Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for April 1, 2010

“Ah spring! When all the world is

mudluscious and puddlewonderful!”

– ee cummings

Hello Everyone!

We have been enjoying the early spring and I am sure we are not alone. The loons have just returned to Lucerne and provide us their familiar background soundtrack as we put the finishing touches to the 2010 guide. As you may know, this is the 10th anniversary issue and Suzanne and I are particularly excited about its release. And now, just for you loyal readers of Café des Artistes,

a sneak preview of our cover!

The cover art is “Manana” by Eric Hudson and is in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art. The new guide should be hitting the streets in Mid-May. Look for Stan or myself to be by delivering it.

Our popular Café des Artistes radio show is scheduled to start up again Memorial Day Weekend. Victor and I are also excited to have our show begin to be aired on WMPG FM in Portland this season. We are now statewide! Don’t forget to send me your event listings through our web site, so we can really spread the word.

Best wishes,

Anthony Anderson

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Openings + Shows

Andrea Martens, Sprawling Confinement, Intaglio (dry point) on handmade paper, graphite, charcoal on canvas; 58″ x 74″

Åarhus Gallery invites the public to an Opening Reception Friday April 2, 5-8pm for GRID WORKS. The exhibition of Maine artists working with grids will run from April 1-May 2.

Grids are handy for organizing things like streets in New York, or screws, nails and buttons in nifty plastic containers. Grids are good for grilling veggies or playing football on. Of course there’s the National Grid for delivering electricity, but it’s not really in the shape of a grid. Grids help us track and plan our lives by the day, week or month and they help hold concrete together. The game of checkers? ….grid. Grids are everywhere, even in nature and they can be curiously appealing, in fact sometimes the darn things acan look quite beautiful. Åarhus has lined up a mesh of artists that use grids in their work in one aspect or another and the Åarhus partners will find a way in edgewise to show their griddy work as well. The artists represented will be: Ragna Bruno, Sissy Buck, Ingrid Ellison, Joshua Ferry, Annadeene K. Fowler, Jay Gibson, Marc Leavitt, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Andrea Martens, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Mike Rich, Bob Richardson, Jay Sawyer, Jessica Stammen. FMI, where a slideshow of the current works are available.

Caterpillar Hill Gallery in Sedgwick announces a new web site and invites the public to see their great art online at and invites comments and feedback at

Margaret Lawrence at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents “Margaret Lawrence, New Work”, April 1 – 24, with an Opening Reception Thursday April 1st. 5-7pm and an Artist’s Talk Saturday April 3rd. 1:30pm. Featured in the Side Gallery new work by Alec Eames Richardson.

This will be Margaret Lawrence’s fourth solo show at Greenhut Galleries. The MeCA graduate is inspired by images gathered from diverse sources. Her paintings are developed by removing paint as much as by applying it. This approach yields a rich complex image using layered surfaces with deceptively complex color and texture. Through this layering, an image emerges that holds a story and marks time. About this show Margaret, states, “While my past work has been predominantly informed by nature and the cycle of life, new sources of intrigue include real and imagined landscapes, old walls and bridges, ice flows and objects from neolithic cultures. In support of this work I have looked to a variety of books about ancient cultures,global folk tales, and wabi sabi ,the Japanese art of impermanence.”

The Portland Museum of Art is showing “Objects of Wonder: Four Centuries of Still Life from the Norton Museum of Art” through June 6.

Still-life works embrace a moment in time and create a memory that combines real life and its representation in art. Objects of Wonder: Four Centuries of Still Life from the Norton Museum of Art is a selection of more than 50 paintings, sculptures, and photographs from the 17th through the 20th centuries that focuses on the depiction of inanimate objects. Featured artists include Marsden Hartley, Henri Matisse, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, and Yinka Shonibare. This exhibition presents important works that illustrate both aspects of the genre­—objects as stand-alone imagery and those serving as one element of a larger composition. The out-of-the-ordinary assortment of works come together to form such themes as table settings, flowers, fruits and vegetables, fish, and works in three dimensions. Along with the Norton Museum of Art’s selections, the exhibition includes numerous examples of still life from the Portland Museum of Art’s collection as well as from private lenders. In addition, embedded within the exhibition is an interactive cabinet of curiosities —a cabinet, which not only displays unique decorative art objects from the Museum’s collection, but also allows visitors to create and sketch their own still-life arrangements. FMI,

Also at the museum,

Join in for a Greendrinks gathering at the Museum in celebration of Objects of Wonder. Greendrinks is an informal, volunteer-managed social networking group built around a common interest in the natural environment. Proceeds from the event will support Konbit Sante, a Maine-based volunteer partnership to improve health care in northern Haiti. Tuesday, April 13, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. $5.00 or $2.00 with your own beer mug.

