Art walks, the great new pastime in Maine



The art walk for Arts in Rockland (A.I.R.) is on Wed.
evening from 5-7. Here, art walk
patrons enjoy the
recent opening of the new
Dowling Walsh Gallery.

Ten years ago there were virtually no art walks in Maine. Now, most areas with art gallery and studio concentrations have regular art walks. On August 1st this coming Friday, the biggest and original one takes place. Portland’s First Friday Art Walk is always fun and more so during the summer when the crowds spill out onto the streets in front of the art district galleries like Aucosisco, June Ftzpatrick Gallery, Space, ICA, and Daniel Kany in the Old Port.

There is a new Biddeford Art Walk this Thursday July 31 from 5-8pm. There is now a Friday artwalk in E. Boothbay.

There is a hugely popular weekly artwalk on Wednesdays in Rockland. Arts in Rockland or A.I.R banners fly in front of 23 galleries, all on or just off Main street. At last week’s opening of the Dowling Walsh Gallery you couldn’t believe how many people came to town for art night. Both the galleries and the many downtown restaurants were packed.
Belfast also has a wonderful turnout for their art walk on first Fridays of each month. Finally, Northeast Harbor has long had weekly art walks on Thursday evening featuring great art and jewelry, interesting people, jazz and excellent eats.

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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.

If you have a listing you would like posted here please email us at info@stateofmaineguides.com. Please allow 2-3 weeks notice

The Maine Gallery & Studio Guide can be found at all major art venues and gallerys 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@state ofmaineguides.com or call 1-888-482-44 05

As always, the Gallery Guide can be seen online at www.mainegalleryguide.com

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EXHIBITS

Stoney Conley, Mudflat Cove,
at
West Island Gallery in Georgetown

There will be an Opening Reception July 26 from 4 to 6 at West Island Gallery in Georgetown, for an exhibit of Stoney Conley’s new paintings of Georgetown called, “Summer Daze,” which may be seen through Sept. 6. www.westislandgallery.com

Stemwinder Sculpture Works in Warren is inviting you to an Open Studio and outdoor gallery tour July 26-27 from 10-5.

Thirty-five artists will be represented at this weekend’s Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine Art Show. July 26-27, all day Sat. and Sun. at the Gallery on the Green in Southwest Harbor.

Jack Troy at Blue Heron
Gallery in Deer Isle

There will be a reception Sun. July 27 at Blue Heron Gallery in Deer Isle for “Jack Troy Pottery.” The reception runs from 3-5; the exhibit runs until Aug.10. www.blueherondeerisle.com

Kimberly Callas at
Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland


Wed. July 30, Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland opens a sculpture installation by Kimberly Callas with poetry reading by Gary Lawless. The Installation will stay in place through Aug. 16. www.jonathanfrostgallery.com

Bridget Besaw’s photographs
at Domaine Gallery

Domaine Gallery in Portland and The Nature Conservancy present Bridget Besaw’s dramatic large-scale photographs from the Katahdin region of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail. You can meet the artist today, July 26 from 11-2. www.domainegallery.com

Blue Hill Bay Gallery
, Blue Hill, the
new exhibit, “The Spectacular Maine Coast” can be seen through Aug 31. www.bluehillbaygallery

Ronald Frontin, Winds of Change, oil,
at Mars Hall Gallery, Tenants Harbor


Mars
Hall Gallery Tenants Harbor, their new show, called “The 5th Dimension: 2D + 3D = 5D.” features two dimensional and three dimensional works by gallery artists, until Aug 24. www.marshallgallery.net

Roy Germon, Refuge, 12 x 12, acrylic & mixed media
on panel, framed, at Daniel Kany Gallery, Portland

Daniel Kany Gallery Portland, “Roy Germon: Assembled Views,” is composed of 20 small, post-card sized landscapes. www.kany.net

Jeff Bye, Hot Fun In The Summer, oil on linen,
50 x 52, at Greenhut Galleries, Portland

Greenhut Galleries Portland, “The Greatest Show on Earth is in Maine,” features gallery artists in a juried show of new works, through Aug 2. www.greenhutgalleries.com

The Earth First Gallery, Bangor, new exhibit, “Man and the Natural World: Non-Digital Photographic Double Images” by Andrew Reichline. The exhibit continues through Aug 5.

