We have just sent the 2011 Maine Gallery + Studio Guide to final proof in preparation for printing. We are upgrading with new printer, Dollco located in Ottowa. They are a little more expensive but they use the latest printing technology and stochastic screening for superior color reproduction. We expect the new guide to be nothing less than beautiful.
And here is your sneak preview of the cover. The cover image is “Dories”, Ogunquit, by Edward Hopper, and this will be its first time being seen in public! Look for Stan and I to be our distributing them by mid-May.
Our new governor has put Maine art in the national news with the removal of the Labor Department murals. Personally, I hate to see any negatives applied to Maine art and I feel for Judy Taylor. Suzanne and I went to the protest last Friday and spoke with lots of people, who, artist or not, rallied in protest. I am sure if we surveyed readers of this newsletter we would get a ton of comments!
The Union of Maine Visual Artists organized the protest as well as a second protest at the Hall of Flags originally scheduled for Friday April 1 and now being held Monday April 4 due to the snow storm. Here a list of speakers and sponsors. Thanks to Kenny Cole for the news.
Sponsors and Speakers: Union of Maine Visual Artists, Rob Shetterly and Natasha Mayers; Judy Taylor, Mural artist; Maine College of Art (MECA), Veterans For Peace, Maine Chapter 001, Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home, talk by Bruce Gagnon; CODEPINK Coord. Lisa Savage – Public school teacher (Solon); Peace Action Maine; Christopher G. Quint, Executive Director, MSEA-SEIU Local 1989, NAACP, talk by Rachel Talbot, Charlie Scontras, labor historian, Jose Joey Lopez, state director, Maine League of United Latin American; Citizens (LULAC), Edgar Allen Beem, writer, critic, “The Forecaster”; Rep. Bruce MacDonald, District 61; Lee Sharkey; Jeff Young/John Beal, lawyers; David Marshall, Portland city council, artist and art gallery owner; The Jim Harney Chapter VFP 003; Michael Brennan – Former State Senator and social worker (Portland); Alexandra Valente and Nicole Moreau – Student activists (UM-Farmington); El Fadel Arbab – Immigrant advocate, Fur Cultural Revival (Portland); Dud Hendrick – President, Maine Veterans for Peace (Deer Isle); Matt Hight – Union member (Biddeford); Peter Woodruff – Union member (Arrowsic); Music by Raging Grannies
Openings + Shows
Gleason Fine Art in Portland is currently showing Come Spring! through May 28, 2011. With “Come Spring!” Gleason Fine Art, Portland, celebrates the return of spring, Maine’s most elusive season through paintings and sculpture.
From the dazzling pinks, greens, and azures of Joellyn Duesberry’s monotypes to the exuberant saturated colors and riotous blooms of Andrea Peters’ oils and the pure joy of Henry Isaacs’ rich landscapes, the Portland gallery declares an end to winter. The fresh greens Jacob Cooley’s delicate marshes show nature coming back to life after winter’s long months. With swooping birds and graceful birdbaths, sculptors Andreas von Huene, Carole Hanson, and Dick Alden also have something to say about spring. FMI, call the gallery at 207-699-5599, or check out the Gleason Fine Art’s website.
Gleason Fine Art is is also currently exhibiting 14 MAINE MODERNISTS: Works on Paper through May 28. “14 Maine Modernists” brings together 14 mid- to late- 20th-century artists who have approached Maine’s legendary landscapes from different yet decidedly Modernist points of view. Michael Loew’s use of geometry in laying out his compositions contrasts with Stephen Pace’s purely abstract explosions of color. Emil Holzhauer, Ted Davis, and Carl Cutler show the influence of Cubism. Hans Moller’s jewel-like dots of vibrant color owe a debt to pointillism. John Marin’s bold and direct brushstrokes confirm a supreme confidence of technique that makes him one of the greatest artists of the Modernist period.
Both “Come Spring” and “14 Maine Modernists” opened Friday, April 1, and run through May 28, at Gleason Fine Art, Portland, 545 Congress Street. FMI, call the gallery at 207-699-5599, or visit the gallery website.
Åarhus Gallery in Belfast will exhibit Stuck: Collage, Montage, Decoupage, Assemblage through May 1. The Gallery fixes to mount a riveting and fasten-ating collection of creations from a gaggle of Maine artists who happen to adhere to working with … glue, or any other clever way of attaching, layering, stratumizing or plain old fitting things together. ‘Stuck: Collage, Montage, Decoupage, Assemblage’, will run from through May 1.
Featured artists will include Vincent Abaldo, Daniel Anselmi, Dan Beckman, Michael Buckley, Nancy Buckley, Peter Chamberlain, Constance Cossette, Maryjean Crowe, Dan Dowd, Ingrid Ellison, Stew Henderson, Mark Kelly, Karen MacDonald, Peter Madden, Richard Mann, Harvey Peterson, Ben Potter, Abbie Read, Wesley Reddick, Willy Reddick, Ieva Tatarsky, Norman Tinker, Frank Turek, and Walter Ungerer.
