Openings + Shows: First Fridays

Robert Shetterly, “A Short History of Warnings” acrylic on panel, 24”x24”, 2010 at Aarhus Gallery

Robert Shetterly, guest artist at Aarhus Gallery in Belfast

The public is most warmly invited to an Opening Reception for Robert Shetterly, Friday Sept. 3, 5-8pm. The show will run through September 26. Aarhus Gallery

The work that Aarhus Gallery will be highlighting for this show is Robert’s more personal work.

“These paintings come from two very distinct periods in my life,” says Robert, “From when I believed my obligation as an artist was to be as honestly ambiguous as I could be about the baffling mysteries of life, to revel in the blindalley narratives that must be solved by each person imaginatively & idiosyncratically.

“And many of them come from a more recent time when I have been dedicated to doing didactic work because the earth is in such a precarious situation, because governments have failed to care for nature and people have failed to require that of their governments. These recent paintings are not didactic but they do reflect that mood. What’s curious to me is how similar they are to the earlier paintings. Art allows itself to be used for teaching as well as exploring. One can go back & forth and remain the same. We paint not to express ourselves but to find out what it is we want to express.”

Robert Shetterly was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946 and although he graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature, the drawing courses he had taken at the time changed the direction of his creative life from written word to image. Moving to Maine in 1970, Robert began a career as an illustrator, drawing for the Maine Times newspaper, Audubon Adventures children’s newspaper and on to illustrating over thirty books as well as having shown work in art galleries around Maine and elsewhere. His prints and paintings are housed in collections across the U.S. and Europe.

It may be true however, that Robert Shetterly is most widely known for his evocative series of painted portraits called Americans Who Tell the Truth, which has toured the country for over seven years and is scheduled for the next two. In 2006 a book of the portraits by the same name won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction. Since 1990, Robert has been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and producer of the UMVA’s Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists.

The works of Åarhusians, Ingrid Ellison, Annadeene Fowler, Kevin Johnson, Mark Kelly, Richard Mann, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick and Willy Reddick will also be on display. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit or call 338-0001.

Listen to the 8/28 Cafe des Artistes radio show (5 min.) and interview with Aarhus Gallery artist Mark Kelly

Openings + Shows

Jon Imber, “Still Life with Guitar,” 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. FMI, call 1.888.772.2693 or visit the Greenhut Galleries website.

Belfast Art Galleries will participate in the First Friday art walks and receptionsBelfast Art Galleries

Ocean Point Studio in East Boothbay will exhibit Visions of Maine, featuring the paintings and pottery of Corinne and Fred McIntyre. A First Friday reception for the September exhibit will be held on September 3, from 4 to 7 pm. FMI, call (207) 633-3990 or visit Ocean Point Studio online.

in Belfast on September 3. FMI on the Belfast art walks, visit on“Geometry,” by Margo Ogden, at Harlow Gallery

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell will host One of a Kind: A Exhibition of Unique Prints, September 2 through 26 with an opening reception Thursday September 2 from 5 to 8 pm.

The exhibition features the work of six Maine artists from varied backgrounds: Claudia Brahms of Hallowell, Robin Brooks of Topsham, Corliss Chastain of Portland, Christine J. Higgins of Readfield, Margo Ogden of Hallowell, and Kris Sader of Orono.

The public is invited to meet the artists at the show’s opening on Thursday, September 2nd, from 5-8 pm. This event is free and open to all; refreshments will be served. There will be a gathering of the artists for an ArtTalk on Thursday, September 16 at 7 pm where the public can hear the artists discuss their work and the monotype printing process. FMI, call (207) 622-3813 or visit Harlow Gallery online.

Landing Gallery in Rockland will host New England Gathering, a group exhibit of New England artists, September 3 through 28, with an opening reception Friday September 3 from 5 to 8 pm. FMI call (207) 594-4544.

Joy to the Wind Studio, Gallery and Custom Picture Framing in Boothbay Harbor will exhibit new work exhibited by Lynne and John M.T. Seitzer during the First Friday Art Tour, September 3 from 7 to 9 pm. FMI, call (207) 633-7025 or visit Joy to the Wind studio online.

Heidi Daub, “Helios Rising”

The work of Heidi Daub is featured in Downeast Sails Uptown, an international exhibit in various venues around the city of Bangor, on display until October 2. For more information contact or call 207-947-0077.

Opening night reception for “Painterly Perspectives”, new paintings by Irma Cerese at Landing Gallery in Rockland. Pictured left to right, Nan Mulford (former owner of the Nan Mulford Gallery), Irma Cerese (artist) and Roz Welsh (artist).

Landing Gallery in Rockland will join Caldbeck and CRAFT galleries in celebrating the beginning of the fall art season during the Arts in Rockland First Friday Art Walk this September 3. The live music of ‘Blind Albert’ will be featured in the Landing Gallery Courtyard garden. On display will be Painterly Perspectives, paintings by Irma Cerese, which has been extended until September 26. FMI, call 207 594-4544.

Boothbay Region Art Foundation will host their monthly First Friday Arts Tour, September 3, day and evening.

Connie Hayes, “Liburnum, Vinalhaven,” at Dowling Walsh Gallery
Below: “Carefully Done, Rockport.”

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland presents Connie Hayes, with a reception Friday September 3 from 5 to 8 pm. Additionally, Connie will give a presentation titled “Up Close” at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine on September 18th, 2010 at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

“In all respects, Connie Hayes is a fearless, intuitive painter. Her highly colorful, strongly stroked canvases look like the result of an orderly process of sketches, underdrawing and application of paint. In reality, although she sometimes uses such aids before she approaches the easel in her capacious studio, most of the time she starts work on a blank canvas, wielding a 3 to 4-inch wide brush to get going. Then, as she says, she “dives in,” composing the rest of the picture, much of which she may have thought out in her head, balancing images and colors to achieve a satisfactorily aesthetic final result. On some occasions, she says, “the paint speaks to me and I go off in unexpected directions. I like surprises.”

