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Nancy Thompson Brown, Monhegan artist

"Monhegan Spring" oil on borad, 1972, NT Brown

“Monhegan Spring” oil on board, 1972, NT Brown

 

Nancy Thompson Brown moved to Monhegan in 1971, shortly after the passing her long time friend and early mentor Rockwell Kent. It was Kent who encouraged her to visit and explore Monhegan, where he had lived and painted. In 1981 after many summer visits, she and husband Bill purchased the cottage/studio known as “Candlelight,” where she summered for the next 25 years, conducting workshops in collage, mixed media and painting. Nancy exhibited her work from her cottage and at the Lupine Gallery and was a founder of Women Artists of Monhegan.

Nancy Thompson Brown, Monhegan

 

“Over the years I have slowly absorbed the essence of this tiny island, its uniqueness, its mysteries, its magic.”

In Nancy’s words “Monhegan represents change: change from a passive, horizontal coastal-plain environment where I live in the winter, to a stimulating, vertical, rugged environment where I spend summers. Over the years I have slowly absorbed the essence of this tiny island, its uniqueness, its mysteries, its magic. This has been a gradual unfolding process, like getting to know someone, little by little establishing relationships, understandings, questioning, responding. Responding to the sea and sky, the birds and plants, the rocks, the people. These things come about on solitary walks on the trails and roads, sometimes along the inland’s coastline and rocky shores, often while sitting on the rocks and ledges watching the ever changing ocean and sky.”

 

Nancy, who also went by NT Brown,  met her husband Bill while sailing in Annapolis in 1968. In1996 she and Bill moved to Taos County, New Mexico where she was very active in the artist community and was awarded three fellowships with the Wurlitzer Foundation. Nancy passed away in 2019.

 

William and Nancy, Monhegan 1993

Brown’s abstract paintings, monotypes and collages are of a spiritual and mystical dimension reflecting the essence on inner and outer places. Her work has received many awards, many museum exhibitions, and is represented by husband William Brown, PO Box 1202, Questa NM 87556, ntbrabbitstudio@gmail.com

Maine Landscape inspires four Maine artists to create group show

“Undulating Coastline,” by Molly Mains.

Since 2016, Maine artists and friends Marguerite Lawler, Molly Mains, Wendy Newcomb and Holly Berry have met outdoors to seek inspiration. Hiking, sketching and photographing in areas such as Belfast, Vinalhaven, Georgetown, Freeport and the White Mountains, each artist experiences and collects visual information to be further developed individually in their studios.

The dynamic but subtle beauty discovered during these outings is voiced by brush or gouge onto canvas or into wood. The oil paintings and hand-pulled prints may illustrate similar locations and times of year, but are uniquely personalized through materials, techniques, and styles. Lawler’s approach is to organize the chaos of nature and paint it in a way that makes sense to her eye. Mains uses the give and take of gouging blocks and rolling ink with colors and textures interacting with one another. Often accidents and discoveries occur that elicit spontaneous responses and unplanned outcomes.

“Summer Surf,” by Wendy Newcomb.

Newcomb’s paintings are a visual journal of her life in Maine, with a recurring theme being how light falls upon the landscape, how it defines and creates patterns and adds drama to a scene. Berry is most pleased designing narrative and decorative imagery inspired by an attraction to the graphic elements of the natural world. She uses strong lines, bold shapes, saturated colors and patterns in her multi-block linocuts. 

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St. in Belfast, open every day. For details, visit localcolorgallerymaine.com.

‘Courage’ exhibit at DIAA

DIAA artists have been busy fashioning different forms of media for the show “Courage,” which runs from July 13 to 25 at the Deer Isle Artists Association Gallery.

Don Bardole, Mary Eaton, Steve Ettlinger, Avery Falkner, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Alan Flowers, Jeri Gillin, Jean Gresham, Cathy Hart, Pat Hreljanovic, Katama Murray, Debra Nygaard, Carol Patch, Carolyn Raedle, Cynthia Stroud Watson, Marc Swartzbaugh and Paul Trowbridge have created works of art that run from fiber to jewelry, painting to photography, pottery to mixed media for this installation. In the art rack, visitors will find work by Cynthia Stroud-Watson, Katama Murray, William Lukens and Jacqueline Davidson.

