Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s good to be back.

Carlton Plummer 50-Year Retrospective at Harlow Gallery

The Kennebec Valley Art Association welcomes Carlton Plummer to the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell for A Retrospective Survey of 50 Years of Painting from June 4 through June 27. The show’s Opening Reception will take place on June 4, from 5 to 8 pm.

Four decades ago, Plummer had his first one-man show at the Harlow Gallery in the 1960s. As he mused on the process of choosing artwork from amongst his last fifty years of work, Carlton Plummer said, “My 50 year retrospective exhibit will be made up of selected works, covering a wide variety of subject matter, modes of expression & media dating back to the early 60’s (…) As I chose the work for this retrospective exhibit, I am convinced that my love for adventure, strong ties to nature and the wilderness as well as a kinship to people, manifests itself in much of my work.” Carlton Plummer A.W.S., A Retrospective Survey of 50 Years of Painting is free and open to the public. FMI contact the Harlow Gallery by calling 622-3813 or visit the gallery online at www.harlowgallery.org.

Listen to the 10/29 Cafe des Artistes program and interview with Carlton

Openings + Shows

Lisa Creed, “Sea and Sky,” at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth presents spring exhibitions, May 27 through June 20, with an opening reception Thursday May 27 from 5 to 7 pm. Lisa Creed: Sea and Sky; Four Fiber Artists: Sara Christy, Kate Russell Henry, Susanne Grosjean, and Susan Barrett Merrill; and Spring Show 2010 with twenty-two participating artists. For gallery hours or more information call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com

Sherrill Hunnibell at Mulford Collectors Gallery

Mulford Collectors Gallery in Rockland will open the summer season with Sherrill Hunnibell’s works of mixed media and altered books. The artist reception on Friday, May 28th from 5-8 pm will kick off the show, which runs through June 27. The work in this show continues to be influenced by Russian Icons, Japanese armor, and the landscape and clouds of Maine and Ireland. The altered books represent a departure from earlier wall-mounted books and reflect more on personal relationships. While paintings predominate in this show, altered books are still very much a part of Sherrill’s studio work. The work is beautiful, thought provoking, and intriguing. FMI call the gallery at (207) 594-4775 or visit www.mulfordcollectorsgallery.com.

Keith Oehmig “Susanna and the Elders in Maine”, at Wiscasset Bay Gallery

Wiscasset Bay Gallery presents Emergence: New Paintings of Maine, beginning May 29. The new exhibit features fresh works by contemporary New England artists, as well as recent acquisitions of 19th and 20th century American & European art. To celebrate the start of their 26th season and the opening of this exhibition, Wiscasset Bay Gallery will be hosting an afternoon reception on Saturday, May 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. FMI, www.wiscassetbaygallery.com

Alex Katz at Farnsworth Art Museum

Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland presents Alex Katz: New Work on Saturday, June 12, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, will open a major exhibition in the museum’s Morehouse Wing, entitled Alex Katz: New Work. The opening will be celebrated at a Live at Night at the Farnsworth party on Friday, June 11, with a members-only preview and reception from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a free public party from 7 to 8 p.m. Alex Katz: New Work will run through January 2, 2010. FMI, www.farnsworthmuseum.org

The 2010 Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport presents the Biennial Juried Exhibition, beginning with an opening reception Saturday, May 29, 2 to 5 pm and continuing through June 17. Since 1970, CMCA has held a juried exhibition, which is open to artists working in all media who were born in, have studied in, or are year round/seasonal residents of Maine. Works are original in concept and design and were created within the past two years. This year works by 41 artists were chosen from among 654 entries. FMI, www.cmcanow.org

Tom Paiement, Fret Series #34 Blues Scale – Key of ‘C#/Db’ at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland will exhibit new work by Tom Paiement, June 3 through June 26 with a reception on Thursday, June 3rd, from 5 to 7. There will be an artist’s talk on Saturday, June 26, at 1:30 p.m. FMI, www.greenhutgalleries.com

Harmon’s & Barton’s in Portland will show Linda Murray, “What Was I Thinking?” with an Opening Friday, June 4, 5-8 PM to coincide with Portland’s 1st Friday Art Walk. The exhibit runs through June 26.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth presents “Brita Holmquist, The Lonely Sea and the Sky” June 3 through July 5, with an Artist Reception Thursday, June 3rd from 5-7. FMI www.artnet.com/elizabethmoss.html or 883-3662.

The Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland presents An Exhibit of Landscape Paintings by Joe Fiore: To Benefit the Maine Farmland Trust with a reception Friday June 4, 6-8 pm. The show will run from June 4-May 26. FMI, 594-5935 or www.caldbeck.com.

Boothbay Region First Friday Artwalk will take place June 4 with participating galleries and studios: Joy to the Wind Gallery from 2-5 pm, Ocean Point Studio and Paradise Studio from 2-7 pm, The Creative Turtle from 4-7 pm, Boothbay Region Art Foundation from 5-7 pm, and the allen david GALLERY, COCO VIVO Fine Art and Design, and Head of the Harbor Gallery with opening receptions at 5 pm. The public is invited to enjoy this delightful self-guided tour- admission is free! The galleries are all just minutes apart by car and many are within walking distance of the Boothbay Harbor Footbridge. FMI, 633-7025.

The Landing Gallery of Rockland will present the 2010 Season Invitational featuring 150 new works by the Gallery’s 33 artists, on view through June 29th. The show focuses on small works. FMI call 594-4544 or visit www.landingart.com.

High Street Studio and Gallery in Belfast opens the season with new work by Susan Tobey White, Sheep Jones and Julie Cyr with a reception on First Friday, June 4, from 5 to 8 pm. Susan, Sheep and Julie have all created work centering around the theme of Coastal Islands, FMI www.highstreetgallery.com.