Openings + Shows: First Fridays in August and more

Plenty of First Friday openings await you as we move into a warm, pleasant August. All that heat seems to have mellowed out into a delightful and breezy summer, and hopefully it will last long enough to provide perfect weather for exploring the art tours offered in several Maine towns this coming August 6.

Maritime landscape, nature, woods and fields predominate in this collection of midsummer shows. They are a testament to the depth and breadth of artistic skill present in Maine. Enjoy, and let these works reveal the beauty in the everyday abundance we experience in this beautiful state.


“Double Vision” at Shaw Jewelry

Painter Jeff Carpenter and photographer Karin Rosenthal are two artists with similar conceptual motivations working in different media. Both offer a play of reflection and translucency. Both play with perspective planes, double exposure and complex, overlapping visual and contextual imagery. Their work is on display in Double Vision at Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor through the rest of the summer.

Each summer Shaw Jewelry presents up to fifteen exhibitions including new work by established and emerging jewelry artists working in materials from precious to alternative. Shaw Jewelry is located at 126 Main Street, Northeast Harbor and online at Open daily until 6:30pm.

Listen to the 7/24 Cafe des Artistes radio show (5 min.) and interview with Sam Shaw

Outdoor Market in Bangor is open for one more week! Come down on July 29 from 5 to 8 pm to catch the last day of this fabulous market, featuring Maine-made specialty foods, local produce, delicious hot entrees, artisan bread, and beautiful hand-made items for the kitchen, home and wardrobe. The market is located in West Market Square and along Broad Street/Merchants Plaza in Bangor. The Cool Sounds concert series will conclude with a performance by the RetroRockerz. FMI, visit

Barbara Putnam, “Glacial Erratics,” at Turtle Gallery

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle presents Karl Schrag: lithographs; Mary Aro: portraits; Timut Akhriev: oils; Galen Davis: pastel; Barbara Putnam: prints; and Robin Martin Cust: jewelry, from August 1 through August 21 with an opening reception Sunday August 1 at 2 pm. There will be a gallery talk with the artists Sunday August 8 at 4 pm. FMI, 348-9977 or visit

The Betts Gallery at the Belfast Framer will exhibit a group show of Maine printmakers curated by guest curator Cathy Melio, from August 1 through August 31. FMI, 338-6465 or visit

allen david Gallery in Boothbay Harbor announces the Second Annual Plein Air Painters of Maine Show, on display from August 4 through 11 with an artist reception Friday August 6 from 5 – 9 pm in conjunction with the Boothbay Harbor First Friday Art Walk. Smoldering Ruins will entertain gallerygoers with live music, and refreshments and libations will be provided. FMI, 633-0003 or visit

Ogunquit Performing Arts and Ogunquit Arts Collaborative will continue the Art Videos at the Gallery film series with a free showing of Art City: Making it in Manhattan at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit on August 4 at 7:30 pm.

Unlike most art movies, Art City is big, breezy, informed entertainment about the people who make contemporary art. Artists, along with collectors and dealers, bring to life the art capital of the world, New York, as it plunges into the 21st century. Mixing some of the most famous American names to engage the public since the early 70’s with the newest, the film sweeps from uptown to downtown, capturing the reality of this special world. Presenting a wide range of status, age, sex, and ethnic backgrounds, the film moves into lofts, studios, and galleries for intimate scenes of artists at work. The film will be viewed on a theatre-sized screen, surrounded by the paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures of the area’s own 21st century artists.

The Art Videos at the Gallery series continues each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm through September 1 at the Barn Gallery. Stuart Nudelman and other members of the Ogunquit art community will be on hand to lead discussions about the films. FMI, 646-7055 or

The Redfield Artisans Gallery in Northeast Harbor will exhibit Maine Coastal Views – 1880-1980 from August 5 through August 22, with a reception August 5 from 5 to 7:30 pm. FMI, 276-3609 or email

John Whalley, “Final Hour,” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in Portland will display the work of John Whalley from August 5 through August 28 with a reception Thursday August 5 from 5 to 7 pm. Additionally, there will be an artist’s talk Saturday August 21 at 1:30 pm. An artist of painstaking precision whether working in oils, egg tempera, or graphite, this detail-oriented artist graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and traveled extensively before settling in Maine. As evidenced by his subject matter, the artist seeks to “discover the beautiful in unlikely places.” The Side Gallery featured artist will be Mike Stiler. FMI, 888-772-2693 or visit

