on Facebook. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

“Autumn Arrivals”opens at Wiscasset Bay Gallery

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Fritz Eichenberg, “The Steps, 1934,” wood engraving, 6 1/8” x 4 5/8”

“Autumn Arrivals” will open on Saturday, October 15, at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery. The exhibition highlights recent acquisitions of paintings and prints by important American and European artists.

René Magritte’s “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” a colorful lithograph from 1962 by the Belgian Surrealist, shows a half-woman, half-fish creature seated on a rock with a schooner in the distance. Fritz Eichenberg (American, 1901-1990) captures street life in New York City during the Great Depression with “The Steps, 1934.” In this wood engraving, a cat searches a garbage can, two boys wrestle in the street, and a well-dressed dandy looks in his pocket mirror, while his lady of the night looks on admiringly. Freight-laden tugboats steam past the Manhattan skyline in Earl Horter’s (American, 1881-1940) depiction of the New York waterfront during the 1930s. Other prominent twentieth century artists featured in the exhibition include Adolph Gottlieb (American, 1903-1974), Jules Pascin (French/American, 1885-1930), John Folinsbee (American, 1892-1972), Don Stone (American, 1929-2015), and Jay Hall Connaway (American, 1893-1970).

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René Magritte, “Un Seduisant Naive D’eau Mer,” color lithograph, 12 1/2” x 17 3/4”

In the contemporary galleries, recent work by Maine artists include Judith Magyar’s dynamically designed composition of a boathouse interior, which plays with light and spatial relations. David Kasman’s “Red Truck, Black Duck” is a thickly painted oil of village life on Monhegan Island. Other New England artists exhibiting include Roberta Goschke, Michael Graves, Keith Oehmig, Tom Curry, Carlton Plummer and Guy Corriero.

“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through November 30th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Thoughtful Art and Edgy Dance at Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25

Crossing to Avalon by Damariscotta Mills artist George Mason will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 36 Water St., Wiscasset Village.  The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitor

Crossing to Avalon by Damariscotta Mills artist George Mason will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 36 Water St., Wiscasset Village. The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitor

Wiscasset Art Walk is pleased to feature two local artists, George Mason of Damariscotta Mills and Leonard Meiselman of Wiscasset, who will present recent work in a two-person exhibit, Unspoken . . .from Nature to Abstraction, at Midcoast Conservancy, 36 Water St., Wiscasset Village.  During the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25th, 5-8pm, meet the artists, enjoy wine and tidbits, and hear about their inspirations. Both artists will speak about their art from 6 to 6:15pm and again at 7 to 7:15pm during the Art Walk.   

Artist George Mason uses plaster, clay, burlap, pigment, casein paint, and encaustic in his work.  “Light, shadow, texture and relief, and the primacy of gravity continue to capture my attention,” the artist says about his work.  Mason has deep ties to the mid-coast community as a founding board member of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and was the 2015 artist-in-residence for the Georges River Land Trust. He has taught in Maine and the US, but also in Jerusalem, Indonesia, and India. He’s been a recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and has exhibited extensively throughout coastal Maine and elsewhere.

A Stillness in the Room by Wiscasset artist Leonard Meiselman will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 26 Water St., Wiscasset Village.  The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitors.

A Stillness in the Room by Wiscasset artist Leonard Meiselman will be featured during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25 at Midcoast Conservancy, 26 Water St., Wiscasset Village. The artist will be present during the evening to talk with visitors.

Painter Leonard Meiselman maintains a studio in NYC, but his heart, along with his art, is in mid-coast Maine, and, especially, on the island of Monhegan.  His recent exhibit, A Protest Artist on Monhegan, at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick this past winter, documented the tortured demise of the Monhegan trees, which he’s come to know and love after almost 60 years of visiting and painting. “Artists bear witness,” he says, “and while we are creating, we hope we are creating an awareness of a situation or cause.” In addition to Maine, Meiselman has exhibited in New York, London, and elsewhere.

 

Luminarium Dance Co. will be delighting visitors to the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25, 5-8pm, as they dance throughout the Village.

