Reliving the 70s – in big juicy color

Kathleen Galligan, Spring Wetlands, pastel
11 x 13 1/2 inches at Greenhut Galleries, Portland

This week on Cafe des Artistes Anthony speaks with Laurie Hicks about a new show at Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine, Orono, featuring art of the 70s. This is a collaboration between the University of Maine Department of Art, the University of Maine Museum of Art and the National Poetry Foundation. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30. The exhibition is free and open to the public.



Cafe des Artistes
returns for its 4th season of Maine art news. We are happy to be back again with info on all the openings, shows and art happenings across the state. If you have a listing you would like posted here please email us at info@stateofmaineguides.com

Listen to Anthony and
Victor on WERU 89.9 or 102.9 to catch the show at 8:30 Saturday mornings. You can also listen to the audio of the show right here at your convenience by clicking on the link to the right “Listen to Podcast”, and a new page will open with the audio file. If you like, open a new browser window for the blog and follow along as Anthony and Victor announce the week’s upcoming art events.

The Maine Gallery & Studio Guide
The 8th edition of the Maine Gallery & Studio Guide is now out. We are sporting a beautiful matt finish cover with artwork courtesy of the artist Stephen Pace. In
addition to the beautiful artwork inside, look for some interesting changes to this years guide. Be sure to pick one up today at all major art venues and studios across the state. We are also found at tourist info centers and the books can be ordered directly from us by emailing info@stateofmaineguides.com or call 1-888-482-4405

As always the gallery guide can be seen online at www.mainegalleryguide.com

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EXHIBITS

Blue Hill Bay Gallery is showing “Colors of Maine,” an exhibit of paintings by several artists, including Fairfield Porter, Carl Gordon Cutler, Nathaniel Dirk, Elwyn George Gowen, to name a few, through July 20.www.bluehillbaygallery.com



Paul Plante, Blue Jay,
oil pastel on paper
5 x 5, at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland


Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Morris David Dorenfeld and Paul Plante, on display through June 14th. www.caldbeck.com

The June show at Camden Falls Gallery, at the Landing in Camden, is titled,”Coastal Bay and Islands.” www.camdenfallsgallery.com

Greenhut Galleries, Portland, will host an opening reception for Kathleen Galligan’s New Pastels. The reception is Thurs, June 5, from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibit will continue through June 28. www.greenhutgalleries.com

Earth First Gallery, a new gallery on Harlow St in Bangor, will be opening a show entitled, “Twists on Tradition,” pastels by John LeBlanc June 5. Traditional in subject matter but unique in style. Through July 5.

The Creative Turtle Studio, 11 Granary Way in Boothbay Harbor, invites you to join Pamela & Anita for their Grand Opening Celebration on Friday from 5 to 8 pm.

Gleason Fine Art, Portland, will host an opening reception for their June exhibit, Maine Modernists, which features the work of Carl Cutler, James Fitzgerald, Carl Sprinchorn, Chenoweth Hall, and others. The reception is Friday, June 6 from 5-8 pm. Through July 1. www.gleasonfineart



Anne Alexander, Seapod,
at the Art Gallery at UNE

The Art Gallery at University of New England, Westbrook College Campus of the University of New England in Portland, opens its Seventh Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational with a reception from 5 to 8:00 pm on Friday June 6. The display continues until October 31. www.une.edu/artgallery/

Art of the seventies, Lord Hall Gallery, at UMO, May 16-June 16. www.umaine.edu/art/exhibitions.htm

Wiscasset Bay Gallery
“Of Color and Light: A Celebration of Contemp
orary Paintings”. www.wiscassetbaygallery.com

Portland Museum of Art “Contemporary Collaborations: Artist and Master Printer.” The exhibit features 35 prints by 30 contemporary artists with Maine connections who have created significant prints in concert with technical specialists at professional fine art print presses. Pieces include some from the museum’s permanent collection as well as on loan from collectors, presses, and the artists themselves. This show can be seen through August 10. www.portlandmuseumofart.org

The Landing Gallery “Roots”. It will feature landscape themes by all gallery artists through June 15 in Rockland.

