Archive for Portland

‘Tim Greenway: Refined Resurgence’ on view at Cove Street Arts

Work by Tim Greenway.

“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 info@covestreetarts.com for more information.

Portland Art Gallery Q&A: Artist Philip Barter

Philip Barter

Maine. I’ve lived in Maine my entire life. I was born in Boothbay Harbor in 1939. My family descends from the Barters who settled Barters Island in the 1700s. After graduating from Boothbay High School, I left Maine for a stint with the Army, and tried life in California in the ’60s. My Maine roots pulled me back. 

Artist Hero. Marsden Hartley was a major influence on my work.

Studio. My studio is a short walk out the back door of my house. On the entry level are my wood tools, and a small woodstove that serves as the only source of heat. Up a few steps is a separate room where I paint on an easel in the corner, surrounded by my materials and paints. Some of my favorite paintings, not for sale, are stored on the second floor above me. 

Where in Maine. After returning to Boothbay, a friend introduced me to downeast Maine. I fell in love with this less commercialized and tourist-driven part of Maine. My home, studio and gallery are located in Sullivan. I’ve built most of the structure myself, adding on over the years. Much of the material was found washed up on shore.

Fun Fact. For nearly a decade beginning in the mid-70s, I gave up painting and I worked as a sternman on a lobster boat and as a clammer.

Education. I studied with Spanish abstract expressionist Alfonso Sosa in California in the 60s, and then with Fritz Rockwell when I returned to Maine. Their use of color and bold forms were early influences. 

See new work by Philip Barter online at https://portlandartgallery.com and onsite at Portland Art Gallery, 154 Middle St., Portland.

Portland Art Gallery Q&A: Artist Jane Dahmen

Jane Dahmen

Maine. In 1980, my husband, Joe, and I sailed the waters of Penobscot Bay while vacationing with our family. I sketched while we sailed, inspired by the vibrant blues, whites and greens of the surrounding landscape. Back home in Concord, Massachusetts, I turned the sketches into paintings. I live here full-time now, but I still walk on our local conservation land and see paintings everywhere.

Inspiration. I am driven to bring a scene that inspires me to life filtered through my own sensibility: space, form, color and surface tension evolve as I paint.  The wet colors look alive.

Medium. Twenty years ago I switched from oils to acrylic paints for health reasons. Being manmade, acrylics are versatile, and manufacturers are always coming up with new colors, new additives and new types of paint, such as shiny liquids and shimmery fluorescents.

Art Hero. While attending college, I’d visit paintings by Marsden Hartley every day in the school art museum. David Hockney thrills me with his outrageous expression in both design and color. I also became enamored with modernists like Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Raoul Dufy, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre Bonnard.

Studio. My studio is in my home. I can paint late at night, or all morning in my pajamas if I feel like it. I have a large space with full-spectrum lights, seven windows, and high ceilings. My studio is my sacred space.

Where in Maine. I love where I live in Newcastle. The midcoast is important to my work. I resonate with the landscape here. Few places in my travels instigate my creative juices the way the Maine landscape does.

Fun Fact. I hold a series of artist conversations at the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta called “Talking Art in Maine, Intimate Conversations.”  We’ve hosted curators such as Sharon Corwin of the Colby Museum, Suzette McAvoy of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Mark Bessire of the Portland Museum of Art, and artists such as Alex Katz, Kathryn Bradford, Sam Cady, Lois Dodd, Yvonne Jacquette, Eric Hopkins and John Bisbee.

Education. Studying art history with professor James Carpenter at Colby College was formative. I have a huge collection of art books covering all kinds of artists. I also attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

See new work by Jane Dahmen online at https://portlandartgallery.com and onsite at Portland Art Gallery, 154 Middle St., Portland.

Running with Scissors Hosts Opens Studios & 6×6 Exhibit

RE-OPENING after 18 months; Running with Scissors Hosts Opens Studios & 6×6 Exhibit, October 1 – 3, 2021

Wander fun and family-friendly open studios and 6×6 exhibits at Running with Scissors artist studios during Maine Craft Weekend (MCW) and First Friday Art Walk (FFAW). Kick off the weekend at Belleflower Brewing Co. (66 Cove Street) on Friday night from 5-7pm for an informal artist meet and greet and 6×6 exhibit. On Saturday and Sunday wander over 16,000 sq. ft. of private and open-air studios and communal workspaces in the clay, print, wood, and paint studios at 250 Anderson Street from 10am – 5pm and 10am – 3pm. Don’t forget your mask!

