“Earth Matters: Land as Material + Metaphor in the Arts of Africa”


900George Osodi’s “De Money series” no. 1, Fuji crystal archival print

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” opened at Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick on October 15. The exhibit will run through March 6, 2016.

The first major pan-African art exhibition in Maine, Earth Matters also represents the first major exhibition to explore how African artists have used their work over the course of two centuries to mediate their relationship with the land upon which they live, work and frame their days. Organized by Karen E. Milbourne, Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, the exhibition brings together approximately 50 exceptional works of art, created by artists from seventeen African nations, from the turn of the 19th century, when the international slave trade became illegal, to the present.

The show uses five thematic sections to demonstrate the different ways in which the earth is interpreted through art: The Material Earth, Power of the Earth, Imagining the Underground, Strategies of the Surface, and Art as Environmental Action. These categories provide vantage points from which to examine the poignant relationships expressed by African artists to the land, whether it be to earth as sacred, medicinal, discoverable, or vulnerable.

The exhibition brings together two centuries of art inspired by both the physical and cultural African landscape. It includes pieces by internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists from the continent and diaspora who draw on the land for inspiration, such as Sammy Baloji, Christine Dixie, Hassan Echair, Ingrid Mwangi, William Kentridge, George Osodi, Georgia Pappageorge, Jo Ratcliffe, Berni Searle, and Tchif. Historic works comprise a broad range of sculptural and two-dimensional objects that include reliquary guardian figures from Gabon, healing figures from the Republic of the Congo, vessels from Cameroon; masks and personal sumptuary from central and western Africa, and religious and political staffs from across Africa.

“We, each of us, make choices everyday that relate to the land beneath our feet,” said Milbourne. “Where we come from informs who we consider ourselves to be. What we throw out affects what this land of ours will be in the future. These issues are not African; they are global, but looking through the lens of Africa we can all better understand the human relationship to the landscape and its significance to the history of African art.”

“We are proud to bring this important exhibition of African art to Bowdoin College,” remarked Bowdoin College Museum of Art Co-Director, Anne Collins Goodyear. “It provides an important perspective on how artists have negotiated their changing relationship to the land for over two centuries, and provides insight not only into the pan-African histories, but also into concerns familiar to American audiences grappling with how the meaning of the land around us has evolved over time.” Co-Director Frank Goodyear continues: “We are increasingly reminded of the vast reach of our international networks, both physical and virtual. Earth Matters returns our focus to the power of the ground beneath our feet while also demonstrating the political, spiritual, and aesthetic claims it has on the imagination in Africa as well as here in Maine.”

A fully illustrated catalogue by Karen Milbourne, with contributions by George Osodi, whose work appears in the exhibition, and other leading contemporary artists, accompanies the exhibition and is available at the museum shop.

“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa” is organized by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Major sponsorship for Earth Matters has been provided by the government of the Gabonese Republic. Additional support was provided by the Smithsonian Institution Consortia for Valuing World Cultures and for Understanding the American Experience. At Bowdoin the exhibition is presented through the generosity of the Davis Family Foundation, the Grace L. Barney Residual Trust, the Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund, and the Elizabeth B. G. Hamlin Fund.’

Fully accessible, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, located at 9400 College Street, is open to the public free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Mars Hall Gallery Celebrated “Yuletide in St. George”

En Rouge 2 MMLLes Femmes en Rouge” by Parisian artist Maurice Michel Lode.

Mars Hall Gallery in Martinsville celebrated the holiday season as part of the “Yuletide in St. George” annual festival on November 27 and 28. But, you can still go and see the Christmas doves and more by appointment.

The gallery offers a large variety of gift items including handmade Santa’s by Karen Zola, handmade soaps from Stone House Road Apiary, holiday cards by Nancy Baker and Eleanor Zuccola, driftwood fish by Claire Perry, decoupage jewel boxes by Davene Fahy, carved & painted decoys by Stephen Hill, turned & carved vessels by Dick Kelly, mixed media sculpture by Jay Hoagland, Bill Cook, Priscilla Cross, Constance Kiermaier and Elaine Niemi. The Recycled Zoo by Brian Read will be on display inside as well as in the gardens. Also available are handmade Christmas ornaments well as mosaic lamps, antique negative mirrors, stained glass, pottery and a wonderful selection of vintage jewelry, antiques and collectibles.

