Cafe des Artistes Maine art news for June 22, 2010

Openings + Shows

Margaret and Howard Gallagher

Camden Falls Gallery Grand Reopening + 4th of July Kick-Off

Howard and Margaret Gallagher, owners of Camden Falls Gallery, are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of their new location at 5 Public Landing (less than a block from the former location), on July 1 from 5 to 7. The opening party will be co-hosted by Maine Gallery + Studio Guide and will kick-off the July 4th weekend in conjunction with the “Bay View Block Party” featuring live music and refreshments. After 30 years in Camden, the new gallery will offer more wall space, a new bolder front face and exposure to the Public Landing and Harbor. The first show of the season. ” A Celebration Of Independence” will run through the month of July. “We have collected a great body of works from some of our original artists as well as our existing roster of house artists, and we have several new artists who will be showing at the gallery,” says Howard. Maine Gallery + Studio Guide publisher Anthony Anderson will be on hand to welcome guests, give out Gallery Guides and pour libations. FMI.

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Linden O’Ryan, “Answering Light,” at Linden O’Ryan Gallery

Linden O’Ryan Gallery in Southwest Harbor will be home to an open studio and art sale hosted by area artisans Linden O’Ryan, Jackie Haines, and Christina Heiniger on Friday June 25 from noon to 7pm and Saturday June 26 from 10 am to 3 pm. The event will feature beading, puppet making and felting demos throughout both days on a rolling basis. Visitors to this working studio will also be able to view a large selection of watercolor paintings by Linden O’Ryan and Christina Heiniger, as well as intricately beaded jewelry by Jackie Haines of Blue Leaf Designs in Lamoine. Christina Heiniger will also display and sell her well known hand-sculpted hand and finger puppets and Linden O’Ryan will feature her handmade paper lampshades and lamps. The public is warmly invited and refreshments will be offered. FMI, 244-0463 or visit

Marylin Quint-Rose,”Red Ball Express,” at Mars Hall Gallery

Mars Hall Gallery in Tenant’s Harbor will open its 2010 season with two group shows, “The Creative Soul” and “Seeds of Possibility,“ which both open on Friday, June 25th with a reception from 5 to 8 pm. “The Creative Soul,” and “Seeds of Possibility,” will run through July 18 and 11, respectively. “The Creative Soul,” featuring artists William Cook, Dick Kelly, Blanche Sefton Lutz, Edward MacKenzie, and Otty Merrill will be showcased in the main gallery. The show will include sculpture from found objects, carved and painted exotic woods, new and altered books and elaborate works of art created from everyday materials. In the new wing the show “Seeds of Possibility,” features early works of Charles DuBack, Robert Hamilton, Marylin Quint -Rose, Russell Smith, and Carl Sublett. The show is based on the theory that at the beginning of their artistic journey, each artist creates works that all future works will stem from. These early works are their “Seeds of Possibility.” FMI, 372-9996 or visit

Nathan Macomber, glass bowls at Harvest Gold Gallery

Harvest Gold Gallery of Center Lovell, Maine will host an opening artist reception celebrating it’s 8th annual fine art show on July 9th from 3-6 pm with the show continuing through Columbus day. The show features a collection of paintings from over 20 fine artists including Varvara Harmon, a recent inductee to the International Guild for her realism. The show also exhibits a variety of wildlife bronze sculptures, new designs in fine gold jewelry from the Harvest Gold collection, and an extensive array of hand blown glass designs showcasing artist Ernest Porcelli’s colorful glass slumping techniques and Nathan Macomber, whose work was seen on the set of the Today Show. Macomber’s work represents the true essence fine art glass both sculpturally and functionally. FMI, 925-6502 or visit

Edward Gordon, “Garden Room,” at Small Wonder Gallery

Small Wonder Gallery and Framing in Camden will host Edward Gordon, who will be at the gallery on June 26 from 4-8pm. Stop in and meet Edward and see a selection of his original paintings as well as his currently available limited-edition giclées. He will be happy to personalize work. Edward Gordon’s artwork is unforgettable: sunlight streaming through windows; a sheer curtain blowing in the ocean breeze; long shadows on ultra-glossy wood floors; black grand pianos; vibrant and detailed Oriental rugs. Within each piece is an almost surreal stillness, yet the rooms that edge out of the frame beg to be explored and corners beg to be turned. His newest piece, Garden Room, is a bright, sunlit space with stunning ocean views. Join us in welcoming Edward Gordon and celebrating art and the season! Small Wonder Gallery will have an extensive selection of Edward Gordon’s work available throughout the summer. FMI, 236-6005 or visit

Nancy Wissemann-Widrig, “Fly Away,” at Caldbeck Gallery

Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland presents Nancy Wissemann-Widrig and Lesia Sochor: New paintings, from June 28 until July 17 with a reception Wednesday June 30, 5-8 pm. FMI, 594-5935 or visit

