March Openings + Shows

We are lucky to have a selection of diverse art openings around the state of Maine this March. Some– like River Arts’ Black and White— capture the mood of the season with monochromatic beauty and sensitive, subtle color. Other exhibitions, like Greenhut’s bold MARCH FORTH and the guaranteed-to-be-eclectic collection that will be Åarhus’s 44N 69W: Radius Belfast, will inspire and energize. Wherever you go, enjoy Maine’s winter cache of art openings, and take the opportunity to meander through the galleries’ websites from the comfort of home– many have been adding beautiful new works all winter long.


Café des Artistes

Harley Bartlett, “Afternoon Burn-Off”

Bayview Gallery in in Brunswick is proud to represent new work by artist Harley Bartlett, including the exquisite landscape shown above. Additionally, Bayview announces that Harley Bartlett was commissioned to paint the official portrait of retiring Rhode Island Governor, Donald Carcieri. Bartlett was selected from more than seventy-five artists who applied for the commission. The portrait, now completed, was unveiled last December just before the end of Governor Carcieri’s term. Should you wish to add works by Harley Bartlett to your collection, contact Bayview Gallery at 800-244-3007 (Brunswick gallery) or 800-293-3986 (office) or visit Bayview Gallery online.

The Tate House Museum in Portland presents A Ramble to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on March 2. Visit the new Art of the Americas Wing and see all four levels of American art arranged chronologically. It is an incredible experience! Departure is from Tate House Museum at 8:30 am with arrival in Boston at 10:30am via VIP Coach Lines, and arriving back at Tate House at 5 pm. The cost is just $35.00, including the coach and refreshments (lunch not included). Admission to the Museum is free! Space is limited to 55 persons. Call the Tate House Museum to register at 207-774-6177 or email Dick at

Grant Drumheller, “View of Rome from the Academy”

Greenhut Galleries proudly presents a colorful selection of Maine art to bring us through
the remainder of winter: MARCH FORTH. The exhibit will be on display March 3 through 26. FMI, call 207-772-2693 or visit Greenhut Galleries online.

Åarhus Gallery of Belfast will present 44N 69W: Radius Belfast from March 3 through 27 with an opening reception iday March 4, 5-8pm. Åarhus opens its doors to Maine residents of any age or training, living within a thirty mile radius of Belfast to show their stuff– artwork that is– in an all encompassing show entitled ‘44N 69W: Radius Belfast’. As long as it falls within Åarhus Gallery’s fairly liberal view of ‘decency’, if it walks in the door, it goes on the wall, or floor, as the case may be. Bring a friend, because 20% of all sales goes to support local food banks. Aarhus Gallery, 5o Main St., Belfast, operating under winter hours, is open February-May, Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm. FMI, call 207-338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery online where a slideshow of the current works are available.

Portland Museum of Art will host a “What Do You Think?” group discussion on Untitled by Bernard Langlais on Thursday, March 3 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The conversation continues over lunch in the Café (bring your own or purchase in the Café). Free with museum admission. FMI, visit Portland Museum of Art online, or call (207) 775-6148.

Portland Museum of Art presents the 2011 Bernard A. Osher Lecture: An Evening with Robert Pinsky: Is Vision The Twin of Speech? on Monday, March 7 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Holiday Inn by the Bay. Join PMA as U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky shares his love of poetry, his admiration for Walt Whitman, and his passion for the potential of poetry to play a role in everyday life. This lecture is followed by a book signing in the Museum’s Great Hall. Admission is $15 or $10 members. FMI, visit Portland Museum of Art online, or call (207) 775-6148.

Åarhus Gallery in Belfast will present the Luna Madidus 2nd Anniversary Concert, Saturday March 12, 2011 at 7 pm at the gallery. Mid-Coast jazz group Luna Madidus celebrates their 2 year anniversary with The Terrible Twos, a concert at Åarhus Gallery on March 12 at 7:00 PM. Throughout their 2 year history the band has crossed the boundaries of pop music, poetry, 19th century classical music, and more recently dipped a toe into the theater of the macabre with a musical setting of Edward Gorey’s ” Gashleycrumb Tinies”.

The band features Tom Luther, Piano; Mike Whitehead, Trumpet; Jason Dean, Percussion; Doug Kennedy, Bass; and special guest Bruce Boege, Saxophone. Luna Madidus’ eclectic sound is due to the multifarious nature of the musicians who make up Luna Madidus. “We’re all somewhat chameleon-like,” says pianist and composer Tom Luther. “Everyone in this band has interest and skill in many different genres of music, and in some cases, different art forms. It’s really helped to build a sound that is more and more undefinable, which I think is a sure sign of progress.”

For this show, Luna Madidus will present several premiere performances of brand new works composed for this occasion. Light refreshments served. $7 suggested donation. FMI, visit Aarhus Gallery online or call 207-338-5647.

Jamie Ribisi-Braley, “Ghosts of the Past”

River Arts in Damariscotta is now showing the Black and White exhibition. The opening was postponed until February 26. Juror Dan Kany will give a gallery talk on March 19 at 2 pm.

Henry Isaacs (of Henry Isaacs Studio) and Ashley Bryan will host their Third Annual Islesford Plein Air Workshops in September 2011. Session one begins on September 1 and ends September 4; session two begins on September 5 and departs September 8. Both sessions begin before dinner and end in the afternoon. Meals are provided by Islesford Dock Restaurant. Included in participants’ fees are wonderful cottages, rooms or shared homes, all just a short walk away from painting sites. For those wanting to continue into the evenings, or stay up and share the day’s experiences, our studios are open around the clock. Tea and coffee are always on!

