Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for August 29, 2009

ROCK SOLID World Premiere in Winter Harbor

The documentary ROCK SOLID: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium by Maine filmmaker, Richard Kane, premiered last Sunday night, August 23rd at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor immediately following the dedication of “Cleat” by Maine sculptor Don Justin Meserve. “Cleat” was drilled into the ledge of the tidal zone of Winter Harbor in the fall of 2007 and was an awe-inspiring sight Sunday as waves from Hurricane Bill crashed over the sculpture.

The documentary portrays the vision of Steuben, Maine sculptor, Jesse Salisbury founder of the Symposium, which resulted in seven world-renowned artists coming to Schoodic in 2007 to create monumental works of public art made from granite and basalt donated by local quarries and installed in seven communities in Downeast Maine. ROCK SOLID will be screened throughout Maine beginning September at the Alamo in Bucksport, the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth, the Stonington Opera House, on Maine Public Broadcasting, with hopes for a Farnsworth Art Museum screening this fall. Look for listings on this website and on The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium continues this year with six international sculptors creating new works at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Listen to Anthony’s 8/29 Cafe des Artistes interview with filmaker Richard Kane


Openings + Shows

Thomas Whiting, “Moon Fairy” at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery showing “Chrysalis”

Lisa Svedberg, Christina DeHoff and Thomas Whiting invite you to join them in a showing of new works entitled “Chrysalis” at Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport. Chrysalis will open with a reception for the public Sat. Sept. 19th from 5 – 9 pm. The show will run through Sept. 25.

The show represents their collective shared vision of an emergence and transition into new directions of their evolving souls and creative spirits through their works. Says Whiting – “I attempt to encapsulate a wide range of human emotion in each piece that I create from the fire within my belly. My hope is, that through thoughtful consideration of materials and execution, the pieces will transcend throughout eternity as a silent testimony to the creative force and love that humans can outwardly express.” FMI,

Boothbay Harbor area Openings/Receptions Sept. 4th.

The Boothbay Harbor area will be the scene for several Opening Receptions: Joy To The Wind Studio featuring new paintings by artists Lynne & John M. T. Seitzer from 7 to 9 pm, Head of the Harbor Gallery featuring works by Roger Milinowski & local artists, Coast and Cottage, “Wine,” by Rodney Huckaby from 5 to 8 pm, and Ocean Point Studio in East Boothbay from 4 to 7 for “Visions of Maine,” Paintings and Pottery by Corinne and Fred McIntyre.

Roberta Sprague, “Winter Fantasy” at Southwest Harbor Library

Southwest Harbor Library is having a one-person show by Roberta Sprague for the month of September. Roberta also shows at Harlow Gallery on Maine, Ellsworth.

George Marshall Store Gallery in York is showing Frederick Lynch and Don Demers through October 4. FMI,

Carolyn Caldwell, “Bay Islands” at Isalos Fine Art
Three-Artist Show at Isalos

New paintings by Barbara Brady, Carolyn Caldwell and Rebecca Daugherty will be featured at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington from September 4th through 13th. An artist’s reception will take place in conjunction with Stonington Galleries First Friday Open Gallery Night on September 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. The galleries and studios of Stonington will once again hang their orange banners for September’s First Friday Open Gallery Night, from 4 to 7 on September 4th. The public is invited to see artist demonstrations and meet the artists at opening receptions for shows featuring new work. Book artist Anne-Claude Cotty will give a demo on pinhole cameras in her studio gallery at 65 N Main Street at 5 p.m. Currently on the faculty at Haystack teaching a workshop entitled, “Poetry through a Pinhole”, she will discuss some of the joys and secrets of low-tech photography in a digital age. Pinhole mementos will be offered to all visiting the gallery on Friday. Continuing south on Route 15, visitors to the Geoffrey Warner Studio can check-out finely-crafted furniture and paintings of local scenes, along with slides on the craft of restoring Willow, a 50 year-old classic sailboat. The Seasons of Stonington features ceramics, paintings, photography and metals by ten artists, inclucing locals Marcia Kola, Lorraine Lans and Herman Kidder. Just up North Seabreeze Avenue, the Lorrain Lans Studio will feature “Docks and Rocks,” plein aire paintings of Stonington Harbor docks and ledges. At the east end of Main Street, Hoy Gallery’s new show is called “Waterfront: Working & Wild”. On Main Street, the gWatson Gallery will have an opening reception for a show of new paintings by Nancy Morgan Barnes, while Isalos Fine Art has an opening for new paintings by Barbara Brady, Carolyn Caldwell and Rebecca Daugherty. Brochures with maps are available at all participating galleries and studios. For more information, go to, or call 367-2699 or 367-2700.

