Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for June 14

Hello everyone!

Friday night I accompanied Suzanne to an Opening Reception “Perspectives” for Water Street Artists at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta. After a totally drenching morning, the sun came out & provided perfect weather for a lovely indoor/outdoor reception with a nice crowd, delicious snacks, wine and live music.

If you have not yet visited the Stable Gallery, you may be pleasantly impressed by the attractive interior and the quality of work by gallery artists and featured artists Bob Thomas, Rosalind Welch, Stephen Vowles, Tandem Glass, Kathleen Mack, Suzanne Anderson, Stephen Mott, Jon Fernans and Phylis Loney.

Stable Gallery’s next Opening Reception “Fun/Functional” will be held Friday July 10th, 5 -7 pm FMI,

Hope Hoffman and Kittlish at Stable Gallery Opening

We stayed in a lovely B&B; in Waldoboro called Le Vatout, owned & run by Dominika and Linda, a fun and charming couple. The yard gardens were extensive
and inviting and breakfast included herbs from the garden. Le Vatout will be hosting art workshops featuring a Pastel Workshop with Pam Cabanas, an Asian Brush Painting Workshop with Jean Kigel, and a Watercolor Workshop with Jan Kilburn, FMI,

I was hoping to visit some client friends in the area the next day, but as we rolled into Damariscotta again, we found the picturesque village under attack by Pirates! We never found out much about the day’s events but the town was packed like sardines with many dressed as pirates, and we watched several re-enactments of the pirate ship’s canon broadsides against Schooner Wharf and skirmishes on Maine Street. We ever heard a pirate joke from our waitress at the Damariscotta River Grill – “Why are pirates so mean? –They just ARRRGH!”

Don’t forget next Sunday 6/21 is both Solstice and Father’s Day.

All my best for a great week,



Grand Opening of The ART District by allen david GALLERY

Boothbay region artists and art lovers have been waiting for this. The ART District by allen david GALLERY at 15 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor invites the public to attend their Grand Opening June 20, 6-9 pm with music, food and wine. The new gallery features the work of over 40 of the area’s best local artists such as Corrine McIntyre, Monique and Ronald R. Parry, Henry Bonner, Judi Wagner, June Elderkin, Kathleen Billis and Greg Laferer. FMI,

Opening & Shows

Alison Hill, “Garden”, at Mars Hall Gallery

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor opens it’s 2009 season with an Opening Reception, 5-8, on Friday June 19th with two exciting shows – a one-woman show titled “Body & Soul”, will feature the works of Monhegan Artist Alison Hill, and “Chapter 6”, a group show to celebrate their 6th anniversary with 6 new artists and artisans. Both shows run thru Sun, July 19. The Gallery is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd., Tenants Harbor and is open 10-5, Wed. thru Sun. FMI, 372-9996 or

Pop the cork for CMCA

Cellardoor Winery of Rockport is sponsoring “Pop the Cork 2”, it’s second fundraiser for an arts organization. This year’s benefit is for Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. The event will feature multiple venues around Rockport – a parade, zydeco music by Slippery Sneakers, swing music by Three Button Deluxe, Maine foods, hors d’oeuvres and lots of wine. Tickets are $75, all proceeds benefit CMCA. Call 236-2654 or email Listen to the Café podcast interview with CMCA’s Cathy Melio

Jonathan Frost Gallery & Frame Shop in Rockland presents “The Land and Its Inhabitants” with an Opening Reception: June 17, 5:30-8:0 The show runs through July 11. FMI,

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset is showing “Annual Juried Exhibit”, 46 juried Maine artists, thru June 28th.

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. 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.

The Arts Across Ellsworth Arts Festival runs June 26th+ 27th. During that weekend there will be an Arts Across Ellsworth Fine Art & Craft Show upstairs at the Maine Grind Building in Ellsworth. Friday the 26th,from 10 am to 5pm & Saturday June 27th, from 10am-4pm. The works of 17 talented and juried Artisans will be shown.

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. 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 10 gallery owners who 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.

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

First Person Arts is looking for short memoirs and essays, documentary films, and photographs that depict Americans from all walks of life. Finalists in each category (writing, film, and photography) will be featured on the First Person Arts website and at the First Person Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art, November 4 to 8, 2009. Deadline is June 30th. For more information, go to

Art walks
(please let me know if these need updating)

First Friday Artwalks
Boothbay Harbor

Second Friday Artwalk
Brunswick /Topsham – May – Dec. with 20 studios and galleries open

Third Friday Artwalk
Bath – June- Oct. with 20 studios & galleries open with free van shuttle from the Chocolate Church.

Weekly Artwalks
Belfast (high summer)

Downtown Bangor Artwalk Fri., June 19, 5-9

Artwalk Openings
Arts in Rockland is sponsoring another art walk on Wednesday, June 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. You can see a list of participating galleries and download a map at arts-in-rockland-dot-com.