Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for July 11, 2009

Winslow Homer (1836 – 1910) The Trapper 1870 Oil on canvas 19 x 29
Colby College Museum of Art
Gift of Mrs. Harold T. Pulsifer

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art
July 11, 2009 – February 21, 2010

The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition of its collection. “Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art” features objects from the museum’s collections of American, European, Asian, and contemporary art, and is accompanied by an audio tour and a richly illustrated book of collection highlights, with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists. FMI,

Listen to the 7/11 Café interview with Museum director and chief curator Sharon Corwin


Openings + Shows

Mars Hall Gallery presents “LEO & ME”, the story of two artists and friends, the late Leo Brooks,( 1909-1993 ), of the Bronx, N.Y. and Elaine Reed, of N.J. and Vermont. The two met and painted on Monhegan for twelve years as well as sharing time in N.Y. and N.J.. “LEO & ME” opens Wed.,July, 15th and runs thru Sun. Aug. 23rd with a reception on Fri. July 24th. FMI,

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland introduces world-renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson at an Opening Receptions, July 15th, 5 to 8 p.m. Joyce will have a solo exhibition starting July 15th, with and exhibition in the newly completed second floor gallery of Dowling Walsh. The gallery will display original polaroid photos as well as limited edition floral photographs. In conjunction with Joyce Tenneson’s show, Dowling Walsh will also be exhibiting the Art of Monhegan. This show will also open on July 15th, 2009, and will be displayed on the first floor of the gallery. The Art of Monhegan will be comprised of classic and contemporary Monhegan painters from the late 19th century through the present. FMI,

The Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland will host the opening reception for a show entitled “Tillman Crane: Odin Stone,” Wednesday, July 15, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Pianist Steve Lindsay will play jazz and blues. On Wednesday evening, July 22, beginning at 6:30, Crane will give a half-hour talk at the gallery regarding the prints in the show, their subject matter, and his artistic outlook and process. People who attend this talk will be able to sign up to visit his darkroom the following Saturday morning, July 25, from 10:00 to noon, to see how he works.

The film, Matisse, Artist of the 20th Century will be shown at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit on Wednesday July 22 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free and there is free parking. The “Art Videos at the Gallery” series began July 1 and continues each Wednesday evening at 7:30 through September 2 at the Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane and Shore Road, in Ogunquit. There will be discussion about the films led by Ogunquit artist Stuart Nudelman, Chairman of Ogunquit Performing Arts. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.
Upcoming films: • July 29—James Nachtwey, War Photographer • August 5—Pissarro and the Impressionists • August 12—Piet Mondrian: Artist of the 20th Century • August 19—Seurat and the Impressionists • August 26—Edward Steichen: Master of Photography • September 2—Ansel Adams: PBS American Experience

H. Swanson Gallery, Open Studio Sundays. Meet the artist, see the work. Atlantic Hwy., Lincolnville Beach,

Jean Kigel’s 11th annual solo show, Eastern Views, will be held this year at Round Top Farm, a facility of the Damariscotta River Association, from August 6 through the 12th from 10-6 daily. The public is invited to a reception on Friday August 7th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Please note that Eastern Views has moved to a new location, The Round Top Farm Gallery, located at the historic space formerly known as the Round Top Center for the Arts. Eastern Views is so-entitled as Kigel’s paintings celebrate our own North-East, the world’s Far-East, and Eastern-Europe. Kigel is offering many treasures from the land and sea. More information to follow in early August. Phone 832-5152 and visit

Eric Hopkins Gallery, Hopkins Wharf, North Haven is having an Opening Reception featuring the work of Orlando Johnson, David Wilson and Eric Hopkins, 4-6pm, Sunday July 17, with new Opening Receptions scheduled for Sunday Aug. 2 and 16. The Gallery is open daily.

Charles DuBack, “Ten Pound Fog” oil and wax on canvas

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is showing Charles DuBack of Tenants Harbor with an opening reception on Friday July 24 from 5-8pm. Charles DuBack’s eighty three years of life experience and half century of practical evolutionary facility, brings to the canvas the straightforward dignity of a painters honest vision. Mr. DuBack’s paintings will be on display from July 21 through August 9 along with work from the Åarhus partners Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. FMI, or call 338-0001.

