Openings + Shows

Sam Shaw Jewelry in Northeast Harbor is currently showing a photography exhibit by Merideth Randolph celebrating the beauty of objects usually relegated to the workshop floor. The show, consisting of twenty black and white and color photographs, will continue through January 20.

Randolph has coaxed mathematical forms and sublime patterns from wood shavings with dramatic use of light and controlled focus with her new collection of photographs. The spiral of wood, cut paper thin as a by-product of a wood workers plane, curls in a precise and chaotic way. Merideth has made this form monumental and elegant. Another spiral looks like a seashell, or an unfolding fern bud. Another wood shaving is a jumble of edges, and reminds us of the infinite possibilities as in found in fractals. Some show the grain of the wood, back lit, natural, warm, and inviting. She skillfully adjusts the focal length, or depth of field, to highlight the place where she wants your eye to rest, to take in the part she wishes you to consider. One wants to know why some shavings are spirals, some are sheets, others a random jumble. Is it because of the wood species and grain? The humidity? The thickness of the shaving? We are not enlightened as to the nature of wood shaving, but we are treated to an examination of the interface between math and art, of the common made precious, and in the joy and beauty of natural objects exalted. FMI, call 207-276-5000, email or visit Shaw Jewelry online.

Heidi Daub is currently exhibiting 28 works at Lifeworks Chiropractic Center in Falmouth through February. Lifeworks Chiropractic is located in Suite 100 on 202 U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth. Daub has doggedly maintained an independent and individualistic approach to her art that reflects a temperament derived from a thorough knowledge of and an adherence to the vocabulary of Modernism, complemented with an imaginative and innovative approach to her art that has not been seen in Maine for a long time. Daub’s paintings defy easy classification. Are they landscapes or narratives or a meshing of the two? Are they painted metaphors, symbolic narratives or even surreal experiences? Clearly she combines elements directly taken from the natural world, but there are unexpected surprises too. FMI, contact or visit Heidi Daub online.

Edward Weston, “Tree, near Nashville, Tennessee”

The Portland Museum of Art is currently offering an exhibit of Edward Weston‘s black and white photographs in a show entitled Leaves of Grass. The exhibit of 53 photographs depicting scenes from across the United States will be on view through March 13.

In early 1941, Edward Weston was approached by the Limited Editions Club of New York and invited to make photographs to illustrate its deluxe edition of Walt Whitman’s epic poem Leaves of Grass. Although he balked at the suggestion, the opportunity the project offered to travel cross-country and visit parts of the US that were new to him convinced Weston to undertake it. This exhibition of 53 photographs by Weston follows the route of his cross-country trip. The Whitman photographs, mostly made with a large 8×10 format camera, are exceptionally wide-ranging with particular emphasis on the man-altered landscape rather than images of untouched nature. The exhibition will feature images from the West, the South, the Mid-Atlantic, and New England, including two images from Maine. This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. FMI, call (207) 775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Art online.

Rackstraw Downes, “At the Confluence of Two Ditches Bordering a Field with Four Radio Towers”

The Portland Museum of Art will host an artist talk with Rackstraw Downes in celebration of the exhibition of his work Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008. The talk, entitled On Site with Rackstraw Downes, will be held January 6 from 6 to 7 pm at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. Tickets are $15 or $10 for members. FMI, call (207) 775-6148 or visit Portland Museum of Art online.

Beginning glass blowing classes will be offered from January 8 through February 5 at Atlantic Art Glass in Ellsworth. The offerings include a paperweights class and a five week course in beginning glass blowing. The paperweight class is one hour and teaches participants to make paperweights that contain a broad variety of colorful and interesting glass inclusions. These inclusions will be encased in crystal, and then formed into classic paperweight shapes. No glass working experience is required for this class, which costs $75. The beginning glass blowing class places emphasis on learning the basic skills necessary to complete simple blown vessels. Class time is divided between demonstrations and supervised work time, with individual attention for each student. No glass working experience is required. $375 is the fee for the five week course. Atlantic Art Glass is located at 25 Pine Street in Ellsworth. FMI, call 207-664-0222.

The Third Man, the next film in Ogunquit Performing Arts’ Classic Film Series will be presented Wednesday January 12 at 7 pm at the Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit. The Third Man is a 1949 thriller about the social, economic, and moral corruption in Vienna following World War II. This black and white film is considered one of the greatest British post-war thrillers, done in the style of Alfred Hitchcock. FMI, call 207-646-7055.

The Maine Arts Commission Seeks Submissions for Chelsea Art Competition

The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in New England, with a preference for Maine artists, to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Chelsea Elementary School Percent for Art site in Chelsea, Maine. The total project budget is $43,500 and the submission deadline is January 10, 2011.

The Town of Chelsea is located in central Maine near the state capital of Augusta. It is a rural community steeped in a history of farming and agriculture with a traditional Maine ambiance centered on its natural surroundings. The new school is envisioned as a central point of its aspirations for the future. As well as being an elementary school, it will also serve as a community center and gathering place to serve the region as a multi-purpose facility. The funds will be used to commission work(s) from a single artist more than one or an artist team, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. A Percent for Art selection committee of five members will jury submissions for the project. All professional artists who work in New England may apply for consideration to this project. For full details, contact Darrell Bulmer, Maine Arts Commission at (207) 287-6746 or, or visit the opportunities section of

Robert Colburn, “Red Sky at Night”

Bayview Gallery in Brunswick announces some beautiful offerings from Maine native Robert Colburn. Growing up in the small coastal town of Boothbay Harbor, Colburn is fond of the sculptural shapes and delicate lines that the watercraft of our region have become known for far and wide. Combining a keen sense of the local scene with his personal explorations of shape and color, space and form, Colburn creates idealized interpretations of the natural beauty around him.

