Be the first to see new work from Portland Art Gallery artists in the “New Work”section of the gallery’s website, which is updated every Friday, at https://portlandartgallery.com/new-work.
The November show can be viewed online through the Virtual Gallery Tour and in person at 154 Middle St., Portland. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Adults of all skill levels are invited to participate in a three-part, in-person workshop series on mold making and casting in December. Community artist Alexis Iammarino will lead the Sunday morning workshops for adults who want to develop skills to create 3D sculptural forms.
The workshop series draws inspiration from CMCA’s main gallery exhibit, “Spatial Relations,” featuring works made from cast concrete, ceramic, wood and mixed media.
The workshops will be held Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon in person at the CMCA. The cost of $240 for non-members and $200 for CMCA members includes all materials. Register on the CMCA website by Dec. 10; there are eight spots maximum.
CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to https://cmcanow.org.
The Harlow invites artists to submit artwork to “The Red Thread of Fate: A Fiber Exhibition.” The exhibition will be on view Jan. 28 to Feb. 26, 2022 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell with an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.
“The Red Thread of Fate: A Fiber Exhibition” is open to all Maine artists working with fiber.
Fiber artist Sara Hotchkiss will be the show’s juror. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 1.
The Red Thread of Fate, also referred to as the Red Thread of Marriage, and other variants, is an East Asian belief originating from Chinese mythology. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle but never break. This myth is similar to the Western concept of soulmate or a destined partner. In the original Chinese myth, it is tied around both parties’ ankles, while in Japanese culture it is bound from a male’s thumb to a female’s little finger, and in Korean culture, the red thread is thought to be tied around the little finger of both parties. Although in modern times it is common across all three cultures to depict the thread being tied around the fingers, often the little finger.
Jan. 1: Complete entries due by 11:59 p.m. Digital images, entry form and fee must be received on or before this date for preliminary judging. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Jan. 8: Preliminary screening complete and notification of results emailed to artists by this date.
Feb. 4: Opening Reception at 4 p.m.
Jan. 28 to Feb. 26: Exhibition on view at the Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
ABOUT THE JUROR : SARA HOTCHKISS
Even as a five year old I loved fabrics. I loved the feel, the colors, I loved combining different swatches to make patterns. Thanks to my mother’s patient teaching, I began knitting and sewing clothes for my dolls. From there, I moved on to my own clothes and furnishings for my room. Grandmother Mimi, an artist and also a patient teacher, let me tag along when she gardened, and together we studied nature’s heady palette. She taught me to observe keenly, to recognize the integral link between color, shape and texture, how each enhanced the others everywhere around me.
Every July, my family and I piled in the family flivver and drove to Maine to visit Aunt Betty. Feverishly, for two weeks, on a porch overlooking Mousam Lake, Aunt Betty, my mother and I knit. Nothing tempted us away from our needles. Sweaters, scarves, hats, all from a thin strand of yarn. Magic.
I remember Aunt Val taking me to visit a weaver, an ancient (to me, anyway; I was 10) woman known for her rag rugs. I stood in her studio, awestruck. Such immense wooden looms, so many yarns and colors! Here was a place that actually created fabrics, then wove them to create yet more fabrics. How I yearned to work in such a room!
At Skidmore college and then University Without Walls I studied painting, drawing, design, color theory and finally in my junior year, weaving. Under the tutelage of Eunice Pardon, a textile artist, my passion for fabrics, design and color, coalesced on the looms in her studio. That was in 1971. I’ve been a weaver ever since.
Here in my sunny studio on the site of an old Maine farm in coastal Waldoboro, I spend my days weaving, designing and sneaking out to the garden when time allows. My studio is cluttered with fabrics–solids, prints, snippets of different colors and textures that remind me of my grandmother’s flowers. 10’ and 12’ Swedish looms preside over the room, as well as many American rug looms. Add to this the antics of a curious kitty and my nook is complete.
My colorful, durable rugs leave this small corner of Maine as treasured pieces of art, ready to bring new life to a new room.
RULES FOR ENTRY
Eligibility | Open to all Maine fiber artists. All fiber-related mediums may be submitted, including wall/floor works, sculptural works, vessel forms/basketry, installations and wearables. Each artist may submit up to three works of art, which must be the artist’s own original work. There is no time limit for when the work was created. Any work that has been previously exhibited at the Harlow is not eligible. All works entered must be original creations by the artist and must be show-ready upon delivery to the Harlow. Work accepted into a previous juried show, or otherwise shown at the Harlow is not eligible.
Disclaimer | The Harlow is not responsible for technical or computer failures, including problems accessing the Internet, any other computer error or malfunction, or for late, lost, illegible or misdirected entries. Make sure you send your entry to the correct email account according to the directions. You will receive an automatic reply confirming your entry.
Entry fees | Non-refundable | entitles you to submit up to three works of art | Juror decisions are final | $20 Members | $25 Non members | free for Lifetime Members* (Harlow is no longer offer Lifetime level memberships)
Sales | The Harlow takes a 40% commission on sales for members and 50% for non-members. Please price your work accordingly. You are welcome to join the Harlow when you submit your entry to take advantage of the lower member’s commission. Work does not have to be offered for sale, in which case it will be marked “NFS” (not for sale).
