Openings + Shows: DuBack and Company

Charles S. DuBack, painting and foreground sculpture of the artists drawing the nude plein air

“The Drawing Group”, DuBack & COMPANY showing at Mars Hall Gallery Fine Art in Tenants Harbor

Mars Hall Gallery Fine Art, Antiques is surrounded by some of the best art and prettiest coastal scenery to be found. Gallery owner and director Dona Bergen is currently showing two shows through October, Northern Lights and The Drawing Group. “The Drawing Group” is subtitled “DuBack & COMPANY” due to the influence of the originator of the group, Charles S. DuBack. Some of the group have been meeting for over 30 summers to draw the nude figure in the outdoor environment. The venue has changed over the years and members have come and gone, but the core group remains constant. The show is the brainchild of Charles S. DuBack and features sculptures, drawings and paintings by DuBack and the other members. The gallery is set up to represent a garden with sculptures by DuBack of the group members drawing the nude plein air. The other artists participating in the show are Lois Anne, Sam Cady, Lois Dodd, Melanie Wissemann Essex, Shelia Geofferian, Phyllis Janto, Cindy McGuirl, Jacque Rochester, Carla Sanders, Lynn Travis, Susan Headley Van Campen, John Wissemann, Nancy Wissemann Widrig, Sheila White and Deborah Winship. The show runs through October 11.

Mars Hall Gallery Fine Art, Antiques is located at 621 Port Clyde Rd. Tenants Harbor, ME, 04860 tel. (207) 372-9996 (local) or visit

Listen to the 8/21 Cafe des Artistes radio show (5 min.) and interview with Dona Bergen

Openings + Shows

Kenny Cole, “Oil,” from the Manifestos portfolio

Kenny Cole has just released nine new gouache drawings from the newly created Manifestos portfolio for viewing and purchase. This new group of drawings base their imagery around socially charged words, such as gold, God and guns. Most of this work was creating during a stay on Monhegan Island this past July and reflects the atmosphere of sky meeting sea through gradient horizon-like stripes. These backgrounds are densely filled with hand drawn text and Cole’s iconic imagery. Cole has exhibited work periodically at the Perimeter Gallery at Chases’ Daily in Belfast, Maine and in the Pierogi Gallery’s Flat Files in Brooklyn, New York. As a self-representing artist, however, his website is the primary place to view and purchase my work. In addition to viewing Cole’s work online at, you can always make an appointment to view work in Cole’s studio in Monroe, Maine. FMI, call 207 322-5243.

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The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit will host the eighth film in the free Art Videos at the Gallery series, The Impressionists: The Other French Revolution, on Wednesday August 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm. And on September 1, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera will be shown at 7:30 pm, thus concluding the Art Videos series.

As the summer Art Videos at the Gallery season nears its end, the film to be shown on Wednesday evening will feature the art of the late 1800s that has become much loved and appreciated by many. But it wasn’t always so. In 1871, the Impressionists organized an exhibition of their own in response to their rejection by the conservative Salon. That same year, they welcomed the opening of the first gallery devoted to their art. Critical response, however, remained withering and the painters would have to wait until the legendary New York show of 1886 before they were finally able to enjoy the rewards of their long labors.

This film visits some of the world’s leading galleries and museums to trace the development of the movement and the artists during these tumultuous year. And in the final hour, authorities such as the painter Chuck Close and the curator of the Frick Collection examine the legacy of the artists and the movement they created. The films are shown on a theater-size screen. Stuart Nudelman and other members of the Ogunquit art community will be on hand to lead discussions about the films and the artists they portray. Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking.

John Knight, Sunset and Moonrise (with Snails and Clam) at Elizabeth Moss Gallery

Elizabeth Moss Galleries in Falmouth will hold a reception for a show by John Knight entitled Tidal Nocturne on August 26 from 5 to 7 pm. John will gladly sign exhibition catalogues. FMI, call 207-781-2620.

Stacey Cramp, “New Day Rising”

Ever had a glass of Cellardoor wine? Stop by The Danforth Inn in Portland on Thursday, August 26, from 6 to 8 pm for the closing reception for VoxPhotographs artists Stacey Cramp and Jim Nickelson, on display through September 30. Three complimentary Cellardoor wines will be featured for you to enjoy while you visit this beautiful Inn in downtown Portland and relax to The Mutineers‘ folk and blues music!

Long-time photographers Stacey Cramp and Jim Nickelson have teamed up for a stunning show of square format landscape photographs. Cramp’s landscapes include many soft black and whites, simple and yet mysterious, depicting dramatic rocks, trees and water. Nickelson employs brilliant color and layers of cloud, water and reflection in his work. The square format lends something more to each artist’s work, and allows these two different takes on landscape to coalesce.

Here’s a chance to see exceptional photographs and meet Stacey and Jim, tour this gorgeous Inn, sample Cellardoor Winery’s prize-winning libations and hear some great music. FMI, call 207-323-1214 or visit VoxPhotographs online.

Charles Laurier Dufour, “He’s Gone,” at Galerie Dufour
Below: Charles Laurier Dufour, “Resolution”

A Room With A View, the new photography exhibition at Galerie Dufour in Belfast, is the showcase for the gallery’s 7th anniversary celebration. The show’s opening reception will be held on Friday evening, August 27, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. during the Belfast Friday Art Walk. Galerie Dufour features photography by award winning Maine artist Charles Laurier Dufour.

