Sarah Lynn-Knock, Amalfi Up Close, oil on canvas,
44 x 48, at Greenhut Galleries, Portland
Welcome all to the Cafe des Artistes, the online version of the weekly Sat. morning radio show.
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This week Anthony speaks with…Me! It’s for a good cause. Anthony asks me about The NOLA Project. The NOLA project is about doing artwork in the lower 9th ward to help us stay connected to the issues and problems that continue 2 years after the hurricanes. In addition to painting the landscape, I will be blogging daily from the lower 9th and sending photos. The work that is produced will be exhibited (TBA) and will also be shown on a online gallery. The blog address is www.thenolaproject.blogspot.com. Check often for updates as to the trip date and see how you can help by purchasing a “Home Bracelet”.
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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, “Misuse.” This exhibition predominantly features object-makers who use ideas of reverse functionality — in other words: making the domestic, exotic; making the benign, political; making the familiar alien, etc. The artists take recognizable (and often comfortable) objects and give them problematic or contradictory meanings. Reception is Aug 10, 6 to 8 pm The show runs through Oct 7. www.cmcanow.org
Whitney Art Works is showing Aaron T Stephan — The Problem with Ladders July 25 -Sept 8, with an Artist Reception, Fri, Aug 3, 5-8pm, 492 Congress Street. www.whitneyartworks.com
Rebekah Raye is at Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill. Raye’s imagery is inspired by the wildlife in Maine. She paints in mixed media, sculpts in wood, and sculpts jewelry from antique silver and brass. www.handworksgallery.org
High Street Studio in Belfast will feature Jeanne Dawson’s series of paintings, Domestications, representing the most ordinary of every day things and made extraordinary with her use of color. Susan Whites’ Dance theme continues and the two together make the walls vibrate with color! www.highstreetstudio.com
Cygnet Gallery Portland present its August Show “Two if by Land, One if by Sea” featuring Guy Corriero and Tim Gaydos. Both artists are members of the American Watercolor Society and are the recipients of many honors and awards. The show runs through August.
The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset opens its 53rd Annual Members Show on Aug 16. The opening reception will be Thursday August 16th from 5-7 p.m. The show will run through September 9th. For further Information call 882-7511 or visit www.maineartgallery.org
Lincolnville’s 13th Annual “Art At The Beach” Is Aug 11, 10-4, on the Grounds of the Whales Tooth Pub At Lincolnille Beach. Among the invited participants is our featured artist, Nationally acclaimed Maine native J.M. Rogers. Come & enjoy fine art by New England Artists.
Stadler Gallery, Kingfield, will be showing Barbara Sullivan’s “Work in Shaped Fresco”. Aug 1-31. Artist’s reception Aug 1, 3-5pm.
Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland, Paintings by Michael Kessler:” Imperfect Geometry”, The exhibition runs through Sept 1. Also at Daniel Kany is “Wobble and Bob” sculpture by Seattle glassblower Nancy Callan. Aug 3-Sept 8 www.kany.net
Greenhut Galleries, Portland, is exhibiting paintings by Sarah Knock. Sarah will be leading an Artist Talk about her new works on Sat, Aug 18, at 1 pm. This talk is free and open to the public. www.greenhutgalleries.com
Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor, two exhibits: “Along the Coast,” a show of landscapes by Andrea J. Peters, and “The Tuscan Series,” by Genetta Mclean, paintings inspired by ancient Roman wall paintings.The exhibit is on view through Sept 4. www.gleasonfineart.com
The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta, “Hot Maine Artists,” new works by Lucy Harrington, Susan Bartlett Rice, Abbie Williams, and John Allen.
