Sardines and Art Walks–Maine art in winter

Francisco José de Goya (Spain, 1746-1828), Hobgoblins
Caprichos, no. 49: Duendecitos), 1796-1797.
Etching and burnished aquatint. Courtesy Landau Traveling Exhibitions,
Angeles, CA. at the Portland Museum of Art

By the look of things, the art scene is happening in Maine this winter! While creating this blog I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of things going on. I apologize if your event is not included I mainly try to get in all the press releases and notices I receive here at the office. If you have something to get out, send it to me and I will post it here for you if space and time permits.

Recently we were fortunate to spend a few days with artist Peter Buotte as he completed his art event at the Stinson Sardine factory. Peter sends this story of his experience.


Augusta artist Peter Buotte had no idea what world he would enter into when he opened a can of Beach Cliff sardines last December.

“I like sardines. While opening a can, I became curious about the processing plant and the people behind it.” Researching on the internet, he quickly found the history and locale of Maine’s and the United States‚ only remaining sardine cannery in operation. At its height, the fish canning industry had 75 plants in coastal Maine alone. Now, due to harvest limits and improved automation, the last processing plant is found in a quiet cove located in the village of Prospect Harbor.

“I didn’t know where the harbor was until I found a detailed map of Maine. I felt that this remaining cannery deserved attention. Thinking of how sardines are preserved in a can, I wanted to document and preserve this very special living heritage of Maine.”

On a road trip in the middle of a snow storm, he found the cannery. Although it was closed, he hand-delivered a proposal to do two watercolor portraits of the plant. The next week he followed up with a phone call. “The secretary was laughing about the idea, but liked examples of work I had provided.” Soon he was speaking with General Manager Roger Webber and was invited to see the plant. “When Roger Webber gave the green light, I was even more determined to do the project” Buotte says.

Buotte received a tour with Plant Manager Peter Colson and gained a further appreciation of the operations. He then drew two plein-air scenes outside in sub-zero temperatures. He had to complete the watercolors from inside of his car, otherwise “I would have painted with frozen slush!”

In three days the work was done. Roger Webber and Logistician Diana Young selected the one work that they wanted to frame for their offices, which left Buotte with the other composition. He then proceeded to cut the watercolor into 49 small sardine-can size elements. Peter Colson then provided pieces to his Canning Manager Dave Rinkle for the work to be sealed into the well-known Beach Cliff sardine cans. The canned artwork will be shown in a Waterville Arts exhibit in February and then in a drawing show at the Drawing Center in Portland, Maine in November. “I intend to keep all the containers sealed and shown together, Buotte says. The display will be accompanied with a digital print to indicate the preserved works inside.”

Gallery Guide News

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Maine Gallery News

Gina Adams’s – Butterfly II,

encaustic and collage on panel

7 x 7
inches, at Greenhut Galleries

At Greenhut Galleries Fusion: Ten Maine Encaustic Artists. Greenhut will be hosting an encaustic demonstration with several of the exhibiting artists, so we can see how this curiously old and new medium works. Please join us Saturday, Feb 10, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for the demonstration.

Jack Montgomery
Zeraph, photo at Aucocisco

Aucocisco on Congress St in Portland will be showing the photography of Jack Montgomery through Feb 24. Reception First Friday Art Walk Feb 2.

Cliff Baldwin, Orchestrion (detail), 2007
at Whitney Art Works

Whitney Art Works Words are Deeds: Cliff Baldwin and Patrick O’Rorke at 45 York St., Portland. Artists reception First Friday, Feb 2, 5-8 pm. A colorful, musical and wonderful exhibition through Feb 10. Whitney Art Works is proud to present a provocative new show of works by two artists investigating pop culture through the fabrication of two-dimensional and three dimensional con
temporary work.

