David Little will show his work in “Line and Color: An Artist Let Loose” at the Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth.
An opening reception will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7.
Email the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Beginning in the 1950s, encouraged by the populist vision of Mao Zedong, Chinese peasants began to create colorful, imaginative, deceptively simple, and yet remarkably sophisticated art.
These Chinese peasants’ art became internationally famous in the 1980s, leading to the creation of more than 50 schools of such artists throughout China. The two most famous of these art schools are in Huxian (outside of Xi’an) and Jinshan (in rural Shanghai).
For 20 years, curators Ann Arbor and John Rosenwald have been working with these Chinese artists — photographing them, collecting their work, and arranging exhibitions of their art.
The Harlow is excited to bring Arbor and Rosenwald’s impressive collection to our gallery in November 2021.
An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 5. The show runs through Nov. 27. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The Harlow is at 100 Water St., Hallowell. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, email email@example.com, call 207-622-3813, or follow the Harlow @the.harlow and @harlow.craft.shop.
Maine Craft Portland will celebrate the opening of “The Craft Maker’s Gambit” from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. The exhibition, inspired by the game of chess, will run from Nov. 5 to Dec. 31.
The exhibition features 15 exclusive, handmade chess sets and chess-inspired work by 28 members of the Maine Crafts Association, working in a variety of media.
Due to a growing public interest in learning the game of chess and acquiring unique chess sets, MCA put out a call out to its member craft-artists to ruminate, collaborate and create their own concept of sets for gameplay. Many artists remarked that they had always desired an opportunity to design and execute an original, custom chess set. Their collective creativity has graced us with stunning work in media such as: blown glass, carved wood, forged steel, illustrated columns, and hand shaped or wheel thrown ceramics. Each set of playing pieces has been paired with a handcrafted board. Some boards and sets were created from start to finish from an individual artist, and others are collaborative efforts between friends, partners and fellow makers in different media.
The aesthetics and sources of inspiration from artist to artist are vast. Ceramic artist Nancy Nevergole presents chess-inspired sculptures crafted from manipulated and carved clay slip, inspired by surrealist and romanesque influences. Distinguished wood-worker and furniture maker David Masury tricks the eye with a chess board that isn’t quite as it appears. Barbara Walch, a participating ceramic artist, combined a uniquely patterned and organic parallelogram chessboard with beautiful songbirds. Glass artist Peter Lambshead married his signature borosilicate glass stylings with a handmade wooden base and board. Known for his whimsical animals born through carving and pyrography, Don Best created a set featuring loveable and expressive, wild and domestic beasts.
From Maria Wolff, a participating metalsmith and manager of Maine Craft Portland: “I grew up playing chess with my father. We would daydream about how we would craft our own chess set someday. As an appreciator of the game of chess, I have tried for years to excite select artists to create a Maine-made chess set, but the challenge has sat unmet. Chess sets are 32+ playing pieces. The time and materials it takes to create a chess set by hand is quite an investment. After the release of ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ on Netflix, I began to receive requests from gallery patrons for custom and unique chess sets; and I realized this was the perfect opportunity to chase my dream of making a chess set of my own, while affording other makers the opportunity to bring personalized chess sets to life, as well.”
“The Craft Makers Gambit” features an astounding array of full chess sets from Wicks Forge, Peter Lambshead, Don Best, Ian Trask, Elysa Rose-Coster, Peter and Sandra Asselyn, David Masury and Maria Wolff, Whitney Gill and Allison McKeen, Rebecca May Verrill and SE Hall, Jim Macdonald and Lucky Platt, Shannon Richards, Barbara Walch Pottery, Goodland Pottery, Joe Rosshirt with Dole’s Orchard, and Naomi Grace McNeill. The exhibition also features chess inspired work by Jaime Wing, Tröskö Design, Melanie West, Boyd Johnson, Erica Schlueter, Christine Peters, Nancy Nevergole and Erlynne Kitagawa.
“The Craft Maker’s Gambit” closes out the 2021 exhibit calendar for Maine Craft Portland. The opening reception will be held during the First Friday Artwalk.
The show will also feature photographs by her late husband, Steven R. Dunn, with the proceeds benefitting the Monhegan Associates of Monhegan Island.
An opening reception will be held Nov. 5.
“Morning Sunflowers” 15″x30″ oil “Milky Way Over the Lighthouse Keepers House – Monhegan”
Artemis Gallery will present Christopher O’Connor’s “River Reflection” series as part of its fall show, which includes other gallery artists.
O’Connor is a native of Ireland, born in the colorful town of Dingle in County Kerry. His work and life are mirroring in their examination and curiosity of the world.
