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Anne Black solo show ‘Flights of Fancy’ at Eastport Gallery

Anne Black will exhibit “Flights of Fancy” at Eastport Gallery from Sept. 14 to Oct. 3.

Black will be at the Eastport Gallery at 109 Water St. on Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about her work. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday through Oct. 3.

In her own words:

I am drawn to many art mediums, including photography, painting and mixed media. Inspired by changing light and atmosphere in both nature and urban settings, I take special delight in unexpected vantage points, reflections, abstraction, complex layering, intuitive mark-making, vivid color and texture. My recent work merges photography, drawing and painting into layered digital works. Two of my favorite elements in the digital montages I create are monotypes made with gelatin plates and ink drawings, both of which I scan and convert to digital files. Photographic elements are featured in some of the montages, as well. I use Photoshop to create complex layered works, often making different versions to explore changes in the way various layers interact. The process is endlessly fascinating! I ­either print the resulting digital artwork onto fine art paper and mount it onto a wood panel, or onto transfer film before transferring the image to a prepared wood panel using a special transfer process developed by Bonny Lhotka at Dass Art. The process is very labor intensive, but I love the sparkle and immediacy of the result and look forward to exploring the many possibilities of this process.

The pieces in this show represent a range of work, from layered acrylic monotypes and impressionistic photographic montages to more recent montages which incorporate ink drawings and whimsical illustrations.  The centerpiece of the show is an entire painted/printed/collaged/constructed world of an imaginary wildlife refuge, complete with a lighthouse, which I created as part of a group challenge to use an old volume of Encyclopædia Brittanica and create something with it. I created this piece at my studio in West Concord, MA in the summer of 2018, just after a serendipitous visit to Eastport which resulted in finding the site of my now finished new home in Eastport. Wildlife Unbound has also found its true home in Eastport, and I am excited to present it in my first solo show at the Eastport Gallery.

More information about Black and a link to her personal store is at

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

Paint Eastport honors David Orrell


For years, artists have been celebrating the charm of Eastport through Paint Eastport Day. This year, they are expanding the experience to two weeks. One week is for creating, and the following week is for sharing.

Works will be available for auction three ways: a silent auction booth of randomly selected works at the Salmon Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 5, a display of local works at Eastport Gallery from Sept. 5 to 12 (these works will also be included in the online Facebook auction) and an online auction on Facebook from Sept 5 to 12. The auction closes at 5 p.m. Sept. 12.

Artists are encouraged to use whatever mediums inspire them.

This year’s Paint Eastport is dedicated to David Orrell. In the spirit of Orrell, the inspiration behind the traditional Paint Eastport Day, artists are encouraged to get outside and work plein air around town on Sept. 4. Perhaps get a group together and make a day of it.

Complete information about participating as an artist or buyer can be found at

Eastport Gallery honors David Orrell, exhibits Jude Kempe solo show

Work by Jude Kempe.

“Return Journey”
Jude Kempe

Eastport Gallery member artist Jude Kempe’s show “Return Journey” opens at the gallery on Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 21. This multimedia installation includes photographs, paintings, drawings and video.

The video can be best viewed from outside the window at night. For more information about Kempe and her work, visit

Kempe talks about her inspiration for this show:

Three years ago, after my stepmother died and I returned home to Bermuda for her funeral, I started thinking about putting together a group of photos that I had taken and manipulated while I was there. Her death had marked the end of any parental ties to my past on my tiny island home.

Starting with the photos which helped me begin to describe my memories, it became my “Return Journey,” sifting through memories and emotions of ties past and present. The process kept evolving, needing a deeper, more full expression, so slowly it took on movement, music and color. I needed to go beyond the two dimensional surface so it felt right to have its final presentation include photographs, drawings and paintings, as well as video and music.

Remembering David Orrell

David Orrell (1934-2021)

The Eastport Gallery honored David Orrell, past gallery president and an innovative member of the gallery co-op for many years, with a memorial reception on July 31. To see a photo gallery and listen to a 2019 radio interview with Orrell, go to

Eastport Gallery is at 109 Water St., Eastport. It is open daily  from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 831-588-7576 for more information.

Eastport’s ArtWalk summer season starts June 25


Eastport is an art destination on the fourth weekends of June, July and August. Visit galleries, and enjoy artist talks, dance parties, music, theater, films and interactive art experiences for all ages.

Get your ArtWalk passports stamped at more than 10 galleries along Water Street for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

On Sunday, ferry to Lubec for an afternoon of live music.

