Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for Feb 5, 2010

Sandra Donnelly, Organic Bulb Form, handbuilt terra cotta, 8 x 4 x 4 inches, at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries presents a Maine Artists Variety Show and “A.K.A”

Greenhut Galleries
in Portland presents a Variety Show of Maine artists and “A.K.A: Works by Sandra Donnelly, Roy Germon and Lori Tremblay” Feb. 4 – 27, with Artists’ Reception Sat. Feb. 13, from 2 to 4p.m.
Sandra Donnelly‘s first introduction to clay was over 35 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since moving to Maine, she completed her degree in ceramic art from the University of Southern Maine. In 1994 she founded Mud Lark Studio producing a functional line of handbuilt pottery as well as teaching clay classes for children. Four years ago with the addition of a summer studio, her work has found new expression. “Being mindful and present to the beauty around me; seeing with new eyes and then translating what I see and feel into clay is what I find most exciting.” Sandi has been working part-time at Greenhut for 2 years. She brings organizational support to the Greenhut team and enjoys being part of such a dynamic group. FMI,

Contemporaries 4th Annual Contemporaries Winter Bash Sold Out

Are you ready for Eye Candy? The 4th annual Contemporaries winter bash is back! Experience the Museum transformed. See and be seen. Open Bar. Indulge in extravagant sweets and sumptuous savories inspired by the exhibition Objects of Wonder: Four Centuries of Still Life from the Norton Museum of Art .

Date: Wednesday, February 10 Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Contemporaries Members: $25.00 Location: Portland Museum of Art! Black Tie attire (Creative/Optional). Reservations required. Register by February 3 — no tickets sold at the door. You must be a member of the Contemporaries to attend this event. Not a member? Join here . $25/ticket (2 tickets per Contemporaries membership) FMI: Jen Graves (207) 775-6148, ext. 3259. All Contemporaries events are 21+ FMI,

Also at the Portland Museum

What’s the recipe for enjoying wintery Sundays in Maine? A subtle blend of food and film! Join us for this series “guest-curated” by three of Portland’s best-known chefs. Chef Choice Movies, Sundays, February 7, 21, & 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $7. Available at Admissions Desk on the day of the show. 2/7: Toni Fiore from Delicious TV: Big Night 2/21: Casey Turner from El Rayo Taqueria: Dinner Rush 2/28: Sam Hayward from Fore Street: Mostly Martha. FMI,

Kenny Cole inaugurates The Water Closet Gallery/Mad Girl World on First Friday

“Awash in Gouache: Submarine Paintings on Paper”: Mid Coast artist Kenny Cole, known for his in depth visual explorations into the world’s military arsenals will inaugurate Portland’s newly founded Water Closet Gallery 5-8pm first Friday, February 5, with an aptly themed collection of paintings that reflect upon the nature and breadth of submarines worldwide. Rich in vibrant, saturated color, these gouache paintings inform and delight, provoke and entertain, demonstrating Cole’s familiarly scornful humor. Opens February 5 an runs through March 2010. See images here: The Water Closet Gallery/Mad Girl World Opens 5-8pm first Friday, February 5, 2010, Mad Girl World 275 Commercial Street.

Susan Berry, “Roses are Red”, etching, mixed media, 6” x 7” RED (again) Show at Isalos

RED (again) an exhibition featuring the work of over twenty local artists, will be on display at Isalos Fine Art, Stonington from February 5th though 14th, with a reception on February 12th from 4 – 7 p.m. This will be Isalos’ second annual mid-winter show bringing together red-themed artwork in many media for the Valentines Day weekend, with added dates to accomodate the influx of visitors for Stonington’s increased offerings of mid-winter cultural activities. For the duration of the show, Isalos will be open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 – 5, and will then resume its usual “by chance” winter hours. FMI, or call 367-2700.

Pat Plourde 3 Day Studio Event @ Aucocisco

Aucocsico invites the public and friends to come and support Pat by buying from his inventory of fabulous, whimsical and wonderful sculptures at his “studio prices” for this limited three day friend-fun-fund raiser! The event runs Thurs. Feb 4th, Friday Feb 5th (with First Friday Art Walk Reception 5-8pm) & Sat. Feb 6th FMI: (207) 775-2222

CALL FOR ART: “44N 69W: Radius Belfast”

Åarhus Gallery once again, toasts our vast creative community by opening its walls to Maine residents of any age or training, living within a thirty mile radius of Belfast, to show their stuff – artwork, that is – in our all-encompassing 2nd Annual show entitled “44N 69W: Radius Belfast”. From potters, painters, and welders to musicians, knitters and mobile makers, all work falling within the gallery’s fairly liberal view of ‘decency’ will be presented on the walls, floor, or ceiling, as the case may be. The show runs from March 4th through March 28th 2010. Works in all media or size are eligible and preferably for sale. Please have work ready to hang; picture wires or sawtooth hangers properly affixed to work, sculpture pedestals can be made available. Work must have been made in the last year by any resident living within 30 miles of Belfast (as the crow flies). Drop off is at Aarhus Gallery, 50 Main Street, Belfast, during open hours 12-6pm, Thursday February 25 through Sunday February 28. Sorry, no mail entries can be accepted. Unsold work must be picked up April 1st through April 4th One entry per person, all works will be shown (within our discretion) There is a $5 entry fee, which will be donated entirely to local food banks. Sales: Artists will receive 50% and Aarhus Gallery will donate 20% of total sales from the show to Food Banks within a 30 mile radius of Belfast. An Opening Reception will be held Friday March 5th, 5-8pm. Åarhus Gallery is located at 50 Main Street, Belfast and currently open Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm. FMI, or call 338-0001.

Archipelago giving away chocolates with Jewelry

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, Archipelago is giving away Black Dinah chocolates with the purchase of jewelry. Now through February 14th, you’ll receive a free four-piece box of truffles to give or keep when you spend $50 or more on jewelry. This offer is good for either online orders or purchases at our Rockland store! Imagine Isle au Haut with its windswept landscape nestled in the shadow of Black Dinah mountain. Here the chocolatiers of Black Dinah work day and night to craft dark truffles and sea-salted caramels. Using only the finest fresh ingredients, Black Dinah has created a passionate following. New this year is their Valentine’s Day Collection including Persian Love, Earl Grey, and Lemon truffles. This Valentine’s Day, come shop Archipelago for one of the widest selections of locally-made jewelry — pearls from Cape Elizabeth, metals from Chebeague, sea glass from Vinalhaven and Great Cranberry, and stones from Isleford, plus much more. See it all at our Main Street Rockland store or in our online Jewelry section. Archipelago is open at 386 Main Street, Rockland, Tuesdays through Sundays until February 14th, or shop online at

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,

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,

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,

Simple Complexity Installation and Works by Gerry Stecca

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.

Through the patient hands of installation artist Gerry Stecca, small household items are transformed into the extraordinary. The artist has created an environment of sculptural forms crafted by connecting approximately 10,000 wooden clothespins. Visitors wind their way through an array of free-standing organic forms. A grouping of column-like structures, some nine feet tall, rise from the gallery floor like stalagmites or the protruding roots of mangrove trees. Stecca has explored the creative potential of the clothespin for over five years and, for the artist, this uncomplicated, domestic tool evokes feelings of nostalgia — the last American clothespin factory closed in 2007. Adding to the experience is the play of light on the forms and the dramatic cast shadows that layer elongated, abstract patterns on the wall. With a lighthearted tone these sculptures inspire, with a childlike amazement, the creative possibilities of mundane objects. Gerry Stecca was born in Caracas, Venezuela and received his B.A. degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, La Jolla.

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