Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for Aug. 15, 2009

Dorothy Simpson Krause “Saquish” at Landing Gallery

Rockland Show a Plea for Awareness

Landing Gallery in Rockland is exhibiting “Losing Ground” with new mixed media works by Dorothy Simpson Krause and an Opening Reception and book signing Aug. 19 from 5-8. The show runs through Sept. 19th. Dorothy is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art, and a founding member of Digital Atelier. Her artist’s statement: “As our Global population increases exponentially, the effects of our actions are changing the environment. With global warming and the melting of the polar ice caps contributing to rising ocean levels, we are literally and figuratively losing ground.” The exhibition and artist book by Dorothy Simpson Krause are “pleas for awareness of our role as stewards of the environment.” Meet the artist during her book signing and artist’s opening reception, Aug. 19th.
Listen to the Aug. 15 Cafe des Artistes interview with Landing Gallery owner Bruce Busko.


Openings + Shows

Alison Goodwin, “Jake” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portlland presents Alison Goodwin “Leave your Pebbles in the Sand” with Alison Goodwin Artist’s Talk, Thursday, Septe
mber 3, 4:30pm and Opening Reception, September 3, 5-7pm. The show runs through Sept. 26. The September featured artist in the Side Gallery is Monica Kelly. FMI,

Friday evenings have never been better in Belfast with another Friday Art Walk coming up. Doors are open at most of Belfast’s 20 art venues, with special receptions hosted this week Aug. 21 by Art Alliance Gallery (AAG) and Brambles, both on lower Main Street. The weekly art walks switch to monthly art walks in September, so if the rain held you back earlier this summer, it’s time to make up for lost time! Live street music will fill the air as dancer Mary Beth Hewitt dazzles the onlookers and passersby between gallery stops. Come early and stay late – see how many galleries you can explore between 5 and 8 pm. The Belfast Art Walks are sponsored by generous donations provided by Bluestreak, Bangor Savings Bank, Camden Savings Bank, and the City of Belfast. The weekly art walks switch back to First Fridays in September

Paul Stone “Vista with Island” at Bayview, Brunswick

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is showing “Lands of Light, Seas of Color” a joint exhibit wth Robert Spring and Paul Stone. The exhibit opens Friday, September 11th and runs through October 3rd. The public is invited to the opening reception on the 11th, in conjunction with downtown Brunswick’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. FMI,

The Allen David Gallery in Boothbay Harbor has a new show “The Line and the Drama.”

Mulford Gallery’s new exhibit is called, “Nature Moods,” and features works by Phil Schirmer and Judith Belasco. The Reception will be Wednesday, August 19th, in Rockland, from 5 to 8 pm.

George Bayliss, “Sails On The Reach” at Turtle Gallery

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle is opening its fourth exhibit of the season, featuring selected works by gallery artists with an opening reception on Sunday, August 23 at 2:00 pm. Also featured is the 27th Annual Artist Book and Print Show and Group Show of New Work by Turtle Gallery Artists. Gallery Talks take place the following Sunday, August 30, at 4:00 pm. The exhibit will run through Columbus day weekend. FMI,

Wiscasset Bay Gallery is hosting an Opening reception September 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for “Bernard Corey, Jay Connaway and Their Contemporaries” Light refreshments will be served. FMI,

Charles DuBack “State Forest” at Mars Hall Gallery

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenants Harbor is having a reception for the opening of a display of works by Charles DuBack on Friday, August 28th from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit continues though October 12th. FMI,

Michael Seif, “Optical Axis” at New Era Gallery

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven has an Opening Reception Sat. Aug. 15 from 4 – 7 p.m. showing the images of Buckley Smith, Michael Seif, and Janet Gohres. with artist’s talk with Michael Seif 4:30 in the Windy Way Barn. FMI,

Janis Sanders at Camden Falls Gallery

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce “Maine Cottage and Architecture,” featuring Janis Sanders.

Eric Hopkins and Kerry Altiero, owner/chef of Cafe Miranda in Rockland, started working together this spring when they discovered their common support of Port Clyde Fresh Catch, a community supported fishery in Port Clyde, Maine. Eric is working on some product label and marketing designs for Port Clyde Fresh Catch, and Kerry Alterio often features the fishermen’s catch in the menus he creates for Cafe Miranda.

To build community support, and a stronger sense of community spirit, Kerry and Eric have taken their collaboration around Port Clyde Fresh Catch one step further. This summer, Kerry has been providing hors d’oeuvres for Eric Hopkins Gallery openings during the town-wide Arts in Rockland art walks. In return, Eric has hung a number of paintings in Cafe Miranda.

Join Kerry and Eric for art walks in Rockland on Wednesday August 19, and Wednesday, September 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. Eric Hopkins Gallery is located at 21 Winter Street. If you come to town, plan to stay for dinner. Cafe Miranda is at 15 Oak Street, a stone’s throw from the gallery. Call 207-594-2034 for reservations.

Listen to the 8/8 Cafe des Artistes radio interview with Eric and Kerry.

Jay Gibson, “Leading Edge” at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is showing artist Jay Gibson of Morrill. The talented and complex, Jay Gibson was born in 1958 and has lived and worked in Maine since 2004. In the late 70’s he attended Pratt Institute studying sculpture and photography, worked as assistant to many New York photographers and went on to print some of the greats in photography, including Diane Arbus and Richard Avedon. Gibson’s show, entitled Artifacts and Narrative, will be on view from August 11 through August 30 along with work of the Åarhus partners Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main St. Belfast, open daily 10am-6pm, and during Friday Art Walks until 8pm. For more information visit or call 338-0001.

Charles Laurier Dufour, “Into the Storm” at Indigo Gallery

Indigo Gallery in Belfast is showing “A Nod To Whimsy”, new photographs by Maine artist Charles Laurier Dufour. “Into the Storm” depicts a nude leaping into the future while holding an umbrella for cover. “This exhibition is simply summer fun”, says Dufour. “Conceptualizing and executing this series was a blast from start to finish. I’ m glad it’s the show that’ll be up during my sixth anniversary, at which time the gallery’s name changes to Gallerie Dufour.” A Nod To Whimsy will be on exhibit through September 3rd. The next installation of new works, “Coastal Curves”, opens the following evening. FMI,

Jill Hoy, “Quarryography” at Isalos Fine Art

An exhibition celebrating Opera House Arts’ tenth anniversary will be on display at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington through Aug. 20th. 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.

Emily Trenholm, “Stonington Harbor” at Bangor Artwalk

Join Downtown Bangor artists and businesses for a summer night of self guided studio tours, August 21st. The Downtown Bangor Artwalk from 5pm to 9pm is a celebration of Bangor’s local talent. In addition to individual artists presenting original works of art in their studios, participating venues will open their doors for an evening of refreshments and music. Art-goers can pick up maps at Metropolitan Soul, the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bella Luna, Java Joe’s, and Bangor Frameworks. Contact Emily Trenholm at 207-653-2628 for more information.

The Water Street Artists at the Stable Gallery new show “Journeys ” FMI,

Abby Shahn at The Stadler Gallery

The Stadler Gallery of Kingfield will conclude this year’s summer cycle with exhibitions of new works by Abby Shahn of Solon, Maine, and of large photographs by Alice Wilkinson of Deer Isle, Maine, both on view from August 29 through September 18, 2009.

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

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.

“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.

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 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,

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

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Sarah Knock – Seeking Calm Water” through August 29, 2009 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

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.

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

The “Art Videos at the Gallery” series 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 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,

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


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

“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 wi

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
nners 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.

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