Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for May 30, 2009

Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe it’s already almost June. The sun is playing peek-a-boo on the lake here and has been a sorry stranger lately. If I get the café blog & newsletter done in time I’m going to try to get in my first sail in before it starts to rain again.

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Social Media Marketing
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OK I did sneak in a sail. It was beautiful & then got dark & moody. There were young people on a dock making giant soap bubbles that would tumble along slowly, just above the water’s surface. I am so happy summer is here.



Åarhus Gallery in Belfast Turns Two

Sometimes two years can feel like ten or sometimes be like an instant… Åarhusians are thinking it feels like both as their second anniversary comes sauntering through the doors in June at DSL speed. It’s been a long, short, slow, quick, couple of years for Åarhus Gallery, having now had 24 opening receptions, shown over 235 artists, shared 30 cases of wine, sliced 130 pounds of cheese, and participated in the mastication of over 30,000 little crackers (that last one was an exaggeration but you get the point). With many thanks and warm regards to the community, friends, supporters and visitors, the six artists of Åarhus Gallery announce their Second Anniversary Show, June 2-28th, and invite the public to join them for an Opening Reception June 5th from 5-8pm with more cheese, more refreshments and more crackers. The company of Åarhusians; Annadeene K. Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick, and Willy Reddick will enthuse artistically with a smørgasbørd of work in celebration of this timely event. FMI or call 338-0001.


Opening and Shows

Thomas Connolly at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland will host an opening reception on Thursday, June 4th, from 5 to 7 p.m., for their show of New Paintings by Thomas Connolly. The exhibit will be on display through June 27th. FMI

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is having an Opening Reception June 5 from 5-8pm showing photography by George Patton and acrylics by Judith Krischik. Both artists will give an art talk on June 23, at 7pm.

Arts in Rockland, a group of 22 galleries and studios, has an art walk each Wednesday from 5 to 8. This has become one of the most popular art walks in Maine so be sure to make reservations for dinner in time. You can download a walking map at

This is the last week to see the 2009 Biennial at the Portland Museum of Art. The show closes June 7. The museum has announced that it is now open 7 days a week through Columbus Day. FMI,

Jeff Loxterkamp at Turtle Gallery

Turtle Gallery on Deer Isle hosts their first Opening Reception Sunday, June 7 at 2 pm featuring paintings, turned wood, clay and gallery artists, and a gallery talk with artists Sunday, June 14 at 4 pm FMI,

Joy to the Wind Gallery in Boothbay Harbor is Introducing the new winter work by artists Lynne & John M. T. Seitzer. Friday June 5th with an Artist Reception and refreshments from 2-5 pm. Joy to the Wind Gallery is Located at 34 Atlantic Avenue,. (just across the footbridge) 633-7025.

Old Post Office Gallery in Georgetown is having an Opening Reception June 5 from 4 – 7. FMI

Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset also is inviting you to their Opening Reception on Thursday, June 4th, from 5 to 7pm. There you will see the Visiting Jurors’ Exhibit, which will continue through June 28th.

On Friday, June 5th, there will be an opening reception at Whitney Art Works in Portland for an exhibit by Aaron T. Stephan. His work may be viewed until June 27th.

Artists of Great Spruce Head Island at Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill, through June 29

Thanks to Anina Porter Fuller, each summer since 1993, a group of 12 artists have spent a week exploring the artistic process on G
SHI. The Island has been the summer home of the Porter Family for over a century and is where Fairfield Porter painted and Eliott Porter photographed. The GSHI show presents work of artists who have participated in art week. This year the artists represented are Marcia Stremlau, Anina Fuller, others to be announced. FMI,

The Mulford Gallery is hosting a retrospective of the works of Charles Geer, through June 15th. Geer was one of the most respected and prolific illustrators of children’s and romantic novels by authors such as Stephan Birmingham, Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart. Colorful and imaginative examples of these sketches and illustrations will be on view, as well as the most exquisite depictions of the coast of Maine and Nova Scotia, where he and his wife, Mary retired and sailed from their home in Rockland. FMI, 594 4775

Ben Coombs blowing glass

The Daniel Kany Gallery announces the Opening of the first exhibition in the new gallery space at the Portland Glassblowing Studio in Munjoy Hill. The Portland Glassblowing houses the studio of glass artist Ben Coombs, who will be giving glassblowing demonstrations during the exhibition opening on June 5th – the First Friday Art Walk for June, from 5 to 8. The Daniel Kany Gallery’s June exhibition, Glass Masters, will feature works by Coombs and other gallery artists from Maine, across the country and around the world, including: Rockland artist Richard Remsen, Japan’s Hiroshi Yamano, Italy’s Massimiliano Schiavon, Portland’s Nicholas Repenning, and major artists from across the country including Alex Gabriel Bernstein, Gregory Grenon, Randy Walker, Martin Kremer, and Sonja Blomdahl. FMI,,

The Eighth Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational will open Friday, June 5th, at the University of New England Gallery on the Portland campus of Westbrook College, and you can see it until October 31st.

Don’t forget the (June) First Friday Art Walk in Portland, is next Friday, the 5th. You’re invited to take a free, self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues from 5 to 8 pm. You can see a map of the participating sites at

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