Luminarium Dance Co. will be delighting visitors to the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25, 5-8pm, as they dance throughout the Village.

Art of a different sort enlivens the Village as Luminarium Dance Co., based in Boston, makes a repeat appearance during the Wiscasset Art Walk on August 25.  Luminarium is an award-winning contemporary dance company hailed for its original use of lighting, art, projection, video, film, and music. In June, the dance company was the opener for the largest TED talk in history with a live audience of 2,600 at the Boston Opera House. In July, the group performed ‘300 Years’, an original piece to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA.   In Wiscasset, the dance company has ‘jammed’ with gallery musicians and danced with visitors on the pier.  Shops, sidewalks, hand railings, and, sometimes, people become props as the dancers improvise their way through the Village.

Visit the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 25, 5-8pm to enjoy these exceptional artists who join the many excellent galleries and unique Village shops that welcome visitors through their OPEN DOORS.   

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months with August 25 and September 29 remaining this season, from 5-8pm. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available at all participants throughout the Village. Major Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2016 are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carleton Real Estate, Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, and Fogg Art Restoration.  Additional sponsors are the Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Cod Cove Inn, French & Co. Antiques, and Red’s Eats.  For more information about the Wiscasset Art Walk, please visit www.wiscassetartwalk.org or contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Violet Brandwein at 917-327-1449.

“Maine and America in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on August 11th

John Fulton Folinsbee, “River Lane,” oil on canvas, 32” x 40”

John Fulton Folinsbee, “River Lane,” oil on canvas, 32” x 40”

“Maine and America in the Twentieth Century” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine, on August 11. The exhibition explores the development of modernism in American art during the late 1920’s through the 1950’s. 

A number of major works by New Hope Pennsylvania artist John Fulton Folinsbee (1892-1972) are featured in the exhibition. Folinsbee’s “River Lane,” 1927-1928 shows the artist’s evolution away from American Impressionism toward Modernism and the influence of Cezanne in the painting’s form and structure. By the mid-1930’s, Folinsbee was summering near Wiscasset, Maine on Montsweag Bay. Important works from the Maine period include “Storm Over Chewonki” with its ink black sky and “Goose Rocks Passage” with its luminous seas and sparkling white waves accented by an orange channel marker.

Slightly further north and eleven miles out to sea, Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970) was living on the remote Maine island of Monhegan. Highlighted in the exhibition, “Summer Seas, Monhegan,” was painted on a blue-sky day in 1947. Despite the artist’s remote location, he made frequent trips to New York City where he had many one-man shows at Macbeth and Milch Galleries.

Arriving on Monhegan Island that same summer in 1947, Morris Shulman (1912-1978) brought a new type of modernism to the isle. Several large caseins on panel by Shulman capture the fauna and floral life abstracted into vigorous brushstrokes of color.

Jay Hall Connaway, “Summer Seas, Monhegan,” oil on board, 24” x 36”

Jay Hall Connaway, “Summer Seas, Monhegan,” oil on board, 24” x 36”

Other American and Maine artists whose works are explored in the exhibition include Robert Beauchamp (1923-1995), Abraham Bogdanove (1886-1946),William Lester Stevens (1888-1969), Reuben Tam (1916-1991), Morris Blackburn (1902-1979) and James Fitzgerald (1899-1971).

“Maine and America in the Twentieth Century” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through September 30th.  For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Sylvan Gallery features European paintings by Stan Moeller

A Conversation at Café La Palette - Paris by Stan Moeller, oil, 18” x 14”

A Conversation at Café La Palette – Paris by Stan Moeller, oil, 18” x 14”

A special feature of European paintings by Stan Moeller of York, Maine opens at Sylvan Gallery on Thursday, July 28, and the special feature continues through August 28. In conjunction, the gallery will also be displaying the work of their regular roster of seventeen fine artists.

