Hot Glass and Animal Dreams–Online Magazine for Sept 9, 2006

Janice Kas
per, What Animals Dream:

White-tailed Deer, 2006, 36” x 56”,
oil on canvas, at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland

Café des Artists An Art News Radio Program on WERU 89.9 and 102.9, Saturdays at 8:30

This week Anthony speaks with glass blower Chris Heilman in Portland. Anthony got to watch and even assist Chris in using a centuries-old hand blowing technique Chris uses to create his aquariums and floral art glass designs, which appear to be frozen in suspended animation. The process involves traditional lamp working and murrini techniques.

Chris makes hand-pulled glass rods and glass canes in a variety of colors. He then uses them to create the design elements inside each glass sculpture. Layering each piece of glass in the design – from the inside out – allowing him to sculpt three-dimensional underwater seascapes glass scene is encased in clear, molten crystal.

Chris says one of his fondest glass making career highlights includes the presentation of one of his pie
ces to Jacques Ives Cousteau as a “Spirit and Enrichment Award” by the Atlantic Center for the Arts (1991).

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News from the Galleries

Caldbeck Gallery
in Rockland will have two new shows running through October 7th. Janice Kasper’s, “What Animals Dream”, are paintings depicting a sleeping animals well known to the Northeast, surrounded by their dreams, which may or may not be well known. The second show will exhibit recent prints by Richard Saltonstall

“Nature’s Light” opens at byDesign Gallery on Harlow Street in Bangor. The 3 artists featured are Karen Dolukhanyan, Avik Eloyan and Rod Rodriques. The show runs thru Nov 17

Gleason Fine Art
, presents Just Knots with bronzes by Don Justin Meserve and Watercolors by Scott Kelley and Michael Kahn: Schooners and the Sea, sepia-toned, silver gelatin prints. Both shows run through Oct 10. Gleason Fine Art, located at 31 Townsend Avenue in Boothbay Harbor, is open Tues. through Sat., 10 am to 5 pm. Contact the gallery by calling 207-633-6849, or email us at

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street in Portland, will be showing Sandra Quinn. The exhibit runs through September 30.

The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta,“September Jazz”, a fall show featuring new artists.

The Clown Art Gallery
on Middle Street in Portland is showing Theodore Tihansky and Alison Hill “Life and love on Monhegan Island, which runs thru Sept. Tihansky’s loose and inspired brushwork breaks with pure representation into a spiritual realm of time and place, capturing the soulfulness of Monhegan. Alison hill, a talented portrait artist, now focuses on landscapes and seascapes. Together they create work expressing the sprit of their life together on Monhegan Island.

Gallery 170
in Damariscotta will show “By Hand”, featuring work by Arthur Cadieux, Digby Veevers-Carter, and others through October 15.

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle 24th Annual Print and Book Show and an exhibit of drawings by the gallery painters.

In Sept Élan Fine Arts will host artist Robert Steinmetz as well as a gallery group show. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For further information, call 207-236-4401 or visit

The Stadler Gallery in Kingfield will show photography by Rebecca Krupke, and paintings by gallery artists throughout September.

Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland through Sept 18, is showing Camden artist Imero Gobbato. The paintings also will be on view on the Gallery’s website and gallery staff would also be happy to send anyone who wishes a CD of the show’s sixteen images.

Nan Mulford Gallery presents new work in oil, watercolor and egg tempera by Thomaston artist Frederic Kellogg, through Sept 17. For more information call 584-8481 or visit

Abstract oils and watercolors by Joanne Carpenter will be on display at the Blum Gallery at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. The show runs through the end of September.

The Phoenix Row Loft Gallery in Belfast will show new paintings and seascapes by Belfast artist and resident Archie Barnes.

The Perimetor Gallery
, Belfast located in Chase’s Daily on Maine Street, has opened “ My Hope, Your Desire” – a show of paintings and by NYC artist Danielle Dimston, which runs thru Sept 24

The Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art From Baja to Bar Harbor: Transnational Contemporary Art. ICA presents an exciting selection of new large-scale video and installation works by three emerging artists working in different corners of North American. The exhibition-whose title is meant to be pronounced with a Maine accent-features work by artists Sam van Aken and Justin Richel of Maine, Michele O’Marah and Julio Morales, of California. From Baja to Bar Harbor: Transnational Contemporary Art is on view from June 7 through Oct 22.

Blue Hill Bay Gallery will show “Plein Air Paintings of New England”. This exhibit encompasses the work of over twenty artists, both historical and contemporary, who have painted New England scenes in a wide variety of subjects, mediums and styles.

West Island Gallery
in Georgetown is showing new work by Lois Strickland. The exibit runs through October 12.

Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland featuring new work by Dennis Pinette and Nancy Wissemann-Widrig, and photographic portraits by Patrisha McLean.

The photographs of M.E. Smith will be shown at The Bennet Gallery in Bangor through fall.

You can view the new work of John Paul Caponigro online at or call 207-354-0578

Jen Burrall Designs
has a new studio and jewelry boutique in Portland’s East End. View the artists newest creations or choose a stone to have a custom piece made just for you. Studio and Boutique open by appointment or chance. 207-772-1902

At the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in the Tucker and Hall Galleries“JED DEVINE: STILLS AND PAIRINGS” Aug 12 – Sept 30. In the Main Gallery. Aug 12 – Sept 30 “MAINE MENAGERIE” There will be an Artist Roundtable Discussion on Sunday, Sept 24, 2pm. In the Loft Gallery, Aug 12 – Sept 30 “PAINTING STRUCTURE: CURATOR’S CHOICE” For his final invitational exhibition, CMCA curator Bruce Brown returns to the concept of his first curated exhibition twenty years ago by introducing artists to CMCA audiences. Artist Roundtable Discussion: “Painting Structure” Sunday, Sept 17, 2pm

Museum News

The University of Maine Museum of Art has two new exhibits. One show, called: “Reality and Reverie” will feature paintings by Sam Cady, and the other will show photographs by Jocelyn Lee depicting “Youth.” UMMA is located at 40 Harlow Street in Bangor

At The Portland Museum of Art A Century of Maine Prints: 1880s to 1980s. The exhibition will feature 75 prints that present a history of printmaking in Maine from the founding of the Portland Society of Art in the 1880s until the opening of the Museum’s Payson Building in the mid-1980s. The show runs through December 10.

The Portland Museum of Art “Paris and the Countryside: Modern Life in Late 19th-Century France,” runs through October 15.

The Portland Museum of Art
will display its rarely seen Mona Lisa painting, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. This enigmatic work, officially titled La Gioconda, is thought to be either a preparatory study for the Mona Lisa by Leonardo himself or a copy painted by one of his followers shortly after the creation of the original, which now resides in the Louvre Museum in Paris. You can see la Gioconda through October 15, 2006

A new exhibit opens at the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, called, “Charlie Hewitt at Work: Twenty Years of Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture”. The show runs through October 15. Summer hours at the Farnsworth are now in effect: Saturday through Tuesday, 9 to 5, and Wednesday through Friday, 10 to 7.

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