An eclectic mix of ART is available by artists Leo Brooks, Jeanette Steele-Esposito, Kris Johnson, Roger Kirby, Sharon Larkin, Nat Lewis, Maurice Michel Lode, Greg Mort, Elaine Niemi, Cam Noel, C. W. Oakes, Elaine Reed, Jimmy Reed, Carl Sublett, William Thon and Ron Weaver. Also on exhibit is  Antonia Small’s black and white photography and her book of poetry and Ken Martin’s  silkscreen and wood block prints. Affordable works by guest artists are also available.

The gallery is located 12.7 miles down the beautiful St. George peninsula at 621 Port Clyde Road in Martinsville. For more info call (207) 372-9996 or (207) 372-8194 or visit http://marshallgallery.net/ or marshallgallery@roadrunner.com.

Black With One Color Art Challenge

2“Paris” by Charles Laurier Dufour

Art Space Gallery artists were given the challenge to create work that is black with one color. The exhibit opened on (you guessed it) Black Friday with new work by all 19 gallery artists. Come visit and enjoy the wide interpretation in medium and style of this interesting subject.

The range of styles and the quality of the artwork by Maine based artists bring return customers time and again to Art Space Gallery.

Art Space Gallery is located at 342 Main Street in Rockland, directly across the street from the Strand Theater. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the Gallery and its artists, visit us at www.ArtSpaceMaine.com.

Greenhut Galleries Annual Holiday Show Opening on Dec. 5

news_holidayPortland’s Greenhut Galleries Annual Holiday Show opening reception takes place on Saturday, December 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. The exhibit, a group show of all Greenhut artists’ work, will be on display from December 3 through January 2.

There will be new work by Susan Barnes, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Stephen Porter, and Glenn Renell.

Eating_Lobster_2Nancy Morgan Barnes, “Eating Lobster,” oil on linen on board, 12″ x 15″

Great Hut Galleries is also ringing in the New Year with a new website and new e-mail (info@greenhutgalleries.com) address! For more information, visit http://greenhutgalleries.me/

Plein Air Painters Shine at Landing Gallery

All the Donuts3“All the Donuts” by Daniel Corey, oil/canvas 16″ x 20″

Landing Gallery, 409 Main Street in Rockland, presents “STILL LIFE,” an exhibition of new paintings by four of our Maine, Plein Air Painters: Daniel Corey, Sarah Faragher, Monique Lazard and Björn Runquist.

Have you ever wondered what a Plein Air Painter paints when weather conditions do not allow the artist to paint outdoors? Interiors and still life subjects are some options and they can range from food, to flowers in a vase, to pots in the kitchen sink.  Inspirational possibilities for paintings are boundless. Painters look for colors, values and shapes to compose their paintings and there are no subject limitations to what artists perceive as interesting or beautiful.

Fireside Chat3“Fireside Chat” by Daniel Corey, oil/canvas 12″ x 12″

Daniel Corey recently won two awards, People’s Choice Award and Second Place, at a statewide exhibition titled “Art In Maine”. It was held at the Boothbay Regional Art Foundation and juried by Connie Hayes.

Sarah Faragher has been the Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park during October/ November this year.  Some paintings from this Residency will be exhibited at Landing Gallery during her during her solo show in June 2016.

Monique Lazard’s 2015 awards include Artistic Merit Award for the 6th annual “Nature and Wildlife Exhibit” at the St. Augustine Art Association and a Certificate of Merit Award for “Paint Me Miami” held in Miami, FL. Her work is included in Spectrum Miami during Art Basel in December and she was juried into the Chalkhill Artist Residency in Healdsburg, CA during July.

Björn Runquist has recently returned from a September painting trip to France.  His well known plein air paintings have been a fixture in the Mid Coast area for decades and he exhibits throughout Maine, Connecticut and New York.

The exhibit will continue through December 24. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday. For more information, call (207) 239-1223 or visit www.LandingArt.com

Belfast Holiday Art Walk is Dec. 4!

highstreetgallery600The Belfast Art Walk gets festive for the month of December with a Holiday Art Walk downtown on December 4. Every gallery has a small art work and crafts for your holiday giving. Activities include Christ the King Community Chorus caroling, a children costume parade led by Mrs. Claus with caroling by Concepta and chocolate tasting at Quench.