M
ulford Gallery in Rockland, works by Mimo Gordon Riley and Ken Beck. www.mulford.com



Cecily Kahn,
Nocturnal Forms, oil on linen,
at Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland


Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, “Secret Spaces: Cecily Kahn, Miru Kim, Keunhee Lee”. The exhibit runs through Aug 16. www.jonathanfrostgallery.com

A new show at the UNIVERSITY OF MAINE MUSEUM OF ART in Bangor will feature works by Stella Johnson, Katherine Bradford, and Nicole Duennebier beginning Fri, until Oct 1. www.umma.umaine.edu/

Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth for a new exhibit called, “Outdoor Sculpture: Creating Harmony with Nature.”

Bogdanove, Abraham J., Disastrous Sea,
oil on board, 36 x 48, at Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Wiscasset, “Artist Colonies of the New England Coast.” www.wiscassetbaygallery.com

Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Gallery Jurors Exhibit, on display until Aug 10. maineartgallery.org

Turtle Gallery, Deer Isle, new exhibit by several artists of paintings, drawings, digital montage, and glass. Exhibit runs through Aug 2. www.turtlegallery.com

Hand
works Gallery, Blue Hill, “Views of Maine,” features work by Jane Woodworth Rotondi, Pamela Elias, Marcia Stremlau, and Sarah Brandon.

Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, “Monhegan Landscapes and Portraits of Trucks” by Kevin Beers. That exhibit runs through Aug 8.


Small Wonder Gallery Camden, paintings by Edward Gordon. www.smallwondergallery.com

Contemporary Center for Maine Art in Rockport, William Wegman: Paintings and Drawings. The works may be seen until Sept 13. www.cmcanow.org

Carver Hill Gallery, Rockland, “Collective of New Works,” which will feature many new works by various artists in various mediums. www.carverhillgallery.com

The July show at Camden Falls Gallery is titled, “Coastal Bay and Islands.” www.camdenfallsgallery.com

High Street Gallery, Belfast, “Birds” by Julie Cyr & Sheep Jones. www.highstreetgallery.com

Caldbeck Gallery, www.caldbeck.com

Turtle Gallery,www.turtlegallery.com



John Loengard (United States, born 1934),
On the Roof, Ghost Ranch“, 1967,
gelatin silver print, 8 11/16 x 12 7/8,
Portland Museum of Art.

The Portland Museum of Art “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Camera: The Art of Identity.” This exhibition of 18 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and 60 photographs of her will, for the first time, pair paintings and photographs to establish two opposing public images of the artist. The exhibit will remain on display through Sept 7. www.portlandmuseumofart.org

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 Art Gallery at University of New England, Westbrook College Campus of the University of New England in Portland, opens its Seventh Annual Sculpture Garden. The display continues until October 31. www.une.edu/artgallery/

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.

Biddeford Art Walk on Thursday evening from 5 to 8. The red balloons indicate a participating business. www.biddefordartwalk.com.

Rockland
A.I.R. (Arts In Rockland). Every Wed. is an art walk. 5-7.

CALL FOR ART
The West Quoddy Head Visitors Center Art Gallery in Lubec is calling for Washington County artists to show and sell their work. They accept framed drawings or paintings ready to hang, depicting Maine subject matter, including landscapes, seascapes, nautical, wildlife, botanical, etc. For more information, call Deb at 733-2180 or email at lavalleydeb@hotmail.com.

Plein Air Painters Invitational The Phoenix loft Gallery would like to invite plein air painters to paint and exhibit their work at our gallery in Belfast. This will be an ongoing summer show. Individuals as well as painting groups are encouraged to participate. Out of town guest artists receive big savings on our furnished guest suites for weekend painting retreats. You can see our accommodations and 360 degree gallery view at www.phoenixloftgallery.com Questions, contact Archie Barnes, Phoenix Row Gallery 207-338-0087, phnxloft@yahoo.com

RESIDENCY/WORKSHOPS


Flame Bowl, Silk Fusion Workshop at
Deer Isle Creative Workshops, Deer Isle

SILK FUSION WORKSHOP Deer Isle Creative Workshops is offering a unique workshop August 9 & 10 and September 6 & 7- an introduction to SILK FUSION, a new craft medium, also known as “silk paper,” that has dramatic possibilities. Using dyed, unspun silk fibers and borrowing techniques from both felting and papermaking, the lustrous results can be used as either fabric or paper. Silk fusion can be painted, stitched, sculpted, manipulated to create 2- and 3-dimensional “paintings,” used in quilting, collage, book arts, in a computer printer or to create wearable art. The exciting two-day workshop will cover basic as well as advanced materials and techniques including surface design options. Students will create a variety of silk fusion samples, as well as individual projects from unusual postcards, a “mawata” painting, a small molded vessel, a covered notepad or perhaps a design for a piece of wearable art.

