Book Launch and Signing “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey”

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William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art will host a book launch, signing, and informal talk for William Irvine and Carl Little from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. In conjunction with the book launch, the gallery will host a solo show of new work by Irvine through August 17. There will be an Artist’s Reception for the exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30. Both events are free and open to the public.

William Irvine’s journey began in the town of Troon on the Scottish coast where he was introduced to modern art through the collection of whiskey magnate Johnnie Walker. After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and serving in the Scottish army, Irvine became part of the lively London avant-garde scene. Moving to Downeast Maine in 1968 proved a turning point. The harbors, islands, boats, sea and sky inspired bold new work that combined Irvine’s abstract instincts with pictorial concepts based on the coastal landscape. In the ensuing forty–plus years Irvine has established himself as a Maine and American master, known for his seascapes as well as enchanting figurative paintings and still lifes. William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey features landscapes inspired by Maine, Scotland, England, and France. Carl Little is resident of Mount Desert Island, poet, and author of over 20 art books, including Edward Hopper’s New England and Winslow Homer and the Sea. His book Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond won the 2012 John N. Cole prize from Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Little edited Art of Katahdin by his brother David Little, and is a contributor to ARTnews, Art New England, Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors and Island Journal. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more visit courthousegallery.com or call (207) 667-6611.

Tides Institute & Museum opening “Undercurrent” + tintype portrait event

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“Stacked Waves” by Shoshannah White

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is pleased to announce an opening reception for the next exhibition, “Undercurrent,” by Shoshannah White, on Friday, July 25, from 4 to 7 pm.  Shoshannah White is a Maine-based photographer whose work has been featured in publications and exhibitions internationally. White’s installation work is sited throughout Maine.
The “Undercurrent” exhibition presents a series started during White’s three-month residency at Swallowtail Keepers Society Lighthouse on Grand Manan in the summer of 2012.  White’s residency there was made possible by the Maine/New Brunswick Residency Fund, established by a partnership between the New Brunswick Arts Board and the Maine Arts Commission to encourage an international exchange of artists and allow for creative projects to be undertaken in an international setting. The residency was partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
All the works in the exhibition are mixed media: photographic prints with encaustic wax, oil pant and occasionally metal dusts and metal leaf.
Shoshannah White will be at the opening reception at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art on Friday, July 25, and will present brief remarks about the residency, the photographic work, and mixed media process at 6 pm. The exhibition will remain on view through August 17. The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is at 43 Water Street, Eastport, Maine. For more information, please visit www.tidesinstitute.org or call (207) 853-4047.

Tintype photographersChristie Lawrence (left) and Karen Stentaford operate a traveling tintype studio called Photomatic. The duo will be creating tintype portraits in Eastport July 25 and 26.

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art is sponsoring a two day early mid-nineteenth century portrait photography (tintype) event for two days on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 from 10 am to 4 pm each day. An exhibition of the tintypes created in Eastport will be held at 6 pm on Saturday. Depending on the weather, the event will be held just outside or inside the institute’s StudioWorks building at 48 Water Street in  downtown Eastport. Led by veteran tintype photographers, Karen Stentaford and Christie Lawrence who together are known as Photomatic, they will demonstrate the art of portrait photography using a 150 year old tintype photographic process. Stentaford is a photography technician and lecturer in the fine arts department of Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and Lawrence is a recent graduate of Mount Allison University and a former student of Stentaford. The tintype technique is known as wet plate, since the metal plate is exposed in camera while still “wet” with emulsion and silver nitrate. The image is captured directly on the surface of the plate. The cost of having one’s portrait taken is $25 and groups of 2-3 people may be able to be accommodated in a single portrait. Portraits will be processed and made available to participants by Sunday, July 27. Those interested in participating in this unique photographic event should contact the Tides Institute at 207-853-4047 or tides@tidesinstitute.org.

