Emily Schiffer, Barefoot. Cactus (detail), 2005, collection of the artist

Show upon show at the Farnsworth

Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland has not one but nine shows currently being exhibited. Here is a quick tour of those that will continue for the next month and more.

Emily Schiffer—Cheyenne River. The 2010 Arnold Newman Prize Winner Exhibition
August 14, 2010 – January 16, 2011 in the Craig Gallery

The Farnsworth Art Museum presents the first annual Arnold Newman Prize Winner exhibition. The 2010 show will feature the work of Brooklyn-based photographer Emily Schiffer who has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. Schiffer’s project, “Youth on the Cheyenne River Reservation” will be the focus of the exhibition. Judged as a separate category in the Photo District News Photo Annual competition, the Arnold Newman Prize recognizes an individual for his or her innovative approach to photographic portraiture, and awards the individual $15,000 and an exhibition of the work at the Farnsworth. Final judging was conducted by a panel of respected and influential members of the photographic community, including New York gallery owner Howard Greenberg and Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky.

Louise Nevelson, pendant, painted wood and gold metallic overlay

Louise Nevelson
January 23, 2010 – December 31, 2010 in the Morehouse Wing

Louise Nevelson is rightly recognized as one of America’s most important sculptors of the twentieth century and one of the most significant women artists the nation has produced, but few people know that she grew up in the small coastal village of Rockland, Maine. Her initial discovery of art took place at age nine in the Rockland Public Library, where she saw a plaster cast of Joan of Arc, the popular medieval French heroine of whom numerous sculptures were produced in America and Europe around the turn of the twentieth century. Her life as an artist began in earnest after she moved to New York City, and by 1962 her works were collected and shown by major museums throughout the world. Nevelson established her reputation as an innovative sculptor working in aluminum, plastic, Cor-ten steel, and wood, creating wall reliefs, free-standing sculptures, and large wall-sized boxes. The Farnsworth Art Museum mounted its early exhibitions of Nevelson in 1979 and1985. Between 1981 and 1985 Nevelson and other members of her family donated more than eighty paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and pieces of jewelry to the museum, helping to build the Farnsworth’s collection of the artist’s work into the second largest in the world.

Arnold Newman, Self Portrait: Studio, New York City,1987, Arnold Newman/Getty Images

Arnold Newman in the Craig Gallery
March 27, 2010 – January 16, 2011

Arnold Newman (1918-2006) was one of the world’s foremost portrait photographers. His pictures of many prominent subjects, set in intimate surroundings related to their professions and personalities, set a new standard in the field in the post-World War II age of picture magazines. Newman’s association with Maine developed over a decades-long involvement with the Maine Photographic Workshop (now Maine Media Workshops). Among his subjects were some of America’s best-known artists, many of whom themselves had Maine connections: Berenice Abbott, Milton Avery, Red Grooms, Edward Hopper, Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, Kenneth Noland, Italo Scanga, Paul Strand, Joyce Tenneson, Neil Welliver, and Andrew Wyeth. The exhibition will celebrate Arnold Newman’s career, with particular emphasis on his own Maine connections.

Four in Maine: Clockwise from top right: Warren Seelig, Oculus; Aaron T Stephan, 30 Columns; Jesse Salisbury, Anatomy of a Boulder; Kazumi Hoshino, Composition 2

Four in Maine: Site Specific
April 17, 2010 – December 31, 2010 on the Farnsworth Campus

The second in a program of annual exhibitions devoted to the work of artists working in Maine, the 2010 show will focus on sculpture, with each of the artists chosen creating a site specific work. Sites will include those inside and outside the museum. Artists are Kazumi Hoshino, Jesse Salisbury, Warren Seelig, and Aaron T Stephan. The exhibition will be accompanied by an on-line catalogue.

