Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is in their final week of exhibiting the work of acclaimed abstract expressionist Harold Garde. In addition to hosting an opening reception for him on September 4th, the gallery invited the public to join Harold at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast for a debut showing of the re-cut and updated version of the Dale Schierholt documentary film: “Harold Garde: Working Artist-The Director’s Cut”.
Born in New York City in 1923, Harold Garde received a masters degree in Art at Columbia University, and moved on to work in commercial interior design. Later he started a career as art professor and teacher, retiring in 1984 to Belfast, where he continues to paint. His work is in the collections of; The Print Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, the Farnsworth Museum, the Fine Arts Museum of New Mexico, the DeLand Museum in Florida, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France, and more.
“I have an abstract expressionist background.” Harold says, “It was the most exciting new development in art when I was a young painter.” Much of that training remains. What’s left behind are sophisticated techniques and equipment, choosing instead the simplest and most direct, rarely choosing to allow the non-figurative to remain as the final work. Harold is interested in what the paint can do, no doubt, making marks and using colors that both express his thoughts and respond to his actions, though his subjects are ones that are readily recognized and “capable of being rendered with many variations.” Whether manifested subtly or boldly, fragile or monumental: “I want my works to be visually exciting, capable of engaging the eye, the emotions and stimulating the mind of the viewer.” FMI, www.aarhusgallery.com
Listen to Anthony’s interview with Harold Garde in the 9/12 Café des Artistes radio show airing on WERU.
(spot the “Maine Gallery + Studio Guide” in the bottom of the studio scene?)
Openings + Shows
Mimo Gordon Riley “Entering” at Mulford Gallery
Mulford Gallery in Rockland is hosting a reception on Wed. evening, Sept. 16th from 5- 8p.m for “The Best of the Gallery Artists,” a show that encompasses multi medias – from sculpture, to oils, pastels, egg tempera, watercolors, photography, drawings, and acrylics. The gallery has new emerging talent, and artists that have their work in some of the most respected museums around the globe. FMI, www.mulfordgallery.com
Stell Shevis, “Blueberry Fields” at Maine Art Gallery
Maine Art Gallery is hosting an Artists Reception for “Seasons of Maine” on Thurs. Sept. 24th , from 5:00 to 7:00pm. While you’re there, don’t miss the “Bins” filled with unframed original art at bargain prices, or the handmade cards. The Members Exhibit closes Sept. 20th, the “Seasons of Maine” can be viewed Sept. 24th thru Oct. 14th . FMI, www.maineartgallery.org
Dorothy Simpson Krause (pictured 2nd from right) at the opening of her exhibit “Losing Ground” at Landing Gallery
Landing Gallery in Rockland invites the public to an Artist’s Talk Sat., Sept. 19th at 3:30 pm by Dorothy Simpson Krause, who will talk about her artistic process and technical approach to her work in her exhibit “Losing Ground”. Kruase is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art where she founded the Computer Arts Center and a founding member of Digital Atelier.
UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor presents ART@NOON, Thursday, September 17 from Noon until 1 PM. The Gallery Talk begins at Noon and is free.Join Gina Platt, Education Coordinator, for an informal gallery talk featuring UMMA’s current exhibition Sculptures by Christopher Frost as well as works from the permanent collection. Sculptures by Christopher Frost, Highway of Thought: Photographs by David Hilliard and Elegant Darkness: Photographs by Connie Imboden will be on exhibit at the Museum until September 19th. FMI,www.umma.umaine.edu
Jane Banquer at Archipelago
Archipelago in Rockland presents “Ink & Light” with an Opening Reception Fri., Sept. 25th from 5 p.m. ˆ 7 p.m. September 25 – January 24, 2010. The show features Peaks Island artists Victor Romanyshyn and Jane Banquer
Sculptor Ahmed Karaly of Egypt at Schoodic Point
The Closing Ceremony of The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium took place on Saturday, Sept. 12th on the SERC Campus on Schoodic Point. Jesse Salisbury introduced the sculptors, who talked about their sculptures and experiences in Maine. FMI, www.schoodicsculpture.org
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 www.aarhusgallery.com
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.
Allen David Gallery in Boothbay Harbor presents 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.” through Oct. 3
The Gallery At Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick is showing “Into the Autumn.”
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 through Oct. 16th at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta with and Opening Reception Sept. 11th from 5 to 7.
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, www.carverhillgallery.com
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, http://web.mac.com/mpharding/Site/Exhibitions_08.htm
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 8.
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, www.marshallgallery.net.
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, www.greenhutgalleries.com
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, www.wiscassetbaygallery.com
Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to present “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
“Call of the Coast” exhibition will be at the Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, through October 12.
H. Swanson Gallery, Open Studio Sundays. Meet the artist, see the work. Atlantic Hwy., Lincolnville Beach, www.hswansongallery.com
Frances Kornbluth, of Lobster Cover Studio on Monhegan will be exhibiting her work at the Island Inn on Monhegan through October 12.
First Friday Artwalks
Portland – download a map at www.firstfridayartwalk.com/
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.
Belfast (high summer)
Downtown Bangor Artwalk
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 www.artsinrockland.com/.