A Honeymoon in Europe and Prints at the Farnsworth–Online Magazine Sept. 23, 2006


On his honeymoon, Anthony stops for a photo in front
of the original Cafe des Arti
stes in Paris.

Café des Artists An Art News Radio Program on WERU 89.9 and 102.9, Saturdays at 8:30
This week Anthony speaks with Lora Urbanelli, the new director of the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. The current exhibition at the Farnsworth will draw entirely from the Farnsworth Museum’s outstanding collection of American prints presents a selection of approximately 40 images of Maine made by artist/printmakers at a pivotal time in the history of American art—a short 50 years that witnessed the flowering of modernism and the birth of abstract expressionism. The challenge of expressing modernist styles through this reductive and technically demanding medium engaged artists like Rockwell Kent, Caroll Thayer Berry, Leo Meissner and Pauline Inman. At the same time more traditionally oriented artists like Frank Weston Benson, Charles Herbert Woodbury, Sears Gallagher and Stow Wengenroth continued to build on the realist printmaking tradition that descended from old masters like Rembrandt and Durer. The highly individual responses of these artists to the Maine landscape, expressed through the fine art print, contributed to the building of a romantic vision of New England that continues to this day. This exhibition is part of the statewide Maine Print Project 2006.



Frank W. Benson, Boats at Dawn, 1920, at
the Farnsworth Museum

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Galleries



Siri Beckman, Approaching Storm, wood engraving,
4.5” x 10”, at Nan Mulford Gallery in Rockland

The Nan Mulford Gallery in Rockland just opened its final show of the season, “The Constant Line,” which runs through October 15. The show features more than seventy original prints and drawings by twenty-four Maine artists, in recognition of the statewide Maine Print Project, which gets underway this fall. The exhibit also honors Bruce Brown, chair of the Maine Print Project, curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and good friend of the art of Maine for two decades.

The Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth is the venue for an outdoor exhibit of sculpture by Bar Harbor sculpter Melita Westerlund, called, “Haystacks Nostalgia.”

Watercolors by Tony Van Hasselt are on display at the Birdsnest Gallery in Bar Harbor. This ehxibit of new works runs until September 30th.
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 info@gleasonfineart.com.
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.

Arthur Cadieux, Near Falls Lake, 30 x 28,
oil on canvas at
Gallery 170 in Damariscotta

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 www.elanfinearts.com

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

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 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. Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, 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 www.johnpaulcaponigro.com 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

Museums

The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland will open a new exhibit tomorrow, called: “Imprints of Maine: 1900-1950.” This exhibition is drawn entirely from the Farnsworth Museum‚s collection of American prints and presents a selection of approximately 40 images of Maine made by artist and printmakers at a pivotal time in the history of American art ˜ a short 50 years that witnessed the flowering of modernism and the birth of abstract expressionism. “Imprints of Maine” will run through June of 2007.

Also at the Farnsworth Museum “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.

The Portland Museum of Art is opening a new show, titled, “Maine: The Way Life Is, Contemporary Photographs from the Collection” This exhibition of 25 contemporary photographs, drawn from the permanent collection and works on loan, takes a hard look at the way Maine really is. The work ranges from Melonie Bennett‚s humorous look at her family foibles to the more serious examination of social issues that we face in the work of Paul D‚Amato, David Stess, and Olive Pierce. The show runs through November 26.

Also 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

Call for Art

Lori at Lollipop Art Productions of Portland is looking for artists to display in 2007. She’s calling for artists who paint Barns, Landscapes, Waterscapes, Maine Scenes, Flowers, some abstracts – bright, bold, different – not completely traditional works, to be displayed in Biddeford Savings Bank’s new Branch in Scarborough. Shows are htree-month rotations in January, July, and October 2007. You assist in installation but Lori does all the installation work; you just have to guide her in placement and tie a few monofilament knots. For more information, call Lori at 415-7143.

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TRANSCRIPT
Café Des Artistes #18 060923

Show Date: 9/23

TEASER: free Saturday afternoons at the Farnsworth museum

THEME: King of Bongo
(ROLL THEME)

HOSTS OPEN:

VH: Hello, I’m Victor Hathaway.

AA: and I’m Anthony Anderson, and welcome to Cafe Des Artists, a weekly round-up of Maine art news, openings, and shows.

VH: While some galleries are running their final shows of the summer season, some museums are just gearing up for the “other” season. We’ll give you a sample in just a moment.

AA: And we speak with Laura Urbanelli, the new director of the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, who’ll tell us what’s going on and coming up.

VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:

GALLERIES

AA: The Portland Museum of Art is opening a new show today, titled, “Maine: The Way Life Is, Contemporary Photographs from the Collection” This exhibition of 25 contemporary photographs, drawn from the permanent collection and works on loan, takes a hard look at the way Maine really is. The work ranges from Melonie Bennett‚s humorous look at her family foibles to the more serious examination of social issues that we face in the work of Paul D‚Amato, David Stess, and Olive Pierce. The show runs through November 26.

VH: The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland will open a new exhibit tomorrow, called: “Imprints of Maine: 1900-1950.” This exhibition is drawn entirely from the Farnsworth Museum‚s collection of American prints and presents a selection of approximately 40 images of Maine made by artist and printmakers at a pivotal time in the history of American art ˜ a short 50 years that witnessed the flowering of modernism and the birth of abstract expressionism. “Imprints of Maine” will run through June of 2007.

AA: The Nan Mulford Gallery in Rockland just opened its final show of the season, “The Constant Line,” which runs through October 15. The show features more than seventy original prints and drawings by twenty-four Maine artists, in recognition of the statewide Maine Print Project, which gets underway this fall. The exhibit also honors Bruce Brown, chair of the Maine Print Project, curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and good friend of the art of Maine for two decades.

VH: The Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth is the venue for an outdoor exhibit of sculpture by Bar Harbor sculpter Melita Westerlund, called, “Haystacks Nostalgia.”

AA: Watercolors by Tony Van Hasselt are on display at the Birdsnest Gallery in Bar Harbor. This ehxibit of new works runs until September 30th.

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INTERVIEW/FEATURE: Laura Urbanelli

CLOSE

VH: and finally, here’s a call for artists whose work might be a little…unusual:

Lori at Lollipop Art Productions of Portland is looking for artists to display in 2007. She’s calling for artists who paint Barns, Landscapes, Waterscapes, Maine Scenes, Flowers, some abstracts – bright, bold, different – not completely traditional works, to be displayed in Biddeford Savings Bank’s new Branch in Scarborough. Shows are htree-month rotations in January, July, and October 2007. You assist in installation but Lori does all the installation work; you just have to guide her in placement and tie a few monofilament knots. For more information, call Lori at 415-7143.

A: That’s all for this week. If you would like your news read on Café des Artists, please submit it thru mainegalleryguide.com, where you can also view the world’s largest collection of Maine art online, and see the magazine form of Café des Artists, complete with images (in case you missed anything). This show is produced for WERU by Maine Gallery and Studio Guide — pick up your free copy at most local fine art galleries and studios. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next week!

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