Charles Dufour “The fog of what lies before her” at Gallerie Dufour

Gallerie Dufour (aka, Indigo Gallery) in downtown Belfast presents Coastal Curves, a two part series of fine art nude photographs by Charles Laurier Dufour with September and October exhibitions. The singular beauty of the Maine coast shares the spotlight with the curves of the human form in its natural state.

Listen to the 8/22 Cafe des Artistes interview with Charlie Dufour

Friday Art Walk Downtown Belfast will be the happening place this Friday evening with the Friday Art Walk which strings together the downtown galleries.
Over a dozen additional art galleries and studios will keep their doors open between 5 pm and sunset. Enjoy live street performances by Tom Luther (music) and Linda Buckmaster (poetry). Art entertainment for one and all; don’t miss it! FMI,

There will be an opening reception Sept. 5 from 5 to 8 at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit for their Fall Exhibit which showcases works by sculptors J. Adams and Patricia Benson. The exhibit runs through October 4th.

Gleason Fine Art in Portland is showing “Timothy Brooke: Out Of Africa II,” now through September 30th.

The University of New England Art Gallery in Portland will open a new display on Wednesday, September 9th. “Selections from the Permanent Collection” will include the new Peregrine Press Portfolio of 24 prints, on view through November 8th.

The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta invites the public to an Opening Reception Friday, September 11th, from 5 to 7 for their new exhibit of works by members and guest artists.

Rustic metal sculpture by Jay Sawyer will go on display at Stemwinder Sculpture Works in Warren this week. Stop by for an open studio Friday, September 11th, through Sunday, September 13th.

Harold Garde “Red Hat”, at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is proud to exhibit the work of acclaimed abstract expressionist, Harold Garde, from September 1st through the 20th and invites the public to join Harold on September 4th at 4pm at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast for a debut showing of the recut and updated version of the Dale Schierholt documentary film: Harold Garde: Working Artist-The Director’s Cut, followed by an opening reception from 5-8pm at Åarhus. Åarhus partners had the favor and pleasure of visiting Harold Garde’s studio and chose from a multifarious portfolio of work, pieces that range from the 1950’s to 2009. We found we were drawn toward the striking colors and provocative shapes of his figures and faces, with a couple of chair and puppet images confidently placed into the mix. This is not a retrospective as much as it is a rollicking romp through a collection of outstanding paintings from what we consider one of Maine’s finest abstract expressionist painters, at the top of his game. The work of Åarhus partners Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick, will, with all humbleness, also be on view. 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.

John Kimball , “1st Lion National Bank,” detail, at Elizabeth Moss Galleries

Elizabeth Moss Galleries in the Falmouth Shopping Center showcases the riotous and vivid artistic vision of John Kimball in a show of new work co-sponsored by A Family for ME. The show opens with a reception on Thurs, Sept. 3 from 5 to 7.

Phil Schirmer at Mulford Gallery

Mulford Gallery in Rockland is showing new works of Phil Schirmer and Judith Nuse Belasco, and will be on view until Sept.14th
. Phil, an accomplished egg tempera painter has just had a piece accepted into the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Known for his realistic depictions of rocks, water and trees, his new work also includes cloud formations and birds. He is one of the rare breed of talented artists who has mastered a difficult technique, as well as being able to create a work that is breathtaking. FMI,

Charles DuBack “Front Yard” at Mars Hall Gallery

Mars Hall Gallery announces its last group show of the season, “Poetic Palette,” which runs until Monday, October 12th and Charles DuBack’s one man show, “Mixed Bag,” currently at the gallery
through Monday, October 12th. Mars Hall Gallery is located 12.7 miles down the St. George peninsula in Martinsville. FMI,

Allen David Gallery in Boothbay Harbor is inviting the public to an artist’s reception 8/29 from 6 to 9 p.m for their new show, titled, “Cacophony of Color.”

Harlow Gallery, Hallowell will have an opening on Friday, September 4th, from 5 to 8 pm for a show of works by four artists, which will continue through September 26th.

Landing Gallery in Rockland is exhibiting “Losing Ground” with new mixed media works by Dorothy Simpson Krause 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.

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,

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,

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,

Michael Seif, “Optical Axis” at New Era Gallery

New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven is showing the images of Buckley Smith, Michael Seif, and Janet Gohres. FMI,

Janis Sanders at Camden Falls Gallery

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

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 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 exhibit, celebrating feminine mystique, spirit and views, promises a spectacular array of new work by our twelve exceptional women artists. FMI,

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

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 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

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