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Running with Scissors Hosts Opens Studios & 6×6 Exhibit

RE-OPENING after 18 months; Running with Scissors Hosts Opens Studios & 6×6 Exhibit, October 1 – 3, 2021

Wander fun and family-friendly open studios and 6×6 exhibits at Running with Scissors artist studios during Maine Craft Weekend (MCW) and First Friday Art Walk (FFAW). Kick off the weekend at Belleflower Brewing Co. (66 Cove Street) on Friday night from 5-7pm for an informal artist meet and greet and 6×6 exhibit. On Saturday and Sunday wander over 16,000 sq. ft. of private and open-air studios and communal workspaces in the clay, print, wood, and paint studios at 250 Anderson Street from 10am – 5pm and 10am – 3pm. Don’t forget your mask!

RWS artists are diverse in their mediums, artistic goals, backgrounds, ages and experiences. This rich mix of experienced to experimental artists creates a culture of sharing, support and cross-pollination of ideas and work. RWS artists often work in several mediums and are supported by access to a wide variety of equipment, tools and information that the studios provide. Bringing together resources and community, RWS’s goal is to help artists reach their independent creative goals. The 6×6 exhibits are a way to share these diverse styles and talents in a more accessible and unifying format (where all work is 6″ x 6″ and up to 6″ deep).

These events are a part of MCW, a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, businesses and events, and First Friday Art Walk (FFAW), a monthly self guided art studio, gallery and event tour held monthly at various locations around greater Portland. Running With Scissors is a proud 2021 Event Sponsor of MCW, which is produced by Maine Crafts Association. FFAW is put on by Creative Portland, the city’s arts agency.

Explore the life and work of craft artists and craft businesses during MCW! For more information visit mainecraftweekend.org and creativeportland.com and follow @rwsartstudios on Instagram.

Support Maine artists and see the current exhibit at Archipelago

“Spring Winds,”by Kaitlyn Miller, is featured in the current gallery show, “Currents and Channels: Four Coastal Maine Artists” at Archipelago.

Archipelago in Rockland receives deliveries daily to ensure that they feature new artwork and craft pieces by Maine artists throughout the year. When summer turns to fall, and farmers markets and craft shows cease, Archipelago is a great source for local shopping, allowing customers to continue to support Maine artists throughout the year.

Archipelago has curated a collection of items specifically for autumn, which are available online, in person at the shop and for free curbside pickup.

Shop online at https://thearchipelago.net/collections/all or in person at 386 Main St., Rockland (masks required). Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 207-596-0701 or go to www.thearchipelago.net for more information.

Peter Walls featured in the Sohns Gallery

Sohns Gallery

Sohns Gallery is exhibiting work by Peter Walls in its current show, “Retreat, Shape of Land, Shape of Water,” which runs through Nov. 7.

While there is no reception, Walls will be onsite at the Bangor Art Walk on Oct. 1.

In the artist’s own words:

This whole pandemic thing has me “awaiting the second shoe to drop,” and I know many of you also listen attentively for such sounds, too. The pandemic hit hard and fast, paralyzing millions while forcing us to rethink what and who we are, where we live, and how we relate to one another. One thing I did pay close attention to was the retreat from “hot spots,” from cities, from the fear of contracting an illness still not fully understood. Maine slowly filled with vehicles and the many, many passengers within, all looking to find space to breathe, locate their 6 feet of personal landscape.

I too retreated to these landscapes, sometimes by car but mostly by turning inward and drawing upon memory of landscape(s) and places I have been. Daily rituals of painting these landscapes in small watercolors eased my personal worries and allowed me to be able to spend time with ones I loved. This is and always has been my medicine.

Eventually these cerebral retreats to the landscape became larger and more intense with painting on scrap plywood, cutting away the detritus, shaping MY landscape. Each work began to have their own personalities and were obviously fragments of something larger in my mind.