His work focuses primarily on the natural world and the elements which inhabit it. His work of late, being rendered from digital images as reference points, investigates the dimension of distortion by digitization. These dimensions being the invisible building blocks, or pixels which compile like drops of paint to represent the natural world in digital form. Our eyes are only capable of absorbing the 256 colors which our computer screens deliver, and our minds fill in the blanks, though we are not aware of it.
In paintings resembling those of the pointillist and impressionist artists, O’Connor captures moments which bridge the digital divide to the natural world.
The show opens Oct. 7 and runs through the month, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 7.
Artemis Gallery is at 1 Old Firehouse Lane, Northeast Harbor. Call 207-276-3001 for more information.
“Refined Resurgence” explores progress and beauty in the context of two photography series, South Portland’s petroleum tanks and the expanding cityscape of the Portland peninsula over the past two years. With these photographs, my hope is to provide a new creative way to view these familiar mundane environments that many consider eyesores. Perhaps to provoke the viewer to see beauty and art in their own lives and environment. — Tim Greenway
“Tim Greenway: Refined Resurgence,” curated by Bruce Brown, is on exhibit at Cove Street Arts from Oct. 14 through Dec. 11, 2021. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14.
Cove Street Arts is a multi-media space that celebrates Maine’s storied and out-sized place in American art history by promoting contemporary Maine art, contributing to the Maine arts economy and engaging in the vibrant and growing East Bayside community by offering workshops and art-centered educational opportunities. Learn more at CoveStreetArts.com.
Cove Street Arts is at 71 Cove St., Portland. Call 207-808-8911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dowling Walsh Gallery will host four exhibitions in October. The opening reception for all shows will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 behind the gallery. Masks are required at all times inside the gallery.
Joyce Tenneson: “Radiant Beings”
Oct. 1 to 30
Haunting, ethereal, mystical — all of these words describe the photographic style of Joyce Tenneson. Her photos command a complex and intense emotional response from the viewer, which has made Tenneson one of the leading photographers of her generation.
Vicki Goldberg, critic and author, writes of Tenneson: “Tenneson possesses a unique vision which makes her photographs immediately recognizable.” Her work has appeared on covers for magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.
Tenneson is also the author of 17 books, including the best-seller “Wise Women.” “Radiant Beings: The Magical Essence of Flowers” is the third in a trilogy of books on the life cycle of flowers.
“In Chinese philosophy, a garden is a space for understanding truths that lie beyond ordinary perception,” Joyce Tenneson explains. “When the COVID pandemic hit, I brought the garden inside, surrounding myself in my studio with a cacophony of flowers and vines, keeping them for long periods to interact with, and to observe their life cycles. The photographs in this series are records of the interactions I had with my flower subjects, the Radiant Beings, in my indoor garden. In this new series I decided to take risks. I experimented with longer exposures on my camera, giving more space to the unknown, and to serendipity. Like my human subjects before, I wanted to allow these radiant beings to connect with me magically. As these images emerged in the last 18 months, I was surprised and inspired by what I discovered.”
Erik Weisenburger: “Gökotta”
Oct. 1 to 30
Gökotta is a Swedish concept, without direct translation, referring to the act of rising at dawn to go outside and listen to birds singing. This poetic image corresponds in title to one of the paintings in the show but more broadly encompasses the allure and whimsy of this painter’s work.
Portland-based artist Erik Weisenburger paints luminous landscapes, rich with detail. His meticulous brushwork and ability to convey glowing light is reminiscent of early Northern European paintings. Weisenburger’s compositions repeat natural patterns — blades of grass, ladders of tree branches, clumps of moss — and have a satisfying balance. The density of detail makes his paintings feel precious and treasured, pulling the viewer in to study each piece of the panel. Weisenburger’s work is often narrative or allegorical, with symbolic overtones referential of outsider folk art.
He studied at the Parsons School of Design in Paris and received his BFA in sculpture from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent many years working in Chicago before moving to Maine in 2005.
Tollef Runquist: “Inner Alchemy”
Sept. 3 to Oct. 30
Tollef Runquist’s exhibition, “Inner Alchemy,” presents new works from his continued exploration of fantastical landscapes, the terrain of the psyche and the actuality of everyday life. They are paintings of inquiry and affirmation, loose forms of self-prompt and examination of maker and viewer. They combine imaginary objects, human figures and the archetypal to create enigmatic worlds. Recurrent imagery of daily objects — fruit, hands, plants — ground the paintings and create a unique, symbolic language.
Runquist received his BA in studio art from Dickinson College in 2002. Since then, he has continued his education through painting and other mediums. He lives and works in Searsport.
