Archive for Artists Reception

‘Near and Far’ solo show by Henry Isaacs at Gleason Fine Art



Gleason Fine Art presents work by Henry Isaacs in the exhibit “Near and Far,” featuring oil paintings of Maine, Vermont and Nepal.

The show runs from July 1 to Aug. 3, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. July 2. A show catalog is available.

Isaacs has traveled the world over, painting as he goes, often working on commissions — Europe, Central and South America, all of the Canadian provinces, the Himalayas, and 49 of the states in the United States. Returning to home base, Isaacs and his wife have ping-ponged between the coast of Maine and rural Vermont.

Isaacs paints with energy, passion, and self-assurance. His style — broken brushwork and a palette of delicate blues, greens, pinks, and yellows — marks him as one of the most recognizable artists painting in New England today.

Isaacs’ methodology is as unique as his paintings are. He never works from photographs. Instead, wherever he goes, he totes a backpack loaded with oil paints, brushes, and tiny canvasses and panels. To capture the essence of a spot that takes his eye, he paints what he calls “notes.” Some of these “notes” are just a few brush flicks; others, though small in size, resemble finished paintings. For a large painting, Isaacs might make dozens of these “notes.” For a commission, he makes scores.

Commissions have taken Isaacs to far-flung places — to the Kalahari Desert, for example, and twice to Nepal. Isaacs is only the second career artist to have tackled painting on-site in the Himalayas (the first, Nicolas Roerich, worked nearly one hundred years ago) — a fact that is especially amazing considering that Isaacs turned 70 this spring. Two of Isaacs’ smaller Himalayan paintings, of Ama Dablam Mountain, in the Everest Range, are featured in this catalog. They measure 3 feet by 4 feet. Several even larger paintings of the Himalayas are available at the gallery.

Many reviewers have waxed poetic when writing about Henry Isaacs’ paintings, but perhaps his close friend and former Maine Today Media arts reviewer Dan Kany says it best: “Isaacs balances warm and cool tones brilliantly. His handling of paint owes an unapologetic debt to the chunky boldness of the early Modernists and Fauves. The brushwork is strong and primarily dedicated to pushing the paint around on the canvas — an activity Isaacs clearly enjoys.”

Isaacs will be in attendance for his reception and thrilled to be able to chat in person with his friends and admirers. The artist and gallery owners are all fully vaccinated.

Gleason Fine Art is at 31 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email the gallery at, or go to

‘A Walk in the Park’ at D’Alessio Gallery

“A Walk in the Park,” by Russell D’Alessio.

D’Alessio Gallery will present a new show, “A Walk in the Park,” beginning July 2 in the gallery and online.

The show features new work by Russell D’Alessio. The pieces are full of life, textures, colors and expression. Like all of his work, each piece is created with love and passion.

The show runs through July 31. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 2. Meet and chat with the artist and hear live music by Leavin’ Tulsa, Jayme Lou Durham and Jim Vekasi. Refreshments will be served.

D’Alessio Gallery is at 12 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor. Go to, call 207-351-5450, or email for more information.

July shows at Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery feature David Estey and Jack Silverio

“Inexplicably Blue,” by David Estey.

Belfast painter David Estey and Lincolnville painter/sculptor Jack Silverio have repeat solo exhibits at Studio 53 with 20 recent paintings and 20 paintings and three sculptures, respectively.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 2, and the show will remain on display through Aug. 1.

Estey’s works are improvisational abstract images in a variety of sizes done in acrylic on canvas, panels or paper mounted on panels. This is his third solo show at Studio 53. He is an award-winning native, with a BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design as a participant in the Rome Honors Program, a MSA degree from George Washington University, and years of study at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has exhibited widely in the Mid-Atlantic States, North Carolina and Maine. He has produced over 10,800 pieces of art, some of which are in private and public collections in 20 states and seven countries.

Silverio’s paintings and sculptures are a study in graduated proportions working with the Fibonacci series and the Golden Ratio. This is his second solo show at Studio 53. He also is a graduate of RISD and a participant in the Rome Honors Program. He was a practicing architect for 40 years and now devotes himself entirely to painting and sculpture. He has exhibited widely in universities and galleries throughout Maine. He is the author of three books about architecture and a new book called “Art with Fibonacci — Working with the Golden Ratio.”

