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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.

Camden Falls Gallery presents ‘PAS DE DEUX’ featuring Aline Ordman and Tad Retz

“Acadia,” by Tad Retz.

Camden Falls Gallery presents the show “PAS DE DEUX,”  which can be enjoyed as painterly choreography between artists Aline Ordman and Tad Retz.

Pas de deux (French, noun) translates to “a dance for two people, typically a man and a woman.”

The show opened Sept. 17 and runs through Oct. 6.

Ordman and Retz both derive energy and inspiration from painting en plein air, where the visual complexities of the natural world offer up endless challenges.

“Susan’s Garden,” by Aline Ordman.

A master pastel and oil painter, Ordman stresses the analytical elements of shape, value and color saturation when she is teaching, asking her students to set aside pre conceptions of the objects or scene they are beholding and to concentrate on the negative and positive shapes and tonal planes that cause that object or scene to emerge. Ordman is an alchemist when it comes to transforming those abstract “bones” into a finished composition rich with layered pigment and movement.

Although she has held annual teaching workshops in France and Italy, she always is drawn back to a small village in Vermont called Peacham. For her it is the “Tuscany of New England.” Her work from that bucolic land of rolling hills and small farms speaks volumes of her passion for the pastoral and respect for those who work in concert with nature.

Whenever Ordman paints figures in a landscape she states, “I want to describe my vision — what hit me at the time I saw the scene. It’s all about the gesture, and body language.”

Retz is from upstate New York and has spend many hours analyzing the work of painters he admires, from master portrait artists like John Singer Sargent to the naturalist realism of Winslow Homer and George Bellows, whose genius evoked and appreciation of working class Americans and their daily struggles with the tumultuous sea and equally frenetic city life.

It is rare to find a young artist with as much self discipline as Retz. Self taught doesn’t even begin to describe the rigorous constraints, challenges and perimeters that he creates to force himself to work with fresh techniques and subject matter. Absorbing the old and new masters and learning from them enlivens his own originality and acts as a catalyst for experimentation.

“I don’t think of myself as trying to emulate anymore,” Retz says. “Sometimes it is a song or a  sculpture that ignites a creative, free and passionate emotion in me. Paintings inspire me because of the infinite routes that can be taken to get a successful image.”

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 207-470-7027, email, or go to for more information.

‘Conflicts in Compositions?’ at Camden Falls Gallery

“Monuments,” by Ryan Kohler.

Camden Falls Gallery will open the new exhibit “Conflicts in Compositions?” at 5 p.m. Aug. 19, in conjunction with the Camden Art Walk. The show features work by Ken DeWaard and Ryan Kohler. There will be an artist presentation and discussion open to the public at approximately 6 p.m. This presentation will take place outdoors, weather permitting.

There is really no conflict involved in the show. It’s more of a juxtaposition of the paths these two artists travel when creating their artwork. The show sheds light on an artist’s initial insight when first moved by a muse. They find inspiration and record it on canvas in their own way.

Ryan Kohler, who lives in Skowhegan, has had a short but impressive run in the art field. Since graduating with a BA in art from the University of Maine Augusta in 2011, Kohler started working in oils in 2018, just prior to joining the gallery.

Ryan Kohler

He explores a wide range of subject matter, and his designs and executions have broadened this past winter to include the addition and application of colored paper in collage format, as if brushstrokes, adding volume and texture to the composition. His new works are bright, lively and fun.

“I’ve always liked puzzles, and now my paintings are a bit like puzzles to me,” Kohler says, “except I get to make my own pieces, and they don’t have to fit exactly. In fact, things are much more interesting when I am imprecise but in a fun and still descriptive way. Charmingly incorrect is what I’ve been shooting for with this entire body of work. When I am being too literal and too careful with my cutting and gluing, the paintings don’t breathe as well and feel uptight and labored.”

“A Day at the Races,” by Ken DeWaard.

Ken DeWaard has spent more than 30 years studying and teaching art and painting professionally around the world. DeWaard has painted throughout Europe and China, and in 2019, participated in “The International Plein Air Competition” in St. Petersburg, Russia. DeWaard was one of the 11 artists chosen to paint at the “Saint Petersburg Art Week International,” which represents artwork from over 20 countries.

From all of these painting excursions, DeWaard brings his talents in plein-air painting to the forefront but returns home, bringing with him the influences, techniques and styles of various artists from around the world.

Ken DeWaard

In his travels throughout the U.S., he has taken top honors in some of the country’s most prestigious plein-air events, including the Charles Movalli award in 2018 at the Cape Ann Plein Air event and winning first place in 2019 at the same event.

“I’m not trying to give all the details but enough to where the viewer can finish the story in their mind and through their experiences,” DeWaard says of his work. “Design is incredibly important to me, to tell a story through my work and lead the viewer around the painting and then back to the focal point.”

