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‘Art Matters’ exhibit by the Mid-Coast Salon on display at the UMaine Hutchinson Center

Harold Garde, “Tell a Story”

The Mid-Coast Salon exhibit “Art Matters” opens Aug. 4 at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The show, on display through September, is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A free public reception for the show will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Mid-Coast Salon is a monthly discussion group of two dozen accomplished artists brought together by their love for and commitment to art. In this exhibit, 16 artists will present 54 diverse works of drawing, painting, photography, pottery and flex-forms. Participants include nationally known Belfast painter Harold Garde, now in his 99th year. Garde’s painting “Tell a Story” is one of the few he’s done “where it felt appropriate to incorporate words.”

A significant component of the show is a collection of statements by the artists on why art matters.

“Artists are often at the forefront of progress, showing us something we otherwise wouldn’t experience,” says David Estey, painter and founder of Mid-Coast Salon.

Kerstin Engman, “Marsh Frankfort Dusk September”

Kerstin Engman, who teaches art at the University of Maine, says that most human-made things exist because of a skilled, trained artist or artisan. With his mixed-media pieces, Greg Mason Burns makes the point that artists matter in bringing us their personal backgrounds and attachments. 

Several artists interpret society, like Lesia Sochor’s “repair” series, Leslie Woods’ Black history paintings and Liv Kristin Robinson’s landscape photographs, where stillness is a metaphor for the pandemic. Carol Sloane’s figure drawings tremble uncertainly around fragile spaces. Jack Silverio, Bob Richardson, Frederick Kuhn and Michael Corden mesmerize us with paradox through seeming simplicity. Kenny Cole offers three new political works and former Camden-Rockport teacher Russell Kahn adds sgraffito pottery. The paintings of UMaine professor Ed Nadeau and New York’s Andrea Assael encourage us to contemplate and interpret their open narratives.

This show, which was first exhibited in July at the UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center, will be on display in midcoast Maine at the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Gallery at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., in Belfast from Aug. 4 through Sept. 30.

For information or to request an accommodation, contact Abby Spooner at hutchinsoncenter@maine.edu.

Mid-Coast Salon ‘Art Matters’ exhibit

“Tell a Story,” by Harold Garde.

Mid-Coast Salon will present the exhibit “Art Matters” at Portland Media Center. The Salon is a monthly discussion group of two dozen accomplished artists brought together by their love for and commitment to art. In this exhibit, 16 of them will present 60 diverse works of drawing, painting, photography, pottery and even flexforms. Participants include nationally-known painter Harold Garde.

A significant component of the show is a collection of statements by the artists on why “Art Matters.” David Estey, painter and founder of Mid-Coast Salon, says, “Artists are often at the forefront of progress, showing us something we otherwise wouldn’t experience.”

 

 

Kerstin Engman, who teaches art at UMaine, says that most manmade things exist because of a skilled, trained artist or artisan. With his mixed-media pieces, Greg Mason Burns makes the point that artists matter, in bringing their personal backgrounds and attachments.

Several artists interpret society through their work, such as Lesia Sochor’s “repair” series, Leslie Woods’ Black-history paintings and Liv Kristin Robinson’s landscape photographs, where stillness is a metaphor for the pandemic. Carol Sloane’s figure drawings tremble uncertainly around fragile spaces. Jack Silverio, Bob Richardson, Frederick Kuhn and Michael Corden mesmerize with paradox through seeming simplicity. Kenny Cole offers three new political works, and former Camden-Rockport teacher Russell Kahn adds sgraffito pottery. The paintings of UMaine professor Ed Nadeau and New York’s Andrea Assael encourage us to contemplate and interpret their open narratives.

Union of Maine Visual Artists Gallery at Portland Media Center is at 516 Congress St., Portland. The show runs June 29 to July 30. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. July 2. After the reception, exhibit hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. See https://www.theumva.org/umva-gallery-exhibitions for more information.

East End Vend outdoor market for artists and foodies returns to Portland

East End Vend is a small and festive outdoor market in Portland for members of the Maine Crafts Association and nonmembers to participate as vendors alongside farmers and foodies. East End Vend markets are typically four hours long, held on multiple dates, and offer a wide variety of art, crafts and other Maine products in a laid-back and community neighborhood setting.

