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The Maine Art Gallery Opens Its First Online Exhibit

“Higgins Beach – Late Afternoon,” by Cynthia Sortwell.

“Untitled 1027,” by Conrad Guertin.

“Bobolinks,” wood engraving, by Siri Beckman.

Hard times inspire creativity, and Wiscasset’s Maine Art Gallery has stepped up to the challenge.

The gallery presents an online show of paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and collages from 23 artists that might have been held at the gallery, were it not for the limitations due to COVID-19. Instead, the images can be viewed at through July 10.

The show offers a range of styles. In addition to depictions of landscapes, waterscapes, architecture and still lifes, works include nontraditional shapes and symbolic paintings.

More information is available on the Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset Facebook page. The gallery, located in the historic Wiscasset Academy building at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, is closed to the public this summer due to COVID.

“American Artists Here and Abroad” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery

Emily Muir (American, 1904-2003), “Fox Island,” oil on board, 17″ x 32”


“American Artists Here and Abroad” opens at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery on Wednesday, July 1st.

Many American artists came to the New England coast to capture its untamed beauty or sail its vast, meandering shoreline dotted with islands. Such was the case with Chicago-born artist, Emily Muir (1904-2003), who settled in Stonington, Maine, with her husband, the sculptor William Muir. Together the two artists utilized paint and granite to depict the essence of Maine coastal life in the mid-twentieth century. Emily Muir’s “Fox Island” appears deceptively simple with its clean, bold forms and colors but closer observation reveals her keen eye at work exposing in nuanced hues the rugged boulders and sharply articulated islands that give Maine its distinctive character.


Warren W. Sheppard (American, 1858-1937), “Venice” oil on canvas, 14″ x 20″

Warren Sheppard (1858-1937) was another American artist who drew his artistic inspiration from sailing trips to Maine, as well as travels across Europe from 1888 to 1893. Sheppard’s lifetime exploration of the play of light on water is no more evident than in his depiction of the Venetian Lagoon. Calm, sparkling water reflects the sunlit Italian architecture and foliage as elegantly dressed figures step into a gondola.

Focusing on the more straightforward urban scene is Reginald Marsh’s “Tug on the East River” rendered in strong blacks and warm browns and showing the New York skyline in the 1930s. Max Pollak’s “The Battery, New York” likewise utilizes the waterfront and skyline of New York Harbor in his richly varied aquatint.

Other noted American artists featured in the exhibit include Leon Kroll (1884-1974), Andrew Winter (1893-1958), Jay Hall Connaway (1893-1970), Eric Hudson (1864-1932), Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908) and Abraham Bogdanove (1886-1946).

“American Artists Here and Abroad” will continue at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine through August 7. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at Follow the gallery on Instagram @wbaygallery and Facebook. Wiscasset Bay Gallery is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Images for use with press release:
Emily Muir (American, 1904-2003), “Fox Island,” oil on board, 17″ x 32”
Warren W. Sheppard (American, 1858-1937), “Venice” oil on canvas, 14″ x 20″

Community Tapestry Debuts at Wiscasset Community Center

During the Wiscasset Art Walk 2019 season, locals and visitors from away – from far away – took part in a community weaving project.  The result of that project, a wall-sized woven tapestry, is now on view at the Wiscasset Community Center, 242 Gardiner Rd. You can’t miss it. As you walk in the door, it’s hung in the entry area near tables and chairs where people eat, visit, and settle in with their laptops.

According to Community Center interim director Duane Goud, he knows a lot about the tapestry after watching the recent Selectboard meeting on You Tube at which the weaving project was recapped and displayed for Selectboard members. When asked to host it at the Recreation Center, Duane immediately found a place to display the art piece because, he said, it represents a community-wide effort. 

More than 100 ‘guest artists’ participated in braiding strands of colorful materials and then adding them to the wall piece. The Town of Wiscasset provided the orange barrier fencing for the background structure and various crafters and local businesses donated the colorful fabrics, ribbons, and assorted doo-dads for the braiding.  Guest artists came from Wiscasset and neighboring towns, the New England region, more distant states like Florida, Colorado, and California, and from even more distant places like Mexico, Canada, UK, and Germany.

