Openings + Shows

I hope you have all enjoyed your beautiful summer holiday weekend! There are a number of great art events all over Maine to look forward to in these next few weeks, several of them in the open air. If you are in central Maine, don’t miss the outdoor festivities and great food, craft and art vendors at Bangor’s Outdoor Market on Broad Street this and every Thursday in July. (I‘ll have to remember to go down there to grab a few loaves of artisan bread!)

This weekend, Belfast Art in the Park will bring you live music, great food and over 80 fine art and craft vendors. Also opening this upcoming weekend is an exhibition of Will Barnet’s Central Park drawings, created when Barnet was a young man in New York City in the 1930s. This show will be on display at Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville beginning July 10. With events spread far and wide over the state of Maine, I hope you can find something to enjoy in your area!

Till next time,

Will Barnet, “Central Park Siesta.”

Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville will display Will Barnet: New York Drawings & Prints, the 1930s from July 10 through October 17. In 1930, at the age of nineteen, Will Barnet moved to New York City from his native Massachusetts to study at the Art Students League. The young artist responded to the city by exploring it on foot, preferring long walks to the stuffiness and darkness of his rented rooms. New York’s Central Park became Barnet’s refuge, a place where he slept on hot summer nights and where he quickly and discreetly drew the people he encountered.
This exhibition presents a group of Barnet’s Central Park drawings from the 1930s as well as a selection of related prints made from the copper plates that he carried in his pockets and etched on site. Many these works have remained in the artist’s possession and have never been exhibited. Created during the Depression, the drawings and prints describe a world of human intimacy and affection thoroughly removed from the époque’s harsh realities. In the verdant oasis of Central Park, which Barnet remembers as the people’s “front yard,” he captured figures in repose, embracing couples, mothers and children, and everyday people so deeply absorbed in conversation that they rarely noticed the artist in their midst. A fully illustrated publication, Will Barnet: A Sketchbook, 1932–1934, accompanies the exhibition and will be available for purchase at the Colby Museum during the exhibition. FMI, 859-4353 or visit

Listen to the 7/3 Cafe des Artistes show (5 min.) and interview with Elizabeth Finch of the Colby Museum of Art

Sam Cady, “Lower East Side N.Y.C.,” at Art House Picture Frames

Art House Picture Frames in Portland presents Sam Cady: Drawings, courtesy of the Caldbeck Gallery through July 31. FMI, 221-3443 or visit

Barn Galley in Ogunquit will open their interesting, informative and free 9th season of the Art Video film series with The Louvre: Leonardo & the Origins of the Collection on July 7 at 7:30 pm. What a delightful way to spend a summer evening! Professor Richard Brettell, Margaret McDermott Distinguished Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas, will conduct the video lecture liberally illustrated with pictures of the museum and works of Leonardo. Leonardo was born in 1452 in Vinci (present-day Florence) and died in 1597 at the age of 67.

Although considered one of the greatest painters of all time, he is also perhaps the most diversely talented person to have ever lived, only rivaled by his contemporary, Michelangelo. Perhaps fifteen of his works survive, the small number due to his constant and frequently disastrous experimentation with new techniques and his chronic procrastination. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting have been an inspiration to later generations of artists.

July 14 will bring the next film in the series to the Barn Gallery, “Simon Schama’s Power of Art – Turner.“ FMI, 646-8400 or visit

Jewelry constructed on Scrabble tiles by Moonlight Adornments, Outdoor Market vendor

Outdoor Market in Bangor is open for business Thursday evenings in July! The Outdoor Market features Maine-made fine arts, select crafts, specialty food items and produce. All items are handmade, prepared or raised by the vendor. Over 35 vendors are selling a variety of items at reasonable prices. Items available include bread, candy, goat cheese, handbags, home goods, iron-work, jewelry, photography, pottery, toys and much more. The market is located in West Market Square and along Broad Street/Merchants Plaza on Thursdays July 8 through July 29th from 5 – 8 pm. Only four weeks remain of this fun outdoor market. FMI, 992-4234 or visit

Adriance deGroff, “Serenade for a Siren,“ at Carver Hill Gallery

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland presents Rhapsody in Hue, an exhibition inspired by music, from July 8 through August 2, with an opening July 8 from 4 to 8 pm with live music and artists on site. FMI, 236-0745 or visit

Russell D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor presents Mono Prints, Paintings & Graphics of Mt. Desert Island, with an opening reception Thursday July 8 from 4 to 7 pm.

