Annual Holiday Shows, Celebrations & EXTRAVAGANZAs

Aarhus Gallery announces its Annual Holiday EXTRAVAGANZA

The EXTRAVAGANZA, 50+ Maine Artists and Craftsmen: 27 days, runs from November 28th through December 24th and features small works and creative gifts with a wide range of prices from over 50 talented Maine Artists from Portland to Stonington in a dazzling variety of mediums, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, turned wood, fiber, stone and assemblage, cards, calendars and chocolates, ornaments, new Glass Plate images, jewelry, music and more! Come join the fun, meet the artists and help kick off the second annual Holiday Extravaganza with an opening reception Friday December 5th from 5-8 pm.
Aarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and is open daily 10-6, Friday nights til 8 from November 28th until December 24th. Winter hours following EXTRAVAGANZA will be 12-6 Thursday-Sunday, from February through May. Visit for a slideshow of the current show, lin
ks to the artists and notice of special events, or call 207-338-0001 for more information.

Celebrate Portland at Greenhut Galleries’ 4th Biennial Portland Show
December 4, 2008 – January 3, 2009, with Reception: Thursday, December 4th, 5-7pm

Continuing the tradition begun in the 1800’s by Charles Codman, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and Harrison Bird Brown, Greenhut will once again proudly host this popular tribute to our city. Since 2002, this invitational exhibition has showcased some of Maine’s best artists. Joining many of your favorite Greenhut artists such as Sarah Knock, John Whalley and Thomas Connolly are some local celebrities from around the state including Charlie Hewitt, Sam Cady, Tom Hall, Lissa Hunter, Fred Lynch, and Katherine Bradford. The broad theme of “Portland” gives each artist the opportunity to interpret the city as they see it. With over 40 artists participating in 2008, a range of realism to abstraction and the use of various media will make this exhibit colorful and diverse. FMI,

The Bangor Art Society invites the public to its 6th Annual Holiday Art Auction, Sat. Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Silent auction from 6:30, live auction begins at 8:00 pm. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and live music, at the former Bangor Theological Seminary , 300 Union St., Bangor.

Also in Bangor, there will be a Central Street Artists’ Reception and Open House, Fri. Nov. 21, from 5 to 9 pm. Five local artists, Sally Gilbert, Andrea Hand, Tree Heckler, Deborah Jellision and JoAnne Houlsen will be opening their studio on 9 Central St., Third Floor, for a studio tour and art sale that is free and open to the public.

A Holiday Art Sale hosted by Maine College of Art and Society for East End Artists takes place at the East End Community School, 195 North St., Portland, Fri., Dec. 5, 6-9 pm; Sat., Dec. 6 10 – 6 pm; Sun., Dec. 7, 11 – 4 pm. FMI 699-5085

Jil H
oy “Island Parade”

Stonington artist Jill Hoy and a narrative Deer Isle Parade painting is featured in the magazine “Maine Home and Design” in their Nov./Dec issue. On news stands now!

Holiday Gallery Night at Domestic Blend Fine Art Gallery, Main Street Rockland – an elegant evening with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music by jazz guitarist
Tom Painter. Featuring new works by gallery artists in various media, Dec 13, 5-8pm FMI,

The Elizabeth Moss Galleries Holiday Show toasts the accomplishments of a vibrant community of artists. Opens Thurs. Dec 4 at 5:30 and runs through Jan. 4. Falmouth Shopping Center, 781-2620.

n Hill “Gulls”

Also appearing at the Elizabeth Moss Galleries Holiday Show are Monhegan artists Alison Hill and Ted Tihanski who were just featured in the Oct. Issue of “Downeast Magazine”. Ted Tihansky will also be showing at the Union League Club on 38 East 37th St., NY, NY for the month of December. FMI,

Alice Spencer “Shirt #1”

The Art Gallery at the University of New England presents Alice Spencer — Fabricating Time: Paintings and Collected Textiles, featuring paintings inspired by Spencer’s extensive collection of woven materials from around the globe, as well as some of the textiles themselves. The exhibition will run November 13, to January 11, 2009 at the Art Gallery on the University of New England’s Westbrook College Campus, 716 Stevens Avenue in Portland, Maine. The exhibition and most events are free, and open to the public. For more information, view or call 207-221-4499.


Don’t forget Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on Dec 5 from 5 to 8. Download a brochure/map and see venues at

John Morton, photo

Archipelago Fine Arts, the Island Institute’s art gallery at 386 Main Street in Rockland, will spotlight the talents of young photographers from North Haven and Vinalhaven during My Island: Images of Everyday Life, a two-week show that kicks off with a reception on Saturday, November 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and runs until December 1. Photographs by high-school students participating in a recent National Geographic Photo Camp, which took place on October 20-22, will provide a unique perspective on these two islands through the eyes of their young people. FMI,

The Penobscot Marine Museum invites you to celebrate the holiday season at the 2nd Annual Festival of Wreaths and Silent Auction Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th, 2008. The festivities will begin on Friday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m. with an opening reception at the Main Street Store and Gallery. The evening event will showcase the remarkable talent of local artists, artisans, merchants and non-profits that decorate and donate the many wreaths. The Festival of Wreaths is free of charge and open to all members of the community.

The Boothbay Region Art Foundation is pleased to have acquired use of the upstairs at the Art Foundation this past summer. This Fall and throughout the Winter they will be hosting several events and classes. For more information contact Ludmilar Schicchi: cell 350-6562.