Aarhus Gallery, operating under winter hours, is open February-May, Thursday-Sunday 11am-4pm at 50 Main Street, Belfast. FMI, call 338-0001 or visit Aarhus Gallery online.
Ellsworth’s Spring Bead Show will take place at the Ramada Inn April 8 and 9.There’s no two ways about it: beads are hot! Beading and jewelry making have exploded in recent years as both a hobby and vocation. Keeping on trend, Ellsworth has it’s own Spring bead & jewelry event. The Third Annual Beads & Baubles Downeast Bead & Jewelry Show is taking place at The Ramada Inn on April 8 + 9 this year. The show will feature about 25 vendors showing and selling beads, gems, buttons & beading supplies as well as lovely finished jewelry by local artisans. The most popular types of beads will be well represented: Czech glass, freshwater pearls, Swarovski Crystal, lampwork glass, and gemstone beads.
There will be a large selection of locally created lampwork glass by Sihaya Hopkins of Brooklin, Ray Cooper of Blue Hill, Beverly Lamoureux of Franklin, Kathleen Henderson of Penobscot, and Debrae Bishop of Sargentville. Lampwork glass is a traditional form of glasswork with roots in Murano, Italy. Beads are formed from colorful glass rods that are melted over the open flame of a torch into beads and buttons with sparkling color and texture. Lampwork beads can also be formed into shapes such as animals, and there will be many fine examples of lampwork glass beads in all shapes and colors at the show.
The Bead Show will also feature artisan created polymer clay beads and buttons, created using a millefiori caning technique. The variously colored polymer clay is mixed to create various patterns and sliced to show the cross section of the design. Both Priscilla Wentworth of Searsport and Suzanne Anderson of Yikes! Studio in Lucerne will offer their polymer clay beads, buttons, and jewelry at the show.
Several bead shops will be on hand to offer advice as well as offer a large selection of new and vintage beads and buttons. Bennett’s Gems of Belfast will display an impressive selection of gems and gemstone beads. For those who prefer to purchase finished jewelry, several local artisans will be on hand with their beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings and stash beads. Emily Delfin of Holden specializes in pieces created with Swarovski Crystal and gemstone, while Lisa Salsbury of Ellsworth works in precious metal clay and a variety of beading techniques. Janelle Delicata of Prospect works in PMC as well. Diane Allen of Blue Hill has won National awards for her intricately beaded pearl and crystal jewelry.
This year folks attending the show can also purchase snacks and light meals right at the show. Sassafrass Catering of Bar Harbor will be onsite selling sandwiches, baked goods, coffee, and more to fortify shoppers.
Also at the show: artisan created dichroic glass, porcelain beads, felt beads, focal beads and pendants and findings. This will be the largest selection of beads and buttons available in the area until the Fall Bead Show returns in October.
FMI, visit the Gifted Hand website or call or email Christina Heiniger at (207) 664-2404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art House Picture Frames in Portland is currently showing *unframed, a collection of site-specific installations inspired by Art House, by Graham Wood. The show will run through April 30. FMI, call (207) 221-3443 or visit Art House Picture Frames online.
Bayview Gallery presents Local Color 2011: A Spring Equinox Celebration through April 16. The show features five Brunswick-area artists who are making waves in the local art scene.
Karen Dominguez brings her beautiful encaustic (pigment in wax) paintings, depicting the flora and fauna of the mid-coast to our walls. Noted pastelist, Sally Loughridge, will brighten everyone’s mood with the saturated colors of her paintings.
Kevin Mizner‘s landscapes showcase his love of light and atmosphere, while Prentiss Weiss‘ oils balance a harmonious palette with engaging texture that makes her work come alive.
Rick Green, who also works in encaustic, creates incredible aerial depictions of the coast which have hypnotic depth and color. FMI, call (207) 236-4534 or visit Bayview Gallery online.
The Center for Maine Craft in Gardiner is currently showing a spring exhibit featuring paintings by Marsha Donahue and wood sculpture by Laurie Stearns through April 30.
As the days get longer, snow banks get smaller, ice breaks in the rivers, lakes and along the shores of our beautiful Maine, the Center welcomes Marsha Donahue and Laurie Stearns for the Spring exhibition. Donahue, owner of North Light Gallery, paints Maine-inspired landscapes both in watercolor and oil. Stearns will be displaying her hand carved wood flowers seemingly plucked from the forest floor and springtime gardens. FMI, visit Maine Crafts online or call (207) 588-0021.
Portland Museum of Art is currently showing European Drawings. From portraits and figure studies to landscapes and architectural studies, this exhibition will highlight masterworks by the finest draughtsmen of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. FMI, call (207) 775-6148 or visit PMA online.
Beginning on Sunday, April 3, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland will be presenting a contemporary quilt making class, entitled Making Quilts Together, led by instructor Richard Caro. This class, which meets on three consecutive Sundays, April 3, 10 and 17 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., will enable students to become quilt makers as they learn simple yet effective techniques to make a quilt-top with provided fabric and sewing tools. The class will take place at the museum’s Gamble Education Center, on the corner of Grace and Union Streets in Rockland. FMI, please call 207-596-0949 or visit Farnworth Museum online.
