October Openings + Shows

Hello artists, art lovers and collectors,

We are pleased to present an excellent roundup of October art shows and openings. Some shows began with First Friday on October 1, but there is still plenty of time to see the artwork on display throughout the month of October. Remember to check with the galleries for fall hours.

We at Cafe des Artistes have had a superlative season bringing you the best Maine art news. We now move to our monthly schedule, so look for our newsletter to brighten your inbox with Maine art openings on the first of the month throughout autumn.



John LeBlanc, “Dog Walkers” at Landing Gallery

Landing Gallery of Rockland opens “Jane and John Exhibit”

Landing Gallery in Rockland has just opened Jane and John Exhibit featuring new work by Jane Ryan and John LeBlanc. Jane Ryan and John LeBlanc share unique approaches to the American Realist Tradition in Art. Both artists are inspired by the surroundings of their lives in Maine as they respond to locations that resonate with a sense of place and home. They are inspired by familiar locations which are the starting points for their artwork. This is where the similarity to the realist tradition evolves into their own unique styles of artistic interpretation.

John LeBlanc works in pastel and oil stick on canvas. John likens his artwork approach to that of a Jazz musician. Each mark becomes a note which helps to determine the following mark (note). Within the loose framework of his subject matter, John elaborates his marks into endless variations of pattern and color. His subject matter is loosely rendered and it becomes distorted into amorphous shapes by his line pattern and technique. While the subject matter is always recognizable it does require a second look to visually understand the different areas of the artwork. His subjects are simplified into shapes of composed color and line which have precedent over the subject.

Jane Ryan, “Rockland Ferry” at Landing Gallery

Jane Ryan has an expressionistic bravura in her energetic and loose brushwork. Her acrylic paintings are a visual shorthand of simplified and gestured brushwork with the sum of the marks creating the painting. Each brush mark is seen as an individual stoke in its own right and also as a part of the of the overall subject of the painting. We can see Jane’s thought process with the application of her brush marks which become abbreviations and a shorthand interpretation of the real world.

Landing Gallery, 8 Elm Street, Rockland, Maine 04841 207 594-4544 www.landingart.com Hours: Weds. – Sat. 11-5, Sun. 12-5, Closed Mon. & Tues.

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Openings + Shows

Handsewn books by Alison Kuller
Below: Jacket by Jody Meredith

CRAFT gallery in Rockland will celebrate American Craft Week, October 1-10, by highlighting a new collection of wearable fiber art by Jody Meredith and handsewn books and folded paper works by Alison Kuller of Camden.

Both artists were included in CMCA’s “Work of the Hand” craft show last October. CRAFT gallery represents many of the artists that participated in that show, fulfilling a need to exclusively show fine contemporary Maine craft in a gallery setting and to meet this year’s expectations of craft lovers and collectors who attended “Work of the Hand” shows in the past.

Alison Kuller’s blank books are handsewn with linen thread and covering materials ranging from found papers, recycled plastic bags and paste papers made by the artist. Her gift cards and folders incorporate origami, pop out windows and clever lotus folds. Everything Kuller creates is thoughtful and exquisitely made in her Three Stone Folios studio in Camden. CRAFT will show her samples of custom books and folios that can be commissioned for special occasions along with paper holiday tree ornaments and paste paper for gift wrapping. She says: “I love this work, and I’m intrigued by the variety of challenges and solutions it represents”. After a varied career as a writer, Outward Bound instructor, museum administrator and teacher, bookbinding and conservation became her passion. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the George H. Bush Presidential Library, the New York Public Library and the Widener Library at Harvard University.

Cooler autumn weather makes Jody Meredith’s boiled wool scarves, hats and jackets a welcome addition to the CRAFT collection. Her scarves are made of fine merino wool or cashmere appliquéd with felt in patterns and colors that are striking, off beat and utterly contemporary. Her jackets, unique and of her own design, are meticulously tailored in boiled wool and edged in silk or velvet in unexpected color contrasts and patterns. FMI call 594-0167 or visit the CRAFT gallery online.

