Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for September 7, 2009

Sculptor Ahm
ed Karaly of Egypt at Schoodic Point

This is the final week for public viewing of the large pieces being finished at Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, August 1 through September 12, 2009. The Symposium is a biennial cultural event that brings together international artists, visitors, and communities to create a Public Sculpture Collection in eastern Maine. This gathering of sculptors is a fun and educational way to see how large-scale sculpture is made from granite, one of Maine’s natural resources. Each symposia last 6-weeks, from late July to early September. Visitors can watch the sculptures in progress. Artists from around the world are selected through a juried process to participate. The sculptures are then placed at public sites in Maine communities. Symposia are scheduled to occur in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. The symposium is free and open to the public. For directions and information,

The public is invited to attend the Closing Ceremony of The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 12th on the SERC Campus on Schoodic Point. Jesse Salisbury will introduce the sculptors, who will talk about their sculptures and experiences in Maine. Elementary students will sing a song from each of the sculptor’s home country. Refreshments will be served.

Listen to Anthony’s interview with Sculpture Symposium founder Jesse Salisbury on the 9/5 Cafe des Artistes radio broadcast on WERU


Openings + Shows

Holly Meade “Jackrabbits,” at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery is very pleased to exhibit the delightful and sublime work of Sedgwick artist, printmaker and book illustrator, Holly Meade. “Art…its true effort is to open to us dimensions of the spirit that normally lie smothered under the weight of living.” –J. Winterson There’s a very good chance that paper, invented in A.D.105, was developed expressly to make…prints, woodblock prints, in fact. And since then, few if any mediums have played such a pivotal role in the sharing of ideas, or have increased so exponentially, the widespread communication of creative expression or the very evolution of thought itself. Woodblock prints have indeed been around for a really long time, and although Holly Meade has not been (comparatively speaking), her woodblock prints carry the sophistication, the artistry, the serious feathery lightness of the mysteries of the human soul, the magical essence of animal life and the beauty that legends speak of. On view from September 22nd to October 18th 2009, along with the work of Aarhusians Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Annadeene Fowler, Richard Mann, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. An Opening Reception will be held Friday October 2nd, from 5-8pm. Also, the art and poetry for 5th Annual Belfast Poetry Festival, Oct 16th and 17th, will go on view starting Sept 22. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit

Correction: There will be an opening reception Sept. 12 (not 5th) 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.

Kathryn Osgood, “Vanitas 07” color photograph at New Era Gallery

New Era Gallery on Vinalhaven presents “Photographs by Gallery Artists,” September 5 -30

Renowned Maine artist Dahlov Ipcar will celebrate the rerelease of her classic illustrated children’s book “Hardscrabble Harvest,” with a signing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the new L.L. Bean Home store in Freeport. The signing will be part of the store’s grand-opening celebration.

Portland Museum of Art Auction – Call of the Coast: 2009 Support Museum exhibitions and educational programming by inviting your friends and family to join you at a table of eight for this evening of fun, food, and shopping, September 26, Holiday Inn By the Bay. Doors Open at 5 p.m.Tickets: $75. 27 Live Auction Items. Enter to win a $10,000 cash raffle! Only 300 tickets will be sold. Raffle tickets: $100 each. For more information or to purchase tickets or raffle tickets, call (207) 775-6148, ext. 3244. To purchase tickets online.

Portland Museum of Art is also offering Art Classes for Adults

“Paint the Coast Tour” Date: Saturday, September 12 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Price: $75.00 Members: $60.00 Location: Ogunquit Pack a lunch and your creative juices for a day of painting and touring the historic art colony of Ogunquit. We will paint alongside fishing shacks, by the Hamilton Easter Field school, and in the spirit of Charles H. Woodbury, from his spot overlooking the cove. The day will conclude with a very special studio tour by his grandchildren. All painting materials will be supplied. Limited to 20.

Allen David Gallery in Boothbay Harbor will hold an opening reception, Saturday the 12th from 6 – 9 pm for their new exhibit, titled, “A Celebration of New Works.”

Paul Stone. “Almost hidden by in the Light” at Bayview Gallery, Brunswick

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick is showing “Lands of Light, Seas of Color: A Joint Exhibit With Robert Spring and Paul Stone.” Friday, September 11 – Saturday, October 3, with and Artist’ Reception Friday, September 11th, 5:pm – 7:30.

There will be an opening reception Sunday 9/13 from 3 to 5 at The Gallery At Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick for “Into the Autumn.”

The new exhibit at Mulford Gallery in Rockland will open with a reception on Wednesday, September 16th, from 5- 8 pm. The new show is a “Celebration of Gallery Artists.”

Arts In Rockland Galleries will sponsor special opening-night receptions on Wednesday, September 16th, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The September show at Aucocisco Galleries in Portland will feature works by Bernard Langlais.

The new show “Harvest” is on view from Sept. 11th through Oct. 16th at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta with and Opening Reception Sept. 11th from 5 to 7.

You can catch “Autumn Mood” at Blue Hill Bay Gallery now through Octtober 25th.

The documentary ROCK SOLID: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium by Maine filmmaker, Richard Kane, premiered 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, and on Maine Public Broadcasting. Look for listings on this website and on t 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

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,

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,

New paintings by Barbara Brady, Carolyn Caldwell and Rebecca Daugherty will be featured at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington through Sept.13th.

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

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.

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.

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,

Harlow Gallery, Hallowell will present 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”
through Sept. 26. The September featured artist in the Side Gallery is Monica Kelly. 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.

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

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