Openings + Shows: Sweet Harvest

If you shop farmer’s markets, have a garden or community supported agriculture share, or even just remember what it’s like to get your food right from the earth as the seasons change, you know that August brings the sweetest part of the harvest. Apples, tomatoes and blackberries are great Maine treats from the garden and fields. August’s warm, shortening days also bring an awareness of the temporal nature of the season, making the late season offerings the sweetest of all.

As we approach late August, we are also greeted with an array of art openings, each sweeter because in the not-distant future the season will wind down. If you have been noticing all the great shows you would like to see but haven’t been motivating yourself to go out and see them, now is the time to change that. Take a Friday night drive, enjoy the late summer air, and see some wonderful art openings.

Til next time,


Richard Roflow, “Autum Splendor”

Paintings from Blue Hill Bay Gallery dress up Obamas’ suite

The President of Ocean Properties, Ltd., Michael Walsh, recently visited the Blue Hill Bay Gallery on a quest to spruce up the suite reserved for President Obama and his family for their recent visit to the Bar Harbor Regency. After inspecting dozens of Maine landscapes, Michael
selected a large oil by Donald Allen Mosher of Pumpkin Island, and two large watercolors by Richard Roflow of Deer Isle scenes. Both painters have been painting the Maine coast for over 45 years and have received hundreds of awards over their long and successful careers.

A descendant of ship builders from Nova Scotia and farmers from Maine, Don is naturally drawn to the power of the sea and the tranquility of the New England Countryside. Richard loves to paint the intimate details of the landscape that he encounters on short walks from his home and studio on Deer Isle, as well as the iconic images of Acadia National Park. Their work will hang in the Presidential suite of the Bar Harbor Regency for years to come. Blue Hill Bay Gallery is located at 11 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill, 1-207-374-5773.

Blue Hill Bay Gallery owner and director Peter LaFreniere is a professional nature photographer, amateur sailor and professor of psychology at University of Maine in Orono.

Listen to the 8/14 Cafe des Artistes radio show (5 min.) and interview with Peter LaFreniere

Openings + Shows

Water Street Artists at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta will host their fourth reception of the season, Practical Imagination, from August 20 through September 15, with a reception on Friday August 20 from 5 to 7 pm. There will be food, drink, and live music by Dave Mello. Meet the artists and enjoy great art and conversation. FMI, visit the Stable Gallery online or call 207-563-1991.

Jeanne Dawson, “Clyde and Myrtle,” at High Street Studio & Gallery

High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast will welcome the work of Jeanne Dawson from August 20 through September 15, with an opening reception Friday August 20 from 5 to 8 pm. FMI, visit High Street Studio & Gallery online, or call 207-338-8990.

allen david Gallery in Boothbay Harbor will host the Pastel Painters of Maine’s eleventh Annual Summer Show on August 18 through August 25, with an artist’s reception August 21 from 4 to 7 pm featuring jazz piano by Fran Vigneau. FMI, visit allen david Gallery online or call 207-633-0003.

Janis Sanders, “Bay,” at Camden Falls Gallery

Camden Falls Gallery will exhibit Maine Cottage and Architecture featuring the work of Janis Sanders, with an opening reception Saturday August 21 from 5 to 8 pm. These new paintings continue to explore the endless beauty that is Maine. Janis distills the essence of actual specific Maine places, through the visual poetry of oil paint. Roaming the coast, Janis finds evocative, compelling scenes in nooks and crannies all along the shoreline. Long dark shadows powerfully contrast in his newer work with brightly lit barns and boats– while cliffs contrast with sky and sea– the quintessence of Maine is captured in resplendent colors. Camden Falls Gallery is now in their new location between the Public Landing and Bay View Landing! FMI, visit Camden Falls Gallery online, or call (207) 470-7027.

Valerie McCaffrey, concrete garden guardian

YIKES! Studio, featuring the beautiful polymer jewelrywork of Suzanne Anderson, and Ballard Street Studio featuring fabulous carved planters by Valerie McCaffrey will be part of the Audubon Craft Show at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22. This high end, strictly juried art show has an atmosphere of cooperation and fun for both the artisans and the customers. 100% handmade by local artisans – come by, meet them and see what you can not buy at the big box store. Join the sixty artisans for a beautiful day of shopping and enjoyment of the Audubon farm and sanctuary at 20 Gilsland Farm Road. For more information, visit the Audubon Show website, or call 207-807-4300.

Jeffery Becton, “Painted Chair,” at Turtle Gallery

The Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will show Nina Jerome: summer studies; Sandy Wadlington: drawings, paintings and prints; and Jeffery Becton: digital montage from August 22 through October 16, with an opening reception Sunday August 22 at 2 pm. There will also be a gallery talk with the artists on Sunday August 29 at 4 pm.

