Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for June 8, 2010


Winslow Homer, “Artists Sketchingin the White Mountains,” 1868, oil on panel, Portland Museum of Art.

Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place at the Portland Museum of Art through September 6

The relationship between Winslow Homer (1836–1910) and the Portland Museum of Art is long-standing and intimate. Homer exhibited at the Museum in his lifetime and in the course of the 20th century the Museum has become a symbolic home for the artist. In honor of the centennial of Homer’s death, this exhibition will showcase the Museum’s collection of Homer watercolors and oils on canvas. Featuring 20 works, it will be the first time since 1988 that all of these works will be on view in the Charles Shipman Payson Building. In 2006, the Museum purchased his studio at Prouts Neck and is currently involved in a major conservation and restoration project at that storied site. The Winslow Homer Studio restoration will be completed in 2012. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum has launched a website of highlights from its Winslow Homer illustrations collection. See it now, or for more information, visit www.portlandmuseum.org/

Listen to the 6/5 Cafe des Artistes radio show (5 min.) and interview with Kristen Levesque of the Portland Museum of Art.


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Openings + Shows


Mark Kindschi, “Fishman table” at Turtle Gallery

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle presents a show incorporating gallery artists in all media, glass goblets, and new work by Mia Kanazawa and Mark Kindschi with an opening reception Sunday June 13 at 2 pm. The show will be on display from June 13 until July 10, and a gallery talk with the artists will be held Sunday, June 20 at 4 pm. FMI, 348-9977 or www.turtlegallery.com/.


The new D’Alessio Gallery has opened in Bar Harbor and is having an with an opening reception June 21, 4-7 pm to present “Artlook“, Russell D’Alessio’s coffee table artbook and related paintings and prints. Signed editions available will be available at this public event. FMI, 351.5450 D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mount Desert Street, on gallery row between Argosy and Eclipse Galleries.

The Art Gallery at the University of New England in Deering presents The Artful Art of Drawing featuring Sylvia Bangs, Peter Bennett, Marlene Ekola Gerberick, Fred Lynch, Crystal Nicholas, Noriko Sakanishi, Anthony Shostak, and John Whalley from June 18 through October 31, with an opening reception on Friday, June 18th from 5 to 8 pm. To see what a fine artist can accomplish with pen and ink or graphite or some combination, and to see the range from small to big, from figurative to abstract and from geometric to fanciful is downright inspiring. These seven artists could not be more disparate in their choice of subject, composition or even worldview. What they have in common is talent. FMI, 221-4499. -PHOTO IN 6/14 FOLDER -Caption: John Whalley, “Three Veterans,” graphite on paper

Also, The Art Gallery at UNE will present the Ninth Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational with an opening reception on June 18 from 5-8 pm, featuring live jazz provided by Luc Cary and his trio. The Invitational will be on display until October 31.


Jerry Uelsmann Untitled, 1988, Gelatin silver print, collection of Judith Ellis Glickman

UMaine museum of Art announces three summer exhibitions showing June 25 – September 18: Ceremonies of Mud: New Paintings by Alfredo Gisholt, Both Sides of the Camera: Photographs from the Collection of Judith Ellis Glickman: and Cloudscapes: A Selection from the Permanent Collection. These diverse works will encourage you to lift your head to the sky and marvel at what lies overhead. Whatever your pleasure — cumulonimbus, cirrus, stratus — you’ll see nature’s poetry reflected in paintings, photography and prints from UMMA’s extensive collection. Depictions of the puffy formations include a weighty, gusty sky in Sam Cady’s oil painting Snow Squall Over Outer Islands, wispy skies in the pastel The Desert: Moonlight – Mt. Desert by Frederick Childe Hassam, and a looming, driving rain in Siri Beckman’s wood engraving Approaching Storm. The exhibition also features works by Neil Welliver, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Josef Arentz and Jonathan Bailey. Admission to the Museum is FREE in 2010 thanks to Machias Savings Bank in honor of Ted Leonard.

Downtown Bangor will be alive with art during the June 18 Artwalk, held from 5 – 9 pm. The newly formed Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative brings photographers, painters, musicians, fiber artists, installation artists, potters and more before the public – all showing original works of art in their studios and other local venues. Come out and enjoy the best of what the city has to offer.


Kazumi Hoshino, Composition (Kosei), 2010, Jonesboro granite, basalt

Maine Sculptor Kazumi Hoshino at Courthouse Gallery, Farnsworth

Karin Wilkes, director and owner of Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth is pleased to announce that Maine sculptor Kazumi Hoshino has joined the gallery. Hoshino’s work is currently on view at the gallery in Ellsworth through June 20, and at the Farnsworth Art Museum through the end of December. Hoshino’s work was selected by Michael Komanecky, chief curator of the Farnsworth Art Museum, for their 2010 exhibition “Four in Maine: Site Specific.” Komanecky invited Hoshino and three other Maine sculptors, Jesse Salisbury who also shows at Courthouse Gallery, Warren Seelig, and Aaron T. Stephan to select a site, inside or outside the museum, that best fits their work. The exhibit examines how each sculptor integrates their work into the place they have chosen.