The children’s costume parade, hosted by Our Town Belfast, will start at 5 p.m. at the Post Office and end with hot cocoa and cookies. Come share the holiday spirit of Belfast, Maine, enjoy the art and performance, and celebrate another great year of art walks! This will be the last art walk for the season. For more information, visit www.belfastcreativecoalition.org

German Christmas Market at UMMA on Dec. 12

untitledMembers of the University of Maine German Club (photo by James Winter)

The University of Maine German Club organizes an annual traditional Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas Market. This year’s event will be held at the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor on Saturday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas cookies, Stollen (Holiday bread) and traditional Christmas decorations will be featured. A little cafe will also be on site where decorations, coffee, cakes, Gluhwein (mulled wine, alcohol free), and Kinderpunsch will be sold. Proceeds will benefit UMMA’s exhibition and education programs.

Take this opportunity to enjoy some holiday cheer while viewing the exhibitions in the Museum Galleries! Featured artists include Paul Myoda, Traer Scott, and selections from the Bruce Brown collection, on display through December 31. UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street. For more information, call (207) 561-3350.

Call for Art for Members’ Only Holiday Art Show + Sale

harlow-facade-745x425Harlow Gallery/Kennebec Valley Art Association artist members are invited to submit one piece of art for the annual Holiday Members’ Show and Sale which takes place Dec. 18, 2015 to Jan. 16, 2016. Patrons can buy work off the wall and take it home the same day. If your work is sold we’ll call you and you can bring in new work to replace the one that sold!  All media welcome, including painting, drawing, printmaking, fiberarts, photography, sculpture and fine craft. One work of art per member.

Member’s shows are very popular –  we currently receive about 100 works, which was quite a challenging number to hang. So even though we love large format art, member’s shows just aren’t the place for it — we have instituted a size limitation as follows for 2 dimensional work (sculpture just needs to fit through the door):

Wall hung work should not exceed 18″x 24″ including the frame(or a total of 432 square inches for non- standard support sizes). Larger work will be accepted, but if there is a space problem oversize work will be the first to be cut. In other words, if you choose to bring in over-sized work we cannot guarantee you a spot in the show.

Please read our members show guidelines before submitting your work. The exhibition committee reserves the right to reject work that does not meet the guidelines. Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell.

“Small Works + Fine Crafts” on View at River Arts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPainting by Carolyn Gabbe of Nobleboro

The newest exhibition, “Small Works and Fine Crafts,” at River Arts in Damariscotta contains 30 fine crafts – from Ted Mohlie’s carved birds to Siri Beckman’s lamps and Ann Slocum’s clock assemblages and also includes, jewelry, scarves, ceramics – as well as 90 paintings in watercolor, oil,  acrylic, and monotypes. Sixty artists from all over Maine are participating in this exhibition which will run through Jan 6.

The jurors for this show are Martha Kalina and Bruce Johnston from Gifts 136, downtown Damariscotta.  “The team at Gifts at 136 works hard to curate a store of accessible art and fine craft from established and emerging Maine artists. Martha Kalina and Rick Skoglund, owners, along with Bruce Johnston, manager, are proud of the awards received by the gallery of Down East Magazine’s Best Gallery (2013), Down East Magazine’s Best Gift Store (2014) and Yankee Magazine’s Best Gift Store Gallery (2015).”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Janalee Welch of Belfast

River Arts is located at 241 US Route 1 (N) in Damariscotta.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10-2.

Farnsworth Appoints Director of Development

FarnsworthJean Joransen Ellis

The Farnsworth Art Museum, in downtown Rockland, Maine, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Joransen Ellis as their new Director of Development. Ms. Ellis will become a member of the museum’s senior staff beginning the end of November where she will lead all of the Farnsworth’s philanthropic efforts, including the annual fund and individual and institutional giving. She was most recently Chief Advancement Officer at the prestigious Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, where she was responsible for both the development and communications departments.

Jean Joransen Ellis has more than twenty years of professional experience in leadership and development roles in the non-profit sector. After beginning her professional fundraising career with the Shreveport Symphony as Director of Development in 1992, Jean began working in 1995 for the Houston Symphony as Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving. She was promoted to Director of Development in 1996 and ended her tenure with them in 2003 as Senior Director, Capital Campaign.

In 2005, Jean became the Executive Director of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, a non-profit in Blue Hill, Maine. During her time there she oversaw the volunteer workforce, overhauled the accounting system and developed new financial policies to increase giving.