The Stable Gallery announces “Cool In The Shade”

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The Stable Gallery announces a new show “Cool In The Shade” with an Opening Reception 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 18 as part of the Newcastle/Damariscotta Art Walk. The featured artists are painters Penelope Moodey, Bob Thomas, Bev Walker, Priscilla McCandless with sculpture and paintings by Kevin James, wood art by Stephen Vowles and Louis Charlett, ceramics by Elizabeth Louden and blown glass by Tandem Glass. The show will be on view through August 13th. The Stable Gallery is located at 26 Water St. in Damariscotta, ME. For more information visit stablegallerymaine.com or call (207) 563-1991.

Bangor Savings pledges support to CMCA

Concept sketch of new CMCA by Toshiko Mori Architect

Concept sketch of new CMCA by Toshiko Mori Architect

The Bangor Savings Bank Foundation recently pledged $10,000 to the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s capital campaign in support of CMCA’s new building and move from Rockport to Rockland. The new building in Rockland, designed by architect Toshiko Mori of New York and North Haven, will provide additional gallery and classroom spaces for the 62-year-old organization. On behalf of CMCA, Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, chair of the CMCA board of trustees, expressed her appreciation and gratitude for Bangor Savings Bank Foundation’s generous gift. She added that “their support will help CMCA expand its educational mission and its ability to introduce the work of Maine’s outstanding contemporary artists to new and larger audiences.” For more information about CMCA’s capital campaign and plans for the future visit cmcanow.org.

CMCA 37th Benefit Art Auction & Dinner

CMCA Auction

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s 37th Annual Benefit Art Auction & Dinner will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 27 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport. Always an eagerly anticipated event, the auction is considered Maine’s premier contemporary art auction and is CMCA’s most important fundraising event, providing critical support for exhibitions and programming. An opening reception for “Art to Collect Now” will precede the auction from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 12. The invitational exhibition includes work from 100 of Maine’s most notable contemporary artists, who have donated all or part of the Auction proceeds to CMCA. The exhibition will run through July 26. For more information or to purchase tickets visit cmcanow.org or call (207) 236-2875.

Courthouse Gallery presents John Heliker solo exhibition

“The Boat Ride” by John Heliker

“The Boat Ride” by John Heliker

Ellsworth Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present “John Heliker: Paintings from the Cranberry Island Years,” the first solo exhibition of Heliker’s work since his death in 2000. There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday July 30. A catalog with an essay by art historian and critic Martica Sawin will be available. In addition, The Foundation has created the Heliker Sketchbook Project, which is making donations of the artist’s drawings to academic and educational institutions in Maine and across the United States. Some of Heliker’s sketchbooks will be on display. The exhibition runs through September 17. Courthouse Gallery is located at 6 Court Street in Ellsworth. For more information visit courthousegallery.com or call (207) 667-6611.

Blue Hill Bay Gallery presents “Maine Marine and Maritime Paintings”

“The Headlands” by Caleb Stone

“The Headlands” by Caleb Stone

Blue Hill Bay Gallery presents “Maine Marine and Maritime Paintings” portraying the breathtaking beauty of coastal Maine in all its many moods. The 40 artists selected span 140 years from Maine’s first successful 19th century painter, Harrison Bird Brown, to modern day plein air artists working on the islands, bays, and coves from Kittery to Quoddy Head. This year’s exhibition features the strong talents of veterans like Richard Roflow and Charles McCaughtry, who have been painting Maine for over 60 years, to new talents like Caleb Stone. Stone grew up in the art colony of Rockport, MA and was exposed to plein air painting by his father Don Stone N.A. at an early age. He studied at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts where his attraction to the French and American impressionists was nurtured, and he now teaches, travels, and paints the rugged beauty of our Maine coast. Blue Hill Bay Gallery is located at 11 Tenney Hill in Blue Bay.

