Dancing the Night Away~Online Magazine for Oct 6, 2006

Susan Tobey White, Dancing the Night Away Series, High Street Gallery, Belfast

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

This week Susan Tobey White of High Street Gallery in Belfast speaks with Anthony about her Dancing the Night away series. Susan’s vibrant work has been known to inspire smiles and laughter from professional dancers to people who are dancers at heart. Her colorful and expressive Dancing the Night Away series is inspired by women’s need to ‘create a place of their own.’ Scenes of impassioned dancers in crowded dance halls, swinging to their own rhythms, summon nostalgic times and practically dance right off the canvas.

In the s
ummer of 2002 Susan opened High Street Studio and Gallery in Belfast, Maine. Susan holds workshops for children and adults in drawing, painting and sculpture as well as having her own work on display in the gallery. www.highstreetgallery.com

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West Island Gallery in Georgetown will show new paintings by Susie Westly Wren. The show runs through Christmas Eve.

Whitney Art Works on York Street in Portland, shows works by Allison Cooke Brown, Alex Sax, Amy Robinson, through November 18.

The Irvine Gallery at the Rivertree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk, “The Art of Printmaking.” Part of the Maine Print Project, each artist will represent a particular medium: Don Gorvett, woodcuts; Beverly Hallam, monotypes and digital media; DeWitt Hardy, lithographs; Nancy Davison, etchings; Kate Chappell, monotypes and collographs; Michael Walek, etchings; and Joel Seah, silkscreen prints.

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.

Siri Beckman, Approaching Storm, wood engraving, 4.5” x 10”

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

“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.

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 spirit 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.
Show closes Oct 14.

Alan Magee at Èlan Fine Arts, Rockport

Élan Fine Arts will be showing Maine Printmakers. This extensive exhibition is being mounted in connection with the Maine Print Project, and will showcase the work of fifteen exceptional Maine Printmakers. 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.

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.

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

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

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell will be showing “All Creatures Great and Small” an art exhibition to benefit the Kennebec Valley Humane Society through the 29th of Oct.

CMCA in Rockport will host “Work of the Hand” crafts show and sale through Oct 26. 207-236-2875 www.cmcanow.org


The Farnsworth Museum “Imprints of Maine: 1900-1950.” an exhibition 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

Lollipop Art Productions of Portland is looking for artists to display in 2007. Artists who paint Barns, Landscapes, Waterscapes, Maine Scenes, Flowers, some abstracts – bright, bold, different – not completely traditional works, are invited to contact Lori Palumbo. The work is to be displayed in Biddeford Savings Bank’s new Branch in Scarborough. Shows are in three-month rotations in January and July. You assist in installation. For more information, call Lori at 415-7143.

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Free Art Classified
The Fall Art Festival in Downeast Maine will be held on October 21. This is an annual opportunity for Maine artists to showcase their original fine art. It will be held at the Calais Veteran’s Memorial Gymnasium from 9 to 4. To obtain a vendor application and more information, go to visitstcroixvalley.com

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Café Des Artistes #20 061007
Show Date: 10/07


VH: The Maine print Project in Kennebunkport, and the final showing of Mona Lisa at the Portland Museum

THEME: King of Bongo


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’re nearing the peak season for leaf-peeping,and while you’re out driving around, why not also stop in at a gallery or museum on your way? We’ve got some suggestions for you, just ahead.

AA: And we speak with Belfast artist Susan Tobey White at her High Street Studio & Gallery about her lively, colorful paintings of dancers

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


AA: There will be an opening reception today from 4 to 6 at the West Island Gallery in Georgetown for a show of new paintings by Susie Westly Wren. The show runs through Christmas Eve.

VH: You’re invited to stop in at Whitney Art Works on York Street to see works by Allison Cooke Brown, Alex Sax, Amy Robinson, on display from Wednesday of the coming week through November 18.

AA: …The Irvine Gallery at the Rivertree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk will open Friday, “The Art of Printmaking,” as part of the Maine Print Project. Each artist will represent a particular medium: Don Gorvett, woodcuts; Beverly Hallam, monotypes and digital media; DeWitt Hardy, lithographs; Nancy Davison, etchings; Kate Chappell, monotypes and collographs; Michael Walek, etchings; and Joel Seah, silkscreen prints.




VH: and finally, here’s a last call for you to see some great shows, which are about to complete their runs:

The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland has works by Charlie Hewitt through the end of the coming week; also in Rockland, Nan Mulford Gallery’s show, The Constant Line continues another week; the Portland Museum of Art’s “Paris and the Countryside” ends October 15, as does their display of a rare Mona Lisa, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Also, The Colby College Museum’s display of the retrospective of The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture will conclude at the end of the month. Carpe diem!

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!