As a graduate student at LSU in Baton Rouge, our print-workshop was delegated a small dark below grade space shared with the now underused, quite dusty, yet alluring Natural History Museum. I would spend countless hours in the museum drawing inspiration and creating artwork, escaping to my inner world. These memories inspired my current idea of putting together, curating, all of these pandemic fragments, not unlike the museum displays I remember so well. I offer up this exhibition as a glimpse into my Pandemic retreat and what it has taught me thus far.

Sohns Gallery is at 36 Central St., Bangor. Call 207-947-2205 for mored information.

Ceramics September at the Turtle Gallery

Paul Heroux Folded Double Vase

 

Ceramics September at the Turtle Gallery opens Sept. 3,  featuring Sequoia Miller, Lynn Duryea, Paul Heroux and many others
“Anchored by the work of Sequoia Miller, Lynn Duryea, and Paul Heroux, “Ceramics September” is a superb showcase of some of today’s most brilliant and inventive craft artists. Hats off to the Turtle Gallery for devoting quality gallery time to this art form. Ceramic art is alive and thriving in Deer Isle.”
–Carl Little, writer and poet

 

Lynn Duryea, Insert, Wide #2, Terracotta

Sequoia Miller’s subtle glazes on 59 hand-built components of “Cityscape” are available to collectors in newly created groups. These lidded vessels were originally shown at the Bellevue Art Museum in an impactful single group. Lynn Duryea’s slab constructed terra cotta forms showcase her unique talent for serious yet colorful pieces. Duryea is a founding member of the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. The Turtle Gallery will contribute 10% of sales from this show to
Watershed.

Sequoia Miller Cityscape –

A former instructor at Bates College, Watershed, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Paul Heroux’s large scale platters and folded vases decorated with a patchwork of glazing techniques and graphic transfers show a dynamic presence of natural and occasionally controversial themes.Also included are clay works by Scott Goldberg, Sharon Townshend, Nancy Nevergole,
Lucy Breslin, Mark Johnson, Marcia Kola, Aby Milner, Katherine Hackl, Elizabeth Louden, Barbara Sullivan and others.

On the Walls in September…
Paintings, sculpture, craft, mixed media work, turned wood, blown and cast glass, metalwork, ceramics, and limited edition prints can always be seen online at turtlegallery.com. Groupings of work by Peter Kemble, Adele Ursone, Jeanne Paterak, Michael Weymouth, Holly Berry, Mary Aro, Rebecca Goodale, Treacy Ziegler, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Gene Shaw, Larry Moffet, Alix Bacon, Hub White, Karl Schrag, Jeff Loxterkamp, and others.

Open since 1982, The Turtle Gallery resides in a 1876 two-story barn and outdoor sculpture garden. The Gallery is located at 61 N. Deer Isle Road on Route 15, just north of the Deer Isle village center. We are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 12-5:30pm
through mid-October and by appointment. For more information, please call 207-348-9977. We are on Facebook and Instagram @theturtlegallery.

Haley Art Gallery’s RENEWAL opens September 9

 Life Force – acrylic –Gene Galipeau

 Life Force – acrylic –Gene Galipeau

 

  Haley Art Gallery’s RENEWAL group exhibit will open on Thursday, September 9, with a reception 3-6pm. Featured works will be by artists: Barbara D’Antonio, Gene Galipeau and Bill Oakes. The exhibit will remain on view through November 19, 2021.

All gallery visitors MUST wear masks for the safety of all patrons.

Join us on Saturday, September 18, 2-4pm for Muse & Thoughts on Paintings – an Artist’s Talk with Barbara D’Antonio.

Gallery’s gift shop showcases social impact gift items “handmade by women” from around the world and the U.S..

Gallery invites its patrons to support artists and artisans by online shopping to help empower artists and artisans–and enjoy a 20% discount on all opening day purchases.

 

New Era Gallery Change of Seasons Group Show

Andrew Anderson-Bell    “Seaside Field”  Pastel

 

The New Era Gallery Annual Change of Seasons group show celebrates the bounty of summer, while looking ahead to the glorious light and cooler temperatures of autumn. They continue the celebration of our twentieth year with new works by many of your favorite gallery artists.

