Online Magazine Sept 30, 2006 Café des Artists An Art News Radio Program on WERU 89.9 and 102.9, Saturdays at 8:30
This week Anthony speaks with artist Sam Cady who is showing at the University of Maine Art Gallery in Bangor. The show titled Reality and Reverie, features Cady’s large scale, shaped canvas paintings. Cady’s work often blurs the boundary between painted illusion and the three-dimensional world that we inhabit. Remarkably, often it is not until you walk up close to the large, cut-out compositions that you can be sure that you are looking at a two-dimensional flat surface and not a three-dimensional sculpture, or a painting with pieces of the real thing fastened to it, or even the object itself. Many of his paintings of familiar Maine subjects encourage us to imaginatively climb right in. “Snow Covered Dock,” for example, invites our visual entry at the floor of the gallery and leads us up the long walkway, blanketed by snow. This tall canvas seems to transcend the two-dimensional universe to deliver us to another time and place; we can imagine the freezing air entering our noses and our anticipation of the unknown at the end of the dock. Sam Cady was born in Boothbay Harbor Maine in 1943. He received his BA from the University of New Hampshire in 1965 and his MFA from Indiana University in 1967. He is currently an instructor in the Master of Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. for more information visit www.umma.umaine.edu
Sam Cady, Tent, Early Afternoon (End View),
1999, oil on canvas, 40 X 46”
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Élan Fine Arts will open Maine Printmakers, with an artists reception on Friday, October 6th from 5 to 7 p.m. in Rockport. This extensive exhibition is being mounted in connection with the Maine Print Project, and will showcase the work of fifteen exceptional Maine printmakers. including Alan Magee, and a select group of prints done over a 40 year period by the late Leonard Baskin. Baskins work will include etchings, woodcuts and several rare original printing blocks. Work by the following Maine printmakers will also be showcased: Susan Amons, Julie Crane, Joellyn Duesberry, Harold Garde, Frances Hodsdon, Barrie Kaufman, Cindy Mcguirl, Holly Meade, Lee Nesler, Karl Schrag, Carol Sloane, and several collaborative works by Susan Webster & Stuart Kestenbaum. Also showing works on paper by MaJo Keleshian
Eight Waldo County printmakers, in celebration with the Maine Print Project, will show at The Belfast Framer and Gallery 96 Main street in Belfast. For more info call 338-6465.
DOOR 463 presents “Surface” a group exhibition of local artists with an opening reception Oct 6, during Portland’s First Friday artwalk. Door 463 also offers framing and studio classes at 463 Stevens Avenue (207)879-5940 www.door463.com
The Nan Mulford Gallery presents the 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.
There will be a new show of paintings by Ed Douglas at Greenhut Galleries on Middle Street in Portland. The show runs through October 28.
The Photography by Donald Verger and paintings by Rebecca Krupke will be on display through Oct 15 at the Stadler Gallery in Kingfield.
Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is opening their next exhibit: “All Creatures Large & Small,” a group art exhibition to benefit the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. Join them Fri Oct 6th for an opening reception from 5 to 8, or stop by to see the show between October 6th and the 29th.
The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta will hold an opening reception Friday for “Art Harvest 5”, a new show featuring new artists as well as their full group.
The Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth is the venue for an outdoor exhibit of sculpture by Bar Harbor sculpter Melita Westerlund, called, “Haystacks Nostalgia.”
Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland will have two 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
FIRST FRIDAYS Portland’s Oct First Friday Art Walk takes place from 5 to 7 pm on October 6, offering a free, self-guided tour of Portland‚s local galleries, art studios, museums and alternative art. For a map and more information, go to their website: “first-friday-art-walk-dot-com”. BelfastArt will also sponsor First Friday openings, all within a couple blocks of each other. They’ve also got a map on their site: belfast-arts-dot-com. D Mortenson Gallery in Stonington is offering a First Friday Open Gallery Night from 5 to 8.
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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Café Des Artistes #19 060930 Show Date: 9/30
TEASER: VH: Sam Cady’s Triompel’oelle in Bangor and First Friday Art Festivities all over maine
THEME: King of Bongo (ROLL THEME)
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: We turn the calendar to October tomorrow, and that means First Friday Festivities will take place in the coming week. We’ve also got a passle of October Openings to tell you about in just a moment.
AA: And we speak with Friendship artist Sam Cady who’s one-man exhibition at the University of Maine’s Museum of Art in Bangor is drawing to a close. His large unique canvases not only fool the eye but actually jump out at you!
VH: First, here are some openings coming up and shows going on in our area:
AA: You’re invited to an opening reception Thursday from 5 to 7 for a new show of paintings by Ed Douglas at Greenhut Galleries on Middle Street in Portland. The show runs through October 28.
VH: Photography by Donald Verger and paintings by Rebecca Krupke will be on display through October 15 at the Stadler Gallery in Kingfield.
AA: Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is opening their next exhibit: “All Creatures Large & Small,” a group art exhibition to benefit the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. Join them Friday for an opening reception from 5 to 8, or stop by to see the show between October 6th and the 29th.
VH: The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta will hold an opening reception Friday for “Art Harvest 5”, a new show featuring new artists as well as their full group.
AA: There will be an opening reception Friday from 5 to 7 at Elan Fine Arts in Rockport for the next exhibition: MAINE PRINTMAKERS featuring works by SUSAN AMONS, FRANCES HODSDON, MAJO KELESHIAN, ALAN MAGEE, HOLLY MEADE, LEE NESLER, and others. (ROLL THEME) INTERVIEW/FEATURE CLOSE
VH: and finally, don’t forget, the new month brings First Friday Festivities! Portland’s October First Friday Art Walk takes place from 5 to 7 pm on October 6, offering a free, self-guided tour of Portland‚s local galleries, art studios, museums and alternative art. For a map and more information, go to their website: “first-friday-art-walk-dot-com”. BelfastArt will also sponsor First Friday openings, all within a couple blocks of each other. They’ve also got a map on their site: belfast-arts-dot-com. And D-Mortenson Gallery in Stonington is offering a First Friday Open Gallery Night from 5 to 8.
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 printed version of this show, complete with images. This show is produced for WERU by Maine Galleries and Studio Guide — pick up your copy at most local fine art galleries ^& Studios. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next week!