Sailing with Glass and other fine Art

John Andrews, Meadow Brook August,
22 1/4 x 29 3/4 2005, Acrylic, Gouache,
Oil Pastel, Colored Pencil & Ink on Paper
at Cooper Jackson Gallery, Portland

Welcome all to the the Cafe des Artistes online version of the weekly Sat. morning radio show.

Coombs, Still Life with Lobster,
Blown glass and hot
sculpted glass,
18 x 13 x 7, 2007 at Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland

This week Anthony speaks with Daniel Kany of the Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland about the shifting line between art and craft. Anthony talks with Daniel Kany about the Sept exhibition, Benjamin Coombs: Nautical Still Life and Kany’s essay Art and Craft in Postwar America published in the September issue of Maine Home + Design.

Director Daniel Kany at Kany Gallery, Portland

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Carl Little will give a gallery talk Sun Sept. 9 at 4 pm about the current exhibits at Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle.

Wander around Munjoy Hill from 9 to 2 during Munjfest Sat Sept 15, and watch artists creating artwork that offers a view of the Observatory. And then you can purchase this freshly created artwork in a live auction at the Fire House at 3 o’clock. Proceeds will benefit Portland Landmarks, the Society for East End Arts & the artists.

Dennis Sheehan, Winter Sunset, oil on canvas,
24 x 36, at Blue Hill Bay Gallery, Blue Hill

Blue Hill Bay Gallery opens their new exhibit “Harvest Moon” which runs through Oct 25.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is showing “Up Close.” With work in a variety of media, this exhibition demonstrates how close-ups can take the form of close observation and detailed representation, or can border on abstraction. “Up Close” continues through Sept 29.

There will an opening reception Thur. from 5 to 7 for “Passing Through,” a photography show that runs through Oct 14 at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset.

There will be an Opening Reception Wednesday Sept. 12, 6-8 pm at the new Art Space Gallery on Main Street Rockland, (across from the Strand Theater) Featuring the work of Four of the 26 members of the artist-owned and operated gallery.

Also at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, “Misuse.” The show runs through Oct 7.

Cooper Jackson Gallery, Portland, John Andrews, Painting In Relief.

Mulford Gallery in Rockland is featuring an exhibition entitled “The Body in Motion and Emotion. Sept 12- Oct 10. Reception Wed Oct 10.

The drawing room, Portland, is showing “Drawn In: New Drawings by Christina Goodwin, Sept. 14 – Oct 19, 2007

Greenhut Galleries in Portland Sept 6 – Sept 29, Margaret Lawrence, Reception Thur., Sept 6, 5-7 pm. Gallery Talk scheduled Sat, Sept 15, 1:30 pm Margaret Lawrence conducts a gallery walk-through.

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.

Belfast First Friday Openings, from 5 to 8 pm. each fri.

Portland glass artist Benjamin Coombs is exhibiting, Nautical Still Life, at Daniel Kany Gallery The exhibition features twelve glass sculptures that relate to the maritime world: lobster buoys, ship hardware and various objects of Maine’s nautical culture.

Bangor, Ofelia’s Arte Fino Gallery offers an evening of events on fridays 25th

Annual Print and Book Show at Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle.

“Stone House” Book Arts by University of Southern Maine Faculty. The display continues through Oct 20.

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.

Jeff Epstein, Globe Thistles and Plum Poppies
at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland

There is a new group show at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland with a reception Sep 12, 6-8 pm. The show runs Sep. 12- Oct 13.

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.

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

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 October 7.

The Portland Museum of Art “Graphite.” This exhibition of paintings, drawings, and sculpture explores the myriad ways that contemporary artists use graphite. The exhibition features 25 works drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, and on loan from local artists. “Graphite” is on view through Nov 25.

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.

Diaries, Journals & Dreams, a workshop at drawing room with Bonnie Bishop, Sat, Sep. 29, 10am-3pm, At drawing room, Portland. Register by Sep. 12th, Cost:$100 plus $25 materials fee
For more information on this and other workshops and classes at drawing room call 207 632 2391

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

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: CREATE OUT Coordinator: Joan Jordan, 773-7136

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.

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Show Date: September 8, 2007


VH: Some things you need to go to sailing – made of glass!.

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: September brings the end of summer for some, but the best month of summer for others. Galleries and museums are opening new shows this month, so some of the best of this summer’s art is yet to come! We’ll tell you more in a moment.

AA: And we speak with Daniel Kany of the Daniel Kanny Gallery in Portland about amazing glass sculptures and the shifting line between art and craft.
VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:

CARL LITTLE will give a gallery talk tomorrow at 4 o’clock about the current exhibits at Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle.
VH: Mulford Gallery in Rockland will open their new show on Wednesday. “The Human Form” is a mixed media exhibit that runs through the month of September.
AA: Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland will host a reception on Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm for their new show featuring works by Jeff Epstein, Kate Emlen, and Fred Kellogg.

VH: There will an opening reception Thursday from 5 to 7 for “Passing Through,” a photography show that runs through October 14 at the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset.

AA: There will be an Opening Reception: Wednesday September 12th from 6-8pm at the new Art Space Gallery on Main Street Rockland, (across from the Strand Theater) Featuring the work of Four of the 26 members of the artist-owned and operated gallery. For more information visit

VH: And the Cooper-Jackson Gallery on India Street in Portland is showing John Andrews, Paintings in Relief through Sept.


VH: Whitney Art Works in Portland has a new show this month called, “After the End of the World” This exhibition features painting, sculpture, photography, and installation by four artists who take a variety of approaches toward depicting the post-apocalypse. The show runs through November 3rd.

A: That’s all for this week. If you would like to double check on items read on Cafe des Artists, or to see more listings, please visit, to see the colorful Cafe blog, and a podcast of this show you can listen to any time.
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!