Openings + Shows: Touches of Fall Color

Dear artists and art lovers,

It is not fall yet but I think you’ll agree that we are starting to see the first splashes of autumn color in these upcoming exhibitions. Among these are Diane Wiencke’s beautiful mixed media encaustics at Leighton Gallery, Joanne Williams’ gorgeous images on wood incorporating Venetian plaster and gold leaf at Harbor Square Gallery, and the Autumn in New England exhibition at Blue Hill Bay Gallery.

Also, in case you are unaware, the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit continues to offer an incredible palette of programming and events for artists and art lovers and collectors. The award-winning, not for profit gallery was featured in this week’s Cafe des Artistes radio program, which you can access by clicking the link below the article!

Jeffrey Briggs, “Knossos”

Late Summer Exhibitions and lots more at Barn Gallery

Barn Gallery in Ogunquit is a great gallery with lovely sculpture court and a lot going on. From August 11 through September 11, Barn Gallery will feature its Late Summer Exhibitions. OAA Expressions features art in a wide variety of subject and medium. In the Garden is a festive celebration of the summer growing season. Sculptor Jeffrey Briggs and printmaker Deloris White will have exhibitions in the North Gallery. Invited New England Sculptors continue to display three-dimensional work in the outdoor Sculpture Court. An every changing array of small works of art is always available in the Collectors Gallery. Figure drawing sessions, art videos, gallery talks and workshops continue through August. Figure Drawing from the Model is hosted by Russel Whitten, every Tuesday through September 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Art and Artist Video screenings take place Wednesdays at 7:30 PM through September 1.

The public is invited to a Gala Reception on Saturday, August 21, 5 to 8 PM to meet the artists and see the shows. The renowned Daponte String Quartet will give a concert on Friday, August 20 at 7:30 PM. Tickets will be available at the door.

Gallery talks begin at 7:30 on Thursdays. On August 19, showcase artists Jeffrey Briggs and Deloris White will talk about technique and imagery in two and three dimensions. On Thursday, August 26 Lindley Briggs will lead fellow sculptors in a panel discussion on ‘Sculpture: Indoors and Out.’ On Thursday, September 9 a panel of OAA artists will share their joy in painting gardens in a discussion of the theme show In the Garden. On Labor Day, Monday, September 6 at 7:30, Poets in Person, an annual cabaret performance of local poets and musicians will kick off Capriccio, Ogunquit’s Festival of the Arts.

Workshops continue with Norman West’s Green-A Color Workshop on Monday, August 16 from 10 to 3. DeWitt Hardy will offer Painting Flowers in Watercolor on Thursday, August 19 from 10 to 3. Gayle Fitzpatrick will demonstrate and teach a variety of bookbinding techniques on Wednesday, August 25 from 10 to 2. Workshops are open to artists of all levels. There are fees for workshops and Figure Drawing but exhibitions, openings, videos and gallery talks are free. Barn Gallery has limited free parking. However, visitors are encouraged to park elsewhere during receptions and concerts.

Gallery hours are 11 AM to 5 PM daily and 1 to 5 PM on Sunday. Barn Gallery is located at the corner of Shore Road and Bourne Lane in Ogunquit ME. For further information about 2010 exhibits, workshops and special events pick up a brochure at the Gallery, call 207-646-8400 or go to .

Listen to the 8/7 Cafe des Artistes radio show (5 min.) and interview with Barn Gallery’s Nancy Davison!

Openings + Shows

Diane Wiencke: “Time and Place,” at Leighton Gallery

Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill will host an Opening Reception Sunday August 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm celebrating 30 years in business and its third show of the season. Featured artists are Ragna Bruno, Richard Keen, Lynn Wessel, Melita Westerlund and Diane Wiencke. The exhibit will run through the 16th of September.