Jurors are individuals of distinction and reputation from the Maine art world who focus on putting together a cohesive and compelling show based on their own professional but subjective judgment. Only a portion of the work submitted will be included in the final exhibition. Juror decisions are final.
The Harlow is owned and operated by the Kennebec Valley Art Association. It is a membership based non-profit organization. Juried show entry fees help pay for the cost of putting on this exhibition to benefit all participants and are not refundable.
THE JURYING PROCESS:
The juror will review based on the digital submissions. Harlow staff will notify artists via email no later than Jan. 8.
THE SUBMISSION PROCESS:
1. EMAIL | Enter by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “For Red Thread from [artist’s name]” in the subject line.
2. IMAGES | Attach your JPEG images to the email. Each artist may submit up to 3 works of art. (You may submit more than one image per work if you feel it will help the jurors understand the work. Please name your jpg image files using the following format before attaching them: “Artist’s Last Name_Title.jpg”)
3. ABOUT YOU + YOUR WORK | Include the following information in the body of your email:
Are you a member of The Harlow?
For each one of your entries list the following information:
Size (h x w, add depth if 3D):
Price (or value if not for sale):
4. PAY ENTRY FEE | Pay online at https://www.harlowgallery.org/post/call-for-art-the-red-thread-of-fate-a-juried-fiber-exhibition, call 207-622-3813 to pay over the phone, or mail a check payable to “Harlow Gallery” to The Harlow, 100 Water Street, Hallowell, Maine 04347.
Email gallery manager Marie Sugden at email@example.com if you are interested in sponsoring.
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art (OMAA) received one of the largest gifts in the history of the Museum from Carol and Noel Leary to support the museum’s exciting new vision and expansion.
“Carol and Noel wanted to recognize the important role that OMAA has played in the evolution of American Art and its unique ocean-front landscape and sense of place,” stated Amanda Lahikainen, executive director. “We are honored to be entrusted with such significant and impactful philanthropy.”
OMAA has several long-term projects underway for capital improvements, major exhibitions and increased staff support, all made possible through this and recent gifts.
“Without the support of donors like the Learys, we would not be able to offer high-quality exhibitions and programs to enhance the learning of children and adults alike,” says Bryan Matluk, the new director of institutional advancement.
In honor of their gift of $750,000, the museum has named their largest gallery the Carol and Noel Leary Gallery.
The gift from Carol and Noel Leary was years in the making. “Neighbor and former OMAA board member Helen Horn not so much suggested as ‘insisted’ that we become involved with the museum,” said Noel Leary. “We began donating $100 a year and then joined the Partner Level. A few years ago, we endowed two new benches for the museum for $2,500. We continued to increase our support each year.”
David Mallen, the outgoing president of OMAA’s board of directors, expanded Carol’s involvement by asking her to become a member of the board. Since then, her involvement with the museum has only deepened, and this month she was elected the new board president.
“Noel and I thought about the legacy we wanted to leave during our lifetime for the many wonderful memories we have experienced over the years visiting and living in Ogunquit,” Carol Leary said. “With two milestone birthdays and our 50th wedding anniversary approaching, this was the perfect moment to make our gift. When we learned about the new vision for the Museum, we wanted to ensure its success and we hope our gift will inspire others to invest in the Museum’s future.”
The museum is open May 1 through Oct. 31. For more information. see www.ogunquitmuseum.org.
Carver Hill Gallery is showing the work of three photographers with Maine connections through Nov. 21.
Jon Kolkin began photographing Buddhist monks in Bhutan, the only Buddhist kingdom in the world, over 10 years ago. A couple of years later in China, he discovered a 3-acre cloistered community of over 100 Buddhist nuns.
Kolkin’s idea was not so much to document what he saw but to try to share what he sensed existed inside the minds of these dedicated practitioners of Buddhism. Kolkin chose to create this series in black and white because he felt it would more effectively translate the mood and environment. He decided on Palladium printing, one of the oldest, most prized and archival techniques in photographic printing. The images have incomparable tonal range and softness achieved with fine detail and depth.
The photographs in this exhibition are part of an ongoing project, Inner Harmony, which has received 20 international photography awards and was featured twice in the prestigious LensWork Magazine. His book, “Inner Harmony: Living in Balance,” will be available. This groundbreaking project includes forewords by the Dalai Lama and Queen Mother of Bhutan. Kolkin has taught workshops at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport and elsewhere.
Veteran photographer and educator Elizabeth Opalenik feels a constant pull to the beauty in reflections. For the work in this exhibition, she has ventured into using mylar and mirrors to find new ways of seeing and appreciating the reflected landscape.
They are wondrous and imaginative works where details often disappear and give way to sweeping fields of color and suggestions of horizon.
Opalenik’s 40-year career has included teaching and making images on six continents, seeking the beauty and grace that exists within all things. Opalenik conducts photographic portrait, figure and mordançage workshops at Maine Media in Rockport, National Geographic Expeditions, and internationally, creating a sense of wonder and possibility in her students. She has recently released her second book, “Workshop Stories,” about the many accomplished photographers who have come through the doors of MMW in Rockport and other workshops worldwide. The book is available at the gallery.