In his newest body of work, Moeller evokes memories of travels abroad, and there is an immediacy to his paintings. While his paintings demonstrate the hand and decision making process of an experienced plein air painter, Moeller goes beyond the mere illustration of a scene and joins painterly expertise with a poetic sensibility which has much to do with the extraordinary impact of his paintings. In his painting, “(15:10) Paris Time, Musée d’Orsay,” we are treated to an interior view of the clock tower in the Musée d’Orsay. The dramatic cropping of the face of the large clock is juxtaposed with the silhouette of a chicly dressed woman who gazes out onto the Paris landscape – shimmering in turquoise, ochre and violet hues.

(15:10) Paris Time, Musée d’Orsay by Stan Moeller oil, 24” x 18”

(15:10) Paris Time, Musée d’Orsay by Stan Moeller oil, 24” x 18”

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including Peter Layne Arguimbau, Al Barker, Joann Ballinger, Angelo Franco, Nina Fuller, Susannah Haney, Neal Hughes, Charles Kolnik, Greg Laderer, Heather Gibson-Lusk, Robert Noreika, Crista Pisano, Ann Scanlan, Morgan Starr, Laura Winslow and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. The gallery is open every day from 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

“SUMMER ARTS EXHIBITION” OF GALLERY ARTISTS THROUGH AUGUST 28TH AT SYLVAN GALLERY IN WISCASSET

At the Corner of Swim and Main by Susannah Haney, water-soluble oil on panel, 8” x 10”

At the Corner of Swim and Main by Susannah Haney, water-soluble oil on panel, 8” x 10”

 

Sylvan Gallery in Wiscasset is celebrating their 16th year of representing a diverse group of eighteen exceptional contemporary New England artists with their annual “Summer Arts Exhibition” on view through August 28th. Each artist represented by the gallery is clearly discernible with their own unique style. Favorite subjects of the artists include Maine landscapes and coastal views, local farm and village scenes as well as cafe and street scenes of Europe. New paintings arrive almost daily by the gallery’s roster of fine artists.

Featured works by Maine based artists include Susannah Haney of Wiscasset whose newest paintings will also be a special feature of the Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, June 30th from 5 to 8 p.m. Haney concentrates on quintessential New England architecture. She explains, “There is a fascination for me in the beauty and simplicity of early New England architecture, as well as in the relationship of each house to the land or water. I try to capture this harmony with a realistic technique that reflects the care that the architect and builder took in carefully siting the homes and other buildings to take maximum advantage of the land and the light.”

Her painting, “The Corner of Swim and Main” reflects her care in composing a view of the sparkling white cottage amidst the environs of Swim Beach on Monhegan Island, a well-known and loved location that has been attracting artists since the19th century. Haney sees the familiar with a fresh eye and captures it in rich captivating detail and beautiful clarity of color and light.
Susannah Haney grew up in Massachusetts and was a dance major or at Boston Conservatory of Music and later earned a Masters in Library Science studying both at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Simmons College in Boston. She worked as a librarian for many years while at the same time pursuing her life-long interest in art, winning awards in juried exhibitions for her landscapes and still lives. In 2010 she moved with her husband to Wiscasset.

Haney will be on hand during the Wiscasset Art Walk to answer questions on her technique of using water-soluble oil paints.

Additional Maine artists whose work will also be on view include Greg Laderer (Boothbay) whose oil paintings focus on local coastal views; Stan Moeller (York) with paintings that capture bustling street scenes from recent painting trips to Paris and Italy; landscapes by Morgan Starr (Rockland); and oil paintings of rural farm scenes by Ann Scanlan (Wiscasset). Photojournalist Nina Fuller will be exhibiting a collection of photographic images of the Scottish Blackface Sheep that she raises on her farm in Hollis.

Many of the other represented artists have a life-long connection to Maine including Robert Noreika whose popular August painting workshops on Bailey’s Island will coincide this year with a painting demonstration at Sylvan Gallery; Neal Hughes who spends much of the month of August painting in Port Clyde; and Peter Layne Arguimbau who paints shoreline views from the vantage point of his catboat as he travels up the coast.

