Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for April 2009

Dear Friends,

The 2009 Maine Gallery & Studio Guide is now at pre-press in Montreal and we expect the match proofs to arrive tomorrow. If all goes smoothly, you can expect to see the new guide sometime in mid May. Stan and I will be out delivering them as fast as we can.

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Sean Foley, “Menace” (detail), 2007, lent by the artist, courtesy of Whitney Art Works.

2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial
April 8, 2009 – June 7, 2009

The 2009 Portland Museum of Art features work by 17 artists associated with the state of Maine. Last September three jurors chose 29 works culled from a record 970 applicants. Of the 17 artists chosen, seven have participated in previous Biennial exhibitions. The 2009 Portland Museum of Art Biennial is the sixth exhibition in a series that highlights work by both emerging and established artists associated with Maine. The works represent a wide range of media, from painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography to sculpture, installation, and video.FMI,

Prize Winners:
The Purchase Prizes were awarded to three artists:
• Mary Aro for her three paintings Trailer Home on Polka Valley Road, Microwaves, and End of the Burn

• Julianna Swaney for her three drawings Wolfgirl, Beebeard, and Central Park, March 6, 1890
• Sean Foley for his painting “Accuser”

The Purchase Prizes are chosen by select members of the Museum’s Collection Committee and will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. The William E. and Helen E. Thon Jurors’ Prize of $4,000 was awarded to installation artist Wade Kavanaugh for Falsework.

Openings, Shows & News

Portland Museum of Art, Art of the Cranberry Isles through June 28, 2009 For generations, Maine’s Cranberry Islands, off the southern end of Mount Desert Island in Frenchman’s Bay, have served as inspiration for artists. Among those who have lived and created art there are Marvin Bileck, George Bunker, Walker Evans, William Kienbusch, Emily Nelligan, and Carl Nelson, among others. In the 1950s New York-based artists John Heliker and Robert LaHotan purchased a home on Great Cranberry, which now hosts a residency program for practicing artists, continuing the visual legacy of the Cranberries. This exhibition features 34 works drawn primarily from the collection of the Portland Museum of Art. Lecture: Carl Little: The Art Community of the Cranberry Isles: Saturday, June 20. FMI,

Eric Hopkins to speak at River Arts

Eric Hopkins, whose paintings of the Maine coast and islands are among the most immediately recognizable of all contemporary Maine artists will speak in Damariscotta on April 23 at 7:00 p.m. as part of River Arts’ Thursday Series.

Hopkins’ lecture will explore the nature of creativity and the creativity of nature. Through words and images, Hopkins will take viewers and listeners on a journey, from outer space to inner thought, from personal history to the creative process, and back again.

Eric Hopkins has maintained studios and a gallery on Hopkins Wharf in North Haven since 1990. In the summer of 2006, he expanded his studio and gallery spaces to 21 Winter Street in Rockland, Maine. River Arts is located in the Coffin House, 170 Main Street, Damariscotta. There is a $10 suggested contribution. For further information call River Arts 207 – 563-1507 or email:

The Damariscotta River Grill was the site of an opening reception April 15, for Jan Kilburn and Virginia Forrest. The two artists share their beautiful waterc
olors for a breath of Spring and will be on display.

University of Maine Museum of Art,
“Vessels Absent Installation” by Aaron Stephan

Maine-based artist Aaron Stephan has created a site-specific installation for the Museum of Art. In Vessels Absent, the artist offers a witty critique of one’s perception of art. He encourages individuals to question the relationship between the viewer and the art object within the context of a museum environment. The University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow Street, Bangor tel. 561.3350

Also at The University of Maine Museum of Art, La Great Race: A Fun Photo Hunt Competition
Saturday, May 2, 2009, 9:30 am – 5 pm. Teams of three or four compete in a fun, day-long photo expedition. Arrive at the Museum at 9:30 to receive your 50 clues. Use the clues to find the landmarks, businesses, people, and places in the greater-Bangor area. Photograph your team in front of the answer to each clue.

