Great Spruce Head Island-12 Artists Paint and Stay in Fairfield Porter’s Summer Home



Pamela Elias, Island Barn and Anina Fuller, Vastness, are two
of the artists on view at Handworks Gallery
“Artists of Great Spruce Head Island” show in Blue Hill.

Welcome all to the the Cafe des Artists online version of the weekly Sat. morning radio show. Tune into WERU 89.9 or 102.9 to catch the show at 7:30. If you are out of listening range or that’s just to darn early on a Sat. morning, you can listen to the audio of the show right here! Click on the link to the right “Listen to Podcast” , and a new page will open with the audio file. If you like, open a new browser window for the blog and follow along as Anthony and Victor announce the week’s upcoming art events.

This week Anthony Interviews Marcia Stremlau the owner of Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill. Handworks Gallery, located on Main Street in Blue Hill, Maine, has been representing Maine Artists for 30 years.

Marcia talks to Anthony about the current show at Handworks. Thanks to Anina Porter Fuller, each summer since 1993, a group of 12 artists have spent a week exploring the artistic process on Great Spruce Head Island. The Island has been the summer home of the Porter Family for over a century and is where Fairfield Porter painted and Eliott Porter photographed. The GSHI show presents work of artists who have participated in art week. This year the artists represented are Gordon Bok, Kristy Cunnane, Pamela Elias, Diane Langlay, Stephanie Lee, Abbie Read, Douglas Smith, Sharon Townshend. Artists of Great Spruce Head Island will be at Handworks Gallery, in Blue Hill thru Jun. 28. For more information see www.handworksgallery.org

Deborah Randall, Chianti 7, 12” x 12”,
oil on panel, 2007, at Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland

Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland is showing Deborah Randall “Visions of Landscape, curated by Suzanne Gagnon. Opening reception Fri. June 1st 5-8 pm. www.kany.net



Jose Bedia, Jibaro at the Art Gallery at UNE, Portland

Art Gallery at UNE, Westbrook College Campus, Portland, Cuba Hearts and Minds Past and Present, May 21 – July 22. www.une.edu/artgallery



The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: The Summer
Variety Show Tour at Space in Portland


Space
in Portland will present The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus: The Summer Variety Show Tour. The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus will be rolling into Portland for one stellar night, July 28, with a classic variety show that promises something for everyone: circus, sideshow, vaudeville and burlesque presented in unique Bindlestiff style. Doors at 8 pm, starts at 8:30 pm, $10 adv (or in costume) $12 general, 18+ www.space538.org

At the Argosy Gallery, in Bar Harbor, during Bar Harbor’s Legacy of the Arts week, the gallery will co-host the third collaborative effort with an exhibition at Galyn’s Restaurant, 17 Main Street, Bar Harbor, on Sun. Jun. 17. The show will feature paintings by 8 artists with homes in Maine. Reception from 3-6 pm. The paintings will remain on display until 8 pm, and can be seen thereafter at the galleries. www.argosygallery.com

Barn Gallery and The Ogunquit Art Association will hold the following events at Barn Gallery in Oqunquit; 13th Annual Chamber Music Festival, June 7, 8, 9 and 10, 29th Annual Student Art Show. Also, the Ogunquit Art Association exhibiting at the Barn Gallery will open its first summer show.

Mary Bourke, The Nature of Things, oil on panel,
14 x 14 inches, at Greenhut Galleries, Portland

Greenhut Galleries, Portland, will show the paintings of artist Mary Bourke, Jun 7 – Jun 30, Reception Thus, Jun. 7, 5-7 pm. Gallery Talk scheduled Sat, Jun. 9, 1:30 pm Mary Bourke and Wes LaFountain conduct a gallery walk-through. www.greenhutgalleries.com

Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is showing “Alan Magee: From the Underground River.” This exhibition gives you a unique opportunity to see another side of Alan Magee: his most personal and provocative work. These rarely exhibited drawings, monotypes, collages, and found-object sculptures express his concern for the ethical and spiritual well-being of our current society. The show runs in the Main Gallery through July 21. www.cmcanow.org

Barbara Brady, Meet Me at Granite Rock,
oil and charcoal on canvas, 36” x 36”
at Flanagan Fine Art, Portland

Flanagan Fine Art, Portland, Contemporary Maine Painters, Fri., Jun. 1 – Thus. Jul. 5. www.flanaganfineart.com

Lucinda Bliss and Sage Lewis at Whitney Art Works, Portland

Whitney Art Works, Portland, Intelligent Design runs through Jun. 9.
Artist Reception First Friday, Jun. 1, Lucinda Bliss, Lydia Badger, Carl Haase, Sage Lewis. www.whitneyartworks.com

Francois Daubigny (1817 – 1878), Coucher de SoleilCharles,
at Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill

Blue Hill Bay Gallery, in Blue Hill, will be exhibiting “French Connection: The Barbizon Influence” May 15 to Jul. 15, Reception Sun, June 17, 4-6 pm. www.bluehillbaygallery.com

Josh D’Alessio at Pretty Marsh Gallery, Bar Harbor

Pretty Marsh Gallery, Bar Harbor, Two Generations of D’Alessio’s, opening Mon. Jun.. 18, 4 – 7 pm. Father and son, Russell and Josh D’Alessio, will show together for the first time. www.rdalessio.com

MUSEUMS

The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland is currently showing “The Constructed Landscape,” an exhibition that brings together work by five contemporary artists who portray in their paintings the constructed rather than the natural landscape. They challenge traditional ideas about landscape painting by depicting un-scenic sites in ways that alter our appreciation of them. Back lots, factory yards, tank farms, industrial machinery, the evidence of human involvement with the land are the subjects that inspire these artists. This exhibit continues at the Farnsworth through October 7th.

