Archive for Art exhibit

Portland Art Gallery shows new work each Friday 

Brenda Cirioni, “Winter Storm.”

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

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.

Three photographers show work at Carver Hill Gallery

Work by Craig Stevens.

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.

Work by Jon Kolkin.

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.

Work by Elizabeth Opalenik.

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 or call 207-542-9895 for more information.

Monkitree presents “Impressions from Nature in Beeswax”

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.


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 and 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 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 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

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 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