She then worked at the Denver Zoological Foundation as Vice President for Development and Membership, where she helped to reenergize their capital campaign resulting in more than $10 million in capital gifts during the last year of the campaign. Most recently, Jean brought her leadership and fundraising experience to Houston Ballet as its first Chief Development Officer.

In late 2012, she joined the Menil Collection as Chief Advancement Officer where a significant amount of her time was devoted to their $110 million capital campaign. Ms. Ellis holds a master’s degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from the University of Denver.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 15,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The National Register-listed Farnsworth Homestead; the Olson House, a National Historic Landmark; and Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists complete the museum complex. Please visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org for more information on current exhibitions, programs and events.




Artists’ Choice at Tidemark Gallery

audreytravis“Audrey Bechler,” graphite on paper, by Travis Chapman

In the home stretch for 2015, Tidemark in Waldoboro has filled up two galleries; the home space and the annex at Old #9, with beautiful landscapes, abstracts, pottery, jewelry, books and cards by many members of our community of artists. The great reveal took place in a special “winter holidays” reception at both galleries on the evening of Saturday, November 21.

Among the many fine artists whose work was on display was Audrey Bechler, a founding member of Tidemark since it opened in 2005. Yes, it has been ten years and yes, there was cake!

In her characteristically clear-eyed approach to life, our dear friend and neighbor, Audrey, is making plans. She writes: “This may be my last winter living on Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, ME. Last winter I had health issues on top of dealing with the snow, so I’ve agreed with my children to move to Eugene, OR, to live near my younger son. I do not know exactly when this will happen but I must now deal with my possessions. I enjoy painting and have painted every day I can. My whole life revolves around art. Now after 30 years, the house is full of paintings, prints, supplies and art books and I am not taking them to Eugene. For those who love paintings we can help each other.””From my house to your house,” Audrey says, “my work will be at Tidemark Gallery from now through December 19 and I will have a lot of paintings and prints at the Old #9 gallery on Friendship Street in downtown Waldoboro.”

More information and images of Audrey’s work are available at http://audreybechler.blogspot.com. Please call Tidemark at (207) 832-5109 for more plans for this show and some thoughts about next season and the next ten years. Updates will be posted on our website, http://www.tidemarkgallery.com/

Call for Art: Holiday Hodgepodge II Returns to Harlow Gallery

hodgepodge-745x425Holiday Hodgepodge is back at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell for the 2nd year! Proceeds from this fun fundraiser, on view December 2-12, 2015, will support programming at the gallery in 2016.

Non-member artists, artisans and art collectors may each submit one work of art of their choice, while current members of the Harlow Gallery may submit two works of art. We’ll hang/display as space allows, first come first served,  with a straight commission of 50% on work sold. All Maine creatives welcome! You do not need to be a member to participate, and the show is not juried.

All media are eligible, including fine crafts, hand-pulled prints, photography and sculpture. Vintage or antique art is welcome too. No giclees or reproductions please, all work must be original. Maximum size is 28″ x 30″ or 840 square inches including frame.

For an entry form and list of important dates, please visit http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-holiday-hodgepodge-ii/

2015 Holiday Galleria at Betts Gallery in Belfast

DHurley-Devi“Devi,” by David Hurley

Betts Gallery in Belfast announces the opening of the 2015 Holiday Galleria through December 31 with the Holiday Art Walk Opening Reception on Friday, December 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

More than 20 local artists offer small treasures for the holidays in this show where all works are available at the time of purchase.  Kenny Cole, Susan Cooney, Julie Cyr, Ingrid Ellison, David Estey, Jaap Eduard Helder, David Hurley, Kevin Johnson, Sheep Jones, Mark Kelly, Bennett Konesni, Kathleen Mack, Richard Mann, Petrea Noyes, Dina Petrillo, Joan Proudman, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Julie Rose, Carol Sloane, Lesia Sochor, Janalee Welch and others feature works of Watercolor, Oil, Collage, Graphite, Acrylic, Mixed Fiber, Sculpture, Assemblage, Photography Pen & Ink, Printmaking and more.

Betts Gallery is located at 96 Main Street at The Belfast Framer, with a second entrance on Beaver Street. For more information, call (207) 338-6465.

Winter Art Factory FREE Family Fun Day!

UMMAOn Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor presents the Winter Art Factory!

Participants are invited to bring the whole family for a fun day filled with art making activities. There will be several stations for wrapping, ornament making and other fun seasonal creative projects. All supplied are included and guided instruction is provided.