The Islesford Workshops are planned to meet the needs of a range of artists, from novices through professionals. Approaches, concepts, and techniques of landscape painting are demonstrated and a series of projects suggested to participants. Conversations within this community of painters, as well as formal critiques, are conducted with groups and individuals. Sessions emphasize loose and creative experimentation. This approach inspires beginners, and reenergizes veteran painters. First time painters as well as continuing students are combined into a three day arts community. Mid career painters are also part of this mix, using the unique setting of Little Cranberry Island to enroll for a mini residency.

Online registration is available at FMI, visit Henry Isaacs online, or contact Cynthia or Dan Lief at the Islesford Dock Gallery: 207-266-5464 or 207-266-2014 or by email at

River Arts is pleased to announce their 1st Annual Fine Crafts Exhibition, to take place at Gallery II, Route 1, Damariscotta, May 6 through May 30. The juror is Carl Little, and River Arts has established a submission deadline of March 31 for this exhibition. Carl Little is a regular contributor to Ornament magazine. He edited Discovery: Fifty Years of Craft of Experience at Haystack Mountain School of Craft (University of Maine Press). In 2008 he received the Maine Crafts Association’s “first individual award for contributions to the field of craft in Maine.” Categories of fine craft in the Exhibition are Basketry, Ceramics, Fiber Wearable, Fiber Decorative, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Paper, Wood, and other. Submission instructions will be available on River Arts’ website. FMI, call 207-563-1507 or email

The Maine Crafts Association (MCA) announces the MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend May 12-15. Exciting Workshops with Nationally Recognized Instructors in clay (Anne Perrigo – Color on Form), metal (Erica Gordon – Sketching with Steel), fiber (Nancy Crasco – From the East: Asian Textile Forms), baskets (Paula Thorne – Native American Basket Making), paper (Cindy Bowden – Papermaking with Plants), jewelry (Barbara Becker-Simon – The ABC’s of PMC Beads), and wood (Michael Cullen – Embracing Natural Form). The Suggested Fee Scale is $150 to $850, based on your ability to pay; studio fee is extra. Scholarships and CEU credits are available. A free Business of Art workshop with Susan Joy Sager, ArtBiz, is included. Download the brochure and read full workshop descriptions HERE. DOWNLOAD the 2011 MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend brochure to mail in your application today, or REGISTER NOW online!

Stephen Porter, “Stone Circle 6”

Greenhut Galleries announces new work by Grant Drumheller, Margaret Gerding, Susan Barnes, Phil Barter, Alison Goodwin and Stephen Porter. FMI, call 207-772-2693 or visit Greenhut Galleries online.

River Arts Announces Program Book 2011, Opportunity for Artist Promotion

River Arts in Damariscotta are preparing their 2011 program book – lectures, classes, exhibitions and events – to hand out to the nearly 5,000 visitors the gallery expects again this year. River Arts invites you to advertise your business (website, events, studio, gallery arts or tourism related business) with them and reach a very special market. Many of the gallery’s visitors are unfamiliar with the area – your advertisement can provide them with valuable information. FMI, visit River Arts online.

Paul Caponigro to Receive Farnsworth’s 2011 Maine in America Award At June 25th Farnsworth Summer Gala

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, is proud to announce Paul Caponigro as the recipient of the 2011 Maine in America Award. The award is presented by the Farnsworth’s Presidents Council to honor an individual or group who has made an outstanding contribution to Maine’s role in American art. This year’s presentation will occur during the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Summer Gala, which will take place on Saturday, June 25, on the museum grounds. The previous winners of the Maine in America Award were John Wilmerding (2006), Andrew Wyeth (2007), Will Barnet (2008), Robert Indiana (2009) and Alex Katz (2010). Paul Caponigro stands among the foremost landscape photographers of our time. Over the course of his career, Caponigro has lectured, taught and shown his works in museums, galleries and universities throughout the world. Today his original photographs are found in major museum collections in the United States and abroad.

The 2011 Farnsworth Art Museum Gala, the kickoff to the summer season on the midcoast, will feature a fabulous culinary experience by Swan’s Way of Lincolnville. Dress is cocktail attire. Cost is $250 per person. Sponsorships are available. Seating is limited so reserve early. All proceeds help support the museum’s public programs. To make a reservation, please call 207-596-6457 ext. 143. FMI, visit the Farnsworth Museum online or email David Troup at

Abbey Ryan, “Still Life with Peeled Lemon and Temmoku Bottle”
Below right: Scott Kelley, “Peleg”

Gleason Fine Art congratulates Abbey Ryan, whose work is represented at Gleason, for the full page article about her in the February issue of O, Oprah’s magazine. Titled “Women Who Make Beautiful Things ,” the article features several oil paintings and her story of success as a young painter. Gleason Fine Art also congratulates artist Scott Kelly, whose work is represented at Gleason, for his inclusion in the November/December issue of Veranda in a section devoted to Carolyne Roehm’s new book A Passion for Interiors. In A Passion for Interiors, Kelley’s work is included in the section on Roehm’s Colorado ski home. Scott’s herons are a favorite of Roehm’s, not only because they are beautifully painted but also because they are in her favorite color combination–blue and white.