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Colin Page “Camden” Exhibit

Colin Page will be featured at the Camden Public Library Picker Room from Jan. 9th through Jan. 30. This show will exhibit works Colin has painted on site in Camden and the proceeds of sales will benefit the library. This show opens on Saturday, January 9th, 2009, with an opening reception on Saturday, January 16th, 2009 from 3 to 5 p.m. At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16th, prior to the opening reception, the library will host an art talk for Colin. To download a PDF of available pieces, please visit www.dowlingwalsh.com/news. Colin Page is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland.

Dowling Walsh Gallery is offering Collectors’ Edition of Connie Hayes Book- “Painting Maine”
For almost twenty years Connie Hayes has dedicated herself to her project “Borrowed Views,” during which she lives in a private collector’s home and paints her experience as an artist-in-residence. Her book, Painting Maine, The Borrowed Views of Connie Hayes, was published in 2004. It has been out of print for more than two years. Dowling Walsh Gallery has obtained a limited number of copies, and is making them available as a special collectors’ edition. In the original printer’s wrap, each book is encased in a light green, fabric covered, library box debossed on spine and cover, and is for sale at $500. The box can also enclose an original 6″ x 6″ Connie Hayes oil painting on prepared archival d’Arches paper nested in a sleeve designed for the box. With the painting, this set is $3,100. Connie Hayes has agreed to sign each book upon request. FMI, www.dowlingwalsh.com/

Kurt Schwitters (Germany, 1887–1948), MZ 26, 44 res, 1926, collage on paper, 6 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches, Portland Museum of Art.

Portland Museum of Art “Collage: Piecing It Together” through February 28, A collage (from the French, coller, to glue) is a work of art made from the assemblage of different pieces, thus creating a whole new art form. It became a distinctive part of the modern movement in the early 20th century, used by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso at the height of synthetic cubism. This exhibition, featuring 34 works from the Museum’s collection and selected loans from contemporary Maine artists, demonstrates how collages by the renowned German modernist Kurt Schwitters and Surrealists Jean Arp and Joan Miró influenced the work of Abstract Expressionists including Anne Ryan, James Brooks, and John Hultberg. The exhibition also illustrates how Maine artists today continue to draw on the inventive nature of collage for works in a variety of media. Henry Wolyniec’s abstract collotypes combine printmaking and traditional cut-paper compositions; Tom Hall’s landscape paintings include found-paper elements; and Aaron Stephan’s portraits are composed of deconstructed anatomy book illustrations. FMI, www.portlandmuseumofart.org/

Anonymous, Chinese, Blue and White Bowl, 16th century, Porcelain with underglaze blue decorations, 3 x 9 in.

Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art

The Colby College Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with a museum-wide exhibition of its collection. Art at Colby: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art features artworks from the museum’s collections of American, European, Asian, and contemporary art, and is accompanied by an audio tour and a richly illustrated book of collection highlights, with essays by a wide range of scholars and artists. “All Puns Intended: Word Play and Visual Imagery in China,” through March 24. Chinese decorative art mostly consists of auspicious imagery, including many varieties of flowers—especially hibiscus, peony, and lotus—and animals like bats, dragons, cranes, and bees. By joining several images together, Chinese artists inscribed clever puns or rebuses upon the surfaces of objects and paintings. Understanding the images in this exhibition will depend on a special kind of reading in which the sound of the symbol’s name rhymes with the sound of another word or phrase. FMI, www.colby.edu/academics_cs/museum/

George Bellows, “Romance of Autumn”, 1916 Oil on canvas, 32 x 40

Farnsworth Art Museum “Achieving American Art through Jan. 24, Rothschild and Nevelson-Berliawsky Galleries. This exhibition of approximately 75 paintings and prints from the Farnsworth collection concentrates on work done by artists working in Maine between the late 1890s and the mid-1940s. It was during this period of dramatic social, economic and political change that increasing numbers of nationally prominent artists were drawn to Maine’s scenic coast and islands. Monhegan Island, with its steep cliffs and pounding seas, became a destination for artists after painter and teacher Robert Henri, who painted there around 1900, urged his students to go there, a call taken up by Rockwell Kent and George Bellows. Topics of nature, war, industrialism, folklore, and change, comprising the panorama of the “American scene,” were often seen in etchings, engravings and woodcuts by printmakers who also painted. Childe Hassam, Frank Benson, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, Kerr Eby, Marsden Hartley, and Marguerite Zorach reveal how Maine’s scenic land- and seascape as well as the national climate affected their work in the first half of the twentieth century. This exhibition is being mounted in conjunction with the Farnsworth’s Achieving American Art: From Future to Future lecture series will be offered twice, at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., every Wednesday from April 1 through June 17, at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. For more information or to purchase a ticket for the lecture series, please call the Education Department at 207-596-0949 or visit www.shop.farnsworthmuseum.org.

MCA Master Craft Artists Exhibition and Reception

Last May, Maine Crafts Association awarded its first Master Craft Artist Awards to Chris Becksvoort, Paul Heroux, Lissa Hunter, and Fred Woell. Their work weill be on view at the Center for Maine Craft in Gardner, January 4 – 31 in the first annual Master Craft Artists Exhibition, with an Artists’ Reception Friday, Jan. 15, 5 – 7 pm. Master Craft Artist designation is awarded for a body of work that demonstrates excellence in craftsmanship, inspired design, and singular voice, as well as a career marked by service to craft education and community. FMI, Center for Maine Craft 207.588.0021

Greenhut Galleries in Portland has a Group Show of gallery artists “Olio 2010” Jan. 7 – Jan. 30.FMI, www.greenhutgalleries.com/

Megan Chase, “Burnt Cove” at UMaine Museum of Art

UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor announces its winter exhibitions running Jan. 15 to April 3, featuring Bio-Permutation: Sculptures by David Isenhour; Resonant Places: Paintings by Megan Chase; Burnt Cove: Watercolors of the Maine Landscape by Gerald Matthew Immonen and Simple Complexity: Installation and Works by Gerry Stecca.

Megan Chase, a painter based in Belfast, exhibits a series of expressionistic landscapes in which color is paramount. The artist states that, “color builds the images and space and is implicit in the development of meaning.” Inspiration for Chase’s paintings is derived from travel and from witnessing the play of light, color and pattern during her daily work on the family farm. In the large-scale work “Untitled”, 1998, golden hues dominate the composition, strong diagonals define the garden rows, and a faint figure carrying baskets of produce emerges from an array of brushstrokes; dabs of blue, olive green, and bright red punctuate the landscape. With a desire to fully explore the material qualities of oil paint, Chase mixes a richly nuanced palette and applies the paint with gestural brushstrokes of varying sizes. The results of her process and “the dance between palette and brush and surface” are inspired contemplations based on the memory of varied terrain. Megan Chase received a certificate in Painting and Sculpture from the New York Studio School, New York City.

Admission to the Museum is FREE in 2010 thanks to Machias Savings Bank.