Elizabeth Wolf, detail from “Shane.”

Elizabeth Moss Gallery is proud to announce that artist Nicole Wolf has won ASMP Image 10 first place for her photograph titled “Shane.” Image10 is a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers and open to all professional, serious amateur and student photographers residing in the United States. The winning piece has been sent for exhibition in a New York gallery, but you can still see Nicole Wolf – Sea of Faces at Elizabeth Moss Gallery until October 16. FMI, call 207-781-2620 or visit Elizabeth Moss Gallery on Artnet for a gallery of images from the show.

Below right: Ed Nadeau, “Nocturnal Railway Dance.”

Courthouse Gallery Fine Art in Ellsworth will exhibit the work of Ed Nadeau in a solo show titled Ed Nadeau: Maine Folklore, from October 7 through October 30. The gallery will host a gallery talk and artist’s reception with Nadeau, Thursday October 7 at 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Nadeau’s narrative paintings span a twenty-four year period of depicting the stories he heard growing up in a large French-Canadian, blue-collar family in Lewiston, Maine. The tall tales exchanged almost daily between his grandfather, parents, aunts, uncles and neighbors influenced Nadeau. During the mid-1980s, Nadeau was further influenced by Carolyn Chute’s book The Beans of Egypt, Maine. The absurdity of the plight of Chute’s characters was akin to the tall tales of Nadeau’s youth, and her book was the catalyst that finally allowed Nadeau to convey his ideas on canvas.

Nadeau’s process is similar to fiction writing in that his narratives are not necessarily authentic depictions of actual people or places, but interpretations of an idea or event that developed over a period of time. To that end, the paintings are an amalgam of his childhood memories, artistic influences, and current events, all perceived together on the canvas as a genre to which the viewer will conceivably relate to as narrative. A catalog for the exhibition is available online at Courthouse Gallery’s website, or at the gallery. FMI, call 207-667-6611.

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The work of Heidi Daub will be on display and available for purchase at a unique art sale in Blue Hill, October 9th and 10th from 2-5 pm, hosted at Laura Balombini’s house and studio. The house is for sale and so is the art on the walls! The house is located on 34 Mattson Lane in Blue Hill, two miles north of the blinking light on Route 177. FMI, call 207-266-9634 or email ibalombini@yahoo.com.

Greenhut Galleries in the Old Port in Portland will host a reception for Jeff Bye, Thursday, October 7, 5 to 7 pm. The show is on display until October 30. The Side Gallery Featured Artist is Thomas Higgins. FMI, visit Greenhut Galleries online or call 207-772-2693.

Coco Vivo Fine Art and Design in Boothbay Harbor presents New England Artifacts, works by Kathleen Billis, Greg Laderer, Richard Hasenfus, Roger Milinowski, Ron and Monique Parry, October 8. FMI, visit Coco Vivo online or call (866) 633-0979.

Betts Gallery in Belfast is currently showing Ghosts, an exhibit of small wall assemblages by Norman Tinker, through October 30. Tinker says: “I feel a connection with hardscrabble working people trying to eke out a living. I see ghosts in the places they’ve been in and abandoned, the things they’ve used and discarded. Perhaps ultimately we’re all reduced to a few scraps and maybe a photo or two, taking up space in some sacred landfill. Anything more depends on how we remember.”

These words sum up what this show encompasses. The photos, from rolls of film that Tinker took on travels north of the 45th parallel in 2009 in Maine (Aroostook County) coupled with scraps of metal from the floor of his shop make up the wall assemblages in the Betts Gallery exhibit. FMI, call 207-338-6465 or visit www.thebelfastframer.com.

Susan Tobey White, “Tasty Tomatoes,” at High Street Studio & Gallery

High Street Studio & Gallery is currently showing Harvest ~ Dance: Paintings by Susan Tobey White. Canvases range from 36″x36″ to 4’x5′. The show also features new paintings by Julie Cyr and continued works by Sheep Jones, Jackie Haines and Gail Savitz. FMI, call 207-338-8990 or visit High Street Gallery online.

