Benjamin Coombs, Nautical Still Life, glass, 2007;
at Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland, Photo by Brendan Bullock
This week Anthony speaks with Monhegan artist Ted Tihansky. Ted tells us what it is like to live and paint year-round on the island. To see more of Ted’s work, please visit his web site at www.mainegalleryguide.com/tedtihansky
Artist Ted Tihansky at work
on Monhegan Island
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High Street Studio in Belfast will feature “Belfast the Way it Was, From our Memories” This exhibit, in conjunction with the Belfast Historical Society, shows the work of local painters reflecting on the changes they have seen. The show opens Fri and runs through Sept. www.highstreetgallery.com
Portland First Friday Openings from 5 – 8 pm. in Portland. The Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of Portland’s local galleries and art studios
Belfast First Friday Openings, from 5 to 8 pm. each friday. www.belfastarts.com Portland glass artist Benjamin Coombs will open his exhibition, Nautical Still Life, at
Daniel Kany Gallery on Fri, Sept 7. The exhibition features twelve glass sculptures that relate to the maritime world: lobster buoys, ship hardware and various objects of Maine’s nautical culture. A native of Bath, Maine, Coombs grew up in the shadow of the state’s premiere ship building facility and within a community steeped in maritime history. www.kany.net
Also at Daniel Kany is “Wobble and Bob” sculpture by Seattle glassblower Nancy Callan. through Sep. 8 Bangor,
Ofelia’s Arte Fino Gallery offers an evening of events on First Friday.
Cooper Jackson Gallery, Portland, John Andrews, Painting In Relief. There will be an artist reception at Cooper Jackson Gallery, thur. Sep 6, 5- 8 pm
Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, 25th Annual Print and Book Show. www.turtlegallery.com
“Stone House” Book Arts by University of Southern Maine Faculty. The display continues through Oct 20.
Barn Gallery in Ogunquit has three exhibits currently on display: In “What’s Nude,” Ogunquit Art Association artists will celebrate the human body. “OAA Expressions” will feature work in a wide variety of media and subject. And Kim Casey and Fran Scully have paintings on view. All shows run through Sep 3.
Margaret Lawrence, Transition, oil on panel,
24 x 24, at Greenhut Galleries, Portland
Greenhut Galleries in Portland Sept6 – Sept 29, Margaret Lawrence
Reception Thu, Sept 6, 5-7 pm. Gallery Talk scheduled Saturday, Sept 15, 1:30p.m. – Margaret Lawrence conducts a gallery walk-through. www.greenhutgalleries.com
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is showing “Thicket” by Karen Gelardi. Gelardi works in a number of media: collages, paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures The show continues through Sept 29. www.cmcanow.org
Also at 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.The show runs through Oct 7. www.cmcanow.org
Caldbeck Galleries in Rockland is exhibiting paintings by Lois Dodd, Sam Cady, and Dan West. The show runs until Sep 8. www.caldbeckgallery.com
The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset is hosting its 53rd Annual Members Show. The show will run through Sept 9. For further Information call 882-7511 or visit www.maineartgallery.org
Mulford Gallery in Rockland will be showing paintings by Phil Schirmer. www.mulfordgallery.com
Blue Hill Bay Gallery is exhibiting “Historical Paintings of New England” This exhibit encompasses the work of 19th and early 20th century artists who have painted New England scenes in a wide variety of subjects, mediums and styles. It will be on display through Sep 15. www.bluehillbaygallery.com
Gleason Fine Art, 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
Whitney Art Works is showing Aaron T Stephan — The Problem with Ladders through Sept 8. 492 Congress Street. www.whitneyartworks.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
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.
