Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for June 6

Hi Everyone,

Last night was First Friday Artwalk in Maine. It has only taken a few years, but the artwalk has caught on big and is now happening in Stonington, Belafst, Boothbay Harbor, Rockland, East Boothbay, Brunswick, Bath and of course, where it began in Portland (I expect to hear of new artwalks not included). Did you know Andy Verzosa of Aucosisco Gallery in Portland started Maine’s very first artwalk?

I was at the Belfast Artwalk last night, to distribute more gallery guides and to see the shows. Aarhus Gallery was celebrating its second birthday and had a large sociable crowd (photo), great eats & wine and an excellent show by galley artists. High Street Studio Gallery was full as well as the Belfast Framer & Gallery. Musicians were playing on different street corners, shops were open & busy, restaurants were bustling. Belfast has never looked more like a fun, arty & happening place.

It’s the same for Rockland and Portland, and I am sure on a smaller scale in places like Boothbay Harbor and Stonington. We have been hearing about the importance of “the creative economy” for years. This is not just the talk – this is local art taking the lead in revitalizing many downtown & village settings.

I say we keep building the momentum. A rising tide floats all boats.

Best for a great week,


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David Vickery- Island Village, after Kent, oil on canvas, 32″ x 52″

“Precise Light” opens at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland will be hosting an opening reception on June 17th, from 5-8:00 p.m. The show, titled “Precise Light,” features new work from artists Colin Page and David Vickery. In conjunction with the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Maine-in-America weekend, honoring Robert Indiana, there will be artist lectures throughout the week. Colin and David will be speaking about their show at Dowling Walsh on Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. The show, Precise Light, will be open from June 17th through July 8th, 2009. FMI, or 596-0084.


Opening and Shows

Stephanie Knowlton, Quilt

The Stadler Gallery In Kingfield is opening its summer season with two exhibitions of work by Stephanie Knowlton of Oakland, Maine, and Barbara Stewart of Kingfield, Maine. There will be a reception for the artists on Sunday, June 28, from 2-4 pm. The exhibition will be on view from June 27 through July 17 daily from 12 noon to 4 pm, or by appointment. FMI,

Suzanne Siegel, “Moonlight” watercolor on rag paper

The Mulford Gallery in Rockland will host a new exhibition, “Water Colors of Maine,” a multi media show displaying the fascinating colors, textures and interpretations of the water which surround us. The exhibition will start Weds., June 17th, running through July 12th, with be an Opening Reception for the public 5-8 p.m. This exhibition will feature watercolors, photography, oils, mixed media, all interpreting the artists’ vision and meaning of water. FMI,

Kenny Cole “Improbabilities” at Perimeters Gallery

Kenny Cole is having a one man show called “Improbabilities” at Perimeters Gallery at Chase’s Daily in Belfast, through mid July. FMI,

Melissa Greene at Blue Hill Fine Craft Show

The first annual Blue Hill Fine Craft Show takes place July 18th and 19th at the Blue Hill Consolidated School, featuring the works of 40 accomplished fine Maine craftsmen, demonstrations and locally harvested food creations. See pictures and more information at

Marieluise Hutchinson, Oil on Panel, “The Art of Hope”

“The Art of Hope,” at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery will host “The Art of Hope,” a benefit art auction for New Hope for Women,Thursday evening, June 25th. Twenty-five artists from New Hope’s three-county service area (Lincoln, Knox, Waldo) contributed their works to this venture including painting, pottery, wood, and mixed media. Gallery co-owner Jana Halwick, artist James Macdonald, and New Hope development director Glen E. Rainsley are collaborators for the event.

The trio of organizers says it extends a heartfelt pre-event thanks to many whose generosity contributes to the quality of the event: auctioneer Kaja Vielleaux; musicians Nick Apollonio and Kristen Tescher; food and beverage providers Lily Bistro, Sweetgrass Winery and Black Dinah Chocolates. KeyBank has generously underwritten publicity for the event. Others have donated a number of silent auction items designed to add a bit of joy to your life. Reservations are encouraged as seating is limited. Cost is $35.00/ticket with all proceeds benefiting New Hope for Women. Tickets for the 6:30 – 9:00 PM event may be obtained by calling Glen E. Rainsley at 594-2129, Ext. 19, or or FMI,

The University of Maine Museum of Art is pleased to present the following exhibitions to open to the public on June 26, 2009: Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard; Elegant Darkness: Photographs by Connie Imboden; Recent Sculptures by Christopher Frost. FMI,

“The Business of Art” at UNE Gallery

The University of New England’s Gallery of Art will feature “The Business of Art” June 17 – September 2, at UNE’s Portland Campus.This exhibition will feature works from A Fine Thing (Edward Pollack), Aucocisco Gallery (Andres Verzosa), Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Greenhut Gallery (Peggy Golden), Jameson Gallery (Michael Rancourt), June Fitzpatrick Galleries, Susan Maasch Fine Art, Sarajo (Yosi Barzilai), The Daniel Kany Gallery, and Whitney Art Works. Portland is a veritable mecca for fine art across all media, and these 10 gallery owners will feature works by artists they sponsor, as well as address in a series of educational programs how they have developed their niche and what the economic challenges of the hour mean to them: June 24, July 22, and August 12 5-6:30 p.m. There will be conversations with each of the gallery owners on these three evenings. FMI,

Also open at the UNE Gallery is the Eighth Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational, on view until October 31st.

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will open for the season with an opening reception June 7 at 2 pm. The following Sunday, June 14th, at 4 pm, there will be a gallery talk with the several artists whose work is currently being displayed.

Stemwinder Sculpture Works & Gardens in Warren is beginning its second full year with an Open Studio Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14. The entrance for the open studio will be at 131 Camden Road (Rt 90) 1/4 mile from Rt. 1 look for Maine’s most photographed pickup.

Gleason Fine Art in Portland is showing “Clarence K. Chatterton: An Artist’s Artist” through June 30. This exhibit features oil paintings from the artist’s estate. FMI,

Greenhut Galleries – New Paintings by Thomas Connolly. The exhibit will be on display through June 27th. FMI

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 GSHI. 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,

Call for Artists

The new Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival is calling for artists interested in being in the 3 day show August 14-17 at the Bar Harbor Inn. Artists should apply at

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