Happy Holidays from Cafe Des Artistes


Greetings to all.

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The 2009 Gallery Guide is shaping up to be the best ever and will be out in early May. Also in May, we will restart our Maine art news radio show, which is based on this blog, and airs on WERU 89.9FM each week on Saturday mornings at 8:30.

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Thanks and best wishes for the Holidays!


Openings, Shows & News

Alice Spencer, “Woman’s Undergarment, China” at
The Art Gallery at the University of New England


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 through 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 www.une.edu/artgallery or call 207-221-4499.

Lynne Drexler Misting, at Portland Museum of Art.

Lynne Drexler—Painter at Portland Museum of Art
December 6, 2008 – March 1, 2009

Among Monhegan Island’s early abstract painters, Lynne Drexler (1928–1999) holds a special place. This exhibition of 50 works presents the first comprehensive overview of her career. She began her career in New York with abstractions based on nature and classical music and culminated with more representational images drawn from her experiences of island life. The colorful and vibrant works on view include paintings, drawings, and photographs, among them five Drexler works from the Museum and loans from private collections and her estate. The exhibition is organized by the Monhegan Historical and Cultural Museum Association, Monhegan, Maine. FMI, www.portlandmuseum.org/

Andy Warhol, “Photographs of Celebrities and Socialites” at UMMA, Bangor

University Of Maine Museum Of Art in Bangor is showing Reclaimed Works by Mildred Johnson and David McLaughlin, works by Angelo Ippolito and Photographs of Celebrities and Socialites by Andy Warhol through January 3, 2009. New exhibits begin on Jan 16, Metaphysics of Landscape: Paintings by Timothy McDowell, A Bit of Colored Ribbon: Works by John Bailly and Gyotaku Prints by Boshu Nagase. FMI, www.umma.umaine.edu/

Hiraki Sawa, Migration, Still from single-channel video (7:10). Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York

Hiraki Sawa in Colby College Museum of Art’s Theater Gallery through January 25, 2009

This exhibition presents three videos by the London-based, Japanese-born artist Hiraki Sawa. At once playful and meditative, Sawa’s works show imaginary, often miniaturized worlds animated by such seemingly incongruous elements as airplanes aloft in an otherwise mundane apartment, running and walking figures that evoke the early photographic movement studies of Eadweard Muybridge, and the shadowy silhouettes of animals placidly but persistently en route to somewhere else.Colby College Museum of Art 5600 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901-8840 Ι 207-859-5600 FMI, museum@colby.edu