More information is at


Friday, June 25 (Sponsored by Downeast Rainbow Alliance)

1 to 3 p.m. — Art Activity, Peavey Library

3 p.m. — Storytime at the Bandstand

4 p.m. — Happy Hour on Deck, Horn Run Brewing

6 p.m. — Pride Dance Party with “Beach Trash”, Amphitheater

Saturday, June 26

10 to 4 p.m. — ChalkWalk Sidewalk Art, Sweeties Downeast

10:30 a.m. to noon — Drop-in KinderArts, Eastport Arts Center

Noon — Artist Roundtable, “Art the Way Downeast Way”


1 to 4 p.m. — Art Activity/Art Kit, StudioWorks

2 p.m. — Music in the Amphitheater with Colie Brice and Oen Kennedy

4 p.m. — Stage East Canned Sardine StorySlam, Amphitheater

5 p.m. — Gift Certificate Drawing follows StorySlam

Dusk — Moonlight Movies: “Ice Age” (PG), Amphitheater

Sunday, June 27

Noon — Ferry to Lubec from Breakwater (fee)

1 to 4 p.m. — LAMPS Concert Series with Sea Street Blues Band, Stockford Park in Lubec

‘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.

Eastport launches online exhibit featuring work by gallery members

The Eastport Gallery’s online spring show runs April 2 to June 17, featuring works by 16 gallery members online at

The gallery at 109 Water St., Eastport, will open for the summer season on June 5.

This virtual show provides a taste of what you will see in person this summer.

Full Fathom Five Gallery will open to visitors in May

Piece by Olga Merrill.

Full Fathom Five Gallery is getting ready for visitors in May and will introduce new artists as well as showcase work from all it artists.

Three new artists are Christina Thwaites, Olga Merrill and Sandra Leinonen Dunn.

Christina Thwaites is a British painter, based in Orono.

Christina Thwaites

“My work explores the places and faces around me — familiar and banal subject matter but relevant,” Thwaites says. “The context and location of where I reside at the time is reflected, and having moved a lot, my practice has been a means of connecting myself to location and people.”

View paintings by Thwaites at

Olga Merrill is a visual artist primarily using the medium of photography. Photography was a hobby for her father, and she remembers the smell of chemicals from being with him in his darkroom. Who knew that after more than 35 years from her first brief touch of photography, she would become an artist, and visual art started playing a significant role in her life.

“I hardly recognize myself as a photographer,” she says. “I use photography as a tool — like an instrument to make music or a brush for painting — to create an image of my vision, with a dreamy and indirect relationship to external reality.”

View prints by Merrill at

Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a traditional painter working mainly in oils.  

“Painting for me is like mediation,” she says. “When I am working on a subject, I am in my right brain, where logic and words do not exist, where the world becomes only nameless shapes and infinite shades of color. The more I look at my subject, the more I see. This is what fascinates me.”

View paintings by Leinonen Dunn at

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Eastport Gallery presents ‘Hearts for the Arts’

“Hearts for the Arts” group exhibit.

Celebrate the season of love with the Eastport Gallery’s “Hearts for the Arts” community show and silent auction, Feb. 1 to 14. The exhibition, which will take place both online and in the Eastport Gallery’s windows at 109 Water St., is a “beautiful reflection of talent and love for our area,” notes gallery president Joan Lowden.   

“Let Me Call You Sea Heart,” by Susan Moore.

The community artist response has been overwhelming with over 90 stunning heart-themed pieces available for bid.  Sales benefit the individual artists and the Eastport Gallery, promoting community outreach programs such as art and literary talks, and youth shows by the Eastport Schools art program.  Full catalog of auction items is available for download at:

Bid in the silent auction via Facebook at

The online auction will end on Valentine’s Day with a Zoom Valentine’s Day party featuring love songs by local musicians, a showcase of the art available for bid, and a chance to mix and mingle with friends, old and new, in an online reception. A Zoom link will be available at

Art is Celebrated in downtown Eastport

Eastport Arts Center

Eastport is Downeast’s not-so-secret arts destination.

Come help the 20-member Eastport Gallery celebrate 35 years.

Eastport Gallery celebrates 35 years.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and presents art talks, literary talks, and popup music events from the deck of the gallery (the deck is closed to visitors, but events can be safely heard at distance from the rocks and breakwater below).

Breakwater Gallery

Full Fathom Five Gallery. Photo by Joan Lowden.

Most Water Street galleries are open and welcoming guests in accordance with Maine CDC guidelines. The Eastport ArtWalk, in association with the Eastport Arts Center, Eastport Gallery, and Tides Museum and Institute of Art, offers creative ways to explore and safely enjoy the art all over this beautiful town.

Lunamuse fiber artist Manuela Brice.

Eastport Gallery is at 109 Water St., Eastport. Call 831-588-7576 for more information.

Photos by Joan Lowden