Opalenik is passionate about the medical ministry, where she has assisted and documented for years. Her preference is working with water in any form or illusion.
Craig Stevens will be showing his black and white panoramic images in this exhibition. Stevens is a well-known and skilled printer, and these quiet, contemplative works are masterfully created and printed.
In his words, “In nature I find peace, comfort, and solitude. For me, these images act as memories and relics through highlighting moments and pieces of the scene that spoke to me. Here, they continue to speak of the mysteries of the landscape through their elegance and beauty, which are juxtaposed with their initial environment. By doing so, relationships form through the moment in time, form and texture of the objects. Through these relationships, which are discovered after the initial documentation and discovery of the landscape, something larger is felt, something on the lines of fate and Nature. It is an embrace of air. An embrace of the space between our existence and the ephemeral nature of the contemplative sublime.”
Stevens is a photographer, printmaker and educator. He has taught, written and lectured extensively on the subjects of art, photography and education. Craig is in his 35th year at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he holds the rank of professor emeritus. He has been the associate director of the Maine Photographic Workshops, is periodically on the faculty of the Maine Media Workshops, the Santa Fe Workshops and the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass, Colorado. Craig served as director of workshops for the 25th Anniversary of Les Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie in Arles France and was the first recipient of the Susan Carr Educator Prize awarded by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP).
Carver Hill Gallery is at 28 Bayview St., Camden. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Private viewings are available by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-542-9895 for more information.
Monkitree in Gardiner invites you to “Impressions from Nature in Beeswax” a show of works by Ann Rhinehardt of Vassalboro, Maine. Ann’s paintings are a visual expression of her love of nature, exploring organic forms through color, shape, light and shadow. Working in encaustic, a beeswax-based medium, she creates loosely defined landscapes and abstracts. By adding layer upon layer of wax to each painting, she creates a visual story guided by her emotional and spiritual reactions to the world around her. Vibrant colors peek through the many layers, while other colors play off each other, as she works to convey the atmosphere of that painting.
On the medium, Ann explains, “The nature of encaustic paint allows me to manipulate the surface by building texture, carving into the beeswax, embedding various items or maintaining a glasslike finish. Many of my paintings have 30 or more layers, hinting at depth and complexity that is found when one looks beyond the surface. My intent is to engage all your senses when you experience my work, taking you on a journey into my world.”
Ann, from a young age, has loved nature and drawing. This led her to pursue both art and biology as a student at Colby College. She took a life drawing class while in graduate school and came to the realization that she wanted to pursue a career as an artist.
The show can be seen at Monkitree-263 Water Street, Gardiner, ME beginning November 12th during regular shop hours. November hours- Tues-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4. In December Monkitree is open 7 days a week 10-5 with extended hours on Fridays- 10-7.
Fall in Maine means long scenic drives, toasty cider with donuts, cozy wool socks, hiking with the dogs through the turning foliage, and of course a trip to the farm market for a perfect pumpkin and a silly looking squash!
Archipelago invites you to enhance your autumn experiences by baking pies, getting cozy, and finding ways to enjoy this picturesque season to its fullest — all while supporting Maine artists makers in the process.
Check out the shop’s items and Maine-made products online anytime. The web store is open 24/7, with curbside pick-up or shipping options. They also have many more items that never make it online, so if you can visit in person, shop in the store for the best selection! Visitors are required to wear masks.
Shop online at https://thearchipelago.net.
The Harlow invites artist members and Spindleworks artists to submit one piece of art responding to the theme of “Illuminations” for its upcoming annual Members’ + Spindleworks Show and Sale on view Dec. 3 to Jan. 8.
The theme is open to the artists’ interpretation. This opportunity is open to current members of the Harlow/Kennebec Valley Art Association and Spindleworks artists only.
All media welcome, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, drawing, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, mixed media, ceramics, installation and more. One work of art per member.
Current members can sign up at https://forms.gle/RtSzcQaqDfj6WdWK7.
Not a current member but want to participate? Visit our website for more information on joining: https://www.harlowgallery.org/become-a-member.
Nov. 29: Deliver artwork to the Harlow at 100 Water Street in Hallowell
Dec. 3: Opening reception
Jan. 8 and 10: Pick up unsold artwork
Boothbay Region Art Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Art in ME! juried exhibition.
Full- and part-time artists from the state of Maine were invited to submit two pieces to be considered for the exhibition. Keith Oehmig, owner and director of the Wiscasset Bay Gallery, served as juror. The first part of the completion involved selecting 68 artworks out of the 108 submitted. Oehmig was looking for artists who had an original point of view, masterful use of materials and well composed compositions. Submissions came from all over the state with the bulk coming from the Mid Coast. The quality in this show is the best that has been seen in years.
Prizes in the amount of $1,600 were awarded to seven artists. Many thanks to the Butke Gallery for their kind donation of $500 towards the prizes. In lieu of a physical reception this year, prizes were announced on Facebook on Oct. 16.
First Prize ($500) went to Winslow Myers’ “Nobleboro, Overpass and River.”