They will hold an outdoor/indoor opening reception on Saturday September 4 from 4:00 – 7:00, with drinks served under the tent where there is lots of room for socializing. Following current recommendations, masks will be required indoors. The show runs through Sept. 21

Diana Young exhibit ‘So Much to See’

Painting by Diana Young.

Diana Young’s solo show “So Much to See” is open through Sept 4.

Young was at the Eastport Gallery at 109 Water St. on Aug 28 and 29 to answer questions about her work and life in Maine.

“People have asked me what kind of art I do,” she says. “I tend toward line, direction and force. I focus on motion rather than a point or object and I prefer a dynamic interlocking of shapes to attempt three-dimensional rendering. I use a locale as a point of departure not as a study in nature. I like to find the kernel of a place. I try to keep the excitement of the underlying drawing from being buried under the paint.

“What makes an artist? Doing art with enthusiasm for many years is the proof. What starts out looking strange becomes accepted as beautiful over time … Being an artist may be one part talent and nine parts desire.”

For more information about Young, visit www.eastportgallery.com/diana-young.

Portraits from the Penobscot County Jail Storytelling Project

Dylan and Bear by Elizabeth Schule, acrylic on panel

The Railroad Square Cinema lobby at 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME, will host an exhibition of the stories and portraits from the Penobscot County Jail Storytelling Project  Mon, Sep 13 – Mon, Oct 18 .  The project is a community-based, multidisciplinary project raising up the voices and priorities of people who have been jailed in Penobscot County, Maine through interviews and portraits painted by Maine-connected artists.  See the original large-scale works by Elizabeth Schule as well as prints of digital works by Zeraph Dylan Moore and Teresa LaGrange, together with the stories of the individuals portrayed. Website: nopenobscotcountyjailexpansion.com/stories

Acadia Family Center launches online auction to support art therapy program

“Irises,” a painting by Ashley Bryan.

The Acadia Family Center has launched its 2021 online auction to benefit its programs. The benefit auction closes Sept. 6 at 11:59 p.m. Registration is free; the auction link is at www.acadiafamilycenter.org. 

The auction features a distinguished roster of Maine artists working in a range of mediums, from a Carini planter by Lunaform to a signed print and book by renowned naturalist Bernd Heinrich. A Richard Estes silkscreen print of one of his signature city scenes, Judy Taylor’s painting of Mount Katahdin, a watercolor Clouds over Bartlett Island by Eric Hopkins and a waterfall by photographer Paul Caponigro are among the offerings. 

Of special note is “Irises,” a painting by renowned artist and illustrator Ashley Bryan. The painting, recently on display at the Maine State House, is now on display at Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor. The proceeds from the sale of “Irises” will benefit both the Ashley Bryan Center and AFC. A selection of auction pieces is also available for view at the Acadia Family Center by appointment. Contact Nikolai Fox at nfox@acadiafamilycenter.org or 207 244-4012.

“Rainmaker,” by Mary Barnes.

The auction also showcases a number of Mount Desert Island-area artists working in oil, watercolor, photography and other media. They include Scott Baltz, Liddy Hubbell, Philip Frey, Terry Hilt, Carol Shutt, Joanna Logue, Mary Barnes, Olga Merrill, Susan Amons, Rick Osann, Gail Cleveland and Nancy Andrews. Philip Koch, Sam Minot and Michael Torlen offer work inspired by Acadia.  

The auction received contributions from several private collectors as well as from island galleries, including Artemis and Wini Smart in Northeast Harbor. Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth donated a watercolor by William Muir (1902-1964). The auction also features a watercolor by Sara Weeks Peabody (1926-2016) and a Longfellow poetry broadside illustrated and signed by Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017). Several pieces were framed by Union River Art & Frame in Ellsworth.

The Acadia Family Center is a nonprofit outpatient treatment center for individuals and families struggling with the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. AFC is dedicated to the treatment, recovery and wellness of individuals and the community. Located in Southwest Harbor since 1988, AFC is the only agency on Mount Desert Island licensed for the outpatient treatment of substance use disorders. Art therapy is an important part of substance use and mental health treatments.