The event is free, for all ages and open to the public. UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street. For more information, please call (207) 561-3360.

River Arts’ West Gallery Hosted “Variations on a Figure”

VariationsSculptures by Laura Freeman

“Variations on a Figure,” an exhibition of sculpture and drawings by Laura Freeman, was recently on display at River Arts’ West Gallery at 241 US Route 1 in Damariscotta. An artist reception was held on November 13.

Artist John Lorence said, “The artist reveals how she has explored, quite widely, the solids and shapes of the human body. Her strong drawing immediately informs you that she understands and has studied anatomy. But, she goes beyond that by suggesting her conclusions in clay and bronze.  She captures the mass, gesture and animations of walking, running as well as bending and curled-up individual seated or lying on a sofa or chair. The body volume is always present in each clay or bronze study  — some of which could be fetal or adult interpretations. Some figurative pieces are in repose; some have a lot of action.

Freeman’s sculptures can give you a personal experience. There is one pedestal arranged with small figures for the view to pick up and hold in your hand.  As you handle this little sculpture, you get a visual close-up and the tactile feeling of her work. (Art is, of course, mental and manual)  You really are participating!! That’s using your special sensory response. Enjoy!!”

The exhibit was described as showing humor, wit, seriousness and playfulness.

MCA Day Trip to CraftBoston, Friday, Dec. 11

2015115637af49c0442Nick Offerman gives Sawdust and Mirth lecture at CraftBoston.

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) is offering a day trip to CraftBoston on Friday, December 11. The bus will depart from Portland’s Marginal Way Park & Ride at 8 a.m. and return by 5 p.m. Make sure you get a seat: Register by November 30! Sign-up today, and you will be invoiced once the quota (15 people) has been met.

Participants will explore the CraftBoston exhibitor booths and are invited to attend a private lecture and tour designed to inform artists about show details, application tips and booth design. Participants may also shop, lunch and explore the Newbury Street shopping district.

Comprised of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a highly regarded, must-attend event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts. Presented at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, CraftBoston Holiday is conveniently located in a fashionable, concentrated shopping district perfect for the holiday season. Come for the day to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts, meet and support the makers, and learn about fine contemporary craft.

The cost is $65 MCA Members and their guests (if paying together) or $75 Non-members. The fee includes bus fare, show admission and private tour.

This year, the Society of Arts and Crafts (SAC) is pleased to announce that Nick Offerman will be speaking at CraftBoston 1 p.m. The cost is an additional $35 and seating is limited.

In his talk, titled Sawdust and Mirth, Offerman will discuss the importance of handmade objects. Offerman, an American actor, writer, comedian, and carpenter, is widely known for his breakout role as Ron Swanson in the acclaimed NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

The MCA and SAC have collaborated to offer MCA members the opportunity to exhibit at CraftBoston Holiday 2015 in an SAC-subsidized, shared booth. The MCA Shared Booth is juried by CraftBoston and offers MCA members a unique opportunity to exhibit at CraftBoston with MCA support and earn auto-entry in the following year’s show! 2015 MCA exhibitors are Barbara Burns, Allison Krzanowski, Christine Peters and Becky Wright.

For information on registering for the bus trip, please visit http://mainecrafts.org/

Scott Moore Paints the Wild Coast of Maine

f9263e8d-4fcd-44d6-983a-6a7991d1d990“Black Point, Cutler” by Scott Moore, oil on canvas, 30″ x 40″

“Scott Moore Paints the Wild Coast of Maine” is now on view at Bayview Gallery in Brunswick.

Known as Maine’s Wild Coast or Bold Coast, this extraordinary stretch of coastline, with its stunning views of the North Atlantic, can be accessed via a trail through the Cutler Public Reserve. Despite the allure of the coast and panoramas that rival those of Acadia National Park, Cutler is rather remote and much less visited than coastal areas to its south.

On several occasions, however, intrepid outdoorsman and Maine painter, Scott Moore, made the trek and captured the magnificent beauty of this untamed area.

“I have painted Black Point several times, from different angles, in different seasons, and at different times of day,” said Moore. “The hard edged, faceted jumble of the foreground rocks, combined with atmospheric distance, make for a visually compelling place.  It’s constantly redefined by the shifting light. It is what some artists call a ‘power spot’.” Black Point isn’t easy to get to. It’s way up north in Washington County, near Cutler, and a two mile hike from the paved road. If the day is clear enough, you can see the cliffs of Grand Manan Island (Canada) on the horizon. It is very quiet.”

