Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for August 1, 2009

Purchasing hand painted bid cards at last year’s auction

58th Annual Ogunquit Art Association Art Auction
at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit on Saturday August 1, 2009

The public is invited to join the excitement at the famous Ogunquit Art Association Auction on August 1. Auctioneer Hap Moore will help you bid on paintings, graphics, photographs, and sculpture by members of the OAA, the area’s oldest professional artists organization. Doors open at 7 pm and bidding begins at 8 pm.

Purchase a bid card (original one-of-a-kind works of art by OAA artists) that will gain you admission to the auction, giving you the opportunity to acquire original art for the bargain sum of $25. A bid card purchase includes auction admission, catalog, and refreshments. Participating OAA artists, many with national and international reputations, are offering a wide variety of fine works of art to the highest bidder. It is an excellent time to start or add to your own art collection by buying something wonderful to enjoy in your home and, at the same time, support the local arts community. FMI,

Listen to the Aug. 1 Cafe des Artistes interview with Stuart Nudleman


Openings + Shows

Charles Woodbury, “Ogunquit Bathhouse with Lady and Dog” at the Portland Museum of Art

Additionally, The Barn Gallery is proud to announce that a significant segment of the current exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art, “Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England” features a large collection of works by an earlier generation of Ogunquit artists.

Focusing on three art colonies, the Portland Museum of Art’s major summer exhibition, “Call of the Coast: Art Colonies of New England”, shows work of leading American artists who have been attracted to the New England coast. Foremost of the Ogunquit artists included are paintings by the founder of the Ogunquit Art Colony and an original member of the Ogunquit Art Association, Charles Woodbury who is represented by two exquisite pieces of work: Perkins Cove, circa 1900 and Ogunquit Bathhouse with Lady and Dog, along with a marvelous etching: The Rising Tide.

“Call of the Coast” exhibition will be at the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, through October 12. The Barn Gallery, Bourne Lane and Shore Road, is open through October 4. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm daily and 1 to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

Connie Hayes “Double Yellow, Vinalhaven” at New Era Gallery

Partners in Island Education will host an Artist’s Talk by Connie Hayes “Talent–Who Gets to be an Artist?” Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm at Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall, Vinalhaven School, Tickets are $10.00 adults, $5.00 students. Proceeds will benefit PIE and its school arts programming. New Era Gallery invites you to join us for an informal wine and cheese reception following the talk. Stop in to speak with Connie and see her work in person! FMI,

Rebecca Daugherty, “Concessions” at Isalos Fine Art

Opera House Arts 10th Anniversary Show + Art Walk in Stonington

An exhibition celebrating Opera House Arts’ tenth anniversary will be on display at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington from August 7th through 20th. An artist’s reception will take place in conjunction with Stonington Galleries First Friday Open Gallery Night on August 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. The show features work by 21 artists, offering meditations on the Opera House and its place in the community. FMI,

The new three day Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival begins August 14 and runs through the 17th at the Bar Harbor Inn.

On August 8th, the Mulford Gallery will host a talk by Harold Garde on the technique, ‘strappo’ which he developed. Known for his powerful and bold work, Garde has developed and perfected this way of using acrylics. He will discuss the procedure, the steps, as well as talk about influences and disciplines. Please join us at 3:00 p.m. at the Mulford Gallery, to meet this fascinating and charismatic artist, and learn about his exclusive technique. To reserve space, please call the gallery 594 4775.

Northeast Harbor Openings August 6

Redfield Gallery is having an Opening Reception for “Maine Coastal Views – 1880-1980” hosted by Rita Redfield and Sunne Savage, Thursday Aug. 6th from 5 to 7:30pm.

Shaw Jewelry is having an Opening Reception Thursday Aug. 6 and will show “Maharaja Jewels, Maine Modernism slash Fifties Revisited and Vintage Photos and Techniques.The show runs thru Aug, 19.

Randy Eckard “Gable End” at Neighborhood House

Neighborhood House will have an opening preview and reception, ahead of their Ninth Annual Show and Sale. The preview will take place Thursday, August 6th, from 5 to 8:00 pm, with the sale on Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, from 10 to 6 pm.