Works by artists of Great-Spruce-Head Island will be on display through June 30, at Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill. www.handworksgallery.org



Richie Lasansky “Whale,”
at Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland

Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland has drawings and etchings by Richie Lasansky on display. The show, called “Animal Spirits” can be seen until June 14. http://jonathanfrostgallery.com/

Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth is showing “Maine Flora – A celebration” thru June 21. www.courthousegallery.com

The 35th Old Port Festival will be June 1, 11-5pm in Portland. This year in addition to live music, activities and parade there will be a new arts and crafts area. See the best of Maine’s creative economy. For full schedule of events check www.portlandmaine.com

Stadler Gallery in Kingfield will feature the work of Steve Pennisi June 1-30. Opening reception will be June 7 from 2-4 pm

New works by gallery artists will open the 23rd season of Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor. Also, new textile paintings by renowned Edgecomb wife and husband team Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade are among the new works on view. The show runs through June 24 www.gleasonfineart.com

Mulford Gallery
in Rockland will be showing “Maine Talent” through June 13th.

ARTWALKS
In Portland, a free, self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues on the First Friday of every month from 5-8 pm, from May through December. www.firstfridayartwalk.com

Belfast Arts
is also sponsoring First Friday Openings from 5 to 8 pm. and every Friday in July and August.

East Boothbay, this summers’ very first, First Friday Reception will celebrate the opening of the 15th Season of the Ocean Point Studio Gallery. Stop by between 4 and 7 pm for a look at “Visions of Maine; Paintings and Pottery,” by Corinne and Fred McIntyre.

CALL FOR ART
The Irvine Gallery at River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk is calling for artists for their upcoming exhibition titled: The Maine Scene, to be shown July 15 through Sept 2. This exhibition is open to works in all two-dimensional and photographic media depicting scenes of Maine. Deadline for submissions is June 2. To download a prospectus and entry form visit their website rivertreearts.org

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TRANSCRIPT

Cafe Des Artistes #0802 080531

Show Date: May 31, 2008
TEASER:

VH: Reliving the 70s – in big juicy color
THEME:
King of Bongo

(ROLL THEME)

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: Portland and Belfast are offering art lovers a chance to burn off a few calories and take in some great art — it’s First Friday Artwalk season. We’ll have details in a moment.

AA: And we speak with Laurie Hicks about a new show at Lord Hall Galley in Orono featuring blue chip art of the 70s

VH: And, here are some openings and shows in our area:

GALLERIES

AA: Blue Hill Bay Gallery is showing “Colors of Maine,” an exhibit of paintings by several artists, including Fairfield Porter, Carl Gordon Cutler, Nathaniel Dirk, Elwyn George Gowen, to name a few, through July 20th.

VH: Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, has the work of two artists, Morris David Dorenfeld and Paul Plante, on display through June 14th.

AA: The June show at Camden Falls Gallery, at the Landing in Camden, is titled, “Coastal Bay and Islands.”

VH: Stop by Greenhut Galleries in Portland on Thursday evening for an opening reception for Kathleen Galligan’s show of New Pastels. The reception is from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibit will continue through June 28.
AA: Also on Thursday, Earth First Gallery, a new gallery on Harlow St in Bangor will be opening a show, called, “Twists on Tradition,” pastels by John LeBlanc that are traditional in their subject matter but unique in style. That exhibit can be seen through July 5th.

VH: The Creative Turtle Studio, on 11 Granary Way in Boothbay Harbor, invites you to join Pamela & Anita for their Grand Opening Celebration on Friday from 5 to 8 pm.

AA: In Portland on Friday night, Gleason Fine Art will host an opening reception for their June exhibit, MAINE MODERNISTS, which features the work of Carl Cutler, James Fitzgerald, Carl Sprinchorn, Chenoweth Hall, and others. The reception is from 5 to 8 pm, but you can also see the show through July 1.

VH: Also in Portland that same night, the University of New England opens its Seventh Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational with a reception from 5 to 8:00 p.m. The display continues until October 31st.

AA: And Art of the seventies, a new show at Lord Hall in Orono is being held in conjunction with the National Poetry Foundation. We check in with curator Laurie Hicks to tell us about it.
(ROLL THEME)
INTERVIEW/FEATURE:
Laurie Hicks – Lord Hall Gallery


VH: First Friday Artwalks are underway in Portland and Belfast. In Portland, download a copy of the brochure and map, then sally forth for a free, self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues on the First Friday of every month from 5-8 pm, from May through December. Belfast Arts is also sponsoring First Friday Openings from 5 to 8 pm. And, in East Boothbay, this summers’ very first, First Friday Reception will celebrate the opening of the 15th Season of the Ocean Point Studio Gallery. Stop by between 4 and 7 pm for a look at “Visions of Maine; Paintings and Pottery,” by Corinne and Fred McIntyre.

AA: That’s all for this week. For more information, visit Cafe des Artists at mainegalleryguide.com, where you can see an expanded blog of this show, 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, in its eight year of promoting Maine art to the world– pick up your free copy at most local galleries and studios. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next Saturday!

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