East End Vend was developed in the summer of 2020 in response to the pandemic. MCA’s craft shows, as well as most others, were canceled, yet, as folks began to adapt to social distancing, it became possible to offer these smaller, less formal, outdoor markets.

East End Vend runs June through September on the first and third weekends of each month at two locations in Portland: East End Vend Lot at 221 Congress St. and Congress Square Park, at the corner of High and Congress streets.

Masks are required. Vendors will be spaced so as to provide ample room between one another and for visitors to shop and stay socially distanced.

See www.eastendvend.com for more information, or email the market manager at simonne@mainecrafts.org.

Maine Craft Interview Episode 3: Kincaid Pearson Interviews Angela Adams

Interview Series by MCA

The Maine Craft Interview Project is a Maine Crafts Association initiative bringing artists at different career points (and sometimes generations) together in an interview led by the emerging artist. The emerging artist designs interview questions and interviews an established artist of their choosing.

In its third episode, Kincaid Pearson interviews Angela Adams.

Kincaid Person is a Maine College of Art alumni from the fashion and textile department. He is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer with a focus on decor and furniture, incorporating a tactile element through textiles. His practice also incorporates non-functional work paintings and other 2D art. Kincaid enjoys the abstraction of objects that allows the viewer to see something that may not be there. Interpretation by the viewer is a key part of his practice. 

Angela Adams is a Portland-based artist who launched her area rug and furniture company with her husband in 1998. Angela Adams designs her rugs which are then handmade by skilled artisans around the world, and the furniture is handcrafted by master furniture makers in their Portland studio.

The interview series fosters connections, mentorship, community and storytelling. It introduces emerging artists to our craft community and is a chance for established artists to reflect and support emerging artists in the field. To inquire as an emerging artist, or to nominate an emerging artist, call 207-205-0791 or email sadie@mainecrafts.org.

Social justice photo exhibit explores the meaning and evolution of the Take-A-Knee gesture

Kneeling Art Photography Project

The Kneeling Art Photography Project (thekneelingartphotography.com), under the direction of Portland artist Titi de Baccarat, will open their first exhibit at SISTERED Gallery, 525 Danforth St., Portland, from 5 to 8 p.m. June 4.

The community social justice art project explores the meaning and evolution of the Take-A-Knee gesture by having Maine photographers turn their cameras on diverse Mainers who express why they are kneeling.

Ten photographers are taking part in the exhibit, from seasoned professionals to people new to the craft.

An opening reception will feature music from renowned keyboardist Jamie Saft and Indo-jazz percussionist Brian Shankar Adler, dance from The Love Factory and possibly a food truck. As there is no large parking lot, visitors are encouraged to park on Valley Street and walk to Danforth (about a three-minute walk).

The gallery space will be open on the following Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m.: June 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 24 and closes on June 25.

The exhibition moves to two locations in July: the Francis, a boutique hotel located at 747 Congress St., Portland, from July 2 to 30 and to the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville from July 9 to 13.

The show will then be at the UMVA Gallery, 516 Congress St., Portland, from Aug. 6 to 27.

The exhibition will then be at IMRC, University of Maine, Orono, from Sept. 3 to 29.

A panel discussion with several photographers will be scheduled in the future.

The project will soon be participating in a Go Fund Me campaign to raise funds to publish a book, “Taking a Knee for Change,” about this historic project.

For more information, call 207-602-9205. 

Mother’s Day sale at MCA Retail Gallery 

As we approach Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year, we have much to reflect on. The Maine Crafts Association has missed the familiar faces of its patrons and members as people locked down and changed their lives to become teachers, caregivers and more during the pandemic. Many of you have been the glue holding everything together for your children, your parents, your businesses and yourselves. The importance and strain of these roles has been exemplified with each long day.

While MCA wishes they could give you a whole new perfect world in a handbasket with endless wine and chocolates, the best they can offer are special storewide sales.

A Mother’s Day sale will run from May 1 to 9.

Visit Maine Craft Portland at 521 Congress St., Portland. Found on the first floor of the beautiful Maine Mechanics Hall, Maine Craft Portland is located in the vibrant Arts District of Portland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sundays by appointment. Call 207-808-8184, or email portland@mainecrafts.org for details.

The Center for Maine Craft is located at the West Gardiner Travel Plaza at 288 Lewiston Road West in Gardiner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call 207-588-0021, or email center@mainecrafts.org for details.