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 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 Oct 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
Center for Grieving Children featured in new book exploring the role of art therapy, peer support, grief and trauma. Maine authors Bruce St. Thomas and Paul Johnson have just published their new book: Empowering Children through Art and Expression: Culturally Sensitive Ways of Healing Trauma and Grief, Jessica Kingsley Press, WWW.JKP or USM Bookstore. The book is a valuable resource for professionals working with children who have experienced loss, grief, relocation and other trauma- it is also a fascinating read for people interested in the work of two programs associated with Portland’s Center for Grieving Children, America’s Camp and The Multicultural Peer Support Program. A panel discussion about the work featured in the book will be held on September 14, 2007 at The Center. For more information please call Development Director, Paul Golding on 207 775 5216.
As an additional item of note an exhibit of artwork created by children attending America’s Camp is currently on show at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. For more information and a chance to view select items on display check out www.nrm.org
The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) has received two grants to support its mission to strengthen education in all the arts for all Maine students. The Quimby Family Foundation has granted $20,000 to MAAE to strengthen the organization’s capacity to effectively address its mission during this time of change in Maine’s education system. The Maine Community Foundation has provided a grant of $4,500 from the Hancock County Fund and the Holt Family Fund to support the Learning in Community (LINC)-Arts program. Now starting its 8th year, LINC-Arts provides advanced arts training to talented students in all six high schools of Hancock County. LINC includes mentorships and workshops for arts students, as well as the new PASS program, which offers students free tickets to local arts and cultural events. The Maine Alliance for Arts Education is a statewide nonprofit organization and a member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network. For more information about MAAE, visit www.maineartseducation.org or contact Carol Trimble, Executive Director, email@example.com
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
Calling ALL Artists:Participate in CREATE OUT at the Portland Observatory during Munjfest on Saturday, Sept 15. A Celebration of Art & the Observatory! Don’t Miss Out! Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Portland Observatory by creating a piece of artwork during Munjfest that represents or offers a view of the Observatory. All artwork will go into a silent “wet paint” auction at the Fire House at the end of the day. Artists receive 40% or may donate the entire sale to benefit Portland Landmarks & SEA. Opening/minimum bids will start at $50. Also, Artists are encouraged to bring artwork to sell on Congress Street during Munjfest (11am-3pm). A $10 donation is suggested if you make a sale. Select that you will be selling work at Munjfest, as well as participating in CREATE OUT on your artist registration form. REGISTER at: www.seaportland.org/events/createout/createout.html CREATE OUT Coordinator: Joan Jordan, 773-7136 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Cafe Des Artistes #0715 070901
Show Date: September 1, 2007
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: The week ahead offers two holidays, in a manner of speaking. It’s Labor Day Weekend, with an extra day off to get out to visit those galleries and museums you may not have got to this summer, and next weekend is a First Friday — always a “special day” in the art world! We’ll tell you more in just a minute.
VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:
AA: High Street Studio in Belfast will feature “BELFAST THE WAY IT WAS, FROM OUR MEMORIES” This exhibit, in conjunction with the Belfast Historical Society, shows the work of local painters reflecting on the changes they have seen. The show opens Friday and runs through September.
VH: 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, and the evidence of human involvement with the land, are the subjects that inspire these artists. This exhibit continues at the Farnsworth through October 7th.
AA: Blue Hill Bay Gallery’s current exhibit is titled, “Historical Paintings of New England” It encompasses the work of 19th and early 20th century artists who have painted New England scenes in a wide variety of subjects, mediums, and styles. It will be on display through September 15th.
VH: Gleason Fine Art, 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 4th.
VH: And remember Friday is another First Friday with special events in a number of municipalities, including Belfast, where Belfast Fine Arts is the starting point for First Friday Openings from 5 – 8 pm. In Portland, the Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of Portland’s local galleries, art studios, museums and alternative art from 5-8 pm, and in Bangor, Ofelia’s Arte Fino Gallery offers an evening of events.
AA: That’s all for this week. If you would like your news read on Cafe des Artists, please submit it thru mainegalleryguide.com, where you can see a neat blog of this show complete with pictures and more info, a podcast you can listen to any time, and the world’s largest collection of Maine art online. This show is produced for WERU by Maine Galleries and Studio Guide, the annual showcase of Maine art– pick up your free copy at most local galleries and studios. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next Saturday!