While Dufour primarily shoots fine art nudes in natural settings, this exhibition features indoor nudes using only available light. “Shooting indoors without the aid of photographic lights poses special challenges, but I prefer to view it as special opportunities,” explains Dufour. The exhibition coincides with Galerie Dufour’s 7th anniversary (the Galerie was originally named “Indigo Gallery”). The gallery itself is “a room with a view” that is singular on the midcoast, and perhaps in all of Maine. As Dufour has said to visitors, “We’re not simply on the Earth, but rather of the Earth, and my work reflects that perspective. Quite simply, most of my work celebrates the beauty of nature, and the nature of beauty.”

The rooms providing the background in the photographs vary considerably and help create the mood for each particular composition. For some, textured walls sharply contrast the smooth human form. In others, the window light bathing the figure captures your attention. In one photograph, the open sky is the ceiling. Each image stands alone fueling emotion and imagination.

Refreshments and live jazz guitar by Madison Martin will welcome you to the anniversary celebration, along with special prices on much of the artwork for the entire weekend. FMI, call 207-338–6448 or email

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

George Paton, “Japanese Maple,” at the Stadler Gallery

The Stadler Gallery in Kingfield will present the last shows of its summer series with works by Joel LeVasseur of Damariscotta, Maine, and George Paton of Bowdoinham, Maine, from August 28 through September 17, with a reception August 28 from 2 to 4 pm.

Earth: the Ruined Garden is the title LeVasseur gave his show. Being an environmentalist, LeVasseur explores the landscape as he walks through Maine’s state parks and along its beaches collecting consumer waste and discarded industrial debris. The found objects are being used as templates for gelatin printmaking. Through subtle symbolism of the scars across a tortured landscape, he focuses primarily on primordial origins, void, and chaos, all of which he interprets as fragments of a “vanishing” earth. Aside from gelatin monotypes, book arts, paintings and various installations are being exhibited.

Throughout his photographic pursuits George Paton has been primarily attracted to and focused on images that display a strong compositional drive, rather than those where the subject matter is the driving force. Thus, at the core of each piece of work one finds strong visual dynamics which excite the eye and stimulate the view. Many of his images are found in nature which gave this show the title Nature’s Designs. Paton works predominantly with large scale equipment which he feels is necessary to produce the level of image quality he demands.
FMI, call or visit Stadler Gallery online.

Sandy Wadlington, “Trees and Fog,” at Turtle Gallery

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will host a Gallery Talk with Nina Jerome, Sandy Wadlington, and Jeffrey Becton on Sunday August 29 at 4 pm. The artists are participating in Turtle Gallery’s fourth show of the season, which will run through Saturday, October 16. FMI, visit Turtle Gallery’s online calendar, or call 207-348-9977.

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will host an opening reception on Sunday, August 29, from 4 to 6 pm for three new exhibitions, including Abstract Expressionism: Stephen Pace, Harold Garde and George Wardlaw, Emily Muir Estate: Emily Paints the West Indies, and William Moise: A Retrospective. The opening reception is free and open to the public. All three exhibitions highlight artists who grew up during the Depression, chose art as a career, and who lived in Maine year-round, or spent a significant part of their time in the state. The exhibitions will run through September 24. FMI, visit Courthouse Gallery online or call 207-667-6611.

George Marshall Store Gallery in York will display Timothy Harney as well as Lincoln Perry’s paintings, works on paper and sculpture, from August 28 through October 3. FMI, visit George Marshall Store Gallery online or call 207-351-1083.

Jon Imber, “On Bob’s Ledge,” at Greenhut Galleries

Greenhut Galleries in the Old Port in Portland will host a reception for Jon Imber, Thursday September 2 from 5 to 7. A protege of Philip Guston who splits his time between Maine and Boston, Imber’s energetic paintings are in collections from Harvard to the Bowdoin College and Farnsworth Museums in Maine. Since his first show at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in 1978, he has had 47 solo shows in galleries and museums throughout the United States. FMI, call 1.888.772.2693 or visit Greenhut Galleries’ website.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Water Street Artists at the Stable Gallery in Damariscotta will host Practical Imagination through September 15. FMI, visit the Stable Gallery online or call 207-563-1991.

High Street Studio & Gallery in Belfast will welcome the work of Jeanne Dawson through September 15. FMI, visit High Street Studio & Gallery online, or call 207-338-8990.

Camden Falls Gallery
is exhibiting Maine Cottage and Architecture featuring the work of Janis Sanders. FMI, visit Camden Falls Gallery online, or call (207) 470-7027.

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. FMI call 207-594-0167.

Through September 11, Barn Gallery in Ogunquit will feature its Late Summer Exhibitions. FMI, call 207-646-8400 or go to

Leighton Gallery in Blue Hill will host work by Ragna Bruno, Richard Keen, Lynn Wessel, Melita Westerlund and Diane Wiencke through the 16th of September. FMI, visit Leighton Gallery online or call 207-374-5001.

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 through October 25. FMI, visit Blue Hill Bay Gallery online or call 207-374-5773.

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.

Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland will display the work of Dennis Pinette of Belfast, Ken Greenleaf of Waldoboro, and Antonia Munroe of Camden through September 18. FMI, visit Caldbeck Gallery online, or call 207-594-5935.

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.

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.