The DIAA Gallery welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. All CDC/Maine government protocols will be maintained throughout the summer. Visitors who are not vaccinated will be required to wear face masks, and hand sanitizer will be available for those entering the gallery. Masks may be purchased in the gallery.

Window exhibits can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The gallery will be open through October.

The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main St. in Deer Isle Village and can be reached at 207-348-2330 or at diaagallery@gmail.com.

Maine Crafts Association program and event schedule

Maine Wooden Buoys

JULY

Through July 24: Wildlife Impressions on Paper and Copper: The Works of Chong & Judi Lim Exhibition @ Maine Craft Portland

July 16: East End Vend @ The Lot

July 17 to Aug. 29: Jean Hardy Solo Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

July 18: East End Vend @ The Lot

July 23: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: MDI Preview Party @ La Rochelle

July 23, 24 and 25: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Mount Desert Island

UPCOMING

Aug 6: East End Vend @ Congress Square Park

Aug 8: East End Vend @ The Lot

Aug 20: East End Vend @ The Lot

Aug 22: East End Vend @ The Lot

Aug 28: Portland Fine Craft Show

Sept 1 to 30: Hillary Hutton Solo Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

Sept 3: East End Vend @ The Lot

Sept 5: East End Vend @ The Lot

Sept 9: STITCH: Maine Designers on the Runway

Sept 18 and 19: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Scarborough

Oct 1: Craft Apprentice Program Capstone Exhibition Opening

Oct 1 to 30: CAP Exhibition @ Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Oct 1 to 31: Tom Fererro Original Paintings Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

Oct 2 and 3: Maine Craft Weekend 2021

Oct 23 and 24: MCA Guild Fine Craft Show: Brunswick

Nov 2 to Dec 31: Blue Moon Clay Carvers Exhibition @ Center for Maine Craft

Nov 5 to Dec 31: The Craft Makers Gambit: An Exhibition of Chess Inspired Work

Dec 8: Deadline to apply for CAP 2022

Boothbay Region Art Foundation’s July Exhibit: “Something for Everyone”

 

The Art Foundation’s current show portrays “July in Maine” from as many angles as there are artists. This members’ show, representing 100 regional artists, also marks a milestone for our foundation.

The foundation is celebrating its 56th year of continuous operation as a nonprofit whose mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy, learn from and participate in the visual arts.

In addition to the regular members’ exhibit, BRAF is sponsoring two solo shows in the upstairs area. Gallery One features a collection called “Big, Bold & Beautiful” by local artist Nancy Dirubbo. Colorful Flowers are her subject; acrylics and oils are her mediums.

The upstairs Harbor View Room is occupied by photographer Ed Kenney, of Owls Head. Images from his newly-released book, “The Winter Coast of Maine,” are on view as well as several other unique vistas from the United States and beyond.

The upstairs July-Happening includes a Hallway Hallmark of paintings by BRAF board members and a members’ overflow of chosen works installed in the top-of-the-stairs Middle Room.

Located at 1 Townsend Ave., the Art Foundation is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Era Gallery presents work by David Peterson, Faran Riley Peterson and Ron Rosenstock

Faran Riley Peterson, “Garden.”

Midsummer at New Era brings together the works of ceramic artist David Peterson, drawing artist Faran Riley Peterson and photographer Ron Rosenstock from July 17 to Aug. 3.

David Peterson, whose ceramic boats are known and loved by many, has branched out into some new territory this season with a group of sgraffitoed ceramic tablets inspired by the story of Moby Dick and the illustrations of Rockwell Kent.

Faran Riley Peterson joins the gallery in what we hope is the first of many shows, with her luminous and intricate pen and ink drawings of the coastal environs of her native Georgia and Vinalhaven.

Ron Rosenstock is this year’s recipient of the North American Nature Photographers Association prize for Fine Art Nature Photography. Ron has traveled the world, searching out the most magical places–including the island of Vinalhaven, where he has photographed and led photography workshops for 30 years.

New Era Gallery is at 60 Main St., Vinalhaven. Call 207-863-9351 for more information.

Artemis announces new group show

Artemis Gallery’s second group show of the 2021 season opened on July 15 and runs through July 28.

The show features artists Mary Barnes, Robert Pollien, David Sears and Sharon Whitham.

A portion of sales from the show will benefit the SPCA of Hancock County in honor of Cody van Heerden.