Charles Laurier Dufour, “Narcissus Reflects,” at Galerie Dufour

Galerie Dufour in Belfast presents a new photography exhibition entitled Coastal Curves: 2010, now on exhibit. The exhibition features color as well as black and white photography by award winning local artist, Charles Laurier Dufour.

The new photographs were shot along Maine’s spectacular coast, including on Mt. Desert Island, Barred Island, Vinalhaven, Sears Island, and on Schoodic Peninsula. “Coastal Curves has become an annual celebration of the juxtaposition between the delicate and the harsh, the vulnerable and the powerful, the warm and the frigid,” explains Dufour. There were two Coastal Curves exhibitions in 2009 and one in 2008. Unlike in previous years, however, this year’s Coastal Curves exhibition is primarily comprised of black and white photographs. Coastal Curves will be on exhibit through early November. FMI, call 207-338–6448 or email charlie@du4photo.com.

Rose Marasco, “Ironing Board,” at FOCUSMAINE.COM

FOCUSMAINE.COM is now live! After months of preparation, business partners Heather Frederick and Jim Nickelson have launched their weekly feature of Maine’s fine art photographers. One image per artist will be available for purchasing, starting at $50 for a small digital print.

FOCUSMAINE.COM proudly presents Rose Marasco as their first featured artist. To find out more about Marasco and her compelling photograph “Ironing Board,” and to purchase your own print of the photograph, please visit FOCUSMAINE.COM. Her print, “Ironing Board,” is available in a 4″x5″ digital print, edition: 50, $50 each; a 16″x20″ digital print, edition: 20, $1500 each; and a 30″x40″ digital print, edition: 10, $3000 each. Learn more >

At George Marshall Store Gallery in York on October 9, Common Thread Artists respond to the Bulman Bedhangings, one of the most important objects in the Museums of Old York’s collection. Richard Brown Lethem – October 9 through November 14. FMI, visit George Marshall Store Gallery online or call 207-351-1083.

The Maine Crafts Guild will host the Maine Crafts Guild Show at Portland East End Community Center, October 9-10. FMI, visit Maine Crafts Guild online.

Boothbay Region Art Foundation hosts its 4th BRAF show through October 13. Hundreds of paintings by Boothbay region artists. FMI, visit Boothbay Region Art Foundation online.

On Monday, October 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s annual series, The Farnsworth Forum, will present art historian Angela Miller, principal author of the groundbreaking book American Encounters, for a discussion on how and why the canon of American art has been expanded over the last forty years to include more artists of color and more women artists. Professor Miller will also examine the limitations of multiculturalism and identity politics in relationship to the arts during the 1990s, and how the present transnational exchanges between artists are bringing forth a more integrated and inclusive art world. The Forum will take place at the Strand Theatre in Rockland at 6 pm.

Angela Miller is professor of art at Washington University, St. Louis and an expert in the cultural history of nineteenth and twentieth-century American art. Her specialized interests include visual constructions of nationhood, American modernism and the cultural history of the arts between the two world wars.

Director of Education Roger Dell will interview Professor Miller on the stage of the Strand Theatre, and there will be a question and answer period following their conversation. FMI, contact David Troup, (207) 596-6457 ext. 128 or email dtroup@farnsworthmuseum.org.

The Harlow Gallery is hosting Raising Two White Boys in the South, a collaborative, multi-media installation created by artists Michael Dickins and Dawn Martin Dickins. This installation is a reflection of contemporary Southern thought that has been influenced by deep-rooted tradition, a troubled past, and a desire to both embrace and dispel common stereotypes.

The artists currently live in a small, rural, north Georgia town that is predominantly white, conservative, and Christian. According to the artists, “We started this project as a way to understand and discuss topics such as diversity and southern identity with our children. The main question we started with was, “How can we expose our children and educate them about other cultures, races and ethnicities while living in a homogeneous community?””

