Cafe des Artists Maine art news for February

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Don’t buy a box of chocolates – buy a chocolate box. Handmade French chocolate fashioned into a beautiful heart shaped box is available at the Mulford Gallery in Rockland. It is filled with special handmade chocolates, and one can always add a special little something. And the sales of this and all the handmade chocolates make a donation to the Humane Society. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday afternoons, and a box can always be ordered by calling 594 4775. Too beautiful to eat- too good not to. Enjoy this wonderful present and other goods from local Maine craftsmen, along, of course, with the gallery artists that are on display. YUM. FMI


Openings & Shows

Janice Kasper What Animals Dream : Red Fox 2006, oil on canvas 30 x 36 at Caldbeck Gallery

Caldbeck Gallery Group Show through March 3

Janice Kasper paints powerfully simple, dramatic oils that represent the repullulating intrusion of man and his technologies upon nature. D. Dominick Lombardi wrote in the New York Times on 09/27/00 that Janice Kasper “can be loosely described as Georgia O’Keeffe with a cause”. Her poignant sense of irony adds an aura of accessibility to her work. Kasper has a BFA in Painting from the University of Connecticut. She has studied with the Artist-in-Residence at Unity College (Leonard Craig) and at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work is in collections around the country, including the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, ME, and the Hitchcock Collection at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. A few of her most recent solo and group exhibitions include the O’Farrell Gallery formerly of Brunswick, ME, the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, NY, and the L.C. Bates Museum in Hinckley, ME. She received several grants including an Artist Resource Trust Grant, a Maine Percent for Art commission and a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. She has been with the Caldbeck since 1993. Kasper has been published in 8 books and museum catalogues. In 2007, Janice received an artist-in-residence position at Denali National Park in Alaska. FMI

Russell D’Allessio, Styles and Attitudes of Contemporary Women, at Pretty Marsh Gallery

Pretty Marsh Gallery of Bar Harbor is pleased to announce that feature artist Russell D’Allessio wa
s invited to showcase his artwork last weekend at the Pigeon Key Art Festival on February 7th and 8th. This nationally recognized fine arts and crafts fest was held at the Marathon Community Park in the city of Marathon in the “Heart of the Florida Keys”. Each year, this renowned arts festival features both nationally and locally recognized award winning artisans. The participants are selected out of a field of over 600 candidates with only 70 being asked to participate. D’Allesio, best known in Bar Harbor for his whimsical “Blue Fish” paintings, displayed his current series “Celebrating the Styles and Attitudes of Contemporary Women”. This summer his work will, once again, be featured at the Pretty Marsh Gallery, Bar Harbor and his studio in Dedham, Maine including a new line art of calenders, cards, and garments. FMI,

Wiscasset Bay Gallery Annual Winter Exhibition runs through March 31

The Annual Winter Exhibition will feature works from their collection of 19th and 20th century American & European paintings, including works by Abraham Bogdanove, Jay Hall Connaway, William Zorach, Eric Hudson, Stephen Etnier, SPR Triscott, Bernard Corey, Andrew Winter and many others. Contemporary New England art will also be on display. FMI,

Andre LaPorte Equus in the Grange at Greenhut Galleries Opening Thursday March 2 from 5-7 p.m. and runs through Saturday March 28th. 772.2693

Jean Kigel Eye of the Beholder, at Woodward Gallery, NYC

Woodward Gallery in New York, presents Jean Kigel’s “Maine Magic.”

Taken from the Bangor Daily News: The Gourmet Garage show is Kigel’s first exhibition of her work in New York City, although she has exhibited frequently in Maine. This year Kigel is involved with seven Maine shows related to alewife regeneration, the lobster crisis, the history of groundfishing and fresh-water fisheries, and will show her work in venues such as the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset, Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro, Sea Studio Gallery in Tenants Harbor, and the Camden Middle School’s Japanese Exchange Program. The project is personal for Kigel because her husband is a lobsterman who fishes out of Muscongus Bay, but she also got involved because of what she sees happening to the fishing industry. Low landings nearly closed down the rest of the scallop season and the instability in the costs of fuel and bait has driven some fishermen out of business. FMI

Aarhus Gallery in Belfast burns through winter with “Red

Aarhus Gallery and friends will be immodestly exploring the color and its evocations through-March 1st. 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.