Argosy Gallery Downstairs in Bar Harbor will exhibit the Milestone Exhibition featuring T.M. Nicholas beginning August 8, with a reception August 8 from 6 to 9 pm. FMI, 288-9226 or

Corinne McIntyre, “From Robinson’s Wharf,” at Ocean Point Studio

Ocean Point Studio in East Boothbay will host a First Friday reception for the August Exhibit, Visions of Maine, featuring the paintings and pottery of Corinne and Fred McIntyre, on August 6 from 4 to 7 pm. FMI, 633-3990 or visit

Monique Parry, “Magnolias,” at Coco Vivo Fine Art and Design

Coco Vivo Fine Art and Design in Boothbay Harbor will exhibit Timeless, new works by Kathleen Billis and Monique Parry, opening August 6. Billis paints in the plein air tradition of turn of the century impressionists. While some finish work may be completed in the studio, it is about capturing a special moment or feeling of place that can’t be experienced again in just the same way. Parry’s paintings are the expression of a continuing search to find the beauty in the commonplace and to see elegance in the ordinary. Her impeccable sense of color and light bring a lively realism to her work. The large portraits of flowers and the intimate still life paintings are filled with a sense of joy and peace, reflecting the artist’s philosophy. FMI, 633.0671 or

John J. Ossie, “Tenacious Tree,” at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell will exhibit Artist as Architect: Architect as Artist, August 6 through August 29 with an opening reception on August 6 from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibition will feature the work of those who practice both disciplines. Jennifer Claster, Michele Gutlove, Ruthanne Harrison, Brian Kent, Solvejg Jorgensen Makaretz, Kevin Moquin, John Ossie, and Roger Richmond are architects, landscape architects, architectural designers, as well as painters, photographers, sculptors and mixed media artists.

Artists and architects are both concerned with looking, seeing, interpreting, intention, and using materiality to express and to make. There is a long tradition of people who created in both the fine arts and in the design arts, going back to the Renaissance, and more recently in the early twentieth century example of the Bauhaus, founded by architect Walter Gropius, a school which successfully sought to integrate art and design. The tradition continues today, and those participating in Architect as Artist/Artist as Architect illustrate how the two types of work often feed each other, sometimes diverge, but ultimately allow the full expression of an individual’s creativity to come forth. FMI, 622-3813 or

Irma Cerese, “Knight Pond #8,” at Landing Gallery

Landing Gallery in Rockland will display Painterly Perspectives, new works by Irma Cerese, from August 6 through August 31 with an opening reception Friday August 6 from 5 to 8 pm. Contemporary artist Irma Cerese presents expressive landscapes which sometimes border on the abstract, but her primary focus is on color relationships. Color itself has always fascinated her and formed the basis of her work, starting with the geometric abstractions she worked on following her art school years.

However, she found she needed a concrete point of reference, both for herself and the viewer. Landscape has provided that ever since, even after a fifteen year hiatus when she did not paint at all. Now she incorporates elements of the natural world – trees, sky, ground, water, buildings – into an underlying geometric structure, where some shapes are only loosely tethered to the perceived world. Manipulating acrylic paint on a canvas with knife and brush is an intense, visceral process for her and much is improvised as the painting develops. She strives to produce work that is a compelling visual experience in its own right, rather than to convey information or to illustrate an idea. FMI, 888-348-2787 or email

The Boothbay Region Art Foundation hosts a self-guided First Friday Arts Tour August 6 in Boothbay, day and evening, as well as the first Friday of every month through October. FMI, 633-2703 or

Joy to the Wind Studio, Gallery and Custom Picture Framing in Boothbay Harbor will exhibit new work by Lynne and John M.T. Seitzer during the First Friday Art Tour, August 6 from 7 to 9 pm. FMI, 633-7025 or

James Dodds, “Bow of a Yellow Boat,” at Dowling Walsh Gallery. Below: Richard Vickerson, “Buoy Crazy,” at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland will display work by James Dodds, Richard Vickerson and Stephen Hodecker from August 6 through August 28, with a reception Friday August 6 from 5 to 8 pm.

James Dodds was born in the east coast fishing town of Brightlingsea, and trained as a shipwright in Maldon. He then studied painting at Chelsea and the Royal College of Art, London. He has also conceived, illustrated and hand-produced a series of artists books. There will be an artist talk with Dodds on Sunday, August 8 at 4 pm.

Richard Vickerson draws his subject matter from the rural landscape of the Atlantic Provinces with its rich heritage and natural beauty. Says Vickerson: “The ever present ocean has been an important element in my work. The relationship between land and sea and between human endeavor and relentless natural forces are subjects often dealt with in my art.”