This is an extremely intense exercise; Hayes says she gets into a “zone” until the work is finished or set aside for future amendments. Her subjects range from boats and water to communities viewed from ships or roads, to backyards, house interiors and floral still lifes. “I like not being pigeon-holed,” Hayes says.Her brightly hued colors, which often have nothing to do with the actual look of the original building or boat, are chosen with deliberation, depending on what role she wants the painted object to play in the overall composition. Her radiant blues, blazing reds, and sunny yellows make ordinary scenes come alive and help draw viewers into the painting. Often of late she has utilized more muted colors to achieve the results she seeks” (Stephen May). FMI, visit Dowling Walsh Gallery online or call 207-596-0084.

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle will exhibit a show of gallery artists in all media, September 5 through October 16, with an opening reception Sunday, September 5 at 2 pm, and a Gallery Talk with the artists Sunday, September 12 at 4 pm. FMI, call 207-348-9977 or visit Turtle Gallery online.

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit will present Poets in Person (Capriccio) on September 6 at 7:30 pm. Local poets and musicians perform at the Barn’s popular cabaret entertainment. FMI, visit Barn Gallery online or call 207-646-8400.

Ogunquit Performing Arts opens its 2010-11 Classic Film Series on Wednesday, September 8 at the Dunaway Center in Ogunquit at 7 pm as part of the Capriccio Festival with the inventively avant-garde The Tales of Hoffmann. This 1951 production starring the spectacular ballerina Moira Shearer is a dazzling visual and sonic tour de force derived from French composer Jacques Offenbach’s final and unfinished opera of the same name gloriously performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. Admission is free. FMI, visit Barn Gallery online or call 207-646-8400.

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit hosts artist talks and panel discussions on Thursday nights in September. On Thursday, September 9, 7:30 pm, come to Barn Gallery for In the Garden, where OAA artists will share their joy of painting gardens indoors and out. FMI, visit Barn Gallery online or call 207-646-8400.

Consuelo Eames Hanks, “Wish You Were Here!” at Maine Art Gallery

Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset presents Postcards from Maine, on display on the Gallery’s second floor until September 25. Postcards are little, right? Well, this is a not-so-little art exhibit that is big in numbers – fifty Maine artists participating– and big in quality at the same time.

No, they aren’t all postcard size, but these images could be postcards because they’re representative of all that is quintessentially Maine: Barbara Vanderbilt’s pastel “Ice Jam on the Kennebeck” is the glittering colors of Maine’s “ice out,” and Consuelo Eames Hanks sails in perfect July weather in her watercolor “Wish You Were Here!” Gaby Kleykamp’s acrylic of an autumn marsh is a blaze of color, as is Kevin Mizner’s oil, “Season’s End,” depicting the end of lobstering season. Letty Husson’s misty pastel “Monhegan Headland” will leave you feeling the fog on your skin. Even if you think you’re tired of lighthouses you will want to see the fabulous pastel by Jan Roberson – a tour de force of atmosphere and reflected light. FMI, visit Maine Art Gallery online, or call 207-882-7511.

Jon Kolkin, “Dreamscape,” at Carver Hill Gallery

Due to the popular demand of Jon Kolkin’s photography, Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland has added images from Jon’s surreal Dreamscape Series to their show. These are “stacked” images, all made by the artist, that marry to create places that exist in Jon’s dreams. Wildly imaginative and compelling, they create a sense of peace for the viewer.

Carver Hill will also be moving some of the Equilibrium Series to Rockland for the Labor Day First Friday. These are incredible time exposures where the artist “paints” with movement. The show will continue in Rockport, as well, along with some stunning new works in watercolor by Dianne Schelble. Photographer Lynn Karlin’s Pedestal Series of “garden produce brought to a higher level” will also be on display in both locations and at the The Edge Restaurant in Lincolnville. There will be an opening reception for her on Saturday, 11 September at The Edge.

Ongoing Exhibits

Mars Hall Gallery Fine Art, Antiques is currently showing two shows, Northern Lights and The Drawing Group. The show runs through October 11. FMI, call (207) 372-9996 or visit

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.

A Room With A View, featuring fine art nudes indoors is on display at Galerie Dufour in Belfast. FMI, call 207-338–6448 or email
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, through September 17. FMI, visit Stadler Gallery online.

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 is exhibiting Abstract Expressionism: Stephen Pace, Harold Garde and George Wardlaw, Emily Muir Estate: Emily Paints the West Indies, and William Moise: A Retrospective. 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, through October 3. FMI, visit George Marshall Store Gallery online or call 207-351-1083.

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.

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.

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.

Digital Photography Workshops Offered at UMMA

The University of Maine Museum of Art will offer a Digital Photography Workshop September 8 and 15 from 6-9 pm. Instructor Gina Platt will take you “From Camera to Computer to Printer in Two Easy Sessions!” This workshop is for the novice and the intermediate digital photographer. In two easy sessions, you will learn how to use, or better utilize, your digital camera. The class will also cover how to optimize image quality on your computer, save your pictures and print any size.

The first session will focus on composition and depth of field as well as camera menus and tools. The second class will focus on the computer, photo imaging software and printing. Instruction is tailored to your specific camera make and model so please provide this information when registering. This class fills up quickly, so sign up early! The workshop is $100 for non-members and $90 for members or UMaine students with ID and will be held in the UMMA classroom at 40 Harlow Street, Bangor. To register for this workshop, call 207-561-3350 or stop by the museum.