TJ McDermott, Weathervane study “Long Fish”
Wood, glass eyes, copper fins, 23k leafed & airbrushed,
Anthony’s last interview for the season wil be with Freeport artist and wood carver extrodinaire TJ Mc Dermott at his 150 High Street Gallery in Portland about his one-of-a-kind carved and gilded fish.
At 150 High Street TJ has combined forces with designer Jennings Garnett and furniture maker Chris Becksvoort. There, McDermott’s work dominates the space, with four golden fish, inspired by weathervanes, positioned in front of the large window looking out onto one of Portland’s busiest streets.
McDermott’s carvings also include
many birds, fanciful and sculptural.
The fishare gilded in 23-carat gold with copper fins and glass eyes. “I had my first show last year at the Freeport Historical Society and I sold everything, “It’s done in my mind before I even start,” McDermott says. His fish, for example, begin with drawn patterns, either full-sized or to scale. “Then,” he says, “it’s just artistic license. Once it’s designed and laid out, the carving is pretty automatic for me.”
McDermott has turned his attention to smaller things. His current love affair is with palm nuts. “I’m actually so excited about working on these nuts I’ve lost sleep,” he says. For more examples of TJ’s work please see his web site www.tjmcdermott.com
Thanks for listening to the radio show. Anthony will be back on the air in the spring to let everyone know what is happening in the Maine art world. Keep checking back to this blog however and you will find articles and things of interest to all throughout the winter. Remeber to submit any event you would like to have posted. Comments are welcome!
Camden Falls Gallery is showing “Autumn Hues,” a collection of images of foliage in coastal Maine by Lois Goldstone through Nov16.
At Greenhut Galleries “Portland Show 0-6”, the third biennial invitational exhibition relating to the theme of Portland. Forty-four artists have been invited and charged with the challenge of representing the Forest City in their chosen method. As long as it’s about Portland, anything goes. The show runs through Dec 2,
Elan Fine Arts in Rockport “Home for the Holidays” runs through Nov 26.
Door 463 in Portland is showing ”Side by Side: Maine landscapes by 2 painters, 2 friends: David Little and Doug Howe. www.door463.com
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.
Whitney Art Works on York Street in Portland, shows works by Allison Cooke Brown, Alex Sax, Amy Robinson, through Nov18. 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.
“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
Museums The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor is currently showing three exhbits: A Print Survey: works of John Marin, Prints by Richard Estes, and Abstract Wood Reliefs by Bernard Langlais. All three shows continue through January 13.
Jameson Gallery in Portland presents Denis Boudreau, “Maine Abstractions”. The show Opens Nov 6, with an opening reception Fri. Nov 10 5-7 pm. The show runs through Nov 10. www.jamesongallery.com
Bates College Museum of Art’s “Scrape, Cut, Gouge, Bite, Print: The Graphic Work of Charlie Hewitt 1976-2006”
“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.
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, Andrew Wyeth, Fall/Winter Exhibition, Oct 29,- April 15, 2007. The Study Center Gallery will feature temperas from the late 1930s combined with watercolors from throughout Wyeth’s career.
The Portland Museum of Art “American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America” This exhibit, which runs from November 2nd through January 7th, will explore the subject of childhood and its relationship to the American quest for national identity during the 19th century. Presenting works by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, and other major American artists, the exhibition will investigate the connection between American ideas about children and the ideals and issues that defined the nation as it matured.
The Portland Museum of Art “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.
Call for Art
The Bangor Art Society is inviting artists to donate artwork to the fourth annual Holiday Art Auction, 6-8 pm Dec 1 at the Union Street Brick Church. Call Joanne 947-0937 or Kris 942-3868 for more information.
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Café Des Artistes #24 061104
Show Date: 11/04 TEASER:
VH: Golden deepwater Fish and American ABCs
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: Prints, leaves, and substances known as “resuscitated materials” are yours for the viewing. Details and directions in just a moment.
AA: And we chat with Freeport wood carver extrodinaire TJ Mc Dermott at his 150 High Gallery in Portland about his one-of-a-kind carved gilded fish
VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:
AA: Camden Falls Gallery is showing “Autumn Hues,” a collection of images of foliage in coastal Maine through November 16th.
VH The RIVERTREE CENTER FOR THE ARTS ‘s IRVINE GALLERY In Kennebunk is having a Print Exhibit- as part of the Maine Print Print project, thru Nov 29
AA Elan Gallery in Rockport is showing “MAINE PRINTMAKERS – FEATURING WORKS BY AMONS, BASKIN, FRANK, HODSDON, KELESHIAN, MAGEE, MEADE AND NESLER Thru Nov 26. Visit elanfinearts.com for more information.
VH: Whitney Art Works in Portland’s current show is called, “Material Matters.” Artists Allison Cooke Brown, Amy Robinson, and Alex Sax transform the Gallery into an unexpected repository for resuscitated materials. With expertise in traditional techniques of needlepoint, paper making, sewing, and drawing, these artists manipulate materials into works that defy easy explanation. The show runs until November 18th. And, later this month, Whitney will open Holiday Mixer, A celebration of Whitney Art Works Artists, which will run November 29th through December 23rd.
AA: The UNIVERSITY OF MAINE MUSEUM OF ART in Bangor is currently showing three exhbits: A Print Survey: works of John Marin, Prints by Richard Estes, and Abstract Wood Reliefs by Bernard Langlais. All three shows continue through January 13.
INTERVIEW/FEATURE: TJ McDermott www.tjmcdermott.com/
AA: The Portland Museum of Art continues a new show this week, called, “American ABC: Childhood in 19th-Century America” This exhibit, which runs from November 2nd through January 7th, will explore the subject of childhood and its relationship to the American quest for national identity during the 19th century. Presenting works by Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Eastman Johnson, and other major American artists, the exhibition will investigate the connection between American ideas about children and the ideals and issues that defined the nation as it matured. A: That’s all for this week.
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