The remainder of the three-story gallery will be filled with work by owners Heidi Seidelhuber and Terry Seaman and the other gallery artists.

Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery is at 53 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. It is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 207-633-2755, email, or go to for more information.

For more information about Estey, visit

For information on Silverio, visit

Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor Celebrates 40th Anniversary


Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Opening Reception Thursday, July 1, 5–7pm (every other Thursday eve all season)

Tapestries of Mount Desert Island

Trina may be best known for her exquisite renderings of birds, but this year she presents dynamic tapestries of stitched together fabrics. With layers and texture, she creates large format landscapes. Channeling stained glass or mosaics, the patterns are complex and revealing.


You Haven’t Seen Diamonds Like This Before

We are super excited about Todd and Debra coming to town! Todd creates jewelry that is part of our human celebration. He revels in the re-invention of natural beauty. His altered diamond jewelry dance in the sensual clarity of moonlight. They are at home with the sweep of the body, as is treasure washed onto sand. An artist engineer with an explorer’s essence.


Beauty in Unexpected Places

We are delighted to welcome back Lisa’s surprise paintings. She captures the moments when we may not be paying attention. The spaces in between. The road framed by headlights. That overhead wire. But also, the subtle colors of a marsh at twilight.



Gold and Honey, Amanda Hagerman, and Ravit Kaplan

‘Wander Lust’ solo photography exhibit by Susan Moore

Wander Lust

“Wander Lust,” a solo show by photographer Susan Moore, runs June 20 to July 3 at Eastport Gallery.

Moore learned photography from her father. She was “taught to always have my camera,” she says, “as well as a fishing pole with me, as I imagine he wanted me to be able to fill my soul as well as my belly. He taught me everything he knew until he passed when I was 14. Brokenhearted, I used photography to bridge the divide that now separated us.”

Once digital photography began, and film was “the old way,” the transition felt both exhilarating and treasonous to Moore — exhilarating because gratification was instantaneous and the boundaries were no longer, treasonous because she knew her father would have said, “It’s cheating, too easy — every image is precious, and deleting with a click is like abandoning a child.” 

Attend a Meet the Artist event at the gallery all day June 20. June gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The show will be on display through July 3.

More information about Moore and the complete schedule of Eastport Gallery events and shows is available at Eastport Gallery is at 109 Water St., Eastport. Call 831-588-7576 for more information.

Mars Hall Gallery gives preview of the season

“Lookout,” by Jeanette Steele-Esposito.

Mars Hall Gallery will celebrate Memorial Day weekend as part of St. George Sales into Summer.

The annual event will preview the 2021 season from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 28 through 30.

From May 31 to June 18, the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and by appointment.

The show offers an eclectic mix of paintings by watercolorists Leo Brooks, Nat Lewis, Cam Noel, Elaine Reed and Carl Sublett; acrylic and oil paintings by Ian Baird, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele-Esposito, Stephen Jonassen, Kris Johnson, Sharon Larkin, Maurice Michel Lode, Elaine Niemi, Jimmy Reed, Manuel Rincon and Ron Weaver; botanical prints by Linda Funk and mixed-media collage by Eleanor Zuccola.

Also on display will be a large variety of 3D art by Ian Baird, Bill Cook, Jay Hoagland, Bill Nichols, Elaine Niemi and Rudy Rotter; a variety of quality crafts including decoupage by Davene Fahy and stained glass, pottery and mosaics by Dona Bergen. The gardens will showcase metal sculpture by Brian Read and Jay Hoagland. There will also be a large collection of antiques, vintage jewelry, original 1960s and ’70s rock posters and new and used books.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road/Route 131. For more information, call 372-9996 or 372-8194 or email

Pemaquid Art Gallery opens for Memorial Day Weekend

Pemaquid Art Gallery

The Pemaquid Art Gallery at Lighthouse Park will open its doors for a pre-season exhibit over Memorial Day Weekend. Visitors are invited to visit the gallery from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. May 29 to 31.

The gallery will fully re-open for the 2021 summer season on June 4 through Columbus Day with daily hours of 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Covid safety precautions will be in place, and masks are required.