Dowling Walsh Gallery hosts four exhibits in July

“Path to the Bowerbird’s Estate,” by Marilynn Gelfman Karp.

During the month of July, Dowling Walsh Gallery will host four exhibitions: 

“Tessa Greene O’Brien: Floating in the Water Looking up at the Sky,” “Marilynn Gelfman Karp: Sampling the Riff,” “Alan Magee: Grand Illusions” and “Kenneth Noland (1924-2010): Paper as Paint.”

“Floating in the Water Looking up at the Sky”
July 2 to 31

Tessa Greene O’Brien’s Eastport series evolved over the course of the past 18 months, with several visits back to the community. The paintings all depict places in or around Eastport, but the subject matter is more about the artist trying to paint the romance of falling in love with a new place, trying to remember what it looks like when away, and trying to record and savor every detail while there.

“Red Roof,” by Tessa Greene O’Brien.

“Something clicked within me when I first spent time in Eastport, Maine, a tiny in town filled with contrasts,” she says artist Tessa Greene O’Brien. “It is a borderland, with little red buoys marking the thin line between the United States and Canada, and a dramatic tide that highlights the push and pull between ocean and land. The line between nature and humans there is thin, and the border between the past and present feels this was as well.

The landscape was new to me, but it felt familiar, reminding me of the small coastal community that I grew up. I was attracted to the familiarity of a place that was unburdened by actual memories.

The Eastport paintings are about how it feels to lie on your back floating in the water, looking up at the sky, what sunny fields smell like, and the crisp satisfaction of high noon shadows on shingled houses. They are about grief, joy and the failures of memory to satisfy desire. I am using paint and textiles to try to describe the way that places layer over one another in memory, with edges blurred. The paintings are overgrown, spilling over, faded, swirling and scattered, with dappled light & color turning a place into a daydream.” — Tessa Greene O’Brien

“Sampling the Riff”
July 2 to 31

“Things made by human hands (manu-factured) meet naturally occurring components in my studio. I unify them in unexpected ways, often surprising myself at the resulting sculptures. The whole is not the sum of its parts. Ordinary bits become exotic, a new context changes the mundane into the arcane.

To confound things, sometimes a thing that appears to have been plucked from nature can be person-made (I have made bird nests that would fool a bird) and there are naturally occurring phenomena that appear to have been manufactured (consider the sand dollar or a pearl).

As differences between the natural and the manmade become less clear in my works … new frames of reference are invoked. Carefully examined unions and dimensions within may be glimpsed, rife with twinkling potential and unfamiliar gardens bloom.” — Marilynn Gelfman Karp                                                                                                              

“Grand Illusions”
July 2 to 31

“Helmet X,” by Alan Magee.

Alan Magee’s Helmet X, a large painting completed in early 2021, is symbolic of this historic chapter. A hauntingly beautiful elegy to our failed attempts across time to armor our selves against our baser instincts, it sears the mind’s eye. The soft polish of the exquisitely rendered crusader helmet pulls the thread of the ages to the present, its row of rivets suggestive of bullet holes or coffin nails; its beauty seductive. We are all soldiers in life.

 

 

Paper as Paint
July 2 to Aug. 28


“Diagonal Stripes,” by Kenneth Noland.

Dowling Walsh Gallery will present an exhibition of handmade paper by Kenneth Noland (1924 to 2010). Noland, known primarily for his large-scale Color Field paintings, began making art with paper pulp in the late1970s and continued to explore its possibilities well into the 1990s. While he worked with a variety of materials and explored various media throughout his career, Noland found the use of paper pulp as a primary ingredient to be extremely satisfying in the directness of its application and physicality. In contrast to painting on canvas, the precision of papermaking lay in the process — the physical building of colored paper pulp to create a final image, a vehicle to generate depth of surface and ultimately a means explore color relationships in new and unexpected ways.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St. in Rockland. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. Visit www.dowlingwalsh.com, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.