Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for September 26, 2009

“Colorful Characters” at Belfast Framer & Gallery

The Belfast Framer & Gallery is showing new work by Susan Weinz of Belfast and Philadelphia with an Opening Reception October 2 during the Belfast Art Walk. The work focuses on language and letterforms and includes a series of artist’s books, typographic broadsides and prints. Stories of colorful characters: quirky, nonsensical texts based on obscure words found at the end of the dictionary. “I like finding odd words I don’t know but that have an interesting sound or evoke the unexpected.” She writes narratives with an eye on more than just spelling and meaning, they also visually challenge the viewer’s reading experience. Appropriately, visuals are based on collections of old wood type that become “characters” in themselves. Weinz has a BFA from Boston Museum School/Tufts University and an MFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. FMI,

Listen to Anthony’s Interview with Vicki McDaniel on the 9/26 Cafe des Artistes radio show podcast.


Openings + Shows

Brita Holmquist at Art House Picture Frames

Art House Picture Frames in Portland presents Brita Holmquist – Uninhabited Portraits – Penobscot Bay Islands through Oct. 31, with a reception Oct. 2 from 5 – 8 pm during the First Friday Art Walk. FMI,

Bugs and Beasts at River Arts

If you happen to drop into River Arts in Damariscotta you’re likely to come face to face with a red-footed booby or a didjeriduck; or a mantis shrimp, an elephant, or some other member of the world of “Birds, Bugs and Beasts.” The exhibit, which will hang at River Arts until November 6th, includes painting, assemblages, prints, ceramics, photos, enamel, tapestry, and sculpture in stone and wood as well as a few examples of found art. The exhibition includes: the archaic, biologic, mythologic, domesticated, barnyard, microscopic, feral, imaginary and lethal!

Over 78 Maine artists submitted over 180 entries for the Birds, Bugs and Beasts Exhibition. The juror, Alan Crichton, selected 79 works for exhibition. Alan Crichton is a sculptor, draftsman and writer living in Liberty, Maine. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Goddard College and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he has taught at Colby College, the MFA program at Vermont College and the Farnsworth Museum and has exhibited throughout Maine and New England for over twenty-five years. He is the co-founder of Waterfall Arts, a center in Montville and Belfast, which for nine years has brought together artists from Maine and around the world to celebrate creativity and promote sustainability through education, artists’ residencies, exhibits and events. The November exhibition at River Arts opening November 13th will be entitled “Anything Goes”. FMI, or call 563-1507.

Charles Laurier Dufour, “Taken-fo
r-granite” at Galerie Dufour

Galerie Dufour (formerly, Indigo Gallery) in downtown Belfast presents Coastal Curves II, the second instalment in a series of fine art nude photographs by Charles Laurier Dufour. If you love Maine’s ruggedly dramatic coastline and you are enlightened to the traditional use of the figure in art, then this exhibition is a must see. Coastal Curves II places emphasis on the shore itself, featuring the dryer side of the coastline. The singular beauty of Maine’s formidable cliffs, massive granite boulders, and sandy and pebble beaches will share center stage with the human figure in its purest and most natural state.

More of Dufour’s work can be viewed at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast. There is currently an exhibition of faculty artwork in the newly opened wing, and Dufour is among the faculty members whose work is featured. His fine art nudes hang in the newly created “free speech area” of the Hutchinson Center’s wing which will be dedicated on October 5. Coastal Curves II is launched with an opening reception on Friday, October 2 during the BelfastARTS First Friday Art Walk from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the artist will be on hand. For more information, call Galerie Dufour at 338 – 6448, or email

Call to Artists for Juried Multi-Disiplinary Virtual Showcase

As part of the inauguration of Maine Art Scene’s Virtual Art Galleries, the online publication is organizing a first statewide multi-disciplinary virtual showcase of contemporary Maine painters, fine art photographers, sculptors and multimedia artists. Artwork will be selected by Maine Art Scene and former curator of the Farnsworth Museum, Suzette McAvoy. Works chosen will be displayed in a virtual format that will resemble an actual art gallery space with various rooms to navigate, artwork and labels to zoom in on and a podcast introduction.

The link to the submission guidelines/information Deadline for submissions: October 15th, 2009 at 12 pm This statewide interactive showcase and our Virtual Art Galleries will be unveiled at on November 15, 2009.

“Food for Thought, Time for Action” – A conference and art exhibit at the Blum Gallery, Bar Harbor, Friday, October 2 at 4:00pm showing through Thursday, October 29 at 5:00pm at the Blum Gallery, College of the Atlantic. To see more details and RSVP:

University of Maine Museum of Art is offering a Digital Photography Workshop Nov. 14 & 21. The fee is $75 Non-Members, $65 Members/UMaine students with ID, at UMMA Classroom, 40 Harlow Street, Bangor. Contact 561.3350. Do you wonder what the flower symbol means on the back of your digital camera? Do you agonize over which resolution to use? Do you know what resolution is? Would you like to learn how to print those pictures of your kids without wasting an entire day? Do you want to learn how to put them on a CD so that a photo lab can print them for you? Do you want to produce an art-quality image, but are not sure what settings or paper to use? Have you used only the automatic setting on your digital camera? Would you like to take better pictures? If you answered YES to any of these questions, this class is for you! In two easy sessions learn how to use, or better utilize, your digital camera, optimize image quality on your computer, save your pictures, and print any size. This workshop is for the novice and the intermediate digital photographer. To learn more please view the Workshops page in the Education section of our website at or phone 561.3350. Class space is limited and fills quickly.

