November Openings + Shows

Openings + Shows

Kathleen Mack will be showing work at Gallery II in until November 2. Gallery II is located on Route One in Damariscotta. FMI, email

Look what just swam in from folk artist Jeff Barrett–a whole school of “Happy Fish!” at Gleason Fine Art in Boothbay Harbor. Stop by Gleason Fine Art at 31 Townsend Avenue to see Jeff Barrett’s latest clever creations. FMI, call 207-633-6849 or email

Corinne McIntyre, “Snow at Grimes Cove”

Corinne McIntyre of Ocean Point Studio in East Boothbay is pleased to be a part of ArtinME, a statewide juried art exhibition. Her painting, “Snow at Grimes Cove,” will be on display until November 16 at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation in Boothbay Harbor.
Says McIntyre: “I painted this on a very cold day along the ocean at Grimes Cove…. With warm clothing you don’t mind…and once you get into “the zone” you don’t notice anything but being at one with nature.”

Portland Museum of Art presents a new exhibition, False Documents & Other Illusions, on display now through January 2. On Friday, November 5, there will be an opening exhibition from 5 to 8 pm. The exhibition features 32 works by 13 contemporary artists showcasing a spectrum of approaches to illusion and the trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) style. Trompe l’oeil in the traditional sense usually references painting in which objects appear to be real rather than rendered. This exhibition will showcase 32 works offering a spectrum of approaches to illusion by 13 contemporary artists.

This exhibition runs in conjunction with John Haberle: American Master of Illusion, an exhibition of traditional 19th-century trompe l’oeil paintings on view through December 12, 2010. False Documents & Other Illusions is the second in a series of exhibitions called Circa that explores compelling aspects of contemporary art in the state of Maine and beyond. Artists in the exhibition are: Susan Collis, Marti Cormand, Carly Glovinski, Carl Haase, Duncan Hewitt, Nina Katchadourian, Angela Lorenz, Vik Muniz, Ken Solomon, Molly Springfield, Mary Temple, Steve Wolfe, and The Yes Men (and Friends).

Additionally, there will be artist talks on contemporary trompe l’oeil, November 6 from 11 am to noon. Learn more about trompe l’oeil and listen to artists in the exhibition False Documents & Other Illusions talk about their work and process. Maine artists Carly Glovinski, Duncan Hewitt, and Angela Lorenz will share their inspiration. Free with museum admission! FMI, visit the Museum online or call (207) 775-6148.
Above: Vik Muniz, Verso (The Winner in Broad Jump, Jesse Owens)

Todd Watts

On display now at UMaine Museum of Art (UMMA) in Bangor are three un-missable exhibitions: Pablo Picasso: The Passionate Print, String Too Short to Use: Recent Works by Todd Watts and A Pointed View: Photographs by Ilya Askinazi. Each will be on display through December 30. If you have not had the opportunity to visit the new UMaine Museum of Art lately, read what UMMA’s visitors are saying about the new exhibitions!

“Another wonderful experience. Thank you for the chance to see a Picasso!”

“Great to see Picasso’s lively intensity and open vision…in Maine.”

“Askinazi’s work was out of this world good.”

“This is a little gem in the middle of Bangor.”

“This is not boring museum stuff. This is awesome, sharp, and engaging. More people need to know about this museum…. Also, I don’t know who decides how to frame the images, but well done. Perfect.”

FMI, visit UMMA online for more information on exhibitions and programs.

The Belfast Fine Craft Show, at the Phoenix Gallery at 154 High Street in Belfast, will have a variety of work for sale from November 2 through December 31. The show features Loten art Lighting lamps with hand-painted silk shades, Pamela Hitchcock’s elegant jewelry, Betsy Levine’s pottery and Chris Leith’s hand woven scarves and shawls. FMI and to see some of what is available, visit

Aarhus Gallery in Belfast announces its Holiday Extravaganza small works show with 70+ Maine artists, craftspeople, poets and musicians, running from November 5 through December 24. Join the fun and meet the artists during the opening reception on Friday, November 5 from 5 to 8 pm. This jam-packed show features smaller artworks and a wide range of creative craftwork priced with gift giving in mind. Over 70 talented Maine artists from throughout the midcoast and beyond are represented in a dazzling variety of mediums, including: pottery, poetry and painting, collage, etching and photography, woodblock prints, turned wood, fiber, assemblage, cards, calendars, ornaments, new Glass Plate images, jewelry, music and more! FMI, call call 207-338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery online.