The 2011 Portland Museum of Art Biennial opens April 7. From digital video to painting, installation to photography, sculpture to prints, see 65 works by 47 contemporary artists associated with Maine. As a series, the Biennial exhibitions create a visual record of Maine’s evolving contemporary art scene and testify to the profound influence that the landscape, traditions, and people of Maine continue to have on living artists.
Maine has nurtured artists for centuries, and its influence reaches far beyond its borders; although the majority of Biennial artists are residents, a number are part-time residents or recent graduates of Maine’s many prestigious art programs. This blending of influences and experiences enriches the state’s artistic community and helps to define its art scene as one that benefits from a diversity of traditions both established and new. FMI, call (207) 775-6148 or visit PMA online.
Dianne Horton and Sandy Dolan’s Painting Maine by the Roadside will open at Marsh River Theater in Brooks on Friday evening April 29 at 6 pm. Marsh River Theater will also begin their season that evening at 7:30.
Dianne and Sandy have been painting all over Maine wherever the scene beckons them. These road trips are often adventures in themselves bringing them much enjoyment and many laughs! Sandy Dolan paints in oils and her on site work is often finished on the site or in her home studio in Searsport. Dianne Horton paints her watercolors on site, trying to paint quickly because of the changing shadows and weather. She sometimes finishes her work in her home studio in Swanville. They have often struggled with winds, rain, and flying bugs. Working “plein air’ is a challenge in itself but these two seasoned artists love the adventure and scour for scenes to paint. The reward: being outside and painting in Maine. They always seek out a place to enjoy a hot fudge sundae at the end of the day. They just might be able to tell you where the best spots to paint are and the best spots for an ice-cream! They have collected some of their paintings for this, their first show of the season. You may purchase paintings on opening night. The show is up through May. FMI, contact Dianne Horton at (207) 338-3613 or visit her website.
The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland will open a major exhibition May 6 entitled Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places. The opening will be celebrated at a members-only preview and reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Paul Caponigro: The Hidden Presence of Places will run through October 9, 2011. The primary media sponsor for the exhibition is Maine Home + Design.
Paul Caponigro is one of America’s foremost landscape photographers. Emerging from an earlier generation of photographers that included Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Paul Strand, and his early mentor Minor White, Caponigro has, over his fifty-year career, successfully wedded his reverence for nature with a profound commitment to portray the spiritual dimensions of the natural world– what Caponigro himself has described as “the hidden presence of places.” He has spent much of his career exploring and depicting scenes of nature and our place in it, often in places he has come to know well.
This exhibition examines bodies of work spanning Caponigro’s entire career, focusing on specific locales he has visited, sometimes once, sometimes repeatedly. Among them are ancient and Christian sites in Ireland, natural wonders of the American Southwest, the striking beauty of creeks and snowfalls in rural Connecticut, and his more recent work from Maine, where he has lived since 1993. Drawn almost entirely from the artist‚s collection, the exhibition includes approximately sixty examples of Caponigro‚s work, frequently large scale, and some of which have not been seen before. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue by the exhibition organizer, Farnsworth Chief Curator Michael K. Komanecky. This exhibition has been made possible in part through the support of Maine Media Workshops. FMI, visit Farnsworth Museum online or call (207) 596-6457 ext. 128 or email email@example.com.
UMMA Chooses Photographers for “Photo National Exhibition 2011”
Thirty-four photographers from throughout the United States have been chosen for University of Maine Museum of Art‘s “Photo National Exhibition 2011: A Survey of Contemporary Photography,” which will run from June 24 to September 24, 2011.
The Photo National exhibition is UMMA’s first juried competition open to fine art photographers from throughout the country. One hundred thirty-two individuals submitted materials for this highly competitive exhibition which offers a glimpse into the diversity of contemporary photographic processes and approaches prevalent today.
The jurors for Photo National 2011 were Brian Paul Clamp and George Kinghorn. Clamp, who served as guest juror, received his Master of Arts in Critical Studies in Modern Art from Columbia University and is the Director of ClampArt Gallery, NYC. George Kinghorn is Director and Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art.
“When jurying the Photo National 2011 competition, I was struck by the vast diversity of work ‹ not only in terms of subject matter, but also technique (including format, lighting, print type, etc.). It is truly exciting to see such a wide range of photographic art being produced with artists forging ahead in so many different directions. However, that diversity also made our job of choosing only a small group of works for the final show all the more difficult,” says juror Brian Clamp.
The jurors were able to identify several common threads including photo-documentary styles and the prevalence of digital color photography. UMMA Director George Kinghorn states, “We are most enthusiastic about this exhibition as the selection represents new attitudes and approaches to image making. The quantity of color submissions attests to the wide-spread practice of digital photography and large-scale color printing.”
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located in the heart of downtown Bangor, is part of the University of Maine, the state¹s premier public university. UMMA focuses on exhibiting contemporary art in all media and has a permanent collection of over 3,700 objects with strengths in contemporary photography, works on paper and original prints.
FMI, call (207) 561-3350 or visit UMMA online.
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