The show runs through Sept. 2.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 207-470-7027, email, or go to for more information.

Camden Falls Gallery presents ‘A Sailor’s Dream’

“Backlit,” by Poppy Balser.

Camden Falls Gallery will feature the works of Poppy Balser in the exhibit “A Sailor’s Dream,” through Aug. 18.

The show features over 30 paintings in watercolor and oil depicting the balance, challenge and seamless beauty of boats under sail.

“The gallery is taking a break from its annual ‘Camden Classics on Canvas Show’ usually held this time of year to feature Poppy’s work that pays homage to the glory and beauty of Camden Harbor and Lyman Morse’s ‘Camden Classics Cup Regatta’ held at the end of July,” says gallery owner Howard Gallagher.

An avid sailor and insatiable artist, Balser surrounds herself in the beauty of coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes and has an uncanny ability to record what she experiences on the water onto canvas. Balser sketches en plein air and uses these studies as an important reference tool back in the studio to produce larger, more deliberate and intentional works. Her goal is to transfer the open air feeling of being outside in nature into her studio work. She paints outdoors through all seasons, finding her inspiration in the seacoast and landscapes. 

“I feel so fortunate to live near the shore, with huge tides that sculpt our seacoast, dramatic waves and haunting fog, there is always something new to paint,” Balsar says. “This practice enables me to observe my subjects over time so I can create paintings that resonate strongly with the viewer.”

Balser lives in Digby, Nova Scotia, and is an elected Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor. Her work is showcased internationally, and Camden Falls Gallery is honored to be her only gallery representation in the U.S.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 207-470-7027, email, or go to for more information.

‘Painting the Coast of Maine with Jonathan McPhillips’ at Camden Falls Gallery 

“Lunar Lights,” by Jonathan McPhillips.

Jonathan McPhillips returns to Camden Falls Gallery for the second early August show titled “Painting the Coast of Maine.” The show will run Aug. 6 to 18 and will feature works that McPhillips has created from numerous work-study and plein-air sketches and photographs he has collected over the years in the Camden-Rockport area.

McPhillips describes his work as contemporary impressionism. He is known for his impressionistic radiance in daybreak and dusk paintings and his ability to capture the shimmering glow of flickering lights in his nocturnal scenes.

“Jon’s ability to capture the light, air, and distinct atmosphere in his landscape and marine paintings is unique,” says gallery owner Howard Gallagher.  

“Chasing the available light and air is what drives me to paint,” McPhillips says. “I hope to achieve atmospheric effects with an impressionistic style tempered by a touch of realism and draftsmanship.”

During the Camden Fall Gallery’s 2019 Camden Classics Cup on Canvas show, McPhillips was filmed by Camden‘s Stanley Grunder for a short video titled “Jonathan McPhillips Painting the Coast of Maine.”

McPhillips hails from Rhode Island and is equally accomplished in studio design work, as well as working en plein air, focusing on coastal New England. He has placed and received top honors and awards in some of the nation’s most prestigious plein-air competitions and art shows. His works are in many corporate and public collections across the U.S. and showing around the world in the U.S. Department of State “Art in the Embassies” program.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Call 207-470-7027, email, or go to for more information.

‘Light, Color, Summer’ at Camden Falls Gallery

“Shore Roses,” by Janis Sanders.

Camden Falls Gallery welcomes the summer season with its new show “Light, Color, Summer,” featuring the artwork of Jennifer Van Cor and Janis Sanders.

The show opened June 24 and celebrates the color, light and beauty of coastal Maine.   

The vibrant and colorful paintings by Van Cor and Sanders emphasize the visual quality of light. These two artists push the boundaries with their bold use of colors, shapes and textures to create their own unique interpretation of the places that inspire and motivate them.

“Island Outlook,” by Jennifer Van Cor.

Massachusetts artist Janis Sanders is known for his simple compositions and distinct color palette that captures the brilliance of Maine’s coastal light. Like many landscape painters, Sanders enjoys painting out-of-doors and often renders his work en plein air. He begins each painting by blocking in the sky, noting that the “sky is the key to determining the entire atmosphere of the painting, and visually provides the backdrop for the other objects in view. Salt air, late day sunlight on a shoreline cottage, an old house at the water’s edge … these elements draw me outdoors,” says Sanders. 

Much like Sanders, New Hampshire artist Jennifer Van Cor is constantly captivated by the unique beauty and ever-changing colors of the coastal Maine landscape. She creates active, vibrant compositions in which she strives to “express the energy and spirit of a place.” When painting, she says, “each stroke and dip of the brush pushes my senses onto the surface … and if I am listening closely and truly, the life of a landscape fills the painting.”