Wood Gaylor (1883-1957)
Aug. 21 to Oct. 31
Dowling Walsh Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Wood Gaylor. This exhibition coincides with “Art’s Ball: Wood Gaylor & American Modernism, 1913-1936,” on view at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art through Oct. 31.
Gaylor was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1883. During the 1920s, Gaylor spent summers at the Ogunquit Art Colony, where he met and worked alongside artists including Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Marguerite and William Zorach.
Gaylor was experimental in his early etchings and carvings, and the influence of Gauguin, Matisse, Davies and Laurent is palpable. Well-trained and completely immersed in modernist artistic styles, however, Gaylor’s mature style is uniquely his own. Flat areas of blocked color, and crowded scenes recording events and moments he witnessed, are hallmarks of his work.
Works by Gaylor are in the public collections of many major art museums, including the Whitney Museum of Art (New York), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), and the Portland Museum of Art (Maine).
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.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to celebrate its fall exhibitions with a reception for the artists from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 2.
On view throughout the galleries are solo exhibitions by Ryan Adams and Hiraki Sawa and the thematic group exhibitions “Spatial Relations” and “Into Action.” The event will include an informal gallery talk by all three “Spatial Relations” artists: Elizabeth Atterbury, Gordon Hall and Anna Hepler. The event is free and open to the public.
Ryan Adams | “Lessons” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9
The focal point of Adams’ solo exhibition is a 33-foot-long mural titled “Switch the Code.” The title refers to the practice of code-switching, where individuals purposefully change their speech, behavior and/or appearance to be seen outside of stereotypical assumptions and accepted within a majority culture. The mural is accompanied by a series of recent paintings.
“Into Action” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9
“Into Action” features photographic works set in nature that document actions as they naturally occurred, actions as they were performed for the camera, interactions created in post-production, or propose actions to be taken by viewers. The exhibition features works by Jennifer Calivas, Mark Dorf, Ray Ewing, Cig Harvey, Julie Poitros Santos and Shoshanna White.
“Spatial Relations” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9
The exhibition brings together a broad range of sculptures by Elizabeth Atterbury, Gordon Hall and Anna Hepler that were created to rest directly on the floor or lean on or hang from the walls. All three artists create works with strong contours and a visibly direct use of materials, including wood, ceramic, metal, concrete, cardboard and paper. In addition, each employs color as an embellishment, ranging from paint and pigment to colored pencil and stain.
Hiraki Sawa | “Absent” :: Oct. 1 to Jan. 9
Hiraki Sawa’s most recent single channel video, “Absent” (2018), presents scenes from an intimate and imaginative world, populated by surreal creatures that travel between grand and intimate landscapes. Sawa’s landscapes rest majestically within his circular projection, while his creatures (i.e., a walking tea kettle, a dancing cup, a flying spoon) emerge from the periphery, building a sense of anticipation for their arrival as the video progresses.
CMCA is located at 21 Winter St., Rockland. Summer hours are in effect through Oct. 31: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to https://cmcanow.org.
New paintings by Alan Bray are on view at Caldbeck Gallery from Sept. 18 to Oct. 30. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1.
In the artist’s own words:
It is among the intricate structures of phenomena that I look for an innate order of things. It is the branching pattern of trees, the drifting of snow, the meanders of flowing water, the swaying of grass in the wind, or the conjoining of ripples on the surface of a pond that imparts to a place and a time it’s particularity. To become a vital part of that particularity is to achieve familiarity, an intimacy and affection that serves to reorder the experience of a place. When I slow down and give myself up to a place or a phenomena it is to try and forget what I think I know and enter into a fresh state where all incidental details are eliminated and what appears to be chaos is organized into pattern
Caldbeck Gallery is at 12 Elm St., Rockland. Current gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, email email@example.com, go to www.caldbeck.com, or call 207-594-5935.
Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “All That Endures,” a group exhibition featuring work by Steve Bartlett, Louise Bourne, Avy Claire, Anna Dibble, Ingrid Ellison, Elizabeth Gourlay, David Hornung, Juliet Karelsen, M.P. Landis, Christine Lafuente, Heather Lyon, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Tessa Greene O’Brien, Carol Pelletier, Ben Potter, Robin Reynolds, Jerry Rose, Lari Washburn, Patricia Wheeler, Cynthia Winings and Diane Bowie Zaitlin.
Sculpture by Ray Carbone, Melita Westerlund and John Wilkinson is featured in the garden.
The show is on view through Oct. 16. An opening reception was held on Sept. 26. All visitors are encouraged to wear masks indoors.
The last day of the gallery will be Oct. 16, and then everything will shift online.
Cynthia Winings Gallery is at 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill. Learn more at www.cynthiawiningsgallery.com, or call 917-204-4001.