Laura Balombini, “Too Tall Black Bird,” “Too Tall Gold Stockings,” and “Funnel of Love” Grouping of Figures

Gleason Fine Art in Portland presents WINTER WORKS and EYE CATCHERS, on display November 5 through January 29, with opening receptions on Friday November 5 and December 3, both from 5 to 8 pm. Winter Works is a gathering of paintings and sculptures of winter by Tom Curry, Ralf Feyl, and other Gallery Artists. Eye Catchers features small works for holiday giving. FMI, visit Gleason Fine Art online.

reVerse (above) at Harlow Gallery on November 5

Coming to the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell is Art of Duality: Hunger | Sated – Two Sides of a Canvas, November 5 through 17 with a potluck opening on Friday November 5 from 5 to 8 pm. The show is an artistic exploration of the issue of hunger in our communities. Proceeds from art sold during Art of Duality will be split three ways, between the Hallowell Food Bank, the non-profit Harlow Gallery and the artist.

The opening potluck is free and open to the public; just bring a dish or beverage to share if you can. Naomi Schalit (left) will speak to the gathering at 6pm followed by a performance by reVerse. Schalit is a longtime reporter and editor covering Maine politics and public affairs, she was the author of the award-winning 2007 editorial series “For I Was Hungry” in the Kennebec Journal. reVerse is a quartet of vocalists who sing, speak, and otherwise perform contemporary and older poems in a variety of experimental and playful ways; reVerse is Philip Carlsen, Ellen Bowman and Stanley and Elizabeth Keach. Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Harlow all through the month of November. Gallery visitors are invited to stack up their (preferably unbreakable) food donations on sculpture stands arranged throughout the exhibition space, and visitors may choose to take home food if their household is food insecure. At the end of the exhibit, remaining food items will be donated to the Hallowell Food Bank. FMI, call 207-622-3813 or visit Harlow Gallery online.

Kenny Cole, “Next Dead Tilt”

Kenny Cole will be exhibiting at Space Gallery in Portland’s arts district, November 5 through December 9, with an opening reception during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on November 5 from 5-8 pm. In addition, there will be a Draw-A-Thon, and two talks; one by Cole and another by Bruce Gagnon, founder of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

This is the story of the Hellfire Missile system as told in a series of drawings by artist Kenny Cole, using hand drawn text copied from 125 expressionless milestones listed on an Army website chronicling decades of development from early laser research in the sixties to full blown deployment in the nineties. The story continues into the larger exhibition space with an installation of 175 hanging two-sided placards that chronicle the use of the Hellfire Missile as the weapon of choice for drone attacks in Pakistan since 2004. On one side are the attack stats and on the other biblical text. Visit the SPACE Gallery online or for more information, or contact SPACE Gallery at (207)828-5600.

In conjunction with this exhibit, a Draw-A-Thon sponsored by Code Pink, Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space and Maine Veterans for Peace will take place Thursday, November 11 from 10 am to 4 pm at SPACE Gallery as a part of the campaign to “Bring Our War Dollars Home.” Artists interested in signing up to participate are asked to contact Pat Taub at

Jean Kigel, “Lingnan Peony,” on view during ArtWalk

November 12 is the “last of the season” ArtWalk in Brunswick & Topsham, featuring numerous new exhibits and studios, all open from 5 to 8 pm. The fall evening includes a number of the new exhibits receptions and open houses across town.

New exhibits include Summer Island Studio’s World of Ink and Water Brush Paintings and Watercolor by Jean Kigel of Waldoboro, Maine. This show presents a variety of Asian brush styles from spontaneous style of floral and landscape painting to pure sumi-e paintings of crows and abstractions. A wine and cheese reception is offered. Complete details on the ArtWalk artists can be found online at

Camden Falls Gallery will hold both a special seasonal art show and silent auction, Giving Thanks, to benefit local non-profit charities in Knox and Waldo counties in partnership with United Mid-Coast Charities. The Gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, November 13 from 5 to 7 pm. Giving Thanks will run from November 13 to December 5 with a portion of all gallery sales donated to UMCC. Bidding will be open for the silent auction until December 20 on four paintings donated by Camden Falls Gallery and house artists Aline Ordman, Judith Schuppien, Janis Sanders, and John Schmidtberger. The four silent auction paintings will be on display in the lobby of Camden National Bank, Elm Street, Camden, weekdays for the month of December and at C.F.G. weekends. There will be a sign up sheet at both locations, and an updated tally available on Camden Falls Gallery’s website. All of the proceeds from the winning auction bids will help UMCC continue in their efforts to support our communities.