High Street Studo & Gallery in Belfast is showing “Florals with Attitude – A Duet on Canvas” with Jeanne Dawson and Susan Tobey White, with a Process Demo and Opening Reception Aug. 7 from 5-8.

Boothbay area ArtWalk Receptions

Joy To The Wind Studio in Boothbay Harbor will hold a special Artist Reception on Friday from 7 to 9 pm, featuring new paintings by artists Lynne & John Seitzer. FMI,

Ocean Point Studio in East Boothbay will hold a First Friday Reception on Friday, August 7th, from 4 to 7 pm for “Visions of Maine,” paintings and pottery by Corinne and Fred McIntyre. FMI,

ara Applegate “Evening Solitude” at Bayview Gallery, Brunswick

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick, presents Her Mark: Paintings by the Women Artists of Bayview Gallery. The exhibit opens Friday, August 14th and runs through September 5th. The public is invited to the opening reception on the 14th, in conjunction with downtown Brunswick’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. The exhibit, celebrating feminine mystique, spirit and views, promises a spectacular array of new work by our twelve exceptional women artists. FMI,

Donn Moulton “Granny Smith” at Mars Hall Gallery

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor presents “Return of the Masters – Masters of Penobscot Bay.” The show features those artists who have dedicated their lives to their art and honors internationally known artists and teachers Robert Hamilton, Donn Moulton, Carl Sublett and William Thon as well as their contemporaries Charles DuBack, Ronald Frontin, Kris Johnson, Nat Lewis and Marylin Quint-Rose. The Gallery also shows paintings by Alison Hill of Monhegan, who has just been interviewed by “GOOD MORNING AMERICA”, as well as works by Elizabeth Allen, Bill Cook, Dick Kelly, Sharon Larkin, Blanche Sefton-Lutz, Otty Merrill, Cam Noel, C.W. Oakes, Andy Rosen and Eleanor Zuccola. “Return of the Masters” runs thru Sunday Aug. 16th. FMI,

Sarah Knock, “Penobscot Shallow Water Between Islands” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Sarah Knock – Seeking Calm Water” August 6 – 29, 2009 with an Opening Reception Thursday Aug. 6, 5-7pm with an Artist’s Talk Saturday, August 15 1:30pm Sarah Knock, longtime Greenhut artist and highly collected Maine realist painter, is being featured this month in her ninth solo show. Sarah has developed a unique visual language which masterfully captures the dramatic ripples and subtle reflections found along coastal edges. Modern master Maurice Freedman is featured in the Side gallery. FMI,

University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor is hosting “Summer Oasis – An Artful Celebration At The Museum of Art” Saturday, August 22 From 6:00 – 10:00 pm The public is invited to attend a summer celebration in the beautiful sculpture garden at Norumbega Hall to benefit the UMaine Museum of Art’s Exhibition & Education Programs. Tickets are $45 individual, $80 couple. Guest will enjoy a complimentary wine bar, delectable hors d‚oeuvres, live Suggested attire is summer chic/garden glam entertainment, music, dancing, art station & tours and a silent auction. Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum or by calling 561-3350.

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor will host a show of works by Mitch Billis, Brad Betts & Carol Jessen, which runs through September 1.

University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor is showing Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard; Elegant Darkness: Photographs by Connie Imboden; Recent Sculptures by Christopher Frost. Thru September 19

Matthew Szosz “Untitled #41” at Turtle Gallery

Turtle Gallery on Deer Isle is having an opening reception on Sunday, August 2 at 2:00 pm. The following Sunday, August 9, at 4:00 pm, please join them for a Gallery Talk. This third exhibit of the season features cast glass forms by Caitlin Johnston, jewelry by Devta Doolan, lithographs by Theophil Groell, and oil on panel by Daniel Hodermarsky. FMI,