The Gallery at Caterpillar Hill

The Gallery at Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick will hold a Summer Show Reception Saturday, July 10 from 4 to 6 pm.

Flower rings made with polymer clay by Yikes! Studio, Belfast Art in the Park vendor

Belfast Art in the Park is an outstanding Mid-coast fine arts and crafts festival featuring continuous live music and great food, all taking place right on the water’s edge. The festival will be on the Belfast waterfront July 10 through 11, 10 am to 4 pm. Belfast Art in the Park vendor and polymer jewelry artist Suzanne Anderson of Yikes! Studio has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the festivities on the waterfront. “This is my third year at this festival,” Suzanne says. “It’s a great location on the waterfront, a really family-friendly event in a fun gallery town.” FMI, visit

Holly Berry, “Blue Whales, Fish, and Birds,” at Turtle Gallery

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle presents their second show of the season, opening July 11 and running through July 31 with an opening reception Sunday July 11 at 2 pm. The show will include pastels by Lydia Cassatt, jewelry by Glenda Arentzen, paintings and prints by Treacy Ziegler, and bronzes by Cynthia Stroud, as well as Maine printmakers Siri Beckman, Holly Berry, James Groleau, Ed Porter and Kris Sader. A gallery talk with the artists will be held Sunday July 18 at 4 pm. FMI, 348-9977 or visit

Deb Arter, “Dragonfly Orange,” at Maine Art Gallery

Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset will host Deb Arter as Artist in Residence on Monday July 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. If you had to describe Deb Arter’s artwork in one word it would be “fun!” Bright colors, cheerful designs– Deb’s work goes home with many appreciative buyers at the Maine Art Gallery. She makes cards from collected paper scraps and recycled bits and pieces. She may stitch or print over the collage work, creating more pattern and design to her framed compositions. Her work is in collections in Europe as well as the U.S. She is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, National Association of Collage Artists, and Union of Maine Visual Artists. She will be creating more collages, and answer questions about her work. FMI, 882-7511 or visit

Bob Thomas, “Exit,” at Stable Gallery

Water Street Artists at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta will present the Gallery’s third reception of the year, Coastal Color, July 16 through August 19 with an opening reception Friday July 16th from 5 to7 pm. This show will include paintings by Bob Thomas and Caroline Davis, jewelry by Mary Hall, textiles by Susie Stephenson, and more. FMI, 563-1991 or visit

Charles Laurier Dufour, “Forest Three,” at Galerie Dufour
Galerie Dufour in Belfast will display From Limb to Limb: Trees and forests with natural fine art nudes, July 16 through August 4. FMI, 338-6448 or visit

Jan ter Weele, “Bridge: Red Sky”

Stadler Gallery for Contemporary Art in Kingfield will exhibit Elizabeth Kelly Erickson: “Interpretations in Paint” and Jan ter Weele: New Landscape Paintings, July 17 through August 6. FMI, 265-5025 or visit

George Marshall Store Gallery in York presents the 15th Anniversary Exhibition, an exhibition highlighting the themes and artists of the past fifteen years, on display from July 17 through August 22. On display also will be selected paintings and works on paper by George Lloyd. FMI, 351-1083 or visit

Mulford Collectors Gallery in Rockland will display works by Mimi Gordon Riley and Peter Decamp Haines until August 2. FMI, 594-4775 or visit

Diana Roper McDowell, “Cairns on Norumbega” at Courthouse Gallery Fine Art

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.

This July, Barn Gallery in Ogunquit hosts Tuesday night figure drawing, art videos on Wednesday nights, artist talks and panel discussions Thursday nights from July 6 through July 29. FMI, 646-8400 or visit