A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display, including paintings by Al Barker, Joann Ballinger, Angelo Franco, Charles Kolnik, Paul Lipp, Heather Gibson-Lusk, Crista Pisano, Laura Winslow and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. The gallery is open every day from 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m. at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main Street (Route 1) and Water Street, next to Red’s Eats.

Art, Music, and Gardens Greet Wiscasset Art Walk Visitors

New Galleries and Shops Keep the Event Fresh and New

The Corner of Swim and Main, Susannah Haney

The Corner of Swim and Main, Susannah Haney

Open doors and lively sidewalks will greet visitors to the first Wiscasset Art Walk of 2016 on Thursday, June 30, from 5-8pm.  In addition to Wiscasset Village’s fine collection of galleries featuring local, contemporary, and historical work, guest artists and special features will add even more creative zest to the evening. 

In Sylvan Gallery, 49 Water St., artist Susannah Haney of Wiscasset will be displaying a collection of her paintings focusing on the beauty and simplicity of early New England architecture. One painting, The Corner of Swim and Main, reflects her care in composing a view of a sparkling white cottage amidst the environs of Swim Beach on Monhegan Island. Haney says, “I try to capture this harmony with a realistic technique that reflects the care that the architect and builder took in carefully siting the homes and other buildings to take maximum advantage of the land and the light.” The artist will be on hand during the Wiscasset Art Walk to answer questions about her technique of using water-soluble oil paints. 

Also on hand during the Wiscasset Art Walk, Brad Sevaldson, photographer and co-owner of BIRCH at 72 Main St., will be displaying his photographs of Maine and away.  According to Sevaldson, “My collection of photographs includes some of my favorite places and things, from the natural scenic beauty of Maine to the architecture and charm of Europe.  Inspiration is all around; capturing that unique image is my goal, sharing the results is my reward.”

Moulinette Mercantile, 60 Main St., will be hosting author and artist Katherine Dunn of Apifera Farm in Bremen.  Dunn will be signing her illustrated books and will exhibit some of the original paintings.  Apifera Farm, recently relocated from Oregon, is home to Dunn’s ‘misfits’ – special needs goats and pigs she’s adopted and cares for.    

And the sidewalks . . . vibrant and humming with activity and meandering minstrels, Married with Chitlins, always a hit with visitors as they play their rollicking country tunes.   

Fabric artist Dana Spinney-Brown is the Treats manager by day, but at night and in the wee hours, she designs and sews custom, one-of-a-kind aprons using vintage fabric and buttons.  Enjoy an apron extravaganza as live models parade in these fashionable aprons up and down Main St.  Dana herself will be ensconced in Treats, 80 Main St., as the host for the popular wine tasting.

The Garden Club of Wiscasset will be answering questions about all things plants and gardens and selling fresh-from-the-garden bouquets in the vicinity of 80 Main St.  Across the street, The Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main St., will be showing off a new garden, designed and implemented by Garden Club members, based on photos of a wedding in 1937.

Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle will display their wares and offer a live wheel throwing demonstration in front of Ingram Fine Art & Antiques at 106 Main St.  According to Executive Director Fran Rudoff, the evening is a timely prelude to Salad Days, Watershed’s annual event on July 9. 

 Wiscasset’s Art Walks are held on the last Thursday of the summer months: June 30, July 28, August 25, and September 29 from 5-8pm. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the Village. Major Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2016 are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carleton Real Estate, Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, and Fogg Art Restoration.  Additional sponsors are the Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Cod Cove Inn, French & Co. Antiques, and Red’s Eats.  For more information about the Wiscasset Art Walk, please visit www.wiscassetartwalk.org or contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Violet Brandwein at 917-327-1449.