Workshops are held at a delightful ocean-side setting and offer lots of personal attention. Two-day workshops are $150 plus a $50 materials fee.

Pre-registration is required. For registration form and lots more information: www.deerislecreativeworkshops.com, artworkshops@gwi.net or contact instructor Suzanne Carmichael at 207-348-2791.


Here’s a residency/workshop opportunity for nature artists and art educators: Painting the Maine Woods and Islands. Join artist Susan Beebe and botanical & natural science illustrator Dorie Petrochko, September 7 through 13, in capturing the beauty of Muscongus Bay islands, including Monhegan, in oils and water-based media. The week includes field trips to paint on various islands as well as workshops for all levels of experience in plein-air landscape painting, botanicals, birds, and more. For more information, go to www.maineaudubon.org.

TRANSCRIPT===================================
Show Date: July 26, 2008

TEASER:

VH: Art walks, the great new pastime in Maine

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

GALLERIES

AA: There will be an Opening Reception this afternoon from 4 to 6 at West Island Gallery in Georgetown, for an exhibit of Stoney Conley’s new paintings of Georgetown called, “Summer Daze,” which may be seen through September 6th.

VH: Stemwinder Sculpture Works in Warren is inviting you to an Open studio and outdoor gallery tour today and tomorrow from 10 to 5.

AA: Thirty-five artists will be represented at this weekend’s Coastal Fine Arts Alliance of Maine Art Show. That’s today from 9 to 5, and tomorrow from 10 to 5, at the Gallery on the Green in Southwest Harbor.

VH: There will be a reception tomorrow at Blue Heron Gallery in Deer Isle for “Jack Troy Pottery.” The reception runs from 3 to 5; the exhibit runs until AUGUST 10th.

AA: New paintings by Ronald Frontin go on display Wednesday at Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor.

VH: Stop by Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland Wednesday for a Sculpture installation by Kimberly Callas and poetry reading by Gary Lawless. The Installation will stay in place through August 16.

AA: There will be a reception for an exhibit of New Works by Sean Foley and Yeshe Parks on Friday from 5 to 8 pm at Whitney Art Works in Portland, just one of many events in Portland’s First Friday Art Walk.

VH: Domaine Gallery in Portland and The Nature Conservancy present Bridget Besaw’s dramatic large-scale photographs from the Katahdin region of the Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail. You can meet the artist today from 11 am to 2.

AA: Ten years ago there were virtually no art walks in Maine. Now, most areas with art gallery and studio concentrations have regular art walks. On August 1st this coming Friday, the biggest and original one takes place. Portland’s First Friday art walk is always fun and more so during the summer when the crowds spill out onto the streets in front of the art district galleries like Aucosisco, June Ftzpatrick Gallery, Space, ICA, and Daniel Kany in the Old Port.
There is a new Biddeford Art Walk this Thursday July 31 from 5:00P – 8:00PM
There is now a Friday artwalk in E. Boothbay
There is a hugely popular weekly artwalk on Wednesdays in Rockland. Arts in Rockland or A.I.R banners fly in front of 23 galleries, all on or just off Main street. I was at last week’s opening of the Dowling Walsh Gallery and couldn’t believe how many people came to town for art night. Both the galleries and the many downtown restaurants were packed
Belfast also has a wonderful turnout for their art walk on first Fridays of each month.
Finally, Northeast Harbor has long had weekly art walks on Thursday evening featuring great art and jewelry, interesting people, jazz and excellent eats.

Art walks are a great oportunity for families or couples to go out and enjoy a social evening of art, people, and maybe a chance to speak with an artist. Plan on attending one near you.

CLOSE

VH: That’s all for this week. For more information, visit Cafe des Artists at mainegalleryguide.com, where you can find an expanded blog of this show, a podcast you can listen to any time, and the world’s largest collection of Maine art online.

AA: 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!