Tom Hennessey, “Diggers at Dawn” at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth presents “The Hennessey Collection” with Artist’s Reception: Sun. Oct. 4, 4-6pm. Tom Hennessey’s graphite and pen and inks drawings will debut at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art with an artist’s reception on October 4. His illustrations have been featured in various publications including Field and Stream, Bangor Daily News, Harris Publications of New York Sporting Magazines, Feathers and Fins and Handy to Home, both books by Tom Hennessey, and several of Gene Hill’s books The Shotgunners Notebook, Hill Country, and Passing a Good Time. Where available, original publications signed by Mr. Hennessey, will accompany the illustration. A catalog will be available.

In addition, owners Karin and Michael Wilkes are pleased to announce that Stephen Pace recently selected Courthouse Gallery Fine Art to represent his work exclusively in Maine. Finally, Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is pleased to present the first solo exhibit of large-scale stone sculptures by Maine sculptor Jesse Salisbury through October 30. Influenced by Japanese stone splitting and carving techniques, Salisbury hand splits and then reassembles granite to bring out the stone’s inherent movement, raw power, and natural beauty. Salisbury is also the founder of the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium. FMI,

Tandem Glass Studio in Dresden recently had an Open House with work for sale and refreshments and snacks. The studio features exciting and unique hand blown glass created on site by artisans Terrill & Charlie Jenkins. Each artisan has been working in this medium for twenty years, developing their individual visions based on modern and ancient techniques. The studio is 7 miles from Wiscasset on 6 Eagles Lodge Lane in downtown Dresden, 737-2781 FMI,

Listen to Anthony’s Interview with Terrill and Charlie on the 9/19 Cafe des Artistes radio show podcast.

Tina Ingraham, “Metamorphosis” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents Tina Ingraham “Observations” and features the work of George Lloyd in the Side Gallery. Opening Reception Thurs. Oct. 1, 5-7pm. Artist’s Talk Saturday October 10, 1:30 pm. Tina Ingraham, an accomplished painter of landscapes, lucious still lifes and portraits received her MFA from CUNY, Brooklyn, New York. Tina has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She taught at Bowdoin College and the International School of Painiting, Drawing and Sculpture in Umbria, Italy.

In Observations, Tina reminds us of our sacred connections with all beings-plant and human. Created plein aire on hand-crafted linen, many pigments hand ground, she achieves breathtaking intimacy, whether of freshly harvested vegetables or women at the beach in incandescent light. Shapes echo one another, evoking a sense of the greater whole. This show is a dance of life. FMI,

The Leighton Gallery, 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, has signed up for a two page ad for next year’s “Maine Gallery + Studio Guide” in celebration of their 30 years in business. Welcome Judith and congratulations!

Jon Petro at UMMA

UMMA in Bangor is opening three shows: Roadside Ghosts Photographs by Dave Anderson; Evergreen Installation by Wendy Wischer; and Abstract New England Six Perspectives, Oct. 2 – Dec. 31. Abstract New England Six Perspectives features works by six painters who reside in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and reveals diverse approaches to materials and abstraction. Compositions range from dynamic, shaped-canvases to works arranged in a large-scale, rhythmic grid. Some paintings incorporate expanses of fluid colors and subtle bleeds that evoke the meditative, while others pulse with energetic brush strokes and complex layering of forms that draw associations to graffiti art. Featured artists are
Jennifer Amadeo-Holl, Meg Brown Payson, Jon Petro, Louis Risoli, Terry Rose and Dudley Zopp.

CMCA’s Third Annual Artist’s Potluck and Networking Event is Fri, Oct. 02 at 6:00 PM. Connect with other artists and CMCA staff, enjoy good food, and experience CMCA’s dynamic exhibitions. Bring a dish to share – CMCA will provide some treats, door prizes, and surprises. Email an image of your artwork (for a slide show) to education director Cathy Melio at Be a part of art!

Jessie Pollock, “Bathers” 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,

Maine Art Gallery in WIscasset is showing “Seasons of Maine” thru Oct. 14th . FMI,

Last scheduled Open Studio of season at Stemwinder Sculpture Works. View works in steel, stone and wood by Jay Sawyer. Acres of naturally beautiful gallery space and light refreshments. On Route 90, one quarter mile from Rt. 1 in Warren. Look for Maine’s most photographed pickup. Sept 26th and 27th from 10-6, rain or shine. FMI email

Join the Old Post Office Gallery in Georgetown on 10/10 for an October Art Fest, part of a town-wide autumn celebration. Paintings on display are from five artists: Cory Hart, Letty Husson, Léa Peterson, Tracy Panzani and Sue Zimmerman, plus special guest Dahlov Ipcar. After this closing event, the gallery will reopen in May 2010. FMI,

Archipelago in Rockland presents “Ink & Light” through January 24, 2010. The show features Peaks Island artists Victor Romanyshyn and Jane Banquer

Åarhus Gallery
is having an
Opening Reception will be held Friday October 2nd and is very pleased to exhibit the delightful and sublime work of Sedgwick artist, printmaker and book illustrator, Holly Meade. 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 through 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

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

Allen David Gallery in Boothbay Harbor presents their new exhibit, titled, “A Celebration of New Work”

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.”

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

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

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

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 is showing “Selections from the Permanent Collection” which will include the new Peregrine Press Portfolio of 24 prints, on view through November 8.

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,

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
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