Photos by Linda Butler are on view at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. “Yangtze Remembered: The River Beneath the Lake” chronicles eight trips Butler made to China between 2000 and 2003, documenting the flooding behind the Three Gorges Dam, a reservoir the size of Lake Superior, which inundated fifteen-hundred cities, towns and villages and displaced more than a million people. The display runs through June 30th.

Turtleback Chair, Christopher Campbell, Architect; Brian Lazarus, Artisan,
at Portland Museum of Art, Portland

Portland Museum of Art Getting Personal: Maine Architects Design Furniture
Jun. 2 – Aug. 26. Maine Architects Design Furniture explores the relationship between craft and design by pairing contemporary furniture makers and architects. Twelve individuals or teams of architects contributed 15 pieces to the exhibition. The architects presented napkin sketches of their designs and, when possible, commissioned Maine artisans to build their pieces. The original sketches will be presented along with the final executed designs to map the path from idea to object in a variety of materials including wood, concrete, and steel. www.portlandmuseum.org

WORKSHOPS
One-Day Writing Workshop at drawing room, White Whaling: Writing Obsessions, One-Day Writing Workshop, Sat, Jun. 2, 9-4, 142 high street, rooms 532 & 533, Portland, Contact: Alex Rheault, drawing room, 632-2391, www.alexrheault.com

The ineffable thing has tied me to him;
tows me with a cable I have no knife to cut.
— Herman Melville Moby Dick

CALL FOR ART

Artists are invited to submit images to be considered for “Lasting Impressions,” a group show of prints and monotypes to be held at the Denmark Arts Center July 8th through the 29th. All original print media, including woodblock, linocut, etching, silkscreen, and monotype are eligible. Entry deadline is June 20. For more information or to print out an entry form, see www.denmarkarts.org.

TRANSCRIPT
Café Des Artistes #0702 070602
Show Date: 06/02

TEASER:
VH: Ah to spend a week with other artists, painting on Great Spruce Head Island, and staying in Fairfield Porters’ House!

THEME: King of Bongo
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VH: Hello, I’m Victor Hathaway.

AA: and I’m Anthony Anderson, and welcome to Cafe Des Artists, your weekly round-up of Maine art news, openings, and shows.

VH: Galleries and museums all over the state are inviting you with tempting offerings for viewing and for purchase. Get out and take in some of the richness that is the Maine art scene!

AA: And if you see something you really love, buy it and it will add beauty and value to your life, and maybe even to your children’s children. In a moment we speak with Marcia Stremlow about what makes her opening show in her Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill, so interesting

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

GALLERIES

AA: Greenhut Galleries in Portland will host an opening reception on Thursday for an exhibit of whimsical and nostalgic paintings titled “Mary Bourke: Things Unsaid”. Stop by Thursday between 5 and 7 and take a look at Mary Bourke’s colorfully geometric landscapes and interiors. The show will run through the end of the month.

VH: Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is showing “Alan Magee: From the Underground River”. This exhibition gives you a unique opportunity to see another side of Alan Magee: his most personal and provocative work. These rarely exhibited drawings, monotypes, collages, and found-object sculptures express his concern for the ethical and spiritual well-being of our current society. The show runs in the Main Gallery through July 21st.

AA: The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland is currently showing “The Constructed Landscape,” an exhibition that brings together work by five contemporary artists who portray in their paintings the constructed rather than the natural landscape. They challenge traditional ideas about landscape painting by depicting un-scenic sites in ways that alter our appreciation of them. Back lots, factory yards, tank farms, industrial machinery, the evidence of human involvement with the land are the subjects that inspire these artists. This exhibit continues at the Farnsworth through October 7th.

VH: Check out the photos by Linda Butler on view at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. “Yangtze Remembered: The River Beneath the Lake” chronicles eight trips Butler made to China between 2000 and 2003, documenting the flooding behind the Three Gorges Dam, a reservoir the size of Lake Superior, which inundated fifteen-hundred cities, towns and villages and displaced more than a million people. The display runs through June 30th.

(ROLL THEME)

INTERVIEW/FEATURE – Marcia Stremleau – Handworks Gallery

CLOSE

VH:Here’s a call for artists. Artists are invited to submit images to be considered for “Lasting Impressions,” a group show of prints and monotypes to be held at the Denmark Arts Center July 8th through the 29th. All original print media, including woodblock, linocut, etching, silkscreen, and monotype are eligible. Entry deadline is June 20. For more information or to print out an entry form, see their website: denmarkarts.org.

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 check out our Café des Artists Blog (is it Maine’s best art news?) or listen to the Café pod cast anytime, and surf the world’s largest collection of Maine art online. This show is produced for WERU by Maine Galleries and Studio Guide — pick up your copy at most local fine art venues. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next week!

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