Ragna Bruno was raised in Europe and now lives in Hancock, Maine. The influences of her multi-cultural heritage seem to infuse her subtle and rich palette of oils and casein. Her paintings are a complex amalgam of energy and tranquility. Richard Keen resides in Topsham, Maine. He will be exhibiting a series of encaustic paintings of boat hulls and weirs, which are a continuation of Richard’s deep inquiry into coastal traditions and heritage, asking the viewer “to explore the world beyond what lies on the surface”. Lynn Wessel lives in New Orleans and Castine. In her mixed media abstractions on canvas Lynn works with color, texture and hidden imagery to “elicit an emotional and substantive response from the viewer”. Melita Westerlund lives, works and exhibits both in Maine and Finland. Her nine large hand-cast paper pieces reveal her love of color, texture and natural phenomena. She is also exhibiting a collection of wall relief polychrome aluminum sculptures in our outdoor Sculpture Garden. Diane Wiencke lives on Peaks Island, Maine. Her multilayered, mixed media encaustics are a record of a creative journey that often starts with images in her dreams drawing her, as well as the viewer, into a constantly shifting terrain of color, texture, materials and hidden imagery. There is also an ongoing Group Show in the garden level Gallery III and representative work of over 20 artists in the Sculpture Garden. FMI, visit Leighton Gallery online or call 207-374-5001.

Dustin Pinette at Shaw Gallery

Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor is exhibiting Nature Vs. Industry through August 19, featuring Dennis Pinette, Robert Solotaire, and Paul Rickert.

We know nature can be beautiful, but what about industrial landscapes? Are we not also drawn to the aesthetics of abandoned steel mills and productive paper mills? This exhibit highlights that following form and function is beauty. The paintings of Paul Rickert and Dennis Pinette prove that the details and precision of machinery can please us as much as a pastoral landscape. His images of smoke stacks, pipes, valves and gears reflect a land of production and action. Some of his pieces give vibrancy to the life of production, while others portraying abandoned factories are haunting and still. FMI, visit Shaw Jewelry online or call 207-276-5000.

Above: Ronald Hayes Pearson

Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle will host a opening reception of a special exhibition featuring the work of the Gallery’s namesake, Ronald Hayes Pearson, on Thursday August 12 from 5 to 7 pm.

Not only will Ron’s work be on display (much of which has never been seen here on Deer Isle), but also that of his father, Ralph M. Pearson, and of many of the artists who have been associated with the Pearson Design Studio including J. Fred Woell, Peter and Janet Prip and their father, John Prip, Peter Ross, Richard Buxton, Douglas E. Wilson, Farrell Ruppert, Susan Chase, Sara Christy, Eleanor Salazar, James Walsh, Steve LeBlanc, Robin Martin Cust, and more. Many of these artists and relatives will be there to share studio stories (and/or gossip). Both collection pieces and collectible pieces will be displayed.

Ronald Pearson moved to Deer Isle from Rochester, NY in 1971 and established his studio, blacksmithing forge and showroom shortly thereafter. Having begun working in metal in 1948, becoming one of the founders of the contemporary metals movement in the United States, his national reputation was well established when he moved here and his work was already seen in museums and galleries nationwide. Over the years, Ron, while continuing to design and produce his incredible work, taught hundreds of people in workshops and classes around the country (including, of course, his “special” place – Haystack) and also trained many metalsmiths/ apprentices in his studio. This show is about the man and his legacy. FMI, visit the website for Ronald Hayes Pearson, or call 207-348-2535.

Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor will exhibit Chris Huntington: September Days, Corea through September 6 with an artist’s reception August 14 from 4 to 7 pm. Says the artist: “When I returned to Corea with my paints after a mere 40 years, I wondered whether I might be able to take a fresh look at coastal subject matter and make something of it that wasn’t a cliché.” FMI, visit Littlefield Gallery online or call 207-963-6005.

The Portland Museum of Art will celebrate the unveiling of a new postage stamp featuring the Winslow Homer painting Boys in a Pasture on Thursday August 12 from 10 am to 2 pm. In celebration of Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place and in collaboration with the United States Postal Service, the Museum will unveil the new stamp of the Winslow Homer painting Boys in a Pasture (1874) on its first day of issue. Representatives from the Portland Post Office will be here to postmark your stamp with a special pictorial postmark designed specifically for this event. Winslow Homer’s Boys in a Pasture (1874) is the ninth stamp issued in the American Treasures series. Admission is free. Music courtesy of the Stretta String Duet. FMI, visit the Portland Museum’s website or call 207-775-6148.