The show will include a preview of Stephen Hodecker’s new paintings. A full show of his work is scheduled for 2011. FMI, 596.0084 or visit

Jonathan Mess, “Landfill No. 1 (detail),” 50% recycled, at Åarhus Gallery

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast digs deep to bring you the unusual, provocative and stratagraphical ceramic works of guest artist Jonathan Mess, from August 3rd through August 29th, with an opening reception Friday August 6 from 5 to 8 pm.

Was it Carl Sagan who said, ”Nothing brings us back down to earth like a gorgeous eighty pound slab of geologic strata rendered in cast ceramic and voluptuous dripping glazes like so many billions of squashed petit fours”? Maybe it wasn’t Carl, but someone should have…. Jonathan Mess puts it this way: Clay is an important material because I can literally use the earth’s crust as my medium. My recent work has involved several series that visually and metaphorically reference land, maps, strata, geology and geography… I have engineered and incorporated a low-waste system of making by using recycled clays, slop clay and cast-aside glazes, once-fired, unused, forgotten, discarded, cut-up, and broken work, found cardboard, and even mixing clay that falls to the floor back into my system.” Read more about Mess’ work in last week’s Café des Artistes: Memories and a Beautiful Mess.

Also on display, betwixt and between, will be the worldly works of Åarhusians, Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick. FMI, 338-0001 or visit

Galerie Dufour presents Field of Dreams: Natural fine art nudes in fielded landscapes by Charles Laurier Dufour, August 6 through August 26. FMI, 338-6448 or

Michael Chesley Johnson, “Clear Day, Bernard Harbor” to be shown in the Acadia Invitational II

Argosy Gallery Downstairs will present the Acadia Invitational II Exhibition with an opening reception August 7 from 6 to 9 pm. The show opens with a reception on August 7 at the Bar Harbor Inn, which will display the paintings for two days before moving them to the Argosy II location just off the town green. The Invitational brings artists from all over the US and beyond to paint Mount Desert Island. The finished paintings– three per artist– are available for sale immediately, but must remain in the gallery until the show’s opening and judging weekend, August 7-8. FMI, 288-9226 or

Wiscasset Bay Gallery will host the exhibit Across the Pond and Back: Europe and Its Influence on American Art, August 7 through September 10. FMI, 882-7682.

Abby Shahn, “The Dogs of War,” at Stadler Gallery. Below: Richard Reichenbach: “Low Tide at Jonesport.”

Stadler Gallery in Kingfield will exhibit works by Richard Reichenbach and Abby Shahn from August 7 through August 27 with a reception for the artists on Saturday, August 7 from 2 to 4 pm.

Reichenbach, from Industry, Maine, grew up with an avid interest in art which, however, as it happens so often, was accompanied by a proper dose of self doubt and lack in confidence in his ability to draw, paint, or sculpt. Although he began in a roundabout way with photography at the age of 18, it was not until 1990 that he took another baby step by enrolling in a drawing class, followed by his discovery of painting a decade later and work with stone in 2006.

When he left the U.S. Coast Guard the following year, Reichenbach was ready to start a life fully committed to his art. In his show, entitled A Simple Expression, he uses both oil and acrylic paint. He prefers simple, almost primitive subjects expressed in bold colors. Juxtaposed is his approach to sculpting. He prefers alabaster because it is easy to sculpt, yet its delicate property requires extra care. His vessels express almost a sense of tenderness in the flow and rhythm as often observed in nature where “nothing is ever still and stone is not what we perceive it to be,” as Reichenbach explains. However, both media show his love for simplicity as reflected in the exuberance of his paintings and the inwardly directed stillness of his vessels.

People who are living in the Kingfield area or might have been visiting last summer will perhaps remember Abby Shahn’s big, bold and beautiful exhibition in the large barn of the Stadler Gallery. Shahn, of Solon, Maine, is back again this season with a smaller-format show, Explorations, of egg tempera paintings on paper. FMI, 265-5025 or visit

The Gallery at Caterpillar Hill in Sedgwick will host their 15th Annual Open House, Sunday August 8 from 3 to 6 pm. FMI, 359-4600 or visit

John Woolsey, Fernald’s Neck#5 at Isalos Fine Art

Isalos Fine Art in Stonington is currently displaying John Woolsey: Fernald’s Neck – New Pastels through August 8. The images from the show are also now available online at Isalos’ website. Visit the online gallery to view the works. FMI about the show, 367-2700 or visit
View John Woolsey: Fernald’s Neck – New Pastels online here.