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Contemporary Realism show at the Maine Art Gallery continues through Sept. 18

A bronze sculpture by Daphne Pulsifer is aptly placed near a painting by Winslow Myers in the current show of contemporary realism at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset.

The current show of work by established Maine artists at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset is yet another fine collection of talent brought together by the nonprofit organization this year. The exhibit can be viewed through Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.

Followers of the artists will want to be sure to see current work by Paul Brown, Carolyn Gabbe, Seaver Leslie, Winslow Myers, Mat O’Donnell, Daphne Pulsifer, Douglas Smith and Susan Toby White.

The show is sponsored by Bath Savings. Season sponsor for the Maine Art Gallery is Sherri Dunbar of Tim Dunham Realty.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. More information can be found at www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset.

The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, just a two-minute drive or an eight-minute walk from downtown Wiscasset. Route 1 from the north, turn right onto Federal Street (Rt. 218) then left onto Warren Street. Route 1 from the south, turn left onto Federal Street, then left onto Warren Street. Free on-street parking.

Artists tell their stories with an eclectic mix of materials and genres in Maine Art Gallery Show

“Under the Influence: H.D.,” by Katy Helman.

“Lost and Found,” on exhibit at the Maine Art Gallery on Warren Street in Wiscasset, features three Maine artists who create mixed-media narratives with all manner of materials from traditional art supplies to textiles, papers and found objects.

The show opened July 31 with a reception and runs through Aug. 21.

Katy Helman, Buzz Masters and Jennifer Lee Morrow tell their stories in a rather unorthodox way that reflects the human spirit through symbolism and patterns and a synthesis of styles.

Elaine Pew, curator of the show, was inspired to bring it to the gallery when she first saw the work of Buzz Masters. “The way Buzz combines fresco with collage, telling stories that involved the viewer, really struck me,” Pew said. “I knew then that I had to show her work at the Maine Art Gallery.”

“The Black Umbrella,” by Buzz Masters.

Buzz Masters describes her own work as an investigation of the malleable nature of memory — what we hold onto and what we leave out in order to make our story. She uses wooden panels covered with her recipe of materials reflecting the genius of Italian plasterers. More recently, she has been working on paper, using mixed-media collage.

Pew found Katy Helman’s work to be joyful and humorous. As Helman says of her paintings, “I mix stripes and paisleys, synthesize genres and styles. Whether obvious or not, my work is autobiographical, describing my state of mind and the current events of my life.”

Jennifer Lee Morrow describes herself as a magpie, collecting bits of paper and cloth and other objects that come into her life. “I collect the stories I hear and the ones I imagine. then through alchemy, tinkering, and stitching, I combine and alter these substances until the stories deepen and become my own.”

Buzz Masters and Jennifer Lee Morrow will discuss their work in a presentation at the gallery at 2 p.m. Aug. 14.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs for children and adults.  More information is at www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset.

The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset.

Neal Hughes and Crista Pisano: Interpreting Landscapes – Two Points of View

“May Marsh,” by Crista Pisano.

 Sylvan Gallery offers a special exhibit featuring the oil paintings of Neal Hughes and Crista Pisano, two renowned artists represented by the gallery whose camaraderie grew after participating in many shared plein air competitions up and down the east coast.

The exhibit opens on July 29, from 5 to 8 p.m., coinciding with the evening of the Wiscasset Art Walk. The exhibition continues through Aug. 22.

In addition to being juried into many of the most prestigious plein air art competitions in the country, Hughes and Pisano share a deep admiration for one another’s work and a lifetime of dedication to the craft of painting. Each has their own distinctive style and ability to capture the light and moods of nature which have earned them many accolades over their painting careers, and each has a different perspective in choosing the subject of their painting. Hughes’ preference is to compose a painting where the main subject matter lies close-up to the viewer or in the middle-distance, and Pisano enjoys focusing on the distant or long view of a scene and scaling it down to a much smaller canvas size.

“Dreamboat Nocturne,” by Neal Hughes.

Hughes is former illustrator and has been painting professionally for more than 30 years. He is at home painting a wide variety of subject matter: historic New England architecture and gardens, windjammers, boatyards, meadows, woodland streams and even the dry climate of the Texas landscape. His many awards are indicative of his love and ability to connect with the environment and translate it to canvas. He has a special affinity for the water and many of his paintings focus on coastal subject matter.

The subject of his most highly awarded painting in the exhibition was discovered when he was in Gloucester, Massachusetts, looking for subjects to paint as the sun was going down. When he came across a classic wooden boat on the working dock, he quickly realized it would make a great nocturne painting. “Dreamboat Nocturne” is a beautiful example of his ability to combine his remarkable drawing skills with a painterly approach to arrive at an almost dream-like feel to the painting. The boat is illuminated by an unseen light source and the surrounding docks and buildings have an almost inner glow contrasted against the darkness of the water and sky. The painting won “Best Associate Award of Excellence” at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and a “First Place” and “Artists Choice Awards” at the Cape Ann Plein Air Festival.

 Another Hughes painting in the exhibition, “Farmhouse Evening,” depicts the beautiful color harmonies and light of an autumn day. Hughes is masterful at intermingling the warmness of the late October sun as it glances across the white clapboards of the old rural farmhouse, with the silvery blue and violet tones of shadows cast from an old maple tree. The layers of paint are very textural, combining both brush and palette knife work. Rich impressionistic dashes of gold suggest lingering fall leaves. Dappled sunlight rakes across the green and russet tones of the yard. There is a fine balance of lights and darks and a feeling of poetry to this painting as Hughes captures the intrinsic quality of the scene.

Additional paintings by Neal Hughes include a view of the iconic Kuerner’s farm in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, made famous by Andrew Wyeth, Port Clyde and Monhegan Island subject matter and seasonal views of woodland streams.

Pisano’s education in oil painting started at the age of 14 when she began studying with John Phillip Osbourne at the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, New Jersey. She went on to continue her studies in painting at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, graduating with a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in 2000, and in 2003, received a Master’s Degree of Fine Arts Painting from the New York Academy Graduate School of Figurative Art.

Pisano learned early on how vital it was to study outdoors in order to fully understand how to interpret nature. Experiencing and understanding atmospheric changes firsthand has been crucial to her development as a landscape painter.

Pisano prefers to work on a small scale and has become much recognized for her almost miniature-in-size paintings at the plein air competitions, this year winning the “Petite Plein Air, Artists Choice Award” at Olmstead Plein Air Invitational in Atlanta, Georgia. She usually prefers to focus on distant views, and many gallery visitors have made the observation that there is as much going on in her small painting as what one usually sees in a much larger-sized work. Pisano usually strikes a quiet and peaceful chord in her paintings. She is extremely observant and will capture an odd turn to a tree branch or carefully render the specific outline of a rocky outcrop silhouetted against water.

In “May Marsh,” individually studied trees are in proportion to the distant horizon. Softly modeled clouds reflect the orange glow from the sun and create a beautiful pattern in the cyan sky. The marsh grasses have neutralized tones of these same colors creating a beautiful harmony to the whole painting.

“Grass Patterns” is another painting where distance is informed by the scale of the delicately handled trees. Dots and dashes of a deepened red at the horizon provide a beautiful contrast to the green pastures. There is a very subtle transition of light and color moving across the sky and land. It is a beautifully composed painting with fine detail that doesn’t take away from the scene’s essence but adds even more interest.

Pisano’s “Winter Midnight Magic,” is a vertical painting with beautiful earth tone colors. The subject is a close-up view of pine trees. Subtle textures are created not by blending but by weaving brushstrokes in and out of trees so that the winter atmosphere is interwoven into the branches of the pines. Subtle scraping and palette knife work adds additional texture. The layering of paint has an almost stained glass effect. It’s a work that one will want to observe close-up as more nuances of color and brushwork become revealed. Her other paintings in the exhibit include river view nocturnes, three paintings from a plein air event in Castine, and a painting titled “Dog Beach” that won an Honorable Mention at the Long Beach Island Foundation Plein Air 2020 Exhibition.

Both Hughes and Pisano were juried into Plein Air Easton 2021, arguably the largest and most prestigious outdoor painting competition in the United States. They will return to Maine during the week leading up to the Wiscasset Art Walk on July 29. From 5 to 8 p.m. visitors will find the artists in the gallery or painting nearby and there may be fresh new work just off the easel. A selection of work by the gallery’s other contemporary artists will also be on display.

For more information, call Ann Scanlan at 882-8290 or go to www.sylvangallery.com. Also, find Sylvan Gallery on Instagram and Facebook. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 49 Water St., Wiscasset, on the corner of Main and Water streets.

Maine Art Gallery features work by John Lorence and colleagues in ‘Acquired Symbols’

Peter Haller’s composition is created from fabrics that he dyed, stuffed, stiffened and re-assembled to create a new story.

“Acquired Symbols” at the Maine Art Gallery features work by John Lorence and colleagues. All of the artists in the show have a connection with well-known Maine artist John Lorence.

The show, originally scheduled for 2020, evolved during a discussion among the participants, who agreed that art is often a symbolic expression of what is going on in the world around us.

Works in mixed-media, collage, sculpture, photography, pottery, drawing and painting reflect the worldly influences that affected Elliott Barowitz, Matt Blackwell, Fellice Boucher, Clara Cohan, Camille Cole, Sara Cox, Ellen Gutenkunst, Peter Haller, John Lorence, Jorge Pena, Patrick Plourde and Teresa Sullivan.

Lorence’s work, for instance, is grounded in his interest in the concept of time, the Earth, and how rocky landscapes remind us of our place in time. In the case of Ellen Gutekunst, her pieces are characterized by an intense visual perception transmitted through bold images and color.

Cohan’s wood carvings and sculpture reflect the artist’s life journey. Plourde’s current work, inspired by seeds and flowers, employs recycled vintage steel. Barowitz’s pieces deal with his view of city life and the personalities who inhabit them, while Blackwell’s inspired vision of America is highly expressive, characterized by lavishly imaginative paintings with a fairytale quality, sometimes offset by dark elements.

Sarah Cox depicts her natural surroundings through pattern and imagery. She works in porcelain, using the sgraffito method to etch imagery that creates a textured surface reminiscent of block prints. Boucher’s stunning photography exhibits a range of emotions that are as complex as they are ethereal. Haller’s work is expansive, where he explores the qualities and interactions of different materials. Pena’s work for this exhibit is inspired by indigenous rock art found in the Chiribiquete Natural Park in his native Colombia. He sees the link between indigenous creations and magical interpretations of human forms, fauna and flora.

The show opened June 12 and runs through July 17.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org for details.

Members Show at Maine Art Gallery draws a large crowd

Newly appointed gallery manager Kerry Hadley and season sponsor Sherri Dunbar were introduced by Wendy Ross at the Maine Art Gallery’s Members Show. Birdhouses decorated by artists were sold in a silent auction. Photo by Bob Bond.

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset opened its doors to visitors this year on May 15 with more than 100 guests attending the festive events both inside the historic brick building and on the lawn outside, where refreshments were served under a tent.

For many attendees, it was the first time in over a year that they had socialized in such a large group, adding a special joyfulness to the gathering. A beautiful spring evening was an added bonus.

Attendees commented on the diversity and quality of the 103 works of art by Maine Art Gallery members that were beautifully hung by curators Jorge Pena and Colleen Kearney-Graffam.

The show continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday through June 5.

As an added attraction, eight delightful birdhouses decorated by artist members were offered in a silent auction. All of the birdhouses sold, one going for a high bid of $250.

The opening also provided an opportunity for Wendy Ross, president of the gallery’s board of trustees, to introduce the gallery’s new manager, Kerry Hadley, and to thank Sherri Dunbar of Tim Dunham Realty for her sponsorship of the 2021 gallery season.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. Visit www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org for details.

Art workshops at the Maine Art Gallery are filling up

Collage by Jennifer Napolitano, a student who participated in a former workshop led by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo.

Two classes offered by the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset in June and July are filling up, but a few spaces are still available. Adeline Godminc-Tronzo will teach a drawing workshop with painting and collage on June 13, and Carolyn Gabbe will lead an exploration of how color is used to paint light and shadow in a three-week class on successive Mondays beginning July 12.

French-born Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo was educated in Paris before moving to New York City in the mid-seventies to study at the Art Students League with Marshall Glasier, Joseph Hisrch, Robert Beverly Hale, and Norman Lewis. She holds a BFA in art and philosophy. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. and Europe. This class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is limited to eight students. The cost is $60 for members of the Maine Art Gallery; $70 for non-members.

Carolyn Gabbe is a graduate of the Advanced Fine Art program at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and holds a MA from The American University and a BA from The George Washington University. She has been juried into membership at Oil Painters of America, the Philadelphia Sketch Club and the Portrait Society of America. Her work has been shown in juried shows and galleries throughout the country. This class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is limited to nine students. The cost is $80 for members; $85 for non-members.

The classes will be subject to Maine CDC guidelines; vaccination required; masking optional.

To register for the classes and to see the lists of materials required, visit www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org. Cromwell Coastal Properties is the sponsor of this year’s learning opportunities.x

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. Visit www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org for details.

Art Workshops at the Maine Art Gallery

In Adeline Godminc-Tronzo’s workshop in drawing with painting and collage, students will create multi-media images like this still life by Susan Bracaglia Tobey.

Students of art are invited to work on their skills in two classes offered by the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset. Adeline Godminc-Tronzo will teach a drawing workshop with painting and collage on June 13, and Carolyn Gabbe will lead an exploration of how color is used to paint light and shadow in a three-week class on successive Mondays beginning July 12.

French-born Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo was educated in Paris before moving to New York City in the mid-’70s to study at the Art Students League with Marshall Glasier, Joseph Hisrch, Robert Beverly Hale and Norman Lewis. She holds a BFA in art and philosophy. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S. and Europe. This class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is limited to eight students. The cost is $60 for members of the Maine Art Gallery; $70 for non-members.

Carolyn Gabbe is a graduate of the Advanced Fine Art program at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and holds a MA from The American University and a BA from The George Washington University. This class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is limited to nine students. The cost is $80 for members; $85 for non-members.

Vaccination and masking will be required.

To register for the classes and to see the lists of materials required, visit www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org.

Kerry Hadley named gallery manager at the Maine Art Gallery

Kerry Hadley

The board of trustees of the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset is pleased to announce that Kerry Hadley has stepped into the position of gallery manager.

Hadley brings to the gallery a depth of strategic and organizational management experience that is well suited to a nonprofit gallery. As manager of the Camden Opera House for 16 years and, prior to that, executive director of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, her goal has always been to enrich and cultivate community while helping to grow the nonprofits with which she has been involved.

“The Maine Art Gallery is a gem of a place. It’s so close to downtown yet located in a beautiful, historic neighborhood,” she says. “I look forward to helping the deeply dedicated and accomplished board bring more awareness of the gallery and its diverse offerings.”

Hadley began her career in New York City and made her way north over the years with her husband, finally making their home in Owls Head. Kerry’s loves include art gallery hopping, reading, gardening, travel, and time spent at her wilderness camp in Moosehead Lake.

Hadley comes to the Maine Art Gallery in time to help launch an exciting new season of exhibits, beginning with the Members Show, which runs from May 15 to June 5. Five more shows fill out a season, which runs through Oct. 17. The gallery is also holding an online auction from May 1 to June 15.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. Visit www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org for details.

Online Art Auction will benefit the Maine Art Gallery

 

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset has gathered a number of noteworthy, yet affordable, works of art for an online auction that is open for bidding from May 1 to June 15. The pieces, donated by artists and collectors, offer the buyer an opportunity to obtain fine art while helping to support the nonprofit gallery.

The art can be viewed online prior to the opening of the auction at www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org. The pieces will be available for in-person viewing at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 and 8.

This iconic Maine scene, an acrylic on paper by Jane Dahmen, is among the works of art in the Maine Art Gallery online auction.

Once bidders register for the auction, they will find pieces from well-known artists, such as Howard Chandler Christy, John Lorence, and Jane Dahmen, as well as a number of artists with a strong connection to Maine.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and educational programs for children and adults. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset. Visit www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org for details.

Maine Art Gallery seeks gallery manager

Encouraged by the arrival of Covid vaccines, the Maine Art Gallery (MAG) plans to reopen its Wiscasset gallery in May with a schedule of exhibits that will run through October. To assist in the operation of the nonprofit gallery, the MAG board of trustees has announced an opening for gallery manager. The part-time, year-round position will begin April 1.

The gallery manager is primarily responsible for working with the board and volunteers to maintain the gallery and its exhibits. The manager will greet visitors, assist with setting up and taking down the art shows, help promote the exhibits, and establish and maintain relationships with artists and the public. Experience or an interest in grant writing is welcome.

Specific skills and requirements of the position can be found on the Maine Art Gallery website at maineartgallerywiscasset.org under the News tab. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2021. Applicants can contact Wendy Ross at wsross21@gmail.com with questions.

The Maine Art Gallery is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and preservation of painting, sculpture and graphic arts through exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and educational programs for children and adults. More information is at www.maineartgallerywiscasset.org and on Facebook at Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset. The gallery is located at 15 Warren St., Wiscasset.