The Turtle Gallery opens four new shows

“What If They Had Lived” by Barbara Putnam

“What If They Had Lived” by Barbara Putnam

In “Digital Montage”Jeffery Becton borrows elements from painting, drawing, photomontage and scanned objects to produce original images. Becton received an MFA in graphic design from the Yale School of Art in 1976 and moved to Maine in 1978. Peter Kemble has had a lifelong interest in art, architecture, and design. “Digital Prints” uses color, form, transparency, and three-dimensionality in drawings and prints which have elements of play, surprise, and mystery. Barbara Putnam’s prints and quilts have been shown internationally. “44°and 80° North” references her recent travel to Svalbard for the Arctic Circle Residency aboard a tall ship, sailing 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Also opening is “Regional Wood & Metal Work” featuring the work of Peter Bennett, Eben Foss, Chris Joyce, Joseph Tracy, and Doug Wilson. The Turtle Gallery is located at 61 North Deer Isle Road. All shows will be on display through Saturday, August 16.

Wallwork The Gallery presents Angela Cunningham

“Skate” by Angela Cunningham

“Skate” by Angela Cunningham

Wallwork The Gallery presents “Succulent: The New Works of Angela Cunningham.” “This body of work is inspired by exquisite forms in nature. I am drawn to the seductive textures, elegant lines, and fertile energy of flowers. Fruits and vegetables fascinate me with their tantalizing colors, dense seed structure, and grotesque beauty. The human body enters here and there – the curve of a hip, the softness of belly….” The show runs through August 8. Wallwork is located at 67 Pascal Ave. in Rockport. For more information visit wallwork.us.

Barn Gallery announces 63rd Art Auction

Ogunquit Auction

“Crockett Cove/ Vinalhaven” by Pat Hardy

Barn Gallery announces the 63rd Annual Ogunquit Art Association Art Auction at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. Hap Moore will help you bid on paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculpture by members of the Ogunquit Art Association, the area’s oldest professional artists organization. Preview the work, pick an artist-designed bid card, or leave a Silent Bid 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 29 through Friday, August 1, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2, or online at oaaartauction.com. Barn Gallery is located at the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit. For more information visit barngallery.org or call (207) 646-8400.

DIAA offers “Antipasti”

“Navigation Varnished” by Jill Finsen

“Navigation Varnished” by Jill Finsen

The Deer Isle Artist Association announces the opening of the exhibit “Antipasti.” Antipasti, or “before the meal,” is a light treat and a precursor of what is yet to come from these artists and the DIAA. The exhibition gives a peek into the studio lives of ten member artists and their work in a variety of media, including photography, drawing, painting, pottery and sculpture. On display is the work of Rosalind Ellen Bridges, Wendy Eysenbach-Jagger, Judith Felch, Jill Finsen, Norma Griffith, Emily Johansen, Kathleen Kriegman, David McBeth, Don Seymour and Alice Wilkinson. The DIAA Gallery is located at 15 Main Street in Deer Isle Village. For more information call the DIAA Gallery at 348-2330 or David McBeth at 326-8091.

New Era Gallery midsummer exhibition

“Harbor in Orange and Violet” by Peter Bodnar III

“Harbor in Orange and Violet” by Peter Bodnar III

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven opens a midsummer show on Saturday, July 19, featuring work by Cat Bates, Peter Bodnar III, Pam Johnson, and David Smus. A panel discussion with the artists will be held in the Windy Way Barn at 4:30 p.m. with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The work of each artist is rooted in tradition. Bates’ hand-cast bronze jewelry is inspired by the forms of nautical hardware, with hand-crafted cording and knotting of marlinspike seamanship. Bodnar’s island landscape paintings combine nineteenth century color glazing techniques with contemporary materials and composition. Johnson is a mentor-trained artist whose beautifully balanced paintings of island views are achievements of color and composition. Smus is a wildlife scientist known for his life-like cast bronze representations of the birds and animals of the Maine habitat. The exhibition will run through August 6. For more information visit neweragallery.com or call 863-9351.

