Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for November 6, 2009

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Openings + Shows

Daniel Corey, “Card” at Camden Falls Gallery

Camden Falls Gallery is pleased to announce the new fall show, “Painting Monhegan”, featuring 2009 Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation (MARC) recipient, Daniel Corey. Daniel Corey received the prestigious MARC award for 2009 which provided him with lodging and a stipend allowing him to spend a five week residency on the island. Forty artists applied for this award that is given to an emerging Maine artist each summer. Daniel has just returned from his sojourn on Monhegan with the superb collection of work, a portion of which is now showing at Camden Falls Gallery. Daniel is a traditional painter rooted in the aesthetic values of the Ashcan school and the impressionists of the Cape Cod School of Art. Inspired by light quality, color harmony and abstract shapes, his paintings are created from direct observation. Enjoying the challenge of painting nontraditional views and subjects, he finds the beauty in them, along with what he interprets as, “what makes Maine, Maine.” Join in Daniel’s visual and emotional journey by visiting this show which is open now and will run through November. A reception to meet the artist reception will be held Sunday, November 22nd from 5-7 pm. The public is welcome. Camden Falls Gallery is proud to showcase this talented emerging Maine artist. FMI,

Kathryn Oliver at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery celebrates its Third Anniversary with an Opening Reception and Performance by Kathryn Oliver Wednesday, November 11 Kathryn Oliver, play-write, visual artist, sculptor and painter, will have paintings, ceramic sculpture, large puppets and mobiles on exhibit at the Carver Hill Gallery from November 11th to December 7th. Founder and artistic director of the Terra Diddle Players, Oliver has been blending her art and theatre with quest performers for the past six years. Her vibrant handmade costumes, amazing back drops, and poetry is paired with music and dance to create an experience that is an emotional feast for the heart and soul. Oliver leaves you with a sense of joy, hope, possibility, and connectedness. During the opening gala on Wednesday, November 11th from 5-7, enjoy a collaboration between Oliver and performance artist, Kristi Williamson. Williamson will interweave the poetry of the Sufi mystic poet Rumi with Kathak dance, expressive movement, rhythm and song to a theatrical backdrop of Oliver’s vibrant paintings and hanging mobiles. Percussion accompaniment by Noah Plotkin and Tree Sampson. There will be two short performances, 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Don’t miss this inspirational evening of artistic collaboration! FMI,

Stephanie Sersich at Gifted Hand Fine Art, Craft & Gift Show

The Fourth Annual Gifted Hand Fine Art, Craft & Gift Show takes place Nov. 13th and 14th, Friday 10am – 5:00pm and Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm at the Holiday Inn on High Street in Ellsworth. Over 50 juried Maine Artisans participate in a benefit art and craft show for Birdsacre wildlife Sanctuary in Ellsworth. Among the artisans participating are painter and illustrator Rebekah Raye of Blue Hill, artist Christina Heiniger of Lamoine, jeweler and lampwork bead-maker Stephanie Sersich of Portland, artist and illustrator Jennifer Judd-McGee of Portland, felter and fiber artist Sandy Spiller of Winterport, Suzanne Anderson of YIKES! Studio and many, many others. $2.00 admission, children 12 and under free Cafe area and light meals available. FMI 207.664.2404 or visit

Edith Wright, “The islesford Dock”

Cynthia and Dan Lief announce the opening of the Islesford Dock Winter Market at This online version of our Islesford Dock Gallery showcases artists and craftsmen with connections to the Cranberry Isles. A percentage of Gallery profits will be given to organizations in the Cranberry Isles, Ubuntu Education Fund and groups chosen by the artists.

Gail Savitz featured November artist at High Street Studio & Gallery

High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast is hosting an Opening Reception Friday, Nov. 6 5-8 for the November showing of Gail Savitz. Additionally, works by Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr will be shown. FMI, 207-338-8990, November hours: Wednesday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-4, Sunday-Tuesday by chance or appointment.

Empty the Fridge, a drawing room collaboration with Art House Picture Frames, Portland’s Studio District, with an opening reception 5 to 9pm, Friday, 6 November FMI, or

Walter Ungerer Experimental Filmmaker at
Åarhus Gallery

Join Åarhus Gallery in Belfast for an evening of experimental film with Camden filmmaker Walter Ungerer Friday November 13 at 7pm. Walter will follow up with a Q&A; after the show. Admission is free. Walter Ungerer is a longtime filmmaker and artist living in Maine with an international reputation. Beginning with the underground film scene of NYC in the early 1960s, Walter continues with his experimental short films, videos and features to this day With fifty years of filmmaking, video, computer, and media experience, Walter Ungerers’ works have been well received at festivals and competitions throughout the world, to name a few: the Florence International Film Festival, the Tours International Film Festival, France, the Athens International Film Festival (Best Feature Film) and the Atlantic Film and Video Festival, NS, Canada (Critics’ Choice Award). He has been honored with special exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City and the Filmmuseum in Amsterdam as well as several other impressive venues. He has also received among other grants and awards, an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker grant and a National Endowment for the Arts Media grant. The films that will be shown at Aarhus Gallery will be a collection of five artistic experimental videos from 2007-2009. With keen camera work as well as rich and expert use of post production editing, these films take the viewer on a leisurely sublunary tour of an artists vision of their environment. FMI, , or call 338-0001.

