A Russian painter so fierce he would swim around Monhegan Island

Abraham J. Bogdanove (1886-1946), Ade’s Fish House, Approaching the Wharf,
at Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset


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This week Anthony speaks with Keith Oemig, painter and owner of Wiscasset Bay Gallery about their upcoming show “Two Centuries of Art in New England” now on display, featuring an important collection of Maine and New England works, as well as a selection of new paintings by contemporary New England artists.

A highlight of the exhibition is “Ade’s Fish House, Approaching the Wharf,” by Abraham Bogdanove (American, 1886-1946), in which the artist captures a quintessential Monhegan Island view—a well-known fish shack along the island’s edge, its form highlighted by the dark mass of Manana beyond. The sunlight shimmers on the quiet harbor, and the greens and yellows of the foreground, depicted with bold, loose brushstrokes, complement the quiet blues of the sky above.

Other prominent American artists represented include Stephen Etnier, S.P.R. Triscott, Walter Farndon, Marguerite Zorach, Robert von Neumann, Paul Strisik, Laurence Sisson and Bernard Corey.

Contemporary highlights include playful acrylics by Jane Rotondi, bold still life paintings by Geer Morton and Joan Plummer, coastal Maine and Monhegan Island views by Keith Oehmig, Michael Graves, Don Stone, Guy Corriero and Carlton Plummer, as well as portrayals of rural inland Maine by Lois Goldstone, J. Thomas R. Higgins and Judith Magyar.

For more information check www.wiscassetbaygallery.com

Bogdanove, Abraham J., Fading Sun, Burnt Head
Oil on Canvas 30” x 36”

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GALLERIES



Michael Schunke Four Pitchers, glass, at Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle

Turtle Gallery on Deer Isle will host an opening reception Jul 15 at 2 pm for the several artists in their new show. Paintings by Mary Arno, Daniel Hodermarsky, and Larry Moffett wil be featured, as well as pastels by Lydia Cassatt, photographs by Michael Alpert, and Jewelry by Robin Martin Cust. The show runs through Aug 4. www.turtlegallery.com

Stanley Wingate Woodward (American, 1890-1970) When the Wind Blows West,
Oil on Canvas 12 X 16 at Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill



Valerie Aponik, Huckleberry on Ledges, 11 x 14, oil on canvas
at Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill

Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill be having a reception for their next show: “Painters of the Maine Coast.” The reception is Jul 20, 7-9 pm. The show runs from Jul 16 through Aug 15. www.bluehillbaygallery.com



Thomas Paquette, Riverside Trees, oil on linen, 36 x 46,
at Elan Fine Arts, Rockport

Elan Fine Arts in Rockport is showing “New Landscapes,” paintings by Thomas Paquette



Pablo Picasso “Scéne Bacchique Au Minotaure” 1933

etching printed on Montval paper, 11 3/4 x 14 3/8 (image)
19 7/8 x 15 1/8 (sheet) at Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland

Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland is presenting “The Sculptor’s Studio, Etchings by Picasso” The show is a collection of some of the 97 plates that make up the “Vollard Suite.” Picasso created this series of prints in the 1930s, which was later compiled by French art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard. This show continues until August 31st. Also on exhibit is “Rush Brown: Views of Casco Bay.” www.susanmaaschfineart.com

Domaine Gallery in Portland Presents: Leap Into Summer, Two artists Gifford Ewing and Christine Olmsted will be showing photographs. www.domainegallery.com

drawing room in Portland will host Open Dialogue on Collaboration, Fri, Jul 20 at 7 pm to discuss varied experiences and understandings of collaboration. This open dialogue is in conjunction with the exhibit, Metamorphosis: A Journey of Dolls, which evidences the complex processes and work of eighteen women who cycled dolls and journals monthly over six months. Their discoveries and experiences are revealed and concealed in their works, and the dialogue will become another vehicle to propel a powerful subject, which raises issues of identity, power, and meaning and engage the community in it.For more information call 207 632 2391 or write aertime@verizon.net. Open and free to the public

Pretty Marsh Gallery in Bar Harbor, is showing New Works by Russell D’Alessio. www.prettymarshgallery.com

Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland is showing “Systems & Concepts” a display of cast glass and steel sculptures by Trinh Nguyen. Show runs through Jul 29.

The Richmond Store Gallery, Richmond. An 1897 general goods store has been transformed into a studio and art gallery by Edward Mackenzie. Mackenzie’s assemblage art uses old and new found manufactured objects to create unique sculptural pieces. Materials used range from piano parts to matchboxes, sculling oars to postcards. www.edwardmackenzie.com

Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber Announces Weekly – “Gallery Nights” local art galleries will remain open from 5-8 p.m. Visitors, art patrons and friends are encouraged to take advantage of these evening exhibitions to view the spectacular works at participating galleries. Gallery Nights will occur weekly – each Thursday – until October 25th.
Participating galleries include: Artemesia Gallery, 52 Bay View St., #10, Camden. 207-236-3355, Bearse Gallery, 550 Belfast Rd., Camden. 207-236-8683, H. Swanson Gallery & Studio, U.S. Route 1, Lincolnville Beach. 207-789-5559, Small Wonder Gallery, 1 Public Landing, Camden. 207-236-6005, Windsor Chair, 2596 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville. 207-789-5188

