It’s a great day – to start your Maine art collection

Brad Betts, “Altair on the Wind,” oil on canvas, 12″ x 16″
at Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor

Most people assume you have to be rich to collect art. It doesn’t hurt, but it is not essential either.

Most Maine art is quite affordable – in the 60 to 600 dollar range. What’s important is to select a piece you really like – then figure out how to get it. Many studio artists and even galleries will work out a pay-over-time arrangement that can make it fairly painless. Also, many will trade if you have a service, product or item they can use. I have done trades that literally took years to complete but were so worth it to get a painting I could not normally afford. It can also be a chance to meet an artist early in their career, and to watch them grow.

There are many ways to embellish your home but few things will improve it like a nice piece of art. A special piece can add joy and beauty to your life everyday. And it will add value to your estate and perhaps hang in your children’s home one day.

Today is a great day to start your Maine art collection. Plan on visiting a local studio or gallery and checking on what is available and what you like best. It is buying local, which is always good, and supports a local artist, their family and community. By collecting Maine art, you support local artists and add beauty and value to your home and life. – AA

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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@stateofmaineguides.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

Gleason Fine Art, Boothbay Harbor, “Sea/Shells”, features a trio of artists whose work has to do with the sea: Brad Betts: Marine Paintings, Carole Hanson: Sculpture of Shells in Marble and Granite, and Michael Kahn: Sepia-toned Silver Gelatin Photographs. Opening reception Sat, Aug 9, 5-7 pm. For more info see www.gleasonfineart.com


Alice James at Blue Heron Gallery, Deer Isle

Blue Heron Gallery Deer Isle, opening reception Sunday Aug 10, 3-5, “Hearth Brooms – Fireplace Tools.” See www.blueherondeerisle.com

Nancy Wissemann-Widrig, “Floating World” 2008,
oil on canvas 30″ x 46″ at Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland


Caldbeck Gallery Rockland, opening reception Wed. 6-8 at for an exhibit of work by Nancy Wissemann-Widrig and Elizabeth Awalt. www.caldbeck.com

Russell D’Alessio, “Reclining Nude,”
at Pretty Marsh Gallery, Bar Harbor

Pretty Marsh Gallery Bar Harbor, “Midsummer Nights Artist Dream” -Reception for resident artist Russell D’Alessio. Featuring Plenty of merriment, wine, & mayhem, open to the public. Fri, Aug 15, 6-9 pm www.russelldalessio.com

Jean Kigel, “Alewife Series Spring Harbinger”,
at Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset

Maine Art Gallery Wiscasset, opening reception for the 54th Annual Members Show Fri. Aug 15, 5-7 pm. www.maineartgallery.org


Dorette Marie Amell, Penitent, mixed media,
at Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport

The current show at the Center For Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is the 2008 Biennial Juried Exhibition, which runs from Aug. 9 – Oct. 4. www.cmcanow.org





Nancy Callan,
Glass Sculpture,
at
Daniel Kany Gallery

The Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland a
nnounces the opening of an exhibition of blown glass sculptures “Eric Hopkins: Glass Drawings” and “Nancy Callan & Katherine Gray: Glass Sculptures”. For more info see www.kany.net



Stephen Pace, “Banding Lobsters,” oil on
canvas,
48” x 72”, at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art Ellsworth,There will be an Opening reception Sun, Aug 10, 1-3 pm at in Ellsworth, for the show “Maine at Work: Contemporary & 20th Century Painters”- thru Sept 18. The Reception kicks off Arts & Antiques Week in Ellsworth. Gallery Talk with Carl Little: Thurs, Aug 14, 7 pm www.courthousegallery.com



Jon Imber, “Stonington Harbor”,
at Greenhut Galleries


Greenhut Galleries in Portland, will be showing paintings by Jon Imber. www.greenhustgalleries.com

Camden Falls Gallery Camden, is featuring “Boats and Boat Parts” through the month of August.www.camdenfallsgallery.com

Franklin Street Art Space Biddeford, Mixed Media + Sculptural Work by Laura Dunn with an Opening Aug 7, 5-8 pm. Open until 8 pm every last Thur of the month for Biddeford Art Walk

Tidepool Studios & Gallery Milbridge, “Painting in a Maine Seaside Village”- Aug 4-8

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Wiscasset, “La Vie Moderne: Impressionism to Modernism” – Sat, Aug 9-Sept 19 www.wiscassetbaygallery.com

The Landing Gallery Rockland, “C. DuBeck, R. DuBeck & N. Camardo”” – Paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs. Aug 13-Sept 7. Opening reception Aug 20, 5-8 pm

The University of New England Art Gallery Portland, William Manning, “From Here to Eternitime.” The exhibition will features works from three decades — the sixties, seventies and the present — through Sept 7. www.une.edu/artgallery



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/

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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. Dancers, musicians, living statues, poetry, theater, and mime have all been included in the entertainment. Look for the yellow flags!

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.

Peaks Island Artwalk Cross the bay and catch Peaks Island artists in their studios. The final Art Walk date of 2008 is Sat, Aug 30. 3-7 pm. Maps are available on the island at GEM Gallery, Cockeyed Gull, & The Inn on Peaks. For more information, visit www.peaksisland-artwalks.org or Jane Banquer 207-766-2246 banquerj@verizon.net.

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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

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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.

Painting the Maine Woods and Islands Residency/workshop opportunity for nature artists and art educators. 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.

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