The community tapestry will be making additional guest appearances throughout the community in the coming months with invitations from the Wiscasset Public Library, the Wiscasset Congregational Church, and the Wiscasset Middle High School. Notices in the local papers and elsewhere will announce the new locations for this fanciful display of a community working together to create something fascinating and meaningful.

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Opens for “Autumn Arrivals”

Sears Gallagher (American, 1869-1955), “Wading,” etching, 8″ x 5 7/8″

“Autumn Arrivals” will open Saturday, October 12th at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery in Wiscasset, Maine. A unique and diverse collection of American and European works by artists from Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Great Britain, Spain and the United States will be featured in the exhibition.

Of particular note is a small, charming oil by Dorothea Stefula (German, 1914-1997) titled “Die Sängerin” (The Singer). A bejeweled lady holding her cat sits by a window with distant pines, while her bluebird looks on from its cage. Stefula was a woman of many talents illustrating numerous children’s books, designing postage stamps, as well as creating scenery and costumes for the Bavarian National Opera in Munich. 

Contrasting Stefula’s precise, richly detailed work is Paul Guiramand’s (French, 1926-2008) large, boldly colored and ethereal oil of violins and flowers in deep oranges and purples. Guiramand studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1953. His works are held in major museums including the Art Institute of Chicago.

A series of Sears Gallagher’s (American, 1869-1955) etchings depicting his children at the beach adds a graphic dimension to the exhibition and Stephen Etnier’s low-keyed luminous oils of the Maine Coast sparkle with soft light. Other noted American and European artists featured in the show include Jay Hall Connaway (American, 1893-1970), Andrew Winter (American, 1893-1958), Georg Merkel (Austrian, 1881-1976), Jose Navarro (Spanish, 1867-1923), Reuben Tam (American, 1916-1991) and Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1974).

“Autumn Arrivals” will be on display through November 30th. For further information, please call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

Maine Art Gallery Presents “Point of View”

Visitors to the “Points of View” exhibit of photography at the Maine Art Gallery were taken to places near and far in images from the perspective of Bob Bond and Brad Sevaldson.

Visitors to the Maine Art Gallery’s current show will see the world from the “points of view” of photographers Bob Bond and Brad Sevaldson. While Bond is drawn to people, Sevaldson is attracted to the design he finds in his environment. Many of the prints are so painterly, especially when printed on canvas, that they appear to be the work of an artist with a fine brush and oils. The “Points of View” exhibit will be on display Thursdays – Saturdays through September 28.  Gallery hours are 10:00AM – 4:00 PM.

The gallery is located at 15 Warren Street, Wiscasset.

Maine Art Gallery presents “Points of View”

“Gallery Doorways” Brad Sevaldson

Photographers Bob Bond and Brad Sevaldson have combined their photographic talents for a new show at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset. Bond’s work is a visual record what’s going on in the streets of the world, while Sevaldson’s inspiration comes from water and landscapes and objects. An opening reception with music provided by the cabaret duo, Colleen Powers and Jim Rice, will be held on September 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. After that date, the gallery hours will be 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Thursday – Saturday until September 28.

Bob Bond has been photographing the life around him since he first picked up a camera at the age of 14. Primarily known for his commercial portrait photography and graphic design, Bob’s passion is to get out of the studio and capture images of people. The series in this exhibit includes photographs taken over the past thirty years from Athens, New York City, Las Vegas, and various New England towns and cities. Bob’s solo shows, “Grab Shots” and “Snap Shots” have been exhibited in several galleries throughout New England as well as the Massachusetts State House.

Brad Sevaldson’s career has revolved around commercial art and visual presentation. His love of photography started in 1996 with the first of many annual trips to Maine and has continued at an even greater pace since he moved to Wiscasset several years ago. He likes to capture graphic subject matter and believes that it is important to include design and balance in his images, some of which are enhanced or manipulated in a manner that makes them truly unique. Brad’s work has been shown in Maine and in juried shows in Florida.