The installation, on view at the Harlow October 1-29, 2010, will consist of 64 16×16 wood panels on facing walls in a 13×5 grid pattern. 52 panels are drawings that feature the alphabet with their corresponding images (Dawn) and notable Georgians throughout history (Michael). 12 panels will be blank and provide surfaces for video projection. The installation also features two 24 min. sound scores that feature environmental recordings integrated with sound-bites of speeches, music, newscasts and readings from the Georgians featured in the portraits. FMI, call 207-622-3813 or visit http://www.harlowgallery.org.

See images from the show >

Yousuf Karsh, “Estelle Esdale” at Haynes Galleries

KARSH: Featuring A Collection of Fifteen Extraordinary Portraits by Yousuf Karsh has now been extended through October 23, 2010 at Haynes Galleries in Thomaston.

While Yousuf Karsh is best known for his celebrity portraits, what many fail to realize is that the artist also made portraits of everyday people who were not in the public eye. Many of these photos have remained unpublished and have been seen only by family and friends of the sitter. This is true or the 1950s photograph of R. Frederick Woolworth of Monmuth, Maine and a rare early photograph of Estelle Esdale that was taken in Karsh’s Ottawa studio in the 1930s. These rarely seen portraits are on loan to Haynes Galleries, 91 Main Street in Thomaston through October 23, 2010 as part of the ongoing KARSH Exhibition.

Philip Michelson, “Tin Doggie,” at Haynes Galleries

CONTEMPORARY REALISM: The Work Of Philip Michelson is on view October 1 through October 29, 2010 at Haynes Galleries. During the month of October, featured artist Philip Michelson’s solo exhibition, Contemporary Realism, brings to life refreshingly uncomplicated images of slightly worn vintage toys and discarded objects. In this exhibition, presents forgotten toys as painted icons, reminding us of the simpler days childhood-a time that existed before the advent of Wii and Xbox.

California artist and noted contemporary realist, Philip Michelson, breathes new life into the things often forgotten or discarded by presenting them as iconic portraits. Since the 1970s, Michelson has been fascinated with making paintings that look almost as real as photographs. Attention is given to every scratch, chip, peel, and scuff on the surfaces of each object, as if to capture the essence of every line or wrinkle in a face, so that the viewer will ‘feel’ the coolness of the tin or the smoothness of the leather. Not only do Philip Michelson’s paintings delight and awe, they change the way we look at things.

This exhibition runs concurrent with the KARSH Exhibition.

Rebecca Daugherty: “White Bow, Green Buoy”, 7” x 5” at Isalos Fine Art
Below right: Elizabeth Kelley: “Kendall Fixing the Roof”, oil on panel, 10” x 10” at Isalos Fine Art

Isalos Fine Art in Stonington is currently showing Jumbo Shrimp, a show that suggests art doesn’t have to be big in size to make a big impact, through October 18. The show will feature work from Carolyn Caldwell, Rebecca Daugherty, Eric Hopkins, Eugene Koch, Vaino Kola, Rebecca Raye, and introducing Elizabeth Kelley, an Ogunquit painter who recently completed a series of on-location paintings in downtown Stonington. FMI, visit isalosfineart.com, or call 207-367-2700.

Maine Celebrates American Craft Week!
October 1-10, 2010

American Craft Week is a project of Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT) in partnership with the producers of the PBS series Craft in America . The American Craft Week website (www.americancraftweek.com) describes the week as “An opportunity to celebrate the wonders of American craft. Every day thousands of American artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. And every day thousands of craft retailers share their love of these items by displaying, promoting and selling them. As one craft artist put it, ‘This is the creative economy!'”

While other industry associations have long touted their products, the craft industry has lacked a single way to be highly visible. So we ask you to join us in publicizing, educating and displaying American Craft for ten days each October. Join the national celebration of American Craft!

American Craft enriches our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. It contributes to our nation’s economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. It is original, beautiful and enduring, so let’s tell the world!”

