“Hello Bagdad” – a new Iraq Show by Maine artist

August artist Peter Buotte’s exhibit for ‘My Dream for Iraq’, an interactive work in which cloth strips are cut from pillow cases, the site of dreaming, and Iraqis are allowed to write their dream for Iraq on the fabric.

Peter Buotte, an artist from Augusta and personal friend, is currently serving his second tour in Iraq. Peter has co-curated an exhibit titled “Merhaba Baghdad.” Merhaba is an informal, friendly way to say hello in both Turkish and Iraqi Arabic. There is no specific theme to the show; it is simply an introduction of international contemporary works to the Iraqi art viewer.

An email was sent to fellow Maine artists whom could respond quickly and send small works. The exhibit especially benefits from the efforts of Alex Rheault, Portland gallerist Daniel Kany and the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. A total of 23 Maine and international artists have committed to the show, most contributing two or three flat works in various media.

Buotte plans to exhibit ‘My Dream for Iraq’, an interactive work in which cloth strips are cut from pillow cases, the site of dreaming, and Iraqis are allowed to write their dream for Iraq on the fabric. The show will be on view through the month of October.

Good luck Peter – we miss you. Stay safe.


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Exhibits, Openings, News

Center for Maine Contemporary
Art Work of The Hand: Craft Show and Sale Oct. 10 19 with a Collector’s Preview, Friday Oct. 10 fro 55 – 8pm. 45 crafts artists, the majority of whom are from Maine, participate by invitation in the 19th annual “Work of the Hand,” described by Down East Magazine as “one of the state’s most prestigious craft shows.” Beautiful, functional works in fiber, clay, wood, glass, metal, and leather are presented for sale, order, or commission in CMCA’s historic firehouse gallery overlooking Rockport Harbor. FMI, www.cmcanow.org

New York glass artist Martin Kremer opens his first solo show with Daniel Kany Gallery on October 3rd, from 5 – 8 pm. The title of the exhibition, Elliptical Work, refers to a series of Kremer’s fused glass sculptures in which the works are slumped (melted just enough so the glass relaxes into a particular form) so as to maintain a straight edge through the long axis of an elliptical form. Elliptical Work will feature 22 of Kremer’s newest sculptures. FMI, www.kany.net

W.J. Zwartjes at Small Wonder Gallery in Camden

Small Wonder Gallery in Camden will be having a show featuring the watercolor paintings of local artist, W.J. Zwartjes on today from 4-7 p.m. FMI, www.smallwondergallery.com/

The current exhibit at Space Gallery in Portland is called “Constant Quarry” and features photographs by Todd Seelie, through October 24th. FMI, www.space538.org/

University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor is showing “Something Sketchy,” which features Pages from UMaine Student Sketchbooks. The show opens Wednesday, October 8th, and runs through October 24th.

Franklin Street Art Space in Biddeford will offer Paintings by Donna Oehmig for you to view through the end of the month.

Stew Henderson, “Staghorn” at Caldbeck Gallery

Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland is showing the work of Stew Henderson : The Maps Paper Circus, & The Corrugated Series, and the painting of Jeff Epstein, Elizabeth O’Reilly, Carol Sloane through October 18. FMI, caldbeck.com

A special event celebrating sea-glass artisans will be held from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th at Archipelago, the Island Institute’s retail store. Carole Lambert of Owls Head, Maine, the award-winning author of “A Passion for Sea Glass,” will celebrate the publication of her new Down East book. She will be autographing copies with the photographer for the book, Amy Wilton of Hope. Several of the book’s contributors will also be on hand to autograph copies, show their wares, and describe their artistic process. Mimi Gregoire Carpenter of Cape Porpoise will show her watercolor illustrations featuring sea glass. Larry Trueman of Waldoboro will display his miniature nautical scenes painted on ceramic sea shards. Plus Archipelago will be showcasing Lisa Hall’s jewelry, Jane Porter’s mobiles, and Kathie Krause’s wreathes, all hand-crafted from sea glass. Anyone with sea glass or pottery shards they would like identified should bring them to the event. Carole Lambert will be happy to evaluate items for their history and value.

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle is open through Saturday, Oct. 18, featuring by Jetsun Penkalski, pastels by Lydia Cassatt and mixed-media works and altered books by Sherrill Hunnibel, along with the gallery’s 26th Annual Print & Book Show, a group show Paintings by Gallery Artists and sculpture inside and out, jewelry, ceramics, glass and more. FMI turtlegallery.com

The Stadler Gallery
in Kingfield is showing “Michael Branca – recent work; and Forrest Meader – Homage & Explorations” through Oct. 13. FMI 265-5025, stadlergallery.com/

Aarhus Gallery in Belfast is pleased to feature the decidedly quirky works of Belfast artist/poet, Mike Silverton. The show will run through October 19th, with an opening reception on Friday October 3rd from 5-8pm. FMI aarhusgallery.com/

Blue Hill Bay Gallery
“Autumn Mood”, through October 25th. FMI, bluehillbaygallery.com

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor – a show of new paintings by Brian Kliewer called “Four Seasons & A Few Nights.” That display may be seen through October 13. FMI, marshallgallery.net

Portland Museum of Art “American Menagerie”Images of animals serve as vehicles for meaning. 25 works drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, featuring artists such as Dahlov Ipcar, Bernard Langlais, Will Barnet, Wendy Kindred, Scott Leighton, and Edward Hicks. Through Nov. 9. FMI portlandmuseum.org