You can also shop online and find hundreds of artisan-made items sourced from the MCA retail galleries, shipped nationwide. Enter code THANKSMOM21 at checkout for 20% off your purchase. Code will be valid from midnight May 1 through May 9.

MCA partners on condominium staging project in Portland

 

The Maine Crafts Association has long dreamed of outfitting a home with member-made decor and jumped at the chance to partner on a staging project with Hay Runner this spring.

Hay Runner, a real estate, design and construction company owned by MCA board member Shannon Richards, partnered with New Height Group, the building developer, to stage, show and sell this 2000-square-foot luxury condo in their new Verdante at Lincoln Park building in downtown Portland. Hay Runner recruited MCA, along with other local makers and companies, to outfit this beautiful home with equally beautiful furniture, lighting, rugs, glass and tableware, cutting boards and hand towels, framed prints and other original art, with finishing touches including Maine brands in the liquor cabinet.

All individual items are for sale — or you can make an offer on the condo and all of its contents!

Want to come visit? Our pre-COVID dream included Maine-brewed cocktail parties and happy crowds of people in the space, which isn’t possible this time, but you can still come check it out. MCA staff is available and ready to mask up whenever you want to come see it. Simply email lizz@mainecrafts.org for an appointment.

Folks interested in a formal real estate showing should contact Hay Runner at shannon@hayrunner.com.

Learn more at https://mainecrafts.org/maine-maker-condo-staging-verdante.

Hilary Irons exhibits paintings in ‘Orb Weaver’ at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Hilary Irons, “Marsh Marigolds.”

Dowling Walsh Gallery will host a solo exhibition of paintings by Hilary Irons titled “Orb Weaver” from March 5 to April 24.

Hilary Irons is a painter, curator and writer living and working in Portland. She studied painting at Parsons School of Design and the Yale School of Art. Hilary is gallery and exhibitions director at the University of New England and cofounded the Able Baker Contemporary, an artist-run gallery, in Portland’s Arts District.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is at 365 Main St. in Rockland. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. Visit www.dowlingwalsh.com, or call 207-596-0084 for more information.

Pamela Moulton’s work-in-progress, ‘The Forest,’ is temporarily open to guests

Pamela Moulton’s work-in-progress, “The Forest” installation.

Artist in residence Pamela Moulton is opening the SPEEDWELL gallery, so people can experience her installation “The Forest” in progress.

“The Forest” is an interactive, multi-sensory installation that will continue to evolve throughout Moulton’s residency.

Wearing festive green or blue is encouraged.

There will be a maker’s table where visitors can fabricate elements

to integrate into the whimsical environment.

Guests will be asked to leave their shoes at the door to minimize the tracking of snow and winter weather into the installation.

Masks are required, sanitizer and gloves will be available in the gallery, and the gallery will be limited to five guests at a time.

Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 through Jan. 5.

SPEEDWELL, at 630 Forest Ave., Portand, is an artist-run nonprofit gallery dedicated to supporting the work of mid- to late-career women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC artists. All programming is free. The gallery relies on donations and grants to keep the doors open and events happening. Learn more at www.speedwellprojects.com, or call 207-805-1835.

Greenhut’s 26th Annual Holiday Show

Matt Blackwell, Flora, Just the Other Side of Nowhere

Though we’re disappointed not to be gathering for a festive opening reception this season, we’re excited to invite you in to see Greenhut’s 26th Annual Holiday Show!

With styles ranging from realism to colorful abstraction and everything in between, there is truly something for everyone. This exhibition runs from December 3 through January 30, 2021.
FEATURED ARTISTS
Joel Babb, Susan Barnes, Chris Beneman, Matt Blackwell, Mary Bourke, Jeff Bye, Thomas Connolly, Ed Douglas, Grant Drumheller, Maurice Freedman, Philip Frey, Kathleen Galligan, Roy Germon, Alison Goodwin, Thomas Higgins, Jon Imber, Tina Ingraham,  William Irvine, Sarah Knock, Marty Kremer, Margaret Lawrence, George Lloyd, Frederick Lynch, Daniel Minter, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Colin Page, Tom Paiement, Roy Patterson, Stephen Porter, Sandra Quinn, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Kathi Smith, Mike Stiler, Neil Welliver and John Whalley