The plan: Identify the answer to as many clues as you can – Go to as many locations as possible -Shoot the photos – Print the photos Participants return to the Museum at 5 pm. to enjoy a reception while the judges tally and then announce the results. The team with the most correct answers (all photographs must be printed to be counted) wins a prize and praise from all. $25/ per team to compete. Call 561-3350 for more information. Registration deadline is April 28, 2009.

Sculptor Don Justin Meserves selected for
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program

Sculptor Don Justin Meserve has been selected for a fellowship with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program. For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program has brought prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for week-long residencies of teaching and dialogue with students and faculty members.

Meserve, a resident of Round Pond, Maine, explores narrative and abstract themes in a variety of media. His work reflects a love of the sculptural process, a “hands-on” approach, and technical skills informed by an American industrial design education combined with European craft training. After four decades of working as an artist, he has developed a formidable mastery of materials that associated with traditional sculpture: stone, wood, and metal. To see Meserve’s sculpture, visit or

Cheryl Blaydon, “Ever Changing”

“The Lure of the Sea” exhibit presented by the artists of the Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset launches a new season on Thursday, May 7, with its first Summer 2009 juried exhibit, “The Lure of the Sea.” The public is invited to the Artist’s Reception at the gallery from 5-7 pm; the gallery is at the corner of Hodge and Warren Streets. For a map and directions, see the gallery’s website at

Abraham J. Bogdanove, “Fading Sun, Burnt Head”, Oil on Canvas 30″ x 36″

Recent Acquisitions of American & European Paintings at Wiscasset Bay Gallery

The snow has melted, the crocuses and daffodils are beginning to bloom in the warm sun, and the Wiscasset Bay Gallery says they are ready for a wonderful 2009 season. Visit the gallery to view the upcoming exhibition of “Recent Acquisitions of American & European Art.” 19th and 20th century American and European paintings as well as new contemporary works. The exhibition opens on Saturday, April 18th and will run through May 22nd. FMI,

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland

Robert Pollien and Stephen Hodecker are featured in a group show. The show will be open through May 8th, 2009.

Linden Frederick, Grange, 1996

YOU ARE HERE: Linden Frederick, Studies, Paintings

CMCA’s third annual Distinguished Artist exhibition presents a new way of looking at Linden Frederick’s work. The exhibition includes over 30 works of art and pairs paintings with their related studies, enabling visitors to catch a glimpse of Frederick’s creative choices. Borrowed from the artist’s gallery and private collections all over the East Coast, YOU ARE HERE provides a rare opportunity to see so many of his paintings together in one space.
Opening reception Friday, April 24 from 5-7pm. FMI,

Willy Reddick, “Corn Snake” Whiteline Woodblock Print

Creatures Featured at Aarhus Gallery

Creatures, great and small, imagined or tangible, loathed or beloved, are coming to Åarhus, in all their be-feathered or furry, scaly or fiery glory, stretched, matted and framed no less with some even put upon pedestals, all for the beguilement of the general public, which is invited to an opening reception Friday May 1st from 5-8pm to peruse the zoological amalgam and meet the artists, most of whom, are fairly tame. The show runs from April 30th to May 31st. 22 Maine artists from Portland to Deer Isle and many points inbetween, will be featured including; Bernice Arthur, Holly Berry, Phyllis Buchanan, Megan Cafferata, Jason Crain, Stephen Florimbi, Annadeene K. Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mia Kanazawa, Mark Kelly, Betsy Levine, Mike Libby, Richard Mann, Holly Meade, Georges Nashan, Pat Plourde, Rebekah Raye, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Cat Schwenk, and Mat Thorne.

Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St., Belfast and is open Thursday-Sunday 12noon-6pm (February–May). For more information call 338-0001 or visit where a slideshow of the current works are available.

Joseph Nicoletti, “Still Life with Persimmon” – oil on panel
21.5 x 17.5 inches

Greenhut Galleries presents FROM AWAY
Paintings by Joseph Nicoletti and Ying Li. FMI,
Opening Reception: FRIDAY, MAY 1, 5-7P.M. Artists’ Talk: SATURDAY, MAY 2, 1:30P.M.