The Center for Maine Craft in the West Gardiner Service Plaza will celebrate American Craft throughout the week with in-store promotions and an MCA Member Appreciation Evening and Reception Friday October 8, 6 – 8 pm. The reception will celebrate the Center for Maine Craft’s October exhibition: Contemporary Jewelers, Longtime MCA Members: Michael Good, Patricia Daunis, Ronna Lugosch and Sam Shaw.

The reception is open to the public and will include special sales, discounts for Maine Crafts Association members, refreshments, and a screening of the PBS series Craft in America. FMI, call 207-588-0021 or visit MaineCrafts.org.

COFFEE TALK: Maine Crafts Association Bangor/Katahdin/Moosehead Regional Meeting will take place October 10 from 2 to 4 pm at 117 Third Street in Bangor. The meeting will feature a conversation with George Kinghorn, Director and Curator of the University of Maine Art Museum: “Creating Marketing Material to Approach Museums and Galleries.” MCA Executive Director Tracy Stutzman will be discussing the Media Plan for the MCA store at the Bangor Mall this holiday season. All Maine craftspeople, MCA members and non-members, are welcome to attend! RSVP essential. Contact robert@robertdiamante.com or call 207-874-0587.

MCA Southern Coast Regional Meeting: CRAFT ARTISTS GATHERING @ SACO TRAIN STATION will also take place on October 10, from 2 to 6 pm, and will celebrate Southern Maine’s craft artists in the conference room of the Saco Train Station. The afternoon’s activities will include screenings of various short films on craft in Maine and many networking opportunities. Tammy Ackerman plans to come and talk about her new non-profit “Engine” and the Biddeford Art Walk. Refreshments too! Station information and directions >

The October installation in the MCA craft display case at the Saco Train Station will be pieces by artists showing at the First Annual Craft Exhibition at the Ogunquit Museum of Art, coordinated by Susan Joy Sager. These include Peter Turner, Harriet Turkanis, Julie Schmidt, Maya Travaglia, and Ann Thompson. Also open that day, just down the road, you may visit Amy Stacy Curtis‘ installation piece “Time” in the Pepperell Mill.

Artist Stephen Pace Passes Away at 91

Stephen Pace passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 23 at 1:50pm at a hospital in New Harmony, Indiana. Pace had been painting most everyday since moving to Indiana in 2007, and he was painting on Wednesday when he was admitted to hospital with pneumonia. His last painting was one of himself and Pam at the front entrance to their house.

Beginning in the 1950s, Pace became a prominent member of the New York group of abstract
expressionist painters. His work, hailed by the New York Times for its “highly sophisticated use of color and joyous compositions,” was included in most of the Whitney annuals and at the artist-run invitations at the Stable Galley. In the 1953 Whitney Annual Exhibition of Sculpture and Works on Paper, Pace’s large watercolor was prominently hung between works by Kline and Hoffman and was signaled out for enthusiastic comment in Art News by hennery McBride, who referred to the “elegant outpouring” of his paint.

Pace first came to Maine in the early 1950’s with a small group of artists. After that initial visit, the Paces frequented the state and finally bought a house in Stonington in the 1970s, so he could divide his time— painting half the year at his Maine studio and half in New York. He turned to representational painting in the 1960’s, and his summer home on Deer Isle provided endless subjects and inspiration. For many years he divided his time between Stonington, Maine, Manhattan, and Washington D.C. where he taught at American University. In 2007, he and Pam returned to the locale of his youth to live in New Harmony, Indiana, where he painted until his death.

Pace is represented in Maine by Courthouse Gallery Fine Art, Ellsworth. A selection of his 1950 abstracts are included in their current exhibition Abstract Expressionism Three Maine Artists: Stephen Pace, Harold Garde and George Wardlaw. The exhibition, which highlights abstract paintings from the 1950s and 1960s by three Maine artists, has been extended through September 29, and the Pace abstracts will be on view through October 30. A catalog for the exhibition is available at the gallery, or online at www.courthousegallery.com.