Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for June 14, 2010


Openings + Shows

Sylvia Bangs, “Elephant”, pen and ink

The Art Gallery at the University of New England in Portland 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, www.une.edu/artgallery or 221-4499.

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.

Listen to the 6/12 Café des Artistes radio show (5 min.) with gallery director Anne Zill

Penelope Moodey, “Red Tide,” at Stable Gallery

The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta presents the “On the Line,” on Friday June 18 from 5-7 pm, featuring the work of four Water Street Artists spanning the media of painting, woodworking, jewelry and textiles; several talented non-members in various media; and ceramics from the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. FMI, www.stablegallerymaine.com or 563-1991.

Downtown Bangor will be the place to be during the June 18 Artwalk, held from 5 – 9 pm at venues across town. Trek your way through Bangor’s historic urban center, up hill and down, to 21 venues offering opportunities to see the work of more than 40 artisans, from painters and musicians, to jewelers, installation artists, printmakers, photographers, and more. The event is free and open to the public – so venture out and visit the studios of local artists and the many venues supporting the cultural offerings of River City. An after-party from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at The Charles Inn at West Market Square offers an opportunity for more intimate conversations with artists and guests. FMI, 947-2894.

Also, the Downtown Bangor Outdoor Market is open every Thursday from 5-8 at West Market Square and Broad Street. Maine made arts & crafts, specialty foods, produce and “Cool Sounds” concerts from 7 to 8. FMI, www.downtownbangor.com

Andrew Wyeth, 1917 – 2009, “Granddaughter,” 1956. Watercolor on paper, 16 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art presents “American Moderns: Masterworks on Paper from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1910-1960,” with an opening reception June 24. The show will continue through September 12. American Moderns will showcase more than 100 works on paper from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, by nationally recognized artists such as Edward Hopper, John Marin, and Rockwell Kent. This is the first in-depth examination and presentation of the Atheneum’s American modernist works on paper. Beginning with the Ashcan school, including works by John Sloan and William Glackens, the exhibition traces the emergence of American modernism with John Marin and Georgia O’Keeffe concluding with strong examples of postwar realism, with works by Ellsworth Kelly and Andrew Wyeth. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see paintings by Edward Hopper depicting scenes of Maine in the state. FMI, www.portlandmuseum.org or 775-6148.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will show “Painting Mount Desert Island” from June 24 until July 25, with an opening reception June 24 from 5-7 pm. Artists have painted Mount Desert Island since the mid-nineteenth century when Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, painters from the Hudson River School, came to the island to capture Maine’s rugged beauty and dramatic light. Courthouse Gallery Fine Art continues the tradition by asking its contemporary landscape artists to paint their view of the island. Participating gallery artists include Judy Belasco, Ellen Church, Jane Dahmen, Philip Frey, Tom Hennessey, Liddy Hubbell David Little, Diana Roper McDowell, Colin Page, Jessica Stammen, and Michael Vermette. FMI, www.courthousegallery.com or 667-6611.

Kenny Cole has just released over 100 drawings in magazine format. The series, the “Hellfire Story” is an illustrated chronology of the development of the Hellfire missile system from the 1960’s to the 1990’s, completed in 2009. The magazine is in two parts, each containing around 60 images/pages. They can be viewed, and/or purchased online: http://magcloud.com/browse/Issue/89735 FMI, www.kennycole.com


Sam Cady, Snow Squall Over Outer Islands, 2004, University of Maine Museum of Art

The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor presents three fascinating shows opening June 25 and remaining on display until September 18. Ceremonies of Mud will showcase the work of painter Alfredo Gisholt, a Mexican-born artist whose new series of oil paintings draw connections to Goya, Matisse and Picasso. Both Sides of the Camera: Photographs from the Collection of Judith Ellis Glickman features a selection of over 40 black and white photographs from Glickman’s private collection. Major photographic luminaries will be showcased, including Edward Steichen, Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, William Klein and Jerry Uelsmann. In addition, the exhibition includes works by photographers with connections to Maine such as George Daniell, Melonie Bennett, Todd Webb and Paul Caponigro. Photographs include seductive still-lifes, transcendent landscapes and portraits that reflect Glickman’s unique vision, broad interests and background as a fine art photographer. Additionally, the Museum will show Cloudscapes, a selection from the permanent collection celebrating the mutable, poetic forms of clouds. FMI, 561-3350 or visit www.umma.umaine.edu.


Alex and Ada Katz. Photo by Stephanie Sinclair for Smithsonian Magazine

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will hold the 2010 Maine in America Summer Gala, celebrating the presentation of the Maine in America Award to Alex Katz, on June 26 at 6 pm. An evening of dining and dancing on the grounds of the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, cocktails and viewing of the exhibition of Alex Katz: New Work, complete with dinner by Swan’s Way and music by Bruce Boege and his Bel Isle Trio and Mr. Whoopee Band. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 207-596-6457 ext. 143 www.farnsworthmuseum.org.


Esther Garcis Eder, “Blueberry Hill” at New Era Gallery

The New Era Gallery in Vinalhaven presents Peter Bodnar, Stephanie Crossman, Esther Garcis Eder, Diana Godfrey, from June 26 through July 14, with Opening Reception July 17 from 4-7 pm.

Winslow Homer, “Girl in a Hammock,” at Colby College Museum of Art, The Lunder Collection.

The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville will present Collecting Winslow Homer, June 26 through October 31. Drawn mostly from the Colby Museum’s permanent holdings, Collecting Winslow Homer presents works by the artist in acknowledgement of the centenary of his death. Including examples from the full range of media that comprises Homer’s oeuvre, the exhibition demonstrates the remarkable achievement of a largely self-taught artist who began his career as a popular illustrator and spent his last years on Maine’s Prouts Neck peninsula, creating visionary images of the American landscape. Of the 16 works in the exhibition, 11 are drawn from the Lunder Collection, which was promised to the Colby Museum in 2007. FMI, email museum@colby.edu.


Theresann D’Angelo, “Backward Glance,”at Barn Gallery

On June 30 Barn Gallery in Ogunquit opens ‘Regional Artists: An Open, Juried Show’ the 14th juried exhibition of work by local artists and members of the Ogunquit Art Association. Other new exhibitions include ‘OAA Expressions,’ featuring art in a wide variety of subject and medium as well as Showcase exhibitions by painters Theresann D’Angelo and Pat Hardy. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An ever-changing array of small works of art is available in the Collectors’ Gallery. Come to the gala reception on Saturday, July 10, 5 to 8 pm to see the shows, meet the artists and buy a new artist-made bid card for admission to the OAA Art Auction on August 7. FMI, 646-8400 or visit www.barngallery.org.


Deborah Loughlin, “Vent,” Odysseus Project art exhibition

The Stadler Gallery for Contemporary Art in Kingfield will open its doors June 26 with two exhibitions. The Gallery presents the photography of Joe Donahue in “Quintessence,” and Deborah Loughlin’s “Rubber and Wax,” consisting of small sculptural works; both will be on display until July 16. There will be a closing reception for the artists on Friday, July 16, from 2-4 pm. FMI, www.stadlergallery.com or 265-5025.


Åarhus Gallery is celebrating its third anniversary with a special show that will be on display through June 27. Åarhus Gallery is celebrating its threeness and all are invited to share in the merrymaking and triplicity. The show features artworks by Åarhus partners Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene K. Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick.




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

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.

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.

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


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

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.