Josh D’Alessio “Quinn as is” and Russel D’Alessio “The Ring”
Acrylic on Wrapped Canvas 50 X 60 at Pretty Marsh Gallery in Bar Harbor
Welcome to another Cafe des Artists!
Listen to this week’s radio show (podcast to the right) as Anthony speaks with the lively D’Alessio family about their group show at Pretty Marsh Gallery in Bar Harbor.
In the show, two generations of D’Alessio’s, Russell D’Alessio and son Joshua, will be showcasing their “life portrait” photographic works together for the first time.
Also featured are Rebecca Millar (daughter-in-law) a paper collage artist, Gabriella D’Italia (neice) a fiber artist, and Laura Giorgio (employee like family) a photographer as part of the “All in the Family” show. The opening will be Wed, Jun. 20, 4 – 7 pm. Pretty Marsh Gallery is located in the court, 15 Cottage St., Bar Harbor 207-288-9442. www.prettymarshgallery.com and www.rdalessio.com
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Michael Reece, Island, oil on canvas 32 x36,
at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland.
The Caldbeck Gallery is showing new paintings by Michael Reece, recent ceramic by Anne Alexander, and new paintings by Nancy Glassman. The show runs through July 14th. www.caldbeck.com
The Landing Gallery in Rockland is showing “Figurative Sculptures,” new work by Robert Birbeck in wood and stone. The exhibit continues until July 15.
Mulford Gallery, Rockland, will be showing Mimo Gordon Riley’s new work and sculpture by Mike Stiler. The show opens Jun. 20.
At the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor there is a new exhibition on through Oct 14: Decoys, Design and Details – World Class Bird Carvings by Larry Barth, Tan Brunet and John Sharp from the collection of the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland. These three carvers epitomize the three major forms of decorative bird carving: Brunet is master of the decoy, creating textures so soft viewers believe his ducks are made of feathers, not wood. In contrast, Sharp’s solid sculptures are clearly made of wood, yet the skill and planning that it took to coax the birds and their surroundings from one-piece of walnut is mind-boggling. As for Barth’s bird carvings, the life and detail he endows them with make the museum cases appear necessary to contain them. This trio of carvers have been recognized as the best in their class many times over during the past several decades. Visit Decoys, Design and Details at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor and discover why. 207-244-7555
Helen St. Clair Interior with Chair, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 inches.
Gleason Fine Art, in Boothbay Harbor, Will be showing the work of Helen St. Clair “Inside Out -New oil Paintings thru July 3. St. Clair’s subtle, atmospheric oils demonstrate once again how easily this artist moves from figures and interiors to landscapes and still lifes.207-633-6849 www.gleasonfineart.com
“Murder on a Bagel” by Ivan Rasmussen
Bar Harbor artist Ivan Rasmussen is back after 25 years to 33 Central Street in downtown Bangor. His show, “Something to Crow About” can be seen at Bagel Central.
Crows began appearing in Ivan’s work in the early 1970’s when he was throwing and decorating stoneware at Cherryfield Stoneware studio on the Narraguagus River. “Barney the Crow” was in residence at the studio. A group of crows is not a flock but a murder of crows. One morning while having breakfast at Bagel Central, Ivan visualized “Murder on a Bagel”. That work with 30 others comprises a murder of crow paintings on display the month of June. Bagel Central is open Sun through Fri and closed Sat.
The Grand, Ellsworth, will be host “Inside Art” an exhibit of art by Hancock jail Residents, sponsored by Volunteers for Hancock Jail Residents. www.grandonline.org.
The Outdoor Market in Bangor will feature juried artisans and a farmers market every Thurs. 5 to 8 pm. Located behind the Pickering Square Parking Garage thru Aug 2 Live music 7-8 pm. www.downtownbangor.com
Jill Dalton at Whitney Art Works, Portland
Whitney Art Works “Wax” thru July 31. Wax features eleven artists who work in the medium, but push its artistic limits beyond its common identity as a sticky sibling to oil… www.whitneyartworks.com
Saltwater Artists Gallery, Pemaquid Pt., Jean Kigel, Asian Brush Exhibit on display June 15-29, 10-5 daily www.saltwaterartists.com
Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland is showing Deborah Randall “Visions of Landscape, curated by Suzanne Gagnon. www.kany.net
Art Gallery at UNE, Westbrook College Campus, Portland, Cuba Hearts and Minds Past and Present, May 21 – July 22. www.une.edu/artgallery
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 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
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.
Flanagan Fine Art, Portland, Contemporary Maine Painters, thru Jul. 5. www.flanaganfineart.com
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.
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
Long Session Life Drawing at drawing room, Sat June 16. from 10 to 3 pm. cost is $25, $35 with instruction. drawing room will offer a long session of life drawing, including a series of short and long poses with a model. Instruction by request.Bring your own supplies and snacks. Located at 142 High St, room 532, fifth floor, Portland, 207- 632-2391 Contact: Alex Rheault email@example.com
CALL FOR ART
Somerville Museum, MA call for New England Mosaic Artists due 6/30/07. Online guidelines and registration. www.exhibition.mosaicrocks.com
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.
The Maine Arts Commission is reminding artists statewide that, Fri, June 29, is the application deadline for the agency’s four individual artists grant programs. These four programs collectively provide $91,000 in grant support for individual artists The four grant programs available to Maine artists including: Good Idea Grants, Individual Artist Fellowships, Traditional Arts Fellowship, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. All program guidelines and application information are available on their website at www.mainearts.maine.gov.
Café Des Artistes #0704 070616
Show Date: 06/16
VH: The talented D’Allessio family is all geared up for “Legacy of the arts week” in Bar Harbor
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: Whether they planned it or not, there’s a tempting midweek trio of opening receptions on the midcoast this week, as we roll into the second half of June.
AA: And we speak with the D’allessio family about their Pretty Marsh Gallery show for Legacy of the arts week which runs June 17 to the 24.
VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:
AA: Tomorrow, Argosy Gallery will host a reception for and an exhibition of paintings by eight of their artists who have homes in Maine. The event will take place at Galyn‚s Restaurant, 17 Main Street, in Bar Harbor, from 3 to 6 tomorrow afternoon.
VH: Wednesday brings no fewer than three openings in Rockland. The Caldbeck Gallery will host an opening for a show featuring new paintings by Michael Reece, recent ceramic by Anne Alexander, and new paintings by Nancy Glassman. Drop by between 6 and 8 pm for the reception. The show runs through July 14th.
AA: And there will be an opening Wednesday at the Landing Gallery in Rockland from 6 to 8 pm for “Figurative Sculptures,” new work by Robert Birbeck in wood and stone. That exhibit continues until July 15th.
VH: And yet another opening reception on the same evening in Rockland at Mulford Gallery will feature new work by M. Gordon Riley, and sculpture by Mike Stiler. All are welcome from 5 to 8 pm for the reception. Consider making an evening of it and stop by all three!
VH:The Maine Arts Commission is reminding artists statewide that, Friday, June 29, 2007, is the application deadline for the agency’s four individual artists grant programs. These four programs collectively provide $91,000 in grant support for individual artists The four grant programs available to Maine artists including: Good Idea Grants, Individual Artist Fellowships, Traditional Arts Fellowship, and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program. All program guidelines and application information are available on their website at mainearts-dot-maine-dot-gov.
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