Sheep Rug Wool on burlap, 23 ¼ x 38 ¾ inches, Private Collection, Frost Design

Rug Hooking in Maine and Beyond

For a century hooked rugs have been avidly sought by collectors of folk art, artists and connoisseurs excited by their vibrant patterns, color and originality. Born during the first half of the nineteenth century, the craft of rug hooking spread rapidly throughout the nation from its probable origins in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. The functional rug, made from scraps of fabric and yarn, became a unique expression of its maker as well as a decorative embellishment for the home. Approximately forty splendid examples of hooked rugs that include Waldoboro, Arts and Crafts, cottage industry and other types emerge from the past for a spectacular display in Rug Hooking in Maine and Beyond, organized by guest curator Mildred Cole Péladeau and opening at the Farnsworth Art Museum May 1, 2010.

N.C., Andrew and James Wyeth

The Wyeths’ Wyeths
May 15, 2010 – December 31, in the Farnsworth Wyeth Center

Three generations of Wyeths—N.C., Andrew and Jamie—have together established themselves as one of America’s foremost artist families. For more than a century, their works have graced the walls of museums and galleries, and reproductions of their works have spread their fame and popularity worldwide. As members of a closely knit family, they, along with their siblings, cousins and other family members, have often given pieces of their art to each other. In the process, the Wyeths have assembled a remarkable collection of works by various members of this distinguished artist family. Works range from the most public to the most private: they include major paintings, intimate sketches, Christmas cards, notes and letters.The Wyeth’s Wyeths offers a rare opportunity to see this selection of Wyeth holdings, featuring stellar works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth as well as by Andrew’s sister, Henriette Wyeth Hurd.

Alex Katz, Maple 2 (detail), 2009, oil on linen, 72″ x 144″, ©Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Alex Katz: New Work
June 12, 2010 – October 31, 2010 in the Morehouse Wing—Sam, Micah and Tim Galleries

Every summer since 1954, Alex Katz has lived and painted in the nearby town of Lincolnville. In addition to his signature figure paintings, much of his work has concentrated on the land- and seascape of this midcoast village. In recent years in particular, Katz’s work has included lushly painted, subtly colored large-scale canvases intimately connected to the place he has called home for more than five decades. This exhibition focuses on Katz’s most recent works from his annual Lincolnville sojourn; all of the paintings are from the artist’s own collection.

Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum Street, Rockland, Maine 04841 tel. 207.596.6457

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Openings + Shows

The Stable Gallery in Damariscotta cordially invites the public for an opening reception of Art Harvest 9, held Friday September 17 from 5 to 7 pm. There will be food, drink, and live piano music by Ann Hartzler. Meet the artists and enjoy great art and conversation. The show will run through October 15th. FMI, visit the Stable Gallery online or call 207-563-1991.

Mary Woodman, “The Strand, Rockland,” at Vox Photographs

Vox Photographs will host an opening party to celebrate the work of Mary Woodman in downtown Portland, Friday September 17 from 5 to 7 pm. RSVP only; please e-mail info@voxphotographs.com to RSVP and receive directions, or call 207-323-1214. All are welcome. Positives and Negatives will feature 19 new still-life images in square format.

Mary Woodman is deeply connected to her native state of Maine. She sees its many different faces and captures them via several styles of work.

Her urban images and Negative Space series do not celebrate Maine’s blue sky summers but the Maine its year-round residents see: cloudy days, rain-soaked streets and its iconic architecture and hidden corners. Many of the images are painted by the artist, presenting a weirdly familiar but out-of-sync picture.

Mary’s still life “objets” are often the unexpected: a foil-wrapped pear, a bee hive, a very old and long-forgotten ball of harnessmakers’ twine. These photographs make us stare: their gorgeous singularity demands our attention.

Debuting this month are 19 new still life photographs and a new print size available: along with our usual offering of Mary’s square format images 21×21 ($1000), we will offer a 14×14 print ($650) able to stand on its own or become part of a suite of images grouped together. FMI, visit Vox Photographs or call 207-323-1214.

