Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for Jan. 2009

Carver Hill Gallery presents “Works in White” Renditions of White by Gallery Artists and Guests, Saturday, January 31 4 – 7 P.M. Celebrating Winter Reverence, Peace, and Reflection. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Make a full day of it! Please visit the 7th Annual Camden Winterfest at the Historic Bok Amphitheater for a community celebration of winter. Ice carving, music, hot food, family indoor crafts, horse carriage rides, cross country ski race, street hockey, and more. Events start at 10 and end at 4, just in time for our opening! FMI,

An old favorite of Midcoast audiences, New Black Eagle Jazz Band sold out two concerts at the Rockport Opera House on their last visit. They’re back, and they’re bringing their spin on traditional jazz with them. The varied program will include early New Orleans and Chicago style jazz, ragtime, spirituals, gospel and pop tunes from the early 20th century. Sure to please all ages and musical tastes! 7 p.m. at The Strand

Openings & Shows

Wesley Reddick, The Give and Take of Red, Oil on panel, 19″x16″

Aarhus Gallery in Belfast burns through winter with “Red”

Technically speaking, red is a light induced color made up primarily of the longest wavelengths discernible by the human eye, but red has a passionate history as well. Red spans the spectrum in its emotional and psychological evocationsand has been put to work throughout the centuries for social, commercial, political and religious needs, wanton desires and traffic control.

Aarhus Gallery and friends will be immodestly exploring the color and its evocations from February 5th-March 1st with an opening reception Friday February 6th, 5-8pm. Featured artists will be Suzanne Anderson, Bernice Arthur, Jill Caldwell, Kenny Cole, Alan Crichton, Heidi Daub, Gabriella D’Italia, Ingrid Ellison, David Estey, Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Ted LaFage, Marc Leavitt, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Dan Rocha, Patricia Shea, Scott Stoughton, and James Strickland. FMI visit or call 207-338-0001.

Don’t forget Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 6 from 5 to 8. Download a brochure/map and see venues at

Ed Douglas – Canyon de Chelly #1 – oil on canvas

Greenhut Galleries’
2009 Staff Pics Show. FMI,

Lynne Drexler, Harbor

Portland Museum of Art
, Lynne Drexler—Painter
through 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,

2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial Accepted Artists


970 applicants
17 artists selected
28 works
7 artists have exhibited in previous Biennials*

*Eric Aho (Saxtons River, VT and Islesford, ME) (2003)
*Mary Aro (Grosse Pointe Park, MI and Sedgwick, ME)
(1998, 2001, 2007)
Dozier Bell (Waldoboro, ME)
Melissa A. Calderón (Bronx, NY)
*Tillman Crane (Camden, ME) (2007)
*Sean Foley (Worthington, OH) (2003)
A. Jacob Galle (Berryville, VA and Bowdoinham, ME)
Ilana Halperin (Glasgow, Scotland and Camden, ME)
*Ethan Hayes-Chute (Berlin, Germany and Freeport, ME) (2007)
*Tanja Alexia Hollander (Auburn, ME) (2001, 2007)
Wade Kavanaugh (Brooklyn, NY and Brunswick, ME)
Steven Perkins (Bath, ME)
Andy Rosen (South Portland, ME)
Julianna Swaney (Portland, OR)
Susan Hayre Thelwell (Santa Fe, NM and Hulls Cove, ME)
Susan Prince Thompson (Wilton, NH)
*Sam Van Aken (Syracuse, NY and Portland, ME) (2007)

Timothy McDowell, Landscape Study # 7

University Of Maine Museum Of Art in Bangor is showing Metaphysics of Landscape: Paintings by Timothy McDowell, A Bit of Colored Ribbon: Works by John Bailly and Gyotaku Prints by Boshu Nagase. FMI,

Gleason Fine Art, Portland, Berenice Abbott (1898-1991): A Portrait of Maine, and Chenoweth Hall (1908-1999): Travels with Chennie, On View at 545 Congress Street, through March 5, Reception: First Friday, February 6, 5-8 PM. FMI, 699-5599

Berenice Abbott : Vintage silver gelatin photographs from making “A Portrait of Maine,” Abbott’s landmark 1968 book about a Maine that was more often stark than merely beautiful and full of hardworking people who lived off the land and the sea. The text for Abbott’s book was written by her good friend and fellow Downeaster, artist/writer Chenoweth Hall. Reception: First Friday, February 6, 5-8 PM

Chenoweth Hall: Watercolors of Maine and the Southwest. After settling in the tiny Downeast town of Corea, Maine, the multitalented Chenoweth Hall quickly befriended such Maine notables as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Berenice Abbott. Hall’s light-hearted, clever watercolors show the strong influence of John Marin. “Travels with Chennie” includes delightful images of her beloved Corea, as well as Texas and New Mexico.

Zhang Rocheng (China, 1722-1770)
The Summer Palace at Jehol (detail), 18th century

Colby College Museum of Art presents Ink Tales: Chinese Paintings from the Collections of the Museums of Bowdoin and Colby Colleges January 22, 2009 – March 8, 2009

Ink Tales, the result of a collaborative project by students at Colby and Bowdoin Colleges, features Chinese paintings drawn from the collections of both institutions. The exhibition, held simultaneously on both campuses, explores the variety of stories associated with the images, formats, and functions of Chinese paintings. 859-5600 FMI,

Call for Art: “44N 69W: Radius Belfast”

Aarhus Gallery in Belfast, announces a call for art for a show entitled “44N 69W: Radius Belfast”, March 5-29, 2009. Open to all residents of any age or training, living within a 30 mile radius of Belfast, Maine. Artworks must have been created within the last year and there are no specifications regarding the content of the works or its size. Works in all media are eligible, please have work ready to hang. Drop off is at Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main Street, Belfast during open hours 12-6pm, Thursday February 26 through Sunday March 1st. No mail entries will be accepted. Work must be picked up April 2nd through April 5th. One entry per person, all works will be shown (within our discretion). An Opening Reception will be held Friday March 6th, 5-8pm. Artists will receive 50% and Aarhus Gallery will donate 20% of sales from the show to local Food Banks within a 30 mile radius of Belfast. or call 207-338-0001