RWS artists are diverse in their mediums, artistic goals, backgrounds, ages and experiences. This rich mix of experienced to experimental artists creates a culture of sharing, support and cross-pollination of ideas and work. RWS artists often work in several mediums and are supported by access to a wide variety of equipment, tools and information that the studios provide. Bringing together resources and community, RWS’s goal is to help artists reach their independent creative goals. The 6×6 exhibits are a way to share these diverse styles and talents in a more accessible and unifying format (where all work is 6″ x 6″ and up to 6″ deep).

These events are a part of MCW, a statewide tour of Maine craft studios, businesses and events, and First Friday Art Walk (FFAW), a monthly self guided art studio, gallery and event tour held monthly at various locations around greater Portland. Running With Scissors is a proud 2021 Event Sponsor of MCW, which is produced by Maine Crafts Association. FFAW is put on by Creative Portland, the city’s arts agency.

Explore the life and work of craft artists and craft businesses during MCW! For more information visit mainecraftweekend.org and creativeportland.com and follow @rwsartstudios on Instagram.

Cove St. Arts presents ‘Peregrine Press @ 30’

“Sectional,” by Chris Beneman.

Cove St. Arts presents “Peregrine Press @ 30,” Sept. 9 to Nov. 13.

This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of Peregrine Press, a cooperative printmaking studio in Portland. The studio takes its name from the peregrine falcon, a totem representing visionary power, wisdom and guardianship.

The exhibition showcases work from over 30 members, demonstrating Peregrine’s fulfillment of its mission to celebrate the art of printmaking as an innovative, dynamic and evolving art form.

Peregrine Press dedicates this exhibition to longtime member Phil Stevens, who died suddenly in August. A dear friend to the press, Stevens served as its treasurer for decades. His work is included in the exhibition.

“Creation,” by Richard Wilson.

Featured artists also include Judith Allen-Efstathiou, Susan Amons, Chris Beneman, Mary Brennan, Jessyca Broekman, Sissy Buck, Blue Butterfield, Stephen Burt, Kate Cheney Chappell, John Costello, Blair Folts, Anne Garland, Jeanne O’toole Hayman, Alison Hildreth, Kate Katomski, Robin McCarthy, Larinda Meade, Zachary Pike, Sandra Quinn, Jenny Scheu, Debbie Schmitt, Judy Schneider, Delphine Sherin, Alice Spencer, James Sylvester, Andrea van Voorst van Beest, Richard Wilson, Sui Witherell and Jeff Woodbury.

Learn more about Peregrine Press at www.peregrinepress.com.

Cove Street Arts is at 71 Cove St., Portland. Call 207-808-8911 or email info@covestreetarts.com for more information.

Radio Maine: In conversation with Portland Art Gallery’s gallery manager Emma McHold Burke

Emma McHold Burke

Emma McHold Burke started working with the Portland Art Gallery just as COVID was causing small businesses like the gallery to “shift direction.”

She had recently graduated from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Pennsylvania after gaining an education in painting and art history and had planned her next life steps around the Philadelphia community in which Tyler is located.

With the uncertainty of the pandemic looming, McHold Burke reluctantly gave up her post-college apartment and moved to her family home in Maine. Wanting to maintain her connection to the art world, McHold Burke reached out to the Portland Art Gallery. When she learned that the gallery, as a non-essential business, had been instructed to close its doors to the public, she volunteered to work behind the scenes.

Her work ethic and enthusiasm were immediately evident. She was soon offered a paid position, and her willingness to work through strange and challenging times eventually earned her the position of gallery manager.

Learn about the power of creativity, and the importance of resilience, in McHold Burke’s conversation with Lisa Belisle in Radio Maine Episode 27. Listen at https://www.portlandartgallery.com/podcast.

Portland Art Gallery Artist Interview: Sheep Jones

Sheep Jones

Maine: I was born in Waterville and have four siblings. We’d roam the streets and woods freely with our neighborhood friends. Winters were about ice skating and sledding. In the summers, we’d rent a place on the coast. My husband was also from Waterville and part of a big family so, no matter how many adventures we had around the world, Maine was the magnet that always pulled us home.

Inspiration: I am a narrative painter, so books, movies, and best of all, other people’s tales, lend themselves as building blocks to create an interesting story in paint.

Medium: While in college, I learned to love oil paints. I later discovered cold wax medium that, when mixed with oils, gives me a solid matte surface to gouge and scrape, unveiling the underpainting beneath.

Artist Hero: Egon Schiele, Frida Kahlo, Paul Klee, and Georges Braque influenced my early work. Later on, I enjoyed the works of Peter Doig, Alice Neel and Howard Hodgkin.

“Baptism,” by Sheep Jones.

Studio: My workspace in Belfast is a large open room with high ceilings, wooden floors, and two very large windows that let in great light. There is enough space to hang works in progress for me to ponder.