The Pemaquid Group of Artists is a nonprofit organization consisting of artist members juried into the group. The 32 artists exhibiting their artwork in 2021 are all from Lincoln County.

This season, the artists welcome nine new artists. John Butke, a Boothbay resident, is a locally known oil painter. Gwendolyn Evans, of Walpole, excels at watercolor painting. Hannah Ineson, of Damariscotta, has transitioned from painting to clay works. Alexandra Perry-Weiss, of Bristol, will exhibit works in oil. Kim Skillin Traina, of Edgecomb, will present her pastel paintings. Candace Vlcek, a Wiscasset resident and pastelist, will also exhibit. Sherrie York, of Bristol, will display her linocut works. Carol Wiley, a resident of Newcastle, was juried in as a 2021 guest artist. She will exhibit her color-filled oil paintings. Also juried in as a guest artist is Brooke Pacy, of Waldoboro, who will display her signature oil paintings.

From left, new artists at the Pemaquid Art Gallery are Gwendolyn Evans, Candace Vlcek, Kimbery Skillin Traina, Brooke Pacy, Alexandra Perry-Weiss, Sherrie York and John Butke. Not pictured are Hannah Ineson and Carol Wiley.

Each year, the cooperative gallery provides financial aid to one or more community art programs, as well as a Museum Pass for the Portland Museum of Art, available to anyone at Skidompha Library. Artist-donated paintings and gallery patrons all help to make these gifts possible.

The 2021 exhibiting artists who are returning include Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Dianne Dolan, Peggy Farrell, Sarah Fisher, Claire Hancock, Kay Sawyer Hannah, Kathleen Horst, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Sally Loughridge,  Judy Nixon, Paul Sherman, Cindy Spencer, Liliana Thelander, Barbara Vanderbilt, Bob Vaughan and Bev Walker.

For more information, call the gallery at 677-2752 or visit

Cynthia Winings Gallery enters season nine with group show

“Amateur Explorer,” by Cynthia Winings.

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Everything That Is,” a group exhibition.

New artworks from Louise Bourne, Anna Dibble, Steve Bartlett, Ray Carbone, Avy Claire, Ingrid Ellison, Carson Fox, Elizabeth Gourlay, M P Landis, Megan Magill, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Robin Reynolds, Lari Washburn, Patricia Wheeler, Melita Westerlund, John Wilkinson, Cynthia Winings and Diane Bowie Zaitlin will be featured.

An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. May 30. Masks are required indoors and recommended outdoors when six feet of physical distance is difficult to maintain. Effective May 24 and thereafter: 50 persons will be permitted inside the gallery at any time.

Cynthia Winings Gallery is at 24 Parker Point Road, Blue Hill. Learn more at, or call 917-204-4001.

Dowling Walsh May Exhibits

Jamie Wyeth, Portrait of a Moon Curser – Fifteenth in a Suite of Untoward Occurrences on Monhegan Island, 2021, Acrylic, gesso, and oil on canvas, 30″ x 48″

Dowling Walsh invites the public to an opening reception Friday May 7 from 3 to 6.


MUD SEASON is a group exhibition featuring works by Jamie Wyeth, Ann Craven, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Lois Dodd, Daniel Minter, Stephen Pace (1918-2010), Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), and David Driskell (1931-2020)


Aaron T Stephan, Simple Twist of Fate, 2020, Sand, cement, dye, 60″ x 60″ x 120″

Hole In The Wall Studioworks 2021 calendar

Hole In The Wall Studioworks in Raymond has three exhibitions planned for 2021.

“Maine Inspired”

Paintings by Dee Burdick, Andrea Peters and Francine Schrock

Show dates: June 19 through Aug. 9

Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. June 19

“Seeds of Inspiration”

Paintings by Wendy A. Newcomb and Marguerite Lawler and handprints by Molly Mains and Holly Berry, inspired by Maine farms

Show dates: Aug. 14 to Oct. 4

Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14

Group Show

Featuring work by gallery artists

Show dates: Oct. 9 to Nov. 15

Opening reception: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 9

All shows are at Hole In The Wall Studioworks, Route 302, Raymond. CDC guidelines will be followed. Call 207-655-4952, or go to for more information.