Sarah Faragher, “Deer Isle Sand Beach,” at Handworks Gallery

Handworks Gallery in Blue Hill will display new work by Sarah Faragher from June 28 to July 2, with a July 2 reception, 5-7pm. FMI, 374-5613 or visit

Susan Barnes, “Edge,” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland presents Susan Barnes, July 1 – July 31, with an opening reception Thursday July 1, 5-7 pm. Susan Barnes is a mid-career artist whose vision presents another way to look at landscape. Photography, drawing and collage are frequently used in Barnes’ expressively painted mixed media panels, and all help to establish a symbolism that is as universal as it is personal. FMI, 1-888-7720-2693 or visit

Downtown Bangor Outdoor Market will host the Crafts and Farmers’ market Thursdays from July 1 through July 29. The Market is open 5-8pm in West Market Square and along Broad Street in downtown Bangor, and features an array of locally-made artwork, handbags, ironwork, jewelry, stained glass and woodwork, as well as locally-produced produce and specialty foods. The Cool Sounds concert series accompanies the Outdoor Market and runs from 7-8 pm. July bands include (in order by date of appearance) Blue Northern, Evergreen, Teen Jamboree, Banjo Dan and the Midnight Plowboys, and RetroRockerz. FMI, visit

Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer in Belfast will present pastels by Carolyn Caldwell, July 1 through July 31. FMI, 207-338-6465 or visit

Paul Bernard King, N.A., “Monhegan Island Harbor” at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

Blue Hill Bay Gallery in Blue Hill presents The Maine Coast, July 1 through August 15, with a gallery reception Friday, July 16, 5-7 pm. FMI, 374-5773 or visit

George Pearlman, Storage Jars at Aarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast is pleased to exhibit the exceptional Maine potter George Pearlman as their guest artist for the month of July. The show runs from June 29 to August 1, and an opening reception will be held Friday July 2, 5-8pm. George Pearlman, who began potting in 1980 and established the St. George Pottery in St. George, Maine, describes his ceramic work as a constant and daring exploration of his own preconceptions of beauty and functionality. We could say that George is a talented and indeed gifted artist, but Henri Matisse warns us that: “It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power to an inborn talent. In art, the genius creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome. The artist begins with a vision — a creative operation requiring an effort. Creativity takes courage. “ FMI, 338-0001 or visit

Mimo Gordon Riley, “Reach,” at Mulford Collectors Gallery

Mulford Collectors Gallery in Rockland, presents Mimo Gordon Riley and Peter de Camp Haines in “Elemental & Bronze,” July 2 through July 29, with an artists’ reception Friday, July 2nd from 5 to 8 pm. “Elemental” is a series of tree inspired recent works by well known artist Mimo Gordon, celebrating the artist’s fascination with her subject. “Trees are so ubiquitous that we may fail to notice their majesty, importance and beauty,” says Gordon Riley. Working in oil on multiple canvases at one time allows the artist to delve deeply into her subject matter, transforming them into more simplified graphic forms and intensifies with the addition of her unique saturated color palette. Peter Haines, a Boston artist, is a master craftsman of bronze. His subjects include human figures and forms, ancient animals and primeval elements and primitive abstractions. Inspiration for his work is taken from diverse sources: Neolithic and other prehistoric objects, ancient Chinese jades, “Primitive” styles, and modernist sculpture like that of Brancusi and Rodin. FMI, 594.4775 or visit

BelfastART galleries will welcome the public during Belfast’s First Friday art walk and reception July 2. The open studios and receptions of the BelfastART galleries take place each Friday in July and August, as well as on the nights of Belfast’s First Friday Openings in June, September, October, November and December.

Vaino Kola, “Penobscot Bay,” at Isalos Fine Art

Isalos Fine Art in Stonington will feature Vaino Kola: Paintings and Exhbitions from July 2 through July 18, with an opening reception on Friday, July 2nd from 4 – 7 pm. Kola, a Deer Isle resident, finds inspiration from the woods and shoreline near his home, but his paintings require months of quiet solitude in his studio, resulting in images that convey his inner landscape as much as the one outside. His newest is the monumental “Penobscot Bay”, which blends elements from Causeway Beach with Kola’s imagination. FMI, 367-2700 or visit

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 through October 31. 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, or 221-4499.

Also, The Art Gallery at UNE presents the Ninth Annual Sculpture Garden Invitational, on display until October 31.

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

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, or 563-1991.

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

Andrew Wyeth, “Granddaughter,” Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Portland Museum of Art presents “American Moderns: Masterworks on Paper from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1910-1960,” 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, or 775-6148.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will show “Painting Mount Desert Island” until July 25. 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, or 667-6611.

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

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

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

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

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

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, or 265-5025.

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

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. The show will be on display until July 10. FMI, 348-9977 or

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

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

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