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Maine Landscape inspires four Maine artists to create group show

“Undulating Coastline,” by Molly Mains.

Since 2016, Maine artists and friends Marguerite Lawler, Molly Mains, Wendy Newcomb and Holly Berry have met outdoors to seek inspiration. Hiking, sketching and photographing in areas such as Belfast, Vinalhaven, Georgetown, Freeport and the White Mountains, each artist experiences and collects visual information to be further developed individually in their studios.

The dynamic but subtle beauty discovered during these outings is voiced by brush or gouge onto canvas or into wood. The oil paintings and hand-pulled prints may illustrate similar locations and times of year, but are uniquely personalized through materials, techniques, and styles. Lawler’s approach is to organize the chaos of nature and paint it in a way that makes sense to her eye. Mains uses the give and take of gouging blocks and rolling ink with colors and textures interacting with one another. Often accidents and discoveries occur that elicit spontaneous responses and unplanned outcomes.

“Summer Surf,” by Wendy Newcomb.

Newcomb’s paintings are a visual journal of her life in Maine, with a recurring theme being how light falls upon the landscape, how it defines and creates patterns and adds drama to a scene. Berry is most pleased designing narrative and decorative imagery inspired by an attraction to the graphic elements of the natural world. She uses strong lines, bold shapes, saturated colors and patterns in her multi-block linocuts. 

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St. in Belfast, open every day. For details, visit

News from Helene Farrar Art

Helene Farrar artwork

Helene Farrar has taught and worked in the visual arts for 20 years while exhibiting in commercial, nonprofit and university galleries in New England, New York City, Pennsylvania, Italy and England.

Work by Farrar will be featured in outdoor shows and a midsummer open house and studio sale.


“At The Edge of the Woods” exhibition at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens — May 1 to July 13, plus Encaustic Painting Workshops at the gardens Sept. 27 and 28. Register at

“Critters: Mythical, Real, and Imagined” — June 4 to July 26. Learn more at

Belfast Arts in the Park — June 26 and 27, an annual outdoor art fair at the Belfast Park by the water. Learn more at

“Walls” at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine in Augusta — opens June 25

“Layers” — opens June 25 at the Cotuit Center For the Arts, Cotuit. Details at

More news and events will be announced at

Multimedia artist Julie Crane stirs up the DNA of art 

“Wombs,” by Julie Crane.

Maine artist Julie Crane is bringing her unique perspective to Local Color Gallery this June and July. Her multimedia pieces depict creatures in an atmosphere of objects with amplified scale. Microscopic elements from the ocean mingled with seed pods and the trails of birds’ flight patterns enter into the layering of marks.

Crane’s work considers the impact of change upon our common and familiar environment, inviting the viewer to approach what is unseen in our midst. DNA, diatoms and other phytoplankton erupt from the background as an accompaniment to creatures one might encounter while out and about.

Recent collaborations at marine laboratories have supplied access to viewing the single-cell organisms often included in her repertoire of shapes.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High Street in Belfast, open every day. For details, visit

Joan Losee’s Farms and Landscapes at Local Color Gallery

Skunk Cabbage by Joan Losee, oil on linen, 20×24

Camden artist Joan Losee will be the Guest Artist this May at Local Color Gallery in Belfast. Her work the past two years has been focused on the farms and landscapes of inland Maine. The experience of visiting these locations and putting them into oil paintings has broadened her knowledge of Maine and beauty found in unexpected places. 

Most of Losee’s work is about ordinary subjects but her approach brings out extraordinary emotion and presence showing that they’re not ordinary after all. She has over 40 years of training in watercolor, egg tempera, pastel, and oil. Her belief is you have to master the rules before you can break them. Keeping that in mind she continues to take workshops while constantly striving to increase her proficiency and maintain a freshness in her artistic expression.

Local Color Gallery is located at 135 High Street in Belfast, open Tuesday-Sunday 11-4, for details visit

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery presents the 2020 Fiore Residents Exhibit

Fiore Germinating Bean, Margot Anne Kelley, photographic image


This past summer, Maine Farmland Trust’s Fiore Art Center offered four virtual residencies. Instead of working at the beautiful Rolling Acres Farm at the Fiore Art Center in Jefferson, ME, the residents worked from their homes, farms, gardens and studios. From January 5-April 9, 2021, the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery website will host an online exhibit of the residents’ work.


Final Performance, Katie Addada Shlon, photograph

Performance artist Katie Addada Shlon, from Maryland, used natural sounds and instruments assembled from pottery shards and other discarded materials to depart from traditional forms and structures. Her goal is to reframe our experience of music, connecting ideas of regenerative agriculture and performance in nature.


Montgomery Co. 4, James R. Southard, photographic image

Photographer and videographer James R. (Rob) Southard, from Kentucky, shared images from his ongoing photography series, The Kentucky Farmer, which documents farmers of all kinds in his home state. His photographs record rural landscapes and studies of everyday agricultural life.

Non-fiction literary artist Margot Anne Kelley, from Maine, shared writings from her essay about seeds and seed-saving, with added exploration of some of the odd connections between seeds and viruses in Germ Lines. Her work ranges from habits of ancient hunter-gatherers and plantings in Roman herb gardens to writings from Henry David Thoreau.


Sophie Kelmenson, 2020, photograph

Literary artist Sophie Kelmenson, presents video excerpts from her dissertation Challenges To and Challenges from Scale in Alternative Food Systems, exploring the promise of using alternative food systems as a mechanism for sustainable economic development.