Bob Bond

Colleen Powers brings her traditional cabaret to clubs and cafes throughout New England. Her unique blend of bawdy, irreverent humor and soaring vocals make her a crowd favorite.Jim Rice arranges music and performs regularly with the Three Swingin’ Tenors. He appears most Sundays with Colleen at Club Cafe in Boston.

The Maine Art Gallery is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. More information can be found at and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. The gallery is located at 15 Warren Street, Wiscasset.

Sylvan Gallery celebrates its 19th year with receptions

Cribstone by Robert Noreika, oil, 30” x 40”

Sylvan Gallery celebrates its 19th year of representing a core group of
talented New England artists with receptions on Thursday, August 29 and
Thursday, September 26, both from 5 – 8 p.m. to mark their anniversary and
to coincide with the Wiscasset Art Walk. The exhibition, which is
continually evolving, continues through October 31st.

New to the gallery wall’s this season is a series of nocturnes by New
Jersey artist Neal Hughes. In “ Twilight Walk,” Hughes paints a tranquil
scene of a ferry station at dusk. A street lamp provides illumination for
the solitary figure walking his dog. The turquoise, pink and violet tones
of the sky reflect off the water, and the feeling created is one of quiet
reflection. In “Midnight Passage,” Hughes again relies on the cast light
from a street lamp to provide illumination to the scene. Both paintings
are composed from a high vantage point, but this time a modest two-story
house and a passing car are the focus of his attention. The painting is
evocative of the night scenes of mid-century artist Edward Hopper for the
quiet mystery of dusk and the method of highlighting a scene against a
darker background. “Port Nocturne” and “Shimmering Moonlight” are two
additional nocturnes included in the exhibition.


Twilight Walk by Neal Hughes, oil, 16” x 16”

Neal Hughes is a former illustrator who has been painting professionally
for more than 30 years. For the past eight years he has been participating
in plein air competitions up and down the east coast as well as plein air
events in Texas and Wisconsin. His most recent awards include “Best
Associate Award of Excellence” at the 2019 Oil Painters of America
National Exhibition, “Artists Choice Award” and “Best Nocturne Award” at
Lighthouse Plein Air Competition 2019, Tequesta, Florida.

One of Robert Noreika’s most dynamic works in the exhibition is
“Cribstone,” a 30 by 40 inch oil painting of the Bailey Island Bridge
(also called Cribstone Bridge) connecting Bailey’s Island and Orr’s Island
in Harpswell. Norieka uses the landscape as a jumping off point to capture
the feeling of a place in a bold and semi-abstracted manner. He paints
spontaneously and blends minimally to keep the freshness of the scene
alive. The granite slabs of the bridge become dashes of color. Simplified
forms of distant trees are more abstractly painted, and the water and
mudflats are captured with thin washes of color juxtaposed with rhythmic
brushwork and colorful patterns of blues, greens, and violets. His other
paintings in the exhibition include paintings of New Harbor and Monhegan

Noreika has been a professional artist and instructor for over 40 years.
He is the recipient of awards from the America Watercolor Society,
National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, the Salmagundi Club,
and Academic Artist Association. He is a signature member of the New
England Watercolor Society. His work is in the permanent collection of the
New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT.

Paul Batch’s paintings always feel illuminated from within. In his newest
works he uses glazes of color to capture those transitional times of day
when the sun is rising or setting or just as the moon is coming up. In
“Golden Gleam,” a 24 by 30 inch atmospheric painting of the New England
marsh, the diffused golden ephemeral light of the sun transitions across
the sky into violets and into dusty pinks along the horizon. The marsh
water and grasses are enriched by the beautiful tones of the sky creating
a beautiful harmony to the whole.  Other marsh paintings by Batch include
“Shoreline Evening in Spring,” at 18 by 36 inches, and “Evening Breeze,”
at 12 by 24 inches.