First Annual Plein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy Member Exhibition at The Mulholland Market, Lubec Landmarks (At the Historic McCurdy Fish Company Complex), Jul 29 – Aug 25, 50 Water Street, Lubec, Maine. Opening reception – Jul 29, Sun, 2 pm

At the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor there is an 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. 207-244-7555

Gleason Fine Art, in Boothbay Harbor invites the public to the opening reception for two new shows: landscapes in oil by Friendship artist Ralf Feyl and watercolors of raptors and herons by Peak’s Island artist Scott Kelley. It is Feyl’s first solo show with the gallery and Kelley’s fourth. Both shows run through Jul 31. www.gleasonfineart.com

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

Whitney Art Works “Wax” thru Jul 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

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

Greenhut Galleries, Portland, with be showing through Jul 28, paintings by Marguerite Robichaux. Reception is Thur, Jul 12, 5-7 pm – Gallery Talk scheduled Sat, Jul 21, 1:30 pm – Marguerite Robichaux will conduct a gallery walk-through. www.greenhutgalleries.com

Also at 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. Loft Gallery, thru Jul 21, Altered Nature: Manipulated Photographs. Tucker Gallery, thru Jul 28 Joe Kievitt: Photosynthetics.Mercedes Gilbert: Unstill Waters. thru Jul 28. www.cmcanow.org

MUSEUMS

University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor “Millions Taken Daily: Photographs from Everyone and Everywhere.” The exhibition explores the idea that photographs are an integral part of daily life and that we all have a hand in creating and collecting them. Millions Taken Daily will display photographs from all over the globe, submitted by anyone (yes, anyone — maybe even someone you know!). The show runs from Jul 13 through Oct 6.

Also at UMMA, K-12 Art from Our Community. Each year UMMA selects art from area schoolchildren to travel the state as part of the Museums by Mail program. A fun and exhilarating show for all to appreciate.

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 7.

The Portland Museum of Art will open a new exhibit on Thursday, called, “Frank Lloyd Wright and the House Beautiful.” This show will feature approximately 100 objects, including furniture, metalwork, textiles, drawings, and accessories from the collections of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and other public and private collections. The exhibition explores how Wright sought to develop a modern interior reflective of a uniquely American spirit of democracy and individual freedom, and displays his experiments with bringing these ideas to the homes of average Americans. Thru Oct 8.

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

CALL FOR ART

Lollipop Art Productions of Portland. Lori Rae is looking for artists who paint with subtle colors — no faces, or people, animals or anything with eyes — not completely traditional works to be displayed in a Holistic Chiropractic Office in Falmouth, Maine. You drop off work, she installs it. Shows are 6 week to 3 month rotations from September to December, and into next year. There is room for about 25 medium to larger sized pieces and this is a nail hanging. Call Lori Rae for more information at 415-7143.

Senior Spectrum, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, is sponsoring an auction and gala event at the William S. Cohen Center in Hallowell on Fri, Sept 16. Deadline is Aug 5. For more information, call the agency at 1-800-282-0764


Transcript

Café Des Artistes
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Show Date: July 14, 2007

TEASER VH: : A Russian painter so fierce he would swim around Monhegan Island

THEME: King of Bongo
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HOSTS OPEN:


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: New shows are opening all over, and we’ve got a couple of dates for schmoozing with artists and fellow art lovers to mark in your calendar. And Picasso comes to Maine!

AA: .And we chat with Keith Oemig, painter and owner of Wiscasset Bay Gallery about their upcoming show “Two centuries of art in New England:
VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:

GALLERIES

AA: Turtle Gallery on Deer Isle will host an opening reception tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock for the several artists in their new show, which just opened, and continues through August 4th. Paintings by Mary Arno, Daniel Hodermarsky, and Larry Moffett wil be featured, as well as pastels by Lydia Cassatt, photographs by Michael Alpert, and Jewelry by Robin Martin Cust.

VH: Stop by Friday at the Blue Hill Bay Gallery in Blue Hill for a gallery reception for their next show: “Painters of the Maine Coast.” The reception runs from 7 to 9 pm. The show runs from July 16th through August 15th.

AA: Greenhut Gallery in Portland is showing paintings by Marguerite Robichaux through July 28th.

VH: The current show at Elan Fine Arts in Rockport is “New Landscapes,” paintings by Thomas Paquette.

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INTERVIEW/FEATURE CLOSE

VH: And before we go, one more note from the galleries: Susan Maasch Fine Art in Portland is presenting “The Sculptor’s Studio, Etchings by Picasso” The show is a collection of some of the 97 plates that make up the “Vollard Suite.” Picasso created this series of prints in the 1930s, which was later compiled by French art dealer and publisher Ambroise Vollard. This show continues until August 31st. Also on exhibit is “Rush Brown: Views of Casco Bay.”

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 view a cool blog of this show, listen to our podcast anytime, and view 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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