Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for October 3, 2009

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,

Listen to Anthony’s Interview with Karin Wilkes on the 10/3 Cafe des Artistes radio show podcast.


Openings + Shows

Annie Merrill PPOM at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery to host Pastel Painters of Maine Member Exhibition

The Pastel Painters of Maine, PPOM, is having their Member Exhibition from October 7-14, 2009 at the Carver Hill Gallery, in Rockport, with an Opening reception and pastel demonstration on Friday, October 9 from 4-7pm. The Juror of Awards is Robert Carsten. An enthusiastic promoter of the pastel medium Mr. Carsten is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society, and an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society. He is a contributing writer for The Pastel Journal and the Artist’s Magazine. Mr. Carsten will conduct a demonstration from 5:30-7pm at the opening reception. The Pastel Painters of Maine was established in 1999 by a group of Southern Maine artists interested in soft pastels. The mission of PPOM is to promote the medium of soft pastel, to unite local and regional artists, and to heighten the public’s awareness of the medium. Since its founding, membership has grown to over 145 with members from throughout the US and Canada. Member shows are held annually. Regular “paint outs” are offered as well as life painting groups. For further information about the Pastel Painters of Maine and Member Exhibition at The Carver Hill Gallery please contact or visit the website at .

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,

Gabriella D’Italia, Quilt at CMCA

CMCA (Center for Maine Contemporary Art) is hosting Work of the Hand Craft Show and Sale, October 10-18, 2009. CMCA is located at 162 Russell Ave in Rockport, Maine and is open daily 10am-5pm. Admission is $5.00. Work of the Hand opens Friday, October 9th, with a Collector’s Preview Evening from 5-8pm. Admission for October 9th is $15.00. Several of the 50 artists presenting their work are Maine Crafts Association members. This year, Work of the Hand is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. FMI,

Wiscasset Bay Gallery is showing “Fresh Paint and Recent Acquisitions” Oct. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 29. FMI,

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.

Penobscot Marine Museum has a new New Gallery Exhibit “Painting the Maine Waterfront,” curated by Carl Little and runing through through October 20. “The working waterfront has captivated artists for centuries,” notes curator Carl Little. “Here in Maine, the subject holds great appeal to painters, both for the wonderful range of motifs but also because they realize the working waterfront is disappearing.” Little is the author of Paintings of Maine, Winslow Homer and the Sea and other books and is a regular contributor to Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors and Working Waterfront.

Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill is exhibiting “Group Show” through their closing date of Oct. 18.

“Sacred Geometry For Us” Paintings by John M. T. Seitzer

Energetic patterns speak to our DNA with messages to awaken our cellular memory; the memory of who we are and how we relate to each other,” says John Michael Thomas Seitzer, whose paintings from the work called “Sacred Geometry For Us” will be on display beginning this weekend at Joy To The Wind Gallery. “We respond to shapes and color. Ancient, sacred geometry has been integrated into the design of the pyramids, great religious centers and cathedrals as well as political capitals around the world.” Experience his exploration of vibrant colors, symbolic forms and see what “Sacred Geometry For Us” means to you. These paintings by John M. T. Seitzer will be on exhibit from October 2- October 23, 2009 at Joy To The Wind Gallery Boothbay Harbor 207-633-7025 for more information.

Seventh Annual Peninsula Potters Studio Tour & Sale Columbus Day weekend Sat. & Sun. Oct. 10 & 11, 10am-5pm. Visit 14 potters at eight locations around the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle, with Kiln openings, new work and guest artists. Peninsula Potters is loosely knit group of potters and clay artists who have settled and established working studios on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Many have been here for over twenty years and a number show on a national level. In its seventh year, the Peninsula Potters Studio Tour & Sale has become an event many look forward to. Pottery lovers both local and from away, have an opportunity to visit the studios and spend time with the potters getting insights into how and why they do their work. A variety of work including functional and decorative earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware are included in the tour. Potters include: Keith Herklotz, Bunny Gorski, Jane Story, Barbro Chapman, Mark Bell, Melissa Greene, Melody Lewis-Kane, Bunzy Sherman, Kathy Burton, Marcia Kola, Hanna Gossard, and guest potters Jemma Gascoine, Betsey Copp, and Stephen Rodreguez. A self guided map and brochure can be found at many business locations around the peninsula and online at

The Belfast Framer & Gallery is showing new work by Susan Weinz of Belfast and Philadelphia through October. 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.

Brita Holmquist at Art House Picture Frames

Art House Picture Frames in Portland presents Brita Holmquist – Uninhabited Portraits – Penobscot Bay Islands through Oct. 31,

Jean Kigel at River Arts

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

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.

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. 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,

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.

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

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

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.

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