Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for June 21

Portland Museum of Art – Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England
June 25, 2009 – October 12, 2009

The art colonies of New England played a key role in the creation of an American national identity in the early 20th century. Art colonies in Old Lyme and Cos Cob, Connecticut and Ogunquit and Monhegan, Maine were inspiration for nationally recognized artists including Edward Hopper, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, and George Bellows, among others. The exhibition will chronicle the development of impressionist Connecticut and modernist Maine and will feature 74 works drawn from the collections of the Portland Museum of Art and the Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, Connecticut. The display runs to October 12th. FMI,

Openings & Shows

Dos Hermanas by Kate Chapin, My Grandmother Sewed by Lesia Sochor

Aarhus Gallery starts off their 2009 Guest Artist Series with a seamlessly paired double billing of the stellar local artists Kate Chapin and Lesia Sochor in an exhibit entitled ‘Homage.’ Their work centers around the issues of family, story, memory, work, women, and history. The show will be on view June 30-July 19 and the public is invited to meet the artists at the Opening Reception Friday July 3, 5-8pm as part of Belfast’s Friday Night Art Walk. FMI,

New Era Gallery on Vinalhaven is hosting an Early Summer Group Show from June 20 to July 15 featuring Emily Dean, Alison Hildreth, Shirley Nisbet, Gail Savitz , and Kitty Wales. There will be an Opening Reception today from 4 to 7pm. FMI,

Frances Kornbluth, of Lobster Cover Studio, will be exhibiting her work at the Island Inn on Monhegan through October 12.

The ART District by allen david GALLERY at 15 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor had their Grand Opening June 20. 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, Listen to the Cafe 6/20 show and interview with Allen Bunkker about the exciting Grand Opening.

Alison Hill, “Garden”, at Mars Hall Gallery

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor opens it’s 2009 season 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

CMCA’s “Brenda Bettinson: Arcadia and Archetype.”

The Center For Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is opening a new show on 6/20: “Brenda Bettinson: Arcadia and Archetype.” Bettinson’s paintings and drawings combine realism and abstraction with a sound basis in observation and a deep immersion in ancient mythology. You can see this exhibit through September 12th. FMI

Barn Gallery in Ogunquit will be exhibiting an open, Juried Show featuring Regional Artists, beginning Wednesday, June 24th through July 26th.

Emily Brown’s Paper Holds Water at Isalos

Paper Holds Water, an exhibition of recent work by Emily Brown, will hang at Isalos Fine Art, Stonington from July 3rd through July 16th, with an artist’s reception on July 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m., coinciding with Stonington Galleries First Friday Open Gallery Night. FMI,

Mark your calendars for another great evening of live music at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport. Sometymes Why will be performing on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12. Seats are limited, so please call the gallery at 236-0745 to reserve. (Last week’s Mike and Ruthy concert sold out early, so call soon!) FMI,

Carver Hill Gallery will also 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,

George Marshall Store Gallery in York is showing Tom Curry “Coming to Light”, Charles Ramsburg “Still Points” with Maureen Mills and Victoria Elbroch, through July 12. FMI,

Dianne Horton received the Best of the Best Artist award for Waldo County at the U of ME Hutchinson Center Gala. It was a 2009 Readers Poll by The Republican Journal and the online version of Village Soup. The Gala was a fundraiser for scholarships for Hutchinson Center students.

University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor will be opening three new shows on Friday, June 26. Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard; Elegant Darkness: Photographs by Connie Imboden; and Recent Sculptures by Christopher Frost. Catch it before September 19th. FMI,

Don’t forget the Biddeford Art Walk on Friday, June 26th, from 5 – 8. Enjoy an evening of art and entertainment and friends in downtown Biddeford. Most venues will be serving light refreshments. For details go to

Jonathan Frost Gallery & Frame Shop in Rockland presents “The Land and Its Inhabitants”. 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.

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is showing “Precise Light,” 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 will be open 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,

The Mulford Gallery in Rockland has 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 run through July 12th. This exhibition will feature watercolors, photography, oils, mixed media, all interpreting the artists’ vision and meaning of water. FMI,

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

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

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

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

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.