In Red Sky At Night and Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Colburn explores ideas of form and weight by using broad swathes of uniform color to denote light and atmosphere while objects like boats and buildings are left more transparent. In the two paintings continuing his Harbor Light series, he looks at the other side of that coin by capturing the dynamic energy of a busy harbor – alive with lines and rigging of the vessels and with the motion and reflection of light and water. If you would like to add any of these beautiful paintings by this talented young painter to your collection, call Bayview’s Brunswick gallery at 800-244-3007, or email

Arnold Desmarais, “Vermillion Sunset”

Bayview Gallery has an impressive body of work by Arnold Desmarais, whose paintings are known for their tranquil beauty, soft and luscious palette, and romantic references to the past. In his own words he says, “I consider my viewers my audience, and as such, I create visual stories that speak to them in quiet and comforting ways. I want the dialogue to whisper of calming and serene places deep in their memory. The images are parables of a simpler time and are meant to whisper of dreams and desires. My challenge is to create paintings that allow one to seamlessly pass through the technical skill and further travel to the private and personal places in one’s mind and heart.” If you would like to add any of these beautiful paintings (or another from our website) to your collection, please call Bayview’s Brunswick gallery on their toll free line: 800-244-3007, or email

Helen Rundell, “Autumn Farm”

Bayview Gallery recently acquired three vintage (circa 1970) paintings by Maine artist, Helen Rundell. Rundell painted them at a time when she was working in egg tempera. They are significant because they show the origins of her signature style.

Egg tempera is an ancient painting medium that has been prized by artists over the centuries for its durability. It consists only of pure, powdered pigment with an egg yolk as a binder. It is fast drying and, due in part to the delicate, stroke-by-stroke methods used with this medium, Helen developed a keen eye for incredible detail. If you would like to add any of these remarkable examples of Rundell’s considerable talent to your collection, please call Brunswick gallery on their toll free line: 800-244-3007, or send an email to

Henry Isaacs, “Vermont Hills”

Zoë Isaacs, daughter of artist Henry Isaacs and student at Middlebury College, is going to El Paso, Texas to work with immigrants and refugees from around the world, living in a ‘hospitality house’ just 11 blocks from the border along with eleven other students. Her group will study border and immigration realities through interviews and discussions with border patrol, immigration activists, and the immigrants themselves. During their week- long “border awareness experience” the students will live and work with immigrants in a cooperative manner, taking turns cooking, cleaning, babysitting, or perhaps just simply sitting and talking. Though Middlebury College generously provides the trip with funding, the students must raise an additional $4,000 in order to go to El Paso.

Says Zoë Isaacs: “It is quite a comfort to be living and studying in the bucolic mountains of New England. We study and read about global issues, yet we remain isolated on a hill in Vermont. By immersing ourselves in a foreign community, by taking part in their daily experiences, we hope to widen our own global perspectives. We will bring what we learn in El Paso back to the Middlebury community in the form of photography, art, and written reflections, sharing our experience with our peers.”

Zoë’s father, Henry Isaacs, has donated an oil painting, which will be raffled off between now and the end of January. The painting, a diptych, (each panel measuring 32 x 16”) is a window into the Isaacs’ beautiful home in the Vermont hills. The painting is valued at $5,000., and tickets are $10 each, or three for $25.

There are two options for purchasing tickets: You may purchase tickets online, or, if you prefer to mail your tickets in with a check you may do so by making checks payable to Middlebury College and mailing them to Peggy Burns, Malt Advisor, Alliance for Civic Engagement, 211 Adirondack House, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753.

By purchasing a raffle ticket, you also support the Annunciation House in El Paso. A percentage of the students’ revenue serves as a donation to the shelter, and supporting immigrants who reside there, who would otherwise have nowhere else to go. All donations are tax deductible. Middlebury College is a 501c3 non-profit educational institution. FMI, email or learn more on Henry Isaacs’ website.

Maine Arts Commission Grant Deadlines Fast Approaching

The Arts Visibility grant provides funds for marketing to individual artists and organizations. It has a deadline of January 7, 2011. The Innovative Production grant supports artistic innovation in the production and presentation of media and/or performance work of artists and organizations; the deadline is January 13, 2011. The Jane Morrison Film Scholarship provides funds to support educational opportunities for filmmakers in the early stages of their career development; the deadline is January 13, 2011. FMI, visit Maine Arts Commission online.

First Nations Composer Initiative Invites Applications for Common Ground Grants Program

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hawaiian Native composers, commissioners, or performing musicians working to create music and distribute it to a broader community. Deadline is February 1, 2011. FMI, visit

Calling Artists in All Media: Art of the Boat

MARCH 15 is the date that submissions are due for an Art of the Boat exhibition at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Artists in all visual media are invited to submit works for this juried show focusing on the artistic aspects of boat design and construction. The exhibit will run from May 28 through October 23. For details, visit Penobscot Marine Museum online or call 548-2529.

Steven Hileman, “Evergreen Spires”

Steven Hileman has delivered four new paintings to Argosy Gallery in Bar Harbor, entitled Evergreen Spires, Autumn Walk, Great Head Evening, and Aspen Grove. These paintings are available for viewing at Steven Hileman’s website and at Argosy Gallery’s website. FMI, email

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