Jerome and Wadlington both create expressive landscapes, coastal and forested, often with the dramatic, expressive skies and mists that characterize Maine’s vistas. Becton provides an interesting complement to these landscapes: his indoor scenes, composed with the help of a computer, seem to bring an outdoor ambiance and sense of vast atmosphere to indoor spaces. Says Becton: “The computer technology I employ both fosters and gives form to visual ambiguities, blurring the boundaries of mixed media and creating altered realities where landscapes and interiors merge in images assembled from a vocabulary of symbols both personal and archetypal.” FMI, visit Turtle Gallery online or call 207-348-9977.

The Maine Crafts Guild show is scheduled for August 27 through August 29 at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center in Bar Harbor. Browse and shop the finest in Maine craftsmanship in the beautiful indoor spaces and on the gorgeous lawn, where 60 artisans, representing excellence in Maine craft, will display their work. A wonderful opportunity to meet the people who make the work that will bring pleasure to many generations . The show is open on August 27 from 5 to 9 pm, August 28 from 10 am to 5 pm, and August 29 from 10 am to 4 pm. FMI, visit the Maine Crafts Guild online or email the Show Coordinator at

At Galerie Dufour in Belfast, A Room with a View: 7th Anniversary Celebration features fine art nudes indoors by Charles Laurier Dufour. The show will be on display August 27 through September 9. FMI, call (207) 338-6448 or email

Autumn Cipala

CRAFT gallery in Rockland will show the work of four major Maine women ceramicists in Clay by Women: 4 from Maine. Autumn Cipala, Jody Johnstone, Gail Savitz and Diana Thomas offer a range of style and technique that shows a sensitivity to form, line and proportion without complication.

Autumn Cipala‘s interest lies in making functional ceramics with historical connections using porcelain clay and delicate transparent glazes that do not hide the perfection in her forms. Her work is an expression of serenity, presence and contemplation, which she herself feels in the process of creating.

Jody Johnstone apprenticed in Japan where potters at the time were traditionally men whom she emulated during her training with master teacher Isezaki Sensai. She learned how to build the Anagama tunnel kiln that she uses at her studio in Swanville. Recently her work has broken away from the earlier exposure to a male dominated art form in Japan to her curvy and soft forms that are truer to her own nature.

Gail Savitz makes functional and one of a kind pieces in stoneware, porcelain and terracotta in her waterfront studio in Belfast. She studied with Peter Voulkas in Calfornia during a time when pottery making there was also dominated by men, influencing her early style and technique. She, too, finally gave way to her own interests in surface pattern, decoration and whimsy. Frogs, turtles, lizards and rabbits are among the menagerie that stand on their own or trim teapots, candlesticks and bowls, their humanlike expressions irresistible and endearing. When asked why she makes pottery she answers: “ It’s who I am and what I do.”

Diana Thomas works as a full time ceramic artist in her Bog Pond studio and gallery in Phillips. Her forms are simple cylinders, spheres, rectangles, squares and ovals. Bold and architectural in nature, they are softened and enhanced by beautiful colored glazes. The combination of flame and salt brings the crackling and flashing slips to life after being wood fired in her Norigama kiln and provides contrast to the smooth glazes that Thomas loves to experiment with. The results are voluptuous statements with close attention to form, line and proportion. FMI call 207-594-0167 or visit CRAFT gallery online.

Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland is delighted to open the gallery on the evening of August 18 for a celebration of their three new solo exhibitions, featuring Dennis Pinette, Ken Greenleaf, and Antonia Munroe. Meet the artists and see their work on Wednesday August 18 from 6 to 8 pm. Find out more about this exciting show in Cafe des Artistes Openings + Shows: Touches of Fall Color, August 10.

Ongoing Exhibits

Through September 11, Barn Gallery in Ogunquit will feature its Late Summer Exhibitions. For further information about 2010 exhibits, workshops and special events pick up a brochure at the Gallery, 207-646-8400 or go to

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. FMI, visit Leighton Gallery online or call 207-374-5001.

Shaw Gallery in Northeast Harbor is exhibiting Nature Vs. Industry through August 19, featuring Dennis Pinette, Robert Solotaire, and Paul Rickert. FMI, visit Shaw Jewelry online or call 207-276-5000.

Pearson Legacy Gallery in Deer Isle is featuring a special exhibition of the work of the Gallery’s namesake, Ronald Hayes Pearson. 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. FMI, visit Littlefield Gallery online or call 207-963-6005.

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. FMI, visit Harbor Square Gallery online or call 207-594-8700.

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 is exhibiting Save the Birds – Gulf to Gulf Show featuring four Bar Harbor artists. You can buy a For the Birds poster online, and all of the proceeds will go to help birds affected by the oil 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 and The Drawing Group-DuBack & Company from August 18 through October 11 with a reception Friday August 20 from 6 to 8 pm. Also in the New Wing:, Charles DuBack & Company. FMI, visit Mars Hall Gallery Fine Art online, or call 207-372-9996.

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. 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. 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.

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. FMI, visit The Stable Gallery online or call 207-563-1991.

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.

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.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art is seeking artwork by painter, printmaker and ceramicist Francis Hamabe (1917-2002) for a book to be published next spring. Collectors are encouraged to get in touch with the gallery at their earliest convenience by calling 667-6611 or via email at

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, 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.