Joanne Williams, “Silent & Fragrant,” at Harbor Square Gallery

Harbor Square Gallery at 374 Main Street in Rockland is exhibiting Ancient Echoes, featuring the paintings of Joanne Williams and sculpture of Tacha Vosburgh, through September.

Tacha Vosburgh is a highly regarded ceramic sculptor who has maintained studios in Brazil, Florida, Maine and Arizona, and exhibited in over 150 galleries throughout this country and Europe. The figures which comprise the majority of her new collection exude a universality, a common humanity that seems to stand with equal equanimity in this world and in another less commonly traveled, a world of myth, magic and memory. The scale of the works in this new collection varies from the very intimate to the more monumental. Inspired by her life in the Arizona desert, Vosburgh has chosen to involve the iguana in some of her most current work. Her pet, Isabella, earns her keep as both muse and model in the Portland studio, moving, as she does, almost not at all for hours at a time.

Ancient Echoes also presents a completely new collection of paintings by Joanne Williams. These unique works are created on wood panels that are textured with a variety of materials, including Venetian plaster, and glazed with layers of paint and metallic powders. Gold leaf is applied and sometimes over painted and then reapplied, all of which lends the work a remarkable depth and luminosity. Williams seems to have evolved a universal language of form, figure and symbol. The paintings seem like portals into a distant yet somehow familiar world, vestiges, relics, archetypal remembrances.

Harbor Square at Winter Street in Rockland will be hosting the last paintings of Imero Gobbato. This exhibit has been extended for the month of August in response to Imero’s death at 86 on the 6th of July after having been represented by Harbor Square since 1983. All are invited to attend receptions at both Rockland locations on Friday evening. FMI, visit Harbor Square Gallery online or call 207-594-8700.

Ken Knowles, “Last Light, Plum Cove,” at Blue Hill Bay Gallery

Blue Hill Bay Gallery will present Autumn in New England with a gallery reception Saturday October 10 from 4 to 6 pm. The show will run from August 15 through October 25. FMI, visit Blue Hill Bay Gallery online or call 207-374-5773.

Russell D’Alessio Gallery in Rockland will celebrate Russ’s 60th birthday on Sundary August 15 from 4 to 7 pm at the gallery. Also opening the evening of August 15 is Save the Birds – Gulf to Gulf Show featuring four Bar Harbor artists. A few weeks ago four artists from Bar Harbor formed a group called the Bar Harbor Artists Consortium. Their primary goals are to connect and grow as artists and to choose a cause to help. The easy choice was to help clean the birds in the Gulf of Mexico as none could imagine if this oil spill has happened here on Mt. Desert Island and in Bar Harbor, Maine. You can buy a For the Birds poster online, and all of the proceeds will go to help birds affected by the spill. FMI, visit Russel D’Alessio’s website or call 207-351-5450.

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit continues the Art and Artist Video Series with a showing of Art City – Simplicity, Wednesday August 18 at 7:30 pm. This film looks into the future of art, interviewing young artists from around the country. FMI, visit Barn Gallery online or call 207-646-7055.

Art House Picture Frames of Portland is exhibiting Brita Holmquist – A Moveable Feast through September 30, featuring interchangeable art blocks that can be positioned to create nearly infinite compositions. FMI, visit Art House Picture Frames online, or call 207-221-3443.

Mars Hall Gallery Fine Art will exhibit Northern Light from August 18 through October 11 with a reception Friday August 20 from 6 to 8 pm. Also in the New Wing: The Drawing Group-DuBack & Company, Charles DuBack & Company. FMI, visit Mars Hall Gallery Fine Art online, or call 207-372-9996.

Caption: Dennis Pinette, “Highway Sand,” at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland

Below: Ken Greenleaf, “Trajectory”

Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland will display the work of Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Ken Greenleaf of Waldoboro, and Antonia Munroe of Camden from August 18 through September 18. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 18 from 6 to 8 pm.

Pinette’s new landscapes are in oil on gessoed rag paper mounted on canvas, oil on panel, and oil on canvas.

