This week Anthony speaks with artist Louise Frechette. Calling herself Painter of the Ocean, Louise has been painting the ocean since 1978. She speaks with reverence and fascination of the sea, saying her artwork is an attempt to transpose life’s mystery into something as beautiful – but more tangible. see more at www.frechettegallery.com
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Will Barnet, Celebration, artist’s proof, ed. 15/20, 2005 color lithograph, 20”x30” Collection of Ona Barnet, Courtesy of Babcock Gallery, New York, NY, at CMCA in Rockport
“Maine Printmakers:1980-2005” a group exhibition of traditional printing processes, wil be at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. This show is part of “The Maine Print Project: Celebrating 200 Years of Printmaking in Maine,” taking place around the state, at virtually all museums, through February 2007. In conjunction with this exhibit, there will be a Print Symposium Sat 21, at 1:00 at the Rockport Opera House. David Becker, author of the book “The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800 – 2005” will offer the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion, titled, “Printmaking and the Collaborative Process” An opening reception of the exhibition will directly follow.
The Gallery at the Unity Centre in Unity, Maine, is showing “Other Worlds, Entrances and Exits,” an exhibit of Maine’s native American petroglyphs recorded as full size “surface prints.” The exhibit will also include sculpture and weaving by contemporary artists, Alison Enslin and Carol Hedden, and a wall hanging by the late Sari Dienes who adapted the “surface print” technique for petroglyphs.
The Art Gallery at the University of Maine at Machias will display “Prints and Books of Claire van Vliet” through Dec 8 as part of the Maine Print Project. see more at www.maineprintproject.org/machias.html
West Island Gallery in Georgetown will show new paintings by Susie Westly Wren. The show runs through Christmas Eve.
Alex Sax, Installation View, Menagerie Recovery, 2006, “Materials Matter” at Whitney Artworks in Portland
Whitney Art Works on York Street in Portland, shows works by Allison Cooke Brown, Alex Sax, Amy Robinson, through November 18. In this show titled “Material Matters”, three artists, linked by a shared capability in the careful hand-building of objects, Cooke Brown, Robinson, and Sax nevertheless construct highly individualized works which investigate material matters important to each of them. For more information please visit www.whitneyartworks.com
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. “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
Élan Fine Arts is 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
Phoenix Row Loft Gallery in Belfast will show new paintings and seascapes by Belfast artist and resident Archie Barnes.
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.
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
Charles Hewitt, Acadian Spring, 1990, Woodcut, 34 x 46 inches, Published by Vinalhaven Press
At the Bates College Museum of Art’s “Scrape, Cut, Gouge, Bite, Print: The Graphic Work of Charlie Hewitt 1976-2006” opens Friday. The opening reception will be Sat 28, at 4pm.
“Whistler as Printmaker: is showing at the Colby Museum of Art through Feb 25. This selection of prints is drawn from a collection on loan to the Colby museum consisting of almost 200 impressions.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art has a pair of exhibits through Oct 31: “The Human Figure in American Painting and Drawing, 1985-2005” and “Prints of Peggy Bacon.”
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.
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.
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Café Des Artistes #22 061021
Show Date: 10/21
TEASER: VH: The Maine Print Project – coming to an art center near you soon
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: The Maine Print Project is rolling across Maine, and we’ll tell you about one of its openings in a moment.
AA: And we speak with Kennebunk artist Louise Frechette about her transcendental seascapes VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:
AA: “MAINE PRINTMAKERS: 1980-2005” a group exhibition of traditional printing processes, will open tomorrow at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. This show is part of “The Maine Print Project: Celebrating 200 Years of Printmaking in Maine,” taking place around the state, at virtually all museums, through February 2007.
VH: In conjunction with this exhibit, there will be a Print Symposium beginning this afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Rockport Opera House. David Becker, author of the book “The Imprint of Place: Maine Printmaking 1800 – 2005” will offer the keynote address, followed by a panel discussion, titled, “Printmaking and the Collaborative Process” An opening reception of the exhibition will directly follow.
AA: The Bates College Museum of Art’s next show is called, “Scrape, Cut, Gouge, Bite, Print: The Graphic Work of Charlie Hewitt 1976-2006” and opens Friday. You’re invited to attend the opening reception a week from today, Saturday the 28th, at 4 o’clock.
(ROLL THEME) INTERVIEW/FEATURE: Louise Frechette frechettegallery.com
VH: and finally, here’s a call for crafters: Heartwood College of Art in Kennebunk is accepting applications for its juried Winter Craft Fair. For more information, call 985-0985. A: That’s all for this week.
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