Belfast Creative Coalition calls for talent

Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast

Bridget Matros by Humans of Belfast

The Belfast Creative Coalition is looking for local talent from Waldo County to participate in an “Inspire-a-thon” on Sunday, September 28 at Troy Howard Middle School. This is a call to anyone from ages 5 to 95 with a 3 to 6 minute routine of any artistic genre. Individuals or groups, organized or just a one-time pick up session, are all welcome to apply: comedians, musicians, poets, martial arts, jugglers, mimes, unicyclists, dancers, or visual artists with an appropriate rehearsed demonstration. Visual artists and farmers who require an on-location video may also apply. Brief video segments will be interspersed between the live, on-stage performances. The Inspire-a-thon will be televised on BCTV2 and streamed live online. To apply, email who you are, what you do in 50 words or less, how to reach you, and an image if available, by August 15 to info@belfastcreativecoalition.org. For more information visit belfastcreativecoalition.org.

The Kelpie Gallery opens in South Thomaston

The Kelpie Gallery

The Kelpie Gallery announces its opening at 81 Elm Street in the heart of the ‘Keag village in South Thomaston. Owned and operated by painting conservator Lauren R. Lewis and artist Susan Lewis Baines the gallery will feature works by emerging and established Maine artists. The inaugural exhibition “The Sky’s the Limit” features work by Baines, Sarah Barnard-Blitz, Allen Bunker, Sandra Leinonen-Dunn, Julie Haskell, Pamela Hetherly, and Jill Valliere. Only five miles from the Rockland Arts District and the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Kelpie is located in a renovated barn on the grounds of Pepper Hill Farm Equestrian Center next to the ‘Weskeag River. A kelpie is a legendary Celtic spirit that can shape-shift from horse to water and lives in rivers and streams. The gallery will hold regular openings and workshops in art techniques and conservation issues, supporting the growing creative economy in Midcoast Maine. “The Sky’s the Limit” runs from July 1 through September 28. For more information visit thekelpiegallery.com or call (207) 691-0392.

Third Thursdays at the Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art

Start your weekend early with Third Thursdays at the Portland Museum of Art. The PMA is open until 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month with live music, an outdoor bar and refreshments, and special events. Enjoy a warm summer evening in the museum’s sculpture garden, meet new people, and share an artful experience! On Thursday, August 21, listen to jazz by the Stephen Page jazz duo then mix it up with Cocktails & Creatives. This social mixer, in collaboration with AIGA Maine, will give you an opportunity to run elbows with individuals in our creative community. Meet new people, and be inspired.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 5, the 2014 Leonard and Merle Nelson Social Justice Fund Lecture Series at the Portland Museum of Art will host Lucy Lippard, internationally known arts writer, social activist, and curator. Since 1966, Lippard has published 23 books on feminism, art, politics, and multiculturalism. She has received numerous awards and accolades from literary critics and art associations. Lippard will discuss her life and work, which has spanned four transformative decades. “Lucy Lippard: Undermining” is free and a book signing will follow the lecture. Visit portlandmuseum.org or call (207) 775-6148 to make reservations.

The Farnsworth shows The Natural Thing to Do

The Natural Thing to Do

The Farnsworth Art Museum presents the full-length documentary The Natural Thing to Do: the Music of Ann Wyeth McCoy at the Strand Theatre 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. Produced by Denys McCoy, Richard Rotert, Damon Sinclair, and Cliff Sears, and narrated by actor Richard Chamberlain, the film captures the talented spirit and story of music composer Ann Wyeth McCoy, daughter of N.C. Wyeth. When as a young woman her composition Christmas Fantasy was performed by conductor Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra little did she realize she would be on her way to a creative career all her own. The Natural Thing to Do magically unveils the emotional forces that inspired her compositions. Filmmaker Damon Sinclair, narrator Richard Chamberlain, and family members including Anna B. McCoy will be on hand for a discussion. The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street in Rockland. Tickets will be on sale at the Strand box-office directly prior to the screening.