About this work the artist explains, “the paintings are about random observations of common forms that provoke thoughts of common beauty: piles of sand, excavations, dirt/rust, lightening, weeds, hot July air, turbulent water. My compositions are very simple, never complicated, like simple musical chords. I’m attracted to vacant places, which are sometimes in the “real” world where I paint from life, and sometimes in my studio where I paint from certain poetic logic, a longing to make my instincts clear. I am a realist painter working within a tradition best defined as American Romantic, a view that seems to reinvent itself with each new generation.”

In Trajectory: New Work, Ken Greenleaf will exhibit a number of canvases in acrylic on raw canvas on shaped supports. The artist says of his work: “While it has always been embedded in philosophical and theoretical framework, my method has been intuitive and based in a sensory reaction to shapes and materials. My intention is simply to make the best work I can, with the most economy of means. I seek an art without narrative, rhetoric, or illusion. Art is, by its nature, an abstraction, and I wish to go directly to its nature. This is his first solo exhibit with the Caldbeck.

In an exhibit of new work, called Miniatures, Munroe gives us a window through which we see a modern world of abstracted shapes, stitched together with the traditions of ancient architectural forms and gardens, the source of her inspiration in this body of work. She explores her love for the pieces of hand printed textiles, gathered over the years, which always appear in her art. In her 2008 Caldbeck exhibit, these materials took center stage in paintings about triangle shaped quilting pieces, discovered tied in a small bundle on a lawn sale table. This time, random shapes were cut from treasured silks and painted with gouache and layered through collage, then painstakingly finished with embroidery thread. Measuring 6 ½ x 6½ inches, each piece is made on raw Italian table linen, yet another treasure from of the artist’s collection. This is her 6th solo exhibit with the Caldbeck. FMI, visit Caldbeck Gallery online, or call 207-594-5935.

The Bar Harbor Fine Arts Festival will take place at the Bar Harbor Inn from August 20 through August 22. The festival features some of the best national and international artists—as well as some great Maine talent on exhibit. This unique show in the beautiful heart of Bar Harbor’s waterfront begins with a Friday afternoon artists preview during which the artists will be available for “up close and personal” meetings—giving customers a chance to get an advanced look at the weekend’s offerings. All work is original and created by the hands of the artists, and many different media will be offered for viewing and for sale. Check out the show on Friday (6-8 pm), Saturday (10-8) or Sunday (10-5). FMI, visit Mark Fink’s webpage of information, or call (423) 266-1300.

Porcelain bowl by Ingrid Bathe at the Stable Gallery

Water Street Artists at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta will host their fourth reception of the season, Practical Imagination, from August 20 through September 16, with a reception on Friday August 20 from 5 to 7 pm. The show will feature members Penelope Moodey, Rosalind Welsh, Priscilla McCandless, Rosalind Welsh and Stephen Vowles, as well as Irene Plummer, Pamela Hansen, Stephen Mott, Judy Tripp, Obadiah Buell, Ingrid Bathe, Ann Thompson and Tandem Glass.
FMI, visit The Stable Gallery online or call 207-563-1991.

John Whalley, “Homecoming,” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries will exhibit John Whalley through August 28, with an Artist’s Talk August 21 at 1:30 pm. The side gallery featured artist is Mike Stiler. FMI, visit Greenhut Galleries online or call 888-772-2693.

Francis Hamabe, “Zen Carneval.”

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is seeking artwork by painter, printmaker and ceramicist Francis Hamabe (1917-2002) for a book to be published next spring. The book’s author, noted art writer Carl Little, will be working with Karin Wilkes, a well-known graphic designer and director of the Courthouse Gallery, to produce the monograph.

Hamabe, who lived in the Blue Hill area for much of his life, was acclaimed for his signature renderings of the Maine coast, including a series of stunning posters of downeast towns. He also painted in oils and watercolor, and was an accomplished ceramicist. His work ended up in many private collections throughout the area.

The Courthouse Gallery is reaching out to local collectors who would like to have their Hamabe artwork considered for reproduction in the book. Collectors are encouraged to get in touch with the gallery at their earliest convenience by calling 667-6611 or via email at
For more information, visit the Courthouse Gallery online.

Ongoing Exhibits

allen david Gallery in Boothbay Harbor will exhibit the Second Annual Plein Air Painters of Maine Show through August 11 FMI, visit allen david Gallery online
or call 207-633-0003.

Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland will exhibit the work of David Dewey, Jeff Epstein and Tim Van Campen through August 14. FMI, visit Caldbeck Gallery online, or call 207-594-5935.

The Redfield Gallery of Northeast Harbor and Sunne Savage Gallery is pleased to exhibit Maine Modern and Realist, on display through August 17. FMI, call 207-276-3609 or email

Galerie Dufour in Belfast presents a new photography exhibition entitled Field of Dreams, on exhibit through August 26. The exhibition features color as well as black and white photography by award-winning local artist, Charles Laurier Dufour. FMI, visit Dufour’s website or call (207) 338-6448.

Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor will feature a show titled Three Colorists, continuing through September 7. Three Colorists brings together Andrea Peters, Henry Isaacs, and Tom Curry, three Maine painters who use color to its fullest. FMI and to view the entire show online, visit Gleason Fine Art online or call 207-633-6849.

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockport is featuring photographer Jon Kolkin, in solo show Equilibrium: Finding the Balance. Kolkin’s work is intended to inspire others to challenge their own perceptions of “truth” about their surroundings – to look beyond their experiential understanding of reality.

Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland is featuring continuation of their Rhapsody in Hue music exhibition and an on-going group exhibition. New work by Ukranian artist Alexey Slusar will be featured as a part of Carver Hill Gallery’s music theme. Cig Harvery, Dennis Arbour and Stephen Gleasner are also featured. FMI, visit Carver Hill Gallery online, or call 207-236-0745.

Landing Gallery in Rockland is exhibiting Painterly Perspectives, new paintings by Irma Cerese. This exhibit includes 52 recent landscape paintings which border on the abstract. FMI, call 207-594-4544.

The Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset presents their Annual Juried Exhibit, on display now through August 21. This body of work is reflective of the passion and talent of the collective membership of the Maine Art Gallery. FMI please visit Maine Art Gallery online or call 207-882-7511.

Turtle Gallery is displaying their third show of the season through August 21, with a gallery talk with the artists Sunday August 8 at 4 pm. The show features Karl Schrag, lithographs; Mary Aro, portraits; Galen Davis, pastels; Barbara Putnam, prints; Timus Akhriev, oils; and Robin Cust, jewelry. FMI, visit Turtle Gallery online or call 207-348-9977.

Barn Gallery presents Late Summer Exhibitions through September 11, with a reception August 21 from 5 to 8 pm. The Gallery will feature Ogunquit Arts Association Showcases including Jeffrey Briggs: Sculpture; Deloris White: Printmaking; and invited New England sculptors. FMI, visit Barn Gallery online or call 207-646-7055.

Lois Griffel to Teach at the Acadia Workshop Center

Lois Griffel, former Director of the Cape Cod School of Art, is scheduled to teach Painting the Impressionist Landscape workshop Oct. 4 – 8, 2010, at the Acadia Workshop Center. The Center, located in Bernard on Mount Desert Island, ME, offers 5 day painting workshops with internationally known instructors, in all media, from June through early fall.

The Cape Cod School of Art was established in 1899 by Charles Hawthorne and was the first American school dedicated solely to the ideals of impressionist painting. When Hawthorne passed away, Henry Hensche, his dedicated student, took over as Director.

Lois Griffel moved to Provincetown in 1975 and became a student and close friend of Henry Hensche. In 1986 she became the Director when Henry retired. Lois credits Hensche as the greatest influence on her painting, which now combines her classical background with the color of the Impressionists.

Ms. Griffel is the author of two books on Impressionist painting and 3 instructional videos. For more info: 207-460-4119 or visit the Acadia Workshop Center online for details and the complete schedule of workshops.

Artists Honored at WLBZ 2 Sidewalk Art Festival!

Gallery Guide advertisers Robert Moran and Jan Kilburn won top honors at the 21st WLBZ Sidewalk Art Festival in Bangor this past weekend. Robert won “Best in Show Photography” and a prize of $500. Last year Robert, who has a Portland Studio, won second in show. Jan Kilburn of Damariscotta was awarded the “Festival Purchase Prize” which includes a $700 cash award and one of her paintings was selected to be hung in WLBZ’s Bangor TV Station. Café des Artistes congratulates both!