Regarding the Farnsworth exhibit, Hoshino describes her concept for “Composition” (Kosei) as such: “The series “Composition” comes from combining simple forms. The circle we can see by observing nature and life. It evokes motherhood with its encircling shape. Its form is soft, enfolding and unending. There is no beginning or end. There is harmony. It is a peaceful image. With “Kosei,” by combining this simple form I hope to enhance the perception of these pleasing qualities. To me these “compositions” seem to hint of some potential memory or whisper an un-remembered experience. I want my sculptures to be a medium to stimulate the image of a warm and pleasing experience.” Hoshino was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She studied oil painting and sculpture privately before attending Tohoku University of Art and Design, where she graduated with a sculpture degree. Her work was exhibited widely in Japan and featured in a solo show. Hoshino has participated in several international sculpture symposia. In 2004, she met her husband, sculptor Jesse Salisbury, at the Nasunogahara International Sculpture Symposium. Both artists participated in the symposium. They married in 2006, and moved to his hometown in Steuben, Maine. In Maine, Hoshino appreciates living close to nature. Her sculptures are carved form local granite and basalt with a focus on intimate shapes. She emphasizes the natural beauty and character of the stone. The gallery is located on Court Street in Ellsworth. For gallery hours or more information call 667-6611 or visit www.courthousegallery.com

The Water Street Artists at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta will present the gallery’s second reception of the season, On the Line, June 18 through July 15, with a reception held June 18 from 5 to 7 pm. FMI, 563-1991.

An Artistic Toast to Fathers Day at the Maine Art Gallery! The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset invites all Dads to visit on Father’s Day for a special twist on the “small works sale”. The members of the gallery are presenting, for one day only, a special selection of Whiskey Paintings.

Art House Picture Frames in Portland is showing “ Sam Cady – Drawings”, through July 31 for more info visit arthousepictureframes.com

Painter Dianne Horton was voted First Place in Village Soup Readers Poll again this year. “I can’t even believe it. I tied with another artist but it’s still a complete shock.” Her work, among others, will be at the 12th Annual Legacy of the Arts Festival in Bar Harbor from June 20 through June 27. Activities include live music, art exhibits and demonstrations, workshops, and historic tours. The week opens with our traditional Father’s Day concert at Agamont Park and ends with the 60th Annual Art Show on the Village Green June 26-27.. FMI call 288-5103 x112.

Charles Laurier Dufour’s Sticks and Stones, focusing on ‘sticks and stones’ amidst natural fine art nudes from June 25 through July 15 at Galerie Dufour in Belfast.

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport will host “The Art of Hope,” a benefit art auction for New Hope for Women, June 25 at 6:30 pm. New Hope for Women offers support to people in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic and dating violence through emergency shelter, transitional housing, advocacy, domestic abuse hotline and more. Twenty-five artists from New Hope’s three-county service area (Lincoln, Knox, Waldo) contributed their works to this venture including painting, pottery, wood, and mixed media. Tickets are $35 with all proceeds benefiting New Hope for Women and reservations are encouraged. For tickets, call Glen E. Rainsley at 594-2129, Ext. 19


Vaino Kola, “Rock at Isle au Haut” at Isalos Fine Art

Isalos Fine Art in Stonington presents Vaino Kola: paintings & etchings, from June 29 through July 18 with an artist’s reception Friday, July 2, 4 – 7 pm. Kola’s paintings, often monumental in scale, appear almost photorealistic from a distance, but closer inspection reveals deeply textured, almost pointillist brushwork. While his subjects are often drawn from local rocky beaches, snow-covered trees or volcanic landscapes in Iceland, some of the paintings work equally well as abstractions.

The Kennebec Valley Art Association presents Carlton Plummer: A Retrospective Survey of 50 Years of Painting through June 27 at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. Four decades ago, Plummer had his first one-man show at the Harlow Gallery in the 1960s. The show 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

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 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.

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. 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, 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, through June 26. 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?” through June 26.

Elizabeth Moss Gallery in Falmouth presents “Brita Holmquist, The Lonely Sea and the Sky” through July 5 FMI www.artnet.com/elizabethmoss.html or 883-3662.

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. Susan, Sheep and Julie have all created work centering around the theme of Coastal Islands, FMI www.highstreetgallery.com.

Call for Artists

Artists are invited to paint the town of Friendship on July 31 from 7 am – 3 pm. The town of Friendship will be celebrating the Artist as part of their Friendship Day’s theme this Summer. On Saturday, July 31st, all area artists are invited to bring their easels and “paint the town” beginning at 7:00 am- 3:00 pm and then participate in wet paint auction that will be held at the Hahn Center at 4:00 pm, in which 50% of the proceeds will go to the artists. All mediums may be included but the work must be able to be displayed on an easel that the artist provides. FMI and to register, contact Kat Logan at 226-7446 or email kat@mainecoastartist.com.