Join the fun each Thursday from 5-8 at Downtown Bangor Cool Sounds Concerts and Outdoor Artisan Market, with great music and 20 vendors selling Maine-made products: jewelry, art, artisan breads and cheeses, blueberries, stained glass and other foods and crafts,

Domestic Blend Fine Art Gallery in Rockland is hosting a special Opening reception for “Cheryl Blaydon – Mainely Seascapes”, Wednesday July 15 from 5-8 with live music and refreshments. FMI,

Bath ArtWalk exhibit space available

Artists are invited to participate in Bath ArtWalk & Drive group exhibits-at Bath City Hall or at the Train Station and Visitors Center for 3rd Friday ArtWalks on August 21 and Sept 18. For complete details contact Harriet Mosher at, or 798-6964; or Susan McChesney at Deadline: August 31.

Aesthetica Creative Works Competition

Aesthetica is looking for entries to the 2009 International Aesthetica Creative Works Competition. The 2008 Competition was a successful springboard for artists’ careers around the globe. The winners and finalists from last year, went on to secure further exhibitions, commissions and publications. The winners and finalists were published in the Aesthetica Annual, which is available nationwide through British Borders Stores and internationally through the Aesthetica website. It’s a great opportunity to bring your work to a wider audience. The Aesthetica Creative Works Competition seeks entries of Artwork, Photography & Sculpture, Fiction and competition guidelines and to enter the competition please click here Contact:, Web: Deadline: Sept 1, 2009.

Call for Artists

“Care for Your Child” exhibit. Juried Art Exhibit. Criteria: Works of art must present a positive – reinforcing image of parenting children. Objective: To promote positive parenting through art work. Dates of Exhibit: Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 25th, 2009. Reception at Harlow Gallery Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 5 to 8 pm. Art Work to be delivered to Harlow Gallery: Saturday, September 26th, 2009 from 4 pm to 6 pm & September 27th, 2009 from 10 am to 2 pm. Exhibit to be held at: Harlow Gallery, Hallowell & Round Top Farm, Damariscotta. Requirements: 1 work of art. Paintings – 40″ x 40″ Photography – 17″ x 24″ plus frame. Sculpture – 50 lbs. Other forms of art – contact gallery. Artist’s statement about the work of art & their artwork – one sentence each. Artists must have residency in Maine and be 18 years or older. Jurors: Nancy Wissemann-Widrig & John Wissemann. Prizes: $ 1,000 Best in Show*, $ 750 Second Prize, $ 500 Third Prize. 4 Prizes of $ 250 each and 5 Prizes of $ 100 each. Contact: 207-622-3813

Camden Falls Gallery “A Day at the Beach” with featured artists, Aline Ordman and John Schmidtberger, who have captured through their unique and individual interpretations, the perfect Maine memories from walking along the shore or having a day at the beach.” FMI,

Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery
in Rockland presents Russian artist Dauf Akhreiv “Catching the Light” – the Frenchboro paintings” through Sept. 20. FMI,

Kevin Beers
, images of Monhegan

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor is showing New Paintings by Ralf Feyl and Images of Monhegan by Kevin Beers. FMI,

Julyan Davis

Greenhut Galleries in Portland is showingr an exhibit of New Paintings by Julyan Davis. The exhibit runs through August 1st. FMI,

Portland Museum of Art “Call of the Coast:
Art Colonies of New England” through 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,

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

The Center For Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport is showing “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, through July 26th.

Paper Holds Water, an exhibition of recent work by Emily Brown, will hang at Isalos Fine Art, Stonington through July 16th, FMI,

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. The exhibition will be on view through July 17.
The second summer exhibition: Mary Allen Chaisson, Harpswell, “Abstract Journeys”, and Christine Higgins, Readfield, “Nature Abstracted” will be on view from July 18 through August 7 daily from 12 noon to 4 pm, or by appointment. . 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 www.bluehillfine


Susan Tobey White is offering an ongoing Plein Air Painting in Belfast, Thursday mornings throughout the summer 8:30-10:30 (weather permitting). Locations TBA each week . For beginners or for those with more experience – $15./class. If you are traveling, materials can be provided for $10. Contact for more info: Contact Susan at High Street Studio& Gallery, 149 High St, Belfast, or 207-338-8990.