And a 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

AIGA and MECA present BoNE Show in Portland

The Best of New England (BoNE) Show, AIGA Boston’s design competition, takes place once every two years and highlights the best work from the graphic design community in New England. The 2007 show has spent the last two years traveling throughout New England including stops in MA, VT, RI, CT and NH—and now Maine. The exhibit will officially open during the First Friday Art Walk on February 6, 5–8:00pm. FMI:

Colin Page, The White House, oil on canvas, 30″ x 42″ at Dowling Walsh

Dowling Walsh open for Rockland Artwalk

Dowling Walsh will be extending normal business hours to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21st, 2009, to participate in the Town of Rockland Art Walk. Light refreshments will be served from 5-8:00 p.m. FMI

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

Bob Solotaire Day declared in Portland

The city of Portland has announced that it is declaring Wednesday, February 11, 2009 as Bob Solotaire Day in honor of the beloved artist who died October 4, 2008. Gleason Fine Art, which represents the estate of Bob Solotaire, is planning an exhibition and sale of Solotaire paintings to coincide with this special day. The special exhibition will run from Wednesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 19. The gallery will continue to offer Solotaire paintings as they are released from the estate. A much larger exhibition of Solotaire paintings is planned for the fall of 2009. FMI

The second annual “Fill-in-the-blank” show opens at the Commons Art Collective in Norway

This show is about the artists’ process. It begins as a blank canvas and throughout the month of February the artists will work in the gallery as an open studio. They will claim their spots on the 6th between 5 and 7 PM and begin working on their art. There will be the usual opening party from 7-9 and then on February 7th from noon to 4 there will be another scheduled “open studio”. The final touches will be made on March 6th from 5-7 PM in preparation for the March show: Fulfillment. That opening will be on March 6th from 7-9.

All are welcome and encouraged to come to the open studios and the openings to speak with the artists about their work and their process. The art will include poetry, painting, mixed media, encaustics, photography and sculpture. The artists will include Anne Bernard, Katey Branch, Lee Margolin, Lisa Moore, Joanna Reese, Om Devi Reynolds, Judy Schneider, Cyndy Tinsley and Debra Wentworth. Come back throughout the month and see how the gallery is transforming.

Portland Museum of Art
, Lynne Drexler—Painter through March 1

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,

Master Woodcarver Tom Cote of Limestone Maine Named Artist in Residence

Master Woodcarver Tom Cote of Limestone Maine will be the Artist in Residence of Fiber College on Penobscot Bay, September 10-13, 2009. Tom will offer a full day class on Thursday and a variety of free demonstrations and shorter class sessions throughout the weekend. When asked to describe a carving student, Tom responded: “after 35 years of carving, I’ve learned that a good wood carver pays attention to detail, has patience, and the ability to see the beauty in a piece of wood. A typical student is young, middle age and old, male or female, outdoorsmen or couch potato.” The planning committee thought this sounded like the perfect fit for a gathering of diverse artists interested in all forms of fiber work from spinning to fly tying, weaving to papermaking. FMI

Kennebec Valley Art Association Young at Art workshops

March 2009 is the 4th year of Young at Art workshops for kids of all ages. In March the Kennebec Valley Art Association is hosting a series of arts workshops for children in grades K – 12 at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell. Plus our popular clay class with Todd Jubinville is open to 4 year-olds accompanied by an adult. Each stand-alone workshop costs only $15 – $30 per child, and includes all materials.

Classes are being offered in clay, story-design in comics, wooden box assemblages, pipe-cleaner and wire-sculpture, Ukrainian egg decoration and, students can choose from silkscreen T shirt design or stamping, stenciling, marbling and tie-dying T-shirts.

The class schedule is available now at the Harlow Gallery and online at Those interested in having their children participate are welcome to contact the gallery at 622-3813 for more information (we can mail you a schedule) or to register for any class. Payment is required in advance to hold a seat in any class.

WIREWORKS! a sculpture workshop at the Harlow Gallery: Drawing in Space with Wire. On the evening of Thursday, February 26th from 6:30 to 9pm, join Winthrop sculptor Don Kerr at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell for a creative evening working with aluminum wire.

This workshop is limited to 10, so please register early by calling the Harlow Gallery at 622-3813! Cost is $20 for KVAA members, $25 for non-members, plus a materials fee for wire $5 (all other tools will be provided by the instructor.) The fees are payable to the instructor on the night of the class. FMI