Where in Maine: I lived in northern Virginia for 30 years. My move to Belfast, where there is one stoplight and a view of the bay, is a pleasant change. We found a house in Belfast that overlooks the river and Penobscot Bay. It’s also a ten-minute walk to town. Belfast has proven to be a hip town with a shipyard, walkways along the water, good shops, and many artists. We knew from the feel of it that this was the place for us.

Fun Fact: When I was 3, I had an accident that left me blind in one eye. My unique perspective in my work is partly the result of monocular vision.

Education: I studied art at the University of Southern Maine and the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, and encaustic at R&F Handmade Paints in Kingston, New York. I previously taught watercolor, oils and encaustic. Now I just want to paint.

New work by Sheep Jones is on view at the Portland Art Gallery, 154 Middle St., Portland. Call 207-956-7105 or email gallerydirector@portlandartgallery.com for more information.

Artist Willam Crosby is inspired by water, land and sky

“Coastal,” by William Crosby.

In the ’70s and ’80s, William Crosby took a number of his students on photography field trips to Maine. Then, in 1985, his wife, Pat, designed and built a home in Tenants Harbor for the parents of her construction partner. As a result, they spent much of that summer in Maine. Through these experiences, they came to know Maine, and in 1989 found land for themselves along the tidal Saint George River. The tidal flats — good for kayaking — and the natural landscape of Maine are year-round sources of inspiration for my abstract landscape paintings.

William Crosby

Crosby worked in oils until 1970, then acrylics. He keeps a studio in Maine and another on his property in the Lake Champlain/Adirondack region of New York.

“My creative space has always been makeshift,” he writes. “I can paint anywhere.”

His Maine studio is inside a carriage house, and his New York space is an unused bedroom. 

“I’ve painted in cellars, kitchens and, for a period of time, in an old granary building,” he says.

See some of his most recent paintings at Portland Art Gallery, 154 Middle St., Portland. Call 207-956-7105 for details.

‘Harvest Season’ opening reception at Cove Street Arts

Cove Street Arts will host an opening reception for the group show “Harvest Season” from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the gallery.

The show was curated by Bruce Brown and includes work by Joyce Tenneson, Audrey Gottlieb, Lynn Karlin, Susan Porter, Kris Larson, Linda Cullivan, Mike Cullivan, Carrie Zacharias, Nina Poole, Nanci Kahn, David Stess and Julie Searls.

The show runs through Oct. 9.

Cove Street Arts is at 71 Cove St., Portland. Call 207-808-8911 or email info@covestreetarts.com for more information.

STITCH: Maine designers on the runway

STITCH features an evening of style, celebrating Maine designers in a live runway show and offering opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow supporters and followers of design, art and craft — all in support of one of Maine’s essential nonprofit arts organizations, the Maine Craft Association.

The MCA’s first slow fashion runway show took place in 2019 at Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland. The 2020 event was cancelled due to COVID, but the runway returns in 2021.

The event is on Sept. 9 at Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland.

Masks will be required indoors when ordering drinks, using restrooms or passing through the building. Masks are welcomed in the outdoor spaces.

Vendors will feature ready-to-wear designs and fashion accessories by STITCH runway designers and other local artists/designers.

Tickets ($50 for nonmembers, $40 for current MCA members) support the Maine Crafts Association and includes snacks, admission to the runway show, and socializing before and after the show. Online tickets purchased before 4 p.m. Sept. 9 will also receive a drink ticket (beer, jun, kombucha and more) with their purchase.

A clothing dyeing workshop will run ahead of the event. MAKE IT BLUE: Indigo Dyeing Activity will run from noon to 5:30 p.m. at STITCH. Give new life to a favorite article of clothing that’s been stained, spilled on, or generally dingy over the years. Join in for a fun afternoon of over-dyeing in the sunshine before STITCH, and participate in one of fashions’ biggest trends right now: sustainability! Dye experts will be on site guiding the way and offering Shibori (Japanese folding and resist technique) demonstrations and general instructions on how to dye with an Indigo vat. Come watch, learn or DIY.

Bring your own is $5 per item (no items larger than 60 inches square), or purchase a silk scarf onsite to dye for $10.

To learn more about the event or buy tickets, go to https://mainecrafts.org/programs/stitch.

2021 RUNWAY DESIGNER LINEUP:

Kirsty Mogensen /// Sailor Rose

Nicole Testa, Gnykol /// True Self Couture

Catherine Fisher /// Catherine Fisher Clothing

Jasmine Clayton /// Kurier

Olivia Dwyer /// Olivia Halo Designs

Jordan Carey + Madison Poitrast-Upton /// Loquat