On Sat. April 17 at 7 pm., Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport and Sarah Baldwin are pleased to announce the only midcoast screening of Breath Made Visible, a film by Ruedi Gerber about the life and career of American dance pioneer Anna Halprin. The film will be followed by a brief talk and contemporary dance workshop with Hannah DeHoff and Mary Blum, who worked with Anna. Tickets at $15 and seating is limited to 45. Please call 236-0745 to reserve space.

Archipelago Fine Arts, the Island Institute’s art gallery in Rockland, will feature landscapes by two well-known Maine artists, Brita Holmquist and Herbert Parsons, in its 2010 Spring Show, “Horizons: Views of Penobscot Bay” through June 25. Born in New York City, Brita Holmquist spent her early years surrounded and influenced by art, regularly summering at Islesboro Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. After studying at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and with Richard Serrin in Florence, Italy, she settled in Cumberland Maine, where she lives and works during the winter months. She still spends summers at Islesboro where she does much of her work, and her familiarity with the islands contributes substantially to her painting, working in oil pastels and colored pencils.

Bill Tomsa at Bayview Gallery

Bayview Gallery presents “Local Color 2010”, a group show at our Brunswick location featuring Mid-Coast Artists Maria C. Boord, Evelyn Dunphy, Kevin Mizner, and Bill Tomsa. The paintings and others included in the exhibit may be viewed on the Current Exhibition page of their website:

Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth is showing “Entrances, Larry Basky” through April 25. About the show, Elizabeth sates “I am pleased to present the work of Wisconsin master print maker Larry Basky. Mr. Basky was born and raised in Ottawa, Illinois. Throughout his career as artist and teacher, Larry has lived and worked in Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado and Monhegan Island, Maine.”

VoxPhotographs – 2010 Show Schedule: May 13 – June 26 – Sharon Arnold: “ICONS – Women in the House of Cards”
Opening party: May 13, 5-7 By invitation only. For more information visit the gallery at> or call 207-323-1214.

Looking for artists

Susan Stanley owner of Sagegrass Gallery in Bar Harbor is looking for artists. “We will jury the work in and we are not accepting any photographs. We are looking for paintings, collages and any other colorful and original hanging art for the walls.” She can be contacted at

Call for artists

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset is now inviting new members! Membership entitles photographers, painters and sculptors to exhibit in monthly changing exhibits, participate in an Artist in Residence program, and many exciting events. The gallery is located on Warren Street, in Wiscasset village, in the spacious Old Academy Building. Since 1957 the Maine Art Gallery has exhibited the works of many renowned artists and been visited by thousands of art lovers from around the world. With the closings of many galleries recently, the Maine Art Gallery remains the “Grand Dame” of seasonal galleries due to the strong commitment of her members. To join this vibrant arts organization you may download an application at or contact the Membership Chairman at: , or stop by at the office beginning April 1st. Don’t delay – the first exhibit opens April 22nd!

Seeking exhibitors

The Moore Park Art Show
in South Paris is seeking exhibitors for a celebration and sale of original arts and will feature a concert of virtuoso guitarist Denny Breau. Paintings, drawings, photography, wood, metal and glass sculpture; fine jewelry; handmade prints; fiber and
textile/fiber arts and more. All art work must be the original design and creation of the exhibitor. Booths are limited to 60. Moore Park Art Show is August 14, 2010 – 9 to 4. Rain date Aug. 15. Contact: Aranka Matolcsy, P.O. Box 504, South Paris, ME 04281, 303-579-9033,, FMI,

Individual artist fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. Rewards artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists, and promotes public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine. Deadlines: Literary Arts: May 14, Visual Arts:
May 27, Performing/Media Arts: June 4, 2010. Grant amount: $13,000.