Batch is an award-winning member of Oil Painters of America and Portrait
Society of America. His work has appeared in numerous publications
including the Artist’s Magazine, International Artist, and Fine Art

The newest paintings of Crista Pisano include four works painted during
the Castine, Maine, Plein Air Festival in July of this year. Pisano is
known for her miniature paintings that, although small in dimension, are
large in impact. “View From Fort Madison, Castine,” measuring 2 x 6 1/2
inches, captures the textural quality of the rocky beach and the view
looking out across the Penobscot Bay to Nautilaus Island. Its brilliant
yellow sky provides the perfect contrast to the deeper tones of the

Pisano was the 2019 winner of “Best Noctune” at the Plein Air Easton
Festival, the largest and most prestigious juried plein air competition in
the United States.

Maine artists whose work will also be on view include Stan Moeller (York),
who contributes “Fashion in Cannes,” a street scene of a chicly dressed
woman who pauses before a storefront window while searching her bag.
Moeller has a gift for capturing figures in motion and making a brief
moment in time, significant. Susannah Haney’s (Wiscasset) newest painting
to the exhibition is  “A Break in the Clouds, Pemaquid Light.” Haney’s
works have always captivated the viewer by her ability to bring a fresh
eye to an often painted subject by her careful attention to detail and for
the luminous glow to her paintings. And Ann Scanlan (Wiscasset) continues
to explore the theme of animals in rural farm settings in her painting,
“Misty Morning at Straw’s Farm.”

Other represented artists whose work is on display include Peter Layne
Arguimbau, Joann Ballinger, Al Barker, Angelo Franco, Charles Kolnik, Heather Gibson
Lusk, Polly Seip, and Shirley Cean Youngs.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at (207) 882-8290 or go to The gallery is open Monday, Wednesday through
Saturday, 10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays
by chance or appointment, at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of
Main Street/Route 1 and Water St., next to Red’s Eats.

Artists Paint Live During Wiscasset Art Walk

In the Orchard, a 1921 painting by Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1974)


If art is your passion, then Wiscasset Art Walk on Thursday, August 29, from 5 to 8pm, is the place for you! Wiscasset Village will be humming with exceptional exhibitions and accomplished artists painting live during the evening. 

Sylvan Gallery, 49 Water St., is celebrating 19 years as a fine art gallery representing a select group of contemporary, award-winning New England artists. For this special anniversary exhibit, new work includes a series of nocturnes by Neal Hughes; Robert Noreika’s Cribstone, an oil painting of the Bailey Island stone bridge, also known as Cribstone Bridge; new paintings by Crista Pisano which she completed during the Castine, Maine, Plein Air Festival in July; and new work by Wiscasset artist Susannah Haney. Gallery owner Ann Scanlan, a fine artist currently exploring the theme of animals in local rural farm settings, knows all the artists she represents. She’ll be on hand to talk with visitors about the paintings on exhibit and the stories behind them.


Stephan Giannini, known for his plein air landscapes, here painting Wiscasset Village in 2016


For 35 years, Wiscasset Bay Gallery, 67 Main St., has been specializing in fine 19th through 21st century American and European paintings. The current exhibit, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism & Modernism, features paintings by artists from America, France, and Italy including the charming work of American artists Leon Kroll (1884–1974) and Suzanne Demarest (1900-1985). Gallery owners Keith and Cordelia Oehmig will be delighted to talk with visitors about their featured artists and the remarkable collection of paintings their gallery exhibits. Keith’s own paintings, often of iconic local seaside and landscape scenes, are prominently displayed.

The Maine Art Gallery has invited artists to paint en plein air in the Village during Wiscasset Art Walk, and the public is invited to look over shoulders and watch as visions unfold on canvas. Some of the regional artists participating are Lisa Kyle, Stephan Giannini, Renee Lammers, Ian Bruce, Geoffrey Bladon, and Tony van Hasselt.  This is the kick-off for the gallery’s three-day Paint Wiscasset event which culminates on Saturday, August 31, with a reception and art sale at the gallery,15 Warren St., from 5 to 8pm. 