The Leighton Gallery, at 24 Parker Point Road in Blue Hill, is celebrating 30 YEARS in business and its fourth and last show of the season. Everyone is invited to the Opening Reception: Sunday, September 19, from 5:30-7:30. This show is a unique opportunity to experience and celebrate the work of this summer’s featured artists, and numerous new works, in a dynamic Group Show, displayed on all three levels of the gallery.

In addition to the featured artists, the Gallery will have representative work of over 20 artists in the Sculpture Garden. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10:30-5:00, Sunday 12-5. FMI, call 207-374-5001 or visit Leighton Gallery online for details.

John Haberle, “Night,” at Portland Museum of Art

The Portland Museum of Art in the Portland Arts District will exhibit John Haberle: American Master of Illusion beginning September 18. The exhibit will be on display until December 12.

Combining a masterful technique with sly, witty historical and personal references to American life from 1870 to 1910, today John Haberle (1856–1933) is considered one of the most accomplished American trompe l’oeil (meaning to “fool the eye”) painters. This exhibition will feature approximately 16 paintings and drawings from the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Alluding to the moral and political issues of the time, Haberle’s paintings juxtapose newspaper clippings, tickets, and money with objects such as a pocket watch, playing cards, and rosary beads. The slight but ingenious details make each of Haberle’s paintings exceedingly complex. Haberle spent most of his life in or near his hometown of New Haven, Connecticut, where he worked as an engraver, draftsman, lithographer, and as a custodian and preparator at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. Organized by the New Britain Museum of American Art. FMI, visit the Portland Museum of Art online or call (207) 775-6148.

Conrad Marvin, “Crack Canyon,” at Barn Gallery

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit is currently showing 200 for $200 through October 11. Showcases include Conrad Marvin, photography and Lewis Woodaman, sculpture, as well as invited New England sculptors. A reception will be held Saturday, September 18 from 5 to 8 pm.

Ongoing Exhibits

Aarhus Gallery is displaying the work of Robert Shetterly through September 26. For more information and a slideshow of the current exhibit visit http://www.aarhusgallery.com/ or call 338-0001.

Harlow Gallery in Hallowell will host One of a Kind: A Exhibition of Unique Prints, through September 26 with an opening reception Thursday September 2 from 5 to 8 pm. 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 through September 28. FMI call (207) 594-4544.

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 info@bydesignartgallery.com or call 207-947-0077.

Landing Gallery in Rockland is exhibiting Painterly Perspectives, paintings by Irma Cerese, which has been extended until September 26. FMI, call 207 594-4544.

Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is exhibiting Connie Hayes. 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. FMI, visit Dowling Walsh Gallery online or call 207-596-0084.

The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit hosts artist talks and panel discussions on Thursday nights in September. FMI, visit Barn Gallery online or call 207-646-8400. http://barngallery.org/

Maine Art Gallery in Wiscasset presents Postcards from Maine, on display on the Gallery’s second floor until September 25. FMI, visit Maine Art Gallery online, or call 207-882-7511.

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 http://www.marshallgallery.net/.

Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle hosts an exhibit featuring Nina Jerome, Sandy Wadlington, and Jeffrey Becton which will run through Saturday, October 16. FMI, visit Turtle Gallery’s online calendar, or call 207-348-9977.

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.

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.

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.

It’s time to submit your work to the 8x10x80 fundraiser event at Harlow Gallery in Hallowell!

The 8x10x80 exhibition is open to all KVAA members and other community artists (and other creative types) where every piece of art is sold for the affordable price of $80. Half of the proceeds benefit the KVAA and Harlow Gallery while the other half goes to the artist. It’s a triple win: for the artist, for the gallery and for the art collector!
This year the show will open on Friday December 3 and run through Saturday, December 11. Work can be framed or unframed, but the piece must be 8×10! KVAA has eased up a little regarding frames. The new guidelines are that the outside of the piece, if framed, cannot be larger than 8 1/4 x 10 ¼. In addition, framed pieces must be wired — no saw tooth or clip hangers please! Any media is acceptable. For full guidelines, please see Harlow Gallery’s online newsletter. FMI, kvaa@harlowgallery.org or (207) 622-3813.