cy Bassett at CMCA, Rockland

At CMCA, in Rockland, A Matter of Perception 2007: Juried Exhibition by Artists with Disabilities
A Matter of Perception 2007 is the sixth in a series of very special juried exhibitions. It was organized by VSA arts of Maine by sending out a call for art to hundreds of artists with disabilities throughout the state of Maine. The exhibition that will be on view at CMCA was juried by Suzette McAvoy, Dennis Pinette, and Wally Mason, among many other notable jurors. The show runs through Feb 10

Aaron Stephan Lauren Fensterstock Marriage of True Minds:
the Work of Couples at Art Gallery of the University of New England

Art Gallery at University of New England Marriage of True Minds: The Work of Couples’
Feb. 14 – April 22, Opening Reception Feb. 14, 5 – 7 p.m. Educational Programs, Conversations with the artists: March 8, 5 – 6:30 p.m. and March 22, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Across all mediums from oil on canvas, prints, photography, textiles, and the computer, to works on paper and sculpture, these works ask us to ponder such age old questions as nature versus nurture, the importance of romance, righteousness, mind over matter, proximity, proclivity, love, sex, work and play – all in the name of art and the marriage of true minds.

Flanagann Fine Art 15 Free St., Grand Opening/Invitational Exhibition. Please join us for our First “First Friday Art Walk” as we celebrate our Grand Opening. Fine Period & Contemporary Maine Paintings. 207 773 9400 Hours: Tues-Fri 12-6; Sat 12-4 and by appt.


At The Portland Museum of Art Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos through Feb 25. This exhibition presents one of the most influential works of graphic images in the history of Western art, Los Caprichos, a series of 80 black-and-white prints published in 1799 that satirize the foibles of late-18th-century Spanish society and humanity in general. Enigmatic and controversial, Los Caprichos was created in a time of social repression and economic crisis in Spain. Influenced by Enlightenment thinking, Goya set out to analyze the human condition and denounce social abuses and superstitions.

The Portland Museum of Art Gallery Talk Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos: Go-Go-ya (Gallery Talk)
This talk on the exhibition Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos is presented by John Fatula. Gallery talks provide informal and relaxed opportunities to learn more about the works of art in the Museum and the artists who created them. Each talk offers a different perspective and a unique presentation by a Museum Docent. Location: Great Hall, Feb 3, 2:00 pm

Also at The Portland Museum of Art A Deaf Artist in Early America: The Worlds of John Brewster, Jr. Jan 25 – March 25. The first comprehensive exhibition on the important American painter John Brewster, Jr. (1766-1854), this show features 50 outstanding paintings illustrating the full range of Brewster’s long and successful career. Brewster was not an artist who incidentally was Deaf but rather a Deaf artist, one in a long tradition that owes many of its features and achievements to the fact that Deaf people are, as scholars have noted, visual people.

Saul Leiter
lem, 1960
Color photograph
14 x 11 “

The University of Maine Museum of Art Bangor, The University of Maine Museum of Art is pleased to present three exhibitions runing through April 14. Saul Leiter Early Color provides a survey of the artist’s seminal work in color photography throughout the 1950s into the 60s with the city as his subject matter. Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky British Pop Art draws from the museum’s extensive collection of modern prints to provide a glimpse of the beginnings of Pop Art which originated in Britain. William Greiner Blogs* Katrina combines New Orleans photographer William Greiner’s photographs, writings and recollections that have been posted on his blog since October 2005.

“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 Museum Jonathan Fisher: Pioneer Painter and Printmaker (Maine Print Project) thru April 08, 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.

Call for Art

Call for Proposals Maine College of Art invites all Alumni who hold a BFA, MFA, Diploma or Honorary BFA degree to submit a proposal for an alumni exhibition at the Institute of Comtemporary Art at MECA. Deadline for return of poposals is March 15. For more information and please contact Jill Dalton, Alumni Relations Coordinator, Maine College of Art, 97 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101,(207) 775-5098 ext. 29

Courthouse Gallery Call To Artists for 2007/2008 Season. Currently accepting samples of work from artists to consider for our 2007 season, including painting, sculpture, photography, and fine crafts.

To be included in this listing, please submit thru via the contact page. Please submit items 1 week in advance.

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