For WAW visitors who would like to make their own art, the Weaving Project, 64 Main St., welcomes children and adults to participate in the on-going process of creating a large, collaborative art piece. Visitors are encouraged to create a braided strand from an array of colorful and sparkly materials and then weave it into a wall-sized community tapestry. The tapestry is being built on a grid of orange construction fencing, so appropriate for Wiscasset’s summer of ubiquitous orange barrels!


Plein air watercolorist Tony Van Hasselt


 Wiscasset Art Walks are held on the last Thursday of the summer months: August 29 and September 26 from 5 to 8pm. Participant sites are marked with colorful streamers and touring maps are available throughout the Village. Lead Sponsors for Wiscasset Art Walk 2019 are Donna and Frank Barnako. Major Sponsors are Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, Carl M.P. Larrabee Agency, Carriage House Gardens, Emotions in Writing, Fogg Art Restoration, Peter H. Eaton & Joan Brownstein Antiques, Red’s Eats, and Wiscasset Woods Lodge; with additional sponsors BIRCH and Rock Paper Scissors. For more information about Wiscasset Art Walk, please visit or contact Lucia Droby at

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Presents “Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Modernism”

Suzanne Demarest (American/French, 1900-1985), “At the Beach,” oil on canvas, 6” x 12”


“Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Modernism” opens August 7th at the Wiscasset Bay Gallery. Works by important American and European artists from Italy, France, Holland, Austria, Great Britain and the United States will be on display.

Of particular interest is a charming portrait of a young girl in a green and white dress with a pink bow by French Impressionist Carolus-Duran (1837-1917). Carolus-Duran was among the most celebrated, portrait painters in Paris in the 1870’s and 1880’s and taught American artists John Singer Sargent, Theodore Robinson and James Carroll Beckwith, among others. 

On the lighter side is a playful beach scene by American Post-Impressionist Suzanne Demarest (1900-1985). Demarest lived and worked in France and captured people enjoying life out-of-doors under colorful umbrellas at the beach or in city parks. 


Fernand Léger (French, 1881-1955), “Les Femmes au Bouquet” lithograph, 20” x 25 1/4”


Contrasting the airiness of the impressionist paintings is Fernand Léger’s (French, 1881-1955) lithographie en coulers of “Les Femmes au Bouquet.” Léger’s bold and unique form of cubism captures three women with circular forms and vibrant color holding a vase of flowers. 

Pushing modernism ever closer to pure abstraction is Thomas Brownell Eldred’s (American, 1903-1993) dynamic work “Abstraction, 1946.” Strong black lines form geometric shapes of variegated color and echo the energy of a modern city.

Other noted American and European artists whose works are featured in the exhibition include Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1974), Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953), Arnold Gorter (Dutch, 1866-1933), Giuseppe Marino (Italian, 1916-1975), Albert Meindl (Austrian, 1891-1967), Marie Laurencin (French, 1883-1956) and Morris Shulman (American, 1912-1978).

“Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Modernism” will be on display through September 13th. For further information, call (207) 882-7682 or visit the gallery’s website at The Wiscasset Bay Gallery is open daily from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm. Wiscasset Bay Gallery is located at 67 Main Street (Route 1) in historic Wiscasset village.

‘Abstractions’ Showing at Maine Art Gallery

Artist Abby Shahn poses before her massive triptych.


The reception for ‘Abstractions’ draws a crowd at the Maine Art Gallery.  The reception celebrated seven Maine artists and the show continues through August 10.  Maine Art Gallery is located at 15 Warren Street in Wiscasset and hours are Thursday-Saturday 10:00-4:00.

Guests were clearly delighted with the paintings and sculpture curated by Elaine Pew.  A large triptych by Abby Shahn commands attention on the first floor and everywhere one turns is work that is vivid and intriguing. Paintings by Marjorie Arnett, Michele Caron, acrylic panels by Stew Henderson, and sculptures by Peter Bennett, Jay Sawyer, and Susan Bennet round out the show.

The Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults.  More information can be found at and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset.