Stonington Galleries last First Friday of the season

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The village of Stonington, located at the southern tip of Deer Isle commands a spectacular view of a far-reaching archipelago. Visitors drawn by the physical coastal beauty of the area also discover fine restaurants, inns and a rare oasis of fine art galleries and studios.

Stonington Galleries and Studios will hold its last First Friday open gallery night for the season on Friday, September 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited to sample exhibitions of fine art and crafts and refreshments at 9 sites on Main Street, Stonington and adjoining streets. Brochures, maps and links to individual artists and galleries can be viewed online at stoningtongalleries.com.

On Main Street, three galleries face the harbor. Isalos Fine Art represents recent works by 20 artists. Avery Falkner Gallery, a third-story studio situated behind the ice cream shop, shows abstract paintings, drawings and mixed media. At the corner of Main Street, Jill Hoy Gallery offers plein air landscapes of Penobscot Bay. And a little further, on Upper Sea Breeze Ave., Lorraine Lans shows landscapes in oil and portraits in her studio.

Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

“Line of Cones” by Rebecca Daugherty at Isalos Fine Art

For some, the gallery “walk” might end there, but the journey is not complete without short drives on either side of Main Street. To the west, past the post office toward Sand Beach, Carriage House Arts offers decorative gourds, etched goose eggs and painted feathers.

 

Loraine-Lans-LOREZLandscape by Lorraine Lans

In the other direction, up the hill from Main Street (north on Rt. 15) the road forks to the right onto Indian Point Road where Shari Ciomei exhibits paintings of local island scenes and a new line of products bearing her designs. The hill forks to the left as North Main Street (Rt. 15). From there, it is a short distance to Geoffrey Warner Studio and a display of handcrafted furniture and recent variations of his owl stool. Next door is Anne-Claude Cotty’s studio of pinhole photographs, metal assemblages and artist books.

Anne-Claude Cotty pinhole photographs

“Stonington Piers”, pinhole photograph by Anne-Claude Cotty

For more information, please call 367-2700 or 367-6555.

September “Third Thursday” Program at the PMA

Portland Museum of Art

On Thursday, September 18 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), join the #ThirdThursPMA crowd as we head back to school with a special party for artists, creators, and craftspeople of all kinds! The folks at Artist & Craftsman Supply will take over the museum, offering soft-linoleum printing for all ages and sketching activities in the galleries. Get creative while listening to the progressive sounds of hip-hop instrumentalists Jaw Gems as they play a rare set in the Selma Wolf Black Great Hall, and start the school year in style. It’s going to be the party of the season. Free for college students with valid I.D. For more information, visit portlandmuseum.org.

#ThirdThursPMA is a monthly party at the PMA with live music, unique programming, and community collaborations. It happens on the third Thursday of every month, is open to the public, and is included in your museum admission—which is always free for members. Stay up late with the PMA as we keep our galleries open until 9 p.m., allowing #ThirdThursPMA partygoers after-hours viewings of our extensive collection and special exhibitions. Start your weekend early with #ThirdThursPMA.

The Turtle Gallery opens three artists

 

Mary Aro at The Turtle Gallery

“Fallen Apples” by Mary Aro

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle celebrates the 2014 early fall season with an opening at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, featuring the work of Adele Ursone, Mary Aro, Jeff Loxterkamp, and a group show of small works by gallery artists. Please visit theturtlegallery.com for more information, or call 348 9977. The gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle road. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and Sundays from 2 – 6.

Courthouse Gallery presents “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions”

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“Crow and the Quiet Arc” by Lilian Day Thorpe

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to introduce the photography of “Lilian Day Thorpe: Soft Fictions“. The exhibition will run through September 14. Thorpe is a photographer from Brooksville, Maine, who is based in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated in May with highest honors from Pratt Institute where she majored in photography and minored in art history. For her recent body of work titled “Soft Fictions”, Thorpe created fictional landscapes that were photographic montages of her imagined Utopia. Thorpe was awarded a residency from the Gullkistan Center for Creativity in Iceland. In September, she will be continuing her work on “Soft Fictions” for a month in Laugarvatn, Iceland.

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

Last Week to View “Jon Imber: Power of the Mark” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries

“Sunset, Fifield Point” by Jon Imber

Power of the Mark” is an exhibition of Jon Imber’s pastel drawings from the 1990′s. This exhibition is particularly cogent in that this was one of the last shows Jon curated last winter (along with Peggy Greenhut Golden) at a time when his ALS was progressing rapidly. He delighted in knowing that this particular body of work would be exhibited as it documents a chapter in his life in Stonington when he and his wife, the artist Jill Hoy were courting…..a time of pure joy. The rich, colorful, bold and gestural strokes are a prelude to his later paintings.

Over the course of Imber’s substantial career, his work has gone through much development and change. Influences range from Hartley, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Beckman and of course Philip Guston whom he studied with while working towards his MFA at Boston University. He received his BFA from Cornell University. Jon was on the faculty of Harvard University and taught at Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and Massachusetts College of Art. His legacy lives on through his work which is in numerous museum collections including Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Danforth Museum, DeCordova Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Fogg Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

A new DVD titled Jon Imber’s Left Hand directed by Richard Kane and produced in conjunction with the Union of Maine Visual Artists is a remarkable record of Jon’s determination to continue to paint as his ALS progressed. It is a real testament to his tenacity, courage and passion to paint. An abbreviated version of the film will be shown during the run of the exhibit.

Jon’s work has been included in many publications including Paintings of Maine: A New Selection by Carl Little, Boston Modern, Figurative Expressionism as Alternative Modernism by Judith Bookbinder.

“He is one of the most important painters of his generation,” said Katherine French, executive director of Danforth Art in Framingham. She placed Mr. Imber in the lineage of Boston Expressionists, those artists whose work lean on emotional content and a painterly style.

Call for Participants: 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend

Maine Crafts Association

The Maine Crafts Association has partnered with the Maine Brewers’ Guild to present the 2nd Annual Maine Craft Weekend on Saturday & Sunday October 11 & 12th. We are making it a whole weekend this year uniting Maine craft and craft beer! Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event encourages craft artists & breweries all over the state to open to the public and take advantage of a critical mass of similar businesses doing the same thing at the same time!

In 2013 we initiated the program and scheduled it to coincide with American Craft Week a national effort to drive visibility of craft businesses, locations, processes, and traditions. In our first year we had 84 participants, an interactive online map, radio and print promotion thanks to funding from the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Community Foundation.

The MCA is committed to promoting and organizing Maine Craft Weekend as an annual event for years to come. We are working on funding and partnerships that will help promote, grow, and sustain Maine Craft Weekend 2014 and beyond!

“Spirit Encounters” Coming to Northern Lights Gallery

"Spirit Encounters" at Northern Lights Gallery

Will Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American carvings draw collectors and admirers of NW coast style art from Oregon to Maine.

Northern Lights Gallery opens Spirit Encounters, an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by artist Will Dixon August 29 – September 26 in Belfast, Maine.

All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of NW Coast Native American art.

More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show which includes a mask portraying the popular myth “Raven Steals the Light” with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness, a Winking Owl bowl, a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles, a traditional Raven Rattle, a bent-corner bowl, a snaky walking stick, a monumental Soul Catcher and others.

“My hope,” says Dixon, whose training is also in theology and psychotherapy, “is to capture the imagination of the observer; to provide an experience of wonder, delight, and spiritual encounter; and to evoke a shared admiration for the traditions of an ancient, vibrant and soulful culture.”

Both newcomers and knowledgeable collectors alike will admire Dixon’s work for his painstaking attention to detail and his innovative interpretation of the tradition with its mythic stories, deep spirituality and transformational power.

Dixon will present a talk on the history of Pacific North West art, technique and the stories that he carves during opening night.

Will Dixon’s works are found in the Garibaldi Museum, and in private collections in Europe, Canada and across the United States. He lives in Portland, Oregon and on the Oregon coast with his wife Betsy.

Northern Lights Gallery specializes in First Nations and Inuit Art, as well as fine contemporary art that convey profound engagement with nature and sacred connection to animals and the ocean. For more information on this event, please call 207-338-3088 or e-mail karen@northernlightsgallery.org.

Guest Artist Ed McCartan Exhibits in Sarah’s Café

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“In the Autumn of Our Years” by Ed McCartan

When artist Ed McCartan was preparing a presentation for the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell about looking at abstract art, the gallery described his work as incorporating “botanical, spiritual and expressive imagery, using abstract layering and sumi brushwork techniques. Ed likes to experiment with alternate techniques, such as stenciling, woodcut and stamping within his paintings and drawings on canvas, paper and panel.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is pleased to feature a selection of paintings by Ed McCartan during the August 28 event, from 5-8pm. His work will be exhibited on the walls of Sarah’s Café at 45 Water St. in Wiscasset Village.

The artist, who lives in Brunswick and has a studio in the mill at Ft. Andross, explains that his work represents his exploration of botanical and gestural imagery. “I often use the double image because I am interested in the ‘dialogue’ that this creates between the different areas of the work. Small natural forms, twigs, ferns, flowers, etc. leave room for experimentation with sumi-like strokes and lines and the layering of glazes throughout the composition.”

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“Joy of a New Day” by Ed McCartan

McCartan has exhibited extensively throughout eastern United States and Canada and locally in galleries located in Portland, Brunswick, Damariscotta, and Wiscasset among other numerous mid-coast locations. He’s been a life-long teacher – of studio art and art history – now retired, but continues to offer workshops and private lessons at his studio and through courses at Midcoast Senior College in Bath.

McCartan’s art gives expression to his interests in philosophy, theology, and education. About his work, the artist says, “I go to nature and the possibilities inherent in the materials for inspiration. It is an ongoing endeavor.”

Wiscasset Art Walk is held on the last Thursday of the summer months. Still to come are August 28, and September 25, from 5 – 8 p.m. Major Sponsors are Maine Arts Commission, The First, Carleton Realty, Ames True Value, and Carriage House Gardens; sponsors include Big Barn Coffee, Carl Larrabee Insurance Agency, Fogg Art Painting Restoration & Custom Framing, and The Shady Lady. For more information about participating in Wiscasset Art Walk as an artist, performer, volunteer, or sponsor, please contact event coordinators Lucia Droby at ludroby@verizon.net or Ann Scanlan (207) 882-8290.

Mars Hall Gallery celebrates “Eleven” & opens “Outside the Box”

Elaine Niemi at Mars Hall Gallery

“60′s Chik” by Elaine Niemi

There are artists who create outside the main stream of art, sometimes self taught, but always their own vision. “Outside the Box” explores their individuality and uniqueness. Paintings and constructed sculpture made from everyday objects by Elaine Niemi depict her life in Maine. Her work was shown at the University of North Carolina last April in a One Person Show.

Antonia Small has combined her passion of modern dance, contemporary theater and photography in her pinhole camera work. A student of Marcel Marceau’s in the late 1980′s, she has performed in France, the US and on top of the world, on the Spitsbergen Archipelago.

Discovered on the Pont des Arts in Paris is Michel Maurice Lode. His mixed media works of les femmes are painted on any fabric available to him. The inside/outside metal sculpture of Brian Read, a whimsical genius, are made from old tools, car parts and assorted metal junk.

Jay Hoagland combines musical instruments, wood, stone, machine parts and found objects into his extremely creative metal sculpture.

Also on view are assemblage pieces by Bill Cook, who works in the minimal style, and Constance Kiermaier who combines her skills as a painter with her mixed media assemblage work. Diane Green-Hebert, who has recently been accepted into the “Poetry Bleeds Rust” Show at the NAWA Gallery in N.Y.,N.Y., works with kozo and encaustic to create unique masks of Gods & Goddesses.

The show also offers paintings by C.W. Oakes and Jimmy Reed. “Outside the Box” is a feast for the mind as well as the eyes.

Nancy Baker Paintings

“Loaded” ( 11×11 ) by Nancy Baker

To celebrate Mars Hall Gallery’s eleventh anniversary over 30 artists from across the country are participating in a show titled “Eleven”. Artists were asked to create a piece 11″ x 11″. Encaustics by Yvonne Buijs-Mancuso arrived from San Juan Island, Washington State, as well as a watercolor by Sara Hanna of Maryland and a pastel from Ann O’Hara from Lincoln, Nebraska.

In addition to the “Eleven” works there will be works by gallery artists Leo Brooks, Nancy Baker, Jeanette Steele Esposito, Linda Funk, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Ken Martin, Elaine Reed, Mimo Gordon Riley, Holly Smith, Carl Sublett, Cali Veilleux, Barbara Major-Weaver, Ron Weaver, Terry Wolf and Eleanor Zuccola.

A reception for both shows will be held on Friday night August 22, 6-8 p.m. These are the final two shows for the 2014 summer season and both will be on display until Monday, October 13th. Mars Hall also offers quality crafts, antiques and collectibles. The gallery is open 10-5 Wed. to Sun. through Labor Day and 10-5 Fri. to Sun. Labor Day through Columbus Day or by appointment and is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd. in Martinsville. For more info contact the gallery at 207-372-9996 or visit marshallgallery.net.

“DUET: Kathy Weinberg & Jeffrey Ackerman” Opens at Betts Gallery

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Mysterious Musician” by Kathy Weinberg

The two-person show at Betts Gallery in Belfast includes the work of Kathy Weinberg and Jeffrey Ackerman. Kathy’s work includes painting, sculpture and photography. She is greatly influenced by her career in antique and architectural restoration, and many installation projects at museums including MFA in Boston and the Metropolitan Museum New York. Her photography combines vibrant color combinations, sepia tones and reflections to enhance the theatricality of the mysterious and cryptic content. Jeffrey is a painter and sculptor whose work depicts psychic or metaphysical dramas incorporating naturalistic, architectonic and geometric forms. He is a partner in a company specializing in conservation and restoration of antique furniture and architecture.

"Duets" at Betts Gallery

“Knights Move” by Jeffrey Ackerman

The show will run from August 27 through September 20, with an opening reception on Friday, August 29h, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in conjunction with Belfast Arts’ Final Friday Art Walks. Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer. There is a second gallery entrance on Beaver Street.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn showing in Kennebunkport

Maine Art Gallery in Kennebunkport shows paintings by Sandra Leinonen Dunn September 13 through October 13, with an opening receptions is September 13 from 5-7 p.m.

Sandra Leinonen Dunn at Maine Art Gallery

“Brilliant Orange Poppies” by Sandra Leinonen Dunn

Sandra Leinonen Dunn is a Maine painter. Her works are part of private collections throughout the United States and abroad. She is a published children’s book illustrator, best known for her illustrations in The Henhouse and The Live Bale of Hay (both by author Carol Dean, published by Downeast Publishing). She operates a studio at her home in Chelsea, Maine.

Sandra Dunn’s paintings are impressionistic in feel. Her brushstrokes and use of color are loose and light- creating the feeling that the brush has danced across the forms being painted. Sandra Leinonen Dunn’s work is a celebration of color, and a meditation on the happiness found in that which is beautiful to the eye.

Sandra is also an educator. She has taught art in the public school system for the past 15 years and has given art lessons and workshops outside the school setting. Her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree is from the University of Southern Maine. Sandra also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from the University of Southern Maine. Her art education includes studying at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, Whitelands College in London, Maine College of Art , the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Round Top Center for the Arts.

”As an art educator I have found teaching to be a constant source of inspiration for my work. I am always interested in learning different art forms in order to expand my own knowledge and skills, which enables me to share these art forms with my students. I paint in a realistic though somewhat impressionistic style and the focus of most of my painting is on nature. I work in both water colors and acrylics, and my preferred subjects are still life and landscapes. My work in photography has inspired me as an artist, and has allowed me to observe in great detail the wonderful design and beauty in nature.”

Philip Frey Artist Talk at Courthouse Gallery

Philip Frey at Courthouse Gallery

“Evening Drift” by Philip Frey

Philip Frey will give a talk at Courthouse Gallery on Wednesday, August 27 at 6 p.m. Frey will talk about his new work, which is currently highlighted at the gallery in a solo exhibition titled “In the Moment”. The event is free and open to the public.

For his new body of work, artist Philip Frey turns his focus toward movement—water sparkles, objects are no longer inert, and large unencumbered areas free of figures leave Frey plenty of room to work his magic when he tones wide spaces devoid of detail with bold color and shimmering hues. In the essay from the exhibition catalog art historian and critic Daniel Kany says: “His forms and figures are impressively economical and yet readily legible: This is particularly notable in his figurative works like “One, Two, Three, Go!” featuring a group of youths on a pier who are uncannily well-rendered in their poses, gestures, weights and actions despite being no more fussed over with the brush than any other elements in the painting…Moreover, Frey clearly enjoys the back-and-forth between art and nature: Some of his strongest and smartest recent works feature a series of ice fishing shacks he associates with Mondrian’s iconic grids or Malevich’s Suprematist geometry.”

Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information and hours call 207-667-6611 or visit courthousegallery.com.

First Fridays Arts Tour highlights fine art in the Boothbay Region

Joy to the Wind Gallery

“Blue Rain Barrel” by John M. T Seitzer

September 5 from 2-9 p.m. this free, self guided tour offers new art exhibits, open house receptions and artist demonstrations. Enjoy the variety 12 galleries and studios, all located within minutes of each other on the Boothbay Penninsula.

Follow the Art Trail map provided in the Boothbay Harbor Chamber Guide and find a complete list of each months participating galleries in the Boothbay Register or pick one up at most galleries. Plan your day or evening around several stops or take in just one or two. Each gallery is open for regular business hours and many offer extended hours for evening receptions.

Sept 5, 2014 Participating Galleries & Studios: Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Joy To The Wind Gallery, Macdonald Stained Glass , Boothbay Harbor Framers Gallery, Butke Gallery, CoCo Vivo Fine Art, Gold/Smith Gallery, Studio 53 Fine Art, Head of the Harbor Gallery, Fortunate Chance Gallery, Paradise Studio and Studio 684 Paintings& More.

Renee Magritte next Artist Video at Barn Gallery

Barn Gallery Art & Artist Video Series

Monsieur Renee Magritte is the subject of the September 3 Art Video at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit. The Barn Gallery is located on Bourne Lane at Shore Road and the film begins at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking. Members of the Ogunquit Art Association will be on hand to lead the discussion about the film.

Julie H. Rose Exhibits Fiber Works at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is pleased to have Julie H. Rose of Belfast as their guest artist for the month of September. The show runs from September 2 through the 28th with an opening reception on Friday September 5, 5-8 p.m.

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“​Specimen 140703″ by Julie H. Rose

Julie has had a varied artistic career thus far, but working with fiber has been a constant, if not curvilinear, thread in her life. Raised by two textile designers, she was given free reign with the family art supplies as well as being introduced to sewing and crocheting at an early age. After receiving a BFA from the School of Visual Arts she worked as a commercial illustrator in New York City for Gourmet and Cuisine magazine, while also playing guitar in various punk bands. A few years later, trying to escape the rat race, she moved to Maine to raise sheep for wool and to spin and weave. Later, needing a break from raising sheep, she worked as a tattoo artist and a knitting designer. Through all her varied endeavors she has continued to knit, spin, dye, crochet and sew… exploring the world of fiber. And for her show at Åarhus, that is what she has done. Her shadow boxes contain lovely embroidered, felted, and sewn morsels mounted on silk and hand printed fabrics. They may remind you of edible plants and cocoons, or they may tug at the strands of our ancient memories and evoke the fragile skeletal remains of unknown and delicate organisms, from before the rat race.

Åarhus invites the public to race on over for the opening on the first Friday of September and join in a few threads of conversation with the artist herself.

Åarhus Gallery, 50 Main St. Belfast, is open Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Mondays by chance. For more information visit aarhusgallery.com or call 338-0001.

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“Specimen J30-4″ by Julie H. Rose

James Chute “Apparent Contradictions” at the Harlow Gallery

James Chute

“Women in the City” by James Chute

Jacob Fall, an independent curator based in southern Maine, is pleased to announce that he will organize “Apparent contradictions”, an art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell September 5-27. Using the work of James Chute of Freeport, Mr. Fall will interrogate what seems to be discrepancies in the work and practice of a not-atypical artist practicing in Maine during the early decades of the current century. The work to be shown will range from early student work to Mr. Chute’s current collaborative projects. James Chute’s current production is primarily drawing, but he has also made paintings, prints and sculpture. Although the exhibition will have a broad range, Mr. Fall believes that viewers will be able to discern underlying aesthetic and conceptual unity.
Of his work James Chute says succinctly, “I make some marks and then I get out of the viewer’s way.” Visit the artist online at jameschute.com.

Meet James Chute at the opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5-7 p.m., with an ArtTalk from 7-8 p.m., refreshments will be served. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell; exhibitions and at the Harlow Gallery are always free and open to the public. “apparent contradictions” will be on on view September 5-27. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 p.m.

Richard Boyd Gallery opens Pam Cabañas solo exhibition

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“Timber Point Blues” by Pam Cabañas

Richard Boyd Art Gallery opens a solo exhibition of images by Friendship, ME artist Pam Cabañas “Wandering thru the Tide” on September 1, at 10:00 am. Much of Pam’s work has its start en plein air, inspired by the “stunning visuals and huge hearts rooted deep in the harsh and ever changing coast of Maine. My work seeks to uncover the chords that bind the love of place with the creation and viewing of fine art. My exploration of the uninhabited islands of the Muscungus has led me into a series of paintings that I hope blend the shocking beauty of the coastal Maine environment with a self-portrait easily accessible to the hearts of my viewers. Working in two divergent mediums, soft pastel and monochromatic ink wash, I move ever closer to my artistic goals.”

Pam’s formal education in the arts include a BFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and graduate studies in hand lithography and art education at the University of New Mexico. Pam is a “full time artist with part-time incursions” which includes her work as a docent for the Farnsworth Art Museum. Pam’s work is on exhibit free of charge to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through September 30, 2014. The gallery is located at the corner of Island Avenue and Epps Street, in the first building on the right, on the first floor. To request additional information about the exhibit, please call the gallery at 207-712-1097, email info@richardboydartgallery.com or visit richardboydartgallery.com.

DIAA Presents “Farrago”

Shari Ciomei Studio

“Vicki’s Place 3″ by Shari Ciomei

DIAA Presents “Farrago” August 22 to September 4. A wide variety of media is represented, and artists include Marianne Alweis, Arlyss Becker, Peter Beerits, Shari Ciomei, Mary Eaton, Avery Falkner, Jeri Gillin, Woodley Osborne, Kathleen Sawyer, Walter Smalling, Tim Szal, Pat Taniashvili, and Anne Yarnall. The DIAA Gallery is open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information, please call (207) 348-2330.

PMA Hires New Asst. Curator of European Art

PMA press release

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Andrew Eschelbacher has been appointed as the Susan Donnell and Harry W. Konkel Assistant Curator of European Art. Eschelbacher will be responsible for overseeing the PMA’s collection of European art, including long-term loans from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection and the Albert Otten Collection, as well as developing special exhibitions and other projects. He will start on September 2, 2014.

“We are thrilled that Andrew has been hired as our new European curator at this exciting time for the PMA,” said PMA Director Mark H.C. Bessire. “He will join curators Karen Sherry (American Art) and Jessica May (Contemporary and Modern Art)—together, they will make a strong curatorial team. Andrew will begin by energizing our European program with the reinstallation of the collection in 2016, and in the future with scholarly focused exhibitions.”

A specialist in 19th- and early 20th-century European art, Eschelbacher brings to the PMA experience both in the museum field and in academia. In 2010-11, he worked at the Petit Palais Museum in Paris on the 2013 exhibition Jules Dalou: Sculpteur de la Republique (the artist was also the subject of Eschelbacher’s doctoral dissertation). While at the Petit Palais, he was involved in an exhibition of medallions that was being organized with the Musée d’Orsay and other Parisian museums. Several years earlier, he collaborated with the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University in New Orleans and was the lead author of the exhibition catalogue From Society to Socialism: The Art of Caroline Durieux. Eschelbacher has also been involved with the National Gallery of Art’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative project, which is considering ways in which digital museum catalogues and websites may amplify the museum experience. Eschelbacher most recently served as an assistant professor of art history at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, where he led the school’s Paris Study Abroad Program. He has published and presented on his scholarly work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships and awards, including an American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in Art History from Tulane University, and a B.A. in French and French Literature from Davidson College in North Carolina. A native New Englander, he is fluent in French.

Echelbacher joins the PMA’s curatorial staff, which includes: Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Karen Sherry; Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art Jessica May; Curatorial Coordinator Ariel Hagan Elwell; and Curatorial Assistant Mollie Armstrong.

William Irvine Book Signing and Talk at Gleason Fine Art

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Renowned Maine painter William Irvine is signing copies of his new book William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey and talking about his art at Gleason Fine Art, 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor, on Thursday, August 28, from 3 to 5 pm. The public is cordially invited and refreshments will be served.

In the forward to William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey, arts writer Carl Little says of Irvine: “He transforms elements of the landscape into abstract entities, innovates in line and color, and grasps the essential in the world before him. Drawing on a vital sense of place and a passion for paint, over the past half century, [Irvine] has brought forth a body of work that has earned him a special place in Maine and American art” (Irvine, page 15).

A Scotsman by birth, William Irvine spent his childhood in the southwest coastal village of Troon. Moving to the Blue Hill peninsula of Maine in 1967, Irvine has remained stateside ever since, except for frequent trips to the other side of the Atlantic to favorite haunts such as Brittany, France, and the coasts of both Ireland and Scotland. Maine’s rugged coast suits Irvine’s sensibilities–sailboats, clouds, working boats, sailors, blue skies, tidy white houses peopled by figures in bright shirts—it is all material for Irvine’s paintings.

Irvine’s decidedly modern style toggles between abstraction and depiction, “at once playful and primal, lush and spare,” as one arts writer puts it (April 2010, Down East). His painting technique is unique: eschewing brushes, he uses paper towels, which allows him to build up the many layers he needs to achieve his desired effect.

Now in his 80s, William Irvine still greets every day with the sense of wonder and adventure that has always driven him to paint. So please join us at the gallery on Thursday, August 28, from 3 to 5 p.m., to meet the engaging Scotsman, perhaps buy a book for him to sign,and listen to him talk about his long and fruitful career as an artist. For more information, call Gleason Fine Art at 207-633-6849, email us at info@gleasonfineart.com, or view Bill Irvine’s work online at gleasonfineart.com.

Sohns Gallery presents New Works by Angela Warren

 

Angela Warren paintings

“Sonarita: Spanish musical term meaning ‘full vibrating tone’” by Angela Warren

The Sohns Gallery, located in The Rock & Art Shop, presents
New Works by Angela Warren. The show runs from July 20 – September 20. An artist’s reception and discussion will be held on Friday August 22 at 6:30 p.m. with an artist discussion at 7 p.m.