“American and French Impressionism” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

“American and French Impressionism” will open at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Thursday, July 7th with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

Chauncey Ryder (American 1868-1949), “Clouds Over the Valley,” oil on canvas, 25” x 30”

Chauncey Ryder (American 1868-1949), “Clouds Over the Valley,” oil on canvas, 25” x 30”

Among the important American works on display is Chauncey Foster Ryder’s (1865-1949) “Clouds Over the Valley” depicting a figure with a pair of oxen hauling logs in the foreground against a soft, feathery sky and rolling landscape. Ryder’s paintings are in many major museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Echoing Ryder’s subtle palette and painterly brushstrokes, is a view of Washington Square Park by New York impressionist Bela de Tirefort (1894-1933). The artist’s use of grays, blues and whites captures the Greenwich Village icon on a snowy winter’s day with figures sheltered under umbrellas.

French Impressionists works featured in the show include a richly toned etching and aquatint by Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), titled “Tete de Jeune Fille.” The sitter is a young girl named Claudine, etched in 1873, with a wistful, innocent expression on her face. Many views of the streets of Paris in spring and fall abound in the exhibition including a dynamic work by Francois Gerome (b. 1895) of Porte Sainte-Denis with horses and carriages traversing the boulevards as twilight approaches. Other French Impressionists on view include Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), Jean Salabet (French, b. 1900), Jean-Auguste Vyboud (1872-1944), Pauline Grandjean (fl. 1920s) and Georges Rouault (1871-1958).

Francois Gerome (French b. 1895), “Porte Sainte-Denis, Paris,” oil on canvas, 20” x 24”

Francois Gerome (French b. 1895), “Porte Sainte-Denis, Paris,” oil on canvas, 20” x 24”

Additional American Impressionists works are on view by Gordon Benjamin Mess (American, 1900-1959), Andre Gisson (1929-2003), William Potter (1883-1964) and Ethel Louise Paddock (1887-1975).

“American and French Impressionism” will be on display at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery through August 5th. For more information call 207-882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.

Wiscasset Bay Gallery opens for 32nd Season

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Keith Oehmig, “Center Harbor, Brooklin, Maine,” oil on board, 24” x 30”

The Wiscasset Bay Gallery and Wiscasset Bay Gallery Modern & Contemporary opened for the season May 28th to celebrate the start of the gallery’s 32nd season and the opening of “New Maine Paintings.” Both receptions are free and open to the public, with light refreshments.

Highlighting this show are a collection of thickly painted oils of Monhegan Island vistas and bold expressionist nudes by David Kasman.  Contrasting Kasman’s deep, moody palette are colorful, high-keyed oils by Keith Oehmig and Michael Graves. In Oehmig’s “Center Harbor, Brooklin, Maine” the viewer sees the historic village’s harbor in royal blues and warm mauves. Graves’s “Sailing off Islesboro” depicts a Marconi rigged schooner set against billowing clouds with the Camden Hills in the distance. Carlton Plummer is exhibiting several watercolor and acrylic works on paper rendering the foliage and sea in lyrical abstract forms.

Additional contemporary New England artists showing in the exhibition include Tom McCobb, Paul Niemiec, Judith Magyar, David Lussier, Geer Morton, Guy Corriero, Scott Redfern, Diana Johnson, Tom Curry and Roberta Goschke.

 

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Jules Pascin (French 1885-1930), “Dame de la Nuit,” hand-colored etching, 4 ½” x 3 ½”

 

In conjunction with the contemporary exhibition, many important American and European artists are represented. Andrew Winter’s (American 1893-1958) “Dories on Fish Beach” and Sears Gallagher’s (American 1869-1955) “Base of Blackhead” capture the village and coastline of Monhegan Island. A rare hand-colored etching of “Dame de la Nuit” by French modernist Jules Pascin (1885-1930) will also be featured. Other noted twentieth century artists include Charles Ebert (American 1813-1959), Gordon Grant (American 1875-1962), George Benjamin Luks (American 1867-1933) and Lucien Moretti (Italian 1922-2000).

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Modern & Contemporary located at 8 Federal Street will feature surrealist photography and paintings along with vintage and mid-century works.

“New Maine Paintings” will continue through July 6th. For more information, call 207-882-7682, or visit the gallery’s website at www.wiscassetbaygallery.com. The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am until 5:00 pm, and is located at 67 Main Street (Route One) in historic Wiscasset village.