View the exhibition online at http://artemisgalleryme.com/2021-exhibitions/july-15-july-28.

See the gallery’s full lineup of summer shows at http://artemisgalleryme.com/2021-exhibitions.

Artemis Gallery is at 1 Old Firehouse Lane, Northeast Harbor. Call 207-276-3001 for more information.

‘Les Animaux’ at Jean Kigel Gallery

Jean Kigel Gallery, 1396 Back Cove Road, Waldoboro, presents “Les Animaux” on July 16 through the end of the month. This show features paintings of animals we live with and must protect.  

Kigel’s larger than life, detailed watercolors of lobsters have been exhibited in Woodward Gallery in Manhattan, Archipelago in Rockland, and the American Embassy in Paris, France. Fortuitously, her husband, a writer and part-time lobsterman, provides  her with models to paint.  In addition to lobsters, her husband pulls up occasional urchins, squid, crabs and flounder, which she also paints. Her fish prints, or Japanese gyotaku monoprints, have gained recognition locally through Gifts at 136 in Damariscotta and through  Wallsingham Gallery in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Although her most familiar motifs are lobsters, fish, and shorebirds, this show also includes among other things dragonflies, frogs and water buffalo. Having  become enlightened to the dangers of his Biblical edict to have “dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air… and every creeping thing,” man now must strive to live with, not have dominion over, our fellow species.

This show can be seen in person at the new gallery in Waldoboro and online at www.jeankigel.com. The gallery is open daily by chance or by appointment. Call 832-5152 for more information.

Barn Gallery workshops are back

Jayne Adams

Barn Gallery is offering two workshops in July.

 

Mixed Media Workshop

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21

Jayne Adams: Mixing It Up with Mixed Media

Suggested donation: $50, $5 materials fee.

Explore creative applications of more than one media.

 

Printmaking Workshop

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 28

Gayle Fitzpatrick: Printmaking – Process & Exploration

Suggested donation: $50

Gain a basic understanding of the printing process. Explore the printing possibilities of natural and found objects.

 

Barn Gallery is at Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. See www.barngallery.org for updates on upcoming openings and workshops. Call 207-646-8400 or email oacbarngallery@gmail.com for more information.

‘Art Matters’ exhibit by the Mid-Coast Salon on display at the UMaine Hutchinson Center

Harold Garde, “Tell a Story”

The Mid-Coast Salon exhibit “Art Matters” opens Aug. 4 at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The show, on display through September, is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A free public reception for the show will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Mid-Coast Salon is a monthly discussion group of two dozen accomplished artists brought together by their love for and commitment to art. In this exhibit, 16 artists will present 54 diverse works of drawing, painting, photography, pottery and flex-forms. Participants include nationally known Belfast painter Harold Garde, now in his 99th year. Garde’s painting “Tell a Story” is one of the few he’s done “where it felt appropriate to incorporate words.”

A significant component of the show is a collection of statements by the artists on why art matters.

“Artists are often at the forefront of progress, showing us something we otherwise wouldn’t experience,” says David Estey, painter and founder of Mid-Coast Salon.

Kerstin Engman, “Marsh Frankfort Dusk September”

Kerstin Engman, who teaches art at the University of Maine, says that most human-made things exist because of a skilled, trained artist or artisan. With his mixed-media pieces, Greg Mason Burns makes the point that artists matter in bringing us their personal backgrounds and attachments. 

Several artists interpret society, like Lesia Sochor’s “repair” series, Leslie Woods’ Black history paintings and Liv Kristin Robinson’s landscape photographs, where stillness is a metaphor for the pandemic. Carol Sloane’s figure drawings tremble uncertainly around fragile spaces. Jack Silverio, Bob Richardson, Frederick Kuhn and Michael Corden mesmerize us with paradox through seeming simplicity. Kenny Cole offers three new political works and former Camden-Rockport teacher Russell Kahn adds sgraffito pottery. The paintings of UMaine professor Ed Nadeau and New York’s Andrea Assael encourage us to contemplate and interpret their open narratives.

This show, which was first exhibited in July at the UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center, will be on display in midcoast Maine at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Gallery at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., in Belfast from Aug. 4 through Sept. 30.

For information or to request an accommodation, contact Abby Spooner at hutchinsoncenter@maine.edu.