Atlantic Challenge, Rockland “44 Degrees Latitude” 44 artists together for one show. Found nautical items transformed into original works of Art by some of Maine’s leading fine artists including Eric Hopkins, Fredrick Kellog and Gideon Bok and Gil Coyle. Final event is an auction to take place Aug 16. To benefit Atlantic Challenge. www.atlanticchallenge.com
Belfast First Friday Openings, from 5 to 8 pm. each friday. www.belfastarts.com
Art Gallery at UNE, Westbrook College Campus, Portland “On Island: Women Artists of Monhegan” featuring works by 35 women artists who capture the essence of Monhegan Island and its role in the history of American fine art. The show runs through Sept 23. www.une.edu/artgallery
Cooper Jackson Gallery will be showing artist Martha Burkert “Painting New Perspectives”. www.cooperjacksongallery.com
The Mulford Gallery in Rockland, is showing paintings by Steve Alpert and collages by Edith De Chiara. www.mulfordgallery.com
Janice Kasper Maine Wildlife Portrait: Deer, 2007
oil on board 6 1/2 x 7 at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland
The Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, is showing a group exhibit of Various Views of Nature by Alan Crichton, Stew Henderson, Janice Kasper, Kristin Malin, and William Martin. www.caldbeck.com
Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill is showing “Painters of the Maine Coast.” The show runs through Aug 15. www.bluehillbaygallery.com
Elan Fine Arts in Rockport is showing “New Landscapes,” paintings by Thomas Paquette. www.elanfinearts.com
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
Pretty Marsh Gallery in Bar Harbor, is showing New Works by Russell D’Alessio. www.prettymarshgallery.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 Thurs – until Oct 25.
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.
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
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 is offering “The Nature of Things Print Folio” through Sept 2. This print portfolio includes the work of 15 artists associated with a cutting-edge graphics studio, Zea Mays Printmaking, in Florence, Massachusetts. The studio‚s mission is to develop and promote printmaking practices that are non-toxic to artists and the environment. The “things” depicted in these works exist in the world on three levels – physical, emotional, and spiritual.
The Portland Museum of Art,“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
A conference titled, “Crossroads for Community Arts: Strategies for the Road Ahead,” will be held the weekend of Oct 18 in Lewiston. The event will offer an opportunity to build nonprofit leadership and organizational skills, offer networking opportunities, and provide a setting for the unified planning of the future for community arts across the state. The conference is open to all, including community arts leaders, nonprofit board members and administrators, artists, and business and municipal supporters of arts organizations serving Maine communities. Complete conference schedule, workshop topics and presenters, and registration details are available at mainearts.com.
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.
Café Des Artistes
Show Date: August 4, 2007
VH: A Maine landscape artists is going to paint landscapes – in the lower Ninth Ward
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: We’re deep into summer and near the peak of activity in the art world. We’ll tell you about some new shows that you can get out to see in the week ahead.
AA: And we speak with Suzanne Anderson about her mission to paint the struggle of the lower Ninth War in New Orleans – and how you can help her do it.
VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:
AA: There will be an artist gallery talk and reception this afternoon at 2 at Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland for an exhibit of paintings by Michael Kessler titled, „Imperfect Geometry.‰ The exhibit runs through September 1st.
VH: You’re invited to a reception Friday evening at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Portland in honor of their new show called, “Misuse.” This exhibition predominantly features object-makers who use ideas of reverse functionality — in other words: making the domestic, exotic; making the benign, political; making the familiar alien, etc. The artists take recognizable (and often comfortable) objects and give them problematic or contradictory meanings. The reception is on from 6 to 8pm, the display is on through October 7th.
AA: Whitney Art Works has a new exhibit by Aaron T Stephan called “The Problem with Ladders,” a sculptural work that transforms discarded library books into a self-contained building with a surprising interior space. The exhibition also includes textual photographs, and a new series of the anatomy book collages. These works are on display until September 8th.
VH: Rebekah Raye has a show at Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill. Raye’s imagery is inspired by the wildlife in Maine. She paints in mixed media, sculpts in wood, and sculpts jewelry from antique silver and brass.
AA: High Street Studio in Belfast is featuring Jeanne Dawson’s series of paintings, “Domestications,” which represent the most ordinary of every day things and made extraordinary with her use of color. Susan Whites’ “Dance” theme continues and the two together make the walls vibrate with color!
VH: And don’t forget the museums in your art travels. The Portland Museum of Art is offering “The Nature of Things Print Folio” now through September 2nd. This print portfolio includes the work of 15 artists associated with a cutting-edge graphics studio, Zea Mays Printmaking, in Florence, Massachusetts. The studio’s mission is to develop and promote printmaking practices that are non-toxic to artists and the environment. The “things” depicted in these works exist in the world on three levels – physical, emotional, and spiritual. Again, that display at the Portland Museum of Art can be seen until Sept 2nd.
A: That’s all for this week. Today is also the WLBZ sidewalk art fair in Bangor – If you go, look for Suzanne Anderson of Yikes Studio there and check out her “home Bracelets” If you would like your news read on Café des Artists, please submit it thru mainegalleryguide.com, where you can also visit our neat Café des Artists Blog, a podcast of this show, and 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 Saturday!