The University of New England’s Art Gallery will feature “Going Forward, Looking Back – Practicing Historic Photographic Processes in the 21st Century,” on UNE’s Portland Campus November 17, 2009 – January 31, 2010. In this exhibition, the general public, photographers, scholars and technicians, and the just plain curious are invited to explore over 150 works by 24 contemporary artists from the New England states – all of whom are committed to exploring 19th century photographic processes and techniques to make images. The results, as curated by Stephen Halpert, are an extraordinary array and breadth of visual experiences, not to mention surprises. Today, many fine art photographers all over New England are making beautiful photographs using historic processes dating back to the earliest days of this artform in 1839. Photographs capturing the realities of our lives – portraits, travels, landscapes can be made using tintypes, cyanotypes, palladiums, pinhole, ambrotypes, argyrotype and photogravure, to mention just a few of these techniques.

The following events are scheduled:

November 21, 2009 – Serendipity & Exquisite Manipulation Lecture by Frances Scully Osterman, 3:00-4:00 p.m., CHP Lecture Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door, followed by an Opening Reception in the Art Gallery from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tim Whelan, fine art photography bookseller, will offer books for sale.

December 5, 2009, 3:00-5:00 p.m. – Artists will demonstrate their historic photographic processes in the UNE Art Gallery. A corner will be set up where artists will take pictures of attendees, and in many cases process the photographs, as well.

January 30, 2009 – Lecture by Brenton Hamilton on 19th Century Photographic Processes and their Practitioners, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the CHP Lecture Hall. Tickets are $10 at the door, followed by an Opening Reception in the Art Gallery from 4:00-6:00 p.m., with demonstrations of historic photographic processes by participating artists.

Tom Burckhardt at Aucocisco Galleries

Tom Burckhardt’s “Book Covers” & Christopher Keister’s “Cosmic Lollipop” will be showing at Aucocisco Galleries in Portland Nov. 6 – 28. The painter and sculptor Tom Burckhardt may have been born in New York, but his Maine roots run deep. A 1986 graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Burckhardt now splits his time between his home in New York City and a home in Searsmont, Maine. The recipient of many awards, Burckhardt has twice received grants from the Pollack-Krasner Foundatin, and was just recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the son of revered artists Yvonne Jacquette and Rudy Burckhardt. Aucocisco Galleries announces “Book Covers,” the first Maine showing of Burckhardt’s work in more than a decade and a half.

Showing simultaneously with Burckhardt, Aucocisco will feature a series of minimalist circle paintings by Peaks Island-based artist Christopher Keister entitled “Cosmic Lollipop.” Like Burckhardt, Keister also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Keister continues to gain attention and significant praise for his hypnotic paintings. He has become a regular, stalwart contributor to two of Maine’s most praised exhibitions: the Portland Museum of Art Biennial (2003, 2007), and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Juried Biennial Exhibition (2004, 2008). The series “Cosmic Lollipop” reflects the influence that reading science fiction literature has had on Keister over the past year. “The information gathered from such written material came to act as an outline for the series,” says the artist. “I view the drawings as maps and representations of concepts that I encountered in the texts.” In addition to “Cosmic Lollipop,” Keister is also currently appearing in a successful group installation, “Point of Connection,” in the North Dam in Biddeford; the project was made possible by the Maine Arts Commission.

David C. Driskell at Portland Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art is showing Evolution: Five Decades of Printmaking by David C. Driskell through Jan. 17, 2010 This exhibition highlights for the first time the prints of David C. Driskell, artist, art historian, collector, educator, and one of the most respected names in the world of African American art and culture. With 75 prints, as well as several works on paper, Evolution provides insight into Driskell’s artistic process and development, as well as the influence of African art on American modernism. He has been a practicing artist since the 1950s and his works are in major museums throughout the world, including the Portland Museum of Art. Since 1977 Driskell has also served as the cultural advisor to Camille and Bill Cosby and is the curator of their collection. In 2000, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal from President Clinton. Driskell maintains a deep connection to Maine, as he has summered here for decades and is active at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. FMI,

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.

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. FMI,