Art of The Sea opens “A Gathering of Marine Artists”

“Late Summer Light” by Ray Crane

“Late Summer Light” by Ray Crane

Art of The Sea is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with the Opening of “A Gathering of Marine Artists.” Art of The Sea’s 9 gallery areas feature superb works by many marine masters, as well as new works by emerging stars. The collection of ship models is unequaled in its variety and its high level of craftsmanship. The Gallery is located in the old Post Office, By the reversing falls, Rt. 73, in South Thomaston.

Raven’s Nest Gallery shows Ken Weeks’ canoe models

birch canoe painting by Ken Weeks

birch canoe painting by Ken Weeks

Raven’s Nest Gallery will host a show featuring the works of Ken Weeks opening Friday, July 25. An actor, comedian, designer, artist, and birch bark canoe builder, Week’s canoe models mimic the dynamics of a full size vessel and are historically constructed both in their detail and the process. While researching his biography of Edwin Tappan Adney, Ted Behne secured clearance for Weeks to paint and draw the models of this world famous collection of birch bark canoes. Due to gallery space constraints the largest canoe of 14 feet will only be shown on the night of the Art Walk. On display for the duration of the show will be the artist’s paintings, assemblages, and scale models. The show will run through August 15. Raven’s Nest Gallery is located at 65 Main Street in Belfast. Refreshments will be served. For more information call (207) 505-2659.

Pemaquid Art Gallery features Paul Sherman and Kay Sawyer Hannah

“Monhegan Black and White” by Paul Sherman

“Monhegan Black and White” by Paul Sherman

The Pemaquid Art Gallery in Bristol’s lighthouse park features the work of Paul Sherman and Kay Sawyer Hannah inspired close to home on the Pemaquid Peninsula. Paul Sherman exhibits his fluid watercolors. Water coaxes his paints to flow and is the subject of much of his art. “To me, the appeal of water is universal, timeless, and infinite. We are ourselves water,” he explains. His observations of water reflecting light are interpreted into visual lyrics on paper. Kay Sawyer Hannah paints close to home in New Harbor. “Since my youth to the present time Back Cove in New Harbor has been my favorite and most inspirational place in all seasons of the year and under any weather conditions.” Recently her focus has turned toward the sky, especially to the light just after sunset. Other artists exhibiting at the Pemaquid Art Gallery this season are Barbara Applegate, Debra Arter, Bruce Babb, Julie Babb, Stephen Busch, Trudi Curtis, William Curtis, Peggy Farrell, Helen Viola Glendinning, Claire Hancock, Jean Nelson Harris, Jane Herbert, Hannah Ineson, Will Kefauver, Jan Kilburn, Barbara Klein, Patti Leavitt, Phyllis Harper Loney, Sally Loughridge, Marlene Loznicka, Nancy O’Brien MacKinnon, Maggie Macy, Judy Nixon, Marnie Sinclair, Pande Stevens, Ernest Thompson Jr., Robert Vaughan. The Pemaquid Art Gallery can be visited online at pemaquidartgallery.com.

Kingman Gallery opens on Deer Isle

“Blue Hill Mountain” by Françoise Gervais

“Blue Hill Mountain” by Françoise Gervais

The Kingman Gallery is solely dedicated to showing the work of Maine fine art photographers. Anne Kingman Page, owner of the gallery, has been a summer resident of Deer Isle since childhood, and has recently moved to the Island year round. She is currently archiving the work of Charlotte Brooks, the only woman staff photographer at LOOK magazine. The gallery represents the work of 15 Maine photographers chosen by Page for their quality as well as the diversity of their work. The photographers currently represented are Thomas Birtwistle, Anne-Claude Cotty, Susan Davens, Jeff Dworsky, Françoise Gervais, Terry Hire, Lynn Karlin, John Kelly, Terrell Lester, Jim Nickelson, Claire Seidl, David Wade, Samuel Waxman, Douglas Wood, and Jane Yudelman. The Kingman Gallery is located a half mile south of Deer Isle Village at 117 Center District Crossroad at the corner of the Sunset Road (15A). For more information visit kingmangallery.com or call (207) 348-9333.