George Marshal Store Gallery in York is showing “R.S.V.P. Invited New England Artists,” a summer group show that has become a tradition at the gallery. Mary P Harding, curator and director says “It is an opportunity for us to show some of our favorite artists as well as introduce new ones.” Exhibiting artists include Grant Drumheller, Kate Emlen, Tom Glover, Roy German, Connie Hayes, Wiliam Irvine, Duncan Johnson, Rebecca Litt, George Lloyd, Shaune McCarthy, Donald Saaf, Gary Haven Smith, Carol Stein, Don Williams and Julia Zanes. At the same time, a second show “Stuart Ober – Little Paintings” will exhibit the meticulous, and often mysterious small paintings by this Maine artist. FMI,

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven is showing Connie Hayes and William Lansansky through August 12. FMI

Leo Brooks at Mars Hall

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” runs thru Sun. Aug. 23rd with a reception on Fri. July 24th.

Charles Laurier Dufour, “Hover Aran” at Indigo Gallery

Ever fly in your dreams? Indigo Gallery in Belfast is featuring new photographic works by Charles Laurier Dufour entitled “Hovering Dreamers”, and will be on display until August 13. “As I’ve gotten older”, says Dufour, “flying in my dreams has become increasingly dangerous and frightful. So now I simply hover.” That sentiment was the inspiration for this series of photographs depicting nude humans hovering just above the ground. This is not digital manipulation; each image in the show appears as it did when the artist witnessed and captured it through his camera lens. Like trompe l’oeil paintings or a magician’s slight of hand, this series of photographs captures the imagination of the viewer. Indigo’s next show in the 2009 season is “A Nod To Whimsy”, beginning August 14th. FMI,

Landing Gallery in Rockland is showing ” Paintscapes 2009”, new paintings by Irma Cerese, through August 15th. Irma’s current work explores painterly, atmospheric effects with her richly applied palette knife painting. There will be 54 new paintings on exhibit through August 15.

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is showing world-renowned photographer Joyce Tenneson in the newly completed second floor gallery of Dowling Walsh. The gallery will display original polaroid photos as well as limited edition floral photographs. Dowling Walsh is also exhibiting the Art of Monhegan. classic and contemporary Monhegan painters from the late 19th century through the present. FMI,

Courthouse Gallery in Ellsworth’s current exhibit, “Maine Artists and the Figure.” The exhibit examines figurative work by Maine artists from 1950 through 2009 now through August 11th. FMI,

The Art Gala Returns!

On August 8th, 4:00 to 6:00, at the Maine Art Gallery, ticket holders will have an exciting time as they make their selection of artworks in a fundraiser to benefit this 52-year-old nonprofit arts organization in Wiscasset. Last year this event was standing room only as art lovers vied for the top choices of the large number of quality paintings and sculpture by Maine artists. Every ticket gets an artwork, but the question is, when will your number be called? The tension runs high and there was even some post-drawing swapping going on! Tickets are $75. to the public, $35 for artists donating a painting. Can‚t make the date? Make a list during the preview and leave your list with the office, that‚s easy! The preview is 10:00 to 4:00 on August 6th and 7th and from 10:00am on the day of the Gala. Tickets are available at the FMI,

Aucocisco Gallery in Portland is showing “Summer Salon Group Show” through Aug. 22. FMI,

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: 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 at Round Top Farm

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. FMI,

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 Aug. 16. The Gallery is open daily.

Domestic Blend Fine Art Gallery in Rockland is showing “Cheryl Blaydon – Mainely Seascapes”, FMI,

Camden Falls Gallery is showing “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 Daud Akhreiv “Catching the Light” – the Frenchboro paintings” through Sept. 20. 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

The Stadler Gallery In Kingfield is now showing a
second summer exhibition: Mary Allen Chaisson, Harpswell, “Abstract Journeys”, and Christine Higgins, Readfield, “Nature Abstracted” will be on view through August 7 daily from 12 noon to 4 pm, or by appointment. . FMI,


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.

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

“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

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.

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)

Arts in Rockland Art Walk Wednesday night, July 22nd from 5 to 8; and the Friday Art Walk in Belfast on July 24th.

First Friday Artwalks
Portland –
download a map at
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, from 5 to 8 p.m. You can see a list of participating galleries and download a map at