The gallery is located at 58 Maine Street. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call (800) 244-3007.

Small Works Holiday Show at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery


MFT Gallery’s yearly small works show is featuring many new artists from all over the state this year. The resulting exhibit is a cheerful collection of landscapes, figurative work, and more abstracted imagery related to our rural culture. Artists included in this show are: Katherine Churchill, Julie Crane, Julie Cyr, Lisa Dellwo, Maureen Egan, Lindsay Hancock, Terry Hire, Elizabeth Hope, Sheep Jones, Margaret LaFarge, James Macdonald, Leslie Moore, Petrea Noyes, DiTa Ondek, Elizabeth Ostrander, Daniel Paulding, Kathy Perelka, Robin Rier, Charlotte Sawtelle, Kathryn Shagas, Meg Shields, Erin Smith, Mary Louise Town Jaqua, Jude Valentine and others.
Holiday Art Walk & Reception Friday December 4, 5:30-8pm
The show is on display from November 20 – January 4, 2016

Group Show “Celebrate! A Local Remix” at Greenhut This Month

PinesDavid Driscoll’s “Pines,” oil on canvas

“Celebrate! A Local Remix” is a group show of new work by 23 artists at Greenhut Galleries in Portland from November 5 to 28.

The participating artists are Joel Babb, Matt Blackwell, David Campbell, David Driskell, Grant Drumheller, Maurice Freedman, Kathleen Galligan, Roy Germon, Robert Hamilton,Mark Herrington, J.Thomas R. Higgins, William Irvine, George Lloyd, Alan Magee, Nancy Morgan Barnes, Roy Patterson, Stephen Porter, Roger Prince, Alison Rector, Glenn Renell, Alec Richardson, Kathi Smith, and Mike Stiler.

AutumnMatt Blackwell’s “Autumn,” oil on canvas

Greenhut Galleries, at 146 Middle Street in Portland, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (207) 772-2693

Rockland’s Last Art Walk for 2015 is Nov. 6!

gray fox galleryGray Fox Gallery at 429 Main St., above, is a participant in First Friday Art Walks.

The last Art Walk in downtown Rockland for 2015 will take place on Friday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Arts in Rockland (AIR) was established to promote the City of Rockland as an arts destination to those who appreciate, respect and support the arts. The members of AIR offer distinct, original works by established and emerging artists in a variety of media.

For more information including a list of participating galleries and a map, visit www.artsinrockland.org

“Pairings” Photography Exhibit Opens Nov. 6 at CMCA

Benjamin Rush, fuel pumpsBenjamin Rush, “Fuel Pumps,” Lambda c-print

“Pairings: Selections from the Bruce Brown Photography Collection” organized by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) will open November 6 at a temporary exhibition venue at the Dowling Walsh Gallery, 365 Main Street, Rockland. The public is invited to a free reception and gallery talk on Saturday, November 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

CMCA, in conjunction with The University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor, is presenting a two-part exhibition celebrating one of Maine’s most significant photography collections as part of the year-long Maine Photo Project featuring 39 exhibitions by 32 institutions statewide.

Bruce Brown, CMCA’s curator emeritus, began collecting works by Maine photographers in earnest in 1989. Thirty-six photographs from his collection are featured in the CMCA exhibition and thirty photographs are in the UMMA show. Directors Suzette McAvoy of CMCA and George Kinghorn from UMMA each made an initial selection of photographs and asked Brown to. pair their choices visually or thematically in a unique “call and response” collaboration between curators and collector.

Scott Peterman  NYScott Peterman, “NY 9/6 2007,” archival pigment print

At Dowling Walsh, the CMCA  selections include works by John Goodman, Brenton Hamilton, Cig Harvey, Jocelyn Lee,  Rose Marasco, Scott Peterman, Peter Ralston and Todd Watts among others.

At UMMA, 30 featured artists include David Hilliard, Kris Larson, Claire Seidl, David Brooks Stess and Joyce Tenneson. The UMMA exhibition opened October 2 and will continue 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Saturday through December 31.

The CMCA exhibition at Dowling Walsh will run through December 19, 2015 from 10 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, November 23 through 28, reopening December 1. Admission is free of charge. For more information, visit cmcanow.org