Virtual artist talks for the exhibit, open to the public, are Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5pm. The artists share their work through Zoom and describe their processes, challenges and achievements during their residencies. RSVP here:

Michele Ratté’s art evokes a primordial connection to the earth and sea

Artist Michele Ratté has recently relocated to Belfast from Vermont and is being featured as a guest artist at Local Color Gallery. 

Ratté’s work is informed by a lifelong fascination with marine environments, both current and ancient. She uses geological and botanical references, and the direct experience of being and working in seaside locations, including the dunes of Cape Cod and the Chazy Fossil Reef Preserve in Vermont.

Precious metals, mineral pigments, printing, collage, stitching and drawing are all unpredictable elements in her work. Each piece evokes a primordial connection to the earth and sea. A combination of handwork, assemblage and natural objects merge in Ratté’s personal vision of the physical world. Her blending of high karat metals with common materials reflects a strong interest in alchemical and transformative processes.

Ratté’s work has been shown widely in the U.S. and abroad.

The show will be up through February.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Learn more at

‘Maine Rivers & Industry’ photo exhibit by Jon Linn

Photo by Jon Linn.

Jon Linn Aerial Photography announces the posting of their new collection at the Jon Linn Gallery, 33A Front St., Belfast, and online at

The show is available to view online now, and prints can be viewed at the gallery starting on Jan. 1. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

The “Maine Rivers & Industry” collection is comprised of 34 aerial photographic images of scenes centered on active and defunct industrial mills. Locations include Maine’s eight remaining operating Pulp & Paper mills and towns along the Androscoggin River, Penobscot River and Kennebec River.

All images in the collection were captured in 2020, some even documenting structures shortly before catastrophic events, e.g., the Pixelle Mill six weeks before the digester explosion and S.D. Warren in Westbrook one week before the Presumpscot River landslide.

Linn’s landscape photos seek to create mood and drama through light and shadows, texture and layers, drawing the viewer’s attention to the horizon and back. Their focus is on the sky, horizon, hills and foreground, with Anthropocene structures as context. 

Prints are available for sale at the gallery and online (metal prints, dye-sublimation on aluminum). They are all landscape oriented, 16:9 aspect ratio. Sizes range from 12” to 48” wide. Contact Jon Linn for details at

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Local Color Gallery opens ‘Big and Small Show’ in December

“Tree Foliage 1,” by Suzanne Roberts.

Creative offerings by local artists will deck the walls of Local Color Gallery during December. The “Big and Small Show” will feature eclectic creativity that’s perfect for unique gifts.

The gallery will have work by guest artists Sheep Jone and Margaret Griffith, as well as new pieces by member artists Suzanne Roberts, Sandi Cirillo, Judy Graebert, MF Morison, James Toothacker, Betty Schopmeyer, DiTa, Debbie Mitchell, Leslie Moore, Jamien St. Pierre, Conny Hatch and Sally Brophy.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Learn more at

Local Color Gallery showing Guest Artists

“Gardener Ten” by Sheep Jones, oil, 10×10

Local Color Gallery will be featuring four guest artists this November including Sheep Jones, Abbie Read, Liz Donald and Margaret Griffith. Belfast artist Sheep Jones’ work begins with layers that build up adding extra interest and leaving swatches of colors in their wake. These are perfect tidbits for the imagination. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in the US and Europe. 

Abbie Read of Appleton finds that the natural world has always in some way informed her art. As a graduate student she taught herself the rudiments of making books but it wasn’t until she began taking classes with Rebecca Goodale in Maine that she honed her skills in Book Arts. She incorporates these skills, as well as her passion for collecting old books and odd objects, into her constructions.

Liz Donald from Camden has been creating and studying art throughout her life. She works in oil, acrylic and pastel preferring a vivid palette inspired by extended stays in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She is a member of River Arts in Damariscotta Maine and the Boothbay Region Art Foundation.
Margaret Griffith of Little Cranberry Island works in oil using a juxtaposition of quirky Maine buildings combined with strong landscape elements. Her landscape paintings move from the shifting ocean water to the purple mountains, often incorporating the uniqueness of Maine’s architecture. 

Local Color Gallery is located at 135 High Street, open Thursday-Sunday 12-4, details at:

Local Color Gallery’s October show to include guest artists David Estey, Margaret Griffith and The Winterberry Collective

Leslie Moore, “Squirrelly Whirls.”

Local Color Gallery will be featuring several guests artists in October, including Belfast artist David Estey. Estey’s work reflects years of extensive study that celebrate the rich use of color and texture with an innovative exploration of form. As a Mainer, he says he can’t escape the serene beauty of the snowy fields, the blue-black waters and the rugged coast. They are all a visceral part of his work.

Margaret Griffith of Little Cranberry Island will bring her paintings that use a juxtaposition of the sometimes odd buildings together with strong landscape elements. Griffith is drawn not only to the ocean water and purple mountains but to the uniqueness of Maine’s architecture. She is aiming to have the viewer really look and hopefully see something new in her landscape paintings.

The Winterberry Collective is a group of Midcoast Maine block printmakers who meet regularly to practice creating original relief prints by hand. For their “Maine’s Forest Floor” project, each printmaker designed four interpretations of the forest floor, one for each season. A selection of these original, hand-pulled block prints are on display, and a forever calendar showcasing their forest floor prints is also available. To purchase a calendar, email

Holly Berry, a celebrated printmaker, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, and an esteemed teacher, facilitates the Winterberry Collective from her home studio in Waldoboro. Members include Emily Davis, Barbara Gorrill, Leslie Moore, Dianne Morgan, Natalie Norris, Carolyn Steeves and David Swetland.

Local Color Gallery is at 135 High St., Belfast. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Learn more at