Tiny Realism: Bayview Gallery Proud to Represent Award-Winning Artist Janet Lagassee

Iris Lagassee, “Levade” (2 7/8″ x 2 5/8″)
Below: Janet Lagassee, “Iris Pioneer Waltz”

Bayview Gallery is pleased to announce that internationally known watermedia artist Janet Laird-Lagassee has recently received two important awards for her work.
Laird-Lagassee has received the Mary Kusowski Award for Realism at the 2010 Rhode Island Watercolor Society National Watermedia Competition for her painting “Stones No. 17”. She has also has been awarded First Place in Watermedia at The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, and Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. 2010 International Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature exhibition in Rockville, Maryland. In addition, she is pleased to inform us of the publication of the definitive tome of miniature painting, Miniature Art in America. Janet served as an Editorial Assistant and compiled the Artists Section for this significant contribution to the genre of miniature painting. This authoritative work may be downloaded for FREE.

Click here to download Miniature Art in America for free >

Bayview Gallery is proud to have been representing her paintings since 1996 and congratulate her on her achievements! FMI on adding Janet Laird-Lagassee’s work to your collection, call Bayview Gallery at 800-244-3007 (Brunswick) or 800-244-4534 (Camden). Or visit Bayview Gallery online, where you can browse several fine examples of her work currently at the gallery or view her entire portfolio online.

All Craftspeople Know that Arts and Crafts Shows Are Never Frustrating.

Just kidding! But to bring some humor to some of that customer service frustration is this cute video from PAMC, created on

Belfast Artist Spotlighted in November’s American Art Collector

Linden Frederick of Belfast is featured on the cover of the November 2010 issue of American Art Collector. Inside, John O’Hern, former Director/Curator of the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira NY, writes about the afternoon he spent with the artist at his Belfast studio this past summer. Three more new paintings that will be featured in Frederick’s show Night Neighbors, opening November 23 and on view through January 8 at Forum Gallery in NYC, are reproduced in the article. “Night Neighbors” includes twelve 40″ x 40″ paintings and twenty-three 8″ x 8″ studies of Belfast and Northport’s neighborhoods at Frederick’s trademark time of night – twilight or evening. The magazine’s cover image “Attic” shows an iconic Belfast neighborhood crossroads at Union St. on a fall evening as Belfast Bay shimmers in the background. FMI or to order a catalog for the show, contact Forum Gallery at 212-355-4545 or online at

East Boothbay artist’s work graces the U.S. embassy in Gaborone, Botswana

At first blush, who would think that East Boothbay artist Andrea Peters and fair-trade diamonds would have something in common. However, indeed they do; and that “something” is Botswana, the sub-Saharan country that makes every diplomat’s short list of successful, democratic African nations. And it is fair-trade diamonds, that is, diamonds that are certified as not supporting terrorism, that have allowed Botswana to thrive.

And artist Andrea Peters fits in because her gorgeous oil painting “Late Summer Garden” hangs in the U.S. embassy in Gaborone, Botswana, and even has pride of place gracing the catalog cover of the ART in Embassies Exhibition: Gaborone, Botswana 2010.

It was two years ago that Claire D’Alba, curator for the Art in Embassies program, notified Gleason Fine Art that she had selected Peters’s painting to be one of nine to hang at the U.S. Embassy in Botswana. The 4-foot-square oil was picked up at the gallery by embassy couriers, catalogued, and then shipped to Botswana, southern African country of broad, dry plains.
Last week, two years after sending the painting out the door, Gleason Fine Art opened a manila envelope and out spilled a pile of brilliantly colored catalogs—Peters’s painting had been selected for the catalog cover. “Late Summer Garden” is lush with the colors of a Maine summer–flaming orange lilies, delicate snowy Queen Anne’s lace, spiky spruces, blue waters, and brilliant white clouds.

So imagine, if you can, after traveling Botswana’s dry, dusty roads, you enter an elegant building, and voila—a Maine summer day greets your eyes.

The ART in Embassies program had its modest beginning in 1963. Today over 3500 loaned artworks grace some 200 U.S. embassy residences. To see Andrea Peters’s artwork for yourself, stop by Gleason Fine Art’s Portland gallery (tel. 207-699-5599) or the Boothbay Harbor gallery (207-633-2336).

Maine Office of Tourism Reports Gains in Summer Travel

The Maine Office of Tourism’s summer research numbers are in and show significant improvement over a year ago. According to traveler data collected by Davidson-Peterson Associates, a travel and tourism research firm in Kennebunk that represents the Office of Tourism, an estimated 13.7 million day travelers and an additional estimated 9.5 million overnight travelers visited the state of Maine during the summer of 2010. This marks an increase in day visitation of 8 percent over the summer of 2009, with overnight visitation up 14 percent over a year ago.

The data collected also reveals that while each of the 23.2 million visitors have their own unique reasons to travel to Maine, many elected to come for the bountiful outdoor recreation or take advantage of Maine’s wide-ranging shopping opportunities.