Van Cor renders land, sea and sky in multi-faceted bursts of color that seem to dance across the canvas. Applying layer upon layer of color in small, bold swatches, Van Cor creates mosaic-like works composed of angular, almost geometric brushstrokes that capture the bright island light and diverse landforms of coastal Maine.

Gallery owner Howard Gallagher is excited and hopeful for the season ahead.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. The gallery is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p;.m. daily. In compliance with state regulations, fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks. Call 207-470-7027, email, or go to for details.

Camden Falls Gallery will open its doors with the spring show ‘Homecoming’

“Skylight,” by Charles Fenner Ball.

Howard and Margaret Gallagher of Camden Falls Gallery are especially grateful to be opening their gallery doors as planned this year.

“The gallery is looking forward to reconnecting with artists, friends and patrons,” they said.

The first show of the season will be “Homecoming.”

Camden Falls Gallery showcases original fine art, furniture and sculpture from both emerging and established Maine and New England artists. Rotating shows celebrate architecture, landscape, traditional watercraft and coastal Maine through all its seasons.

All state COVID guidelines and recommendations will be followed.

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Call 207-470-7027, email, or go to for details.

Camden Falls Gallery presents ‘Three Part Harmony’ featuring Aline Ordman, Scott Addis and Taddeus Retz

“Golden Light,” by Aline Ordman.

Aline Ordman, Scott Addis and Taddeus Retz are plein-air painters and will exhibited their work in the show “Three Part Harmony” at Camden Falls Gallery from Sept. 20 to Oct. 9.

Their talent and dedication to capturing the moment have forged a strong, thematic connection between them. As styles go, these three artists are very different. It is their interest in visually taking in and taming their landscape which unites this show into a three-part harmony.

Plein-air and studio artists showing at Camden Falls Gallery repeatedly return to the Midcoast area. They have recorded on canvas what they found as their inspiration, muse and challenges. Their paintings capture the essence of Mid-Coast Maine and showcase their talents.

Aline Ordman is an award-winning pastelist and oil painter. She is able to lyrically capture the majestic beauty of the woods and the euphonious transition of light in all their mystery. Ordman’s colorful sensibilities are distinct and bold. Her strokes of paint, with its brilliant flow of pigment, can convey immediate impressions of the busiest of streets to the calmness of nature. It is through her well traveled practice, of painting en plein air, that we are able to see and experience through the artist’s eye the wonders of traveling and her sense of place.

Scott Addis is an accomplished Canadian artist based in Quebec. His work are often about relationships between the observing man and the surrounding landscape. His work symbolizes themes of connection, solitude and sometimes isolation. Boats and homes are often the centerpiece of his studies. The boats are generally highly contrasted against the islands, as they swing at their moorings, yet the boats as an entity contain a sense of self and individuality apart from the landscape.

Taddeus Retz is a young, blossoming artist, characterized by his edgy and textural sense of aesthetic. The presence of weather is apparent in his work from boat yards and coastal and farm scenes. “The coast of Maine is one of my favorite places to be and to paint. The rugged quality and sense of quiet and peace is overwhelming. Every time I come up to Maine, I try to explore at least one new area. I’m always drawn to scenes or things with character. I love old barns, old boats and all the rocks. I think this is the reason that I keep coming back to Maine: it is full of character!”

Camden Falls Gallery is at 5 Public Landing in Camden. Call 207-470-7027, email, or go to for details.

Carol Eisenberg exhibits at Carver Hill Gallery

“Morning Waterlilies,” by Carol Eisenberg.

Carol Eisenberg will show photo-based digital paintings at the Carver Hill Gallery from Sept. 6 to Oct. 5.

An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 6.

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.

Camden Falls Gallery announces third exhibit of the year

“Island Rose,” by Janis Sanders.

Camden Falls Gallery presents “Light In The Atmosphere,” featuring the works of Jennifer Van Cor, Charles Fenner Ball, Peter Yesis and Janis Sanders. The exhibit runs June 17 to Aug. 10 and features some of our gallery’s top Colorists.

This exhibit showcases vibrant and colorful paintings that emphasize the visual quality of light. The artists featured are known for their use of colors, shapes, textures and an array of practices and techniques to create wonderful, playful art. They push the boundaries of color patterns and make joyful combinations of wild, bold and unique landscapes.



With the vibrant use of juxtaposing colors in contemporary styles, these four artists are rooted and inspired by their natural environment. They take to their own course and their colorful journeys, moved by the surrounding landscapes to record their inspiration on canvas. They create lively, and sometimes abstract, interpretations of a worldview beyond what is seen.

Camden Falls continues its goal of “Putting Art Within the Reach of Everyone” and will provide visual information showcasing the work of our artists through videos and various digital media.

Camden Falls Gallery, 5 Public Landing, Camden, is open and following state guidelines for safety. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to  5p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 207-470-7027, or visit